Marquette VESSEL PASSAGE
By Art Pickering


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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