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Cargo ship unable to depart Ogdensburg on its own, second tug called upon for help

8/14 - Ogdensburg, NY - Just being 7 p.m. Thursday, a second tug was called upon to help escort cargo ship IMKE out of the Port of Ogdensburg. The ship has been at the port for nearly a week.

IMKE, flagged out of Malta, ran aground Saturday just off the port. The ship arrived in Ogdensburg on Saturday carrying wind turbine blades for Roaring Brook Wind Farm in Lewis County.

The ship sat in the St. Lawrence Seaway for two days before a call for help was made. The ship was unable to make it to the port on its own, so a tug out of Montreal, Québec, Ocean Serge Genois was called upon on Sunday for assistance. Before the tug arrived, the ship was able to make it to the port on its own with the help of winches — hauling or lifting devices.

Strong currents and precipitous depth changes makes Ogdensburg a difficult port to approach, Mr. Folsom said. The stern of the ship became lodged in the shallow area parallel to the dock.

According to veteran ship watcher Michael J. Folsom, the tug has been docked across the river in Johnstown, Ontario, waiting for IMKE. Because it’s a Canadian vessel, the tug is able to moor there, Mr. Folsom said in a Facebook message Thursday evening. The border between the United States and Canada remains closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The second tug is now needed due to the extensive damage IMKE sustained when running aground, he said. The damage has prohibited the ship to depart on its own. As of 7 p.m., which tug will be coming is unknown. A crew will need to be secured before the tug sets off. Mr. Folsom said he’s unsure if the tug will be departing from Montreal, Québec, or Hamilton, Ontario.

NNY 360

 

Army Corps gearing up for next phase of Soo Lock construction

8/14 - Sault Ste Marie, MI – Soo Lock construction is set to shift into the next phase, Phase 2, of construction in September. This construction, according to a press release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, is to facilitate the construction of a new Poe-sized lock in place of the existing Davis and Sabin Locks. This work is expected to be complete in November 2021.

The three major phases of the project remain on track with their timetables and are virtually unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic. Construction/dredging of the new Soo Lock began in June in the upstream channel deepening phase. The next big milestone of the construction, according to Penny Carroll of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will be the award of the second phase of work, which is anticipated to happen in September.

During the first phase of the project, Trade West, the contractor, began mobilizing equipment to the job site on May 4. On June 4, they began dredging at the western end of the project. On July 16, they began the deepening project, bringing up bedrock. This work began at the east end of the south side of the north channel. So far, the material brought up is all Jacobsville sandstone.

According to Carroll, this work on the eastern part of the north channel is important to accomplish first so that this area is properly deepened for the second phase of the project, the upstream approach walls, which will begin next spring. In order to have both contractors working on the same site, there has to be layering of the phases. The contractor is currently bringing up about 1,300 tons per day and production is currently on schedule.

“Roughly 300,000 cubic yards of material, mostly bedrock, will be removed from the mile-long approach channel which will be placed on the Northwest Pier, located just north of the Upstream Approach Channel and will actually provide a windbreak for vessels,” said Carroll. “The Northwest Pier is property owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”

The second phase involves rehabilitation of the upstream approach walls, which will stabilize the existing approach walls to allow for modern vessels to tie up and wait their turn to pass through the new lock. This contract has been solicited and is currently meeting source selection qualification boards. The Army Corps aims to have this contract awarded in September, with construction to begin in the spring.

The third phase, construction of the new lock chamber, will include rehabilitating downstream approach walls and is nearing its 70 percent design milestone. The Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, is conducting a series of industry engagement events from Oct. 1 through Oct. 8 to seek feedback from potential contractors. The intent is for the Army Corps to share the 70 percent plans with contractors on Aug. 28, present an overview of chamber design webinar on Oct. 1, conduct an industry site visit on Oct. 6, and meet individually with contractors to gain feedback from a contractor perspective towards clarity and constructability of the current plan on Oct. 6 through Oct. 8.

As stated in a press release by the Army Corps, Detroit District, the Soo Locks are situated on the St. Marys River at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and allow vessels to transit the 21-foot elevation change at the St. Mary’s Falls Canal. Over 85 percent of commodity tonnage through the Soo Locks is restricted by vessel size to the Poe Lock. This new lock project will construct a second Poe-sized lock, sized 110′ by 1,200′, on the site of the existing decommissioned Davis and Sabin locks.

According to a 2015 Department of Homeland Security study on the impact of an unexpected Soo Locks closure, the Locks are nationally critical infrastructure and the reliability of this critical node in the Great Lakes Navigation System is essential to America’s manufacturing and national security.

Soo News

 

Hon. James L. Oberstar fitting out

8/14 - C Harbor Lookout has the Hon. James L. Oberstar, which has been laid up since May 20, unloading at Graymont in Superior this coming Tuesday. It shows her loading at CN-Duluth after discharge.

 

Port Reports -  August 14

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Michipicoten departed Duluth at 02:04 Thursday morning bound for the Soo with a load of iron ore. There was no other traffic through Duluth on Thursday, however Presque Isle was due at 21:00 to load at CN. In Superior, Algoma Guardian arrived at 05:10, loaded at Burlington Northern, and departed for Hamilton at 15:38. CSL Niagara was inbound at 16:12 to load iron ore, and should depart early Friday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
James R. Barker departed Two Harbors from South of #2 on August 13th at 19:05 for Indiana Harbor. Neither Two Harbor nor Northshore Mining in Silver Bay have traffic scheduled on August 14th.

Thunder Bay, ON.
Wednesday; 22:36 The saltie Josef arrived and went to anchor. 24:51 Federal Churchill departed for Montreal. Thursday; 17:25 The saltie Cape departed down bound on Lake Superior.

Marquette, MI– Fred A Tijan
Cuyahoga arrived Thursday, with Clyde S VanEnkevort/Erie Trader expected Friday.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Thursday included Paul R. Tregurtha, Algoma Mariner, Clyde S VanEnkevort/Erie Trader, Ojibway, Algoma Sault late followed by Indiana Harbor. Baie Comeau. Algonova, Rt Hon Paul J Martin. Mesabi Miner and Federal Churchill were downbound.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay; Thursday; 16:00 CSL Laurentian departed and is down bound on Lake Huron.
Drummond Island: Thursday; 13:36 Great Republic arrived to load limestone.
Port Dolomite; Wednesday; 22:49 Algoma Innovator departed for Sombra.
Calcite: Thursday; 9:17 Herbert C Jackson arrived to load.
Stoneport: Wednesday; 9:30 Olive L Moore / Menominee arrived to load limestone and departed at 20:35 for Bay City. 23:50 Kaye E Barker arrived to load limestone and departed Thursday at 14:11 for Detroit
Alpena: Thursday; 9:16 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load and departed at 15:12 for Chicago. GL Ostrander is expected to arrive at the Lafarge plant between 20:00 and 21:00 to load cement products.
Port Inland: Thursday; 9:10 Joseph L Block departed for Burns Harbor. Manitowoc arrived to load limestone and departed at 18:28 for Cleveland.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Azoresborg arrived on the Saginaw River early Thursday morning, August 13th, stopping at the Port Fisher Dock in Bay City to unload wind turbine blades. She was assisted to the dock by the tug Manitou. Azoresborg is the first Wagenborg vessel to visit the Saginaw River. Olive L. Moore - Menominee were inbound on Thursday as well, carrying a split cargo for the Wirt Stone Docks in Bay City and Saginaw.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Saginaw cleared 4.53 pm Thursday downbound with grain. Algoma Enterprise expected next.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Thursday Arrivals: H Lee White arrived at Zug Island to unload coal. CSL Assiniboine arrived at the St. Marys Cement dock to unload clinker. Everlast/Norman McLeod arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load.

Lake Erie Ports for Thursday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Calumet arrived at 06:13 from Cleveland.
Sandusky: H. Lee White departed for Detroit and Manitoulin arrived at 14:58.
Cleveland: American Courage left at 02:45 for Ashtabula. McKeil Spirit left for Picton at 13:24.
Fairport Harbor has no traffic scheduled.
Ashtabula: American Courage arrived from Cleveland.
Conneaut: Edwin H. Gott arrived at 07:56 and left for Duluth at 18:48. Arthur M. Anderson arrived at 19:27.
Nanticoke: Algocanada left at 05:52 for Sarnia and Algonorth left for Montreal. In port were Labrador at Stelco and Algoscotia at Imperial Oil.

 

Still a long way to go for ambitious Norgoma project planned for Tobermory

8/14 - Owen Sound, ON – There are plenty of ideas floating around the historic Norgoma these days, but first, it has to get to Tobermory’s Little Tub Harbour.

In a literal sense, Mike Goman of Tobermory Real Estate Investors Inc. (TREII), the company spearheading the proposed move of the M.S. Norgoma from its current location in Sault Ste. Marie to Tobermory believes it would be a five or six-day tow costing about $150,000. In a bureaucratic sense, they’re just now charting the long journey that may end with the ship in Tobermory’s harbour being used as a tourist attraction, coffee shop and museum.

Goman said that since he’s gone public with the idea, further creative suggestions have been hurled his way including featuring art displays on the ship, creating a brewpub on the vehicle deck and holding training courses for Georgian College students.

Those may be fun things to think about. For now, Goman and TREII are thick in the weeds of planning for financial sustainability, engineering, rehabilitation, and harbour assessments while trying to get an endorsement – and eventually a long-term dockage agreement – from the Northern Bruce Peninsula.

“It could be kind of a floating marketplace . . . I wouldn’t rule out those kinds of ideas . . . but I haven’t spent a lot of time figuring that out yet because we have a long way to go here,” Goman said by phone Tuesday.

To that end, Goman presented the Norgoma proposal to Northern Bruce Peninsula council Monday. He said that for now, TREII is simply asking council to direct staff to work with them on a feasibility study and evaluate the suggested locations within the harbour. Eventually, council will need to permit TREII to place the massive ship in the popular Little Tub Harbour if it’s determined the harbour can accommodate it.

“What we need is permission . . . the municipality owns the docks and what we really need is for them to say, OK, here’s where you can put it. If the question is do I need a subsidy from the municipality? No,” Goman said.

TREII wants to enter into a long-term agreement with the municipality before towing the ship across Georgian Bay. “We’d need a long-term agreement. Without that it doesn’t make any sense,” Goman said.

Peggy Van Mierlo-West, cheif administrative officer with Northern Bruce Peninsula, said it’s too early to make any kind of statement about a possible agreement or even the municipality’s appetite for the project.

“It was a very good presentation and we’re happy he came to council,” she said. “Right now we’ve been requested to review the proposal itself . . . we’re just at the phase of reviewing and having those discussions.”

Van-Mielo West said municipal staff will seriously look at the project within the next month before returning to council with recommendations for the next steps.

In mid-July Sault Ste. Marie city council approved the sale of the Norgoma to TREII at a cost of $2,500. That sale has several conditions, including making sure the ship can withstand the tow to Tobermory, and making sure it will have a home once it gets there. Goman said he has a few months now to get an agreement in place in Tobermory with the MNBP.

“I think we have enough time to see if this makes sense. There isn’t some big long study that needs to be done here, to me it’s pretty straightforward. Can we accommodate the ship within Little Tub Harbour without disrupting the normal operations of the harbour and without making it a financial burden?” Goman said.

Despite the ship’s size – about twice the size of the largest tour boats that now operate from Little Tub Harbour – Goman said the primary goal of a study would be to accommodate the Norgoma within the harbour without a reduction in the number of available dock slips.

Van Mierlo-West said size and dockage are only a part of the equation. “We’d have to review things such as infrastructure, the requirement for the boat itself, we’d have to look at their business plan. There are a lot of items we’d have to review before we can make any comment,” she said.

Goman said he knows the ship, once in Tobermory, would have to support itself financially. “We all have to be clear-headed about it. There has to be enough money in it to pay its way and to set up capital reserves,” Goman said.

Goman and his business partner Dr. George Harpur have operated The Sweet Shop in Tobermory for more than 40 years, and more recently The Coffee Shop nearby. He also works in real estate development and with operators of commercial and retail spaces. He’s said he is comfortable there is enough tourist and visitor volume in Tobermory to support the Norgoma.

Although the ship eventually failed as a museum in Sault Ste. Marie, the TREII proposal suggests that was because of limited revenue streams, as well as a lack of proximity to major population centres and adjacent attractions.

Goman said Tobermory benefits from better geography – situated a two-hour drive from the largest population centres in the province – and the operators could stand to be more creative with the ship’s uses and in creating diverse revenue sources.

“I think I know the market pretty well,” Goman said. “I know the volume is there. I know the traffic and visitor volume is there.”

Built in the 1950s in Collingwood, the 188-foot Norgoma was a package freighter and passenger ferry once operated by the Owen Sound Transportation Company. In 1974, the Norgoma, and her sister ship the Norisle, were replaced by the Chi-Cheemaun, which still does the run today.

Sault Ste. Marie bought the vessel for a dollar from the Ontario government in 1975 and the Norgoma has called the waterfront in Sault Ste. Marie home for decades, where it was operated as a museum for much of that time. Last year the city took back ownership of the ship from the volunteer organization that had operated it. It was moved from the city’s Roberta Bondar Marina to a private dock in June 2019 and put up for sale later in the year.

Owen Sound Sun Times

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 14

On this day in 1962, the ARTHUR M. ANDERSON departed Conneaut and headed downbound to become the first Pittsburgh boat to transit the Welland Canal and St. Lawrence Seaway.

At 11 p.m., 14 August 1882, the steam barge CHICAGO, 206 foot, 935 gross tons of 1855, was carrying coal on Lake Michigan while towing the barge MANITOWOC, 210.5 feet, 569 gross tons of 1868. In mid-lake, near Fox Island, CHICAGO was discovered to be on fire. Within 15 minutes, she was ablaze. Her crew escaped to her barge-consort MANITOWOC. The CHICAGO burned to the water's edge and sank the following day.

Sea trials for the HENRY FORD II took place on August 14, 1924, and shortly after she left on her maiden voyage with coal from Toledo, Ohio to Duluth, Minnesota and returned with iron ore to the Ford Rouge Plant at Dearborn.

After been sold for scrap, the GOVERNOR MILLER was towed down the Soo Locks on August 14, 1980, for Milwaukee, Wisconsin to load scrap.

On 14 August 1873, CHESTER B. JONES (3-mast, wooden schooner, 167 foot, 493 gross tons) was launched at East Saginaw, Michigan. She was built by Chesley Wheeler. The spars and top hamper ordered for her were broken in a logjam, so the 3-master received her spars at Buffalo, New York on her first trip.

The 149 foot bark MARY E. PEREW was found floating west of the Manitou Islands by the propeller MONTGOMERY on 14 August 1871. The PEREW had been sailing to Milwaukee with a load of coal when a storm came upon her so quickly on 8 August (nearly a week before MONTGOMERY found her) that the crew did not have time to trim the sails. All three masts were snapped and the mizzen mast fell on the yawl, smashing it. So the crew was stuck on the ship, unable to navigate. The MONTGOMERY towed her to Milwaukee where she was rebuilt and she lasted until 1905.

On 14 August 1900, the tug WILLIAM D of the Great Lakes Towing Co. got under the bow of the steamer WAWATAM at Ashtabula, Ohio, and was rolled over and sank. One drowned.

August 14, 1899 - W. L. Mercereau, known as the "Father of the Fleet,” became Superintendent of Steamships for the Pere Marquette Railway.

1936: Registration for the wooden steamer MARY H. BOYCE was closed. The ship, which had burned at Fort William in 1928, was scuttled in deep water off Isle Royale in 1936.The vessel had been an early member of the Paterson fleet.

1950: The Canada Steamship Lines passenger carrier QUEBEC caught fire near Tadoussac, Quebec, and was able to reach the dock. Of the 426 passengers on board, 3 lives were lost. The blaze was considered suspicious as it began in a linen closet. The vessel was a total loss.

1961: The wooden diesel-powered tug NORTH STAR IV had visited the Great Lakes as b) ROCKY RIVER and had been used to handle the barges BLACK RIVER and PIC RIVER for the Quebec & Ontario Transportation Co. The vessel was serving under her fourth name when she stranded on a rock in James Bay while doing hydrographic survey work. The crew was rescued but the vessel was a total loss. The rocky area is now called North Star Shoal.

1986: GABRIELLA came through the Seaway in 1975 when only a year old. The ship capsized at Port Kembla, Australia, while discharging a 227-ton heavy lift on this date. The vessel was turned upside down, refloated in November 1986 and towed 30 miles out to sea and scuttled on December 9, 1986.

2004: FEDERAL MAAS was damaged at the Iroquois Lock when the wing of the pilothouse struck the edge of the bascule bridge.

2005: The Cypriot freighter ULLA visited the Seaway in September 1995 with cocoa beans for Valleyfield, QC and returned, in ballast, in November 1996 for Port Robinson. It was in a collision as f) REEF PEMBA with the GAS VISION and sank off Oman on this date in 2005. The crew was saved.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Russ Plumb, Father Dowling Collection, Max Hanley, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Steel production ticks up as region’s blast furnaces return to service

8/13 - NW Indiana – Great Lakes steel output ticked up last week after U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal brought more blast furnaces that had been sidelined during the coronavirus pandemic back online. But steel production remains depressed nationally.

Steel production has dropped by 20.1% for the year, while steel capacity utilization is down by more than 18 percentage points as compared to the same time last year, largely as a result of the coronavirus pandemic that greatly gutted demand for steel in the short term.

Great Lakes steel production rose by 9,000 tons last week, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. Steel mills in the Great Lakes region, clustered mainly in Northwest Indiana, made 471,000 tons of metal, up from 462,000 tons the previous week, a 1.9% increase.

U.S. Steel brought Blast Furnace No. 8 at Gary Works back online a few weeks ago and ArcelorMittal started back up the No. 4 Blast Furnace at the Indiana Harbor steel mill in Indiana Harbor. ArcelorMittal also is working to repair Blast Furnace D at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor after it exploded in an industrial accident last month.

Overall, domestic steel mills in the United States made 1.354 million tons of steel last week, up 2% from 1.328 million tons the previous week but down 26.5% as compared to 1.841 million tons the same time a year prior.

Steel demand started plummeting in mid-March when automakers like Ford, General Motors and Honda, some of the largest consumers of North American steel, temporarily ceased production to limit the spread of COVID-19, forcing Northwest Indiana steel mills to idle some operations and temporarily lay hundreds of workers off. But auto plants across the country have come back online and have been slowly increasing production volume, leading local steel mills to restart their blast furnaces and ramp back up.

So far this year, domestic steel mills in the United States have made 47.4 million tons of steel, a 20.1% decrease compared to the 59.3 million tons made during the same period in 2019.

U.S. steel mills have run at a capacity utilization rate of 66% through Aug. 8, down from 80.7% at the same point in 2019, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Steel capacity utilization nationwide was 60.4% last week, which was up from 59.3% the previous week but down from 79.1% at the same time a year ago.

Steel production in the southern region, a wide geographic swath that encompasses many mini-mills and rivals the Great Lakes region in output, was 538,000 tons in the week that ended Saturday, up from 515,000 tons the week before. Volume in the rest of the Midwest rose to 146,000 tons last week, up from 145,000 tons the week prior.

NWI Times

 

St. Lawrence Cruise Lines to serve Canadian passengers only this fall

8/13 - Kingston, ON: - St. Lawrence Cruise Lines is announcing a new fall vacation opportunity for Canadians. The company will be operating small ship overnight cruises exclusive to Canadian travellers during Fall 2020. Cruises will run on a weekly basis from September 18 to October 20, and will consist of a series of 4 night, 5 day return trips from Kingston, Ontario through the Thousand Islands to Morrisburg, Ontario. These cruises will highlight the spectacular fall colors on the St. Lawrence River and the rich history of the region.

The decision to offer a shortened cruise schedule follows months of monitoring the state of COVID-19 in Kingston and across Canada, and has been made in accordance with federal, provincial, and municipal guidelines for business operations. COVID-19 safety measures will be in full effect throughout the cruise, including guest screening, reduced passenger loads, physical distancing and mask protocols, as well as a ship-wide disinfectant regime.

“During the planning of this fall schedule, the wellbeing of our passengers and crew has been our number one consideration, and we have designed a number of initiatives to address health and safety on board. We believe that we can deliver a wonderful vacation on the St. Lawrence River with the highest levels of hospitality, while maintaining equally high standards of COVID-19 measures for everyone on board.” said Jason Clark, President of St. Lawrence Cruise Lines

The M/V Canadian Empress will be operating with a maximum capacity of only 48 Canadian passengers and 14 crew members. The vessel features 32 staterooms with twin fixed beds and private bathrooms. All staterooms have access to fresh air and a view of the river. Cruise rates will start at $1700 per person and rates include all meals, daily housekeeping service, as well as select shore tours and entertainment.

“With over 40 years of cruising experience, we know that the St. Lawrence River is the number one ingredient for our cruises, and the sights and colours of fall on the river is truly a magical experience. We have prepared the ship to showcase the river, leaving our crew to focus their full attention on the care of our passengers.”

Bookings for the fall schedule will begin on Tuesday, Aug 11th and booking information is available at 1-800-267-7868. Information on schedule and rates, safety measures, and itineraries are available at www.stlawrencecruiselines.com/cruises/2020-fall-cruise/

 

Tensions rise at Port of Montreal as longshore workers begin general strike

8/13 - Montreal, QC - This follows a pair of four-day strikes during the last two weeks by CUPE members that led to several ships being diverted to other ports, including Halifax and New York City.

Union officials say a general strike was necessary, after the employers association cut overtime pay last week. The employers association previously stated the move was because night and weekend shifts had increased due to daytime strikes.

"The employer changed our salary condition last week, they changed the [premium] of the night shift, and the weekend shift," said Michel Murray, a union representative with CUPE. "They put an economic pressure on the longshoremen."

Negotiations between CUPE and the Maritime Employers Association have been been ongoing for more than two months. The workers have been without a collective agreement for nearly two years. According to the union, the main sticking points have been scheduling and wages.

On Sunday, union officials said they had offered the employers association a 45-day truce to prevent a strike. A spokesperson for the association disputed that account, saying it had been the MEA who offered a truce which had been rebuked.

The head of the Quebec Manufacturers and Exporters Association worries the strike will seriously impact Quebec’s economy, calling it 'bad timing'. "It's very unfortunate that the strike happens at this time, with COVID-19, manufacturers are really affected by this crisis," said Veronique Proulx, CEO of the Quebec Manufacturers and Exporters Association.

"We're asking both parties of course to work closely and intensively together to have a positive outcome to the situation, but we’re also asking the federal government to see how they can better support and facilitate and to come to a negotiated and positive outcome for both parties."

Murray says the strike will continue until longshore workers have a new contract, or until a truce is reached with the employer where both parties are satisfied.

CJAD

 

Port Reports -  August 13

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Josef departed Duluth at 08:37 Wednesday morning light for Thunder Bay after unloading wind turbine towers at Port Terminal. Michipicoten arrived at 09:06 to load iron ore at CN, however she tied up at Husky Energy to wait for Mesabi Miner to finish loading. The Miner cleared Duluth at 14:01 for Indiana Harbor. Michipicoten was expected to depart with her ore load before the day was out. In Superior, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed from BN at 11:23 Wednesday loaded with ore for Nanticoke.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
When the American Century departed Two Harbors her AIS wasn't updated. She is heading for Gary. Baie Comeau arrived Two Harbors on August 11th at 21:10 for South of #2. She departed on August 12th at 12:07 for Nanticoke. Arriving Two Harbors on August 12th at 12:35 was the Edward H. departing Two Harbors on August 12th at 13:48 was the Nels J. Looks like Heritage Marine was switching out their tug in Two Harbors. Arriving Two Harbors on August 12th at 13:48 was James R. Barker. She had an AIS for most of the morning of Duluth. Neither Two Harbors nor Northshore Mining in Silver Bay have traffic scheduled on August 13th.

Thunder Bay, ON.
Wednesday; 2:13 Elbeborg arrived at The Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 5:14 Algoma Harvester departed for Quebec City. 10:37 G3 Marquis departed and is down bound. 11:02 Federal Satsuki weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Wednesday consisted of CSL Niagara in the morning, Presque Isle in the afternoon and Cuyahoga in the evening. Alpena and Algoma Harvester were downbound at dusk, with BBC Hudson due around midnight. Training vessel State of Michigan was working in the lower river in the late afternoon. The big Dean Construction Co. dredge Canadian Jubilee was working at Point Louise.

Sturgeon Bay, WI – Daniel Lindner, Darren Hesler
Pathfinder/tug Dorothy Ann arrived in Sturgeon Bay at 14:57 Wednesday afternoon and tied up at Bay Shipbuilding for repair work. Florence Spirit is moored at the shipyard receiving repairs from her collision with Alanis last month. The completed barge Michigan Trader is also still moored at the yard awaiting pickup. Roger Blough, John J. Boland, Hon. James L. Oberstar, and Wilfred Sykes all remain in layup at BayShip, however the Oberstar is expected to re-enter service in the coming days.

Green Bay, WI – Jon
On Wednesday morning the tug G.L Ostrander / barge Integrity arrived with cement for the Lafarge Terminal, then departed in the late afternoon on Wednesday. Next, the tug Meredith Ashton departed for Marinette in the morning then arrived back Wednesday night with barge Kokosing 3 for Ace Marine’s terminal. Algoma Sault arrived from Meldrum Bay midafternoon with limestone for the GLC Minerals Fox River Dock Terminal. Then, Wednesday early night, the tug Undaunted / barge Pere Marquette 41 arrived with ash from Ludington, MI, for Georgia Pacific Terminal.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Tuesday; 21:52 Algoma Sault departed for Green Bay. Wednesday; 19:17 CSL Laurentian arrived to load dolomite.
Spragge: Tuesday; 17:45 Saginaw departed for Goderich.
Port Dolomite; Wednesday; 7:00 Algoma Innovator arrived to load limestone.
Stoneport: Wednesday; 1:21 Defiance / Ashtabula departed for Detroit.
Alpena: Tuesday; 19:12 Samuel De Champlain departed for Detroit.
Port Inland: Joseph L Block arrived to load limestone.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Paul R. Tregurtha was inbound for the Consumers Energy/D.E. Karn Power Plant on the Saginaw River, Wednesday, August 12th. This is the first coal delivery to the dock since November 20, 2019 when Walter J. McCarthy called on the dock. This is also a historic trip for the Tregurtha, as it is the first ever visit to the Saginaw River by this vessel. The tug Zeus and her tank barge, Robert F. Deegan were also on the Saginaw River, completing an offload at the Port Fisher/Dow-Oxy Dock in Bay City. The pair were outbound late in the morning Wednesday

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Conveyor was loading at Compass Minerals Wednesday. Saginaw arrived 9:24 am Wednesday, loading at elevators.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Samuel De Champlain/Innovation were unloading cement at Lafarge on Wednesday.

Lake Erie Ports for Wednesday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: American Courage departed at 10:18 for Cleveland.
Sandusky: H. Lee White arrived at 08:45 to load at the coal dock. Manitoulin is due in Thursday.
Cleveland: McKeil Spirit arrived Monday night for Lehigh Cement. Herbert C. Jackson left at 04:58 for Rogers City. American Courage arrived at 16:00 for RiverDock and Calumet arrived at 18:11 for Ontario Stone.
Fairport Harbor: Laura L. VanEnkevort left for Bruce Mines.
Ashtabula: H. Lee White left at 00:37 for Sandusky and R/V Muskie left at 06:43 for Huron.
Conneaut: John D. Leitch departed at 16:03 for Quebec City. Due in Thursday are Edwin H. Gott and Arthur M. Anderson
Nanticoke: Algocanada and Algonorth were at Imperial Oil. Labrador was still at Stelco.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
8/11/20: Federal Bristol arrived at 2:31 EST to unload MAP from Ust Luga, Russia. At 3:25 EST the tug Ocean A. Gauthier returned from Toronto. At 16:00 EST the tug Everlast and her barge Norman McLeod departed from McAsphalt bound for Detroit. At 17:14 EST the ATB combo Wilf Seymour/Alouette Spirit departed light for Port Colborne after unloading coke. At 19:45 EST Tim S. Dool departed for Montreal loaded with grain. At 23:50 EST Algoma Spirit arrived with ore from Port Cartier. 8/12/20: The only traffic on Wednesday was Algoma Spirit, departing at 19:29 EST after unloading ore. She is now headed to Thunder Bay. Federal Bristol was also in port for the second day, unloading MAP.

 

RJ Peterson, Tower Marine owner, saver of the Keewatin, dies at 93

8/13 - Douglas, MI – Longtime resident of the Saugatuck-Douglas area, businessman, and owner of Tower Marine Roland “RJ” Peterson died Tuesday morning, Aug. 11, at age 93.

Whether it’s from his 500-slip marina, his reviving the Saugatuck Chain Ferry, his saving of the S.S. Keewatin or his involvement in a myriad of community initiatives, Peterson was a known and respected figure in the Saugatuck and Douglas communities for decades.

“He was a great brother. He just did so much for everybody, including me,” said RJ’s brother Erik Peterson. “He was very generous. He helped a lot of people, but never tooted his horn about it.”

“When you look around that community, his footprints are big,” Allegan County Commissioner Jim Storey said on Tuesday. “He didn’t just live his life for himself, he lived for his community and his people. He will be hugely missed.

“He was witty, gracious and generous. Those are all words that describe him in buckets. He’s been such an energizing force in the life of Saugatuck and Douglas. There are not many people he didn’t know in that community.”

Peterson grew up in Gary, Ind., and studied mechanical engineering at Purdue University. He enlisted in the Navy after high school at the end of World War II. Prior to coming to the Saugatuck-Douglas area and helping establish Tower Marine, he built up his father’s business that sold house boats.

Peterson’s community impact has been wide-reaching. In 1965, Peterson revived the historic Saugatuck Chain Ferry, building a new vessel and naming it Diane, after his wife. Peterson sold it to the city of Saugatuck around 15 years ago and the ferry remains in operation today as a staple of the community.

In 1967, Peterson purchased the S.S. Keewatin, a 336.5-foot passenger liner that sailed the Great Lakes from 1907 to 1965. He brought the ship to Douglas, where it served as a museum for 45 years before being sold and returned to Canada where it had come from.

“That was a labor of love,” Erik Peterson said. “He really enjoyed that. RJ saved it. If he had not intervened, it was going to the scrapyard.”

Tony Amato, who runs the Red Dock Cafe on Kalamazoo Lake by the marina, credits Peterson’s support for helping make the cafe a success.

“My wife and I and the Red Dock family are very grateful for the support RJ gave us,” Amato said. “Without it, it wouldn’t be as successful as it is. We’re grateful for everything he’s done and I’m truly said he’s passed on. I tip my hat to him and I’m proud to have been associated with him.”

Amaro said he’ll remember Peterson, who he knew for 23 years, as an avid reader, historian and giver to the community.

“Whatever the agenda was at the time, cleaning the river up, doing something for the schools, Fourth of July celebrations, they were right there,” Amaro said. “The support was unbelievable.” Peterson was heavily involved in efforts to consolidate the cities of Saugatuck and Douglas into one municipality, an initiative which ultimately failed.

In recent years, Peterson tried several times to sell his marina to both Douglas and Saugatuck, which Storey said came from a desire to protect the Kalamazoo Lake Harbor and the local communities.

“He felt very strongly that the future livelihood of that harbor, and therefore the livelihood of Saugatuck and Douglas, was tied to there being a public marina,” Storey said. “It didn’t come to pass before he died, but he felt very strongly that a public marina would guarantee, so to speak, public support for keeping the harbor alive and well.”

Peterson is survived by his wife, Diane, son Matthew, three granddaughters and two siblings.

Holland Sentinel

 

Virtual Visitor Center: Braving the Waves: The Life-Saving Service on the Shipwreck Coast

8/13 - Thursday promises to be another great day in the Virtual Visitor Center. Join the Virtual Visitor Center at 12:30 Thursday for a program about the U.S. Life Saving Service on the Shipwreck Coast.

Connect on the web: https://www.gotomeet.me/VirtualVisitorCen…/braving-the-waves

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 13

Operated by a crew of retired Hanna captains, chief engineers and executives, the GEORGE M. HUMPHREY departed the old Great Lakes Engineering Works yard in Ecorse, Michigan, under her own power on August 13, 1986, for Lauzon, Quebec. The HUMPHREY cleared Lauzon September 3rd with the former Hanna steamer PAUL H. CARNAHAN in tow of the Dutch tug SMIT LLOYD 109. The tow locked through the Panama Canal, September 27-30, and arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan December 10, 1986 completing a trip of over 14,000 miles. The HUMPHREY was scrapped in 1987, by Shiong Yek Steel Corp.

On 13 August 1899, H. G. CLEVELAND (wooden schooner, 137 foot 264 tons, built in 1867, at Black River, Ohio) sank with a full load of limestone, 7 miles from the Cleveland harbor entrance.

August 13, 1980 - The ARTHUR K. ATKINSON returned to service after repairing a broken crankshaft suffered in 1973. She brought 18 railcars from Manitowoc to Frankfort.

The 272 foot, 1,740 gross ton, wooden propeller freighter SITKA was launched by F. W. Wheeler (Hull#32) at W. Bay City, Michigan on 13 August 1887.

1986 INDIANA HARBOR set a Toledo and Lake Erie record, loading 55,047 tons of coal at Toledo for Marquette.

1917: The barge MIDDLESEX of the Ontario Transportation and Pulp Company broke loose and stranded at Rapide Plat in the St. Lawrence. The ship was abandoned to the insurers but salvaged and returned to service as b) WOODLANDS in 1918.

1979: IRISH OAK first came to the Great Lakes in 1960 for Irish Shipping Ltd. The vessel went aground near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as c) VEGAS on this date in 1979, while enroute from Piraeus, Greece, to Vietnam. The hull was refloated on October 28, 1979, and reached Jeddah on November 16, 1979. It was sold for scrapping at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, and arrived there on January 29, 1980.

1982: EUTHALIA visited the Seaway for the first time in 1972. It caught fire in the engine room as d) FORUM SPIRIT enroute from Port Said, Egypt, to Piraeus, Greece, and was abandoned by most of the crew. While it was towed into Piraeus on August 14, the vessel was declared a total loss. The ship arrived at Split, Yugoslavia, again under tow, for scrapping on March 6, 1984.

1993: The second CORFU ISLAND to visit the Great Lakes came inland in 1970. This SD14 cargo carrier had been built the previous year and returned as b) LOYALTY in 1980. Later that fall, the ship arrived at Basrah, Iraq, from Duluth with severe missile damage resulting from the Iraq-Iran War. The ship was declared a total loss but remained idle there until being towed away on August 13, 1993. LOYALTY arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, for scrapping on September 22, 1993.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, David Swayze, Max Hanley, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

 

Canada Steamship Lines retires Salarium

8/12 - After a long and productive 41-year career with CSL, the 35,656 DWT self-unloader MV Salarium has been decommissioned. The long-serving vessel reached the end of her usable life earlier this year and will be dismantled at a green ship recycling yard.

She was launched on December 18, 1979, at Collingwood Shipyards, Collingwood, ON, for Canada Steamship Lines Inc. as Nanticoke. In April 2009, Nanticoke was chartered by Societe Quebecoise D'Exploration Miniere, Ste-Foy, QC to replace Algoma Central's Sauniere, which they had held under charter from 1982 until her retirement in March 2009. Nanticoke was fittingly renamed Salarium in Montreal (meaning a 'payment made in salt') and deployed to carry salt between Iles-de-la Madeleine (Magdalene Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence) and Quebec ports along the lower St. Lawrence River as well as Great Lakes and East Coast ports. She occasionally made trips to the upper Great Lakes to load coal and iron ore when not required on the salt run.

Canada Steamship Lines

 

Thunder Bay grain shipments remain strong

8/12 - Thunder Bay, ON - – The Port of Thunder Bay continues to experience above-average grain shipments as international demand for wheat remains high through the global pandemic. As of July 31, year-to-date grain tonnage sits 26% higher than last year. July grain shipments were 100,000 metric tonnes higher than the same month last year.

Strong shipments are anticipated this fall, as well. Canadian farmers are preparing to harvest one of the Top 5 largest crops in history, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s most recent outlook.

Demonstrating confidence in the future of the Canadian grain trade, both CN and CP railways have recently announced further investment in their hopper car fleets to accommodate larger harvests, which, owing to technological advancements and longer growing seasons, are likely to last. CN has also stepped up its railcar allotment for grain services by 150 extra cars per week for the 2020-21 crop year.

Elsewhere in the port, there was a rise in other dry bulk shipments in July. These were imported road salt and aggregate for regional consumption.

Lake Superior News

 

Port Reports -  August 12

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The only traffic through the Duluth entry on Tuesday was Mesabi Miner, which arrived at 19:26 Tuesday evening to load iron ore pellets at CN. Josef remained at Port Terminal unloading wind turbine towers, while BBC Hudson was at CHS 1 loading grain after shifting from Port Terminal on Monday evening. At the Superior entry, Alpena departed at 15:20 Tuesday light after unloading cement at Lafarge. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was due at 20:00 to load at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
American Century departed Two Harbors from South of #2 on August 11th at 19:37. Due between 20:00 and 20:30 is the Baie Comeau. When the Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors there was no updated AIS. When she got to the Soo it had been updated to Conneaut. Two Harbors has no traffic scheduled for August 12th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay has no traffic scheduled for August 12th.

Thunder Bay On.
Monday; 19:21 CCGS Samuel Risley departed for the north shore of Lake Superior to work on Nav Aids. 20:59 Federal Churchill weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Tuesday consisted of James R. Barker and Algonova. Downbound traffic consisted of Edwin H Gott early and American Integrity in the early afternoon.

Holland, MI – William Van Appledorn
The Dorothy Ann / Pathfinder waited out the storm Monday evening before entering the piers at Holland. The pilothouse appeared to have been struck by lightning. She arrived at Brewer's Tuesday morning to unload salt.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay; Tuesday; 6:14 Algoma Sault arrived to load limestone.
Spragge: Tuesday; 4:20 Saginaw arrived to unload limestone.
Bruce Mines: Tuesday; 0:24 Mississagi departed for Port Colborne.
Calcite: Tuesday; 13:01 John G Munson departed for Burns Harbor. 13:19 Cason J Callaway departed for Buffington.
Stoneport: Tuesday; 11:33 Defiance / Ashtabula arrived to load limestone.
Alpena: Tuesday; 1:00 Defiance / Ashtabula departed for Stoneport. Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement products.
Port Inland: Monday; destination update Saginaw departed for Spragge. Tuesday; 3:16 Kaye E Barker departed for Muskegon. 3:36 Great Republic arrived to load and departed at 16:30 for Muskegon.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey No report. Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Conveyor was loading salt on Tuesday.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Tuesday Arrivals: Cuyahoga arrived at Zug Island to load coke. Calusa Coast and Delaware-arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Algoma Transport arrived at the St. Marys Cement dock to unload clinker. Evans Spirit arrived at Zug Island to load coke.

Lake Erie Ports for Tuesday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: American Courage arrived from Cleveland at 18:05. Sandusky: No traffic scheduled.
Cleveland: Algoma Buffalo departed at 12:12 for Johnstown. Herbert C. Jackson arrived at the Bulk Terminal at 14:30, lightered and went upriver to ArcelorMittal Steel. McKeil Spirit arrived at Lehigh Cement at 21:30.
Fairport Harbor: Laura L. VanEnkevort is due in early Wednesday morning.
Ashtabula: H. Lee White arrived at 12:35 and the R/V Muskie arrived at 18:11.
Conneaut: American Mariner left at 17:33 for Quebec City and John D. Leitch arrived at 18:09.
Nanticoke: Algocanada is in port, Algoterra departed, no destination given and Algonorth remains at anchor. Labrador is still at Stelco and Frontenac left at 13:06 for Windsor.

 

Floating into Canada this year could mean hefty fines, arrest

8/12 - Port Huron, MI – While a few years ago neighborly Canadians bused hundreds of wayward Americans back across the St. Clair River following a botched Float Down, they aren't promising such a warm reception if it happens again this year.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police issued a statement urging people not to participate in the Float Down this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The statement recalled the 2016 event in which more than 1,500 Americans unintentionally floated into Canada due to strong winds.

"Crossing the marine border into Canada for optional or discretionary purposes such as touring, sightseeing and recreational fishing may result in fines of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months," according to an RCMP statement provided by spokesperson Diane Jennings.

The U.S.-Canada border has been closed since March due to COVID-19. It has been open only to essential traffic, which does not include Float Down participants riding inner tubes and rafts.

The RCMP warned that people unlawfully floating to Canada will be required to submit to a COVID-19 health screening and customs examination. They will be subject to Canadian laws regarding firearms, controlled substances, alcohol, immigration, customs and more. Anyone arriving in Canada must provide photo ID.

Those who refuse screening under the Quarantine Act will be arrested, the statement said. U.S residents landing in Canada will be transported back to the United States and released to authorities in Port Huron.

Read more at this link: https://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/2020/08/10/us-canada-border-port-huron-float-down-2020-covid/3333777001

 

Historic international shipments earn Port of Monroe 2019 Pacesetter Award

8/12 - Washington, DC – The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership applauds the Port of Monroe for earning a 2019 navigation season Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award, which recognizes their efforts in increasing international Seaway cargo during the 2019 navigation season. The Port of Monroe received the Pacesetter Award five times out of the last seven seasons beginning in 2012.

“Above all else, it is important to the Port of Monroe and myself to be a leader and contributor in the broader Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System. We are proud to receive the award, but we’re also proud of the other Great Lakes ports receiving the award because we will succeed or fail as a system,” said Paul C. LaMarre III, director of the Port of Monroe. “The 2019 Pacesetter Award is truly a testament to the Port of Monroe’s resilience. We’re exceptionally proud to receive the Pacesetter Award because it is symbolic of the work ethic and professionalism of the people who breathe life into this place.”

The Port of Monroe’s noteworthy international inbound and outbound cargo handlings during the 2019 navigation season were crowned by a historic shipment. In October 2019, the Port of Monroe handled a generator stator, which is the single most valuable piece of project cargo that ever moved through the Seaway system.

For almost two years, the Port of Monroe worked hand in hand with General Electric and DTE to plan the move and construct a new on-dock, heavy lift rail spur before the M/V Happy Ranger delivered the stator from Rotterdam, Netherlands to Monroe, Michigan. That very same ship was then loaded with 42 wind tower segments manufactured at Ventower, a wind energy manufacturing company based in Monroe, and shipped to Peru, exemplifying what can only be described as “logistics perfection.”

For LaMarre, the movement of the component represents the Port of Monroe coming full circle, paying homage to the Port’s movement of similar cargoes in the late 1970s. “It was a win on all levels. It achieved an investment in port infrastructure, the development of new and valuable cargo through the Seaway and benefited the community that we call home,” said LaMarre.

In addition to the Seaway-wide historic shipment, the Port of Monroe also celebrated their own momentous achievement. For the first time ever, three vessels unloaded at the same time on three separate docks. The “Queen of the Lakes”, the M/V Paul R. Tregurtha, unloaded at DTE’s Monroe Powerplant, the M/V Gagliardi unloaded Egyptian salt at the Port’s Riverfront Dock, and the Barge Delaware and Tug Calusa Coast unloaded liquid asphalt at the Port’s Turning Basin Dock.

Great Lakes Seaway Partnership

 

Proposed marine sanctuary may extend to St. Lawrence County shipwrecks

8/12 - Canton, NY - Two shipwrecks off the coast of the town of Hammond in St. Lawrence County may have the chance to be included in the proposal to establish a national marine sanctuary on Lake Ontario.

Officials overseeing the projects presented that possibility to the St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators on Monday. Currently, the boundaries of the marine sanctuary would encompass a large swath of eastern Lake Ontario to the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, but there’s been interest in possibly extending that upriver to include two easy-to-access shipwrecks, the America and the Keystorm.

Some St. Lawrence legislators appeared largely in favor of extending the sanctuary to include two known shipwrecks in the St. Lawrence river near the Town of Hammond. Legislator James E. Reagen, R-Ogdensburg, even inquired about the possibility of extending the sanctuary all the way to the Moses-Saunders Dam as a way to capitalize on the opportunity to teach history on the river.

“Too many of our families have no idea that shipping was the lifeblood of the early communities in St. Lawrence County as well as Jefferson and Oswego Counties,” Mr. Reagen remarked. “This seems like a terrific opportunity to help reeducate our communities about the resources that are just below the surface of the water.”

Ellen Brody, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Great Lakes Regional Coordinator for the Marine Sanctuaries program touted the benefits of increased aquatic tourism and educational opportunities in her presentation to legislators Monday. She said the opportunities and potential are really driven by local stakeholders.

“I really want to emphasize that every one of these places is different,” Ms. Brody said. “That our approach to designating a sanctuary, that we recognize that every place is different, that every community is different. So, we don’t come in with a prescribed way of how we’re proposing to manage it.”

Several concerns about the project were raised about the potential project. Legislator Tony J. Arquiett, D-Helena, asked about the potential disruption divers or any newly discovered shipwrecks could have on traffic in the river’s channel. Ms. Brody indicated that the sanctuaries are meant to encourage access and any regulations don’t create zones that could hamper traffic on the channel, but rather deal with just the wrecks themselves.

Organizers of the project are hoping to submit paperwork for an environmental review later this year. When they do so, they would like to have a final determination of whether the sanctuary’s borders extend into St. Lawrence County.

If approved, the sanctuary would become the 15th such area in the United States and the second in the Great Lakes region. Under the current plan, roughly 1,700 square miles would be included in the designation, which would encompass 21 known shipwrecks and a downed aircraft spanning a period of over 200 years. Organizers note that the designation could open up the possibility for the locating of an additional 49 shipwrecks and aircraft known to be downed somewhere in the proposed area.

nny360

 

Obituary: R.J. Peterson

8/12 - R.J. Peterson died peacefully in his sleep Tuesday at the age of 93. He was the man who saved the SS Keewatin from being scrapped in 1967. He read in a book that she was one of the last of her kind, so he borrowed the funds and dragged her to a shallow lake in Michigan on the Kalamazoo River at Saugatuck/Douglas. There he put her on display as a "mini" Titanic, and for 45 years visitors came. In 2011 he decided that he would like to see the ship returned to Canada where her heritage lay in Port McNicoll, ON, and worked with Gil Blutrich, a developer, to accomplish that. He loved the Keewatin. Not a week went by over the nine years she has been in Port McNicoll that he didn't call to see how she was doing. Arrangements to follow.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 12

Operated by a crew of retired Hanna captains, chief engineers and executives, the GEORGE M. HUMPHREY departed the old Great Lakes Engineering Works yard in Ecorse, Michigan, under her own power on August 13, 1986, for Lauzon, Quebec. The HUMPHREY cleared Lauzon September 3rd with the former Hanna steamer PAUL H. CARNAHAN in tow of the Dutch tug SMIT LLOYD 109. The tow locked through the Panama Canal, September 27-30, and arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan December 10, 1986 completing a trip of over 14,000 miles. The HUMPHREY was scrapped in 1987, by Shiong Yek Steel Corp.

On 13 August 1899, H. G. CLEVELAND (wooden schooner, 137 foot 264 tons, built in 1867, at Black River, Ohio) sank with a full load of limestone, 7 miles from the Cleveland harbor entrance.

August 13, 1980 - The ARTHUR K. ATKINSON returned to service after repairing a broken crankshaft suffered in 1973. She brought 18 railcars from Manitowoc to Frankfort.

The 272 foot, 1,740 gross ton, wooden propeller freighter SITKA was launched by F. W. Wheeler (Hull#32) at W. Bay City, Michigan on 13 August 1887.

1986 INDIANA HARBOR set a Toledo and Lake Erie record, loading 55,047 tons of coal at Toledo for Marquette.

1917: The barge MIDDLESEX of the Ontario Transportation and Pulp Company broke loose and stranded at Rapide Plat in the St. Lawrence. The ship was abandoned to the insurers but salvaged and returned to service as b) WOODLANDS in 1918.

1979: IRISH OAK first came to the Great Lakes in 1960 for Irish Shipping Ltd. The vessel went aground near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as c) VEGAS on this date in 1979, while enroute from Piraeus, Greece, to Vietnam. The hull was refloated on October 28, 1979, and reached Jeddah on November 16, 1979. It was sold for scrapping at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, and arrived there on January 29, 1980.

1982: EUTHALIA visited the Seaway for the first time in 1972. It caught fire in the engine room as d) FORUM SPIRIT enroute from Port Said, Egypt, to Piraeus, Greece, and was abandoned by most of the crew. While it was towed into Piraeus on August 14, the vessel was declared a total loss. The ship arrived at Split, Yugoslavia, again under tow, for scrapping on March 6, 1984.

1993: The second CORFU ISLAND to visit the Great Lakes came inland in 1970. This SD14 cargo carrier had been built the previous year and returned as b) LOYALTY in 1980. Later that fall, the ship arrived at Basrah, Iraq, from Duluth with severe missile damage resulting from the Iraq-Iran War. The ship was declared a total loss but remained idle there until being towed away on August 13, 1993. LOYALTY arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, for scrapping on September 22, 1993.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, David Swayze, Max Hanley, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

 

 

Cargo ship IMKE that was stuck, has been freed

8/11 - Ogdensburg, NY – A cargo ship that was stuck off the Port of Ogdensburg in the St. Lawrence River has apparently been freed without the help of a tug. The IMKE ran aground a short distance from the dock after the freighter apparently went outside the channel leading to the dock late Saturday afternoon.

Monday evening, veteran ship watcher Michael Folsom reported in his Twitter feed that the IMKE had apparently been pulled alongside the port with winches. That, as a tug from Montreal was making its way upriver on the St. Lawrence. The tug had been summoned to help free the IMKE, and continues on its way to the ship. Folsom tweeted the tug may be needed to escort the ship for inspection.

Part of the ship’s cargo: turbine blades for the Roaring Brook Wind Farm in Lewis County. This is the fourth of seven scheduled turbine blade deliveries for Roaring Brook.

Even after the vessel went aground, officials said, it was not blocking the St. Lawrence Seaway shipping channel. This marks the first time in at least 20 years that a ship has gone aground coming into port at the Ogdensburg port.

Boaters say they watched the IMKE try to back in through the port channel as many as six times. Allan Hutchcroft was boating with others when he saw the whole thing unfold. “He was going around in circles. Going up the river. Turned around. Come back down, try again. He kept trying. He just couldn’t do it,” said Hutchcroft.

WWNY

 

Blount Cruise ships, which often visited the Great Lakes, listed for sale

8/11 - Blount Small Ship Adventures is selling its cruise ship division of three ships: Grande Mariner, Grande Caribe, and Niagara Prince. They have been regular visitors to the Great Lakes.

Blount designed its boats to sail where others cannot. The shallow 6-foot-draft vessels can traverse inland waterways and canals. The vessels glide under low bridges with retracted pilot houses. The bow ramps permit bow landings on virtually any beach.

A post on their website said the company is ceasing operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fleet of three ships are open for viewing by appointment at the Blount facility in Warren, RI.

gCaptain

 

Port Reports -  August 11

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Integrity departed Duluth at 03:36 Monday morning loaded with iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor. Arthur M. Anderson finished unloading limestone at Hallett #5 and departed at 08:19 light for Two Harbors, and Alpena arrived at 11:24 to unload cement at Lafarge. BBC Hudson and Josef both remained at Port Terminal on Monday unloading wind turbines; the former is scheduled to shift to CHS to load grain within the next day or two.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on August 10th from South of #2 at 01:32. As of 19:30 on the 10th she has no updated AIS. American Century arrived Two Harbors on August 9th at 23:30 and depart at 01:09 on August 10th. She went to Duluth and anchored out in the lake. Arthur M. Anderson arrived Two Harbors at 10:22 on August 10th after unloading stone in Duluth. She departed Two Harbors on the 10th at 18:25 for Conneaut. The Americian Century arrived Two Harbors on August 10th at 19:26 for South of #2. Due Two Harbors on August 11th is the Baie Comeau. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on August 10th and none scheduled on August 11th.

Thunder Bay On.
Monday; 11:14 Algoma Harvester arrived at the G3 elevator to load wheat. 11:50 CCGS Samuel Risley arrived to work on Nav aids at the mouth of the Mission River. 13:16 G3 Marquis weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load wheat. 14:46 Federal Churchill arrived and went to anchor.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Monday included Rt Hon Paul J. Martin, Victory/Maumee, Mesabi Miner, Baie Comeau and Elbeborg. Downbounders included Paul R. Tregurtha early, Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader and Algoma Strongfield.

Northern Lake Huron
McGregor Bay: Sunday; 22:32 Baie Comeau departed for Two Harbors.
Meldrum Bay; Monday; 1:53 Laura L Van Enkevort arrived to load limestone and departed at 11:25 and is down bound on Lake Huron.
Bruce Mines: Monday; 16:06 Mississagi arrived to load trap rock.
Calcite: Monday; 3:00 H Lee White departed for Ashtabula. 5:08The tug Albert and tanker barge Margaret departed for Toledo. 11:25 Cason J Callaway arrived to load. 17:37 John G Munson arrived to load.
Stoneport: Monday; 6:33 Olive L Moore / Menominee departed for Marine City.
Alpena: Monday; 12:33 Defiance / Ashtabula arrived to unload at the Lafarge plant.
Port Inland: Sunday; 23:50 Joseph L Block departed for Indiana Harbor. Monday; 12:31 Saginaw departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. 13:17 Kaye E Barker arrived to load limestone.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Conveyor was loading salt on Monday.

Monroe, MI – Sam Hankinson
Monday morning the Great Lakes Towing tug Wisconsin returned to Monroe after spending a year working in other ports on the Great Lakes. The 1897-built tug will remain at the Port of Monroe to provide ship assist and towing services. The tug/barge Calusa Coast/Delaware also arrived to unload liquid asphalt at Michigan Paving and Materials.

Lake Erie Ports for Monday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Cuyahoga departed for Detroit.
Sandusky: Algoma Buffalo left for Cleveland.
Cleveland: American Courage left at 03:57 for Ashtabula and Sea Eagle II left for Toledo at 08:18. American Mariner unloaded at the Bulk Terminal and departed for Conneaut at 10:53. Algoma Buffalo arrived at 08:46 to load at Cargill. Herbert C. Jackson is due in Tuesday.
Ashtabula: American Courage arrived at 08:25, loaded a shuttle and left at 20:41 for Cleveland.
Conneaut: Algoma Niagara left at 17:52 for Quebec City and American Mariner arrived at 18:50.
Nanticoke: Once again the busiest port on Lake Erie has Algocanada and Algoterra in port. At anchor is Algonorth. Algoscotia left for Oakville and Algoma Transport left for Detroit. The saltie Labrador arrived at 19:00.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
Tim S. Dool arrived at 23:58 on Sunday night to load grain, coming from Quebec City. John D. Leitch arrived at 2:56 EST with a load of ore from Superior. Wilf Seymour and her barge Alouette Spirit arrived at 11:14 EST with coke from Detroit. At 15:01 EST the tugs Ocean Golf and Ocean A. Gauthier departed together for Toronto, and at 17:56 EST the John D. Leitch was outbound for Conneaut. The tugs Ocean Golf and Ocean A. Gauthier are expected to return together from Toronto at 22:30 EST.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Monday afternoon.

 

Take a tour of Wisconsin's anchors, which tell the story of state's rich maritime history

8/11 - Manitowoc, WI – Over the decades, Lake Michigan has become a cold, watery grave for hundreds of ships, each with a fascinating story to tell of how it met its fate. Those adventurous enough can don scuba gear and explore their sunken remains to learn the interesting history that sank with them. Those who prefer to remain on land can learn their tales by searching for their anchors.

Over the years, hundreds of anchors have been salvaged from the depths and can be found throughout Wisconsin’s shores.

Some anchors are used as historical markers, others as memorials to those who lost their lives when their ship went down. Many are used as lawn ornaments, some as monuments to Navy heroes, while others are used as part of a nautical motif for a maritime museum or business such as a marina, seafood restaurant, scuba shop or yacht club.

Read the story and view images at this link: https://www.htrnews.com/story/life/2020/08/10/wisconsin-anchors-tell-of-lake-michigan-shipwrecks-maritime-history/3318994001

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 11

On 10 August 1890, TWO FANNIES (3-mast wooden bark, 152 foot, 492 gross tons, built in 1862, at Peshtigo, Wisconsin) was carrying 800 tons of iron ore on Lake Erie when a seam opened in rough weather. The crew kept at the pumps but to no avail. They all made it off of the vessel into the yawl just as the bark sank north of Bay Village Ohio. The CITY OF DETROIT tried to rescue the crew but the weather made the rescue attempt too dangerous and only two men were able to get to the steamer. The tug JAMES AMADEUS came out and got the rest of the crew, including the ship's cat, which was with them in the yawl.

On August 10, 1952, the ARTHUR M. ANDERSON entered service for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. Exactly 14 years later, on August 10, 1966, the vessel's namesake, Arthur Marvin Anderson, passed away.

In 1969, the EDMUND FITZGERALD set the last of many cargo records it set during the 1960s. The FITZGERALD loaded 27,402 gross tons of taconite pellets at Silver Bay on this date. This record was broken by the FITZGERALD's sister ship, the ARTHUR B. HOMER, during the 1970 shipping season.

On 10 August 1937, B.H. BECKER (steel tug, 19 tons, built in 1932, at Marine City, Mich.) foundered in heavy seas, 9 miles north of Oscoda, Mich.

In 1906, JOHN H. PAULEY (formerly THOMPSON KINSFORD, wooden propeller steam barge, 116 foot, 185 gross tons, built in 1880, at Oswego, New York) caught fire at Marine City, Mich. Her lines were burned through and she then drifted three miles down the St. Clair River before beaching near Port Lambton, Ont. and burning out.

On 10 August 1922, ANNIE LAURA (wooden propeller sandsucker, 133 foot, 244 gross tons, built in 1871, at Marine City, Mich.) beached near Algonac, Mich., caught fire and burned to the waterline.

1899: The whaleback steamer JOHN B. TREVOR was rammed and sunk by her barge #131 in the St. Clair River. The accident was caused by CRESCENT CITY crossing the towline. The sunken ship was refloated and, in 1912, became the ATIKOKAN.

1967: PAUL L. TIETJEN and FORT WILLIAM were in a head-on collision on Lake Huron about 25 miles north of Port Huron. Both ships were damaged but were repaired and returned to service.

1975: CIMBRIA came through the Seaway for the first time in 1965 under West German registry. The ship was sailing as c) KOTA MENANG when it stranded on Nyali Reef, off Mombasa, Tanzania, due to a steering failure on August 10, 1975. The vessel received severe hull damage and was deemed a total loss.

1979: The Indian freighter JALARAJAN and the British flag LAURENTIC sustained minor damage in a collision at Kenosha, Wis. The former was dismantled at Calcutta, India, in 1988 while the latter was scrapped at Karachi, Pakistan, in 1984.

1992: MENASHA was set adrift and then sank in the St. Lawrence off Ogdensburg, N.Y. The former U.S. Navy tug was refloated and repaired. After some later service at Sarnia, the tug was resold and moved for Montreal for work as c) ESCORTE.

2007: NORDSTRAND came to the Great Lakes in 1990 and sank at the stern, alongside the Adriatica Shipyard at Bijela, Montenegro, as c) MEXICA, when the engine room flooded on this date. The ship was refloated on September 1, 2007, and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, for scrapping on May 5, 2010.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, David Swayze, Jody L. Aho, Max Hanley, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Lake Erie water levels to decline soon, reports shows

8/10 - Monroe, MI – Finally, some good news for Lake Erie shoreline residents. It appears that the water levels are starting to back off from their seasonal and record highs. That’s the report that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released this week, with its monthly review and forecast for Great Lakes water levels.

Lake Erie’s water levels were high in July, but did not set a record, the report said. In comparison, it added, lakes Huron and Michigan set a new monthly mean record high water level and likely will do so again in August.

The 2019 water levels were so high for Lake Erie that new monthly records were set May through September, according to the U.S. Army Corps data. Previous record highs were set in the 1980s.

“While we expect water levels to decline across most of the Great Lakes, levels still remain extremely high,” said John Allis, chief of the Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology Office, Detroit District.

The water levels can be aggravated by day to day weather; as winds blowing inland will cause high waves and flooding on top of the existing conditions. As a result, Monroe County’s shoreline residents have noticed the impact of numerous Lakeshore Flood Warnings since spring, 2018.

In response, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers activated its Emergency Operations Center in 2019 and has provided technical assistance to communities affected by flooding.

Monroe News

 

Cargo ship runs aground off Port of Ogdensburg

8/10 - Ogdensburg, NY – The IMKE, a general cargo ship flagged out of Malta, ran aground Saturday afternoon just off the Port of Ogdensburg. The 134-meter ship, which was built in 2010, was traveling to Ogdensburg from Montreal, Québec, carrying wind turbine blades for the Roaring Brook Wind Farm in Lewis County.

Veteran ship watcher Michael J. Folsom reported on Twitter that the ship had trouble making it through the narrow access to the port on Saturday afternoon.

“Strong current at @Ogdensburg_NY gives docking ships a hard time. IMKE took multiple attempts at getting into the port today (Saturday) before running into trouble just off the dock,” Mr. Folsom tweeted at 11:42 p.m. Saturday.

Strong currents and precipitous depth changes makes Ogdensburg a difficult port to approach, and the IMKE could have used the assist of a tug, Mr. Folsom said in a subsequent tweet. As of 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the ship was listed as “aground,” on MarineTraffic.com

Mr. Folsom tweeted just after 5 p.m. Sunday that no pollution or injuries have been reported. Crews have attempted to pull IMKE into the dock and the bow has drawn closer. Stern damage to the ship is presumed, Mr. Folsom added.

NNY 360, Mardy Howe

 

Port Reports -  August 10

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Indiana Harbor arrived Duluth at 04:27 Sunday morning, loaded coal at Midwest Energy, and was outbound at 17:39. Arthur M. Anderson was due shortly before midnight with limestone. American Integrity spent Sunday at CN loading iron ore and was expected to depart by the end of the day. BBC Hudson and Josef both remained at Port Terminal unloading wind turbine components. There was no traffic in Superior on Sunday, and none is expected until Tuesday when Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin is due to load at BN.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on August 9th at 11:33 for South of #2. As of 19:55 she was still at the dock. Due Two Harbors, probably on August 10th, are the Arthur M. Anderson after she unloads stone at CN-Hallett #5. Currently North of Devil's Island at 19:55 is the American Century that is due Two Harbors. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the Herbert C. Jackson depart at 20:49 for Cleveland. There is no traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on August 10th.

Thunder Bay On.
Thursday; 21:12 CSL Welland departed for Montreal. Friday; 22:44 Federal Sakura departed to Montreal. 23:36 Algoma Strongfield arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load wheat. Saturday; 8:59 Ojibway arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain and departed at 23:52 for Windsor. Sunday; 13:54 G3 Marquis arrived and went to anchor south of the Welcome Islands. 14:39 The saltie Cape weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load grain. 16:14 Algoma Strongfield departed and is down bound.

Marquette, MI– Fred A Tijan
No ships arrived on August 7 and August 8. August 9 saw the arrival of the Clyde S. Vanenkevort / tug/Erie Trader-self unloading barge at 07:58hrs which departed at 17:01 hr with 33,892 tons of ore for Toledo, Ohio. No ships are scheduled for August 10.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Sunday included the tug Salvage Monarch, assisted by W.I. Scott Purvis. After dropping a Dean Construction Co. barge off at the Purvis Dock in Soo, ON, Salvage Monarch immediately headed back down the river. Other upbound traffic included Algoma Harvester and Federal Churchill. Dowbounders included Ojibway late, followed by Stewart J. Cort and Herbert C. Jackson near midnight.

Menominee MI – Chuck Zentmeyer‎
After spending the night riding the hook, Finnborg arrived the KK dock in early Sunday morning.

Sturgeon Bay, WI
H. Lee White departed Bay Ship with a destination of Calcite. Also it appears the repairs on the Florence Spirit are almost completed. Prentiss Brown was removed from the floating dry dock on Friday.

Holland, MI – William Van Appledorn
Great Republic arrived at 10 pm Sunday with a load of limestone from Port Inland.

Southern Lake Michigan
Frieda was at Burns Harbor Sunday night. BBC Mont Blanc is due when dock space opens up.

Northern Lake Huron
McGregor Bay: Sunday; 15:50 Baie Comeau arrived at the Fisher Harbour to unload road salt.
Little Current: Saturday; 7:09 Sharon MI departed for Algoma Steel Sault Ste Marie.
Spragge: Saturday; 21:09 Saginaw arrived to unload and departed Sunday at 2:00 for Port Inland.
Port Dolomite: Friday; 21:34 Arthur M Anderson arrived to load Saturday 0:45 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 arrived. 11:02 Arthur M Anderson departed for Duluth Superior. 15:50 After loading limestone Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 departed for Manistee
Calcite: Saturday; 5:07 American Mariner arrived to load limestone and departed at 19:34 and is down bound on Lake Huron. 19:36 Michipicoten arrived to load. Sunday; 5:38 H Lee White arrived to load. 15:54 The tug Albert and tanker barge Margaret arrived to unload petroleum products. They were assisted to dock by the Cheboygan based tug Nancy Anne.
Stoneport: Friday; 23:23 Manitowoc arrived to load limestone and departed Saturday at 10:31 for the St Joseph River/ Benton Harbor. Sunday; 18:57 Olive L Moore / Menominee arrived to load limestone.
Alpena: Saturday; 10:33 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load and departed at 16:07 for Duluth Superior.
Port Inland: Friday; 9:23 John G Munson arrived to load and departed Saturday at 0:24 for Marine City. 0:43 Great Republic arrived to load limestone. 23:08 Calumet arrived and went to anchor. Sunday; 4:34 Great Republic departed for Holland. Calumet weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load and departed at 14:59 for Manistee. 15:27 Joseph L Block arrived to load limestone. 15:52 Saginaw arrived and went to anchor.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Buffalo cleared 1.23 am Sunday downbound with salt. Algoma Conveyor was loading salt on Sunday evening.

Lake Erie Ports for Sunday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: American Courage departed at 20:30 Saturday for Cleveland and Cuyahoga arrived from Kingsville at 20:15.
Sandusky: Algoma Buffalo arrived at 20:10 to load at the Norfolk Southern coal dock.
Cleveland: Sea Eagle II arrived Saturday for St. Marys Cement. American Courage arrived at 01:20, unloaded and is now running shuttles from the Bulk Terminal. The G tug Wisconsin arrived at 22:00 from Duluth. American Mariner is due in Monday with stone for the Bulk Terminal. Fairport Harbor has no traffic scheduled.
Ashtabula: Cason J. Callaway left for Calcite. Algoma Sault arrived at 08:52, unloaded and departed at 18:47 for Meldrum Bay.
Conneaut: Algoma Niagara arrived at 19:30.
Nanticoke: Algoscotia and Algonorth were in port. Algoterra was anchored off of Port Dover and Algocanada is due in Monday. Over at Stelco, Algoma Transport arrived at 13:26.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
Kaministiqua was fully loaded with grain for Sorel and departed at 14:02 EST on Sunday. Algoma Guardian also departed on Sunday, at 17:59 EST, headed empty towards Superior. CSL Niagara was expected to depart late Sunday evening after completing an unload of coal.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer.
McKeil Spirit arrived at the Lehigh Cement Plant Dock on Sunday afternoon.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 10

On 10 August 1890, TWO FANNIES (3-mast wooden bark, 152 foot, 492 gross tons, built in 1862, at Peshtigo, Wisconsin) was carrying 800 tons of iron ore on Lake Erie when a seam opened in rough weather. The crew kept at the pumps but to no avail. They all made it off of the vessel into the yawl just as the bark sank north of Bay Village Ohio. The CITY OF DETROIT tried to rescue the crew but the weather made the rescue attempt too dangerous and only two men were able to get to the steamer. The tug JAMES AMADEUS came out and got the rest of the crew, including the ship's cat, which was with them in the yawl.

On August 10, 1952, the ARTHUR M. ANDERSON entered service for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. Exactly 14 years later, on August 10, 1966, the vessel's namesake, Arthur Marvin Anderson, passed away.

In 1969, the EDMUND FITZGERALD set the last of many cargo records it set during the 1960s. The FITZGERALD loaded 27,402 gross tons of taconite pellets at Silver Bay on this date. This record was broken by the FITZGERALD's sister ship, the ARTHUR B. HOMER, during the 1970 shipping season.

On 10 August 1937, B.H. BECKER (steel tug, 19 tons, built in 1932, at Marine City, Mich.) foundered in heavy seas, 9 miles north of Oscoda, Mich.

In 1906, JOHN H. PAULEY (formerly THOMPSON KINSFORD, wooden propeller steam barge, 116 foot, 185 gross tons, built in 1880, at Oswego, New York) caught fire at Marine City, Mich. Her lines were burned through and she then drifted three miles down the St. Clair River before beaching near Port Lambton, Ont. and burning out.

On 10 August 1922, ANNIE LAURA (wooden propeller sandsucker, 133 foot, 244 gross tons, built in 1871, at Marine City, Mich.) beached near Algonac, Mich., caught fire and burned to the waterline.

1899: The whaleback steamer JOHN B. TREVOR was rammed and sunk by her barge #131 in the St. Clair River. The accident was caused by CRESCENT CITY crossing the towline. The sunken ship was refloated and, in 1912, became the ATIKOKAN.

1967: PAUL L. TIETJEN and FORT WILLIAM were in a head-on collision on Lake Huron about 25 miles north of Port Huron. Both ships were damaged but were repaired and returned to service.

1975: CIMBRIA came through the Seaway for the first time in 1965 under West German registry. The ship was sailing as c) KOTA MENANG when it stranded on Nyali Reef, off Mombasa, Tanzania, due to a steering failure on August 10, 1975. The vessel received severe hull damage and was deemed a total loss.

1979: The Indian freighter JALARAJAN and the British flag LAURENTIC sustained minor damage in a collision at Kenosha, Wis. The former was dismantled at Calcutta, India, in 1988 while the latter was scrapped at Karachi, Pakistan, in 1984.

1992: MENASHA was set adrift and then sank in the St. Lawrence off Ogdensburg, N.Y. The former U.S. Navy tug was refloated and repaired. After some later service at Sarnia, the tug was resold and moved for Montreal for work as c) ESCORTE.

2007: NORDSTRAND came to the Great Lakes in 1990 and sank at the stern, alongside the Adriatica Shipyard at Bijela, Montenegro, as c) MEXICA, when the engine room flooded on this date. The ship was refloated on September 1, 2007, and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, for scrapping on May 5, 2010.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, David Swayze, Jody L. Aho, Max Hanley, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

H. Lee White, Stewart J. Cort return to service

8/9 - H Lee White came out of layup at Bayship on Saturday. Stewart J. Cort departed Fraser Shipyards heading over to BN#5 in Superior to load. She was in for repairs, not for layup.

 

Port of Montreal dockworkers set to strike and "shut down the port" on Monday

8/9 - Montreal, QC – The union representing dockworkers at the Port of Montreal announced it will file a notice with management on Friday that an unlimited strike will begin Monday.

And the Syndicat des débardeurs du port de Montréal, affiliated with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, told reporters that unless some breakthrough is reached with management after 65 sessions of contract talks, they will “shut down the port of Montreal” Monday morning.

“The ball is in management’s court,” union counsellor Michel Murray said during a press conference. However the Maritime Employers Association (MEA) said in a communiqué issued Friday that it was “disappointed” by the strike threat, adding that it had made an offer to reach a truce in the dispute but that it was rejected by union’s executive. The strike threat is the latest in an escalation of tensions between the port’s unionized workers and the MEA.

Last Monday, management sent the union a notice that changes would be made to certain monetary conditions in the collective agreement. The changes would affect night and weekend shift dock and maintenance workers and went into effect on Thursday.

