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BoatNerd Launches our 2019 Fall Fundraiser

11/14 -   We have kicked off our second annual fall fundraising drive. We are accepting donations through PayPal or by mail. https://paypal.me/Boatnerd (updated link) or to e-mail donate@boatnerd.net

We had hoped to have a new website online by now generating revenue through advertising. That project has been much slower than anticipated, so we are hosting this fundraising drive to help keep the web site and Gatherings operational for another year. Any amount is appreciated and will go a long way towards keeping the site active.

2019 was a good year and we made progress on the new web site and added new AIS stations. We also returned the Port Huron Webcam. Thank you for your continuing support. We hope to continue the same in 2020.

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US steel mill capacity utilization dips to 80.5%

11/14 - US raw steel capacity utilization declined to 80.5% last week from 81.6% the previous week. Production fell 1.4% to 1.862 million st during the week that ended Saturday, down from 1.888 million st produced the previous week, according to data released Monday by the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Last week’s production was down 2.2% compared with the same week a year ago, when capability utilization was at 81.2% and production totaled 1.903 million st.

The AISI calculated adjusted year-to-date production at 83.5 million st, with a capability utilization rate of 80.3%. This is up 2.4% from the same period last year, when the utilization rate was 78.1% on 81.5 million st of output.

Last week’s production totaled 209,000 st in the Northeast; 670,000 st in the Great Lakes region; 178,000 st in the Midwest; 729,000 st in the Southern district and 76,000 st in the Western region.

The weekly raw steel production volume AISI provides is estimated. The figures are compiled from weekly production data provided by 50% of domestic producers combined with monthly production data for the remainder.

Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

 

Port Reports -  November 14

Port reports are compiled from 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). Reporters needed for Lake Michigan ports, St. Marys River, Saginaw River and ports such as Johnstown, ON. If you would like to see your port represented, please consider becoming a news page volunteer and send us your information.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Mesabi Miner departed Duluth at 03:55 Wednesday morning with a cargo of iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor. Herbert C. Jackson was inbound at 08:56 and was placed in drydock at Fraser Shipyards for thruster repairs. CSL Assiniboine left port at 11:01 light after unloading salt at Hallett #8, and put her anchor down outside the Superior entry to wait for her turn to load at Burlington Northern. John J. Boland was inbound Duluth at 12:48 with limestone for to the C. Reiss dock in West Duluth. She should depart early Thursday morning to load in Silver Bay. Ebroborg continued loading beet pulp pellets at Gavilon on Wednesday and was due to depart at 21:00. Federal Kushiro was also in port taking on wheat at the Riverland elevator after shifting there early Wednesday from the CRH dock, where she had unloaded powdered cement. Iryda remained on the hook outside the harbor. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort loaded at BN during the day Wednesday, and had been expected to depart at 18:00 but was still loading as of 20:00. CSL Assiniboine was next in line for the dock, and Algoma Guardian is expected mid-morning Thursday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 12th at 20:42 for South of #2. As of 19:30 on Nov. 13th she was still at the loading dock. Due Two Harbors late on the 13th is the Roger Blough. Due Two Harbors late in the day on Nov. 14th is the CSL Tadoussac. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Nov. 13th. Due Silver Bay on Nov. 14th is the John J. Boland. She unloaded eastern coal at the South dock at Graymont in Superior and will be finishing up by unloading stone at the North dock. The Herbert C. Jackson is currently at Fraser for repairs. After repairs are complete she will load in Silver Bay. When the Joyce L. VanEnevort/Great Lakes Trader departed Silver Bay on the 9th her AIS wasn't updated. She went to Toledo.

Thunder Bay, ON
Wednesday; 19:27 The saltie Osogovo departed for Gibraltar. 19:55 Algoma Discovery weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load wheat.

Northern Lake Huron ports
Owen Sound: Tuesday; 21:41 Prentiss Brown departed for Charlevoix.

Meldrum Bay: Tuesday; 14:21 Cuyahoga arrived to load dolomite and departed Wednesday at 2:14 down bound on Lake Huron.

Bruce Mines; Tuesday; Saginaw arrived to load trap rock and departed Wednesday at 9:35 for Windsor.

Drummond Island: Wednesday; 5:21 Great Republic departed for Buffington. 5:49 Manitowoc weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. 18:17 Manitowoc departed for Grand Haven.

Port Dolomite: Tuesday; 20:20 Algoma Compass arrived to load.

Calcite: Wednesday; 17:27 American Mariner departed for Ashtabula.

Alpena: Tuesday; 21:42 Undaunted arrived to unload at the cement plant and departed Wednesday at 7:36 for Sault Ste Marie.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas Mississagi arrived 8.20 am Wednesday, loaded salt, cleared 6.17 pm downbound for Windsor.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Wednesday Arrivals: Calusa Coast and Delaware arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Sarah Andrie and tank barge arrived at the Buckeye Terminal to load/unload petroleum products. John G Munson arrived at the Revere Dock to unload stone.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
NACC Argonaut departed at 00:34 Wednesday empty for Bath. Algoma Buffalo departed at 02:38 for Toronto with salt. Indiana Harbor arrived with 65,000 tons of ore for the Bulk Terminal. She departed at 11:54 for Two Harbors. Sam Laud arrived empty from Lorain at 02:06 and waited at Lehigh Cement for a berth at the Bulk Terminal to load a shuttle.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages – Wednesday November 13 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrival - Nov 13 - Algoterra - docked - Nov 12 - Algocanada at 1244, Maria Desgagnes at 1342, Frontenac at 1503 - departed - Nov 13 - Frontenac at 0724, Maria Desgagnes at 1219 eastboound

Long Point Bay anchorage - Nov 12 - Sloman Hermes (Mlt) at 0453 and tug Sharon M I & barge at 1739 - Nov 13 - departed - Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1007 westbound

Port Colborne anchorage - anchored - Nov 13 - Maria Desgagnes at 1535 - departed at 1927 for the canal

Welland Canal upbound - Nov 11 - Atlantic Huron at 1945 stopped wharf 16 - Nov 12 - Mandarin (Cyp) at 1813, Algoma Sault at 1910 and Algoterra at 2320 - Nov 13 - tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 0028, Irma (Cyp) at 0153, Spruceglen at 0641, Algoma Spirit at 0941, tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 1134, Mamry (Bhs) at 1255, Resko (Bhs) at 1410 and Robert S Pierson eta 2215

Welland Canal downbound Nov 12 - Florence Spirit at 1106, Algoma Transport at 1729 and San (Lbr)at 2131 - Nov 13 - Algoma Strongfield at 1007, Algosea at 1024, Frontenac at 1244, NACC Argonaut at 1642, Algoma Buffalo at 1706 and Maria Desgagnes at 2004

Welland Canal docks - docked - Nov 12 - Atlantic Huron arrived wharf 16 at 1349 Port Weller anchorage - Nov 11 - Mamry (Bhs) at 1321, Resko (Bhs) at 1937 - departed - Nov 13 - Mamry (Bhs) at 1225 and Resko (Bhs) at 1320 - both for Thunder Bay Ocean Castle

Hamilton - arrivals - Nov 13 - Algoma Transport at 1047 - anchored - Nov 11 - Isa (Cyp) at 0502 - Nov 12 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 2315 - docked - Nov 9 - Narie (Bhs) at 1207 and Exeborg (Nld) at 1925 - Nov 10 - Rosaire A Desgagnes at 1330 and Federal Montreal (Mhl) at 1941 on maiden voyage - Nov 12 - Chembulk Yokohama (Mhl) at 2100 Florence Spirit at 2324 - departed - Nov 13 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0157 for Hamburg and Algoma Spirit at 0755 for the canal

Bronte - arrival - Nov 13 - Paul A Desgagnes at 0253 - anchored - Nov 10 - Sarah Desgagnes off Bronte at 2321

Clarkson - arrival - Nov 13 - Robert S Pierson at 0116 - departed Nov 13 - at 1814 for the canal

Mississauga - docked - Nov 10 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osstank Sweden-11) at 1401

Oshawa - arrival - Nov 12 - NACC Quebec at 2215 - departed Nov 13 at 1940 eastbound

 

GLMI annual Marine Mart Saturday in St. Clair Shores

11/14 - The 39th Annual Marine Mart, sponsored by the Great Lakes Maritime Institute, will be held on Saturday, November 16, from 10:00 am - 2:00 p.m. The location is VFW 1146 Bruce Post 28404 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, MI. (between 11 and 12 Mile) on Lake St. Clair. Admission is $7.00 (early bird admission 9:30-10.00 $10.00). Children under the age of 12 are free. Items include ship models, photos, artifacts, ship china, artwork, postcards, books and more. For more info: contact mcgrawka@sbcglobal.net

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 14

ALGOBAY (steel propeller bulk freighter, 719 foot, 22,466 gross tons, built at Collingwood, Ontario in 1978) departed Sept Iles, Quebec on 14 Nov 1978, with an iron ore pellet cargo for Sydney, Nova Scotia when she collided with the 90,000 ton Italian-flag ore carrier CIELO BIANCO. The Collingwood-built tug POINTE MARGUERITE, which was towing the big salty, was unfortunately crushed between the two vessels and sank, killing two crewmembers.

On November 14, 1934, the WILLIAM A. REISS grounded off Sheboygan and was declared a constructive total loss. Built as the a.) FRANK H. PEAVEY in 1901, renamed b.) WILLIAM A. REISS in 1916. She was scrapped at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1935.

Cracks across the ENDERS M. VOORHEES' spar deck were first noticed in a storm on Lake Superior November 14, 1942. Her fleetmate NORMAN B. REAM came to her assistance by releasing storm oil which helped calm the seas so the crew of the VOORHEES could run cables the length of her deck and winch them tight to arrest the cracking. She proceeded to the Soo escorted by the REAM and later sailed to the Great Lake Engineering Works for repairs.

The THOMAS WILSON (Hull#826) was launched November 14, 1942, at Lorain, Ohio, for the U.S. Maritime Commission.

The U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender MESQUITE (Hull#76) was launched November 14, 1942, at a cost of $894,000, by Marine Iron & Shipbuilding Co. at Duluth, Minnesota. MESQUITE ran aground off Keweenaw Point on December 4, 1989, and was declared a total loss. MESQUITE was scuttled off Keweenaw Point on July 14, 1990.

On November 14, 1952, the SPARROWS POINT, b.) BUCKEYE entered service for Bethlehem Steel Corp. Reduced to a barge at Erie, Pennsylvania, and renamed c.) LEWIS J KUBER in 2006.

On 14 November 1879, C G BREED (2 mast wooden schooner, 140 foot, 385 tons, built in 1862, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin) was carrying 24,000 bushels of wheat from Detroit to Buffalo when she capsized and sank in a sudden squall near Ashtabula, Ohio in Lake Erie. 5 lives were lost, but 3 were saved. The three survivors were rescued by three different vessels.

In 1940, following the Armistice Day Storm, The CITY OF FLINT 32 was freed by the tug JOHN F. CUSHING assisted by the PERE MARQUETTE 21.

In 1990, Glen Bowden (of MWT) announced that he would suspend cross-Lake Michigan ferry service indefinitely. On 14 November 1886, the steamer BELLE WILSON was crossing Lake Ontario with a load of 11,800 bushels of oats when a severe gale and snowstorm blew in. The vessel lost her rudder and the crew rigged sails, but these were blown away. Then they rigged a drag made of 600 feet of line and a log to help maneuver the vessel and they headed for Oswego, New York. This lasted for 12 hours, but the chain parted at 3:00 a.m. and the vessel was driven ashore at Ford's Shoals, 4 miles east of Oswego harbor. No lives were lost.

On 14 November 1892, the 2-mast, 95 foot wooden schooner MINNIE DAVIS was rammed on a dark night by the 2-mast, 117 foot wooden schooner HUNTER SAVIDGE near Amherstburg, Ontario. The DAVIS sank, but no lives were lost. The wreckage was removed in May 1893.

1922: The composite hulled freighter JOS. L. SIMPSON was upbound on Lake Ontario from Ogdensburg to Milwaukee when it stranded at Tibbett's Point. The repair bill was close to $12,000 but the vessel returned to service and last operated in 1957 as YANKCANUCK (i).

1933: The wheat laden D.E. CALLENDAR stranded in Lake Erie off Long Point and was a total loss. The hull was salvaged in 1934 and laid up at Toledo. It was taken to New Orleans during World War Two for reconstruction as a barge but the change was never registered and the hull was likely scrapped.

1933: The wooden tug FLORENCE sank off False Duck Island in a storm that brought snow, high winds and waves on Lake Ontario. All 7 on board were saved and taken aboard the barge PETER G. CAMPBELL.

1943: RIVERTON stranded at Lottie Wolf Shoal, Georgian Bay and declared a total loss. Later salvaged and repaired, it returned to service as MOHAWK DEER.

1960: ISLAND KING II was destroyed by a fire while laid up for the winter at Lachine, QC. The vessel had been built as DALHOUSIE CITY and operated across western Lake Ontario between Toronto and St. Catharines from 1911 until the end of the 1949 season before being sold and moving to Montreal.

1966: The Liberian freighter FREIDA went aground at Poe's Reef, Lake Huron, and had to be lightered by MAITLAND NO. 1. The ocean ship began Great Lakes terading as c) SEAWAY STAR in 1960 and returned as d) DEALMOUTH in 1962 and as e) FREIDA earlier in 1966.

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

 

Port Reports -  November 13

Port reports are compiled from 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). Reporters needed for Lake Michigan ports, St. Marys River, Saginaw River and ports such as Johnstown, ON.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Ebroborg arrived Duluth from anchor at 12:38 Tuesday to load beet pulp pellets at Gavilon. In the harbor, she passed her outbound fleetmate Fivelborg, which departed at 13:56 from Gavilon carrying the same cargo. CSL Assiniboine came in at 15:15 with salt to unload at Hallett #8. Also in port were Mesabi Miner, taking on iron ore pellets at CN; Andean, loading wheat at Riverland Ag; Federal Kushiro, discharging cement at CRH; and Iryda, on the hook outside the harbor waiting to load wheat at CHS 1. Andean was tentatively expected to depart around 21:00 Tuesday night, while Mesabi Miner had no departure time listed even though she has been tied up at CN for more than 24 hours. At the Superior entry, Burns Harbor was outbound at 05:10 Tuesday with a load of iron ore pellets from Burlington Northern. Stewart J. Cort was expected at 23:00 to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer got underway off Duluth on Nov. 11th at approx. 19:15 and arrived Two Harbors on the 11th at 21:24. She departed from South of #2 on Nov. 12th at 15:00 for Conneaut. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 12th is the Presque Isle. As of 19:30 on the 12th she was just NE of Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors later in the day on Nov. 13th is the Roger Blough. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival on Nov. 11th of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader at 23:32. She departed Silver Bay on Nov. 12th at 18:06 for Toledo. The Herbert C. Jackson is due the Twin Ports on Nov. 13th for Fraser Shipyards. This is according to Harbor Lookout. She will then load in Silver Bay.

Thunder Bay, ON
Monday; 22:44 CSL Laurentien departed for Baie Comeau. Tuesday; 3:11 Algoma Harvester departed for Trois Riviere. 7:37 The saltie Osogovo weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 12:15 Federal Kumano arrived at the G3 elevator to load grain. 14:19 Ojibway departed for Sorel. 14:36 Federal Champlain weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 16:32 Federal Dart weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load grain. 18:19 Algoma Discovery arrived and went to anchor south of the Welcome Islands.

Green Bay, WI
Departures: Algoma Compass departed for Cedarville in the morning. Kaye E. Barker departed at 7:30 pm for Port Inland, MI.

Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
At Port Milwaukee Monday (11/11): Federal Baltic was still at the Federal Marine Terminals dock on the outer harbor. After delivering 141 coils and two plates of Canadian steel at the heavy lift dock, Anglian Lady and Ironmaster departed Monday evening. Algoma Innovator arrived 11:02 with salt. She dropped almost 8,000 tons in the salt domes and approximately 10,000 tons on the Compass Minerals pad.

Northern Lake Huron ports
Owen Sound: Tuesday; 13:53 Prentiss Brown arrived to unload cement.

Meldrum Bay: Tuesday; 14:21 Cuyahoga arrived to load dolomite.

Thessalon: Monday; 22:26 Michipicoten arrived to load stone and departed on Tuesday at 16:02.

Drummond Island: Tuesday; 2:17 Manitowoc arrived and went to anchor in the St Marys River. 10:11 Great Republic arrived to load lime stone. Calcite: Monday: 12:51 Arthur M Anderson departed for Buffington. 19:04 Dorothy Ann arrived to load and departed Monday at 2:59 for Cleveland. 3:19 Cason J Callaway arrived to load. 18:19 Olive L Moore departed for Bay City. 18:43 American Mariner arrived to load.

Alpena: Tuesday; 18:04 Samuel De Champlain departed for Milwaukee. 18:38 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Saltie San cleared downbound 5:42 pm Monday for Montreal.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Tuesday Arrivals: Indiana Harbor arrived at Zug Island to unload ore. Evans McKeil and barge arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to load equipment for the DTE St. Clair Power Plant. Capt. Keith arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload general cargo.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
No report submitted.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages – Tuesday November 12, 2019 ... Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrivals - Algocanada at 1244, Frontenac at 1503 and tug Sharon M I & barge at 1739

Long Point Bay anchorage - Nov 12 - Sloman Hermes (Mlt) at 0453 and tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1659

Welland Canal upbound - Nov 11 - Sloman Hermes (Mlt) at 1347, Maria Desgagnes at 1845, Atlantic Huron at 1945 - Nov 12 - tug Wilf Seymour & Alouette Spirit at 0916, Mandarin (Cyp) at 1813, Algoma Sault at1813 delayed and Algoterra eta 2310

Welland Canal downbound - Nov 11 - CSL Welland at 1457, Iver Bright (Nld) at 2220 and Thunder Bay at 2238 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0151, Algoma Enterprise at 0707, Florence Spirit at 1106, Algoma Transport at 1729 and San (Lbr) eta 2050

Welland Canal docks - Nov 11 - Frontenac departed 19-E at 2131 - arrived wharf 16 at 2200 - Nov 12 - departed wharf 16 at 0740 westbound

Port Weller anchorage - Nov 11 - Mamry (Bhs) at 1321, Resko (Bhs) at 1937

Anchored off Hamilton - Nov 11 - Algoma Spirit at 1700 off Hamilton

Hamilton - arrivals - Nov 12 - tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 0400, Algoma Spirit at 0540 and Chembulk Yokohama (Mhl) at 2100 - anchored - Nov 11 - Isa (Cyp) at 0502 in Burlington Bay - docked - Oct 31 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1138 - Nov 9 - Narie (Bhs) at 1207 and Exeborg (Nld) at 1925 - Nov 10 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1054, Rosaire A Desgagnes at 1446 and Federal Montreal (Mhl) at 1941 on maiden voyage - departed - Nov 12 - Algoma Sault at 1210 and tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 2110 eastbound

Bronte - Nov 10 - Sarah Desgagnes anchored off Bronte at 2321

Clarkson - arrival - Nov 11 - Robert S Pierson at 1144 - departed Nov 11 - at 2028 eastbound

Mississauga - docked - Nov 10 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osstank Sweden-11) at 1401 from Port Weller anchorage

Toronto - departed Nov 12 - Mandarin (Cyp) at 1601 for Port Weller

Oshawa - arrival - Nov 11 - tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 1123 - departed Nov 11 at 2111 westbound

 

Updates

11/13 - The saltie gallery has been updated with the following images: BBC Edge, BBC Hudson, BBC Maine, BBC Orinoco, Cape Dawson, Carolus Magnus, Ebroborg, Federal Montreal, Federal St Laurent, Federal Yukon, Happy Ranger, Harbour Pioneer, Humbergracht, Iryda, Labrador, Nordic Ace, Onego Merchant, Pia, Rodopi, San, San, Straum and Vectis Eagle. Matt Miner

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 13

In 1952, the 626-foot SPARROWS POINT successfully completed her sea trials and departed Chicago on her maiden trip. The new Bethlehem boat, the largest boat to enter the lakes via the Mississippi River Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, was under the command of Captain Wilfred Couture and Chief Engineer James Meinke. She was lengthened to 682 feet in 1958, converted to a self-unloader in 1980, renamed b.) BUCKEYE in 1991, converted to a barge in 2006, renamed c.) LEWIS J. KUBER.

ARAB (2-mast wooden schooner, 100 foot, 158 tons, built in 1854, at Buffalo, New York) beached on 01 November 1883, near St. Joseph, Michigan, during a storm, but quick work by salvagers got her free. However on 13 November 1883, while being towed to Racine, Wisconsin, she capsized and sank well off of Arcadia, Michigan. One man lost his life, an engineer who was desperately trying to start her pumps when she rolled.

On November 13, 1976, the TEMPLE BAR (later LAKE WABUSH and ALGONORTH) arrived at Singapore, where she was lengthened 202 feet.

CONDARRELL was laid up for the last time on November 13, 1981. Built in 1953 as a.) D. C. EVEREST, she was renamed b.) CONDARRELL in 1982.

GEORGE HINDMAN was in collision with the British salty MANCHESTER EXPLORER on Lake St. Louis, above the Lachine Lock in 1956. Built in 1921, as a.) GLENCLOVA, renamed b.) ANTICOSTI in 1927, c.) RISACUA in 1946, d.) GEORGE HINDMAN in 1955, and e.) ELIZABETH HINDMAN in 1962. Scrapped at Duluth, Minnesota, in 1971.

J. P. MORGAN JR (Hull#373) was launched November 13, 1909, at Lorain, Ohio, for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

HOMER D. WILLIAMS was involved in a collision with the steamer OTTO M. REISS at Duluth November 13, 1917.

In 1984, HOMER D. WILLIAMS was towed to Thunder Bay, Ontario, by the tug MALCOLM for dismantling.

On 13 November 1870, the schooner E. FITZGERALD left Port Huron on her maiden voyage to load lumber at Au Sable, Michigan, for Chicago. She was commanded by Capt. A. McTavish.

On 13 November 1883, H. C. AKELEY (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 240 foot, 1,187 tons, built in 1881, at Grand Haven, Michigan) was carrying corn from Chicago to Buffalo when she encountered a heavy storm off Holland, Michigan. She took the disabled tug PROTECTOR in tow but let her go when her own rudder broke off. AKELEY anchored but started to sink when she fell into the troughs of the waves. The disabled schooner DRIVER managed to save 12 of the crew who had taken to AKELEY's yawl before she went down. 6 lives were lost.

Captain W. H. Van Dyke was born at Escanaba, Michigan, on November 13, 1871, and spent most of his life on the Great Lakes (he joined the crew of a schooner at the age of 15). He first captained the Pere Marquette Line Steamer PERE MARQUETTE 8 then, in 1916, he joined the Pere Marquette carferry fleet. His first command was the str. PERE MARQUETTE 15. Then for 10 years he served as master of the PERE MARQUETTE 17, and after the launch of the CITY OF FLINT 32 in 1929, he served as master of the PERE MARQUETTE 22.

On 13 November 1865, CLARA PARKER (3-mast wooden schooner, 175 foot, 425 gross tons, built in 1865, at Detroit, Michigan) was fighting a losing battle with storm induced leaks, so she was beached 400 yards off shore near the mouth of the Pigeon River, south of Grand Haven, Michigan. The local Lifesaving Service plucked all 9 of the crew from the rigging by breeches buoy after the vessel had gone down to her decks and was breaking up.

On 13 November 1888, LELAND (wooden steam barge, 148 foot, 366 gross tons, built in 1873, at New Jerusalem, Ohio) burned at Huron, Ohio. She was valued at $20,000 and insured for $15,000. She was rebuilt and lasted until 1910.

JAMES DAVIDSON (steel propeller bulk freighter, 587 foot, 8,349 gross tons, built at Wyandotte, Michigan, in 1920) entered service on 13 Nov 1920, for the Globe Steamship Co. (G. A. Tomlinson, mgr.) when she loaded 439,000 bushels of wheat at Duluth, Minnesota, for delivery to Buffalo, New York. She was the last ship built at Wyandotte, Michigan.

An unnamed salty (formerly RANGUINI) arrived at Milwaukee's heavy lift dock on Saturday night, 13 Nov 1999, to load a large desalinization filtration system built in Milwaukee for Korea. The vessel entered the Seaway in ballast for Milwaukee on 09 Nov 1999. The following day, the crew rigged scaffolding over the side so the new name BBC GERMANY could be painted on the ship.

The Toledo Blade published the following vessel passages for Detroit on this date in 1903: -Up- VOLUNTEER, AMAZON, HARLOW, 12:30 Friday morning; ROCKEFELLER, 4:20; MARISKA, 4:40; FRENCH, 5:20; CONEMAUGH, 6; S M STEPHENSON, FAUSTIN, barges, 7:30; OLIVER, MITCHELL, (sailed), 7:50; AVERILL, 8.

1909: The steamers CHARLES WESTON and WARD AMES collided in lower Whitefish Bay. The former, which had been at anchor waiting to head downbound through the Soo Locks, ran for shore but settled on the bottom. The ship was saved, repaired and last sailed as c) SAUCON for Bethlehem Transportation before being scrapped at Hamilton, ON in 1950.

1909: JAMES H. HOYT went aground on a reef about two miles off the northeast corner of Outer Island after the engine was disabled in a snowstorm. The vessel was refloated November 29 and later became the BRICOLDOC.

1929: BRITON was wrecked in Lake Erie off Point Abino. The stranded vessel was battered for two days before being abandoned as a total loss.

1934: WILLIAM A. REISS (i) stranded off Sheboygan while inbound with 7025 tons of coal from Toledo. The ship was refloated November 17 with heavy damage and considered a total loss.

1942: H.M. PELLATT, a former Great Lakes canal freighter, was sailing as f) SCILLIN under the flag of Italy, when it was hit by gunfire from the British submarine H.M.S. PROTEUS while 9 miles off Kuriat, Tunisia, and sank.

1956: The downbound and grain-laden GEORGE HINDMAN and the upbound MANCHESTER EXPLORER collided in fog on the St. Lawrence above Lachine and both ships were damaged.

1958: LUNAN, a Pre-Seaway trader on the Great Lakes, sustained major bottom damage in a grounding on the St. Lawrence near Murray Bay. The ship was refloated, towed to Lauzon for repairs and it returned to service as b) MARIDAN C. in 1959.

1967: SANTA REGINA, the first American saltwater vessel to use the St. Lawrence Seaway, put into San Francisco with boiler problems and machinery damage while headed from Los Angeles to Saigon, South Vietnam as f) NORBERTO CAPAY. The vessel was sold at auction and towed to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for scrapping in 1969.

1971: The small St. Lawrence freighter C. DE BAILLON, better known as a) DONNACONA NO. 2 and b) MIRON C., went aground at Mont Louis and was a total loss.

1975: There was a boiler explosion on the Egyptian freighter CLEOPATRA after leaving Hartlepool, England, for Alexandria, Egypt, and 8 crewmen were severely injured with at least one fatality. The former Victory Ship first traveled through the Seaway in 1963. It was scrapped at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, in 1981.

1976: OCEAN SOVEREIGN lost steering at Sault Ste. Marie and was wedged into the wall at the Soo Locks. The rudder was damaged and the Greek saltie had to be towed to Lauzon, Quebec, for repairs. The vessel initially traded inland as a) BOLNES in 1970 and returned as b) OCEAN SOVEREIGN for the first time in 1973. It was scrapped at Ulsan, South Korea, as d) MARIA JOSE after being blown aground from the anchorage during Typhoon Vera on September 27, 1986.

1979: A steering failure put VANDOC aground at Harvey Island in the Brockville Narrows. The vessel spent time at Port Weller Dry Docks after being released.

1996: JOLLITY reported it was taking water in the engine room (Pos: 17.47 N / 119.20 E). The ship was was taken in tow two days later and reached Hong Kong on November 18. The vessel was scrapped at Chittagong, Bangladesh, in 1999.

1997: ARCADIA BERLIN visited the Great Lakes in 1971 when it was a year old. The ship was carrying bagged cement and sailing as f) ALLISSA when it collided with and sank the Ukrainian vessel SMENA off Yangon, Myanmar. The former was apparently laid up with collision damage and scrapped at Alang, India, in 1998.

2002: WILFRED SYKES was inbound with a cargo of limestone when it went aground in Muskegon Lake. Some of the cargo was lightered to PERE MARQUETTE 41 and the stranded ship was pulled free.

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

 

Port Reports -  November 12

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Reporters needed for Lake Michigan ports, St. Marys River, Saginaw River and ports such as Johnstown, ON.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
James R. Barker departed Two Harbors on Nov. 11th at 03:46 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 11th at 04:48 was the John B. Leitch for South of #2. She departed Two Harbors on Nov. 11th at 16:56 for Quebec City. The Edgar B. Speer is due Two Harbors, but as of 19:00 on the 11th she was still anchored off Duluth. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 12th is the Presque Isle. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Nov. 11th. Due Silver Bay early on Nov. 12th is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader that will be arriving after unloading stone in Marquette. No new AIS on the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader.

Thunder Bay, ON
Thunder Bay On, Sunday; Correction CSL Laurentien is loading at the Superior Elevator. Monday; 0:04 Ojibway arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 14:47 Ojibway shifted to the Richardson Main Terminal to finish loading. 15:00 Federal Niagara weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain.

Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
At Port Milwaukee Monday (11/11): Federal Baltic remained at the Federal Marine Terminals dock on the outer harbor. She brought 8,850 metric tons of European steel. Tug Anglian Lady with barge PML Ironmaster arrived Sunday night just before midnight. Ironmaster can carry 10,000 metric tons. On this trip, she brought just over 3,000 tons of Canadian steel for the city. Algoma Innovator is expected in Tuesday morning with salt from Compass Minerals.

Northern Lake Huron ports
Meldrum Bay: Sunday; 23:09 Algoma Compass departed for Green Bay.

Drummond Island: Monday; Dorothy Ann arrived to load limestone and departed at 15:43 for Calcite to finish loading.

Calcite: Sunday; 17:56 Arthur M Anderson arrived to load. Monday; 1:21 American Mariner departed for Bay City. 8:47 Olive L Moore arrived to load.

Stoneport: Monday; 3:48 Herbert C Jackson arrived and went to anchor to wait out weather. 12:59 Sam Laud departed for Lorain. Herbert C Jackson weighed anchor and departed for Duluth Superior.

Alpena: Sunday; G L Ostrander arrived to load cement products and departed on Monday at 1:46 for Detroit.

Port Inland: Sunday; 21:47 H Lee White arrived and went to anchor to wait out weather. Monday; 6:15 John G Munson departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. 17:23 H Lee White weighed anchor and departed for Gary.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas Saltie San arrived 8:.13 am Thursday to load at the grain elevators. CSL Assiniboine arrived Friday 6 pm to load salt. Algoma Innovator' arrived Sunday 7:06 am, loaded salt for Milwaukee, cleared 11:44 pm Sunday. Algoma Niagara arrived 2:46 am Monday and cleared up bound 4:48 pm Monday for an unknown port.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H Monday Arrivals: Alpena arrived at Lafarge to unload cement. Lee A Tregurtha arrived at AK Steel to unload ore. Federal Margaree arrived at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload general cargo. CSL Tadoussac arrived at St. Mary's Cement to unload clinker. GL Ostrander/Integrity arrived at Lafarge to unload cement.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
NACC Argonaut arrived at 23:02 on 11/10 to unload at LaFarge. Se Eagle II arrived at 07:01 for St. Marys Cement. Algoma Buffalo arrived at 07:42 to load salt at Cargill for Toronto. Mississagi departed for Marblehead at 06:30.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages – Monday November 11 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - departed - Nov 11 - Algoma Hansa at 1221 westbound

Welland Canal upbound - Nov 11 - Algoma Guardian at 0238, Baie Comeau at 1230, Sloman Hermes (Mlt) at 1347, Maria Desgagnes at 1845, Atlantic Huron at ____,

Welland Canal downbound - Nov 10 - Frontenac at 1204 stopping wharf 19-E, tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 2014 and Algoma Sault at 2302 - Nov 11 - Miedwie (Bhs) at 0154, Algoma Spirit at 0515, CSL Welland at 1457, Iver Bright (Nld) eta 2115, Thunder Bay at eta 2200, and Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) eta 2300

Welland Canal docks - Nov 10 - Frontenac stopped wharf 19E at 1312

Port Weller anchorage - Nov 11 - Mamry (Bhs) at 1321, Resko (Bhs) at 1937

Anchored off Hamilton - Nov 11 - Algoma Spirit at 1700 off Hamilton

Hamilton - arrivals - Nov 11 - Baie Comeau at 0146, Algoma Sault at 1141 - anchored - Nov 11 - Isa (Cyp) at 0502 in Burlington Bay - docked - Oct 31 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1138 - Nov 7 - Florence Spirit at 1211 - Oct 8 - Resko (Bhs) at 0404 - Nov 9 - Narie (Bhs) at 1207 and Exeborg (Nld) at 1925 - Nov 10 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1054, Rosaire A Desgagnes at 1446 and Federal Montreal (Mhl) at 1941 on maiden voyage - departed - Nov 11 - Algoma Guardian at 0031, Baie Comeau at 1022 and Resko (Bhs) at 1745 for Thunder Bay - all westbound

Bronte - docked - Nov 10 - Sarah Desgagnes at 2240 - departed dock at 2312 - Nov 10 - Sarah Desgagnes anchored off Burlington at 2321

Clarkson - arrival - Nov 11 - Robert S Pierson at 1144

Mississauga - arrival - Nov 10 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osstank Sweden-11) at 1401 from Port Weller anchorage - departed

Toronto - arrival - docked - Nov 6 - Mamry (Bhs) at 1521 - Nov 7 - Mandarin (Cyp) at 1343 - departed Nov 11 - Mamry (Bhs) at 1006 for Port Weller anchorage

 

Annual ceremony remembers mariners lost on the Great Lakes

11/12 - Detroit, MI - Moments after a pair of bugle players finished their salutes, a wreath of red-and-white roses was passed to the waiting hands of two guardsmen on a U.S. Coast Guard boat.

As the wreath drifted farther from the Dossin Great Lakes Museum in the Detroit River — each rose representing the 29 lives lost on the Edmund Fitzgerald as well as those lost on the water during the Great Storm of 1844 in Buffalo, New York. In addition, members of the honor guard tossed red roses into the river to honor the mariners. Later, many of those attending the event threw roses into the water.

The Lost Mariners Remembrance event has been held every year since 1999 to remember mariner lives lost on the Great Lakes. The program is held annually on the anniversary of the Edmund Fitzgerald sinking on Nov. 10, 1975.

Ron LaPlante, 78, said his rose was for his brother, boat captain George LaPlante Jr., who died in the past decade. He said the event wasn't just about honoring those who had lost their lives on the Great Lakes, but about preventing more from dying on the waters of the Great Lakes.

"All the guys that went before me, doing the same thing. We're all in this to make boating a safer place," said LaPlante, also a boat captain from Harrison Township.

The Detroit News

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 12

In 1920, FRANCIS WIDLAR stranded on Pancake Shoal in Lake Superior and was written off as a total constructive loss of $327,700. The wreck was purchased by Mathews Steamship Company in 1921 and placed back in service as BAYTON. The BAYTON sailed until 1966, and the hull was later used as a temporary breakwall during construction at Burns Harbor, Indiana.

On 12 November 1878, JAMES R. BENTLEY (3-mast wooden schooner, 170 foot, 575 tons, built in 1867, at Fairport, Ohio) was carrying grain when she struck a shoal in heavy weather and foundered off 40 Mile Point on Lake Huron. Her crew was rescued in the rough seas by the bark ERASTUS CORNING.

On 12 Nov 1964, THOMAS F. COLE (steel propeller bulk freighter, 580 foot, 7,268 gross tons, built in 1907, at Ecorse, Michigan) collided with the British motor vessel INVEREWE off the south end of Pipe Island on the lower St. Marys River in foggy conditions. The COLE suffered severe damage to the port bow and was taken to Lorain for repairs.

On 12 Nov 1980, ALVA C. DINKEY (steel propeller bulk freighter, 580 foot, 7,514 gross tons, built in 1909, at Lorain, Ohio) and GOVERNOR MILLER (steel propeller bulk freighter, 593 foot, 8,240 gross tons, built in 1938, at Lorain, Ohio) arrived near El Ferrol del Caudillo, Spain for scrapping in tow of the FedNav tug CATHY B. Demolition by Miguel Partins began on 28 Nov 1980, at Vigo, Spain.

On November 12, 1919, PANAY, upbound on Lake Superior for Duluth, Minnesota, in rough weather, was one of the last vessels to see the down bound JOHN OWEN which, apparently later the same day, disappeared with all hands. Renamed b.) WILLIAM NELSON in 1928, and c.) BEN E. TATE in 1936. Scrapped at Bilbao, Spain in 1969.

On 12 November 1881, BRUNSWICK (iron propeller bulk freighter, 248 foot, built in 1881, at Wyandotte, Michigan) was carrying 1,500 tons of hard coal in a night of fitful squalls in Lake Erie. CARLINGFORD (wooden schooner, 155 foot, built in 1869, at Port Huron, Michigan) was also sailing there, loaded with 26,000 bushels of wheat. They collided. After the skipper of BRUNSWICK made sure that the sinking schooner's crew were in their lifeboats, he ran for shore with his sinking vessel, but sank a few miles off Dunkirk, New York. A total of 4 lives were lost.

On 12 November 1835, the small wooden schooner ROBERT BRUCE was sailing from Kingston, Ontario to Howell, New York when she was wrecked west of Henderson, New York. Her crew of 4, plus one passenger, were all lost.

On 12 Nov 1886, the tug WM L. PROCTOR (wooden tug, 104 foot, 117 gross tons, built in 1883, at Buffalo, New York) left Oswego, New York with the schooner-barges BOLIVIA and E.C. BUCK in tow before a big storm struck. During the snowstorm, the tug got lost and the towline broke. Alone, the PROCTOR finally made it to Charlotte, New York, badly iced up, but there was no word on the barges. They were presumed lost with all onboard.

1881: BRUNSWICK sank in Lake Erie after a collision with the CARLINGFORD. The wooden hulled, coal-laden steamer, made a run for the American shore but the effort fell short. Three lives were lost.

1914: The wooden steamer COLONIAL began to leak on Lake Erie and was beached in Rondeau Bay only to be pounded to pieces by gale force winds. All on board were rescued.

1967: The Swedish freighter TORSHOLM began visiting the Great Lakes as early as 1953. The ship was enroute from the Seaway to Stockholm when it ran aground near Uto, Sweden, and became a total loss.

1968: CLARA CLAUSEN, a Danish freighter, ran aground at Les Escoumins on the St. Lawrence and was abandoned. After being salvaged, the vessel came to the Great Lakes in 1970 and was rebuilt at Kingston as ATLANTEAN.

1974: BELVOIR (ii), enroute from Puerto Cortes, Honduras, to Corpus Christi, Texas, with a load of ore concentrates, struck a submerged object in the Gulf of Honduras and sank. Only 4 crew members are rescued while the other 21 were presumed lost.

1980: The former Lake Michigan rail car ferry PERE MARQUETTE 21 left the Great Lakes in 1974. It was lost on this date as the barge d) CONSOLIDATOR. It was hit by Hurricane Jean off the coast of Honduras while carrying a load of truck trailers.

2005: SPAN TERZA, an Italian freighter, first came through the Seaway in 1977 and returned as b) ANANGEL HORIZON in 1983. It was damaged on this date as d) SALAM 4 in a collision near Dondra Head, Sri Lanka, with SHANGHAI PRIDE and had to go to Colombo for assessment. The ship was repaired and eventually scrapped as e) ALINA at Xinhui, China, in 2009.

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

 

Busy month at Port of Thunder Bay

11/11 - Thunder Bay, ON – The Port of Thunder Bay is reporting above-average cargo tonnage as of October 31. Port terminals have handled 6.9 million metric tonnes of cargo so far this season. This figure is 10% higher than last year and 5% higher than the 5-year average.

The month of October was notable for strong coal and potash movement. Both commodities are mined on the Prairies and shipped in bulk from Thunder Bay to other Great Lakes / Seaway ports as well as international ports. Coal and potash shipments for the month of October were twice- and three-times the normal levels, respectively.

Grain volumes held steady in October, maintaining a seasonal increase over last year mostly due to higher shipments of Manitoba canola to international ports. At just under half a million metric tonnes, direct exports of canola from Thunder Bay by foreign-flagged saltie vessels are at an all-time high.

The first week of November has remained busy, particularly for salties departing the Port with grain.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has been projecting a strong fall harvest, however there is some uncertainty for the final two months of the shipping season as poor weather has led to harvesting delays and some crop downgrading on the Prairies.

Lake Superior News

 

Edward L. Ryerson returns to Cumming Slip

11/11 - Duluth, MN – One of the Twin Ports' most iconic ships has returned to its former berth, and no, it's not the William A. Irvin. Crews spent about three hours last Tuesday moving the Edward L. Ryerson, an idle lake freighter, a short distance from Tower Slip to Cumming Slip, where it had sat since 2013.

The Ryerson had to be moved from its home of the last six years near Barko Hydraulics in Superior in order for the state of Wisconsin to conduct soil testing where the ship was moored. The ship returned to Fraser Shipyards, where it was laid-up in 2009, until Fraser needed to do soil testing in 2013.

Tom Wiater, the president of Central Marine Logistics, which operates the Ryerson, came in from Indiana for the move. Two Heritage Marine tugs and a Fraser tug helped orchestrate the move a short distance in Howards Bay. With a crew of seven on deck, Wiater oversaw the move from the vantage point of the ship's pilot house.

"It was a dead ship without any ballast, with a brisk wind," Wiater said. "So we had some challenging conditions, but the tugs worked very good."

Unlike what you would expect from a ship that has sat idle for the past decade, Wiater said the Ryerson is in surprisingly "good shape" with generators that worked when he started them on Tuesday. "I was very impressed with how well the winches worked and how well the boat handled.”

Wiater said. "I'm sure she will sail again. When you get a more robust steel economy, I have no doubt you'll see that boat sail again." Until then, Wiater likes the idea of the ship staying at Fraser.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Port Reports -  November 11

Port reports are compiled from 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). Reporters needed for Lake Michigan ports and posts such as Saginaw River and Johnstown, ON.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The only traffic through the Duluth entry on Sunday was American Integrity, which arrived at 05:10 to load coal at Midwest Energy. She had been expected to depart at 17:30 but was still at the dock as of 19:30. Also in port were Federal Kushiro, offloading cement at CRH, and Fivelborg, taking on beet pulp pellets at Gavilon. Ebroborg and Andean were both anchored outside the harbor waiting for docks. In Superior, Edwin H. Gott spent Sunday at Burlington Northern loading, and had a tentative departure time of 02:00 Monday listed. Burns Harbor was anchored offshore and will arrive once the Gott finishes loading.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
As of 19:40 on Nov. 10th the James R. Barker was still at the loading dock in Two Harbors. There have been issues with frozen pellets. The John D. Leitch continues to be anchored SW of the Two Harbors breakwall. Edgar B. Speer anchored off Duluth between 00:10 and 01:00 on the 10th waiting on the Two Harbors dock. Also due Two Harbors on Nov. 10th is the American Century. There is no other inbound traffic due Two Harbors on Nov. 11th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader on Nov. 10th at 16:19. She had arrived on Nov. 9th at approx. 21:00. She has no updated AIS. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled on Nov. 11th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Thunder Bay On, Friday; 22:19 Algoma Strongfield shifted to the Richardson Mail Terminal to finish loading. 11:49 CSL St Laurent arrived at the Superior Elevator to load. 13:31 Algoma Harvester arrived at the G3 elevator to load. 15:17 Federal Niagara arrived and went to anchor. 18:13 Algoma Strongfield departed downbound on Lake Superior.

Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
At Port Milwaukee Sunday (11/10: Federal Baltic remained at the Federal Marine Terminals dock on the outer harbor. Joining her in slip one was the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin. She arrived 04:45 and tied up at the open dock to unload salt. She departed 15:19. Prentiss Brown/St. Marys Challenger cleared the harbor at 04:08 after delivering cement to the Kinnickinnic River terminal. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was launched in 1973 at Collingwood, Ontario, as the H.M Griffith. She was 730 feet long by 75 feet wide. In December 1999, the Griffith entered Port Weller Dry Docks where she received new bow and cargo sections. When she emerged in March 2000, she was 740 feet long by 75 feet wide, and would be renamed Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin. A former president of Canada Steamship Lines, Martin was Canada’s Minister of Finance and would later be elected Prime Minister. kCarrying a load of iron ore, the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin ran aground in the St. Lawrence River October 6, 2019. After 5,000 metric tons of cargo was removed, five tugs were finally able to pull her free October 12.

Northern Lake Huron ports
Meldrum Bay: Sunday; 8:36 Algoma Compass arrived to load dolomite.

Calcite: Saturday; 23:26 American Mariner arrived to load.

Stoneport: Sunday; 16:00 Sam Laud arrived to load.

Alpena: Sunday 18:55 Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement products.

Port Inland: Sunday; 1:21 Manitowoc departed for Ludington. 13:32 John G Munson arrived to load limestone.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Sunday Arrivals: Florence Spirit arrived at Zug Island to load coke. Calusa Coast and Delaware arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Sunday November 10 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrival - Nov 10 - Algoma Hansa at 1713

Long Point Bay anchorage - anchored - Nov 9 - Algoma Hansa at 1906 - departed Nov 10 at 1728 for the dock

Port Colborne anchorage - anchored - Nov 9 - Jana Desgagnes at 1945 - departed at 2212 for the canal

Welland Canal upbound - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 0853, Algoma Discovery at 1233 and NACC Argonaut at 2352 - Nov 10 - Eeborg (Nld) at 0506, CSL Tadoussac at 0716 and Algoma Buffalo from wharf 6

Welland Canal downbound - Nov 9 - Jana Desgagnes at 2232 and Algoma Buffalo at 2330 stopping wharf 6 - Nov 10 - Algoma Equinox at 0746, Baie Comeau at 1151, Frontenac at 1204 stopping wharf 19-E, tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 2014 and Algoma Sault eta 2230

Port Weller anchorage - Nov 10 - Happy River (Nld) at 0240 - departed Nov 10 - Happy River (Nld) at 1640 approx. eastbound and Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1200 for Mississauga

Hamilton - arrivals - Nov 10 - Algoma Guardian at 0403, Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1054, Rosaire A Desgagnes at 1446 from the anchorage and Federal Montreal (Mhl) at 1941 on maiden voyage - docked - Oct 31 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1138 - Nov 7 - Florence Spirit at 1211 - Oct 8 - Resko (Bhs) at 0404 - Nov 9 - Narie (Bhs) at 1207 and Exeborg (Nld) at 1925 - departed Nov 8 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 2153 - Nov 10 - Eeborg (Nld) at 0250 for Chicago

Bronte - Nov 10 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1130 - departed at 1602 for Bronte dock - docked - Nov 10 at 1116

Mississauga - arrival - Nov 10 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osstank Sweden-11) at 1401 from Port Weller anchorage

Toronto - arrival - docked - Nov 6 - Mamry (Bhs) at 1521 - Nov 7 - Mandarin (Cyp) at 1343

 

Michigan man remembers helping to remove bell from Edmund Fitzgerald

11/11 - Cadillac, MI - Seeing the bell of the Edmund Fitzgerald crest the surface after 20 years residing more than 500 feet beneath the crashing waves of Lake Superior, Ron Scott had to remind himself this was really happening. "It was kind of an unbelievable thing," said Scott, an 84-year-old former underwater demolition expert and rescue diver who now lives in Cadillac.

Scott was with a team of Americans and Canadians who in 1995 traveled to the site of the Edmund Fitzgerald's watery grave. Their mission was simple: collect the bell on top of the pilot's house, replace it with a replica that featured the engraved names of the 29 crewmen who perished in the shipwreck, and bring the old bell to the surface to be displayed as a memorial at Whitefish Point.

Sunday, Nov. 10 marks the 44th anniversary of the Edmund Fitzgerald's sinking, and Scott's memories of retrieving the bell more than two decades ago are as fresh as they've ever been.

Scott is a bit of connoisseur when it comes to famous shipwrecks and his basement is a testament to this interest: it is covered in pictures and memorabilia related to the Titanic, Edmund Fitzgerald and other vessels. One of Scott's most interesting items is a piece of rope that was reportedly taken from the lifeboat of the Edmund Fitzgerald, which was recovered after the ship went down.

The Edmund Fitzgerald was an iron ore-hauling vessel that had a route that started in Superior, Wisconsin and took it across Lake Superior and through Lake Huron. Its final destination was Detroit, where the ore was removed. When it was built in the 1950s, the Edmund Fitzgerald was the largest vessel to travel in the Great Lakes.

That night in 1975, Scott said a severe and unexpected storm forced the Edmund Fitzgerald and other vessels to adjust their travel route through Lake Superior.

There are a number of theories as to how the ship sank. One is that the crew forgot to shut the ore hatches, allowing water into the ship, eventually causing it to become overburdened and sink. Another is that two huge waves at the bow and stern lifted the boat and caused it to snap in two. Scott has spoken at length with Gary Cooper, captain of an ore hauling vessel that was following behind the Edmund Fitzgerald that night; his theory is that the underside of the boat was damaged when it scrapped across some uncharted shoals in an area they didn't normally travel but were forced to because of the storm.

However it happened, the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald has become a cultural fascination, inspiring a number of tributes — including a popular song by Gordon Lightfoot — and some controversy, when family members objected to the cottage industry rapidly growing around the wreck's commercialization.

One of the organizers of the 1995 expedition to retrieve the bell was Tom Farnquist, who knew Scott and asked him to be involved in the project. "I taught him how to dive," Scott said in reference to how he knew Farnquist.

Scott's role in the project would be as an aid to Farnquist. Scott had a number of governmental contacts with both American and Canadian agencies through his work as a SCUBA diver and with the U.S. Forest Service.

One of the Canadians donned what was referred to as a "Newt Suit," which was new technology that allowed divers to swim deeper and return to the surface within hours instead of having to spend days inside a decompression chamber to prevent the bends. Once at the site of the wreck, the diver in the Newt Suit used an underwater blow torch to remove the bell, which was hauled to the surface using a crane.

When he found out he'd be involved in the project, Scott contacted Four Winns in Cadillac, which donated several of their boats to ferry family members of the deceased crewmen to the site. "I think it really brought some closure for a lot of families," Scott said.

Shortly after the expedition, organizers held a commemorative gathering at Whitefish Point to display the bell. Scott remembers the weather was cold and stormy — unusual for July but similar to how it looked that November day in 1975. "It was like the good Lord was telling us something," Scott said.

Today, the Edmund Fitzgerald's bell can be seen at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.cadillacnews.com/news/cadillac-man-remembers-helping-to-remove-bell-from-edmund-fitzgerald/article_5aa8ce49-ada1-53f2-8a96-aa6eb658d47b.html

 

GLMI annual Marine Mart coming Saturday in St. Clair Shores

11/11 - The 39th Annual Marine Mart, sponsored by the Great Lakes Maritime Institute, will be held on Saturday, November 16, from 10:00 am - 2:00 p.m. The location is VFW 1146 Bruce Post 28404 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, MI (between 11 and 12 Mile)on Lake St. Clair. Admission is $7.00 (early bird admission 9:30-10.00 $10.00). Children under the age of 12 are free. Items include ship models, photos, artifacts, ship china, artwork, postcards, books and more.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 11

The Port of Huron, Ohio received its first grain boat in seven years when Westdale Shipping's AVONDALE arrived at the Pillsbury Elevator on November 11, 1971, to load 200,000 bushels of soybeans for Toronto, Ontario.

On 11 November 1883, NEMESIS (2-mast wooden schooner, 74 foot, 82 gross tons, built in 1868, at Goderich, Ontario) was wrecked in a terrific storm that some called a hurricane. She went ashore near Bayfield, Ontario, on Lake Huron. She may have been recovered since her registration was not closed until 1907. In 1876, this little schooner rescued all but one of the crew from the sinking freighter NEW YORK.

The Armistice Day Storm of November 11, 1940, was one of the worst storms in the recorded history of Lake Michigan. In all, the storm claimed 5 vessels, and 66 lives. The storm hit late Monday afternoon, November 11th, with winds of hurricane proportions. The winds struck suddenly from the southwest at about 2:30 p.m. and were accompanied by drenching rain, which later changed to snow. The winds reached peak velocities of 75 miles per hour, the highest in local maritime history.

Some of the vessels affected were: CITY OF FLINT 32: Beached at Ludington, no damage. Jens Vevang, relief captain, in command. Her regular captain, Charles Robertson, was on shore leave. Also: PERE MARQUETTE 21: Blown into a piling at Ludington, no damage, captained by Arthur Altschwager. She had 5 passengers aboard. CITY OF SAGINAW 31: Arrived Milwaukee 6 hours late with over a foot of water in her hull. The wireless aerial was missing and her seagate was smashed by the waves. She was captained by Ed Cronberg. Ann Arbor carferry WABASH: A railcar broke loose from its moorings on her car deck and rolled over, nearly crushing a crewman. The steamer NOVADOC: Ran aground at Juniper Beach, South of Pentwater, Michigan. Two crewman (cooks) drowned when the ship broke in half. Seventeen crewman, found huddled in the pilothouse, were rescued by Captain Clyde Cross and his 2 crewman, Gustave Fisher and Joe Fontane of the fishing tug THREE BROTHERS. CONNEAUT of 1916, ran hard aground on Lansing Shoal near Manistique, Michigan, on Lake Michigan. She reportedly had lost her propeller and rudder. Two days later she was pulled off. The SINALOA had taken on a load of sand near Green Island and was heading for Chicago through Death's Door on Wisconsin's Door Peninsula when the November 11th Armistice Day storm of 1940, struck in upper Lake Michigan. During the storm the SINALOA lost her rudder. The anchor was dropped but her anchor cable parted. In this helpless condition she ran aground at Sac Bay on Michigan's Garden Peninsula. Fortunately the stricken vessel was close to shore where the Coast Guard was able to rescue the entire crew. Declared a constructive total loss, her owner collected the insurance and forfeited the vessel to the Roen Salvage Co.

ANNA C MINCH: Sank South of Pentwater with a loss of 24 lives.

WILLIAM B DAVOCK: of the Interlake fleet, Capt. Charles W. Allen, sank in 215 of water off Pentwater, Michigan. There were no survivors among the crew of 33.

The fishing tugs INDIAN and RICHARD H: Lost with all hands off South Haven, Michigan.

On 11 November 1872, the schooner WILLIS collided with the bark ELIZABETH JONES on Lake Erie and sank in a few minutes. The crew was saved.

On 11 November 1936, J. OSWALD BOYD (steel propeller fuel tanker, 244 foot, 1,806 gross tons, built in 1913, in Scotland) was carrying 900,000 gallons of gasoline when she stranded on Simmons Reef on the north side of Beaver Island. The U.S. Coast Guard from Beaver Island rescued the entire crew of 20.

On 11 November 1890, BRUNO (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 136 foot. 475 gross tons, built in 1863, at Montreal) was carrying coal to Cleveland with the schooner LOUISA in tow when she struck Magnetic Reef, south of Cockburn Island in Georgian Bay and sank in rough weather. No lives were lost.

On 11 November 1835, the 2-mast wooden schooner COMET was carrying iron and ashes on Lake Erie when she foundered in a gale, one mile northwest of Dunkirk, New York. Just her topmasts protruded from the water. All seven on board lost their lives, including a passenger who was a college student bound for Vermont.

In a storm on the night of 11 November 1874, The schooner LA PETITE (3-mast wooden schooner, 119 foot, 172 gross tons, built 1866, J. Ketchum, Huron, Ohio) was on Lake Michigan carrying a cargo of wheat and corn from Chicago when she sprang a bad leak and tried first to reach Ludington, then Manistee. Before reaching safety, she grounded off Big Point au Sable, eight miles from land, in eight feet of water. Previous to striking, the vessel had lost her bowsprit and foremast. After she struck, her main and mizzenmasts went by the board, and the schooner began to break up rapidly. The crew clung to the forecastle deck, and when that washed away, four men were drowned. Captain O. B. Wood had his arms broken by the falling off a square-sail yard. When he fell into the water, the ship's dog jumped in and kept him afloat until they were rescued by the crew of the steam barge CHARLES REITZ. Of the 10 crewmen, six were saved. The LA PETITE was salvaged and repaired and lasted until 1903, when she was lost in another storm.

On 11 Nov 1999, the Maltese flag bulk carrier ALCOR was examined by personnel from Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, a salvage company and the vessel's owners in hopes of forming a plan to save the vessel. She ran aground on a sand bar off the eastern tip of d'Orleans Island on the St. Lawrence River two days earlier. This vessel did not visit Great Lakes ports under the name ALCOR, but she did so under her two previous names, firstly as PATRICIA V and then as the Soviet flag MEKHANIK DREN. The Groupe Desgagnes finally refloated the ALCOR on 05 Dec 1999, after part of the cargo of clinker had been removed. The ship was then towed to Quebec City. Later, it was reported that Groupe Desgagnes purchased the ALCOR from its Greek owners.

Below is a first hand account of the Storm of 1913, from the journal of John Mc Laughlin transcribed by his great grandson Hugh McNichol. John was working on an unknown vessel during the Storm of 1913. The boat was captained by John McAlpine and Harry Roberts as Chief Engineer. The boat was loading iron ore in Escanaba when the storm started on November 8th.

Tuesday, November 11, 1913: I got up at 12 a.m. and went on watch. We were above Presque Isle. It is still blowing hard and quite a sea running. Presque Isle at 1:45 a.m., Thunder Bay Island at 4:30 a.m., Harbor Beach at 1:00 p.m., we are about in the River at 7:05 p.m. It is fine tonight, wind gone down.

1940: The famous Armistice Day storm claims the ANNA C. MINCH, WILLIAM B. DAVOCK and NOVADOC (ii), on Lake Michigan and leaves CITY OF FLINT 32 and SINALOA aground and damaged.

1946: The former Canada Steamship lines bulk canaller LANARK was scuttled off the coast of Ireland with a load of World War Two bombs.

1977: The 380-foot, 8-inch long West German freighter GLORIA made 4 visits to the Great Lakes in 1959-1960. It went aground on the Adriatic at Sestrice Island as d) ARISTOTELES. While the 25-year old hull was refloated, it was declared a total loss and towed to Split, Yugoslavia, for scrapping.

1980: The DINIE S. suffered an engineroom fire at Palermo, Italy and became a total loss. The ship had visited the Seaway as a) CATHERINE SARTORI (1959-1967) and b) CURSA (1967) and was sailing under a seventh name. It was scrapped at Palermo in 1985

1980: CITY OF LICHFIELD stranded near Antalya, Turkey, while leaving the anchorage in heavy weather as c) CITY OF LEEDS. The ship was refloated but never sailed again and was eventually scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey, in 1984. The ship had visited the Great Lakes in 1964.

1995: JAMES NORRIS was loading stone at Colborne, ON when the wind changed leaving the hull exposed to the gale. The ship was repeatedly pounded against the dock until it settled on the bottom. Subsequent hull repairs at Port Weller Dry Docks resulted in the port side being all welded while the starboard remained riveted.

1995: The Cuban freighter AREITO had a mechanical problem in the St. Lambert Lock and had to be towed back to Montreal for repairs. This SD-14 class vessel was scrapped at Alang, India, as e) DUNLIN in 2001.

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

 

Edmund Fitzgerald’s doomed journey

11/10 - It was 44 years ago Saturday that the Edmund Fitzgerald was being loaded with 26,000 tons of iron ore, prepped for what would become her doomed final voyage. Once the largest ship on the Great Lakes, the 728-foot Fitzgerald left Superior, Wis. at 2:15 p.m. on Nov. 9, 1975. Her crew planned to cross Lake Superior to deliver the load at Detroit's Zug Island.

But a day later, she was gone, broken in two and lying on the lake's bottom in 530 feet of water, all 29 souls aboard lost. Gordon Lightfoot's poignant song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" helps keep alive the memory of what's become the Great Lakes' most famous shipwreck.

But her captain and crew were also sons, brothers, husbands and fathers. They hailed from Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota and beyond.

As we remember them, here are the highlights of the Fitzgerald’s final trip and the fierce, hurricane-like storm that sank her.

Investigators would later say that in the big freighter’s last hour, she battled sustained winds of 60 mph, and waves higher than 25 feet. She may have even encountered “The Three Sisters” - a trio of rapidly-hitting waves that are higher than the others around them.

One thing the marine experts agree on: The Fitzgerald was in the “worst possible place” as she tried to make for the shelter of Michigan’s Whitefish Bay.

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.mlive.com/news/2018/11/edmund_fitzgeralds_doomed_jour.html

 

ArcelorMittal to idle Blast Furnace No. 3 at Indiana Harbor West in East Chicago

11/10 - East Chicago, IL – ArcelorMittal plans to idle a blast furnace at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor West in East Chicago, the second major blast furnace idling this year along Northwest Indiana's Lake Michigan shore as the domestic steel industry continues to struggle.

The Luxembourg-based multinational steel giant follows U.S. Steel, which idled Blast Furnace No. 8 at Gary Works as well as East Chicago Tin earlier this year.

Later this month, ArcelorMittal plans to idle Blast Furnace No. 3 at the former LTV steel mill in East Chicago's lakefront Indiana Harbor neighborhood rather than undergo the major expense of relining it — essentially a total rebuild that's required every few decades to keep a blast furnace operational over the long term. The steelmaker said it is a temporary idling.

"Blast Furnace No. 3 at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor has reached the end of its current campaign and requires significant capital investment for continued operation," ArcelorMittal spokesman Bill Steers said. "The furnace will be taken down in a safe and orderly fashion and preserved to maintain our capacity for when customer demand merits the necessary capital investments for a new campaign."

Blast furnaces — which can burn hotter than lava — turn raw materials like limestone, iron ore and coke into pig iron, which in turn is made into steel at integrated mills like those on the south shore of Lake Michigan. Blast Furnace #3 had a capacity of 4,500 tons of pig iron per day, according to the trade publication Steel Market Update.

The idling leaves the sprawling 3,100-acre Indiana Harbor campus with just two remaining blast furnaces: Blast Furnace No. 7 at the former Inland Steel mill that's now known as ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor East, and Blast Furnace No. 4 at the Indiana Harbor West mill that previously belonged to Youngstown Sheet and Tube, J&L, LTV Steel and ISG before being acquired by ArcelorMittal in the early 2000s.

ArcelorMittal operated four blast furnaces at Indiana Harbor as recently as 2013, but the U.S. steel industry has been roughed up by a number of factors, including cheap imports, stagnant demand and depressed prices.

"This will not impact ArcelorMittal USA’s ability to meet current customer demand," Steers said. "The 35 employees currently employed at Blast Furnace No. 3 operations will be reassigned to other operations at Indiana Harbor, and no layoffs are expected as a result of this action."

Blast Furnace No. 3 has suffered issues in recent years and had to be shut down for weeks last year after a large bell dropped into the furnace during a charge. It was down for months in 2015 for planned maintenance.

NW Indiana Times

 

Port Reports -  November 10

Port reports are compiled from 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). Reporters needed for Lake Michigan ports and posts such as Saginaw River and Johnstown, ON.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
James R. Barker arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 8th at 19:31 for South of #2. As of 19:30 on Nov. 9th she was still at the loading dock. The John D. Leitch went to anchor SW of Two Harbors around mid-morning on Nov. 9th. Due Two Harbors late on Nov. 9th is the Edgar B. Speer. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 10th is the American Century. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure on the Indiana Harbor on Nov. 9th at 15:25 for Cleveland. Due Silver Bay on Nov. 9th is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. As of 19:30 on the 9th she was off Castle Danger. She had unloaded stone at Hallett #5 in Duluth.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday correction: Tecumseh arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. 16:46 CSL Welland departed for Montreal. Saturday; 9:36 The saltie Osogovo arrived and went to anchor. 10:25 Algoma Strongfield arrived at theG3 elevator to load wheat. 19:27 Tecumseh departed for Windsor.

St. Marys River
An injured crewman was removed from the downbound Algoma Spirit Saturday around 7:30 a.m. and taken to the War Memorial Hospital. No other details are available.

Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
At Port Milwaukee Saturday morning (11/9): Federal Baltic replaced Polsteam’s Iryda at the Federal Marine Terminals dock on the outer harbor. After delivering 12,000 metric tons of steel, Iryda departed Friday evening and headed for Duluth Superior. Federal Baltic arrived at 06:16 with 8,850 metric tons of European steel. G.L. Ostrander/Integrity was at the Lafarge terminal on the inner harbor. The integrated tug/barge arrived Friday evening from Calumet Harbor. The tug John Marshall was tied up on the west side of the mooring basin. She brought two barges of boulders down from Manitowoc Friday. USACE tug Racine with crane barge Manitowoc was on the east side of the mooring basin. The Corps is performing breakwall maintenance.

Northern Lake Huron ports
Meldrum Bay: Friday; 23:41 Mississagi arrived to load limestone and departed Saturday at 10:17 for Cleveland.

Drummond Island: Saturday; 1:17 Olive L Moore departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. 3:56 Saginaw arrived to load and departed at 15:10 up bound on the St Marys River.

Stoneport: Friday; 16:20 Kaye E Barker departed for Detroit. 16:29 Clyde S Vanenkevort weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load. Saturday; 9:19 Clyde S Vanenkevort departed for Marquette.

Alpena: Friday; 23:38 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Bay City.

Port Inland: Saturday; 2:21 Wilfred Sykes departed for Burns Harbor. 6:21 Manitowoc arrived and went to anchor. 12:56 Manitowoc weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Saturday Arrivals: Candace Elise arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload general cargo. Kaye E Barker arrived at AK Steel to unload ore.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Saturday November 9 – Barry Andersen

Buffalo (Tonawanda) - departed -Nov 7 - NACC Argonaut at 2220 eastbound

Nanticoke - arrival - departed - Nov 8 - Rosy (Bds) (ex SCT Stockhorn-17, MCT Stockhorn-16, HLL Caspian-08) at 2201 and tug Michigan & Great Lakes at 2233 westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage - anchored - Nov 9 - Algoma Hansa at 1906

Welland Canal upbound - Nov 8 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0656 and Algoma Enterprise at 1449 - Nov 9 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 0022, Florence Spirit at 0137, Algoma Hansa at 0318, Cuyahoga at 0459, Algonorth at 0612, Algoma Niagara at - 0840, tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 0853, Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 1146, Algoma Discovery at 1233, Algoma Transport at 1415 and NACC Argonaut eta 2320

Welland Canal downbound - Nov 8 - CSL Niagara at 11143, McKeil Spirit at 1246, Whitefish Bay at 1300, Algoma Conveyor at 1344, Jamno (Bhs) at 1943 and G3 Marquis at 2102 - Nov 9 Rosy (Bds) (ex SCT Stockhorn-17, MCT Stockhorn-16, HLL Caspian-08) at 0106, Happy River (Nld) at 1633, Federal Welland at 1144 and Jana Desgagnes at 2130

Port Weller anchorage - Oct 8 - Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 0329, Algoma Discovery at 0519, Algoma Transport at 0838 - delayed for traffic

Hamilton - arrivals - Nov 9 - Narie (Bhs) at 1207 and Exeborg (Nld) at 1925 - anchored - Nov 4 - Rosaire A Desgagnes at 1848 - docked - Oct 31 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1138 - Nov 6 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 2105 - Nov 7 - Florence Spirit at 1211 - Oct 8 - Resko (Bhs) at 0404, Algoma Transport at 1737, Eeborg (Nld) at 2211

Clarkson - arrival - Nov 8 - Algoma Niagara at 0814 and Robert S Pierson at 1235 - departed - Nov 9 - Algoma Niagara at 0008 for the canal and Robert S Pierson at 0955 eastbound

Toronto arrival - docked - Nov 6 - Mamry (Bhs) at 1521 - Nov 7 - Mandarin (Cyp) at 1343 - departed (registry correction) Nov 8 - NACC Capri (Mlt) at 2354

Seaway – Rene Beauchamp
Rossi A. Desgagnes arrived in Montreal for the first time during the night since she arrived in Quebec in May or June. I think she will shift to another dock to load before heading for the Seaway. Destination Oakville. Federal Montreal entered the Seaway during the night for Hamilton.

 

GLMI annual Marine Mart Nov. 16 in St. Clair Shores

11/10 - The 39th Annual Marine Mart, sponsored by the Great Lakes Maritime Institute, will be held on Saturday, November 16, from 10:00 am - 2:00 p.m. The location is VFW 1146 Bruce Post 28404 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, MI (between 11 and 12 Mile)on Lake St. Clair. Admission is $7.00 (early bird admission 9:30-10.00 $10.00). Children under the age of 12 are free. Items include ship models, photos, artifacts, ship china, artwork, postcards, books and more. For more info: contact mcgrawka@sbcglobal.net

 

National Museum offers 51st holiday card in series

11/10 - Toledo, OH – The National Museum of the Great Lakes has revealed its 2019 Holiday Card for purchase. For the past 51 years, Director Emeritus Alexander B. Cook has painted a watercolor that is used exclusively by the organization to create the holiday card that is sold to the public to benefit the museum. The museum estimates that the sale of holiday cards featuring Alex Cook’s watercolor has raised over $100,000 for the organization over the past 50 years.

“At age 95, Alex Cook is like the energizer bunny of marine artists,” said Christopher Gillcrist, executive director of the museum. “His paint brushes are never more than a few feet away from him at all times.”

This year’s image features two Great Lakes Towing Company tugs in the foreground with an Interlake Steamship freighter in the lock. “I have loved tugboats since my earliest days in St. Joseph, Michigan, and I thought this year I would include two Great Lakes Towing Tugs because of the company’s wonderful gift of the Tug Ohio to the museum,” Cook said.

Gillcrist noted that the cards have become somewhat of a collector’s piece over the years with dozens of people ordering cards year after year. Cards can be ordered online at nmglstore.org or by calling 419-214-5000 extension 200. The cards are shipped in packs of ten cards and envelopes for $16.95 plus shipping and handling.

National Museum of the Great Lakes

 

20th Annual Lost Mariners Remembrance

11/10 - The evening begins with a concert by Lee Murdock. This year’s Lost Mariners Remembrance program is apropos to the season’s high water, with a slightly different approach than in past years. Our offerings generally focus on disasters which claimed the lives of mariners far from land. This year will examine a catastrophe that was particularly terrestrial.

In 1844—175 years ago—the winds and waters of Lake Erie created a seiche event that sent a wall of water 22 feet high through the streets of Buffalo, New York. It left dozens of Erie Canal boats high and dry and drowned over 50 residents. Out on the lake, at least 40 vessels were damaged or destroyed, and another 25 people drowned – 17 of them professional mariners.

This catastrophe is seldom mentioned with other historic weather events on the Great Lakes. Our 2019 Lost Mariners Remembrance presentation by Detroit Historical Society senior curator Joel Stone will address that oversight. This program is offered in partnership with the Great Lakes Maritime Institute, and support from over twenty maritime organizations on both sides of the Detroit River.

The event will be streamed on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/boatnerd

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 10

On this day in 1892, whaleback barge 102 loaded 2,073 tons of iron ore at Superior consigned to Cleveland. This was the first shipment of Mesabi Range iron ore carried by Oglebay Norton.

On 10 November 1901, the ROBERT A. PACKER (wooden freighter, 209 foot, 921 tons, built in 1882, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin) was found by the wrecking tug RUMBLE eleven miles north of off De Tour, Michigan, ablaze and abandoned by her crew. Captain Isaac Zess of the RUMBLE fought the flames for four hours and then was helped by the THOMAS W. PALMER. The fire was speedily extinguished with both vessels pouring water on the flames and the PACKER was tied up at the dock in DeTour, Michigan.

On 10 November 1887, A. BOODY (wooden schooner, 137 foot, 287 gross tons, built in 1863, at Toledo, Ohio) struck the Port Austin reef on Lake Huron and was declared a total loss. However, after ten days of hard work, the BOODY was finally pulled off the reef.

The EDMUND FITZGERALD foundered on Lake Superior during a severe storm November 10, 1975, at approximately 7:10 p.m. about 17 miles north-northwest of Whitefish Point, Michigan, at position 47 0'N by 85 7'W in Canadian waters.

IMPERIAL ST CLAIR (Hull#57) was launched November 10, 1973 , by Port Weller Drydocks at St. Catharines, Ontario. Renamed b.) ALGOSAR in 1998, sold off the lakes, renamed c.) GENESIS EXPLORER in 2005.

The STEELTON sailed on her maiden voyage for Bethlehem Steel Corp. on November 10, 1943.

The ROBERT C. STANLEY, in her first season of operation, on November 10, 1943 during a Lake Superior storm, developed a significant crack across her spar deck and 12 to 14 feet down both sides of her hull. As the hull worked in the heavy seas, the crack widened to as much as three to four inches. The crew ran cables between the fore and aft winches that maintained a force sufficient to hold the hull together.

November 10, 1972, in the vicinity of the entrance to the East Outer Channel near Amherstburg, Ontario, the UNITED STATES GYPSUM collided with her towing tug MAINE and as a result her bow was punctured. The GYPSUM was beached to prevent sinking.

Pittsburgh Steamship's WILLIAM A. IRVIN (Hull#811) was launched November 10, 1937, at Lorain, Ohio. The IRVIN serves as a museum ship in Duluth, Minnesota since 1986.

November 10, 1892, the carferry ANN ARBOR NO 1 left the shipyard in Toledo, Ohio, bound for Frankfort on her maiden voyage. In 1895, the first major accident caused by cars coming free on the car deck of a rail ferry happened when the ANN ARBOR NO 1, was on an eastbound voyage. Approaching Frankfort in a northwest gale, she rolled so violently that many of the car fastenings broke and the cargo began to move about on the car deck. None of the early rear-loading car ferries were equipped with a sea gate to protect the stern from the seas, and seven cars of flour and butter went off the deck of the NO 1 into the lake. Captain Charles Moody resigned from the Ann Arbor as a result of this incident and returned to the Pere Marquette and Goodrich lines.

ATLANTIC (formerly MANITOULIN, wooden propeller passenger/package freight, 147 foot, 683 gross tons, built in 1880, at Owen Sound, Ontario) was bound for Byng Inlet with lumber camp supplies when she was caught in a storm and grounded in the lee of Pancake Island in Georgian Bay. Her cargo and aft cabin were thrown overboard to lighten her, but she caught fire and was destroyed. Her passengers and crew took to her boats and survived.

On 10 November 1856, ST JOSEPH (wooden propeller steam barge, 170 foot, 460 tons, built in 1846, at Buffalo, New York) stranded and was wrecked near Fairport, Ohio. No lives were lost.

November 10, 1911 - The ANN ARBOR NO 4 was back in service after damaging several plates in October. The tanker MARIA DESGAGNES struck bottom in the St. Lawrence Seaway on 10 November 1999. After temporary repairs were made, the vessel was cleared to proceed to Hamilton, Ontario, to discharge its cargo of jet fuel. A survey of the seaway was completed with no indications as to what caused the vessel to ground.

On 10 November 1887, BLAZING STAR (wooden schooner, 137 foot, 265 tons, built in 1873, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) was sailing on Lake Michigan in fine weather with a load of lumber. However, she grounded on Fisherman Shoal near Washington Island, Wisconsin even though the wreck of the steamer I N FOSTER was in full view on that reef. The captain was unable to locate a tug to pull the BLAZING STAR off and later she broke up in heavy weather. No lives were lost.

Below is a first hand account of the Storm of 1913, from the journal of John Mc Laughlin transcribed by his great grandson Hugh Mc Nichol. John was working on an unknown vessel during the Storm of 1913. The boat was captained by John Mc Alpine and Harry Roberts as Chief Engineer. The boat was loading iron ore in Escanaba when the storm started on November 8th.

Monday, November 10, 1913: I got up at 12 a.m. and went on watch. We were laying at anchor. It was blowing a living gale and kept it up. They hove up the anchor near 10 o'clock but monkeyed around until after dinner. We got under way. We passed the Light Ship about 3, and White Shoal at 5:15.

More entries from the Storm of 1913 tomorrow.

1900: The iron package freighter ARABIAN went aground 8 miles west of Whitefish Point, Lake Superior due to heavy weather. The ship was salvaged with only minor damage. It was later part of the Canada Steamship Lines fleet and was broken up about 1939.

1903: The passenger and freight steamer ATLANTIC was destroyed by a fire on Georgian Bay enroute to Parry Sound. The blaze apparently started in the cargo of hay that had become soaked with coal oil while riding out a late fall storm off Spruce Island west of its destination.

1922: Fleetmates GLENMAVIS and GLENCLOVA were in a collision at Montreal. Both were repaired and remained as part of the Great Lakes fleet for years as ACADIAN and GEORGE HINDMAN (ii) respectively. 1936: SIR WILLIAM FAIRBAIRN was upbound in Lake Huron and ran into a fall storm that damaged 62 automobiles as part of the deckload of new Packard & Chrysler cars.

1968: MANTADOC and FRANCOIS L.D. collided in heavy fog on the Seaway and sustained considerable bow damage. Both were repaired and the former still sails as d) MANITOBA while the latter was scrapped at Alang, India, as b) CINTA in 1987.

1989: ELPIS, Freedom Class deep sea freighter, first came through the Seaway in 1978. It raised considerable ire after stranding on a coral reef off Key Largo, FL while carrying sugar to Mexico. When it was refloated on November 12, the ship was seized by U.S. Marshals until assessment of the damage to the delicate coral reef could be made. The ship was later released and survived further trading until being scrapped at Alang, India, as c) CITY OF HOUSTON, in 2001.

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

 

U.S. Steel lays off multiple non-union workers at Keetac, Minntac

11/9 - U.S. Steel has eliminated a number of non-union positions at its Iron Range mines and taconite plants. U.S. Steel spokesperson Amanda Malkowski confirmed the layoffs at both of its Minnesota ore operations — Keetac in Keewatin and Minntac in Mountain Iron. Malkowski would not say how many positions were eliminated but said all were non-union. WDIO-TV reported that approximately 30 people had been laid off.

In an emailed statement, Malkowski said the cuts were part of the companies "new operating structure" announced on Oct. 8.

That includes reducing $200 million from its annual fixed costs by 2022, the company has said. Meanwhile, low steel prices are also hurting the steelmaker.

U.S. Steel lost $84 million in the third quarter of 2019, according to financial results released last week.

"At the same time, we’ve been battling challenging market conditions, which means we need to truly become a leaner, more efficient organization faster," Malkowski said. "As part of this process, we are taking the difficult step to eliminate a number of non-represented positions in the United States, including at our Minntac and Keetac facilities."

The layoffs come just weeks after U.S. Steel idled one of its production lines at Minntac. At the time, the company cited "changing market conditions" and said no layoffs were expected.

Layoffs of non-union U.S. Steel employees were reported across the company Friday.

"We are in a difficult market environment right now. This is not lost on anyone here," U.S. Steel CEO David Burritt said during a Nov. 1 call with investors.

Keetac and Minntac mine and process taconite into iron ore pellets for U. S. Steel’s steelmaking facilities. Minntac produces approximately 16 million net tons of pellets per year, while Keetac produces approximately six million net tons of pellets per year.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Port Reports -  November 9

Port reports are compiled from 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). Reporters needed for Lake Michigan ports and posts such as Saginaw River and Johnstown, ON.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived Duluth at 12:23 Friday afternoon to load coal at Midwest Energy, and Philip R. Clarke was inbound with limestone for C. Reiss at 14:06. Joseph L. Block arrived at 18:00 to unload stone at Graymont. Cape topped off her holds at CHS 1 and left the dock at 19:30 Friday night, and as of 19:45 was making her way through the harbor for departure. The McCarthy is expected to depart from SMET early Saturday morning. Also in port on Friday were Paul R. Tregurtha, which was still loading at Canadian National and had no departure time listed; Federal Kushiro, unloading cement at CRH; Fivelborg, taking on beet pulp pellets at Gavilon; and Ebroborg, on the hook outside the harbor. At the Superior entry on Friday, Algoma Spirit departed at 02:21 with a load of iron ore pellets for Hamilton, and American Spirit was inbound at 15:43 to load at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Due Two Harbors on Nov. 8th is the James R. Barker. As I file this report on the 8th at 19:00 the Barker is approx. 7 miles NE of Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 9th are the John D. Leitch and the Edgar B. Speer. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Indiana Harbor on Nov. 8th at 09:20. Tentatively due Silver Bay on Nov. 9th is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. She'll be arriving after unloading stone in Duluth.

Thunder Bay, ON
Thursday; 22:02 Frontenac departed for Port Colborne. Friday; 13:08 Tecumseh arrived at the G3 elevator to load grain.

Northern Lake Huron ports
Drummond Island: Friday; 11:27 Olive L Moore arrived to load limestone.

Stoneport: Friday; Clyde S Vanenkevort arrived and went to anchor.

Alpena: Friday; 16:30 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load.

Parry Sound: Friday; 6:59 Algoma Innovator departed and is down bound on Lake Huron.

Port Inland: Friday; 3:51 Arthur M Anderson departed for Windsor.10:56 Wilfred Sykes arrived to load.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
American Century unloaded ore at Zug Island on Friday.

Lorain, ON – Drew Leonard
Algoma Conveyor departed Jonick Dock & Terminal at around 12:00 a.m. Friday with a load of coke breeze.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
American Courage is on the shuttles. Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder departed at 0814 Friday for Marblehead. Algoma Buffalo arrived at 11:46 for salt at Cargill. The ferry Put-In-Bay arrived Thursday for work at the Great Lakes Shipyard. Herbert C. Jackson was arriving Friday from Calcite.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Friday November 8 – Barry Andersen

Buffalo (Tonawanda) - docked - Nov 7 -NACC Argonaut at 0024 and tug Calusa Coast & Delaware at 0834 - (Tonawanda) - Nov 7 - Calusa Coast & Delaware at 1220 - departed (Tonawanda) Nov 8 at 0400 approx. westbound

Nanticoke - docked - Nov 7 - Rosy (Bds) (ex SCT Stockhorn-17, MCT Stockhorn-16, HLL Caspian-08) at 1000 and tug Michigan & Great Lakes at 2007

Welland Canal upbound - Nov 7 - Baie Comeau at 1552 - Nov 8 - Algosea at 0600, tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0656 and Algoma Enterprise at 1449

Welland Canal downbound - Nov 7 - Algoma Niagara at 1713, tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1849 and CSL Tadoussac at 2321 - Nov 8 - NACC Argonaut at 0117, Labrador (Cyp) at 205, light tugs Wyatt M at 0217 and Jarrett M at 0224, Algoma Transport at 0318, Evans Spirit at 0811, CSL Niagara at 11143, McKeil Spirit at 1246, Whitefish Bay at 1300, Algoma Conveyor at 1344, Jamno (Bhs) at 1943 and G3 Marquis at 2102

Hamilton - arrivals - Oct 8 - Resko (Bhs) at 0404, Algoma Transport at 1737, Eeborg (Nld) eta 2225 - anchored - Nov 4 - Rosaire A Desgagnes at 1848 - docked - Oct 31 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1138 - Nov 6 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 2105 - Nov 7 - Florence Spirit at 1211 - departed - Nov 8 - Wicky Spirit at 0051 eastbound, Manitoulin at 1923 and CSL St Laurent at 1920

Clarkson - arrival - Nov 8 - Algoma Niagara at 0814 and Robert S Pierson at 1235 Toronto - arrival - docked - Nov 6 - Mamry (Bhs) at 1521 - Nov 7 - Mandarin (Cyp) at 1343 and NACC Capri (Deu) at 1907

 

Great Lakes water levels have swung from record lows to record highs. Here’s why

11/9 - The Great Lakes water levels broke records this past July and August, with some basins experiencing the highest levels ever recorded since 1918. Unusually high water has plagued their shores this year, causing beach erosion and disappearing waterfronts. Even as we head into the winter months, water levels “remain well above average and near record highs levels,” according to the Great Lakes Water Level Outlook, released this week by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Water levels have not always been this high, however, with record low levels observed on lakes Michigan and Huron in 2013, part of an erratic pattern that could become normalized with our changing climate.

It’s important to examine the drivers behind the fluctuating lake levels and how the warming climate fits in.

Lakes Superior, Erie and Ontario saw their highest levels on record for the months of June and July. Lake St. Clair, which connects Lakes Huron and Erie, also set its highest level on record for those two months. In August, Lake Superior tied its record high, while lakes St. Clair and Erie set records. Although water levels on Lake Michigan were also abnormally high, it just missed setting records over the summer. Lake St. Clair’s July level of 577.56 feet set a record high for any month, compared with the average lake level of 574.8 feet. This may seem like a small difference, but this increase spread over an entire basin increases incidents of coastal flooding.

The height of each lake is determined by Net Basin Supply (NBS), which is evaporation subtracted from the sum of precipitation and runoff into the lakes. When the inflow (precipitation and runoff) is greater than evaporation, you get rising lakes. If the evaporation exceeds the inflow, lakes drop.

The record-breaking water levels this summer can be attributed to tremendous amounts of precipitation and excess runoff during the spring and summer. The Great Lakes region saw above-average rain for the three consecutive months from April to June, contributing to the overflowing basins.

The heavy spring and summer rains are part of a longer-term trend. The United States saw a 4 percent increase in precipitation between 1901 and 2015, with the Great Lakes region alone seeing a 10 percent rise.

“We’re seeing some of the highest water levels in recorded history on the Great Lakes, and that’s the result of very wet weather experienced over the last several years,” said Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of watershed hydrology for the Detroit district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

This trend toward increased precipitation is expected to continue as the atmosphere warms because of climate change. A warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture, which can condense and turn into precipitation. A marked increase in heavy precipitation events has been observed across the United States during the past several decades, a trend linked to climate change and observed in the Great Lakes region.

But a warmer atmosphere also means water can more readily evaporate, which brings in the third part in our lake level equation. As temperature increases, the energy in a water particle increases, and the molecules can “escape” into the surrounding air. As we head into the colder months of late fall and early winter, evaporation increases because of the greater temperature difference between the chilly air above the water, and the comparatively mild lake surface waters. This competes with increased precipitation amounts to determine lake levels.

In other words, during dry spells, because of the warming climate, water levels can drop more quickly, leading to unusually low levels — which is what was seen in 2013.

So if the lake levels can be high, and also low, what’s the big deal? Over short time scales (a few years), intensified precipitation one season could spur high water levels and associated flooding. Likewise, hotter summers and increased evaporation could result in lower water levels the next season.

Over long time scales, the water levels usually reach equilibrium, as all basins are interconnected via channels such as the St. Marys River. However, with climate change, inconsistent lake level extremes across the Great Lakes are expected. Retreating beaches, water-covered bridges and even flooded basements and dysfunctional septic fields are all consequences of high water levels, while low water harms commercial shipping on the lakes, reducing the amount cargo ships can carry.

A 2019 climate change assessment for the Great Lakes conducted by the Environmental Law and Policy Center found that the most recent research shows both the potential for drops and rises in lake levels into the future.

The erratic seesaw of highs and lows year to year may be the new norm, and residents of the Great Lakes will need to prepare for a future with unstable water levels.

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/11/08/great-lakes-water-levels-have-swung-record-lows-record-highs-heres-why

 

Bascule Brewery gets namesake's old control panel

11/9 - Lorain, OH – About year-and-a-half in the making, the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge's old control panel found a new, albeit unlikely, home.

"It was just one of those things where you kind of put that out into the universe that you kind of hope that one day that's going to happen," said Chris Kambouris, owner of Bascule Brewery and Public House -- the control panel's new station.

The Bascule Bridge, connecting the west and east sides of the city across the Black River, was built in the late 1930s. It is the world's second largest bascule bridge, opening at the center to allow boats to pass through. After about 48 years of use and extensive rehabilitation, the bridge officially was dedicated on Veterans Day 1988 and renamed in honor of Marine Cpl. Charles Berry, a Lorain native who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor after he saved his fellow soldiers by diving on top of a live grenade that landed in their foxhole during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Kambouris said the process to get the panel started when he took a walk on the bridge and met with one of the operators, who let him take a peek at the control room and said an upcoming overhaul was going to include the panel's replacement.

"My eyes just became as big as saucers," Kambouris said. "There was a shot, there was a chance. It all started with that, there was a possibility, and if there's anything this whole venture has taught me is all you can do is take those opportunities and hope for the best."

After months of checking in and updates from crews working on the bridge, and the panel being turned down by the Lorain Historical Society due to space issues, it finally landed in its namesake's east side brewery.

Kambouris said the plan is to rewire the circa-1950s board and have a hands-on display of one of the "gateways" to Lorain's industrial past. He plans to include history of the bridge, Berry and commemorate the men and women who worked on the bridge.

A ceremony is in the works, for either just before or just after the holiday season, he said, with plans to invite those "bridge raisers" who helped make the brewery, and bascule bridge, possible.

Much like the rest of the decor that dots the taproom, the control panel was a donation, Kambouris said. It will join church pews, couches and homey kitchen tables, local artwork and volunteers' nameplates as what Kambouris considers a testament to the trust Lorain has instilled in the space.

"Now that it's in our possession we definitely want to treat it with all the dignity that it deserves," he said. "Not just because of what it would do here in our brewery but because of what it represents to our city and what it represents to all the people that have worked on it, have passed through the bridge, anybody who's worked on the ships, it means a lot to them as well. this is a testimony to a bygone era and there's a lot of history, I would venture to say just as much emotional importance attached as there is a historical importance."

Those who worked on the bridge or have photos or information to share about it are asked to contact Kambouris by calling the brewery at (440) 317-0944 or message its Facebook page.

The taproom is at 1397 Colorado Ave. and is open 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The Chronicle-Telegram

 

Port Huron Museum exhibit refreshes look at Storm of 1913 artifacts

11/9 - - Wayne Brusate said he never tried it, but some of the whiskey discovered in a shipwreck at the bottom of Lake Huron three decades ago was sealed well enough to drink.

Walking around the Port Huron Museum's latest exhibit Wednesday, the veteran commercial diver also recalled hearing bottles of champagne pop as cargo was retrieved from the site, suddenly relieved of the pressure from decades beneath 80 feet of water.

The small details were a call back to a happenstance discovery of the SS Regina, a well-known vessel that sank during the Great Lakes Storm of 1913. Brusate and a small group famously discovered the wreck “right in the shipping channel” between Lexington and Port Sanilac, while in search of another boat.

Plenty of the artifacts from the 250-foot package steamship freighter have since made their way to museums across the region, including a previous exhibit in Port Huron a century after the storm. Now, some of them are returning for a new exhibit at the museum’s Carnegie Center this week.

But this time, much of the focus is on divers and how those discoveries were made.

“There’s a lot of false narratives in some of the sinkings and the disasters. The diver does it out of love, love for the sport,” said Jim Leslie, a local scuba diver who’s also contributing artifacts to the museum’s latest exhibit. “The diver has brought into the history books more of the ships, how they were built. We know they were lost in the storm, but it gives it more perspective (to) what actually happened.”

Andrew Kercher, the museum's community engagement manager, said the exhibit will be available to the public through general museum admission for about six months.

“We talk about the storm. There are some artifacts from the shipwrecks, but there’s a lot of emphasis on the equipment used and how much that’s changed over time,” Kercher said. “You’ve got the hard-hat suits, which (are) the kind you see in the intro to ‘Scooby Doo’ — everyone recognizes that. It’s the big brass helmet, heavy weights and you would have like a pump attached to the head, you don’t have a tank.”

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/2019/11/06/port-huron-museum-exhibit-refreshes-look-great-lakes-storm-1913-artifacts-divers-view/4176392002/

 

Life Aboard a Great Lakes cargo ship

11/9 - How do Canadian sailors spend a typical Saturday night on a cargo ship? Watching NHL hockey and having a barbecue, of course. It was all part of the experience as Donna Symonds and her husband John Low got a glimpse into life as a mariner this past month after travelling aboard the CSL Welland from the Welland Canal to the Port of Montreal.

https://www.marinedelivers.com/2019/10/life-aboard-a-great-lakes-cargo-ship

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 9

The NIMROD (3-mast wooden schooner, 184 foot, 559 tons, built in 1873, at Toledo, Ohio) was carrying 37,000 bushels of corn from Chicago to Buffalo. On 08 November 1874, she encountered thick fog on Lake Erie and the large double decked schooner MICHIGAN collided with her. The MICHIGAN continued on her course while the NIMROD filled with water and sank in 70 feet of water off Port Burwell-Port Stanley, Ontario. The crew escaped in the yawl and were picked up by the schooner GRANTHAM. The wreck was discovered in 1978, when Capt. Robert Hamilton, a commercial fisherman, snagged his nets on it.

COLUMBIA STAR (steel propeller bulk freighter, 1000 foot, 35,923 gross tons) was launched November 8, 1980, at Bay Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin (Hull#726) . She was part of the Oglebay Norton fleet. Renamed b.) AMERICAN CENTURY in 2006.

BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS and IRVING S. OLDS arrived on November 8, 1988, at Kaohsiung, Taiwan for scrapping by Sing Cheng Yung Iron & Steel Co. Ltd.

The Great Lakes Engineering Works built steamer STADACONA of 1909, renamed b.) W. H. McGEAN in 1920, was renamed c.) ROBERT S. McNAMARA by its new owner Ford Motor Company's Marine Division on November 8, 1962. The McNAMARA was rescued from potential scrapping when Ford purchased her for $80,000 and spent $15,000 for renovation at AmShip's Toledo yard. J. P. MORGAN JR. arrived in Spain on November 8, 1980, for scrapping.

PETER A. B. WIDENER passed down the Welland Canal November 8, 1986, towed by the tugs TUSKER and GLENADA en route to Lauzon, Quebec. From there she was towed overseas for scrapping. When built, the PETER A. B. WIDENER and fleet mates J. PIERPONT MORGAN, NORMAN B. REAM and HENRY H. ROGERS were the first 600-footers built for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. as "The Class of 1906."

On 08 Nov 1986, B. F. AFFLECK (steel propeller freighter, 588 foot, 7,964 gross tons, built in 1927, at Toledo, Ohio), under tow of the tug THUNDER CAPE, went adrift on Lake Superior in a storm after the tug lost power. The tug AVENGER IV was dispatched to pick up the AFFLECK, which was headed for scrap, and the tanker EASTERN SHELL towed the THUNDER CAPE to Thunder Bay for repairs.

BEN HUR, a wooden schooner-barge wrecker, 314 tons, built in 1874, at Dunville, Ontario, had been purchased for the job of salvaging the schooner M. E. TREMBLE. On 8 November 1890, she was at the job near Port Huron in the St. Clair River when she was rammed and sunk by the schooner-barge SUPERIOR which was being towed by the steamer PASSAIC. BEN HUR settled on top of the schooner she was attempting to salvage and a lighter-scow she was using also went down with her.

On 8 November 1877, the bark GREAT WEST was carrying 262,000 feet of lumber from Caseville to Chicago. Much of it was piled topside. In a big storm on Lake Michigan, she lost her deck load. She then became waterlogged and finally went ashore near Hyde Park, Illinois on 10 November. The crew were all saved.

On 8 November 1877, KATE L. BRUCE (3-mast wooden schooner, 307 tons, built in 1872, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) was carrying wheat in tow of the tug JOHNSON when she was let go in heavy weather. She disappeared with all eight of her crew off Alpena, Michigan. A bureau containing her papers washed ashore in August 1878. The sunken wreck was discovered in 6 fathoms of water in Thunder Bay during the Autumn of 1879.

The forebody of the former CANADIAN EXPLORER arrived in Prescott on 05 Nov 2000, under tow of the Trois Rivieres tug DUGA. It remained there for three days. The previous March, it was reported that the hull was undergoing conversion to a 498-foot grain storage barge for Les Elevateurs des Trois Rivieres, Quebec. (The engine room portion of the former CANADIAN EXPLORER was mated to the forward section of the HAMILTON TRANSFER in 1998, and is now the CANADIAN TRANSFER.)

1981: EMERALD, the former LACHINEDOC, sank in the Persian Gulf during heavy weather while carrying steel mesh and aggregates. Nine members of the crew were missing while another three were rescued.

2007: SPIRIT OF NANTUCKET, the former NANTUCKET CLIPPER, struck an uncharted object in the Intercoastal Waterway and had to be beached. The ship was repaired at Norfolk, VA and resumed its journey to the Pacific for a new career as an Alaska cruise ship after earlier Great Lakes, St. Lawrence and East Coast service.

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

 

Business Beyond Borders event gives update on Soo Locks Expansion Project

11/8 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – There was an update on the Soo Locks Expansion Project in Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday. It’s an update that was part of the Business Beyond Borders event held at Kewadin Casino.

Several speakers talked about how to bridge the gap between the two Soos. Topics ranged from foreign trade to border discussion and the super lock construction. Phase one of the project will include deepening of the channel for just over a mile northwest of the locks.

There’s a lot of work ahead to coordinate. “Our goal with the new office being set up here is to manage construction. The other project is to make everybody aware of the progress, make sure all stakeholders are aware and to be transparent so when anything comes up, so it doesn’t catch anybody by surprise,” said U.S. Army Corps Engineers Mick Aubry.

The Corps continues to stress the tremendous impact on the nation if the Poe Lock was to be shut down for an extended period of time.

9 & 10 News

 

Port Reports -  November 8

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Algoma Sault departed Duluth at 01:31 Thursday morning after spending a few hours tied up at Hallett #5, and headed directly for the Superior entry to load at Burlington Northern. Cason J. Callaway departed from Canadian National at 04:11 after taking on an iron ore load for Gary. Fivelborg was inbound at 15:48 to pick up beet pulp pellets at Gavilon, and Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 16:16 for a load of iron ore pellets from Canadian National. Miedwie spent Thursday loading grain at Riverland Ag, and was outbound at 18:45. Also in port were Federal Kushiro, offloading cement at CRH; Cape, taking on wheat at CHS 1; and Ebroborg, anchored outside the harbor waiting to load grain at Gavilon after Fivelborg. In Superior, Algoma Sault arrived from Duluth at 02:41 Thursday morning, loaded ore at Burlington Northern, and was outbound for Hamilton at 16:20. Her fleetmate Algoma Spirit then arrived from anchor at 16:39 to load, and is expected to depart early Friday morning.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Roger Blough arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 7th at 09:09 for South of #2. As of 19:40 on Nov. 7th she was still at the dock. Tentatively due Two Harbors on Nov. 8th is the James R. Barker. There's a good chance she'll arrive early on Nov. 9th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Nov. 7th. Due Silver Bay on the 8th is the Indiana Harbor.

Thunder Bay, ON
Wednesday: 17:40 Federal Welland departed for Montreal. 17:50 Frontenac arrived at the G3 elevator to load wheat. Thursday; CSL Welland was loading grain at Viterra A. Federal Champlain and Federal Dart were at anchor in the main anchorage.

Northern Lake Huron ports
Spragge: Thursday; 13:40 After unloading slag John D Leitch departed for Two Harbors.

Stoneport: Thursday; 5:00 Kaye E Barker arrived to load limestone.

Parry Sound: Thursday 15:28 Algoma Innovator arrived to unload road salt.

Port Inland: Thursday; 8:36 Arthur M Anderson arrived to load.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Thursday Arrivals: Leo A MacCarthur/John J Carrick arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Samuel De Champlain/Innovation arrived at Lafarge to unload cement. CSL Laurentien arrived at St. Marys Cement to unload clinker.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Thursday November 7, Barry Andersen

Buffalo (Tonawanda) - arrivals - NACC Argonaut at 0024 and tug Calusa Coast & Delaware at 0834 - (Tonawanda) - Nov 7 - Calusa Coast & Delaware at 1220

Nanticoke - arrival - Nov 7 - Rosy (Bds) (ex SCT Stockhorn-17, MCT Stockhorn-16, HLL Caspian-08) at 1000 and tug Michigan & Great Lakes at 2007 - docked - departed - Nov 6 - CSL Laurentien at 2352 - Nov 7 - Algoscotia at 1011 and tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81 at 1219- all westbound

Welland Canal upbound - Nov 6 - Algoma Buffalo at 1831, CSL Assiniboine at 1940 and Thunder Bay eta 2312 - Nov 7 - Ojibway at 0849, tug Jarrett M & Miss Libby at 0935 stopped at Heddle DD (PWDD) to make up tow with WYATT M - departed fitout wall at 1315 approx., Algoma Harvester at 1054, NACC Argonaut at 1142,

Welland Canal downbound - Nov 6 - Tim S Dool at 1626 - Nov 7 - light tug Wyatt M at 0443 (to assist Jarrett M with MIss Libby), Algoma Niagara at 1713, tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1849 and CSL Tadoussac eta 2300

Port Weller anchorage - departed - correction Nov 6 - Mamry (Bhs) at 1300 for Toronto and Kitikmeot W at 1121 eastbound - Nov 7 - Mandarin (Cyp) at 1305 for Toronto

Hamilton - arrivals - Nov 7 - Manitoulin at 0549, CSL St Laurent at 0750, Florence Spirit at 1211 and Wicky Spirit at 1331 - anchored - Nov 4 - Rosaire A Desgagnes at 1848 - docked - Oct 31 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1138 - Nov 6 - Algoma Harvester at 0000 and Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 2105 - departed - Nov 7 - Straum (Nor) at 0837 eastbound

Clarkson - arrival - Nov 7 - Robert S Pierson at 0217 - departed Nov 7 at 1205 eastbound

Mississauga - docked - Nov 2 - Wicky Spirit at 0652 - departed Nov 7 at 1205 westbound

Toronto - arrival - Nov 7 - Mandarin (Cyp) at 1343 - docked - Nov 6 - Mamry (Bhs) at 1521 - departed - Nov 7 - Manitoulin at 0350 eastbound and Florence Spirit at 1008 westbound

 

Northern Michigan in Focus: Remembering sailors lost on Great Lakes

11/8 - Paradise, MI – Every November 10, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society holds a memorial ceremony to remember those lost on the Edmund Fitzgerald and all the sailors lost on the Great Lakes.

For this week’s Northern Michigan in Focus, Corey Adkins introduces you to a woman who’s worked at the museum for decades and shows you why she thinks it’s important to remember. “

I look at the lake and it’s awesome. It’s calming to sit there and look at that lake,” said Bev Purcell. It’s the time of the year when fall starts to meet winter and Lake Superior shows its might. Purcell has lived in the Paradise area for decades. For more than 20 years she’s worked in the light keeper’s quarters at Whitefish Point.

“I greet people and take care of the oldest lighthouse on Lake Superior, the oldest building. It was built for the keeper of the light. It was built in 1861 when our President Lincoln just took office,” explained Purcell.

No one will ever know what happened, but what’s important is to remember.

“Every November 10th we have that ceremony. The bell is taken out of its protective cover and still some family members are able to come and ring it. Each man’s name is read and somebody comes up and rings that bell in somebody’s honor, and the 30th ring is for all the people that lost their lives on the Great Lakes. It’s done with deep respect for these men who lost their lives and it means a lot to their families,” explained Purcell.

“It still has a hurt that they never ever get over. And I think it’s good to keep that memory alive for their loved ones and for us to always remember what it was many years ago, and how many men braved that lake and did their job.”

