Port of Milwaukee vessel passage
MILWAUKEE VESSEL PASSAGE

By Paul Erspamer and Bill Mosher

12-07-2006   Samuel de Champlain/Innovation w/cement for LaFarge

12-06-2006   Isolda shifts to Nidera, loads grain

12-05-2006   USCGC Mackinaw on aids to navigation tour, at Coast Guard/Lake   
             Express dock

12-04-2006   Isolda from Polsteam line (reg. Limassol, Cyprus) with steel, Term. 2 

12-03-2006   Calumet with salt for bulk cargo dock
12-03-2006   Maumee with salt for bulk cargo dock

12-02-2006   Algowood loading grain at Nidera
12-02-2006   John J. Boland with coal for WE Energies

11-30-2006   Federal Yukon with steel for Terminal 2
11-30-2006   Federal Hunter with steel for Terminal 2 

11-29-2006   Agawa Canyon with salt for the bulk cargo dock

07-02-2006   (OUT-OF-ORDER CORRECTION)  On Sunday, John D. Leitch from Upper Lakes
             Shipping came bow-first into slip 1 in the outer harbor, then secured
             itself at an angle in the slip to unload to a precise spot on the 
             pier, what appeared to be salt or limestone.  Thanks to David 
             Borzymowski.

I will be on vacation for the next week. Next posting should be Sunday, July 16th.
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07-06-2006   Agawa Canyon, from the Algoma Central line, arrived in Milwaukee 
             during the noon hour Thursday, proceeding into the inner harbor where
             it delivered salt to the bulk cargo dock.  At the same time, Federal
             Margaree, Magdalena Green, Blue Moon and Samuel de Champlain/
             Innovation were all docked in Milwaukee.

07-05-2006   LaFarge Cement tug/barge Samuel de Champlain/Innovation approached 
             Milwaukee from the north at about 8:00 PM Wednesday, before turning 
             in the inner harbor mooring basin and unloading at its Jones Island
             silo.

07-05-2006   Ocean vessel Magdalena Green (reg. Rotterdam, Netherlands) from the 
             Green Fleet backed into Milwaukee's inner harbor at about 7:45 AM 
             Wednesday, assisted by G-tugs Virginia and Arkansas.  She carried a 
             deck cargo of two huge cylindrical structures described as "silos" by
             port authorities.

             St. Marys Challenger backed downriver, turned and exited onto Lake 
             Michigan at about 1:30 PM Wednesday.

             Federal Margaree continues to load food aid cargo at terminal 3.

             Large yacht Blue Moon remains docked outboard of the Lake Express in 
             the outer harbor. 

07-04-2006   On Tuesday evening just before 10:00 PM, steamer St. Marys Challenger
             could be seen approaching Milwaukee while southbound on Lake 
             Michigan, by many of the thousands gathered for fireworks 
             displays in lakeshore communities.  Challenger proceeded to its 
             Kinnickinnic River terminal to deliver powdered cement.

             Saltie Federal Margaree, which is painstakingly loading food aid 
             cargo packed in bags loaded on pallets, remained at terminal 3 in the
             outer harbor.

07-02-2006   American Mariner backed into the inner harbor at about 7 AM, 
             delivering coal to WE Energies at Greenfield Avenue.  Mariner 
             departed at 4:30 PM.  

             Barge Innovation and rug Samuel de Champlain remained, unloading, at
             LaFarge.

             Daviken finished unloading steel at terminal 2 in the outer harbor,
             and departed directly onto the Lake at about 9 PM, without 
             assistance from tugs.

             Federal Margaree remains at terminal 3, loading sacks of food aid,
             pallet by pallet.  It appears to be slow going.

             Massive yacht Blue Moon was back, outboard of the Lake Express dock,
             all weekend.  Some watchers have confused it with the cross-lake 
             ferry due to its size and white color, then done a double-take when
             the ferry itself appears on its 3-a-day rounds.
             

07-01-2006   Saturday was a busy day at the outer harbor cargo terminals in 
             Milwaukee, with three ocean vessels backed into adjacent slips. 
             Daviken and Greenwing (reg. Limassol, Cyprus) were at the north and 
             south sides of Terminal 2, respectively, and Federal Margaree 
             continued at Terminal 3, loading food aid cargo. 
 
             Meanwhile, new cement barge Innovation and its tug Samuel de 
             Champlain unloaded powdered cement at LaFarge on the inner side of
             Jones Island.

06-30-2006   Friday morning buoy tender Acacia departed on the last leg
             of its retirement voyage to its new job teaching maritime history
             in Chicago.

06-29-2006   On Thursday ocean vessel Daviken (reg. Nassau, Bahamas) was at 
             terminal 2 in the outer harbor, unloading steel.  Daviken was to the
             north of Federal Margaree which was loading at terminal 3.  

             Just-decommissioned Coast Guard buoy tender Acacia remained at the 
             USCG station, undergoing "teardown" before being delivered for its 
             new role as a museum vessel at Navy Pier in Chicago.  

06-27-2006   Liberian-registered ocean bulk carrier Federal Margaree, which left
             Milwaukee over the weekend, was back at Municipal terminal 2 in the
             outer harbor on Tuesday morning, loading PL 480 food aid for
             overseas.  
 
             USCGC Acacia remains at the Coast Guard dock, just west of the 
             cross-lake ferry.    

06-26-2006   Acacia, retiring U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender and last of a 
             generation of WW II-era 180-footers, visited Milwaukee Monday on its 
             last trip southward to Chicago's Navy Pier.

             Also Monday, tug Samuel de Champlain and the brand-new barge 
             Innovation turned in the inner harbor and delivered cement to the
             LaFarge terminal on Jones Island. 

