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Port Reports -  November 20

Duluth/Superior – Daniel Lindner
H. Lee White departed Duluth mid-morning Sunday after loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock. At Burlington Northern in Superior, CSL Niagara finished loading and departed before sunrise. Burns Harbor was inbound later in the morning, and was still loading as of Sunday evening.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Neither Two Harbors nor Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had any traffic on Sunday. Monday has the Baie Comeau, American Century and Edwin H. Gott arriving in Two Harbors. There is no traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Monday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday, 21:06 Miedwie departed for Montreal. 22:07 Whitefish Bay arrived at Viterra A to load grain. Sunday, 15:13 BBC Vesuvius departed for Burns Harbour. 19:00 Manitoulin departed for Toledo.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Federal Seto remained at Burns Harbor Sunday night. Roger Blough was at Gary. James R. Barker was due early Monday at Indiana Harbor.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Tundra remained in port loading grain on Sunday.

Toledo, Ohio
Isadora was still loading grain on Sunday at Anderson's K Elevator. American Integrity remained in port and Evans Spirit was heading in in the late evening. Saginaw was due early Monday.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Sunday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Nov 18 - Resko (Bhs) at 0215, Algosea at 0359 and Algoscotia at 1750 - docked - Nov 16 - Baie Comeau at 1959 - Nov 17 - CSL Laurentien at 0142 and Algoma Olympic at 1026 - departures - Nov 17 Baie Comeau at 0457 and CSL Laurentien at 2227 - Nov 18 - Algoma Olympic at 0710 - Nov 19 - Algosea at 0428 eastbound

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 17 - BBC Mississippi (Atg) at 1712 and Taagborg (Nld) at 2005 - Nov 19 - Algocanada at 1149 and Whistler (Cyp) at 2359 approximately

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Nov 18 - Vikingbank (Nld) at 1330 - Nov 19 - Algosea at 0725 and Algoma Equinox at 1312,

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - departed Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - Nov 18 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) stopped wharf 2 to unload at 0708

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Adfines Sea (Mlt)(ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1805 approximately - awaiting weather for dock at Mississauga

Hamilton:
Arrival - Nov 19 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0317. Kaministiqua at 0738 (anchored), Nordic Mari (Mlt) (ex Clipper Mari-13) from dock to anchorage at 0745, and Whitstler (Cyp) at 2000. (docked) - Nov 16 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 0446, Tufty (Cyp) at 1239 and Eider (Hkg) at 2156 from Oshawa - Nov 17 - Nordic Mari (Mlt) (ex Clipper Mari-13) at 1555 - Nov 19 - Kaministiqua from the anchorage - departure - Nov 19 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1501 eastbound

Bronte:
Arrival - Nov 19 - Algocanada at 0526 (anchored) - departure Nov 19 - at 0940 for the canal

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 19 - Algoma Olympic at 0500

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 17 - Juno (Bhs) - anchored at 0604 - departed anchorage at 0720 - docked Nov 17 at 0728 approximately

Prince Edward Bay anchorage:
Arrivals (anchored) - Nov 18 - Algolake at 2224 and Nov 19 - Algoma Transport at 0244

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 20

In 1948, the ROBERT HOBSON was blown against the Duluth-Superior breakwall as she tried to enter the harbor during a 68-mph gale. Damage to the vessel was kept to a minimum when Captain John Mc Nellis ordered the seacocks opened to settle the HOBSON on a sandbar. Renamed b.) OUTARDE in 1975, she was scrapped at Port Colborne, Ontario in 1985.

On 20 November 1854, BURLINGTON (2-mast wooden brig, 80 foot, 117 tons, built in 1842, at Cleveland, Ohio) was driven hard aground near Port Bruce, Ontario, on Lake Huron while trying to assist the stranded Canadian bark GLOBE.

SAGINAW was christened at the Government Dock in Sarnia, Ontario, in 1999. Bonnie Bravener and Wendy Siddall broke the traditional bottle of champagne adding the second vessel to Lower Lakes Towing's fleet. The company then opened the vessel for tours to all those in the large crowd that had gathered to witness the event. She was built in 1953 as a.) JOHN J. BOLAND.

Hall Corporation of Canada's EAGLESCLIFFE HALL was launched in 1956, at Grangemouth, Scotland. Sold off the lakes, renamed b.) EAGLESCLIFFE in 1974, she sank two miles east of Galveston, Texas, on February 9, 1983.

The ferry WOLFE ISLANDER was christened on November 20, 1946, at Marysville, Wolfe Island. The new ferry was the unfinished OTTAWA MAYBROOK which was built to serve the war effort in the south Pacific Ocean. She replaced two landing barges which were pressed quickly into service following the condemned steamer WOLFE ISLANDER, a.) TOM FAWCETT of 1904, which had served the community for 42 years. Officially christened WOLFE ISLANDER by Mrs. Sarah Russell, it took five tries before the champagne bottle finally broke on her port side.

Pittsburgh Steamship's steamer RALPH H. WATSON (Hull#285) was launched in 1937, at River Rouge, Michigan, by Great Lakes Engineering Works.

On 20 November 1872, the side wheel steamer W. J .SPICER was finally laid up and the crew dismissed. She had served for many years as the Grand Trunk ferry at Fort Gratiot on the St. Clair River.

On 20 November 1880, BAY CITY (wooden barge, 199 foot, 480 tons, built in 1852, at Trenton, Michigan as the sidewheeler FOREST CITY) was carrying coal when she was cast adrift east of Erie, Pennsylvania by the steamer JAMES P. DONALDSON in a storm. She was driven ashore and wrecked. Her crew was saved by the U.S. Lifesaving Service using breeches' buoy. November 20, 1898. ANN ARBOR #3 left Cleveland, Ohio for Frankfort, Michigan, on her maiden voyage.

November 20, 1924 - Pere Marquette fleet engineer Finlay MacLaren died after 42 years with the railroad. He was succeeded by his brother Robert until Leland H. Kent was named fleet engineer in 1925.

On 20 Nov. 1871, the schooner E. B. ALLEN was sailing from Chicago to Buffalo with a load of corn when she crossed the bow of the bark NEWSBOY about six miles off the Thunder Bay Light on Lake Huron. The NEWSBOY slammed her bow deep into the schooner's hull amidships and the ALLEN sank in about 30 minutes. The crew escaped in the yawl. The NEWSBOY was badly damaged but did not sink.

On 20 Nov. 1999, the Bermuda-flag container ship CANMAR TRIUMPH went aground on the St. Lawrence River off Varennes about 15 kilometers downstream from Montreal. She was the third vessel to run aground in the St. Lawrence River that autumn. The Canadian Coast Guard reported that she was having engine problems and the CBC News reported that the vessel's rudder was damaged in the grounding.

On Saturday morning, 20 Nov. 1999, Marinette Marine Corporation of Marinette, Wisconsin, launched the 175-foot Coast Guard Cutter HENRY BLAKE. The BLAKE was one of the "Keeper" Class Coastal Class Buoy Tenders. Each ship in the "Keeper" class is named after a famous American lighthouse keeper. 1917: JOHAN MJELDE, built at Cleveland in 1916, was sailing as b) STORO when captured by the German submarine U-151 near the Azores and, after 22 tons of copper were removed, the ship was scuttled on November 26.

1920: J.H. SHEADLE ran aground on the rocks at Marquette when the steering failed while backing from the dock. The ship was badly damaged. It last sailed in 1979 as e) PIERSON INDEPENDENT.

1943: The former LAKE FINNEY, later a Pre-Seaway trader in the 1930s as SANTA EULALIA, was torpedoed and sunk by British forces as the enemy ship c) POLCEVERA off Carlovassi, Italy. 1966: The Liberty ship MOUNT EVANS made two trips through the Seaway in 1961. It stranded off Mapingil, Philippines as h) EASTERN ARGO on this date in 1966. The hull was refloated with damage and then towed to Taiwan for scrapping in 1967.

1990: GINA, a Lebanese freighter, began leaking at Varna, Bulgaria. The ship was later taken to Piraeus, Greece, and laid up. The superstructure was removed and installed on a fire damaged vessel while the hull was towed to Aliaga, Turkey, in October 1991 and dismantled. GINA had been a Great Lakes trader as a) MARCOSSA-I in 1972

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

 

Port of Thunder Bay re-brands as The Superior Way West

11/19 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – In an effort to increase brand awareness in Canada’s west, the Port of Thunder Bay has a new tagline and logo. The port is now labeling itself as “The Superior Way West” and has adopted a new logo featuring a maple leaf, which officials hope will create more of a buzz about shipping through Thunder Bay, sometimes an afterthought in provinces like Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Chief executive officer Tim Heney said often while traveling in western Canada or Europe, he’s asked where Thunder Bay is located and what capabilities it has when it comes to its shipping capacity and the type of cargo that can be handled. Some even asked if the port was still in existence.

That was a clear indication the port needed a boost, despite topping nine million tonnes in cargo the past several years. “It’s been our initiative to raise that profile for some time now and we think this is a great tool to use to do that,” he said.

Heney said their primary initiative moving forward is to increase those total and diversify the type of cargo being shipped through the port. “How we do that is we reach out to ongoing western Canadian projects that are going on, like the oil sands, wind farms and construction projects and then we go to the supplier on the other end and hook the two together … and put together a package that creates value to the shipper through Thunder Bay,” Heney said. “And I think we’ve done a pretty good job of that and we’re now becoming recognized for that. We’re trying in a way to promote our success with this logo.”

To develop the logo they interviewed customers and other stakeholders in Canada and Europe and asked them their views of the port, and put together the messaging in the logo. Port of Thunder Bay board chair Greg Arason said after 30 years, it was time for a new look.

“Our business has changed,” he said. “We’re becoming much more of a two-way traffic port and the focus on serving western Canada, both as an importer and an exporter is what caused us to look at changing our brand and our image.”

Arason said it should help open new business opportunities. “I think the importance of Thunder Bay is often lost on people living further west and we truly are their port. That’s part of our objective here, to send that message.”

www.tbnewswatch.com

 

Port Reports -  November 19

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the arrival of Algoma Enterprise Saturday at 07:43 coming from Duluth after fueling at the Calumet Fuel dock. She then departed Two Harbors at 16:40 for Quebec City. Baie Comeau could arrive Two Harbors late Sunday/early Monday morning. Silver Bay had no traffic on Saturday and none scheduled for Sunday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday, 23:28 Manitoulin arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load either potash or grain. Saturday, 9:42 BBC Vesuvius arrived at Keefer Terminal to unload. 15:39 Tecumseh departed. 15:53 Federal Barents departed for Montreal. 16:41 Oakglen arrived at G3 to load grain. 17:34 Manitoulin proceed to the Richardson Main Terminal to finish loading grain.

Marquette, Mich. – Rod Burdick
Fleetmates Hon. James L. Oberstar and Kaye E. Barker loaded ore at LS&I on Saturday.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic in the later part of Saturday included Indiana Harbor, Saginaw and CSL Assiniboine. Upbounders included Mesabi Miner, Stewart J. Cort, Baie Comeau and Algoma Guardian.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Wilfred Sykes has gone into early winter layup at Bayship, likely due to her ongoing boiler problems.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Federal Seto finished unloading in the outer harbor and departed for Burns Harbor at about 1 p.m. Friday. Federal Cedar was expected in Milwaukee overnight Friday night from Burns Harbor.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Federal Seto was at Burns Harbor Saturday night. John D. Leitch was at Indiana Harbor.

Calcite, Mich.
Great Republic and Philip R. Clarke were in port Saturday night.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoway cleared downbound with salt early Saturday. Tundra remained in port loading grain.

Port Huron/Sarnia
Cason J. Callaway and the new Algoma Niagara were upbound mid-morning Saturday. The latter is on her first trip to the upper lakes and is bound for Thunder Bay. Sten Baltic was downbound in the early afternoon, however she turned and went back up to Sarnia. Claude A. Desgagnes, on a rare trip to Thunder Bay, stopped in Sarnia for unknown reasons and was still there late Saturday night. Albanyborg was at anchor above the bridge with an AIS destination of Thunder Bay.

Toledo, Ohio
Isadora was still loading grain on Saturday at Anderson's K Elevator. American Integrity was also in port.

Lake Erie
Northwest Lake Erie between the Detroit River and Pelee Point has turned into a parking lot due to the strong winds. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday night there were nine vessels at anchor so far. They were Edgar B. Speer, Sea Eagle II/St. Marys Cement II, Baie St. Paul, CSL Laurentien, Erria Swan, Solina, Algoway and Federal Churchill.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Saturday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals (anchored) - Nov 18 - Resko (Bhs) at 0215, Algosea at 0359 and Algoscotia at 1750 - docked - Nov 16 - Baie Comeau at 1959 - Nov 17 - CSL Laurentien at 0142 and Algoma Olympic at 1026 - departures - Nov 17 Baie Comeau at 0457 and CSL Laurentien at 2227 - Nov 18 - Algoma Olympic at 0710

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 17 - Federal Ems (Mhl) at 2355, Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 0638, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1247, Algoma Discovery at 1255, Evans Spirit at 1625, BBC Mississippi (Atg) at 1712 and Taagborg (Nld) at 2005

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Federal Mayumi (Mhl) at 0524, Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 1019, Algoma Olympic at 1115, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1135 and Vikingbank (Nld) at 1330

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - departed Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - Nov 18 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) stopped wharf 2 to unload at 0708

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Adfines Sea (Mlt)(ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1805 approximately - awaiting weather for dock at Mississauga

Hamilton:
Arrival - (docked) - Nov 16 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 0446, Tufty (Cyp) at 1239, G3 Marquis at 1547 and Eider (Hkg) at 2156 from Oshawa - Nov 17 - Nordic Mari (Mlt) (ex Clipper Mari-13) at 1555 - departure - Nov 17 - G3 Marquis at 2308 eastbound - Nov 18 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1003

Bronte:
Arrival - Nov 17 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1125

Mississauga:
Arrival (anchored) - Nov 16 - Jana Desgagnes anchored off Mississauga at 1908 - Nov 17 - docked at 0552 (corrected) - departed - Nov 18 at 1003 for Montreal

Toronto:
Arrival - Nov 18 - light tug Radium Yellowknife at 0038 - docked - Nov 17 - Stephen B. Roman at 1305 and English River at 1547 - departure - Nov 18 - English River 0616 for Bath

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 17 - Juno (Bhs) - anchored at 0604 - departed anchorage at 0720 - docked Nov 17 at 0728 approximately

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 19

On this day in 1939, in a 24-hour-period, there were 132 transits of the Soo Locks. There were 71 upbound passages and 61 downbound passages.

On this day in 1952, Mrs. Ernest T. Weir smashed a bottle of champagne against the hull of the largest freighter built on the Great Lakes and the 690-foot ERNEST T. WEIR slid down the ways at the Lorain yard of American Ship Building Company. The new vessel had a crew of 38 under the command of Captain W. Ross Maitland and Chief Engineer C. F. Hoffman.

On 19 November 1897, NAHANT (wooden propeller freighter, 213 foot, 1,204 gross tons, built in 1873, at Detroit, Michigan) caught fire while docked near Escanaba, Michigan. Firefighters were hampered by sub-zero temperatures, and she burned to a total loss. The fire jumped to the dock and did $300,000 worth of damage. Two of the crew were burned to death. The wreckage of the vessel was still visible from the Escanaba lighthouse 100 years later.

American Steamship's SAM LAUD (Hull#712) was launched on this date in 1974 at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

The keel for JOHN T. HUTCHINSON (Hull#1010) was laid November 19, 1942, at Cleveland, Ohio for the U.S. Maritime Commission.

The Kinsman Transit Co.'s steamer MERLE M. McCURDY was laid up for the last time at Buffalo, New York, on November 19, 1985. She was scrapped at Port Colborne, Ontario, in 1988.

On 19 November 1842, the wooden schooner BRANDYWINE was carrying flour in a storm on Lake Erie when she capsized and then drifted to the beach near Barcelona, New York. One passenger's body was found in the cabin, but the entire crew of 6 was lost.

More incidents from the terrible storm swept the Lakes in mid-November 1886. On 18-19 November of that year, The Port Huron Times listed the vessels that were known to have foundered in that storm. Here is the list of vessels that foundered as it appeared on 19 November 1886. "The barge EMERALD near Kewaunee, 5 lost. The barge F M DICKINSON near Kewaunee, 3 lost. Two unknown schooners (one supposed to be the HELEN) near Port Sherman. One unknown schooner near Hog Island Reef. The barge NORTH STAR near East Tawas, the fate of the crew is unknown." The list then continues with vessels ashore. "The barge WALLACE and consort on Choclay Beach, east of Marquette. The schooner SOUTH HAVEN near Pt. Sherman. The schooner MARY near Blenheim, Ontario. The schooner PATHFINDER near Two Rivers, the cargo and vessel are a total loss. The schooner CUYAHOGA and two scows in North Bay. The schooner P S MARSH and an unknown schooner at St. Ignace. The schooner HARVEY BISSELL near Alpena. The propeller CITY OF NEW YORK near Cheboygan. The schooner KOLFAGE near Goderich, Ontario has broken up. The propeller NASHUA on Grass Island, Green Bay. The barge BISSELL near Kewaunee. The schooner GOLDEN below China Beach. The propeller BELLE CROSS and barges across from China Beach. The schooner FLORIDA on Marquette Beach is a total loss. And the barges BUCKOUT, MC DOUGALL, BAKER, GOLDEN HARVEST near East Tawas.

The schooner HATTIE JOHNSTON sailed from Milwaukee loaded with 26,000 bushels of wheat on the night of 19 November 1879, and then a severe gale swept Lake Michigan. After two weeks, she was presumed lost with all hands. Aboard were Capt. D. D. Prouty, his wife and 8 crewmen.

On 19 Nov 1886, the steamer MANISTIQUE was towing the schooner-barges MARINETTE and MENEKAUNEE, all loaded with lumber, in a NW gale on Lake Michigan. The gale lasted three days. The barges broke loose after a long fight against the elements and both were wrecked near Frankfort, Michigan. Six of the seven aboard the MARINETTE were lost including the woman cook and her 13-year old daughter. MENEKAUNEE broke up before the Lifesaving Service could get to her and all seven aboard died. When the Lifesaving Service arrived on the beach, they found a jumbled mass of lumber and gear and the ship's dog keeping watch over the dead bodies. The dog also died soon after the Lifesaving crew arrived.

EMPIRE MALDON (steel tanker, 343 foot, 3,734 gross tons) was launched on 19 November 1945, by Sir James Laing & Sons, Ltd., at Sunderland, United Kingdom for the British Ministry of War Transport She was sold to Imperial Oil Co. of Canada in 1946, and renamed IMPERIAL HALIFAX and served on the Maritime Provinces-East Coast trade. In 1969, she was purchased by Johnstone Shipping, Ltd., of Toronto and served on the Great Lakes. She lasted until 1977, when she was scrapped by United Metals, Ltd. in Hamilton, Ontario.

On Friday morning, 19 Nov 1999, shortly after leaving the ADM dock in Windsor, the salty AVDEEVKA lost power in the Fighting Island Channel of the Detroit River. The main engine on the vessel quit while she was abreast of Grassy Island and she began drifting downstream. The stern anchor was dropped and then the port side bow anchor. She began swinging towards the middle of the channel with her stern outside the channel when the main engine was restarted and she headed back upstream for the Belle Isle anchorage. Once in the anchorage a team from the U.S. Coast Guard boarded the vessel to investigate. She was released the next day. It is reported that the vessel lost power due to main fuel valve being left closed after routine maintenance during her stay at the ADM dock.

1904: PHILIP MINCH caught fire 8 miles off Marblehead, Ohio, and sank in the navigation channel. All on board got off safely and rowed to Sandusky in the lifeboat. The remains were dynamited in 1906.

1914: C.F. CURTIS foundered in Lake Superior, 7 miles east of Grand Marais, with the loss of 14 lives. The towing barges ANNIE PETERSON and SHELDON E. MARVIN also went down after the trio ran into high winds and snow.

1956: The year old West German freighter WOLFGANG RUSS was beached in the St. Lawrence near Ile d'Orleans after a collision with the Cunard Line vessel ASIA. The former was inbound for Sorel and had to lightered and taken to Lauzon for repairs to the large hole in the side of the hull. The vessel began Great Lakes visits with the opening of the Seaway in 1959 and made 28 inland trips to the end of 1967. It arrived off Gadani Beach, Pakistan, for scrapping as b) KOTRONAS BEACH on Feb. 4, 1980.

1977: The Canada Steamship Lines self-unloader FRONTENAC grounded off Grassy Island in the St. Lawrence and about 5,000 tons of ore had to be lightered to the SAGUENAY to float free.

1979: The Liberian freighter DANILA was damaged when it struck the west pier while inbound at Port Weller in fog. The vessel first visited the Seaway as a) MAERSK CAPTAIN in 1976 and was back as b) DANILA in 1979. The ship was scrapped at Alang, India, as d) JAY BHAVANI in 1991-1992.

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

 

Seaway tonnage up 10 percent as shipping heads into peak months

11/18 - Shipments of iron ore continue to lead the way as the 2017 shipping season moves into the final months of the year. More than 6.6 million tons of iron ore has been shipped through the St. Lawrence Seaway this year, nearly 44 percent more than in 2016.

The increase in iron ore shipments is one of the main factors behind the near 10 percent increase in total cargo shipments when compared to the same period last year. Overall cargo shipments from the start of the shipping season on March 20 through October 31 totaled 28.7 million metric tons – up 2.5 million metric tons over the same period last year.

“This year, cargo volumes have improved in everything from mined products like iron ore and salt to construction materials and general cargo,” said Bruce Burrows, president of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. “The next couple of months are traditionally the busiest of the year with customers stockpiling raw materials for winter production. We’re optimistic 2017 will end on a positive note.”

Algoma Central Corporation, which is the largest Canadian domestic ship operator in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region, reported a nearly 20 per cent increase in its domestic dry-bulk business revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to 2016.

“We’ve seen strong volumes in many of our cargoes, but particularly iron ore pellet exports from Minnesota that our ships are carrying to the Port of Quebec for transshipment overseas,” said Gregg Ruhl, CEO of Algoma. “We expect those exports to continue in the fourth quarter. Our ships are fully booked for the rest of the 2017 shipping season.”

Iron ore also continues to be the driving force for shipping through the Port of Toledo. “With nearly 2.7 million tons of iron ore moving through the Port so far this year, iron ore shipments are up more than 190 percent. Overall tonnage remains about 33 percent ahead of 2016,” said Joe Cappel, VP of Business Development for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. Through October, the Port of Toledo has handled 416 vessels, 67 more than the same time period last year.

St. Lawrence Seaway shipping totals are also up from last year for general cargo (up 34 percent over 2016), salt (up 22 percent over 2016) and dry bulk (up nearly 12 percent) – with many of these cargoes moving in and out of U.S. ports.

“The Port of Cleveland continues to outpace our 2016 international tonnage numbers,” said Dave Gutheil, VP of Maritime at Port of Cleveland. “Progress in the project cargo market is continuing, with the latest example being an imported press from Germany to a General Motors plant in northeast Ohio. Containerized cargo on the Cleveland-Europe Express continues to grow, and in October the port received three vessel calls from Spliethoff, up from our usual two monthly calls. Productivity has increased significantly this year due to the use of our Liebherr LHM 280 mobile harbor cranes, which were put into operation mid-2016. We expect a strong finish to the last two months of the 2017 season, with additional project cargo bookings and a large lot of steep pipe expected within the two weeks. “

For the Port of Green Bay, salt shipments led the way in October. “After a very strong September, tonnage leveled off in October,” said Dean Haen, Port of Green Bay Director. Overall, we remain down about 4 percent from the same time period last year, despite strong numbers for salt imports in October.”

Chamber of Marine Commerce

 

Port Reports -  November 18

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth early Friday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy. Radcliffe R. Latimer was inbound just after noon, and headed to CN to load iron ore pellets. During the evening, the Tregurtha was outbound, and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived for a load from Midwest Energy. The Superior entry saw the departure of Alpena from Lafarge before sunrise Friday. She was followed out by CSL Assiniboine, which had loaded at BN. Algoma Harvester arrived from anchor soon after and began loading. Fleetmate Algoma Strongfield dropped anchor off the Superior entry during the day. She was later joined by CSL Niagara.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors Thursday at 21:48 and departed Friday at 10:10. There is no traffic scheduled for Two Harbors or Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Saturday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday, Algoma Equinox’s destination was updated to Port Cartier. At 22:53 Cedarglen departed for Montreal. Friday 10:31 Federal Sakura arrived and went to anchor. 13:36 Frontenac departed for Port Colborne. 14:08 Saginaw departed for Toledo. 14:32 the saltie Miedwie arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 15:26 Tecumseh arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load.

Suttons Bay, Mich. – Al Miller
With the loading berth at Charlevoix occupied and gale warnings posted for Lake Michigan, the tug Bradshaw McKee and barge St. Marys Conquest anchored Friday morning in Michigan's Suttons Bay.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Federal Seto was arriving at Burns Harbor late Friday evening. Edwin H. Gott was at Gary. John D. Leitch was at Indiana Harbor.

St. Ignace, Mich.
With gales in the offing, Roger Blough and James R. Barker were anchored Friday night between the mainland and Mackinac Island.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Robert S. Pierson loaded salt and departed at noon Friday upbound for Fisher Harbour. Tundra was still loading at the grain elevator Friday evening and Algoway was loading salt for Sandusky.

Toledo, Ohio
Isadora was loading grain on Friday at Anderson's K Elevator. American Integrity, Victory/James L. Kuber and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin were also in port.

South shore Lake Erie ports
John J. Boland was loading stone Friday night at Marblehead. Buffalo and Federal Margaree were at Cleveland on Friday. American Mariner was at Ashtabula. Edgar B. Speer departed Conneaut in the evening.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Friday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 16 - Baie Comeau at 1959 - Nov 17 - CSL Laurentien at 0142, Algosea at 0328, Algoma Olympic at 1026 - departure - Nov 17 Baie Comeau at 0457

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 16 - Capt. Henry Jackman at 2000 - Nov 17 - Algoma Niagara at 0204, Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0302, Claude A. Desgagnes at 0343, Baie St. Paul at 0458, Thunder Bay at 0521, CSL Welland at 0745, Resko (Bhs) at 1242, Solina (Bhs) at 1400, Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 1451 and Algoscotia at 1618

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Nov 14 - light tug San Jose (Am) at 1113 headed for Portsmouth N.H. - Nov 16 - Federal Oshima (Mhl) at 2035, Algoma Spirit at 2210 and Tim S. Dool at 2345 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0808, Sten Arnold (Gib) at 0845 and light tug Radium Yellowknife at 1513

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 15 - light tug San Jose (Am) stopped for weather at wharf 1 Port Weller at 2045 and light tug Radium Yellowknife stopped wharf 18-1 (West St. Port Colborne) at 0144 - departed Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 12 - Juno (Bds) late afternoon - Nov 16 - Erria Swan (Den) at 2324 - departures - Nov 17 Juno (Bhs) early morning bound Oshawa, Resko (Bhs) at 1238, Solina (Bhs) at 1340 and Erria Swan (Den) at 1254 for Sarnia,

Hamilton:
Arrival - Nov 17 - Nordic Mari (Mlt) (ex Clipper Mari-13) at 1555. (docked) - Nov 11 Resko (Bhs) at 1123 - Nov 12 - Solina (Bhs) at 2257 - Nov 14 - Zelada Desgagnes at 1632 - Nov 16 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 0446, Tufty (Cyp) at 1239, G3 Marquis at 1547, Algoma Niagara at 2048 from Toledo and Eider (Hkg) at 2156 from Oshawa - departure - Nov 16 - Resko (Bhs) at 1849 - Nov 17 - Algoma Niagara at 0007, Solina (Bhs) at 0621 and Zelada Desgagnes at 1916 for Montreal

Bronte:
Arrival - Nov 17 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1125

Mississauga:
Arrival (anchored) - Nov 16 - Jana Desgagnes anchored off Mississauga at 1908 - Nov 17 - docked at 0052

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 17 - Stephen B. Roman at 1305 and English River at 1547

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 17 - Juno (Bhs) - anchored at 0604 - departed anchorage at 0720 - docked Nov 17 at 0728

 

Developer shares luxury dream for waterfront St. Clair Inn

11/18 - St. Clair, Mich. – The air was sharp with cold, the lights were dim except for the occasional blinding sunlight that snuck in and the floor was littered with broken glass, sugar packets and other stray materials left behind from years of hospitality.

While the building has mostly been gutted, that didn’t deter developer Jeff Katofsky from seeing a vision of luxury. “It is a resort, not just a hotel,” Katofsky said. “We want to add those luxuries even though it is a smaller property, we want it to have that feel.”

The St. Clair Inn will be a Tribute by Marriott hotel, which is a four-star resort brand of Marriott that allows for more developer customization, as opposed to a cookie-cutter Marriott hotel. Katofsky said he expects the $35 million project to be complete by March 2019 if everything progresses according to plan.

Read more at this link

 

Documents: US Steel sought to keep chemical spill secret

11/18 - Chicago, Ill. - Environmentalists are questioning why the public wasn't notified about an October chemical spill into a Lake Michigan tributary that U.S. Steel asked Indiana regulators to keep confidential.

Documents released by the University of Chicago's Abrams Environmental Law Clinic show that U.S. Steel's plant in Portage, Indiana, released 56.7 pounds (25.7 kilograms) of chromium on Oct. 25 after a wastewater treatment system malfunction. That's nearly double what the plant is permitted to release of the potentially cancer-causing chemical over 24 hours.

A company official wrote to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management on Oct. 31 asking that its submission about the release "be afforded confidential treatment under all applicable statutes."

Law students at the University of Chicago obtained the letter while tracking pollution violations at U.S. Steel and other factories along Lake Michigan as they prepare a planned lawsuit accusing the Pittsburgh-based company of repeatedly violating the federal Clean Water Act since 2011.

The same plant released nearly 300 pounds (135 kilograms) of hexavalent chromium in April because of a pipe failure, prompting closure of nearby Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore beaches and a drinking water intake for some communities in the area about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Chicago. Officials said that spill was almost 600 times the plant's release limit.

U.S. Steel said in a statement Tuesday it promptly communicated with the Indiana environmental agency on Oct. 27 about the second spill "and continues to work to ensure that there is no environmental impact." The company declined to comment about the potential lawsuit.

Unlike the April spill, U.S. Steel didn't report the latest incident to the National Response Center, a warning system overseen by the U.S. Coast Guard to alert local authorities about oil spills and chemical releases, records show. The October spill wasn't serious enough to merit reporting "and did not pose any danger to water supply or human health," U.S. Steel said.

Company spokeswoman Meghan Cox said Wednesday that its confidentiality request was made "due to business sensitive material" and has since been waived.

The Indiana environmental agency is reviewing whether proper notification procedures were followed, but excessive chemical releases typically don't require spill notifications, spokesman Barry Sneed said.

Mark Templeton, director of the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic, said he's concerned about state and federal regulators not penalizing U.S. Steel since the April spill or notifying the public about the October release.

"The public obviously has a right to know," Templeton said. "It's been over six months and no penalties. In this political climate, it's important that polluters and government officials know we are holding everyone accountable."

The Associated Press

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 18

On 18 November 1869, EQUATOR (wooden propeller package freighter, 184 foot, 621 tons, built in 1857, at Buffalo, New York) was trying to pull the schooner SOUTHWEST off a reef near North Manitou Island on Lake Michigan. A storm swept in and EQUATOR foundered in the relatively shallow water. She was thought to be unsalvageable but was re-floated in 1870. Her hull was extensively rebuilt and became the barge ELDORADO in 1871, while her engine was used in the tug BISMARCK.

The CARL D. BRADLEY was lost in a violent storm on Lake Michigan on November 18, 1958.

The CANADIAN OLYMPIC's sea trials were conducted on 18 November 1976. Her maiden voyage was on 28 November 1976, to load coal at Conneaut, Ohio for Nanticoke, Ontario. Her name honors the Olympic Games that were held at Montreal that year.

The bow and stern sections of the vessel that was to become the STEWART J. CORT were built by Ingalls Shipbuilding Division, Litton Systems, Inc., Pascagoula, MS, as hull 1173. That 182 foot vessel, known as "STUBBY" was launched on 18 Nov 1969. "STUBBY" sailed under its own power from the Gulf of Mexico through the St. Lawrence Seaway and Welland Canal to Erie, Pennsylvania where the sections were cut apart by Erie Marine, Inc. and the 818 foot mid section was added -- making the Lakes first thousand footer.

The ASHCROFT was launched November 18, 1924, as a) GLENIFFER.

On 18 November 1873, the tug CRUSADER was launched at 1:20 p.m. at the Leighton & Dunford yard in Port Huron, Michigan. Her dimensions were 138 foot overall, 125 foot keel, 23 foot beam, and 12 foot depth. She was built for Mr. G. E. Brockway of Port Huron.

On 18 November 1842, CHICAGO (wooden passenger & package freight sidewheeler, 105 foot, 166 tons, built in 1837, at St. Joseph, Michigan) was struck by a gale between Ashtabula and Conneaut in Lake Erie. She lost both of her stacks and became unmanageable when her fires went out. She was driven ashore about 3 miles east of Silver Creek, New York and was wrecked. About 60 persons were on board and amazingly no lives were lost.