The union has already walked off the job twice for four-day periods. Since last Monday, ships destined for Montreal have been re-routed to ports in Halifax, New York and Saint John. Negotiations at the port have been stalled principally over the issue of work schedules. The contract expired at the end of 2018.

Last week, five local employers’ groups expressed their concern over the economic impact the labour crisis could have on Montreal, and urged the federal and provincial governments to intervene quickly to reduce the fallout a prolonged conflict would inflict.

CBC

 

Port Reports -  August 9

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Herbert C. Jackson arrived Duluth at 02:11 Saturday morning loaded with limestone for Hallett #5. Her fleetmate Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 04:17 to pick up a load of coal at Midwest Energy. The Jackson finished her unload and was outbound for Silver Bay at 10:15. American Integrity arrived at 17:21 to load iron ore at Canadian National. The Tregurtha was expected to depart from SMET at 20:00. BBC Hudson and Josef were both still moored at Port Terminal Saturday unloading wind turbines. Her repairs complete, Stewart J. Cort backed out of Fraser Shipyards at 09:00 Saturday morning and shifted down to Burlington Northern in Superior to load iron ore. She departed at 17:30 bound for Burns Harbor.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CN-Two Harbors had no traffic on August 8th. Due Two Harbors on August 9th is the Edwin H. Gott. As of 19:30 on August 8th the American Century is at the Soo showing a Two Harbors destination. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Herbert C. Jackson on August 8th after unloading stone at CN-Hallett #5. She arrived at 14:20. As of 19:30 on the 8th she was still at the loading dock. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for August 9th.

St. Marys River
Friday’s report was mislabled as being for Saturday. Our apologies. Upbound traffic on Saturday included Arthur M. Anderson, G3 Marquis and American Century. Downbound traffic included Federal Sakura and Joseph L. Block late.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Iver Bright was loading at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal on Saturday

Lake Erie Ports for Saturday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: American Courage arrived at 05:05 from Cleveland.
Sandusky: No traffic.
Cleveland: Departures are NACC Capri for Bath, American Courage for Marblehead, Calusa Coast for Amherstberg and Anglian Lady for Sault Ste. Marie. G tug Wisconsin is due in Sunday.
Fairport Harbor has no traffic scheduled.
Ashtabula: Cason J. Callaway arrived at 16:06. Algoma Sault is due in Sunday.
Conneaut has no traffic scheduled.
Nanticoke: Algonova left for Sarnia at 03:58. Algoscotia and Algonorth are both at Imperial Oil.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
Algoma Transport arrived at 1:00 EST Saturday to unload coal from Toledo. Kaministiqua arrived at 5:28 EST for the Richardson Terminal to load grain. At 15:15 EST Algoma Transport finished unloading and cleared for Nanticoke. At 20:31 EST Algoma Guardian arrived to unload ore from Superior and was followed in 8 minutes later by the tug Vigilant 1, arriving from Toronto. CSL Niagara was expected to arrive late Saturday from Sandusky to unload coal.

 

Port Reports -  August 8

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Presque Isle departed Duluth at 06:51 Friday morning light for Two Harbors after waiting on the east side of CN #6 for her turn at the dock there. Joseph L. Block shifted from CN to Hallett #5 early Friday to load blast furnace trim and was expected to depart Friday evening. Herbert C. Jackson was due around midnight with limestone for Hallett #5. BBC Hudson and Josef were both moored at Port Terminal offloading wind turbine components, while Stewart J. Cort continues to undergo repairs at Fraser Shipyards. In Superior, Frontenac arrived Friday at 09:08 to load at Burlington Northern. She was expected to finish loading and depart at 21:00.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Burns Harbor departed Two Harbors on August 7th at 05:32 from South of #2 for Indiana Harbor. Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors on August 7th at 08:56 for South of #2 after taking a delay at East of #6 in Duluth. The Presque Isle departed Two Harbors on August 7th at 15:33 for Gary. In the 4 yrs. I've been doing this report that's the fastest I've seen a 1,000-footer load in Two Harbors. There is no traffic due Two Harbors on August 8th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay should see the Herbert C. Jackson arrive sometime in the afternoon/evening after unloading stone at CN-Hallett #5.

Thunder Bay On.
Thursday; 22:35 Federal Sakura shifted from the Superior Elevator to the G3 elevator to finish loading. Friday; 10:13 Federal Satsuki arrived and went to anchor.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on Saturday included American Integrity, Ojibway and, late, Indiana Harbor. Downbound traffic included John D. Leitch in the morning fog followed at mid-day by the tug Wisconsin / tug Missouri, bound for Cleveland. CSL Welland was though the locks around dinnertime, followed by James R. Barker.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
After delivering cement to the Lafarge terminal, Samuel de Champlain/Innovation cleared for Calumet Harbor at 05:25 Friday (8/7). Carrying European steel, Federal Churchill arrived from Burns Harbor at 06:02 and tied up at the Federal Marine Terminals dock, slip one, outer harbor. Pushing St. Marys Challenger, Bradshaw McKee arrived from Charlevoix at 09:16 with cement for the Kinnickinnic River terminal. G.L. Ostrander/Integrity is expected from Alpena late Friday night with more cement for the Lafarge terminal.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Thursday; 23:19 Laura L Van Enkevort departed for Grand Haven.
Calcite: Friday; 7:59 Olive L Moore / Menominee arrived to load. 11:33 Kaye E Barker departed for Buffington. 19:52 Olive L Moore / Menominee departed and are down bound on Lake Huron.
Stoneport: Friday; 5:09 Clyde S Van Enkevort arrived to load limestone and departed at 20:32.
Alpena: Friday; 2:57 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 arrived at the Lafarge plant to unload and departed at 19:33 for Port Dolomite.
Port Inland: Thursday; 23:34 Cason J Callaway departed for Ashtabula.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara taking her salt to Bowmanville ON. Algoma Sault arrived 2.52.pm Friday loading at Compass Minerals salt for Ashtabula OH

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Friday Arrivals: Great Republic arrived at Motor City Materials to unload stone. Wilf Seymour/Alouette Spirit-arrived at Zug Island to load coke.

Lake Erie Ports for Friday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: No traffic is scheduled.
Sandusky: CSL Niagara loaded coal and departed at 16:41, no destination was given.
Cleveland: American Century left for Duluth. NACC Capri arrived at 06:43 for Lafarge. Dorothy Ann departed with salt for Holland, MI and American Courage arrived from Ashtabula at 10:00.
Fairport Harbor: CSL Tadoussac departed with no destination given. Ashtabula: American Courage left for Cleveland and Cason J. Callaway is due in Saturday.
Conneaut: Edwin H. Gott departed for Two Harbors.
Nanticoke: Algonova is in port, Algoscotia anchored off Port Dover and Algonorth is due in Saturday.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
Algoma Harvester departed light at 11:36 EST for Thunder Bay after unloading ore.

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at Lehigh Cement early Friday afternoon.

 

Lake Superior's current warm-up less dramatic than other Great Lakes

8/8 - Thunder Bay, ON – A hot summer has helped to push Lake Superior's average water temperature several degrees above the long-term normal for this time of year. Scientists say it's part of a trend across the Great Lakes that raises concerns about harmful algae blooms and damage to ecosystems.

Environment and Climate Change Canada reports that the average surface temperature of the largest of the Great Lakes was 13.6 C in July, or 2.2 degrees warmer than the average between 1995 and 2019.

Superior's surface water temperatures currently ranges from 12 C in the middle of the lake to as high as 24 C along the shoreline.

Water temperatures on all the Great Lakes including Superior have been running well above average for weeks, according to Andrew Bramburger, vice-president of the International Association for Great Lakes Research and a research scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Records were set last month on Lakes Ontario, Erie and Michigan.

"The interesting thing about that is, usually they don't hit their maximum temperature until a week or so into August, and the lakes were hitting temperatures higher than those historical maximums by mid-July this year. Just the timing of the warm-up came a bit earlier," Bramburger said.

He added that there's still potentially three or four weeks of continuing warming ahead. Bramburger said the general absence of brisk wind this summer has also contributed.

"When you don't have that wind creating waves and mixing the warm surface water down into the lake, those surfaces can get really hot," he said.

Compared with this year, Lake Superior has recorded higher average surface temperatures in July on five occasions since 1998, including 2012 when it reached 18.3 C. It has been identified as one of the most rapidly-warming large lakes on the planet.

Bramburger said "It's a big lake and it takes a lot of energy to heat up. So it seems it It should be a bit of a mystery as to why Lake Superior is warming as quickly as it is." However, he noted Superior's contrast with a water body such as Lake Erie, where the temperature plateaus before cooling of the surface water occurs due to evaporation.

"Lake Superior has a lot more room to absorb that heat before it starts hitting that upper limit where it starts evaporating. So its able to absorb heat, year after year and summer after summer, despite the fact it's a colder lake than the other ones," Bramburger explained.

Scientists are concerned that the warming of the Great Lakes will stress fish populations and increase the development of toxic blue-green algae blooms. After sporadic occurrences along the southern shore of Lake Superior in recent years, the first documented blue-green algae bloom on the Canadian side developed 35 kilometres east of Thunder Bay in September 2019.

Bramburger said "It seems that the bacteria responsible for harmful algae blooms respond to changes in temperature even if the lake is not super-hot...It could be that as we see the warmer temperatures in the summer, particularly this year when the lakes heated up pretty quickly, we're having a water mass that is a lot more hospitable to those cyanobacteria than the other algae in the lake."

He added that "the near-shore areas of Superior are quite a bit warmer than they used to be...Looking at Thunder Bay and some of the other inlets up there, it is in that same range of temperatures. Anytime you're getting into the 20s for Lake Superior, it's a bit of a departure from what, historically, it would be...this is part of a trend."

Bramburger cautioned that it's easy to get complacent about the huge lake. "As Canadians who live in the Great Lakes basin, we're really spoiled with having better access to clean, fresh water than probably anyone in the world."

He said the lakes are arguably the most precious natural resource on the globe.

"This is a big deal to see these warming trends, and the potential implications, even with all the weird stuff going on around the world in 2020. This is an important thing to keep track of," Bramburger said.

 

2020 updated list of new saltwater visitors

8/8 - As of August 1, 2020, there were 24 new saltwater vessels making their first inland trips into the Great Lakes/Seaway system via the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, NY. They include Alanis, Amber Bay, Amoenitas, Atlantic Spirit, Aujaq, BBC Gdansk, BBC Mekong, BBC Norfolk, BBC Swift, Caroline, Comet, Fure Ven, Hilke, Ijborg, Janet C, Josef, Julie C, Lagertha, Mick, Nadja, Northern Spirit, Puna, Sinaa and Zea Servant.

Since August 1, there has been one more new visitor, the Spiekeroog. Another new visitor, the Imke, is expected to be making her first inland trip sometime in August. Imke is formerly the Palau that last visited as such in 2016.

Six of the new saltwater visitors in 2020 made inland trips with other names. Among them are Atlantic Spirit which last visited as the Adfines Star in 2019, while the Northern Spirit also last visited in 2019 as the Adfines Sea. Both are sisterships. The Caroline last visited in 2019 as the Palmerton and they were renamed while at Sarnia on December 1. Three other new visitors that visited with former names are the Hilke which last visited in 2018 as the Palabora, and the tanker Lagertha which last visited in 2016 as the Halit Bey on its only visit with that name then. Finally, the Puna which last visited most recently in 2019 as the Three Rivers.

Denny Dushane

 

Keel laying ceremony & naming announcement of new Mark W. Barker

8/8 - Watch to see the keel laying ceremony and naming announcement of Interlake Steamship Co.’s new build, the 639-foot Mark W. Barker. This was June 23, 2020 at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGGtW9-eBoA

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 8

August 8, 1991 - The excursion ferry AMERICANA has been sold and passed down the Welland Canal bound for the Caribbean with registry in Panama. She was the former East Coast ferry BLOCK ISLAND that arrived in Buffalo just three years ago.

On 08 August 1878, the Buffalo (wooden propeller package freighter, 258 foot, 1,762 gross tons) was launched at the yard of Thomas Quayle & Sons in Cleveland, Ohio for the Western Transportation Company. Her engine was a double Berry & Laig compound engine constructed by the Globe Iron Works in Buffalo, New York. She lasted until 1911, when she was abandoned at Marine City, Michigan.

The JAMES R. BARKER became the longest vessel on the Great Lakes when it entered service on August 8, 1976. It held at least a tie for this honor until the WILLIAM J. DELANCEY entered service on May 10, 1981. The BARKER's deckhouse had been built at AmShip's Chicago yard and was transported in sections to Lorain on the deck of the steamer GEORGE D. GOBLE.

The BUFFALO was christened August 8, 1978, for the Connecticut Bank & Trust Co. (American Steamship Co., mgr.)

The E.B. BARBER along with the motor vessel SAGINAW BAY, a.) FRANK H. GOODYEAR of 1917, arrived August 8, 1985, under tow in Vigo, Spain. Demolition began on August 9, 1985, by Miguel Martins Periera at Guixar-Vigo.

The Soo River Company was forced into receivership on August 8, 1982.

On 8 August 1887, CITY OF ASHLAND (wooden sidewheel tug, 90 feet long 85 gross tons, built in 1883, at Ashland, Wisconsin) was towing a log raft near Washburn, Wisconsin in Lake Superior. Fire broke out near the boilers and quickly cut off the crew from the lifeboat. They jumped overboard and all but 1 or 2 were picked up by local tugs. The burned hull sank soon afterward.

The wooden tug J E EAGLE was destroyed by fire at about 4:00 p.m. on 8 August 1869, while towing a raft of logs on Saginaw Bay to Bay City. Her loss was valued at $10,000, but she was insured for only $7,000.

August 8, 1981 - The Ann Arbor carferry VIKING took part in a ceremony christening a body of water between Manitowoc and Two Rivers as "Maritime Bay".

August 8, 1999 - The KAYE E. BARKER delivered the last shipment of limestone for Dow Chemical, Ludington. The plant later closed its lime plant and began lime deliveries by rail.

On 8 August 1813, the U. S. Navy schooner HAMILTON (wooden 10-gun schooner, 112 foot, 76 tons, built in 1809, at Oswego, New York as a.) DIANA, was lying at anchor off the mouth of the Niagara River on Lake Ontario with her armed fleet-mate SCOURGE awaiting dawn when they planned to attack the British fleet. However, a quick rising storm swamped and sank both vessels. Since they were both built as commercial vessels, it has been suggested that their cannons may have made them top-heavy. The HAMILTON was found by sonar in 1975, sitting upright almost completely intact at the bottom of Lake Ontario. The Cousteau organization has dived to her and she was the subject of a live television dive by Robert Ballard in 1990.

August 8, 1882 - An August snowstorm was reported by a ship on Lake Michigan, dumping 6 inches of snow and slush on the deck. Snow showers were reported at shore points that day.

In 1942, the seven shipyards at Duluth-Superior were in full production and announced three launchings in two days. The submarine chaser SC-671 was launched on August 8, at Inland Waterways, Inc. on Park Point.

1941 An explosion aboard the Canadian tanker TRANSITER at River Rouge resulted in the loss of 2 lives. The ship was towed to Port Dalhousie for repairs and returned to work as b) TRANSTREAM in 1942. It was sold for off-lakes service as c) WITSUPPLY in 1969 and sank in heavy weather off Cabo de la Vela, Colombia, while apparently enroute to Cartagena, Colombia, for scrap, on February 23, 1981.

1964 ELLEN KLAUTSCHE suffered an engine failure while berthing at Toronto and rammed the docked NORDIA after just missing the tugs TERRY S. and WILLIAM LYON MACKENZIE. The West German freighter was towed to Port Weller for repairs by the GRAEME STEWART. Later, as b) VARUNA YAN, it was detained in the Shatt-Al-Arab waterway and then, on April 3, 1984, was shelled becoming a CTL.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, David Swayze, Lake Huron Lore Society, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Jody L. Aho, Brian Bernard , Max Hanley, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

 

Port Reports -  August 7

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
James R. Barker arrived Duluth at 03:38 Thursday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy. The saltie Josef arrived from anchor at 13:10 and backed into the Port Terminal slip, mooring astern of BBC Hudson to unload her cargo of wind turbine towers. The Barker was outbound from SMET at 14:57. Joseph L. Block spent Thursday tied up at CN; it was unclear if she was still unloading limestone or had began loading iron ore pellets, however she had been scheduled to shift over to Hallett #5 to load blast furnace trim. Presque Isle, which had unexpectedly arrived on Wednesday evening, was tied up on the east side of berth 6 and is presumably waiting for the Block to clear so she can load. BBC Hudson was finishing up her unload at Port Terminal on Thursday and is expected to shift to CHS to load grain. Stewart J. Cort remains at Fraser Shipyard for repairs.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Burns Harbor arrived Two Harbors at 09:21 on August 6th for South of #2. There is no traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on August 7th. The stop the Presque Isle made in Two Harbors on the 5th was to fuel before she continued on to CN-Duluth. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on August 6th and none scheduled on August 7th.

Marquette, MI– Fred A Tijan
The Kaye E. Barker arrived August 3 at 02:02 hr and departed at 12:50 hr for Toledo, Ohio with 25,900 tons of ore. No ships arrived August 4. Tug Victory with barge Maumee arrived August 5 at 21:52 hr and departed August 6 at 07:22 hr for Toledo, Ohio with 25,500 tons of ore. Only two ships have loaded at Marquett during August. No ships are scheduled for loading on August 6 or August 7.

St. Marys River
Frontenac was upbound early Thursday followed by Federal Satsuki in the afternoon and Herbert C. Jackson in the evening. Downbounders included Federal Montreal and Algoma Guardian early, with Mesabi Miner and Maumee/Victory after dark.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Thursday; 6:49 Baie Comeau departed for Windsor. 14:35 Laura L Van Enkevort arrived to load dolomite.
Calcite: Thursday; 19:59 American Mariner departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. 20:01 Kaye E Barker arrived to load.
Stoneport: Thursday; 12:26 Herbert C Jackson departed for Duluth Superior.
Alpena: Thursday; 7:15 GL Ostrander arrived to load cement products and departed at 14:29 for Milwaukee.
Port Inland: Thursday; 8:34 Cason J Callaway arrived to load limestone.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara cleared 10.48 am Thursday downbound with salt

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Thursday Arrivals: Anglian Lady/Ironmaster-arrived at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload steel coils. Calusa Coast and Delaware-arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder-arrived at Motor City Materials to unload salt. Manitoulin-arrived at the St. Clair Aggregates dock to unload stone.

Lake Erie Ports for Thursday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Manitowoc departed at 14:26 for Marine City.
Sandusky: Saginaw arrived at 07;49, loaded coal and has departed. No destination given.
Cleveland: American Century arrived at 15:26 for the Bulk Terminal. American Courage left for Ashtabula and Dorothy Ann arrived at 18:02 to load salt at Cargill. NACC Capri is due in Friday.
Fairport Harbor: CSL Tadoussac arrived at 07:23 to load salt at Morton.
Ashtabula: Arthur M. Anderson left at 09:32 for Cedarville. American Courage arrived at 17:26 to load for Cleveland.
Conneaut: Edwin H. Gott arrived at 14:45.
Nanticoke: CSL Tadoussac left for Fairport Harbor at 22:31 Wednesday night and Algonova came in from anchorage at 09:24

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
Algoma Harvester arrived at 8:09 EST with a load of ore from Port Cartier. At 12:49 EST, the G3 Marquis departed after spending a day loading ore, and is now bound for Thunder Bay. The Torrent departed at 20:47 EST loaded with grain that will be taken to Veracruz, Mexico. The ATB combo Everlast/Norman McLeod is currently in port, however, since arriving her AIS has been turned off, which is a sign that she may be undergoing repairs or entering layup.

Oswego, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at the Lehigh Cement Dock on Thursday morning.

 

Delong, Michels making large investments in Port of Milwaukee

8/7 - Milwaukee WI – Milwaukee’s 467-acre port will see two major upgrades through investments by the DeLong Company and Michels Corp. Both mean new buildings and increased activity at the port.

The DeLong deal calls for a $31 million agricultural export facility that will be used to ship a byproduct of ethanol manufacturing that is used as animal feed in other markets. It would be the first facility of its kind on the Great Lakes.

“This is one of the highlights of my career,” said Port Milwaukee executive director Adam Tindall-Schlicht on his second anniversary with the city. “DeLong’s investment at the port is the biggest at least since the 1950s.”

The Board of Harbor Commissioners unanimously approved a 4.42-acre lease agreement with DeLong that would pay approximately $3.5 million in lease payments over 30 years.

The company would occupy three unused parcels on the inner harbor with direct access for Seawaymax vessels, the largest that operate on the Great Lakes. “Vessels from all over the world can come to this property,” said Tindall-Schlicht.

And that’s the plan. The indoor facility will be used for transloading train and truck loads of “dry distillers grain with solubles” (DDGS) and other agricultural products onto ocean-going vessels. The material is a by-product of the ethanol production process whereby corn is converted into fuel. Global demand for DDGS, which is used as a nutrient supplement for livestock, is growing according to a city report.

The project partners hope to export 200,000 metric tons annually, approximately $40 million worth of the product, from which the port will collect a tariff fee in addition to lease payments.

“This is a brand-new tenant to the port and we welcome the DeLong family,” said Tindall-Schlicht of the Clinton-based company.

A new rail line servicing the AMEF will directly connect the system to Union Pacific and Canadian Pacific‘s rail network. An ethanol export facility already exists at the port. Approximately 20 percent of DDGS exported is expected to come from Wisconsin ethanol plants, with the remainder coming from Iowa and Minnesota.

The city will borrow $4.3 million to contribute to the capital cost of the project. DeLong is investing $6.2 million in the facility’s construction. Federal and state grants, first announced in February, are anticipated to cover the remainder.

DeLong would pay approximately $30,000 per buildable acre it leases. The facility, located at 1711 S. Carferry Dr., is expected to be completed in 2023.

Michels Deal Infrastructure contractor Michels Corp. has leased a portion of the port’s “Grand Trunk” site since 2016 and used it for staging for area projects. That lease was scheduled to expire in June 2021.

The company, which is building a $100 million mixed-use complex with an eight-story office building upstream on the Kinnickinnic River, will now lease even more of the Grand Trunk property after winning a competitive request-for-proposals process.

“What we know at this point is that there is going to be some construction of office buildings and loading and unloading at this site,” said Tindall-Schlicht.

David Stegeman, Michels chief legal officer and vice president of business administration, was present at the virtual meeting, but didn’t elaborate on the plan.

In a brief phone interview after the meeting, Stegeman told Urban Milwaukee the plan isn’t on the scale of the $100 million River One plan. “We are very excited, but are not sharing any details until we are through the approval process,” said Stegeman. Tindall-Schlicht said more information would be available in September when the proposal is reviewed by the Common Council.

“This is an excellent use of a piece of land that we have been trying to find what to do with for at least the last 20 years I have been around,” said commissioner Ron San Felippo. The property, a portion of which is being restored as a publicly accessible wetland, is named for the Grand Trunk Railroad which once used the site for loading train cars onto ships designed to bypass Chicago.

Michels will lease 17.40 acres, 13.5 of which are buildable, for up to 99 years. An initial lease period is for 20 years with extensions offered every decade. “We tried to extend the lease to the likely tenure of Adam’s as port director, so it’s a 99-year lease,” said San Felippo. Michels is estimated to pay $23,130,000 over the life of lease, about $17,000 per acre.

Commissioner Craig Mastantuono asked how such a long lease could be calculated. “I have no idea what competitive rent is going to look like 57 years or 74 years from now,” he said.

Tindall-Schlicht said the lease had inflation adjustments, tied to the Producers Price Index, scheduled every five years.

Commissioner Claude Krawczyk asked why the rent was nearly half that of the DeLong deal on a per-acre basis. “The dockwall at Grand Trunk requires significant repair,” said Tindall-Schlicht. Michels will pay to remediate that in the first three years of its a lease, one of the terms of the deal.

The site, addressed as 432 E. Bay St., is also accessible only by smaller ships, primarily tugboats and barges. “Location, location, location,” said Krawczyk.

The Michels lease was unanimously approved. “Today’s votes and agreements have awoken what many think is a sleeping giant,” said Borkowski.

Milwaukee scored a win when Viking Cruises announced in January it will bring new cruise ships to the Great Lakes. The company plans to enter the Great Lakes market in 2022 and will use Milwaukee as a turnaround point 10 times in the opening year, bringing an estimated 8,000 visitors through the city.

UrbanMilwaukee.com

 

Northern Michigan: Salty – ‘The Colorful Adventures of a Well-Seasoned Sea Dog Pt. 1’

8/7 - It was only supposed to be a part-time job, but then one man soon found himself traveling the world. “Forty-five years later I was still out there. I promised my folks I was going to get a real job someday, and maybe someday I will,” said Lon Calloway. “Oh man, talk about a life.

“My name is Lon Calloway and I am a retired merchant mariner and I’ve spent over 45 years working all over the United States, Alaska, Gulf of Mexico working on a variety of vessels, 85 in total,” explained Lon.

It all started when Lon simply wanted to make some money for college. That all changed when he found that if he worked as a relief worker, working on the boats gave him a lot of freedom.

“The money and the flexibility of being able to work when I wanted, I pick and choose my jobs. I would get relationships with dispatchers from all these different companies and then I could call them up and tell them I was available, and they would tell me if they needed somebody. I could usually get a job within 24 hours of making a phone call,” explained Lon.

He learned quickly that not all these jobs were smooth sailing.

“You had to work it. I had to make sure that they knew that I would take a bad job to get a good job, and I would because I knew that they had to service their contracts. I had some pretty horrible boats from time to time. For instance, the tugboat in Alaska name the Lutak Pride, it had garbage bags taped up to the ceiling to keep the water from leaking through to the deck and running on you when you were in in your bunk. You didn’t dare take your shoes off, because you might have to run for it if something happens and it started to sink,” said Lon.

Time is money for the boat companies. Just getting on the freighters can be an adventure.

“The Ojibway is the story of the first time I ever stepped aboard a freighter. They took supplies and crew members out to the freighters and the Ojibway would swing up alongside of it and, with a crane, they would boom over all the supplies and then the relief guys will jump on and then the guys getting off would get on the boat and head back into town. For a new guy, it’s a pretty intimidating experience pulling up alongside that big sled that’s rumbling down the river and seeing all the action on there, climbing over the rail and when the Ojibway pulls away, you’re stuck, there you go,” explained Lon.

Lon has so many stories about his 45-year-career he was convinced to write some of them down in his new book.

“The book I just wrote is called ‘Salty: The Colorful Adventures of a Well-Seasoned Sea Dog.’ It has some of my better ones in there. I think it has 27 stories about my life at sea and some of the 85 boats that I’ve been on and some of the just insane people I’ve met along the way,” said Lon.

Read more at this link: https://www.9and10news.com/2020/08/05/northern-michigan-in-focus-salty-the-colorful-adventures-of-a-well-seasoned-sea-dog-pt-1

 

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 7

August 7, 1789 - President George Washington signed the ninth act of the first United States Congress placing management of the lighthouses under the Department of the Treasury. August 7 in now "National Lighthouse Day".

On 07 August 1890, the schooner CHARGER (wooden schooner, 136 foot, 277 gross tons, built in 1868, at Sodus, New York) was struck by the CITY OF CLEVELAND (wooden propeller freighter, 255 foot, 1,528 gross tons, built in 1882, at Cleveland, Ohio) near Bar Point near the mouth of the Detroit River on Lake Erie. The schooner sank, but her crew was saved.

The JAMES R. BARKER was christened August 7, 1976. She was to become Interlake's first 1,000 footer and the flagship of the fleet for Moore McCormack Leasing, Inc. (Interlake Steamship Co., Cleveland, Ohio, mgr.). She was built at a cost of more than $43 million under Title XI of the Merchant Marine Act of 1970. She was the third 1,000-footer to sail on the Lakes and the first built entirely on the Lakes.

On 7 August 1844, DANIEL WHITNEY, a wooden schooner, was found floating upside-down, with her crew of 4 missing and presumed dead. She was six miles off mouth of the Kalamazoo River in Lake Michigan.

August 7, 1948 - Edward L. Ryerson, chairman of Inland Steel Company announced that the new ore boat under construction for Inland will be named the WILFRED SYKES in honor of the president of the company. Mr. Sykes had been associated with Inland since 1923, when he was employed to take charge of engineering and construction work. From 1927, to 1930, he served as assistant general superintendent and from 1930, to 1941, as assistant to the president in charge of operations. He became president of Inland in May, 1941. He had been a director of the company since 1935. The new ship was to be the largest and fastest on the Great Lakes, having a carrying capacity in intermediate depth of 20,000 gross tons. The ship will be 678 feet long, 70 feet wide and 37 feet deep, and will run at 16 miles per hour when loaded.

While lying at the dock at the C & L. H. Railroad Yard in Port Huron on 7 August 1879, the scow MORNING LARK sank after the scow MAGRUDER ran into her at 4:00 a.m., MORNING LARK was raised and repaired at the Wolverine dry dock and was back in service on 20 September 1879.

1912 – A collision in heavy fog with the RENSSELAER sank the JAMES GAYLEY 43 miles east of Manitou Light, Lake Superior. The upbound coal-laden vessel was hit on the starboard side, about 65 feet from the bow, and went down in about 16 minutes. The two ships were held together long enough for the crew to cross over to RENSSELAER.

1921 – RUSSELL SAGE caught fire and burned on Lake Ontario while downbound with a load of wire. The ship sank off South Bay Point, about 30 miles west of Kingston. The crew took to the lifeboat and were saved. About 600 tons of wire were later salvaged. The hull has been found and is upright in 43 feet of water and numerous coils of wire remain on the bottom.

1958 – HURLBUT W. SMITH hit bottom off Picnic Island, near Little Current, Manitoulin Island, while outbound. The ship was inspected at Silver Bay and condemned. It was sold to Knudsen SB & DD of Superior and scrapped in 1958-1959.

1958 – The T-3 tanker GULFOIL caught fire following a collision with the S.E. GRAHAM off Newport, Rhode Island while carrying about 5 million gallons of gasoline. Both ships were a total loss and 17 lives were lost with another 36 sailors injured. The GULFOIL was rebuilt with a new mid-body and came to the Great Lakes as c) PIONEER CHALLENGER in 1961 and was renamed MIDDLETOWN in 1962 and e) AMERICAN VICTORY in 2006.

1964 – CARL LEVERS, a pre-Seaway visitor as a) HARPEFJELL and b) PRINS MAURITS, had come to the Great Lakes in 1957-1958. It had been an early Great Lakes trader for both the Fjell Line from Norway and the Dutch flag Oranje Lijn. The ship was cast adrift in a cyclone at Bombay, India, going aground on a pylon carrying electric wires off Mahul Creek and caught fire on August 24, 1964. The vessel was released and scrapped at Bombay later in the year.

1970 – ORIENT TRANSPORTER first came through the Seaway in 1966. It arrived at Beaumont, Texas, on this day in 1970, following an engine breakdown. The 1949 vintage ship was not considered worth repairing and was broken up at Darica, Turkey, in 1971.

1972 – The small Canadian tanker barge TRANSBAY, loaded with liquid asphalt and under tow of the JAMES WHALEN for Sept Iles, sank in a storm on the Gulf of St. Lawrence. There were no casualties.

1989 – CLARENVILLE, a former East Coast wooden passenger and freight carrier, came to the Great Lakes in 1981 for conversion to a floating restaurant at Owen Sound. The restaurant declared bankruptcy in May 1989 and a fire, of suspicious origin, broke out on this date. It was a long and difficult blaze to control and the ship sank. It broke apart during salvage in September 1989. The bow was clammed out in December 1989 and the stern removed in April 1990 and taken to the city dump.

1991 – FINNPOLARIS first came through the Seaway in 1985. It struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic off Greenland and sank in deep water the next day. All 17 on board were saved.

1994 – GUNDULIC came inland under Yugoslavian registry for the first time in 1971. The ship caught fire as c) PAVLINA ONE while loading at Mongla, Bangladesh, on this date and was abandoned by the crew on August 8. The blaze was extinguished August 9 but the gutted and listing freighter was beached and settled in shallow water. The hull was auctioned to a local demolition contractor in 1996 but was still listed as a hazard to navigation in 1999.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Dave Wobser, Joe Barr, David Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

ArcelorMittal restarting blast furnace at Indiana Harbor

8/6 - ArcelorMittal is restarting a blast furnace at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor East Chicago that was idled because of the coronavirus and repairing another blast furnace that was damaged in an explosion at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor.

"ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor has begun preparations to restart Indiana Harbor #4 blast furnace," spokesman William Steers said. "The flexibility afforded by our ArcelorMittal USA assets allows the company to continue matching production with customer demand."

In May, the Luxembourg-based steelmaker idled the #4 Blast Furnace at its Indiana Harbor steel mill after automotive plants nationwide shut down for a deep cleaning to slow the spread of coronavirus that's killed more than 155,000 Americans. The steelmaker blew down the blast furnace to adapt to the drop in demand "while maintaining the flexibility of our operations" and "with necessary precaution to preserve the asset for future production."

The steelmaker also is making repairs to Blast Furnace D, which was damaged in an explosion last month at its Burns Harbor mill.

A stove dome failure two weeks ago caused a fire that forced the company to take the blast furnace offline. Videos posted to social media showed the blast showering the mill with the shrapnel of big chunks of burning hot refractory, the interior lining that protects the blast furnace shell from super-heated temperatures during the steelmaking process.

"ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor is currently working through repairs on D blast furnace which are anticipated to take a couple of weeks," Steers said. "We do not anticipate any significant changes in employment as a result of the production changes at these facilities."

Demand has been rebounding, with steel production in the Great Lakes region rising 4.6% last week to 471,000 tons, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

U.S. Steel, Northwest Indiana's other major steelmaker, has restarted two blast furnaces at Gary Works that had been idled after the auto plants were shut down. It fired back up the No. 6 Blast Furnace right after the Fourth of July weekend and started the No. 8 Blast Furnace this past weekend.

U.S. Steel spokeswoman Meghan Cox said the steelmaker was starting to see strong demand from the auto, appliances, packaging and construction industries.

NW Indiana Times

 

Marathon seeks court approval to dispose of tug Peninsula

8/6 - Marathon, ON – A large tugboat leaning precipitously to one side on a Marathon public beach has become a “blight” and a “public safety hazard” and needs to be removed. So says the town of Marathon, which earlier this month applied to Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice for an order that would allow the municipality to dispose of the 140-tonne vessel, possibly having it dismantled

“The (Peninsula) tugboat is not part of the (town’s) plans moving forward,” town chief administrator Daryl Skworchinski says in an affidavit filed with the court. “It is merely taking up space next to a public boat launch and devolving into a blight on the community’s image.”

Chronicle-Journal

 

Great Lakes water levels reaching peaks for the year

8/6 - Detroit, MI – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces each of the Great Lakes, except Lake Superior, have likely reached their peak water levels for the year and are predicted to decline.

Lakes Michigan-Huron set another new monthly mean record high water level in July, however the water level is expected to slowly drop the rest of the year. Water levels on Lakes St. Clair, Erie and Ontario all continued to decline last month, with no new records set on those lakes in July. The water level of Lake Superior is expected to peak next month before entering its period of typical seasonal decline.

“While we expect water levels to decline across most of the Great Lakes, levels still remain extremely high,” said John Allis, chief of the Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology Office, Detroit District.

The Corps most recent forecast projects that Lake Michigan-Huron will likely set another new record high monthly mean water level next month in August before dropping back beneath record highs in September. With the continued high water on many of the lakes, and the approaching active fall storm period, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges those impacted by the high water levels last fall to be preparing for similar or worse impacts over the next few months.

During response operations, Detroit District, Emergency Management Office conducts emergency operations to save lives and protect public facilities and communities. USACE can provide technical assistance in the form of advice and expertise in the construction of temporary flood protection measures such as sandbagging, or direct assistance by providing flood fight.

supplies to state, county, or local public officials. Assistance is supplemental to local and state efforts and at the request of the state.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, activated its Emergency Operations Center May 2019 in response to high water on the Great Lakes. July 2020 marks more than 450 consecutive days of providing support. In that time, Detroit District has conducted many on-site assessments under our technical assistance authority in 16 approved counties, and has provided flood fight supplies under our direct assistance authority in two counties. To date, Detroit District has given out 350,000 sandbags to counties to assist them in their flood fighting efforts.

In addition, citizens of Indiana and Michigan may decide to work on personal construction projects to alleviate erosion or flooding, which could potentially impact the nation’s rivers, streams, wetlands and other aquatic resources. These projects may require a permit from the USACE, Regulatory Office.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

 

Port Reports -  August 6

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Joseph L. Block arrived Duluth at 09:03 Wednesday morning with limestone to discharge into the hopper at CN, however she tied off at the gravity dock to wait for Mesabi Miner to finish loading. The G-tug Wisconsin arrived at 15:08 pushing two barges that she had brought from Green Bay. Mesabi Miner topped off at CN and departed at 15:58 for Indiana Harbor, at which point the Block shifted down the dock and began unloading her stone cargo. After dropping off her barges, Wisconsin headed to the G-tug dock by Port Terminal. With the Duluth-based tug Missouri lashed to her side, Wisconsin departed at 17:59 bound for Cleveland, where the Missouri will receive a refit and Wisconsin will be relocated to Monroe, MI. BBC Hudson remained at Port Terminal unloading wind turbine blades on Wednesday, while Josef was anchored waiting for her turn at the dock. Stewart J. Cort remained at Fraser undergoing repairs. At the Superior entry, Algoma Guardian departed at 04:03 loaded with iron ore for Hamilton. John D. Leitch, which had departed from Duluth on Tuesday night after receiving repairs to her self-unloading boom at Port Terminal, arrived in Superior from anchor at 04:25 Wednesday morning and returned to Burlington Northern to load. She was outbound at 15:04.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors on August 5th at 13:32 for South of #2. She then departed Two Harbors at 17:02 from South of #2. She arrived Duluth at approx. 19:10. As I post this report at 19:30 on August 5th she is making the turn at Rice's Pt. The Burns Harbor has been running checked down all day. She is due Two Harbors to load. As of 19:30 on the 5th she is running checked down NE of Outer Island. There is no other traffic due Two Harbors on August 6th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay has no traffic scheduled on August 6th.

Thunder Bay On
Wednesday; 11:34 Federal Montreal weighed anchor and departed for the port of Montreal.

Marquette, MI– Fred A Tijan
Maumee/Victory arrived in the evening Wednesday from Algoma Steel to load.

St. Marys River
There was no upbound traffic on Wednesday other than Maumee/Victory from Algoma Steel upbound for Marquette. The only downbounder was Cuyahoga in the afternoon, bound for Toledo with potash. The training vessel State of Michigan was also in the river.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41 arrived from Grand Haven late Tuesday (8/4) to load coal ash from WE Energies for Lafarge’s cement plant in Alpena. Tug/barge departed at 09:27 Wednesday (8/5). As of noon, Federal Satsuki was still at the Federal Marine Terminals Dock. The current schedule shows her leaving today and Federal Churchill arriving from Burns Harbor tomorrow (8/6) with steel from Ijmuiden.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Wednesday; 10:17 Algoma Innovator departed for Sarnia. 14:05 Baie Comeau arrived to load dolomite.
Little Current: Wednesday; 15:47 Sharon MI / Huron Spirit arrived to load.
Bruce Mines: Wednesday; 4:33 Manitoulin departed for Detroit.
Thessalon: Wednesday; 6:25 Michipicoten arrived to load trap rock and departed at 20:02
Drummond Island: Tuesday; 22:52 John G Munson departed for Buffington.
Port Dolomite: Wednesday; 12:13 Great Republic departed for Marine City.
Cheboygan: Wednesday 12:15 The tug Albert and tanker barge Margaret arrived at the US Oil Co dock to unload petroleum products and departed at 18:53 for Green Bay. Calcite: Wednesday; Defiance / Ashtabula arrived to load and departed at 18:26 for the Straits of Mackinac. 19:05 American Mariner arrived to load.
Stoneport: Wednesday; 1:29 Olive L Moore / Menominee arrived to load limestone and departed at 10:52 for the Saginaw River. 20:15 Herbert C Jackson arrived to load.
Alpena: Tuesday; 23:23 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load and departed Wednesday at 5:29 for Green Bay.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Conveyor cleared 8.30 pm Tuesday upbound with salt for Chicago. Algoma Niagara arrived 5.30 pm Wednesday loading at Compass Minerals

Toledo, OH – Michael G Hopkins
Gardno arrived at Anderson Terminal 11:30 for grain.

Lake Erie Ports for Wednesday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: American Courage departed for Cleveland. Manitowoc arrived at 02:00. Sandusky: Saginaw is due in Thursday.
Cleveland: American Courage arrived with stone from Marblehead at 03:54. She unloaded at RiverDock and went to the Bulk Terminal to load a shuttle. Calusa Coast left at 08:42 for Detroit and Dorothy Ann also left for Detroit with salt. American Century is due in Thursday for the Bulk Terminal.
Ashtabula: Clyde S. VanEnkevort arrived at 08:22, unloaded and left for Stoneport at 17:08. Arthur M. Anderson is due in Thursday.
Conneaut: Radcliffe R. Latimer is loading for Quebec City. Edwin H. Gott is due in Thursday.
Erie, Pa: Manitowoc departed at 13:48 for Marblehead.
Nanticoke: CSL Tadoussac arrived at the Stelco dock at 12:41. Algonova is anchored off of Port Dover.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The CSL Niagara was the first vessel action on Wednesday, bringing in coal from Sandusky at 4:38 EST. At 6:55 EST, the G3 Marquis arrived with a load of ore from Port Cartier. The COE Leni departed at 9:31 EST, on her 8th day in port, loaded with grain that will be taken to Newark, United Kingdom. The CSL Niagara spent the day unloading coal and was outbound for Sandusky at 20:06 EST. The ATB combo Everlast/Norman McLeod is expected to arrive light from Valleyfield at 22:00 EST, and take the Leo A. McArthur/John J. Carrick's place at the McAsphalt dock, who is expected to depart late tonight, loaded with asphalt for Halifax. The Torrent spent its 8th day in port loading grain.

 

Thunder Bay museum group receives tug

8/6 - Thunder Bay, ON - The Dryden III tugboat arrived at the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society site last Friday morning and Charlie Brown, the museum society president says they are happy to have her and she will need a lot of work.

He says because of COVID-19, it’s a “staycation” this year for many so if they’d like to come down and help out, they will be welcomed. “We can give you a paint brush and we have both left and right-handled paint brushes,” he laughed.

The tug that comes from the city of Dryden is a steel craft tug, built in 1947 by the Russel Brothers Limited in Owen Sound, Ont. She is 11.5-metres in length with a three metre beam and was used to pull log booms around.

Since the museum society is not exclusive to Thunder Bay and includes the region, Brown says it is fitting that the tug, which was the same kind used in the Thunder Bay harbour, will rest at this museum. “It was generously donated by Sandy Smith at Garden Lake Timber,” said Brown.

“It sat up there on his property for a number of years and he contacted us and asked, ‘Do you think you guys can use this?’ I said ‘Absolutely.’ We had Tower Light Ltd. (tower) come in today, another great crew who brought in the crane and big transport truck.

“They went up to Garden Lake Timber, brought it down for us, positioned it on our property for us and we are going to clean her up – she’s in a little rough shape as you can see. She needs a paint job and some new windows and we are going to use her as a static display as part of our overall (installation).”

Brown says they are developing the area and are hoping to pour some concrete pads this summer. “Then we will be bringing in the Brill trolleys . . . hopefully later in the year,” he added.

Discussions are ongoing with the city to have the James Whalen tugboat and the VIA train brought to the museum site where all historical transportation can be housed on one common site.

“We have a number of things on the go and we are waiting on the city to allow us to do certain things,” he said, adding that the city has been supportive in the past and the cash-strapped museum has asked for rent relief after losing revenue to inaccessibility due to road construction last year and COVID-19 restrictions this year.

For more information or to volunteer, people can email ltmstb@gmail.com, go online at ltmstb.com or call 355-5277 or 623-6550. The museum society also has a Facebook page.

Chronicle-Journal

 

Chapter two of e-book Seaway Queens – Art Decko – now available

8/6 - Chapter two of the new e-book Seaway Queens has been launched. It takes a look at the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne design influences on Laker construction in the mid-twentieth century. The iconic Wilfred Sykes and Edward L. Ryerson are featured. Mix yourself a cosmo and enjoy!

Order your copy today at www.seawayqueens.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 6

On this day in 1953, a record 176 vessels passed through the Soo Locks.

Early in the morning of 06 August 1899, the WILLIAM B. MORLEY (steel propeller freighter, 277 foot, 1,846 gross tons, built in 1888, at Marine City, Michigan) and the LANSDOWNE (iron side-wheel carferry, 294 foot, 1,571 gross tons, built in 1884, at Wyandotte, Michigan) collided head on in the Detroit River. Both vessels sank. The LANSDOWNE settled on the bottom in her slip at Windsor, Ontario and was raised four days later and repaired. The MORLEY was also repaired and lasted until 1918, when she stranded on Lake Superior.

The BELLE RIVER’s bottom was damaged at the fit-out dock and required dry docking on August 6, 1977, for repairs prior to her maiden voyage. Renamed b.) WALTER J MC CARTHY JR in 1990.

On 6 August 1871, the 3-mast wooden schooner GOLDEN FLEECE was down bound on Lake Huron laden with iron ore. The crew mistook the light at Port Austin for the light at Pointe Aux Barques and steered directly for the Port Austin Reef where the vessel grounded. After 200 tons of ore were removed, GOLDEN FLEECE was pulled off the reef then towed to Detroit by the tug GEORGE B MC CLELLAN and repaired.

On 6 August 1900, the Mc Morran Wrecking Company secured the contract for raising the 203-foot 3-mast wooden schooner H W SAGE, which sank at Harsen's Island on 29 July 1900. The SAGE had been rammed by the steel steamer CHICAGO. Two lives had been lost; they were crushed in her forecastle.

August 6, 1929 - The CITY OF SAGINAW 31 (Hull#246) was launched at Manitowoc, Wisconsin by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co. for the Pere Marquette Railway. She was christened by Miss Ann Bur Townsend, daughter of the mayor of Saginaw.

On 6 August 1870, the wooden propeller tug TORNADO had her boiler explode without warning four miles northwest of Oswego, New York. The tug sank quickly in deep water. Three of the six onboard lost their lives. Apparently the tug had a new boiler and it had been allowed to run almost dry. When cold water was let in to replenish the supply, the boiler exploded.

1907 – A building fire at the Toronto Island ferry terminal spread to the ferry SHAMROCK and it was badly burned and sank. Running mate MAYFLOWER also caught fire but was pulled from the dock by TURBINIA and this blaze was extinguished. SHAMROCK, however, was a total loss and was towed to Hanlan's Point. The latter ship was replaced by the still-active TRILLIUM in 1910.

1924 – The Lake Ontario rail car ferry ONTARIO NO. 2 went aground in fog on the beach at Cobourg, Ont., but was refloated the next day.

1928 – HURONIC went aground at Lucille Island and needed hull repairs after being released.

1985 – VANDOC, enroute from Quebec to Burns Harbor, went aground in the St. Lawrence outside the channel near St. Zotique, but was released the following day.

1994 – CATHERINE DESGAGNES, outbound at Lorain, struck about 30 pleasure boats when a bridge failed to open.

2000 – ANANGEL ENDEAVOUR was in a collision with the IVAN SUSANIN in the South-West Pass and was holed in the #2 cargo hold and began listing. The ship was anchored for examination, then docked at Violet, La., and declared a total loss. It was subsequently repaired as b) BOLMAR I and was operating as c) DORSET when it arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, for scrapping on April 24, 2009. The ship first came through the Seaway in 1983.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Jody L. Aho , Joe Barr, David Swayze, Russ Plumb, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Great Lakes water levels reaching peaks for the year

8/5 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces each of the Great Lakes, except Lake Superior, have likely reached their peak water levels for the year and are predicted to decline.

Lakes Michigan-Huron set another new monthly mean record high water level in July, however the water level is expected to slowly drop the rest of the year. Water levels on Lakes St. Clair, Erie and Ontario all continued to decline last month, with no new records set on those lakes in July. The water level of Lake Superior is expected to peak next month before entering its period of typical seasonal decline.

“While we expect water levels to decline across most of the Great Lakes, levels still remain extremely high,” said John Allis, chief of the Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology Office, Detroit District.

The Corps most recent forecast projects that Lake Michigan-Huron will likely set another new record high monthly mean water level next month in August before dropping back beneath record highs in September. With the continued high water on many of the lakes, and the approaching active fall storm period, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges those impacted by the high water levels last fall to be preparing for similar or worse impacts over the next few months.

During response operations, Detroit District, Emergency Management Office conducts emergency operations to save lives and protect public facilities and communities. USACE can provide technical assistance in the form of advice and expertise in the construction of temporary flood protection measures such as sandbagging, or direct assistance by providing flood fight

supplies to state, county, or local public officials. Assistance is supplemental to local and state efforts and at the request of the state.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, activated its Emergency Operations Center May 2019 in response to high water on the Great Lakes. July 2020 marks more than 450 consecutive days of providing support. In that time, Detroit District has conducted many on-site assessments under our technical assistance authority in 16 approved counties, and has provided flood fight supplies under our direct assistance authority in two counties. To date, Detroit District has given out 350,000 sandbags to counties to assist them in their flood fighting efforts.

In addition, citizens of Indiana and Michigan may decide to work on personal construction projects to alleviate erosion or flooding, which could potentially impact the nation’s rivers, streams, wetlands and other aquatic resources. These projects may require a permit from the USACE, Regulatory Office.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

 

Port Reports -  August 5

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
John D. Leitch cleared the Superior entry at 09:51 Tuesday morning, however she did not load at BN as previously reported. Instead, she departed light and then arrived Duluth at 12:45 and backed into the Port Terminal slip, likely for a repair of some sort. There was no other traffic in Duluth on Tuesday, however Mesabi Miner was due at 23:00 to load ore at CN. BBC Hudson continued unloading wind turbine blades at Port Terminal, while Josef remained anchored offshore. Stewart J. Cort was at Fraser Shipyards for repair work. Algoma Guardian arrived in Superior at 17:43 to load at Burlington Northern, and is expected to depart mid-morning Wednesday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott had an updated AIS as of mid-morning on August 4th. She is going to Conneaut. I also made a mistake when I did Tuesday’s Port Report. I reported the Speer in my Two Harbors report. I meant the Gott. Due Two Harbors on August 5th are the Presque Isle and the Burns Harbor. American Century also has an updated AIS. She is headed to Cleveland. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay has no traffic scheduled for August 5th.

Thunder Bay Ont.
On Monday CSL Welland weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load wheat. 22:11 Cuyahoga arrived to load potash at Thunder Bay Terminals. Tuesday; 13:19 Federal Montreal shifted to the main anchorage.14:07 Federal Sakura weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 16:57 Cuyahoga departed for Toledo.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Tuesday included Presque Isle, Burns Harbor, Victory/Maumee and James R Barker late. Downbounders included Manitoulin, Michipicoten, Indiana Harbor, Edwin H. Gott and American Century.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Rebuilding salt stockpiles on Jones Island. Algoma Niagara arrived from Goderich at 19:32 Monday (8/3) with salt for Compass Minerals and proceeded to the inner harbor. After delivering her cargo, she headed back to Goderich at 07:25 Tuesday (8/4). Canada Steamship Lines’ Baie Comeau arrived from Windsor at 02:18 Tuesday with salt for Morton and joined Federal Satsuki in slip one, outer harbor. After dumping her cargo on the open dock, Baie Comeau cleared for Meldrum Bay at 12:42. At seaway draft, Algoma Niagra carries 28,200 mt and Baie Comeau 29,000 mt. So far in 2020, Compass Minerals has received 18 boatloads (483,000 mt) of salt, and Morton has received 9 loads (248,000 mt). Samuel de Champlain/Innovation is expected from Alpena Wednesday (8/5) with cement for Lafarge.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Churchill and Hilke remained at Burns Harbor Tuesday night. Cason J Callaway is due at Buffington Wednesday morning.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Tuesday; 10:31 Algoma Innovator arrived to load dolomite.
Bruce Mines: Tuesday; 16:35 Manitoulin arrived to load trap rock.
Drummond Island: Tuesday; 10:03 John G Munson arrived to load limestone.
Port Dolomite: Tuesday; 5:16 Mississagi departed for Windsor. 15:48 Great Republic arrived to finish loading.
Calcite:. Tuesday; 12:13 After taking on a partial load Great Republic departed for Port Dolomite. 17:02 Arthur M Anderson departed for Ashtabula.
Stoneport: Monday; 23:44 Clyde S Van Enkevort departed for Ashtabula.
Alpena: Tuesday; The cement carrier Alpena is expected to arrive later tonight.
Tawas City: Tuesday; 13:47 Calumet departed for Waukegan

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Spiekeroog was unloading windmill parts at Bay City on Tuesday.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Conveyor was loading salt Tuesday night.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Paul R Tregurtha arrived at St Clair power plant at 3:45am to unload coal; unloading completed vessel was downbound at 6:30pm. Happy Ranger was at Stag Island at 3:45am. Albert/Margaret was upbound mid Lake St Clair at 4am. Whiefish Bay passed MC before dawn downbound. Sharon MI/Huron Spirit resumed an upbound heading at 8:30am. CSL Tadoussac passed downbound at 2pm. Clyde S Vanenkevort/Erie Trader passed downbound at 3:30pm. Ojibway passed downbound at 4:30pm. BBC Gdansk should pass downbound in the late evening. Off and on rain all day, temp 68 degrees F, winds light, then gusty from the west-northwest.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Herbert C Jackson unloaded coal at Zug Island on Tuesday

Lake Erie Ports for Tuesday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: American Courage arrived at 04:20 from Cleveland.
Sandusky: CSL Niagara departed for Hamilton.
Cleveland: G.L. Ostrander arrived at 04:46, unloaded at LaFarge and departed for Detroit. Laura L. VanEnkevort unloaded at ArcelorMittal and left for Meldrum Bay. Calusa Coast arrived at 13:35 to unload at Marathon. Finnborg departed at 14:30 for Chicago. Dorothy Ann is on the shuttles.
Ashtabula: Clyde S. VanEnkevort is due in Wednesday.
Conneaut: Radcliffe R. Latimer arrived at 21:00.
Nanticoke: Algocanada left at 08:56 for Sarnia. CSL Tadoussac is due in Wednesday.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
8/3/20 Elbeborg arrived at 5:15 EST to unload Ferro Manganese from Kvinesdal, Norway. After a long gap throughout the day, the Sterling Energy departed at 15:28 EST for Port Weller. Algoma Transport arrived at 17:38 with coal from Toledo. At 18:39 EST, the Frontenac was on her way to Superior after having unloaded salt. At 22:46 EST, the tanker Sterling Energy returned from Port Weller.

8/4/20 Algoma Strongfield was the first arrival on Tuesday morning, bringing in ore from Port Cartier at 00:21 EST. Next, at 2:33 EST, the tanker Rosy departed light for Montreal after unloading UAN solution. At 7:33 EST, Algoma Transport departed light back towards Toledo. At 17:47 EST, te Elbeborg had finished unloading Ferro Manganese and departed for Chicago. At 18:19 EST the ATB combo Leo A. McArthur/John J. Carrick arrived from Valleyfield light to load asphalt. In addition to Tuesday's traffic, the Torrent and COE Leni both spent the day loading grain.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 5

On 05 August 1958, the tug GARY D (steel propeller tug, 18 tons) was destroyed by an explosion and fire near Strawberry Island Light on Lake Huron.

The RICHARD M. MARSHALL, later b.) JOSEPH S. WOOD, c.) JOHN DYKSTRA, d.) BENSON FORD, and finally e.) US265808, entered service on August 5, 1953. From 1966, until it was retired at the end of 1984, this vessel and the WILLIAM CLAY FORD were fleet mates. There is only one other instance of two boats being owned by the same company at some point in their careers with as close or closer age difference. The CHARLES M. BEEGHLY (originally SHENANGO II) and the HERBERT C. JACKSON.

The aft section of the BELLE RIVER (Hull#716), was float launched August 5, 1976. She was American Steamship's first thousand-footer and the first thousand-footer built at Bay Shipbuilding Co. She was renamed b.) WALTER J. MC CARTHY in 1990.

The G.A. TOMLINSON, a.) D.O. MILLS of 1907, was sold outright to Columbia Transportation Div. (Oglebay Norton Co.), on August 5, 1971, along with the last two Tomlinson vessels, the SYLVANIA and the JAMES DAVIDSON.

On 5 August 1850, ST. CLAIR (sidewheel steamer, passenger & package freight, 140 foot 210 tons, built in 1843, at Detroit, Michigan) was reported as lost with no details given whatsoever. The report of her loss was published 3 days BEFORE she was enrolled at Detroit by J. Watkin.

The motor vessel BEAVER ISLANDER completed her maiden voyage to Charlevoix in 1962. At the time, she was the largest, fastest, and most advanced ship built for the run. She served as the flagship for 37 years, a record, until the EMERALD ISLE arrived in 1997.

August 5, 1907 - A female passenger dived off the deck of the PERE MARQUETTE 18 of 1902, on a dare. Two of the 18's officers leapt over to rescue her. One of the officers nearly drowned and was rescued by the passenger.

On 5 August 1866, AUTOCRAT (2-mast, wooden schooner, 345 tons, built in 1854, at Caltaraugus, New York) was carrying 15,000 bushels of corn and was lying off Chicago, waiting for a storm to die down. Just before dawn, the schooner J S NEWHOUSE was also seeking shelter when she ran into AUTOCRAT, sinking her in 7 fathoms of water. The crew was rescued by the tug UNION.

On 5 August 1869, LAURA E. CALVIN (3-mast wooden schooner, 130 foot, 216 tons, built in 1863, at Garden Island, Ontario as a bark) sprang a leak during a storm and foundered 10 miles off Braddock's Point on Lake Ontario. No lives were lost.

1954 – A sudden blanket of fog descended on a section of the St. Lawrence near Waddington, N.Y., resulting in the two ships SELKIRK and DUNDEE losing their way and going aground. The former, a C.S.L. package freighter, was turned part way around by the current and was stuck until September 2. The latter was a British ship and was also spun by the current. The proximity of the rapids made salvage a challenge. The newly-built DUNDEE continued Great Lakes visits to the end of 1962. It foundered in the Mediterranean as g) VLYHO on September 15, 1978, following an engine room explosion.

1955 – FALCO, a pre-Seaway trader, hit a bridge at Montreal. The vessel later visited the Great Lakes as c) LABRADOR and was scrapped at Piraeus, Greece, as f) BONANZA in 1978

1972 – MANCHESTER VENTURE was built in 1956 and was a regular Great Lakes trader from 1956 to 1961. An explosion in the cargo hold as c) BAT TIRAN on this date in 1972 resulted in a major fire. The damaged hull was refloated in September and scrapped in Turkey in 1973.

1980 – The Liberian freighter BERTIE MICHAELS had been a Seaway trader in 1971 and had returned as the Greek flag c) DIMITRIS A. in 1976. It departed Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on August 4, 1980, for Belize City and reported her position on August 5. The vessel was never heard from again and was believed to have been a victim of Hurricane Allen that was in the area at the time. All 27 on board were lost.

1994 – The recently completed French freighter PENHIR began Great Lakes trading in 1971 and returned as b) MENHIR under Liberian registry in 1979. It arrived off Tolognaro, Madagascar, on this date in 1994 with hull cracks as d) WELLBORN and abandoned as a total loss.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. Marine Historical Society of Detroit

 

Horne’s Ferry takes solo trip, lands on Carleton Island Monday morning

8/4 - Cape Vincent, NY – High winds blowing from Lake Ontario broke Horne’s Ferry, the William Darrell, free from her mooring on Wolfe Island early Monday morning, sending the ferry floating freely until the northwest shore of Carleton Island caught her.

The ferry, which in normal times carries a maximum of 10 cars and 90 passengers across the St. Lawrence River between Wolfe Island and Cape Vincent, rested bow first into a dock, where it stayed through morning.

Cork Martusewicz pulled the ferry off the dock by 11 a.m. after about an hour of tries. He also towed an outboard boat from the shore, where it was beached parallel to land. He said he heard about the wayward ferry from people on Carleton Island, so he called the ferry owner George Horne, who’s a friend, and offered to help.

“I went over and hooked on, that’s all,” Mr. Martusewicz said. “It probably took only an hour. It was fun. I broke a bunch of lines; thank God the D-rings didn’t break. I broke some tow ropes, but took one of his and got it off, just nudged it.”

George Horne, of Wolfe Island, drove the ferry back to his dock after it was freed, about eight hours after its landing, which is estimated to be about 3 a.m. “It is all taken care of, all put away,” he said Monday afternoon, nothing it was not damaged.

The forecast didn’t call for such sudden bursts of wind early Monday morning, but the high gusts were more than the lines tying the ferry down could handle. According to the National Weather Service, high winds sustained at over 30 knots overnight, gusting to 40 knots, caused waves of up to 10.5 feet, as recorded by a weather buoy off Prince Edward Island. The winds peaked from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m.

“They did not say it was going to be that strong,” Mr. Horne said. “It reminded me of that microburst.”

Mr. Horne said he was awakened by the wind about midnight, but he didn’t check on the ferry. “I should have looked out last night, but I didn’t think of it,” he said. “I had a whole bunch of rope on it, a bunch of extra ropes. I thought it would be OK, but they were all parted this morning.”

He learned the ferry was missing Monday morning. “When I looked out the window, I didn’t see it,” Mr. Horne said. His first thought: “I’ve got to go get it. Land is all around here, it is not far away.”

He went looking, setting off from Wolfe Island in a rowboat, and found the ferry nosed in to a dock in Big Bay, inside Ironman point, on the Canadian side of Carleton Island. The ferry drifted nearly four miles.

Mr. Horne said the people who live near the dock where the ferry landed were very understanding. He said it pulled some cleats out of the dock.

 

Port Reports -  August 4

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Indiana Harbor arrived Duluth at 00:21 Monday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy. Stewart J. Cort weighed anchor and arrived via the Superior entry at 01:18. She briefly put her bow on the BN dock astern of the moored John D. Leitch before turning around and departing again at 02:12. She then arrived via the Duluth ship canal at 05:34 and went to Fraser Shipyards, where she is expected to remain for about a week while some repair work is conducted. This is the first time the Cort has ever visited Fraser and the first time a 1,000 footer has been to the shipyard in many years. Indiana Harbor finished loading at SMET and cleared Duluth at 13:44 for St. Clair. BBC Hudson was tied up at Port Terminal unloading wind turbine blades on Monday, and Josef was anchored in the lake waiting to unload after the Hudson. John D. Leitch began loading iron ore at Burlington Northern in Superior on Monday morning and was tentatively expected to depart Monday night or Tuesday morning.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors on August 3rd at 07:38 for South of #2. She departed Two Harbors at 17:23 on August 3rd. She has no updated AIS as of 19:20 on the 3rd. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on August 4th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the American Century depart on August 3rd at approx. 18:00. As of 19:20 on the 3rd she has no updated AIS. I will go out on a limb and say she's headed for either Cleveland or Ashtabula. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on August 4th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
There were no vessel movements Monday. Cuyahoga is expected in late.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic Monday included CSL Tadoussac, Ojibway Ashtabula/Defiance and American Integrity. Upbounders included Algoma Guardian, Mesabi Miner and, late, Joseph L. Block.

Green Bay, WI – Jon
On Sunday at 12:03 am the Cuyahoga departed Green Bay for Thunder Bay. Then at 7:42 pm the Alpena arrived from Alpena, MI with cement for the Lafarge Terminal with help from the tug Texas.

Northern Lake Huron
Port Dolomite: Monday; 8:50 Joseph L Block arrived to finish loading limestone and departed at 19:13 for Duluth Superior. Mississagi arrived to load limestone.
Calcite: Sunday; 22:08 Cason J Callaway departed for Buffington. Monday; 6:00 Arthur M Anderson arrived to load. 18:08 Great Republic arrived to load limestone.
Stoneport: Monday; 11:03 Clyde S Van Enkevort arrived to load limestone.
Alpena: Monday; 13:33 Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement products.
Tawas City: Monday 14:18 Calumet arrived at the National Gypsum dock to load.
Port Inland: Monday; 2:03 After taking on a partial load Joseph L Block departed for Port Dolomite.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Algoma Innovator was inbound on the Saginaw River on Monday, August 3rd, heading to the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City. She completed her unload and was outbound by 8:30pm that evening.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault arrived 5.49 am Monday loading at Compass Minerals. Algoma Conveyor was anchored outside break walls to load next.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
At 10:30pm on the 2nd off Russell Island Saginaw downbound passed Mississagi upbound. Algoma Conveyor passed MC upbound at the same time. Great Republic passed MC upbound at 2am. Calumet passed upbound at 3:45am. Manitowoc was downbound in the cutoff channel at 3:30am. Laura L Vanenkevort/Joseph Thompson passed downbound at 5:45am. Presque Isle passed upbound at 7:45am. Sharon M I/Huron Spirit passed upbound at 11:115am heading for her tieup spot north of the power plant. Vicory/Maumee followed at 11::30am upbound , did a quick unload at Courtright, then continued upbound out into Lake Huron by 2pm. John G Munson passed upbound at 3:30pm. Spiekeroog passed upbound at 4:30pm. Algosea should pass MC around 8:15pm upbound. Off and on much needed downpours most of the day, temp70 degrees F, winds from the south-southwest.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Monday Arrivals: GL Ostrander/Integrity-arrived at Lafarge to unload cement. Calusa Coast and Delaware-arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Olive L Moore/Menominee-arrived at the Carmeuse dock to unload stone.

Lake Erie Ports for Monday – Bill Kloss
Sandusky: CSL Niagara is loading coal at Norfolk Southern.
Cleveland: American Courage is running shuttles from Ashtabula and Dorothy Ann is running shuttles from the Bulk Terminal. Finnborg arrived at 06:04 for the Port, Dock 24W. Laura L. VanEnkevort arrived at 22:00.
Erie, PA: Manitowoc arrived at 22:00.
Nanticoke: Algonorth departed for Sorel-Tracy and Algocanada came in from anchorage at 07:36.

Toronto, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Monday morning bound for Picton.

 

Salties sold for demolition

8/4 - C Vessels with Great Lakes / Seaway connections reported as sold for demolition taken from August 2020 issue of Marine News - Journal of the World Ship Society:

Casualties: None Demolitions: CAPE ALEXANDER (5004257; United States of America) - (AFRICAN METEOR-80 - 1st Seaway trip 1977) - 11,580 / 1962 - general cargo ship. By the United States of America (Department of Transportation - Maritime Administration) (MARAD) United States of America to International Shipbreaking Ltd., and arrived Brownsville, TX 18.11.2019

CAPE ARCHWAY (5004283; United States of America) - (AFRICAN NEPTUNE-80 - 1st Seaway trip 1978) - 11,310 / 1963 - general cargo ship. By the United States of America (Department of Transportation - Maritime Administration) (MARAD) United States of America to International Shipbreaking Ltd., and arrived Brownsville, TX 11.11.2019

Report prepared by: Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

Coast Guard, sheriff rescue missing jet skier off Drummond Island

8/4 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – On Saturday night, Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Station Sault Ste. Marie, Station St. Ignace, and the Chippewa County Sherriff rescued a missing jet skier who had left from Drummond Island earlier in the evening.

At approximately 9:50 p.m. EST on Saturday August 1st, the Sector Sault Sainte Marie Command Center received a call that a boater on a jet ski had departed from Drummond Island and not returned as planned. Response boats from Station Sault Ste. Marie, Station St. Ignace and the Chippewa County Sherriff responded to the scene to begin a search of the area. An MH-60 helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City was also launched to the scene. The MH-60 helicopter located the missing boater, lowered their rescue swimmer to evaluate their condition, and remained on scene until a response boat from Station Sault Ste. Marie arrived. The survivor was taken to Drummond Island to be evaluated by EMS and reunited with their family.

“It is always important to tell someone where you are going and to have all necessary safety and communications equipment, even for short trips,” said Captain Amy Florentino, Deputy Sector Commander. “In this incident, the boater’s family was able to quickly notify us that something was wrong, which allowed search and rescue resources to respond as quickly as possible. We are grateful to the Chippewa County Sherriff’s office for their assistance with searching for the missing boater.

USCG

 

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse’s Second Floor Now Open to the Public

8/4 - If you’re a sucker for history and love a great view— we’ve got the place for you. Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City has a breathtaking view of the bridge and the straits of Mackinac. Old Mackinack PointMackinac State Historic Parks (M.S.H.P.) has now opened the second floor to the public.

Craig Wilson, the Curator of History at M.S.H.P. says, “We’ve spent a lot of time, over the last year getting this space ready creating the new exhibit that you see here as well as some period settings to recreate what this would have looked like just over 100 years ago.”

The upstairs is the “keepers apartment” where the housekeepers would stay. The Marshall family called the lighthouse home just over 100 years ago.

M.S.H.P. is celebrating big this year. It’s their 125th anniversary and they have special events to commemorate this milestone. “We have a variety of special events including guided hikes guided bike rides. We have movies shown outdoors at the Fort on a weekly basis we do that over here as well in the parks surrounding the lighthouse.”

9 & 10 News

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 4

On this day in 1896, the whaleback COLGATE HOYT became the first boat to transport a load of iron ore through the new Poe lock. The man at the wheel of the HOYT, Thomas Small, was also at the wheel of the PHILIP R. CLARKE when the second Poe lock was opened to traffic 73 years later.

On this day in 1910, a mutiny occurred aboard the Pittsburgh steamer DOUGLAS HOUGHTON when a deckhand was confined for peeping into the cabin window of 5 female passengers (relatives of officers of the United States Steel Corporation). It required one hour for Captain John Parke, loaded revolver in hand, to quell the mutiny, confine the ringleaders, and clear away the broken furniture.

On the clear, almost perfect night of 4 August 1902, the SEGUIN (steel propeller freighter, 207 foot, 818 gross tons, built in 1890, at Owen Sound, Ontario) collided with the CITY OF VENICE (wooden propeller freighter, 301 foot, 2,108 gross tons, built in 1892, at W. Bay City, Michigan) abreast of Rondeau, Ontario on Lake Erie. The CITY OF VENICE, which was loaded with iron ore, sank and three of her crew were drowned. The U. S. Marshall impounded the SEGUIN for damages

Two favorites of many boatwatchers entered service on August 4 – WILLIAM CLAY FORD on August 4, 1953, and EDWARD L. RYERSON on August 4, 1960.

Paterson’s ONTADOC, built in 1975, sailed to the Netherlands with a load of bentonite from Chicago on August 4, 1979. Renamed b.) MELISSA DESGAGNES in 1990.

The E. J. BLOCK was laid up for the last time at Indiana Harbor, Indiana on August 4, 1984. The E. J. BLOCK was sold for scrap in late May 1987.

The D.M. CLEMSON left Superior on August 4, 1980, in tow of Malcolm Marine's TUG MALCOLM for Thunder Bay, Ont., where she was dismantled.

HOCHELAGA (Hull#144) was launched August 4, 1949, at Collingwood, Ontario by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., for Canada Steamship Lines Ltd., Montreal, Quebec.

On a foggy August 4, 1977, POINTE NOIRE went hard aground near the entrance to the Rock Cut in the St. Marys River and blocked the channel. After her grain cargo was lightered by Columbia Transportation's crane steamer BUCKEYE, POINTE NOIRE was released on August 6. She was reloaded in Hay Lake and continued her downbound trip. Repairs to her bottom damage were completed at Thunder Bay. Ontario.

