Marquette VESSEL PASSAGE
By Art Pickering


July 20th:  Yesterday, the Michipicoten visited the ore dock in the upper harbor along with the
Kaye Barker who also visited the lower harbor.  Today, the Michipicoten returned to the ore dock. 
Also, the Lee Tregurtha is scheduled to visit the ore dock.

July 20th:  Yesterday, the Michipicoten visited the ore dock in the upper harbor.  Today, the 
Michipicoten returned to the ore dock. Also, the Lee Tregurtha is scheduled to visit the ore dock.

July 16th:  Here is a quick update to my earlier report.  In addition to the 
four vessels that I mentioned earlier this morning that are all currently in
the upper harbor now, a fifth vessel is on it's way into Marquette.  The 
dredger USEPA LAKE GUARDIAN is currently just north of Marquette and should 
arrive by noon.  Also, the Buffalo is in Lake Huron enroute to Marquette and 
should arrive early tomorrow morning.

July 16th:  The harbors here in Marquette are very busy this morning.  Currently the H. Lee White
and the Lee Tregurtha are at the ore dock.  Heading for the ore dock is the Sam Laud which should
arrive this morning.  Also arriving this morning is the Great Lakes Trader which is heading for the
lower harbor and is right behind the Sam Laud.

July 15th:  The Hon James Oberstar visited the ore dock earlier this week
followed by the Kaye Barker which visited both the Shiras Dock in the lower
harbor and the ore dock in the upper harbor.  Also arriving yesterday was
the Walter McCarthy which brought coal from Superior for Wisconsin Electric.
This morning the McCarthy is still at the ore dock.  Later today the Lakes
Contender is scheduled to arrive.  Also enroute to Marquette is the Sam 
Laud which is in northern Lake Michigan and the Lee Tregurtha which is in
Northern Lake Huron.

July 12th:  Marquette's harbors are going to be very busy for the next couple
of days.  Late yesterday, the Michipicoten arrived at the ore dock and loaded
ore for Essar Steel in the Soo.  After her departure, the Lee Tregurtha 
arrived followed by the Buffalo, both arriving early this morning.  Tomorrrow,
the Saginaw is scheduled for a 7 a.m. arrival while the Hon James Oberstar is
scheduled for a 3 p.m. arrival and the Kaye Barker is scheduled for a 4 p.m. 
arrival.

July 8th:  Since my last report, the Lakes Contender, Michipicoten, Lee Tregurtha and currently the
Kaye Barker all visited the ore dock.  Presently, the Hon. James Oberstar is en-route to Marquette. 
She is located in Whitefish Bay and should arrive later today.

July 5th:  This morning, the Michipicoten is at the ore dock in the upper harbor.  Enroute to
Marquette this morning is the Lakes Contender which is coming from Superior and should arrive
later today.  Also enroute to Marquette is the Lee Tregurtha which is currently in Lake St. Clair and
should arrive late tomorrow.

July 4th:  It's been a busy weekend for ship watching here in Marquette.  Early yesterday, the Lakes 
Contender and the Michipicoten were at the ore dock in the upper harbor.  The Kaye Barker visited
both the lower harbor and the upper harbor yesterday.  Today, the Hon. James Oberstar is at the
ore dock and the Michipicoten is approaching the ore dock.  Happy July 4th and have a great
ship watching day!

July 2nd:  This morning, the Great Lakes Trader is at the ore dock in the 
upper harbor loading ore.  Scheduled for arrival today is the Lee Tregurtha
which is currently in Whitefish Bay.  Scheduled for arrival early tomorrow
is the Michipicoten.  She is currently approaching the Mackinaw Bridge 
heading toward the St. Mary's River.

June 30th:  Since my last report the Lakes Contender visited Marquette last 
Sunday.  She was followed by the American Integrity on Monday who brought
coal to Wisconsin Electric.  On Tuesday, the Lee Tregurtha made it's second
visit of her season to Marquette's ore dock.  Yesterday, the John Boland 
visited and today, the Buffalo is enroute to Marquette.  Currently, she is
in Whitefish Bay and should arrive later today.

June 24th:  Late last night, the Lee Tregurtha who is on it's maiden voyage of the
season arrived at the ore dock in the upper harbor around 9:30 p.m.  She was 
followed by the Hon James Oberstar which arrived very early this morning.  As of
the posting of this report, both vessels are still at the ore dock.  At least two
other vessels are currently enroute to Marquette.  The Kaye Barker just entered
Lake Huron from the St. Clair River and should arrive late tomorrow evening.  She
is being followed by the Sam Laud which is currently traveling through the Detroit
River and she should arrive very late tomorrow or early Sunday.  Finally, the
American Integrity is scheduled to arrive from Superior late Monday with a load
of coal for Wisconsin Electric. 

June 23rd:  The ore dock in the upper harbor has gotten busy and will remain
busy for the next day or two.  This morning, the H. Lee White and the Buffalo
are both at the ore dock in the upper harbor.  And presently there are at 
least two other vessels enroute to Marquette.  The Lee Tregurtha is on its
season maiden voyage and is currently in the St. Mary's River enroute to 
Marquette.  She should arrive late today.  Also enroute to Marquette is the
Hon James Oberstar which is currently in Northern Lake Huron and should enter
the St. Mary's later this morning.  She should arrive in Marquette early 
tomorrow.

June 22nd:  This morning, the Michipicoten is at the ore dock in the upper
harbor.  Also in the upper harbor is the tug John R Asher.  Enroute to
Marquette is the H. Lee White which just cleared the Keweenaw Peninsula and
should arrive late this morning.  Also enroute to Marquette is the Buffalo
which is just south of the Soo Locks and should arrive late today.

June 19th: Well the Sam Laud arrived at the ore dock late yesterday and she is departed this 
morning. The Michipicoten is on her way back to Marquette. Also enroute to Marquette is the Hon 
James Oberstar which is in the St. Mary's now and should arrive in Marquette late today.



June 18:  So I just learned that Cliffs and Essar reached a new agreement on purchasing ore and as 
a result, the Michipicoten made its first visit of the season late Thursday evening.  When I checked 
the AIS this morning, the Michipicoten didn't even appear on the screen. But I just checked again 
and the Michipicoten is just entering Marquette's upper harbor.  Good to see the return of the 
Michipicoten.

June 18th:  The American Mariner finally arrived in Marquette yesterday and departed late 
yesterday.  Currently, three ships are enroute to Marquette.  The Sam Laud is in the St Mary's River 
and should arrive late tonight or early tomorrow.  The Kaye Barker is in Lake Erie and the Hon 
James Oberstar is in the southern most part of Lake Michigan both enroute to Marquette.

June 16th:  This morning, the Walter J. McCarthy is still at the ore dock
in Marquette's upper harbor.  The Kaye Barker unloaded in the lower harbor
yesterday and then loaded at the ore dock and departed early this morning.
The American Mariner and H. Lee White's arrivals were canceled and the 
Mariner went on to Duluth while the White is enroute to Burns Harbor.  At 
this point, there are no other scheduled arrivals here in Marquette today.

June 15th:  A busy day is in store for Marquette's harbors today.  Four ships
are scheduled to visit Marquette in the next 24 hours.  Three of the four 
ships are currently enroute to Marquette. The Walter McCarthy just passing the
Keweenaw Peninsula and is heading south toward Marquette.  She should arrive
later this morning.  The McCarthy should be followed by the American Mariner
which is still heading west to the Keweenaw Peninsula and is also schedule for
a late morning arrival.  The Kaye Barker is currently in Whitefish Bay and
should arrive later today.  The last vessel, the H. Lee White is currently in
Lake Huron anchored near Port Calcite.  She is scheduled to arrive here in
Marquette today but it appears it may not arrive till early tomorrow.

June 14th:  The Hon James Oberstar visited the ore dock in the upper harbor on
Sunday.  Late last night the Lakes Contender arrived in Marquette and this 
morning the Buffalo is scheduled to arrive.

June 9th:  The American Mariner arrived at the Shiras Dock in the lower sometime during the 
night.  This morning, the Great Lakes Trader arrived in the lower harbor and had to wait for the
Mariner to depart.  The Mariner did move up to the ore dock in the upper harbor and the Trader
backed into the Shiras Dock.  The Kaye Barket just departed Whitefish Bay enroute to Marquette
and should arrive very late tonight or very early tomorrow morning.

June 7th:  The Buffalo arrive late yesterday and departed early this morning.
The James Kuber arrived over night and the Hon James Oberstar is scheduled
to arrive late today.

June 6th:  The American Mariner just entered the St. Mary's River enroute to
Superior to load coal for the Board of Light and Power here in Marquette.  
She should arrive sometime on Wednesday.  Right behind the American Mariner
is the Jame Kuber which is enroute to Marquette and most likely with arrive
tomorrow.  And finally, the Hon James Oberstar is just departing Detroit
enroute to Marquette.

June 5th:  The Lakes Contender arrived late last night or early this morning
at the ore dock in the upper harbor.  She departed around 8 p.m. this 
evening enroute to Cleveland.  The Kaye Barker is currently in Whitefish
Bay enroute to Marquette.  Also enroute to Marquette is the James Kuber which
is currently in Lake Huron just north of the thumb.

June 2nd:  At the ore dock right now is the James Kuber.  The Sam Laud is 
currently in Whitefish Bay enroute to Marquette and the Hon James Oberstar is
about to enter Whitefish Bay also enroute to Marquette.

June 1st:  It appears that the ore dock in the upper harbor will get a bit 
busy over the next 18 hours or so.  As of the posting of this report, the 
Kaye Barker is pulling into the lower harbor to unload at the Shiras Dock
next to the Board of Light & Power.  After unloading, she will proceed up
to the ore dock in the upper harbor to load ore.  Shortly afterwards, the
James Kuber will come calling at the ore dock.  She is currently entering
Whitefish Bay enroute to Marquette.  The Sam Laud is also enroute to Marquette
and is currently in Lake Huron.  Unknown at this point is the destination
of the Hon James Oberstar and the H. Lee White, both of which are enroute
to load stone which could be for Marquette.  Will continue to follow these
two and provide updates.

May 31st:  This morning, the Lakes Contender is at the ore dock in the upper harbor and the 
Buffalo is approaching the harbor and should arrive soon.

