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William A. Irvin drydocking project delayed

4/21 - Duluth, MN – The return home of Duluth's floating museum, the SS William A. Irvin, is being delayed as the retired ore boat waits in line at the local shipyard.

"We're hoping we can have it back for July and August," said Chelly Townsend after confirming the original goal of a June reopening won't be happening.

Townsend is executive director of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, which operates the Irvin. The 611-foot vessel is moored along a seawall at Fraser Shipyards in Superior — not yet positioned into dry dock following the Irvin's move there last fall.

Fraser and the DECC are currently negotiating details of the work to be done on Irvin. The DECC has budgeted $650,000 for maintenance and rehabilitation work — including patches to Irvin's hull and new paint below the waterline on the boat. The DECC board will be asked at its meeting Tuesday to approve a contract for the work, and Townsend said she was optimistic.

The Irvin is usually berthed in the Minnesota Slip across Harbor Drive from the DECC. Stationary for 30 years, the Irvin was towed across the harbor to Superior to much fanfare in September.

The Irvin is waiting as the 730-foot Tim S. Dool continues to be positioned in the Fraser dry dock. A spokesperson with the lake freighter's owner, Algoma Central Corp., told the News Tribune, "the Dool is expected to be sailing in early May."

After the Dool, the 767-foot Arthur M. Anderson will be put into dry dock for a five-year survey as it returns to active duty for the first time since being parked at the end of 2016 by Key Lakes Inc., the Duluth-based operators of Canadian National Railway's Great Lakes Fleet.

"We have been slated to be behind the Arthur Anderson," Townsend confirmed.

Fraser Shipyards issued a statement when it was asked about the schedule. "With the end of winter layup and the start of the shipping season, Fraser is trying to get all of the work done for all of its clients completely and in a timely, professional manner," Fraser spokesperson Rob Karwath said in an email.

The winter offseason on the Great Lakes ended with the opening of the Soo Locks on March 25. The Dool is the last ore boat to remain docked of the seven vessels that wintered in Duluth-Superior. The rest are in circulation on the lakes.

The Dool received some of the same work Irvin is scheduled for — steel work, painting and regular dry-dock maintenance, Algoma said.

Townsend put on a brave face about the extended wait in line. "Those are working vessels and it costs them a lot of money to be in dry dock," she said. "But it costs us a lot of money, too."

The News Tribune reported late last year that work on the Irvin was expected to be completed by May 15 — with the attraction receiving guests by June. That's not going to be the case now.

The News Tribune has reported previously that the Irvin usually accounts for about $225,000 of revenue for the DECC. It annually receives about 25,000 visitors in October for its Haunted Ship tours.

Last year, Irvin was closed as an attraction during seawall reconstruction and contaminant cleanup as part of an $11-million, city-led project in the Minnesota Slip. Transportation of the Irvin is included as part of that project. It cost the city $800,000 to remove Irvin with inches to spare through the raised Minnesota Slip Bridge and tow it across the harbor to Fraser in Superior.

Townsend said once it begins, work on Irvin is expected to take one month followed by the return tow back to the Minnesota Slip.

"Just like we did before," Townsend said. "We will have to wait for the right weather. It will have to be a very good day for it to be successful going through the bridge."

Duluth News Tribune

 

Algoma Conveyor head for Hamilton with first cargo

4/21 - Algoma Conveyor, the eighth vessel in the Equinox-class series and the newest member of the Algoma Central Corp. fleet, has loaded its first cargo at Port Cartier, QC, where they arrived during the evening on April 18. They departed Port Cartier late on Friday, April 19, headed for Hamilton, ON, to unload. As of 6 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 20 they were just above Quebec City.

Denny Dushane

 

Boatnerd announces contest for new logo design

4/21 - As a key part of the recently announced redesign of the Boatnerd.com Web site, readers are being invited to submit designs for a new logo.

Submissions, which should reflect a Great Lakes/shipping theme, must be received by May 15 and the winning design will become the property of Boatnerd.com. The winner will receive $100 and recognition for their design.

Send high-resolution (5 MB or greater) submissions (JPG, TIFF or Adobe Illustrator vector art) to moderator@boatnerd.net

 

Port Reports -  April 21

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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 Integrity arrived Duluth at 17:05 Saturday evening to load iron ore pellets at CN, and Philip R. Clarke, which had shifted to Canadian National early Saturday after unloading limestone, was outbound with ore at 17:42. Herbert C. Jackson now has a tentative departure time of mid-day Sunday, assuming that repair work on her hull is nearing completion. She will head to Silver Bay to load iron ore. There was no traffic in Superior on Saturday, with none expected until Sunday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader departed Two Harbors on the 19th for Detroit. Arriving Two Harbors on April 20th at 00:09 for South of #2 was the Algoma Spirit. She departed on the 19th at 13:40 for Hamilton. Arriving Two Harbors on the 19th after being anchored SW of Two Harbors was the Oakglen. She arrived for South of #2 at 14:08. As of 19:30 she was still loading for Quebec City. Due Two Harbors on the 21st are the Presque Isle and the American Spirit. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of American Century on April 20th at 12:08 for Cleveland. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for the 21st, but the Herbert C. Jackson is scheduled to depart Duluth on the 21st and could end up loading in Silver Bay.

Thunder Bay, ON
Saturday April 20th: 0:10 saltie Hanse Gate departed Richardson Main Terminal for Montreal. 3:54 Manitoulin arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 9:25 Algoma Sault departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Detroit. 10:57 Algoma Equinox arrived at G3 to load grain. 12:19 Ojibway arrived and went to anchor. 14:22 Algoma Guardian departed Superior Elevator for Baie Comeau. 15:34 saltie Ludogorets departed Viterra A for Ghent, Belgium. 16:40 Algoma Strongfield departed Richardson Current River Terminal downbound. 16:44 Ojibway weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 17:18 Manitoulin departed Richardson Main Terminal for Buffalo. Expected for Sunday: G3 Marquis.

Cedarville, MI – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Saturday and none were expected. However, it is possible that an unknown vessel may be arriving sometime on Easter Sunday to load. The Manitowoc is the only vessel on the schedule subject to change and they are expected to arrive on Friday, April 26 at noon.

Port Inland, MI – Denny Dushane
Wilfred Sykes was expected to arrive at Port Inland to load during the early afternoon on Friday. There were no vessels expected for Saturday. Two vessels are due in for Easter Sunday morning, with the Manitowoc due first in the early morning followed by the Calumet just a few hours later.

Southern Lake Huron ports
Federal Barents and Burns Harbor were at Burns Harbor Saturday night, with Lee A. Tregurtha due. Edgar B Speer was at Gary. Wilfred Sykes was at Indiana Harbor. Iver Bright and Mottler were waiting out on the lake to head in to S. Chicago.

Calcite, MI – Denny Dushane
H. Lee White continued to load at the South Dock on Saturday and wqas expected to be departing around 5 a.m. Also due in on Saturday was the John J. Boland in the early afternoon for the South Dock. The Cason J. Callaway is due in for Easter Sunday in the early morning for the South Dock to load.

Stoneport, MI – Denny Dushane
The barge Menominee and tug Olive L. Moore loaded on Saturday and were expected to depart around 9 a.m. Also due in for Saturday was a rare visitor, CSL Tadoussac, in the early evening. Due in for Easter Sunday is the Great Republic in the early morning. Two vessels round out the schedule for Monday with the first one being the barge Menominee and tug Olive L. Moore returning in the morning followed by the John G. Munson late on Monday evening to load.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Cason J Callaway arrived Saturday morning to unload stone at the Detroit Bulk Storage dock. Next up was the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder, calling on the Prairie Materials dock (old river bed) to unload stone. The Alpena was next, loaded with cement for Lafarge. Algoma Buffalo was the last vessels of the day, calling on the Motor City Materials dock to unload salt.

Toledo, OH – Denny Dushane
The barge Maumee and tug Victory are due at the Torco Dock to unload on Wednesday, April 24 in the late evening. They are scheduled to return on May 1 in the morning. At the CSX Coal Dock, the Maumee is due on Thursday, April 25 in the early morning to load. Also due at CSX is the Herbert C. Jackson on Thursday, April 25 in the early afternoon. The saltwater vessel Federal Dart departed the Midwest Terminal Overseas Dock after unloading early in the morning on Saturday. They were heading to Thunder Bay. Other vessels in port included the saltwater vessel Miedwie upriver at one of the grain docks loading cargo. The tug Petite Forte and barge St. Marys Cement were at the St. Marys Cement Dock unloading and the saltwater vessel Federal Oshima remained in port unloading cargo at the Midwest Terminal Overseas Dock. They should be departing soon for Thunder Bay.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report for Saturday April 20 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
departed - Apr 19 - Algoscotia at 1852 westbound - Apr 20 - tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 0846 eastbound -

Buffalo:
docked - Apr 18 - Radcliffe R Latimer at 1715 - departed Apr 20 at 0710 for the canal

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 19 - Federal Shimanto (Mhl) at 1145, Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 1157, BBC California ii (Atg) (ex Beluga Fraternity-11) at 1243, Algoma Mariner at 0105 from wharf 16) and Algoma Discovery at 1607 - Apr 20 - BBC Brazil (Atg) (ex DS Brazil-19. BBC Brazil-17, Thorco Copenhagen-16, launched as Wenningstedt-16 and CSL Niagara at 1914

downbound -
Apr 19 - Algosea at 1156, NACC Argonaut at 1521, CSL Niagara at 1545, CSL St Laurent at 1909, tug Michigan & Great Lakes at 2145 and Algoma Niagara eta 2206 - Apr 20 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0245, CCGS Desgroseilliers at 0826, Radcliffe R Latimer at 0858, tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 1315, Thunder Bay at 1320 and tug Sharon M I & Huron Spirit at 1501 (stopped wharf 16 to unload),

Welland Canal docks:
docked - Apr 18 - Algoma Transport at 1148 - Apr 19 - Algosea at w-12 - departed - Apr 20 - Algosea at 0525 and Algoma Transport at 1920 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - Apr 19 - Isolda (Cyp) at 0019 (awaiting dock in Toronto)

Hamilton:
arrivals - Apr 20 - Rosy (Brb) (SCT Stockhorn-17, MCT Stockhorn-16 HLL Caspian-08) at 0035, CSL Niagara at 0734, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1638 and tug Lois M & MM Newfoundland at 1641(anchored) - docked - Apr 17 - Jana Desgagnes at 0819 - Apr 18 - LS Jamie (Gi b) at 0349, Federal Rhine (Mhl) at 0820 - Apr 19 - Exeborg (Nld) at 0314 - departed - CSL Niagara at 1705

Clarkson:
arrival - Apr 19 - Robert S Pierson at 1235 - departed Apr 19 at 2216 eastbound

Toronto:
docked - Apr 15 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1834

Oshawa:
arrival - Apr 18 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0910

Ogdensburg:
arrivals - April 17 - BBC Californnia (Atg) (ex Beluga Fraternity-11) at 1008 - Apr 19 - BBC Brazil (Atg) (ex DS Brazil-19. BBC Brazil-17, Thorco Copenhagen-16, launched as Wenningstedt-16) at 0707 - departures - Apr 18 - BBC California (Atg) at 2120 for Toledo - Apr 19 - BBC Brazil (Atg) at 1920 for Toledo

Seaway – Rene Beauchamp
April 20, 2019. The BBC Fortune, a general cargo ship loaded with wind turbine parts heading for Ogdensburg, N.Y., had to turn back at Baie Comeau to go to Belledune, N.B. to solve a problem. Its cargo was not secured properly, partially blocking the view of the pilot, which is not safe for navigating the Seaway.

 

Updates -  April 21

Saltie Gallery updated with pictures of the Adfines Sea, BBC Brazil, BBC California, Bro Anna, Cape, Exeborg, Federal Barents, Federal Beaufort, Federal Dart, Federal Margaree, Federal Mosel, Federal Rhine, Federal Shimanto, Hanse Gate, Irma, Isolda, LS Jamie, Maria G, Miedwie, Rosy, Ruddy and Wigeon. 

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 21

21 April 1907 Peter West, a fireman on the JOHN C. GAULT (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 218 foot, 519 gross tons, built in 1881, at Buffalo, New York, converted to a bulk freighter in 1906, at Detroit, Michigan) fell overboard and drowned in Lake Huron. The news was reported to Capt. J. W. Westcott when the GAULT sailed past Detroit, Michigan, on 23 April 1907.

On 21 April 1863, SEABIRD (wooden side-wheel steamer, 638 tons, built in 1859, at Newport [Marine City], Michigan) was purchased by Capt. A. E. Goodrich from Capt. E. Ward for $36,000. She served primarily on the Lake Michigan west-shore and Lake Superior routes until she burned in 1868.

EDWIN H. GOTT cleared Two Harbors, Minn., with her first cargo, 59,375 tons of iron ore, on April 21, 1979, bound for Gary, Indiana.

Interstate Steamship's a.) WILLIS L. KING (Hull#79) by the Great Lakes Engineering Works, departed on her maiden voyage with a load of coal from Toledo, Ohio on April 21, 1911, bound for Superior, Wisconsin. Renamed b) C. L. AUSTIN in 1952 and was scrapped at Ashtabula, Ohio, in 1985.

On April 21, 1988, P & H Shipping Ltd.'s, d.) BIRCHGLEN, a.) WILLIAM MC LAUGHLIN, was towed off the Great Lakes by the tugs ELMORE M. MISNER and ATOMIC bound for Sydney, Nova Scotia, to be scrapped. Panda Steamship Co., G. A. Tomlinson, mgr.'s a.) WILLIAM H. WARNER (Hull#784) by American Ship building Co., was launched April 21, 1923. Renamed b.) THE INTERNATIONAL in 1934, c.) MAXINE in 1977, d.) J. F. VAUGHAN in 1981 and e.) OAKGLEN in 1983. Scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey, in 1989.

