Marine Photography by Jim Hoffman
 
Jim Hoffman started photographing Great Lakes vessels in the late 1960s. His
large photo collection ranges from ships no longer sailing to images of all
present-day Great Lakes vessels. Many of his photos were taken at Toledo,
Ohio, his home port, but his collection also includes pictures from the Soo,
Welland Canal and other ports on the lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.


Jim (in the small boat at the bottom of the picture) photographing  the CSL Tadoussac in Toledo. TZ
 

  • B.F. Affleck assisted by the "G" tug Tennessee backing away from the C.&O. Coal Docks after loading a coal cargo.
  • Agawa Canyon unloading salt at the Nicholson Dock. Notice the color scheme was different.
  • Amoco Illinois at the American Ship Building Company yard undergoing repairs. The vessel in the drydock behind her is the Elton Hoyt 2nd being converted to a self unloader.
  • Arthur M. Anderson (before lengthening and before her self unloader conversion) getting ready to load a grain cargo at Midstates Elevator. The grain cargo is destined for a St. Lawrence River Port. On her return trip she will bring in a high grade iron ore cargo from Canada to Conneaut, Ohio.
  • C.L. Austin loading coal at the C&O #3 coal dock.
  • Passenger boat Arawanna Belle sailing upbound the Maumee River. She operated in Toledo for several years before being sold and leaving Toledo.
  • Frank Armstrong unloading ore at the Interlake Iron Company Dock (Toledo Furnace). In 1976 she was renamed Samuel Mather (6). She was sold for scrap in Sept. 1987 and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey on June 20th 1988 where scrapping was completed on her by Oct. 1988.
  • Avondale heading down river from the Cherry Street Bridge. She just finished loading a grain cargo.
  • Avondale being towed down the Maumee River from the Cherry Street Bridge after loading a grain cargo at one of the Elevators upriver.
  • J. Burton Ayers (in Columbia colors) approaching the C&O Coal Docks to load a coal cargo at the No. 4 machine.
  • J. Burton Ayers tow outbound Maumee Bay on Aug. 1995. The tug Shannon is handling the bow and tug Patricia Hoey on the stern. The tow is headed for Sarnia, Ontario where she will be renamed Cuyahoga and sail for the LLT Fleet.
  • Close up of the Ayers
  • J. Burton Ayers tow stern view
  • Barbara Ann handling the bow end of the J.R. Sensibar tow.
  • E. B. Barber at the C&O #2 Dock waiting to load coal.
  • Birchglen at Midstates
  • Ernest R. Breech loading coal at the C.&O. #3 Dock.
  • Beavercliffe Hall waiting to load grain at the Midstates Elevator.
  • G.A. Boeckling at the Hocking Valley Dock.
  • Another view
  • Picture taken two days later after a fire completely destroyed her.
  • At Toledo waiting to be scrapped.
  • Willis B. Boyer arriving for winter lay-up at the Hocking Valley Dock. She was finished as an operational carrier for the Cleveland Cliffs Fleet. She remained at this dock site for several years before she was sold to the City of Toledo for use as a museum ship where she now serves today at the City Docks across from downtown Toledo.
  • Buckeye at the Lakefront Docks. At the time of this picture she had been sold by the Columbia Transportation Company to what is now the Upper Lakes Towing Company. She was being converted to a barge during this time frame note the color scheme that this fleet first used on there vessels.
  • Cason J. Callaway headed upbound the Maumee River as a straight decker loaded with ore. She will be heading for the old Cargill grain elevator for temporary lay-up due to a strike called for by the various sailors unions during 1982. She will spend several weeks in layup at this dock site.
  • Ben W. Calvin in lay-up at the Hocking Valley Dock. In several weeks she will be going thru spring fitout and will be sailing for another season.
  • George M. Carl photographed from the Hi-Level Bridge while she was tied up at the City Dock waiting for a berth at one of the grain elevators to load grain.
  • George M. Carl downbound the Maumee River from the Craig Bridge. She just finished loading grain at one of the elevators upriver.
  • George M. Carl loading grain at the Midstates Elevator.
  • Calgadoc heading downriver after loading a grain cargo at one of the grain elevators in Toledo.
  • Canadoc with the old tug Patricia Hoey upbound the Maumee River headed for one of the Elevators to load grain.
  • Cedarglen inbound Maumee Bay. She will be headed upbound the Maumee River to load a grain cargo at one of the elevator complexes.
  • Chicago Trader and Charles C. West in the C&O Docks frog pond area awaiting there fate.
