2-16 The Cotter was out breaking ice above the bridges on the Buffalo River this morning. She is currently waiting for a bridge lift at CSX's CP Draw on her way back down for her Michigan St Pier Heavy plate ice in this section was up to 1-foot thick at the time requiring a backing & ramming technique.
2-14 The Fireboat Edward M. Cotter was out breaking ice on the upper navigation section of the
Buffalo River this morning. I spotted her backing and ramming her way through Turning Basin #2
off the old Republic Steel docks around 11 AM.
Heavy ice in the Niagara River caused a jam in the area of the North Grand Island bridge on
January 7th. Strong winds out of West caused lake levels to surge and ice to overflow the Niagara
River Boom in Buffalo. US and Canadian Power Authorities sent out their ice breakers to try and get
the ice moving again. Some flooding had been observed along the shore that evening. A blizzard
rolled into town making conditions even worse and that much harder for crews to deal with it.
Thunder Bay, not "Thinder Bay".
1-1 9PM update: The Algomarine has departed the Gateway Metroport Main Dock in Lackawanna
and is currently making 1.6 knots through the ice towards the Outer Harbor piers with an AIS
destination of Thinder Bay.
1-1 The Algomarine is currently inside the South Entrance and getting ready to back into the Lackawanna Canal at 10AM.
Happy New Year to all the readers & contributors of my vessel passage page here on the 'Nerd, lets hope for a 2014 full of interesting boats to see!
12-31 8:30 AM: The Algo Marine is headed into the Long Point Bay Achorage at this time.
12-30 The Algomarine has just cleared Detroit & is on a downbound course for Buffalo with an ETA of 8 AM tomorrow.
12-18 The firetug EDWARD M COTTER was out breaking ice on the Buffalo River on the 17th. The
lake was already 4 degrees colder than normal for that time of year and plate ice was in place all
around the harbor. This was enough to cause dredging operations to wrap up for the year and
Luedtke's equipment was all tied up at the Cargil Pool Elevator by then.
12-17 The American Mariner is inbound for General Mills at 7AM.
12-14, 3:30PM update:
The HollyHock was off Dunkirk Harbor & Westbound along the South Shore of the lake at mid-afternoon.
The tug Petite Forte was Eastbound on the lake & passing Sturgeon Point at 4.5 Knots, AIS
destination "Bowmansville" but on a course towards Lackawanna at that time.
The English River had departed Buffalo some time this morning & was entering the Welland Canal
headed downbound at 3:30 PM.
The tug Paul Luedtke was still working her scows in Buffalo harbor this weekend between the
dredge site near the Watson Basin on the City Ship Canal & the Outer Harbor Army Corps CDF.
12-14 The Hollyhock was at anchor out near the Traffic Buoy & the English River was still at
LaFarge this morning around 7:00 AM.
12-13 Paul spotted the English River being towed in for LaFarge around 4:15 PM this afternoon.
The Hollyhock was still at the North Pier this afternoon.
12-12 The USCGC cutter Hollyhock is tied up at the Visiting Ship's Dock (North Pier) this evening.
12-7, 3pm update: Saginaw departed without any tugs at 12 noon, bound for the Soo.
12-7 The Saginaw came in around 3 PM yesterday for the ADM Standard Elevator. She was still there this morning at 7am.
Long before Sept. 11th, there was Pearl Harbor. The single event that not only cost us thousands of
dead, but the one that woke our great nation from it's slumber & forced us onto the world's stage to
become the first (& now last) Super Power. A pivotal moment in the history of the human race took
a turn for the worse 72 years ago today. Don't forget the price that's been payed in blood so you can
lay your head down on your pillow tonight & sleep soundly without the fear of oppression from those
who would take your freedom from you in a heartbeat.
11-28 The English River departed at 2:15pm as per Paul. Happy Thanksgiving.
11-27 The Mariner & English River are both still here as of 8:46 PM tonight.
11-26, 8:08 PM:
The Mariner is now unloading at General Mills.
The English River is approaching the Lake Ontario to Entrance to the Welland Canal with an AIS
destination of Buffalo. She will probably arrive some time tomorrow morning.
11-25 9:46 PM: Right after I reported the Mariner inbound for the North Entrance this morning &
went to work, Rob saw her turn back around & go to anchor out near the Traffic Buoy where she
remains at this time.
The Rebecca Lynn is still at the Noco pier in Tonawanda.
The tug Paul Luedtke is currently tied up at the Visiting Ship's dock on the Buffalo River.
