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Buffalo, New York
          By Brian Wroblewski

11-17 The Jackson departed from ADM around 2 AM, bound for Marquette, MI.

11-15 Jackson update: The HCJ is about 1/2 way across Lake Erie at 6:30PM & due to arrive
 off Buffalo around 3:00 AM tomorrow.

11-15 The Jackson seems to be delayed. The AIS looks like she'd tied up in Detroit.

I found this on Jeff's Erie shipping site:

Great Lakes Towing's tugs WASHINGTON and VERMONT returned FARRELL 256 to Erie on
  Thursday, 11-6, nine days after OHIO took the barge to Buffalo. The tow, with WASHINGTON
 on the bow and VERMONT on the stern, entered Erie harbor at around 1200 and docked the barge,
  with it's cargo of lock gates from the Black Rock Lock in Tonawanda, NY, at Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair.

11-14 The English River departed at 5AM & was past Point Abino by 8:00. 

  Paul says the Jackson should be here tomorrow afternoon. 

11-13 Late update:  I must have misinterpreted what I saw earlier. The English River is still here as
  of 8:00 PM. I guess it's possible she was being towed upriver stern first this AM & by looking at the
  AIS display I thought it was headed out, but that was weird because AIS doesn't usually show the
  ship's bow/stern orientation, just the direction of movement, but whatever, 1st time for everything I suppose.   

11-13, 7:00 AM: The English River must have snuck in undetected last night because she
 is  currently downbound at Michigan St. On the Buffalo River & headed for the lake.
  The Private Robertson VC is stationed off Buffalo again this morning, she's back in her usual spot
  between Windmill Point & the North Entrance Channel. 

11-7 The Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Private Robertson VC was back on station in her spot
 between Windmill Point & the Buffalo North Entrance for the last few days. At 11:35PM I noticed the
  SAR vessel Donald R Workman was headed her way out of Port Colborne for some reason. 

11-6 The Karen Andrie - Endeavor departed around 3AM.

11-4 The Karen Andrie - Endeavor departed around 3AM.

11-5 7:30 AM:  The tug Ohio moved upriver & is now docked at the GLT tug dock off Katherine St while the Ferrell 256 remains tied up at the Visiting Ship's Dock.
  The Karen Andrie - Endeavor arrived around 7PM last night for Noco in Tonawanda where they are unloading at this time. 

11-3 The Karen Andrie - Endeavor is half way across Lake Huron at 7:20 am & downbound for Tonawanda.

10-31 The tugs Vermont and Washington were rafted to the Ohio this afternoon over at the Visiting
  Ship's Dock (North Pier). The two smaller tugs departed for Black Rock around 2:00PM and then
  brought the derrick boat Ferrell 256 back to where the Ohio is tied up. The Ohio will tow the 256
  to Cleveland within the next few days, as soon as the weather permits. 

10-30 Black Rock Canal news story:


http://wivb.com/2014/10/30/changes-come-to-the-black-rock-canal/

10-30 The Luedtke dredger was working in the reach between the piers at the CSX River Bridge this
  afternoon. While the bridge was in the raised position for the dredge, work crews were refacing
 the concrete on the counterweight since it swings low to the ground when the draw is up.

Got this from Jason today:

Ohio remains at the vising ship dock. Vermont is now rafted alongside.

Ohio brought the barge and derrick Farrell 256 from Erie to remove the old Black Rock Lock gates.
  The gates will be loaded onto the barge, and Ohio will be leaving with the gates headed to
  Cleveland. They were supposed to leave this afternoon, but the lift of the gates was not yet
  complete. Weather is now also a concern that may effect their departure.

Vermont is now reassigned to Buffalo, and will take the place of the New Jersey. New Jersey has
  been resigned to Toledo. Washington will be staying on in Buffalo due to her Diesel Electric versatility.

10-25 The Mariner departed for Ashtabula at about 9:30PM. 

The Fall 2014 edition of the WNY Heritage magazine has an article with excellent photos of
 the construction of the Black Rock Lock 100 years ago. 

10-25 The American Mariner was done unloading at General Mills this morning. They pulled back on
  the dock from the Frontier Elevator to bring the boom in and then secured along the old Dakota
  Elevator pier to wait for the wind to die down. Heavy waves were crashing over the Outer Harbor
  sea wall and even the Luedtke dredge tugs were tied up at the Cargil Pool Terminal Pier for the day. 