  • Tall ship Christian Radich visiting in 1976. During America's Bi-Centennial celebration the tall ship toured various ports on the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes. During August 1976 the Radich was at Toledo for several days, Tens of thousands of people toured the vessel while in port. In the first view we see her at the City Docks open for tours. She was launched in 1937 and is approximately 238 feet long, her compliment was 14 crew members with 88 cadets onboard during her visit.
  • Downbound headed for her next port of call with the tug Pennsylvania.
  • Christian Radich approaches the Cherry Street Bridge outbound.
  • Stern view.
  • Irvin L. Clymer at the Consolidated Dock getting ready to unload a salt cargo. The transfer vessel W.C. Richardson is in the background.
  • Comeaudoc heading upbound the Maumee River. They are bound for one of the elevator complexes where she will load a grain cargo.
  • Consumers Power in Erie Sand Fleet colors headed outbound Maumee Bay. She has just finished loading a coal cargo at the C&O Coal Docks.
  • Consumers Power in Erie Sand Fleet colors loading a coal cargo at the C&O #2 Dock.
  • Consumers Power in Boland-Cornelius colors upbound from the Cherry Street Bridge with a load of salt bound for the City Docks. The S.T. Crapo is in the background at the Huron Cement Docks.
  • Adam E. Cornelius and Sharon at the City docks getting ready for Spring fitout.
  • Adam E. Cornelius and McKee Sons at fit out while at the City Docks.
  • Harry Coulby unloading ore at the Interlake Iron Company Dock (Toledo Furnace) when this facility was fully operational.
  • Sandsucker Charles Dick inbound Maumee Bay with a load of sand bound for the Huron Cement Docks in 1971.
  • Detroit Edison at the Amship yard undergoing repairs.
  • The bumboat Deweys headed upbound the Maumee River for the vessels moored at the grain elevators.
  • Diamond Alkali unloading salt at the City Dock
  • Helen Evans upbound from the Craig Bridge bound for one of the Elevators upriver to load a grain cargo.
  • Parker Evans aground near the Mid States Elevator complex. Several hours later she was freed with no appairent damage done to the hull.
  • D.C. Everest in 1973.
  • Benjamin F. Fairless being towed downriver by the "G" tug Pennsylvania. She just finished loading a grain cargo and will be headed for a St Lawrence River port to unload. She will return back to the Lakes with a high grade iron ore cargo that was loaded at a Canadian Seaway port.
  • Edmund Fitzgerald ready to load coal into her fuel bunker at the C&O #1 Coal Dock. This view was taken in the late sixties.
  • Edmund Fitzgerald backing away from the C&O Ore Docks bound for Silver Bay, Minnesota to load ore for a return trip to Toledo. Taken in 1973, this view is being released to the public for the first time.
  • Fort Henry arriving at the Toledo Warehouse Terminal Dock where she will unload newsprint for the local newspaper Toledo Blade.
  • Fort William is outbound Maumee Bay after unloading newsprint at the Toledo Warehouse Company Dock near the Craig Bridge (I-280).
  • Benson Ford inbound Maumee Bay bound for the Lakefront Coal Docks to load a coal cargo.
  • Benson Ford (1) loading coal at the Lakefront #2 Coal dock.
  • Franquelin headed downriver from the Cherry Street Bridge. she just finished loading a grain cargo.
  • A.S. Glossbrenner with the tug Patricia Hoey upbound the Maumee River upbound to load grain. She was renamed Algogulf (1) in 1987, then was converted to a self unloader in 1990 and renamed Algosteel.
  • George D. Goble going through spring fitout at the C&O Docks Frog Pond area. Several days later she will be out sailing.
  • George D. Goble waiting at the Lakefront Ore Dock. She was supposedly waiting for the owner of the Kinsman Fleet to arrive (George Steinbrenner -- who currently owns the New York Yankees). She just finished loading a coal cargo at the Lakefront Coal Docks.
  • Edward B. Green at American Shipbuilding
  • Hennepin, followed by the H. Lee White inbound Maumee Bay. Both vessels are headed for the Lakefront and C&O Coal Docks respectively. The Henry Ford II is seen outbound Maumee Bay she just finished loading a coal cargo at the C&O Coal Docks.
  • Hennepin upbound the Maumee River from the Cherry Street Bridge and will be heading for the salt dock to unload her cargo of road salt.
  • Hennepin loading coal at the C&O #3 Coal Dock, with the Ben W. Calvin at the #2 Dock waiting to load.
  • Hennepin at the Hans Hansen Dock undergoing repairs.
  • Hennepin approaching the Lakefront Coal Docks to load a coal cargo.
  • Heron Bay getting ready to load a grain cargo at the Midstates Elevator.