May 29th:  The Hon James Oberstar is currently at the ore dock in the upper
harbor.  Enroute is the Lakes Contender which is transiting Lake Huron and should
arrive late tomorrow.  Preparing to depart from Detroit is the Kaye Barker which
will be enroute to Marquette.

May 28th:  Yesterday, the American Mariner, Kaye Barker, and the Lewis Kuber/Victory all battled 
the heavy fog to visit the ore dock in the upper harbor.  This morning, the Kuber is still at the ore 
dock.  The Walter McCarthy is enroute from Superior, Wisconsin and should arrive later today.

May 23rd:  Here is a second update for today.  The Buffalo is currently approaching the upper
harbor and should arrive shortly.  Also, the Hon James Oberstar is preparing to depart from 
Dearborn enroute to Marquette. 

May 23rd:  The Great Lakes Trader made a visit to the Shiras dock in the lower harbor yesterday. 
Currently, the Kaye Barker is loading at the ore dock in the upper harbor.

May 20th:  This might be a very busy weekend for the upper harbor ore dock.  Currently, the Sam Laud is approaching the ore dock.  In addition, the Hon James Oberstar, Lakes Contender, and the
James Kuber are in the lower lakes enroute to Marquette.

May 17th:  The James Kuber made a visit to the ore dock yesterday and departed
late yesterday with the Lake Contender.  Meanwhile the Hon James Oberstar has
just arrived at the ore dock this morning and the Kaye Barker will arrive very 
late tonight.

May 15th:  Another first yesterday here in Marquette when the vessel Ashtabula visited the ore dock.  She departed early this morning.  The Lakes Contender is due into Marquette late tonight.

May 15th:  Another first yesterday here in Marquette when the vessel Ashtabula visited the ore dock.  She departed early this morning.  The Lakes Contender is due into Marquette late tonight.

May 12th:  Well the Walter McCarthy made a visit yesterday to the ore dock in the
 upper harbor and departed early this morning.  The John Boland and the Hon James
 Oberstar are scheduled to arrived sometime today.

May 10th:  Here is an update on the Kaye Barker.  She is currently in the Soo but she is not coming to Marquette.  She will be heading for Superior to load coal for Green Bay.

May 10th:  The American Mariner arrived overnight at the ore dock in the upper harbor.  Meanwhile, 
the James Kuber is currently enroute to Marqutte.  She is in northern Lake Huron and should arrive 
tomorrow.  The Kaye Barker is currently at the Soo Locks but it's unclear at this time if she is coming
to Marquette.

May 8th:  Happy Mother's Day!  The U.S.C.G. Alder arrived early this morning
in Marquette's lower harbor.  The Hon James Oberstar is currently enroute to
Marquette and just departed the Soo Locks.  Also enroute to Marquette is the 
Buffalo which just entered the St. Mary's River.  Both vessel will arrive 
later this afternoon or this evening.

May 4th:  Fresh back from vacation, I am excited about today's line up of 
vessel visits to Marquette.  Business appears to be up with the arrival of 
four vessels into Marquette.  First in will be the Jame Kuber followed by the 
Hon James Oberstar.  Also scheduled in today is the Sam Laud and the H. Lee 
White.  Should be a great ship watching day here in Marquette.

April 12th:  Well the Buffalo arrived on Sunday and departed early yesterday.
Arriving last night with about 50 on lookers watching was the Walter J. 
McCarthy, Jr. which made its first visit to Marquette's upper harbor.  She 
brought coal for Wisconsin Electric.  As of this morning, she was unloaded but
still at the dock.  Later she departed the dock but shortly afterwards backed
into the ore dock once again and was still there at the time of this report.  
Also, the Kaye Barker arrived just before noon and the Sam Laud is on her way
to Marquette.  She is currently transiting the Soo Locks at the time of this 
report.  Finally, it appears that the John Boland is going to load stone and I 
am guessing she will then come to the lower harbor to unload later this week.

April 10th:  Well the H. Lee White has arrived and loaded ore.  Early this
morning, she departed leaving the Hon James Oberstar at the ore dock.  The Buffalo 
is enroute to Marquette and should arrive late tonight.  Also, a new 1000 ft 
vessel will visit Marquette later this week.  The Walter J. McCarthy is arriving 
in Superior this morning to load coal.  She should arrive at the ore dock late 
tomorrow or early Tuesday for its first visit to Marquette.

April 8th:  Well the Kaye Barker made it in this afternoon but we also had a
surprise with the Great Lakes Trader arriving during the night.  The H. Lee White 
which was suppose to arrived this morning anchored in White Fish Bay during the 
night and is currently enroute to Marquette and should be here by dark.  Also 
enroute to Marquette is the Hon James Oberstar which is scheduled to arrive 
tomorrow around noon.

April 7th:  Well the Kaye Barker and Hon James Oberstar both arrived earlier this
week but the John Boland's arrival kept on getting pushed back.  Well, yesterday
afternoon, the Boland finally arrived.  She arrived in heavy fog and heavy snow.
She loaded ore and departed during the night.  Currently enroute to Marquette are
the H. Lee White and the Kaye Barker.  The White should arrive tomorrow afternoon
and the Barker late tomorrow or early Saturday, weather permitting. 

April 3rd:  Well Marquette's harbors will be busy the next few days. The Buffalo
departed Marquette yesterday for Cleveland. The next scheduled vessel for 
Marquette is the John Boland arriving early tomorrow morning.  She will be 
followed by the Kaye Barker and the Hon James Oberstar, both scheduled to arrive
late tomorrow afternoon.

March 31st:  Correction to my earlier report. According to a website that I 
reviewed early this morning, it was reporting that the Kaye Barker was already in 
Marquette. I venture out there around 8 this morning and she wasn't in. The AIS 
didn't have her listed, so at that point didn't know the location of the Barker. 
When I returned home, the Kaye Barker was back on AIS and approaching Marquette. 
At the time of this revision, the Kaye Barker was docked at the ore dock.

March 31:  The second vessel of the season arrived in Marquette's upper harbor
early this morning. The Kaye Barker departed Superior last evening and arrived in
the upper harbor to load ore.  She should depart late this morning or early this
afternoon.  Also, the Buffalo departed Cleveland early this morning and is on 
her way back to Marquette and should arrive late tomorrow.

March 27th:  the shipping season officially opened today with the arrival of the Buffalo.  She arrived 
earlier today to load ore. Also it appears the first load of coal for the upper harbor will arrive around 
April 15th.  The vessel bringing the coal will be a new vessels Marquette. It's will be the Walter 
McCarthy.

March 27th:  the shipping season officially opened today with the arrival of the Buffalo.  She arrived earlier today to load ore. Also it appears the first load of coal for the upper harbor will arrive around April 15th.  The vessel bringing the coal will be a new vessels Marquette. It's will be the Walter McCarthy.

March 24:  Well anticipation is building here in Marquette for the new shipping
season.  The U.S.C.G. vessel Neah Bay arrived late Monday evening and has been 
here ever since.  She is the first vessel to enter Marquette's harbors for 2016.  
The first scheduled ship is still pending but ore dock officials thought it would 
be here late Saturday.  Still waiting word on who the first vessel will be.

March 21st:  Well spring is finally here and anticipation is building as Marquette
waits for the arrival of the first vessel of this shipping season.  This region
had a very mild winter and neither the harbors or the lake in itself had any
significant ice during the winter.  So it should be a very easy vessels to 
approach Marquette.  According to officials at the ore dock, they are expecting
the first ore vessel to arrive on Saturday but are unsure which vessel.  
Currently, the first Coast Guard vessel is current enroute to Marquette.  The 
U.S.C.G. vessel NEAH BAY is underway to Marquette and should arrive later 
tonight. Presently, she is just east of Munising.  Finally, as soon as additional
information becomes available, we will pass it on.  Welcome back to another 
boatnerd season and I look forward to providing updates on vessels in and out of
Marquette.

Jan 16th:  Well the shipping season finally came to an end this week here in 
Marquette.  The last vessel of the season was the Lee Tregurtha who departed here 
late Wednesday.  So with that news, have a great winter lay-up and I will chat 
with you all some time around March 25th or so.  Take care!

Jan 8th:  Well, the Kaye Barker has come and gone but she will not be the last ship
into Marquette as I reported earlier this week.  The Kaye Barker arrived yesterday 
afternoon and departed late last night.  And as she departed the Lee Tregurtha is 
making her way to Marquette.  In fact at the time of this report both vessels are 
in the St. Marys River above the Soo Locks.  Not sure if the Barker will make 
another trip or not before the locks close next week.  The Tregurtha should arrive 
late this afternoon.

Jan 5th:  Marquette had a couple surprises today if you were driving from Harvey to Marquette or 
back to Harvey.  Due to very strong south winds, Lake Superior is a bit rough forcing ship captains to 
change their routes.  In a couple cases, two captains brought their vessels into Marquette harbor.  
Earlier this afternoon, the Algoma Enterprise entered the harbor and waited a bit for the winds to die 
down.  After about an hour in the harbor the vessel continued on it route to the Soo.    Then a bit 
later, the Sam Laud came into Marquette Harbor but continued its trip to Silver Bay.  Finally, the 
Kaye Barker is still scheduled to be Marquette's last ship of the season on Thursday.  She should 
arrive early morning.

Jauary 4th:  Well the shipping season is coming to an early end this week.
Currently, the Paul Tregurtha arrived over night with its last load of coal for 
Wisconsin Electric.  And before departing, the Lee Tregurtha will arrive around 6 
p.m. tonight.  Currently she is about 50 miles to the east of Marquette and should 
arrive just after dark.  The last vessel of the year will be the Kaye Barker due 
in on Thursday. 

In other news, a Superior/Duluth newspaper wrote an article about the Herbert 
Jackson upgrading its engines.  According to the article, this project will take 
approximately six months to complete and the Jackson should return to service 
about mid June.

So another shipping season is coming to an end.  Hope you all have a great winter 
lay-up and look forward to returning with updates when the shipping season begins 
in March.  Till then, stay warm and stay safe.  Happy New Year everyone!