August 4, 1935 - The only time the ANN ARBOR NO 7 had the full limit of passengers when she ran an excursion from Frankfort, Michigan around Manitou Island and back with 375 passengers on board.

LYCOMING (wooden propeller, 251 foot, 1,610 gross tons) was launched on 4 August 1880, at West Bay City, Michigan by F. W. Wheeler (Hull #7) as a 2-deck package freighter. She was rebuilt as a single deck bulk freighter after she burned in 1905. She was one of the few bulk freighters that still carried her arched hog-braces visible above deck.

HIRAM W. SIBLEY (wooden propeller freighter, 221 foot, 1,419 gross tons) was launched at East Saginaw, Michigan on 4 August 1890. She only lasted eight years. While carrying 70,000 bushels of corn from Chicago for Detroit, she stranded on the northwest corner of South Manitou Island in Lake Michigan during blizzard on 26 November 1898. The tugs PROTECTOR and SWEEPSTAKES were dispatched for assistance but the SIBLEY re-floated herself during high water the following night, then was stranded on the southwest side of North Fox Island to prevent sinking. She broke in half; then completely broke up during a gale on 7 December 1898.

1985 – REGENT TAMPOPO, enroute from Japan to the Great Lakes with steel, was heavily damaged in the Pacific after a collision with the MING UNIVERSE. The vessel, which first came through the Seaway in 1982, was towed to Los Angeles but declared a total loss. It recrossed the Pacific under tow in 1986 and arrived at Hong Kong for scrapping on October 26, 1986.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Military.com, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Port Reports -  August 3

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
BBC Hudson arrived Duluth at 06:24 Sunday morning to unload wind turbine parts at Port Terminal. Ashtabula/tug Defiance, which had finished unloading at Graymont and shifted to SMET early Sunday, departed at 09:02 with a load of petroleum coke for Charlevoix. American Integrity was outbound at 11:27 with iron ore for Indiana Harbor, and Michipicoten arrived at 14:13 to load at Canadian National. She was expected to depart late Sunday night. Indiana Harbor was due around midnight to load coal at Midwest Energy. John D. Leitch spent Sunday moored at Burlington Northern in Superior waiting to load, as the dock has not been loading vessels on weekends, so unless that has changed she likely won't load until Monday. Stewart J. Cort was anchored off the Superior entry waiting for her turn at the dock.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CSL Tadoussac arrived Two Harbors on August 1st at 21:27. When she arrived she went across the harbor mouth, turned so her bow was aimed at Duluth, backed thru the piers and when she was off dock #2, turned and went bow first into South of #2. She departed Two Harbors on August 2nd at 07:33 for Nanticoke. Due Two Harbors on August 3rd is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the American Century on August 2nd at 13:20. She spent the whole overnight running checked down up and down the North Shore waiting for the wind to subside. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on August 3rd.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday; 9:57 Whitefish Bay departed for Becancour. 17:00 CSL Welland arrived and went to anchor. 18:10 Ojibway departed for Windsor.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic Sunday included Tundra and Algoma Innovator. Kaye E. Barker was upbound in the morning and Cuyahoga was upbound late.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Churchill and Hilke were at Burns Harbor Sunday night. James R Barker is due at Indiana Harbor early Monday.

Northern Lake Huron
Owen Sound: Sunday; 0:19 Saginaw departed for Toledo.
Port Dolomite: Sunday 5:37 Manitowoc departed for Erie.
Calcite: Sunday; 1:04 Laura L Van Enkevort departed for Cleveland.5:35 Cason J Callaway arrived to load
Stoneport: Sunday; 5:12 Kaye E Barker departed for Marquette.
Alpena: Sunday; 2:50 GL Ostrander arrived to load cement products and departed at 9:19 for Detroit.
Port Inland: Sunday; 19:11 Joseph L Block arrived to load limestone.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Zea Servant completed her unload of wind turbine blades on Sunday, August 2nd and departed the Port Fisher dock in Bay City with assistance from the tug Manitou, who also assisted her turning around on the Saginaw River. Sunday afternoon saw the arrival of the Samuel de Champlain - Innovation, who tied up at the Lafarge Cement Dock in Essexville to unload. BBC Gdansk was inbound on the Saginaw River Sunday evening, also calling on the Port Fisher Dock in Bay City to unload wind turbine blades. She was assisted to the dock by the tug Manitou.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Herbert C Jackson passed MC downbound at 2:45am. Samuel de Champlain was upbound off Stag Island at 1am. Baie Comeau passed MC upbound at 8:45am. Algoterra passed upbound at 1pm. Algoma Spirit passed downbound at 2:30pm. Manitoulin passed upbound at 4:15pm. Algoma Guardian passed upbound at 5pm. Tim S Dool passed downbound at 5:45pm. Federal Rhine should pass downbound in the early evening. Mesabi Miner should pass upbound in the late evening. Off and on showers all day, 70 degrees F with gusty winds from the west-northwest.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Sunday Arrivals: Sea Eagle 2/St. Marys Cement 2-arrived at the St. Mary's Cement dock to unload cement. Herbert C Jackson at the St. Clair Aggregates dock to unload stone.

Lake Erie Ports for Sunday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Sharon M1 departed Saturday night for Windsor.
Sandusky: Manitoulin left at 05:26 with coal for Algoma Soo. CSL Niagara went to anchor at 16:24.
Cleveland: Algoma Buffalo left with salt for Valleyfield at 21:50 Saturday night. Mesabi Miner left anchorage at 04:03 for Duluth. NACC Argonaut unloaded at LaFarge and departed at 20:20. Great Republic arrived at 00:26 for Ontario Stone upper dock and left at 13:24 for Calcite. Calumet arrived ay 06:40 for Ontario Stone on the old channel and departed at 15:20 for Port Gypsum. Dorothy Ann arrived at 08:58 and is running the shuttles. American Courage ran 2 shuttles from the Bulk Terminal and left for Ashtabula at 09:35. The tug Valerie B arrived at 17:45 from Mackinaw City. Finnborg is due in Monday.
Fairport Harbor: John G. Munson left at 13:06 for Toledo.
Conneaut: Presque Isle left at 09:09 for Two Harbors and CSL Laurentian departed at 17:27 for Quebec City.
Nanticoke: Algonorth is in port and Algocanada is anchored off Port Dover.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
8/2/20: Algoma Enterprise departed at 19:42 EST loaded with coke for Port Cartier. At 20:45 EST, the tanker Rosy arrived with UAN solution from New York. 4 other vessels That were in port throughout the day include the Frontenac unloading salt, the Stella Polaris unloading coal tar, the COE Leni loading grain, and the Torrent waiting at anchor.

Buffalo, NY – Brian R. Wroblewski
Nova-Algoma Cement Carrier’s NACC Argonaut was towed up the Buffalo River stern first by the tug Vermont on July 31st at 6AM for the LaFarge dock. They were done unloading and departed without a tug at 1:30AM on August 1st. The American Mariner arrived for the Frontier elevator at 11:30PM that evening. She came in without tugs and began unloading a cargo of wheat that was loaded at General Mills in Duluth.

Toronto, ON – Tom Brewer.
McKeil Spirit was at Lehigh Cement Dock on Sunday evening.

 

Updates -  July 3

Saltie Gallery updated with pictures of the The saltie gallery has been updated with the following vessels: Arsland, BBC Gdansk, BBC Hudson, BBC Norfolk, Brant, COE Leni, Federal Kivalina, Federal Mayumi, Federal Nagara, Federal Yoshino, Harbour Feature, Helena G, Johanna G, Josef, Lake Erie, Maccoa, Mamry, Puna, Rodopi, Spiekeroog, Sten Iden, Tundra and ZEA Servant.  

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 3

On this day in 1960, EDWARD L. RYERSON, new flagship of the Inland Steel fleet, successfully completed her sea trials.

Under tow, the AVONDALE, a.) ADAM E. CORNELIUS of 1908, in tandem with former fleet mate FERNDALE. a.) LOUIS R. DAVIDSON of 1912, arrived at Castellon, Spain for scrapping in 1979.

CANADOC left the St. Lawrence River on August 3, 1991, in tow bound for Mamonal, Colombia, for scrapping.

August 3, 1946 - The third officer of the ANN ARBOR NO 6, drowned while painting her draft marks. He had apparently leaned too far and fell out of the rowboat.

On 3 August 1900, FONTANA (wooden 2-mast schooner-barge, 231 foot, 1,164 gross tons, built in 1888, at St Clair, Michigan as a 4-mast schooner-barge) was carrying iron ore in tow of the steamer KALIYUGA. The FONTANA sheared off and collided with the big schooner-barge SANTIAGO and settled in the mouth of St. Clair River in the St. Clair Flats, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. After salvage was given up months later, she was dynamited several times to flatten and reduce her wreckage. Although officially no loss of life was reported, local newspaper reported that one crewman was drowned. The FONTANA was owned by Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co.

On 3 Aug 1857, R.H. RAE (3-mast wooden bark, 136 foot, 344 tons, built in 1857, at St. Catharines, Ontario) capsized and sank in a "white squall" off Duck's Creek on Lake Ontario. She went down slowly enough for her people to abandon in her small boat. They were later picked up by the propeller COLONIST. There was a big effort to salvage her the next summer, but to no avail. She was a total loss of $20,000. She was reportedly built for the trans-Atlantic trade and looked more like a seagoing schooner. Some sources give the date of the loss as 4 August 1857. The wreck is in very good condition. The Cousteau organization lost a diver on her in 1980.

On 3 August 1915, ALEXANDRIA (wooden sidewheel passenger/package freight, 174 foot 863 gross tons, built in 1866, at Hull, Quebec, formerly a.) CONSORT, was carrying foodstuffs in Lake Ontario when she was blown on a bar in a storm and fog. She broke up by wave action under the Scarborough Bluffs, east of Toronto. Lifesavers worked for hours and rescued the entire crew. GARDEN CITY was caught in the same storm as ALEXANDRIA. This ship sustained smashed windows and a hole in the hull but was able to reach safety.

1920 – The wooden steamer MAPLEGROVE sank in the Welland Canal. The vessel was salvaged and sold for further service as JED. It had been built at Marine City in 1889 as CHEROKEE.

1927 – The bulk canaller CASCO of the Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Co. went aground at Pipe Island in the lower St. Marys River and required lightering before floating free and proceeding for repairs.

1962 – MEDINA PRINCESS, a former “Empire ship,” first came to the Great Lakes under British registry in 1959. It made 5 trips through the Seaway but went aground on a reef near Djibouti while enroute from Bremen, Germany, to China. The hull was refloated August 31 but was laid up at Djibouti. It remained idle until breaking loose and going aground on September 4, 1964. The hull was a total loss and, at last report, the wreck was partially submerged.

1978 – The French freighter JEAN L.D. made 37 trips to the Great Lakes from 1959 to 1967. It was sailing as c) CAVO STARAS when the engine room become flooded during a voyage from Port Harcourt, Nigeria, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the overnight hours of August 3-4, 1978. The vessel was towed to Dakar, Sierra Leone, on August 14 and sold to Spanish shipbreakers, via auction, on May 8, 1979. It arrived at Barcelona, under tow, on June 18, 1978, and scrapping began July 5 of that year.

2010 – SIDSEL KNUTSEN lost power due to a fire in the engine room and went aground off St. Clair, Mich. It remained stuck until August 9 and was then refloated and cleared to proceed to Montreal. It was operating in Canadian service at the time under a special waiver.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

 

Port Reports -  August 2

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth at 06:46 Saturday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy. Ashtabula/tug Defiance arrived at 10:38 with a stone cargo for Graymont, and American Integrity was inbound at 14:56 to load iron ore pellets at CN. The Tregurtha was outbound for St. Clair at 19:35. Ashtabula was still unloading as of 20:00 Saturday evening, but was expected to shift to SMET to load petroleum coke once her discharge was complete. In Superior, John D. Leitch arrived at 16:10 to load at Burlington Northern. She should finish loading mid-morning Sunday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CSL Tadoussac should arrive Two Harbors on August 1st between 21:00 and 22:00 for South of #2. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on August 2nd. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on August 1st is the American Century. She should arrive between 22:00 and 23:00. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on August 2nd.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday; 20:17 Whitefish Bay shifted to Viterra A to load wheat. Saturday; 15:19 Ojibway arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 17:48 Federal Montreal weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 19:05 The saltie Tundra departed for San Juan Puerto Rico.

Marquette, MI- Fred A Tijan
No ships arrived July 27,28,29 and 31. The tug Victory/barge Maumee arrived July 30 at 10:42 and departed 18:21 with 25,500 tons of ore. For the month of July only 16 ships were loaded for a monthly total of about 358,750 tons of ore shipped. August 1 has no ships scheduled for loading.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on a slow Saturday included CSL Welland and Indiana Harbor. Downbound traffic included James R. Barker, Algoma Spirit, Tim S. Dool and Federal Rhine.

Green Bay, WI– Jon
On Saturday at 3:26 pm the Cuyahoga arrived from Windsor, On with salt for the Fox River Dock Terminal. Due on Sunday is the Alpena with cement.

Holland, MI – William Van Appledorn
The Undaunted/PM41 loaded scrap metal at Padnos early Saturday, bound for Burns Harbor.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Churchill and Happy Rover were at Burns Harbor Saturday night. Hilke arrived. Arthur M. Anderson was unloading at Gary. Burns Harbor was at Indiana Harbor.

Northern Lake Huron
Drummond Island: Friday; 18:32 Michipicoten departed for Algoma Steel Sault Ste Marie.
Port Dolomite: Saturday 20:06 Manitowoc arrived to load limestone.
Calcite: Saturday; 8:53 Olive L Moore / Menominee arrived to load and departed at 17:02 for Detroit. 18:15 Laura L Van Enkevort arrived to load.
Stoneport: Friday; 20:50 Great Republic departed for Cleveland. Herbert C Jackson proceeded to the dock to load and departed Saturday at 11:45 for Detroit. 20:39 Kaye E Barker arrived to load limestone.
Alpena: Saturday; 13:07 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load and departed at 18:13 for Green Bay.
Owen Sound: Saturday; 7:49 Saginaw arrived to unload grain at the P&H elevator.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara arrived 5.26 pm Saturday, loading at Compass Minerals.

Lake Erie Ports for Saturday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: John G. Munson left at 14:33 and Sharon M1 arrived from Cleveland at the same time. Sandusky: Manitoulin arrived at 18:30.
Cleveland: American Courage is on the shuttles. Mesabi Miner arrived at 23:17 Friday night, unloaded at the Bulk Terminal and went on the hook at 14:23. Algoma Buffalo arrived at 01:39 to load salt at Cargill. Due in Sunday are the NACC Argonaut, Great Republic and Calumet. Taking on a pilot at Port Colborne is the Finnborg, due in Monday.
Fairport Harbor: John G. Munson arrived at 21:30.
Conneaut: CSL Laurentian is loading for Quebec City and Presque Isle arrived at 21:00.
Nanticoke: CSL Niagara arrived at the Stelco dock at 07:45. Algonorth was at Imperial Oil. Algonova left at 16:21 for Oakville. Algocanada is due in Sunday from Sarnia. (She was erroneously reported as still in Nanticoke).

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer.
McKeil Spirit departed late Saturday afternoon for Toronto.

 

Friends of the Edna G planning 125th anniversary celebration

8/2 - Two Harbors, MN – The Friends of the Edna G would like to announce that the Edna G will be 125 years old in 2021. We have confirmed that July 17, 2021, will be the date that we will celebrate her birthday. The event will be held at Paul Van Hoven park in Two Harbors, MN, just above where the tug Edna G is docked. Any suggestions that you may have to make this a great event would be appreciated.

Friends of the Edna G

 

Obituary: Captain Albert D. Nelson

8/2 - Manitowoc, WI – Captain Albert D. Nelson, age 85, a resident of Manitowoc, entered eternal life while surrounded by family on Monday, July 20, 2020 at his residence.

He was born on August 22, 1934 in Menominee, MI, to the late Gustav and Beatrice (Schomer) Nelson. He attended elementary school in Menominee, MI and graduated from Lincoln High School in Manitowoc with the class of 1952. He then began his maritime career on the Great Lakes. Al had served in the United States Army as a Radio Operator and was stationed in Italy for 18 months. He received his honorable discharge while achieving the rank of Sergeant. Upon returning to the United States, Al obtained his 1st Class Pilots License, Great Lakes, from the Burns School of Navigation in Buffalo, NY. He then went to the University of Minnesota Duluth where he obtained his Unlimited Masters License, Great Lakes. Al had worked for US Steel, Great Lakes Fleet from July 1952 to October 1993 where he served as Seaman, Deck Officer, and Master on 26 different Vessels until his retirement at age 59 from M/V Edwin H. Gott, 1004-foot ore carrier.

On June 13, 1959, Al married Diane Bieberitz at Christ the King Church in Duluth, MN. He was a member of the Manitowoc Kiwanis Golden K where he founded The K Kids and also served three terms as president and one term as Lieutenant Governor for the Wisconsin, Upper Peninsula Michigan District. Al was active in the Clipper City Model Railroad Club where he chartered the club as a non-profit and had served four 2 year terms as President. His passion for trains led him to own and operate Lakeshore Choo Choo. Al was also a member of the Manitowoc County Historical Society and a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Manitowoc. He enjoyed volunteering for the Lakeshore Weekend for Kids which benefited the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Survivors include Al's wife of 61 years, Diane; two daughters, Lynn (Randy) Kirt and Lori Waniger, all of Manitowoc; two sons, David (Eileen) Nelson, Tampa, FL; and Steven Nelson, Waddell, AZ; seven grandchildren, Eric (Deanna) Waniger, David "DJ" Waniger, Jeffrey Kirt and his girlfriend, Leena, Kimberly Kirt, James Nelson, Katelyn Nelson and her boyfriend, Ryan, and Alexis Nelson; brother, Captain John R. (Beverly) Nelson, Boulder City, NV; also other relatives and many friends. Al was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Randy Waniger.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Grace United Church of Christ, 2801 Garfield Street, Two Rivers, WI.

 

Obituary: Cyril Francis Hudson

8/2 - Cy Hudson passed away at Fiddick’s Nursing Home, Petrolia, ON, on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at the age of 90. He was an avid follower of Great Lakes and Seaway shipping and belonged to nearly every marine society and club on the lakes. He was also a past member of the Marine Historical Society of Detroit advisory council. Above all, Cy was a sailor. He started sailing when he was very young and sailed all over the world before moving to Canada with his family in the mid-1960s.

Born in Yorkshire, England on January 14, 1930, Cy was the son of the late Francis & Jane Ann (Turner). He was the beloved husband of the late Thomasina “Ena” (nee Maggs) for over 60 years and father of Steven Hudson, Susan Van Hooft (John), Jane Ann Hudson, all of Sarnia, and Mary Rottmann (Paul) of Calgary. He worked at Dow Chemical as a millwright for over 30 years. Arrangements are private.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 2

On August 2, 1991, Paterson's 1961-built lake bulk carrier CANADOC, which had been in lay-up in Montreal since April 6, 1990, and sold for scrapping, cleared the port in tow of the Netherlands Antilles tug DALMAR SPIRIT, bound for Mamonal, Columbia, arriving there on August 26, 1991.

On this day in 1880, the new Goodrich propeller CITY OF LUDINGTON was launched at Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The CITY OF LUDINGTON was 170 feet loa x 35 feet x 11 feet, had 44 staterooms and a salon. She was built at a cost of $90,000. The CITY OF LUDINGTON was partially dismantled at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1930-1931, and the hull was towed to Big Summer Island, Lake Michigan in 1933, for use as a breakwall.

On the morning of 02 August 1869, Deputy U. S. Marshall Insley sold at auction the scow AGNES HEAD to pay for debts incurred when she was repaired that spring by Mr. Muir and Mr. Stewart. Bidding started at $500 and ran very lively. Mr. John Stewart of Detroit purchased the vessel for $1,050. The AMERICAN MARINER (Hull#723) was launched on August 2, 1979, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Bay Shipbuilding Co. for the Connecticut Bank & Trust Co., (American Steamship Co., Buffalo, New York, mgr.). She was to be named CHICAGO, but that name was removed before launch.

The U.S. Coast Guard's report on the sinking of the EDMUND FITZGERALD was released on August 2, 1977. It cited faulty hatch covers, lack of watertight cargo hold bulkheads and damage caused from an undetermined source as the cause of her loss.

The BENSON FORD's maiden voyage was on August 2, 1924, with coal from Toledo, Ohio to Duluth, Minnesota and returned with iron ore to the Ford Rouge Plant at Dearborn.

On August 2, 1990, the Lightship HURON was dedicated as a National Historic Landmark. LIGHTSHIP 103 had been almost completely restored and was opened to the public in 1974, for tours and remains so at this time.

August 2, 1862 - John C. Ackerman was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin. At the time of his death in 1916, he was commodore of the Pere Marquette carferry fleet based in Ludington.

On 2 August 1877, GRACE A CHANNON (wooden schooner, 141 foot, 266 gross tons, built in 1873, at East Saginaw, Michigan) was bound from Chicago for Buffalo when she collided with the propeller tug FAVORITE and sank 12 miles south of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The young son of the owner of the CHANNON lost his life in this accident.

In 1858, the wooden side-wheeler TELEGRAPH collided with the schooner MARQUETTE and sank 40 miles north of Cleveland.

1909 – GLENELLAH of Inland Navigation struck the east breakwall at Port Colborne, damaging both the ship and the structure. The vessel joined Canada Steamship Lines in 1913 becoming b) CALGARIAN (ii) in 1926. It was broken up at Hamilton in 1960.

1915 – KENORA went aground off Flat Point, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, enroute from Montreal to Sydney. The C.S.L. canal ship was operating on saltwater due to the demands of World War One and was soon refloated.

1931 – The RAPIDS KING took out the gates of Lock 2 of the St. Lawrence Canal at Montreal and SASKATOON was one of 7 ships left on the bottom of the channel.

1967 – The West German freighter JOHANN SCHULTE and the new Canadian self-unloader CANADIAN CENTURY brushed each other in the Welland Canal near Thorold. The former hit the bank and was holed but made it to the tie-up wall before settling on the bottom. The ship was travelling from Duluth-Superior to Poland with wheat. The 4-year old vessel was refloated August 5 and went to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs. It was scrapped in China as d) SINGAPORE CAR in 1984-1985.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Lake Huron Lore Society, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Sturgeon Bay construction company tapped for $2 million dredging project

8/1 - Sturgeon Bay, WI - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District awarded a Sturgeon Bay construction company a more than $2 million contract to dredge the Duluth-Superior Harbor.

Roen Salvage Co. will clean out the harbor's bed using the method that scoops materials from the mostly sand bottom, according to a Corps press release.

Dredged material, totaling about 52,000 cubic yards, will help rebuild eroded shoreline and dune habitat along North Minnesota Point. Another 68,000 cubic yards, approximately, will restore tern nesting damaged by erosion at Interstate Island.

Dredging also provides watercrafts a clearer path through the harbor situated in western Lake Superior, according to Project Manager Melissa Bosman. A Corps fact sheet described the Duluth-Superior Harbor as a major international port on the Great Lakes, as well as a port of call for Great Lakes cruise vessels.

Each year, about 110,000 cubic yards of material must be dredged from the Duluth-Superior Harbor. Dredged materials have been reused to aid endangered and damaged habitats since 2013, according to the fact sheet. Roen Salvage has taken on that duty since 2012.

Green Bay Press Gazette

 

Port Reports -  August 1

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
James R. Barker departed Duluth at 06:26 Friday morning with a load of iron ore pellets from CN, and Federal Rhine cleared at 18:05 after loading wheat at CHS 1. This is rumored to be the Rhine’s final visit to Duluth, at least under FedNav ownership. Paul R. Tregurtha, Ashtabula/tug Defiance, and American Integrity are all due on Saturday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
There was no traffic at CN-Two Harbors or Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on July 31st. Due Two Harbors on August 1st is the CSL Tadoussac. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on August 1st.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday; 3:59 The saltie Tundra weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 13:30 Whitefish Bay arrived at Keefer Terminal for either port services or possible lay up. 20:25 Tim S Dool departed for Quebec City.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on a busy Friday included Saginaw, USCG Mackinaw and Federal Mayumi. Upbound traffic included John D. Leitch, American Integrity, CSL Tadoussac and, late, American Century, Michipicoten and Algoma Innovator. An interesting tow was upbound in the late afternoon when the G-tug Wisconsin made an unusual visit pushing two barges bound for Duluth. They were assisted from Nine Mile Point through the locks by the local tug Kentucky. Wisconsin will return downbound with the tug Missouri, bound for drydocking in Cleveland.

Green Bay, WI – Jon
Friday morning at 9:55 am the tug G.L Ostrander barge Integrity arrived from Muskegon, MI with cement for the Lafarge Terminal.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
After calling at Burns Harbor, Federal Satsuki arrived 10:06 Friday (7/31) with steel from Antwerp. She tied up at the Federal Marine Terminals dock, slip 1, outer harbor, and is scheduled to be in town until Thursday (8/6). So far in 2020, the port has received nine shipments of European steel, four of which came from Antwerp. Bradshaw McKee/St. Marys Challenger is expected from Charlevoix tomorrow. Federal Churchill, which is bringing steel from IJmuiden, is currently scheduled to arrive next Friday (8/7).

Southern Lake Michigan
Happy Ranger remained at Burns Harbor Friday night, with Federal Churchill due Saturday. Algoma Sault was at S. Chicago. Burns Harbor is due at Indiana Harbor Saturday.

Northern Lake Huron
Spragge: Thursday; 23:13 John D Leitch departed for Duluth Superior.
Drummond Island: Friday; 0:08 Mississagi arrived to load limestone and departed at 7:04 for Windsor. 7:08 Michipicoten arrived to load limestone.
Cheboygan: Friday; 4:08 The tug Albert and tanker barge Margaret arrived at the US Oil Co dock to unload petroleum product and departed at 12:05 for Toledo.
Stoneport: Friday; 9:20 Great Republic arrived to load limestone. 16:57 Herbert C Jackson arrived and went to anchor.
Brevort: Friday; 1:44 Calumet arrived to load limestone product and departed at 16:09 for Cleveland.
Port Inland: Friday; 10:09 Joseph L Block departed for Indiana Harbor.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Cuyahoga, followed by Algocanada, passed upbound in the early morning. Spartan/Spartan II passed downbound at 12:45 am. At 1am Herbert C Jackson was about to clear the north end of Bassett Island upbound. BBC Hudson passed upbound at 4:15 am. Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder passed downbound at 5am. Samuel de Champlain passed downbound at 7:30 am. Mesabi Miner passed downbound at 9:30am. Kaministiqua passed downbound at 11:15 am. Sarah Andrie passed upbound at noon. Manitoulin passed downbound at 3:15 pm. CSL Welland passed upbound at 5:45pm. Federal Yoshino passed downbound at 6:15pm followed closely by Cason J Calloway. Manitowoc passed upbound at the same time followed by BBC Gdansk at 6:45pm. Federal Kivilina passed downbound at 8:15pm. Sunny and warm at 80 degrees F with light, steady winds from the south-southwest.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Samuel De Champlain/Innovation were unloading cement at Lafarge on Friday

Lake Erie Ports for Friday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Manitowoc departed at 06:15 for Marysville. John G. Munson arrived at 17:44.
Sandusky: CSL Niagara loaded coal at Norfolk Southern and left at 17:29 for Nanticoke.
Cleveland: American Courage is running shuttles. Sharon MI arrived at 11:27 and went to dock 24N. She has departed with no destination given. Mesabi Miner is due in Saturday for the Bulk 9Terminal. Algoma Buffalo is also due in Saturday.
Fairport Harbor: Laura L.VanEnkevort departed with no destination given. John G. Munson left for Marblehead at 09:30.
Conneaut: Edwin H. Gott arrived at 08:39, unloaded and left at 20:28 for Two Harbors. CSL Laurentien went anchor at 11:11 and will load for Quebec City.
Nanticoke: Algoscotia left for Sarnia at 12:33 and Algonorth took her place at Imperial Oil at 12:58. Algocanada was still in port.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at the Lehigh Cement Plant Dock late Friday afternoon.

 

The greatest of the Great Lakes has a Twitter account with a Superiority complex

8/1 - There are more than 100 million lakes on the planet, only a handful of which can lay claim to the label of “great.” And of those, there is just one GLOAT. If you don’t know that GLOAT stands for “greatest lake of all time,” you’re probably not following “Lac Supérieur” on social media.

Lac Supérieur is the Twitter handle for Lake Superior, an account run by a human who speaks not on behalf of the lake but as the lake, in a brash, anthropomorphic way, brimming with a mix of swagger and silliness.

Hey, you’d be feeling yourself, too, if you were the largest freshwater lake in the world (by surface area).

“Some would say I have a superiority complex,” said Lac, which is how we’ll refer to the guy behind the account in order to maintain his secret identity. (He was once caught out by a friend, and said it felt a bit like the unmasking of Batman.)

What we can reveal is that apart from his college years, Lac has spent pretty much his entire life living within a mile of Superior. The Twitter account may be written with a tongue-in-cheek style, but Lac’s passion for the lake is the real deal.

“I just kind of have a feeling my soul is buried out there in Superior. I’m just drawn to it,” he said. “It’s just so massive and awe-inspiring. Even on a map, it doesn’t do justice to how big it is. It has this mythological kind of feel to it.”

Size is one thing, but it’s the lake’s remoteness, particularly in relation to its Great Lakes siblings, that lends Superior its mystique, Lac said.

There’s no Chicago, no Buffalo, no Toronto or Cleveland hugging its shores. It’s less knowable, wilder, more temperamental and unpredictable, with a ferocity that’s the stuff of legend.

“The weather is so severe and raw, it requires a toughness to deal with the conditions,” he said. “It calls to a certain person. I love the storms and the excitement of the changing conditions.”

Lac took over the Twitter account in 2010 from its originator, and as he became more comfortable with the medium he began to evolve Supérieur’s voice.

“For lakes called the Great Lakes, I thought, why not have this lake with a sassy, cocky, self-righteous attitude,” he said.

Part of the schtick he developed includes taking regular potshots at Lake Erie and stoking a rivalry with Lake Michigan. (Don’t get Lac started on the movement to treat Michigan-Huron as a single lake. “I think it’s b.s.,” he said. To say there are only four Great Lakes “would be like when Pluto was not a planet.”)

“There’s always an ongoing argument of what the ‘best’ Great Lake is. Michigan will always win because of the population. There’s Chicago, Milwaukee, Green Bay, all those people to cast a vote,” said Lac. “That’s fine, you can have a favorite. But there’s only one ‘best’ and that’s clearly Superior.”

Lac puts in the work to maintain Superior’s and Supérieur’s dominance, having grown the Twitter feed’s audience to more than 37,000 followers. For comparison’s sake, Twitter accounts devoted to Lake Baikal in Siberia and Africa’s Lake Tanganyika — the only freshwater lakes that top Superior in terms of volume — have 85 and five followers, respectively, and are essentially inactive.

“It’s a little addicting,” said Lac, who’s a small business owner in real life. “I spend too much time doing this.”

Summer is his busiest season, retweeting mentions and photos of the lake, with winter’s storms and ice conditions running a close second. But it’s not all trash talking, puns and glamour shots. Lac also weaves in content about climate change, water levels and conservation. “I really try to elevate the voices of the scientists,” he said. “I’ve heard feedback from scientists that when I retweet something, they get more attention.”

There’s something to be said for the way Lac speaks to his followers as the lake, in that people have formed a bond with Superior as if it were a sentient being. “When we have a strong connection to nature, we care more and want to protect it,” he said. “Every time I tweet about something like rising lake temperatures, people apologize to the lake.”

The only downside to raising the profile of Lake Superior is that it will attract more tourists and development, thereby ruining the unspoiled landscape that makes the lake and its shoreline so appealing.

It’s a conundrum, Lac acknowledged, one for which he, as his alter ego, suggested a Supérieur solution: “I’ll just whip up a big snowstorm and scare them all away.”

Read more at this link: https://news.wttw.com/2020/07/22/greatest-great-lakes-has-twitter-account-superiority-complex

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 1

In 1862, UNION (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 163 foot, 434 ton, built in 1861, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) was sold by the Goodrich Line to James H. Mead and J. F. Kirkland for $28,000. This was $9,000 more than Goodrich had paid to have the vessel built just the previous year.

On August 1, 1982, the Canadian tanker L’ERABLE NO 1 entered service. Renamed b.) HUBERT GAUCHER in 1982. Sold foreign in 1996, renamed c.) RODIN and d.) OLYMPIC PRIDE in 2000.

August 1957 - The PERE MARQUETTE 18 of 1911 was sold to Luria Brothers, Chicago scrap merchants, along with the PERE MARQUETTE 14.

On 1 August 1871, the construction of the canal through the St. Clair Flats was finished at a cost of $365,000. It was the first real channel built to help ships through the shallow waters where the St. Clair River empties into Lake St. Clair and where there are seven mouths or passes. It took the Canadian contractor John Brown three years to dig the channel that measures 300 feet wide and 8,421 feet long. The water was 18 feet deep. It was protected on most of its sides by piers and dikes. The new channel was considered too small even as it was being dug. At only 300 feet wide, tows of log rafts were encouraged to sue the old shallower channels. Within 20 years, plans were made to deepen the channel to 20 feet.

On 1 August 1849, CHICAGO (wooden passenger/package freight vessel, 95 foot, 151 tons, built in 1842, at Oswego, New York) burned in Buffalo harbor. No lives were lost.

1911 – Seven lives were lost when the wooden passenger ship SIRIUS capsized and sank in the St. Lawrence 8 miles from Massena, N.Y. There were 75 passengers on board headed for a picnic when the accident occurred. Apparently, many passengers had rushed to one side of the ship to see a woodchuck as the ship was turning in the current and this led to the ship going over.

1951 – The first SAGUENAY to sail for Canada Steamship Lines was built at Govan, Scotland, in 1913 for service between Quebec City and Saguenay River ports. It left Canada for the Far East as b) KIANG YONG in 1946 and became c) YANGTSE PHOENIX in 1949. The vessel dragged her anchors while riding out a typhoon near Tai Po, Hong Kong, on this date in 1951, went aground and was wrecked.

1969 – The British freighter HOPERIDGE made two trips to the Great Lakes in 1959. It sank on this date in 1969 as b) BETHLEHEM due to a collision with the SHOWA MARU while about 30 miles from Singapore. The ship was enroute from Tokyo to Aden and 7 of the crew were lost.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Minntac Mine back to full pellet production

7/31 - Two iron ore pellet production lines are back in operation at U.S Steel's Minntac Mine in Mountain Iron after being idle since May. Lines 6 and 7, the newest pellet production lines at Minntac Mine, are producing iron ore pellets at full capacity, said Steve Bonach, president of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1938 at Minntac. “We're at full production in the plant,” said Bonach. “It's all pretty good news for our group.”

About 250 Minntac steelworkers were impacted by the idling of the two lines amid the national economic downturn. The last six steelworkers who went on involuntary layoff return to work on Monday, said Bonach.

Production in the mine isn't up to full speed yet, he noted. Thirty-eight steelworkers who took voluntary layoff from mine operations, remain out of work. That group includes some shovel operators, drill operators and blasters.

Full production in the mine is expected to resume in late August or early September, Bonach said. With Lines 6 and 7 back in operation, Minntac currently has all five of its pellet production lines operating. That includes Lines 3, 4 and 5. Line 5 is scheduled to be idled the second week of September for a rebuild, Bonach said.

USW leaders are meeting with U.S. Steel officials to discuss utilizing some maintenance workers from Keetac in Keewatin to assist with the rebuild, Bonach said. “Right now, we are working trying to get Keetac help with that,” Bonach said.

Keetac, a U.S. Steel iron ore facility in Keewatin, is indefinitely idled. Minntac Mine is North America's largest iron ore pellet facility.

Business North

 

Hibbing Taconite poised to resume pellet production

7/31 - Iron ore pellets will in a few days be traveling through Hibbing Taconite Co. furnaces. Pellet production begins this weekend, said Chris Johnson, president of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2705. “It takes a couple of days to warm up the furnaces,” said Johnson. “We're thinking pellet production will probably begin Saturday night or Sunday.”

Operations at the iron ore plant were idled in early May due to the national economic downturn.

As of Sunday, all 600 USW members eligible to return to work at Hibbing Taconite were back on the job, said Johnson. However, during the idling about 15-20 USW members either retired or decided to move on to other jobs, he said.

“We lost some to other jobs because of our mine life outlook and some retired,” said Johnson. “In talking to the other mines, they're getting some Keetac people and some of ours. It's a competitive market out there for these jobs and I don't blame our guys. They're looking out for their families.”

Hibbing Taconite is the second largest iron ore pellet producer in Minnesota. But the facility is in danger of running out of crude ore. Without new ore reserves, the mine could run out of ore in the first quarter of 2025, Johnson said.

USW members are becoming increasingly concerned about the future of the plant and their jobs, said Johnson “We keep telling them we're going to lose more and more (workers),” he said. ArcelorMittal is majority owner and manager of Hibbing Taconite. U.S. Steel and Cleveland-Cliffs also hold ownership.

Company officials say the plant is expected to run at full capacity for the remainder of the year. That would mean a total 2020 production of about five million tons, down from a typical 7.8 million-ton annual production level, he noted.

The Hibbing Taconite restart, coupled with the recent start-up of two idle pelletizing lines at U.S. Steel's Minntac Mine in Mountain Iron, are big economic boosts, said Kelsey Johnson, president of the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota.

“Anytime a mine comes off an idle, it's a positive sign for the industry and the region,” she said. “Each mining job creates two jobs in other vendor businesses, so when the mines are doing well, the region's economy is doing well too.”

Nationally, raw steel production inched up for the week ending July 25 with 1,320,000 net tons produced at a steel mill capability utilization rate of 58.9%, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

It's a small increase of 1.1 percent in steel production from the previous week, but both domestic steel production and the capability utilization rate have in recent weeks been trending upward. “For the most part, everyone is going to be out there making as much as we can,” Chris Johnson said of Hibbing Taconite.

Business North

 

Port Reports -  July 31

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic in either Duluth or Superior on Thursday. James R. Barker spent the day at CN loading iron ore pellets and was expected to depart at some point Thursday evening. Federal Rhine was tied up at CHS 1 loading wheat. Next on the schedule is Ashtabula/tug Defiance, which is due on Saturday to unload limestone.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Arthur M. Anderson departed Two Harbors at 00:27 on July 30th from South of #2 for Gary. There is no scheduled traffic for Two Harbors on July 31st. The CSL Tadoussac should arrive Two Harbors on August 1st. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on July 30th and none scheduled for August 1st.

Thunder Bay, ON
Wednesday; 22:03 Federal Kivalina departed for Montreal. Thursday; 1:43 Federal Yoshino departed for Montreal. 5:00 Algoma Spirit arrived and went to anchor south of the Welcome Islands. 6:24 Tim S Dool arrived at the G3 elevator to load wheat. 14:24 Saginaw departed for Owen Sound. 14:28 Algoma Spirit weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load wheat. 19:12 Federal Mayumi departed for Montreal.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic Thursday included Mesabi Miner, Kaministiqua, Federal Kivalina, Federal Yoshino and American Mariner late. Upbound traffic included Stewart J Cort and Ashtabula/Defiance late.

Green Bay, WI– Jon
On Thursday morning at 6:27 am the tug Albert Barge Margaret departed from Green Bay for Cheboygan, MI.

Grand Haven, MI
Calumet was due Thursday morning.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Satsuki was at Burns Harbor Thursday night. Indiana Harbor was at her namesake port. Happy Ranger was at S Chicago.

Northern Lake Huron
Bruce Mines: Thursday; 7:26 Manitoulin arrived to load trap rock and departed at 19:57.
Port Dolomite: Thursday; 1:58 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 departed for Grand Haven. 2:10 Kaye Barker arrived to load limestone and departed at 14:52 for Grand Haven.
Calcite: Friday; 14:14 Defiance / Ashtabula departed for Duluth Superior.
Stoneport: Wednesday; 23:57 Olive L Moore / Menominee departed for Marine City.
Alpena; Friday; 17:30 Samuel De Champlain departed for Detroit.
Port Inland: Friday; 18:05 Cason J Callaway departed for Detroit. Joseph L Block weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Hilke was inbound on the Saginaw River, Thursday, July 30th, headed to the Port Fisher Dock in Bay City to unload wind turbine components. She was assisted by the Malcolm Marine tug Manitou.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Mississagi was upbound at Stag Island at 2am. Paul R Tregurtha followed closely by Karen Andrie were upbound mid Lake St Clair at 2am. Everlast passed downbound at 7am. Federal Churchill passed MC upbound at 7:45am. Zea Servant passed upbound at 1:30pm. Michipicoten passed upbound at 11:15am, followed by American Integrity at 11:45am. Edwin H Gott passed downbound at 3pm. Ojibway passed upbound at 3pm. CSL Tadoussac passed upbound at 4:45pm. Blair Mckeil passed upbound at 5:15pm. Algonorth passed downbound at 5:30pm.Great Republic passed upbound at 6:30pm. Olive L Moore/Menominee is expected at the MC stoneyard in the late evening. Mix of sun and clouds with light winds from the south-southwest, temp 79 degrees F.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Great Republic unloaded stone at Motor City Materials on Thursday.

Toledo, OH – Denny Dushane
The ASC 1,000-footer American Century departed from winter layup berth at CSX #3 Dock on Thursday morning. They were due to depart in the spring, however, due to the COVID-19 virus and the slow economy their planned fit-out was cancelled and then later put on hold. The American Century is headed for Duluth, where they are due to arrive sometime on Saturday to load ore pellets at the CN Ore Dock.

Lake Erie Ports for Thursday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Departures were Herbert C. Jackson for Cleveland and Laura L. VanEnkevort for Fairport Harbor. Manitowoc arrived at 13:57.
Cleveland: Herbert C. Jackson arrived and delivered to RiverDock, then left at 14:00 for Stoneport. American Courage arrived at 09:20
Fairport Harbor: Frontenac left at 15:29 for Hamilton. John G. Munson arrived at 16:14.
Conneaut: CSL Laurentien and Edwin H. Gott are due in Friday.
Nanticoke: Algoscotia finally came in from anchorage at 01:60 and Algocanada at 10:57.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The Sterling Energy departed in the late hours on Wednesday night, clearing for Port Weller at 23:31 EST. The first arrival on Thursday was the Coast Guard vessel Limnos, arriving at 7:03 EST. She was immediately followed by the Evans Spirit at 7:07 EST. The Limnos arrived after doing some Navigational Aids work on Lake Ontario, and the Evans Spirit returned after previously departing and doing circles in Lake Ontario as a delay. She then docked at the Richardson terminal and began loading grain. At 9:19 EST, the Sterling Energy returned from Port Weller, and departed back for Port Weller again at 12:24 EST. At 15:31 EST, the Algoma Equinox arrived light from Sorel, and docked at G3 to load grain as well. At 17:43 EST, the Leo A. McArthur and her barge John J. Carrick arrived with a load of asphalt for the McAsphalt terminal. The Sterling Energy is expected to return from her Port Weller trip at 21:30 EST. In addition to Thursday's traffic, the Federal Kumano spent her fourth day in port loading grain, while the Torrent and COE Leni both sit at anchor, awaiting their turns to load grain.

Toronto, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit was at the Lehigh Cement Dock on Thursday evening.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 31

On this day in 1948, in a total elapsed time of 19 hours, the JAMES DAVIDSON of the Tomlinson fleet unloaded 13,545 tons of coal at the Berwind Dock in Duluth and loaded 14,826 tons of ore at the Allouez Dock in Superior.

On this day in 1955, Al A. Wolf, the first Chief Engineer of a Great Lakes freighter powered by a 7,000 hp engine, retired as Chief Engineer of the WILFRED SYKES. Chief Wolf started as an oiler on the POLYNESIA in 1911, became Chief Engineer in 1921, and brought out the SYKES in 1948.

Sea trials took place for the JAMES R. BARKER this day in 1976. She was to become Interlake's first 1000 footer and the flagship of the fleet for Moore McCormack Leasing, Inc. (Interlake Steamship Co., Cleveland, Ohio, mgr.). She was built at a cost of more than $43 million under Title XI of the Merchant Marine Act of 1970. She was the third thousand-footer to sail on the Lakes and the first built entirely on the Lakes.

On July 31, 1974, the Liberian vessel ARTADI approached the dock at Trois Rivires, Que. where she damaged the docked GORDON C. LEITCH's stern.

The CEDARBRANCH was damaged and sunk by an explosion on July 31, 1965, several miles below Montreal, Quebec resulting in a loss of one life. Repaired and lengthened in 1965, she was renamed b.) SECOLA in 1978, and c.) KITO MARU in 1979, and scrapped at Brownsville, Texas, in 1985.

On 31 July 1849, ACORN (wooden schooner, 84 foot, 125 tons, built in 1842, at Black River, Ohio) was struck amidships by the propeller TROY near West Sister Island in Lake Erie. She sank quickly, but no lives were lost since all hands made it to the TROY.

On 31 July 1850, AMERICA (wooden side-wheeler, 240 foot, 1,083 tons, built in 1847, at Port Huron, Michigan) suffered a boiler or steam pipe explosion while sailing on Lake Erie. The explosion immediately killed nine persons and scalded others who died later. The vessel was repaired and sailed for three more seasons.

Data from: Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

 

Welland Canal ship collision investigation could take more than a year, says TSB

7/30 - An investigation into the collision between two vessels on the Welland Canal earlier this month could take to 450 days to complete, says the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).

The collision involved Florence Spirit, headed down the canal toward Lake Ontario, and Alanis headed toward Lake Erie. They collided starboard to starboard around the anchor ports on both ships at 3:55 p.m. on Saturday, July 11.

Crew members on both vessels — 16 on the Alanis and 14 on the Florence Spirt — were not injured in the collision, captured on video by two men walking alongside the canal.

A map provided by the TSB on its investigation page showed the incident took place south of the East Main Street tunnel, east of Welland’s Memorial Park.

Three investigators from the TSB’s Quebec City-based office interviewed crew members on both vessels and downloaded data from the black boxes on each ship. The black boxes capture navigation information, and what crew members were saying on the bridges of both ships during the incident.

The collision left the 16-year-old Florence Spirit, a 136.4-metre-long bulk carrier owned by Burlington-based McKeil Marine, damaged on the starboard, or front right side. The 138-metre-long Alanis, owned by dship Carriers, suffered bow damage, including a visible hole on the starboard side near the anchor port.

Florence Spirt was carrying a load of coal and bound for a port in Quebec at the time, while Alanis was bound for Duluth, Minn., with a load of wind turbine parts.

Tuesday afternoon, Alanis was headed down the canal with a destination of Port Weller marked on its automatic identification system (AIS). AIS is used to show the location of a vessel and its speed and course.

Florence Spirit, which docked at Wharf 10 in Welland after the collision, was shown entering the harbour at Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., which has a ship repair/building facility.

In a previous interview, Patrick Bourke, McKeil Marine’s chief financial officer and commercial lead, said the company was looking at multiple options to repair the vessel and get it back in service.

Welland Tribune

 

Great Lakes steel production surges by 21,000 tons but down 20% this year

7/30 - Steel production has dropped by 20% for the year, while steel capacity utilization is down more than 20 percentage points as compared to the same time last year, largely as a result of the coronavirus pandemic that greatly gutted demand for steel in the short term.

But steel manufacturing seems to be picking back up, at least locally. Great Lakes steel production rose by 21,000 tons last week, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. Steel mills in the Great Lakes region, clustered mainly in Northwest Indiana, made 471,000 tons of metal, up from 450,000 tons the previous week, a 4.6% increase.

While Blast Furnace D at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor exploded in an industrial accident two weeks ago, U.S. Steel brought Blast Furnace No. 8 at Gary Works back online last week. The blast furnace, which can make up to 3,300 tons of pig iron per day, had been idled in late August of last year because of deteriorating market conditions.

Overall, domestic steel mills in the United States made 1.32 million tons of steel last week, up 1.1% from 1.306 million tons the previous week and down 28.5% as compared to 1.847 million tons the same time a year prior.

Steel demand started plummeting in mid-March when automakers like Ford, General Motors and Honda, some of the largest consumers of North American steel, temporarily ceased production to limit the spread of COVID-19, forcing Northwest Indiana steel mills to indefinitely idle blast furnaces. But auto plants across the country have come back online and have been slowly increasing production volume, leading Gary Works to recently restart Blast Furnaces No. 6 and 8.

So far this year, domestic steel mills in the United States have made 44.5 million tons of steel, a 20% decrease compared to the 55.7 million tons made during the same period in 2019.

U.S. steel mills have run at a capacity utilization rate of 66.1% through July 25, down from 80.9% at the same point in 2019, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Steel capacity utilization nationwide was 58.9% last week, which was up from 58.3% the previous week but down from 79.4% at the same time a year ago.

Steel production in the southern region, a wide geographic swath that encompasses many mini-mills and rivals the Great Lakes region in output, was 524,000 tons in the week that ended Saturday, up from 521,000 tons the week before. Volume in the rest of the Midwest fell to 129,000 tons last week, down from 135,000 tons the week prior.

NW Indiana Times

 

Algoma Central fleet updates

7/30 - The latest edition of Algoma’s Bear Facts newsletter reports that Algoma Intrepid, undergoing finishing touches in Croatia, is expected to be in Canada late 2020. The vessel is a sistership to Algoma Innovator with a bow-mounted self unloader. The fleet’s next Equinox-class vessel, to be named Captain Henry Jackman, will be delivered in spring 2021.

 

Port Reports -  July 30

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort departed Duluth at 09:14 Wednesday morning for Indiana Harbor loaded with iron ore from CN. After spending the night and the DECC dock, Mackinaw was outbound at 12:33 with a destination of "Lake Superior." American Mariner departed from General Mills at 13:59 laden with wheat for Buffalo, and James R. Barker arrived at 17:08 to load ore at Canadian National. Federal Rhine was at CHS 1 loading wheat, and BBC Russia remained moored at Port Terminal. She has finished unloading, however is likely being held up by the blade she dropped on the dock on Monday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
The Presque Isle departed Two Harbors on July 29th at 12:32 for Conneaut. The Arthur M. Anderson arrived Two Harbors on July 28th at 22:00 for North of #2. The Anderson shifted between 16:27 and 16:46 to South of #2 after loading at the gravity dock at North of #2. As of 19:30 she is still loading at the shiploader. There is no traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on July 30th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the Mesabi Miner depart on July 29th at 05:00 for Cleveland. Silver Bay has no traffic scheduled on July 30th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday; 23:17 Federal Kivalina shifted to the main anchorage. 23:36 Kaministiqua weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Current River Terminal to finish loading. Wednesday; 2:23 Federal Yoshino shifted to the main anchorage. 16:08 Kaministiqua departed and is down bound.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic Wednesday evening included Edwin H. Gott, Burns Harbor and State of Michigan.

Green Bay, WI – Jon
On Wednesday at 3:30 pm the tug Albert barge Margaret arrived from Cheboygan, MI with petroleum products for the U.S. Oil/Venture Terminal with the help from the tug Texas.

Grand Haven, MI
Calumet was due Thursday morning.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Satsuki was at Burns Harbor Wednesday night. Happy Ranger, Algoma Innovator and Alpena were all at docks on the Calumet River.

Northern Lake Huron
McGregor Bay: Wednesday; 1:34 Samuel De Champlain departed for Alpena.
Spragge: Wednesday; 18:07 John D Leitch arrived to unload slag.
Port Dolomite: 20:26 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 arrived to load limestone.
Cheboygan: Tuesday; 21:10 The tug Albert and tanker barge Margaret departed for Green Bay.
Calcite: Wednesday; 6:36 Great Republic departed for Detroit. 20:22 Defiance / Ashtabula arrived to load.
Stoneport: Wednesday; 2:52 John G Munson departed for Fairport. 13:30 Olive L Moore / Menominee arrived to load limestone.
Alpena; Wednesday; 2:11 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 arrived at the Lafarge plant to unload and departed at 11:01 for Port Dolomite. 12:40 Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement products.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Conveyor cleared 5.12 am Wednesday downbound with salt for Johnstown ON. Algoma Sault arrived 1.21 pm Wednesday loading at Compass Minerals, salt for Chicago.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Paul R Tregurtha finished unloading at the power plant before dawn and was downbound entering the Detroit River at 6am. Caroline was downbound mid Lake St Clair at 6am. Sarah Andrie passed MC downbound at 6:15am as Algoma Sault was upbound at the same time. Kaye E Barker was upbound at Algonac at 6:45am. Defiance/Ashtabula passed MC in the early morning and was off Lakeport at 6:30am. Manitowoc passed downbound at 6:45am. Sharon M 1/Huron Spirit passed downbound at 7:15am. Algoma Conveyor passed downbound at 11:45am. John G Munson passed downbound at 4:45pm. Iryda passed downbound at 6pm. Whitefish Bay passed upbound at 6:15pm. Mississagi arrived at the Sombra stoneyard to unload at 6:30pm. Algoma Guardian passed downbound at 6:45pm. Brief showers in the am gave way to mostly cloudy skies in the pm, 84 degrees F, winds light from the southwest-west.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Wednesday Arrivals: Cuyahoga arrived at the Prairie Materials dock to unload gravel. Sharon M I / Huron Spirit arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload steel coils.

Lake Erie Ports for Wednesday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Herbert C. Jackson arrived at 08:12 from Toledo. Laura L. VanEnkevort went to anchor at 19:34.
Sandusky: Algoma Transport departed at 02:49 with coal for Bowmanville.
Cleveland: Algoma Buffalo left at 06:02 with salt for Oshawa. Federal Churchill left for Burns Harbor at 19:44.Manitowoc arrived at 19:13.
Fairport Harbor: Frontenac came in from anchorage at 09:26 to load salt at Morton. American Courage arrived at 16:00 and John G. Munson is due in Thursday.
Ashtabula: American Integrity departed at 16:41 for Duluth.
Conneaut: Radcliffe R. Latimer departed for Quebec City.
Nanticoke: CSL Niagara departed, AIS says Sandusky for the 30th, but she is in Lake Ontario. Algocanada finally came in from anchorage at 21:33 Tuesday night, but Algoscotia remains anchored. CSL Tadoussac left at 17:07 for Two Harbors.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
Blair McKeil finished unloading her cargo of coke by the late hours of Tuesday night, and cleared port for Sarnia at 23:51 EST. A busy Wednesday started off with the return arrival of the tug Seahound, who made a quick trip to Port Weller to assist a vessel at Heddle Shipyards. She came in at 2:15 EST. Next was the arrival of the CSL Niagara, coming from Buffalo with coal, having presumably dumped a partial load there first. Following her was the Evans Spirit loaded with coke from Detroit, arriving at 4:43 EST. A time gap came until the Torrent arrived light at 14:38 and dropped anchor, awaiting to load grain. She came from Toronto, and was followed by the two Ocean tugs, Ocean Golf at 14:56 EST, and Ocean A. Gauthier at 15:13 EST. The CSL Niagara finished her unload and was outbound for Sandusky at 16:47 EST. The COE Leni then arrived at 17:44 EST light from Ogdensburg, and also dropped anchor, awaiting to load grain. The Evans Spirit finished unloading and cleared at 19:52 EST, headed towards the seaway. In addition to Wednesday's traffic, the Federal Kumano spent the day in port loading grain.

Buffalo, NY – Brian R. Wroblewski
Dann Marine’s Calusa Coast and her barge Delaware came in with a load of asphalt for Suite Kote in Tonawanda on the afternoon of July 22nd. They were seen headed out on the morning of 23rd, bound for Detroit. Canada Steamship’s CSL Niagara arrived for Gateway Metroport light from Nanticoke on the windy afternoon of July 19th at 1PM. She came in the South Entrance, winded in the Outer Harbor, and backed into the Lackawanna Canal for the Main Dock. The Niagara tied up at the bulk loading apron to take on a load of coal for delivery to Hamilton. She would have been here earlier that morning, but the ship was diverted by an emergency off Crystal Beach for a few hours before arriving in Lackawanna. A sailboat had overturned and the Ontario Provincial Police requested their help in searching for two missing occupants. One was found alive after he swam to a nearby boat dock but unfortunately, a US Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Detroit found the deceased body of the second occupant floating in the lake. Defiance – Ashtabula was back on the afternoon of the 27th with more sand for the Canadian Silica landing. They were done unloading by 3:30AM on the 28th so they backed out, winded in the Outer Harbor, and departed. Later that morning the CSL Niagara finished loading coal in Lackawanna and departed for Hamilton around 7AM.

Welland Canal
Saltie Alanis is now tied up at the Heddle Shipyards dry dock, likely awaiting assistance in getting into the dry dock for repairs. She was in a collision with the Florence Spirit and has at least a hole in her bow. CSL’s Oakglen in the second dry dock.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Wednesday morning for Toronto.

 

Today’s Virtual Visitor Center: Stories of the Twin Ports’ steel visitors

7/30 - Like people, ships have their own unique backgrounds and stories. Ranger Sara of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center will share the stories of several of the vessels that visit the Twin Ports. Join us in the Virtual Visitor Center to learn about the designs, owners and histories of these fascinating vessels. Use a Chrome browser to join on the web here:https://www.gotomeet.me/VirtualVisitorCenter/steel-visitors-stories

For users without speakers on their computers dial in using your phone: United States: +1 (646) 749-3117; Canada: +1 (647) 497-9373; access code: 547-074-525. The Virtual Visitor Center is a cooperative endeavor between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Soo Locks Visitor Center Association and Lake Superior Marine Museum Association.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 30

July 30, 1996 - CSL's self-unloader H.M. GRIFFITH, which was off Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior, and bound for Nanticoke, Ontario, with a load of 22,775 tons of western coal, had a spontaneous combustion fire in her number 2 cargo hold. Water was used to cool the fire and the GRIFFITH used her unloading boom to dump 3,000 tons of coal into Lake Superior. After an inspection by the USCG at the Soo the following day, revealed only minor damage, the vessel was cleared to proceed on her journey. Reconstructed and renamed b.) RT HON PAUL J. MARTIN in 2000.

This News Page on the BoatNerd site was launched in 1996, reporting the coal fire aboard the GRIFFITH.

GORDON C. LEITCH (Hull#36) was launched July 30, 1952, at Midland, Ontario, by Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering Ltd. for the Upper Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Co. Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.

The Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker C.C.G.S. ALEXANDER HENRY entered service July 30, 1959. Since 1985, the HENRY has served as a museum in Kingston, Ontario.

On 30 July 1871, the 162-foot bark HARVEY BISSELL was carrying lumber from Toledo to Tonawanda, New York. When she was on the Western end of Lake Erie, she sprang a leak. Although the crew worked the hand-powered pumps constantly, the water kept gaining at a rate of about a foot an hour. The tug KATE WILLIAMS took her in tow, intending to get her to Detroit to be repaired, but this proved impossible. So the BISSELL was towed close to Point Pelee and allowed to sink in 14 feet of water. The WILLIAMS then left for Detroit to get steam pumps and other salvage equipment. On returning, they pumped out the BISSELL, refloated and repaired her. She lasted until 1905.

On 30 July 1872, the Port Huron Dry Dock launched SANDY, a lighter. Her dimensions were 75 feet x 20 feet x 5 feet.

On 30 July 1873, George Hardison of Detroit announced the beginning of a new shipyard in Port Huron, Michigan. It would be located above the 7th Street Bridge on the Black River on land owned by J. P. Haynes, accessible by River Street. Within 30 days of this announcement, the new yard had orders for two canalers three-and-aft rig for delivery in the spring of 1874. Their dimensions were to be 146 feet overall, 139 feet ¬keel, 26 foot beam and 11 foot 6 inches depth.

On 30 July 1866, CITY OF BUFFALO (wooden propeller, 340 foot, 2,026 tons, built in 1857, at Buffalo, New York as a side-wheeler) was unloading 72,000 bushels of wheat at the Sturgis Elevator at Buffalo, New York, when arsonists set fire to the complex. The fire destroyed the wharf, the elevator, several businesses and the ship. The arsonists were caught. Incidentally, the CITY OF BUFFALO was converted from a passenger side-wheeler to a propeller freighter during the winter of 1863-64. After the conversion, she was dubbed "the slowest steam-craft on the Lakes".

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Lake Huron Lore Sociery, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Port of Montreal dock workers set for 4-day strike starting Monday

7/29 - Montreal, QC – A group of Port of Montreal workers plans to walk off the job for four days next week as negotiations over a new labour contract drag on.

Work will cease Monday at 7 a.m. and resume Friday at 6:59 a.m., Local 375 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees said Friday in a statement posted on Twitter. Union officials have sent a 72-hour notice confirming their intention to strike, said a spokesperson for the Maritime Employers Association.

“While discussions were ongoing, the Maritimes Employers Association was not only surprised, but disappointed by the executive committee of the Longshoremen’s Union to go ahead with means of pressure like a strike,” the association said in an emailed statement.

The walkout will also affect operations at the port’s Contrecoeur terminal. The port serves Canada and several U.S. states, and its sites extend over 26 kilometres on the island of Montreal and four kilometres in Contrecoeur.

Dockers have been without a labour agreement since Dec. 31, 2018. Negotiations had resumed recently after a ruling by the Canada Industrial Relations Board on essential services to maintain in the event of a strike.

The employers’ association “continues to believe in the actual process of negotiation and wishes to reach an agreement that will be mutually beneficial,” it said. “The executive committee decision forces the Association to consider different possible options, even if the negotiation is still the preferred option.”

Montreal Gazette

 

Port Reports -  July 29

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner.
Maumee/tug Victory departed Duluth at 04:08 Tuesday morning loaded with iron ore from CN. Arthur M. Anderson entered port at 10:02 to discharge limestone at Hallett #5, and Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort arrived at 14:21 to load at Canadian National. The USCG Mackinaw arrived at 17:22 and tied up at the DECC. Federal Rhine weighed anchor and arrived at 18:41 to load wheat at CHS 1. American Mariner shifted from Fraser Shipyards to General Mills late Tuesday morning and began loading wheat; she should be departing on Wednesday. BBC Russia remained at Port Terminal Tuesday and was tentatively expected to depart at 21:30. The Anderson was expected to depart from Hallett #5 light at 22:00 for Two Harbors to load. There is no traffic on the BN schedule in Superior until Saturday, when John D. Leitch is due to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Burns Harbor departed Two Harbors on July 27th at 23:16 for Indiana Harbor. Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on July 27th at 23:36 for South of #2. She departed Two Harbors on July 28th at 14:05 for Conneaut. Arriving Two Harbors on July 28th at 16:18 for South of #2 was the Presque Isle. At 19:40 on July 28th the Arthur M. Anderson is outbound Duluth harbor after unloading stone at CN-Hallett #5. She should arrive Two Harbors at approx. 22:00. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on July 29th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Mesabi Miner on July 28th at 11:48. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on July 29th.

Thunder Bay, ON.
Tuesday; Kaministiqua arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 0:38 The saltie Iryda departed for Montreal. 14:55 Saginaw arrived and went to anchor south of the Welcome Islands.19:09 Kaministiqua departed and went to anchor off of the Current River entrance. 19:20 The saltie Cape arrived and went to anchor. 20:35 Federal Mayumi arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain.

Sturgeon Bay, WI – Daniel Lindner
Florence Spirit arrived at Bay Shipbuilding via Green Bay at 12:27 Tuesday afternoon and moored along the outer dock face to undergo hull repairs from her recent collision with Alanis in the Welland Canal. The tug Prentiss Brown, which arrived on Monday, has been placed in the floating drydock for her 5-year survey.

Northern Lake Huron
McGregor Bay: Tuesday; 8:02 Samuel De Champlain arrived at the Lafarge Whitefish Terminal to unload cement products.
Spragge: Tuesday;2:35 Mississagi arrived to unload limestone and departed at 6:52 for Drummond Island.
Drummond Island: Tuesday; 12:43 Mississagi arrived to load limestone and departed at 21:00 for Sombra.
Cheboygan: Monday; 23:11 The tug Albert and tanker barge Margaret arrived at the US Oil Co dock to unload petroleum products.
Calcite: Monday; 21:08 Manitowoc arrived to load. Tuesday; 2:09 American Courage departed for Fairport. 10:01 Great Republic weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load. 14:05 Manitowoc departed for Cleveland.
Stoneport: Tuesday; 15:13 John G Munson arrived to load limestone.
Alpena: Tuesday 1:21 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Chicago.
Port Inland: Sunday 23:28 Joseph L Block departed for Indiana Harbor.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas Algoma Conveyor arrived 5am Tuesday loading at Compass Minerals. Algoma Sault expected next.

Sarnia, ON – Marc Dease
Algoma Spirit departed Point Edward’s North Slip Tuesday afternoon after slightly more than a two month lay up, en route to Thunder Bay, ON.

Toledo, OH – Jacob Sylvan
The 1,000-footer American Century will soon leave Toledo. She arrived in late January and hasn’t left since. She will load iron ore at Duluth, MN.

Lake Erie Ports for Tuesday – Bill Kloss
Sandusky: Algoma Transport arrived at 06:28 and is loading coal at Norfolk Southern.
Cleveland: Algoma Buffalo arrived at 02:48 and went to Cargill to load salt. Federal Churchill came in at 06:07 and went to the Port dock 24W.
Fairport Harbor: Frontenac took a delay in the Welland and is due in Wednesday.
Ashtabula: Algoma Sault arrived at 03:52 and departed at 14:37 for Goderich. American Integrity arrived at 21:30.
Conneaut: Radcliffe R. Latimer arrived at 16:25.
Nanticoke: CSL Tadoussac and CSL Niagara are both at Stelco. Algocanada and Algoscotia are still at anchor.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The tug Vigilant 1 was the first vessel action of the morning, departing for Port Weller at 2:49 EST. Next was the arrival of the Blair Mckeil, who brought in coke from Detroit at 3:29 EST. At 8:16 EST, the Michipicoten arrived with a load of stone from Bruce Mines. She spent a fairly short amount of time unloading before departing for Toronto at 12:06 EST. At 13:49 EST, the tug Wyatt M arrived from Toronto. At 15:27 EST, the tug Ocean Golf cleared the canal for Toronto, and at 16:36 EST, the tug Seahound cleared for Port Weller. At 17:23 EST, the tug Ocean A. Gauthier was also outbound for Toronto. The Federal Kumano spent the day in port loading grain.

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Tuesday morning, in ballast, for Picton, Ont.

 

Coast Guard and Mackinac Marine Rescue MEDIVAC 4 from Mackinac Island Harbor

7/29 - Sault Sainte Marie, Mich. – This morning, Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Station St. Ignace, and Mackinac Marine Rescue MEDIVAC’d four people from Mackinac Island after their boat allided with the harbor break wall.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. EST, Sector Sault Sainte Marie Command Center received a call that a recreational vessel with four persons on board allided with the break wall in Mackinac Island Harbor. The four occupants were thrown onto the breakwall after the allision. Mackinac Marine Rescue and a response boat from Station St. Ignace responded to the scene to evaluate the condition of the victims. An MH-60 helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City was also launched to the scene. One victim sustained critical injuries and was hoisted by the MH-60 and transported to Munson Medical Center. The other three victims were transported to Munson Medical Center and McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital with major injuries. There was no reported pollution from the vessel, which has been hauled out of the water. Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is investigating the accident.

“It is important to be familiar with the area you are boating in, especially at night as it is harder to see hazards,” said Captain Amy Florentino, Deputy Sector Commander. “As always, we are grateful for our rescue partners and the assistance they provide. In this case, Mackinac Marine Rescue was able to maneuver their vessel close to the breakwall, which allowed first responders to access and treat the victims as quickly as possible.”

 

COVID-19, road construction give double blow to Alexander Henry museum ship

7/29 - Thunder Bay, ON – First, it was road construction in Marina Park last year. Then came COVID-19. The past two seasons have been challenging for the operators of the Alexander Henry museum ship on Thunder Bay's waterfront.

The Lakehead Transportation Museum Society is waiting to hear if the City of Thunder Bay will grant some financial relief and other assistance so it can continue to grow the attraction. Society president Charlie Brown says "It's going to be a tough season for us." Currently, only external tours of the ship are available to visitors, for $5, or half the regular admission cost.

"We're steady, but we're slow. We're not making a fortune by any stretch of the imagination," Brown said. He added some people are making donations, including a recent contribution of a quantity of paint that will be used this summer for a maintenance project. However, in an interview, Brown expressed concern over the time it's taking for the city to respond to requests for help.

"We've asked for rent relief, and we've asked for an extension of the property and a whole bunch of other things, and that's been over a year in the works," he said.

Brown made a deputation to city council last November, seeking a break on rent for the Pool 6 docking site because of road construction which he said "really hurt us quite a bit."

"Then this year, with the COVID, we're looking for rent relief. And the new piece of property where the tugboat sits [the recently-acquired former logging tug Dryden 3], we're looking for an extension on that, but still haven't heard a word," he said. "The site that we have now is extremely small and we would like to extend it down to the waterline," he explained.

Brown said city officials have noted that would interfere with plans for a walking path, but "if it's left the way it is, it splits our property in two, which makes it really difficult to manage."

An extension of the property, he said, would make it easier to bring buses to the site. The society would also like access to drinking water and washroom facilities in the former Pool 6 office building, and is seeking permission to establish its gift shop in the Baggage Building at Prince Arthur's Landing.

"Then we could funnel people down to where we are, because people are still having a hard time with the road, and finding where we are." Brown said he's been told a city staff report on the society's requests won't go before council before September.

Revenue should improve soon, however, as a fire inspection of the ship is imminent. Once that's done, complete tours of the vessel will once again be available, and normal admission prices will be restored.

But regardless of how the rest of this season turns out, Brown said the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society is not currently giving any thought to acquiring another ship with historic ties to Thunder Bay, the SS Keewatin. The 113-year old vessel once ferried passengers from Owen Sound to the Lakehead. It was retired from service in 1966, and since 2012 has served as a maritime museum at Port McNicoll on Georgian Bay.

Recent media stories in the Midland area have renewed speculation that the company that owns the Keewatin may transfer her to a new owner at another Ontario port such as Kingston, the site of the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes. The Keewatin is closed for the season because of COVID-19.

Built in Govan, Scotland in 1907, Keewatin is the world's last UK-built, Edwardian-era passenger steamship in existence. Around 2001, the City of Thunder Bay considered acquiring the ship from its U.S. owner when it was in storage in Douglas, Michigan, but ultimately abandoned the idea.

Brown said he's aware there's talk of the Keewatin being on the move again, but multiple obstacles stand in the way of any bid coming from his group. These include the absence of a spot to dock her, the cost of restoration that still needs completion, and financing. "I can't see it being feasible," Brown concluded.

tbnewswatch.com

 

Milwaukee to install trash-eating device to keep Lake Michigan cleaner

7/29 - Milwaukee, WI – People working to make Milwaukee’s harbor cleaner plan to install a trash interceptor in the Kinnickinnic River. The idea is to catch floating trash before it reaches Lake Michigan. And the group Harbor District, Inc., won a federal grant to bring the project to life.

We recently met Harbor District’s Natural Environment Program Manager Aaron Zeleske as close to the future home of the trash interceptor as we can get – a fence blocks our path and trees and overgrown bushes block the view.

“We’re out here on the Kinnickinnic River just south of Becher Street, we’re on the west side ... It’s the future home of our trash collector," he explains.

The harbor district is in a state of evolution — from a bleak, forbidding corridor to a place people want to work and recreate. You see an example just downstream from the trash project site where a 6-acre gleaming commercial project is taking shape. A large utility contractor will be making its corporate home where the Kinnickinnic curves east.

As for the trash diverter site, Zeleske says there’ nothing to see — yet. The project is very much in the design phase, including how it will incorporate solar power.