  • Heron Bay departing Midstates Elevator after loading a grain cargo. She is bound for a Canadian port to unload the grain.
  • Blanche Hindman loading grain at the Midstates Elevator. Hindman has just purchased her from the National Steel Fleet. She formerly sailed as Matthew Andrews. This was her first trip under her new name.
  • George Hindman loading grain at Midstates Elevator.
  • George Hindman at Midstates Elevator (note the smoke) getting ready to load a grain cargo.
  • Martha Hindman loading a grain cargo at the Midstates Elevator.
  • Robert Hobson is going through spring fitout at the Lakefront Docks. She would be out sailing several days later. Notice the Hulett ore unloaders to the right of the vessel.
  • W.W. Holloway which just arrived at the C&O Docks "Frog Pond" area for her final layup. she would sit here for several years before being sold off for scrap.
  • Huron at the CSX Dock "Frog Pond" awaiting her fate
  • John T. Huchinson backing away from the C.&O. Coal Docks after loading coal.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kaw at Toledo Coast Guard Station during Operation Coal Shovel. She would escort coal boats from Toledo to Detroit and back to Toledo during the winter months. Usually one or two freighters would operate in this trade during the winter months. The Kaw operates today as the Roger Stahl.
  • Kinsman Independent (1) loading coal at the C&O #2 Dock during the late sixties.
  • Kinsman Voyager in her final layup at the C&O Docks "Frog Pond" area, several weeks later she was towed
    out on her final voyage to the scrap yard.
  • Lac Des Iles loading a grain cargo at the Midstates Elevator.
  • Lake Winnipeg upbound the Maumee River from the Cherry Street Bridge bound for one of the elevators to load a grain cargo.
  • Lake Winnipeg loading a grain cargo at the Mid States Elevator.
  • Lakewood owned by Erie Sand Fleet inbound Maumee Bay with a load of sand bound for the Nicholson Sand Dock just south of the I 280 bridge in Toledo.
  • Lawrendoc heading downbound the Maumee River from the Cherry Street Bridge. She has just finished loading a grain cargo at one of the Elevators upriver.
  • Leadale preparing to load grain at the Midstates grain Elevator.
  • Leadale heading downbound the Maumee River approaching the Cherry Street Bridge. She just finished loading a grain cargo and is now bound for a Canadian Port to unload her cargo.
  • Lehigh downbound the Maumee River from the Cherry Street Bridge. She just finished loading grain at one of the Elevators upriver.
  • Lehigh with the bumboat "Deweys" alongside loading a grain cargo at the Midstates Elevator. The grain cargo will be going out the Seaway and she will return back to the Lakes with a load of high grade ore loaded at a Seaway port.
  • USCGC Mackinaw in the white hull color scheme outbound Maumee Bay bound for her next port of call.
  • Samuel Mather during spring fitout at the Hocking Valley Dock. Several days later she would be out sailing.
  • Samuel Mather loading coal at the C&O #3 Dock.
  • J.L. Mauthe loading coal at the C&O Coal Docks. She was converted to a barge several years ago and renamed Pathfinder. The tug Dorothy Ann now operates with this barge.
  • Merle M. McCurdy and Henry Steinbrenner in long term lay-up at the C&O Docks "Frog Pond" area waiting
    for business conditions to improve before they would sail again.
  • William A. Mcgonagle loading a grain cargo at Andersons Elevator. The grain cargo will be unloaded at Buffalo, New York.
  • McKee Sons sailing for American Steam Ship Company, getting ready to depart the salt docks near the Nicholson
    Sand Dock.
    She just finished unloading her salt cargo. This view was taken in 1976, note the Bi-Centennial emblems on the forward cabins of the vessel.
  • Meaford with the tug Tennessee heading upbound from the Cherry Street Bridge for the grain elevators to load grain. She was later sold to the Soo River Fleet and sailed for a very short time as Pierson Independent.
  • Tanker Mercury at the American Shipbuilding Company Yards in for repair work.
  • Middletown as a straight decker approaching the C&O Ore Dock to unload ore pellets from Silver Bay,
    Minnesota.
    Note the ice on the bow of the vessel.
  • Mondoc downbound the Maumee River from the Cherry Street Bridge after loading a grain cargo at one of the
    Elevators up river.
  • J.N. Mcwatters inbound Maumee Bay with an ore cargo bound for the Lakefront Ore Dock.
  • E.J. Newberry at the C&O Coal Dock waiting for a berth at one of the grain elevators located upriver. In this picture she was recently purchased from the National Steel Fleet her former name was the Thomas E. Millsop.