11-25 The American Mariner should be arriving at the North Entrance for General Mills around 8:30 AM.
The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 has shifted over from the Marathon dock to the Noco Product Terminal pier in Tonawanda.
11-24 The tug-barge Rebecca Lynn - A-397 arrived on the bitterly cold morning of November 24th
around 11 AM. They had just spent about a day transiting Lake Erie downbound from Detroit along
the Canadian shore to stay in the Lee of the mainland from a winter storm front that pushed in from
the Arctic causing up to 13-foot waves out in open waters. They switched out of towing gear while
still out on the lake, "notched up" the tug into the barge's stern, and then headed for the Black Rock
Canal in push mode by 12 Noon. Once they were past the draw at the Ferry St. Bridge the captain
called via radio for the CN Railroad's Harbor Draw to open but a mechanical issue with that bridge
caused a slight delay. A repair crew was sent to check on it and they found that the air lines to the
locking pins had frozen due to the 20 degree cold and would not retract. The mechanism was then
forced open manually with a come-along on both sides of the bridge while the tug-barge held
position just off the Buffalo Sewer Authority dock. After about an hour and a half the bridge was
finally opened. The Rebecca Lynn then proceeded down to the Black Rock Lock and on to the
Marathon Dock in Tonawanda to discharge a cargo of asphalt.
11-23 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 should be arriving around noon tomorrow for Tonawanda.
11-12 The Saginaw is still unloading at the ADM Standard Elevator this evening.
11-12 The Saginaw is currently inbound for Buffalo at 7:13 AM. She's passing the traffic buoy at this
time but I don't know exactly where they're headed.
Just in time for Veteran's Day, a story on the USS Buffalo:
11-4 The Jackman departed Lackawanna for Sault St. Marie at 7PM.
11-4, 9:30 AM: The Jackman is tied up in Lackawanna at the south end of the Gateway Metroport
Main Dock & I'm assuming they're here to unload salt, because that's where the salt pile is.
11-3, not 10-3:
10-3 The Captain Henry Jackman is currently Eastbound & now approaching mid-lake,
she should be arriving in Buffalo around 7:30 am tomorrow morning.
10-30 The Mariner will be here around 3:30 AM tomorrow.
The English River had previously arrived on the morning of the 29th but the Boatnerd site was down
& I couldn't report it at the time.
10-30 The English River departed Buffalo for the Welland Canal around 6 AM.
10-29 Jason saw the Jackson departing at 2 AM
10-27 The Jackson should arrive around 5 AM tomorrow for the ADM Standard Elevator.
A 25-ton Hot Metal Ladle has been installed at the new Union Ship Canal Commons park as a
tribute and historical marker for all of the nearby steel industry that once surrounded the area.
This particular ladle was acquired through the Heinz Museum in Pittsburg and was originally
donated to them by the Allegheny Ludlum Corp.
The sailing vessel PEACEMAKER was back in town for more tours during mid-
October at the Central Wharf.
News story about the 1913 storm:
10-18 The salt water vessel Flevogracht departed Lackawanna around 10AM this morning for Sturgeon Bay.
10-15 The saltwater vessel Flevogracht is currently tied up in Lackawanna to load the air
compressor components from Cobey Manufacturing at the Gateway Metroport Main Dock.
10-11 Kobey Manufacturing in Lackawanna shipped some large equipment via heavy lift truck
across Rt. 5 to the Gateway Trade Center this morning. The items are shrink-wrapped but are
relatively large and appear to be some sort of machinery. They have been off loaded from the
tractor trailer and are now sitting on the pier at the Metroport Main Dock. My guess is that a barge or
possibly a salt water ship will show up soon to load these items as a dimensional cargo.
Oddly enough, Kobey is located on the Union Ship Canal in the new industrial park that was built
on the site of the former Hanna Furnace ore dock, but large vessel access was curtailed with the
removal of the high level Father Baker bridge years ago.
Dredging in the Buffalo River is now underway, near the Buckeye (Mobil) Oil Terminal above South Park Ave.
10-8 7:30 am: The Jackson is now sitting anchored off Buffalo Harbor near the Fairway Buoy for some unknown reason.
10-9 Paul saw the Herbert C Jackson departing at 7am.
10-8 Paul spotted the Renecca Lynn - A-397 combo coming through the North Entrance around 12 noon today.
10-8 The Jackson must have been delayed somehow for fuel, or by weather or something because
she dropped off the AIS & never showed up yesterday, but is now inbound for the North Entrance
Channel at 7:20 AM on the way to the ADM Satandard Elevator.
