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Shipyard handling emergency repair project

 5/27 - Erie, Pa. – Erie's shipyard is busier than expected this month, with an emergency repair job, on one of the largest ships on the Great Lakes. The giant freighter, Indiana Harbor, hit a break wall at the harbor in Conneaut, Ohio.

 Owners had never used the Erie dry dock facility, but they decided to give the work to Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair, because the local company was able to handle the job on short notice. The repairs should be done in about a week.

 More than two dozen workers are putting in long hours, to get the repairs done as quickly as possible.

 Assistant General Manager Rick Hammer said, "It is very costly for the vessel to be out of service, especially during the operating season. Every minute matters. So we are working around the clock on this trying to get it out."

 Erie News Now

 

Rain prompts city to close piers around Burlington Lift Bridge

5/27 - Hamilton, Ont. – Hamilton has closed pedestrian access to the piers near the Burlington Lift Bridge because of "extremely high water levels" there.

The city says water and wind have caused a safety hazard. Waves are submerging the concrete piers, it says, which makes the area slippery and dangerous. City crews have fenced off the area. The Breezeway Trail leading to the pier on the Hamilton side is still open. Thursday's rain comes after a month of rain and flooding in Hamilton.

The city has declared heavy rainstorms on April 20 and early May disasters to unlock compassionate grants for home owners with basement flooding. The rain has caused Lake Ontario water levels to rise to the highest level in a century.

CBC

 

Port reports - May 27

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
American Century departed Silver Bay at approx. 03:30 Friday after loading pellets. The James R. Barker arrived Silver Bay at 09:30 with coal for Northshore Mining. The coal was loaded in Superior. No boat traffic for Two Harbors on Friday. Due Saturday morning in Two Harbors is the American Integrity. Due late afternoon to early evening is the Edwin H. Gott. Also, the James R. Barker is scheduled to load pellets at Northshore after she finishes discharging her coal cargo.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
A very weekend started off with the arrival of the Joseph L. Block on Thursday in the early evening to load. Two vessels were due in for Friday, with the first one being the American Mariner during the early morning followed by the barge Great Lakes Trader / tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort. They would get the dock upon the American Mariner's departure. Due in for Saturday is the Cason J. Callaway in the early morning. Expected to arrive on Sunday are the barge Menominee and tug Olive L. Moore in the early evening. Due in for Memorial Day is the Wilfred Sykes in the early evening.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Tug G.L. Ostrander /barge Integrity were outbound from Bay Ship to the lake on Friday morning.

 Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
A busy Friday had four vessels expected. Due in first were the barge Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted along with the Wilfred Sykes, both early morning arrivals. The Sykes would get the dock upon the Pere Marquette's departure. Following the Sykes would be the Joseph L. Block arriving in the morning to get the dock upon the Sykes' departure. The Calumet was also due to arrive on Friday in the early afternoon. They would get the dock upon the Block's departure. There are no vessels scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Two vessels are due for Memorial Day, with the Sykes returning in the early morning followed by the barge Ashtabula and tug Defiance in the late afternoon.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The barge Menominee and tug Olive L. Moore arrived early on Friday morning to load and were expected to depart around 3 p.m. Also due in for Friday was the John G. Munson in the morning however, they would be anchoring off the dock awaiting the Menominee's departure. There are no vessels scheduled for Saturday. Two vessels, both early morning arrivals, are due in for Sunday with the first one being the Herbert C. Jackson followed by the Great Republic. There are no vessels scheduled for Memorial Day. Due in for Tuesday are the barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann during the early morning followed by the Cason J. Callaway in the late evening.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Friday and none are expected until Saturday when the H. Lee White is due in the evening to load at the South Dock. Two vessels, both early morning arrivals, are due for Sunday to load at the South Dock with the American Mariner due first followed by the barge Erie Trader and tug Clyde S. Van Enkevort. There are no vessels due for Memorial Day.

 Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Transport departed downbound on Friday. Algoma Olympic was loading. Algoway was at the north dock.

 Toledo, Ohio
Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin loaded coal at the CSX Coal Dock on Friday. Also due at CSX was the Evans Spirit on Friday in the early morning, followed by the Kaye E. Barker during the evening. At the Torco Dock, the Interlake Steamship 1,000-footer the Paul R. Tregurtha was expected to arrive early on Saturday morning. Also due at Torco are the barge James L. Kuber / tug Victory on Tuesday at noon.

 Sandusky, Ohio – Jim Hoffman
Sam Laud left winter lay-up Friday headed for Sandusky.

 Regional and Welland Canal transits - Barry Andersen

 Nanticoke, Ont.
At dock: Algoscotia At anchor: Algonova

 Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals: Algoma Enterprise at 2222 May 25, Sterling Energy at 0522 to fuel Frontenac, CSL St. Laurent at 0550, Bro Alma (Sgp) at 0839, Three Rivers (Atg) at 1650

 Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals: Frontenac, G3 Marquis at 0421, light tug H.H. Misner, Algoma Equinox at 0830, tug Molly M and barge HM8 at 1030, Finnborg (Nld) at 1435, Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 1940, tug Leonard M. & Niagara Spirit at 2040, Sedna Desgagnes at 2100 and tug John Marshall & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 2325

 Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals: tug John Marshall & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 2325 to unload

 Port Weller anchorage:
Departures: Frontenac - stopped to take bunkers, Federal Mackinac (Mhl) at 0210 - anchored 0440 and Muntgracht (Nld) approximately 0840 

Hamilton:
Departures: Fairchem Steed (Mhl) at 0655 for Houston, Three Rivers (Atg) at 1425 and Algoma Spirit at 1515 At docks: BBC Brazil  (Atg) (formerly Thorco Copenhagen-16 and Wenningstedt-11), Havelstern, Resko (Bhs), Muntgracht (Nld), Ocean Castle (Mlt) and Hemgracht (Nld) at approximately 2330 At anchor: Federal Mackinac (Mhl) and Harbour Progress (Por) at 1835. On Heddle dry dock: Pelee Islander 

 Bronte:
Arrival: Esta Desgagnes anchored at 0115, docked at 1115

 Clarkson:
At dock: John D. Leitch

Toronto:
Arrival: Robert S. Pierson at 0738 - departed at 1714 eastbound. At Redpath dock: Mottler (Cyp) unloading    

 Colborne:
Arrival: Robert S. Pierson  late evening

Oswego, N.Y.
Departure: English River at 0505

Bath:
Arrival: English River at 1155 approximately

 Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewster
At dock: Tug Evans McKeil with the barge Metis at Lehigh/Heidelberg Cement Dock. Tugs Paul L. Luedtke and Karl E. Luedtke doing dredging for the Army Corps of Engineers in the upper turning basin.

 

Great Lakes sailing jobs explored as post-high-school alternative

5/27 - Muskegon, Mich. – When one door closes, another one opens. That's the case for North Muskegon senior Christian Berends, who wanted nothing more than to enlist in the U.S. Navy after high school, but was turned away due to his poor eyesight. 

Instead of giving up on his dream to travel the world and the open waters, Berends found a new path.  He and close to 70 other students from Grand Haven, Muskegon Heights Academy and other area schools attended the Maritime Career Day Wednesday at the Mart Dock in Muskegon. The Mart Dock, Port City Marine Services, Andrie Inc., Muskegon County and the city of Muskegon sponsored the event. 

The career day gave students a chance to tour several vessels, including two tug boats and a 600-foot-long barge boat used to transport coal, sand and stones among other materials. The career day included several captains of the vessels who shared stories of life sailing the Great Lakes.

Read more and view photos at this link: http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2017/05/high_school_students_explore_v.html

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 27

CANADIAN PIONEER (Hull#67) was launched May 27, 1981, at St. Catharines, Ontario, by Port Weller Drydocks Ltd. for Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd. She was renamed b.) PIONEER in 1987.

NANTICOKE was christened in 1980, for Canada Steamship Lines Ltd.

CHARLES DICK (Hull#71) was launched in 1922, at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. for National Sand & Material Co. Ltd.

The PETER REISS left Duluth, Minnesota May 27, 1910, on her maiden voyage with iron ore for Ashtabula, Ohio. She was converted to a self-unloader in 1949, and scrapped at Ramey's Bend in 1973.

HENRY STEINBRENNER was towed from Toledo's Lakefront Dock in 1994, for the scrap yard at Port Maitland, Ontario.

The tug SMITH burned near Bay City, Michigan, on 27 May 1872. Her loss was valued at $7,000 but there was no insurance on her.

The ferry SARNIA made her first trip as a carferry between Port Huron and Sarnia on 27 May 1879. She had burned in January 1879, then was converted to a carferry and served in that capacity during the summer. In September, 1879, she was converted to a barge.

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

27 May 1898 - The tug WINSLOW arrived in Bay City, Michigan, from Georgian Bay with a raft of logs for Eddy Bros. & Co. The tug NIAGARA arrived from the same bay with a raft for Pitts & Co. The sawmills along the Saginaw river are now nearly all in operation.

1933 GEORGE M. COX hit Rock of Ages Reef in Lake Superior on its first trip after previous service as PURITAN. The vessel had 121 passengers and freight on board when it struck the reef in the early morning in fog. The ship hung at a precarious angle until all were rescued and then, during an October storm, the vessel slid back into deep water.

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

 

Tanker Damia Desgagnés christened in Montreal on May 18

5/26 – Montreal, QC - M/T Damia Desgagnés, the world’s first dual-fuel asphalt tanker, was christened at the Port of Montreal on May 18.  The 14,700 dwt asphalt-bitumen-chemical tanker is the first in a series of four carriers built by Turkish Besiktas Shipyard for Canadian shipping company Desgagnés Group.

The vessel, which was handed over to its owner at the beginning of April, can be powered by any of three types of fuel – heavy fuel oil, marine diesel oil or liquefied natural gas (LNG).

With a gross tonnage of 11,978 tons, Damia Desgagnés features a length of 135 meters and a width of 23.5 meters. The ship’s tanks offer a carrying capacity of 14,950 cubic meters when filled at 98%. In addition, the tanker can carry over 13,500 tons of asphalt at a draft of 7.8 meters in seawater.

In response to Desgagnés Group’s desire to opt for an eco-friendly fuel, Gaz Métro and the Port of Montreal have announced that an LNG supply solution for marine fuel will now be available at the Port of Montreal.

Groupe Desgagnés, Gaz Métro and the Port of Montreal joined efforts in developing an LNG supply system that will be operated by a Gaz Métro subsidiary. This system will be available to all shipowners in Quebec, including the fleets passing through the Port of Montreal, according to the port.

“I would like to commend the leadership and vision of Groupe Desgagnés, which was the first commercial ship owner to order vessels destined to navigate in Québec able to use LNG as marine fuel… LNG is currently one of the best solutions available to replace petroleum products in the maritime sector, due to its environmental assets. In particular, it respects new Canadian and international maritime transportation standards that aim to minimize the emission of air pollutants (NOx and SOx),” Sophie Brochu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gaz Métro, said.

 

Spring restored: Coast Guard finishes buoy operations early

5/26 - Cleveland, Ohio – The U.S. Coast Guard completed operation Spring Restore Tuesday, five days ahead of schedule. Spring Restore involves the re-installment of 1,216 federal navigational aids, including lighted and unlighted buoys and beacons.

Due to a light ice year, crews were able to commence the operation on March 14, two full weeks earlier than normal. Seven aids-to-navigation teams and five cutters, with additional support from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and the border lakes Lamplighters, participated in the operation.

Crews also assisted the Canadian Coast Guard with the placement of multiple weather buoys on Lake Ontario.

Additionally, several challenges were overcome during the operation. The USCGC Alder was unable to participate due to an inoperable crane and above average water levels in Lake Ontario delayed some aids being commissioned due to debris associated with high water.

USCG

 

Port reports – May 26

 Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
James R. Barker arrived Duluth on Thursday afternoon to load coal at Midwest Energy. Her sister Mesabi Miner departed during the evening with iron ore. On the south side of the harbor, CSL Assiniboine began loading at Burlington Northern early Thursday morning, and departed later in the evening. Presque Isle took the dock next, and Stewart J. Cort was at anchor waiting to load.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors at 01:18 on Thursday from the ship loader after arriving Wednesday afternoon at approx. 16:00. Her AIS destination is Gary. There is no traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on Friday. Silver Bay saw the arrival of the American Century at 08:47 to load pellets. As of 20:30 she was still loading. Friday traffic for Silver Bay will see the departure of American Century and the arrival of James R. Barker with coal from SMET.

Grand Haven, Mich.
Algosteel was unloading on Thursday night. Calumet was doing the same at Ferrysburg.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Ems and Isolda were at Burns Harbor Thursday night. Cason J. Callaway was at Buffington. Hon James L. Oberstar was departing Indiana Harbor about 9 p.m. local time for Superior, Wis. Vikingbank was in S. Chicago.

 Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Sedna Desgagnes cleared Wednesday night or early Thursday for Windsor, Ont. Algoma Olympic is due early Friday to load.

Detroit, Mich.
Alpena was unloading cement Thursday night. Federal Alster was unloading at Nicholson’s.

 Regional and Welland Canal transits - Barry Andersen

 Nanticoke:
Arrivals: Agoscotia at 1701 and CSL Laurentien at 1744. Departures: Rt. Hon Paul J. Martin at 0443 and tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at  1643. At anchor:  Algonova 

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals: May 24 - Federal Saguenay at 2240 and Evans Spirit at 2345 – Thursday: tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick at 0353, Whitefish Bay at 0835, Algoma Enterprise at 1000 and CCGS Cape Discovery at 1830

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals: CSL Welland, Algowood, Floragracht (Nld) at 0532, Algoma Spirt at 0550, John D. Leitch at 0550. Federal Mackinac (Mhl) at 0627, Muntgracht (Nld) at 0800, Capt. Henry Jackman at 1100, Robert S. Pierson at 1749, Frontenac at 1930 and CCGS Caribou Isle at 1942

Port Weller anchorage:
Departure: Resko (Bhs) at 1500 for Hamilton. Arrivals: awaiting dock space in Hamilton - Federal Mackinac (Mhl) anchored at 2135 - pilot ordered for approximately 0200 for Hamilton, and Muntgracht (Nld) at approximately 2217

Hamilton:
Departures: Evans Spirit at 2125 May 24, Arrivals: Havelstern (Mhl) at 1815, Resko (Bhs) at 2015 and Algoma Spirit at 2024, At docks: BBC Brazil  (Atg) (formerly Thorco Copenhagen-16 and Wenningstedt-11), Three Rivers (Atg) and Fairchem Steed (Mhl). At anchor: Harbour Progress (Por) at 1835. On Heddle dry dock: Pelee Islander  

Bronte:
Departure: Sarah Desgagnes at 0625 eastbound

Clarkson:
Arrival : John D. Leitch at approximately 2135

Toronto:
At Red Redpath dock: Mottler (Cyp)     

Oswego, N.Y.
Arrival: English River at 0720

Rochester, N.Y.
At dock: tug Evans McKeil & barge Metis

 

Updates - May 26

The saltie gallery has been updates with the following images: BBC Alabama, BBC Brazil, Bro Alma, Eeborg, Fairchem Friesian, Fairchem Steed, Federal Maas, Federal Mackinac, Federal Ruhr, Federal Shimanto, Flevoborg, Harbour Fountain, Harbour Progress, Ocean Castle, Pacific Huron, Resko, Sichem Defiance, Silda, Solando, Strandja, Three Rivers, Travestern and Zelada Desgagnes

 

 Today in Great Lakes History -  May 26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Ottawa to announce crackdown on boats abandoned on Canadian coasts

5/25 - Ottawa, Ont. – Sunken sailboats, derelict ships and rusted-out bulk carriers — the abandoned stuff of maritime pursuits left to sully the country's coastline seem as inescapably tied to our oceans as tides and sand. But Canada's transport minister is taking aim at the seafaring wreckage he says poses an environmental and navigation risk.

Marc Garneau said Tuesday Ottawa is set to announce a new program that will support the removal of abandoned boats posing a hazard in Canadian waters.

"Sometimes it's very clearly a navigation hazard," he told a business audience gathered in a downtown Halifax hotel ballroom. "And sometimes it's an environmental hazard because quite often they sink and they have residual fuel or other contaminants left in them and at some point in the future we live with the consequences."

About 600 boats have been ditched on Canada's coasts. Garneau said the federal government will work with the provinces and some funding will be available to address the "backlog" of abandoned vessels.

The federal government's $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan will ensure liability will remain with the owner of a boat from the moment they purchase it until it's disposed of properly, he said.

"It's one thing for something to sink in an act-of-God storm," Garneau told reporters. "It's another thing to deliberately abandon your vessel and to walk away from it and leave the mess for somebody else to clean up. That's not going to be tolerated."

While most vessels end up sold for scrap or retired to a junkyard, some are abandoned in marinas, docked at a wharf or run aground and left to rust away at sea.

It took four years for the MV Miner (formerly the Great Lakes bulk carrier Canadian Miner) to be removed from the coast of Cape Breton. The 12,000-tonne, 223-metre bulk carrier was being towed from Montreal to Turkey in September 2011 to be scrapped when a tow line broke, causing the vessel to run aground on an environmentally protected stretch of coast near Main-a-Dieu, N.S.

In Shelburne, N.S., the rusted remains of the once notorious MV Farley Mowat wasted away for years, despite multiple court-imposed deadlines to remove the ship. The flat-black ship was part of a small fleet commanded by Canadian environmental crusader Paul Watson.

On April 12, 2008, an RCMP tactical squad stormed the ship and accused its captain and chief officer of violating Canadian law by getting too close to the annual seal hunt in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The former Norwegian fisheries research vessel was sold for $5,000 in 2009 and was supposed to be refitted, but that never happened. It later showed up in Lunenburg in 2010 and later in Shelburne harbor.

On June 25, 2015, the ship sank in its berth, forcing the Canadian Coast Guard to mount a $500,000 cleanup effort that saw the vessel refloated. More than 2,000 litres of pollutants were eventually removed from the hull.

"Across Canada I've been told there are more than 600," Garneau said. "There are more on the West Coast than the East Coast and they vary from small pleasure craft to some fairly large-sized boats like the Farley Mowat and even larger."

The Canadian Press

 

 

Great Lakes steel production picks up by 6,000 tons

5/25 - Great Lakes steel production rose to 646,000 tons last week, an increase of 0.9 percent. Steel mills in the Great Lakes region cranked out 640,000 tons of metal the previous week, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. Most of the steel made in the Great Lakes region is produced in Lake and Porter counties in Northwest Indiana.

So far this year, U.S. steelmakers have produced 34.6 million tons of steel, about 3 percent more than they did during the same period in 2016. Steel mills have been running at a capacity of 74.3 percent so far this year, up from 72.1 percent through the same time last year.

Domestic steelmakers used about 74.7 percent of their steelmaking capacity in the week that ended May 20, down from 74.1 percent the previous week, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. Capacity utilization was also 74.1 percent during the same time period in 2016.

Overall U.S. steel output increased by 13,000 tons last week to 1.741 million tons, a 0.75 percent increase, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Output in the Southern District, the second largest steel-producing region, which spans mini-mills across the South, rose to 651,000 tons last week, up from 639,000 tons the previous week.

NW Indiana Times

 

Port Reports – May 25

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
CSL Assiniboine arrived Duluth early Wednesday morning to fuel at Calumet before departing a few hours later and anchoring off Superior. Great Republic arrived at sunrise, and discharged limestone at Hallett #5 before shifting to Midwest Energy to load coal. Paul R. Tregurtha departed later in the morning after loading at CN. Her fleetmate Mesabi Miner arrived just after noon, and began loading ore. During the evening, Presque Isle arrived and docked at Calumet to fuel. At the Burlington Northern dock in Superior, Burns Harbor loaded on Thursday. CSL Assiniboine was at anchor waiting for the dock, and Presque Isle was next in line to load.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Lee A. Tregurtha departed Two Harbors shortly after sunrise on the 24th. Her AIS destination is showing Indiana Harbor. Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors approx. 3:55 p.m. on Wednesday. She's due out Thursday morning. Silver Bay is scheduled to see the American Century Thursday morning arriving to load pellets.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
The tug Defiance and barge Ashtabula unloaded coal at Lafarge on Wednesday morning. The Alpena arrived in port around 230 in the afternoon on Wednesday as well to load cement. The tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette are expected at Lafarge on Thursday morning.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Sedna Desgagnes continued loading Wednesday at one of the elevators.

Regional and Welland Canal - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival: Rt. Hon Paul J. Martin at 1745 - at dock -tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes. At Long Point Bay anchorage: Algoscotia on 5.22 at 1137 and Algonova at 0135 Wednesday

 Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals: tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0350, Algoma Harvester at 0650, Algoma Olympic at 1019 and Swan Biscay (Mhl) - (formerly Ozay 6-15) 

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals: Solando (Swe), Tim S. Dool, Whitefish Bay at 0502, Federal Welland (Mhl) at 1305, Stephen B. Roman at 1500, CSL Welland at 1650, and Algowood at 2200

Port Weller anchorage:
Resko (Bhs) arrived early evening

Hamilton:
Arrivals: Evans Spirit May 23 at 2345 and Fairchem Steed (Mhl)  at 0950 from the anchorage. Departures: Algoma Harvester at 0404, Algoma Olympic at 0814, Resko (Mhl) at 0841 and Federal Saguenay (Bbs) at 2050. At docks: BBC Brazil  (Atg) (formerly Thorco Copenhagen-16 and Wenningstedt-11) and Three Rivers (Atg) and Fairchem Steed (Mhl). On Heddle dry dock: Pelee Islander 

Bronte:
At dock: Sarah Desgagnes

Clarkson:
Departure: Swan Biscay (Mhl) - (formerly Ozay 6-15) at 1227 to Port Weller 

Toronto:
Departure: tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0247 eastbound. At Redpath dock: Mottler (Cyp)    

Bowmanville:
Arrival: tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement early morning and Whitefish Bay at 2050 

Colborne:
Departure: Stephen B. Roman early a.m. 

Bath
Arrival: English River mid-day

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewster, Barry Andersen
The tug Evans McKeil arrived Wednesday afternoon with the barge Metis loaded with bulk cement for Lehigh/Heidelberg Cement.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bulker crewmember killed in berthing accident in Québec

 5/24 - Trois Rivières, Que. – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has launched an investigation into a fatal accident involving the geared bulk carrier Nord Quebec at the port of Trois-Rivières in Québec.

 According to media reports, a 38-year-old Filipino crewmember of the bulk carrier was killed after he was hit in the head by a steel cable during a docking maneuver at the port on Monday. The TSB, describing the incident as a “berthing occurrence,” said it is sending a team of investigators to the port to gather information and assess the incident.

 The 36,546 Nord Quebec is flagged in Singapore and was built in 2013. AIS data showed that the vessel was moored at the port as of Tuesday. It was not immediately clear when exactly the ship had arrived in Trois-Rivières.

 gCaptain

 

New Detroit riverfront attraction offers live vessel tracking, maritime artifacts

 5/24 - Detroit, Mich. – The Detroit-Wayne County Port Authority on Monday unveiled a new riverfront attraction and educational resource.

 The "Portal View," a used shipping container placed in front of the Port Authority building near Atwater and Bates streets, houses an interactive computer system provided by BoatNerd, displaying the locations of vessels on the Great Lakes.

 It was introduced in recognition of National Maritime Day.

 Read more, and view photos, at this link: http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/05/riverfront_attraction.html

 

Port Reports – May 24

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived mid-day on Tuesday for a rare load of iron ore pellets from the CN dock. During the evening, Federal Satsuki departed from CHS 1 with wheat. In Superior, Burns Harbor was taking a delay at Lakehead Pipeline. Algoma Equinox loaded early Tuesday, and departed later in the morning. Fleetmate Algoma Discovery arrived just before noon to load.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
American Spirit loaded through the day Tuesday, departing at approx. 2 p.m. Roger Blough arrived at 3:20 a.m. and loaded until late afternoon at the gravity dock, then shifted to the ship loader to finish loading. As of 9 p.m. she was still loading. The Lee A. Tregurtha is due after the Blough departs. Clyde S. VanEnkevort / Erie Trader arrived at Silver Bay late morning and by late afternoon were outbound showing a Cleveland destination. Edgar B. Speer is due in Two Harbors late afternoon on the 24th.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algowood arrived Monday to load salt. She departed in the late afternoon downbound. Sedna Desgagnes was still loading at one of the elevators.

Regional and Welland Canal transits - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:  
Departure: Algoma Hansa at 1618. At dock: tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 1615. At anchor: Algoscotia  

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals: tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II, Silda (Mhl) (formerly Alaya-16), Eeborg (Nld) at 0007, Cedarglen at 0030, Algonova at 1200, Robert S. Pierson at 1444,

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals: Blacky (Cyp), Oakglen at 0010, Juno (Bhs) at 0250, Algoma Olympic at 0723, Manitoulin at 0650, Algoma Olympic at 0718, Evans Spirit at 1230, Solando (Swe) at 1435 and Tim S. Dool at 1634

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival: Swan Biscay (Mhl) at 1440 to bunker - awaiting pilot

Port Colborne anchorage:
Departure: Federal Schelde (Bds) at 0928 for Cleveland 

Hamilton:
Departure: Eeborg (Nld) at 2200 on May 22. Arrivals: Three Rivers (Atg) at 0923, Algoma Harvester at 1018 and Algocanada at 1523 and Algoma Olympic at 2045. At docks: BBC Brazil  (Atg) (formerly Thorco Copenhagen-16 and Wenningstedt-11),  Resko (Bhs) Federal Saguenay (Bbs), Fairchem Steed (Mhl) at anchor in Burlington Bay. On Heddle dry dock: Pelee Islander  

Bronte:
Departure: Algonova at 1013

Clarkson
Departure: Swan Biscay (Mhl) at 1227 to Port Weller  

Toronto:
Departure: tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0247 eastbound, English River at 1546 eastbound and tug Evans McKeil and barge Metis at 1925 eastbound At dock: Mottler (Cyp)    

Bowmanville:
Arrival. Tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement in the early morning

Colborne:
Departure: Stephen B. Roman early morning

Bath:
Arrival: English River mid-morning May 24

 

Toledo to host 2018 Ship Masters’ convention

5/24 - Toledo, Ohio – Toledo will host the 2018 International Ship Masters’ Association Convention. The event is one of the Great Lakes’ most prestigious maritime conventions, and 2018 will mark the 12th time the Toledo Lodge has hosted the Grand Lodge event.

 The convention is Feb. 2-4 at the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel and the National Museum of the Great Lakes. More than 250 maritime professionals are expected to attend. The association was established in 1886 to provide financial assistance to survivors of those lost at sea.

 The Blade

 

 Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River forecast to remain high for another month

5/24 - People are keeping a close eye on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, hoping they’ve reached a peak. Lake Ontario is higher now than it’s been since record keeping began a hundred years ago.

Adam McGruther of Ottawa was camping over the weekend at Kring Point State Park in the Thousand Islands. He says the water level was going up and down. "Like this morning you can definitely tell that the water’s changed by three to four inches easily on the shoreline," said McGruther Monday morning. "Overnight it rained quite a bit, but when we got here on Friday we could definitely see it going down, but now it’s come back up a bit."

The high water has flooded boathouses, camps, and docks from eastern Lake Ontario to the Ogdensburg area.

The Antique Boat Museum in Clayton is open for the season, but it has suspended its popular boat rides for the time being, and the state has suspended activities at the Cape Vincent Fisheries Station until further notice.

With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, all the state parks and campgrounds in the region are open. Peyton Taylor is the state parks’ regional director for the Thousand Islands. "Lots of attractions along the river are still open and actually unaffected by the high water. It just depends on where they’re situated," Taylor said as she was inspecting Kring Point for flood damage Monday. "The most important thing that people need to know is — call the facility where you’re planning on going before you go. The conditions change quickly."

Regulators say they’re aggressively pushing water downriver through the Moses-Saunders hydropower dam. But the lake and river are likely to remain high well into summer. The latest from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers forecasts Lake Ontario to remain at roughly the same level for the next month.

North Country Public Radio

 

 Sip n' Sail Cruises unveils 2017 tours in Straits of Mackinac

 5/24 - Mackinac Island, Mich. – Sip n' Sail Cruises is ready to kick off its third season in the Straits of Mackinac this holiday weekend, with expanded options offering water-lovers lots of different trips to choose from.

 Feel like tipping back a little bourbon while you motor under the Mackinac Bridge? Then the "Bourbon Under the Bridge" tour might be for you. Want to bring the kids along to capture the perfect photo when the sun sinks below the waves in the Straits? There's a reason the Sunset Cruise has become so popular.

 Owner Molly Carmody said staff has expanded Sip n' Sail's cruise options to seven regularly-scheduled events. And its private bookings have increased too, with the Isle Royale Queen III being chartered for everything from wedding and bachelorette sails, to board meetings, birthday parties and memorial celebrations.

 "I am so pleased with how people envision our boat and our tours as part of their event planning," Carmody said. "People make it their own, and we happily help."

 Read more and view photos at this link: http://www.mlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2017/05/sip_n_sail_cruises_unveils_201.html

 

Door County Maritime Museum at Gills Rock to open May 26

 5/24 - The Door County Maritime Museum at Gills Rock will open May 26-28 for Memorial Day weekend. The museum will open daily for the season on June 3 and remain open through October 15. 

 The museum will be open Memorial Day weekend from 10 am-5 pm Friday-Sunday.  Beginning June 3 the museum will be open daily from 10 am-5 pm.  For more information or directions to the museum visit www.DCMM.org or call (920) 743-5958.

 DCMM

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 $790,000 invested in Sault Canal National Historic Site

 5/23 - Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. – The government of Canada is investing $790,000 in infrastructure for the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site.

 Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, made the announcement recently on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna. As part of the Canal’s official 2017 season launch, a ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the completion of significant improvements to the site’s entry road as part of the infrastructure program.

 The infrastructure investment will be dedicated to upgrading the Emergency Swing Dam, including the replacement of decking and handrails, improvements to the wicket chain stop blocks and pivot type turntable, and adding new support piers and structural steel coating.

 The recently completed Sault Ste. Marie Canal’s entry road reconstruction project, announced in 2015, included improvements to the storm water and road bed, road surface, curbs, walkways, and surrounding landscapes. As part of this project, visitors will be able to enjoy a newly paved, extended parking lot as well as new sidewalks and improved lighting.

 The Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site, built in 1895, was once the world’s longest lock, the first to operate using electricity and the last link in an all-Canadian navigational chain from the Atlantic to Lake Superior. Today the canal, used by recreational craft, is a great spot for boat watching and picnics.

 Parks Canada is investing $3 billion dollars over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas.

 Sault Online

 

Port Reports – May 23

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors Monday morning shortly after 7:30. Shortly after 8 a.m. her spot at the ship loader was taken by the Hon. James L. Oberstar. As of late Monday evening the Oberstar was still at the dock. American Spirit will be arriving after the Oberstar departs. Due Two Harbors after midnight is the Roger Blough. The Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader are due Silver Bay Tuesday morning to load pellets.
 
Upbound traffic on Monday included Mississagi (to Essar), Joseph H. Thompson (to Marquette), Lee A. Tregurtha, Cuyahoga, CSL Assiniboine, Great Republic and Federal Welland (anchored in Pot Bay). Downbounders included American Integrity, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, CSL Welland, Mississagi (left Essar) and Joseph L. Block.

 Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Olympic cleared Sunday laden with salt for Hamilton. Algowood arrived Monday to load.

 Regional and Welland Canal - Barry Andersen
 Nanticoke, Ont.
At dock: Algoma Hansa. At anchor: tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes and Algoscotia, anchored at 1137  

 Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals: Algoscotia, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0517, Stephen B. Roman at 0651,  Federal Schelde (Bds) at 0930, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1856, Silda (Mhl) (formerly Alaya-16) at 2215  

 Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals: Algoma Guardian, English River at 1130 and Blacky (Cyp) at 2130 

 Welland Canal docks:
Departure: tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 departed wharf 16 at 1250. Arrived at wharf 16: tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1448

 Port Weller anchorage:
Departure: Swan Biscay (Mhl) (formerly Ozay 6-15) at 0717 for Clarkson and HHL Rhine (Lib) (formerly Beluga Feasibility-11) at 0955 eastbound

 Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival: Federal Schelde (Bds)

 Hamilton, Ont.
Departures: Federal Schelde (Bbs) at 0720. Arrivals: Federal Saguenay (Bbs) at 1250 and Fairchem Steed (Mhl) at 1850 anchored Burlington Bay. At docks: BBC Brazil  (Atg) (formerly Thorco Copenhagen-16 and Wenningstedt-11), Eeborg (Nld) and Resko (Bhs). On Heddle dry dock: Pelee Islander 

 Bronte, Ont.
Arrival: Algonova anchored off the dock May 21 at 1707and docked Monday at 0845

 Clarkson, Ont.
Arrival: Swan Biscay (Mhl) anchored at 0906 for heavy fog. Arrived at dock at 1004, and Robert S. Pierson arrived approximately at 2250

 Toronto, Ont.
Departure: tug Salvage Monarch at 0154 to assist Federal Saguenay departure from Oshawa. Arrived back at dock in - 0948 - tug Evans McKeil & barge Metis (note correction to her barge). At dock: Mottler (Cyp) unloading at Redpath

 Oshawa, Ont.
Departure: Federal Saguenay (Bbs) at 0658 westbound

Bowmanville, Ont.
Departure: tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II mid-afternoon westbound

Colborne, Ont.
Departure: Stephen B. Roman early a.m. Arrival: Robert S. Pierson at 0555 on May 21 and departed late evening westbound

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
The Herbert C. Jackson was anchored off Alpena Sunday morning waiting for weather before heading to Stoneport to load.  The Alpena arrived at Lafarge on Sunday morning to load cement. The tug Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation were in port on Sunday as well, slowly making their way in under foggy conditions during the evening.

 Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Federal Ems arrived off Milwaukee Sunday night and anchored, waiting until morning to enter the harbor and then backed into a slip at Terminal 2 in the outer harbor (a dock often used for delivery of imported steel). Capt. Henry Jackman departed onto the lake overnight, heading north for Brevort, Mich. Tug Wilfred M. Cohen and its barge arrived Monday morning, and was unloading at Jones Island, north of the Heavy Lift dock in the inner harbor. Karen Andrie & barge Endeavor departed for Indiana Harbor at about noon Monday.

 

National Museum offers shipwreck symposium ‘Wreck-a-Palooza’

 5/23 - Toledo, Ohio – The National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo will hold its second annual shipwreck symposium (session 1) June 3, 2017 and (session 2) on October 7.  Wreck-a-Palooza is a two-day event covering shipwreck discoveries across the Great Lakes. Each day will have two speakers and a box lunch.

 Session 1 on June 3 features Bruce Lynn of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point speaking on the wreck of the schooner Nelson. Reported as the “First Disaster of the Season” in May 1899, the Nelson went down so fast that one eyewitness said that she sank as “quickly as one could snuff out a candle.” She sank on Lake Superior’s southeast shoreline, in the vicinity of the Deer Park Life-Saving Station. What happened to her? How was she discovered? And why has this shipwreck been called “particularly tragic” when most, if not all shipwrecks have a tragic story?

 Also in Session 1, Professor Ben Ford of Indiana University of Pennsylvania will explore recent research on the Dunham boats used for inland trade in the 18th and 19th centuries. Of particular note is the wreck of a Dunham boat found in Lake Oneida and how it related to Great Lakes history. In October Caitlyn Zant and Tamara Thomson will present their research.

 Pricing for the symposium ranges from $12 to $75 depending on how many sessions in which one enrolls.  More information is available at www.inlandseas.org or by calling 419-214-5000 extension 0.

 National Museum of the Great Lakes

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 Vessel Canada C3 to visit Cornwall in June before launching epic journey

 5/22 - Cornwall, Ont. – The Canada C3 expedition vessel is a Signature Project for Canada's Confederation Anniversary in 2017. The centerpiece is an epic 150-day sailing journey from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage. Through this unprecedented journey, Canada C3 will celebrate our environment, share the stories of coastal communities, and connect Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

 The Canada C3 will dock in Cornwall Harbor on Thursday, June 8, in celebration of World Ocean's Day.

 The Canada C3 is a 67-metre (220 foot long) Canadian-flagged research icebreaker. A former Canadian Coast Guard vessel (Sir Humphrey Gilbert), she has a distinguished legacy serving Canada and Canadians. The vessel is connected to Canada and the world via the latest satellite technologies, enabling Canadians from coast to coast to coast to experience the Canada C3 journey. Outfitted with Zodiacs (small boats), advanced navigation equipment, research labs, multiple decks and a top deck observation area, the vessel is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments.

 Cornwall is one of only three inland Ontario coastal communities that have been chosen with the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences hosting the icebreaker and her crew. On that day, the crew will participate in a full day of interactive and cross-cultural water-related environmental activities, tours, and education stations for all ages. The day will also include a river cleanup event and a science and nature speaker session on the ship.

 Honoring the past and looking towards the future, Canada C3 will explore themes of diversity and inclusion, reconciliation, youth engagement and the environment. Local heroes, innovative projects and close-knit communities across the country are undertaking creative initiatives within these four themes and actively building a prosperous future for Canada. Canada C3 will showcase these inspiring heroes, projects and communities from the Atlantic to the Arctic to the Pacific.

 To reflect the country’s diversity, group of remarkable Canadians will be invited on board, including scientists, artists, indigenous elders, historians, community leaders, youth, journalists and educators. Once a participant boards the Canada C3 vessel, they become the eyes and ears of the rest of Canada. Using art, music, research and storytelling, participants will elevate our collective knowledge and help build human connections.

 As the ship travels from coast to coast to coast, Canadians will add their voices to Canada C3 through events in coastal communities, cross-Canada museum hubs, interactive map, live video and more.

 Through contributions from every corner of the country, all ages and all walks of life, Canada C3 will be a meeting place and platform that leads to long-lasting and meaningful connections, understanding, stories, art, music, scientific research and many important legacies for generations to come. The journey will run from June 1 to Oct. 28.

 City of Cornwall via Brenda Benoit

 

Port Reports - May 22

Two Harbor, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Arriving Sunday morning to load pellets was the Joseph L. Block from Duluth after unloading limestone. The Block departed Sunday afternoon. Due in Sunday night is the Edwin H. Gott. Monday has the Hon. James L. Oberstar in the morning and later in the day the American Spirit is scheduled to arrive.

 Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Federal Ems was expected in Milwaukee from Montreal Sunday night. Tug Karen Andrie / barge Endeavor were expected from Indiana Harbor Sunday afternoon. Capt. Henry Jackman arrived off Milwaukee Saturday night in heavy fog and went to anchor.  The Jackman entered the breakwater before 8 a.m. Sunday, backed into Slip 1 in the outer harbor and unloaded salt. Tug Prentiss Brown and barge St. Marys Challenger arrived in Milwaukee Saturday at 6:30 p.m.  After delivering cement, they departed onto Lake Michigan late Sunday morning.

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

Regional and Welland Canal transits for Sunday May 21, 2017 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke, Ont.
Departure: Algonova at 0107 eastbound. At dock: Algoma Hansa at 0623. At anchor:  tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 1755.

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals: Algowood at 0009, Maccoa (Cyp) at 1138, Federal Mackinac (Mhl) at 1700, Strandja (Mlt) at 1900 (formerly Eastwind York-10), and Algoscotia at 2200

Welland Canal downbound:
Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 0246, Algonova at 0518, Tecumseh at 0448, Thunder Bay at 0910, CSL Niagara at 1040, Algoma Guardian at 2135 and tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 2200 

 Welland Canal docks:
Tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement arrived at wharf 2 May 20 at 1035. Tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 were due at dock 16 to unload at approx. 2245

 Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival: Swan Biscay (Mhl) (formerly Ozay 6-15) at 0740 on May 20 bound Clarkson, and HHL Rhine (Lib) at 0048 Sunday (formerly Beluga Feasibility-11)

Hamilton, Ont.
Departures: Algowood at 2145 on May 20, Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0415 eastbound, Maccoa (Cyp) at 0925 and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1615. At docks: BBC Brazil  (Atg) (formerly Thorco Copenhagen-16 and Wenningstedt-11). Correction to Saturday’s report: Erieborg should have read Eeborg (Nld). Resko (Bhs) and Federal Schelde (Bbs). On Heddle dry dock: Pelee Islander 

Toronto, Ont.
At docks: tug Evans McKeil & barge Huron Spirit and Mottler (Cyp) unloading at Redpath

Oshawa, Ont.
At dock: Federal Saguenay (Bbs)

Bowmanville, Ont.
At anchor: tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II - arrived May 19 at 2132 

Colborne:
At anchor: Robert S. Pierson appeared to be anchored off the dock

 Picton, Ont.
At dock : Stephen B. Roman

 

Reservations are now being taken for Soo Boatnerd Cruise

Reservations for the annual Boatnerd Freighter Chasing cruise, on Friday, June 30, are now being taken. This event is part of the annual Engineers’ Day weekend Boatnerd Gathering in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The three-hour cruise will travel through the U.S. and Canadian locks, and the price includes an on-board buffet dinner. Reservations are a must as we are limiting the group to 100 persons. This will afford everyone enough space to take photos and enjoy themselves. Check the Gatherings page for complete details and other events taking place during the weekend.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Travestern freed from St. Lawrence River grounding

5/21 - The tanker Travestern, which ran aground on Lancaster Bar (area of Buoy D47) in the St. Lawrence River east of Cornwall, Ont. on Friday, was freed shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday by the Groupe Ocean tugs Ocean Ross Gaudrault and Ocean Intrepide. The vessel arrived at the St-Zotique anchorage in Lac St-François about 20 minutes later for inspection.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating the incident. TSB spokesman Alexandre Fournier said nobody was injured and no environmental damage has been reported. The cause is not yet known.

Travestern, which flies the flag of Marshall Islands, was bound from Hamilton, Ont., to Montreal when it went around. The vessel is operated by Coastal Shipping Ltd., a division of the Woodward Group. It was built in 1993 by MTW, Wismar, Germany.

Brenda Benoit, Rene Beauchamp, Global News

 

Algoma Strongfield arrives at the Panama Canal

5/21 - Algoma Strongfield (IMO 9613953) arrived at the Balboa anchorage of the Panama Canal on Friday morning on her delivery trip to Canada. This is the last of the Equinox-class straight-deck bulkers built at the now-bankrupt Nantong Mingde Heavy Industries Stock Co. shipyard in Nantong City, China.

Algoma Strongfield was built in 2015 as CWB Strongfield for the Canadian Wheat Board. However during the construction process the shipyard filed for, and later went into bankruptcy, leaving the CWB Strongfield almost, but not completely finished. In early 2017 the ship was purchased by Algoma Central Corp. which renamed it Algoma Strongfield.

The vessel departed Nantong on April 3 on its maiden voyage with a foreign crew and registered in Tuvalu (different than the previous three Equinox-class bulkers that had a Canadian crew and were registered in Canada). Upon her arrival in Canada, Algoma Strongfield will be registered in Canada and will have an a Canadian crew.

Algoma Central Corporation’s fleet renewal program now consists of four Equinox-class bulkers, with G3 Marquis (ex-CWB Marquis) managed by Algoma and owned by the Global Grain Group (formerly the Canadian Wheat Board). Algoma is also building two new 650-foot long, boom-forward self-unloading vessels in Croatia. It is believed that these new vessels will eventually replace the Algorail and Algoway. One of the new vessels, Algoma Innovator, is expected to enter service sometime late in 2017.

Algoma is also building an additional five 740-foot long self-unloading Equinox-class ships in China, with the first one named the Algoma Niagara. This vessel is expected to enter service for Algoma sometime late in 2017.

Denny Dushane

 

Port Reports -  May 21

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algosteel was loading salt Saturday at Sifto. She left for Chicago in the early evening.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Wilfred Sykes was expected to arrive at Port Inland on Saturday in the early evening hours. However, due to weather they instead went to anchor. Due on May 23 is the American Mariner in the late morning hours to load.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The barge Menominee and tug Olive L. Moore were expected on Saturday in the late afternoon to load. Due in Sunday are the barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann in the early morning and due in for Monday in the early morning is the Algoway.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Herbert C. Jackson was expected Saturday in the late evening to load. There are no vessels scheduled for Sunday and on Monday. Due in for Tuesday are the tug Olive L. Moore and barge Menominee in the early morning. There are no vessels scheduled for Wednesday. Due in for Thursday are the tug Olive L. Moore and barge Menominee in the early afternoon, along with the Mississagi, due Thursday in the early afternoon.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann were due at Calcite on Saturday in the early evening to load at the South Dock. Two vessels are due Sunday, with the first being the Philip R. Clarke in the early afternoon for the North Dock followed by the Great Republic in the late afternoon for the South Dock. Three vessels are due for Monday, with the first being the Cason J. Callaway in the early morning for the South Dock followed by the John G. Munson in the late morning for the North Dock. H. Lee White is also due on Monday in the late evening for the South Dock. Due Tuesday is the Manitowoc in the late evening for the North Dock. This will be the Manitowoc's first trip for the 2017 season.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
Whitefish Bay is expected to arrive at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock on Sunday in the early afternoon. Also due at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock is the Algolake on May 27 in the early evening. Due at the CSX Coal Dock to load is the Calumet on May 23 in the early morning along with the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory on May 23 in the late evening. The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin and the Evans Spirit are due at CSX on May 26 to load. At the Torco Dock, the barge James L. Kuber/tug Victory are due there on May 23 in the mid-afternoon. The Joseph H. Thompson is due at Torco on May 24 in the late afternoon. Also due at Torco is the Paul R. Tregurtha, expected to arrive on May 26. Vessels in port Saturday included the Evans Spirit and the U.S. Brig Niagara tall ship.

Regional and Welland Canal transits for Saturday - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke, Ont.
Departure: Baie Comeau at 0657 westbound. Anchored after arrival: Algoma Hansa at 1110 and tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 1755. At the dock: Algonova

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals: Algoma Hansa, English River, Algoma Discovery at 0235, Algolake at 0341, CCGS Private Robertson V.C. at 1050, Vikingbank (Nld) at 1100, CSL Assiniboine at 1110,

Welland Canal downbound:
Tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0040, HHL Rhine (Lib) at 1135 (formerly Beluga Feasibility-11), Sichem Defiance ((Mhl) at 1910

Welland Canal docks:
Tugs Atlantic Enterprise & Jarrett M with barge Farrell 256 at wharf 1 waiting Lake Ontario pilot. They departed at 1436 for Newark, N.J.

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival: Swan Biscay (Mhl) (formerly Ozay 6-15) at 0740, weather delay, bound for Clarkson dock

Hamilton, Ont.
Arrivals: Federal Schelde (Bbs) at 0056, Algowood at 0336 - departures - Algoma Discovery at 0041, Algolake at 0126 - at docks: Maccoa (Cyp), BBC Brazil (Atg) (formerly Thorco Copenhagen-16 and Wenningstedt-11), Stella Polaris (Nld) and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit, Erieborg (Nld), Resko (Bhs) - Heddle dry dock - Pelee Islander

Toronto, Ont.
Arrival: tug Evans McKeil & barge Huron Spirit at 0210, Mottler (Cyp) at 1446 to unload at Redpath

Oshawa, Ont.
Arrival: Federal Saguenay (Bbs) at 1835

Bowmanville, Ont.
Arrival: tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II on May 19 at 2132, departed dock May 20 at 1815 (weather related perhaps)

Picton, Ont.
Arrival: Stephen B. Roman mid-morning.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Chemical tanker Travestern grounds in St. Lawrence

5/20 - The tanker Travestern ran aground on Lancaster Bar in the St. Lawrence River east of Cornwall, Ont. on Friday. There is no information available yet as to why the vessel ran aground or whether any pollution is involved. Travestern, which flies the flag of Marsall Islands, was bound from Hamilton, Ont., to Montreal. The vessel is operated by Coastal Shipping Ltd., a division of the Woodward Group of Companies. It was built in 1993 by MTW, Wismar, Germany.

 

SS Badger sets sail for first trip of 2017 season

5/20 - Ludington, Mich. – The license plates read Texas, North Carolina, Ontario, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan. The names continued as cars passed the ticket gate, awaiting entrance.

Friday morning, the Lake Michigan Carferry’s SS Badger departed for its first day of the 2017 sailing season. In the ship — launched in 1953 — were more than 200 people and dozens of vehicles make a journey from Ludington, Mich. to Manitowoc, Wis. Some of them were on the ship for the first time.

“I’m excited to be here,” said Don Bullion, who had his first day on the job as part of the company crew. “We just moved here to Ludington. I’m retired. I told my wife I never planned on working, then I saw the posting for the Badger.”

Ludington Daily News

 

Would new ship rules put Great Lakes at risk?

5/20 - Washington, D.C. – A U.S. Senate Committee today approved a measure that would set a single national standard for ballast-water discharges from maritime vessels, preempting states from enacting stricter standards and, critics say, exposing the Great Lakes to greater danger from invasive species.

This morning's voice vote by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee represented a key hurdle crossed by the so-called Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, which maritime shippers have backed for years, arguing that a confusing patchwork of regulations wastes money and time while doing little to help water quality.

"Without (this change), thousands of commercial vessels will spend billions of dollars installing ballast-water management systems to meet the federal standard but will still be at risk of fines and penalties for violating several different state standards these (systems) can't meet," the Lake Carriers Association, representing vessel operators.

Read more at this link: http://www.freep.com/story/news/2017/05/18/ballast-water-discharge-great-lakes/329956001/

 

Port Reports -  May 20

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
John G. Munson departed Duluth early Friday morning after loading ore at CN, and Oakglen shifted from Port Terminal to begin loading. Federal Satsuki and James R. Barker both arrived at sunrise. Federal Satsuki docked at CHS 1 to load wheat, and the Barker began loading coal at Midwest Energy. Muntgracht departed at noon after discharging at Port Terminal, bound for Windsor to load. American Century arrived during the early afternoon, and docked at Calumet to fuel and wait for the Barker to finish loading at Midwest Energy. The Barker was expected to depart during the evening, as were Blacky, Trudy, and Oakglen. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort departed with ore from BN during mid-afternoon on Thursday, and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin began loading.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Friday included Burns Harbor, Algoma Spirit, Saginaw and CSL Welland. Downbounders included Federal Ruhr, CSL Niagara, Thunder Bay, Anglian Lady and barge, Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader, Edgar B. Speer and Lee A Tregurtha. The Canadian Coast Guard vessel Limnos entered the river at DeTour in the evening and went to anchor.

Burns Harbor, Ind.
Wilfred Sykes was unloading on Friday.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
The Alpena arrived in port late Wednesday night to load cement at Lafarge. The Canadian Coast Guard vessel Limnos was out in the bay Thursday afternoon. The tug Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation were under the silos at Lafarge on Friday morning. The tugs Duluth and Sara B along with their two barges departed the river Friday morning. The group had tied up for three days to wait for more favorable weather before continuing on their trip.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Capt Henry Jackman, laden with salt, cleared mid-day Friday upbound for Milwaukee, Wis. Sedna Desgagnes arrived at Goderich around noon, perhaps to load soybeans or corn. Algosteel was off of Goderich heading in late Friday.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There are no vessels due until Saturday, when Wilfred Sykes is expected in the late afternoon. No vessels are scheduled for Sunday. Due in Monday is the American Mariner in the early evening.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Algoma Olympic made a rare and possibly first ever visit when it arrived on Thursday during the early afternoon to load. Expected Friday was the Calumet during the late evening to load. Due Saturday are the barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann in the early afternoon. There are no vessels scheduled for Sunday. Due Monday is the Algoway in the early morning.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Friday and none are expected until Saturday when the tug Olive L. Moore and barge Menominee are due in the early morning. Also due in for Saturday is the Herbert C. Jackson at noon.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Philip R. Clarke loaded on Friday at the South Dock and was expected to depart around 1:30 p.m. Due in for Saturday are the barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann in the late evening for the South Dock. Two vessels are due for Sunday with a return visit from the Philip R. Clarke during the early morning for the North Dock, and the Great Republic arriving during the mid-afternoon for the South Dock.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
American Mariner loaded at the CSX Coal Dock on Friday. Also due at CSX is the Calumet on Tuesday in the early morning followed by the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory in the early afternoon. The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin is due at CSX on May 26 in the early morning. At the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock, the Whitefish Bay is due Sunday in the early evening. Algolake is due at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock on May 27 in the early evening. At the Torco Dock, expected to arrive on Friday was the Hon. James L. Oberstar during the early evening. Also due at Torco are the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory arriving on May 23 in the early afternoon, followed by the Joseph H. Thompson, due at Torco on May 24 in the mid-afternoon. In port were the tug Michigan and barge Great Lakes.

Erie, Pa.
The tug Atlantic Enterprise departed Friday morning, taking with her the barge Farrell 256. They are headed for Port Newark, N.J.

Regional and Welland Canal transits for Friday - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke, Ont.
Arrival: Baie Comeau at approximately 2000. Docked: Algonova

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrival: Isolda (Cyp), light tug Everlast at 0012, Evans Spirit at 0052, light tug Seahound 0742, Hanse Gate (Atg) at 0547 (formerly CL Hanse Gate-15, Federal Matane-11), Algoma Equinox at 0801, Mississagi at 1257, Manitoulin at 1610, Kaministiqua at 1645, Algoma Hansa at 1930 and English River at 2215

Welland Canal downbound:
Algolake at 0001, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 0604. CSL St. Laurent at 0700, Atlantic Huron at 0840, Algowood at 1215, tug Atlantic Enterprise & barge Farrell 256 at 1345

Welland Canal docks:
Frontenac at wharf 16 Port Colborne. Arrivals: Cuyahoga arrived wharf 6 Thorold on May 18 at 2120 and departed at 0445 upbound, tug Everlast alongside PWDD fitout wall at 0110, barge Norman McLeod taken out of dock about 0830 with an estimated time of departure approx. 2025

Hamilton, Ont.
Arrivals: Eeborg (Nld) on May 18 at 2311 from Norway, Resko (Bhs) at 012 from Russia and Algolake at 1411. Departures: Algoma Equinox at 0540, Adfines Sun (Mhl) - formerly Osttank Holland-11) at 0600 eastbound, At docks: Algoma Discovery, Maccoa (Cyp), BBC Brazil (Atg) (formerly Thorco Copenhagen-16 and Wenningstedt-11), Stella Polaris (Nld) and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit. At Heddle dry dock: Pelee Islander

Clarkson, Ont.
At dock: Robert S. Pierson. Arrival: Swan Biscay (Mhl) - (formerly Ozay-6-15)

Toronto, Ont.
Departure: Stephen B. Roman at 1810 eastbound

Oshawa, Ont.
Arrival: Federal Saguenay (Bbs) at 1835

Picton, Ont.
Departure: tug Evans McKeil & barge Huron Spirit early a.m.

Bath, Ont.
Departed: English River in the early morning westbound

 

Coast Guard asks public to mark barrels used to secure docks, piers on Lake Ontario

5/20 - Buffalo, N.Y. – The Coast Guard is requesting that members of the public who are using barrels and drums in order to weigh down piers and docks to place a large, red X on those objects so that they can be identified as non-hazardous if they become adrift.

With the increased water levels throughout the region and along Lake Ontario and tributaries, many homeowners are using barrels to mark their docks and to help weigh them down. This is also helping to mark potential hazards posed by otherwise submerged and unseen docks.

If any barrels become adrift and the contents are unmarked, by law the Coast Guard responds to them as a potentially hazardous substance since the contents are unknown and could possibly contain dangerous chemical or petroleum products. Significant diligence is required for processing unidentified containers, which can possibly include hiring a hazardous material contractor to recover the barrel out of the waterway and to verify there is no risk to the public or environment from the contents.

The cost can exceed $5,000 per container. Additionally, Coast Guard personnel are required to stay on scene with the container. This would potentially take personnel away from other local emergency responses or search and rescue cases in the region. For further information, contact the Coast Guard Sector Buffalo Command Center at 716-843-9527

USCG

 

Businesses brace for long slog against high water on St. Lawrence River

5/20 - High water levels on the St. Lawrence River are slowing down the start of boating season and damaging tourism businesses in the Thousand Islands region. On Tuesday, the Township of Frontenac Islands declared a state of emergency and began distributing sandbags.

Nearly 1,000 sandbags and six pumps weren't enough to keep out water out of the basement of the Boathouse Country Inn and Restaurant in Rockport, Ont. The worst may be yet to come. "We're hearing that the water level isn't going to start going down for at least another several weeks," said general manager Kathleen Allen.

Allen said the restaurant is running its pumps 24 hours a day and has teams reinforcing sandbag walls as the river swells. "That's a bit daunting. We're at our limit now with sandbags and what we're able to do with pumping water out of the basement. So I'm not sure where we're going to go from here."

Allen also manages Rockport Boatlines, which had to cancel its popular Boldt Castle cruises to Heart Island because the docks are under water. The cancellation has affected 400 tourists who had already bought tickets, Allen said.

The high waters have also led to a delay in the season at Ed Huck Marine in Rockport, according to co-owner Scott MacCrimmon. "We've never seen the water levels so high," he said. Some people who bought boats from the business have put off delivery because their cottage docks are under water, MacCrimmon said.

The Victoria Day weekend is traditionally the start of boating season, said MacCrimmon, but this year only two-thirds of the marina has launched and their fixed docks and the gas dock remain under water. He warned boaters to be careful about creating excessive wakes on the water.

"River traffic needs to be super-conscious about their wake," he said. "In the summer that's an annoyance and it will rock people's boats at their docks. This time of year, you're putting water right over their seawalls and encroaching on their property."

The high water has also brought with it unusually large debris. "Right now, we're seeing much larger objects," MacCrimmon said. "We're seeing people's floating docks that have broken free, we're seeing entire tree limbs and so on in the water."

Fisheries and Oceans Canada data shows the water level of the St. Lawrence in Kingston, close to the Township of Frontenac Islands, has increased from 1.3 metres on May 1 to 1.6 metres on Thursday. The river usually peaks in mid-June.

CBC

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bill would transfer ballast water authority to Coast Guard

5/19 - On Thursday, May 18, the U.S. Senate commerce committee passed a Coast Guard reauthorization bill with provisions that would transfer authority over ballast water from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Coast Guard.

The bill passed on a bipartisan voice vote, although several Democrats on the committee, including Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan, withheld support over changes to ballast water regulation, saying that the bill as written "does not protect our waters from further incursions from non-native species."

The shipping industry has advocated the transfer for several years, arguing for uniform nationwide discharge pollution rules that would end overlapping state and federal regulations on ballast water, which ships carry in their hulls to provide stability. Because the water can transfer exotic species, bacteria and viruses around the globe, it is regulated as a form of pollution.

The shipping industry argues the Coast Guard is a more appropriate authority to regulate ballast water because the service already enforces discharge permit violations and certifies onboard ballast water systems.

"The status quo, two federal vessel discharge regulations enforced by two different agencies, plus, at latest count, 25 state regimes, is unworkable," the Lake Carriers Association said in a 2016 report.

Read more at this link: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/05/vida_ballast_water_coast_guard.html#incart_river_home

 

Port Reports -  May 19

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Oakglen arrived Duluth mid-afternoon Thursday, and docked at Calumet to fuel and wait for an opening at the CN dock. Mesabi Miner cleared CN and departed with ore during the early evening. John G. Munson, which had unloaded limestone at C. Reiss on Wednesday, took the dock next and began loading. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin and James R. Barker were both expected to arrive late Thursday night. Blacky, Muntgracht, and Trudy remained at their docks Thursday. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort arrived at the Burlington Northern dock on Thursday morning, and was due to depart late evening, weather permitting.

St. Marys River
Two vessels – Kaye E. Barker and Great Lakes Trader – were anchored in the upper river Thursday for weather. Upbound traffic on Thursday included Kaye E. Barker, Tim S. Dool, Fraserborg and Joseph L. Block. The Straits ferry Chippewa was upbound in the early evening, likely for the MCM drydock. Downbounders included Herbert C. Jackson, Hon. James L. Oberstar and after dark, Roger Blough and Tecumseh.

Southern Lake Michigan
John D. Leitch was in Burns Harbor Thursday. There were no vessels in Gary or Indiana Harbor.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Capt. Henry Jackman was loading salt Thursday night. Sedna Desgagnes was downbound at the north end of Lake Michigan headed for Goderich.

Port McNicoll, Ont.
The S.S. Keewatin museum ship reopens for the season May 19 with a new dock, upgraded grounds and more. The vessel is open every day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., until Oct 9.

Regional and Welland Canal transits for Thursday - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke, Ont.
Arrival: Algonova at 1342. Departures: Dara Desgagnes on May 17 at 2226 eastbound and Whitefish Bay at 1654 westbound

Welland Canal upbound
Solando (Swe) departed wharf 2 below L1 at 0221 (formerly Soley 1-13, and Messinia-09), light tug Jarrett M at 0715, G3 Marquis at 1350, yacht Seaquest (CYM) at 1650, Federal Ems (Mhl) at 1915 and Isolda (Cyp) at 2230

Welland Canal downbound
Tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick at 2230 on May 17, Dara Desgagnes at 0221, Fairchem Friesian (Mhl) at 0251, and Algolake at 2015

Welland Canal docks: Frontenac arrived at wharf 16 at 0412 and moved over to 19E in the morning. Cuyahoga arrived wharf 6 Thorold, time unknown

Anchorage at Burlington, Ont.
Fairchem Friesian (Mhl) anchored at 1446 to take bunkers from Sterling Energy.

Hamilton, Ont.
Arrivals: BBC Brazil (Atg) om May 17 at 2226 (formerly Thorco Copenhagen-16 and Wenningstedt-11), Algoma Discovery at 1815. Departures: Algoma Spirit at 0124, Travestern at 1115, G3 Marquis at 1225/ At docks: Maccoa (Cyp), Stella Polaris (Nld), tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit, Adfines Sun (Mlt) (formerly Osttank Holland-11) and Algoma Equinox. At anchor: light tug Everlast. On Heddle dry dock - Pelee Islander

Toronto, Ont.
Departure: Stephen B. Roman at 0007 eastbound

Clarkson, Ont.
Arrival: Robert S. Pierson at 2056 on May 17, departed May 18th at 0757 eastbound

Picton, Ont.
Arrival: Stephen B. Roman at approximately 2040

Colborne, Ont.
Arrival: Robert S. Pierson, time unknown

Oswego, N.Y.
Incorrectly listed as Bath, Ont., on May 17, should have read: Arrival :Seaway Supplier at 1435 May 17. Departed May 18th at 1337 for Rochester

Bath:
Arrival: English River - eta late morning

 

Plans underway to ship ethanol from Port of Milwaukee on Lake Michigan

5/19 - Milwaukee, Wis. - A Wisconsin-based petroleum distributor is planning to construct a $3 million pipeline at the Port of Milwaukee that will allow the company to ship bulk supplies of ethanol over the Great Lakes.

The project by U.S. Oil to ship the flammable colorless liquid would represent the first shipments of a fuel or fuel additive from the port in years. The company's plans brought sharp questions from members of the Milwaukee Common Council on Wednesday and representatives of an environmental group.

The Common Council's Public Works Committee approved an amendment to a lease agreement with the company that calls for the lease of an additional 0.89 acres of port property. The measure next heads to the full council.

The land would be used to construct a pipeline of approximately 1,000 feet that would connect U.S. Oil's tank yard at the port to the port's liquid cargo pier.

Petroleum products have been shipped in and out of the port over the decades, but not in recent years, according to Lawrence Sullivan, chief engineer for the port. Sullivan started to work at the port in 1966 and he said in an interview that he can not recall when the shipping of products like gasoline and heating oil ended.

But the specter of a new round of fuel shipments — in this case, corn-based ethanol that will go primarily for the export market — is raising questions.

It comes as public concerns have risen in Milwaukee and in other cities over a surge in crude oil shipments via rail and the potential for rail cars to derail and explode.

A rail car accident in November 2015 sent ethanol into the Mississippi River when 32 cars derailed — one of a string of accidents and derailments that have occurred in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest as the oil industry uses rail to augment pipelines to move crude.

Ald. Nik Kovac wanted assurances from U.S Oil officials that they would not be shipping crude out of the port at some point in the future. He noted that officials from the company were quoted in a media report several years ago that they were interested in shipping oil out of Milwaukee.

Richard H. Sawall, director of business development for Appleton-based U.S. Oil, said the company considered that three or four years ago, but has no such plans now. Crude oil is not currently shipped on the Great Lakes. One worry about crude is that it is heavier than ethanol and can sink.

Sawall said his company, a unit of U.S Venture Inc., also based in Appleton, plans to use the pipeline to transport ethanol from Wisconsin-based distillers and export it by barge to Canada because of a surplus of ethanol in the Midwest.

U.S. Oil operates a large petroleum terminal on the city's northwest side. It bought the 530,000-barrel capacity site at 9125 N. 107th St. from Marathon Petroleum Corp. in 2015. It currently ships ethanol on the Great Lakes from a facility in Green Bay.

In Milwaukee, Sawall said the company has an air permit from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to house ethanol in its storage tanks at the port. It does not have an air permit to store crude oil, he said.

Ald. Jim Bohl sought to clarify how the ethanol would be shipped and he tried to assess from the company the potential safety threat of an increased volume of tanker truck traffic. Company officials said safety plans are in place and its activities include oversight from the U.S. Coast Guard in Milwaukee and other government agencies.

In the event of the accident, the company said some, but not all, of the spilled contents can be recovered; but that one potential environmental hazard of a spill is the loss of dissolved oxygen near a spill. Aquatic species consume dissolved oxygen.

Eric Hansen, a member of Citizens Acting for Rail Safety, said U.S. Oil's plans represent a large new influx of ethanol — and potentially crude oil at some point in the future. He said he believes the public should have more information on the volume of ethanol to be shipped and the route tanker trucks will take to the port.

"Is this the future we want for our harbor?" asked Hansen.

Journal-Sentinel

 

Lake Ontario at highest level ever

5/19 - St. Catharines, Ont. – Water levels on Lake Ontario were at their highest Monday since records started being kept in 1918, says Gail Faveri, secretary of the Canadian Section of the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board.

“It was 75.85 metres – three centimetres higher than the record in June 1952,” said Faveri, adding the readings come from an average of seven gauges in Ontario and New York.

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, she said the outflow from Lake Ontario was increased to 9,200 cubic metres per second to alleviate flooding on both sides of the border.

Earlier in the day, the outflow from the lake, through 32 turbines at the Moses Saunders Dam between Cornwall, Ont., and Massena, N.Y, was 8,900 cubic metres per second. “Last week, the outflow was 6,670 cubic metres per second for the whole week,” she said.

Outflows from Lake Ontario are adjusted according to the inflow of water from Lake Erie and various rivers, creeks and streams in the watershed. An outflow of 300 cubic metres per second over a week would only change the level on Lake Ontario by one centimetre, but would increase levels on lakes Saint-Louis and Saint Pierre in Quebec by 10 to 12 centimetres

Faveri said the board must be conscious of what conditions are downstream, on the St. Lawrence River and the two lakes in Quebec. “If we added more flow into the St. Lawrence, we would be damaging people further downstream. We have to balance what we do,” she explained.

Many municipalities along the St. Lawrence between Kingston and Cornwall, below Cornwall, and in areas of Quebec along the river and lakes have already experienced flooding damage, thanks in part of heavy rainfall throughout April.

With the Ottawa River feeding into St. Lawrence River at Lake Saint-Louis at all-time highs on May 8, the board was unable to increase the outflow from Lake Ontario.

Faveri said the turbines at Cornwall and Massena, 16 on each side of the border, are very accurate when it comes to controlling the outflow. Even with the release of more water, Faveri said there’s still a large inflow coming from Lake Erie through Niagara Falls and the Welland Canal. Lake Erie water levels are also above average.

She said even a small amount of rainfall can cause the lake levels to rise. Fifteen millimetres of rain can cause as much as a five-centimetre rise in water levels, and that’s not factoring in runoff from throughout the basin.

While the amount of water being let out of the lake was increased Wednesday afternoon, Faveri said it could increase to as much as 10,000 cubic metres per second, which would cause problems for shipping on the St. Lawrence Seaway between Cornwall and Montreal.

St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. issued a mariner’s notice about the increased outflows from the lake and the effect it could have on vessels.

“These flows will create velocities higher than normal in the navigation channels and variations in the normal current patterns may occur. Mariners are advised to take these conditions into account when transiting the Montreal-Lake Ontario Section,” the Seaway said in its notice.

It has already issued a few notices on speed reductions on the lake and other areas of the seaway due to high water levels.

“If the board determines that it is necessary to increase outflows to above 10,200 cubic metres per second, it will be necessary to suspend navigation intermittently prior to which another notice will be issued,” Faveri said. “Mariners are to operate at the lowest safe speeds to minimize their wake, particularly when navigating close to shore.”

St. Catharines Standard

 

Reservations are now being taken for Soo Boatnerd Cruise

5/19 - Reservations for the annual Boatnerd Freighter Chasing cruise, on Friday, June 30, are now being taken. This event is part of the annual Engineers’ Day weekend Boatnerd Gathering in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The three-hour cruise will travel through the U.S. and Canadian locks, and the price includes an on-board buffet dinner. Reservations are a must as we are limiting the group to 100 persons. This will afford everyone enough space to take photos and enjoy themselves. Check the Gatherings page for complete details and other events taking place during the weekend.

www.BoatNerd.Com/Gathering

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Great Lakes steel production falls by 47,000 tons

5/18 - Great Lakes steel production fell to 640,000 tons last week, a relatively steep 6.8 percent decline.

Steel mills in the Great Lakes region cranked out 687,000 tons of metal the previous week, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. Most of the steel made in the Great Lakes region is produced in Lake and Porter counties in Northwest Indiana.

So far this year, U.S. steelmakers have produced 32.9 million tons of steel, about 3.2 percent more than they did during the same period in 2016. Steel mills have been running at a capacity of 74.3 percent so far this year, up from 72.1 percent through the same time last year.

Domestic steelmakers used about 74.1 percent of their steelmaking capacity in the week that ended May 13, down from 74.5 percent the previous week, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Capacity utilization was also 74.1 percent during the same time period in 2016.

Overall U.S. steel output dropped by 9,000 tons last week to 1.72 million tons, a 0.5 percent decrease, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Output in the Southern District, the second largest steel-producing region, which spans mini-mills across the South, rose to 639,000 tons last week, up from 592,000 tons the previous week. NW Indiana Times

 

Port Reports -  May 18

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort arrived on Wednesday morning with limestone for Hallett #5. Mesabi Miner arrived soon after and began loading iron ore pellets at CN. Erie Trader departed light during the early afternoon, and headed for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. John G. Munson was next to arrive, and began unloading stone at C. Reiss. Muntgracht, Blacky, and Trudy remained at their various docks in Duluth on Wednesday. In Superior, Edgar B. Speer loaded at Burlington Northern throughout the day.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on Wednesday included Algoma Transport, Algowood, CSL St-Laurent, Atlantic Huron and Edwin H. Gott. Upbound: Oakglen, James R. Barker, Presque Isle, Federal Churchill, Federal Rideau and Federal Satsuki.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Two vessels were expected Wednesday in the early evening with the Joseph H. Thompson due first followed by the Joseph L. Block. Algoma Olympic, making a rare visit, is due Thursday at noon.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Wilfred Sykes was due Wednesday in the late afternoon. Also due in Wednesday was the Calumet in the late afternoon and would get the dock following the Sykes. After that there is nothing due until May 22 when American Mariner is due in the early afternoon.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
The tugs Duluth and Sarah B. of Great Lakes Dock & Materials along with two barges tied up in the river on Tuesday afternoon. The barges are loaded with equipment and attracted many onlookers along the sidewalk.

Southern Lake Michigan
Burns Harbor was unloading at her namesake port Wednesday night. Gary and Indiana Harbor had no vessels in port.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort were loading on Wednesday and were expected to depart around 5 p.m. Two vessels are due in for Thursday, with the barge Menominee and tug Olive L. Moore expected at midnight on Wednesday evening to load. Great Republic is also due in Thursday in the early morning to load. There are no vessels scheduled Friday. Due in for Saturday is a return visit by the barge Menominee and tug Olive L. Moore. A correction and update to previous port reports, the tug Olive L. Moore and barge Menominee loaded their first cargo of 2017 from Calcite and delivered it to Bay City.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
American Spirit continued to load on Wednesday at the South Dock and was expected to depart around 5 p.m. A slight correction to the report on where her first stone cargo was unloaded – it appears they unloaded in both Buffington and Burns Harbor. For Thursday three vessels are expected with the first two being morning arrivals. H. Lee White was expected at midnight on Wednesday evening for the North and South docks. The barge Pathfinder along with the tug Dorothy Ann are also expected in the early morning on Thursday to load at the North Dock. Expected on Thursday during the early evening is the Philip R. Clarke for the South Dock.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Capt Henry Jackman left with salt for Detroit on Wednesday.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
The Olive L. Moore - Menominee arrived on the Saginaw River early Wednesday morning, calling on the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates Dock to unload. A short time later, Dorothy Ann - Pathfinder also arrived on the Saginaw River with a cargo for Bay Aggregates, but with the slip already in use the pair had to tie up at the Wirt Essexville Sand & Stone dock to wait. Late Wednesday afternoon, the Moore - Menominee finished unloading and departed Bay Aggregates for the lake. Immediately after, Dorothy Ann - Pathfinder backed into the slip and began unloading.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
Algolake was expected at the CSX Coal Dock on Wednesday in the early afternoon to load. Also due at CSX is the American Mariner on Thursday in the early morning. Kaye E. Barker is due at CSX on May 21 in the early morning and the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory are due at CSX on May 22 in the early morning. At the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock, Whitefish Bay is due on May 21 in the late evening along with the Algolake on May 27 in the late morning. Due at the Torco Dock is the Kaye E. Barker on Saturday in the early evening. Also due at the Torco Dock on Saturday is the Joseph H. Thompson in the early evening. Due at Torco on May 22 is the Interlake 1,000-footer James R. Barker, arriving in the early morning. In port Wednesday were the tug Sea Eagle II and barge St. Marys Cement II at the St. Marys Cement Dock.

Regional and Welland Canal transits for Wednesday - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke, Ont.
Arrival: Whitefish Bay at 1654. At dock: Dara Desgagnes

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrival - Algoma Spirit at 0339, Harbour Fountain (Por) at 1504, Solando (Swe) at 1557 (formerly Soley 1-13, and Messinia-09) - delayed and Algoma Guardian at 1925.

Welland Canal downbound:
Algoma Guardian at 0055, Algoma Enterprise at 1655

Port Weller anchorage
Arrival: BBC Brazil (Atg) at 0240 (formerly Thorco Copenhagen-16 and Wenningstedt-11). Departed Port Weller at 1712 for Hamilton and anchored for repairs.

Hamilton, Ont.
Arrivals: Travestern (Mhl) at 0045, G3 Marquis at 0220, Adfines Sun (Mlt) (formerly Osttank Holland-11), Algoma Equinox at 1805 and BBC Brazil (Atg) eta unknown: Departures: Algoma Spirit at 0124, Algoma Guardian at 1745. At docks: Stella Polaris (Nld), Maccoa (Cyp), Algoma Guardian, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit At anchor: light tug Everlast. On Heddle dry dock: Pelee Islander

Toronto, Ont.
Departure: English River at 1810 eastbound

Clarkson, Ont.
Arrival: Robert S. Pierson at 2026 on May 16. Departed: Sarah Desgagnes

Picton, Ont.
Arrival: Stephen B. Roman at approximately 2040

Colborne, Ont.
Arrival: Robert S. Pierson at 0330

Bath, Ont.
Arrival: Seaway Supplier at 1435

Montreal, Que. – René Beauchamp
The newly acquired Acadia Desgagnés (ex- Sider Tis) arrived in Montreal Wednesday morning. A few weeks ago, Desgagnés acquired another second-hand vessel which they renamed Argentia Desgagnés. Formely named Ofmar, she should arrived in Quebec in a couple of weeks.

 

Updates -  May 18

Saltie Gallery updated with pictures of the Chem Norma, Adfines Sun, Ardita, Fairchem Friesian, Federal Alster, Federal Ems, Federal Saguenay, Finnborg, Floretgracht, Hanse Gate, HHL Rhine, Isolda, Maccoa, Mandarin, Mottler, Muntgracht, Sichem Defiance, Silda, Solando, Swan Biscay, Taagborg and Vikingbank.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Welland Canal shut down last weekend due to oil leak

5/17 - Thorold, Ont. – A hydraulic fluid leak this past weekend shut down the Welland Canal for nearly a day and backed ship traffic up from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. “There was a release of hydraulic fluid in Lock 5 around 4 p.m. on Saturday,” said St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. spokesman Andrew Bogora.