View the interview at this link: https://www.9and10news.com/2019/11/06/northern-michigan-in-focus-remembering-sailors-lost-on-the-great-lakes

 

Putzfrau, the boat that cleaned up polluted Cuyahoga River, returns with new mission

11/8 - Cleveland, Ohio – A boat that played a critical role in cleaning up the polluted Cuyahoga River after it caught fire in 1969 went back on the very river it cleaned for the first time since it dry docked decades ago.

The aptly named Putzfrau, which means “cleaning lady” in German, was designed by a local family, the Samsels. The vessel was one of the first to help to remove oil and debris from the river, using vacuum tubes to suck up hazardous liquids into tanks below deck and a crane to scoop up litter.

Eighty-nine-year-old Frank Samsel, who built the Putzfrau, sat in the captain's seat during the boat's first time on the water.

A partnership between PHASTAR Corporation and West Creek Conservancy, both northeast Ohio nonprofits, brought the boat, which shares a past with the Crooked River, back to life. The 56-foot, 46-ton steel boat took manpower and money to get it back onto the Cuyahoga River—$3,500 just to get it back in the water from the dock where it stood for years.

At the time of renovation, the Putzfrau was a bit dusty and needed a fresh coat of paint, but the people behind her revival hopes she can take on a new mission.

“People see the Cuyahoga River, they see Cleveland, they see the burning river,” said Peter Bode, Cleveland Project Manager for the West Creek Conservancy. “And it’s a tired narrative. It’s something that really needs to be re-looked at and reformatted a bit.”

While the mechanics and engines of the boat are in working order, Bode said community partners are working to restore the crane hydraulics and vacuum system. "We want to get it to the point where it can go back to its original purpose, which is cleaning the river," Bode said.

Now that the boat is up and running, it doesn't stop there. Future plans include creating an on-board convertible processing wet lab for water quality testing that would be tied to river and lake research efforts conducted by regional agencies.

The West Creek Conservancy is working to secure funding for painting the vessel with marine paint.

See photos at this link: https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/oh-cuyahoga/putzfrau-the-boat-that-cleaned-up-the-polluted-cuyahoga-river-returns-to-the-water-with-a-new-mission

 

Three contaminated sites in Duluth Harbor to undergo cleanup

11/8 - Duluth, MN - Legacy contaminants have been in and around the Duluth Harbor for years, but now there is a new effort to address them. Three sites in the Duluth Harbor are now set to undergo cleanup plans. This work is part of a larger effort to address legacy contaminants in the St. Louis River Estuary and Duluth Harbor.

"Waste management disposal practices for industry have changed hugely since the historic times," said Duluth Seaway Port Authority Executive Director Deb DeLuca. There are legacy contaminants in the AGP/Northland Pier Slip, AZCON/Duluth Seaway Port Authority Slip, and The Ponds behind Erie Pier.

There are legacy contaminants in the AGP/Northland Pier Slip, AZCON/Duluth Seaway Port Authority Slip, and The Ponds behind Erie Pier. But the effects of the old waste management practices are still being felt in the Duluth Harbor.

There are legacy contaminants in the 8.4-acre AGP/Northland Pier Slip, 6.4-acre AZCON/Duluth Seaway Port Authority Slip, and The Ponds behind Erie Pier.

"These contaminated sediments... pose a risk to the benthic habitat, those critters that live down there in the sediment, as well as the fish, and then extending up to human health, so it's really important for us to remove that risk from the system," said Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Contaminated Sediment Coordinator LaRae Lehto.

Cleanup plans in the two slips include removing highly contaminated sediments, and installing caps of clean material and armor stone. The Ponds behind Erie Pier will be dredged and contaminated sediment will be removed and disposed of in a landfill.

"By removing or eliminating exposure to the contaminated sediments... hopefully the fish become healthier, hopefully the whole waterway becomes healthier, and we remove those limitations on how we can use the area," said Lehto.

The two slip projects, estimated to cost $6.2 million are expected to begin next summer. The Ponds behind Erie Pier project, estimated to cost $15.8 million is expected to start the summer of 2021.

The projects will partially be funded with state bonding funds and matched by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The MPCA is also working to secure funding from the U.S. EPA Great Lakes Legacy Act.

The three cleanup sites are part of the St. Louis River Area of Concern, one of 43 Great Lakes locations in the United States and Canada where shoreline alterations and industrial contamination have degraded water quality and threatened wildlife habitat and aquatic life.

Primary partners in the cleanup efforts include the Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Chippewa, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, MPCA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. EPA, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

WDIO

 

Mississagi brings cargo of stone; vessel may be ending career soon

11/8 - Grand Haven, MI – Grand Haven saw one freighter visit this past week, and that was the motor vessel Mississagi of Lower Lakes Towing. The Canadian vessel called on the Verplank dock Tuesday afternoon with a split cargo of stone grades from Meldrum Bay and Bruce Mines, Ontario. Before midnight, the Mississagi was outbound for Lake Michigan.

Built in 1943, the Mississagi is the oldest operating Canadian-flagged vessel in service on the Great Lakes. It was built by Great Lakes Engineering Works of Ecorse as the Hill Annex and was one of 16 Maritime-class ships. Maritime-class vessels were built by the U.S. Maritime Commission to assist shipping companies in fleet renewal. The Hill Annex and two other Maritimers were sold to the U.S. Steel Corp. and, in exchange, the steel company retired six vessels that were older and smaller.

The Hill Annex was rechristened George A. Sloan by the steelmaker, and it joined the large fleet of “tin stackers” plying the inland seas. The nickname comes from the silver smokestacks that U.S. Steel vessels have. George A. Sloan was a prominent citizen of New York and a director of U.S. Steel at the time.

The Sloan was transferred over to the Michigan Limestone-owned Bradley Transportation Co. in 1966. Michigan Limestone was a division of U.S. Steel. The Sloan would now work specifically in the stone trade and was converted to a self-unloader over the 1965-66 winter. U.S. Steel absorbed the Bradley fleet in 1967. The arrival of 1,000-foot vessels to the steelmaker’s fleet idled many smaller ships to scrap.

The Sloan’s self-unloading conversion gave the vessel more versatility and is likely why it avoided getting scrapped when so many of its U.S. Steel fleetmates were sent to the breakers. In 2000, Great Lakes Fleet (the remains of the company that was once U.S. Steel) sold the Sloan to Lower Lakes Towing Ltd. (LLT). The vessel was renamed Mississagi and reflagged Canadian. Its namesake is the Mississagi Strait located in Lake Huron.

Two other GLF ships were sold to LLT’s U.S. affiliate, Grand River Navigation. Those ships, the Myron C. Taylor (renamed Calumet) and Calcite II (renamed Maumee), served GRN for several seasons before they were scrapped in 2009 and 2011, respectively. The names Calumet and Maumee are both in use on active ships in the fleet today.

The Mississagi continues to be a valuable asset for Lower Lakes Towing, working to serve customers in small ports and constricting rivers. Despite this, the Mississagi is on borrowed time. Earlier this week, Rand Logistics, the parent company of LLT, announced the purchase of the former American Valor, a 767-foot steamship that has been idle for more than 10 years. While not confirmed, it is likely that Lower Lakes will repower the vessel and place it back in service.

With another vessel entering the LLT fleet, boatwatchers are concerned about the Mississagi’s future. It has outlived a lot of vessels, but its age makes it a prime candidate for scrapping, possibly as soon as the shipping season is over. The Mississagi has been a common sight in Grand Haven during its career, so catch the freighter while you still can.

Samuel Hankinson / Grand Haven Tribune

 

Know Your Ships author visits museum for lecture and book signing

11/8 - Toledo, OH – "Know Your Ships" editor and publisher Roger LeLievre will join us at the National Museum of the Great Lakes on Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m. to discuss the 60-year history of the popular annual vessel field guide up to the recent release of the new hardcover book "Know Your Ships: Decades" (an editors' choice highlighting the guide’s many outstanding images since its founding in 1959).

Books will be available for sale and signing at the gift shop. This event is FREE for GLHS/NMGL Members and $11.00 for non-Museum Members. For additional details and to register visit: https://nmgl.org/event/fall-lecture-series-2019-2/

National Museum of the Great Lakes

 

National Museum offers 51st holiday card in series

11/8 - Toledo, OH – The National Museum of the Great Lakes has revealed its 2019 Holiday Card for purchase. For the past 51 years, Director Emeritus Alexander B. Cook has painted a watercolor that is used exclusively by the organization to create the holiday card that is sold to the public to benefit the museum. The museum estimates that the sale of holiday cards featuring Alex Cook’s watercolor has raised over $100,000 for the organization over the past 50 years.

“At age 95, Alex Cook is like the energizer bunny of marine artists,” said Christopher Gillcrist, executive director of the museum. “His paint brushes are never more than a few feet away from him at all times.”

This year’s image features two Great Lakes Towing Company tugs in the foreground with an Interlake Steamship freighter in the lock. “I have loved tugboats since my earliest days in St. Joseph, Michigan, and I thought this year I would include two Great Lakes Towing Tugs because of the company’s wonderful gift of the Tug Ohio to the museum,” Cook said.

Gillcrist noted that the cards have become somewhat of a collector’s piece over the years with dozens of people ordering cards year after year. Cards can be ordered online at nmglstore.org or by calling 419-214-5000 extension 200. The cards are shipped in packs of ten cards and envelopes for $16.95 plus shipping and handling.

National Museum of the Great Lakes

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 8

The NIMROD (3-mast wooden schooner, 184 foot, 559 tons, built in 1873, at Toledo, Ohio) was carrying 37,000 bushels of corn from Chicago to Buffalo. On 08 November 1874, she encountered thick fog on Lake Erie and the large double decked schooner MICHIGAN collided with her. The MICHIGAN continued on her course while the NIMROD filled with water and sank in 70 feet of water off Port Burwell-Port Stanley, Ontario. The crew escaped in the yawl and were picked up by the schooner GRANTHAM. The wreck was discovered in 1978, when Capt. Robert Hamilton, a commercial fisherman, snagged his nets on it.

COLUMBIA STAR (steel propeller bulk freighter, 1000 foot, 35,923 gross tons) was launched November 8, 1980, at Bay Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin (Hull#726) . She was part of the Oglebay Norton fleet. Renamed b.) AMERICAN CENTURY in 2006.

BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS and IRVING S. OLDS arrived on November 8, 1988, at Kaohsiung, Taiwan for scrapping by Sing Cheng Yung Iron & Steel Co. Ltd.

The Great Lakes Engineering Works built steamer STADACONA of 1909, renamed b.) W. H. McGEAN in 1920, was renamed c.) ROBERT S. McNAMARA by its new owner Ford Motor Company's Marine Division on November 8, 1962. The McNAMARA was rescued from potential scrapping when Ford purchased her for $80,000 and spent $15,000 for renovation at AmShip's Toledo yard. J. P. MORGAN JR. arrived in Spain on November 8, 1980, for scrapping.

PETER A. B. WIDENER passed down the Welland Canal November 8, 1986, towed by the tugs TUSKER and GLENADA en route to Lauzon, Quebec. From there she was towed overseas for scrapping. When built, the PETER A. B. WIDENER and fleet mates J. PIERPONT MORGAN, NORMAN B. REAM and HENRY H. ROGERS were the first 600-footers built for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. as "The Class of 1906."

On 08 Nov 1986, B. F. AFFLECK (steel propeller freighter, 588 foot, 7,964 gross tons, built in 1927, at Toledo, Ohio), under tow of the tug THUNDER CAPE, went adrift on Lake Superior in a storm after the tug lost power. The tug AVENGER IV was dispatched to pick up the AFFLECK, which was headed for scrap, and the tanker EASTERN SHELL towed the THUNDER CAPE to Thunder Bay for repairs.

BEN HUR, a wooden schooner-barge wrecker, 314 tons, built in 1874, at Dunville, Ontario, had been purchased for the job of salvaging the schooner M. E. TREMBLE. On 8 November 1890, she was at the job near Port Huron in the St. Clair River when she was rammed and sunk by the schooner-barge SUPERIOR which was being towed by the steamer PASSAIC. BEN HUR settled on top of the schooner she was attempting to salvage and a lighter-scow she was using also went down with her.

On 8 November 1877, the bark GREAT WEST was carrying 262,000 feet of lumber from Caseville to Chicago. Much of it was piled topside. In a big storm on Lake Michigan, she lost her deck load. She then became waterlogged and finally went ashore near Hyde Park, Illinois on 10 November. The crew were all saved.

On 8 November 1877, KATE L. BRUCE (3-mast wooden schooner, 307 tons, built in 1872, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) was carrying wheat in tow of the tug JOHNSON when she was let go in heavy weather. She disappeared with all eight of her crew off Alpena, Michigan. A bureau containing her papers washed ashore in August 1878. The sunken wreck was discovered in 6 fathoms of water in Thunder Bay during the Autumn of 1879.

The forebody of the former CANADIAN EXPLORER arrived in Prescott on 05 Nov 2000, under tow of the Trois Rivieres tug DUGA. It remained there for three days. The previous March, it was reported that the hull was undergoing conversion to a 498-foot grain storage barge for Les Elevateurs des Trois Rivieres, Quebec. (The engine room portion of the former CANADIAN EXPLORER was mated to the forward section of the HAMILTON TRANSFER in 1998, and is now the CANADIAN TRANSFER.)

1981: EMERALD, the former LACHINEDOC, sank in the Persian Gulf during heavy weather while carrying steel mesh and aggregates. Nine members of the crew were missing while another three were rescued.

2007: SPIRIT OF NANTUCKET, the former NANTUCKET CLIPPER, struck an uncharted object in the Intercoastal Waterway and had to be beached. The ship was repaired at Norfolk, VA and resumed its journey to the Pacific for a new career as an Alaska cruise ship after earlier Great Lakes, St. Lawrence and East Coast service.

During the 24 hour period ending on midnight, November 8, 1886 a total of 113 vessels entered Chicago harbor.

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

 

Old Iron Scow attracts worldwide attention

11/7 - Niagara Falls, ON – A rusty century-old barge appears to have captured the attention of the world. The boat known as the Iron Scow had been lodged in the rocks of the upper Niagara River, around 600 metres from the Horseshoe Falls, since 1918. That was until Halloween, when a fierce windstorm flipped the vessel over and moved it about 50 metres closer to the brink.

"The poor old thing, what's left of it, has spun around and tipped over," said Jim Hill, superintendent of heritage at Niagara Parks. "It really wasn't so much as a boat anymore than it was a wall," he explained. "It had been facing Canada, so we had this great view of what looked like a relatively intact boat but it was really more like a metal façade of a boat."

Since last Thursday, media agencies from around the world have reported on the incident, and the scow's dramatic history. The story has been featured in the New York Times, The Daily Mail in the UK, CBC and CNN both reported on it and it has earned a mention on Wikipedia.

The scow appears to have grounded itself once again and Niagara Parks officials are monitoring situation, but officials say there's no way to predict if the vessel will, if ever, be on the move again. "We've had our engineers look at it and it's really hard to say what will happen next," Hill said.

On Aug. 6, 1918, the scow, used for dredging and dumping, broke loose from a towing tug about 1.6 kilometres up river. As it drifted towards the edge of the falls, the two men on board opened the bottom dumping doors to flood the compartments and slow down its approach to the falls. It worked, as the scow got wedged in rocks in the shallow rapids, but it left the men marooned in the torturous upper rapids. What followed was a dramatic 17-hour rescue of the two men by legendary Niagara river man William 'Red' Hill Sr.

A lifeline cannon, rushed to the scene by the U.S. Coast Guard, shot a line from the roof of a nearby powerhouse out to the stranded men. Later, a breeches buoy — a canvas sling suspended from a pulley — was put in place on the heavy rope. Part way out, the breeches buoy stopped due to a tangle in the ropes.

Hill Sr., who had recently returned to Niagara after having been wounded in France while serving in the First World War, volunteered to fix the problem. With the beam of a search light following him, Hill made two trips out to untangle the lines.

The company that owned the scow, the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, still exists. "Even immediately after the incident they realized they weren't interested in recovering their sand barge," Hill said. "It just wasn't worth risking peoples' lives to try to get it out of the rushing water." To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the rescue, several new interpretive panels overlooking the site were unveiled in August.

Niagara Falls Review

Wisconsin university receives $10 million donation for new Great Lakes research vessel

11/7 - Milwaukee, WI – The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has received a $10 million donation toward construction of a new research vessel intended to help advance the scientific understanding of water and the Great Lakes. The money from anonymous donors, and given through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, equals the largest gifts ever received by the school, officials said.

The research vessel, to be called the Maggi Sue at the request of the donors, will cost an estimated $15 million. A capital campaign for the ship includes an additional $5 million for operational costs. The donation is a major step toward construction of a ship that will expand UWM’s research capabilities on the Great Lakes and provide students more opportunities for onboard study.

The Maggi Sue would replace UWM’s Neeskay, a 66-year-old Army boat that was purchased by the university in 1970. University officials have wanted to replace the aging Neeskay for more than a decade. “I’ll miss her, but nothing lasts forever,” said Val Klump, dean of the School of Freshwater Sciences.

A construction start date for the ship has not yet been determined, but university officials said they have received other donations not yet disclosed.

Klump said early donations have allowed the school to hire a naval architect, Seacraft Design of Sturgeon Bay, to design the ship. While a builder has not yet been identified, Klump said the Maggi Sue will be constructed by a Wisconsin boat builder.

Replacing the aging Neeskay will give UWM a much larger ship and greater flexibility for Great Lakes research, according to school officials. According to shipbuildinghistory.com, the former Army ship was built in 1953 in New Orleans.

The Neeskay is 71 feet long, has 350 feet square feet of deck space and 120-square feet of lab space and can accommodate 10 students. The Maggi Sue would be 120 feet, have 2,100 square feet of deck space, 800 square feet of wet and dry labs and could accommodate 24 students.

"The opportunities for education and training are going to greatly increase," Klump said.

The ship is designed to use interchangeable laboratory pods on the deck to meet different needs of scientists and classes. It will also include a dive locker for underwater research, sensors that can collect data in real time and a navigation system to keep the ship in one place, regardless of weather conditions. Having a larger ship and other amenities, including sleeping accommodations for a crew of 18, will allow for extended stays and expand research into Lake Huron and Lake Erie, Klump said.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

 

Port Reports -  November 7

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw no traffic on Nov. 6th. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 7th is the Roger Blough. John D. Leitch is due Saturday. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Presque Isle at 06:30 on the 6th with a destination of "Ohio". Probably either Cleveland or Ashtabula. There is no traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Nov. 7th.

Marysville, MI – Dawn C. Roberts
Sam Laud was discharging cargo at Bluewater Aggregates, in Marysville, at daybreak Wednesday, November 6.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Wednesday Arrivals: H Lee White arrived at Zug Island to unload coal. Iver Bright-arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Olive L Moore/Menominee arrived at the Carmeuse Dock to unload stone. Tecumseh, James R Barker arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader arrived at 07:30 Wednesday with 38,000 tons of ore for the Bulk Terminal. McKeil Spirit arrived at Lehigh Cement at 10:47 and Petite Forte departed at 16:44. Happy River remained at the Port docks.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Wednesday Nov. 6 – Barry Andersen
Nanticoke - arrival - Oct 6 - Algoscotia at 0844 - docked - Nov 5 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81 at 1101 and CSL Laurentien at 1832 - departed - Nov 5 - Kitikmeot W at 2315 eastbound

Long Point Bay anchorage - Oct 5 - Algoscotia at 1238 - departed Oct 6 at 0843 for the dock

Welland Canal
Upbound - Nov 4 - Mamry (Bhs) at 0758 to Port Weller anchorage - Nov 5 - McKeil Spirit at 1346 and Evans Spirit at 1528 - Nov 6 - Osogovo (Mlt) at 0014 from wharf 2, Algoma Strongfield at 0427,Algoma Equinox at 1021, NACC Argonaut at 1142, Algoma Buffalo at 1831, CSL Assiniboine at 1940 and Thunder Bay eta 2300

Downbound - Nov 5 - NACC Capri (Deu) at 1418 - Nov 6 - Kitikmeot W at 0214, Manitoulin at 0632, tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 0953, Kaministiqua at 1045 and Tim S Dool at 1626

Welland Canal docks - docked - Nov 3 - Osogovo (Mlt) stopped at wharf 2 to discharge at 1103 - departed Oct 6 at 0014 for Thunder Bay

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 30 - Mandarin (Cyp) at 1521 awaiting dock in Toronto - departed - Oct 6 - Mamry (Bhs) at 1300 approx. for Toronto - Oct 6 - Kitikmeot W at 1121

Hamilton - arrivals - Oct 6 - Algoma Harvester at 0000 and Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 2051 - anchored - Nov 4 - Rosaire A Desgagnes at 1848 - docked - Oct 31 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1138 - Nov 5 - Straum (Nor) at 1847 - departed - Nov 6 - Algoma Equinox at 0801 westbound, Federal Danube (Mhl) at 1438, Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 1518 and Wolf Islander III at 1640 - all eastbound

Clarkson - arrival - Nov 5 - Robert S Pierson at 1605 - departed Nov 6 at 0141 eastbound

Mississauga - docked - Nov 2 - Wicky Spirit at 0652

Toronto - arrival - Nov 6 - Mamry (Bhs) at 1521 from Port Weller anchorage and Manitoulin at 1903 - docked - Nov 5 - Florence Spirit at 2155 - departed - Nov 6 tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1842 eastbound

 

November storms, Fitzgerald sinking topic of remembrances

11/7 - Two Harbors, MN - Two Harbors and nearby Split Rock Lighthouse will host back-to-back remembrances about how the Gales of November can create life-taking storms. On Saturday (1 p.m., Nov. 9) Thom Holden, maritime historian and former director of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, will speak about November Shipwrecks at the Lake County Historical Society's Depot Museum. He brings a broad range of research and storytelling to his presentation.

On Sunday, Split Rock Lighthouse unfurls its annual tribute to the 29 crew members who died in the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald on Nov. 10, 1975. Part of the ceremony includes the lighting of the lighthouse beacon, its original Fresnel lens, and a ringing of a memorial bell, once for each of the crew and a 30th for all mariners lost on the Great Lakes. The lighthouse is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and the ceremony is at 4:30 p.m., with people permitted into the tower afterward with the beacon still lit.

 

44 years after sinking, last communications from Edmund Fitzgerald still haunt

11/7 - The song starts with whining chords and an eerie first verse
“The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
of the big lake they called ‘Gitche Gumee.’
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
when the skies of November turn gloomy.”

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot introduced most of the world to the tragedy 44 years ago this Sunday, Nov. 10, but it remains a vivid memory for many in the Great Lakes region of northern Minnesota.

The S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald was christened on June 8, 1958, and named after Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company's newly elected chairman of the board. The company had contracted an engineering firm the year before to make the ship the largest ship on the Great Lakes.

Over the next 17 years, the Fitzgerald started breaking records for the largest loads of freight carried on the lakes. Not without its troubles, the ship suffered damages in the late '60s and early '70s but remained an important player in Great Lakes transportation.

Around 8:30 a.m. on November 9, 1975, the ship was loaded with 26,000 tons of taconite pellets and departed Superior, Wis. en route to Zug Island on the Detroit River. By that afternoon, the National Weather Service issued gale warnings for the area that the Fitzgerald was sailing.

Another ship, the Arthur M. Anderson, was about 15 miles behind the Fitzgerald and was the ship most in touch with the doomed freighter throughout the next 24 harrowing hours.

By the early morning hours of November 10, the Edmund Fitzgerald reported winds up to 60 miles-per-hour and 10-foot high waves.

Read more about the last communications from the Edmund Fitzgerald and other ships on Lake Superior at this link: https://www.mitchellrepublic.com/community/history/4756855-44-years-after-sinking-last-communications-from-Edmund-Fitzgerald-still-haunt

 

Know Your Ships fan page deleted by Facebook

11/7 - Do not adjust your computer. The Know Your Ships fans’ page has been deleted arbitrarily by Facebook due to an alleged violation of Facebook’s community standards. The post that was cited as being offensive was a reply to a member who was asking about where to obtain t-shirts with the Great Lakes on them in the Port Huron area, according to Know Your Ships Publisher Roger LeLievre.

He said a complaint had been filed with Facebook, but as of Wednesday night there had been no response from the social media giant. The site had nearly 18,000 followers who enjoyed seeking the many boat photos members posted and sharing information about the ships of the Great Lakes.

There are no immediate plans to relaunch the page, LeLievre said. “Site administrator Wade P. Streeter did a great job of keeping the site clean and on-topic, not an easy task with so many members. Neither Wade nor I are interested in expending the effort to run a site that, no matter how inoffensive and informative, can arbitrarily be deleted without notice or recourse.”

Know Your Ships

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 7

On 07 November 1871, M COURTRIGHT (wooden schooner, 276 tons, built in 1856, at Erie, Pennsylvania) was carrying lumber in a storm on Lake Michigan. She struck bottom after her anchor dragged. She then became waterlogged. The crew abandoned in the yawl. The vessel went ashore several miles south of Kenosha, Wisconsin. The revenue cutter ANDREW JOHNSON tried in vain to pull her free but couldn't. The COURTRIGHT broke up a few days later.

On 7 November 1852, ST LOUIS (wooden side-wheeler, 190 foot, 618 tons, built in 1844, at Perrysburg, Ohio) was carrying railroad cars when she capsized and sank in a gale off Kelley's Island on Lake Erie. She was owned by Beer & Samuel Ward.

On 07 Nov 1906, the Grand Trunk carferry GRAND HAVEN (steel carferry, 306 foot, 2,320 gross tons built in 1903, at Toledo, Ohio) was put up for sale at a receiver's auction when the Grand Trunk Car Ferry Line defaulted on its bonds. It was purchased by a new Grand Trunk subsidiary, the Grand Trunk Milwaukee Car Ferry Company. This vessel had a long career both on the Lakes and in the Caribbean. She was finally scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario in 1970.

The T-2 converted laker HILDA MARJANNE's 1961, German-built hull forward of the engine room, minus her pilot house, was towed by the tugs G W ROGERS and BAGOTVILLE to Port Weller Dry Docks arriving there on November 7, 1983. This section was to become part of the CANADIAN RANGER.

On November 7, 1989, the SAMUEL MATHER, a.) HENRY FORD II, was moved to Toledo's C & O Frog Pond on her way to the cutter's torch.

ARTHUR B HOMER (Hull#303) was launched November 7, 1959, for the Bethlehem Steel Corp., Cleveland, Ohio. She was the last ship built by Great Lakes Engineering at River Rouge, Michigan.

In 1902, BRANSFORD rammed and sank the tug RECORD with a loss of a tug crewman in the Portage Lake Ship Canal in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. Renamed b.) JOHN H MC GEAN in 1916, and c.) CLIFFORD F. HOOD in 1943, the HOOD was scrapped in Bilbao, Spain in 1974.

On November 7, 1913, the storm responsible for sinking or damaging more vessels than any other began a six-day assault on the Great Lakes. The "Big Blow" of 1913, struck Lake Superior on November 7 and reached Lake Michigan by November 8, where the Pittsburgh Steamship Company vessel CLARENCE A. BLACK was severely damaged by the waves at the dock in Gary, Indiana.

On 7 November 1893, ALBANY (steel propeller package freighter, 267 foot, 1,918 gross tons, built in 1884, at Wyandotte, Michigan) collided with the iron freighter PHILADELPHIA in a thick fog. PHILADELPHIA took ALBANY in tow to try to save her, but she sank a few miles off Pointe aux Barques, Michigan. Her crew transferred to PHILADELPHIA, but they soon had to abandon her too since she also sank. Eight lives were lost, presumably when one of the lifeboats was run down by the still running, but abandoned, PHILADELPHIA.

On 7 November 1865, LILY DANCEY (2-mast wooden schooner, 92 foot, 132 gross tons built in 1856, at Goderich, Ontario) was carrying grain in a gale on Lake Huron when she was driven ashore near Port Elgin or Kincardine, Ontario. Her cargo was later recovered, but the schooner broke up by 27 November of that year.

CITY OF FLINT 32 ran aground at Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1947.

1885: ALGOMA hit Greenstone Rock off Isle Royale, Lake Superior and became a total loss. There were 46 casualties and only 16 on board were saved.

1887: OSCEOLA ran aground on Flat Rock Reef, Saginaw Bay, and all on board were rescued. The ship was abandoned as a total loss in December but refloated in the spring of 1888 and rebuilt.

1910: WASAGA caught fire and burned off Copper Harbor while seeking shelter in a storm, but all on board survived.

1921: ARAGON stranded off Salmon Point, Lake Ontario. It was released the following year but declared a total loss. The hull was sold and rebuilt and last sailed as BAYANNA in 1962.

1921: The wooden schooner barge MARY E. McLAUCHLAN sank in a storm on Nipigon Bay, Lake Superior.

1947: WILLIAM C. WARREN ran aground near Presque Isle Point, Lake Huron, while downbound with grain and had to be abandoned to the underwriters. It was not released until the following year.

1969: The Norwegian tanker CATE BROVIG hit the wall while upbound at the Eisenhower Lock and had a hole punched in the hull. The vessel was headed for Duluth. The ship first came inland in 1959 and was scrapped at Split, Yugoslavia as c) STAVROS T. in 1976.

1974: IRIS had come to the Great Lakes in 1969 and 1971. It sank as d) EUROPEAN PERSISTENCE while 510 miles southeast of Bermuda after developing leaks while enroute from Tampa to Venice. All on board were rescued.

1991: The former Swedish freighter FALKON, a first time Seaway trader in 1984, sank as c) APPOLONIA FAITH off the southwest coast of Sardinia while traveling from Valencia, Spain, to Piraeus, Greece. Two lives were lost.

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

 

Edward L. Ryerson moved for soil testing

11/6 - Superior, WI – The much-loved but long-idle laker Edward L. Ryerson was moved Tuesday from the Tower Bay slip to nearby Fraser Shipyards in Howards Pocket by the Heritage Marine tugs Helen H and Edward H.

The move was made so that core samples can be taken from the slip where she has been sitting and has nothing to do with a possible return to service. When the testing is done she will be returned to the lay-up dock. The Ryerson has been inactive since May 2009.

 

Duluth achieves wind energy cargo record

11/6 - Duluth, MN – The final inbound wind energy cargo vessel of 2019 off-loaded at Duluth’s Clure Public Marine Terminal recently, and her cargo helped set a record. In total, the Port of Duluth welcomed 306,000 freight tons of wind energy cargo in 2019, a single-season record. This hefty haul eclipsed the previous high of 302,000 freight tons set in 2008.

Duluth Cargo Connect, recently honored as worldwide Port/Terminal Operator of the Year by Heavy Lift and Project Forwarding International, managed the unloading, storage and dispatch of the wind energy cargo to sites throughout the Midwest.

“This has been a banner year for wind energy cargo and also for the Clure Public Marine Terminal and Duluth Cargo Connect,” said Deb DeLuca, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. “And it’s no accident. We’ve made more than $25 million in strategic investments to the terminal over the past four years, enhancements that help support the excellent work Duluth Cargo Connect does in handling these oversize wind cargos.”

As the Great Lakes’ top tonnage port and inland North America’s premier world port, Duluth emerged as a primary destination for wind energy cargo beginning in 2006.

“Wind energy has been an important part of our cargo portfolio, dating back to our first shipments more than a decade ago," said Jonathan Lamb, president of Duluth Cargo Connect. “As the farthest inland port in North America, we’re geographically well-situated to support wind farm installations in the Upper Midwest and central Canada. We pride ourselves in providing a seamless connection between modes of transportation for our wind energy customers."

Duluth Seaway Port Authority

 

Port Reports -  November 6

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Federal Kushiro arrived Duluth at 06:02 Tuesday morning to unload powdered cement at CRH. Miedwie raised anchor and came into port at 06:32 to take on a load of grain from the Riverland Ag elevator, and Mesabi Miner was inbound at 07:35 to load coal at SMET. American Mariner was outbound at 10:48 carrying iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor, and John G. Munson departed at 16:16 with sinter feed she had loaded at Hallett #5. The Miner was outbound for St. Clair at 18:44. There was no traffic through the Superior entry on Tuesday, however both Stewart J. Cort and Algoma Sault are expected before noon on Wednesday to load at Burlington Northern. Also in the Twin Ports on Tuesday, the long-inactive Edward L. Ryerson was moved from her mooring at the Barko Dock across from CHS 1 into Fraser Shipyards for continued layup. The move was initiated in order for core sampling work to take place in the slip where she has sat for quite a few years.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
American Century arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 4th at 21:44 for South of #2. She departed on Nov. 5th at 14:31 for Zug Island. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on Nov. 6th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Presque Isle on Nov. 5th at 00:15. As of 19:15 on the 5th she was still at the dock. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Nov. 6th.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Tuesday Arrivals: Sarah Andrie and tank barge arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal, then shifted to the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Manitoulin arrived at the Motor City Materials dock to unload stone. Kaye E Barkerarrived at AK Steel to unload ore. CSL Tadoussac arrived at St. Marys Cement to unload clinker.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Indiana Harbor arrived at 0245 Tuesday with 66,000 tons of ore for the Bulk Terminal and departed at 1300. Federal Baltic departed at 1738 Monday night for Burns Harbor.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Tuesday November 5, 2019 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrivals - Nov 5 - Nov 5 - James R Baker at 0804, tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81 at 1101, CSL Laurentien at 1832 - docked - Nov 3- Kitikmeot W at 2329 - departed - Oct 5 - James R Barker at 2038 westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage - anchored Oct 3 - James R Barker at 0929 - departed Nov 5 at 0737 for the dock

Welland Canal
Upbound - Nov 4 - Mamry (Bhs) at 0758 to Port Weller anchorage, Algoma Transport at 1920 and Algoscotia at 2053 - Nov 5 - CSL Laurentien at 0013, Tecumseh at 0329, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0415, Rosy (Bds) (ex SCT Stockhorn-17, MCT Stockhorn-16, HLL Caspian-08) at 0932, McKeil Spirit at 1346 and Evans Spirit at 1528

Downbound Nov 4 - Spruceglen at 1653 - Nov 5 - Baie Comeau at 0158, Juno (Bhs) at 0827, Torrent (Cyp) at 0921, Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1150 and NACC Capri (Deu) at 1418

Welland Canal docks - docked - Nov 3 - Osogovo (Mlt) stopped at wharf 2 to discharge at 1103

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 30 - Mandarin (Cyp) at 1521 awaiting dock in Toronto - Oct 4 - Mamry (Bhs) at 1544 approx.

Hamilton - arrivals - Nov 5 - Algoma Equinox at 0850 and Straum (Nor) at 1847 - anchored - Nov 4 - Rosaire A Desgagnes at 1848 - docked - Oct 31 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1138, Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 1629 - Nov 1 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 1306 - departure - Nov 4 - Algoma Enterprise at 2207 eastbound - Nov 5 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0143 for Belgium

Mississauga - docked - Nov 2 - Hinch Spirit at 0603 and Wicky Spirit at 0652 - Departed - Oct 5 - Hinch Spirit at 0017 eastbound

Toronto - docked -Nov 4 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0529

 

Lake Superior missed all-time water level record by 1.1 inches

11/6 - Duluth, MN – After setting new monthly high water level records all summer and into September, Lake Superior missed its all-time record high level by just 1.1 inches in October. The monthly mean water level for October was 603.30 feet, averaged for each day from seven water level monitoring stations across the lake. The lake’s highest-ever level across a full month occurred in October 1985 at 603.38 feet.

The lake held its level nearly steady even throughout October, a month the lake usually drops an inch or more, thanks to continued wet weather. That left Lake Superior 15 inches above its average Nov. 1 level and 4 inches higher than this time one year ago, according to the International Lake Superior Board of Control.

The Nov. 1 level tied its highest start to the month, also set in 1985. Even if Superior starts its annual, seasonal decline in November, which is expected, the lake remains unusually high heading into winter. That means heavy winter snow and/or heavy spring rains could push the lake back into record territory in 2020, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hydrologists have said. The near-record high water also means shoreline around the lake remains vulnerable to damage during storms.

“There will continue to be a significantly increased risk of shoreline erosion, lakeshore flooding and coastal damages through the remainder of the fall and potentially into early winter,” the board said in its monthly report. Army Corps hydrologists advise “all those that may be affected to prepare for potentially severe coastal impacts, especially during periods of strong winds and high waves.”

Lake Superior generally drops from November to April when new moisture is tied up in snow and ice, and then generally rises from April to October.

Meanwhiles lakes Michigan and Huron were 35 inches above average on Nov. 1 and 17 inches above the Nov. 1, 2018 level.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Casualties or Demolition

11/6 - P Vessels with Great Lakes / Seaway connection reported as a casualty or sold for demolition taken from November 2019 issue of Marine News - Journal of the World Ship Society:

Casualties: none reported:

Demolitions: HAJARA (9019779; unknown) (Khadija-15, Sidsel Knutsen-12 - 1st trip into the Seaway 1993) - 15,806 / 1993. Products tanker - By Ascent Enterprises Ltd, Virgin Islands, British, to Renotecs Ltd. Sisdel Knutsen was the vessel involved with the sinking of the Detroit River mailboat J.W. Westcott II in 2001 during a pilot change with the loss of two lives.

Report prepared by Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

How taconite became a viable commercial product

11/6 - Though taconite was identified as an iron-bearing rock on the Iron Ranges of northern Minnesota long before the 1950s, it wasn’t until then that it was profitably extracted, processed, and shipped to steel mills on the Great Lakes. As natural ore reserves were diminished, taconite became an alternative source of iron that allowed the Iron Range to continue mining operations in a changing global economy.

The word taconite is derived from the Taconic Mountains of New England, with “taconic” coming from an Eastern Algonquian language — probably Mohican or Lenape. Newton Horace Winchell, Minnesota’s state geologist, created the name in 1892 after he noticed that the rocks in New England looked like the rocks plentiful throughout the Iron Range in Minnesota. The geological structure of taconite, however, is different from the rocks of the Taconics. Taconite has a very low iron content — at best, only 32.5 percent of the rock is iron ore. Since there were many accessible deposits of natural ore with iron contents closer to 60 percent of the rock, taconite was at first passed over in favor of ore that could be shipped directly to smelters without processing.

Taconite was officially documented on the Mesabi Iron Range years before mineable natural ore was found near Mountain Iron. In 1870, prospectors Christian Wieland and Peter Mitchell traveled to the Mesabi Range and found a massive deposit of taconite near current-day Babbitt. They bought the land and incorporated the Mesaba Iron Company in 1882. After the Merritt brothers began mining natural ore on other parts of the Mesabi, Mesaba Iron faded into obscurity until the Mesabi Syndicate was formed in 1915.

A key member of the Mesabi Syndicate was Edward W. Davis—a researcher at the University of Minnesota’s Mines Experiment Station, which was founded in 1914. Researchers at the Minnesota Experiment Station found that the iron in taconite can be accessed by grinding the rock into fine particles and then running them through magnets to separate the iron from the waste rock. Using this information, Davis and the Mesabi Syndicate made an existing camp, the Sulphur Camp, as their headquarters.

The syndicate mined the taconite and tested it to see if it could consolidate the iron into pieces suitable for smelting. The first product they created was called sinter, which was a rock-like product that had higher iron content than raw taconite. This research led to the incorporation of the Mesabi Iron Company in 1919, which opened the first commercial taconite facility on the Iron Range.

The Mesabi Iron Company was largely unsuccessful. The sinter product couldn’t compete with the natural ore mined elsewhere on the Mesabi Range. In 1924, only two years after shipping its first load of sinter, the Mesabi Iron Company suspended mining. The cost of processing the ore was too high and their main customer — the Ford Motor Company — was dissatisfied with the low-iron product.

In the years that followed, heightened production for the war effort depleted natural ore reserves. The Mines Experiment Station continued to refine the process for taconite production, introducing methods that reduced lost iron in waste rock. As taconite became a viable replacement for natural ore mining, advocates throughout the state pushed for favorable taxation for taconite mining. In 1964, the Minnesota Legislature passed a bill and a statewide referendum was approved, placing the taconite amendment into the Minnesota Constitution.

Read more at this link: https://www.minnpost.com/mnopedia/2019/11/how-taconite-became-a-viable-commercial-product

 

National Museum opens more spots for Fitzgerald Experience

11/6 - Toledo, OH – The National Museum of the Great Lakes announced today the opening of more spots in its special docent led tour of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker to explore the history and loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald this coming weekend. "The response to our Fitzgerald Experience Program has been tremendous" Christopher Gillcrist, Executive Director, stated. "We originally planned for 120 timed tickets but we are now adding 60 more tickets because of the incredible demand."

The Fitzgerald Experience allows visitors to see close up the issues related to the famous loss by exploring the museum ship Schoonmaker. "We have all heard the terms hatch clamps, fence rails, vent covers but the average person can't appreciate the mystery without seeing these things first hand. Our Fitzgerald Experience allows the participant to walk through the Schoonmaker and see comparisons which will make the mystery much more understandable."

The Fitzgerald Experience is Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10, at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio. Tickets are $20 for museum members and $25 for non-members. Your ticket includes price of admission to the museum and complimentary viewing of the museum's documentary, "A Good Ship and Crew Well Seasoned: The Fitzgerald and Her Legacy." Go to www.nmgl.org or call 419-214-5000 extension 200 for more information or to purchase tickets.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 6

On 06 November 1880, the W. R. HANNA (2-mast scow-schooner, 86 foot, 103 gross tons, built in 1857), carrying 1,600 tamarack railroad ties to Toledo, sank in Lake Huron in a snowstorm. She sprang a leak off Pointe aux Barques and filled so fast that the pump was of no use. She broached to and rolled over when about 5 miles north of Sand Beach, Michigan, (now Harbor Beach). s the sun set the snow storm turned into a blizzard. The icy waves swept over the hull while the crew clung on as best they could. Four hours later, they drifted past Sand Beach, not 500 feet from the breakwater. They shouted for help, saw lights moving here and there on the breakwater, but no help came. When the wind shifted and started to blow the vessel out into the lake, the skipper cut away the weather lanyards and the vessel righted herself and they dropped the anchor. The weather was freezing cold; and there was no dry place left. The cabin was gone and the only spot out of water was on one side forward - a space about four feet wide by ten feet long. The waves kept washing over the waterlogged vessel, drenching the crew. The crew survived through the night. Heavy snow kept falling, cutting visibility to almost zero. Finally, at 10 a.m., the following morning, the storm broke and the propeller H. LUELLA WORTHINGTON (wooden propeller freighter, 148 foot, 375 gross tons, built in 1880, at Lorain, Ohio), which was in the harbor, saw the wreck and rescued the crew. The skipper of the WORTHINGTON stated that he had heard the cries of the crew throughout the night, but couldn't navigate in the blinding snowstorm. He was awake all night waiting for the storm to break so he could rescue the crew.

On 06 November 1867, ALBEMARLE (3-mast wooden schooner, 154 foot, 413 gross tons, built in 1867, at Buffalo, New York) was carrying iron ore from Escanaba, Michigan, to Cleveland, Ohio in a storm when she stranded and wrecked near Point Nipigon in the Straits of Mackinac. This was her first year of operation. She had been put into service just the previous July.

The US266029, a.) WILLIAM CLAY FORD was towed from Nicholson's River Rouge dock November 6, 1986, by tugs TUSKER and GLENADA to Port Maitland, Ontario for scrapping.

On November 6, 1913, the J. H. SHEADLE left Fort William, Ontario bound for Erie, Pennsylvania, with grain and encountered fog, gale winds and a snow blizzard in one of the fiercest storms of the century.

On November 6, 1925, the Northern Navigation passenger steamer HAMONIC lost her propeller 20 miles west of Caribou Island in Lake Superior and was wallowing in gale force winds with gusts to 80 m.p.h. She was towed to safety by Pittsburgh Steamship Co.’s RICHARD TRIMBLE.

On 06 Nov 1985, Desguaces Heme began scrapping the LEON FALK, JR. in Gijon, Spain. This vessel was built in Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1945, as the tanker a.) WINTER HILL, (504 foot, 10,534 gross tons) and then was converted to a 710 foot, 12,501 gross ton bulk freighter in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1960-61.

On 6 November 1872, the wooden propeller tug MILDRED, while towing a vessel out of Alpena, Michigan, had her engine fail. Soon she was in trouble and sank. The crew was saved.

On 6 November 1827, ANN (wooden schooner, 53 foot, 58 tons, built in 1819, or 1821, at Black River, Ohio) was carrying salt, general merchandise and passengers when she was driven ashore on Long Point almost opposite Erie, Pennsylvania. 7 Lives were lost, including 5 passengers. 6 survived.

In 1912, the Pere Marquette Railroad announced plans to build a new roundhouse at Ludington, Michigan. It still stands today.

On 6 November 1874, The Port Huron Times listed the following vessels lost in the month of October and in the first week of November of that year: Propellers - BROOKLYN, FRANKFORT, NEW YORK; tug DOUGLAS; schooners - CITY OF PAINSVILLE, WANDERER, PREBLE, THOS S MOTT; and barges - CLIFTON and SHERMAN.

On 6 November 1883, GUIDING STAR (3-mast wooden schooner, 139 foot, 324 tons, built in 1869, at Oswego, New York) was carrying coal to Milwaukee in fog when she went ashore 12 miles north of Milwaukee. Four of the crew made it to shore in the yawl, but it was wrecked in the process. The rest of the crew was finally rescued by the Milwaukee Lifesavers.

Crews began painting the hull of the SAGINAW (formerly JOHN J. BOLAND) in the colors of Lower Lakes Towing Ltd. (gray) on 06 Nov 1999, at Sarnia, Ontario. The vessel had recently been purchased from American Steamship Co. Inside the vessel, crews were gutting the living quarters to remove asbestos and add fireproof walls and new flooring. The engine room equipment and the unloading gear were also refurbished.

On November 6, 1897, the Minnesota Steamship boat MARIPOSA (steel, 348', 2898 gross tons, built in 1892, Globe Iron Works, Cleveland, Ohio) under the command of Capt. Frank Root, rescued the two remaining survivors of the wreck of the package freighter IDAHO (wooden package freighter, 220', 915 gross tons, built in 1863, Peck & Masters, Cleveland, Ohio.) off Long Point, Ontario on Lake Erie. The MARIPOSA'S first mate, Capt. Myron K. Chamberlain, had sighted the two Idaho survivors clinging to the 100' spar of the sunken IDAHO. Gale winds and seas of 12'-15' overtook the IDAHO taking with it to their deaths 19 crewmen including Captain Alexander Gillies. "In what is considered one of the greatest accomplishments of ship handling and rescue by a major Great Lakes vessel,” Capt. Root and his crewmen were able to turn the MARIPOSA around ("rolling her rails under") three times in the midst of a gale, bringing their vessel right up to the spar where IDAHO Second Mate Louis LaForce Jr. and Deckhand William Gill were pulled "half dead" on board the MARIPOSA by the officers and deck crew. Both LaForce & Gill recovered. An appreciative City of Buffalo, (hometown to most of the IDAHO crew), and the Minnesota Steamship Company awarded Capt. Root a gold watch, and instructed him to award his first mate and chief engineer each an extra month's pay, and the MARIPOSA crew each an extra half month's pay for a job well done.

At 10 p.m. on November 6, 1975 the newly refurbished sidewheel ferry TRILLIUM was towed from the drydock at Ramey's Bend, Ontario, down the Welland Canal by the Canada Dredge & Dock tugs G. W. Rogers and BAGOTVILLE, arriving at Toronto on early on a foggy November 7.

1918: CHESTER A. CONGDON cleared Fort William with grain and stranded on Canoe Rock, Isle Royale in rough weather and poor visibility. The crew was rescued but the ship broke up and was listed as the first $1 million dollar loss in Great Lakes’ history.

1928: A.W. THOMPSON served as a Great Lakes consort barge before going to the Atlantic in 1918. The vessel foundered 60 miles south of Brunswick, GA, enroute from Wilmington, DE to a Gulf of Mexico port.

1968: OAK HILL visited the Great Lakes for seven trips in 1961-1962. It arrived at Singapore under tow as c) AGENOR on this date with leaking in the engine room while on a delivery trip to Chinese shipbreakers at Whampoa. The vessel was resold for scrapping in Singapore.

1969: REINHART LORENZ RUSS made 22 trips through the Seaway from 1960 through 1966. It sank as b) NAIS one mile off Raffles Light, Singapore, after a collision with the Norwegian tanker BERGEBRAGD (68/80,003) and one life was lost.

1981: LA LOMA, an early and frequent Seaway trader, arrived at Cape Town, South Africa, with hull damage as e) AEGEAN SUN. The ship was traveling from China to Abidjan, Ivory Coast. It was assessed as beyond economical repair and laid up at Mombasa. The vessel was eventually sold to Pakistani shipbreakers and arrived at Gadani Beach under tow on April 18, 1985, for dismantling.

1983: EVA MARIA C., a Seaway caller in 1976, developed leaks as c) LAGADA BEACH and sank about 200 miles northeast of Aden. The vessel was enroute to Bandar Abbas, Iran, with iron and steel products.

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

 

Lake Superior ends five straight months of new or tied high-water marks

11/5 - Thunder Bay, ON – For the first time since May, the largest of the Great Lakes has finished a month without breaking or tying its all-time record for water levels. Jacob Bruxer, Canadian representative on the International Lake Superior Board of Control, says Superior's mean level in October was 183.88 metres above sea level, just three centimetres below the record mean level for the month, established in 1985.

That's despite the fact there was significant rainfall over parts of the Lake Superior basin last month. Environment Canada reports that Thunder Bay received 92 mm of precipitation, nearly 70 per cent greater than the long-term average.

Bruxer told Tbnewswatch regulatory authorities expect that Superior "will finally begin its seasonal decline" this month. He cautioned, however, that "if wet conditions continue, record-high levels are still possible."

It's noteworthy that the lake's level to start November is tied with the the all-time record-high for the beginning of the month. The level is currently 37 centimetres above the average for this time of year, spanning a period of 100 years.

High water levels have caused significant erosion and damage to shoreline infrastructure along the Lake Superior shoreline this year. On Oct. 21, waves caused by a strong easterly wind devastated the boardwalk and shore at the Mission Island Marsh Conservation Area in Thunder Bay.

Tbnewswatch

 

Port Reports -  November 5

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
John G. Munson arrived Duluth at 02:13 Monday morning to unload limestone at Hallett #8, and Great Republic was outbound at 04:23 for Manistee with a load of petroleum coke from Midwest Energy. The Munson finished offloading and shifted over to Hallett #5 during the evening to load sinter feed. American Mariner was due at 22:45 Monday night to pick up iron ore pellets at CN. Miedwie spent the day at anchor outside the harbor waiting to load grain at Riverland Ag and currently has no ETA. The only traffic through the Superior entry on Monday was Burns Harbor, which departed at 02:48 with a cargo of iron ore for her namesake port. No further traffic is expected at BN until Wednesday, when both Algoma Sault and Stewart J. Cort are due to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Great Republic arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 4th at approx. 06:15 and departed on the 4th at 08:57 from South of #2 after fueling. She then continued on down the lake with an AIS destination of Manistee. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 4th between 21:00 and 22:00 is the American Century. There is no scheduled traffic for Two Harbors on Nov. 5th. Tentatively due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Nov. 5th is the Presque Isle.

Alpena, MI – Ben & Chanda McClain
Monday was a busy day with three vessels in port. The tug Samuel de Champlain along with the barge Innovation arrived at Lafarge early in the morning to load cement. Once the pair left port they anchored out in the bay before heading to Whitefish, ON. The Alpena came in around noon and tied up at the dock to wait for product to be available to load. After nightfall, the tug Defiance and barge Ashtabula tied up at the coal dock to unload.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Herbert C. Jackson arrived at 07:30 Monday with stone from Drummond Island. NACC Capri was at LaFarge, arriving at 20:57 Sunday night.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Monday November 4 – Barry Andersen Nanticoke - arrivals - Nov 2 - Algocanada at 0555 and Algoma Compass at 2032 - Nov 3- Kitikmeot W at 2329 - departed - Nov 3 - Algocanada at 0244 and Algoma Compass at 2242 - both westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage - anchored Oct 3 - James R Barker at 0929

Welland Canal
upbound - Nov 3 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 2121 - Nov 4 - Mamry (Bhs) at 0758 to Port Weller anchorage, CSL Tadoussac at 1604, Algoma Transport at 1920 and Algoscotia eta 2045

downbound - Nov 3 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1634, Algoma Transport at 1424 and Algosea at 2003 - Nov 4 - Algoma Enterprise at 0402, Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 1433 and Spruceglen at 1653

Welland Canal docks - docked - Nov 3 - Osogovo (Mlt) stopped at wharf 2 to discharge at 1103 - departed Nov 3 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement from wharf 16 at 2140 westbound

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 30 Mandarin (Cyp) at 1521 awaiting dock in Toronto - Nov 3 - Osogovo (Mlt) departed anchorage at 0844 for wharf 2 at Port Weller - Oct 4 - Mamry (Bhs) at 1544 approx.

Hamilton - arrivals - Nov 4 - Algoma Transport at 0553 - anchored - Nov 4 -Algoma Enterprise at 1648 - anchored off Hamilton for fuel and Rosaire A Desgagnes at 1848 - docked - Oct 30 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 1810 - Oct 31 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1138, Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 1629 - Nov 1 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 1306 - departure - Nov 4 - Algoma Transport at 1644 for the canal

Mississauga - Nov 2 - Hinch Spirit at 0603 and Wicky Spirit at 0652

Toronto - arrived -Nov 4 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0529

Oswego, NY – Ned Goebricher
On Monday, NACC Argonaut unloaded cement.

 

'Ore Dock BotEco Center' project gets funding through Northern Michigan University

11/5 - Marquette, MI - Art and Design students at Northern Michigan University have completed a scale-model of the Ore Dock BotEco Center. On the model, one-sixteenth of an inch equals 12 inches.

The model, which is on display at Travel Marquette, was made possible due to funding from NMU’s PRIME Fund. From start to finish, the model took around six months to complete.

"It was a matter of transcribing all of the scale models to a smaller scale and making sure we're capturing all the details without being over-obsessive about them,” said NMU Human-Centered Design Professor, Peter Pless.

The BotEco Center will re-purpose the downtown Marquette Ore Dock, turning it into a shared public space that includes year-round botanical gardens and performance spaces.

"The nearest year-round gardens are in Milwaukee, and so in February it would be a real treat to have some green space right here, without having to drive so far,” said Friends of Ore Dock BotEco Center Board President, Gisele Duehring. The Friends of Ore Dock BotEco Center is the non-profit organization behind the project.

Also included in the PRIME Fund award is funding for a business plan and an economic impact analysis. These, along with the scale model, will be presented to possible donors that may want to invest in the project and construction. "We're not using tax dollars. We're going out for grants and other donations,” Duehring added.

Also included in the plans are a focus on historical preservation and education about the Ore Dock. Duehring added that the center will be a welcoming place during the long U.P. winters. "The snow, whether it's dreary and bleary, or it's sparkly and refreshing, it's still good to have some contact with the green plants and the blossoms and just the smell of the soil,” she said.

The actual construction of the space is composed of three phases: building a connector from the shoreline to the Ore Dock and a promenade around the Ore Dock, enclosing portions of the dock, and finally, gaining access to the "upper deck” which will be on top of the Ore Dock.

Duehring added that due to different zoning requirements involving the city, state, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the approval process for plans and different phases will be time consuming. She added that she hopes to have the BotEco Center up and running in about 10 years.

View a video at this link: https://www.uppermichiganssource.com/content/news/Ore-Dock-BotEco-Center-project-receives-funding-through-Northern-Michigan-University-564377801.html

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 5

At 2 a.m. 05 November 1884, the steamer GRACE GRUMMOND (iron side-wheel excursion steamer, 138 foot, 250 tons, built in 1856, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the survey steamer JEFFERSON DAVIS, specifically for the survey of the Great Lakes) burned at Grand Haven, Michigan. Her cargo of apples, pears and potatoes was also destroyed. No lives were lost. After the fire she was towed to Chicago to lay up until it was decided what to do with her. It is not known if she ever operated as a steamer again, but in 1887, she was rebuilt as a schooner at Milwaukee. She was one of the only sizable iron-hulled schooners ever used on the lakes. In 1904, as a tow-barge, she was sold Canadian and renamed BALTIC (C.116760). She was later used as a breakwater at Clear Creek, Ontario and was finally scrapped in 1939.

On 05 November 1852, BUCKEYE STATE (3-mast wooden bark, 132 foot, 310 tons, built in 1852, at Black River, Ohio) stranded off S. Milwaukee Point on Lake Michigan in a storm and was then broken up by waves. This was her first year of operation and she had been in service less than three months.

LOUIS R. DESMARAIS cleared Owen Sound, Ontario on her maiden voyage November 5, 1977, bound for Thunder Bay, Ontario, to load 27,117 gross tons of iron ore for Stelco at Hamilton, Ontario. Her forward end was replaced at Port Weller in 2001, and renamed b.) CSL LAURENTIEN.

On her final trip, the IRVIN L. CLYMER passed up bound at the Soo on November 5, 1990, and arrived at Duluth two days later to unload limestone at the Hallet Dock #5, after which she moved to her final lay-up berth at Fraser Shipyard and tied up, blowing one last three long and two short salute from her whistle. In 1993, she was sold to Azcon Corp. of Duluth, Minnesota for scrapping.

GRAND HAVEN was raised on November 5, 1969, from the Old River Bed, where she sank on September 19, 1969. She was raised for scrapping.

Mr. J. W. Isherwood visited the Great Lakes Engineering Works shipyard on November 5, 1910, and personally inspected the hull which was being built according to his patented design. This vessel, the WILLIAM P. PALMER, was the first vessel on the Great Lakes built to the Isherwood system of longitudinal framing.

On 05 Nov 1917, a foggy and rainy day, the JAMES S. DUNHAM (steel propeller bulk freighter, 420 foot, 4,795 gross tons, built in 1906, at W. Bay City, Michigan) sank in a collision with the steamer ROBERT FULTON (steel propeller bulk freighter, 424 foot, 4,219 gross tons, built 1896, at Wyandotte, Michigan) just below Grassy Island on the Detroit River. Repairs for both vessels totaled $125,000.

On 5 November 1896, ACADIA (iron-framed wooden propeller, 176 foot, built in 1867, at Hamilton, Ontario) was driven ashore and broke up in a gale near the mouth of the Michipicoten River in Lake Superior. Her crew made it to shore and five of them spent more than a week trying to make it to the Soo.

The Port Huron Times of 5 November 1878: "The schooner J. P. MARCH is reported lost with all on board. She was lost at Little Traverse Bay on the northern shore of Lake Michigan. The MARCH was a three-masted schooner and was owned by Benton & Pierce of Chicago."

On 5 November 1838, TOLEDO (2-mast wooden schooner, 98 foot, 215 tons, built in 1836, at Buffalo) was carrying dry goods valued at more than $100,000 up-bound on Lake Erie when she was driven ashore by a gale a half mile east of the mouth of the Grand River. She broke in two. No lives were lost.

On 5 November 1869, TITAN (wooden schooner, 132 foot, 361 gross tons, built in 1856, at Oswego, New York) was carrying 17,500 bushels of wheat on Lake Michigan in a terrific gale. She was driven toward shore. Her anchors were dropped as she came close in and they held for about an hour. However, the ship finally dragged ashore, losing both of her masts and breaking up as she struck. Of the nine on board, only one survived and that one was found crawling along the beach in a dazed state. When she was new, TITAN broke the record by completing the trip from Chicago to Oswego in only 8 days and 4 hours. Her record only lasted one day since the schooner SURPRISE broke it by 6 hours the following day.

In the summer of 1875, the propeller EAST ran down and sank the tug JOE MAC, not even pausing to save her crew from drowning. The following winter Messrs. Seymour & Co., owners of the JOE MAC, obtained a judgment in a U.S. Court against the owners of the EAST. Since the EAST was a Canadian vessel, they were unable to seize her because the judgment could only be effected in American waters. On Sunday morning, 05 Nov 1876, the steam tug SEYMOUR, with a United States Marshal and posse on board, proceeded up to Allen's (presumably at Ogdensburg, New York), and there lay in wait for the EAST, which went up by the Crossover light channel into American waters. The SEYMOUR ran out and captured the vessel and brought her to Averell's wharf in U.S. waters to await justice.

CALCITE II arrived in Sarnia at 6 a.m. on Sunday, 05 Nov. 2000, for lay-up. After leaving Cleveland the previous day, she anchored in Western Lake Erie, so she could arrive at the North Slip in Sarnia when shoreside personnel would be on-hand to assist. A chartered bus from Rogers City left about noon to take many of the crew home. Around 4:10 p.m., the downbound MYRON C. TAYLOR passed her fleetmate CALCITE II, perhaps for the last time in USS Great Lakes Fleet colors, and she blew her sister an extended 3 long and 2 short master salute. The TAYLOR was bound for Cleveland with a load of stone.

1885: The Canadian Pacific passenger and freight steamer ALGOMA cleared Owen Sound on its final trip with 11 passengers and headed for the Canadian Lakehead.

1897: IDAHO departed Buffalo and was caught in a wild storm on Lake Erie. The wooden passenger and freight carrier fell into the trough and only two survived. They had climbed the mast and were plucked from the crow's nest the next morning in a heroic effort by the crew of the MARIPOSA.

1940: SPARTA was wrecked near the Pictured Rocks after stranding on a reef in a heavy gale. The hull was abandoned on November 11 but salvaged in 1941 and never repaired.

1957: The Finnish freighter KORSO struck a drifting World War Two mine off Cape Mondjego, Portugal, and sank as a belated casualty of the conflict. The vessel had been built at Kingston, ON in 1942 as H.M.C.S. IRONBOUND and converted for mercantile use in 1948.

1962: EDWIN REITH, a West German salty, grounded near Tibbetts Point, Lake Ontario, and had to be lightered to P.S. BARGE NO. 1. It was released and came to Toronto to unload on November 14.

1967: The Canadian laker MOHAWK DEER, enroute to La Spezia, Italy, for scrapping, ran aground in the Gulf of Genoa near Portofino, Italy, and sank the next day.

1987: CATHARINA WIARDS sank in the Red Sea as d) TRADER after the engine room flooded during a voyage from Augusta, Italy, to China. The vessel was a year old when it came through the Seaway for the first time in 1970.

1991: OLYMPIC PEACE, a Seaway trader for the first time in 1976, arrived at Piraeus, Greece, with damage to the main engine cooling system as c) FREE PEACE. It was later seized by Banco-Hellenique and sold at auction. The ship was scrapped in China during 1994 as e) PATMOS I.

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

 

Rand Logistics acquires former American Valor from Algoma Central

11/4 - Jersey City, NJ – Rand Logistics Inc. has acquired the Canadian-flagged self-unloading vessel Valo from Algoma Central Corp. Built by American Shipbuilding Company in Lorain. Ohio, for the Oglebay Norton Co. as Armco, the Valo is 767 feet long with a 25,500-ton capacity. She last sailed in 2008 as American Valor for the American Steamship Co.

Rand is evaluating options for repowering the vessel and returning it to service for the 2021 sailing season. "The Valo will be a great addition to our fleet and we look forward to working with our customers to integrate its capabilities into their supply chains." said Aaron Degodny, president of Rand Logistics.

"The acquisition of the Valo Is an important step in the renewal of our fleet,” added Peter Coxon, CEO of Rand Logistics. “It provides us an excellent opportunity to develop the vessel into a highly productive asset for the Great Lakes marketplace."

Rand Logistics

 

Navibulgar orders six Great Lakes bulkers at Yangzijiang

11/4 - Navibulgar, Bulgaria’s largest shipping company, has placed newbuilding orders at China’s Yangzijiang Shipbuilding for the construction of up to six 31,800 dwt great lake bulk carriers. The contracts include firm orders for four ships and options for another two. The ships, which will meet the IMO’s NOx tier 3 regulations and 2020 regulations on sulphur emissions, are scheduled in 2021 and 2022.

“The Great Lakes bulk carriers are a relatively recent addition to our dry bulker portfolio, as a result of our continuous R&D efforts and introduction of new products. Navibulgar is a repeat customer who has taken delivery of a 45,000 dwt dry bulk carrier built by Yangzijiang and has given very positive feedback on the vessel, the construction process and the professionalism of our team. We will dedicate ourselves, as always, in building high-quality vessels, in return to our customers’ continued trust and support in Yangzijiang,” said Ren Letian, CEO of Yangzijiang.

Navibulgar currently has another five bulkers under construction at Yangzijiang Shipbuilding.

 

Port Reports -  November 4

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Great Republic arrived Duluth at 04:08 Sunday morning carrying a load of limestone for the Graymont dock, and American Integrity was inbound at 06:56 to load coal at Midwest Energy. The Republic finished unloading and left the dock at 18:30 Sunday evening, moving into position behind SMET to prepare to load petroleum coke there once the Integrity cleared. Miedwie was due a little after 20:30 to load grain at Riverland Ag. American Integrity had a departure time of 20:00 listed, but was still moored at that time. Burns Harbor spent Sunday loading iron ore pellets at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior, and was expected to depart at some point Sunday night.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on Nov. 3rd at 11:55 for Gary. The American Integrity had been showing an AIS of Two Harbors, but was switched to SMET. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 4th is the American Century. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader at 10:27 on Nov. 3rd for Cleveland. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on Nov. 4th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday; 15:16 Kaministiqua departed and was downbound on Lake Superior.

Munising, MI
American Mariner arrived at about 6 p.m. to unload.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on a pleasant fall Sunday included American Mariner, CSL Welland, Algoma Conveyor (to Algoma Export dock), G3 Marquis and, after dark, American Century, Federal Dart and Mesabi Miner. Downbounders included Torrent, Mississagi, Federal Caribou, Edgar B. Speer and Algoma Sault (to Algoma).

Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
At Port Milwaukee Sunday (11/3), Polsteam’s Iryda replaced Federal Dart at the Federal Marine Terminals dock on the outer harbor. After delivering 8,500 metric tons of tinplate, Federal Dart departed late Saturday and headed for Thunder Bay to load grain. Iryda arrived at 05:56 with 12,000 metric tons of tinplate and coil steel. Prentiss Brown with St. Marys Challenger arrived from Charlevoix at 09:15 with cement for the St. Marys Kinnickinnic River terminal. G.L. Ostrander with Integrity arrived at 19:40 from Alpena with cement for the Lafarge terminal on Jones Island.

Despite a 25 percent tariff on European steel, it looks as if 2019 might be a good year for imported steel at Port Milwaukee. In September 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported that, after the Trump administration implemented its tariff on foreign metal, domestic producers raised prices to match the cost of imported tinplate plus the tariff fee. The move backfired. Imported steel remained strong while U.S. Steel idled its East Chicago tinplate facility and ArcelorMittal laid off tin workers in West Virginia.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Stewart J. Cort was unloading at Burns Harbor Sunday evening. Algoma Niagara was arriving at Gary. Indiana Harbor was hosting John D. Leitch and Paul R. Tregurtha. Fivelborg was docked on the Calumet River.

Northern Lake Huron ports
Spragge: Sunday; 5:08 Manitoulin arrived to unload limestone and departed at 12:37 for Bruce Mines.

Bruce Mines: Sunday; 17:11 Manitoulin arrived and went to anchor.

Cheboygan: Saturday; 17:21 The tug Michigan and tank barge Great Lakes departed for Green Bay.

Calcite: Saturday; 21:34 Wilfred Sykes departed for Indiana Harbor. Sunday; 2:03 Herbert C Jackson departed for Cleveland. 2:16 H Lee White arrived to load lime stone and departed at 14:12, down bound on Lake Huron.

Port Inland: Saturday 16:15 Manitoulin departed for Spragge. 16:56 Joseph L Block arrived to load and on Sunday at 6:46 departed down bound on Lake Michigan.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator cleared Goderich ON at 10:21 am Sunday with salt for Lorain Ohio. Labrador remained loading at Goderich Elevators for the eighth day

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Sunday Arrivals: Sharon M I and barge Huron Spirit-arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload steel coils. Manitowoc-arrived at the Motor City Materials dock to unload stone. Hon. James L Oberstar-arrived at AK Steel to unload ore. Sam Laud-arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Koss
Happy River and Federal Baltic were still at the Port on Sunday. NACC Capri was at LaFarge around 20:30. American Courage departed for Marblehead.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Sunday November 3 – Barry Andersen Nanticoke - arrival - Nov 2 - Algocanada at 0555 and Algoma Compass at 2032 Long Point Bay anchorage - anchored Oct 2 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1325 - departed Oct 13 at 1316 for the canal

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 30 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 2255 stopped wharf 12 - Nov 3 - Osogovo (Mlt) at 1016 stopping at wharf 2, NACC Capri (Atg) at 1615 and Andean (Cyp) at 1843 - Nov 3 - Kitikmeot W at 1006, tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 1127, Algoma Spirit at 1250 and Bro Anna (Sgp) at 2121

downbound - Nov 2 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 1628, tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1634 and Volgaborg (Nld) at 1849 - Nov 3 - Humbergracht (Nld) at 0431, Algoma Buffalo at 0549, Algonorth at 0922, Algoma Transport at 1424 and Algosea at 1847

Welland Canal docks - docked - Nov 3 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement docked wharf 16 at 2020 from wharf 12

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 30 Mandarin (Cyp) at 1521 awaiting dock in Toronto - Nov 3 - Osogovo (Mlt) departed anchorage at 0844 for wharf 2 at Port Weller

Hamilton - arrivals - Nov 3 - none - docked - Oct 30 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 1810 - Oct 31 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1138, Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 1629 - Nov 1 - CSL Laurentien at 1150 , Federal Danube (Mhl) at 1306, and Baie Comeau at 1401 - departure - correction Nov 2 - Baie Comeau at 0058 Gaia Desgagnes at 2132 - Nov 3 - CSL Laurentien at 0958 - both eastbound

Clarkson - docked - Nov 3 - Robert S Pierson at 0610 - departed Nov 3 - at 1918 eastbound

Mississauga - Nov 2 - Hinch Spirit at 0603 and Wicky Spirit at 0652

Toronto - docked - Nov 1 - McKeil Spirit at 2039 - departed - Nov 3 at 1340 eastbound

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 4

The Great Lakes Steamship Company steamer NORWAY passed downbound through the Soo Locks with 6,609 tons of rye. This cargo increased the total tonnage transiting the locks in 1953 to 120,206,088 tons – a new one-season tonnage record. Renamed b.) RUTH HINDMAN in 1964, she was scrapped at Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1978.

On 04 November 1883, MAYFLOWER (wooden propeller freighter “steam barge,” 185 foot, 623 gross tons, built in 1852, at Buffalo, New York) was carrying lumber when she stranded in a gale off Point Abino near Buffalo, New York where the waves pounded her to pieces. The crew made it to shore in the yawl. She was built as a very fine passenger steamer for the Western Transportation Line then in 1868, she was rebuilt as a “steam barge.”

On 4 November 1875, SWAN (wooden propeller tug, 11 gross tons, built in 1862, at Buffalo, New York) caught fire while lying out in the Saginaw River near East Saginaw. She was abandoned by the crew and burned to the water’s edge.

JOSEPH G. BUTLER JR (steel bulk freighter, 525 foot, 6,588 gross tons) was launched on 04 Nov 1905, at Lorain, Ohio for the Tonopah Steamship Co. (Hutchinson & Co., mgr.). She lasted until 1971, when she was stripped of her cabins and scuttled, along with HENRY R. PLATT JR., at Steel Co. of Canada plant, Burlington Bay, Hamilton, Ontario, as breakwater and fill.

CARTIERCLIFFE HALL was registered at Toronto, Ontario, on 04 Nov 1977, but didn't enter service until the spring of 1978 because of mechanical difficulties during her sea trials.

On 04 Nov, 1986, TEXACO CHIEF was renamed A.G. FARQUHARSON. She was renamed c.) ALGONOVA (i) in 1998.

CALCITE II departed Cleveland at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, 04 Nov 2000, on her last trip for USS Great Lakes Fleet. She sailed upbound for Sarnia, Ontario, where she spent the winter in lay-up. Grand River Transportation had entered into a sale agreement with USS Great Lakes Fleet, Inc. for the purchase of the CALCITE II, GEORGE A. SLOAN and MYRON C. TAYLOR. Built as the WILLIAM G. CLYDE in 1929, CALCITE II is awaiting scrapping as c.) MAUMEE.

HERON BAY proceeded under her own power to Lauzon, Quebec, for her final lay-up on November 4, 1978.

CSL's NIPIGON BAY was launched November 4, 1950.

CHARLES L. HUTCHINSON developed a sizable leak and almost sank November 4, 1925, during her tow to Superior after she struck a reef a few nights before.

ROBERT C. STANLEY's keel was laid November 4, 1942.

UNITED STATES GYPSUM of 1910 grounded at Toledo, Ohio, on November 4, 1972, resulting in damage totaling $125,000. Her propeller was removed and the rudder shaft was locked in position to finish the season as a manned barge on the coal run from Toledo to Detroit, Michigan.

JOSEPH H. THOMPSON became not only the largest vessel on the Great Lakes but also the longest dry bulk cargo vessel in the world when it entered service on November 4, 1952, departing Chicago on its first trip.

Setting the stage for the fateful storm that followed less than a week later that sank the EDMUND FITZGERALD, many locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin were setting all-time record high temperatures for the month of November during the period of November 4-6, 1975. Grand Marais, Minnesota, reached 67 degrees on November 5 and Superior reached 74 degrees on November 6, both all-time records for the month. Many other notable Great Lakes storms, including the Armistice Day storm of 1940, and the storm that sank the HENRY STEINBRENNER in 1953, were proceeded by record-setting warm weather.

On 4 November 1877, MARY BOOTH (wooden scow-schooner, 132 tons, built in 1857, at Buffalo, New York) was carrying maple lumber in a storm in Lake Michigan. She became waterlogged but her crew doggedly clung to her until she appeared ready to turn turtle. Then her crew abandoned her and she rolled over. She drifted in the lake for several days. The crew landed at White Lake, Michigan and they were near death.

The Port Huron Times of 4 November 1878: "The propeller CITY OF MONTREAL is believed to have gone down on Lake Michigan on Friday [1 NOV 1878]. The schooner LIVELY, laden with coal for Bay City, is reported ashore 6 miles above Sand Beach, having gone on at 12 o'clock Sunday night [3 NOV 1878]. The schooner WOODRUFF, ashore at Whitehall, is a total loss. Two men were drowned, one died from injuries received, and Capt. Lingham was saved. The tugs E M PECK and MYSTIC, which went from the Sault to the assistance of the propeller QUEBEC, were wrecked near where she lies, one being on the beach and the other sunk below her decks. Both crews were rescued and were taken to St. Joseph Island."

On 4 November 1856, J W BROOKS (wooden propeller, 136 foot, 322 tons, built in 1851, at Detroit) was carrying provisions and copper ingots to Ogdensburg, New York in a storm when she foundered on Lake Ontario, 8 miles northeast of False Ducks Light. Estimates of the loss of lives range from 22 to 50. In July 1857, she was partially raised and some of her cargo was recovered. She only had a five year career, but besides this final incident, she had her share of disasters. In July 1855, she had a boiler explosion and in May of that same year, she sank in Canadian waters.

In 1980 the tug LAUREN CASTLE sank while towing the AMOCO WISCONSIN near Lee Point in Traverse Bay. Engineer William Stephan was lost.

1891: The iron freighter NORTH, which had become the first ocean ship to be cut in two and brought to the Great Lakes, arrived at Collingwood to be rebuilt as b) CAMPANA for the passenger & freight trades on the upper lakes.

1898: The wooden passenger and freight steamer PACIFIC burned at the Grand Trunk Railway dock in Collingwood along with the freight sheds and their contents. The blaze had begun the previous evening and roared for hours. The vessel was valued at $65,000.

1959: WESTRIVER arrived at Halifax for repairs after an earlier engine room explosion on Lake Superior had left the ship with significant damage.

1967: PEARL LIGHT, a World War II Empire ship, came through the Seaway for one trip in 1965. It was wrecked off Vietnam as g) HABIB MARIKAR while enroute from Dalian, China, to Chittagong, Bangladesh, with bagged cement. One life was lost.

1972: INLAND TRANSPORT went aground off Garden Island Bank, near Little Current, Manitoulin Island, and received major hull damage that led to the retirement of that Halco tanker after one more trip.

1991: CARLI METZ struck the wall below Lock 2 of the Welland Canal and the vessel had to go to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs. It had been inbound for the first time earlier in the year and returned in 1992. It was scrapped at Chittagong, Bangladesh, as d) METZ ITALIA in 2001.

1993: ZIEMIA ZAMOJSKA, while under tow, struck the raised 106th Street Bridge on the Calumet River at Chicago resulting in damage to the structure and traffic problems. The corn-laden vessel received a hole in the port bow, which was repaired at Montreal.

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

 

Lake Superior tied with water level record set in 1985

11/3 - Thunder Bay, ON – Wet weather continued in October, causing Lake Superior water levels to remain relatively stable over the course of the month, while on average the water level declines 3 cm (1.2 in) in October. The monthly mean level in October of 183.88 m (603.30 ft) is 3 cm below the record set in 1985, and at the beginning of November, Lake Superior is tied with the record high beginning of month level set in 1985. The level is currently 37 cm (15 in) above average (1918 – 2018), and 9 cm (4 in) above its level of a year ago.

Lake Michigan-Huron also remained relatively stable over the course of October, while on average the water level declines 7 cm (3 in) in October. Lake Michigan-Huron is currently 17 cm (7 in) below the record high beginning of month level set in 1986. The level is 90 cm (35 in) above average, and 42 cm (17 in) above last year’s beginning of November level.

Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron are expected to resume their seasonal declines in November but will remain near record-highs for this time of year. As a result, there will continue to be a significantly increased risk of shoreline erosion, lakeshore flooding, and coastal damages through the remainder of the fall and potentially into early winter. The International Lake Superior Board of Control (Board) advises all those that may be affected to prepare for potentially severe coastal impacts, especially during periods of strong winds and high waves.

The Board expects the total outflow from Lake Superior to be 2,820 cms (99.6 tcfs) in November, which is as prescribed by Lake Superior Regulation Plan 2012. Actual outflows may vary depending on hydrologic conditions, as well as maintenance activities at the hydropower plants on the St. Marys River. The gate setting at the Compensating Works will be maintained at the equivalent of six gates fully open to start the month. The gate setting will then be lowered in stages beginning in late November to allow for a gradual reduction in St. Marys Rapids flows and water levels prior to winter.

The average St. Marys Rapids flow in November is expected to be approximately 937 cms (33.1 tcfs). Anglers and other users of the St. Marys Rapids need to be cautious of the high flows and water levels that will continue to be experienced in the rapids in November. Furthermore, some flooding of low-lying areas of Whitefish Island is expected to continue at these high flows. As a result, some recreational trails and features in these areas will likely be inundated and may sustain damage. Users are encouraged to use extreme caution.

 

Port Reports -  November 3

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The Duluth harbor was quiet on Saturday, with the only traffic being the departure of the saltie Torrent at 04:26 with a load of bentonite from Hallett #5. There was no traffic through the Superior entry during the day, but Burns Harbor was due at 22:00 Saturday night to load ore at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 1st at 20:54 for South of #2. She departed on Nov. 2nd at 15:26 for Conneaut. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 2nd was the Edwin H. Gott. The Gott had gone past Two Harbors and stopped off Duluth early in the afternoon on Nov. 2nd. She got underway off Duluth around 16:20 and arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 2nd at 19:05 for South of #2. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 3rd is the American Integrity. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the Indiana Harbor depart on Nov. 2nd at 04:58 for Cleveland. Arriving Silver Bay on Nov. 2nd at 15:07 was the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Nov. 3rd. When the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader departed Two Harbors on Nov. 1st she had no destination AIS. She is headed for Conneaut.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday; 19:54 Federal Saguenay departed for Montreal. 23:48 Tim S Dool arrived at the G3 elevator to load wheat. Saturday; 1:34 Whitefish Bay arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 11:52 Federal Welland arrived and went to anchor. 12:47 The saltie Jamno weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 17:40 Federal Caribou departed for Quebec City.

Green Bay, WI
The tug Samuel deChamplain / barge Innovation arrived from Alpena, MI, Saturday with cargo of slag for the Lafarge Terminal.

Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
In port Saturday (11/02) were: tug Sarah Andrie with barge A-390 unloading asphalt at the Construction Resources Management dock on the inner harbor. She arrived from Indiana Harbor (BP’s Whiting Refinery) Friday evening at 19:59. Barge A-390 is 310 feet long and can carry 39,000 barrels (about 7,000 tons) of asphalt. She cleared the harbor at 14:26 bound for Detroit. Federal Dart was still at the Federal Marine Terminals dock on the outer harbor unloading European steel. USACE Tug Racine and Crane Barge Manitowoc were just north of the breakwater light placing stone to protect Milwaukee’s break wall. Tug Leona B slipped under the Hoan Bridge just before 09:00 pushing two barges headed for a project in Kenosha.

Northern Lake Huron ports
Drummond Island: Saturday; 5:58 Herbert C Jackson arrived to take on a partial load and at 10:12 departed for Calcite.

Cheboygan: Saturday; The tug Michigan and tank barge Great Lakes arrived to unload petroleum products

Calcite: Saturday; 8:33 Wilfred Sykes arrived to load. 13:52 Herbert C Jackson arrived and went to anchor. 15:50 John G Munson departed for Duluth Superior. 16:02 Herbert C Jackson weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to finish loading.

Stoneport: Saturday; 3:45 Olive L Moore departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. 9:00 Kaye E Barker arrived to load and departed at 16:36 for Marquette.

Alpena: Saturday; G L Ostrander arrived to load cement products. 4:58 Undaunted departed for Manitowoc. 13:47 GL Ostrander departed for Milwaukee.

Port Inland: Friday; 21:54 Manitoulin arrived to load limestone.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Saturday Arrivals: Cason J Callaway arrived at the Revere Dock to unload stone. Alpena arrived at Lafarge to unload cement.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Koss
Federal Baltic and Happy River were both at the Port docks Saturday. American Courage was still on the shuttle run. Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder had stone from Marblehead.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Saturday November 2 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrival - Nov 2 - Algocanada at 0555 and Algoma Compass at 2032

Long Point Bay anchorage - departed - Nov 2 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0801 for the canal

Port Colborne anchorage - Nov 2 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 1028 - departed Nov 2 at 1625 for the canal

Welland Canal upbound - Oct 30 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 2255 stopped wharf 12 - Oct 31 - Osogovo (Mlt) eta 2140 delayed - Nov 1 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 1522 from Port Weller anchorage - Oct 2 - Algoma Compass at 0049, Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0134, Baie Comeau at 0255, NACC Capri (Atg) at 1615 and Andean (Cyp) at 1843

Welland Canal downbound - Nov 1 - Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breihorn-17, MCT Breithorn-09, HHL Celtic-07) at 1622 for Amsterdam, Damia Desgagnes at 1907 and Saginaw at 2303 for wharf 6 - Nov 2 - tug Ocean A Gauthier with USS Indianapolis LCU 17 - (Littoral Combat Unit) at 0320 on her maiden trip, Ojibway at 0320, CSL Tadoussac at 0528, Algoma Discovery at 0736, Salarium at 0911, Whitstler (Lbr) at 1125, Cuyahoga at 1413, Harbour Feature (Por) at 1628 and Volgaborg (Nld) at 1849

Welland Canal docks - docked - Oct 31 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement stopped wharf 12 at 2020 - departed - Nov 1 - light tug Ocean A Gauthier from wharf 6 at 1017 - arrived West Street wharf - awaiting arrival of USS Indianapolis on her maiden voyage - Nov 2 - light tug Ocean A Gauthier at 0225 approx to meet warship and CCGS Pierre Radisson at 1437 eastbound

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 30 Mandarin (Cyp) at 1521 awaiting dock in Toronto - Oct 31 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 2000 and Osogovo (Mlt) at 2250 - departed - Nov 1 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 1501 for Duluth - Nov 2 - Tasing Swan (Den) (ex Erria Mie-12, Hamza Efe Bey-08) at 0700 eastbound

Hamilton - arrivals - Nov 2 - none - docked - Oct 30 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 1810 - Oct 31 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1138, Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 1629 - Nov 1 - Gaia Desgagnes at 1945, Algoma Compass at 1137, CSL Laurentien at 1150 from the Burlington Bay anchorage, Federal Danube (Mhl) at 1306, and Baie Comeau at 1401 - departure - Nov 1 - Algoma Compass at 2337 - Oct 2 - Baie Comeau at 0058 - both westbound

Clarkson - docked - Nov 1 - Robert S Pierson at 1937 - departed Nov 2 - at 0537 eastbound

Mississauga - Nov 2 - Hinch Spirit at 0603 and Wicky Spirit at 0652

Toronto - docked - Nov 1 - McKeil Spirit at 2039 - departed - Nov 1 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2337 for Detroit - Oct 2 - NACC Argonaut at 0252 eastbound

Oshawa - departed - Nov 1 - tug Wilf Seymour & Alouette Spirit at 1618 eastbound

Seaway – René Beauchamp
Federal Montreal is expected at Sorel-Tracy on Tuesday. She is the first ship in the Fednav fleet to honor the name of a city, according to a Fednav release.

 

Storm moves barge trapped above Horseshoe Falls for 101 years closer to the edge

11/3 - Niagara Falls - Strong winds and rains during Thursday night's storm have moved the historic iron scow at the top of Canada's Horseshoe Falls, which had been stuck in the same place for more than 100 years — and now, it's closer to the edge.

In a press release, Niagara Parks said that the deteriorated dumping scow, which is similar to a barge, used to be lodged in the upper rapids above the falls, but has shifted down river. CEO David Adames said that staff believe the scow isn't in danger of going over the Falls and is now resting in a new site. But that doesn't mean it will stay where it is for another 100 years, especially considering its rusted state.

"It looks secure at the moment; however, if there's severe weather that comes along, it may shift it some more," he said in an interview.

The scow is an iconic part of any visit to the Falls. In 1918, it was the site of a heroic rescue of the two crewmen stranded on board the day it cut adrift and was marooned there. Over the past century, the scow has become incredibly rusted. The side facing the Canadian side was the only one intact, Adames said.

The CEO said that the weather was severe enough to roll the scow and send it northwest from its original resting place. Though he can't say exactly how far the boat has moved — Niagara Parks will geo-locate it later on to determine the distance — he agreed that the distance is sizeable.

Staff are monitoring the situation and will issue updates if needed. They are also photographing the change and constantly watching the boat via security camera. If it does seem like the scow will go over the Falls, Adames said authorities will be notified so that precautions for tourism can be taken.

Niagara Parks celebrated the 100-year-anniversary of the scow in August 2018 and unveiled some panels that told its story.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/iron-scow-horseshoe-falls-1.5344845

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 3

On 03 November 1907, tug ESCORT (wooden propeller, 45 foot, 40 gross tons, built in 1894, at Port Colborne, Ontario) tried to pass the barge BENJ HARRISON at the mouth of the Niagara River. In a navigational error, the tug sheared under the barge’s bow, was run over and sunk. Three lives were lost.

B. A. PEERLESS sailed on her maiden voyage November 3, 1952, bound for Superior, Wisconsin, where 110,291 barrels of crude oil were loaded destined for British-American's refinery at Clarkson, Ontario. The PEERLESS was built for the express purpose of transporting crude oil from the Interprovincial / Lakehead Pipeline terminus at Superior to B / A's Clarkson refinery. The vessel lasted until 1991, when she was broken up.

On 3 November 1898, PACIFIC (wooden propeller passenger/package freighter, 179 foot, 918 gross tons, built in 1883, at Owen Sound, Ontario) caught fire at the Grand Trunk dock at Collingwood, Ontario. She burned to a shell despite a concerted effort to save her. She was later towed out into Georgian Bay and scuttled.

On 3 November 1855, DELAWARE (wooden propeller, 173 foot, 368 tons, built in 1846, at Black River, Ohio) was carrying general merchandise from Chicago to Buffalo with a stop at Milwaukee. She was driven ashore by a gale eight miles south of Sheboygan, Wisconsin and sank. Ten or 11 of the 18 on board lost their lives. Within a few days, only her arches were visible above the water.

Dismantling of the H. C. HEIMBECKER began on 03 Nov 1981, by Triad Salvage Company at Ashtabula, Ohio, and was completed the following year. This vessel was originally named GEORGE W. PERKINS (steel bulk freighter, 556 foot, 6,553 gross tons, built in 1905, at Superior, Wisconsin.)

1928: CANADIAN TRADER was Hull 39 of the Port Arthur shipyard. Following a sale to Japanese interests, the ship departed Seattle on this date in 1928 on its delivery voyage, still as c) GUILDA SCUDERI, and was never seen again.

1953: The tug J.A. CORNETT went hard aground about seven miles north of Clayton, NY and was leaking badly. The vessel was eventually refloated and survived at Port Dover, ON at least as recently as 2011. It has been laid up there since 1992 and is now in derelict condition.

1965: The tug MISEFORD was towing the barge CHARLES W. JOHNSON when they were caught in a storm on the St. Marys River. The tug was pulled over on her side and rested on the bottom. MISEFORD was salvaged in the spring of 1966 and remains in service in 2012 as a harbor tug at Thunder Bay, Ont.

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

 

‘We’re not out of the woods yet:' Beach erosion threat may continue into 2020

11/2 - Grand Haven, MI – Lakeshore homeowners hoping for relief from high-water storms swallowing their property lines will have to wait a while longer, experts say, maybe even a year or more. “The narrative right now is it’s not looking very good heading into 2020,” said Brandon Hoving, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids. “This isn’t a problem that’s going away anytime soon for the coastal properties, unfortunately.”

Hoving said Lake Michigan water levels in 2020 could possibly reach their highest-ever in the roughly 100 years of reliable measurement data.

The current all-time record high, set in October 1986, was 582.35 feet. Peak lake levels this month came within inches of surpassing that at 581.74 feet, Hoving said. The possibility of 2020 as a record-setting year hinges on continued wet seasons, something that is an ongoing long-term trend in Michigan, according to Hoving.

Crashing waves atop high Great Lakes water levels have eroded dozens of feet of duneland so far this October, leaving some homes dangerously close to bluffs. Lake Michigan erosion threatens beach properties.

"We’re doing what we can to protect the sand dune while we’re waiting for the permanent wall, and we’re praying," one resident said. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has vowed to expedite waterline work permits so homeowners can halt the duneland loss by installing seawalls and riprap, or piles of rock.

While the agency’s permitting process normally takes 60 to 90 days, officials say they now can turn the permits around within days “in cases where homes or infrastructure are at risk.”

Property owners typically need approval as well from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers if they plan to work in the water or along the waterline. County emergency management teams in Muskegon and Ottawa counties continue to monitor endangered properties and keep local first responders in the loop.

Nick Bonstell, director of Ottawa County Emergency Management, says no lakeshore homes are currently in danger of falling off eroded bluffs. But, he said, they’re monitoring about three to four properties in the county that could get to that point after a few more large storm systems.

“November and December are the biggest months for the biggest gales and the biggest winds,” Bonstell said. “We’re just getting through October and we still have November and December ahead of us.”

Storms could continue over the winter if the shoreline waters don’t freeze, said Hoving.

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2019/10/were-not-out-of-the-woods-yet-beach-erosion-threat-may-continue-into-2020.html

 

Port Reports -  November 2

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The only vessel to arrive Duluth on Friday was Walter J. McCarthy Jr., which entered port at 04:16 to take on coal at Midwest Energy. She departed at 17:11 for St. Clair. No further traffic is expected in the harbor until Sunday, however Torrent and Juno were both still in port Friday, the former loading bentonite at Hallett #5 and the latter taking on wheat at Gavilon. There was also no traffic in Superior on Friday, with none expected until late Saturday when Burns Harbor is due to load at BN.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
American Spirit departed Two Harbors on Nov. 1st at 02:30 for Indiana Harbor. The Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader shifted over to South of #2 and departed on Nov. 1st at 15:48. As of 19:30 on the 1st her AIS hadn't been updated. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 1st between 20:00 and 20:30 is the Edgar B. Speer. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 2nd is the Edwin H. Gott. As of 19:30 on Nov. 1st the Indiana Harbor continued to load at Northshore Mining in Silver Bay. Due Northshore Mining on Nov. 2nd is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday; 14:18 Kaministiqua arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 19:06 Spruceglen departed for Montreal.

Northern Lake Huron ports
Port Dolomite: Friday; 9:00 Calumet arrived to load and departed at 19:55 for Cleveland.

Stoneport: Friday; 13:48 Olive L Moore arrived to load.

Calcite: Friday; 10:57 Cason J Callaway departed for Detroit. 21:00 John G Munson arrived to load.

Port Inland: Thursday; 16:17 Clyde S Vanenkevort departed for Silver Bay. 16:59 Great Republic arrived to load and departed Friday at 6:41 for Duluth Superior.

Alpena: Friday; Undaunted arrived to unload ash at the cement plant.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara cleared 12:13 pm Friday upbound with salt for Chicago. Labrador remained loading grain at Elevators. The saltie San is expected next.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Friday Arrivals: Iver Bright arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Federal Oshima arrived at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload general cargo.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Koss
Winds and waves have subsided on Lake Erie and traffic is moving again. Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder has departed for Marblehead. American Courage has moved to deliver at ArcelorMittal Steel. Manitowoc is still at Ontario Stone but will be departing for Fairport Harbor. Sam Laud arrived at 15:01 and is holding at Lehigh Cement. Federal Baltic arrived at the Port, Dock 24W at 13:23. Algoma Buffalo has left her anchorage off of Huron and is heading to Cleveland. Also leaving anchorage is Algoma Innovator and has an ETA of 20:00 to Amcor in Lorain with potash.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Friday November 1 – Barry Andersen Traffic stopped about 2000 Thursday evening -for weather and resumed late Friday morning.

Nanticoke - departed - Oct 31 - Sloman Hera (Atg) at 0902 eastbound for NY

Long Point Bay anchorage - anchored - Oct 30 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0840 - Oct 31 - Damia Desgagnes at 0643 - departed - Nov 1 - Damia Desgagnes at 1549 eastbound Port Colborne anchorage - Nov 1 - Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breihorn-17, MCT Breithorn-09, HHL Celtic-07) at 1225 - departed at 1601 for the canal

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 30 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 2255 stopped wharf 12 - Oct 31 - CSL Welland at 0738 stopped wharf 12, light tug Ocean A Gauthier at 1747 - stopped wharf 6 at 1031, Algoma Enterprise delayed at lock 8, G3 Marquis at 1825 delayed in lock 1, Federal Kushiro (Mhl) eta 1945 (delayed) and Osogovo (Mlt) eta 2140 - Nov 1 - Algoma Enterprise departed lock 8, CSL Welland departed wharf 12, light tug Ocean A Gauthier at 1017 stopped West Street and G3 Marquis from lock 1 at 1220 downbound - Algoma Enterprise at 2000 stopping wharf 6 in Thorold - Oct 31 - CSL Laurentien at 0219, Algoma Compass at 0544 and Baie Comeau at 0900 and Sloman Hera (Atg) at 1245 - delayed in lock 2 at 1920 - Nov 1 - Sloman Hera (Atg) departed lock 2 at 1225, Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breihorn-17, MCT Breithorn-09, HHL Celtic-07) at 1622 for Amsterdam and Damia Desgagnes at 1907 eastbound

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller -Oct 31 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement stopped wharf 12 at 2020 departed - Nov 1 - light tug Ocean A Gauthier from wharf 6 at 1017 - arrived West Street wharf - awaiting arrival of USS Indianapolis on her maiden voyage

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 29 - Tasing Swan (Den) (ex Erria Mie-12, Hamza Efe Bey-08) at 2025 - Oct 30 Mandarin (Cyp) at 1521 awaiting dock in Toronto - Oct 31 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 2000 and Osogovo (Mlt) at 2250 - departed - Nov 1 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 1501 for Duluth

Hamilton - arrivals - Nov 1 - Algoma Compass at 1137, CSL Laurrentien at 1150 from the Burlington Bay anchorage, Federal Danube (Mhl) at 1306, and Baie Comeau at 1401 - anchored - Nov 1 - Gaia Desgagnes at 0925 - docked - Oct 30 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 1810 - Oct 31 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1138, Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 1629

anchored off Hamilton - Oct 31 - McKeil Spirit at 1206, Algoma Compass at 2015, Baie Comeau at 2207, Robert S Pierson at 2247 from Clarkson - departed - Nov 1 - Robert S Pierson at 1833 for Clarkson, McKeil Spirit at 1850 for Toronto, Algoma Compass and Baie Comeau - both for Hamilton

Clarkson - arrival - Nov 1 - Robert S Pierson at 1937 from the anchorage off of Hamilton

Toronto - arrival - Nov 1 - McKeil Spirit at 2039 from the Hamilton anchorage - docked - Oct 29 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 1611 and Oct 31 - NACC Argonaut at 1452

Oshawa - departed - Nov 1 - tug Wilf Seymour & Alouette Spirit at 1618 eastbound

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 2

On 02 November 1924, TURRET CROWN (steel propeller "turret ship,” 253 foot, 1,827 tons, built in 1895, in England) was driven ashore in a gale on Meldrum Point on the north side of Manitoulin Island on Lake Huron. Her hull was wrecked during the storms that winter. She was cut up and removed for scrap the following year.

On November 2, 1984, the tugs ATOMIC and ELMORE M. MISNER towed the ERINDALE, a.) W.F. WHITE, to the International Marine Salvage scrap dock at Port Colborne, Ontario, where demolition began that month.

H.C. HEIMBECKER proceeded under her own power to Ashtabula, Ohio, for scrapping, arriving there November 2, 1981.

On November 2, 1948, FRANK ARMSTRONG collided head-on with the c.) JOHN J. BOLAND of 1905, a.) STEPHEN B. CLEMENT, in a heavy fog on Lake Erie near Colchester, Ontario. Both vessels were badly damaged and resulted in one fatality on the BOLAND. The ARMSTRONG was towed to Toledo, Ohio, for repairs.

In 1972, the A. E. NETTLETON's towline parted from the OLIVE L. MOORE during a snowstorm with gale force winds 17 miles west of the Keweenaw Peninsula on Lake Superior. The barge developed a 15-degree list when her load of grain shifted. Three of her five-member crew were air lifted by a U.S.C.G. helicopter to the MOORE to assist in re-rigging the towline. The NETTLETON was towed the next day into the Lily Pond on the Keweenaw Waterway to trim her cargo.

The WILLIAM C. MORELAND was abandoned to the underwriters on November 2, 1910, as a constructive total loss, amounting to $445,000. She had stranded on Sawtooth Reef off Eagle Harbor, Michigan, on Lake Superior in mid October.

The keel of the new section, identified as Hull #28, was laid down on November 2, 1959. A new forward pilothouse and a hatch crane were installed and her steam turbine engine and water tube boilers were reconditioned. The vessel was named c.) RED WING after the Detroit Red Wing hockey team, honoring a long association with Upper Lakes Shipping and James Norris, the founder of ULS, and his two sons, James D. and Bruce, owners of the National Hockey League team.

In 1971, the Lake Michigan carferry BADGER was laid up due to a coal strike.

On 2 November 1889, FRANCIS PALMS (wooden schooner, 173 foot, 560 tons, built in 1868, at Marine City, Michigan, as a bark) was sailing from Escanaba to Detroit with a load of iron ore when she was driven ashore near Beaver Island in Lake Michigan. Her entire crew was taken off by the tug GLADIATOR that also pulled in vain while trying to free the PALMS. The PALMS was pounded to pieces by the storm waves. November was a bad month for the PALMS since she had previously been wrecked on Long Point in Lake Erie in November 1874, and again at Duluth in November 1872.

During the first week of November 1878, The Port Huron Times reported wrecks and mishaps that occurred during a severe storm that swept over the Lakes on Friday and Saturday, 1-3 November. The information was reported on 2, 4 & 5 November as the reports came in. The same reports will appear here starting today: The Port Huron Times of 2 November 1878: "The schooner L. C. WOODRUFF of Cleveland is ashore at the mouth of the White River with her foremast gone. She is loaded with corn. Three schooners went ashore at Grand Haven Friday morning, the AMERICA, MONTPELIER, and AUSTRALIAN. One man was drowned off the AUSTRALIAN. The schooner WORTS is ashore and full of water on Beaver Island. Her cargo consists of pork for Collingwood. The tug LEVIATHAN has gone to her aid. The schooner LAKE FOREST is ashore at Hammond's Bay, Lake Huron, and is full of water. She has a cargo of corn aboard. The tug A J SMITH has gone to her rescue. The barge S. C. WOODRUFF has gone down in 13 feet of water off Whitehall and her crew is clinging to the rigging at last accounts. A lifeboat has been sent to her relief. The barge RUTTER is in 25 feet of water and all the crew are now safe."

On 2 November 1874, PREBLE (2-mast wooden schooner, 98 foot, 166 tons, built in 1842, at Buffalo, New York as a brig) was lost in a storm off Long Point on Lake Erie and broke up in the waves. The steamer ST PAUL rescued her crew.

On 02 Nov 1862, BAY STATE (wooden propeller, 137 foot, 372 tons, built in 1852, at Buffalo, New York) was bound for Lake Erie ports from Oswego, New York when she broke up offshore in a terrific gale in the vicinity of Oswego. All 22 onboard, including six passengers, lost their lives. The shoreline was strewn with her wreckage for miles.

PAUL H. CARNAHAN was christened at the foot of West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan on 02 Nov 1961. She had been converted from the tanker b.) ATLANTIC DEALER to a dry bulk cargo carrier by American Ship Building Co. at Lorain, Ohio and came out on her maiden bulk freighter voyage just two weeks before this christening ceremony.

1912: JUNO, which had lost the barge P.B. LOCKE the previous day on Lake Ontario, arrived safely at Cobourg and then sank at the dock.

1923: The wooden steamer WESEE caught fire in Lake Erie off Middle Bass Island and burned as a total loss. The crew took to the yawl boats and all were saved.

1956: The former schooner J.T. WING, which had operated as a museum at Belle Isle in Detroit until condemned due to rotting timbers, was burned.

1981: FROSSO K., an SD 14 ocean freighter, suffered an engine room fire enroute from Vancouver to Japan. The ship was towed back to Vancouver November 15 and repaired. It first came through the Seaway in 1974 and arrived at Cartagena, Columbia, under tow, for scrapping on February 15, 1995, as e) MAMER.

1981: The West German freighter POSEIDON first came through the Seaway in 1962 and became a regular inland trader. It was abandoned, in leaking condition on this date, as e) VIKI K. in the Red Sea. There was some suspicion that the vessel was scuttled as part of an insurance fraud. 1988: PETER MISENER struck a shoal while upbound in the Saguenay River for Port Alfred with coke. There was major damage and the ship went to Montreal for repairs.

2001: AUDACIOUS stranded at Keleman Island, Indonesia, but was refloated two days later. The damage was severe and the vessel was laid up at Singapore and then sold to shipbreakers. The ship arrived at Alang, India, to be broken up, on April 27, 2002. The ship visited the Great Lakes as a) WELSH VOYAGER in 1977, and returned as b) LONDON VOYAGER in 1982 and c) OLYMPIC LEADER in 1983. It made its first inland voyage as d) AUDACIOUS in 1996 and its final call in 2000.