January 2, 2016: Good Afternoon and Happy New Year to all of you.  The shipping 
season is nearing an end and the number of vessels in and out of Marquette is 
limited to basically one shipping company.  Though the Great Lakes Traders was in 
just before Christmas and now that the Herbert Jackson is in dry dock, the Lee 
Tregurtha, Kaye Barker, and James Oberstar appear to be the only vessels coming 
and going from Marquette.  They have been arriving just about every 4 days or so 
and making the trip back to Detroit.  The Michipicoten hasn't been seen for a 
while here and every once in a while, one of the 1000 ft vessels brings in coal 
for the Presque Isle power plant.  Yesterday, the Kaye Barker was at the ore dock 
in the upper harbor.  Tomorrow morning, the Paul Tregurtha is bringing the last 
coal load of the season to the Power Plant and is scheduled to arrive at the ore 
dock late tomorrow .  With less than two weeks remaining in the shipping season, 
it would appear that the Lee Tregurtha, Kaye Barker, and James Oberstar each have 
at least one more trip to make to Marquette and maybe two.

December 23:  Good Morning and greetings from the snowless U.P. of Michigan.  Hope
you are all ready for the holidays.  Ship traffic in and out of Marquette remains 
slow but steady.  Recent visits includes James Barker, Kaye Barker, Lee Tregurtha, 
James Oberstar, and the Michipicoten.  Also, the Cason Callaway spent a few days 
anchored off the lower harbor waiting out a storm.  The next vessel due in is the 
Kaye Barker due in tomorrow and the James Oberstar due in Saturday.  Also, local 
media reported that shipments of ore out of Marquette has dropped a significantly 
from last year at this time due to imports of steel from overseas.  Finally, I 
would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.  Hope Santa is good to all of 
you.

November 8th:  Ship traffic in and out of Marquette harbors remained steady this
week.  During this past week, the following vessels visited Marquette:

     Kaye Barker
     James Kuber
     Honorable James Oberstar
     Lee Tregurtha
     Herbert Jackson 

No vessels are scheduled into Marquette today.

Nov 2nd:  Traffic in and out of Marquette remains steady since my last report.
The following vessels made visits to Marquette harbors since my last report:

     Herbert Jackson
     James Kuber
     Lee Tregurtha
     Kaye Barker
     Great Lakes Trader

Currently the Herbert Jackson is loading at the ore dock while the Lee Tregurtha
is enroute to Marquette and is currently in Lake Huron.  The Kaye Baker is also
enroute to Marquette and is currently entering the St.Clair River.

Oct 25th:  Ship traffic in and out of Marquette continues on a steady pace.  Since
my last report the Herbert Jackson, Kaye Barker and the Michipicoten all made 
visits into Marquette's harbors.  Scheduled for today and tomorrow is the Lee 
Tregurtha, James Oberstar, James Barker and the James Kuber.

Oct 21st:  Shipping traffic in and out of Marquette appears to have picked up since
my last report.  Several vessels have made repeated trips into Marquette harbors 
including the Herbert Jackson, Kaye Barker, Lee Tregurtha, and James Oberstar.  
Other vessels visiting Marquette include the James Barker, Great Lakes Trader, 
James Kuber and rare visits by both the St. Clair and the Manitowoc.  The Herbert 
Jackson visited yesterday and the Lee Tregurtha is due in this morning.

September 22nd:  As stated yesterday, ship traffic into Marquette is picking up a
bit.  Later today, the Michipicoten is due into the upper harbor ore dock.  The 
James R. Barker is due in early tomorrow morning while the Herbert Jackson is due 
in around noon followed by the Kaye E. Barker in the early afternoon.  Looks to be 
a great ship watching day here in Marquette tomorrow.  On another note, local 
media is reporting the ore shipments on the Great Lakes is down by 19% thus far 
this year.  This is clearly supported by the lack of ship traffic seen in and out 
of Marquette this year.

September 21st:  It looks like ship traffic in and out of Marquette is increasing a bit. Over this past 
weekend, the Michipicoten, Herbert Jackson, Paul Tregurtha and James Kuber were all scheduled 
for visits into Marquette.  Today, the Michipicoten is scheduled for it's third visit in four days.

September 4th:  The Michipicoten is scheduled to visit Marquette's ore dock on
Saturday, September 5th.

August 29th:  The James Kuber arrived at the upper harbor ore dock this afternoon
while the Great Lakes Trader arrived at the Shiras Dock in the lower harbor late
this afternoon.  Later tonight, the Michipicoten is scheduled to arrive at the ore
dock.

July 22nd: Since my last report, the following vessels visited Marquette Harbors:
Great Lakes Trader, Michipicoten, James L. Kuber, Kaye Barker, James Oberstar, and 
Herbert Jackson.  No vessels were scheduled for this past Monday or yesterday and 
the next scheduled vessel due in is the James L. Kuber late tonight.  Early 
tomorrow morning the Michipicoten is scheduled to arrive and the Herbert Jackson 
is scheduled for a late evening arrival tomorrow.

July 16: Well since my last report, ship traffic has been very steady in and out of
Marquette's harbors.  Vessels visiting the harbors included the James Barker, Kaye 
Barker, Michipicoten, Great Lakes Trader, Herbert Jackson, and Hon James Oberstar.  
Today will be a mega ship watching day with the arrival of four vessels.  The 
Herbert Jackson has already arrived at the ore dock.  The Michipicoten is enroute 
to Marquette and is now just passing Grand Island and Munising while the James 
Barker is also enroute to Marquette and is just about 30 miles from Marquette. 
Finally, the Lee Tregurtha is enroute to Marquette and is upbound on the St. Mary's 
River and is just north of Neebish Island.  She should arrive late this afternoon 
or early this evening.  So a great day for watching ships here in Marquette.

June 14th:  Well, its a boring weekend here in Marquette since no vessels were
scheduled to visit Marquette either Saturday or Sunday.  Since my last report Kaye 
Barker, Hon James Oberstar, Herbert Jackson (x2), Michipicoten, and James Kuber, 
all made visits to the ore dock in the upper harbor.  The next scheduled vessel is 
the James Kuber due in early tomorrow morning and the Herbert Jackson due in late 
tomorrow. 

June 6th:  Well the James Barker, and the James Kuber both made visits to the 
upper harbor ore dock yesterday.  Currently, the Michipicoten is en-route to the 
ore dock this morning as the only vessel scheduled for today.  The Kaye Barker is 
due in tomorrow morning while the Michipicoten will make a return trip to 
Marquette tomorrow evening.

June 3rd:  The Michipicoten arrived early this morning at the ore dock in the 
upper harbor and she just departed heading for Soo, Ont.  Tomorrow, the Herbert 
Jackson, the Hon James Oberstar, and the Michipicoten are all scheduled for visits 
to the ore dock in the upper harbor.

A rare sighting today in Marquette.  The St. Clair was docked at the Shiras Dock
in the lower harbor unloading coal for the Board of Light and Power.  She departed
this afternoon for a western Superior Port.  The next scheduled vessel due in will
be the Michipicoten on Wednesday morning. 

May 31st: The James Kuber visited the ore dock in the upper harbor yesterday and
today the Hon James Oberstar is at the ore dock.  The Herbert Jackson is on her 
way to Marquette and should arrive at the ore dock later this afternoon.

May 27th:  This past weekend was a busy one for Marquette Harbors.  Over the 
weekend, the Kaye Barker, James Kuber, Michipicoten and Herbert Jackson all made
visits to the ore dock in the upper harbor.  Today, James Kuber, Michipicoten, 
and the James Oberstar are all scheduled for arrivals at the ore dock.

May 22:  It has been a bit busy here in Marquette.  The Kaye Barker and the 
Michipicoten both visited Marquette earlier this week.  The Michipicoten made a
return trip yesterday and the Hon James Oberstar was scheduled to arrive very late
last night or early this morning.  Have a great and safe holiday weekend.

May 17th: Traffic has been light last few days here in Marquette.  The Kaye Barker
visited on late Thursday and then departed Friday afternoon after loading ore. 
The Paul Tregurtha also made a visit early Friday morning and departed late Friday 
night.  Today, the USCG Alder in the Marquette area checking and changing out 
buoys.  Currently, the James Kuber is en-route to Marquette and should arrive late
today.  Also en-route to Marquette is the Herbert Jackson who is just north of 
Lake St. Clair at this time.

May 11th:  A very busy weekend here in Marquette.  The Mesabi Miner, Michipicoten,
Great Lakes Trader, and the Herbert Jackson all made visits into Marquette.  No
vessels are scheduled now until early Wednesday morning when the James Kuber 
arrives at the ore dock in the upper harbor.

April 30th: Since my last report, the Michipicoten has made a couple trips into 
Marquette while the Herbert Jackson has made one.  Also visiting was the H Lee
White that brought coal to the Board of Light and Power (Shiras Dock) in the 
lower harbor.  After unloading, she returned back to Duluth.  Yesterday, the 
Hon James Oberstar and the James Barker pulled into the upper harbor ore dock.
The Barker departed during the night and the Oberstar departed early this morning.
The Herbert Jackson is currently en-route (just north of Grand Marais) to the
upper harbor and it appears the Kaye Barker, who is just now passing the thumb 
area in Lake Huron, is also en-route to Marquette.

April 22, 2015:  Well Marquette harbors continue to remain busy.  Since my last
report the Michipicoten made yet another visit to the ore dock in the upper 
harbor.  Late last night, the Herbert Jackson arrived at the ore dock and it was 
suppose to be followed by the Hon James Oberstar.   Howerver, the Oberstar was 
diverted to Duluth.  Presently, the James Kuber is pulling into the upper harbor 
and the Michipicoten is scheduled to return tomorrow.

April 22, 2015:  Well Marquette harbors continue to remain busy.  Since my last report the Michipicoten made yet another visit to the ore dock in the upper harbor.  Late last night, the Herbert Jackson arrived at the ore dock and it was suppose to be followed by the Hon James Oberstar.   Howerver, the Oberstar was diverted to Duluth.  Presently, the James Kuber is pulling into the upper harbor and the Michipicoten is scheduled to return tomorrow.

April 17, 2015:  Well Marquette harbors continue to be a busy place.  The James
Kuber arrived late last night and departed just a while ago.  Also at the dock is 
the Michipicoten.  And finally, the Hon James Oberstar is en-route to the upper 
harbor.

April 16, 2015:  A very busy day for Marquette's harbor as a total of four vessels
visited Marquette.  The day started off with the Mesabi Miner arriving in the 
upper harbor and the Great Lakes Trader arriving at the Shiras Dock in the lower
harbor.  The Miner was then followed by the Michipicoten and the Herbert Jackson.
As of right now, no vessels are scheduled for today.