“It will be sort of docked. It’s in the stream. It’ll be docked right on the shoreline. And this is gonna be 30-40 feet long. It's gonna be a big conveyer belt with a dumpster on land that will deposit the trash up on land, where the dumpster can be taken away. There will be some in-stream structures, probably some sort of floating booms that will funnel the trash into the machine,” Zeleske says.

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.wuwm.com/post/milwaukee-harbor-project-install-trash-eating-device-keep-lake-michigan-cleaner

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 29

OTTERCLIFFE HALL cleared Lauzon, Quebec, July 29, 1969 on her maiden voyage as the last "straight deck" Great Lakes bulk freighter built with a pilothouse forward.

While at the Manitowoc Ship Building Co. for general repairs and engine overhaul, the CITY OF SAGINAW 31 caught fire on July 29, 1971, destroying her cabin deck and rendering her useless for further use. The blaze was caused by an acetylene torch, and caused over $1 million in damage. She was not repaired. The CITY OF SAGINAW 31 was sold to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne, Ontario, for scrapping.

On July 29, 1974 the W.W. HOLLOWAY grounded in Lake St. Clair off the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club while running downbound with stone. Lightering into the J.F. SCHOELKOPF JR was necessary before she was freed by four tugs on July 31st.

ENDERS M. VOORHEES departed Great Lakes Engineering Works, River Rouge, Michigan, on her maiden voyage July 29, 1942, bound for Duluth, Minnesota, to load iron ore. She was the second of five "Supers" for the Pittsburgh fleet to enter service.

July 29, 1974 - PERE MARQUETTE 21 was towed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to be reduced to a barge.

The steam barge MARY ROBERTSON burned near Mackinac on 29 July 1872. Her crew escaped to a schooner-barge they were towing.

The MATERIAL SERVICE foundered in a heavy summer gale in 1936, off the South Chicago lighthouse. She was a canal motor barge not designed for open-lake use.

The side-wheel river steamer DOMINION burned to the water's edge at her dock in the Thames River near Chatham, Ontario, on 29 July 1875. She was built in 1867, at Wallaceburg, Ontario.

1912 – REPUBLIC stranded at Point Louise in the St. Marys River and sustained bottom damage.

1930 – The sandsucker GEORGE J. WHALEN capsized and sank off Dunkirk, N.Y., in heavy seas and 15 sailors perished. Only 6 were rescued and taken aboard the AMASA STONE.

1942 – The first PRESCODOC was torpedoed and sunk by U-160 off Georgetown, British Guiana, with the loss of 15 lives. The bauxite-laden steamer went down quickly, bow first, while enroute to Trinidad and only 5 were saved.

1943 – LOCKWELL and KEYBELL collided above Bridge 11 of the Welland Canal. The former was repaired at Port Dalhousie with $13,450 in damages.

1946 – TEAKBAY went aground on Featherbed Shoal off Carleton Island in the St. Lawrence while bound for Montreal with a load of coal. This member of the C.S.L. fleet was released, with the aid of tugs, the next day and proceeded to Kingston for repairs.

1971 – While undergoing a major refit at Manitowoc, fire broke out aboard the CITY OF SAGINAW 31 destroying the top deck and accommodation area. The damage was listed as between $450,000 and $700,000 and the vessel became a total loss. It was towed to Castellon, Spain, for scrapping.

1979 – The Cayman Islands registered QUIDNET came through the Seaway in 1978 but sank, in a collision with the SEA TIDE at Mamei Curve in the Panama Canal while enroute from Callao, Peru, to Trinidad. The hull was abandoned as a total loss and had to be cut in two before being towed away to a dumping ground. The ship had also been a Great Lakes visitor as b) LUDMILLA C. in 1968.

1993 – The second FEDERAL SCHELDE to visit the Great Lakes was built in 1977 and came inland that year on its maiden voyage with sugar for Montreal and Toronto. The ship received major bow damage after striking the ARARAT in the Orinoco River of Venezuela. It went to Hamburg, Germany, for repairs and resumed service. It became b) TRIAS in 1994 and continued Seaway service until 1999. The ship arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, for scrapping on December 12, 2000.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jerry Pearson, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series, Marine Historical Society of Detroit

 

Port Reports -  July 28

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Indiana Harbor departed Duluth at 08:27 Monday morning with a load of iron ore pellets destined for her namesake port. Maumee/tug Victory moved beneath the shuttles at CN and began loading as soon as Indiana Harbor cleared. The pair was expected to depart Monday evening. American Mariner, which had finished unloading stone at Graymont on Sunday night, was at Fraser Shipyard Monday with her stern pumped out for repair work. BBC Russia remained at Port Terminal unloading wind turbine blades, while Federal Rhine was anchored in the lake waiting to load grain at CHS 1. Algoma Guardian was at BN in Superior for the second consecutive day Monday loading iron ore and departed for Hamilton at 15:55.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Burns Harbor arrived Two Harbors on July 27th at 04:28 for South of #2. As of 19:30 on July 27th she was still at the dock. As of 19:30 on the 27th the Edwin H. Gott was abeam of Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors on July 28th is the Presque Isle and the Arthur M. Anderson after she discharges her stone cargo at CN-Hallett #5. I would think she'd arrive Two Harbors late in the day. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on July 28th is the Mesabi Miner.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday 16:40 Ojibway departed for Windsor. Monday; 5:10 Federal Yoshino weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 5:32 The saltie Iryda shifted to the main anchorage.

Marquette, MI – Fred A Tijan
Saginaw departed July 26 at 23:18 hrs with 20,200 tons of iron ore for Algoma Stee-SOO. Scheduled to arrive July 28 at 02:00 hrs is the Saginaw. As of July 27 Marquette has shipped 333,250 tons of iron ore.

Northern Lake Huron
Thessalon: Monday;11:39 Cuyahoga arrived to load stone and departed at 19:13.
Drummond Island: Sunday; 23:52 Laura L Van Enkevort arrived to load limestone and departed Monday at 9:10 for Fairport.
Port Dolomite: Monday; 9:10 Olive L Moore / Menominee departed for the Saginaw River.
Calcite: Sunday; 22:55 Cason J Callaway arrived to load limestone and departed Monday at 12:21 for Buffington. 14:14 American courage arrived to load.
Alpena: Monday; 14:39 Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement products and departed at 19:18 for McGregor Bay. 19:52 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load.
Port Inland: Sunday; 22:00 Mississagi arrived to load limestone and departed Monday at 6:40 for Spragge. 7:06 Joseph L Block arrived to load.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator was loading at Compass Minerals Monday, salt for Chicago. Algoma Conveyor expected next.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
John G Munson followed closely by Michipicoten passed MC late evening on the 26th downbound and both were off Belle Isle at 1am. Cape passed upbound late evening on the 26th and was off Marysville at 1am. Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder was upbound mid Lake St Clair at 1:30am. Florence Spirit passed upbound at 6am. CSL Tadoussac passed downbound at 8:15am. Timgad passed MC before dawn and was off Belle Isle at 9am. Algoma Sault passed downbound at 11am. Mostly cloudy, hot and humid at 90 degrees F, winds light from the south-southwest.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Monday Arrivals: John G Munson-arrived at AK Steel to unload stone. Everlast/Norman McLeod-arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal.

Lake Erie Ports for Monday – Bill Kloss
The following boats are all due in Tuesday: Algoma Transport to Sandusky. Algoma Buffalo to Cleveland. Frontenac to Fairport Harbor. Radcliffe R. Latimer to Conneaut. CSL Tadoussac to Nanticoke.

Nanticoke: Algosea left at 01:49 for Sorel-Tracy and Algoma Enterprise departed for Quebec City. At anchor off of Port Dover is the Algoscotia and Algocanada.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
7/27/20: The Federal Kumano arrived at 11:46 EST from Loviisa, Finland, and tied up at P&H to load grain.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 28

On July 28, 1973, the ROGER M. KYES (Hull#200) was christened at Toledo, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. by Mrs. Roger Kyes for the American Steamship Co. Renamed b.) ADAM E. CORNELIUS in 1989.

B.A. PEERLESS (Hull#148) was launched July 28, 1952, at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd. for British American Transportation Co. Ltd. Renamed b.) GULF CANADA in 1969, and c.) COASTAL CANADA in 1984.

The JOHN T. HUTCHINSON was delivered on July 28th to the Buckeye Steamship Co. (Hutchinson & Co., mgr.), Cleveland. The HUTCHINSON was part of a government program designed to upgrade and increase the capacity of the U.S. Great Lakes fleet during World War II. In order to help finance the building of new ships, the U.S.M.C. authorized a program that would allow existing fleets to obtain new boats by trading in their older boats to the Government for credit. The vessel was the ninth Maritimer and fourth of the six L6-S-Al types delivered. "L6" meant the vessel was built for the Great Lakes and was 600 to 699 feet in length. The "S" stood for steam power and "Al" identified specific design features.

On 28 July 1854, BOSTON (wooden propeller, 134 foot, 259 tons, built in 1847, at Ohio City, Ohio) was bound from Chicago for Ogdensburg, New York, with pork, corn, whiskey and produce. On Lake Ontario, about 20 miles off Oak Orchard, New York, she collided with the bark PLYMOUTH and sank in about 20 minutes. No lives were lost. The crew and passengers made it to shore in three lifeboats. The boat that the captain was in sailed 50 miles to Charlotte, New York.

In 1900, the freighter PRINCETON (Hull#302) was launched at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

On 28 July 1862, CONVOY (2-mast wooden schooner, 130 foot, 367 tons, built in 1855, at Buffalo, New York) was sailing downbound on a dark night on Lake Erie with 18,000 bushels of wheat when she collided with the empty bark SAM WARD and sank quickly in 12 fathoms of water. Her wreck drifted along the bottom and during the shipping season several vessels collided with her.

1922 – The wooden passenger and freight carrier CARIBOU went aground in the North Channel of Georgian Bay near Richards Landing.

1923 – The wooden steamer W.J. CARTER, enroute from Oswego to Cobourg with a cargo of coal, began leaking and sank in Lake Ontario 20 miles south of Point Peter. Nine crewmembers were rescued by the KEYPORT.

1929 – The newly-built canaller C.H. HOUSON was in a collision with the collier WABANA off Cap au Saumon on the St. Lawrence in heavy fog. The investigation of the accident was critical of the operation of both vessels. The former served in the Misener fleet, becoming b) PAUL MANION in 1949, and was scrapped at Deseronto, Ontario, in 1961.

1949 – NORMAN J. KOPMEIER was holed by an underwater obstruction entering Muskegon with a cargo of coal from Chicago. The vessel had to be beached and almost capsized. It was later refloated and repaired. The ship last sailed as e) PINEDALE in 1976 and was scrapped at Hamilton in 1981.

1961 – After loading a cargo of scrap steel for Japan on its first visit to the Great Lakes, the Greek freighter MIHALIS ANGELOS ran aground leaving Toronto harbor. The ship had been one of the “Empire Class” ships of World War Two, being built as a) EMPIRE MASEFIELD. It arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for scrapping as f) GLORIA on December 6, 1967.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series, from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

 

Financial Storm Clouds Brew Above S.S. Keewatin

7/27 - "Friends of Keewatin has been working toward what we understood was a shared goal with Skyline Investments since the ship’s return in 2012; restore S.S. Keewatin and secure her longevity as a museum in the village she and her four sisters worked from for 53 years.”

But Rob Waxman, chief financial officer for Skyline Investments, said the moves are based on Skyline’s decision in March not to open the ship for 2020 due to COVID-19. “The fence is just precautionary security to protect our asset while it is closed,” Waxman said. But Coombes said there might be more at play.

“Now, for no apparent reason, volunteers are denied access to the ship to perform necessary maintenance for the ship and donated artifacts, access business information and resale merchandise or recover personal property,” he said, noting outside work that was to start this week was ordered halted with the contractor standing down and the materials off-loaded from the ship.

Earlier this month, the property that Skyline once held for development surrounding the Keewatin was sold to a Chinese firm under a power of sale. The ship was not part of the deal that closes August 17.

“Friends of Keewatin understands (new owner) China Paula’s intentions relative to S.S. Keewatin are similar to what (previous owner) CIM’s were,” Coombes said at the time. “In brief, they see the presence of our historical attraction as beneficial to their planned development, and are supportive.”

But Coombes said there are now renewed concerns the ship might now be leaving with one possible suitor, Marine Museum of the Great Lakes in Kingston, topping the list. “It heightens my concern that there are ulterior motives and intentions,” he said. “I can tell you that the new owner of the property fully expected SS Keewatin to be here, especially since they inherited a lease for water rights for the ship Friends of Keewatin entered into with CIM, and they’ve told us they want the ship here.”

Coombes said the company has also told the Friends’ group it is prepared to cover the ship’s operating costs until “we are able to run a normal season and will stand as our guarantor against operating cost overruns” to the tune of $100,000 for 10 years.

“Financial stability is one requirement for achieving Category B designation and negotiating a tax receipt in return for the donation of the ship to a museum,” Coombes said, referring to a federal government Canadian heritage designation. Skyline spent around $4-5 million on the ship, including the cost of bringing it back to Port McNicoll in 2012.

With an estimated value of close to $48.7 million, the ship is considered one of the finest historic vessels anywhere on the planet and “the world’s last Edwardian passenger steamship, a remarkable working demonstration of the first half of the twentieth century, and contributor and link to the cementing of Confederation," said Coombes, whose group is also urging Tay Township to get actively involved in keeping the ship in its home port before it’s too late."

Midland.com

 

Port Reports -  July 27

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Herbert C. Jackson departed Duluth at 01:23 Sunday morning bound for Toledo with a load of iron ore pellets. Indiana Harbor arrived at 06:47 to load at Canadian National. Maumee/tug Victory arrived at 08:36 to unload limestone at Hallett #5, and American Mariner entered port at 09:26 with stone for the Graymont Superior plant. Paul R. Tregurtha topped off at SMET and was outbound at 10:45 with a split load of coal for St. Clair and Monroe. After she finished unloading, Maumee shifted over to CN #6 east at 16:45 Sunday afternoon to wait for her turn at the loading dock. American Mariner is scheduled to shift over to General Mills to load wheat once she finishes at Graymont. Indiana Harbor should depart from CN late Sunday or early Monday. BBC Russia continued unloading wind turbine blades at Port Terminal on Sunday, but not without incident - one of the blades slipped as the ship's cranes were hoisting it over the dock, causing it to fall onto the dock between the ship and the truck waiting to receive it. The blade crushed a gangway leading on board the ship and bent at the middle, however any further damage to the ship or dock is currently unknown. Algoma Guardian spent Sunday at Burlington Northern loading iron ore and was expected to depart late Sunday evening.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors had no traffic on July 26th. Due Two Harbors on July 27th are the Burns Harbor and the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the American Integrity at 22:55 for Ashtabula on July 25th. Silver Bay had no traffic on July 26th and none scheduled on July 27th. The Indiana Harbor ended up going to CN in Duluth to load pellets.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday; 1:49 Federal Kivalina arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 20:50 Federal Montreal and went to anchor.

Marquette, MI ¬ Fred A Tijan
July 25 had no ships scheduled for arrival. July 26 the Kaye E. Barker arrived at 05:29hr. July 26 the Saginaw arrived at 07:14 hr. The Kaye E. Barker departed July 26 at 14:20 hr with 25,900 tons of iron ore for Toledo, Ohio. The Saginaw was still loading at 1730 hrs

Muskegon, MI - Brendan Falkowski
Port City Mariner's three tugs were in port Sunday to exchange barges. First in was the new (to the Great Lakes) Caroline McKee, arriving at 0022, docking on the North face of the Mart Dock. Next in was the Prentiss Brown with her barge St. Mary's Challenger at 0820, rafting off to the laid up barge McKee Sons. Finally, the Bradshaw McKee arrived at 1415 with the Commander, rafting off to the Challenger and McKee Sons. Soon after, the Caroline and Bradshaw switched, with Caroline taking over her new role as primary push tug for the Commander. Then, the Bradshaw switched with the Prentiss Brown, taking over her new role as the primary push tug for the St. Mary's Challenger. The Prentiss Brown will later head over to Bay Shipbuilding for her routine drydocking and hull inspection, after which she would pick up her barge St. Marys Conquest, which is currently laid up in Green Bay. The Caroline McKee departed Muskegon at 1940, heading south on Lake Michigan. As of 2030 the Bradshaw McKee/St. Marys Challenger and Prentiss Brown were still moored at the Mart Dock.

Holland, MI - William Van Appledorn
Great Republic arrived early Sunday morning to unload aggregate at Verplank's. As the Great Republic was leaving in the afternoon, the Manitowoc was arriving for more delivery to Verplank's.

Northern Lake Huron
Bruce Mines: Sunday; 3:25 Michipicoten departed for Hamilton.
Port Dolomite: Sunday; 5:03 American Courage departed for Bay City.18:00 Olive L Moore / Menominee arrived to load limestone.
Calcite: Sunday; 4:42 John G Munson departed for Detroit. 19:06 Arthur M Anderson departed for Duluth Superior. Sunday Arrivals: Leo A MacArthur/John J Carrick-arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Evans Spirit-arrived at Zug Island to load coke.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
The Saginaw River had a number of vessel movements on Sunday, July 26th, beginning with the Alpena, who arrived during the early morning hours to unload at the Lafarge Cement Terminal in Essexville. The tug Manitou arrived early in the afternoon and stood by for the arrival of the saltie, Caroline, making her third visit to the Saginaw River this season. Manitou assisted Caroline and her deck cargo of wind turbine blades to the Port Fisher Dock in Bay City. American Courage was inbound during the early evening hours, backing into the Bay Aggregates slip in Bay City to unload.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault arrived 10.18 am Sunday loading salt at Compass Minerals. Algoma Innovator arrived 11.07 am Sunday and tied up North Pier. Algoma Conveyor is also up bound for Goderich.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Laura L Vanenkevort was upbound passing Mesabi Miner still unloading at the power plant at 11pm on the25th. Algoma Sault passed MC upbound at 12:15am. Algoma Innovator passed upbound at 2am, followed closely by Kaministiqua at 2:30am. S partan/Spartan II passed upbound at 4am. Rt Hon Paul J Martin was downbound in the cutoff channel at 3:15am. Clyde Vanenkevort passed upbound at 6am. Barnacle passed downbound at 6:15am. Algoma Harvester passed upbound at 8am. G3Marquis passed downbound at 11am. Algocanada passed downbound at 11:30am. Mesabi Miner finished unloading mid morning and was upbound berthing at Sarnia at 11am. Cuyahoga passed upbound in the early morning and berthed at Sarnia by 11am. Calumet passed MC upbound at 2:15pm. Federal Mayumi passed upbound at 3:15pm. CSL St-Laurent passed downbound at 3:30pm. Defiance/Ashtabula passed downbound at 4:30pm, followed closely by Federal Dart at 4:45pm. Federal Satsuki passed upbound at 5:30pm. Sunny and hot, high reached 92 degrees F with winds from the south-southwest.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Sunday Arrivals: Leo A MacArthur/John J Carrick-arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Evans Spirit-arrived at Zug Island to load coke.

Lake Erie Ports for Sunday – Bill Kloss
Sandusky: The tug John Marshall arrived at 05:52.
Cleveland: Dorothy Ann departed at 10:50 for Escanaba. Sea Eagle II left at 18:42 for Toledo.
Conneaut: Algoma Enterprise is still in port.
Nanticoke: Algosea departed for Sorel-Tracy, Algonova left for Oakville at 10:06 and CSL Niagara left at 07:15 for Buffalo. Algoscotia is still anchored off of Port Dover. Due in Monday is Algosea from Sarnia.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
7/25/20 At 12:51 EST the tanker Sterling Energy returned from a trip to Port Weller. Shortly after, at 13:00 EST, the tanker Sten Idun arrived, presumably to unload UAN solution. At 17:53 EST, on her ninth day of loading grain, the BBC Tennessee finally departed full for Waterford, Ireland. At 20:20 EST, the Tim S. Dool finished out Saturday's traffic, bringing in a load of ore from Port Cartier.

7/26/20 At 3:12 EST, the Algoma Conveyor arrived with a load of salt from Goderich. At 3:39 EST, the ATB combo Everlast/Norman McLeod departed for Detroit after a week long layup/delay in port. The Algoma Conveyor was the next vessel to depart for the day, clearing the channel at 13:30 EST, headed back towards Goderich. The next departure was the Tim S. Dool who finished unloading ore and cleared at 17:16 EST for Thunder Bay. The tanker Sten Idun was the final departure thus far today, clearing at 19:46 EST with a posted destination of New Orleans.

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at Lehigh Cement Sunday morning.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 27

On 27 July 1884, ALBERTA (steel propeller passenger/package freight vessel, 264 foot, 2,282 gross tons, built in 1883, at Whiteinch, Scotland, by C. Connell & Co.) collided in fog six miles north north west of Whitefish Point on Lake Superior with the JOHN M. OSBORNE (wooden propeller "steam barge", 178 foot, 891 tons, built in 1882, at Marine City, Michigan. The OSBORNE had two barges in tow at the time. ALBERTA stayed in the gash until most of OSBORNE's crew scrambled aboard, then pulled out and the OSBORNE sank. ALBERTA sank in shallow water, 3 1/2 miles from shore. 3 or 4 lives were lost from the OSBORNE, one from ALBERTA in brave rescue attempt while trying to get the crewmen off the OSBORNE. This was ALBERTA's first year of service. She was recovered and repaired soon afterward. She was the sister of the ill-fated ALGOMA which was lost in her first year of service. The wreck of the OSBORNE was located in 1984, 100 years after this incident.

On 27 July 1900, the steel freighter RENSSELAER (Hull#402) was launched in Cleveland, Ohio, by the American Ship building Co. for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company.

1897 – SELWYN EDDY and MARIPOSA collided head-on in dense fog off Manitou Island, Lake Superior. The damage was light, as both ships were proceeding slowly due to the conditions.

1912 – G. WATSON FRENCH, later the first ALGOWAY, was in a collision with the MATAAFA in Lake St. Clair and the latter was heavily damaged and almost sank.

1931 – The Canada Steamship Lines bulk canaller BARRIE went aground at Les Ecureuils Shoal in the St. Lawrence while enroute to Quebec City.

1944 – The FORT PERROT was damaged by a torpedo in the English Channel south of Hastings, while providing support for the ongoing invasion of Normandy and the liberation of Europe. As c) DORION, this ship made two trips to the Great Lakes in 1959. The vessel was scrapped at Yokohama, Japan, as e) ANTONIOS S. after arriving on June 17, 1963.

1987 – The ANDREW H. went aground off Cornwall Island, in the St. Lawrence, after experiencing steering problems. The ship, loaded with steel for Dofasco in Hamilton, was lightered by MAPLEHEATH and released on August 2. The cargo was reloaded at Valleyfield. The ship first came inland as EKTOR in 1976. It arrived at Alang, India, for scrapping as e) BLUEWEST on January 31, 1998.

1999 – The SPIRIT OF 98 went aground on a rock in the Gulf of Alaska 40 miles southeast of Juneau, forcing the passengers to abandon the ship. Flooding was checked and the ship released and repaired. As c) VICTORIAN EMPRESS, the ship saw passenger service on the St. Lawrence and came into the Great Lakes to Lake Ontario beginning in 1990.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Ocean-going vessel damaged in Welland Canal to be repaired in Port Weller dry dock

7/26 - One of the vessels involved in a collision on the Welland Canal earlier this month will be repaired in a Port Weller dry dock, says a company speaking on behalf of its owners. Tom Adams, of Navigate Response, said dship Carriers’ Alanis is awaiting a detailed investigation to determine the extent of damage, in line with the company’s procedures and processes for such matters.

Navigate Response is a global crisis communications network specializing in the international shipping, port and offshore industries, headquartered in London and Singapore.

The collision took place July 11 at 3:55 p.m. and saw McKeil Marine’s Florence Spirit, headed down the canal toward Lake Ontario, and the Alanis headed toward Lake Erie, collide starboard to starboard around the anchor ports on both ships.

The crash was captured on video by two men, Alex Stewart and his friend, who did not want to be named. Both posted their videos to social media. Stewart said it was his first ship-watching experience along the 43-km long canal. In Stewart’s video, an alarm sounds before the two vessels hit, then there’s a loud crunch and scraping noise as the Florence Spirit slides down the hull of the 138-metre long Alanis.

The two vessels come to a stop before the ocean-going Alanis is pushed back toward the east bank of the canal and the Florence Spirit heads bow first toward the west bank.

The Florence Spirt, a 136.4-metre-long bulk carrier owned by Burlington-based McKeil Marine, was carrying a load of coal and bound for a port in Quebec at the time.

dship Carriers’ Alanis — the company has offices in Hamburg, Houston, Tokyo, Mumbai, Shanghai and Singapore — was carrying wind turbine parts and bound for Duluth, Minn. “The cargo will be discharged in Duluth,” said Adams in an email to The Tribune.

He said dship Carriers has made several successful voyages into the Great Lakes region in recent months, primarily delivering other wind turbine-related cargos. Adams said the company’s vessels also carry other project cargoes and bulk products.

The Standard

 

Port Reports -  July 26

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Timgad departed Duluth at 00:24 Saturday morning loaded with wheat from Riverland Ag, and Joseph L. Block was outbound at 08:27 light after unloading limestone at CN. BBC Russia arrived at 10:36 with a load of wind turbine blades for Port Terminal. Paul R. Tregurtha was due at 21:00 to load coal at SMET. Herbert C. Jackson, which had arrived on Friday evening and unloaded stone at Hallett #5, shifted to SMET at 01:30 Saturday to load a shuttle cargo of coal. She moved to Graymont Superior at 07:30 to unload, and by 14:00 her discharge was complete and she shifted to Canadian National to load iron ore pellets. She was expected to depart with her ore cargo at 22:00 Saturday night. There was no traffic in Superior during the day Saturday, however Algoma Guardian was due at 22:00 to load at BN.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
The CN-Two Harbors ore docks saw the departure of the CSL Tadoussac on July 25th at 02:28 for Nanticoke. She loaded at South of #2. There is no traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on July 26th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival on May 25th at 01:09 of the American Integrity after undergoing repairs at the Lakehead dock in Superior. As of 19:30 she is still loading. The Indiana Harbor is showing a Silver Bay destination on her AIS. Harbor Lookout is showing her loading in Duluth. Either way she'll be at one of those ports on July 26th. The Joseph L. Block didn't end up in Two Harbors after she departed Duluth. She is heading for Port Inland to load.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday; 22:23 Federal Dart departed for Montreal. Saturday 19:27 Ojibway arrived at the G3 elevator to load grain.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Saturday; 6:07 Kaye E Barker departed for Marquette.
Bruce Mines: Saturday; 16:10 Michipicoten arrived to load trap rock.
Port Dolomite: Saturday; 17:01 American Courage arrived to load limestone.
Calcite: Saturday; 12:01 John G Munson arrived to load. 12:17 Arthur M Anderson arrived to load limestone.
Alpena: Saturday; 11:55 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load and departed at 16:53 for Essexville.
Port Inland: Saturday; 8:57 Great Republic departed for Holland. 9:15 Manitowoc arrived to load limestone and departed at 17:50 for Holland.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Algoma Sault passed MC downbound at 2:30am. Lake St Clair passed downbound at 8:15am. Happy Ranger passed upbound at 11:15am. Laura Vanenkevort/Joseph Thompson arrived at the stoneyard to unload at 1:45pm. Edwin H Gott passed upbound at 2pm. Mesabi Miner arrived at the power plant to unload coal at 3:30pm. Caroline should pass MC in the mid evening as she was about halfway up the cutoff channel at 5:30pm. Mix of sun and clouds, temp 85 degrees F and humid, light winds from the south-southwest.

Detroit, MI – Raymond H
Saturday Arrivals: Calumet arrived at Zug Island to unload coal. Blair McKeil arrived at Zug Island to load coke. This is the first McKeil vessel to load coke since April.

Lake Erie Ports for Saturday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Clyde S. VanEnkevort left for Detroit at 05:32. Cuyahoga arrived at 12:00 from Cleveland, leaving there at 04:08 and after loading departed at 20:56 for Sarnia.
Lorain: Algoma Innovator had a very brief visit to Amcor, entering the Black River at 07:12, unloading and departing at 13:12 for Goderich.
Cleveland: Sea Eagle II arrived at 04:16 for St. Mary's Cement, After unloading at ArcelorMittal, Dorothy Ann is now at Cargill to load salt.
Fairport Harbor: Frontenac departed at 16:12, no destination was given.
Conneaut: Algoma Enterprise arrived at 22:00.
Nanticoke: Algonova and Algosea remain at Imperial Oil and Algoscotia is still anchored off of Port Dover. CSL Niagara arrived at 19:45 for Stelco.

Toronto, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Saturday evening bound for Rochester, NY.

 

Financial storm clouds brew above S.S. Keewatin

7/26 - Port McNicoll, ON – "Friends of Keewatin has been working toward what we understood was a shared goal with Skyline Investments since the ship’s return in 2012; restore S.S. Keewatin and secure her longevity as a museum in the village she and her four sisters worked from for 53 years.”

But Rob Waxman, chief financial officer for Skyline Investments, said the moves are based on Skyline’s decision in March not to open the ship for 2020 due to COVID-19. “The fence is just precautionary security to protect our asset while it is closed,” Waxman said. But Coombes said there might be more at play.

“Now, for no apparent reason, volunteers are denied access to the ship to perform necessary maintenance for the ship and donated artifacts, access business information and resale merchandise or recover personal property,” he said, noting outside work that was to start this week was ordered halted with the contractor standing down and the materials off-loaded from the ship.

Earlier this month, the property that Skyline once held for development surrounding the Keewatin was sold to a Chinese firm under a power of sale. The ship was not part of the deal that closes August 17.

“Friends of Keewatin understands (new owner) China Paula’s intentions relative to S.S. Keewatin are similar to what (previous owner) CIM’s were,” Coombes said at the time. “In brief, they see the presence of our historical attraction as beneficial to their planned development, and are supportive.”

But Coombes said there are now renewed concerns the ship might now be leaving with one possible suitor, Marine Museum of the Great Lakes in Kingston, topping the list. “It heightens my concern that there are ulterior motives and intentions,” he said. “I can tell you that the new owner of the property fully expected SS Keewatin to be here, especially since they inherited a lease for water rights for the ship Friends of Keewatin entered into with CIM, and they’ve told us they want the ship here.”

Coombes said the company has also told the Friends’ group it is prepared to cover the ship’s operating costs until “we are able to run a normal season and will stand as our guarantor against operating cost overruns” to the tune of $100,000 for 10 years.

“Financial stability is one requirement for achieving Category B designation and negotiating a tax receipt in return for the donation of the ship to a museum,” Coombes said, referring to a federal government Canadian heritage designation.

Skyline spent around $4-5 million on the ship, including the cost of bringing it back to Port McNicoll in 2012.

With an estimated value of close to $48.7 million, the ship is considered one of the finest historic vessels anywhere on the planet and “the world’s last Edwardian passenger steamship, a remarkable working demonstration of the first half of the twentieth century, and contributor and link to the cementing of Confederation," said Coombes, whose group is also urging Tay Township to get actively involved in keeping the ship in its home port before it’s too late."

Midland.com

 

Obituary: Dave Wobser arrangements announced

7/26 - David J. Wobser, age 81, of Findlay, Ohio, died at 3:03am on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Mercy Hospital in Toledo. A long-time volunteer board member of the Marine Historical Society of Detroit and Boatnerd.com, Dave was active for many years in organizing BoatNerd as a nonprofit, served as news page editor and board member and planning the various Boatnerd gatherings around the Great Lakes. He also maintained the site’s winter layup list and had numerous other roles. He was considered an authority on lighthouses. He was a friend to many and will be sorely missed by the BoatNerd and wider community.

Dave Wobser was born in Toledo, Ohio, on March 23, 1939, to the late Walter F. and Geraldine M. (Gassman) Wobser. He had been married to Barbara M. Wobser who survives in Findlay, and later married Janet R. Frederick on September 16, 1989 and she survives. Also surviving are his son: Jeffrey D. (Jane, deceased) Wobser of Findlay and two nephews: Andrew (Michelle) Wobser of Cincinnati, Ohio and Steve (Holly) Wobser of Columbus, Ohio. He was preceded in death by a brother: Ralph A. Wobser. Wobser graduated in 1957, from Toledo Libbey High School and attended Bowling Green State University majoring in Math and Biology. From 1965-1980, he sold major appliances with Mainline Distributors out of Toledo, then the Commercial Electric Company and finally General Electric.

He was the Director of Public Safety-Service for the City of Findlay, Ohio from 1980-1996. From 1996-2001, he was the manager of the Sherman House Apartments for the Blanchard Valley Health Association. He had been elected to Findlay City Council for the then Fifth Ward from 1974-1977. He served on the Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center Bd. of Trustees from 1993-1995. He had been the Board President of the Ohio Association of Public Safety Directors from 1987-1988. From 1985-1988, he was a Board Member of the State of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and the Jail Advisory. He was an Advisory Board Member from 1990-2012 of the Great Lakes Seaway Shipping Online Inc. From 2003-2012, he was a member of the Advisory Council of the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

In retirement, Dave pursued his passion for history, genealogy, Great Lake ships, railroads and lighthouses. He and his wife Janet enjoyed many trips exploring the historic areas around the Great Lakes taking pictures of lighthouses around the lakes. He especially enjoyed the annual trip to Sault Sainte Marie for the opening of the Soo Locks in the spring, ad well as the annual Engineer’s Day in June. He also worked for the Hancock County Board of Elections, heading up the team that managed the voting machines at all of the county voting locations. In fact, on the day he died, he attended two meetings in preparation for the August 8th special election. In the last few years, Dave was an usher at the First Lutheran Church of Findlay where he was an active member.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 1-3 and 5-7pm at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME in Findlay. A Christian Memorial Service will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at First Lutheran Church, located at 109 East Lincoln Street, Findlay with additional visitation at the church, one hour prior to the service from 9-10am and organ music beginning at 9:30am. Pastor Bob Cochran will officiate and interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be given to either the First Lutheran Church (www.1lutheranchurch.org). or to the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, 12505 C.R. 99, Findlay, Ohio 45840 (http://www.nworrp.org/). Online condolences are welcomed at www.coldrencrates.com.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 26

On July 26, 2005, the salty ORLA ran aground at Kahnawake, Quebec, and the passing rum tanker JO SPIRIT made contact with her. Both vessels were damaged and repaired in Montreal.

ALGOWEST sailed on her maiden voyage in 1982 from Thunder Bay, Ontario, to Quebec City with a 27,308 ton load of barley.

On July 26, 1943 the BRUCE HUDSON caught fire while loading gasoline at East Chicago, Illinois, and four people lost their lives.

CONALLISON departed Windsor, Ontario on her first trip for Johnstone Shipping Ltd. on July 26, 1981.

WILLIAM A. McGONAGLE (Hull#154) sailed light on her maiden voyage from Great Lakes Engineering Works at Ecorse, Michigan on July 26, 1916, to Duluth, Minnesota, to load iron ore. Renamed b.) HENRY STEINBRENNER in 1986. She was scrapped at Port Maitland, Ontario, in 1994.

On 26 July 1885, ISLE ROYALE (wooden propeller passenger/package freight vessel, 92 foot, 92 gross tons, built in 1879) sprang a leak near Susick Island near Isle Royale on Lake Superior. She sank but her passengers and crew made it to the island. She was owned by Cooley, Lavague & Company of Duluth. She was originally built as the barge AGNES.

1910 ZENITH CITY went aground at Au Sable Reef, near Marquette, due to fog. The ore-laden steamer sustained damage to 60 planes.

1943 The Canadian tanker BRUCE HUDSON caught fire loading high-octane gasoline at Phillips Petroleum in South Chicago. The Captain, his son and 2 crewmen were killed. The ship was rebuilt and eventually scrapped at Cartagena, Colombia, by 1983 as c) WITCROIX.

1948 ROGN, a Norwegian tanker, went aground in the St. Lawrence at Toussant Island, near Iroquois, after the steering gear failed. The tugs SALVAGE PRINCE and SALVAGE QUEEN pulled the vessel free. It was in ballast and operated on charter to the McColl-Frontenac Oil Company. The ship was scrapped at Piraeus, Greece, as c) PIRAEUS III in 1981.

1965 The Canada Steamship Lines bulk carrier GEORGIAN BAY stood by the small wooden pulpwood carrier PRINCE QUEBEC on Lake Ontario. Cables were strung to the small ship, enroute to Tonawanda, NY with a cargo of pulpwood, to help keep it afloat. PRINCE QUEBEC was later taken to La Petite Riviere, Quebec, beached and never repaired. Apparently the hull was burned by vandals in the 1970s.

1983 PRA RIVER was registered in Ghana when it came to the Great Lakes in 1963. It went aground, enroute from Las Palmas, Canary Islands, to Lagos, Nigeria, as c) MAYON II on this date in 1983 and was abandoned.

2000 HIAWATHA, a ferry dating from 1895, was sunk by vandals at Toronto. It operated between the mainland and a Toronto Island yacht club. The hull was refloated July 28 and taken to Hamilton for restoration, repairs and a return to service.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series, published by the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

 

Fence installed in front of SS Keewatin heightens fears ship could soon leave

7/25 - Port McNicoll, ON - Fears the SS Keewatin might not be long for Port McNicoll heightened Wednesday after the ship’s owner installed fencing around the ship and asked for its keys back.

“In my judgement, there is no justification for this behaviour, and it makes no sense either,” Friends of Keewatin marketing and communications manager Wayne Coombes said, referring to the ship's owner Skyline Investments.

"Friends of Keewatin has been working toward what we understood was a shared goal with Skyline Investments since the ship’s return in 2012; restore S.S. Keewatin and secure her longevity as a museum in the village she and her four sisters worked from for 53 years.”

But Rob Waxman, chief financial officer for Skyline Investments, said the moves are based on Skyline’s decision in March not to open the ship for 2020 due to COVID-19.

“The fence is just precautionary security to protect our asset while it is closed,” Waxman said. But Coombes said there might be more at play.

“Now, for no apparent reason, volunteers are denied access to the ship to perform necessary maintenance for the ship and donated artifacts, access business information and resale merchandise or recover personal property,” he said, noting outside work that was to start this week was ordered halted with the contractor standing down and the materials off-loaded from the ship.

Earlier this month, the property that Skyline once held for development surrounding the Keewatin was sold to a Chinese firm under a power of sale. The ship was not part of the deal that closes August 17.

“Friends of Keewatin understands (new owner) China Paula’s intentions relative to S.S. Keewatin are similar to what (previous owner) CIM’s were,” Coombes said at the time. “In brief, they see the presence of our historical attraction as beneficial to their planned development, and are supportive.”

But Coombes said there are now renewed concerns the ship might now be leaving with one possible suitor, Marine Museum of the Great Lakes in Kingston, topping the list.

“It heightens my concern that there are ulterior motives and intentions,” he said. “I can tell you that the new owner of the property fully expected SS Keewatin to be here, especially since they inherited a lease for water rights for the ship Friends of Keewatin entered into with CIM, and they’ve told us they want the ship here.”

Coombes said the company has also told the Friends’ group it is prepared to cover the ship’s operating costs until “we are able to run a normal season and will stand as our guarantor against operating cost overruns” to the tune of $100,000 for 10 years.

“Financial stability is one requirement for achieving Category B designation and negotiating a tax receipt in return for the donation of the ship to a museum,” Coombes said, referring to a federal government Canadian heritage designation.

Skyline spent around $4-5 million on the ship, including the cost of bringing it back to Port McNicoll in 2012.

With an estimated value of close to $48.7 million, the ship is considered one of the finest historic vessels anywhere on the planet and “the world’s last Edwardian passenger steamship, a remarkable working demonstration of the first half of the twentieth century, and contributor and link to the cementing of Confederation," said Coombes, whose group is also urging Tay Township to get actively involved in keeping the ship in its home port before it’s too late.

Built in Scotland, the vessel was launched on July 6, 1907, five years before the Titanic. It was retired in 1966 after spending almost 60 seasons transporting passengers on the Great Lakes.

 

Port Reports -  July 25

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Saginaw cleared Duluth at 01:50 Friday morning after loading iron ore pellets at Canadian National. Joseph L. Block arrived at 17:43 to discharge limestone at CN, and Herbert C. Jackson was inbound at 18:45 with stone to unload at Hallett #5. The Block is expected to depart early Saturday for Two Harbors to load, while the Jackson will shift over to SMET after her discharge is complete to load a shuttle cargo of coal to be delivered to the Graymont Superior plant. Timgad continued loading wheat at Riverland Ag on Friday and had a posted departure time of 21:00. American Integrity remained at Lakehead Pipeline in Superior undergoing repair work on her stern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CSL Tadoussac arrived Two Harbors on July 24th at 16:27 for South of #2. Due Two Harbors on July 25th is the Joseph L. Block arriving from Duluth after unloading limestone at the CN ore dock hopper. Tentatively scheduled for Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on July 25th is the American Integrity that is currently undergoing stern repairs at the Lakehead dock in Superior.

Thunder Bay, ON
Thursday; 22:27 Michipicoten departed for Marquette. 18:22 G3 Marquis departed and is down bound. 19:08 The saltie Iryda weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load wheat. 19:39 CSL St Laurent departed for Montreal.

Marquette, MI – Fred A Tijan
No boats arrived July 22 and July 23. On July 24 the Michipicoten arrived at 09:57 hr and departed at 17:36 hr with 22,300 tons of iron ore for Algoma Steel-Soo.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Friday consisted of BBC Russia, Paul R Tregurtha, Algoma Guardian and Ojibway. Downdbound traffic included Lake St Clair, Mamryand Mesabi Miner.

Green Bay, WI ¬ Jon
On Friday morning at 7:50 the Arthur M. Anderson arrived from Port Inland, MI with Limestone for the Graymont Western Limestone Company Terminal. Then the Alpena departed for Alpena, MI at 12:00 pm. Then the Arthur M. Anderson departed at 4:33 pm onto its next destination.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay Friday; 11:24 Algoma Sault departed for Windsor. 18:40 Kaye E Barker arrived to load limestone.
Thessalon: Friday; 4:21 Laura L Van Enkevort arrived to load stone and departed at 14:42 for Marine City.
Bruce Mines: Thursday; 17:36 Mississagi arrived to load trap rock and departed Friday at 1:38 for Chicago.
Port Dolomite: Friday: 1:21 Victory / Maumee arrived to load limestone and at 15:35 departed for Duluth Superior.
Calcite: Friday; 4:58 American Courage departed for Bay City. 12:05 Olive L Moore / Menominee departed for Essexville.
Alpena; Friday; 5:05 GL Ostrander departed for Milwaukee.
Port Inland: Thursday; 21:27 Arthur M Anderson departed for Green Bay. 22:08 American Mariner weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load. Friday; 13:20 American Mariner departed for Duluth Superior. 20:03 Great Republic arrived to load limestone.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Conveyor cleared 7.35 am Friday downbound salt for Hamilton.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Cuyahoga passed MC downbound at 4am. Arsland left a berth in Sarnia and passed downbound at 6:15am. John G Munson passed upbound at 7am. Federal Kivalina passed upbound at 9:15am. Algoma Conveyor passed downbound at 2pm. Rt Hon. Paul J Martin passed upbound at 4pm. Lake Ontario passed downbound at 5:15pm. Federal Montreal should pass MC upbound around 8:30pm. Sunny with light winds from the northwest-west, 84degrees F.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Calusa Coast and Delaware were loading at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal on Friday

Lake Erie Ports for Friday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Dorothy Ann left for Cleveland at 09:28. Clyde S. VanEnkevort arrived at 09:44. She departed from Lorain.
Lorain: Algoma Innovator is due in Saturday morning.
Cleveland: Dorothy Ann arrived at 14:32 for Ontario Stone's upper dock. Cuyahoga arrived at 17:35 with stone for Allied Road Products.
Fairport Harbor: Frontenac arrived at 12:00 to load at Morton Salt.
Nanticoke: In port are Algonova and Algosea. Algoscotia is at anchor. Algoterra has departed for Sorel-Tracy. Algoma Mariner departed with no destination given and Edwin H. Gott arrived at 04:10, unloaded and left at 19:39 for Two Harbors.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
After unloading her cargo of fertilizer, the Algoma Innovator departed at 23:15 EST on Thursday night. Friday started off with the arrival of the Algoma Harvester, bringing in ore from Port Cartier at 00:37 EST. At 2:41 EST, the tugs Ocean Golf and Ocean A. Gauthier returned from Toronto. At 4:10 EST, the tanker Sterling Energy departed for Clarkson. At 8:15 EST the Baie Comeau arrived with salt from Windsor. Shortly after, she was followed in by the Algoma Enterprise, bringing in coal from Toledo at 8:30 EST. At 9:53 EST, the tanker Sterling Energy returned from Clarkson. At 16:28 EST the Baie Comeau departed light back towards Windsor. At 18:39 the Algoma Enterprise was outbound and was followed out by the Algoma Harvester at 18:47 EST. The Algoma Enterprise is likely headed back to Toledo, and the Algoma Harvester is bound for Sarnia. The BBC Tennessee spent her 8th day in port loading grain.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Lehigh Cement Friday afternoon bound for Oswego, NY.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 25

On this day in 1908, the 556-foot ELBERT H. GARY arrived to a 21-gun salute to deliver the first cargo of Minnesota ore at the new United States Steel mill in Gary, Indiana.

The keel for the TEXACO CHIEF (Hull#193) was laid July 23, 1968, at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., for Texaco Canada Ltd. Renamed b.) A.G. FARQUHARSON in 1986, and c.) ALGONOVA In 1998. She was sold for further service overseas in 2007.

CANADOC sailed on her maiden voyage July 23, 1961.

Upper Lakes Shipping Co. Ltd.'s, RED WING was christened on July 23, 1960, as the first all-welded vessel to emerge from Port Weller Dry Docks.

On 23 July 1878, H R PRESTON (wooden quarter-deck canal boat built in 1877, at Oneida Lake, New York) was carrying 250 tons of ashes from Picton, Ontario to Oswego, New York, in tow of the tug ALANSON SUMNER along with three other canal boats when they encountered a storm on Lake Ontario. About 15 miles from Oswego, the PRESTON broke her towline and was taken alongside the SUMNER with some difficulty. About a mile out of port she lost her hold tarps and began to sink quickly. She was cut loose from the tug and her two crewmen were saved by the Oswego tug WM AVERY. Though she was lying heavily on the bottom in 50 feet of water, her wreckage came ashore near 4 Mile Point in early September.

1918: PETER REISS and the GLENSHEE were in a collision at the #3 ore dock at Duluth. Fog and the current were blamed for the accident, with only limited damage to both ships.

1934: An explosion and fire aboard the tanker barge EN-AR-CO during fit-out at Toronto resulted in the loss of 4 lives. The ship was rebuilt as a coal barge and was finally scrapped at Hamilton in 1969.

1955: The tug HELENA capsized at South Chicago while taking on coal from a scow and two sailors were lost. The vessel was refloated on July 26. It survives today as c) DANIEL McALLISTER, a museum ship on display in the Lachine Canal at Montreal.

1968: The former tanker ORION was operating as a sand barge when it sank in Lake Erie about 1,000 feet off the Lorain lighthouse due to choppy seas. The hull was raised by the Corps of Engineers, beached August 2 and assumed to have been subsequently scrapped.

1985: FOTINI D.E. first came through the Seaway in 1976 and, in 1980, became the first overseas vessel to load grain at the port of Goderich. It ran aground on this date in 1985, enroute from Venezuela to a U.S. Gulf coast port, and was abandoned as a total loss on July 31.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Obituary: Dave Wobser

7/24 - David J. Wobser of Findlay, Ohio, a long-time volunteer board member of the Marine Historical Society of Detroit and Boatnerd.com, died suddenly Wednesday night of a ruptured aorta. He was active for many years in organizing BoatNerd as a nonprofit, News Editor, Board Member, planning the various Boatnerd gatherings around the Great Lakes, maintained the site’s winter layup list and numerous other roles. He was also considered an authority on lighthouses. Arrangements are unknown at this time. A full obituary will be printed when available; he was a friend to many and will be sorely missed by the BoatNerd and wider community.

 

Port Reports -  July 24

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Mesabi Miner departed Duluth at 04:35 Thursday morning with a load of coal for the St. Clair power plant. Her sister James R. Barker finished loading at CN and was outbound for Indiana Harbor with iron ore at 14:11. Saginaw shifted to the loading dock at CN after the Barker cleared and was expected to depart Thursday evening with her ore load. Also in port were Barnacle, loading wheat at CHS 2, and Timgad, which had arrived from anchor late Wednesday after the departure of Lake St. Clair and moored at Riverland Ag to load wheat (she was not carrying wind turbine parts as previously reported). Barnacle was expected to top off and depart from CHS 2 at 21:00. At the Superior entry on Thursday, American Integrity arrived at 03:56 and backed into Lakehead Pipeline for a delay. She is expected to shift to CN to load once her delay is over. Stewart J. Cort was inbound at 08:17 and headed to Burlington Northern to load iron ore pellets. This will likely be her last cargo before she goes into temporary layup, as the BN stockpile only has enough cargo remaining for a few shiploads.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
When the Callaway departed Two Harbors her AIS hadn't been updated. As of noon on July 23rd it has been updated to Gary. Due Two Harbors on July 24th is the CSL Tadoussac. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on July 23rd and none scheduled on July 24th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Thunder Bay On: Wednesday; 23:43 The saltie Lake Ontario departed for Montreal. Thursday; 11:17 G3 Marquis arrived at the Superior Elevator to load wheat. 14:28 The saltie Iryda arrived and went to anchor. 16:52 Michipicoten arrived at the Lafarge dock at the mouth of the Kam River to unload limestone. 18:39 The saltie Mamry departed and is down bound to a St Lawrence River port.

Green Bay, WI – Jon
On Thursday at 12:02 pm the Alpena arrived from Alpena, MI with cement for the Lafarge Terminal.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Wednesday; 22:49 After taking on a partial load Cuyahoga departed for Thessalon. Herbert C Jackson weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. Thursday; 5:44 Herbert C Jackson departed for Duluth. 15:11 Algoma Sault arrived to load limestone.
Thessalon: Wednesday; 1:19 Cuyahoga arrived to finish loading with stone and departed at 4:07 for Marine City.
Port Dolomite: Thursday; 4:09 Joseph L Block departed for Duluth Superior. Calcite: Thursday; 8:07 The tug Albert and tanker barge Margaret departed for Toledo. 13:59 American Courage arrived to load. Olive L Moore / Menominee arrived to load.
Stoneport: Wednesday; 23:46 Calumet departed for Detroit.
Alpena: Thursday; 1:54 American Courage departed for Calcite. 14:23 GL Ostrander arrived to load cement products.
Port Inland: Thursday;11:52 Arthur M Anderson arrived to load limestone. 17:21 American Mariner arrived and went to anchor.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Conveyor arrived 2pm Thursday, loading salt at Compass Minerals.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
G L Ostrander/Integrity passed MC upbound around 11:15pm on the 22nd. Edwin H Gott passed downbound at 6am. Kaye E Barker passed downbound at 6:30am. Algoma Equinox passed downbound at 7:45am. BBC Russia passed upbound at 9:15am. John G Munson, assisted by tug Manitou arrived at the MC stoneyard in early afternoon; Manitou then returned upbound at 3pm. At 7:30pm the Munson was still uinloading. Paul R Tregurtha passed upbound at 6pm. Ojibway and Algoma Guardian should pass in the mid to late evening both upbound. Frontenac should pass downbound around 8pm. Mix of sun and clouds at 80 degrees F; winds shifted midday from south to north-northeast which produced some white caps and chop on the river.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Thursday Arrivals: Federal Montreal-arrived at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload general cargo. Kaye E Barker-arrived at AK Steel to unload ore.

Lake Erie Ports for Thursday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Clyde S. VanEnkevort left at 04:57 for Lorain. Dorothy Ann arrived from Toledo at 23:05 on the 22nd.
Lorain: Clyde S. VanEnkevort came in from Marblehead at 07:41 and unloaded at LaFarge. She departed at 08:44.
Cleveland: Federal Montreal left at 22:41 Wednesday night for Detroit.
Fairport Harbor: R/V Muskie arrived at 03:48 from Ashtabula. Frontenac is due in Friday night.
Nanticoke: Once again the busiest port on Lake Erie, Algoma Central was well represented as Algonova was still in port along with Algoterra. Algoscotia remained anchored and Algosea is due in at midnight. Algoma Mariner was at the Stelco dock, having arrived at 06:53. Due in Friday is the Edwin H. Gott.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin finished unloading gypsum in the late night hours on Wednesday, and departed 23:19 EST. A relatively slow day on Thursday saw the Ocean A. Gauthier depart for Toronto at 00:19 EST. The Algoma Innovator arrived from Oshawa at 16:39 EST to unload fertilizer, and the tug Ocean Golf departed at 19:08 EST, also for Toronto. The BBC Tennessee spent another day in port loading grain.

 

Manitowoc Shipbuilding's last lake freighter, Edward L. Ryerson, departed 60 years ago

7/24 - Manitowoc has a long and beautiful history of shipbuilding. One chapter in Manitowoc’s rich shipbuilding heritage closed on July 28, 1960. On that date, Manitowoc Shipbuilding’s last lake freighter, the Edward L. Ryerson, left its berth at Manitowoc Shipbuilding about to embark on its lifetime on the lakes. This July will mark 60 years since Ryerson departed Manitowoc shipbuilding.

The Edward L. Ryerson was the last lake freighter built by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company, and it was the largest at 730 feet long and 75 feet wide. At the time of its departure from Manitowoc, it was the largest bulk carrier ever built to operate on the Great Lakes. The vessel was built to hold a total of 26,600 tons with a top speed loaded of 16-and-a-half hours.

People from Manitowoc and the surrounding area gathered down by the river to watch it depart Manitowoc Shipbuilding on July 28, 1960. It was estimated that around a few hundred people from the surrounding areas gathered to watch the vessel leave.

Moving the Ryerson from Manitowoc Shipbuilding to the lake was only supposed to take two hours with work starting at 5 a.m. and finishing at 7 a.m. Delays caused moving the vessel to take until close to lunch hour. The whole ordeal ended up lasting four hours.

A Manitowoc Herald Times article from July 28, 1960, described getting the Ryerson out to the lake as “like building a cruiser in the basement and then engineering it through a door too small for its shortest dimension.”

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.htrnews.com/story/entertainment/2020/07/21/manitowoc-shipbuilding-lake-freighter-ryerson-departed-60-years-ago/3286930001

 

What life has been like aboard Great Lakes freighters during COVID-19

7/24 - When the COVID-19 crisis began, marooned passengers on virus-stricken cruise ships on the high seas grabbed the early headlines. Soon, that huge industry ground to a halt.

The worry quickly rippled out to others who make their living on the water, those who operate the freighters that ply the Great Lakes through Southwestern Ontario on a 3,700-kilometre marine highway linking the Atlantic Ocean to North America’s industrial heartland.

“That was the biggest fear of our members. If this (virus) gets on board, it’s going to run through us,” said James Given, president of the Seafarers International Union (SIU), which represents shipboard workers. “It was very important to keep our industry moving and COVID-free.”

The first ship through the Welland Canal this season made its way into the system just as Ontario moved to shut down its economy in late March to all but the most essential work. Four months later, no outbreaks have been reported on any Canadian freighters. But it’s been anything but smooth sailing for the industry.

Some ships have been idled in COVID-19’s fallout. Social distancing on them is tough, and until recently, when shore leave began to open up, crew members couldn’t leave the ships.

“It takes a special kind of person to be on 700-foot ship with 20 other people for three months,” Given said. “If you do that without being able to step foot on shore, that mentally is just tiring.”

Even before the March lockdowns began, steps were taken to prevent the virus on ships. The number of contractors aboard was limited, personal protective wear was provided, crews were isolated for 14 days before being allowed aboard and shore leave – often called a “sacred right” for ship workers – was halted.

“It was pretty much a full-out lockdown on our ships,” Given said. Another early policy, sailors filling out medical questionnaires and being temperature-checked before reporting for work, remains.

Most freights have crews of 15 to 21. Sailors often work for three months at a time, then a month off. It’s tight aboard the ships, making physical distancing next to impossible.

The right to shore leave began to loosen about three weeks ago, with sailors allowed off ships in port cities where COVID-19 cases are low. There’s still no shore leave in major cities such as Toronto, Windsor and Montreal, and absolutely none in the United States. That takes a toll, said Brooke Cameron, fleet personnel manager with Algoma Central, Canada’s largest Great Lakes fleet, with 30 vessels and 1,100 full- and part-time employees. “Working onboard a vessel and being away from home . . . is already difficult and often stressful,” said Cameron, so losing free shore liberty has only added to that strain.

As the head of a team coordinating travel for Algoma’s workers, Cameron has had to adapt to different provincial guidelines as she works to get crews to and from ships.

For some, especially those from the Maritime provinces, a mandatory 14-day isolation must be followed after they return home, which can eat into their 30 days off. Crew members understand, she said, since the priority is keeping the entire ship safe. “Captains in our fleet have revealed a strong sense of pride in having kept their vessels free and clear of the COVID-19 virus, which could only be accomplished through the diligence of every crew member.”

Read more and view images at this link: https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/covid-19-aboard-great-lakes-freighters-virus-free-status-has-meant-huge-sacrifice-from-all-crew

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 24

On this day in 1908, the 556-foot ELBERT H. GARY arrived to a 21-gun salute to deliver the first cargo of Minnesota ore at the new United States Steel mill in Gary, Indiana.

The keel for the TEXACO CHIEF (Hull#193) was laid July 23, 1968, at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., for Texaco Canada Ltd. Renamed b.) A.G. FARQUHARSON in 1986, and c.) ALGONOVA In 1998. She was sold for further service overseas in 2007.

CANADOC sailed on her maiden voyage July 23, 1961.

Upper Lakes Shipping Co. Ltd.'s, RED WING was christened on July 23, 1960, as the first all-welded vessel to emerge from Port Weller Dry Docks.

On 23 July 1878, H R PRESTON (wooden quarter-deck canal boat built in 1877, at Oneida Lake, New York) was carrying 250 tons of ashes from Picton, Ontario to Oswego, New York, in tow of the tug ALANSON SUMNER along with three other canal boats when they encountered a storm on Lake Ontario. About 15 miles from Oswego, the PRESTON broke her towline and was taken alongside the SUMNER with some difficulty. About a mile out of port she lost her hold tarps and began to sink quickly. She was cut loose from the tug and her two crewmen were saved by the Oswego tug WM AVERY. Though she was lying heavily on the bottom in 50 feet of water, her wreckage came ashore near 4 Mile Point in early September.

1918: PETER REISS and the GLENSHEE were in a collision at the #3 ore dock at Duluth. Fog and the current were blamed for the accident, with only limited damage to both ships.

1934: An explosion and fire aboard the tanker barge EN-AR-CO during fit-out at Toronto resulted in the loss of 4 lives. The ship was rebuilt as a coal barge and was finally scrapped at Hamilton in 1969.

1955: The tug HELENA capsized at South Chicago while taking on coal from a scow and two sailors were lost. The vessel was refloated on July 26. It survives today as c) DANIEL McALLISTER, a museum ship on display in the Lachine Canal at Montreal.

1968: The former tanker ORION was operating as a sand barge when it sank in Lake Erie about 1,000 feet off the Lorain lighthouse due to choppy seas. The hull was raised by the Corps of Engineers, beached August 2 and assumed to have been subsequently scrapped.

1985: FOTINI D.E. first came through the Seaway in 1976 and, in 1980, became the first overseas vessel to load grain at the port of Goderich. It ran aground on this date in 1985, enroute from Venezuela to a U.S. Gulf coast port, and was abandoned as a total loss on July 31.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

U.S. Steel restarting another blast furnace at Gary Works as steel industry recovers

7/23 - Gary, IN – U.S. Steel is restarting another blast furnace at Gary Works as the steel industry recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in the temporary layoffs of thousands of steelworkers.

The Pittsburgh-based steelmaker, one of Northwest Indiana's largest industrial employers, idled blast furnaces as a result of the coronavirus pandemic that shuttered many auto plants, some of the largest end users of steel products. But it fired back up the No. 6 Blast Furnace at Gary Works right after the 4th of July weekend and is now bringing the No. 8 blast furnace back online.

"U.S. Steel will restart No. 8 blast furnace at Gary Works, effective Aug. 1, to meet the increased demand we are seeing in our contracted business," spokeswoman Meghan Cox said. "As a major supplier of steel for the auto industry, Gary Works is restoring this capacity to satisfy the very strong demand we are seeing from key contract customers with the reemergence of the auto industry. This action also supports the continued demand we are experiencing from appliances, packaging and construction."

The announcement comes at a time when production has been picking back up after auto factories like the Chicago Assembly Plant went back to work and ramped back up to three shifts. Steel production in the Great Lakes region climbed up to 450,000 tons last week, up from around 400,000 a week a few weeks ago, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

It also comes a week after an explosion at Blast Furnace D at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor. Video showed the blast showered the steel mill in Porter County with the shrapnel of large chunks of burning hot white refractory, suggesting significant damage. ArcelorMittal said it was still able to meet customer orders, but it was not immediately clear how long the blast furnace would remain offline.

"Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have utilized the flexibility afforded by our banked blast furnaces to accommodate changes in our order book as needed," Cox said. "This restart is allowing us to effectively respond and meet the growing needs of our customers."

The No. 4 Blast Furnace remains idled at Gary Works, as do U.S. Steel operations in Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio and Texas.

The steelmaker, which expects to lose $315 million in the second quarter as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, warned it could temporarily lay off up to 6,500 employees nationwide, or more than a third of its total workforce of 16,000 in North America. nAs many as 3,800 employees faced temporary layoffs at Gary Works and the Midwest plant in Portage after the pandemic spread worldwide.

 

Port Reports -  July 23

 

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Presque Isle departed Duluth at 08:44 Wednesday morning loaded with iron ore pellets for Gary. After she cleared the dock, James R. Barker moved into position beneath the shuttles and began loading. Saginaw arrived at 15:04 to load at CN but tied up on the east side of dock 6 to wait for her turn to load. Mesabi Miner was inbound at 15:39 and stopped at Husky Energy to fuel before shifting to Midwest Energy to load coal. Lake St. Clair and Barnacle continued loading wheat at Riverland Ag and CHS 2, respectively, on Wednesday, while Timgad remains anchored in the lake. Lake St. Clair had a tentative departure time of 21:00 posted, while both the Barker and Miner should be outbound on Thursday morning.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Cason J. Callaway arrived Two Harbors on July 21st at 21:45 for South of #2 after unloading stone at the C. Reiss dock in West Duluth. She departed Two Harbors on July 22nd at 07:12. As of 19:15 on July 22nd there is no updated AIS destination showing. There is no traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on July 23rd. The American Integrity had been showing a Silver Bay destination, but is now going to the Enbridge dock in Superior for a delay. Harbor Lookout is showing her loading at the CN ore dock in West Duluth after her delay. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay has no traffic scheduled on July 23rd.

Thunder Bay, ON
Monday; 20:19 Flevoborg departed for Montreal. Wednesday; 1:37 Blair McKeil departed for Windsor. 6:46 The saltie Mamry arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 10:47 CSL St Laurent arrived at Viterra B to load grain. 16:20 The saltie tundra arrived and went to anchor. 16:51 Federal Dart weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
After delivering nearly 23,000 metric tons of deicing salt for Morton, Canada Steamship Lines’ Frontenac cleared for Fairport at 04:49 Wednesday (7/22). Algoma Sault arrived from Goderich at 05:06 with roughly 30,000 metric tons of deicing salt for Compass Minerals. After dropping her cargo, she departed at 16:30. Samuel de Champlain / Innovation arrived from Alpena at 05:25 with cement for the Lafarge terminal.

Southern Lake Michigan
Indiana Harbor and Federal Rhine were at Burns Harbor Wednesday night. Manitowoc was at Indiana Harbor.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Tuesday; 19 :40 Michipicoten arrived to load and departed Wednesday at 7:25 for Thunder Bay. 14:57 Cuyahoga arrived to load. 17:48 Herbert C Jackson arrived and went to anchor.
Port Dolomite: Wednesday; 4:29 John G Munson arrived to load limestone. 14:19 Joseph L Block arrived and went to anchor. 19:14 John G Munson departed for Marine City. Joseph L Block weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to finish loading.
Drummond Island: Tuesday; 19:18 Great Republic arrived to load limestone and departed Wednesday at 8:13 for Buffington.
Cheboygan: Wednesday: 14:06.The tug Albert and tanker barge Margaret departed for Calcite.
Calcite: Tuesday; 20:46 American Mariner departed for Green Bay. Wednesday; 18:24 The tug Albert and tanker barge Margaret arrived to unload petroleum products.
Stoneport: Wednesday; 8:02 Herbert C Jackson arrived to take on a partial load and departed at 14:11 for Meldrum Bay. 14:35 Calumet arrived to load limestone. Alpena: Tuesday; 21:58 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load and departed Wednesday at 12:01 for Green Bay.18:43 American Courage arrived to unload slag at the Lafarge plant.
Port Inland: Tuesday; 23:59 Joseph L Block arrived to take on a partial load of limestone and departed Wednesday at 7:02 for Port Dolomite.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault cleared 8.49 pm Monday upbound salt for Milwaukee. Algoma Niagara cleared 7.53 pm Tuesday downbound salt for Cote Ste Catherines.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Paul R Tregurtha arrived at St Clair power plant with coal at 1:30am. Unload was complete by 10am and left downbound . Calumet was upbound at the south end of Stag Island at 1:15am and passed a downbound Algoma Niagara at that time and place. Algoma Hansa was upbound off Belle Isle at 1:30am. Sarah Andrie passed MC upbound at 6:30am. Brant passed downbound at 8am. Algoma Conveyor passed downbound at 10:15am. CSL Tadoussac passed upbound at 1:15pm, followed closely by Pride at 1:30pm. Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder passed downbound at 4:15pm, followed by Flevoborg at 5:15pm.Mississagi passed upbound at 6:30pm. Victory/Maumee upbound and CSL Welland downbound should pass MC in the late evening. Mix of sun and clouds, humid, temp 82 degrees F with winds steady from the south-southwest. Rain predicted but only a trace had fallen as of 6pm.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Algoma Conveyor was unloading trap rock at the St. Clair Aggregates dock on Wednesday

Lake Erie Ports for Wednesday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Clyde S. VanEnkevort arrived at 08:15.
Cleveland: NACC Capri left at 17:15, destination of Bath, ON.
Conneaut: Radcliffe R. Latimer left for Quebec City at 07:04.
Nanticoke: Algocanada departed for Sarnia at 08:06, Whitefish Bay left at 19:56 for Quebec City and Algoscotia left for Sarnia. Algonova was in port and Algoterra will be in from anchorage. Algoma Mariner is due in Thursday.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
Departing late on Tuesday night was the tanker Sterling Energy, who departed at 21:37 EST for Oshawa. Starting off Wednesday traffic was the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, arriving at 9:41 EST to offload gypsum from Quebec City. At 10:32 EST, the Algoma Guardian departed light, back towards Superior. At 14:26 EST, the Coast Guard vessel Limnos departed for Toronto. At 17:31 EST, the tanker Sterling Energy returned from Oshawa. The BBC Tennessee is also in port loading grain.

Toronto, ON – Tom Brewer.
McKeil Spirit departed Wednesday morning for Picton, Ont.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at Lehigh Cement Plant on Wednesday evening.

 

Annual Gales of November event at Duluth canceled for 2020

7/23 - The LSMMA Board of Directors made the hard decision to cancel ¬– for 2020 only – the Gales of November program celebrating our maritime heritage. Still, we hope to have some great virtual presentations at about that same time and are exploring other alternatives … plus we're already planning for 2021. The board considered the health and well-being of the members, volunteers and staff plus the expense of preparing for an uncertain event if the risks of congregating, especially come autumn, continue to be high. Thanks for your help and encouragement though these times.

Lake Superior Marine Museum Association

 

Illustrated history of the Soo Locks in the Virtual Visitor Center today

7/23 - Using hundreds of historic images, some dating from the 1860s, Chief Park Ranger Michelle Briggs leads an exploration of the history of the Soo Locks in the upcoming episode of the Virtual Visitor Center. To learn more about this National Historic Landmark, use a Chrome browser to join here:

https://www.gotomeet.me/VirtualVisitorCenter/soo-locks-history. For users without speakers on their computers dial in using your phone: United States: +1 (646) 749-3117; Canada: +1 (647) 497-9373; access code: 547-074-525. The Virtual Visitor Center is a cooperative endeavor between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Soo Locks Visitor Center Association and Lake Superior Marine Museum Association.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 23

On this day in 1908, the 556-foot ELBERT H. GARY arrived to a 21-gun salute to deliver the first cargo of Minnesota ore at the new United States Steel mill in Gary, Indiana.

The keel for the TEXACO CHIEF (Hull#193) was laid July 23, 1968, at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., for Texaco Canada Ltd. Renamed b.) A.G. FARQUHARSON in 1986, and c.) ALGONOVA In 1998. She was sold for further service overseas in 2007.

CANADOC sailed on her maiden voyage July 23, 1961.

Upper Lakes Shipping Co. Ltd.'s, RED WING was christened on July 23, 1960, as the first all-welded vessel to emerge from Port Weller Dry Docks.

On 23 July 1878, H R PRESTON (wooden quarter-deck canal boat built in 1877, at Oneida Lake, New York) was carrying 250 tons of ashes from Picton, Ontario to Oswego, New York, in tow of the tug ALANSON SUMNER along with three other canal boats when they encountered a storm on Lake Ontario. About 15 miles from Oswego, the PRESTON broke her towline and was taken alongside the SUMNER with some difficulty. About a mile out of port she lost her hold tarps and began to sink quickly. She was cut loose from the tug and her two crewmen were saved by the Oswego tug WM AVERY. Though she was lying heavily on the bottom in 50 feet of water, her wreckage came ashore near 4 Mile Point in early September.

1918: PETER REISS and the GLENSHEE were in a collision at the #3 ore dock at Duluth. Fog and the current were blamed for the accident, with only limited damage to both ships.

1934: An explosion and fire aboard the tanker barge EN-AR-CO during fit-out at Toronto resulted in the loss of 4 lives. The ship was rebuilt as a coal barge and was finally scrapped at Hamilton in 1969.

1955: The tug HELENA capsized at South Chicago while taking on coal from a scow and two sailors were lost. The vessel was refloated on July 26. It survives today as c) DANIEL McALLISTER, a museum ship on display in the Lachine Canal at Montreal.

1968: The former tanker ORION was operating as a sand barge when it sank in Lake Erie about 1,000 feet off the Lorain lighthouse due to choppy seas. The hull was raised by the Corps of Engineers, beached August 2 and assumed to have been subsequently scrapped.

1985: FOTINI D.E. first came through the Seaway in 1976 and, in 1980, became the first overseas vessel to load grain at the port of Goderich. It ran aground on this date in 1985, enroute from Venezuela to a U.S. Gulf coast port, and was abandoned as a total loss on July 31.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Lake Huron’s temp spikes above normal

7/22 - Manitoulin, ON –– Lake Huron is five degrees warmer than average for this time of year, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

Water levels and water temperatures are important and interrelated indicators of weather and climate change in the Great Lakes. While water levels can be influenced by many factors that include precipitation, snowmelt runoff, evaporation rates or drought, water temperatures are primarily affected by air temperature.

“Water temperatures naturally fluctuate just like lake levels naturally fluctuate,” says Hannah Cann, coastal stewardship co-ordinator with the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, “but what we’re seeing now is warmer temperatures across all the Great Lakes on the whole including, of course, Lake Huron.”