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

 

60 mph wind gusts mean a drop of 30 degrees and Lake Erie waves up to 20 feet

11/1 - Cleveland, OH – Just in time for trick-or-treat: Winds were expected to gust up to 60 miles an hour Thursday night as temperatures dropped 30 degrees and waves on Lake Erie hit 20 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

“It’s going to be nasty,” said meteorologist Mike Griffin. “For a six-hour window it’s going to be howling.” The wind will strengthen rapidly, to sustained winds of 40-45 mph, Griffin said.

On the lake, the winds will be 50-60 mph, with hurricane-force gusts up to 75 mph. That means huge waves. “Any mariners, they gotta get off the lake by (Thursday) afternoon,” Griffin said. “It’s not going to be safe.”

The wind will push water from the west to east, flooding lakeshore areas near Buffalo in a phenomenon called a seiche. Waves could also bring flooding in Northeast Ohio. On Friday, when the winds subside, the water will slosh back and forth, like in a bathtub, for six to eight hours. “It’s a very complex and very rapidly changing situation,” Griffin said.

Cleveland.com

 

Port Reports -  November 1

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Great Lakes Trader/tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort arrived Duluth at 04:50 Thursday morning to discharge limestone at Hallett #5, and Paul R. Tregurtha was inbound at 05:02 to pick up iron ore pellets from CN, a rare load for the vessel. John J. Boland departed at 08:17 after loading petroleum coke at Midwest Energy, and Great Lakes Trader left port light at 15:07 for Two Harbors. Torrent weighed anchor and arrived at 16:33 to load bentonite at Hallett #5. Also in port was Juno, loading wheat at Gavilon. She was tentatively expected to depart late Thursday night, while the Tregurtha has a departure time of 06:00 Friday posted. The only traffic through the Superior entry on Thursday was James R. Barker, which departed at 04:47 fully loaded with iron ore pellets and bound for Nanticoke. No further traffic is expected at Burlington Northern until Saturday evening.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
The Philip R. Clarke shifted from North of #1 to South of #2 between 20:25 and 20:50 on Nov. 30th. She departed Two Harbors on Oct. 31st at 04:41 for Gary. The American Spirit arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 31st at 05:22 for South of #2. As of 19:30 on the 31st she is still at the loading dock. Arriving Two Harbors on Oct. 31st at 17:31 was the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader for North of #2 lay-by. She had unloaded stone at Hallett #5 in Duluth. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 1st is the Edgar B. Speer. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Indiana Harbor on Oct. 31st at 17:09. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled on Nov. 1st.

Thunder Bay, ON
Thursday; 17:02 Spruceglen arrived at Viterra A to load grain.

Northern Lake Huron ports
Meldrum Bay:
No traffic

Port Dolomite: No traffic

Stoneport: Thursday; 0:19 Laura L Vanenkevort arrived to load and departed at 13:36.

Calcite: Cason J Callaway arrived to load.

Port Inland: Wednesday 23:51 H Lee White departed and went to anchor. CSL Niagara and the tug Spartan also went to anchor off of Port Inland to wait out weather. Thursday; 0:19 Clyde S VanEnkevort weighed anchor. 12:31 Spartan weighed anchor and departed for Ludington but is sailing south along the west shore. 17:21 H Lee White weighed anchor and is down bound on Lake Michigan. 18:04 CSL Niagara weighed anchor and departed for Burns Harbor.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara arrived 1:21 am Thursday, loading salt at Compass Minerals. Labrador arrived Saturday 7:54 am and remains loading at the elevators.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Thursday Arrivals: Michigan/Great Lakes arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Herbert C Jackson arrived at Zug Island to unload coal. American Integrity arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. GL Ostrander/Integrity arrived at Lafarge to unload cement.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Koss
Windy conditions had traffic at a standstill Thursday. American Courage was waiting at West 3rd St., as were Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder to unload at ArcelorMittal. Manitowoc unloaded at Ontario Stone and was holding at the dock. At anchor in Lake Erie were Algoma Buffalo waiting to come to Cleveland and Algoma Innovator waiting to go to Arcelor in Lorain.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Thursday October 31 – Barry Andersen Winds gusting up to 40 knots reported off Port Weller Thursday.

Nanticoke - departed - Oct 31 - Sloman Hera (Atg) at 0902 eastbound for NY

Long Point Bay anchorage - anchored - Oct 30 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0840 from the Nanticoke dock - Oct 31 - Damia Desgagnes at 0643

Welland Canal upbound - Oct 30 - Mandarin (Cyp) at 1440 to Port Weller anchorage, Algoma Sault at 1525, Algoma Innovator at 1701, Miedwie (Bhs) at 1900 and tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 2255 - Oct 31 - Federal Oshima (Mhl) at 0329, CSL Welland at 0738, Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 0814, Algoma Enterprise at 1650 from wharf 6, G3 Marquis at 1825, Federal Kushiro (Mhl) eta 1945 (delayed) and Osogovo (Mlt) eta 2140

Welland Canal downbound - Oct 30 - Algoma Enterprise at 2000 stopping wharf 6 in Thorold - Oct 31 - CSL Laurentien at 0219, Algoma Compass at 0544 and Baie Comeau at 0900

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Oct 30 - Algoma Enterprise stopped wharf 6 at 2320 - departed Oct 31 at 1650 approx. up bound

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 29 - Tasing Swan (Den) (ex Erria Mie-12, Hamza Efe Bey-08) at 2025 - Oct 30 Mandarin (Cyp) at 1521 awaiting dock in Toronto

Hamilton - arrivals - Oct 31 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1138, Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 1629, Federal Danube (Mhl) anchored off of Hamilton, Algoma Compass anchored of Hamilton and CSL Laurentien anchored in Burlington Bay at 1930 - docked - Oct 30 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 1810 - departed - Oct 31 - Algoma Guardian at 0121 eastbound and Harbour Pioneer (Por) at 0347 for Trinidad

Clarkson - departed - Oct 30 - Robert S Pierson at 2132 eastbound

Toronto - anchored - Oct 31 - McKeil Spirit at 1031 anchored off Hamilton awaiting weather - arrival - Oct 31 - NACC Argonaut at 1452 - docked - Oct 29 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 1611

Oshawa - arrival - Oct 31 - tug Wilf Seymour & Alouette Spirit - docked - departed - Oct 31 - NACC Capri (Atg) at 1018 eastbound and Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 1233 westbound

 

Mariners’ Church to Celebrate Great Lakes Memorial Service

11/1 - Detroit, MI - Like any other city, Detroit has its share of traditions, things that happen regularly and that Detroiters accept and expect to return again and again – the Thanksgiving Parade, octopus on the ice at Red Wings games, Noel Night in Midtown...

But there’s a more serious tradition that started November 11, 1975, is commemorated in an internationally recognized ballad, and is memorialized annually by a solemn and meaningful ceremony at the heart of downtown, the annual Mariners’ Church of Detroit Great Lakes Memorial Service.

On November 10, 1975, the S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald, making its way from Superior, Wisconsin, to Zug Island with a 26,000-ton cargo of taconite, sank during a storm in the rough seas of Lake Superior. Twenty-nine sailors died in the incident, the worst in Great Lakes history.

Upon learning of the wreck, Rev. Richard Ingalls, then pastor of Mariners’ Church of Detroit, went to his church in the pre-dawn hours and rang its “Brotherhood Bell” 29 times, an act that was soon immortalized in Gordon Lightfoot’s ballad (which he refers to as a folksong), “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

The tradition of that somber bell ringing continues today as part of the annual Mariners’ Church Great Lakes Memorial service which will take place this year at 11 a.m. Sunday, November 10, the 44th anniversary of the disaster. While the service specifically commemorates the Fitzgerald sinking, it also honors the memories of the more than 6,000 Great Lakes shipwrecks and the more than 10,000 sailors who lost their lives in them.

“When we look at Lake Superior, or any of the Great Lakes, what we see is their awesome natural beauty, which is a good thing,” says Fr. Jeff Hubbard, pastor of Mariners Church. “But they also have immense natural power as they showed on the night of the Fitzgerald sinking. Our service pays tribute to the souls lost on the Great Lakes over the years. It’s something we don’t often think about but it’s very real and deserves our attention and prayer.”

Mariners’ Great Lakes Memorial service will feature the church’s celebrated professional choir accompanied by its recently rebuilt 78-rank pipe organ. An Honor Guard of Great Lakes-related maritime and military personnel, dressed in uniform, will conduct the solemn bell ringing with a prayer that all those who have perished in the Great Lakes are truly resting in peace.

 

Fitzgerald: National Museum offers Schoonmaker tour to make sense of mystery

11/1 - Toledo, OH – The Edmund Fitzgerald is the Great Lakes’ most famous shipwreck. And to try to understand the mysterious loss, the National Museum of the Great Lakes is hosting tours of its freighter, the Col. James M. Schoonmaker, highlighting similarities between the two ships and explaining theories on its sinking.

The Mighty Fitz disappeared from Lake Superior in a gale on Nov. 10, 1975, and none of the 29-member crew survived. The life raft was automatically inflated and was found floating about the wreckage, with no one on board. No bodies were ever found, and no one can definitely say what happened.

The tragedy changed Great Lakes shipping regulations. And it fascinated the nation, in part because of the ballad “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot. In Toledo, the interest was personal.

Toledo was one of the Fitzgerald’s primary ports, and the ship was often referred to as the Toledo Express because so many crew members were from the city, said Ellen Kennedy, the museum’s Director of Education and Visitor Experience. “Locally, Toledo was one of the vessel’s primary ports.

“The S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald captured the attention and saddened thousands across the nation,” Kennedy said.

The 10,500-square-foot museum on the banks of the Maumee River opened in 2014, replacing a smaller version that operated in Vermilion through 2011. About 25,000 people each year visit its artifacts, from a ship’s bell to the Fitzgerald’s life raft.

The museum’s program on Nov. 9-10 starts with the 75-minute tour of the Schoonmaker, the last tour of the 2019 season, followed by the museum’s documentary, “A Good Ship and Crew Well Seasoned: The Fitzgerald and Her Legacy.”

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.cleveland.com/news/2019/10/wreck-of-the-edmund-fitzgerald-national-museum-of-the-great-lakes-offers-schoonmaker-freighter-tour-to-make-sense-of-mystery.html

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 1

The LEHIGH, Captain Edward P. Fitch in command, cleared the Great Lakes Engineering Works yard at River Rouge, Michigan, to begin her maiden trip on this day in 1943. The LEHIGH was one of two Maritimers (the other was the STEELTON) acquired by Bethlehem Steel Corp. as part of a government program to upgrade and increase the capacity of the Great Lakes fleet during World War II. Bethlehem exchanged three older vessels, the JOHNSTOWN of 1905, the SAUCON, and the CORNWALL, plus cash for the two Maritimers.

On 01 November 1880, NINA BAILEY (wooden schooner, 30 tons, built in 1873, at Ludington, Michigan) filled with water and went out of control in a storm on Lake Michigan. She struck the North Pier at St. Joseph, Michigan and capsized. Her crew climbed up on her keel and was rescued by the Lifesaving Service. The vessel later broke up in the waves.

The Grand Trunk Western Railway was granted permission by the Interstate Commerce Commission on November 1, 1978, to discontinue its Lake Michigan service between Muskegon, Michigan and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

MAITLAND NO 1 made her maiden voyage on November 1, 1916, from Ashtabula, Ohio to Port Maitland, Ontario, transporting rail cars with coal for the steel mills at Hamilton, Ontario.

SCOTT MISENER of 1954 returned to service in the grain trade on November 1, 1986, after a 3-year lay-up.

On 1 November 1917, ALVA B (wooden steam tug, 74 foot, 84 gross tons, built in 1890, at Buffalo, New York) apparently mistook amusement park lights for the harbor markers at Avon Lake, Ohio during a storm. She struck bottom in the shallows and was destroyed by waves.

On 1 November 1862, BLACK HAWK (wooden brig, 138 foot, 385 tons, built in 1854, at Ohio City, Ohio) was carrying 19,000 bushels of corn and some stained glass when a gale drove her ashore and wrecked her near Point Betsie. In 1858, this vessel had sailed from Detroit, Michigan to Liverpool, England and back.

On 1 Nov 1862, CHIEF JUSTICE MARSHALL (2-mast wooden schooner, 105 foot, 182 tons, built in 1830, at Cape Vincent, New York) was driven aground between Dunkirk and Barcelona, New York during a storm. All hands were lost and the vessel was a total loss.

The Mackinac Bridge was opened to traffic on 01 November 1957.

The CITY OF MILWAUKEE (steel propeller carferry, 347 foot, 2,988 gross tons, built in 1931, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) made her last run for Grand Trunk's rail car ferry service on 01 November 1978. In the fall of 1978, after termination of Grand Trunk's carferry service, she was then chartered to Ann Arbor Railroad. She is currently a museum ship at Manistee, Michigan.

Port Maitland Shipbreaking Ltd. began scrapping P & H Shipping's f.) ELMGLEN on 01 November 1984. She had a long career, being built in 1909, at Ecorse, Michigan as the a.) SHENANGO (steel propeller bulk freighter, 580 foot. 8,047 gross tons).

1907: WILLIAM E. REIS settled on the bottom of the St. Clair River following a collision with the MONROE C. SMITH. It was finally refloated for good on December 7 after several earlier efforts were short lived. The former last sailed as SASKADOC in 1966.

1908: TELEGRAM, a wooden passenger and freight carrier, stranded at Horse Island, Rattlesnake Harbour, Georgian Bay. The ship caught fire when the stove upset and the vessel was a total loss. All on board were rescued.

1912: The barge P.B. LOCKE, under tow of the JUNO, was lost in a storm on Lake Ontario enroute from Pointe Anne to Toronto.

1921: The Canadian wooden freighter CANOBIE, a) IRON KING received major storm damage on Lake Erie and arrived at Erie, Pa., in a leaking condition. The ship was stripped of valuable parts and abandoned. It later caught fire and subsequently scuttled about 2 miles offshore.

1924: GLENLYON stranded at Menagerie Island, Siskiwit Bay, Lake Superior while enroute to Port Colborne with 150,000 bushels of wheat. It had been seeking shelter in a storm but grounded as a total loss and then sank over the winter. All on board were saved.

1929: KEYSTATE and the schooner MAGGIE L. collided in the St. Lawrence near Clayton, NY, and the latter was lost.

1956: JAMES B. EADS and fleetmate GREY BEAVER were in a collision in western Lake Ontario and both received bow damage.

1965: High winds blew the Taiwanese freighter KALLY aground on a mud bank at Essexville, MI while inbound to load a cargo of scrap. The ship was released the next day.

2000: The Panamanian freighter OXFORD was only two years old when it came through the Seaway in November 1984. It got caught in typhoon Xangsene, as d) MANILA SPIRIT, on this date in 2000. The ship, still flagged in Panama, was driven aground and then sank off Hualien, Taiwan. One crewman was apparently able to swim to shore but the other 23 sailors were missing and presumed lost.

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

 

Duluth port breaks record for wind turbine parts

10/31 - Duluth, MN – The sheer volume of wind turbine blades, towers and other parts moving through Duluth in 2019 surpassed record tonnage totals this week by reaching 306,000 freight tons.

"We have been watching with excitement as our wind cargo tonnage overtook our record 2008 tonnage," Duluth Seaway Port Authority Executive Director Deb DeLuca said. "This didn't happen by accident."

The last inbound wind cargo vessel for the 2019 season, the Happy River, flying a Dutch flag, finished offloading on Monday and left port Tuesday afternoon. All told, the Happy River arrived with wind cargoes eight times this season, doing its part to raise the record total of freight tons of wind components delivered in 2019. It's narrowly the port's best figure for wind parts, eclipsing 2008's 302,000 freight tons.

DeLuca cited $25 million in enhancements to port infrastructure since 2016 as critical to improving capabilities and drawing more imported bulk cargoes through the port to go with the staple shipments of taconite iron ore, coal, grain and more.

Imported wind blades and other parts bound for wind fields in the Dakotas are stacked up across the entirety of docks C and D, the redeveloped area across the slip from the Clure Public Marine Terminal at the end of Rice's Point.

"It has definitely put to good use the new laydown space we gained with the Clure Terminal expansion," Duluth Seaway Port Authority spokesperson Jayson Hron said, citing docks C and D. "And breaking the wind cargo tonnage record, on the heels of earning the HLPFI Port/Terminal Operator of the Year Award, certainly makes for a memorable month of October in the Port of Duluth-Superior."

Port Authority and Lake Superior Warehousing officials were in Antwerp, Belgium earlier this month to accept their international Operator of the Year Award for Duluth Cargo Connect from a shipping publication titled "Heavy Lift and Project Forwarding International." Duluth Cargo Connect is a combined entity offering the bundled services of the Port Authority and Lake Superior Warehousing.

Years of hard-won port improvements "enable and support the excellent work that (President) Jonathan Lamb's crew does in handling these beautiful and oversize wind cargoes," DeLuca said of Lake Superior Warehousing.

Compared to staple cargoes, wind energy parts are a relatively new lakes commodity.

"Wind energy has been an important part of our cargo portfolio for the last decade, dating back to our first shipments in 2006," Lamb said. “As the farthest inland port in North America and geographically well-situated to support wind farm installations in the Upper Midwest and central Canada, we pride ourselves in providing a seamless connection between modes of transportation for our wind customers."

Plump stockpiles of wind blades and parts will be depleted in the coming weeks, as the products are trucked out in the early mornings, Hron said.

"We will still have components going out for delivery by truck into late November/early December," Hron said. "The blades should finish trucking out in the next couple of weeks."

Duluth News Tribune

 

Port Reports -  October 31

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Whistler departed Duluth at 01:38 Wednesday morning carrying wheat she loaded at CHS 1. Michipicoten arrived at 06:44 to load iron ore pellets at CN, and Philip R. Clarke departed for Two Harbors at 10:31 after unloading stone at C. Reiss. John J. Boland was inbound at 13:25 to discharge limestone at Hallett #5. Michipicoten left port at 17:35 with her ore cargo. During the evening, Juno backed from the Riverland slip and shifted down to Gavilon to continue loading her wheat cargo. The Boland was expected to shift to SMET to load petroleum coke once she finished discharging at Hallett #5. Torrent remained anchored outside the harbor waiting to load bentonite. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort departed at 05:29 Wednesday from Burlington Northern with ore, and James R. Barker came in at 08:18 to load. She was still loading Wednesday night with a departure time of 03:15 Thursday listed.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay - Gary A. Putney
Salarium departed Two Harbors from South of #2 on Oct. 30th at 07:12 for Quebec City. The Roger Blough then shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 between 07:14 and approx. 07:50. The Blough then departed Two Harbors on Oct. 30th at 19:12 for Conneaut. The Philip R. Clarke arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 30th at 12:25 for North of #1 lay-by and where she still sits at 19:30. Due Two Harbors late on the 30th or early on the 31st is the American Spirit. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 31st is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader after unloading stone at Hallett #5 in Duluth. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Oct. 30th. Due Silver Bay on the 31st is the Indiana Harbor. A couple updates. When the American Integrity departed Silver Bay early in the week she had no destination AIS. She went to Cleveland. When the American Century departed Two Harbors early in the week she had no destination AIS. She went to Gary.

Thunder Bay, ON
Wednesday; 2:32 Cuyahoga departed for Ashtabula. 6:29 The saltie Happy River Arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load potash. 15:42 Federal Saguenay arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. 19:23 The saltie Happy River departed and is down bound on Lake Superior. 20:18 Federal Caribou arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load.

Sturgeon Bay, WI- Jim Stiefvater
St. Marys Conquest was towed to Bay Shipbuilding by Selvick tugs on Monday afternoon.

Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
At Port Milwaukee Wednesday (10/30): tug Undaunted with barge Pere Marquette 41 arrived at 02:25 and tied up just north of the city’s heavy lift dock. After loading about 5,000 tons of bottom ash for kilns in Alpena, she cleared the harbor at 11:42. Federal Dart arrived at 07:23 and proceeded to the Federal Marine Terminals dock along slip 1 of the outer harbor. She carried 8,500 metric tons of tinplate used for metal food packaging. Calumet arrived at 17:08 and headed for the St. Marys Cement grinding plant at the south end of the mooring basin. She carried steel slag from Burns Harbor. This will be dried, ground to a fine powder, and used by ready-mix plants as a concrete additive. Finally, Crane Barge MANITOWOC and tug RACINE were at the Corps of Engineers’ stone yard loading boulders for Milwaukee’s breakwall.

Northern Lake Huron ports
Thessalon: Wednesday; 2:18 Algoma Buffalo departed for Windsor.

Meldrum Bay: Wednesday; 4:05 Kaye E Barker departed for Muskegon.

Port Dolomite: Wednesday; 6:52 Frontenac departed for Sombra.

Calcite: Wednesday; 2:38 Dorothy Ann departed for Cleveland. 2:43 Lee A Tregurtha arrived to load. 10:25 Arthur M Anderson departed for Erie. 13 :17 Cason J Callaway arrived to load. 20:30 Lee A Tregurtha departed for Ashtabula.

Port Inland: Tuesday 21:27 Manitowoc departed for Cleveland. Wednesday H Lee White arrived to load. Clyde S Vanenkevort arrived and went to anchor.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Labrafor remained at the elevators Wednesday loading grain.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Wednesday Arrivals: Olive L Moore/Menominee arrived at the Carmeuse Dock to unload stone. Anglian Lady and barge Ironmaster arrived at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload steel coils. John G Munson arrived at the Revere Dock to unload stone. Everlast/Norman McLeod arrived at Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. American Mariner arrived at Zug Island to unload coal.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Koss
American Courage remains on the shuttles. Sea Eagle II is at St. Mary's Cement (arrived at 0118). G.L. Ostrander/Integrity is at LaFarge (arrived at 0458). American Integrity was delayed and will be arriving at the Bulk Terminal, ETA is app. 1630. Herbert C. Jackson departed Cleveland at 0851 and is arriving at Sandusky at 1337. Sam Laud departed Lorain at 0638 and arrived at Marblehead at 0908.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Wednesday October 30 – Barry Andersen

Buffalo - docked - Oct 27 - American Mariner at 0013 - departed Oct 30 at 0012 westbound

Nanticoke - docked - Oct 29 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0422, Sloman Hera (Atg) at 1137 and Edwin H Gott at 1845 - departed - Oct 30 - Edwin H Gott at 1039 westbound and Harbour Feature (Por) at 0723 out to the anchorage

Long Point Bay anchorage - anchored - Oct 30 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0840 from the Nanticoke dock

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 29 - Tasing Swan (Den) to Port Weller anchorage and Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 1934 - Oct 30 - Algosea at 0125, Federal Welland (Mhl) at 0337, Jana Desgagnes at 0439, Mandarin (Cyp) at 1440 to Port Weller anchorage, Algoma Sault at 1525, Algoma Innovator at 1701 and Miedwie (Bhs) at 1900

downbound - Oct 29 - NACC Argonaut at 1415 and CSL St Laurent at 1912 - Oct 30 - Radcliffe R Latimer at 0407, tug Wilf Seymour & Alouette Spirit at 1228 and Algoma Enterprise at 2000 stopping wharf 6 in Thorold

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 29 - Tasing Swan (Den) (ex Erria Mie-12, Hamza Efe Bey-08) at 1730 approx from Mississauga dock - Oct 30 Mandarin (Cyp) at 1521 awaiting dock in Toronto

Hamilton - arrival -Oct 30 - Algoma Innovator at 0858 and Stella Polaris (Nld) at 1810 - docked - Oct 29 - Harbour Pioneer (Por) at 0919 and Algoma Guardian at 1228 - departed - Oct 30 - Algoma Innovator at 1457 and Federal Welland (Mhl) at 0129 for Thunder Bay

Clarkson - arrival - Oct 30 - Robert S Pierson at 1122

Toronto - arrival - docked - Oct 26 - HMCS St John's 340 at 1121 - Oct 29 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 1611 - Oct 30 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 0047 -

Oshawa - arrival - Oct 29 - NACC Capri (Mlt) anchored at 1759 - Oct 30 - departed anchorage at 1424 - arrived 1442 at the dock - Oct 26 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 0740 - departed - Oct 30 - Miedwie (Bhs) at 0715 for Duluth-Superior

 

Lion's Head lighthouse another casualty of recent storm

10/31 - Owen Sound, ON - A storm which battered Lake Huron and Georgian Bay communities two Thursdays ago left the Lion’s Head lighthouse stripped of siding and exposing holes on the water side.

Northern Bruce Peninsula owns the lighthouse, which lost its cedar shakes and two layers of cladding under them, municipal chief administrative officer Bill Jones said by phone Tuesday. “The municipality is going to secure the structure for the winter and then in the spring make it look pretty again and fix it all up,” Jones said. That work will be done in the next few weeks, he said.

The federal government still maintains the lighthouse’s light, he said. He also said the same storm caused some erosion at Lion’s Head Campground. History of that lighthouse is found at brucecoastlighthouses.com. It says the first lighthouse was established there in 1903. It was rebuilt several times due to the “high-energy weather conditions of Georgian Bay.”

Automation in 1969 replaced the attractive structure with a metal post and light, the site says. But in 1983 high school students built a replica model lighthouse from blueprints of the original 1903 building. It’s the one which stands there today.

The same storm which damaged the Lion’s Head lighthouse prompted Meaford to close parts of Lakeside Avenue and Bayfield Street to all but local traffic on Thursday, Oct. 17. The next day, Owen Sound officials closed part of the waterfront trail at Kelso Beach Park, after high wind and waves tossed debris onto the trail amid unusually high water levels.

Saugeen Shores barricaded some of the six-kilometre North Shore Trail, which connects Port Elgin to Southampton, after high winds and water levels sent tree limbs and other debris onto the paved surface.

Owen Sound Sun Times

 

USS Indianapolis sets sail for home port in Florida

10/31 - After a week at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor and a historic U.S. Navy commissioning ceremony that may never take place again in largely landlocked Indiana, the USS Indianapolis Littoral Combat Ship set sail Tuesday morning for its home base in Florida.

The $450 million ship tasked for mine warfare, the fourth to bear the USS Indianapolis name, will travel up Lake Michigan, through the Straits of Mackinac, across the Great Lakes and through the St. Lawrence Seaway that opens into the Atlantic Ocean northeast of Quebec City in Canada. The warship and its crew of 70 sailors will then travel south down the coastline to the Naval Station Mayport near Jacksonsville, Florida.

"Their families will be there to welcome them when they pull into the home port," said Ray Shearer, chairman off the USS Indianapolis Commissioning Committee, which spent years planning Saturday's ceremony.

More than 12,000 people total are estimated to have attended the commissioning in which the Freedom-class ship made in Wisconsin was officially placed into U.S. Navy service. Speakers included Gov. Eric Holcomb, Under Sec. of the Navy Thomas Modly and Department of Defense Deputy Chief Management Officer Lisa W. Hershman.

"We decided to go big," Shearer said. "Most other commissionings have 1,200 people to 2,000 people. We had 12,000 people honoring our veterans and supporting our military." Only a few Navy ship commissionings have taken place on the Great Lakes, where the mostly coastal Navy typically does little more than basic training and the periodic goodwill tour. Barges were required to perform the ceremony on the Detroit River, and commissioning ceremonies in Milwaukee and Buffalo were beset by blizzards. But organizers were determined to bring the pomp and pageantry of a Navy ship commissioning to Indiana, especially since the USS Indianapolis was being built at a shipyard on Lake Michigan.

"We knew we couldn't bring it down the White River to Indianapolis, so we looked at ports on Lake Michigan," Shearer said. "We looked at both the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor and Michigan City, but there were some logistical challenges for Michigan City. It wasn't ideally set up for the ship and there wasn't enough room in the parking lot or pier... It was key to have it in the heart of steel country, by the steel mills that have supplied the United States Navy for more than 100 years. It all comes down to our freedom and our national defense."

"Northwest Indiana stepped up with a tremendous amount of help," Shearer said. "Northwest Indiana also came out in full force on a cold, windy day." The Region also showed the sailors how appreciated they are, Shearer said. People constantly thanked them for their service, which is far less likely near military bases where uniformed service members are a commonplace everyday sight, he said.

"It was memorable," he said. "People aren't going to forget that day. It was moving when they brought the ship to life and all the sailors ran aboard to man their station."

The USS Indianapolis was supposed to set sail early Monday morning, but its departure from the deepwater Lake Michigan port in Portage was delayed so it could get charts with the latest weather conditions.

"They're now well on their way on their journey," he said. "But now the real work begins. Now they have to get the ship ready because little over a year from now they'll be deployed."

NW Indiana Times

 

Northern Michigan College to host Mariners Memorial Service

10/31 - Traverse City, MI – The public is invited to attend the 44th annual Mariners Memorial Service at noon on Friday, November 8 in the courtyard of NMC's Great Lakes campus in Traverse City.

The memorial service is held to remember and honor mariners who have perished on the Great Lakes and oceans. The service is sponsored by the Student Propeller Club, Port 150, of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy.

The Great Lakes Campus is located at 715 East Front Street. Attendees are invited to enter through the glass exhibition hall and proceed into the outdoor courtyard on the north side (harbor side) of the building. Refreshments will be served following the service.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 31

On this day in 1984, at approximately 10:30 p.m., the international railroad bridge at Sault Ste. Marie went askew and blocked boat traffic until 3:40 p.m. on Nov. 2. Twelve boats were delayed up to 41 hours by the incident, costing the operators an estimated $350,000.

On 31 October 1888, A W LAWRENCE (wooden propeller tug, 72 foot, 51 gross tons, built in 1880, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin) blew her boiler at 2:30 a.m. off North Point near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The tug quickly sank. Four of the six aboard were lost. None of their remains were ever found. The tug MERRILL rescued the cook and a passenger. The LAWRENCE was owned by Capt. Mc Coy & Banner and valued at $5,000.

CANADIAN EXPLORER's sea trials were conducted on October 31, 1983, on Lake Erie where a service speed of 13.8 m.p.h. was recorded.

The EDWIN H. GOTT was christened October 31, 1978.

On October 31, 1973, the H. M. GRIFFITH entered service for Canada Steamship Lines on her maiden voyage bound for Thunder Bay, Ontario to load iron ore for Hamilton, Ontario. The GRIFFITH was rebuilt with a new larger forward section and renamed b.) RT. HON PAUL J. MARTIN in 2000.

The CADILLAC was launched October 31, 1942, as a.) LAKE ANGELINE.

ELMGLEN cleared Owen Sound, Ontario on October 31, 1984, on her first trip in Parrish & Heimbecker colors.

On October 31, 1966, while down bound in the St. Marys River loaded with 11,143 tons of potash for Oswego, New York, the HALLFAX ran aground on a rocky reef and settled to the bottom with her hold full of water. She had grounded on Pipe Island Twins Reef just north of DeTour, Michigan.

The CHARLES L. HUTCHINSON, a.) WILLIAM C. MORELAND, struck a reef the night of October 31, 1925 three miles south of Manitou Island, off the Keweenaw Peninsula, on Lake Superior.

On October 31, 1983, the SYLVANIA was towed out of Toledo’s Frog Pond by the harbor tugs ARKANSAS and WYOMING. She was handed over to the tug OHIO for delivery to the Triad Salvage Co., at Ashtabula, Ohio, arriving there on November 1st. Dismantling was completed there in 1984. Thus ended 78 years of service. Ironically the SYLVANIA, the first built of the 504-foot-class bulkers, was the last survivor of that class. During her career with Columbia Transportation, the SYLVANIA had carried over 20 million tons and netted over $35 million.

On 31 October 1883, CITY OF TORONTO (wooden passenger-package freight sidewheeler, 207 foot, 898 gross tons, built in 1864, at Niagara, Ontario) caught fire at the Muir Brothers shipyard at Port Dalhousie, Ontario and was totally destroyed. She previously had her paddle boxes removed so she could pass through the Welland Canal, and she was in the shipyard to have them reassembled that winter.

On 31 October 1874, the tug FAVORITE was towing the schooner WILLIE NEELER on Lake Erie. At about 10:30 p.m., near Bar Point, the schooner suddenly sheered and before the to line could be cast off, the FAVORITE capsized and sank. One life was lost. The rest of the crew clung to the upper works, which had become dislodged from the vessel, and were rescued by the schooner's lifeboats.

On 31 October 1821, WALK-IN-THE-WATER (wooden side-wheeler, 135 foot, 339 tons, built in 1818, at Black Rock [Buffalo], New York) was wrecked on Point Abino, on the Canadian shore of Lake Erie during a storm. She was the first steam-powered vessel above Niagara and her frequent comings and goings during her career were very much in the newspapers in Detroit but her loss was not mentioned not at all since this steamer was virtually the only source of news from the east. Her engine was installed by Robert Fulton himself. After the wreck, it went into the steamer SUPERIOR and later ran a lumber mill in Saginaw, Michigan.

On 31 October 1880, TRANCHEMONTAGNE (wooden schooner, 108 foot, 130 tons, built in 1864, at Sorel, Quebec) was loaded with rye and sailing in a storm on Lake Ontario. She struck the breakwater at Oswego, New York head-on at about 3:00 a.m. She stove in her bow and quickly sank. The crew took to the rigging, except for one who was washed overboard and rode a provision box from her deck to shore. The Lifesaving Service rescued the rest from the breakwater. The schooner broke up quickly in the storm.

1885: WILLIAM T. GRAVES stranded at North Manitou Island, Lake Michigan, and was a total loss.

1911: The wooden lumber carrier D. LEUTY hit a squall off Marquette. The wooden steamer ran on the rocks off Lighthouse Point while trying to return to the harbor and was a total loss. The crew was saved and later the machinery was salvaged.

1929: SENATOR and MARQUETTE collided in fog on Lake Michigan and the former sank with the loss of 10 lives.

1952: The Swedish vessel RYHOLM was hit portside ahead of the bridge by the Swiss freighter BASILEA and beached 23 miles below Quebec City. The former had been a pre-Seaway visitor to the Great Lakes and was not salvaged until June 6, 1953. It became CARLSHOLM in 1957 and last came inland in 1967. The ship was scrapped at Aviles, Spain, as d) ARCHON in 1972.

1975: The tug JESSE JAMES operated on the Great Lakes from 1923 to 1966. It caught fire and sank as c) BALEEN about 30 miles southeast of Boston. All on board were saved.

1991: The MAHOGANY visited the Seaway in 1978 and as b) CARDIFF in 1981. It was sailing as f) PANAGHIA PHANEROMENI when in collision with the AQUILLA off Piraeus Roads. The ship was repaired at Perama, Greece, before it returned to service in January 1992.

2005: The Canfornav bulk carrier EIDER was only one year old when it ran aground near Famagusta, Chile, while inbound to load copper ore. The ship was damaged but refloated and repaired at Balboa, Panama. It was back through the Seaway in 2006 and has been a frequent caller since then.

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

 

Port Reports -  October 30

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Mesabi Miner departed Duluth at 10:26 Tuesday morning after loading coal at Midwest Energy, and Happy River was outbound light at 15:28 for Thunder Bay after discharging one last load of wind turbine towers at Port Terminal. Over the course of the 2019 season, the ship made nine trips to the Twin Ports, which is extremely high for a saltwater vessel in a single year. This cargo was also Port Terminal's last delivery for the season. Also on Tuesday, Volgaborg left port at 18:35 with beet pulp pellets from Gavilon. Philip R. Clarke was due at 21:45 to unload limestone at C. Reiss. Still in port were Juno, taking on wheat at Riverland Ag; Whistler, loading wheat at CHS 1; and Torrent, on the hook outside the harbor. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort arrived at 16:55 Tuesday afternoon to load iron ore at Burlington Northern. She should depart mid-morning Wednesday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay - Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle departed Two Harbors on October 29th at 15:04 from South of #2. Her AIS is showing Indy 7H, but she arrived Two Harbors with that AIS destination. Salarium went to anchor off Two Harbors on the 28th at approx. 20:00. She got underway on Oct. 29th at approx. 15:05 and arrived stern first thru the piers at 15:27. She turned off South of #2 and went in bow first. As of 19:15 the Roger Blough continued at lay-by at North of #2. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 30th are the American Spirit and the Philip R. Clarke. The Clarke will be arriving after unloading stone in the Twin Ports. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Oct. 29th and none scheduled for Oct. 30th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday; 5:34 Cuyahoga arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals. 14:45 Ojibway departed for Sorel.

Green Bay, WI
The Tug Ann Marie arrived to Green Bay Tuesday. Next, the tug Albert / barge Margaret arrived from Nanticoke, ON, to U.S Oil Venture Terminal with petroleum products. Finally. H. Lee White arrived from Calcite, MI, to the GLC Minerals Terminal with limestone.

Northern Lake Huron ports
McGregor Bay: Monday; 2:17 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to unload at the Lafarge Whitefish Bay Terminal and departed at 8:28 for Alpena.

Thessalon: Tuesday; 9:04 Algoma Buffalo arrived to load gravel.

Meldrum Bay: Monday; 21:27 Whitefish Bay arrived to load dolomite and departed Monday at 10:09 and is down bound on Lake Huron. 11:52 Kaye E Barker arrived to load.

Drummond Island: Tuesday; 10:47 Dorothy Ann arrived to load limestone and after taking on a partial load departed for Calcite.

Port Dolomite: Monday; 23:15 Joyce L Vanenkevort arrived to load limestone and departed Tuesday at 16:01 for Duluth Superior. Frontenac arrived to load limestone.

Calcite: Monday; 17:43 H Lee White departed for Green Bay. 22:49 John J Boland departed for Duluth Superior. 22:53 Wilfred Sykes weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. 1:08 Defiance arrived to load. 10:20 Wilfred Sykes departed for Indiana Harbor. 10:27 Arthur M Anderson arrived to load. 17:48 Defiance departed for Buffington. 18:00 Dorothy Ann arrived to finish loading.

Alpena: Monday; 20:53 Algoma Buffalo departed for Thessalon. Tuesday; 0:19 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Green Bay.

Port Inland: Monday; 20:51 John G Munson arrived to load. Tuesday; 8:15 Manitowoc arrived and went to anchor. 12:23 John G Munson departed for Detroit. 12:27 Manitowoc weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load.

Brevort: Tuesday; 1:01 Algoma Compass departed for Hamilton

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Enterprise cleared 12:25 pm Tuesday, downbound for Thorold ON. Labrador was still loading grain at Goderich Elevators.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
A busy Tuesday at the Port of Detroit: GL Ostrander/Integrity-arrived at Lafarge to unload cement. CSL Niagara, Walter J McCarthy Jr-arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Calusa Coast and Delaware-arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. American Integrity-arrived at Zug Island to unload ore. Iver Bright-arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Hon. James L Oberstar-arrived at AK Steel to unload ore. Algoma Niagara-arrived at Zug Island to unload coal.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Koss
American Courage loaded at the Bulk Terminal Tuesday for a shuttle to ArcelorMittal Steel. Herbert C. Jackson arriving at 23:59 from Drummond Island. American Integrity arriving at 0100 with ore for the Bulk Terminal. Fivelborg departed for Chicago and Iryda departed at 1832 for Burns Harbor

Rochester, NY - Tom Brewer
Departure: McKeil Spirit Tuesday morning for Picton, Ontario.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Tuesday October 29 – Barry Andersen

Buffalo - Oct 27 - American Mariner at 0013

Nanticoke - arrivals - Oct 29 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0422, Sloman Hera (Atg) at 1137 and Edwin H Gott at 1845 - departed - Oct 29 - Algoterra at 0429 eastbound and tug Michigan and Great Lakes at 0549 westbound

Port Colborne anchorage - departed - Oct 28 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 2316 for Nanticoke dock

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 28 - CSL Laurentien at 1530, USCG Morrow Bay 103 at 1601 returning from East coast refit and Sloman Hera (Atg) at 2000 - Oct 29 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0240, Algoma Transport at 0310, Kaministiqua at 0658, tug Everlast & Norman McLeod Rogers at 0716, San (Lbr) at 0916, Tim S Dool at 1002, Tasing Swan (Den) and Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 1934 - Oct 30 - Algosea eta at 0100

downbound - Oct 28 - Algoma Innovator at 1001 stopped wharf 16 - departed at 1650, Algoma Sault at 1057, Pia (Atg) (BBC Montana-17, Western Voyager-07) at 1337 and Tecumseh at 1732 - Oct 29 - Algoterra at 0730, dredge Ocean Traverse Nord at 0822, NACC Argonaut at 1415 and CSL St Laurent at 1912

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 29 - Tasing Swan (Den) (ex Erria Mie-12, Hamza Efe Bey-08) at1730 approx from Mississauga dock

Hamilton - arrival - Oct 29 - Harbour Pioneer (Por) at 0919 and Algoma Guardian at 1228 - docked - Oct 27 - Federal Welland (Mhl) at 2314 - departed - Oct 29 - Tim S Dool at 0713 westbound

Bronte - docked - Oct 28 - Paul A Desgagnes at 0930 - departed Oct 29 at 2040 eastbound

Clarkson - Oct 29 - arrival - Oct 29 - Robert S Pierson at 0108 - departed - Oct 29 - Algoma Transport departed at 0053 westbound and Robert S Pierson at 1106 eastbound

Mississauga - arrival - Oct 28 - Tasing Swan (Den) (ex Erria Mie-12, Hamza Efe Bey-08) at 0811 - departed Oct 29 at 1515 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto - arrival - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 1611 - docked - Oct 25 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 2347 - Oct 26 - HMCS St John's 340 at 1121

Oshawa - arrival - Oct 29 - NACC Capri (Mlt) anchored at 1759 until daybreak - docked - Oct 25 - Miedwie (Bhs) at 0715 - Oct 26 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 0740 - departed - Oct 28 - tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 2243 eastbound

 

One 4-year-old’s very Minnesota Halloween costume: The Edmund Fitzgerald

10/30 - Owatonna, MN - Peggy Ryan is all about the homemade Halloween costume. There was the monarch butterfly costume she made last year, complete with headpiece. The big bad wolf costume that was “pretty daunting.” She’s done a dinosaur, a raccoon, a fox, and even a baby Batman.

She’s been making Halloween costumes for her family for decades. These kind of projects take prep time, so she knows to start early. In August, she put out the call. She asked what her grandsons wanted to be this year.

The answer was a new one: “James wants to be the Edmund Fitzgerald.” James is 4 years old. “And I said: ‘No, seriously, what’s the Halloween costume?’”

Her son Mike, who is James’ dad, doubled down. “He said: ‘No, he really wants to be the Edmund Fitzgerald. Do you think you could make it?’”

The Edmund Fitzgerald, of course, is the storied freighter that sank on Lake Superior in 1975. The ship departed from Superior, Wis., and was caught in a storm. The entire crew of 29 died. The following year, singer Gordon Lightfoot wrote a ballad for the sunken ship, making it perhaps the most well-known shipwreck on the Great Lakes.

“We vacationed in Duluth this summer, and James was infatuated with ships and he’s so into shipwrecks,” Ryan said. “So the story, of course, is really compelling, even to a 4-year-old. That’s where he came up with the idea that he needed to be the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

The original ship was 730 feet long, could carry over 25,000 tons of taconite iron ore, and set records hauling on the lakes. That’s a lot of history to honor in a costume for a 4-year-old. “I said: ‘I could give it a try.’”

Giving it a “a try” is a fairly modest description of what happened next. Ryan did her research. “I started looking online at pictures of the Edmund Fitzgerald to make sure that I got the painting all right, and the levels of the ship the way they were supposed to be.”

The result is a four-foot-long masterpiece replica.

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2019/10/29/one-4yearolds-very-minnesota-halloween-costume-the-edmund-fitzgerald

 

Indiana agency: Steelmaker too slow to act on chemical spill in Lake Michigan

10/30 - Portage, IN – The state environmental agency said a northwestern Indiana steel mill knew it was leaking dangerous chemicals into Lake Michigan but failed to report the spill or act quickly to mitigate the risks.

The cyanide and ammonia spill in August at the ArcelorMittal plant in Burns Harbor closed beaches and killed nearly 3,000 fish. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management announced last week that the steel mill didn’t report the Aug. 4 malfunction for days, by which time ammonia-nitrogen levels in the water had spiked.

The levels jumped 0.92 milligrams per liter, which is nearly double the allowed amount of 0.52 milligrams per liter. Then on Aug. 11, the facility experienced a problem with its blast furnace recycling system, which resulted in the release of cyanide and ammonia-nitrogen into the East Branch of the Little Calumet River.

The company, which has apologized for the spill, says it doesn’t fully agree with the department’s conclusions, but that it’s working with regulatory authorities to address the issues. “We take our compliance obligations seriously and are committed to working to regain the trust of the local community,” the Burns Harbor plant said in a statement.

IDEM reported that the releases “posed a significant danger to human health or the environment and constituted reportable spills.”

ArcelorMittal is required by its permit to notify the Department of Environmental Management, or IDEM, within two hours of discovering any potential release that could pose danger to human health and the environment. But Burns Harbor failed to provide timely notification, according to IDEM. In fact, IDEM inquired about wastewater discharges on Aug. 12 and 14, but the steelmaker did not share screening results of cyanide issues in the water or coming into the treatment plant.

The agency said that an environmental engineer from the plant even suggested that other companies could be at fault, but there was no evidence to support the claim.

Numerous environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter and the Environmental Law and Policy Center, issued a joint statement calling the report “shocking.” “The report reveals a remarkable level of disrespect on ArcelorMittal’s part for public safety, wildlife impacts, and IDEM’s regulatory authority,” said Bowden Quinn, director of the Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter. “I hope the department comes down hard on the company for this flagrant disregard of proper operating procedures.”

The department says the steelmaker committed seven permit violations and that fines are being determined.

Howard Learner, executive director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center, said the steel mill should be held accountable for more violations than what is mentioned in the report. The center and the Hoosier Environmental Council, another environmental group, plan to bring a Clean Water Act enforcement lawsuit against ArcelorMittal for more than 100 permit violations.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chad Nelsen, the CEO of the environmental group Surfrider Foundation, criticized the response from state and federal agencies.

“The State of Indiana issues these permits and is supposed to oversee compliance, and U.S. EPA is supposed to oversee the State of Indiana, but neither is sufficiently regulating the permitted to protect Lake Michigan, its beaches, and the public,” they wrote in an October letter to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and IDEM.

The Associated Press

 

GLMI annual Marine Mart Nov. 16 in St. Clair Shores

10/30 - The 39th Annual Marine Mart, sponsored by the Great Lakes Maritime Institute, will be held on Saturday, November 16, from 10:00 am - 2:00 p.m. The location is VFW 1146 Bruce Post 28404 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, MI. (between 11 and 12 Mile)on Lake St. Clair. Admission is $7.00 (early bird admission 9:30-10.00 $10.00). Children under the age of 12 are free. Items include ship models, photos, artifacts, ship china, artwork, postcards, books and more. For more info: contact mcgrawka@sbcglobal.net

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 30

On 30 October 1863, TORRENT (2-mast wooden schooner, 125 foot, 412 gross tons, built in 1855, at Newport [Marine City], Michigan) was carrying railroad iron from Buffalo to Little Bay de Noc when she foundered in a storm on Lake Erie, 10 miles east of Port Stanley, Ontario. No lives were lost.

On 30 October 1870, JOSEPH A. HOLLON (wooden barge, 107 foot, 158 gross tons, built in 1867, at E. Saginaw, Michigan) was in tow of the tug CLEMATIS (wooden tug, 179 tons, built in 1863, at Cleveland, Ohio) in a terrific gale on Lake Huron. The barge broke free and drifted off. The waves washed completely over her and the captain was swept overboard. Her cabins were destroyed. The next day the wife of the mate and another crewmember were rescued by the bark ONEONTA (wooden bark, 161 foot, 499 gross tons, built in 1862, at Buffalo, New York) and taken to Detroit, but the HOLLON was left to drift on the Lake. The newspapers listed her as "missing". Five days later the vessel was found and was towed into Port Elgin, Ontario. A total of four lives were lost: three were missing and the fourth was found "lashed to a pump, dead, with his eyes picked out.”

The tugs GLENADA and MOUNT MC KAY towed AMOCO ILLINOIS from Essexville, Michigan, on October 30, 1985, and arrived at the M&M slip in Windsor, Ontario, on November 1st. where she was to be scrapped.

The Maritimers CADILLAC and her fleetmate CHAMPLAIN arrived under tow by the Dutch tug/supply ship THOMAS DE GAUWDIEF on October 30, 1987, at Aliaga, Turkey, to be scrapped.

The ISLE ROYALE (Canal bulk freighter) was launched October 30, 1947, as a.) SOUTHCLIFFE HALL for the Hall Corporation of Canada Ltd. (which in 1969, became Hall Corporation (Shipping) 1969 Ltd.), Montreal.

On 30 October 1874, LOTTA BERNARD (wooden side wheel "rabbit", 125 foot, 147 tons, built in 1869, at Port Clinton, Ohio) was carrying general merchandise from Silver Islet to Duluth when she foundered in a terrific gale off Encampment Island in Lake Superior. Three lives were lost. She was capable of only 4 miles per hour and was at the mercy of any fast-rising storm.

During a storm, the schooner ANNABELLA CHAMBERS was wrecked on the islands off Toronto, Ontario, on 30 October 1873. One sailor was washed overboard and lost. The skipper was rescued, but he had the dead body of his small son in his arms.

On 30 October, 1971 - The PERE MARQUETTE 21 was laid up due to a coal strike. She never sailed again as a carferry.

On 30 October 1877, CITY OF TAWAS (3-mast wooden schooner, 135 foot, 291 tons, built in 1864, at Vicksburgh [now Marysville], Michigan as a sloop-barge) was carrying 500 tons of iron ore when she struck a bar outside the harbor at St. Joseph, Michigan, while attempting to enter during a storm. She drifted ashore with a hole in her bottom and was pounded to pieces. One brave crewman swam ashore with a line and the rest came in on it.

1918: The bulk carrier VULCAN went aground off Point Abbaye, on Lake Superior and the pilothouse caught fire and burned. The ship was enroute to Hancock, MI with coal and, after being released, was towed to Houghton, MI. The vessel was repaired and became b) VINMOUNT in 1919.

1960: JOHN SHERWIN went aground several miles above the Soo Locks and received serious bottom damage. The vessel was pulled free on November 7 and went for repairs.

1973: AIGLE MARIN, enroute to Thorold with 600 tons of ferrous chrome, went aground in the Seaway near Cornwall, ON. The tug ROBINSON BAY helped pull this small coastal freighter, a product of the Collingwood Shipyard, free on October 31.

1974: JOHN O. McKELLAR of the Misener fleet went aground in the St. Marys River and had to be lightered before being refloated. It was stuck for 3 days.

1978: The Cypriot freighter KARYATIS came through the Seaway in 1973. The ship, later under the Greek flag, was damaged in a collision on the Western Mediterranean with the SPRING. The latter, as a) IRISH ROSE, had made been a Great Lakes visitor from 1956 through 1958, and was declared a total loss after the collision. It was scrapped at Santander, Spain, in 1979. KARYATIS was repaired and was later broken up at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, as e) NOURA after arrival on April 7, 1987.

1980: The wooden-hulled former coastal freighter AVALON VOYAGER II, enroute to Owen Sound for planned use as a restaurant, had pump problems, lost power and struck bottom off Cape Hurd. The anchors failed to hold. The ship drifted into Hay Bay and stranded again. All on board were saved but the ship was a total loss.

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

 

Bill would add words Great Lakes to Seaway name

10/29 - A bill in Congress would rename the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. by tacking on the words Great Lakes. According to its backers, the retitled Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. recognizes the broader role the agency has, aside from operating the locks on the American side of the St. Lawrence River through Lake Ontario.

Toldeo Blade

 

Port Reports -  October 29

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Salarium arrived Duluth at 07:21 Monday on a rather rare Twin Ports visit, bringing a cargo of salt for the Hallett #8 dock. Joseph L. Block was outbound at 10:25 for Indiana Harbor after loading blast furnace trim at Hallett #5, and Salarium left port light at 16:07 for Two Harbors to load. Juno arrived at 17:06 to pick up a split load of wheat from the Riverland and Gavilon elevators. Torrent arrived offshore at 17:30 and dropped anchor for inspections. Upon arriving, she will unload bentonite at Hallett #5. Mesabi Miner was due late Monday night to load coal at Midwest Energy. Also in port were Happy River, unloading wind turbine towers at Port Terminal; Whistler, loading wheat at CHS 1; and Volgaborg, taking on beet pulp pellets at Gavilon. The only traffic in Superior on Monday was the barge Spartan II/tug Spartan, which departed at 08:28 for Ludington after unloading calcium chloride at Hallett #8.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay - Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the arrival of the American Century at 15:53 on October 27th for South of #2. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 28th are the Presque Isle and the Roger Blough. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the American Integrity on Oct. 27th at 04:58. As of 19:30 she had no updated AIS. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Oct. 28th.

The American Century departed Two Harbors on Oct. 28th at 05:36 from South of #2. As of 19:30 on the 28th she didn’t have an updated AIS. Arriving Two Harbors on Oct. 28th at approx. 00:15 was the Presque Isle, I'll assume for North of #2 lay-by. After the Century departed she shifted to South of #2. At 19:30 on the 28th she was still loading. Due Two Harbors late on Oct. 28th are the Salarium and Roger Blough. The Salarium will probably stay out in the lake until the Presque Isle departs. Salarium had unloaded salt at Hallett #8 in Superior. There is no other inbound traffic scheduled on Oct. 29th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Oct. 28th and none scheduled for the 29th. The American Integrity is still not showing an updated AIS. She is downbound on Lake Huron, so probably she'll unload either in Cleveland or Ashtabula.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday; 0:02 CSL St Laurent departed for Montreal. 10:02 Radcliffe R Latimer departed for Sydney NS. 10:22 Algoma Niagara weighed anchor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal. 17:55 Saginaw departed and is down bound on Lake Superior. 23:17 Algoma Niagara departed for Detroit.

Northern Lake Huron ports

Midland: Monday; 6:41 Whitefish Bay departed for Meldrum Bay.

Owen Sound: Sunday; 1:58 Cuyahoga arrived at the elevator to unload and departed at 13:06 for Thunder Bay.

McGregor Bay: Monday; 2:17 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to unload at the Lafarge Whitefish Bay Terminal and departed at 8:28 for Alpena.

Thessalon: Sunday; 3:44 Mississagi departed for Detroit.

Meldrum Bay: Sunday; 9:00 Laura L VanEnkenvort departed for Saginaw. 14:09 Baie Comeau arrived to load and departed Monday at 8:32 for Windsor.

Drummond Island: Monday: 8:28 Herbert C Jackson arrived to finish loading and departed at 13:04 for Cleveland.

Calcite: Sunday; 8:21 Defiance departed for Bay City. 8:40 H Lee White arrived to load. 22:02 Herbert C Jackson arrived to take on a partial load and departed Monday at 5:08 for Drummond Island. 5:29 John J Boland arrived to load. 12:51 Wilfred Sykes arrived and went to anchor.

Stoneport: Saturday; 21:08 Dorothy Ann departed and was west bound. 21:43 Philip R Clarke weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. She departed Monday at 0:43 for Duluth Superior. Olive L Moore weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. She departed at 15:55 for Bay City.

Alpena: Sunday; 10:39 Samuel De Champlain departed for Milwaukee. Monday; 5:04 G L Ostrander arrived to load cement products and departed at 11:31 for Detroit. 14:18 Algoma Buffalo arrived and unloaded road salt. 15:34 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load.

Bois Blanc Island: Sunday; 3:37 Dorothy Ann went to anchor south of Bois Blanc Island probably to wait out weather. She departed at 13:47 for Saginaw.

Port Inland: Sunday; 5:27 Manitowoc arrived to load limestone and departed at 14:21 for Holland.

Brevort: Sunday; 14:28 Algoma Compass arrived and went to anchor. Monday; 12:00 Algoma Compass weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load limestone product.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Enterprise arrived 12:25 pm Monday and tied up along North Pier. Labrador continues loading grain at Goderich Elevators.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Monday Arrivals: Arthur M Anderson-arrived at the McCoig Concrete dock to unload stone. Kaye E Barker-arrived at AK Steel to unload ore. Mississagi-arrived at Zug Island to load coke. Lee A Tregurtha-arrived at AK Steel to unload ore. Edwin H Gott-arrived at Zug Island to unload ore.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Koss
Sam Laud to ArcelorMittal, NACC Argonaut at LaFarge, Fivelborg and Iryda at the Port docks.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Monday October 28 – Barry Andersen

Buffalo (Tonawanda) - arrival - 0ct 26 - tug Calusa Coast & Delaware at 1724 Buffalo and 1955 at Tonawanda dock - Oct 27 - American Mariner at 0013 - departed - Oct 28 - tug Calusa Coast & Delaware from Tonawanda at 1230 and cleared Buffalo at 1453 westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage - anchored - Algoterra at 1429 and tug Michigan & Great Lakes at 1515 - Oct 28 - departed - Algoterra at 0452 and tug Michigan & Great Lakes at 0513 - both for the dock

Nanticoke - arrivals - Oct 28 - Algoterra at 0502 and tug Michigan & Great Lakes at 0552

Port Colborne anchorage - anchored Oct 26 - Harbour Fashion (Por) at 1823 waiting her turn for Nanticoke dock

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 27 - Algonorth at 2113 and CSL Niagara at 2241 - Oct 28 - Manitoulin at 0331, Algoma Discovery at 0450, Spruceglen at 0819, Ebroborg (Nld) at 0922, Sloman Here (Atg) to Port Weller anchorage, Algoma Conveyor at 1325, CSL Laurentien at 1530, USCG Morrow Bay 103 at 1601 returning from East coast refit and Sloman Hera (Atg) at 2000

downbound - Oct 28 - Algoma Equinox at 0229, Algoma Strongfield at 0314, Thunder Bay at 0438, Edenborg (Nld) at 0822, Solina (Bhs) at 0856, Oakglen at 0928, Algoma Innovator at 1001 stopped wharf 16 - departed 1650, Algoma Sault at 1057, Pia (Atg) (BBC Montana-17, Western Voyager-07) at 1337 and Tecumseh at 1732

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 28 - Paul A Desgagnes at 0930 back from Bronte dock and Sloman Hera (Atg) 1622 - departed Oct 28 - tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 0016 eastbound and Sloman Hera (Atg) at 1905 for Nanticoke

Hamilton - arrivals - Oct 27 - Tim S Dool at 2239, CSL Laurentien at 2259 and Federal Welland (Mhl) at 2314 - departed - Oct 28 - CSL Laurentien at 1322

Bronte - arrival - Oct 28 - Paul A Desgagnes at 0930 back from Port Weller anchorage

Clarkson - Oct 27 - Algoma Transport departed Carkson anchorage at 2034 - docked at 2037

Mississauga - arrival - Oct 28 - Tasing Swan (Den) (ex Erria Mie-12, Hamza Efe Bey-08) at 0811

Toronto - arrivals - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 2347 - Oct 26 - HMCS St John's at 1121 and tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1717

Oshawa - arrival - Oct 28 - tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 0545 - docked - Oct 25 - Miedwie (Bhs) at 0715 - Oct 26 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 0740

 

Great Lakes museum offers students complimentary visits

10/29 - - A new National Museum of the Great Lakes program is intended to give Lucas County grade-schoolers a stronger connection to Great Lakes history. The five-year “All Aboard for History!” program aimed at students in the third through sixth grades offers complimentary visits to the museum or classroom visits by museum representatives.

“The National Museum of the Great Lakes is committed to ensuring school systems throughout the Toledo metropolitan area have access to quality, curriculum-based experiences promoting social studies and history,” Christopher Gillcrist, the East Toledo museum’s executive director, said in announcing the program.

“We want to make sure kids have access to first-hand experiences which build their interest, knowledge, and passion around the Great Lakes and its historical significance,” Mr. Gillcrist said.

Two $10,000 grants — one from Key Bank, the other from the Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation — have been obtained to start the program.

Cleveland-Cliffs, best known as a major mining and metals-refining company in the Great Lakes region and historically the operator of a fleet of freighters to support that business, is currently building an iron-processing plant near the Port of Toledo. The plant is scheduled to begin operations next summer.

“The Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation has a long history of supporting quality educational initiatives within the local communities in which we operate to help prepare youth for their future,” Ania Ediger, the company’s manager of government relations, said in the museum’s statement.

The company also is a past owner of the museum’s display freighter, the Col. James M. Schoonmaker, which Cleveland-Cliffs operated as the Willis B. Boyer. Cleveland-Cliffs sold the freighter as surplus to the city of Toledo in 1987.

The museum estimates that the program can serve “up to 8,000 local students.”

Teachers interested in making arrangements for field trips to the museum or classroom presentations should visit nmgl.org/all-aboard or call 419-214-5000, as should individuals or corporations seeking to donate to the program, the museum said.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 29

The whaleback barge 127 (steel barge, 264 foot, 1,128 gross tons) was launched by the American Steel Barge Company of W. Superior, Wisconsin, on 29 October 1892. She lasted until 1936, when she was scrapped at New Orleans, Louisiana.

On 29 October 1906, the schooner WEST SIDE (wooden schooner, 138 foot, 324 gross tons, built in 1870, at Oswego, New York) was carrying pulpwood from Tobermory, Ontario, to Delray, Michigan, when she was caught in a severe gale on Lake Huron. There was no shelter and the vessel was lost about 25 mile off Thunder Bay Island. The skipper and his crew, consisting of his wife and three sons aged 10 to 18, abandoned in the yawl. They all suffered from exposure to the wind and waves, but luckily the FRANK H. PEAVEY (steel propeller freighter, 430 foot, 5,002 gross tons, built in 1901, at Lorain, Ohio) picked them up and brought them to Port Huron, Michigan.

ALGOLAKE (Hull# 211) was launched October 29, 1976, at Collingwood Shipyards, Ltd. for the Algoma Central Railway.

On October 29, 1986, the JAMES R. BARKER, which had suffered an engine room fire, was lashed side-by-side to the thousand-foot WILLIAM J. DE LANCEY and towed to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin for repairs.

The pieced-together CANADIAN EXPLORER (Hull#71) was christened on October 29, 1983, at Port Weller Dry Docks. She was created from the bow section of the NORTHERN VENTURE and the stern of the CABOT. The stern of the EXPLORER is now the stern of the ALGOMA TRANSFER.

The National Transportation Safety Board ruled on October 29, 1991, that Total Petroleum was responsible for the fire that destroyed the tanker JUPITER because of faulty moorings and exonerated the BUFFALO from primary responsibility.

On the afternoon of October 29, 1987, while upbound with coal from Sandusky, Ohio, the ROGER M. KYES went aground on Gull Island Shoal in Lake Erie's Middle Passage and began taking on water. About 3,000 tons of coal was transferred to the AMERICAN REPUBLIC after which the KYES freed herself the next morning. Damage from the grounding required extensive repairs. She was renamed b.) ADAM E. CORNELIUS in 1989.

The tug portion of the PRESQUE ISLE departed New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 29, 1973.

The H. C. HEIMBECKER's last trip started at Thunder Bay, Ontario, with a load of grain bound for Owen Sound, Ontario where, on October 29, 1981, it was discovered that one of her boilers was cracked. When unloading was completed on October 30th, the HEIMBECKER proceeded under her own power to Ashtabula, Ohio, for scrapping.

On 29 October 1892, ZACH CHANDLER (3 mast wooden schooner-barge, 194 foot, 727 gross tons, built in 1867, at Detroit, Michigan) was carrying lumber from Ashland, Wisconsin, in tow of the steamer JOHN MITCHELL when the two became separated in a northerly gale in Lake Superior. The CHANDLER was overwhelmed and broke up on shore about three miles east of Deer Park, Michigan. Five of the crew made it to shore in the lifeboat and the Lifesaving Service saved two others, but one perished. Three years earlier, the CHANDLER stranded at almost the same spot and sustained heavy damage.

On 29 October 1879, AMAZON (wooden propeller freighter, 245 foot, 1,406 tons, built in 1873, at Trenton, Michigan) was carrying "provisions" - 900 tons of freight plus 7,000 barrels of flour - from Milwaukee to Grand Haven, Michigan. She struck the notorious bar off of Grand Haven in a gale and broke up. All 68 aboard survived. Her engine was later recovered.

On 29 October 1880, THOMAS A. SCOTT (4-mast wooden schooner-barge, 207 foot, 1,159 tons, built in 1869, at Buffalo, New York as a propeller) was riding out a storm at anchor one mile off Milwaukee when she was struck by the big steamer AVON (wooden propeller, 251 foot, 1,702 gross tons, built in 1877, at Buffalo, New York). The SCOTT sank quickly. She had been bound from Chicago for Erie, Pennsylvania, with 44,000 bushels of corn. Three of her crew scrambled onto the AVON while the seven others took to the yawl and were towed in by the Lifesaving Service.

1887: VERNON, enroute from Cheboygan to Chicago, foundered off Two Rivers, Wisconsin, in a sudden and violent Lake Michigan storm. Only one on board was saved while another 36 lives were lost.

1907: CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS, a wooden passenger steamer recently brought into Canadian registry, caught fire while stopped at Tobermory for the night while enroute from Wiarton to Manitoulin Island. The blazing ship was cut loose, drifted into the bay and sank.

1917: RISING SUN stranded at Pyramid Point, Lake Michigan, in snow and the 32 on board were rescued before the ship was broken apart by the surf.

1924: GLENORCHY sank in Lake Huron, six miles ESE of Harbor Beach after a collision with the LEONARD B. MILLER. Dense fog mixing with smoke from forest fires were blamed for the accident. All on board were saved. No lives were lost but the GLENORCHY sank and the estimated damage to the two vessels was $600,000.

1926: TORHAMVAN, built at Midland as CANADIAN LOGGER, was wrecked off Newfoundland after going aground in fog enroute to Montreal. Area residents rescued the crew.

1929: The passenger and freight carrier WISCONSIN foundered off Kenosha, Wisconsin, with the loss of 16 lives.

1942: NORLUNA, built at Chicago in 1919 as LAKE GETAWAY, stranded in Ungava Bay, off the coast of Labrador near Fort Chimo, and was a total loss.

1951: After unloading grain at Buffalo, the PENOBSCOT was in a collision on the Buffalo River with the tanker barge MORANIA 130, pushed by the tug DAUNTLESS NO. 12. The barge was carrying gasoline and a terrible fire broke out. A total of 11 sailors, including two on the freighter, died from burns.

1959: MARISCO had visited the Great Lakes as a) MOYRA and b) HEIKA. The ship foundered in the Gulf of Laconia, off Gythion, Greece, after developing a leak in the engineroom. It was enroute from Varna, Bulgaria, to Genoa, Italy, with iron ore.

1968: GLOUCESTER CITY began Great Lakes trading in 1966. The ship was sailing as b) ST. JOHN when it put into Fort Dauphin, Malagasy Republic, with engine trouble on a voyage from Montreal to Djakarta, Indonesia. Two days later the vessel broke its moorings in a gale and was blown on a sandbank as a total loss.

1978: The Swedish freighter FREDBORG, b) FREDRIK RAGNE, a Great Lakes visitor under both names before and after the Seaway was opened, returned as c) ANASTASSIA in 1968. The vessel was towed out of Tema, Ghana, as e) GAYTA on this date in 1978 and scuttled in the deep waters of the Atlantic.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ plumb, Ahoy & Farewell II, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes at B.G.S.U and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Port Reports -  October 28

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Joseph L. Block arrived Duluth at 01:53 Sunday with limestone to discharge at Graymont. She finished unloading at 14:00 and shifted over to Hallett #5 to load blast furnace trim. The saltie Whistler weighed anchor and was inbound at 17:43 to load wheat at CHS 1. Happy River was also in port on Sunday unloading wind turbine towers at Port Terminal. At the Superior entry, Edgar B. Speer departed at 03:59 Sunday morning with iron ore pellets from Burlington Northern. The tank barge Spartan II and tug Spartan were inbound at 13:05 to unload calcium chloride at Hallett #8, and Volgaborg arrived at 16:45 to load beet pulp pellets at the Gavilon elevator. There is no further traffic expected at the BN dock until late Monday night, when Stewart J. Cort is due to load.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Labrador continued to load at Goderich Elevators Sunday. Algoma Buffalo arrived at 6:03 pm, loading salt at Compass Minerals.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Koss
10/27 arrivals: Thomas R. Morrish dredging, Polsteam's Iryda to the Port, Sam Laud from Fairport and NACC Argonaut to LaFarge.

Por Colborne, ON – S Bowser
The English River has moved to dry land on the starboard side of the Townsend and the Sarah Spencer has moved south to take her place in the slip.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Sunday October 27– Barry Andersen
High winds gusting up over 40 knots delayed some traffic Sunday.

Buffalo (Tonawanda) - arrival - 0ct 26 - tug Calusa Coast & Delaware at 1724 and 1955 at Tonawanda dock - Oct 27 - American Mariner at 0013

Long Point Bay anchorage - anchored - Algoterra at 1429 and tug Michigan & Great Lakes at 1515

Port Colborne anchorage - anchored Oct 26 - Harbour Fashion (Por) at 1823 waiting her turn for Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke - departed - Oct 27 - Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breihorn-17, MCT Breithorn-09, HHL Celtic-07) at 0606 for Sarnia

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 26 - Harbour Fountain (Por) at 0429 anchored Port Colborne , Algoma Enterprise at 1115, Iryda (Cyp) at 1545 - Oct 27 - Algonorth eta 2026 and CSL Niagara eta 2230

downbound - Oct 26 - Algoma Harvester at 1840, Stenberg (Gib) at 1948, and Algoma Mariner at 2344 - Oct 27 - Algoma Spirit departed wharf 16 at 0055, CSL Laurentien at 0518,

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Oct 27 - Algoma Spirit departed wharf 16 at 0055

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 26 - Paul A Desgagnes at 2050 back from Bronte - Oct 27 - tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 0343

Hamilton - Oct 27 - CSL Laurentien eta 2240 and Tim S Dool eta 2250

Clarkson - Oct 27 - Algoma Transport anchored off the dock at 0330 for weather

Mississauga - arrival - Tasing Swan (Den) at 1405 approx. - anchored

Toronto - arrivals - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 2347 - Oct 26 - HMCS St John's at 1121 and tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1717

Oshawa - arrival - Oct 26 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 0740 - docked - Oct 25 - Miedwie (Bhs) at 0715

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
Arrival: McKeil Spirit, Sunday morning at Lehigh Cement Dock.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 28

On this day in 1939, the Pittsburgh steamer D. G. KERR, Captain H. D. Mc Leod, rescued six men from the cabin cruiser FRANCIS J. H. that was disabled and sinking on Lake Erie.

On this day in 1953, the McKEE SONS loaded her first cargo of 17,238 tons of stone at Port Inland for delivery to East Chicago. Originally built as the C-4 MARINE ANGEL, the McKEE SONS was the first ocean vessel converted to a Great Lakes self-unloader.

On this day in 1978, a new 420 foot tanker built at Levingston Shipbuilding, Orange, Texas, was christened GEMINI during ceremonies at Huron, Ohio. The GEMINI was the largest American flagged tanker on the lakes with a capacity of 75,000 barrels and a rated speed of 15.5 mph. Sold Canadian and renamed b.) ALGOSAR in 2005.

On October 28, 1891, DAVID STEWART (3-mast wooden schooner, 171 foot, 545 gross tons, built in 1867, at Cleveland, Ohio) was dragged ashore off Fairport, Ohio, by a strong gale. She was stranded and declared a total loss. However, she was salvaged and repaired in 1892 and lasted one more year.

CANADIAN PIONEER's maiden voyage was on October 28, 1981, to Conneaut, Ohio, to take on coal for Nanticoke, Ontario.

CANADIAN TRANSPORT was launched October 28, 1978, for Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.

FRED G. HARTWELL (Hull# 781) was launched October 28, 1922, by American Ship Building Co. at Lorain, Ohio, for the Franklin Steamship Co. Renamed b.) MATTHEW ANDREWS in 1951. Sold Canadian in 1962, renamed c.) GEORGE M. CARL. She was scrapped at Aviles, Spain, in 1984.

D. M. CLEMSON (Hull# 716) was launched October 28, 1916, at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Cleveland, Ohio.

CHARLES M. WHITE was launched October 28, 1945, as a C4-S-A4 cargo ship a.) MOUNT MANSFIELD for the U.S. Maritime Commission (U.S.M.C. Hull #2369).

On October 28, 1887, BESSIE BARWICK, a 135 foot wooden schooner built in 1866, at St. Catharines, Ontario, as a bark, left Port Arthur for Kingston, Ontario, with a load of lumber during a storm. For more than ten days, her whereabouts were unknown. In fact, a westerly gale drove her into the shallows of Michipicoten Island and she was pounded to pieces. Her crew was sheltered by local fishermen and then made it to the Soo in a small open boat.

On October 28, 1882, RUDOLPH WETZEL (wooden propeller tug, 23 tons, built in 1870, at Buffalo, New York) was racing for a tow with the tug HENRY S SILL when her boiler exploded 12 miles north of Racine, Wisconsin. She quickly sank. All three on board were killed and none of the bodies were ever found.

1901: The wooden schooner JULIA LARSON sank in a gale a half-mile northeast of Grand Marais, MI. The ship was later recovered and returned to service.

1928: The newly built DEEPWATER ran aground at Sugar Loaf Point, west of Port Colborne, in fog. The ship was lightered and released four days later and went to Montreal for repairs. The vessel later sailed the lakes as b) KEYMONT and c) HAMILDOC (ii) before being scrapped at Port Dalhousie in 1962.

1939: The tug R.P. REIDENBACH, with E.A.S. CLARKE (ii) under tow at Ashtabula, rolled over and sank with the loss of 2 lives. It was refloated, became b) CONNEAUT in 1941 and was scrapped at Ashtabula about 1964.

1959: The tug BROWN BROTHERS, enroute to Port Burwell under tow of the tug LUKE, was overwhelmed by the waves and sank off Long Point with no loss of life. Originally a fish tug, the vessel served as the b) IVEY ROSE from 1946 to 1950 pushing the barge T.A. IVEY in the Lake Erie coal trade.

1964: BORGFRED, a Great Lakes visitor in 1952, caught fire in the engine room as g) GIANNIS and sank off Malta two days later while on a voyage from Romania to Algeria.

1970: WEARFIELD, a British freighter began Great Lakes visits in 1964 as the largest saltwater ship to yet use the Seaway, was blown aground at the entrance to the Soo Locks due to high winds on this date in 1970. It took over 5 hours to release the vessel. Service ended on arrival at Shanghai, China, for scrapping as f) FAIR WIND on March 15, 1985.

1979: PIERSON INDEPENDENT ran aground in the St. Lawrence near Brockville while downbound with a cargo of corn. The ship was released but then beached as it was taking on water. Temporary repairs allowed the vessel to be refloated again on October 31 and it sailed to Trois Rivieres to be unloaded. 2007: SEA MAID, a small Danish freighter, came through the Seaway in 1997 with steel for Cleveland. It was wrecked as d) OMER N. 18 miles west of Gedser, Denmark, and was dismantled in sections at Grenaa, Denmark, in 2008.

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

 

USS Indianapolis placed in commission

10/27 - Burns Harbor, IN – It was emotional for many as the state’s first commissioning of a U.S. Navy vessel commenced Saturday on the shore of Lake Michigan. Those feelings seemed to be heightened as the first orders were carried out on the new USS Indianapolis.

“Officers and crew of the USS Indianapolis, man our ship and bring her to life,” said Jill Donnelly, wife of former U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly and sponsor of the USS Indianapolis. The officers and crew quickly went into action. Honor and patriotism were among the emotions felt as the sailors ran aboard and took their positions around the massive 387-foot-long ship.

The orders came just moments after Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly placed the USS Indianapolis in commission in front of the crowd of thousands. “May God bless and guide this warship and all that sail in her,” Modly said. He encouraged those who attended the ceremony to think of freedom when they think of the USS Indianapolis.

“It is what she represents, it is what she will fight to defend, but more importantly, she will play a critical role in inspiring others around the world who seek freedom,” Modly said.

The 3,900-ton ship is the fourth in the Navy to be named after Indianapolis. “The USS Indianapolis brings with it a very special, in fact an emotional meaning for Hoosiers,” Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said. “And it’s not just because it’s named Indianapolis, it’s much, much more than that.”

Holcomb said the state is equally proud of each of those ships, but he made special note of the USS Indianapolis that was sunk in the Philippine Sea during World War II. He said the ordeal of the surviving crew from that ship “is frightfully well-known,” and referred to those sailors as heroes. “Their legacy, the very spirit of that 1945 crew now sails with you all,” Holcomb said. “That brings with it a huge responsibility.” He said all of those who served on the USS Indianapolis during World War II are part of the crew of the newly commissioned ship.

Frank St. John, representing the industry that helped build the ship, said it was designed to operate in several different situations and to complete a variety of missions, “including surface warfare, mine countermeasure warfare and anti-submarine warfare.” He said it has the ability to evolve “with new capabilities to face new threats with confidence.”

St. John referred to it as one of the Navy’s most lethal and versatile warships that can be relied upon wherever and whenever needed.

Rear Adm. Casey Moton said the USS Indianapolis is an industrial marvel, and building warships is a complex process. The ship features 847,000 feet of cabling, 16,000 feet of piping, 1,120 tons of steel, 248 power panels and 4 water jets, he said.

The components came from the work of hundreds of large and small companies in the U.S., including steel from the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor mill.

U.S. Defense Department’s Deputy Chief Management Officer Lisa Hershman said the ship will be a proud addition to the Navy. “It is always a thrill to see a Navy ship commissioned, but it is truly a historic moment to do so on the shores of Lake Michigan,” Hershman said. Although the USS Indianapolis is a state of the art warship, it will be the crew who will “bring it to life” and carry out its missions, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky said.

Cmdr. Colin Kane, commanding officer of the USS Indianapolis, said the crew gives the ship “its own personality and war-fighting spirit,” and they are the best the nation has to offer. “The men and women of the USS Indianapolis exemplify patriotism, grit and what this great country stands for," Kane said.

NW Indiana Times

 

Port Reports -  October 27

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Happy River arrived Duluth at 02:15 Saturday morning with a load of wind turbine towers for Port Terminal. The vessel has become quite a regular in the Twin Ports this season, this being her ninth trip to Duluth in 2019. Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort departed at 03:52 with a load of iron ore pellets from Canadian National, and Indiana Harbor left port at 08:38 after taking on coal at SMET. Whistler and Volgaborg were both anchored outside the harbor and do not have arrival times posted. In Superior, Burns Harbor departed at 04:06 Saturday morning with iron ore pellets from BN. Edgar B. Speer, which had arrived through the Duluth entry late Friday night and fueled at Husky Energy, then shifted down to BN and began loading. She was expected to depart late Saturday night.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A Putney
The Cason J. Callaway departed Two Harbors on Oct. 26th at 04:20 from North of #2. BFT shipments from Two Harbors had been completed for the season before this trip. The Callaway loaded a full cargo of pellets from the gravity dock. This was the first or one of the first full pellet loads from the gravity dock this season. The Callaway loaded for Gary. There was no inbound traffic in Two Harbors on Oct. 26th. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 27th are the American Century and the Presque Isle. As of 19:45 on Oct. 26th the American Integrity was still loading at Northshore Mining in Silver Bay. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Oct. 27th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday; 2:00 Algoma Innovator arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load potash and departed at 11:11 for Oswego NY. Saturday; 11:05 Saginaw arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. 14:44 Radcliffe R Latimer arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal. 20:14 Algoma Niagara arrived and went to anchor. 20:31 Ojibway arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain.

Green Bay, WI
Manitowoc arrived from Brevort, MI with limestone to the Graymont Terminal.

Northern Lake Huron ports

Midland: Saturday; 18:58 Whitefish Bay arrived at ADM to unload wheat.

Bruce Mines: Saturday; 3:18 Undaunted departed for Grand Haven.

Thessalon: Saturday; 18:40 Mississagi arrived to load gravel.

Meldrum Bay: Saturday; 13:57 Laura L Van Enkenvort arrived to load dolomite.

Calcite: Saturday; 9:02 Defiance arrived to load.

Stoneport: Saturday; 4:04 Dorothy Ann arrived and went to anchor.12:09 Hon. James L Oberstar departed for Marquette. Dorothy Ann weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. 18:00 Philip R Clarke arrived and went to anchor.

Alpena: Saturday; 16:19 Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement products.

Port Inland: Friday; 21:53 Calumet weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock. 22:04 Wilfred Sykes departed for Indiana Harbor. Saturday; 7:05 Calumet departed for Chicago. 8:19 Arthur M Anderson arrived to load and departed at 17:55.

Brevort: Friday 21:00 Manitowoc departed for Green Bay.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Frontenac cleared Friday 11:53 am upbound, salt for Chicago. Saltie Labrador arrived Saturday at 7:59 am, loading at the grain elevator, Chicago next. Algoma Sault arrived at 12:44 pm Saturday, loading salt at Compass Minerals.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Saturday Arrivals: Sharon M I and barge Huron Spirit arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload steel coils. Alpena arrived at Lafarge to unload cement. Algoma Buffalo arrived at the Motor City Materials dock to unload salt.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Saturday October 26 – Barry Andersen

Buffalo - arrival - 0ct 26 - tug Calusa Coast & Delaware at 1724

Long Point Bay anchorage - anchored - Algoterra at 1429 and tug Michigan & Great Lakes at 1515

Nanticoke - docked - docked - Oct 24 - Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breihorn-17, MCT Breithorn-09, HHL Celtic-07) at 1750 - departed - Oct 25 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) & barge Margaret at 0217 westbound and Algoma Transport at 0743 for the canal

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 25 - Damia Desgagnes at 1323, NACC Argonaut eta 2115 and Algoterra eta 2225 - Oct 26 - Harbour Fountain (Por) at 0429 anchored Port Colborne , Algoma Enterprise at 1115, Iryda (Cyp) at ____,

downbound - Oct 25 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1033 and CSL Assiniboine at 1254 - Oct 26 - HMCS St John's - 340 at 0055, CSL Welland at 0349, Federal Mackinac (Mhl) at 0836, tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 1327, Algoma Transport at 1432, Algoma Harvester at 1840, Stenberg (Gib) at 1948, and Algoma Mariner eta 2315

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Oct 24 - Algoma Spirit stopped wharf 16 at 1915

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 26 - Paul A Desgagnes at 2050 back from Bronte - departed - Oct 26 - Paul A Desgagnes at 0107 to Bronte

Hamilton - no arrivals

Toronto - arrivals - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 2347 - Oct 26 - HMCS St John's at 1121 and tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1717

Bronte - arrival - Oct 26 - Paul A Desgagnes at 0342 - departed - Oct 26 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0249 eastbound and Paul A Desgagnes at 1816 to Port Weller anchorage

Oshawa - arrival - Oct 26 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 0740 - docked - Oct 25 - Miedwie (Bhs) at 0715

Oswego, NY – Ned Goebricher
On Saturday 10/26 the McKeil Spirit unloaded cement.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 27

On this day in 1979, the MESABI MINER delivered her first cargo of coal to Port Washington, Wis. The 21- foot draft restriction of the harbor limited the cargo to 39,000 tons.

While in tow of the tug MERRICK on October 27, 1879, the NIAGARA (wooden schooner, 204 foot, 764 gross tons, built in 1873, at Tonawanda, New York) collided with the PORTER (wooden schooner, 205 foot, 747 gross tons, built in 1874, at Milwaukee, Wis.), which was in tow of the tug WILCOX at the mouth of the Detroit River. The PORTER sank but was salvaged and repaired. She lasted another 19 years.

PAUL THAYER was christened on October 27, 1973, at Lorain, Ohio. Renamed b.) EARL W. OGLEBAY in 1995 and MANITOWOC in 2008.

While the JAMES R. BARKER was upbound October 27, 1986, on Lake Huron above buoys 11 & 12, a high-pressure fuel line on the starboard engine failed causing an engine room fire, which was extinguished by on-board fire fighting equipment. Fortunately no one was injured.

On her maiden voyage, the HOCHELAGA departed Collingwood on October 27, 1949, for Fort William, Ontario, to load grain for Port Colborne, Ontario.

FRANCIS E. HOUSE was laid up at Duluth on October 27, 1960, and remained idle there until April, 1966, when she was sold to the Kinsman Marine Transit Co., Cleveland and renamed c.) KINSMAN INDEPENDENT. She was scrapped at Santander, Spain in 1974.

On October 27, 1973, the HENRY LA LIBERTE struck an embankment while backing from the Frontier Dock Slip at Buffalo, New York, and damaged her steering gear beyond repair. As a consequence she was laid up there.

RED WING and FRANK A. SHERMAN departed Lauzon, Quebec, on October 27, 1986, in tandem tow by the Vancouver based deep-sea tug CANADIAN VIKING bound for scrapping in Taiwan.

On October 27, 1869, ALFRED ALLEN (wooden schooner, 160 tons, built in 1853, at Pultneyville, New Jersey, as J. J. MORLEY) was bound for Toledo, Ohio, with 500 barrels of salt when she went on the Mohawk Reef near Port Colborne, Ontario, in a blizzard. She washed free and drifted to the mainland beach where she was pounded to pieces. No lives were lost.

During a snowstorm on the night of October 27, 1878, the propeller QUEBEC of the Beatty Line ran aground on Magnetic Shoals near Cockburn Island on Lake Huron. She was four miles from shore and one of her arches was broken in the accident.

October 27, 1854 - Well-known Pere Marquette carferry captain Joseph "Joe" Russell was born in Greenfield, Wisconsin.

1937: EASTON, of the Misener's Colonial Steamship Co., arrived at Meaford, ON with a cracked cylinder in the engine. The ship was there to load a cargo of baled hay for Fort William and bushels of apples. The trip was canceled and the vessel was sent for repairs.

1965: The Liberty ship PANAGATHOS traded through the Seaway in 1962 and 1963 under Greek registry and was back in 1965 under the flag of Liberia. The vessel ran aground off Ameland Island, 4 nautical miles from the Hollum Lighthouse, Holland, enroute from Amsterdam and Hamburg to the U.S. East Coast with a cargo of steel. The ship was abandoned as a total loss and the hull remained there until at least 1970.

1965: A fire broke out aboard the Egyptian freighter STAR OF SUEZ while upbound in the Seaway east of the Snell Lock. The ship was docked at Cornwall and the local fire company doused the blaze. The cargo of cotton in #3 hold was mostly offloaded. The ship lasted until scrapping at Split, Yugoslavia, in 1980.

1976: A fire in the bilge of the tug CHRIS M. at Toronto destroyed the ship's wiring. The vessel had become unpopular at the waterfront area but was rebuilt as the powered 3-masted schooner EMPIRE SANDY in 1983.

1982: The French ore carrier FRANCOIS L.D., a regular Great Lakes caller since 1962, struck the breakwall at Cape Vincent, NY while westbound in fog. There was heavy damage to the structure and the ship had a dent in the bow.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Max Hanley, Russ Plumb, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes at B.G.S.U and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

USS Indianapolis commissioning set for Saturday at Indiana port

10/26 - Burns Harbor, IN – The Navy says it will commission its new USS Indianapolis combat vessel at a northwestern Indiana port Saturday. The ceremony marking the ship's entry into the Navy's active fleet is set to begin at 10 a.m. CDT at Burns Harbor along Lake Michigan. It's the fourth military vessel carrying the Indianapolis name.

The second USS Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine in July 1945 while returning from a Pacific island where it delivered key components for the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Only 317 of its nearly 1,200 crewmen survived the sinking and days in shark-infested waters.

The new ship was built at a Wisconsin shipyard and will be based near Jacksonville, Florida. It's a Freedom-class littoral ship designed to be highly maneuverable for missions such as mine-clearing and anti-submarine warfare.

The Associated Press

 

Port Reports -  October 26

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Cason J. Callaway arrived Duluth at 01:04 Friday morning to discharge limestone at Graymont, and Michipicoten departed at 01:35 after loading iron ore pellets at Canadian National. Saginaw was inbound at 10:45 with a cargo of salt for Hallett #8. The Callaway departed at 13:21 light for Two Harbors to load. Saginaw had a tentative departure time of 19:00 listed, however she was still unloading as of 20:00. Indiana Harbor was due at 20:30 to load coal at Midwest Energy. Also in port Friday was Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort, which was loading iron ore pellets at CN and had no departure time listed; Whistler, at anchor waiting to load wheat at CHS 1; and Volgaborg, anchored waiting to load beet pulp pellets at Gavilon. In Superior, Burns Harbor arrived at 14:37 Friday to load ore at Burlington Northern. She is expected to depart mid-morning Saturday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on Oct. 25th at 19:30 for Nanticoke. She was assisted by Heritage Marine's tug Nels J. in departing. The Cason J. Callaway arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 25th at 15:30 after unloading stone at Graymont in Superior. I'm assuming she is loading a split pellets/bft cargo. That entails loading at South of #1, North of #2, and North of #1. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on Oct. 26th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the American Integrity on Oct. 25th at 16:33. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Oct. 26th. Some updates. When I filed my report on Oct. 24th the Clyde S. VanEnvort/Erie Trader was still at Hallett #5 showing a Two Harbors AIS. When I checked her AIS the morning of Oct. 25th she was at the CN dock in Duluth showing an Indiana Harbor destination. The Edgar B. Speer also had an AIS change. She had been showing a Two Harbors destination, but the morning of Oct. 25th her AIS changed to Superior. Finally, the McCarthy Jr. is now showing a destination of Conneaut.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday; 2:12 Whitefish Bay departed for Midland. 6:38 Oakglen departed for Montreal. CSL St Laurent weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load grain. 17:33 Tecumseh departed for Port Cartier. 21:13 The saltie Jamno arrived and went to anchor.

Northern Lake Huron ports
Bruce Mines: Friday; 0:55 Calumet departed for Port Inland. Algoma Buffalo weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. 13:23 She departed and is down bound on Lake Huron.

Port Dolomite: Thursday; 23:19 Wilfred Sykes departed for Port Inland.

Drummond Island: Friday: 1:41 Great Republic arrived to load limestone and departed at 17:33 for Buffington.

Calcite: Thursday; 21:36 Defiance departed for Algoma Steel, Sault Ste Marie.

Stoneport: Friday; 10:42 Olive L Moore departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. 11:09 Hon. James L Oberstar arrived to load limestone.

Alpena: Friday; 2:52 Undaunted arrived to unload slag at the cement plant. 4:02 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load and departed at 9:44 for Detroit. 11:42 Undaunted departed for Bruce Mines.

Port Inland: Friday; 1:31 Joseph L Block departed for Duluth Superior. 6:36 Wilfred Sykes arrived to finish loading. 16:01 Calumet arrived and went to anchor.

Brevort: Friday 8:04 Manitowoc arrived to load.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Friday Arrivals: Laura L VanEnkevort/Joseph H Thompson arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Philip R Clarke arrived at the Revere dock to unload stone.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Friday October 25 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrivals - Oct 25 - Algoma Transport at 1144 - docked - Oct 24 - Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breihorn-17, MCT Breithorn-09, HHL Celtic-07) at 1750, tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) & barge Margaret at 1927 from the anchorage

Buffalo - arrival - Oct 24 - CSL Laurentien at 1923 - departed - Oct 25 at 1105 westbound

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 24 - Labrador (Cyp) at 1524, Algoma Sault at 1903 and Juno (Bhs) at 2118 - Oct 25 - tug Wilf Seymour & Alouette Spirit at 0116, Baie Comeau at 0829, Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 1100, Damia Desgagnes at 1323, NACC Argonaut eta 2115 and Algoterra eta 2225

downbound - Oct 24 - Algoma Spirit at 1827 stopping at wharf 16, Algoma Hansa at 1441, Evans Spirit at 2037 and Florence Spirit at 2110 - Oct 25 - Paul A Desgagnes at 0248, Algosea at 0842, tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1033, tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1047, Federal Shimanto (Bds) at 1148 and CSL Assiniboine at 1254

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Oct 24 - Algoma Spirit stopped wharf 16 at 1915

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 25 - Paul A Desgagnes at 1155 awaiting dock at Bronte

Hamilton - arrivals - docked - Oct 8 - ferry Wolf Islander III at 0711 (Heddle Dry Dock) - Oct 23 - tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 2003 - departed - tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 1439

Bronte - arrival - Oct 24 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1534

Oshawa - arrival - Oct 25 - Miedwie (Bhs) at 0715

Seaway – Rene Beauchamp
Canadian registration for Umiavut, a regular caller in the St-Lawrence Seaway, was closed on October 22. She has been renamed Socol 10 by new owners. A surprise in the Seaway today, the Parks Canada research vessel David Thompson making her first trip as such. Dest. Cornwall and (or) Kingston. Transited before as Arrow Post. Built 1991 at Wheatly, ON.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 26

On October 26, 1878, the new steamer CITY OF DETROIT (composite side-wheel passenger-package freight steamer, 234 foot, 1,094 gross tons, built in 1878, at Wyandotte, Michigan) arrived in Detroit from Cleveland with 276 tons of freight, mostly iron, on deck, and no freight in her hold. This experiment was tried to see if the steamer would show any signs of "crankiness,” even under a load so placed. She responded well and lived up to the expectations of her designers.

On October 26, 1882, the sunken schooner-barge NELLIE McGILVRAY was dynamited as a hazard to navigation by the Portage River Improvement Company. She sank at the entrance to the Portage Canal in the Keweenaw Peninsula on August 28, 1882, and all attempts to raise her failed.

LOUIS R. DESMARAIS was christened October 26,1977. She was reconstructed at Port Weller Drydocks and renamed b.) CSL LAURENTIEN in 2001.

HUTCHCLIFFE HALL and OREFAX were sold October 26, 1971, to the Consortium Ile d'Orleans of Montreal, made up of Richelieu Dredging Corp., McNamara Construction Ltd. and The J.P. Porter Co. Ltd.

On October 26, 1977, the MENIHEK LAKE struck a lock in the St. Lawrence Seaway sustaining damage estimated at $400,000.

On October 26, 1971, the ROGERS CITY's A-frame collapsed while unloading at Carrollton, Michigan on the Saginaw River. Her unloading boom was cut away and temporary repairs were made at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Michigan.

The tug ROUILLE was launched on October 26, 1929, as Hull#83 of Collingwood Shipyards Ltd.

The schooner HEMISPHERE, which was being sought by the U.S. Marshals at Detroit and the St. Lawrence River, escaped at the Gallop Rapids and has gone to sea.

On October 26, 1851, ATLAS (wooden propeller, 153 foot, 375 tons, built in 1851, at Buffalo, New York) was carrying flour from Detroit to Buffalo when she was blown to shore near the mouth of the Grand River (Lorain, Ohio) by a gale, stranded and became a total loss. No lives were lost.

On October 26, 1895, GEORGE W. DAVIS (wooden schooner, 136 foot, 299 gross tons, built in 1872, at Toledo, Ohio) was carrying coal in a storm on Lake Erie when she stranded near Port Maitland, Ontario. A few days after the stranding, she floated off on her own, drifted two miles up the beach and sank. No lives were lost.

1900: The consort barge MARTHA sank in Lake St. Clair after a head-on collision with the E.P. WILBUR. The vessel was refloated, repaired and was last known as the grain storage barge C.S. BAND of the Goderich Elevator Company before being scrapped at Toronto in 1976-1977.

1912: KEYSTORM stranded in the St. Lawrence on Scow Island Shoal near Alexandria Bay, NY due to a navigational error in fog. After about 5 hours, the ship slid off into deep water and sank. The coal-laden freighter was enroute from Charlotte, NY to Montreal.

1915: The former wooden steamer GLENGARRY was operating as a barge when it sank at Montreal on this date following a collision with the J.H. PLUMMER. It was later pumped out only to sink again at Quebec City in 1920.

1917: PORT COLBORNE, a Great Lakes canal ship serving overseas in World War 1, was wrecked near Land's End, England, while enroute, in ballast, from Rouen, France, to Barry Roads, U.K. The hull could not be salvaged and was broken apart by the elements.

1924: E.A.S. CLARKE, anchored in the Detroit River due to fog, and was hit by the B.F. JONES (i), holed and sunk. The ship was eventually refloated and, in 1970, became c) KINSMAN VOYAGER before going to Germany for brief service as a storage barge in 1975.

1926: The first NEW YORK NEWS broke loose in a storm at Shelter Bay, QC and, without radio contact, was feared lost. The vessel was later found, with all hands safe, hard aground. The ship was refloated, repaired and survived until scrapping at Port Dalhousie as c) LABRADOC in 1961.

1961: STEEL PRODUCTS, under tow for scrapping, broke loose and stranded in Lake Erie near Point Abino, ON. The ship was unsalvageable and had to be dismantled on site.

1967: The barge WILTRANCO broke loose in a storm and was blown hard aground west of Buffalo. The hull was refloated two days later only to strand once more.

1968: R. BRUCE ANGUS was hard aground in the St. Lawrence and had to be lightered to P.S. BARGE NO. 1, a former fleetmate, as a) EDWIN T. DOUGLASS, before being released October 29.

1979: URANUS, a former West German visitor to the Great Lakes, had to be beached on the River Schelde as d) MARIANNE GEN following a collision with the EMPROS. The vessel was a total loss and was cut in pieces for removal in 1983.

2008: BALSA II first came through the Seaway in 1982. It was inbound for New Georgia, Soloman Islands, to load logs when it stranded on a reef. While refloated, the ship was detained as the area of the strand had been a marine protected site.

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

 

High water, erosion threaten to topple historic Lake Michigan lighthouse

10/25 - Carp Lake, MI – All summer long, Brent Tompkins regularly boated past the historic Waugoshance Lighthouse while ferrying visitors and volunteers to a neighboring lighthouse, White Shoal, where he operates tours. But on a routine boat run in late September, Tompkins noticed something alarming about Waugoshance. The lighthouse, which sits in the water at the western entrance of the Mackinac Straits, suddenly had a cavernous hole in its foundation.

“I drove by it and there was a gaping, glaring hole in the foundation that hadn’t been there before,” Tompkins said. “It’s getting bad fast.”

Tompkins immediately notified Chris West, president of the board for Waugoshance Lighthouse Preservation Society. This week, West was finally able to see photos of the damage, which he posted to the preservation society’s Facebook page.

West said that this year’s high lake levels, combined with particularly rough seas and some big storms in September, have eaten away at the limestone blocks comprising part of the lighthouse’s foundation. “The water is the highest it’s ever been,” West said. “We’re losing a lot of stones, which are starting to break apart from the wave action. We need to figure out something quickly.”

West is currently researching options to determine a course of action. If the issue isn’t addressed within the next couple years, he said, the foundation is likely to give way, causing the lighthouse topple into the water.

One possible fix would be to hire a marine construction company to repair the damage and shore up the foundation. West said a quote from a local firm estimated that cost at approximately $750,000, which may prove to be prohibitively expensive.

An alternate idea that West has floated is to work with state agencies to build breakwalls fanning out from the lighthouse to turn the location into a harbor of refuge for boaters. A project of that nature would still be pricey, he said, but it would have the added benefit of giving the historic icon a functional purpose again.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.mlive.com/life/2019/10/high-water-erosion-threaten-to-topple-historic-lake-michigan-lighthouse.html

 

Port Reports -  October 25

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth at 02:35 Thursday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy, and Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort came in at 08:48 with limestone to unload at Hallett #5. The Tregurtha was outbound for St. Clair at 15:49. Edenborg departed at 17:19 with a cargo of beet pulp pellets from Gavilon, and Michipicoten arrived at 18:20 to load iron ore pellets at Canadian National. Volgaborg was due at 20:30 to take on beet pulp pellets at Gavilon. Erie Trader was still moored at Hallett #5 as of 19:30, and was due next in Two Harbors to load. Also in port on Thursday were Solina, loading grain at CHS 1, and Whistler, at anchor waiting to load at the same elevator. There was no traffic at Burlington Northern in Superior on Thursday, however Burns Harbor is due on Friday to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A Putney
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed Two Harbors on Oct. 24th at 19:21. As of 19:45 on the 24th there is no updated AIS. Due Two Harbors around 20:00 on Oct. 24th is the Edwin H. Gott. As of 19:45 on the 24th she is currently inbound for Two Harbors. The Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader is due Two Harbors, but as of 19:45 on the 24th she was still at Hallett #5 in Duluth. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 25th are the Edgar B. Speer and the Cason J. Callaway after she unloads stone in the Twin Ports. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader on Oct. 23rd at 21:31 for Toledo. Due Silver Bay on Oct. 25th is the American Integrity. The American Spirit has an updated AIS. She is heading for Indiana Harbor.

Thunder Bay, ON
Thursday; 6:39 Whitefish Bay arrived at the G3 elevator to load grain. 9:19 CSL St Laurent arrived and went to anchor. 16:39 Algoma Equinox departed for Port Cartier. 17:09 Algoma Strongfield departed for Baie Comeau.

St. Marys River
Happy River was upbound with windmill parts for Duluth Thursday afternoon. Torrent and Jamno were upbound after dark. Federal Mackinac, Roger Blough, Herbert C. Jackson and Alpena were downbound, followed later by Mesabi Miner, American Mariner and American Spirit.

Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
At Port Milwaukee Thursday (10/24): Lee A. Tregurtha arrived at 03:55 and tied up just north of the city’s heavy lift dock to unload 28,000 of limestone for We Energies’ Oak Creek power plant. She departed for Marquette at 16:55. At 09:01 G.L. Ostrander / Integrity cleared the harbor heading for Muskegon. Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder arrived at 10:25 and proceeded to the inner harbor. After dropping 18,500 tons of deicing salt for Cargill, she left for Stoneport at 18:14. Federal Caribou departed the Federal Marine Terminals dock on the outer harbor just after 13:00 and headed for Chicago.

Northern Lake Huron ports

Bruce Mines: Wednesday; 3:29 Algoma Buffalo arrived and went to anchor. 6:45 Calumet arrived and went to anchor. 19:02 Calumet weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load trap rock.

Port Dolomite: Wednesday; 17:30 Wilfred Sykes arrived to load.

Cheboygan: Wednesday; 7:38 The tug Michigan and tanker barge Great Lakes departed for Nanticoke.

Calcite: Tuesday; 16:46 Philip R Clarke arrived to load. Wednesday; 3:58 Defiance arrived to load. 19:11 Philip R Clarke departed and is down bound on Lake Huron.

Stoneport: Wednesday; 18:38 Olive L Moore arrived to load.

Alpena: Tuesday; 15:36 Algoma Buffalo departed for Bruce Mines.

Port Inland: Tuesday; 19:18 John J Boland arrived to load limestone and departed Thursday at 8:58 for Ashtabula. 10:07 Joseph L Block arrived to load.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Compass cleared 5:35 pm upbound with salt for Milwaukee WI.Frontenac arrived 6:27 pm, loading at Compass Minerals, salt for Chicago IL.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Thursday Arrivals: Calusa Coast and Delaware arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Capt Keith arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal.