“The leak did not spread very far … there was some egress from Lock 5 into Lock 4,” he said, adding the fluid’s movement between the two locks was due to the way they are arranged,” he added.

He said it’s possible a very small amount of the thin fluid made it beyond Lock 4, and if it had, people looking at the canal would have noticed a slight sheen on the water. “The leak was generally contained to Lock 5 though.”

Locks 4 and 5 are part of the flight locks in Thorold, and includes Lock 6. All three are twinned. Bogora said the spill took place in Lock 5 east, and was unrelated to ongoing work on the west flight locks.

The west flight locks are currently being upgraded to a hands-free mooring system, which sees a unit extend from a lock wall to a vertical position and attach double-pads to a smooth area on a ship hull’s surface. Once attached, vacuum suction is used to create a grip to keep a vessel secure, and the unit adjusts to rising or falling water levels in a lock by gliding up or down on track rails recessed within the lock’s concrete wall.

“Navigation in that specific area was closed until 1 p.m. Sunday and that backed up the canal,” said Bogora. Two-way canal traffic resumed at 4:35 p.m. Sunday, and he said the canal was back to normal on Monday.

As for the spill, he said a hydraulic fitting was the cause and it was fixed while seaway crews cleaned up the spill.

There are different parts of the lock that are controlled hydraulically, including the hands-free mooring system and lock gates, but Bogora did not know where the fitting that failed was located.

Welland Tribune

 

DTE Energy to shut coal plants, cut carbon emissions by 80 percent

5/17 - DTE Energy Co said on Tuesday it will build more natural gas and renewable power plants and shut all of its coal units by 2040, reducing carbon emissions by more than 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050.

The Belle River Power Plant will be retired in 2030 and the Monroe Power Plant will be retired in 2040. The company had previously announced that the St Clair, River Rouge and Trenton power plants will be retired by 2023. DTE will be coal-free when the Monroe Plant is closed. All the coal-fired plants will be replaced by new natural gas fired power plants along with new renewable energy sources.

The plants currently receive their coal via lake freighter.

“We have concluded that not only is the 80 percent reduction goal achievable – it is achievable in a way that keeps Michigan's power affordable and reliable," DTE's chairman and chief executive officer, Gerry Anderson, said in a statement.

Detroit-based DTE said its efforts to cut carbon emissions will result in a 30 percent reduction by the early 2020s, 45 percent by 2030, 75 percent by 2040 and more than 80 percent by 2050.

The company said it will achieve these reductions by adding more renewable energy, transitioning its 24/7 power sources from coal to gas and continuing to operate its zero-emission Fermi 2 nuclear power plant.

Reuters

 

Port Reports -  May 17

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth early Tuesday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy. Muntgracht arrived during the early afternoon and docked in the Port Terminal slip to discharge general cargo. Edgar B. Speer arrived during the evening and stopped at Calumet to fuel. Blacky continued loading at Riverland, while Trudy remained at Port Terminal discharging clay. In Superior, Michipicoten departed around noon, and Baie Comeau began loading. She was expected to depart very late Tuesday night, and Edgar B. Speer was next in line to load.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Juno, Federal Ruhr and Federal Welland were at anchor Tuesday evening. At docks: CSL Niagara, Thunder Bay and Tecumseh. Departed: Algowood, CSL St-Laurent. Due: Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic Tuesday included Frontenac, American Integrity, tug Undaunted / barge Pere Marquete 41 and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. John G. Munson was upbound in the early afternoon. Stewart J. Cort and Hon. James L. Oberstar and Herbert C. Jackson were due upbound at DeTour in the late evening. Algoma Transport spent the day at Essar.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The barge Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted were expected to arrive on Tuesday in the early evening to load. Two vessels are expected for Wednesday with the first being Algoma Olympic making a rare appearance. They are due in the mid-afternoon, followed by Joseph L. Block also on Wednesday in the early evening.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Tuesday and none expected to arrive until Wednesday when three vessels are due. First will be Joseph L. Block in the early morning followed by Wilfred Sykes at noon. The Calumet is due in the evening to load.

Green Bay, Wis.
Calumet and Alpena were unloading Tuesday night.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Tug Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation arrived about 1:30 a.m. Sunday night. They finished unloading cement and departed Monday evening. Tuesday Kaye E. Barker arrived about 4:30 p.m., found a berth north of the heavy-lift dock on Jones Island, and began unloading.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Satsuki departed Burns Harbor Tuesday evening for Duluth. Burns Harbor was due in the late evening. Sedna Desgagnes remained in port Tuesday. Federal Rideau and Fraserborg were in S. Chicago. There were no vessels at Gary or Indiana Harbor.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Tuesday and none were expected to arrive until Wednesday in the early morning when the barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort are due. Also expected Wednesday are the tug Olive L. Moore and barge Menominee in the evening to load. Due Thursday will be Great Republic in the early morning. There are no vessels scheduled for Friday. Rounding out the schedule is a return visit from the tug Olive L. Moore and barge Menominee on Saturday morning.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
American Spirit was due Tuesday in the early evening to load at the South Dock. This is their second trip to Calcite in less than a week, with their first load going to Buffington, Ind. There are no vessels scheduled Wednesday. Three vessels are due Thursday with two being early morning arrivals – H. Lee White for both the South and the North Docks followed by the barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann for the North Dock. Philip R. Clarke is due on Thursday during the early afternoon for the South Dock.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoway backed in at 10 a.m. Tuesday to load salt for Green Bay. She departed in the early evening.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
Algolake is due at the CSX Coal Dock to load on Wednesday during the morning. Also due at CSX is the American Mariner on Wednesday in the early evening. Kaye E. Barker is due at CSX on Saturday to load in the mid-afternoon and the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victoy are due at CSX on Sunday in the early evening. A change at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock now has the Whitefish Bay arriving on May 21 in the evening followed now by the Algolake on May 27 in the early morning. At the Torco Dock, Kaye E. Barker is due on May 20 in the early afternoon. Also due at Torco on May 20 is the Joseph H. Thompson in the early evening to unload. Cuyahoga was unloading a grain cargo at the Kraft Foods Elevator on Tuesday.

Regional and Welland Canal transits for Tuesday - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke, Ont.
Arrival at dock: Dara Desgagnes at approximately 0611.

Buffalo, N.Y.
Departure: Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 1340.

Welland Canal upbound
Federal Alster (Mhl) at 0209, CSL Laurentien at 0630, Algolake at 0635, Tim S. Dool at 0850 and Sichem Defiance (Mhl) at 1146 (ex Songa Defiance-07, North Defiance-06) and CCGS Kelso at 1315

Welland Canal downbound
Algoma Guardian at 0055, BBC Brazil departed Port Colborne anchorage at 1648 and Algoma Enterprise at 1655

Port Weller anchorage.
Federal Yukon (Mhl) anchored Port Weller at 0901and departed 1220 eastbound

Port Colborne anchorage
BBC Brazil (Atg) anchored at 0156 and departed for the canal at 1655

Hamilton, Ont.
Arrivals: tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0110, Algoma Guardian at 1505. Departures: CSL Laurentien at 0405, Tim S. Dool at 0645 and Chem Norma (Mhl) at 1340 for Portsmouth, USA. At docks: Stella Polaris (Nld), Maccoa (Cyp) and Algoma Spirit. On Heddle dry dock: Pelee Islander

Toronto, Ont.
Departure: Stephen B. Roman at 1015. Arrival: English River at 1637

Clarkson, Ont.
Arrival: Robert S. Pierson at 0942, departed 2030 eastbound for Colborne. At anchor: Sarah Desgagnes

Bronte, Ont.
Departure: Algocanada at 1520 eastbound

Picton, Ont.
Arrival: Stephen B. Roman at approximately 2040

Colborne:
Arrival: Robert S. Pierson at 0330 May 17

Bath, Ont.
Departure: English River at 0310 for Toronto

 

Crowd gathers for Fishermen's Memorial Service and Blessing of the Nets

5/17 - Port Dover, Ont. – A weekend ceremony continued a tradition for a community that was built by the commercial fishing industry. The Fishermen’s Memorial Service and Blessing of the Nets attracted more than 180 people to Riverfront Park in Port Dover.

The ceremony is important to the community for many reasons, said Mary Ellen DuPon, who helped organize Saturday’s event. “It brings people together to remember those we have lost and to pray for a new season of abundance and safety,” DuPon said. “The ceremony reflects who we are as a community – a community that was built by the fishing industry and a community that has suffered loss. It is dangerous work and we want to take time to remember those we have lost to the water over years.”

Among those remembered was James C. MacDonald, a deckhand on the Edna K who went fishing on the morning of his daughter’s wedding on Nov. 27, 1907. Known as Square Jim, he went missing a couple of miles from the Lake Erie shore and his body was never recovered.

“Born in Bayfield, and a hero of Lake Huron, Jim had been awarded the President’s Gratitude Medal by Grover Cleveland in 1885,” Peggy Guiler wrote. “He and others of the crew on the Iowa had rescued the crew of a barge which had broken away in the storm.

“The Iowa crew found the barge crew lashing to the rigging, nearly frozen but still alive, about 100 miles north of Goderich”

The ceremony, which has its roots in Hastings, England, travelled to Port Dover with immigrants from Hastings who helped build the community, DuPon said. Locally, there have been years when the ceremony hasn’t been held but it has always made a comeback, she added.

Brantford Expositor

 

Family concert on board USS Niagara at museum Saturday

5/17 - Toledo, Ohio – The National Museum of the Great Lakes will host a concert of 19th century sea chantys by the Bay City Boys on Saturday May 20 at 6:30 p.m. The concert will be performed on board the USS Niagara, which will be docked at the museum this weekend for private events.

Admission to the concert includes a deck tour of the USS Niagara once the concert is over. The museum is billing the event as a family concert in part because of its generous family ticket price of $35 for two adults and all children under the age of 18. This includes the deck tours of the boat. Tickets can be purchased at 419-214-5000 extension 200 or go to www.inlandseas.org

National Museum of the Great Lakes

 

Toronto Island closed until further notice due to high water levels

5/17 - Toronto, Ont. – A significant portion of Toronto Island likely won’t be up and running until at least July as the city deals with rising water levels. In a news release issued Tuesday, the city said Toronto Island Park and all three beaches—Hanlan’s Point, Gibraltar Point and Centre Island—remain closed due to flooding until further notice.

All Toronto Island Park permits up to June 30 have been cancelled and Centreville will remain closed until at least June 30. The city says staff are currently monitoring the situation and plan to work with the amusement park operator to open as soon as water levels have receded to safe levels.

“This spring, Toronto experienced high levels of rainfall and as a result, Lake Ontario and watershed levels throughout the city continue to rise. The City has been working closely with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to monitor Lake Ontario water levels, which are expected to rise, even without further rainfall, for several more weeks,” the news release read.

“Even at the current levels, experts advise it will likely take several weeks for the water to subside.”

Ferry access to Toronto Island Park is currently restricted to residents and select personnel. Many amenities on Toronto Island Park, including parks, trails, beaches and businesses are also closed due to flooding. That includes Centreville Amusement Park, a popular attraction for tourists and families during the spring and summer.

CP24

 

With warmer air temperatures, Coast Guard warns boaters of cold water risks

5/17 - Detroit, Mich. – The Coast Guard is reminding boaters to prepare for cold water despite warmer air temperatures. Although air temperatures are predicted to exceed 80 degrees this week, water temperatures from Lake Huron to Lake Erie are still only in the high 40s and low 50s. Warm and sunny days may lead to an increase of boaters, but water temperatures are still cold.

The Coast Guard urges boaters preparing to get back out on the water this season to take caution and give proper attention to the risks of drowning and hypothermia from being immersed in cold water.

“Even if boaters don’t plan to enter the cold water that still persists throughout the Great Lakes, they should be prepared for emergencies where they might find themselves unexpectedly in the water,” said Cmdr. Robert Berry, chief of response at Coast Guard Sector Detroit.

The Coast Guard urges boaters to follow these cold water safety tips:

• Always wear a life jacket, and be sure there is one for each passenger on board. Wearing a life jacket can prevent a person from becoming completely submerged if falling into the cold water, and help prevent involuntarily inhaling water from the natural gasp reflex, which can cause drowning. A life jacket can keep you afloat and dramatically increase your chances of survival.

• Dress appropriately for the water temperatures and not the air temperatures when going out onto the water.

• Whether powerboat, sail or paddlecraft, make your on-water activities social. Share where you're going and when you'll be back with family and friends; file a floatplan.

• Use the buddy system and never go out on the water alone.

• Wear reflective clothing to make it easier for searchers to spot you if you fall overboard.

• Carry and register a Personal Locator Beacon in addition to a VHF-FM marine radio to immediately alert the Coast Guard and local response agencies of potential distress.

“Hypothermia is real, and it can kill you,” said Cmdr. Harry Ko, senior medical officer for the Coast Guard’s Ninth District. "Hypothermia occurs when the core temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit and can occur in as little as 15 minutes - every organ system is affected. Cold water can cause muscle cramping, increase in heart rate, elevated blood pressure and death. It is important to note that small children and people with preexisting heart conditions are more at risk.”

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Group Ocean acquires ex-CCSG Tracy

5/16 - The CCGS Tracy has been sold to Groupe Ocean and officially renamed Ocean Tracy, according to the Transport Canada register of Canadian ships. She remains docked at the Prescott Coast Guard base, but work has been underway to prepare her for a trip down the river.

Ron Beaupre

 

Port Reports -  May 16

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
On Monday morning in Duluth, sister ships American Integrity and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed after loading at CN and Midwest Energy respectively. Baie Comeau arrived during the afternoon, and stopped at Calumet to fuel. Blacky continued loading at Riverland, while Trudy remained at Port Terminal discharging her clay cargo. At the Burlington Northern dock in Superior, Michipicoten arrived during the afternoon and began loading. Baie Comeau was at anchor near the dock Monday night waiting for Michipicoten to complete loading.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Juno, Federal Ruhr and Federal Welland were at anchor Monday evening. At docks: CSL St-Laurent, Thunder Bay, Algowood.

St. Marys River
On a calm Monday evening, Saginaw, Algonova and Whitefish Bay were downbound. Edgar B. Speer, Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort and Tecumseh were headed up, followed several hours later by Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin.

Muskegon, Mich.
Algosteel arrived with salt Monday night.

Southern Lake Michigan
Joseph L. Block was at Indiana Harbor Monday night. Stewart J. Cort was departing Burns Harbor, with Lee A. Tregurtha, Sedna Desgagnes, Federal Satsuki and Anglian Lady/barge docked.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
A busy Monday had the Kaye E. Barker loading and due to depart around 2 p.m. The Philip R. Clarke was also due in for Monday in the morning and would get the dock following the Barker. Following the Philip R. Clarke, John G. Munson was also expected on Monday in the late morning and would get the dock following the Philip R. Clarke. Expected in the early afternoon on Monday to load were the tug Olive L. Moore and barge Menominee. They would get the dock following the Munson. There are no vessels due Tuesday. Two vessels are scheduled for Wednesday, with the first being the barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort in the early morning followed by a return visit from the tug Olive L. Moore and barge Menominee.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Monday and none are expected until Wednesday when the H. Lee White is due at noon to load at the South Dock. Two vessels are scheduled for Thursday, with the first being the barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann in the early morning hours for the North Dock. Philip R. Clarke is also due in for Thursday during the morning hours for the South Dock.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
The barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory are due to arrive at the Torco Dock on Tuesday in the early morning. Also due at Torco is the Kaye E. Barker on May 20 in the morning. At the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock the Whitefish Bay is due on May 22 in the early morning and the Frontenac is also due on June 17 in the early morning. Algolake is due at the CSX Coal Dock to load on Wednesday in the late morning. Also due at CSX is American Mariner just after midnight on Thursday. Rounding out the schedule are the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory, due at CSX on Friday in the late morning to load.

Regional and Welland Canal transits for Monday - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke, Ont.
Departure: Algoscotia at 1008 eastbound. Arrival: Dara Desgagnes at approximately 2155.

Buffalo-Tonawanda, N.Y.
Tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware arrived at 0644 and departed at 0851 down Black Rock Canal. They arrived at Tonawanda at 1330.

Welland Canal upbound
Floragracht (Nld), Oakglen eta 0212, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement - departed wharf 2, Federal Churchill (Mhl) eta 1315 -anchored - pilot at 1615.

Welland Canal downbound
Federal Cedar (Mhl), CSL Assiniboine, Mississagi, Taiga Desgagnes, Pacific Huron (Atg) - anchored 1143 awaiting lake pilot, Florence Spirit, arrivals today: Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 0223, Algoma Spirit at 0336, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1403, Algoscotia at 1302, Esta Desgagnes at 1250, Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 1602, Federal Yukon (Mhl) at 2200.

Hamilton, Ont.
Arrivals: Tim S. Dool at 0130, Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0445, Chem Norma ( Mhl) at 1105, CSL Laurentien at 1745, and Algoma Spirit at 2036 - on Heddle dry dock - Pelee Islander.

Clarkson, Ont.
Departed: Robert S. Pierson at 0847 eastbound. Sarah Desgagnes at anchor off Clarkson.

Bronte, Ont.
Arrival: Algocanada at 0553.

Bath, Ont.
Arrival: English River at approximately 0800.

 

Brig Niagara sets sail on round of port visits Tuesday

5/16 - Erie, Pa. – Its shakedown and crew training sails are done. A U.S. Coast Guard inspection is complete, and the first school-day events of the summer sailing season went well.

U.S. Brig Niagara Capt. Billy Sabatini and his crew are now preparing to take Erie’s flagship on its first extended Great Lakes voyage in 2017 beginning Tuesday as a college “History Under Sail″ program. Nineteen college students will join 16 professional crew members on an 11-day sail that will feature port visits to Cleveland, Toledo, Ohio, and Put-in-Bay, Ohio.

The Niagara, a sail-training vessel under U.S. Coast Guard inspection, is scheduled to depart Tuesday morning for Cleveland. Sabatini said the Niagara is scheduled to return to Erie from its Lake Erie voyage in the morning on May 27. Later that afternoon, the vessel will participate in its first public day sail from 1 to 5 p.m. Niagara public day sails also are scheduled for May 28 and May 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. each day.

At its May 4 U.S. Coast Guard inspection, the Niagara came away with high marks. “The Coast Guard said the Niagara sets the standard for the industry, Sabatini said.

This season’s sailing schedule includes visits to Put-in-Bay, Ohio, June 16-18; Bath, Ontario, July 6-9; Sorel Tracy, Quebec, July 14-16; Quebec City, Quebec, July 18-23; Rochester, New York, July 28-31; Port Colborne, Ontario, Aug. 4-6; Put-in-Bay, Ohio, Aug. 16-17; and Cleveland, Aug. 19-20.

Sabatini said the Niagara’s summer sailing schedule is laden with visits to Canadian ports due to the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. At the end of the 2016 sailing season in October, the Niagara sailed to Cleveland’s Great Lakes Towing Co., where the ship underwent nearly three weeks of maintenance.

GoErie.com

 

Updates -  May 16

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Today in Great Lakes History -  May 16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Welland Canal closed, traffic delayed

5/15 - A breakdown in the flight locks stopped traffic for about 22 hours from 3:30 p.m. Saturday to about 1 p.m. on Sunday. Traffic was limited to the west side locks only. The Federal Cedar was delayed in Lock 5 from about 1:50 p.m. Saturday until 8 p.m. Sunday.

Barry Andersen

 

Port Reports -  May 15

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Integrity arrived Duluth early Sunday morning to load iron ore pellets. Algowood departed a few hours later after unloading salt. During the afternoon, Blacky arrived from anchor and headed to Riverland to load wheat. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived later in the evening to load at Midwest Energy. Trudy continued discharging at the Port Terminal. In Superior, Whitefish Bay loaded on Sunday and departed during the afternoon. Algoma Discovery arrived soon after and began loading at BN.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The Great Republic arrived at Port Inland early on Mother's Day Sunday to load a stone cargo. Due on Monday is the Wilfred Sykes during the early morning followed by two afternoon arrivals, the barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann during the noon hour followed by the Algoway also on Monday in the early afternoon.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The Wilfred Sykes arrived at Cedarville early on Mother's Day Sunday to load a stone cargo. At anchor was the barge Erie Trader along with the tug Clyde S. Van Enkevort who would get the dock upon the Sykes' departure. The barge Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted are expected to arrive on Tuesday in the late afternoon to load.

Grand Haven, Mich. – Sam Hankinson
On Sunday, Calumet was inbound with coal for the power plant and Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder were unloading at Verplank’s.

Buffington, Ind. – Denny Dushane
The American Steamship Co. 1,000 footer American Spirit made a very rare visit early on Sunday morning to unload a limestone cargo from Calcite. This visit by the American Spirit is noteworthy as at 1,004 feet in length she now becomes the longest, largest vessel ever for the Port of Buffington, as in the past the port has been serviced by numerous vessels mostly from the Great Lakes Fleet along with a few Canadian vessels. The only other vessel about the size of the American Spirit that has unloaded in Buffington in the past was the tug/barge combo Presque Isle, however it is believed the American Spirit's cargo may be more than what the Presque Isle has unloaded in Buffington in the past.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Kaye E. Barker was expected to arrive in the early evening to load. Three vessels are due in for Monday with two being early morning arrivals. Due in first will be the Philip R. Clarke followed by the John G. Munson. The barge Menominee along with the tug Olive L. Moore are also due to arrive on Monday in the mid-afternoon on their first trip from winter lay-up in Toledo and will also be the barge Menominee's first cargo with that name after being renamed this past spring from the Lewis J. Kuber.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The American Mariner remained at Calcite loaded on Sunday but they did not have a departure time due to weather. There are no further vessels due in until Wednesday when the H. Lee White is expected at Noon for the South and the North Docks. Two vessels are also scheduled for Thursday with the first being the barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann in the early morning for the North Dock followed later in the morning by the Philip R. Clarke for the South Dock.

Saginaw River – Gordy Garris
Cuyahoga made its first visit to the Saginaw River for the 2017 shipping season late Saturday night. Cuyahoga became the first visitor to the upper Saginaw River, passing through downtown Bay City around 11 p.m. After an overnight unload of stone at the Buena Vista dock, Cuyahoga turned around at the Sixth Street basin and headed back outbound to the lake from Saginaw around 10 a.m. Sunday morning.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading at the CSX Coal Dock nor were there any at the Torco Dock and Midwest Terminal Stone Dock on Sunday. Due at the CSX Coal Dock is the American Mariner on Monday in the early evening to load. Also due at CSX is the Algolake on Wednesday in the morning. The barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory are due at CSX on May 19 during the early morning and the Kaye E. Barker is due at CSX on May 20 at noon. At the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock, the Whitefish Bay is due to arrive on May 22 in the early morning and the Frontenac is also due on June 17 in the early morning as well. Due at the Torco Dock is the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory on Monday in teh early evening. The Kaye E. Barker rounds out the schedule and they are due at Torco on May 20 in the early morning hours. The tug Olive L. Moore and barge Menominee departed from winter lay-up early on Sunday morning. They were headed to Stoneport for their first load of the season. In port on Sunday was the tug Michigan/barge Great Lakes.

Erie, Pa.
Indiana Harbor arrived at the Donjon shipyard Sunday for unspecified repairs. Regional and Welland Canal transits for Sunday - Barry Andersen

Welland Canal upbound
Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1745 May 13th, Finnborg (Nld) anchored at 0743 - departed 1649, John D. Leitch at 0925, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1004, Floragracht (Nld) anchored at 0930 for approximately 10 hours.

Welland Canal downbound
May 14th - tug John Marshall & barge Lake Trader departed wharf 17 at 0557 - westbound - May 13th arrivals: Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 0900 - delayed in lock 5 east from 1530 on May 13 until Sunday evening, May 13th arrivals - Manitoulin at 1310, Tim S. Dool at 1429, CSL Assiniboine at 0582, Mississagi at 0945, Taiga Desgagnes at 1620, arrivals - Pacific Huron (Atg) anchored at 0644 May 13th and inbound early Sunday afternoon, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at wharf 16 on May 13th at 1340 and Florence Spirit anchored May 13th at 1800 - departed anchorage on May 14th about 2130.

Hamilton, Ont.
Arrival: Maccoa (Cyp) at 1135 from Hamburg, Germany. At docks: Federal Churchill (Mhl), light tug Everlast. At Heddle Drydock - Pelee Islander

Bronte, Ont.
Arrival: Algocanada at 1546

Clarkson, Ont.
Arrival: Sarah Desgagnes at 2300 on May 13th. Robert S. Pierson late evening on May 14.

Toronto, Ont.
Arrival: Stephen B. Roman at 1335.

Bath, Ont.
Departure: English River at 0705 approximately westbound.

Oswego: N.Y.
Arrival: English River at 1253.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Great Lakes shipping season off to a solid start

5/14 - Duluth, Minn. – The Great Lakes shipping season is off to a solid start in 2017, thanks to a mild winter and an upsurge in iron ore exports. The latest figures from the St. Lawrence Seaway indicate that total cargo shipments via the Seaway during the first six weeks of the shipping season were up 8 percent from the same period a year ago. The season began March 20.

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority is seeing that trend with increased vessel traffic in Duluth and Superior, Wis., said spokeswoman Adele Yorde. Final April tonnage numbers are not available yet, she said, but show a similar upswing in several commodities.

“With the light ice season at this end of the lakes, we were really able to get started right on schedule,” she said. “We had some strong grain [shipments] through here already this spring, but in March particularly it was iron ore that was up significantly,” Yorde said, running 45 percent more than last year for that time period.

Bruce Burrows, president of the Chamber of Marine Commerce, a binational industry group, said that U.S. iron ore pellet exports to Japan and China that started in the fourth quarter have continued this spring.

Year-to-date iron ore shipments via the St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 800,000 metric tons, he said, up 70 percent over 2016 levels during the same time.

The taconite pellets are typically loaded onto U.S. or Canadian domestic carriers at Minnesota ports and shipped to Quebec, where the cargo is transferred to larger oceangoing vessels for transport to Asia.

Road salt shipments via the Seaway between March 20 and April 30 totaled 432,000 metric tons, officials said, up 20 percent over the same period in 2016.

“Actually, it seems like the 2016 shipping season never really ended,” said John Loftus, executive director of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority. “With the mild weather that we experienced, barge loads of steel continued in January and February with both domestic and Canadian shipments.”

Overall on the Great Lakes, shipments were down about 4.5 percent in 2016, the report said. Iron ore began to pick up toward the end of the year as mining and steel production increased, but coal shipments fell by more than 26 percent.

Low natural gas prices and retirement of coal-fired power plants, especially in Canada, have caused western coal sent through Duluth to fall dramatically during the past several years.

Coal, grain and iron ore are the three largest commodity groups shipped from the Twin Ports each year, according to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority’s records. In 2016, about 30 million tons of products moved to and from Duluth and Superior on 707 vessels, a decrease of nearly 8.5 percent compared to 2015.

“We’re all cautiously optimistic at this end that this is going to be a stronger year based on how the year started,” Yorde said.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

Port Reports -  May 14

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Saturday and none were expected to arrive and load until Sunday when the Great Republic is expected in the early morning followed by the Wilfred Sykes also on Sunday in the late evening. The Algoway is due to arrive on Monday in the early afternoon hours.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Michipicoten arrived Saturday in the late morning hours to load. Two vessels are expected to arrive for Sunday with the first one being the Wilfred Sykes in the early morning hours along with the barge Erie Trader and tug Clyde S. Van Enkevort also during the early morning. The barge Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted are due to arrive on Tuesday in the late afternoon.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The barge Ashtabula and tug Defiance were expected to arrive on Saturday in the early evening to load. Two late afternoon arrivals are expected for Sunday with the tug Olive L. Moore and barge Menominee expected first and they will be followed by the Kaye E. Barker. Another two vessels are due for Monday both early morning arrivals with the Philip R. Clarke due first followed by the John G. Munson. Due in for Tuesday is a return visit by the tug Olive L. Moore and barge Menominee in the late evening hours to load. The barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort rounds out the schedule and they are due in for Wednesday in the early morning.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoway loaded salt Saturday and departed for Marinette, Wis.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
CSL Laurentien remained at the CSX Coal Dock loading on Saturday as they arrived on Friday and were waiting on transit coal to arrive. Also due at CSX is the American Mariner on Monday in the early evening followed by the Algolake on May 17 in the early morning. Two vessels are due to arrive at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock with the first being the Whitefish Bay on May 22 in the early morning followed by the Frontenac on June 17 also in the early morning. At the Torco Dock, the barge James L. Kuber and the tug Victory are due there on Monday in the early evening followed also by the Kaye E. Barker on May 20 in the early morning. In port at the time of this report was the tug Michigan and barge Great Lakes.

Regional and Welland Canal transits for May 13 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke, Ont.
Arrival - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin on May 12 at 2227 - departure - on May 13 at 0659 westbound

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals: CSL Niagara, Atlantic Huron, Algoma Transport at 0057, Fairchem Friesian (Mhl) at 0208, Muntgracht (Nld) at 0556, Tecumseh at 1215, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1745

Welland Canal downbound:
Algolake (departed wharf 2 at 0027), English River, Radcliffe R. Latimer at 0229, tug John Marshall & barge Lake Trader at 0716 - unloading at wharf 17, Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 0900, Manitoulin at 1310, Tim S. Dool at 1429, Taiga Desgagnes at 1620, Florence Spirit at 1800, Pacific Huron (Atg) and CSL Assiniboine.

Hamilton, Ont.
Departure: Algoma Transport on May 12 at 2220 - at docks: Federal Churchill (Mhl), light tug Everlast - and at Heddle Drydock - Pelee Islander

Bronte, Ont.
Departure: Maria Desgagnes at 0314 eastbound

Clarkson, Ont.
Arrival: Robert S. Pierson at 1124

Bowmanville, Ont.
Departure: tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1405 westbound - arrival tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1410

Colborne, Ont.
Departure: Robert S. Pierson westbound

Oswego, N.Y.
Departure: Stephen B. Roman at 1251

Picton, Ont.
Arrival: Stephen B. Roman about 1700

Bath, Ont.
English River - late Saturday evening

 

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

5/14 - For the first half of the 20th century, the dream of harnessing the St. Lawrence River to the twin ends of large-vessel transport and hydroelectric generation must have seemed as timeless and enduring as the mighty waterway itself.

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

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

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

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

As Carleton Mabee wrote in 1961 in his book The Seaway Story, conquering the shoals, currents, shallows and rapids meant expropriating land, “lifting bridges, moving houses, railways and factories out of the way; it meant building canals, dikes, dams and locks; it meant re-planning old towns and creating entirely new towns . . .”

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

 

Senator says deal struck to dredge Port of Ogdensburg

5/14 - Ogdensburg, N.Y. – The green light has finally been given for dredging of the St. Lawrence River to begin at the Port of Ogdensburg as early as next year, according to U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.

Sen. Schumer said Thursday that the acting secretary of Army civil works will sign an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers by the end of this year that will provide federal funds to begin a long-awaited project to deepen the Ogdensburg Harbor.

A sign-off on the existing Project Partnership Agreement between the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority and the Army Corps of Engineers means that the port deepening initiative will enter the implementation phase this year, with a contract awarded in the spring of 2018. The anticipated completion of the dredging is set for the end of 2018, according Sen. Schumer’s office.

Deepening the Ogdensburg Harbor, last dredged in 1984, will ease congestion, reduce shipping costs and unlock new business opportunities for the north country, according to state and federal officials.

Sen. Schumer called the infrastructure investment “critical” and said the dredging will allow the Port of Ogdensburg to continue to play a key role in the region’s economy. He said the dredging plan will help keep the channel navigable so that it can continue to be a major hub of job creation and economic activity.

The Port of Ogdensburg is the only U.S. port on the St. Lawrence Seaway and is the closest U.S. Seaway Port to Europe, according to OBPA officials. It is also the northernmost port in New York state.

Deepening the port rectifies more than three decades of bureaucratic red tape and will help the OBPA make upgrades to allow multiple ships to dock at the same time, according to officials.

Watertown Daily Times

 

Tall ships will return to Erie in 2019

5/14 - Erie, Pa. – Flagship Niagara League officials have finalized dates and times for their Tall Ships Erie festival in 2019. The four-day event, which organizers are hoping will feature appearances by at least 10 ships, is scheduled for Aug. 22-25 on Erie’s bayfront in downtown Erie.

Eight Great Lakes ports are scheduled to host Tall Ships festivals in the summer of 2019. The Flagship Niagara League has hosted Tall Ships Erie festivals in 2010, 2013 and 2016.

The tall ships appearing at the 2019 event will dock at the Bayfront Convention Center and at the Erie Maritime Museum. Check www.flagshipniagara.org for periodic updates.

GoErie.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Port Reports -  May 13

Marquette, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The ASC 1,000 footer American Integrity arrived at the Upper Harbor on Friday in the mid-afternoon to unload coal.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Friday and none were expected to arrive until Saturday when the Great Republic is expected during the late evening hours to load. The Wilfred Sykes is due to arrive on Sunday in the late afternoon and the Algoway rounds out the schedule and they are due in for Monday in the early afternoon.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann were due to arrive at Midnight on Friday evening to load. Two vessels are expected to arrive on Saturday with the Michipicoten being the first one in the early morning followed by the Wilfred Sykes in the late evening.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Federal Satsuki departed for Burns Harbor at about 9:25 p.m. Thursday. Alpena left only minutes later, going out the river mouth at 9:37 p.m., headed for Calumet Harbor. Great Republic arrived from Indiana Harbor before 11 on Friday morning and berthed south of Nidera grain in the inner harbor, unloading. Algosteel arrived about noon on Friday with salt from Goderich, Ont., at Jones Island in the inner harbor.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
The Alpena was in port Tuesday afternoon loading cement at Lafarge. Friday afternoon the Cuyahoga delivered the first load of salt of the season for the Alpena Oil Dock. The Cuyahoga finished unloading around 6pm and backed out of the river to head out into the bay. The tug Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation is expected to arrive at Lafarge on Saturday.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Friday and none were expected to arrive. Two vessels are due Saturday with the barge Ashtabula and tug Defiance due at noon followed by the tug Olive L. Moore and barge Menominee during the late evening hours on Saturday. Three vessels are expected to arrive for Sunday with the John G. Munson due first in the late afternoon followed by the Kaye E. Barker in the early evening. The Philip R. Clarke is also due in for Sunday in the late evening hours. There are no vessels scheduled for both Monday and Tuesday.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
A very busy Friday saw the ASC 1,000 footer American Spirit continue to load at the South Dock. They were expected to depart from the dock around 4 p.m. on Friday. Three other vessels were expected to arrive and load on Friday with the first one being the John G. Munson in the late morning for the North Dock. The Philip R. Clarke was due in the early afternoon for the South Dock following the American Spirit's departure. Also due in for Friday was the Lee A. Tregurtha in the evening for the South Dock and they would get the dock following the Clarke's departure.

Regional and Welland Canal transits for May 12 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke, Ont.
Arrival - Algoma Olympic May 11 at 1855 - departed May 12 at 0506 westbound

Buffalo, N.Y.
Departure - English River at 0833 for the Welland Canal

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals: tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0329, Baie Comeau at 0542, Dara Desgagnes eta 0551, HHL Rhine (Atg) at 0711, Mississagi at 0820, Taagborg (Nld) at 0825, Capt. Henry Jackman at 1353, Thunder Bay at 1655, Fairchem Friesian (Mhl) at 1750 - (anchored at 1824 to await a pilot), CSL Niagara at 1930 and Atlantic Huron at 2255

Welland Canal downbound:
Algolake (stopped at wharf 2 at 0511, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II, Cedarglen, Algoma Hansa eta 0830, Sten Baltic (Nor) eta 0915, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement eta 1034 and English River eta 1350 (stopped wharf 12 at 1519).

Hamilton, Ont.
Departure: tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2350 on 5.11 - Arrival: Algoma Transport - At docks: Federal Churchill (Mhl), light tug Everlast - Pelee Islander at Heddle Drydock

Bronte, Ont.
Arrival: Maria Desgagnes on May 11 at 2344

Toronto, Ont.
Arriva: Baie Comeau May 11 at 2014, departed May 12 at 0430 westbound

Bowmanville, Ont.
Arrival: Capt. Henry Jackman at 0905, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1423 - departure: Capt. Henry Jackman May 12 late morning for the Canal

Colborne, Ont.
Departure: Robert S. Pierson westbound

Oswego, N.Y.
Arrival: Stephen B. Roman at 1641

Picton, Ont.
Departure - Stephen B. Roman late morning westbound. At dock: tug Evans McKeil & barge Huron Spirit

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Coast Guard medevacs sick crewmember from Joseph H. Thompson

5/12 - Cleveland, Ohio – U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Detroit medically evacuated a man experiencing a life-threatening illness aboard a cargo vessel in lower Lake Erie near Marblehead, Ohio, Wednesday afternoon.

At 3 p.m., the Joseph H. Thompson notified a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Detroit that a crewmember was suffering symptoms of a life-threatening condition aboard the vessel and needed immediate medical attention.

After consulting with a Coast Guard flight surgeon, a rescue air crew launched from Air Station Detroit in an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and a rescue boat crew launched from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, aboard a 45-foot response boat. An emergency medical technician traveled with the response boat, boarded the cargo vessel with the crew, and was able to better assess the man.

Once on scene with the cargo vessel, the aircrew hoisted the man into the helicopter then transported him to Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, Ohio. The man was last known to be in stable condition.

USCG

 

John B. Aird tow leaves Montreal for scrapyard

5/12 - The deep-sea tug VB Hispania departed Montreal early Thursday morning with the John B., formerly the John B. Aird, enroute to the scrapyard in Aliaga, Turkey. They have an ETA of June 16, according to AIS.