On 18 November 1882, DROMEDARY (wooden propeller, 120 foot, 255 gross tons, built in 1868, at Port Dalhousie, Ontario) burned to a total loss at the dock at Hamilton, Ontario when her banked fires overheated. She was owned by Burroughs & Co. No lives were lost.

A terrible storm swept the Lakes in mid-November 1886. On 18-19 November of that year, The Port Huron Times listed the vessels that were known to have foundered in that storm. Here is the list as it appeared on 18 November 1886. "The barge CHARLES HINCKLEY is ashore near Alpena. The schooner P S MARCH is ashore at St. Ignace. She will probably go to pieces. The schooner THOMAS P. SHELDON is ashore about 10 miles north of Alpena. The crew was rescued by the tug HAND. The schooner NELLIE REDINGTON is reported going to pieces at Two Rivers. Three of her crew reached harbor all right, but the other 7 men on board are in danger of their lives. The coal barges F. M. DICKINSON and EMERALD were driven ashore at Kewaunee, Wisconsin Wednesday morning [17 Nov]. Three of the DICKINSON's crew were drowned, the other four floated ashore on a plank. The EMERALD's crew started ashore in the yawl, but 5 were drowned.

On 18 November 1881, the schooner JAMES PLATT left Bay City with a cargo of lumber for Chicago. However, she was wrecked on Lake Michigan during a terrible snowstorm during the first week of December and never made it to Chicago. The storm lasted two full days and six of the crew survived but the rest were lost.

The ANN ARBOR NO 4 ran aground on Green Isle, the island in Green Bay to the north of her course between Sturgeon Bay and Menominee on 18 Nov 1913. ANN ARBOR NO 3 pulled her off undamaged after about 2 hours work.

1911: TURRET CAPE stranded near Cove Island, Lake Huron and was not released until 1912. It last sailed as c) WALTER INKSTER and was scrapped at Port Dalhousie in 1959.

1926: The passenger and freight carrier MONTREAL was built at Toronto in 1902. It caught fire and burned near St. Joseph de Sorel in the St. Lawrence River while operating late season in a freight only capacity. The superstructure was destroyed and the vessel was beached. Five deckhands, believed trapped in the bow area, died.

1958: CARL D. BRADLEY sank in Lake Michigan with the loss of 33 lives.

1970: SILLERY, a Canadian freighter that operated on the St. Lawrence, was heavily damaged aft due to an engineroom fire while enroute from Sept-Iles to Montreal. The ship was a total loss. The bow was later removed and transplanted to sistership CACOUNA which received collision damage on July 6, 1971. The latter was later lost on Lake Michigan as c) JENNIFER on December 1, 1974.

2006: JOHN G. MUNSON hit the Shell Fuel Dock at Corunna and knocked about 200 feet of the structure into the St. Clair River.

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

 

U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian partners medevac man from James R. Barker

11/17 - Cleveland, Ohio – The U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian partners worked together to medically evacuate a 53-year-old man from a merchant vessel in northern Lake Superior Thursday.

The U.S. Coast Guard received a call at about 4:15 a.m. from the James R. Barker requesting a medevac of a 53-year-old male crewmember exhibiting symptoms of a medically urgent nature and was recommended by a U.S. Coast Guard flight surgeon to be evacuated to a trauma center.

The vessel was determined to be in Canadian waters. Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton assumed command and requested air support from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan in order to evacuate the crewmember in a timely manner.

Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter which rendezvoused with the James R. Barker. Coast Guard crewmembers hoisted and transported the man to Marathon, Ont., where he was transported by local EMS to a medical facility in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

"The U.S. Coast Guard works closely with our Canadian counterparts on a regular basis for search and rescue, ice operations and numerous other missions across our shared maritime border," said Lt. Ted Borny, MH-60 Jayhawk pilot at Air Station Traverse City and pilot for the case.

Video of the medevac

USCG

 

Port Reports -  November 17

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Spirit arrived Duluth early Thursday morning to load iron ore pellets at CN. She was outbound during the late evening. Alpena continued to discharge at Lafarge. At Burlington Northern in Superior, CSL Assiniboine arrived mid-afternoon Thursday to load ore. Algoma Harvester was at anchor off the Superior entry waiting for the dock.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Wednesday night the Joseph L. Block departed Two Harbors at 22:41 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors on Thursday at 05:14 was the Indiana Harbor. She departed Two Harbors at 18:33 for Zug Island. Due Two Harbors Thursday night was the Presque Isle. Due Two Harbors on Friday are the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and the Radcliffe R. Latimer. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader at 06:35 on Thursday. She departed at 22:37 Thursday. Silver Bay has no scheduled traffic on Friday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday, tug Point Valour left dry dock and went back on station at the Thunder Bay Tug Services dock. 22:24 Cedarglen arrived at Viterra A to load grain. Thursday 01:51 Algowood departed for Detroit. 6:52 Frontenac arrived at G3 to load grain. 14:32 Saginaw arrived at the Superior Elevator to load. 17:12 Algoma Equinox departed.

Marquette, Mich.
Lee A. Tregurtha and Clyde S. VanEnkevort / Erie Trader were due early Friday.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Wilfred Sykes has arrived at BayShip, possibly for more boiler work.

Grand Haven, Mich.
Kaye E. Barker was in to unload on Thursday. She left for Dearborn at 10:30 p.m.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Stewart J. Cort and Federal Cedar were at Burns Harbor Thursday night. Edwin H. Gott was due at Gary.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Tundra was still loading at the grain elevator Thursday.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Thursday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals (anchored) - Nov 16 - CSL Laurentien at 1013, Baie Comeau at 1400, Algoma Olympic at 2140 approximately

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Arrival - Nov 15 - Fagelgracht (Nld) at 2355 - departed - Nov 16 - Fagelgracht (Nld) at 0906

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 16 - Algoma Olympic at 0120, Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 0949, Algoma Guardian at 1850 and Capt. Henry Jackman at 2000, Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 2300

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Nov 14 - light tug San Jose (Am) at 1113 headed for Portsmouth N.H., and Fagelgracht (Nld) at 1130 - Nov 16 - Federal Oshima (Mhl) at 1235 (anchored) and Algoma Spirit at 1522 - departed anchorage - Nov 16 Federal Oshima (Mhl) at 2153 and Algoma Spirit at 2305 approximately

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 15 - light tug San Jose (Am) stopped for weather at wharf 1 Port Weller at 2045 and light tug Radium Yellowknife stopped wharf 18-1 (West St. Port Colborne) at 0144

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 12 - Juno (Bds) late afternoon - Nov 16 - Erria Swan (Den) at 2315 approximately

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 15 - Fagelgracht (Nld) at 2355, Federal Oshima (Mhl) at 1235 and Algoma Spirit at 1522 - departed - Nov 16 - Fagelgracht (Nld) at 0906, Federal Oshima (Mhl) at 2145 and Algoma Spirit at 2250 approximately

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 0446, Tufty (Cyp) at 1239 (docked) - Nov 11 Resko (Bhs) at 1123 - Nov 12 - Solina (Bhs) at 2257 - Nov 14 - Zelada Desgagnes at 1632 - Nov 15 - G3 Marquis at 0518, Algoma Niagara at 2048 from Toledo and Eider (Hkg) at 2156 from Oshawa - departure - Nov 16 - Resko (Bhs) at 1849

Clarkson / Mississauga:
Arrival - Nov 15 - Erria Swan (Den) at 1100 - departed Nov 16 - Erria Swan (Den) at 2135 approximately for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 12 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0906 to unload at Redpath dock, Nov 14 - Stephen B. Roman at 0803 - Nov 13 - tug Salvage Monarch & barge Coastal Titan (corrected name) at 1853 - Nov 15 - Algoma Olympic at 1147 - departures - Nov 15 Algoma Olympic at 2337 - Nov 16 - Stephen B. Roman at 0453 and Tufty (Cyp) at 1030

 

Fighting against 40-footers, Frank Mays recalls surviving the sinking of the Carl D. Bradley

11/17 - Charlevoix, Mich. – Surviving a shipwreck isn’t something many sailors who have sailed the Great Lakes have been able to live to tell about.

In the last 200 years of commercial shipping on Lakes Michigan, Superior, Huron, Erie and Ontario, it’s estimated that some 12,000 sailors have lost their lives in upwards of 6,000 shipwrecks.

That includes the S.S. Carl D. Bradley, which foundered in a gale when it was traveling in northern Lake Michigan, towards the Straits of Mackinac, on Nov. 18, 1958.

The Carl D. Bradley was the largest ship sailing the Great Lakes, before it sank November 18, 1958. It was 639 feet long. It was built in 1927, and was specifically designed to haul limestone from Rogers City, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: MSRA)

Thirty-three of the 35 sailors who were aboard the Bradley that fateful night perished when she sank.

Fifty-nine years later, the only survivor, 85-year-old Frank Mays is able to recall the frigid and frightening details as though the tragedy happened yesterday

Read more and view images at this link: http://www.wzzm13.com/news/local/michigan-life/fighting-against-40-footers-frank-mays-recalls-surviving-the-sinking-of-the-carl-d-bradley/492318607

 

Great Lakes Maritime Center to host author, photographer event Saturday

11/17 - Port Huron, Mich. – The Great Lakes Maritime Center in Port Huron, Mich., will present an author booksigning and photographer event Saturday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. On hand will be Roger LeLievre (Know Your Ships), Robert Campbell (Classic Ships of the Great Lakes), Raymond Bawal (The Inland Steel Fleet and others) and John Borkovitch (Wildlife 911 on Patrol). Books will be available for purchase and signing. Photographers Frank Switlkicki and Mary Truchan will also have work on display. In addition, the Center will host a Kids Model Building Event.

Admission is free.

 

37th Annual Marine Mart Saturday in St. Clair Shores

11/17 - The 37th Annual Marine Mart, sponsored by the Great Lakes Maritime Institute, will be held on Saturday, November 18, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The new location is the VFW 1146 Bruce Post, 28404 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, Mich. (between 11 and 12 Mile on Lake Saint Clair). Admission is $7 (early bird admission 9:30-10:00a.m. - $10). Children ages 12 and under are free.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 17

On 17 November 1884, PHOENIX (wooden propeller wrecking tug, 173 gross tons, built in 1862, at Cleveland, Ohio) caught fire in one of her coal bunkers at 7 a.m. while she was tied up to the C. S. R. Railroad slip at Amherstburg, Ontario. Several vessels, including the Dunbar tug SHAUGHRAUN and the steam barge MARSH, tried to save her. The SHAUGHRAUN finally got a line on her and pulled her away from the dock and towed her near Norwell’s wharf where she burned and sank.

On 17 Nov 1969, the RIDGETOWN (steel propeller bulk freighter, 557 foot, 7,637 gross tons, built in 1905, at Chicago, Illinois as WILLIAM E. COREY) was laid up at Toronto for the last time with a load of grain. In the spring of 1970, Upper Lakes Shipping, Ltd. sold her to Canadian Dredge & Dock Co., Ltd. of Toronto. She was sunk at Nanticoke, Ontario, for use as a temporary breakwater during the construction of harbor facilities in the summer of 1970. Still later, she was raised and sunk again in the summer of 1974, as a breakwater to protect marina facilities at Port Credit, Ontario.

On November 17, 1984, the EUGENE P. THOMAS was towed by the TUG MALCOLM to Thunder Bay, Ontario, for scrapping by Shearmet.

In the morning of 17 November 1926, the PETER A.B. WIDENER (steel straight-deck bulk freighter, 580 foot, 7,053 gross tons, built in 1906, at Chicago, Illinois) was running up bound on Lake Superior in ballast when it encountered strong Northeasterly winds. About six miles Southwest of the Rock of Ages Light on Isle Royale, the captain gave orders to change course for Duluth, Minnesota. There was no response because the wheel chains had parted from the drum, thus disabling the rudder. Repairs cost $4,000.

On 15 Nov 1972, the MICHIPICOTEN (steel straight-deck bulk freighter, 549 foot, 6,490 gross tons, built in 1905, at W. Bay City, Michigan, as HENRY C. FRICK) departed Quebec in tow of Polish tug KORAL for scrapping in Spain. The tow encountered bad weather and the MICHIPICOTEN broke in two during a major fall storm on the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Her forward section sank on 17 November off Anticosti Island, and the after section sank the next day.

The propeller JOHN STUART burned about two miles from Sebawaing, Michigan, at 9:00 p.m., 17 November 1872. She had been aground there for some time.

On 17 November 1887, ARIZONA (wooden propeller package freighter, 189 foot, 962 gross tons, built in 1868, at Cleveland, Ohio) was carrying oils and acid used in mining operations when her dangerous cargo caught fire as she approached the harbor at Marquette, Michigan, in heavy seas. Poisonous fumes drove all of the crew topside, leaving the vessel unmanageable. She ran against the breakwater and the crew jumped off. The burning steamer "chased" the crew down the breakwater toward town with the poisonous fumes blowing ashore. She finally beached herself and burned herself out. She was later recovered and rebuilt.

On 17 November 1873, the wooden 2-mast schooner E.M. CARRINGTON sank in nine feet of water at Au Sable, Michigan. She had a load of 500 barrels of flour and 7,000 bushels of grain. She was recovered and lasted another seven years.

On 17 November 1880, GARIBALDI (2-mast wooden schooner, 124 foot, 209 tons, built in 1863, at Port Rowan, Ontario) was carrying coal in a storm on Lake Ontario. She anchored to ride out the storm, but after riding out the gale for 15 hours, her anchor cable parted and her crew was forced to try to bring her into Weller's Bay. She stranded on the bar. One of the crew froze solid in a standing position and his ghost is supposed to still haunt that area. The vessel was recovered and rebuilt. She lasted until at least 1898.

1902: The wooden steamer ROBERT WALLACE sank 13 miles out of Two Harbors while towing the barge ASHLAND.

1922: CITY OF DRESDEN was anchored off Long Point due to high winds and some of the cargo was thrown overboard. The ship beached on the west side of Long Point and broke up as a total loss. One sailor perished.

1922: MALTON went aground on Main Duck Island in Lake Ontario and was stuck until November 30.

1936: The steering cable of the SIDNEY E. SMITH gave way entering the harbor at Fairport, Ohio, and the ship stranded on the break wall. While released on November 22, the heavily damaged vessel was broken up for scrap the following year.

1939: VARDEFJELL, which inaugurated regular Great Lakes service for the Fjell Line in 1932, was torpedoed and sunk as b) KAUNAS 6.5 miles WNW of Noord Harbor, N. Hinder Light, River Schelde.

1996: SEADANIEL went aground at Duluth due to high winds after the anchors dragged. The ship was released, undamaged, by tugs. It last visited the Great Lakes in November 1998 and arrived at Alang, India, for scrapping on May 5, 1999.

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

 

Canada helping to boost traffic out of the port at Duluth

11/16 - Duluth, Minn. – Iron ore shipments traveling from Minnesota across the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway are at the highest level they have been in a decade, officials said.

The biggest contributors are Canada's largest ship operator, Algoma Central Corp., and other Canadian firms, said officials from the Duluth Port Authority and the international Chamber of Marine Commerce. They not only carried ore shipments to steel mills inside Canada, but also transferred pellets to larger international ships at Canadian Ports on the seaway. Those ships ultimately transported the ore from Minnesota's Iron Range to China, Japan and other overseas destinations.

"We've seen strong volumes in many of our cargoes, but particularly iron-ore pellet exports from Minnesota that our ships are carrying to the Port of Quebec for transshipment overseas," said Gregg Ruhl, Algoma's chief operating officer, in a statement. "We expect those exports to continue in the fourth quarter. Our ships are fully booked for the rest of the 2017 shipping season."

Through September, overall iron-ore shipments out of Duluth jumped 36 percent to 13.7 million tons over the same period in 2016, according to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. Ore shipments out of Minnesota's Two Harbors and Silver Bay ports, as well as from Superior, Wis., also saw significant increases through September.

Increased iron-pellet shipments are "dominating waterborne commerce in the Port of Duluth-Superior this shipping season," said Vanta Coda, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.

This year's shipments have outpaced the port's five-year average by more than 20 percent, with overseas shipments delivering the "lion's share of the rally," Coda said.

At the same time, the Canadian business has increased, U.S. steel mills along the Great Lakes also ratcheted orders for iron ore, the key ingredient to steelmaking, said Port Authority spokeswoman Adele Yorde. "This year, it's just been bucket loads of iron ore" in demand, she said.

The surge in Minnesota ore cargo helped boost total seaway shipments by 10 percent from a year ago.

Including ore, salt, construction equipment, grains and other bulk dry goods, total cargo shipments traveling the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway rose 2.5 million tons to 28.7 million tons, Marine Commerce officials said. That increase reflects tonnage transported from the start of the shipping season on March 20 through Oct. 31, said Bruce Burrows, president of the Chamber of Marine Commerce.

"This year, cargo volumes have improved in everything from mined products like iron ore and salt to construction materials and general cargo," Burrows said. "The next couple of months are traditionally the busiest of the year with customers stockpiling raw materials for winter production. We're optimistic 2017 will end on a positive note."

That confidence bodes well for Minnesota's Iron Range, which continues to recover from a brutal downturn and international pricing slump that forced several taconite plants here to halt production and lay off 2,000 workers between 2014 and 2016.

Today, however, several "taconite facilities on the Iron Range are back in production and there's been a significant increase in demand in both domestic and overseas markets for iron ore this season," Yorde said.

Once-idled mines and ore-pelletizing plants at United Taconite in Forbes/Eveleth; Northshore Mining in Babbitt and Silver Bay; Minntac in Mountain Iron; and Keetac in Keewatin have come back online in the last 20 or so months. Even so, other firms are still struggling.

The former Magnetation, which processed spent ore tailings into usable ore, has yet to restart production in Grand Rapids, or its former locations in Bovey, Coleraine or Keewatin. Magnetation filed for bankruptcy in May 2015. Earlier this year, it was sold to billionaire Tom Clarke's ERP Iron Ore LLC.

In the spring, Clarke told the Star Tribune that he hoped to restart production in Grand Rapids soon. But progress there has largely stalled, local trades groups said.

Separately, state officials are hoping that another company led by Clarke can jump-start Essar Steel Minnesota, which filed for bankruptcy in July 2016 after halting construction of a $1.9 billion iron ore processing facility in Nashwauk.

Chippewa Capital Partners is in the final stages of buying the old Essar property out of bankruptcy court. If the sale is completed and construction resumes, the Nashwauk plant isn't expected to begin producing iron ore for another two years, Clarke said.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

Port Reports -  November 16

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Joseph L. Block departed Duluth Wednesday morning with a partial load of blast furnace trim from Hallett #5, and headed for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. Alpena remained at LaFarge in Superior discharging cement.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
James R. Barker departed Two Harbors Tuesday night at 22:44 for Indiana Harbor. Roger Blough shifted from North of #2 to the shiploader from 22:44 to 23:10. She departed Wednesday at 14:04 for Gary. Joseph L. Block arrived from Duluth at 14:25 after unloading stone. As of 20:00 Wednesday she was still at the shiploader. Due Two Harbors on Thursday are the Indiana Harbor and the Presque Isle. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Wednesday. Due Thursday is Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday, Federal Barents shifted to Viterra B to finish loading. 5:10 Algoma Equinox arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load. 10:16 Algowood arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal. 15:23 Vikingbank departed for Montreal.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Tundra was still loading at the grain elevator Thursday.

Toledo, Ohio
Federal Mayumi and Federal Columbia were loading grain Thursday.

Marblehead, Ohio
Dorothy Ann / Pathfinder was loading stone at the quarry.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Wednesday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 14 - Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 0031 - departed Nov 15 at 1632 for Sarnia

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 14 - Isadora (Cyp) at 2048, John J. Boland at 2200 - Nov 15 - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 0242, BBC Vesuvius (Atg) at 0424, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at Oakglen at 0539, Whitefish Bay at 0724 and light tug Radium Yellowknife at 1923

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Nov 14 - Algoma Olympic at 2233 - Nov 15 - Algoma Niagara at 0507, Algosteel at 0652, light tug San Jose (Am) at 1113 headed for Portsmouth N.H., Algoma Guardian at 1053 and Fagrelgracht (Nld) at 2359 approximately

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 15 - light tug San Jose (Am) stopped for rest at West Street wharf 0128 - departed 1113 - stopped wharf 1 Port Weller at 2045 (for weather)

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 12 - Juno (Bds) late afternoon and Erria Swan (Den) at 2225 - departed Nov 15 - Erria Swan (Den) at 0835 for Clarkson

Hamilton:
Arrival - Nov 15 - G3 Marquis at 0518, Algoma Niagara at 2040 approximately from Toledo and Eider (Hkg) at 2210 approximately from Oshawa - (docked) - Nov 4 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 0526 - Nov 11 Resko (Bhs) at 1123 - Nov 12 - Solina (Bhs) at 2257 - Nov 14 - Zelada Desgagnes at 1632 - departed - Nov 15 - Greenwing at 1339,

Bronte:
Arrival - Nov 14 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 1621 - departure - Nov 15 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 1422 for Sept Iles

Clarkson / Mississauga:
Arrival - Nov 15 - Erria Swan at 1100

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 12 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0906 to unload at Redpath dock, Nov 14 - Stephen B. Roman at 0803 - Nov 13 - tug Salvage Monarch & barge Titan Scan at 1853 - Nov 15 - Algoma Olympic at 1147

Oshawa:
Docked - Nov 9 - Eider (Hkg) at 0724 - departed Nov 15 at 1631 for Hamilton

 

Door County Maritime Museum participates in Museum Store Sunday

11/16 - Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – The Door County Maritime Museum will be participating in Museum Store on November 26. Museum Store Sunday will offer visitors and consumers inspired experiences and shopping opportunities provided by the museum. The Door County Maritime Museum will be offering 20 percent off storewide to visitors, and 25 percent off storewide for museum members.

The Museum Store Association launched MSS to encourage patrons to shop conscientiously and support museum stores and their missions worldwide. Holiday shoppers will not only be able to find quality gifts filled with inspiration and educational value but, through their purchases, will support museums and cultural institutions, enabling ongoing and future appreciation and knowledge. Proceeds from purchases at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay will go to support the missions and programming of museum. Patrons of the Door County Maritime Museum will find a variety of maritime books, gifts, clothing and accessories reflecting the museum’s collections and exhibitions that will delight the Door County nautical lover.

The Door County Maritime Museum is open from 10 am – 5 pm daily. Snacks and refreshments will be available. For more information visit www.DCMM.org or call (920) 743-5958.

Door County Maritime Museum

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 16

On 16 November 1870, BADGER STATE (3-mast wooden bark, 150 foot, 302 tons, built in 1853, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin) stranded and wrecked at Sleeping Bear Dune on Lake Michigan during a storm.

The tug portion of the PRESQUE ISLE (Hull#322) built by Halter Marine Services, New Orleans, Louisiana, was up bound in the Welland Canal on November 16,1973, en route to Erie, Pennsylvania, to join with the barge.

FRED R. WHITE JR (Hull#722) was launched in 1978, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

On 16 Nov 1909, the JAMES S. DUNHAM (steel propeller bulk freighter, 420 foot, 4,795 gross tons, built in 1906, at W. Bay City, Michigan) encountered heavy seas and began hitting bottom where charts indicated 35 feet of water, even though she was in ballast and only drawing 17 feet of water. Rather than risk tearing the bottom out of her, the captain decided to beach her at Marble Point, just east of the Bad River outlet. After the heavy snow showers cleared, a message in a bottle was floated ashore to an observer.

The steel bulk freighters SIR JAMES DUNN and GEORGIAN BAY in tow of the Panamanian tug MC THUNDER arrived at Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping on 16 Nov 1989, 129 days after departing Thunder Bay.

On 16 November 1887, PACIFIC (wooden propeller freighter, 187 foot, 766 gross tons, built in 1864, at Cleveland, Ohio) was loaded with lumber bound from Deer Park, Michigan, for Michigan City, Indiana. After leaving the dock, she grounded on a shoal due to low water levels. The nearby Lifesaving Service took her crew off and then returned for the captain's dog. She was broken up by a gale on 19 November.

In 1892, the ANN ARBOR NO 1 arrived at Frankfort, Michigan on her maiden trip.

November 16, 1990 - MWT ceased operations, ending more than a century of carferry service. The last run was made by the BADGER, with Capt. Bruce Masse in command.

In 1981, Interlake's JOHN SHERWIN entered lay-up in Superior, Wisconsin and has not seen service since.

On 16 November 1869, ADELL (2-mast wooden schooner, 48 foot, 25 gross tons, built in 1860, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin) was driven ashore during a storm about a half mile below Bay View Pier near Milwaukee. Her skipper had every penny he owned sunk into that vessel. He was able to salvage her rigging and spars and left them on the beach overnight. The next day he returned and found that all had been stolen during the night.

On 16 Nov 1883, MANISTEE (wooden side-wheeler, 184 foot, 677 tons, built in 1867, at Cleveland, Ohio) broke up in a gale west of the Keweenaw Peninsula off of Eagle Harbor, Michigan. This is one of Lake Superior's worst disasters. Estimates of the number who died range from 23 to 37.

1901: The wooden freighter ELFIN-MERE was damaged by fire at Green Bay after a lamp exploded in the engineroom. The crew got away safely although an engineer was burned. The vessel was rebuilt the following year and returned to service in 1903 as b) CHARLES B. PACKARD.

1908: PASCAL P. PRATT was carrying anthracite coal from Buffalo to Milwaukee when it caught fire in the engineroom off Long Point, Lake Erie. The blaze spread quickly and the wooden vessel was beached. All of the crew got away safely. The hull burned to the waterline and the remains sank.

1923: GLENSTRIVEN, loaded with 160,000 bushels of oats, was wrecked at Cove Island, Georgian Bay in wind and fog. The vessel was enroute to Midland and was salvaged December 5 by the Reid Wrecking Co. The damage was too severe to repair and the hull was scrapped at Collingwood in 1924.

1927: JOLLY INEZ stranded at Saddlebag Island in the False Detour Channel and was abandoned.

1964: THOMAS F. COLE and INVEREWE collided in heavy fog off the southern end of Pipe Island in the St. Marys River. Both ships were repaired but the latter was later lost as d) THEOKEETOR off Mexico following another collision on June 20, 1973.

1965: The LAWRENCECLIFFE HALL sank in the St. Lawrence after an early morning collision with the SUNEK off Ile d'Orleans. The former, a laker in the Halco fleet, rolled on its side but all on board were saved. The ship was refloated in March 1966, repaired and returned to service. It later sailed as DAVID K. GARDINER and CANADIAN VENTURE before scrapping at Alang, India, in 2005. SUNEK received bow damage but this was repaired and this ship was scrapped at Barcelona, Spain, as b) NOTOS in 1979.

1967: CALIFORNIA SUN, a Liberty ship, made one trip through the Seaway in 1966. It suffered an engineroom explosion off Nicobar Island on the Indian Ocean and was gutted. The abandoned ship was taken in tow by JALARAJAN, a familiar Seaway salty, and delivered to the Seychelles.

1978: MONT ST. MARTIN was battered by a storm on Lake Erie and escorted to Southeast Shoal area by the STEELTON.

1978: NYX visited the Great Lakes in 1958 and returned through the Seaway in 1959. It sustained severe fire damage at Sidon, Lebanon, as c) DOMINION TRADER. It was subsequently blown aground by strong winds November 30-December 1 and broke in two.

1979: ALDORA dragged anchor while off Port Weller and was blown aground, only to be freed the same day. This ship was scrapped at Vado, Italy, in 1985-1986.

1979: SARONIC SEA was also anchored off Port Weller when it dragged anchor and stranded at the foot of Geneva Street in St. Catharines. The hull was not refloated until December 6. The ship had first visited the Great Lakes as RAVNANGER in 1964 and was later a victim of the war between Iran and Iraq, being shelled with mortar fire at Basrah on September 25, 1980.

1986: CARINA, an SD-14, first came through the Seaway in 1969. It was abandoned by the crew as d) HYMETUS when the hull cracked in heavy weather 180 miles SSE of Hong Kong while enroute to Shanghai, with steel. The ship sank the next day in the South China Sea.

2009: CSL ASSINIBOINE went aground near Cardinal. It had to be lightered and was released on November 21.

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

 

Port Reports -  November 15

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Joseph L. Block arrived Duluth mid-afternoon Tuesday with a split load of limestone for both Graymont Superior and Hallett #5. During the evening, Alpena arrived and docked at LaFarge in Superior to discharge powdered cement.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors Tuesday morning at 03:18 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on Tuesday at 08:21 was the James R. Barker. As of 21:00 Tuesday she was still at the dock. Also arriving Two Harbors on Tuesday was the Roger Blough at 16:52. She is at North of #2. Due Two Harbors on Wednesday is the Joseph L. Block arriving from the Twin Ports after unloading limestone and loading a partial load of Blast Furnace Trim. Northshore Mining saw no traffic on Tuesday. Due Wednesday is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday, 22:27, CSL St Laurent departed for Windsor. At 23:54 Tim S. Dool departed for Port Cartier. At 00:50 Vikingbank weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load.

Green Bay, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Bradshaw McKee / barge St. Marys Conquest departed from the Fox River before 6 a.m. Tuesday, arriving in Manitowoc at about 4 p.m. Algoma Enterprise was in northern Lake Michigan Tuesday evening, inbound for Green Bay Wednesday morning.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Miedwie, an ocean bulker from the Polsteam line, arrived overnight and was unloading Tuesday at Terminal 2 in Milwaukee's outer harbor. Federal Seto also arrived overnight and spent Tuesday at anchor outside the breakwater in Milwaukee Bay. Prentiss Brown / barge St. Marys Challenger were expected to arrive late Tuesday evening with cement from Charlevoix.

Grand Haven, Mich.
Wilfred Sykes was unloading slag Tuesday night. AIS reports her next port as Sturgeon Bay.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Cedar remained at Burns Harbor Tuesday night. Radcliffe R. Latimer was at Indiana Harbor.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoway departed at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday with an AIS destination of Sandusky. Tundra was still loading at the grain elevator.

Owen Sound, Ont. - Paul Martin
The second Lower Lakes ship of the week arrived in Owen Sound Tuesday morning. Saginaw was at the elevator unloading grain. Cuyahoga arrived earlier in the week with a load of salt.

Toledo, Ohio
Algoma Niagara finished loading coal and departed from the CSX Coal Docks early Tuesday afternoon. She is bound for Hamilton, Ont., to unload the coal. Federal Mayumi and Federal Columbia arrived to load grain.

Sandusky, Ohio
CSL Laurentien was in port Tuesday night.

Toronto, Ont. – Gerry Ouderkirk
The ferry Dartmouth III arrived on November 12 and docked under the Atlas crane at pier 35.

Hamilton, Ont. – Gerry Ouderkirk
On Monday, Salvage Monarch dropped Metis in Toronto and went light to Hamilton. (I was a mate.) We went to pick up Coastal Titan, which came off Heddle's drydock. While we were there, we shifted to Heddle's tug King Fish I, and we towed Provmar Terminal from its berth to Heddle's yard. Salvage Monarch assisted on the stern (Capt. Kevin Kelly). Salvage Monarch next hooked up to Coastal Titan and we brought it back to Toronto. Heddle Marine has acquired the tug Lac Manitoba and it is being rebuilt in that yard. It is not being scrapped as most thought would be done after it's sinking last year. Apparently it was barged to Hamilton by Nadro Marine, It's in rough shape, but a yard worker assured me that it is being rebuilt. Two Toronto tour boats, Capt. Mathew Flinders and Obsession III are also on Heddle's smaller drydocks. While we were there Group Ocean's new tug Ocean A. Simard went out for a CCG inspection and did man overboard drills.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Tuesday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 14 - Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 0031 and CSL Niagara at 0421 - docked - Nov 13 - Algocanada at 0341 and CSL Laurentien at 1456 - departed - Nov 13 - Algoscotia at 0402 for Montreal, Sten Arnold (Gib) at 1330 for Sarnia and CSL Laurentien at 2215 for Sandusky - Nov 14 - Algocanada at 1443 and CSL Niagara at 1514

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 13 - Algoma Strongfield at 2005 and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2324 approximately - Nov 14 - Eeborg (Nld) at 0011, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 0215, Tecumseh at 1041, Algonova at 1324, Robert S. Pierson at 1610 and Isadora (Cyp) at 2048 and John J. Boland at 2200

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Nov 13 - Irma (Cyp), Algolake at 1718 and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 1905 - Nov 14 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 0421, Algocanada at 1713 and Algoma Olympic at 2135

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 12 - Juno (Bds) late afternoon and Erria Swan (Den) at 2225

Hamilton:
Arrival (anchored) - Nov 14 - Zelada Desgagnes at 1632 - docked - Nov 4 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 0526 - Nov 9 - Isadora (Cyp) at 2238 - Nov 11 Resko (Bhs) at 1123 (corrected) - Nov 12 - Solina (Bhs) at 2257 - Nov 13 - Ojibway at 0340 - departures - Nov 14 - Ojibway at 1504 for Sorel and Isadora (Cyp) at 1900 for Toledo

Bronte:
Arrivals - Nov 13 - Algonova at 0238 - Nov 14 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 1621 - departure - Nov 14 - Algonova at 1017

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 11 - Stephen B. Roman at 0542 - arrivals - Nov 12 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0906 to unload at Redpath dock, Dartmouth (ferry) at 1348 and Frontenac at 1543 - Nov 13 - Frontenac at 0156, Capt Henry Jackman at 1337 and tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 1853 - Nov 14 - Capt Henry Jackman at 1411 eastbound

Oshawa:
Docked - Nov 9 - Eider (Hkg) at 0724

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 15

In 1883, the schooner E. FITZGERALD, Captain Daniel Lanigan, went ashore and was completely covered with ice. The crew of six drowned while attempting to make shore in the yawl. A couple days after the loss, Mrs. Lanigan received a prophetic letter from her son stating he was tired of sailing and this would be his last trip.