Pittsburgh Steamship Co's, HOMER D. WILLIAMS (Hull#720) by American Ship Building Co., Lorain, Ohio, was launched in 1917.

April 21, 1998 - PERE MARQUETTE 41 (former CITY OF MIDLAND 41) was towed to Sturgeon Bay from Muskegon for the remainder of the conversion. She was towed by the tugs MARY PAGE HANNAH and the CARL WILLIAM SELVICK.

On 21 April 1868, GERTRUDE (2-mast wooden schooner, 137 foot, 268 tons, built in 1855, at Cleveland, Ohio) was carrying corn from Chicago to Buffalo when she was cut by the ice four miles west of Mackinaw City and sank in deep water. Her crew made it to shore in the yawl.

1963: The hull of the Swedish freighter HELGA SMITH cracked en route from Montreal to Kristiansand, Norway, and the crew abandoned the ship. The vessel was taken in tow but sank April 23 while ten miles off Cape Broyle, Newfoundland. The ship had been completed in December 1944 and had been a Seaway trader since 1960.

1981: The Italian freighter DONATELLA PARODI first came inland in 1965 at the age of 8. It was sailing as f) MARIKA K. when a fire broke out in the engineroom on this day in 1981. The vessel was en route from Varna, Bulgaria, to Karachi, Pakistan, when the blaze erupted on the Mediterranean some 60 miles east of Crete. The ship was abandoned by the crew but towed to Eleusis, Greece. It was laid up, later put under arrest and was partially sunk. Following an auction, the hull was pumped out, towed into Aliaga, Turkey, on May 18, 1987, and broken up.

1986: ALGOPORT was inbound at Grand Haven, MI with a cargo of salt when it hit the seawall.

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

 

Salties neck-and-neck in race to Thunder Bay

4/20 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – It was a race for the top hat between a pair of ocean-going vessels. In the end, Capt. Sergey Kachnov of the Hanse Gate captured the crown, edging out Ludogorets by about a half an hour on Thursday morning.

It’s the first time in five years the first to salties of the season arrived on the same day, let alone within the same hour. Hanse Gate is operated by Sweden’s Messrs Brochert KB.

Kachnov, who has piloted the ship for six years, said it was an honor to be awarded the top hat, a tradition at many maritime ports throughout northern North America.

“This is very nice and I’m really surprised,” he said on Friday morning, the sun just beginning to peak its way over the Richardson Port Terminal as the ship’s hatches were loaded with Canadian wheat bound for Algeria, a trip he estimated will take between two and three weeks to complete.

“I’m very pleased because this is the first time in my life for this ceremony. I did not expect my vessel would be first in this port this year.”

It wasn’t smooth sailing to get to Thunder Bay, he added. “There was a lot of ice in April in the lake. But we’re here and loading is in progress.”

The captain and his first engineer were given ceremonial gifts from the city, presented by Current River Coun. Andrew Foulds.

Kachnov also continued a long-standing tradition, signing the inside of the top hat, adding his signature to dozens of other captains who had come before him.

William Hryb, managing director and president of Thunder Bay Shipping, said this year’s arrival is particularly special. “It’s the 60th anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway and it’s a great way to celebrate the event with first ship here at Richardson’s elevator. It happens to be the second year in a row Richardson’s elevator got the honor,” Hryb said.

He added the ice made it tough travels, adding about six hours to the final leg of the journey from Sault Ste. Marie, normally an 18-hour trek. “But with the help of the Canadian ice breakers they made it here unscathed and got into the berth. We started loading yesterday and we should be finished later this evening and on our way to Algeria,” he said. “It marks the opening of international shipping in the Port of Thunder Bay. The Port of Thunder Bay has garnered a tremendous reputation world-wide.”

TBNewswatch

 

Thawing ice allows re-deploying of Great Lakes data buoys

4/20 - Ann Arbor, Mich. – As ice thaws around the Great Lakes, technicians are preparing to re-deploy buoys that gather a wealth of information for use in research, water safety efforts and recreation.

About a dozen research institutions operate buoys in the lakes. Many of them provide data to the nonprofit Great Lakes Observing System, which makes it available online. Its website offers real-time data from the buoys, which are returned to the water as soon as harbors and boat launches are ice-free.

It can help boaters and anglers avoid potentially dangerous conditions, while scientists get material that feeds computer models predicting weather and other lake characteristics.

Ed Verhamme of the Ann Arbor-based engineering firm LimnoTech says spring can be a particularly hazardous season, as conditions are often rough and change quickly.

Associated Press

 

Port Reports -  April 20

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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 01:03 Friday morning with a load of iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was inbound at 06:24, and tied up at Midwest Energy to load coal. Michipicoten left port at 14:10 after loading at Canadian National, and Philip R. Clarke arrived at 15:55 with a cargo of limestone to discharge at Hallett #8. She is expected to shift to CN early Saturday morning to take on iron ore. The McCarthy was outbound from SMET at 19:33 Friday evening. Also in port was Herbert C. Jackson, which has been in port since April 10th receiving hull repairs at Port Terminal. The only traffic through the Superior entry on Friday was Algoma Compass, which left at 04:54 with a load of ore for Hamilton.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Thursday Report: Indiana Harbor departed Two Harbors on the 18th at 08:10. As of 18:30 her AIS hadn't been updated. Tentatively due Two Harbors on the 19th are the Edwin H. Gott, Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader, Oakglen, Algoma Spirit, and the American Century. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on the 18th and none scheduled for the 19th. Friday Report: Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on the 19th at 02:19 and departed at 10:52 for Nanticoke on the 19th. Also arriving Two Harbors on the 19th was the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader at 04:40 for North of #2. She shifted from 10:59-11:26 to South of #2. As of 19:30 on the 19th she continues to load. Arriving off Two Harbors on the 19th were the Algoma Spirit that anchored just off the light at 13:22 and the Oakglen that stopped at approx. 13:50 SW of the breakwall. There is no other traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on the 20th. After being scheduled for Two Harbors the American Century went to Northshore Mining in Silver Bay arriving there at 17:05 on the 19th. There is no traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on the 20th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday April 19th: 0:01 Algoma Harvester departed Superior Elevator for Baie Comeau. 0:46 Algoma Guardian weighed anchor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. 9:01 CCGS Griffon departed Keefer Terminal for ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay harbor. 9:24 CCGS Samuel Risley departed the Coast Guard base for sea trials. 18:38 Frontenac departed G3 for Midland. 19:10 CCGS Griffon returned to Keefer Terminal. 20:44 Algoma Sault arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. Expected for Saturday: Manitoulin, Ojibway and Algoma Equinox.

Manitowoc, WI
Lake Express is having work done at Burger Boat Works in preparation for the 2019 season.

Southern Lake Huron ports
Irma remained at Burns Harbor on Friday. Joseph L. Block was at Indiana Harbor. Several vessels are due Saturday, including Great Lakes Trader for Buffington, Lee A. Tregurtha for Burns Harbor, Edgar B. Speer for Gary, Burns Harbor for its namesake port, Mottler for Chicago and tanker Iver Bright for Calumet.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas. Bruce McCreath
Algoma Buffalo arrived around noon Friday to load salt. Goderich averages 157 vessels a year, including several salties from overseas.

Midland, ON
Baie Comeau finally departed winter lay up Friday, assisted by CCGS Pierre Radisson through heavy ice.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
John J. Boland was unloading ore at Zug Island on Friday

Lorain, OH – Drew Leonard
The tug Sharon M I and her barge arrived at Jonick Dock & Terminal Thursday evening, took on a load of fly ash through the night, and departed Friday morning headed for Port Colborne.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
4/19 arrivals: Hon. James L. Oberstar to the Bulk Terminal. Great Republic with stone for Lafarge. American Courage will be on the shuttles. Calusa Coast remains at Marathon. 4/19 departures: Sam Laud to Marblehead.

Buffalo, NY – Craig T. Speers
After the CSL Niagara departed the Lackawanna Bethlehem docks in the early evening on 4/18 with 25,000 tons of Pennsylvania coal, the self-unloader Radcliffe R. Latimer arrived at the same dock carrying 20,000 tons of salt. NACC Argonaut also departed the Lafarge docks on the Buffalo River with the assistance of the tug Vermont. The ice boom which covers the mouth of the Niagara River at Buffalo will be removed on Monday 4/22 further aiding the access to the port. Opinions vary as to the efficacy of the ice boom, and its impact on shipping and sport fishing.

 

Lake Erie average water level hits all time high

4/20 - At an average of 174.82 metres last month, the lake saw mean water levels soar to higher than it’s ever been before. There are several factors that can influence the water levels in the lake, but the main reason is rainfall.

“Late snow melt combined with multiple rainfall events in April and May have contributed to the high water levels this year,” Jennifer Dow, water conservation supervisor with Kettle Creek Conservation Authority, said in an email.

The rainfall for the month of May was 152 per cent more than the usual amount, and in April it was 118 per cent more than usual, said Derrick Beach, senior water resources engineer with Environment and Climate Change Canada.

“Those two months were really what made the level jump up,” Beach said.

In addition to being at an average all time high for the month of May, these are the highest water levels seen since 1997, Beach said. Some of the challenges associated with higher lake levels include waves hitting the shoreline at higher locations, which will create differences in erosion. Anyone that has docks might be impacted as well, Beach said.

But there is a lot of good that comes with higher than average water levels. Beach said the shipping industry will like the higher water levels because they can carry larger loads.

The higher water also has positive impacts on some of the ecosystem around the Great Lakes. Beach said it’ll create and rejuvenate the wetlands around the lakes. Erosion is also an important part of the ecosystem, as it provides sand for the beaches.

“Higher water levels could bring nutrients to new areas and allow for additional fish spawning and nursery habitat in the coastal wetlands. Some beaches may experience a decrease in size, while higher water levels could bring sand and sediment to replenish other areas,” Dow said.

As for what to expect next, both Dow and Beach say water levels tend to stay high during the summer months, but not as high as May.

“Water levels typically reach their seasonal low during the winter months before increasing in the spring due to the influx of snowmelt and rainfall. Water levels tend to peak during the summer months, before beginning to drop in the fall and early winter,” Dow said.

 

Marine sanctuary moves into next phase

4/20 - Oswego — The southeastern shore of Lake Ontario is moving forward on a path to becoming a national marine sanctuary, with officials announcing Thursday the nomination is entering the next phase in the multi-year designation process.

The 1,700 square-mile proposed sanctuary stretches across the Lake Ontario shorelines of Oswego, Jefferson, Cayuga and Wayne counties. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) accepted the four-county nomination in March 2017, and published a notice in the federal registry this week announcing plans to begin the scoping process and open the public comment period.

“It’s an exciting action and NOAA is very excited to start this designation process in the Lake Ontario proposed area,” Ellen Brody, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, told The Palladium-Times in an interview Thursday.

Federal, state and local officials — including Rep. John Katko, R-Camillus, Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow and a number of Oswego County representatives — gathered at the H. Lee White Maritime Museum to celebrate the announcement, and vowed to continue supporting the project as it enters the next stage.

Part of the designation process includes public meetings to be held the week of June 10 in each of the four counties the proposed sanctuary would encompass.

The Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center is scheduled to host the Oswego County meeting June 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Oswego County Administrator Phil Church, who has chaired the four-county nomination task force, said the efforts to create a marine sanctuary started roughly three years ago, and noted it took an “almost unprecedented” collaboration between local governments, businesses, non-profits and individuals to reach the designation phase.

Church said upcoming public meetings would be an opportunity for NOAA to present what a marine sanctuary is, demonstrate what the Lake Ontario sanctuary could be and to gather input from the public.

Entering the designation process is not an indication the proposed area is destined to become a national marine sanctuary, and officials pointed out there is a significant amount of work that remains.

“We have a long way to go,” Church said, adding officials would need to continue gathering support for the proposal and work with community stakeholders to “put together a collective vision” of what the sanctuary could become.

According to NOAA the proposed sanctuary would protect more than 20 known shipwrecks and a military aircraft that span more than 200 years of the nation’s history. NOAA estimates another roughly 50 shipwrecks and two aircraft are likely located within the proposed sanctuary.

Congressman Katko expressed optimism the proposal would ultimately become a marine sanctuary, pointing to willingness of local, state and federal officials to work together for the benefit of the community. He said the efforts to create the marina sanctuary and to establish Fort Ontario and Safe Haven as a national park fit in with other improvements to the area that give Oswego a “different vibe.”

“What excites me about this is it’s another thing that puts Oswego on the map,” Katko said. “It’s going to be great for Oswego County. We have a lot of history in this area and we haven’t exploited it in a positive way like we should, but now we’re starting to do that.”

Palladium-Times

 

Aid to Navigation Changes at Isle Royale

4/20 - • Siskiwit Bay Passage Lighted Bell Buoy "SB" (LLNR 16685) permanently discontinue.

• Siskiwit Bay Passage Buoy "2" (LLNR 16695) change from an unlighted buoy to a seasonal lighted buoy with a light characteristic of Fl R 2.5s with a range of 5 statute miles. Permanently move the buoy 120 yards southeast to approximate position 47-53.87N /088-53.1W

• Blake Point Five Foot Shoal Buoy "D" (LLNR 16825) Change the unlighted buoy to a year round lighted buoy with a light characteristic of Fl W (2) 5s with a range of 4 statute miles. The lighted buoy will be black with a red stripe but will not show the isolated danger day shape of two

Vertical black spheres. • Locke Point Buoy "2" (LLNR 16830) permanently discontinue.