Denny Dushane, Rene Beauchamp

 

Port Reports -  May 12

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Hon. James L. Oberstar and American Integrity arrived Duluth early Thursday morning, the former to discharge limestone and the latter to load coal. The Oberstar departed via the Superior entry during the early afternoon, and headed for Two Harbors to load. During the evening, American Integrity departed from Midwest Energy, Joseph L. Block departed from CN, and Algoma Enterprise arrived to discharge salt at Hallett #8. Federal Kumano finished loading at CHS 1 late Thursday evening, and departed for Montreal. Her fleetmate Federal Yukon, which was anchored off Duluth, was expected to arrive to load wheat at CHS. Also due late Thursday was the Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. VanEnkevort, which was carrying a load of stone for the Graymont dock. Stewart J. Cort was at the Port Terminal waiting to load in Superior. At the BN dock, Edgar B. Speer, Michipicoten, and Algoma Spirit all loaded on Thursday. Stewart J. Cort was next in line, to be followed by Algoma Guardian.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
Fleetmates Edwin H. Gott and Roger Blough loaded ore at the CN dock in Two Harbors on Thursday. Hon. James L. Oberstar arrived during the late afternoon to load, after discharging stone in Duluth earlier in the day.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Cuyahoga was heading in to load Thursday night.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Thursday and none are expected to arrive until Saturday when the Great Republic is due in the early evening. Two vessels are scheduled for Sunday, with the Wilfred Sykes arriving at noon followed by the American Mariner in the early evening

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Thursday and none were expected to arrive until Saturday when the Michipicoten is expected in the early morning to load. The Wilfred Sykes is also due in for Saturday in the early evening. The tug Clyde S. Van Enkevort and barge Erie Trader are expected to arrive on Sunday in the early morning hours to load.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Thursday and none expected to arrive until Saturday when two are expected. Due in first Saturday is the barge Ashtabula and tug Defiance at noon. They will be followed by the tug Olive L. Moore and barge Menominee in the late evening on Saturday. Due in for Sunday are three vessels, with the first one to arrive being the John G. Munson in the late afternoon followed in the early evening by the Kaye E. Barker. The Philip R. Clarke is also due on Sunday during the late evening hours. There are no vessels scheduled for Monday, May 15 and Tuesday, May 16. Rounding out the schedule are two expected arrivals for Wednesday, May 17 with the barge Great Lakes Trader along with the tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort due in the late morning hours to be followed by the Great Republic in the early evening.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
American Spirit arrived Thursday in the early afternoon in a very rare visit to load at the South Dock. They had no estimated departure time. For Friday there are three vessels expected, with the first one being the John G. Munson in the late morning for the North Dock. Fleetmate the Philip R. Clarke is also due on Friday in the early afternoon for the South Dock. The Lee A. Tregurtha making a rare visit is also due on Friday in the evening for the South Dock. Due in for Saturday are two vessels both morning arrivals and loading at the North Dock. The American Mariner is due in first and they will be followed by the barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
American Mariner loaded at the CSX Coal Dock on Thursday. Also due at CSX is the CSL Laurentien on Friday in the early morning hours along with the Calumet also on Friday in the morning hours. The American Mariner is due back at CSX on Friday at noon to load. At the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock the Whitefish Bay is expected to arrive there on May 21 in the early morning hours. The Lee A. Tregurtha was expected to arrive at the Torco Dock in the mid-afternoon on Thursday to unload iron ore pellets. Also due at Torco is the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory on May 15 during the late evening hours and the Kaye E. Barker is due at Torco on May 20 in the late morning. Vessels in port included the tug Wilf Seymour and barge Alouette Spirit along with the tug Michigan/barge Great Lakes, Manitoulin upriver at one of the grain elevators and the Florence Spirit was expected to arrive during the early evening on Thursday on its first ever visit to Toledo.

Nanticoke. Ont. – Barry Andersen
At the dock: Algoscotia.

Buffalo, N.Y. – Barry Andersen
Arrival: English River at 1020.

Welland Canal and Lake Ontario transits for May 11 – Barry Andersen

Clarkson, Ont: Arrival: Robert S. Pierson

Welland Canal upbound
Florence Spirit, Algoma Discovery, English River, CSL Laurentien, CSL St. Laurent at 0920, Algoway eta 0917 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II (departed wharf 12)

Welland Canal downbound
Baie Comeau eta 0610, Algoma Transport eta 1526, Algolake at 1647 and Cedarglen at 2030

Hamilton, Ont.
Departures: On May 10, Mississagi at 2340 eastbound. At docks: Federal Churchill (Mhl), tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirt, light tug Everlast. At the Heddle Drydock - ferry Pelee Islander .

Toronto, Ont.
Arrival: Baie Comeau at 2000.

Bronte, Ont.
Maria Desgagnes anchored at 0715.

Oshawa, Ont.
Arrival: Algoway at 2146 on May 10. Departure: Algoway at 0301 on May 11 westbound.

Bowmanville Ont.
Arrival: Capt. Henry Jackman at 0905

Colborne, Ont.
Departure: Robert S. Pierson westbound

Oswego, Ont.
Arrival: May 10, Stephen B. Roman at 0510. Departure: May 11 Stephen B. Roman at 0146

Picton, Ont:
Arrivals: Stephen B. Roman at 0750, Mississagi at 1430, CSL Niagara at 1735 - departure: Mississagi at approximately 2045. Into dock from anchorage: tug Evans McKeil & barge

 

Spring cargo numbers signal better year for Great Lakes-Seaway shipping

5/12 - Spring cargo numbers from the St. Lawrence Seaway and U.S. ports are signaling a better year for Great Lakes-Seaway shipping. According to the latest figures from the St. Lawrence Seaway, total cargo shipments via the Seaway from the start of the shipping season (March 20 through April 30) reached 3.7 million metric tons, up 8 percent from the same period a year ago.

“It’s still very early in the season, but we’re optimistic that 2017 will be a better year for Great Lakes-Seaway shipping,” said Bruce Burrows, president of the Chamber of Marine Commerce.

“U.S. iron ore pellet exports to Japan and China that started in the fourth quarter have continued this spring, while U.S. grain shipments remain relatively in line with last year’s strong performance. Road salt volumes are also up over 2016 levels as municipalities replenish their stockpiles throughout the region,” he added.

Year-to-date iron ore shipments via the St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 800,000 metric tons, up 70 percent over 2016 levels, with Canadian domestic carriers loading U.S. iron ore pellets at Minnesota ports/docks to ship to Quebec, where the cargo is then transferred to larger ocean-going vessels for onward transport to Asia. Salt shipments via the Seaway (from March 20 to April 30) totaled 432,000 metric tons, up 20 percent over the same period in 2016.

U.S. Great Lakes ports are also reporting a solid start to spring operations.

“Actually, it seems like the 2016 shipping season never really ended,” said John Loftus, Executive Director of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority. “With the mild weather that we experienced, barge loads of steel continued in January and February with both domestic and Canadian shipments.”

Dean Haen, director for the Port of Green Bay, said “the 2017 shipping season started early and strong with increases in cement, coal, salt and petroleum products.” Through April, the Port of Green Bay has seen a 31 percent increase in total domestic imports compared to 2016, largely due to the shipments of coal and cement. “We’ve also seen a strong increase in foreign imports thanks to additional salt shipments from Canada,” Haen added.

Joseph Cappel, VP of Business Development for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, said “With 1.75 million short tons handled through April, iron ore and grain shipments are leading the way. A lot of people think that the port is idle during the winter months but that is certainly not the case. We were receiving iron ore vessels well into January and we started right back up again in March. Activity never stops at Toledo’s 19 active marine terminals. When vessel activity pauses, the facilities are busy handling rail cars and trucks and preparing for their next vessel.”

At the Port of Cleveland, there’s cautious optimism moving forward. “The Port of Cleveland began the 2017 shipping season with lighter volumes than April last year, but vessel traffic will increase significantly in May,” said Jade Davis, the port’s Vice-President – External Affairs. “The Cleveland-Europe Express began its 4th year of service with three vessel calls in April and volume will continue to build in the coming months. Cleveland Bulk Terminal, now managed by Logistec, moved almost 300,000 tons of cargo in April, with further volume expected as we move toward the summer months.”

Chamber of Marine Commerce

 

Regulators increase St. Lawrence River flow

5/12 - The International Joint Commission is increasing the St. Lawrence River flow at the dam in Massena. The IJC regulates water levels on the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes. It's releasing more water at the Moses-Saunders Power Dam to get a grip on the high water problem, but it's not releasing as much water as it normally would.

On Wednesday, the flow was increased to 7,000 cubic meters of water per second. That's more than the IJC has been able to release since flooding began. The average for this time of year is 7,500 cubic meters per second.

Officials say more water is being released now because levels are going down on the Ottawa River downstream. Officials say it's a balancing act to protect both sides of the dam as much as possible.

NYTV

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

John B. Aird tow to depart for scrapyard Thursday

5/11 - A day later than previously posted, the tug VB Hispania will tow the former Algoma Central self-unloader John B. Aird from Montreal to Aliaga, Turkey, for scrapping. The tug Ocean Charlie will assist until Les Escoumins, Que. The tow is expected to depart at 6 a.m.

Rene Beauchamp

 

Port Reports -  May 11

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth early Wednesday morning, and loaded coal at Midwest Energy before departing during the afternoon. Joseph L. Block arrived during the evening with limestone to discharge at CN. CSL Assiniboine departed soon after with ore from CN for Quebec City. Federal Kumano was loading grain at CHS 1, and Federal Yukon was at anchor. In Superior, Edgar B. Speer loaded at Burlington Northern throughout the day. At anchor waiting for the dock were Michipicoten and Algoma Spirit. Stewart J. Cort was due early Thursday.

Two Harbors, Minn.
Edwin H. Gott was loading Wednesday night.

Silver Bay, Minn.
Mesabi Miner was loading Wednesday night.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Federal Satsuki arrived in Milwaukee about 9 a.m. Wednesday, turned (with a tug assist) and backed into a berth at Terminal 2 in the outer Harbor. Tug Prentiss Brown and barge St. Marys Challenger departed Milwaukee onto Lake Michigan at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday after delivering cement, returning to Charlevoix. USCGC Mobile Bay and its Aid-to-Navigation barge left Milwaukee's Coast Guard station dock at about 3:30 p.m., headed south on the lake. Alpena was expected inbound Wednesday at about 11 p.m

Southern Lake Michigan
John G. Munson was in Gary Wednesday night. BBC Brazil, Federal Welland and Juno were at Burns Harbor.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algolake cleared downbound Wednesday headed for Cote St-Catherines, Que. Algosteel took her place at the dock, loading salt for Milwaukee.

Monroe, Mich.
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was unloading coal Wednesday evening.

Toledo, Ohio
Calumet and American Mariner were in port Wednesday night. If her orders don't change, McKeil's new vessel Florence Spirit has her AIS showing Toledo as her next destination with an eta for early Friday morning. She was in the Welland Canal Wednesday night.

Sandusky, Ohio
Algoma Transport loaded Wednesday and left late in the day for Hamilton.

Buffalo, N.Y. – Brian W.
American Mariner backed out from the Frontier Elevator, winded in the Outer Harbor, and departed for Toledo via the North Entrance around 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

Regional and Welland Canal transits for May 10 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke, Ont.
At dock: Algoscotia

Welland Canal Upbound
Tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit, Blacky (Cyp) eta 0044, Whitefish Bay eta 0226, Manitoulin at 0327, Florence Spirit eta 1544, Algoma Discovery eta 2010, English River eta 2059 and CSL Laurentien eta 2300

Welland Canal Downbound
CSL Niagara eta 1615, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II eta 1701 - stopped wharf 12

Hamilton, Ont.
Arrivals: CSL Laurentien at 0640, Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 1335 - departures: Florence Spirit at 1334, Algoma Discovery at 1830 - at docks: light tug Everlast - at Heddle Drydock - Pelee Islander

Clarkson, Ont.
Departure: Adfines Star (Mlt) at 0738 eastbound

Toronto, Ont.
Arrival: Manitoulin 5.09 at 1915 - departure: Manitoulin at 0117 - at docks: light tug Salvage Monarch and light tug Vigilant I

Colborne, Ont.
At the dock: Robert S. Pierson

Picton, Ont.
Departure: Stephen B. Roman 5.09, at dock: tug Evans McKeil with barge at dock.

Oswego
Arrival: Stephen B. Roman at 0536

 

Float plane overturns in Soo Harbor, pilot safe

5/11 - Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. – U.S. Coast Guard officials confirm a float plane overturned in Soo Harbor on the American side of the St. Marys River at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday. The plane was in taxi mode when it flipped over, said U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Creighton Chong.

It is not known if the plane was getting ready to take off or if it had just landed when it flipped, nor what exactly caused it to flip. The U.S. Coast Guard was called to the scene and discovered boaters passing by had come to the pilot’s aid.

The pilot, a male, was recovered “safe, conscious and in stable condition,” Chong said. There was no one else on board. Chong said the man was being transported back to Canada by the RCMP.

The plane was towed back to the dock area near the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, where it will be lifted from the water, said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Lauren Laughlin.

Soo Today

 

Lake Ontario, Montreal are flooded. Can the Moses-Saunders Dam help?

5/11 - Flooding continues for a second week along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway and there’s no end in sight. Many lake residents - and New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo - want more water released downstream, through the huge Moses-Saunders Dam that holds water back for the St. Lawrence Seaway. But it’s not that simple.

Tom Piekunka stands in an inch of water in his backyard in Sodus Point, N.Y. Water from Lake Ontario is still on the rise, and it's creeping closer and closer to the bright yellow two-story cottage where his family has lived for generations.

Piekunka says this is the highest he's ever seen the water, and he’s blaming the International Joint Commission, the U.S.-Canadian body that helps to oversee the Great Lakes. This year, it changed the way water levels on Lake Ontario are regulated. Piekunka says he's particularly upset because he believes all this flooding was avoidable. "It's the government that's doing this."

Piekunka isn't the only one pointing the finger at the IJC and its new plan for Lake Ontario. Residents and elected officials along the lakeshore have been calling for the plan to be scrapped.

At the center of this debate is the Moses-Saunders Power Dam — a mammoth concrete structure that stretches over half a mile across the St. Lawrence River from upstate New York to Ontario, Canada.

It was built in the 1950s, not just to generate power, but also to control two powerful bodies of water. The water flows east from the Great Lakes toward the Atlantic Ocean. And all that water – from a lake system far bigger than New England — passes through the dam.

Jacob Bruxer helps manage it. He's a water resources engineer with the Canadian government, and his job is to calculate how high the lake is and how high the river is. He uses that information to advise the board that decides how much water passes through the dam.

But figuring out how much water is in one of the largest lakes in the world can be tricky. Bruxer and his colleagues have to consider rainfall, runoff, ice melt, water coming in from tributaries, and even the rate of evaporation. These are the same variables every hydrologist considers, he says. "It's just, this is on a much bigger scale with the Great Lakes."

The water on both Lake Ontario and the lower St. Lawrence reached record highs this season, but Bruxer says that is not because of changes to the regulation plan.

What has changed, he says, "is that we've had an exceptionally wet month of April. Then, the start of May here has been exceptionally wet as well."

Because both the lake and the river were swollen with rain, it has been hard to provide relief to one area without damaging another. Hold too much water above the dam and homes along Lake Ontario shoreline get flooded. But downstream in Montreal, they’re dealing with flooding problems of their own.

Speak says releasing more water from the dam would be a disaster. “If they open up dramatically there, then we all end up swamped, millions of people down here in this part of the system. "There’s no happy solution.”

While this flooding coincided with the new lake management plan, Bruxer says there's nothing the board would have done differently if this had happened last year, under the old plan. In the meantime, the IJC is still working to minimize flooding both upstream and downstream and hoping for dryer weather.

North Country Public Radio

 

National Maritime Day celebration at Door County Maritime Museum

5/11 - Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – The Door County Maritime Museum invites the public to attend a National Maritime Day Celebration on Monday, May 22. The celebration will recognize our local maritime industries, reiterate the museum’s mission to be a beacon of maritime education for the community, announce the Maritime Tower’s homestretch fundraising efforts and offer the opportunity for the public to hear from and talk to guardians of the maritime future.

National Maritime Day is celebrated in our country to recognize the national economic and environmental benefits of the maritime industries—those who have invested their careers in supporting our maritime nation and the merchant mariners who have given their full measure of devotion. The celebration at the museum will be not only to celebrate the day on a national level but also on a local level.

The ceremony will include a formal Color Guard, singing of the national anthem, short presentations from Captain Amy Cocanour, U.S. Coast Guard Ninth District; a representative from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Jennifer Garner, a representative from Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s office; a representative of the recreational boating industry and several more. The museum board will also provide a brief overview of the museum’s Maritime Tower visionary contribution to the public’s maritime enlightenment and is extending to all who attend free tours of the Door County Maritime Museum and tugboat John Purves directly following the event.

The official ceremony is free to the public and will be held at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay beginning at 10 a.m., Monday, May 22. For more information call (920) 743-5958 or visit www.dcmm.org

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tug arrives at Montreal to tow John B. Aird to scrapyard

5/10 - Montreal, Que. – The ocean tug VB Hispania has arrived to tow the former Algoma Central self-unloader John B. Aird (renamed John B. for the tow) to Aliaga, Turkey. This is the same tug that took the Peter R. Creswell there last year. A 6 a.m. Wednesday departure time was listed on the Port of Montreal website.

John Tokarz

 

Port Reports -  May 10

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
Federal Yukon continued loading wheat at CHS 1 on Monday. Federal Kumano was at anchor off Duluth waiting to load.

St. Marys River
John G. Munson was downbound in the afternoon, followed by Cedarglen and USGC Hollyhock. Joseph L. Block and Edwin H. Gott were upbound in the early afternoon,. Late afternoon and evening upbounders included Mesabi Miner and Stewart J. Cort. The tug Molly M 1 and barge, headed to Thunder Bay, were upbound at the locks about 10:30 p.m.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Wilfred Sykes was expected Tuesday just before midnight. Also due is the Cason J. Callaway on Wednesday during the evening. The Sykes is due back again on Saturday during the late afternoon.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Two vessels were expected to arrive on Tuesday with the first one being the barge Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted in the late morning to be followed by the barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort in the mid-afternoon. Following that there are no further vessels scheduled until May 14 when the Great Republic is expected to arrive in the early morning hours.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The Great Republic loaded on Tuesday and they were expected to depart at around 1 p.m. At anchor was the Algoma Olympic and they would be getting the dock upon the Great Republic's departure. Also due in for Tuesday was the Kaye E. Barker in the early evening and they would be going to anchor and getting the dock upon the Algoma Olympic's departure. There are no vessels scheduled for both Wednesday and Thursday. Due in for Friday is the barge Ashtabula and tug Defiance in the early morning hours and due in for Saturday is the barge Menominee and tug Olive L. Moore during the late evening hours on their first trip from winter lay-up in Toledo. This would be Menominee's first trip since her rename early this spring from the Lewis J. Kuber.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Enterprise was loading salt Tuesday. Algolake is due next.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The Hon. James L. Oberstar loaded at the South Dock on Tuesday and they were expected to depart around 2 p.m. Also due to arrive for Tuesday was the Philip R. Clarke in the late evening for the North Dock. There are no vessels scheduled for Wednesday. Due in for Thursday and making a very rare visit is the ASC 1,000 footer American Spirit in the early morning for the South Dock.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
The barge James L. Kuber finally arrived at the Torco Dock on Tuesday to unload iron ore pellets after having been anchored in the Western end of Lake Erie for the past few days on the count of weather. Still at anchor was the 1,000 footer James R. Barker which is believe to be waiting on the Kuber's departure from the Torco Dock before they can proceed in to the dock and unload iron ore pellets. The Calumet is due at the Torco Dock on Wednesday in the late afternoon and the Lee A. Tregurtha is due at Torco on Thursday in the late afternoon. Two vessels are due to arrive at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock with stone cargoes. Due in first will be the Baie Comeau on May 19 in the early afternoon and the Frontenac is due on June 16 in the late morning. At the CSX Coal Dock the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory were expected to arrive there on Tuesday during the mid-afternoon to load. The American Mariner is due at CSX on Wednesday in the early evening and the Calumet is due at CSX on Friday in the early morning, followed by the H. Lee White also due at CSX on Friday to load in the late evening hours. The barge Menominee formerly the Lewis J. Kuber and the tug Olive L. Moore should be departing sometime this week.

Regional and Welland Canal transits for May 9 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke, Ont.
Arrivals: Algoscotia at 1236 - departure: Algonova at 1828 westbound

Buffalo, N.Y.
At dock: American Mariner

Welland Canal Upbound
Tug Spartan & barge Spartan II, Pacific Huron (Atg) eta 0448, CSL Welland eta 0540, Algowood eta 0900, Leo A. McArthur & barge JOHN J. CARRICK eta 1530, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit eta 1550, tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes eta 2110, Federal Margaree (Mhl) eta 2245 and Blacky (Cyp) approximately 2350

Welland Canal Downbound
Manitoulin eta 1020, tug Leonard M & barge Huron Spirit eta 0315, Oakglen eta 0800, Kaministiqua eta 0855, BBC Thames (Atg) at 1319, CSL Laurentien at 1450, Algoway at 1800

Hamilton, Ont.
Arrivals: Manitoulin at 0939, Algoma Discovery at 1550, Leonard M & barge Huron Spirit at 1818 and Mississagi at 1943 - departures: - Pacific Huron (Atg) at 0100, Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick at 1235, Manitoulin at 1751 and Blacky (Cyp) at about 2135 - at docks: light tug Everlast, Florence Spirit (Atg). - at Heddle Drydock - Pelee Islander

Clarkson, Ont.
Arrival: Robert S. Pierson at 5.08 at 2350 - departure: Robert S. Pierson at 1127 - eastbound - at the dock: Adfines Star (Mlt)

Toronto, Ont.
Arrrival: Manitoulin at 1953 - departure: Stephen B. Roman at 0745 eastbound - at docks: light tug Salvage Monarch and light tug Vigilant I

Colborne, Ont.
At the dock: Robert S. Pierson

Picton, Ont.
Arrival: Whitefish Bay at 0904 - departures: Whitefish Bay at 1450 westbound - at the dock: Stephen B. Roman, tug Evans McKeil with barge Niagara Spirit? anchored off Picton

Bath, Ont.
Arrival: English River mid-morning

Montreal, Que. – Denny Dushane
The tanker Maria Desgagnes of the Groupe Desgagnes Inc. fleet entered the Great Lakes/Seaway system on Tuesday for the first time since the 2015 shipping season. They did not make any trips through the Seaway system in 2016. Expected to arrive in Montreal on May 14 will be Groupe Desgagnes' newest addition to their tanker fleet, Damia Desgagnes, which was built at the Turkish Shipyard Besiktas located in Yalova which is near Istanbul. The Damia Desgagnes is the world's first ever dual-fuel and LNG asphalt tanker with a deadweight tonnage of 15,100 tons it can carry upwards of 13,350 tons of asphalt at a draft of 7.8 meters when it is fully loaded. Damia Desgagnes will be arriving in Montreal, Quebec from Cartagena, Spain, where it unloaded its first cargo.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

St. Lawrence River could rise if N.Y. request to lower Lake Ontario is approved

5/9 - Cornwall, Ont. – A request by the state of New York to release more water from a dam in Cornwall in order to lower water levels in Lake Ontario has the agency in charge in a tricky situation. If the request is accepted, the excess water from Lake Ontario, which is nearing a record level, would be diverted to the St. Lawrence River.

That would in turn affect water levels in Lac Saint-Louis, at the confluence of the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers, which is past its record high flood level.

Jean Aubry-Morin, a Canadian member of the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board, said it's a balancing act. "We're doing everything that we can to relieve everyone – that can be quite difficult," he told CBC News.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the request to release water from the Moses-Saunders Power Dam on Tuesday. Cuomo was sympathetic to the flooding situation in Ontario and Quebec.

"In a situation like this, preparation is key and getting ahead of the situation is key. Once the damage occurs, then you're playing cleanup, so the best course is to get ahead of it and be prepared," said Cuomo on Tuesday.

The river board follows strict protocols to ensure water levels are evenly distributed on both sides of the border.

Aubry-Morin said the shared water is usually readjusted once a week, but recently it's been more like three to four times a day. He said that the board would take current water levels in Quebec into consideration before adding any water into the St. Lawrence.

Because of the snow melt and spring showers, the international board redistributes water into the appropriate body of water every year. What's abnormal about this year, Aubry-Morin says is the amount of precipitation the provinces have seen in the last six weeks.

"It's a one-in-20-year situation," he said.

CBC

 

Port Reports -  May 9

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner, Gary Putney
Federal Yukon continued loading wheat at CHS 1 on Monday. Federal Kumano was at anchor off Duluth waiting to load. Sunday’s port report said the John G. Munson unloaded at the Reiss dock and departed later that evening. She actually shifted over to the CN ore dock in West Duluth, where she remained Monday morning. The vessel departed later in the day downbound.

Marquette, Mich. – Rod Burdick
On Monday, Calumet loaded ore at the Upper Harbor, and USCGC Bristol Bay worked aids to navigation at the Upper and Lower Harbors.

Cedarville, Mich. – Dan Vaught
Cason J. Callaway came in early Monday morning to load limestone, while Joseph L. Block dropped anchor in the afternoon, waiting her turn.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Goderich was quiet Monday. Next vessel due is Algoma Enterprise.

Sandusky, Ohio – Bill Kloss
The Norfolk Southern coal dock will stay busy this week as the Canada Steamship Lines freighters CSL Laurentian and CSL Niagara were at the dock Monday while Algoma Central's Algolake was anchored in Lake Erie waiting for her turn at the loader.

Regional and Welland Canal transits for May 8 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke, Ont.
Arrivals: Baie Comeau at 1322 and Algonova out of anchorage - docked at 0653

Buffalo, N.Y.
Departure: tug Defiance and barge Ashtabula at 0243 westbound - arrivals: American Mariner at 0231

Welland Canal Upbound
Algoma Hansa, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement eta 0738, Algoma Guardian eta 0825, Trudy (Lib) eta 1009, Algoscotia eta 1200 and tug Spartan & barge Spartan II eta 2230.

Welland Canal Downbound
Whitefish Bay eta 0353, G3 Marquis eta 0429, Algoma Equinox eta 0637, Drawsko (Bhs) eta 0820, Reestborg (Nld) eta 0920, Fuldaborg (Nld) eta 0945, Federal Kivalia (Mhl) eta 1135, Federal Danube (Mhl) eta 1505 and Manitoulin eta 1740

Hamilton, Ont.
At docks: departure: tug Vigilant & barge MM142 at 0720 - arrival: Florence Spirit at 1000, tug Leo A. McArthur at 1200 - at docks: light tug Everlast, Blacky (Cyp), Pacific Huron (Atg). - at Heddle Drydock - Pelee Islander

Clarkson, Ont.
At the dock: Adfines Star (Mlt) departure: Robert S. Pierson - eastbound

Toronto, Ont.
Arrival: tug Vigilant I at 1211 - departures: Stephen B. Roman at 0745 eastbound English River at 1511 eastbound - at docks: light tug Salvage Monarch

Colborne, Ont.
Arrival: Robert S. Pierson

Picton, Ont.
Arrival: Stephen B. Roman at about 1650.

 

Gananoque Boat Line suspends operations due to high water levels

5/9 - “Due to the rising water levels on the St. Lawrence River, the Gananoque Boat Line (based at Gananoque, Ont.) will not be operating until further notice. We want to keep our employees and passengers safe as well as protecting our boats from damage. We will take steps to minimize harm to our fleet and when we are confident we can safely load and unload passengers, leave and return to the dock in a safe manner we will reopen.”

Gananoque Boat Line via Facebook

 

Push underway again to move historic Hulett ore unloaders; controversy continues

5/9 - Cleveland, Ohio – The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority is again trying to unload its two Hulett ore unloaders, which lie disassembled and rusting on the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at Whiskey Island.

The port's latest plan for the Huletts and the terminal is reviving a nearly two-decades long battle between the port, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and some preservationists, who, thanks to a federal court decision, have leverage in how the port handles the machines.

Unless one of the parties is willing to budge, it looks like the Huletts will just continue to rust away.

Here's the brief backstory.

Four 96-foot-tall Huletts once sat like giant grasshoppers on Cleveland's lakefront. Capable of grabbing 17 tons of iron ore with a single bucket bite, they revolutionized ship unloading. The massive machines, invented by Cleveland engineer George H. Hulett, were used 1912 until 1992, when they were replaced by self-unloading ships and newer technology.

In 1999, the port's plans to raze the steel structures to make more space on the terminal - which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places - sparked a robust fight and lawsuit to save the Huletts. The port, with a permit from the Army Corps, cut up two and sold them as scrap. The port dismantled the other two Huletts and stored them on the terminal. Public officials promised that they would someday be reassembled along waterfront. In 2001, a federal judge ruled that the Army Corps failed to pay attention to the historic designation of the bulk terminal when it allowed the port to remove the machines. The ruling also said that any future related permit requests by the port must be evaluated for their impact on the historic property and be subject to input from preservationists.

The port wants to dredge the bulk terminal, which provides dock space to ships. So, it recently asked the Army Corps for a permit to do the work. The Army Corps says the permit can only be issued if "adverse effects to historic priorities are resolved and formalized" in an agreement that involves a handful of officials and preservationists, including the Committee to Save Cleveland's Huletts, now known as the non-profit Citizens' Vision.

The Army Corps has posted the proposed agreement online and is seeking feedback. It will close comments May 11.

In short, the port is proposing to form a working group with the Canalway Partners and find a place to display the bucket and leg of one Hulett at a location near the waterfront. Canalway Partners, a nonprofit that works to develop trails and parks along the Ohio & Erie Canal, has long wanted to incorporate pieces of the Huletts into a park. Canalway Partners does not support the position of some preservationists who will settle for nothing short of seeing the two Huletts fully re-assembled on waterfront. (Canalway Partners did not respond to a request to comment on the issue.)

The port is also proposing to donate a bucket and leg of one Hulett to the National Great Lakes Museum in Toledo and to create a single resource of scholarly work on railway and Hulett history.

The port's proposal gives the working group three-years to find a home for the Huletts after which the Port Authority would have discretion to move the Huletts.

This isn't the first time the port has tried to dredge waters around the terminal and move the Huletts. It made a similar proposals around 2006 and 2011 but failed to get buy in and the Army Corps did not issue a permit.

Will Friedman, the port's president and chief executive officer, said he continues to favor displaying the bucket and a leg of one Hulett near the Cuyahoga River or lakefront. But Friedman, who was not at the port when the Huletts were taken down, said reassembling the massive machines for display is not practical.

Friedman also said he disagrees with the Army Corps that dredging will impact the terminal's status as a historic site but nonetheless wants to work with Army Corps to settle the Hulett issue. But the leader of Citizens' Vision wants nothing to do with the agreement.

Ray Saikus rejects the proposal because it does not restore two Huletts to their original majesty. A mechanical engineer behind the federal lawsuit against the Army Corps, Saikus has been trying to save the Huletts for 25 years.

Saikus, who said he will fight any attempt to enact the proposed agreement, has never stopped trying to find a home for the machines or raise money to restore them. He said the cost of moving and reassembling the machines is estimated at $2 million.

Recently he pitched a bold and massive plan to the city of Cleveland that would relocate the Huletts to the Scranton Peninsula, which sits below Tower City in the Flats. His plan calls for cutting a new channel through the peninsula, which would create an island on which to re-assemble the Huletts.

Saikus said he'd also like to relocate to the peninsula the historic Steamship William G. Mather and USS Cod submarine, which are both now at North Coast Harbor and in the way of some waterfront plans. Saikus said cutting the channel (and building a new access bridge) would create a more efficient shipping channel for freighters, eliminate the need for a mile of waterway dredging, provide material to help fix collapsing Irish Town Bend and leave the city with a massive new park for recreational development.

"We are not complainers," he said. "We are here to preserve the heritage and present solutions. We see this as a win-win-win."

The Huletts remain an important and unique link to Cleveland's industrial past. Saikus' vision is exciting but looks unrealistic in the current political and economic climate. Asked about this, he said that he will consider any proposal that includes reassembling the machines in full for display on the waterfront.

At the moment, it appears that the port and preservationists are not any closer to saving the Huletts.

Cleveland.com

 

Traverse City aircrew returns from Missouri after supporting flood response efforts

5/9 - Traverse City, Mich. – A Coast Guard aircrew from Air Station Traverse City returned home from supporting flood response efforts in Missouri late Sunday night. The aircrew arrived in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Tuesday to support response efforts in areas that were hit hard by heavy rains and significant flooding along the Mississippi River.

While there, members of the crew conducted damage assessments and provided Congressman Jason Smith, who represents Missouri’s southeastern region, with an over flight of the affected areas. Aircraft and crews from other Coast Guard units including Mobile, Alabama; New Orleans; Detroit; and Corpus Christi, Texas, also assisted in the effort.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 9

The JOHN J BOLAND (Hull# 417) was launched May 9, 1953 at Manitowoc, Wisconsin by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co. for the American Steamship Co. making way for the keel of the DETROIT EDISON (2) to be laid. The BOLAND was renamed b.) SAGINAW in 1999.

On May 9, 1951 the CLIFFS VICTORY arrived at the South Chicago yard of the American Ship Building Co. completing her 37-day, 3,000 mile journey from Baltimore, Maryland. There her deck houses, stack, masts, deck machinery, rudder and propeller were installed and the floatation pontoons removed.

The ROBERT C. NORTON (2) was laid up on May 9, 1980 for the last time at the Hans Hansen Dock at Toledo, Ohio.

PETER REISS (Hull#522) was launched at Superior, Wisconsin by Superior Ship Building Co., on May 9, 1910 for the North American Steamship Co. (Reiss Coal Co.).

On 9 May 1864, AMAZON (2-mast wooden brig, 93 foot, 172 tons, built in 1837 at Port Huron, Michigan as a schooner) was carrying coal from Cleveland for Lake Superior when she went out of control in a storm just as she was leaving the St. Clair River for Lake Huron. She was driven ashore near Point Edward, Ontario and was broken up by the wave action. At the time of her loss, she was considered the oldest working schooner on the Lakes.

May 9, 1900: The carferry PERE MARQUETTE (15) began carferry service to Milwaukee for the Pere Marquette Railway.

On Friday night, 9 May 1873, the schooner CAPE HORN collided with the new iron propeller JAVA off Long Point on Lake Erie. The schooner sank quickly. The only life lost was that of the cook.

On 09 May 1872, the CUBA (iron propeller bulk freighter, 231 foot, 1526 gross tons) was launched at King Iron Works in Buffalo, New York for the Holt and Ensign Commercial Line. Innovations in her design included water-tight compartments for water ballast, 4 water-tight bulkheads that could be closed if the hull were damaged, and a new fluted signal lamp that could be seen for 13 miles. She was powered by two 350 HP engines. She was a very successful vessel and lasted until 1947 when she was scrapped. She was renamed b.) IONIC in 1906 and c.) MAPLEBRANCH in 1920. Converted to a tanker in 1935. Scrapped at Sorel, Quebec in 1946-7.

1906 – The schooner ARMENIA was wrecked in Lake Erie near Colchester Reef when it began leaking in a storm while under tow of the FRED PABST on the first trip of the season. The ore-laden barge was cut loose but all on board were saved. The wreck was later struck by the CHARLES B. PACKARD on September 16, 1906, leading to the latter's demise.

1926 – While backing from the NHB Elevator in Port Colborne, the JOHN P. REISS struck the A.D. MacBETH at the dock, damaging the latter's stem.

1964 – The small ferries JOHN A. McPHAIL and JAMES CURRAN broke loose while under tow of the G.W. ROGERS and sank in a storm off the mouth of Saginaw Bay. They were en-route to Kingston from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., for a new service to Wolfe Island.

1974 – The coastal freighter ST. PIERRE ran aground in the old Lachine Canal at Montreal, was holed, capsized and sank. The vessel was broken up on location later in the year.

2011 – The Erie, Pa.-based passenger excursion ship VICTORIAN PRINCESS sustained major fire damage when a welding torch ignited materials in the engine room. The ship was out of the water and on blocks for maintenance work when the blaze broke out. The vessel missed the 2011 season.

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

 

Trillium ferry gets tuned up after 107 years spent on Toronto’s waterfront

5/8 - Toronto, Ont. – For a vessel that’s older than the Titanic, it turns out the Trillium is in pretty good shape. The 107-year-old boat, the jewel of Toronto’s ferry fleet, has plied the harbour for more than a century. But for the next few weeks it will be sitting metres above the water at the mouth of the Keating Channel, having been lifted into dry dock for an inspection and repairs to make sure it’s still seaworthy.

James Dann, the city’s manager of waterfront parks, said that based on previous reports he was concerned that up to half the hull might need to be replaced due to corrosion. That likely would have blown the department’s dry dock budget of about $250,000 and left city council with a tough choice about whether to invest more money into the aging boat.

But the diagnosis from Transport Canada inspectors came back positive this week, and only about 400 square feet, or 10 per cent of the hull, will need replacement. “I’m overjoyed,” said Dann. “We love that boat.”

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/05/07/trillium-ferry-gets-tuned-up-after-107-years-spent-on-torontos-waterfront.html

 

Port Reports -  May 8

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner, Jason Fyten
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. passed under the lift bridge just after midnight on Sunday morning, and headed to Midwest Energy to load coal. She departed during the afternoon. Also on Sunday, John G. Munson arrived on her first trip since being repowered at Bay Shipbuilding. She discharged limestone at the C. Reiss dock before departing later in the evening. On Sunday night, Federal Yukon was loading wheat at CHS 1, and her fleetmate Federal Kumano was on the hook waiting to load at the same dock.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The Saginaw was expected to arrive on Sunday in the late afternoon hours to load. Three vessels are expected to arrive on Monday with the first being the Cason J. Callaway in the early morning. The Joseph L. Block is also due on Monday in the early afternoon followed by the Wilfred Sykes also on Monday in the late afternoon.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Sunday and none were expected to arrive. Due though for Monday is the Joseph L. Block in the early morning hours. Also due in is the barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort on Tuesday in the late afternoon. Following that there is nothing due in or scheduled until May 13 when the Great Republic is expect to arrive in the early morning.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Sunday and none were expected to arrive. Due in for Monday is the Great Republic in the early afternoon followed by a very rare visit by the Algoma Olympic in the late evening. For Tuesday the Kaye E. Barker is due to arrive in the early afternoon. There are no vessels scheduled for Wednesday. Due in for Thursday is the barge Ashtabula and tug Defiance in the late evening. Rounding out the schedule and due in for Friday, May 12 is the tug Olive L. Moore and barge and this will also be their first trip for the 2017 season from their Winter Lay-up berth in Toledo.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Goderich is quiet, no vessels since Algowood last Wednesday.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The Philip R. Clarke was loading at the South Dock on Sunday but did not have an estimated departure time due to weather. Also loading on Sunday was the H. Lee White which would finish loading at the South Dock once the Clarke clears. Two other vessels were also expected to arrive on Sunday with the first being the Hon. James L. Oberstar in a rare visit in the early evening for the South Dock and the Joseph H. Thompson in the late evening for the North Dock. Due on Monday is the barge Erie Trader and the tug Clyde S. Van Enkevort in the early morning for the South Dock. It is beleived that this may be the pair's first visit to Calcite for 2017 since their rename from the barge Lakes Contender and tug Ken Boothe Sr.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
Both the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory and the James R. Barker were at anchor on Sunday with neither having arrived at the Torco Dock on the count of weather. Also due at the Torco Dock is the Calumet on May 10 in the late morning followed by the Lee A. Tregurtha due at Torco on May 11 also in the late morning. The Algosteel was also at anchor on Sunday and has not arrived yet to unload at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock. Also due at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock is the Baie Comeau on May 9 during the early afternoon. At the CSX Coal Dock, the John J. Boland is due there to load on Monday in the early morning followed by the Algoma Transport also due on Monday in the late evening. The American Mariner is due at CSX on May 10 in the morning and the CSL Laurentien is due at CSX to load on May 11 in the early morning. The tug Olive L. Moore and barge now have their AIS turned on and should be departing from Winter Lay-up sometime soon.