10-7 The Jackson should be here around 2 PM.
10-6 The Jackson should be here tomorrow afternoon.
The Mariner backed out & departed at 4:00 PM today.
10-5 The Jackson should be arriving some time tomorrow evening for the ADM Standard Elevator.
The Mariner has been unloading at General Mills all day & should be departing tomorrow morning.
10-4 9:40PM: The Mariner is now arriving for General Mills. She's in the Buffalo River Entrance Channel at this time.
10-4 late update: The Mariner should be arriving around 9:30 PM, not 6:30.
The Jackson is downbound on Lake Superior & headed for Buffalo with wheat out of Duluth. Storm
delayed travel will impede her progress so I have to wait and see how she makes out before I can
guess at an arrival time.
10-4 The Mariner is Eastbound on the lake with an ETA for Buffalo of 6:30 PM this evening.
10-3 Late update: The Pierson departed at 7PM.
10-3 7:00 AM : The Pierson is now on her way up the Buffalo River to Lake & Rail. She is currently
above Ohio St. & passing the ADM Standard at 7:30 AM.
The English River departed this morning around 5AM with the Rebecca Lynn - A-397 right behind
them. English River is now approaching CIP 16 (the Welland Canal Entrance) and the Lynn is
passing Long Point, Westbound for Detroit.
10-2 The Pierson went to anchor off Buffalo Harbor & seems to be waiting for the English River
to depart from LaFarge before coming back in for Lake & Rail.
10-2, 10:00 PM: The Pierson is underway from Port Colburne & passing Point Abino for Buffalo at this time.
Pierson story in the news:
10-2 The Pierson was still tied up in the Port Colborne elevator piers at 6:42 PM. I don't know if
they're done loading her, but if they are, she may be waiting for the English River to leave Buffalo
before they come in.
The English River was still at LaFarge this evening.
The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 was still unloading at the Noco Product Terminal in Tonawanda this evening.
10-2 The Robert S Pierson departed overnight & was inbound at the Port Colburne Piers at
7:20 AM where she will load more Canadian Red Wheat for Lake & Rail in Buffalo.
Paul spotted the English River coming in at 7:00 AM for LaFarge.
Last line should read 10-1, not 10-31, darn auto correct!
10-31 Afternoon update: The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 should be arriving for Tonawanda around 4:30 PM.
10-1 The Pierson finally made it to Lake & Rail today around 12 noon. She will head out some time around midnight tonight.
9-29 Update: The Pierson remains at Burnett tonight with no foreseable time to
head up to Lake & Rail.
The tug Krista S. was passing Cleveland on the South Shore of the Lake headed
for Buffalo with more dredge equipment, possibly arriving tomorrow evening.
9-28 The Defiance - Ashtabula was towed out of the City Ship Canal by the tug Washington at about
5:45 PM this evening. They had departed Buffalo & were abeam of Point Abino, headed Westbound
on the lake for Ashtabula, Ohio by 7:45 PM.
The Pierson remains at the Burnett Dock at this time. The tug crew that towed the Defiance out
mentioned that the Ohio St. bridge may be down for "some time" & it was unknown when the
Pierson would be able to go upriver to unload at Lake & Rail. The G-tugs are able to lower their
mast on a hinge & sneak under the bridge if they have to, & this is how the Washington was able to
come downriver & assist the Defiance this evening.
9-28 Afternoon update: The Coast Guard just did a Marine Information broadcast
stating that the Ohio St. Bridge was out of service. I'm guessing, since they
didn't mention any kind of time line, that they have no clue how long it's
going to take to fix it yet.
9-28 11:00 AM: The Pierson remains tied up at the Burnett Dock while City Of Buffalo DPW
employees were still working on the Ohio St. Lift Bridge this morning.
The Defiance - Ashtabula came in around 9:30 AM for the Sand Supply Landing & began
discharging cargo around 10:30 AM. The crew hoped to have a relatively quick unload of about 6 to
8 hours depending on how things went. The barge is filled with a split cargo of fine & coarse sand
and they started the unloading process with the 8,000 tons of coarse product.
9-28 8:16 AM update: The Pierson is still at Burnette & the Definace - Ashtabula is is n her way in for
the Traffic Buoy at this time, headed for the Sand Supply Landing on the City Ship Canal.
9-27 10:30 update: The Algosteel departed at 9:30 PM from Lackawanna.
That last story should read "9-27 Late Update", not 9-26, duh.