Greetings from Marquette:  Just returned from my own two week cruise aboard the
Royal Princess down in the Caribbean and missed the start of the 2015-2016 
shipping season. It is my understanding, and if wrong please correct, that only 
two ships had arrived here in Marquette up till yesterday.  I believe (and 
according to my shipping app) the first vessel into Marquette was the Mesabi Miner 
which brought in coal from Superior.  The first ore boat was the Herbert Jackson 
which arrived late last week.  Yesterday, the Michipicoten was due in for its 
first visit and will again return very late tonight while the Herbert Jackson is 
due back in tomorrow for its second trip of the year.  I have been able to keep up 
with the ice breaking operations on the eastern part of Superior and I understand 
that the ice is very heavy out there and causing ships to travel very slowly.  
Also heard that the Kaye Barker was badly damage caused by the ice.  She had to 
unload her cargo on the lake into the Lee Tregurtha and then proceed for repairs.  
No word how long she will be out.

March 26th: Well boatnerds, get ready for the first ship to arrive into Marquette.
According to ore dock officials, a coal boat is tentatively scheduled to arrive
at the ore dock this coming Sunday.  Time of arrival was not known.  Most likely
it will be the Mesabi Miner which layed-up at Duluth and started her runs earlier
this week with a trip to Taconite Harbor.  She returned to Duluth yesterday and 
will probably start loading later today with a departure for Marquette tomorrow.
Weather condition here in Marquette are very windy and snowy today but should
improve tomorrow.  However, by Sunday a new winter system should arrive in the
region.  Ice conditions for the upper harbor should not be an issue when the first
vessel arrives on Sunday.  So here we go with the start of the 2015-2016 shipping
season.
 

March 19th:  Greetings from the U.P. of Michigan.  Well, we are all waiting for
the arrival of the first vessel into Marquette.  However, it appears it will be a 
while more before we see the first ship.  In talking with ore dock officials, they 
are expecting their first vessel for loading the first week of April.  Of course 
that all could change.  In looking Superior Midwest Energy website, they have not
posted their schedule as of today.  So can't tell when the first shipment of coal 
will arrive here.  Ice conditions here in Marquette are mixed.  The upper harbor
is open with floating ice chunks and should not be any problem for arriving 
vessels.  As for the lower harbor, it is still frozen solid and could cause some 
problems for an arriving vessel.  Weather conditions are suppose to go south 
tomorrow night when a low pressure area arrives in the region causing temps to 
drop into the lower teens at night and low twenties during the day with strong 
winds.  Temps should rebound a bit early next week but another cold spells will 
enter the region late next week.  As soon as we hear any information about an 
arriving vessel, we will posted it here.

March 10th:  Greetings boatnerds, hope your winter lay-up is going well.
Anticipation is starting to rise as the opening of the Soo Locks nears.  With about
two weeks till the locks open, weather conditions in the region is improving.  Ice
conditions outside Marquette harbors is vastly improved. However, heavy ice still
exist in Marquette's upper and lower harbor though it is breaking up.  Current
weather conditions are warm with at least 3 or 4 more days of 50 degree days 
forecasted. And according to local newspaper, ice breaking operations are ongoing
in the Duluth /Superior region and will move up to Minnesota coast later this week.
So if all goes well, the shipping season should be unlike last year and start on
time.  At this time, there is no indication who or when the first vessel into
Marquette will be.  Stay tune for further updates

Jan 19th:  Well the 2014-2015 shipping season for Marquette ended yesterday with the arrival and
departure of the Mesabi Miner.  So another shipping season is in the books.  Have a great winter 
lay-up and see you all in the spring.

January 16th:  I reported yesterday that local media stated the last vessel of 
the season will be the Michipicoten when it arrives today.  Well in checking the
AIS, I noticed that the Mesabi Miner is currently enroute to Marquette and most
likely will arrive very late tonight or early tomorrow morning.  Depending on 
what time the Michipicoten departs, the Miner could be the last vessel of the 
season.

Jan 15th:  A surprise visitor arrived during the night.  The Defiance arrived and was at the ore dock
this morning.  To the best of my knowledge, this is her first visit to Marquette.  Finally, it was reported 
In the local paper that the last vessel of the season will arrive tomorrow morning.  As of now, the
Michipicoten will be the last ship of the season.  

January 14th:  Well the locks may be closing tomorrow but traffic into Marquette
continues.  The Michipicoten arrived earlier today and already enroute back to the
Soo.  The Calumet is current enroute to Marquette and will lock through at the Soo
later this afternoon.  The Robert Pierson is at the mill in the Soo and is 
expected to depart for Marquette also later this afternoon.  Its not clear yet
when the last vessel for the season will depart Marquette.

January 12:  The Robert Pierson is due back into Marquette yesterday but, not sure if it made it in due to weather. The Kaye Barker is not coming to Marquette but instead heading for Superior, Wisconsin. The Michipicoten and the Honorable James Oberstar are scheduled to arrive in Marquette today.

Dec 29th:  I realize it has been some time since my last report but here is what 
is going on.  The rush is on to get as many trips in and out of Marquette before
the locks close.  Last week, there were at least three ships in port three 
different days.  On Christmas day, the James Kuber was at the ore dock.  The 
Herbert Jackson arrived yesterday and as of this report was still at the dock.
The Michipicoten and the Kaye Barker are heading for Marquette now and should
arrive by mid afternoon. 

Aug 28th: Aug 28th:  Marquette's harbors have been busy since my last report. The Michipicoten 
made several visits, Kaye Barker, Lee Tregurtha, H. Lee White, Lewis Kuber, American Courage, 
and Herbert Jackson all made visit to Marquette's harbors.  Currently, the Great Lakes Trader and 
the James Barker are at the ore dock in the upper harbor.

August 16th:  Greetings, the Lewis Kuber and the Michipicoten visited the ore dock on Wednesday 
while the Herbert Jackson visited the ore dock on Thursday.  Currently, the H. Lee White is at the ore 
dock while the Kaye Barker is traveling up the St. Mary's River on its way to Marquette.

August 10:  The Herbert Jackson arrived at the ore dock in the upper harbor last night.  Today, the 
Michipicoten arrived at the ore dock.  Tomorrow, the Lee Tregurtha will arrive and on Tuesday, the 
Kaye Barker will arrive.

August 7th:  Well, Marquette harbors have been busy this week. The Michipicoten, Joseph H. 
Thompson, and Herbert C. Jackson all visited the upper harbor ore dock.  The Michipicoten made a 
second trip back on yesterday followed by James R. Barker late yesterday.  Also visiting Marquette 
was the Great Lakes Trader when it pulled into the Shiras Dock at the Board of Light and Power 
facility last night.  This morning the James Barker is still at the ore dock while the James L. Kuber 
and the Kaye E. Barker are enroute to Marquette.  Also the Kiyi is in the area and could visit 
Marquette.


Aug 2:  Well the Michipicoten was here on Friday while the H. Lee White arrived yesterday.  The 
Michipicoten was back again yesterday afternoon also.  Today the Kaye Barker is due in late this 
morning and the Michipicoten is due back again late today.

July 30:  Well the Kaye a Barker departed Marquette today heading fir Detroit.  Meanwhile, the Lee 
Tregurtha is entering the St. Mary's river heading for Marquette.  At the same time, the Herbert 
Jackson is heading into Lake Huron on its way to Marquette.

July 30:  Well the Kaye a Barker departed Marquette today heading fir Detroit.  Meanwhile, the Lee Tregurtha is entering the St. Mary's river heading for Marquette.  At the same time, the Herbert Jackson is heading into Lake Huron on its way to Marquette.

July 22:  from what I can determine, no vessels were scheduled into Marquette.  The Michipicoten is 
scheduled for a late morning arrival and the Herbert Jackson is below Lake Huron making its way to 
Marquette.

July 19:  Michipicoten was scheduled to arrive this morning and the American Mariner is now 
scheduled to arrive this afternoon.  Presently the Herbert Jackson and Kaye Barker are below the 
locks and enroute to Marquette.

July 18th:  Marquette's harbors have been very busy since my last report.
Several vessels have made the trip into Marquette including the Great Lakes 
Traders, Lakes Contender, Herbert Jackson, Michipicoten (several visits), Kaye 
Barker, Lee Tregurtha, James Barker, H. Lee White.  Tomorrow, the American 
Mariner is scheduled for an early morning arrival.

July 2:  Ore dock here in Marquette will be busy tonight and into tomorrow morning.  The John 
Boland will arrive late tonight followed by the Herbert Jackson an hour later.  The Michipicoten 
should arrive early tomorrow morning.

June 29:  Kaye Barker, Pathfinder, and Michipicoten all visited the upper harbor ore dock since 
Friday.  The Pathfinder also visited the lower harbor BLP dock with a load of limestone.  The Lee 
Tregurtha is scheduled to arrive at the upper harbor ore dock tonight at 11:30 p.m. followed by the H. 
Lee White at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow.

June 24:  The Herbert Jackson and the Michipicoten are scheduled to arrive here in Marquette today.

June 7th:  It's going to be a busy weekend of ship watching here in Marquette.  The Michipicoten 
was due in at 1 a.m. this morning, the Kaye Barker is due in later this morning, the James Barker 
Is due late this afternoon or early evening.  The Lakes Contender is due in early tomorrow morning 
followed by the Herbert Jackson and the Michipicoten. Enjoy ship watching this weekend.

June 1:  It's been a busy week here in Marquette and lake conditions are helping. The ice which 
blew into the Marquette area was breaking up nicely and appears to be blowing out of the area.  
Since my last report, several vessels have made trips into Marquette including the Great Lakes 
Trader, Mesabi Miner, Kaye Barker, Herbert Jackson, Lewis Kuber, Michipicoten, John Boland, and 
Lee Tregurtha.  Today, the H Lee White is due in as well as the Michipicoten.

May 18: Heavy ice still surrounds much of the harbors here in Marquette however, ships can travel 
through it carefully travel through it without USCG escort.  Marquette's harbors are almost ice free.  
And according to local media, the USCG has ended ice breaking operations and escorts this week.  
Yesterday, the Pathfinder arrived at the BLP dock in the lower harbor to unload stone. Then she 
moved up to the ore dock in the upper harbor to load ore.  Also arriving at the ore dock yesterday 
was the Lewis Kuber.  Today, the Herbert Jackson is due in and the Kaye Barker is due in tomorrow
morning.