Toronto, Ont. – Denny Dushane
The Algoma Spirit the last of Toronto's 2017/18 Winter Lay-up fleet on Saturday departed from their Winter Lay-up berth in the early afternoon. They are headed to the Burlington Northern Ore Dock in Superior where they are expected to arrive on Tuesday in the early afternoon hours to load.

Welland Canal and regional transits for Sunday – Barry Andersen
Welland Canal Upbound: Algolake eta 0533, Algoma Enterprise eta 0644, Fraserborg (Nld) eta 0915, Algoma Transport eta 1920 and Algoma Hansa eta 1945

Welland Canal Downbound: Algocanada eta 0800, Thunder Bay eta 1230 and John D. Leitch eta 1955

Buffalo: arrivals: American Mariner arrived am - departed late afternoon - tug Defiance & barge Ashtabula arrived around 1750

Clarkson: departure: Algolake at 0347 - at the docks: Adfines Star (Mlt) and Robert S. Pierson - arrived 5.06 @ 2123

Hamilton: at docks: light tug Everlast, Blacky (Cyp), Pacific Huron (Atg), Florence Spirit, tug Vigilant I & barge S/VM-86 - at Heddle DD - Pelee Islander Nanticoke: departure: Algoma Mariner at 0957 and Algonova remains at anchor at former Port Weller Dry Dock yard - barge Norman McLeod on shelf

Rochester: - tugs Paul L. Luedtke & Karl E. Luedtke with Derrick boat 16 and barges GL 70 and GL 73 - dredging project

Toronto: departure: tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0814 eastbound - at docks: light tug Salvage Monarch, Stephen B. Roman arrived 5.06 at 1931

Welland Canal: CCGS Limnos tied-up at West Street

 

Updates -  May 8

Saltie Gallery updated with pictures of the BBC Brazil, Chem Polaris, Federal Elbe, Federal Margaree, Fraserborg, Happy River, Taiga Desgagnes, and Trudy.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 8

The 1,000-foot COLUMBIA STAR was christened May 8, 1981, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, for Columbia Transportation Div., Oglebay Norton Co.

EDGAR B. SPEER (Hull#908) was launched May 8, 1980, at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. for Connecticut Bank & Trust Co. (U.S. Steel Corp., mgr.), after long delay because of labor strife.

FRED R. WHITE JR was christened May 8, 1979, named for Oglebay Norton's then vice-chairman of the board.

On May 8, 1979, the ASHLAND struck the north entry pier of the Duluth Ship Canal while outbound loaded. Thick ice blowing in from Lake Superior had interfered with her maneuverability. She dropped her anchor to lessen the impact but drifted over the flukes ripping a two by five foot hole in her bottom port side forward. She was inspected and repaired at the Duluth Port Terminal. One anchor was lost.

CHAMPLAIN's starboard side was damaged when she sideswiped the Swedish steamer BROLAND near the lower end of the St. Clair River cut-off, May 8, 1963.

May 8. 1936 – The Pere Marquette Railway Co. announced plans to construct a new $1 million ferry dock at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The 3-masted wooden schooner FRANK C. LEIGHTON was launched at 10:30 a.m. on 8 May 1875, at Dunford & Leighton's yard in Port Huron, eight months after work on her began. She was launched complete except for her mizzen mast, which was just about ready to go in position. She was named for Capt. Leighton's son. Her dimensions were 138 foot keel, 145 foot overall, 26 foot beam and 12 foot depth. She cost $20,000 and was owned by Dunford & Leighton.

The 254-foot wooden freighter AMAZON was launched at A. A. Turner's yard at Trenton, Michigan, on 8 May 1873.

On 08 May 1929, GEORGE W. PARKER wooden propeller sandsucker, 105 foot, 143 gross tons, built in 1903, at Marine City, Michigan by A. Anderson for Fishback Plaster Co., formerly a.) L. G. POWELL) was destroyed by fire and sank in the channel 6 miles south of Algonac, Michigan. Her crew escaped in the yawl.

1916: S.R. KIRBY was downbound in a Lake Superior storm when it was struck by two huge waves, broke its back and foundered. The composite hulled freighter sank quickly and only two of the 22 on board survived.

1918: The Norwegian freighter POLLUX came to the Great Lakes in 1907. It was torpedoed as b) DUX by U-54 about 7 miles northwest of Godrevy Lighthouse while carrying coal from Swansea, UK to LaRochelle, France.

1934: The hull of the first CANADOC was punctured when the ship went hard aground at St. Joseph's Island. The vessel was later freed, drydocked and repaired.

1938: JAMES B. FOOTE hit a dock at Chicago, under tow of the tug KANSAS, while loaded with corn for Sorel. The rudder, stock and a propeller blade were lost.

1942: The Hall Corp. canaller MONT LOUIS was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean by U-162 with the loss of 13 lives. Only 8 survived by clinging to the wreckage. The ship was carrying bauxite from Dutch Guiana to Trinidad when it was attacked and it sank so quickly that the lifeboats could not be launched. 1949: E.C. COLLINS and HENRY FORD II were in a collision in the St.Clair River.

1967 ELIN HOPE had been chartered to the Ontario Paper Company to carry newsprint from Baie Comeau to New York from 1950 to 1953. The ship came to the Great Lakes as b) PROCYON in 1961 and arrived at Madras, India, as c) KR ASHOK with the cargo of coal on fire on this date in 1967. The vessel settled on the bottom during firefighting operations. It was refloated May 19 and eventually scrapped at Madras in 1968.

1978: The third OUTARDE went aground in the St. Lawrence near Buoy 41-M and was not released until May 16. There was only minor damage to the ship.

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

 

Port Reports -  May 7

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Cedarglen was loading on Saturday. Departures included BBC Thames, Oakglen and Kaministiqua.

Marquette, Michigan
Kaye E. Barker was loading Saturday night. Michipictoten departed earlier for the Soo.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived off Milwaukee early Saturday, and backed into Slip 1 in the outer harbor to unload at the Bulk Transfer Dock. One slip to the south, Federal Welland remained unloading at Terminal 3 overnight, and was expected to depart for Burns Harbor late Saturday or early Sunday.

Southern Lake Michigan
Taiga Desgagnes remained in Burns Harbor Saturday. Juno was also in port. Sedna Desgagnes and BBC Brazil were anchored off S. Chicago.

Port Huron, Mich.
Joseph L. Block was upbound near 10 p.m. Saturday. AIS shows a Port Inland destination. She had made a rare call at Ashtabula. On Saturday evening the salties Drawkso, Reestborg and Fuldaborg were anchored above Port Huron / Sarnia, likely waiting for pilots.

Nanticoke, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Friday, May 5: CSL Laurentien arrived at 1430 and Algonova arrived at 2050. Saturday, May 6: Arrival: Algoma Mariner at 0934. Departure: CSL Laurentien at 0357 and anchored off Port Dover at 0522. Algonova was at the dock.

Buffalo, N.Y. – Brian W.
American Mariner (grain for General Mills) and Defiance / Ashtabula (sand) should be in port Sunday, weather permitting.

Welland Canal – Barry Andersen
Welland Canal transits for Friday, May 5: Upbound: tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement eta 0215 and Algoma Mariner eta 1920. Downbound: tug Spartan & barge Spartan II - wharf 1 at 0010, tug Evans McKeil - wharf 1 at 0307 - departed at 0952, Mississagi, Dara Desgagnes, Algoma Enterprise eta 0237, English River eta 0444, Tim S. Dool eta 0529, Algowood eta 0545, Federal Columbia eta 0730, CSL St. Laurent eta 1110, tug Vigilant I & barge S/VM-86, Algolake eta 1542 and Capt Henry Jackman eta 1745. Port Weller anchorage: Adfines Star (Mlt) remained anchored. At the former Port Weller Dry Dock, the barge Norman McLeod remained on the shelf. CCGS Limnos tied up at West Street at 1048.

Welland Canal transits for Saturday, May 6: Upbound: CSL Assiniboine eta 0420, Algoma Olympic eta 0855, Tim S. Dool eta 1535, Esta Desgagnes eta unavailable, Fraserborg (Nld) eta unavailable, Algoma Transport eta unavailable. Downbound: Capt. Henry Jackman, Happy River (Nld) eta 0703. Port Weller anchorage: Adfines Star (Mlt) departed at 0914. At the former Port Weller Dry Dock, the barge Norman McLeod remained on the shelf.

Hamilton, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Friday, May 5: Arrivals: Chem Polaris (Lib) at 1105, Tim S. Dool at 1915, At docks: light tug Everlast, Blacky (Cyp), Cape (Lib. Pacific Huron (Atg) moved out to anchorage at 0945.

Saturday, May 6: Arrivals: Florence Spirit at 0650 and tug Vigilant I & barge S/VM-86 at 1032. Departures: Cape (Lib) at 0340 for Ghent Belgium and Tim S. Dool at 1325. At docks: light tug Everlast, Blacky (Cyp), Chem Polaris (Lib). Pacific Huron (Atg) moved out to anchorage. Pelee Islander was at the Heddle Marine drydock

Toronto, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Friday, May 5: At docks: Arrival: English River at 1702. At docks: light tug Salvage Monarch and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement. Algoma Spirit remained at winter berth.

Saturday, May 6: Departure: English River at 0440 eastbound. At docks: light tug Salvage Monarch and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement. Algoma Spirit remained at winter berth.

Clarkson, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Algolake arrived at 1010 Saturday and Adfines Star (Mlt) anchored at 1038.

Picton, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Friday, May 5: Stephen B. Roman arrived at 0825. Saturday, May 6: Algoma Enterprise arrived at 1027.

Rochester, N.Y. – Barry Andersen
Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6: Tugs Paul L. Luedtke & Karl E. Luedtke with Derrick boat 16 and barges GL 70 and GL 73 on a dredging project.

 

Reservations are now being taken for Soo Boatnerd Cruise

5/7 - Reservations for the annual Boatnerd Freighter Chasing cruise, on Friday, June 30, are now being taken. This event is part of the annual Engineers’ Day weekend Boatnerd Gathering in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The three-hour cruise will travel through the U.S. and Canadian locks, and the price includes an on-board buffet dinner. Reservations are a must as we are limiting the group to 100 persons. This will afford everyone enough space to take photos and enjoy themselves. Check the Gatherings page for complete details and other events taking place during the weekend.
www.BoatNerd.Com/Gathering

 

Updates -  May 7

News Photo Gallery
The Great Lakes Bookshelf has been updated with three new books.
 

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 7

ALGOPORT (Hull#217) was launched at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., May 7, 1979 for Algoma Central Railway.

HUTCHCLIFFE HALL entered service on May 7, 1954.

A.M. BYERS (Hull#448) was launched May 7, 1910 at Cleveland, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. for the North American Steamship Co. (R.A. Williams, mgr.). Renamed b.) CLEMENS A. REISS in 1959 and c.) JACK WIRT in 1970.

May 7, 1903 - The Benton Harbor, Coloma & Paw Paw Lake Railway was purchased by the Pere Marquette Railroad.

May 7, 1929 - The Pere Marquette notified Ludington it was interested in buying the frontage on Pere Marquette Lake that had been used by the Monroe Body Company. The city council asked $25,000 for the property, and the railroad agreed. Work on the No. 3 slip began a few months later.

On 7 May 1874, the schooner JENNIE MATHEWS was launched at Hardison's yard in Port Huron, Michigan. The launch started very slowly but with the help of men pulling on ropes, the vessel slid into the Black River nicely. Her first skipper was Capt. McGifford and her owner was Mr. Hardison. On 07 May 1954, official ground-breaking ceremonies were held for the Mackinac Bridge. It was completed three and a half years later.

1891: The new Canadian Pacific steamer MANITOBA, although built in 1889, had been laid up due to a recession and finally sailed on her maiden voyage on this date in 1891.

1935: A fire aboard ALEXANDER LESLIE at the port of Erieau, Ont., killed one member of the crew and injured two others.

1965: CEDARVILLE and TOPDALSFJORD collided in fog in the Straits of Mackinac. Ten lives were lost when the former, a self-unloader in the Bradley fleet, sank. The latter, a Norwegian freighter, had been a Seaway trader since 1960. Later, on May 11, 1984, as d) JIN XIAN QUAN, it sank the SEA CARRIER, another former Seaway trader as SVANEFJELL, in the Strait of Formosa off Taishan Island. TOPDALSFJORD was last noted as e) CHANGHI and was deleted from Lloyd's Register in 2005.

1998: CANADIAN ENTERPRISE loaded a record 32,366 tons of road salt at Goderich for delivery to Milwaukee.

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

 

Port Reports -  May 6

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Denny Dushane
John G. Munson departed Bay Shipbuilding to begin the new shipping season Friday with her new diesel engines installed during the winter lay-up period 2016/17. The Munson did not sail during the 2016/17 season and the Arthur M. Anderson was used to replace the Munson while they underwent the conversion from steam turbine power to diesel. After their departure, the Munson proceeded to Calcite where they arrived early on Friday morning to load. John G. Munson is the last vessel from the 2017/18 winter lay-up fleet to depart for the season. This leaves the American Courage, which has not sailed since 2015 and is not expected to sail in 2017, laid-up. Also in Sturgeon Bay are the barge Integrity and the tug G.L. Ostrander, which arrived from Milwaukee and winter lay-up in early April. They are in for their five-year Coast Guard survey and drydocking. Also in port are the tug Bradshaw McKee and barge Cleveland Rocks.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The barge Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted remained in port Friday waiting to load, as the dock was under repair. They were not expected to begin loading until 7 a.m. on Saturday. Also due is Cason J. Callaway on Sunday in the early morning, followed by the Saginaw. Philip R. Clarke is due in on Monday in the early morning.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Wilfred Sykes arrived in the mid-afternoon Friday to load. Also due is Joseph L. Block on Sunday during the mid-afternoon. Rounding out the schedule are the barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort, due on Tuesday, May 9, in the early evening.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Friday and none were expected. The revised schedule has the barge Pathfinder and the tug Dorothy Ann due Saturday in the early morning to load. Due Sunday is the Joseph H. Thompson in the late evening. Expected Monday is Great Republic in the early morning.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
John G. Munson arrived at Calcite in the early morning Friday to load at the South Dock. They were expected to depart the dock at around 6 p.m. in the evening. Also due Friday was Philip R. Clarke in the late afternoon for the South Dock and H. Lee White on Friday in the late evening for both the South and North Docks. There are no vessels scheduled Saturday.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
James R. Barker was expected at the Torco Dock on Friday to unload iron ore pellets. Also due at Torco are the barge James L. Kuber and the tug Victory on Saturday in the late morning. Lee A. Tregurtha is due at Torco on Sunday in the morning. Due at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock is the Algosteel on Saturday in the late morning. Baie Comeau is due at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock on May 19 in the late afternoon. Vessels due at the CSX Coal Dock to load include the Calumet on Saturday in the morning followed by the barge James L. Kuber/tug Victory on Saturday in the early evening. John J. Boland is due at CSX to load on Sunday in the early morning and Algoma Transport is due at CSX to load on Monday in the late evening.

 

New Seaway tankers coming to Great Lakes for the first time

5/6 - Two saltwater tankers are expected in Montreal soon, with each having a Great Lakes destination and making their first-ever visits through the Great Lakes/Seaway system. Expected first is the tanker Fairchem Friesian of the Marshall Islands (IMO 9367413), due in Montreal May 11 from New Orleans, La. She will eventually be headed to Sarnia. This vessel is 145.53 meters in length and is 23.700 meters in width and was built in 2009. The next tanker due in Montreal is Adfines Sun of Malta registry (IMO 9580998), due May 16 from Amsterdam, Netherlands. She will eventually head to Hamilton. Adfines Sun is 161.68 meters in length and 23.000 meters in width, and was built in 2011. She is a sistership to Adfines Sea and Adfines Star, both of which have made inland visits this season.

Denny Dushane

 

Ideas floating for Marquette Harbor Lighthouse, surrounding land

5/6 - Marquette, Mich. – Nearly all of the Lake Superior shoreline in Marquette is open to the public, and that access could soon be enhanced. "We just don't want to be one of those communities that all of a sudden has hotels sprung up on the shoreline and it becomes private beach," said city manager Mike Angeli.

Fred Stonehouse, the president of the Marquette Maritime Museum board, says the city's lakeshore makes it unique. "The city owns 95 percent of the lakeshore," said Stonehouse. "It's all ours, and it really is unique in the Great Lakes. If you've ever been to Traverse City, you've seen a city that has sold its soul to development."

Nearly a year ago, the city took ownership of the red, 151-year-old Marquette Harbor Lighthouse and surrounding land. "It truly is an icon - not only of the City of Marquette but of the Great Lakes," said Stonehouse.

A study is underway to explore best uses for the land. Ideas are out there. "We've applied for a grant that could be applied to turning some of it into an art center or something in that regard," said Angeli.

Stonehouse says the Maritime Museum has ideas. He wants the area to be named Lighthouse Point Park. "We also would like to be able to take many of the big exhibits we have, for example, some of the boats and some of the heavy hardware, and intersperse it throughout the grounds of the property to continue to give that flavor of maritime to the general public," he said.

The city plans to continue its relationship with the museum for lighthouse tours. The study should be finished by the end of September.

WLUC

 

Toledo marine artist's first show at museum

5/6 - Toledo, Ohio – If you haven’t heard of local artist David Hart yet, it won’t come as a surprise after reading his story. His behind-the-scenes talent was unknown until recently to even the volunteer crewmembers with whom he has worked closely for five years on the S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker freighter.

The 74-year-old Oregon, Ohio, resident is having his first art show next week at the National Museum of the Great Lakes. He has been quietly painting dozens and dozens of seascapes, lighthouses, and most recently, lake freighters, for 37 years.

It was a series of relatively small occurrences over a lifetime that led up to Hart’s reveal as a painter and the subsequent exhibition, David O. Hart, Great Lakes Artist, which opens to the public May 13 and includes the sale of his unframed work. Proceeds will be split between Hart and for maintenance and restoration of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker.

“I never thought about a show, or selling them,” Hart said of his artwork. “This is the first time I have ever been recognized for something like this. I’m kind of a live-and-let-live kind of person. But if other people enjoy them, then that makes me feel good.”

Being outed as an artist might be new to Hart, but his passion for lake freighters and the marine industry began long ago, as a young boy growing up in Oregon. “We lived not too far from the docks and I could hear the ships, 24/ 7, coming and going,” he said.

At the age of 15, he walked to the docks on the Maumee River and asked the captain of the John P. Reiss if he could sail with the crew.

You’re too young, he recalled the captain, H. L. Radcliffe, saying, but come visit anytime.

Hart made the 5-mile trek to the docks on foot every 10 days for 2 ½ years. He would watch the crew load and unload shipments, check out the other ships, and even visit with Captain Radcliffe.

Hart served in the U.S. Navy, and although he took a different career path, retiring as an aviation mechanic in 2005, he never lost his love for the lake freighter. His passion for painting the freighters he so revered – at last count he estimates that he has 80 to 90 paintings – was ignited only after he started volunteering on the Schoonmaker and had conversations with retired veteran crew member Bob Bowersox about his career on lake freighters.

Hart, a self-taught artist who started dabbling in oils in the 1980s, went home and started painting the ships Bowersox crewed on. He brought the works to the Schoonmaker and showed them to Bowersox … but that was it. “Nobody else saw them,” he said. “Originally, I did paintings of just the ships he was on. But the rest that followed were ones I knew of as a young kid.”

It was just recently, while renovating the break room for the Schoonmaker, that Hart brought in some of his other lake freighter paintings to show the other volunteers. They could hang a few to brighten up the room, he thought.

The volunteers mentioned it to Port of Monroe executive director Paul LaMarre III at a recent Friday morning breakfast LaMarre schedules weekly with the group.

“Dave wasn’t there that week, and the guys were saying ‘You really have to see Dave’s paintings,’” recalled LaMarre, who was hired to save the then-S.S. Willis B. Boyer museum ship before it was rechristened the Schoonmaker in 2011. He still sits on the board of the National Museum of the Great Lakes.

“I said ‘Dave who? Our Dave?’ They were spectacular,” he said. “I have never been so surprised by a friend’s hidden talent in my life.”

LaMarre knows marine art. The former director of the S.S. Boyer is the son of Paul LaMarre, Jr., considered one of the great watercolor masters of marine art.

The younger LaMarre’s “very discriminating eye” was impressed with Hart’s work: the colors, the detail, the way he brings the history of the cargo freighters to life. LaMarre said Hart was “bashful” about sharing his art but after more discussions, the artist noted that if his art could help the Schoonmaker preservation effort he was on board.

Those who purchase one of Hart’s paintings will get more than a wall hanging, LaMarre said. “He’s a hugely talented individual, but his humility and his respect for Great Lakes history and the crew members he works with is a true testament to the value of his art,” LaMarre said.“It’s really a great story.”

A members-only exhibit preview will be held at the museum, 1701 Front St., from 5 to 6:30 p.m. May 12. To register (required), go to nmgl.eventbrite.com or call 419-214-5000, ext. 200. The show runs through June 25.

Toledo Blade

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 6

On May 6, 1984 the CANADIAN RANGER sailed from Port Weller on her maiden voyage to load coal at Toledo, Ohio.

In 1944 the HILDA (2) and the barge MAITLAND NO.1 started the rescue operation of freighter GEORGE M. HUMPHREY (1) which sank in a collision with the D.M. CLEMSON (2) in the Straits of Mackinac.

This day in 1923 the EDWIN E. SLICK was struck by the steamer J. LEONARD REPLOGLE in the ice on Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior.

HARVEY D. GOULDER entered service on May 6, 1906.

On May 6, 1934, ROYALTON (1) helped rescue the steamer TEN, which had lost power in a Lake Superior ice field and required a tow to safety.

On May 6, 1975 while unloading iron ore at Conneaut, Ohio, a leg and bucket from No.2 Hulett gave way and fell into the RALPH H. WATSON's cargo hold. A crane was rigged to remove the wreckage. A nine by twelve foot patch was required on her port side tank, which was holed in the accident.

On 6 May 1847, CUBA (wooden schooner, 89 foot, 139 tons, built in 1844 at Peninsula, New York as a brig) was carrying wheat near Point Breeze, New York in Lake Ontario when she was run down and sunk in a collision with the steamer GENESEE CHIEF. No lives were lost.

On 6 May 1858, the bark E.S. ADAMS began her voyage from Amherstburg, Ontario to London, England with a load of walnut timber. The transatlantic portion of the voyage took only 26 days and the vessel was back on the lakes in September 1858.

EASTLAND was launched on 06 May 1903 at the Jenks Ship Building Company (Hull #25) at Port Huron, Michigan for the Michigan Steamship Company. She was christened by Mrs. Frances E. Perene.

1914: CITY OF ROME caught fire in Lake Erie and the blaze spread quickly. The vessel was run aground near Ripley, NY and the 15-member crew took to the lifeboats and rowed ashore. The 33-year old wooden freighter was a total loss.

1977: The West German freighter SUSANNE FRITZEN made 19 trips through the Seaway from 1963 through 1967. The vessel arrived at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with engine trouble as c) MARGRIT B. on this date in 1977. It remained idle and had to be towed to Piraeus, Greece, and laid up in 1978. The ship left there February 15, 1979, for the scrapyard in Barcelona, Spain.

1988: The Cypriot flag freighter PONTOKRATIS was under tow and downbound in the Little Calumet River at Chicago when the CSX railroad bascule bridge ended up across the stern cabin and pilothouse. There were no injuries and both sides launched a lawsuit. The vessel was released May 16 and continued to visit the Seaway as late as 2006. It renamed NAVIGATOR M. in 2010.

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

 

Great Lakes/Seaway iron ore trade up nearly 9 percent in April

5/5 - Cleveland, Ohio - Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5.8 million tons in April, an increase of 8.8 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments topped the month’s 5-year average by nearly 21 percent.

Shipments from U.S. Great Lakes ports totaled 5.3 million tons in April, an increase of 6.8 percent. Loadings at Canadian terminals in the Seaway jumped 35 percent to 507,000 tons.

The month also witnessed the final shipment of iron ore from Escanaba, Michigan. On April 18 the U.S.-flag laker Wilfred Sykes loaded 22,823 tons for delivery to Indiana Harbor, Indiana. The iron ore mine that shipped through Escanaba, the Empire Mine in Palmer, Michigan, has closed. All domestically mined iron ore now must transit the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, in order to feed blast furnaces in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 10.9 million tons, an increase of 15.6 percent compared to the same point in 2016. Year-over-year, loadings at U.S. ports total 9.7 million tons, an increase of 15.4 percent. Shipments from Canadian ports in the St. Lawrence Seaway have increased slightly to 1.2 million tons.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Welland Canal shipping delays expected

5/5 - Ships on the Welland Canal might see a delay of one to two hours in moving through the flight locks in Thorold, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. said in a notice. The delay, the seaway said, is due to construction of the hands-free mooring system in the west flight locks — locks 4, 5 and 6.

The hands-free mooring system sees a unit extend from a lock wall to vertically position and attach its double-pads to a smooth area on a ship hull’s surface. Once attached, vacuum suction is used to create a grip to keep a vessel secure, and the unit adjusts to rising or falling water levels in a lock by gliding up or down on track rails recessed within the lock’s concrete wall. It eliminates the needs for ships to be manually secured by lines inside the locks.

“Originally, some of the work was to be planned around shipping. However, this work has experienced delays due the increased volume of traffic seen in Niagara since opening and as a result, the construction is in danger of slipping and missing deadlines,” the seaway said in its notice to shipping.

It said over the next few weeks vessels may experience some delays of one to two hours due to the required construction, and added it would work to keep the delays to a minimum. “Depending on traffic patterns, it may be necessary to interrupt the operation of the flight locks and force some four- to six-hour closures.”

The seaway said the hands-free mooring will be fully operational on both sides of the flight locks within the next two to three months.

Welland Tribune

 

Port Reports -  May 5

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Federal Yukon arrived Duluth early Thursday morning to load wheat at CHS 1. Thunder Bay and American Mariner departed during the early afternoon, Thunder Bay with ore and the Mariner with wheat from General Mills. Paul R. Tregurtha arrived a few hours later to load coal at Midwest Energy. Late Thursday night, Great Lakes Trader/tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort were inbound to load ore at CN, and Baie Comeau was due to arrive to load ore at BN.

St. Marys River
Roger Blough and Algoway were upbound Thursday in the late morning. Oakglen, Presque Isle and American Century followed in the afternoon and early evening. Drawsko, tug Victory and barge James L. Kuber, and Tecumseh were downbound, followed after dark by Edwin H. Gott.

Bruce Mines, Ont.
Algosteel was in port on Thursday.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The loading dock was under repairs on Thursday will not be able to load vessels until 5 p.m. on Friday. Tied up at the dock were the barge Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted, which would not begin to load until early on Saturday morning once the dock is ready to start loading. Also due Saturday will be Cason J. Callaway in the late evening. Saginaw is due on Sunday at noon to load.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
A busy Thursday saw John J. Boland arrive and load. They were followed by Great Republic, which arrived and anchored awaiting the Boland's departure. Cuyahoga also arrived on Thursday and went to anchor to wait for Great Republic's departure. Wilfred Sykes is due on Friday in the early morning to load. They will anchor awaiting Cuyahoga's departure.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Federal Welland appeared off the Milwaukee breakwater after 8 a.m. Thursday, waiting before entering the harbor. At about noon (with assistance from tug Minnesota) the ocean bulker backed into a berth at Terminal 3 in the outer harbor. Algosteel arrived in Milwaukee Harbor just after 9 a.m. Wednesday, turning and backing into slip 1 in the outer harbor, delivering a salt cargo to the Bulk Transfer Dock. Algosteel departed at 5 p.m. onto Lake Michigan for Bruce Mines, Ont.

Southern Lake Michigan
Taiga Desgagnes, Federal Cedar and Radcliffe R. Latimer were at Burns Harbor Thursday evening.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Thursday and none were expected until Sunday. Due first is Great Republic in the late afternoon, followed in the late evening by Joseph H. Thompson. Due in Monday, May 8, is Kaye E. Barker in the late afternoon.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Herbert C. Jackson loaded Thursday and was expected to depart around 11 a.m. Also due in Thursday was Cason J. Callaway in the early evening for the North Dock. Philip R. Clarke is due in for Friday in the mid-afternoon for the South Dock.

Owen Sound, Ont.
The ferry Chi-Cheemaun left at noon Thursday on her positioning cruise to Tobermory. Regular service to Manitoulin Island begins Friday. The captain offered a master's salute as she departed.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
CSL Laurentien loaded at the CSX Coal Dock on Thursday and departed in the evening. Also due at CSX Thursday was H. Lee White in the early afternoon. Due at CSX Friday is the Calumet in the early evening. Three vessels are due at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock with limestone cargoes. Due first is Algosteel on Saturday in the late evening. Baie Comeau is due on May 17 in the early evening, and Frontenac is due on June 14 during the early afternoon. At the Torco Dock, James R. Barker is expected Friday in the late afternoon in a rare visit. Also due at Torco are the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory on Saturday in the early morning, followed by Lee A. Tregurtha, also on Saturday in the late evening. Philip R. Clarke was also tied up at one of the docks along the Maumee River on Thursday unloading a stone cargo.

Welland Canal – Barry Andersen
Transits for Thursday, May 4: Upbound: Federal Ruhr eta 0313, (first trip into Great Lakes new build). Downbound: tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes eta 0655, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement eta 0502, Robert S. Pierson eta 0610, Stephen B. Roman eta 0922, Dara Desgagnes eta 1530. Mississagi eta 1430. Port Weller anchorage: Adfines Star (Mlt) arrived at 1940.

Hamilton, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Thursday, May 4: Departure: Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 0050. At docks: light tug Everlast, Blacky (Cyp), Cape (Lib), and Pacific Huron (Atg). At former the Port Weller Dry Dock yard, the barge Norman McLeod is on shelf.

Toronto, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Thursday, May 4: At docks: Arrival: tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1504. At docks: light tug Salvage Monarch, Algoma Spirit remains at winter berth.

Bowmanville, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Thursday, May 4: Departed: tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 2007 westbound.

Clarkson, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Thursday, May 4: Departed: Adfines Star (Mlt) departed at 1730 to Port Weller anchorage.

Rochester, N.Y. (on the Genesee River) – Barry Andersen
Tugs Paul L. Luedtke & Karl E. Luedtke with Derrick boat 16 and barges GL 70 and GL 73 on a dredging project.

 

Vessels with Great Lakes / Seaway connection Reported as a Casualty or Demolition

5/5 - The following information was taken from May 2017 Marine News – Journal of the World Ship Society

Casualties: None to report Demolitions: Nawal III (7206378), Tanzania) (Karim H-11, Arwad-09, Viggo Scan-75 - first trip into the Seaway 1975 - 2,272 / 1972 - general cargo. By Jubba General Trading Co. LLC (Standard Marine Services LLC) United Arab Emirates, to Navyug Ship Breaking Co., India and arrived Alang 22/11/2016 - commenced demolition 3/12/2016.

Yankcanuck (5409811), Canada) - 3,280 / 1963 - general cargo. By Purvis Marine to Canadian breakers and arrived at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario 18/11/2016.

Compiled by Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

Trump order invites questions on marine sanctuary

5/5 - Sheboygan, Wis. – The future of a proposed shipwreck protection zone off parts of Wisconsin's east coast could be in question after President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week barring the federal government from naming new National Marine Sanctuaries.

But there are still more questions than answers about how the order, aimed mainly at opening up more offshore oil and natural gas drilling, could impact efforts long underway in Wisconsin to name parts of Lake Michigan a federal sanctuary.

The order itself, signed last Friday, directs the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, “unless expressly required otherwise,” to refrain from designating or expanding protected marine sanctuary areas. There’s an exception for sites where the federal government has already conducted recent studies touching on possible energy sources in proposed sanctuaries.

Efforts to put more than 1,000 square miles of Lake Michigan, including almost all the waters off Sheboygan and Manitowoc counties, under federal sanctuary status could have wrapped up by later this year. It's not clear how directly the Trump order could impact those efforts. A Department of Commerce spokesperson told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin the order simply establishes a review process aimed at looking more closely at marine sanctuaries.

Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels was one of the first locally to point out the executive order’s potential to upend the designation efforts. In an opinion column this week, Nickels said Trump’s order “seriously threatens the possibility of designating our area as a National Marine Sanctuary.”

“This executive order is a direct blow to the work and efforts of many individuals, organizations and cities,” Nickels continued. “It’s also a direct blow to the huge potential for economic and tourist growth in our city.”

Sheboygan Mayor Mike Vandersteen said Wednesday he wasn’t familiar with details about the executive order. The city has advocated for the sanctuary designation in the past.

“We’ve already talked to our area legislators about our marine sanctuary and our desire to keep that on track,” Vandersteen said.

Federal officials have been working since 2015 to put a large swath of Lake Michigan’s waters under sanctuary status, mainly in an effort to preserve dozens of shipwrecks in the area. The effort was spurred by a request in 2014 by Gov. Scott Walker.

Some opponents have cried foul over the sanctuary proposal, and have mainly cited potential federal overreach in the sanctuary or possible impacts on local commercial fishing.

In signing the order, the White House last week said 94 percent of the country’s outer continental shelf area “are either off-limits to or not considered for oil and gas exploration and development.” That continental shelf — the portion of the ocean floor immediately off the country’s shoreline — could contain 90 billion barrels of undiscovered oil and 327 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, according to the White House.

Sheboygan Tribune

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 5

May 5, 1904 the Crisp Point Light on Lake Superior went into service.

WILLIAM CLAY FORD (Hull#300) was launched at River Rouge, Michigan, by Great Lakes Engineering Works, May 5, 1953, for the Ford Motor Co.

On May 5, 1980, the SHARON, a.) ARCHERS HOPE of 1945, grounded in the Trenton Channel of the Detroit River. She was freed on May 7th and proceeded to Monroe, Michigan, and was laid up there on May 8, 1980. No repairs were made and she never sailed again.

On May 5, 1914, the GEORGE F. BAKER was traveling down bound in Lake Superior in dense fog with 10,500 tons of iron ore from Ashland, Wisconsin. She ran hard aground on Sawtooth Reef off Eagle River, on Upper Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.

May 5, 1914 - An unusual cargo, two "Jack Johnsons" (Navy guns) were hauled by the PERE MARQUETTE 17.

The small schooner ST PETER was loaded with grain when she sank 35 miles from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 5 May 1874. The crew reached shore in the yawl.

The steam barge KITTIE M. FORBES was launched in Bay City, Michigan, on 5 May 1883. She was owned by Capt. William Forbes and named for his daughter. Her keel was laid on 1 December 1882. Her dimensions were 195 feet keel, 209 foot overall, 35 foot beam and 14 foot depth. Her engine was built by Samuel F. Hodge.

On 05 May 1902, MILWAUKEE (steel propeller freighter, 325 foot, 3,327 gross tons) was launched at the Chicago Ship Building Company (Hull #55) at South Chicago, Illinois, for the Western Transit Co. She lasted until 1940, when she was scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario.

1960: The coastal freighter FEDERAL EXPRESS had been built at Midland in 1944 as H.M.C.S. WEST YORK. It was hit at the dock in Montreal on this date in 1960 by the Swedish freighter POLARIS, drifted downstream and sank. The stern was raised August 12, 1960, and the remainder of the hull came up in pieces.

1964: The downbound bulk carrier ERNEST T. WEIR sustained damage to the port bow when it collided with tanker MERCURY in Lake St. Clair. The latter had sheered to the left, went aground after the accident and developed a list. Both ships were repaired and ERNEST T. WEIR survives today as the idle self-unloader AMERICAN FORTITUDE.

1978: JALAVIHAR first visited the Great Lakes in 1966 under the flag of India. It ran aground in the Red Sea as d) KATERINA on this date in 1978. After being released it continued to Palermo, Italy, where it was declared beyond economical repair and was eventually scrapped at Split, Yugoslavia.

2009: VICTORIA first came through the Seaway in September 2004. On May 5, 2009, the ship, loaded with 10,000 metric tonnes of rice and its crew of 11 Romanian sailors, were captured by pirates, about 75 miles south of Yemen and held hostage. After the payment of a reported $1.8 million ransom, the vessel was released on July 18, 2009. It was back on the Great Lakes in 2011.

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

 

Lakes limestone trade down 16.3 percent in April

5/4 - Cleveland, Ohio – Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 1,630,081 tons in April, a decrease of 16.3 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings also trailed the month’s 5-year average by 22.4 percent.

Loadings at U.S. quarries totaled 1,332,839 tons, a decrease of 14 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian docks totaled 297,242 tons, a decrease of 24.7 percent.

Year-to-date the lakes limestone trade stands at 1.7 million tons, a decrease of 24.3 percent compared to the same point in 2016. Shipments from U.S. quarries are down 23.3 percent. Loadings out of Canadian quarries are off by 24.7 percent.

The year-to-date total includes 78,489 tons shipped from U.S. quarries in March.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Lake Superior up sharply in April

5/4 - Duluth, Minn. – Lake Superior is back on the rise, up six inches in April, a month the big lake usually rises only three inches. The International Lake Superior Board of Control said Monday that the lake is now nine inches above normal for this time of year and nearly an inch above the May 1, 2016 level.

Water supply was up in April thanks to ample rain and some snowmelt.