• Siskiwit Bay passage Buoy "1" (LLNR 16690) permanently move the buoy 215 yards south to approximate position 47-53.81N / 088-53.23W.

• Siskiwit Bay Passage Buoy "3" (LLNR 16700) permanently move the buoy 120 yards northwest to approximate position 47-54.2N / 088-53.32W.

• Malone Bay Buoy "4" (LLNR 16725) permanently move the buoy 100 yards southeast to approximate position 47-58.69W / 088-48.23W.

• Middle Island Passage Lighted Bell Buoy "2" (LLNR 16770) permanently move the buoy 190 yards east northeast to approximate position 48-05.38N / 088-34.24W.

USCG

 

Lake Huron-Michigan water levels above average, predicted to rise

4/20 - Port Huron, MI – Clay Township Supervisor Artie Bryson said he's making preparations for the summer and rising water levels. The township is giving away sandbags, which residents can claim by contacting the Clay Township Water Department. He's also looking into finding sand to fill them with.

"We've been doing everything to help," Bryson said. "Prepare for the worst but pray for the best." But ultimately, residents have to protect their own property.

Lake Michigan-Huron water levels are high and predicted to rise going into the summer, according to a six month projection by the Army Corps of Engineers.

"It's been extremely wet and the water's had nowhere to go," said Charles Sidick, Army Corps of Engineers hydrologic engineer.

Keith Kompoltowicz, Army Corps of engineers chief of watershed hydrology, said the reason for the water level rise boils down to the fact that more water has gone into the system than has come out over the past few years.

"More rain snow and runoff then what leaves via evaporation," he said.

High water levels can damage shoreline property like boat slips and reduce beach space, Sidick said. It can also cause shoreline erosion and coastal damage when combined with strong winds and waves, according to a news release by the International Lake Superior Board of Control.

Bryson has also been in communication with the Lake Carriers Association, with the goal of getting freighters to voluntarily reduce speed when passing through the area. In years past, residents have complained about their wakes washing water up and onto their property, at times causing damage.

As of April 12, Lake Michigan-Huron had a water level of 580.51 feet above chart datum, or sea level. This is about 4 inches higher than last month, and about 22 inches above the long-term monthly average for April. The highest average water level for April sat at about 581.5 feet, and was recorded in 1986.

"When you see flooding like back in the 80s, it's costly for folks," Sidick said.

While the Army Corps of Engineers projections don't predict water levels getting quite that high, they might come close. By mid-July, water levels could reach about 581.66 feet above sea level, shy of its high average of 581.98 in July 1986, according to the highest range of the projection. The low end of the July projection puts the water level around 580.58 feet.

Anyone looking to keep an eye on Great Lakes Water Levels can check out the Army Corps of Engineers weekly Great Lakes Water Levels report at bit.ly/2VMV03n.

Times Herald

 

New Soo Lock upstream industry conference May 1

4/20 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District, is conducting an Industry Conference May 1 at 9 a.m. to seek feedback from potential contractors on the New Soo Lock Upstream Channel Deepening at Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

The intent is for USACE to present Draft 95% Plans and Specifications and a Concept of Construction for industry review. USACE seeks feedback from a contractor perspective towards clarity and constructability of the current plan for base and option line items. The meeting will be held at the Soo Locks, 312 E. Portage Ave.

This is not a solicitation and no contract will be awarded from this announcement.

For complete information and to register, please check the event posting here: https://www.fbo.gov/index.php?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=41d429ab3bd41ebdb9c55f9a30384af5&tab=core&_cview=1

USACE

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 20

On 20 March 1885, MICHIGAN (Hull#48), (iron propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 215 foot, 1,183 tons) of the Detroit, Grand Haven & Milwaukee Railroad was sunk by ice off Grand Haven, Michigan.

The sidewheeler NEW YORK was sold Canadian in 1877, hopefully at a bargain price, because when she was hauled out on the ways on 20 March 1878, at Rathburn's yard in Kingston, Ontario, to have her boiler removed, her decayed hull fell apart and could not be repaired. Her remains were burned to clear the ways.

On 20 March 1883, the E. H. MILLER of Alpena, Michigan (wooden propeller tug, 62 foot, 30 gross tons, built in 1874, at East Saginaw, Michigan) was renamed RALPH. She was abandoned in 1920.

1938: ¬ A fire of an undetermined cause destroyed the passenger steamer CITY OF BUFFALO while it was fitting out for the 1938 season at the East 9th St. Pier in Cleveland The blaze began late the previous day and 11 fire companies responded. The nearby CITY OF ERIE escaped the flames, as did the SEEANDBEE.

2011” ¬ The Indian freighter APJ ANJLI was built in 1982 and began visiting the Great Lakes in 1990. It was sailing as c) MIRACH, and loaded with 25,842 tons of iron ore, when it ran aground 3 miles off the coast of India on March 20, 2011. Four holds were flooded and the crew of 25 was removed. The hull subsequently broke in two and was a total loss.

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

 

Fourth time's a charm for Pierre Radisson at Midland

4/19 - Midland, Ont. – Dozens of people watched as the Canadian Coast Guard’s icebreaker Pierre Radisson cut its way into the Midland harbor on Thursday.

The highly anticipated cutter’s arrival was filled with suspense after three other failed attempts by the Canadian and U.S. Coast Guard to break through the substantially large ice ridges north of Hope Island.

Those who watched from the pier were not disappointed as the large vessel finally made a triumphant arrival. Officials say it’s been five years since they had this much trouble cutting through the ice on Georgian Bay.

The Canada Steamship Lines vessel Baie Comeau, which laid up at Midland, is expected to depart as soon as possible, with Radisson breaking the way.

CTV News

 

Algoma Conveyor reflagged

4/19 - Algoma Conveyor has been reflagged Canadian. It departed Pointe Noire, QC early afternoon Thursday after arriving April 15 on its delivery voyage from China, where it was built.

Algoma Conveyor is headed for Port Cartier, QC, where it will load its first cargo, iron ore pellets for Hamilton.

Denny Dushane

 

Newcomer for the Canfornav fleet due in Seaway

4/19 - Anchored off Sorel-Tracy on April 18 was the Eider, the second vessel with that name in the Canfornav fleet. The first one is now the Isabelle G since last year. The current one was in the Seaway trade as Jan S. Next port for the new Eider is listed as Hamilton.

René Beauchamp

 

Port Reports -  April 19

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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
Roger Blough departed Duluth at 06:20 Thursday morning for Conneaut with a load of iron ore pellets. After her departure, Mesabi Miner shifted to Canadian National and began loading. Algoma Compass was inbound at 13:45, and fueled at Husky Energy before shifting down to Burlington Northern in Superior to load. Michipicoten arrived Duluth at 15:34, and also stopped at Husky for fuel. She then joined the Miner at CN to load at the gravity dock. Both vessels are expected to depart late Thursday night or early Friday morning. Herbert C. Jackson was still in port being repaired at Port Terminal. In Superior, Whitefish Bay began loading ore at BN early Thursday after she finished unloading salt at Hallett #8. She was outbound at 15:21 for Nanticoke. The Compass was next at the dock, and is expected to depart early Friday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Roger Blough departed Duluth at 06:20 Thursday morning for Conneaut with a load of iron ore pellets. After her departure, Mesabi Miner shifted to Canadian National and began loading. Algoma Compass was inbound at 13:45, and fueled at Husky Energy before shifting down to Burlington Northern in Superior to load. Michipicoten arrived Duluth at 15:34, and also stopped at Husky for fuel. She then joined the Miner at CN to load at the gravity dock. Both vessels are expected to depart late Thursday night or early Friday morning. Herbert C. Jackson was still in port being repaired at Port Terminal. In Superior, Whitefish Bay began loading ore at BN early Thursday after she finished unloading salt at Hallett #8. She was outbound at 15:21 for Nanticoke. The Compass was next at the dock, and is expected to depart early Friday.

Thunder Bay, ON
Thursday April 18th: 4:46 Algoma Guardian arrived and went to anchor. 10:34 saltie Hanse Gate arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. She is the first saltie arrival of the shipping season. 10:37 CCGS Griffon departed Keefer Terminal for ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay harbor. 11:08 saltie Ludogorets weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load grain. 12:26 CCGS Samuel Risley departed the Coast Guard base for the first time since arriving March 30. She had been undergoing engine repairs. Her AIS destination has her as being on sea trials. 15:13 Algoma Strongfield arrived and went to anchor north of the Welcome Islands. 15:42 Frontenac arrived at G3 to load grain. 17:42 Algoma Innovator departed Thunder Bay Terminals downbound. 18:48 CCGS Griffon returned to Keefer Terminal. 19:42 CCGS Samuel Risley returned to the Coast Guard base. 20:09 Tecumseh departed Richardson Current River Terminal downbound. 20:45 Algoma Strongfield weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain.

Cedarville, MI – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading Thursday and none are due until Wednesday, April 24, when the Wilfred Sykes is at noon, followed by the Manitowoc in the late evening. Joseph L. Block is due to arrive on Friday, April 26, in the mid-afternoon.

Port Inland, MI – Denny Dushane
Wilfred Sykes was expected to arrive at Port Inland on Friday in the early afternoon. There are no vessels scheduled for Saturday. Two are due in for Easter Sunday morning: Calumet in the early morning followed a few hours later in the morning by the Manitowoc.

Milwaukee, WI – Paul Erspamer
Samuel de Champlain & barge Innovation were southbound in Lake Michigan Thursday, expected in Milwaukee with cement from Alpena Thursday evening. Federal Barents remained at Terminal 2 in the outer harbor. Stewart J. Cort departed the Heavy Lift Dock on Jones Island in the evening for Superior, WI.

Southern Lake Huron ports
Irma continued her stay at Burns Harbor Thursday. Presque Isle was unloading at Gary. Joseph L. Block, Manitowoc and Indiana Harbor were at Indiana Harbor. Wilfred Sykes unloaded at Indiana Harbor Thursday and was headed back up the lake in the evening.

Alpena, MI – Ben & Chanda McClain
The tug Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation made its way into port on a foggy Wednesday morning. The pair tied up at Lafarge to take on cargo. Algoma Buffalo arrived overnight and anchored in the bay. It waited until Thursday afternoon before proceeding to the Alpena Oil Dock to unload road salt. Algoma Buffalo departed before 9 pm and headed back out into the lake. Alpena returned Thursday night from Whitefish, ON, and docked at Lafarge to load more cement.

Stoneport, MI – Denny Dushane
A busy Thursday had the Saginaw loading and due to depart between 3:30 to 4 p.m. Loading next was the barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann. Kaye E. Barker was also expected in the early evening to get the dock once the Pathfinder departs. Due for Friday is the barge Menominee and tug Olive L. Moore in the early morning. Two vessels are due in for Saturday, with the Great Republic arriving first in the late afternoon followed by a rare visitor, CSL Tadoussac, arriving during the late evening to load. All times listed are estimates and can change due to weather conditions.

Calcite, MI – Denny Dushane
The barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort were loading at the South Dock on Thursday and gave no ETD. Also loading on Thursday was the Cason J. Callaway at the North Dock with no ETD. Two other vessels were due for Thursday to load, with the barge Ashtabula and tug Defiance expected in the early afternoon for the South Dock and the American Mariner in the early evening for the North Dock. The H. Lee White rounds out the lineup, arriving Friday in the mid-afternoon for the South Dock. All times listed are estimates and can change due to weather conditions.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
The harbor was quiet on Thursday with no vessels in port.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Federal Baltic arrived at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload general cargo Thursday afternoon, after the departure of the Mottler. H Lee White stopped at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
4/18 arrivals: American Courage to the Bulk Terminal then to Arcelor Mittal. H. Lee White to Arcelor Mittal with a shuttle. Calusa Coast to Marathon. The Rt. Hon. Paul Martin is loading coal in Sandusky. 4/18 departures: Sam Laud to Marblehead, H. Lee White to Calcite, Federal Baltic to Detroit.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Thursday April 18 – Barry Andersen Nanticoke:
arrivals - Apr 18 - CSL Tadoussac at 1405 and Algoscotia at 1418 from the anchorage - departed - Apr 17 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2121 - Apr 18 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) at 1043 - both westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage:
arrival - Apr 18 - Algoscotia at 0144 - departed at 1355 for the dock

Buffalo:
anchored off Buffalo - Apr 18 - Radcliffe R Latimer departed anchorage at 1557 for the dock - arrival - Apr 18 - Radcliffe R Latimer at 1715 - docked - Apr 16 - NACC Argonaut at 2059 - departed - Apr 18 - CSL Niagara at 1600 westbound

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 17 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1425 - Apr 18 - G3 Marquis at 0503, tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 0736, Spruceglen at 0806, Everlast & Norman McLeod at 0840, Wigeon (Lbr) at 1356 and Florence Spirit at 1702 and Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 1722 (to anchorage)

downbound -
Apr 17 - Algonova at 0530, Esta Desgagnes at 1819, Federal Rhine (Mhl) at 2024 and Algoma Discovery at 2207 - Apr 18 - CSL Assiniboine at 0238, tug Spartan & Spartan II at 0923, Algoma Transport at 0955, McKeil Spirit at 1248

Port Weller anchorage:
arrival - Apr 18 - Esta Desgagnes at 0430 Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 1757 approx. - anchored - Apr 17 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 1348 and Algonova at 1854 - Apr 18 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0103 approx. - departures - Apr 18 - Algonova at 0712 eastbound, Wigeon (Lbr) at 1156 for the canal and Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 1700 eastbound

Hamilton:
arrivals - Apr 18 - LS Jamie (Gi b) at 0349, Federal Rhine (Mhl) at 0820, Algoma Discovery at 1433 - docked - Apr 17 - Jana Desgagnes 0819 - departed - Apr 17 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2302 - Apr 18 - G3 Marquis at 0307, Florence Spirit at 0950

Bronte:
arrival - Apr 15 - Paul A Desgagnes at 1802 approx. - departed Apr 17 -

Toronto:
docked - Apr 15 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1834

Oshawa:
docked - Apr 17 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 0651

 

Bluewater Ferry files $6M lawsuit over damaged causeway

4/19 - Marine City, MI – The operators of the Bluewater Ferry have filed a $6-million lawsuit over the ice damage to the causeway in Sombra, Ont. that brought their business to a halt in Jan. 2018.