Lorain, OH – Drew Leonard Algoma Mariner is making her way to the Charles Berry Bridge and should arrive by 6 p.m, headed to Jonick Dock & Terminal to take on a load of coke breeze.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Thursday October 24 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrivals - Oct 24 - Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breihorn-17, MCT Breithorn-09, HHL Celtic-07) at 1750, tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) & barge Margaret at 1927 from the anchorage

Long Point Bay anchorage - departed - Oct 24- tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) & barge Margaret at 1910 for the dock

Port Colborne anchorage - anchored - Oct 23 - Algoma Hansa at 1405 - Oct 24 - Algoma Spirit at 0446 and Evans Spirit at 1935 - departed - Oct 24 - Algoma Hansa at 1424 and Algoma Spirit at 1643 stopping wharf 16

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 24 - Fivelborg (Nld) at 0033, Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breihorn-17, MCT Breithorn-09, HHL Celtic-07) at 0613, CSL Laurentien at 0913, Algoma Transport at 0959, Labrador (Cyp) at 1524 and Algoma Sault at 1903 downbound - Oct 24 - tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 0505, Algoma Spirit at 1827, Robert S Pierson at 1228, Algoma Hansa at 1441, Evans Spirit at 2037 and Florence Spirit at 2115

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Oct 24 - Algoma Spirit stopped wharf 16 at 1915

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 23 - Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breihorn-17, MCT Breithorn-09, HHL Celtic-07) at 1341 - departed - Oct 24 - Carolus Magnius (Bds) at 0545 for Nanticoke

Hamilton - arrivals - Oct 23 - Algoma Transport at 1833 and Everlast & Norman McLeod at 2003 - docked - Oct 8 - ferry Wolf Islander III at 0711 (Heddle Dry Dock) - departed - Oct 23 - Spruceglen at 1543 eastbound - Oct 24 - Algoma Transport at 0725 for the canal

Bronte - arrival - Oct 21 - Sarah Desgagnes - anchored at 1050 - departed anchorage Oct 24 at 1532 for the dock - docked - Oct 24 at 1534

Toronto - departures - Oct 23 - Fivelborg (Nld) at 2241 for Cleveland, NACC Argonaut at 0941, McKeil Spirit at 1120 - both eastbound and Labrador (Cyp) at 1338 for Goderich

Oshawa - docked - Oct 20 - Juno (Bhs) at 1130 - departed Oct 24 at 1737 for Duluth-Superior

 

Obituary: Jim Konkol

10/25 - Jim Konkol of Thunder Bay passed away October 23. Jim and his twin brother Ron were ardent boat watchers in the Port of Thunder Bay. They kept track of visiting vessels and followed them with their cameras. They were the only photographers to capture the first and only trip of the ill-fated Pierson Independent to the port on October 6, 1979. As per Jim's wishes, no service will be held.

Gene Onchulenko

 

Obituary: Captain Douglas “Doug” Allan Taylor

10/25 - Captain Douglas “Doug” Allan Taylor, known as the Commodore of Algoma Fleet A.K.A. "The Legend," passed away peacefully in Newmarket, ON, on October 23. . He was retired from Algoma Central Corporation where he had been a captain of many ships. A funeral service will be held at Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora, ON, on Monday October 28 at 11am. Reception to follow. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 25

On this day in 1975, a 96-foot mid-body section was added to the ARTHUR B. HOMER at Fraser Ship Yards, Superior, Wisconsin. The HOMER became the largest American-flagged freighter to be lengthened. This modification increased her length to 826 feet and her per-trip carrying capacity to 31,200 tons.

On October 25, 1872, the crew of the small tug P. P. PRATT (wooden propeller steam tug, 14 tons, built in 1866, at Buffalo, New York), went to dinner at a nearby hotel while the tug was docked in Oswego, New York. While they were gone, the tug's boiler exploded. A large piece of the boiler, weighing about five hundred pounds, landed on the corner of West First and Cayuga Street. A six-foot piece of rail impaled itself in the roof of the Oswego Palladium newspaper's offices. Amazingly, no one was hurt. The hulk was raised the following week and the engine was salvaged.

On October 25, 1888, AMETHYST (wooden propeller tug, 14 gross tons, built in 1868, at Buffalo, New York) caught fire and burned to a total loss at Duluth, Minnesota.

ALGOBAY departed on her maiden voyage October 25, 1978, from Collingwood light for Stoneport, Michigan, to load stone for Sarnia, Ontario.

STERNECLIFFE HALL entered service for the Hall Corporation of Canada on October 25, 1947.

HURON arrived at Santander, Spain, October 25, 1973, in consort with her sister WYANDOTTE, towed by the German tug DOLPHIN X. for scrapping.

October 25, 1895 - SHENANGO No. 2 (later PERE MARQUETTE 16) was launched in Toledo, Ohio. She was built by the Craig Shipbuilding Company for the United States & Ontario Steam Navigation Company and later became part of the Pere Marquette carferry fleet.

The engines of the propeller WESTMORELAND, which sank in 1854, near Skillagalee Reef in Lake Michigan, were recovered and arrived at Chicago on October 25,1874.

ARK was built on the burned out hull of the steamer E. K. COLLINS as a side-wheel passenger steamer in 1853, at Newport, Michigan, but she was later cut down to a barge. On October 25,1866, she was being towed along with three other barges down bound from Saginaw, Michigan, in a storm. Her towline parted and she disappeared with her crew of six. The other three tow-mates survived. There was much speculation about ARK's whereabouts until identifiable wreckage washed ashore 100 miles north of Goderich, Ontario.

On October 25,1833, JOHN BY (wooden stern-wheeler, 110 foot, built in 1832, at Kingston, Ontario) was on her regular route between York (now Toronto) and Kingston, Ontario when a storm drove her ashore near Port Credit, a few miles from York. Her terrible handling in open lake water set the precedent that stern-wheelers were not compatible with lake commerce.

On October 25,1887, VERNON (wooden propeller passenger/package-freight steamer, 158 foot, 560 tons, built in 1886, at Chicago, Illinois) foundered in a gale 6 miles northeast of Two Rivers Point on Lake Michigan. The death toll was estimated at 31 - 36. The sole survivor was picked up on a small raft two days later by the schooner POMEROY. He was on the raft with a dead body. Most casualties died of exposure. There were accusations at the time that the vessel was overloaded causing the cargo doors to be left open which allowed the water to pour in during the storm. This accusation was confirmed in 1969 (82 years after the incident) when divers found the wreck and indeed the cargo doors were open.

1911: The wooden schooner AZOV began leaking on Lake Huron. The ship came ashore north of Goderich and was broken up by the elements.

1980: The former SILVAPLANA, a Swiss saltwater vessel, was abandoned by the crew after going aground 125 miles SW of Pyongyang, North Korea, as d) HWA HO. The hull later broke in two and was a total loss. The vessel had traded through the Seaway beginning in 1959 and returned as b) CAPE MISENO in 1969.

1985: MAXI PORR first came inland under West German registry when new in 1965. It went aground on this date as b) LUANA while inbound at Port Sudan from Naples and heavily damaged. The vessel was refloated on November 20 but declared a total loss, sold to Pakistani shipbreakers and later arrived at Gadani Beach for scrapping.

1994: OCEAN LUCKY, an ocean going freighter registered in St. Vincent, sank following a grounding off the southern tip of Taiwan. All on board were rescued. The ship had begun Great Lakes trading in 1977 as b) FEDERAL ST. CLAIR and returned as c) TRANSOCEAN PEARL in 1981.

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

 

Soo Locks upgrade looks for funds from Minnesota

10/24 - St. Paul, MN – The head of a company that operates huge freighters between Duluth-Superior and other Great Lakes ports says they’re in “very preliminary discussions” with state lawmakers about Minnesota helping fund a major upgrade of the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Interlake Steamship Company President Mark Barker warns if the larger lock built in the 1960s went down for six months, there would be a recession. Barker says, “If you do not have the Soo Locks, the Minnesota Iron Range becomes landlocked. If that lock failed and you wanted to truck all the iron ore to Indiana, you’d sit on the side of the highway and have a truck pass you every 30 seconds.”

Barker says the one-billion-dollar upgrade has 75 million in federal funding plus a 52-million-dollar commitment from the State of Michigan.

Barker, Duluth Seaway Port Authority executive director Deb DeLuca and other officials met Tuesday at the State Capitol with Governor Tim Walz, lawmakers and others.

Minnesota News Network

 

Port Reports -  October 24

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth at 03:27 Wednesday morning to load at SMET, and her fleetmate James R. Barker left port at 09:32 for Indiana Harbor with a cargo of iron ore pellets. The Miner was outbound at 13:50 with her coal cargo. American Mariner topped off her holds and departed from General Mills at 17:39, laden with wheat and bound for Buffalo. Still in port Wednesday night were Edenborg, loading beet pulp pellets at Gavilon, and Solina, loading grain at CHS 1. Both salties were tentatively expected to depart before midnight. The only traffic through the Superior entry on Wednesday was Alpena, which departed at 09:28 light after unloading cement at Lafarge. No traffic is expected at Burlington Northern until Friday, when Burns Harbor is due to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A Putney
Roger Blough departed Two Harbors on Oct. 22nd from South of #2 at 21:56 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on Oct. 22nd for South of #2 at 22:30 was the American Spirit. She departed on Oct. 23rd at 18:03. As of 19:20 on Oct. 23rd she had no updated AIS. Arriving Two Harbors on Oct. 23rd was the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. at 18:55 for South of #2. She went to anchor off Duluth at approx. 11:50 on the 23rd and got underway at approx. 17:00. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 24th is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Herbert C. Jackson at 23:08 on Oct. 22nd for Cleveland. The Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader arrived Silver Bay at 00:02 on Oct. 23rd and as of 19:20 on Oct. 23rd was still at the dock. Silver Bay has no scheduled traffic on Oct. 24th. The Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader could be a player in Two Harbors or Silver Bay traffic on Oct. 24th. She is due the Twin Ports on the 24th with stone and will probably load pellets in either Duluth or up the North Shore.

Thunder Bay, ON
Wednesday, October 23; A number of lake boats were at anchor due to a shortage of grain. Rail shipments arrived over the past few days and all boats are at elevators loading. 00:55 CSL Welland was the first to be loaded and departed for Montreal. Algoma Strongfield is loading at the Superior Elevator. Oakglen is loading at Viterra A. Tecumseh is loading at The Richardson Current River Terminal. Algoma Equinox is loading at the Richardson Main Terminal. 12:59 Federal Mackinac completed loading potash at Thunder Bay Terminals and departed for Montreal.

Green Bay, WI
The tug Nickelena / barge BMI192 arrived from Marinette, WI, to ACE Marine Terminal on Wednesday.

Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Marine Historical Society At Port Milwaukee Wednesday (10/23), Federal Caribou was still at the Federal Marine Terminals dock unloading steel from Europe. Prentiss Brown/St. Marys Challenger departed Kinnickinnic River terminal for Charlevoix about 09:00. G.L. Ostrander/Integrity arrived from Alpena with cement and proceeded to the Lafarge terminal. Expected in early Thursday (10/24) are Lee A. Tregurtha with limestone and Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder with salt.

Alpena, MI – Ben & Chanda McClain
On Tuesday the tug Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation loaded product at Lafarge and departed for Detroit, MI. Algoma Buffalo anchored off Alpena on Tuesday due to the high winds and remained there overnight. On Wednesday morning the Algoma Buffalo carefully backed into the river, stern first and tied up at the Alpena Oil Dock. It unloaded a cargo of road salt from Goderich.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Wednesday Arrivals: Calumet, American Integrity arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. CSL Tadoussac arrived at St. Mary's Cement to unload clinker. Samuel De Champlain/Innovation arrived at Lafarge to unload cement.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
American Courage is on the shuttles for ArcelorMittal. Humbergracht was at the Port, Dock 22E on Wednesday. Algoma Mariner was reported in Lorain, she was anchored in the lake. The Berry Bridge in Lorain is undergoing repairs, thus delaying her entry. She is supposed to go to the Jonick dock to load coke.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Wednesday October 23 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - departed - Oct 23 - Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breihorn-17, MCT Breithorn-09, HHL Celtic-07) at 2119 for the anchorage

Long Point Bay anchorage - anchored - Oct 21 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) & barge Margaret at 2144 (correction on the anchorage location)

Port Colborne anchorage - anchored - Oct 23 - Carolus Magnus (Bds) at 0024 and Algoma Hansa at 1405 - departed - Oct 23 - Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breihorn-17, MCT Breithorn-09, HHL Celtic-07) at 0205 for the canal

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 22 - Happy River (Nld) at 1324 and Jamno (Bhs) at 1437 - Oct 23 - Ojibway at 0412, Federal Dart (Mhl) at 0559, Salarium at 0614, and Algocanada at 1153

downbound - Oct 22 - Algonorth at 0940 - Oct 23 - Algoma Transport at 0126, Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breihorn-17, MCT Breithorn-09, HHL Celtic-07) at 0225, Vitosha (Mlt) at 0313 and Baie Comeau at 1119

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 22 - Algonorth at 2235 - Oct 23 - Algocanada at 0845 and Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breihorn-17, MCT Breithorn-09, HHL Celtic-07) at 1341 - departed - Oct 23 - Algonorth at 0700 eastbound and Algocanada at 1200 for the canal

Hamilton - docked - Oct 8 - ferry Wolf Islander III at 0711 (Heddle Dry Dock) - Oct 21 - Spruceglen at 1349 - departed - Oct 23 - Federal Dart (Mhl) at 0320 for Cleveland

Bronte - arrival - Oct 21 - Sarah Desgagnes - anchored at 1050

Clarkson - docked - Oct 20 - Manitoulin at 0105 - departed Oct 23 at 0338 eastbound

Toronto - arrival - Oct 22 - Fivelborg (NLd) at 2313 - Oct 23 - NACC Argonaut at 0938 - docked - Oct 19 - Labrador (Cyp) at 1045 - Oct 22 - McKeil Spirit at 1617

Oshawa - docked - Oct 20 - Juno (Bhs) at 1130

Seaway – René Beauchamp
Earlier this week, Umiavut was renamed Socol 10 in Montreal following a sale to Panamanian flag interests, very likely Russian owners.

 

Great Lakes ports tracking ahead with cargo

10/24 - Great Lakes ports are on pace to handle more cargo this year while shipments are down on the St. Lawrence Seaway so far this year. Construction activity is boosting growth in shipments of cement, stone and other products for Great Lakes ports in the United States, said Bruce Burrows, president of the binational marine industry association Chamber of Marine Commerce.

"I think we're very confident we'll see a good finish to the 2019 shipping season for the entire Great Lakes region quite frankly," Burrows said.

The Twin Ports closed in on roughly 24 million tons of cargo shipped through the end of September, said Jayson Hron, director of communications and marketing with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. He said that's slightly ahead of last year's pace and the five-year average. The port is seeing a 9 percent growth in wind energy cargo over the same time last year, with 20 shipments so far this year.

He said they're handling more cargo in every category except iron ore, which is down about 1 percent to roughly 13.8 million tons through last month. "Last year's pace in iron ore was a 23-season high so no shame in being 1 percentage point behind that," said Hron.

The St. Lawrence Seaway moved 24.8 million metric tons, which is a 6 percent decline from last year. Burrows highlighted difficulties with high water on the Seaway that prompted delays, as well as delayed grain harvests from wet weather and softening demand for steel. Aluminum shipments from Canada to the U.S. that are used in the automotive industry have picked up after trade tariffs were lifted earlier this year.

"The U.S. tariff is off for Canadian steel, but it's not off at least for European steel and so imports were down from Europe and that's certainly impacting the Seaway as well," said Burrows.

Even so, Port Milwaukee is reporting steel shipments from Europe are up 22 percent with about 130,000 tons handled so far this year, according to port director Adam Schlicht. Despite the tariff environment, he said the efficiency the port provides through multimodal transportation makes it attractive to European exporters. Overall, the port has handled more than 1.6 million tons to date, which is up 25 percent from the same time last year.

"If we stay on track, we could see anywhere between a 10 and 20 percent increase, making 2019 one of the best and economically productive years in Port Milwaukee's recent history," said Schlicht.

Schlicht said cement and limestone shipments are also up this year, as well as a 48 percent increase in salt heading into the winter months. The Port of Green Bay is also seeing an increase in limestone and salt, with more than 1.6 million tons of cargo shipped through the port overall through September.

Dean Haen, port director, said that's due in part to the strong regional economy. "We have a lot more inbound limestone for increasing market utilization of process limestone in papermaking, industrial applications, (and) agriculture," said Haen. "We're also seeing increased movement of petroleum products by water."

Haen said they've also seen more volume at the port as ships have been able to carry more cargo due to high water levels. Overall, he expects the port to handle around 15 to 25 percent more cargo than last year by the end of the shipping season.

Wisconsin Public Radio

 

Boo on the Boat at National Museum of the Great Lakes

10/24 - On Saturday, October 26, from 10 am to 2 pm, ghosts, goblins, superheros and more will make the annual trek through the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship gathering buckets of candy along the way. "Boo on the Boat has become a feature event at the museum with hundreds of children participating each year. Our goal has always been to use Halloween as an inducement to educate children about maritime history, but to be honest, it is really fun to see the deck of that boat filled with 200 kids trick-or-treating" said executive director Chris Gillcrist.

During Boo on the Boat, children and adults tour the Schoonmaker museum ship and trick-or-treat at various stations on the boat. The museum reduces its price of admission on that day to encourage youth participation. Admission prices have been lowered to $11 for adults, $8 for youth and children 5 and under still get in for free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call 419-214-5000 extension 200 or go to www.nmgl.org

National Museum of the Great Lakes

 

GLMI annual Marine Mart Nov. 16 in St. Clair Shores

10/24 - The 39th Annual Marine Mart, sponsored by the Great Lakes Maritime Institute, will be held on Saturday, November 16, from 10:00 am - 2:00 p.m. The location is VFW 1146 Bruce Post 28404 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, MI. (between 11 and 12 Mile)on Lake St. Clair. Admission is $7.00 (early bird admission 9:30-10.00 $10.00). Children under the age of 12 are free. Items include ship models, photos, artifacts, ship china, artwork, postcards, books and more. For more info: contact mcgrawka@sbcglobal.net

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 24

On October 24, 1886, the wooden steam barge RUDOLPH burned on Lake St. Clair and was beached. She was loaded with lumber from East Saginaw, Michigan, for Cleveland, Ohio.

On October 24, 1902, W. T. CHAPPELL (2-mast wooden schooner, 72 foot, 39 gross tons, built in 1877, at Sebewaing, Michigan) was carrying stove wood from Grand Marais, Michigan, to the Soo in a severe storm on Lake Superior when she sprang a leak. She was blown over and sank four miles from the Vermillion Life Saving Station. The lifesaving crew rescued the two-man crew in the surfboat and took them to the Whitefish Point Lighthouse for the night since the storm was so severe.

THUNTANK 6 (Hull#309) was launched October 24, 1969, at Wallsend, England, by Clelands Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., for Thun Tankers Ltd., London, U.K. Renamed b.) ANTERIORITY in 1972. Purchased by Texaco Canada in 1975, renamed c.) TEXACO WARRIOR. Sold off-lakes in 1984, renamed d.) TRADER, e.) SEA CORAL in 1985, f.) TALIA II in 1985, g.) TALIA in 1985, STELLA ORION in 1995 and h.) SYRA in 2000.

The PHILIP D. BLOCK / W. W. HOLLOWAY scrap tow arrived at Recife, Brazil. October 24, 1986.

THOMAS W. LAMONT and her former fleetmate, ENDERS M. VOORHEES arrived at Alegeciras, Spain on October 24, 1987, on the way to the cutters’ torch. The LAMONT was one of the last bulkers that retained her telescoping hatch covers to the very end.

NIPIGON BAY arrived Thunder Bay, Ontario, on October 24, 1980, where repairs were made from damage caused by her grounding earlier in the month.

On October 24, 1855, ALLEGHENY (wooden propeller, 178 foot, 468 tons, built in 1849, at Cleveland, Ohio) was carrying general merchandise and passengers in a storm, when she anchored near the Milwaukee harbor entrance for shelter. She lost her stack and then was unable to get up steam and was helpless. She dragged her anchor and came in close to the beach where she was pounded to pieces. There was no loss of life. Her engine and most of her cargo were removed by the end of the month. Her engine was installed in a new vessel of the same name built to replace her.

On October 24, 1873, just a month after being launched, the scow WAUBONSIE capsized at St. Clair, Michigan, and lost her cargo of bricks. She was righted and towed to Port Huron, minus masts, rigging and bowsprit, for repairs.

On October 24, 1886, LADY DUFFERIN (3-mast wooden schooner-barge, 135 foot, 356 gross tons, built at Port Burwell, Ontario) was lost from the tow of the propeller W B HALL and went ashore near Cabot Head on Georgian Bay. No lives were lost, but the vessel was a total loss.

On October 24, 1953, the Yankcanuck Steamship Lines' MANZZUTTI (steel crane ship, 246 foot, 1,558 gross tons, built in 1903, at Buffalo, New York as J. S. KEEFE) ran aground south of the channel into the Saugeen River. The tug RUTH HINDMAN from Killarney pulled her free. No damage was reported. 1898: L.R. DOTY foundered off Kenosha in high winds and waves with the loss of 18 lives. The vessel was enroute from Chicago to Midland with a cargo of corn and towing the schooner OLIVE JEANETTE. The latter broke loose and survived.

1948: HARRY T. EWIG stranded off Point Abino, Lake Erie. The ship was lightered to fleetmate BUCKEYE and released with about $40,000 in damage.

1959: WESTRIVER, under tow of the tugs LAURENCE C. TURNER and AMERICA, headed down the Seaway for repairs after being damaged in an earlier explosion on Lake Superior.

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

 

Dry bulk puts Milwaukee and Green Bay ports ahead of 2018 tonnage

10/23 - The U.S. ports of Green Bay and Milwaukee have shown strong activity this year, with notable increases in dry bulk, and have remained ahead of last year’s pace.

The Port of Green Bay reported a 64% increase in domestic limestone imports year-to-date. “We’ve had solid numbers for petroleum and limestone shipments throughout the season and salt shipment are typically strong this time of year with winter months not too far away,” said Port of Green Bay Director Dean Haen.

“We’re optimistic that we’ll see a good finish for the 2019 shipping season for the port and for the entire Great Lakes. It’s a good sign for the regional economy,” he said. Powered by Great Lakes shipping, the port of Green Bay reported its overall year-to-date tonnage is up 17% compared to last year.

Port Milwaukee remains on track for an incredibly successful tonnage year, attributing that success to an approximate 27% boost in dry bulk port activity compared to 2018. The port also reported it achieved a 48% increase (compared to 2018) in salt tonnage, nearly hauling in one million tons in preparation for winter this season.

“We’re optimistic that the Port will continue to maintain this level of increased performance,” said Port Milwaukee Director Adam Schlicht. “In addition to excellent shipping activities in September, we recently received the nationally prestigious 2019 Overall Award of Communications Excellence from the American Association of Port Authorities and welcomed the season’s final passenger cruise ship, the M.S. Hamburg, wrapping up Milwaukee’s cruise season with over 3,200 passengers visiting our city in 2019.”

 

High water levels in Lake Michigan could remain though early 2020

10/23 - With near record high water levels, Lake Michigan swallowed up beaches, piers and sidewalks across Chicago and the region this summer. While those lake levels have declined from their peak in July, preliminary data released last week by the Army Corps of Engineers shows Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, which are measured together, are still close to 3 feet above the long-term monthly average.

An Army Corps forecast also shows those levels may remain high through at least early 2020. How might high lake levels impact infrastructure and recreation across the region?

Joel Brammeier, president and CEO of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, says that while high lake levels are more visible in the summer when people are out on the lake, they can actually do more damage in the fall and winter.

“That’s because you get these really intense wind-driven storms that push huge waves up into the shoreline, and really increase the erosion,” Brammeier said. “The concern about the water staying at this level through the winter is the higher the water is, the more of that energy could reach the properties along the shoreline.”

But high lake levels aren’t always bad news. Brammeier says they can actually play an instrumental role in a shoreline’s ecology.

“When the water changes where it is on the shoreline … different plants and animals can survive and thrive in different kinds of habitats,” he said. “You don’t see it today and tomorrow, but from year to year, as those water levels change, it’s actually diversifying the habitat for fish and wildlife at the shoreline.”

WTTW

 

Port Reports -  October 23

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Century departed Duluth at 03:00 Tuesday morning carrying coal from SMET. Solina was inbound at 06:02 to load grain at CHS 1, and Herbert C. Jackson left port at 06:14 light for Silver Bay after unloading limestone at Hallett #5. James R. Barker arrived at 14:32 to take on iron ore pellets at Canadian National. Also in port was American Mariner, which shifted from Graymont over to General Mills early Tuesday morning to load wheat; Alpena, which spent the day offloading cement at Lafarge; and Edenborg, which was at Gavilon taking on beet pulp pellets. The only traffic through the Superior entry on Tuesday was Michipicoten, which departed at 04:00 to deliver iron ore pellets from BN to the Algoma steel mill in the Soo.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay Port Report Oct. 22 – Gary A Putney
Presque Isle departed Two Harbors on Oct. 21st at 02:09 for Indiana Harbor 7H. She went to anchor later in the morning near Ontonagon, MI. Roger Blough arrived Two Harbors on the 21st at 06:58 for North of #2. She departed Two Harbors stern first at 07:40 after not being able to make the dock because of the wind. She then went across the lake and anchored off Sand Island at 10:30. American Spirit was also due Two Harbors on Oct. 21st, but she went to anchor off the Upper Peninsula to wait on weather. Herbert C. Jackson was due at Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Oct. 21st, but after unloading at Hallett #5 she spent the day waiting out weather in Duluth.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay Port Report Oct. 23 – Gary A Putney
Roger Blough arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 22nd at 09:10 after being anchored off Sand Island for almost a day. As of 19:30 on Oct. 22nd she was still at South of #2. The American Spirit was running checked down on the North Shore most of Oct. 22nd after having been anchored off the Michigan shore. She will arrive after the Blough departs. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 23rd is the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Herbert C. Jackson after she unloaded stone in the Twin Ports. She arrived Silver Bay at approx. 14:25. She had arrived off Silver Bay earlier, but didn't enter because of the wind. Due Silver Bay late on Oct. 22nd or early on the 23rd is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader.

St. Marys River
The small Munising, MI-based passenger vessels Pictures Rocks Express and Chapel Rock were downbound at the locks around noon Tuesday on their way to winter quarters in St. Ignace, MI.

Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
In port Tuesday (10/22) were Prentiss Brown/St. Marys Challenger and Federal Caribou. Prentiss Brown arrived Sunday evening from Calumet Harbor and has remained tied up at the Kinnickinnic River cement terminal since. Federal Caribou arrived Sunday evening from Cleveland and is at the Federal Marine Terminals dock along slip one of the outer harbor. She is carrying almost 4,000 metric tons of European steel for Milwaukee. Weather has been a problem. Workers were finally able to unload some cargo on Tuesday.

Owen Sound, ON
The ferry Chi-Cheemaun arrived back at her home port for winter layup on October 21. The Magee, a tug equipped with a water cannons, with Capt. Ed Griffith at the wheel, give a water canon salute to celebrate her welcome home return.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Buffalo arrived 3:58 pm Monday, cleared 2:52 am Tuesday laden with salt for Alpena MI. Saginaw arrived 3:28 am Tuesday loading salt at Compass Minerals. Algoma Compass arrived 7:32 am Tuesday and tied up North Pier, will load salt next.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Tuesday Arrivals: Kaye E Barker arrived at AK Steel to unload ore. Mississagi, Philip R Clarke arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
American Courage was at West 3rd St. on Tuesday waiting to head to ArcelorMittal. Algoma Mariner was in Lorain.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Tuesday October 22 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrival - docked - Oct 21 - Frontenac at 1512 and Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breihorn-17, MCT Breithorn-09, HHL Celtic-07) at 1746 -- departed - Oct 21 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) & barge Margaret at 2024 out to anchorage - Oct 22 - Frontenac at 0925 westbound

Port Colborne anchorage - anchored - Oct 21 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) & barge Margaret at 2144

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 21 - Humbergracht (Nld) (ex HHL Tyne-19, BBC Montana-13) at 1048 stopping wharf 12 after turning around out in the lake), Algoma Mariner at 1146, CSL Tadoussac at 1936 - Oct 22 - Algoma Harvester at 0319, Torrent (Cyp) at 0532, Thunder Bay at 0750, Florence Spirit at 0916, Happy River (Nld) at 1324 and Jamno (Bhs) at 1437

downbound - Oct 21 - Victory i (Bhs) (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) at 0804, Algoma Discovery at 1555, Federal Kivalina at 1712 and Algoma Sault at 1918 - Oct 22 - Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 0747, CSL Laurentien at 0821, Algonorth at 0940 and Algoma Transport eta 2230

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Oct 21 - Humbergracht (Nld) (ex HHL Tyne-19, BBC Montana-13) at 2228 to unload - departing - Oct 22 at 2010 for Cleveland

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 21 - Emanuele S (Bds) (ex SCT Monte Rosa-17, MCT Monte Rosa-15) at 1945 and Torrent (Cyp) at 2210 - departed - Oct 22 - Torrent (Cyp) at 0400 and Emanuele S (Bds) at 1100 eastbound

Hamilton - arrival - Oct 22 - Federal Dart (Mhl) at 0837 - docked - Oct 8 - ferry Wolf Islander III at 0711 (Heddle Dry Dock) - Oct 21 - Spruceglen at 1349 departures - Oct 22 - Florence Spirit at 0630 and Jamno (Bhs) at 1212 - both for the canal

Bronte - arrival - Oct 21 - Sarah Desgagnes - anchored at 1050

Clarkson - arrival - Oct 20 - Manitoulin at 0105

Toronto - arrival - Oct 22 - Victory I (Bhs) (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) at 0756 and McKeil Spirit at 1617 - docked - Oct 19 - Labrador (Cyp) at 1045 - departed - Oct 22 - Victory I (Bhs) at 1756 eastbound for Brockville

Oshawa - docked - Oct 20 - Juno (Bhs) at 1130

 

Obituary: Bill Anthony

10/23 - Bill Anthony of Port Lambton, ON, passed away October 16th after fighting cancer for many years. He attended many International Shipmasters Association Port Huron lodge meetings and dinner dances over the years with his friends and members Helen Harris and Capt. George Lee. Bill had a passion for life and loved living on the St. Clair River, where he was involved in the marine construction business among many other things. Family and friends will be received at the Eric F. Nicholls Funeral Home, 639 Elgin St., Wallaceburg, ON, on Friday, November 1 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 2 from St. James Anglican Church in Wallaceburg, ON, at 11 am. Find his obituary at www.ericfnichollsfuneralhome.com

George Haynes

 

New Great Lakes ‘inside passage’ route developed

10/23 - A new Great Lakes route that sails westward along Lake Superior’s North Shore from Sault Ste Marie has been designed for expedition cruise operators.

Over the past two years, the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition has been investigating the potential for expedition-style ships to sail inside the North Shore Archipelago, a series of islands adjacent to the shoreline. From time to time, several of these inside passages have been used for merchant shipping, but their potential for expedition-style cruising has only recently been recognized, offering a totally new product to the growing Great Lakes cruise trade.

This Inside Passage’ offers the famed pristine wilderness of Lake Superior’s North Shore with opportunities to use kayaks and Zodiacs to explore narrow passages and coves and visit several uninhabited islands, according to Stephen Burnett, executive director, Great Lakes Cruising Coalition and Cruise Ontario.

Some of these islands are home to wildlife that has migrated from the mainland. For example, wolves have been known to cross the ice in winter and leave their markers in the forested land.

Several North Shore communities can be visited from contiguous protected anchorages. Burnett said Terrace Bay and Rossport provide excellent hiking and kayaking opportunities, while Red Rock and Nipigon offer pictographs and the opportunity to experience indigenous culture at Red Rock First Nation.

Abandoned silver mines, stunning views of the legendary Sleeping Giant, magnificent waterfalls, historic lighthouses and unique northern cuisine are other enticements.

This new route has been identified by the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition with the assistance of Parks Canada, Destination Northern Ontario and several North Shore communities.

The coalition is the bi-national organization that has nurtured the Great Lakes region to its current level of visits by eight cruise lines. Parks Canada is responsible for the development and stewardship of the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area, which embraces a significant swath of Lake Superior’s North Shore. Destination Northern Ontario is the tourism authority responsible for product development and marketing this region.

Seatrade

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 23

On this day in 1949, the new Canada Steamship Line steamer HOCHELAGA successfully completed her sea trials in Georgian Bay. She departed Collingwood the next day to load her first cargo of grain at Port Arthur.

On October 23,1887, the small wooden scow-schooner LADY ELGIN was driven ashore about one mile north of Goderich, Ontario, in a severe storm that claimed numerous other vessels. By October 26, she was broken up by the waves.

The CARL GORTHON, was launched October 23, 1970, for Rederi A/B Gylfe, Hsingborg, Sweden. Sold Canadian in 1980, renamed b.) FEDERAL PIONEER and c.) CECILIA DESGAGNES in 1985. In 2000, she was used as a movie set, unofficially renamed LADY PANAMA.

The rail car ferry GRAND RAPIDS was launched October 23, 1926, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, for the Grand Trunk-Milwaukee Car Ferry Co., Muskegon, Michigan. She entered service in December of 1926.

WILLIAM B. SCHILLER (Hull#372) was launched October 23, 1909, at Lorain, Ohio, for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Cleveland, Ohio.

October 23, 1953 - The steamer SPARTAN arrived Ludington on her maiden voyage. Captain Harold A. Altschwager was in command.

On October 23, 1868, F. T. BARNEY (wooden schooner, 255 tons, built in 1856, at Vermilion, Ohio) collided with the schooner TRACY J BRONSON and sank below Nine Mile Point, Northwest of Rogers City in Lake Michigan. The wreck was found in 1987, and sits in deep water, upright in almost perfect condition.

On October 23, 1873, the wooden steam barge GENEVA was loaded with wheat and towing the barge GENOA in a violent storm on Lake Superior. She bent her propeller shaft and the flailing blades cut a large hole in her stern. The water rushed in and she went down quickly 15 miles off Caribou Island. No lives were lost. This was her first season of service. She was one of the first bulk freighters with the classic Great Lakes fore and aft deckhouses.

On October 23, 1883, JULIA (2-mast wooden schooner, 89 foot, 115 gross tons, built in 1875, at Smith's Falls, Ontario) was coming into Oswego harbor with a load of barley when she struck a pier in the dark and sank. No lives were lost.

1906: The wooden steamer SHENANDOAH backed into a wharf at South Chicago and then went full ahead into the opposite wharf. The captain was found to be drunk and his certificate was suspended.

1917: KATAHDIN was built at West Bay City in 1895 but was sold off-lakes in 1899. The ship was damaged as b) EXPORT in a collision on this date with the Japanese freighter TOKAYAMA MARU in the Delaware River. As a result of the accident, the ship was scrapped in 1918.

1956: GREY BEAVER ran aground on Stoney Crest Island, near Alexandria Bay, NY while downbound with wheat from Toronto to Trois Rivieres, QC. The vessel was released with bottom damage and required a trip to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs.

1968: NORMAN P. CLEMENT, damaged by a grounding and then an on board explosion, was scuttled in the deep water of Georgian Bay near Christian Island.

1987: CANADIAN ENTERPRISE stranded in the Amherstburg Channel. The ship was lightered of 1,840 tons of coal and then pulled free by 4 tugs before going to Thunder Bay for repairs.

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

 

High winds delay Great Lakes shipping

10/22 - The National Weather Service issued gale and lakeshore flood warnings Monday for lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron.

"A strengthening low-pressure system that's entering the Minnesota-Lake Superior area is driving a lot of the weather we're seeing today and for the middle of the week," said Andrew Arnold, a meteorologist at the weather service's White Lake Township office.

For counties along Lake Superior, the weather service in Marquette issued a lakeshore flood warning for at 5 p.m. Monday until midnight. The warning means flooding along the lakeshore will occur, potentially flooding nearby homes and roads as well as eroding the shoreline. It also issued a gale warning until 11 p.m. that covered Marquette to Munising to Grand Marais. A gale warning means sustained winds with speeds of 39-55 per hour are imminent or occurring. At the Apostle Islands, winds were from the northeast gusting to 20 knots Monday afternoon, with predictions of 40 knots before Tuesday.

Gusts exceeding 50 mph were reported Monday afternoon along the Lake Michigan shore. Parts of southeast Michigan could see winds of 25-35 miles per hour, according to the Weather Service. Lake Huron was also feeling the effects of the storm. "The east winds are driving some of the water in Lake Huron on the shores of the eastern Thumb and that's causing the lakeshore flooding concerns," Arnold said. "The wind direction will change towards the south, so it's going offshore instead of onshore." Still, he said, gusts of about 30 miles per hour will be possible Tuesday and Wednesday.

As the winds increased, vessels sought shelter on the upper Great Lakes.

On the western end of Lake Superior, American Spirit was anchored off Ontonagon Monday afternoon with Presque Isle to the NW, James R. Barker and Roger Blough anchored in the Apostle Islands and American Mariner anchored in Duluth harbor..

Mesabi Miner was anchored above the Soo Locks. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and Olive L. Moore/Menominee were anchored in Potaganissing Bay in the lower river above DeTour. Lee A Tregurtha was anchored off St. Ignace. Arthur M. Anderson was anchored off Mackinaw City. Stewart J. Cort was stopped west of the Mackinac Bridge. Cason J. Callaway sought shelter off of Glen Arbor, MI.

Winds were expected to moderate Monday night into Tuesday, however gusts of about 30 miles per hour will be possible Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

Port Reports -  October 22

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Century arrived Duluth at 04:17 Monday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy, and Herbert C. Jackson was inbound at 06:39 carrying limestone to discharge at Hallett #5. American Mariner arrived at 08:50 to unload stone at Graymont, but instead dropped anchor in the inner harbor, likely due to the heavy weather. She had still not moored at the dock as of Monday evening. The Century and Jackson were tentatively expected to depart Monday night, however their departures were weather permitting. Also in port was Alpena, offloading powdered cement at Lafarge, and Edenborg, taking on beet pulp pellets at Gavilon. In Superior, Michipicoten arrived at 12:19 to load ore at Burlington Northern. She was due to depart before midnight Monday depending on weather conditions.

Green Bay, WI
Algoma Innovator departed Green Bay Monday morning for Thunder Bay.

Detroit-Rouge River – Andrew H.
Monday Arrivals: Victory/Maumee, Paul R Tregurtha arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Rebecca Lynn arrived at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal. Everlast/Norman McLeod arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Iver Bright arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Petite Forte was at St. Marys Cement on Monday and Robert S. Pierson was at Ontario Stone. American Courage was in Ashtabula for a shuttle.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Monday October 21 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrival - Oct 20 - Algoscotia at 1153 and tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) & barge Margaret at 2215 - Oct 21 - Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breihorn-17, MCT Breithorn-09, HHL Celtic-07) at 1746 and Frontenac at 1512 - departed - Oct 21 - Algoscotia at 1441 eastbound and tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) & barge Margaret at 2024

Port Colborne anchorage - anchored - Oct 20 - Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breihorn-17, MCT Breithorn-09, HHL Celtic-07) at 0517 - departed Oct 21 at 1437 for Nanticoke

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 20 - Algoscotia at 2312 and tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 1545, Baie Comeau at 1611, CSL St Laurent at 2122 and Federal Champlain (Mhl) eta 2216 - Oct 21 - HMCS St John's #340 at 0656, Hunbergracht (NLd) (ex HHL Tyne-19, BBC Montana-13) at 1048 stopping wharf 12), Algoma Mariner at 1146, CSL Tadoussac at 1936 and Torrent (Cyp) eta 2130

downbound - Oct 21 - NACC Argonaut at 0732, Victory I (Bhs) (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) at 0804, Emanuele S (Bds) (ex SCT Monte Rosa-17, MCT Monte Rosa-15) at 0921, Algoscotia at 1353, Algoma Discovery at 1555, Federal Kivalina at 1712 and Algoma Sault at 1918,

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - update ... Oct 15 - tug Sharon M I & barge stopped wharf 16 at 0725 - Oct 16 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1032 - both at wharf 16 holding for weather - correction update ... departed .... Oct 18 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0830 and tug Sharon M I & barge at 0840 - both westbound

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 21 -Emanuele S (Bds) (ex SCT Monte Rosa-17, MCT Monte Rosa-15) at 1945 - departures - Oct 20 - Juno (Bhs) at 0742 for Oshawa - Oct 21 - Whistler (Lbr) westbound and Ruddy (Cyp) at 0350 and Isolda (Cyp) at 0420 approx. - both eastbound

Hamilton - arrivals - Oct 20 - Florence Spirit at 2313 - Oct 21 - Spruceglen at 1349 - docked - Oct 8 - ferry Wolf Islander III at 0711 (Heddle Dry Dock) - Oct 16 - Jamno (Bhs) at 2131 - departures - Oct 21 - Algoma Conveyor at 1827 eastbound

Bronte - arrival - Oct 21 - Sarah Desgagnes - anchored at 1050

Clarkson - arrival - Oct 20 - Manitoulin at 0105

Mississauga - Oct 19 - Wicky Spirit at 1116 - departed - Oct 21 at 1044 eastbound

Toronto - docked - Oct 19 - Labrador (Cyp) at 1045

Oshawa - docked - Oct 20 - Juno (Bhs) at 1130 from Port Weller anchorage

 

Port Colborne scrapyard update

10/22 - English River has been moved to the south slip at the Port Colborne scrapyard and moored alongside the partially dismantled Algoway. The move took place on October 20. On the 21st work began to pull her up on shore where she will be cut up for scrap.

 

GLMI annual Marine Mart Nov. 16 in St. Clair Shores

10/22 - The 39th Annual Marine Mart, sponsored by the Great Lakes Maritime Institute, will be held on Saturday, November 16, from 10:00 am - 2:00 p.m. The location is VFW 1146 Bruce Post 28404 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, MI. (between 11 and 12 Mile)on Lake St. Clair. Admission is $7.00 (early bird admission 9:30-10.00 $10.00). Children under the age of 12 are free. Items include ship models, photos, artifacts, ship china, artwork, postcards, books and more. For more info: contact mcgrawka@sbcglobal.net

 

Future of Welland Canal focus of chamber meeting

10/22 - A big ditch, some water — how important can it be? Extremely important, when you're talking about the 43-kilometre-long Welland Canal. An expert panel will discuss the huge impact the canal has had, and will continue to have, on Niagara and its economy on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Panellists scheduled to take part are Terry Hughes, a Welland Canal historian; Shaun Padulo, president of Heddle Marine, which owns the Port Weller Dry Docks; Bruce Hodgson, market development director for St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp.; and Bruce Graham, a vice-president with national terminal operator and stevedore specialist QSL.

The event will be held at Taris on the Water, 25 West Main St. in Welland, with registration and networking at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the discussion. The event is part of the South Niagara Chambers of Commerce Game Changers series. For more information visit SouthNiagaracc.com.

St. Catharines Standard

 

Boo on the Boat at National Museum of the Great Lakes

10/22 - On Saturday, October 26, from 10 am to 2 pm, ghosts goblins, superheros and more will make the annual trek through the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship gathering buckets of candy along the way. "Boo on the Boat has become a feature event at the museum with hundreds of children participating each year. Our goal has always been to use Halloween as an inducement to educate children about maritime history, but to be honest, it is really fun to see the deck of that boat filled with 200 kids trick-or-treating" said executive director Chris Gillcrist.

During Boo on the Boat, children and adults tour the Schoonmaker museum ship and trick-or-treat at various stations on the boat. The museum reduces its price of admission on that day to encourage youth participation. Admission prices have been lowered to $11 for adults, $8 for youth and children 5 and under still get in for free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call 419-214-5000 extension 200 or go to www.nmgl.org.

National Museum of the Great Lakes

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 22

On October 22,1903, while being towed by the GETTYSBURG in the harbor at Grand Marais, Michigan, in a severe storm, the SAVELAND (wooden schooner, 194 foot, 689 gross tons, built in 1873, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin) was torn away and thrown against some pilings which punctured her hull. She sank to her main deck and was pounded to pieces by the storm waves. No lives were lost.

The tug PRESQUE ISLE completed her sea trials on October 22, 1973, in New Orleans.

On October 22, 1986, ALGOCEN spilled about four barrels of diesel fuel while refueling at the Esso Dock at Sarnia.

TOM M. GIRDLER departed South Chicago light on her maiden voyage, October 22, 1951, bound for Escanaba, Michigan, where she loaded 13,900 tons of ore for delivery to Cleveland, Ohio.

THORNHILL of 1906 grounded on October 22, 1973, just above the Sugar Island ferry crossing in the St. Marys River.

On October 22, 1887, C.O.D. (wooden schooner-barge, 140 foot, 289 gross tons, built in 1873, at Grand Haven, Michigan) was carrying wheat in Lake Erie in a northwest gale. She was beached three miles east of Port Burwell, Ontario, and soon broke up. Most of the crew swam to shore, but the woman who was the cook was lashed to the rigging and she perished.

On October 22, 1929, the steamer MILWAUKEE (formerly MANISTIQUE MARQUETTE AND NORTHERN 1) sank in a gale with a loss of all 52 hands. 21 bodies were recovered. Captain Robert Mc Kay was in command.

On October 27, 1929, a Coast Guard patrolman near South Haven, Michigan, picked up a ship's message case, containing the following handwritten note: "S.S. MILWAUKEE, OCTOBER 22/29 8:30 p.m. The ship is taking water fast. We have turned around and headed for Milwaukee. Pumps are working but sea gate is bent in and can't keep the water out. Flicker is flooded. Seas are tremendous. Things look bad. Crew roll is about the same as on last payday. (signed) A.R. Sadon, Purser."

On October 22, 1870, JENNIE BRISCOE (wooden schooner, 85 foot, 82 tons, built in 1870, at Detroit, Michigan) was raised from where she sank off Grosse Ile, Michigan, a couple of months earlier. She was in her first season of service when she collided with the propeller FREE STATE and sank there. Her raised wreck was sold Canadian in 1871, and she was rebuilt as the propeller scow HERALD.

In a severe gale on 22 October 1873, the three barges DAVID MORRIS, GLOBE, and SAGINAW from Bay City grounded and sank off Point Pelee on Lake Erie.

On October 22, 1887, DOLPHIN (wooden schooner-barge, 107 foot, 147 tons, built in 1855, at Milan, Ohio) and G. D. NORRIS (2-mast wooden schooner, 128 foot, 262 gross tons, built in 1856, at Cleveland, Ohio) were both carrying lumber and were in tow of the steamer OSWEGATCHIE in a storm on Lake Huron. The towline broke when the vessels were off Harbor Beach, Michigan. The DOLPHIN capsized and foundered. All 6 or 7 onboard perished. The NORRIS sank to her decks and her crew was rescued by the passing steamer BRECK. The NORRIS drifted ashore near Goderich, Ontario.

1929: N.J. NESSEN, a wooden bulk freighter, stranded in Lake Erie off Leamington, ON. The ship had been anchored for weather but the wind switched to the south, leaving it exposed. The hull broke up, but all on board were saved.

1929: YANTIC, a former wooden naval reserve training ship tied up at Detroit for use as a heating plant, sank at the dock. All 3 on board got off safely.

1979: J.N. McWATTERS struck the lighthouse at the main entrance to Cleveland with heavy damage to the structure.

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

 

American Valor/Armco now registered to Lower Lakes Towing

10/21 - The long-laid up steamer Valo (ex-American Valor, Armco) is now registered to Lower Lakes Towing Co. (LLT Valo Ltd.) of Port Dover, ON, according to Transport Canada.

American Valor laid up at Toledo, OH, Nov. 13, 2008 due to an economic downturn and hasn’t run since. In late December 2017 American Steamship Co. sold the vessel, along with three others, to the Algoma Central Corp.

Built by American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, OH, the vessel was launched in 1953 for Oglebay Norton Co., Cleveland, OH, as Armco. She was the seventh of eight "AAA" (or Pittsburgh) class steamers built in the early 1950s. She was lengthened 120 feet in 1974 by Fraser Shipyards, Superior, WI and was converted to a self-unloader in 1982 by Bay Shipyards, Sturgeon Bay, WI.

It is unknown whether LLT will operate the vessel as is, convert her to diesel power, or convert her to a barge.

 

Gale warnings issued for three Great Lakes; waves up to 26 feet forecast

10/21 - Gale warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service for the Great Lakes surrounding Michigan as another high wind fall storm system takes aim at Michigan. And, as to be expected as the calendar marches toward November, Lake Superior is not messing around. Waves up to 26 feet high are forecast for our biggest of the Great Lakes during Monday and Tuesday’s storm, which is likely to send freighters seeking safe harbor close to the Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota shorelines.

Gale warnings are issued when winds are forecast to gust between 39 and 54 mph. Big Waves on Lake Michigan

Monday night's storm system could spell more bad news for Great Lakes dunes, ragged shorelines. The storm system that whips into Michigan on Monday and sticks around until early Wednesday is expected to bring rain, high winds and big waves that are predicted to eat away more dunes land along the lakes’ shoreline, the NWS said.

The gale warnings go into effect at different times Monday for each lake, and wave forecasts are different for each.

Read more at this link: https://www.mlive.com/news/2019/10/gale-warnings-issued-for-lake-michigan-huron-and-superior-waves-up-to-26-feet-forecast.html

 

Sarah Spencer arrives at Port Colborne scrap yard

10/21 - Sarah Spencer arrived at the Marine Recycling Corp. scrapyard on Sunday in tow of the tug Molly M 1from Toledo, where she had been laid up for several years. Tugs Vac and Charlie E assisted in docking. making sure she stays against the wall. Charlie E is the scrapyard tug. Sarah Spencer came out as the steam-powered Adam E Cornelius in 1959, and 30 years later she was reduced to a barge.

 

Port Reports -  October 21

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN - Gary A. Putney
The Joseph L. Block departed Two Harbors on Oct. 19th at 21:40 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors on Oct. 19th at 21:57 for South of #2 was the CSL Assiniboine. She had been anchored SW of Two Harbors and got underway at 20:45. She departed Two Harbors on Oct. 20th at 13:37 for Quebec City. Also arriving Two Harbors on Oct. 19th was the Presque Isle at approx. 22:35 for North of #2 lay-by. She shifted to South of #2 on Oct. 20th between 14:50 and 15:20. As of 20:00 on the 20th she is still at the loading dock. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 21st are the Roger Blough and American Spirit. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay is the Herbert C. Jackson after unloading stone in the Twin Ports.

Thunder Bay ON
Saturday; 22:24 CSL Welland arrived and went to anchor. Sunday; 5:04 The saltie Vitosha departed for Trois Rivieres. 8:12 Federal Shimanto arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 10:18 Oakglen arrived and went to anchor.

Marquette, MI
Arthur M. Anderson loaded and departed Sunday afternoon. Hon. James L. Oberstar was loading Sunday night.

St. Marys River
Upbound - James R. Barker, Evans Spirit, Tecumseh, American Spirit and Algoma Equinox were upbound Sunday. Downbounders included Burns Harbor, Indiana Harbor and Kaye E. Barker. Solina was at the Algoma Expoprt Dock.

Green Bay, WI
Tug Michigan/barge Great Lakes arrived Sunday from Cheboygan, MI, with petroleum products to the U.S. Oil/Venture Terminal.

Northern Lake Huron ports

Meldrum Bay: Sunday; 5:13 Whitefish Bay departed for Windsor.

Port Dolomite: Sunday;18:40 Cuyahoga arrived to load.

Calcite: Saturday 22:20 Philip R Clarke arrived to load. Sunday; 19:03 H Lee White departed. 19:50 Clyde S Van Enkenvort arrived to load.

Stoneport: Sunday; 19:00 Lee A Tregurtha arrived to load.

Alpena: Sunday; 11:41 G L Ostrander arrived to load cement products and departed at 19:01 for Milwaukee.

Port Inland: Sunday; 17:18 Manitowoc arrived to load.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator arrived 3:57 pm Friday, cleared 10:35 am Saturday up bound loaded with salt for Thessalon ON. Algoma Buffalo arrived 5:38 pm Friday, cleared 8:10 pm Saturday down bound loaded with salt for ??? Algoma Sault arrived 11:35 am Saturday, cleared 1:21 pm Sunday down bound loaded with salt for Bowmanville ON

Detroit-River Rouge, MI - Raymond H
Great Republic arrived at the Jefferson Ave stone dock to unload stone. Whistler arrived at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload.

Toledo, OH – Jim Hoffman
Algoma Buffalo went to the City Salt Dock to unload salt on Sunday. This is directly across the river from the Col. James M. Schoonmaker museum ship.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Sunday October 20 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - docked - Oct 18 - Algoma Hansa at 0657 - Oct 20 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) & barge Margaret at 1153 - departed - Oct 19 - Algoma Hansa 2146 westbound

Port Colborne anchorage - anchored - Oct 20 - Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breihorn-17, MCT Breithorn-09, HHL Celtic-07) at 0517

Welland Canal - Upbound - Oct 19 - John D Leitch at 1200, Robert S Pierson at 1439 stopping wharf 12, Whitstler (Cyp) at 1706, Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breihorn-17, MCT Breithorn-09, HHL Celtic-07) at 1900, Algoma Spirit at 2012 and Algoscotia at 2312 - Oct 20 - Algoma Niagara at 0125, Algoma Transport at 0337, Radclffe R Latimer at 0359, Algosea at 0457, Paul A Desgagnes at 0707, Algoma Compass at 0725, Iver Bright (Nld) at 1100, tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 1545, Baie Comeau at 1611, CSL St Laurent eta 2055 and Federal Champlain (Mhl) eta 2115

Downbound - Oct 19 - Isolda (Cyp) at 1508 - Oct 20 - G3 Marquis at 0708, Florence Spirit at 0918,Algoma Enterprise at 1325, tug Molly M I at 1204 to assist tow, tugs Wyatt M, Vac, at 1411 (Charlie E with dead ship Sarah Spencer to wharf 17 - arrived 1430, Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Oct 15 - tug Sharon M I & barge stopped wharf 16 at 0725 - Oct 16 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1032 - both at wharf 16 holding for weather

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 17 - Juno (Bhs) at 1025 - Oct 19 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0215 and Ruddy (Cyp) at 0615 - departures - Oct 20 - Juno (Bhs) at 0742 for Oshawa

Hamilton - arrivals - docked - Oct 8 - ferry Wolf Islander III at 0711 (Heddle Dry Dock) - Oct 16 - Jamno (Bhs) at 2131 - Oct - 19 - Algoma Conveyor at 0525 - departures - Oct 19 - Algoma Spirit at 1736 for the canal - Oct 20 - Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0144, Kaministiqua at 0224 - both eastbound, Algoma Compass at 0516 - for the canal

Bronte - arrival - Oct 18 - Paul A Desgagnes at 1920 - departed Oct 20 0506 for Port Weller anchorage

Clarkson - arrival - Oct 20 - Manitoulin at 0105

Mississauga - Oct 19 - Wicky Spirit at 1116

Toronto - arrival - Oct 19 - Labrador (Cyp) at 1045 - docked - Oct 18 - McKeil Spirit at 0636 - departed )ct 20 at 1012 eastbound

Oshawa - arrived - Oct 20 - Juno (Bhs) at 1130 from Port Weller anchorage

Seaway – René Beauchamp
HMCS St. John’s entered the Seaway Saturday morning bound for Johnstown for a short stop before resuming her trip to Windsor. That’s her first visit in the G.L./Seaway system. Another new one entered the Seaway during last night, the Humbergracht (II). Umiavut has been sold. More than likely, a new name will be painted on the hull shortly. The crest on the stack has been removed. Umiavut served customers in Canada’s arctic regions for Nunavik Eastern Arctic Shipping Inc. (NEAS).

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 21

On this day in 1980, the converted ELTON HOYT 2ND loaded her first cargo of 1,000 tons of pellets at Taconite Harbor. After field-testing her new self-unloading gear, she loaded 21,000 tons of pellets for delivery to Chicago.

The Anchor Line's CONEMAUGH (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 251 foot, 1,609 gross tons, built in 1880, at West Bay City, Michigan), and the Union Line's NEW YORK (wooden propeller package freighter, 269 foot, 1,922 gross tons, built in 1879, at Buffalo, New York) collided on the Detroit River at 7:30 p.m. The CONEMAUGH sank close to the Canadian shore. She was carrying flour and other package freight from Chicago to Buffalo. She was later raised and repaired, and lasted until 1906, when she was lost in a storm on Lake Erie.

The JOHN B. AIRD arrived at Sarnia, Ontario, on October 21, 1990, for repairs after suffering a conveyor belt fire a week earlier.

The JAMES A. FARRELL and fleet mate RICHARD TRIMBLE were the first vessels to lock down bound in the newly-opened Davis Lock at the Soo on October 21, 1914.

On October 21, 1954, the GEORGE M. HUMPHREY set a record when she took aboard 22,605 gross tons of iron ore at Superior, Wisconsin. The record stood until 1960.

The crew on the SAMUEL MATHER was safely removed from the badly exposed steamer on October 21, 1923, by the Eagle Harbor life saving crew. She had run aground on the 19th. Renamed b.) PATHFINDER in 1925, sold Canadian in 1968, renamed c.) GODERICH. Renamed d.) SOO RIVER TRADER in 1980, e.) PINEGLEN 1982. Scrapped at Port Maitland in 1984.

It was announced on October 21, 1986, that Canada Steamship Lines and Upper Lakes Group would merge CSL's Collingwood shipyard and ULS' Port Weller shipyard and create Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering (1986) Ltd.

On October 21, 1941, AMERICA (steel tug, 80 foot, 123 gross tons, built in 1897, at Buffalo, New York) was on a cable along with the tug OREGON off Belle Isle in the Detroit River trying to pull the steel bulk freighter B. F. JONES off a bar. The cable tightened, pulling AMERICA out of the water and spinning her upside down. Six of the crew of 13 lost their lives. AMERICA was later recovered. AMERICA was renamed b.) MIDWAY in 1982 and c.) WISCONSIN in 1983.

October 21, 1954 - Capt. Allen K. Hoxie, skipper of the MILWAUKEE CLIPPER, retired.

On October 21, 1886, W. L. BROWN (wooden propeller freighter, 140 foot, 336 gross tons, built in 1872, at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, as NEPTUNE) was carrying iron ore from Escanaba for DePere, Wisconsin. A storm struck while she was on Green Bay. She sprang a leak one mile from Peshtigo Reef and went down in 76 feet of water. No lives were lost. All of her outfit and machinery were removed the following summer. This vessel's first enrollment was issued at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 22 April 1873, as NEPTUNE, but this enrollment was surrendered at Milwaukee on 30 September 1880, endorsed "broken up." However she was re-enrolled as a new vessel at Milwaukee on 15 June 1880, having been rebuilt by A. L. Johnson at Green Bay, Wisconsin, as the W. L. BROWN.

1912: Two were lost when the wooden steamer PINE LAKE sank in the Detroit River near Belle Isle following a collision with FLEETWOOD (i). The hull was later dynamited as a hazard to navigation.

1913: C.W. ELPHICKE began leaking in a storm on Lake Erie and was beached near the Long Point lighthouse. The downbound, grain-laden wooden freighter was a total loss but the crew was saved.

1969: JOHN PURVES was towing Derrick Scow 43 bound for Rogers City when the latter was lost.

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

 

Port Reports -  October 20

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN - Gary A. Putney
Indiana Harbor departed Two Harbors on Oct.19th at 08:51 for Gary. Joseph L. Block went to anchor off Duluth after it departed Duluth around 22:30 on the 18th. It got underway off Duluth at approx. 07:00 on Oct. 19th and arrived Two Harbors at 09:40 for South of #2. As of 19:30 on Oct. 19th she is still at South of #2. The CSL Assiniboine went to anchor off Two Harbors between 10:30 and 11:00 on Oct. 19th. She was stopped SW of Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 19th around 20:00 is the Presque Isle. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on Oct. 20th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no inbound traffic on Oct. 19th and none scheduled on Oct. 20th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday; 11:38 Frontenac arrived at Keefer Terminal to refuel and departed Saturday at 0:47 for Nanticoke. 1:08 Algoma Discovery departed for Quebec City. 1:55 Federal Kivalina departed for Sorel. 13:41 Federal Rideau departed for Montreal. The saltie Vitosha weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to finish loading.

Marquette, MI
Arthur M. Anderson arrived Saturday evening to load. Kaye E. Barker was ahead of her.

Northern Lake Huron ports
Meldrum Bay: Saturday; 8:06 Whitefish Bay arrived to load dolomite.

Calcite: Saturday 18:19 H Lee White arrived to load.

Detroit-River Rouge, MI - Raymond H
Saturday Arrivals: Lee A Tregurtha arrived at AK Steel to unload ore. Calusa Coast and Delaware arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Sea Eagle was at St. Marys Cement Saturday. Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder was at Cargill loading salt. American Courage was loading at the Bulk Terminal for a shuttle.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Saturday October 19 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - docked - Oct 18 - Algoma Hansa at 0657

Buffalo - Oct 18 - Manitoulin at 1433 - departed Oct 19 at 0944 for the canal

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 18 - Algoma Equinox at 1521 and NACC Argonaut at 2128 - Oct 19 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 0714, John D Leitchat 1200, Robert S Pierson at 1439, Whitstler (Cyp) at 1706, Carolus Magnes (Bds) (ex SCT Breihorn-17, MCT Breithorn-09, HHL Celtic-07) at 1900, Algoma Spirit at 2012 and Algoscotia eta 2210

downbound - Oct 18 - Algoma Spirit at 1221, Algoma Conveyor at 1314, Ruddy at 1853 and Kitikmeot W at 2248 - Oct 19 - Algoma Compass at 0601, Atlantic Huron at 0920, CSL Tadoussac at 1106, Manitoulin at 1118, Isolda (Cyp) at ____

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Oct 15 - tug Sharon M I & barge stopped wharf 16 at 0725 - Oct 16 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1032 - both at wharf 16 holding for weather

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 17 - Juno (Bhs) at 1025 - Oct 19 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0215 and Ruddy (Cyp) at 0615 - departures - Oct 19- Whistler (Cyp) for the canal and Rosy (Brb) (ex SCT Stockhorn-17, MCT Stockhorn-16, HLL Caspian-08) at 0144 eastbound

Hamilton - arrivals - Oct - 19 - Algoma Spirit at 0340, Algoma Conveyor at 0525 and Algoma Compass at 2019 - docked - Oct 8 - ferry Wolf Islander III at 0711 (Heddle Dry Dock) - Oct 16 - Jamno (Bhs) at 2131 and Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0535 - Oct 18 - Kaministiqua at 1054 - departure - Oct 19 - Algoma Spirit at 1736 for the canal

Bronte - arrival - Oct 18 - Paul A Desgagnes at 1920

Clarkson - arrival - Oct 18 - Robert S Pierson at 2305 - departed Oct 19 at 1242 for the canal

Mississauga - Oct 19 - Wicky Spirit at 1116

Toronto - arrival - Oct 19 - Labrador (Cyp) at 1045 - docked - Oct 18 - McKeil Spirit at 0636 - departed - Oct 18 - Whistler (Lbr) 2251 for Port Weller

Oshawa - docked - Oct 16 - NACC Quebec at 1755 - departed Oct 17 at 1050 eastbound

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 20

On this day in 1916, the whaleback JAMES B. COLGATE sank off Long Point in Lake Erie with a loss of 26. The lone survivor was Captain Walter J. Grashaw who was picked up two days after the sinking. Captain Grashaw had sailed as First Mate on the COLGATE for ten years and was conducting his first trip as Captain. The "Black Friday" storm also claimed the MERIDA, D.L. FLYER, and M.F. BUTTERS.

On 20 October 1875, the wooden schooner F.C. LEIGHTON was loaded with ore when she struck a rock in the St. Marys River and sank a few miles from Detour, Michigan. A tug was sent right away to raise her.

On 20 October 1916, MERIDA (steel propeller bulk freighter, 360 foot, 3,261 gross tons, built in 1893, at W. Bay City, Michigan) was heavily loaded with iron ore when she encountered the "Black Friday" Storm on Lake Erie. She sank about 24 miles east of Erieau, Ontario. All 24 onboard were lost. A few days later the wheelhouse was found floating 15 miles south of Port Stanley. 21 bodies were eventually found, but not the bodies of Capt. Harry L. Jones or crewman Wilfred Austin. The wreck was found in 1975 by Larry Jackson, a commercial fisherman.

The SCOTT MISENER of 1954 proceeded to the Port Arthur shipyard for dry docking and repairs on October 20th, after striking bottom October 15, 1973, near Whaleback Shoal on the St. Lawrence River.

The JAMES S. DUNHAM was launched October 20, 1906, for the Chicago Navigation Co. (D. Sullivan & Co., mgr.) Duluth, Minnesota. Renamed b.) LYNFORD E. GEER in 1926, and c.) OTTO M. REISS in 1934. Scrapped at Castellon, Spain in 1973.

PETER A.B. WIDENER was launched October 20, 1906, for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. (later the U.S. Steel Corp. in 1952), Cleveland, Ohio.

The tug RESCUE was sent from Port Huron to Tawas, Michigan to release the 246-foot barge OCEAN that was grounded. After pulling the barge free, Capt. Fitch of RESCUE began towing her down Lake Huron, but the storm got so bad that he was about to turn back and run for Tawas. However, the captain of OCEAN yelled that they were all right and to go ahead down the lake. Soon the seas got the better of the barge. The tug kept with her until she was about to sink. Then the line was cut, the tug turned about, ran under her lee, and rescued her crew of 9 from the lifeboat. The barge sank. On the way down Lake Huron, opposite Port Sanilac, the RESCUE picked up 6 men and 1 woman from the wrecked barge JOHN F. RUST. In this one trip, the RESCUE earned her name by rescuing 16 persons!

October 20, 1898 - The SHENANGO NO 2 (later PERE MARQUETTE 16) was arriving Milwaukee when her steering gear failed, causing her to crash into a grain elevator that was under construction.

October 20, 1926 - The keel was laid for the twin screw lake passenger and railcar ferry WABASH (Hull#177) of the Toledo Shipbuilding Co.

On 20 October 1863, E. S. ADAMS (3 mast wooden bark, 135 foot, 341 gross tons, built in 1857, at Port Robinson, Ontario) was carrying 18,500 bushels of wheat on a clear night when she collided with the American bark CONSTITUTION resulting in the loss of the ADAMS. One life was lost. Neither vessel was blamed for the accident.

On 20 October 1854, JOHN J. AUDUBON (wooden brig, 370 tons, built in 1854, at Black River, Ohio) was carrying railroad iron from Buffalo to Chicago when she was struck amidships by the schooner DEFIANCE on a dark night, halfway between Thunder Bay and Presque Isle, Michigan. AUDUBON was cut almost in half. Both vessels sank quickly. No lives were lost.

On 20 October 1844, DAYTON (2-mast wooden schooner, 69 foot, 85 tons, built in 1835, at Grand Island, New York) capsized and sank in Lake Erie off Dunkirk, New York in a terrific gale. All onboard were lost.

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

 

Sarah Spencer scrap tow departs Toledo for Port Colborne

10/19 - Toledo, OH – The Sarah Spencer scrap tow departed the CSX Coal Docks Frog Pond at Toledo at 11:25 am Friday. The tug Molly M 1 is handling the tow, assisted by the tug Ohio. The tow is bound for Port Colborne, ON, where the Spencer will be cut up.

Jacob Silvan, Jim Hoffman

 

Most destructive Lake Michigan storm in over 30 years eats away up to 30 feet of dunes

10/19 - – The powerful storm this past Wednesday combined with near record high Great Lakes water levels to do lots of damage. The National Weather Service states this was the most shoreline destructive storm since 1986. They say some of the sand dunes at Lake Michigan lost 30 feet of dunes in 12 hours during the storm. Here's a look at some of the details and damage with the storm.

https://www.mlive.com/news/g66l-2019/10/fe356b33cc6100/most-destructive-lake-michigan-storm-in-over-30-years-eats-away-up-to-30-feet-of-dunes.html

 

Port Reports -  October 19

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN - Gary A. Putney
American Integrity departed Two Harbors from South of #2 on Oct. 17th at 21:51 for Conneaut. The Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 17th at 23:13 for South of #2. She departed Two Harbors on Oct. 18th at 12:32 for Conneaut. Arriving Two Harbors on Oct. 18th at 13:47 was the Indiana Harbor. Due Two Harbor late on Oct.18th or early on Oct. 19th is the Joseph L. Block. As of 19:30 on the 18th she was unloading stone at Graymont in Superior. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 19th is the CSL Assiniboine. As of 19:30 on the 18th she was unloading salt at Hallett #8 in Superior. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Oct. 18th and none scheduled on Oct. 19th. Also due Two Harbors on Oct. 19th is the Presque Isle.

Thunder Bay, ON
Wednesday; 21:00 The saltie Vitosha shifted to the main anchorage. 21:46 Algoma Discovery weighed anchor and proceeded to the G3 elevator to load grain. 22:26 The saltie Isolda departed for Montreal. Thursday; 15:21 G 3 Marquis departed for Baie Comeau. 15:34 Federal Rideau weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load. 17:51 Federal Kivalina weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain.

Marquette, MI
Arthur M. Anderson is expected late Saturday to load pellets. This is a very unusual trip for her.

Detroit-River Rouge, MI - Raymond H
Friday Arrivals: Hon. James L Oberstar arrived at AK Steel to unload ore. Florence Spirit arrived at Zug Island to load coke.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Calumet was at Ontario Stone, Federal Caribou was at the Port docks. G.L. Ostrander/Integrity was at Lafarge with cement and Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder was at ArcelorMittal.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Friday October 18 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrivals - James R Barker at 2206 - Oct 18 - Algoma Hansa at 0657 departed - Oct 18 - Robert S Pierson at 0614 eastbound, James R Barker at 1133 westbound and Kitikmeot W at 1852 eastbound

Long Point Bay anchorage - anchored - Oct 16 - Algoma Hansa at 2136 - Oct 17 - James R Barker at 1014 - departed - Oct - 17 James R Barker at 2017 for the dock - Oct 18 - Algoma Hansa at 0629 to the dock

Buffalo - (Tonawanda) - docked - Oct 11 - tug Calusa Coast & Delaware at 1245 - departed Oct 18 westbound

Welland Canal - upbound - - Oct 17 - Florence Spirit at 1821 and Algoma Strongfield at 2300 - LOct 18 - Algonorth at 0619, CSL Laurentien at 0904, Pia (Atg) (ex BBC Alabama-17, Western Voyager-07) at 0928, tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 1241, Algoma Equinox at 1521 and NACC Argonaut eta 2052

downbound - Oct 18 - light tug Leonard M at 0155, Robert S Pierson at 0646, Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1138, Algoma Spirit at 1221, Algoma Conveyor at 1314 and Kitikmeot W eta 2120

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Oct 15 - tug Sharon M I & barge stopped wharf 16 at 0725 - Oct 16 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1032 - both at wharf 16 holding for weather

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 17 - Florence Spirit at 0625 - departures - Oct 15 - Iver Bright (Nld) at 2237 - Oct 16 - Happy Ranger (Nld) at 0108 Federal St Laurent (Mhl) at 0206, Federal Hunter at 0225 and Adfines Sea ( Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0757 - Oct 18 - Patalya (Mlt) (ex Maersk Newport-13) at 0630 eastbound

Hamilton - arrivals - Oct 17 - docked - Oct 8 - ferry Wolf Islander III at 0711 (Heddle Dry Dock) - Oct 16 - Jamno (Bhs) at 2131 and Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 2211 - departed - Oct 17 - Algoma Strongfield at 2001 - Oct 18 - Algoma Equinox at 1332 - both for the canal

Clarkson - arrival - Oct 18 - Robert S Pierson eta 2315 - anchored - Oct 17 - Algonorth off Clarkson at 0916 for weather - departed Oct 18 at 0428 for the canal

Mississauga - docked - Oct 15 - Hinch Spirit at 1354 - departed - Oct 17 - Hinch Spirit at 2039 eastbound

Toronto - docked - Oct 16 - NACC Argonaut at 0930 and Petite Forte at 1646 - departed - Oct 17 - NACC Argonaut at 0713 eastbound

Oshawa - docked - Oct 16 - NACC Quebec at 1755 - departed Oct 17 at 1050 eastbound

 

Historic Great Lakes Coast Guard cutter may be headed to auction block

10/19 - A former U.S. Coast Guard cutter that for decades was a familiar sight cruising and breaking ice on the Great Lakes may now be headed to the auction block. The Bramble, which made history at least twice in her Coast Guard career before being decommissioned in 2003, is caught up in an Alabama court case over unpaid debts, staff at the Maritime Executive site reported this week.

According to court documents found online, the case against M/Y Bramble, Bramble Historic Epic Companies, LLC and Orinoco Natural Resources, LLC was filed on Aug. 2 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.

The vintage cutter built in Duluth during WWII could be auctioned off as soon as Nov. 6, Maritime Executive reported. It’s a surprising twist for a beloved ship that spent her early retirement years as a floating museum in Port Huron, before being purchased by an entrepreneur late last year and moved down south.

The new owner had talked about plans to renovate the Bramble and get the ship ready to retrace its historic 1957 Northwest Passage trip. During that trip, the Bramble was one of three U.S. Coast Guard vessels - along with its sister ship, the Spar, and the Storis, to motor along semi-charted waters on the northern shore of Canada from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. To toughen up for that voyage through Arctic ice, the Bramble was outfitted with a stronger bow and a stainless steel propeller, reports show. The 4,500 nautical-mile journey took the three cutters 64 days, and made them the first American ships to circumnavigate North America.

A video team poised to document the Bramble’s repeat performance posted about the change in circumstances this week on social media: “Thank you to everyone who has reached out about the status of the Bramble. The film production is independent and not affiliated with the owner of the ship. The film crew shares your passion for the ship and remain hopeful that the voyage will live on,” staff at Bramble Reborn posted on Facebook.

People commenting on the site are sharing the hope that the Bramble could somehow be returned to Michigan, where she made a name for herself as a buoy tender and icebreaker.

The cutter was built by Zenith Dredge Company in Duluth and launched in 1943. She left her Great Lakes home in 1945, becoming a workhorse in California and Alaska. She had her first brush with history in Hawaii in 1947, when she was present for the first test of an atomic bomb’s effect on ships at Bikini Island, records show.

After her famed Northwest Passage journey, the Bramble returned to the Great Lakes, where she spent the next three decades on law enforcement, search and rescue and buoy-tending work. She was home-ported in both Detroit and Port Huron during those years.

The Bramble then did some work in the Caribbean before coming back to the Great Lakes for her final years in the fleet. She was decommissioned in 2003, replaced by the current cutter, the Hollyhock.

M Live

 

Minntac's Line 3 shutting down, no layoffs expected

10/19 - A production line at Minntac is being shut down this week, and could be down the rest of the quarter. Local 1938 President Steve Bonach said it could be started up again when other lines are taken down for maintenance, if demand calls for it.

Minntac, which is in Mountain Iron, is owned by U.S. Steel. The company sent a statement on Thursday evening. It said, "In order to reflect changing market conditions and the need to adjust our raw materials accordingly, we plan to take advantage of this situation by performing additional maintenance on our 5 Minntac Agglomerators for enhanced reliability in preparation for improved market conditions. We do not anticipate any employment impacts as a result of this action."

Bonach said he was told no layoffs are expected. U.S. Steel announced in June they were idling two blast furnaces in the Midwest and one in Europe, in response to market conditions.

WDIO

 

Soo Locks Visitor Center closes for the winter

10/19 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The Soo Locks Visitor Center closes for the year on Sunday. The rest of the park and the observation deck will remain open year around.

 

Obituary: Lillian Dorothy Keith

10/19 - Lillian Dorothy Keith, born November 9, 1920, was the daughter of Captain Ezra and Lily Boice Purdy. Growing up in Port Huron on the shores of Lake Huron, she took trips on her father's ore boats by climbing up the side on a rope ladder from the moving Wescott mail boat. She married her high school sweetheart, captain of the football team, Wallace John Keith. After WWII the couple moved to Trotwood, Ohio and began a new life together. Never losing touch with their Michigan roots, they would summer at the family home on the lake until its sale in the 1960s. A graduate of Michigan State University she held two Master's Degrees from the University of Dayton. A devoted teacher, she taught in Marine City during the War, then as both a kindergarten and later a high school English teacher, eventually becoming the head of the Language Arts Department at Trotwood Madison High School. She often recalled teaching students both as kindergartners and later as young adults, an experience that provided her an amazing opportunity to see her students' progression. She loved teaching and was beloved and highly respected by students and colleagues alike. She also had a lifelong love of animals, especially the many collies she had as faithful companions. She traveled extensively, both in North America and throughout Europe. She was a proud progressive, being a founding member of NOW (National Organization of Women) and Another Mother for Peace. In 1990 she returned to summer on Lake Huron in a cottage near Lexington. She treasured being back on 'her lake' and boating to ports in Canada and elsewhere with family and friends on Largo II. For a short time, she lived in Santa Cruz, California and enjoyed exploring the area before returning and downsizing to the Michigan cottage full time in summer of 2012. In the end she denied her age, saying that wasn't possible, and preferring the company of young minds to "old people." Survived by her devoted son Kenneth L. Keith, she was preceded in death by her husband Wallace and son W. John Keith, her beloved brothers Boice, Delbert and Donald Purdy, her parents and many other family members. She will be laid to rest with her family at Lakeside Cemetery across from the shores of her cherished Lake Huron. A service in celebration of her life will be held on May 22, 2020 in the Lakeside Chapel.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 19

At 2 a.m. October 19, 1901, the Barry line steamer STATE OF MICHIGAN (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 165 foot, 736 gross tons, built in 1875, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) sank in 60 feet of water about four miles northwest of White Lake harbor on Lake Michigan. The crew and captain reached shore in boats with the assistance of the White Lake Life Saving crew and the tug MC GRAFF. The vessel was sailing in good weather when a piston rod broke and stove a hole through the bottom of the boat. The water came gushing in. By the time the tug MC GRAFF came and took on the crew, the STATE OF MICHIGAN was in serious trouble. She went down shortly after the tug began towing her toward shore.

On October 19, 1871, ELIZA LOGAN (2-mast wooden schooner, 130 foot, 369 gross tons, built in 1855, at Buffalo, New York) foundered in rough weather about 12 miles off Erie, Pennsylvania, on Lake Erie. She was sailing from Toledo, Ohio, to Buffalo, New York, with a load of wheat when she sank. Captain Lawson and one sailor were lost, but the six others scrambled up the rigging and held on to the crosstrees for 42 hours until they were rescued by the schooner EMU at 6:00 a.m. on the morning of 21 October.

GEORGE A. SLOAN ran aground off Bob-Lo Island in the Amherstburg Channel on October 19, 1987. She was released when she unloaded part of her cargo to the CALCITE II. SLOAN was repaired in Toledo. Purchased by Lower Lakes Towing in 2001, renamed c.) MISSISSAGI.

ALGOSEA, a.) BROOKNES, was christened on October 19, 1976, at Port Colborne, Ontario. She was renamed c.) SAUNIERE in 1982. Scrapped in Turkey in 2011.

BUFFALO was able to leave the Saginaw River once it opened to traffic on October 19, 1990. The river was closed after the tanker JUPITER exploded as the BUFFALO passed.

KINSMAN VOYAGER was launched October 19, 1907, as a.) H. P. BOPE for the Standard Steamship Co., Cleveland, Ohio.

WILLIAM LIVINGSTONE of 1908, had the honor on October 19, 1912, of being the first vessel to navigate the opening of the Livingstone Channel named after the man who helped conceive the idea of a separate down bound channel on the east side of Bob-Lo Island in the lower Detroit River. Mr. Livingstone, President of the Lake Carriers Association at the time, piloted his namesake vessel in the channel on that historic trip. Renamed b.) S B WAY in 1936 and c.) CRISPIN OGLEBAY in 1948. She was scrapped at Santander, Spain, in 1974.

The crew on the stranded WILLIAM C. MORELAND was removed in gale force winds on October 19, 1910, by the Portage life saving crew.

On October 19, 1923, SAMUEL MATHER was driven onto Gull Rock on Lake Superior near Keweenaw Point during a snowstorm and gale winds. The crew was safely removed from the badly exposed steamer on October 21st by the Eagle Harbor life saving crew. Renamed b.) PATHFINDER in 1925, sold Canadian in 1964, renamed c.) GODERICH, d.) SOO RIVER TRADER and e.) PINEGLEN in 1982. Scrapped at Port Maitland, Ontario in 1984.

Michigan Limestone's self-unloader B. H. TAYLOR sailed from Lorain on her maiden voyage on October 19, 1923. She was renamed b.) ROGERS CITY in 1957, and scrapped at Recife, Brazil in 1988.

On October 19, 1868, PARAGON (wooden schooner, 212 tons, built in 1852, at Oshawa, Ontario as a brig) was being towed up the St. Clair River by the tug WILLIAM A MOORE with a load of lumber in the company of four other barges. During a gale, the tow was broken up. While the tug MOORE was trying to regain the tows, she collided with PARAGON causing severe damage. Four were drowned, but two were rescued by the Canadian gunboat/tug PRINCE ALFRED. PARAGON was then towed into Sarnia, but she sank there and was abandoned in place.

October 19, 1919 - ANN ARBOR NO 4, while on the Grand Haven to Milwaukee run, got caught in a gale, stretching the normal 6-hour crossing to 27 hours.

On October 19,1876, MASSILON (3-mast wooden schooner with foretop and topgallant sails, 130 foot, 298 gross tons, built in 1857, at Cleveland, Ohio, as a bark) was sailing from Kelley's Island for Chicago with limestone when she sprang a leak 20 miles above Pointe aux Barques at the mouth of Saginaw Bay. She was abandoned at about 2:00 a.m. and then sank. The crew was in an open boat until 7 a.m. when they were rescued by the tug VULCAN.

On October 19, 1873, JOHN F. RUST (wooden schooner-barge, 161 foot, 347 gross tons, built in 1869, at East Saginaw, Michigan) was carrying lumber in tow of the steamer BAY CITY in a storm when she broke her towline and went ashore a few miles north of Lakeport, Michigan.

1901: The wooden freighter STATE OF MICHIGAN, a) DEPERE sank off Whitehall, MI enroute to Manistee to load salt. A piston rod had broken and fractured the hull the previous day and the vessel went down slowly. All on board were saved.

1905: KALIYUGA foundered in Lake Huron with the loss of 18 lives. The ore laden steamer was enroute to Cleveland.

1905: SIBERIA sank in a storm on Lake Erie while eastbound with a cargo of grain. All on board were saved.

1916: The wooden schooner D.L. FILER, loaded with coal and enroute from Buffalo to Saugatuck, MI, became waterlogged and sank near the mouth of the Detroit River 3.5 miles east of Bar Point Light. The vessel settled in shallow water with the crew clinging to the masts. The forward mast cracked throwing the sailors into the water and all 6 were lost. Only the captain on the after mast survived.

1947: MANCHESTER CITY went aground off Cap Saumon, QC, while inbound from the United Kingdom with freight, 12 passengers and a crew of 50. The ship stranded in fog and the passengers were removed safely before the vessel was lightered. The vessel made 17 trips through the Seaway from 1959 to 1963 before being scrapped at Faslane, Scotland, in 1964.

1981: ELSIE WINCK first came through the Seaway in 1962. It was bombed and sunk at Bandar Khomeini, Iran, as e) MOIRA on this date and was a total loss.

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

 

USCGC Bramble faces auctioneer's hammer

10/18 - The vintage U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bramble has been arrested in Mobile, Alabama, for unpaid bills and will be auctioned on the steps of Mobile courthouse on November 6 .

The vessel was sold to USCGC Bramble, LLC in 2013. This entity ran the vessel as a museum ship. Financial backer Tom Clark bought the Bramble in 2018 and has refurbished it, with plans to recreate the northwest passage undertaken by Bramble in 1957.

However, despite court action, debts remain unpaid. A spokesman from the plaintiff, Inchcape Shipping Services, Inc., says: “We hope that a passionate person or institution will be able to save her.”

Bramble is one of the 39 original 180-foot seagoing buoy tenders built between 1942 and 1944. In 1947, she participated in Operation Crossroads, the first test of an atomic bomb's effect on surface ships at Bikini Island. Bramble took over responsibility for the maintenance of Aids to Navigation (AtoN) in Bikini’s lagoon from her sister ship Redbud, which had helped prepare the target area for the first round of tests. Bramble was located about 15 miles from the atoll to watch the detonation of an atomic bomb over the target area before setting a course for Hawaii.

In 1957, Bramble, along with her sister ships, USCGC Spar and USCGC Storis, were selected to attempt a forced passage along the northern shore of Canada from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. The ships traveled through 4,500 nautical miles of semi-charted water in 64 days. The success of the mission distinguished the three cutters as the first American surface ships to circumnavigate the North American continent.

After Task Force Five completed its mission Bramble returned to Miami to take up her duties as an AtoN tender and SAR platform. These duties included assisting in the evacuations of Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, under the threat of Hurricane Gracie. In August 1962, she took up station in Detroit, Michigan, and went to work as an AtoN tender and icebreaker.

Maritime Executive

 

Duluth's museum ship William A. Irvin comes home

10/18 - Duluth, MN – After more than a year away, the William A. Irvin returned home to the Minnesota Slip Wednesday night. Wren Works LLC orchestrated the move in which tugboats pulled the vessel from Fraser Shipyards to the pedestrian bridge between Canal Park and the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, which owns and operates the floating museum.

From there, barges guided the 611-foot vessel through the bridge with only 7 inches to spare on each side of the ship. The ship made it completely through the Minnesota Slip Bridge around 10:37 p.m.

Chase Dewhirst was the consultant to the DECC on matters concerning the Irvin. "It is a slow process. It can only go about one foot every four seconds," said Dewhirst, marine civil engineering manager with AMI Consulting Engineers, of the alignment process, which was meant to minimize the potential for damage.

The retired ore ship left the slip for Fraser in September 2018 so crews could begin work on a project to stabilize and contain contaminated sediments in the water. The DECC decided to make the most of the displacement and use the time to make needed repairs and a new coat of paint. In July, the ship was dry-docked at Fraser for restoration.

Dewhirst said while the ship was dry-docked AMI took the opportunity to do more detailed inspections, as it's harder to do so in the water. Small cracks and about 285 rivets were fixed as a result.

"There are other things that can get done while it's not in dry dock," Dewhirst said. "We were prioritizing things that needed to get done in dry dock. We're just increasing the service life of this vessel." A $500,000 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society was used to fund the work.

Chelly Townsend, executive director of the DECC, said an official welcome is planned for after Irvin returns. It's expected to return to business as usual in 2020.

View photos at this link: https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4724866-Duluths-museum-ships-homecoming-meets-delay

 

Port Reports -  October 18

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior - Daniel Lindner
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed Duluth at 01:33 Thursday morning after loading coal at Midwest Energy. Edwin H. Gott arrived at 02:35 for a load of iron ore pellets from Canadian National, and Paul R. Tregurtha came in at 03:14 to pick up coal at SMET. She was outbound for St. Clair at 15:13. Edwin H. Gott had a departure time of 22:30 Thursday night listed. In Superior, Frontenac spent the day Thursday loading iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern, and was still at the dock as of 19:00 with no departure time listed. Burns Harbor was due at 21:30, however she will likely anchor and wait to arrive until Frontenac completes loading.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN - Gary A. Putney
American Integrity arrived Two Harbors for South of #2 on Oct. 17th at 03:13. As of 19:45 on Oct. 17th she is still at the loading dock. Due Two Harbors early on Oct. 18th is the Edgar B. Speer. Due Two Harbors later in the day on Oct. 18th is the Indiana Harbor. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw no traffic on Oct. 17th and none scheduled on the 18th.

Owen Sound, ON – Paul Martin
Cuyahoga arrived early Friday morning and spent the day unloading two types of road salt on to the pier south of the grain elevator in Owen Sound. Weather permitting she will depart early Friday evening.

Detroit-River Rouge, MI - Raymond H
Thursday Arrivals: John G Munson shifted to Zug Island to finish unloading stone. Philip R Clarke arrived at the Jefferson Ave stone dock to unload stone. American Spirit arrived at Zug Island to unload ore. Sam Laud arrived at Zug Island to unload coal.

Toledo, OH
Tug Molly M 1arrived on Thursday and is expected to tow the long-idle barge Sarah Spencer out for scrap Friday, weather permitting.

Port Colborne, ON – Bill Bird
International Marine Salvage has bulldozed a ramp astern of where the one Algoma ship remains. The idea is to drag the two cement ships onto the land to make more room for more scrap-bound vessels this winter, including Sarah Spencer, due over the weekend. Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Thursday October 17 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrivals - Oct 17 - Kitikmeot W at 1402 and Robert S Pierson at 1450 - departed - Oct 17 - Rosy (Bds) (ex SCT Stockhorn-17, MCT Stockhorn-16, HLL Caspian-08) at 1003 eastbound

Long Point Bay anchorage - anchored - Oct 16 - Algoma Hansa at 2136 - Oct 17 - James R Barker at 1014, Robert S Pierson at 1134 - departed Oct 17 - Robert S Pierson at 1412 to the dock

Buffalo - (Tonawanda) - docked - Oct 11 - tug Calusa Coast & Delaware at 1245

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 16 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0947 stopping at wharf 16, Robert S Pierson at 1954 and Kitikmeot at 2319 - Oct 17 - Algoma Sault at 0008, Evans Spirit at 0307, Oakglen at 0522, Florence Spirit at 1821

downbound - Oct 16 - Ojibway at 1311 and CSL Laurentien at 1800 - Oct 17 - Rosy (Brb) (ex SCT Stockhorn-17, MCT Stockhorn-16, HLL Caspian-08) at 1446

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Oct 15 - tug Sharon M I & barge stopped wharf 16 at 0725 - Oct 16 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1032 - both at wharf 16 holding for weather

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 16 - Patalya (Mlt) (ex Maersk Newport-13) at 2355 - Oct 17 - Florence Spirit at 0625 - departures - Oct 15 - Iver Bright (Nld) at 2237 - Oct 16 - Happy Ranger (Nld) at 0108 Federal St Laurent (Mhl) at 0206, Federal Hunter at 0225 and Adfines Sea ( Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0757 - Oct 17 - Federal Dee (Mhl) at 0003, Blacky (Cyp) at 1210, and Florence Spirit at 1715 for the canal and Rodopi (Mlt) at 2105 eastbound

Hamilton - arrival - Oct 17 - Algoma Equinox at 0450, docked - Oct 8 - ferry Wolf Islander III at 0711 (Heddle Dry Dock) - Florence Spirit at 1816 and Algoma Strongfield at 2126, Oct 16 -Jamno (Bhs) at 2131 and Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 2211 - departed - Oct 16 - Patalya (Mlt) (ex Maersk Newport-13) at 2156 for Port Weller -

Clarkson - Oct 17 - Algonorth anchored off Clarkson at 0916 for weather

Mississauga - docked - Oct 15 - Hinch Spirit at 1354 - departed - Oct 17 - Hinch Spirit at 2039 eastbound

Toronto - docked - Oct 16 - NACC Argonaut at 0930 and Petite Forte at 1646 - departed - Oct 17 - NACC Argonaut at 0713 eastbound

Oshawa - docked - Oct 16 -NACC Quebec at 1755

Seaway – Rene Beauchamp
Humbergracht will transit the Seaway next week. She is the second vessel of that name in the waterway. She previously visited as HHL Tyne.

 

Great Lakes’ last coal-fired car ferry to get operations facelift

10/18 - Ludington, MI - – The last coal-fired car ferry operating on the Great Lakes - and in the United States - will get a new ticket booth to welcome passengers with a modern look. The building has been there since “the railroad days,” according to an Associated Press report.

The S.S. Badger, a National Historic Landmark, carries passengers across Lake Michigan between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wis., multiple times a day each spring and summer, with an occasional industrial cargo load mixed in. It can accommodate 600 passengers and 180 vehicles. Its original purpose was to ferry rail cars, which it did from 1953-1990.

With the 2019 season concluded as of Monday, Oct. 14, it’s time for Lake Michigan Carferry, which operates the 410-foot vessel, to start off-season projects, The AP reports. This year’s big endeavor will be the new ticket booth in Ludington that will be built at the same location as the current building after it’s demolished. It will include a gift shop and is expected to be complete by the start of the 2020 season.

There are no plans for major upgrades to the ship this year.

In May, the company completed a $9.5 million project that replaced its docks on both sides of Lake Michigan. In April 2018, the Manitowoc pier sustained significant damage due to shore erosion caused by high winds and waves.

The Badger makes about 450 trips a year transporting passengers, autos, RVs, tour buses, motorcycles, bicycles and commercial trucks across Lake Michigan. The slow journey - advertised as an adventure in itself - takes about four hours.

The ship’s passengers are encouraged to slow down and reminisce about simpler times. Onboard entertainment includes bingo, movies, satellite TV, lounge areas, play areas, Wi-Fi, an arcade, a gift shop, two food service areas and two bars, and large outdoor decks. Evening and night crossings offer sunset views and stargazing free of light pollution.

2020 passenger service will begin in mid-May; reservations will be available in January.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 18

On October 18, 1869, GERALDINE (3-mast wooden schooner, 232 tons, built in 1856, at Wilson, New York as a bark) was carrying coal from Buffalo to Detroit in heavy weather. During the night, she collided with the schooner E. M. PORTCH five miles below "The Cut" at Long Point on Lake Erie and sank in 5 minutes. The PORTCH stood by while the GERALDINE's crew got off in the yawl. No lives were lost.

ALVA C. DINKEY departed Quebec City October 18, 1980, in tandem with her former fleet mate GOVERNOR MILLER, towed by the FedNav tug CATHY B., in route to Vigo, Spain, for scrapping.

Tragedy struck on the WILLIAM C. MORELAND's fifth trip October 18, 1910, Loaded with 10,700 tons of iron ore from Superior for Ashtabula, Ohio, the vessel stranded on Sawtooth Reef off Eagle Harbor, Michigan, on Lake Superior. Visibility had been very limited due to forest fires raging on the Keweenaw Peninsula and the lake was blanketed with smoke as far as one mile off shore. The MORELAND hit so hard and at such speed that she bounced over the first reef and came to rest on a second set of rocks. The stern section was salvaged and combined with a new forward section she became b.) SIR TREVOR DAWSON in 1916. Renamed c.) CHARLES L. HUTCHINSON in 1920, d.) GENE C. HUTCHINSON in 1951, sold into Canadian registry in 1963, renamed e.) PARKDALE. Scrapped at Cartagena, Spain in 1970.

On October 18, 1896, AUSTRALASIA (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 282 foot, 1,829 gross tons, built in 1884, at W. Bay City, Michigan) was carrying 2,200 tons of soft coal when she caught fire, burned to the waterline and sank 3 miles east of Cana Island in Lake Michigan. The Bailey's Harbor Lifesavers saved her crew.

At 8 p.m., on October 18, 1844, the steamer ROCHESTER left Rochester, New York for Toronto. She encountered a severe gale about halfway there. Captain H. N. Throop had the vessel put about to return to Rochester. The gale was so severe that all thought they were lost. When they finally arrived in Rochester, the passengers were so grateful that they had survived that they published a note of gratitude to Almighty God and Captain Throop in The Rochester Daily Democrat on 19 October 1844 -- it was signed by all 18 passengers.

On October 18,1876, the schooner R. D. CAMPBELL filled with water and capsized on Lake Michigan about 10 miles from Muskegon, Michigan. The crew clung to the vessel's rigging until rescued by the tug JAMES MC GORDAN. The schooner drifted to the beach some hours later.

1905: The schooner TASMANIA became waterlogged while under tow of the steamer BULGARIA and sank in the Pelee Passage

1911: ARUNDELL had been laid up at Douglas, MI, for about 2 weeks when fire Poke out, destroying the iron hulled passenger and freight vessel.

1917: ABYSSINIA had been under tow of the MARUBA when both ships stranded at Tecumseh Shoal in heavy seas. The grain-laden vessels had been following the north shore due to high winds when they struck bottom. The barge began leaking and was pounded apart but there was no loss of life but the steamer was refloated.

1933: The wooden steam barge MANISTIQUE caught fire on Lake Huron and the remains either sank or was scuttled.

1973: The AGIOS ANTONIOS first visited the Seaway in 1972 and, as a) SILVERWEIR, had come inland beginning in 1964. The ship had loaded iron ore at Coondapoor, on the southwest coast of India, and went aground leaving for Constanza, Romania. The vessel was abandoned as a total loss.

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

 

U.S. Great Lakes ports on pace to beat 2018 volumes

10/17 - U.S. Great Lakes ports are on pace to beat 2018 cargo volumes following a robust September handling road salt, cement, stone, petroleum and wind energy components.

“U.S. Great Lakes ports are reporting cargo growth as they support the region’s construction activity and energy needs and help our cities prepare for the winter ahead,” said Bruce Burrows, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. “Iron ore exports from Minnesota to Japan and China via the St. Lawrence Seaway are also continuing.”

Overall, St. Lawrence Seaway tonnage for the season (March 22 to September 30) reached 24.8 million metric tons, down 6 percent from 2018. The figures reflect a combination of factors including the decrease in U.S. corn and soybean exports from earlier in the spring and current delays in the Canadian Prairie harvest due to the wet field conditions.

September was a busy month for the Port of Duluth-Superior, with overall tonnage pacing slightly ahead of last season and the five-season average. Grain made a strong move in September, posting its second-highest monthly tonnage total of the season and narrowly outpacing 2018. General cargo movement continued steady, with wind energy cargo arrivals from overseas via the Seaway tracking toward a record total. In addition, iron ore tonnage outpaced the September 2018 total by 3 percent, putting it almost 16 percent ahead of the five-year average.

Shipments of limestone and petroleum products continued to lead the way at the Port of Green Bay in September, bringing its year-to-date shipping total to more than 1.6 million tons through September; 17 percent ahead of 2018.

“It’s great to see the strong tonnage numbers for September,” said Dean Haen, Port of Green Bay Director. “We’ve had solid numbers for petroleum (up 44 percent over last year) and limestone shipments (up 64 percent over last year) throughout the season and salt shipments are typically strong this time of year with winter months not too far away. We’re optimistic that we’ll see a good finish for the 2019 shipping season for the Port and for the entire Great Lakes. It’s a good sign for the regional economy.”

Overall tonnage through Port Milwaukee is up 25 percent as the Port’s handling of salt, cement, steel, and other specialty cargoes have led the way this year.

“Port Milwaukee is continuing an impressive streak into the last quarter of 2019,” said Director Adam Schlicht. “The Port’s efforts to strategically market its multimodal capabilities to domestic and international customers is having a prodigious effect, culminating in the Port’s receipt of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) national Overall Award of Communications Excellence this week in Virginia.”

In September, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority reported a slight decrease in tonnage compared to the 2018 season. While coal, iron ore and grain were down, general cargo, dry bulk and petroleum numbers were up with robust aluminum shipments leading the way. The Port also handled bulk sugar for the first time since 2015. “The same vessel that brought sugar from Mexico to the Port of Toledo sailed up the Maumee River and loaded a combination of soybeans, distiller dry grain (DDG) and corn gluten meal (CGM). This single vessel discharge and reload is a great example of the diverse cargo mix handled at the Port of Toledo,” said Joseph Cappel, VP of Business Development for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. “With the ability to match export cargos with incoming shipments, the Port of Toledo can provide an efficient and cost-effective solution for shippers.”

Chamber of Marine Commerce

 

Port Reports -  October 17

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior - Daniel Lindner
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived Duluth at 12:48 Wednesday afternoon to pick up coal at Midwest Energy, and Mesabi Miner left port at 13:43 after loading iron ore pellets at CN. Late Wednesday afternoon, Heritage Marine tugs headed over to Fraser Shipyards and took the museum ship William A. Irvin under tow from the yard, where she has resided for the past year. The vessel was removed from drydock earlier this week after undergoing hull work and painting to prepare her to return to her home in the Minnesota Slip near the lift bridge. At the Superior entry on Wednesday, Michipicoten departed at 07:36 with iron ore and Frontenac was inbound at 19:04 to load at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN - Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors had no traffic on Oct. 16th. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 17th is the American Integrity. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival and departure of the American Courage on Oct. 16th. She was inbound at 01:54 and outbound 12:12. She had arrived after unloading stone at Graymont in Superior. She is headed for Cleveland. There is no scheduled inbound traffic for Silver Bay on the 17th.

Thunder Bay ON
Wednesday; G3 Marquis is at the Superior Elevator loading wheat. The saltie Vitosha is at the G3 elevator loading grain. Atlantic Huron was loading coal at Thunder Bay Terminals and departed at 16:10 for Sydney NS. 17:19 Federal Mackinac weighed anchor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load. The saltie Isolda is at the Richardson Current River Terminal loading grain. Federal Rideau and Federal Kivalina are at anchor in the main anchorage. Algoma Discovery is at anchor south of the Welcome Islands St. Marys River - Joy Fett
Sarter Marine's tug William C. Gaynor was upbound on a very wind, rainy, gloomy Wednesday and spent the day tied up next the Museum Ship Valley Camp. The Gaynor started upbound Tuesday and spent the night off Lime Island. She had in tow, two small U.S. Coast Guard vessels Erie and Fairport. They will be on their way to Superior, WI, once the weather moderates.

Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
In port Wednesday (10/16) were tug Anglian Lady with barge PML 9000 delivering just over 1,500 tons of Canadian steel at the heavy lift dock; Samuel de Champlain / Innovation with cement from Alpena at the Lafarge terminal; and Prentiss Brown/St. Marys Challenger with cement from Charlevoix at the St. Marys Cement Kinnickinnic River facility. Tugs Racine and Kenosha along with crane barge Manitowoc and two deck barges, all owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers, remain tied up at the south end of the mooring basin. This is Anglian Lady’s third visit to Milwaukee with steel coils from Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, since the Trump administration lifted tariffs on metal imports from Canada in May. Many of these coils are destined for a company in Oak Creek. Weighing approximately 24 tons, a truck can carry only one coil.

Detroit-River Rouge, MI - Raymond H
Wednesday Arrivals: Michigan/Great Lakes-arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. GL Ostrander/Integrity-arrived at Lafarge to unload cement. Cason J Callaway-arrived at Zug Island to unload ore. John G Munson-arrived at the Jefferson Ave stone dock to unload stone.