On 15 November 1871, EVERGREEN CITY (wooden propeller freighter, 193 foot, 624 gross tons, built in 1856, at Cleveland, Ohio) was carrying lumber camp supplies when she was driven on to the southwest coast of Long Point on Lake Erie by a westerly gale. She hogged and broke up. Most of her cargo and fittings were stolen over the winter. Surprisingly, she was recovered and rebuilt in 1872-1873, but only lasted until 1875, when she was abandoned at Buffalo, New York.

The cargo mid-body of the then-under construction GEORGE A. STINSON was towed from Toledo, where it was built, to Lorain, Ohio, in 1977.

PAUL THAYER left Lorain on her maiden voyage November 15, 1973, light for Escanaba, Michigan to load iron ore. Renamed b.) EARL W. OGLEBAY in 1995.

On November 15, 1974, W. W. HOLLOWAY struck an embankment at Burns Harbor, Indiana, causing extensive damage.

Departing Duluth on November 15, 1909, the BRANSFORD encountered a gale driven snowstorm. She battled the storm the entire day only to end up on the rocks near Siskiwit Bay on Isle Royale.

On 15 November 1894, ANTELOPE (wooden schooner, 56 foot, 32 gross tons, built in 1878, at Grand Haven, Michigan) capsized in a storm while trying to make harbor at Grand Haven, Michigan. 4 lives were lost.

November 15, 1924 - The carferry PERE MARQUETTE was renamed PERE MARQUETTE 15.

On 15 November 1875, The Port Huron Times reported that "there is little doubt but that the scow SUTLER GIRL has been lost with all hands on Lake Erie. She has now been overdue two weeks."

On 15 November 1869, W. W. ARNOLD (wooden schooner, 426 gross tons, built in 1863, at Buffalo, New York) was carrying iron ore when she was driven ashore near the mouth of the Two Hearted River on Lake Superior during the great gale of November 1869. The violent storm tore the schooner apart and she sank quickly losing all hands (11) including several passengers.

On 15 Nov 1905, the W. K. BIXBY (steel straight-deck bulk freighter, 480 foot, 5,712 gross tons, later b.) J.L. REISS, then c.) SIDNEY E. SMITH JR) was launched at Wyandotte, Michigan, for the National Steamship Co. (M.B. McMillan). She lasted until 1972, when she was wrecked at Sarnia, Ontario, in a collision with the PARKER EVANS.

1901: The consort barge JOHN SMEATON broke loose of the steamer HARVARD and came ashore on the rocks off Au Train, Mich., and rested in 4 feet of water. The crew was safe and the ship released at the end of the month by Reid Wrecking and went to Superior for repairs.

1909: The Canadian freighter OTTAWA foundered stern first off Passage Isle, Lake Superior when the cargo of grain shifted. The crew, while they suffered terribly, were able to reach the safety of Keweenaw Point in the lifeboats after 12 hours on the open lake in wild seas.

1915: A. McVITTIE took out the gate at Lock 12 of the Third Welland Canal leading to a washout.

1919: J.S. CROUSE was enroute from Glen Haven to Traverse City when fire was discovered around the stack. The blaze spread quickly. The ship burned to the water line and sank in Sleeping Bear Bay, Lake Michigan.

1920: The wooden hulled steamer MAPLEGULF broke her back in a Lake Ontario storm. It was considered beyond economical repair and beached at Kingston.

1931: A storm forced the wooden passenger and freight steamer WINONA back to Spragge, Ontario, and the next day the ship was found to be on fire over the boiler. The vessel was towed from the dock to protect a pile of lumber and it became a total loss.

1952: The newly-built tanker B.A. PEERLESS lost power and went aground below the Detroit River Light. It was refloated on November 17.

1975: The ocean tanker GATUN LOCKS made one trip through the Seaway in 1959. The vessel was lying at Piraeus Roads, Greece, as c) SUNARUSSA when it was gutted by a fire. The hull was sold for scrap in 1977 and broken up at Laurion, Greece, beginning on April 26, 1977.

1981: ALFRED was gutted by a fire off Benghazi, Libya, after the blaze broke out in the engineroom. The hull was scuttled 100 miles out in the Mediterranean on November 24. The ship had been on the Great Lakes earlier in the year and first traveled inland as a) ALFRED REHDER in 1972.

1994: The Turkish freighter FIRAT was blown ashore at Port Everglades, FL by Hurricane Gordon when the anchors failed to hold. The ship was a beach attraction until lightered and released on November 26. FIRAT first came through the Seaway in 1990 and was scrapped at Alang, India, in 1997, after sailing 27 years under the same name.

2007: CALUMET was damaged when it struck a wall at Cleveland while moving to the salt dock. It was sold for scrap and departed for Port Colborne two days later.

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

 

Great Lakes iron ore trade strong again in October

11/14 - Cleveland, Ohio – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5.9 million tons in October, an increase of 10.5 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments also bettered the month’s 5-year average by 6.8 percent.

Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 5.5 million tons in October, an increase of 13.3 percent compared to a year ago. However, loadings at Canadian terminals in the Seaway decreased by 18.2 percent to 395,000 tons.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 49.2 million tons, an increase of 13.3 percent compared to the same point in 2016. Year-over-year, loadings at U.S. ports total 45.5 million tons, an increase of 16.3 percent. Shipments from Canadian ports in the St. Lawrence Seaway total 3.7 million tons, a decrease of 13.7 percent.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Port Reports -  November 14

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Baie Comeau arrived Two Harbors at 07:49 on Monday and departed at 15:01 for Nanticoke. Arriving on Monday was the Edwin H. Gott at 16:01. Due Two Harbors on Tuesday are James R. Barker in the morning and Roger Blough in the afternoon. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Monday and none scheduled on Tuesday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday, 22:41, CSL St Laurent shifted to Viterra A to continue loading. Monday, 14:16, Vikingbank arrived and went to anchor. At 15.44 CSL St Laurent shifted to the Richardson Current River Terminal to finish loading. 17:15 Federal Barents weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load. At 21:02 Federal Oshima departed for Montreal.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Cedar and Wilfred Sykes were in Burns Harbor Monday night. St. Clair was at Buffington. Federal Sakura was at S. Chicago. Miedwe departed for Milwaukee.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoway was loading salt on Monday. Tundra was at the elevators. Algorail’s AIS, which has been on all season even though the vessel never fit out, is now turned off.

Toledo, Ohio
The new Algoma Niagara was tied up loading coal at CSX Monday evening. After the coal trip she is supposed to be going to Thunder Bay to load grain unless there is a change of orders. An additional note: One of the railroad bridges further up the Maumee River is unable to open. Repairs were to start Monday. Federal Mayumi arrived at Toledo Saturday morning, but because of the bridge problems she turned around and went back and anchored at Detroit. When the bridge is repaired she will be going to Anderson’s K grain elevator to load grain.

Ashtabula, Ohio
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was in port Monday night.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Monday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 8 - Sten Arnold (Gib) at 1122 - Nov 13 - Algoscotia at 0125 - arrivals - Nov 13 - Algocanada at 0341 and CSL Laurentien at 1456 - departed - Nov 13 - Algoscotia at 0402 for Montreal and Sten Arnold (Gib) at 1330 for Sarnia

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 13 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0331 - departed Nov 13 at 0918 for Algonac

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 12 - Algoma Niagara at 1936 on first trip into Great Lakes from Hamilton to Toledo, Manitoulin (departed wharf 6, Frontenac at 0327, Algoma Harvester at 0513, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0620, Mississagi at 1129, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1628, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2213 approximately and Algoma Strongfield at 2005

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Nov 12 - Elbeborg (Nld) at 2050 and Capt Henry Jackman at 2142 - Nov 13 - Algoscotia at 0709, Irma (Cyp) at 1645, Algolake at 1718 and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 1905

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - departures - Nov 12 - Manitoulin departed wharf 12 late morning - arrived wharf 6 at 1407 approximately - departures - Nov 12 - Manitoulin departed wharf 6 at approximately 2220 upbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 12 - Juno (Bds) late afternoon and Erria Swan (Den) at 2225

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 13 - Ojibway at 0340, tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 0747. Docked - Nov 4 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 0526 - Nov 9 - Isadora (Cyp) at 2238 - Nov 11 - Furuholmen (Pa) (ex CF Zachary-11) at 0145 and Resko (Bhs) at 1123 (corrected) - Nov 12 - Algoma Harvester at 0153 - Nov 12 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2021 and Solina (Bhs) at 2257 - departures - Nov 13 - Furuholmen (Pa) at 0019 for Montreal, Algoma Harvester at 0323, tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 01537 and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1929 for the canal

Bronte:
Arrival - Nov 13 - Algonova at 0238

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 11 - Stephen B. Roman at 0542 - arrivals - Nov 12 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0906 to unload at Redpath dock, Dartmouth (ferry) at 1348 and Frontenac at 1543 - Nov 13 - Capt Henry Jackman at 1337 and tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 1853

Oshawa:
Docked - Nov 9 - Eider (Hkg) at 0724

 

Amateur marine archaeologists dive the sunken tug Admiral in Lake Erie

11/14 - Latitude 41 38.243 N, Longitude 81 54.198 W, a few miles off Avon Point, Ohio – Murky, cold water wrapped its frigid fingers around the divers as soon as they leapt off the back of the Cleveland-based Holiday into the chilly whitecaps of Lake Erie.

Thick wetsuits and drysuits couldn't keep those waters from tightening their grip as the divers, heavily encumbered with everything from powerful underwater lights to reserve tanks made their eerie Erie way to the sunken tug Admiral.

Seas as high as five feet, current and scores of divers' fins kicked up silt, worsening still further the already poor conditions in which a hand is barely visible unless it's touching your mask.

Were it not for the guide ropes leading from the surface to the tug, which capsized and sank in a horrific winter storm in 1942, the divers from the National Museum of the Great Lakes may not have been able to find the 93-foot boat.

Indeed, one set of the Maritime Archaeological Survey Team volunteers sent down in an August weekend full of dives never found even the guide rope, much less the Admiral.

The teams' goal is to catalog the ship's current condition and track its fate as the years - and weather - wear on.

The museum uses these volunteers who combine a love of diving and history to handle the chore - for free. The divers, who come from Ohio, Michigan and other parts of the Midwest for the most part, come when they can - jobs ranging from professorships to owning an HVAC company to day-to-day life limit availability -- so it's rarely a case of the same dozen or so crew aboard every one of the monthly weekend trips during the summer.

Read more and see a video at this link: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/11/working_cleveland_amateur_mari.html

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 14

ALGOBAY (steel propeller bulk freighter, 719 foot, 22,466 gross tons, built at Collingwood, Ontario in 1978) departed Sept Iles, Quebec on 14 Nov 1978, with an iron ore pellet cargo for Sydney, Nova Scotia when she collided with the 90,000 ton Italian-flag ore carrier CIELO BIANCO. The Collingwood-built tug POINTE MARGUERITE, which was towing the big salty, was unfortunately crushed between the two vessels and sank, killing two crewmembers.

On November 14, 1934, the WILLIAM A. REISS grounded off Sheboygan and was declared a constructive total loss. Built as the a.) FRANK H. PEAVEY in 1901, renamed b.) WILLIAM A. REISS in 1916. She was scrapped at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1935.

Cracks across the ENDERS M. VOORHEES' spar deck were first noticed in a storm on Lake Superior November 14, 1942. Her fleetmate NORMAN B. REAM came to her assistance by releasing storm oil which helped calm the seas so the crew of the VOORHEES could run cables the length of her deck and winch them tight to arrest the cracking. She proceeded to the Soo escorted by the REAM and later sailed to the Great Lake Engineering Works for repairs.

The THOMAS WILSON (Hull#826) was launched November 14, 1942, at Lorain, Ohio, for the U.S. Maritime Commission.

The U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender MESQUITE (Hull#76) was launched November 14, 1942, at a cost of $894,000, by Marine Iron & Shipbuilding Co. at Duluth, Minnesota. MESQUITE ran aground off Keweenaw Point on December 4, 1989, and was declared a total loss. MESQUITE was scuttled off Keweenaw Point on July 14, 1990.

On November 14, 1952, the SPARROWS POINT, b.) BUCKEYE entered service for Bethlehem Steel Corp. Reduced to a barge at Erie, Pennsylvania, and renamed c.) LEWIS J KUBER in 2006.

On 14 November 1879, C G BREED (2 mast wooden schooner, 140 foot, 385 tons, built in 1862, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin) was carrying 24,000 bushels of wheat from Detroit to Buffalo when she capsized and sank in a sudden squall near Ashtabula, Ohio in Lake Erie. 5 lives were lost, but 3 were saved. The three survivors were rescued by three different vessels.

In 1940, following the Armistice Day Storm, The CITY OF FLINT 32 was freed by the tug JOHN F. CUSHING assisted by the PERE MARQUETTE 21.

In 1990, Glen Bowden (of MWT) announced that he would suspend cross-Lake Michigan ferry service indefinitely. On 14 November 1886, the steamer BELLE WILSON was crossing Lake Ontario with a load of 11,800 bushels of oats when a severe gale and snowstorm blew in. The vessel lost her rudder and the crew rigged sails, but these were blown away. Then they rigged a drag made of 600 feet of line and a log to help maneuver the vessel and they headed for Oswego, New York. This lasted for 12 hours, but the chain parted at 3:00 a.m. and the vessel was driven ashore at Ford's Shoals, 4 miles east of Oswego harbor. No lives were lost.

On 14 November 1892, the 2-mast, 95 foot wooden schooner MINNIE DAVIS was rammed on a dark night by the 2-mast, 117 foot wooden schooner HUNTER SAVIDGE near Amherstburg, Ontario. The DAVIS sank, but no lives were lost. The wreckage was removed in May 1893.

1922: The composite hulled freighter JOS. L. SIMPSON was upbound on Lake Ontario from Ogdensburg to Milwaukee when it stranded at Tibbett's Point. The repair bill was close to $12,000 but the vessel returned to service and last operated in 1957 as YANKCANUCK (i).

1933: The wheat laden D.E. CALLENDAR stranded in Lake Erie off Long Point and was a total loss. The hull was salvaged in 1934 and laid up at Toledo. It was taken to New Orleans during World War Two for reconstruction as a barge but the change was never registered and the hull was likely scrapped.

1933: The wooden tug FLORENCE sank off False Duck Island in a storm that brought snow, high winds and waves on Lake Ontario. All 7 on board were saved and taken aboard the barge PETER G. CAMPBELL.

1943: RIVERTON stranded at Lottie Wolf Shoal, Georgian Bay and declared a total loss. Later salvaged and repaired, it returned to service as MOHAWK DEER.

1960: ISLAND KING II was destroyed by a fire while laid up for the winter at Lachine, QC. The vessel had been built as DALHOUSIE CITY and operated across western Lake Ontario between Toronto and St. Catharines from 1911 until the end of the 1949 season before being sold and moving to Montreal.

1966: The Liberian freighter FREIDA went aground at Poe's Reef, Lake Huron, and had to be lightered by MAITLAND NO. 1. The ocean ship began Great Lakes terading as c) SEAWAY STAR in 1960 and returned as d) DEALMOUTH in 1962 and as e) FREIDA earlier in 1966.

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

 

Port Reports -  November 13

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Algosteel departed Duluth early Sunday morning after loading iron ore pellets at CN. Stewart J. Cort made a rare arrival through the Duluth entry later in the morning to take a delay at Port Terminal. John G. Munson shifted to Burlington Northern early Sunday after unloading limestone at C. Reiss. She departed via the Superior entry during the afternoon.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Algoma Guardian arrived Two Harbors on Saturday night at 23:06 and she departed Sunday at 16:35. Edgar B. Speer went to anchor off Two Harbors Sunday at 08:48 and got underway at 15:30 and arrived Two Harbors at 16:45. Her AIS is showing a Conneaut destination. Due Two Harbors on Monday are the Baie Comeau and the Edwin H. Gott. There was no traffic on Sunday and none scheduled on Monday for Northshore Mining in Silver Bay

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday the local harbor tug Point Valour was in the Current River Dry Dock, probably for a 5 year inspection, On Sunday at 4:31 Saginaw arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. At 17:10 she departed for Owen Sound. CSL St Laurent arrived at 12:15 and once Saginaw departed docked at Superior Elevator to load. 19:22 Tim S. Dool arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load.

Southern Lake Michigan
Saltie Miedwie was at Burns Harbor Sunday night. American Spirit was at Indiana Harbor. Federal Sakura was at South Chicago.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Olympic was loading salt Sunday night.

Toledo, Ohio
If her schedule holds, the new Algoma Niagara will be arriving after sunset on Monday evening at the CSX docks. If she loads coal right away she could be gone by sunrise Tuesday morning. She arrived Welland Canal CIP 15 at 1910 Sunday. Her strengthening steel was not removed in Hamilton. Meanwhile, one of the railroad bridges was unable to open on Saturday, which is why Federal Mayumi went back to anchor at Windsor. She will try again on Monday provided the railroad bridge is repaired. She is going to Andersons K Elevator to load grain.

Cleveland, Ohio
The new tug San Jose did not depart as planned this weekend for the Seaway and then on to Norfolk, Va. Sunday night she was still at her Cleveland dock. Also in port Sunday was Calumet at the Cargill dock.

Toronto, Ont. – Gerry Ouderkirk
The Beasley ferry Dartmouth III is on Lake Ontario bound for Toronto. It will not operate this season as Beasley Entertainment (on Toronto Island) has closed for the season. Wm. Inglis is still on drydock and is in worse shape than Trillium was. Coastal Titan will be returning from her Hamilton drydocking to Toronto Monday.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Sunday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival (anchored) - Nov 11 - Algoscotia at 0526 - Nov 12 - docked - Nov 8 - Sten Arnold (Gib) at 1122 - Nov 10 - Algosea at 1444 - departed - Nov 12 - Algosea at 0313 for Sarnia

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 11 - English River at 1454 - departed Nov 12 at 1324 eastbound

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 10 - Algoway, Algoma Equinox at 2150, H Lee White at 0306, Algoma Spirit at 0504, CSL Assiniboine at 1413, Albanyborg (Nld) departed wharf 6, Cedarglen at 1521, and Algoma Niagara at 1936 on first trip into Great Lakes from Hamilton to Toledo

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Nov 11 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement, Federal Schelde (Bds), Frontenac and Spruceglen - Nov 12 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0745, tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0900, English River at 1541, Elbeborg (Nld) at 2030 and Capt Henry Jackman at 2045

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 9 - Albanyborg (Nld)(ex CCNI Tolten-12) stopped at wharf 6 at 1430 approximately - Nov 10 - Manitoulin stopped at wharf 12 waiting for wharf 6 at 1954 - departures - Nov 12 - Albanyborg (Nld) at 1152 approximately for Cleveland and Manitoulin departed wharf 12 late morning - arrived wharf 6 at 1407 approximately

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Tufty (Cyp) - departed - Nov 12 - at 0700 approximately for Toronto - arrival - Nov 12 - Juno (Bds) late afternoon

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 12 - Algoma Harvester at 0153 and Stephen B. Roman at 2236 approximately - Nov 12 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2021 and Solina (Bhs) at 2343 approximately - docked - Nov 4 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 0526 - Nov 8 - Algoma Niagara at 1417 on maiden voyage from China to unload - Nov 9 - Federal Maas (Bds) from anchorage to dock at 1620 and Isadora (Cyp) at 2238 - Nov 11 - Furuholmen (Pa) (ex CF Zachary-11) at 0145, Algoma Niagara shifted to 26-N dock at 0715 and Resko (Bhs) at 2010 - Nov 12 - departures - Nov 12 - Mississagi at 0249, Algoma Spirit at 0312, Federal Maas (Bds) at 1554 for Montreal and Algoma Niagara at 1708 for Toledo

Bronte:
Anchored - Nov 9 - Esta Desgagnes at 0425 - Nov 10 - docked - Sarah Desgagnes at 1637 - Nov 12 - Esta Desgagnes at 0208 - departed - Nov 12 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0126 for Montreal

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 10 - Robert S. Pierson at 0653

Mississauga:
Arrival - Nov 11 - Erria Swan (Den) at 0644

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 11 - Stephen B. Roman at 0542 - arrivals - Nov 12 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0906 to unload at Redpath dock, Dartmouth (ferry) at 1348 and Frontenac at 1543

Oshawa:
Docked - Nov 9 - Eider (Hkg) at 0724

Bowmanville:
Arrivals - Nov 12 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0700 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1800 (anchored)

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 13

In 1952, the 626-foot SPARROWS POINT successfully completed her sea trials and departed Chicago on her maiden trip. The new Bethlehem boat, the largest boat to enter the lakes via the Mississippi River Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, was under the command of Captain Wilfred Couture and Chief Engineer James Meinke. She was lengthened to 682 feet in 1958, converted to a self-unloader in 1980, renamed b.) BUCKEYE in 1991, converted to a barge in 2006, renamed c.) LEWIS J. KUBER.

ARAB (2-mast wooden schooner, 100 foot, 158 tons, built in 1854, at Buffalo, New York) beached on 01 November 1883, near St. Joseph, Michigan, during a storm, but quick work by salvagers got her free. However on 13 November 1883, while being towed to Racine, Wisconsin, she capsized and sank well off of Arcadia, Michigan. One man lost his life, an engineer who was desperately trying to start her pumps when she rolled.

On November 13, 1976, the TEMPLE BAR (later LAKE WABUSH and ALGONORTH) arrived at Singapore, where she was lengthened 202 feet.

CONDARRELL was laid up for the last time on November 13, 1981. Built in 1953 as a.) D. C. EVEREST, she was renamed b.) CONDARRELL in 1982.

GEORGE HINDMAN was in collision with the British salty MANCHESTER EXPLORER on Lake St. Louis, above the Lachine Lock in 1956. Built in 1921, as a.) GLENCLOVA, renamed b.) ANTICOSTI in 1927, c.) RISACUA in 1946, d.) GEORGE HINDMAN in 1955, and e.) ELIZABETH HINDMAN in 1962. Scrapped at Duluth, Minnesota, in 1971.

J. P. MORGAN JR (Hull#373) was launched November 13, 1909, at Lorain, Ohio, for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

HOMER D. WILLIAMS was involved in a collision with the steamer OTTO M. REISS at Duluth November 13, 1917.

In 1984, HOMER D. WILLIAMS was towed to Thunder Bay, Ontario, by the tug MALCOLM for dismantling.

On 13 November 1870, the schooner E. FITZGERALD left Port Huron on her maiden voyage to load lumber at Au Sable, Michigan, for Chicago. She was commanded by Capt. A. McTavish.

On 13 November 1883, H. C. AKELEY (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 240 foot, 1,187 tons, built in 1881, at Grand Haven, Michigan) was carrying corn from Chicago to Buffalo when she encountered a heavy storm off Holland, Michigan. She took the disabled tug PROTECTOR in tow but let her go when her own rudder broke off. AKELEY anchored but started to sink when she fell into the troughs of the waves. The disabled schooner DRIVER managed to save 12 of the crew who had taken to AKELEY's yawl before she went down. 6 lives were lost.

Captain W. H. Van Dyke was born at Escanaba, Michigan, on November 13, 1871, and spent most of his life on the Great Lakes (he joined the crew of a schooner at the age of 15). He first captained the Pere Marquette Line Steamer PERE MARQUETTE 8 then, in 1916, he joined the Pere Marquette carferry fleet. His first command was the str. PERE MARQUETTE 15. Then for 10 years he served as master of the PERE MARQUETTE 17, and after the launch of the CITY OF FLINT 32 in 1929, he served as master of the PERE MARQUETTE 22.

On 13 November 1865, CLARA PARKER (3-mast wooden schooner, 175 foot, 425 gross tons, built in 1865, at Detroit, Michigan) was fighting a losing battle with storm induced leaks, so she was beached 400 yards off shore near the mouth of the Pigeon River, south of Grand Haven, Michigan. The local Lifesaving Service plucked all 9 of the crew from the rigging by breeches buoy after the vessel had gone down to her decks and was breaking up.

On 13 November 1888, LELAND (wooden steam barge, 148 foot, 366 gross tons, built in 1873, at New Jerusalem, Ohio) burned at Huron, Ohio. She was valued at $20,000 and insured for $15,000. She was rebuilt and lasted until 1910.

JAMES DAVIDSON (steel propeller bulk freighter, 587 foot, 8,349 gross tons, built at Wyandotte, Michigan, in 1920) entered service on 13 Nov 1920, for the Globe Steamship Co. (G. A. Tomlinson, mgr.) when she loaded 439,000 bushels of wheat at Duluth, Minnesota, for delivery to Buffalo, New York. She was the last ship built at Wyandotte, Michigan.

An unnamed salty (formerly RANGUINI) arrived at Milwaukee's heavy lift dock on Saturday night, 13 Nov 1999, to load a large desalinization filtration system built in Milwaukee for Korea. The vessel entered the Seaway in ballast for Milwaukee on 09 Nov 1999. The following day, the crew rigged scaffolding over the side so the new name BBC GERMANY could be painted on the ship.

The Toledo Blade published the following vessel passages for Detroit on this date in 1903: -Up- VOLUNTEER, AMAZON, HARLOW, 12:30 Friday morning; ROCKEFELLER, 4:20; MARISKA, 4:40; FRENCH, 5:20; CONEMAUGH, 6; S M STEPHENSON, FAUSTIN, barges, 7:30; OLIVER, MITCHELL, (sailed), 7:50; AVERILL, 8.

1909: The steamers CHARLES WESTON and WARD AMES collided in lower Whitefish Bay. The former, which had been at anchor waiting to head downbound through the Soo Locks, ran for shore but settled on the bottom. The ship was saved, repaired and last sailed as c) SAUCON for Bethlehem Transportation before being scrapped at Hamilton, ON in 1950.

1909: JAMES H. HOYT went aground on a reef about two miles off the northeast corner of Outer Island after the engine was disabled in a snowstorm. The vessel was refloated November 29 and later became the BRICOLDOC.

1929: BRITON was wrecked in Lake Erie off Point Abino. The stranded vessel was battered for two days before being abandoned as a total loss.

1934: WILLIAM A. REISS (i) stranded off Sheboygan while inbound with 7025 tons of coal from Toledo. The ship was refloated November 17 with heavy damage and considered a total loss.

1942: H.M. PELLATT, a former Great Lakes canal freighter, was sailing as f) SCILLIN under the flag of Italy, when it was hit by gunfire from the British submarine H.M.S. PROTEUS while 9 miles off Kuriat, Tunisia, and sank.

1956: The downbound and grain-laden GEORGE HINDMAN and the upbound MANCHESTER EXPLORER collided in fog on the St. Lawrence above Lachine and both ships were damaged.

1958: LUNAN, a Pre-Seaway trader on the Great Lakes, sustained major bottom damage in a grounding on the St. Lawrence near Murray Bay. The ship was refloated, towed to Lauzon for repairs and it returned to service as b) MARIDAN C. in 1959.

1967: SANTA REGINA, the first American saltwater vessel to use the St. Lawrence Seaway, put into San Francisco with boiler problems and machinery damage while headed from Los Angeles to Saigon, South Vietnam as f) NORBERTO CAPAY. The vessel was sold at auction and towed to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for scrapping in 1969.

1971: The small St. Lawrence freighter C. DE BAILLON, better known as a) DONNACONA NO. 2 and b) MIRON C., went aground at Mont Louis and was a total loss.

1975: There was a boiler explosion on the Egyptian freighter CLEOPATRA after leaving Hartlepool, England, for Alexandria, Egypt, and 8 crewmen were severely injured with at least one fatality. The former Victory Ship first traveled through the Seaway in 1963. It was scrapped at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, in 1981.

1976: OCEAN SOVEREIGN lost steering at Sault Ste. Marie and was wedged into the wall at the Soo Locks. The rudder was damaged and the Greek saltie had to be towed to Lauzon, Quebec, for repairs. The vessel initially traded inland as a) BOLNES in 1970 and returned as b) OCEAN SOVEREIGN for the first time in 1973. It was scrapped at Ulsan, South Korea, as d) MARIA JOSE after being blown aground from the anchorage during Typhoon Vera on September 27, 1986.

1979: A steering failure put VANDOC aground at Harvey Island in the Brockville Narrows. The vessel spent time at Port Weller Dry Docks after being released.

1996: JOLLITY reported it was taking water in the engine room (Pos: 17.47 N / 119.20 E). The ship was was taken in tow two days later and reached Hong Kong on November 18. The vessel was scrapped at Chittagong, Bangladesh, in 1999.

1997: ARCADIA BERLIN visited the Great Lakes in 1971 when it was a year old. The ship was carrying bagged cement and sailing as f) ALLISSA when it collided with and sank the Ukrainian vessel SMENA off Yangon, Myanmar. The former was apparently laid up with collision damage and scrapped at Alang, India, in 1998.

2002: WILFRED SYKES was inbound with a cargo of limestone when it went aground in Muskegon Lake. Some of the cargo was lightered to PERE MARQUETTE 41 and the stranded ship was pulled free.

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

 

Fire at Midwest Energy causes extensive damage; ship loading not affected

11/12 - Superior, Wis. – An early morning fire at Midwest Energy in Superior Saturday caused extensive damage. The Superior Fire Department responded to reports of a fire at 2400 Winter Street around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, according to a press release from Battalion Chief Scott Gordon.

Firefighters located the fire in the belt system that transports coal 100 feet in the air, and the fire had traveled down that system to approximately 50 feet below ground where it was extinguished by 7:30 a.m., the report noted. The belt was not in operation when the fire was reported.

Gold Cross Ambulance also responded to the scene, but no injuries were reported.

According to the Superior Fire Department, the cause of the fire is under investigation and estimated damages are between $500,000 and $1 million. Gordon reported that Midwest employees estimate it will take at least one week to repair the system to allow trains to enter the facility and drop off coal. As of now, all incoming trains have been diverted to alternate locations, but Gordon stressed that Midwest Energy is still operational in loading ships with coal, since that system was not affected by the fire.

 

Port Reports -  November 12

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Algosteel arrived Duluth mid-morning Saturday to load iron ore pellets at CN. John G. Munson was inbound just after noon to discharge limestone at C. Reiss. Burns Harbor arrived via the Superior entry during the afternoon to load ore at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors at 03:42 on Saturday and departed Saturday at 17:08 for Ecorse. Due Two Harbors late Saturday/early Sunday is the Algoma Guardian. Due Two Harbors Sunday morning is the Edgar B. Speer. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Saturday and none scheduled for Sunday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday, 12:15 Federal Oshima arrived at G3 to load grain.

Southern Lake Michigan
Mediwe was at Indiana Harbor Saturday evening. Roger Blough and Cason J. Callaway were due at Gary. American Spirit was at Indiana Harbor. Federal Sakura was docked on the Calumet River.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algolake was loading at the Sifto Dock Saturday. Algoma Olympic was upbound in the St. Clair River with a destination of Goderich. The saltie Tundra was upbound in Welland Canal headed for Goderich, with Algoway right behind her.

Owen Sound, Ont. – Paul Martin
Cuyahoga arrived Saturday morning and spent the day unloading salt on to the west pier area next to the elevator.

Toledo, Ohio
Federal Mayumi departed upbound Saturday. CSL Laurentien is due sometime on Sunday.

Cleveland, Ohio
The newly-built tug San Jose, also known as Handy Four, departed Saturday morning for the Seaway. Moran Towing has purchased her and is taking her to Norfolk, Va.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Saturday – Barry Andersen Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 8 - Sten Arnold (Gib) at 1122 - Nov 9 - Baie Comeau at 0702 - departed dock out to anchorage at 1512 - Nov 10 - Algosea at 1444 - departed - Nov 10 - Baie Comeau late afternoon - arrival (anchored) - Nov 11 - Algoscotia at 0526

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 11 - English River at 1454

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 10 - Radcliffe R. Latimer at 2230, 0 Nov 11 - English River at 0147, Federal Seto (Mhl) at 0421, John D. Leitch at 1315, Tundra (Cyp) at 1455, Algoway at 1645 and Algoma Equinox at 2150

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Star II (Mlt)(ex Polaris Star-16 Avenue Star-10) at 1700, Kaministiqua at 1030, Algoma Discovery at 1443, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1533, Baie St. Paul at 1631, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement at 1714, Federal Schelde (Bds) at 2130, Frontenac at 2135 and Spruceglen at 2230

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 9 Albanyborg (Nld)(ex CCNI Tolten-12) stopped at wharf 6 at 1430 approximately - Nov 10 - Manitoulin stopped at wharf 12 waiting for wharf 6 at 1954

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 11 - Tufty (Cyp) - at 0401 (awaiting dock at Toronto)

Hamilton:
Arrivals - docked - Nov 4 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 0526 - Nov 6 - light tug Tim McKeil at 1917 - Nov 8 - Algoma Niagara at 1417 on maiden voyage from China - Nov 9 - Federal Maas (Bds) from anchorage to dock at 1620 and Isadora (Cyp) at 2238 - Nov 10 - Algoma Spirit at 1624 and Mississagi at 2238 - Nov 11 - Furuholmen (Pa) (ex CF Zachary-11) at 0145, Algoway at 0156 - anchorage - Nov 11 Resko (Bhs) at 1123 - then to dock at 2010, - departures - Nov 11 - Algoway at 1436

Bronte:
Anchored - Nov 9 - Esta Desgagnes at 0425 and Sarah Desgagnes at 1019 - Nov 10 - docked - Sarah Desgagnes at 1637

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 9 - Robert S. Pierson at 0658

Mississauga:
Anchored - Nov 10 - Jana Desgagnes at 0705 - docked Nov 10 at 1048 - departed - Nov 11 at 1816 for Montreal

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 7 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2235 to unload at Redpath dock - arrival - Nov 10 - Mississagi at 1647 - departures - Nov 11 - Tundra (Cyp) at 1307

Oshawa:
Docked - Nov 9 - Eider (Hkg) at 0724

Kingston:
Docked - Nov 8 - Dartmouth III at 1445 (passenger ferry) - departed - Nov 11 at 0805 headed for Toronto

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 12

In 1920, FRANCIS WIDLAR stranded on Pancake Shoal in Lake Superior and was written off as a total constructive loss of $327,700. The wreck was purchased by Mathews Steamship Company in 1921 and placed back in service as BAYTON. The BAYTON sailed until 1966, and the hull was later used as a temporary breakwall during construction at Burns Harbor, Indiana.