06-24-2006   On Saturday, ocean bulker Federal Margaree (reg. Monrovia, Liberia)
             was backed into the slip at terminal 2 in Milwaukee's outer harbor,
             unloading steel.  After unloading, Margaree is expected to load PL
             480 food aid cargo, the first to do so in this port for years.
 
             Also Saturday, steamer St. Mary's Challenger unloaded cement at its 
             Kinnickinnic River silo, departing onto Lake Michigan at about 6:30 
             PM.  

             American Mariner also arrived Saturday at about 5:00 PM, backing
             into the inner harbor to deliver coal to the WE Energies dock at 
             Greenfield Avenue.  

06-23-2006   On Friday MIlwaukee got its first look at new LaFarge tug/barge
             combination Samuel de Champlain and Innovation, which arrived in the
             inner harbor and turned in the turning basin before docking at 11:00 
             AM.  Innovation left at about 10:00 PM.

06-22-2006   Lavish yacht Blue Moon appears to have departed from Milwaukee on
             Wednesday, vacating its dock east of the Lake Express.

06-22-2006   At first light Thursday, Agawa Canyon left, followed shortly after
             by St. Mary's Challenger, which backed downriver and turned in the 
             outer harbor.  BBC Ontario finished loading and departed onto Lake
             Michigan Thursday afternoon.

06-21-2006   CORRECTION:  Date on previous post should be "06-21-2006".

05-21-2006   Wednesday evening Agawa Canyon from Algoma Central arrived in 
             Milwaukee's inner harbor at about 8:00 PM, bringing a load of salt to
             Jones Island's bulk cargo dock.

             Minutes later ocean bulker Isolda departed with the assistance of
             tugs Virginia and Arkansas, having brought steel and carried away 
             corn from Nidera. 

             After 11:00 PM St. Mary's Challenger arrived off the Milwaukee piers 
             and transited upstream to its berth at the Kinnickinnic Avenue cement
             silo.

             Saltwater vessel BBC Ontario continued loading mining equipment at
             slip 1 in the outer harbor, and uber-yacht Blue Moon remained just
             east of the Lake Express ferry terminal.

06-19-2006   On Monday saltwater vessel BBC Ontario (reg. St. John's, Antigua) was
             at open slip 1 at the municipal docks in Milwaukee's outer harbor,
             loading crane & mining equipment from P & H for a South American 
             port.

             Cruise vessel Niagara Prince was in port Saturday, discharged 
             passengers near the Summerfest grounds, and docked near the Lake 
             Express ferry.  Niagara Prince departed Sunday, but is scheduled to 
             return on June 26.
 
             Saltie Isolda continues loading corn at Nidera, and mega-yacht Blue 
             Moon remains just outboard of the Lake Express ferry.

             Looking ahead, saltwater vessels Federal Margaree and Daviken are 
             anticipated in port this week, both carrying steel, and Margaree 
             is anticipated to load PL 480 food aid cargo while here.


06-18-2006   On Sunday saltie Isolda shifted over from general cargo terminal 2 in
             Milwaukee's outer harbor (where it had unloaded steel) to a berth 
             under the chutes at the Nidera grain elevator in the inner harbor, 
             where it awaited a cargo of corn.  

             Mega-yacht Blue Moon remained near the Coast Guard station, east of
             the Lake Express ferry dock.

06-17-2006   On Saturday ocean vessel Isolda (reg. Limassol, Cyprus) from the 
             Polsteam line was backed into the slip at terminal 2 in Milwaukee's 
             outer harbor, unloading steel.

             Blue Moon, a strikingly large private yacht, was docked near the 
             Coast Guard station, just outboard of the Lake Express ferry.

             Tug/barge G.L. Ostrander and Integrity were at the LaFarge silo on 
             Jones Island in the inner harbor, unloading powdered cement.

06-16-2006   Just before noon on Friday, Calumet from Grand River/Lower Lakes 
             lined up to enter Milwaukee's main gap while steamer Alpena was right
             behind, and with cross-lake ferry Lake Express nearby (but 
             approaching the south entrance).  
             Calumet brought salt to terminal 1 
             in the outer harbor.  
             Alpena turned and backed into the River to deliver cement at
             LaFarge on Jones Island. 

             Coming up, salties Isolda and Daviken are scheduled to deliver steel,
             and cruise vessel Niagara Prince is also expected, all over the 
             coming weekend. 

06-16-2006   Overnight Thursday night, ocean freighter Global Carrier departed
             after delivering steel to the south side of terminal 2 in the outer
             harbor.

06-15-2006   American Mariner left at just after 6:00 AM Thursday.

             Thursday evening veteran cement steamer St. Mary's Challenger 
             approached the Milwaukee main harbor entrance at about 9:30 for the 
             second time this week, this time from the south.  Challenger docked 
             at its usual berth in the Kinnickinnic River.

06-15-2006   Thursday saltwater vessel Global Carrier was backed into the slip at
             the south side of Terminal 2 in Milwaukee's outer harbor, awaiting a 
             cargo.

             Also Thursday, tug Barbara Andrie and its tanker barge A-390 unloaded
             fuel at the Jacobus liquid cargo terminal in the outer harbor.

06-14-2006   Previously, ocean vessel Erikousa, which had loaded corn at Nidera,
             departed with G-tug assistance at about 6:30 AM Wednesday.

06-14-2006   Wednesday night American Mariner from ASC was backed up to the WE 
             Energies dock at Greenfield Avenue in Milwaukee's inner harbor, 
             unloading coal for that company's power plants.

06-12-2006   Monday morning, steamer Alpena from Inland Lakes was at the LaFarge
             silo on Jones Island in Milwaukee's inner harbor, unloading powdered
             cement.  

             During the noon hour, steamer St. Mary's Challenger slowly worked it                 s
             way up the meandering Kinnickinnic River with its officers navigating
             from the port bridge wing, before docking at the St. Mary's terminal
             just east of the Kinnickinnic Avenue bridge. 