10-23 The American Mariner is Eastbound & crossing CIP 16 & should be arriving for the North  
 Entrance by 10PM, headed for General Mills.

10-22 Jason saw the Jackman depart Lackawanna at 3:30 PM. 
 They must have taken on cargo there but I don't know what or for where.  

10-22 The Jackman remains tied up in the Lackawanna Ship Canal & the Rebecca Lynn - A-397 
 is still at the Noco Pier in Tonawanda at 7:40 AM.

10-21 Rob says the Capt.Henry Jackson is backing into the Gateway Metroport in Lackawanna at 10:44 am. 

10-21 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 should be arriving for Tonawanda around 8:00PM. 

10-19 The English River departed for the Welland Canal at 9PM & was passing Point Abino at 10:15PM. 

10-18, 8:16PM, The English River is currently inbound for the LaFarge dock & her tug is getting the tow underway at this time. 

10-18, late update: Rob says the English River was delayed at Wharf 12 in the Welland Canal all 
 day & has just now cleared Lock 8 at 4:15PM on her way to Buffalo. They should be arriving around 6:30PM.

10-18 Jason says the Karen Andrie-Endeavor got underway & was headed for the Black Rock Lock at 10:30am.

10-17 Late Update: The English River is in the Welland Canal & bound for Buffalo. She should be arriving tomorrow morning.

10-17, 12:30 pm- The Defiance - Ashtabula is now departing the Buffalo North Entrance at this time.

10-16 The Ashtabula-Defiance is passing C.I.P 16, Eastbound for Buffalo at 10:30 PM & should
 be arriving just after Mid-night tonight.

10-16 In a repeat performance from yesterday, the Karen Andrie - Endeavor is now sitting off the
  Traffic Buoy outside Buffalo Harbor. I don't know whether they're arriving or leaving because
 the AIS signal just popped up overnight, but the destination is listed as Tonawanda so I'm guessing
  they're waiting (for some unknown reason) to come in. This will be only their 3rd trip here together. 

  The Ken Booth - Contender departed Lackawanna on the evening of the 15th. 

That last report should say 10-15, not 10-14. 

10-14, 5PM- The Ken Booth Sr. - Lakes Contender tug-barge is unloading stone at the 
  Gateway Metroport Terminal on the North East end of the Lackawanna Canal. 

10-15 The Kan Booth Sr - Contender is currently outside the Buffalo South Entrance at 8:26 AM.

10-14 The Ken Booth Sr. - Lakes Contender tug-barge is on the way
  for her 2nd trip to Buffalo, & they're approaching Point Pee Lee
 at 9:00 AM & should be arriving later today.  

The steamer SS Nisbet Grammer has been found on lake Ontario:

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/09/largest_steel_steamer_to_sink_in_lake_ontario_in_1926_discovered_by_team_of_ship.html#incart_related_stories

9-29 The Karen Andrie-Endeavor departed around 1AM & was westbound near Long Point by 7:30.

9-28, 8:30 PM: The Karen Andrie - Endeavor was still unloading at Noco this evening.

 There was an unknown Canadian Coast Guard Cutter anchored outside Buffalo Harbor, just North
 of the international border, off Windmill Point on the 27th and 28th. There was no sign of her on any
 of the AIS ship tracking web sites and she was just far enough away so that I couldn't make out a
 visual ID, but she looked to be the PRIVATE ROBERTSON V.C. They were probably doing some
 sort of scientific research at the time but it was odd to see the ship just sitting out there for days.  

9-27 Late update: The Andrie-Endeavor docked at Noco in Tonawanda around 9:30 tonight & will
 be here at least 24 hours, possibly departing tomorrow night between 9 & Midnight. 

  The Mariner cleared Buffalo, bound for Ashtabula around 3:30 PM.

9-27 Late update: The Andrie-Endeavor docked at Noco in Tonawanda around 9:30 tonight & will be here at least 24 hours, possibly departing tomorrow night between 9 & Midnight. 

  The Mariner cleared Buffalo, bound for Ashtabula around 3:30 PM.

9-27, 6pm: The Karen Andrie - Endeavor was passing Point Abino & headed 
 for the Buffalo North Entrance at this time.

9-27 The Mariner is getting ready to depart at 2Pm.