The levels of Lakes Michigan-Huron went up seven inches in April, more than the usual four inches. The lakes now sit 13 inches above normal for May 1 but two inches below the May 1, 2016 level.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Port Reports -  May 4

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
John D. Leitch arrived Duluth mid-morning on Wednesday to discharge salt at Hallett #8. Stewart J. Cort made a rare arrival through the Duluth entry just after noon, and headed to Port Terminal to take a short delay before shifting down to Burlington Northern to load iron ore pellets. During the evening, Reestborg departed with wheat from CHS 2, and Thunder Bay arrived to load iron ore pellets at CN. American Mariner was loading wheat at General Mills in Superior.

Two Harbors, Minn.
Edwin H. Gott loaded and left for Gary, Ind., Wednesday in the early evening.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tecumseh and Algocanada departed downbound on Wednesday. Federal Kivalina and BBC Thames were at anchor. Frontenac, Fuldaborg and Federal Danube were at docks.

St. Marys River
A busy Wednesday evening saw several vessels headed upbound, including Baie Comeau, G3 Marquis, Kaministiqua, Hon. James L. Oberstar and American Spirit. CSL St-Laurent and Federal Columbia were downbound in the afternoon, followed by Capt. Henry Jackman, CSL Niagara and Drawsko. Federal Kumano was at the Essar export dock on the Canadian side.

Port Inland, Mich. – Ben and Chanda Mcclain
Joseph L. Block was in port Wednesday night loading for Ashtabula, Ohio. This will be a rare trip down Lake Huron to Lake Erie for the Block.

Grand Haven, Mich. – Sam Hankinson
Cuyahoga was in port Wednesday unloading.

Southern Lake Michigan
Taiga Desgagnes remained at Burns Harbor on Wednesday.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben and Chanda Mcclain
Tuesday, Calumet delivered a load of coal to Lafarge and departed by late afternoon. The tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41 arrived in port Wednesday afternoon to unload product at Lafarge, followed by the Alpena coming in around 4:15 to load cement. The research vessels Spencer F. Baird and Laurentian come and go frequently as well as the R/V Tanner.

Saginaw River – Saginaw River Images
American Integrity arrived in the Saginaw Bay on Tuesday, anchoring overnight. She came in early Wednesday morning, calling on the Consumers Energy Dock in Essexville to unload coal.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algowood was loading salt Wednesday afternoon.

Owen Sound, Ont. – Paul Martin
CSL's Whitefish Bay arrived on May 2 as the first ship of the season. She was unloading grain at the main elevator all day Tuesday.

Toledo, Ohio
Algoma Enterprise and CSL Laurentien were at docks along the river Wednesday night. Philip R. Clarke is expected sometime Thursday.

Sandusky, Ohio
Manitoulin was loading stone on Wednesday afternoon. Cleveland, Ohio – Nick Hunter
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived in town Tuesday evening, but 35 mph winds prevented any ship movement in or out of the harbor. Wednesday, H. Lee White continued to run shuttles to the steel mill while the Buffalo stopped at the bulk terminal before heading out to anchor and wait Cuyahoga River traffic to clear. McCarthy made her way to offload at the bulk terminal around 5. English River and Stephen B. Roman were also in town delivering product. Two Fednav ships are offloading at the Port of Cleveland: Federal Rideau and Federal Satsuki. Heavy lift ship Happy River is due in Thursday.

Welland Canal – Barry Andersen
Transits for Wednesday, May 3: Upbound: Vigilant I departed wharf 18-1 at 0801, English River, Cedarglen and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit eta at 1530. Downbound: tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II departed wharf 12 for Bowmanville, Jana Desgagnes and Marsgracht (Nld) eta 0920. Port Colborne anchorage: Jana Desgagnes departed at 0655. Port Weller anchorage: Adfines Star (Mlt) departed at 1136 and arrived Clarkson at 1352. Barge Norman McLeod was on the shelf at the former Port Weller Drydock.

Hamilton, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Departure: tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1205. At docks: light tug Everlast, Blacky (Cyp), Cape (Lib), Federal Ruhr (Mhl), and Pacific Huron (Atg).

Toronto – Barry Andersen
At docks: light tug Salvage Monarch. Algoma Spirit remains in winter lay-up but conducted safety drill early Wednesday afternoon, signaling that she will be departing soon.

Rochester, N.Y. – Barry Andersen
Tugs Paul L. Luedtke and Karl E. Luedtke with Derrick boat 16 and barges GL 70 and GL 73 remained in port.

 

Great Lakes to add 15 trillion gallons by summer

5/4 - The forecast for Great Lakes water levels through the summer has been updated. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers forecast shows all of the Great Lakes except one are expected to rise to summer high water levels higher than last summer. One Great Lake is forecast to wind up almost a foot and a half higher than last summer.

Read more, and view graphs/photos at this link: http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2017/05/new_great_lakes_water_forecast.html

 

Lake Ontario’s rising water levels cause flooding, erosion in Toronto

5/4 - Toronto, Ont. – Lake Ontario’s rising water levels are threatening to plunge some areas of Toronto into soggy disarray as they approach a decades-old record. The lake’s levels are at the highest they’ve been at the start of May since 1993, according to Jacob Bruxer, a senior water resources engineer at Environment Canada.

Bruxer says Lake Ontario’s level rose 44 centimetres in April, the third-largest jump recorded in April since 1918. By the start of May, that level was at 75.52 metres, which is 55 centimetres above average for this time of year.

As for why the water levels are so high, Bruxer says a main cause is the amount of precipitation. “Starting at the beginning of April, we’ve had an exceptionally wet month across much of the province,” he explains.

Toronto alone saw 106.7 millimetres of precipitation during the month of April, according to Environment Canada. The high water levels caused flooding on Lakeshore Avenue in Toronto Island Park, which forced the Toronto Island Park Ferry Service to stop making trips to the dock at Hanlan’s Point from Sunday afternoon until Tuesday.

“The roads between the Hanlan Islands dock and the rest of the island were significantly flooded and impassable, so we weren’t able to deliver people to Hanlan’s dock because from there they wouldn’t be able to get further,” says Matthew Cutler, a spokesperson for the city’s parks department.

Nancy Gaffney, head of Watershed Programs at the Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), says erosion of the Toronto Islands isn’t new, however, the high water levels have been making the issue worse. She says high levels lift powerful waves above the concrete seawalls meant to prevent erosion. The high levels aren’t just affecting Toronto. Across Lake Ontario in Youngstown, N.Y., Bob Emerson, executive director of Old Fort Niagara, said the rising water level is threatening to swamp a seawall that protects a historic structure known as the French Castle.

Globe & Mail

 

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Today in Great Lakes History -  May 4

On May 4, 1958, JOHN SHERWIN entered service. The SHERWIN has been in lay-up for over half of her life on the Great Lakes. She last sailed on November 16, 1981.

On her maiden voyage May 4, 1976, ST. CLAIR departed Sturgeon Bay for Escanaba, Michigan, to load 39,803 gross tons of iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor, Indiana arriving there on May 5th.

OREFAX ran aground on May 4, 1963, way off course near Manistique, Michigan. She was lightered and pulled off by the Roen Salvage Co. and made her way to Toronto, Ontario, where she discharged her cargo and left for repairs.

The tanker VENUS, a.) MARTHA E. ALLEN of 1928 suffered an explosion on May 4, 1972, when the crew was cleaning tanks while at anchor waiting for the fog to lift about seven miles west of the Eisenhower Lock in the Seaway. Two explosions rocked the ship, killing her skipper, Captain Stanley, and injuring three crewmen.

On 04 May 1839, ATLAS (wooden schooner, built in 1836, at Dexter, New York) was carrying building stone from Chaumont Bay to Oswego, New York, when she foundered 6 miles from Oswego. The steamer TELEGRAPH rushed out of Oswego to assist her but only found a little flotsam. All five on board were lost: Capt. Asahel Wescott, Ortha Little, William Ackerman, John Lee and Asa Davis (a passenger).

1889: The new Canadian Pacific steamer MANITOBA was launched at Owen Sound.

1911: The STEPHEN M. CLEMENT sank the ERWIN L. FISHER in a collision on the Detroit River. The former last sailed as PEAVEY PIONEER and was scrapped in 1968-1969.

1968: The Swedish freighter BRORIVER made 9 trips to the Great Lakes in 1965-1966. It was sold and renamed d) THALIA later in 1966 and caught fire on the Atlantic on this date in 1968. The blaze originated in the engine room but gutted the ship. It was abandoned the next day and was eventually towed to Dakar, Senegal, where it was forced to anchor 8 miles out, as officials did not want it in the port. The vessel later sank at the anchorage.

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

 

Former laker John B. Aird scrap tow set

5/3 - The Canadian registration for John B. Aird was closed on April 21. The ship is now registered in Sierra Leone under the abbreviated name John B. The tug CV Hispania is on her way to Montreal to tow the John B. to a recycling yard in Turkey, likely Aliaga. ETA for the tug in Montreal is postponed to very late on May 8 instead of May 6.

René Beauchamp

 

ArcelorMittal calls for more Great Lakes infrastructure investment

5/3 - Steelmaker ArcelorMittal is calling for more federal investment in the Great Lakes to ensure it has clear shipping channels for iron ore and other raw materials it brings by lake freighter to Northwest Indiana's steel mills.

The Luxembourg-based steelmaker is hoping any infrastructure plans will include port and river dredging, lock maintenance and a new icebreaker. ArcelorMittal is calling for specific projects like a new lock to replace the 47-year-old one at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan that gives ore boats safe passage to the steel mills that ring Lake Michigan's southern shore in the Region.

"These projects are critical to navigation routes for water commerce and the movement of goods," ArcelorMittal Americas Senior Director for Government Relations Tom Dower said in a statement. "Waterborne transportation is safe, efficient and the most environmentally friendly method of transport."

The Cleveland-based Lake Carriers Association estimates Great Lakes freighters moved 83.3 million tons of cargo last year. That figure included 44.1 million tons of iron ore for steel production.

"It's clear that to remain globally competitive, our nation needs greater infrastructure investment — on the highways, byways, waterways and all things in between," Dower said.

He also called for another U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker to help move ore from the mines in Minnesota's Iron Range to Northwest Indiana steel mills.

"While recent winters have been relatively mild, we still lose material due to frozen waterways. In 2013-2014, one of the worst winters in recent history, cancelled cargo totaled 7 million tons, costing the U.S. economy 4,000 jobs and $700 million in economic activity," Dower said. "Only the Coast Guard’s Mackinaw is capable of navigating Lake Superior’s severe ice conditions. This underscores the need for Congress to provide crucial funding for maintaining the Mackinaw and securing an additional ice breaker."

NW Indiana Times

 

Port Reports -  May 3

Due to an editing error, some traffic that should have appeared under the Southern Lake Michigan heading in Tuesday’s report was listed under the Goderich heading.

Duluth-Superior
American Mariner was loading in Superior Tuesday night. James R. Barker and Reestborg (loading wheat at the CHS Elevator) were also in the Twin Ports.

Two Harbors, Minn.
Edgar B. Speer was loading pellets Tuesday night. Capt. Henry Jackman departed during the afternoon Tuesday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
CSL St-Laurent and Federal Columbia departed downbound on Tuesday. According to AIS, Drawsko and Thunder Bay were at anchor. Tecumseh, CSL Niagara, Federal Kivalina and Fuldaborg were at docks.

Port Inland, Mich.
Wilfred Sykes was loading Tuesday night.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation arrived at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, proceeding to their silo on Jones Island with cement. Algosteel is expected Wednesday morning with salt from Goderich, Ont. Federal Welland is expected from Detroit on Thursday. Federal Satsuki is expected later, after stops in Cleveland and Detroit.

Southern Lake Michigan
Burns Harbor and Tiaga Desgagnes were at Burns Harbor Tuesday night. Roger Blough was unloading at Gary. Lee A. Tregurtha was at Indiana Harbor.

Cedarville, Mich.
The barge Ashtabula and tug Defiance arrived on Monday to load in the late morning. A change in orders had the barge Pathfinder and the tug Dorothy Ann diverted to Calcite to load on Tuesday. There are no vessels scheduled until Friday, when Cason J. Callaway is expected during the early evening to load.

Calcite, Mich.
The barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann were expected in the mid-afternoon Tuesday to load at the South Dock. Also due Tuesday was the Calumet in the evening for both the South and North docks. Two vessels are scheduled for Wednesday, with Cason J. Callaway due in the mid-afternoon for the North Dock, followed by the Herbert C. Jackson in the late evening for the South Dock.

Stoneport, Mich.
The barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort arrived in the evening on Monday to load. They were expected to depart Tuesday around 2 p.m. Also due Tuesday was the Philip R. Clarke in the early afternoon. Following that, there is nothing due until Saturday when Great Republic is expected in the early evening.

Saginaw River
American Integrity was headed for Essexville, Mich., to unload on Tuesday.

Toledo, Ohio
Two vessels are expected at the CSX Coal Dock on Wednesday to load. CSL Laurentien is due in the early morning, followed by H. Lee White in the late evening. Also due at CSX are the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory on Saturday in the early morning, followed by Calumet in the late evening to load. At the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock, Frontenac is due on May 9 in the early evening and the Baie Comeau is due on May 19 in the midafternoon. At the Torco Dock, the James R. Barker is due on Friday in the early afternoon, followed by the barge James L. Kuber / tug Victory in the late afternoon. Lee A. Tregurtha is due at Torco on May 10 in the early evening. Vessels in port at the time of this report included Evans Spirit and Algoma Enterprise, both tied up at docks along the Maumee River.

Cleveland, Ohio – Bill Kloss
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and Buffalo were anchored in Lake Erie Tuesday waiting for gusty winds and high waves to abate so they could enter the harbor and unload. H. Lee White was also waiting on weather at the ArcelorMittal dock on the Cuyahoga River.

Welland Canal – Barry Andersen
Transits for Tuesday, May 3: Upbound: tug Vigilant I and barge HM8 remained at wharf 18-1 for weather, CCGS Limnos was at wharf 18-1, Juno (Bhs), CSL Laurentien, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, Algoma Discovery at 0339, English River at 0751, Stephen B. Roman at 0811, Oakglen eta 0755, BBC Brazil (Atg) eta 0845 and Cedarglen eta 1918. Downbound: tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit, tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick, Eemsborg (Nld) eta 0427, CSL Welland eta 0845, Algoma Harvester eta 1110, Isa (Cyp) eta 1355. At Port Colborne anchorage: Jana Desgagnes anchored at 0415. At Port Weller anchorage: Adfines Star (Mlt) was waiting for a Clarkson dock. At the former Port Weller Dry Dock yard, the barge Norman McLeod went into dock at 0810 on May 1.

Hamilton, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Departure: Algoma Discovery at 0055. Arrival: tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1300. At docks: light tug Everlast, Blacky (Cyp), Cape (Lib), Federal Ruhr (Mhl), and Pacific Huron (Atg).

Toronto – Barry Andersen
At docks: Light tug Salvage Monarch. Algoma Spirit remains in winter lay-up.

Rochester, N.Y. (on the Genesee River) – Barry Andersen
Tugs Paul L. Luedtke & Karl E. Luedtke with Derrick Boat 16 and barges GL 70 and GL 73.

 

More Seaway salties renamed

5/3 - The following saltwater vessels have been renamed. Each has made visits to the Great Lakes/Seaway system. Nogat, a former Polsteam bulker which first came inland in 1999 and last visited as such in 2016, is now Kan 2 of Tuvalu registration. Orla, another Polsteam bulker and sistership to the Nogat, which first came inland in 2000 and last visited as such in 2015, is now Grace of Vanuatu registry. Pilica, a sistership to the Nogat and Orla, and a former Polsteam bulker which first came inland in 1999 and last visited as such in 2016, is now Astoria of Malta. Puffin, which first came inland in 2003 and last visited as such in 2016, is now Greendale of Belize flag registry. Serena, which first came inland in 2007 and last visited as such in 2010, is now Marmolokai of Antigua and Barbuda flag. Uta, which first visited in 2007 on its only visit with that name, is now Marmakira of Antigua and Barbuda.

Denny Dushane

 

‘Know Your Ships’ releases two videos

5/3 - Roger LeLievre, editor and publisher of the Great Lakes vessel guide “Know Your Ships,” has posted two new videos on YouTube. The first, which consists of laker footage shot around the Soo Locks and Sault Ste. Marie area in 2015 and 2016, can be viewed at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICJrn-4fMss

The other video offers scenes from a trip on the 1,000-footer Stewart J. Cort (2015, Soo Locks to Indiana Harbor) and the classic steamer Wilfred Sykes (2016, from Port Inland to Sturgeon Bay to Grand Haven). It can be viewed at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wuqT_IWNeY&feature=youtu.be

There are now 34 such videos on the “Know Your Ships” gallery, which can be viewed at this link: http://knowyourships.com/gallery-mov1.html

Know Your Ships

 

Open house, arts & crafts show at 40 Mile Point Lighthouse May 26-28

5/3 - The 40 Mile Point Lighthouse museum and other buildings, located north of Rogers City, Mich., will be open for the first time this year starting May 26. Many items have been added to the museum over the winter and The Bunkhouse gift shop is stocked with many new items.

An Arts and Craft Show begins on Saturday, May 28, and continues through Sunday. A special addition this year is Jon Mykkanen and Marie Serafin from Johannesburg, Mich. The pair demonstrates chainsaw carving. Jon is known for his bears and eagles. Marie carves lighthouses, sea captains, herons and much more.

On Sunday, Russ Franzen, a simple acoustic storyteller, will be singing original songs of lighthouses, lake boats and life along the Great Lakes. He has scheduled performances at 11 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m.

The Kiwanis Club of Rogers City will be serving whitefish sandwiches and other treats from the Fish Shack located near the Fog Signal Building. Complimentary light refreshments will also be served in the Fog Signal Building Saturday and Sunday.

Parking and sanitary facilities are available all three days. Bicyclists can pedal along the winding path from Rogers City to Lighthouse Park and use the bike racks at the park. All events are free. For more information on the lighthouse, visit the website http://www.40milepointlighthouse.org

40 Mile Point Lighthouse Society

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 3

On May 3, 1959, the first large saltwater vessel to transit the new St. Lawrence Seaway arrived at Duluth. The RAMON DE LARINAGA of 1954, took the honors as the first salty, passing under Duluth's Aerial Bridge at 1:16 p.m., followed by a salty named the HERALD of 1943, sixteen minutes later.

In 1922, the PERE MARQUETTE 16, as the barge HARRIET B, collided with the steamer QUINCY A. SHAW, and sank off Two Harbors, Minnesota.

On 3 May 1840, CHAMPLAIN (wooden side-wheeler, 225 tons, built in 1832, at Chippewa, Ontario) was carrying general merchandise when a storm drove her ashore four miles south of St. Joseph, Michigan. Although abandoned, she was later recovered and rebuilt.

On 03 May 1883, lightning struck and set fire to the barge C F. ALLEN while she was loading at North Muskegon, Michigan. She burned to the water's edge. Her loss was valued at $6,000, but she was not insured.

1905: HESPER was blown aground in 60 mph winds near Silver Bay, MN. The vessel was carried over a reef by a giant wave and broken to pieces. All on board were rescued.

1909: The EDWIN F. HOLMES hit a dredge in the Detroit River. The 108-year-old vessel still survives as the J.B. FORD.

1941: TRAJAN had been built at Ecorse, MI as a) YAQUE in 1915. It returned to the Great Lakes as b) DORIS in 1928 taking out the head gates at Lock 13 of the Welland Canal on September 23 and was back for several trips after becoming c) TRAJAN in 1932. The vessel was bombed and sunk by German aircraft in the North Sea on this date while enroute from Blyth to London with a cargo of coal.

1961: The tug BERT VERGE was towing the retired laker FORESTDALE across Hamilton Bay to the scrapyard at Stelco when it got caught by the wind, pulled over on its beam ends and sank with the loss of 2 lives. The tug was later salvaged and survives today as a pleasure craft out of Port Dover.

1982: A fire in the officer's quarters aboard the rail car barge SCOTIA II broke out at Sarnia. The damage was repaired and the ship resumed cross-river service until making its last run in April 1995.

1987: The Polish freighter ZIEMIA BIALOSTOCKA began Great Lakes service in 1980 after 8 years of deep sea trading. The ship hit the Sidney Lanier Bridge at Brunswick, GA, on this date in 1987 with major damage to the vessel and structure. The ship last visited the Great Lakes in 1996 and arrived at Alang, India, for scrapping on September 20, 1998.

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

 

Port Reports -  May 2

Duluth, Minn. – Arthur Mills
John G. Munson is scheduled to arrive at Duluth on its first trip on Saturday, May 5, to load iron ore pellets. After spending the 2016-17 shipping season in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. having her steam power plant converted to diesel, and sea trials on Saturday April 29, the Munson is ready for its first trip of the new season.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
AIS showed Federal Columbia, CSL St-Laurent and Federal Kivalina at docks on Monday. Federal Danube and Fuldaborg were at anchor.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Early Monday, Karen Andrie and barge Endeavor departed for Indiana Harbor. Tug John Marshall and barge Lake Trader left Milwaukee after 6 p.m. Monday, headed southeast on the lake. Shortly afterward, tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41 left, returning to Charlevoix.

Southern Lake Michigan
Joseph L. Block was unloading at Burns Harbor Monday night. Algolake was at Gary, with Roger Blough heading in. American Spirit was unloading at Indiana Harbor.

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

Nanticoke, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Departure: Thunder Bay at 0253 westbound.

Welland Canal – Barry Andersen
Transits for Monday, May 1: Upbound: Algoma Equinox, Algoma Enterprise, Evans Spirit eta 0227, Radcliffe R. Latimer eta 0456, Kaministiqua eta 0856, Baie Comeau eta 1257, CCGS Limnos eta 1310, G3 Marquis eta 1321, Robert S. Pierson eta 1405, Juno (Bhs) eta 1600, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin eta @ 1740 and CSL Laurentien at 1825. Downbound: Algoma Discovery eta 0300, Algoma Olympic eta 1015, Labrador (Cyp) eta 1410, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2146 and tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick eta 2200. Port Weller anchorage: Adfines Star waiting for Clarkson dock at former Port Weller Dry Dock. Barge Norman McLeod into dock at 0810.

Hamilton, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Traffic for Monday, May 1: Departure: G3 Marquis at 1035. Arrival: Algoma Discovery 0300, light tug Everlast at 1657. Docked: Blacky (Cyp), Cape (Lib), Federal Ruhr (Mhl), and Pacific Huron (Atg).

Toronto – Barry Andersen
Arrival: light tug Salvage Monarch.

Clarkson, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Departure: - Robert S. Pierson at 1244 westbound. Bath, Ont. – Barry Andersen
English River departed mid-day Monday westbound.

Rochester, N.Y. – Barry Andersen
Tugs Paul L. Luedtke and Karl E. Luedtke with Derrick boat 16 and barges GL 70 and GL 73 were in port.

Oswego, N.Y. – Barry Andersen
April 30 report should have read: Evans Spirit arrived April 29 at 1435 and departed at 1728 westbound.

Seaway – Rene Beauchamp
Cedarglen was approaching Cardinal, Ont., Monday night westbound on her first trip of the season. She is bound for Thunder Bay. The deep-sea tug VB Hispania is heading to Montreal with an ETA of next Saturday to pick up John B (ex-John B. Aird). This tug towed Peter (ex-Peter R. Cresswell) to the shipbreaking yard in Turkey last year.

 

After ‘disaster’ shipwreck, a massive beach cleanup near Ludington

5/2 - Ludington, Mich. – The fate of the 76-foot pleasure boat couldn’t have been worse, first running aground after taking on water, then succumbing in a storm, its structure breaking like kindling.

Since the storm ravaged the boat, wreckage has washed up on the shores of Ludington State Park, with hundreds of hours of cleanup by state employees and volunteers, and a tab that’s still running weeks later and may continue for months in an unusual spectacle of piles of wood and other debris on the public beach.

“It’s a disaster along the shoreline,” says Jim Gallie, manager of the park for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

About 9 a.m. April 15, the boat, Tica, took on water and its owner ran it aground onto a sandbar north of Big Sable Point lighthouse, officials say. The Coast Guard, with a crew patrolling in the area, arrived about 20 minutes later and rescued its operator, who was traveling from Pentwater to Traverse City. The boat was listing about 15 degrees by the time the operator was rescued.

“A commercial salvage company is planning to place boom around the vessel Sunday and position a barge with a vacuum pump to remove all of the fuel and oil from the vessel,” read a Coast Guard statement published the day of the crash.

Less than a week later, on April 21, a major storm hit. Its wind and waves outmatched the Tica, forcing its superstructure to break, scattering debris along the shoreline, with more washing up onto the beach at Ludington State Park each hour.

Since then, debris has washed up; visitors at one point would find a huge part of the stern, with the words “Traverse City” peeking like pieces from some long-lost shipwreck from its burial in the sand.

Read more and view photos at this link: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/04/30/disaster-shipwreck-massive-beach-cleanup/101136488/

 

Flooding hits hundreds of properties along Lake Ontario

5/2 - Hundreds of Monroe County homeowners along Lake Ontario continued to feel the effect of waters — already at their highest point in years — crashing over breakwalls and into yards, basements and roadways.

Roughly 20 inches above normal, the lake’s level combined with high winds and more rain Sunday had residents, from Hamlin to Greece, filling sandbags and double-checking their sump pumps to move water out of their basements.

Several homes in Parma and Greece were surrounded by gushing moats of ankle-deep water, leaving homeowners and local leaders worried about property, pets and safety.

"I love living on the lake, but not in the lake," said Sam Schell, a resident of Edgemere Drive in Greece.

Read more, view photos and videos of the flooding at this link: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2017/04/30/flooding-again-hits-lakefront-properties-greece-edgemere-drive/101129176/

 

Field guide provides ‘boatnerds’ with inside look at what's passing on Detroit River

5/2 - Windsor, Ont. – Windsor-Essex is widely known as a destination for phenomenal bird watching, but for some the real action is out on the water. The month of May marks prime boat watching season along the Detroit River and the area's biggest “boatnerds” are prepared with a handy field guide to all the big lake freighters that will pass by.

"You see these boats going by. Where are they going? What are they carrying? Who's on them?" explained Roger LeLievre, president of Marine Historical Society of Detroit and the publisher of an annual field guide called "Know Your Ships."

The guide, published since 1959, includes photos and information about the owner of each ship and its size. Growing up in Sault Ste. Marie, LeLievre said he became interested in big boats as a kid. It's a passion that continues today.

"If you follow them for awhile, they kind of become family and friends," he added. "You get to know their names ... and you kind of know the back story, and maybe you know the names of the captains or some of the crew, and it becomes very personal."

LeLievre said his favorites are the few surviving steam-powered ships.

"There's really not very many of them left, just three or four on the U.S. side, and those are quickly going over to diesel," he said. "I really like the older ships because of the design and the style. The newer ships don't seem to have the allure. They're kind of all built from the same plans and they don't look much different from one another."

Listen to the interview at this link: http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/windsor-morning/segment/12465226

CBC Windsor

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 2

The STEWART J. CORT created a sensation as she passed Detroit/Windsor on mid-day on May 2, 1972, amid throngs of people lining both sides of the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers, whistling acknowledging salutes on her up bound maiden run.

ADAM E. CORNELIUS (Hull#53) was launched at St. Clair, Michigan by Great Lakes Engineering Works on May 2, 1908. Renamed b.) DETROIT EDISON in 1948, c.) GEORGE F. RAND in 1954. Sold Canadian in 1962, renamed d.) AVONDALE. She was scrapped at Castellon, Spain, in 1979.

On 2 May 1874, the steamer 8TH OHIO was chartered by Magner & Company to carry their circus to various Great Lake ports throughout that season.

The 3-mast schooner EDWARD KELLEY was launched at Dunford & Leighton's yard in Port Huron on 2 May 1874. She was built for the Lake Superior Transportation Company of Cleveland, Ohio. A. O. Miller's coronet band played at the launching.

On 02 May 1903, ACADIA (wooden schooner-barge, 102 foot, 188 tons, built in 1873, at Smith's Falls, Ontario) was carrying coal from Oswego, New York to Kingston, Ontario, when she went aground in a storm near the Duck Islands on Lake Ontario. She was later recovered, but foundered again in July 1908. Again she was recovered and this time rebuilt as a barge.

1895 N.K. FAIRBANK was traveling from Chicago to Ogdensburg, NY with 50,000 bushels of corn when it stranded, due to fog and smoke, off Morgan's Point 6 miles west of Port Colborne. The wooden steamer caught fire and burned to the waterline. The hull was later refloated and, in 1899, rebuilt as the ELIZA H. STRONG only to burn again in October 1904.

1967 SHELTER BAY went aground in the Brockville Narrows when a bolt in the steering gear sheared off and the vessel veered off course, was holed by rocks and had to be beached off Royal Island. This member of the Q. & O. fleet was bound for Chicago with iron ore, but had to be lightered and then sailed to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs.

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

 

Port Reports -  May 1

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Whitefish Bay departed in the lake afternoon Sunday. Fuldaborg, Federal Danube and Federal Kivalina were at anchor. CSL Niagara, Mississagi, Federal Columbia, Drawsko and CSL Laurent were at docks.

Cedarville, Mich.
Cuyahoga was expected Sunday in the evening to load. Following the Cuyahoga, the barge Ashtabula/tug Defiance were due Monday in the early morning. They would get the dock following the Cuyahoga's departure. Due Tuesday are the barge Pathfinder / tug Dorothy Ann in the morning.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Sunday. Due in for Monday is the John J. Boland in the morning. They were delayed due to the winds on Lake Michigan. Also due is the Great Republic on Tuesday in the early morning, followed by Wilfred Sykes on Tuesday morning. John J. Boland is due back on Wednesday in the morning followed by the barge Ashtabula/tug Defiance.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
John G. Munson was still undergoing sea trials of her new diesels on Sunday.

Southern Lake Michigan
Stewart J. Cort and BBC Thames remained in port Sunday night. Wilfred Sykes was waiting to go in. Edwin H. Gott was unloading at Gary.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Sunday. The barge Great Lakes Trader/tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort are due Monday in the late afternoon. Due Tuesday in the early morning is the Philip R. Clarke. Great Republic is due on Wednesday during the late afternoon.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Calumet is due in the early afternoon Tuesday for the South and North docks followed by the barge Pathfinder/tug Dorothy Ann in the late afternoon, also loading at the South Dock. For Wednesday, Cason J. Callaway is due in the early afternoon for the North Dock, followed by Herbert C. Jackson in the late afternoon for the South Dock.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
CSL Laurentien is due at the CSX Coal Dock on Wednesday in the morning. Also due at CSX is the H. Lee White Thursday during the morning. The barge James L. Kuber/tug Victory are also due at CSX to load on Friday in the early morning, and the Calumet is due at CSX to load on Saturday, May 6 in the evening. There are two vessels expected at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock with limestone cargoes. Due in first is the Frontenac on May 9 in the late evening. Baie Comeau is due on May 18 in the late evening. At the Torco Dock, the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory are due Thursday in the early evening, followed by the Interlake Steamship 1,000-footer James R. Barker, making a rare visit on Friday in the early morning. Lee A. Tregurtha is due at Torco on May 10 in the early evening, and the barge James L. Kuber/tug Victory are due back at Torco on May 12 in the morning. Algoma Olympic remained in Toledo upriver Sunday loading a grain cargo.

Nanticoke, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Arrival: Thunder Bay at 1811 Sunday.

Welland Canal – Barry Andersen
Transits for Sunday, April 30: Upbound: Dara Desgagnes, Federal Satsuki (Mhl) eta 0200, Federal Rideau (Mhl) eta 0950, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod eta 1750 tied up at fit-out wall at former Port Weller Drydock yard, Algoma Equinox at 2056 and Algoma Enterprise eta approx. 2145, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement departed wharf 16 at 2020 westbound and tug Vigilant I & barge HM8 remain at 18-1 for weather. Downbound: Exeborg (Nld), Algoscotia, Algoma Discovery eta 0858, and CSL Assiniboine eta 0945. Port Weller Anchorage: Departure: Harbour Fountain (Por) at 1345 for Seaway. Arrival: Adfines Star anchored early evening waiting on weather for Clarkson dock.

Colborne, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Colborne: Arrival: Robert S. Pierson at 0900 Sunday and departed mid-day westbound.

Clarkson, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Arrival: Robert S. Pierson at 2102 Sunday.

Hamilton, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Arrivals Sunday: G3Marquis at 0350, Algoma Enterprise at 0822. Departures: Algoma Enterprise at 1815 to the Canal, Algoma Equinox at 1904 to the Canal. Docked: Blacky (Cyp), Cape (Lib), Federal Ruhr (Mhl), Algoma Equinox and Pacific Huron (Atg).

Bath, Ont. – Barry Andersen
English River arrived in the late evening Sunday.

Rochester N.Y. – Barry Andersen
At dock: Tugs Paul L. Luedtke anf Karl E. Luedtke with Derrick Boat 16 and barges GL 70 and GL 73.

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
Evans McKeil and barge Alouette Spirit arrived Saturday with aluminum at 1435 and departed at 1728 westbound.

Toronto, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Departures: Robert S. Pierson Saturday at 2034 eastbound. English River departed 0315 Sunday eastbound.

Montreal, Que. – Rene Beauchamp
Cedarglen will be back in service Monday morning. She is scheduled to depart Montreal upbound at 6 a.m. with a destination of Thunder Bay, according to her AIS.

 

National Museum discovers marine artist in own backyard

5/1 - Toledo, Onio – The National Museum of The Great Lakes will open a new exhibit to the general public on May 13 featuring the marine art of David O. Hart.

The museum didn’t have to look far to find Mr. Hart as he has been a long-time dedicated volunteer aboard the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship which is managed by the museum.

“For years Dave Hart has been chipping and painting hull of the Schoonmaker during the day and going home at night and producing dozens of painting featuring various Great Lakes freighters,” said Christopher Gillcrist, executive director of the museum. “Dave paints in the traditional approach to Great Lakes marine art which features realistic rendering of Great Lakes boats underway.”

Not only is Hart a volunteer aboard the Col. James M. Schoonmaker, with this new exhibit he is also becoming a financial supporter of the boat. Mr. Hart’s paintings will be available for sale throughout the show with 50 percent of the proceeds going to support the on-going restoration of the vessel.

“Our challenge” according to Gillcrist, “is to match a $30,000 grant from the Schoonmaker Foundation, to underwrite the maintenance and operations of the museum ship. We believe Dave Hart’s generous offer could bring in $2,500 toward that goal.”

Paintings for sale range in price from $150 to $250. “This is a great chance for the average consumer to purchase real art at a price most people can afford, and at the same time, help out our Schoonmaker Museum Ship” Gillcrist added.

The exhibit is included in a general museum admission. Individuals interested in attending the exhibit opening reception should contact the museum at 419-214-5000 extension 0.

National Museum of The Great Lakes

 

Updates -  May 1

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Today in Great Lakes History -  May 1

EDMUND FITZGERALD collided with the Canadian steamer HOCHELAGA at the mouth of the Detroit River, May 1, 1970, suffering slight damage at hatches 18 and 19.

STEWART J. CORT departed Erie on her maiden voyage at 0400 May 1, 1972. She was delayed by fog in Western Lake Erie.

The steel-hulled bulk carrier SHENANGO (Hull#62) was launched on May 1, 1909, by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, Michigan.

Scrapping began on the CHICAGO TRADER at Ashtabula, Ohio, on May 1, 1978.

The JOHN T. HUTCHINSON (Hull#1010) was launched at Cleveland, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. on May 1, 1943.

The IRVING S. OLDS sustained an eight-foot long crack across her spar deck and eight inches down one side in a storm on Lake Huron May 1, 1963.

LIGHTSHIP 103 (HURON) was launched at Morris Heights, New York by Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp. on May 1, 1920, for the U.S. Lighthouse Service. The SOO RIVER TRADER brought the first shipment of bulk cement to open the $18 million St. Lawrence Cement distribution dock at Duluth, Minnesota on May 1, 1982.

May 1, 1903 - The ANN ARBOR NO 1 sighted a burning vessel about 15 miles out of the Sturgeon Bay Ship canal, the steamer JOHN EMERY OWEN. The crew had already been picked off after the fire started, so the ANN ARBOR NO 1 put out the fire with her fire hoses. The NO 1 then towed the abandoned steamer to Sturgeon Bay and tied her up at the west end of the canal.

On 1 May 1875, CONSUELLO (wooden schooner, 103 foot, 142 gross tons, built in 1851, at Cleveland, Ohio) left Cleveland with a load of black stone for Toledo. Near Kelley's Island, a storm caused the cargo to shift and the ship capsized and sank. When she hit bottom, she jerked upright so the tops of her masts were above the water. Two of the crew, Fred Donahue and James King, were able to cling to the masts and they were rescued after about an hour and a half. Five others, including the captain and his wife, were drowned.

On 1 May 1876, the little steamer W.D. MORTON, which for two years had run as a ferry between Port Huron's Black River and Sarnia, left her dock for the Delaware River where she ran on a centennial excursion route for the exposition held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania She left the Lakes via the Erie Canal.

On 01 May 1858, OGONTZ (wooden propeller steamer, 343 tons, built in 1848, at Ohio City, Ohio) was purchased by Capt. A. E. Goodrich and George C. Drew for $5,600. This was the second vessel in the Goodrich Line. Just two years later, Capt. Goodrich had her machinery removed and she was sold to W. Crostin for $500. He converted her to a sailing vessel and she operated for two more years before she foundered in a storm.

1892: CELTIC, enroute from Fort William to Kingston with wheat and general cargo, sank in Lake Erie east of Rondeau after a collision with the steamer RUSSIA. The accident occurred in fog and one life was lost.

1909: ADELLA SHORES foundered with the loss of 14 lives in a Lake Superior storm while enroute from Ludington to Duluth with barreled salt.

1917: CASE began leaking on Lake Erie and was beached at East Sister Island, near Point Pelee and the ship caught fire when a lantern was knocked over. Some cargo was salvaged in August but the hull was left to break up in place and today the remains are scattered on the bottom.

1933: WILLIAM SCHUPP stranded on a shoal off Cockburn Island, Lake Huron, while enroute to Fort William in ballast. Once released, the vessel was repaired at Collingwood. It became MONDOC (ii) in 1945 and was scrapped at Deseronto, ON in 1961.

1940: ARLINGTON foundered in a Lake Superior storm on the second trip of the 1940 season. The wheat laden steamer was bound for Owen Sound went down stern first, taking Capt. Burke to his death. The rest of the crew survived and were picked up by the COLLINGWOOD.