06-11-2006   Saturday afternoon, a saltwater vessel arrived and was anchored
             overnight on Lake Michigan off Milwaukee's main light.  Sunday at 
             first light, the vessel (Erikousa, reg. Valletta, Malta) 
             entered the inner harbor, assisted by Great Lakes Towing tugs, and 
             backed under the chutes at Nidera Grain in the inner harbor where it
             waited to load.

05-07-2006   Integrated tug/barge G.L. Ostrander and Integrity arrived in 
             Milwaukee's inner harbor at about 6:00 AM, turned, docked and 
             unloaded at LaFarge Cement on Jones Island.  Integrity departed onto
             Lake Michigan at about 3:00 PM.

06-06-2006   CORRECTION:  Previous entry should refer to St. Mary's CONQUEST.

06-06-2006   Tug/barge Susan W. Hannah and St. Mary's Challenger, having delivered
             to the St. Mary's Cement silo on the Kinnickinnic River, departed 
             onto Lake Michigan just after 8:00 PM.

06-06-2006    Tuesday evening small ocean vessel Xenia was docked, bow-in, at
              terminal 2 at the general cargo piers in Milwaukee's outer harbor, 
              waiting to unload steel.

06-05-2006   At first light on Monday, American Mariner arrived at Milwaukee,
             turned and backed upriver to the inner harbor, where it unloaded coal
             from Superior at the WE Energies Greenfield Avenue dock.  Mariner 
             left at about 4:00 PM.

06-04-2006   On Sunday small ocean vessel Kapitonas Stulpinas (reg. Klaipeda, 
             Lithuania) was backed into slip 1 at the municipal terminal in 
             the outer harbor, unloading salt or limestone onto the dock surface 
             with the help of cranes fitted with clamshell buckets.

             Also Sunday, tug/barge G.L. Ostrander and Integrity unloaded cement
             at the LaFarge silo on Jones Island in the inner harbor.  Integrity 
             departed onto Lake Michigan at about 1:30 PM.

06-03-2006   On Saturday at about 3:00 AM, steamer St. Mary's Challenger entered 
             the inner harbor and proceeded to its dock at Kinnickinnic Ave.  The
             Challenger departed, backing downriver at about 3:30 AM Sunday.

06-02-2006   On Friday during the noon hour, a four-masted schooner could be seen 
             off Milwaukee on Lake Michigan, northbound and travelling several 
             miles off the Wisconsin shore.  At the same time, Milwaukee's three-
             masted schooner Denis Sullivan, was cruising within the 
             city's harbor breakwater.

06-01-2006   At about 3 AM Thursday morning, steamer Alpena backed slowly upriver
             into Milwaukee's inner harbor, docking at LaFarge Cement on Jones 
             Island to unload.  During a calm evening, Alpena departed amidst 
             sailboats at about 7:00 PM.

05-28-2006   On Sunday, St. Mary's Challenger entered the inner harbor at about 7:00 AM, and proceeded up the Kinnickinnic River to unload powdered cement.  Challenger backed downriver to depart at around 7:00 PM.

05-23-2006   On Tuesday, Isidora had departed.  Federal Schelde arrived and docked
             at terminal 2 in the outer harbor. 

             American Mariner arrived at first light, and proceeded into the inner
             harbor where it delivered its usual cargo of coal to the Greenfield
             Avenue WE Energies yard.  Mariner left, backing downriver at 3:00 PM.

             Inland Lakes' steamer Alpena backed into the inner harbor to the 
             LaFarge silo at about 1:00 PM.

05-24-2006   At sunrise Wednesday, J.A.W. Iglehart made an attractive picture
             approaching Milwaukee southbound on Lake Michigan off the city's  
             north shore suburbs.  Iglehart docked at LaFarge on Jones Island and
             began off-loading cement powder.

             Also Wednesday, ocean vessel Island Gem (reg. Piraeus, Greece) was 
             backed into the dock at  Nidera grain in the inner harbor, awaiting a
             cargo as semi-trailers scurried to the elevator. 

             Tug Barbara Andrie and its fuel barge A-390 were backed into the 
             Jacobus liquid cargo slip in the outer harbor, delivering fuel oil.

             Ocean vessel Federal Schelde (reg. Bridgetown, Barbados) was backed
             into the slip at General Cargo terminal 2 in the outer harbor, 
             unloading coiled steel.

05-22-2006   On Monday, saltwater vessel Isadora docked at the General Cargo  
             terminal in the outer harbor, bringing steel.

             Looking ahead, Federal Schelde is anticipated in Milwaukee on 
             Tuesday, bringing general cargo and steel.

05-21-2006   Sunday evening, self-unloader Algorail from the Algoma Central line 
             visited slip 1 in Milwaukee's outer harbor, delivering salt. 

             Sunday night, St. Mary's Challenger arrived, delivering powdered 
             cement to the St. Mary's terminal on Kinnickinnic Avenue.  Challenger
             departed early Monday afternoon.

05-20-2006   On Saturday, ocean vessel Toro was alongside terminal 2 in 
             Milwaukee's outer harbor, unloading steel. 
 
             Also Saturday, Calumet delivered salt to the bulk cargo dock on Jones
             Island in the inner harbor.

05-18-2006   In a rare visit to this port, H. Lee White from American Steamship 
             was docked at the Greenfield Avenue yard of WE Energies in     
             Milwaukee's inner harbor Thursday evening, delivering coal.

05-18-2006   On Thursday, ocean vessel Iryda (reg. Limassol, Cyprus) from the 
             Polsteam line was backed into the slip at General Cargo Terminal 2 in
             Milwaukee's outer harbor, unloading coiled steel.

             Just to the south at terminal 3, the BBC line's Santiago was loading 
             mining equipment from P & H for shipment to St. Petersburg, Russia.