This is an indication of climate change. “When water temperatures change drastically in a short period of time it can also affect the reproductive abilities of certain fish,” says Ms. Cann. “Just like certain animals, chickens for example, they need so many hours of light to go into their reproductive phase and create eggs. The same thing happens with fish and with some species at risk fish, like lake sturgeon, their eggs will only be viable within a 2 C to 3 C range.”

This means these temperature fluctuations won’t trigger their reproductive systems to begin laying eggs or to go into mating season. It might actually kill off some species’ eggs, she adds. Monitoring lake temperatures is thus important to tracking species in certain coastal environments. “This high 5 C change, it’s 5 C higher than average for this time of year. This is indicative of a warming climate and can have serious consequences to these fish communities that rely on coastal wetlands and the nearshore environments to spawn.”

A 2016 report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stated that, “since 1995 the average surface waters have increased slightly for each of the Great Lakes. Recent increases in water temperature have mostly been driven by warming during the spring and summer months.” Trends could also relate in part to earlier thawing of winter ice; these are all indicative of a warming climate.

Altered spawning cycles are only one aspect of Great Lakes biodiversity affected by increased lake temperatures. The range distribution of species can be altered; this in turn can lead to the introduction of novel species into to ecosystem and impact the food chain within the lake. There have been some suggestions that warmer temperatures can possibly lead to an increase in the prevalence of waterborne pathogens which could lead to more and more frequent beach closures or algal blooms.

The Manitoulin Expositor

 

Port Reports -  July 22

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Cason J. Callaway arrived Duluth at 08:19 Tuesday morning with limestone to discharge at C. Reiss, and her fleetmate Presque Isle was inbound at 08:36 to pick up a load of iron ore at Canadian National. The Callaway finished her unload and was outbound for Two Harbors at 19:37. James R. Barker was due at 20:30 to load at CN. Presque Isle is expected to complete loading and depart Wednesday morning. Salties in port on Tuesday included Lake St. Clair, loading wheat at Riverland Ag; Barnacle, taking on wheat at CHS 2; and Timgad, anchored in the lake waiting to unload wind turbine components at Port Terminal. The BN dock in Superior was quiet again Tuesday, with no vessels scheduled to load there until Saturday when Algoma Guardian is due. Cason J. Callaway arrived Duluth at 08:19 Tuesday morning with limestone to discharge at C. Reiss, and her fleetmate Presque Isle was inbound at 08:36 to pick up a load of iron ore at Canadian National. The Callaway finished her unload and was outbound for Two Harbors at 19:37. James R. Barker was due at 20:30 to load at CN. Presque Isle is expected to complete loading and depart Wednesday morning. Salties in port on Tuesday included Lake St. Clair, loading wheat at Riverland Ag; Barnacle, taking on wheat at CHS 2; and Timgad, anchored in the lake waiting to unload wind turbine components at Port Terminal. The BN dock in Superior was quiet again Tuesday, with no vessels scheduled to load there until Saturday when Algoma Guardian is due.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors from South of #2 on July 21st at 02:42 for Nanticoke. Due Two Harbors at approx. 21:30 on July 21st is the Cason J. Callaway. She departed Duluth at 19:39 after unloading at C. Reiss in West Duluth. There is no inbound traffic due Two Harbors on July 22nd. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on July 22nd is the American Integrity. Harbor Lookout has her taking a delay in the Twin Ports before heading to Silver Bay.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday; 1:44 CSL Welland departed and is down bound. 11:12 Blair McKeil arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 13:46 Algoma Equinox departed for Sorel.

Marquette, MI– Fred A Tijan
No boats arrived on July 19 or July 20. Arriving on July 21 at 05:41 hrs. was the Kaye E. Barker. She departed at 18:32 hrs. for Dearborn with 25,900 tons of iron ore. For the month of July Marquette has loaded 264,850 tons of ore.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Rhine was at Burns Harbor Tuesday. Arthur M Anderson was at Buffington.

Northern Lake Huron
Bruce Mines: Monday; 23:18 Algoma Conveyor weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load trap rock. She departed Tuesday at 14:55 for Detroit.
Drummond Island: Tuesday; 2:28 Herbert C Jackson departed for Essexville.
Cheboygan: Sunday; 16:09 The tug Albert and tanker barge Margaret arrived at the US Oil Co dock to unload petroleum products.
Calcite: Tuesday; 6:55 American Mariner arrived to load.
Stoneport: Tuesday; 4:44 Olive L Moore / Menominee arrived to load limestone and departed at 15:35 down bound on Lake Huron.
Alpena: Monday; 20:44 Samuel De Champlain departed for Milwaukee.
Port Inland: Monday;19:51 Manitowoc departed for Ludington.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Michipicoten passed MC just before midnite upbound. Baie Comeau passed downbound just after midnite. John D Leitch passed upbound al 12:45am heading for Corunna stoneyard. Great Republic passed upbound at 2:15am. Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41 passed downbound at 6am. Happy Rover passed downbound at 12:30pm. CSL Laurentien passed downbound at 2pm. Tug Nebraska had a stern line to the Lauentien and appeared to be acting as rudder or thruster as they headed downbound Calumet arrived at the MC stoneyard at 6:45pm for a nitetme unload. G3 Marquis should pass upbound at 7:45pm followed closely by Cuyahoga. Algoma Innovator should pass downbound around 7:30pm. Mix of sun and clouds, humid, temp 81 degrees, winds calm river calm.

Toledo, OH – Richard Gozinya
Waterfront reports indicate the American Century is fitting out.

Lake Erie Ports for Tuesday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Calumet left at 07:31 for Marine City and Victory arrived at 08:01.
Cleveland: Algoma Buffalo arrived at 23:48 to load salt at Cargill and departed at 19:20, destination was given as Port Colborne. Federal Montreal was still in port. Sarah Andrie left at 09:30 for Indiana Harbor and Petite Forte left at 12:03 for Bath. NACC Capri arrived at 21:00 for Lafarge.
Fairport Harbor: Victory left at 23:17 for Marblehead.
Ashtabula: Clyde S. VanEnkevort left at 11:07 for Marblehead.
Conneaut: Radcliffe R. Latimer arrived at 13:11.
Nanticoke: Algoma Hansa departed at 08:16 for Sarnia. Algocanada was still in port and Algonova and Algoscotia were still anchored off of Port Dover and Algoterra will join them.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit was at Lehigh Cement on Tuesday afternoon.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 22

On this day in 1961, the barge CLEVECO, originally lost with a crew of 22 during a December 02, 1942, storm on Lake Erie, was floated by salvagers, towed outside the shipping lanes, and intentionally sunk.

PERE MARQUETTE 22 (Hull#210) was launched on July 22, 1924, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co. for the Pere Marquette Railway Co. One hundred years ago on 22 July 1900, the tug MATT HESSER was launched at Lorain, Ohio, by H. D. Root for Captain Burke of Erie.

The M.I. MILLS (wooden propeller tug, 122 foot, 152 tons, built in 1867, at Marine City, Michigan), which sank in a collision with the bark UNADILLA on 9 May 1873, was found on 22 July 1873, in 90 feet of water in Lake Huron off Sand Beach, Michigan. Plans were made to raise her at the cost of $5,000. This effort was unsuccessful as was another abortive attempt in 1895.

1965 MARIVIKI dated from 1940 as a) TEMPLE INN and visited the Seaway in 1960. The ship was beached in Colla Bay, near Mormugao, India, after developing leaks on a voyage from Madras, India, to Constanza, Romania. The hull later broke in two and was a total loss.

1967 A small fire erupted in the machine shop of the West German freighter TRANSAMERICA while a crewman was welding in Milwaukee. The blaze was soon brought under control. The ship last operated in 1978 as f) ARISTOTELES before being broken up at Gadani Beach, Pakistan.

1968 The Paterson bulk carrier CANADOC, loading at the Continental Elevator in Chicago, was struck on the starboard side by the Belgian vessel TIELRODE as it passed upsteam under tow. The latter returned through the Seaway as c) GEORGIOS C. in 1977 and was scrapped at Huangpo, China, as e) OPORTO in 1985.

1970 ULYSSES REEFER caught fire in Toronto resulting in an estimated $30,000 in damage. The ship first came inland in 1969 and returned as c) ITHAKI REEFER in 1972 prior to being scrapped at Blyth, Scotland, in 1973.

1989 MAR CATERINA, downbound at the Snell Lock, struck the fender boom and all Seaway navigation was temporarily delayed. The ship began Seaway trading as b) ASTORGA in 1985. As of 2012, the vessel is apparently still operating as e) ASPHALT TRADER.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Edgar B Speer lays up at Toledo

7/21 - Edgar B. Speer arrived in Toledo Monday for layup and is now moored at the CSX #1 Dock. This makes four 1,000 footers that are laid up in Toledo. American Century is at CSX #3 dock and has not sailed yet this year. At CSX #2 Dock is American Spirit and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. Toledo is now starting to look like a giant parking lot.

Denny Dushane

 

New Seaway tugboat arrives in Massena, New York

7/21 - Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) announced the arrival Monday of its new tugboat, Seaway Guardian, in Massena, New York. The vessel has been on a three-week journey through the Gulf of Mexico, around Florida, and up the Atlantic seaboard from the Gulf Island Shipyards in Houma, Louisiana, where it was constructed. Seaway Guardian will be the first new American-built tugboat to join SLSDC since the Seaway opened 61 years ago.

Construction of the Seaway Guardian, which is capable of operating in difficult ice conditions, began in 2018. The keel was laid on June 26, 2018 and the vessel launched on September 12, 2019. Sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico were completed in June of this year and the tug began its delivery voyage to SLSDC’s marine base in Massena on July 2.

Seaway Guardian’s primary missions will be buoy maintenance and ice management. It will also assist in firefighting and emergency operational response on the St. Lawrence Seaway. The new tug cost $24 million to construct as part of the SLSDC’s Asset Renewal Program. The tug will replace the 62-year-old vessel, Robinson Bay, which the SLSDC will maintain as back-up for the foreseeable future.

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

 

Great Lakes shipping stays afloat amid COVID-19

7/21 - Detroit, MI – The COVID-19 pandemic has hurt many sectors of the economy, but Great Lakes shipping appears to be mostly staying afloat.

Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. released a report Thursday showing total tonnage of goods down 8.4% in the first half of this year, but U.S. and Canadian grain up 3.3% from a year ago.

Iron ore, steel and iron shipments are down from last year but started to rebound last month with month-over-month increases.

"Through June, we saw shipments stabilizing, with traditional Seaway cargos including grain and steel on an uptick," said Craig H. Middlebrook, deputy administrator of the U.S. St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp., in a release. "General cargo tonnage continues to be strong, attributable in large part to increasing movement of wind turbine components.”

Overall tonnage was at 11.7 million metric tons, down 8.4% compared to this time last year, according to the report. U.S. and Canadian grain was at 3,554,000 metric tons this year, a 3.3% increase. Dry bulk cargo was down 9.9% compared to last year and includes coke, stone, cement and clinkers, ores and concentrates and pig iron. Iron ore was down 14% compared to this time last year.

The top-performing commodities were grain, salt, gypsum, steel slab and asphalt.

Sri Talluri, professor of supply chain management at Michigan State University, said the report is good news. He said he attributes the freight activity in part to Europe and Asia flattening the curve with respect to COVID-19.

"So certainly recovery is unfolding in those parts of the world," he said. "Also, given that the trajectory of the disease is quite different in different parts of the U.S., it might be helping as well."

The Port of Monroe is among eight American ports across five Great Lakes states to handle shiploads of wind-related components. The domestic side of the port had a slow start to the season in April with the temporary shutdown of heavy industry, but picked up in May, said Paul C. LaMarre III, the director of the Port of Monroe, the state’s only seaport on Lake Erie.

The port’s international shipments are largely project-driven. The port is working with Spliethoff Group’s BigLift Shipping and Ventower Industry to move, handle and manufacture wind towers for a General Electric project in Isabella County.

The Port of Monroe is handling the tower section, machine heads and the hubs, LaMarre said, adding that the wind project “has had us exceptionally busy. We're having the most fruitful season in the port's history," he said. "That isn't necessarily the story that is spanning the entire system, but one thing is for sure is that the Great Lake's St. Lawrence Seaway System is resilient."

Work continues on at the port with workers socially distancing, wearing masks, taking temperatures and looking out for one another, LaMarre said.

“That has kept us in a position where we really haven’t missed a beat,” he said. “It’s allowed us to be efficient, safe and to this point, very successful despite some very challenging circumstances.”

The Detroit News

 

Port Reports -  July 21

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The only traffic in the Twin Ports on Monday was the arrival of Lake St. Clair, which raised anchor and entered port at 07:05 to load wheat at Riverland Ag. Barnacle was tied up at CHS 2 taking on wheat, while Timgad had her hook down in the lake waiting to unload at Port Terminal. Presque Isle, Cason J. Callaway, and James R. Barker are due on Tuesday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Burns Harbor departed Two Harbors on July 20th at 06:40 for Indiana Harbor. Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on July 20th at 16:42 for South of #2. The Cason J. Callaway is due Two Harbors on July 21 after unloading stone at CN-Hallett #5 in Duluth. Tentatively she is due Two Harbors later in the afternoon of July 21st. This according to Harbor Lookout.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday; 23:40 Federal Dart arrived and went to anchor. Monday; 7:00 Algoma Innovator departed for Oshawa. 14:31 Lake Ontario weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 14:52 The saltie Brant departed down bound.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on Monday included Blair McKeil, James R. Barker, Kaye E. Barker, Saginaw and Stewart J. Cort. Downbounders included Indiana Harbor and Algoma Innovator.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Tug Aiden William arrived from Calumet Harbor 08:17 Monday (7/20) with three empty river barges for loading at the COFCO elevator. This will make 45 barges loaded at COFCO this year. On July 1, the Army Corps of Engineers closed four locks on the Illinois Waterway for maintenance, severing the connection between the Great Lakes and New Orleans. Work should be completed before fall harvest season. This could impact barge traffic out of Milwaukee. Tug Prentiss Brown pushing barge St. Marys Challenger arrived from Charlevoix at 13:14 carrying cement for Kinnickinnic River terminal. Polsteam’s Iryda was still in port. Tug Sharon MI with barge Huron Spirit is expected Monday evening with Canadian steel. Frontenac is due Tuesday (7/21) with salt from Morton, Windsor.

Southern Lake Michigan
Joseph L. Block and Federal Rhine were at Burns Harbor Monday night. John G Munson was at Gary. American Courage was at Indiana Harbor.

Northern Lake Huron
Bruce Mines: Monday; 6:17 Laura L Van Enkevort departed and is down bound on Lake Michigan. 15:18 Algoma Conveyor arrived and went to anchor.
Thessalon: Monday; 5:18 Baie Comeau departed for Windsor.
Meldrum Bay: Sunday; 20:33 Defiance / Ashtabula departed for Muskegon. Kaye E Barker weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. She departed Monday at 9:00 for Marquette.
Drummond Island: Monday; 14:21 Herbert C Jackson arrived to load limestone.
Calcite: Sunday; 22:07 Arthur M Anderson arrived to load limestone and departed Monday at 12:39 for Buffington.
Alpena; Monday; 2:40 GL Ostrander departed for Detroit. 10:42 Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement products.
Port Inland: Monday; 14:05 Manitowoc arrived to load limestone.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Buffalo following repairs in Sarnia completed her salt run to Sandusky. Algoma Sault reains loading at Compass Minerals. Algoma Niagara remains anchored outside break walls to load salt next.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Monday Arrivals: Spartan/Spartan 2 arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Great Republic arrived at Motor City Materials to unload stone.

Lake Erie Ports for Monday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Calumet arrived at 17:37 to load at Norfolk Southern.
Cleveland: Petite Forte was still at St. Mary's Cement and Federal Montreal was still at the Port docks. Sarah Andrie arrived at 09:25 and was at Shelley Materials. Algoma Buffalo arrived at 21:05. Thomas R. Morrish was dredging on the Cuyahoga.
Fairport Harbor: Victory arrived at 16:58.
Ashtabula: The research boat R/V Muskie arrived from Huron at 19:47. Clyde S. VanEnkevort arrived at 23:30.
Conneaut: Manitoulin departed for Quebec City at 14:49.
Nanticoke: Algocanada and Algoma Hansa were still in port. Anchored off of Port Dover were the Algonova and Algoscotia. Anchored at Port Colborne was the Algoterra, also destined for Nanticoke.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
At 1:06 EST, the Radcliffe R. Latimer arrived to offload grain from Thunder Bay. At 7:38 EST the Ocean tugs Ocean Golf and Ocean A. Gauthier arrived together from Toronto. At 9:35 EST, the G3 Marquis departed light for Thunder Bay after unloading ore. At 17:08 EST, the Radcliffe R. Latimer was outbound, headed towards the Welland Canal. At 17:29 EST, the Mississagi arrived with sand that was loaded in Fairport. The BBC Tennessee is in port loading grain, and the Damia Desgagnes is also in port, loading asphalt.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Monday afternoon for Toronto.

 

$474M pig iron plant gets permit for Ashtabula site

7/21 - Ashtabula, OH – The Ohio EPA has approved an air permit for construction of the $474 million pig-iron manufacturing plant that a South African company proposes to build on 30 acres at the Kinder Morgan Pinney Dock Terminal here. The permit replaces one issued Feb. 6, 2019, OEPA said.

Petmin USA Inc., a subsidiary of Johannesburg-based Petmin, announced in January 2019 that it intended to produce 425 tons of nodular pig iron annually at the plant, and employ 100 workers. At the time, construction was expected to begin as soon as July 2019, according to published reports, with production beginning in 2021.

On March 4 JobsOhio announced it was providing a $5 million economic development grant and a $5 million revitalization grant to help finance the project. The city of Ashtabula is assisting as well with road improvements.

The OEPA air permit authorizes Petmin to install and operate production equipment for the manufacturing of merchant pig iron.

“Modeling shows allowed emission levels will not cause or contribute to [exceeding] National Ambient Air Quality Standards, ensuring that local air quality will be protected,” the agency said. “Emissions from the facility will include nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and greenhouse gases.”

Before issuing the air permit, Ohio EPA said it reviewed the draft permit to ensure it would comply with federal and state air pollution standards, laws and regulations. The agency reviewed and considered public comments received at the public hearing in May, and during the extended public comment period.

The high-purity nodular pig iron the plant is slated to produce is a niche commodity that is low in manganese, sulphur and phosphorous. The metal casting industry requires the product in order to produce ductile iron, a unique engineering alloy, according to Petmin’s website.

In announcing the project, Petmin said it selected Ashtabula from 11 potential North American sites.

Business Journal

 

Obituary: Captain Mark Vogt

7/21 - On Saturday, July 18, 2020 Captain Mark(us) Vogt, loving husband and father of 3 boys comfortably passed away at the age of 92. Mark was born on September, 16 1927 in Feldsted, Denmark to Jorgen and Helena Vogt. He immigrated to Canada in 1948, arriving at his aunt’s farm in Nova Scotia. He soon settled in Montreal, found his passion on the ships of the Great Lakes and started on what was to become a successful and respected career. He travelled back to Denmark and married a childhood friend Ruth (Rasmussen) March 1, 1953. Together they raised 3 boys, Henrik, Chris (Mark) and Danny.

Mark, a young immigrant with limited education, worked hard to educate himself in the skills and knowledge to become a respected Inland Waters Captain on the M/V Senneville. His hard work and dedication to doing things the right way landed him the promotion to Director of Navigation and Safety for Misener Transportation, St. Catharines, Ontario, responsible for the operations and safety of the fleet of vessels. After Mark’s retirement in 1987, he and Ruth were Snowbirds and spent the better part of 13 winters in their second home in Acadia, Florida. Mark loved to be active waterskiing to age 76, shingling his house at 78, and always having fun chasing his grandkids around the backyard pool. He played golf with his boys until his late 80’s. He completely restored a 1972 Volkswagen Beetle which can still be seen driving around St. Catharines. Mark instilled a strong work ethic in his boys which has carried down the generations.

Arrangements are entrusted to the George Darte Funeral Home, 585 Carlton St., St. Catharines. A private ceremony for family will be held at a later date.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 21

The JAMES DAVIDSON and KINSMAN INDEPENDENT arrived under tow at Santander, Spain, on July 21, 1974, for scrapping.

On July 21, 1975, the GEORGE D. GOBLE arrived at Lorain, Ohio, with an unusual deck cargo loaded at American Ship Building Company's yard at South Chicago, Illinois. She was carrying the deckhouses for two Interlake Steamship Company thousand-foot self-unloaders being built at AmShip's Lorain yard. These vessels were completed as the JAMES R. BARKER and MESABI MINER.

On 21 July 1875, the schooner ELVA, which was built in Port Huron, Michigan, in 1861, for Capt. Sinclair, was sailing from Holland, Michigan, for Milwaukee, Wisconsin loaded with stove bolts. She capsized 12 miles from Milwaukee. Her crew took to the boats and made a landing in Kenosha and then rowed to Milwaukee. A tug was sent for the schooner and she was recovered.

In 1900, R. J. GORDON (wooden propeller passenger-package freighter, 104 foot, 187 gross tons, built in 1881, at Marine City, Michigan) was placed back in service carrying freight and passengers between Chicago and Grand Haven. She had burned in September 1899 at Chicago but was rebuilt during the winter.

On 21 July 1875, the old barge HURON, which had been in use for a number of years as a car ferry for the Grand Trunk Railroad at Port Huron/Sarnia, was sold to Sandie and Archie Stewart. They planned to convert her to a dry-dock by adding three feet to her sides and removing her arches. The sale price was $1,500 in gold.

1910 TRUDE R. WIEHE was destroyed by a fire at Portage Bay, Green Bay.

1911 Thirty plates were damaged when the WACCAMAW went aground in the St. Lawrence. The ship was later repaired at Buffalo.

1959 A collision in western Lake Erie between the CHARLES HUBBARD and the Swedish freighter SIGNEBORG resulted in damage to both ships. Both were repaired and continue in service. The latter is scrapped at La Spezia, Italy, after arriving as d) ALFREDO, on November 10, 1971. The former was sunk as a breakwall at Burns Harbor in 1966 after being idle at Milwaukee for several years. The hull was reported to have been subsequently scrapped there.

1964 The French freighter MARQUETTE began Great Lakes trading in 1953 and was lengthened in 1959 with the opening of the Seaway. Fire erupted enroute from Chicago to Marseilles, France, and the vessel was abandoned in the Atlantic. The gutted ship was towed to Brest, France, and was sold to French shipbreakers. All on board were saved.

1965 A smoky fire, that could be seen for miles, broke out in the cargo of rubber aboard the ORIENT TRADER at Toronto and the hull was towed into Toronto Bay and beached while firefighters battled the blaze. The Greek flag vessel was sold for scrap but before it departed for overseas, is was used in several episodes of the CBC television series “Seaway.” The hull was towed into Valencia, Spain, on July 11, 1966, for dismantling.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

 

Bad news from lightship Huron museum

7/20 - After rain Sunday morning, more water has entered around the base of the Huron Lightship. The water raised the ship where it sits several inches and further eroded the sand that has encapsulated the ship since 1972. This has resulted in a broken gas line and serious erosion problems on the land side so the ship cannot be occupied will be closed until the issues can be addressed. Operators of the museum ship will be working with partners at the City of Port Huron, as well as insurance company to try to resolve this as quickly as possible. If you would like to help, donations are always accepted at www.phmuseum.org. Our other sites will continue to be open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 to 4.

Port Huron Museums

 

Port Reports -  July 20

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
After finishing her cement unload at CRH, Federal Dart departed Duluth light at 10:03 Sunday morning for Thunder Bay. Paul R. Tregurtha was outbound at 19:01 loaded with coal from Midwest Energy. Barnacle was due at 23:00 to load wheat at CHS 2. Timgad and Lake St. Clair were both still anchored offshore with no ETA available for either vessel. There was no traffic in Superior on Sunday, and none is expected until Stewart J. Cort arrives later this week, possible for layup at Fraser Shipyards.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Burns Harbor arrived Two Harbors on July 19th at 07:17 for South of #2. As of 19:15 she was still at the loading dock. Due Two Harbors on July 20th is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on July 19th and none scheduled for July 20th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Saturday; 5:13 The saltie Puna departed for Montreal. 22:00 The CSL self unloader Thunder Bay departed for Sydney NS. 22:20 Algoma Innovator weighed anchor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load potash. Sunday; 18:38 CSL Welland arrived at Viterra A to load wheat.

St. Marys River
There were only three passages Saturday. Edwin H Gott was upbound in the morning, and Baie Comeau was downbound for Thessalon, also in the morning. Thunder Bay was downbound about 5 p.m.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Rhine remained at Burns Harbor Sunday night. Mesabi Miner was at Indiana Harbor. Happy Rover was at S. Chicago. John G Munson and American Courage are due at Gary early Monday.

Northern Lake Huron
Bruce Mines: Sunday; 18:51 Laura L Van Enkevort arrived to load trap rock.
Thessalon: Sunday; 16:28 Baie Comeau arrived to load stone
Meldrum Bay: Saturday; 21:48 arrived to load limestone. Sunday; 16:16 Kaye E Barker arrived and went to anchor. 20:33 Defiance / Ashtabula departed. Kaye E Barker weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock.
Drummond Island: Sunday 5:03 Victory / Maumee departed for Fairport.
Calcite: Sunday; 0:04 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 arrived to load. 1:23 Great Republic departed for Marine City. 1:24 Cason J Callaway arrived to load. 12:16 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 departed for Bay City. 19:30 Cason J Callaway departed for Duluth Superior.
Stoneport: Sunday; 1:20 Olive L Moore / Menominee departed for Marine City.
Alpena; Saturday; 21:48 Defiance / Ashtabula departed for Meldrum Bay. Sunday; 20:45 GL Ostrander arrived to load cement products.
Port Inland: Sunday; 4:38 Joseph L Block departed and was down bound on Lake Michigan.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Dorothy Ann - Pathfinder were inbound on the Saginaw River early Sunday morning, July 19th, carrying a split cargo for the Wirt Stone Docks in Bay City and Saginaw. The pair finished unloading by early afternoon and were outbound for the lake.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Buffalo was downbound 7 pm Sunday following unspecified repairs at Sarnia. Algoma Sault was loading at Compass Minerals 7.30 pm Sunday. Algoma Niagara anchored outside break walls to load next.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Michipicoten passed MC downbound at 1:30 am Sunday. James R Barker arrived at the power plant for a coal unload at 2:30 am. At 6:3 0 pm, it was still there. Herbert C Jackson passed downbound at 3:15 am, then was back upbound to pass MC again in the early evening. Algoma Sault passed upbound at 3:45 am. Arthur M Anderson passed upbound at 6:15 am. Algoma Niagara passed upbound at 12:15 pm. Tundra passed upbound at 1 pm. Ojibway passed downbound at 1:3 0pm. Blair Mckeil passed upbound at 3:30 pm. Algonova passed downbound at 3:45 pm. Tug Sarah Andrie passed downbound at 4:15 pm. Great Republic arrived at the stoneyard at 6:30 pm. Saginaw should pass upbound in the early evening followed closely by Samuel deChamplain. Algoma Buffalo should pass MC downbound in the late evening. Periods of much needed rain throughout the day with gusty winds from the south-southwest, temp from the low 70s to the low 80s.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Herbert C Jackson was unloading stone at the St. Clair Aggregates dock on Sunday

Lake Erie Ports for Sunday – Bill Kloss
Sandusky: Saginaw left for Sault Ste. Marie, ON, at 00:05.
Cleveland: Samuel deChamplain left at 07:08 for Alpena and Petite Forte arrived at 08:24 for St. Mary's Cement.
Fairport Harbor: Mississagi left at 15:11 for Hamilton.
Ashtabula: American Integrity departed at 13:31 for Silver Bay.
Erie, Pa: Calumet was still in port.
Nanticoke: Algocanada and Algoscotia were in port. Algoma Hansa arrived at Port Dover at 00:23 and went to anchor.

Buffalo, NY – Brian R. Wroblewski
Manitoulin departed the Standard Elevator with the tug Vermont at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Lehigh Cement at 06:00 Sunday for Picton, Ont.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived Sunday afternoon at the Lehigh Cement Plant Dock.

 

Dramatic lightning show over Lake Superior, video by crew of 1,000-foot freighter

7/20 - Thunderstorms producing lightning strikes over the Upper Peninsula late Saturday night turned into quite the dramatic light show for one freighter crew. Kyle Coburn, a mate aboard the Indiana Harbor, took some stunning video as the 1,000-foot freighter was making its way across Lake Superior.

He shared it with Andrea Guerriero, owner of Dre Designs - Great Lakes Marine Products, who runs a popular Facebook page for ship enthusiasts.

The big diesel-powered freighter, owned by American Steamship Company, today is headed east across Lake Superior and will be making its way downbound through the Soo Locks with a load of iron ore. From there, it will travel south down Lake Michigan until it reaches Burns Harbor in Indiana.

At the time this video was taken, the Indiana Harbor’s crew said they had slowed to about 9 knots from their typical 12 to 13 knots, so they could navigate safely through the storm, Guerriero said.

View the video here: https://www.mlive.com/weather/2020/07/dramatic-lightning-show-over-lake-superior-video-by-crew-of-989-foot-freighter.html

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 20

LEON FALK JR. was christened at Cleveland, July 20, 1961, after one trip to Duluth, Minnesota, for ore.

HORACE JOHNSON (Hull#805) was launched July 20, 1929, at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

JAY C. MORSE (Hull#438) was launched on July 20, 1907, at Cleveland, Ohio by American Shipbuilding Co. for the Mesaba Steamship Co. (Pickands & Mather & Co., mgr.) Sold Canadian in 1965, renamed b.) SHELTER BAY, used as a storage barge at Goderich, renamed c.) D. B. WELDON in 1979. In 1982, her pilothouse was removed and is used as a museum in Goderich Harbor. The WELDON was scrapped at Thunder Bay in 1984.

At the end of June, 1877, the ferry MYRTLE began running between Port Huron and Sarnia. However, on 20 July 1877, The Port Huron Times reported that "The ferry MYRTLE has been taken off the route on account of the extreme dullness of the times."

The scow DIXIE burned during the night of 20 July 1875, while lying at Kenyon's dock in East China Township on the St. Clair River.

1940: The first LACHINEDOC ran aground at Ile-aux-Coudres but was refloated the same day after 600 tons of coal were jettisoned. The vessel became b) QUEENSTON in 1946 and was sunk as a dock facing at Bob-Lo Park in 1962.

1963: Thick fog prevailed overnight on the St. Lawrence contributing to three accidents. The TRITONICA sank after a collision with the ROONAGH HEAD off Ile d'Orleans with the loss of 33 lives. To the west, the Swiss freighter BARILOCHE ran into the CALGADOC (ii) and then veered into the CANADOC (ii) before all ships on the water went to anchor. BARILOCHE later visited the Seaway as b) ST. CERGUE in 1967 and as c) CALVIN in 1978. It was scrapped at Shanghai, China, in 1985.

ROONAGH HEAD received significant bow damage in her collision but was repaired and operated until she arrived at Castellon, Spain, for scrapping on September 14, 1971.

1964: ZENICA went aground in the Straits of Mackinac enroute to Chicago and was lightered by the MARQUIS ROEN and released. She passed downbound at Port Huron under tow. This vessel was beached at Karachi, Pakistan, for scrapping as f) CONSTANZA on June 1, 1980.

1965: The Norwegian freighter LYNGENFJORD sustained stern damage when it backed into the SALMELA while leaving the dock at Montreal. The former made 35 trips to the Great Lakes from 1959 through 1967 and was scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, after arriving prior to May 3, 1980, as c) EASTERN VALOUR. The latter, a British vessel, began Great Lakes service in 1965 and arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, for scrapping on April 21, 1985, as c) ELENI.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Soo Locks receiving $123 million for construction for Poe Lock

7/19 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Last week it was announced the Soo Locks will be seeing $123 million for the ongoing construction of the new deep-water navigational lock as approved by the House Appropriations Committee.

So far, this is the largest single year amount received in a fiscal year for one of the largest infrastructure projects in the Great Lakes region. The Lake Carriers’ Association applauds the House Committee for the approval of the “Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2021.”

To give some background, the Lake Carriers’ Association has represented the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet, which today can move more than 90 million tons of cargo annually that are the foundation of American industry, infrastructure, and power — iron ore, stone, coal, cement and other dry bulk materials such as grain, salt and sand.

The project has a very good chance of competing for additional funding as well with the Committee adding $59.2 million for construction of “locks not on the inland waterways system.” This funding is crucial for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to maintain construction timelines with the goal of completing the new lock project possibly within the next seven years.

The current 62-year old Poe Lock, the only one large enough to handle 1,000-foot U.S.-flag ships, has experienced numerous outages over the past years as aging components have begun to fail. The Poe Lock is a single point of failure for the entire Great Lakes maritime system as well as a large portion of American manufacturing, and construction. The new large lock, under construction, will ensure against a national economic disaster should the Poe Lock fail.

“It’s difficult to overstate just how vital the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie are to the Great Lakes region, our people, and our economies,” said Rep. Kaptur, chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. “As a life-long resident of Toledo, home to one the busiest commercial ports in the Great Lakes, our city – like many Ohio cities along Lake Erie – rely heavily on commercial shipping. Our cities receive goods like iron ore, which pass through the Soo Locks on their way from ports on Lake Superior, and which is then used by northern Ohio workers to forge the best iron and steel in the world. As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, investing in the Soo Locks has been among my highest priorities. I’m glad to have secured this critically needed funding.”

Association President Jim Weakley praised Kaptur and the entire House Committe on Appropriations for their continued support of the new lock in the Sault. He also said that efficiently funding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers so the project can remain on track is crucial to the overall health of the Great Lakes Navigation System. 

In addition to the lock funding, the bill provides an additional $17 billion in emergency funding to accelerate work on Army Corps projects around the county, putting Americans back to work and improving water infrastructure while reducing the current backlog.

Soo Evening News

 

Plan in works to bring Norgoma to Tobermory

7/19 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The plan to bring the Norgoma to the Bruce Peninsula involves turning the ship into a restaurant, museum and tourist attraction in Tobermory’s Little Tub Harbour. Mike Goman said last Wednesday that the idea to bring the Norgoma to the tip of the peninsula was born out of the desire to expand The Coffee Shop business he owns with Dr. George Harpur, and provides an opportunity to preserve a part of the area’s history.

“The captain’s quarters and the first and second mate’s quarters and the bridge and wheelhouse are in good shape, and kids don’t get an opportunity to see that kind of thing anymore,” Goman said. “I think it would be really cool to be able to open it up and let people go on it and see it.

“We could find some volunteers to talk about the history of the boat and how things operated. That would just be a lot of fun.”

Goman said the ship served Georgian Bay and the Tobermory area for many years and it would be a shame to see it go to waste after being preserved for as long as it has. He sees it as another possible economic development driver for Tobermory, helping to keep visitors in the community longer.

“I thought it would be a real shame to tow it to the scrapyard and take it apart. It is a beautiful old ship and I was on it many times as a kid,” Goman said. “I thought maybe there was a way to solve my problem with my coffee shop and also bring a niece piece of marine history to Tobermory.”

Last Monday, Sault Ste. Marie city council approved the sale of the Norgoma to Goman’s business, Tobermory Real Estate Investors Inc., at a cost of $2,500. Goman’s company will be responsible for moving the vessel.

Goman and Harpur have been business partners for more than 35 years. Together they operate The Sweet Shop and more recently The Coffee Shop. Goman said they had been exploring options to expand The Coffee Shop, located in the approximately 600-square-foot former post office in Tobermory.

“There is a limited amount of real estate available in the harbour in Tobermory,” said Goman. “We have been struggling with how do we expand it, how do we grow that business.”

Goman said the idea of using a ship to expand the business just came to him one day. At first he looked into the Normac, another former OSTC ship, which had served in the past as a floating restaurant in Toronto and then Port Dalhousie. Goman’s inquiries about the Normac turned up dead ends, so he turned his attention to the Norgoma and got in contact with officials in Sault Ste. Marie.

The negotiations between Goman and Sault Ste. Marie were kept mostly quiet, while the COVID-19 pandemic also left both parties with other matters to deal with. The talks eventually progressed and a deal was reached between the two sides.

But Goman said the work to bring the vessel to Tobermory still has a long way to go.

The discussions with Northern Bruce Peninsula are in the very early stages. Goman said they would need to find an appropriate spot in the harbour for the ship, which is about twice the size of the largest tour boats that are located there now. He understands there will be existing agreements to work around, but feels there is the space in the harbour.

“The township has to think about this and decide whether they think this is a worthwhile idea,” he said, adding that if he can’t find agreement with the municipality then he will have to look at other options.

Read more and view images at this link:
https://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/news/local-news/plan-in-works-to-bring-norgoma-to-tobermory?fbclid=IwAR0AsvQRHQ7VGn4hFJy33VMXAVS4SdikFP4antLQ8R4K2X43_2J1fjj5N_8

 

New commander takes over U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw

7/19 - The Coast Guard held a change of command ceremony Friday morning. It was private with public viewing virtually because of the pandemic.

Commander Kristen Serumgard has taken over command from former commander John Stone. During the change of command ceremony, Stone thanked the cutter’s crew for making his time there great and said they are in great hands.

Serumgard had a message for that crew. “My success over the next two years hinges on my service to the crew and the ship. My commitment to you is to work tirelessly every day to be worthy of the title Mackinaw and represent you to the best of my abilities.”

Commander Serumgard said the new role is a dream come true.

 View the news report at this link:

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Port Reports - July 19, 2020

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
After experiencing loading delays at CN, Indiana Harbor finally departed Duluth at 13:12 Saturday afternoon loaded with iron ore pellets and destined for her namesake port. Paul R. Tregurtha was due at 20:30 to load coal at SMET. Federal Dart continued unloading cement at CRH on Saturday, while both Timgad and Lake St. Clair were on the hook in the lake. Timgad has a load of wind turbine parts onboard for delivery to Port Terminal, while Lake St. Clair is receiving inspections prior to loading wheat at Riverland Ag. The only traffic in Superior on Saturday was Algoma Guardian, which departed at 02:35 for Hamilton with iron ore from BN.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CN-Two Harbors had no traffic scheduled on July 18th. Due Two Harbors on July 19th is the Burns Harbor. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader depart at approx. 23:55 on July 17th for Ashtabula. Silver Bay has no scheduled traffic on July 19th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday, 19:50 Baie Comeau arrived at the MobilEx Terminal Valley Camp dock to unload road salt. 22:15 Ijborg departed for Bari Italy. 22:41the saltie Brant weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. Saturday; 6:18 Algoma Innovator arrived and went to anchor. 8:40 The self unloader Thunder Bay arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal. 10:01 Federal Sakura arrived and went to anchor. 13:05 Baie Comeau departed for Thessalon. 14:19 Algoma Equinox arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load wheat

Marquette, MI ­– Fred A Tijan
The Joyce L. VanEkevort/ Great Lakes Trader arrived July 17 at 10:45 am and departed July 18 at 10:06 am. Her AIS has not been updated after her departure. Last location at 18:00 hrs was nearing the Soo Locks.

Green Bay, WI – Jon
On Saturday at 7:20 pm the tug Albert / barge Margaret departed for Cheboygan, MI.

Southern Lake Michigan
Stewart J Cort and Federal Rhine were still at Burns Harbor Saturday night. Happy Rover, American Mariner and Algoma Conveyor were at S. Chicago.

Northern Lake Huron
Thessalon: Friday; 19:28 Cuyahoga departed for Windsor.
Drummond Island: Friday; 23:47 Dorothy Ann / Pathfinder arrived to load and departed Saturday at 9:21 for Bay City. 16:40 Victory / Maumee arrived to load
Calcite: Saturday; 6:57 Great Republic arrived to load.
Stoneport: Herbert C Jackson arrived to load and departed Saturday at 12:16 for Detroit. Olive L Moore / Menominee arrived to load.   
Alpena; Saturday; Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 arrived to unload at the Lafarge plant. 9:26 Undaunted / Ashtabula arrived to unload at the Lafarge Plant. 18:30 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 departed for Calcite.      
Port Inland: Saturday; 18:08 Joseph L Block arrived to load limestone. 

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Buffalo arrived 3.37 pm Saturday loading at Compass Minerals. Algoma Sault expected next.

Sarnia, ON
Michipicoten was loading grain on Saturday. Algoma Spirit remains laid up in the North Slip.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson.
Calumet was passing MC downbound at 12:30am Saturday.  Michipicoten passed upbound at 1:45am.  American Integrity passed downbound at 3:15am.  Juno passed downbound at 6:15am.  Mississagi passed downbound at 7:45am.  Manitowoc passed upbound at 9:15am.  Radcliffe R Latimer passed downbound at 12:15pm.  Algosea passed MC upbound at 2:15pm, took a brief delay in the East China anchorage of an hour or so, then continued upbound at 3:30pm heading for Sarnia.  Cuyahoga passed downbound at 4pm.  Edwin H Gott passed upbound at 6:15pm.  Sunny and hot at 90 degrees F with steady winds from the south-southwest.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Calusa Coast and Delaware were loading at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal on Saturday.

Toledo, OH  
Wigeon and Wilf Seymour/Alouette Spirt were in port Saturday night.

Lake Erie Ports for Saturday – Bill Kloss
Sandusky: Saginaw arrived at 11:08 to load coal at Norfolk Southern. She had just come over after unloading in Lorain.
Cleveland: Federal Montreal is in port. The local cruise ship Goodtime III is finally out having made a river cruise and a Lake Erie cruise.
Ashtabula: Arthur M. Anderson departed at 13:13 for Calcite. American Integrity arrived at 21:30.
Conneaut: Edwin H. Gott left at 03:16for Two Harbors and Edgar B. Speer departed at 17:37. She is headed to Toledo and will be added to the lay up fleet in that port.
Erie: Calumet arrived at 19:01 with stone from Calcite.
Nanticoke: The saltie Tundra left at 17:57 for Sault Ste Marie. Algocanada is in port, Algoscotia is anchored, due in Sunday at 04:00. Also due in Sunday is Algoma Hansa.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
Algoma Transport arrived at 1:32 EST Saturday with a load of coal from Toledo. After finishing unloading mid-day, she shifted around the corner of the Dofasco dock and began loading slag. at 10:32 EST, the ATB combo Everlast/Norman McLeod arrived from Valleyfield and docked at the McAsphalt terminal. At 20:43 EST, the Mamry departed light for Thunder Bay after unloading steel. BBC Tennessee spent the day at P&H loading grain.

Buffalo, NY – Brian R. Wroblewski
Manitoulin was towed in stern first by the Vermont for the Standard Elevator at 10 AM Saturday. They should be departing late Sunday morning/early afternoon.

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit was at Lehigh Cement on Saturday evening.

 

 ‘History Hounds’ interview with ‘Know Your Ships’ author now available online

7/19 -  Roger LeLievre’s web interview last week for the Historical Society of Michigan is now posted on the www.knowyourships.com website. Click on the link “History Hounds with Roger LeLievre.”

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 18

On this day in 1974, Interlake Steamship decommissioned the COLONEL JAMES PICKANDS after 48 years of service due to continuing problems with her boilers and engines.

AGAWA CANYON struck an abutment at Welland Canal's Bridge 11, at Allanburg, Ontario, on July 18, 1977, while downbound with salt for Kingston, Ontario, and sustained a 30-foot gash just above the waterline at the port bow.

The canal tanker COMET (Hull#705) of the American Ship Building Co., at Lorain, Ohio, entered service on July 18, 1913, for ocean service. Sold Mexican and renamed b.) COMETA in 1928. She returned to the lakes in 1936, renamed c.) COMET for Cleveland Tankers. She was lengthened in 1940. She was scrapped at Ashtabula, Ohio, in 1973.

The WILLIAM J. FILBERT was in collision with the KINSMAN INDEPENDENT, of 1907, at the Burlington Northern Dock on July 18, 1970, when the Steel Trust steamer lost control in the current entering the slip.

The entire forward superstructure of the b.) JOHN DYKSTRA, a.) BENSON FORD of 1924, including the forecastle deck, was delivered to South Bass Island in Lake Erie on July 18, 1986, on the barge THOR 101 towed by the tug GREGORY J. BUSCH. The superstructure was moved for use as a summer home where it remains. The hull of the DYKSTRA was sold to Marine Salvage, Port Colborne, Ontario and was towed from Cleveland, Ohio, July 10th by the tugs ARGUE MARTIN and GLENBROOK to Ramey's Bend arriving there on July 12, 1986, where she was scrapped.

WILLIAM A. REISS was launched July 18, 1925, as a.) JOHN A. TOPPING (Hull#251) at River Rouge, Michigan, by Great Lakes Engineering Works for the Columbia Steamship Co.

WILLIAM G. MATHER completed her sea trials on July 18, 1925.

On 18 July 1858, ANDROMEDA (2-mast wooden schooner, 112 foot, 568 tons, built in 1848, at Madison Dock, Ohio) was carrying 800 barrels of salt from Oswego to Chicago. She sprang a leak suddenly and foundered 20 miles from Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The crew escaped in her boat, many just in their underwear. They arrived at Manitowoc the next day.

On 18 July 1872, the schooner D. L. COUCH of Detroit (formerly AVCORN) sank about 10 miles from Long Point on Lake Erie. Two lives were lost.

The wooden propeller freigjhter N. K. FAIRBANK (205 foot, 980 gross tons) was launched in Marine City, Michigan by W. B. Morley on 18 July 1874. She was then towed to Detroit, where her engines were installed by William Cowie. She had two direct-acting condensing engines 34 foot x 32 inches on one shaft and her boiler was installed on her main deck. She only lasted until 1895, when she stranded and burned near Port Colborne, Ontario. The remains of the hull were sold to Carter Brothers of Port Colborne and it was rebuilt and enrolled as a new vessel with the name ELIZA H. STRONG. The STRONG lasted until she burned in 1904.

1911: The wooden steamer TAMPA sank in the Detroit River after a collision with the JOHN W. GATES of U.S. Steel. The former was raised and moved to Marine City and then, after being partially dismantled, was sunk in 1915 as a breakwall to halt erosion off the Belle River.

1938: ISLET PRINCE (ii), enroute to Owen Sound for a new service, stopped for the night behind Chantry Island, Southampton, and was struck by lightning. The ship caught fire, but all on board were rescued before the vessel sank the next day.

1954: LAKE GADSDEN was built at Manitowoc, in 1919, and lost near Corrubedo Light, off the coast of Spain, as g) SAN NICOLAS after going aground. The vessel slid back into deep water and sank.

1960: IRISH MAPLE, a Great Lakes visitor beginning in 1966, sank the 479 gross ton DENBIGH COAST in the River Mersey after a collision. IRISH MAPLE remained in service until reaching the scrapyard at Karachi, Pakistan, as c) ANNOOR on October 24, 1981.

1967: NEW YORK NEWS (iii) buckled and sank while loading salt at Pugwash, NS. The ship was raised and towed to Halifax in two sections for repairs. It survives in 2012 as e) WOLF RIVER, but has not operated for years.

1984 PANAGIOTIS S., a Seaway trader beginning in 1975, suffered severe fire damage aft in the Gulf of Aden, while on a voyage from Antwerp, Belgium, to Calcutta, India. The ship was a total loss and, while sold and renamed d) OTIS, it was taken to Gadani Beach, Pakistan, for scrapping. PANAGIOTIS S. had also visited the Great Lakes as a) VIZCAYA in 1972 and EMILIA LOVERDOS in 1975.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Port Reports -  July 18

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through the Duluth entry on Friday. Indiana Harbor spent the day loading at CN and was tentatively expected to depart Friday evening, while Timgad was due at 23:00 to unload wind turbine parts at Port Terminal. Federal Dart continued to unload cement at CRH on Friday. At the Superior entry, CSL Laurentien departed at 10:58 after loading at Burlington Northern, and Algoma Guardian arrived at 16:45 to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw a surprise visitor when the John G. Munson arrived on July 17th at 03:10 for South of #2. She had been scheduled to load in Duluth. The Munson departed Two Harbors on July 17th at 11:19 for Gary. The Burns Harbor is due in Two Harbors and at 18:45 on July 17th she was near the Soo. Could possibly arrive Two Harbors late on July 18th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader at 20:17 on July 16th. As of 18:45 on July 17th she was still at the dock. I believe she has been loaded for several hours and is currently undergoing some sort of maintenance. Yesterday when she was heading for Silver Bay she was running a little over 8 knots. She is heading to Ashtabula. There is no scheduled inbound traffic for Silver Bay on July 18th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday, 14:34 Federal Yoshino arrived and went to anchor. 14:39 Ojibway departed for Windsor. 15:39 Flevoborg arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain.

Marquette, MI – Fred A Tijan
July 16 had no boats arrive. July 17 the Joyce L. Vanenkevort arrived at 10:45 am to load 39,600 tons of iron ore. The Joyce L. Vanenkevort had not yet departed at 17:00 hrs.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on Friday included Lake St Clair early, Algoma Innovator, Thunder Bay, Federal Sakura, Paul R. Tregurtha, Algoma Equinox and Burns Harbor. Downbound traffic included Juno, Radcliffe R Latimer and CSL Assiniboine.

Green Bay, WI – Jon
On Friday mid-afternoon the tug Albert Barge Margaret arrived from Milwaukee, WI with petroleum products for the U.S. Oil Venture Terminal.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
After dropping about 19,000 metric tons of deicing salt on Cargill’s discharge pad, Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder cleared for Drummond Island at 20:42 Thursday (7/16). As of 15:00 Friday (7/17), Cypriot freighter Barnacle, which brought steel from China, was still moored at the Federal Marine Terminals dock, slip one, outer harbor. She should be leaving shortly to make room for Polsteam’s Iryda, which is on her way up from Burns Harbor with European steel.

Muskegon, MI
Cason J Callaway was unloading on Friday.

Southern Lake Michigan
Calypso, Federal Rhine and Stewart J Cort were at Burns Harbor Friday night. Presque Isle was at Gary and American Mariner was at Buffington. Happy Rover was at S. Chicago.

Northern Lake Huron
Thessalon: Friday; 0:32 Mississagi arrived to take on a partial load of stone and departed at 6:33 for Meldrum Bay. 10:30 Cuyahoga arrived to load stone.
Meldrum Bay: Friday; 9:35 Mississagi arrived to finish loading with limestone and departed at 12:42 for Windsor.
Calcite: Friday; 7:53 Calumet departed for Erie.
Alpena; Thursday; 23:05 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load and departed Friday at 13:52 for Chicago.
Port Inland: Friday; 2:39 Cason J Callaway departed for Muskegon. 3:27 Kaye E Barker weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load. She departed at 17:30 for Grand Haven.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey.
Olive L. Moore - Menominee were inbound on the Saginaw River on Friday, July 17th, calling on the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City. They finished unloading by the afternoon, backed from the slip and headed out of the river for the lake.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Conveyor cleared 5.43 am upbound Friday with salt for Chicago. Algoma Sault expected next.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson.
Edwin H Gott was downbound entering the cutoff channel at 12:30am. Samuel de Champlain was downbound at Algonac at 12:30am. Edgar B Speer was downbound exiting the cutoff channel at 7:30am. Herbert C Jackson was upbound at Stag Island at 7:30am. Manitoulin passed MC downbound at 10:30am. Arthur M Anderson passed downbound at 11:15am. USCGV Hollyhock passed upbound at 2:30pm. Prentiss Brown passed upbound at 6pm. Demolen passed downbound at 6:30 pm. Victory/Maumee should pass upbound at 7:15pm. Sunny and hot at 88 degrees F with light winds from the south-southwest.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Friday Arrivals: Samuel De Champlain/Innovation-arrived at Lafarge to unload cement. Sea Eagle 2/St. Mary's Cement-arrived at the St. Mary's Cement dock to unload cement.

Lake Erie Ports for Friday – Bill Kloss
Cleveland: Federal Montreal arrived at 23:48 on the 16th and went to the Port, Dock 24E. Calusa Coast departed at 09:52 for Detroit and Manitowoc left at 10:33 after delivering to ArcelorMittal stone dock. She went to Toledo.
Ashtabula: CSL Welland left 0t 04:48 for Amherstburg. Arthur M. Anderson arrived at 02:30 Saturday morning. Due in late Saturday is American Integrity.
Conneaut: Edwin H. Gott arrived at 16:00 and fleetmate Edgar B. Speer arrived late Friday night.
Nanticoke: CSL Niagara departed for Quebec City. The saltie Tundra arrived at 05:28. Algocanada arrived at 09:21 followed by Algoscotia at 10:09. Algosea is due in Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The BBC Tennessee arrived at 3:13 EST to load grain, coming from Buffalo, NY. The Greenwing was also in port loading grain, and the Petite Forte was in port with her barge St. Marys Cement, taking a delay.

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at Lehigh Cement Friday evening.

 

NMC Maritime Academy cadet tests COVID-19 positive

7/18 - Traverse City, MI – Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) announced that a Great Lakes Maritime Academy (GLMA) cadet tested positive for COVID-19 while in self-quarantine in NMC housing prior to a planned training cruise.

The cadet is one of 10 cadets who began a self-quarantine July 6 in NMC’s East Hall. The cadets took the COVID-19 test on July 10 and received the results on Wednesday. The cadet who tested positive is asymptomatic and is now in isolation. NMC representatives say they are working closely with the Grand Traverse County Health Department while it conducts its case investigation and contact tracing to determine potential spread. Because the cadets were already in a voluntary self-quarantine, the GTCHD has not identified any community exposure with this case at this time. NMC is also working with the GTCHD to determine potential additional exposure within the group of 10 cadets, which could delay the cruise departure date.

NMC and GLMA have implemented safety protocols and procedures that follow CDC, MARAD and maritime industry guidelines. The cadets were in a voluntary 14-day self-quarantine ahead of a summer training cruise aboard the T/S State of Michigan. The vessel was scheduled to depart NMC’s Great Lakes Campus Harbor Friday, July 23.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 18

On this day in 1974, Interlake Steamship decommissioned the COLONEL JAMES PICKANDS after 48 years of service due to continuing problems with her boilers and engines.

AGAWA CANYON struck an abutment at Welland Canal's Bridge 11, at Allanburg, Ontario, on July 18, 1977, while downbound with salt for Kingston, Ontario, and sustained a 30-foot gash just above the waterline at the port bow.

The canal tanker COMET (Hull#705) of the American Ship Building Co., at Lorain, Ohio, entered service on July 18, 1913, for ocean service. Sold Mexican and renamed b.) COMETA in 1928. She returned to the lakes in 1936, renamed c.) COMET for Cleveland Tankers. She was lengthened in 1940. She was scrapped at Ashtabula, Ohio, in 1973.

The WILLIAM J. FILBERT was in collision with the KINSMAN INDEPENDENT, of 1907, at the Burlington Northern Dock on July 18, 1970, when the Steel Trust steamer lost control in the current entering the slip.

The entire forward superstructure of the b.) JOHN DYKSTRA, a.) BENSON FORD of 1924, including the forecastle deck, was delivered to South Bass Island in Lake Erie on July 18, 1986, on the barge THOR 101 towed by the tug GREGORY J. BUSCH. The superstructure was moved for use as a summer home where it remains. The hull of the DYKSTRA was sold to Marine Salvage, Port Colborne, Ontario and was towed from Cleveland, Ohio, July 10th by the tugs ARGUE MARTIN and GLENBROOK to Ramey's Bend arriving there on July 12, 1986, where she was scrapped.

WILLIAM A. REISS was launched July 18, 1925, as a.) JOHN A. TOPPING (Hull#251) at River Rouge, Michigan, by Great Lakes Engineering Works for the Columbia Steamship Co.

WILLIAM G. MATHER completed her sea trials on July 18, 1925.

On 18 July 1858, ANDROMEDA (2-mast wooden schooner, 112 foot, 568 tons, built in 1848, at Madison Dock, Ohio) was carrying 800 barrels of salt from Oswego to Chicago. She sprang a leak suddenly and foundered 20 miles from Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The crew escaped in her boat, many just in their underwear. They arrived at Manitowoc the next day.

On 18 July 1872, the schooner D. L. COUCH of Detroit (formerly AVCORN) sank about 10 miles from Long Point on Lake Erie. Two lives were lost.

The wooden propeller freigjhter N. K. FAIRBANK (205 foot, 980 gross tons) was launched in Marine City, Michigan by W. B. Morley on 18 July 1874. She was then towed to Detroit, where her engines were installed by William Cowie. She had two direct-acting condensing engines 34 foot x 32 inches on one shaft and her boiler was installed on her main deck. She only lasted until 1895, when she stranded and burned near Port Colborne, Ontario. The remains of the hull were sold to Carter Brothers of Port Colborne and it was rebuilt and enrolled as a new vessel with the name ELIZA H. STRONG. The STRONG lasted until she burned in 1904.

1911: The wooden steamer TAMPA sank in the Detroit River after a collision with the JOHN W. GATES of U.S. Steel. The former was raised and moved to Marine City and then, after being partially dismantled, was sunk in 1915 as a breakwall to halt erosion off the Belle River.

1938: ISLET PRINCE (ii), enroute to Owen Sound for a new service, stopped for the night behind Chantry Island, Southampton, and was struck by lightning. The ship caught fire, but all on board were rescued before the vessel sank the next day.

1954: LAKE GADSDEN was built at Manitowoc, in 1919, and lost near Corrubedo Light, off the coast of Spain, as g) SAN NICOLAS after going aground. The vessel slid back into deep water and sank.

1960: IRISH MAPLE, a Great Lakes visitor beginning in 1966, sank the 479 gross ton DENBIGH COAST in the River Mersey after a collision. IRISH MAPLE remained in service until reaching the scrapyard at Karachi, Pakistan, as c) ANNOOR on October 24, 1981.

1967: NEW YORK NEWS (iii) buckled and sank while loading salt at Pugwash, NS. The ship was raised and towed to Halifax in two sections for repairs. It survives in 2012 as e) WOLF RIVER, but has not operated for years.

1984 PANAGIOTIS S., a Seaway trader beginning in 1975, suffered severe fire damage aft in the Gulf of Aden, while on a voyage from Antwerp, Belgium, to Calcutta, India. The ship was a total loss and, while sold and renamed d) OTIS, it was taken to Gadani Beach, Pakistan, for scrapping. PANAGIOTIS S. had also visited the Great Lakes as a) VIZCAYA in 1972 and EMILIA LOVERDOS in 1975.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Explosion at ArcelorMittal plant In Northwest Indiana; No injuries reported

7/17 - Chicago, IL – An explosion rocked the ArcelorMittal steel plant in Burns Harbor, Indiana, Thursday morning, sparking a fire and causing damage to equipment near a blast furnace, officials said.

No one was injured in the blast, which happened at the D blast furnace at the plant, according to the Burns Harbor Fire Department. Video shared with CBS 2 shows a fire raging near the site of the explosion. Photos of the aftermath obtained by CBS 2 show fire crews working to extinguish the blaze, as well as twisted metal damaged by the blast and rubble covering the ground nearby.

An ArcelorMittal spokesperson told CBS 2 the explosion was caused by a “stove dome failure,” and that the plant was safely taken offline.

“We are thankful there are no injuries as a result of the incident,” the spokesperson said, adding that the cause of the explosion is under investigation.

CBS Chicago

 

Ports report mixed results in June, COVID-19 still impacting some cargoes

7/17 - U.S. Great Lakes ports reported mixed results in June with strong shipments of aluminum, road salt, and grain but continuing decreases in commodities related to steel production and manufacturing.

The St. Lawrence Seaway also reported that from April 1 to June 30, nearly 11.7 million metric tons of cargo was shipped via the bi-national trade corridor. While these volumes were down 8 percent compared to the same time period in 2019, cargo shipments improved in June narrowing the year-over-year decline.

"American ports and the Seaway have benefited from worldwide demand for grain for food staples, continuing shipments of road salt and Canadian aluminum and general cargo like wind turbine components,” said Bruce Burrows, President and CEO of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. “That being said, declines in shipments of coal, steel imports and steel-making materials remain, reflecting the challenges faced by the manufacturing sector during the pandemic. There is still a way to go for recovery.”

Port Milwaukee has been economically resilient the first half of this year, reported Port Director Adam Schlicht. He explained: “Despite numerous challenges, including a restrictive international tariff climate and economic uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Port’s commercial activity is up 2 percent when compared to 2019. Led by increasing shipments of Wisconsin-grown grain, the movement of other commodities such as road salt and cement has also been consistent.”

Port Director Schlicht added, “we are cautiously optimistic that tonnage will remain strong the rest of 2020 as customers turn to Port Milwaukee as a reliable, safe, and health-conscious supply chain partner.”

The Port of Toledo reported that overall tonnage from March through June is down about 15 percent compared to last year. The drop in tonnage comes despite general cargo shipments that have more than doubled.

“We’ve seen a lot of aluminum shipped so far this year with Toledo serving as a strategic location for metals distribution over the last decade,” said Joseph Cappel, VP of Business Development for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. “We have surpassed 3 million total tons this season and remain hopeful that we can close the gap with last year if the grain harvest is good. Declines in coal tonnage and certain dry bulk products, however, are certainly a reflection of the impact COVID-19 has had on the manufacturing and construction industries in our region.”

June was a relatively strong month for the Port of Green Bay with imports of nearly 110,000 tons of salt and 73,000 tons of limestone. Total imports and exports hit nearly 288,000 tons in June to move the year-to-date totals 3 percent ahead of the same time a year ago. Besides the salt and limestone shipments, imports of petroleum products have also been strong for the Port of Green Bay.

“Last year was very good for the Port, hitting tonnage levels we hadn’t seen since 2007,” said Port Director Dean Haen. “To be ahead of that pace for this year is tremendous. The June tonnages certainly provide reason for optimism and we hope to see that continue as we move through the rest of the 2020 shipping season.”

Through June 30, grain shipments at the Port of Duluth-Superior remained robust, tracking nearly 22 percent ahead of the five-season tonnage average, but the port’s tonnage leader, iron ore, slipped 10 percent.

“Comparing May to June, total tonnage through the Port of Duluth-Superior increased almost 6 percent, led primarily by coal, which topped May’s float by more than 376,000 tons. Inbound limestone shipments also climbed in June,” said Deb DeLuca, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. “Despite those month-over-month gains, total tonnage for the season is down 29 percent compared to 2019 and the five-season average as North America continues grappling with the effects of COVID-19.”

The Port of Cleveland, similar to other ports and transportation sectors in the global supply chain, experienced a decrease in cargo volumes through the month of June at its general cargo and bulk terminals.

Dave Gutheil, Chief Commercial Officer at the Port of Cleveland said: “These decreases can be attributed directly to the COVID-19 pandemic, and its impact on various industries that rely on steel and manufactured goods. We expect that July volumes in our general cargo sector will improve. To prepare for increased volumes in the future, we are in the midst of two major infrastructure projects that will improve the efficiency of our operational capabilities at both terminals, which will lead to cargo growth when completed.”

Chamber of Marine Commerce

 

Welland Canal season extension announced

7/17 - Following a review of the 2019 season extension pilot program, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) has decided to extend the Welland Canal navigation season by approximately one week into January, operating conditions permitting, for a trial period of five years. Details surrounding the program (dates, terms and conditions) will be communicated via Seaway Notice issued mid-November. The MLO section of the Seaway will not be impacted by this extension program. The end of its navigation season will be determined jointly with the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) following established practices. July 15, 2020

SLSMC

 

Port Reports -  July 17

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Indiana Harbor arrived Duluth at 01:46 Thursday morning and tied up at CN #6 east to wait to load after Mesabi Miner. James R. Barker was inbound at 04:40 to load coal at Midwest Energy, but went to Husky Energy to fuel. The Miner was outbound from CN at 09:04, and Ashtabula/tug Defiance departed at 12:07 loaded with petroleum coke for Alpena. After the Miner cleared, Indiana Harbor moved into position beneath the shuttles at CN, and James R. Barker shifted from the fuel dock and headed to SMET to load. Both vessels should depart on Friday morning. Federal Dart continued unloading cement at CRH on Thursday. In Superior, CSL Assiniboine departed at 11:48 Thursday loaded with iron ore pellets for Quebec City, and her sister CSL Laurentien arrived at 16:05 to load at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CN-Two Harbors had no traffic on July 16th and none scheduled for July 17th. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on July 16th is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. As of 19:30 on July 16th she is approx. 30 minutes out. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on July 17th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Thursday; 11:08 Ojibway arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 15:42 The saltie Puna shifted to the main anchorage. 16:20 Ijborg shifted Keefer Terminal to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 17:51 Radcliffe R Latimer departed and is down bound.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Thursday included Algoma Guartdian, Flevoborg, Federal Yoshina, Timgad, Great Lakes Trader and Baie Comeau. Manitoulin was downbound in the later morning after a short delay when the railroad bridge was stuck in the down position.

Green Bay, WI – Jon
At 3:30 am Thursday the Kaye E. Barker departed Green Bay for Port Inland, MI.

Sturgeon Bay, WI – Daniel Lindner
At 4 a.m. Thursday, Cason J Callaway left Sturgeon Bay after unspecified repairs.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Albert/Margaret arrived 21:33 Wednesday (7/15). After loading ethanol at the Liquid Products Pier, the pair cleared for Green Bay at 13:25 Thursday (7/16). Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41 arrived 2:10 Thursday and loaded coal ash from WE Energies. Tug/barge cleared for Alpena at 15:58. Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder arrived 15:14 with deicing salt from Cargill’s Cleveland mine. Cypriot freighter Barnacle was still at the Federal Marine Terminals dock.

Southern Lake Michigan
Calypso, Federal Rhine and Iryda remained at Burns Harbor Thursday night. Great Republic was at Gary. Joseph L. Block was at Indiana Harbor.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Thursday 12:23 Joyce L Van Enkevort departed for Duluth Superior.
Port Dolomite: Thursday; 7:18 Olive L Moore / Menominee departed for Bay City.
Calcite: Thursday; 7:21 American Mariner departed and is down bound on Lake Michigan. 15:51 Calumet arrived to load.
Stoneport: Thursday; 0:10 Laura L Van Enkevort departed for Calumet Harbor.
Port Inland: Thursday; 10:58 Arthur M Anderson departed for Ashtabula. 14:11 Cason J Callaway arrived to load limestone. 14:18 Kaye E Barker arrived and went to anchor.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Buffalo cleared midnite Wednesday with salt for Saginaw. Algoma Conveyor arrived 4.05 pm Thursday loading at Compass Minerals.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Iver Bright was exiting the Detroit River at 2:15am. Lake St Clair passed MC upbound at 8:30am. Algoma Conveyor passed upbound at 9:15 am, followed closely by Alpena at 9:30am. Manitowoc was downbound at 9:30am. Kaministiqua passed MC downbound at 11:15am. Algocanada passed downbound at 1:15pm. Thunder Bay passed upbound at 1:30pm. Algoscotia passed downbound at 2:15pm. Saginaw passed downbound at 3:45pm. Paul R Tregurtha passed upbound at 5:15pm, followed by Federal Sakura at 5:30pm. Algoma Equinox upbound and Victory/Maumee downbound passed M C at 7pm. Light off and on showers thru the day with light winds from the south-southwest, temp 78 degrees F.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Herbert C Jackson was unloading coal at Zug Island on Thursday.

Lake Erie Ports for Thursday – Bill Kloss
Cleveland: Prentiss Brown left at 08:30 for Toledo. Calusa Coast arrived at 08:19 for the Marathon terminal and Manitowoc arrived at 23:30. A new visitor to Cleveland is the Federal Montreal, arriving early Friday morning.
Ashtabula: CSL Welland is in port. Due in is the Arthur M. Anderson on Friday followed by the American Integrity on Saturday.
Conneaut: Due in Friday are fleetmates Edwin H. Gott and Edgar B. Speer.
Nanticoke: Right now the busiest port on Lake Erie has the CSL Niagara in port. The Algonova left at 07:43 for Sarnia and the Whitefish Bay departed for Quebec City. Heading in from Sarnia are the Algocanada followed closely by Algoscotia, both due in Friday.

Buffalo, NY – Brian R. Wroblewski
BBC Tennessee departed Gateway Metroport in Lackawanna after unloading windmill parts from Denmark Thursday at 5 PM with the tug Vermont. American Mariner backed out from the Frontier Elevator at 10PM on the 13th & departed without a tug.

Oswego, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at Lehigh Cement Dock late Thursday afternoon.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Thursday morning bound for Oswego, NY.

 

Bay Shipbuilding lays keel for a new LNG bunker barge

7/17 - Sturgeon Bay, WI – Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Polaris New Energy hosted a private ceremonial keel laying Thursday, June 24, celebrating the start of construction of an LNG (liquefied natural gas) bunker barge. The barge will be named the Clean Canaveral and will operate as an articulated tug and barge unit that initially runs along the East Coast of the United States, providing LNG bunkering solutions to NorthStar Midstream’s customers.

Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society Inc.

 

Marine Recycling Corp scrapping ships with new technology

7/17 - Port Colborne ON – Marine Recycling Corp (MRC) headquartered in Port Colborne ON, has completed its second vessel dry docking using pneumatic air rollers (also known as “air bags”) at its facility on Lake Erie. The former Algoway was successfully removed from the water last week, following the former English River being hauled out last November. The company plans to dry dock the former Quebec provincial government ro/ro ferry Lucien L next week at the site.

Company president and owner Jordan Elliott said “the use of the marine air bags allows MRC to transfer vessels inland for deconstruction, further advancing the green process of ship recycling, while offering significant cost savings as compared to conventional dry docks recycling. We employ hydraulic processing shears and diamond wire cutting technology also to further reduce emissions in line with our long-standing commitment to the environment and ongoing improvements required by our ISO 14001 system.”

The company has a facility in Nova Scotia where it has completed recycling contracts for the Royal Canadian Navy, as well as a new facility in British Columbia. All of MRC’s facilities employee the use of the air bags for complete removal of vessels for green disposal. The company also specializes in wreck removal and has mobile teams that perform salvage work throughout Canada.

Marine Recycling Corp

 

Erie’s US Brig Niagara unlikely to sail this summer

7/17 - Erie, PA – COVID-19 social distancing mitigation guidelines will likely keep Erie’s iconic flagship, the U.S. Brig Niagara, from sailing this summer. That means no public day sails, sail-training adventures that benefit high school and college students, and school-day sails, which introduce many city children to their first experience on the water.

“We need 30 to 40 people for a full crew on Niagara and we can’t maintain social distancing,” said Walter Rybka, the Flagship Niagara League’s senior captain and site administrator.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Niagara sits in its berth behind the Erie Maritime Museum, its winter canvas coverings still affixed. Rybka is optimistic that Erie’s other tall ship, the Lettie G. Howard, might offer public day sails later this summer under numerous health and safety guidelines.

“We couldn’t get the Niagara rigged up this spring,” Rybka said. “It would take several weeks to get the ship prepared to sail. The season is probably a write-off for the Niagara. It’s a great loss and a loss of continuity for the community,” he said. “I hope the community regards it as a loss and recognizes that it’s not good for the Niagara to be sitting like that.”

Because the Niagara is a sail-training vessel under U.S. Coast Guard inspection, the vessel is required to be inspected out of the water twice within a five-year period, with no inspection interval exceeding three years. The Niagara’s last such inspection occurred at the end of the 2016 sailing season at Cleveland’s Great Lakes Towing Co. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Coast Guard has issued extensions on inspections. The Niagara’s inspection has been pushed to spring 2021.

The Lettie G. Howard could provide public day sails and possibly sunset sails later this summer if the new coronavirus pandemic “clears up a bit,” Rybka said. It would take about one and a half weeks for crews to prepare the Lettie to sail. The Lettie would operate with a crew of four to six and at a fraction of the vessel’s passenger capacity, Rybka said.

For the past two summers, the Lettie G. Howard has provided the Erie community with public day sails, school-group sails, sunset sails and private sails when the Niagara has been away for much of the summer on its Great Lakes sail-training programs.