On 12 November 1878, JAMES R. BENTLEY (3-mast wooden schooner, 170 foot, 575 tons, built in 1867, at Fairport, Ohio) was carrying grain when she struck a shoal in heavy weather and foundered off 40 Mile Point on Lake Huron. Her crew was rescued in the rough seas by the bark ERASTUS CORNING.

On 12 Nov 1964, THOMAS F. COLE (steel propeller bulk freighter, 580 foot, 7,268 gross tons, built in 1907, at Ecorse, Michigan) collided with the British motor vessel INVEREWE off the south end of Pipe Island on the lower St. Marys River in foggy conditions. The COLE suffered severe damage to the port bow and was taken to Lorain for repairs.

On 12 Nov 1980, ALVA C. DINKEY (steel propeller bulk freighter, 580 foot, 7,514 gross tons, built in 1909, at Lorain, Ohio) and GOVERNOR MILLER (steel propeller bulk freighter, 593 foot, 8,240 gross tons, built in 1938, at Lorain, Ohio) arrived near El Ferrol del Caudillo, Spain for scrapping in tow of the FedNav tug CATHY B. Demolition by Miguel Partins began on 28 Nov 1980, at Vigo, Spain.

On November 12, 1919, PANAY, upbound on Lake Superior for Duluth, Minnesota, in rough weather, was one of the last vessels to see the down bound JOHN OWEN which, apparently later the same day, disappeared with all hands. Renamed b.) WILLIAM NELSON in 1928, and c.) BEN E. TATE in 1936. Scrapped at Bilbao, Spain in 1969.

On 12 November 1881, BRUNSWICK (iron propeller bulk freighter, 248 foot, built in 1881, at Wyandotte, Michigan) was carrying 1,500 tons of hard coal in a night of fitful squalls in Lake Erie. CARLINGFORD (wooden schooner, 155 foot, built in 1869, at Port Huron, Michigan) was also sailing there, loaded with 26,000 bushels of wheat. They collided. After the skipper of BRUNSWICK made sure that the sinking schooner's crew were in their lifeboats, he ran for shore with his sinking vessel, but sank a few miles off Dunkirk, New York. A total of 4 lives were lost.

On 12 November 1835, the small wooden schooner ROBERT BRUCE was sailing from Kingston, Ontario to Howell, New York when she was wrecked west of Henderson, New York. Her crew of 4, plus one passenger, were all lost.

On 12 Nov 1886, the tug WM L. PROCTOR (wooden tug, 104 foot, 117 gross tons, built in 1883, at Buffalo, New York) left Oswego, New York with the schooner-barges BOLIVIA and E.C. BUCK in tow before a big storm struck. During the snowstorm, the tug got lost and the towline broke. Alone, the PROCTOR finally made it to Charlotte, New York, badly iced up, but there was no word on the barges. They were presumed lost with all onboard.

1881: BRUNSWICK sank in Lake Erie after a collision with the CARLINGFORD. The wooden hulled, coal-laden steamer, made a run for the American shore but the effort fell short. Three lives were lost.

1914: The wooden steamer COLONIAL began to leak on Lake Erie and was beached in Rondeau Bay only to be pounded to pieces by gale force winds. All on board were rescued.

1967: The Swedish freighter TORSHOLM began visiting the Great Lakes as early as 1953. The ship was enroute from the Seaway to Stockholm when it ran aground near Uto, Sweden, and became a total loss.

1968: CLARA CLAUSEN, a Danish freighter, ran aground at Les Escoumins on the St. Lawrence and was abandoned. After being salvaged, the vessel came to the Great Lakes in 1970 and was rebuilt at Kingston as ATLANTEAN.

1974: BELVOIR (ii), enroute from Puerto Cortes, Honduras, to Corpus Christi, Texas, with a load of ore concentrates, struck a submerged object in the Gulf of Honduras and sank. Only 4 crew members are rescued while the other 21 were presumed lost.

1980: The former Lake Michigan rail car ferry PERE MARQUETTE 21 left the Great Lakes in 1974. It was lost on this date as the barge d) CONSOLIDATOR. It was hit by Hurricane Jean off the coast of Honduras while carrying a load of truck trailers.

2005: SPAN TERZA, an Italian freighter, first came through the Seaway in 1977 and returned as b) ANANGEL HORIZON in 1983. It was damaged on this date as d) SALAM 4 in a collision near Dondra Head, Sri Lanka, with SHANGHAI PRIDE and had to go to Colombo for assessment. The ship was repaired and eventually scrapped as e) ALINA at Xinhui, China, in 2009.

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

 

Michigan Legislature votes to roll back ballast standards to control invasive species

11/11 - Lansing, Mich. – A bill that environmental groups say would be a step backward in the fight against invasive species in the Great Lakes is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder's desk. Snyder has opposed the bill, according to spokesperson Anna Heaton, but has not said whether he will veto it.

The state House voted 66-42 last week in favor of the bill, and the state Senate passed it Friday in a 25-11 vote. The bill would scrap Michigan's current standards for killing invasive species in the ballast water of ocean-going ships in its ports, and would replace them with federal ones.

"The federal standards that we have right now are not sufficiently protective to actually stop new invasions from getting into the Great Lakes," said Joel Brammeier, president and CEO of the Alliance of the Great Lakes.

According to James Clift, policy director of the Michigan Environmental Council, lowering the standards would likely result in new invasive species entering the ecosystem and causing harm to Michigan's fisheries and recreation industry.

The bill would revise a 2005 Michigan law that requires ocean-going vessels either to use state approved technology to get rid of invasive species before discharging ballast water or to certify that they will not discharge into Michigan waters.

According to Clift, the U.S. Coast Guard, whose standards would replace those of the state under the new bill, permits a phase-in of treatment systems over a period of years that could be extended, and in the interim, ships could dump ballast water that had not been treated.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway, said Michigan's current standards hinder port development in Michigan and send ocean-going export business to other Great Lakes states and provinces which have less stringent requirements than Michigan.

"My goal behind the bill is to get Michigan back in the export business," said Lauwers. "I'm saying it's time to adopt these standards and get on the same level playing field that the rest of the Great Lakes states and provinces who are shipping are using," Lauwers said.

But environmental groups say Michigan is especially vulnerable to harm from aquatic invasive species.

Michigan really does stand to lose out more than any other state if new invasives are brought in," said Charlotte Jameson, government affairs director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. "We have more Great Lakes shoreline, and we are more dependent economically and recreationally than other Great Lakes state on the Great Lakes."

And the stakes are high, according to Brammeier. He said the Great Lakes region suffers losses of more than $200 million annually from the impacts of aquatic invasive species. Scientists believe that dozens of invasive species that have reached the Great Lakes in recent decades came in the ballast water of ocean-going ships.

Michigan Radio

 

Port Reports -  November 11

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader arrived at Two Harbors at 04:03 on Friday. She departed Friday at 11:51 for Zug Island. Due Two Harbors on Saturday are Presque Isle due in the morning and Algoma Guardian due later in the day. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the Herbert C. Jackson depart at 04:59 on Friday for Cleveland. Northshore Mining has no inbound traffic scheduled on Saturday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday November 9th, 00:05, CSL Welland departed for Montreal. At 10:20 Federal Barents finished unloading at Keefer Terminal and went to anchor. Friday November 10th, 18:40 Irma departed for Montreal.

Cedarville, Mich.
Great Republic was loading on Friday.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Sakura remained at Burns Harbor Friday night. Edwin H. Gott was at Gary. American Integrity was at Indiana Harbor. Manitowoc, Samuel de Champlain / barge and Vikingbank were at docks on the Calumet River.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saginaw departed with salt Friday evening. Capt. Henry Jackman took her spot at the shiploader.

Toledo, Ohio
The tugs Illinois and Colorado were headed upriver to tow out the Algoma Discovery from Anderson's K. Elevator Friday evening. So far the November grain trade has been quite slow compared to previous years.

Fairport, Ohio
Frontenac was in port Friday night.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Friday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 8 - Sten Arnold (Gib) at 1122 - Nov 9 - Baie Comeau at 0702 - departed to anchorage at 1512 - Nov 10 returned to dock from anchorage at 1027 departed dock - Nov 9 - Baie Comeau to anchorage at 1512 - anchored - Nov 9 - Baie Comeau at 1559 and Algosea at 2359

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Arrivals - downbound (delayed) - Nov 9 Whitefish Bay at 1644 and Algoway at 2336 - departures - Nov 9 - Whitefish Bay at 2333 - Nov 10 - Algoway at 0714

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 10 - Algoma Olympic at 0323, Rt. Hon Paul J. Martin at 1540 and Radcliffe R. Latimer at 2145

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Nov 10 - Mississagi at 0008, Whitefish Bay at 0449, Algoma Spirit at 0312, Manitoulin at 0337, Algoma Transport at 0515, Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 0800, Algoway at 1056, Thunder Bay at 1540 and Star II (Mlt)(ex Polaris Star-16 Avenue Star-10) at 1700

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 9 Albanyborg (Nld)(ex CCNI Tolten-12) stopped at wharf 6 at 1430 approximately - Nov 10 - wharf 16 - Mississagi at 0038 to load - departed at 0504 approximately

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 11 - Tufty (Cyp) - at 0401 (awaiting dock at Toronto) and Federal Asahi (Mhl) 0830 - departure - Nov 10 - Federal Asahi (Mhl) at

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 9 - Algoway at 1450 and Mississagi at 1714 - departed at 2149 for wharf 16 and Algoway at 1551 for the canal.

Anchored off Hamilton (area 3 downbound - Lake Ontario):
Arrival - Nov 9 - John J. Boland at 1255 (downbound) and tug Salvor & barge Lambert Spirit at 0822 (downbound) - Nov 10 - Federal Asahi (Mhl) at 0230 - departed - Nov 10 - John J. Boland at 0445 for Quebec City, Federal Asahi (Mhl) at 0720 for Port Weller anchorage, tug Salvor & barge Lambert Spirit at 0727 eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - docked - Nov 4 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 0526 - Nov 6 - light tug Tim McKeil at 1917 - Nov 8 - Algoma Niagara at 1417 on maiden voyage from China - Nov 9 - Federal Maas (Bds) from anchorage to dock at 1620 and Isadora (Cyp) at 2238 - Nov 10 - Algoma Spirit at 1615 and Mississagi at approximately 2215

Bronte:
Anchored - Nov 9 - Esta Desgagnes at 0425 and Sarah Desgagnes at 1019 - Nov 10 - docked - Sarah Desgagnes at 1637

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 9 - Robert S. Pierson at 0658

Mississauga:
Anchored - Nov 10 - Jana Desgagnes at 0705 - docked - Nov 10 at 1048

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 7 - tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 1613 and Tundra (Cyp) at 2235 to unload at Redpath dock - arrival - Nov 10 - Mississagi at 1647 - departures - Nov 10 - Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 1428 for Bath and Mississagi at 2017 westbound

Oshawa:
Docked - Nov 9 - Eider (Hkg) at 0724

Kingston:
Docked - Nov 8 - Dartmouth III at 1445 (passenger ferry) headed for Toronto

 

Ships struggled for survival on lake in killer 1913 storm

11/11 - Kingston, Ont. – The wind swirled and howled, lashing at the shorelines and inflicting devastation on anything daring to be in its way. In cyclonic motion, the storm brought heavy precipitation and waves high enough to sink the largest of lake ships. It showed no mercy to man or machine. This was no tropical storm tearing through a warmer climate. This was the Great Lakes storm of November 1913.

The evening of Thursday, Nov. 6, turned stormy, not unusual for the season. "The weather forecasts across Michigan called for brisk winds and rain, but the squall elevated quickly the next day to a 'moderately severe' storm accompanied by falling temperatures," described Mitchell Newton-Matza, editor of "Disasters and Tragic Events: An encyclopedia of catastrophes in American History" (ABC-CLIO, LLC, Santa Barbara 2014).

Moving eastward across Lake Superior and Lake Michigan over Friday and Saturday, the winds intensified to 80 to 120 km/h. The gales brought rain and snow, and ship captains guided their vessels to the safety of ports to wait out the storm. However, vessels too distant from shore suffered damage.

By Sunday, a "sucker hole" developed. The easing of weather conditions allowed "traffic to begin flowing again, both down the St. Marys River and up Lake Erie, and the Detroit and St. Clair rivers, into Lake Huron," said McGill University.

"The gale wind flags raised at over a hundred ports were ignored," and captains, thinking the worst was over, took advantage of the lull to get back on shipping schedules. Customers were waiting for cargo, others were waiting to ship their goods. The vessels carried all sorts of freight. The Regina, built in Scotland and named for the city in Saskatchewan, stopped at ports all along the shores, dropping off "paint, hardware, kitchen utensils, cloth, and food supplies," said St. Joseph's Museum.

However, another storm loomed. "Snowfall intensity increased on the 9th and continued into the 10th as warm and moist air from the Atlantic was pulled over the cold surface air. This process helps wring moisture of the atmosphere in the form of copious amount of snow," according to "Great Lakes Hurricane of 1913: A Meteorological Review 100 Years Later" by National Weather Service, Gaylord, Mich.

More snow squalls followed closely behind the storm. "The result was a significant early season winter storm for much of the Great Lakes." Weather tracking was in its early days, without technical equipment and the speed of transmission taken for granted today. Weather services were hours behind in issuing warnings. By the time conditions were observed and recorded, maps hand-drawn and sent to weather bureaus, warnings were issued much too late.

Out on the fresh water, sheer fear and terror reigned as the two storms converged with a roar. The frontal depression with southerly warm air brought uncharacteristically low barometric pressure, and with this, wind speed increased.

Now named a "weather bomb," raging gusts of up to 145 km/h were recorded in the Great Lakes basin. Waves pushed to 11 metres, as high as a three-storey building.

When the wind speed burst to 145 km/h; "the frigid water washed over ships' decks and froze in seconds, encasing everything it touched in a solid layer of ice. Blinding snow and sleet reduced visibility to nearly zero," said Wendy Webb in "Frozen Fury: the 1913 White Hurricane," Lake Superior Magazine, Oct. 1, 2004. Lake-effect blizzards all along the lakeshores left cities and towns paralyzed for days in deep snow.

Sailors stranded in ships on the water faced even worse in the struggle for survival. Usually lasting four to five hours, the vicious storm lasted 16 terrifying hours. "Lake Huron took the worst of it," Webb added. "Eight freighters were lost beneath its waves in just four hours on the night of Nov. 9." By the end of the storm on Nov. 11, four more foundered and approximately 250 men were lost to the deep, dark waters.

"Another 32 went aground during the storm," noted Great Lakes Steamship Society, "seven of which were completely destroyed."

The storm eased by Nov. 12 with skies clearing. The dreadful consequences began to emerge from the lakes. Massive freighters floated upside down, their hulls facing the sun; wreckage washed ashore, including the frozen bodies of sailors.

From so many sunken ships, the deceased surfaced to silently tell their stories of misery. "Stiff, bloated and battered, their heads capped in ice, they floated in, rolled and pitched by the combers crashing the beach," wrote Robert J. Hemming in Ships Gone Missing (Contemporary Books, 1992).

At Grand Bend, Mich., corpses were gathered up by "searchers" who were paid $5 for each body. Stacked on beaches, the deceased were moved to a temporary morgue in a hardware store; so many bodies washed ashore that the coroner had to use warehouses instead. First using shrouds, the coroner soon ran out, "so he began wrapping the bodies in newspapers," said Mark Bourrie in the National Post, Nov. 12, 2013.

Along with the distressing human cost, the financial loss of ships and cargo was tremendous. "The finally tally -- not counting losses on land from storm devastation -- included $2,332,000 for vessels totally lost: $830,900 for vessels that became constructive total losses, $620,000 for vessels stranded but returned to service, and approximately $1,000,000 in lost cargoes," said McGill University.

Over the years, most of the sunken vessels were located. More recently, the SS Hydrus with its load of iron ore was found in 2015, upright at the bottom of Lake Huron. The ship was built at Ohio in 1903 and was 126.8 metres in length.

The resting place of one ship still remains a mystery. Built in Collingwood in early 1913, the SS James Carruthers was a steel-hulled lake freighter, powered by triple expansion steam to turn the propeller. Larger than SS Hydrus at 161.24 metres in length, the ship was 17.68 metres wide with a depth of 8.23 metres.

James Carruthers, with crew of 25, was on its third trip, bound for Georgia Bay with 10 tons of wheat when it was caught in the storm. The new ship sank far off course, near Goderich. The position of the James Carruthers was narrowed down by 2000, but the ship has not yet reappeared.

Given several monikers -- the White Blizzard, the Witch of November, and the Freshwater Fury -- the Great Lakes storm of 1913 is regarded as one of the worst natural disasters to hit the Great Lakes. The industry is attempting to prevent such immense disasters from occurring again with the use of advanced meteorological science and communications technology to provide vessels with accurate and near-instant information about weather conditions. A ship of any size is no match for a hurricane.

The Kingston Whig-Standard

 

Mariners’ Church holds annual Great Lakes Memorial this weekend

11/11 - Detroit, Mich. – The peaceful stone church next to the modern Renaissance Center will honor those who lost their lives on the Great Lakes this weekend. Mariners' Church of Detroit, which celebrates its 175th anniversary this year, will host its annual Great Lakes Memorial at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 12.

The memorial coincides with the 42nd anniversary this week of the sinking of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior. Then the largest ship on the Great Lakes, the Fitzgerald set sail November 9, 1975 from Superior, Wisconsin on its way to Zug Island near Detroit. The weather was fine until the next day, when gale force winds upwards of 50 miles per hour started, and waves ranged from 18 to 25 feet. One wave smashed the lifeboat, making it unusable. By 7 p.m. that evening, the Fitzgerald was 17 miles off Whitefish Bay and in serious trouble. By 7:30, the ship carrying 29 men had sunk. No bodies were ever recovered.

Reverend Richard Ingalls, then the pastor of Mariners’ Church on Jefferson Avenue, came to the church early November 12 to commemorate the loss of lives, the worst ever on the Great Lakes, by ringing the church’s “brotherhood bell” 29 times. The act is forever known in Gordon Lightfoot’s song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

Sunday’s service will honor the memory of the more than 6,000 Great Lakes shipwrecks and the more than 10,000 sailors who have lost their lives in them, including the crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Detroit.curbed.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 11

The Port of Huron, Ohio received its first grain boat in seven years when Westdale Shipping's AVONDALE arrived at the Pillsbury Elevator on November 11, 1971, to load 200,000 bushels of soybeans for Toronto, Ontario.

On 11 November 1883, NEMESIS (2-mast wooden schooner, 74 foot, 82 gross tons, built in 1868, at Goderich, Ontario) was wrecked in a terrific storm that some called a hurricane. She went ashore near Bayfield, Ontario, on Lake Huron. She may have been recovered since her registration was not closed until 1907. In 1876, this little schooner rescued all but one of the crew from the sinking freighter NEW YORK.

The Armistice Day Storm of November 11, 1940, was one of the worst storms in the recorded history of Lake Michigan. In all, the storm claimed 5 vessels, and 66 lives. The storm hit late Monday afternoon, November 11th, with winds of hurricane proportions. The winds struck suddenly from the southwest at about 2:30 p.m. and were accompanied by drenching rain, which later changed to snow. The winds reached peak velocities of 75 miles per hour, the highest in local maritime history.

Some of the vessels affected were: CITY OF FLINT 32: Beached at Ludington, no damage. Jens Vevang, relief captain, in command. Her regular captain, Charles Robertson, was on shore leave. Also: PERE MARQUETTE 21: Blown into a piling at Ludington, no damage, captained by Arthur Altschwager. She had 5 passengers aboard. CITY OF SAGINAW 31: Arrived Milwaukee 6 hours late with over a foot of water in her hull. The wireless aerial was missing and her seagate was smashed by the waves. She was captained by Ed Cronberg. Ann Arbor carferry WABASH: A railcar broke loose from its moorings on her car deck and rolled over, nearly crushing a crewman. The steamer NOVADOC: Ran aground at Juniper Beach, South of Pentwater, Michigan. Two crewman (cooks) drowned when the ship broke in half. Seventeen crewman, found huddled in the pilothouse, were rescued by Captain Clyde Cross and his 2 crewman, Gustave Fisher and Joe Fontane of the fishing tug THREE BROTHERS. CONNEAUT of 1916, ran hard aground on Lansing Shoal near Manistique, Michigan, on Lake Michigan. She reportedly had lost her propeller and rudder. Two days later she was pulled off. The SINALOA had taken on a load of sand near Green Island and was heading for Chicago through Death's Door on Wisconsin's Door Peninsula when the November 11th Armistice Day storm of 1940, struck in upper Lake Michigan. During the storm the SINALOA lost her rudder. The anchor was dropped but her anchor cable parted. In this helpless condition she ran aground at Sac Bay on Michigan's Garden Peninsula. Fortunately the stricken vessel was close to shore where the Coast Guard was able to rescue the entire crew. Declared a constructive total loss, her owner collected the insurance and forfeited the vessel to the Roen Salvage Co.

ANNA C MINCH: Sank South of Pentwater with a loss of 24 lives.

WILLIAM B DAVOCK: of the Interlake fleet, Capt. Charles W. Allen, sank in 215 of water off Pentwater, Michigan. There were no survivors among the crew of 33.

The fishing tugs INDIAN and RICHARD H: Lost with all hands off South Haven, Michigan.

On 11 November 1872, the schooner WILLIS collided with the bark ELIZABETH JONES on Lake Erie and sank in a few minutes. The crew was saved.

On 11 November 1936, J. OSWALD BOYD (steel propeller fuel tanker, 244 foot, 1,806 gross tons, built in 1913, in Scotland) was carrying 900,000 gallons of gasoline when she stranded on Simmons Reef on the north side of Beaver Island. The U.S. Coast Guard from Beaver Island rescued the entire crew of 20.

On 11 November 1890, BRUNO (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 136 foot. 475 gross tons, built in 1863, at Montreal) was carrying coal to Cleveland with the schooner LOUISA in tow when she struck Magnetic Reef, south of Cockburn Island in Georgian Bay and sank in rough weather. No lives were lost.

On 11 November 1835, the 2-mast wooden schooner COMET was carrying iron and ashes on Lake Erie when she foundered in a gale, one mile northwest of Dunkirk, New York. Just her topmasts protruded from the water. All seven on board lost their lives, including a passenger who was a college student bound for Vermont.

In a storm on the night of 11 November 1874, The schooner LA PETITE (3-mast wooden schooner, 119 foot, 172 gross tons, built 1866, J. Ketchum, Huron, Ohio) was on Lake Michigan carrying a cargo of wheat and corn from Chicago when she sprang a bad leak and tried first to reach Ludington, then Manistee. Before reaching safety, she grounded off Big Point au Sable, eight miles from land, in eight feet of water. Previous to striking, the vessel had lost her bowsprit and foremast. After she struck, her main and mizzenmasts went by the board, and the schooner began to break up rapidly. The crew clung to the forecastle deck, and when that washed away, four men were drowned. Captain O. B. Wood had his arms broken by the falling off a square-sail yard. When he fell into the water, the ship's dog jumped in and kept him afloat until they were rescued by the crew of the steam barge CHARLES REITZ. Of the 10 crewmen, six were saved. The LA PETITE was salvaged and repaired and lasted until 1903, when she was lost in another storm.

On 11 Nov 1999, the Maltese flag bulk carrier ALCOR was examined by personnel from Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, a salvage company and the vessel's owners in hopes of forming a plan to save the vessel. She ran aground on a sand bar off the eastern tip of d'Orleans Island on the St. Lawrence River two days earlier. This vessel did not visit Great Lakes ports under the name ALCOR, but she did so under her two previous names, firstly as PATRICIA V and then as the Soviet flag MEKHANIK DREN. The Groupe Desgagnes finally refloated the ALCOR on 05 Dec 1999, after part of the cargo of clinker had been removed. The ship was then towed to Quebec City. Later, it was reported that Groupe Desgagnes purchased the ALCOR from its Greek owners.

Below is a first hand account of the Storm of 1913, from the journal of John Mc Laughlin transcribed by his great grandson Hugh McNichol. John was working on an unknown vessel during the Storm of 1913. The boat was captained by John McAlpine and Harry Roberts as Chief Engineer. The boat was loading iron ore in Escanaba when the storm started on November 8th.

Tuesday, November 11, 1913: I got up at 12 a.m. and went on watch. We were above Presque Isle. It is still blowing hard and quite a sea running. Presque Isle at 1:45 a.m., Thunder Bay Island at 4:30 a.m., Harbor Beach at 1:00 p.m., we are about in the River at 7:05 p.m. It is fine tonight, wind gone down.

1940: The famous Armistice Day storm claims the ANNA C. MINCH, WILLIAM B. DAVOCK and NOVADOC (ii), on Lake Michigan and leaves CITY OF FLINT 32 and SINALOA aground and damaged.

1946: The former Canada Steamship lines bulk canaller LANARK was scuttled off the coast of Ireland with a load of World War Two bombs.

1977: The 380-foot, 8-inch long West German freighter GLORIA made 4 visits to the Great Lakes in 1959-1960. It went aground on the Adriatic at Sestrice Island as d) ARISTOTELES. While the 25-year old hull was refloated, it was declared a total loss and towed to Split, Yugoslavia, for scrapping.

1980: The DINIE S. suffered an engineroom fire at Palermo, Italy and became a total loss. The ship had visited the Seaway as a) CATHERINE SARTORI (1959-1967) and b) CURSA (1967) and was sailing under a seventh name. It was scrapped at Palermo in 1985

1980: CITY OF LICHFIELD stranded near Antalya, Turkey, while leaving the anchorage in heavy weather as c) CITY OF LEEDS. The ship was refloated but never sailed again and was eventually scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey, in 1984. The ship had visited the Great Lakes in 1964.

1995: JAMES NORRIS was loading stone at Colborne, ON when the wind changed leaving the hull exposed to the gale. The ship was repeatedly pounded against the dock until it settled on the bottom. Subsequent hull repairs at Port Weller Dry Docks resulted in the port side being all welded while the starboard remained riveted.

1995: The Cuban freighter AREITO had a mechanical problem in the St. Lambert Lock and had to be towed back to Montreal for repairs. This SD-14 class vessel was scrapped at Alang, India, as e) DUNLIN in 2001.

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

 

Grain shipments will make for busy November at Thunder Bay elevators

11/10 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – The coming prairie grain rush is expected to result in a surge of activity at the Port of Thunder Bay. The port authority said the western Lake Superior port is on track to ship nine million tonnes of cargo this season, a level achieved just three times in the past 20 years.

As of October 31, the port has handled 6.7 million tonnes of cargo, 11 per cent ahead of the five-year average of 6.0 million tonnes year-to-date. Cargo volumes are seven per cent ahead of last year despite October shipments being lighter than in 2016.

“October tends to be a volatile month in the port,” said Tim Heney, port authority CEO, in a Nov. 8 press release. “Last year the port saw very strong grain shipments in October, and this year those shipments were closer to average.”

The authority said the current vessel line-up indicates above-average grain volumes transiting the port in November. General cargo shipments are also picking up speed with deliveries of heavy equipment, electrical transformers and electrical generators are anticipated in the coming weeks. A load of steel pipe was received earlier this week and will be transferred to Western Canada by rail. The authority said this marks the first shipment of pipe handled in Thunder Bay in a generation.

The pipe is a spinoff of a growing volume of steel products being imported to the Prairie Provinces through the Port of Thunder Bay since 2014.

Northern Ontario Business

 

Port Reports -  November 10

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived mid-morning Thursday to load iron ore pellets at CN. Fleetmate Indiana Harbor was inbound during the late morning to load coal. Elbeborg departed from Peavey during the afternoon. Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort was inbound a few minutes later with a cargo of limestone for Hallett #5. Paul R. Tregurtha arrived during the evening, and headed to Calumet to fuel. Indiana Harbor was expected to complete loading at Midwest Energy before midnight.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors had no traffic on Thursday. Due Friday in Two Harbors is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader arriving from Duluth after unloading stone at Hallett #5. The Presque Isle is due, but on Thursday evening she was anchored in the lower St. Marys River for weather. She'll probably arrive early Saturday. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival Wednesday night of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader at 22:10. She departed Thursday at 14:05. Arriving Silver Bay Thursday morning at 03:19 was the Herbert C. Jackson. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Friday.

St. Marys River
Wednesday’s upbound traffic included American Integrity earlier and Presque Isle in the late evening. Downbound traffic included Baie St. Paul, Kaministiqua, American Spirit and, late, CSL Welland followed by Spruceglen. Algoma Enterprise was at the Algoma Export Dock. Algosteel was anchored in the lee of Whitefish Point all of Wednesday due to strong winds. St. Clair, John G. Munson and Hon. James L. Oberstar were anchored by the late evening in Potaganissing Bay above DeTour. Vessels that were on Lake Superior were sticking close to the north shore due to weather.

Cedarville, Mich.
Ashtabula/Defiance were loading stone Thursday night. Menominee/Olive L. Moore were waiting for the dock. Great Republic is due early Friday.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Sakura remained at Burns Harbor on Thursday. Edwin H. Gott was due at Gary but was stopped a few miles from port, likely due to weather.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algowood cleared laden with salt upbound for Fisher Harbour at about 7 a.m. Thursday. Federal Schelde and Saginaw were at the elevators.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Thursday – Barry Andersen (Winds 30 - 40 knots, sending some vessels to anchor)

Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 7 Algocanada at 2303 - Nov 8 Sten Arnold (Gib) at 1122 - Nov 9 Baie Comeau at 0702. Departed - Nov 9 Algocanada at 1226 for Sarnia and Baie Comeau off dock to anchorage at 1512 - anchored 1559

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Arrivals - downbound- Nov 9 Whitefish Bay at 1644 and Algoway at 2053

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - No v 8 CSL St. Laurent at 2051 - Nov 9 Sten Baltic (Gib) at 0129, Algolake at 0244, Albanyborg (Nld) at 0429, Tim S. Dool at 1525 and Algoma Olympic at 2150

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Sarah Desgagnes at 2057, John J. Boland at 2139, Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 2307, - Nov 9 Stephen B. Roman at 0229, Nomadic Hjellestad (Mhl) at 0619, Federal Asahi (Mhl) at 1235 and Algoma Mariner at 1357

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 and Nov 9 Albanyborg (Nld) stopped at wharf 6 at 1430 approximately

Anchored off Hamilton (area 3 downbound - Lake Ontario:
arrival - Nov 9 John J. Boland at 1255 (downbound) and tug Salvor & barge Lambert Spirit at 0822 (upbound)

Hamilton:
Arrivals - docked - Nov 4 Greenwing (Cyp) at 0526 - Nov 6 light tug Tim McKeil at 1917 - anchored Nov 5 Federal Maas (Mhl) at 0858 - Nov 8 Algoma Niagara at 1417 on maiden voyage from China and Algoma Olympic at approximately 2307 - Nov 9 Federal Maas (Bds) from anchorage at 1620 - departed - Nov 9 Algoma Olympic at 1620

Bronte:
Anchored - Nov 9 Esta Desgagnes at 0425 and Sarah Desgagnes at 1019

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 9 Robert S. Pierson at 0658

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 7 tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 1613 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2235

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 9 Eider (Hkg) at 0724

 

Follow the Edmund Fitzgerald's doomed journey in 1975

11/10 - Lake Superior – Forty-two years ago Thursday, the Edmund Fitzgerald's crew was preparing to leave Superior, Wis., having loaded her with 26,116 tons of taconite pellets. By mid-afternoon on Nov. 9, 1975, the doomed freighter had started her journey across Lake Superior, headed for Detroit's Zug Island.

Behind it, a deadly storm had formed over the Kansas Plains and was making a bead toward The Great Lakes.

Within 24 hours, the Fitzgerald's captain, Ernest McSorley, and his 28 crewmembers would be battling 50 mph winds and 16-foot waves as they tracked down the east side of Lake Superior.