05-16-2006   Steamer Alpena arrived, backing upriver into Milwaukee's inner 
             harbor, at about 5:30 AM Tuesday, and delivered cement to LaFarge.  

             In the meantime, St. Mary's Challenger, which had arrived in the wee  
             hours, backed downriver to the outer harbor before departing onto 
             Lake Michigan during the noon hour.

             Ocean ship Santiago from the BBC line waited at pierside with hatches
             open  at Terminal 3 in the outer harbor Tuesday evening.

05-16-2006   Steamer and boatwatcher favorite St. Mary's Challenger entered the 
             Milwaukee breakwater just after 1:00 AM Tuesday, proceeding steadily
             through the inner harbor and up the narrow Kinnickinnic River to 
             deliver at the St. Mary's cement silo.

05-15-2006   Tug/barge G.L. Ostrander and Integrity arrived in Milwaukee's inner 
             harbor after 7:30 AM Monday, pivoted in the turning basin, and 
             prepared to unload at LaFarge cement.  Integrity left at about 5 PM.

             Small ocean vessel Santiago (reg. St. John's) was backed into the 
             slip at General Cargo Terminal 3 in the outer harbor late Monday 
             evening, waiting to unload.

05-14-2006   On Sunday Agawa Canyon from the Algoma Central line entered 
             Milwaukee's inner harbor at 8:00 AM to deliver salt at the bulk cargo
             dock on Jones Island.   Agawa Canyon backed away from the dock at 
             1:30 PM, turning in the outer harbor and proceeding onto Lake 
             Michigan.

05-13-2006   On Saturday afternoon, Grand River/Lower Lakes' Calumet was 
             delivering salt at the bulk cargo dock at Jones Island in Milwaukee's
             inner harbor.  Calumet was at the wall just south of the Alpena, 
             which was unloading at LaFarge.

05-13-2006   Inland Lakes' steamer Alpena backed upriver into Milwaukee's inner 
             harbor just before 6:00 PM Friday, using thrusters to dock at LaFarge
             and line up with the unloading gear to deliver powdered cement.

05-09-2006   Very early Tuesday the American Mariner backed into Milwaukee's inner
             harbor and docked at the WE Energies Greenfield Avenue site to unload
             coal.  Mariner proceeded on its way onto Lake Michigan at about noon.
             Meanwhile, G.L. Ostrander/Integrity departed at 8:00 AM Tuesday. 

05-08-2006   At about 8:00 PM tug/barge G.L. Ostrander/Integrity arrived in the 
             inner harbor, turned in the basin, and docked at LaFarge where it 
             unloaded powdered cement.

05-08-2006   Tug Barbara Andrie and its fuel barge A-390 were backed into the 
             Jacobus liquid cargo terminal in the outer harbor, delivering fuel 
             Monday evening.

05-08-2006   Monday Algoma Central's Algorail came into Milwaukee's inner harbor 
             at first light, unloading salt at the bulk cargo dock on Jones 
             Island.  Algorail backed downriver and turned onto Lake Michigan 
             during the noon hour.

05-07-2006   Steamer St. Mary's Challenger entered the Milwaukee harbor just 
             before 9:00 AM Sunday, negotiated the narrow Kinnickinnic River to 
             deliver at the St. Mary's cement silo, and departed backing downriver
             to Lake Michigan at 5:00 PM.

05-04-2006   Integrated tug/barge G.L. Ostrander/Integrity arrived in Milwaukee's 
             inner harbor, pivoted and docked at LaFarge at 10:00 AM Thursday. 
             Unloading cement throughout the day, Integrity departed onto Lake 
             Michigan at 9:00 PM.

05-03-2006   CORRECTION:  Middletown is reported to have delivered limestone.

05-03-2006   On Wednesday at about 11:00 AM Oglebay Norton's Middletown was seen 
             approaching off Milwaukee's north shore.  Middletown entered 
             the breakwater, turned, and backed into slip 1 at the Municipal piers
             in the outer harbor, where it is unloading salt.

05-02-2006   Very early Tuesday St. Mary's Challenger extended its string of 
             recent visits to Milwaukee.  After unloading at its berth on the 
             Kinnickinnic River, Challenger backed down through the inner harbor,
             turned and departed onto Lake Michigan at about 1:30 PM.

05-02-2006   Overnight Monday night American Steamship's American Mariner visited
             Milwaukee, backing into the inner harbor to deliver a load of coal to
             the WE Energies Greenfield Avenue dock.  Having completed its 
             delivery, Mariner was on its way at about 7:30 AM Tuesday.

05/01/2006   On Monday morning at 9:00 AM, Maumee from the Grand River/Lower Lakes
             line proceeded into Milwaukee's inner harbor, where it unloaded salt
             at the bulk cargo dock on Jones Island.  At about 4:00 PM, Maumee 
             backed downriver to the outer harbor, where it turned and departed 
             onto Lake Michigan.

04-30-2006   St. Mary's Challenger backed downriver, turning in the inner harbor, 
             and departed after a quick visit (and, apparently, a partial load)
             on Saturday at 11 AM.

             JAW Iglehart finished unloading overnight and departed at about
             7 AM Sunday.

04-29-2006   Saturday at about 4 AM, veteran steamer St. Mary's Challenger 
             navigated the narrow Kinnickinnic River in darkness to deliver cement
             to its terminal on Kinnickinnic Avenue.

             Only an hour later Saturday morning, Inland Lakes' JAW Iglehart made
             an unusual turn as the river widens just inside the Hoan Bridge, to 
             back into the inner harbor to deliver cement to the LaFarge facility
             on Jones Island.

04-28-2006   Saltwater vessels Daviken and Milo, each unloading steel while backed
             into slips on either side of Municipal General Cargo Terminal 2 in 
             Milwaukee's outer harbor, each departed onto the lake late Friday.