9-27 The English River departed Buffalo for Bath, Ontario around 6AM this morning. She was by
  Point Abino around 8:11 AM & headed for the Welland Canal. 

9-27 The Karen Andrie - Endevor tug-barge is on the way East on Lake Erie & headed for 
 Tonawanda. They should be here around 6 - 7 PM. This will be only the second time they have
  been to Buffalo/Tonawanda since they were originally paired up in 2009. 

9-26, 4-19 PM- The American Mariner was tied up & unloading at General Mills this afternoon while
 the English River was over at LaFarge.

9-24 The Mariner should be here by Thursday afternoon. She's currently downbound in the St. Claire river.

9-21 Paul saw the Jackson depart this morning around 6AM & she was Wesbound on the lake
  passing Long Point by 10:11AM. 

 The Mariner should be here in a few days with a load of grain for the Frontier Elevator.

9-20 The Jackson was towed up to the ADM Standard elevator at 7AM this morning. 

9-19 The Herbert C Jackson is on her way to Buffalo & should be arriving tomorrow morning.

9-17 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 is passing Point Abino for the Buffalo North Entrance at 6:17PM, bound for Tonanwanda.

9-4 Sevenson Environmental Services was working in the Buffalo Ship Canal this morning. They had
  a floating platform made up of small Flexi-Float barges all lashed together with a timber deck for
 their equipment to move around on. A derrick was feeding a hopper and mobile conveyor boom to
 transfer sand from a set of small bin wall barges to the water. They were filling over the bottom layer
 of contaminated silt at extreme South end of the channel. This site is up past the Federal Navigation
 section and is being remediated by capping with sand instead of dredging.  A small push-knee
 tug was cycling back & forth between the Sand Supply landing where the bin barges were being
 loaded and the work area in a constant rotation. 

9-3 Paul spotted the English River headed West from Buffalo Harbor around 6:30PM, her AIS destination was listed as Bath, Ont. 

9-2 Paul saw the Washington tow the English River up to LaFarge around 5PM this afternoon.

8-24 The Jackson departed for Marquette, MI @ 10:00, towed out by the Washington.

8-23 The Jackson arrived at the ADM Standard elevator around 1PM 
  this afternoon. She's heading back out around 7AM tomorrow.

8-23 The Jackson is making better time down the lake & should  now arrive off Buffalo around 12 noon today.

8-21 The Herbert C Jackson should be here early on the morning 
  of the 24th for the ADM Standard Elevator.

8-20 The Rebecca Lynn departed with her barge around 5PM.

8-18 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 should be here around 4AM on the 19th for Tonawanda.

8-17 The Mariner has departed General Mills. She is headed out the North Entrance at 1:00pm.

8-16 The American Mariner is docked & unloading at General Mills.

8-14 The American Mariner is approaching Detroit at 4:30pm with an AIS destination of Buffalo. She 
  will probably arrive around 11pm n the 15th. 

8-13 Paul saw the Neah Bay come in this evening around 6PM for the Visiting Ship's Dock at the North Pier.

8-12 Paul saw the Rebecca Lynn - A-397 outbound from Noco & headed for the 
  Black Rock Canal at 3:30PM. 

8-11 The tug Paul Luedtke is currently Westbound from Buffalo & passing Dunkirk at 8:30PM. 

8-10 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 should arrive into the port of Buffalo around 9 AM on the 11th. 
 She's currently at about mid-lake & Eastbound at 4:30PM. 

8-4 The Mariner departed around midnight last night, bound for Calcite, Michigan.

8-3 Paul saw the English River depart around 10AM. 

  The Mariner was still unloading at General Mills this morning. 

8-2 The American Mariner was unloading wheat at the General Mills Frontier Elevator 
 this morning.

  Dan saw the English River coming in yesterday for LaFarge. 
  She was still unloading there this morning.

7-30 Paul & Jason both said the Mariner was on her way to Buffalo with grain for General Mills. 

7-29 The Rebecca Lynn is now departing the Buffalo North Entrance at 7:00 AM.

7-28 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 was still unloading at the Noco Product Terminal this evening.

7-27 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 should be here a little after midnight tonight. 
  She's headed for Tonawanda with asphalt. 

7-14 The American Mariner is on her way to Lackawanna with an ETA of about 1:30 PM on the 15th.