Around that time, the U.S. Coast Guard told all ships still out on The Great Lakes to find safe harbor because of the worsening storm. A blinding snow cut visibility. Waves grew to 25 feet, other ships reported. Sustained winds reached hurricane force, more than 70 mph. The Soo Locks shut down.

At 7:10 p.m. on Nov. 10 came the last words from Capt. McSorley of the Fitzgerald: "We are holding our own."

Read more and view an interactive map at this link: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/11/follow_the_edmund_fitzgerald_o.html

 

Great Lakes Maritime Center to host author, photographer event Nov. 18

11/10 - The Great Lakes Maritime Center in Port Huron, Mich., will present an author booksigning and photographer event Saturday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

On hand will be Roger LeLievre (Know Your Ships), Robert Campbell (Classic Ships of the Great Lakes), Raymond Bawal (The Inland Steel Fleet and others) and John Borkovitch (Wildlife 911 on Patrol). Books will be available for purchase and signing. Photographers Frank Switlkicki and Mary Truchan will also have work on display. In addition, the Center will host a Kids Model Building Event.

Admission is free.

 

37th Annual Marine Mart coming Nov. 18 in St. Clair Shores

11/10 - The 37th Annual Marine Mart, sponsored by the Great Lakes Maritime Institute, will be held on Saturday, November 18, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The new location is the VFW 1146 Bruce Post, 28404 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, Mich. (between 11 and 12 Mile on Lake Saint Clair).

Admission is $7 (early bird admission 9:30-10:00a.m. - $10). Children ages 12 and under are free.

 

Lost Mariners Remembrance sold out but streamed on Facebook tonight

11/10 - Detroit - The annual “Lost Mariners Remembrance” program at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle Friday is sold out, but the public is welcome to watch the flotilla from the riverbank adjacent to the museum at no charge. The entire program will be Live Streamed on Facebook, starting with a Lee Murdock concert at 6:15 p.m. EDT. This moving annual program honoring sailors lost on the Great Lakes will be highlighted by a presentation from Kevin Magee on the Admiral and Cleveco. When the tug Admiral and its consort tanker-barge Cleveco left Toledo on December 1, 1942, there were no indications of the horrific snow storm that would hit Lake Erie. A lantern vigil at the Edmund Fitzgerald anchor begins the night, followed by a performance by Lee Murdock, Great Lakes balladeer, and an Honor Guard escort of the memorial wreath to the Detroit River for receipt by the Honor Flotilla of Great Lakes vessels.

https://www.facebook.com/DossinGreatLakesMuseum/

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 10

On this day in 1892, whaleback barge 102 loaded 2,073 tons of iron ore at Superior consigned to Cleveland. This was the first shipment of Mesabi Range iron ore carried by Oglebay Norton.

On 10 November 1901, the ROBERT A. PACKER (wooden freighter, 209 foot, 921 tons, built in 1882, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin) was found by the wrecking tug RUMBLE eleven miles north of off De Tour, Michigan, ablaze and abandoned by her crew. Captain Isaac Zess of the RUMBLE fought the flames for four hours and then was helped by the THOMAS W. PALMER. The fire was speedily extinguished with both vessels pouring water on the flames and the PACKER was tied up at the dock in DeTour, Michigan.

On 10 November 1887, A. BOODY (wooden schooner, 137 foot, 287 gross tons, built in 1863, at Toledo, Ohio) struck the Port Austin reef on Lake Huron and was declared a total loss. However, after ten days of hard work, the BOODY was finally pulled off the reef.

The EDMUND FITZGERALD foundered on Lake Superior during a severe storm November 10, 1975, at approximately 7:10 p.m. about 17 miles north-northwest of Whitefish Point, Michigan, at position 47 0'N by 85 7'W in Canadian waters.

IMPERIAL ST CLAIR (Hull#57) was launched November 10, 1973 , by Port Weller Drydocks at St. Catharines, Ontario. Renamed b.) ALGOSAR in 1998, sold off the lakes, renamed c.) GENESIS EXPLORER in 2005.

The STEELTON sailed on her maiden voyage for Bethlehem Steel Corp. on November 10, 1943.

The ROBERT C. STANLEY, in her first season of operation, on November 10, 1943 during a Lake Superior storm, developed a significant crack across her spar deck and 12 to 14 feet down both sides of her hull. As the hull worked in the heavy seas, the crack widened to as much as three to four inches. The crew ran cables between the fore and aft winches that maintained a force sufficient to hold the hull together.

November 10, 1972, in the vicinity of the entrance to the East Outer Channel near Amherstburg, Ontario, the UNITED STATES GYPSUM collided with her towing tug MAINE and as a result her bow was punctured. The GYPSUM was beached to prevent sinking.

Pittsburgh Steamship's WILLIAM A. IRVIN (Hull#811) was launched November 10, 1937, at Lorain, Ohio. The IRVIN serves as a museum ship in Duluth, Minnesota since 1986.

November 10, 1892, the carferry ANN ARBOR NO 1 left the shipyard in Toledo, Ohio, bound for Frankfort on her maiden voyage. In 1895, the first major accident caused by cars coming free on the car deck of a rail ferry happened when the ANN ARBOR NO 1, was on an eastbound voyage. Approaching Frankfort in a northwest gale, she rolled so violently that many of the car fastenings broke and the cargo began to move about on the car deck. None of the early rear-loading car ferries were equipped with a sea gate to protect the stern from the seas, and seven cars of flour and butter went off the deck of the NO 1 into the lake. Captain Charles Moody resigned from the Ann Arbor as a result of this incident and returned to the Pere Marquette and Goodrich lines.

ATLANTIC (formerly MANITOULIN, wooden propeller passenger/package freight, 147 foot, 683 gross tons, built in 1880, at Owen Sound, Ontario) was bound for Byng Inlet with lumber camp supplies when she was caught in a storm and grounded in the lee of Pancake Island in Georgian Bay. Her cargo and aft cabin were thrown overboard to lighten her, but she caught fire and was destroyed. Her passengers and crew took to her boats and survived.

On 10 November 1856, ST JOSEPH (wooden propeller steam barge, 170 foot, 460 tons, built in 1846, at Buffalo, New York) stranded and was wrecked near Fairport, Ohio. No lives were lost.

November 10, 1911 - The ANN ARBOR NO 4 was back in service after damaging several plates in October. The tanker MARIA DESGAGNES struck bottom in the St. Lawrence Seaway on 10 November 1999. After temporary repairs were made, the vessel was cleared to proceed to Hamilton, Ontario, to discharge its cargo of jet fuel. A survey of the seaway was completed with no indications as to what caused the vessel to ground.

On 10 November 1887, BLAZING STAR (wooden schooner, 137 foot, 265 tons, built in 1873, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) was sailing on Lake Michigan in fine weather with a load of lumber. However, she grounded on Fisherman Shoal near Washington Island, Wisconsin even though the wreck of the steamer I N FOSTER was in full view on that reef. The captain was unable to locate a tug to pull the BLAZING STAR off and later she broke up in heavy weather. No lives were lost.

Below is a first hand account of the Storm of 1913, from the journal of John Mc Laughlin transcribed by his great grandson Hugh Mc Nichol. John was working on an unknown vessel during the Storm of 1913. The boat was captained by John Mc Alpine and Harry Roberts as Chief Engineer. The boat was loading iron ore in Escanaba when the storm started on November 8th.

Monday, November 10, 1913: I got up at 12 a.m. and went on watch. We were laying at anchor. It was blowing a living gale and kept it up. They hove up the anchor near 10 o'clock but monkeyed around until after dinner. We got under way. We passed the Light Ship about 3, and White Shoal at 5:15.

More entries from the Storm of 1913 tomorrow.

1900: The iron package freighter ARABIAN went aground 8 miles west of Whitefish Point, Lake Superior due to heavy weather. The ship was salvaged with only minor damage. It was later part of the Canada Steamship Lines fleet and was broken up about 1939.

1903: The passenger and freight steamer ATLANTIC was destroyed by a fire on Georgian Bay enroute to Parry Sound. The blaze apparently started in the cargo of hay that had become soaked with coal oil while riding out a late fall storm off Spruce Island west of its destination.

1922: Fleetmates GLENMAVIS and GLENCLOVA were in a collision at Montreal. Both were repaired and remained as part of the Great Lakes fleet for years as ACADIAN and GEORGE HINDMAN (ii) respectively. 1936: SIR WILLIAM FAIRBAIRN was upbound in Lake Huron and ran into a fall storm that damaged 62 automobiles as part of the deckload of new Packard & Chrysler cars.

1968: MANTADOC and FRANCOIS L.D. collided in heavy fog on the Seaway and sustained considerable bow damage. Both were repaired and the former still sails as d) MANITOBA while the latter was scrapped at Alang, India, as b) CINTA in 1987.

1989: ELPIS, Freedom Class deep sea freighter, first came through the Seaway in 1978. It raised considerable ire after stranding on a coral reef off Key Largo, FL while carrying sugar to Mexico. When it was refloated on November 12, the ship was seized by U.S. Marshals until assessment of the damage to the delicate coral reef could be made. The ship was later released and survived further trading until being scrapped at Alang, India, as c) CITY OF HOUSTON, in 2001.

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

 

Port Reports -  November 9

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
American Spirit departed Two Harbors Wednesday morning at 05:15 for Indiana Harbor. Roger Blough shifted at 05:30 Wednesday and departed Two Harbors Wednesday at 17:12. Due Two Harbors later in the day on Thursday will be the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader arriving from the Twin Ports after unloading stone. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay will see the arrival of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader Wednesday night arriving from the Twin Ports after unloading stone at Graymont. Due Silver Bay late Wednesday/early Thursday will be the Herbert C. Jackson after being anchored in the Keweenaw Bay.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday, 12:42 Kaministiqua departed for Sorel.

Marinette, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Calumet was through the Rock Island Passage and into Northern Green Bay Wednesday evening inbound for Marinette with a load from Goderich, Ont.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Kaye E. Barker was expected with a cargo from Stoneport on Wednesday evening. Federal Oshima departed for Thunder Bay at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Bradshaw McKee / barge St. Marys Conquest arrived about 9 a.m. Wednesday from Charlevoix.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Sakuro and Stewart J. Cort were in Burns Harbor Wednesday night.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algowood was loading at the Sifto Dock on Wednesday. Federal Schelde was at the grain dock. Saginaw was downbound in Lake Huron Wednesday night, destination Goderich.

Toledo, Ohio
On Wednesday evening, the new Algoma Niagara was at Hamilton, Ont., unloading ore. When finished she will be bound for Toledo to load at the CSX Coal Dock. She is due in in early Sunday around 4 a.m. Her arrival time will most likely change depending on her transit of the Welland Canal. Sunday's weather forecast is not the best for photography, but things can change.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Wednesday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 7 tug Salvor & barge Lambert Spirit at 1146, Algocanada at 2303 - Nov 8 Sten Arnold (Gib) at 1122. Arrivals (anchored) - Nov 2 Sten Arnold (Gib) at 1437 - Nov 7 Algocanada at 1628 (anchored) - departed anchorage 2238 - departures - Nov 7 Algoscotia at 2254 for Sarnia, tug Salvor & barge Lambert Spirit at 1247 for Hamilton

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 7, Sten Idun (Gib) at 2028, Fagelgracht (Nld) at 2034 and Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 2359 - Nov 8 Algoma Discovery at 0425, CSL Laurentien at 1050, Algoma Guardian at 1606, CSL St. Laurent at 2000

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Nov 8, Flevoborg (Nld) at 0135, Algoma Olympic at 0610, Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 1558, tug Salvor & barge Lambert Spirit at 1736, Sarah Desgagnes at 1845, John J. Boland at 1945 and Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 2230

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 8, Algoma Niagara at 1417 on maiden voyage from China and Algoma Olympic at approximately 2307. Docked - Nov 4 Greenwing (Cyp) at 0526 - Nov 6 Cedarglen at 1027 and light tug Tim McKeil at 1917 - Nov 7 tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0330, Algoma Discovery at 0910, CSL Laurentien at 1712, Algoma Guardian at 2009 - anchored Nov 5 Federal Maas (Mhl) at 0858 - departed - Nov 7 Cedarglen at 2353 - Nov 8 Algoma Discovery at 0228, CSL Laurentien at 1050, CCGS Hudson at 1143 for Halifax and Algoma Guardian at 1411,

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 7 Robert S. Person at 2116 - departed Nov 8 at 0649 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrivals - Nov 7 tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 1613 - Nov 8 English River at 0648 - departed at 1948 for Bath

 

Emergency dredging completed at Upper Peninsula harbor

11/9 - Lake Linden, Mich. – Michigan officials say emergency dredging has been completed in Keweenaw County to restore the Grand Traverse Harbor channel for commercial and recreational boating. The Department of Natural Resources says 9,000 cubic yards of sand was pumped to a beach north of the harbor.

It’s the fourth time since 2003 that the harbor has been dredged. The latest project cost $246,230.

The DNR says more extensive sand removal is needed to protect lake trout and whitefish spawning habitat on Buffalo Reef south of the harbor, which is on the east side of the Keweenaw Peninsula. It’s an area where waste sands from long-ago copper mining have eroded into Lake Superior.

Nearly one-quarter of the annual lake trout yield from the lake’s Michigan waters comes from within 50 miles of Buffalo Reef.

The Detroit News

 

Lake Michigan buoycam season ending

11/9 - Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Port Sheldon buoycam sponsored by WOOD TV8 was pulled from Lake Michigan for the season Tuesday.

Owner LimnoTech also attempted retrieval of its Lake Michigan buoy near South Haven, but determined the water was too rough. LimnoTech said it plans to get the buoy as soon as there is a calm day on the lake.

The two buoys located two miles off shore from Port Sheldon and South Haven get pulled in each year before winter, normally in October. But because of persistent rough weather on Lake Michigan, they are being pulled later than ever this year.

Through the spring, summer and early fall, the buoys provide valuable weather and lake data and videos for boaters, swimmers and fishermen. High-definition video cameras on the buoys give Storm Team 8 meteorologists and viewers a unique look at Lake Michigan.

“There are days when water temperatures out there are quite variable, and the air sitting over the lake can be highly modified by the lake. That, and I think it’s fun to show the rocking buoys out on Lake Michigan,” Storm Team 8 chief meteorologist Bill Steffen said.

To remove the buoys, a long line is attached to the anchor lead. That line is dropped to the lake bottom and LimnoTech uses a big hook to retrieve it in the spring. The buoys will be stored in the safe confines of LimnoTech’s facility in Ann Arbor. The buoys will go back into service in April.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration also has two buoys on Lake Michigan. One is 40 miles west of Holland and the other is southwest of Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan. Those buoys are retrieved in mid-November.

WOOD TV

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 9

The NIMROD (3-mast wooden schooner, 184 foot, 559 tons, built in 1873, at Toledo, Ohio) was carrying 37,000 bushels of corn from Chicago to Buffalo. On 08 November 1874, she encountered thick fog on Lake Erie and the large double decked schooner MICHIGAN collided with her. The MICHIGAN continued on her course while the NIMROD filled with water and sank in 70 feet of water off Port Burwell-Port Stanley, Ontario. The crew escaped in the yawl and were picked up by the schooner GRANTHAM. The wreck was discovered in 1978, when Capt. Robert Hamilton, a commercial fisherman, snagged his nets on it.

COLUMBIA STAR (steel propeller bulk freighter, 1000 foot, 35,923 gross tons) was launched November 8, 1980, at Bay Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin (Hull#726) . She was part of the Oglebay Norton fleet. Renamed b.) AMERICAN CENTURY in 2006.

BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS and IRVING S. OLDS arrived on November 8, 1988, at Kaohsiung, Taiwan for scrapping by Sing Cheng Yung Iron & Steel Co. Ltd.

The Great Lakes Engineering Works built steamer STADACONA of 1909, renamed b.) W. H. McGEAN in 1920, was renamed c.) ROBERT S. McNAMARA by its new owner Ford Motor Company's Marine Division on November 8, 1962. The McNAMARA was rescued from potential scrapping when Ford purchased her for $80,000 and spent $15,000 for renovation at AmShip's Toledo yard. J. P. MORGAN JR. arrived in Spain on November 8, 1980, for scrapping.

PETER A. B. WIDENER passed down the Welland Canal November 8, 1986, towed by the tugs TUSKER and GLENADA en route to Lauzon, Quebec. From there she was towed overseas for scrapping. When built, the PETER A. B. WIDENER and fleet mates J. PIERPONT MORGAN, NORMAN B. REAM and HENRY H. ROGERS were the first 600-footers built for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. as "The Class of 1906."

On 08 Nov 1986, B. F. AFFLECK (steel propeller freighter, 588 foot, 7,964 gross tons, built in 1927, at Toledo, Ohio), under tow of the tug THUNDER CAPE, went adrift on Lake Superior in a storm after the tug lost power. The tug AVENGER IV was dispatched to pick up the AFFLECK, which was headed for scrap, and the tanker EASTERN SHELL towed the THUNDER CAPE to Thunder Bay for repairs.

BEN HUR, a wooden schooner-barge wrecker, 314 tons, built in 1874, at Dunville, Ontario, had been purchased for the job of salvaging the schooner M. E. TREMBLE. On 8 November 1890, she was at the job near Port Huron in the St. Clair River when she was rammed and sunk by the schooner-barge SUPERIOR which was being towed by the steamer PASSAIC. BEN HUR settled on top of the schooner she was attempting to salvage and a lighter-scow she was using also went down with her.

On 8 November 1877, the bark GREAT WEST was carrying 262,000 feet of lumber from Caseville to Chicago. Much of it was piled topside. In a big storm on Lake Michigan, she lost her deck load. She then became waterlogged and finally went ashore near Hyde Park, Illinois on 10 November. The crew were all saved.

On 8 November 1877, KATE L. BRUCE (3-mast wooden schooner, 307 tons, built in 1872, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) was carrying wheat in tow of the tug JOHNSON when she was let go in heavy weather. She disappeared with all eight of her crew off Alpena, Michigan. A bureau containing her papers washed ashore in August 1878. The sunken wreck was discovered in 6 fathoms of water in Thunder Bay during the Autumn of 1879.

The forebody of the former CANADIAN EXPLORER arrived in Prescott on 05 Nov 2000, under tow of the Trois Rivieres tug DUGA. It remained there for three days. The previous March, it was reported that the hull was undergoing conversion to a 498-foot grain storage barge for Les Elevateurs des Trois Rivieres, Quebec. (The engine room portion of the former CANADIAN EXPLORER was mated to the forward section of the HAMILTON TRANSFER in 1998, and is now the CANADIAN TRANSFER.)

1981: EMERALD, the former LACHINEDOC, sank in the Persian Gulf during heavy weather while carrying steel mesh and aggregates. Nine members of the crew were missing while another three were rescued.

2007: SPIRIT OF NANTUCKET, the former NANTUCKET CLIPPER, struck an uncharted object in the Intercoastal Waterway and had to be beached. The ship was repaired at Norfolk, VA and resumed its journey to the Pacific for a new career as an Alaska cruise ship after earlier Great Lakes, St. Lawrence and East Coast service.

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

 

Algoma Niagara enters the Seaway with first cargo

11/8 - Algoma Niagara, the newest addition to the Algoma Central Corporation fleet and the newest vessel sailing the Great Lakes/Seaway system, entered the St. Lawrence Seaway at Montreal for the first time on Tuesday. The vessel is carrying her first official cargo, iron ore pellets loaded at Port Cartier, Que., and are enroute to Hamilton, Ont., where they are expected sometime Wednesday to unload at the Dofasco dock.

Algoma Niagara is the fifth ship in the Equinox-class series built for Algoma Central, the others being Algoma Equinox, Algoma Harvester, G3 Marquis and Algoma Strongfield. A sistership, Algoma Sault, the sixth vessel of the Equinox-class, is expected to enter service by spring 2018.

Denny Dushane

 

Great Lakes gale warnings issued, 17-foot waves forecast ahead of bitter cold front

11/8 - Marquette, Mich. – More than 40 years to the week that a fierce storm sank the Edmund Fitzgerald, gale warnings again are being issued for Lake Superior ahead of a bitter cold front expected to sweep through Michigan this week.

Gale-force winds of 40 mph are expected across parts of western and north central Lake Superior Tuesday night and into early Wednesday, the National Weather Service in Marquette cautioned. By Thursday, gales of up to 46 mph are expected across the east half of Lake Superior.

Small craft advisories have been issued for the lake, and mariners are being asked to heed the weather warnings as a cold front works its way across the Great Lakes on Thursday and Friday, bringing what the NWS is calling "the first real taste of winter of the season."

Read more at this link: http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2017/11/gale_warnings_issued_17-foot_w.html#incart_river_home_pop

 

Great Lakes iron ore trade surges in September

11/8 - Cleveland, Ohio – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6.5 million tons in September, an increase of 23.4 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments also bettered the month’s 5-year average by 8.5 percent.

Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 6.2 million tons in September, an increase of 25.8 percent compared to a year ago. However, loadings at Canadian terminals in the Seaway dipped by a boatload or so to 303,000 tons.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 43.3 million tons, an increase of 13.7 percent compared to the same point in 2016. Year-over-year, loadings at U.S. ports total 40 million tons, an increase of 16.7 percent. Shipments from Canadian ports in the St. Lawrence Seaway total 3.3 million tons, a decrease of 13.1 percent.

 

Lakes limestone trade up almost 11 percent in October

11/8 - Cleveland, Ohio – Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.65 million tons in October, an increase of 10.6 percent compared to a year ago. October’s loadings were also 7.5 percent ahead of the month’s 5-year average.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 3 million tons, an increase of 11.1 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 665,000 tons, an increase of 8.4 percent over a year ago.

Year-to-date the lakes limestone trade stands at 23.8 million tons, an increase of 4.3 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries total 19.5 million tons, an increase of 6.1 percent. Shipments from Ontario quarries total 4.25 million tons, a decrease of 3 percent.

 

Port Reports -  November 8

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Cason J. Callaway arrived Duluth mid-day Tuesday with limestone for Hallett #5. American Century was outbound an hour later, carrying iron ore pellets she loaded at CN. Elbeborg remained at anchor off the harbor. In Superior, Algoma Spirit departed at sunrise, and Baie St. Paul arrived a few hours later to load at BN. She was expected to depart during the evening. Spruceglen was on the hook off the Superior entry waiting for the dock.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Tuesday afternoon at 15:30 saw the arrival in Two Harbors of American Spirit. Also arriving Two Harbors Tuesday afternoon was the Roger Blough going to North of #2. Two Harbors has no scheduled inbound traffic on Wednesday. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Wednesday is the Herbert C. Jackson. Tuesday evening the Jackson was anchored in Keweenaw Bay.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday, Whitefish Bay shifted to Viterra A to finish loading. CSL Welland weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra B to load grain. 19:10 Nomadic Hjellestad departed for Montreal. 22:56 Saginaw shifted from G3 to Superior Elevator to load. 23:09 Kaministiqua arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load. Tuesday, 1:04 Manitoulin arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 2:05 Whitefish Bay departed for Montreal. 11:25 Manitoulin departed for Thorold. Saginaw departed for Goderich. Irma weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Algosteel departed about 5 p.m. Monday for Calumet Harbor. Federal Asahi finished loading grain and left downbound at 9:15 p.m. for Sorel, Que. Federal Oshima continued unloading Monday evening at Terminal 2 in the outer harbor. G.L. Ostrander / barge Integrity were expected early Tuesday from Alpena.

Southern Lake Michigan
Burns Harbor was unloading at her namesake port Tuesday evening. Presque Isle was unloading at Gary. St. Clair was at Buffington. Wilfred Sykes was due at Indiana Harbor late Tuesday.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Schelde was loading grain on Tuesday. Calumet departed for Marinette with salt late Tuesday afternoon.

Toledo, Ohio
Algoma Discovery, which was unloading ore at Hamilton on Tuesday, will be heading next to Toledo to load grain. With all the heavy rain the past few days over a widespread area, the Maumee River will be having issues with the stronger currents that are developing. This may be an issue during the days ahead for boats arriving and departing from the grain elevators. Federal Beaufort remained at the ADM Elevator loading grain Tuesday. Federal Mayumi remained at the Midwest Overseas Dock. Federal Welland had a change of orders and will not arrive at Toledo as originally planned.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Tuesday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Nov 6 - Algoscotia at 1727 and Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 0621, tug Salvor & barge Lambert Spirit at 1146 . arrivals (anchored) - Nov 2 - Sten Arnold (Gib) at 1437 - Nov 7 Algocanada at 1628 - departure - Nov 7 - Golden Oak from the dock at 0550 to anchorage at 0621 - departed anchorage at 1653 for Sarnia

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 6 - Thunder Bay at 1822, Stephen B. Roman at 2315 - Nov 7 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0621, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1413, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 2022, Sten Idun (Gib) at 2028, Fagelgracht (Nld) at 2034 and Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 2120

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Nov 6 - Algoma Hansa at 2350 (anchored) - Nov 7 - CSL Laurentien at 0112, Algoma Hansa departed anchorage at 1140 - arrived CIP 16 at 1234, Rt Hon Paul J. Martin at 1845

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 16 at 1306

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 7 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0330, Algoma Discovery at 0910, CSL Laurentien at 1712, Algoma Guardian at 2009. Docked - Nov 4 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 0526 - Nov 6 - Algoma Strongfield at 0708, Cedarglen at 1027 and light tug Tim McKeil at 1917 - anchored Nov 5 - Federal Maas (Mhl) at 0858 - departed Nov 7 - Algoma Strongfield at 1622 for Quebec City and tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1758

Bronte:
Arrival - Nov 5 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 2037 from Port Weller anchorage - departed Nov 7 - at 1851 for Sarnia

Clarkson:
Departed - Nov 6 at 2137 for Colborne - Nov 7 - arrival at 2054 approximately

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 4 - Fagelgracht (Nld) at 1530 - departed - Nov 4 - Fagelgracht (Nld) at 1931 westbound

 

Kingston city council to consider deepwater dock

11/8 - Kingston, Ont. – City council is to be asked to consider the wharf at 1 Queen St. as the site of a deepwater dock to accommodate cruise ships. City staff are recommending that Crawford Wharf continue to be used to dock smaller cruise ships and that the city begin discussions with the owner of the 1 Queen St. wharf about its use as a deepwater dock.

Cruise ships are limited in where they can dock by water depth and mooring facilities. Creating a deepwater dock would allow Kingston to attract larger cruise ships to a mooring in the downtown core, the report stated.

"Only cruise ships with small passenger capacity can currently be accommodated at Crawford Wharf," the staff report stated. "The Great Lakes Cruise Company and the MS Hamburg are the largest cruise line/ships and none of these cruise ships can currently moor at the Crawford Wharf or in Kingston."

Crawford Wharf can accommodate smaller cruise ships, and two cruise ships -- Ontario Waterway Cruises' Kawartha Voyageur and St. Lawrence Cruise Lines' Canadian Empress -- regularly dock there.

The 66-passenger Canadian Empress is scheduled to dock in Kingston 23 times next year. But the MS Hamburg, a 420-passenger luxury cruise ship can't dock anywhere along the waterfront and its passengers have to be shuttled to shore in smaller vessels. It is expected to stop twice in Kingston next year.

The Great Lakes Cruise Company ships Grand Caribe and Grand Mariner could also dock at the Crawford Wharf, but currently Kingston is not a port of call for them. Together, those ships are scheduled to pass Kingston eight times next year.

Great Lakes Cruise Company's 202-passenger Victory I is expected to pass Kingston eight times, and its identical sister ship, the Victory II, is to enter service in May. The company's 210-passenger Pearl Mist is expected to pass Kingston twice next year.

An engineering company hired by the city looked at the 1 Queen St. wharf, Crawford Wharf, the former marine museum wharf at 55 Ontario St. and the Coal Dock as potential deepwater dock sites.

The assessment of the sites included bathymetric surveys, a review of historic water levels and vessel characteristics and minimum draft requirements, assessments of the amount of time that mooring depth requirements can be met without dredging, and a review of the sites' characteristics and opportunities to improve mooring potential.

The Crawford Wharf, where the cruise ships already dock, would need "significant dredging" to be deep enough to accommodate larger ships, the report stated. Expanding the Crawford Wharf could also disrupt its current use by Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises and personal watercraft in the area.

By comparison, the 1 Queen St. wharf would need moderate dredging, has sufficient mooring and is in good condition. It also provides a central location in the downtown

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is in the process of completing an environmental assessment for the planned rebuilding of the adjacent Wolfe Island ferry terminal and the staff report suggests there is an opportunity to work on the 1 Queen St. wharf in conjunction with that project.

Whig Standard

 

Harry Gamble Sr. remembered as a Canadian maritime icon

11/8 - Port Dover, Ont. – Harry Gamble Sr. was remembered recently as an icon of Port Dover’s marine industrial heritage. Gamble operated the famous, sprawling shipyard in Port Dover that bore his name.

He continued a tradition of boat-building and maintenance in Port Dover that was started by his father George, who was born in 1876. Together, the father-son team leave a legacy of maritime excellence spanning nearly 100 years.

Harry Gamble Sr. died at Norfolk General Hospital Oct. 25. He was 98. His funeral and burial in Port Dover Cemetery took place last Tuesday.

“I think of his dad (George) first and then I think of Harry,” says Kerry Wamsley, a life-long resident of Port Dover who grew up next to the original shipyard beside the Highway 6 lift bridge.

“George designed the turtle-deck boat for the Port Dover commercial fishery. Harry Sr. continued with that and adapted it to the diesel engine. The big switch-over for fishermen (from steam) involved the diesel engine.”

The Gamble family is famous throughout the Great Lakes fishery for welded-steel tugs that are well-designed and extremely durable.

The Gamble shipyard produced more than 100 boats, many of which have been in service for decades. Harry Gamble Sr. established the current shipyard further north up the Lynn River. He branched off into engine rebuilds, parts supply, boat repairs and metal recycling.

“Harry Gamble continued the family tradition but also expanded in many new directions,” Great Lakes historian Frank Prothero, of Port Stanley, said in his 1987 book Tales of the North Shore.

“Harry indulged in the commercial fishing industry but quickly became noted for his ability to rebuild diesel engines for marine applications. More accent was put on service and repairs.

“Harry Gamble also developed an active marine construction business, driving piles, towing, salvage and ice-breaking in ports all over the Great Lakes and beyond.”

Gamble’s death notice said “he was stubborn with a gruff exterior, never shy of expressing his opinion right or wrong.” Gamble was a staunch defender of Port Dover’s marine industrial character. He had little patience for criticism that his shipyard was an eyesore that might discourage tourism and investment.

Indeed, in recent years, some visitors have cited the shipyard as a testament to Port Dover’s gritty Great Lakes past. In that regard it sets Port Dover apart from other destinations along the Lake Erie shoreline.

“The presence of Harry’s shipyard was something that set Port Dover apart from other lakeside communities,” Ian Bell, the past curator of the Harbour Museum in Port Dover, said Thursday.

“It was something that gave the town a certain sense of being `the real deal.’ You can also see the influence of the Gamble shipyard all over the upper Great Lakes. If you happen upon a commercial fishing operation on the Bruce Peninsula or along the other shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay you’ll often see a Gamble fish tug there.”

Bell added that Harry Gamble Sr. “was legendary in the literal sense of the word.”

“We all know the legends,” Bell says. “Having Harry among us was like having Paul Bunyan out and about, at work, and in the Dover Dairy Bar. That sort of thing doesn’t happen too often these days. Lucky us.”

At least parts of the Gamble legacy in Port Dover are about to fade into history. In March, Harry Gamble Sr. confirmed that he sold a large section of the shipyard on the Lynn River in January to a Hamilton investor for $2.5 million.

In a subsequent interview, Blair McKeil, formerly of McKeil Marine in Burlington, said he and his partners intend to build a condominium development on the land in question.

Simcoe Reformer

 

Updates -  November 8

Saltie Gallery updated with pictures of the Albanyborg, Federal Beaufort, Greenwing, Helena G, Miedwie, Osogovo, Sloman Helios, Sten Arnold and Sunda.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 8

The NIMROD (3-mast wooden schooner, 184 foot, 559 tons, built in 1873, at Toledo, Ohio) was carrying 37,000 bushels of corn from Chicago to Buffalo. On 08 November 1874, she encountered thick fog on Lake Erie and the large double decked schooner MICHIGAN collided with her. The MICHIGAN continued on her course while the NIMROD filled with water and sank in 70 feet of water off Port Burwell-Port Stanley, Ontario. The crew escaped in the yawl and were picked up by the schooner GRANTHAM. The wreck was discovered in 1978, when Capt. Robert Hamilton, a commercial fisherman, snagged his nets on it.

COLUMBIA STAR (steel propeller bulk freighter, 1000 foot, 35,923 gross tons) was launched November 8, 1980, at Bay Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin (Hull#726) . She was part of the Oglebay Norton fleet. Renamed b.) AMERICAN CENTURY in 2006.

BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS and IRVING S. OLDS arrived on November 8, 1988, at Kaohsiung, Taiwan for scrapping by Sing Cheng Yung Iron & Steel Co. Ltd.

The Great Lakes Engineering Works built steamer STADACONA of 1909, renamed b.) W. H. McGEAN in 1920, was renamed c.) ROBERT S. McNAMARA by its new owner Ford Motor Company's Marine Division on November 8, 1962. The McNAMARA was rescued from potential scrapping when Ford purchased her for $80,000 and spent $15,000 for renovation at AmShip's Toledo yard. J. P. MORGAN JR. arrived in Spain on November 8, 1980, for scrapping.