04-27-2006   Steamer Alpena from the Inland Lakes line unloaded cement at the 
             LaFarge silo on Jones Island in the inner harbor on Thursday, 
             departing downriver onto Lake Michigan at about 2 PM.

04-27-06   On Thursday, saltie Milo (reg. Piraeus, Greece) was backed into slip 3 
           at the Municipal piers in the outer harbor.  Milo will unload
           flat-rolled steel.                                                                                                                                   

           On the north side of that same General Cargo Terminal, Norway's Daviken
           continues to unload coiled steel and flat steel.  

           Just after midnight Wednesday night, saltie Kapitonas A. Lucka departed
           onto Lake Michigan with two G-tugs assisting, after loading corn. 

04-26-2006   Wednesday at about 4:30, the Viken line's Daviken (reg. Nassau, 
             Bahamas) entered the Milwaukee harbor, turned and, with the 
             assistance of tugs, backed into the slip at Terminal 2 in the outer 
             harbor.  Shortly thereafter, cranes began unloading steel from the 
             ocean bulk carrier.                                                                                                     
                                                                       
             At about 7 PM, tug/barge G.L. Ostrander/Integrity finished unloading 
             cement at the LaFarge silo on Jones Island.  They proceeded onto a 
             calm Lake Michigan and proceeded northward.

             Lithuanian freighter Kapitonas A Lucka continued loading yellow corn 
             at Nidera.

             USCGC (new) Mackinaw was seen at mid-day, moving slowly out on the 
             bay where it continued with builder's acceptance trials before formal
             commissioning into the service in June.  By nightfall, Mackinaw was
             gone from its slip near Lake Express and the Coast Guard station.

04-24-2006   CORRECTION:  The Kapitonas A. Lucka, the ocean bulker now at Nidera 
             Grain in Milwaukee, is a Lithuanian vessel homeported in Klaipeda,  
             not from Russia as reported in the previous post.  Thanks to John
             Vogel.
             

04-24-2006   Monday the small Russian ocean bulker Kapitonas Lucka came into the  
             harbor with the assistance of two Great Lakes Towing tugs at about 8 
             AM, turned and backed into the slip at the Nidera grain elevator.                                                                                  
             Semi-trailers are lined up carrying corn to be loaded into the Lucka.                                                                                                                     
                                                                            
             In the bay outside the Milwaukee breakwater, new U.S. Coast Guard 
             cutter/icebreaker Mackinaw was seen backing and maneuvering Monday as
             it conducts builder's trials and acceptance testing this week.

04-23-2006   G.L. Ostrander/Integrity departed at about 8:30 Saturday night, and 
             ocean vessel Carola moved out onto Lake Michigan before midnight.

             On Sunday, veteran lake steamer St. Mary's Challenger was again in 
             Milwaukee, arriving about 10 AM.  Challenger found its way upriver to
             its Kinnickinnic River berth and unloaded cement, backing downriver 
             and leaving at about 10 PM Sunday.

             Hundreds of Milwaukeeans attended an open house for the Lake Express 
             cross-lake ferry on Sunday afternoon, touring the car deck, cabin
             spaces and pilothouse area on the twin-hull vessel.  Service resumes
             in its third season on Saturday, April 29. 
          

04-22-2006   On Saturday the "new" USCG cutter/icebreaker Mackinaw (WLBB-30) 
             visited Milwaukee for the first time, where it will spend much of the
             next week in builder's trials and testing.  Mackinaw approached from
             the north, entered Milwaukee's main gap, then docked gently near the
             Coast Guard station, just outboard of the Lake Express ferry.  
                                                                                                                                                                        
             Also Saturday ocean vessel Carola was at terminal 2 in the outer 
             harbor, unloading steel.

             Saturday afternoon Tug/barge cement carrier G.L. 
             Ostrander/Integrity unloaded powdered cement at the LaFarge silo on 
             Jones Island in the inner harbor.

04-21-2006   Isolda from the Polsteam line was at the municipal piers in the outer
             harbor on Friday, unloading steel.

04-21-2006   St. Mary's Challenger, centenarian cement-carrier and boatwatcher 
             favorite, steamed into Milwaukee's inner harbor and up the 
             Kinnickinnic River at about 11:00 Friday.  After unloading, 
             Challenger backed downriver, cruising northbound on a calm Lake 
             Michigan surface dotted with fishing boats and sailing
             craft, just after 5:00 PM. 
             

04-20-2006   Steamer Alpena, having arrived Thursday morning, departed after  
             unloading at LaFarge at about 10:30 Thursday night.

             

04-20-2006   Ocean bulker Isa finally left Milwaukee after loading corn at Nidera
             at midnight Wednesday night, with the assistance of two tugs from
             Great Lakes towing.

             Steamer Alpena approached the Milwaukee harbor entrance at about
             10:30 AM Thursday, then turned and backed into the harbor to proceed 
             upriver to the LaFarge silo to unload cement.

04-18-2006   Monday afternoon in a rare visit, American Mariner from American 
             Steamship backed into Milwaukee's inner harbor at about 2:30 PM,     
             winched itself to the wall at the end of Greenfield Avenue, and began 
             unloading coal for WE Energies.  Mariner departed onto Lake Michigan   
             and proceeded northbound at about midnight.                                                                                
                                                                              
             Only minutes later tug and loaded cement barge G.L. 
             Ostrander/Integrity entered Milwaukee's main gap, utilizing its 
             searchlight to find its way to the LaFarge silo on Jones Island, 
             docking at about 1 AM.   

04-17-2006   Ocean vessel Isa remained at Nidera grain in the inner harbor on   
             Monday, actively loading corn under the chutes, with its deck      
             wreathed in dust much of the day.

04-15-2006   Friday night St. Mary's Challenger made its second trip into 
             Milwaukee this week, transiting the narrow Kinnickinnic River to its
             dock at about 11:30 PM.
             Challenger unloaded cement and backed downriver to Lake Michigan on 
             Saturday, departing at noon.