A programmatic collaboration between the Flagship Niagara League and the New York City-based South Street Seaport Museum, which owns the Lettie, has been in place since February 2018.

In 2018, the Lettie, operated by Niagara crew, offered more than 250 public, sunset, summer camp, school-day and private sails on Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. More than 5,800 people took part. That number increased to more than 6,000 in 2019.

Earlier this spring, Billy Sabatini, the Flagship Niagara League’s executive director and fleet captain, discussed the importance of having a second tall ship available for the Erie community.

“With the Lettie here, we always have a tall ship on the water every night,” Sabatini said. “She’s beautiful and she gives an enhanced view of the bay. Niagara is iconic and the symbol of Erie. Having Lettie is giving new life to that iconic image of what tall ships are. Having Lettie in Erie is only going to make the bayfront a better place.”

View more and watch a video at this link: https://www.goerie.com/news/20200716/eriersquos-us-brig-niagara-unlikely-to-sail-this-summer

 

Halifax’s iconic Theodore Tugboat up for sale

7/17 - Halifax, ON – Ambassatours Gray Line is parting ways with the Halifax’s iconic Theodore (Tugboat) Too vessel. After operating the vessel for 20 years, the tourism group listed Halifax Harbour’s best-known resident for sale this week, with a $495,000 price tag.

“While we are deeply aware of Theodore’s significance as a Halifax icon, the reality is that we’ve been subsidizing Theodore’s operation for several years,” said Dennis Campbell, Ambassatours Gray Line CEO, in a news release.

The vessel was built in 2000, in Dayspring, N.S., as a life-sized replica of Theodore Tugboat, the title character of a CBC children’s TV show that aired from 1993 to 2001.

Since then, Theodore has spent summers cruising the Great Lakes and seaboard in U.S. and Canada, promoting Nova Scotian tourism. It also hosted child-themed tours of the Halifax harbour, as inspired by the show’s characters and stories, according to the release. Now, most of the children who watched the show are in their 30s, said Campbell in the release.

“Demand for TV-show themed Theodore tours of the Halifax harbour has significantly diminished over the past several years,” Campbell said. Campbell said a new owner of the 49-passenger vessel could use it for a waterside café or pub, an event venue, summer ferry or a unique AirBnB.

While Theodore is no longer offering tours of the harbour, the vessel will remain dockside in Bedford until it is sold. View images at this link: https://globalnews.ca/news/7184876/ambassatours-sale-theodore-tugboat

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 17

On this day in 1902, the JAMES H. HOYT, the first boat with hatches constructed at 12-foot centers, loaded 5,250 tons of iron ore in 30.5 minutes on her maiden voyage. Several days later, the cargo was unloaded at Conneaut in three hours and 52 minutes.

On this day in 1961, the C&P dock in Cleveland set a new unloading record when they removed more than 15,000 tons of ore from the holds of the E. G. GRACE in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

The ASHCROFT was towed out of Quebec City on July 17, 1969, in tandem with the steamer SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY by the Polish tug JANTAR for scrapping at Castellon, Spain.

The BROOKDALE, of 1909, lost her self-unloading boom overboard in the Detroit River during a wind and rainstorm on July 17, 1980, while loading salt at the Canadian Rock Salt Dock at Ojibway, Ontario.

The Cleveland Tanker's COMET was towed from Toledo to Ashtabula, Ohio, on July 17, 1973, where she was broken up during the summer and fall of 1973.

WILLIAM J. FILBERT was launched in 1907, as a.) WILLIAM M. MILLS (Hull#348) at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. for the Weston Transit Co. (William M. Mills, mgr.).

On her last trip, the COLONEL JAMES PICKANDS arrived at Cleveland, Ohio on July 17, 1974, with a load of iron ore.

Mohawk Navigation's GOLDEN HIND loaded her first dry bulk cargo on July 17, 1954. She had been rebuilt from the Imperial Oil Ltd.'s tanker a.) IMPERIAL WOODBEND.

On 17 July 1856, TINTO (wooden propeller, 135 foot, built in 1855-56, at Sorel, Quebec) caught fire and burned to a total loss only 2 miles from shore. She was between Snake Island and Nine Mile Point on Lake Ontario. 18 lives were lost. The survivors jumped into the water and were picked up by a boat from shore. A newspaper article stated that she had no lifeboat aboard. Her machinery was later recovered and installed in the AVON.

On 17 July 1883, B PARSONS (2-mast wooden schooner, 218 tons, built in 1856, at Vermilion, Ohio) struck the north pier while entering the harbor at Charlevoix, Michigan during a gale. She sank crosswise in the channel and blocked passage into the harbor for two weeks until she broke up enough to allow vessels to pass. In December, the steam tug S S COE towed the hulk a half mile down the beach and abandoned it.

The Canada Steamship Line's HAMONIC burned at her pier at Point Edward bear Sarnia, Ont., on July 17, 1945. A warehouse next to the HAMONIC 's pier burst into flames from a fire that began from a gasoline motor for conveyor equipment being repaired by workmen. The flames and smoke were carried by a breeze to the HAMONIC. Almost in a matter of minutes the HAMONIC was doomed. She was aflame at dockside. The captain and the engineer were able to move the ship down the dock from the raging flames from the warehouse. Many of the passengers were able to get ashore. Some passengers went ashore by climbing into the bucket of a crane, which hoisted them on shore to safety. Every one of the passengers and crew were saved.

1933: SONORA and WILLIAM NELSON were in a collision in the Bar Point Channel, Lake Erie. The two ships were found at equal fault. The former was scrapped at Ashtabula in 1961 while the latter arrived at Bilbao, Spain, for dismantling as c) BEN E. TATE on July 12, 1969.

1989: SHEILA YEATES, a tall-ship visitor to the Great Lakes, hit an ice pack in fog on the North Atlantic and eventually sank 430 miles south of Greenland after an attempt to tow the leaking ship to safety failed. All on board were saved.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Port Reports -  July 16

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The only traffic through the Duluth entry on Wednesday was Ashtabula/tug Defiance, which arrived at 09:28 loaded with limestone for Graymont Superior. The pair was expected to shift to Midwest Energy Wednesday evening to load petroleum coke. Also in port were Mesabi Miner, loading iron ore pellets at CN; Federal Dart, unloading powdered cement at CRH; and Juno, taking on wheat at Gavilon. The latter has been expected to depart for the past few days now but hasn't, so her departure could happen anytime. Mesabi Miner should finish loading at CN early Thursday. In Superior on Wednesday, CSL Assiniboine arrived at 14:49 and headed to BN for a load of iron ore.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on July 14th at 21:13 from South of #2 for Conneaut. Two Harbors had no traffic on July 15th and none scheduled for July 16th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the American Integrity at 05:59 on July 15th for Ashtabula. Due Silver Bay on July 16th is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday; 22:18 The tug Sharon M I arrived with the Atlantic Huron tow at the main anchorage. Atlantic Huron went to anchor and Sharon M I departed at 22:39 for Algoma Steel, Sault Ste Marie, ON. Wednesday; 7:14 Atlantic Huron was towed by harbor tugs to a layup dock at the Current River Shipyards. 16:18 Manitoulin departed for Buffalo.

Marquette, MI – Fred A Tijan
July 14 the tug Victory with barge Maumee arrived at 19:02 hrs and departed July 15 at 01:42 hrs. for Toledo, Ohio with 25,500 tons of iron ore.

St. Marys River
Wednesday’s upbound traffic included CSL Laurentien, Ojibway and Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort. Downbounders included Cuyahoga and Great Republic early, followed by Kaministiqua, Algocanada (from Soo Harbor), Stewart J. Cort and Victory/Maumee. Sharon M 1 tug returned from towing Atlantic Huron to Thunder Bay and will most likely be reuniting with her barge Huron Spirit at Algoma Steel.

Green Bay, WI – Jon
On Wednesday at 4:42 pm the Kaye E. Barker arrived from Toledo ,OH, with coal for the C. Reiss Coal Company Terminal.

Southern Lake Michigan
Calypso and Iryda were at Burns Harbor Wednesday night. Federal Rhine arrived. Burns Harbor was at Indiana Harbor.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Wednesday;10:14 Algoma Innovator departed for Sarnia. 20:20 Joyce L Van Enkevort arrived to load limestone.
Bruce Mines: Wednesday; 5:27 Saginaw arrived to load trap rock and departed at 16:14 for Sarnia.
Port Dolomite: Wednesday; 2:19 Joseph L Block departed for Indiana Harbor. 19:31 Olive L Moore / Menominee arrived to load.
Calcite: Wednesday; 14:30 American Mariner arrived to load.
Stoneport: Wednesday; 12:27 Laura L Van Enkevort arrived to load limestone.
Port Inland: Wednesday; 20:20 Arthur M Anderson arrived to load limestone.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey.
Laura L. VanEnkevort - Joseph H. Thompson were inbound on the Saginaw River on Tuesday, July 14th, with a split cargo. The pair stopped at the Burroughs North Dock in Essexville to unload a partial cargo before continuing upriver to finish unloading at the ACE-Saginaw Paving/Buena Vista Dock. Olive L. Moore - Menominee were inbound Tuesday afternoon, calling on the Bay Aggregates Dock at Port Fisher in Bay City to unload.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara cleared 3.39 pm Wednesday downbound with salt for Bowmanville. Algoma Buffalo began loading at Compass Minerals.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Tug Prentiss Brown and barge were downbound at Marysville at 3:45 am Wednesday. Spartan/Spartan II passed MC upbound at 3:45 am. Alpena passed MC downbound at 3:15 am. John G Munson was upbound off Harsens Island at 3:45 am. Happy Rover passed MC upbound at 7:30am, then passed Paul R Tregurtha arriving at the power plant for a coal unload. At 3:30pm the Tregurtha was downbound most likely headed for Monroe. Kathy Lynn passed downbound at 9:15am. Federal Nagara passed downbound at 10:30 am. Algoma Harvester passed downbound at 11:15 am. Frontenac passed downbound at 2:30 pm. Algoma Guardian should pass MC mid evening while Federal Yoshino should pass in late evening, both vessels upbound. Mix of sun and clouds, winds light from the south-southeast, temp 82 degrees F.

Lake Erie Ports for Wednesday – Bill Kloss
Sandusky: The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed for Quebec City.
Cleveland: Prentiss Brown arrived and proceeded to St. Marys Cement to unload.
Ashtabula: Lake St. Clair left Ashtabula at 17:48 for Duluth and CSL Welland came in from anchorage at 18:16.
Nanticoke: Federal Yoshino left at 08:36 for Thunder Bay. Algonova and Whitefish Bay are still in port and the CSL Niagara is anchored off of Port Dover, arriving at 18:44.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit was at Lehigh Cement Plant Dock Wednesday evening.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 16

DETROIT EDISON, of 1955, departed Quebec City July 16th 1986, along with former fleet mate SHARON, in tow of the U.S. tug PRUDENT, to Brownsville, Texas for scrapping.

The SAGINAW BAY departed Quebec City on July 16, 1985, in tandem with the E.B. BARBER, towed by the Polish tug KORAL for scrapping at Vigo, Spain.

NORTHERN VENTURE, a.) VERENDRYE of 1944, entered Great Lakes service July 16, 1961, upbound light for the Canadian lake head to load grain.

On July 16, 1935, the BRUCE HUDSON capsized on Lake Ontario off Cobourg, Ontario, while in tow of the wooden-hulled tug MUSCALLONGE.

Keel-laying of the CHI-CHEEMAUN (Hull#205) was on July 16, 1973, at Collingwood, Ontario by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd. for Ontario Northland Transport Commission.

CATARACT (wooden propeller, 15 foot', 352 tons, built in 1852, at Buffalo) caught fire on 16 July 1861, 5 miles off Erie, Pennsylvania. She became an inferno astern in just a few minutes and this prevented her boats from being launched. Four died. Some were saved by clinging to floating wreckage and some others were rescued by a small fishing boat. The schooner ST PAUL picked up some survivors. Among those picked up by Captain Mosher of the ST PAUL, were Captain McNally and the CATARACT's carpenter. Capt. Mosher had rescued these same two men in 1858, when the propeller INDIANA was lost in Lake Superior.

On 16 July 1873, the new barge MINNEAPOLIS was towed to Detroit for outfitting. She had just been launched four days earlier at Marine City, Michigan. While on the way to Detroit, a Canadian man named Sinclair fell overboard and drowned. On 16 July 1874, The Port Huron Times reported that "the old steamer REINDEER has been rebuilt to a barge by L. C. Rogers at H. C. Schnoor's shipyard at Fair Haven, [Michigan]. Her beautiful horns have been taken down, [she carried a set of large antlers], her machinery and cumbersome side-wheels removed, and she has been fully refitted with center arch and deck frame complex."

July 16, 1961, the PIONEER CHALLENGER entered service. Built in 1943, as a T-3 tanker a.) MARQUETTE, renamed b.) U.S.S. NESCHANIC (AO-71) in 1943, c.) GULFOIL in 1947, d.) PIONEER CHALLENGER in 1961, e.) MIDDLETOWN in 1962, and f.) AMERICAN VICTORY in 2006.

1911 ¬ MAINE, upbound with a load of coal, caught fire in the St. Clair River and was run aground on the Canadian shore. The crew escaped.

1958 ¬ The Swedish freighter ERHOLM and the FRANK ARMSTRONG of the Interlake fleet were in a collision in northern Lake St. Clair with minor damage to both ships. ERHOLM had earlier been a Great Lakes caller as a) ERLAND and later came through the Seaway in 1959-1960. It returned inland again in 1961 and 1962 as c) OTIS. The ship arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, for scrapping as h) DIMITRA K. on August 25, 1980.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series – Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Port Reports – July 15, 2020

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth at 04:06 Tuesday morning, fueled at Husky Energy, and then departed at 08:18 and anchored outside the harbor to wait for her turn to load at CN. Federal Dart was inbound at 15:03 with cement for CRH. Still in port Tuesday were Edgar B. Speer, loading ore at CN; Presque Isle, at Port Terminal receiving repairs from her grounding in the ship canal Monday morning; and Juno, loading wheat at Gavilon. Both the Speer and Juno were tentatively expected to depart Tuesday night. The only traffic in Superior on Tuesday was Stewart J. Cort, which departed at 06:32 loaded with iron ore pellets from Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Great Republic departed Two Harbors from South of #2 on July 14th at 01:35 for Gary. The Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on July 14th at 08:02 for South of #2. As of 19:15 on July 14th she is still loading. She is loading for Conneaut. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on July 15th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the American Integrity on July 14th at 10:50. She had been scheduled for Superior. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on July 15th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Monday; 20:42 Frontenac departed and is down bound. Tuesday; The saltie Puna weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 8:29 Manitoulin arrived at the Richardson Current River to load grain. 10:10 Cuyahoga departed for Sarnia. 15:09 The saltie Brant arrived and went to anchor.15:15 Kaministiqua departed for Sorel.

Marquette, MI ­– Fred A Tijan
July 13 the Saginaw arrived at 18:12 hrs and departed on July 14 at 00:05 hrs with 20,200 tons of iron ore for Algoma Steel-SOO. Due July 14 is the tug Victory with the barge Maumee at 18:00 hrs.

St. Marys River|
Upbound traffic on Tuesday included CSL Assinaboine, Indiana Harbor and Radcliffe R. Latimer. Paul R. Tregurtha was downbound early, followed by  Federal Nagara, Algoma Harvester, Frontenac, Tim S. Dool and Saginaw.

Sturgeon Bay, WI – Daniel Lindner
Cason J. Callaway arrived at Bay Shipbuilding late Tuesday morning via the bay of Green Bay, however it is unclear if she is in for repairs or temporary layup.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Algoma Innovator cleared for Meldrum Bay at 20:37 Monday (7/13) after delivering deicing salt for Compass Minerals. Calumet cleared for Burns Harbor at 21:11 after delivering steel slag to the St. Marys Cement grinding plant. Cypriot freighter Barnacle arrived 21:41 and proceeded to the Federal Marine Terminals dock, slip one, outer harbor. She brought coil steel from China. Built in 2009 and owned by Cyprus-based Sikar Shipping, Barnacle is 185 m (607 ft) long and 24 m (78 feet) wide. She departed Caofeidian, China, May 26. Tug Anglian Lady with barge Ironmaster was still in port Tuesday (7/14). G.L. Ostrander/Integrity is expected Tuesday evening with cement for the Lafarge terminal. Albert/Margaret is expected Wednesday (7/15) and will likely load ethanol at the Liquid Products Pier. Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder is expected Thursday (7/16) with deicing salt for Cargill.

Southern Lake Michigan
Iryda, Timgad and Calypso were at Burns Harbor Monday night. Flevoborg remained at S. Chicago.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Tuesday; 16:00 Algoma Innovator arrived to load limestone.
Bruce Mines: Tuesday; 0:31 Mississagi arrived to load trap rock and departed at 8:45
Port Dolomite: Tuesday; 11:06 Joseph L Block arrived to load limestone.
Cheboygan: Tuesday; 1:44 The tug Albert and tanker barge Margaret arrived at the US Oil Co dock to unload. And departed at 12:15 for Milwaukee.
Calcite: Monday; 23:41 Olive L Moore / Menominee departed for Bay City.
Stoneport: Tuesday; 402 Herbert C Jackson arrived to  load limestone and departed at 15:51 for Detroit.
Alpena: Tuesday 6:24 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load and departed at 14:20 for Detroit.  
Port Inland: Tuesday; 4:39 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 arrived to load and departed at 9:23 for Grand Haven.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara expected next. Algoma Buffalo to follow.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Algoterra was downbound at the northern end of Stag Island at 4:30am.  Federal Rhine passed MC upbound at 4am.  Kaye E Barker was upbound mid Lake St Clair at 5am.  James R Barker, after finishing unloading at the power plant, was upbound off Lexington at 9am.  Iver Bright passed downbound at 10am.  Ojibway passed upbound at noon.  Demolen passed upbound at 12:30pm.  Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder passed upbound at 4pm.  Algoma Enterprise passed downbound at 6pm.  Algoma Niagara passed upbound at 7pm.  American Mariner should pass upbound around 8:15pm.  Algoma Buffalo should pass upbound in the late evening.  Mix of sun and clouds, winds light from the west-northwest and 83 degrees F.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Tuesday Arrivals: Calusa Coast and Delaware arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. American Courage arrived at Zug Island to load slag.

Lake Erie Ports for Tuesday – Bill Kloss
A quieter day on Lake Erie Tuesday.
Cleveland: Dorothy Ann left Monday night at 22:58 with salt for Milwaukee and American Courage departed at 03:31 and went to Zug Island.
Fairport Harbor: John G. Munson delivered to Osborne Stone, then left at 07:18 for Duluth.
Ashtabula: Still in port is the Lake St.Clair, and the CSL Welland remains at anchor.
Conneaut: The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived at 04:39.
Nanticoke: Federal Yoshino is still in port  and Algonova arrived at 11:17. Whitefish Bay is due in Wednesday.

Toronto, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Tuesday afternoon bound for Picton, Ont.

 

Lake Carriers shows appreciation for house appropriations supporting the Great Lakes

7/15 - Cleveland, OH – The House Appropriations Committee has approved $123 million for construction of the Soo Lock, this would be the largest single year amount received so far in a fiscal year for one of the largest infrastructure projects ever in the Great Lakes region.  The Lake Carriers’ Association applauds the House Committee for the approval of the “Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2021.”

The legislation includes more than $123 million to support the ongoing construction of the new deep-water navigational lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.  The lock project has a very good chance of competing for additional funding as well with the Committee adding $59.2 million for construction of “locks not on the inland waterways system.”  This funding is crucial for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to maintain construction timelines with the goal of completing the new lock project possibly within as few as seven years.

The current 62-year old deep-water Poe Lock, the only one large enough to handle 1,000-foot U.S.-flag ships, has experienced numerous outages over the past years as aging components have begun to fail.  The Poe Lock is a single point of failure for the entire Great Lakes maritime system as well as a large portion of American manufacturing, and construction.  The new large lock, under construction, will ensure redundancy and insure against a national economic disaster should the Poe fail.

“It’s difficult to overstate just how vital the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie are to the Great Lakes region, our people, and our economies,” said Rep. Kaptur, Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. “As a life-long resident of Toledo, home to one the busiest commercial ports in the Great Lakes, our city – like many Ohio cities along Lake Erie – rely heavily on commercial shipping. Our cities receive goods like iron ore, which pass through the Soo Locks on their way from ports on Lake Superior, and which is then used by northern Ohio workers to forge the best iron and steel in the world. As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, investing in the Soo Locks has been among my highest priorities. I’m glad to have secured this critically needed funding.” 

“We praise Chairwoman Kaptur and the entire House Committee on Appropriations for their continued support of the new lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.  Efficiently funding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers so the project can remain on track is crucial to the overall health of the Great Lakes Navigation System,” stated Lake Carriers’ Association President, Jim Weakley.

In addition to the lock funding, the bill provides an additional $17 billion in emergency funding to accelerate work on Army Corps projects around the county, putting Americans back to work and improving water infrastructure while reducing the current backlog.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Preorders now being taken for new book on Daniel J. Morrell shipwreck

7/15 - A new 420-page book, "The Daniel J. Morrell – Lost, But No Longer Forgotten," is now on sale by preorder. This book, which features over 550 photos, diagrams and more, is a culmination of 30 months of research, interviews, exploration, dives, study and analysis. History is re-written as the Morrell Research Group has been able to determine the true cause of the wreck, discover lies told during the Coast Guard Board of Inquiry and proves the conclusions by the board to be erroneous.

Interviews with all 29 Morrell families, along with expert analysis from Coast Guard members, an expert dive crew, and marine engineers, as well as many others who were directly or indirectly connected to the Morrell on November 29, 1966 are featured. Surviving members of former Morrell crews are also featured in the new book.

Cover price of this 11" x 11" book, with pages in color and black & white, is $49.95, but for the next 30 days (through August 13, 2020) you can preorder the book for a flat fee of $40 (20% off the cover price) plus shipping.

Included free with preorders will be a DVD (that will retail for $24.95). The DVD will feature never-before-seen footage of the search and rescue operations at Harbor Beach, Michigan on November 30, 1966, including Dennis Hale being removed from his rescue helicopter. Also included are two videos produced by the Morrell Research Group in conjunction with Undersea Research Associates. These videos show the bow and stern of the Morrell as they lie in 2019, captioned with details about our work and our discoveries. See the tremendous damage as the bow crashed to the lake floor, and the pristine engine room, along with the debris fields and more. 

Place orders at www.jmhobbysupply.com. The books are expected to arrive from the publisher/printer in mid-August, at which time they will immediately ship to all people placing preorders.

One of the goals of our research group was to donate some of the proceeds from the new book back to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum so they can continue to provide new and exciting exhibits in the future, similar to the new Morrell exhibit. A sell out of this first printing of the book will allow us to make a donation of almost $10,000. Each book will be autographed by the author at no charge. If you would like a personal message in your book, please email your name and a request for a personal message to jmhobbysupply@hotmail.com.

Morrell Research Group

 

Updates – July 15, 2020

The saltie gallery has been updated with the following vessels: Alanis, Alaskaborg, Amber Bay, Aujaq, Barnacle, BBC Florida, BBC Leda, BBC Mekong, BBC Swift, BBC Tennessee, BBC Volga, Beatrix, Belasitza, Calypso, Chembulk Yokohama, Elisabeth Schulte, Erieborg, Federal Baltic, Federal Champlain, Federal Dee, Federal Delta, Federal Hudson, Federal Mackinac, Federal Margaree, Federal Nakagawa, Federal St Laurent, Federal Yoshino, Flevoborg, Fortunagracht, Fraserborg, Gardno, Greenwing, Happy Rover, Harbour First, Helena G, Ijborg, Industrial Skipper, Iryda, Isabelle G, Lake Erie, Lake St Clair, Mandarin, Nadja, Narie, Patalya, Puna, Qikiqtaaluk W, Rosy, Ruddy, Sloman Hera, Stella Polaris, Timgad and Whistler.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 15

July 15, 1991 - The Spanish, 1975-built, 7,311 gross ton, ocean motor bulk carrier MILANOS, anchored in the Detroit River since July 2, began the long slow trip home. Auxiliar de Transporte Maritimos, the ship’s owners, decided it would be cheaper to tow the crippled ship home for repairs rather than have the repairs performed locally. The ship's engine seized after the crankshaft broke. She departed Detroit, bound for Montreal under tow of Malcolm Marine's TUG MALCOLM and McKeil's tug ARGUE MARTIN. The tow passed down the Seaway on July 19.

On July 15, 1961, the d.) WALTER A. STERLING, now f.) LEE A. TREGURTHA), entered service on the Great Lakes for Cleveland Cliffs Steamship Co., after conversion from a T-3 tanker. The next day, on July 16, 1961, the d.) PIONEER CHALLENGER, now f.) AMERICAN VICTORY, entered service for the Pioneer Steamship Co (Hutchinson & Co., mgr.).

The CHICAGO TRADER was launched as a.) THE HARVESTER (Hull#391) at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. in 1911, for the Wisconsin Steel Co.

In 1946, the NORISLE (Hull#136) was launched at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd. for the Dominion & Owen Sound Transportation Co. Ltd. In 1934, the ANN ARBOR NO 4 collided with the steamer N. F. LEOPOLD in a heavy fog.

On Saturday, 15 July 1871, an argument between Captain James Bradley and Mate John Reed started while the schooner ROBERT EMMETT was docked at Erie, Pennsylvania unloading iron ore. They were still shouting at each other as the ship sailed out of the harbor. In short order, the ship turned around and anchored in the harbor. At 3 the following morning, Reed rowed ashore, went directly to the police station and charged that Capt. Bradley had assaulted him with a knife. At dawn, as the police were on their way to question Capt. Bradley, they found him stepping ashore from the deck of a tug, fuming that Reed had stolen the ship's only small boat. Bradley and Reed were at each other again and the police arrested both men. Bradley then filed charges against Reed for mutiny, assault and theft of the ship's boat. The case went to court the very next day. Justice of the Peace Foster saw his courtroom packed with curious sailors and skippers. Reed and Bradley were both still fuming and after listening to just a little testimony, Foster found both men guilty, fined them both and ordered both to pay court costs. The matter didn't end there since Reed later had to get a court order to get his personal belongings off the EMMETT. There is no record of what the disagreement was that started this whole mess.

The iron side-wheel steamer DARIUS COLE (201 foot, 538 gross tons) was launched at the Globe Iron Works (Hull #10) in Cleveland, Ohio on 15 July 1885. During her career, she had two other names b.) HURON 1906 - 1921, and c.) COLONIAL 1921 - 1925. She burned off Barcelona, New York, on Lake Erie on 1 September 1925, while on an excursion. The hull was beached and later towed to Dunkirk, New York, for scrapping.

1885: The rail car ferry LANSDOWNE and the CLARION were in a collision on the Detroit River.

1895: CIBOLA caught fire and burned at the dock at Lewiston, NY, with the loss of one life. The hull was towed to Toronto and used in a fill project.

1943: GEORGE M. HUMPHREY sank off Old Point Mackinac Light following a collision with the D.M. CLEMSON. The ship was salvaged in 1944 and rebuilt at Sturgeon Bay as b) CAPTAIN JOHN ROEN in 1945 and became c) ADAM E. CORNELIUS in 1948 and d) CONSUMERS POWER in 1958.

1977: The ore- laden CADILLAC went aground in the St. Marys River after missing a turn in fog. It was released the next day with the help of 3 tugs.

1986: The C.S.L. self-unloader MANITOULIN went aground at Sandusky, off Cedar Point, after losing power. The ship was released with the help of tugs.

1998: LITA hit the knuckle at the Eisenhower Lock and sustained damage to the starboard side. The vessel later hit bottom of the channel near the Snell Lock but there was no additional damage. The ship was enroute from Toledo to Algeria. The 11,121 gross ton saltwater vessel was still in service as of 2012.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Lake Huron Lore Society, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit

 

Presque Isle runs aground in Duluth Ship Canal, hits underwater base of north pier

July 14 - Duluth, MN – A 1,000-foot ship loaded with iron ore pellets ran aground on the base of the Duluth Ship Canal's north pier Monday morning.

At about 7:13 a.m., Monday, the Presque Isle, an integrated barge and tug and one of the longest ships on the Great Lakes, passed under the Aerial Lift Bridge, but did not center itself between the piers and appeared to scrape up against the north pier until it came to a stop, video by bystanders and Duluth Harbor Cam webcams show.

Although initial eyewitness reports described the ship as "scrapping" or "colliding" with the north pier, Steven Brossart, Duluth area engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said an initial inspection shows no damage to the pier's structure.

The inspection did show the ship likely ran aground on the scour stone that runs along the base of the pier where the steel pilings meet the canal bottom. The rocks are placed there to prevent material from washing out from under the structure, Brossart said.

"Our initial survey assessments that we've done out there today indicate that the vessel did not impact the pier ... the grinding noise I think you heard was the bottom of the vessel impacting the scour stone near the bottom of our structure," Brossart said. As of now, no repairs are needed as the stone is just "squashed and removed a little bit" and should not impact the navigation channel, Brossart said.

After a few minutes of the Presque Isle sitting aground near the pier, the ship was put into reverse, centered in the canal and continued out to Lake Superior where it sat off the shore of Park Point for several hours.

Just before 2:30 p.m. Monday, the ship passed back through the canal and into the harbor without incident. It is now in the slip between Lake Superior Warehousing and the Clure Terminal Expansion on Rice's point. Damage to the ship is unknown

It is standard procedure for the U.S. Coast Guard — and if needed, also the American Bureau of Shipping — to inspect a ship after an incident before it can return to service. The Coast Guard did not immediately return the News Tribune's request for comment. The cause of the incident is not yet known.

Presque Isle owner Key Lakes, which operates the Great Lakes Fleet for Canadian National Railway, declined to comment Monday.

View video at this link: https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/business/transportation/6572627-Ope-1000-foot-ship-runs-aground-in-Duluth-Ship-Canal-hits-underwater-base-of-north-pier

Duluth News Tribun

 

Atlantic Huron tow departs Soo headed to Thunder Bay

July 14 - Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Monday morning the McKeil Marine tug Sharon M 1 towed the damaged Canada Steamship Lines’ self-unloader Atlantic Huron from Sault Ste. Marie, ON, to Thunder Bay for indefinite layup. She was assisted in the initial stages by the Purvis tug W.I. Scott Purvis.

Downbound on approach to the Poe Lock about 3 a.m. July 5, Atlantic Huron experienced a power failure around 3 a.m. just west of the International Bridge across from the West Pier Drive-In. She dropped one or more anchors, but the vessel struck the northwest pier hard and continued to move along it until she came to a stop just east of the bridge. The sound was loud enough to wake residents at the nearby West Pier apartments.

Tugs eventually towed her to the Algoma Export Dock, where she remained until the tow. She is expected to go into indefinite layup at Thunder Bay

 

Port Reports – July 14, 2020

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner.
Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth at 01:42 Monday morning with a load of coal from Midwest Energy. Presque Isle finished loading at CN and attempted to depart just after 07:30, however she failed to complete the turn under the lift bridge and struck the north pier of the canal on her port side. After holding for a few minutes and repositioning in the channel, she cleared the canal and anchored offshore for inspections. She re-arrived at 14:26 and headed to Port Terminal for repairs to a reported gash she received as a result of the collision. Mesabi Miner was due in port at 23:00 Monday night to load at Canadian National. Edgar B. Speer shifted to the CN shiploader at 11:30 from berth #6 east where she had been waiting for Presque Isle to complete loading. Her departure time was unknown. Juno was also still loading wheat at Gavilon on Monday. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort spent the day at BN loading and was tentatively expected to depart Monday evening.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Great Republic arrived Two Harbors at 17:20 on July 13th for South of #2. She will be loading Minntac pellets. Due Two Harbors on July 14th is the Edwin H. Gott. She will also be loading Minntac pellets. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for July 14th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Monday; 3:12 The saltie Puna arrived and went to anchor. 13:47 After loading coal Federal Niagara departed for Quebec City. 15:22 Cuyahoga arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals. 15:30 Kaministiqua shifted to the Richardson Main Terminal to finish loading wheat. 19:34 Tim S Dool departed for Quebec City. 20:13 Algoma Harvester departed for Baie Comeau.

Sturgeon Bay, WI
Cason J. Callaway’s AIS is showing a Sturgeon Bay destination. It is unknown if this is for repairs or layup.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Calumet arrived 05:32 Monday (7/13) with about 15,000 metric tons of steel slag from ArcelorMittal’s East Chicago mill. This was delivered to the St. Marys Cement grinding plant at the south end of the mooring basin. Tug Anglian Lady with barge Ironmaster arrived 10:09 and proceeded to the Heavy Lift Dock. Ironmaster carried coils from Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. This is the fifth load of Canadian steel delivered at the port in 2020. Algoma Innovator arrived 11:45 with about 25,000 metric tons of deicing salt from the Compass Minerals mine in Goderich, Ontario. This was the 16th boatload of salt delivered at Jones Island for Compass Minerals in 2020. Expected tonight is the Cypriot freighter Barnacle, which is coming from Cleveland.

Southern Lake Michigan
Iryda, Timgad and Calypso were at Burns Harbor Monday night. Flevoborg remained at S. Chicago.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Monday; 2:57 Whitefish Bay departed for Windsor. 3:00 Laura L Van Enkevort arrived to load and departed at 15:30 for the Saginaw River.
Calcite: Monday; 0:14 Defiance / Ashtabula arrived to load. 5:01 Olive L Moore / Menominee arrived to load limestone. 16:01 Defiance / Ashtabula departed and is up bound on the St Marys River.
Alpena: Monday; 1:23 GL Ostrander arrived to load cement products. 3:32 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 arrived and unloaded at the Lafarge plant. 8:53 GL Ostrander departed for Milwaukee.13:68 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 departed for Port Inland. 
Port Inland: Monday; 3:03 Manitowoc departed for Holland

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Herbert C. Jackson was inbound on the Saginaw River on Monday, July 13th, calling on the Wirt Sand and Stone Dock in Essexville.  After unloading there, the Jackson backed down to the Bay Aggregates slip, turned, and headed outbound for the lake Monday evening.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara cleared 3.12 am Monday downbound with salt for Toledo. Algoma Buffalo expected next.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
CSL Laurentien passed upbound and John G Munson passed downbound at MC at 4am.  Mississagi was upbound north end of Stag Island same time.  CSL Assiniboine was upbound mid Lake St Clair at 4am.  Evans Spirit passed downbound at 11:15am, followed by Algoma Niagara at 11:30am and James R Barker arrived at the power plant for a coal unload at noon.  At 7pm it was still there.  Algonova passed downbound at 2:15pm.  Algonorth passed upbound at 5pm.  Radcliffe R Latimer passed upbound at 7pm.  Whitefish Bay should pass downbound around 7:30pm.  Mix of sun and clouds, winds light from the north-northwest, temp 78 degrees F.

Lake Erie Ports for Monday – Bill Kloss
Sandusky: Kaye E. Barker arrived at 09:08 to load coal and left for Green Bay at 13:30.
Cleveland: Dorothy Ann is loading salt at Cargill.  American Courage arrived from Ashtabula at 14:47 for ArcelorMittal.
Fairport Harbor: John G. Munson arrived at 17:01.
Ashtabula: CSL Welland arrived at 12:00 and Lake St. Clair is  in port.
Conneaut: The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin is due in Tuesday.
Nanticoke: Federal Yoshino is still in port.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived at 5:00 EST to unload another load of coal from Sandusky. The tanker Sterling Energy departed for a typical trip to Port Weller at 13:27 EST. At 18:18 EST, the BBC Florida was fully loaded with grain and outbound, headed overseas. The Sterling Energy is expected to return from Port Weller at 21:15 EST, and the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin is expected to depart late Sunday night for Conneaut. The Federal Clyde was in port loading grain and the Greenwing was at anchor.

Toronto, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at Lehigh Cement Dock late Monday afternoon.

 

 Two tugs on way to make Great Lakes debut

July 14 - Two tugboats are currently sailing for the Great Lakes and will be arriving within the next month to make their Great Lakes debut. Caroline McKee and Seaway Guardian are both heading for the east coast, with the McKee showing a destination of Montreal, QC, and the Guardian bound for Boston, MA. Both vessels will ultimately find themselves working on different ends of the Great Lakes system, with the McKee heading to Muskegon, Michigan, and the Guardian to Massena, New York, after their arrival to the east coast.

At the beginning of the new year it was well known that Port City Marine Services had purchased a tug based out of Gretna, Louisiana. The 48-year-old tug, most recently known as the Coastal 303, would sail to New Orleans and undergo a refit for a new career.

Port City Marine’s purchase of the Caroline McKee is a part of their investment made a couple of years ago. In 2017, the barge Cleveland Rocks was towed to Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, to be converted to a cement barge. This project brought Port City Marine’s cement barge count to three, with the company already operating the St. Marys Challenger and St. Marys Conquest.

Up until now, Port City has only been able to operate two tug/barges at a time as only two tugs, the Bradshaw McKee and Prentiss Brown, have been available. Once work was completed on the Commander, one barge would have to be laid up until it was swapped out with one of its fleetmates. With the addition of Caroline McKee, Port City Marine will finally be able to run a full fleet.

The Seaway Guardian is a replacement for the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation’s tug Robinson Bay

Built in 1958 by Christy Corp. in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, the Robinson Bay has served on the St. Lawrence Seaway tending buoys, partaking in tows, and breaking ice. As time went by the Bay was remodified, adding an upper house and being repowered with a CAT 3603 engine in 1991. But with advancements in technology and design, discussions on a replacement for the aging vessel began. The SLSDC placed an order for a new tug in 2017, which became the Seaway Guardian. The tug was built in Houma, LA, the same city that the Caroline McKee was built in.

The Seaway Guardian was designed to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than its predecessor. The Guardian is expected to have the ability to break three times the amount of ice as the Robinson Bay can. In addition to this, it will have three times the strength in towing and be able to tend buoys more efficiently then the Robinson Bay, as the Guardian is equipped with a deck-mounted crane.

At the moment it is unknown as to what the SLSDC’s plan is for their veteran tugboat.

Jack Hurt

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 14

The AMERICAN REPUBLIC (Hull#724) was launched July 14, 1980, by the Bay Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, for the American Steamship Co. She was renamed b) GREAT REPUBLIC in 2011.

While upbound in the St. Lawrence River on July 14, 1970, for Saginaw, Michigan, with a load of pig iron from Sorel, Quebec, the EASTCLIFFE HALL, of 1954, grounded in mud near Chrysler Shoal six miles above Massena, New York, at 03:00 hours but was able to free herself. A few hours later, approaching Cornwall, Ontario, she struck a submerged object and sank within a few minutes in 70 feet of water only 650 feet from the point of impact. The submerged object was believed to be an old aid to navigation light stand. Nine lives were lost. Divers determined that her back was broken in two places. After salvaging part of the cargo, her cabins were leveled and her hull was filled.

In 1988, the JOHN T. HUTCHINSON and tow mate CONSUMERS POWER passed through the Panama Canal heading for the cutter’s torch in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. On 14 July 1908, MENTOR (wooden propeller tug, 53 foot, 23 gross tons, built in 1882, at Saugatuck, Michigan) burned south of Chicago, Illinois. No lives lost. Her original name was HATTIE A. FOX.

On 14 July 1891, T H ORTON (wooden barge, 262 gross tons, built in 1873, at Buffalo, New York) anchored off Marblehead, Ohio, on Lake Erie to ride out a storm. She dragged her anchors and was driven ashore where she was declared a total wreck. She may have been recovered though. Just two years earlier, this vessel went through a similar incident at the same spot.

1891: ATHABASCA and PONTIAC collided head-on in the Sugar Island Channel of the St. Marys River and the latter settled on the bottom. The former arrived at Sault Ste. Marie, with wreckage draped across her bow. Both ships were repaired and returned to service.

1931: The bulk canaller TEAKBAY hit a rock in the Brockville Narrows of the St. Lawrence and went aground while enroute from Sandusky to Quebec City with coal. It was refloated but was listing and in need of repairs.

1964: DANIEL PIERCE, a former Great Lakes tanker, ran aground at Guanica, Puerto Rico. The ship was leaking sulphuric acid into the bilges mixing with salt water. The town was evacuated due to the potential for an explosion. The hull was condemned and eventually scrapped.

1966: The Israeli freighter ELAT, on her second trip to the Great Lakes, and LEMOYNE were in a collision near Lock 2 of the Welland Canal, with only minor damage. ELAT arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for scrapping by September 7, 1982, while LEMOYNE was broken up at Santander, Spain, in 1969.

1993: CALCITE II lost steering and ran aground in the Amherstburg Channel of the Detroit River. The ship was lightered, released with the help of the tugs PATRICIA HOEY, OREGON and STORMONT and, after unloading at Ecorse, headed for Toledo to be repaired.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Dave Wobser, Mike Nicholls, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series – Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Presque Isle scrapes Duluth ship canal north pier

 

7/13 – 11:00 AM - Duluth, MN – Monday morning the M/V Presque Isle scraped the north canal wall while outbound under the Duluth Aerial Bridge. After centering the boat, they went into Lake Superior, turned right and went to anchor, possibly for inspection.

 

The vessel was headed to Conneaut with a load of pellets.

 

 No further information was available at this time.

 

Officials investigating after 'rare' collision between ships in Welland Canal

7/13 - Welland Canal - Officials are investigating how two cargo vessels came to collide in the Welland Canal on Saturday during what should have been a routine manoeuvre. Videos shared on social media show the Florence Spirit and Alanis crashing into one another, causing damage.

The canal is located in southern Ontario and connects Lake Ontario with Lake Erie. The collision occurred at about 4 p.m. near Port Robinson, said Jean Aubry-Morin, vice-president of external relations for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. He described the crash as "rare."

"It's a routine passage. It's an area that is common. Obviously, as witnessed by the public, there was an unfortunate incident that the two vessels collided."

Alanis was heading up the canal toward Duluth, Minn., with a load of wind turbine parts, while the Florence Spirit was heading down to Quebec, Aubry-Morin said. No one was injured, and there was no fuel spill or other environmental impact, he said.

Both vessels have since been moved to safe locations, where they will undergo complete inspections. Investigators are now working to determine how the two ships came to collide.

"We don't know if it's a mechanical failure of one of the vessels, most probably the Florence Spirit, or if it's a manoeuvre issue. At this point, it's too early to say," Aubry-Morin said.

Vessels pass in that part of the canal hundreds of times each shipping season, especially at the location where the two ships crashed, he said. "In fact, it's a preferred location for passing because there's plenty of space, speed is limited and it's typically a safe area for passage," Aubry-Morin said. "It's very unfortunate that this situation happened. We are curious to find what caused the situation."

He said Transport Canada and the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) will also be investigating.

CBC

 

Port Reports -  July 13

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner.
Algoma Enterprise departed Duluth at 09:04 Sunday morning for Bath loaded with petroleum coke, and Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 13:05 to load coal at SMET. Presque Isle spent Sunday under the shuttles at Canadian National, and was still at the dock as of 20:00 with an unknown departure time. Edgar B. Speer was moored on the opposite side of the dock waiting for her turn to load. Juno was still in port loading wheat at Gavilon. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort arrived at 07:57 to load iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern. She had originally been expected to depart at 18:00 but was still loading as of 20:00.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
The Burns Harbor departed Two Harbors on July 11th at 21:18 for Indiana Harbor. Due Two Harbors on July 13th is the Great Republic. As of noon on July 12th she is below the Soo. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay has no scheduled traffic on July 13th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday; 6:19 Federal Niagara arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 10:59 Algoma Harvester arrived at the Superior Elevator to load wheat. 13:00 Kaministiqua arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load wheat. 14:37 Frontenac left layup and proceeded to Viterra A to load wheat.

Marquette, MI ¬ Fred A Tijan.
July 11 saw the arrival of the Cuyahoga at 17:04 hrs. She departed at 23:08 hrs for Algoma Steel-Soo. Arriving July 12 at 06:23 was the Saginaw. She departed at 13:48 hrs for Algoma Steel-Soo. For the month of July seven ships have arrived and departed with 153,650 tons of iron ore.

St. Marys River
Local reports indicate the tug Sharon M 1 will tow the damaged Atlantic Huron to Thunder Bay for indefinite layup, however a departure time has not been announced.

Southern Lake Michigan
Timgad and Calypso were at Burns Harbor Sunday night. Iryda was at anchor waiting for a dock. Calumet and Joseph L. Block, Erie Tradder/Clyde S. VanEnkevort were at Indiana Harbor. Flevoborg was at S. Chicago.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Sunday; 10:37 Whitefish Bay arrived to load limestone.

Port Dolomite: Sunday; 6:03 Herbert C Jackson arrived to load limestone and departed at 17:45 for Essexville.

Calcite: Saturday; 23:12 John G Munson arrived to load and departed Sunday at 12:07 for Fairport.

Port Inland: Sunday; 1:40 Cason J Callaway arrived to load limestone and departed at 16:48 down bound on Lake Michigan. 18:29 Manitowoc arrived to load limestone.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Olive L. Moore - Menominee were inbound on the Saginaw River late Saturday night, July 11th, carrying a split cargo. The pair made stops at the Burroughs North Dock in Essexville, Burroughs Materials Dock in Zilwaukee and the Lafarge Stone Dock in Saginaw. They were outbound Sunday morning.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator cleared 2.59 am Sunday loaded with salt upbound. Algoma Niagara arrived 11.54 am Sunday loading at Compass Minerals, salt for Toledo.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Calusa Coast and Delaware were loading at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal on Sunday

Lake Erie Ports for Sunday – Bill Kloss
Sandusky: Algoma Sault left for Trois Rivieres at 14:46.

Lorain: Dorothy Ann arrived from Marblehead at 17:27 to unload stone at LaFarge. After unloading she will head to Cleveland.

Cleveland: BBC Volga had a brief visit to the Port and has departed for Montreal. Mississagi left at 14:04 for Bruce Mines and American Courage departed for Ashtabula at 14:26.

Ashtabula: The saltie Lake St. Clair arrived at 11:39.

Nanticoke: Algocanada left at 02:58 for Sault Ste. Marie. Algoma Hansa departed at 14:30 for Sorel-Tracy and Algoscotia left for Sarnia at 14:45. Federal Yoshioka was still in port and Algoma Transport departed with no destination given.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived at 5:00 EST to unload another load of coal from Sandusky. The tanker Sterling Energy departed for a typical trip to Port Weller at 13:27 EST. At 18:18 EST, the BBC Florida was fully loaded with grain and outbound, headed overseas. The Sterling Energy is expected to return from Port Weller at 21:15 EST, and the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin is expected to depart late Sunday night for Conneaut. The Federal Clyde was in port loading grain and the Greenwing was at anchor.

Buffalo, NY – Brian R. Wroblewski
The salt water ship BBC Tennessee arrived at 5:30 PM on July 12th with more windmill parts from Denmark. She came in pretty quick through the piers at the South Entrance considering the high wind at the time and met the tug Vermont near the South Side light. The tug took up a position on the Tennessee’s port quarter and they slowed down off the entrance to the Lackawanna Canal. The ship turned up the Outer Harbor but came to a stop at an odd angle from the Gateway dock. The tug shoved on her stern and the two of them rode the current and wind right up to the corner knuckle of the pier. The Vermont then eased the stern towards the canal and they basically pivoted the whole ship right in. That was the most unusual approach to Lackawanna I’ve ever seen, but however they did it, it worked and the ship was secure at the dimensional unloading apron there by 5:45PM. Her tug was released and the Tennessee was all set to start unloading later that evening. American Mariner was still unloading at the Frontier elevator after arriving in Buffalo on the night of the 11th.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit was at Lehigh Cement Plant on Sunday evening.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 13

Algoma's straight-deck bulk freighter ALGOWEST was christened at Collingwood on July 13, 1982. She was converted to a self-unloader in 1998, and renamed b.) PETER R. CRESSWELL in 2001.

SASKATCHEWAN PIONEER (Hull#258) was launched July 13, 1983, at Govan, Scotland, by Govan Shipbuilders Ltd. for Pioneer Shipping Ltd. (Misener Transportation Ltd., mgr.). Renamed b.) LADY HAMILTON in 1995. Purchased by Voyageur Marine Transport in 2006, she now sails as KAMINISTIQUA.

The LIGHTSHIP 103 was opened to visitors on July 13, 1974, at the city's Pine Grove Park along the St. Clair River.

The rebuilt BOSCOBEL was launched at the Peshtigo Company yard at Algonac, Michigan, on 13 July 1876. Originally built in 1867, as a passenger/package freight propeller vessel, she burned and sank near Ft. Gratiot in 1869. The wreck was raised, but no work was done until January 1876, when she was completely rebuilt as a schooner-barge at Algonac. She sank again in the ice on Lake Erie in 1895, and was again raised and rebuilt. She lasted until 1909, when she sank in the middle of Lake Huron during a storm.

On 13 July 1876, the Port Huron Weekly Times listed the following vessels as being idle at Marine City, Michigan: Steam Barges BAY CITY, D W POWERS and GERMANIA; steamer GLADYS; schooners TAILOR and C SPADEMAN; and barges MARINE CITY and ST JOSEPH.

On 13 July 1876, The Detroit Tribune reported that "the captain of a well-known Oswego vessel, on his last trip to Oswego, found that the receipts of the trip exceeded the expenses in the neighborhood of $250, and stowed $210 of the amount away in a drawer of his desk on the schooner. The money remained there some days before the captain felt the necessity of using a portion of it, and when he opened the drawer to take out the required amount he found that a family of mice had file a pre-emption claim and domiciled themselves within the recess, using the greenbacks with the utmost freedom to render their newly chosen quarters absolutely comfortable. A package containing $60 was gnawed into scraps the size of the tip of the little finger, while only enough of the larger package containing $150 remained to enable the astonished seaman to determine the numbers of the bills, so that the money can be refunded to him by the United States Treasury Department. The captain made an affidavit of the facts, and forwarded it and the remnants of the greenbacks to Washington, with the view of recovering the full value of the money destroyed. He is now on the way to Oswego with his vessel, and no doubt frequently ruminates over the adage, "The best laid schemes of mice and men . . .”

1941: The first COLLINGDOC was inbound with coal for the Thames River when it struck a mine off Southend, England, and sank. There were at least two casualties. The hull was later refloated and sunk along with another ship, believed to be the PONTO, as part of the Churchill Barriers off Scapa Flow, in the northern United Kingdom. In time, sand has blown in and covered much of the hull with only the cement-encased pilothouse visible at last report.

1978: OLAU GORM, best remembered as one of 4 freighters that had to spend the winter of 1964-1965 on the Great Lakes due to ice closing the Seaway, ran aground as f) FAST BREEZE in the Red Sea. The ship was enroute to from Piraeus, Greece, to Gizan, Saudi Arabia, and was refloated, with severe damage, on July 16. It was soon sold to Pakistani shipbreakers and was broken up at Gadani Beach in 1979.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Ships collide on Welland Canal; investigation underway says Seaway official

7/12 - Welland, ON – Alex Stewart didn’t expect his first boat-watching experience along the Welland Canal to include a collision between two vessels on the 43-kilometre long waterway between lakes Erie and Ontario. But that’s what he got — and captured on video — Saturday afternoon in Welland.

“I would have never thought I’d see that,” he said in a Facebook interview with The Tribune.

Stewart, who lives about an hour northwest of Guelph, was out walking with a friend when they saw McKeil Marine’s Florence Spirt appear to drift into the path of dship Carriers’ Alanis. The two vessels — the Florence Spirt heading down the canal, the Alanis heading up — struck each other on their starboard sides around the anchor port.

In Stewart’s video, an alarm is heard sounding before the two vessels hit, then’s there’s a loud crunch and scraping noise. “The crash was loud … but coming from a racing background it wasn’t that loud,” he said.

In the video, the two vessels then stop before the Alanis, an ocean-going vessel, is pushed back toward the east bank of the canal and the Florence Spirt heads bow first toward the west bank.

St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp.’s Jean Aubry-Morin, vice president of external relations, said the collision took place at 3:55 p.m. south of Port Robinson and is now under investigation by seaway officials.

Because the collision involved two vessels passing each other, Transport Canada officials were headed to investigate as well. Aubry-Morin said the two vessels collided starboard side to starboard side and added there was more damage to the Florence Spirit, which was sitting lower in the water.

“Normally, they would be passing port side to port side,” he said, adding the area is one where upbound and downbound vessels pass each other. Downbound ships are heading to Lake Ontario from Lake Erie, while unbound vessels are heading to Lake Erie from Lake Ontario.

The website Marine Traffic listed Grand Anse, Quebec as the destination for the Burlington-headquartered McKeil Marine vessel. The dship Carriers’ MV Alanis was carrying a load of wind turbine parts, but there was no destination listed for those parts. dship Carriers has offices in Hamburg, Houston, Tokyo, Mumbai, Shanghai and Singapore.

“No one was injured, and there was no pollution. Seaway inspectors were looking over both ships,” said Aubry-Morin.

After the collision, the Alanis made its way to Wharf 12, the Stone Dock, at Ramey’s Bend in Port Colborne, while Florence Spirit docked at Wharf 10, which sits just east of Bradley Avenue in Welland. Wharf 10 is not publicly accessible.

View Alex’s video at this link: https://www.facebook.com/alex.stewart.9421/videos/2725755084193201

 

Steel imports fall 16.9% this year

7/12 - Steel import permit applications in the United States fell 12.3% to 2 million tons in June as the coronavirus crimped demand. It was, however, a 10.9% increase from the 1.8 million tons of steel the United States imported in May, according to the U.S. Commerce Department’s most recent Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis data.

Last month, permits for finished steel products that would require no further processing in the United States, such as at service centers or the 20 steel companies at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, fell 5.7% to 1.4 million tons, down from 1.5 million tons in May. In June, imports of light shapes bars rose by 77%, sheets and strip hot dipped galvanized by 68%, cold finished bars by 55%, line pipe by 39% and structural pipe and tubing by 19%.

So far this year, imports of light shapes bars are up 25% and tin free steel by 20% year-over-year, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

For the first six months of the year, imports of steel fell 16.9% to 12.9 million tons. Imports of finished steel products plunged 25.3% to 8.7 million tons, capturing 21% of the market share in the United States.

So far this year, imports have grabbed 19% of the market share.

The largest offshore suppliers in June were South Korea, Brazil, Taiwan, Germany and Japan. During the first six months of 2020, imports have fallen 21% from South Korea, 41% from Japan, and 40% from Germany.

Steel production by domestic producers like ArcelorMittal USA and U.S. Steel, two of the Region's largest employers, have fallen by 19% thus far this year, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

NWI Times

 

Port Reports -  July 12

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner.
Algoma Enterprise arrived Duluth at 05:12 Saturday morning to unload salt at C. Reiss. Great Lakes Trader/tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort departed at 06:50 with iron ore pellets from CN, and James R. Barker was outbound at 07:53 after loading coal at Midwest Energy. Edgar B. Speer arrived at 15:39 and tied up at CN #6 east to wait for her turn at the loading dock. Arthur M. Anderson was outbound from Hallett #5 at 18:56 for Gary with blast furnace trim. Presque Isle, which had arrived on Friday night and moored at CN #6 east, shifted to the loading dock after Great Lakes Trader cleared. She was still loading Saturday night and should depart Sunday morning. The Enterprise shifted to SMET after her discharge was complete and began loading petroleum coke. Juno was still in port Saturday loading wheat at Gavilon. There was no traffic in Superior on Saturday, however Stewart J. Cort should arrive Sunday morning to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
As of 19:45 on July 11th the Burns Harbor was still at South of #2 in Two Harbors. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for neither Two Harbors or Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on July 12th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Saturday; 0:20 The saltie Isadora departed for Montreal. 0:24 Evans Spirit arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 12:39 Tim S Dool arrived at the G3 elevator to load wheat. 18:35 Evans Spirit departed for Port Cartier. Waterfront reports indicate the crew of the Frontenac has been called back. She will replace the Atlantic Huron because of her recent incident at the Soo Locks.

Marquette, MI - Fred A Tijan.
Kaye E. Barker arrived July 10 at 10:57 hr and departed at 23:49 hr for Toledo, Ohio. The Cuyahoga arrived July 11 at 17:04 hr. For the month of July only 5 boats have loaded at the ore dock. Total ore shipped is 117,175 tons.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Saturday included Paul R. Tregurtha, Federal Nagara, Kaministiqua, Algoma Harvester. Downbound traffic included Kaye E. Barker, CSL St-Laurent and Isadora. Saginaw departed Algoma Steel upbound. Atlantic Huron remained tied up at the Algoma Export Dock.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Canada Steamship Lines’ Whitefish Bay arrived Saturday (7/11) at 00:49 with deicing salt from Morton’s mines in Windsor, Ontario. After dropping roughly 30,000 metric tons on the open dock, slip one, outer harbor, she cleared for Meldrum Bay at 08:24. That makes 23 boatloads of salt delivered at Milwaukee in 2020. Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41 arrived light from Ludington at 01:41 to load coal ash from WE Energies at the city’s Heavy Lift Dock. Tug/barge cleared for Alpena at 11:21. Pushing barge St. Marys Challenger, tug Prentiss Brown arrived from Charlevoix at 06:43 with cement for the Kinnickinnic River terminal.

Southern Lake Michigan
Timgad remained at Burns Harbor Saturday night, with Iryda anchored waiting for dock space. Indiana Harbor was at her namesake port, with Calumet due Sunday. Flevoborg was at S. Chicago.

Northern Lake Huron
Thessalon: Friday; 20:50 Laura L Van Enkevort departed for Marine City.

Stoneport: Saturday; 5:04 Olive L Moore / Menominee departed for the Saginaw River.

Alpena: Saturday; 0:00 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Green Bay.

Port Inland: Saturday; 9:44 Joseph L Block arrived to load limestone and departed at 14:47 for Indiana Harbor.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator arrived 12.18 p.m. Saturday and was loading salt at Compass Minerals. Algoma Niagara is expected next

Lake Erie Ports for Saturday – Bill Kloss
Sandusky: Manitoulin left for Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma Sault came in from anchorage at 19:29.

Cleveland: Arrivals were BBC Volga at 14:12 for the Port, dock 22E and American Courage at 20:30 from Ashtabula. Departures were Algoma Buffalo at 05:37 for Oshawa with salt, Herbert C. Jackson for Cedarville, Defiance at 13:53 for Sault Ste. Marie and Dorothy Ann at 19:47 for Marblehead.

Conneaut: Edwin H. Gott left for Two Harbors at 15:44.

Nanticoke: Algonova finally departed at 23:00 Friday for Sarnia which allowed Algocanada to come in from anchorage. Algoscotia remained anchored and Algoma Hansa was still in port. Federal Yoshino was in port and Algoma Transport was due in.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The CSL Tadoussac arrived at 00:49 EST with salt from Fairport. The Sea Eagle II and her barge St. Mary’s Cement II arrived at 11:07 EST from Cleveland to take a delay. The CSL Tadoussac departed after unloading at 14:52 EST bound for Bowmanville. The Federal Clyde and BBC Florida both were loading grain throughout the day, while the Greenwing sat at anchor for another day.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at Lehigh Cement Plant Dock on Saturday afternoon.

Seaway – Rene Beauchamp
Around 11:00 Saturday, off the Promenade Bellerive park in Montreal, the CSL Niagara broke down. It drifted in front of the docks of Montreal East before anchoring. At around 12:30 the engines were restarted and the vessel docked while waiting for an inspector.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 12

On this day in 1978, the keel for Hull #909 was laid at Toledo, Ohio, after Interlake Steamship and Republic Steel signed a 25-year haulage contract. Hull#909 was to be named WILLIAM J. DE LANCEY and renamed PAUL R. TREGURTHA in 1990.

On July 12, 2005, the DAY PECKINPAUGH, under tow of the tug BENJAMIN ELLIOT, departed the lakes through the New York State Barge Canal to Lockport, New York for a new life as a traveling history museum.

The BELLE RIVER, renamed b.) WALTER J. McCARTHY JR in 1990, was christened on July 12, 1977, as American Steamship's first thousand-footer and the first thousand-footer built at Bay Shipbuilding.

The H. M. GRIFFITH (Hull#203) was launched July 12, 1973, at Collingwood, Ontario by Collingwood Shipyards for Canada Steamship Lines. Rebuilt with a new cargo section in 2000, renamed b.) RT. HON. PAUL J. MARTIN.

In 1986, when ENDERS M. VOORHEES was chained together with her sisters, A.H. FERBERT and IRVING S. OLDS, a severe thunderstorm struck Duluth, Minnesota, pushing the trio across St. Louis Bay, eventually grounding them near Superior, Wisconsin. It was discovered that the force of the storm had pulled the bollards out of the Hallett Dock No. 5, thus releasing the ships.

On July 12, 1958, Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd.'s FRANK A. SHERMAN entered service, departing Port Weller Dry Docks, for Duluth and a load of iron ore on its maiden voyage.

On 12 July 1871, ADVANCE (wooden scow-schooner, 49 tons, built in 1847, at Fairport, Ohio), was bound for Detroit from Cleveland with a load of coal. She and the steamer U S GRANT collided near South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay) in Lake Erie and ADVANCE sank. Her crew escaped in the yawl.

On 12 July 1852, CITY OF OSWEGO (wooden propeller passenger-package freight vessel, 138 foot, 357 tons, built in 1852, at Buffalo, New York) collided with the steamer AMERICA and sank off Willoughby, Ohio, a few miles east of Cleveland. 15 lives were lost. This was CITY OF OSWEGO's first season of operation.

On 12 July 1889, T.H. ORTON (wooden barge, 262 gross tons, built in 1873, at Buffalo, New York) anchored off Marblehead, Ohio on Lake Erie to ride out a storm. She dragged her anchors and was driven ashore where she was declared a total wreck. She was recovered and just two years later, at the same place, this incident was repeated.

190:9 The ore laden JOHN B. COWLE (i) was struck amidships by the ISAAC M. SCOTT off Whitefish Point, Lake Superior, and sank with the reported loss of 11 lives. 1917: GEORGE N. ORR was wrecked at Savage Point in the Strait of Northumberland, Prince Edward Island, on her way to New York City and wartime saltwater service. The vessel had been cut in two and towed from the lakes to be rejoined at Montreal. 1969: The deep-sea tug MISSISSIPPI arrived at Bilbao, Spain, with the lakers DONNACONA (ii) and BEN E. TATE, for scrapping.

1977: The stern section of the former canaller BIRCHTON was raised at Halifax after the two parts, which had been created for use as pontoons in the construction of offshore drilling platforms, sank at the dock.

1985: MONTY PYTHON first visited the Great Lakes as a) MONTE ZALAMA in 1970. It returned as b) MONTY PYTHON after being renamed in 1985. The ship drifted aground in the St. Lawrence off La Ronde while loading scrap at Montreal and had to be lightered to P.S. BARGE NO. 1 before floating free on July 18. This saltwater vessel was sold for scrap before the year was out and arrived at Dalian, China, on November 3, 1985, to be dismantled.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Two vessels in near head-on collision on the Welland Canal

7/11 - 6 p.m. update
A collision between two vessels Saturday afternoon in the Welland Canal has stopped vessel traffic. Initial reports indicate the eastbound saltie Alanis struck the westbound Canadian laker Florence Spirit head on, possibly due to mechanical failure. AIS shows Alanis moored at Port Colborne. Florence Spirit is in the Welland Canal bypass near the city of Welland, near where the collision most likely happened. There is no more information available at this time.
View a video by Jeremy Barton at this link: https://www.facebook.com/jeremy.barton.56/videos/pcb.4062239710515334/4062237523848886/?type=3&theater

 

Georgian Bay group buying former Sault museum ship

7/11 - Sault Ste. Marie, ON - A former floating museum on Sault Ste. Marie's waterfront might have a new home in a southern Georgian Bay community. The City of Sault Ste. Marie has signed an asset purchase with Tobermory Real Estate Investors Inc. to move the museum ship Norgoma to Tobermory harbor. The agreed-upon sale price is $2,500.

The real estate group will be responsible for the towing costs to relocate the ship from its current berth at a private shipyard near Algoma Steel. Should the potential new owners not conclude the sale agreement, municipal staff will continue their search for other buyers.

"The relocation of the M.S. Norgoma to Tobermory, ON with Tobermory Real Estate Investors Inc. would a positive outcome for the city," wrote community development and enterprise services deputy CAO Tom Vair in a report to city council for the July 13 meeting. "It delivers on council's decision to find a new home for the vessel and also avoids the potential expense of decommissioning the vessel. Further, it provides an opportunity for the vessel to remain in one of the communities it previously served."

The report provided no details when the sale would be concluded or when the ship might be moved.

During its sailing days, Norgoma and its sister ship, the Norisle, provided car ferry service between Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula and South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island until being replaced by the Chi-Cheemaun in 1974.

Prior to that the Norgoma was a passenger and package freighter serving shoreside communities between Owen Sound and Sault Ste. Marie through the 1950s and early 1960s. It was towed to the Sault in the mid-1970s to serve as a city-owned tourist attraction until ownership was transferred to a charity group in the early 1980s.

The 70-year-old ship was removed from its Bondar Park berth in June 2019 and towed to the Purvis Marine site near Algoma Steel after a long-running contentious community debate between marine heritage enthusiasts and those who viewed it as money-losing eyesore. The municipality has been paying the $40 per day dockage fee since last year while staff looked for a buyer.

Soo Today

 

Port Reports -  July 11

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner.
Great Lakes Trader/tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort arrived Duluth at 05:11 Friday morning to unload limestone at Graymont Superior. Saginaw was outbound from CN at 08:18 with iron ore pellets, and Arthur M. Anderson arrived at 13:02 to offload stone at Hallett #5. She will be loading blast furnace trim at the same dock once her discharge is complete. After unloading, Great Lakes Trader shifted over to CN mid-afternoon Friday to load iron ore and was expected to be outbound late Friday or early Saturday. Presque Isle was due at 20:30 Friday night to load at CN, and James R. Barker was due at 22:00 to load coal at Midwest Energy. BBC Mekong was still at Port Terminal Friday unloading wind turbine parts but was tentatively expected to depart around 22:30, while Juno remains at Gavilon in Superior with no load completion date available. There was no traffic in Superior on Friday and none is expected until Sunday, when Stewart J. Cort is due to load at BN.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Burns Harbor arrived Two Harbors on July 10th at 11:27 for South of #2. As of 18:00 she was still at the loading dock. There is no inbound traffic for neither Two Harbors or Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on July 11th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Thursday; 19:58 Ojibway departed Viterra B and shifted to the G3 elevator to finish loading. 21:56 Blair McKeil departed for Quebec City. Friday; 4:50 Evans Spirit arrived and went to anchor. 15:46 Ojibway departed for Windsor. 16:07 CSL St Laurent departed for Montreal.

Marquette, MI – Fred A Tijan
Kaye E. Barker was in port Friday night.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Whitefish Bay is due Saturday.

Southern Lake Michigan
Timgad remained at Burns Harbor Friday night with Iryda due. American Integrity was unloading at Gary. Manitowoc was at Indiana Harbor. Flevoborg was at S. Chicago.

Northern Lake Huron
Thessalon: Friday; 10:06 Laura L Van Enkevort arrived to load stone.

Little Current: Thursday; 10:07 Sharon MI / Huron Spirit arrived to load and departed Friday at 5:45 for Algoma Steel Sault Ste Marie.

Meldrum Bay: Friday; 8:15 Mississagi arrived to load limestone and departed at 18.46 for Cleveland.

Drummond Island: Friday; 1:52 John G Munson departed for Marine City.

Stoneport: Friday; 12:13 Olive L Moore / Menominee arrived to load limestone.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas Algoma Innovator is expected next., followed by Algoma Niagara.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder passed MC downbound at 5:15am. Albert/Margaret passed MC before dawn and was approaching the Detroit River mouth at 5am. Algoma Innovator was downbound exiting the cutoff channel at 5am. G L Ostrander was downbound entering the cutoff channel at 5am. Edwin H Gott passed MC downbound at 9:30am. Algoma Strongfield passed MC downbound at 10:15am. Great Republic passed downbound at 10:45am. Paul R Tregurtha passed MC upbound at 11:15am, followed by Algoterra at 11:45am, Federal Nagara at 2pm, Kaministiqua at 4pm and Algoma Harvester at 5:15pm. John G Munson arrived at the MC stoneyard for an evening unload at 7:30pm. Sunny and 88 degrees F am, scattered thundering downpours of much needed rain in the pm and predicted for the weekend, winds calm in the am but blustery during the pm storms, out of the west-southwest.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Friday Arrivals: Everlast/Norman McLeod-arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Algoma Innovator-arrived at the St. Clair Aggregates dock to unload trap rock. GL Ostrander/Integrity-arrived at Lafarge to unload cement. Great Republic-arrived at Motor City Materials to unload stone.

Lake Erie Ports for Friday – Bill Kloss, Ken Krol
Sandusky: The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed for Hamilton at 09:54, Manitoulin was loading at Norfolk Southern and Algoma Sault remained at anchor.

Lorain: Algoma Buffalo left for Cleveland at 06:52.

Cleveland: Algoma Buffalo arrived at 09:18 to load salt at Cargill. American Courage left for Ashtabula. Herbert C. Jackson loaded and delivered a shuttle and left for Cedarville at 19:00. Petite Forte arrived at 15:41 for St. Mary's Cement. Defiance arrived from Marblehead at 16:00.

Fairport Harbor: CSL Tadoussac left for Hamilton at 02:14.

Ashtabula: American Courage arrived from Cleveland at 19:42,

Conneaut: Michipicoten left at 09:04 for Quebec City. Edwin H. Gott is due in Saturday at 03:30.

Nanticoke: Puna departed at 14:18 and Federal Yoshino arrived 18 minutes later. The Algoma Tankers are well represented as Algoma Hansa and Algonova are still in port. Anchored off of Port Dover and waiting to come in are Algocanada and Algoscotia.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
After spending several days loading grain, the bulker Mandarin finally departed at 22:41 EST on Thursday night for Greenore, Ireland. The Algoma Transport was the first one in on Friday morning, arriving at 2:10 EST with coal from Sandusky. At 5:43 EST, the Federal Clyde came in light from Brazil to load grain. At 7:01 EST, the tug Ocean A. Gauthier departed to assist a vessel in Clarkson, and returned at 10:59 EST. At 12:10 EST, the Coast Guard vessel Limnos was outbound for Port Weller. The Algoma Transport finished unloading coal and departed at 14:50 EST. The Industrial Skipper departed at 16:45 loaded with grain that will presumably be taken to the UK. The CSL Taddousac is expected to arrive late on Friday night to offload salt from Fairport. The Greenwing and BBC Florida still both sit on the hook, awaiting their turns to load.

 

Welland Canal Boatnerd Gathering cancelled

7/11 - Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing closure of the U.S.-Canadian border, the 2020 Welland Canal Boatnerd Gathering has been cancelled.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 11

On this day in 1962, the EDWARD L. RYERSON carried a record cargo of 24,445 tons of iron ore through the newly opened Rock Cut Channel. The new channel increased allowable depths by 26 inches to 25 feet 7 inches.

On this day in 1943, the new MacArthur Lock was formally opened to traffic. The first boat to lock through during the ceremonies was the upbound CARL D. BRADLEY, Captain F. F. Pearse. There were 250 dignitaries and passengers aboard the Bradley during the lockage. The first downbound vessel was the new Leon Fraser of the Pittsburgh Steamship fleet.

The INDIANA HARBOR was christened July 11, 1979.

On 11 July 1888, the 2-mast wooden schooner JOHN TIBBETS was carrying coal on Lake Erie when she foundered in the shallows near Clear Creek, 7 miles west of Port Rowan, Ontario and then broke up in the storm waves. Her crew made it to shore in the yawl. She was built in 1863, at Clayton, New York on the hull of the Canadian schooner PERSEVERANCE, which was originally built in 1855.