PETER A. B. WIDENER passed down the Welland Canal November 8, 1986, towed by the tugs TUSKER and GLENADA en route to Lauzon, Quebec. From there she was towed overseas for scrapping. When built, the PETER A. B. WIDENER and fleet mates J. PIERPONT MORGAN, NORMAN B. REAM and HENRY H. ROGERS were the first 600-footers built for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. as "The Class of 1906."

On 08 Nov 1986, B. F. AFFLECK (steel propeller freighter, 588 foot, 7,964 gross tons, built in 1927, at Toledo, Ohio), under tow of the tug THUNDER CAPE, went adrift on Lake Superior in a storm after the tug lost power. The tug AVENGER IV was dispatched to pick up the AFFLECK, which was headed for scrap, and the tanker EASTERN SHELL towed the THUNDER CAPE to Thunder Bay for repairs.

BEN HUR, a wooden schooner-barge wrecker, 314 tons, built in 1874, at Dunville, Ontario, had been purchased for the job of salvaging the schooner M. E. TREMBLE. On 8 November 1890, she was at the job near Port Huron in the St. Clair River when she was rammed and sunk by the schooner-barge SUPERIOR which was being towed by the steamer PASSAIC. BEN HUR settled on top of the schooner she was attempting to salvage and a lighter-scow she was using also went down with her.

On 8 November 1877, the bark GREAT WEST was carrying 262,000 feet of lumber from Caseville to Chicago. Much of it was piled topside. In a big storm on Lake Michigan, she lost her deck load. She then became waterlogged and finally went ashore near Hyde Park, Illinois on 10 November. The crew were all saved.

On 8 November 1877, KATE L. BRUCE (3-mast wooden schooner, 307 tons, built in 1872, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) was carrying wheat in tow of the tug JOHNSON when she was let go in heavy weather. She disappeared with all eight of her crew off Alpena, Michigan. A bureau containing her papers washed ashore in August 1878. The sunken wreck was discovered in 6 fathoms of water in Thunder Bay during the Autumn of 1879.

The forebody of the former CANADIAN EXPLORER arrived in Prescott on 05 Nov 2000, under tow of the Trois Rivieres tug DUGA. It remained there for three days. The previous March, it was reported that the hull was undergoing conversion to a 498-foot grain storage barge for Les Elevateurs des Trois Rivieres, Quebec. (The engine room portion of the former CANADIAN EXPLORER was mated to the forward section of the HAMILTON TRANSFER in 1998, and is now the CANADIAN TRANSFER.)

1981: EMERALD, the former LACHINEDOC, sank in the Persian Gulf during heavy weather while carrying steel mesh and aggregates. Nine members of the crew were missing while another three were rescued.

2007: SPIRIT OF NANTUCKET, the former NANTUCKET CLIPPER, struck an uncharted object in the Intercoastal Waterway and had to be beached. The ship was repaired at Norfolk, VA and resumed its journey to the Pacific for a new career as an Alaska cruise ship after earlier Great Lakes, St. Lawrence and East Coast service.

During the 24 hour period ending on midnight, November 8, 1886 a total of 113 vessels entered Chicago harbor.

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

 

Judge rules in favor of U.S. Great Lakes pilots 2016 rate increase

11/7 - On November 3, Judge Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the US Coast Guard was justified in increasing 2016 rates charged to shippers for U.S. pilotage service on the Great Lakes.

A group of industry users headed by Fednav Ltd, the Shipping Federation of Canada and the American Great Lakes Ports Association sued the U.S. Coast Guard in May 2016 under the Administrative Procedures Act claiming the new rates were arbitrary and capricious. The Coast Guard was responding to complaints from those same groups in 2014 that delays from shortages of U.S. pilots are costing them too much money and that something should be done to fix the problem.

In Judge Contreras’ opinion, “when the Coast Guard decides, in its expert judgment, that safety measures are necessary, that rationale is also necessarily a justification of the associated cost.

“Based on the Coast Guard’s long-experience regulating Great Lakes pilotage and the numerous comments supporting its position, the Coast Guard could rationally conclude that there existed “chronic pilot attraction and retention difficulties” and that these difficulties were caused, at least in part, by the under-compensation of pilots.” Furthermore, “the Court finds no basis to overrule the Coast Guard’s considered judgment as to pilot recruitment and retention.”

Until the rate increase, U.S. Great Lakes pilots were the lowest paid pilots in the country considering the difficult routes and hours on board. The Coast Guard found that pilots incurred a $20 million shortfall in revenue from 2005 to 2014 and the system lost twenty-two percent of its pilots. This was the lowest level since 1960. Fatigue levels were also a consideration for the rate increase.

The Canadian and International shipping companies that sued the Coast Guard have created an impressive niche market hauling international cargo to and from American ports. During the recent global recession when world charter rates reached historic lows, foreign vessels trading on the Great Lakes were the only ones making a profit because they charge significant freight and time charter rates. They have also benefited greatly over the last decades from free services from the U.S. government such as lockage, ice breaking, navigation aids, vessel traffic service as well as discount pilotage service.

American Pilots work for the public interest in protecting the waterways and environment by providing expert navigation service to foreign vessels that are not manned with trained Great Lakes navigators. Pilots have the necessary autonomy, free from shipping company pressure, to make decisions based on safety rather than profits. Despite claims from industry users that cargo could go elsewhere because of “runaway pilotage costs,” the Seaway and several ports are reporting double digit increases in international cargo for 2017.

Lakes Pilots Association, Port Huron, Michigan

 

Port Reports -  November 7

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Century arrived Duluth at noon on Monday to load iron ore pellets at CN. After spending nearly two weeks in port, Star II departed from CHS with grain during the evening. Elbeborg had arrived off the harbor on Sunday night, and was at anchor there Monday. In Superior, Baie Comeau loaded during the early hours of the day before departing at sunrise. Algoma Spirit then arrived and began loading. She was still at the dock Monday night.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Algoway departed Two Harbors Monday at 01:09 for Hamilton. Arriving on Monday at 01:59 was the Edwin H. Gott. She departed Monday at 12:45 for Gary. Due Two Harbors on Tuesday are the American Spirit and the Roger Blough. Mesabi Miner departed Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Monday at 13:35 for Cleveland. There is no traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Tuesday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday at 21:39 Federal Hudson departed for Montreal. Monday at 3:15 Federal Elbe departed for Montreal. 5:59 Saginaw arrived at G3. 21:00 Algoma Mariner departed for Halifax.

Manitowoc, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Bradshaw McKee / barge St. Marys Conquest arrived from Green Bay about 11 a.m. Sunday, docking and unloading on the north side of the Manitowoc River off Spring Street.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Schelde was loading grain on Monday. Capt Henry Jackman and Calumet were due.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Monday - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals (anchored) - Nov 2 - Sten Arnold (Gib) at 1437 - docked - Nov 6 - Algoma Hansa at 0700 and Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 1231 - departure - Nov 6 - Algoma Hansa at 1844 eastbound

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 6 - CSL Niagara at 0750, Algowood at 1504, tug Salvor & barge Lambert Spirit at 1749, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1800, Thunder Bay at 1822

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Nov 6 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0455, light tugs Tim McKeil and Ecosse departed wharf 17 late morning for Hamilton, H. Lee White at 1305, Evans Spirit at 1410 and Algoma Hansa at 2350

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 4 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement stopped wharf 16 at 1649 - departed Nov 6 at 0416

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 6 - Algowood at 0244, Algoma Strongfield at 0708, Cedarglen at 1027 and light tug Tim McKeil at 1917 - docked - Oct 29 - Redhead (Hkg) at 0851- anchored - Nov 5 - Federal Maas (Mhl) at 0858 - departed - Nov 6 - Redhead (Cyp) at 1047, Algowood at 1309 and tug Salvor & barge Lambert Spirit at 1547

Bronte:
Arrival - Nov 5 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 2037 from Port Weller anchorage

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 6 - Robert S. Pierson at 1420

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 4 - Fagelgracht (Nld) at 1530 - Nov 6 - arrival - Thunder Bay at 0134 - departed at 1656 for Sarnia

 

Ontario building new Wolfe Island and Amherst Island ferries

11/7 - Ontario is moving forward with plans to build two new ferries to connect the mainland with Amherst Island and Wolfe Island, making commuting for residents and passengers easier and more reliable.

The province has awarded the contract for new, larger ferries that will support more people, vehicles and goods in travelling to and from the islands. The Wolfe Island ferry will be able to carry a maximum of 399 passengers and 75 vehicles, while the Amherst Island ferry will carry up to 300 passengers and 40 vehicles. Both vessels will feature separate loading areas for passengers and vehicles as well as improved safety, accessibility and sustainability features.

The ferries are expected to be delivered in December 2019 for Amherst Island and December 2020 at Wolfe Island. The existing ferry at Amherst Island will serve as a backup vessel to both Wolfe Island and Amherst Island services. The Wolfe Islander III will remain in service together with the new Wolfe Island vessel, allowing for two vessels to run during peak periods to help speed up the movement of people and goods. Details of the service to Wolfe Island are being developed with input from the ferry users.

Improving ferry service between these islands and the mainland will keep people and goods moving safely and effectively to and from two of Ontario's premier tourist spots, and provide a crucial link to the mainland for Wolfe and Amherst Island residents.

Investing in transportation infrastructure is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts
• Damen Shipyards was awarded the contract, valued at over $61,000,000.
• Ferries transport approximately 850,000 passengers and 420,000 vehicles between Wolfe Island and Kingston each year, and approximately 290,000 passengers and 136,000 vehicles to and from Amherst Island annually.
• The Amherst Island Ferry is owned by the Ministry of Transportation and operated by Loyalist Township. It makes 20 trips per day between Millhaven on the mainland and Stella on the island.
• The Wolfe Islander III is owned and operated by the Ministry of Transportation. It makes 19 trips per day between the mainland in downtown Kingston and Wolfe Island.

Ministry of Transportation

 

Obituary: Harry Gamble Sr.

11/7 - Harry Gamble Sr. was remembered recently as an icon of Port Dover’s marine industrial heritage. Gamble, who died October 25, 2017, operated the famous, sprawling shipyard in Port Dover, Ont., which bore his name. He was 98 years old.

Gamble was a lifelong resident of Port Dover. He was the owner/operator of Harry Gamble Shipyard since the 1940s taking over from his father George Gamble. He was a shipbuilder, marine contactor, fabricator and diesel engine rebuilder. He was well known by people from around the world for his knowledge of shipbuilding and Detroit diesels. He was stubborn with a gruff exterior, and was never shy of expressing his opinion (right or wrong) but he had a heart of gold.

Thompson Waters Funeral Home

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 7

On 07 November 1871, M COURTRIGHT (wooden schooner, 276 tons, built in 1856, at Erie, Pennsylvania) was carrying lumber in a storm on Lake Michigan. She struck bottom after her anchor dragged. She then became waterlogged. The crew abandoned in the yawl. The vessel went ashore several miles south of Kenosha, Wisconsin. The revenue cutter ANDREW JOHNSON tried in vain to pull her free but couldn't. The COURTRIGHT broke up a few days later.

On 7 November 1852, ST LOUIS (wooden side-wheeler, 190 foot, 618 tons, built in 1844, at Perrysburg, Ohio) was carrying railroad cars when she capsized and sank in a gale off Kelley's Island on Lake Erie. She was owned by Beer & Samuel Ward.

On 07 Nov 1906, the Grand Trunk carferry GRAND HAVEN (steel carferry, 306 foot, 2,320 gross tons built in 1903, at Toledo, Ohio) was put up for sale at a receiver's auction when the Grand Trunk Car Ferry Line defaulted on its bonds. It was purchased by a new Grand Trunk subsidiary, the Grand Trunk Milwaukee Car Ferry Company. This vessel had a long career both on the Lakes and in the Caribbean. She was finally scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario in 1970.

The T-2 converted laker HILDA MARJANNE's 1961, German-built hull forward of the engine room, minus her pilot house, was towed by the tugs G W ROGERS and BAGOTVILLE to Port Weller Dry Docks arriving there on November 7, 1983. This section was to become part of the CANADIAN RANGER.

On November 7, 1989, the SAMUEL MATHER, a.) HENRY FORD II, was moved to Toledo's C & O Frog Pond on her way to the cutter's torch.

ARTHUR B HOMER (Hull#303) was launched November 7, 1959, for the Bethlehem Steel Corp., Cleveland, Ohio. She was the last ship built by Great Lakes Engineering at River Rouge, Michigan.

In 1902, BRANSFORD rammed and sank the tug RECORD with a loss of a tug crewman in the Portage Lake Ship Canal in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. Renamed b.) JOHN H MC GEAN in 1916, and c.) CLIFFORD F. HOOD in 1943, the HOOD was scrapped in Bilbao, Spain in 1974.

On November 7, 1913, the storm responsible for sinking or damaging more vessels than any other began a six-day assault on the Great Lakes. The "Big Blow" of 1913, struck Lake Superior on November 7 and reached Lake Michigan by November 8, where the Pittsburgh Steamship Company vessel CLARENCE A. BLACK was severely damaged by the waves at the dock in Gary, Indiana.

On 7 November 1893, ALBANY (steel propeller package freighter, 267 foot, 1,918 gross tons, built in 1884, at Wyandotte, Michigan) collided with the iron freighter PHILADELPHIA in a thick fog. PHILADELPHIA took ALBANY in tow to try to save her, but she sank a few miles off Pointe aux Barques, Michigan. Her crew transferred to PHILADELPHIA, but they soon had to abandon her too since she also sank. Eight lives were lost, presumably when one of the lifeboats was run down by the still running, but abandoned, PHILADELPHIA.

On 7 November 1865, LILY DANCEY (2-mast wooden schooner, 92 foot, 132 gross tons built in 1856, at Goderich, Ontario) was carrying grain in a gale on Lake Huron when she was driven ashore near Port Elgin or Kincardine, Ontario. Her cargo was later recovered, but the schooner broke up by 27 November of that year.

CITY OF FLINT 32 ran aground at Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1947.

1885: ALGOMA hit Greenstone Rock off Isle Royale, Lake Superior and became a total loss. There were 46 casualties and only 16 on board were saved.

1887: OSCEOLA ran aground on Flat Rock Reef, Saginaw Bay, and all on board were rescued. The ship was abandoned as a total loss in December but refloated in the spring of 1888 and rebuilt.

1910: WASAGA caught fire and burned off Copper Harbor while seeking shelter in a storm, but all on board survived.

1921: ARAGON stranded off Salmon Point, Lake Ontario. It was released the following year but declared a total loss. The hull was sold and rebuilt and last sailed as BAYANNA in 1962.

1921: The wooden schooner barge MARY E. McLAUCHLAN sank in a storm on Nipigon Bay, Lake Superior.

1947: WILLIAM C. WARREN ran aground near Presque Isle Point, Lake Huron, while downbound with grain and had to be abandoned to the underwriters. It was not released until the following year.

1969: The Norwegian tanker CATE BROVIG hit the wall while upbound at the Eisenhower Lock and had a hole punched in the hull. The vessel was headed for Duluth. The ship first came inland in 1959 and was scrapped at Split, Yugoslavia as c) STAVROS T. in 1976.

1974: IRIS had come to the Great Lakes in 1969 and 1971. It sank as d) EUROPEAN PERSISTENCE while 510 miles southeast of Bermuda after developing leaks while enroute from Tampa to Venice. All on board were rescued.

1991: The former Swedish freighter FALKON, a first time Seaway trader in 1984, sank as c) APPOLONIA FAITH off the southwest coast of Sardinia while traveling from Valencia, Spain, to Piraeus, Greece. Two lives were lost.

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

 

Princess of Acadia scrap tow arrives at Port Colborne

11/6 - Princess of Acadia, under tow of the tug Tim McKeil, arrived at Wharf 16 in Port Colborne, Ont., shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday. The retired Canadian ferry will be broken up by Marine Recycling Corp in the coming months.

Princess of Acadia is a roll-on/roll-off passenger and motor vehicle ferry built in 1971 that traveled between Digby, N.S. and St. John, N.B., crossing the Bay of Fundy. On July 28, 2015 the ship was replaced by the motor vessel Fundy Rose.

 

Port Reports -  November 6

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Baie Comeau arrived Duluth mid-morning Sunday to fuel at Calumet. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was inbound just after noon to load coal at Midwest Energy. Star II remained at CHS loading, and Elbeborg was expected during the late evening to load beet pulp pellets at Peavey. Stewart J. Cort loaded at BN in Superior throughout the day, and was still at the dock Sunday night. Baie Comeau departed via the Superior entry after fueling, and dropped anchor to wait for the Cort to complete loading. Algoma Spirit was expected during the evening.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the departure of the Presque Isle on Sunday at 05:31 for Gary. Arriving on Sunday was the Edgar B. Speer at 06:00 and she departed at 13:05 for Conneaut. Arriving shortly thereafter was the Algoway at 13:20. As of 19:30 Sunday she was still loading at the shiploader. Due late Sunday in Two Harbors was the Edwin H. Gott. There is no scheduled traffic on Monday. Northshore Mining saw the arrival of Lee A. Tregurtha at 04:59 on Sunday after being anchored behind Sand Island. She departed Sunday at 14:00 for Cleveland. Arriving Silver Bay after her departure was the Mesabi Miner at 14:00 on Sunday. There is no inbound traffic scheduled in Silver Bay on Monday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday November 5, 14:31 CSL Welland arrived and went to anchor. 18:07 Federal Barents arrived at Keefer Terminal to unload. 18:30 Algoma Mariner arrived at Superior Elevator to load.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Federal Oshima arrived Saturday and was unloading Sunday at Terminal 2 in Milwaukee's outer harbor. Federal Asahi continued loading Sunday at the Nidera grain elevator in the inner harbor. Algosteel was in northern Lake Michigan Sunday inbound for Milwaukee overnight with salt from Goderich. USCGC Mackinaw remained berthed at the ferry dock near the coast guard station in the outer harbor. Regional and Welland Canal transits Sunday – Barry Andersen

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 3 - American Mariner at 0513 - departed Nov 4 at 2000

Nanticoke:
Arrivals (anchored) - Nov 2 - Sten Arnold (Gib) at 1437 - Nov 3 - Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 0004 - Nov 4 - Algoma Hansa at 2207 - docked - Nov 4 - Damia Desgagnes at 1233 - note: (Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) did not stop here as reported Nov 4 but continued to the anchorage at Port Colborne - departure - Nov 5 - Damia Desgagnes at 1606 for Montreal

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 4 - tugs Tim McKeil & Ecosse with ro-ro ferry Princess of Acadia at 0900 (delayed on wall above lock 1 at 1110 for weather until Nov 5 at 0455) , Federal Columbia at 2211, Nov 5 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0720 approximately

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Nov 3 - Ruddy (Cyp) 1655 (to anchorage), Osogovo (Mlt) at 2251 - Nov 5 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 0040, Helene G (Atg) (ex Garganey-17) at 0814. Ruddy (Cyp) at 0841, Tecumseh at 1206, G3 Marquis at 1215, Algowood at 1258 and English River at 1700

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrivals (anchored) - Oct 31 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 2130 awaiting dock in Bronte - Nov 3 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1630 - Nov 4 - Sarah Desgagnes departed at 0129 for Sarnia - arrival - Federal Maas (Mhl) from wharf 2 at 2140 - Nov 5 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0448 - departure Nov 5 - Federal Maas (Mhl) departed anchorage at 0720 approximately to Hamilton and Sten Idun (Gib) at 1810 approximately for Bronte

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival (anchored downbound) - Nov 3 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1702 - Nov 5 - Helena G (Atg) (ex Garganey-17) at 0143 - departures - Nov 5 - Helena G (Atg) at 0754 and Ruddy (Cyp) at 0830 - both eastbound

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals - Oct 29 - Federal Maas (Bds) at 1150 (up bound) stopped wharf 2 to discharge - Nov 4 - tugs Tim McKeil & Ecosse with ro-ro ferry Princess of Acadia (stopped on wall above lock 1 for weather) at 1110 - and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement stopped wharf 16 at 1649 - departed Nov 4 - Federal Maas (Mhl) from wharf 2 at 2030 to the anchorage - Nov 5 - tugs Tim McKeil & Ecosse and tow Princess of Acadia departed Nov 5 at approximately 0455 headed for IMS yard at Port Colborne where vessel will be broken up. Princess of Acadia arrival at wharf 16 at 1352

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 4 - Algoma Olympic at 0019 and Greenwing (Cyp) at 0526 (anchored) - Nov 5 - Federal Maas (Mhl) at 0858 from Port Weller anchorage. Docked - Oct 29 - Redhead (Hkg) at 0851 - Nov 2 - Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 1215 - Nov 3 - Sichem Defiance (Mhl) at 1135 and tug Salvor & barge Lambert Spirit at 1641 - departures - Nov 4 - Algoma Olympic at 1525, light tug Escorte at 1644 - returned to port at 1813, Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 1922 and Sichem Defiance (Mhl) at 2255 for Montreal

Bronte:
Arrival - Nov 5 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 2005 from Port Weller anchorage

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 4 - Robert S. Pierson at 2255 - departed Nov 5 at 1432 eastbound

Toronto, Ont.
Docked - Nov 1 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1945 - departed - Nov 3 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0624 eastbound - Nov 4 arrival - Fagelgracht (Nld) (note: not at Redpath dock as previously reported)

Trois-Rivières, Que.
The ferry Dartmouth III departed Trois-Rivières for Montreal Sunday morning. She is bound for a new home at Toronto.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 6

On 06 November 1880, the W. R. HANNA (2-mast scow-schooner, 86 foot, 103 gross tons, built in 1857), carrying 1,600 tamarack railroad ties to Toledo, sank in Lake Huron in a snowstorm. She sprang a leak off Pointe aux Barques and filled so fast that the pump was of no use. She broached to and rolled over when about 5 miles north of Sand Beach, Michigan, (now Harbor Beach). s the sun set the snow storm turned into a blizzard. The icy waves swept over the hull while the crew clung on as best they could. Four hours later, they drifted past Sand Beach, not 500 feet from the breakwater. They shouted for help, saw lights moving here and there on the breakwater, but no help came. When the wind shifted and started to blow the vessel out into the lake, the skipper cut away the weather lanyards and the vessel righted herself and they dropped the anchor. The weather was freezing cold; and there was no dry place left. The cabin was gone and the only spot out of water was on one side forward - a space about four feet wide by ten feet long. The waves kept washing over the waterlogged vessel, drenching the crew. The crew survived through the night. Heavy snow kept falling, cutting visibility to almost zero. Finally, at 10 a.m., the following morning, the storm broke and the propeller H. LUELLA WORTHINGTON (wooden propeller freighter, 148 foot, 375 gross tons, built in 1880, at Lorain, Ohio), which was in the harbor, saw the wreck and rescued the crew. The skipper of the WORTHINGTON stated that he had heard the cries of the crew throughout the night, but couldn't navigate in the blinding snowstorm. He was awake all night waiting for the storm to break so he could rescue the crew.

On 06 November 1867, ALBEMARLE (3-mast wooden schooner, 154 foot, 413 gross tons, built in 1867, at Buffalo, New York) was carrying iron ore from Escanaba, Michigan, to Cleveland, Ohio in a storm when she stranded and wrecked near Point Nipigon in the Straits of Mackinac. This was her first year of operation. She had been put into service just the previous July.

The US266029, a.) WILLIAM CLAY FORD was towed from Nicholson's River Rouge dock November 6, 1986, by tugs TUSKER and GLENADA to Port Maitland, Ontario for scrapping.

On November 6, 1913, the J. H. SHEADLE left Fort William, Ontario bound for Erie, Pennsylvania, with grain and encountered fog, gale winds and a snow blizzard in one of the fiercest storms of the century.

On November 6, 1925, the Northern Navigation passenger steamer HAMONIC lost her propeller 20 miles west of Caribou Island in Lake Superior and was wallowing in gale force winds with gusts to 80 m.p.h. She was towed to safety by Pittsburgh Steamship Co.’s RICHARD TRIMBLE.

On 06 Nov 1985, Desguaces Heme began scrapping the LEON FALK, JR. in Gijon, Spain. This vessel was built in Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1945, as the tanker a.) WINTER HILL, (504 foot, 10,534 gross tons) and then was converted to a 710 foot, 12,501 gross ton bulk freighter in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1960-61.

On 6 November 1872, the wooden propeller tug MILDRED, while towing a vessel out of Alpena, Michigan, had her engine fail. Soon she was in trouble and sank. The crew was saved.

On 6 November 1827, ANN (wooden schooner, 53 foot, 58 tons, built in 1819, or 1821, at Black River, Ohio) was carrying salt, general merchandise and passengers when she was driven ashore on Long Point almost opposite Erie, Pennsylvania. 7 Lives were lost, including 5 passengers. 6 survived.

In 1912, the Pere Marquette Railroad announced plans to build a new roundhouse at Ludington, Michigan. It still stands today.

On 6 November 1874, The Port Huron Times listed the following vessels lost in the month of October and in the first week of November of that year: Propellers - BROOKLYN, FRANKFORT, NEW YORK; tug DOUGLAS; schooners - CITY OF PAINSVILLE, WANDERER, PREBLE, THOS S MOTT; and barges - CLIFTON and SHERMAN.

On 6 November 1883, GUIDING STAR (3-mast wooden schooner, 139 foot, 324 tons, built in 1869, at Oswego, New York) was carrying coal to Milwaukee in fog when she went ashore 12 miles north of Milwaukee. Four of the crew made it to shore in the yawl, but it was wrecked in the process. The rest of the crew was finally rescued by the Milwaukee Lifesavers.

Crews began painting the hull of the SAGINAW (formerly JOHN J. BOLAND) in the colors of Lower Lakes Towing Ltd. (gray) on 06 Nov 1999, at Sarnia, Ontario. The vessel had recently been purchased from American Steamship Co. Inside the vessel, crews were gutting the living quarters to remove asbestos and add fireproof walls and new flooring. The engine room equipment and the unloading gear were also refurbished.

On November 6, 1897, the Minnesota Steamship boat MARIPOSA (steel, 348', 2898 gross tons, built in 1892, Globe Iron Works, Cleveland, Ohio) under the command of Capt. Frank Root, rescued the two remaining survivors of the wreck of the package freighter IDAHO (wooden package freighter, 220', 915 gross tons, built in 1863, Peck & Masters, Cleveland, Ohio.) off Long Point, Ontario on Lake Erie. The MARIPOSA'S first mate, Capt. Myron K. Chamberlain, had sighted the two Idaho survivors clinging to the 100' spar of the sunken IDAHO. Gale winds and seas of 12'-15' overtook the IDAHO taking with it to their deaths 19 crewmen including Captain Alexander Gillies. "In what is considered one of the greatest accomplishments of ship handling and rescue by a major Great Lakes vessel,” Capt. Root and his crewmen were able to turn the MARIPOSA around ("rolling her rails under") three times in the midst of a gale, bringing their vessel right up to the spar where IDAHO Second Mate Louis LaForce Jr. and Deckhand William Gill were pulled "half dead" on board the MARIPOSA by the officers and deck crew. Both LaForce & Gill recovered. An appreciative City of Buffalo, (hometown to most of the IDAHO crew), and the Minnesota Steamship Company awarded Capt. Root a gold watch, and instructed him to award his first mate and chief engineer each an extra month's pay, and the MARIPOSA crew each an extra half month's pay for a job well done.

At 10 p.m. on November 6, 1975 the newly refurbished sidewheel ferry TRILLIUM was towed from the drydock at Ramey's Bend, Ontario, down the Welland Canal by the Canada Dredge & Dock tugs G. W. Rogers and BAGOTVILLE, arriving at Toronto on early on a foggy November 7.

1918: CHESTER A. CONGDON cleared Fort William with grain and stranded on Canoe Rock, Isle Royale in rough weather and poor visibility. The crew was rescued but the ship broke up and was listed as the first $1 million dollar loss in Great Lakes’ history.

1928: A.W. THOMPSON served as a Great Lakes consort barge before going to the Atlantic in 1918. The vessel foundered 60 miles south of Brunswick, GA, enroute from Wilmington, DE to a Gulf of Mexico port.

1968: OAK HILL visited the Great Lakes for seven trips in 1961-1962. It arrived at Singapore under tow as c) AGENOR on this date with leaking in the engine room while on a delivery trip to Chinese shipbreakers at Whampoa. The vessel was resold for scrapping in Singapore.

1969: REINHART LORENZ RUSS made 22 trips through the Seaway from 1960 through 1966. It sank as b) NAIS one mile off Raffles Light, Singapore, after a collision with the Norwegian tanker BERGEBRAGD (68/80,003) and one life was lost.

1981: LA LOMA, an early and frequent Seaway trader, arrived at Cape Town, South Africa, with hull damage as e) AEGEAN SUN. The ship was traveling from China to Abidjan, Ivory Coast. It was assessed as beyond economical repair and laid up at Mombasa. The vessel was eventually sold to Pakistani shipbreakers and arrived at Gadani Beach under tow on April 18, 1985, for dismantling.

1983: EVA MARIA C., a Seaway caller in 1976, developed leaks as c) LAGADA BEACH and sank about 200 miles northeast of Aden. The vessel was enroute to Bandar Abbas, Iran, with iron and steel products.

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

 

Port Reports -  November 5

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Presque Isle arrived Duluth early Saturday morning to take a delay at Port Terminal. American Integrity arrived just before sunrise to load at Midwest Energy. John J. Boland was inbound later in the morning, and headed to CN to load ore. Presque Isle and Flevoborg, which had loaded bentonite at Hallett #5, were outbound just after noon. American Integrity departed during the evening. Star II continued loading at CHS. In Superior, Burns Harbor arrived early Saturday morning to load at BN. She was still loading during the night. Stewart J. Cort was at anchor off the Superior entry waiting to load.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors on Saturday at 15:23 from Duluth after taking a delay at the Port Terminal. Due late Saturday night was the Edgar B. Speer. Due Two Harbors on Sunday is the Algoway and also the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay was supposed to see the arrival of Lee A. Tregurtha, but on Saturday afternoon at 13:20 she went to anchor behind Sand Island. As of 20:00 on Saturday she was still anchored. Due Sunday in Silver Bay is the Mesabi Miner.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday 02:29 Nomadic Hjellestad arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. At 19:20 Irma arrived and went to anchor.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algosteel was loading salt for Milwaukee on Saturday. Saltie Helena G cleared Friday for Montreal.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Saturday – Barry Andersen (Strong gusty winds delaying some traffic.)

Buffalo:
Arrival: Nov 3, American Mariner at 0513 - departed Nov 4 at 2000 westbound.

Nanticoke:
Anchored - (correction - not at Port Weller) - Nov 2 - Sten Arnold (Gib) at 1437 - docked - Nov 3 - Algosea docked at 0415 - departed - Nov 4 - Algosea at 1135 - arrival (anchored) - Nov 4 - Algoma Hansa at 2207

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 4 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0129, Hon Paul J. Martin at 0413, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0511, tugs Tim McKeil & Ecosse with ro-ro ferry Princess of Acadia at 0900 (bound for Port Colborne scrap dock), Algoma Olympic at 1752 approximately, light tug Escorte at approximately 2105 - tied-up above lock 1 to assist tow

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Nov 3 - Ruddy (Cyp) 1655 (to anchorage) and Algolake at 2320, John D. Leitch at 1124, CSL Assiniboine at 1357 - Algosea at 1544 and Osogovo (Mlt) at 2215

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrivals (anchored) - Oct 31 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 2130 awaiting dock in Bronte - Nov 3 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1630 - departed Nov 4 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0120

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival (anchored downbound) - Nov 3 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1702

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals - Oct 29 - Federal Maas (Bds) at 1150 (up bound) stopped wharf 2 to discharge - Nov 4 - tugs Tim McKeil & Ecosse with ro-ro ferry Princess of Acadia (stopped on wall above lock 1 for weather)

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 4 - Algoma Olympic at 0019 and Greenwing (Cyp) at 0526 (anchored) - docked - Oct 29 - Redhead (Hkg) at 0851 - Nov 2 - Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 1215 - Nov 3 - Sichem Defiance (Mhl) at 1135 and tug Salvor & barge Lambert Spirit at 1641 - Nov 4 departure - Algoma Olympic at 1525 and light tug Escorte at 1644 and Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 1722

Bronte (Oakville):
Arrivals - Nov 1 - Esta Desgagnes at 2147 (anchored) - Nov 3 - Esta Desgagnes departed anchorage at 1355 and docked at 1358 - departed - Nov 3 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1321 for Sarnia

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 3 - Robert S. Pierson at 1121 - departed at 2023 eastbound

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 1 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1945 - departed - Nov 3 at 0624 eastbound - Nov 4 - arrival - Fagelgracht (Nld) at 1530 for Redpath dock

 

George Ryan’s ‘Lake Carriers’ Association History 1880-2015’ book released

11/5 - Bay Village, Ohio – While there is a rich oral history of the people who sailed the ships on the Great Lakes, George J. Ryan believes there was no single repository of information about the organization and the people ashore who brought about the improvements in the infrastructure that enhanced the safety of vessels and crews, and obtained government support for improvements of locks, channels and ports, the installation of aids to navigation and ice breaking assistance. This belief prompted him to write “Lake Carriers’ Association History 1880-2015” (published by Xlibris).