7-8, 9 AM: The Cuyahoga is on her way down the river from 
  Lake & Rail at this time & the Rebecca Lynn - A-397 has departed
 Buffalo on her way to Detroit.

*That should read "7-8", not "7-7".

7-7 8:AM Morning update: The Rebecca Lynn is now arranging her tow at the
  Buffalo Port Terminal 'B' Dock & the Cuyahoga remains at Lake & Rail .

7-8 The Cuyahoga was unloading at the Buffalo Lake Port - Lake & Rail 
  elevator at 5:00 am. 

  The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 was upbound in the Tonawanda Channel of 
  the Niagara River & headed for the Black Rock Lock at 5:15 am.

7-7 5:22pm: The Cuyahoga has departed Port Colborne & is abeam of Point Abino 
 with an ETA for the Buffalo North Entrance of 6:15pm.  

7-7 Afternoon update: The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 was unloading at the Marathon Asphalt dock in
  Tonawanda at 2:15 PM while the Cuyahoga remains tied up at Riverland Ag in Port Colborne at this time.

7-7 The mystery boat for Lake & Rail is going to be the Cuyahoga. 
 As of 5:00AM she's still tied up in Port Colborne.

  The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 came in at 9:15PM last night for Noco in Tonawanda. 

  

7-6 Afternoon update: There's a rumor going around of a possible boat heading up
  to the Lake & Rail elevator tomorrow morning but I don't know what one it is or 
  exactly when.

7-6 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 tug-barge combo was Eastbound on the lake & headed for
   Tonawada with an ETA of around midnight tonight.

  The Defiance-Ashtabula departed around midnight last night, bound for Marblehead, OH.

7-5 The Defiance-Ashtabula is passing Long Point & headed for the Sand Supply Co. Wharf in
   Buffalo with an ETA off the breakwall of around 2:30-3:00pm. 

6-30 The English River was unloading cement at LaFarge all day today.

6-28 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 tug-barge was unloading at Noco in Tonawanda all
 day today. They departed for the Black Rock Locks at about 8:00 PM. 

Here's a close look at the current dredge operation:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/94080.html

6-27 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 was headed East on the lake for Tonawanda with a possible 
 ETA of around 12 noon. 

*I forgot to mention that the Mariner departed some time around 2 AM on the 16th from General Mills*

6-17 The Luedtke dredge rig #16 started working up above the CSX bridges in the reach between
  CP-Draw & Turning Basin #2 yesterday. The local Marine Information Broadcast stated that the
  Coast Guard expects them to be actively working until late December. 

  

6-14 Paul saw the Mariner arrive at 8:21 AM for General Mills.

6-13 The Mariner should be here around 8 am tomorrow. 

6-13 5:30 AM update; The Mariner is downbound for Buffalo & on lake Huron at this time.

6-8 The Boland left Gateway around 10 AM this morning & the English River was just about ready
 to go by 2:30PM but they might just be waiting for this thunder storm that's coming in off the lake at
  this time to pass by. The Coast Guard has been warning about it all day & right now it's arriving
  with a bang.  

6-7, 2:10 PM, Paul spotted the English River heading in for the North Entrance at this time.

6-7 The John J. Boland is on her way to Lackawanna with stone out of Calcite, MI. At 10:38 this
  morning she was approaching Point Peelee with a speed of 12 knots & an ETA of around 2AM on the 8th. 

  The English River was upbound in the ditch for Buffalo this morning. 

6-6 The English River is currently Westbound on Lake Ontario at 8:43 PM & on her way to the
   Welland Canal, bound fir Buffalo. She will probably show up late tomorrow adternoon.

  The tug Kurt Leudtke arrived this morning at the Cargil Pool Terminal Pier on the Outer Harbor with
 the #16 dredge rig. That makes for 3 of their tugs, two dredges, & a whole bunch of other assorted
 work barges in town at this time to get ready to resume their work on the Buffalo River soon.

5-19 Paul saw the Mariner leave around 5:30PM this afternoon & he also says that the
  Rebecca Lynn - A-397 departed at 8:30AM.

5-19, 7:30am: The Rebecca Lynn is on the move & headed upbound on the Tonawanda Channel for the lock at Black Rock. 

  The Mariner is still unloading at the Frontier Elevator at this time. 