May 5: Marquette's lower harbor opened today with the arrival of the Great Lakes Trader.  She will 
finish unloading and then depart for a western Superior port.  Meanwhile, the final vessel of five to 
arrive during the past weekend is finally at the ore dock.  The James Barker is at the dock unloading 
coal for Wisconsin Electric.  The Herbert Jackson, Michipicoten, James Kuber, and Kaye Barker 
have all come and departed.  The Michipicoten is scheduled to return to Marquette tomorrow.

May 3:  Well ice still covers a good portion of Lake Superior however, vessel
traffic appears to be picking up.  On Thursday, the Michipicoten followed a 
west bound convoy about half way across Lake Superior and then broke off and
traveled into Marquette'e upper harbor unassisted.  She then departed 
yesterday on her own without any USCG escort and made it back to the Soo with
no problems.  Meanwhile, the Lee Tregurtha traveled from the Soo to Marquette
yesterday without an escort and had no apparent issues doing so.  She loaded 
up and departed this afternoon.  And as she was departing, another unknown
vessel could be seen off in the distance heading into Marquette.  According to
the local paper here in Marquette, vessel traffic will be very busy tonight
and tomorrow with the Herbert Jackson, James Barker, Michipicoten, Kaye 
Barker,and James Kuber all scheduled for arrival.  It should be a great ship 
watching day here in Marquette tomorrow.

April 30th:  Well, weather conditions are mixed here in the Marquette region.  
Ice conditions have improved enough for the Lakes Contender to depart 
Marquette and meet up with an east bound convoy of two or three ships who are 
also traveling without USCG escort.  Meanwhile, the Michipicoten departed the 
Soo this morning and is at the tail end of a huge convoy being led by the 
Canadian Coast Guard vessel Pierre Radisson.  Of the eight vessels traveling 
in the convoy, the Michipicoten is coming to Marquette and the Algomarine is 
traveling to Two Harbors.  The remaining vessels are all bound for Thunder 
Bay.  The Michipicoten may find cruising to Marquette a bit difficult this 
afternoon or evening not only because of the ice but, also heavy fog moved 
into the region last night and is still hanging around this afternoon.  
Finally, the Lee Tregurtha is bound for Marquette and is currently traveling 
up Lake Michigan.  The James Barker is due in late Sunday or early Monday from 
Superior with a load of coal but that is depending on her trip to Superior, 
WI.  Currently, she is anchored just off the Mackinaw Bridge along with the 
Mesabi Miner.  And it appears that the Kaye Barker who is just now arriving in 
Detroit from Marquette will be making yet another trip back to Marquette 
according to her AIS notice.

April 30th:  Well, weather conditions are mixed here in the Marquette region.  Ice conditions have improved enough for the Lakes Contender to depart Marquette and meet up with an east bound convoy of two or three ships who are also traveling without USCG escort.  Meanwhile, the Michipicoten departed the Soo this morning and is at the tail end of a huge convoy being led by the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Pierre Radisson.  Of the eight vessels traveling in the convoy, the Michipicoten is coming to Marquette and the Algomarine is traveling to Two Harbors.  The remaining vessels are all bound for Thunder Bay.  The Michipicoten may find cruising to Marquette a bit difficult this afternoon or evening not only because of the ice but, also heavy fog moved into the region last night and is still hanging around this afternoon.  Finally, the Lee Tregurtha is bound for Marquette and is currently traveling up Lake Michigan.  The James Barker is due in late Sunday or early Monday from Superior with a load of coal but that is depending on her trip to Superior, WI.  Currently, she is anchored just off the Mackinaw Bridge along with the Mesabi Miner.  And it appears that the Kaye Barker who is just now arriving in Detroit from Marquette will be making yet another trip back to Marquette according to her AIS notice.

April 30th:  Well, weather conditions are mixed here in the Marquette region.  Ice conditions have improved enough for the Lakes Contender to depart Marquette and meet up with an east bound convoy of two or three ships who are also traveling without USCG escort.  Meanwhile, the Michipicoten departed the Soo this morning and is at the tail end of a huge convoy being led by the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Pierre Radisson.  Of the eight vessels traveling in the convoy, the Michipicoten is coming to Marquette and the Algomarine is traveling to Two Harbors.  The remaining vessels are all bound for Thunder Bay.  The Michipicoten may find cruising to Marquette a bit difficult this afternoon or evening not only because of the ice but, also heavy fog moved into the region last night and is still hanging around this afternoon.  Finally, the Lee Tregurtha is bound for Marquette and is currently traveling up Lake Michigan.  The James Barker is due in late Sunday or early Monday from Superior with a load of coal but that is depending on her trip to Superior, WI.  Currently, she is anchored just off the Mackinaw Bridge along with the Mesabi Miner.  And it appears that the Kaye Barker who is just now arriving in Detroit from Marquette will be making yet another trip back to Marquette according to her AIS notice.

April 29th:  Winter weather has returned to the region this morning with a
fresh layer of snow.  And as of this morning, the Lakes Contender is loaded 
and ready to depart the ore dock here in Marquette.  At this point, it is not 
clear whether she is waiting for an USCG escort or waiting for better weather 
conditions.  The USCG Adler which escorted four ships out of Marquette 
yesterday morning is still in the Soo.  The Michipicoten which was one of the 
four ships is scheduled to return to Marquette early tomorrow morning after 
unloading ore in the Soo.  It is not clear at this time whether the Adler is 
waiting to esccort the Michipicoten back or not.  No other vessels are due in 
at this time.

April 28th:  Well, USCG Adler arrived here in Marquette just before dark last 
night.  She anchored out in the harbor until early this morning when she 
started her escorted east toward the Soo.  She was then followed by the James 
Kuber, Michipicoten, Herbert Jackson, and the Kaye Barker.  Within a couple of 
hours, all five ships were out of sight and well on their way to the Soo.  
Meanwhile, the Lakes Contender (Aka: The Ghost Ship)  broke off the west bound 
convey and traveled on her own to Marquette arriving here around noon today.  
The next scheduled vessel is the Michipicoten which according to the local 
paper here says she is scheduled to arrive at 1 a.m. in the morning.  That 
won't happen!

April 27th:  According to the AIS system, the Herbert Jackson, Michipicoten,
James Kuber, and Kaye Barker are all still at the ore dock here in Marquette.
However, I don't expect them to be here much longer.  The USCG Adler is en-
route to Marquette and as of this report, she is due north of Marquette just 
off the Keweenaw peninsula.  I am assuming that some time late this afternoon 
or early evening, she will arrive and escort the four vessels out of 
Marquette.  Meanwhile, the Lakes Contender (Aka: The Ghost Ship) finally made 
it above the Soo Locks and is currently part of a convoy just now leaving 
Whitefish Bay.  The NGCC Pierre Radisson is escorting six ships including a 
saltie.  All six ships are bound for various ports on the west end of Superior 
except for the Lakes Contender.  Also in the convoy is the Saginaw with an 
nknown destination.

April 26th:  Just took a trip out to the ore dock and all four ships that were
there yesterday are still at the ore dock today.  All appeared loaded and 
ready to depart but waiting for a USCG Icebreaker escort.  In the meantime, 
the Lakes Contender (AKA: The Ghost Ship) is scheduled to arrive here in 
Marquette tomorrow.  Currently, she is below the locks in the Soo archored in 
the St. Mary's River.

April 26th:  Just took a trip out to the ore dock and all four ships that were there yesterday are still at the ore dock today.  All appeared loaded and ready to depart but waiting for a USCG Icebreaker escort.  In the meantime, the Lakes Contender (AKA: The Ghost Ship) is scheduled to arrive here in Marquette tomorrow.  Currently, she is below the locks in the Soo archored in the St. Mary's River.

April 25:  A very rare sight at the ore dock today.  All four ships that arrived yesterday were tied up at 
the ore dock.  The Michipicoten and the James Kuber are tied up on the north side of the dock while 
the Herbert Jackson and the Kaye Barker are tied up on the south side.  Pictures of this sight can
be seen on Facebook at mqtboatnerd. 

April 24th:  Well, a convoy of ships arrived here in Marquette this afternoon
led by the USCG Mackinaw.  The convoy departed Whitefish Bay shortly around 
noon yesterday and arrived here in Marquette around 3:00 p.m. today.  The
convoy included the Herbert Jackson, Michipicoten, Kaye Barker and the James 
Kuber.  The Mackinaw pulled into the ore dock and cleared some ice but 
conditions appeared to be light around the dock.  However overnight, winds 
blew ice back into the harbors and in some areas, the ice was quite thick.  
The Herbert Jackson and the James Kuber both pulled into the ore dock while 
the Michipicoten and the Kaye Barker wait their turn at the dock out in the 
harbor.  As soon as the ships were able to reach the harbor, the Mackinaw 
departed back out to Superior to meet up with two other ships that were part 
of this convoy but broke off when the convoy headed for Marquette.  The two 
remaining ships are bound for Duluth.

April 23:  Warm temps over the last couple of days have eased ice conditions on
Lake Superior a bit but enough to get the ships moving again.  Currently, there
are two convoys traveling west bound on Superior.  The first convoy was being
led by the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Pierre Radisson which was leading five 
ships to the west end of superior.  It appears that the convoy has reached 
open water because the Coast Guard vessel has broken off the convoy the the 
ships are not traveling on their own.  A second convoy departed White Fish Bay
early this afternoon leading another six ships, four of which are bound for 
Marquette.  The Herbert Jackson, Michipicoten, Kaye Barker, and the James 
Kuber are now all enroute to Marquette.  Depending on ice conditions, all four
vessels could be here some time tomorrow morning.  Thanks to a strong west
wind yesterday, ice conditions in Marquette harbors are very good.  There is
some ice but it appears what remaining ice is left in the harbor can be 
handled by an ore vessel.  It should be noted that at least two vessels are 
traveling east bound on Superior, that being the Mesabi Miner enroute to
Indiana Harbor and the Algosteel who's destination is unknown at this time.  

April 20:  Happy Easter everyone!  Well another USCG ship (Alder) arrived in 
the Marquette area early yesterday and I believe she was sent to help the 
Mesabi Miner to depart Marquette and return to Superior, Wisconsin for another 
load of coal.  I have not been out to the ore dock today but a look on the AIS
screen this morning does not show the Miner or the Alder in the Marquette area.
So I believe both vessels have now departed Marquette for Superior, Wisconsin.
Meanwhile, ice conditions here in Marquette are still extremely heavy and for 
now, no vessels are scheduled for arrival here in Marquette.  There are at 
least two vessels anchored or tied up in the Soo area.  Temps in the Marquette 
region are suppose to climb into the high 50s today and maybe into the 60s if 
the wind subsides a bit.  Stay tuned for further updates.