The book tells the story of the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) and its contributions to Great Lakes shipping, the region and the national economy since its founding days in 1880 to the present. It describes the objectives of LCA in all the periods of history in chapters focused on the leadership and important concerns of that time. It includes a section about the contributions of William Livingstone, LCA’s longest serving president. Other sections tell the story of the work of LCA committees on navigation, engineering, environment, crew selection and training and national security.

“The book will appeal to those working in Great Lakes shipping and the industries it serves and to the many people who enjoy the history of and current activities of the ships on the Great Lakes,” Ryan says. “Great Lakes shipping continues to be essential to the economy of the United States and in particular to employment in the Great Lakes Basin area.”

“Everywhere in the world, there are improvements that are needed. The successful accomplishment of these improvements requires a united effort of those who will enlist a leader who knows and is committed to that industry, a leader who listens to their current needs and vision of the future, gains their full support and knows how to collaborate with all players including staff and government officials. In the long haul, this consistent unity is essential for success.”

“Lake Carriers’ Association History 1880-2015”
By George J. Ryan
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 556 pages | ISBN 9781543433333
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 556 pages | ISBN 9781543433326
E-Book | 556 pages | ISBN 9781543433319
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Ryan graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in 1957, was board chair of the American Maritime History Project and editor of the book “Braving the Wartime Seas.” He was president of Lake Carriers' Association and executive director of American Iron Ore Association until his retirement. He was the director of the Great Lakes Region Maritime Administration, Cleveland; was Marad Representative, American Embassy, London; in Grace Lines, he served as captain and assistant port captain. He earned a master's degree from the School of International Affairs, Columbia University in 1964. He was an officer on the guided missile cruiser USS Canberra. In Cleveland, he was appointed to the Great Lakes Commission, chaired the Board of Visitors Great Lakes Maritime Academy and served on Great Lakes Maritime Task Force. Department of Commerce awarded him a silver medal for outstanding work for Marad. The Coast Guard awarded him the Distinguished Public Service Award.

 

U.S., Canadian Coast Guard meets for annual ice conference in Cleveland

11/5 - Cleveland, Ohio – The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards met at the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building in Cleveland Wednesday and Thursday to plan for the 2017-18 icebreaking season on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway transportation system.

The annual Great Lakes International Icebreaking Meeting was held to review the previous ice season, lessons learned, and to share the status of forces, new policies and guidance for the upcoming 2017-2018 icebreaking season.

The icebreaking season in the Great Lakes is divided into two separate, yet equally challenging, operations conducted via international cooperation and close coordination between U.S. and Canadian crews.

Operation Taconite, planned and run by U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, is an icebreaking operation aimed at facilitating the flow of commerce across Lakes Superior and Michigan, the northern half of Lake Huron and the St. Marys River and Straits of Mackinac.

Operation Coal Shovel, coordinated by U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit, deals with icebreaking operations in southern Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair and Detroit River systems, as well as Lake Erie.

Critical commodities help sustain industrial production and power generation throughout the Great Lakes region during the winter months through these operations. Icebreakers also assist with flood mitigation efforts in multiple coastal communities prone to spring flooding due to ice backups.

The mission of Coast Guard domestic ice operations is to provide icebreaking services to assist vessels in need, assist communities in exigent need and facilitate navigation on domestic, ice-covered waterways. The coast guards are committed to keeping critical waterways throughout the Great Lakes open to safe navigation.

USCG

 

Coast Guard rescues 3 boaters, 1 dog off Muskegon

11/5 - Cleveland, Ohio – U.S. Coast Guard crews rescued three people and their dog Saturday morning in Lake Michigan just over 3.5 nautical miles northwest of Muskegon, Michigan.

Shortly before 9:30 a.m, watchstanders with the Coast Guard 9th District Command Center in Cleveland, received reports of an unregistered emergency position-indicating radio beacon being activated near Muskegon, while watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan simultaneously received a report from Muskegon County 911 Dispatch relaying a report from the operator of a 21-foot pleasure craft with three people aboard.

It was reported that everyone was wearing a life jacket and water inside the boat was up to their knees. A crew from Station Grand Haven, Michigan was launched aboard a 29-foot response boat and a crew from Air Station Traverse City, aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was diverted from training.

The Grand Haven crew arrived on scene and rescued the three people and their dog. They were taken to Muskegon, where the three denied treatment by EMS.

The crew was unable to recover the vessel due to the 4 to 5-foot seas and it being partially submerged. The Traverse City crew arrived on scene using the signal from the EPIRB and reported seeing no visible signs of pollution. A special marine information broadcast has been issued by Sector Lake Michigan warning of the vessel and its location.

The Coast Guard reminds mariners of the dangers that come with operating in high seas. Life jackets, EPIRBS and other safety equipment are vital to staying safe and receiving prompt rescue while underway.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 5

At 2 a.m. 05 November 1884, the steamer GRACE GRUMMOND (iron side-wheel excursion steamer, 138 foot, 250 tons, built in 1856, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the survey steamer JEFFERSON DAVIS, specifically for the survey of the Great Lakes) burned at Grand Haven, Michigan. Her cargo of apples, pears and potatoes was also destroyed. No lives were lost. After the fire she was towed to Chicago to lay up until it was decided what to do with her. It is not known if she ever operated as a steamer again, but in 1887, she was rebuilt as a schooner at Milwaukee. She was one of the only sizable iron-hulled schooners ever used on the lakes. In 1904, as a tow-barge, she was sold Canadian and renamed BALTIC (C.116760). She was later used as a breakwater at Clear Creek, Ontario and was finally scrapped in 1939.

On 05 November 1852, BUCKEYE STATE (3-mast wooden bark, 132 foot, 310 tons, built in 1852, at Black River, Ohio) stranded off S. Milwaukee Point on Lake Michigan in a storm and was then broken up by waves. This was her first year of operation and she had been in service less than three months.

LOUIS R. DESMARAIS cleared Owen Sound, Ontario on her maiden voyage November 5, 1977, bound for Thunder Bay, Ontario, to load 27,117 gross tons of iron ore for Stelco at Hamilton, Ontario. Her forward end was replaced at Port Weller in 2001, and renamed b.) CSL LAURENTIEN.

On her final trip, the IRVIN L. CLYMER passed up bound at the Soo on November 5, 1990, and arrived at Duluth two days later to unload limestone at the Hallet Dock #5, after which she moved to her final lay-up berth at Fraser Shipyard and tied up, blowing one last three long and two short salute from her whistle. In 1993, she was sold to Azcon Corp. of Duluth, Minnesota for scrapping.

GRAND HAVEN was raised on November 5, 1969, from the Old River Bed, where she sank on September 19, 1969. She was raised for scrapping.

Mr. J. W. Isherwood visited the Great Lakes Engineering Works shipyard on November 5, 1910, and personally inspected the hull which was being built according to his patented design. This vessel, the WILLIAM P. PALMER, was the first vessel on the Great Lakes built to the Isherwood system of longitudinal framing.

On 05 Nov 1917, a foggy and rainy day, the JAMES S. DUNHAM (steel propeller bulk freighter, 420 foot, 4,795 gross tons, built in 1906, at W. Bay City, Michigan) sank in a collision with the steamer ROBERT FULTON (steel propeller bulk freighter, 424 foot, 4,219 gross tons, built 1896, at Wyandotte, Michigan) just below Grassy Island on the Detroit River. Repairs for both vessels totaled $125,000.

On 5 November 1896, ACADIA (iron-framed wooden propeller, 176 foot, built in 1867, at Hamilton, Ontario) was driven ashore and broke up in a gale near the mouth of the Michipicoten River in Lake Superior. Her crew made it to shore and five of them spent more than a week trying to make it to the Soo.

The Port Huron Times of 5 November 1878: "The schooner J. P. MARCH is reported lost with all on board. She was lost at Little Traverse Bay on the northern shore of Lake Michigan. The MARCH was a three-masted schooner and was owned by Benton & Pierce of Chicago."

On 5 November 1838, TOLEDO (2-mast wooden schooner, 98 foot, 215 tons, built in 1836, at Buffalo) was carrying dry goods valued at more than $100,000 up-bound on Lake Erie when she was driven ashore by a gale a half mile east of the mouth of the Grand River. She broke in two. No lives were lost.

On 5 November 1869, TITAN (wooden schooner, 132 foot, 361 gross tons, built in 1856, at Oswego, New York) was carrying 17,500 bushels of wheat on Lake Michigan in a terrific gale. She was driven toward shore. Her anchors were dropped as she came close in and they held for about an hour. However, the ship finally dragged ashore, losing both of her masts and breaking up as she struck. Of the nine on board, only one survived and that one was found crawling along the beach in a dazed state. When she was new, TITAN broke the record by completing the trip from Chicago to Oswego in only 8 days and 4 hours. Her record only lasted one day since the schooner SURPRISE broke it by 6 hours the following day.

In the summer of 1875, the propeller EAST ran down and sank the tug JOE MAC, not even pausing to save her crew from drowning. The following winter Messrs. Seymour & Co., owners of the JOE MAC, obtained a judgment in a U.S. Court against the owners of the EAST. Since the EAST was a Canadian vessel, they were unable to seize her because the judgment could only be effected in American waters. On Sunday morning, 05 Nov 1876, the steam tug SEYMOUR, with a United States Marshal and posse on board, proceeded up to Allen's (presumably at Ogdensburg, New York), and there lay in wait for the EAST, which went up by the Crossover light channel into American waters. The SEYMOUR ran out and captured the vessel and brought her to Averell's wharf in U.S. waters to await justice.

CALCITE II arrived in Sarnia at 6 a.m. on Sunday, 05 Nov. 2000, for lay-up. After leaving Cleveland the previous day, she anchored in Western Lake Erie, so she could arrive at the North Slip in Sarnia when shoreside personnel would be on-hand to assist. A chartered bus from Rogers City left about noon to take many of the crew home. Around 4:10 p.m., the downbound MYRON C. TAYLOR passed her fleetmate CALCITE II, perhaps for the last time in USS Great Lakes Fleet colors, and she blew her sister an extended 3 long and 2 short master salute. The TAYLOR was bound for Cleveland with a load of stone.

1885: The Canadian Pacific passenger and freight steamer ALGOMA cleared Owen Sound on its final trip with 11 passengers and headed for the Canadian Lakehead.

1897: IDAHO departed Buffalo and was caught in a wild storm on Lake Erie. The wooden passenger and freight carrier fell into the trough and only two survived. They had climbed the mast and were plucked from the crow's nest the next morning in a heroic effort by the crew of the MARIPOSA.

1940: SPARTA was wrecked near the Pictured Rocks after stranding on a reef in a heavy gale. The hull was abandoned on November 11 but salvaged in 1941 and never repaired.

1957: The Finnish freighter KORSO struck a drifting World War Two mine off Cape Mondjego, Portugal, and sank as a belated casualty of the conflict. The vessel had been built at Kingston, ON in 1942 as H.M.C.S. IRONBOUND and converted for mercantile use in 1948.

1962: EDWIN REITH, a West German salty, grounded near Tibbetts Point, Lake Ontario, and had to be lightered to P.S. BARGE NO. 1. It was released and came to Toronto to unload on November 14.

1967: The Canadian laker MOHAWK DEER, enroute to La Spezia, Italy, for scrapping, ran aground in the Gulf of Genoa near Portofino, Italy, and sank the next day.

1987: CATHARINA WIARDS sank in the Red Sea as d) TRADER after the engine room flooded during a voyage from Augusta, Italy, to China. The vessel was a year old when it came through the Seaway for the first time in 1970.

1991: OLYMPIC PEACE, a Seaway trader for the first time in 1976, arrived at Piraeus, Greece, with damage to the main engine cooling system as c) FREE PEACE. It was later seized by Banco-Hellenique and sold at auction. The ship was scrapped in China during 1994 as e) PATMOS I.

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

 

Algoma Central announces arrival of Algoma Niagara

11/4 - Algoma Central Corporation has announced that the first Equinox Class self-unloader, the seaway-max size Algoma Niagara, arrived at the Canadian port of Sept Iles, Que., on November 1.

Algoma Niagara is the fifth Equinox Class vessel in Canada and she joins her four gearless sister ships in the Algoma fleet. The vessel is currently undergoing inspections and re-flagging as a Canadian vessel before beginning commercial operations.

“We are very pleased to see the Algoma Niagara in her home waters,” said Gregg Ruhl, Chief Operating Officer of Algoma. “The performance of the Equinox Class has met all our objectives for efficiency and reliability. Being able to provide these benefits to customers in our self-unloading trades is something we have been looking forward to.”

The ship is expected to load its first cargo of iron ore from Port Cartier this weekend and depart for Hamilton shortly thereafter. Her next cargoes will be metallurgical coal for steelmaking followed by a grain cargo from Thunder Bay.

Algoma Niagara is the first of three Equinox Class self-unloaders currently under construction at the Yangzijiang shipyard in Jiangsu China. The ship is a traditional boom-aft twin belt self-unloader with a deadweight capacity of approximately 39,000 tonnes at design draught (29,100 tonnes at seaway draught). The Algoma Sault is nearing completion at the Yangzijiang shipyard, and the Algoma Conveyor, which the Company acquired at auction from the failed Nantong Mingde shipyard earlier this year, is undergoing refurbishment and final construction. The Algoma Sault is expected to arrive in Canada in time to start the 2018 navigation season and the Algoma Conveyor is expected to be completed and delivered in early 2019.

The Equinox Class represents the new generation of Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Waterway bulk cargo vessels. The ships have been designed to optimize fuel efficiency and operating performance thus minimizing environmental impact. A 45% improvement in energy efficiency per tonne of cargo carried has been demonstrated by the four operating Equinox Class gearless bulkers.

This dramatic improvement is a result of the use of modern Tier II compliant engines, increased cargo capacity, and an improved hull form. The Equinox Class vessels are the first truly bespoke lakers, designed to meet the particular operating constraints of the Waterway. In addition to design features that target efficiency, the ships utilize an IMO approved exhaust gas scrubber certified to remove 97% of sulphur oxides from shipboard emissions; the first application of a fully integrated scrubber on a Great Lakes – St. Lawrence vessel class.

Algoma Central Corporation

 

Port Reports -  November 4

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth mid-morning Friday with coal from Midwest Energy. She was followed out of port by H. Lee White, which had loaded at CN. Flevoborg continued to load bentonite at Hallett #5, and Star II was at CHS loading grain. Michipicoten was expected in Superior before midnight Friday to load at BN.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader arrived Two Harbors Thursday night at 21:52 and she departed Friday morning at 05:13 for Zug Island. Due Two Harbors late Friday night is the Presque Isle. Due Saturday in Two Harbors is the Edgar B. Speer. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Friday. Due Saturday in Silver Bay is the Lee A. Tregurtha.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
On Thursday, 19:56 Federal Hudson weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load and Federal Elbe arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 22:00 Tecumseh departed for Sorel. Friday November 3, 02:48 G3 Marquis departed for Baie Comeau. 14:00 Algoma Transport departed for Toledo. 14:17 Whitefish Bay arrived at Viterra B to load.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Oshima was at Burns Harbor Thursday evening. Edwin H. Gott was unloading at Gary, with Cason J. Callaway due next. Mesabi Miner and Wilfred Sykes were at Indiana Harbor. Elbeborg was at South Chicago.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Helena G. was still loading grain on Thursday.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Friday – Barry Andersen

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 3 - American Mariner at 0513

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 1 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1536 - Nov 2 - Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) - Nov 3 - Algosea docked at 0415 - - departed - Nov 3 - Sloman Helios (Atg) at approximately 1250, Ruddy (Cyp) at 1340 both eastbound

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 3 - CCGS Neah Bay at 0720 (returning from east coast refit at Baltimore - headed for Cleveland), Kaministiqua at 0845, Baie St. Paul at 0820, Damia Desgagnes at 1232, Miedwie (Bhs) at 1440, Sarah Desgagnes at 1500 (to anchorage), CSL Laurentien at 1922 and Spruceglen at 2150

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Nov 3 - Kwintebank (Nld) at 0150, Sten Bergen (Gib) at 0620, Tim S. Dool at 1155, Shoveler (Cyp) at 1250, Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 1630, Algoma Equinox at 1650, Ruddy (Cyp) 1655 (to anchorage) and Algolake at 2320

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrivals (anchored) - Oct 31 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 2130 awaiting dock in Bronte - Nov 2 - Sten Arnold (Gib) at 1400 - Nov 3 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1630

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival (anchored downboound) - Nov 3 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1702

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals - Oct 29 - Federal Maas (Bds) at 1150 (up bound) stopped wharf 2 to discharge

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 3 - Sichem Defiance (Mhl) at 1135 and tug Salvor & barge Lambert Spirit at 1641. Docked - Oct 29 - Redhead (Hkg) at 0851 - Nov 2 - Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 1215, Damia Desgagnes at 1400 and CSL Laurentien at 2350 - departures - Nov 2 - tug Leonard M @ barge Niagara Spirit at 2320 for Sandusky - Nov 3 - Ojibway at 0920 for Port Cartier, and Damia Desgagnes at 1054 for Nanticoke and CSL Laurentien at 1640 westbound

Bronte (Oakville):
Arrivals - Oct 31 - Sarah Desgagnes at 2212 - Nov 1 - Sarah Desgagnes - departed dock to anchor at 2235 - arrival - Nov 1 - Esta Desgagnes at 2147 (anchored) - Nov 3 - Esta Desgagnes departed anchorage at 1355 - docked at 1358 - departure Nov 3 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1321 for Nanticoke

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 3 - Robert S. Pierson at 1121 - departed at 2023 eastbound

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 1 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1945 - departed - Nov 3 at 0624 eastbound

 

Duluth settles on plan to replace Minnesota Slip seawalls

11/4 - Duluth, Minn. – A fix for the failing seawalls of Duluth's Minnesota Slip — the SS William A. Irvin's longtime berth — could soon be in the works.

Next week, the city will open bids for a project that's anticipated to cost about $6 million in all. It already has received a favorable bid for steel pilings, said Wayne Parson, Duluth's chief financial officer. But he noted that bids for the most expensive part of the project — coating and then driving that steel — are still to come.

This past Tuesday, the board of directors for the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center signed off on the city's plan to fund the project. Parson explained that bonds that had been issued to finance the construction of Amsoil Arena in 2008 were refinanced last year at a much lower interest rate. Over the life of those bonds, he said, the city stands to save about $6.5 million as a result.

Duluth plans to use some of those savings to pay off new bonds that could be issued to finance repairs to the seawall. The seawall bonds would run through 2034 to coincide with the Amsoil bonds.

The replacement of the seawalls will open the door for pollution within the slip to be addressed. Plans call for capping contaminated sediments in place with a clean layer of sand.

But until the seawalls are replaced, the slip cleanup has been placed on hold, because contaminated soils from the destabilized banks continue to erode into the water. David Montgomery, Duluth's chief administrative officer compared the state of the current seawall to "swiss cheese."

Eager to see the issue resolved, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has offered to provide a $2.1 million grant to help cover the cost of replacing the seawalls. That will likely leave the city on the hook for about $4 million.

As for the slip cleanup, the MPCA will join forces with the federal Environmental Protection Agency to cover the capping costs.

Assuming bids come in at a reasonable cost, Parson said he expects a contract to be ready for City Council consideration on Nov. 20. If that contract is approved, the seawalls will be replaced in the spring, prior to Grandma's Marathon.

The capping would then likely occur in the fall of 2018. That project is expected to take about three weeks to complete, and while it is in progress, the Irvin and the local charter fishing boats that now tie up in the slip would need to be temporarily moved to different moorings. The DECC owns and operates the Irvin as a floating museum.

"We're very excited that between now and the end of next year, it looks like Minnesota Slip is going to finally get cleaned up," Montgomery said.

In addition to shoring up the slip, the project also would replace 325 linear feet of seawall around the harbor side stretching toward the Great Lakes Aquarium.

Montgomery said Duluth will continue to pursue additional state aid to assist with the replacement of more of the seawall that runs from the DECC toward Bayfront Festival Park.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 4

The Great Lakes Steamship Company steamer NORWAY passed downbound through the Soo Locks with 6,609 tons of rye. This cargo increased the total tonnage transiting the locks in 1953 to 120,206,088 tons – a new one-season tonnage record. Renamed b.) RUTH HINDMAN in 1964, she was scrapped at Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1978.

On 04 November 1883, MAYFLOWER (wooden propeller freighter “steam barge,” 185 foot, 623 gross tons, built in 1852, at Buffalo, New York) was carrying lumber when she stranded in a gale off Point Abino near Buffalo, New York where the waves pounded her to pieces. The crew made it to shore in the yawl. She was built as a very fine passenger steamer for the Western Transportation Line then in 1868, she was rebuilt as a “steam barge.”

On 4 November 1875, SWAN (wooden propeller tug, 11 gross tons, built in 1862, at Buffalo, New York) caught fire while lying out in the Saginaw River near East Saginaw. She was abandoned by the crew and burned to the water’s edge.

JOSEPH G. BUTLER JR (steel bulk freighter, 525 foot, 6,588 gross tons) was launched on 04 Nov 1905, at Lorain, Ohio for the Tonopah Steamship Co. (Hutchinson & Co., mgr.). She lasted until 1971, when she was stripped of her cabins and scuttled, along with HENRY R. PLATT JR., at Steel Co. of Canada plant, Burlington Bay, Hamilton, Ontario, as breakwater and fill.

CARTIERCLIFFE HALL was registered at Toronto, Ontario, on 04 Nov 1977, but didn't enter service until the spring of 1978 because of mechanical difficulties during her sea trials.

On 04 Nov, 1986, TEXACO CHIEF was renamed A.G. FARQUHARSON. She was renamed c.) ALGONOVA (i) in 1998.

CALCITE II departed Cleveland at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, 04 Nov 2000, on her last trip for USS Great Lakes Fleet. She sailed upbound for Sarnia, Ontario, where she spent the winter in lay-up. Grand River Transportation had entered into a sale agreement with USS Great Lakes Fleet, Inc. for the purchase of the CALCITE II, GEORGE A. SLOAN and MYRON C. TAYLOR. Built as the WILLIAM G. CLYDE in 1929, CALCITE II is awaiting scrapping as c.) MAUMEE.

HERON BAY proceeded under her own power to Lauzon, Quebec, for her final lay-up on November 4, 1978.

CSL's NIPIGON BAY was launched November 4, 1950.

CHARLES L. HUTCHINSON developed a sizable leak and almost sank November 4, 1925, during her tow to Superior after she struck a reef a few nights before.

ROBERT C. STANLEY's keel was laid November 4, 1942.

UNITED STATES GYPSUM of 1910 grounded at Toledo, Ohio, on November 4, 1972, resulting in damage totaling $125,000. Her propeller was removed and the rudder shaft was locked in position to finish the season as a manned barge on the coal run from Toledo to Detroit, Michigan.

JOSEPH H. THOMPSON became not only the largest vessel on the Great Lakes but also the longest dry bulk cargo vessel in the world when it entered service on November 4, 1952, departing Chicago on its first trip.

Setting the stage for the fateful storm that followed less than a week later that sank the EDMUND FITZGERALD, many locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin were setting all-time record high temperatures for the month of November during the period of November 4-6, 1975. Grand Marais, Minnesota, reached 67 degrees on November 5 and Superior reached 74 degrees on November 6, both all-time records for the month. Many other notable Great Lakes storms, including the Armistice Day storm of 1940, and the storm that sank the HENRY STEINBRENNER in 1953, were proceeded by record-setting warm weather.

On 4 November 1877, MARY BOOTH (wooden scow-schooner, 132 tons, built in 1857, at Buffalo, New York) was carrying maple lumber in a storm in Lake Michigan. She became waterlogged but her crew doggedly clung to her until she appeared ready to turn turtle. Then her crew abandoned her and she rolled over. She drifted in the lake for several days. The crew landed at White Lake, Michigan and they were near death.

The Port Huron Times of 4 November 1878: "The propeller CITY OF MONTREAL is believed to have gone down on Lake Michigan on Friday [1 NOV 1878]. The schooner LIVELY, laden with coal for Bay City, is reported ashore 6 miles above Sand Beach, having gone on at 12 o'clock Sunday night [3 NOV 1878]. The schooner WOODRUFF, ashore at Whitehall, is a total loss. Two men were drowned, one died from injuries received, and Capt. Lingham was saved. The tugs E M PECK and MYSTIC, which went from the Sault to the assistance of the propeller QUEBEC, were wrecked near where she lies, one being on the beach and the other sunk below her decks. Both crews were rescued and were taken to St. Joseph Island."

On 4 November 1856, J W BROOKS (wooden propeller, 136 foot, 322 tons, built in 1851, at Detroit) was carrying provisions and copper ingots to Ogdensburg, New York in a storm when she foundered on Lake Ontario, 8 miles northeast of False Ducks Light. Estimates of the loss of lives range from 22 to 50. In July 1857, she was partially raised and some of her cargo was recovered. She only had a five year career, but besides this final incident, she had her share of disasters. In July 1855, she had a boiler explosion and in May of that same year, she sank in Canadian waters.

In 1980 the tug LAUREN CASTLE sank while towing the AMOCO WISCONSIN near Lee Point in Traverse Bay. Engineer William Stephan was lost.

1891: The iron freighter NORTH, which had become the first ocean ship to be cut in two and brought to the Great Lakes, arrived at Collingwood to be rebuilt as b) CAMPANA for the passenger & freight trades on the upper lakes.

1898: The wooden passenger and freight steamer PACIFIC burned at the Grand Trunk Railway dock in Collingwood along with the freight sheds and their contents. The blaze had begun the previous evening and roared for hours. The vessel was valued at $65,000.

1959: WESTRIVER arrived at Halifax for repairs after an earlier engine room explosion on Lake Superior had left the ship with significant damage.

1967: PEARL LIGHT, a World War II Empire ship, came through the Seaway for one trip in 1965. It was wrecked off Vietnam as g) HABIB MARIKAR while enroute from Dalian, China, to Chittagong, Bangladesh, with bagged cement. One life was lost.

1972: INLAND TRANSPORT went aground off Garden Island Bank, near Little Current, Manitoulin Island, and received major hull damage that led to the retirement of that Halco tanker after one more trip.

1991: CARLI METZ struck the wall below Lock 2 of the Welland Canal and the vessel had to go to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs. It had been inbound for the first time earlier in the year and returned in 1992. It was scrapped at Chittagong, Bangladesh, as d) METZ ITALIA in 2001.

1993: ZIEMIA ZAMOJSKA, while under tow, struck the raised 106th Street Bridge on the Calumet River at Chicago resulting in damage to the structure and traffic problems. The corn-laden vessel received a hole in the port bow, which was repaired at Montreal.

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

 

Feds ask industry for icebreaking help amid concerns about Canadian CG’s fleet

11/3 - Ottawa, Ont. – Canada’s federal government has turned to the private sector for help in keeping the country’s waters free of ice during the winter months amid concerns about the state of Canada’s icebreaking fleet.

Companies were invited Tuesday to submit proposals for the provision of icebreaking services to the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway, which coast guard officials would call upon as needed. But while the government said the measure was intended to address a “short-term need,” the reality is that the coast guard could end up needing outside help for years.

That is because the Canadian Coast Guard’s icebreakers are nearing the end of their original 40-year life expectancies, with the average vessel already 35 years old. Upgrades have been promised to keep the icebreakers in the water as long as possible, but only one is scheduled for replacement over the next decade through the federal shipbuilding plan.

Officials privately warned Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc last year that each passing day the ships stay in the water increases the risk of a breakdown, with 1,595 operational days lost in 2013-14.

“Operating aging vessels is challenging, as older ships break down more frequently and cost more to repair,” LeBlanc was told in a briefing note obtained through the Access to Information Act. “This issue is particularly acute for the coast guard’s aging and overburdened icebreakers. There is only one polar icebreaker in the current funded plan.”

That new polar icebreaker, CCGS John G. Diefenbaker, was originally expected to be in the water this year, but delays and scheduling conflicts have pushed delivery back to sometime in the next decade.

In last week’s economic update, the Liberal government did commit to investing an additional $1.2 billion over five years into the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the coast guard. But none of that new money is slated for icebreakers, even though officials told LeBlanc that such services were “critical to the safe, economical and efficient movement of ships in Canadian waters.”

The coast guard has faced more demand for its icebreaking services in recent years than ever before, even as its ships get older, because of changing ice conditions and activity in the Arctic.

“There is no doubt that more investment in the coast guard fleet is required, specifically for icebreakers,” LeBlanc was told. “Industry demands newer and more capable icebreaking vessels, as well as increasing the quantity and capacity of vessels to support year-round operations.”

The Canadian Press

 

Port Reports -  November 3

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort arrived Duluth mid-morning Thursday to discharge limestone at Graymont. Flevoborg arrived early in the evening to load bentonite at Hallett #5. Erie Trader was outbound shortly thereafter, bound for Two Harbors to load. Paul R. Tregurtha arrived a few hours later to load coal at Midwest Energy. H. Lee White shifted to the CN dock from Lakehead Pipeline, where she had been taking a delay, during the evening. Star II remained at Holcim discharging.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Algowood departed Two Harbors Thursday morning at 02:32 for Hamilton. Due Two Harbors Thursday night between 21:30-22:00 is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort / Erie Trader, arriving from the Twin Ports after unloading at Graymont in Superior. She cleared The Duluth piers at 19:55. Due Two Harbors late Friday is Presque Isle. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw no traffic on Thursday and there is no traffic scheduled for Friday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday at 21:24, Tecumseh arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 23:15 Osogovo departed for Sete, France. Thursday 04:38 Algoma Transport arrived at Viterra B to load. 18:35 Frontenac departed for Midland.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Oshima was at Burns Harbor Thursday evening. Edwin H. Gott was unloading at Gary, with Cason J. Callaway due next. Mesabi Miner and Wilfred Sykes were at Indiana Harbor. Elbeborg was at South Chicago.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Helena G. was still loading grain on Thursday.

Toledo, Ohio
Wednesday evening the Federal Mayumi arrived at the Overseas Dock. Algoma Equinox remained at Anderson's K Elevator loading grain. On Thursday, Evans Spirit was in port.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Thursday – Barry Andersen

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 1 - Manitoulin at 1024 and departure Nov 2 - Manitoulin at 1526 westbound

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 30 - Algosea at 1006 (anchored) - Nov 1 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0747 (anchored) and docked at 1228 and Nov 2 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1430 Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 1215 approximately (anchored) - departed - Nov 2 - Patras (Mlt) at 1100 eastbound

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 1 - Algoma Enterprise at 1727 and Sten Arnold (Gib) at 2045 (anchored), Baie Comeau at 0417, Algosteel at 0523, Algoma Spirit at 0547, Vikingbank (Nld) at 0717, CSL Welland at 0835, Algoma Mariner at 1034, Capt. Henry Jackman at1234 and English River at 1251

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Nov 2 - Algonova at 0142, Algoma Harvester at 0320, CSL Laurentien at 0433, Patras (Mlt) at 1536 and Kwintebank (Nld) approximately 2359

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrivals (anchored) - Oct 31 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 2130 awaiting dock in Bronte - Nov 1 - Sten Arnold (Gib) at approximately 2110 - Nov 2 - arrivals - Vikingbank at 0018, Damia Desgagnes at 0304. Departed - Nov 2 - Vikingbank (Nld) at 0636, Damia Desgagnes at 1150 approximately

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival (anchored) - Nov 1 - Algonova at 2200 - departed Nov 2 at 0128 for Sept Isles

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals - Oct 29 - Federal Maas (Bds) at 1150 (up bound) stopped wharf 2 to discharge

Hamilton:
Docked - Oct 29 - Redhead (Hkg) at 0851 - arrivals - Nov 1 - Ojibway at 1514, Algoma Mariner at 2230 - Nov 2 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0219, Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 1215 and Damia Desgagnes at 1400 - departed Nov 2 - Algoma Mariner at 0826 for the canal

Bronte (Oakville):
Arrivals - Oct 31 - Sarah Desgagnes at 2212 - Nov 1 - departed at 2224 to anchorage at 2235 - arrival (anchored) - Nov 1 - Esta Desgagnes at 2147

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 2 - Robert S. Pierson at 0313 - departed at 1145 eastbound

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 1 - Stephen B. Roman at 0910 and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1945 - departure - Nov 2 - Stephen B. Roman at 2034 Oshawa:
Arrivals - Oct 31 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 2025 - departed - Nov 2 at 1020 for eastbound

Bowmanville:
Arrival - Oct 31 - Capt. Henry Jackman at 2113 approximately - departed Nov 2 - mid-morning for the canal

 

USCG, Lake Carriers' Association sign training agreement

11/3 - Cleveland, Ohio – The United States Coast Guard and the Lake Carriers' Association signed a memorandum of agreement for maritime rescue training Tuesday at the 9th Coast Guard District headquarters in Cleveland. Signing for their respective parties was Rear Adm. Joanna M. Nunan, commander, 9th Coast Guard District, and James H.I. Weakley, president of the Lake Carriers' Association.

The agreement set forth terms for maritime industry rescue training between Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, Coast Guard Air Station Detroit and LCA enrolled vessels.

"The experience gained by both Coast Guard and Lake Carriers' crews will greatly enhance both organizations capabilites," said Nunan. "Having the ability to safely and effectively execute rescues during an emergency will shorten the amount of time from notification to medical treatment."