1963: CAPE TRANSPORT was mauled overnight in a wild storm on Lake Huron off Harbor Beach. The steering gear was damaged, the radio knocked out and pilothouse windows were smashed. The HOLMSIDE, and later the RALPH S. MISENER, stood by. The ship reached a safe anchorage on May 2. Fleetmate OREFAX sustained damage to the forward cabins while upbound on Lake Huron in the same storm.

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

 

Port Reports -  April 30

Thunder Bay, Ont.
According to AIS, Isa departed Saturday afternoon. Federal Columbia, Drawsko, Algowood and Whitefish Bay were at docks. Federal Kivalina was at anchor.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
John G. Munson left BayShip Saturday morning for sea trials on her new diesel engines. She was still out in Lake Michigan Saturday night.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Federal Danube left at about 5 p.m. Friday northbound on Lake Michigan for Thunder Bay. Saltie Labrador, with assistance from two G-tugs, pulled away from its berth at Nidera grain at 11 p.m. Friday and departed northbound on the lake. Karen Andrie with barge Endeavour were docked north of Greenfield Avenue in the inner harbor after arriving Thursday night and were still in port Saturday night. Alpena was unloading Saturday evening. The Lake Express ferry began its 2017 season Friday with two-a-day round trip sailings to and from Muskegon, Mich.

Southern Lake Michigan
BBC Thames, Steward J. Cort and John J. Boland were in Burns Harbor Saturday night.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
No vessels were loading on Saturday. Algorail remains in winter lay-up.

Toledo, Ohio
Algoma Olympic was the only vessel in port Saturday night.

Nanticoke, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Algocanada departed at 0810 Saturday for Sarnia. Algoscotia docked at 0815 Saturday.

Welland Canal – Barry Andersen
Transits for April 29. Fog delay overnight. Upbound: John D. Leitch, Taiga Desgagnes, Federal Welland (Mhl), Sedna Desgagnes, Vigilant I & barge HM8, Tecumseh, Frontenac eta 0950, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement eta 1247, Federal Satsuki (Mhl) eta unknown. Downbound: Robert S. Pierson, Federal Kushiro (Mhl) eta 0130, Harbour Fountain (Por) eta 0410, Algoma Mariner eta 0810, CSL Laurentien eta 1145, Algoma Enterprise eta 1930, Exeborg (Nld) eta 2120.

Hamilton, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Arrivals: Federal Ruhr (Mhl) eta 1135, Pacific Huron (Atg), Algoma Equinox, G3Marquis eta. Departures: BBC Weser (Atg) departed 4.28 at 2327, Arneborg (Nld) at 0554, light tug Lois M at 0922 for Seaway - at docks: Cape (Lib), Blacky (Cyp) and Pelee Islander (ferry) at Heddle dry dock.

Bath, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Stephen B. Roman departed Saturday.

Rochester, N.Y.
Arrival: Tugs Paul L. Luedtke & Karl E. Luedtke with Derrick 16 and barges GL70 and GL 73 at 0800 Saturday.

Bowmanville, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement departed Saturday morning.

Toronto, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Arrivals: English River at 1210, Robert S. Pierson at 1246, Stephen B. Roman at 1641. Departure: Tundra (Cyp) departed at 1535 for Sorel.

 

Coast Guard, local partners to combat illegal charter operations around Chicago

4/30 - Chicago, Ill. – Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago and the Chicago Harbor Safety Committee hosted an Uninspected Passenger Vessel and Bareboat Charter Workshop to help deter the growing number of illegal charter operations on the southern tip of Lake Michigan and Chicago Area Waterway System Saturday.

The workshop was held at the Chicago Yacht Club and was attended by a standing-room only crowd of more than 120 commercial and recreational vessel operators. Representatives from the Coast Guard, Chicago Harbor Safety Committee, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Chicago Police Department Marine Unit, Chicago Fire Department, City of Chicago and Westrec Marinas participated in the workshop to educate boaters on federal, state and local safety and licensing requirements for taking paying passengers and the dangers of operating illegally.

"The safe and legal operation of passenger vessels on Lake Michigan and Chicago Area Waterways System is one of my top priorities," said Cmdr. Zeita Merchant, commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit Chicago. "Educating boaters is the Coast Guard’s primary tool for compelling compliance. Forums such as this workshop and the unity of effort from our partnering agencies are critical to preserving the safety of passengers, promoting safe and legal boating practices and facilitating commerce."

In addition to education and outreach, Coast Guard stations conduct routine law enforcement boardings to verify vessels are legally carrying paying passengers and have the required safety equipment on board. Upon discovering an illegal passenger vessel operation, the station notifies Marine Safety Unit Chicago to convene an investigation.

Marine Safety Unit Chicago is responsible for executing the Coast Guard’s port safety and security, and commercial vessel safety missions on Lake Michigan and the Chicago Area Waterway System. In that role, the unit investigates credible reports of illegal passenger vessel operations. Within the last year, Marine Safety Unit Chicago has investigated 22 reports of illegal passenger vessel operations and the number of reports is expected to significantly increase due to extensive outreach efforts.

Vessels proven to be operating illegally can be subjected to fines of up to $42,750 or more per day. Repeated violations or an accident leading to injury or death on non-compliant vessels can lead to felony criminal charges.

Legitimate commercial passenger vessels are required to be operated by a Coast Guard licensed captain.

The Coast Guard strongly urges potential customers to be mindful of the dangers of using unauthorized boat operators. For your safety and the safety of others, please ensure that your boat operators are licensed by the Coast Guard and are operating vessels with the required safety equipment on board.

Anyone aware of an illegal passenger vessel operation should reach out to the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago’s Investigations Division at SMBMSUChicagoInvest@uscg.mil or call (630) 986-2155.

USCG

 

Updates -  April 30

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Today in Great Lakes History -  April 30

30 April 1894 - The TRUANT (wooden propeller tug, 73 foot, 28 gross tons, built in 1889 at Toronto, Ontario) burned to a total loss near Burnt Island in Georgian Bay. The fire started under her ash pan.

On 30 April 1890, the wooden dredge MUNSON and two scow barges were being towed from Kingston, Ontario, by the tug EMMA MUNSON to work on the new Bay of Quinte bridge at Rossmore, Ontario, six miles west of Kingston when the dredge started listing then suddenly tipped over and sank. No lives were lost.

IRVIN L. CLYMER returned to service April 30, 1988, after a two-season lay-up.

HOWARD HINDMAN of 1910, grounded heavily when her steering cable parted at Little Rapids Cut in the St. Marys River, April 30, 1969. Due to the extensive damage, she was sold in May of that year to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne, Ontario, for scrap and was scrapped at Bilbao, Spain in 1969.

The RED WING tow arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan on April 30, 1987, for dismantling.

On 30 April 1842, the side-wheeler COMMODORE BARRIE collided with the schooner CANADA about 10 miles off Long Point in Lake Ontario. The COMMODORE BARRIE became disabled and then sank about an hour and a half later. Her passengers and crew were rescued by the CANADA.

On 30 April 1878, ST. LAWRENCE (2-mast wooden schooner, 93 foot, 111 tons, built in 1842, at Clayton, New York) was carrying timber when she caught fire from the boiling over of a pot of pitch which was being melted on the galley stove. The vessel was well out on Lake Michigan off Milwaukee. The fire spread so rapidly that the crew had no time to haul in canvas, so when they abandoned her, she was sailing at full speed. The lifeboat capsized as soon as it hit the water, drowning the captain and a passenger. The ST. LAWRENCE sailed off ablaze and was seen no more. The rest of the crew was later rescued by the schooner GRANADA.

1909: RUSSIA foundered in heavy weather in Lake Huron not far from Detour, MI. The ship was en route from Duluth to Alpena and ran into a heavy gale. Sources vary on the loss to life.

1929: D.M. PHILBIN ran aground in a high winds and snow 6 miles west of Conneaut after mistaking the airport beacon for the Conneaut Light and stranding on a sandbar off Whitman's Creek. The hold was flooded to keep the hull safe and it was released with the aid of tugs on May 7. The vessel was renamed c) SYLVANIA prior to returning to service

1984: The fish tug STANLEY CLIPPER sank in a storm on Lake Erie southeast of Port Dover, near Ryerson Island and all three men on board were lost. The hull was located, refloated and rebuilt as the tug NADRO CLIPPER. It currently operates as c) A.I.S. CLIPPER and is often moored below Lock 1 of the Welland Canal when not in service.

1991: The hull of BEECHGLEN buckled while unloading corn at Cardinal, ON, with the bow and stern settling on the bottom. The ship was strapped together, refloated and towed to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs arriving at the shipyard on May 26.

1999: GLORY MAKOTOH, a Panamanian general cargo carrier, sank in the South China Sea off Hainan Island as d) FELIZ TRADER on this date in 1999. The vessel had been a Seaway trader in 1983 under the original name. Eight crewmembers were rescued from the lifeboats but 13 sailors were lost.

2000: The small passenger ship WORLD DISCOVERER visited the Great Lakes in 1975. It hit a reef or large rock off the Solomon Islands on April 30, 2000, and had to be beached on the island of Ngella. The 127 passengers and 80 crew were saved, but the ship was a total loss and potential salvors were driven off by a hostile local population.

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

 

Port Reports -  April 29

Marquette, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The 1,000 footer American Century arrived at the Upper Harbor early on Friday morning to unload coal from Superior. It was the vessel’s first visit of the 2017/18 shipping season to the Upper Harbor.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Algosteel was at anchor off of Cedarville on Friday due to weather. They were expected to make an attempt to get in during the late afternoon or at dusk. Due Tuesday, May 2, are the barge Pathfinder / tug Dorothy Ann in the early morning.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
A busy lineup saw Calumet arrive on Friday and begin to load at noon. They were followed by Wilfred Sykes, which was expected to get the dock somewhere around 9 p.m. on Friday. Following the Sykes, Great Republic was expected Friday around 10 p.m., however they would not get the dock until around 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. Next would be the barge Pere Marquette 41 / tug Undaunted, which were expected Saturday around 9:30 a.m. They would follow the Great Republic and get the dock about 5 p.m. on Saturday. Due in Sunday is the John J. Boland during the late afternoon. Wilfred Sykes is due back on Monday during the early evening.

Milwaukee, Wis. - Paul Erspamer
Federal Danube left its slip in Milwaukee's outer harbor at about 5 pm Friday and departed northbound on Lake Michigan for Thunder Bay. Saltie Labrador, with assistance from two G-tugs, pulled away from its berth at Nidera Grain at 11 pm Friday and departed northbound on the Lake. Karen Andrie with barge Endeavor were docked north of Greenfield Avenue in the inner harbor, having arrived Thursday night. Alpena is expected in Milwaukee early Saturday. The Lake Express ferry began its 2017 season Friday with a two-a-day round trip sailings to and from Muskegon, Michigan.

Southern Lake Michigan
James R. Barker was unloading at Indiana Harbor Friday evening. Edgar B. Speer was at Gary. BBC Thames was still at Burns Harbor, where the Stewart J. Cort was unloading Friday night.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels expected Friday. Due Saturday are two vessels, American Mariner in the early morning for the South Dock followed by Philip R. Clarke in the late afternoon also for the South Dock. There are no boats scheduled Sunday.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels expected Friday. Due Saturday are the barge Pathfinder / tug Dorothy Ann in the early morning. There are no boats due Sunday. Two vessels are due Monday, with the barge Great Lakes Trader / tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort due first in the early afternoon followed by the Philip R. Clarke in the late evening.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Mariner cleared with salt early Friday, destination Becancoeur, Que.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
Algoma Enterprise loaded at the CSX Coal Dock on Friday. Next would be the barge James L. Kuber / tug Victory. Also due at CSX are the barge Ashtabula / tug Defiance on Saturday in the early evening. Manitoulin is due at CSX on Monday in the late morning. There are two vessels due at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock. Frontenac is expected May 4 in afternoon. At the Torco Dock, Joseph H. Thompson was expected Friday in the late afternoon. Also due at Torco are the barge Ashtabula / tug Defiance on Saturday in the early afternoon, and James R. Barker May 5 in the early morning. The barge James L. Kuber / tug Victoy are also due early on May 5.

Bronte, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Algoscotia departed at 0207 Friday for Nanticoke.

Bowmanville, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Petite Forte arrived in the early evening Friday.

Picton, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Stephen B. Roman departed for Toronto on Friday.

Toronto, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Departures: John D. Leitch at 1616 Friday. Tundra (Cyp) was at Redpath unloading.

Oshawa, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Federal Welland (Mhl) departed at 1804 Friday. the late evening and Baie Comeau is due on May 18 in the late evening.

Nanticoke, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Arrival: Algocanada and Algoscotia anchored off Port Dover at 1505 Friday. Departure: Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick at 1528 westbound.

Welland Canal – Barry Andersen
Transits for April 28. Upbound: Algoscotia eta 0347, Happy River (Nd) at 1505, John D. Leitch at 1636, Taiga Desgagnes (ex BBC Amazon-17) eta 1935, Federal Welland (Mhl) eta 2056 and Sedna Desgagnes. Downbound: Robert S. Pierson eta 1953.

Hamilton, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Arrivals: none. Departures: Tug Vigilant I and barge HM8 at 1528, light tug Lois M departed at 2050 (returned shortly after). Remaining at docks: BBC Weser (Atg), Arneborg (Nld), Cape (Lib), Blacky (Cyp)l) and Pelee Islander (ferry) at Heddle drydock.

Bath, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement arrived about 0700 Friday and departed early evening. Stephen B. Roman arrived early

 

Cana Island Lighthouse opens May 1

4/29 - Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Cana Island Lighthouse opens for the Door County summer season on May 1. One of Door County’s premier tourist attractions, it will be open until October 29.

Visitors can travel back in time and explore one of Door County Wisconsin’s most popular lighthouses standing for just short of 150 years. They can investigate the entire 8.7-acre island that includes the 89-foot-tall light tower, the original home of the lighthouse keeper and his family, one of the only working 3rd Order Fresnel Lens in the country and the oil house where fuel for the light was stored. The highlight of any Cana Island visit is climbing the 97 steps of the tower’s spiral staircase to reach the gallery deck. The outside deck delivers a sweeping view of Lake Michigan and the Door County peninsula.

Cana Island has been undergoing an extensive restoration project. Phase I of the project is complete and involved restoration of the lighthouse’s exterior and tower. It followed the construction of the mainland parking lot and new restroom facilities. Phases to follow include the restoration of the outbuildings, including what is believed to be the only five-sided oil house in the country. Future plans also call for an interpretive center and interior restoration of the keeper’s.

The museum buildings are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily with the last tower climb at 4:30 pm and a minimal admission charge.

Door County Maritime Museum

 

Coast Guard responds to distressed kayakers on Lake Michigan

4/29 - Chicago, Ill. – The Coast Guard responded to two kayakers in distress in Lake Michigan near Jacksonport, Wis., Friday.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., CDT, Coast Guard Station Sturgeon Bay was notified by the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department of two men who had fallen from their kayaks into the water near Cave Point County Park, about one-half mile offshore The Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan Command Center in Milwaukee issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of Station Sturgeon Bay boat crews to locate the kayakers.

At about noon, a Coast Guard crew arrived on scene aboard a 25-foot response boat and transferred the two individuals, who had been recovered by the Sturgeon Bay Fire boat crew. The two victims were unresponsive and CPR was administered by the Coast Guard crew as they transited towards shore. To affect the quickest rescue, the Coast Guard boat maneuvered onto the beach at Cave Point and transferred the victims to awaiting emergency responders. Both men were later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 29

29 April 1896 - W. LE BARON JENNEY (steel tow barge, 366 foot, 3422 gross tons) was launched by F. W. Wheeler & Company (Hull #120) at West Bay City, Michigan for the Bessemer Steamship Company of Cleveland, Ohio. She went through eight owners during her career, ending with the Goderich Elevator and Transit Company, Ltd. who used her as a grain storage barge under the name K.A. Powell. She was scrapped in Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1974.

On 29 April 1875, the wooden schooner CLARA BELL of Sandusky was wrecked in a gale off Leamington, Ontario. Captain William Robinson was drowned.

On April 29, 1975, American Steamship’s SAM LAUD entered service.

Launched this date in 1976, was the a.) SOODOC (Hull#210) by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd. Renamed b.) AMELIA DESGAGNES in 1990.

On April 29, 1977, while inbound at Lorain, the IRVING S. OLDS hit a bridge on the Black River, which extensively damaged her bow, tying up traffic for several hours .

A fender boom fell on the pilothouse of the steamer GEORGE M. HUMPHREY in the Poe Lock at the Soo in 1971.

On 29 April 1865, L.D. COWAN (wooden schooner, 165 tons, built in 1848, at Erie, Pennsylvania) was driven ashore near Pointe aux Barques, Michigan, in a storm and wrecked.

1909: AURANIA was the only steel hulled ship sunk by ice on the Great Lakes. The vessel was lost in Whitefish Bay after being holed and then squeezed by the pressure of the ice pack near Parisienne Island. The crew escaped onto the ice and pulled a yawl boat to the J.H. BARTOW.

1952: W.E. FITZGERALD hit the Burlington Lift Bridge at the entrance to Hamilton Bay after a mechanical problem resulted in the structure not being raised. The north span of the bridge was knocked into the water, resulting in traffic chaos on land and on the water.

1959: PRESCOTT went aground near Valleyfield, Quebec, while downbound in the Seaway only four days after the waterway had been opened. It got stuck trying to avoid a bridge that had failed to open and navigation was blocked until the CSL bulk carrier was refloated the next day.

1969: HOWARD HINDMAN ran aground at the Little Rapids Cut in the St. Marys River after the steering cables parted. The ship was released and temporarily returned to service but the vessel was badly damaged and soon sold for scrap. It came down the Welland Canal with a cargo of road salt on June 6, 1969, and was towed to Bilbao, Spain, with the HUMBERDOC, arriving on September 6, 1969.

1976: The British freighter GLENPARK was three years old when it first came through the Seaway in 1959. It was sailing as c) GOLDEN LEADER when it ran aground off Goto Island, southwest Japan while on a long voyage from Chungjin, China, to Constanza, Romania. The hull broke in two and was a total loss.

1998: The Panamanian freighter DENEBOLA first visited the Seaway in 1973. The ship was sailing as d) TAE CHON, under the flag of North Korea, when it was in a collision with the YANG LIN in thick fog on the Yellow Sea and sank. The vessel was enroute from Yantai, China, to Chittagong, Bangladesh, when the accident occurred and one life was lost.

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

 

Great Lakes steel production keeps trending up

4/28 - Great Lakes steel production rose to 664,000 tons last week, a 2.86 percent increase. It was the second straight weekly increase after a four-week slide.

Steel mills in the Great Lakes region cranked out 645,000 tons of metal the previous week, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. Most of the steel made in the Great Lakes region is produced in Lake and Porter counties in Northwest Indiana.

So far this year, U.S. steelmakers have produced 27.7 million tons of steel, about 3.6 percent more than they did during the same period in 2016. Steel mills have been running at a capacity of 74.3 percent so far this year, up from 71.6 percent through the same time last year.

Domestic steelmakers used about 73.6 percent of their steelmaking capacity in the week that ended April 22, down from 74.6 percent the previous week, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. Capacity utilization was, however, up from 72.6 percent during the same time period in 2016.

NW Indiana Times

 

Port Reports -  April 28

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Marsgracht arrived Duluth on Thursday morning, and headed to Port Terminal to discharge wind turbine parts. American Century departed later in the morning with coal from Midwest Energy. During the afternoon, Mesabi Miner arrived to load iron ore pellets at CN. This is the Miner's first trip since being outfitted with scrubbers at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay. The saltie Eemsborg arrived late Thursday evening to load grain at CHS 1. In Superior, Algoma Discovery departed Thursday morning with ore from BN, and was soon replaced at the dock by Thunder Bay. After loading throughout the day, she departed during the evening and Joseph L. Block arrived from anchor to load.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Thursday morning the ocean bulker Federal Danube arrived around 0700 and started unloading at Terminal 2 in the outer harbor. Tug Samuel de Champlain / barge Innovation delivered cement at Jones Island. Labrador remained loading at Nidera Grain in the inner harbor. The tug Dorothy Ann/ barge Pathfinder were expected in Milwaukee at around 8 p.m. Thursday.

Grand Haven, Mich. – Sam Hankinson
Wilfred Sykes arrived to unload slag Thursday afternoon.

Southern Lake Michigan
Fuldaborg was in S. Chicago Thursday. BBC Thames was at Burns Harbor.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Mariner was loading salt on Thursday.

Sarnia, Ont. – Marc Dease
Saginaw left winter lay-up Thursday afternoon and was upbound for Thunder Bay. Fleetmate Ojibway remains tied up, possibly until the fall grain rush.

Nanticoke, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Arrived: Algocanada at 0749, Leo A. McArthur (ex Victorious) and barge John J. Carrick at 1400. Departures: CSL Laurentien at 0451 westbound and Algoma Hansa at 1324 eastbound.

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

Welland Canal – Barry Andersen
Transits for April 27: Upbound: Tim S. Dool eta 0142, John Marshall & barge departed wharf 16 after unloading, CSL Niagara eta 0317, Federal Kumano (Mhl) eta 0550, Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit eta @ 1204, CSL St. Laurent eta 1340, Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II eta 2145. Downbound: Baie Comeau, Frontenac eta 0219, tugs Paul L. Luedtke & Karl E. Luedtke with Derrick boat 16, and barges GL70 & GL73 eta 0435, light tugs Lois M and Jarrett M departed wharf 17 after tow of ferry Le Marc was completed, Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement eta 0545, John D. Leitch eta 0927, Algoma Hansa eta 1645, Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit eta 1835.

Bronte, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Algoscotia was docked on Thursday.

Hamilton, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Arrived: Blacky (Cyp) at 0205. Departed: Tim S. Dool at 2325 on Wedneday, Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0902 Thursday, Havelstern at 1040. At docks: BBC Weser (Atg), Arneborg (Nld) and Pelee Islander (ferry) at the Heddle dry dock.

Toronto, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Departure: Stephen B. Roman at 1832 eastbound. Tundra (Cyp) was unloading sugar at Redpath Thursday.

Oshawa, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Federal Welland (Mhl) remained at dock Thursday.

 

Researchers: No more ice cover on the Great Lakes

4/28 - Detroit, Mich. – In another sign that spring has returned in Michigan, the Great Lakes are now ice-free — having cleared out enough to rank among the top 20 earliest thaws in the last 45 years, researchers said Wednesday.

The findings were reviewed by the Ann Arbor-based Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, which is tied to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Scientists there have been studying ice cover and related phenomena for decades.

According to the group’s Great Lakes Surface Environmental Analysis, “the Great Lakes were officially ice-free as of Sunday, 11th earliest ice-out in the last 45 years,” researchers tweeted. Data that scientists compiled going back to the early 1970s show the Great Lakes typically have averaged measurable ice cover through late April or early May.

For the 2015-16 winter season, ice cover was last measured on May 5, when 0.09 percent of the basin sported it, according to the data.

Ice cover has been reported as late as May 31 (in 2003) but gone — at 0 percent — as early as April 6 (in 1987), the figures show. As recently as 2012, the lakes cleared by April 11.

The Detroit News

 

Several Seaway salties renamed

4/28 - The following saltwater vessels have been renamed with each having made visits to the Great Lakes/Seaway system. Gadwall, which first came inland in 2007 and last visited as such in 2016, is now Maria G of Malta. The tanker Harbour Kira, which came inland in 2012 on its only visit with that name, is now the Caribe Maria of Liberia. This vessel also carried the name Clipper Kira from 2007-2012 and first came inland as such in 2007 and last visited as such in 2011. HHL Nile, which first came inland as such in 2011 and last visited in 2015, is now the Heemskerkgracht of the Netherlands. This vessel also held the name Beluga Faculty from 2009-2011 and first came inland as such in 2009 and last visited in 2010. The tanker Intrepid Canada, which first came inland in 2012 and last visited as such in 2016, is now the Sloman Helios of Antigua and Barbuda registry. Royal Pescadores, which first came inland in 2000 and last visited as such in 2009, is now Cathy Ocean of Panama. Keizersborg, which first came inland in 1997 and last visited as such in 2008, is now the Platon of Sierra Leone.

Denny Dushane

 

Obituaries: David Barber

4/28 - David Barber, 65, of Suttons Bay, Mich., died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 27, at Marquette General Hospital. He was a first mate and merchant seaman with VanEnkevort Tug and Barge of Escanaba, Mich., and sailed many times on the waters of the Great Lakes. All services are private and at the convenience of the family.

 

Updates -  April 28

Saltie Gallery updated with pictures of the Ardita, Arneborg, BBC Thames, BBC Weser, Blacky, Cape, Edzard Schulte, Federal Barents, Federal Bering, Federal Cedar, Federal Champlain, Federal Churchill, Federal Danube, Federal Kumano, Federal Kushiro, Federal Rideau, Federal Ruhr, Federal Satsuki, Federal Welland, Federal Yukon, Fuldaborg, Happy River, Havelstern, Juno, Marsgracht, Pacific Huron, Reestborg, Sedna Desgagnes, Sten Baltic and Taiga Desgagnes.
 

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 28

28 April 1856 - TONAWANDA (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 202 foot, 882 gross tons) was launched by Buell B. Jones at Buffalo, New York.

On 28 April 1891, the whaleback barge 110 (steel barge, 265 foot, 1,296 gross tons) was launched by the American Steel Barge Co. in W. Superior, Wisconsin. In 1907, she went to the Atlantic Coast and lasted until she suffered an explosion, then sank after burning, near the dock of Cities Service Export Oil Co., at St. Rose, Louisiana, on March 3, 1932.

The 660-foot-long forward section of Bethlehem Steel's a.) LEWIS WILSON FOY (Hull#717) was launched April 28,1977, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Renamed b.) OGLEBAY NORTON in 1991 and c.) AMERICAN INTEGRITY in 2006.

Nipigon Transport Ltd.'s straight deck motorship a.) LAKE WABUSH (Hull#223) by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., was christened and launched April 28, 1981. Renamed b.) CAPT HENRY JACKMAN in 1987, and converted to a self-unloader in 1996.

On April 28, 1971, while up bound from Sorel, Quebec, for Muskegon, Michigan, with a load of pig iron, LACHINEDOC struck Rock Shoal off Little Round Island in the St. Lawrence River and was beached.

On April 28, 1906, Pittsburgh Steamship Co.'s J. PIERPONT MORGAN (Hull#68) by Chicago Ship Building Co., was launched. Renamed b.) HERON BAY in 1966.

April 28, 1897 - The F&PM (Flint & Pere Marquette) Steamer NO 1, bound from Milwaukee for Chicago, ran ashore just north of Evanston. She released herself after a few hours.

The barge LITTLE JAKE was launched on 28 April 1875, at East Saginaw, Michigan. She was owned by William R. Burt & Co. Her dimensions were 132 feet x 29 feet x 9 feet.

On 28 April 1877, the steam barge C S BALDWIN went ashore on the reef at North Point on Lake Huron during a blinding snow storm. The barge was heavily loaded with iron ore and sank in a short time. The crew was saved by the Lifesaving Service from Thunder Bay Station and by the efforts of the small tug FARRAR.

1971 ZENAVA, the former REDFERN, ran aground, caught fire and sank off Burin, NF while under tow from Rose Blanche, NF to Marystown, NF. The former bulk canaller was being used to transport, freeze and store fish.

1976 The first ALGOSEA was inbound on its first trip to the Great Lakes when it hit the wall below Lock 1 of the Welland Canal and then, below Lock 2, the ship was blown sideways across the canal after problems with the cables. The ship was enroute to Port Colborne for conversion to a self-unloader; it was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey, in 2011 as SAUNIERE.

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

 

Port Reports -  April 27

Lake Superior
With NE winds up to 40 knots on Lake Superior Wednesday, most ships – including Indiana Harbor, Edgar B. Speer, Stewart J. Cort and James R. Barker – were heading along the northern shore. One exception was the saltie Exeborg, heading at reduced speed into mid-lake.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Great Lakes Trader/tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort arrived in Duluth just after midnight on Wednesday with limestone for the Graymont dock. Thunder Bay arrived later in the morning and docked at Calumet to fuel. Great Lakes Trader shifted to CN to load ore during the afternoon and was expected to depart late Wednesday evening. American Century was expected to arrive around the same time to load coal. CSL Assiniboine was loading at BN in Superior throughout the day Wednesday, and departed during the evening. Algoma Discovery began loading next, while Thunder Bay remained at Port Terminal to wait her turn. Exeborg departed via the Superior entry on Wednesday with beet pulp pellets.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Denny Dushane
The barge Pathfinder/tug Dorothy Ann and Calumet departed Bay Monday. Calumet departed from its winter lay-up and headed to Chicago, while Pathfinder/Dorothy Ann headed for Stoneport. Manitowoc and John G. Munson are the last two vessels from Sturgeon Bay's winter lay-up fleet remaining in port. The Munson is expected to depart sometime soon to conduct sea trials on her new diesel engines before reentering service. Other vessels in Sturgeon Bay include the barge Integrity / the tug G.L. Ostrander and barge Cleveland Rocks / tug Bradshaw McKee. In long-tern layup are the tug Invincible and American Courage.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading Tuesday and none expected until Thursday when the Kaye E. Barker is due in the early morning. Algosteel is due Friday, also in the early morning, along with the barge Pathfinder/tug Dorothy Ann in the late evening.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Mississagi arrived in the morning on Tuesday to load. There are no more vessels scheduled until Friday, when Wilfred Sykes is due in the early morning followed by Calumet at noon.

Milwaukee, Wis.
Labrador was still in port Wednesday night.

Southern Lake Michigan
Wilfred Sykes was in Indiana Harbor Wednesday night. BBC Thames was in Burns Harbor. Fuldaborg was in S. Chicago.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
H. Lee White loaded on Tuesday and was due to depart at 1 a.m. Wednesday. There were no other vessels due Wednesday. Four vessels are due Thursday, with H. Lee White due back again in the early morning for the North Dock. American Mariner is due in the early morning on Thursday for the South Dock along with the John J. Boland, also on Thursday morning for the South Dock. Hon. James L. Oberstar is due Thursday in the mid-afternoon for the South Dock.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushanev
The barge Pathfinder / tug Dorothy Ann arrived Tuesday in the evening to load. They were expected to depart on Wednesday around 8-8:30 a.m. Also due Wednesday was Philip R. Clarke during the morning. They would be going to anchor to await the departure of the Pathfinder. There are no vessels due from Thursday to Saturday. Due Sunday is the Great Republic in the early morning. Two vessels are scheduled Monday, May 1, with the barge Great Lakes Trader / tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort due in the early morning followed by the Great Republic in the evening.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
John D. Leitch cleared early Wednesday with salt for Toronto. Algosteel cleared later in the day with salt for Marinette. Algoma Mariner was in port Wednesday night.

Saginaw River – Gordy Garris
After a very quiet start to the 2017 season on the Saginaw River with only two vessel passages to date, Wednesday night was steady with the arrival of two freighters. H. Lee White arrived just after dusk with a load of stone for the Port Fisher dock in Bay City. Algoway was also inbound with a load of slag for Essexville late Wednesday night. This is the first visit to the Saginaw River this season for both vessels. They are expected to be back outbound for the lake early Thursday morning.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
The barge James L. Kuber / tug Victory are expected at the Torco Dock on Thursday in the early afternoon. Also due at Torco is the Joseph H. Thompson on Thursday in the early evening. The barge Ashtabula / tug Defiance are due at Torco on Saturday in the early morning. There is nothing due at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock. Due at the CSX Coal Dock to load are the barge James L. Kuber / tug Victory on Thursday in the late evening, followed by the Algoma Enterprise Thursday in the late evening. John J. Boland is due at CSX on Saturday in the morning to load. The cement carrier Alpena unloaded at Lafarge in the morning and headed back north for Alpena. Also in port Wednesday was the saltwater vessel Federal Kushiro.

Nanticoke, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Arrivals: Algoma Hansa and CSL Laurentien arrived at 2008.

Welland Canal – Barry Andersen
Transits for April 26. Upbound: Drawsko (Bhs), etas: Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 0600, tugs Lois M. and Jarrett M with ferry Le Marc (formerly Camille Marcoux-17) at 1235 (headed for scrapyard at Port Colborne), Cuyahoga at 1337, and Algoma Enterprise at 2015. Downbound: Salvor & barge Lambert Spirit, etas: Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 0005, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 0025, John Marshall & barge at 0431 to wharf 16, Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 0738, Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 1015, Federal Barents (Mhl) at 1230, Baie Comeau at 1545.

Hamilton, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Departures: Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 0343, Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0735, Algoma Enterprise at 1800. Arrivals: Cape (Lib) at 1500. Remaining at docks: Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit, Tim S. Dool, BBC Weser (Atg), Arneborg (Nld), Havelstern (Mhl) and Pelee Islander (ferry) at Heddle Marine Drydock.

Clarkson, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Algoma Olympic remained at dock Wednesday.

Bronte, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Algoscotia remained at dock Wednesday.

Picton, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Stephen B. Roman departed for Toronto Wednesday.

Toronto, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Cuyahoga departed at 1158 Wednesday. Tundra (Cyp) arrived at 0032 from the Port Weller anchorage and Stephen B. Roman arrived at 0817.

Oshawa, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Federal Welland (Mhl) arrived at 0535 Wednesday.

Montreal, Que. – Robert K. Tompsett
The Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.-based USCG cutter Katmai Bay was docked Wednesday in Montreal. She is on her way to the East Coast for a refit.

 

New Federal Ruhr arrives in Sorel; Hamilton next

4/27 - Federal Ruhr arrived in Sorel, Que. on April 21 on its maiden voyage. The Ruhr was built in 2017 at the New Century Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. shipyard in China. After unloading, the vessel is expected to transit the Seaway for the first time with a destination of Hamilton, Ont.

Federal Ruhr is a sistership to two other vessels, Federal Alster, which first visited the Great Lakes in 2016, and Federal Mosel, which is still under construction. Five other vessels are near sisterships to the new vessels: Federal Danube, Federal Elbe, Federal Ems, Federal Leda and Federal Weser. All are from the Marshall Islands, with Majuro as their port of registry. Federal Alster, Federal Ruhr and Federal Mosel are each 199.80 meters in length and 23.70 meters in width.

Denny Dushane

 

Outflows from Lake Ontario to increase as water level threat remains

4/27 - The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board said they are looking to increase outflows from Lake Ontario, as the threat of high water levels is expected to continue into May or June. The board said Lake Ontario has risen 15.4 inches since the beginning of April, and the St. Lawrence River at Lake St. Louis has reached its flood level at 73.3 feet.

The board said it can increase outflows as Ottawa River flows peak and floods near Montreal subside. However, it said Lake Ontario levels may increase due to Lake Erie inflows and new wet conditions.

“As water levels on Lake Ontario rise, its outflows will increase and high levels downstream at Lake St. Louis will continue,” the board said, in a news release. “Coastal jurisdictions should prepare for the possibility of major coastal flooding as storms frequently occur at this time of year.”

The board said lake and river levels this year with the new Plan 2014 regulations would have been nearly identical to previous regulation plans.

Watertown Daily Times

 

Towns battle erosion as Lake Ontario levels rise

4/27 - Batavia, NY – With Lake Ontario already 19 inches above average with another foot coming on the way, all the towns on the south shore of the lake need is one big storm to be devastated.

The towns of Yates, Carlton and Kendall have issued local states of emergencies, which last 30 days and allow local chief executives to issue emergency orders deemed necessary in order to preserve life and property, such as road closures or evacuation orders.

“I’m sure the water levels need to be brought down because this is a situation, it’s not good for the residents in our town. I’m sure Carlton and Yates are having the same effects we are as well as Monroe and Niagara County,” said Kendall Supervisor Tony Cammarata.

Damage to the break wall have been reported, and while there have been no reports of the rising lake waters harming houses, yards have been flooded and trees planted near the shoreline have eroded away.

“A couple of the fire lanes are really low right now — they got maybe 18 inches to two feet clearance before the calm waters would be rising above the shoreline and start to threaten the cottages and homes,” said Yates Supervisor Jim Simon. “With the forecast with the waters continuing the rise and any type of storm, especially a northeastern, we would have some significant damage.”

As of about noon on Tuesday, Warren Kruger, Kendall Highway Department superintendent, said the Kendall highway department delivered sandbags to 24 households, with more deliveries on the way, amounting to several thousand sandbags being delivered. While the towns are doing what they can to minimize some of the damage, Kruger said there isn’t a lot they can do to stop the lake itself.

“These are emergency measures so to speak, but we really need to happen is to get the lake level down,” he said. Yates said it is lifting the boats restriction for the moment, initially instating it due to worries about waves from the boats. The town will wait for a couple of days before seeing if it needs to be reinstated.

“Plan 2014 has been an utter disaster for Lake Ontario taxpayers and communities since it was approved in the final minutes of the Obama Administration,” said Congressman Chris Collins in a press release after inspecting property damage at two homes along Lake Ontario’s southern shoreline Tuesday morning. “Both the property damage and overflow of debris into Lake Ontario that I inspected today could have been avoided. I came here today to assure local officials and Lake Ontario homeowners that I am working with the Trump Administration to reform the IJC and repeal Plan 2014 as soon as possible.”

However, International Joint Commission, the American-Canadian organization that developed Plan 2014, said in a statement that “extreme wet weather” in April has resulted in high water levels across the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River system — not Plan 2014.

The Daily News

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 27

27 April 1889 - ROMEO (wooden propeller excursion steamer, 70 foot, 61 gross tons) was launched by F. W. Wheeler (Hull #51) at West Bay City, Michigan, for service on the Òinland route (Oden, Michigan to Cheboygan, Michigan & Bois Blanc Island) along with her sister JULIET (wooden propeller excursion steamer, 70 foot, 61 gross tons), launched the following day. The vessels had twin screws for maneuverability along the northern rivers. ROMEO lasted until 1911, when she was abandoned at Port Arthur, Texas. JULIET was converted to a steam yacht and registered at Chicago. She was abandoned in 1912.

The H.A. HAWGOOD (4-mast wooden schooner, 233 feet) was launched at 2:00 p.m. on 27 April 1886, at F.W. Wheeler's shipyard in W. Bay City, Michigan.

On April 27, 1993, the WOLVERINE ran aground on Surveyors Reef near Port Dolomite near Cedarville, Michigan, and damaged her hull.