04-13-2006   Thursday, salty Isa from the Polsteam line finished unloading steel 
             at terminal 2 in the outer harbor.  At about 4 PM, two G-tugs 
             proceeded to that slip to assist Isa in shifting into the
             Milwaukee River and the inner harbor, and in turning her stern-first
             to dock at Nidera elevator, where she is now loading grain.

04-13-2006   Wednesday at 4:30 PM, veteran steamer St. Mary's Challenger paid a 
             visit to Milwaukee, proceeding into the inner harbor and up the
             narrow Kinnickinnic River with the assistance of a Great Lakes Towing
             tug.  Challenger unloaded and departed, backing downriver at about 5 
             AM Thursday.

04-12-2006   Wednesday, Milwaukee greeted its first ocean-going vessel of the 2006
             navigational season, as the Polsteam line's Isa (reg. Limassol,
             Cyprus) backed into the slip at terminal 2 in the outer harbor, and 
             unloaded steel.   

04-11-2006   Also on Monday evening and Tuesday, the Milwaukee area and southern 
             Lake Michigan were visited by U.S. Coast Guard cutter/buoy tender 
             Alder, homeported in Duluth. 

04-11-2006   On Tuesday at about 3 AM, cement-carrier tug/barge Susan Hannah and 
             St. Mary's Conquest arrived in Milwaukee and proceeded to their dock
             up the Kinnickinnic River.  Having turned in the inner harbor,
             the tug/barge proceeded downriver to Lake Michigan about 7 AM.

04-10-2006   On Monday at about 11:00 Lower Lakes/Grand River's classic laker
             Manistee arrived in Milwaukee where it proceeded to the inner harbor 
             bulk cargo dock to unload salt.  Manistee then backed downriver, 
             departing onto Lake Michigan after 5:00 PM.

04-06-2006   CORRECTION:  At first light Thursday tug Susan W. Hannah and barge 
             St. Mary's Conquest entered the breakwater, proceeded up river to the
             inner harbor and docked at their terminal in the Kinnickinnic River 
             around 7 a.m.

04-05-2006   Wednesday evening Canadian Progress passed Milwaukee's main light 
             just after 9 PM.  Proceeding to the inner harbor turning basin, the 
             Progress turned and backed to the dock at Nidera Grain where she is 
             loading yellow corn for Quebec City. 

04-06-2006   A vessel was anchored off Milwaukee's main light and harbor
             entrance overnight.  At first light it appeared to be the tug/barge
             Susan W. Hannah and St. Mary's Conquest, which entered the 
             breakwater, proceeded upriver to the inner harbor, and docked 
             at its terminal in the Kinnickinnic River.  

04-03-2006   At about 9:30 on a beautiful Monday morning, a classic fore-and-aft 
             Great Lakes ore carrier, with self unloader aft, could be seen 
             southbound well off Milwaukee on Lake Michigan, with deck barely 
             visible above the horizon.  The vessel looked like the Wilfred Sykes.

04-03-2006  Tug G.L. Ostrander and barge Integrity were again visitors to 
            Milwaukee's inner harbor on Sunday, departing for Lake Michigan at 
            about 1 A.M. on Monday.

03-30-2006   Tug G.L. Ostrander and barge Integrity arrived at about 1:30 Thursday
             morning, docking at LaFarge to deliver cement.

03-27-2006  Monday night Algoma Central's "Algomarine" was docked at the Bulk
            Cargo dock on Jones Island, unloading salt.

03-25-2006   Saturday evening at about 7:30 Inland Lakes' steamer Alpena could be
             seen approaching the Milwaukee breakwater.  Alpena pivoted in the    
             outer harbor, then backed up the Milwaukee River and into the mooring
             basin where it delivered cement to LaFarge on Jones Island.

03-21-2006   After waiting at anchor on Lake Michigan overnight, Kaye E. Barker  
             finally came into Milwaukee's harbor Tuesday evening, and unloaded 
             coal at the WE Energies dock at Greenfield Avenue.

             Across the inner harbor mooring basin, Inland Lakes' steamer Alpena 
             unloaded cement at the LaFarge silo & terminal.  

             Veteran buoy tender Acacia remained at the Coast Guard Station 
             Tuesday night.

03-20-2006   Monday night the Western shore of Lake Michigan was struck by strong
             easterly winds.  In Milwaukee's outer harbor, U.S. Coast Guard cutter
             Acacia (the last remaining 180-ft. Balsam-class WW-II-era tender in 
             service) was rocking at its berth at Coast Guard Station Milwaukee. 
             Just outboard at the same pier, cross-lake ferry Lake Express was 
             pitching and pounding at its dock.  Anchored off Milwaukee's north 
             gap throughout the night was a vessel which appeared to be 
             Interlake/Lakes Shipping's Kaye E. Barker, which returned to service 
             from lay-up over the weekend, and which is carrying coal from the 
             KCBX dock in South Chicago.

03-18-2006   Saturday was cement-carrier departure day in Milwaukee.  Alpena left
             its berth (rafted to the Integrity) and departed onto Lake Michigan
             at about 1100.  
             Barge St. Mary's Conquest and tug Susan W. Hannah left their lay-up
             dock in the Kinnickinnic River at about 1230.
             And barge Integrity and tug G.L. Ostrander left their lay-up berth
             at the LaFarge terminal on Jones Island, proceeding onto Lake 
             Michigan at 1340.  
             Only Interlake/Lakes Shipping's Kaye E. Barker remains from winter 
             lay-up as of Saturday night.  
             