April 16th:  Well weather conditions here in Marquette improved enough early
this morning to allow the two USCG cutters to depart the lower harbor and start
breaking ice.  They were breaking ice for the Kaye Barker which departed the 
ore dock early this morning.  But by 1:30 p.m., it appear she was only 5-6
miles out of Marquette and an icebreaker could be seen traveling around the
Barker trying to break up ice.  It's unclear whether or not the Barker was 
moving out to catch the east bound convoy which is now traveling north of Isle 
Royale.  Meanwhile, the Mesabi Miner is still at the ore dock here in Marquette.  And now the weather has taken a turn for the worst.  A winter storm
has moved into the region dumping heavy snow and reducing visibility.  Finally, 
the Herbert Jackson and the Michipicoten were both due into Marquette today but 
currently ice conditions prevented them from leaving the Soo. Weather conditions should start improving tomorrow and by Sunday, temps should be near 
the 50's. Until then, several vessels including the Herbert Jackson are 
positioning themselves above the locks for a possible west bound convoy.

April 13th:  Well the first ships are finally at the dock and are either
unloading for are loading.  The two ice breakers are tied up at Mattson Park
in the lower harbor and are waiting further instructions.  The Kaye Barker
pulled into the ore dock very early this morning and unloaded her load of 
coal and then switch sides of the ore dock to load ore.  Once she moved over,
the Mesabi Miner backed in and prepared to start unloading coal.  I have 
several pictures of the ice breakers at work last night and all the vessels
from earlier today on my facebook page @ Mqt Boatnerd.  According to USCG
member aboard the two icebreakers, they were not sure what would be their
next mission but bad weather moving into the region may force all four vessels
to remain in Marquette until the conditions improve.  Though I have not 
heard about the anything about the weather, it appears strong gale force 
winds from the northwest may be moving in over the next 24-36 hours.

April 13 (12:10 a.m.):  The first ships of the season are finally here.  At 10:30 p.m. Saturday evening,
the USCG Morro Bay arrived in the upper harbor and proceeded to break ice on the north side of 
the dock.  The USCG Katmai Bay arrived about 40 minutes later and started to break ice in the 
upper harbor.  Also arriving was the Mesabi Miner and the Kaye Barker which for now anchored
outside the upper harbor.  About a dozen people to include myself were out at the ore dock to
observe ice breaking operations. It appears ice breaking operations will continue for a couple
more hours before the first ship can pull into the dock.

April 12:  Ships are now moving again on Lake Superior.  Last night, the Mesabi Miner and the Kaye 
Barker departed Duluth escorted by the USCG Alder bound for Marquette.  This morning the vessels
were south of Isle Royale and north of the Keweenaw Peninsula  and making the turn toward 
Marquette.  Also, the USCG Morro Bay joined the group.  Based on their progress thus far, it 
appears they will probably arrive sometime very late tonight or tomorrow.  In other ship news,
a big convoy of ships lead by the NGCC Pierre Radison and the USCG Mackinaw are leading  a
group of five ships westbound on Lake Superior.  In addition, several ships are still anchored in
St. Mary's River waiting to move up to and enter Lake Superior.  With a little luck, maybe these 
vessels start moving this weekend,

April 11 (10 p.m.):  Here is an update.  Two ships are now en route to Marquette.  According to the
AIS system, the Mesabi Miner and the Kaye Barker departed Duluth and are taken the northern
route.  Both ships are being escorted by the USCG Alder.  No estimated time arrival is available
at this time.  Meanwhile, no word on the status of the Herbert Jackson, Michipicoten, or the
Robert Pierson.  However, it does appear that one vessels is now westbound from Whitefish Bay.
A check on the status of that vessel will be updated in the morning.

April 11th:  Ice conditions continue to improve here in the Marquette area.
A drive past the lake reveals large areas of open water in the immediate area 
however, ice still can be found in both the lower and upper harbors.  Vessels
are still not moving on Lake Superior.  Five ships attempted to depart the
St. Mary's River onto Lake Suprior on Wednesday but didn't get far and one had
to return to the Soo due to ice damage.  As for the Herbert Jackson which is 
bound for Marquette, it appears she is anchored in the lower St. Mary's River 
waiting her turn to travel up the river to the locks. Information on other 
ships that were scheduled to arrive in Marquette is not available.  The Lakes 
Contender, James Kuber, and the Michipicoten were all scheduled for arrival 
but as of today are still at their lay-up positions or enroute to other 
locations.  Currently, the Kaye Barker and Mesabi Miner are loaded in Duluth
with coal for Wisconsin Electric here in Marquette and it appears that both 
ships will attempt to depart Duluth tomorrow for Marquette.  And it won't be a 
minute to soon.  Wisconsin Electric is running low on coal and has reduced the 
number of units they are running.  In addition, they worked out a deal with 
BLP Plant here in Marquette to transfer coal from BLP to Wisconsin Electric. 
That transfer began today with several trucks moving coal through the city of 
Marquette.  Stay tuned for further updates.


April 11th:  Ice conditions continue to improve here in the Marquette area.
A drive past the lake reveals large areas of open water in the immediate area 
however, ice still can be found in both the lower and upper harbors.  Vessels
are still not moving on Lake Superior.  Five ships attempted to depart the
St. Mary's River onto Lake Suprior on Wednesday but didn't get far and one had
to return to the Soo due to ice damage.  As for the Herbert Jackson which is 
bound for Marquette, it appears she is anchored in the lower St. Mary's River 
waiting her turn to travel up the river to the locks. Information on other 
ships that were scheduled to arrive in Marquette is not available.  The Lakes 
Contender, James Kuber, and the Michipicoten were all scheduled for arrival 
but as of today are still at their lay-up positions or enroute to other 
locations.  Currently, the Kaye Barker and Mesabi Miner are loaded in Duluth
with coal for Wisconsin Electric here in Marquette and it appears that both 
ships will attempt to depart Duluth tomorrow for Marquette.  And it won't be a 
minute to soon.  Wisconsin Electric is running low on coal and has reduced the 
number of units they are running.  In addition, they worked out a deal with 
BLP Plant here in Marquette to transfer coal from BLP to Wisconsin Electric. 
That transfer began today with several trucks moving coal through the city of 
Marquette.  Stay tuned for further updates.


April 8th, 2014:  Greetings all Boatnerds.  I am fresh back from my own two 
week cruise of the Caribbean only to learn that no ships have made it to 
Marquette this season.  Ice conditions in Lake Superior continues to hamper
shipping operations leading to a slow start for the shipping season here in
Marquette.  According to an Associated Press article that was forwarded to me,
two coal vessels bound for Marquette are waiting in Duluth for improved ice conditions.  Several other vessels were scheduled to arrive in Marquette to
take on ore but ice conditions on the eastern part of Lake Superior prevented
them from traveling to Marquette.  Currently, both the Robert Pierson and 
Michipicoten are docked at Essar Steel above the locks in the Soo but have not 
attempted a trip to Marquette.  According to Live Ship Maps (AIS), two vessels 
departed Detroit this morning enroute to the Soo and Lake Superior.  The Lee
Tregurtha bound for Duluth and the Herbert Jackson bound for Marquette were 
both above Lake St. Clair earlier today heading for the Soo Locks.  Ore dock 
officials stated that no vessels are scheduled to arrive prior to this
upcoming weekend and most likely will need an icebreaker escort in order to 
make the trip.  Last week, two vessels departed Two Harbors bound for Gary, 
Ind and it took them about most two weeks to arrive in the Soo.  After hitting 
a hard ice pack in the eastern part of Superior, a Canadian and an U.S. 
icebreaker had to come and free them.  The icebreakers lead the two ore boats 
to the Soo.  This morning, ice conditions here in Marquette are mixed.  There 
appears to be several areas of open water surrounded by ice packs that could 
prevent a vessel from reaching the ore dock in the upper harbor.  Stay tuned
for further developments as they occur.  I look forward to another year of 
boat watching and providing updates.  If you have any questions, please feel
free to email your questions to me. Have a great ship watching day.

January 16th:  Since my last report, shipping in and out of Marquette has been
slow.  The following vessels arrived in Marquette since my last report:

Upper Harbor:  Michipicoten (x7)
               Herbert Jackson
               H. Lee White
               American Mariner
               Robert Pierson (x3)

Due to heavy ice out in the Soo, it appears that ship traffic will end this 
week.  The Pierson departed Marquette mid morning today and is scheduled back
however, sources at the ore dock in the upper harbor stated that due to ice,
the Pierson will probably not return.  The Michipicoten arrived this morning
from the Soo and is scheduled to load ore tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.  Once
she departs, it appears no other traffic will be will be coming and the 
shipping season will come to an end.

Barring any change in traffic, this should be my last report for this shipping
season.  Thanks to you all who followed my reports and sent e-mails.  Have a
great lay-up and see you in the spring.


Dec 30th:  The Lewis Kuber arrived at the ore dock very earlier this morning
while the H. Lee White was arriving at the Board of Light and Power dock in the
lower harbor.  The Kaye Barker also made a visit to the ore dock and the H. Lee
White will also move up to the ore dock later today.  Tomorrow, the
Michipicoten, Herbert Jackson and the Lew Kuber are all scheduled for visits at 
the ore dock.

Dec 28th:  Wow, its been a while since my last report.  A cruise, being out
hunting and getting ready for the holidays kept me away from doing my updates.
During that time, shipping in and out of Marquette has been very light.  Here 
is a list of vessels visiting Marquette since my last report:

Lower Harbor:   Kaye Barker
                Great Lakes Trader
                Herbert Jackson

Upper Harbor    Michipicoten (x14)
                Herbert Jackson (x9)
                Kaye Barker (x7)
                Lee Tregurtha (x3)
                James Kuber 
                Hon James Oberstar (x2)
                Lakes Contender (x4)
                H. Lee White (x2)
                Lewis Kuber (x4)
                Saginaw
                Mesabi Miner
                James Barker

The Lewis Kuber and the Kaye Barker are scheduled for visits to the upper 
harbor ore dock today.  Happy Holidays everyone!
                