  • Nicolet loading coal at the Lakefront #2 Coal Dock at Toledo.
  • Nicolet about one month after the fire destroyed her forward cabins. Note the windows in the pilot house are broken out and the burn marks from the fire around these windows. She is at the Hans Hansen Dock eventually she will be taken to the drydock of Toledo Shipyard to have her cabins replaced and her self unloading system repaired.
  • Nipigon Bay loading grain at Midstates Elevator.
  • James Norris as a straightdecker downbound the Maumee River loaded with grain.
  • Northern Venture approaching the C&O Coal Docks to load a coal cargo for Hamilton, Ontario delivery.
  • Oakglen (1) upbound the very muddy Maumee River from the Craig Bridge headed for one of the elevators to load a grain cargo.
  • Crispin Oglebay in winter layup at the Toledo Overseas Docks in the late sixties.
  • Outarde upbound the Maumee River from the Cherry Street Bridge bound for one of the Elevators to load a grain cargo.
  • Pierson Daughters loading a grain cargo at the Midstates Elevator. This vessel was recently purchased by the Soo
    River Company from the Interlake Steamship Company Fleet. She sailed for many years for this fleet as the Charles M. Schwab. Note the early color scheme used by the Soo River Company on this vessel.
  • Robert S. Pierson at the Midstates Elevator loading grain.
  • Pinedale loading grain at Anderson's Elevator.
  • Pinedale heading outbound the Maumee River after loading a grain cargo.
  • Pioneer with the Thomas Wilson astern of her at the C.&O. Coal Docks Frog Pond area. The Pioneer was later towed out to Bay Shipbuilding Company at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin where she was converted over to a cement storage vessel. She is now known as the CTC No. 1 and is located in South Chicago. The Wilson eventually ended being scrapped overseas.
  • Pointe Noire getting ready to load grain at the Midstates Elevator. Note the bumboat "Deweys" alongside her doing business with the ships crew.
  • Pointe Noire headed downriver after loading a grain cargo.
  • Frank Purnell in Columbia colors unloading salt at the salt dock in downtown Toledo. In 1974 she was renamed Robert C. Norton (2).
  • Quebecois tied up at the City Dock waiting to load grain at one of the Elevators upriver. Canadian Leader is seen in the background she is also waiting for a loading dock at one of the Elevators.
  • Robert C. Norton during spring fitout at the Hocking Valley Dock. Several days later she will be out sailing.
  • Red Wing getting ready to load coal at the C&O #4 Dock.
  • Barge Peter Reiss in Toledo. She was finished as an operational barge and was awaiting her scrap tow.
  • Richard J. Reiss of the American Steamship Company loading coal at the C & O #3 coal machine.
  • Reserve as a straight deck bulk carrier inbound Maumee Bay on a stormy day with a load of ore pellets bound for the C.&O. Ore Docks.
  • William R. Roesch in Kinsman colors loading coal at the C.&O. #3 Dock. She now sails as the David Z. Norton for the Oglebay Norton Fleet.
  • Rogers City at the C&O #3 Coal Dock. She has just finished loading a coal cargo and is getting ready to back away from the dock and will be outbound for her next port of call.
  • Saginaw Bay loading coal at the C&O #4 Dock.
  • J.F. Schoelkopf Jr. in the black hull color scheme for the Erie Sand Steamship fleet. When this picture was taken she had recently purchased from the American Steamship Company Fleet. She and finished unloading a salt cargo at the City Docks and was proceeding down river photographed from the Cherry Street Bridge.
  • J.F. Schoelkopf Jr. backing into the C&O Coal Docks to load a coal cargo. She is in the Erie Sand Fleet color
    scheme.
  • J.F. Schoelkopf Jr. (Erie Sand-green hull) getting ready to back into the C&O Coal Docks to load a coal cargo.
  • Charles M. Schwab headed upbound the Maumee River passing through the Norfolk/Western railway bridge
    headed for the Interlake Iron Company Dock (Toledo Furnace) to unload ore.
  • Seaway Queen with the Gaelic tug Galway Bay as they were headed to load grain.
  • Senator Of Canada upbound under tow of two "G" tugs passing through the Cherry Street Bridge bound for the grain elevators to load grain.
  • J.R. Sensibar loading coal at the C&O #3 coal machine.
  • Tug Daryl C. Hannah towing the J.R. Sensibar up the Maumee River. The Sensibar will eventually be placed in drydock at the Shipyard. The Sensibar was just sold to the Johnstone Shipping Company and when she came off the drydock she was renamed Conallisson.
  • Shelter Bay upbound the Maumee River from the Cherry Street Bridge bound for one of the Elevators to load a grain cargo.