The PERSIA, a 150-foot passenger/package freight vessel, was launched at Melancthon Simpson's shipyard at St. Catharines, Ontario, on 11 July 1873. She was built at a cost of $37,000. She lasted until the 1920's when she was converted to a barge and then abandoned.

MONTEZUMA (3-mast wooden schooner-barge, 341 feet, 2,722 gross tons) was launched at the John Davidson shipyard (Hull #102) in West Bay City, Michigan, on 11 July 1903. She was one of the largest wooden vessels ever built. It was later stated in the press that the reason Davidson's last large vessels took so long to build was the difficulty in obtaining the required large oak timbers and their expense. As steel went down in price, wood went up, and Davidson's last hulls cost as much as comparably-sized steel ones. At the time of launching this vessel the Davidson shipyard announced that it would not build any more wooden freight vessels. 1915: CHOCTAW, enroute from Cleveland to Duluth with a cargo of coal, sank following a collision with the WAHCONDAH in foggy Lake Huron. All on board were saved.

1940: WILLIAM F. STIFEL ran aground in the St. Clair River near Port Lambton and was struck by the ALBERT E. HEEKIN. 1964: CHEMBARGE NO. 4, formerly a) JUDGE KENEFICK and b) H.J. McMANUS was towed out into Lake Huron by ATOMIC and ABURG and scuttled in deep water about 16 miles off Goderich after sulphuric acid began leaking into the bilges of the recently-converted tanker barge.

2007: CANADIAN NAVIGATOR lost power and went aground in mud off Courtright and six tugs were needed to pull the ship free.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series, Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Limestone trade down 21.2 percent in June

7/10 - Cleveland, OH – Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.2 million tons in June, a decrease of 21.2 percent from a year ago. This June’s loadings were below the month’s 5-year average by 17.4 percent.

Loadings out of U.S. quarries totaled 2.5 million tons, a decrease of 27.2 percent compared to a year ago. However, shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 728,330 tons, an increase of 9.3 percent.

Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at nearly 9 million tons, a decrease of 16.4 percent compared to 2019. Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries decreased almost 19 percent from a year ago. Shipments from Ontario quarries total 1.8 million tons, a decrease of 3.8 percent.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Keewatin Update: Skyline Investment Sells Holdings in Port McNicolls

7/10 - Port McNicoll, ON – On July 8, Toronto-based Skyline Investments Inc. announced that it had agreed to sell its holdings in Port McNicoll, Ontario for CAD $33.5 million. The identity of the buyer is unknown. It is unclear if the sale includes the historic passenger steamer Keewatin which is moored at Port McNicoll.

The steamer was acquired and brought to the Georgian Bay community in 2011 by Skyline Investments as part of a large-scale real estate development project that has failed to materialize. Councillors for the township of Tay, Ontario, recently deferred making any decision on the future of the Keewatin after being approached by the non-profit group Friends of the Keewatin.

The Friends group requested the township encourage Simcoe County to buy the ship from Skyline. It then hoped to operate the historic vessel as a marine museum associated with the Simcoe County Museum in return for a tax receipt through the Cultural Property acquisition program offered by the Canadian government.

Association for Great Lakes Maritime History

 

Port Reports -  July 10

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner.
Joseph L. Block departed Duluth at 11:12 Thursday morning loaded with blast furnace trim from Hallett #5, and Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort were outbound at 14:18 carrying iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor. Saginaw was due to arrive at midnight to load at Canadian National. BBC Mekong and Juno were still in port Thursday, the former unloading wind turbine parts at Port Terminal and the latter loading wheat at Gavilon. Algoma Guardian spent Thursday loading iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern in Superior and was expected to depart during the evening.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Neither Two Harbors nor Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had any traffic on July 9th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Wednesday; 16:34 Ijborg arrived at Keefer Terminal to unload windmill parts. 17:11 CSL St Laurent arrived at Viterra A to load wheat. 18:03 Algoma Strongfield departed for Port Cartier. 18:34 Federal Hunter shifted to the main anchorage. 23:48 The saltie Isadora weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Thursday; 6:21 Ojibway arrived at Viterra B to load grain. 8:00 Blair McKeil arrived at the G3 elevator to load grain. 15:29 Federal Hunter weighed anchor and departed for Montreal.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on Thursday included Presque Isle, Menominee/Olive L. Moore (the pair just went to the NW pier of the locks), Stewart J. Cort, James R. Barker, Algoma Enterprise and Kaye E. Barker. Downbounders included Algoma Strongfield, T/V State of Michigan, Indiana Harbor and American Mariner.

Sturgeon Bay, WI
On Thursday morning, the Roger Blough arrived off of Sherwood Point. She backed down the bay and arrived off Bay Ship where it backed into berth 15 for layup. Prior to the Blough's arrival, Sarter Marine tugs moved the John J. Boland from berth 15 so the Blough could slide into the dock.

Manistee, MI
Manitowoc departed at 6:30 pm Thursday with an AIS destination of Indiana Harbor.

Southern Lake Michigan
Timgad remained at Burns Harbor on Thursday. Flevoborg was at S. Chicago.

Northern Lake Huron
Thessalon: Tuesday; 23:34 Algoma Buffalo arrived to load stone and departed Wednesday 12:52 down bound on Lake Huron.

Bruce Mines: Wednesday; 17:17 Algoma Innovator arrived to load trap rock and departed Thursday at 6:00 for Detroit.

Meldrum Bay: Thursday; 1:23 Kaye E Barker arrived to load limestone and departed at 12:10 for Marquette.

Drummond Island: Wednesday; 19:33 Cason J Callaway arrived to load limestone and departed Thursday at 8:54 for Buffington. 9:09 John G Munson arrived to load limestone.

Port Dolomite: Wednesday; 9:43 Arthur M Anderson arrived to load limestone and departed at 22:20 for Duluth Superior.

Cheboygan: Wednesday; 17:31 The tug Albert and tanker barge Margaret arrived to unload petroleum products and departed Thursday at 2:50 for Toledo.

Alpena: Wednesday; 6:47 Samuel De Champlain departed for Milwaukee. 20:58 GL Ostrander arrived to load cement products. And departed Thursday; at 13:25 for Detroit. 17:24 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load.

Port Inland: Wednesday; 11:05 Joyce L Van Enkevort departed for Cleveland. 15:56 Great Republic arrived to load and departed Thursday at 10:15 for Detroit.

Owen Sound, ON – Paul Martin
Mississagi arrived early Thursday morning and unloaded salt on the west harbor area just south of the grain elevator. She departed at 18:00 Thursday evening

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Calypso was inbound on the Saginaw River early Thursday morning, July 9th, calling on the Port Fisher Dock in Bay City to unload wind turbine blades. She was assisted to the dock by the tug Manitou.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Conveyor cleared 3.34pm Thursday downbound with salt for Montreal.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Paul R Tregurtha completed its coal unload at the power plant before dawn and was downbound. Iryda passed upbound at 5am. Algocanada passed downbound at 5:30am. Algoma Buffalo passed downbound at 8am. Whitefish Bay passed upbound at 10:30am. Sarah Dsgagnes passed upbound at 10:45am. Laura L Vanekevort/Joseph H Thompson passed upbound at 12:30pm. Algosea passed downbound at 12:45pm. Karen Andrie passed downbound at 1pm. Tim S Dool passed upbound at 4:15pm. Cuyahoga passed upbound at 5:30pm. Sunny and hot at 93 degrees F, with ight winds from the south-southwest.

Lake Erie Ports for Thursday – Bill Kloss, Ken Krol
Marblehead: Herbert C. Jackson left at 08:25 for Cleveland.

Sandusky: Cuyahoga left at 06:11 for Sault Ste. Marie. Regular visitor the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived at 09:54 to load at Norfolk Southern. Manitoulin arrived at 14:10 and Algoma Sault arrived at 16:53 and went on the hook.

Lorain: Algoma Buffalo arrived at 20:00.

Cleveland: The saltie Barnacle arrived on the 8th at 23:47 for the Port, dock 24E. Defiance arrived at 05:05 from Marblehead for Ontario Stone. American Courage arrived at 09:00 from Ashtabula with ore for ArcelorMittal. NACC Capri left for Bath at 12:16 and Herbert C. Jackson arrived at 12:43 for Ontario Stone's upper dock. She will head to the Bulk Terminal when empty for a shuttle.

Fairport Harbor: CSL Tadoussac was still at Morton Salt.

Conneaut: A rare visit by the Michipicoten; she arrived at 13:12 to load for Quebec City.

Nanticoke: Still in port were the and Algonova. Algoma Hansa and Algocanada are due as well as Algoscotia. Federal was is at anchor at Port Colborne and due in when space opens up.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
Algoma Harvester departed light for Thunder Bay at 00:05 EST. Industrial Skipper and Mandarin were in port loading grain, while the Greenwing and BBC Florida were at anchor awaiting their turn.

Toronto, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived Thursday evening at Lehigh Cement Dock.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Thursday morning for Toronto.

 

Fitzgerald bell recovery team's ship to be scrapped

7/10 - The HMCS Cormorant is reportedly heading to the scrapyard. In active service on Lake Superior in 1995, the diving support vessel and its crew helped recover the bell of the sunken freighter Edmund Fitzgerald.

In 1980, the Cormorant also made history when it became the first ship in the Canadian Navy with a co-ed crew. The arrival of eight women on board ended the historical ban on women sailors following the recommendation of a 1970 Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada.

Today, the Cormorant has been deemed a pollution risk after years of wasting away at its moorings in Bridgewater, N.S. In 2015, the Canadian Coast Guard spent $534,341 to recover oil from it fuel tanks after the ship sank at dockside during a snowstorm, spilling fuel into the nearby LeHave River. In 2019, the cost of removing all contamination and towing the vessel to a scrapyard was estimated to be between $1.9 million and $2.7 million.

Association for Great Lakes Maritime History

 

Tours resume today on William A. Irvin

7/10 - Duluth, MN – On-board tours will resume Friday, July 10. Station to station tours will continue every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm through September.

This marks the first time that on-board tours have been conducted since 2017. The Irvin was removed from her berth and towed to Fraser Shipyards in 2018 for much needed hull restoration work. She returned home late 2019. Our 2020 opening was delayed due to the impact of COVID-19.

 

Heat wave helping lower Great Lakes levels

7/10 - While it has been dangerously hot, reporter Derek Kevra explains this is actually helping the Great Lakes water levels. View the video here: https://www.fox2detroit.com/video/737440

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 10

On this day in 1979, Captain Thomas Small had his license for Master of Steam and Motor Vessel of any gross tonnage renewed at the St. Ignace Coast Guard Station. Captain Small, a retired Pittsburgh Steamship employee and 106 years of age, was the oldest person to be licensed and the issue number of his license is the highest ever issued by the Coast Guard 14-17 (14th masters license and 17th license as a pilot, mate, or master).

On July 10, 2005, noted marine photographer Paul Wiening passed away at his residence in Port Washington, Wisconsin.

G. A. TOMLINSON (Hull#370) was launched at the American Ship Building Co., Lorain, Ohio, on July 10, 1909, for the Douglas Steamship Co (J.J.H. Brown, mgr.), renamed b.) HENRY R. PLATT JR in 1959. The hull was used as a breakwater in Burlington Bay, Ontario, in 1971.

In 1998, the ALGOWEST was re-dedicated at Port Weller Dry Docks. The $20 million conversion of the ship to a self-unloader from a bulk-carrier was completed by 400 shipbuilders at Port Weller Dry Docks during the previous eight months. Renamed in 2001, she sails for Algoma today as b.) PETER R. CRESSWELL.

On 10 July 1866, COQUETTE (1-mast wooden scow-sloop, 90 foot, 140 tons, built in 1858, at Perry, Ohio as a schooner) capsized in a storm on Lake Michigan and was lost with her crew of four. She had originally been built for the U.S. Government.

On 10 July 1911, JOHN MITCHELL (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 420 foot, 4,468 gross tons, built in 1907, at St. Clair, Michigan) was carrying wheat off Whitefish Point on Lake Superior when she was rammed broadside by the coal-laden steel steamer WILLIAM HENRY MACK (steel propeller bulk freighter, 354 foot, 3781 gross tons, built in 1903, at Cleveland, Ohio). The MACK tried to keep her bow in the hole, but the MITCHELL still sank in 7 minutes. Quick work saved most of her crew and all 7 passengers. Three of the 34 onboard were lost. The MACK got most of the blame for the accident. The MITCHELL's wreck was discovered upside-down on the bottom in 1972. (Note: Bowling Green's database gives the date of this accident as 19 July 1911 and Dave Swayze's Shipwreck database gives the date as 10 July 1911.)

1930 YORKTON was beached with only the top of the pilothouse above water after a head-on collision in fog on Whitefish Bay with the MANTADOC. The ship was later salvaged and repaired at Collingwood.

1938 RAHANE ran aground on a shoal in the American Narrows of the St. Lawrence while downbound with steel, package freight and grain. Some cargo was removed by the lighter COBOURG and the ship was refloated with major bottom damage. The vessel last sailed on the lakes as A.A. HUDSON before departing for saltwater service in the fall of 1965.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series - Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Great Lakes iron ore trade down 29.9 percent in June

7/9 - Cleveland, OH – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 4 million tons in June, a decrease of 29.9 percent from 2019. Shipments were 29.7 percent below the month’s 5-year average. Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 17.2 million tons, 14.9 percent below the previous year’s total of 20.2 million tons. Iron shipments are below their 5-year average by 13.4 percent for the first half of the year.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Pandemic saps Great Lakes shipping, adding to the heavy job losses around Duluth

7/9 - Duluth, MN – Several Great Lakes ships are being sidelined for the rest of the season due to pandemic-related declines in business, putting 94 Duluth-based Key Lakes workers out of a job as of Friday.

"The bottom line is the pandemic," said Mitch Koslow, vice president of Pennsylvania-based parent company Keystone Shipping Co. "Three of our vessels are being laid up due to economic conditions."

The Edgar B. Speer, Roger Blough and Philip R. Clarke will be taken out of commission for the rest of the year, though Koslow said the company is planning to put them back into full service next spring. If conditions improve, some shipboard employees could return this year.

That will largely depend on steel demand from automakers, which has fallen in recent months and along with it the demand for the Minnesota taconite pellets used to create it. That has also caused a drop in shipping volumes. m"Our biggest customer is U.S. Steel, so it's based on their plans," Koslow said. "We'll keep our fingers crossed."

More than 1,700 workers have been laid off from Iron Range mines this summer, though some are starting to return to work at U.S. Steel's Minntac mine in Mountain Iron earlier than expected this month.

As of May, shipments through the Port of Duluth-Superior are down nearly one-third compared with 2019.

In a letter to the city last week, Key Lakes' senior accounting officer Timothy Callahan said the company was "unable to provide a greater amount of advance notice of these layoffs" because of economic uncertainty created by the pandemic."

Job losses have been heavy in Duluth in recent months and have cut across industries, from restaurants, bars and hotels to the closure of the Verso paper mill, aircraft repair facility AAR Corp. and mass layoffs at Essentia Health. As of May, unemployment in Duluth sat at 11.6%, the city's highest rate since at least 1990, according to state figures.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

Lakes Huron, Michigan break high water records in June

7/9 - Detroit, MI – Two Great Lakes continued to set record high water levels in June, according to the Army Corps of Engineers office in Detroit. Lakes Michigan and Huron surpassed by five inches their previous record highs from 1986, according to a recent report. Lake St. Clair also surpassed a record high from last year by one inch.

"Looking forward here, we expect that we’ve about reached the highest level on Michigan and Huron for the year," said John Allis, the chief of the Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology Office for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District. "So we’re predicting July levels will be the same as June."

From May to June, lakes Michigan and Huron rose by about three inches while lakes Superior and St. Clair rose about two inches. Allis said that water levels are in “that zone where we’re at significant risk of erosion and flooding, especially as we get some larger storms as we head into the fall."

Lake Erie rose less than an inch during that time and water levels in Lake Ontario fell by three inches.

The June report follows a six-month lake level forecast the Army Corps of Engineers office released last month showing that lakes Michigan and Huron are expected to be 2 to 5 inches above record levels through August.

Allis said Monday that he expects one more record high in August before levels to fall back in September through the rest of the year under average conditions.

The Detroit News

 

Port Reports -  July 9

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner.
Indiana Harbor departed Duluth at 01:23 Wednesday morning loaded with iron ore pellets from CN. Mesabi Miner was inbound at 11:20 to load coal at Midwest Energy, and American Mariner departed at 14:42 for Buffalo after loading wheat at General Mills. Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort arrived at 18:35 to load at Canadian National. Mesabi Miner was expected to depart from SMET either late Wednesday or early Thursday. Joseph L. Block shifted from CN to Hallett #5 on Wednesday morning after unloading stone. She should depart mid-morning Wednesday with blast furnace trim. Still in port on Wednesday were BBC Mekong, unloading wind turbine parts at Port Terminal, and Juno, taking on wheat at Gavilon. In Superior, John D. Leitch departed at 17:20 with iron ore pellets for Quebec City. Her fleetmate Algoma Guardian was due at 21:00 to load at BN.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on July 8th at 06:21 for Conneaut. Neither Two Harbors or Northshore Mining in Silver Bay have any traffic scheduled for July 9th.

Marquette, MI – Fred A Tijan
July 6 the Herbert C. Jackson departed at 08:08 hrs. No boats arrived on July 7. Due July 8 is the tug Victory with barge Maumee after 6:00 pm

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on a slow Wednesday consisted of Blair McKeil in the early afternoon. American Integrity was downbound for Gary. Saginaw left Algoma Steel upbound in the afternoon with no updated destination. Atlantic Huron remained at the Algoma Export Dock.

Southern Lake Michigan
Manitowoc, Timgad and BBC Volga were at Burns Harbor Wednesday night. Edgar B Speer was unloading at Gary. Roger Blough was upbound for Sturgeon Bay and lay up.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Conveyor is expected next and Algoma Enterprise snuck-in for a load of salt at 10.44 am Wednesday loading at Compass Minerals for Detroit.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Algosea passed MC upbound at 12:30am, followed closely by Cason J Callaway at 12:45am. Spartan/Spartan II passed downbound at 2:45am. Mississagi passed upbound at 4:30am. Cuyahoga arrived from downbound before dawn to unload at the Sombra stoneyard, completed the unload, moved upbound to Sarnia briefly perhaps to refuel and then headed downbound in the early afternoon. A long convoy of upbounders began with Calypso at 11:30am, followed by John G Munson at 12:15pm, Calumet arrived at the MC stoneyard at 12:30pm, Evans Spirit at 1pm, Algoma Conveyor at 2:30pm, and Presque Isle at 3:15pm. Michipicoten passed the upbound Algoma Conveyor at MC at 2:30pm heading downbound. Defiance/Ashtabula passed downbound at 3:45pm. Paul R Tregurtha arrived at the power plant for a coal unload at 4:30pm. Calumet finished it's unload at 6:30pm and headed upbound. Mostly cloudy but still quite hot at 88 degrees F, winds from the west-northwest.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Wednesday Arrivals: Calusa Coast and Delaware arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Michipicoten arrived at the St. Clair Aggregates dock to unload stone.

Lake Erie Ports for Wednesday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Calumet left for Port Gypsum and Herbert C. Jackson arrived at 17:14.

Sandusky: Algoma Transport left for Hamilton and Cuyahoga arrived at 22:00.

Cleveland: American Courage departed for Ashtabula at 23:23 on the 7th. Laura L. VanEnkevort went to ArcelorMittal at 04:57 and left at 19:00. The NACC Capri arrived at 10:46 for LaFarge. The saltie Barnacle and Defiance/Ashtabula are both due in Thursday. Iryda left for Burns Harbor at 16:00.

Fairport Harbor: CSL Tadoussac arrived from Nanticoke at 18:30 to load at Morton Salt.

Conneaut: Presque Isle left at 21:51 on the 7th for Duluth.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The tanker Sterling Energy departed late on Tuesday night, at 23:22 EST for another trip to Clarkson. On Wednesday, after finishing up unloading coal, the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was outbound for Sandusky at 4:35 EST. Not long after, the Tim S. Dool finished up unloading ore and departed for Thunder Bay at 5:21 EST. At 5:40 EST, the tanker Sterling Energy returned from Clarkson. At 17:22 EST, the Algoma Sault departed light, following the Martin to Sandusky. The Industrial Skipper picked up anchor during the day and joined the Mandarin in the grain loading process, while the Greenwing and BBC Florida both continue to sit at anchor. The Coast Guard vessel Martha L. Black, whom arrived on Tuesday, was placed in drydock at Heddle Marine Shipyards.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer McKeil Spirit arrived at Lehigh Cement Plant Dock on Wednesday morning.

 

Soo Locks vessel hotline is back

7/9 - Want to know what boats are expected at the Soo Locks? Good news: The Soo Locks Visitor Center Association's vessel hotline is back. Call 906-253-9290 for estimated boat schedules between 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Soo Locks Visitors Center Association

 

Soo Locks visitors and personnel mandated to take coronavirus precautions

7/9 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI - The U.S. Corps Army of Engineers is taking precautions for those visiting the Locks during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Sault is a hotspot for tourism when it comes to its summer months. An extremely common attraction that both Sault residents and visitors go to are the Soo Locks. An average of $500.4 billion of iron ore and 80 million tons of cargo ships pass through them each year. According to the Sault Ste. Marie Convention and Visitors Bureau, it is estimated that 500,000 people visit the Locks each year.

However, this number is startling to many when there is a pandemic. LeighAnn Ryckeghem of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers talked with the Sault News about what precautions they are taking for both their staff and visitors during this time.

“All contractors working on the facility are required to follow U.S. Army Corps of Engineers safety and occupational health requirements and have enacted risk mitigation measures to limit exposure,” she said. “This includes facility and equipment disinfectant protocol, social distancing, masks and daily health screenings.”

Chippewa County has been making it through this stressful and uncertain time with very minimal cases. However, there has been a spike in cases since last week. As of the morning of July 6, it has nine confirmed cases, one probable case, three recovered cases and zero deaths. Meanwhile in Wayne County, there have been 23,206 confirmed cases with 2,730 deaths.

Ryckeghem explained that all public park visitors are required to comply with the State of Michigan’s executive orders, which include social distancing and/or masks. Not only does this ensure personal safety and limit risk of exposure, but she said it is important to use good judgment when out in public as well. Employees at the Locks regularly participate in safety and occupational health training. Preventative protocols implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic have required training, guidance and behavior changes for all of their operations.

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been impacted by COVID-19,” Ryckeghem said. “As the situation continues to change and evolve, we are prepared to respond and adapt as necessary to ensure safe working and visiting conditions at our facilities. Current and future operations are managed and aligned with adaptive strategies.”

Although the Corps has been affected and impacted greatly by the pandemic, she said that they take this threat very seriously and are committed to worker and public safety.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

 

Today’s Virtual Visitor Center explores next round of winter work at Soo Locks

7/9 - It may be the middle of summer, but crews at the Soo Locks are already planning the next round of lock maintenance tasks for this winter. Chief Park Ranger Michelle provides an insider's look at what workers do in brutal winter conditions to keep the locks in peak operating condition. Use a Chrome browser to directly connect on the web at this address: https://www.gotomeet.me/VirtualVisitorCenter/winter-work

If your computer does not have speakers you can get the audio on your phone at this number: 1 (872) 240-3412, Access Code: 980-583-717. The Virtual Visitor Center is a cooperative project between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Soo Locks Visitor Center Association and Lake Superior Marine Museum Association.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 9

WILLIAM R. ROESCH, renamed b.) DAVID Z. NORTON in 1995, loaded her first cargo in 1973, at Superior, Wisconsin where she took on 18,828 tons of iron ore bound for Jones & Laughlin's Cuyahoga River plant at Cleveland.

The BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS and her fleet mate IRVING S. OLDS passed through the Panama Canal on July 9, 1988, under tow of the German tug OSA RAVENSTURM. The pair was on a 14,000-mile journey to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, arriving there on November 8, 1988, for scrapping by Sing Cheng Yung Iron & Steel Co. Ltd.

On 9 July 1876, ST CLAIR (wooden propeller freighter with some passenger accommodations, 127 foot, 326 gross tons, built in 1867, at Algonac, Michigan) had 14 crew and 18 passengers aboard along with cargo of flour, feed and deck loads of cattle as she sailed on Lake Superior. At 2:00 a.m., she caught fire about five miles off shore from 14 Mile Point. She was a wood burner and had a history of shipboard fires. The fire spread so quickly that only one boat could be launched and being overloaded, it capsized. The cries of those left on the vessel, along with the bellowing of the cattle, were heart rending. Only six survived in the one lifeboat since the cold water took its toll on those who clung to it. Eventually they righted the boat and paddled to shore, leaving the ST CLAIR burned to the waterline.

On 9 July 1891, W A MOORE (wood propeller tug, 119 foot, 212 gross tons, built in 1865, at Detroit, Michigan) burned to a total loss at Cleveland, Ohio.

1917: The bulk carrier WILLIAM S. MACK collided with the passenger freighter MANITOBA in fog off Whitefish Point and had to be beached. It was subsequently refloated and repaired. The ship was renamed HOME SMITH on October 10, 1917, and last sailed as ALGORAIL in 1963 before being scrapped at Toronto.

1967: The NEW YORK NEWS (iii) and the saltwater ship NORDGLIMT collided off Escoumins, QC, with only minor damage.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series – Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

Pandemic impacts port, nearly 100 Great Lakes Fleet crew and officers laid off

7/8 - Duluth, MN – The port is feeling the impact of the pandemic. Nearly 100 people are being laid off who work for Key Lakes. Key Lakes is the vessel operator for CN's Great Lakes fleet.

Key Lakes notified the city of Duluth last week in a letter. "I'm always very sympathetic and very sorry when I see a business that has had to make those decisions. I don't think those are made lightly, and hopefully their long-term vision includes them coming back," shared Mayor Emily Larson.

According to the Vice President of Key Lakes, Mitch Koslow, all of the impacted workers are crew and officers aboard the Philip R. Clarke, Roger Blough, and Edgar B. Speer, which will be laid up. They plan to absorb as many of the people as possible on the six remaining boats.

"When economic conditions improve and the boats return to service, we intend to bring them all back," Koslow said in an email. Shoreside staff are not affected.

"I think it's fair to say the Port of Duluth Superior is not immune to the pandemic," shared Deb DeLuca, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. "We're just moving forward as best we can."

Port cargo is down compared to last year. Iron ore is the biggest commodity, and demand for steel has slowed. Still, there are bright spots. Like wind cargo. "We are hoping we might break last year's record. Our first two ships just arrived," DeLuca added. Grain is up too, due to worldwide demand.

As far as COVID cases, DeLuca said as of two weeks ago, there hadn't been any on the vessels in the Great Lakes.

https://www.wdio.com/mining-news/duluth-superior-port-great-lakes-fleet-vessels-layoffs-covid/5785361/?cat=10335

 

Sale of Sombra ferry marks end of era

7/8 - Sombra, ON - – The end of an era is being marked with the sale of the Sombra ferry that linked Canada and the U.S. across the St. Clair River. Bluewater Ferry co-owner Morgan Dalgety said the Daldean ferry transported millions of people between Sombra and Marine City, Michigan during its 70 years.

“The ferry, the big boat, the Daldean has been sold to Boblo Island Ferry Service in Amherstburg,” said Dalgety. “We’re taking it down there [Tuesday] at 5:30 in the morning.”

With such a long history of serving the community, Dalgety said it was a difficult decision. “We really appreciate it. It means a lot to us. It’s been a great business. We’re glad to have given the service that we did and we really appreciate all the people that used our service.”

The ferry has been closed since January 2018, when the raised road leading to its dock and Canada Customs office was extensively damaged by ice. Numerous efforts, including pleas by Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu, to restore the border crossing were unsuccessful.

Dalgety said the family is still seeking financial restitution from the federal government in a lawsuit claiming the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Samuel Risley was travelling over the speed limit when the ice broke free.

“They destroyed our business, they destroyed a fifth generation family run business and we would like to be compensated for the damage that has been done to us.”

Dalgety said the second ferry is still up for sale.

 

Port Reports -  July 8

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Pathfinder/tug Dorothy Ann departed Duluth at 03:24 Tuesday morning light for Silver Bay after unloading salt at Hallett #5. American Integrity finally finished loading iron ore at Canadian National and departed at 05:16 for Gary. Her sister Indiana Harbor, which had anchored in the lake to wait for her turn at the dock, arrived at 05:58 to load. Joseph L. Block was inbound at 17:42 with limestone to unload into the CN hopper, however she moored at the gravity dock to wait for Indiana Harbor to clear. The latter is expected to depart early Wednesday morning. Also in port Tuesday were American Mariner, loading wheat at General Mills; Juno, loading wheat at Gavilon; and BBC Mekong, discharging wind turbine parts at Port Terminal. In Superior, John D. Leitch arrived at 19:39 to load iron ore at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors at 00:45 on July 7th for South of #2. As of 19:30 on the 7th she was still at the dock. There is no traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on July 8th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder on July 7th at 07:55. She then departed on the 7th at 12:55 for Cleveland. There is no traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on July 8th. An update: Key Lakes/Great Lakes Fleet is laying up the Edgar B. Speer, Roger Blough, and the Philip R. Clarke because of lack of business. They will come back out as business warrants.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday; No vessel movements to report.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on Tuesday included Mesabi Miner, Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort, Algoma Guardian, Ijborg and CSL St Laurent. Downbounders included Edgar B. Speer and Paul R. Tregurtha.

Green Bay, WI
On Tuesday afternoon the Tug Mereidth Ashton Barge Kokosng 3 departed at 1:00 pm for Sturgeon Bay. Then at 1:46 pm the Tug Prentiss Brown Barge St. Mary's Conquest arrived from Chalevoix, MI with Cementto the St. Mary's Cement Terminal. At 7:45 pm the Tug Olive L. Moore Barge Menominee arrived from Port Inland, MI with Limestone for the Western Limestone Graymont Company Terminal.

Southern Lake Michigan
Manitowoc and BBC Volta were at Burns Harbor Tuesday night. James R. Barker was at Indiana Harbor. Roger Blough departed Gary with an AIS destination of Sturgeon Bay, where she will go into layup.

Northern Lake Huron
Bruce Mines: Tuesday; 8:14 Michipicoten departed for Marysville.

Meldrum Bay: Tuesday; 0:49 Baie Comeau departed for Windsor.

Drummond Island: Monday; 16:40 Cuyahoga departed for Sombra.

Calcite: Monday; 5:09 Manitowoc arrived to load and departed at 15:15 for Burns Harbor. 21:54 Laura L Van Enkevort departed for Cleveland.

Port Inland: Tuesday; 2:05 Olive L Moore / Menominee departed for Green Bay. 16:03 Joyce L Van Enkevort arrived to load.

Alpena, MI – Ben & Chanda McClain Great Republic unloaded coal at Lafarge on Tuesday. It finished around 7:30pm and headed out into the bay. Also waiting in the bay was the tug Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation. Once the Great Republic cleared the channel it made its way into port to load cement.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Samuel de Champlain - Innovation were inbound on the Saginaw River late Monday night, July 6th, calling on the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville. After a very short offload, they were back outbound for the lake Tuesday morning. Timgad was assisted from the Port Fisher Dock by the tug Manitou and was also outbound from the Saginaw River Tuesday morning. Not far behind was the Algoma Buffalo, the third outbound vessel of the morning. Alpena was inbound on the Saginaw River on Tuesday, calling on the Lafarge Cement Dock in Essexville, making her the second cement boat in less than 12 hours to unload there.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
CSL Tadoussac passed MC downbound at 3am. Manitoulin passed downbound at 6:30am. Cason J Callaway passed downbound at 7:15am, followed closely by Amber Bay at 7:30am. Ojibway passed upbound at 8 am. Flevoborg passed upbound at 9::15am, followed closely by Sharon M I/ Huron Spirit at 9:30am. G3 Marquis passed downbound at 12:15pm. Blair McKeil passed upbound at 2pm. Laura L Vanenkevort/Joseph H Thompson passed downbound at 3:45pm. Baie Comeau passed downbound at 5:45pm. Herbert C Jackson shoud pass downbound around 8pm. Cuyahoga, downbound for Sombra stoneyard, should arrive in the late evening. Sunny and hot at 94 degrees F, light winds from the west-northwest, very slight chance of much needed rain in the mid evening hours.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Tuesday Arrivals: John G Munson arrived at the Carmeuse dock to unload stone. Cason J Callaway arrived at the McCoig Concrete dock to unload stone.

Lake Erie Ports for Tuesday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: American Courage departed at 06:34 for Cleveland and Calumet arrived 23 minutes later.

Sandusky: Algoma Transport arrived at 17:09 to load at Norfolk Southern.

Cleveland: American Courage arrived at 10:32 and unloaded at RiverDock. Mississagi left at 14:05 with salt from Cargill, no destination was given. NACC Capri is due in Wednesday.

Conneaut: Radcliffe R. Latimer left for Quebec City and Presque Isle arrived at 11:56.

Nanticoke: CSL Tadoussac arrived at 01:00 Wednesday. Algonova and Puna were still in port.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
A busy day in Hamilton started with the departure of the Federal St. Laurent, loaded with grain that will go to Amsterdam, Netherlands, at 00:32 EST. Next was the arrival of the Algoma Sault, who brought in a load of grain from Thunder Bay at 5:10 EST. At 8:46 EST, the Coast Guard vessel Martha L. Black arrived from Quebec City. After that, the Leo A. McArthur and her barge John J. Carrick departed for Halifax at 9:39 EST. She was followed out at 10:20 EST by the tanker Sterling Energy who made a quick trip to Clarkson. At 11:21 EST, the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived with coal from Sandusky. The Sterling Energy returned from Clarkson at 16:00 EST, and the Algoma Harvester arrived at 16:25 EST to unload ore from Port Cartier. She joined the Tim S. Dool who is currently unloading ore. Other vessels in port include the Mandarin who is loading grain, and the Greenwing and Industrial Skipper who are both at anchor. The BBC Florida is expected to arrive at 21:00 EST and join the other two at anchor.

Buffalo, NY – Brian R. Wroblewski
The tug CALUSA COAST brought her asphalt barge DELAWARE back on July 6th. She switched out of towing gear out in the lake off Buffalo and then headed in for the Black Rock Canal around 7AM. They were at the Marathon dock by 8:30 and spent a day unloading about 30,000 barrels of product. The barge was empty by 7AM on the 7th and the tug got underway for the Black Rock Lock right away. They were clear of Buffalo Harbor by 8:45AM and then switched out of the notch to take the DELAWARE behind them on a wire. The CALUSA COAST called Seaway Long Point to tell them about their departure for Detroit and that they would be hugging the South side of the lake on their way upbound. The Seaway responded with the current cross-lake vessel traffic at the time and that was that.

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Tuesday evening in ballast for Picton, Ont.

 

$4M William Richard ferry to join Shepler's fleet for 75th season

7/8 - Onaway, MI - The newest, $4 million addition to the fleet of Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry will begin shuttling visitors to and from the popular tourist destination in August.

The 210-seat William Richard, named after the Shepler family patriarch, is moving Tuesday from its current home in Onaway to Rogers City for an initial launch. It then will arrive at its new home in Mackinaw City by the end of the week.

Officials said the global pandemic delayed the launch and movement of the vessel. But it's now ready to be used this 75th season.

The island officially kicked off its summer season in late June, nearly a month after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer allowed the opening of restaurants, bars and other businesses in the Upper Peninsula and Traverse City region. Mackinac Island logs about 1 million visitors each year, primarily in the summer months.

The William Richard will depart from Moran Ironworks in Onaway between 8:30 a.m and 9 a.m. and arrive at Port Calcite in Rogers City between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. An informal christening of the ferry with Capt. William R. Shepler and his family is expected immediately following the ship's arrival. A formal ceremony is being planned for spring 2021.

The William Richard will remain at port for four or five days while testing of the electronic systems and synchronization of the computer systems take place. The Coast Guard inspection and testing will occur at the beginning of August and should be running by the second week of August, officials announced.

The boat is wheelchair accessible, with an aft deck for luggage, bikes and strollers. Instead of propellers, the vessel is equipped with four jet drives intended to provide a faster trip.

William Shepler came home from World War II to his hometown of Mackinaw City and opened a snack shack for visitors traveling to the island, in the Straits of Mackinac between the Upper and Lower peninsulas. Shepler added two charter boats, each carrying just six passengers and not considered ferries.

In 1950, Shepler, who died in 1988, built a 30-foot cabin cruiser with twin gasoline engines and named her Miss Margy. That was the first enclosed ferry to the island for the company and could hold 24 passengers.

Then, Moran Iron Works built the $3.8 million, 85-foot vessel Miss Margy, reprising the honored name. Miss Margy was launched in 2015 and joined a fleet of five passenger ferries at Shepler's. Miss Margy was designed to hold 281 passengers.

The family-owned ferry line carries tourists from Mackinaw City and St. Ignace to Mackinac Island.

The Detroit News

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 8

WILLIAM R. ROESCH, renamed b.) DAVID Z. NORTON in 1995, loaded her first cargo in 1973, at Superior, Wisconsin where she took on 18,828 tons of iron ore bound for Jones & Laughlin's Cuyahoga River plant at Cleveland.

The BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS and her fleet mate IRVING S. OLDS passed through the Panama Canal on July 9, 1988, under tow of the German tug OSA RAVENSTURM. The pair was on a 14,000-mile journey to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, arriving there on November 8, 1988, for scrapping by Sing Cheng Yung Iron & Steel Co. Ltd.

On 9 July 1876, ST CLAIR (wooden propeller freighter with some passenger accommodations, 127 foot, 326 gross tons, built in 1867, at Algonac, Michigan) had 14 crew and 18 passengers aboard along with cargo of flour, feed and deck loads of cattle as she sailed on Lake Superior. At 2:00 a.m., she caught fire about five miles off shore from 14 Mile Point. She was a wood burner and had a history of shipboard fires. The fire spread so quickly that only one boat could be launched and being overloaded, it capsized. The cries of those left on the vessel, along with the bellowing of the cattle, were heart rending. Only six survived in the one lifeboat since the cold water took its toll on those who clung to it. Eventually they righted the boat and paddled to shore, leaving the ST CLAIR burned to the waterline.

On 9 July 1891, W A MOORE (wood propeller tug, 119 foot, 212 gross tons, built in 1865, at Detroit, Michigan) burned to a total loss at Cleveland, Ohio.

1917: The bulk carrier WILLIAM S. MACK collided with the passenger freighter MANITOBA in fog off Whitefish Point and had to be beached. It was subsequently refloated and repaired. The ship was renamed HOME SMITH on October 10, 1917, and last sailed as ALGORAIL in 1963 before being scrapped at Toronto.

1967: The NEW YORK NEWS (iii) and the saltwater ship NORDGLIMT collided off Escoumins, QC, with only minor damage.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series – Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Port of Thunder Bay reports strong grain movements

7/7 - Thunder Bay, ON – Grain shipments at the Port of Thunder Bay continue to build on early-season gains. As of June 30, year-to-date grain volumes of 3.2 million metric tonnes (MMT) are 35% higher than the five-year average of 2.4 MMT.

Increased demand for prairie grain in Europe and the Middle East is benefitting the Port of Thunder Bay. Many countries have increased imports of staple commodities for food security during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Railcar unloads of grain in Thunder Bay increased by 10,000 cars this crop year-to-date (August to June) but are flat at West Coast ports. Recent investments by CP have increased hopper car capacity from 93 to 102 tonnes, nearly double the traditional boxcar capacity of 55 tonnes.

Grain shipments via Thunder Bay terminals are expected to continue at above-average levels through the summer.

Business North

 

Coast Guard assists more than 300 over holiday weekend

7/7 - Cleveland, OH – Coast Guard units throughout the Great Lakes reported their busiest Independence Day weekend in at least five years Sunday, conducting more than 100 search-and-rescue cases and saving or assisting more than 300 people throughout the region.

Despite those successes, at least two lives were also lost on the lakes during that time period, which stretched from July 3-5.

Cases ranged from boat collisions to capsizings and sinkings. The incidents also included two swimmers who were found clinging to the breakwater at the Coast Guard’s small boat station in Port Huron, Mich. Both were assisted from the water by the Coast Guard crewman who spotted them.

Karl Willis, a search and rescue specialist at the Coast Guard’s Ninth District Headquarters in Cleveland, said that over the weekend Coast Guard crews in the Great Lake saved 45 lives, assisted 271 additional persons and conducted at least two search-and-rescue cases with our Canadian partners.

Anecdotally, he added, the Coast Guard is approximately 200 search-and-rescue cases ahead of last year’s pace, and about 60 cases over the five-year average.

Mariners can help prevent boating accidents by filing float plans, always boating sober, and making sure their vessels and all associated safety equipment are well maintained. Be sure to have a working marine-band VHF radio aboard — they’re the best method of communication during an emergency. And always wear your life jacket. Those ideas and many more are gathered on the Coast Guard’s safe boating website at uscgboating.org.

USCG

 

Port Reports -  July 7

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Mariner arrived Duluth at 01:24 Monday morning and backed into the Hallett #8 slip to unload limestone. Saginaw was outbound at 03:20 after loading iron ore pellets at the CN gravity dock. Pathfinder/tug Dorothy Ann made her first visit to the Twin Ports for the 2020 season Monday, arriving at 06:44 to unload salt at Hallett #5. Paul R. Tregurtha was outbound from SMET at 10:02 with coal for the St. Clair power plant, and BBC Mekong arrived at 12:01 to unload wind turbine parts at Port Terminal. American Mariner finished her unload at Hallett #8 at 18:00 and shifted over to General Mills to load wheat. Indiana Harbor was due at 20:00 to load iron ore at CN, however she was checked down in the lake waiting for American Integrity to clear the dock. The Integrity had an unknown departure time as she was experiencing loading delays. Pathfinder was expected to depart Monday evening light for Silver Bay to load. Also in port Monday was Juno, loading wheat at Gavilon. There was once again no traffic in Superior on Monday, however John D. Leitch is due on Tuesday to load at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors on July 6th at 03:02 for Gary. The Edwin H. Gott is due Two Harbors late on the 6th or early on July 7th. As of 19:00 on July 6th the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder was still unloading salt at CN-Hallett #5 in Duluth. After she's light she heads to Northshore Mining in Silver Bay to load pellets.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday; 18:26 G3 Marquis departed for a St Lawrence River port. Monday; 6:10 Federal Hunter arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 17:59 Algoma Strongfield arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load wheat.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on Monday included Joseph L. Block, John D. Leitch and Maumee/Victory. Downbound traffic included G3 Marquis, BBC Swift and Herbert C. Jackson. Atlantic Huron remained at the Algoma Export Dock.

Green Bay, WI
On Monday afternoon the Tug Albert / Barge Margaret arrived from Toledo, OH with petroleum products for the U.S Oil terminal. Then the Tug Meredith Ashton / Barge Kokosing 3 arrived from Marinette, WI and went to the Fox River Dock to wait for the Alaskaborg to finish unloading.

Southern Lake Michigan
Stewart J. Cort was unloading at Burns Harbor Monday night. Arthur M Anderson was at Buffington. Burns Harbor was at Indiana Harbor. Roger Blough is due at Gary early Tuesday.

Northern Lake Huron
Spragge: Monday; 4:44 John D Leitch departed for Duluth Superior.

Bruce Mines: Monday; Michipicoten arrived to load trap rock.

Meldrum Bay: Monday; 7:20 Baie Comeau arrived to load limestone.

Drummond Island: Monday; 16:40 Cuyahoga arrived to load.

Calcite: Monday; 5:03 John G Munson departed for Marine City. 9:33 Laura L Van Enkevort arrived to load.

Cheboygan: Sunday; 19:34 The tug Albert and tanker barge Margaret departed for Green Bay.

Port Dolomite: Monday; 4:20 Joseph L Block departed for Duluth Superior.

Port Inland: Monday; 6:20 Cason J Callaway departed for Detroit. 15:40 Olive L Moore / Menominee arrived to load.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Timgad arrived on the Saginaw River Monday morning, July 6th, traveling up to the Port Fisher Dock in Bay City to unload turbine blades. She was assisted to the dock by the tug Manitou. Algoma Buffalo was inbound Monday evening, traveling to the upper river to unload at the Sargent Salt Dock in Zilwaukee.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Buffalo cleared 7.20 am Monday upbound with salt for Saginaw River.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Samuel de Champlain passed MC upbound at 8:45am. BBC Florida passed downbound at 11:15am. Clyde S Vanenkevort/Erie Trader passed upbound at 11:30am. Kaye E Barker passed downbound at 12:15pm. Presque Isle passed downbound at 5pm. John G Munson will pass downbound at 7:45pm. Sunny and hot at 94 degrees F, winds calm.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Monday Arrivals: Kaye E Barker arrived at AK Steel to unload ore. Algoma Enterprise arrived at the St. Marys Cement dock to unload clinker.

Lake Erie Ports for Monday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Mississagi left at 20:59 Sunday night for Cleveland. Sharon M1 left at 03:58 for Detroit. American Courage is back after unloading in Cleveland. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed with coal for Hamilton.

Cleveland: American Courage departed at 05:43 for Marblehead. Flevoborg left for Chicago at 20:32 and Iryda finally arrived at 12:25. Mississagi arrived at 18:38 and is at Cargill.

Conneaut: Radcliffe R. Latimer is still in port.

Nanticoke: Algoma Enterprise departed at 01:07 for Detroit. Algonova is in port and the saltie Puna arrived at 10:37.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The tanker Stella Polaris departed at 10:53 EST Monday light for Belgium after unloading coal tar pitch. The tug Ocean A. Gauthier departed to assist a vessel in Clarkson at 15:45 EST and returned at 20:19. The Tim S. Dool is expected to arrive from Superior with ore at 22:00 EST. The salties Greenwing and Industrial Skipper still sit at anchor while Mandarin and Federal St. Laurent continue loading grain.

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at Lehigh Cement's Dock Monday morning.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 7

July 7, 1939 - The Bureau of Lighthouses was merged into the U. S. Coast Guard.

The BURNS HARBOR's sea trials were conducted on July 7, 1980. JEAN PARISIEN (Hull#684) was launched July 7, 1977, at Lauzon, Quebec, by Davie Shipbuilding Company Ltd. for Canada Steamship Lines. Port Weller Drydocks replaced her entire forward section and she was renamed b.) CSL ASSINIBOINE in 2005.

The DAVID Z. NORTON sailed on her maiden voyage July 7, 1973, as the a.) WILLIAM R. ROESCH. She sailed light from Lorain to Superior, Wisconsin where she loaded 18,828 tons of iron ore on July 9th bound for Jones & Laughlin's Cuyahoga River plant at Cleveland, Ohio. She now sails as d.) CALUMET.

In 1971, the CITY OF SAGINAW 31 went to Manitowoc for a thorough overhaul. While there, a fire broke out July 29, destroying her cabin deck and rendering her useless for further use. The blaze was caused by an acetylene torch, and caused over $1 million in damage.

On 7 July 1895, IDA MAY BROWN (wooden schooner, 53 foot, 20 gross tons, built 1884, at Charlevoix, Mich.) was carrying gravel when her cargo shifted in heavy weather. She capsized and later drifted to the beach near Michigan City, Indiana. Her crew was rescued by U.S. Lifesavers.

On 7 July 1851, GALLINIPPER (wooden schooner, 95 foot, 145 tons, built in 1846 at Milwaukee on the hull of NANCY DOUSMAN) capsized and foundered in a white squall in Lake Mich. The wreck drifted to a point about 10 miles SSE of Manitowoc, where it sank.

1963: The Canadian coastal tanker SEEKONK first came to the Great Lakes in 1951 on charter to the British-American Oil Co. It was later part of the Irving fleet and caught fire in the galley at Charlottetown, PEI. The ship was pulled from the pier by CCG TUPPER and beached at Governor's Island. The blaze burned itself out but the SEEKONK was a total loss and was towed to Buctouche, NB, and scrapped in 1964. 1970: PRINSES EMILIA made 3 trips through the Seaway for the Oranje Lijn in 1967. It sank as c) BOULGARIA on this date 25 miles off Cherbourg, France, after a collision with the HAGEN in dense fog. The vessel was enroute from Hamburg to Istanbul and 17 on board were lost.

1978: The British freighter BEECHMORE began Great Lakes service in 1959 and returned as c) MANDRAKI in 1971 and d) NAFTILOS in 1973. It was sailing as f) MARI when fire broke out on a voyage from Rijeka, Yugoslavia, to Alexandria, Egypt, on July 7. The ship was beached near Dugi Otok Islands the next day and eventually abandoned. The hull was refloated in 1979 and taken to Split with scrapping getting underway on July 19, 1979

1981: CONDARRELL, upbound below Lock 2 of the Welland Canal, lost power and hit the wall, resulting in bow damage. The ship returned to Toronto for repairs but only finished the season before tying up. The vessel, built in 1953 as D.C. EVEREST, has been unofficially renamed K.R. ELLIOTT by International Marine Salvage.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Atlantic Huron docked in Sault, ON, after Sunday power failure at the Soo Locks

7/6 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Atlantic Huron was moored at the Algoma Export Dock in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Sunday night after an early morning incident at the Soo Locks. She is likely being assed for damage.

Downbound on approach to the Poe Lock, Atlantic Huron experienced a power failure around 3 a.m. Sunday just west of the International Bridge across from the West Pier Drive-In. She dropped one or more anchors, but the vessel struck the northwest pier hard and continued to move along it until she came to a stop just east of the bridge. The sound was loud enough to wake residents at the nearby West Pier apartments.

The tug Kentucky assisted in moving her back to the end of the pier and then over to the end of the southwest pier. The USCOE survey vessel Bufe arrived to sweep the channel for obstructions, then traffic was allowed to continue, with Roger Blough and Kaye E. Barker downbound and BBC Mekong unbound. By late morning the Purvis tugs Adanac III and W J Scott Purvis were on the scene.

The vessel was traveling light to Meldrum Bay, Ontario after discharging salt in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

 

Coast Guard rescues 5 people, dog from sinking 52-foot boat in Saginaw Bay

7/6 - Essexville, MI – Five people and a dog were rescued by U.S. Coast Guard personnel as their boat sank in Saginaw Bay.

About 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1, the Coast Guard Station Saginaw River in Essexville was notified by Bay County Central Dispatch that a 52-foot Chris-Craft boat was sinking about a mile and a half northwest of Spark Plug Light. Dispatch had been called by the owner of the boat.

The Coast Guard deployed a 45-foot response boat. As it was on its way, another person aboard the Christ-Craft called the Coast Guard directly, said BM2 Adam Voigt.

“When we arrived on scene, there was already (a woman) in the water getting smashed against the boat from the waves,” Voigt said. “When we got there, we quickly realized there was no saving the boat and we had to get (the woman) out of the water and the rest of the people off of the boat before it went down.”

Coast Guard personnel rescued the woman from the water, as well as four others who had managed to stay on the Chris-Craft. They also saved a German shepherd dog, Voigt said. “A lot of them were in shock,” Voigt said. “They were very nervous. It was difficult to get them to calm down and help themselves. One individual was in and out of consciousness.”

Coast Guard personnel brought the five people back to shore and they did not request medical attention, he said.

What caused the boat to take on water remains undetermined. “The owner said the water was coming in from the bow in the lower decks,” Voigt said. “The bow started getting lower and lower in the water before they noticed.”

The boat is currently resting in about 30 feet of water, listing on its starboard side. Only a foot or two of it remains showing above the waterline, Voight said. A salvage crew is working to raise the sunken boat.

See pictures at this link: https://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw-bay-city/2020/07/coast-guard-rescues-5-people-dog-from-sinking-52-foot-boat-in-saginaw-bay.html

 

Port Reports -  July 6

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The Duluth harbor saw a busy day Sunday, starting off with the departure of James R. Barker at 00:49 with iron ore pellets from Canadian National. American Integrity then raised anchor and arrived at 01:17 for her turn at the shiploader. After spending a week with her hook down in the lake, Juno finally arrived at 14:59 Sunday afternoon and headed to the Gavilon elevator to load wheat. Great Republic, which had unloaded limestone at Hallett #5 after arriving Saturday night and shifted to SMET at sunrise Sunday, was outbound for Alpena at 16:21 loaded with petroleum coke. Federal Hunter followed her out at 16:43 after unloading powdered cement at CRH, destined for Thunder Bay to load. BBC Swift also departed at 17:34 Sunday evening light for Montreal after delivering wind turbine blades to the Port Terminal. Paul R. Tregurtha was inbound at 19:19 to load coal at Midwest Energy, and Saginaw arrived at 19:55 to load iron ore pellets at Canadian National after American Integrity, which was expected to depart from CN mid-evening Sunday. The BN dock in Superior remained quiet all weekend, with no vessels due until Tuesday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CSL Tadoussac departed Two Harbors on July 4th at 21:21 for Nanticoke. The Edgar B. Speer got underway off Two Harbors on July 4th at 21:20 and arrived Two Harbors at 21:38 on the 4th for South of #2. As of 19:30 on July 5th she was still at the loading dock. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on July 6th, but there's a possibility the Edwin H. Gott could arrive late in the evening. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay has no traffic scheduled for July 6th, but the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder is due Duluth in the morning to unload salt at CN-Hallett #5 in Duluth and she possibly could arrive Northshore Mining in Silver Bay late in the day to load pellets.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday; 13:54 Manitoulin departed for Toledo.

Marquette, MI – Fred A Tijan
July 4 the Kaye E. Barker departed at 18:48 hrs for Dearborn, MI. Cuyahoga arrived on July 5 at 07:46 and departed at 14:25 hrs for Algoma Steel-SOO. Due on July 5 is the Saginaw but had not arrived as of 18:00 hrs.

St. Marys River
See Atlantic Huron story above. Algoma Strongfield was upbound on a slow bell Sunday night in order to arrive at the locks after the fireworks. Anglian Lady and barge PML 9000 and Edwin H. Gott were behind her.

Green Bay, WI
On Sunday the Cason J. Callaway was outbound at 3:18 am for Port Inland, MI. Alaskaborg arrived at 8:57 am from Brazil with wood pulp for the KK Integrated Logistics Terminal.

Southern Lake Michigan
Mesabi Miner was at Burns Harbor Sunday night, with Stewart J. Cort due.

Northern Lake Huron
Spragge: Sunday; 4:09 John D Leitch arrived to unload slag.

Meldrum Bay: Saturday; 21:53 Michipicoten departed for Marysville.

Calcite: Sunday; 4:03 Arthur M Anderson departed for Buffington. 5:17 John G Munson arrived to load.

Cheboygan: Sunday; 5:23 The tug Albert and tanker barge Margaret arrived at the US Oil Co dock to unload petroleum products.

Port Dolomite: Sunday; 18:59 Joseph L Block arrived to finish loading limestone.

Port Inland: Sunday; 3:58 Joseph L Block arrived to partially load and departed at 11:55 for Port Dolomite. 16:47 Cason J Callaway arrived to load.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Olive L. Moore - Menominee were inbound on the Saginaw River late Saturday night, July 4th, with a split cargo for the Wirt Stone Docks in Bay City and Saginaw. The pair were outbound Sunday morning. BBC Volga was inbound early Sunday morning, July 5th, calling on the Port Fisher Dock in Bay City to unload wind turbine blades. She was assisted to the dock by the tug Manitou.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator cleared 7.11 am Sunday upbound with salt for Chicago. Algoma Buffalo arrived 7.43 pm Sunday and was loading at Compass Minerals.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Gardino passed MC downbound at 12:45am. Algoma Niagara passed upbound at 1am. Edwin H Gott passed upbound at 3am. Laura L Vanenkevort/Joseph H Thompson passed upbound at 5:15am. Algonorth passed downbound at 5am. Amber Bay passed upbound at 6:45am and berthed near tied up Iver Bright at Sarnia. Manitowoc passed upbound at 11am. Ojibway passed downbound at noon. Algoma Buffalo passed upbound at 1pm. USCG vessel Hollyhock passed upbound at 3pm. Victory/Maumee passed upbound at 3:45pm. Algoma Sault passed downbound at 4:15pm. Sunny and hot at 92 degrees F, light winds from the west-southwest.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Calumet was unloading coal at Zug Island on Sunday

Lake Erie Ports for Sunday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Defiance left at 09:00 for Marysville, Mississagi arrived at 09:15 and Sharon M I went to anchor at 12:18.

Sandusky: Victory departed for Sault St. Marie, the Rt. Hon Paul J. Martin arrived ay 03:37 and Calumet left for Detroit at 10:57.

Cleveland: American Courage arrived from Lorain at 03:12 and went to the Bulk Terminal to load a shuttle. Samuel deChamplain arrived from Toledo at 05:02 to unload at LaFarge and departed for Essexville at 19:16. Sea Eagle II arrived at 12:07, Flevoborg arrived at 07:29 for the Port, dock 24E and Joyce L. VanEnkevort arrived at 17:51 for the Bulk Terminal. Iryda is now on her way and will arrive Monday.

Ashtabula: Clyde S. VanEnkevort was in port and left at 16:59 for Duluth.

Conneaut: Radcliffe R. Latimer is due in Monday.

Nanticoke: Algoma Enterprise arrived at 00:56 and Algonova at 04:45.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
There was no traffic in Hamilton on Saturday, July 4th. The first arrival of the day on Sunday was the saltie Greenwing at 6:49 EST, who joined Industrial Skipper at anchor. At 8:19 EST, the tug Ocean A. Simard departed for a common trip to Toronto. The next arrival was the Coast Guard vessel Limnos, who came from the Welland Canal, at 11:34 EST. At 12:07 EST, the tug Ocean A. Gauthier departed for the Welland Canal, and at 15:12 EST, her fleetmate tug Ocean A. Simard returned from Toronto. Ocean A. Gauthier returned from Port Weller at 18:53 EST.

Oswego, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed late Sunday afternoon for Rochester, NY.

 

2020 updated list of new saltwater visitors

7/6 - As of July 1, there were 17 new saltwater vessels making their first inland trips into the Great Lakes/Seaway system via the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, NY. The list includes Amber Bay, Amoenitas, Atlantic Spirit, Aujaq, BBC Norfolk, BBC Swift, Caroline, Comet, Fure Ven, Hilke, Janet C, Julie C, Lagertha, Mick, Nadja, Northern Spirit and Sinaa.

Five of the new visitors have made inland trips with other names. Among them are the Atlantic Spirit, which last visited in 2019 as the Adfines Star, while the Northern Spirit also last visited in 2019 as the Adfines Sea. The Caroline last visited in 2019 as the Palmerton and was renamed in Sarnia on December 1. Two other new visitors that visited with former names are the Hilke ,which last visited as the Palmerton in 2018, and the tanker Lagertha, which last visited in 2016 as the Halit Bey on its only visit with that name.

Two additional new saltwater vessel visitors are expected to make their first inland trips into the Great Lakes/Seaway system during July: Ijborg of the Netherlands and the BBC Mekong registered in Antigua and Barbuda.

Denny Dushane

 

Schedule of saltwater visitors

7/6 - The following ocean-going ships have entered the system since 6/28. This may not be a full listing. Information pertaining to tankers may be especially incomplete. Marshall Islands-flagged, Canadian-owned dry bulk carrier Federal Nagara, sailing from Paranagua, Brasil likely loaded with sugar in bulk, berthed at Montreal 6/28 and possibly unloaded some cargo there. She started up-bound on the Seaway at the St. Lambert lock late on 6/30, and is now at Port Weller anchorage awaiting an unloading berth in Toronto.

Netherlands-owned/flagged multipurpose dry cargo carrier Flevoborg, loaded with steel from Oxelosund, Sweden, arrived at Valleyfield 6/29 to unload, arrived at Toronto 7/2 to unload, and is due next in Cleveland to unload. Wagenborg ships on the Oxelusund-to-Lakes run often deliver to Chicago as well.

Netherlands-owned/flagged multipurpose dry cargo carrier Alaskaborg, coming from Santos, Brasil, arrived Trois-Rivières 6/25 to unload general cargo. She was upbound at the St. Lambert lock on the morning of 7/1 for Green Bay, possibly with a cargo of forest products aboard.

Netherlands-owned/flagged product tanker Stella Polaris, originating from the Mediterranean, was upbound at St. Lambert on the morning of 7/1 for Hamilton, where she's currently unloading a cargo of coal tar pitch.

Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, German-owned multipurpose/heavy lift dry cargo carrier BBC Volga, sailing from Tianjin, China, was upbound at St. Lambert late evening 7/1 for Bay City. She likely has wind turbine components aboard.

Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, German-owned multipurpose/heavy lift dry cargo carrier BBC Mekong, sailing from Rostock, Germany, may have stopped briefly at Montreal on the afternoon of 7/1. She was up-bound at St. Lambert late evening 7/1 for Duluth. She likely has general cargo/project cargo aboard, possibly wind turbine components.

Algerian-flagged/owned multipurpose/heavy lift dry cargo carrier Timgad, previously at Algeciras, Spain, was upbound at St. Lambert on the morning of 7/2 for Bay City, likely with wind turbine components aboard.

Cyprus-flagged, Polish-owned dry bulk carrier Iryda, with steel from Ijmuiden, Netherlands, was upbound at St. Lambert on the morning of 7/2 for Cleveland. She will likely unload at Burns Harbor and/or Milwaukee as well.

Hong Kong-flagged, Netherlands-owned asphalt/bitumen tanker Amber Bay was upbound St. Lambert midday 7/2 for Sarnia.

Portugal-flagged, Denmark-owned product tanker Harbour Fountain was upbound at St. Lambert evening 7/2 for Valleyfield.

Liberian-flagged, German-owned dry bulk carrier Puna (ex- Three Rivers), sailing from Pecem, Brasil, was upbound at St. Lambert early 7/3 for Nanticoke.

The following are vessels either currently on the lower St. Lawrence or due in the next 10 days. These vessels are either scheduled to enter the Seaway or are possible candidates for a Seaway transit:

Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, German-owned dry bulk carrier Lake St. Clair arrived Gros Cacouna, Quebec on 7/2. She's due next at Contrecoeur on 7/4 and may proceed next to Ashtabula to deliver some type of dry bulk cargo.

Marshall Islands-flagged, Canadian-owned dry bulk carrier Federal Clyde arrived at Baie Comeau, Quebec from Vila do Conde, Brasil on 7/3. She is a potential visitor to the Lakes for further deliveries and/or an outbound cargo.

Netherlands-owned/flagged multipurpose dry cargo carrier Ijborg, coming from Aveiro, Portugal, arrived at Montreal's Pointe-aux-Trembles this afternoon and may be preparing to enter the Seaway.

Liberian-flagged, Greek-owned dry bulk carrier Wigeon, sailing from Casablanca, Morocco, is showing an ETA for Les Escoumins pilot station tomorrow (July 4th) and may be on her way to the Great Lakes.

Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, German-owned heavy lift/general carrier Calypso, sailing from Tianjin, China, is showing an ETA for Montreal on 7/5. She's not currently listed on the Port of Montreal's schedule of expected traffic. This may indicate that she's headed directly for the lakes, possibly with project cargo. This might be another load of wind turbine components for Bay City, or maybe Buffalo or Duluth.

Marshall Islands-flagged, Canadian-owned dry bulk carrier Federal Yoshino, sailing from Pecem, Brasil, is due at Montreal Pointe-aux-Trembles anchorage 7/5, possibly headed next for the Lakes.

Cyprus-flagged, Greek-owned dry bulk carrier Barnacle, sailing from Caofaidian, China, is due at Montreal Pointe-aux-Trembles anchorage 7/6, and is due at Cleveland on approximately 7/8.

Cyprus-flagged, Greek-owned dry bulk carrier Brant, sailing from Almería, Spain, is showing an ETA at Les Escoumins pilot station 7/6 and may be headed for the Lakes.

Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, German-owned multipurpose/heavy lift dry cargo carrier BBC Tennessee (ex COE Luisa), sailing from Rostock, Germany, is due at Montreal Pointe-aux-Trembles anchorage 7/8 for Buffalo, likely with wind turbine components.

Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, German-owned multipurpose/heavy lift dry cargo carrier Alanis (ex- Alina, Beluga Faith), sailing from Pohang, Korea, is due at Montreal Pointe-aux-Trembles anchorage 7/8 for Duluth, likely with wind turbine components.

Portugal-flagged, Swedish-owned dry bulk carrier Isabelle G cleared Torre Annunziata, Italy on June 26th and is showing an ETA for Les Escoumins pilot station on 7/10. Torre Annunziata is a grain receiving port, and Isabelle G just cleared Montreal outbound in early June with grain from Thunder Bay. Montreal to Italy and back in just over a month is a fairly quick turn-around time, which means Isabelle G may be returning directly to the Lakes in ballast for another outbound cargo.

Barbados-flagged, Canadian-owned dry bulk carrier Federal Rhine, sailing from Gdansk, Poland, is due to enter the Seaway system approximately 7/10 with general cargo (likely steel) for Burns Harbor.

Marshall Islands-flagged, Canadian-owned dry bulk carrier Federal Montreal, sailing from Antwerp, Belgium and Brake, Germany, is due to enter the Seaway approximately 7/11 with general cargo and/or steel for Hamilton, Cleveland, and Detroit.

Cyprus-flagged, Greek-owned dry bulk carrier Tufty is showing an ETA for Baie Comeau of 7/6, coming from Lake Charles, Louisiana. She will likely be delivering some type of dry bulk cargo, and is a potential visitor to the Lakes later in July for further deliveries and/or an outbound cargo.

Bahamas-flagged, Polish-owned dry bulk carrier Mamry, sailing from Alexandria, Egypt, is showing an ETA for Sorel, Quebec on 7/10, and may be a potential visitor to the Lakes later in July.

Cyprus-flagged, Greek-owned dry bulk carrier Tundra, sailing from Pecem, Brasil, is due at Trois-Rivières, Quebec on 7/12 with some type of dry bulk cargo. She is a potential visitor to the Lakes later in July for further deliveries and/or an outbound cargo.

Hausen, from the Boatnerd Information Search page

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 6

CACOUNA's bow was damaged in a collision with the Greek tanker CAPTAIN JOHN on the fog-shrouded St. Lawrence River July 6, 1971. The CACOUNA of 1964, was repaired by replacing her bow with that of her near sistership the SILLERY, which was being scrapped. Later renamed b.) LORNA P and c.) JENNIFER, she foundered 20 miles Northeast of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on December 1, 1974.

Canada Steamship Lines’ ASHCROFT was used to haul ore, grain and coal only on the upper Great Lakes until July 6, 1932, when she was able to enter Lake Ontario through the newly expanded Welland Canal. On that trip ASHCROFT, loaded with grain from Fort William for Kingston, Ontario, was the largest vessel to traverse the canal to date.

The keel was laid for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.'s, GOVERNOR MILLER (Hull #810) in 1937, at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Company.

COLUMBIA STAR set a record for the Head-Of-The-Lakes coal trade. The vessel loaded 70,903 net tons of low-sulfur coal at Superior Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior, Wisconsin, on July 6, 1997. She was renamed b.) AMERICAN CENTURY in 2006.

On 6 July 1836, YOUNG LION (2-mast, wooden schooner, 73 foot, 83 tons, built in 1830, at Buffalo, New York) was carrying railroad iron and lumber. About 12 miles from Erie, Pennsylvania, in rough weather, her seams opened and she quickly sank with just her topmasts left above the water. 3 died, but 5 managed to clamber up the masts and hold on until the schooner NEW YORK rescued them.

On 6 July 1871, CASTALIA (2-mast wooden schooner, 119 foot, 242 gross tons, built in 1847, as a brig at Sandusky, Ohio) was on her way to pick up lumber at the camp at Bying Inlet, Georgian Bay, when she came too close to Cove Island Reef and stranded in 3 feet of water. Although not badly damaged, she was about a mile from deep water. Tugs could not get to her and she was sailing light, so there was no cargo to lighten. She was stripped and abandoned. She finally broke up in a storm on 12 July 1871.

On 6 July 1871, the Detroit newspapers (Detroit Free Press and Detroit Daily Post) both published articles stating that there were rumors on the docks regarding the tug TAWAS having her boiler explode on Saginaw Bay. The rumors originated with sailors from Port Huron and proved to be unfounded. However, in a sense this rumor turned into a prediction since TAWAS did blow her boiler about three years later (14 May 1874) on Lake Huron off Rock Falls, Michigan. At that time 6 crewmembers perished.

1893: ROSEDALE, upbound and light, ran aground off Knife River, Lake Superior, in dense fog and was almost on dry land. The vessel was released July 10 and went to Superior for repairs. It combined Great Lakes and ocean service until sunk in the Bristol Channel, via collision, on April 8, 1919.

1941: RAPIDS PRINCE, enroute from Prescott to Montreal, went aground in an awkward position in the Lachine Rapids and was stuck for 2 months. The 218 passengers were removed in motorboats.

1965: LAKE TRAVERSE, built at Duluth in 1918, sank off Tortuga Island, in the Caribbean after hull plates were sprung.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Atlantic Huron strikes Soo Locks pier

7/5 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – 2:40 p.m. Update -
Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Atlantic Huron, downbound to the Poe Lock, experienced a power failure around 3 a.m. Sunday just west of the International Bridge across from the West Pier Drive-In. She dropped anchor, but the vessel struck the northwest pier hard and continued to move along it until she came to a stop just east of the bridge. The sound was loud enough to wake residents at the nearby West Pier apartments. The tug Kentucky assisted in moving her back to the end of the pier and then over to the end of the southwest pier. The USCOE survey vessel Bufe arrived to sweep the channel for obstructions, then traffic was allowed to continue, with Roger Blough and Kaye E. Barker downbound and BBC Mekong unbound. By late morning the Purvis tugs Adanac III and W J Scott Purvis were on the scene, with waterfront reports indicating the Atlantic Huron will be towed to the Algoma Export Dock for inspection. The vessel was traveling light to Meldrum Bay, Ontario after discharging salt in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Original report -
Atlantic Huron, downbound to the Poe Lock, experienced a mechanical failure early Sunday morning in the vicinity of the International Bridge. She dropped her stern anchor, but struck the pier hard. As of 9 a.m. she was moved to the southwest pier by the tug Kentucky for damage assessment. Other vessels in the area were directed to go to anchor until the situation was resolved. Roger Blough and Kaye E. Barker went to anchor above the locks.

This is a developing story and will be updated once more information becomes available.

 

Steel imports plunge 19% as a result of COVID-19 pandemic

7/5 - Steel imports have plunged 19% this year, largely as a result of the economic turmoil wrought by the coronavirus pandemic that resulted in less steel going into cars, washing machines and many other products.

The United States imported 1.79 million tons of steel in May, which was down 35.5% as compared to April, according to preliminary U.S. Census Bureau data. Finished steel imports fell 13.2% to 1.48 million tons.

Through the first five months of the year, steel imports have fallen 19.2% to 10.9 million tons, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. Finished steel imports have plunged 26.7% to 7.3 million tons during that period as compared to the same time in 2019.

The United States is on pace to import 26.4 million tons of steel this year, including 17.5 million tons of steel that would require no further processing in America, such as at the 20 steel companies operating at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. U.S. Steel to restart blast furnace at Gary Works as demand improves

Steel imports have captured 18% of the U.S. market share so far this year, including 23% in May, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

In May, imports of oil country goods rose by 71%, standard pipe by 44%, heavy structural shapes by 37%, tin plate by 31%, hot rolled bars by 28%, sheets and strip all other metallic coatings by 18%, mechanical tubing by 17% and line pipe by 15%.

