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February 3, 2008


2/3 - Milwaukee's Jones Island in winter - Dave Borzymowski

Burns Harbor laid up in the inner harbor

Algomarine in mid-turn beyond the breakwall

Backing in the main gap

Profile view Algomarine stern

Aft end of forward cabins

2/3 - Historical Perspective- Winter Sailing February 3, 1978 - Jon Paul Michaels

The Str. Charles M. White received a call on the radio that fleetmate Str. Pontiac was stuck in 2 ˝ - 3 ft. of ice in the Rock Island Passage of Northern Lake Michigan.

They had loaded in Escanaba which was our destination, and instead of entering Green Bay via Death’s Door we detoured to Rock Island Passage to break the Pontiac out.

The Pontiac was free after our pass through and continued on to Republic Steel in Cleveland.

The temperature at the time was – 15F. The C-4’s were excellent ice breakers with their 10,000hp steam turbines and a wide beam of 72ft
2/3 - Canadian visits Port Everglades - Capt. Wm. Hoey
Scene in Port Everglades Florida is the CFL Prospect unloading alumina sand. Owned by Canada Feeder Lines, she is to come under charter to Great Lakes Feeder Lines when the Seaway opens in the spring. At that time she should be operating on the Great Lakes. The full story can be found in the Nov-Dec 2007 issue of Great Lakes/Seaway Review.

2/3 - Algomarine approaching the bulk cargo pier in Milwaukee’s outer harbor where it will discharge salt. - John N. Vogel


2/3 - Wintery Ludington scenes - Shawn, Jen and Nancy Keith

The barge Hannah 6301 and tug Mark Hannah making one of several attempts to break the ice in the Ludington channel on Friday afternoon.

Looking past the bow of the Hannah 6301, with the Badger, Spartan, tug Snohomish, and tug Undaunted in the background.

Beginning an unsuccessful swing toward the Dow dock, before backing out to try again.

The Badger in winter lay-up, with the Spartan behind in long-term lay-up since 1979.


Viewed from the Buttersville Peninsula are (from L-R) the Badger, Spartan, tug Undaunted, and barge Pere Marquette 41.


Finally headed into the Dow dock, a couple hours after entering the harbor mouth.


2/3 Michipicoten in Erie PA - Roman Kloecker





2/3 - Traffic on the Yangzte River from a world traveling Boatnerd - Jim Paterson





2/2 - Winter in Escanaba - Lee Rowe
The Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. VanEnkevort, Wilfred Sykes, and Joseph L. Block continue taking loads of ore from Escanaba in spite of the sometimes very frigid weather. The Escanaba ore dock usually continues shipping into February and takes a shorter shut-down time than the Lake Superior docks.


The Great Lakes Trader loading with the Wilfred Sykes backed in to the other side of the dock.

The Joseph H. Thompson and tug in lay-up.

The Wilfred Sykes at the dock, taken from the city.


2/2 - Historical Perspective - Buffalo Museum Ship USS Little Rock - Brian Wroblewski
The Missile Cruiser USS Little Rock (from the Buffalo Naval Park) firing her Talos long range SAM missiles. Talos was the most powerful of it's day, able to bring down attacking aircraft or missiles at a range of up to 100 nautical miles. It could also be fired in Surface-to-Surface mode and it also had an optional nuclear warhead. An anti-radiation version was also carried on board for use against enemy radar sets. Talos was used off Vietnam to shoot down MiG fighters and attack North Vietnamese SAM missile radars on many occasions.

A Talos missile lifting off from the Little Rock's stern missile launcher.

A view looking aft from the Port wing on the 02 level of the stern missile house as a photographer's mate steps up to catch an action photo of the Talos as it roars off towards it's target. Birds away !

2/1 - Historical Perspectives -Marc VanderMeulen
Date and photographer unknown.

Soo Locks during construction of the new Poe Lock in the 1960s. Note the Lewis G. Harriman docked below the MacArthur Lock and supplying cement.

Quedoc forward house as she approaches the MacArthur Lock.

Quedoc began service as New Quedoc in 1960, was renamed Quedoc in 1963 and sold for scrap in 1985. Great paint job and nice flower boxes. Sad that she lasted only 25 years.

Quedoc stern house

Quedoc stern. Bethlehem Steel vessel upbound in background. Not Lehigh, not Bethlehem, any suggestions?

Quedoc in the MacArthur Lock with the Harriman ahead.

2/1 - Aftermath of high winds on water levels in Port Colborne - Craig Workman

Ice floated onto the docks by high water.

Tugs floating high.


Water remains nearly up to wharf level.

2/1 - Historical Perspectives - Dick Wicklund

February, 1975 Winter Lay-ups in Duluth-Superior Harbor. The temp. was -17 degrees at Noon when these pictures were taken in the Fraser Shipyard in Superior

The winter layups by the ore docks in Duluth are - Front row left to right: Eugene J. Buffington, Thomas F. Cole, William A. Irvin, & Peter A. B. Widener; Middle row left to right: William B. Schiller, J. P. Morgan, Jr., Governor Miller, & Ralph H. Watson; Back row left to right: Thomas W. Lamont, William A. McGonagle, & Joshua A. Hatfield.

The Arthur M. Anderson is awaiting lengthening at Fraser Shipyard in Superior, Wisc., and is shown in her original 647 foot length.

In the distance ahead of the Anderson, the Reserve under-goes lengthening in the drydock at Fraser Shipyard.

The August Ziesing and the James A. Farrell at Fraser Shipyard, would never sail again.

The Wilfred Sykes was tucked away in another slip at Fraser Shipyard being converted to a self-unloader.


1/31 - Historical Perspective – The January Storm of 1978 - Jon Paul Michaels

This is the weather log of the Str. Charles M. White upbound on Lake Michigan for Escanaba. Due to the intense snow and wind waves heights were difficult to observe as we had near zero visibility after 0400 on the 26th.

From 0400 to 0930 on the 26th waves were averaging 15’ to 18’. From 0930 to 1700 on the 26th they averaged 20’ to 25’ with some waves estimated at over 30’. A turn west was necessary to enter Death’s Door putting our beam to the sea for over 10 miles where 35 to 40 degree rolls were experienced.

After entering Green Bay and resuming our northerly course we encountered heavy ice which diminished the seas. I was the 12 to 4 wheelsman on this trip.

1/31 - Canadian Olympic sits on the Sifto Salt dock, waiting for winds to diminish before loading.- Dale Baechler



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