Before the causeway damage, Bluewater operated two ferries from Sombra, Ont. across the St. Clair River to Marine City, MI, making about 10,000 trips annually carrying cargo, pedestrians, cars and transport trucks.

On Jan. 11, a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker was leading four ships on the St. Clair River, pushing an accumulated ice field into the causeway, destroying the ferries' docking area along with a number of other smaller docks.

The lawsuit claims Bluewater has been unable to afford the cost of repairs, and therefore unable to operates its business causing a complete loss of revenue from its ferries, as well rent from a duty-free shop on the U.S. side.

It accuses the Coast Guard ship's captain of negligence as a result of 'unsafe, careless, and imprudent ice-breaking,' including moving too fast, escorting too many vessels at the same time and navigating too close to shore, among other items.

The operators of the ships following the icebreaker are also named in the suit, saying they had a duty to avoid foreseeable damage to the shoreline structures.

The lawsuit, handled by London, Ont. Law firm McKenzie Lake Lawyers, estimates the cost to replace the causeway at $3.1 million.

CTV News

 

Small fire extinguished aboard Ste. Clair

4/19 - Detroit, MI – The historic Boblo Island boat suffered a small fire Wednesday afternoon.

The fire was put out after a short time, according to Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell who said that the boat is currently under construction. The fire was said to be out just before 5 p.m.

It is unclear what started the fire during the renovation at this time. In summer of 2018 a welding mishap caused a massive blaze aboard the ship at the St. Jean Boat Launch.

View a video here: http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/small-fire-extinguished-aboard-boblo-island-boat

 

Former 'jinx ship' breezes through Chicago without a hitch

4/19 - Chicago, IL – The Medusa Challenger was a freighter blamed for causing bridges to jam as it approached, bringing traffic in downtown Chicago to a total standstill and leaving commuters in its wake convinced it was cursed.

But this week, on a summery morning, all 562 feet of the cement-carrying vessel made its way from Calumet Harbor to Lake Michigan without a hiccup.

Since the ship was converted from a freighter in 2014 at 107 years old, the Challenger, which most recently has been known as the St. Marys Challenger, is the primary barge to service Chicago, said Chuck Canestraight, president of Port City Marine Services, which owns the ship. The barge sees about 30 trips to Chicago a year, he said.

In 2014, the Tribune reported fans of the ship, then the oldest vessel operating on the Great Lakes and the longest to use the Chicago River, were saddened by the switch from freighter to barge. A Facebook page calling for preservation of the freighter garnered more than 700 followers.

"I just hate to see it," said Daniel Bissell, the son of a ship captain who often saw the freighter as a teenager in Michigan, in a Tribune report. "These old boats, they have so much history."

But making necessary repairs to the freighter would have cost about $20 million, nearly doubling the cost of converting it to a barge, Canestraight said at the time.

On the final voyage of the ship older than the Titanic, the crew celebrated with steak and lobster. Michael Cushman, who steered the Challenger for more than two decades, said, "for us, it's our job and we see it every day" — but some of the crew got a little choked up, the Tribune reported.

It was a sentiment not seen in the ’60s and ’70s, when the Tribune again and again reported that bridges became stuck and drivers’ commutes delayed as the vessel then known as the Medusa Challenger approached. The maritime queen of the Gorgons was informally known as the “jinx ship.”

“No one wanted to be in traffic when the Challenger was in town,” joked Canestraight.

In September 1970, the Tribune reported pedestrians became so irritated during a passage when the Lake Shore Drive bridge jammed 6 feet from closing that they jumped from one side to the other as the bridgetender screamed, “Get off my bridge! It’s not safe!”

The ship hit the Michigan Avenue bridge with a “double whammy” in December 1972. “The bridgetender threw up his hands in despair and the Medusa let out a woeful bellow with her fog horn that must have awakened most of the loop,” the Tribune reported.

"It's the Medusa Challenger again, and she's in the Chicago River again, and a bridge is stuck again," said a Tribune caption from New Year's Day 1977. A 1978 story referred to the ship as “the nemesis of the city’s moveable bridges.”

But in 1977, the ship was associated with some luck, when its crew rescued two Wilmette men clinging to their overturned powerboat boat for 15 hours. The captain asked John Findlay, a 51-year old consulting engineer and one of the men rescued, if he recalled the ship’s name. “I said yes and I told him I didn’t care if the Medusa Challenger jinxed all of Chicago’s bridges for the rest of her life,” Findlay replied.

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-st-marys-challenger-barge-chicago-20190416-story.html

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 19

19 April 1884 - The KASOTA (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 246 foot, 1660 gross tons, built in 1884 at Cleveland, Ohio) was launched by Thomas Quayles & Sons at Cleveland, Ohio for Capt. Thomas Wilson of Cleveland, Ohio. The hull was painted green with white bulwarks and upper works.

On 19 April 1956, the newly-converted cement carrier E.M. FORD had her steering equipment break when she was abeam of Harsens Island on the St. Clair River. She plowed head-on into the down bound freighter A.M. BYERS which was loaded with dolomite for Buffalo, New York. The BYERS sank in just 17 minutes and the FORD anchored. No lives were lost.

Sea trials were completed for Upper Lakes Shipping's CANADIAN TRANSPORT on April 19, 1979, and she departed Port Weller Dry Docks Ltd., on her maiden voyage the next morning.

The GEORGE A. STINSON's self-unloading boom 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 most of the year until it was replaced on September 20. She sails today as b.) AMERICAN SPIRIT.

On April 19, 1951, the CLIFFS VICTORY began her much publicized 1,000 mile journey up the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers through the Illinois Waterway pushed by a towboat to Lockport, Illinois where two Great Lakes Towing Co., tugs took up the tow through the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

Hall Corp. of Canada's a.) HUTCHCLIFFE HALL (Hull#261) by Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, Quebec, was launched April 19, 1954.

Pittsburgh Steamship's steamer RICHARD TRIMBLE (Hull#707) of the American Ship Building Co., Lorain, Ohio, was launched April 19, 1913. She was scrapped at Duluth, Minnesota between 1978 and 1981.

On April 19, 1950, the WILFRED SYKES entered service, departing Lorain, Ohio for Toledo to load coal on her maiden voyage. The SYKES also became the largest vessel on the Great Lakes, taking the honor from Pittsburgh Steamship Company's LEON FRASER class (the "Supers"), which had held it since June 21, 1942.

April 19, 1917 - ANN ARBOR NO 5 broke off her starboard shaft and bent the rudder stock on the rocky corner of the old Goodrich dock in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

On 19 April 1880, the Port Huron Times reported the results of a severe gale: "The schooner CHRIS GROVER, ashore near Oscoda, Michigan, is reported going to pieces. The crew is aboard. The schooner ATHENIAN, lumber laden, is reported to have gone ashore off Au Sable and to be a complete wreck. The schooner HATTIE JOHNSON is abandoned on Goose Island shoal. The cabin and part of her deck are gone. The stern is gone from her mizzen and the gale probably broke her up completely and her outfit and cargo may prove a total loss." The GROVE and the JOHNSON were later recovered and put back in service.

On 19 April 1884, EUROPE (wooden propeller, passenger/package freight vessel, 136 foot, 628 gross tons, built in 1870 at St. Catharines, Ontario) was almost totally destroyed by fire at St. Catharines. The remains of her hull were later rebuilt as the barge REGINA.

1915: PALIKI of the Algoma Central Railway fleet was carrying steel rails to Chicago when it ran aground on Simmons Reef near the Straits of Mackinac.

1922: LAMBTON, a steel lighthouse tender, was last seen on the date by the MIDLAND PRINCE. It was lost with all hands on Lake Superior somewhere south of Michipicoten Island while delivering lighthouse keepers to their stations. Wreckage was later located but no bodies were ever found.

1927: DAVID S. TROXEL was damaged in a storm on Lake Superior. Plates and rivets worked loose and there were problems with the rudder. The ship was renamed c) SONOMA later in 1927 and was scrapped by Stelco in Hamilton as d) FRED L. HEWITT in 1962.

1938: REDRIVER had loaded coal at Charlotte, NY and was crossing Lake Ontario when it ran aground, due to fog, near Point Petre.

1939: VALLEY CAMP ran aground on Cole's Shoal, near Brockville, due to fog and part of the cargo of coal had to be lightered before the ship was refloated with the help of the tug SALVAGE PRINCE on April 24.

1940: SANDLAND battled through heavy ice to open the port of Port Colborne on this date in 1940. The ship had a cargo of scrap steel from Detroit for the Algoma Steel mill.

1956: A.M. BYERS was loaded with limestone and bound from Drummond Island to Buffalo when it sank in the St. Clair River following a collision with the E.M. FORD on this date in 1956. The ship was hit on the port side abreast of the pilothouse but all on board were rescued. The ship was later salvaged and repaired becoming b) CLEMENS A. REISS (ii) in 1959 and c) JACK WIRT in 1970.

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

 

New Polsteam saltie expected in Seaway

4/18 - Polsteam's bulk carrier Jamno is expected to enter the Seaway in a day or two for Toronto from Vera Cruz via Québec City. This will be her first trip. Built in 2018 in China, she is a sister ship of fleet mate Gardno that made a trip to the Great Lakes last year. Her cargo is sugar.

René Beauchamp

 

Parrish and Heimbecker to expand Hamilton flour mill

4/18 - Hamilton, Ont. – Prairie grain handler and processor Parrish and Heimbecker plans to become the single biggest user of Ontario-grown wheat with a major expansion of its newest flour mill.

The privately-held Winnipeg company on Tuesday announced expansion work is now underway on both its mill and adjacent Lake Ontario harbor terminal at Hamilton.

Few details were available in the company’s announcement Tuesday, other than that the Hamilton milling operation, opened in 2017, will have a second mill added which will “effectively double (the site’s) capacity” when it comes online, expected in 2020.

Before the Hamilton mill’s construction, P+H was already the province’s biggest flour miller and Canada’s second-biggest, with Ontario mills at Cambridge, Acton and Hanover, plus mills at Montreal, Halifax, Lethbridge and Saskatoon. Expansion of P+H’s twin domed grain terminal at Hamilton’s Pier 10 “will continue to increase the company’s ability to connect Ontario producers with global grain marketing opportunities,” the company said.

The company didn’t say Tuesday by how much it plans to expand the terminal, which today has storage capacity for 49,500 tonnes of grain and can move 850 tonnes per hour. A company representative wasn’t immediately available to comment.

Glacier FarmMedia Network

 

Port Reports -  April 18

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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
James R. Barker was finally outbound from Canadian National in the first few minutes of the morning Wednesday, allowing Roger Blough to shift to the dock and begin loading ore. Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth at 13:45 Wednesday to load iron ore pellets, however she tied up at Midwest Energy to wait for the Blough to finish loading. Maria G was outbound at 17:48 with a load of wheat from Riverland Ag, and Whitefish Bay arrived at 18:31 laden with salt for Hallett #8. The Blough had been expected to depart at 18:00 Wednesday evening, but was still at the dock as of 20:00. Herbert C. Jackson was also still in port receiving hull repairs at Port Terminal. There was no traffic at Burlington Northern in Superior on Wednesday, however Whitefish Bay is expected to begin loading there once she finishes her discharge at Hallett #8. Algoma Compass is due late Thursday afternoon to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors at approx. 05:00 on the 17th for Gary. The Thunder Bay arrived Two Harbors at 05:14 for South of #2. She departed Two Harbors on the 17th at 12:16 for Quebec City. Arriving Two Harbors on the 17th at 13:05 was the Indiana Harbor. She should leave early on the 18th. There is no scheduled inbound traffic on the 18th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on the 17th and none scheduled for the 18th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday April 16th: 22:51 Tecumseh arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. Wednesday April 17th: 6:34 Algoma Harvester arrived and went to anchor southwest of the Welcome Islands. 8:16 CCGS Griffon returned to Keefer Terminal. 16:31 CCGS Griffon departed Keefer Terminal for ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay harbor. 17:56 Tecumseh departed Superior Elevator and shifted over to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 18:14 Algoma Harvester weighed anchor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. 19:05 CCGS Griffon returned to Keefer Terminal. 20:58 Algoma Innovator arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. Expected for Thursday: Algoma Guardian, Algoma Strongfield, Frontenac and saltie Hanse Gate.