9-26 Late update: The Defiance - Ashtabula should be here around 9 AM tomorrow.
The Robert S. Pierson arrived this evening around 6:30 PM for the Lake & Rail Elevator but was
delayed by a malfunction at the Ohio St. bridge. The ship waited in the turn off the LaFarge Cement
dock but the operator was still unable to lift the bridge after about 45 minutes of trying. She backed
down the river and tied up for the evening at the Burnette Trucking dock along Ganson St. This was
the first time that a self-unloader had tied up there since the days when it was owned by Penn Dixie
many decades ago & it was also only the third time a large vessel had docked there in at least the
last 30 years.
9-27 The Algosteel arrived in Lackawanna at 12:30 PM with salt for the Gateway Metroport Main Dock.
9-26 The Defiance - Ashtabula & the Algosteel both have AIS destinations of Buffalo & would
potentially arrive tomorrow.
The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 is unloading at the Noco Product Terminal in Tonawanda this evening.
Dredge project coming up:
9-25 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 should be here around 5:00AM on the 26th for Tonawanda.
9-24 The Krista S is on her way out of Buffalo at 7:21 AM, she must have been back overnight with
more dredge equipment. I noticed that they had dropped off scows & barges at the Cargil Pool
Elevator Pier last time they were here a few weeks ago.
9-19 The Capt. Henry Jackman is still in Lackawanna this morning. She is currently tied up at the
South end of the wall at the Gateway Metroport Main Dock where they usually unload salt.
The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 departed Tonawanda overnight last night & is already past Long Point at 7:27 AM.
9-18 The Jackman should be here around midnight tonight.
The Lynn - A-397 is still at Noco at 7:20 AM.
9-17, 7:56 PM The Captain Henry Jackman is downbound near Detroit & headed for the Gateway
Metroport in Lackawanna, more than likely with salt.
The Rebecca Lynn - A397 was still unloading at Noco this evening.
9-17 The Innovation - Samuel D Champlain arrived around 8:00 PM last night &for LaFarge they
departed around 6 AM this morning for Alpena.
9-16 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 should be here around 2AM tomorrow morning for Tonawanda.
The Samuel D Champlain - Innovation should be here around 7 PM this evening for LaFarge.
The Cuyahoga is currently tied up at the South end of the Lackawanna Canal at 7:24 AM,
presumably unloading salt, but I'm not sure.
9-14 7:00 AM: The Defiance - Ashtabula has shifted to the South end of the Lackawanna Ship Canal.
9-13, 9:38: The Defiance - Ashtabula is currently tying up at the Gateway Metroport
Main Dock in Lackawanna. She's just off the North end of the pier & setting out
lines to the wall along the limestone unloading apron at this time.
9-13 The Defiance - Ashtabula is currently abeam of Windmill Point & headed inbound
for Buffalo. She should be arriving around 8:30pm.
The Mariner had an AIS destination of "Buffalo" this morning but she ended up in Toledo
9-13 The Mariner & the Definace-Ashtabula may be coming today.
Buffalo Maritime Fest details:
9-11 The tug Krista S should be arriving into Buffalo tonight after a 3 day,
4.5 knot trip across the lake, more than likely with dredge equipment for the
Cargil Pool Elevator Pier.
9-10 The Mariner departed Buffalo around 1 AM.
The Rebecca Lynn was still at Noco at 7:00 am.
9-9 - 7:26pm, The tug Krista S is now abeam of Loraine, Oh & headed East on the lake for Buffalo.
The Mariner is still at General Mills & the Rebecca Lynn is at the Noco Product Terminal in
Tonawanda this evening.
Just a passing thought: The Sand Supply Landing on the City Ship Canal looks pretty low on both
types of product there & I noticed the tug-barge Defiance - Ashtabula is headed into Brevort,
Michigan at this time. I'd say they could use at least 2 more loads here this season.
9-9 Jason spotted the tug Krista S on the AIS with a destination of Buffalo.
She must be bringing up some equipment for the upcoming fall dredge project.
The Rebecca Lynn will arrive this morning for Tonawanda. She was off
Windmill Point at 7am.
The Mariner is still at General Mills this morning.
The English River left over night last night & was down bound in the ditch at
7am, headed for Bath, Ont. to load more cement.
9-8, 8:40pm: The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 is currently West of Long Point, near mid-lake
& headed for Tonawanda with an ETA for Buffalo around 12 noon tomorrow.
The Mariner & the English River are both still here this evening.