Cleveland, OH - Bill Kloss
Sam Laud departed Wednesday for Sandusky. Federal Caribou was at the Port, Dock 24E.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Wednesday October 16 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrival - Oct 16 - Algoma Hansa eta 2230 - docked - Oct 15 - Rosy (Brb) (ex SCT Stockhorn-17, MCT Stockhorn-16, HLL Caspian-08) at 0655 - departed - Oct 15 - Algoterra at 1935 eastbound

Buffalo - (Tonawanda) - docked - Oct 11 - tug Calusa Coast & Delaware at 1245

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 15 - light tug Wyatt M at 2231 - Oct 16 - Algoma Hansa at 0723, dredge Ocean Traverse Nord at 0805, tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0947, CSL Welland at 1252 and Robert S Pierson at 1954

downbound - Oct 15 - CSL Niagara at 1858 - Oct 16 - Ojibway at 1311 and CSL Laurentien at 1800 Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Oct 15 - tug Sharon M I & barge stopped wharf 16 at 0725 - Oct 16 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Mrys Cemenet II at 1032 - both a wharf 16 holding for weather

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 10 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 0643 - Oct 14 - Federal Dee (Mhl) at 1949 - Oct 15 - Adfines Sea ( Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1435 from Mississauga - Oct 16 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0250 - departures - Oct 15 - Iver Swift (Nld) at 2237 - Oct 16 - Happy Ranger (Nld) at 0108 Federal St Laurent (Mhl) at 0206, Federal Hunter at 0225, . departed - Oct 16 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0050 for Port Weller anchorage

Hamilton - arrival - Oct 16 - Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 2211 - docked - docked - Oct 8 - ferry Wolf Islander III at 0711 - Oct 15 - Patalya (Mlt) (ex Maersk Newport-13) at 1213, Florence Spirit at 1816 and Algoma Strongfield at 2126 - departed - Oct 14 - Spruceglen at 1414 and Algoma Guardian at 1442 - Oct 15 - Algoma Transport at 0614 - Oct 16 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0050 for Port Weller anchorage 2328

Bronte - arrival - Oct 12 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0826 - Oct 13 - Gaia Desgagnes anchored off the dock at 1115 - departed - Oct 15 - Gaia Desgagnes at 1648 eastbound

Clarkson - arrival - Oct 16 - Robert S Pierson at 0623 from the anchorage - departed Oct 126 at 1801 for the canal

Mississauga - arrival - Oct 15 - Hinch Spirit at 1354 - from Port Credit anchorage - departed - Oct 15 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1257 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto - arrival - Oct 16 - NACC Argonaut at 0930,

Oshawa - anchored - Oct 16 -NACC Quebec at 1150 - departed Oct 16 at 1750 for the dock - arrival Oct 16 1755

 

Fitzgerald Experience at National Museum November 9-10

10/17 - Toledo, OH - In honor of the 44th anniversary of the loss of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, the National Museum of the Great Lakes will offer a weekend of special programming. The Fitzgerald Experience begins with a guided tour of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship, using our lake freighter and its similarities to the Edmund Fitzgerald to discuss the events of November 10, 1975, theories about the sinking and stories about the 29 crew members who were lost. The tour is approximately 75 minutes long. Although the Schoonmaker was built in 1911, its conversion to a steam turbine in the 1950s and reconfiguring of its hatches allow excellent comparisons to be made to the Fitzgerald. "An event like the loss of the Fitzgerald is sometimes better understood when you can see the topic first-hand, whether is a hatch clamp, fence rail, or vent cover,” said Christopher Gillcrist, Executive Director of the National Museum of the Great Lakes. “You really can't appreciate the Fitzgerald storm until you are in the pilothouse of the Schoonmaker and envisioning waves breaking over your head"

Following the guided tour, participants can view the museum's own documentary A Good Ship and Crew Well Seasoned: The Fitzgerald and Her Legacy. This hour-long documentary explores the less documented and overlooked history of the Fitzgerald and her crew before their tragic loss through unpublished manuscript material and photographs while at the same time reflecting on the impact of their loss on family, friends and colleagues in the maritime community. The film takes a refreshing break from debating the possible cause of her loss in order to direct more time to those important historical questions not yet asked.

Tickets are $25 per person and $20 per person for members of the National Museum. Admission to the National Museum of the Great Lakes is included in the price for the Fitzgerald Experience.

Tickets can be purchased at Fitzexperience.eventbrite.com or by calling 419-214-5000 extension 200.

National Museum of the Great Lakes

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 17

On this day in 1889, the whaleback 103 completed her maiden trip by delivering 86,000 bushels of Duluth wheat to Buffalo.

On this day in 1936, the 252-foot sand sucker SAND MERCHANT rolled over and sank when a 50 mph gale swept across Lake Erie. The steamer THUNDER BAY QUARRIES, Captain James Healey, rescued three survivors and the steamer MARQUETTE & BESSEMER NO 1, Captain George Wilson, rescued four additional survivors. Eighteen crewmembers and one female passenger drowned in the accident.

On October 17, 1887, Henry McMorran and D. N. Runnels bought the engine and boiler of the tug GEORGE HAND at the U.S. Marshall's sale in Port Huron, Michigan, for $500.

The CARLTON (Hull#542) was launched October 17, 1963, at Sunderland, England, by Short Brothers, Ltd., for Chapman & Willan, Ltd. Renamed b.) FEDERAL WEAR in 1975. Purchased by Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd. in 1975, renamed c.) ST LAWRENCE PROSPECTOR in 1975. Lengthened to Seaway size and renamed d.) CANADIAN PROSPECTOR in 1979. Scrapped in 2009 at Aliaga, Turkey.

The EMS ORE was launched October 17, 1959, for Transatlantic Bulk Carriers, Monrovia, Liberia. Purchased by Hall Corp. of Canada in 1976, reconstructed for lake service and renamed b.) MONTCLIFFE HALL in 1977. Renamed c.) CARTIERDOC in 1988, she sails today as d.) CEDARGLEN.

With an inexperienced Taiwanese crew, boiler problems and the collapse of Lock 7's west wall in the Welland Canal on October 17th, SAVIC's (CLIFFS VICTORY) departure was delayed until December 17, 1985, when she departed Chicago under her own power.

The carferry PERE MARQUETTE 19 was launched October 17, 1903.

In 1893, the FLINT & PERE MARQUETTE NO 1 was damaged by fire while in Ludington.

In 1988, the Society for the Preservation of the S.S. City of Milwaukee purchased CITY OF MILWAUKEE from the City of Frankfort for $2.

On October 17,1871, CASCADEN (2 mast wood schooner, 138 tons, built in 1866, at Saugeen, Ontario) was carrying much needed supplies for the Cove Island Lighthouse keeper and his family who were in desperate straits. But she went ashore 3 miles below Cape Hurd near Tobermory, Ontario, in a storm and was wrecked.

On October 17, 1843, the wooden schooner ALABAMA collided with a pier during a storm at the mouth of the Grand River at Fairport, Ohio, and was a total loss.

On October 17, 1871, the 42-ton wooden schooner SEA HORSE stranded on Fitzwilliam Island at the mouth of Georgian Bay in a storm. She was a total loss.

1923: The bulk carrier LUZON went aground in Lake Superior, northeast of Passage Island, due to poor visibility from the dense smoke of local forest fires. The vessel sustained serious bow damage but, fortunately, the bulkhead held. It was enroute from Fort William to Buffalo with grain at the time. The ship returned to service as b) JOHN ANDERSON in 1924 and was last known as G.G. POST.

1936: SAND MERCHANT sank in Lake Erie about 13.5 miles off Cleveland with the loss of 19 lives. The ship began taking on water faster than it could be pumped out and only 7 sailors survived.

1951: GEORGE F. RAND and HARVEY H. BROWN collided just below the Huron Cut at Port Huron and the former was beached with a starboard list. After being refloated, this vessel unloaded its cargo of silica sand at Port Huron and then went to Toledo for repairs. The latter later sailed as PARKER EVANS and MARLHILL.

1980: The Canadian tanker GULF CANADA and MEGALOHARI II collided at Montreal with minor damage. The former had been built at Collingwood as a) B.A. PEERLESS in 1952 and was scrapped at Alang, India, as d) COASTAL I in 1990. The latter had begun Seaway trading in 1965 and was scrapped at Alang as b) AGIOS CONSTANTINOS in 1985.

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

 

14-foot waves, 50 mph gusts to pound Michigan’s shorelines Wednesday

10/16 - Strong winds are going to develop and really churn up the Great Lakes Wednesday, October 16. By late Wednesday afternoon, winds from the northwest gusting up to 50 mph will create a long fetch across the waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and Lake Huron. The northwesterly flow is a wind that builds big waves on the Michigan sides of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.

The strong northwest winds will likely push water over the piers. Water will also be shoved up into the channels and rivers and cause the rivers to rise. Waves are expected to be bigger than this past weekend.

The entire Lake Michigan coast from Frankfort to Benton Harbor will have waves over 10 feet by 6 p.m. Wednesday. Some waves are expected to top 14 feet.

Lake Superior wave forecast shows 10 foot waves by 6 p.m. Wednesday. Lake Huron will have its biggest waves on the Ontario side.

Shoreline erosion is going to become more significant as we go into fall and early winter because storm systems get stronger. The stronger storm systems with longer periods of higher winds will produce more beach erosion than in summer.

View graphs at this link: https://www.mlive.com/weather/2019/10/14-foot-waves-50-mph-gusts-to-pound-michigans-shorelines.html

 

Sarah Spencer may be heading for scrap on Friday

10/16 - Word on the Toledo waterfront is that the long-inactive barge Sarah Spencer may be departing Toledo under tow for the scrapyard at Port Colborne, ON, this Friday, weather permitting. The Spencer, built in 1959 for the American Steamship Co. as Adam E. Cornelius, has been laid up since 2009.

 

Port Reports -  October 16

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Century departed Duluth at 01:42 Tuesday morning with a load of iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor, and Mesabi Miner arrived at 06:16 to load at Canadian National. American Courage was inbound at 10:37 to discharge limestone at Graymont. She was expected to depart late Tuesday evening for Silver Bay to load, while the Miner has a departure time of 10:00 Wednesday listed. In Superior, Algoma Spirit arrived at 00:21 Tuesday, loaded iron ore pellets at BN, and departed at 11:46 for Hamilton. Her fleetmate Algoma Compass then arrived at 12:03 and began loading at Burlington Northern. She is expected to depart early Wednesday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
The Roger Blough arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 14th at 23:23 for South of #2. She departed Two Harbors on Oct. 15th at 12:53 for Gary. The American Integrity is due Two Harbors on Oct. 16th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader depart at approx. 01:15 on Oct. 15th for Toledo. Due Silver Bay late on the 15th or early on the 16th is the American Courage. As of 19:00 on the 15th she was unloading stone at Graymont in Superior.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
CSL Assiniboine cleared 9:58 am Tuesday, upbound with salt for Superior WI. Algoma Buffalo returned (from basin) to the Compass Minerals Dock to top up; her salt is for Sandusky.

Detroit-River Rouge, MI – Raymond H
John J Boland arrived at Zug Island to Tuesday to unload coal.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Herbert C. Jackson delivered to ArcelorMittal on Tuesday and then headed to Stoneport. Sam Laud delivered stone from Marblehead. Cuyahoga loaded salt at Cargill for Owen Sound. Volgaborg was still at the Port docks.

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit unloading at Lehigh Cement.

 

Thunder Bay shipyard owner hopes for federal contracts

10/16 - Thunder Bay, ON - The owners of the Thunder Bay shipyard are pressing ahead with an effort to get some contracts through the federal government's national shipbuilding strategy. Hamilton-based Heddle Shipyards says if the company were to obtain some of the work required to build at least six new icebreakers there would be spinoffs for its various Ontario operations, including Thunder Bay.

Heddle filed a complaint this year with the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, alleging flaws in the government's process for qualifying a third shipyard to participate. Currently, shipyards in Vancouver and Halifax are the only qualifiers, but a Quebec City shipyard seems in line to be chosen as the other participant.

Last month, after the government moved to curtail the tribunal's investigation by invoking a controversial national-security exception, Heddle withdrew its complaint.

Company president Shaun Padulo said the decision was made for strategic reasons on the advice of its lawyers. "Although we have withdrawn our complaint, we are not going to give up," Padulo said Thursday in a statement delivered to tbnewswatch.com.

"The Coast Guard needs ships as soon as possible. To suggest that only three shipyards would be capable of meeting the replacement needs in the required timeline is unreasonable," he said.

Padulo said a truly national shipbuilding strategy requires participation by an Ontario shipyard, and he wants Heddle to be given a "fair, open and transparent opportunity." The company has three shipyards in Ontario as well as two on the east coast.

According to Padulo, its current capital expenditure objectives include significant upgrades in Thunder Bay, a program that an icebreaker contract would expedite.

Heddle has partnered with a Dutch shipbuilding company in a bid to become a qualifying shipyard for the federal procurement program. Padulo said Damen Shipyards specializes in constructing ships using modules.

"Damen is coming to Thunder Bay to review the facility, and to our yards in Port Weller and Hamilton. to see how we could fabricate modules in each," he said. The modules would be assembled to launch a ship at the Port Weller dry dock in St. Catharines, but "it could mean a significant number of jobs in each of our Ontario locations," Padulo said.

Heddle bought the Thunder Bay shipyard in 2016. It includes a dry dock, a large fabrication shop and a large machine shop. The company formed a strategic partnership with Thunder Bay's Fabmar Metals Inc., which Padulo said has done "a lot of repair work and regular maintenance."

He has previously described Fabmar as the cornerstone of the local shipyard. Fabmar employees are currently sent to the facility on an as-needed basis. "Their team typically mobilizes to the yard when we have a ship. We just had an Algoma ship there for about a month. We've done four major projects since we took it over and a number of minor projects for local tug operators, by example," Padulo said.

He hopes to bring a ship into the dry dock every winter, but also to work with Fabmar to expand its existing industrial fabrication work for the forestry and mining sectors. Padulo's ultimate goal is to operate the Thunder Bay facility 365 days a year. "The onus is on us to generate sustainable work in the winter, and to make sure we have work in the summer when the ships are all out sailing, to keep our people busy."

He said those efforts will continue exclusive of the current effort to participate in the new icebreaker program. "My goal is to have over 100 employees there full-time," Padulo said.

TB Newswatch

 

Duluth Cargo Connect wins worldwide Heavy Lift Award

10/16 - Duluth, MN – Tuesday in Antwerp, Belgium, Heavy Lift and Project Forwarding International selected Duluth Cargo Connect as the publication’s 2019 Worldwide Port/Terminal Operator of the Year.

An international panel of industry experts selected the award winners. HLPFI established the Heavy Lift Awards to recognize excellence in complex logistics, transport and engineering projects around the world. Duluth Cargo Connect is a working partnership between the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and Lake Superior Warehousing. The Duluth Seaway Port Authority owns and maintains the assets of the Clure Public Marine Terminal, Duluth’s only general cargo terminal, and Lake Superior Warehousing operates the Clure Terminal assets as the Duluth Seaway Port Authority’s agent.

“We’re honored to accept this award and we appreciate the recognition for our terminal,” said Jonathan Lamb, president of Duluth Cargo Connect. “It’s a big world of ports and operators, so being selected at the head of that class for 2019 is something special.”

Judges based their selections on the following criteria:

• Demonstrated safe and efficient handling of oversize cargo.
• Investment in new equipment and facilities for the storing and handling of oversize cargoes.
• Maintenance of existing facilities.
• Minimized wait time for customers.

“Building and sustaining a great multimodal logistics terminal is a team effort, and we’re fortunate to have a tremendous team – the Port Authority and Lake Superior Warehousing staff, the terminal workers and the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board of Commissioners. We also have important support at the city, county, state and federal government levels,” said Deb DeLuca, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. “The Clure Terminal opened 60 years ago. That’s a long time when it comes to infrastructure and business planning, but today, the Clure is as successful as it’s ever been because of our team’s ongoing dedication to nurturing a world-class terminal in Mid-America.”

Specializing in breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargo, Duluth Cargo Connect manages some of the Great Lakes’ most complex and sizable cargoes while delivering supply chain cost-savings to regional and international customers. The 120-acre Clure Terminal is a multimodal hub for these arrivals and departures. It features seven Seaway-depth vessel-docking berths, access to four Class 1 railroads with on-dock rail, a mobile 300-ton crawler crane, and twin 81-ton gantry cranes. The facility is also home to Foreign Trade Zone No. 51, along with more than 430,000 square feet of warehouse storage and 40-plus acres of secured outdoor ground storage. This laydown area has been the disembarkation point for the record amount of wind energy cargo coming to Duluth from around the world this season.

Opened in 1959 at the tip of Rice’s Point, the Clure Terminal has received more than $25 million in capital investments over the past four years. These efforts included rehabilitating a historic 28-acre dock, creating two new Seaway-depth ship berths, a roll-on/roll-off dock, and adding on-dock rail, constructing a new road through the original terminal to enhance traffic flow efficiency, adding a scale and trucker’s lounge, and expanding and enhancing the CN Duluth Intermodal Terminal with added rail and paved storage area. The transformation of the 28-acre blighted dock into a fully functioning multimodal transportation hub was a finalist for the Minnesota Brownfields 2018 ReScape Award in the Economic Impact category.

Nearly 50 employees power the terminal operations, earning a reputation worldwide as Lake Superior’s primary destination for dimensional and heavy-lift maritime cargo (e.g., equipment supporting the power generation, pulp and paper, mining and manufacturing industries).

“The Port Authority and Lake Superior Warehousing have been an outstanding team for many years,” said Rick Revoir, president of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board of Commissioners. “Under the Duluth Cargo Connect banner, there’s a unified commitment to going the extra mile for customers and providing value-added services they can’t get elsewhere. This team and its level of commitment, combined with our excellent facilities, help set us apart.”

Duluth Seaway Port Authority

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 16

On this day in 1950, the JOHN M. McKERCHEY of the Kelley's Island Lime and Transport Company sank at 2:30 a.m. while returning from the pumping grounds with a load of sand. Captain Horace S. Johnson went down with the boat, but the remaining 19 crewmembers were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

On October 16,1855, SENECA (wooden propeller tug, 92 foot, 73 tons, built in 1847, at Buffalo, New York) was towing the brig LANSING past the foot of Randolph Street at Chicago, Illinois, when her boiler exploded. Her skipper and engineer were killed instantly and several others were injured. The vessel was later recovered.

On October 16, 1990, the JOHN B. AIRD's loop belt caught fire while loading mill scale at Inland Steel Mill, East Chicago, Illinois. Fueled by coal dust left over after unloading coal at the mill, 1,400 feet of the rubber conveyor belt burned causing nearly $500,000 in damages.

ALGOWEST set a cargo record carrying 27,517 tons of grain down the Seaway October 16, 1982, to Port Cartier, Quebec. She was converted to a self-unloader in 1998, and renamed b.) PETER R. CRESSWELL in 2001.

The Cayman Islands-registered tanker RIO ORINOCO grounded off Anticosti Island, Quebec on October 16, 1990, and was abandoned. Later she was salvaged by Le Groupe Desgagnes (1981) Inc., refloated, repaired and renamed d.) THALASSA DESGAGNES.

Sea trials of MERTON E. FARR were successfully completed October 16, 1920.

On October 16, 1954, the SCOTT MISENER of 1954 became the first laker to load a record 800,000 bushels of grain on the Great Lakes when she was loaded with barley at Fort William, Ontario, for delivery to Port Colborne.

WILLIAM G. MATHER of 1925 was towed from her Cuyahoga River berth on October 16, 1990, by the Great Lakes Towing tugs IDAHO and DELAWARE. She was placed next to the 9th Street Pier of Cleveland's North Coast Harbor and now serves as a marine museum.

On October 16, 1912, JAMES BUCKLEY (2 mast wood schooner-barge, 161 foot, 442 gross tons, built in 1884, at Quebec City) was carrying coal and being towed by the tug WILLIAM PROCTOR in consort with the barges H B and MENOMINEE in Lake Ontario. The BUCKLEY separated from this group in a storm and was driven into the shallows off the coast of Jefferson County, New York. The tug PROCTOR delivered MENOMINEE to Cape Vincent, then returned in time to take BUCKLEY’s crew out of the rigging - hand over hand on a heaving line - before BUCKLEY finally sank.

On October 16, 1855, the brig TUSCARORA was carrying coal from Buffalo to Chicago. She anchored off Chicago's Harrison Street, but a storm dragged her in. Volunteers from shore were unable to get to the stricken vessel. A group of 9 ship captains and 4 seamen then organized a rescue party and took two new "Francis" metal lifeboats out and rescued the entire crew of eleven. By 21 October, TUSCARORA was pounded to pieces.

On October 16, 1853, PHILO SCOVILLE (2-mast wooden brig built in 1853, at Sheboygan, Wisconsin) was carrying flour, wheat, pigs and barreled fish when she encountered a gale in the eastern Straits of Mackinac. She was dismasted and drifted ashore where she was pounded to pieces. Her crew was saved by floating ashore while clinging to the floating main mast.

1880: ALPENA, a wooden sidewheel passenger steamer, was lost in Lake Michigan in a violent storm. All 67 on board perished.

1928: PARKS FOSTER ran aground, due to fog, in Lake Huron near Alpena. The ship was lightered, pumped out and refloated. While declared a total loss, the vessel was rebuilt as b) SUPERIOR and eventually dismantled at Port Weller in 1961.

1940: TREVISA was torpedoed and sunk by U-124 while 600 miles off the coast of Ireland. The ship had become a straggler from convoy SC-7 that had been attacked over a period of 3 nights. Seven lives were lost when TREVISA was hit in the engineroom by a single torpedo.

1968: The NORMAN P. CLEMENT was at Collingwood for examination of the grounding damage of earlier in the month when an onboard explosion on this date injured 11. The hull was contaminated with chemicals and declared a total loss.

1969: FREDEN V. came to the Great Lakes in 1958 and returned through the Seaway in 1959. The small tanker was heavily damaged as c) YARIMCA in an engine room fire at Sinop, Turkey, but that was repaired in 1972 and the ship survived until scrapping at Aliaga, Turkey, as f) ORTAC in 2004.

1971: The Cypriot freighter UNION came through the Seaway in 1971 after prior visits as c) MICA beginning in 1965. Fire broke out in the engine room and the ship was abandoned 130 miles off Freetown, Sierra Leone, on October 10, 1971. The vessel sank on October 16 and had been enroute from Gdynia, Poland, to Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Team uncovers long-lost Great Lakes wreck of the Russia

10/15 - Whitefish Point, MI – In July, Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society founder and Director Emeritus Tom Farnquist and shipwreck enthusiasts from Minnesota, Ken Merryman and Jerry Eliason uncovered the Russia, a cargo ship lost at the bottom of Lake Huron for 11 decades.

Archaeologists Phil Hartmeyer, Stephanie Gandulla with the Thunder Bay NOAA Marine Sanctuary and Michigan DNR Archaeologist Wayne Lusardi conducted additional sonar imaging of the site. The Michigan State Police Dive Team headed by Randy Parrols were invited to conduct Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) UP-RIGHT video survey work as a way of collecting preliminary inventory data for future underwater cultural resource management.

Plans to return to the Russia next summer are being discussed.

Soo Evening News

 

Port Reports -  October 15

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through either the Duluth or Superior entries on Monday. The only vessel in port, American Century, shifted from Lakehead Pipeline to Canadian National at 07:30 Monday to load iron ore pellets. She is expected to depart early Tuesday. Mesabi Miner is due Tuesday morning to load at CN, and American Courage should arrive around noon with limestone. Algoma Spirit and Algoma Compass are both due in Superior on Tuesday morning to load at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle departed Two Harbors on Oct. 13th at 21:35 for Indiana Harbor 7H. American Spirit arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 13th at 22:12 for South of #2. She departed on the 14th at 11:37 for Conneaut. Due Two Harbors late on the 14th, early on the 15th is the Roger Blough. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader on Oct. 13th at 18:43. As of 19:30 on the 14th she was still at the dock. She is headed for Toledo. There is no scheduled inbound traffic for Silver Bay on Oct. 15th.

St. Marys River
Blustery fall weather on Monday greeted the upbound Great Lakes Trader, Hon James L. Oberstar, Federal Mackinac and, late, Michipicoten. Downbounders included Ojibway, Stewart J. Cort, Manitoulin and Arthur M. Anderson.

Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
Algoma Innovator arrived Milwaukee Sunday night (10/13) with salt from Compass Minerals in Goderich, Ontario. She unloaded untreated salt at Kinder Morgan’s bagging plant on the outer harbor before proceeding to the inner harbor. She then deposited approximately 5,000 tons of chemical salt into the south salt dome and almost 6,000 tons of treated (road) salt on the pad. Algoma Innovator cleared Milwaukee just before noon on Monday (10/14). Calumet River Fleeting’s tug, Aiden William, arrived Milwaukee early Monday morning with three river barges for loading at the COFCO grain elevator. Still in port are the tugs Racine and Kenosha, the crane barge Manitowoc, and two deck barges. Operated by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the equipment will be used for scheduled breakwall repair. Due in Monday afternoon is the tug/barge Samuel de Champlain/Innovation with cement from Alpena for the Lafarge terminal.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Buffalo was loading salt Monday. CSL Assiniboine backed in at 7:30 pm to load salt.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Monday October 14 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrivals - Oct 13 - Algocanada at 2034 - Oct 14 - CSL Tadoussac at 0301 and Algoterra at 1712 - departed - Oct 13 - Robert S Pierson at 2114 for the canal - Oct 14 - Algocanada at 1509 eastbound

Long Point Bay - departed - Oct 14 - CSL Tadoussac at 0205 for the dock

Buffalo - arrival - Oct 13 - NACC Argonaut at 1128 - departed Oct 14 at 2114 for the canal

Tonawanda - docked - Oct 11 - tug Calusa Coast & Delaware at 1245

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 13 - tug Spartan & Spartan II at 1929 and Algoterra at 2150 - Oct 14 -Algoma Enterprise at 0449, CSL Laurentien at 0605, Baie Comeau at 0729, Solina (Bhs) at 1100, Rosy (Brb) (ex SCT Stockhorn-17, MCT Stockhorn-16, HLL Caspian-08) at1815 and tug Michigan and Great Lakes at 2054

downbound - Victory II (Bhs) (ex Sea Discoverer-18, Coastal Queen-17, Clipper Discoverer-09, Cape Cod Light-07) at 0700, Algoma Transport at 1208, CSL Laurentien at 1753, Iver Bright at 2005 and Algoma Enterprise at 2115 - Oct 13 - Le Champlain (Fra) passenger vessel) at 0652, Hamburg (Bhs) (ex c Columbus-12) passenger ship at 1022, Tim S Dool at 1318 - Oct 14 - Robert S Pierson at 0121, Federal St Laurent iv (Mhl) at 0152, CSL St Laurent at 0346, Federal Dee (Mhl) at 0521, Algoma Harvester at 0611, Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 0855, NACC Argonaut at 1233 and Algocanada at 1848

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Oct 14 - Federal St Laurent iv (Mhl) departed wharf 12 at 2355 - going out on lake to turn around

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 10 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 0643 - Oct 12 - Erieborg (Nld) at 1942 - departures - Oct 12 - Wicky Spirit at 1510 - Oct 14 - Federal St Laurent (Mhl) at 1604, Federal Dee (Mhl) at 1949 and Federal Hunter (Mhl) eta 2210 - departed - Oct 13 -Drawsko (Bhs) at 2330 eastbound - Oct 14 - Whistler ((Lbr) at 0745 for Toronto

Hamilton - Oct 13 - Algoma Transport at 0241, Algoma Guardian at 0252, Spruceglen at 0814, CSL Laurentien at 1015 - anchored - Oct 8 - Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 2211 - docked - Oct 8 - ferry Wolf Islander III at 0711 - Oct 9 - Blacky (Cyp) at 2328 - departure - Oct 14 - Algoma Enterprise at 0212 and CSL Laurentien at 0306 - both for the canal

Bronte - arrival - Oct 12 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0826 - Oct 13 - Gaia Desgagnes anchored off the dock at 1115

Mississauga - arrival - Oct 13 - Hinch Spirit anchored off Port Credit at 1326 - docked - Oct 12 Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0815

Toronto - arrivals - Oct 14 - Hamburg (Bhs) (ex c Columbus-12) passenger vessel at 2046 - departed - Oct 14 - Victory II (Bhs) (ex Sea Discoverer-18, Coastal Queen-17, Clipper Discoverer-09, Cape Cod Light-07) passenger vessel at 1248 for Brockville, tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1439 and Hamburg (Bhs) passenger vessel at 1748 - all eastbound

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at about 14:00 Monday afternoon at Lehigh Cement.

 

56 feet above Lake Superior, lighthouse buyer finds the beauty of life on the edge

10/15 - There is no driveway, not even a sidewalk, to Steven Broudy's new home away from home. vTo get there requires a long drive through a narrow canopy of trees, then a 10-minute scamper down a third-of-a-mile-long breakwater at the end of Wisconsin Point — first over mammoth boulders, then along a thick concrete pier that juts 9 feet out of the water.

There, rising nearly six stories above Lake Superior, stands the Superior Entry Lighthouse, built in 1913 to help guide ships into the Duluth-Superior harbor. And, as of a month ago, it’s his.

"Standing here, I didn’t realize how big this thing was,” marveled Broudy, gazing upward at it for the first time. It’s a classic Lake Superior lighthouse: cylindrical, bright white walls, red metal roof — and a light tower, perched above the lake. “I’ve never owned anything like this,” Broudy added. “I’ve never owned a single piece of land or property.”

This is not your typical starter home. And Broudy isn’t your typical first-time homebuyer.

The 34-year-old is vice president of sales at Bevy, a tech company in San Francisco where he grew up. But before he got into tech, he served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan as an Army Ranger.

He first learned that he could actually buy a lighthouse from the federal government during one of those deployments in Afghanistan, while he was surfing the internet during a break. He became fixated on the possibility.

“The thing about a lighthouse that always appealed to me is, on the one hand, there's something about staring out at a body of water that's really calming and soothing,” he said. “And then on the other hand, I don't know, it feels like it’s a fortress of solitude.”

So, for nearly a decade, he’d regularly check real estate listings of lighthouses the Coast Guard no longer needed. He was looking for something close to an airport, but still removed. When the lighthouse at Wisconsin Point went to auction, he knew immediately it was the one he had been waiting for. In early September, after a bidding war, he won it.

He had just purchased a dilapidated, century-old lighthouse half a continent away on a frigid, unforgiving lake, sight unseen, for $159,000.

He knew people thought he was crazy. But he didn’t see it that way. "Life is too short to not take big, bold risks and do something because it feels right,” he said..

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2019/10/14/56-feet-above-lake-superior-lighthouse-buyer-finds-the-beauty-of-life-on-the-edge

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 15

On this day in 1893, according to reports in Buffalo newspapers, First Mate Ben Lewis was washed off the decks of the JAY GOULD during a storm. A succeeding wave picked him up and dropped him back on the deck of the GOULD.

On October 15, 1871, LA PETITE (wooden schooner, 94 foot, 122 gross tons, built in 1866, at Huron, Ohio) was carrying lumber from Alpena, Michigan, to Huron, Ohio, when she was caught in a terrific gale on Lake Huron. The heavy seas carried away the lumber strapped on deck. Then the vessel sprang a leak and turned on her beam ends. Capt. O. B. Smith, his wife, and four other sailors rode out the storm on the wreck until found by the tug BROCKWAY. The schooner was towed to Port Huron and repaired.

On her maiden voyage, Branch Lines new tanker LEON SIMARD was spotted traveling eastward on the St. Lawrence River on October 15, 1974. Renamed b.) L'ORME NO 1 in 1982. Sold off the lakes, renamed c.) TRADEWIND OCEAN in 1997 and d.) AMARA in 2001.

The self-unloader WOLVERINE departed the American Ship Building Co., October 15, 1974, on her maiden voyage from Lorain, Ohio, light to load stone at Stoneport, Michigan, for delivery to Huron, Ohio.

HERBERT C. JACKSON cleared Fraser Shipyard on October 15, 1988, after having the 1000 h.p. bowthruster motor installed from the JOHN SHERWIN. The motor from the JACKSON was later repaired and placed in the SHERWIN's cargo hold for future use.

The PAUL H. CARNAHAN came out on her maiden voyage October 15, 1961.

On October 15, 1984, JOHN O. McKELLAR of 1952, was sold to P.& H. Shipping of Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd., Mississauga, Ont., and renamed b.) ELMGLEN.

Scrapping began on October 15, 1988, of JOHN T. HUTCHINSON at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, by Li Chong Steel & Iron Works Co. Ltd.

C. H. McCULLOUGH JR was laid up on October 15, 1969, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

COVERDALE (Hull#34) was launched at Midland, Ontario, on October 15, 1949, for Canada Steamship Lines, Montreal, Quebec. Renamed b.) GEORGE HINDMAN in 1973 and c.) MELDRUM BAY in 1979. Scrapped at Lisbon, Portugal in 1985.

SCOTT MISENER of 1954 struck bottom on October 15, 1973, near Whaleback Shoal on the St. Lawrence River reportedly damaging 60 of her bottom plates. She proceeded to the Port Arthur shipyard for drydocking and repairs from October 20th through the 28th.

On October 15, 1980, the NIPIGON BAY, loaded with ore for Hamilton, Ontario, grounded at the "crossover" near Brockville, Ontario, on the St. Lawrence River and sustained a 100-foot rip in her bottom plates. She proceeded to Thunder Bay arriving there on October 24th where repairs were made at an estimated cost of $500,000.

R. P. MASON (3 mast wooden schooner, 115 foot, 155 gross tons, built in 1867, at Grand Haven, Michigan) was bound from Chicago for Detroit when she struck a rocky reef near Waugoshance Point in the Straits of Mackinac on October 8. 1871. Water gushed in an 8-foot hole. However, she was temporarily patched and her cargo of grain, flour and meat was taken off over the next few days. The tug LEVIATHAN took her in tow, going to Little Traverse Bay when, on October 15, they encountered a gale near Cross Village, Michigan. The MASON broke free and capsized. 5 died and 4 were rescued. The MASON drifted ashore upside down. She was eventually salvaged and sailed for another 46 years. She ended her days when she burned in Lake Michigan in 1917.

The tug DOUGLAS caught fire near Wyandotte while going down the Detroit River and sank. The crew all jumped overboard and was saved by the steam yacht JOSEPHINE, except for John Cassidy, one of the firemen, who drowned. A few days later, plans were made to raise and rebuild the DOUGLAS.

On October 15,1871, R. G. COBURN (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 193 foot, 867 tons, built in 1870, at Marine City, Michigan) was carrying 15,000 bushels of wheat, 3,500 barrels of flour and 30 barrels of silver ore from Lake Superior to Detroit. As she came down Lake Huron, she encountered a terrific gale that had driven most vessels to seek shelter. The COBURN fought the wind at Saginaw Bay throughout the night until she lost her rudder and turned broadside to the waves. Her large stack fell and smashed the cabin area and then the cargo came loose and started smashing holes in the bulwarks. About 70 passengers were aboard and almost all were terribly seasick. As the ship began her final plunge beneath the waves, only a few lifeboats were getting ready to be launched and those were floated right from the deck as the ship sank. 32 people perished, including Capt. Gilbert Demont. No women or children were saved.

On October 15, 1900, the wooden 186-foot freighter F. E. SPINNER was sunk in a collision with the steamer H. D. COFFINBERRY in the St. Marys River. She was raised from 125 feet of water, one of the deepest successful salvage operations to that time. She was later renamed HELEN C and lasted until 1922.

October 15, 1910 - After the sinking of the PERE MARQUETTE 18 of 1902, built at Cleveland, Ohio, the previous September, a new PERE MARQUETTE 18 of 1911, was ordered by the Pere Marquette Railway from the Chicago Ship Building Co.

On 15 October 1871, the EXCELSIOR (3-mast wooden schooner, 156 foot, 374 gross tons, built in 1865, at Buffalo, New York) was struck by a gale near Thunder Bay on Lake Huron. She sailed through the early morning hours only to sink about 4:30 a.m. Only Charles Lostrom survived. He was on the cabin roof, which blew off when the vessel went down. Mr. Lostrom remained on the floating roof-raft for two days and two nights until he was rescued by fishermen near South Hampton light on the Canadian side of Lake Huron.

1916: The wooden bulk freighter L. EDWARD HINES was sold to Nicaraguan owners and left the Great Lakes in 1916. The ship had loaded coal in New Orleans for Venezuela for its maiden voyage on this date in 1916 but got caught in a hurricane and sank with the loss of 17 lives while 45 miles east of Belize, British Honduras.

1971: SINGAPORE TRADER was upbound with general cargo from Japan to Detroit, on its first trip to the Great Lakes, when it ran aground in the Thousand Islands. The vessel was released on November 29 and towed back to Montreal on December 16. The ship was arrested there and offered for sale, by court order. The successful bidder for the 27-year-old vessel was a shipbreaker at Santander, Spain, and the ship arrived there for dismantling on June 22, 1972.

1977: The three-year old Panamanian bulk carrier GOLDEN STAR damaged its rudder when it struck the opposite bank while backing from the dock at Huron, Ohio. The vessel, bound for the United Kingdom, needed four tugs when it was towed out of the Seaway for repairs at Sorel, QC. The vessel was last noted as c) FUN JIN under the flag of Panama in 1993.

1978: The West German freighter FRANCISCA SARTORI made 21 trips through the Seaway from 1959 through 1967. It was lying at Piraeus, Greece, as f) GIOTA S. when the engine room flooded on this date in 1978. The ship departed for Chalkis on October 24, 1979, but further leaks developed and the vessel had to be beached at Laurium, Greece.

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

 

Port Reports -  October 14

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The only traffic in the Duluth harbor on Sunday was the departure of the Pathfinder/tug Dorothy Ann at 04:48, which finally finished unloading her salt cargo at Hallett #5 after a five-day discharge. She headed for Silver Bay to load. At the Superior entry, American Century arrived at 00:37 to take a delay at Lakehead Pipeline, and Stewart J. Cort departed at 05:50 after loading iron ore pellets at BN. James R. Barker was inbound at 07:55 to load and had a departure time of 23:00 Sunday night listed.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle departed anchorage off Duluth on the 13th at approx. 07:20. She arrived Two Harbors on the 13th at 09:20 for South of #2. As of 19:30 on the 13th she was still at the dock. At 19:30 on Oct. 13th the American Spirit is arriving off Two Harbors. She probably won't enter until the Presque Isle departs. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 14th is the Roger Blough. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the Arthur M. Anderson arrive on the 12th at 21:20. She had gone to anchor off the WI shore when she originally departed Silver Bay on the 11th. She departed Silver Bay on Oct. 13th between 16:30 and 17:00 for Burns Harbor. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder on Oct. 13th at 13:20. She had spent approx. 5 days at Hallett #5 in Duluth. She then departed Silver Bay on Oct. 13th at 19:30 for Cleveland. Arriving Silver Bay on Oct. 13th was the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader at 18:43. There is no scheduled inbound traffic for Northshore Mining on Oct. 14th.

Hancock, MI
Algoma Conveyor delivered road salt on Sunday.

Thunder Bay, ON
Saturday; 7:01 The saltie Ruddy weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 10:00 CSL Niagara weighed anchor and departed for Quebec City. 21:15 Manitoulin arrived at the Richardson Current River terminal to load grain. Sunday; 12:12 Ojibway departed for Sorel. 18:24 Manitoulin departed and is down bound.

Green Bay, WI
Kaye E. Barker arrived at the C. Reiss Coal Company terminal Sunday from Toledo. Tug G.L. Ostrander / barge Integrity arrived at Lafarge Terminal with slag from Alpena. H. Lee White arrived at GLC Minerals Terminal with limestone.

Alpena, MI – Chanda McClain
On Saturday morning the tug Defiance and barge Ashtabula arrived at Lafarge to unload coal. The tug Samuel de Champlain along with the barge Innovation tied up at Lafarge as well on Saturday morning to load cement. Both vessels remained in port all day. The cruise ship Hamburg was unable to make its stop in Alpena on Friday due to bad weather conditions.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Buffalo will be the next vessel in port, likely loading salt.

Northern Lake Huron ports

Thessalon: Friday; After taking on a partial load of gravel Michipicoten departed for Meldrum Bay.

Meldrum Bay: Friday; 21:10 Algoma Compass departed for Marysville. Saturday;

Michipicoten arrived to finish loading and departed at 7:47 for Windsor. 20:00 Joyce L Van Enkenvort arrived and went to anchor. Sunday 11:25 Joyce L Van Enkenvort weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock.

Port Dolomite: Saturday; 20:00 Cuyahoga arrived to load and departed Sunday at 2:09 for Windsor.

Calcite: Friday 16:55 Great Republic departed for Buffington. 22:58 Laura L Vanenkevort departed for Saginaw. Saturday 8:27 Calumet arrived to load. 9:39 Olive L Moore arrived to load. 17:48 Calumet departed for Detroit. 21:08 Olive L Moore departed for. Sunday; 10:43 American Courage arrived to load.

Stoneport: Saturday; Victory arrived to load and departed Sunday at 11:09 for Toledo.

Alpena: Saturday; 7:48 Defiance arrived at the cement plant to unload slag. Sunday; 9:48 Defiance departed for Brevort.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Sunday Arrivals: Michpicoten arrived at the Prairie Materials dock to unload stone. Atlantic Huron arrived at the US Gypsum dock to unload gypsum. Calumet arrived at the Carmeuse Dock to unload stone. Florence Spirit arrived at Zug Island to load coke.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Sam Laud was running shuttles from the Bulk Terminal Sunday. Volgaborg was at the port. Petite Forte was at St. Marys Cement.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Sunday October 13 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrivals - Oct 13 - Robert S Pierson at 0957 and Algocanada at 2034 Long Point Bay - anchored - Oct 12 - Algocanada at 1427 and CSL Tadoussac at 1820 - departed - Oct 13 - Algocanada 2018 for the dock

Buffalo (Tonawanda) - arrival - Oct 11 - tug Calusa Coast & Delaware at 1245

Port Colborne anchorage - Oct 12 - Happy Ranger (Nld) at 1435 - departed Oct 13 at 0345 for Salaverry, Peru

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 12- NACC Argonaut at 0727, Whitefish Bay at 1257, Florence Spirit at 1309, Robert S Pierson at 1649 - Oct 13 G3 Marquis at 0524, Frontenac at 0943, Federal Shimanto (Mhl) at 1208 and Algoterra at 2050

downbound - Oct 12 - Victory II (Bhs) (ex Sea Discoverer-18, Coastal Queen-17, Clipper Discoverer-09, Cape Cod Light-07) at 0700, Erieborg (Nld) at 0754, Algosea at 0906, Algoma Transport at 1208, CSL Laurentien at 1753, Iver Bright at 2005 and Algoma Enterprise at 2145 - Oct 13 - Happy Ranger (Nld) at 0411, Le Champlain (Fra) at 0652, Hamburg (Bhs) (ex c Columbus-12) at 1022 and Tim S Dool at 1318

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Oct 11 - Federal St Laurent (Mhl) at 0158 stopped wharf 12 at 1200

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 10 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 0643 - Oct 11 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0250 awaiting dock at Toronto and Drawsko (Bhs) at 1232 - Oct 12 - Erieborg (Nld) at 1942 - Oct 13 - Algosea at 0047, Iver Bright (Nld) at 0838, and Happy Ranger (Nld) at 1325 - departure - Oct 13 - Drawsko (Bhs) etd 2350 eastbound

Hamilton - arrivals - Oct 13 - Algoma Transport at 0241, Algoma Guardian at 0252, Spruceglen at 0814, CSL Laurentien at 1015, and Algoma Enterprise at 1348 anchored - Oct 8 - Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 2211 - docked - Oct 8 - ferry Wolf Islander III at 0711 - Oct 9 - Blacky (Cyp) at 2328 - departures - Oct 13 - G3 Marquis at 0316 for the canal and Algoma Transport at 1324 eastbound

Bronte - docked - Oct 12 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0826 - anchored - Oct 13 - Gaia Desgagnes at 1115

Mississauga - docked - Oct 12 Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0815 - Oct 13 - Hinch Spirit anchored off Port Credit at 1328

Toronto - arrival Victory II (Bhs) at 0636 and Hamburg (Bhs) (ex c Columbus eta 2345

Oshawa - docked - Oct 8 - Onego Merchant (Nld) (ex Texel-17, Onego Merchant-13, Texel-11, Dewi Parwati-08, Beluga Spirit-03, Dewi Parwati-03) at 1848 - departed - Oct 13 at 1634 eastbound on sunday mckeil sprite unloaded cement at oswego

 

Keewatin history to be explored Oct. 20 in Toronto

10/14 - The public is invited to attend an upcoming free illustrated talk on the history of the last of the Edwardian-era passenger steamers, Canada’s own SS Keewatin.

Built in 1907, five years before the launch and tragic sinking of RMS Titanic, Keewatin was one of five Canadian Pacific Railroad’s Upper Great Lakes steamship fleet that operated between Port McNicoll on Georgian Bay and ports at Fort William and Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay). It’s an historic fact that the trains and ships of the CPR were instrumental in opening the Canadian west. Keewatin was finally retired in 1965. Then, just as the vessel was on the verge of being reduced to massive piles of scrap, Great Lakes historian R.J. Peterson rescued Keewatin giving her a new home in a maritime museum in Douglas, Michigan. Fast forward 45 years and the steamship was on the move again (thanks mainly to the efforts of Eric Conroy), this time to another new home on the shore of the small Georgian Bay community of Port McNicoll. Here she resides, another fascinating, and living, part of Canada’s history. For more information about visiting the vessel go to sskeewatin.com.

The Keewatin story next switches to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto where, on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m., a special illustrated talk on Canada’s legendary steamship will be presented by Eric Conroy and multi-talented historian and storyteller Cory Keeble.

Tickets to this event are free but must be reserved by contacting ROM online at rom.on.ca/…/…/the-last-edwardian-steamship-a-canadian-legacy or by phone 416-586-5797.

Following the presentation. a newly published commemorative book titled SS Keewatin: Steel and Steam, which features historical essays plus vintage photos and replica memorabilia, will be available for purchase. For additional details contact info@keewatinbook.com.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 14

On this day in 1953, Boston Metals Company of Baltimore, Maryland, submitted a successful bid of $118,111 for six retired lakers to be scrapped by the U.S. Maritime Commission. The six boats were the CHACORNAC, COLONEL, MUNISING, NEGAUNEE, YOSEMITE and AMAZON.

On 14 October 1871, the LEVANT (2-mast wooden schooner, 91 foot, 115 tons, built in 1854, at Chicago, Illinois) was loaded with lumber when she was overtaken by a severe gale and went over on her beam ends off Sheboygan, Wisconsin, on Lake Michigan. The 6-man crew lashed themselves to the vessel so as not to be washed away by the waves. Throughout the night the men died one by one. At daylight, the schooner D P DOBBINS found the wreck with floating bodies tied to it and three still alive (two of them were barely alive). One died during the rescue attempt and another died within minutes of being rescued. Only Peter J. Thornum survived.

DEAN RICHMOND (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 238 foot, 1,432 gross tons, built in 1864, at Cleveland, Ohio) sailed from Toledo, Ohio, on Friday the 13th of October 1893, with a load of bagged meal, flour, zinc and copper ingots. She encountered hurricane force winds of over 60 mph and battled the storm throughout the night. She was seen on 14 October 1893, off Erie, Pennsylvania, missing her stacks and battling the wind and waves. The following day, wreckage and bodies were washing ashore near Dunkirk, New York. Among the dead were the captain, his wife and three children. A few crewmembers managed to make it to shore however all but one died of exposure. The only survivor was found on the beach near Van Buren Point two days later. During the search for bodies, three volunteers lost their lives. The wreck was found in 1984.

The keel to the JAMES R. BARKER was laid on October 14, 1974. 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.).

On October 14, 1983, the CHI-CHEEMAUN encountered 48-knot winds after departing Tobermory with 113 passengers bound for South Baymouth. Due to high wind and waves the captain decided to find shelter rather than to continue on or return to port. The ferry made her way around the Bruce Peninsula southeast to Dyer Bay where she dropped anchor for the night, however she had no overnight accommodations. Complimentary meals were served and activities were organized by the crew. The anchor was lifted the next morning and the ferry returned to Tobermory.

The GEORGE A. STINSON departed Detroit on her maiden voyage October 14, 1978, light for Superior, Wisconsin, to load iron ore pellets for delivery to the Great Lakes Steel Division of the National Steel Corp. at Zug Island in River Rouge, Michigan. Renamed b.) AMERICAN SPIRIT in 2004.

On 14 October 1875, it was discovered that thieves had completely stripped the canvass and rigging from the schooner FORWARDER owned by Little & Brown. The schooner was lying about three miles below Port Huron.

On 14 October 1822, APPELONA (wooden schooner, 45 foot, 37 tons, built in 1814, at Henderson, New York) was bound from Oswego for Genesee, New York, when she was struck by lightning in Lake Ontario and sank about 15 minutes. All hands were injured but abandoned her for shore and all survived.

The tug NELSON burned at Chicago on Saturday, 14 October 1876. She was one of the smaller class of tugs and the damage was so great that she was not considered to be worth repairing.

October 14, 1911 - The ANN ARBOR NO 4 ran aground while enroute to Manistique, Michigan, at full speed, damaging several plates. The ANN ARBOR NO 3 pulled her off.

On 14 October 1876, NEW YORK (wooden propeller freighter, 183 foot, 704 tons, built in 1856, at Buffalo, New York) was carrying lumber and towing the schooner BUTCHER BOY and barges NELLIE MC GILVERAY and A. J. CORREY from Cove Island in Georgian Bay to Buffalo when they encountered a severe storm near Pointe aux Barques. The towline parted and the NEW YORK could not regain it in the heavy seas. She then sprang a leak and the water rose rapidly enough to put out her fires. The crew (15 men and one woman) abandoned in the yawl as NEW YORK was overwhelmed and sank. The open boat was adrift for five hours when the 74-foot schooner NEMESIS came upon it. NEMESIS tried twelve times to approach the yawl in the rough seas, losing a portion of her deck load of tanbark each time that she came about, but at last she got alongside the yawl. The NEW YORK's crew managed to get aboard the NEMESIS except for Fireman William Sparks, who fell between the yawl and the schooner and was lost. The other vessels in the tow all made it to Port Huron safely.

On 14 October 1883, NELLIE GARDNER (wooden schooner-barge, 178 foot, 567 gross tons, built in 1873, at Marine City, Michigan) was loaded with 39,000 bushels of corn while being towed by the steamer JOHN PRIDGEON JR in a storm on Lake Huron. The GARDNER released herself from the tow in the heavy weather to run for the shelter of Thunder Bay under sail. However, she was unable to make it, and turned back for Tawas, Michigan, but struck a reef, broke in two and was wrecked 1 mile SE of Scarecrow Island. Her crew made it to shore in her yawl.

1895: The wooden steamer AFRICA struck a reef near Cove Island enroute to Georgian Bay, broke up and sank with the loss of all 13 crew.

1922: ARROW, a steel sidewheeler, partially burned at the dock in Put-in-Bay.

1954: The Dutch freighter PRINS WILLEM V. sank off Milwaukee after a collision with the barge SINCLAIR XII pushed by the SINCLAIR CHICAGO. All 30 sailors on board were rescued but the overseas vessel was never salvaged. It was replaced in 1956 by another PRINS WILLEM V.

1966: The STONEFAX and ARTHUR STOVE collided in the Welland Canal between Allanburg and Port Robinson. The former, a member of the Halco fleet, sank with its cargo of potash and remained on the bottom until November 25. The latter subsequently visited the Seaway as b) TIARET and was scrapped at Nantong, China, as c) CLARET in 1984-1985.

1983: The British freighter HOUSTON CITY visited the Great Lakes in 1966. It ran aground at Mayotte Island, part of the Comoros, while enroute from the Far East to South Africa as c) ALPAC AFRICA. The ship was stuck until October 22 and scrapped at Shanghai, China, in 1984.

1985: FURIA was trapped in Lock 7 when a section of the lock wall collapsed. The Welland Canal was closed until November 7. The vessel arrived at Shanghai, China, for scrapping as b) YRIA on November 1, 2001, after it made a final trip inland as such in 2000.

1987: GEORGE A. SLOAN sustained major bottom damage going aground in the Amherstburg Channel and was repaired at Toledo. The ship is still sailing as c) MISSISSAGI.

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

 

Port Reports -  October 13

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through the Duluth entry on Saturday, however American Century was due just before midnight to load iron ore pellets at CN. Pathfinder/tug Dorothy Ann remained tied up at Hallett #5 for the fifth consecutive day unloading salt, and has no departure time listed. In Superior, Indiana Harbor departed at 07:54 Saturday morning with a load of iron ore pellets for Gary, and Stewart J. Cort arrived at 19:31 to load at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors has seen no boat traffic on Oct. 12th. The Presque Isle went by Two Harbors on the 12th and stopped out in the lake off Duluth the afternoon of the 12th to wait on weather. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 13th is the American Spirit. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Oct. 12th. Due the 13th is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. As of 19:20 on the 12th she is following the Michigan shore of Lake Superior. The Arthur M. Anderson departed anchorage off the South Shore at approx. 15:20 on Oct. 12th. As of 19:20 on Oct. 12th she is running checked down NE of Two Harbors. The CSL Niagara went to Thunder Bay after departing Silver Bay on the 10th. The afternoon of the 12th she departed Thunder Bay, proceeded across the lake to NE of Outer Island and is heading down the lake.

St. Marys River
Algoma Conveyor delivered road salt to the Carbide Dock Saturday morning. She departed in the late mornng for Hancock, MI, where she will discharge the rest of her load.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator arrived Friday 12:43 pm, loaded salt for Milwaukee and cleared Saturday at 6:11 am upbound.

Marysville, MI – Dawn C. Roberts
Algoma Compass arrived at the Bluewater Aggregates dock around 11:30 Saturday morning and American Courage joined her at noon.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Hon. James L Oberstar was unloading ore at AK Steel on Saturday.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Saturday October 12 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrival - Oct 11 - Algoscotia at 0119 - departed Oct 11 at 2341 for the canal

Buffalo (Tonawanda) - arrival - Oct 11 - tug Calusa Coast & Delaware at 1245

Long Point Bay - anchored - Oct 12 - Algocanada at 1427 and CSL Tadoussac at 1820

Port Colborne anchorage - Oct 12 - Happy Ranger (Nld) at 1435

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 10 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 0614 to Port Weller anchorage, Adfines Sea ((Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1300 for Port Weller anchorage - Oct 11 - Federal St Laurent (Mhl) at 0158 stopped wharf 12, Algoma Spirit at 1455 and Edenborg (Nld) at 2131 - Oct 12- Atlantic Huron at 0038, Volgaborg (Nld) at 0329, NACC Argonaut at 0727, Whitefish Bay at 1257, Florence Spirit at 1309, Robert S Pierson at 1649

downbound - Oct 11 - Kaministiqua at 1429, Baie Comeau at 1455, BBC Edge (Atg) (ex Industrial Edge-19, Castor J-16, BBC Pilbaras-14, Industrial Edge-13, Castor J-09) at 1613, Algoma Sault at 1703, Drawsko (Bhs) at 2040 and Frontenac at 2127 - Oct 12 - Algoscotia at 0321,tug Wilf Seymour & Alouette Spirit at 0451,Victory II (Bhs) (ex Sea Discoverer-18, Coastal Queen-17, Clipper Discoverer-09, Cape Cod Light-07) at 0700, Erieborg (Nld) at 0754, Algosea at 0906, Algoma Transport at 1208, CSL Laurentien at 1753, Iver Bright at 2005 and Algoma Enterprise eta 2115

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 10 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 0643 - Oct 11 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0250 awaiting dock at Toronto and Drawsko (Bhs) at 1232 - Oct 12 - Erieborg (Nld) at 1942 - departures - Oct 12 - Wicky Spirit at 1510, Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0615 back to Mississauga dock, Oct 12 - Happy River (Nld) at 2100

Hamilton - anchored - Oct 8 - Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 2211 - docked - Oct 8 - ferry Wolf Islander III at 0711 - Oct 9 - Blacky (Cyp) at 2328 - Oct 11 - G3 Marquis at 0824 - departure - Oct 12 - Florence Spirit at 1100

Clarkson - arrival - Oct 12 - Robert S Pierson at 0634 - departed Oct 12 at 1447 for the canal

Mississauga - arrival - Oct 12 Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0815 back to dock from Port Port Weller

Toronto - docked - Oct 9 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 2355 - departed Oct 11 - Volgaborg (Nld) at 2307 for Cleveland

Oshawa - docked - Oct 8 - Onego Merchant (Nld) (ex Texel-17, Onego Merchant-13, Texel-11, Dewi Parwati-08, Beluga Spirit-03, Dewi Parwati-03) at 1848

 

Record-shattering Great Lakes water levels could be even higher in 2020

10/13 - Detroit, MI - It appears 2020 won't bring relief from high Great Lakes water levels – and they could be even higher than this past record-shattering spring and summer.

Following a generally rainy September, measurements by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers show every Great Lake, and Lake St. Clair, well above long-term monthly average water levels for October – almost 3 feet higher on connected lakes Michigan and Huron (35 inches) and on Lake St. Clair (33 inches). Lake Erie is 29 inches above long-term October averages, Lake Ontario 20 inches above and Lake Superior 15 inches above.

Forecasters now predict Lakes Michigan and Huron will start 2020 at 11 inches higher than water levels in January 2019, said Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of watershed hydrology at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Detroit.

"The latest forecast extends into March, and for the most part, levels are going to be on-par with or above where they were at the same time last year," he said.

Whether records go even higher next summer will be determined by factors such as snowpack and whether heavier-than-usual rains occur for a fourth straight spring, Kompoltowicz said.

Lake Superior, Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario set new record high water levels over the summer, with lakes Michigan and Huron an inch or less off their 100-year highs. In July, lakes Erie and Ontario broke their monthly records by more than 4 inches.

The impacts of climate change on Great Lakes water levels going forward isn't clear. Historical data shows temperatures in the Great Lakes region are rising faster than the rest of the continental U.S., and winter and spring precipitation, particularly via strong storms, is increasing. Those trends are expected to continue. But modeling also shows hotter summers and less ice cover on the Great Lakes in the winter, which will tend to increase evaporation.

Now it all comes down to winter and spring rain and snowfall. "If we see another winter with a very healthy snowpack, coupled with the flooding rains that we saw last spring, then we would be dealing with even higher record-breaking water levels next year," Kompoltowicz said.

Even average precipitation levels would keep lake levels well above their historic averages, Fry said. "It would take a fairly dry season, and even year, to bring things down," she said.

Detroit Free Press

 

Remembering Bert MacDonald, guardian of the Goderich waterfront

10/13 - Goderich, ON – Daring, thrilling and perilous are terms used to describe the maritime exploits of Captain Bert MacDonald. In his day, Capt. MacDonald was the most well known mariner on the Goderich waterfront. His reputation for gallantry on Lake Huron spread across the province, earning him the admiration of all who knew him and the gratitude of the countless lives he saved.

Bertram MacDonald was born in Goderich on Oct. 14, 1885. He was one of six boys and seven girls born to legendary schooner captain, John ‘the Minister’ MacDonald and his wife Annie McKay. At age 14, Bert went to sea with his father aboard the schooner Kolfage. Young MacDonald learned the seaman’s trade by hard experience. In 11 seasons sailing with his father, Bert instinctively knew how to feel the wind, reef the sails and watch the barometer.

In early 1914, just after the Great Storm, Bert MacDonald was appointed the Goderich harbor’s Foghorn Master. His first recorded rescue was of an unidentified girl whom he pulled from the water. For his courage, MacDonald was awarded a $10 gold piece.

In 1920, MacDonald took over the operation of the bathing house and refreshment booth on the harbor’s south pier. A 1927 advertisement in the Huron Signal noted that Capt. MacDonald had painted the slides and diving boards so bathers could be “afforded every convenience.” In addition, MacDonald operated a small fleet of motor launches, or boat livery, that served multiple roles such as pleasure cruiser, fishing craft, ship victualler and tug service.

Capt. MacDonald was also the port’s wharfinger (harbormaster) from 1930-35 and lighthouse keeper for several years in the 1920s and ’30s.

One of the most valuable services MacDonald rendered was as a swim instructor and unofficial lifeguard for hundreds of young swimmers. No one was permitted to swim in the harbor unless they passed a rigorous swimming test under his watchful eyes. One common test involved tying a safety tether around the swimmer’s waist and asking him to swim the channel. If the swimmer could make it across and back, he was often rewarded with a chocolate bar and cleared for swimming.

MacDonald was known as the ‘guardian’ of the Goderich harbor and endeared himself to generations. Yet, it was the many daring rescues in the most dangerous weather conditions that made Capt. Bert MacDonald a Great Lakes legend.

In 1937, the Royal Canadian Life Saving Society gave “long overdue” recognition with an award “for his courage and cool judgement” in saving the life of fisherman Fred Hardy of Stratford, who was washed over the break wall and swept out into the lake on Oct. 10, 1936 during a gale. MacDonald in the tug Captain John saw Hardy’s predicament and pulled him out of the chilly waters.

On Sept. 18, 1937, when giant waves pitched the package freighter Gilly on shore two miles north of Goderich, Capt. MacDonald set out on the 30-foot tug Anna Mac to save the Gilly’s crew. When MacDonald found the ship, she was grounded and lashed by high waves. After two unsuccessful attempts at taking her crew off, MacDonald was finally able to rescue the Gilly’s crew just as the doomed ship was breaking up. The Free Press called the rescue of the Gilly’s crew a ‘thrilling’ adventure.

During the war, Capt. Bert MacDonald was involved in rescuing airmen whose aircraft had crashed in the lake. The Free Press said that “people in distress on earth, air, land or water seem to turn instinctively towards Bert MacDonald” after he saved two airmen whose Eastman flying boat was forced down.

On one occasion, MacDonald spent two days in “rough and dirty weather” searching for the body of Samuel Billington, a young Royal Navy airman who became disoriented in a sudden snowsquall and crashed in the lake.

The Town of Goderich formally acknowledged MacDonald’s life-saving service in 1949 when it presented him with a gold wristwatch.

Mayor George MacEwan cited MacDonald for his willingness “to take your boats out, in any kind of weather, even at the risk of your own life to succor those in distress” in “complete disregard of personal sacrifice in helping others in trouble on our lakes.”

Greater recognition came on Aug. 4, 1952 when Capt. MacDonald was awarded the Imperial Service Medal for 38 years of exemplary marine service in Goderich by Queen Elizabeth II at a Home Week ceremony.

Not content to rest on his laurels, MacDonald to continued to risk life and limb to save others. In August 1954, MacDonald added three more lives saved to his total of 50 when he rescued three children after their fishing boat capsized just outside the Goderich harbor. Despite their best efforts, high winds and heavy seas pulled the trio back out into the lake. A Goderich Elevator employee spotted the distressed swimmers and signalled Capt. MacDonald who ploughed through wind and rain to retrieve the swimmers from the water. He even hooked the sailboat to his tug Anna Mac and towed it into the harbour.

On Dec. 31, 1953, MacDonald, himself, had to be rescued when a swinging steel cable knocked him into the Lake Huron’s icy waters. For over two hours, the 68-year-old captain clung to the hand of his grandson, Donald Bert MacAdam, who was finally able to hoist him out of the frigid waters. MacDonald was wrapped in blankets and carried to his Elgin Street home to recover.

One last dramatic rescue occurred in March 1956 when three fishermen were trapped in ice about a mile offshore near Bluewater Beach. An attempt to reach the men by MacDonald on the tug Skipper was blocked by impassable ice. An airdrop of food and cigarettes on the second day by airport manager Keith ‘Hoppy’ Hopkinson helped the distressed fishermen survive until MacDonald arrived from the shore and led the fishermen back across the ice cracking up beneath their feet. Not since the rescue of the A. C. Maxwell’s crew in December 1885 was a more daring rescue exploit in local history.

Capt. Bertram MacDonald died suddenly on Jan. 2, 1957 at the harbor near the boathouse where he spent most of his life. The area mourned his passing as “A rugged sailor” who “heroic personality was widely known and respected.”

An official count of 68 lives saved (others put the figure at close to 200), Capt. Bert MacDonald was a beloved waterfront figure. Two generations later his family continues the family’s marine trade making them one of the oldest seafaring dynasties on the Great Lakes.

Clinton News Record

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 13

On this day in 1893, Chief Engineer J. H. Hogan left the DEAN RICHMOND in Toledo to take care of some family business. One day later, the DEAN RICHMOND burned off Dunkirk, New York, with a loss of 17 lives including the replacement Chief Engineer.

On October 13, 1909, GEORGE STONE (wooden propeller freighter, 270 foot, 1,841 gross tons, built in 1893, at W. Bay City, Michigan) was sailing from Ashtabula, Ohio for Racine, Wisconsin, with cargo of coal when she stranded on Grubb Reef in the Pelee Passage on Lake Erie. She then caught fire and was destroyed. Five of the 18 crewmen were lost.

The SASKATCHEWAN PIONEER made her first trip out of Thunder Bay, Ontario with grain on October 13, 1983. Renamed b.) LADY HAMILTON in 1995, sold to Voyageur Maritime in 2006, and now sailing as c.) KAMINISTIQUA for Lower Lakes Towing.

The tug GLENADA towed the BROOKDALE from Port Colborne to Newman's scrap yard at Port Maitland, Ontario the week of October 13, 1980.

On October 13, 1902, the MAUNALOA collided with her whaleback consort barge 129 on Lake Superior and sank it 30 miles northwest of Vermilion Point, which is between Upper Michigan's Crisp and Whitefish Points. MAUNALOA had been towing the 129, both vessels loaded with iron ore, when the towline parted in heavy seas. While trying to regain control of the barge, they came together and the steamer's port anchor raked the side of the barge, which started taking on water. The crew was taken off the barge before it sank.

On 13 October 1875, off Alpena, Michigan, the tug E. H. MILLER had her boiler explode while racing with the tug CITY OF ALPENA - both in quest of a tow. The ALPENA, who was ahead of the MILLER when she blew up, immediately turned around to pick up survivors. The ALPENA sunk in minutes. The engineer, fireman and a boy were rescued, but the captain and cook were lost. The fireman was in such poor shape that it was thought that he would not live.

On 13 October 1877, The Port Huron Times reported that the tug PRINDIVILLE and the 2-masted schooner PORTLAND had both gone ashore at the Straits of Mackinac and been pounded to pieces.

On 13 October 1886, SELAH CHAMBERLAIN (wooden propeller steam barge, 212 foot, 1,207 gross tons, built in 1873, at Cleveland, Ohio) collided with the 222-foot wooden lumber hooker JOHN PRIDGEON, JR. in heavy fog off Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The CHAMBERLAIN had been towing the schooner FAYETTE BROWN. The CHAMBERLAIN sank quickly. Five of the crew went down with the vessel when the lifeboat davits became fouled and they were unable to launch the lifeboat. The rest of the crew made it to shore in the other lifeboat after a 3-hour pull through the fog.

1902: The wooden steamer C. B. LOCKWOOD was swamped in a storm and sank on Lake Erie with the loss of 10 lives.

1927: The ONTARIO, once the largest carferry on the Detroit River, was later reduced to a barge and it foundered on Lake Superior, near Outer Island, while carrying 1100 tons of pulpwood. It had been under tow of the tug BUTTERFIELD and all on board were saved.

1973: SCOTT MISENER damaged 60 bottom plates when it hit bottom near Whaleback Shoal in the St. Lawrence.

1976: The former T2 tanker and now bulk carrier SYLVIA L. OSSA, remembered on the Great Lakes as the MARATHONIAN that was in a head-on collision with ROLWI in Lake Michigan, disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle with the loss of all 37 members of the crew.

1990: ERNA WITT first visited the Great Lakes in 1958 and returned through the Seaway in 1962. The vessel sank off Port Sudan as k) SHIBA after a collision with the ALTAAWIN ALARABI while inbound from Aqaba, Jordan. Three members of the crew were lost.

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

 

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin refloated

10/12 - Cardinal, ON – The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was refloated about 9:10 a.m. with the tug Sheri Lyn assisting the other four tugs. They proceeded downbound turning around at Sparrowhawk Point and headed back upstream for Prescott Anchorage where they will stop for inspection.

Original report: Groupe Ocean tugs Ocean Comeau, Ocean Echo II and Jarrett M were on scene Friday as lightering operations continued to free the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, a 740-foot vessel that ran aground Sunday evening enroute to Quebec City.

Unconfirmed reports Friday night indicated the Martin had been freed, and her status on Marine Traffic was changed from Aground to Stopped.

 

Gale warning for Lake Superior, up to 18-foot waves forecast

10/12 - The National Weather Service issued a gale warning for Lake Superior on Friday. Gusty winds and waves in the 12-foot to even 18-foot range are possible as a storm system sweeps across the Great Lakes, bringing rain and much colder temperatures. Lake Superior’s gale warning was in effect through Friday, while a lesser gale watch is in effect for the top part of Lake Huron.

Superior’s gale warning affects a line from Manitou Island to Marquette and west of a line from Grand Marais to the United States/Canadian border and from Grand Marais to Whitefish Point offshore to the Canadian border, according to the National Weather Service’s Marquette office.

“Expect sustained winds of up to 35 knots from the southeast, with gusts up to 41 knots. The largest expected significant waves will be 12 feet with a maximum wave height of up to 18 feet possible. The maximum winds are expected around 7 p.m. EDT Friday with the largest waves expected around 5 p.m. EDT Friday.”

M Live

 

Port Reports -  October 12

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through the Duluth entry on Friday, with none scheduled until Saturday night when American Century is due to load iron ore pellets at CN. Pathfinder/tug Dorothy Ann remained at Hallett #5 offloading salt for the fourth consecutive day on Friday. In Superior, Indiana Harbor arrived at 00:30 to load ore at Burlington Northern. She was expected to depart at some point Friday night.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
CSL St-Laurent departed Two Harbors on Oct. 10th between 20:00 and 20:15 for Quebec City. The Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors at 21:16 on Oct. 10th for South of #2 after laying off Duluth. She departed Two Harbors on Oct. 11th at 12:24 for Conneaut but had problems getting away from the dock because of a strong west wind. She needed an assist from Heritage Marine's tug Nels J. The Speer backed out into the lake stern first before turning and heading down the lake. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 12th is the Presque Isle. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Arthur M. Anderson on Oct. 11th at 10:50. Upon departing she went East of Superior and went to anchor to wait on weather. As of 17:30 on the 11th she didn’t have an updated AIS. An update: Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder at 17:30 on the 11th was still at Hallett #5 taking a delay. HarborLookout has her departing on the 13th for Silver Bay. An update on the Munson. She ended up unloading in Indiana Harbor.

Thunder Bay, ON
Thursday; 14:00 Tim S Dool departed for Port Cartier. 15:48 The saltie Ruddy arrived and went to anchor. 18:06 Federal Kivalina arrived and went to anchor. Friday; 1:01 CSL Niagara arrived from Silver Bay and went to anchor south of the Welcome Islands to wait out weather. 1:24 Ojibway arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 3:07 Federal Hunter departed for Montreal.

Sturgeon Bay, WI
The tug Highland Eagle was removed from the floating drydock Friday around 1400 and was towed to berth 14. Radio chatter indicated it was going out on sea trials later and then returning to BayShip

Northern Lake Huron ports

Thessalon: Friday; 2:00 Michipicoten arrived to load gravel.

Bruce Mines: Thursday; 5:53 Saginaw departed for Sarnia.

Meldrum Bay: Thursday; 23:06 Algoma Buffalo departed for Cleveland. Friday; 5:40 Algoma Compass arrived to load dolomite.

Calcite: Thursday; 23:22 H Lee White departed for Green Bay. Friday; 1:03 John J Boland departed for Ashtabula. 1:06 Great Republic arrived to load. 9:46 Laura L Vanenkevort arrived to load.

Stoneport: Friday; 2:43 Olive L Moore departed for Detroit.

Alpena: Thursday; 19:28 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load and departed Friday 3:01 for Detroit.

Port Inland: Thursday; Cason J Callaway departed for Green Bay.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Conveyor cleared 12:17 pm Friday upbound with road salt for Sault Ste Marie, MI. Algoma Innovator arrived 12:43 pm, loading salt at Compass Minerals.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Friday Arrivals: Saginaw-arrived at the St. Clair Aggregates dock to unload stone. Herbert C Jackson-arrived at Zug Island to unload coal. Alpena-arrived at Lafarge to unload cement.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Joyce L. VanEnkevort unloaded at the Bulk Terminal Friday. Sam Laud was running a shuttle out of Ashtabula. American Courage was in Marblehead. Petite Forte was at St. Marys Cement.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Friday October 11 – Barry Andersen

Buffalo (Tonawanda) - arrival - Oct 11 - tug Calusa Coast & Delaware at 1245

Nanticoke - arrival - Oct 10 - Algoscotia eta 2300

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 10 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 0614 to Port Weller anchorage, Adfines Sea ((Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1300 for Port Weller anchorage, Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 2217 and Algoma Discovery at 2313 - Oct 11 - Federal St Laurent (Mhl) at 0158, CSL Assiniboine at 1132, Algoma Spirit at 1455 and Edenborg (Nld) at 2347

downbound - Oct 10 - G3 Marquis at 1449, Algonorth at 1647 and Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 1747 - Oct 11 - Federal Churchill (Mhl at 1204, Happy River (Nld) at 1258, Kaministiqua at 1429, Baie Comeau at 1455, BBC Edge (Atg) (ex Industrial Edge--19, Castor J-16, BBC Pilbaras-14, Industrial Edge-13, Castor J-09) at 1613, Algoma Sault at 1703, Drawsko (Bhs) at 2040 and Frontenac eta at 2100

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 9 - Wicky Spirit at 1648 - Oct 10 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 0643 and Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1350 - Oct 11 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0250 awaiting dock at Toronto

Hamilton - arrival - Oct 11 - Florence Spirit at 0028 and G3 Marquis at 0824 - anchored - Oct 8 - Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 2211 - docked - Oct 8 - ferry Wolf Islander III at 0711 - Oct 9 - Blacky (Cyp) at 2328 - Oct 10 - Edenborg (Nld) at 2140 - departures - Oct 10 - Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 2004 for Thunder Bay, Federal St Laurent at 2343 for Port Colborne - Oct 11 - Algoma Spirit at 1250 and Edenborg (Nld) at 1853 for Chicago

Clarkson - arrival - Oct 10 - Robert S Pierson at 2301 - departed Oct 11 at 0849 eastbound

Toronto - docked - Oct 8 - Volgaborg (Nld) at 1039 - Oct 9 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 2355 - departed - Oct 11 - McKeil Spirit at 0858 eastbound

Oshawa - docked - Oct 8 - Onego Merchant (Nld) (ex Texel-17, Onego Merchant-13, Texel-11, Dewi Parwati-08, Beluga Spirit-03, Dewi Parwati-03) at 1848

Oswego, NY – Ned Goebricher On Friday, NACC Argonaut unloaded cement.

 

Shipping at Port of Green Bay remains ahead of 2018 pace

10/12 - Green Bay, WI – Port officials say 314,000 tons of goods moved through the port in September, bringing the total for the year to more than 1.6 million tons. That is 17% ahead of 2018's pace. Leading products are domestic limestone imports, up 64% over last year; petroleum imports, up 44% over last year; and imports of foreign salt, up 47% over last year.

“We’ve had solid numbers for petroleum and limestone shipments throughout the season and salt shipment are typically strong this time of year with winter months not too far away," port director Dean Haen said in a news release. "We’re optimistic that we’ll see a good finish for the 2019 shipping season for the Port and for the entire Great Lakes. It’s a good sign for the regional economy.”

So far this year, 127 ships have moved through the port, five more than at the same point last year.

Fox 11

 

Milwaukee doubles number of cruise ships to port in 2019

10/12 - Milwaukee, WI – Port Milwaukee ended its 2019 cruise ship season this week, welcoming a 300-passenger ship from Hamburg, Germany.

Milwaukee hosted 10 cruise ships this season, more than double the number from 2018. The port estimates cruise ships brought more than 3,200 passengers to the city this year.

Increasingly, Milwaukee has become a turnaround point, so passengers start and end their itineraries in the city, which has meant additional business for local attractions and hotels, according to port officials.

"Milwaukee is an important and growing port-of-call for Great Lakes cruising, and that means more visitors, more tourism dollars, and greater attention focused on our city," port director Adam Schlicht said in a written statement. "I am pleased with this year’s increase and optimistic that we will see even more cruise ship visits in the coming years."

The vessel that docked in Milwaukee on Tuesday afternoon markets its cruises to German tourists. It has visited Milwaukee a number of times in recent years.

Nicole Asmussen arrived in Milwaukee Tuesday with her husband and 9-year-old son. The family lives just outside of Hamburg and was hoping to see the Harley Davidson Museum and Milwaukee Public Market while in the city.

So far, the cruise had taken them to Montreal, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto and Mackinac Island in Michigan, Asmussen's favorite.

"We've never been to this region, so it was really our dream," she said.

The cruise ship season in Milwaukee runs from June through October. Historically, Milwaukee has attracted about five or six vessels. But this year, the city made an effort to go after more tourists. Several efforts are underway to promote the passenger cruise business in Milwaukee and throughout the Great Lakes.

Port Milwaukee is a founder of the Milwaukee Cruise Collaborative, a regional partnership that includes Visit Milwaukee, Discovery World, Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport and the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp.

It's also a participant in the Cruise the Great Lakes initiative of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said the 2020 season will likey bring 10 to 12 cruises to Milwaukee. He's anticipating doubling that for 2021.

"There is a growing market for cruise ships on the Great Lakes," Barrett said at an event Tuesday. "They wanted to have a site in Canada and they wanted to have a site in the United States. So Toronto and Milwaukee are emerging as two of the key spots on these tours."

Wisconsin Public Radio

 

Text a buoy and it’ll text you back: Making Lake Erie the most connected Great Lake

10/12 - Cleveland, OH - The biggest wave in Lake Erie this past summer topped 11 feet. The highest water temperature reached nearly 80 degrees. That’s according to data from a smart buoy near Cleveland’s water intake crib, about 3 miles north of the downtown shore.

Lake Erie has about 20 smart buoys, some privately owned and some public, which cost tens of thousands of dollars and measure all kinds of data:

Of the five Great Lakes, “Lake Erie is the most wired, connected lake. And we’re going to keep pushing this forward,” said Ed Verhamme, of Limnotech, an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based company, that partners with the Cleveland Water Alliance. The alliance is a five-year-old nonprofit that works with researchers, academia, corporations, government and utilities, in the hope of building a giant water industry in Cleveland.

“Creating a connected ‘Smart Lake’ is key to keeping our freshwater safe and our Blue Economy growing,” said alliance president and executive director Bryan Stubbs. “We’re so glad to see how technology like these sensors and data-collecting buoys are providing key information to help better understand our lake.”

This summer, Limnotech added a new underwater wireless sensor network to the buoy near the Cleveland crib, through a grant awarded to the University of Windsor in Ontario. A series of sensors in a half-mile radius around the buoy transmitted data to each other, to get a better picture of the lake.

“Lake Erie is kind of like this bathtub that keeps swirling around,” Verhamme said. “If we rely on one sensor we get just a glimpse of what’s happening. If we have more sensors, we start seeing changes of oxygen, temperature, algae levels. We see movement in the lake.”

The technology is also used to track fish – including 1,000 tagged walleye -- across the lake. So researchers are now able to see how changes in water quality affect fish movement.

Cleveland.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 12

On this day in 1976, three boats discharged a record 108,379 tons of cargo on a single day at the Pinney Dock in Ashtabula, Ohio. The three boats were the JAMES R. BARKER (57,305 tons), the WILFRED SYKES (20,678 tons), and the JOSEPH L. BLOCK (30,306 tons).

On the night of October 12, 1871, the grain laden schooner PLOVER struck a reef near Whitefish Point on Lake Superior, put a hole in her hull and sank in deep water. Captain Jones and the crew of eight escaped in the yawl. They spent two days making their way to Sault Ste. Marie.

The JEAN PARISIEN suffered considerable bottom damage when she ran aground near Comfort Island about a mile west of Alexandria Bay, New York. She was released October 12, 1981, and returned to service after repairs were completed at the Canadian Vickers Montreal yard.

The CLIFFS VICTORY was sold October 12, 1985, to Hai International Corp. of New York for scrapping in the Orient and transferred to Panamanian registry. Her name was changed to c.) SAVIC, utilizing the "S" from CLIFFS, the "VIC" from VICTORY and inserting an "A". All the other letters were painted out.

The JOHN A. KLING sailed on her maiden voyage for the Rockport Steamship Co. (Reiss Steamship Co., mgr.) on October 12, 1922, light from Manitowoc, Wisconsin to load stone at Rockport, Michigan. Sold into Canadian registry in 1981, renamed b.) LEADALE. She was scrapped at Ramey's Bend in 1983.

The keel was laid October 12, 1925, for the Interlake Steamship Co.'s steamer COLONEL JAMES PICKANDS.

The SYLVANIA returned to service on October 12, 1967. She sank at the Peerless Cement Co. Dock at Port Huron, Michigan in June of that year after being struck by the Canada Steamship Lines package freight steamer RENVOYLE.

The tug EDNA G remained at Two Harbors, Minnesota, until October 12, 1993, when she was towed to the Fraser Shipyard at Superior, Wisconsin, by the Great Lakes Towing Co. tug KANSAS. She is now on display as a floating exhibit for the city.

On October 12, 1967, the Papachristidis Company Limited's FEUX FOLLETS entered service with the distinction of being the last steam-powered vessel built on the Great Lakes. The vessel was renamed b.) CANADIAN LEADER when it was sold to Upper Lakes Shipping in 1972 It was scrapped in 2011.

At 3:00 a.m., 12 October 1870, the 76-ton tug ONTARIO caught fire and burned to the waterline while lying at Harrow's dock in Algonac, Michigan.

On 12 October 1901, ALVINA (wooden schooner-rigged scow-barge, 89 foot, 95 gross tons, built in 1871, at Fair Haven, Michigan) was being towed by the steamer WESTON and had a load of 700 barrels of lubricating oil. They were bound from Cleveland for Manistique. The ALVINA was overwhelmed in a storm and sank near Thunder Bay Island in Lake Huron. Her entire crew made it to shore in her yawl. Her cargo was salvaged five days later.

On 12 October 1880, TRADER (wooden propeller, 115 foot, 169 gross tons, built in 1865, at Marine City, Michigan) was carrying lumber in a storm on Lake Michigan. She was battered severely and became waterlogged. Her crew abandoned her with water up to her decks. They were saved by the schooner GUIDE in a daring rescue. A few days later, in the "Alpena Storm,” her wreckage washed ashore near Holland, Michigan and she was erroneously reported as another "all-hands" victim of that storm.

On 12 October 1874, on her maiden voyage, the tug MARY passed Port Huron down bound with the bark FAVORITE in tow. The tug was owned by William Hardison of Port Huron.

1912: MARENGO, a wooden schooner under tow of the LLOYD S. PORTER, broke loose in a storm, came ashore west of Port Colborne and was pounded to pieces by the waves. The anchor was salvaged and now sits on the lawn of Port Colborne High School.

1912: S.K. MARTIN began leaking in heavy weather and sank in Lake Erie off Harbor Creek, NY. The coal laden wooden steamer ran for shore but the effort fell short. The crew took to the lifeboat and were saved. The ship went down bow first and rested on the bottom in 56 feet of water.

1918: The wooden tug ELLA G. STONE was destroyed by a brush fire that swept through the town of Cloquet, MN. Several scows, tugs and a dredge as well as over 400 lives were lost.

1941: ENARE, a Great Lakes visitor in 1932-1933, sustained heavy damage in an air attack in the North Sea as h) GLYNN. The ship was subsequently sunk by a convoy escort as a hazard to navigation. It had also been a Great Lakes trader as f) FLAKS in 1933 and 1934.

1991: ZIEMIA GNIEZNIENSKA hit the wall at Lock 7 and dislodged a chunk of concrete. The Welland Canal was closed for three days.

2002: STELLANOVA and CANADIAN PROSPECTOR were in a head-on collision on the Seaway near Cote St. Catherine and both ships sustained considerable damage. The former was repaired at Les Mechins and the latter at Port Weller Dry Docks.

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

 

Salvage plan established for Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin

10/11 - Cardinal, ON – A salvage plan has been approved by the Unified Command overseeing the ship stuck in the St. Lawrence Seaway off Galop Island. Salvage operations are planned to begin Thursday afternoon, according to Ensign Josoph Neff of the United States Coast Guard. As of 10 p.m. Thursday, the vessel was still aground, according to her AIS.

An estimated 5,000 metric tons of iron ore will be removed from the vessel and offloaded onto awaiting barges to lighten the vessel. The Seaway in the vicinity of Galop Island will be closed to all vessel traffic during salvage operations.

The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, a 740-foot vessel, ran aground Sunday evening en route to Quebec City. The vessel is loaded with iron ore. The cause of the incident remains under investigation.

NNY 360

 

Great Lakes iron ore trade down slightly in September

10/11 - Cleveland, OH – Shipments of iron ore from U.S. ports on the Great Lakes totaled 5.8 million tons in September, a decrease of 1.8 percent compared to a year ago. However, shipments outperformed the month’s 5-year average by 1.8 percent.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 38.6 million tons, a decrease of less than 1 percent compared to the same point in 2018. Through September iron ore loadings are 4.8 percent ahead of their 5-year average for the first three quarters.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

East Toledo iron plant on track to open next summer

10/11 - Toledo, OH - Ten days ago workers finished erecting the 457-foot furnace reactor tower at the hot briquette iron manufacturing plant under construction in East Toledo, officially making it the tallest structure in the city. So on Wednesday, the plant’s owner, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., decided it was time to provide a progress update on the $830 million plant by holding an hour-long open house downtown at the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority offices.

Clifford Smith, the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said the project is on schedule and expects to be making its first iron briquettes by June. It hopes to ramp up production quickly to be making 1.9 million tons of briquettes annually by 2021.

“We have 60 employees now in training,” Mr. Smith said. Those are plant operators, but fairly soon it will hire another 100 workers to physically run the plant.

A few weeks ago, the construction force that has been building the briquette plant since April 2018 peaked at 1,100. It is now at just under 1,000 but those numbers will continue to dwindle as the plant moves closer to completion.

“We are excited. This has been a journey since we started looking at this in 2014,” Mr. Smith said. Cleveland-Cliffs, which is based in Cleveland, eventually will spend over $1 billion on the project that includes a redevelopment of a mine in Minnesota to provide the Toledo plant with iron pellets that have silicon in them.

To date, it has spent $500 million building the Toledo plant. Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz attended the open house and called the briquette plant “the most exciting economic project that has come to Toledo in the last five years.”

The project already has changed the face of Toledo by building the tallest structure, a title until Sept. 30 was held by the Fifth Third Center building on Summit Street. “On every metric this project has exceeded expectations — and it was already fantastic,” the mayor said.

Mr. Smith said once Cleveland-Cliffs, which has until now always confined its business to mining and making iron ore pellets for use by the electric-arc furnace steel industry, decided to get into the hot briquetted iron business, Toledo was always its preferred location for the plant.

Great Lakes freighters will transport pellets to the plant, and Toledo has rail and interstate to transport finished briquettes. Plus, Toledo is very close to several electric-arc furnace steel mills. “We are already in contract negotiations with several steel companies who are interested in the product,” Mr. Smith said.

Hot briquetted iron, known as HBI, is a supplement that when combined with scrap iron, makes a premium grade of steel. HBI is made from iron ore pellets that are heated and condensed by extracting the oxygen in them. The finished briquettes are about 4 inches but extremely heavy and are about 90 percent iron. Hot briquetted iron needs less energy to be turned into steel.

A Cleveland-Cliffs official said the HBI process actually was developed in Toledo years ago, but because of the high cost of natural gas it has never been economically practical in the United States. With cheaper natural gas now available because of fracking, HBI is now affordable, the official said.

Steel makers that now want hot briquetted iron must get it from overseas, primarily Russia and the Middle East. But because of transportation costs it is expensive. Mr. Smith said Cleveland-Cliffs, which tried and failed to develop an HBI plant in 2000, saw the price of natural gas plummeting 10 years ago it began rethinking the idea.

The Blade

 

Port Reports -  October 11

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on the 10th at 06:17 from South of #2 for Gary. The CSL St-Laurent arrived Two Harbors on the 10th at 06:43 after being stopped in the lake. She went to South of #2. As of 19:15 she is still at the dock, but is showing a Quebec City destination. The Speer departed Duluth around 17:30 from the Port Terminal in Duluth. She stopped in the lake off Duluth, but is showing a Two Harbors destination. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the CSL Niagara at 12:25 for Quebec City. As of 19:15 on the 10th the Anderson was still loading fines at Northshore Mining. Tentatively due in Silver Bay on the 11th is the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder that is still at Hallett #5 in Duluth. An update. The John G. Munson is on Lake Michigan, but still isn't showing an updated destination.

St. Marys River
Traffic Thursday afternoon included upbounders Ruddy and downbounders Paul R. Tregurtha, CSL Tadoussac and Michipicoten. Saltie Vitosha was at Algoma’s Export Dock.

Traverse City, MI – Daniel Lindner
The German cruise ship Hamburg arrived in Grand Traverse Bay mid-day Thursday and put her anchor down just off the Great Lakes Maritime Academy harbor. Two of the ship's lifeboats ferried passengers to and from the vessel throughout the day before the ship weighed anchor and departed shortly after 19:00. This was her second trip to Traverse City in the past two weeks.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault cleared 11:03 am Thursday, downbound with salt for Valleyfield, QC. Algoma Conveyor arrived 11:22 am to load salt.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Herbert C Jackson unloaded stone at the St. Clair Aggregates dock on Thursday

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Thursday October 10 – Barry Andersen Buffalo - Oct 9 - tug William C. Gaynor at 2103 - departed Oct 10 at 0926 westbound

Nanticoke - arrival - Oct 10 - Algoscotia eta 2300

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 9 - CSL Laurentien at 1916 and Algoma Transport at 1940 and Algoma Harvester at 2344 - Oct 10 - Algoma Hansa at 0547, Rodopi (Mlt) at 0614 to Port Weller anchorage, Algoma Enterprise at 0815, Algoscotia at 0927, Adfines Sea ((Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1300 for Port Weller anchorage and Federal Rideau (Mhl) eta 2145

downbound - Oct 9 - Algoma Discovery at 1520, Industrial Strength (Lbr) at 1630, Kitikmeot W (Icdas-09-18) and Algoma Niagara at 1828 - Oct 10 - Flevoborg (Nld) at 0350, Thunder Bay at 0655, John D Leitch at 0803, CSL Welland at 0858, Florence Spirit at 1042, G3 Marquis at 1449, Algonorth at 1647 and Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 1747

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Oct 9 - Wicky Spirit at 1648 - Oct 10 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 0643 and Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1350 - departed - Oct 9 - Blacky (Cyp) at 2133 for Hamilton

Hamilton - arrivals - Oct 9 - Blacky (Cyp) at 2328 from Port Weller anchorage - Oct 10 - Algoma Discovery at 0515 and Algoma Spirit at 1724 - anchored - Oct 8 - Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 2211 - docked - Rodopi (Mlt) at 1711 - Oct 8 - ferry Wolf Islander III at 0711 and Federal St Laurent (Mhl) at 2245 - Oct 10 - Edenborg (Nld) eta 2143 from the anchorage - departures - Oct 10 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0108 eastbound, Rodopi (Mlt) at 0424 for Port Weller anchorage, Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 2004 and Algoma Discovery at 2110

Clarkson - arrival - Oct 10 - Robert S Pierson eta 2205

Mississauga - arrival - Oct 6 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1443 - departed Oct 10 at 1126 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto - docked - Oct 8 - Volgaborg (Nld) at 1039 - Oct 9 - McKeil Spirit at 0753 and tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 2355

Oshawa - docked - Oct 8 - Onego Merchant (Nld) (ex Texel-17, Onego Merchant-13, Texel-11, Dewi Parwati-08, Beluga Spirit-03, Dewi Parwati-03) at 1848

 

Lakes limestone trade up 12 percent in September

10/11 - Cleveland, OH – Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled nearly 4.1 million tons in September, an increase of 12.4 percent compared to a year ago. Limestone cargos also bettered the month’s 5-year average by 20.3 percent.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 3.3 million tons, an increase of almost 12 percent from 2018. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 785,000 tons, an increase of 14.5 percent.

Year-to-date the limestone trade stands at 23.4 million tons, an increase of 12.4 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries total 19.1 million tons, an increase of 12.5 percent. Shipments from Ontario quarries total 4.3 million tons, an increase 12.1 percent.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

German cruise ship Hamburg returning to Alpena

10/11 - Alpena, MI - The German cruise ship, M.S. Hamburg will be stopping by Alpena Friday. It stopped in Lake Huron on September 25 and was set to return. The ship is carrying a different set of German passengers this time and ferries will be docking behind the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Expect a lot of foot traffic on Friday, as these German tourists will be walking around downtown Alpena. “This group is interested in history, heritage, local culture, and everything is based on learning something,” said Mary Beth Stutzman, president and CEO of the Alpena Convention and Visitors Bureau. “So they were most interested in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and the lighthouses in Presque Isle, and just experiencing our daily lives.”

The best place to view the cruise ship would be at the break wall. If you would like to welcome our German visitors, you can meet them getting off of the ferries behind the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary around 12:30 p.m. on Friday. However, the time could change depending on the weather.

 

Help wanted: Pere Marquette Shipping

10/11 - Pere Marquette Shipping, located in Ludington, MI, is looking for a chief engineer to come aboard the Tug Undaunted/PM 41 Barge. Anyone looking to apply for this position should have a DDE 4000 unlimited license. Starting pay will be $460-$500/day rate with dental/medical benefits after 90 days along with a 401K contribution after 1000 hours sailed. This position is 7 days a week/12hr days and a 4 week on/2 week off rotation.

If interested, please contact Roger Beadle at (231) 843-7241 or send your resume to rbeadle@pmship.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 11

On this day in 1923, the HENRY STEINBRENNER of 1901 collided with the J. McCARTNEY KENNEDY at 4:20 p.m. off Parisienne Island, Whitefish Bay. The accident occurred during thick, smoky weather and both boats were severely damaged.

MEDINA (wooden propeller tug, 66 foot, 57 gross tons) was launched by O'Grady & Maher at Buffalo, New York on October 11, 1890. She cost $12,000.

Quebec & Ontario Transportation's b.) BAIE COMEAU II cleared Sorel October 11, 1983, as c.) AGIA TRIAS, Panamanian registry #1355. Her Canadian registry was closed on October 12, 1983. Her mission was to carry grain from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Mexican and Caribbean Island ports. Subsequently she was renamed d.) OCEANVIEW in 1988, e.) SEA DIAMOND in 1989, f.) GOLDEN CREST in 1990, g.) ATLANTIC WOOD in 1991, h.) LONDON FURY in 1994 and i.) DONG SHENG in 1995. Cleveland Tankers’ MERCURY scraped the South Grand Island Bridge in the Niagara River in heavy fog on October 11, 1974. Her forward mast snapped off, the amidships mast was tilted and her smoke stack was toppled. She proceeded after the mishap to G&W Welding at Cleveland, Ohio under her own power for repairs. Upper Lakes Shipping's WHEAT KING, under tow, arrived at Chittagong Roads, Bangladesh on October 11, 1989, to be broken up.

In 1911, the rail ferry CHIEF WAWATAM arrived at St. Ignace, Michigan, and began service shortly thereafter.

On 11 October 1913, THOMAS H. CAHOON (3 mast wooden schooner-barge, 166 foot, 431 gross tons, built in 1881, at E. Saginaw, Michigan) was carrying lumber in tow of the steamer C. W. CHAMBERLAIN. They were bound from Sault Ste. Marie to Byng Inlet. However during a storm, the CAHOON stranded and went to pieces on 'Kenny Shoal' by the southwest corner of Innes Island in Georgian Bay. No lives were lost.

On October 11, 1839, DEWITT CLINTON (wooden passenger/package freight side-wheeler, 147 foot, 413 tons, built in 1836, at Huron, Ohio) foundered off Milwaukee with the loss of 5 lives. She was recovered the following year and lasted until 1851. She and her near-twin ROBERT FULTON were reportedly the first Lake steamers built primarily as freighters with relatively few passenger accommodations.

On October 11, 1866, GREAT WEST (wooden 3-mast bark, 175 foot, 765 tons, built in 1854, at Buffalo, New York) was carrying wheat in a storm on Lake Michigan when she stranded on Racine Reef. She was reported to be a total loss but she may have been recovered and then lost near Chicago in 1876. When launched, she was the largest sailing vessel on the Lakes and much was made of her beautiful lines. She was diagonally braced with iron. She stood 174 feet tall from her deck to her masthead. So if she were sailing today, although she'd be able to sail under the Mackinac Bridge, she'd be stopped at the Blue Water Bridge whose roadway is only 152 feet above the water.

1923: The canal-sized steamer GLENGELDIE, enroute from Killarney to Welland with a cargo of quartz rock, hit bottom in Georgian Bay and had to be towed to Collingwood for over $15,000 in repairs to the starboard side. The ship later sailed for Canada Steamship Lines as b) ELGIN.

1924: SENATOR DARBYSHIRE, a wooden bulk carrier upbound and in ballast, was destroyed by a fire on Lake Ontario, and sank near Point Petre Light. The crew fought the early morning blaze but eventually had to abandon the ship and was picked up by MAPLEBAY. Capt. J.W. Scarrow was later a master for Canada Steamship Lines.

1942: WATERTON was lost due to enemy action in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The former Misener freighter, operating for the Bowater Steamship Co., was attacked with 2 torpedoes from U-106 and went down in the Cabot Strait in 8 minutes. All on board got off safely. The ship was traveling from Cornerbrook, NF, to Cleveland with newsprint and pulpwood.

1982: The Israeli freighter DAGAN made 18 trips to the Great Lakes from 1959 to 1967. It ran aground on Cay Sal Bank, north of Cuba, as f) CORK and was abandoned the next day as a total loss.

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

 

U.S.-flag cargo movement on lakes tops 10 million tons in August

10/10 - Cleveland, OH – U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 10.8 million tons of cargo in August, a 7.8 percent increase compared to a year ago. The August float was also 7 percent above the month’s 5-year average.

Iron ore cargos for steel production totaled 5.3 million tons, an increase of 5.97 percent compared to a year ago, and the fourth consecutive month in which ore shipments topped 5 million tons. Coal loads totaled 1.4 million tons, a 10.1 percent decrease from 2018 and a 14.6 percent decrease from the month’s 5-year average.

Year-to-date U.S.-flag cargo movement stands at 54.5 million tons, an increase of 12.6 percent compared to the same point in 2018. Iron ore cargos total 29.9 million tons, an increase of 12.5 percent. Coal loadings total 6.9 million tons, an increase of 6.5 percent. Limestone tops 14.6 million tons, an increase of 13.4 percent.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Tugs appear to be on way to grounded ship

10/10 - Cardinal, ON – Tugs are on their way upriver in response to the grounding of the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin off Galop Island. The tugs Ocean Echo and the Ocean Comeau were both bound upriver late Wednesday.

Navigation has been slowed, but has continued since the incident. The ship is carrying iron ore, and was headed for Quebec City. It’s slowly taking on water, but pumps are keeping up with the water coming in.

The Canadian Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. and Transport Canada are all involved in the effort to free the ship. Unconfirmed reports say the vessel suffered engine problems. The vessel is owned by Canada Steamship Lines.

NNY 360

 

Port Reports -  October 10

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Arthur M. Anderson arrived Duluth at 00:04 Wednesday morning to discharge limestone at Hallett #5. Paul R. Tregurtha was outbound at 05:37 for St. Clair after loading coal at SMET, and American Integrity arrived at 09:12 to pick up iron ore pellets from Canadian National. Federal Dee departed at 18:50 with grain she had loaded at CHS 2. Pathfinder/tug Dorothy Ann spent their second consecutive day at Hallett #5 discharging salt, while Edgar B. Speer remained moored at Port Terminal taking a delay. Manitoulin dropped anchor outside the harbor mid-morning Wednesday, and is presumably waiting for the Integrity to finish loading at CN, which will likely be early Thursday. Neither the Pathfinder or Speer had departure times listed. The only traffic through the Superior entry on Wednesday was CSL Tadoussac, which departed at 07:58 with iron ore pellets for Nanticoke.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
The John G. Munson departed Two Harbors on Oct. 9th at 01:14. As of 19:30 on the 9th she didn't have an updated AIS. Arriving Two Harbors on the 9th at 19:05 was the Edwin H. Gott for South of #2. Due Two Harbors early on the 10th is the CSL St-Laurent. The Speer is still taking a delay at the Port Terminal in Duluth. Arriving Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Oct. 9th at 10:35 was the CSL Niagara. As of 19:30 on the 9th she was still at the dock. Inbound Silver Bay on the 9th at 19:30 was the Arthur M. Anderson to load fines. Also due Silver Bay is the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder. As of 19:30 on the 9th she was still at Hallett #5 in Duluth. The McCarthy Jr. didn't have an updated AIS when she departed Two Harbors. She is headed for Conneaut.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday; 18:26 The saltie Drawsko departed for Montreal. 18:28 Kaministiqua departed for Sorel. 18:40 Tecumseh weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load grain. 20:07 Manitoulin departed for Duluth Superior. 21:27 Federal Churchill departed for Montreal. 22:29 Federal Hunter arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. Wednesday; 0:07 Tim S Dool shifted to the Richardson Main Terminal to finish loading.

Northern Lake Huron ports

Thessalon Wednesday; 2:48 Cuyahoga departed for Fairport.

Bruce Mines: Tuesday; 2:48 Manitowoc departed for Calumet. 18:40 Saginaw arrived to load trap rock.

Meldrum Bay: Tuesday; Algoma Innovator weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. Wednesday; 11:33 she departed for Sarnia.

Calcite: Tuesday; 19:47 John J Boland departed for Bay City. Wednesday; 12:55 H Lee White arrived to load.

Stoneport: Wednesday; 7:48 Olive L Moore arrived and went to anchor. 14:14 Herbert C. Jackson departed for Detroit. Olive L Moore weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock.

Alpena: Wednesday; 2:03 Samuel De Champlain departed for Detroit.

Port Inland: Wednesday; 3:58 Cason J Callaway arrived to load limestone.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault arrived at 12:45 pm Wednesday loading salt at Compass Minerals.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
American Courage remains on the shuttles to ArcelorMittal steel. The cruise ship Victory II was at the Port, dock 28W, Wednesday. James R. Barker delivered to the Bulk Terminal once American Courage departed. Philip R. Clarke was delivering to Lorain.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Wednesday October 9 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - docked - Oct 6 - Sloman Hera (Atg) at 1423 - departed - Oct 8 - Sloman Hera (Atg) at 2231 - Oct 9 - Kitikmeot W ((ex Icdas-09-18) at 1410 for New York

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 8 - Algoma Conveyor at 1135 - Oct 9 - Algoma Compass at 0132, tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 0150, Stenberg (Gib) at 0326, CSL Laurentien at 1916 and Algoma Transport at 1940

downbound - Oct 8 - CSL Laurentien at 1232 - Oct 9 - Sloman Hera (Atg) at 0212, Algoma Equinox at 0752, tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 0813, tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1132, Algoma Discovery at 1520, Industrial Strength (Lbr) at 1630 and Algoma Niagara at 1828

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Sep 28 - Blacky (Cyp) at 2330 - Oct 9 - Wicky Spirit at 1648 - departed - Oct 9 - Blacky (Cyp) etd at 2120 for Hamilton

Hamilton - arrivals - Oct 9 - Algoma Transport at 0002 and CSL Laurentien at 0403 - anchored - Oct 4 - Edenborg (Nld) at 1018 - Oct 8 - Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 2211 - docked - Oct 4 - Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 1726 and Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 2116 - Oct 5 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 1711 - Oct 8 - ferry Wolf Islander III at 0711 and Federal St Laurent (Mhl) at 2245 - departures - Oct 8 - Wicky Spirit at 1451 eastbound, Algoma Compass at 2329 - Oct 9 - Algoma Transport at 1632 and CSL Laurentien at 1636 - both for the canal

Clarkson - arrival - Oct 9 - Robert S Pierson at 0226 - departed Oct 9 at 1715 - eastbound

Mississauga - arrival - Oct 6 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1443

Toronto - arrivals - Oct 9 - McKeil Spirit at 0753 - docked - Oct 8 - Volgaborg (Nld) at 1039 - departed - Oct 9 - NACC Argonaut at 1659

Oshawa - docked - Oct 8 - Onego Merchant (Nld) (ex Texel-17, Onego Merchant-13, Texel-11, Dewi Parwati-08, Beluga Spirit-03, Dewi Parwati-03) at 1848

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 10

On this day in 1891, the SUSAN E. PECK collided with the schooner GEORGE W. ADAMS above the Soo Locks. The PECK, loaded with wheat for Buffalo, sank in a matter of minutes and completely blocked the navigation channel. General Orlando M. Poe, in charge of the Soo Locks, estimated that 275 boats lost an estimated 825 days and 5 hours waiting for the wreck to be cleared.