03-17-2006   Friday night just before midnight American Steamship's huge Burns 
             Harbor was on the move, using searchlights to find its way very 
             slowly northward away from its winter lay-up dock, through 
             Milwaukee's inner harbor to the river.  By 1 AM she was on Lake 
             Michigan, northbound to Escanaba for her first cargo of iron ore in 
             the new season.  Video here:
             http://waterbase.uwm.edu/webcam/niehs/tl/2006-0318-00.mpg

             Also Friday night, Inland Lakes' Alpena was in Milwaukee's inner 
             harbor, rafted to the Integrity barge at the LaFarge terminal.

03-16-2006   Thursday at about 6:10 a.m. Inland Lakes' JAW Iglehart departed
             its winter lay-up berth at Jones Island down the Milwaukee River
             to Lake Michigan to begin its 2006 season.

03-16-2006   Thursday afternoon at about 4:50 PM Interlake's big "Mesabi Miner"
             backed away from its winter lay-up berth at the Heavy Lift dock
             on Jones Island in Milwaukee's inner harbor, backing downriver to 
             Lake Michigan to begin the new season.  Here's the video:
             http://waterbase.uwm.edu/webcam/niehs/tl/2006-0316-16.mpg

03-15-2006   Wednesday night the cross-lake high-speed catamaran ferry "Lake
             Express" was seen to have shifted from its winter lay-up berth
             in the Menomonee River/Burnham Canal, and was back at its in-season
             dock in Milwaukee's outer harbor, near the Coast Guard station.

03-15-2006   Wednesday evening both the Kaye E. Barker and the JAW Iglehart had  
             steam up (although Barker's anchors were still down and its steering
             pole was still secured to the pilothouse).  Painting appears to be 
             ongoing on the hulls of the Mesabi Miner and the Burns Harbor. 

             Recently, tug Susan W. Hannah arrived in the Kinnickinnic River and
             replaced fleetmate Mark Hannah in the notch of barge St. Mary's 
             Conquest.

03-02-2006   Cement barge Integrity and its tug G.L. Ostrander were back at the
             LaFarge terminal at Jones Island in Milwaukee's inner harbor on 
             Thursday, having returned to lay-up status with numerous lines out 
             and anchor down.  The pair had left the port and returned to service
             for a period beginning Feb. 12.  Integrity is at the wall, located 
             between JAW Iglehart and Mesabi Miner.

  CORRECTION:  The tug with the St. Mary's Conquest, laid up in Milwaukee's
               Kinnickinnic River, appears to be the Mark Hannah, not the Susan
               Hannah (as was reported in the previous post).        

02-12-2006   Tug Susan W. Hannah and its barge St. Mary's Conquest are apparently 
             in for lay-up at the St. Mary's terminal in Milwaukee's winding 
             Kinnickinnic River, having arrived Sunday, Feb. 12. 

             Meanwhile, tug G.L. Ostrander and its barge Integrity left its  
             lay-up berth at the LaFarge terminal on Jones Island over the  
             weekend, presumably to return to service (at least for a time).

02-10-2006   Algoma Central's Peter R. Cresswell arrived with salt from Goderich,
             Ontario overnight Thursday night/Friday morning, unloading on the
             open pier at Terminal 1 in the outer harbor.  Cresswell departed  
             onto Lake Michigan to return to Goderich later Friday.

01-29-2006   Interlake's thousand-footer Mesabi Miner arrived in Milwaukee
             for lay-up on Saturday evening. Its winter home is at the Heavy
             Lift dock on Jones Island.  The Miner is plainly visible on the
             Great Lakes Water Institute web cam.  Here's the link:
             http://waterbase.uwm.edu/webcam/

01-28-2006   Thousand-footer Burns Harbor arrived Friday evening for lay up.
             It is located in Milwaukee's inner harbor, along the bulk cargo
             dock on Jones Island, near Advanced Boiler and the Gillen location.

01-25-2006   Wednesday morning Upper Lakes' Canadian Progress, one of the
             vessels anchored out in Milwaukee Bay the previous night, made its
             way inside the breakwater, turned and backed into the slip at 
             terminal No. 1 at the Municipal piers in the outer harbor, and began
             unloading salt onto the dock.

01-24-2006   Crews were crawling around the tug G.L. Ostrander and cement barge
             Integrity on Monday afternoon and Tuesday, running out at least ten 
             mooring lines and spring lines and putting down the barge's anchor.
             Ostrander/Integrity is laid up at the LaFarge silo/terminal in the
             inner harbor, only a few yards north of the hibernating JAW Iglehart.

             Meanwhile, with Tuesday's high winds from the west, two vessels were 
             anchored, seeking shelter in Milwaukee Bay, outside the breakwater. 
             The nearer of these vessels appeared to be Interlake's tug Dorothy 
             Ann and barge Pathfinder, which were observed as they approached just
             off Milwaukee's north shore suburbs at about 2 PM Tuesday.

01-23-2006   On Monday morning the Kaye E. Barker was clearly in a lay-up status
             at the wall between Nidera Grain and St. Mary's cement at the south
             end of the inner harbor.  Both bow anchors and the stern anchor were
             down, multiple lines and spring lines secured the vessel to the
             dock, and the steering pole was pulled back and secured against the 
             pilothouse.

             Monday morning, tug G.L. Ostrander and barge Integrity arrived in the 
             inner harbor, pivoted in the turning basin, and docked at the
             LaFarge Terminal.    

             Also Monday morning, Andrie tug Barbara Andrie and fuel barge A-390
             were at the Jacobus liquid cargo pier in the outer harbor.  Monday
             afternoon, another Andrie tug/barge combination, Rebecca Lynn and
             tanker barge A-410, arrived in the inner harbor, pivoted and docked 
             to unload at the inner harbor tank farm north of UW-Sea Grant.   

01-22-2006    Sunday evening at about 5 PM the Kaye E. Barker returned to        
              Milwaukee, proceeded to the south end of the inner harbor 
              mooring basin, and docked at the wall between Nidera Grain and 
              St. Mary's cement, at the southerly end of the inner harbor.  This
              is not a dock space usually used by this boat.  It appeared the 
              Kaye E. Barker was in for winter lay-up.