On Sep 8, 2013, at 7:47 AM, BRIAN <email@example.com> wrote:
9-8 Paul saw the Mariner come in for General Mills at 7am. The English
River was still at LaFarge this morning.
9-8 Paul saw the Mariner come in for General Mills at 7am.
The English River was still at LaFarge this morning.
9-7. The Mariner should be here around 8 or 9 am tomorrow.
Paul spotted the English River coming in for LaFarge at 3:30 pm this afternoon. She
is currently. transiting the Buffalo River Entrance Channel at 3:41 pm, being towed in stern 1st.
9-6 The Jackson is due to load wheat in Duluth for Buffalo.
The Mariner is on her way down the lakes for General Mills.
The English River should be arriving for LaFarge tomorrow.
9-5 The Lake Gaurdian was at anchor just South of Windmill Point off Buffalo Harbor this morning.
She's the first vessel East of CIP 16 in at least the last 3 weeks.
The Mariner is due to load grain in Duluth fir Buffalo on September 4th.
Interesting article & video about the Naval Park ships:
The Silo City grain elevator complex next to the Lake & Rail elevator (that I
sometimes work at) is having free events tonight. There's all sorts of stuff to do:
The Silo City grain elevator complex next to the Lake & Rail elevator (that I
sometimes work at) is having free events tonight. There's all sorts of stuff to do:
8-13 Jason saw the Rebecca Lynn - A-397 depart from the Black Rock Canal with the tug in "push
mode" around 2PM on the afternoon of the 12th.
8-12 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 shifted docks from Noco to Marathon on the Niagara River between 6 - 7 am this morning.
8-11 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 was unloading at Noco this evening.
******* The last line about the Lynn & Mariner should read 8-10, not 8-9 ******
8-9 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 tug-barge has just departed Cleveland & should be
arriving for Tonawanda around 12 noon tomorrow.
The American Mariner was still at General Mills this evening.
8-9 The Mariner arrived for General Mills around 12 midnight or so this morning.
8-7 The English River departed around 4 PM for Port Colburne.
Story on the Empire Sandy now docked at the Central Wharf:
8-6 The English River was towed in stern first for LaFarge around 5:30 PM.
The Empire Sandy is coming:
The Lois McClure is coming to Buffalo:
7-31 The Ken Boothe Sr - Great Lakes Contender was unloading stone from Calcite, Michigan at the
Gateway Metroport Main Dock n Lackawanna this morning.
7-30 The Ken Booth Sr. - Great Lakes Contender is now due at 4:30 am on the 31st.
7-30 Jason spotted the tug-barge Ken Booth Sr. - Great Lakes
Contender on the AIS with a destination of Buffalo this morning. They
were in the Detroit area at the time. This will be her first trip here.
This month's issue of Naval History Magazine has an article on the two passenger steamers
converted to aircraft carriers during WWII with shots of them here in Buffalo at the City Piers where
the conversion took place. They also have the story on line but you have be a member:
7-26 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 departed around 10 PM on the night of the 25th bound for Detroit.
7-24 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 was unloading at Noco in Tonawanda this evening.
7-23 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 should be arriving around 10 AM tomorrow morning for Tonawanda.
7-15 The Pierson came in stern first & tied up just ahead of the Sea Eagle II - St. Mary's Cement
II along the East side of the Lackawanna Canal. I'm not sure what they're here for & her AIS still
lists "Clarkson Colborne" so I don't know where they even came from.
7-15 Jason spotted the Robert S. Pierson arrive at the Gateway Metroport Main Dock around 4 am this morning.
Some old info I forgot to send late last week:
7-12 The CCGC Samuel Risley has been anchored off Windmill Point all day today.
Jason mentioned that the HMCS Glace Bay had been cruising between the border and Port
Colborne during the night last night. At 3:30 am this morning she was on the hook about 5 miles off Port Colborne.
7-12 The CCGC Samuel Risley has been anchored off Windmill Point all day today.
Jason mentioned that the HMCS Glace Bay had been cruising between the border and Port
Colborne during the night last night. At 3:30 am this morning she was on the hook about 5 miles off
7-9 The USCGC Katmai Bay was departing the Buffalo North Entrance Channel at 7:23 this morning with an AIS destination of Sault St. Marie.
7-7 9:10 am : The Canadian Coast Guard Ice Breaker Samuel Risley is currently anchored just off the Buffalo
Traffic Buoy, about half way between here & Point Abino for some unknown reason.
7-6 Late morning update: Paul saw the English River depart Buffalo for Port Colborne at 11:00 AM.