The ASHCROFT, up bound on Lake Erie in fog, collided with Interlake's steamer JAMES H. REED on April 27, 1944. The REED, fully loaded with ore, quickly sank off Port Burwell, Ontario, with a loss of twelve lives. The ASHCROFT suffered extensive bow damage below the water line and was taken to Ashtabula, Ohio, for repairs. Later that morning on Lake Erie fog still prevailed and the PHILIP MINCH of the Kinsman fleet collided with and sank the crane ship FRANK E. VIGOR. This collision occurred at 0850 hours and the ship, loaded with sulphur, sank in the Pelee Passage in 75 feet of water. All on board were saved.

On April 27, 1973, the bow section of the SIDNEY E. SMITH JR was towed to Sarnia by the Malcolm tugs TABOGA and BARBARA ANN. The two sections of the hull were scuttled and landfilled to form a dock facing.

Shenango Furnace's straight deck steamer WILLIAM P. SNYDER JR left Ecorse, Michigan, in ballast on her maiden voyage April 27, 1912, for Duluth, Minnesota, to load iron ore.

On April 27, 1978, the TROISDOC was down bound with corn for Cardinal, Ontario, when she hit the upper end of the tie-up wall above Lock 2, in the Welland Ship Canal.

On April 27, 1980, after loading pellets in Duluth, the ENDERS M. VOORHEES stopped at the Seaway Dock to load a large wooden stairway (three sections) on deck which, was taken to the AmShip yard at Lorain. It was used for an open house on the newly built EDWIN H. GOTT in 1979.

On April 27, 1953, the steamer RESERVE entered service.

On April 27, 1984, the CHARLES M. BEEGHLY struck the breakwall while departing Superior, Wisconsin on her first trip since the 1981 season. The vessel returned to Fraser Shipyards in Superior for repairs.

On 27 April 1876, the Port Huron Times reported, "The steam barge MARY MILLS arrived up this morning and looks 'flaming'. Her owner said he did not care what color she was painted so long as it was bright red, and she has therefore come out in that color."

On 27 April 1877, the 40-foot 2-mast wooden schooner VELOCIPEDE left Racine, Wisconsin, for Muskegon, Michigan, in fair weather, but a severe squall blew in and it developed into a big storm. The little schooner was found capsized and broken in two off Kenosha, Wisconsin, with her crew of 2 or 3 lost.

1914 - The BENJAMIN NOBLE disappeared with all hands in Lake Superior. The wreck was finally located in 2004 and it lies 10 miles off Two Harbors, MN. The discovery was confirmed in July 2005.

1915 The COLLINGWOOD stranded near Corsica Shoal while downbound in Lake Huron with a load of grain.

1965 After being forced to spend the winter at Toronto when an early build up of ice prevented it from leaving the Great Lakes, the Greek freighter ORIENT MERCHANT ran aground near Port Colborne and required repairs at Port Weller Dry Docks. The ship had begun Seaway trading in 1960 and was scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, arriving on November 17, 1967, as ZAMBEZI.

1970 The Israeli freighter ESHKOL began Great Lakes trading right after being built in 1964. The ship was in a collision with the fishing boat MELISSA JEAN II in the Cabot Strait on this date in 1970. It arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for scrapping as ESKAT on September 29, 1982.

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

 

Fincantieri celebrates rededication of John G. Munson

4/26 - Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, along with Keystone Shipping Co. and Canadian National, celebrated the re-commissioning of the vessel John G. Munson last Thursday.

The ceremony was to celebrate the repowering of the Munson from steam to diesel propulsion. The Munson is managed by Key Lakes, Inc. out of Duluth, Minn., which is a subsidiary of Keystone Shipping Co. Keystone Shipping Company is part of Canadian National, and the Munson is one of nine vessels of the CN Great Lakes Fleet.

During the event, officials representing the companies thanked all of the men and women at Bay Ship who worked on the Munson for their quality and dedication. Officials at the event included Don Kurz, president of Keystone Shipping; Josh Juel, manager of Great Lakes Fleet-Canadian National; Mitch Koslow, vice president of engineering and purchasing at Keystone Shipping; Don Lindquist, Keystone Shipping; Scott McPherson, chief engineer of the John G. Munson; and Ron Buczkowski, captain of the John G. Munson. In attendance from FBS was Stu Fett, production manager; Cheryl Arnott, project manager; and Todd Thayse, vice president and general manager, as well as the FBS production crews.

Kurz and Juel both spoke about the history of the Munson, and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding's successful and lengthy business relationship with Keystone, Key Lakes and CN. Kurz said it was the hard work and quality of work at Bay Shipbuilding that has extended the life of the Munson by decades.

Juel also said the Munson has provided thousands of jobs since it was first commissioned in 1952 by Manitowoc Shipbuilding; jobs for the ship's captain and crew, jobs for the cities where they make and distribute its cargo, and jobs at Bay Ship. Since the Munson has been repowered, it will continue to provide thousands of jobs for decades, Juel said.

The ceremony ended with the presentation of the recommissioning plaque to McPherson and Buczkowski by Thayse and Arnott.

Green Bay Press Gazette

 

Port Reports -  April 26

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
CSL Assiniboine arrived Duluth Tuesday morning, and stopped at Calumet to fuel before departing again and anchoring off Superior to wait to load at the BN dock. Cason J. Callaway departed after unloading limestone, and headed to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. Around noon, James R. Barker departed with ore from CN and Indiana Harbor was outbound with coal. Isa then left the harbor with wheat from CHS 2. Exeborg was at Gavilon in Superior loading beet pulp pellets. At the Burlington Northern dock, Michipicoten and Stewart J. Cort loaded on Tuesday. CSL Assiniboine was next in line, and Algoma Discovery was expected to drop anchor late Tuesday to wait her turn.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
The saltie Labrador remained loading at the Nidera Grain elevator in Milwaukee's inner harbor Tuesday. About 2 p.m. Monday the U.S. EPA vessel Lake Guardian returned from a Lake Superior run, docking in its inner harbor slip near U-W Freshwater Sciences. Purvis Marine tug Anglian Lady and barge PML 2501 arrived about 4 p.m. Monday from Lake Michigan, berthing at the Heavy Lift Dock in the inner harbor. Karen Andrie and her barge came through the breakwater at 11 p.m. Monday, proceeded upriver to the turning basin in the inner harbor and docked north of Greenfield Avenue.

Southern Lake Michigan
Calumet was headed for S. Chicago Tuesday night. Reestborg remained in S. Chicago. American Integrity was unloading at Gary with Roger Blough awaiting her turn. Burns Harbor was unloading at her namesake port.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Lee A. Tregurtha arrived Monday and was still loading on Tuesday. They were expected to depart from the North Dock on Tuesday at around 7 a.m. Also due Tuesday was H. Lee White in the early morning for the North and South docks. There are no vessels scheduled Wednesday. Three vessels are due Thursday, with American Mariner and John J. Boland arriving in the early morning for the South Dock. Hon. James L. Oberstar is also due Thursday in the mid-afternoon for the South Dock.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
John D Leitch was loading salt Tuesday. Algosteel will be next to load.

Detroit, Mich.
The steamer Alpena was unloading cement on Tuesday and was underway downbound in the late evening. She is due in Toledo Wednesday to offload the rest of her cargo.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
The barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory are expected at the Torco Dock to unload pellets on Thursday in the late morning. Also due at Torco is the Joseph H. Thompson on Friday in the early morning and barge Ashtabula / tug Defiance on Saturday in the early morning. There is nothing due at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock. Vessels due at the CSX Coal Dock include Algoma Enterprise on Thursday in the late morning, along with the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory in the early evening. The barge Ashtabula / tug Defiance are due at CSX to load on Saturday in the early morning. Vessels in port Tuesday included the saltwater vessel Federal Barents.

Nanticoke, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Arrival: Tug Salvor & barge Lambert Spirit arrived at 0114 Tuesday and departed at 1444. Algoscotia departed at 0330.

Buffalo, N.Y. – Barry Andersen, Brian W.
American Mariner arrived at 0015 on Tuesday and departed westbound at 1834.

Welland Canal – Barry Andersen
Transits for April 25. Upbound: Algoma Mariner eta 0015, Federal Yukon (Mhl) eta 0800, USCG Hollyhock eta 0815, Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick eta 0325, Jana Desgagnes eta 1808 and Drawsko (Bhs) eta 2230. Downbound: Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit eta 0239, Algoma Guardian eta 0352, Algoscotia eta 0610, Pelee Islander (ferry) eta 0900, Everlast & barge Norman McLeod eta 1100, Oakglen eta 1230, Cuyahoga eta 1300, Salvor & barge Lambert Spirit eta 2031, and Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement. Port Weller anchorage: Tundra (Cyp) departure time from anchorage 2250 for Redpath in Toronto.

Hamilton, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Departures: Ardita (Mlt) Monday at 2247 Tuesday for Venice, Italy; Jana Desgagnes at 1626. Arrivals: Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1855, Tim S. Dool at 1930, Pelee Islander (ferry) at 1940 to Heddle Marine’s drydock, BBC Weser (Atg) back into dock from anchorage, Everlast & barge Norman McLeo eta 2300. Remaining at docks: Federal Cedar (Mhl), Arneborg (Nld) and Havelstern (Mhl).

Clarkson, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Algoma Olympic arrived at 0731 Tuesday.

Picton, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Stephen B. Roman remained at dock on Tuesday.

Bronte, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Algoscotia anchored off Bronte at 1859 Tuesday for weather.

Toronto, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Drawsko (Bhs) departed Redpath at 2035 Tuesday headed for Thunder Bay. English River departed at 2050 eastbound.

 

Obituary: Pamela Jo "Jodee" Nelson

4/26 - Pamela Jo "Jodee" Nelson, 64, passed away Saturday, April 22 in the company of family and friends. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Lance Nelson, a retired captain with American Steamship Co. Jodee had many friends in the Great Lakes shipping industry and often commented on shipping-related discussions on Facebook. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 26, from 4-8 p.m. at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, Louisville, Kentucky. A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, April 27, at 10 a.m. at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, with interment to follow at Resthaven Memorial Park, 4400 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Daughters of the American Revolution, www.dar.org/giving and to the American Cancer Association at www.cancer.org

Courier Journal Louisville

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 26

26 April 1891 NORWALK (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 209 foot, 1007 gross tons) was launched by William DuLac at Mount Clemens, Michigan. At first, she was not able to get down the Clinton River to Lake St. Clair due to low water. She lasted until 1916, when she was sold to Nicaraguan buyers and was lost in the Caribbean Sea that autumn.

On 26 April 1859, the wooden schooner A. SCOTT was carrying limestone blocks for a large Presbyterian church being built at Vermilion, Ohio. The vessel was driven ashore near Vermilion by a gale and was quickly pounded to pieces. Her insurance had expired about ten days earlier. No lives were lost.

Algoma's new straight deck bulk freighter ALGOWEST (Hull#226) of Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., was launched April 26, 1982. She was converted to a self-unloader in 1998, and renamed b.) PETER R. CRESSWELL in 2001.

Sea trials were conducted April 26, 1984, on Lake Ontario for the CANADIAN RANGER.

An unfortunate incident happened on the SEWELL AVERY as four crew members were injured, one critically, when a lifeboat winch housing exploded shortly after a lifeboat drill in 1978.

Paterson's CANADOC (Hull#627) by Davie Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., was launched April 26, 1961.

BENSON FORD (Hull#245) of the Great Lakes Engineering Works was launched in 1924.

In 1982, carferry service from Frankfort, Michigan ended forever when railroad service to that port was discontinued and the remaining boats (ARTHUR K. ATKINSON, VIKING, and CITY OF MILWAUKEE) were laid up. CITY OF MILWAUKEE is preserved as a museum ship by the Society for the Preservation of the CITY OF MILWAUKEE.

On 26 April 1902, M. P. BARKLOW (wooden schooner, 104 foot, 122 gross tons, built in 1871, at Perry, Ohio), loaded with salt, was anchored off South Bass Island in Lake Erie to ride out a gale. Nevertheless she foundered and four lives were lost, the skipper, his wife, their son and one crewman.

On 26 April 1926, THOMAS GAWN (2-mast wooden schooner-barge, 171 foot, 550 gross tons, built in 1872, at Lorain, Ohio as a 3-mast schooner) sprang a leak and sank at River Rouge, Michigan in the Detroit River. The wreck was removed the following month and abandoned. She had a 54-year career.

1902 The wooden schooner barge GRACE B. GRIBBLE was holed by ice and sank in Lake Erie off Point Pelee after the hull was punctured by an ice flow. Three sailors were lost.

1958 CIANDRA, a Great Lakes visitor from West Germany as early as 1953, ran aground in the St. Clair River at the south end of Stag Island on this date in 1958. Due to a dispute, there was no pilot on board at the time. The ship was stuck for about 3 hours. It later burned and capsized at Singapore as e) MESONGO on September 9, 1977, and was refloated and then scrapped in 1979.

1981 The Norwegian freighter ASKOT visited the Great Lakes from 1959 to 1962 and returned under the flag of Greece as DIAKAN MASCOT in 1972. It was observed lying off Aden, as c) TYHI with the engine room flooded on this date in 1981. The hull was later refloated and arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakstan, for scrapping on April 28, 1982.

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

 

Port Reports -  April 25

Duluth-Superior
Cason J. Callaway, James R. Barker, Indiana Harbor, Isa, Exeborg and tug Zeus with her barge were at various docks late Monday. Michipicoten was loading ore in Superior Monday night. Stewart J. Cort will be next to load.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
AIS showed Algoway and tug Molly M 1 with a Nadro Marine deck barge (expected to pick up a 25-ton piece of project cargo) in port Monday evening. Federal Kivalina was at anchor.

Marquette, Mich.
Hon. James L. Oberstar left with ore for Dearborn, Mich., late Monday afternoon. Barge James L. Kuber was loading in the late evening.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Wilfred Sykes loaded on Monday. Two vessels are expected early Tuesday, the barge Pere Marquette 41 / tug Undaunted followed by Mississagi. Great Republic is due Wednesday in the late evening.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Denny Dushane, John Teichtler
The Interlake Steamship Co.’s 1,000-footer Mesabi Miner departed Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay Monday evening for Duluth. Over the winter it received a new gas exhaust scrubber system similiar to what her sistership James R. Barker and other fleetmates have received. John G. Munson remained at the shipyard Monday, however she is expected to depart soon for sea trials of her new diesel engines. Also at the shipyard were the Cleveland Rocks / tug Bradshaw McKee, Calumet, Manitowoc and barge Pathfinder / tug Dorothy Ann. The tug Michigan was also at Bay Shipbuilding, but departed on April 19. American Courage is also at Bay Shipbuilding and not expected to sail this season. At 5:50 p.m. local time Monday, Great Republic was inbound from Lake Michigan.

Milwaukee, Wis.
The ocean bulker Labrador arrived Sunday morning and, assisted by two G-tugs, secured in the Inner Harbor, loading at the Nidera Grain elevator. Federal Danube is expected in Milwaukee from Detroit later this week. Cross-lake ferry Lake Express is at its dock in the outer harbor, ready to begin its spring schedule of two round trips to Muskegon daily on Friday, April 28.

Manistee, Mich.
Great Republic departed Manistee Monday morning after unloading coal at Tondu in Filer City. She arrived Sunday night.

Southern Lake Michigan
Reestborg was at S. Chicago Monday night. American Spirit was at Indiana Harbor and Edwin G. Gott was in Gary, with Presque Isle next in line to unload.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There is nothing due until Thursday, when Kaye E. Barker is expected to arrive in the morning. Also due Thursday is Algosteel in the late evening. The barge Pathfinder/tug Dorothy are due Friday in the early evening.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Philip R. Clarke loaded at the North Dock on Monday and was due to depart around 9:30 a.m. Also due Monday was the Lee A. Tregurtha, which tied-up at South Dock awaiting the Clarke's departure before shifting over to the North Dock to load. There are no vessels scheduled Tuesday. Due in Wednesday is H. Lee White in the early morning for the North Dock.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading Monday. Due Tuesday are the barge Pathfinder / tug Dorothy Ann in the late afternoon. Philip R. Clarke is due Wednesday in the early morning. There are no vessels due Thursday-Saturday. Due Sunday is the Great Republic in the morning.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
John D. Leitch is due early on Tuesday. Algosteel will follow the Leitch.

Sarnia, Ont.
Saginaw is expected to depart winter lay up Thursday for Thunder Bay.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
Kaye E. Barker loaded at the CSX Coal Dock on Monday. Also due at CSX is the Algoma Enterprise on Thursday in the late morning, followed by the barge James L. Kuber/tug Victory on Thursday in the early evening. There is nothing scheduled at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock. Due at the Torco Dock is the barge James L. Kuber/tug Victory on Thursday in the late morning. Joseph H. Thompson is due at Torco on Friday in the early morning. Vessels in port at the time of this report included the tug Wilf Seymour and barge Alouette Spirit and the saltwater vessel Federal Barents. The tug Sea Eagle II / barge St. Marys Cement II were unloading a cement cargo at the St. Marys Cement Terminal.

Ashtabula, Ohio
Federal Kushiro was unloading Monday night.

Erie, Pa. – Gene Polaski
John J. Boland arrived in about 1330 Monday under sunny skies and brisk northeasterly winds. She went to the old ore dock and most likely unloaded stone.

Nanticoke, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Algonova departed at 0153 Monday westbound and Algoscotia arrived at 0210.

Buffalo, N.Y. – Brian W.
American Mariner came in with wheat early Monday morning from Duluth for General Mills.

Welland Canal – Barry Andersen
Transits for April 24. Upbound: Algolake eta 0515, CSL Laurentien eta 1215, Frontenac eta 0912, Salvor & barge Lambert Spirit eta 1041, Robert S. Pierson eta 1104, CCGS Limnos eta 1621 - stopped wharf 1, USCG Hollyhock eta 1717 stopped wharf 1 returned to Lake Ontario for buoy work. Downbound: Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit remained at wharf 16, Algoma Transport eta 0438, Algoma Olympic eta 1231 and Algoma Guardian.

Port Weller anchorage: Tundra (Cyp) remained anchored Monday awaiting Redpath dock in Toronto.

Hamilton, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Departures: Algoma Harvester on April 23 at 2334, Robert S. Pierson at 0220 Monday and CSL Laurentien at 0935. Arrivals: Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 1822. Jana Desgagnes, Arneborg (Nld), Havelstern (Mhl) remained at docks. BBC Weser (Atg) anchored in the bay.

Toronto, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Drawsko (Bhs) remained at Redpath unloading sugar Monday. English River arrived Sunday at 2147 and Stephen B. Roman departed at 1735 Monday.

Seaway – Ron Beaupré, John Tokarz
The scrap tow of the former Quebec ferry Camille-Marcoux (her name shortened to Le-Marc) continued westbound on Monday, passing through the St. Lambert Lock in the morning. It is due at Iroquois Lock Tuesday morning just after daybreak, with the tugs Lois M. and Jarrett M. handling the tow. The vessel is bound for Port Colborne, Ont., and the yard of the Marine Recycling Corp. Groupe Desgagnes's new vessel, Taiga Desgagnes, was upbound Monday above Quebec City for Burns Harbor, Ind. This will be her first visit to the lakes under this name. She previously visited as BBC Amazon.

 

 

Third phase of Interlake’s exhaust gas scrubber installations complete

4/25 - Middleburg Heights, Ohio – The Mesabi Miner sailed Monday from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., becoming Interlake Steamship Co.’s fourth self-unloading bulk carrier to be outfitted with exhaust gas scrubbers.

Interlake became the first U.S.-flag fleet to test freshwater scrubbers on the Great Lakes in April 2015 after pioneering the emission-reduction technology on its motor vessel Hon. James L. Oberstar. In 2016, the company outfitted its first 1,000-foot vessel, the motor vessel James R. Barker, and its 826-foot motor vessel Lee A. Tregurtha in its second phase of exhaust gas scrubber implementation.

“We are executing on our long-term vision to be the most efficient and environmentally responsible fleet on the Great Lakes,” says Interlake President Mark W. Barker. “Being able to successfully reduce our emissions and lead the way with this technology has been a major undertaking for us over the last four years. It demonstrates our Company’s proud commitment to continuously improve and invest in our ships.”

With the 1,004-foot Mesabi Miner back in service, Interlake has equipped nearly half of its nine-vessel fleet with scrubber systems implemented specifically to net emission reductions to a level that meets or exceeds North American Emissions Control Area requirements.

Mesabi Miner has been undergoing the retrofit at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding since December 2016. The Sturgeon Bay shipyard handled the successful installation on Interlake’s four vessels which are equipped with the same single-inlet, closed-loop DuPont™ Marine Scrubbers from Belco Technologies Corp. (BELCO), a DuPont company. The scrubber units, which are attached to the exhaust system of each of the ship’s two engines, effectively strip the majority of sulfur from its stack emissions.

Here’s how the systems work: Exhaust gas from the engine is sent through a series of absorption sprays that “wash” and remove impurities, specifically sulfur and particulate matter. That washed exhaust gas then travels through a droplet separator before a signature clean plume of white steam is discharged into the atmosphere.

As the first U.S.-flag fleet to implement the scrubber technology, the company was not only tasked with proving its emission-reduction capability but also taking the lead in developing a sustainable supply-and-delivery infrastructure to support its widespread use on the Great Lakes.

Specifically, the scrubber system relies on an injection of sodium hydroxide -- to neutralize and remove sulfur from the exhaust gas -- and that chemical has to be delivered to the vessel about twice a month.

Working with partners, Hawkins Inc., PVS Chemicals Inc., Garrow Oil & Propane and OSI Environmental, the company has established waterfront supply capability at Sturgeon Bay, Wis., and Detroit, Mich. Calumet Specialties LLC has become a vital partner and stakeholder in the development of a new supply capability within the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis. A supply-and-delivery infrastructure is expected to be built at ports located near East Chicago, Ill., and Burns Harbor, Ind.

A total of five Interlake vessels – including the longest ship on the Great Lakes, the motor vessel Paul R. Tregurtha - will be outfitted with these types of scrubbers by 2018.

Interlake Steamship Co.

 

Delivering mail, saving lives aboard Detroit’s J.W. Westcott

4/25 - Detroit, Mich. – In its 143rd year on the Detroit River, the J.W. Westcott Co. once again went beyond its normal mail-delivery duties and helped save lives. This time, Senior Capt. Ryan Gazdecki helped rescue a pregnant woman, two Detroit police officers and a medic who had jumped into the water to help the woman on April 17.

It’s the third time Gazdecki has been part of life-saving efforts in his 13 seasons at the marine-based mail delivery ship — the only mail ship remaining with its own floating ZIP code.

Founded in 1874, the J.W. Westcott Co. has been contracted by the U.S. Postal Service to make deliveries since 1948, said owner Jim Hogan, and headquartered at Riverside Park since 1955. Mostly, during its 24-hour days, the mail ship is just a mail ship, handing off mail to passing freighters on the river, said Hogan, whose family has owned the company since its founding. Counting his son, Jimmy, 32, the company is in its fifth generation in family hands, with fewer than 20 employees.

Per the terms of its contract with the Postal Service, the J.W. Westcott II operates 252 days a year, starting in the spring and ending when the ice on the Detroit River gets too thick. The first rescue was in spring 2007, when Gazdecki was making a delivery alongside a freighter. A fisherman was in a boat and “got himself into some trouble, and didn’t realize a ship was sneaking up on him.”

Read more and view photos, video at this link: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/04/24/westcott-rescue/100828406/

 

Owner of yacht littering miles of Lake Michigan beach may face legal action

4/25 - Ludington, Mich. – The owner of a now-destroyed yacht that has created an environmental nightmare along miles of protected Lake Michigan beach could be taken to court after declining to take care of the disabled vessel, according to a state official.

The 76-foot-long boat was grounded on April 15 after taking on water, and the owner was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard. Subsequent efforts to get the owner to take care of the disabled vessel were unsuccessful and the boat has since been destroyed and wreckage has littered miles of coastline, said Tim Schreiner, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources parks and recreation supervisor for the Cadillac district.

He estimated 70 percent of the wreckage remains in the water, including the boat's diesel engines, and said efforts are underway to contract with an underwater salvage operator to clean it up.

Read more and view photos at this link: http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2017/04/legal_action_possible_against.html

 

What's causing Lake Ontario's high water levels?

4/25 - Syracuse, N.Y. – Residents who live along the shoreline of Lake Ontario have been trying to stay ahead of rising water levels that are threatening their properties.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, water levels in Lake Ontario are up 15 inches in the last month, and are expected to rise another six inches in the next month. A state of emergency has been declared in Wayne County because of the rising water. But what is causing the increase in water levels?

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich met this week with representatives of some of the towns along the Lake Ontario shoreline to talk about the impact of Plan 2014, which is the plan formulated by the International Joint Commission, involving representatives of the U.S. and Canada. That plan allows for wider swings in lake levels.

Environmental advocates have argued that the previous plan impacted wetlands and did other damage to the environment. Reilich says he and some of the other officials of communities along the southern shore of Lake Ontario plan to go to Washington soon to lobby against the plan.

“This plan would not be in the best interest of our residents in so much as it elongates the period of time that the water levels are higher and every week that you remain with higher water levels is the likelihood that a windstorm or something could cause a lot of erosion and damage and flooding,” Reilich said.

Frank Bevacqua, a spokesman for the IJC, says that the lake level plan that was implemented earlier this year really had a negligible impact on the current high water situation.

“Plan 2014 took effect on January 7 and it has contributed a very small amount to the situation we’re seeing now,” said Bevacqua. Things would only be marginally better if the old plan were being followed, it’s just a couple of inches difference.”

Bevacqua says the main issue has been a very rainy April, as well dramatic swings in temperature over the last few months.

Reilich says he is concerned about homeowners in his town who may be impacted soon if the water keeps rising.

“We supply the homeowners upon their request,” Reilich said.” Sandbags, we have thousands and thousands of sandbags that we’re prepared to distribute along with the sand that’s necessary. So we’re going to assist them with that effort and hopefully it won’t be required, but we’re prepared if it does.”

Residents have been putting down sandbags in other communities as well including in Sodus, in Wayne County. In Oswego and Jefferson counties, officials have been monitoring water levels. The biggest area of concern in Oswego County is in Sandy Pond.

WRVO/WXXI

 

Fundraiser coming in May for USS Edson ship museum

4/25 - Bay City, Mich. – USS Edson, DD-946, a Vietnam-era, Forrest-Sherman-class destroyer, is the primary focus of the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum in Bangor Township next to Bay City, Mich. The group will host an all-day fundraiser on May 20 featuring live music, food and beverages, vendors, and a large banner that can be signed by visitors to be sent to the men of one of the nation's aircraft carriers.

The Edson is the only surface warship in the Midwest, and she can be seen daily from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., seven days a week. The most active ship in Vietnam is located next to Independence Bridge, her permanent location, and has been designated a National Historical Landmark by Congress.

For information about tours and the calendar of events, call 989-684-3946.

Rick Blasch

 

Lake Michigan wave and weather buoy is back in business

4/25 - Cook Nuclear Plant has again launched its high-tech weather buoy in Lake Michigan. The extensive weather and water data can be accessed online at www.greatlakesbuoys.org (select the Cook Nuclear Plant buoy 45026).

The buoy is equipped with a range of instruments that can transmit air temperature, wind speed and direction, water current speed and direction, wave height and water temperatures at several depths below the surface. Still images and video clips are taken once each hour and can also be accessed online to see the exact conditions out on the lake at http://www.limnotechdata.com/stations/CookBuoy/.

Cook deployed the weather buoy in 2011 to study Lake Michigan water conditions. Since the data was made available to the public for free, more than 2 million requests for buoy observations have been made from boaters, fishermen and others.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 25

25 April 1890 - The Collins Bay Rafting Company’s tug ALANSON SUMNER (wooden propeller tug, 127 foot, 300 gross tons, built in 1872, at Oswego, New York) burned at Kingston, Ontario. She had $25,000 worth of wrecking machinery onboard. The SUMNER was repaired and put back in service.

On 25 April 1888, JESSIE MAGGIE (wooden schooner, 63 foot, 49 gross tons) was re-registered as a 2-masted schooner. She was built on a farm in Kilmanagh, Michigan, in 1887, as a 3-masted schooner and she was launched near Sebewaing, Michigan. It took 16 spans of oxen to haul her over frozen ground to the launch site. She lasted until 1904.

Interlake Steamship’s WILLIAM J. DE LANCEY (Hull#909) of American Ship Building Co., was christened April 25, 1981. Renamed b.) PAUL R. TREGURTHA in 1990.

On April 25, 1973, the self-unloading boom on Canada Steamship Lines a.) TADOUSSAC of 1969, collapsed while she was at Sandusky, Ohio. She sails today as b.) CSL TADOUSSAC.

In 1925, the ANN ARBOR 4 was back in service after running aground on February 13th off Kewaunee, Wisconsin.

In 1973, it was announced that the CITY OF SAGINAW 31, would be scrapped, after a fire which destroyed her cabin deck in 1971.

Hall Corp. of Canada's bulk canaller a.) ROCKCLIFFE HALL (Hull#615) by Davie Shipbuilding & Repair Ltd., was launched April 25, 1958. Converted to a tanker in 1972, renamed b.) ISLAND TRANSPORT, and c.) ENERCHEM LAKER in 1987.

Pittsburgh Steamship Co.'s BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS (Hull#824) by American Ship Building Co., was launched April 25, 1942.

Mutual Steamship Co.'s WILLIAM LIVINGSTONE (Hull#41) by Great Lakes Engineering Works, was launched April 25, 1908. Renamed b.) S B WAY in 1936 and c.) CRISPIN OGLEBAY in 1948. She was scrapped at Santander, Spain in 1974.

The PERCIVAL ROBERTS JR sailed light on her maiden voyage April 25, 1913, from Lorain to load ore at Two Harbors, Minnesota.

On April 25, 1954, CSL's, T.R. MC LAGAN entered service. At 714 feet 6 inches, she took the title for longest vessel on the Great Lakes from the JOSEPH H. THOMPSON, beating the THOMPSON by three inches. The THOMPSON had held the honor since November 4, 1952. MC LAGAN was renamed b.) OAKGLEN in 1990, and was scrapped at Alang, India in 2004.

Whaleback a.) FRANK ROCKEFELLER (Hull#136) by the American Steel Barge Co., was launched in 1896, for the American Steel barge Co., Pickands, Mather & Co., mgr. Converted to a sand dredge and renamed b.) SOUTH PARK in 1927, and converted to a tanker and renamed c.) METEOR in 1945.

On April 25, 1949, CSL's, GRAINMOTOR collided with the abutment of the railroad bridge above Lock 2 of the Lachine Canal.

The wooden schooner OTTAWA was launched on 25 April 1874, at Grand Haven, Michigan. She was owned by Capt. William R. Loutill and could carry 180,000 feet of lumber.

T S CHRISTIE (wooden propeller, 160 foot, 533 gross tons) was launched at F. W. Wheeler's yard (Hull #22) in W. Bay City, Michigan, on 25 April 1885. She was built for the Bay City & Cleveland Transportation Company at a cost of $45,000. Originally built as a double-deck vessel, she was cut down to a single decker at Chicago in 1902.

1941 The CANADIAN SIGNALLER was built at Collingwood as Hull 63 in 1919. It was torpedoed and sunk as d) POLYANA by U-103 en route from from Sunderland, UK to Freetown, Sierre Leone, with a cargo of coal. It was attacked just before midnight April 24 and sank in the early hours on this date with all 25 on board being lost.

1968 The Misener steamer EVERETTON ran aground in the St. Lawrence on this date in 1968. Although the damage was considered minor, the ship was sold to Marine Salvage for scrap, resold to Spanish shipbrakers and arrived under tow at Bilbao, on September 23, 1968, for dismantling.

1998 The wooden goelettes MONT NOTRE DAME and MONT ROYAL were destroyed by a fire at St. Joseph-de-la-Rive, Quebec, where they were being preserved ashore as museum ships. MONT NOTRE DAME was one of the first units in the Transport Desgagnes fleet while MONT ROYAL was known to have been a Great Lakes visitor.

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

 

Port Reports -  April 24

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth early Sunday morning with coal from Midwest Energy. The Polish saltie Isa arrived during the mid-afternoon to load wheat at CHS 2.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort were expected to arrive on Sunday in the late morning to load. Two vessels are due Monday, with Wilfred Sykes arriving first in the early morning followed by the Great Republic in the late evening.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Wilfred Sykes was expected Sunday in the late morning to load. There are no vessels scheduled Monday. Due on Tuesday are the barge Pere Marquette 41 / tug Undaunted in the morning. John J. Boland is expected to arrive on Wednesday at noon to load.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Philip R. Clarke was expected late Sunday evening for the North Dock to load. Also due is the Lee A. Tregurtha in the early on Monday, also for the North Dock to load. There are no vessels due Tuesday. Due in Wednesday is the H. Lee White in the early morning for the North Dock.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Sunday and none are scheduled for Monday.

Midland, Ont.
Whitefish Bay was the first arrival for the 2017 season. Her skipper was presented with the traditional top hat on Saturday. The vessel was at the ADM dock.

Goderich, Ont.
Tug Spartan and barge were in port Sunday night.

Detroit, Mich.
Capt. Henry Jackman departed Detroit’s Rouge River Sunday evening headed for Bruce Mines, Ont. Federal Danube was in port Sunday night.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
Joseph H. Thompson unloaded iron ore pellets at the Torco Dock on Sunday. Also due at Torco was the Kaye E. Barker Sunday in the evening. The barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory are due at Torco on April 27 in the early morning followed by the Joseph H. Thompson in the late evening. There is nothing due at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock. Vessels due at the CSX Coal Dock include the Kaye E. Barker on Monday in the morning. The barge James L. Kuber and the tug Victory are due at CSX on April 27 in the late morning, followed by the Algoma Enterprise on April 28 in the early morning. John J. Boland is due at CSX on April 29 in the morning. Vessels in port at the time of this report included the saltwater vessel Federal Barents, the tug Wilf Seymour and her barge Alouette Spirit.

Nanticoke, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Algoma Hansa departed at 2234 Saturday westbound. CSL Laurentien departed at 1002 Sunday. Algonova remained at dock.

Welland Canal – Barry Andersen
Transits for April 23. Upbound: Algoma Enterprise eta 0148, BBC Thames (Atg) eta 0800, Algoscotia eta 0825, John D. Leitch eta 1039 and Algosteel eta 1930. Downbound: Frontenac, BBC Mont Blanc (Atg) eta 0452, Riga (Nld) eta 0545, and CSL Laurentien eta 1340. Port Weller anchorage: Tundra (Cyp) remained anchored awaiting Redpath dock.

Hamilton, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Algoma Harvester arrived at 0240 Sunday, Algoscotia departed at 0641, Redhead (Hkg) departed at 0952 for Ireland. Algoma Enterprise departed at 2339 on Saturday.

Clarkson, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Adfines Sea (Mlt) departed 1601 Sunday to take bunkers off Hamilton. Algolake and Jana Desgagnes remained at docks.

Picton, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Robert S. Pierson arrived late afternoon Sunday.

Toronto, Ont. – Barry Andersen
USCG Hollyhock departed at 1350 Saturday. Drawsko (Bhs) was at Redpath unloading sugar.

Bath, Ont. – Barry Andersen
English River departed mid-morning Sunday.

Bomanville, Ont. – Barry Andersen
Frontenac arrived at 1540 Sunday.

Seaway
The scrap tow of the former Quebec ferry Camille-Marcoux (her name shortened to Le-Marc) tied up at Montreal Sunday night. The tow is expected to continue Monday. The vessel is bound for Port Colborne, Ont., and the yard of the Marine Recycling Corp. Tugs are Lois M. and Jarrett M.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 24

24 April 1882 - The ferry HAWKINS (wooden propeller ferry, 73 foot, 86 gross tons, built in 1873, at Au Sable, Michigan) was renamed JAMES BEARD. She had received a thorough overhaul and was put in service between Port Huron, Michigan, and Sarnia, Ontario, on 25 April 1882. She lasted until 1927, when she was abandoned.

On 24 April 1872, the 3-mast wooden schooner JENNIE GRAHAM was sailing up Lake Huron to pick up a load of lumber. She was light and at full sail when a sudden squall caused her to capsize. Two crewmembers were trapped below decks and died. Captain Duncan Graham was washed away and drowned. The remaining seven crewmembers clung to the overturned hull for about an hour and then the vessel unexpectedly turned upwards and lay on one side. The crew was then able to cut away a lifeboat and get in it. They were later picked up by the schooner SWEEPSTAKES. The GRAHAM was salvaged and taken to Port Huron for repairs.

ONTADOC sailed from Collingwood, Ontario, on her maiden voyage on April 24, 1975, for Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to load steel for Duluth, Minnesota. She was renamed b) MELISSA DESGAGNES in 1990. Pittsburgh Steamship Co.'s D.M. CLEMSON (Hull#716) of the American Ship Building Co., departed Lorain on her maiden voyage April 24, 1917, to load iron ore at Duluth, Minnesota.

The B.F. JONES left Quebec on April 24, 1973, in tandem with her former fleet mate EDWARD S. KENDRICK towed by the Polish tug KORAL heading for scrapping in Spain. The wooden schooner WELLAND CANAL was launched at Russell Armington's shipyard at St. Catharines, Ontario. She was the first ship built at St. Catharines and the first to navigate the Welland Canal when it opened between St. Catharine's and Lake Ontario on 10 May 1828.

1948 A collision between the HARRY L. FINDLAY and the Canadian tanker JOHN IRWIN occurred in the St. Clair River, near Recors Point on this date. The stem bar was twisted and plates set back on the American bulk carrier and these were repaired at Lorain. It later sailed as c) PAUL L. TIETJEN. The tanker saw further service as c) WHITE ROSE II, d) WHITE ROSE and e) FUEL MARKETER (ii).

1975 The Canadian self-unloader SAGUENAY sustained minor damage in a collision in Lake St. Clair with the Panamanian freighter FESTIVITY on this date. The latter had begun coming to the Great Lakes in 1966. It had been damaged in a grounding on July 18, 1977, and arrived at Bilbao, Spain, for scrapping on November 9, 1977.

1989 GENERAL VARGAS arrived at Green Bay and was being towed by the tug MINNIE SELVICK when the latter was crushed against pilings around a railway bridge and sank. All on board were rescued but the tug was a total loss. The Philippine registered freighter had begun Great Lakes trading as a) BRUNTO in 1977 and reacquired that name in 1994. It was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey, as f) LINDEN after arriving on July 19, 2011.

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


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