Milwaukee WI – Paul Erspamerv
Irma departed onto Lake Michigan for Burns Harbor about 9:15 Tuesday evening. Federal Barents arrived soon thereafter, taking the vacated slip at Terminal 2 in Milwaukee's outer harbor. Stewart J. Cort, which left its layup berth in Milwaukee only weeks ago, returned (from Burns Harbor), docking at the Heavy Lift dock on Jones Island in the inner harbor just after 6 p.m. Wednesday. Bradshaw McKee and barge St. Marys Conquest departed for Charlevoix about 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Burns Harbor, IN
Saltie Irma was at Burns Harbor Wednesday night.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara was loading salt on Wednesday.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Mississagi was inbound on the Saginaw River this morning, becoming the first vessel of the season to pass through the four drawbridges in Bay City and head to the upper river to unload. She called on the Sargent Dock in Zilwaukee, just below the Zilwaukee/I-75 Bridge

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
On Wednesday, the Oakglen stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Next, the tug Kimberly Anne arrived on the Rouge River to help with the dredging project. The upbound American Century docked at Zug Island, apparently to be bunkered by the William Hoey. Shortly after the Century's arrival, American Courage arrived at Zug Island to unload ore. A third ASC vessel, American Mariner, called on tbe Zug Island Shortcut dock to unload coal. Kaye E. Barker made the last arrival of the day, loaded with ore for AK Steel.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
4/17 Arrivals: Sam Laud from Marblehead, H. Lee White from Silver Bay. McKeil Spirit was unloding at Lehigh Cement. Federal Baltic remained at the Port docks. Manitoulin was in Conneaut and Cuyahoga was in Marblehead. 4/17 departures: American Century for Two Harbors.

Buffalo, N.Y. – Craig E. Seers
CSL Niagara was at the Lackawanna Bethlehem docks loading Pennsylvania coal on Wednesday.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Wednesday April 17 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrivals - Apr 17 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1402 - docked - Apr 16 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) at 0848 - departed - Apr 17 - Esta Desgagnes at 1358 eastbound

Buffalo:
anchored - Apr 16 - Radcliffe R Latimer at 2152 (awaiting a dock) - docked - Apr 16 - CSL Niagara at 1841 and NACC Argonaut at 2059

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 16 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1917 (anchored), Algoma Sault at 1955 - Apr 17 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1057 from the anchorage, Algoma Sault at 1153, Wigeon (Lbr) at 1409 (anchored), tugs Ecosse & Seahound and barge - departed old channel of Canal at Dain City with bridge 18 centre span - arriving at IMS yard for demolition at 1335 approx) and tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1425

downbound -
Apr 16 - John D Leitch at 1629 - Apr 17 - Algonova at 0530, Esta Desgagnes at 1819, Federal Rhine (Mhl) at 2024 and Algoma Discovery eta 2310

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - Apr 15 - Paul A Desgagnes at 1820 approx. - Apr 16 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1935 approx - Apr 17 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 1424 approx. and Algonova at 1854 - departures - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1040 for the canal and Paul A Desgagnes at 1455 approx. for Bronte dock

Hamilton:
arrivals - Apr 16 - G3 Marquis at 0329 and Maria Desgagnes at 0753 - Apr 17 - Jana Desgagnes 0819 - docked - Apr 12 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2303 - departed - Apr - 15 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0700 eastbound and Paul A Desgagnes at 1626 (to Port Weller anchorage) - Apr 17 - Maria Desgagnes eastbound and Algoma Equinox at 1002 for the canal

Bronte:
arrival - Apr 15 - Paul A Desgagnes at 1802 approx. - departed Apr 17 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1907 eastbound

Mississauga:
docked - Apr 15 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0830 - departed Apr 17 at 1305 for Dordrecht, the Netherlands

Clarkson:
docked - Apr 16 Jana Desgagnes at 0835 - arrivals - Apr 17 - Robert S Pierson at 0701 - departed - Apr 17 Jana Desgagnes at 0712 and Robert S Pierson at 1552 eastbound

Toronto:
docked - Apr 15 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1834

Oshawa:
docked - Apr 17 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 0651

 

“Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario” author Jim Kennard to speak

4/18 - You have three chances to join us to hear about "Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario: A Voyage of Discovery", a new book by Jim Kennard, published by National Museum of the Great Lakes.

Jim will be telling tales and signing books at the National Museum of the Great Lakes on Wednesday May 1 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. On Thursday, May 2, he will be in Avon, OH, at the Cambria Suites at 6:30 p.m.

Find tickets on https://www.eventbrite.com/o/national-museum-of-the-great-lakes

 

National Museum of the Great Lakes

 

No suspects as sabotaged Canadian Coast Guard vessel remains unrepaired

4/18 - They found it shortly before 8:00 a.m. on a chilly November day in Nova Scotia.

CCGS Corporal McLaren, a 42.8-metre-long patrol vessel, was listing to its starboard side. At least a third of the vessel — clad in the red and white colors of Canada’s Coast Guard — lay partially submerged in the icy water of Sambro Harbour.

The workers at the Canadian Maritime Engineering dockyard in Sambro Head, N.S., were quick to inform members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) that their vessel, meant to be undergoing a month-long refit, had slipped out of its cradle.

But as investigators, fisheries officials and senior analysts gathered at the scene, it did not take long to determine that the damage to the vessel was the result of sabotage.

“The cable break looks awfully clean,” said one DFO analyst in an email to his colleagues a little more than three hours after the vessel was discovered. Another analyst agreed, replying that the vessel looked like it was “cut free of [its] cradle during the night.”

The details of the incident were gleaned from 349 pages of internal emails, photographs, and reports released by the DFO under the federal government’s access-to-information law.

The CCGS Corporal McLaren had been partially submerged with 2,600 litres of diesel fuel in its tanks and 400 litres of hydraulic fluid on board after it was allegedly sabotaged in an incident reported to police last Nov. 17.

Global News

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 18

18 April 1907 - At least 20 freighters were anchored at De Tour, Michigan, waiting for the frozen St. Marys River to break up. The vessels found their provisions running low after waiting for about a week and they bought everything edible in De Tour.

The U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender ASPEN (steel propeller tender, 117 foot, 277 gross tons, built in 1906, at Toledo, Ohio) was sent to Cheboygan, Michigan to get more provisions. De Tour did not have railroad facilities at this time and therefore was compelled to stretch the provisions from the last boat in the fall through winter until a boatload of supplies was delivered in the Spring.

On 18 April 1889, the CITY OF RACINE (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 220 foot, 1,041 tons) was launched by Burger & Burger at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, for the Goodrich Transportation Company. The vessel was ready for service three months later. Her total cost was $125,000.

On her maiden voyage April 18, 1980, the AMERICAN MARINER left Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in ballast for Escanaba, Michigan to load 31,322 gross tons of taconite pellets for Ashtabula, Ohio and arrived there on April 26th.

Hall Corp. of Canada’s b.) MONTCLIFFE HALL began trading on the Great Lakes on April 18, 1978. Renamed c.) CARTIERDOC in 1988 and d.) CEDARGLEN in 2002. Built in 1959 in Germany as the a.) EMS ORE, she was purchased by Hall Corp. in 1977. Converted to a bulk carrier with the addition of a forward cargo section at Davie Shipbuilding in Lauzon, Quebec.

PATERSON (Hull#231) was launched April 18, 1985, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd. She was the last straight deck bulk freighter built on the Lakes and was built to the maximum size permitted to lock through the Seaway. Renamed b.) PINEGLEN in 2002.

Johnstown Steamship's a) MIDVALE (Hull#167) of Great Lakes Engineering Works was launched April 18, 1917. Renamed b.) BETHLEHEM in 1925 and scrapped at Santander, Spain in 1974.

Problems occurred on the ALASTAIR GUTHRIE's first trip of the year on April 18, 1979, when she began taking on water in the engine room while loading grain at the International Multifoods elevator at Duluth, Minnesota. Her stern settled to the bottom of the slip with 12 feet of water in the engine room.

Upper Lakes Shipping's RED WING was sold for scrap on April 18, 1986.

On April 18, 1960, the ROBERT C. STANLEY struck Vidal Shoal in St. Marys River about 1.5 miles above the Soo Locks, and tore a hole in her bottom.

Superior Steamship Co.'s a.) SINALOA (Hull#609) of the West Bay City Shipbuilding Co., was launched April 18, 1903, as a straight deck bulk freighter. Renamed b.) WILLIAM F. RAPPRICH in 1924, c.) SINALOA in 1927. Converted to a self unloader in 1931. Renamed d.) STONEFAX in 1960. Scrapped at Santander, Spain in 1971.

April 18, 1936 - Albert W. Ackerman, chief engineer of the Pere Marquette car ferries for 35 years, died (Friday afternoon) at the Paulina Stearns hospital.

On 18 April 1848, the wooden schooner TRIBUNE went missing in lower Lake Michigan. Her fate was unknown until native fishermen discovered her masts standing upright off Cathead Point in November 1849. All 10 of her crew were lost.

On 18 April 1885, the schooner-barge ELEANOR was launched at Mount Clemens, Michigan. Her dimensions were 185 foot overall, 32 foot beam and 11 foot 3 inch depth. She had three spars and was the consort of the steam barge A WESTON. She was built for the Tonawanda Barge Line and was named after Capt. William Du Lac's wife.

1945 The steel barge GEORGE T. DAVIE, en route from Oswego to Kingston with 1,100 tons of coal and under tow of the SALVAGE PRINCE, began leaking and sank off Nine Mile Point, Lake Ontario, in 85 feet of water. The hull was located by divers in 1999. The ship had once been part of Canada Steamship Lines.

1989 ENERCHEM AVANCE spent 7 hours aground in the St. Marys River below the Soo Locks on this day in 1989. At last report the ship was under Nigerian registry as e) ERINGA.

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

 

Boatnerd announces contest for new logo design

4/17 - As a key part of the recently announced redesign of the Boatnerd.com Web site, readers are being invited to submit designs for a new logo.

Submissions, which should reflect a Great Lakes/shipping theme, must be received by May 15 and the winning design will become the property of Boatnerd.com. The winner will receive $100 and recognition for their design.

Send high-resolution submissions (JPG, TIFF or Adobe Illustrator vector art) to moderator@boatnerd.net.

 

Algoma’s new tanker Algoterra arrives in Canada

4/17 - Halifax, NS – Algoma Tankers Ltd's latest acquisition arrived in Halifax Sunday April 14. Bearing the name Louise K and flying the flag of Tuvalu, the ship tied up at Pier 9C before noon. Workers were ready and before the afternoon was out the new name Algoterra and port of registry of Halifax were applied to the ship. Official registration in Canada took place on Monday April 15.

Scaffolding also began to go up around the ship's funnel, which still carried the colors of Knutsen OAS Shipping of Norway. The ship sailed for that company as Louise Knutsen from 2010, when it was built in Shanghai by Jiangnan, until last month when Algoma announced the purchase.

Several days of rain may delay application of new paint and bear logo. The ship's hull is Knutsen company orange and that is not expected to change soon, since it is in excellent condition. Algoma will have a multi-hued fleet this year with their previous purchase Algonorth, carrying a red hull and white waterline stripe.

Mac Mackay

 

First foreign-flag vessel enters St. Lawrence Seaway

4/17 - Finally, the first new foreign-flag ocean vessel of the season entered the Seaway on April 16, 21 days after its opening. The vessel was BBC California, a general cargo ship loaded with wind turbines pieces to be unloaded in the port of Ogdensburg. A second vessel, BBC Fortune, also a new name, is expected to follow her in a few days at the same port. BBC California was in the Seaway trade before as Beluga Fraternity while BBC Fortune was in as Fortune.

René Beauchamp

 

Port Reports -  April 17

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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 saw no traffic on Tuesday. James R. Barker, which had arrived on Monday, was still tied up at Canadian National loading on Tuesday night, and had no departure time listed. Roger Blough was tied up at CN dock #6 waiting to load after the Barker. Also in port was Maria G, loading wheat at Riverland Ag, and Herbert C. Jackson remained at Port Terminal receiving repairs. Mesabi Miner was due at 21:00 Tuesday night to load at CN, however she will likely anchor outside the harbor since she has to wait for both the Barker and Blough to load. At the Superior entry, Burns Harbor was outbound at 12:01 Tuesday afternoon with a load from BN. Lee A. Tregurtha shifted to the dock from Port Terminal, and loaded throughout the afternoon and evening before departing with her ore cargo at 19:25.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle departed Two Harbors on April 16th at 04:20 for Gary. John J. Boland shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 and then departed Two Harbors on the 16th at 13:06 for Zug Island. Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors on the 16th at 13:24. As of 19:00 she was still at the loading dock. Arriving off Two Harbors on the 16th was the Thunder Bay. Due Two Harbors on the 17th is the Indiana Harbor. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure on the 16th at 11:56 of the Hon. James L. Oberstar for the Cleveland Bulk Terminal. Silver Bay has no traffic scheduled for April 17th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Monday April 15th: 22:17 Baie St Paul departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Sydney, Nova Scotia. Tuesday April 16th: 7:06 CSL St Laurent departed Viterra A downbound. 7:30 CCGS Griffon departed Keefer Terminal for ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay harbor. 13:26 CCGS Griffon returned to Keefer Terminal. 15:07 Kaministiqua departed Richardson Main Terminal downbound. 18:52 saltie Ludogorets arrived and went to anchor. 19:06 CCGS Griffon departed Keefer Terminal for ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay harbor. Expected late Tuesday: Tecumseh. Expected for Wednesday: Algoma Harvester and Algoma Innovator.

Cedarville, MI
Manitowoc was loading stone Tuesday evening, with Wilfred Sykes at anchor waiting for the dock.

Green Bay, WI – Paul Erspamer
Algoma Compass arrived in Green Bay with salt from Goderich about 6:25 a.m. Tuesday. The vessel was outbound from the Fox River by 1:45 p.m., headed for Duluth-Superior.

Sturgeon Bay, WI
John G. Munson has been towed out of the graving dock and is tied up at berth 7, stern first. She is sporting a new paint job.

Milwaukee WI – Paul Erspamer
Federal Barents was mid-lake in northern Lake Michigan Tuesday, inbound for Milwaukee overnight. Irma remained at Terminal 2 in the outer harbor, unloading steel products.