01-22-2006   Saturday, Andrie tug Rebecca Lynn and its fuel barge A-410, arriving 
             overnight, unloaded petroleum products at the inner harbor tank    
             farm north of the UW Sea Grant site.  The tug backed the barge 
             downriver and departed Saturday afternoon.  

             Overnight Interlake/Lakes Shipping's Kaye E. Barker arrived with coal
             from KCBX South Chicago, delivering to the Greenfield Ave. coal yard
             operated by WE Energies.  Sunday at about 11 AM the vessel backed 
             downriver and proceeded northbound on Lake Michigan, signalling an  
             end to its recent string of coal runs to and from KCBX.

01-20-2006   Thursday night cement carrier Integrity with its tug G.L. Ostrander       
             arrived at the LaFarge silo in Milwaukee's inner harbor, and      
             continued unloading Friday.

             Tug Barbara Andrie and its fuel barge A-390 unloaded at the Jacobus    
             liquid cargo pier in Milwaukee's outer harbor Friday.

             At about 2:30 Friday afternoon, Kaye E. Barker approached from the    
             south, entered the Milwaukee breakwall, pivoted in the outer harbor,
             and backed upriver.  Kaye E. Barker has been shuttling coal
             from the KCBX terminal in South Chicago to the WE Energies       
             Greenfield Ave. coal yard in the inner harbor.

01-19-2006   CORRECTION:  Previous post should refer to St. Mary's Conquest.

01-19-2006   Susan W. Hannah and St. Mary's Challenger departed at 3 AM.

             Overnight, Interlake/Lakes Shipping's Kaye E. Barker arrived, 
             working the coal shuttle from KCBX in South Chicago.  After    
             offloading at WE Energies at Greenfield Avenue, Kaye E. Barker
             backed downriver, departing at first light.

01=18-2006   Cement barge St. Mary's Conquest and its tug Susan W. Hannah motored    
             slowly up the narrow Kinnickinnic River to their terminal in
             Milwaukee on Wednesday just after 3 PM, and prepared to unload                 
             powdered cement.

01-17-2006   On Tuesday Kaye E. Barker from the Interlake Lakes Shipping Line               
             arrived with coal from the KCBX dock in South Chicago, which it 
             delivered to the WE Energies Greenfield Avenue coal yard    
             in Milwaukee's inner harbor.  

             Nearby, the Andrie tug Rebecca Lynn and its liquid transfer barge  
             A-410 were at the tank farm just north of the UW Sea Grant building,     
             offloading petroleum products.


01-15-2006    Sunday night, Interlake/Lakes Shipping's Kaye E. Barker was at the 
              WE Energies coal dock in Milwaukee's inner harbor, offloading coal.    
              According to reports, the vessel will lay up for winter in this           
              port.

01-14-2006   On Saturday, Algoma Central's Peter R. Cresswell shifted to the
             WE Energies coal dock waiting weather, then departed late for
             Goderich, Ontario for another load of salt (thanks to John Vogel).

             Meanwhile, Algoma Central's Algoway, also with salt, arrived
             overnight Saturday and unloaded a partial load, before departing 
             for Green Bay, Wis. to complete its unload, thence proceeding to 
             Windsor Ontario for more salt.

01-13-2006   On Friday, Algoma Central's Peter R. Cresswell arrived with salt from    
             Goderich, Ontario, which it unloaded at the Municipal Pier.  

01-10-2006   Tuesday Coast Guard Station Milwaukee was host to "Acacia", 
             last surviving vessel from dozens built during WW II as the  
             "Balsam" class of 180-foot seagoing buoy tenders.  Acacia (built  
             in Duluth in 1944 and now homeported in Charlevoix) was at the Coast 
             Guard dock, just west of the Lake Express pier.                                                                             

             Also Tuesday, tug G.L. Ostrander and barge Integrity unloaded cement
             at the LaFarge terminal and silo.  Just south of LaFarge, the laid-up 
             J.A.W. Iglehart was shifted northward along the Jones Island bulk 
             cargo dock, reportedly to make room for Interlake vessels expected 
             here for lay up.  It has been reported that Mesabi Miner and
             Kaye E. Barker will spend the winter here.

01-08-2006   Sunday afternoon an Andrie line tug and tank barge could be seen
             unloading at Milwaukee's inner harbor tank farm, just north of
             Greenfield Ave. and the U.W. Sea Grant building.  From a distance, 
             it looked like tug Rebecca Lynn and its barge A-410. 

             Monday at about noon, this tug and barge departed Milwaukee,  
             disengaged (so the tug was towing the barge on a  
             long line), and proceeded southbound on Lake Michigan.

01-07-2006   Overnight Friday night Interlake's tug Dorothy Ann and barge   
             Pathfinder unloaded coal for the WE Energies power plants at the
             Greenfield Avenue dock in Milwaukee's inner harbor.

01-05-2005   Thursday morning the Andrie tug Rebecca Lynn and liquid barge A-410 
             were at the inner harbor tank farm, just north of Greenfield Ave. 
             and the U.W. Sea Grant facility, unloading fuel.  Tug G.L. Ostrander
             and barge Integrity were unloading cement at the LaFarge silo,     
             across the inner harbor turning basin, on Jones Island.

1-4-06   Wednesday night Calumet discharged salt at the bulk cargo dock in  
         Milwaukee's inner harbor.  Because Calumet was so close
         to the LaFarge silo, tug G.L. Ostrander and barge Integrity waited
         at the wall (between Calumet and the laid-up JAW Iglehart) for
         Calumet to finish.
         At about 9:30 PM Interlake/Lakes Shipping's Lee A. Tregurtha
         backed into position (just across the turning basin from Calumet and   
         Integrity) and unloaded coal at the WE Energies Greenfield Ave. dock.




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