On this day in 1956, two F-86 Saber Jets collided over Lake Michigan. The ERNEST T. WEIR, Captain Ray R. Redecker, rescued one of the pilots (Lt. Kenneth R. Hughes) after he spent three hours in the water. ARTHUR M. ANDERSON, WILLIAM A. IRVIN and GEORGE W. PERKINS participated in an unsuccessful attempt to locate the second pilot.

On October 10, 1902, GARDEN CITY (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 133 foot, 352 gross tons, built in 1873, at Ogdensburg, New York) caught fire on the Saginaw River between Bay City and Saginaw while sailing up the river for winter lay-up. She sank four miles above Bay City near the old interurban railroad bridge.

While downbound with coal in the St. Lawrence River on October 10, 1981, the JEAN PARISIEN suffered considerable bottom damage when she ran aground near Comfort Island about a mile west of Alexandria Bay, New York. She was rebuilt with a new forebody at Port Weller Drydocks and renamed b.) CSL ASSINIBOINE in 2005.

BROOKDALE of 1909 was towed out of Toronto on October 10, 1980, by the tug GLENADA, assisted by the tug TERRY S. She was one her way to the cutters’ torch at Port Maitland, Ontario.

CHAMPLAIN with her former fleet mate CADILLAC was towed past Gibraltar October 10, 1987, heading for Aliaga, Turkey, for dismantling by Cukurova Celik Endustrisi A.S.

SAVIC b.) CLIFFS VICTORY cleared New York on October 10, 1986.

HULL NO 1, b.) KINSMAN ENTERPRISE, being towed by the Polish tug JANTAR arrived in Aliaga, Turkey, on October 10, 1989, to be scrapped there.

October 10, 1906 - The PERE MARQUETTE 5 was sold to The Barry Transportation Co. for $75,000. The PERE MARQUETTE 5 was the last of the "break-bulk" boats operated by the Pere Marquette Railway Co.

On October 10, 1905, CHARLES H. BURTON (3 mast wooden schooner, 158 foot, 514 gross tons, built in 1873, at Bangor, Michigan) was carrying coal in a storm in Lake Erie when she was driven ashore 4 1/2 miles east of Barcelona, New York and broke up. No lives were lost. She had been built on the hull of the bark GLENBULAH that had burned in the Chicago fire of 1871.

On 10 October 1877, ELIZA R. TURNER (wooden schooner, 156 foot, 409 gross tons, built in 1867, at Trenton, Michigan) was carrying wheat from Detroit to Buffalo when a storm drove her aground nine miles west of Long Point on Lake Erie where she was wrecked. The skipper and cook drowned, but the remaining 8 were saved.

The tug CRUSADER of Oswego burned and sank in the middle of the Straits of Mackinac about 9 p.m. on 10 October 1878.

On 10 October 1877, ABEONA (wooden scow-schooner, 100 tons, built in 1863, at Lambert, Ontario) was carrying lumber and shingles down bound on Lake Huron when she stranded during a storm one mile west of Port Austin where she reportedly later broke up.

In 1877, PORTLAND (2-mast wooden schooner, 118 foot, 250 tons, built in 1847, at Pillar Point, New York) stranded and went to pieces north of False Presque Isle on Lake Huron. Salvage attempts only retrieved her anchor and chain.

1923: HURONTON, a Canadian freighter, sank in Lake Superior off Caribou Island following a collision on the foggy lake with the CETUS. The vessel went down in 800 feet of water in 18 minutes but all on board were rescued.

1927: MICHIPICOTEN, of the Owen Sound Transportation Co., was destroyed by a fire at Gore Bay, on Manitoulin Island.

1963: The wooden freighter VAUQUELIN caught fire and sank in the St. Lawrence northeast of Quebec City off Cap Saumon. The vessel had previously sailed as a) LA RIVIERE MALBAIE.

1969: The T-2 tanker CARIBBEAN SKY visited the Seaway for 3 trips in 1960-1961 before being converted to a bulk carrier. The engine exploded and disintegrated during dock trials after repairs at Antwerp, Belgium, as f) LAKE PLACID, with the loss of one life. The hull settled but was pumped out and declared a CTL. It was towed to Rotterdam in 1971, repaired and returned to service as g) GARANDA. The after end again proved to be troublesome and was cut off and scrapped. The bow was joined to after end of the Panamanian tanker AKRON and the ship returned to service under this name. It was finally dismantled in Pakistan during 1981.

1987: The wheat-laden WILLOWGLEN went aground on the north side of Ogden Island in the St. Lawrence. The ship was released on October 13 and later went to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs.

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

 

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin remains aground in Seaway

10/9 - Cardinal, ON – The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, which ran aground Sunday evening in the Galop Island Cut just southwest of Cardinal, ON, a few miles above Iroquois Lock, remained aground Tuesday night. That puts the Canadian-registered vessel on the Canadian side of Galop Island across from Red Mills in the town of Lisbon

Ensign Joe Neff, public affairs officer for the Buffalo Sector of the U.S. Coast Guard, said planning was underway Tuesday to free the ship, though there’s no word on when the plan will be ready.

The ship is carrying iron ore, and was headed for Quebec City. It’s slowly taking on water, but pumps are keeping up with the water coming in. Traffic was halted on the Seaway overnight, but ships are being allowed to pass now on a “case by case basis,” according to Neff.

The Canadian Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. and Transport Canada are all involved in the effort to free the ship.

Unconfirmed reports say the vessel suffered engine problems. The vessel is owned by Canada Steamship Lines. Traffic is being restricted to one way only during daylight hours.

WWNY

 

Michigan ports waiting on border patrol answers

10/9 - Monroe, MI – The Port of Monroe is among the sites affected by restrictions that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has placed on international cargo logistics in Michigan. For a state known for its Great Lakes and proximity to the country’s largest trade partner, it’s hard to conduct international sea cargo shipping in Michigan.

It’s even harder to get answers as to why that’s the case — at least that’s what Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., is finding. “I’m getting to a point where my patience is coming to an end,” Peters said. ”... this is simply unacceptable that we don’t have these answers at this point.”

On Aug. 12, Peters submitted a series of 10 questions to Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of U. S. Customs and Border Protection. He sought to clarify restrictions imposed on the Port of Monroe and throughout the state when it comes to the handling of international cargo.

It’s not unusual for Peters to take an interest in CBP’s policies — border security and the policies that influence it are kind of his thing. As the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, he requested the agency outline how it determines safety protocols throughout Michigan and how they compare to other states on the Great Lakes.

Peters wanted the answers by Aug. 16, but more than seven weeks past his deadline, official answers have yet to materialize. And as lost economic opportunities and the jobs they could have created continue to pile up, the senator’s frustration is mounting. He’s confident CBP’s response, when it does come, will highlight the patchwork-like regulations levied by field offices.

“Once these answers come forward, we’ll see that Monroe is being treated in an arbitrary fashion relative to other ports,” Peters said. “CBP needs to put in policies that are consistent across all ports ( in the country).”

Peters’ request relates to an ongoing regulatory saga in which officials have found themselves entangled. CBP’s Detroit field office, which has jurisdiction over the Port of Monroe and Michigan, has issued guidelines that limit containerized shipping in the state. It also amended its policies to encompass break bulk cargo, which applies to anything in boxes, bags or any kind of covering.

The agency requires increased screening protocols and largely hoists the financial burden onto the entities that seek to deal in trade.

CBP cites limited resources and a need for security as the reasoning for its decisions. In August, Kenneth Hammond, a chief CBP officer, said no port in the state has the equipment needed to satisfy its requirements.

For the Port of Monroe, the cost to acquire and install the equipment is more than $5 million, according Paul LaMarre III, the port’s director. It’s a chicken-or-the-egg type scenario, though. The business needed to fund such upgrades at the port would largely come from the shipping from which it’s being sidelined.

“I know the Port of Monroe is committed to enhancing their screening operation, but you need to have business in order to do that,” Peters said. “You have to generate revenue.”

CBP’s regulations obliterated two major deals for the port: an initiative with Ford Motor Co. to export Mustangs to Europe and an opportunity to handle construction supplies needed to construct an Aruaco North America plant in Grayling. A recent University of Michigan study estimates the port also has lost out on tens of millions of dollars in revenue due to the restrictions.

Ensuring American citizens and the residents of Michigan are safe is a top priority for Peters. That doesn’t detract from the need to promote economic growth, though, he said. “I share the need to screen ports and security is essential to me — there is nothing more important,” Peters said. ” But you also have to balance that with the need to bring in trade and commerce and grow our economy in places like Monroe and create jobs for people in Michigan.”

LaMarre said he doesn’t dispute the need for security or safety, either. He’s appreciative of CBP’s mission and the officers who service the port. “The officers do an exceptional job,” he said. It’s the agency’s policies that are choking the port’s ability to grow, LaMarre said. As a taxpayer, it’s particularly bothersome, he added.

The fact that Peters’ questions remain unanswered also is troubling to LaMarre. “Who is governing who?” he asked. “When a senator can’t get answers, there is a flaw in the system.”

The ports of Toledo and Cleveland, which also sit on Lake Erie, are able to take part in international bulk and break bulk cargo shipping. Unlike Michigan, they’re subject to CBP’s Chicago field office, which doesn’t impose the same stringent regulations.

The difference in expectations, especially for ports a mere 14 miles apart, is baffling to LaMarre. Michigan ports continue to lose out on business, he added. “To this day, cargo continues to pass us by,” LaMarre said.

The inconsistencies are particularly frustrating for Peters, too. “CBP has been acting as a very bureaucratic organization and one that seems to be operating in an inconsistent fashion,” Peters said. “That is unacceptable.”

Peters said Michigan ports should be held to the same standard as other ports in the region. Since ports in Toledo and Cleveland are allowed to function safely without increased scrutiny, so should Michigan ports.

The Port of Monroe is a critical piece of trade coming into Michigan, Peters said, and is particularly important because much of the seaports on the East Coast are at capacity.

The St. Lawrence Seaway, an international sea trade route that connects Great Lakes states to the Atlantic Ocean, provides economic opportunity for the region. Using the trade route is financially more feasible than expanding those Eastern ports, he added. “We have number of Michigan ports that can handle (international) trade,” Peters said. “That’s why we have to put a system in place that makes sure these Ports can keep this trade.”

The potential for growth is why Peters has been so aggressive on the issue. Ideally, he would like to see the port able to take part in the international shipping market on a grander scale. “This is central to economic development not just for the Monroe area, but for the entire state,” he said.

For LaMarre, the fight is ongoing. He said CBP continually adds roadblocks to discourage Michigan ports from taking part in the international bulk and break bulk cargo business. He said he thinks CBP’s goal is for the ports to just accept the status quo.

″‘That won’t be the case’ is going to continue to be our motto,” LaMarre said. “We’re not giving up the fight.”

Monroe Evening News

 

Port Reports -  October 9

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
John G. Munson arrived Duluth at 01:31 Tuesday morning with limestone for the C. Reiss dock, and Federal Dee was inbound at 02:15 to load grain at CHS 2. Pathfinder/tug Dorothy Ann made an extremely rare Twin Ports visit on Tuesday, arriving at 04:12 to discharge salt at Hallett #5. Roger Blough departed at 11:26 with a load of iron ore pellets for Gary, and Happy River was outbound light from Port Terminal at 14:35 after unloading wind turbine towers. The Munson finished unloading and departed at 15:19 for Silver Bay, and Erieborg left port at 15:59 carrying beet pulp pellets she had loaded at Gavilon. Paul R. Tregurtha rounded out Tuesday's traffic, arriving at 16:30 to load coal at Midwest Energy. Edgar B. Speer spent the day moored at Port Terminal taking a delay. She, along with the Pathfinder, had tentatively been scheduled to depart at 18:00, however both vessels were still tied up as of 19:30. At the Superior entry, Mesabi Miner arrived at 03:08 Tuesday, took on iron ore pellets, and departed for Burns Harbor at 16:20. CSL Tadoussac was due at 22:30 to load at BN.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed Two Harbors on Oct. 8th at 13:34. As of 19:30 on the 8th her AIS hadn't been updated. Arriving Two Harbors after unloading stone at the C. Reiss dock in West Duluth was the John G. Munson at 17:10 for South of #2. HarborLookout had been showing her going to Silver Bay to load fines. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 9th is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader on Oct. 8th at approx. 03:45 for Cleveland. Due Silver Bay on Oct. 9th is the CSL Niagara. Also due is the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder that, as of 19:45 on the 8th, was still unloading salt at Hallett #5 in Duluth.

Thunder Bay, ON
Monday; 22:46 Federal Beaufort departed for Montreal. Tuesday; 6:27 Tecumseh arrived and went to anchor.

Alpena, MI – Ben & Chanda McClain
On Tuesday morning the Cuyahoga unloaded road salt at the Alpena Oil Dock. The tug Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation remained at Lafarge on Tuesday waiting to load product.

Northern Lake Huron ports

Thessalon: Monday; 22:56 Baie Comeau arrived to load stone and departed Tuesday at 12:16 for Windsor. 18:00 Cuyahoga arrived to load gravel.

Bruce Mines: Monday; 11:30 Manitowoc arrived to load trap rock.

Meldrum Bay: Monday; 18:06 After taking on a partial load Philip R Clarke departed for Stoneport. Tuesday; 0:44 Algoma Innovator arrived and went to anchor.

Calcite: Monday; 23:47 John J Boland arrived to load. Tuesday; 10:21 American Mariner departed and is down bound on Lake Michigan.

Stoneport: Monday; 22:05 Philip R Clarke arrived to finish loading and departed on Tuesday at 10:44 for Lorain. 13:04 Herbert C Jackson arrived to load limestone.

Alpena: Monday; 22:10 Samuel de Champlain arrived to load cement products. Tuesday; 5:11 Cuyahoga arrived at the salt dock and unloaded, departing at 9:28 for Thessalon.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Ruddy departed for Thunder Bay on Tuesday. American Courage arrived from Marblehead with stone and is now running a shuttle from the Bulk Terminal. Mississagi had stone for River Dock and Calumet had stone from Calcite. She was at the Bulk Terminal. Sam Laud was in Lorain with stone from Marblehead.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Tuesday October 8 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - docked - Oct 6 - Sloman Hera (Atg) at 1423 - Oct 7 - Kitikmeot W (ex Icdas-09-18) at 2044

Buffalo - Oct 6 - CSL Laurentien at 1726 - departed Oct 8 at 0928 eastbound

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 7 - Ojibway at 1406, Florence Spirit at 1555, Algosea at 1757 and Victory II (Bhs) (ex Sea Discoverer-18, Coastal Queen-17, Clipper Discoverer-09, Cape Cod Light-07) at 1900 - Oct 8 - Federal Mackinac (Mhl) at 0140, Emanuele S (Bds) (ex SCT Monte Rosa-17, MCT Monte Rosa-15) at 0328 and Algoma Conveyor at 1135

downbound - Oct 7 - Algoma Strongfield at 1417 and Algoterra at 1934 - Oct 8 - Algoma Compass at 0152, Algoma Transport at 1045 and CSL Laurentien at 1232

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Sep 28 - Blacky (Cyp) at 2330 - Oct 7 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 1725 - departed - Oct 8 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 1711 eastbound

Hamilton - arrivals - Oct 8 - Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi) at 0300 from the anchorage, ferry Wolf Islander III at 0711, Algoma Compass at 1435, Federal St Laurent eta 2230 from Oshawa and Algoma Transport eta 2250 - anchored - Oct 4 - Edenborg (Nld) at 1018 - docked - Oct 4 - Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 1726 and Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 2116 - Oct 5 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 1711 and Wicky Spirit at 2004 - Oct 7 - Algoma Conveyor at 2141 - departures - Oct 7 - Federal Mackinac at 2308 for toledo - Oct 8 - Algoma Conveyor at 0940 westbound,

Bronte - departed - Gaia Desgagnes at 0901 eastbound

Clarkson - arrival - Oct 7 - Robert S Pierson at 0947 - departed - Oct 8 - Robert S Pierson at 0009 - eastbound

Mississauga - arrival - Oct 6 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1443

Toronto - arrival - Oct 8 - Volgaborg (Nld) at 1039 - departed - Oct 7 - Victory II (Bhs) (ex Sea Discoverer-18, Coastal Queen-17, Clipper Discoverer-09, Cape Cod Light-07) at 1710 for the canal - Oct 8 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 0133 eastbound

Oshawa - arrivals - Oct 8 - Onego Merchant (Nld) (ex Texel-17, Onego Merchant-13, Texel-11, Dewi Parwati-08, Beluga Spirit-03, Dewi Parwati-03) at 1848 - departed - Oct 8 - Federal St Laurent (Mhl) at 1839 back to Hamilton

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 9

On 08-09 October 1871, NAVARINO (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 184 foot, 761 tons, built in 1870, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) was lying at a dock when the Chicago fire swept through the city. The vessel tried to pull away from the dock and get to the safety of Lake Michigan, but the wind, which was being drawn into the fire held her against the dock. She burned to a total loss; no lives were lost. Her machinery was later salvaged and used in the new propeller MENOMINEE.

The CHIMO was moved onto the Port Weller Dry Dock on October 9, 1983, where workers began to cut her apart forward of her aft-located pilothouse and engine room. Upon completion Upper Lakes Shipping renamed her b.) CANADIAN RANGER.

GULF MACKENZIE (Hull#435) was launched at Sorel, Quebec, by Marine Industries, Ltd. on October 9, 1976. Renamed b.) L. ROCHETTE in 1985, departed the lakes and renamed c.) TRADEWIND ISLAND in 1995 and d.) KEMEPADE in 2003.

Pioneer Shipping Ltd's SASKATCHEWAN PIONEER arrived in the Welland Canal on her delivery trip October 9, 1983, en route to her formal christening at Thunder Bay, Ontario. Sold off the lakes and renamed b.) LADY HAMILTON in 1995. Brought back to the Lakes as VOYAGEUR PIONEER in 2006. Renamed KAMINISTIQUA in 2008.

JAMES DAVIDSON (Hull# 288) was launched at Wyandotte, Michigan, by Detroit Ship Building Co. on October 9, 1920, for the Globe Steamship Co., Cleveland, Ohio (G. A. Tomlinson, mgr.)

On October 9, 1984, the PATERSON was sold to Shearmet Recycling, a Thunder Bay, Ontario, ship breaker, and was broken up at their Mission River dock.

COL. JAMES M. SCHOONMAKER sailed from the Great Lakes Engineering Works on her maiden voyage on October 9, 1911, to Toledo, Ohio, where she loaded coal bound for Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The SCHOONMAKER was the largest vessel on the Great Lakes when she came out. For much of the decade this vessel either broke or held many bulk cargo records. Renamed b.) WILLIS B. BOYER in 1969. Since 1987, the BOYER serves as a museum ship in Toledo, Ohio, with her original name recently restored.

On 9 October 1820, ASP (wooden schooner, 57 tons, built in 1808, at Mississauga, Ontario) was carrying lumber and staves when she sprang a leak near Long Point in Lake Ontario. She waterlogged, then capsized. The upturned vessel was driven across the lake and finally went ashore off the Salmon River at Mexico Bay, New York, and broke up quickly. 9 of the 11 onboard lost their lives. She was originally built as the British armed schooner ELIZABETH.

On 9 October 1931, CHARLES H. BRADLEY (wooden propeller, 201 foot, 804 gross tons, built in 1890, at W. Bay City, Michigan) was carrying pulpwood and towing the barge GRAMPIAN. She was traversing the Portage Canal in the Keweenaw Peninsula when she ran onto a bar and stranded. The barge kept coming and plowed into her stern. The BRADLEY caught fire and burned to the waterline. The wreck still lies in 6 to 17 feet of water just off the mouth of the Sturgeon River.

On 9 October 1895, AFRICA (wooden propeller steam barge, 135 foot, 352 gross tons, built in 1873, at Kingston, Ontario) was towing the schooner SEVERN in a storm on Lake Huron when she struck a reef, 15 miles south of Cove Island light on Lake Huron. AFRICA broke up in the storm, all 11 of her crew were lost. SEVERN went ashore near Bradley Harbour and broke up. The crew was rescued by a fish tug from Stokes Bay.

1907: CYPRUS cleared Superior with a cargo of iron ore for Lackawanna, N.Y., on only the second trip. The vessel sank two days later and there was only one survivor. The hull was found on the bottom of Lake Superior in 2007 in 460 feet of water.

1922: TURRET CROWN ran aground off Cove Island, Georgian Bay, but was later salvaged.

1944: The German freighter LUDOLF OLDENDORFF, a Great Lakes trader as a) WESTMOUNT (i) and as e) TRACTOR, was sunk by British aircraft at Egersund, Norway.

1968: BUCKEYE, under tow for scrapping overseas, began drifting in rough weather when the anchors were unable to hold off Port Colborne. The ship was blown aground west of the city and the hull remained stuck until November 29.

2001: The Maltese flag freighter SYLVIA ran over a buoy below the Eisenhower Lock and the mooring chain was wrapped around the propeller. The cable was freed and the ship proceeded to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs arriving October 19 and returning to service on October 27. The ship had previously been inland as a) CHIMO when new in 1981 and first returned as d) SYLVIA in 2000. The vessel was noted as h) INTERCROWN and registered in Cambodia as of 2010.

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

 

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin remains aground in Seaway

10/8 - The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, which ran aground Sunday evening in the Galop Island Cut just southwest of Cardinal, ON, a few miles above Iroquois Lock, remained aground Monday night.

The United States Coast Guard has responded to the incident and is now working with the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation on a salvage plan. Coast Guard officials say the ship is taking on water at a slow rate but no fuel or cargo tanks have been breached. The vessel was en route to Quebec City with a load of iron ore.

Unconfirmed reports say the vessel suffered engine problems. The vessel is owned by Canada Steamship Lines. Traffic is being restricted to one way only during daylight hours.

 

Coast Guard helicopter crew rescues 4 off boat in Lake Huron

10/8 - Rogers City, MI – A helicopter crew from the U.S. Coast Guard’s Air Station Traverse City flew a search and rescue mission Saturday night after receiving word there was a boat in distress in Lake Huron, with four people on board.

Winds were clocking in at 35 mph and waves were reaching about 15 feet when the crew aboard the MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter located the boat near Rogers City, about 40 miles north of Alpena. They reached the vessel amid thunderstorms, about two hours after the initial distress call.

“After deploying our rescue swimmer and nearly an hour of hovering over the vessel, we successfully hoisted 4 individuals and transported them to Cheybogan, MI, for transfer to ambulatory services,” the Coast Guard said Monday in a description of the incident posted to Facebook.

A video of the rescue released by the Coast Guard shows how tricky the operation was, with high waves rocking the boat. A rescue swimmer dropped down into the back of the boat, where that person helped all four people aboard get into a rescue basket so they could be pulled up into the helicopter, one by one.

At one point, a crew member aboard the chopper can be heard warning the rescue swimmer about the rough water: “You got a couple heavier waves coming your way,” the crew member said, advising the rescue swimmer and those still on board to hold onto something to keep their balance.

Air Station Traverse City has had a small fleet of the Jayhawks since the summer of 2017. They replaced the earlier group of MH-65 Dolphins the crew had been flying. Coast Guard's new Jayhawk helicopters are built for search-and-rescue operations

 

Port Reports -  October 8

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Century departed Duluth at 10:33 Monday morning with a load of coal from Midwest Energy. She had arrived via the Superior entry on Sunday and took a delay at Lakehead Pipeline before shifting to SMET late Sunday to load. Edgar B. Speer was inbound at 14:03, and tied up at Port Terminal to wait out a delay. She is due next in Two Harbors to load. Her fleetmate Roger Blough came in at 16:02 to load iron ore pellets at CN, and Great Republic was outbound at 16:10 after loading petroleum coke at Midwest Energy. Also in port were Happy River, unloading wind turbine towers at Port Terminal, and Erieborg, moored at Gavilon taking on beet pulp pellets. The only traffic through the Superior entry on Monday was G3 Marquis, which left port at 08:29 for Hamilton with iron ore pellets from BN.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 7th at 15:50 for South of #2. There is no scheduled traffic for Two Harbors on Oct. 8th, but the Speer is in Duluth taking a delay and she's due in Two Harbors to load sometime this week. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader on Oct. 7th at 10:15 for Cleveland. Arriving Silver Bay on the 7th was the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader at 11:12. Tentatively due in Silver Bay on Oct. 8th is the Dorothy Ann/Patfinder. She is due at Hallett #5 the morning of Oct. 8th to unload salt. She could arrive Silver Bay late in the day.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday; 20:16 CSL Welland departed for Montreal. 22:46 Drawsko weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load grain. 23:56 Algoma Niagara departed for Quebec City. Monday; 2:25 Kaministiqua arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 8:15 Manitoulin arrived at the G3 elevator to load grain. 12:15 The saltie Isolda arrived and went to anchor. 15:34 Tim S Dool arrived at the Richardson Current River terminal to load.

Hancock, MI
After sitting in the hook in the lee of the Keweenaw for over 24 hours, Interlake’s Dorothy Ann with articulated barge Pathfinder made the unconventional decision to transit the Portage Lake Waterway Monday morning, versus rounding the peninsula itself. This may be the first laker to transit east of Hancock since the M/V Manitowoc did it in October 2017 on a salt delivery. The salt boats to Hancock have been coming mostly via the more traveled upper entry used routinely by the Ranger III to Isle Royale.

Northern Lake Huron ports

Meldrum Bay: Monday; 10:31 Philip R Clarke arrived to load limestone.

Port Dolomite: Monday; 0:16 Undaunted weighed anchor and departed Manistee. 0:42 Arthur M Anderson arrived to load and departed at 8:42 for Duluth Superior. 10:15 Frontenac arrived to load.

Calcite: 1:14 Olive L Moore arrived to load. 6:05 Calumet departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. 17:32 Olive L Moore departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. American Mariner arrived to load.

Stoneport: Sunday; 18:44 Kaye E Barker departed for Marquette. 20:44 Laura L Vanenkevort arrived to load and departed at 18:50 for Calumet.

Alpena: Monday; 5:21 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load and departed at 10:36 for Green Bay.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault cleared with salt 3:42 am Monday downbound to Toledo OH. Cuyahoga was loading salt at Compass Minerals for Alpena MI.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
H. Lee White and Sam Laud departed Cleveland on Monday, the White going to Sandusky and the Laud to Marblehead. Ruddy was still at the port and Sea Eagle II was at St. Marys Cement.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Monday October 7 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrivals - Oct 6 - Sloman Hera (Atg) at 1423 and Algoterra at 1745 - departed - Oct 5 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) & barge Margaret at 2345 westbound Oct 7 - and Algoterra at 1539 eastbound

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 6 - tug Wilf Seymour & Alouette Spirit at 1429, Thunder Bay at 1716 and Vitosha (Mlt) at 2340 - Oct 7 - Kitikmeot W at 0658, tug Calusa Coast & Delaware at 0951, Ojibway at 1406, Florence Spirit at 1555, Algosea at 1757 and Victory II (Bhs) (ex Sea Discoverer-18, Coastal Queen-17, Clipper Discoverer-09, Cape Cod Light-07) at 1757

downbound - Oct 6 - Spruceglen at 1702 and NACC Argonaut at 1954 - Oct 7 - BBC Hudson (Gib) (ex Dornumersiel-09) at 0221 going to Port Weller anchorage, Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 0600 going to Port Weller anchorage, Algoma Conveyor at 0752 and Algoma Strongfield at 1417

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Sep 28 - Blacky (Cyp) at 2330 - Oct 7 - BBC Hudson (Gib) (ex Dornumersiel-09) at 1354, Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 1725 - departed - Oct 7 - BBC Hudson (Gib) at 1004

Hamilton - arrivals - Oct 7 - Algoma Conveyor eta 2120 - anchored - Oct 2 - Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 1105 - Oct 4 - Edenborg (Nld) at 1018 - docked - Oct 3 - Federal Mackinac (Mhl) at 1915 - Oct 4 - Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 1726 and Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 2116 - Oct 5 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 1711 and Wicky Spirit at 2004 - departures - Oct 5 - CSL Laurentien at 2313 - westbound - Oct 7 - tug Calusa Coast & Delaware at 0715 and Florence Spirit at 1403

Bronte - arrival - Oct 5 - Gaia Desgagnes at 0756 from Port Weller - Oct -6 - departed anchorage at 1845 for the dock - docked Gaia Desgagnes at 1850

Clarkson - arrival - Oct 7 - Robert S Pierson at 0947 - departed - Oct 7 - Blair McKeil at 1426 eastbound

Mississauga - arrival - Oct 6 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1443

Toronto - arrival - Oct 7 - Victory II (Bhs) (ex Sea Discoverer-18, Coastal Queen-17, Clipper Discoverer-09, Cape Cod Light-07) eta 0700 - docked - Oct 4 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1848

Oshawa - arrivals - Oct 6 - NACC Quebec at 1824 - docked - Oct 4 Federal St Laurent at 1259 - departed Oct 7 - NACC Quebec atr 1004 eastbound

 

Two Great Lakes not falling as expected

10/8 - With the fall season comes a usual lowering of the Great Lakes water levels. That didn’t happen this past month for two of the Great Lakes. Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron were higher on October 4 than September 4.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says heavy rain over the Great Lakes in September halted the typical lowering of water levels in September for Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron. If we look at the long-term average fall in water levels from September to October is 1.2 inches on Lake Superior and 2.76 inches on Lake Michigan-Huron.

Friday, October 4 data released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer forecasts Lake Superior rose one inch from September 4 and Lake Michigan-Huron rose two inches since September 4.

That water level rise may not sound like a large rise in water levels. If we look at what the lakes actually did versus the typical long-term average water level fall, it’s a 2.2 inch swing on Lake Superior and a 4.76 inch difference from normal on Lake Michigan-Huron.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rule of thumb is 800 billion gallons of water for each inch of water on Lake Michigan-Huron. The extra almost five inches in Lake Michigan-Huron represents an extra 3.7 trillion gallons of water.

The water levels for October 4 still have all the Great Lakes lower than the record highest level. Lake Superior is one inch below the record level. Lake Michigan-Huron is seven inches below the record October high. Lake Erie is five inches below record levels, and Lake Ontario four inches below record levels.

Even though two of the lakes bucked the trend in September, all of the Great Lakes are expected to continue their typical seasonal water level decline between now and November 4. While it would be tough for lake levels to rise in fall and winter, any less-than-average fall sets us up for a higher start to the seasonal water rise which starts in March.

The U.S. Corps of Engineers water level forecast typically projects average precipitation amounts. If precipitation amounts turn out extremely abnormal, either wet or dry, the long-range forecast will be off.

M Live / Mark Torregrossa

 

Great Lakes Moment: Five decades since the infamous Rouge River fire

10/8 - Fifty years ago this month on October 9, 1969, the Rouge River caught on fire. Smoke billowed over the river that October morning, about 1,000 feet downstream from the I-75 freeway bridge near the City of River Rouge boundary with southwest Detroit.

Floating oil and oil-soaked debris on the north bank of the river were on fire. Detroit firefighters, who extinguished the blaze, estimated that flames shot 50 feet into the air. The cause of the fire was sparks from an acetylene torch that ignited the debris.

To fight and contain the fire, the Detroit Fire Department deployed 10 pieces of equipment and 65 men. However, it was the Detroit fireboat John Kendall that quickly brought the blaze under control. It was reported that shortly before the blaze started a gasket on an oil pipe broke, allowing furnace oil to escape from the Shell depot. Some of it was pumped into a truck. Wind helped spread the remainder of the oil across the river. The U.S. Coast Guard had been called to the scene before the fire started to position oil containment booms to keep floating oil from spreading.

However, despite these U.S. Coast Guard efforts, the oil spread out across the river and caught on fire. The flames spread upstream and stopped at a culvert about 500 feet from the origin of the fire. The U.S. Coast Guard had to halt traffic on the river. In an Oct. 12, 1969, editorial, the Detroit Free Press had this to say about the Rouge River fire: “When you have a river that burns, for crying out loud, you have troubles. It happened on Cleveland’s Cuyahoga, and now it has happened on the Rouge River.”

When most people think of burning rivers, they think of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio. It caught on fire on June 22, 1969, less than four months before the Rouge River caught on fire. The 1969 Cuyahoga River fire, like the 1969 Rouge River fire, received relatively little local news coverage. However, the Cuyahoga River fire came precisely at the right time when the national media began to cover the environment as a serious issue and just as there was growing national public recognition of the urgent need to protect the environment.

Time magazine’s August 1, 1969, issue was one of the most widely read issues at a time when access to news was more limited than it is today. It was the week after Apollo 11 returned from its mission to the moon and the magazine featured this historic flight. It was also the first issue with a new environment section, with the Cuyahoga River as its focus. It is fair to say that the Rouge and Cuyahoga river fires in 1969, the Buffalo River fire in 1968, the Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969 and other environmental crises helped awaken the nation to widespread environmental degradation.

These river fires and other environmental disasters became national symbols of industrial indifference and the weakness of public regulation. The public outcry over these river fires and other polluted waterways helped lead to the passage of the 1970 National Environmental Policy Act, the 1972 Clean Water Act, the 1972 U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and the 1973 Endangered Species Act.

These laws and agreement helped regulate and control water pollution and encourage voluntary pollution prevention initiatives. Since 1985, over $1 billion has been spent on sewer improvement projects and controlling combined sewer overflows that discharge raw and partially treated sewage to the Rouge River during heavy rainfall events. Approximately 396,000 cubic meters of contaminated sediment have been remediated at a cost of $62.8 million and nearly $7 million of habitat rehabilitation and enhancement projects have been implemented in the watershed.

These cleanup and rehabilitation efforts have resulted in considerable river improvements.

In 1969, when the Rouge River caught on fire, oil slicks were common on the lower river, hydrogen sulfide (the smell of rotten eggs) was off-gassing from the river because there was no oxygen in the river, county health departments had to ban human contact with the river because there was so much raw sewage being discharged into it, and even pollution-tolerant carp were dying in the lower river because of no oxygen.

Today, oxygen conditions have improved, fish are returning, peregrine falcons have returned at the river mouth, and the river is being rediscovered as a recreational resource.

In 1969, the Rouge River was perceived as a working river that supported industry and commerce. Water pollution and the 1969 fire were just part of the cost of doing business. Today, the Rouge River is seen an ecological and community asset that provides many ecosystem services and beneficial uses that enhance quality of life.

Despite these improvements in the Rouge River, some significant challenges remain, including remediating the legacy of industrial pollution in contaminated sediments and brownfields, controlling runoff from the land, rehabilitating and conserving habitats and biodiversity, controlling invasive species, and addressing climate change. For example, 23 percent of the Rouge River watershed is impervious surface that causes both significant runoff problems and loss of habitat.

Read the full story at this link: https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2019/10/rouge-river-fire-anniversary-great-lakes-moment

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 8

On 08 October 1871, PHILO PARSONS (wooden side-wheel steamer, 221 tons, built in 1861, at Algonac, Michigan) burned to a total loss in the great Chicago fire. She burned so completely that her remains were not located in the Chicago River until 1877. She was the vessel commandeered by Confederate raiders in a plot to capture the iron gunboat U.S.S. MICHIGAN on Lake Erie during the American Civil War. The Chicago fire destroyed many fine vessels while they were docked in the harbor. These included the new propeller NAVARINO, the schooner GLENBULA, the schooner ECLIPSE, the schooner BUTCHER BOY, the bark VALETTA, the schooner ALNWICK, the bark A. P. NICHOLS, the bark FONTANELLA, the fore-and-aft schooner STAMPEDE, the schooner N. C. FORD, and the schooner CHRISTINA NEILSON. The only recorded casualties among the sailors were on the ALNWICK; her mate died and the captain burned his hands severely.

The keel was laid October 8, 1976, for the 660-foot forward section of the BURNS HARBOR, but was completed as b.) LEWIS WILSON FOY for the Bethlehem Steel Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Purchased by Oglebay Norton and renamed c.) OGLEBAY NORTON in 1991, and d.) AMERICAN INTEGRITY in 2006.

The MATHEWSTON (Hull#47) entered service on October 8, 1922. On her maiden voyage she sailed from Port Arthur, Ontario with 11,634 tons of barley and wheat. Renamed b.) RALPH S. MISENER in 1954 and c.) MATHEWSTON again in 1967. Scrapped at Vado, Italy in 1970.

The Canadian registry for MENIHEK LAKE was officially closed on October 8, 1985, with the notation "sold Spain." She was scrapped at Gijon, Spain.

WILLIAM G. MATHER arrived on October 8, 1988, in tow of the Great Lakes Towing Co. tugs WYOMING and ALABAMA at the G&W Shipyard at Collision Bend in the Cuyahoga River to be refurbished.

On 8 October 1906, PASADENA (wooden barge, 250 foot, 1,761 gross tons, built in 1889, at Cleveland, Ohio as a propeller bulk freighter) was carrying coal, in tow of the steamer GLADSTONE, bound for Superior, Wisconsin. The PASADENA went out of control in a gale and her skipper had the tow line cut. She was thrown against a pier near the upper entry to the Keweenaw Waterway and pounded to pieces in a few hours. Two lives were lost, but 8 made it to shore on the floating wreckage.

On 8 October 1854, E. K. COLLINS (wooden passenger/package freight side-wheeler, 256 foot, 1,095 gross tons, built in 1853, at Newport, Michigan) caught fire and beached near the mouth of the Detroit River where she burned to the waterline. About 23 lives were lost. About 43 persons were rescued in small boats and by the steamers FINTRY and GLOBE. There was some speculation that arson was the cause. The hull was recovered in 1857, and rebuilt as the barge ARK.

On October 8, 2000 the tug UNDAUNTED and barge PERE MARQUETTE 41 departed Calumet Harbor loaded with pig iron for Marinette, Wis., under favorable conditions and were later caught by the heavy weather. During the storm, the 5,000 tons of pig iron and the barge's four pieces of heavy loading equipment were washed into Lake Michigan. Both the tug and barge suffered damage in the incident.

1899: The tug RECORD sank at Duluth after a collision with the whaleback steamer JAMES B. NEILSON and one life was lost.

1906: The barge PASADENA, loaded with iron ore for Cleveland and under tow of the steamer GLADSTONE, was cut loose approaching the Keweenaw Waterway. The anchors fail to hold. The ship smashed into the east pier of the waterway and broke up on the rocks. Seven sailors were rescued but two were lost.

1964: A fire aboard West German-flag freighter ERATO at Detroit left two dead when they were trapped in their stern quarters. Another three sailors were injured. The 2-alarm blaze was brought under control and the ship was eventually repaired at Toledo. It arrived at Bombay, India, and laid up as d) VIJAYA DARSHANA on May 26, 1983, and eventually scrapped there beginning in May 1986.

1971: DIDO went aground leaving Goole, U.K. for Porsgrunn, Norway, but returned to Goole the next day after being refloated. The 22-year-old Norwegian freighter was listed as a total loss and sold for scrap. It was taken to Hull, U.K., a year later and dismantled. The ship had been a pre-Seaway trader as early as 1951 and made 14 voyages to the Great Lakes from 1959 through 1963.

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

 

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin aground in Seaway

10/7 - Cardinal, ON 11:30 a.m. Update: Seaway traffic is new being allowed to move past the grounded Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin.

The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin ran aground Sunday evening in the Galop Island Cut just southwest of Cardinal, ON, a few miles above Iroquois Lock. Unconfirmed reports say the vessel suffered engine problems. The eastbound Algoma Mariner and tanker Bro Agnes have gone to anchor. AIS shows no tugs in the vicinity of the Martin.

The Watertown Daily Times

 

Port Reports -  October 7

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Joseph L. Block departed Two Harbors on Oct. 6th at 00:30. After departing Two Harbors she went to anchor off Duluth and then got underway around mid morning on the 6th for Indiana Harbor. The Presque Isle departed Two Harbors on Oct. 6th from South of #2 at 10:24 for Ecorse. Arriving Two Harbors on Oct. 6th at 15:26 was the Great Republic for South of #2 to fuel. She departed on the 6th at 17:57 for Duluth. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 7th is the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. The McCarthy Jr. as of 18:30 on the 6th was anchored in Keweenaw Bay with no ETA for Two Harbors. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the James R. Barker on Oct. 6th at 13:38 for Cleveland. Arriving Silver Bay on Oct. 6th at approx. 15:58 was the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. Due Silver Bay on Oct. 7th is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. As of 18:30 on Oct. 6th she was hugging the Michigan shore of Lake Superior West of Marquette.

Thunder Bay, ON
Saturday; 22:02 Algoma Equinox finished loading and shifted to the main anchorage to wait out weather. Sunday; 11:22 Federal Churchill weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 17:38 Algoma Equinox weighed anchor and is down bound on Lake Superior.

Sturgeon Bay, WI – Jim Conlon
On Saturday morning the USCG icebreaker Mackinaw was removed from the large graving dock. On Sunday she was at the dock and was being refueled. On Saturday afternoon the Indiana Harbor arrived at Bayship with the help of Sarter Marine Towing tugs.

Northern Lake Huron ports

Spragge: Sunday; 2:32 Manitoulin departed for Thunder Bay.

Bruce Mines: Saturday; 21:59 Manitowoc departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. 2:34 Mississagi arrived to take on a partial load of trap rock and departed at 6:46 for Thessalon.

Thessalon: Sunday; 8:14 Mississagi arrived to finish loading stone and departed at 13:58.

Port Dolomite: Saturday; Undaunted finished loading and went to anchor to wait out weather. Sunday 16:00 Arthur M Anderson arrived and went to anchor.

Calcite: Saturday; 23:38 Defiance departed for Burns Harbor. Sunday; 17:57 Calumet arrived to load.

Stoneport: Sunday; 3:00 Kaye E Barker arrived to load.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault backed in at 12:14 pm Sunday, loading salt for Toledo. Cuyahoga arrived at 6.13 pm and is expected to load salt next.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Salties Ruddy and Castor 1 were in port Sunday, as was the cruise ship Victory 1. Sam Laud was at the Bulk Terminal loading a shuttle and H. Lee White lightered at the Bulk Terminal before heading for ArcelorMittal.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Sunday October 6 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrival - Oct 4 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) & barge Margaret eta 2135 - docked - departed Oct 4 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 2306 westbound

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 5 - Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 1609, Algonorth at 1837, Sloman Hera (Atg) at 2330 - Oct 6 - Algoterra at 0102, CSL Laurentien at 0653, tug Wilf Seymour & Alouette Spirit at 1429, Thunder Bay at 1716 and Vitosha (Mlt) eta 2310
downbound - Oct 5 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2041 and tug Michigan & Great Lakes at 2330 - Oct 6 - Federal Seto (Mhl) at 0541, Florence Spirit at 0644, Sloman Helios (Atg) at 1241, Spruceglen at 1702 and NACC Argonaut at 1954

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Sep 28 - Blacky (Cyp) at 2330

Hamilton - arrivals - Oct 6 - tug Calusa Coast & Delaware at 1305 - Oct 6 - Florence Spirit at 2012 - anchored - Sep 28 - Federal Mackinac (Mhl) at 0855 - Oct 2 - Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 1105 - Oct 4 - Edenborg (Nld) at 1018 - Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 0726 and Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 2116 - Oct 5 - CSL Laurentien at 0610, Rodopi (Mlt) at 1711 and Wicky Spirit at 2004 - departures - Oct 5 - Algoma Transport at 0418 and CSL Laurentien at 2313 - both westbound

Bronte - arrival - Oct 5 - Gaia Desgagnes at 0756 from Port Weller - Oct -6 - departed anchorage at 1845 for the dock - docked Gaia Desgagnes at 1850

Clarkson - arrival - Oct 4 - Blair McKeil at 1245 from the anchorage - anchored - Oct 5 - Robert S Pierson at 0549 - departed Oct 5 at 0616

Mississauga - arrival - Oct 6 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1443

Toronto - arrival - Oct 7 - Victory II (Bhs) (ex Sea Discoverer-18, Coastal Queen-17, Clipper Discoverer-09, Cape Cod Light-07) eta 0700 - docked - Oct 4 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1848  

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
Arrival: McKeil Spirit arrived Sunday morning at Lehigh Cement's dock.

 

Obituary: Steve Witucki

10/7 - Steve Witucki, formerly of Rogers City, MI., known for his historic murals of Great Lakes freighters, including realistic recreations of the shipwrecked vessels Carl D. Bradley, Daniel J. Morrell and Cedarville, passed away Oct. 5 of cancer. He and his wife Michelle lived in Port St. Lucie, FL, the past several years.

He became a local, and later national celebrity with his nautical paintings and artwork, and was featured in the film "November Requiem," detailing the loss of the Bradley. He was born on September 5, 1956 in Onaway, MI. Arrangements are incomplete.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 7

On October 7, 1968, the NORMAN P. CLEMENT was damaged in a grounding off Britt, Ontario. The Canadian boat was towed to Collingwood for repairs. However, while in dry dock, an explosion occurred on October 16 that injured 11 workers and further damaged the hull. Rather than repair her, the owners had the CLEMENT towed out into Georgian Bay where she was intentionally sunk on October 23, 1968.

On this day in 1939, the E. G. MATHIOTT collided with the steamer CORVUS on the St. Clair River. Damage to the CORVUS totaled $37,647.70.

On this day in 1958, the WALTER E. WATSON, Captain Ralph Fenton, rescued the sailing vessel TAMARA on Lake Huron.

On October 7, 1871, GEM (wooden schooner, 120 foot, 325 tons, built in 1853, at Buffalo, New York) was sailing up bound in a storm on Lake Erie with a load of coal. She began to leak and was run to shore in an effort to save her. However, she went down before reaching shoal water and settled with six feet of water over her decks.

ALGOWOOD was launched October 7, 1980, at Collingwood, Ontario, for Algoma Central Marine, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

PAUL THAYER was launched October 7, 1973, for the Union Commerce Bank Trustee, Cleveland, Ohio and managed by Kinsman Marine Transit Co., Cleveland. She was built under Title XI of the Merchant Marine Act of 1970, for $12.6 million. Renamed b.) EARL W. OGLEBAY in 1995.

The WILLIAM MC LAUCHLAN (Hull#793) was launched at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co., on October 7, 1926, for the Interlake Steamship Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Renamed b.) SAMUEL MATHER in 1966, c.) JOAN M. MC CULLOUGH in 1975 and d.) BIRCHGLEN in 1982. Scrapped at Sydney, Nova Scotia, in 1988.

BLACK RIVER, a lake bulk freighter, was built as a steel barge in 1897, by the F.W. Wheeler & Co., she was launched October 7, 1896, as a.) SIR ISAAC LOTHIAN BELL (Hull# 118).

HUTCHCLIFFE HALL was raised October 7, 1962, and taken to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs. She had sunk after a collision a few days earlier.

October 7, 1923 - The ANN ARBOR NO 4 went back into service after being overhauled and having new cabins built on her main deck.

MADISON suffered a fire on October 7, 1987, while lying idle at Muskegon, Michigan, and was badly damaged.

In 1903, ADVENTURE (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 108 foot, 142 gross tons, built in 1875, at Detroit, Michigan, as a schooner) caught fire while tied to the Kelleys Island Line & Transport Co. Dock. The blaze spread so quickly that those on board barely escaped. She was towed from Kelleys Island out into Lake Erie by the tug SMITH to save the dock and the adjacent schooner ANDERSON.

In a severe gale and rain/hail storm on October 7, 1858, the 247-ton schooner OSPREY approached Oswego, New York. As she was about to enter the harbor, the vessel struck the east pier broadside. Her masts and rigging were carried away and she started to sink. Capt. John Parsons got his wife and child out of the cabin to try to escape to the pier. His wife was washed overboard and drowned. Capt. Parsons held on to his child, but another wave struck the wreck and swept the child into the water. George Crine, the mate, was also swept overboard. Those three were lost, but the next wave swung the wreck about with her bowsprit over the pier and the captain and the six remaining crewmen scrambled to safety. The entire town and harbor mourned those deaths and held a dockside service two days later with many prayers and all flags at half-mast. Donations were accepted for the surviving sailors since they escaped with only the clothes on their backs.

On October 7,1873, the PULASKI was launched at the Archibald Muir yard on the Black River in Port Huron. Her dimensions were 136 feet x 26 feet x 11 feet, 349 gross tons. She was a three mast "full canaller", painted white and her private signal was a red M on a white ground bordered with blue. Her sails were made by Mr. D. Robeson of Port Huron, Michigan.

On October 7, 1886, The Port Huron Times reported that "The old side-wheel ferry SARNIA, which was a familiar sight at this crossing [Port Huron-Sarnia] for so many years, and which is said to have earned enough money in her time to sheet her with silver, the hull of which has been for some years back used as a barge by the Marine City Salt Company, has closed her career. She was last week scuttled near the Marine City Salt Works wharf."

1902: ANN MARIA hit a sandbar approaching Kincardine while inbound with a cargo of coal and broke up as a total loss. Four crew and a volunteer rescuer were reported lost.

1917: GEORGE A. GRAHAM was wrecked off Manitoulin Island, Georgian Bay, when the cargo shifted when turning in a storm. The ship ran for the safety of South Bay but stranded on the rocks. All on board were saved but the ship was a total loss.

1919: The wooden steamer HELEN TAYLOR was damaged by a fire in the pilothouse near Hessel, Mich., but was repaired.

1937: M & F DREDGE NO. 14, Hull 39 from the Collingwood shipyard, foundered in the St. Lawrence off Batiscan, QC as b) D.M. DREDGE NO. 14.

1956: The consort barge DELKOTE of the Hindman fleet was adrift for 9 hours in a Lake Superior storm with 13 on board and waves up to 20 feet. The ship had broken loose of the GEORGE HINDMAN but was picked up by the CAPT. C.D. SECORD.

1968: EDWARD Y. TOWNSEND, under tow for scrapping in Bilbao, Spain, broke in two about 400 miles southeast of St. John's, NF, and the bow sank. The stern was apparently retrieved and towed into Santander, Spain, for scrapping on October 28.

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

 

Port Reports -  October 6

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
American Spirit departed Two Harbors on Oct. 5th at 08:10 for Indiana Hbr. After departing she went to anchor off Odanah, WI in the Bad River Reservation. Arriving Two Harbors on Oct. 5th at 08:38 was the Presque Isle. She went to North of #2. I'm not sure if she took on a partial load there or not. Arriving Two Harbors on Oct. 5th was the Joseph L. Block at 09:50. After departing Duluth she went to anchor NE of the Brule River along the WI shore. She got underway on Oct. 5th at approx. 08:30. As of 19:30 on the 5th she was still at the loading dock, South of #2. There is no scheduled traffic for Two Harbors on Oct. 6th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Hon. James L. Oberstar on Oct. 5th at approx. 13:30 for Toledo. Still at the loading dock as of 19:30 on Oct. 5th is the James R. Barker. Due Silver Bay on Oct. 6th is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday; 21:03 Algoma Strongfield departed for Port Cartier. Saturday; Algoma Niagara arrived at the G3 elevator to load grain.

Northern Lake Huron ports
McGregor Bay: Saturday; 7:00 Samuel De Champlain departed for Detroit.

Little Current: Friday; 8:23 USCG Katmai Bay departed for Lime Island.

Spragge: Saturday; 0:58 John D Leitch departed for Algoma Steel, Sault Ste Marie. 18:00 Manitoulin arrived to unload coal.

Bruce Mines: Saturday; 11:10 Manitowoc arrived to load trap rock.

Meldrum Bay: Friday; 22:30 Frontenac departed for Windsor.

Port Dolomite: Saturday; Undaunted arrived to load.

Calcite: Saturday; 7:17 American Mariner departed for Bay City. 8:34 John G Munson departed for Duluth Superior. 8:53 Defiance arrived to load.

Stoneport: Saturday; 5:20 John J Boland departed for Detroit.

Alpena: Saturday; 1:47 Manitowoc departed for Bruce Mines. 16:00 G L Ostrander departed for Milwaukee.

Port Inland: Friday; 23:28 Cuyahoga arrived to load limestone and departed Saturday at 5:01 for Sarnia.

St. Clair River
Tug Vigilant 1 was upbound on Saturday with the dead tug Florence M lashed alongside. AIS lists Sarnia as their destination. Florence M, owned by McKeil, has been inactive for several years.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Ruddy was at the Port, Dock 22E on Saturday. NACC Argonaut had cement for LaFarge. Kurt R. Luedtke was at the Great Lakes Shipyard and Sam Laud was delivering a shuttle load from Ashtabula to ArcelorMittal Steel.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Saturday October 5 – Barry Andersen Nanticoke - arrival - Oct 4 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) & barge Margaret eta 2135 - docked - Sep 30 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1848

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 4 - Algoma Sault at 1627, BBC Edge (Atg) (ex Industrial Edge--19, Castor J-16, BBC Pilbaras-14, Industrial Edge-13, Castor J-09 at 2023, Victory I (Bhs) (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) at 2108 and CSL St Laurent 2243 - Oct 5 - Algoma Transport at 0658, tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0835, Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 1609, Algonorth at 1837,

downbound - Oct 4 - tug Sea Crescent & Stevens 2501 at 0810 to anchorage at Port Weller, , Barnacle (Cyp) at 1246, CSL Laurentien at 1451, Radcliffe R Latimer at 1718 - Oct 5 - Algoma Enterprise at 0147, Whitefish Bay at 0552, Algoscotia at 1005, tug Calusa Coast & Delaware at 1020, Rt Hon Psaul J Martin at 1330, Algoma Mariner at 1430 and tug Michigan & Great Lakes at ____

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Oct 4 - Saginaw stopped at wharf 12 at 0930 - departed Sep 5 at 0230 westbound

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Sep 28 - Blacky (Cyp) at 2330 - Oct 4 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 1840, tug Sea Crescent & Stevens 2501 at 2058 - Oct 5 - Wicky Spirit at 0734 - departures - Oct 4 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 1907 - Oct 5 - tug Sea Crescent & Stevens 2501 at 0810 and Wicky Spirit at 1735 - all eastbound

Hamilton - arrivals - Oct 4 - Isa Algoma Transport at 1813 and Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) eta 2125 - anchored - Sep 28 - Federal Mackinac (Mhl) at 0855 - Oct 2 - Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 1105 - Oct Oct 4 - Edenborg (Nld) at 1018 - Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 0726 - departures - Oct 3 - Blair McKeil at 1910 and Nordic Ace (Pan) at 2103, Wicky Spirit at 0050, tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1539, COE Leni (Lbr) (ex Marselisborg-16, Clipper Anne-14, Marselisborg-12) at 1648 - all eastbound,

Bronte - arrival - Oct 4 - Gaia Desgagnes at 1203 from Port Weller - departed - Oct 4 - Paul A Desgagnes at 1108

Clarkson - arrival (anchored) - Oct 3 - Blair McKeil at 2017 - Oct 4 - departed anchorage at 1241 for the dock - docked - Oct 4 - Robert S Pierson at 0549 and Blair NcKeil at 1245 from the anchorage

Toronto - arrivals - Oct 4 - Victory I (Bhs) (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) at 0148 and tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1848 - departed - Oct 4 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0735 eastbound - Oct 4 - Isolda (Cyp) at 0905 for Thunder Bay

Oswego, NY – Ned Goebricher
On Saturday, tug Wilf Seymour and barge Alouette Spirit unloaded aluminum. McKeil Spirit unloaded cement.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 6

On October 6, 1893, DAVID STEWART (3-mast wooden schooner, 171 foot, 545 gross tons, built in 1867, at Cleveland, Ohio) foundered in a gale off Pigeon Bay, Ontario, on Lake Erie. She crew clung to the frozen rigging for 14 hours until saved by the fish tug LOUISE of Sandusky, Ohio. The STEWART was carrying iron ore at the time of her loss.

Herb Fraser & Associates completed repairs on the ALGOSOO at the Welland Dock on October 6 1986. She had suffered a serious fire at her winter mooring on the west wall above Lock 8 at Port Colborne, Ontario, on March 7, 1986.

The bow section of the barge PRESQUE ISLE arrived Erie, Pennsylvania, on October 6, 1972 under tow of the tugs MARYLAND and LAURENCE C. TURNER. The total cost to construct the tug/barge 1,000- footer was approximately $35 million.

October 6, 1981, the Reoch self-unloader ERINDALE's bow was damaged when she hit the Allanburg Bridge abutment running down bound in the Welland Canal. Built in 1915, as a.) W. F. WHITE, she was renamed b.) ERINDALE in 1976.

In 1980, the LAC DES ILES grounded in the Detroit River just below Grassy Island, the result of a faulty steering mechanism. She freed herself a few hours later. The damage caused by the grounding ended her career. She was scrapped at Port Colborne in 1985.

This day in 1870, the schooner E. FITZGERALD was launched at the Fitzgerald & Leighton yard at Port Huron, Michigan. Her dimensions were 135 feet x 26 feet x 11 feet.

In 1875, the MERCHANT (iron propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 200 foot, 750 tons, built in 1862, at Buffalo, New York) was carrying lumber on Lake Michigan when she stranded on Racine Reef near Racine, Wisconsin. Then she caught fire and was gutted before she could be refloated. She had stranded on that same reef twice previously. She was the first iron cargo ship built on the Lakes and the first one lost.

On October 6, 1873, JOHN A. MC DOUGALL (wooden schooner-barge, 151 foot, 415 gross tons) was launched at Wenona, Michigan. She was built at the Ballentine yard in only five weeks.

On October 6, 1889, PHILO SCOVILLE (3-mast wooden schooner, 140 foot, 323 tons, built in 1863, at Cleveland, Ohio) was sailing from Collingwood for Chicago when a storm drove her into the shallows and wrecked her near Tobermory, Ontario. Her captain died while trying to get ashore through the rocks. The Canadian Lifesaving Service saved the rest of the crew. At first the vessel was expected to be recovered, but she broke up by 10 October.

1910: The wooden freighter MUSKEGON, formerly the PEERLESS, was damaged by a fire at Michigan City, IN and became a total loss.

1958: SHIERCLIFFE HALL hit bottom in the St. Marys River and was intentionally grounded off Lime Island with substantial damage. The ship was refloated and repaired at Collingwood.

1966: EMSSTEIN and OLYMPIC PEARL collided south of St. Clair, MI and the former had to be beached before it capsized. This West German freighter made 19 trips to the Great lakes from 1959 through 1967 and arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, for scrapping as d) VIOLETTA on May 28, 1978. The latter, on her first trip to the Great Lakes, had bow damage and was also repaired. This ship arrived at Alang, India, for scrapping as b) AL TAHSEEN on May 6, 1985.

1972: ALGORAIL hit the pier inbound at Holland, MI with a cargo of salt and settled on the bottom about 12 feet off the dock with a gash in the port bow. The vessel was refloated in 24 hours and headed to Thunder Bay for repairs.

1982: CONTINENTAL PIONEER made 8 trips through the Seaway from 1960 through 1964. A fire broke out in the accommodation area as c) AGRILIA, about 20 miles north of Porto Praia, Cape Verde Islands and the heavily damaged ship was abandoned before it drifted aground in position 15.06 N / 23.30 W.

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

 

Officials suspect hole in sunken Sidney Smith, dock closed

10/5 - Sarnia, ON – Sinkholes have led to the closure of Sarnia’s Sidney Smith Dock on the St. Clair River. City of Sarnia Construction Manager Robert Williams said crews started filling some small sinkholes last week, but when they were called to fill more in Wednesday, the material was disappearing as soon as it was poured in.

“The Sidney Smith was a steam [powered] lake freighter that was sunk as a dock and was filled with sand and stone, so it seems to be that we’ve got a leak or a hole in the boat,” said Williams.

He said residents are asked to stay away from the area until the severe erosion has been addressed. “We’ve closed it off for now and we are looking at our options and investigating what we can do to determine where the material is going. In this case, it’s probably a hole in the steel wall and material is disappearing through the wall into the river.”

Williams said divers may be brought in to get a better look. “The material is going somewhere, either into the river or a void within the ship we didn’t know about.”

The Sidney E. Smith sank in the shipping channel beneath the Blue Water Bridge in June of 1972 after it was struck by another steamer, the Parker Evans. Sections of the ship were salvaged and towed to Sarnia’s shore later that year to become the stone dock at the foot of Seaway Road.

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Homecoming for Duluth's museum ship William A. Irvin nears

10/5 - Just a few more days should be required to complete work on the William A. Irvin, said Chelly Townsend, executive director of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, which owns and operates the museum ship.

Townsend said workers at Fraser Shipyards in Superior have about three days of painting left to go on the retired laker, with the work contingent upon fair weather as the vessel sits in dry dock.

Workers also are individually marking between 250 and 275 of the most corroded rivets in the ship's hull for frenching and welding. This involves reforming rivet heads to ensure they remain watertight and then building them up with additional weld material, explained Chase Dewhirst, manager of marine engineering for AMI Consulting Engineers.

Townsend expects the ship will return to the water and its berth in Minnesota Slip, behind the DECC, by mid-month and said if weather conditions permit, it could make the trip across the harbor as soon as next week. Brook Benes of Wren Works LLC is expected to oversee the movement of the ship, as he did the Irvin's voyage from Duluth to Fraser in September 2018.

A crack in the 81-year-old ship's rudder remains to be mended, but the Irvin will not make the trip under its own power.

The transit will require meticulous planning, particularly when the ship reaches the Minnesota Slip pedestrian lift bridge, where it faces a tight squeeze with a mere 7 inches of clearance on either side. A pair of winches attached to the Irvin's bow and stern will be used to maneuver the 611-foot-long laker into place at the slow-crawl pace of 1 foot for every four seconds.

The Irvin is expected to reopen to the public next year. The floating museum has been sidelined for two consecutive seasons now, as crews worked to shore up Minnesota Slip's failing seawalls and to cap off contaminated underwater sediments that have accumulated there over years of marine traffic.

With the Irvin temporarily displaced, the DECC took advantage of the opportunity to repair the ship and give it a new coat of paint. That work at Fraser was funded with the help of a $504,000 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Port Reports -  October 5

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Joseph L. Block arrived Duluth at 01:10 Friday morning with a load of limestone to discharge at CN, and Flevoborg raised anchor and arrived at 06:28 to load wheat at Riverland Ag. The Block was outbound light for Two Harbors at 18:37 to load. Erieborg remained on the hook outside the harbor, and is waiting to load beet pulp pellets at Gavilon. In Superior, Algoma Conveyor was outbound at 05:58 with iron ore pellets for Hamilton, and Michipicoten came in at 06:17 to load at Burlington Northern. She departed at 15:07 with a destination of Sault Ste. Marie posted.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw both the Edwin H. Gott and the Cason J. Callaway depart on Oct. 4th, both for Gary. The Gott departed at approx. 04:00 and the Callaway departed between 05:30 and 06:00 from North of #1. The Algoma Compass arrived Two Harbors at approx. 04:15 for South of #2 on Oct. 4th. She then departed on the 4th at 18:32 for Hamilton. Arriving Two Harbors on Oct. 4th at 18:59 for South of #2 was the American Spirit. Due Two Harbors on the 4th between 20:30 and 21:00 is the Joseph L. Block. She will be arriving from Duluth after unloading stone at the CN hopper in Duluth. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 5th is the Presque Isle. As of 19:30 on Oct. 4th the James R. Barker and Hon. James L. Oberstar are still at the dock at Northshore Mining in Silver Bay. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Oct. 5th. An update. Once the H. Lee White arrived the Soo on the 4th her AIS changed to Cleveland.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday; 0:58 Spruceglen departed for Montreal. 6:37 Algoma Equinox arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. 9:10 Federal Cedar departed for Montreal. 11:24 Federal Beaufort weighed anchor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load Potash. 11:48 CSL Welland arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 12:16 Algoma Discovery left dry dock and went to anchor off of the Current River harbour entrance. 19:43 Algoma Discovery weighed anchor and departed for Two Harbors.

Hancock, MI
Algoma Niagara unloaded a cargo of road salt on Friday afternoon.

Northern Lake Huron ports

Little Current: Thursday; 15:59 USCG Katmai Bay arrived.

McGregor Bay: Friday; 14:15 Samuel De Champlain arrived at the Lafarge Whitefish Bay Terminal to unload cement products.

Meldrum Bay: Friday; 7:00 Algoma Buffalo departed for Grand Haven. 7:41 Frontenac weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock.

Port Dolomite: Thursday; 20:58 Kaye E Barker departed for Grand Haven. Friday; 4:01 Arthur M Anderson arrived to load and departed at 16:41.

Calcite: Thursday: 22:56 Olive L Moore departed for Detroit. Friday; 3:20 American Mariner arrived to load. 14:05 John G Munson arrived to load limestone.

Stoneport: Friday; 8:21 John J Boland arrived and went to anchor. 13:56 Great Republic departed for Duluth Superior. John J Boland then weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock.

Alpena: Thursday; 22:54 Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement products and departed Friday at 3:00 for McGregor Bay. 14:09 G L Ostrander arrived to load cement products. 19:29 Manitowoc arrived to unload at the cement plant.

Port Inland: Thursday; Wilfred Sykes arrived to load and departed Friday at 0:52 for Burns Harbor.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Florence Spirit has departed for Detroit. Sam Laud is delivering a shuttle from Ashtabula. Mesabi Miner has ore for the Bulk Terminal. Calumet delivered stone to LaFarge's lower dock and had left for Sandusky.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Friday October 4 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrival - Oct 4 - docked - Sep 30 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1848 - Oct 4 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) & barge Margaret eta 2135

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 3 - Algoscotia at 1430, Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 2130 - Oct 4 - tug Vigilant I towing tug Florence M, CSL Niagara at 0048, Hamburg (Mhl) (ex c Columbus-12) at 0424, Isolda (Cyp) at 1111, NACC Argonaut at 1312, Algoma Sault at 1627, BBC Edge (Atg) (ex Industrial Edge--19, Castor J-16, BBC Pilbaras-14, Industrial Edge-13, Castor J-09 at 2023, Victory I (Bhs) (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) at 2143 and CSL St Laurent eta 2110

downbound - Oct 3 - CSL Assiniboine at 2052 and Algoma Transport at 2300 - Oct 4 - Saginaw at 0529, Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0709, tug Sea Crescent & Stevens 2501 at 0810, Barnacle (Cyp) at 1246, CSL Laurentien at 1451, Radcliffe R Latimer at 1718

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Oct 3 - Saginaw stopped departed wharf 20 at 2120 out to the lake - Oct 4 - Saginaw stopped at wharf 12 at 0930

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Sep 28 - Blacky (Cyp) at 2330 - Oct 3 - Federal St Laurent (Mhl) iv at 1912 - departures - Oct 3 - NACC Capri (Mlt) at 2130 eastbound - Oct 4 - Federal St. Laurent (Mhl) at 0900 for Oshawa

Hamilton - arrivals - Oct 4 - Edenborg (Nld) at 1018 to the anchorage, Algoma Transport at 1813 and Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) eta 2125 - anchored - Sep 28 - Federal Mackinac (Mhl) at 0855 - Oct 2 - Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 1105 - Oct 3 - Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 0726 - departures - Oct 3 - Blair McKeil at 1910 and Nordic Ace (Pan) at 2103, Wicky Spirit at 0050, tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1539, COE Leni (Lbr) (ex Marselisborg-16, Clipper Anne-14, Marselisborg-12) at 1648 - all eastbound,

Bronte - arrival - Oct 4 - Gaia Desgagnes at 1203 from Port Weller - departed - Oct 4 - Paul A Desgagnes at 1108

Clarkson - arrival (anchored) - Oct 3 - Blair McKeil at 2017 - Oct 4 - departed anchorage at 1241 for the dock - docked - Oct 4 - Robert S Pierson at 0549 and Blair NcKeil at 1245 from the anchorage

Toronto - arrivals - Oct 4 - Victory I (Bhs) (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) at 0148 and tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1848 - departed - Oct 4 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0735 eastbound - Oct 4 - Isolda (Cyp) at 0905 for Thunder Bay

 

BigLift conducts summertime Great Lakes wind tower shuttles

10/5 - Early in 2019 BigLift concluded a contract with General Electric for multiple shipments of windmill towers manufactured by Marmen Inc. to be transported from Bécancour, Quebec, to various destinations in the Great Lakes, mainly to Duluth, Minnesota and Erie, Pennsylvania. The shipments began in April 2019 and will continue until October/November requiring up to 13 voyages. Marmen operates two wind tower manufacturing facilities in Quebec, one in Trois Rivières and one in Matane, and is among the largest manufacturers of wind towers in North America.

BigLift Shipping B,V. is part of Amsterdam-based Spliethoff Group, one of the largest ship management companies in the Netherlands, and is a major participant in the field of worldwide ocean transportation of heavy lift and project cargoes. With a modern fleet of 4 heavy transport vessels and 18 heavy lift vessels (including the Spliethoff P8-Type and P14-Type heavy lift vessels and the Chang Yung CY-Type heavy transport), BigLift serves the oil & gas, mining and power generating industries, among many others. Its vessels are equipped with lifting capacities up to 2,200 metric tonnes and some have a ro-ro capability for loads up to 16,000 metric tonnes.

The towers come in various sizes and are shipped into multiple sections as they are too tall to be transported on land to their final destinations. Each shipment takes about 5 – 6 days of transit time. The overall volume to be shipped is about 450 individual sections, representing some 150 complete towers, ranging from 40 to 65 tonnes per section, and ranging from 23 to 32 metres in length, for a total cargo volume in excess of 200,000 cubic metres.

As the Great Lakes are a special Trading Area which has a number of restrictions, such as the beam of the ship and its maximum draft, BigLift selected MV Happy River and MV Happy Rover as the vessels to conduct this summertime shuttle service for this contract, as they meet all the necessary Great Lakes requirements. Another consideration was that their cargohold and deck areas allow for optimum stowage of the tower segments, resulting in the lowest number of voyages at the lowest possible cost for the client.

CanadianSailings

 

St. Lawrence Seaway's own 'Captain Jo' fondly remembered

10/5 - Prescott, ON – If you’ve been near Prescott lately, you must be wondering why passing ships out on the St. Lawrence River have been sounding their horns. Consistently. Three long blasts followed by two short blasts. Well, it had nothing to do with foggy conditions or limited visibility.

Cancer survivor and seaway ship watcher “Captain” Joanne Crack died earlier this week. She was 57. Her ships were blowing a Master’s Salute out of respect as they sailed past.

Captain Jo, as she came to be called, became an avid ship watcher from her riverside apartment window in Prescott for some time. “I found it very therapeutic,” she told me recently. “The seaway and passing ships filled me with an inner peace. Where did they come from? What are they carrying? Where are they going?” Needing to find out, Jo founded “The Prescott Anchor,” a very popular Facebook page shortly after, depicting beautiful ship photos and seaway news of the day. The page has a following of more than 6,000 members today.

“I’m a proud cancer survivor and one that continues to struggle every day with late effects cancer and always will, off and on for the rest of my life,” she told me earlier this year. “Early 2004, I was diagnosed with cancer. With this cancer being in my lymphatic system, there had to be a primary that metastasized to my left neck. I underwent every single test available to find that primary, to no avail. Then the specialists watched before their eyes the cancer spread from my left neck to my right. There was just no more time to search anymore for the primary. I was given a 10 per cent survival rate. Ouch!”

The single mom of three teenagers had devastating news to tell her kids and her own parents. “One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life,” she said.

Joanne then went through medical hell following this at Kingston General Hospital. “There was nothing I could do but go with the flow, do as they said, keep strong and carry on,” she continued. “One of the best things during all of this is the great support from my parents, my children and siblings, my large family and so many friends. I will never take credit for all of the positives that came out of it. I didn’t do it, WE did, and to this day I have a huge and tremendous amount of loving and caring supporters.”

Joanne sought daily treatment at the Kingston cancer clinic, with her mother there at her side, as well as her father when time permitted. She returned home to recover and prepared for an important meeting on her progress. Her brother Jeffrey drove up from Quebec, surprising her to take her for her results in Kingston finally. “We then sat waiting impatiently in my oncologist’s room really not knowing what to expect, and with my survival rate being so low, we were bracing ourselves. ‘You are a miracle,’ she said, then waves her arms high in a circle saying, ‘THIS is a miracle.’ This is the only time I’ve ever cried in a medical office.”

However, the news wasn’t all good. More operations followed to ensure they got everything out, but it would return, albeit slowly. This is where her conversation with me about her medical condition ended.

“The Prescott Anchor” grew in popularity and with it her spirit soared. Soon others shared photos of various ships and seaway news with their “captain” from both sides of the river. When we landed Kingston cruise ship Canadian Empress into Prescott for her first trip of the season in 2015, we spotted her on shore from a long way out. There she was, all decked out in black, running hither and yon clicking, seemingly, hundreds of photos of our approach. It was like a family reunion when we landed. We all became instant friends. The Empress became her ship.

On a disability pension now, Jo purchased a red carpet with her limited funds and would place it right at the gangway of the Canadian Empress after she landed at “Jo’s dock.” Joanne was truly an ambassador for her town. She would introduce herself as “one of the seaway watchers,” and these folks, too, were greeters for the disembarking passengers. Among them were best friends Mardy Howe, Suzy Austin and her photographer mentor, Helen Mott. “She helped keep us honest and doing what we could as a municipality to maintain those waterfront properties that serve as our nautical welcome mat,” Mayor Brett Todd wrote in his weekly column for The Prescott Journal. “We could then put our best foot forward for Jo’s beloved Canadian Empress and other visitors.”

There was a couple of times she actually wasn’t there at the dock waiting for us. Helen, who was there with her camera, told us, “It hasn’t been a good week for her, she hasn’t been out.”

“In June of 2017, Jo and I sailed from Kingston to Quebec City on the Canadian Empress,” Suzy Austin, also a seaway enthusiast, said. “It was a dream trip of a lifetime — that was her ship.” Pictures, of course, filled “The Prescott Anchor.” “While in Montreal, we got a private tour of the brand-new Damia Desgagnes before its maiden voyage up the seaway. In August, Jo found us an opportunity to sail aboard tall ship Black Jack from Prescott to Brockville. In March of 2018, we attended the seaway opening ceremony at the Welland Canal. In July, we toured HMCS Moncton at Prescott. Later, Jo was invited aboard for a tour of the new Algoma bulk carrier Algoma Sault at Johnstown.” More and more pictures followed.

Her cancer returning, Jo didn’t let it get her down. Her Facebook page continued to grow and her demeanour brightened along with her knowledge about shipping and the seaway through her new-found friendships with ship captains and seaway pilots. Indeed, each new springtime seaway opening she was like a child at Christmas. Newcomers to her Facebook group asked her advice about seaway matters. She would answer each and every one. Up early every morning, she captured her Prescott harbour sunrises with spiritual quotes — many her own — and couldn’t wait to post them. If there was an approaching ship, well, “Woo hoo!” could be heard clear across to Ogdensburg, N.Y. Our “Prescott Anchor” get-together this past August at “Jo’s dock” thrilled her. Suzy Austin told me later she loved every minute. “She gave ‘anchor pins’ to each person who attended,” Suzy said. “Those pins are with me today, always in my purse, so she’s with me as I continue our adventures alone.” By late afternoon Joanne said goodbye, kissing each of us in turn, telling us she was tired, and she left the party. It would be her last. “The day after Jo passed away was the Seaway 60th Anniversary at Eisenhower Lock,” Suzy continued. “During the celebration, I watched the Damia Desgagnes lock through. It was a sign from beyond that Jo’s spirit is still with us.”

“Thanks so much for all that you did for us in Prescott, Jo,” Mayor Todd wrote. “The legacy you have left will not be forgotten.”

Jo, we’ll miss your seaway musings, your predawn magical photo captures, and your spiritual quotes reminding us all that we are here for only a short time, so look to the sun. Faced with darkness, you found sunshine. Cancer did not beat or weaken you in any way. Not with your optimistic outlook. “We really do live in the best corner of the world,” you said. “Don’t take it for granted.”

Hey, we promise to take care of it. And we know you’re now on a permanent watch, making sure we do. We won’t let you down.

See you at sunrise.

By Brian Johnson, semi-retired captain of both Wolfe Islander III and Canadian Empress. Published in The Whig-Standard

 

Door County Maritime Museum's speaker series announced

10/5 - The Door County Maritime Museum's 2019-2010 maritime speaker series will start this Thursday, October 3, at the museum's facility in Sturgeon Bay, WI. The series will take place on the first Thursday of every month and is free of charge with the donation of a non-perishable food item.

October 3 – Dan Heibler: “Ghost Stories of the Great Lakes”

November 7 – DCMM Volunteers: “The 100-Year History of the Tug John Purves”

December 5 – Paul Kuenn: “What it Means to be a Friend of Plum and Pilot Island”

January 9 – Dan LeMere: “The ABCs of ABS and the Winter Fleet”

February 6 – Dr. Don Mikulic: “The Ledge, the Lake, and the Limestone”

March 5 – DCMM Curator Rhys Kuzdas: “Built for Battle: Sturgeon Bay and World War II”

April 2 – Dan Heibler: “Myths and Mysteries: Legends and Lore of our Great Lakes”

May 7 - Wes Oleszewski: “World War II & The Great Lakes”

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Obituary: Donald J. Sarter

10/5 - It is with a heavy heart that we ring 8 bells for Donald James Sarter. He was lost at sea in Lake Superior on September 30th, 2019, passing away at 68 years old. Don was born on September 24th, 1951 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin to Herbert and Gwendolyn (Crewe) Sarter. On April 29, 1994, he married Julie Ann Lehmann in the Bahamas.

Don served 47 years as a tugboat captain for Roen Salvage. He and his wife recently purchased the Selvick Marine Towing Company, renaming it Sarter Marine Towing. He loved his career and lived by the motto that “If you love your job, you never a work another day in your life”.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with family. He especially enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren. Don was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Julie; his children Tammy (Tom) Zeigle, Brian (Amanda) Sarter, Stephanie Lehmann and Brett Huntley; four grandchildren, Morgan (Tyler) Ives, and Brock, Jack, and Emma Zeigle; two brothers, John (Joyce) Sarter, and Ron (Jennifer) Sarter; and his extended family at Selvick-Sarter Marine Towing and Roen Salvage. Don was preceded in death by his father and mother, Herbert and Gwendolyn Sarter, and his brother Dale Sarter.

A visitation will be held at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Sunday, October 6th, 2019 from 2-7 pm. A memorial service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. that evening.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 5

On this day in 1954, the GEORGE M. HUMPHREY was christened at Lorain. The HUMPHREY successfully completed her sea trials on 10/6 and carried 191,214 tons of iron ore in nine trips before laying up for the season.

Upbound with a load of limestone on Lake Superior on October 5, 1965, the PETER A.B. WIDENER reported broken steering gear and possible damage to steering mechanism and screw after encountering gale force winds and high waves near Isle Royale. Fleetmates HENRY PHIPPS and HENRY H. ROGERS responded to the vessel, and dumped oil on the 10-foot seas to calm them. The USCG WOODRUSH arrived from Duluth, and towed the vessel to Duluth.

On October 5,1876, GRACE GREENWOOD (3-mast wooden schooner, 124 foot, 306 tons, built in 1853, at Oswego, New York) was carrying iron ore from Escanaba, Michigan, to Michigan City, Indiana, when she foundered in a storm while coming in to St. Joseph harbor for shelter. No lives were lost. She was the first vessel built by George Rogers and her launch was initially sabotaged by someone jamming a file into the ways.

On Saturday afternoon, October 5, 1997, while passing White Shoal Light on their way to Charlevoix, the MEDUSA CHALLENGER was hit by a waterspout. The only damage reported was a spotlight on the pilothouse bridge wing lifted out of its support and crews bikes stored on deck rose vertically. The 1906, built boat was also reported to have been vibrating in an unusual manner. Another boat in the area reported wind gusts of almost 100 mph in the brief storm. That same day the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan was hit with a violent storm that blew down trees a foot in diameter.

The ARTHUR B. HOMER, loaded with ore, was in a head-on collision on October 5, 1972 with the unloaded Greek salty NAVISHIPPER at Buoy 83, in the Detroit River's Fighting Island Channel. NAVISHIPPER reportedly had no licensed pilot aboard at the time, a violation of maritime law. There were no injuries, but the HOMER suffered extensive bow damage up to and including part of her pilothouse. The former was repaired, operated through 1980 and was scrapped at Port Colborne in 1987. The latter was also repaired and eventually towed into Cadiz, Spain, for scrapping as f) CRYSTAL on December 2, 1981, when the tailshaft fractured on November 25, 1981.

HUTCHCLIFFE HALL was in collision with steamer RICHARD V. LINDABURY on a foggy October 5, 1962, off Grosse Pointe Farms in Lake St. Clair. The canaller suffered a 12-foot gash on her port side forward of her after cabins and sank. She was raised October 7 and taken to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs. On October 5, 1967, while outbound on the Saginaw River after discharging a load of limestone at Saginaw, Michigan, the J. F. SCHOELLKOPF JR's steering failed which caused her to hit the west side of the I-75 Zilwaukee Bridge. The SCHOELLKOPF JR incurred little damage but the southbound lanes of the bridge were out of service for several days until repairs were completed.

The ARTHUR H. HAWGOOD (Hull#76) was launched at West Bay City, Michigan, by West Bay City Ship Building Co. on October 5, 1907, for the Neptune Steamship Co. (Hawgood, mgr.), Cleveland, Ohio. Renamed b.) JOSEPH BLOCK in 1911, and c.) GEORGE M. STEINBRENNER in 1969. Scrapped at Ramey's Bend in 1980.

On October 5,1889, BESSEMER (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 178 foot, 436 gross tons, built in 1875, at St. Clair, Michigan) was carrying iron ore along with her consort SCHUYLKILL (wooden schooner, 152 foot, 472 gross tons, built in 1873, at Buffalo, New York) in Lake Superior. They were struck by a rapidly rising gale and ran for the Portage Ship Canal. It became obvious that BESSEMER was sinking. The two collided and went onto a reef at the mouth of the canal and they both broke up quickly. The crews were able to jump onto the breakwater. The wrecks partly blocked the canal until they were dynamited the next September.

On October 5,1877, TIOGA (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 549 tons, built in 1862, at Cleveland) was towing two barges in a storm on Lake Erie when she caught fire. The high winds fanned the flames. Her crew escaped to the barges and were later picked up by the steamer BADGER STATE. The burned out hulk of TIOGA sank the next day in 30 feet of water off Point Pelee. This was her first year of service as a bulk freighter; she had been built as a passenger steamer and was converted in 1877.

On October 5, 1900, the lumber hooker SWALLOW was involved in a collision in the early morning hours and ended up ashore near Cherry Beach. A week later, she was lightered and freed, then taken to Detroit for repairs. She foundered in a storm one year later (18 October 1901).

On October 5,1904, CONGRESS (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 267 foot, 1,484 gross tons, built in 1867, at Cleveland as the passenger vessel NEBRASKA) was seeking shelter at South Manitou Island on Lake Michigan when she caught fire. The fire spread quickly. To prevent it from destroying the dock, a courageous tug skipper got a line on the CONGRESS and towed her out on the lake where she burned for 13 hours and then sank in 26 fathoms of water. No lives were lost.

1904: HUNTER, a wooden passenger and freight steamer, was destroyed by a fire at Grand Marais, MI. There were no injuries.

1932: JOHN J. BOLAND JR., enroute from Toledo to Hamilton with coal, took on water and sank after the cargo shifted. Four lives were lost when the vessel went down about 10 miles off Barcelona, NY.

1941: MONDOC stranded off the east coast of Trinidad on her first trip on the bauxite run. The crew took to the lifeboats and was saved.

1964: DENMARK HILL went aground off the Porkkala Lighthouse in the Baltic Sea enroute from Nicaro, Cuba, for Porkkala, Finland. The vessel was refloated October 7 with considerable bottom damage.

1988: ENERCHEM REFINER struck the #1 East Outer Light while upbound in the Detroit River and received major damage that was repaired at Lauzon.

1999: MONTE AYALA, a Seaway caller in 1975, began to leak in #1 hold and then list while anchored at St. Brieuc Bay while inbound for Brest, France, as d) JUNIOR M. The cargo of ammonium nitrate was unloaded. The ship was arrested, abandoned by the owners, auctioned off for scrap and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, on August 21, 2000.

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

 

Activity picks up at Thunder Bay port: Grain, general cargo shipments ahead of last year

10/4 - Thunder Bay, ON – The Port of Thunder Bay reports strong cargo movement at harbor terminals through the end of September. The year-to-date shipments through the western Lake Superior port are 5.9 million tonnes, nine per cent ahead of last year’s pace.

In a news release, the authority said grain shipments have trended upward this season as a result of increased canola deliveries from Western Canada being shipped to Europe. Total canola volumes are two-thirds higher than last year.

The cargo tally during the month of September reached 1.1 million metric tonnes, about 20 per cent higher than during the same month in 2018.

The port authority said an increase in coal shipments has helped to offset a return to normal volumes of potash this season. Meanwhile, a spike in the other dry bulk figure is largely due to deliveries of salt for winter maintenance of regional roadways.

Keefer Terminal handled two shipments in European-made steel rails during the month. The rails are destined for Western Canada.

Northern Ontario Business

 

Port Reports -  October 4

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
The Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 3rd at 15:27. She had been anchored off Sand Island during the night and got underway at 12:35 on the 3rd. When she arrived Two Harbors she was assisted to South of #2 by Heritage Marine's tug Nels J. Also arriving Two Harbors on the 3rd was the Cason J. Callaway that also had been anchored off Sand Island. She got underway on the 3rd at 13:30 and arrived Two Harbors at 16:49 for South of #1. Tentatively she is loading pellets and bft. Tentatively due Two Harbors on Oct. 4th are the Algoma Compass, American Spirit, and the Joseph L. Block that will be arriving after unloading stone in the Twin Ports. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the H. Lee White on Oct. 3rd at approx. 07:25. She's showing a "Soo" destination, but probably once she arrives at the Soo her destination will change. Arriving Silver Bay on Oct. 3rd were the Hon. James L. Oberstar at 17:52 and the James R. Barker at 18:15. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Oct. 4th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Wednesday; 23:59 Federal Cedar weighed anchor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load Potash.

St. Marys River – Joy Fett
Algoma Niagara was unloading road salt at the Carbide Dock on Thursday.

Northern Lake Huron ports

Meldrum Bay: Wednesday; 23:00 Frontenac arrived and went to anchor. Thursday; 13:44 Algoma Innovator departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. 14:10 Algoma Buffalo weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock.

Drummond Island: Wednesday; 21:24 Laura L Vanenkevort arrived to load and departed Thursday at 8:39 for Fairport.

Port Dolomite: Thursday; 9:21 Kaye E Barker arrived to load dolomite.

Calcite: Thursday; 3:42 Olive L Moore arrived to load.

Stoneport: Thursday; 12:30 Great Republic arrived to load.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara arrived Tuesday at 7:32 pm loaded salt, cleared Wednesday 6:21 pm for Sault Ste. Marie MI.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Thursday October 3 – Barry Andersen Nanticoke - docked - Sep 30 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1848

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 2 - light tug Vigilant I towing tug Florence M to Thunder Bay, ON, at 1148 and Baie Comeau at 1217 - Oct 3 - Kaministiqua at 0646, Algocanada at 0804, CSL Tadoussac at 0901, Algoscotia at 1430 and Federal St Laurent (Mhl) iv at 1819 going to Port Weller anchorage and Federal Kivalina (Mhl) eta 2125

downbound - Oct 1 - Saginaw at 1211 going to wharf 20 - Oct 3 - Victory I (Bhs) (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) at 0743, Evans Spirit at 0902, CSL Assiniboine eta 1907 and Algoma Transport eta 2100

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Oct 1 - Saginaw stopped wharf 20 at 1235 - departed Oct 3 at 2120 approximately - westbound

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Sep 28 - Blacky (Cyp) at 2330 - Oct 3 - Federal St Laurent (Mhl) iv at 1912 - departure - Oct 2 - Harbour first (Por) at 2350 eastbound - Oct 3 - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 1906 and Blair McKeil at 1910 and NACC Capri (Mlt) etd 2120 - re-scheduled from Oct 1 - all eastbound

Hamilton - arrivals - Oct 3 - Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 0726 - anchored - Sep 28 - Federal Mackinac (Mhl) at 0855 - docked - Sep 30 - COE Leni (Mlt) (ex Marselisborg-16, Clipper Anne-14, Marselisborg-12) at 0635 - Oct 1 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1001 - Oct 2 - Nordic Ace (Pa) at 0600, Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 1105 and Wicky Spirit at 1534 - departures - Oct 3 - Tim S Dool at 0342, Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 1906 and Blair McKeil at 1910 eastbound

Bronte: arrival - (docked) - Oct 1 - Paul A Desgagnes 2203

Clarkson: - arrival - Oct 2 - Robert S Pierson at 0952 departed Oct 2 at 2240 eastbound

Toronto - arrival - Oct 3 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0045 - docked - Sep 30 - Isolda (Cyp) at 1439

Picton terminal - docked - Sep 27 - Federal St Laurent (iv) (Mhl) at 0932 - departed Oct 3 at 0800 for Port Weller anchorage

Oswego, NY – Ned Goebricher
Passenger ship Grande Caribe was in port Wednesday along with cement carrier NACC Argonaut.

 

Lake Superior ties record high water for September

10/4 - Lake Superior tied its all-time high-water level for September, the fifth straight average monthly water level that has hit a record high mark. The big lake reached a month-long average of 183.86 meters, which tied September 1985, according to data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Lake Superior also tied the August high-water mark and set new records in May, June and July as an unprecedented wet period continues across the Great Lakes region. Accurate water level records for Lake Superior date back to 1918.

Thanks to copious amounts of rain, Lake Superior rose 1.6 inches in September, a month on average the lake drops a half inch. The lake now sits 7 inches higher than last year on Oct. 1 and 14 inches higher than the average level for this time of year. The lake is now just 0.05 meters, or 2 inches, from the all-time monthly high set in October 1985. It would have to top that mark and maintain it as the average monthly level at month’s end to count as the new record.

It remains unclear, but certainly possible, if the big lake will continue to rise in October, a month it usually drops, but that's just what happened in September. Duluth, for example, received 5.76 inches of rain in September, 1.65 inches more than average. “It's possible, but it would need to be close to, but not quite, record’’ water supply to the lake, said Charles Sidick of the Army Corps’ Great Lakes Hydrology Office.

For example, September rainfall and overall water supply over the entire Lake Superior basin was in the top 10 percentile. October would have to be even wetter, in the top 5 percentile, to hit a record water level for the lake, Sidick told the News Tribune.

All of the Great Lakes either hit or approached record-high levels for summer months this year and are expected to remain higher than normal for the foreseeable future. Lake Superior generally rises from April to September and then drops through late fall and winter as moisture is tied up in ice and snow.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Canada Border Services Agency seizes 148 kg of suspected cocaine at Port of Quebec

10/4 - Quebec, QC – The Canada Border Services Agency says it seized $7 million worth of possible cocaine at the Port of Quebec last week. Some 148 kilograms of the substance was found, in total. The agency said the substance is being taken to an RCMP lab for analysis.

The suspected cocaine was found aboard the Navios Luz, a container ship that docked at the port last week. The ship, which flies the flag of Malta, was carrying iron pellets. So far in 2018-2019, the agency said, it has seized 1,430 kilograms of cocaine and crack.

CBC

 

Casualties, demolitions from the World Ship Society

10/4 - Vessels with Great Lakes / Seaway connections reported as a casualty or sold for demolition - taken from October 2019 issue of Marine News - Journal of the World Ship Society.

Casualties: none reported

Demolitions: STEPHEN B. ROMAN (6514900; St. Vincent & the Grenadines) - 1st trip in the Seaway 1986 - Fort William-83 - 1st trip in the Seaway 1965 - 7,019 / 1965 - cement carrier. By McKeil Work Boats GP Inc) (Redwise Maritime Services BV) Canada, to Oge Gemi Sokum Ithalat Ihracat, Turkey and arrived Aliaga 15.12.2018 - commenced demolition 18.12.2018

ARKAIM-4 (8121252; Panama) - Beluga Performer - 1st trip in the Seaway 1999, Haskerland-98, Inara-92, Haskerland-91, Samsun Carrier-86) - 3,965 / 1982 - general cargo ship. By Tenera Ltd (Joint Venture "Arkaim') ( S/P 'Arkaim'), Russia, to Bangladesh shipbreakers and arrived Chittagong 13.12.2018 - commenced demolition 26.12.2018

DIAVLOS PRIDE (7914470; Panama) - Mega One-14, Carangue-09, Pilot Fish-93, Maersk Handler-92, Smit-Lloyd 119-82, launched as Atlas Tasman) 1,474 / 1980 - anchor handling tug supply. By Diavlos Pride Ltd (Diavlos Salvage & Towing Ltd), Marshall Islands, to Ersay Gemi Geri Donusum, Turkey, arrived Aliaga 11.12.2018 - commenced demolition 12.12.2018. (DIAVLOS PRIDE not a Seaway trader but towed lake vessels to Aliaga from 2015 until 2018.)

Report prepared by Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

Coast Guard and local partners rescue kayaker in Apostle Islands, Lake Superior

10/4 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Coast Guard Station Bayfield, WI, in coordination with the National Park Service and local EMS, rescued a 50 year old male kayaker in the Apostle Islands, Monday October 3.

At approximately 11 a.m. central time, the Coast Guard received a call from a camper on York Island, reporting a person struggling in the water about 50 yards from shore. Coast Guard Station Bayfield immediately reported to the scene on a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium. They located the 50-year-old male, wearing a life jacket and hanging onto a kayak. The kayak had taken on water and the person was unable to swim to shore due to the deteriorating environmental conditions. The Coast Guard quickly extracted the person out of the water and transferred him to a National Park Service vessel, for further transfer and care by local EMS.

“Cell phone service is very unreliable away from shore and in remote areas, particularly in the Apostle Islands,” states Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Nathan Disher, the Coast Guard coxswain who assisted in the rescue. “We are very fortunate that the reporting source was able to contact the Coast Guard via a cell phone. While in these remote areas, it is prudent to have an alternate form of communication such as a VHF radio. The Coast Guard always monitors VHF Channel 16; you can immediately contact us in a distress situation over the radio.”

“This joint rescue between the Coast Guard, National Park Service, and local EMS proves how well partnering agencies in this community work together to achieve a positive outcome. There is no doubt that wearing a life jacket saved this person's life.

Prior to venturing out on the water, wear proper protective and flotation equipment, have a way to communicate, and be sure to let someone know your float plan,” stated Master Chief Kyle Dupree, Station Bayfield, Acting Officer in Charge.

USCG Coast Guard establishes safety zone for fireworks display in Mackinaw City Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP), Sault Sainte Marie, MI, has established a temporary safety zone in the navigable waters of Lake Huron near Mackinaw City to protect the safety of life and property during the Mackinaw City Fall Colors Fireworks Display on October 4 & 11, 2019 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Alternative rain dates will be Ocobter 5 & 12, 2019 from 08:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The temporary safety zone includes all navigable waters within a 420-foot radius of position 45° 46’ 28.5”N, 084° 43’ 12.0”W. The temporary safety zone is established by 33 CFR 165.T09-0758 which states that entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the defined area is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Sault Sainte Marie or his on-scene representative.

This temporary safety zone is closed to all vessel traffic, except as may be permitted by the Captain of the Port, Sault Sainte Marie or his on-scene representative. The Captain of the Port, Sault Sainte Marie or his on-scene representative may be contacted via VHF Channel 16.

USCG

 

Employment opportunities at Great Lakes Pilotage Authority

10/4 - The Great Lakes Pilotage Authority (the Authority) operates in the interest of safety a marine pilotage service in all Canadian waters in the Provinces of Ontario, Manitoba and in Quebec south of the northern entrance to the St. Lambert Lock. The Authority is currently recruiting eligible candidates for the following pilotage districts in order to train them to become licensed marine pilots:

Competition number CO-201901 – Cornwall District (waters of the St. Lawrence River and lakes between St. Lambert Lock, St-Lambert, QC and Snell Lock, Massena, N.Y.).

Competition number LO-201901 – Lake Ontario District (waters and the ports of Lake Ontario and the navigable waters within the limits of the Port of Churchill, Manitoba).

Competition number D2-201901 – International District no. 2 (waters of the Welland Canal between Port Weller and Port Colborne, Ontario, Lake Erie and the waters of the connecting channels between Lake Erie and Lake Huron).

Competition number D3-201901 – International District no. 3 (waters of Lake Huron north of latitude 43° 05.5’ N and the waters of Lakes Michigan and Superior, including the St-Mary’s River and Georgian Bay).

Apprentices must successfully complete the training program in order to be recommended by the training committee for evaluation by an examination board. An apprentice becomes a licensed pilot following successful evaluation by the Board of examiners.

For details regarding the above positions and to submit your application, please consult the Authority’s website under the Employment Opportunities tab at http://www.glpa-apgl.com/about/careers

 

Where vessels go to die: Inside Canada’s ship graveyard

10/4 - In January, new rules from the International Maritime Organization in London are set to take effect, with the potential of roiling the global shipping industry and energy markets. IMO 2020, as the regulations are called, will mandate that vessels drastically reduce sulfur emissions. Failure to comply may result in a vessel being labeled “unseaworthy.”

More than 2,800 vessels would have to retrofit with what are known as exhaust gas cleaning scrubbers, or switch to such low-sulfur-compliant fuels as diesel or marine gasoil – but supplies are tight. The potential disruption comes just as the World Trade Organization has sounded an alarm over a darkening outlook for global commerce growth.

Bloomberg News visited the Marine Recycling Corp. facility in Port Colborne, Ontario, the world's first ISO 14001 certified ship recycling company, to explore what might await some outdated vessels. View the photos at this link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/photo-essays/2019-10-02/where-commercial-shipping-vessels-go-to-die

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 4

On October 4, 1887, ORIENT (wooden propeller tug, 60 foot, 37 gross tons, built in 1874, at Buffalo, New York) foundered three miles west of Point Pelee on Lake Erie in a storm. She was seen going down by the schooners LISGAR and GLENFORD but neither was able to help. All six on the ORIENT were lost. She was out of Marine City, Michigan.

On October 4, 1979, the ST. LAWRENCE NAVIGATOR arrived at the Port Weller Dry Docks, St. Catharines, Ontario, where she was lengthened to the Seaway maximum length of 730-foot overall. A new bow and cargo section was installed including a bow thruster and was assigned Hull #66. New tonnage; 18,788 gross tons, 12,830 net tons, 32,279 deadweight tons. She was renamed c.) CANADIAN NAVIGATOR in 1980 and ALGOMA NAVIGATOR in 2012. She sails for Algoma Central Corp. She was converted to a self-unloader in 1997.

TEXACO BRAVE (Hull#779) was launched October 4, 1976, by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Shimonoseki, Japan for Texaco Canada Ltd., Don Mills, Ontario. Renamed b.) LE BRAVE in 1987, c.) IMPERIAL ST LAWRENCE in 1997, and d.) ALGOEAST in 1998.

On October 4, 1980, Bethlehem's ARTHUR B. HOMER was laid up for the last time at Erie, Pennsylvania. As a result of the collision between the PARKER EVANS and the SIDNEY E SMITH JR, four months earlier, alternate one-way traffic between the Black River Buoy and Buoys 1 and 2 in Lake Huron was agreed upon by the shipping companies on October 4, 1972

The JAMES E. FERRIS' last trip before scrapping was from Duluth, Minnesota, with a split load of 261,000 bushels of wheat for Buffalo, New York, arriving there October 4, 1974.

The JIIMAAN, twin screw ro/ro cargo/passenger ferry built to Ice Class 1D standards had its keel laid October 4, 1991, at Port Weller Drydocks, Ltd. (Hull# 76).

On October 4, 1982, the BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS laid up for the last time in Duluth, Minnesota. She was towed out of Duluth, on her way to Kahoshiung, Taiwan for scrapping, on June 17, 1988.

October 4, 1940 - The Ludington Daily News reported "The Pere Marquette car ferries handled approximately 95,000 freight cars last year." (1939)

On October 4,1877, BRITISH LION (3 mast wooden bark, 128 foot, 293 tons, built in 1862, at Kingston, Ontario) was carrying coal from Black River, Ohio, to Brockville, Ontario. She was driven ashore at Long Point in Lake Erie by a storm and wrecked. She was the first bark on the Lakes to be wire rigged and she was built for the Great Lakes - Liverpool trade.

On October 4, 1883, JAMES DAVIDSON (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 231 foot, 1,456 gross tons, built in 1874, at W. Bay City, Michigan) was carrying coal and towing the barge MIDDLESEX in a storm on Lake Huron. She was driven onto a reef near Thunder Bay Island and ripped up her bottom. The barge was rescued by the tug V SWAIN. No lives were lost. Financially, the DAVIDSON was the most extensive loss on the Lakes in the 1883, season. She was valued at $65,000 and insured for $45,000. Her coal cargo was valued at $8,000.

1904: CONGRESS burned at the dock at South Manitou Island, Lake Michigan while loading lumber. The ship was towed away, abandoned, burned to the waterline and sank.

1966: ROBERT J. PAISLEY ran aground in heavy weather off Michigan City, IN. The ship was released the next day but went to Sarnia with hull damage and was laid up.

2008: MERKUR BAY came through the Seaway in 1984. It hit a rock as m) NEW ORIENTAL in heavy weather off Tuy An, Vietnam, and settled on the bottom with a large hole in the bow. The crew abandoned ship on October 18 when it showed signs of sinking. It was enroute from Thailand to China with iron ore and was a total loss.