Calcite, MI – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Tuesday and none were due in or expected to arrive. Three vessels though are due in for Wednesday with the first one being the Philip R. Clarke in the morning for the North Dock and they will be followed by the Mississagi in the early afternoon loading at the South Dock. The Cason J. Callaway rounds out the lineup and they are also due in on Wednesday in the early evening for the South Dock to load.

Alpena, MI – Ben & Chanda McClain
The tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41 arrived at Lafarge on Monday and unloaded product throughout the day. The steamer Alpena came in around 6 p.m. on Monday to load cement.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Mississagi was loading salt on Tuesday.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Philip R Clarke arrived early Tuesday morning to unload ore at Zug Island. The tugs Manitou and Capt. Keith arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal. The upbound Frontenac stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. The last vessel of the day was the Cason J Callaway, loaded with more ore for Zug Island.

Toledo, OH – Denny Dushane
The American Mariner was expected to arrive at the CSX Coal Dock to load on Tuesday in the evening. Also due at CSX is the Saginaw, expected to arrive on Wednesday in the mid-afternoon. The barge Maumee and the tug Victory are due at CSX on Friday in the early afternoon. Due at the Torco Dock is the James R. Barker on Thursday in the early afternoon. Also due at Torco is the barge Maumee and tug Victory on Friday during the early morning hours. Vessels in port included three Fednav saltwater vessels: Federal Oshima, Federal Leda and Federal Dart, all of which were at the Midwest Terminal Overseas Dock. The tug Sharon M 1 with her barge were also in port along with the Algoma Niagara upriver at one of the grain elevators. Also in port was the saltwater vessel Miedwie, which had arrived at one of the grain elevators upriver.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
4/16 arrivals: Federal Baltic at Dock 24 at the Port of Cleveland with pipe and structural steel. McKeil Spirit will unload at Lehigh Cement. American Mariner with stone for Osborne Concrete. Defiance/Ashtabula to Fairport Harbor. 4/16 departures: Sam Laud left for Marblehead. Samuel deChamplain/Innovation left for Alpena.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Tuesday April 16 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrivals - Apr 16 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) at 0848 and Esta Desgagnes at 1614 - docked - Apr 15 - CSL Niagara at 2325 - departed - Apr 16 - CSL Niagara at 1353 and Tuvaq W (ex San Pietro-18, Bering-13) at 1543 westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage:
anchored - Apr 15 - CSL Niagara at 1643 - departed Apr 15 for the dock CSL Niagara at 2211 for the dock - Apr 16 - Esta Desgagnes at 1559 for the dock

Buffalo:
arrivals -Apr 16 - CSL Niagara at 1841 and NACC Argonaut at 2059

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 15 - Algoma Strongfield at 1734 , Manitoulin at 1956 - Apr 16 - tug Wilf Seymour and Alouette Spirit at 0104, Oakglen at 0331, NACC Argonaut at 0526, Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1917

downbound -
Apr 15 - Algocanada at 1355, - CSL Laurentien at 2037 - Apr 16 - tug Leonard M & barge at 0559, CSL Welland at 0920 and John D Leitch at 1629

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - Apr 16 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1935 approx

Hamilton:
arrivals - Apr 15 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0152, Paul A Desgagnes at 0237, Algoma Equinox at 1647 - Apr 16 - G3 Marquis at 0329 and Maria Desgagnes at 0753 - docked - Apr 12 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2303 - Apr 15 - Algoma Equinox at 1614 - departed (all for the canal) - Apr 15 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 0700 for Clarkson, Paul A Desgagnes at 1624 for Port Weller anchorage - Apr 16 - Algoma Spirit at 0819 and Algoma Sault at 1734 (both for the canal)

Bronte:
anchored - Apr 13 - Sarah Desgagnes at 2024 - departed Apr 16 at 0611 for the dock - arrived Apr 16 - 0613

Mississauga:
docked - Apr 15 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0830 from Port Weller anchorage

Clarkson:
arrival - Apr 15 - Robert S Pierson at 2218 - departed Apr 16 at 0730 eastbound

Toronto:
docked - Apr 15 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1834 - departures - Apr 16 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 0348 and tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1627 - both eastbound

Oshawa:
anchored - Apr 16 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 2029

 

Icebreaker will make another try to break out Georgian Bay this week

4/17 - The Canadian Coast Guard will make another attempt to break the ice for commercial ships on Georgian Bay "on or about Thursday." Last week the icebreaker was unable to get through the thick layers of ice, leaving many people who lined the shores hoping to watch the Pierre Radisson in action disappointed.

According to the coast guard, substantial ice ridges north of Hope Island prevented the icebreakers from reaching the Midland Harbour earlier this month.

The Canadian Coast Guard has provided icebreaking assistance to over 400 commercial vessels so far this season.

CTV

 

No new storm damage on Duluth’s Lakewalk

4/17 - Duluth, MN – The spring storm that blew through Duluth last Thursday caused "no significant damage," a city official said Monday. Mike LeBeau, construction project supervisor for the city of Duluth, said high winds off Lake Superior blew ice into the shore, creating a barrier that helped protect the Lakewalk.

Before the storm, the National Weather Service had warned that strong winds and high waves could lift ice into the air, endangering the shoreline and anyone nearby. Instead, the ice built up along the shore and disrupted waves and helped to keep water away from the path, LeBeau said.

Duluth has seen three previous storms in the past two years — in October 2017, April 2018 and October 2018 — causing between $25 million and $30 million in damage to the Lakewalk.

While last week's storm didn't add to the damage tally, repairs are ongoing, and work to restore the Lakewalk in Canal Park likely won't happen at all this year.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Iconic pier nears return to Lake Michigan shoreline

4/17 - Grand Haven, MI – Lake Michigan’s shoreline will welcome residents and visitors this summer who want to stroll alongside Grand Haven’s long-awaited pier catwalk.

Grand Haven City Manager Pat McGinnis recently announced that the iconic catwalk will return to its former home over the South Pier before July 26, the Grand Haven Tribune reported. The reinstallation will begin in May.

The city opted to remove the century-old catwalk in 2016 before the Army Corps of Engineers began a $2.1 million project to rebuild the pier. The South Pier reopened last August after being delayed by record high water levels in Lake Michigan.

The federal agency had planned to demolish the catwalk when it first proposed the pier resurfacing project in 2015, the Muskegon Chronicle reported. But Grand Haven officials and community members worked to raise more than $1 million to save the 100-year-old structure, which historically served as a way for lighthouse keepers to move safely along the dangerous pier.

Only a handful of the original “bents,” or arches that support the catwalk, were able to be restored because of structural deficiencies. The Grand Haven City Council last November commissioned the welding of new bents to replicate the old structure.

The work should be complete ahead of the reinstallation, which begins next month.

“It an iconic structure that defines what this community is,” said Erin Turrell, who led the fundraising campaign to bring the catwalk back. “When you’re out on a boat and you see the pier and the catwalk, you know that you’re home. You know you’re passing by Grand Haven. Without it being there, it’s been pretty vacant.”

The Detroit Free Press

 

Cleveland’s Cuyahoga named River of the Year

4/17 - Cleveland, OH – To celebrate 50 years of environmental resurgence, the Cuyahoga River has been named “River of the Year” by American Rivers. The Washington D.C.-based conservation organization works to protect wild rivers, restore damaged rivers and advocate for clean water.

For more than 30 years, the organization annually has named 10 endangered rivers, including this year Big Darby Creek in Columbus.

The Cuyahoga has never been named to the endangered list. But it’s being honored for its role in sparking the modern environmental movement after the 1969 fire.

“May other cities draw inspiration from Cleveand’s story, and may we all work together to spark an urban river renaissance nationwide,” American Rivers President Bob Irvin. “Because everyone in our country deserves clean water and a healthy river."

More than 300 Northeast Ohio organizations are planning events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the June 22 fire and the transformation of the river from an open sewer to an active fishery and watersports playground.

More than 60 fish species thrive in the river, which hosts kayakers, stand-up paddleboards and oodles of rowers from April through November.

Irvin said the clean-up has revitalized Cleveland, and he hopes it inspires Americans across the country. “When we’re smart enough to stop polluting river or stop diverting a river or take down dams, … rivers can come back to life and they can do that amazingly quickly,” Irvin said.

Cleveland.com

 

Monroe Port Director appointed to key U.S. maritime transportation committee

4/17 - Washington, DC – U.S. Sen. Gary Peters has applauded the Department of Transportation’s decision to appoint Director of the Port of Monroe Paul C. LaMarre III to the U.S. Marine and Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC) for a term of two years. Last year, Peters supported LaMarre’s application, writing a letter to the Department of Transportation.

“From his service as a U.S. Navy pilot to his superb management of the Port of Monroe, Paul LaMarre is a distinguished representative of Michigan’s rich maritime heritage,” said Sen.Peters. “I was proud to support his application, and I believe that he will not only be a tremendous asset to the Marine and Transportation System National Advisory Committee, but also a key voice on the federal level for the Great Lakes’ ports and waterways.”

“Receiving Sen. Peters’ nomination to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC) and subsequent appointment by Secretary Elaine L. Chao is truly a humbling honor,” said LaMarre. “Sen. Peters’ unrelenting support of the Great Lakes maritime industry is indisputable and his support for the opportunity to advocate for the broader interests of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system as a whole is priceless. The senator’s ongoing efforts to ensure the Great Lakes are sustainable both industrially and environmentally are at the foundation of the Port of Monroe’s continued growth and resilience.”

MTSNAC was commissioned by the Department of Transportation to identify issues and develop solutions to various impediments to effective management of short sea transportation. The Committee works directly with the Secretary of Transportation on various issues relating to maritime transportation, and to ensure that our waterways are seamless integrated within the nation’s larger transportation system.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 17

17 April 1871 - The wooden brig ST. JOSEPH was carrying lumber from Ludington, Michigan, to Chicago, Illinois. Her hold was filled and lumber was stacked on deck so she was indeed overloaded. A gale developed and the deck load shifted, then was lost. ST. JOSEPH became waterlogged in mid-lake. Her crew remained with her until 19 April when the propeller ST. LEWIS found them 35 miles southwest of Pentwater, Michigan, and took them there. The tug ALDRICH towed the waterlogged brig in for repairs.

The first vessels through the Straits of Mackinac for the 1870 season were the CITY OF BOSTON and the CITY OF NEW YORK, both owned by the Northern Transportation Company. They passed through the Straits on 17 April 1870. The following day they passed Port Huron but could only go as far as Algonac, Michigan, since the St. Clair River had an ice jam which raised the water level by two feet and was causing flooding.

The Collingwood-built, 610-foot aft section of the JOHN B. AIRD passed up bound through the St. Marys Falls Canal on April 17, 1983, in tow of the tugs WILFRED M. COHEN and JOHN MC LEAN heading for Thunder Bay, Ontario, where it was assembled with the 120-foot bow section.

Canada Steamship Lines a.) STADACONA (Hull#24) was launched April 17, 1929, by Midland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. She was renamed b.) NORDALE in 1969 and was scrapped at Port Colborne, Ontario, in 1983. She was the first vessel scrapped at the old Algoma Steel Dock in Port Colborne.

April 17, 1970 - CITY OF FLINT 32 was sold to the Norfolk & Western Railway for $100,000.

On 17 April 1840, the wooden side-wheeler CATARAQUI was burned to a total loss during a great fire, which destroyed much of the waterfront area of Kingston, Ontario.

On 17 April 1874, CHARLES J. KERSHAW (wooden propeller, 223 foot, 1,324 gross tons) was launched at the Ballentine shipyard at Bangor, Michigan.

1961: FREEMAN HATCH was built at Sturgeon Bay and completed in December 1942. It left the Great Lakes the following spring for service for the British Ministry of War Transport. It was sold and renamed b) CHARLES M. in 1950 and became c) HOUSTON in 1953. The vessel was sunk on this date in 1962 during the attempted, anti-Castro, Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

1982: CHEMICAL TRANSPORT ran aground in the St. Lawrence near Dark Island as channel markers were out of position due to the wind and ice conditions. The vessel lightered some cargo to fleetmate JAMES TRANSPORT and then went to Sorel for repairs. In 2009, the ship was reported as lying burned out and derelict near Lagos, Nigeria, after an explosion and fire as c) REAL PROGRESS on June 1, 2001.

1990: RESERVE ran aground in the St. Marys River while downbound with a load of iron ore for Toledo on this date in 1990. The ship stranded in a snowstorm and had to be lightered to the WILLIAM R. ROESCH before going to Fraser Shipyard for repairs.

1997: ALGOLAKE got stuck on Vidal Shoal, St. Marys River while bound for Algoma Steel with a cargo of iron ore. The ship was lightered and released. After unloading, the vessel went to Thunder Bay for repairs.

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

 

Algoma Conveyor arrives in Canada

4/16 - The newest member of the Algoma Central Corp. fleet, Algoma Conveyor arrived in Sept Isles, Quebec, on its maiden voyage from China. Algoma Conveyor is the eighth vessel in the Equinox-class series that started in 2013 with the Algoma Equinox.

Algoma Conveyor will soon be re-registered in Canada and get a Canadian crew. She will then join her seven other Equinox-class fleetmates Algoma Equinox, Algoma Harvester, G3 Marquis, Algoma Strongfield, Algoma Niagara, Algoma Innovator and Algoma Sault.

Denny Dushane

 

Shortened names mean scrap tows imminent for Algowood, Capt. Henry Jackman

4/16 - It looks like the Algowood and Capt. Henry Jackman will be towed off to a scrapyard in Turkey soon.

According to the Port of Montreal web site, their names have been shortened to Gowo and Enry, which is typically done for scrap tows.