NWI Times

 

Port Reports -  July 5

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The only traffic through the Duluth entry on Saturday was the tank barge Robert F. Deegan/tug Zeus, which departed light at 06:42 after unloading calcium chloride at Hallett #8. There was no shortage of traffic within the harbor however - in port were James R. Barker, loading ore at CN; BBC Swift, unloading wind turbine blades at Port Terminal; and Federal Hunter, discharging cement at CRH. Herbert C. Jackson, which arrived on Friday evening and unloaded stone at Hallett #5, shifted to Midwest Energy early Saturday to take on a shuttle load of coal. By late morning she had shifted over to Graymont Superior to unload, and early Saturday evening she shifted back to SMET to load a second cargo. She, James R. Barker, and BBC Swift were all expected to depart late Saturday evening. American Integrity sat at anchor offshore all day waiting for her turn to load at Canadian National, so she should arrive once the Barker clears. Great Republic was due at 21:00 to discharge limestone at Hallett #5. Juno remains anchored offshore with no ETA available.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CSL Tadoussac arrived off Two Harbors on July 3rd at 19:52 and stopped SW of Two Harbors. Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors 21:23 and went to South of #2. The Presque Isle departed Two Harbors on July 4th at 11:01 for Conneaut. CSL Tadoussac got underway on the 4th at 11:05 and arrived Two Harbors at 11:28. As of 19:45 on the 4th she was still at South of #2. Edgar B. Speer arrived off Two Harbors at approx. 19:35 and was preparing to stop. The Speer had originally been scheduled for Duluth, but was switched to Two Harbors because of the James R. Barker at the West Duluth ore dock and the American Integrity at anchor. There is no traffic scheduled for neither Two Harbors or Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on July 5th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday; 23:25 Algoma Sault departed for Hamilton. 23:30 Manitoulin weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 23:59 G3 Marquis arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load wheat. Saturday; 8:03 Atlantic Huron departed for Meldrum Bay.

Marquette, MI – Fred A Tijan
For July 2020: No boats arrived on July 1, July 2 and July 3. Kaye E. Barker was scheduled to arrive around 12:00 hrs on July 4.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on July 4 included Saginaw, Paul R. Tregurtha, Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder, Cuyahoga and American Mariner. Downbounders included Tim S. Dool, Ojibway, Algoma Sault and Burns Harbor. Great Lakes Maritime Academy training vessel State of Michigan was upbound in the morning and downbound in the afternoon.

Green Bay, WI
On Saturday July 4th in the afternoon, tugs William C. Selvick and William C. Gaynor arrived from Sturgeon Bay. At 3:38 pm the Cason J. Callaway arrived from Calumet Harbor with coal for the C. Riess Coal Company Terminal. Then in the early evening the Alpena arrived from Alpena, MI, with cement for the Lafarge Terminal.

Southern Lake Michigan
Mesabi Miner was at Burns Harbor Saturday night. Baie Comeau was at S. Chicago.

Northern Lake Huron
Spragge: Saturday; 3:40 Cuyahoga arrived to unload limestone and departed at 10:27 for Marquette.

Meldrum Bay: Friday; 2:58 Mississagi arrived to load and departed at 14:19 for Sarnia. Saturday; 10:40 Michipicoten arrived to load limestone.

Calcite: Saturday; American Mariner departed for Duluth Superior. 13:11 Arthur M Anderson arrived to load.

Stoneport: Saturday; 0:31 Clyde S Van Enkevort departed for Ashtabula. Olive L Moore / Menominee arrived to load and departed at 9:46 for the Saginaw River.

Alpena: Saturday; 0:06 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Green Bay.

Port Inland: Thursday; 22:24 Manitowoc departed for Cleveland. Friday; 3:16 Cuyahoga arrived to load limestone and departed at 13:55 for Spragge.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara cleared 5.30 pm Saturday downbound with salt for Becancour, Quebec. Algoma Innovator expected next.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Calusa Coast and Delaware loaded at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal on Saturday

Lake Erie Ports for Saturday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Sharon M1 left at 15:12 for Detroit. Defiance arrived at 15:40.

Sandusky: Algoma Innovator left for Goderich at 00:07 and Victory arrived at 13:59.

Lorain: American Courage arrived from Marblehead at 11:07 and unloaded at LaFarge.

Cleveland: Manitowoc unloaded at Ontario Stone and departed for Calcite. Samuel deChamplain and Flevoborg are due in Sunday. Iryda was to arrive Saturday but went to anchorage at Port Colborne.

Conneaut: Edwin H. Gott left at 12:03 for Two Harbors and CSL Laurentien departed for Quebec City.

Erie, PA: Calumet left at 15:07 for Sandusky.

Nanticoke: The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin left at 13:54 for Sandusky and Greenwing left for Hamilton. Algoma Enterprise and Algonova are both due in Sunday.

Oswego, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at Lehigh Cement Dock Saturday evening.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Lehigh Cement Saturday afternoon for Oswego, NY.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 5

PAUL H. CARNAHAN was launched in 1945, as a.) HONEY HILL, a T2-SE-Al World War II tanker, for U.S. Maritime Commission.

July 5, 1991 - Charles Conrad announced he had formed a corporation to purchase the Ludington, Michigan, carferry operation from Michigan-Wisconsin Transportation Company.

JUSTIN R. WHITING was launched on 5 July 1874, at Langell's yard at the mouth of the Pine River in St. Clair, Michigan. Her dimensions were 144 feet X 26 feet 2 inches X 11 feet 6 inches. Although built to be a self-powered steam barge, she was towed as a regular barge during her first season of operation.

IDA CORNING (2-mast wooden barge, 168 foot, 444 gross tons) was launched in East Saginaw, Michigan, on 5 July 1881. She was built for L. P. Mason & Company of East Saginaw. In 1858, her rig was changed to that of a 2-masted schooner. She lasted until abandoned at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, in 1928.

1940: MAGOG, part of convoy HX-52, was hit by gunfire from U-99, torpedoed and sank stern first. The crew was eventually rescued by the Finnish freighter FIDRA. There are conflicting dates for this event but many sources agree on this date for the loss of the former C.S.L. canaller.

1969: The crew of the W.F. WHITE rescued eight from a foundering pleasure boat off Southeast Shoal, Lake Erie.

1973: The British freighter TRELEVAN visited the Seaway in 1961. It caught fire while pumping oil bilge in the engineroom at Halifax as d) BAFFIN BAY and was a total loss. The ship was sold for scrap to Marine Salvage of Port Colborne but resold to Spanish shipbreakers and arrived at Valencia, Spain, under tow for dismantling, on October 4, 1973.

1975: The T-2 tanker NASSAU CAY, formerly the IMPERIAL TORONTO, visited the Seaway in 1960. It was converted to a dry bulk carrier in 1961 and was abandoned by the crew, in sinking condition, as f) NICHOLAS C. some 200 miles off Beira, Somalia, and was not seen again. The ship was enroute from Sorel to Basrah, Iraq, when it ran out of fresh boiler water and had been drifting.

1979: The Swedish freighter MONICA SMITH was built in 1952 and came to the Great Lakes that year. It returned on a regular basis through 1966 and again, as b) MONICA S. in 1967. It sank in the Mediterranean soon after leaving Cartagena, Spain, for Port Said, Egypt, as c) MESSINA II.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series – Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Northern Michigan in Focus: Tribute to the Carl D. Bradley

7/4 - This story starts in the 1950s when two friends got separated and never saw each other again. Corey Adkins shares the story in this week’s Northern Michigan in Focus.

In the small village of DeTour, just around the corner from the Drummond Island Ferry on Elizabeth and Superior streets sits a tribute from Victor Flewelling to a friend he hasn’t seen in 62 years. Victor is 85 years old. “I did it to pay tribute to the people a lost to lives on the boat,” said victor.

The boat he’s talking about is the Carl D. Bradley that sank on November 18, 1958. 33 men died that night. His friend, Gary Price, was one of them. “I knew Gary Price very well. We we’re friends. We weren’t in the same grade, but we want the same school. We spent a lot of time together before he went out on the boats,” explained Victor.

Victor had enlisted in the Marines Corps in 1956. He learned of the sinking while he was away.

On New Year’s Day this year Victor went to work on a one-half scale model of the Bradley. “It was 639 foot long and this is 26 foot 7 inches long within an eighth of an inch should be in that and I wanted to try to get it exactly to scale if I could,” said Victor. And he did this only from pictures off the internet. “The actual measurements were a 30 foot cargo hold, 30 foot high and 65 foot wide, and I got that 32.5 inches wide, so I got it very close.”

It has 300 lights and he even enlisted some help from his daughter in Arizona with the life rings. “My daughter in Arizona built those out of model clay, and her daughter put the name of Bradley on each one and there are 64 on now,” explained Victor.

Victor put over 700 hours into the model before showing it to the public and he doesn’t mind if you come and see it while it’s in his yard. But he’s hoping it won’t be there long. He wants to give it away.

“I would love to have it in Rogers City for obvious reasons, but I have had several people from the U.P. that said they’d rather see a displayed up there because they want to keep it in the U.P., but I’ve had a lot of positive comments,” said Victor.

Read more at this link: https://www.9and10news.com/2020/07/01/northern-michigan-in-focus-tribute-to-the-carl-d-bradley

 

Federal Rhine, last of her class for Fednav, sails for the Lakes

7/4 - The oceangoing bulker Federal Rhine cleared Gdansk, Poland, on 27 June 2020 bound for Burns Harbor, Indiana. Her upcoming visit may be one of the last chances to see an example of this particular class of familiar ocean-going visitors on the Great Lakes.

Federal Rhine is one of six sister ships which entered service for Montreal-based Fednav Ltd. in 1996 and 1997. The construction of these vessels at a shipyard near Shanghai marked the beginning of a wave of shipbuilding for the Lakes-capable saltwater fleet which continues to this day. These ships in many ways set the standard for subsequent classes of oceangoing bulkers designed for Lakes trading. In the decade before their arrival on the scene only a small handful of Lakes-optimized ocean ships had entered service. The previous boom in construction of such ships hit stride in the late 1970s and came to a close in the mid-1980s. Ships of that previous generation were the norm for international trade on the Great Lakes into the early 2000s.

Federal St. Laurent (IMO 9110896) was lead vessel in this new class of ships and the third ship to carry that name for Fednav. She debuted on the Lakes in 1996, followed that same year by Federal Calumet (IMO 9110901) and Federal Saguenay (IMO 9110913). The Federal Rhine (IMO 9110925), Federal Maas (IMO 9118135) and Federal Schelde (IMO 9118147) followed in 1997. After only two seasons of Seaway trading, Federal Calumet was renamed Orsula, remaining a common Lakes trader under various chartering and ownership agreements between Fednav and Dubrovnik-based Atlantska Plovidba. Each of these six ships went on to make dozens of trips to the Great Lakes during two decades of service. Their bold red paint and large, dramatically-flared bows have become familiar sights all along the Seaway. As the newbuilding boom which began with their construction continuesd, the Federal Rhine and her sisters became veterans in the trade. Although they have been eclipsed in capacity and efficiency by newer Lakes-capable ocean bulkers, many of those more modern ships have design lineages which can be traced directly back to the "St. Laurent" class.

During recent years the ships of this class have begun to bow out of Great Lakes service. Federal St. Laurent last visited in October-November 2015, delivering cargo to Detroit and loading at Toledo. As previously reported on the Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping News page, Fednav sold her for demolition in the summer of 2016. To date, four more ships in the class have been sold. Federal Maas last visited in October-November 2017, delivering cargo to Port Weller and loading at Hamilton. As previously reported on this news page, she was sold and renamed Omolon in early 2018 and now trades along the Pacific coast of Russia. When Federal Maas was outbound on her farewell transit of the St. Lawrence in mid-November 2017 she may have passed Orsula (ex-Federal Calumet), inbound for what was likely her last visit to the Lakes as well. Orsula delivered cargo to Burns Harbor and then loaded at Duluth-Superior in early December 2017. As reported previously on this site she left the Atlantska Plovidba fleet shortly thereafter, being renamed Epsilon early in 2018 and trading in the Mediterranean and Black Seas for Turkish interests ever since. Two seasons later two more ships of this class made their last visits to the Lakes for Fednav. Federal Schelde delivered cargo to Contrecoeur and Burns Harbor in late July/early August 2019 then went to Thunder Bay to load, clearing Montreal for the deep sea in early September. Federal Schelde has been trading off-lakes ever since and it appears Fednav may have just sold her. She cleared Bremen in late May 2020 under Fednav colors, appearing fully loaded as she sailed down the Weser River. She was in Ravenna ten days later, possibly to discharge her last cargo for her long-time owners. Federal Schelde no longer appears in Fednav's online fleet listing. Since June 18th she has been anchored off Limassol, Cyprus, her AIS now showing the name Yara J with a registry based in Palau. Federal Saguenay was last on the Lakes in October-November 2019. She delivered cargo to Toledo and loaded .

These changes leave the Federal Rhine as the last ship of her particular class in the Fednav fleet and the only one of them likely to make any further appearances on the Lakes. One of her sisters has already been scrapped and Fednav appears to have sold three more directly to other shipping companies. It's possible that the parties involved made Great Lakes-specific non-compete agreements as a part of those sales. If that is the case, those ships may be prohibited from further trading on the Great Lakes, meaning the ex- Federal Maas, Federal Saguenay, and Federal Schelde, although still in service on deep-sea routes, won't be seen on these waters again. The situation with Epsilon (ex Orsula, Federal Calumet) is less certain. She was in Atlantska Plovidba's hands before she was sold to her current owners. Atlantska Plovidba does not appear to have any current involvement in the Lakes trade and may not have had reason to pursue such non-compete agreements when they sold her. As a 24 year-old saltwater ship, Epsilon may not have many years in service left. Many aging oceangoing vessels which were once common Seaway traders spend their final years working elsewhere, so the chances of the Epsilon returning to the Lakes seem remote.

Federal Rhine's intermediate class survey is due during the middle of 2021. It's possible she'll make several more trips up the Seaway but as Fednav continues building new Seaway-sized ships her long-term prospects as a Lakes visitor are likely diminishing. Federal Rhine is currently due at Burns Harbor on approximately July 15th. If that ETA holds she'll be up-bound past Quebec City and Montreal in around a week and transiting the Welland Canal and Detroit and St. Clair rivers shortly thereafter. She's scheduled to finish her unload at Burns Harbor in late July. If she takes an out-bound cargo as usual she might be spotted at one of the Great Lakes' grain loading ports in early August.

Eric Holst

 

Port Reports -  July 4

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
James R. Barker arrived Duluth at 06:24 Friday morning and moored at Husky Energy to fuel before shifting over to CN #6 east to wait for her turn to load iron ore pellets. Roger Blough occupied the loading dock all day Friday and was expected to depart sometime Friday evening. Herbert C. Jackson was due at 21:00 to unload stone at Hallett #5. Also in port were BBC Swift, unloading wind turbine blades at Port Terminal; Federal Hunter, discharging powdered cement at CRH; and Juno, anchored in the lake waiting to load wheat at Gavilon. At the Superior entry on Friday, Tim S. Dool departed at 01:19 with iron ore pellets from Burlington Northern and the tank barge Robert F. Deegan/tug Zeus arrived at 11:04 to unload calcium chloride at Hallett #8. The BN dock has no further traffic scheduled until next Tuesday when John D. Leitch is due to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Burns Harbor departed Two Harbors at 10:33 on July 3rd for Indiana Harbor. At 19:35 on July 3rd the CSL Tadoussac arrived off Two Harbors. The Presque Isle is roughly one hour behind the CSL Tadoussac. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on July 4th. When the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader departed Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on July 2nd she had no destination. She is heading to Cleveland. There is no traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on July 4th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday; 0:51 Algoma Equinox departed for Baie Comeau. 8:14 The saltie Gardno weighed anchor and departed for Montreal. 13:00 Ojibway departed for Windsor. 17:23 Algoma Sault weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to finish loading wheat. 18:54 Atlantic Huron arrived at the MobilEx Terminal Valley Camp dock to unload road salt.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on Friday consisted of just Great Republic early and Edgar B. Speer in the early evening. Downbounders included CSL Welland, Algonova, Mesabi Miner, Stewart J. Cort (to Burns Harbor to unload and then into layup), Algoma Equinox and Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
GL Ostrander/Integrity arrived from Alpena at 02:40 Friday (7/3) with cement for Lafarge. No additional harbor traffic is expected.

Northern Lake Huron
Bruce Mines: Friday; 6:38 Undaunted / Pere Marquette arrived to load trap rock and departed at 10:58 for Grand Haven.

Calcite: Friday; 1:24 Great Republic departed for Duluth Superior. 20:01American Mariner arrived to load.

Stoneport: Friday; 11:45 Clyde S Van Enkevort arrived to load limestone.

Alpena: Friday; 8:31 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load.

Port Inland: Thursday; 22:24 Manitowoc departed for Cleveland. Friday; 3:16 Cuyahoga arrived to load limestone and departed at 13:55 for Spragge.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Algoma Innovator passed MC downbound at 3:30am. Spartan/Spartan II passed upbound at 6:15am. Wilf Seymour/Alouette Spirit passed upbound at 6:30am heading for a berth at Sarnia. Laura L Vanenkevort/Joseph H Thompson passed downbound at 6:30am. Samuel de Champlain/Innovation passed downbound at 6:45am. Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder ended a string of T&B passings at 12:30pm upbound. Edwin H Gott passed downbound at 8:30am. Victory/Maumee passed downbound at 2:30pm,followed by CSL Niagara at 2:45pm. Algoterra passed downbound at 5pm, followed by CSL Assiniboine at 6pm and Johanna G at 7:15pm. Paul R Tregurtha passed upbound at 7:15pm. Sunny and hot at 87 degrees F with light winds from the west-southwest.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Friday Arrivals: Samuel De Champlain/Innovation-arrived at Lafarge to unload cement. Laura L VanEnkevort/Joseph H Thompson-arrived at Motor City Materials to unload slag.

Toledo, OH
Philip R. Clarke is laid-up in Toledo for the next several weeks.

Lake Erie Ports for Friday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: American Courage arrived at 16:25 from Cleveland.

Sandusky: The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed for Nanticoke at 08:57 and the Algoma Innovator arrived at 15:33.

Cleveland: Manitowoc and Polsteam's Iryda are scheduled to arrive Saturday morning.

Ashtabula: Mandarin departed for Hamilton.

Conneaut: CSL Laurentian was still in port, loading for Quebec City. Edwin H. Gott was due in at 07:00 Saturday morning.

Erie, PA: Calumet arrived at 06:32 and was still in port.

Nanticoke: Greenwing was still in port and Robert S. Pierson departed.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
7/2/20: The ATB combo Everlast/Norman McLeod arrived 3 minutes past midnight to unload asphalt from Detroit. The Algoma Niagara finished unloading salt by mid-morning and departed at 8:02 EST back towards Goderich. The BBC Leda topped of her load of grain and got on her way at 9:33 EST. Their load will be taken to Foynes, Ireland. The tanker Sterling Energy departed at 12:37 EST for a usual trip to Port Weller. At 15:19 EST the Federal St. Laurent returned after going to Cleveland, and began loading grain. At 16:45 EST, the ATB combo Everlast/Norman McLeod was outbound, on its way to Valleyfield. The final traffic for Thursday was the tanker Stella Polaris, arriving with coal tar from Ceuta, Spain. 7/3/20: A relatively quiet day in Hamilton saw the tanker Sterling Energy return from Port Weller at 00:14 EST. The saltie Mandarin arrived at 14:06 EST from Ashtabula, and began loading grain, joining the Federal St. Laurent in doing so. Meanwhile, the Industrial Skipper sits at anchor awaiting her turn to load

Buffalo, NY – Brian R. Wroblewski
July got going right away this year. The 730-foot self-unloader Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived to take on a load of coal at the Gateway Metroport in Lackawanna on the 1st at 5AM. She came in the South Entrance, winded in the Outer Harbor, and backed in for the Main Dock without tugs. They were all set to depart on the morning of the 2nd and cast off lines around 7:30AM. The Martin slid off the dock and headed out for Toledo soon after. Later that night the NACC Argonaut arrived for LaFarge and was towed up river stern first by the tug Vermont around 11PM. The ATB unit Defiance – Ashtabula was towed up the City Ship Canal on the morning of the 3rd around 7AM by the ermont. The barge spent the day unloading sand from Brevort, MI at the Canadian Silica Landing. They were done by 4:00PM and the Vermont came back to take them out. With the busy afternoon boating traffic lurking about, a Coast Guard patrol boat escorted them out to the lake. The NACC Argonaut was done unloading at LaFarge at 7:00PM so the Vermont helped her out with their regular “transverse arresting maneuver” by checking the stern swing as the ship proceeded out bow first. Another escort was on hand to wrangle the pleasure craft, kayakers, and jet skis out of the way as they made their trip down to the Outer Harbor around 7:30PM. The Argonaut dropped the tow line in the Watson Basin and took off on her own for Port Colborne.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit was at Lehigh Cement Dock on Friday evening.

 

Seaway saltie news

7/4 - Arriving in Montreal on July 3 was the saltwater vessel Puna of Liberian registry IMO 9546784. This is the vessel's first inland voyage to the Great Lakes/Seaway system with its current name and they are headed to Nanticoke. The ship was built in 2010 and may be more familiar as the Three Rivers. As such, the ship first came inland as such in 2010 and last visited as such during the 2019 season.

In other Seaway salty news, the Industrial Strength IMO 9741140 which first came inland as such in 2019 and last visited as recently as in 2020 has been Bruce of Liberian registration. The ship was built in 2016.

Denny Dushane

 

Private trips launch Princess of Ludington tour boat

7/4 - Ludington, MI – The Princess of Ludington was making its final preparations this week as it is starting to accept tours. The boat’s owner, Al Laaksonen, said the goal along is to make the experience for passengers as enjoyable as it can be.

“It’s just a very comfortable setting for people to enjoy themselves,” he said earlier this week. “That’s what it’s all about.”

So far, the boat has been booked for three private tours, including one that was scheduled for this weekend, and there is a public tour coming this weekend, too. “I’m going to run a trip on Friday night. That’s a cruise for a private party. There seems to be more interest in that than the tours themselves.”

The public tour is slated to start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night for a sunset cruise onto Lake Michigan toward Big Sable Point and back to the port.

The Princess of Ludington is a tou rboat that was bought by Laaksonen from Apostle Islands Cruises in Bayfield, Wisconsin, along Lake Superior, earlier this year. The boat originally served as a ferry to Mackinac Island in Lake Huron. Laaksonen brought what was dubbed the Island Princess, renamed it and had hopes of having daily cruises on Pere Marquette Lake and Lake Michigan.

The boat arrived in the harbor in late May and is docked near Lake Street Marina off of Lake Street in Ludington’s Fourth Ward. Since then, it’s been practicing a variety of maneuvers in Pere Marquette Lake and docking. Laaksonen said they’ve also run up along Epworth Assembly.

“We’ve been out the last two days,” he said on Tuesday, “just going through the harbor, going down to Epworth and turning around and coming back. (We) are practicing our maneuvers out there on the lake so the captains are familiar with this boat. And we are practicing docking here and pulling away from the dock.”

Laaksonen said if the waves are three to four feet, the Princess of Ludington handles it with little problem. It would not run in an adverse weather, though.

“It’s not going to be taken out if it’s foggy or if it’s windy or any of those conditions where it would make people uncomfortable, this boat will not leave the dock,” he said. “That’s all there is to it.

“I used to charter for 37 years in some of the worst weather there is. No more of that.”

The public tours are something that Laaksonen is still working on. He said he needs to have 20 people booked to be able to go on a given day. He originally had plans to have four tours daily, but the demand has yet to match that. There could be a number of reasons for it, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

He had to postpone his online ticketing system, and the reservations are being done by phone. Thursday afternoon, Laaksonen said he had 22 people booked for Saturday night’s sunset cruise and space is being filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Laaksonen said the company is doing its part in keeping the boat clean. He said it is cleaning and sanitizing throughout so it can keep patrons safe. “Everything will be sanitized before and after our trips,” he said. His plans for the boat for this summer were upended to a large degree because of COVID-19.

“It’s here with us, and we’re going to live with it,” Laaksonen said.

The boat can hold 149 passengers, and Laaksonen said the Coast Guard said he should be able to take 70 passengers at a time.

“I don’t anticipate having that many. I’m anticipating trips of having 30 to 50 (people),” he said. “This room has more than enough to accommodate those kinds of trips.”

An inspection by the U.S. Coast Guard was scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, and he said it’s been good to work with them. More work was completed earlier this week, including the final installation of the dock.

The planned liquor license through the Michigan Liquor Control Commission has yet to be approved. The license was still being worked on with the state, and this process has been upended in large part because of the pandemic.

Laaksonen is hopeful that the private tours, and however many select public tours, can get him through this summer.

“I’m going to try to survive this year as best I can and be around next year to maybe develop the tour business. That’s how I started out (was) developing a tour business (to highlight the area’s history),” Laaksonen said. “If that’s not there, the private parties — there seems to be a lot more interest.

“People want to have their weddings, their anniversaries, their family reunions, birthday parties, graduations. I don’t know how much is out there, but it seems there is a demand for that.”

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 4

July 4, 1996 - The veteran Buffalo fireboat EDWARD M. COTTER, built in 1900, was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U. S. National Parks Service.

The WILLIS B. BOYER museum ship was opened to the public at Toledo, Ohio in 1987. She was built by Great Lakes Engineering Works (Hull#82) in 1912 as a.) COL. JAMES M. SCHOONMAKER. Renamed b.) WILLIS B. BOYER in 1969 and COL. JAMES M. SCHOONMAKER in 2011.

In 1976, the SAM LAUD grounded entering Buffalo, New York. She was dry docked at Lorain, Ohio, for repairs to bottom plates of No. 1, 2 and 3 port and starboard tanks. Also on this day in 1976, the H. LEE WHITE struck the Algoma Steel plant dock at the Canadian Soo resulting in damage to her stern amounting to $108,000 at the repair yard of Sturgeon Bay.

The JOSEPH S. YOUNG, a.) ARCHERS HOPE of 1945, was commissioned July 4, 1957. She was the first of seven T-2 tanker conversions for Great Lakes service. The YOUNG was renamed c.) H. LEE WHITE in 1969 and d.) SHARON in 1974. She was scrapped at Brownsville, Texas in 1986.

On July 4, 1953, the JOHN G. MUNSON set a Great Lakes record for limestone by loading 21,011 tons of limestone at Calcite, Michigan. This record for limestone stood until being broken by the Canada Steamship Lines self-unloader MANITOULIN late in the 1966 season.

July 4, 1952 - The PERE MARQUETTE 18 of 1911, was laid up due to railroad strike. She was never to operate again and was scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario, in 1957.

The wooden propeller freighter MAINE, owned by Northern Transportation Co., had sailed from Chicago and was on Lake Ontario on 4 July 1871, when Fireman Orsebius Kelley stoked the fire at 8 p.m. and went to the porter's room to get a lamp. When he returned, the boiler exploded with such force that Kelley was mortally wounded. The blast also killed Engineer M. H. Downer, deckhand Joshua Kelley (the fireman's brother), Halbert Butterfield (a 13 year old passenger) and his mother. The MAINE still floated after the blast. She was repaired and put back in service. Including this boiler explosion, she had four major mishaps in her career. She sank in 1872, burned in 1898, and finally burned again in 1911.

On 4 July 1900, during her maiden voyage from St. Clair, Michigan, to Cleveland, Ohio, the wooden steam barge ALFRED MITCHELL ran aground at Bar Point Light. It was claimed that the steering gear broke which rendered the boat unmanageable. Later that same day the MITCHELL was released by the wrecker SAGINAW.

About 9 p.m. on 4 July 1874, the steam barge W H BARNUM, with the schooner THOMAS W FERRY in tow, collided with the bark S V R WATSON near Point Pelee on Lake Erie. The WATSON sank in 28 feet of water. She was raised about two weeks later by the Coast Wrecking Company.

July 4, 1958 - The keel for the second of two new bulk freighters for Interlake Steamship Co. was laid at Great Lakes Engineering Works shipyard at River Rouge, Michigan on Wednesday morning June 25. Assigned Hull 302, the ship will be 689 feet long, 75 feet beam and 37-1/2 feet molded depth with a designed maximum cargo capacity of about 24,000 tons. H. C. Downer & Associates of Cleveland did the design work. The ship will be powered by a 6,000 shp steam turbine main engine with coal-fired boilers. Hull 302 was eventually named HERBERT C. JACKSON.

Interlake's other new ship, the 710-ft. flagship JOHN SHERWIN (Hull#192) at Toledo, Ohio, joined the Great Lakes bulk cargo fleet in May of that year. 1959: The tug GRAND BANK, pushing a barge, sank in Lock 4 of the Welland Canal and the captain was lost. The vessel, built at New Orleans in 1940 as SST-123, was salvaged and, as of 1997, was operating out of Delta, BC.

July 4, 1995 - While the United States celebrated its Independence Day, a small fleet gathered 20 miles off of Whitefish Point in Lake Superior as the bell from the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald was raised and taken aboard the Purvis Marine Tug Anglian Lady. The bell would later be taken to Michigan State University in Lansing where it would be cleaned with the name EDMUND FITZGERALD applied on the bell once again. The bell was later to taken to the museum at Whitefish Point and put on display as a memorial to remember the 29 men crew. The next day divers placed a new bell inscribed with the names of the 29 men lost in the sinking.

1973: The Liberian flag bulk carrier Florence visited the Great Lakes in June 1973. The ship was outbound when it collided, in fog, with the tanker St. Spyridon, inbound from Venezuela with 32,500 tons of Bunker C oil, off Les Escoumins, QC. Both ships were damaged. All on board were rescued and the two vessels were ultimately repaired. Florence was scrapped at San Esteban de Pravia, Spain, in 1976 and St.Spyridon at Vigo, Spain, as f) Globe Maritima in 1982.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Denny Dushane, Lake Huron Lore Society, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Maritime Academy cadets to depart on two training cruises with safety protocols

7/3 - Traverse City, MI – Cadets at Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy (GLMA) will soon depart on training cruises with increased safety protocols in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday, July 2, 12 GLMA cadets, and one faculty member will sail onboard the T/S Kennedy on its voyage from a shipyard in Mobile, AL to its homeport at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. These cadets will be joined by cadets and midshipmen from Maine Maritime Academy, California Maritime Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The ability of the cadets to sail onboard the T/S Kennedy during this evolution was facilitated by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD.) The vessel’s transit is expected to last 14 to 21 days.

"It will be a great experience, it will go a long way toward meeting our goal of ensuring cadets have the ability to graduate as per their model schedule, and it will be almost no cost to cadets," said Jerry Achenbach, GLMA superintendent.

Monday, July 6, GLMA’s flagship training vessel, the T/S State of Michigan, is scheduled to depart, from NMC’s Great Lakes Campus harbor, for the first of three training cruises. In phase one of the training cruise, 17 cadets, and one intern from Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute will be underway for seven to nine days. The ship will not make any non-emergency port calls, and no one will depart or enter the ship to limit the risk of possible exposure to the virus.

All cadets and crew for both ships were required to be quarantined and test negative for COVID-19 before they were allowed to sail.

GLMA and NMC have adopted increased safety protocols to help protect cadets against COVID-19. These measures are based on stringent industry protocols developed by MARAD, and follow the most stringent procedures being employed by the U.S. maritime industry. Safety procedures for cadet training include single occupancy berths, inspections, continuous sanitization, safe distancing and wearing face coverings in accordance with CDC guidelines. Additionally, the Academy worked with the Grand Traverse County Health Department on the quarantine procedures.

These training cruises will help cadets meet program requirements. Earning the required 360 days of sea time during the four-year program was already a challenge due to high Maritime enrollment, few available berths aboard commercial vessels, and academic schedule constraints. Shutdowns due to the coronavirus worsened the situation. GLMA’s training vessel, the T/S State of Michigan, would normally have departed in early May on its annual two-month training cruise. Due to the pandemic, the vessel will not get underway until early July.

In addition to the new cruise options, GLMA added the tugboat Mississippi to its fleet in June. The NMC Board of Trustees approved leasing the vessel in March as an additional way to help cadets meet required sea time.

GLMA

 

Port Reports -  July 3

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Mesabi Miner departed Duluth at 01:45 Thursday morning for Burns Harbor with iron ore pellets. Roger Blough was inbound at 04:31 to load at CN, but tied up at the gravity dock to wait for Michipicoten to complete loading. The latter vessel was outbound with her ore cargo at 08:22, at which point the Blough began loading. BBC Swift arrived at 09:33 Thursday morning to unload wind turbine blades at Port Terminal. Roger Blough, which is on her last trip before heading to layup in Sturgeon Bay, is expected to depart from CN early Friday. Federal Hunter was still in port Thursday unloading cement at CRH, and Juno remains anchored outside the harbor with no arrival date posted. In Superior on Thursday, Tim S. Dool arrived at 14:35 to load at Burlington Northern. She should depart mid-morning Friday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Burns Harbor arrived Two Harbors on July 2nd at 13:45 for South of #2. Due Two Harbors on July 3rd are CSL Tadoussac and Presque Isle. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader arrive on July 2nd at 08:48. As of 19:45 on July 2nd they were still at the dock. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on July 3rd.

Thunder Bay, ON
Wednesday; 20:19 The saltie Johanna G departed for Port Cartier. 20:30 The saltie Gardno shifted from the MobilEx terminal to the main anchorage. 21:50 Manitoulin arrived and went to anchor south of the Welcome Islands. Thursday; 10:32 Ojibway arrived at Viterra B to load grain. 14:58 CSL Welland departed for Montreal. 17:23 Algoma Sault departed the Richardson Terminal and went to anchor south of the Welcome Islands.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on a busy Thursday included CSL Tadoussac, Herbert C. Jackson, Presque Isle, American Integrity and Atlantic Huron. Downbounders included Victory/Maumee, Whistler, Alpena, CSLAssiniboine and Johanna G.

Southern Lake Michigan
BBC Florida was at Burns Harbor Thursday night. John D Leitch and Indiana Harbor were at Indiana Harbor. Cason J Callaway was docked on the Calumet River. Arthur M. Anderson was due at Gary early Friday.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Thursday; 0:38 Saginaw departed and is down bound on Lake Michigan. 0:52 Herbert C Jackson weighed anchor and proceeded to the Lafarge dock to load. 6:57 Herbert C Jackson departed for Duluth Superior.

Calcite: Thursday; 8:46 Great Republic arrived to load limestone. 11::01 American Mariner departed for the Saginaw River.

Stoneport: Wednesday; 22:47 Olive L Moore / Menominee departed for Toledo. Alpena: Thursday; 9:29 Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement products. 9:55 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 arrived to unload at the Lafarge plant. 16:05 Samuel De Champlain departed for Detroit. 20:15 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 departed for Bruce Mines.

Port Inland: Thursday; 2:40 Kaye E Barker departed for Muskegon. 3:19 Joseph L Block weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load. 13:40 Manitowoc weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load. 13:46 Joseph L Block departed for Burns Harbor.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator backed in at 3.11 pm Thursday to load salt for Sandusky Ohio. Algoma Niagara expected next.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Fortunagracht passed downbound at 7:15am. Paul R Tregurtha arrived at the power plant around sunrise, completed a coal unload, then was downbound most likely headed for Monroe at 6pm. Damia Desgagnes passed downbound at 9am. Iver Bright passed downbound at 11am, followed by Calumet at 11:30am. Baie Comeau passed upbound at 6:45pm, followed by Clyde S Vanenkevort/Erie Trader at 7:45pm. Edgar B Speer should pass upbound in the late evening. Sunny and hotter at 91 degrees F, winds light from the west-southwest.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Iver Bright was unloading at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal on Thursday

Toledo, OH
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Lake Erie Ports for Thursday – Bill Kloss
Cleveland: After unloading at Ontario Stone, Dorothy Ann shifted over to Cargill to load salt. She departed for Duluth at 18:45. American Courage is running another shuttle.

Ashtabula: Philip R. Clarke left for Toledo at 06:10 and the Mandarin is still in port.

Conneaut: Algoma Conveyor departed for Quebec, Edgar B. Speer left at 03:09 for Duluth and CSL Laurentian arrived at 20:00.Nanticoke: Greenwing is still in port and Robert S. Pierson arrived at 17:25 from Sarnia.

Erie, PA: Calumet is due in Friday morning.

Buffalo, NY – Brian R Wroblewski
Rt Hon Paul J Martin finished loading thousands of tons of coal/coke at the Bethlehem Steel/Lackawanna Metro port and departed on Thursday.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived early Thursday afternoon at Lehigh Cement Plant's Dock.

 

Lorain Lighthouse reopening for tours this weekend

7/3 - Lorain, OH – Lake Erie's Lorain Lighthouse will be open to the public beginning this Friday, July 3. Tours will be limited to groups of 10 visitors at a time, instead of the regular 18, to comply with social distancing requirements.

Visitors are asked to wear masks for the duration of the visit, including the boat ride there and back. Tours will depart from Dock A at Oasis Marina and cost $20 per person. This Friday's tours are at 11:30 a.m.; 12:15 p.m.; 1 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Tours takes 10 to 15 minutes to reach the lighthouse by boat, and the tour itself is about 45 minutes long.

Additionally, sunset dinners at the lighthouse will resume July 14. The dinner includes a four-course meal from Erie Steak and Seafood Co. with wine pairings for each course and seating outside to watch the sunset across Lake Erie. Sunset Dinner tickets are $130 per-person and include the boat ride there and back, dinner, wine and gratuity.

Funds raised from tours and dinners go toward the Lorain Lighthouse's maintenance and upkeep, According to Lighthouse Board of Trustees President/Treasurer Ron Mantini that work costs about $20,000 to $25,000 a year for materials and supplies, and is all done by volunteers.

This year's tour season will run through early October. To make dinner reservations, call (440) 984-1012. To buy tour tickets, visit lorainlighthouse.com.

 

Scrappings, scuttling from the Journal of the World Ship Society

7/3 - Vessels with Great Lakes / Seaway connection reported as scuttled or sold for demolition – taken from July 2020 issue of Marine News – Journal of the World Ship Society

Scuttled:
GRACE McALLISTER (6823040; United States of America) (1st trip into the Seaway 1969) - 292 / 1968 - tug. - By McAllister Towing & Transportation Co Inc. (MT & T), United States of America - scuttled S.E. of Hilton Head Island, S.C. 29.09.2019 for use as an artificial reef

Demolitions:
CHARM (8131934; Palau) (Viktor Tkachyov-19 - 1st trip into the Seaway 1982) - 14,141 / 1981 - bulk carrier. By AADI Shipping Ltd (Prayati Shipping Pvt Ltd), Marshall Islands, to Bangladesh breakers, arrived Chittagong 25.10.2019 - commenced demolition 30.10.2019

GRACE (8806682; Palau) (Sea Grace-19. Torill Knutsen-11 - 1st Seaway passage 1994, Vinga Knutsen-90) - 11,425 / 1990 - chemical / products tanker. By Electra Maritime Ltd, Anguilla, to S,M, Ship Breakers, Bangladesh and arrived Chittagong 28.09.2019 - commenced demolition 31.10.2019

GREAT PORTOBELLO (6903981; Panama) (Pacific Trader-12, Algonova-07 - 1st trip into the Seaway 1998, A.G. Farquharson-98 - 1st trip into Seaway 1987, Texaco Chief-86 - 1st trip into the Seaway 1969) - 4,605 / 1969 - products tanker. By Helmar Business Inc, British Virgin Islands, to Panamanian breakers and reported 8.2019

JOHN SPENCE (7218735; Canada) (Arctic Tuktu-94 - 1st trip into the Seaway 1993, Mary B VI-83, Mary B-82, Mary B VI-81) - 774/ 1972 - offshore tug / supply ship. By McKeil Work Boats Ltd (McKeil Marine Ltd) Canada, to Canadian breaker at Hamilton - reported 7.2018

TONY McKAY (7227786; Canada) (Point Carroll-01 - 1st trip into the Seaway 1984) - 373 / 1973 - tug. By McKeil Work Boats Ltd (McKeil Marine Ltd) Canada, to Canadian breaker at Hamilton - reported 1.2018

Report prepared by Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

Update: Saltie transits for 2020

7/3 - There were 44 westbound voyages by 26 vessels made at the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, NY, during June. The 44 transits are down 4 from 2019 and also down 5 transits for the 5-year average for June 2015-2019. So far for the 2020 season there have been as of July 1, 159 westbound transits made by 133 vessels at the Eisenhower Lock. The 159 transits are down 13 from the March/April to July 1 time frame in 2019 and it is also down 3 transits during the same time period on the 5-year average.

A recap so far of the 2020 season statistic total shows that there were 58 saltwater vessels making westbound voyages in April and there were 49 saltwater vessels that made westbound transits in May and another 26 vessels making westbound trips in June for a total of 133 vessels so far in 2020 as of July 1. As for the 2020 westbound voyages and monthly transits at the Eisenhower Lock, in April there was a total of 59 transits by vessel and 56 for May and 44 for June for a total of 159 westbound transits by July 1.

Denny Dushane

 

Seaway Queens: Chapter 1 now available

7/3 - Chapter 1 of the new e-book Seaway Queens takes readers on a short sail through the long history of shipping with the Great Lakes as final destination. The chapter features historic photography, video and some really cool original ship drawings. Thanks to all those who have pre-ordered the chapter, and "permission to come aboard” for all new readers! Enjoy the voyage.

www.seawayqueens.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 3

On this day in 1943, the J. H. HILLMAN JR (Hull#524), the 14th of 16 Maritime-class ships being built for Great Lakes Service, was launched at the Great Lakes Engineering yard at Ashtabula, Ohio. After having the stern of the CANADIAN EXPLORER, ex CABOT of 1965, attached, her forward section still exists today as the ALGOMA TRANSFER.

The JOHN B. AIRD was christened June 3, 1983, at Thunder Bay, Ontario for Algoma Central Marine, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

U.S. Steel's ROGER BLOUGH was moved out of the dry dock at Lorain, Ohio, on June 3, 1972.

In 1954, CLIFFS VICTORY successfully completed her sea trials.

FRANK ARMSTRONG departed light from Ashtabula, Ohio, on her maiden voyage in command of Captain H. Chesley Inches June 3, 1943, bound for Superior, Wisconsin, to load iron ore.

PATERSON (i) entered service on June 3, 1954, with 440,000 bushels of wheat from Port Arthur, Ontario. She was scrapped at Thunder Bay, Ontario, in 1985.

On 3 July 1872, the wooden steam barge MARY MILLS was launched at P. Lester's yard at Marysville, Michigan.

On 3 July 1872, GRACE DORMER (wooden propeller passenger & package freight ferry, 71 foot, 66 gross tons, built in 1868, at Buffalo, New York) had just finished loading a cargo of fish at St. James, Beaver Island, when she caught fire and burned. One life was lost. The vessel was rebuilt and lasted until she burned at the bone-yard at Grand Island, New York in 1925.

1964: The A. & J. FAITH, idle at Cleveland and under arrest, was struck by the MIKAGESAN MARU when the latter was caught by a wind gust. The former sustained $5,000 in damage. This ship was sold and renamed c) SANTA SOFIA at Cleveland in August 1964. It arrived for scrapping at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, as d) COSMOS MARINER in August 1970. The latter, a Japanese freighter that made 6 trips to the Great Lakes from 1962 to 1966, was scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, as b) UNION SINGAPORE in 1979.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

New owners of former power plant property on Muskegon Lake look to expand shipping

7/2 - Muskegon, MI – The B.C. Cobb Power Plant stood on the easternmost edge of Muskegon Lake for decades, a monument to a time when coal powered the region. The plant closed in 2016, part of owner Consumers Energy’s transition to cleaner sources of power. In January of this year, the remnants came tumbling down in a dramatic controlled implosion. For months, mounds of dirt, sand and aggregate have replaced the iconic smokestack on Muskegon’s skyline.

The property has officially transferred ownership, from Forsite Development, Inc., which specializes in remediating industrial properties, to Verplank Dock Co., a port terminal operator and construction aggregate supplier based in Ferrysburg.

The goal is to consolidate Verplank’s operations on Muskegon Lake to the site of the former power plant, which has deeper waters and a larger area than its existing docks, Verplank CEO Ron Matthews told MLive. The acquisition of this port allows the company to explore new shipping paths, Matthews added. He declined to say how much his company paid for the property.

“With the size of the dock and depth of the water, it kind of opens us to things we haven’t considered previously,” Matthews said. “Things that take deeper boats.”

The use of the port could open the area up to cross-lake shipping into Chicago, Matthews said, which is increasingly attractive as trucking congestion around that metro area mounts, and could expand well beyond Lake Michigan, facilitating transport to the West Coast, he said.

“It fits in well with our Imagine Muskegon Lake plan,” said Jake Eckholm, the city’s director of economic development. He referenced a long-term vision, developed by city agencies and private stakeholders and released in 2018, to plan for the use and development of Muskegon Lake and its shoreline.

“Our goal over the course of time is to move as much industrial or commercial uses of the lake to the eastern portion of the lake,” Eckholm said.

Long-term, the city is developing the Muskegon Lake shoreline for increased mixed-use development, including The Docks, a $100 million residential development and marina planned for the old Muskegon Lake Pigeon Hill property, and Windward Pointe, envisioned for the former Sappi Fine Paper plant site, on Lakeshore Drive across from the country club.

In some ways, the Verplank project is 26 years in the making. Matthews recalled being shown the Cobb property by his predecessor at the century-old aggregate company when he was just starting out, nearly three decades ago. “He said, ‘If for any reason that dock over there becomes available, you have to try and get it,” Matthews recalled.

Read more at this link: https://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/2020/07/new-owners-of-former-power-plant-property-on-muskegon-lake-look-to-expand-shipping.html

 

Port Reports -  July 2

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Maumee/tug Victory departed Duluth at 00:40 Wednesday morning after loading iron ore pellets at the Canadian National gravity dock. She was followed out a few hours later by John G. Munson, which had loaded at the main CN shiploader and left port for Gary at 03:56. Mesabi Miner arrived at 11:50, also to load iron ore pellets. Michipicoten was due at 21:00 Wednesday night for Canadian National. Still in port Wednesday were Federal Biscay, loading wheat at Riverland Ag; Federal Hunter, discharging cement at CRH; and Juno, at anchor in the lake. The only traffic through the Superior entry on Wednesday was Alpena, which departed at 08:55 after unloading cement at Lafarge. Due next at Burlington Northern is Tim S. Dool, which is expected mid-day Thursday to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putne
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on July 1st at 06:52 for Conneaut. Due Two Harbors on July 2nd is the Burns Harbor. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay has the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader scheduled for July 2nd.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday; 21:20 CSL Welland arrived and went to anchor. Wednesday; 6:05 CSL Niagara shifted from Viterra A to Viterra B to finish loading. CSL Welland weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load wheat. 9:09 Algoma Sault arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load wheat. 10:50 The saltie Isadora arrived and went to anchor. 13:32 The saltie Whistler departed for Ghent Belgium. 15:17 CSL Niagara departed and is down bound. 18:10 CSL Assiniboine weighed anchor and continued her voyage from Superior Wisconsin with a load of taconite for Quebec City.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on a slow Wednesday included tug Zeus and barge, BBC Swift, Burns Harbor, Tim S. Dool and Ojibway at mid-day. Paul R Tregurtha and Arthur M Anderson were downbound.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Tug Anglian Lady with barge PML 9000 arrived Wednesday (7/1) at 08:28 and proceeded to the Heavy Lift Dock. PML 9000 carried coils from Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, ON. This is the fourth load of Canadian steel delivered at the Port in 2020.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Wednesday; 3:04 Algoma Innovator departed for Sarnia. 3:59 Cuyahoga weighed anchor and departed at 13:34 and is down bound on Lake Michigan. Saginaw weighed anchor and proceeded to the Lafarge dock to load. 9:54 Herbert C Jackson arrived and went to anchor.

Port Dolomite: Tuesday; 22:10 After taking on a partial load of limestone Joseph L Block departed for Port Inland.

Cheboygan: Tuesday; 9:20 The tug Michigan and the tanker barge Great Lakes arrived at the US Oil Co dock to unload petroleum products and departed on Wednesday at 11:40 for Port Huron.

Calcite: Wednesday; 17:09 American Mariner arrived to load.

Stoneport: Tuesday 21:46 Herbert C Jackson arrived to take on a partial load of limestone and departed Wednesday at 4:14 for Meldrum Bay. 11:40 Olive L Moore / Menominee arrived to load.

Alpena: Wednesday; 12:03 GL Ostrander arrived to load cement products and departed at 18:29 for Milwaukee.

Brevort: Wednesday; 5:01 Defiance/ Ashtabula departed for Buffalo.

Port Inland: Tuesday; 22:34 Calumet arrived to load limestone. Wednesday; 4:49 Joseph L Block arrived and went to anchor.10:31 for Erie. 11:12 Kaye E Barker arrived to load. 20:04 Manitowoc arrived and went to anchor.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Transport cleared 3.32 am Wednesday with salt downbound for Cote Ste Catherines.

Sarnia, ON – Jacob Silvan
The river class vessel Robert S. Pierson has departed Sarnia after being laid up there for a month.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Phillip R Clarke passed MC dpwnbound at 6am. Sharon M I/ Huron Spirit passed downbound at 6:45am. James R Barker arrived at the power plant the afternoon of the 30th, completed a coal unload and was upbound at Port Huron at 9:45am today. Algoma Transport was off Stag Island downbound at 6:30am. Albert/Margaret was off Marysville downbound at 6:45am. Robert S Pierson, after a lengthy layup at Sarnia, untied and was downnbound passing MC at 11am. Undaunted/Per Marquette 41 passed upbound at 12:45pm. Nadja passed downbound at 1:30pm. CSL Tadoussac passed upbound at 2:15pm. Kaministiqua passed downbound at 4pm. A convoy of upbounders followed Presque Isle at 4:45pm, Great Republic at 5:15pm, Atlantic Huron at 6:45pm,and Algonorth should pass upbound during mid evening. Sunny and hot at 87 degrees F with light winds from the west, northwest.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Wednesday Arrivals: Great Republic arrived at Motor City Materials to unload stone. Sharon M I/Huron Spirit arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload steel coils. Robert S Pierson arrived at Zug Island to load coke.

Toledo, OH
We are seeking a reporter for this port. Lake Erie Ports for Wednesday – Bill Kloss

Cleveland: NACC Capri left at 05:48 for Bath. American Courage arrived at 06:01, unloaded at ArcelorMittal and went to the Bulk Terminal to load a shuttle. The Federal St. Laurent departed at 19:00 for Hamilton. Dorothy Ann came in from Marblehead to unload at Ontario Stone.

Ashtabula: Mandarin was still there and Philip R. Clarke arrived at 17:30. Conneaut: Presque Isle left at 23:45 Tuesday night for Two Harbors. Algoma Conveyor finally came in from anchorage at 00:38 and Edgar B. Speer arrived at 09:00. Nanticoke: Greenwing was still in port and Algonorth left for Sarnia at 00:31.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
A quiet day in Hamilton saw the tug Wyatt M depart at 14:28 EST for Port Weller, and the Algoma Niagara arrive at 20:55 EST with salt from Goderich. The BBC Leda is currently loading grain, and the ATB combo Leo A. McArthur/John J. Carrick is at the asphalt dock. The Industrial Skipper still sits on the hook awaiting their turn to load.

 

Descendant who turned sleuth finds closure at ship’s remains

7/2 - Pulaski, NY – After years of sleuthing, Bonnie Turgeon Borrello found closure, comfort and amazement on the shores of Sandy Pond Beach earlier this month. “It’s been all these years, and it’s just amazing that this thing appeared all of a sudden,” Mrs. Borrello said. “I just can’t get over it.”

When she came upon the wreckage of the 19th-century schooner the Hartford on June 16, it concluded a search that began in 1981 with the death of her mother, Elina Turgeon. It was then she began looking into family history, particularly the life of Damas Turgeon, a ship’s mate on the Hartford.

After Elina died, Mrs. Borrello routinely traveled from her home in Texas to visit and care for her dad, Charles Turgeon, who died in 1987. She had heard fuzzy family stories about Damas and found time to look into his life. She also hoped to discover the final resting spot of his ship, the Hartford.

“I became very intrigued as to what had happened,” Mrs. Borrello said. “It was from there that I developed a real interest in finding out more, and I tried doing that in all kinds of ways.”

Locally, she visited Flower Memorial Library, the H. Lee White Marine Museum and the Thousand Islands Museum, seeking newspaper accounts, ship info and family history. She attended lectures by shipwreck experts. In Maine, she took a ride on a schooner to get a feel of the type of boat that Damas sailed on. One year, on their way back to Texas from their summer home on Fishers Landing, Mrs. Borrello and her husband, Sebastian, toured a section of the Welland Canal, which the Hartford regularly passed through on its trips to Lake Erie and ports on that lake.

“We got to see how the ships go through the canal,” Mrs. Borrello said. “I know it was a long time back and it was different, but still, it was an experience that seemed to bring me closer to Damas. We also visited Port Dalhousie (St. Catherines, Ontario), which was the last stop that they made before crossing Lake Ontario and to their deaths.”

The 137-feet long, 307-ton Hartford was built at Linn & Craig Shipyard in Gibraltar, Mich., and launched in 1873. It was owned by a conglomerate in Oswego. The three-masted schooner sank in 1894 off Mexico Bay. It struggled in a fierce fall gale and finally succumbed to it.

Capt. William O’Toole, 45, Clayton, a native of Constableville and son of Civil War soldier and Irish immigrant, Peter O’Toole, piloted the Hartford. In addition to the captain, also lost when the ship went down were his wife, Mary Manson O’Toole and their 5-month-old child, Mary Kathleen, along with Damas Turgeon and three others: William Donaldson of Theresa, Dennis McCarthy of Oswego and a man named Farquahaurson of Grindstone Island. None of the bodies of the crew washed ashore.

“As with the O’Tooles, Damas has a headstone in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Clayton, in the same row,” Mrs. Borrello said. “Damas was 47 years old when he drowned and left a family of six children.”

Damas’s descendants, Mrs. Borrello said, lived in Clayton for several years.

“His grandson, Tom, was a founder of the Antique Boat Museum,” she said. Mrs. Borrello found articles on the sinking of the Hartford and has shared them with family members over the years.

“I have been fascinated with the story and have searched for whatever I could find,” she said.

But her search never turned up the resting spot of the Hartford.

“Everybody I asked tried to find out more — if that ship had been found and all of this,” she said. “No,’ they would say. ‘They were left down there. A lot had been found, but never the Hartford.’”

In March, a 20-by-20-foot section of the Hartford washed ashore after 126 years under water. It was found near the inlet, lakeshore, that heads into North Sandy Pond and where a boardwalk is located. It was discovered by Nicole M. Nicosia, librarian at Mexico High School, who regularly hikes at Sandy Pond Beach area. The find was reported by local media, including an April 11 story in the Watertown Daily Times.

After reading the Times story online from her home in Texas, Mrs. Borrello wrote to its author: “Now, after these many years, it has come to light. I can’t believe it!”

She was put in contact with maritime historian and diver Mark Barbour, North Syracuse, an expert on Lake Ontario shipwrecks and who is leading a preservation effort on the remains of the Hartford.

“I am so thankful for his efforts in trying to preserve the wreck,” Mrs. Borrello said. “If it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would happen. It’s such a wonderful thing for him to do. He’s not a relative or anything and some of us are just not able to do that sort of thing at this point in our lives now.”

On June 16, she made the trek to see the wreckage herself. Accompanying her was a cousin, Ann Halback, Watertown. The first leg was arrival at Sandy Island Beach State Park, part of the Eastern Lake Ontario dune and wetland system.

The park includes a 17-mile stretch which extends from the town of Richland, Oswego County, north along Lake Ontario to Jefferson County. From the state park parking lot, a person can walk north along the beach for about an hour before coming to where Sandy Pond and Lake Ontario meet. But on their visit, Mrs. Borrello and her cousin brought kayaks because the trek to the wreckage is over some rough terrain. Her husband stayed behind at the parking lot.

“We launched at the park and went along the spit of land on the inside of Sandy Pond, the quiet side,” Mrs. Borrello said. “We found somebody there who could tell us how to go up and we would find this board walk. We had to walk across the boardwalk to the lake side. That’s what we did and we walked to the beach and to the wreck.”

She was overwhelmed at the sight.

“It was just amazing,” Mrs. Borrello said. “I couldn’t believe it. Still, I don’t have words to express the feeling of it.”

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.nny360.com/artsandlife/localhistory/descendant-who-turned-sleuth-finds-closure-at-ship-s-remains/article_b24e8ab7-2f38-5dbc-ac65-d9dc0d7326c7.html?fbclid=IwAR2g4Cec33XgrqBcSH_RI-bxazk1PiQZ8QaqxUPYRhM7GG5ut7AginmdQDc

 

Hidden Shipwrecks of the Twin Ports subject of today’s Virtual Visitor Center lecture

7/2 - Every ship that passes through the Duluth-Superior Harbor has a story to tell. The ships hidden beneath the water on the harbor floor have stories to tell as well. Join Ranger Kasey in the Virtual Visitor Center for an adventure exploring shipwrecks of the Twin Ports and learn what you can do to preserve these hidden treasures. Use a Chrome browser to directly connect on the web at this address: https://www.gotomeet.me/VirtualVisitorCenter/shipwrecks

If your computer does not have speakers you can get the audio on your phone at this number: +1 (872) 240-3311; Access Code: 452-471-893. The Virtual Visitor Center is a cooperative project between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Soo Locks Visitor Center Association and Lake Superior Marine Museum Association.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 2

In July 2, 1966, the SIMCOE entered service for Canada Steamship Lines. Renamed b.) ALGOSTREAM in 1994, she was scrapped at Alang, India in 1996, as c.) SIMCOE. The railroad carferry TRANSIT was launched at Walkerville, Ontario, on 2 July 1872, at the Jenkins Brothers shipyard.

Before noon, Saturday, 2 July 1870, several attempts were made to launch the barge AGNES L POTTER at Simon Langell's yard at St. Clair, Michigan. Nothing happened until 3 p.m. when the vessel moved about 100 feet but still was not launched. The tug VULCAN arrived at 8 a.m. the following day and broke the line on the first attempt to pull the vessel off the ways. A 10-inch line was obtained in Port Huron and at 2 p.m. a second effort only moved the barge about four feet. Finally, on the third attempt, the VULCAN pulled her into the water. The POTTER's dimensions were 133 feet X 27 feet X 9 feet, 279 gross tons and she was built for the iron ore trade. She was named for the daughter of the general superintendent of Ward's Iron Works of Chicago. She lasted until 1906.

1990 CUNARD CAVALIER first visited the Great Lakes in 1978 and returned later that year as b) OLYMPIC HARMONY. The ship went aground off Port Muhammad Bin Asimov, Pakistan, on this date in 1990 as d) VILLA while en route to West Africa. It was abandoned July 13. The hull was refloated November 30, 1990, and arrived at Singapore, under tow, on May 16, 1991. The ship was declared a total loss and reached Alang, India, for scrapping on February 2, 1992.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series, Marine Historical Society of Detroit. This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detail

 

U.S. Steel to restart blast furnace at Gary Works as demand improves

7/1 - Gary, IN – U.S. Steel idled the No. 6 Blast Furnace at Gary Works in late April after the coronavirus pandemic shut down automotive plants and undercut the demand for steel. But now the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker, one of Northwest Indiana's largest employers, said demand has picked up enough that it's restarting the blast furnace, a jolt that will benefit Northwest Indiana's ailing steel industry.

"U.S. Steel will commence restarting Gary Works No. 6 Blast Furnace after the holiday weekend consistent with the growth we have been seeing in customer demand," U.S. Steel spokeswoman Meghan M. Cox said. "We remain ready to serve our customers as they adjust to changing market conditions by utilizing the flexibility of our banked blast furnaces, including, if needed, adjusting operations intermittently to accommodate changes in our order book."

The No. 4 Blast Furnace remains idled at Gary Works. U.S. Steel also idled operations in Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio and Texas after posting a $391 million loss in the first quarter.

The steelmaker expects to lose $315 million in the second quarter as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and the economic turmoil it caused. U.S. Steel earlier warned it could temporarily lay off up to 6,500 employees nationwide, or more than a third of its total workforce of 16,000 in North America.

After the viral outbreak resulted in widespread shutdowns, including of automotive factories that rank among the largest consumers of steel, U.S. Steel issued WARNs to about 3,800 employees who faced temporary layoffs at Gary Works and the Midwest plant in Portage.

NW Indiana Times

 

Coast Guard helps disabled Duluth cruise boat Vista Star back to port

7/1 - Duluth, MN – The U.S. Coast Guard helped the Vista Star back into port Tuesday after it became disabled outside of the Duluth entry. The Vista Fleet leadership said there was a small mechanical failure while under the lift bridge.

Dozens of passengers aboard the tourist boat, wearing life jackets, watched as other vessels nudged the ship and people on shore helped pull the Vista Star into place behind the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. About 32 passengers disembarked from the vessel shortly before 12:30 p.m.

Petty Officer Trevor Matelski, from Coast Guard Station Duluth, said they received a report that the boat was disabled out of the Duluth entry.

"We went over there to make sure everyone was safe. We were going to leave it to commercial towing to take care of it. They were doing a stern tow taking them through the Duluth entry, when they started drifting towards the wall. So we stepped in, and did a side tow, and assisted them safely under the lift bridge with the help of another vessel. All three of us moored them up safely," Matelski said.

Vista's assistant general manager, Colleen Smith, said in a statement, "We had to drop anchor and call the Coast Guard for assistance to be towed back into our dock. Our crew is trained for emergency situations like this on a monthly basis and did great handling the situation. Everyone on board left smiling, and we are hoping to be back up and running for the holiday weekend."

The Vista Star is part of the Vista Fleet, which offers tours of the Twin Ports area.

View a video at this link: https://www.wdio.com/duluth-minnesota-news/coast-guard-helps-vista-star-back-to-port/5777264

 

Port Reports -  July 1

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth at 01:24 Tuesday morning loaded with coal from Midwest Energy. Alpena was inbound at 04:38 to unload powdered cement at Lafarge, and Arthur M. Anderson departed at 07:28 for Gary with iron ore pellets from Canadian National. The barge Maumee/tug Victory arrived at 15:12 to load at CN, however they moored at the gravity dock to wait for John G. Munson to finish loading. The Munson was outbound at TIME. Fleetmates Federal Biscay and Federal Hunter were still in port Tuesday, the former loading wheat at Riverland Ag and the latter unloading cement at CRH. Juno remains anchored in the lake waiting to load at Gavilon and does not have an ETA posted. Stewart J. Cort spent Tuesday loading iron ore pellets at BN in Superior and did not have a departure time posted.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on June 30th at 12:49 for South of #2. She is loading for Conneaut. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for CN-Two Harbors or Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on July 1st.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday; 6:26 The saltie Fortunagracht departed and is down bound.10:46 Algoma Equinox weighed anchor and proceeded to the G3 elevator to load. 10:47 CSL Assiniboine arrived and went to anchor. 13:20 CSL Niagara arrived at Viterra to load wheat.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on Tuesday included Algoma Sault. Roger Blough was inbound at DeTour mid-evening. Downbounders included Cason J. Callaway, Nadja, Indiana Harbor and Kaministiqua.

Green Bay, WI
On Tuesday morning the tug Prentiss Brown barge St. Marys Conquest departed for Manitowoc at 4:52 am. Tug Samuel De Champlain barge Innovation arrived at 7:38 am from South Chicago, IL with cement for the Lafarge Terminal. Then the American Mariner arrived at 8:24 am from Calcite, MI with limestone for the GLC Minerals Fox River Dock Terminal then departed at 4:32 pm for Calcite, MI.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Tug Aiden William arrived from Calumet Harbor early Monday (6/29) with three empty river barges for the COFCO elevator. After loading soybeans, tug and barges departed for Calumet Harbor Tuesday morning (6/30). That makes 42 barges filled at COFCO this year. Each barge carries about 1,360 metric tons. By comparison, a seaway vessel can take roughly 24,000 metric tons. Four seaway vessels loaded at COFCO in 2019. None have called this year. A state-owned holding company, COFCO (China Oil and Food Corp.) is China’s largest food processor. Its Milwaukee terminal dates to 1916. In February 2020, the Port announced plans to build an “intermodal bulk export agricultural transload facility” (modern grain elevator). Estimated cost is $31.3 million. 80 percent of that cost would be taxpayer funded: federal 51%, state 16%, city 13%. Wisconsin based DeLong Company would contribute the remaining 20 percent and operate the facility.

Northern Lake Huron
Parry Sound: Monday; 18:17 Cuyahoga arrived to unload road salt and departed on Tuesday at 1:28 for Meldrum Bay.

Bruce Mines: Monday; 22:15 Mississagi departed for Chicago.

Meldrum Bay: Tuesday; 13:44 Algoma Innovator arrived to load limestone. 14:53 Cuyahoga arrived and went to anchor.18:26 Saginaw arrived and went to anchor.

Port Dolomite: Tuesday; 15:31 Joseph L Block arrived to load limestone.

Calcite: Tuesday 8:10 Great Republic departed for Detroit.

Stoneport: Tuesday 4:04 American Courage departed for Cleveland.

Brevort: Tuesday; 5:08 Defiance/ Ashtabula arrived to load limestone product.

Port Inland: Tuesday; 4:55 Philip R Clarke departed for Ashtabula.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
G.L. Ostrander - Integrity arrived on the Saginaw River Tuesday morning, June 30th, calling on the Lafarge Cement Dock in Essexville to unload. Olive L. Moore - Menominee were also inbound Tuesday morning. The pair waited just off the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City for the outbound Herbert C. Jackson to pass, then the pair continued upriver, stopping at both the Burroughs Materials dock in Zilwaukee and the Lafarge Stone Dock in Saginaw. Olive L. Moore - Menominee were outbound early in the evening Tuesday.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara cleared Goderich 4.09 am Tuesday with salt downbound for Hamilton ON. Algoma Transport arrived 4.22 am Tuesday and loading salt at Compass Minerals.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H. Tuesday Arrivals: Sea Eagle 2/St. Marys Cement 2-arrived at the St. Marys Cement dock to unload cement. Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder-arrived at the St. Clair Aggregates dock to unload stone. Damia Desgagnes-arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Calusa Coast and Delaware-arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load.

Lake Erie Ports for Tuesday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Dorothy Ann arrived from Detroit at 18:57.

Cleveland: NACC Capri arrived at 06:31 and went to Lafarge to unload. Federal St. Laurent remained at the Port docks.

Ashtabula: The salty Mandarin arrived at 06:44.

Conneaut: Whitefish Bay left for Quebec City at 14:11, the Presque Isle came in at 10:30 and the Algoma Conveyor is still at anchor.

Nanticoke: Algonova departed Monday night for Sarnia. Atlantic Huron left for Windsor at 18:41, Algonorth was still in port and the salty Greenwing arrived at 18:10.

Port Colborne, ON – Jacob Silvan
Scrapping on the Algoway has started again in Port Colborne. Scrapping stopped after scrapping the Algorail so they could haul English River on shore and scrap Sarah Spencer. Algoway has been in Port Colborne since she and her sister Algorail were towed there in 2018.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed light for Toledo after unloading coal, at 6:46 EST. After spending a few days in port, the Coast Guard vessel Limnos departed for the Welland Canal at 11:37 EST. The tug Wyatt M arrived from Toronto at 14:13 EST. The Industrial Skipper sat at anchor another day, while the ATB combo Leo A. McArthur/John J. Carrick sat at the asphalt dock. The BBC Leda finished up unloading steel in the morning and shifted to the Richardson terminal to load grain.

Oswego, NY – Ned Goebricher
On Tuesday NACC Argonaut unloaded cement.

Toronto, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at Lehigh Cement Dock Tuesday afternoon.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Tuesday morning bound for Toronto, ON.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  July 1

July 1, 1991 - The automobile/passenger ferry DALDEAN celebrated its 40th year in operation between Sombra, Ontario and Marine City, Michigan. She was built by Erieau Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Erieau, Ontario, for Bluewater Ferry Ltd. Service started between the two communities on July 1, 1951.

On this day in 1943, the nine loading docks on Lake Superior loaded a combined 567,000 tons of iron ore into the holds of waiting freighters.

At 16:00 hours on July 1, 2005, an explosion hit the Cargill elevator in Toledo, Ohio, which collapsed on one of the silos and fire was found in five of the silos.

On July 1, 1940, the HARRY COULBY became the first Great Lakes vessel to load in excess of 16,000 tons of iron ore when it loaded 16,067 tons of iron ore in Ashland, Wisconsin. Renamed b.) KINSMAN ENTERPRISE in 1989, she was scrapped at Port Colborne, Ontario in 2002.

On 1 July 1927, ROBERT C. WENTE (wooden, propeller, bulk freighter, 141 foot, 336 gross tons, built in 1888, at Gibraltar, Michigan) burned to a total loss in the St. Clair River. In 1911, she sank in Lake Michigan, but was raised and refurbished.

July 1983 - The C&O sold its remaining 3 car ferries to Glen Bowden and George Towns. They begin operating cross-lake service between Ludington and Kewaunee under the name Michigan-Wisconsin Transportation Co. (MWT)

On 1 July 1852, CASPIAN (wooden side-wheeler, 252 foot, 921 tons, built in 1851, at Newport, Michigan) foundered a short distance off Cleveland's piers. Some of her gear and structural material were salvaged in the Spring of 1853, and the wreck was then flattened with dynamite.

July 1, 1900, the new wooden steam barge ALFRED MITCHELL started her maiden voyage from St. Clair, Michigan for Cleveland, Ohio, to load coal. She was owned by Langell & Sons.

On 1 July 1869, the wooden schooner GARROWEN was carrying coal from Cleveland to Toronto when she sprang a leak and sank in 60 feet of water about 10 miles from shore off Geneva, Ohio. The crew escaped in the yawl. She was only 19 years old and some of the crew claimed that she was scuttled as an insurance scam. However, a number of divers visited the wreck on the bottom of the Lake at the time and that claim was refuted.

On 1 July 1875, the iron carferry HURON (238 foot, 1052 gross tons, built at Point Edward, Ontario, with iron plates prefabricated in Scotland) made her trial voyage between Fort Gratiot, Michigan, and Point Edward, Ontario, across the St. Clair River. This vessel served the Grand Trunk Railway and ran between Windsor and Detroit for over a century.

In 1876, a 25-square-mile ice field was still floating at the head of Lake Superior in northwest Wisconsin.

1918: The wooden steam barge CREAM CITY stranded on Wheeler Reef in upper Lake Huron due to fog while towing the barge GRACE HOLLAND. All were rescued but the ship was abandoned. The hull caught fire and was destroyed in 1925. 1939: ALGOSOO (i) arrived at Collingwood for hull repairs after hitting bottom, in fog, near Cape Smith, Georgian Bay.

1964: WHITEFISH BAY went aground off in the St. Lawrence off Whisky Island while bound for Montreal with a cargo of grain. Six tugs pulled the ship free on July 3.

1975: VALETTA first came to the Great Lakes in 1962 and returned as c) ORIENT EXPORTER in 1966 and d) IONIC in 1972. The leaking ship was beached at Cheddar, Saudi Arabia, with hull cracks. It slipped off the reef July 11, 1975, and sank.

1972: H.M.C.S. COBOURG was built at Midland as a World War Two corvette and rebuilt as a merchant ship about 1947. It caught fire and burned as d) PUERTO DEL SOL at New Orleans while undergoing repairs and the upper works were gutted. The ship was sold for scrapping at Brownsville, TX, later in the year.

1980: The Swedish-flag freighter MALTESHOLM first came through the Seaway in 1963. It began leaking in the engine room as c) LITO on this date while bound from Kalamata, Greece, to Vietnam with bagged flour. It was abandoned by the crew and then sank in the eastern Mediterranean. The ship had been sold to Taiwan ship breakers and was likely bound for Kaohsiung after unloading in the Far East.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Lake Huron Lore Society, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series – Marine Historical Society of Detroit.


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