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June 17, 2006


6/17 - Burns Harbor makes a rare visit top Escanaba - Lee Rowe

A hot, steamy day.

Passing the Escanaba Entrance Light.

Pulling into the dock.

Tieing up.

6/17 - Detroit River Scenes - Mike Nicholls

Hull of the former passenger boat Alabama being scrapped at Dean's Yard in La Salle, ON.

BBC Ontario (Antigua) at Nicholson's preparing to load a large crane from the deck of Basic Marine's barge BMI 215.

Stern view


Finex (Germany) down bound off of Great Lakes Steel.

Stern view.

Erika Kobasic at Nicholson's

6/17 - Detroit River Traffic from a lofty perspective - Angie Williams

Frontenac passing the Ren Cen.

Kaye E. Barker down bound

Maritime Trader

Reserve passing over the tunnel.

Roger Blough

Blue Moon

William J. Moore and McCleary's Spirit

6/17 - Historical Perspective - The former Ridgetown as a breakwater at the marina at the mouth of the Credit River, Ontario - John van der Doe

6/17 - Historical Perspectives - The Former Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna, NY. - Brian Wroblewski

An overall view of Bethlehem Steel looking North from the mid-1970's showing the coal storage area, Open Hearth Furnace Plant #3, and the Slabbing Mill (center), Coke Ovens, and a little slice of the Lackawanna Slip to the right.

The ore dock with a boat unloading from the 1960's.

 Indiana Harbor laid up in the Bethlehem Slip during the 1984-85 time period. The ore pits on the dock have flooded from lack of use and demolition had just started on the blast furnaces.

From the 1990's showing the Kinsman Enterprise & Independent laid up at the Gateway Terminal on the slip.

6/17 - Video of loading coal at the Sandusky Coal Dock - Bill Bird
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This loader one became operational in 1939. In recent years between 4 and 5 million tons have been loaded at this facility annually. Sandusky is one of the last of the stationary loading docks-newer loaders are conveyors which move alongside the ship. In Sandusky, ships have to be shifted during the loading process. So here is an explanation of what you are seeing.
First shot-Rail car with about 100 tons of coal is shunted into place by an Atlas pusher.
Second -Pig or Barney comes up from beneath and between the tracks and pushes car towards ship loader. Pig weighs about 10 tons.
Third -(from deck of ship) shows car being pushed into the loader-there’s a bang as it hits the empty car and pushes it out.
Fourth-Car in loader is lifted between 50 and 70 feet into the air.
Fifth -Car is then turned on its side to empty contents into loader.
Sixth -Coal comes out chute and into hold of ship.
Seventh -Telescope operator is the one who loads the ship. In recent years, this operation has been done by remote control from deck of ship.
Eighth -Coal being distributed in the hold.
Ninth -Shot from bow looking back at stern with boom swung out over starboard side allowing ship loader to get into all the holds.
Under optimum conditions a ship such as CSL Niagara can be loaded with 30 to 32 thousand tons of coal in about 8 hours.
The Sandusky ship loader also has a conveyer to assist in the loading. The conveyor is at the top of the loader roughly in the same area as where the rail car is tipped. The conveyor was added to the ship loader in 1967. Our thanks to Captain Lars Bouman and crew of CSL Niagara for their cooperation and assistance. Captain Bouman retired following the 2005 season. Also thanks to Jeff Smith and Jeff Logan of the Sandusky Coal Dock for allowing us on the dock and providing information about the loading process. Video shot and edited by Bill Bird. Executive producer Wayne Hardie.

6/17 - Historical Perspectives - This is a series of photographs taken by Henry S. Pickands, founder of Pickands, Mather & Co. and his young son, James Pickands II from 1921 through 1923. - Martin Pickands

The SS L. M. Bowers was operated by the Tomlinson Fleet (Cleveland, Oh) under the bridge cranes. These are 4 Clam type bucket iron ore unloaders, each capable of scooping about 15 tons on every bite. They were operated by 4 men who rode on them from shipside to where the ore was to be unloaded, back and forth all day till the ship was unloaded.

Tug John E. Meyer, Barnett & Record, Duluth, brand new as of 1923.

S.S. Edward A. Uhrig, M.A. Hanna Co., at the Soo Locks ca. 1923

6/17 - Sarnia Area Traffic - Tom Welles

Algoeast docked south of Sarnia, tour boat Huron Maid on a special Birthday tour for Laura.

Wolverine down bound.

Sarah Spencer at the Government Dock in Sarnia.

Jane Ann IV

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