I've been looking at photos of the barge & I determined that they must be here empty & are going
to load something based on the position of the boom, the layout of the hatches, the stern
first/starboard side docking, & the mooring along the East side of the Lackawanna Canal.
7-6 This is the first time I have ever seen these two vessels in town, it's the first time that I have ever
seen a cement boat in the Bethlehem Slip, & it's the first time in at least 20 years that two cement
boats have been here at the same time.
The English River should be departing sometime around noon today.
7-6 The Sea Eagle II - St. Mary's Cement II arrived this morning around 6:30am for the Gateway
Metroport in Lackawanna. She came in the South Entrance, turned, & was towed into the
Bethlehem Ship Canal by the tugs New Jersey & Washington stern first. The barge appeared to be
light but I still don't know if they have a partial cargo or if they are here to load something.
7-5 Afternoon update: The tug-barge combination Sea Eagle II - St. Mary's Cement II is currently
Eastbound on the lake & passing Ashtabula with an AIS destination of Buffalo. I overheard a
conversation between the tug Washington & the Michigan St. bridge this afternoon stating that there
was a tow job due for 6am tomorrow morning. I'm guessing that this is that tow. Right now I'm not
sure exactly where they're headed. It would probably have to be either the Hocim Cement plant on
the Union Ship Canal or the St. Mary's Elevator on Ganson St. This is going to be a first time trip for
those vessels to come to Buffalo.
The English River was towed in by the Washington at 1:30 PM this afternoon & will be departing
from LaFarge in the late morning tomorrow.
7-5 The English River was passing upbound on the Welland Canal this morning. Jason says she
has an AIS destination of Buffalo. Possible arrival time in the early afternoon.
7-1 The Mariner is now headed for the Port Colborne Entrance to the Welland Canal & should arrive around 9AM.
6-30 The Mariner departed Buffalo at 4:30 PM this afternoon. She is currently headed to the Long
Point Bay Anchorage where the ship will go on the hooks for the night. After the crew is rested from
the long unload in Buffalo, they will proceed to Port Colborne, take on a pilot, and then head down
the Welland Canal for Hamilton.
The Cheraw was headed down to Black Rock Harbor at 4:00 PM.
6-30 To make it just that much more interesting, the Army Corps (former Navy) tug Cheraw is
currently Eastbound on the lake making 11.5 knots, passing Point Abino, & headed for the Buffalo
North Entrance Channel. She should be arriving right about the time the Mariner backs out of the crick.
6-30 The Mariner should be departing from General Mills around 4 PM.
6-27 Mariner update: Paul spotted her inbound for General Mills around 9:30 PM.
6-27 The Mariner will be here around 10 PM for General Mills.
6-26 Paul saw the Jackon being towed out this afternoon at 5pm.
6-25 The Jackson arrived this evening around 8:30 PM for the ADM Standard Elevator.
6-20 The Jackson is due to arrive in Duluth to load grain tomorrow.
6-18 The Mariner is listed to load grain in Duluth on the 23rd.
6-14 Jason told me that the Mariner was headed out from Lackawanna at 9:30 PM last night.
6-13 Paul saw the Mariner at the Traffic Buoy, inbound for Lackawanna at 11:30 AM.
6-12 The American Mariner is clearing the Detroit River and downbound for Lackawanna at 9:45
PM tonight. She should be arriving some time in the early afternoon on the 13th, presumably with
stone for the Gateway Metroport.
6-9 The Mariner backed out & departed General Mills around 10 Am.
6-7 Paul saw the Mariner come in at 2:30 PM.
6-6 The American Mariner is downbound for Buffalo in the Detroit area and should arrive in Buffalo on the evening of the 7th for General Mills.
6-4 Jason said the English River departed Buffalo at 4:20 am this morning.
6-4 The Eemsborg backed out of the Lackawanna Slip at 5 PM this afternoon & headed up the lake for Duluth.
6-4 The Eemsborg is still in Lackawanna at 7:20 am and the English River is now at the Port
Colborne entrance to the Welland Canal, having departed Buffalo overnight.
6-3 The English River was unloading at LaFarge at 7am & was still there @ 7pm. The Eemsborg
was still at the Gateway Metroport this evening as well.
6-2 The English River is approaching the Lake Ontario entrance to the Welland Canal at 10:54 am
with an AIS destination of Buffalo.
The Eemsborg is on her way into the South Entrnce Channel for Lackawanna and should be off the
Bethlehem Slip by 11 am.