Matt Miner

 

Port Reports -  April 16

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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
Monday was an extremely busy day in the Twin Ports. The day began with the arrival of Duluth's first saltie of the season, Maria G, which was inbound from anchor at 06:55 and docked at Riverland Ag to load wheat. John J. Boland departed at 08:11 for Two Harbors after unloading coal at C. Reiss, and her fleetmate American Spirit was outbound at 08:44 with iron ore pellets from CN. James R. Barker then came in from anchor at 09:10, and tied up at Canadian National to load. Next was Paul R. Tregurtha, which followed the Barker in at 09:38, and began loading coal at Midwest Energy. Roger Blough was inbound at 10:35 and moored at CN Dock #6, opposite of the loading dock, to wait for the James R. Barker to finish loading. Wrapping up the morning traffic was American Integrity, which left port at 10:54 with coal from SMET. During the evening, Edgar B. Speer departed at 17:44 after receiving propeller work at Port Terminal, and dropped anchor off the Duluth harbor waiting to load in Two Harbors. Lee A. Tregurtha rounded out the day's arrivals, making her entrance at 18:12, and tied up in the Port Terminal slip. She is waiting to load ore at Burlington Northern in Superior. Herbert C. Jackson remained tied up at Port Terminal for hull work. Paul R. Tregurtha was expected to depart around 21:30 Monday night, and James R. Barker should finish loading at CN in the early morning hours on Tuesday. In Superior, CSL Tadoussac departed at 09:25 Monday for Nanticoke with ore from BN, and Burns Harbor came in at 10:07 and began loading. She is expected to depart early Tuesday morning.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Algoma Transport departed Two Harbors on 02:42 on the 15th for Quebec City. The Joseph L. Block shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 and departed Two Harbors on the 15th at 14:12 for Indiana Harbor. The Presque Isle was inbound Two Harbors on the 15th at 07:52 for North of #2. She shifted between 14:30-15:00 to South of #2 where as of 19:45 on the 15th she continued to load. Arriving Two Harbors on the 15th after unloading eastern coal in Duluth was the John J. Boland. She arrived at 15:48 for North of #2 lay-by. The Lee A. Tregurtha had been scheduled for Two Harbors, but went to the Twin Ports. The Edgar B. Speer went to anchor off Duluth on the 15th after undergoing repairs. She'll probably load in Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors on the 16th is the Thunder Bay. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the H. Lee White on the 14th at 19:36 for Cleveland. The American Courage departed Silver Bay on the 15th at 09:10 for Cleveland. Arriving Silver Bay on the 15th was the Hon. James L. Oberstar at approx. 18:23.

Thunder Bay, ON
Monday April 15th: 9:44 Baie St Paul arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 10:21 CCGS Griffon departed Keefer Terminal for ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay harbor. 13:17 CCGS Griffon returned to Keefer Terminal. 16:44 CCGS Pierre Radisson departed Thunder Bay downbound. Expected for Monday: saltie Ludogorets.

Cedarville, MI – Denny Dushane
Wilfred Sykes is expected Tuesday in the morning. Also due on Tuesday is the Manitowoc in the late afternoon and the barge Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted rounds out the lineup as they are due on Wednesday in the early afternoon.

Port Inland, MI – Denny Dushane
Wilfred Sykes is expected during the early morning from Cedarville, They will be the first vessel to arrive at Port Inland for the 2019 shipping season. Also expected is the Manitowoc on Friday in the late morning and they are scheduled back on Saturday in the morning hours.

Stoneport, MI – Denny Dushane
The barge Menominee and tug Olive L. Moore are expected to arrive on Tuesday at noon to load. This will be the pair's first trip and load for the 2019 season having departed from Erie, PA, on Sunday. Also due in on Tuesday is the Great Republic is the late evening. The barge Pathfinder and the tug Dorothy Ann are due on Wednesday at noon. Rounding out the schedule is the barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort due in on Thursday in the early afternoon. The barge Menominee and the tug Olive L. Moore are due back at Stoneport to load on Thursday in the late afternoon.

Calcite, MI – Denny Dushane
Saginaw was expected to arrive on Monday evening to load from the South Dock. There are no vessels scheduled for Tuesday. Three vessels are due for Wednesday with the first one being the Philip R. Clarke arriving in the morning for the North Dock. The Mississagi is due to arrive in the early afternoon on Wednesday for the South Dock and the Cason J. Callaway rounds out the lineup on Wednesday arriving in the early evening to load at the South Dock.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Compass, laden with salt, cleared 8 p.m. Sunday for Green Bay WI. Radcliffe R. Latimerwas loading road salt at Compass Minerals on Monday.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Olive L Moore/Menominee, fresh out of lay up, stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal Monday morning. The tug Meredith Ashton was in and out of the Rouge River, before tying up just south of the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal.

Toledo, OH – Denny Dushane
American Mariner is due at the CSX Coal Dock to load on Tuesday in the evening hours. Also due at CSX to load is the Saginaw expected to arrive on Wednesday in the mid-afternoon. Due at the Torco Dock is the barge Maumee and tug Victory on Friday in the early morning hours and they are due back at Torco on Tuesday, April 26 in the early morning. There are three saltwater vessels currently in port all of which are Fednav vessels and all three of them were at the Midwest Terminal Overseas Dock on Monday. The vessels were the Federal Oshima, Federal Leda and the Federal Dart.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
With the ore stock at Cleveland Bulk Terminal steadily decreasing, replenishment is coming by way of three American Steamship vessels. Leading the parade is American Century, followed by H. Lee White with American Courage bringing up the rear. American Century should arrive Tuesday, with the other boats over the next two days after.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Monday April 15 – Barry Andersen Nanticoke:
docked - Apr 13 - Tuvaq W (ex San Pietro-18, Bering-13) at 0838

Long Point Bay anchorage:
anchored - Apr 12 - Esta Desgagnes at 2122 - Apr 15 - CSL Niagara at 1643

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 14 - Algoma Enterprise at 1617 - Apr 15 - Algoma Guardian at 0021, Hanse Gate- (Atg) (ex CL Hanse Gate-15, Federal Matane-11, Lake Erie-04), McKeil Spirit at 0845, Miedwie (Bhs) at 0617, Frontenac, Algoma Buffalo (departed wharf 6 at 1900 approx.), Algoma Strongfield at 1734 , and Manitoulin at 1956

downbound -
Apr 15 - Algoma Buffalo at 0549 (stopped at wharf 6 - Thorold dock at approx 0933), Algoma Sault at 0656, Frontenac (departed Wharf 19E) went down to Port Robinson and turned to head upbound), Algocanada at 1355, light tug Ecosse & barge at 1355 (in old channel of the canal at Dain City - to load bridge 18 onto barge after bridge severed from approaches), CSL Laurentien at 2037

Welland Canal docks:
docked - Apr 12 - Federal Baltic (Mhl) (departed wharf 12 mid-afternoon) - Apr 13 - Frontenac at 0713 (stopped at wharf 19E) - departures - Apr 15 - Frontenac (departed wharf 12)

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - - Apr 14 - Algonorth at 1335 - departures - Apr 15 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) to Mississauga and Algonorth at 0814 eastbound and Paul A Desgagnes at 1730 approx.

Hamilton:
arrivals - Apr 15 - Algoma Equinox at 1647 - docked - Apr 12 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2303 - Apr 14 - Algoma Spirit - departed (all for the canal) - Apr 14 - Algoma Guardian at 2150 - Algoma Harvester at 2303 - Apr 15 - Algoma Strongfield at 1547

Bronte:
anchored - Apr 13 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0959 off the dock

Mississauga:
arrival - Apr 15 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0830 from Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
arrival - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1834 - docked - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 0751 and tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0959 - departed - Apr 14 at 1142 eastbound

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 16

16 April 1907 - In a blinding snowstorm, the LOUIS PAHLOW (wooden propeller package freighter, 155 foot, 366 gross tons, built in 1882, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin) was towing the DELTA (wooden schooner, 134 foot, 269 gross tons, built in 1890, at Algonac, Michigan) on Lake Michigan. She went off course and ran onto the rocks at the Clay Banks, six miles south of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The DELTA made it to anchorage before she also grounded. The Lifesaving Service rescued both crews. Both vessels were eventually freed, repaired and put back in service.

On 16 April 1872, the THOMAS W. FERRY (wooden schooner, 180 feet) was launched at the J. Jones yard at Detroit, Michigan. She cost $40,000 and was owned by P. J. Ralph & Son and A. C. Burt.

ALGOWOOD departed on her maiden voyage April 16, 1981, from Owen Sound, Ontario, in ballast for Stoneport, Michigan, taking on limestone there for Sarnia, Ontario.

ALGOLAKE's sea trials were held April 16, 1977.

BURNS HARBOR's keel was laid at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, as (Hull#720) for Wilmington Trust Co., Bethlehem Steel Co., manager, on April 16, 1979.

CEMENTKARRIER (Hull#175) of the Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd at Haverton Hill-on-Tees, England, was launched April 16, 1930, for Canada Cement Transport Ltd.

Reiss Steamship Co.'s a.) W.K. BIXBY entered service on April 16, 1906. Renamed b.) J. L. REISS in 1920 and c.) SIDNEY E. SMITH JR in 1971. She sank in a collision with the Hindman steamer PARKER EVANS under the Blue Water Bridge on June 5, 1972.

On April 16, 1986, U.S. Steel's steamer WILLIAM A. IRVIN was sold for $110,000 to the Duluth Convention Center Board.

On 16 April 1870, the fore-and-aft schooner L.W. PERRY was launched at the Fitzgerald & Leighton yard in Port Huron, Michigan. She was owned by J. L. Woods of Lexington, Michigan and commanded by Capt. M. Hyde. Her dimensions were 128 foot keel, 133 foot overall, 26 foot beam and 9 foot depth. She cost $29,000 and was built for the lumber trade.

On 16 April 1873, DAVID BALLENTINE (wooden propeller, 221 foot, 972 gross tons) was launched at Bangor, Michigan. She was built by Thomas Boston.

1897: The wooden schooner INGEBORG FORREST was a total loss in a spring gale near the entrance to Pentwater, Michigan, on this date in 1897.

1906: EUGENE ZIMMERMAN was upbound with coal on its maiden voyage when it collided with the SAXONA in the Mud Lake section of the St. Marys River on this day in 1906. The new bulk carrier was hit on the port bow and sank. The hull was raised on May 20, repaired and returned to service. It was renamed b) GRAND ISLAND in 1916 and last operated in 1960. After work as a grain storage hull named c) POWEREAUX CHRIS, the vessel was towed to Hamburg, West Germany, for scrapping in 1964.

1959: T.R. McLAGAN of Canada Steamship Lines ran aground on a shoal off Amherst Island, Lake Ontario, and was released on April 18.

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

 

Port Reports -  April 15

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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
Edgar B. Speer arrived Duluth at 07:19 Sunday morning, backed into the Port Terminal slip, and pumped out her ballast to have propeller work done. Her fleetmate Cason J. Callaway left port at 08:46 with a load of iron ore pellets for Detroit. American Spirit arrived from anchor at 09:21, and began loading at Canadian National. John J. Boland made a rare visit to Duluth Sunday evening, arriving at 19:02 with a load of coal to discharge at C. Reiss. Outside the harbor, James R. Barker was on the hook waiting to load ore at CN, and Maria G. was waiting to load grain at CHS #2. Both vessels are expected to arrive on Monday morning. Also in port were Herbert C. Jackson, undergoing repairs at Port Terminal, and American Integrity, taking a delay at Lakehead Pipeline. At the Superior entry, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was outbound at 05:25 Sunday morning with a load of ore from Burlington Northern. Algoma Discovery arrived at 06:28, and loaded throughout the day before departing at 18:23. CSL Tadoussac was next, arriving at 19:15 to load. Burns Harbor was next in line, and was at anchor outside the Superior entry.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors at 22:18 on the 13th. As of 19:00 on the 14th she didn’t have an updated AIS. The CSL Assiniboine was inbound Two Harbors on the 13th at 23:00. She departed on the 14th at 14:02 for Quebec City. The Algoma Transport was at anchor off Duluth at approx. 08:30 on the 14th. She arrived Two Harbors on the 14th at 14:15 for South of #2. Arriving off Two Harbors at 09:30 on the 14th was the Presque Isle. The Joseph L. Block continues at lay-by at North of #2. The Edgar B. Speer went to Duluth for a delay at the Port Terminal. Due Two Harbors on April 15th is the Lee A. Tregurtha. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the American Century on April 13th at 23:56 for Cleveland. The H. Lee White departed Silver Bay on the 14th at approx. 19:30. Arriving Silver Bay on the 14th at approx. 14:00 was the American Courage.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday April 14th: 1:37 Ojibway arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 7:04 CCGS Griffon departed Keefer Terminal for ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay harbor. 9:25 CSL St Laurent arrived at Viterra B to load grain. 9:54 CCGS Griffon returned to Keefer Terminal. 16:51 Ojibway departed Viterra A downbound. 17:08 Kaministiqua arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Expected for Monday: Baie St Paul.

Green Bay, WI – Paul Erspamer
Kaye E. Barker departed from the Fox River at about 5:40 a.m. Sunday, en route to Marquette.