5-18, 9:16: The American Mariner is tied up & unloading at General Mill's 
 Frontier Elevator & the Rebecca Lynn - A-397 is still at Noco in Tonawanda.

5-18 The Bristol Bay was notched up in her buoy barge
   & headed out the North Entrance at 9AM. 

5-17, 9:40pm update: The American Mariner will arrive around 2 AM tomorrow morning.

  The USCG Bristol Bay is on her way in the North Entrance Channel at this time.

  The English River is still at LaFarge Cement & the Rebecca Lynn - A-397 is still at the Noco
   Product Terminal in Tonawanda. 

5-17, 8:20 AM: The English River is here at LaFarge Cement & the Rebecca Lynn - A-397 is aproaching CIP -16
 at this time, Eastbound for Tonawanda. 

5-16 The Rebecca Lynn - A-397 tug-barge is on her way East across Lake Erie & headed
  for Tonawanda at this time. She should be arriving around 12noon tomorrow.

5-12, 7:39pm: The Defiance-Ashtabula is currently unloading a cargo of stone
  at the Gateway Metroport Main Dock in Lackawanna. 

5-12 The Defiance-Ashtabula has dropped off th AIS pages so I've lost track of her overnight but I
  did notice the tug Lac Manitoba has popped up off Buffalo. I don't know why they're here but she
 is just outside Buffalo Harbor with an AIS destination of Hamilton at 7:35 AM. 

5-11 late update: Paul spotted the Defiance - Ashtabula on the AIS downbound by
  Detroit & headed back to Buffalo, she should be arriving some time tomorrow. 

5-11 afternoon update: The English River departed Buffalo for Bath, Ontario at 12 noon today. She
  was by Point Abino at 1:00 PM, headed for the Welland Canal.

5-11 The English River was unloading cement at LaFarge this morning & it looks
  like Luedtke is getting ready to start dredging again soon.

5-10 Paul spotted the English River coming in around 7:30 PM this evening for LaFarge Cement.

5-9 The English River is on her way Westbound across Lake Ontario
   bound for the Welland Canal with an AIS destination of "Buffalo". 
  She will probably arrive some time tomorrow afternoon or evening.  

5-6 The American Mariner is on the list of ships to load grain at Duluth soon.

5-6 The Defiance-Ashtabula came in through the North Entrance at 10:20 PM last night &
 departed around 5AM this morning. At 7:30 AM they were by CIP 16 Westboud for
 Ashtabula. 

5-5, 7:38PM, The tug-barge Defiance - Ashtabula has an ETA for Buffalo of 11:30 PM tonight,
    presumably for the Sand Supply Co. 

  New York State Power Authority crews were delayed in their removal of the Niagara River Ice
 Boom during early May by, ironically, the ice itself. Gale force wind and heavy rain storms moving
 through the area were blowing 3-foot thick chunks of heavy lake ice all over the place making for
 very dangerous working conditions. Operations were suspended multiple times over the first week
 of the month due to bad weather. In addition to their tugs JONCLAIRE and BREAKER, they called
 in their 77-ton heavy hitter WILLIAM C. LATHUM to clear ice from around the derrick boat HYVASU
 II. With the extra help on hand the work was finally getting done and all the ice that had been
 packed into the East end of the lake off Buffalo had flushed itself out by the 4th. 

  New York State Power Authority crews were delayed in their removal of the Niagara River Ice
 Boom during early May by, ironically, the ice itself. Gale force wind and heavy rain storms moving
 through the area were blowing 3-foot thick chunks of heavy lake ice all over the place making for
 very dangerous working conditions. Operations were suspended multiple times over the first week
 of the month due to bad weather. In addition to their tugs JONCLAIRE and BREAKER, they called
 in their 77-ton heavy hitter WILLIAM C. LATHUM to clear ice from around the derrick boat HYVASU
 II. With the extra help on hand the work was finally getting done and all the ice that had been
 packed into the East end of the lake off Buffalo had flushed itself out by the 4th. 

4-30, 7PM: The Algorail departed the Gateway Metroport Terminal in Lackawanna around 5 PM 
 this evening & was passing C.I.P. 16 Westbound at 7PM. 

 Paul had spotted the English River coming in for LaFarge with the tug Washington breaking ice
  ahead around 8AM this morning, & she then she departed at about 2PM this afternoon. She
  was downbound in the ditch past Lock 8 by 7:15 PM this evening.