"The opportunity to build familiarity and proficiency with hoisting from Great Lake's commercial vessels will better prepare our pilots for hoist operations during time critical emergencies."

The joint training is intended to simulate real-life medical evacuations.

USCG

 

Marine News Report from World Ship Society for November 2017

11/3 - Vessels with Great lakes / Seaway connections reported as a casualty or sold for demolition, taken from November 2017 issue of Marine News - Journal of the World Ship Society.

Casualties: None Demolitions: Atlantic Runner (8902307; Malta) (Lykes Runner-04 - (1st trip into the Seaway 2001), Nordana Surveyor-01, Nordana Kigoma-99, Beloostrov-98, launched as Krasnograd) 16,072/1992 - general cargo. By Atlantic Runner Navigation Ltd (Subsidiary Company 'Atlantic Ship Management') Malta to Shiv Corp., India and arrived at Alang 18/04/2017 - commenced 27/04/2017

Cash (7708194; St. Kitts & Nevis) (Nememcha-17) 16,013/1978 - bulk carrier. (1st trip into the Seaway was 1983) By Amador Ventures Co. St. Kitts & Nevis, to Bangladesh breakers and arrived Chittagong 26/04/2017 - commenced demolition 29/04/2017

Diamond Sea (8701947; Togo) (Rubicone-12, Arklow Dusk-03, Kopalnia Ziemowit-00) (1st trip into the Seaway was 2000) 8,907/1991 - bulk carrier. By Eugenia Shipping Ltd. (GMZ Ship Mangement Co SA), Marshall Islands, to Sheth & Sons (SB) P Ltd., India and arrived at Alang 13/04/2017 - commenced demolition 24/04/2017

Fedor Varaksin (7625691; Russia) 10,133/ 1977 - general cargo. (1st trip into the Seaway was 1993) By Joint Stock Northern Shipping Co. (A/O 'Severnoye Morskoye Parokhodstvo') (NSC ARCHANGELSK), Russia, to Aliaga Gemi Geri Donusum, Turkey and arrived Aliaga 12/04/2017 - commenced demolition 14/04/2017

Le Marc (7343578; Canada) (Camille Marcoux-17) 6,122 / 1974 passenger/ro-ro ship (vehicles) - By Société des Traversiers du Québec, to Marine Recycling Corp. Canada then to International Marine Salvage Canada. (1st trip into Seaway as Le Marc - name shortened for tow to Port Colborne, Ontario - arrived 27/04/2017

Submitted by Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 3

On 03 November 1907, tug ESCORT (wooden propeller, 45 foot, 40 gross tons, built in 1894, at Port Colborne, Ontario) tried to pass the barge BENJ HARRISON at the mouth of the Niagara River. In a navigational error, the tug sheared under the barge’s bow, was run over and sunk. Three lives were lost.

B. A. PEERLESS sailed on her maiden voyage November 3, 1952, bound for Superior, Wisconsin, where 110,291 barrels of crude oil were loaded destined for British-American's refinery at Clarkson, Ontario. The PEERLESS was built for the express purpose of transporting crude oil from the Interprovincial / Lakehead Pipeline terminus at Superior to B / A's Clarkson refinery. The vessel lasted until 1991, when she was broken up.

On 3 November 1898, PACIFIC (wooden propeller passenger/package freighter, 179 foot, 918 gross tons, built in 1883, at Owen Sound, Ontario) caught fire at the Grand Trunk dock at Collingwood, Ontario. She burned to a shell despite a concerted effort to save her. She was later towed out into Georgian Bay and scuttled.

On 3 November 1855, DELAWARE (wooden propeller, 173 foot, 368 tons, built in 1846, at Black River, Ohio) was carrying general merchandise from Chicago to Buffalo with a stop at Milwaukee. She was driven ashore by a gale eight miles south of Sheboygan, Wisconsin and sank. Ten or 11 of the 18 on board lost their lives. Within a few days, only her arches were visible above the water.

Dismantling of the H. C. HEIMBECKER began on 03 Nov 1981, by Triad Salvage Company at Ashtabula, Ohio, and was completed the following year. This vessel was originally named GEORGE W. PERKINS (steel bulk freighter, 556 foot, 6,553 gross tons, built in 1905, at Superior, Wisconsin.)

1928: CANADIAN TRADER was Hull 39 of the Port Arthur shipyard. Following a sale to Japanese interests, the ship departed Seattle on this date in 1928 on its delivery voyage, still as c) GUILDA SCUDERI, and was never seen again.

1953: The tug J.A. CORNETT went hard aground about seven miles north of Clayton, NY and was leaking badly. The vessel was eventually refloated and survived at Port Dover, ON at least as recently as 2011. It has been laid up there since 1992 and is now in derelict condition.

1965: The tug MISEFORD was towing the barge CHARLES W. JOHNSON when they were caught in a storm on the St. Marys River. The tug was pulled over on her side and rested on the bottom. MISEFORD was salvaged in the spring of 1966 and remains in service in 2012 as a harbor tug at Thunder Bay, Ont.

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

 

Coast Guard issues warning after incidents between freighters, small boats

11/2 - Boaters beware, the United States Coast Guard isn't playing around when it comes to reckless driving in no wake zones. Prompted by a string of incidents in which smaller vessels have failed to follow boating laws, officials issued a warning on Wednesday reminding operators of the consequences.

Simply put, operating a vessel negligently can cost you up to $6,559 for a recreational vessel or up to $32,796 for any other type of vessel.

As an example, the Coast Guard cited an incident on June 21 in which a driver piloted his powerboat down the Saginaw River at a high rate of speed at the same time as the barge Menominee and its tug were heading toward an open Liberty Bridge near downtown Bay City. The driver flew past the 616-foot freighter on the east side of the river before making a sharp left turn and completing a lap around the vessel.

The driver eventually made a $1,000 penalty payment, according to the Coast Guard, but it's hardly been an isolated incident.

In August, George Haynes, licensed captain and vice-president of Lakes Pilots Association, outlined several incidents between smaller vessels and freighters in the St. Clair River.

At one point, a fishing boat actually began to drive toward a massive freighter traveling near the Blue Water Bridge, essentially playing chicken with it.

Read more and view navigation rules at this link: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/11/coast_guard_issues_warning_aft.html

 

Coast Guard cutter Alder to hold public tour this Saturday

11/2 - Duluth, Minn. – The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alder, home-ported in Duluth, Minnesota, is scheduled to hold a free public tour, Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cutter will be moored at the pier behind the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The tour is being held as part of the 30th annual Gales of November.

USCG

 

Port Reports -  November 2

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Indiana Harbor departed Duluth early Wednesday morning with coal from Midwest Energy. Algowood arrived shortly thereafter with a cargo of salt for the North American Salt dock. She was outbound by noon, headed for Two Harbors to load. Star II continued her week-long discharge at Holcim on Wednesday, however she was expected to shift to the CHS elevator by midnight to load grain. Michipicoten arrived at the Superior entry early Wednesday morning to load ore at BN. She was outbound mid-morning. H. Lee White arrived during the evening, and docked at Lakehead Pipeline to take a delay.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the departure of John D. Leitch at 05:09 on Wednesday. After the Leitch departed, the Blough went to the shiploader and departed for Gary on Wednesday at 13:09. Arriving Two Harbors Wednesday at 13:59 was the Algowood, arriving from Duluth after unloading salt. As of 20:30 on Wednesday she was still at the shiploader, but her AIS is showing a Hamilton destination. Due Thursday in Two Harbors is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader arriving after unloading stone in the Twin Ports. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw on Wednesday the departure of the James R. Barker at 17:26 for Cleveland. Silver Bay has no scheduled traffic on Thursday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday 21:14 Tim S. Dool departed for Quebec City. November 1, 13:40 Frontenac arrived at G3 to load grain.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Alpena arrived from Green Bay very early Wednesday morning, docking at the LaFarge terminal on Jones Island in the inner harbor. Undaunted / barge Pere Marquette 41 arrived 3 p.m. Tuesday from Bay City and remained unloading Wednesday near the heavy lift dock on Jones Island. Federal Asahi completed its steel delivery in the outer harbor and shifted inside where it was loading grain Wednesday at the Nidera elevator. USCGC Mackinaw remained Wednesday evening docked near the ferry dock and Coast Guard station in the outer harbor.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Oshima, Nomadic Hjellestad and Stewart J. Cort were at Burns Harbor Wednesday evening. St. Clair was at Buffington. Wilfred Sykes was unloading at Indiana Harbor. Ebroborg was docked on the Calumet River.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Helena G. was still loading grain on Wednesday. Algoway departed in the evening, with Algolake taking her place at the salt dock.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Wednesday - Barry Andersen

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 1 - Manitoulin at 1024

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 30 - Algosea at 1006 (anchored) - Nov 1 - Patras (Mlt) at 0747 (anchored) and docked at 1228 and Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 1215 approximately

Long Point Bay anchorage: (for weather delay)
Arrivals - (up bounds) - Oct 30 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 0158 and and Whitefish Bay at 1527- down bounds - Rosaire A. Desgagnes at 1314, and Rt. Hon Paul J. Martin at 1721 - Oct 31 - Alamosborg (Nld) at 0158 - departures - Oct 31 - Whitefish Bay at 1435 for Thunder Bay and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 1440 for Morrisburg - Nov 1 - down bound - Alamosborg (Nld) at 0108, Rosaire A. Desgagnes at 0626 eastbound, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 0706 for Cleveland and Rosaire A. Desgagnes at 0626 for Johnstown

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 31 - Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 2215, Ruddy (Cyp) at 2315 from Toronto - Nov 1 - Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 0255 from Hamilton(anchored), Irma (Cyp) 1323 and Evans Spirit at 1559, Algoma Enterprise at 1727 and Sten Arnold (Gib) at 2045

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Oct 31 - tug Spartan & barge Spartan II (departed wharf 2 late evening) for Three Rivers, CSL Niagara, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 1830 for Morrisburg - Nov 1- Alamosborg (Nld) at 0127, Radcliffe R. Latimer at 0436, Algoma Mariner at 0505, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement (departed wharf 12, Rosaire A. Desgagnes at 1003, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1500, Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1615 and Algonova at 2130

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrivals (anchored) - Oct 31 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 2130 awaiting dock in Bronte - Nov 1 - Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 0300, Irma (Cyp) at 0807, Alamosborg (Nld) at 1054 and Sten Arnold (Gib) at approximately 2110 - Nov 1 - Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 0810 for Wndsor and Irma (Cyp) at 1220 approximately for Cleveland and Alamosborg (Nld) at approximately 2130 for Montreal

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival (anchored) - Oct 31 - Alamosborg (Nld) at 1937 - Nov 1 - Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1240 - departed Nov 1 Alamosborg (Nld) at 0108 for Montreal and Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1600 for Sorel

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals - Oct 29 - Federal Maas (Bds) at 1150 (up bound) stopped wharf 2 to discharge - wharf 12 - (down bounds) - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1513 - Oct 31 - wharf 16 - Radcliffe R. Latimer at 1201 - departures - Oct 31 - tug Spartan & barge Spartan II stopped at wharf 2 at 1815 - departed at 2250 approximately for Three Rivers - Nov 1 - Radcliffe R. Latimer at 0436 approximately

Hamilton:
Arrivals - docked - Oct 27 - Irma (Cyp) at 1227 - Oct -28 - Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 2132 from Oshawa - Oct 29 - Redhead (Hkg) at 0851 - Nov 1 - Ojibway at 1514 and Algoma Mariner at 2230. Departed - Nov 1 - Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 0059 for Windsor, and Irma (Cyp) at 0604 for Thunder Bay

Bronte (Oakville):
Arrivals - Oct 31 - Sarah Desgagnes at 2212 - Nov 1 - Esta Desgagnes at 2140 approximately (anchored)

Toronto:
Arrivals - Nov 1 - Stephen B. Roman at 0910 and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1945

Oshawa:
Arrivals - Oct 31 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 2025

Bowmanville:
Arrival - Oct 31 - Capt. Henry Jackman at 2113 approximately

Sept Iles, Que.
According to Marine Traffic, the new Algoma Niagara has arrived at Sept. Iles on her delivery trip from China.

 

Northern Michigan University buoys monitor Lake Superior conditions

11/2 - Marquette, Mich. – Regional observations of record-setting, 28.8-foot wave heights and hurricane-force wind gusts during the Oct. 27 severe storm were generated by Northern Michigan University-owned monitoring buoys at Granite Island and Munising, as well as the Stannard Rock weather station on Lake Superior. NMU’s project to operate buoys along the southeastern shore was established in 2015 with a grant from the Great Lakes Observing System. Real-time, precise data promotes greater preparedness for coastal weather events and were heavily utilized by the National Weather Service, U.S. Coast Guard, recreational and commercial boaters, and other entities.

The buoy, anchored near Granite Island off Marquette’s shore, is one component of NMU’s new Granite Island Living Laboratory program in cooperation with Lentic Environmental Services and the Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP), which owns Stannard Rock Light. The program is designed to enrich large-lake research, along with education and training opportunities for NMU students and SWP partners.

Holly Roth, an environmental science major with a concentration in water resources, is the primary student intern for the buoy project, and she helped deploy the buoys at Granite Island and Stannard Rock this year. Holly said that having the data at her fingertips throughout the recent storm reinforced the value of the buoy program.

“Visual observations tend to vary from quantitative observations, so the buoy readings played a huge role in forecasting the storm and conveying information to the public,” Roth said. “Combining that data with social data on how municipalities and the general public prepared for and reacted to the storm can be useful when coming up with coastal resiliency and climate adaptation plans for the future. But regular monitoring is important because the buoys are also useful in everyday forecasting for the weather service, along with those who rely on the lake for business and recreation.”

The collected data has been used in NMU classes and in research conducted by established scientists. Roth presented her own research analyzing buoy data at the American Association of Geographers East Lakes Division Conference. Her new research project compares variables ranging from air and water temperature to wind speed and direction to show seasonal and inter-annual patterns and how those compare along the southeastern shore of Lake Superior. She is also looking at the development of large storms across the lake.

Roth is working on the project with professor Norma Froelich, who incorporates buoy readings into her NMU classes and made full educational use of Tuesday’s readings in addressing waves, weather maps and storm systems.

“The data from the buoys will give us a lot of insight into the development of big storms,” Froelich said. “It will also provide insight into the NWS and NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory on the models they use for forecasting waves. By continuing to put the buoys on the lake for hopefully many years to come, we’ll be able to observe the lake in different conditions – after harsh and mild winters or rainy summers with changing lake levels – and investigate how those inter-annual differences affect the severity of storms and the frequency of bigger storms.”

Granite Island is owned by Scott Holman, NMU alumnus and chair of the NMU Board of Trustees. He has been committed to making it accessible to his alma mater for research projects, a writers’ residency and other educational activities that fall under the Granite Island Living Laboratory program.

Clarion Ledger

 

National Museum releases 49th annual holiday card

11/2 - Toledo, Ohio – For 49 years in a row, Alexander Cook has faithfully painted a maritime painting to be used by the National Museum of the Great Lakes as a holiday card for sale to members and the general public.

Between January and August each year, Cook considers different looks and locations for his holiday card painting. Cleveland, Huron, Chicago, the Soo, Toledo and other communities have been chosen over the years as settings for the card. Sometimes, Cook chooses an open lake scene. Historic schooners, lumber hookers, tugs, freighters and passenger boats have all been subjects.

Cook donates the use of the painting and the museum receives all income generated from the card’s sale. Christopher Gillcrist, executive director of the museum, estimates that over the past 49 years the card has generated well over $120,000 in sales—all for the benefit of the museum.

The 2017 card features a vintage tug pulling the barge Good Cheer through open stormy waters on Lake Erie. The barge is carrying a traditional lighted Christmas tree.

Anyone interested in purchasing the card can do so by going to https://nmglstore.org/ or by calling the museum store at 419-214-5000 extension 200. Cards (with envelope) are $1.50 each or $14 for 10 cards. Members of the museum receive a 10% discount. Cards will be available on November 10th for shipping.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 2

On 02 November 1924, TURRET CROWN (steel propeller "turret ship,” 253 foot, 1,827 tons, built in 1895, in England) was driven ashore in a gale on Meldrum Point on the north side of Manitoulin Island on Lake Huron. Her hull was wrecked during the storms that winter. She was cut up and removed for scrap the following year.

On November 2, 1984, the tugs ATOMIC and ELMORE M. MISNER towed the ERINDALE, a.) W.F. WHITE, to the International Marine Salvage scrap dock at Port Colborne, Ontario, where demolition began that month.

H.C. HEIMBECKER proceeded under her own power to Ashtabula, Ohio, for scrapping, arriving there November 2, 1981.

On November 2, 1948, FRANK ARMSTRONG collided head-on with the c.) JOHN J. BOLAND of 1905, a.) STEPHEN B. CLEMENT, in a heavy fog on Lake Erie near Colchester, Ontario. Both vessels were badly damaged and resulted in one fatality on the BOLAND. The ARMSTRONG was towed to Toledo, Ohio, for repairs.

In 1972, the A. E. NETTLETON's towline parted from the OLIVE L. MOORE during a snowstorm with gale force winds 17 miles west of the Keweenaw Peninsula on Lake Superior. The barge developed a 15-degree list when her load of grain shifted. Three of her five-member crew were air lifted by a U.S.C.G. helicopter to the MOORE to assist in re-rigging the towline. The NETTLETON was towed the next day into the Lily Pond on the Keweenaw Waterway to trim her cargo.

The WILLIAM C. MORELAND was abandoned to the underwriters on November 2, 1910, as a constructive total loss, amounting to $445,000. She had stranded on Sawtooth Reef off Eagle Harbor, Michigan, on Lake Superior in mid October.

The keel of the new section, identified as Hull #28, was laid down on November 2, 1959. A new forward pilothouse and a hatch crane were installed and her steam turbine engine and water tube boilers were reconditioned. The vessel was named c.) RED WING after the Detroit Red Wing hockey team, honoring a long association with Upper Lakes Shipping and James Norris, the founder of ULS, and his two sons, James D. and Bruce, owners of the National Hockey League team.

In 1971, the Lake Michigan carferry BADGER was laid up due to a coal strike.

On 2 November 1889, FRANCIS PALMS (wooden schooner, 173 foot, 560 tons, built in 1868, at Marine City, Michigan, as a bark) was sailing from Escanaba to Detroit with a load of iron ore when she was driven ashore near Beaver Island in Lake Michigan. Her entire crew was taken off by the tug GLADIATOR that also pulled in vain while trying to free the PALMS. The PALMS was pounded to pieces by the storm waves. November was a bad month for the PALMS since she had previously been wrecked on Long Point in Lake Erie in November 1874, and again at Duluth in November 1872.

During the first week of November 1878, The Port Huron Times reported wrecks and mishaps that occurred during a severe storm that swept over the Lakes on Friday and Saturday, 1-3 November. The information was reported on 2, 4 & 5 November as the reports came in. The same reports will appear here starting today: The Port Huron Times of 2 November 1878: "The schooner L. C. WOODRUFF of Cleveland is ashore at the mouth of the White River with her foremast gone. She is loaded with corn. Three schooners went ashore at Grand Haven Friday morning, the AMERICA, MONTPELIER, and AUSTRALIAN. One man was drowned off the AUSTRALIAN. The schooner WORTS is ashore and full of water on Beaver Island. Her cargo consists of pork for Collingwood. The tug LEVIATHAN has gone to her aid. The schooner LAKE FOREST is ashore at Hammond's Bay, Lake Huron, and is full of water. She has a cargo of corn aboard. The tug A J SMITH has gone to her rescue. The barge S. C. WOODRUFF has gone down in 13 feet of water off Whitehall and her crew is clinging to the rigging at last accounts. A lifeboat has been sent to her relief. The barge RUTTER is in 25 feet of water and all the crew are now safe."

On 2 November 1874, PREBLE (2-mast wooden schooner, 98 foot, 166 tons, built in 1842, at Buffalo, New York as a brig) was lost in a storm off Long Point on Lake Erie and broke up in the waves. The steamer ST PAUL rescued her crew.

On 02 Nov 1862, BAY STATE (wooden propeller, 137 foot, 372 tons, built in 1852, at Buffalo, New York) was bound for Lake Erie ports from Oswego, New York when she broke up offshore in a terrific gale in the vicinity of Oswego. All 22 onboard, including six passengers, lost their lives. The shoreline was strewn with her wreckage for miles.

PAUL H. CARNAHAN was christened at the foot of West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan on 02 Nov 1961. She had been converted from the tanker b.) ATLANTIC DEALER to a dry bulk cargo carrier by American Ship Building Co. at Lorain, Ohio and came out on her maiden bulk freighter voyage just two weeks before this christening ceremony.

1912: JUNO, which had lost the barge P.B. LOCKE the previous day on Lake Ontario, arrived safely at Cobourg and then sank at the dock.

1923: The wooden steamer WESEE caught fire in Lake Erie off Middle Bass Island and burned as a total loss. The crew took to the yawl boats and all were saved.

1956: The former schooner J.T. WING, which had operated as a museum at Belle Isle in Detroit until condemned due to rotting timbers, was burned.

1981: FROSSO K., an SD 14 ocean freighter, suffered an engine room fire enroute from Vancouver to Japan. The ship was towed back to Vancouver November 15 and repaired. It first came through the Seaway in 1974 and arrived at Cartagena, Columbia, under tow, for scrapping on February 15, 1995, as e) MAMER.

1981: The West German freighter POSEIDON first came through the Seaway in 1962 and became a regular inland trader. It was abandoned, in leaking condition on this date, as e) VIKI K. in the Red Sea. There was some suspicion that the vessel was scuttled as part of an insurance fraud. 1988: PETER MISENER struck a shoal while upbound in the Saguenay River for Port Alfred with coke. There was major damage and the ship went to Montreal for repairs.

2001: AUDACIOUS stranded at Keleman Island, Indonesia, but was refloated two days later. The damage was severe and the vessel was laid up at Singapore and then sold to shipbreakers. The ship arrived at Alang, India, to be broken up, on April 27, 2002. The ship visited the Great Lakes as a) WELSH VOYAGER in 1977, and returned as b) LONDON VOYAGER in 1982 and c) OLYMPIC LEADER in 1983. It made its first inland voyage as d) AUDACIOUS in 1996 and its final call in 2000.

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

 

Port Reports -  November 1

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Century arrived Duluth at sunrise on Tuesday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy. Great Lakes Trader/tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort was inbound just before noon to load ore at CN. Indiana Harbor arrived during the late afternoon, and moved to Midwest Energy a few hours later once American Century had completed loading and departed. Great Lakes Trader was expected to finish at CN sometime before midnight. Star II remained at Holcim discharging. In Superior, American Spirit arrived in the early morning hours to load at BN. She departed with ore during the evening.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Monday night saw the arrival in Two Harbors of the Joseph L. Block at 23:43 from Fraser Shipyards. She went to North of #2. Tuesday morning saw the Edwin H. Gott depart at 06:58 for Gary. The Block then shifted to the shiploader and departed on Tuesday at 17:10 for Indiana Harbor. Roger Blough arrived Two Harbors Tuesday morning at 07:10 for North of #2. Also arriving Two Harbors Tuesday at 17:44 was the John D. Leitch after anchoring off Duluth. As of 20:30 she was still loading at the shiploader. Tentatively due in Two Harbors Wednesday is the Algowood, arriving from Hancock, Mich., after unloading salt. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay will see the arrival of James R. Barker late Tuesday night. There is no scheduled inbound traffic for Silver Bay on Wednesday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday 7:21, G3 Marquis arrived at Superior Elevator to load. At 15:49 Shoveler departed for Montreal. v Southern Lake Michigan
Burns Harbor, Federal Oshima, Nomadic Hjellestad, and St. Clair were in Burns Harbor Tuesday evening. CSL Assiniboine was at Gary. Elbeborg was at South Chicago. Flevoborg departed for Duluth and Federal Elbe headed for Thunder Bay.

Cedarville, Mich.
John J. Boland was loading Tuesday night. Dorothy Ann / Pathfinder will load next.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Helena G. was still loading grain on Tuesday. Algoway was at anchor waiting to come in to load salt.

Toledo, Ohio
Federal Caribou was outbound and Algoma Equinox inbound Monday evening to Anderson's K elevator to load grain. Future vessels due will be the Federal Mayumi, currently at Detroit unloading cargo, and the Federal Welland in the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Tuesday - Barry Andersen (High winds and rough weather are still a problem for accessing some dock locations.)

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Oct 30 - Algosea at 1006 (anchored)

Long Point Bay anchorage: (for weather delay)
Arrivals - (upbounds) - Oct 30 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 0158 and and Whitefish Bay at 1527- down bounds - Rosaire A. Desgagnes at 1314, and Rt. Hon Paul J. Martin at 1721 - Oct 31 - Alamosborg (Nld) at 0158 - departures - Oct 31 up bound - (approximate times) Whitefish Bay at 1435, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 1440 - down bound - Alamosborg (Nld)

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 31 - Algoma Olympic at 0030, Mississagi at 0300 and Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 2200 and Ruddy (Cyp) at 2210 from Toronto

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - tug Spartan & barge Spartan II (departed wharf 12 mid-morning) for Three Rivers stopped at wharf 2, Radcliffe R. Latimer at 1054, Federal Shimanto (Mhl) at 1220, CSL Niagara at 1650, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 1830 and Alamosborg (Nld) at 1934

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival (anchored) - Oct 31 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 2130 awaiting weather in Bronte to dock

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival (anchored) - Oct 31 - Federal Shimanto (Mhl) at 0337 and Alamosborg (Nld) at 1937 - Oct 31 - departed - Federal Shimanto (Mhl) at 1156

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals - Oct 29 - Federal Maas (Bds) at 1150 (up bound) stopped wharf 2 to discharge - wharf 12 - (down bounds) tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1343 and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1513 - Oct 31 - wharf 16 - Radcliffe R. Latimer at 1201 - departures - Oct 31 - tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1015 for Three Rivers - stopped at wharf 2 at 1815

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 30 - Algoma Olympic at 0155 and Robert S. Pierson at 1007 - docked - Oct 27 - Irma (Cyp) at 1227 - Oct 28 - Frontenac (disregard - did not stop at Hamilton), Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 2132 from Oshawa - Oct 29 - Redhead (Hkg) at 0851. Departed - Oct 30 - Florence Spirit at 1743 eastbound, Algoma Olympic at 2202 - Oct 31 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 1033 for Ghent

Anchorage off Burlington:
Arrivals - Oct 30 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 0018 and Capt. Henry Jackman at 1702 - departures - Oct 31 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at approximately 1405 for Oshawa and Capt. Henry Jackman at 1440 approximately for Bowmanville

Toronto:
Aocked - Oct 25 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1257 unloading at Redpath - arrivals - Oct 29 - English River at 0329 -Oct 30 - Capt. Henry Jackman at 1305 and departed at 1349 for anchorage off Burlington - Oct 31 - arrival - Mississagi at 0026 and departed Oct 31 at 0046 for Detroit, English River at 0849 for Bath and Ruddy (Hkg) at 2035 for the canal

Oshawa:
Arrivals - Oct 29 - Capt. Henry Jackman at 1927 and Mississagi at 2325 - Oct 31 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 2040 approximately - departures - Oct 30 - Capt. Henry Jackman at 0403 for Toronto - Oct 30 - Mississagi at 2208 for Toronto - Oct 31

Bowmanville:
Arrival - Oct 31 - Capt. Henry Jackman at 2113 approximately

Tibbetts Point anchorage:
Arrival (anchored) - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 0345 - Oct 31 - departed mid-morning for Montreal

Prince Edward Bay:
Arrivals (anchored) - downbound - Oct 30 - Olza (Lbr) at 0448. Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0621, Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) at 1140, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1739 and Algoma Strongfield at 2028 - departures - Oct 31 - all vessels throughout the day downbound - anchored - Oct 31 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod remains at anchor

Carlton Island;
Arrivals (anchored) - upbound -Sten Idun (Gib) at 1752 and Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 1753 - Oct 31 - both vessels departed mid-morning - Sten Idun (Gib) for Bronte and Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) for Nanticoke

 

‘Merry-Time Festival of Trees’ returns at maritime museum

11/1 - Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – After a successful fifth season in 2017, when festively decorated trees could be found throughout the Door County Maritime Museum galleries, the “Merry-Time Festival of Trees” returns in 2017 with 37 uniquely decorated trees and wreaths donated by businesses and individuals in the community.

The festival will run from November 11 through December 12 with visitors invited to see what is expected to be an even grander extravaganza of trees during regular museum hours as well as special events planned throughout the nearly month-long festival.

For a full list of festival events please visit www.dcmm.org. The Door County Maritime Museum is located at 120 N Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI, and is open daily from 10 am-5 pm.

The Door County Maritime Museum

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 1

The LEHIGH, Captain Edward P. Fitch in command, cleared the Great Lakes Engineering Works yard at River Rouge, Michigan, to begin her maiden trip on this day in 1943. The LEHIGH was one of two Maritimers (the other was the STEELTON) acquired by Bethlehem Steel Corp. as part of a government program to upgrade and increase the capacity of the Great Lakes fleet during World War II. Bethlehem exchanged three older vessels, the JOHNSTOWN of 1905, the SAUCON, and the CORNWALL, plus cash for the two Maritimers.

On 01 November 1880, NINA BAILEY (wooden schooner, 30 tons, built in 1873, at Ludington, Michigan) filled with water and went out of control in a storm on Lake Michigan. She struck the North Pier at St. Joseph, Michigan and capsized. Her crew climbed up on her keel and was rescued by the Lifesaving Service. The vessel later broke up in the waves.

The Grand Trunk Western Railway was granted permission by the Interstate Commerce Commission on November 1, 1978, to discontinue its Lake Michigan service between Muskegon, Michigan and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

MAITLAND NO 1 made her maiden voyage on November 1, 1916, from Ashtabula, Ohio to Port Maitland, Ontario, transporting rail cars with coal for the steel mills at Hamilton, Ontario.

SCOTT MISENER of 1954 returned to service in the grain trade on November 1, 1986, after a 3-year lay-up.

On 1 November 1917, ALVA B (wooden steam tug, 74 foot, 84 gross tons, built in 1890, at Buffalo, New York) apparently mistook amusement park lights for the harbor markers at Avon Lake, Ohio during a storm. She struck bottom in the shallows and was destroyed by waves.

On 1 November 1862, BLACK HAWK (wooden brig, 138 foot, 385 tons, built in 1854, at Ohio City, Ohio) was carrying 19,000 bushels of corn and some stained glass when a gale drove her ashore and wrecked her near Point Betsie. In 1858, this vessel had sailed from Detroit, Michigan to Liverpool, England and back.

On 1 Nov 1862, CHIEF JUSTICE MARSHALL (2-mast wooden schooner, 105 foot, 182 tons, built in 1830, at Cape Vincent, New York) was driven aground between Dunkirk and Barcelona, New York during a storm. All hands were lost and the vessel was a total loss.

The Mackinac Bridge was opened to traffic on 01 November 1957.

The CITY OF MILWAUKEE (steel propeller carferry, 347 foot, 2,988 gross tons, built in 1931, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) made her last run for Grand Trunk's rail car ferry service on 01 November 1978. In the fall of 1978, after termination of Grand Trunk's carferry service, she was then chartered to Ann Arbor Railroad. She is currently a museum ship at Manistee, Michigan.

Port Maitland Shipbreaking Ltd. began scrapping P & H Shipping's f.) ELMGLEN on 01 November 1984. She had a long career, being built in 1909, at Ecorse, Michigan as the a.) SHENANGO (steel propeller bulk freighter, 580 foot. 8,047 gross tons).

1907: WILLIAM E. REIS settled on the bottom of the St. Clair River following a collision with the MONROE C. SMITH. It was finally refloated for good on December 7 after several earlier efforts were short lived. The former last sailed as SASKADOC in 1966.

1908: TELEGRAM, a wooden passenger and freight carrier, stranded at Horse Island, Rattlesnake Harbour, Georgian Bay. The ship caught fire when the stove upset and the vessel was a total loss. All on board were rescued.

1912: The barge P.B. LOCKE, under tow of the JUNO, was lost in a storm on Lake Ontario enroute from Pointe Anne to Toronto.

1921: The Canadian wooden freighter CANOBIE, a) IRON KING received major storm damage on Lake Erie and arrived at Erie, Pa., in a leaking condition. The ship was stripped of valuable parts and abandoned. It later caught fire and subsequently scuttled about 2 miles offshore.

1924: GLENLYON stranded at Menagerie Island, Siskiwit Bay, Lake Superior while enroute to Port Colborne with 150,000 bushels of wheat. It had been seeking shelter in a storm but grounded as a total loss and then sank over the winter. All on board were saved.

1929: KEYSTATE and the schooner MAGGIE L. collided in the St. Lawrence near Clayton, NY, and the latter was lost.

1956: JAMES B. EADS and fleetmate GREY BEAVER were in a collision in western Lake Ontario and both received bow damage.

1965: High winds blew the Taiwanese freighter KALLY aground on a mud bank at Essexville, MI while inbound to load a cargo of scrap. The ship was released the next day.

2000: The Panamanian freighter OXFORD was only two years old when it came through the Seaway in November 1984. It got caught in typhoon Xangsene, as d) MANILA SPIRIT, on this date in 2000. The ship, still flagged in Panama, was driven aground and then sank off Hualien, Taiwan. One crewman was apparently able to swim to shore but the other 23 sailors were missing and presumed lost.

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


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