  • Frank A. Sherman in bound Maumee Bay headed for the C&O Coal Docks to load coal.
  • Silver Bay under tow of the tug Pennsylvania headed upbound for the Midstates Elevator to load a grain cargo. She has been just sold to the Canadian Fleet Soo River Company and upon delivery will be renamed Judith M. Pierson.
  • Silver Bay and Kinsman Voyager awaiting there fate at the C.&O. Coal Docks Frog Pond area. The Voyager was scrapped while the Silver Bay was sold to the Soo River Fleet and became the Judith M. Pierson.
  • Silverdale backing away from the C&O Coal Docks bound for her next port of call.
  • Silver Isle in the Mohawk Fleet color scheme loading grain at the Midstates Elevator.
  • William P. Snyder loading coal at the C&O # 3 coal.
  • Soo River Trader sailing downbound the Maumee River with the tug Wyoming. She had just finished loading a grain cargo and is now bound for her next port of call in Canada.
  • Sparrows Point as a bulk carrier for the Bethlehem Steel Fleet headed upbound the Maumee River. Picture taken from the Cherry Street Bridge bound for the City Docks for winter lay-up. She now sails as a self unloader named "Buckeye" for the Oglebay Norton Fleet.
  • St. Lawrence Navigator at the Midstates Elevator loading grain. She was a salt water vessel that was purchased by the Upper Lakes Shipping Company in 1975. She was lengthened nearly 83 feet and renamed Canadian Navigator in 1980. She was converted to a self unloader in 1997 and is presently sailing.
  • Steelcliffe Hall upbound from the Cherry Street Bridge headed to one of the grain elevators to load grain. (Windoc)
  • Walter A. Sterling sailing downbound the Maumee River from the Craig Bridge. She just departed her winter lay-up dock at the City Docks and is now sailing on her first trip of the season. She presently sails for the Interlake Fleet as the Lee A. Tregurtha.
  • George M. Steinbrenner, and Charles C. West at the C&O Docks "Frog Pond" area awaiting there fate with the scrap yard.
  • Sylvania loading coal at C & O number 3 Dock with the small bumboat "Deweys" alongside.
  • Harris N. Snyder  at the C.&O. Coal docks. She is now finished as an operational carrier and is awaiting her scrap tow.
  • William P. Snyder loading coal at the C&O # 3 coal.
  • T.W. Robinson backing away from the Consolidated Dock after unloading a salt cargo. The transfer vessel W. C. Richardson is in the background.
  • Paul L. Tietjen is shown unloading ore at the Interlake Iron Company Dock (Toledo Furnace).
  • Paul L. Tietjen loading.
  • G.A. Tomlinson outbound Maumee Bay. She just finished loading coal at the C&O Coal Docks.
  • Thornhill getting ready to load grain at the Midstates Elevator.
  • Vandoc at the City Docks. She is waiting here as all three grain elevators upriver have ship traffic loading at them. As soon as her dock becomes vacant she will proceed upriver to load grain. Earlier in her career the vessel sailed for the Algoma Central Fleet as the Sir Denys Lowson.
  • Tanker Venus approaching the Sun Oil Dock. Taken from the Craig Bridge.
  • Ernest T. Weir inbound Maumee Bay with a load of ore bound for the C&O Ore Docks. This view was taken shortly after Columbia purchased her from the National Steel Fleet (Hanna)
  • Westdale being towed upriver bound for one of the grain Elevators to load grain. The "G" tug Kansas is handling the tow.
  • Westdale loading grain at the Andersons Elevator. Note the bumboat Deweys alongside the vessel to take care of the ships crew.
  • Wheat King (before lengthening) being towed down river after loading a grain cargo. The tug Pennsylvania is assisting her.
  • William A. Whitney in Gaelic colors outbound Maumee Bay. She is the bow tug handling the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers large hopper dredge Markham tow from the Shipyard. Eventually the Markham would be headed overseas to England.
  • Thomas Wilson at the Hans Hansen Dock. The Columbia Fleet had just purchased her from The Kinsman Marine Transit Company Fleet and they are beginning to paint the vessel in their color scheme.
  • Thomas Wilson of the Columbia Fleet inbound Maumee Bay with a load of ore pellets bound for the C&O Ore Docks.
  • Charles C. West at the C&O Coal Docks getting ready for spring fitout.
  • Charles C. West at the C&O Docks "Frog Pond" area awaiting her fate.
  • Joseph S. Young loading coal at the C&O #3 Dock.
  • Joseph S. Young going through spring fitout at the Hocking Valley Docks.

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