4-30 The English River is at anchor off the Buffalo Traffic Buoy & the Algorail is inbound for the
  Buffalo South Entrance at 7:20 AM. 

4-29, 8:30 AM: The Algorail is downbound in the Detroit River with an AIS destination of Buffalo at this time. 

4-18, 10:30PM: The Cresswell is currently headed towards Long Point Bay while the Des Groseillies
   is now sitting about half way between the US & Canada, South of Point Abino. I noticed that the
  English River is upbound in the Welland Canal & I'm wondering if they might be headed for Buffalo. 
 Their AIS destination has not been updated since they left Bath, so maybe Des Groseillies is waiting
  to escort her in here but I'll have to wait until morning to find out. 

Now the DES GROSEILLIER is talking to someone else on channel 19 in French & I can't  
 understand a thing they're saying except the word "Buffalo". They may have been reporting
  something back to their command? 

4-18, 6:55 PM: The Cresswell is pulling the unloading rig in & preparing to depart. They just called
   the Desgroseille on channel 11 to let them know. 

4-18, 2:45PM: The Creswell is backed in & unloading salt @ the South East end 
 of the Lackawanna Canal while the Desgroseilles is waiting for her to depart just
  outside the South Entrance. 

4-18, 10:15AM - The Desgroseilles has stopped in the ice field off the Buffalo South
  Entrance & the Cresswell is now on her way in through the piers for Lackawanna, 
  making 1.7 Knots through the ice. 

4-18, 10:15AM - The Desgroseilles has stopped in the ice field off the Buffalo South
  Entrance & the Cresswell is now on her way in through the piers for Lackawanna, 
  making 1.7 Knots through the ice. 

4-18, 8:45 AM - Desgrosielles is now working the Cresswell into Lackawanna at this time
  and is making slow progress. She seems to be concentrating on the heavy wind rowed ice
  off the South Entrance and has made 7 passes through that area while the Cresswell
  crawls in behind her at .74 Knots. Her arrival will usher in the 2014 shipping season here 
  as she is the first arrival into the Port of Buffalo since January. 


4-17 The Peter R Cresswell is downbound in the Detroit River with an AIS destination of Buffalo for   the 18th. This will be the opener of the 2014 shipping season here. 

4-17 The Peter R Cresswell is downbound in the Detroit River with an AIS destination of Buffalo for
  the 18th. This will be the opener of the 2014 shipping season here. 

4-17 The Peter R Cresswell is downbound in the Detroit River with an AIS destination of Buffalo for
  the 18th. This will be the opener of the 2014 shipping season here. 

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:

http://www.buffalonews.com/opinion/30-years-on-uss-buffalo-is-still-talking-proud-20131110

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:

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/downtown-waterfront/honoring-6-coast-guardsmen-lost-on-
 lake-erie-in-1913-white-hurricane-20131017

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:

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/south-buffalo/freighters-long-wait-at-bridge-ends-20131001

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.

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/south-buffalo/broken-lift-bridge-that-delayed-ships-grain-delivery-fixed-20130930

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:

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/environment/after-reaching-milestone-buffalo-river-cleanup-enters-next-phase-20130923

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 
  instead. 

9-13 The Mariner & the Definace-Ashtabula may be coming today. 

Buffalo Maritime Fest details: 

http://www.canalsidebuffalo.com/buffalo-maritime-festival/

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 <wlbblw@aol.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:

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/downtown-waterfront/crews-help-keep-things-shipshape-20130823

8-17: 

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:

https://m.facebook.com/events/1374337876122212?__user=100001473850324

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:

http://www.cityofnightbuffalo.com/







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:

http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130806/CITYANDREGION/130809494/1003

8-6 The English River was towed in stern first for LaFarge around 5:30 PM. 

The Empire Sandy is coming:

http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130803/CITYANDREGION/130809760

 The Lois McClure is coming to Buffalo:

http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130801/CITYANDREGION/130809920/1003

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:

http://www.usni.org/magazines/navalhistory/2013-07/historic-fleets-steamer-flattop

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
 Port Colborne. 

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: 

http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130528/CITYANDREGION/130529259

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
  there. 

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. 

Dredging update:

http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130417/CITYANDREGION/130419198

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:

http://downtown.wgrz.com/news/news/73334-icebreaking-set-buffalos-outer-harbor-area

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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