6-1 The saltwater vessel Eemsborg is nearing the Lake Ontario entrance to the Welland Canal at
9:34 PM tonight with an AIS destination of Buffalo.
5-31 The Mariner is on the list to load wheat for Buffalo at Duluth on June 3rd.
Fire boat story in the news:
5-29 The Defiance - Ashtabulas departed around 4:00 am.
5-28 Paul saw the Defiance - Ashtabula come in @ 5:15pm for the Sand Supply Wharf this
afternoon. They are still there @ 9pm. .
5-27 Late update: The tug-barge Ashtabula - Defiance is heading out of the Detroit River & is down
bound for Buffalo, presumably with sand for the Sand Supply Co. Wharf at 10 PM tonight. She'll
probably arrive around noon tomorrow.
5-27 The State Of Michigan came in this morning for the Visiting Ship's Dock at
the Erie Basin North Pier. She stayed until departing around 2 PM this
afternoon for Cleveland.
5-26 The State of Michigan (former 224-foot US Navy T-AGOS USS Persistent) is on her way to
Buffalo & should arrive on the morning of the 27th.
5-20 The Army Corps tug Cheraw was inbound at the Buffalo Traffic Buoy at 7:20 AM.
5-17 I spotted the Rebecca Lynn - A-397 heading up the Black Rock Canal at the Ferry St. Draw
around 1:45 PM with her barge on the push. They must have switched their tow around in the Outer
Harbor because Paul then saw them leaving with the barge on the wire around 2:52 PM via the
North Entrance Channel.
5-15 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 should be arriving for Tonawanda around 2 AM tomorrow morning.
5-10 Paul said the Mariner backed out this evening from General Mills.
5-8 10:30 PM: The Mariner is currently inbound for the Buffalo North Entrance on her way to General Mills.
5-8 The Mariner should be here late today with wheat for General Mills.
5-6 The Thompson is currently tied up & unloading at the Gateway Metroport Main Dock in Lackawanna @ 7AM.
5-5 The tug-barge Joseph H Thompson is currently Eastbound on Lake Erie with an AIS destination
of Buffalo. This would be the first time that I know of that she's ever been here in at least the last 25 years.
5-5 The Rebecca Lynn came around 3PM on the 4th. She is currently unloading at the Noco Product
Terminal in Tonawanda at 7:30 AM.
5-3 The Rebecca Lynn was Eastbound on Lake Erie this evening with a AIS destination of
Tonawanda. She was making 8.4 knots while passing Point Peelee which would put her at the
Buffalo North Entrace around 2PM on the 4th if she continues on that speed.
The USCGC Hollyhock was just off Dunkirk thise evening, I'm assuming she's there to switch out the markers for the Entrance Channel to the harbor.
5-2 The American Mariner is scheduled to load grain in Duluth on Saturday the 4th for General Mills in Buffalo.
5-2 The 635-foot Great Republic made her first trip to Lackawanna with her new
name today and was also the first commercial vessel to call at the Gateway
Metroport for the 2013 shipping season. They unloaded Limestone during the
afternoon & she departed around 6 PM this evening from Lackawanna.
5-1 The Great Republic is currently downbound in the Detroit River @ 7:26 PM with an AIS destination of Buffalo.
4-30 The English River was at LaFarge unloading cement on the afternoon of the 29th and is now
downbound on the Welland Canal at 7:00 AM.
4-28 The English River is on the hook about 1/2 way between Buffalo & Point Abino. She arrived
there this evening after departing the Welland Canal. I have no idea at this time why they are out
4-25 The American Mariner will arrive in Buffalo around 8AM on Friday the 26th. I'm not sure where
they're headed yet, but as of 8PM on the 24th they were off Mentor, Ohio & headed East.
The tug-barge Defiance - Ashtabula was unloading at the Sand Supply Co. Landing on the City
Ship Canal at 8PM this evening.
4-23 The Alpena departed some time on the afternoon of the 23rd.
4-23 The steamer Alpena is currently tied up at LaFarge Cement on Ganson St. @ 7:21 AM.
4-22 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 just departed the North Entrance bound for Detroit at 8:00PM.
4-21 Jason spotted the Rebecca Lynn - A-397 tug barge unit at the Marathon dock in Tonawanda
tonight. This was the first commercial vessel to Tonawanda for the season so far.
4-15 The Mariner should arrive around 5 AM on the 16th fir General Mills. She'll be the first vessel transit of the year.