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

 

Port Reports -  October 3

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Cason J. Callaway arrived Duluth at 00:23 Wednesday morning to discharge limestone at Hallett #5, and Paul R. Tregurtha was outbound at 01:46 with a load of coal from Midwest Energy. The Callaway finished unloading and departed at 09:27 for Two Harbors. Erieborg was inbound at 12:35 and anchored in the inner harbor to undergo inspections, and American Integrity left port at 15:36 after loading iron ore pellets at Canadian National. Federal Seto departed at 18:09 loaded with wheat from CHS 1. She was followed out of port by Erieborg, which departed at 18:43 and then put her anchor down offshore to wait to load grain at Gavilon. Also in port on Wednesday, Hon. James L. Oberstar finished discharging limestone at Graymont early Wednesday morning and shifted to SMET to load coal. She was still at the dock as of 20:00 Wednesday night, but will be shuttling that coal load back to Graymont before departing for Silver Bay. BBC Hudson continued loading wheat at Riverland Ag, while Happy Ranger remained at Port Terminal unloading lumber. Both Flevoborg and Erieborg were anchored outside the harbor. There was no traffic through the Superior entry on Wednesday, although Algoma Conveyor arrived offshore late in the afternoon and dropped anchor for unknown reasons. Burns Harbor was also due Wednesday night, however she will likely anchor as she must wait for the Conveyor to load first.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Whitefish Bay departed from South of #2 on Oct. 1st at 23:41 for Quebec City. After the Cason J. Callaway finished unloading stone in Duluth she went to Two Harbors and arrived off Two Harbors early in the afternoon of Oct. 1st. Heritage Marine's tug Nels J. went to assist. After a few minutes the Nels J. returned to port and the Callaway continued on to Sand Island arriving there on the 2nd at approx. 15:15 and where she still sits as of 19:20 on Oct. 2nd. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 3rd is the Edwin H. Gott. An update. Radcliffe R. Latimer is heading for Quebec City. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departed of the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin on Oct. 2nd at 02:30 for Quebec City. Arriving Silver Bay at approx. 03:00 on Oct. 2nd was the H. Lee White arriving from the Twin Ports. As of 19:20 on the 2nd she was still at the dock. Due Silver Bay on Oct. 3rd is the James R. Barker.

Thunder Bay, ON
Wednesday; 1:06 Federal Beaufort arrived and went to anchor.1:34 Algoma Mariner arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal. 2:00 Tecumseh departed for Windsor. 13:09 Spruce Glen arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 14:35 Algoma Mariner departed and is down bound on Lake Superior. 15:02 Algoma Strongfield arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain.

Northern Lake Huron ports

Midland: Wednesday; 7:49 Frontenac departed for Meldrum Bay.

Spragge: Wednesday; 11:19 John D Leitch arrived to unload slag.

Meldrum Bay: Wednesday; 18:35 Algoma Buffalo arrived and went to anchor. 20:25 Algoma Innovator arrived to load limestone.

Drummond Island: Tuesday; 21:34 John G Munson arrived to load lime stone and departed Wednesday at 9:59 down bound on Lake Huron.

Port Dolomite: Wednesday; 6:13 Joseph L Block arrived to finish loading and departed at 11:35 for Duluth Superior.

Calcite: Wednesday; 3:28 Philip R Clarke departed for Buffington.

Stoneport: Tuesday; 22:11 Clyde S Vanenkevort departed for Ashtabula.

Alpena: Tuesday; 22:07 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load and departed Wednesday at 3:40 for Detroit.

Huron, OH
On Wednesday, Sam Laud was heading to Huron with a stone cargo from Port Inland.

Erie, PA – Gene Polaski‎
The tug Joseph H. Thompson Jr. arrived in Erie Wednesday morning and tied up at Don Jon shipyard. It will be there for a retrofit so it can connect to a new barge.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Wednesday October 2 – Barry Andersen Nanticoke - docked - Sep 30 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1848 from the anchorage

Welland Canal - upbound - Oct 1 - Happy River (Nld) at 1905 Oct 2 - CSL Laurentien at 0109, Manitoulin at 0631, tug Everlast & Norman McLeod Rogers at 0745, G3 Marquis at 0837, light tugs Vigilant I towing Florence M (possibly for scrapping) at 1148 and Baie Comeau at 1217

downbound - Oct 1 - Saginaw at 1211 going to wharf 20, Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16, HLL Celtic-07) at 1631, Thunder Bay at 1719, tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 1851 stopping wharf 16 and Algoma Sault at 2035 - Oct 2 - McKeil Spirit at 0409, Algosea at 0455, NACC Capri (Atg) at 0739 and tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1517

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Oct 1 - Saginaw stopped wharf 20 at 1235

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Sep 28 - Blacky (Cyp) at 2330 - Oct 1 - Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) at 1138 and Harbour First at 1840 - Oct 2 - Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16, HLL Celtic-07) at 0230 and NACC Capri (Atg) at 1725

Hamilton - arrivals - Oct 2 - Tim S Dool at 0436, Nordic Ace (Pa) at 0600, Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 1105 and Wicky Spirit at 1534 - anchored - Sep 28 - Federal Mackinac (Mhl) at 0855 - docked - Sep 30 - COE Leni (Mlt) (ex Marselisborg-16, Clipper Anne-14, Marselisborg-12) at 0635, Blair McKeil at 2130 - Oct 1 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1001, CSL Laurentien at 1013 - departures - Oct 2 - CSL Laurentien at 2300 and G3 Marquis at 0644 - both for the canal

Bronte: arrival - (docked) - Oct 1 - Paul A Desgagnes 2203

Clarkson: - arrival - Oct 2 - Robert S Pierson at 0952

Toronto - arrival - Oct 2 - Baie Comeau at 0220 - docked - Sep 30 - Isolda (Cyp) at 1439 - departed Oct 2 - Baie Comeau at 1033 for the canal

Oshawa - arrival - Sep 28 Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0637 - departed Oct 2 - at 0714 for Hamilton

Picton terminal - docked - Sep 27 - Federal St Laurent (iv) (Mhl) at 0932 on maiden trip from builder's yard

Cruise Ship Update – Tom Chambers
Le Champlain was northbound on Lake St Clair. Victory I was in Cleveland. Hamburg was westbound from Montreal. Grande Mariner was in Montreal. Pearl Mist was in Gaspe, New Brunswick.

 

The importance of shipping for Detroit

10/3 - Anyone who has spent any time on the Great Lakes or enjoyed Detroit’s Riverwalk has no doubt borne witness to at least one of the commercial ships that ply our waters carrying cargo of all types. From the iron ore that becomes steel in our cars, to the coal that powers our society, or the grain that feeds the world, Great Lakes shipping enables the world, and certainly enables southeast Michigan. With that in mind, I was excited to board the Lee A Tregurtha, owned and operated by Interlake Steamship Company at the AK Steel facility in Dearborn, MI. Many have admired these ships from afar but have no idea how directly they impact our lives in Detroit. Many ships make many stops in the Detroit region throughout the 10-month shipping season, and they bring us the staples of modern life.

Read the story and view photos at this link: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/importance-shipping-detroit-kyle-burleson

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 3

On October 3,1887, EBENEZER (3-mast wooden schooner-barge, 103 foot, 158 gross tons, built in 1847, at Buffalo, New York) was driven ashore off the breakwater at Holland, Michigan, during a storm. She had sprung a leak in the terrific storm, lost her deck load of shingles and struck the pier trying to get into the harbor. She broke in two but was later raised and rebuilt. She lasted until 1903.

On October 3,1887, CITY OF GREEN BAY (3-mast wooden schooner, 145 foot, 346 gross tons, built in 1872, at Green Bay, Wisconsin) was carrying iron ore from Escanaba to St. Joseph, Michigan, on Lake Michigan and having difficulty in a strong westerly gale. She sprang a leak and anchored four miles from South Haven and put up distress signals. The wind and waves were so bad that the crew could not safely abandon the vessel. She slipped her anchor and was driven on to a bar at Evergreen Point, just 500 feet from shore. The crew scrambled up the rigging as the vessel sank. The South Haven Life Saving crew tried to get a breeches buoy out to the wreck, but their line broke repeatedly. So much wreckage was in the surf that it fouled their surfboat. Soon the masts went by the board and the crew members were in the churning seas. Six died. Only Seaman A. T. Slater made it to shore. The ineffective attempts of the Life Saving crew resulted in Keeper Barney Alonzo Cross being relieved of his command of the station.

The E. G. GRACE was delivered to the Interlake Steamship Co., Cleveland on October 3, 1943. The GRACE 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. As partial payment for each new vessel, a fleet owner surrendered the equivalent tonnage of their existing and/or obsolete vessels, along with some cash, to the Maritime Commission.

October 3, 1941 - The CITY OF FLINT 32, eastbound from Milwaukee, collided with the PERE MARQUETTE 22 westbound. The PERE MARQUETTE 22 headed directly for Manitowoc for repairs while the CITY OF FLINT 32 continued to Ludington where she discharged her cargo, then headed for the shipyard in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

The barges BELLE CASH and GEO W. HANNAFORD, owned by Capt. Cash of East China Township, Michigan, were driven ashore on Long Point in Lake Erie on 3 October 1875.

On October 3, 1900, the steel freighter CAPTAIN THOMAS WILSON left Port Huron on her maiden voyage for Marquette, Michigan, where she loaded 6,200 tons of iron ore for Cleveland, Ohio.

ARK (3-mast iron-strapped wooden scow-schooner-barge, 177 foot, 512 tons, built in 1875, at Port Dalhousie, Ontario) was in tow of the steam barge ALBION (wooden propeller, 134 foot, 297 gross tons, built in 1862, at Brockville, Ontario) on Lake Huron when a terrific storm struck on October 3,1887. Both were loaded with lumber. Both vessels were driven ashore near Grindstone City, Michigan. The U.S. Lifesaving Service rescued the crews. The ALBION was pounded to pieces the next day and the ARK was declared a total loss, but was recovered and was sailing again within the month.

1907: The wooden tug PHILADELPHIA dated from 1869 and briefly served in the Algoma fleet. It was wrecked at Gros Cap, Lake Superior, on this date in 1907.

1911: The wooden freighter A.L. HOPKINS had cleared Bayfield the previous day with a full load of lumber and foundered in a storm on this date near Michigan Island, Lake Superior. Buoyed by the cargo, the hull floated a few more days before it disappeared. All 15 on board were picked up by the ALVA C. DINKEY.

1928: The steel bulk carrier M.J. BARTELME ran aground at Cana Island, Lake Michigan. The bottom was ripped open and the ship was abandoned. It was dismantled on site in 1929.

1953: The superstructure of the idle passenger steamer PUT-IN-BAY was burned off in Lake St. Clair and the remains of the iron hull were later dismantled at River Rouge.

1963: The Liberian flag Liberty ship TRIKERI, on her only trip to the Great Lakes, swung sideways in the Welland Canal near Welland, blocked the waterway and delayed traffic for 4 hours. The ship arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for scrapping as e) DAHLIA on December 27, 1967.

1963: A fire broke out in the cargo hold of the FRED CHRISTIANSEN while downbound at Sault Ste. Marie. The stubborn blaze took 4 hours to put out and was believed caused by some of the grain igniting as it was close to a steam line. The Norwegian freighter began Seaway trading in 1959 and returned as b) HERA in 1964. It arrived at Pasajes, Spain, under this name for scrapping on May 30, 1974.

1969: JOSEPH H. ran aground at Bic Island, in the St. Lawrence while enroute from Milwaukee to Russia with a cargo of rawhides. The Liberian-flag vessel sustained heavy bottom damage. It was refloated on October 6, taken to Levis, QC, and subsequently broken up there for scrap. The ship was operating under her fifth name and had first come through the Seaway as a) GRANADA in 1959.

1980: POLYDORA first came inland for four trips as a) FERNFIORD in 1963 and returned under her new name in 1964 on charter to Canadian Pacific Steamships. The ship had been at Marina di Carrara, Italy, and under arrest as d) GEORGIOS B., when it sailed overnight without permission. A fire in the engineroom broke out the next day and, while taken in tow, the ship foundered east of Tavolara Island, Sardinia.

1999: MANCHESTER MERCURIO traded through the Seaway in a container shuttle service beginning in 1971. It was abandoned by the crew and sank off the coast of Morocco as f) PHOENIX II on this date in 1999.

2000: The tug KETA V. usually operated on the St. Lawrence for Verreault Navigation but came to the Great Lakes with barges for Windsor in 1993. It ran aground and sank near Liverpool, NS on this date in 2000 but all on board got away safely on life rafts.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Max Hanley, Jody Aho, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

 

High water on Great Lakes reveal pieces of shipwreck history

10/2 - Detroit, MI – Fragments of long-lost ships are being flung ashore on Michigan beaches. Skeletons of foundered vessels are showing themselves, then vanishing again.

With water levels at or approaching record highs on the Great Lakes, history has been visible in unexpected volume on Michigan shorelines. It's been months of unburied treasure for the people who study and explore the unfortunate legends that never reached their final port.

The Lake Huron coast has been particularly active, with timbers sighted from Oscoda to north of Rogers City. At Hoeft State Park in Presque Isle County, a 45-foot stretch of unidentified ribs and keel lies magnified in shallow water where there used to be bone-dry dunes.

"A wild summer for sure," state maritime archaeologist Wayne Lusardi, a Michigan DNR staffer who works out of the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena, told The Detroit News. "Over the course of the last six months, I've probably had 50-plus reports of various pieces of wreckage."

In December, across the state on Lake Michigan, erosion exposed a ship in Whitehall that had been swathed in a sand dune for so long most people forgot it was there. "Totally uncovered," says John Hanson, president of the West Michigan Underwater Preserve. "Keel, centerboard and ribs." But the waves giveth, and the wind taketh away: within two weeks, it was invisible again.

Research showed the ship had emerged from the dunes in 1942, then again in '74. The Michigan Shipwreck Research Association took a look this time and decided it's the Contest, a schooner that went down in 1882.

Hanson isn't quite so ready to affix a name; he says it might also be the schooners North Yuba or Little Belle, lost in 1855 and 1879, or the two-masted brig Alexander Mitchell, gone since 1866. They're among more than 6,000 ships claimed by the Great Lakes.

"Especially back in the day," he says, "they would run into trouble, start taking on water, and hit bottom or sandbars in maybe 30 feet of water. Then the waves would just beat them apart." Lake winds dig quick graves near the shore, Lusardi says, and often, there wasn't much to bury.

"That's free lumber. Free nails. Things you have to purchase, right there in your yard," he says.

If that sounds ghoulish, consider the century and the circumstances. "If a Home Depot truck crashed in your front yard and it was left there," Lusardi points out, "you'd probably take the lumber off. It's fair game."

Relative scarcity is one of the reasons the recent artifacts are so welcome, even if their origins can be impossible to pin down. A timber might come from a known, nearby wreck, or currents might have carried it 40 or 50 miles.

The lakes are particularly volatile as they reach levels not approached since 1986. Erie was at an August record 574.21 feet, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; the previous high was 573.95. Superior was at 603.21 feet, Ontario 247.81 and Michigan-Huron 581.77, all within three inches of the most ever.

What caused them to rise is also what has made them so capricious — or, if you're a historian, so generous.

The same conditions that have presented or exposed artifacts have also had the opposite effect. A huge starboard section of the Joseph S. Fay, resting in peace since 1905 on the sand north of Rogers City, is underwater for the first time since the good ship hit the rocks at 40 Mile Point and splintered in a Lake Huron gale.

As logic suggests, snowmelt and runoff, heavy rain and only modest evaporation have created the high levels, says Hans Van Sumeren, director of the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.

What's different besides the amount of melting snow, he says, is the origin — not lake effect, which is pulled from the lakes and is more or less a wash in terms of buildup, but storm systems from the West Coast. "Those strong storms erode shorelines," he says. "Then the energy that's also dumping the rain can erode the lake bed or the near shore."

There's little rhyme or reason to what gets pummeled or preserved.

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point in the U.P. has fought in previous years to save its deck, says executive director Bruce Lynn. "Then suddenly this spring, we have another 40 yards of beach in front of it." Five miles south, however, at his family's cottage, a gentle dune that used to taper to the beach has become "a mini-cliff."

Along Lake Superior, "the appearing and disappearing act isn't that unusual," he says. What stood out was a visit two months ago from a man who'd found a large chunk of steel on a beach. "He wasn't sure what it was," Lynn says, and upon examination, "neither were we."

Even when something turns out to be nothing much, Lusardi says, he'd still like to see it, though ideally he'd prefer it not be moved. "My preference is that people take pictures, record the measurements and send GPS coordinates," he says, the better to evaluate them in context.

Artifacts belong to the state, which owns the Michigan half of the lake bottoms.

Whatever shape they take, Lusardi says, the clues they give are "all about people" who made them. Examining a 150-year-old white oak beam, he says, is like studying a leaf instead of a forest. How was it cut? Why did the builder use an unusual nail pattern? "How people built ships. How people used ships. There's a lot to learn."

A few weeks ago, Alpena hunkered down before a rainstorm so powerful that it relocated some of the ponderous slabs of rock placed on the beach to fight erosion. Afterward, bicyclists in Bayview Park noticed a long piece of timber on the rocks and dialed his office.

Lusardi measured it at 16 feet from its tip to the waterline that concealed the other end. He noted the square spikes that once connected it to the adjoining beam, and the limber passage, a U-shaped cutout at the base that allowed water to flow between frames so that it didn't pool in the bottom of the ship.

It looked sturdy, but an artifact that's spent generations beneath the surface is actually doomed if it becomes someone's illegal souvenir. Under a microscope, Lusardi says, a piece of fresh wood resembles a sponge, with its cells full of fluids, saps and sugars. Lake water had preserved the beam, but allowed to dry on land, it would crack, flake, and ultimately turn to historic mulch.

There's a preservation process involving a waxy mix of chemicals, but the beam would have needed gallons of it, along with two years of his time.

Lusardi left it on the rocks. When he checked a few days later, it was gone. "The lake took it back," he says — maybe forever, or maybe just until the next storm. Time will tell, and the lakes are in no hurry.

The Detroit News

 

Port Reports -  October 2

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed Duluth at 01:45 Tuesday morning with a load of coal from Midwest Energy, at which point the Algoma Enterprise shifted to the dock and began loading petroleum coke. Federal Beaufort was outbound at 10:58 light after unloading powdered cement at CRH, and headed for Thunder Bay to load. H. Lee White arrived at 11:46 to discharge limestone at Hallett #5, and Paul R. Tregurtha came in at 13:16 to load at SMET, where Algoma Enterprise was just topping off. She was outbound at 13:52 for Bath. American Integrity arrived at 19:10 to pick up iron ore pellets at Canadian National. Hon. James L. Oberstar was due at 22:00 with a cargo of limestone for Graymont. H. Lee White was expected to depart from Hallett #5 just before midnight Tuesday for Silver Bay, while the Tregurtha and Integrity should both depart on Wednesday. Also in port were BBC Hudson, taking on wheat at Riverland; Happy Ranger, offloading lumber at Port Terminal; Federal Seto, loading at CHS 1; and Flevoborg, still anchored outside the harbor. There was no traffic in Superior on Tuesday, with none expected until late Wednesday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Roger Blough departed Two Harbors on Oct. 1st at 01:29 for Gary. Radcliffe R. Latimer arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 1st at 05:16 for South of #2. She departed on the 1st at 15:58. As of 19:00 her AIS hadn't been updated. Arriving off Two Harbors on the 1st at 15:30 was the Whitefish Bay. She arrived thru the piers on the 1st at 16:46 for South of #2. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 2nd is the Cason J. Callaway after unloading stone at the C. Reiss dock in West Duluth. She will be loading pellets and bft in Two Harbors. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Mesabi Miner on Oct. 1st at approx. noon for Cleveland. Arriving Silver Bay on Oct. 1st at approx. 12:28 was the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin. Possibly due Silver Bay on Oct. 2nd is the Hon. James L. Oberstar. She will be unloading stone at Graymont in Superior, then go to SMET and load coal for Graymont before heading to Silver Bay. She probably won't arrive Silver Bay until the 3rd.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday 15:24 The saltie Barnacle departed for Montreal.

Muskegon, MI – Brendan Falkowski
On Tuesday, Lee A. Tregurtha arrived at 06:03 with stone from Port Inland. It is unknown the last time the Tregurtha visited Muskegon, if ever. She departed at around 16:27 bound for Marquette.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Herbert C. Jackson and Presque Isle were at Indiana Harbor Tuesday evening, with Wilfred Sykes due Wednesday. American Spirit was unloading at Gary. Stewart J. Cort was unloading at Burns Harbor, with Arthur M. Anderson due Wednesday.

Northern Lake Huron ports

Port Dolomite: Monday ; 23:45 Wilfred Sykes departed for Indiana Harbor.

Calcite: Tuesday; 3:55 Manitowoc departed for Fairport. 13:08 Philip R Clarke arrived to load.

Stoneport: Tuesday; 4:26 Kaye E Barker departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. Clyde S Vanenkevort weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock.

Port Inland: Monday; 20:37 Sam Laud arrived to load. Tuesday; 0:16 Joseph L Block arrived and went to anchor. 10:46 Sam Laud departed for Huron OH. 10:50 Joseph L Block weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock.19:58 Joseph L Block departed.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Wednesday was a busy day in port. Sea Eagle II was at St. Marys Cement. Great Republic was inbound with stone. NACC Capri had cement for LaFarge. Also in with cement was McKeil Spirit at Lehigh. American Courage was at the Bulk Terminal to load a shuttle. John J. Boland departed after delivering to the Bulk Terminal. At the Port docks, Sharon M1 was at dock 24W and Florence Spirit was at dock 22E.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Tuesday October 1 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrivals - docked - Sep 30 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1848 from the anchorage - departed - Sep 30 - Florence Spirit at 1453 westbound - Oct 1 - Sep 29 - Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16, HLL Celtic-07) at 1336 for New York

Long Point Bay anchorage - Sep 27 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1344 - departed Sep 30 at 1525 for the dock

Welland Canal - upbound - Sep 30 - Algoma Compass at 1517, CSL Welland at 2131, Algoma Transport at 2243 and Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 2319 to the anchorage - Oct 1 - Algoma Equinox at 0353, Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 0541, Iver Bright (Nld) at 0801 and Happy River (Nld) at 1905

downbound - Sep 30 - CSL Laurentien at 1654 and Ojibway at 2322 - Oct 1 - Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18 at 0103, Algoma Guardian at 0157, tug Spartan & Spartan II at 0330, Algoma Spirit at 1141, Saginaw at 1211 going to wharf 20, Baie Comeau at 1307, Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16, HLL Celtic-07) at 1631, Thunder Bay at 1719, tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 1851 and Algoma Sault at 2035

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller -

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Sep 28 - Blacky (Cyp) at 2330 - departures - Sep 29 - Wigeon (Cyp) at 2340 - Oct 01 - BBC Louise (Atg) at 0300 and Shoveler (Cyp) at 0110

Hamilton - arrivals - to the anchorage - Sep 28 - Federal Mackinac (Mhl) at 0855, Blair McKeil at 2010 - Sep 30 - Sep 30 - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 1909 - docked - Sep 28 - COE Leni (Mlt) (ex Marselisborg-16, Clipper Anne-14, Marselisborg-12) - Sep 29 - Algoma Niagara at 0753 - Sep 30 - G3 Marquis at 1700 - departures - Sep 30 - Algoma Transport at 1958 and Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 2136 - Oct 1 - Algoma Equinox at 0200

Bronte: arrival - Sep 30 - Paul A Desgagnes eta 2250 - docked - Sep 30 - Harbour First (Por) at 2324 from the anchorage - anchorage - departed Sep 30 at 2322 for the dock

Mississauga - arrival - Oct 1 - Hinch Spirit at 0121 from the anchorage - anchorage - departed - Oct 1 at 0120

Toronto - arrivals - Sep 30 - Isolda (Cyp) at 1439 and NACC Argonaut at 1509

Oshawa - arrival - Sep 28 Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0637

Picton terminal - arrival - Sep 27 - Federal St Laurent (iv) (Mhl) at 0932 on maiden trip from builder's yard

 

U.S. Steel acquires 49.9% stake in Arkansas’ Big River Steel mini-mill

10/2 - U.S. Steel operates some of the oldest integrated steel mills in the United States, including the 113-year-old Gary Works on the Lake Michigan shore. Now it's taken a big stake in the country's newest steel mill.

Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel, one of Northwest Indiana's largest employers, acquired a 49.9% interest in the new Big River Steel mini-mill in northeast Arkansas for $700 million in cash, "creating a partnership with a clear path to consolidation."

The steelmaker has an option to buy the remaining 50.1% of the "newest and most advanced flat-rolled mill in North America" at a market-dictated price in the next four years.

U.S. Steel said the deal gives the company a "best of both" footprint of integrated mills and mini-mills across a wider geographic area as many of its automotive customers shift south. The $2.325 billion Big River Steel mill makes a wide array of steel products for the automotive, energy, construction and agricultural industries, including advanced automotive steels and electrical steels.

“Our new partnership with Big River is designed to accelerate our strategy to offer our customers the ‘best of both’ by bringing together the capabilities of integrated and mini-mill steel production,” U.S. Steel President and CEO David Burritt said in a news release announcing the deal. “Big River operates the most advanced, state-of-the-art and sustainable mill in North America, and our investment would ultimately strengthen our competitive positioning in highly strategic steel-end markets, creating an unmatched value proposition for our stakeholders.”

Big River Steel opened two years ago and is currently going through an expansion project that will increase its production capacity to 3.3 million tons a year, which will make it one of the largest flat-rolled mills in the United States to use electric arc furnaces, which turn scrap metal into steel.

“We have been investing in leading technology and advanced manufacturing so that we can assemble a portfolio of competitive assets with distinct advantages to serve strategic markets to better position U. S. Steel to be an industry leader in delivering high-quality, value-added products," Burritt said. "The investment in Big River, coupled with our announced investments at Mon Valley Works and Gary Works, would ultimately position U.S. Steel with three core market-leading, differentiated and technologically advanced assets that will enable us to compete with anyone, anywhere, for generations to come."

Going forward, Gary Works, Mon Valley Works and Big River Steel will focus "on the products that each facility is best designed to produce," Burritt said.

"As an organization, we will be nimbler, more resilient and our teams will be more efficient," he said. "Collectively, these actions will help us continue to create long-term value for our stockholders, customers, employees and the communities in which we live and work.”

U.S. Steel said Big River Steel's low operating costs will increase its profitability and help it achieve up to $1 billion in capital and operational cash improvements over the next three years.

The steelmaker said the deal means it will be better able to capitalize off high-margin markets like energy, infrastructure and automotive, and position it to serve both the United States and Mexico, which has a growing automotive industry.

“U. S. Steel’s decision to partner with us through this investment in Big River is a decisive vote of confidence in our company, our vision and our people,” Big River Steel CEO Dave Stickler said in the news release. "As the newest steel production facility in North America, I could not be more proud to be partnering with a company started by Andrew Carnegie more than 118 years ago,” Stickler said.

U.S. Steel said it is boosting its $1.5 billion asset-backed lending facility to $2 billion and using that larger facility to fund the deal.

“We appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this exciting transaction that combines Big River’s state-of-the art, LEED-certified steel-making technology and U. S. Steel’s experience and demonstrated know-how,” Big River Steel chairman Dan Murray said.

NW Indiana Times

 

Infrastructure next step as Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority looks to future

10/2 - Oshawa, ON – It has been a few months since the Port of Oshawa amalgamated with the Port of Hamilton, creating the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA). President and CEO Ian Hamilton says they’re looking to the future.

“First and foremost, it’s figuring out what we can do to be drivers of the local economies, attracting investments, facilitating trade, creating jobs,” shared Hamilton. “These are our core reasons to exist.”

Now that they’ve had a good look, Hamilton says there’s a need for some critical infrastructure in Oshawa.

“Drudging, building a ring road, reinforcing the dock wall… all of these things are essential to take advantage of the assets that are already there,” explained Hamilton. “[and] create a second berth so two ships can be unloaded at the same time and so I think in the short term, it’s making those investments to support existing operations.”

He says once more infrastructure is in place, they’ll develop a land use plan.

“One of the final steps in that process is to actually go open a consultation process with the public,” Hamilton said. “That will give real transparency to the local communities and a genuine way for them to give their input as to how they’d like to see the port developed.”

Hamilton says HOPA has gotten off to a great start with the City of Oshawa. They’ve written a letter to all councillors, making a commitment to transparency.

They’ll meet with council every year and have quarterly meetings with Oshawa senior staff to ensure there’s always open dialogue.

Durham Radio News

 

Obituary: Captain Gordon Rose

10/2 - Captain Gordon Rose passed away peacefully on Sunday September 29, 2019, in his 85th year after a lengthy illness. He served as Master for Quebec & Ontario Transportation after a long career in the shipping industry, and in 1976 joined the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority, retiring from there in 1995. He was also a member of the International Ship Masters' Association, Lodge 20 Niagara Region at the time of his passing. He had also been a past member of the Corporation of Professional Great Lakes Pilots.

Captain Rose is resting at the Butler Funeral Home, 424 Niagara Street in St. Catharines. Visitation will take place Thursday October 3rd from10 a.m. until noon, with a service to follow at 12 noon.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 2

On her maiden trip in 1905, the PETER WHITE grounded outside the Lackawanna breakwall. After lightering 200 tons, she proceeded to the Lackawanna Steel mill where the remainder of the cargo was unloaded.

On this day in 1979, the ELTON HOYT 2ND unloaded her last cargo as a straight decker at the Ashtabula & Buffalo Dock, Ashtabula, Ohio.

On October 2,1901, M. M. DRAKE (wooden propeller freighter, 201 foot, 1,102 gross tons, built in 1882, at Buffalo, New York) and her consort MICHIGAN (3-mast wooden schooner-barge, 213 foot, 1,057 gross tons, built in 1874, at Detroit, Michigan) were loaded with iron ore while sailing in a strong gale on Lake Superior. The MICHIGAN began to leak and the DRAKE came around to take off her crew, but the two vessels collided. Both sank off Vermilion Point, Michigan. One life was lost. As the vessels sank, the passing steamers NORTHERN WAVE and CRESCENT CITY stood by and rescued the crews.

Upper Lakes Shipping's new self-unloader CANADIAN OLYMPIC was christened on October 2, 1976, at St. Catharines, Ontario. Her name honored the Olympic Games that were held at Montreal that year.

TADOUSSAC (Hull#192) departed Collingwood on her maiden voyage for Canada Steamship Lines Ltd. on October 2, 1969, to load iron ore at Fort William, Ontario.

The sandsucker AMERICAN last operated in 1956, and laid up at Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She was scrapped in S. Chicago in 1984.

JOHN T. HUTCHINSON and CONSUMERS POWER arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan on October 2, 1988, where dismantling began on October 14t by Li Chong Steel & Iron Works Co. Ltd.

On her maiden voyage October 2, 1943, E. G. GRACE cleared Lorain, Ohio, bound for Superior, Wisconsin, to load iron ore.

HOCHELAGA of 1949 departed Toronto October 2, 1993, in tow of the McKeil tugs GLENBROOK and KAY COLE for Montreal, Quebec, and then to the cutter’s torch.

October 2, 1954 - The PERE MARQUETTE 21 sailed into Ludington, Michigan, on her second maiden voyage of her career.

On October 2,1888, OLIVER CROMWELL (wooden schooner-barge, 138 foot, 291 tons, built in 1853, at Buffalo, New York) was being towed by the steamer LOWELL in a storm in Lake Huron when she broke her towline. She rode out most of the storm at anchor, but then she snapped her anchor chains and she was driven ashore at Harbor Beach, Michigan, where she broke up.

The 183 foot, 3-mast wooden schooner QUEEN CITY was launched at W. Bay City, Michigan, on 2 October 1873.

The Port Huron Times reported the following shipwrecks from a severe storm that swept the Lakes over 2-3 October 1887: Schooner CITY OF GREEN BAY lost near South Haven, Michigan; the schooner-barge CHARLES L HUTCHINSON, lost near Buffalo, New York; the steam barge ALBION and her consort the schooner-barge ARK ashore near Grindstone City, Michigan; the 3-mast schooner EBENEZER ashore near Holland, Michigan; the wooden package freighter CALIFORNIA sunk in the Straits of Mackinaw; the schooner HOLMES ashore at Middle Island on Lake Huron; the schooner GARIBALDI ashore near Port Elgin on Lake Huron; the barge MAYFLOWER disabled near Grand Haven, Michigan; the schooner D. S. AUSTIN ashore at Point Clark; and the schooner HENRY W HOAG ashore at Erie, Pennsylvania.

1891: WINSLOW ran aground in fog while inbound at Duluth. The hole in the wooden hull was patched and the ship was released and able to be docked. The vessel caught fire while unloading the next day and destroyed.

1938: The first WINDOC was struck when Bridge 20, a railway bridge across the Welland Canal, was lowered prematurely and removing the stack, spar and lifeboats of the N.M. Paterson steamer.

1953: A collision occurred between PIONEER and WALLSCHIFF in the St. Clair River on this date and the latter, a West German visitor to the Great Lakes, rolled on its side and settled in shallow water. One crew member perished. PIONEER, a Cleveland-Cliffs steamer, was repaired for further service and was later scrapped at Genoa, Italy, in 1961. WALLSCHIFF, on her first and only trip to the Great Lakes, was refloated and departed for permanent repairs overseas in 1954. The vessel was still sailing as g) GOLDEN MERCURY in 2011.

1973: A head-on collision in fog off Gull Island, Lake Michigan between the T-2 tanker MARATHONIAN and Norwegian freighter ROLWI left both ships with massive bow damage. The former had begun Seaway service as f) MARATHON in 1960 and was repaired at South Chicago. It disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle as h) SYLVIA L. OSSA in October 1976. ROLWI, a Norwegian salty, was also repaired and returned inland as b) DOBERG in 1974 and c) LORFRI in 1976. It arrived at Alang, India, for scrapping as e) PEROZAN on February 6, 1996.

1992: The Canadian coastal freighter SIR JOHN CROSBIE was built in St. Catharines by Port Weller Dry Docks in 1962. It sank in the Gulf of Mexico off the west coast of Florida as c) HOLSTEN on this date but all on board were rescued.

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

 

Sturgeon Bay tugboat owner Donald Sarter dies in boat accident

10/1 - Duluth, MN – Donald Sarter, a Sturgeon Bay tugboat captain, died during a boat accident Monday morning, Duluth Fire Department reported. Sarter, 68, recently purchased Selvick Marine Towing. According to Sarter Marine Towing's website, he was a Great Lakes tugboat captain for more than 40 years.

Sarter and two other men were in a 21-foot boat on Lake Superior but were caught by massive waves. Duluth Fire Department responded to their water emergency call, off Park Point Beach, at 11:02 a.m.

A St. Louis County Sheriff's Office report said the three men were sailing a 21-foot Monark Aluminum Hulled boat, operated by Sarter. The engine was overcome with water, and eventually waves pushed the boat upside down. They escaped and swam to shore, when they called police. The other two returned with no apparent injuries, but despite rescue efforts, Sarter was pronounced dead on the scene.

One man said all three wore life jackets, but they were not zipped together.

Waves reaching two to four feet caused local authorities to issue a red flag warning early Monday that said small craft should avoid going out, according to Duluth Fire Department Public Information Officer Kate Van Daele. The National Weather Service said winds measured 12 to 18 miles per hour.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident.

Green Bay Press Gazette

 

Port Reports -  October 1

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Century arrived Duluth at 02:22 Monday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy, and CSL Assiniboine was outbound at 06:18 for Quebec City with a load of iron ore pellets. Maumee/tug Victory, which had arrived late Sunday night to load at Canadian National, departed at 11:33 with their ore cargo. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived at 12:41 to load at SMET after the Century, which left port at 14:00 for St. Clair. Algoma Enterprise arrived offshore at 20:00 Monday night and dropped anchor to wait for the McCarthy to finish loading at Midwest Energy. Still in port on Monday were BBC Hudson, taking on wheat at Riverland Ag; Happy Ranger, discharging lumber at Port Terminal; Federal Beaufort, unloading cement at CRH; Federal Seto, at CHS 2 loading wheat; and Flevoborg, anchored waiting for the Riverland elevator. The only traffic through the Superior entry on Monday was Indiana Harbor, which departed at 12:40 with a load of iron ore pellets from Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors on Sept. 30th at 01:52 for Conneaut. Arriving Two Harbors on Sept. 30th at approx. 06:30 was the Roger Blough for North of #2. She shifted to South of #2 between 10:51 and approx. 10:20. As of 19:15 on Sept. 30th she was still at the loading dock. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 1st are the Radcliffe R. Latimer and the Whitefish Bay. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Mesabi Miner on Sept. 30th at approx. 09:25. She had been anchored off Sand Island from later in the day on Sept. 29th until the morning of Sept. 30th. Due Silver Bay on Oct. 1st is the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arriving from Thunder Bay after unloading salt.

Thunder Bay, ON
Monday; 10:10 RT. Hon. Paul J Martin departed for Silver Bay. 13:58 Tecumseh arrived at the G3 elevator to load grain. 16:02 Evans Spirit departed and was downbound on Lake Superior.

St. Marys River
Upbounders on a blustery, rainy Monday included H. Lee White, Paul R. Tregurtha, Whitefish Bay, American Integrity, Hon. James L. Oberstar and Cason J. Callaway. Downbounders included Stewart J. Cort and, late, Arthur M. Anderson.

Green Bay, WI
The Tug Michigan/barge Great Lakes arrived from Toledo, OH with petroleum products for the U.S. Oil Venture terminal and backed into the Fox River Dock Terminal to wait for the tug Albert/barge Margaret to finish up.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Edwin H. Gott was departing Gary upbound in the evening, while American Spirit was inbound. James R. Barker was at Indiana Harbor, with Herbert C Jackson due early Tuesday.

Northern Lake Huron ports

Midland: Monday; 16:18 Frontenac arrived at the ADM elevator to unload wheat.

Bruce Mines: Monday; 12:08 Mississagi arrived to load trap rock and departed at 19:51.

Meldrum Bay: Monday; 8:40 Algoma Innovator departed for Sarnia.

Port Dolomite: Monday; 12:05 Cason J Callaway departed for Duluth Superior. Wilfred Sykes arrived to load.

Calcite: Monday; 1:40 Calumet arrived to load. 11:01 Hon. James L Oberstar departed for Duluth Superior. 14:11 Calumet departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. 17:51 Manitowoc arrived to load.

Stoneport: Monday; 6:55 Great Republic departed for Cleveland. 7:16 Kaye E Barker arrived to load limestone. 17:39 Clyde S Vanenkevort arrived and went to anchor.

Alpena: Monday; 5:54 G L Ostrander arrived to load cement products and departed at 11:15 for Detroit.

Port Inland: Monday; 14:42 Lee A Tregurtha departed and is down bound on Lake Michigan.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Compass arrived to load salt in the mid-evening Monday.

Detroit River - Mike Nicholls
Algoma Sault touched bottom by Fighting Island South Light in the Detroit River Monday evening after experiencing a power failure that disabled electronics and propulsion. After dropping anchor, her captain told Sarnia Traffic there was no obvious damage. After power was restored, he picked up the anchor and continued downbound, with a midnight ETA at Detroit River Light. Their destination is Morrisburg, ON.  

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Monday September 30, Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrivals - Sep 27 - Florence Spirit at 1403 - Sep 29 - Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16, HLL Celtic-07) at 1830 - departed - Sep 30 - Florence Spirit at 1453 eastbound

Long Point Bay anchorage - Sep 27 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1344

Welland Canal - upbound - Sep 29 - NACC Capri (Mlt) at 1227 from the anchorage, Spruceglen at 0718, tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0842, Algoma Strongfield at 1618, Le Chateau (Fra) passenger vessel at 2030 headed to Port Weller anchorage and Industrial Strength (Lbr) at 2235 - Sep 30 - Algoma Niagara at 0606, Le Champlain (Fra) passenger vessel at 0723, Algoma Buffalo at 0755, Algoma Compass at 1517, CSL Welland eta 2120 and Algoma Transport eta 2215

downbound - Sep 29 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 1117, BBC Louise (Atg) at 1513 and Algoma Transport at 1526 - Sep 30 - Atlantic Huron at 0702, Algonorth at 0853, CSL Laurentien at 1654, Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18 eta at 2305 and Ojibway eta 2315

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Sep 27 - CSL Tadoussac stopped wharf 16 at 1300

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Sep 26 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 1601 - Sep 28 - Blacky (Cyp) at 2330 - Sep 29 - Le Champlain (Fra) passenger vessel at 2037 and Shoveler (Cyp) at 2229 - Sep 30 - BBC Louise (Atg) at 0130 - departed - Sep 30 - Le Champlain (Fra) passenger vessel at 0705, Cape Dawson (Mlt) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 1000, Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1930 - all eastbound

Hamilton - arrivals - Sep 30 - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 1909 to the anchorage and G3 Marquis at 1700 - anchored - Sep 28 - Federal Mackinac (Mhl) at 0855, Blair McKeil at 2010 - docked - Sep 22 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1255 - Sep 28 - COE Leni (Mlt) (ex Marselisborg-16, Clipper Anne-14, Marselisborg-12) - Sep 29 - Algoma Niagara at 0753 and Algoma Equinox at 2037- departure - Sep 29 - Algoma Strongfield at 1416 for the canal - Sep 30 - Algoma Transport at 1958

Bronte: docked - Sep 28 - Harbour First (Por) at 1312 - departed at 0741 out to anchorage

Mississauga - arrival - Sep 26 - Hinch Spirit at 0246 - departed - Sep 29 at 0711 out to anchorage

Toronto - arrivals - Sep 30 - Isolda (Cyp) at 1439 and NACC Argonaut at 1509

Oshawa - arrival - Sep 28 Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0637

Picton terminal - arrival - Sep 27 - Federal St Laurent (iv) (Mhl) at 0932 on maiden trip from builder's yard

 

Lake Michigan mystery of schooners St. Andrew and Peshtigo solved

10/1 - Boyne City, MI - Bernie Hellstrom’s boat is a 24-foot, 1975 Sea Ray loaded with an analog mapping system and a drop camera he built himself in the 1990s. The boat and its obsolete shipwreck-hunting equipment are as weathered as their owner, who has spent a lifetime in and on the water.

Hellstrom’s low-tech toys can’t compete with today’s highly-specialized equipment, but they got the job done when they were used to discover two schooners on the bottom of Lake Michigan that collided and sank in 1878 – nearly 150 years ago.

Some news stories of the day had the St. Andrew and Peshtigo sinking in Lake Huron, so years ago when a ship was found about 5 miles off the coast of Cheboygan it was identified as the St. Andrew. The Peshtigo should have been nearby, Hellstrom said, as the two vessels struck and sank in less than 10 minutes, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. Even so, she was never found.

Hellstrom’s discovery changes history by putting the collision southeast of Beaver Island — about 50 miles from where it was originally thought to have taken place. “So what is the boat in Cheboygan?” Hellstrom said. “We don’t know. We just created a new mystery from this.”

Hunting for sunken ships and other Great Lakes flotsam and jetsam is Hellstrom’s hobby. It keeps him plenty busy, as estimates put the number of shipwrecks there at more than 6,000. “I’m pretty much exploring the Great Lakes because you never know what’s down there,” Hellstrom said. “There’s a little bit of everything on the bottom of the Great Lakes.”

Steel rails, locomotives and train cars that fell off barges have been found. Hellstrom has seen cars, shopping carts, fishing shanties and even a sewing machine. There are also sinkholes, waterfalls and tree trunks more than a dozen feet in diameter, he said.

Hellstrom sees beauty in the lake bottom, likening it to looking at the fall colors. “If I could live underwater I would stay there,” he said. “These ships are art. They’re beautiful.”

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/lake-michigan-mystery-solved/article_7fe26ab2-dbbe-11e9-87e1-d3b16c4b5bd2.html

 

Lake Erie water levels receding, but still above average

10/1 - Conneaut, OH – Lake Erie water levels reached record highs this year. Waters have begun to recede, but are still above average. Conneaut Harbormaster Denver Spieldenner said water levels have gone down but there were still issues at some of the harbor’s facilities.

Water levels were 4.7 inches above the record high in June, and 32 inches above average, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

In mid-June, the Port Authority had to shut down power to parts of the Port Conneaut Marina because of the high water level. Power is still off because of the water, Spieldenner said. The Port Authority also had to construct bridges atop some docks to allow safe access.

“The water is down to the dock height again, so things are looking up,” Port Authority Chairman Wally Dunne said.

Several Port Authority docks were damaged during the winter of 2018-19 by ice, waves, and wind. This year, ice and wind and will be the biggest threat to the docks, Spieldenner said. “It just depends on the wind and how much ice we get,” he said. “It’s mostly the wind that affects us. We’ll have to wait and see what kind of storms we get in November, December and January.”

Lake levels are at 573.56 feet, said Andrew Kornacki, chief of public affairs with the Buffalo Army Corps of Engineers. Lake levels are still 25 inches above average, Kornacki said. The levels are down five inches from August, according to data from the Corps of Engineers.

In July, the city of Conneaut constructed a $300,000 wall to protect the pumps that provide the city with drinking water. The pumps are near the water-level, and the enclosure that protected the pumps and the building that houses them was washed away by high water and storms, city officials said.

The Conneaut sandbar is still closed, Spieldenner said. The road leading to the sandbar has been under water for most of the summer. “We’re looking forward to being able to open the sandbar next year,” Dunne said.

The Corps of Engineers expects lake levels to continue to decline and end up near their averages if rainfall levels are in line with past years, Kornacki said. Depending on how much rainfall there is, lake levels could vary widely.

“It really fluctuates,” Kornacki said. “It’s safe to say it’s going to continue to decline.”

Star Beacon

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 1

In 1986, the HERBERT C. JACKSON rescued Carl Ward and his nephew after they had been adrift on lower Lake Michigan for 80 hours.

On October 1,1888, the ST CLAIR (3-mast wooden schooner, 156 foot, 296 gross tons, built in 1859, at Montreal as a bark) was carrying coal in a storm on Lake Huron as part of a 5-barge tow of the tug CHAMPION. She broke loose and came to anchor off Harbor Beach, Michigan. The anchor dragged and she sank near the mouth of the harbor. The crew was rescued by the U.S. Life Saving Service. However, this rescue was ill fated since all were taken in the lifesavers surfboat and the boat was rowed 23 miles to Port Sanilac. 100 yards from shore, just a half mile from Port Sanilac, the surfboat capsized and five lives were lost. The wreck of the ST. CLAIR was later lightered, raised and towed out into the lake and re-sunk.

CHICAGO TRADER, a.) THE HARVESTER of 1911, was laid up on October 1, 1976, at the Frog Pond in Toledo, Ohio.

Dismantling commenced October 1, 1974, on the KINSMAN INDEPENDENT a.) WILLIAM B. KERR of 1907, at Santander, Spain.

October 1, 1997 - The CITY OF MIDLAND 41 was towed out of Ludington to be converted to a barge.

On October 1, 1843, ALBANY (wooden brig, 110 tons, built in 1835, at Oswego, New York) was carrying merchandise and passengers when she went aground in a storm and was wrecked just a few miles from Mackinaw City, Michigan.

The steam barge C. H. GREEN was launched at E. Saginaw, Michigan, for Mason, Green & Corning of Saginaw on October 1, 1881. She was schooner rigged and spent her first year as a tow barge. The following winter her engine and boiler were installed. Her dimensions were 197 feet X 33 feet X 13 feet, 920 tons. She cost $70,000.

On October 1,1869, SEA GULL (wooden schooner, 83 tons, built in 1845, at Milan, Ohio) was carrying lumber in a storm on Lake Michigan. She was driven ashore and wrecked south of Grand Haven, Michigan. The wreck was pulled off the beach a few days later, but was declared a constructive loss, stripped and abandoned. She was owned by Capt. Henry Smith of Grand Haven.

1918: The Canadian bulk carrier GALE STAPLES was blown ashore Point au Sable about 8 miles west of Grand Marais. All on board were saved but the wooden vessel, best known as b) CALEDONIA, broke up.

1942: The former CANADIAN ROVER, Hull 67 from the Collingwood shipyard, was torpedoed and sunk as d) TOSEI MARU in the Pacific east of Japan by U.S.S. NAUTILUS.

1946: KINDERSLEY, loaded with 2074 tons of excess munitions, was scuttled in the deep waters of the Atlantic. The former C.S.L. freighter had been on saltwater to assist in the war effort.

1984: ANNEMARIE KRUGER arrived at Finike, Turkey, as e) BANKO with engine damage on this date and was laid up. The ship, a frequent Seaway visitor in the 1960s, was sold for scrap and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, under tow on August 3, 1986, and was dismantled.

1998 The tank barge SALTY DOG NO. 1 broke tow from the tug DOUG McKEIL and went aground off Anticosti Island the next day. The vessel was released and it operated until scrapping at Port Colborne in 2005.

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

 

Storm in western Lake Superior stops traffic

9/30 - A storm in the western part of Lake Superior has stopped shipping traffic. In Duluth, the CSL Assiniboine was expected to depart at 2:30 after loading iron ore pellets at Canadian National, but anchored in the inner harbor anchorage due to the harsh conditions. At Silver Bay, the Mesabi Miner was supposed to arrive at 4:45 after the Arthur M. Anderson departed, but she instead anchored off the Apostle Islands to wait for the conditions to moderate.

Logan Rice

 

Port Reports -  September 30

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through the Duluth entry on Sunday. CSL Assiniboine finished loading at Canadian National in the mid-afternoon hours, but she dropped anchor in the inner harbor and was still there as of Sunday night with a destination of Quebec City posted. There are still numerous saltwater vessels in port, including BBC Hudson and Happy Ranger, both unloading at Port Terminal; Federal Beaufort, discharging cement at CRH; Federal Seto, at CHS 2 loading wheat; and Flevoborg, which remained on the hook outside the harbor. In Superior, Mesabi Miner departed from Lakehead Pipeline mid-morning Sunday where she had been taking a delay and headed for Silver Bay to load. Indiana Harbor was due at 20:00 to load at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle departed Two Harbors on Sept. 29th at 03:26 for Indiana Harbor 7H. The Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors on Sept. 29th at 12:44 for South of #2. She is loading for Conneaut. Due Two Harbors on Sept. 30th is the Roger Blough. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Arthur M. Anderson at approx. 15:30 for Burns Harbor. The Mesabi Miner was due Silver Bay on Sept. 29th, but after arriving off Silver Bay on the afternoon of Sept. 29th went to anchor off Sand Island in the Apostles. She had departed Superior after taking a delay at the Lakehead dock. There is no other traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Sept. 30th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Saturday; 20:55 Algoma Spirit departed for Port Cartier. Saginaw departed for Port Colborne. 22:38 RT. Hon. Paul J Martin arrived at the MobilEx Terminal, Valley Camp dock to unload salt. 22:46 The self unloader Thunder Bay departed for Becancour. Sunday; 0:36 Frontenac departed for Midland. 1:39 Barnacle weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 12:34 Evans Spirit arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 17:44 Federal Churchill arrived and went to anchor.

Green Bay, WI
The Tug Albert/Barge Margaret arrived mid-morning Sunday from Cheboygan, MI with petroleum products for the U.S. Oil Venure Terminal. Then, later in the day, the steamer Alpena arrived from Alpena, MI, with cement for the Lafarge Terminal.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Burns Harbor was unloading at her namesake port Sunday night. John D. Leitch, James R. Barker and Joseph L. Block were at Indiana Harbor.

Northern Lake Huron ports

Little Current: Sunday; 7:37 The cruise ship Victory I arrived for shore excursions and departed at 17:37 for Detroit.

Meldrum Bay: Sunday; 17:37 Algoma Innovator arrived to load dolomite.

Port Dolomite: Sunday; 18:38 Cason J Callaway arrived to load.

Calcite: Sunday; 20:06 Philip R Clarke departed down bound on Lake Huron. 20:12 H Lee White departed for Duluth Superior. Hon. James L Oberstar weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock.

Stoneport: Sunday; 19:34 Great Republic arrived to load limestone.

Port Inland: Sunday; 13:44 Lee A Tregurtha arrived to load limestone.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Conveyor arrived 7:26 am Sunday to load at the grain elevators. Algoma Sault arrived 11 am to load salt at Compass Minerals...

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Sunday September 29 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrivals - Sep 27 - Florence Spirit at 1403 - Sep 29 - Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16, HLL Celtic-07) at 1830 - departed - Sep 29 - Algoterra at 0501 eastbound

Long Point Bay anchorage - Sep 27 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1344 from the dock

Port Colborne anchorage - departed - Sep 28 - Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 2158 eastbound - Sep 29 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0415 eastbound, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0600 for Sarnia and Shoveler (Cyp) at 1130 for the canal

Welland Canal - upbound - Sep 28 - Sea Crescent and Vigilant I with Stevens 2501 at 1653, Michipicoten at 2028 and Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16, HLL Celtic-07) at 0601 from the anchorage, Blacky (Cyp) to anchorage - Sep 29 - Algoma Hansa at 1030 from the anchorage,0702, Erieborg (Nld) at 0702, McKeil Spirit at 0129, Spruceglen at 0718, NACC Capri (Mlt) at 1227 from the anchorage, Spruceglen at 0718, tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0842, Algoma Strongfield at 1618 and Industrial Strength (Lbr) eta 2215

downbound - Sep 27 - CSL Tadoussac at 0727 stopping at wharf 16 - Sep 28 - Federal Ems (Mhl) at 1343, NACC Argonaut at 1905, Cape Dawson (Mlt) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 2213, Damia Desgagnes at 0231, Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0436, Algoterra at 0837, tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 0940, BBC Louise (Atg) at 1513, Algoma Transport at 1526,

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Sep 27 - CSL Tadoussac stopped wharf 16 at 1300

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Sep 26 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 1601 - Sep 28 - Blacky (Cyp) at 2330 - Sep 29 - Federal Ems (Mhl) at 0305, Cape Dawson (Mlt) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 0651, Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1445 and Le Champlain (Fra) passenger vessel at 2037 - departed - Sep 29 - Floragracht (Nld) at 0100 for Three River, Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16, HLL Celtic-07) at 0550, Algoma Hansa at 0953 westbound, NACC Capri (Mlt) at 1210 for Cleveland, Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1315 eastbound, Lubie (Bhs) at 1700 eastbound and Federal Ems (Mhl) at 2028 approx. for France

Hamilton - arrivals - Sep 29 - Algoma Niagara at 0753 and Algoma Equinox at 2037- anchored - Sep 26 - COE Leni (Mlt) (ex Marselisborg-16, Clipper Anne-14, Marselisborg-12) anchored at 2240 - Sep 28 - Federal Mackinac (Mhl) at 0855, Blair McKeil at 2010 and Algoma Strongfield at 2012 - docked - Sep 19 - Blacky (Cyp) at 1255 - Sep 22 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1255 - departure - Sep 29 - Algoma Strongfield at 1416 for the canal

Bronte: docked - Sep 28 - Harbour First (Por) at 1312 - departed at 0741

Mississauga - arrival - Sep 26 - Hinch Spirit at 0246 - departed - Sep 29 at 0711

Toronto - departures - Sep 28 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0005 eastbound

Oshawa - arrival - Sep 28 Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0637

Picton terminal - arrival - Sep 27 - Federal St Laurent (iv) (Mhl) at 0932 on maiden trip from builder's yard

 

Netherlands ship Floragracht makes stop in Manistee

9/30 - Manistee. MI - Last week, Manistee residents and visitors saw something that hasn’t been seen in nearly 50 years. The Amsterdam, Netherlands, registered Floragracht arrived in Manistee on Monday and departed on Tuesday morning.

It was the first foreign flagged dry cargo vessel to visit Manistee since the Russian vessel Tolya Komar, which visited Manistee in 1972, according to the Facebook page Manistee, MI Vessel Traffic.

The ship was slated to deliver parts at TES – Filer City to be used at PCA, which were loaded in Gdynia, Poland, and Antwerp, Belgium, according to Manistee, MI Vessel Traffic.

Floragracht was built in 2011 in Jiangyin, China, for the Spliethoff Bevrachtingskantoor Company of Amsterdam. She has carried the same name and owner since she was built. The ship is one of six nearly identical sisters (known as the F-Type), with names all beginning in “F” and ending in “gracht”. Gracht is the Dutch word for canal. The ship is named after the Flora canal in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, according to Manistee, MI Vessel Traffic.

The ship is 448 feet long and 62 feet wide and is capable of carrying 12,178 tons of cargo in two cargo holds. The ship’s holds are shaped like shoe boxes. It designed to carry anything dry that will fit in her holds, such as containers, dry bulk, project cargo and more. The ship is equipped with three cranes on the starboard side, which can lift 80 tons at a time individually (the weight of six school buses) or 160 tons when two cranes are used together.

The ship is manned by Dutch officers and Filipino crew members. She’s powered by a Wartsila diesel engine and is equipped with a bow thruster. While a first-time visitor to Manistee, the ship is a regular visitor to the Great Lakes.

Manistee News Advocate

 

Minnesota town of Two Harbors struggles with saving beloved tug

9/30 - Two Harbors, Minn. – The maroon and gold tugboat has been bobbing around the Lake Superior harbor of this North Shore town for almost all of its 123 years, escorting ships picking up iron ore bound for Eastern steel mills.

The vessel Edna G. – once considered among the finest tugs on the Great Lakes – has become so synonymous with Two Harbors that its image appears on signs lining the main thoroughfare, on the city’s website home page and even on the municipal liquor store. But lately, the tugboat has been caught in a virtual tug of war.

Donated to the city in 1981, the boat needs extensive maintenance work and, as one city worker noted, the town’s 3,700 residents have about 3,000 different opinions on what should happen. “There’s definitely dividing lines” among people, City Administrator Dan Walker said. “We know that if we don’t do anything, it’ll eventually sink.”

Volunteer Tom Koehler, who checks the boat regularly, noticed a trickle coming down its seam inside, with water building up in the bilge. A rivet head had rusted off, requiring an emergency repair by a diver to Epoxy the spot.

The boat is on the list of the National Register of Historic Places, and the nonprofit Friends of the Edna G occasionally opens it to the public for tours.

Built by Cleveland Ship Building in 1896, the 110-foot, coal-powered tug was considered state-of-the-art with its all-steel construction and lush, paneled captain’s quarters. It has been a mainstay in Two Harbors except for a stint moving war materials on the East Coast during World War I.

“It is my claim that this tug helped build America and helped fight her wars,” Koehler said. “I have a feeling for this tug which is not rational, but you’re talking about a boat here, so it doesn’t have to be rational.”

Dozens of ideas for its fate have been bandied about. Koehler and others argue that in order to keep the Edna G. intact, it should be pulled out of the water and turned into a museum where people can see it inside and out. The estimated price tag for that is slightly more than $1 million – an expensive proposition for a city with a total budget of $20 million and a lot of infrastructure needs.

Others argue a tourism boat needs to live afloat and should be repaired in dry dock and put back into the water. Some estimate that the cost for that would be even higher. Other ideas: Let it sink and make it a diving attraction; sell it to an outside group; build a retaining wall and drain the water around it every winter.

None of the options are cheap, officials acknowledge. The city sets aside some lodging tax revenue for boat maintenance. Right now, it has about $275,000 squirreled away.

“Ultimately, I think what the [city] council would like to see is some sort of group” take it over, Walker said. “We don’t have the capability as a city to do right by the Edna G.”

Some proponents argue that grants and fundraising could cover whatever money is needed to save the vessel and keep it nearby. “I know we can raise the money,” said Hayes Scriven, who serves on the city’s Edna G. Commission. People just want a decision made soon, he said.

“It’s got a lot of history in the community,” Walker said. “Everybody’s got a story about the Edna G.”

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  September 30

On September 30, 1896, SUMATRA (wooden schooner-barge, 204 foot, 845 gross tons, built in 1874, at Black River, Ohio) was loaded with railroad rails in tow of the steamer B.W. ARNOLD in a storm on Lake Huron. The SUMATRA was blown down and foundered off the Government Pier at Milwaukee. Three of the crew was lost. The four survivors were rescued by the ARNOLD and the U.S. Lifesaving Service. The SUMATRA was owned by the Mills Transportation Company.

The 660-foot forward section of the BELLE RIVER (Hull#716) was side launched on September 30, 1976, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, by Bay Shipbuilding Co. Renamed b.) WALTER J. McCARTHY, JR. in 1977.

ARTHUR SIMARD entered service on September 30, 1973, sailing to Montreal, Quebec, to load gasoline.

GOVERNOR MILLER was towed down the Welland Canal on September 30, 1980, in tow of TUG MALCOLM, STORMONT and ARGUE MARTIN on her way to Quebec City.

ROBERT C. STANLEY departed light on her maiden voyage from River Rouge, Michigan, on September 30, 1943, bound for Two Harbors, Minnesota, to load iron ore.

On September 30, 1986, the Canadian Coast Guard vessel CARIBOU ISLE struck a rock in Lake Huron's North Channel and began taking on water. C.C.G.S. SAMUEL RISLEY arrived and helped patch the ship. The pair then departed for Parry Sound, Ontario.

On September 30, 1888, AUSTRALIA (wooden schooner, 109 foot, 159 gross tons, built in 1862, at Vermilion, Ohio) was carrying cedar posts from Beaver Island to Chicago when she encountered a gale. She was laid on beam ends and sprung a leak. She headed for shelter at Holland, Michigan, but struck a bar and foundered in the mouth of the harbor. The wreck blocked the harbor until it was removed on October. 5 Her crew was rescued by the U.S. Lifesaving Service.

On September 30, 1875, AMERICAN CHAMPION (wooden scow-schooner, 156 tons, built in 1866, at Trenton, Michigan) dropped anchor to ride out a gale near Leamington, Ontario, on Lake Erie. The chains gave way and she struck a bar and sank to the gunwales. The crew of eight spent the night in the rigging and the next day a local woman and her two sons heroically rescued each one.

1906: The first FAYETTE BROWN ran into the pier entering Lorain, became disabled and stranded on the beach. The ship was refloated with considerable damage. It last operated as c) GLENMOUNT in 1923 and was scrapped about 1928.

1913: CITY OF LONDON sank off Point Pelee, Lake Erie after a collision with the JOE S. MORROW. The hull was later dynamited as an obstacle to navigation.

1964: DUNDRUM BAY was a pre-Seaway visitor to the Great Lakes on charter to the Hall Corporation. The vessel was driven aground on this date as f) ESITO near Necochea, Argentina, while traveling in ballast. The hull broke in two and was a total loss.

1965: PROTOSTATIS, a Greek Liberty ship, went aground on Traverse Shoal, Lake Ontario, while enroute from Detroit to Genoa, Italy, with a cargo of scrap. The vessel was lightered and refloated with the aid of tugs. It went to Kingston to anchor and reload in the shelter of Wolfe Island.

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

 

Port Reports -  September 29

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Algoma Guardian departed Two Harbors on Sept. 28th at 03:22 for Quebec City. Shortly thereafter the Presque Isle shifted from North of #2 lay-by to South of #2 where she still sits on Sept. 28th as of 19:45. Due Two Harbors on Sept. 29th is the Edgar B. Speer. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival on Sept. 28th of the Arthur M. Anderson. She arrived at approx. 07:35. There is no inbound traffic due Silver Bay on Sept. 29th. The Anderson is tentatively loading fines.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday; 21:16 Ojibway departed for Sorel. Saturday; 1:33 The self-unloader Thunder Bay arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 1:50 Algoma Spirit arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 4:53 Saginaw arrived at the Superior Elevator to load. 9:56 Frontenac arrived at G3 to load wheat.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on a picture-perfect fall Saturday included Algoma Conveyor, Edwin H. Gott and, after dark, Ojibway and John J. Boland. Upbounders included Edgar B. Speer, Evans Spirit, Federal Churchill, American Century and Roger Blough.

Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
G.L. Ostrander/Integrity arrived Milwaukee Friday evening from Calumet Harbor and proceeded to the Lafarge terminal. She departed at 02:09 Saturday morning (9/28). Her fleetmate, Samuel de Champlain/Innovation, arrived Saturday afternoon with a load of cement from Alpena and headed for the Lafarge terminal.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Wilfred Sykes was still at Burns Harbor Saturday evening, with the Burns Harbor due. American Integrity was unloading at Gary. John D. Leitch was at Indiana Harbor, possibly loading slag. James R. Barker is due Sunday morning. Mississagi was at S. Chicago.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Saturday September 28 - Barry Andersen

Buffalo - arrival - Sep 27 - NACC Argonaut at1709 - departed Sep 28 at 1727 for the canal

Nanticoke - arrivals -Sep 27 - Florence Spirit at 1403 - Sep 28 - Algoterra at 0653 - departed - Sep 28 - Algoscotia at 0204 westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage - Sep 27 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1344 from the dock

Port Colborne anchorage - Sep 28 - Cape Dawson (Mhl) (Rio Dawson-09) at 1351 and Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1726 - both eastbound and Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1645 for Sarnia

Welland Canal - upbound - Sep 27 - Radcliffe R Latimer at 1242, Algoma Mariner at 1359 and Drawsko (Bhs) at 1718 - Sep 28 - tugs Evans McKeil & Wyatt M with Dowden Spirit at 0058, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2043 to the anchorage and Whitefish Bay at 2237 - Sep 28 - Leonard M & MM Newfoundland at 0058 - Sep 28 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0626 from the anchorage, Baie Comeau at 0903, tugs Sea Crescent and Vigilant I with Stevens 2501 at 1653, Michipicoten at 2028 and Carolus Magnus (Bds) (ex SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16, HLL Celtic-07) eta 2130

downbound - Sep 27 - CSL Tadoussac at 0727 stopping at wharf 16, Floragracht (Nld) at 1532, Victory II (Bhs) departed wharf 2 at 1638 for Toronto, BBC Russia (Atg) at 2006 and Algoma Buffalo at 2045 - Sep 28 - Algoma Compass at 0251, Algoscotia at 0603, Lubie (Bhs) at 0954, Le Champlain (Fra) passenger vessel at 0959, Algoma Harvester at 1152, Federal Ems (Mhl) at 1343, Cape Dawson (Mlt) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 1320 to Port Colborne anchorage eta 2230 approx.

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Sep 26 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 1601 - Sep 28 - Floragracht (Nld) at 0142, Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0425 and Lubie (Bhs) at 2014 - departed - Sep 27 - tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 2007 eastbound - Sep 28- Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0555 for Sarnia, Bluewing (Cyp) at 1200 eastbound

Hamilton - arrival - Sep 28 - Algoma Strongfield at 2012 - anchored - Sep 26 - COE Leni (Mlt) (ex Marselisborg-16, Clipper Anne-14, Marselisborg-12) anchored at 2240 - Sep 28 - Federal Mackinac (Mhl) at 0855, Blair McKeil at 2010 - docked - Sep 19 - Blacky (Cyp) at 1255 - Sep 22 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1255 - departures - Sep 27 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1907 for Sarnia

Mississauga - arrival - Sep 26 - Hinch Spirit at 0246 - departed Sep 28 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0234 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto - docked - Sep 22 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1757 - Sep 27 - Victory II (Bhs) (ex Sea Discoverer-18, Coastal Queen-17, Clipper Discoverer-09, Cape Cod Light-07) at 0724 and Hamburg (Bhs) (ex c Columbus-12) at 2121 - departures - Sep 28 - Victory II (Bhs at 1444 for Brockville and Hamburg (Bhs) at 1750 eastboun

Oshawa - arrival - Sep 28 Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0637 Picton terminal - arrival - Sep 27 - Federal St Laurent (iv) (Mhl) at 0932 on maiden trip from builder's yard

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  September 29

The EDMUND FITZGERALD's first cargo of taconite pellets was loaded September 29, 1958 at Silver Bay, Minnesota for Toledo, Ohio.

The PERE MARQUETTE 22 entered service September 29, 1929.

In early morning fog on the St. Clair River on September 29, 1962, the J.L. REISS was hit three glancing blows by U.S. Steel's SEWELL AVERY. The AVERY had lost control just below Robert's Landing and crossed the channel from the Canadian side and struck the REISS, which was proceeding slowly by radar on the U.S. side.

On September 29, 1952, the CHARLES L. HUTCHINSON entered service. This vessel was renamed b.) ERNEST R. BREECH when it was sold to the Ford Motor Company in 1962, and it was renamed c.) KINSMAN INDEPENDENT, when it was sold to Kinsman Lines in 1988. Sold Canadian in 2005, and renamed d.) VOYAGEUR INDEPENDENT. She sails today as the motorship e.) OJIBWAY.

September 29, 1929 - The PERE MARQUETTE 22 arrived at Ludington, Michigan on her maiden voyage.

On 29 September 1902, H.A. BARR (3 mast wooden schooner, 217 foot, 1,119 gross tons, built in 1893, at W. Bay City, Michigan) was in tow of the saltie THEANO with a load of iron ore in a storm 30 miles off Port Stanley in Lake Erie. She broke her towline in giant waves and foundered. THEANO rescued her crew.

On 29 September 1879, the tug URANIA was towing the schooner S V R WATSON into Sand Beach at about noon when the schooner struck the tug amidships, cutting a hole in the hull and sinking her in three fathoms of water. No lives were lost.

1901: M.M. DRAKE was towing the schooner barge MICHIGAN across Lake Superior when the latter began to sink. The steamer came alongside to take off the crew when a towering wave bashed the two vessels together resulting in heavy damage. Both vessels went down, but all except one sailor were rescued by the passing ships NORTHERN WAVE and CRESCENT CITY.

1915: WESTERN STAR ran aground on Robertson Rock, Georgian Bay, while enroute to Little Current with a cargo of coal. The ship was badly damaged and early attempts to refloat the freighter failed. It was not released until September 18, 1917, and was rebuilt at Detroit. The ship returned to service as b) GLENISLA in 1918 and was scrapped at Hamilton as c) PRESCOTT in 1962-1963.

1937: NEEBING foundered with the loss of 5 lives in western Lake Superior while towing the barge COTEAU in a heavy storm. The crane-equipped ship was approaching the Nipigon Strait, with a load of gravel for Red Rock, ON at the time. Nine sailors were rescued.

1947: MILVERTON, downbound with a cargo of coal, and TRANSLAKE, upbound with crude oil, collided near Iroquois, ON. The latter got caught in the current and veered to port resulting in the collision. The former, one of the few oil-burning canal ships, had the fuel lines rupture, caught fire, drifted downstream and grounded at the head of Rapide Plat. The ship burned for two days and 11 sailors were killed. Despite the heavy damage, MILVERTON was refloated, repaired and later sailed as c) CLARY FORAN and d) FERNDALE (i) before being scrapped at Hamilton in 1963.

1952: BAYTON was loading at Pool 4A Elevator at the Canadian Lakehead when there was an explosion at the elevator and chunks of concrete rained down on the deck of the Colonial Steamship Co. (Misener) steamer. One person was killed and nine more were injured.

2008: DRAGOMIRESTI was a Romanian freighter that first visited the Seaway in 1992 to load a food aid cargo in Thunder Bay for Sudan & Yemen. The ship was driven aground as j) CHUN JIANG, about 22 miles from Macao in Typhoon Hagupit. The crew were removed by helicopter.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Max Hanley, James Neumiller, Jody Aho, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. September 29, 1930, for the first time in the history of Pittsburgh Steamship Company, the boats of the fleet loaded more than one million tons in a seven-day period. The 64 Pittsburgh boats loaded 1,002,092 tons of cargo between 9/23 and 9/29.

The J. H. SHEADLE (Hull#22) of the Great Lakes Engineering Works, was launched September 29, 1906, for the Grand Island Steamship Co. (Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co., Cleveland, Ohio, mgr.) Renamed b.) F. A. BAILEY in 1924, c.) LA SALLE in 1930. Sold Canadian in 1965, renamed d.) MEAFORD, and e.) PIERSON INDEPENDENT in 1979. She was scrapped at Santander, Spain, in 1980.

Henry Ford II, 70, of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, passed away on September 29, 1987. Mr. Ford's namesake was the Ford Motor Company self-unloader.

On September 29, 1986, the Polish tug KORAL left Lauzon, Quebec with the JOHN E. F. MISENER and GOLDEN HIND enroute to Cartagena / Mamonal, Columbia, for scrapping.

September 29, 1892 - The ANN ARBOR NO 1 was launched.

On 29 September 1872, ADRIATIC (3-masted wooden schooner-barge, 139 foot, 129 net tons, built in 1865, at Clayton, New York as a bark) was in tow of the tug MOORE along with three other barges in Lake Erie in a heavy gale. She became separated from the tow and foundered. The entire crew of 7 was lost. The wooden schooner DERRICK was used in salvage operations. On 29 September 1854, she had just positioned herself above the wreck of the steamer ERIE off Silver Creek, New York on Lake Erie when she went down in a gale. She had spent the summer trying to salvage valuables from the wreck of the steamer ATLANTIC.

On 29 September 1900, the steamer SAKIE SHEPARD was re-launched at Anderson's shipyard in Marine City. She had been thoroughly rebuilt there during the summer.

1974: J.A.Z. DESGAGNES and HAVRE ST. PIERRE collided while trying to pass on the St. Lawrence. The former often visited the Great Lakes but was scrapped in Croatia as e) A. LEGRAND in 2003-2004. The latter, originally a Dutch coastal vessel, worked on the St. Lawrence and around Eastern Canada but was deleted from Lloyds Register in 1999.

1982: ATLANTIC SUPERIOR went aground off Wellesley Island in the American Narrows of the St. Lawrence. This new member of the Canada Steamship Lines fleet was released October 1 and repaired at Thunder Bay. It was back on the Great Lakes in 2012.

EASTERN FRIENDSHIP first came to the Great Lakes in 1986. It had been stranded off the coast of Bangladesh as d) TONY BEST since April 10, 1993. While refloated on June 21, the anchors dragged on July 24 and the ship went aground again. The hull later cracked and the ship sank on this date in 1993.

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

 

Corps of Engineers to address Mission Point erosion issues

9/28 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Shoreline erosion at a park popular with boatwatchers will be addressed this fall, according to Robin Troyer, Sault Ste. Marie Deputy City Manager/City Clerk.

High water this year has led to serious erosion at Mission Point’s Rotary Park. In particular, the piece of land where boatwatchers gather to park and take pictures has been undermined, causing two large limestone blocks to tumble into the river.

“The property is actually owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. I’ve spoken with (Area Engineer) Kevin Sprague, he went and checked it out and they will do shore work this fall to help mitigate the erosion that’s going on down there,” Troyer told BoatNerd.com on Friday.

“He didn’t give me a specific timeline, but it is on their radar,” she added. “He’s got rocks and stone they are going to bring in. Hopefully that will help.”

“With those high waters, it’s taken a beating this year,” she added. Onshore gales have also contributed to the problem.

The location in question was for years the site of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Lookout No. 3, one of several manned vessel observation structures on the St. Marys River. The building was intentionally burned in 1976 due to its dilapidated condition.

BoatNerd.com

 

New tug Seaway Guardian will take to the Seaway in 2020

9/28 - Massena, NY – The Robinson Bay tugboat that has broken ice, hauled and placed buoys along the St. Lawrence Seaway for six decades will soon retire, and a newer, larger and more powerful vessel will take its place.

The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp., which manages the U.S. portion of the international waterway, expects its new tugboat, the Seaway Guardian, to be delivered soon to its Massena facilities in preparation for its inaugural shipping season next year. The 181-foot long, 45-foot wide steel vessel boasts multiple enhancements from its 61-year-old counterpart, including almost three times the horsepower at 5,350 horsepower, a faster maximum speed at 13 knots, more than three times the towing strength at 65 tons and the ability to break three times as much ice.

Representatives from the development corporation supplied informational material about the Seaway Guardian, which emphasized the vessel’s deck-mounted crane for hauling and deploying buoys, command center for emergency response operations and “enhanced ship firefighting capabilities,” during the 60th anniversary celebration for the Seaway Tuesday. Deputy Administrator Craig Middlebrook also highlighted the tugboat.

“As you heard, we’re replacing the (development corporation’s) beloved 60-year-old tug Robinson Bay with a new, first-class ice tug. The name of that new tug will be Seaway Guardian,” Mr. Middlebrook said, adding that name was selected from a list of suggestions submitted by workers from the development corporation.

Onlookers have witnessed the green and white Robinson Bay cruise along the St. Lawrence River from the waterfront since the shipping channel opened in 1959, watching it deploy and remove buoys at the beginning and end of each navigation season. The 103-foot-long, 24-foot-wide vessel first launched in 1958 in Massena.

Seaway officials have discussed replacing the Robinson Bay through its asset renewal program for years, particularly due to rising maintenance costs, according to a recent capital investment plan for fiscal years 2019 through 2023. The development corporation awarded a contract to Gulf Island Shipyards, Houma, La. to build the $24 million vessel, in 2017, and construction began in the 2018 fiscal year. Officials expect sea trials for the vessel to begin next month, following its launch Sept. 12, according to the information pamphlets handed out Tuesday.

“The new tugboat will further enhance the SLSDC’s ability to quickly and effectively respond to emergency operational incidents on the St. Lawrence Seaway. In addition, the new tug will achieve greater operational and cost-savings efficiencies,” the development corporation wrote in its 2018 annual report to Congress. “The new tugboat will produce lower emissions than the current Robinson Bay tugboat.”

The development corporation has another tugboat, Performance, used for buoy positioning, moving buoys back onto station and aiding the Robinson Bay in buoy tending and by hauling the gatelifter crane barge.

According to the corporation’s capital investment plan, however, the vessel has “experienced serious corrosion issues with the hull and some of the appurtenances,” prompting frequent, reoccurring removal for inspection and repairs. The corporation plans to have the vessel replaced by 2020 or 2021 for $6 million.

 

Port Reports -  September 28

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Maumee/tug Victory departed Duluth at 02:00 Friday morning with a load of iron ore pellets for Sault Ste. Marie, and Great Lakes Trader/tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort was inbound at 12:30 to load at Canadian National. Arthur M. Anderson came in at 16:33 to discharge limestone at C. Reiss. Also in port on Friday were BBC Hudson and Happy Ranger, unloading at Port Terminal; Federal Beaufort, discharging cement at CRH; Johanna G, loading wheat at CHS 1; Federal Seto, loading wheat at CHS 2; Mesabi Miner, taking a delay at Lakehead Pipeline in Superior; and Flevoborg, anchored outside the harbor waiting to load at Riverland Ag. In Superior, American Spirit arrived at 06:00 to load at Burlington Northern. She was expected to depart around midnight.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
The Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader departed Two Harbors on Sept. 26th at 23:32 for Detroit. The Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors approx. between 00:30 and 01:00 on Sept. 27th for South of #2. The Gott then departed Two Harbors on Sept. 27th at 13:42 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on Sept. 27th after being anchored off Duluth was the Algoma Guardian. She arrived at 14:42 after departing off Duluth at approx. 11:30. Arriving Two Harbors on Sept. 27th was the Presque Isle for North of #2 lay-by. She arrived Two Harbors at approx. 11:30. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the John J. Boland on Sept. 27th at 04:57 after unloading stone at Graymont in Superior. She departed Silver Bay on the 27th at approx. 16:45 for Cleveland. Due Silver Bay on Sept. 28th is the Arthur M. Anderson after unloading at C. Reiss in West Duluth. Two Harbors has no scheduled inbound traffic on Sept. 28th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Wednesday; 23:44 Algoma Harvester departed for Baie Comeau. 23:55 Algoma Conveyor weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load. Thursday; 1:33 Algoma Sault departed for Detroit. 3:25 Atlantic Huron weighed anchor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal. 15:27 Atlantic Huron departed and went to anchor north of Pie Island possibly to wait out weather. 20:40 Ojibway arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Friday; 13:21 Atlantic Huron weighed anchor and departed for Sydney Nova Scotia. 15:00 The saltie Barnacle arrived and went to anchor. 18:11 Algoma Conveyor departed for Goderich. 18:37 Ojibway shifted to the Richardson Current River Terminal to finish loading grain.

St. Marys River
The new-to-the-lakes tug Laura L. VanEnkevort paid her first visit to the river system Friday night. She and the barge Joseph H. Thompson were upbound in the lower river in the late evening headed for Marquette.

Green Bay, WI
On Friday, H. Lee White arrived from Michigan with cargo of limestone to the GLC Minerals Terminal.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Wilfred Sykes was unloading at Burns Harbor Friday night. John D. Leitch was arriving at Indiana Harbor Friday evening. American Integrity was due at Gary late Friday or early Saturday.

Alpena, MI – Ben & Chanda McClain
On Thursday the tug Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation loaded cement at Lafarge. Vessel arrivals on Friday at Lafarge included the Alpena and the tug Undaunted/ barge Pere Marquette 41 coming in late.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Friday September 27 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrivals -Sep 27 - Algoscotia at 0329 and Florence Spirit at 1403 from the anchorage - departed - Sep 26 - CSL Laurentien at 2344 westbound - Sep 27 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1315 back out to the anchorage and Sep 27 - Algocanada at 0323 eastbound,

Long Point Bay anchorage - anchored - Sep 26 - Algoscotia at 0256 - Sep 27 - Florence Spirit at 0143 and Ruddy (Cyp) at 1344 from the dock

Welland Canal - upbound - Sep 26 - Algoma Transport at 1523, tug Molly M I with MM220 at 1855 from wharf 16 and Algoma Enterprise at 1937 - Sep 27 - NACC Argonaut at 0154, Victory II (Bhs) (ex Sea Discoverer-18, Coastal Queen-17, Clipper Discoverer-09, Cape Cod Light-07) at 0724 - stopped wharf 2, Tecumseh at 0915, Algoterra at 1206, Radcliffe R Latimer at 1242, Algoma Mariner at 1359, Drawsko (Bhs) at 1718, tugs Evans McKeil & Wyatt M with Dowden Spirit eta 2030 - delayed, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2043 to the anchorage, tug Leonard M & MM Newfoundland eta 2140 - delayed, Bro Agnes (Sgp) eta 2130 to the anchorage and Whitefish Bay eta 2220

downbound - Sep 26 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 0600 anchored Port Weller, Amstelborg (Nld) at 1523 anchored Port Weller, tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 1853 anchored Port Weller - Sep 27 - Manitoulin at 0129, Acadia Desgagnes at 0624, Algocanada at 0712, CSL Tadoussac at 0727 stopping at wharf 16, Hamburg (Bhs) (ex c Columbus-12) passenger vessel at 1023, Bluewing (Cyp) at 1129 and BBC Russia (Atg) at 2006

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Sep 27 - CSL Tadoussac stopped wharf 16 at 1227 - departed - Sep 26 - tug Molly M I & MM220 - departed wharf 17 at 1855 and tug Madison R & BTI 210 & The Clyde departed wharf 17 - both westbound

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Sep 26 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 1601 - Sep 27 Amstelborg (Nld) at 0621 and tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 0710 - departed - Sep 27 - Amstelborg (Nld) at 2030 eastbound Hamilton - arrival - Sep 26 - COE Leni (Mlt) (ex Marselisborg-16, Clipper Anne-14, Marselisborg-12) anchored at 2240 - docked - Sep 19 - Blacky (Cyp) at 1255 - Sep 22 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1255 - Sep 25 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1913 - departures - Sep 27 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1905 for Port Weller anchorage

Clarkson - arrival - Sep 26 - Radcliffe R Latimer at 1136 -departed Sep 27 at 1043 for the canal

Mississauga - arrival - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0525

Toronto - docked - Sep 22 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1757 - Sep 25 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0626 - departed - Sep 26 - NACC Capri (Atg) at 2250 eastbound - Sep 27 - McKeil Spirit at 0205 westbound and Drawsko (Bhs) at 01505 for the canal

Oshawa - arrival - Sep 27 - NACC Quebec at 0835 - departed Sep 27 at 1928 eastbound docked

Picton terminal - arrival - Sep 27 - Federal St Laurent (iv) (Mhl) at 0932 on maiden trip from builder's yard

 

Marquette unveils Lighthouse Park

9/28 - Marquette , MI - – Marquette City Mayor Fred Stonehouse performed the official ribbon cutting Thursday on Marquette’s newest park, officially named Lighthouse Park.

"This is a wonderful park for the people in the City of Marquette. It really is a prime piece of property. I would argue that pound for pound it’s probably better than what we have in Presque Isle. It’s a place for people to come and enjoy not only the view, but the sense of history of being here," Stonehouse announced.

The ribbon cutting was the final step in this newest construction project which passersby and neighboring residents are well-aware has been ongoing all summer.

"The project itself really began back in 2002 when the Marquette Maritime Museum was able to obtain a long-term historic structures lease with the Coast Guard for the lighthouse," Stonehouse said.

According to Mayor Stonehouse, the Maritime Museum recognized the historical value of the lighthouse. Since then, the project has been a rather complex collaboration between the Maritime Museum, the City of Marquette and the United States Coast Guard.

Marquette City Manager, Mike Angeli says it was up to the Parks and Recreation Department and the Community Services Department along with Oberstar Inc. to follow through with the park vision.

"The accessibility has changed. You don't have to go through McCarty's Cove anymore. We've created a whole new entrance off of Arch Street and Lake Shore Blvd. The bike or pedestrian access has been improved tremendously. Now there's a clearly delineated bike path,” Angeli declared.

Hilary Billman, Director of the Marquette Maritime Museum, says she hopes foot and vehicle traffic runs more smoothly from now on.

"It's a lot safer back here and there's a lot more parking spaces for people that want to visit the museum and the lighthouse and the park. Just make sure if you are a bicyclist or a pedestrian please stay on the bike path," Billman requested.

The Marquette Maritime Museum and Lighthouse will remain open through late-October with several upcoming events.

TV 6

 

Cruise ships coming to Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor?

9/28 - Cruising on the Great Lakes has been taking off in recent years, with three different cruise lines offering weeklong cruises, such as from Chicago to Montreal, Halifax to Buffalo and Milwaukee to Toronto. As many as eight cruise ship companies are expected to sail on the Great Lakes within the next few years as global instability has left many wanting to cruise closer to home, and people seek out more affordable cruise options.

Indiana Dunes Tourism is working to get a piece of that action. The Chesterton-based tourism agency, which promotes the Indiana Dunes and other attractions in Porter County, is looking to bring massive cruise ships to the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. About 150 to 350 people would deboard a few times a week and take bus tours to see the Indiana Dunes National Park, heavy industry and other sites in Northwest Indiana.

"Indiana Dunes Tourism aims to have Indiana added to the list of Great Lakes cruise stops in the near future," Indiana Dunes Tourism Assistant Director Christine Livingston said. "Who knew that cruising Lake Michigan was a thing? Turns out that Great Lakes cruising is big business. There are already three cruise lines carrying hundreds of passengers regularly to ports and cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Montreal.

"Indiana Dunes Tourism and the Northwest Indiana Forum believe that Northwest Indiana has compelling enough attractions to jump into this arena."

The deepwater Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor on Lake Michigan would welcome cruise ships to dock there, Ports of Indiana spokeswoman Alicia Thomas said. "While a few folks on the Great Lakes and in the Region are starting to explore this possibility, we are letting the local tourism board drive this initiative," she said. "We have told them that we will make space available at the port if they are successful."

The Indiana Dunes National Park likely would merit a stop for many cruise ships, and industry tours have proven popular in Detroit.

"We are just beginning to work with a team to develop tours and offerings," Livingston said. "Northwest Indiana is unique and interesting. We plan to showcase the Indiana Dunes and surrounding areas and its unique juxtaposition to modern industry. Tour themes and partners are already in development."

The visitors will stay on the cruise ships overnight and not at local hotels and likely not dine at local restaurants, because they pay from $3,000 to $12,000 for all-inclusive tours that include meals on the ship, Livingston said. But the cruise ship stops would benefit the bus tour operators and expose more people to the region, potentially resulting in return trips.

"This effort is in its infancy, but we have already generated plenty of interest and are optimistic that we can get Indiana in the Great Lakes cruising game within the next two years," she said.

NW Indiana Times

 

$6 million in funding announced for new Visitors’ Center at Eisenhower Lock

9/28 - Masena, NY – A new visitor’s center at the U.S. Eisenhower Lock will be constructed thanks to $6 million in funding for the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Chao and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced the funding at the 60th anniversary of the Seaway. The new center will welcome the tens of thousands of people from around the world who come to watch ships transit the lock each year, and serve as a cornerstone for tourism in the North Country.

Secretary Chao and Stefanik were joined by Transport Canada Director General of Marine Policy Marc-Yves Bertin, U.S. Seaway Deputy Administrator Craig Middlebrook, Canadian Seaway President and CEO Terence Bowles, and U.S. and Canadian government and transportation officials.

“For 60 years, the St. Lawrence Seaway has been a safe and reliable gateway for global commerce, further demonstrating our nation’s strong and strategic partnership with Canada,” said Chao.

“I am so honored to host Secretary Elaine Chao for the 60th anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway. We have worked together to announce this significant investment in the North Country to promote tourism, economic development, and trade,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I thank Secretary Chao for her leadership and for her commitment to delivering results to our community.”

The bi-national waterway was officially opened in 1959 by Queen Elizabeth II and President Eisenhower. It has been proclaimed as one of the 10 most outstanding engineering achievements of the past 100 years. Since its inception, nearly 3 billion tons of cargo, valued at over $450 billion, have been transported via the Seaway. Maritime commerce on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System supports more than 237,000 U.S. and Canadian jobs and generates $35 billion in economic activity annually.

“As the Seaway marks 60 years of operations, it is important to remember its history, but also to take this opportunity to highlight the investments and innovations in the Seaway System under the leadership of Secretary Chao that keep the waterway well positioned for the future,” said U.S. Seaway Deputy Administrator Craig H. Middlebrook.

 

Michigan Maritime Museum offers Great Lakes Ghosts concert

9/28 - South Haven, MI – On Oct. 19, the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven, MI, will host a performance by musician Lee Murdock as he explores the lore and legend of Great Lakes ghosts. Tickets can be reserved by phone at 269-637-8078 and will be available at the door. Seating is first come first serve. This event will take place during Haven Harvest weekend in South Haven.

 

Obituary: Captain John O. Presley

9/28 - Captain John O. Presley, 95, of Mattawan, MI, formerly of Marysville, MI, died Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

He spent 31 years with the shipping division of Bethlehem Steel Co. He was the captain of the Burns Harbor when she was christened in 1980, and retired as captain, last skippering the Lewis Wilson Foy, a 1,000-foot vessel. John was first mate on the Stewart J. Cort, the first 1,000-foot freighter, when she made her maiden voyage through the St. Clair River in May 1972.

He was born January 25, 1924 in Port Huron to the late Frederick and Lillian Presley. He married Patricia A. O'Reilly on December 27, 1948 in Port Huron. She died December 24, 2004. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus #521, member of Black River Boat Club, and former member of St. Christopher Catholic Church and the International Shipmasters Association. He also had a passion for ice hockey and was a long time season ticket holder for the Port Huron Flags. John was a member of the Port Huron YMCA for many years and was a member of the 1000 mile swim club, which he was quite active with in to his 80's.

He is survived by his son, David (Cindy) Presley; grandsons, Nicholas (Miranda) and Brian (Debbie), and great-grandchildren Harper and Hayden Presley. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Jack, Dorothy, Eleanor, Frederick and Walter Dean Presley.

A funeral nass will be held at 11a.m. on Monday, September 30, in St. Christopher Catholic Church with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. The Reverend James Arwady will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Christopher Catholic Church, Marysville. To send condolences, visit karrersimpson.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  September 28

On September 28, 1980, BURNS HARBOR entered service, departing Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, bound for Superior, Wisconsin, to load pellets.

THOMAS WILSON left Toledo on September 28, 1987, in tow of the tug TUSKER for overseas scrapping. WILSON had been laid up since December 16, 1979.

On 28 September 1891, THOMAS PARSONS (2 mast wooden schooner, 135 foot, 350 tons, built in 1868, at Charlotte, New York) was carrying coal out of Ashtabula, Ohio, when she foundered in a storm a few miles off Fairport in Lake Erie.

On 28 September 1849, W.G. BUCKNER (wooden schooner, 75 foot, 107 tons, built in 1837, at Irving, New York) was carrying lumber in a storm on Lake Michigan when she sprang a leak, then capsized. The man to whom the cargo belonged was aboard with his wife and five children. One child was washed overboard while the wife and three children died of exposure. The schooner ERWIN took off the survivors plus the bodies.

1921: The W.H. RITCHIE caught fire and sank at Port Arthur, ON where it had become a bulk grain transport vessel. The remains were uncovered during dredging work in 1961.

1946: BRIG. GEN. M.G. ZALINSKI, built at Lorain in 1919 as a) LAKE FROHNA and later operated inland in the package freight trade as b) ACE, hit the rocks off Pitt Island, British Columbia. The vessel was enroute from Seattle to Whittier, Alaska, with a cargo of army supplies, and sank in 20 minutes. All on board were rescued by the tug SALLY N. and taken to the fishing village of Butedale.. The hull was located in June 2011 and is upside down.

1960: CHICAGO TRIBUNE and SHENANGO II were both damaged in a collision in the St. Clair River off Marysville.

1973: FRANK R. DENTON and FEDERAL SCHELDE (i) collided in the St. Marys River with minor damage to both ships. The former was scrapped at Ashtabula in 1985-1986. The latter began Seaway service when new in 1968, returned as b) C. MEHMET in 1977 and was delivered to the scrappers at Nantong, China, on March 16, 1999.

1998: ANDROS TRANSPORT, a Fortune Class cargo ship, first came through the Seaway in 1978. Flooding occurred in the engineroom in the Caribbean off Trinidad as d) GRIGOROUSSA on this date while traveling in ballast. The crew of 15 were removed and the ship was towed into Port au Spain. It was declared a total loss, sold to Mexican shipbreakers, and arrived at Tuxpan, under tow for dismantling on December 4, 1998.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

 

Great Lakes iron ore trade down nearly 6 percent in August

9/27 - Cleveland, OH – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 6 million tons in August, a decrease of 5.9 percent compared to a year ago. However, shipments outperformed the month’s 5-year average by 1.4 percent.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 32.8 million tons, a decrease of less than 1 percent compared to the same point in 2018. Through August iron shipments are nearly 5.4 percent ahead of their 5-year average for eight months of the year.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Port Reports -  September 27

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Saginaw started off a busy Thursday in Duluth, departing at 02:19 with iron ore pellets from CN. Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort departed light for Two Harbors at 02:57 after after unloading stone at Hallett #5. Maumee/tug Victory arrived at 12:23 to load at Canadian National on her first trip to the Twin Ports since being renamed last winter, and Happy Ranger was inbound at 12:42 to discharge lumber at Port Terminal. John J. Boland came in at 13:38 with limestone to unload at Graymont Superior. Her fleetmate American Mariner left port at 14:07 for Buffalo with wheat from General Mills, and BBC Louise departed at 15:48 after loading wheat at Riverland Ag. Also in port were BBC Hudson, unloading wind turbine generators at Port Terminal; Federal Beaufort, offloading powdered cement at CRH; Johanna G. and Federal Seto, both loading wheat at CHS 1 and 2, respectively; and Flevoborg, on the hook outside the harbor waiting to load wheat at Riverland Ag. John J. Boland was expected to depart at 22:00 Thursday night for Silver Bay to load, while Flevoborg had no arrival time listed but may arrive anytime now that the Riverland elevator is unoccupied. At the Superior entry on Thursday, Mesabi Miner arrived at 08:00 to take a delay at Lakehead Pipeline, and Burns Harbor was outbound at 09:34 with a load of iron ore pellets from Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
James R. Barker arrived Two Harbors on Sept. 25th at 20:20 for South of #2. She departed Two Harbors on Sept. 26th at 13:13 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors on Sept. 26th at 04:00 was the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader after unloading stone at Hallett #5. She went to North of #2 lay-by. She then shifted to South of #2 between 13:18 and 13:37. As of 19:45 on the 26th she was still at the loading. Due Two Harbors on Sept. 27th are the Algoma Guardian and the Presque Isle. Tentatively due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Sept. 27th are the John J. Boland and the Arthur M. Anderson. The Boland will be arriving from the Twin Ports after unloading at Graymont in Superior. The Boland should arrive in the morning. The Anderson is due the Twin Ports to unload stone at C. Reiss in Duluth the morning of the 27th. Edwin H. Gott arrived off Duluth mid-morning on Sept. 26th and stopped to wait on the Two Harbors dock.

St. Marys River
Frontenac and saltie Barnacle, both bound for Thunder Bay, were at anchor of Bay Mills Thursday night. Algoma Innovator was at the Algoma Export Dock.

Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
Karen Andrie/Endeavour arrived Milwaukee at 16:13 Thursday (9/26) afternoon. She brought liquid asphalt from BP’s refinery in Whiting, Indiana, to Construction Resources Management’s Milwaukee Terminal.

Indiana Harbor, IN
John G. Munson was unloading on Thursday night.

Gary, IN
Edgar B. Speer was unloading late Thursday.

Burns Harbor, IN
John D. Leitch was in port Thursday night.

Owen Sound, ON
St. Marys Challenger arrived at about 6 p.m. Thursday to unload cement.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Compass arrived Wednesday, loaded salt, and cleared Thursday at 4:50 pm for Morrisburg, ON.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
After three days in Lake Erie, Algoma Buffalo finally raised anchor Thursday and was being towed to Cargill to load salt. American Courage as departed for Ashtabula and Federal Dee was on her way to Detroit. American Century was arriving to discharge ore at the Bulk Terminal. In other area port activity, Calumet was arriving at Fairport Harbor and Manitoulin was loading ore in Ashtabula for Quebec City.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages for Thursday September 26 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrivals - Sep 25 - CSL Laurentien at 0913, Algosea at 1706 and Algocanada at 1802 - Sep 26 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 0906 - departed - Sep 26 - Algosea at 1029 westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage - anchored - Sep 25 - Algosea at 1647 and Algocanada at 1114 anchored Sep 26 - Algoscotia at 0256 - departed Sep 25 - Algosea at 1647 - Sep 26 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 0844 back to the dock

Welland Canal - upbound - Sep 25 - tugs Molly M I and Vac with MM220 at 0834 stopped wharf 17 and Algonova at 2039 - Sep 26 - Algoscotia at 1314 and Algonova at 2039 - Algonorth at 0136, Evans Spirit at 0242, tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 0600, Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0737, tug Madison R with BTI 210 & The Clyde at 0745, Florence Spirit at 1220, Algoma Transport at 1339 and Algoma Enterprise at 1937

downbound - Sep 25 - Algoma Enterprise at 1616 and Robert S Pierson at 1729 - Sep 26 - Baie Comeau at 0227, Wigeon (Lbr) at 0600, COE Leni (Mlt) (ex Marselisborg-16, Clipper Anne-14, Marselisborg-12) at 0954, Amstelborg (Nld) at 1523, tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 1853 stopping wharf 12 and Manitoulin eta 2120

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Sep 25 - tug Molly M I & MM220 stopped wharf 17 at 2335 - Sep 26 - Algonova atug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 2013 and tug Madison R & BTI 210 & The Clyde stopped wharf 17 eta 2140

Port Weller anchorage - anchored - Sep 26 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 1601

Hamilton - arrival - COE Leni (Mlt) (ex Marselisborg-16, Clipper Anne-14, Marselisborg-12) eta 2235 - docked - Sep 19 - Blacky (Cyp) at 1255 - Sep 22 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1255 - Sep 25 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1913 - departures - Sep 26 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0530, Florence Spirit at 1029 and Algoma Transport at 1054

Clarkson - arrival - Sep 26 - Radcliffe R Latimer at 1136

Mississauga - arrival - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0525s

Toronto - docked - Sep 22 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1757 - Sep 24 - McKeil Spirit at 2012 - Sep 25 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0626 and NACC Capri (Mlt) at 1936 -

Oshawa - docked - Sep 24 - tug Wilf Seymour & Alouette Spirit at 1823 - departed Sep 26 at 0232 eastbound

 

Brady Park pavilion opens in Sault Ste. Marie

9/27 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI - A new outdoor place to gather in Sault Ste. Marie held its grand opening Thursday. The Brady Park Pavilion, at the eastern end of the MacArthur Lock approach, was built with cooperation between the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, the Sault Tribe and Bay Mills Tribe, the Sault Ste. Marie Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Soo Locks Visitors Association and the Interlake Steamship Co.

The $90,000 project sits on property that has a lot of history. “It’s always been a communal gathering space. The Anishinaabe people would encamp here in the summers and harvest whitefish. Later the French settled here and built a fort. The British took over that fort and maintained that fort there,” says Michelle Briggs, USACE Park Ranger.

The shelter is open to the public on first come-first serve basis.

9 & 10 News

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  September 27

September 27, 1959: The West Neebish Channel, through which downbound traffic normally passes, was temporarily closed to permit dredging to the maximum Seaway depth of 27 feet. Two-way traffic was instituted in the Middle Neebish Channel until dredging was completed.

On 27 September 1877, the HIPPOGRIFFE (wooden schooner, 295 tons, built in 1864, at Buffalo, New York) had just left Chicago for Buffalo, loaded with oats, on a fine day with clear weather. The crew saw EMMA A. COYNE (wooden schooner, 155 foot, 497 tons, built in 1867, at Detroit, Michigan) approaching from a long way off loaded with lumber. The two vessels' skippers were brothers. The two schooners collided about 20 miles off Kenosha, Wisconsin. The COYNE came along side and picked up the HIPPOGRIFFE's crew a few minutes before that vessel rolled over and dove for the bottom.

The CITY OF GENOA arrived with the first cargo of iron ore for the new factory at Zug Island, reported The Detroit Free Press on September 28, 1903.

The H. M. GRIFFITH experienced a smoky conveyor belt fire at Port Colborne, Ontario on September 27, 1989. Repairs were completed there.

ROGER M. KYES proceeded to Chicago for dry-docking, survey and repairs on September 27, 1976. She struck bottom in Buffalo Harbor September 22, 1976 sustaining holes in two double bottom tanks and damage to three others.

GEORGE M. HUMPHREY under tow, locked through the Panama Canal from September 27, 1986, to the 30th on her way to the cutter’s torch at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

The tanker IMPERIAL COLLINGWOOD (Hull#137) was launched September 27, 1947, at Collingwood, Ontario by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd. for Imperial Oil Ltd., Toronto, Ontario. Renamed b.) SEAWAY TRADER in 1979, sold off the Lakes in 1984, renamed c.) PATRICIA II, d.) BALBOA TRADER in 1992.

September 27, 1909 - The ANN ARBOR NO 4 entered service after being repaired from her capsizing at Manistique, Michigan the previous May.

On 27 September 1884, WALDO A. AVERY (wooden propeller, 204 foot, 1,294 gross tons) was launched at West Bay City, Michigan. Her construction had been subcontracted by F. W. Wheeler & Co. to Thomas F. Murphy.

On 27-29 September 1872, a big storm swept the lower lakes. On Lake Huron, the barges HUNTER and DETROIT were destroyed. The tug SANDUSKY rescued the 21 survivors from them. The schooner CORSAIR foundered off Sturgeon Point on Saginaw Bay at 4 p.m. on Sunday the 29th and only 2 of the crew survived. The barge A. LINCOLN was ashore one mile below Au Sable with no loss of life. The barge TABLE ROCK went ashore off Tawas Point and went to pieces. All but one of her crew was lost. The schooner WHITE SQUALL was sunk ten miles off Fish Point -- only one crewman was saved. The schooner SUMMIT went ashore at Fish Point, 7 miles north of Tawas with two lives lost.

1911: The water-logged wooden steamer THREE BROTHERS was beached off South Manitou Island, Lake Michigan. The cargo of lumber was salvaged but the 23-year-old vessel was left to rot.

1912: The wooden steamer GEORGE T. HOPE, loaded with 2,118 tons of iron ore, foundered in Lake Superior near Grand Island when it began leaking in heavy weather. All on board were saved.

1934: SASKADOC departed Erie, Pa., for the short run to the Welland Canal with 7,500 tons of coal and the hatches left open. The vessel encountered a storm on the lake, developed a list and arrived 11 hours late.