Nov 3, 2013:  Ship traffic remains light but steady. Since my last report, the following vessels made 
visits to Marquette harbors:

Lower Harbor:     Great Lakes Trader (x2)
                            Kaye Barker
                            Herbert Jackson

Upper Harbor:      Michipicoten (x10)
                             Mesabi Miner (x2)
                             James Barker (x2)
                             Frontenac
                             Lee Tregurtha (x2)
                             Hon James Oberstar (x4)
                             Kaye Barker (x2)
                             American Mariner
                             Herbert Jackson (x2)
                             Lakes Contender

The next scheduled arrival is the Hon James Oberstar which is due to arrive mid day on Monday, Nov 4.

October 1st:  Ship traffic remains steady in and out of Marquette.  Since my 
last report, the following vessels made trips into Marquette:

Lower Harbor:  Great Lakes Trader (x2)
               Herbert Jackson
               Kaye Barker

Upper Harbor:  Herbert Jackson (x4)
               Lee Tregurtha (x3)
               Lakes Contender (x2)
               Michipicoten (x5)
               Kaye Barker (x2)
               H. Lee White (x2)
               Joseph Block
               Hon James Oberstar
               John Boland
               John Aird
               Mesabi Miner
               James Barker

Currently the H. Lee White and the Herbert Jackson are in the lower harbor to 
unload at the Shiras Dock.  Also, the Lee Tregurtha and the Kaye Barker are 
enroute to Marquette and should arrive tomorrow.

September 9th:  Can't believe how fast time flies.  Its been a month since my 
last report.  So let me get you all caught up on who what and when.  Since my
last report, the following vessels made trips into Marquette:

Lower Harbor:  Great Lakes Trader
               Herbert C. Jackson

Upper Harbor:  Lakes Contender
               Michipicoten (x12)
               Herbert C. Jackson
               Kaye E. Barker (x3)
               American Courage
               Joseph Block
               Lee Tregurtha
               Buffalo
               Algosoo
               James L. Oberstart
               James Barker (x2)
               Mesabi Miner (x2)

Today, the Michipicoten and the H. Lee White are scheduled for the ore dock 
while the Lakes Contender is scheduled for tomorrow at the ore dock.
 

Aug 5th:  Greetings from the 11th deck of the Sapphire Princess at Glacier Bay National Park, 
Alaska.  Ship traffic in and out of Marquette remains light.  Since my the report, the following vessels
visited Marquette's harbors:

Lower Harbor:  Great Lakes Trader

Upper Harbor:  James Barker
                         Michipicoten (x2)
                         Lee A. Tregurtha
                         American Courage
                         Herbert C. Jackson
                         Kaye E. Barker

Today, the Michipicoten was scheduled to visit the upper harbor in Marquette.

July 27th:  Traffic in and out of Marquette has slowed down significantly during the past two weeks.
Marquette went about 4-5 days without any ship arrival and now we are having about one arrival just
about, every other day or so.  Since my last report, the following vessels all made visits into 
Marquette harbors to include a rare visit by a Canadian Ship (*) and three tall ships(**) for 
Marquette's tall ship fest festival:

Lower Harbor:          Lakes Contender
                                 S/V Denis Sullivan(**)
                                 Peacemaker(**)
                                 Hindu(**)

Upper Harbor:          American Mariner
                                 James Barker
                                 Hon James Oberstar
                                 Michipicoten (x2)
                                 Cedarglen *
                                 Herbert Jackson
                                 Kaye E Barker (x2)
                                 Lakes Contender

Today, the Michipicoten and the Herbert Jackson are scheduled to arrive while the Buffalo is due in 
tomorrow.

July 7th:  No vessels are scheduled to arrive in Marquette today.

July 6th:  Steady traffic continues in and out of Marquette's harbors and since
my last report, the following vessels made trips into Marquette as follows:


Lower Harbor:    Great Lakes Trader

Upper Harbor:    Kaye Barker (x3)
                 Pathfinder
                 James L. Kuber
                 Herbert Jackson (x2)
                 American Courage
                 H Lee White
                 Michipicoten
                 Hon James. L. Oberstar

No vessels are scheduled for arrival in Marquette today.  

Finally, I am providing pictures of vessels in and out of Marquette on my
twitter page @MQTboatnerd.



June 23:  Fresh back from a lengthy trip to Oklahoma, I need to catch up a bit
on Marquette ship traffic.  It appears that ship traffic in and out of harbors
here in Marquette has been steady.  Since my last report, the following vessels
made trips into Marquette:

Lower Harbor:     Herbert Jackson
                  Kaye Barker
                  Great Lakes Trader
                  Lakes Contender
                  
Upper Harbor:     Michipicoten (x10)
                  Herbert C. Jackson (x6)
                  Kaye E. Barker (x4)
                  American Mariner (x2)
                  Lakes Contender (x2)
                  Hon James L Oberstar (x2)
                  Algosteel
                  H. Lee White
                  Peter R. Cresswell
                  Lee A. Tregurtha
                  Algolake
                  Capt Henry Jackman
                  James Barker (x2)

Today, the only vessel scheduled for a visit is the Michipicoten.

May 20th:  A steady flow of ships traffic continues in and out of Marquette's
harbors.  Since my last report the following vessels made trips into 
Marquette's harbors:

Lower Harbor:    Pathfinder
                 Great Lakes Trader

Upper Harbor:    Michipicoten (x5)
                 Herbert Jackson
                 Lee Tregurtha
                 James Barker
                 American Mariner
                 Kaye Barker
                 CSL Tadoussau
                 Pathfinder
                 H. Lee White

Early this morning the Kaye Barker arrived at the upper harbor ore dock, 
loaded, and departed by mid-morning.  The Lakes Contender (AKA the ghost ship)
arrived at the ore dock and later today the Michipicoten is due into the ore
dock.

May 6:  Steady vessel traffic in and out of Marquette continues with a few 
surprises.  Since my last report the following vessels made trips into 
Marquette harbors:

Lower Harbor:  Great Lakes Trader


Upper Harbor:  Michipicoten (x2)
               Herbert Jackson (x3)
               Kaye Barker (x2)
               Lakes Contender
               James Barker
               CSL Tadoussac (First trip into Marquette in a long time)

Late this evening, another CSL vessel is due.  The CSL Frontenac will also 
make a trip into Marquette for the first time in a long time).  The Kaye
Barker is due into early tomorrow. 

April 23rd:  Ship traffic in and out of Marquette remains steady.  Since my 
last report, the following vessels made trips into Marquette's harbors:

Upper Harbor:  Herbert Jackson
               Kaye Barker
               Michipicoten

This morning the Michipicoten made a return visit to the upper harbor ore dock 
while the U.S.C.G. Katmai Bay visited the lower harbor.  Later this morning,
the Pathfinder is due into Marquette.

April 18th:  Ship traffic in and out of Marquette has remained steady since my
last report even though weather conditions in the area have been poor.  Since
my last report the following ships made visits into Marquette:

Lower Harbor:  Pathfinder
               Great Lakes Trader

Upper Harbor:  H. Lee White
               Lakes Contender
               Michipicoten (x4)

Today, the Kaye Barker and the Michipicoten are at the upper harbor ore dock
loading while the Lakes Contender (a.k.a. the ghost ship) is due in early this
afternoon.  The Michipicoten will also make a return visit back here tomorrow
evening.

April 12:  Overnight, a major winter storm moved over the reason dropping 
several inches of snow with high winds and creating very rough conditions on
Lake Superior.  Prior to the storm, the Michipicoten did depart Marquette for
Sault Ste Marie, Ont yesterday while the Pathfinder remained in Marquette and
waited out the storm.  Meanwhile, the Kaye Barker stayed in Duluth to wait out
the storm and it appears that she has changed her shipping plans and will not
come to Marquette for now.  No other vessels are scheduled for now pending the
current weather conditions.

April 11th:  The Michipicoten and the Pathfinder are both at the ore dock in 
Marquette's upper harbor.  The Kaye Barker is scheduled to arrive early 
tomorrow morning.  However, the departure of the Michipicoten and Pathfinder 
and the arrival of the Kaye Barker is based on pending weather conditions.
A very strong winter weather system is moving into the region and conditions
here in Marquette are starting to turn for the worse.  Lake Superior is 
experiencing stong winds and heavy seas with wave 6 to 10 feet at this time.
The National Weather Service issued early this morning a winter storm watch 
through 7 p.m. tomorrow evening that included heavy snow up to 14 inches in 
some areas, very stong winds, and blowing snow.  Based on these conditions,
vessels will be looking for safe havens and anchoring until the storm passes
sometime late tomorrow or early Saturday.

April 9th:  No ships were scheduled to arrive here in Marquette today but two 
vessels are scheduled for morning arrivals tomorrow.  The Michipicoten is 
scheduled to arrive very early tomorrow morning and the Pathfinder is scheduled
to arrive mid-morning tomorrow.

April 8th:  The Michipicoten arrived mid-afternoon today and the H. Lee White is
currently arriving at the ore dock in the upper harbor.

April 7th:  No ships visited Marquette yesterday and the only vessel scheduled
for today was the Michipicoten which arrive early this morning.

April 5th:  Marquette's lower harbor finally received its first ship of the 
season when the Great Lakes Trader arrived late this morning at the Shiras dock
located next to the Board of Light and Power generating plant.  Meanwhile,
the Lakes Contender arrived late last night as well as the James Barker.  No
other vessels are scheduled for now.

April 4th:  Well after 14-day vacation in which I cruised to Roaton, Belize,
and Cozumel aboard the Mariner of the Seas, I got back into town earlier this
week.  As a result of my trip, I missed by one day the first arrival (Mesabi 
Miner) and by two days the first ore ship (Manitowac).  It appears from what 
I can see so far that the upper harbor has been busy.  What I can gather so
far, the following vessels made trips into the ore dock in the upper harbor:

     Mesaabi Miner x2
     Manitowac x4
     H. Lee White x2 
     Saginaw  x3
     Lake Contender
     Kaye Barker

Today the Manitowac is at the ore dock and the Lake Contender is due in this
afternoon.

March 18:  The ships are coming!  The Mesabi Miner will start loading coal 
tomorrow morning and should depart Superior sometime after 3 p.m. (local) 
pending weather conditions.  Currently, a snow storm is moving through the 
region dropping heavy snow and in some place strong winds.  The Mesabi 
Miner is scheduled to arrive here in Marquette's upper harbor on Wednesday.