4-14 the Mariner is now downbound @ the Soo at 07:13. Her AIS ETA for Buffalo is 06:30 on Tuesday the 16th.
4-3 The American Mariner is on the list to load wheat in Duluth on April 9th.
2-25 The attempt to get the Algoma Enterprise into Lackawanna has apparently been called off. Rob
saw the CCGC Griffon depart the area around 1:30 PM. The AIS reports showed her escort the
Enterprise to Port Colborne, where she will supposedly unload her salt cargo. A U.S. Coast Guard
press release states that the official reason was the presence of five foot thick "brash ice" that was
impassable to either the Griffon or the Neah Bay. It would seem that there were no plans in place to
call in a larger ice breaker since the Mackinaw and Samuel Risley were both busy assisting other
vessels elsewhere on the lakes at that time.
2-24 11PM: The Neah Bay is now departing the area for Cleveland due to logistical shortages (fuel,
etc?) and the Griffin is going to have to bring in the Enterprise herself.
2-24 9:30 PM: The Griffin & the Neah Bay must be having a meeting of the minds. Both vessels are
sitting in the ice about 500 feet apart from each other, roughly 5 miles West of the Buffalo South
Entrance at this time. They are either forming a plan to get in tonight, or possibly waiting until
morning before attempting to make it to Lackawanna.
2-24 8PM: The Neah Bay has given up for the evening & is now sitting about five miles off the South
Entrance while she waits for back up from the Griffin which is passing through C.I.P. 16 at this time.
The Griffin is about 11.1 NM from the Neah Bay & making 10.8 Kts due East to come help her out.
2-24 6:20 PM: The Neah Bay isn't much further than she was 3 hours ago, with 5
miles still between her & the South Entrance at Lackawanna as she continues to
back & ram her way through the heavy pack ice off Buffalo. The Algoma
Enterprise is at anchor about 10 miles out, roughly abeam of Point Abino. The
AIS is showing that the CCGC Griffin has now departed the Nanticoke area,
leaving the Victorious - Carrick at the piers, and is making a bee line for
Buffalo at 11.5 Kts, more than likely on her way to assist the Neah Bay with
the entry into Buffalo Harbor.
2-24, 4:15PM: The ice breaking operation into lackawanna has slowed to a crawl. The Neah Bay is
now working her way through the hard pack ice off Buffalo by backing & ramming while the Algoma
Enterprise has come to a stop a few miles behind her, near Point Abino. The ice breaker should
arrive at the Buffalo South Entrance some time around 6PM once they punch through the pressure
ridges outside the harbor breakwall and then go back out to escort the Enterprise in this evening.
2-24, 2:30PM: The Griffon is now escorting the Victorious into Nanticoke while the Neah Bay is
headed for Buffalo with the Algoma Enterprise. They should arrive off Lackawanna around 4PM.
2-24 Additional info. The make up of the ice breaking escort is as follows: The Neah Bay was
roughly 2,000 feet ahead of the Enterprise, with the Griffon about 4 miles behind, and the
Victorious-Carrick following the Griffon at a distance of about 2 miles. The ships were making
different speeds at different times as they came down the lake. At 7:30 AM the Neah Bay was
doing 13.7 kts, the Enterprise was at 11.6, the Griffon was making 8.4, and the Victorious was
around 8.8 kts. I would assume that the Neah Bay was surging ahead to hit the ice & then slowing
down in the thicker sections as the other three would catch up.
2-24, 7:00 AM: A convoy of sorts is currently on it's way down Lake Erie at this time. The U.S Coast
Guard ice breaker Neah Bay was leading the Algoma Enterprise, closely followed by the Canadian
Coast Guard's Griffon that was also escorting the Articulated Tug-Barge unit Victorious - John J
Carrick. The four vessels were all in line at mid-lake, just off Ashtabula at 7:00 AM with an estimated
arrival time of around 5PM for Lackawanna. I'm assuming the Victorious - Carrick was probably
going to head for either Nanticoke or Port Colborne so I don't know what order the two ice breakers
will be assisting either vessel in at this time.
2-22 The Algoma Enterprise is coming:
2-15 Rob spotted the former US Coast Guard 110-foot tug Apalachee at the Erie
Basin Pier, near the fuel dock. She's been there at least about a week.
My thanks go out to everyone that helps me with this list, my family is going through some tough
times due to the death of my dad & my mom's illness so this hobby gives me something fun to do
and without your input, my vessel updates wouldn't be half as good as they are. Happy New Year,
& lets keep it rolling in 2013!
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