1943: NORMAN B. MACPHERSON, a small canaller in the Upper Lakes fleet, went aground on Hammond Shoal in the American Channel of the St. Lawrence near Alexandria Bay, N.Y.

1969: OPHELIA was a Great Lakes caller before the Seaway opened. The West German freighter also made 16 trips inland from 1959 to 1964. It was under Greek registry when it was abandoned off Sibu, Sarawak, with a fire in the engine room, on this date in 1969. The vessel was enroute from Sibu to Kuching, China, and the hull drifted aground as a total loss.

1991: OGDENSBURG was built as a barge to ferry rail cars across the St. Lawrence between Prescott and Ogdensburg. The vessel had joined McKeil as a regular deck barge in 1988 and broke loose in a storm on this date in 1991 while working off Blanc Sablon, Q.C. carrying heavy construction equipment. Refloated, the hull was towed to Hamilton and became one of three former railway barges rebuilt as a floating drydock.

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

 

Port Reports -  September 26

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort arrived Duluth at 16:02 Wednesday afternoon with a load of limestone for Hallett #5. She was followed into port by Saginaw, which came in at 16:14 on a rather rare trip to the Twin Ports to load iron ore pellets at CN. Federal Beaufort was inbound at 19:23 with cement to discharge at CRH. The only other laker in port on Wednesday was American Mariner, which finished unloading her stone cargo at Graymont early Wednesday and shifted to General Mills to load wheat. Among the salties in port were BBC Louise, loading wheat at Riverland Ag; BBC Hudson, discharging wind turbine generators at Port Terminal; Shoveler, loading grain at CHS 1; Federal Seto, taking on wheat at CHS 2; and Johanna G. and Flevoborg, both on the hook outside the harbor. Both BBC Louise and Shoveler had tentative departure times of 20:30 listed, however neither vessel had left their dock as of 20:00. The only traffic through the Superior entry on Wednesday was Burns Harbor, which arrived at 18:15 to load at Burlington Northern. She should depart late Thursday morning.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
The American Integrity departed Two Harbors on Sept. 24th at 23:27 for Gary. The James R. Barker should arrive Two Harbors on Sept. 25th between 19:30 and 20:00. Due Two Harbors on Sept. 26th is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader after unloading stone at Hallett #5 in Duluth. Also due Two Harbors on Sept. 26th is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Sept. 25th and none scheduled on Sept. 26th. A couple updates. When the Blough left Two Harbors she was showing a Gary AIS. She is now headed to Conneaut. When the Speer departed Two Harbors she was headed for Conneaut. Her destination has now been changed to Gary.

Thunder Bay, ON
Wednesday: Algoma Harvester is loading grain for Bae Comeau at the Superior Elevator. Algoma Sault is loading at Thunder Bay Terminals. Algoma Conveyor is at anchor south of the Welcome Islands. Atlantic Huron and Federal Cedar are at anchor in the main anchorage. Algoma Discovery is in dry dock at the Current River Shipyard for repairs.

St. Marys River
After at least a week at anchor in the lower river near DeTour awaiting engine parts, Ojibway was upbound for Thunder Bay Wednesday night, escorted by a Purvis Marine tug.

Manistee, MI
Saltie Floragracht departed on Wednesday after unloading boiler parts for a system that will be used to burn natural gas and wood waste to produce steam for the Packaging Corporation of America. Mississagi was unloading.

Indiana Harbor, IN
Joseph L. Block was unloading at ArcelorMittal Wednesday night.

Burns Harbor, IN
Stewart J. Cort was unloading Wednesday evening, while John D. Leitch was at anchor waiting for the dock.

Alpena, MI – Ben & Chanda McClain
Great Republic finished unloading coal at Lafarge on Wednesday morning. The cruise ship MV Hamburg anchored offshore on Wednesday. Passengers were brought ashore on smaller tender boats from the ship. Hamburg headed back out into Lake Huron before nightfall.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Compass was loading salt Wednesday night.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Algoma Buffalo remained at anchor in Lake Erie on Wednesday. Federal Dee was still at the port and American Courage was at the Bulk Terminal.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages for Wednesday, Sept. 25 – Barry Andersen Nanticoke - arrival - Sep 25 - CSL Laurentien at 0913, Algosea at 1706 and Algocanada at 1802 - departed - Sep 24 Ruddy (Cyp) at 2155 - back out to the anchorage

Long Point Bay anchorage - anchored - Sep 24 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 2306 back out from the dock - Sep 25 - Algosea at 1647 and Algocanada at 1114 - departed Sep 25 - algosea at 1647 and Algocanada at 1747 - both for the dock

Welland Canal - upbound - Sep 23 - NACC Capri (Atg) at 2345 - Sep 24 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1452, CSL Assiniboine at 1615, Algosea at 1715, Drawsko (Bhs) at 1845 headed to Port Weller anchorage, Algocanada at 2018 and Sloman Helios (Atg) at 2306 - Sep 25 - tugs Molly M I and Vac with MM220 at 0834, Damia Desgagnes at 0922, Algoscotia at 1314 and Algonova at 2039

downbound - Sep 24 - tug Undaunted & Pere Marquette 41 at 1442 stopping wharf 16, Algoma Transport at 1942 and NACC Argonaut at 2313 - Sep 25 - Florence Spirit at 0059, Gaia Desgagnes at 0639, Iver Bright (Nld) at 0953, CCGS Samuel Risley at 1224, Algoma Enterprise at 1616 and Robert S Pierson at 1729

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - departed Sep 25 - tug Undaunted & Pere Marquette 41 at 0030 from wharf 16 westbound

Port Weller anchorage - anchored Sep 24 - NACC Capri (Atg) at 0022 and Drawsko (Bhs) at 1906 awaiting dock in Toronto - departed - Sep 25 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0440 for Toronto

Hamilton arrivals - Sep 25 - Algoma Transport at 1131, Florence Spirit at 1503 and Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1913

docked - Blacky (Cyp) at 1255 - Sep 22 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1255 - Sep 23 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0442 -

departures - Sep 25 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2051 for Zelzate, Belgium

Toronto - arrival - Sept 25 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0626 - docked - Sep 24 - McKeil Spirit at 2012

Oshawa - docked - Sep 24 - tug Wilf Seymour & Alouette Spirit at 1823

Oswego, NY – Ned Goebricher On Wednesday, Evans Spirit unloaded aluminum.

 

Obituary: Joanne Crack

9/26 - Joanne Crack, 57, passed away at her home in Prescott, ON, Monday Sept. 23. She was well-known and much loved for her outgoing personality as well as for her website The Prescott Anchor, what she described as “your one stop for shipping news and information … so we all have an idea where ‘our’ ships are.” She filed her last report on Sept. 21.

Tributes has filled social media, including this one: “Jo was such an incredible advocate for Prescott and for our connection to the St. Lawrence River that we all love so much … She was tireless in her work with The Prescott Anchor, her photography, and also keeping the town on its toes when it came to looking after the waterfront that she loved so much.”

She leaves her three children:Amanda Godwin (Steven Pelehos), Kristina Godwin, Gordon Godwin (Mackenzie) and their father Raymond Godwin. She was the grandmother of Ethan, Landon and Jude. Joanne is survived by her siblings Brenda Benoit (Reggie), Karen Crack (Brian) and Jeffrey Crack. She was predeceased by her partner Doug Ferguson and is survived by her parents Robert and Phyllis Crack. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call on Monday September 30th, 2019 from 1-3 and 6-8 at the MacKay Funeral Home 416 Dibble St West Prescott, and on Wednesday October 2nd, 2019 from 12-1:45 PM at the Cass Funeral Home 295 rue Principale S, Richmond, Quebec with funeral service at 2 PM. Interment to follow in Melbourne Ridge Cemetery Route 243 Melbourne Ridge, Estrie Region, Quebec. Send flowers, place a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or share a special memory of Joanne at www.mackayfuneralhome.com

 

Updates

9/26  – The saltie gallery has been updated with the following images: Amstelborg, Barnacle, BBC Everest, BBC Hudson, BBC Leda, BBC Louise, BBC Russia, Bluewing, Bro Agnes, Bro Alma, COE Leni, Drawsko, Federal Rhine, Federal Seto, Hamburg, Le Champlain, NACC Capri, Sloman Helios and ZEA Bremen.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  September 26

September 26, 1930, the schooner OUR SON, launched in 1875, sank during a storm on Lake Michigan about 40 miles WSW of Big Sable Point. Seventy-three year old Captain Fred Nelson the crew of OUR SON were rescued by the self-unloader WILLIAM NELSON.

September 26, 1937, the Canadian Seaman's Union signed a tentative wage contract. Sailors would continue a two watch system (working 12 hours every 24 hours) and be paid the following monthly wages: Wheelsmen and Oilers - $72.50, Watchmen and firemen - $67.50, Second Cooks - $52.50, deckhands and coal passers - $50.00, porters - $45.00, Chief Cooks on the Upper Lakes - $115.00, and Chief Cooks on Canal boats $105.00.

September 26, 1957, Taconite Harbor, Minnesota loaded its first cargo of 10,909 tons of taconite pellets into the holds of the Interlake steamer J. A. CAMPBELL.

On 26 September 1892, JOHN BURT (3-mast wooden schooner, 138 foot, 348 gross tons, built in 1871, at Detroit, Michigan) was carrying grain in a strong northwest gale. Her rudder broke and she was blown past the mouth of Oswego harbor and was driven hard aground. Two died when the vessel struck. The U.S. Lifesaving Service rescued the remaining five crewmembers. The vessel quickly broke up in the waves.

CHI-CHEEMAUN cleared the shipyard on September 26, 1974.

H. M. GRIFFITH was christened on September 26, 1973 at Collingwood for Canada Steamship Lines.

C.C.G.S. GRIFFON (Hull#664) was launched September 26, 1969 by Davie Shipbuilding Ltd., Lauzon, Quebec for the Canadian Coast Guard.

ROGER M. KYES returned to service on September 26, 1984; she had grounded off McLouth Steel and ended crosswise in the Detroit River's Trenton Channel a month before. She was renamed b.) ADAM E. CORNELIUS in 1989.

The BELLE RIVER was sideswiped by the Liberian FEDERAL RHINE, of 1977, at Duluth on September 26, 1985. Both vessels received minor damage.

On 26 September 1914, MARY N. BOURKE (wooden schooner-barge, 219 foot, 920 gross tons, built in 1889, at Baraga, Michigan) was docked at Peter's Lumber Dock in St. Mary's Bay, 15 miles north of St. Ignace, Michigan. The crew was awakened at 9:30-10:00 p.m. by smoke coming from her hold and they escaped. The BOURKE burned to the waterline and the fire spread ashore, destroying the dock and a pile of lumber.

At 3 a.m., 26 September 1876, the steam barge LADY FRANKLIN burned while moored near Clark's dock, about three miles from Amherstburg, Ontario in the Detroit River. One life was lost. This vessel had been built in 1861, as a passenger steamer and ran between Cleveland, Ohio and Port Stanley, Ontario. In 1874, she was converted into a lumber freighter, running primarily between Saginaw, Michigan and Cleveland. The burned hull was rebuilt in 1882.

1979: MAHONI, an Indonesian-registered freighter, went aground on the west coast of Taiwan and was abandoned by the crew. The ship was refloated in June 1980 and sold to Taiwanese shipbreakers for scrapping at Kaohsiung. It had been a Seaway saltie as b) CLARI beginning in 1968 and returned as c) ARNIS in 1970.

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

 

118 years after ship sank in Lake Superior, searchers locate wreck 825 feet deep

9/25 - Duluth, MN – Flags flew at half-mast as the freighter Hudson passed through the Duluth ship canal on a mid-September day just over 118 years ago. The crew of the ship was paying their respects to President William McKinley, who had succumbed to an assassin's bullet the day before. It was a somber start to the Hudson's passage across Lake Superior — and in retrospect, perhaps an eerie foreshadowing of what was to come.

“Not one on board realized that before many hours they would be vainly flying signals of distress,” the Duluth News Tribune would later report.

The day after leaving the Twin Ports, the Hudson ran into a vicious gale and sank along the storm-lashed shore of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula; there were no survivors. In the decades that followed, there were tales that the Hudson still sailed the lake as a “ghost ship.” But for the most part, its story faded with the passage of time. And the ship itself was lost to the depths of Lake Superior — until this summer.

Shipwreck hunters Jerry Eliason of Cloquet, Minn., and Kraig Smith of Rice Lake, Wis., used sonar and then a camera to locate and confirm the discovery of the Hudson, now resting in 825 feet of water.

“It's very intact, speared into the bottom bow-first,” Eliason said. “So the bow is about even with the mud and the stern is probably around 20 feet off the bottom, and the propeller is hanging high up in the air off the bottom.

Eliason and Smith have been part of a number of Lake Superior shipwreck discoveries in recent years, including the 2013 find of the freighter Henry B. Smith that had vanished with all hands a century before.

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2019/09/22/searchers-locate-shipwreck-hudson-lake-superior

 

Port Reports -  September 25

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The Duluth harbor was bustling with activity on Tuesday, starting with Herbert C. Jackson, which left port three minutes after midnight for Silver Bay to load after discharging limestone at Hallett #5. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was outbound at 05:21 with coal from Midwest Energy, and Algoma Sault came in at 08:05 to discharge salt at Hallett #8. Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 09:51 to load at SMET, and American Mariner was inbound at 13:20 with limestone for Graymont. BBC Russia departed with a load of wheat from Riverland Ag at 16:30, at which point her fleetmate BBC Louise, which was anchored offshore, got underway. She arrived at 17:01 and tied up at the Riverland elevator to load. There were quite a few other saltwater visitors in port on Tuesday. BBC Hudson was at Port Terminal unloading wind turbine generators; Shoveler was taking on grain at CHS 1, and Federal Seto was at dock #2 loading wheat; Lubie was loading wheat at Gavilon; and Johanna G. was on the hook offshore waiting to load at CHS 1. Algoma Sault was just backing from the Hallett #8 slip as of 19:45 Tuesday evening, and has a destination of Thunder Bay posted. The Tregurtha and Lubie were both expected to depart late Tuesday night. American Mariner will shift to General Mills to load wheat once her unload is complete. There was no traffic in Superior on Tuesday, however Burns Harbor is due on Wednesday afternoon to load at BN.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Roger Blough departed Two Harbors on Sept. 24th at 01:33 for Gary. The American Integrity arrived Two Harbors on Sept. 24th at 02:10 for South of #2. As of 19:15 on Sept. 24th she was still at the dock. Due Two Harbors on Sept. 25th is the James R. Barker. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Herbert C. Jackson on Sept. 24th at 04:34 from Duluth after unloading stone at Hallett #5 in Duluth. She departed on the 24th at approx. 13:00 for Cleveland. Silver Bay has no scheduled traffic on Sept. 25th.

St. Marys River
Fog closed parts of the St. Marys River Tuesday morning. Downbound traffic included Joseph L. Block (early), Great Republic, Kaministiqua, CSL Laurentien, Amstelborg and, late, Edgar B. Speer, American Century and John G. Munson. Upbound traffic included Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader, Atlantic Huron, Federal Beaufort, James R. Barker, Lee A. Tregurtha and, late, Mesabi Miner. Ojibway remained at anchor above DeTour waiting for parts to fix engine issues.

Traverse City, MI – Daniel Lindner
Traverse City saw the arrival of not one but two cruise ships on Tuesday. Le Champlain, on its first cruise into the Great Lakes, entered Grand Traverse Bay mid-morning from Muskegon and dropped anchor just off Greilickville Harbor Park. The Hamburg, a fairly regular lakes visitor, arrived at 13:45 and put her anchor down on the opposite side of the West Bay. Both vessels used their lifeboats to ferry passengers to and from shore throughout the day. By late evening, the boats were hoisted back aboard their respective vessels, and Hamburg weighed anchor and turned around for departure at 20:00. Le Champlain followed her out towards the open lake a few minutes later.

Manistee, MI
Saltie Floragracht was in port Tuesday unloading boiler parts for a system that will be used to burn natural gas and wood waste to produce steam for the Packaging Corporation of America.

Sturgeon Bay, WI
The Beaver Island ferry Emerald Isle is currently in the small graving dock at BayShip.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Federal Dee was still at the Port on Tuesday. Algoma Buffalo continued to wait in Lake Erie and Calusa Coast was still at Marathon. American Courage was bringing a shuttle from Ashtabula to ArcelorMittal.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Tuesday September 24 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke - arrival - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1256 from the anchorage - docked - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1023 - departed Sep 24 at 1446

Long Point Bay anchorage - anchored - Sep 23 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 0253 - departed Sep 24 at 0710 for the dock

Welland Canal - upbound - Sep 22 - tug Mary E Hannah & Lake Trader at 1055 stopping wharf 12 - Sep 23 - Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 1135 and Algoma Guardian at 1514, CSL Tadoussac at 2250 and NACC Capri (Atg) at 2345 - Sep 24 - Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 0136, Algoma Compass at 0230, Acadia Desgagnes at 0547, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0803, Frontenac at 1122, Barnacle (Cyp) at 1250, Thunder Bay 1356, tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1452, CSL Assiniboine at 1615, Algosea at 1715, Drawsko (Bhs) at 1845 headed to Port Weller anchorage, Algocanada at 2018 and Sloman Helios (Atg) eta 2230

downbound - Sep 23 - Algoma Spirit at 1249, Spruceglen at 1403, CSL Welland at 1956 - Sep 24 - Algoma Hansa at 0140, tug Wilf Seymour & Alouette Spirit at 0402, tug Undaunted & Pere Marquette 41 at 1442 stopping wharf 16, NACC Argonaut eta 2240 and Florence Spirit eta 2330

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Sep 24 - tug Undaunted & Pere Marquette 41 stopped wharf 16 at 1510 - departed Sep 24 - tug Mary E Hannah & Lake Trader at 0730 westbound

Port Weller anchorage - anchored Sep 24 - NACC Capri (Atg) at 0022 and Drawsko (Bhs) at 1906 awaiting dock in Toronto

Hamilton - arrivals - Sep 24 - Algoma Spirit at 0103 - docked - Sep 19 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0251, Blacky (Cyp) at 1255 - Sep 22 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1255 - Sep 23 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0442 - departures - Sep 23 - Algoma Guardian at 1220 -

Sep 24 - Algoma Compass at 0029, tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1141 and Algoma Spirit at 1646 - all for the canal

Clarkson - arrival - Sep 23 - Robert S Pierson at 1242 - departed - Sep 24 at 0111 westbound

Toronto - arrivals - Sep 24 - McKeil Spirit at 2012 - departures - Sep 24 - Frontenac at 0944 and Barnacle (Cyp) at 1144 for Thunder Bay

 

New future for third oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes

9/25 - Charlevoix, MI -  Charlevoix County and Networks Northwest have entered into a partnership to buy the historic Beaver Island Lighthouse School property. “This is something that's been in the works for about two years,” explained Charlevoix County Administrator Kevin Shepard. “Last year it gained steam and we made the purchase in July. It's a real exciting project.”

The sale includes 171 acres of property, the lighthouse, 1,400 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline, and 11 total buildings. The purchase price was $215,000, with the county owning 51 percent and Networks Northwest 49 percent.

The county and Networks Northwest plan to work with the Beaver Island Historical Society and island residents to identify potential future uses of the site that will increase the presence of the historical asset and surrounding property.

“The property was owned by Charlevoix Public Schools since 1975,” said Networks Northwest CEO Matt McCauley. “Networks Northwest has been an operational partner, in the form of Beaver Island Lighthouse School, and steward of the property since 1978. We have a decades long relationship to the property and island community that we didn't want to disappear.”

“Moving forward, our mission for the property will be two-fold,” added McCauley. “One, to restore and protect the third oldest lighthouse in the Great Lakes and, two, to create an infrastructure and programming that increases the use and visibility of this public asset.”

There are several opportunities to use the location, according to Shepard, and the public is invited to a forum on Sept. 26 to offer input and raise questions. The meeting is set for 2pm to 4 pm at the Peaine Township Hall on Beaver Island.

Some immediate projects include restoring a rustic camp site on the property and repairing water damage to some of the buildings, according to Shepard.

The property had been used for more than 25 years as an alternative education site by Northwest Michigan Works!, a program of Networks Northwest. That program was suspended in 2016 due to changes in federal regulations and funding.

The county and Networks Northwest plan to work with the Beaver Island Historical Society and Island residents to identify potential future uses of the site that will increase the presences of the historical asset and surrounding property.

The Beaver Island Lighthouse, sometimes known as the Beaver Head Light Station, is one of the oldest lighthouses on the Great Lakes and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a significant site. Located high on a bluff on the southern tip of the island, the light guided boats trying to safely navigate north, working their way between the island and Gray's Reef.

The 46-foot cylindrical tower was built in 1858, replacing an earlier one which had toppled over. In 1866, a yellow brick keeper's dwelling was added. In 1915 a fog signal building was constructed.

The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1962 when it was replaced by a radio beacon. Charlevoix Public Schools acquired the site from the U.S. Coast Guard for $1 in 1975 with an obligation to use the property for educational purposes. In 1978 the school district founded an alternative school for young people ages 16 to 21. An environmental and vocational education center was operated there with maintenance and restoration of the structure as part of the curriculum. That took place for the past 25 years with the school district working with Northwest Michigan Works! and Networks Northwest.

Northern Express

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  September 25

In tandem tow, MENIHEK LAKE and LEON FALK JR. arrived at Vigo, Spain, on September 25, 1985. The MENIHEK LAKE was scrapped at Vigo, and the FALK was towed to Gijn, Spain, for scrapping.

HENRY C. FRICK departed Bay City on her maiden voyage on September 25, 1905 and rammed and damaged the Michigan Central Railroad Bridge at Bay City.

On 25 September 1869, COMMENCEMENT (2-mast wooden schooner, 75 foot, 73 tons, built in 1853, at Holland, Michigan) was carrying wood in her hold and telegraph poles on deck from Pentwater, Michigan, for Milwaukee when she sprang a leak 20 miles off Little Sable Point on Lake Michigan. The incoming water quickly overtook her pump capacity. As the crew was getting aboard the lifeboat, she turned turtle. The crew clung to the upturned hull for 30 hours until the passing steamer ALLEGHENY finally rescued them. COMMENCEMENT later washed ashore, a total wreck. 1922: AUBE, on her first trip back under this name, went aground off Carleton Island, while carrying 65,000 bushels of grain. Tugs released the stranded vessel the following day.

1978: FRANQUELIN (ii) went aground in the Seaway below Beauharnois. Once refloated, the ship went to Canadian Vickers in Montreal for repairs and was caught there in a labor dispute.

1980: DERWENTFIELD, a British-flag freighter, first came through the Seaway in 1975. The ship grounded on this date as c) CAVO ARTEMIDI off Brazil, while enroute from Vitoria, Brazil, to Rotterdam, Holland, with a cargo of pig iron and broke in two as a total loss.

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

 

118 years after ship sank in Lake Superior, searchers locate wreck 825 feet deep

9/24 - Duluth, MN – Flags flew at half-mast as the freighter Hudson passed through the Duluth ship canal on a mid-September day just over 118 years ago. The crew of the ship was paying their respects to President William McKinley, who had succumbed to an assassin's bullet the day before. It was a somber start to the Hudson's passage across Lake Superior — and in retrospect, perhaps an eerie foreshadowing of what was to come.

“Not one on board realized that before many hours they would be vainly flying signals of distress,” the Duluth News Tribune would later report.

The day after leaving the Twin Ports, the Hudson ran into a vicious gale and sank along the storm-lashed shore of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula; there were no survivors. In the decades that followed, there were tales that the Hudson still sailed the lake as a “ghost ship.” But for the most part, its story faded with the passage of time. And the ship itself was lost to the depths of Lake Superior — until this summer.

Shipwreck hunters Jerry Eliason of Cloquet, Minn., and Kraig Smith of Rice Lake, Wis., used sonar and then a camera to locate and confirm the discovery of the Hudson, now resting in 825 feet of water.

“It's very intact, speared into the bottom bow-first,” Eliason said. “So the bow is about even with the mud and the stern is probably around 20 feet off the bottom, and the propeller is hanging high up in the air off the bottom.

Eliason and Smith have been part of a number of Lake Superior shipwreck discoveries in recent years, including the 2013 find of the freighter Henry B. Smith that had vanished with all hands a century before.

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2019/09/22/searchers-locate-shipwreck-hudson-lake-superior

 

New future for third oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes

9/24 - Charlevoix, MI – Charlevoix County and Networks Northwest have entered into a partnership to buy the historic Beaver Island Lighthouse School property. “This is something that's been in the works for about two years,” explained Charlevoix County Administrator Kevin Shepard. “Last year it gained steam and we made the purchase in July. It's a real exciting project.”

The sale includes 171 acres of property, the lighthouse, 1,400 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline, and 11 total buildings. The purchase price was $215,000, with the county owning 51 percent and Networks Northwest 49 percent.

The county and Networks Northwest plan to work with the Beaver Island Historical Society and island residents to identify potential future uses of the site that will increase the presence of the historical asset and surrounding property.

“The property was owned by Charlevoix Public Schools since 1975,” said Networks Northwest CEO Matt McCauley. “Networks Northwest has been an operational partner, in the form of Beaver Island Lighthouse School, and steward of the property since 1978. We have a decades long relationship to the property and island community that we didn't want to disappear.”

“Moving forward, our mission for the property will be two-fold,” added McCauley. “One, to restore and protect the third oldest lighthouse in the Great Lakes and, two, to create an infrastructure and programming that increases the use and visibility of this public asset.”

There are several opportunities to use the location, according to Shepard, and the public is invited to a forum on Sept. 26 to offer input and raise questions. The meeting is set for 2pm to 4 pm at the Peaine Township Hall on Beaver Island.

Some immediate projects include restoring a rustic camp site on the property and repairing water damage to some of the buildings, according to Shepard.

The property had been used for more than 25 years as an alternative education site by Northwest Michigan Works!, a program of Networks Northwest. That program was suspended in 2016 due to changes in federal regulations and funding.

The county and Networks Northwest plan to work with the Beaver Island Historical Society and Island residents to identify potential future uses of the site that will increase the presences of the historical asset and surrounding property.

The Beaver Island Lighthouse, sometimes known as the Beaver Head Light Station, is one of the oldest lighthouses on the Great Lakes and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a significant site. Located high on a bluff on the southern tip of the island, the light guided boats trying to safely navigate north, working their way between the island and Gray's Reef.

The 46-foot cylindrical tower was built in 1858, replacing an earlier one which had toppled over. In 1866, a yellow brick keeper's dwelling was added. In 1915 a fog signal building was constructed.

The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1962 when it was replaced by a radio beacon. Charlevoix Public Schools acquired the site from the U.S. Coast Guard for $1 in 1975 with an obligation to use the property for educational purposes. In 1978 the school district founded an alternative school for young people ages 16 to 21. An environmental and vocational education center was operated there with maintenance and restoration of the structure as part of the curriculum. That took place for the past 25 years with the school district working with Northwest Michigan Works! and Networks Northwest.

Northern Express

 

Port Reports -  September 24

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors on Sept. 22nd at approx. 23:00 for South of #2. She departed on Sept. 23rd at 11:23 for Conneaut. Arriving Two Harbors for North of #2 on Sept. 23rd at 12:36 was the Roger Blough. She shifted to South of #2 between 14:45 and 15:08. Due Two Harbors early on Sept. 24th is the American Integrity. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the American Century at 00:17 and she departed on Sept. 23rd at 17:48 for Cleveland. Due Silver Bay on Sept. 24th is the Herbert C. Jackson arriving from Duluth after unloading stone at Hallett #5 in Duluth.

Green Bay, WI
Tug Nickelena with Barge BMI 192/with tug Crystal arrived to Ace Marine Terminal on Monday.

Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
Just after 5 Monday morning (9/23), G.L. Ostrander/Integrity arrived at Port Milwaukee with cement from Alpena and headed for the Lafarge terminal. An hour later, Prentiss Brown/St. Marys Challenger arrived with cement from Charlevoix and tied up on the west side of the mooring basing. After almost eight hours, Brown/Challenger proceeded up the Kinnickinnic River to the St. Marys terminal.

Muskegon, MI – Brendan Falkowski
On Monday, Kaye E. Barker was inbound at 16:17 with aggregate for the Verplank B.C. Cobb Dock. The new cruise ship Le Champlain was in port at Heritage Landing.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Calusa Coast was at Marathon and NACC Argonaut was at LaFarge with cement on Monday. At the Port docks, Federal Dee was at dock 24W and Sharon M1 was at 22E. Algoma Buffalo was due in later in the afternoon.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Monday September 23 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke: arrivals - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1023

Lomng Point Bay anchorage: anchored Sep 2 - Ruddy (Cyp)

Welland Canal - upbound - Sep 22 - tug Mary E Hannah & Lake Trader at 1055 stopping wharf 12, Algoma Conveyor at 1145, Ruddy (Cyp) at 1411, light tug Ocean A Gauthier at 2118 - to assist Federal Columbia (Mhl) from wharf 2, Bro Anna (Sgp) at 2131 - Sep 23 - Happy Ranger (Nld) 0018, Baie Comeau at 0742, Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 1135 and Algoma Guardian at 1514 and and NACC Capri (Atg) eta 2310

downbound - Sep 22 - Tim S Dool at 1417, Elbeborg (Nld) at 1425, Whitefish Bay at 1704 and Frontenac at 1747 - Sep 23 - Algoma Comapss at 0223, Michipicoten at 0305, BBC Orinoco (Atg) (ex Clipper Miami-17, Amanda-13, Gisele Scan-12, BBC Orinoco-11, Beluga Generation-08) at 0744. Algoma Spirit at 1249, Spruceglen at 1403, CSL Welland at 1956

Welland Canal docks - docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Sep 19 - Federal Columbia at 0430 approx. stopping wharf 2 - Sep 22 - tug Mary E Hannah & Lake Trader stopped wharf 12 at 1952 - departed - Sep 22 - Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 2210 eastbound

Hamilton - arrivals - Sep 23 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0442, Algoma Guardian at 1348 and Algoma Compass at 1540 - docked - Sep 19 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0251, Blacky (Cyp) at 1255 - Sep 22 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1255, Algoma Guardian at 1348 and tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1533 - departure - Sep 22 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1157

Bronte: arrival - Sep 21 - Harbour First (Por) at 2314 - departed Sep 23 at 1053 eastbound

Clarkson: arrival - Sep 23 - Robert S Pierson at 1242

Toronto: arrival - Sep 23 - Frontenac at 0828 - docked - Sep 19 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 1748

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  September 24

The EDMUND FITZGERALD's first cargo of taconite pellets was loaded September 24, 1958 at Silver Bay, Minnesota for Toledo, Ohio.

The PERE MARQUETTE 22 entered service September 24, 1924.

In early morning fog on the St. Clair River on September 24, 1962, the J.L. REISS was hit three glancing blows by U.S. Steel's SEWELL AVERY. The AVERY had lost control just below Robert's Landing and crossed the channel from the Canadian side and struck the REISS, which was proceeding slowly by radar on the U.S. side.

On September 24, 1952, the CHARLES L. HUTCHINSON entered service. This vessel was renamed b.) ERNEST R. BREECH when it was sold to the Ford Motor Company in 1962, and it was renamed c.) KINSMAN INDEPENDENT, when it was sold to Kinsman Lines in 1988. Sold Canadian in 2005, and renamed d.) VOYAGEUR INDEPENDENT. She sails today as the motorship e.) OJIBWAY.

September 24, 1924 - The PERE MARQUETTE 22 arrived at Ludington, Michigan on her maiden voyage.

On 24 September 1902, H.A. BARR (3 mast wooden schooner, 217 foot, 1,119 gross tons, built in 1893, at W. Bay City, Michigan) was in tow of the saltie THEANO with a load of iron ore in a storm 30 miles off Port Stanley in Lake Erie. She broke her towline in giant waves and foundered. THEANO rescued her crew.

On 24 September 1879, the tug URANIA was towing the schooner S V R WATSON into Sand Beach at about noon when the schooner struck the tug amidships, cutting a hole in the hull and sinking her in three fathoms of water. No lives were lost.

1901: M.M. DRAKE was towing the schooner barge MICHIGAN across Lake Superior when the latter began to sink. The steamer came alongside to take off the crew when a towering wave bashed the two vessels together resulting in heavy damage. Both vessels went down, but all except one sailor were rescued by the passing ships NORTHERN WAVE and CRESCENT CITY.

1915: WESTERN STAR ran aground on Robertson Rock, Georgian Bay, while enroute to Little Current with a cargo of coal. The ship was badly damaged and early attempts to refloat the freighter failed. It was not released until September 18, 1917, and was rebuilt at Detroit. The ship returned to service as b) GLENISLA in 1918 and was scrapped at Hamilton as c) PRESCOTT in 1962-1963.

1937: NEEBING foundered with the loss of 5 lives in western Lake Superior while towing the barge COTEAU in a heavy storm. The crane-equipped ship was approaching the Nipigon Strait, with a load of gravel for Red Rock, ON at the time. Nine sailors were rescued.

1947: MILVERTON, downbound with a cargo of coal, and TRANSLAKE, upbound with crude oil, collided near Iroquois, ON. The latter got caught in the current and veered to port resulting in the collision. The former, one of the few oil-burning canal ships, had the fuel lines rupture, caught fire, drifted downstream and grounded at the head of Rapide Plat. The ship burned for two days and 11 sailors were killed. Despite the heavy damage, MILVERTON was refloated, repaired and later sailed as c) CLARY FORAN and d) FERNDALE (i) before being scrapped at Hamilton in 1963.

1952: BAYTON was loading at Pool 4A Elevator at the Canadian Lakehead when there was an explosion at the elevator and chunks of concrete rained down on the deck of the Colonial Steamship Co. (Misener) steamer. One person was killed and nine more were injured.

2008: DRAGOMIRESTI was a Romanian freighter that first visited the Seaway in 1992 to load a food aid cargo in Thunder Bay for Sudan & Yemen. The ship was driven aground as j) CHUN JIANG, about 22 miles from Macao in Typhoon Hagupit. The crew were removed by helicopter.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Max Hanley, James Neumiller, Jody Aho, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Port Reports -  September 23

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Cason J. Callaway left Duluth four minutes past midnight on Sunday morning after unloading stone, bound for Two Harbors to load. After spending the morning anchored offshore, CSL Niagara was inbound at 10:42 to load iron ore pellets at CN. During the evening, BBC Hudson arrived at 17:04 to discharge wind turbine generators at Port Terminal, and Federal Seto weighed anchor and arrived at 18:12 to load wheat at CHS 1. Great Republic, which had finished unloading her stone cargo at C. Reiss late Sunday morning and shifted to SMET to load, departed at 19:47 for Alpena with petroleum coke. John G. Munson was on her way inbound just after 20:00 with a load of sugarstone for Hallett #8. Joseph L. Block spent the day Sunday taking on blast furnace trim at both Hallett #5 and the gravity dock at Canadian National and was just getting underway for departure as of 20:00. CSL Niagara is expected to depart early Monday morning from CN. Also in port on Sunday was Lubie, taking on wheat at Gavilon. BBC Louise, BBC Russia, and Johanna G. were all anchored outside the harbor waiting to load. The only traffic through the Superior entry on Sunday was Stewart J. Cort, which departed at 04:30 with iron ore pellets from BN. No further traffic is expected at BN until mid-week.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Cason J. Callaway arrived Two Harbors on Sept. 22nd at approx. 02:00 for South of #1 to load blast furnace trim. She shifted to North of #2 to load pellets. She shifted between 08:38 and 09:02 on Sept. 22nd to North of #1 where she finished loading bft. She departed Two Harbors for Gary on Sept. 22nd at 15:39. CSL Laurentien departed Two Harbors on the 21st at 23:12 for Nanticoke. Due Two Harbors late on the 22nd is the Edgar B. Speer. Due Two Harbors on Sept. 23rd are Roger Blough and late in the day American Integrity. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Sept. 22nd. Due Silver Bay early on the 23rd is American Century.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Sunday Arrivals: Sam Laud arrived at Zug Island to unload coal. Algoma Buffalo arrived at the St. Marys Cement dock to unload clinker.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Sunday September 22 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke: arrivals - Sep 21 - James R Barker at 2150 from the anchorage - departed - Sep 22 - James R Barker at 0946 westbound

Welland Canal: upbound - Sep 21 - Atlantic Huron at 1635, Algoma Harvester at 1717, Algoma Transport at 1851, NACC Argonaut at 2027 and Federal Beaufort 2340 - Sep 22 - Florence Spirit at 0234, Algoma Enterprise at 0415, tug Mary E Hannah & Lake Trader at 1055 stopping wharf 12, Algoma Conveyor at 1145, Ruddy (Cyp) at 1411 and Bro Anna (Sgp) eta 2110 and Happy Ranger (Nld) eta 2245

downbound - Sep 21 - tug Undaunted & Pere Marquette 41 at 1300 stopping wharf 16, CSL St Laurent at 1438, G3 Marquis at 1507 and Happy River (Nld) at 1815 - Sep 22 - Algoma Guardian at 0005, tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0644, Tim S Dool at 1417, Elbeborg (Nld) at 1425, Whitefish Bay at 1704 and Frontenac at 1747

Welland Canal docks: docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Sep 19 - Federal Columbia at 0430 approx. stopping wharf 2 - Sep 22 - tug Mary E Hannah & Lake Trader stopped wharf 12 at 1952

Hamilton: arrivals - Sep 22 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1255 from the anchorage, Algoma Guardian at 1348 and tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1533, docked - Sep 19 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0251, Blacky (Cyp) at 1255 - departure - Sep 22 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1157

Bronte: arrival - Sep 21 - Harbour First (Por) at 2314

Clarkson: arrival - Sep 22 - Robert S Pierson at 0139 - departed - Sep 22 - Algoma Enterprise at 0050 for the canal and Robert S Pierson at 1119 eastbound

Toronto: docked - Sep 19 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 1748 - departed - Sep 22 - NACC Capri (Atg) at 0628 eastbound and McKeil Spirit at 1651 eastbound

 

“Know Your Ships: Decades” is now off the press

9/23 - “Know Your Ships: Decades” is off the press and now being shipped to customers who pre-ordered, as well as those who placed orders more recently. The 248-page book is hardcover and in a larger format (11” x 8.5”) than the regular “Know Your Ships.”

“Decades” represents an editors' choice of the best of the many outstanding images that have appeared in the annual Know Your Ships since its founding in 1959. The book also includes a year-by-year timeline of important events on the shipping scene from 60-year Seaway era as well as the major fleet stack markings and house flags.

Books may still be ordered at www.knowyourships.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  September 23

September 23, 1922, the 306-foot NEPTUNE loaded the first Head-of-the-Lakes cargo of pig iron at Zenith Furnace, Duluth, Minnesota. The 5,000 tons of malleable pig iron was delivered to Buffalo, New York.

September 23, 1975, HERBERT C. JACKSON lost power while upbound on Lake Superior. She was towed back to the Soo by the USS straight decker D.G. KERR.

September 23, 1952, the steamer CHARLES L. HUTCHINSON became the first boat christened at Cleveland since the early years of World War II. The 644-foot HUTCHINSON, Captain T. A. Johnson, was the new flagship of the Pioneer fleet and one of 35 boats in the three fleets operated by Hutchinson & Co. Renamed b.) ERNEST R. BREECH in 1962, c.) KINSMAN INDEPENDENT in 1988. Sold Canadian in 2005, and renamed d.) VOYAGEUR INDEPENDENT. She sails today as the motorship e.) OJIBWAY.

On 23 September 1910, the BETHLEHEM (steel propeller package freighter, 290 foot, 2,633 gross tons, built in 1888, at Cleveland, Ohio) was carrying general merchandise when she went ashore in a gale on the SW side of S. Manitou Island in Lake Michigan. Lifesavers and the crew unloaded her over several days. Although battered by several storms while ashore, she was eventually pulled free and repaired. She lasted until 1925, when she was scrapped.

The scow WAUBONSIE was launched at the Curtis yard in Fort Gratiot, Michigan on 23 September 1873. 1935: HURRY-ON was a Great Lakes visitor in 1934 when it loaded bagged flour at Port Colborne. The ship was lost off Port Hood Island, near Judique, NS, after developing leaks and a list. The lifeboat swamped twice and five were lost.

1961: CRYSTAL JEWEL, inbound for London in thick fog, was in a collision with the B.P. Tanker BRITISH AVIATOR. The captain was seriously injured and his daughter was killed. The vessel first visited the Great Lakes in 1960 and was enroute from Duluth to London with a cargo of grain at the time of the accident. The vessel grounded and, after being released, was taken to Rotterdam where the entire mid-ship superstructure was replaced. The ship made many more trips through the Seaway and returned as b) MELTEMI in 1970. It was scrapped at Busan, South Korea, after arriving as d) TETA on July 17, 1979.

1980: FERNLEAF first visited the Seaway in 1965 and returned as b) AALSUM in 1974. The ship was detained at Basrah, Iraq, in 1981 as c) INICIATIVA on this date in 1980 and declared a total loss in December 1981. It was salvaged in 1993 and renamed d) DOLPHIN V but perhaps only for a trip to the shipbreakers. The vessel arrived at Gadani Beach December 27, 2003, and dismantling began at once.

2000: Vandals attacked the museum ship NORGOMA at Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., breaking windows, light fixtures and setting off fire extinguishers, leaving an estimated $15,000 in damage.

On September 23, 1991, J.W. MC GIFFIN rescued several people in a 24-foot pleasure craft off Presque Ile State Park. The group had been disabled since the day before. They were taken aboard the McGIFFIN and their boat taken under tow. The MC GIFFIN was rebuilt with a new forward section and renamed b.) CSL NIAGARA in 1999.

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

 

Whistles on the Water to return to St. Clair

9/22 - St. Clair, MI – A century ago, the great steamships that traversed the Great Lakes communicated with each other by their whistles, which were tuned so that each ship could be identified by its unique steam-powered sound.

As diesel engines replaced steam engines in the great freighters, steam whistles and their unique sounds disappeared from the lakes.

Now, thanks to the ingenuity and commitment of a cadre of real-life historians, many of those whistles may again be heard annually at one of the most singular events in the Great Lakes basin, Whistles on the Water will mark its 11th consecutive year Sept. 28 at Palmer Park in downtown St. Clair. The event is free and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Al Johnson, who owns Johnson Hydraulics in St. Clair, constructed what is likely the largest portable steam boiler in the world, designed specifically to blow steam whistles. The boiler stands 13 feet high and features a movable manifold with 20 ports for mounting and blowing 20 whistles in succession. It will consume 400 gallons of fuel oil to power the boiler on the day of the event and transform as many as 20 gallons of water into steam per blow.

Expect to hear a number of antique whistles, including fan favorites such as the Boblo boat Columbia, the Georgian Bay Line's South American and whistle from the Hudson River Psychiatric Hospital.

The organizers will provide free ear plugs to all attendees. For more information, call 810-329-6681 or go to stclairontheriver.com.

The Voice

 

Port Reports -  September 22

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Joseph L. Block arrived Duluth at 04:17 Saturday morning to unload limestone at Canadian National, and CSL Laurentien was outbound at 05:56 with a cargo of iron ore. Lubie arrived at 10:00 to load wheat at Gavilon. During the afternoon, Cason J. Callaway was inbound at 13:33 with a load of stone for Graymont Superior. Great Republic was due at 20:30 Saturday evening with stone for C. Reiss. The Block and the Callaway were expected to finish unloading late Saturday/early Sunday, and both are due next in Two Harbors to load. There are now three vessels on the hook outside the Duluth harbor, with BBC Louise waiting to load wheat at Riverland Ag and both Johanna G. and Federal Seto waiting to load at CHS. There was no traffic on the Superior side of the harbor during the day Saturday, however Stewart J. Cort is due late Saturday night to load at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors between 02:00-02:30 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on Sept. 21st at 08:15 was the CSL Laurentien. She arrived from Duluth after spending almost 2 days at CN-Duluth. As of 19:55 on Sept. 21st she is still loading at South of #2. She is loading for Nanticoke. Due Two Harbors late on the 21st or early on the 22nd are the Joseph L. Block and the Cason J. Callaway. On the evening of the 21st they are both unloading stone in the Twin Ports. Once they get to Two Harbors the Block will be loading pellets and the Callaway will be loading pellets and Blast Furnace Trim. Due Two Harbors on Sept. 22nd is the Edgar B. Speer. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Sept. 21st. Due Silver Bay on Sept. 22nd is the American Century.

St. Marys River
Downbound Saturday: Lee A. Tregurtha, Hon. James L. Oberstar, Algoma Spirit, Spruceglen and Manitoulin. Upbound: BBC Hudson, John G Munson, American Century, Shoveler (anchored at Nine Mile in the evening). Ojibway remained at anchor above DeTour. Federal Cedar was at the Algoma Export Dock.

Mackinac Island
The French passenger vessel Le Champlain departed for Milwaukee Saturday morning. German passenger vessel Hamburg was joined in the late afternoon by Victory 1.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault arrived 11:40 pm Friday, loading road salt for Superior, WI.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Saginaw was unloading stone at the St. Clair Aggregates dock on Saturday.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Saturday September 21 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke: arrivals - Sep 21 - James R Barker eta 2143 from the anchorage - departed - Sep 21 - Algoma Buffalo at 1141 westbound, tug Sharon MI & Niagara Spirit at 2052 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) & barge Margaret at 2104,

Long Point Bay anchorage: anchored - Sep 21 - James R Barker at 1452 - departed Sep 21 at 2040 approx. for the dock

Welland Canal: upbound - Sep 21 - Gaia Desgagnes at 0523, Federal Dee (Mhl) at 1543, Atlantic Huron at 1635, Algoma Harvester at 1717, Algoma Transport at 1851, NACC Argonaut at ____ and Federal Beaufort eta 2210

downbound - Sep 20 - Tecumseh at 1418 and Algoma Enterprise at 2044 - Sep 21 - BBC Plata (Atg) at 0101, tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 0537, Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 0815, Baie Comeau at 0957, CSL Tadoussac at 1158, tug Undaunted & Pere Marquette 41 at 1300 (stopping wharf 16, CSL St Laurent at 1438, G3 Marquis at 1507 and Algoma Guardian eta 2340

Welland Canal docks: docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - SEp 19 - Federal Columbia at 0430 approx. stopping wharf 2

Hamilton: arrivals - Sep 21 - Algoma Transport at 0412 - anchored - Sep 20 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1130 docked - Sep 18 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1106 - Sep 19 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0251, Blacky (Cyp) at 1255 - departures - Sep 21 - Algoma Harvester at 1525 and Algoma Transport at 1539 - both for the canal

Clarkson: arrival - Sep 20 - Robert S Pierson at 1422 - Sep 21 - Algoma Enterprise at 0902 - departed - Sep 20 - Robert S Pierson at 2301 eastbound

Mississauga: docked - Sep 16 - Hinch Spirit at 0200 - departed Sep 21 at 0059 eastbound

Toronto: arrival - Sep 21 - McKeil Spirit at 0203 - docked - Sep 19 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 1748 - Sep 20 - NACC Capri (Atg) at 0802 - departed - Sep 21 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 0751

 

“Know Your Ships: Decades” is now off the press

9/22 - “Know Your Ships: Decades” is off the press and now being shipped to customers who pre-ordered, as well as those who placed orders more recently. The 248-page book is hardcover and in a larger format (11” x 8.5”) than the regular “Know Your Ships.”

“Decades” represents an editors' choice of the best of the many outstanding images that have appeared in the annual Know Your Ships since its founding in 1959. The book also includes a year-by-year timeline of important events on the shipping scene from 60-year Seaway era as well as the major fleet stack markings and house flags.

Books may still be ordered at knowyourships.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  September 22

On September 22, 1958, the EDMUND FITZGERALD entered service, departing River Rouge, Michigan for Silver Bay, Minnesota on its first trip. The FITZGERALD's first load was 20,038 tons of taconite pellets for Toledo. The vessel would, in later years, set several iron ore records during the period from 1965 through 1969.

While in ballast, the ROGER M. KYES struck bottom in Buffalo Harbor September 22, 1976, sustaining holes in two double bottom tanks and damage to three others, whereupon she proceeded to Chicago for dry docking on September 27, 1976, for survey and repairs. Renamed b.) ADAM E. CORNELIUS in 1989.

While being towed from Duluth, Minnesota by the Canadian tug TUSKER on September 22, 1980, the D. G. KERR rammed into the breakwater at Duluth causing $200,000 in damages to the breakwater. The tow apparently failed to make the turning buoy leaving Duluth Harbor.

On September 22, 1911 the HENRY PHIPPS collided with and sank her Steel Trust fleet mate, the steamer JOLIET of 1890, which was at anchor on the fog-shrouded St. Clair River near Sarnia, Ontario. The JOLIET sank without loss of crew and was declared a total loss. The PHIPPS then continued her downbound journey and collided with the Wyandotte Chemical steamer ALPENA, of 1909, but incurred only minor damage.

The T.W. ROBINSON and US.265808 (former BENSON FORD) departed Quebec City in tow of the Polish tug JANTAR bound for Recife where they arrived on September 22, 1987. Scrapping began the next month in October.

MATHILDA DESGAGNES was freed from polar ice in the Arctic on September 22, 1988, by the West German Icebreaker Research Vessel POLARSTERN.

September 22, 1913 - The ANN ARBOR No. 5 struck bottom in the Sturgeon Bay Canal and damaged her rudder and steering gear. After undergoing repairs at Milwaukee, she was back in service the following October.

On 22 September 1887, ADA E. ALLEN (wooden propeller steam barge, 90 foot, 170 gross tons, built in 1872, at Walpole Island, Ontario.) caught fire while moored at Amherstburg, Ontario. She was cut loose and set adrift to prevent the fire from spreading ashore. She drifted to Bois Blanc (Bob-Lo) Island and burned to a total loss.

On 22 September 1882, Mr. H. N. Jex accepted the contract to recover the engine and boiler from the MAYFLOWER, which sank in the Detroit River in 1864. He was to be paid $600 upon delivery of the machinery at Windsor, Ontario. He succeeded in raising the engine on 12 October and the boiler shortly thereafter.

1917: The wooden steamer WILLIAM P. REND, a) GEORGE G. HADLEY, foundered off Alpena while carrying livestock. All 9 crewmembers were rescued.

1951: The Liberty ship THUNDERBIRD visited the Seaway in 1959. Earlier, on this date in 1951, the ship received major bow damage from a head-on collision with the Chinese freighter UNION BUILDER (built in 1945 at Brunswick, GA as a) COASTAL RANGER) at the entrance to Colombo, Ceylon. THUNDERBIRD was also a Great Lakes trader as d) NEW KAILING in 1964 and scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in 1967.

1979: OCEANIC KLIF first visited the Seaway in 1971. The ship stranded near Las Palmas, Canary Islands, while on a voyage from Kamsar, Guinea, West Africa, to Port Alfred, QC with calcinated bauxite and was abandoned by the crew.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Max Hanley, James Neumiller, Jody Aho, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

International shipping down 3.5% on the Great Lakes

9/21 - International shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway to Great Lakes ports like the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor have fallen by 3.5% so far this year. Cargos have totaled 20.9 million tons from the start of the shipping season on March 22 through the end of August, according to the Chamber of Marine Commerce. Shipments of construction materials, road salt, aluminum and wind energy components picked up last month.

“Great Lakes ports have been busy moving cargo supporting the construction and renewable energy sectors. Aluminum shipments from Canada to the U.S., which are used in automotive manufacturing, have also resumed this season following the lifting of trade tariffs,” Chamber of Marine Commerce President Bruce Burrows said. “These gains have been offset by a 20 percent decline in U.S. grain exports via the St. Lawrence Seaway after flooding this past spring prevented some U.S. farmers from getting into their fields to plant corn and soybeans.”

The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation reported year-over-year increases in August of salt, ore, general cargo, stone, and cement shipments.

“Shipments of project cargo, particularly windmill components, remained strong in August," U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Deputy Administrator Craig H. Middlebrook said. "We are also seeing solid gains in dry bulk commodities as we head into what is traditionally the busiest time of the Seaway navigation season.”

So far this year, shipments of salt on the Great Lakes are up 23.7%, cement and clinkers by 1%, stone by 10.5%, ore by 81.3% and other general cargo by 99.4%.

NW Indiana Times

 

Algoma Central announces agreement to acquire Croatian-built vessel

9/21 - St. Catharines, ON – Algoma Central Corporation has announced it has reached an agreement with 3Maj Brodogradiliste d.d. of Croatia under which Algoma will acquire a new Equinox Class 650-foot-long self-unloading dry-bulk carrier upon completion of the vessel by the shipyard.

The vessel, the second of two such ships that were to be built by 3Maj for the company, is partially built and moored at the 3Maj shipyard in Rijeka. Work on the vessel was halted in 2017 when the shipyard entered an extended period of financial difficulties. Algoma took delivery of the Algoma Innovator, a sister ship and the first ship built under a two-vessel contract, near the beginning of the 2018 navigation season. Algoma cancelled the contract for the second ship along with the contracts for three Seaway-max self-unloading vessels in 2018 as a result of the financial problems at the shipyard.

Under this new contract, 3Maj will complete the vessel with financing provided by the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) and has committed to a delivery date of September 15, 2020. Algoma will pay the agreed price of the vessel at delivery, subject to certain penalties for late delivery, including a cancellation right if delivery is delayed beyond an agreed date.

When completed, hull 733 will be named Algoma Intrepid. She will join her sister ship Algoma Innovator, which entered service in early 2018, as the newest and most efficient river-class vessels to enter the Great Lakes market in nearly 40 years. Both ships feature forward-mounted booms permitting cargo to be delivered at hard to reach docks typical of Algoma’s short-sea customers.

Algoma Central Corp.

 

Port Reports -  September 21

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The only vessel to transit the Duluth ship canal on Friday was Presque Isle, which departed at 14:28 with a load of iron ore from CN. After her departure, CSL Laurentien shifted from CN's berth 6 to the loading dock, and began taking on ore. She is expected to depart mid-morning Saturday. Also in port was Alpena, discharging cement at Lafarge. Both the BBC Louise and Johanna G. were anchored outside the harbor, and are waiting to load wheat at Riverland Ag and CHS 1, respectively. At the Superior entry, Algoma Spirit arrived at 00:47 Friday, loaded at Burlington Northern, and was outbound at 12:51 with a load of ore for Hamilton. Alpena was expected to depart from Lafarge via the Superior entry mid-evening Friday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
The American Spirit departed Two Harbors on Sept. 20th at 02:24 from South of #2 for Indiana Harbor. After the American Spirit departed the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader shifted from South of #1 lay-by to South of #2. The Joyce L. departed from Two Harbors on Sept. 20th at 13:50. As of 19:45 on the 20th her AIS hasn't been updated. Arriving Two Harbors on Sept. 20th at 14:47 was the Edwin H. Gott. She had stopped off Two Harbors at approx. 7:05 on the 20th and got underway at approx. 12:25. Due Two Harbors on Sept. 21st are the Joseph L. Block and Cason J. Callaway. Both are due the Twin Ports to unload stone on Sept. 21st. The Block is then due in Two Harbors to load pellets and the Callaway is due Two Harbors to load pellets and blast furnace trim. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Lee A. Tregurtha on Sept. 20th at 05:57 for Toledo. Silver Bay has no scheduled inbound traffic on Sept. 21st.

St. Marys River
The French-flagged passenger liner Le Champlain made her first visit to the Soo Friday, tying up at the Valley Camp dock. She was downbound for Mackinac Island in the early evening. Victory 1 is due Saturday. Downbound traffic Friday also included Elbeborg, Tim S. Dool and Whitefish Bay. Upbound traffic included Great Republic in the late morning and Stewart J. Cort late. CSL Niagara, Federal Ems and Ojibway were all upbound below Neebish Island at 9 p.m.

Green Bay, WI
Tug Samuel de Champlain with the barge Innovation arrived from Michigan with cement for the Lafarge terminal on Friday, then the Arthur M. Anderson arrived from Cedarville with limestone for the Graymont Terminal.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Friday September 20 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke: arrivals - Sep 20 - tug Sharon M I & Niagara Spirit at 1417 and Algoma Buffalo at 1738 - docked - Sep 19 - tug Albert (ex-Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) & barge Margaret at 2223 - departed - Sep 19 - Damia Desgagnes at 2204 - Sep 20 - Algoma Enterprise at 1702 - both eastbound

Welland Canal: upbound - Fed 19 - Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 0355 stopped wharf 2 - Sep 20 - Algoma Buffalo at 0038, Floragracht (Nld) at 0610

downbound - Sep 19 - Frontenac at 0859 stopping wharf 19E - Sep 20 - BBC Leda (Atg) at 0039, Damia Desgagnes at 0457, Algoma Niagara at 0538, Algoma Equinox at 0636, Algoma Transport at 1343, Tecumseh at 1418

Welland Canal docks: docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - departures - Sep 19 - tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 2030from wharf 16 - Sep 20 - Frontenac at 0835 from wharf 19E westbound and tug Sharon M I & Niagara Spirit at 0925 from wharf 16 - all westbound

Hamilton: arrivals - Sep 20 - Algoma Harvester at 1954 - anchored - Sep 20 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1130 docked - Sep 18 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1106 - Sep 19 - Algoscotia at 0036, Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0251, Blacky (Cyp) at 1255 - departures - Sep 20 - Algoscotia at 1807 and Selasse (Mlt) (ex Selay-7) at 1514 - both eastbound

Clarkson: arrival - Sep 20 - Robert S Pierson at 1422

Mississauga: docked - Sep 16 - Hinch Spirit at 0200

Toronto: arrival - Sep 20 - NACC Capri (Atg) at 0802 - docked - Sep 19 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 0227, Algoma Buffalo at 1738 and Barnacle (Cyp) at 1748 - departed - Sep 19 - Algoma Buffalo at 2302 for the canal

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
Departure: McKeil Spirit at about 09:30 Thursday, in ballast for Picton, Ont.

 

Civil War-era ships that collided, sank in 1878 found in Lake Michigan

9/21 - Charlevoix, MI - Two massive Civil War-era ships were discovered in Lake Michigan this month about 50 miles from where they were thought to have collided and sank.

The schooners Peshtigo and St. Andrews, lost in 1878 in northern Lake Michigan, were discovered in an “amazing state of preservation” about 200 feet below the surface between Beaver Island and North Fox Island off the shore of Charlevoix, according to a news release from Shipwreck World.

The discovery was first viewed by underwater camera during June 2019, the release states. Long-time diver and explorer Bernie Hellstrom, of Boyne City, located an obstruction at the site in 2010 while using a bottom sounder.

When he lowered his custom camera system in June, Hellstrom found a ship graveyard, according to the release. The remains of the two tall ships lay only 10 feet apart at the bottom. Their masts were laid over each other and coal was strewn across the sand. A huge hole in one of the hulls indicates that the vessels crashed and sank quickly.

The find was a “real mystery,” because there was no record schooner collision within 50 miles, according to the release. The Peshtigo and St. Andrews were thought to have gone down in Lake Huron in the eastern Straits of Mackinac.

The location was presumed after an 1857 flying eagle penny was found in the mast step of a wreck that was thought to be the St. Andrews. But the Peshtigo was never found in that area despite searches.

Marine historian Brendon Baillod went on a fact-finding mission and discovered that many news accounts of the St. Andrews-Peshtigo disaster placed the collision in Lake Michigan between Charlevoix and Beaver Island – the approximate location of Hellstrom’s ship graveyard, according to the release.

Technical divers John Janzen and John Scoles were recruited to descend to the eerie site, which lies beyond normal sport diving depths. Paul Ehorn was brought in to handle surface support with his specialized dive boat. Janzen and Scoles’ dive resulted in a high-definition video that reveals evidence of a dramatic and violent disaster.

Dives and investigation confirm that the ships at the bottom of Lake Michigan between Beaver Island and North Fox Island are the St. Andrews and Peshtigo - “two iconic Great Lakes sailing ships from the Civil War era,” the release states.

Read more and view images and video at this link: https://www.mlive.com/news/2019/09/civil-war-era-ships-that-collided-sank-in-1878-found-in-lake-michigan.html

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  September 21

On 21 September 1892, the whaleback steamer JAMES B. COLGATE (steel propeller whaleback freighter, 308 foot, 1,713 gross tons) was launched by the American Steel Barge Co. (Hull #121) at W. Superior, Wisconsin. She only lasted until 1916, when she foundered in the "Black Friday Storm" on Lake Erie with the loss of 26 lives.

ALGOWAY left Collingwood on her maiden voyage in 1972, and loaded salt for Michipicoten, Ontario, on Lake Superior.

On 21 September 1844, JOHN JACOB ASTOR (wooden brig, 78 foot, 112 tons, Built in 1835, at Pointe aux Pins, Ontario but precut at Lorain, Ohio) was carrying furs and trade goods when she struck a reef and foundered near Copper Harbor, Michigan. She was owned by Astor’s American Fur Company. She was reportedly by the first commercial vessel on Lake Superior.

On 21 September 1855, ASIA (2-mast wooden schooner, 108 foot, 204 tons, built in 1848, at Black River, Ohio) was carrying corn from Chicago for Buffalo when she collided with the propeller FOREST CITY off the mouth of Grand Traverse Bay. ASIA went down in deep water in about 10 minutes, but her crew just had enough time to escape in her boat. The schooner HAMLET picked them up.

1907: The passenger ship PICTON, a) CORSICAN caught fire and burned at the dock in Toronto. The hull was later converted to a barge and was, in time, apparently abandoned near the Picton Pumping Station.

1907: ALEX NIMICK, a wooden bulk freighter, went aground near west of Vermilion Point, Lake Superior, and broke up as a total loss. The vessel was enroute from Buffalo to Duluth with a cargo of coal and six lives were lost

1921: The 3-masted schooner OLIVER MOWAT sinks in Lake Ontario between the Main Duck and False Duck Islands after a collision with KEYWEST on a clear night. Three lives were lost while another 2 sailors were rescued from the coal-laden schooner.

1924: The whaleback self-unloader CLIFTON, the former SAMUEL MATHER, foundered in Lake Huron off Thunder Bay while carrying a cargo of stone from Sturgeon Bay to Detroit. All 25 on board were lost.

1946: A second typhoon caught the former Hall vessel LUCIUS W. ROBINSON as b) HAI LIN while anchored in the harbor at Saipan, Philippines, on a voyage to China.

1969: AFRICAN GLADE, a Seaway caller in 1963, lost power in the Caribbean as c) TRANSOCEAN PEACE and was towed into Port au Spain, Trinidad. The repaired ship departed for Durban, South Africa, in April 1970 only to suffer more boiler problems enroute. The vessel was sold for scrapping at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, later in the year.

1977: HELEN EVANS suffered steering problems and went aground on Whaleback Shoal while upbound with iron ore in the St. Lawrence. There was minor damage and the vessel was released September 23.

1982: CALGADOC left the Great Lakes in 1975 and saw service in the south as b) EL SALINERO. The ship sank on this date in 1982 on the Pacific off the coast of Mexico.

1985: ELTON HOYT 2ND struck the 95th Street Bridge at Chicago and headed to Sturgeon Bay for repairs. 1988: The small tug MARY KAY sank in a Lake Ontario storm enroute from Rochester to Oswego. The former b) CAPT. G.H. SWIFT had recently been refitted and went down after a huge wave broke over the stern. It had seen only brief service on Lake Ontario after arriving from the Atlantic in 1987.

1993: The tug DUKE LUEDTKE sank in Lake Erie about 12 miles north of Avon Point when the ship began taking water faster than the pumps could keep up. One coastguardsman was lost checking on the source of the leak when the vessel rolled over and sank.

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

 

Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry unveils new name for $4M jet-driven boat

9/20 - Mackinaw City, MI – Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry has announced its new $4M jet-driven boat will be named the William Richard, in honor of the Shepler family’s patriarch. The name-unveiling was done at a public gathering at the ferry service’s Mackinaw City docks.

The moniker on the new boat will be a 60-ton hat tip to the Shepler’s CEO, Bill Shepler, 87. He was there at the company’s beginning in 1945, and while he now leaves the day-to-day business operations to his children, he can still be seen helping passengers on the ferry docks.

“Our father is the guy that is responsible for where we are today,” said Chris Shepler, company president and third-generation captain. “To be able to cement his legacy through naming our new vessel is an honor to him, which is so well-deserved.”

Bill Shepler’s father was the Capt. William H. Shepler, who used a speed boat to get a handful of passengers at time over to Mackinac Island more than 75 years ago. Today, Shepler’s fleet of ferries transports more than 600,000 people to the island during the season.

When finished next year, the new 210-passenger ferry will be able to cruise across the Straits of Mackinac at 30 mph, whisking guests, luggage and cargo between the mainland docks and Mackinac Island. It is being built by Moran Iron Works in Onaway, which also built Shepler’s most recent passenger boat - the Miss Margy. That ferry made its debut in 2015.

The new boat will feature four HamiltonJet HM461 series waterjets to propel it through the water. This is meant to ensure a faster, quieter trip. The new ferry will be wheelchair-accessible, with plenty of room for bikes, baby strollers and luggage on its aft deck.

Once it is ready, it will be taken by trailer to a deep-water port in Rogers City, where it will be then be sailed to Shepler’s docks in Mackinaw City.

Shepler’s is one of two ferry services that run regularly-scheduled trips each day to and from Mackinac Island and mainland ports in summer and fall. The family-run business has expanded its island trip service in recent years to include scenic cruises built around lighthouses, sunsets, fireworks and skywatching trips.

M Live

 

Duluth-Superior port on pace for banner year

9/20 - An increase in overseas wheat exports from the port of Duluth-Superior is keeping the port’s overall tonnage on pace to beat its 2018 totals and five-year average.

Through Aug. 31, exports of grain were up 5% compared to the same time last year, mainly with grain from western Minnesota and the Dakotas, according to a Chamber of Marine Commerce news release.

Shipments of iron ore and wind turbine components were also near-record pace. “Cargo movement in the Port of Duluth-Superior remained brisk through August,” said Jayson Hron, a Duluth Seaway Port Authority spokesperson, in the release. “Iron ore led the way, finishing the month more than 15 percent ahead of the five-year average and within 2 percent of last season’s pace, which was a 23-season high. We also welcomed several shipments of wind energy cargo in August, continuing a near-record pace for that particular cargo.”

Water levels throughout the Great Lakes have been near record highs since spring, making it possible to load ships with heavier loads, but it’s also slowed shipping traffic on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

In an interview with the News Tribune, Hron didn’t attribute the port of Duluth-Superior’s high cargo numbers to the ability to load more tonnages in higher-than-normal water levels on the Great Lakes, but said the high-water levels “create both challenge and opportunity.”

On one hand, Hron said, “ships can sail at a deeper draft and carry more tonnage per shipment in high-water situations, and that makes each shipment more profitable.”

As an example, Hron said the Edwin H. Gott, a 1,000-foot-long lake freighter owned by Key Lakes Inc., which operates the Great Lakes Fleet of ore boats for Canadian National Railway, can carry an additional 267 tons of iron ore per inch of draft.

“That's something like $26,000 worth of extra iron ore per inch. So if you multiply that by 2 or 3 inches of extra water and extra draft, and multiply it by, perhaps, 30 trips over the course of a shipping season, that adds up to significant benefits for everyone, including consumers,” Hron said.

Cleveland-Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves said in a July earnings call with investors that the high-water levels were helping his company move more iron ore pellets produced in Minnesota and Michigan to further down the Great Lakes for steelmaking.

“We have so much water in the lakes that we can load the boats above and beyond what was the draft line before, and we are really taking advantage of that because we have depths in the lakes that are favoring transportation,” Goncalves said.

But on the other hand, high waters also cause powerful currents that force ships to sail at a lower speed or require the hiring of tugs to guide it through ports, Hron said. He said the currents can also cause sediment to pile up below sensitive channels.

Read more at this link: https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/business/transportation/4668684-Duluth-Superior-port-on-pace-for-banner-year

 

Port Reports -  September 20

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Elbeborg departed Duluth at 00:51 Thursday morning with a load of beet pulp pellets from Gavilon, and Great Lakes Trader/tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort was inbound at 04:18 to discharge limestone at Hallett #5. Presque Isle arrived at 06:25 to load a cargo of iron ore pellets at Canadian National, however she moored at berth #6 to wait for Mesabi Miner to finish loading. The Miner was outbound from CN at 14:36 with her ore cargo, and was followed out by Great Lakes Trader at 14:42, which was bound for Two Harbors to load. CSL Laurentien came in at 16:40 and moored at CN #6 to wait for her turn to load at CN. Alpena arrived at 17:34 with a load of cement for Lafarge Superior. The saltie Johanna G. was due late Thursday night, however she will likely join the BBC Louise at anchor outside the harbor. At the Superior entry on Thursday, Burns Harbor departed at 00:26 with a load of ore for her namesake port, and Algoma Compass was inbound at 00:45 to load at Burlington Northern. She departed at 19:01 with a destination of Hamilton posted.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Algoma Guardian departed Two Harbors on Sept. 19th at 02:44 for Hamilton. Arriving Two Harbors on Sept. 19th at 03:53 for South of #2 was the Whitefish Bay. She departed on Sept. 19th at 13:19 for Quebec City. American Spirit arrived Two Harbors on Sept. 19th at 09:48 for North of #2 lay-by. She shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 from 13:21 to 13:54. Arriving Two Harbors on Sept. 19th at 16:48 was the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader for South of #1. Due Two Harbors on Sept. 20th is the Edwin H. Gott. As of 19:45 on Sept. 19th the Lee A. Tregurtha was still at Northshore Mining in Silver Bay. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Sept. 20th.

Sturgeon Bay, WI
The tug Dorothy Ann was removed from the drydock, up with the barge Pathfinder and the tug and barge left Bay Ship Thursday afternoon.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator remained at Compass Mineral Thursday, destined or Sarnia Shell next.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Thursday Arrivals: GL Ostrander/Integrity-arrived at Lafarge to unload cement. John G Munson-arrived at the Carmeuse Dock to unload stone. Calusa Coast and Delaware-arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
American Courage departed Thursday and was at Marblehead. Sam Laud was at ArcelorMittal with a shuttle from Ashtabula. The cruise ship Hamburg was at the Port dock 28W and Sea Eagle was at St. Mary's Cement.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages for Thursday September 19 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke: arrivals - Sep 19 - Algoma Entereprise at 2006 - docked - Sep 18 - Damia Desgagnes at 1604 - departed - Sep 19 - Algoterra at 1641 eastbound

Long Point Bay anchorage: anchored - Sep 19 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinaurer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81 & Margaret at 0802

Welland Canal: upbound - Sep 18 - tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 2148 and BBC Hudson (Atg) at 2326 - Sep 19 - light tug Ocean Golf at 0233 to assist Federal Columbia, Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 0355 ) stopping wharf 2), Algoma Enterprise at 0612, tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0926 and Shoveler (Cyp) at 1926

downbound - Sep 18 - Narie (Bhs) at 1732, Algoma Buffalo at 1756, Algonorth at 2040, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2125 and Thunder Bay at 2155 - Sep 19 - CSL Assiniboine at 0047, tug Sharon M I & Niagara Spirit at 0241 (stopping wharf 16, Frontenac at 0859 stopping wharf 19E, Algoma Strongfield at 0512, CCGS Cape Providence at 0948, Algoterra at 1957 and Federal Baltic (Mhl) eta 2055

Welland Canal docks: docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Sep 19 - tug Sharon M I & Niagara Spirit at 0310 (stopping wharf 16, tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 0842 stopping wharf 16 and Frontenac at 0925 stopping wharf 19E,

Port Weller anchorage: anchored - Sep 14 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 1200 - departure - Sep 19 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 1205 for Toronto

Hamilton: arrivals - Sep 19 - Algoscotia at 0036, Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0251, Blacky (Cyp) at 1255 - docked - Sep 18 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1106 - Sep 19 - Selasse (Mlt) (ex Selay-7) at 1620 from the anchorage - departures - Sep

Clarkson: arrival - Sep 18 - Algoma Enterprise at 0223 and Robert S Pierson at 1541 - departed - Sep 19 - Algoma Enterprise at 0431 for the canal and Robert S Pierson at 1319 eastbound

Mississauga: docked - Sep 16 - Hinch Spirit at 0200

Toronto: arrival - Sep 19 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 1748 from anchorage - departed - Sep 19 - Victory II (Bhs) (ex Sea Discoverer-18, Coastal Queen-17, Clipper Discoverer-09, Cape Cod Light-07) at 1438 for Brockville and Shoveler (Cyp) at 1748 for Duluth

 

Artist's work decorates park, reminds locals of city's maritime past

9/20 - Port Huron, MI - More than just natural beauty can be found in Marine City's parks.Thanks to a local artist and not so local artist, the city parks have been adorned with new mosaic art along the St. Clair River.

"These beautiful additions are the creation of local artist, Heather Bokram, and each one depicts ships built in Marine City," Marine City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Erika DeLange said in an email.

Eight different pieces of mosaic art can be found divided among Drake Park, River Park, Watchman Park and Broadway Park in Marine City. The pieces have names like "The Maud," ''The Mary" and "The Northerner."

The creation started around eight or nine years ago, when Bokram, 79, who also founded the Historical Society of Marine City, used old photos to create pastel drawings of the ships. All the ships displayed were made in Marine City's many shipyards that lined the banks of the St. Clair River and Belle River in the 1800s, Bokram told the Times Herald .

"This kind of brings them to life again," she said. She wanted people in Marine City to be more aware and prouder of the history and the accomplishments of the city's past.

Belle River didn't use to have steel walls like it does now and it was wider. The land on the river was lined with the ship builders, which built around 250 or more of these ships and was one of the bigger shipbuilding towns around the Great Lakes, Bokram said.

Although Bokram made the pastel drawings years ago, the other part of the project didn't get started until about a year ago, when glass mosaic muralist Allison Eden in New York started working on the mosaic part.

Bokram said the people undertaking the project tried to find someone in Michigan to do it, but it was a big project that not everyone was willing to take on. Eden, however, was.

Bokram took the pastel work, blew it up to the size she wanted it to be and sent that to Eden. Eden did the mosaic part in New York and sent the pieces back to Michigan. Now the pieces can be seen in the parks. Bokram is excited to see her artwork displayed and hopes residents and visitors enjoy it.

The Associated Press

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  September 20

John Jonathon Boland was born on 20 September 1875, in New York. Along with Adam E. Cornelius, he formed the partnership of Boland and Cornelius in 1903, and was one of the founders of the American Steamship Company in 1907. He died in 1956.

On September 20, 1986, vandals started a $5,000 fire aboard the laid up NIPIGON BAY at Kingston, Ontario, where she had been since April 1984.

GEORGE A. STINSON's self-unloading boom was replaced on September 20, 1983. The boom had collapsed onto her deck due to a mechanical failure on the night of April 19, 1983, at Detroit, Michigan. No injuries were reported. She continued hauling cargoes without a boom until replacement could be fabricated. She was renamed b.) AMERICAN SPIRIT in 2004.

On September 20, 1980, EDGAR B. SPEER entered service for the U.S. Steel Fleet.

CHARLES E. WILSON sailed light on her maiden voyage from Sturgeon Bay September 20, 1973, bound for Escanaba, Michigan, to load ore. She was renamed b.) JOHN J. BOLAND in 2000.

CHARLES M. WHITE was christened at Baltimore, Maryland, on September 20, 1951.

On 20 September 1873, W. L. PECK (2 mast wooden schooner-barge, 154 foot, 361 gross tons) was launched at Carrollton, Michigan.

On 20 September 1856, COLONEL CAMP (3-mast wooden bark, 137 foot, 350 tons, built in 1854, at Three Mile Bay, New York) was carrying wheat to Oswego, New York, when she collided with the wooden steamer PLYMOUTH and sank in just a few minutes. No lives were lost.

1970: MARATHA ENDEAVOUR, enroute from Chicago to Rotterdam, broke down in the Atlantic and sent out a distress call. The ship was taking water but survived. The 520-foot long vessel had been a Seaway trader since 1965 and returned as b) OLYMPIAN in 1971. The ship arrived at Huangpu, China, for scrapping as c) HIMALAYA on January 9, 1985.

1980: The Canadian coastal freighter EDGAR JOURDAIN was built at Collingwood in 1956 as MONTCLAIR. The ship had been a pre-Seaway trader to the lakes and returned as b) PIERRE RADISSON in 1965, c) GEORGE CROSBIE in 1972 and d) EDGAR JOURDAIN beginning in 1979. It was wrecked at Foxe Basin, off Hall Beach in the Canadian Arctic, after going aground. The ship was abandoned, with the anchors down, but disappeared overnight on December 15, 1982, while locked in shifting pack ice. It is believed that the vessel was carried into deeper water and, at last report, no trace had ever been found.

1982: BEAVERFIR served Canadian Pacific Steamships as a Seaway trader beginning in 1961. The ship stranded off Barra de Santiago, El Salvador, as d) ANDEN in a storm on this date in 1982 after dragging anchor. Sixteen sailors from the 26-member crew perished.

2011: MINER, a) MAPLECLIFFE HALL, b) LEMOYNE (ii), c) CANADIAN MINER broke loose of the tug HELLAS and drifted aground off Scaterie Island, Nova Scotia, while under tow for scrapping at Aliaga, Turkey. The ship was a total loss and, in 2013, was still waiting to be dismantled and removed.

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

 

Lake Michigan water levels may break a record in 2020, officials say

9/19 - Grand Haven, MI – The high water levels on Lake Michigan that have impacted counties statewide could break a record in 2020, officials said Tuesday. Based on current conditions, the water levels on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron in 2020 will start higher than they did in 2019, said Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of watershed hydrology at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District.

Ottawa County is one of six in Michigan that has received assistance from the USACE this summer to deal with water damages. Representatives from the organization gave a presentation Tuesday in Grand Haven, where officials expect damages will reach $500,000.

"Across all of those counties, we've provided upwards of 200,000 sandbags and then multiple hours of technical assistance via site visits and phone calls," said Krystle Walker, an emergency management specialist with the USACE Detroit District.

The water levels have caused numerous cases of shoreline erosion, which have threatened homes and infrastructure. Weather patterns and storms have also caused coastal flooding.

The Great Lakes recently started their seasonal decline, just shy of a record set for water levels in 1986. That decline doesn't mean areas won't see an impact, Kompoltowicz said. "We're getting into the time of year where we see very strong storms rolling over the Great Lakes, so the impacts heading into the fall and early winter could still be very significant," he said.

The current USACE Great Lakes water level forecast extends out to February 2020. Water levels could exceed the 1986 record depending on the winter, Kompoltowicz said. "If we see a ton of snowfall followed with another wet spring, then levels would tend to rise quickly again to start 2020," he said.

Grand Haven Tribune

 

Port Reports -  September 19

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Indiana Harbor left Duluth at 11:59 Wednesday morning with a load of coal from Midwest Energy, and Mesabi Miner was inbound at 17:13 to load iron ore pellets at Canadian National. Also in port were Happy River, discharging wind turbine towers at Port Terminal; Elbeborg, taking on beet pulp pellets at Gavilon; and BBC Louise, on the hook outside the harbor waiting to load wheat at Riverland Ag. In Superior, James R. Barker departed at 10:05 Wednesday after loading an ore cargo for Nanticoke, and Burns Harbor arrived at 10:43 to load at Burlington Northern. She is expected to depart early Thursday morning. Algoma Compass was due shortly before midnight, however she will more than likely anchor to wait for Burns Harbor to finish loading.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Roger Blough departed Two Harbors from South of #2 at approx. 23:30 on Sept. 17th for Gary. The Algoma Guardian arrived Two Harbors on Sept. 18th at 14:39 for South of #2. Tentatively due Two Harbors on Sept. 19th are the Presque Isle, American Spirit, Whitefish Bay that is coming from Thunder Bay, and the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader that would be arriving from the Twin Ports after unloading stone. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay will see the arrival of the Lee A. Tregurtha on Sept. 18th at approx. 21:00. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled on Sept. 19th.

Green Bay, WI – Jim Conlon
On Monday morning the ATB Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder arrived at Bay Shipbuilding and by Monday evening the Dorothy Ann was put in the floating dry dock. Cason J. Callaway arrived from Port Inland, MI with a cargo of limestone for the Graymont Terminal.

Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
Federal Ems returned to Port Milwaukee just after 6 Wednesday morning (9/18). In mid July, she had loaded grain for Europe at the COFCO elevator. On this trip to the city, she delivered about 6,000 tons of food-grade steel from Europe at the Federal Marine Terminal dock along slip one of the outer harbor. Federal Margaree was still tied up at the COFCO elevator. She has been there since September 9.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator arrived 7:47 pm Tuesday to load salt at Compass Minerals.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Wednesday Arrivals: Arthur M Anderson arrived at the Jefferson Ave stone dock to unload stone. American Mariner arrived at Zug Island to unload coal. Michipicoten arrived at the St. Clair Aggregates dock to unload stone. Hon. James L Oberstar arrived at AK Steel to unload ore. Cuyahoga arrived at Zug Island to load coke. Tuesday Arrivals: Leo A MacArthur/John J Carrick arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. John J Boland arrived at Zug Island to unload coal.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Visitors Wednesday were Herbert C. Jackson, Sam Laud and American Courage on the river and Victory 1 and Coe Leni at the Port docks.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Wednesday September 18, Barry Andersen

Nanticoke: arrivals - Sep 18 - CSL Niagara at 1358, Damia Desgagnes at 1604 and Algoterra eta 2105 - departed - Sep 18 - Algoscotia at 0759 eastbound and Algoma Hansa at 1513 westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage: anchored Sep 17 - Damia Desgagnes at 1134 - departed -Sep 18 - at 1542 for the dock

Buffalo (Tonawanda): departed Tonawanda - Sep 18 - tug Calusa Coast & Delaware at 0735 westbound

Welland Canal: upbound - Sep 17 - Kaministiqua at 1552, Algoma Transport at 1714 and Lubie (Bhs) at 2236 from the Port Weller anchorage - Sep 18 - tug Wilf Seymour & Alouette Spirit at 0244, Hamburg (Deu) (ex c Columbus-12) at 0423, Victory II (Bhs) (ex Sea Discoverer-18, Coastal Queen-17, Clipper Discoverer-09, Cape Cod Light-07) at 0701 stopping at wharf 2,Algoterra at 0724, tug Sea Eagke II & St Marys Cement II at 0926, Baie Comeau at 1302, John D Leitch at 1413, tug Everlast & Norman McLeod eta 2120 and BBC Hudson (Atg) eta 2135

downbound - Sep 17 - Algonova at 2145 - Sep 18 - NACC Capri (Mlt) at 0428, Algoma Conveyor at 0625, Algoscotia at 1135, tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1333, Narie (Bhs) at 1732, Algoma Buffalo at 1756, Algonorth at 2040, Rt Hon Paul J Martin eta 2110 and Thunder Bay eta 2120

Welland Canal docks: docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller - Sep 18 - Victory II (Bhs) (ex Sea Discoverer-18, Coastal Queen-17, Clipper Discoverer-09, Cape Cod Light-07) docked wharf 2 at 0725 - departed Sep 18 from wharf 2 at 1656 for Toronto before heading eastbound

Port Weller anchorage: anchored - Sep 14 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 1200 - departure - Sep 17 - Lubie (Bhs) at 2210 approx. for the canal

Hamilton: arrival - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1106 - anchored - Sep 16 - Selasse (Mlt) (ex Selay-7) at 1620

Clarkson: arrival - Sep 18 - Algoma Enterprise at 0223 and Robert S Pierson at 1541

Mississauga: docked - Sep 16 - Hinch Spirit at 0200

Toronto: arrival - Sep 18 - Victory II (Bhs) (ex Sea Discoverer-18, Coastal Queen-17, Clipper Discoverer-09, Cape Cod Light-07) at 1835 from Port Weller wharf 2 - docked - Sep 15 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 1630 - departed - Sep 18 - NACC Argonaut at 0217 eastbound

 

Obituary: Lori Johnston

9/19 - - With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our long-time friend and colleague, Lori Johnston. She passed peacefully in her sleep on Saturday September 14. She worked in the office with the Inland Steel fleet and Central Marine Logistics for over 40 years. Lori was an avid animal lover and supported Illinois Alaskan Malamute rescue Association. (IAMRA) If you would like to memorialize her life the family has asked donations be made to IAMRA. The website is www.iamra.org.

Central Marine Logistics

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  September 19

At Rush Street in Chicago, Illinois, a hand-operated ferry carried pedestrians across the Chicago River. The ferry operator would pull on a rope, hand over hand, to move the ferry across the river. At a signal from schooners, the rope was dropped and the schooner would sail over it. On 19 September 1856, the rope was dropped but the impatient passengers picked it up to move the ferry themselves. The incoming schooner snagged the rope and the ferry was spun around and capsized. 15 people were drowned.

When Cleveland Tankers’ new SATURN entered service and made her first trip to Toledo, Ohio, on September 19, 1974, she became the first of three tankers built for the fleet's modernization program. EDGAR B. SPEER departed the shipyard on her maiden voyage for U.S. Steel on September 19, 1980, bound for Two Harbors, Minnesota, where she loaded her first cargo of taconite pellets.

The twin-screw rail car ferry GRAND HAVEN of 1903, was laid up in the spring of 1965, at the old Pennsylvania Dock at Cleveland, Ohio and later at dockage on the Old River Bed where she sank on September 19, 1969.

September 19, 1997 - officials at Lake Michigan Carferry, Inc. announced that the CITY OF MIDLAND 41 would be converted to a barge.

On 19 September 1893, SAMUEL BOLTON (wooden schooner-barge, 150 foot, 330 gross tons, built in 1867, at Bangor, Michigan as a schooner) was loaded with lumber and being towed in fog in Lake Huron. She got lost from the tow and drifted ashore near Richmond, Michigan where she broke in two and was then torn apart by waves. She was owned by Brazil Hoose of Detroit.

On Saturday, 19 September 1891, at 11 a.m., the whaleback steamer CHARLES W. WETMORE left Philadelphia, Pennsylvania loaded with the materials to build a nail mill, iron smelter and shipyard for the new city of Everett, Washington. Her skipper was Captain Joseph B. Hastings and she had a crew of 22.

On 19 September 1900, the Great Lakes schooner S.L. WATSON foundered off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She had been sent to the Atlantic the previous autumn by her owner, J. C. Gilchrist of Cleveland.

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

 

U.S. Great Lakes ports report busy August

9/18 - U.S. Great Lakes ports reported a busy August, shipping construction materials, road salt, aluminum and wind energy components. Despite those areas of strength, bi-national cargo volumes via the St. Lawrence Seaway (from March 22 to August 31) at 20.9 million metric tons were down 3.5 percent compared to the same period in 2018.

“Great Lakes ports have been busy moving cargo supporting the construction and renewable energy sectors. Aluminum shipments from Canada to the U.S., which are used in automotive manufacturing, have also resumed this season following the lifting of trade tariffs,” says Bruce Burrows, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. “These gains have been offset by a 20 percent decline in U.S. grain exports via the St. Lawrence Seaway after flooding this past spring prevented some U.S. farmers from getting into their fields to plant corn and soybeans.”

The Port of Duluth-Superior, however, is seeing an increase in overseas wheat exports from Western Minnesota and the Dakotas. Outbound grain tonnage tracked nearly five percent ahead of last year’s pace, helping push the Port’s overall tonnage slightly ahead of 2018 and the five-year average. Jayson Hron, Director of Communications and Marketing Duluth Seaway Port Authority adds: “Cargo movement in the Port of Duluth-Superior remained brisk through August. Iron ore led the way, finishing the month more than 15 percent ahead of the five-year average and within two percent of last season’s pace, which was a 23-season high. We also welcomed several shipments of wind energy cargo in August, continuing a near-record pace for that particular cargo.”

The Port of Green Bay had an excellent month, totaling 316,224 tons of cargo moved; an 18 percent year-to-date increase in tonnage from August 2018. Limestone, up 75 percent over 2018, and petroleum products, a 72 percent increase in foreign exports and a 47 percent increase in foreign imports, were the largest contributors to the increase, along with an increase in salt.

“As we make our way into winter, stockpiles of salt are building up,” says Port Director Dean Haen. “In Wisconsin, salt is an important commodity that keeps our roads and drivers safe from ice. We’re likely to continue seeing salt as a major import in the following months.”

Through August 2019, the Port of Toledo has handled over 5.4 million tons of cargo. “While our cargo tonnage total is nearly identical to the 2018 and 2017 shipping seasons, the commodity mix is always changing,” says Joseph Cappel, VP Business Development for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. “In 2019, the Port has seen an increase in aluminum and steel, petroleum products and dry bulk products, while iron ore held steady.” Coal and grain were down from 2018, which offset some of the increases.

“Cargo diversity continues to be key in our business strategy,” adds Cappel. “When one cargo category is down, generally something else is up.” The Port of Toledo also handled several project cargo shipments of windmill components and continues to set a brisk pace for direct overseas traffic with 35 salties loaded or unloaded through August.

Chamber of Marine Commerce

 

Great Lakes icebreaking yields frosty debate

9/18 - Attention on Great Lakes infrastructure has come furiously of late — regional congressmen riding ore boats to highlight the importance of the Soo Locks, industry reports emphasizing how valuable lakes’ trade is to the economy, and a summerlong emphasis on how vital attaining new icebreaking assets has become.

But not all is rosy, as two major trade organizations, one Canadian, one American, have taken umbrage with how each is approaching the difficult procurement of new icebreaking assets.

In July, the News Tribune reported on $10 million wending through Congress that would “scope” a new Great Lakes icebreaker, by studying for needs and design. For the Chamber of Marine Commerce based in Ottawa, it was hardly news at all.

“When you get excited in the U.S. system is when it gets financed and a budget item is approved and passed through Congress,” Chamber President Bruce Burrows told the News Tribune.

Burrows spoke after the Chamber announced in August that Canada was already funding and taking requests for bid on a half dozen new icebreakers. The timeline put the first new arrivals within eight years of completion — ahead of the U.S. curve.

Additionally, the Canadians were going about recommissioning up to four more used Swedish icebreakers. Burrows said his agency has a campaign asking for five of the new icebreakers — two in the Upper Great Lakes, two for lakes Superior and Michigan, and one to be stationed in the St. Lawrence River leading to the Atlantic Ocean. It seemed like an over-ask in an effort to receive at least some assets.

“We’re cautiously optimistic,” said Burrows, forecasting “a reasonable amount of upgrading and modernization” on the Great Lakes.

But the Lake Carriers' Association, based in Ohio and representing nearly 50 U.S.-flagged vessels on the Great Lakes, scoffed at the Canadian claims.

“I have absolutely zero faith that any of those Canadian icebreakers will be home ported on the Great Lakes,” Lake Carriers' President James Weakley said. “This is all about the Arctic.”

Weakley was referring to the Arctic Ocean, where diminishing ice caps have created an international race for dominance of the globe’s northernmost trade routes. The Navy Times announced in April $1.9 billion in spending for a new fleet of United States Coast Guard and Naval icebreakers to be built in Mississippi and unequivocally bound for the Arctic.

Weakley was critical of the current arrangement on the Great Lakes, where the U.S. has one heavy icebreaker (the Mackinaw), and eight other buoy tenders and tugs equipped for ice-breaking. The Canadians offer two — the Samuel Risley and the Griffon — and have seen five ice-capable assets leave and not be replaced in the past few decades.

“That’s our frustration right now,” Weakley said. “The U.S. Coast Guard will tell you they’re one big happy family and that they operate the Great Lakes as a system (with Canada), but it’s really to the Canadian industry and government benefit.”

The Canadians boast a greater assemblage of lakers than the U.S., some 80 vessels that are generally smaller than the U.S.’s biggest ore boats. “To supply icebreaking resources for all those Canadian lakers with two vessels is impossible,” Weakley said. “(Yet) they've gone from seven icebreakers to two and had no reduction of service."

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/business/4664285-Great-Lakes-icebreaking-yields-frosty-debate

 

Port Reports -  September 18

Port reports are compiled from 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).

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors on Sept. 16th at 20:06 for Conneaut. The Roger Blough arrived Two Harbors on Sept. 17th at 10:32. She then went to North of #2 where she took on a partial load at the gravity dock. She then shifted to South of #2 between 13:57 and 14:25 where she is still loading at 19:30. Due Two Harbors on Sept. 18th is the Algoma Guardian. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Sept. 17th. Due Silver Bay on Sept. 18th is the Lee A. Tregurtha.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Algoma Buffalo was loading salt for Toronto at Cargill on Tuesday. Calumet was at Osborne #3. Sam Laud was loading a shuttle at the Bulk Terminal. American Courage left for Ashtabula and NACC Capri departed for Bath.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel passages - Tuesday September 17, Barry Andersen

Nanticoke: Sep 16 - arrival - Algoma Hansa at 1347 from the anchorage - Sep 17 - Algoscotia at 1634 - departed - Sep 17 Edwin H Gott at 1418 westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage: anchored Sep 17 - Damia Desgagnes at 1134 - departed Sep 16 - Algoma Hansa at 1325 for the dock

Welland Canal: upbound - Sep 16 - Algoma Spirit at 1856, Victory I (Bhs) (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) at 1924, Damia Desgagnes at 2030 and Algoscotia at 2309 - Sep 17 - Lubie (Bhs) ar 0420 - anchored at Port Weller, COE Leni (Lbr) (ex Marselisborg-16, Clipper Anne-14, Marselisborg-12) at 0534, Ojibway at 0921, Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 1025, Kaministiqua at 1552 and Algoma Transport at 1714

downbound - Sep 16 - Algosea at 1734 - Sep 17 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0054, Algoma Enterprise at 1123 and Algonova eta 2045

Welland Canal docks: docked - Jun 7 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0925 into Heddle Dry Dock at Port Weller

Port Weller anchorage: anchored - Sep 14 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 1200 - Sep 17 - Lubie ( Bhs) at 0443 from Hamilton - departure - Sep 17 - Lubie (Bhs) etd 2200 for the canal

Hamilton: anchored - Sep 16 - Selasse (Mlt) (ex Selay-7) at 1620 - arrivals - Sep 17 - Algoma Transport at 0128 - departed - Sep 17 - Lubie (Bhs) at 0240 for Duluth-Superior and Algoma Transport at 1432 for the canal and Evans Spirit at 1704 eastbound

Clarkson: arrival - Sep 17 - Robert S Pierson at 0452 - departed Sep 17 at 1424 eastbound

Mississauga: docked - Sep 16 - Hinch Spirit at 0200

Toronto: arrival - Sep 17 NACC Argonaut at 0108 - docked - Sep 15 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 1630

Oshawa: arrival - Sep 16 - NACC Quebec at 1502- departed Sep 17 at 0913 eastbound

Oswego, NY – Ned Goebricher
On Tuesday, the tug Wilf Seymour and barge Aluette Spirit were unloading aluminum.

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
Arrival: McKeil Spirit at 9 a.m. Tuesday for Lehigh Cement.

 

Watch freighters travel through Soo Locks via webcams

9/18 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI - – Ever want to see the Soo Locks in action, but live far away from Sault Ste. Marie? Well now you can. New webcams feature views of the upper approach, chamber, lower approach and the east center pier. The cameras allow those interested to view the “Linchpin of the Great Lakes” from four unique camera angles.

The Army Corps of Engineers noted Sept. 13 that some users are having trouble viewing the webcams and that it is looking into the issue. MLive was able to bypass the security certification warning by using the advanced settings. https://soowebcams.lre.usace.army.mil

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$830M Toledo HBI plant will create jobs, boost economy

9/18 - Toledo, OH – Considered the largest construction project in the Great Lakes, the new Cleveland-Cliffs hot briquetted iron (HBI) plant in Toledo, Ohio, is already being described as a landmark facility. When it opens next year, the $830 million plant will have the nominal capacity to produce 1.9 million metric tons of HBI per year.

"It's truly amazing to see a project of this magnitude take off," said Joe Cappel, vice president of business development of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. "Currently, the largest crawler crane in the world, with a 3,000-ton lift capacity, is at work helping construct portions of the furnace, which will be visible for miles. Coordinating the volume of construction workers and sequenced activities is truly a team effort. There are road improvement projects happening simultaneously with building construction, site work, conveyor installation and utility work on a massive scale."

In 2008, the former Chevron refinery brownfield site was acquired by the Port Authority, so the port area could be expanded, and direct access could be gained to a second Class I railroad. Improvements were made to the site, and in 2014, the facility officially opened as the Ironville Marine Terminal operated by Midwest Terminals.

Infrastructure and transportation access were fully restored at the site that allowed the receipt and transfer of bulk, break bulk and liquid cargo between vessel, rail and truck. In 2017, Cleveland-Cliffs announced they would lease and use 100 acres of the facility to construct a hot briquetted iron production facility.

"The HBI plant will process [more than] two million tons of iron ore and produce hot briquetted iron units that will be utilized by electric-arc steel furnaces for steel production throughout the Great Lakes region," said Cappel. "The Port Authority, Midwest Terminals, the state of Ohio, city of Toledo, Lucas County and many others were very supportive of this development, and helped accommodate and welcome Cleveland-Cliffs into the community, assisting with an incentive package and other aspects of planning the project throughout the site selection decision-making process."

Cleveland-Cliffs broke ground on the project in April 2018, with numerous dignitaries turning out for the ceremony. Cappel noted that while the total economic impact of the highly-anticipated plant is not currently known, more than 1,000 construction jobs and 130 permanent jobs will be created. And that's only the beginning.

"There are countless related benefits to transportation companies, hotels, restaurants, suppliers and other service providers," said Cappel. "The plant also is good for the U.S., and, more specifically, the economy of the Great Lakes Region. U.S. iron ore will ship to Toledo on U.S. vessels to the plant where U.S. natural gas will be used to produce U.S.-made iron units. Those iron units will ship to mills to produce steel that will be used to make U.S. automobiles, appliances and other products.

"The economic impact of such a product is exponential in nature, and has a more profound impact on our national economy than importing substitute products. This is likely the largest development project that involves Great Lakes shipping in the past several decades. More than 100 additional vessels will call on the Port of Toledo each year for this project alone, in addition to the 400-500 vessels that already call upon the port. This project would be huge for any sized port, but for Toledo on the Great Lakes, it certainly will have a profound impact in helping the port grow."

Cappel said reaction from the public has been positive.

"Cleveland-Cliffs has been a great partner. They had several community meetings early on, and we know they will be engaged in improving the area around the plant and throughout the community. The plant will utilize the best technology to minimize impact to the environment."

Even though construction won't be completed until next year, Cleveland-Cliffs will likely begin to receive iron ore this fall to stockpile, so that they can begin making product early in 2020.

"The Soo locks close for winter maintenance annually from mid-January until March, so material needed during that time must be shipped in advance of closure," said Cappel. "There also may be several more project cargo shipments on vessels and barges of large components necessary for construction from various locations."

Brandon Sehlhorst, commissioner of economic and business development of the city of Toledo, said the project helped earn Toledo the title of fifth fastest-growing construction jobs market in the United States, based on data released by the Associated General Contractors of America.

"This project will have a significant impact on numerous aspects of Northwest Ohio's economy, including the utilization of a world-class multi-modal transportation network, highly-skilled workforce and economically competitive utility rates. These are some of our best-selling attributes. It also will complete the transformation of the former Chevron property, in which the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and its economic development partners have invested more than $25 million over time to redevelop.

"As a result of the Cleveland-Cliffs project, East Toledo is bustling with activity associated with the construction of the facility, infrastructure improvements and upgrades to the Port of Toledo," said Sehlhorst. "There are thousands of people working on the site on a daily basis. This project has completely transformed the immediate area, which was previously a vacant site being marketed for development.

"Watching the new facility come out of the ground has been exciting for our community. More recently, the excitement has been around the world's largest crawler crane that can be seen from most parts of our fairly flat region. This also gives our community a sense of how tall the new facility will be when it's completed, which will be the tallest structure in Northwest Ohio."

Mammoet's LR13000, known for its load capacity and high flexibility, is among the heavy machinery being used on the project, where activity appears to be non-stop. Based on the most current update provided by the company, 62,000 cu. yds. of concrete has been poured by crews, with more than 7,700 tons of rebar installed. In addition, workers have put in place more than 3,700 tons of steel, with close to 11,000 linear ft. of process pipe installed.

According to Cleveland-Cliffs' website, the selected site at the Port of Toledo is roughly 120 mi. from the company's corporate headquarters in Cleveland, and is a premier location for development. In determining the best location for the new HBI plant, the relative proximity to future customers in the Great Lakes region was a key consideration. The HBI plant will be situated in close proximity to a heavy concentration of electric-arc furnace steel producers.

The Toledo site also has logistical advantages that include an existing dock, rail access, heavy haul roads for construction and operation logistics and availability of natural gas, water and electrical power. Based on its location, the plant will be able to receive iron ore pellets produced in Michigan and Minnesota, similar to how it currently supplies its existing blast furnace customers.

Cleveland-Cliffs has stated that producing steel using HBI requires significantly less energy, and generates lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional processes. The overall life cycle of the HBI plant, and its products, is expected to further improve the energy efficiency and lower the carbon footprint of the domestic steel industry. Natural gas and DR-grade pellets are the only raw materials used in the HBI process. No hazardous or toxic by-products will be generated from the process. Water recycling initiatives will conserve water use and minimize discharges.

Founded in 1847, Cleveland-Cliffs is the largest and oldest independent iron ore mining company in the nation, and is a major supplier of iron ore pellets to the North American steel industry.

Officials of Cleveland Cliffs declined to be interviewed for this story.

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Today in Great Lakes History -  September 18

On September 18, 1855, SEBASTOPOL (wooden side-wheel steamer, 230 foot, 863 tons, built in 1855, at Cleveland, Ohio) was sailing on Lake Michigan in a gale. Her cargo included copper, tin, lead and iron ingots, safes and general merchandise. Her skipper misread the shore lights while she was coming in to Milwaukee and she stranded 500 feet from shore, broadside to the storm waves which pounded her to pieces. Most of the crew and 60 passengers were saved with the help of small boats from shore, but about 6 lives were lost. This was the vessel's first year of operation. Her paddlewheels were 50 feet in diameter.

On September 18,1679, GRIFFON, the first sailing ship on the upper Lakes, left Green Bay with a cargo of furs. She left the explorer Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle, behind. GRIFFON never reached her planned destination.

E J BLOCK, a.) W. R. WOODFORD of 1908, returned to service on September 18, 1946, as the first large bulk freighter powered by a diesel-electric power plant and one of the first equipped with commercial radar on the Great Lakes. She lasted until scrapped at Ramey's Bend in 1988.

On September 18, 1959, the HENRY FORD II ran aground in the St. Marys River and damaged 18 bottom plates.

LAKE WINNIPEG was the first vessel to enter the Nipigon Transport fleet. She loaded her first cargo of 22,584 gross tons of iron ore clearing Sept Isles, Quebec, on September 18, 1962, bound for Cleveland, Ohio.

The Pere Marquette carferry CITY OF MIDLAND 41 (Hull#311) was launched on September 18, 1940, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She was built by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Corporation at a cost of $2 million. She was named after Midland, Michigan, for one of the Pere Marquette Railway's biggest customers, Dow Chemical Co. She was