Also scheduled for arrival here in Marquette is the Manitowoc which according to local media here, should arrive on Thursday, again weather pending.  Local
media also stated that the first vessel scheduled to pass through the Soo 
Locks next week will also be heading for Marquette.  Stay tuned for updates. 

March 15th:  Well, the shipping season in Marquette opened today when the USCG
vessel Biscayne Bay arrived to break ice before moving on to Duluth.  However,
warm temps and strong wind yesterday and today broke up and sent the ice out
of the upper harbor which should make the first vessels arrival a bit easier 
next week.  The Biscayne Bay then pulled into the lower harbor breaking a path
into the harbor.  She will remain in the Marquette area until weather 
conditions over Lake Superior improves.  Currently, strong winds and lake 
effect snow is currently making travel on the lake very difficult.

In other shipping news, the Duluth Shipping News reported that the first vessel
of the year will depart late Tuesday or early Wednesday, pending weather.  The
Mesabi Miner is scheduled to load coal on Tuesday and depart for Marquette's
upper harbor.  That should put the Miner here about late Wednesday or early 
Thursday morning.  Its still unknown at this point whether or not the 
Manitowoc will arrive anytime next week.

March 13th:  With just over a week before the Soo Locks open, excitement about 
the upcoming shipping season is starting to build.  However, mother nature may 
have a thing or two to say about that.  Over the past two weeks, the region
has experience to significant snow storms with heavy snow and high winds.  
Another storm may be possible this weekend.  Ore dock officials here in 
Marquette stated earlier today that it "MAY" be possible that the first two 
ships of the season will arrive not earlier then mid week of next week.  At 
least one ore boat and one coal delivery is possible.  Based on that
information, it would appear that the Manitowoc and either the James Barker or
the Mesabi Miner will be the first vessels in port.  All three vessels are 
above the locks and could begin operating very shortly.  USGC in Duluth have
begun ice breaking operations in the Duluth/Superior area in preparation for
the start of the upcoming season. Ice conditions here in Marquette are mixed
and very depended on wind conditions.  Currently, the upper harbor is open
with some floating ice in and around harbor entrance area and the ore dock.  
On the other hand, the lower harbor is completely iced in by a large ice flow 
and it appears that the last two storms may have frozen the ice in place.  So 
barring any other storms, vessels should have an easy time getting into the
Marquette area but would need some help getting into the lower harbor.  

In other news impacting shipping, Cleveland Cliffs announced recently that the
Empire mine will cease operating in 2014.  Cliffs stated that the lack of ore
in the mine as well as a contract with a company buying the ore will expire
in 2014.  With the mine closing, it is not clear at this time how this will 
impact shipping from the ore dock in Marquette.  Cliffs further stated that 
the Tilden mine will remain open and that there is enough ore for another 25-30
years.

So there you have it.  Look forward to another shipping season and providing 
the latest updates.  Have a great ship watching season


Jan 24th:  Well a change of plans again ended the shipping season for the 
Marquette area with the departure of the U.S.C.G. Alder this morning.  The 
Manitowoc was scheduled for a one last trip into Marquette and was suppose
to arrive late yesterday or early today.  However, weather conditions in the
region may have impacted the Manitowoc's return.  She officially layed up at
the Essar Steel dock in Soo, Ont.  Weather conditions were improving today
after several days of extreme cold weather and heavy snow.  With the extreme
cold, Lake Superior is freezing up and large ice flows can now be seen from
shore.  Meanwhile, the Alder which departed this morning is on her way back
to Duluth.  But before she can tie up, the crew will have to assist the John
Munson which was also making runs from Marquette to Soo, Ont.  She ended runs
yesterday when she departed the Soo for Duluth arriving there early this 
morning.  She is now anchored off the pier in Duluth waiting for the Alder's
arrival.

So with the end of the season, my reports will end for the season also.  I
hope these periodic reports where informative and interesting and I want to
thank everyone who read my reports.  Also thanks to those individuals who sent
e-mails.  I hope everyone has a great lay-up and I look forward to providing
these reports again next season.  Stay warm!

Jan 23:  Well the end of the shipping season is finally in sight.  The John Munson is finally  on her 
way to Duluth for lay-up.  According to the AIS she was taking the northern route and was near
Isle Royale.  The Duluth shipping web page has her listed for an early morning arrival tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the Manitowoc is still at the Essar dock in the Soo but should be departing for a return 
trip to Marquette sometime this afternoon and should arrive early tomorrow morning for her last load 
of the season.  Also arriving today in the lower harbor was the U.S.C.G. Alder.  She may be here to
either assist the Manitowoc when she returns to Marquette or to take up navigational aids.  Once
the Alder and the Manitowoc departs, the shipping season will come to a close.  Finally, ice is
forming in the lower harbor and around the ore dock in the upper harbor.  Also large pieces of ice
can be seen floating in the open water of Superior and if this deep freeze continues much longer,
Lake Superior may freeze up.

January 22:  Well no vessels here in Marquette today and the artic blast still has a grip on the region.  However, Lake Superior is not yet frozen over but 
steam has formed over the lake.  Ore dock officials stated today that at least 
one more ship will arrive tomorrow most likely the Manitowoc.  However, 
looking at the AIS, the Manitowoc just arrived in the Soo and is anchored in 
the St. Mary's river near the Canadian Soo airport.  The John Munson which arrived at Essar Steel last night is still at the dock in the Soo and at this point, it is not clear if the Munson will return to Marquette.  According to 
the local paper here in Marquette, the last ship (the Manitowoc)for the season 
is scheduled to arrive at the ore dock tomorrow morning.  Hopefully, more 
information will be available tomorrow.

Jan 21:  Well, just when you think the season is about to end, there is a 
ringer thrown into the fire.  The John Munson's last trip to Marquette was 
scheduled for last week.  However, weather conditions here in the region 
allowed the Munson to keep sailing the 26 hour round trip between Soo, Ont and
Marquette.  She made two trips since my last report and this morning, she 
pulled in for what is believe to be her last trip before lay-up.  The Munson
departed for the Soo this afternoon. Meanwhile, the Manitowoc is also still
sailing between the Soo and Marquette.  The Manitowoc also made two trips 
to and from Marquette since my last report and late this morning, she arrived
in Marquette for yet another trip.  She is scheduled to depart tonight and 
scheduled to return back to Marquette tomorrow for her last trip weather 
permitting.  Weather conditions here in Marquette plummet overnight with temps 
well below zero and strong winds.  Ice is forming on Lake Superior and east of 
Marquette, heavy snow is falling.  As conditions continue to deteriorate, all 
eyes will be directed at the lake to see if conditions prevent the Manitowoc 
from making its last trip tomorrow.

Jan 17th (8:30 a.m.):  The shipping season here in Marquette is nearing an end.  The John Munson arrived yesterday afternoon for its last trip into 
Marquette for the season.  She loaded and departed late yesterday and arrived 
in the Soo this morning to unload her final load before departing for lay-up.  
Meanwhile, the Manitowoc arrived early this morning and took on a load of 
ore.  She will most likely depart shortly and be enroute to the Soo.  After 
this trip, she has three more trips into Marquette before laying up for the 
season.  Her last trip to and from Marquette should occur on Monday weather 
depending.  This morning, temps around the region are hovering near zero and 
it appears ice is now forming on Lake Superior.  By late this weekend, temps 
should fall before zero which could impact the entrance into the upper harbor. 

Jan 16th:  Well the Soo Locks are now close yet two ships continue to sail 
between Marquette and the Essar Steel in Soo, Ont.  Early this morning, the
John Munson returned to Marquette to load ore and departed around 10 a.m.
Meanwhile, the Manitowoc is enroute to Marquette and should arrive around
1 p.m. this afternoon.  The Munson will unload in the Soo and return for one
final trip prior to layup tomorrow around 4 p.m.  As for the Manitowoc, once 
she departs late tonight, it has four more trips scheduled into Marquette
before lay-up. The Manitowoc should arrive back around 1 a.m. Thursday morning.

Jan 15th:  The Soo Locks are only a few hours from closing for the season yet 
the shipping season here in Marquette will continue beyond the January 15th 
closing.  Since my last report, the following vessels made visits to the ore
dock in the upper harbor:

Great Republic
John Munson
James Kuber
Manitowac

Though the shipping season officially come to end with the end of 
operations at the Soo Locks, Marquette's ore dock will still be loading 
vessels beyond January 15.  The John Munson is due back early tomorrow morning while the Manitowac is due back in Marquette tomorrow afternoon. Both boats 
will continue to ship ore to the Essar mill in Soo, Ont and according to 
staff as the ore dock, it is possible that shipping will continue at least to 
January 21 pending weather conditions here in Marquette.

Jan 11, 2013:  Vessel traffic in and out of Marquette's upper harbor has been
on a frantic schdule.  Numerous vessels in the last few days have had to 
anchor out in the harbor to wait their turn at the ore dock.  At one time, 
three vessels were anchored out in the harbor.  Here is a list of vessels
visiting since my last report:

Upper Harbor:     Pathfinder
                  Herbert Jackson (x2)
                  Kaye Barker
                  James Kuber (x2)
                  Calumet
                  Arthur Anderson
                  Lee Tregurtha
                  Manitowac (x3)

Currently, the Herbert Jackson and the Great Lakes Trader are at the dock and
the Pathfinder is anchored out in the harbor.

Also, I just learned today that the last vessel will into Marquette will is 
currently schedule for January 21 (tentatively) which should be the Manitowac.
I am sure weather and ice conditions at that time will determine whether or not
the Manitowac will be in. I believe the locks are still scheduled for a January
15th closing and it appears that the Manitowac will lay-up either at the
Canadian Soo or Thunder Bay if the current plans play out through January 21st.

Jan 4th:  Traffic in and out of Marquette has heavy with the end of the season
closing in.  Here is a list of those vessels visiting since my last report:

Lower Harbor:       No vessels

Upper Harbor:       Pathfinder
                    Manitowac
                    Cason Callaway
                    Michipicoten
                    Saginaw
                    Herbert Jackson
                    Kaye Barker
                    James Barker
                    James Kuber
                    Philip Clark

Today, the Saginaw and the Great Lakes Trader are scheduled for the ore dock in
the upper harbor.



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