Milwaukee, WI – Paul Erspamer
Irma remained unloading steel at Terminal 2 in Milwaukee's outer harbor on Sunday. Bradshaw McKee & barge St. Marys Conquest arrived at 3:30 a.m. Sunday with cement from Charlevoix, docking in the Kinnickinnic River. Algoma Innovator departed for Calumet Harbor just before 9 p.m. Saturday after unloading salt at Jones Island.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Radcliffe R Latimer was still at the elevators on Sunday. Algoma Compass was loading salt at Compass Minerals.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
The tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge Delaware arrived early Sunday morning to load at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal. Next, the tug Sharon M I and barge Huron Spirit called on Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload steel coils. Mesabi Miner stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Sam Laud left Lorain for Cleveland on Sunday. Algoma Buffalo departed Cleveland.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Sunday April 14 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - Apr 13 - Tuvaq W (ex San Pietro-18, Bering-13) at 0838

Long Point Bay anchorage:
anchored - Apr 12 - Esta Desgagnes at 2122

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 13 - Federal Rhine (Mhl) at 1715 and Tecumseh at 2011, Federal Dart (Mhl) at 2345 - Apr 14 - Federal Barents (Mhl) at 0054, Algoma Harvester at 0310 and Algoma Enterprise at 1617

downbound - Apr 13 - Frontenac at 0713 (headed to wharf 19E), Algoma Spirit at 1723 and tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1728 - Apr 14 - Algonorth at 0220 and Manitoulin at 0459

Welland Canal docks:
docked - Apr 12 - Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 0706 (stopped at wharf 16) - Apr 13 - Frontenac at 0713 (stopped at wharf 19E)

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - Apr 14 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1045 from Mississauga - Apr 14 - Algonorth at 1335

Hamilton:
arrivals - Apr 14 - Algoma Enterprise at 0448, Algoma Spirit at 0640 (anchored) - docked - Apr 12 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2303 - Apr 13 - Algoma Guardian at 0859 - Algoma Strongfield at 2336 - Apr 14 - Algoma Enterprise at 0448 - departed - Apr 13 - Algoma Harvester at 2303 - Apr 14 - Algoma Enterprise at 1351 (both for the canal)

Bronte:
anchored - Apr 13 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0959 off the dock

Mississauga:
arrival - Apr 13 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0247 - departed Apr 14 at 0909 - back to Port Weller

Toronto:
arrivals - (weather related?) tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 0751 and tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0959 - departed - Apr 13 - NACC Argonaut at 1304 - Apr 14 at 1142 eastbound Oshawa:
arrival - Apr 12 - NACC Quebec (ex Tenace-16) at 1210 - departed Apr 13 at 2026 eastbound

 

Bob Campbell named MHSD’s Historian of the Year

4/15 - Robert B. Campbell of Grand Ledge, MI, author of the book "Classic Ships of Great Lakes," published in 2015, has been honored as Historian of the Year for 2019 by the Marine Historical Society of Detroit. The annual recipient is selected by those previously honored.

Campbell has contributed articles for many years to various marine publications, had produced several DVDs about Great Lakes vessels, and often gives well-researched maritime-themed presentations around the Great Lakes.

MHSD

 

Volunteers needed for many roles in support of the BoatNerd site

4/15 -  Please e-mail moderator@boatnerd.net if you are interested in volunteering. Here are some of the areas that need to be covered.

 News Page Port Reports
We are seeking reporters to send in daily activity summaries from the following ports: Lake Erie ports (Cleveland, Ashtabula, Sandusky, Toledo)

Automated Vessel Passage Fact Checker
When: Now
How often: As much as you like
Our automated Vessel passage is a long-term project and we are now moving out of the testing phase. This system uses data from our AIS system to automatically log vessel passages for a given location.

BoatNerd.Com/Passage
Because this is an automated system we need volunteers to help with verifying data and entering cargo information. You could help out once a week or once a day, our hope is to get a strong group of volunteers to help keep the additional information accurate and up to date.

AIS receivers
When: ongoing:
How often: One time install, with occasional reboots

We would like to expand the AIS receivers to better fill some of the gaps in the system. If you have an existing system (HAMS) or are sharing with a service like Marinetraffic.com you can share your data with us. If you would like to host a receiver please e-mail, all that is needed is a location close to the water with an always on Internet connection and area to mount a small antenna externally or in an attic. Note to ports and commercial operators: We can add your location that you can embed a map or passage listing, for example http://ais.boatnerd.com/passage

These areas have the largest gaps:

Lake Erie:
North shore, we need better coverage of the Pelee Passage, Colchester, Kingsville, Leamington,
Port Stanley to Port Burwell and Long Point Bay: Nanticoke / Port Dover
Fairport, Ohio
Conneaut, Ohio

Lake Huron:
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Lake Michigan
Port Inland
Milwaukee

Lake Superior
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Grand Marais North Shore
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Lake Ontario
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Toronto
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BoatNerd Site Content
When: Starting Summer?
How often: As much as you like

We will be updating the site and asking for volunteers to help move, create and maintain content. This is across the site including photo galleries, News Page and Facts & Figures section. Knowledge of Wordpress or Photoshop would be helpful.

BoatNerd News Photo Gallery
When: Summer?
How often: as much as you like
This would involve processing user-submitted photos and posting them to a Wordpress photo gallery. Knowledge of Wordpress or Photoshop would be helpful.

 We’d like to thank everyone for responding. We will do our best to keep all volunteers up to date on the redesign process.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 15

15 April 1907 - The Rutland Line’s OGDENSBURG (steel propeller package freighter, 242-foot, 2329 gross tons, built in 1906, at Cleveland, Ohio) was carrying 50,000 bushels of corn, a big consignment of flour and general merchandise from Chicago to Ogdensburg when she stranded on Point aux Barques on Lake Huron in a storm. Although she was leaking in her forward compartment, she was freed after some cargo was jettisoned.

15 April 1907 - The Welland Canal opened for the season with the first vessel being the SAMUEL MATHER (steel propeller bulk freighter, 530 foot, 6,751 gross tons, built in 1906, at Wyandotte, Michigan) carrying coal from Cleveland, Ohio to Prescott, Ontario.

On 15 April 1881, the Market Street Bridge in Mount Clemens, Michigan, was taken down to allow the newly built VIRGINIUS to pass down the Clinton River to Lake St. Clair, where she was taken in tow by the CITY OF NEW BALTIMORE. The VIRGINIUS was towed to Port Huron where her engine was installed and she was fitted out for service.

Misener's CANADA MARQUIS (Hull#257) of Govan Shipyards Ltd, Govan, Scotland, was launched April 15, 1983. Renamed b.) FEDERAL RICHELIEU in 1991, c.) FEDERAL MACKENZIE in 1991, d.) MACKENZIE in 2001 and CSL's e.) BIRCHGLEN in 2002.

American Steamship Co.'s SAM LAUD was christened April 15, 1975.

On April 15, 1977, the CONALLISON's, a.) FRANK C. BALL of 1906, self-unloading boom collapsed while unloading coal at the Detroit Edison Trenton, Michigan, power plant in the Trenton Channel on the lower Detroit River.

W. W. HOLLOWAY suffered a fire in the fantail while in dry dock following her re-powering at AmShip on April 15, 1963, causing $15,000 damage.

Pittsburgh Steamship's steamer J. P. MORGAN JR left Lorain in ballast April 15, 1910, on her maiden voyage to load iron ore at Duluth, Minnesota.

Masaba Steamship's steamer JOE S. MORROW entered service April 15, 1907.

The steamer JOHN P. REISS left Lorain, Ohio on her maiden voyage on April 15, 1910 with coal for Escanaba, Michigan. She was the first of three bulkers built in 1910 for Reiss interests. The other two were the steamers A. M. BYERS and the PETER REISS.

The tanker IMPERIAL COLLINGWOOD began service April 15, 1948.

On April 15, 1955, American Steamship's steamer DETROIT EDISON entered service, departing Manitowoc, Wisconsin, for Port Inland, Michigan, on her maiden trip.

On April 15, 1985, the e.) WILLIAM CLAY FORD, formerly d.) WALTER A. STERLING and presently f.) LEE A. TREGURTHA) departed Fraser Shipyards for the D. M. & I. R. ore docks in West Duluth for her first load in Ford Motor Company colors.

April 15, 1930 - While going up the Manitowoc River to dry dock, the WABASH rubbed the parked steamer THEODORE ROOSEVELT and damaged her upper works forward.

On 15 April 1862, ELISHA C. BLISH (wooden propeller tug, 81 foot, 107 tons, built in 1857, at Black River, Ohio) sank near shore at Algonac, Michigan, when a steam pump was accidentally left in an open position and she flooded. She was raised and lasted another two years when she "went missing" on Lake Huron.

On 15 April 1872, The Port Huron Daily Times announced that the HURON was chartered by a circus company for the season. They intended to perform at many lakes ports throughout the summer.

1967: MAPLE HILL began visiting the Great Lakes in 1959. The British-flag freighter had been built at Montreal in 1943 as a) FORT VERCHERES and was renamed c) DIOPSIDE in 1966. It collided with and sank the Swedish freighter IREVIK in the Baltic Sea on this day in 1967. MAPLE HILL was renamed d) ENTAN in 1969 and arrived at Hirao, Japan, for scrapping on June 30, 1970.

1987: An attempt to steal navigation equipment using a cutting torch resulted in a fire that caused major damage to the upper deck of the GRAND RAPIDS. The retired Lake Michigan carferry had been idle at Muskegon since 1971. It was eventually sold for scrap in 1989 and broken up at Port Maitland, ON in 1994.

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

 

Port Reports -  April 14

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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
After a few days of inactivity thanks to the weather, the Twin Ports were very busy on Saturday. A parade of arrivals began with Walter J. McCarthy Jr., which came in at 08:39 to load coal at Midwest Energy. Michipicoten was inbound at 09:01 to load ore at CN, and was directly followed by American Integrity at 09:13. She headed down to Lakehead Pipeline in Superior to wait for the McCarthy to finish loading at SMET. Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort departed at 10:25 with a load of ore for Indiana Harbor. Fleetmates Philip R. Clarke and Cason J. Callaway arrived next, at 10:40 and 11:03, respectively. The Clarke joined Michipicoten at CN, while the Callaway moored at Port Terminal. Michipicoten was outbound from CN at 16:53, and then Philip R. Clarke departed at 19:51. In port Saturday night were the McCarthy, loading at SMET and expected to depart around 23:00; Cason J. Callaway, loading ore at Canadian National; Herbert C. Jackson, being repaired at Port Terminal; and American Integrity, moored at Lakehead Pipeline. American Spirit was at anchor waiting her turn at CN. At the Superior entry, Stewart J. Cort arrived at 08:22 Saturday morning, loaded at Burlington Northern, and then backed out of the harbor at 19:09. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin came in at 19:50 and began loading. CSL Tadoussac and Algoma Discovery were both on the hook outside the Superior entry waiting to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
John D. Leitch arrived Two Harbors on April 12th at 21:52. She departed on April 14th at 10:15 for Quebec City. Arriving Two Harbors on the 13th at 11:05 was the Edwin H. Gott. As of 19:00 on the 13th she was still at the dock. Arriving Two Harbors on the 13th was the Joseph L. Block at 13:28 for North of #2. She is currently undergoing work on her stern. Anchored off Two Harbors on the 13th was the CSL Assiniboine. Anchored off Duluth awaiting the Two Harbors ore dock was the Algoma Transport. Due Two Harbors on the 14th are the Presque Isle and the Edgar B. Speer. As of 19:00 on the 13th the Presque Isle was running checked down SW of Rock of Ages. The Speer was West of the Keweenaw. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the American Century at 07:08 after being anchored near Rock of Ages for over 2 days. Also arriving Silver Bay on the 13th was the H. Lee White at 16:04. Due Silver Bay on the 14th is the American Courage.

Thunder Bay, ON
Saturday April 13th: 6:19 CCGS Pierre Radisson departed Keefer Terminal for ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay. 7:23 CCGS Griffon departed Keefer Terminal for ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay. 8:34 CSL Welland departed G3 for Quebec City. 8:50 Cuyahoga departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Toledo. 10:28 Algoma Niagara departed Viterra B for Toledo. 19:39 CCGS Griffon returned to Keefer Terminal. Expected late Saturday: Ojibway. Expected for Sunday: CSL St Laurent.

Sturgeon Bay, WI – Paul Erspamer
American Courage passed eastbound through the Rock Island Passage Friday evening, beginning its 2019 season after departing its berth (occupied since December 15) at Bayship in Sturgeon Bay.

Milwaukee, WI – Paul Erspamer
Whitefish Bay arrived at 5:30 Friday morning, docked at the open pier at Terminal 1 in the outer harbor, and departed at 3:30 p.m. onto Lake Michigan for Windsor, ON. Irma of the Polsteam line arrived from Cleveland with European steel at 6:50 a.m. Friday. In WSW winds, Irma backed into Terminal 2 (adjacent to Whitefish Bay) with help from tug Superior. Algoma Innovator was expected in Milwaukee Saturday morning with salt from Goderich.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Radcliffe R Latimer unloading grain at the elevators Algoma Compass is downbound and expected next for road salt.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Hon. James L Oberstar arrived at AK Steel Saturday morning to unload ore. Next to arrive was the tug Leonard M and her barge, calling on Zug Island to load coke. Next was the Mottler, arriving at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload general cargo. This is the first saltwater vessel of 2019 for the Port of Detroit. The last ship of the day was the Samuel De Champlain/Innovation, loaded with cement for Lafarge.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Sam Laud was at Marblehead loading stone on Saturday. Manitoulin departed Sandusky and Algoma Sault was arriving to load coal. Algoma Buffalo was in Cleveland loading salt at Cargill.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Saturday April 13 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - Apr 12 - CSL Niagara at 2352 - Apr 13 - Tuvaq W (ex San Pietro-18, Bering-13) at 0838 - departed - Apr 13 - CSL Niagara at 0854 westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage:
anchored - Apr 12 - Esta Desgagnes at 2122 - departed Apr 13 - Tuvaq W (ex San Pietro-18, Bering-13) at 0830 approx.

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 12 - Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 0706 (stopped wharf 16) and CCGS Desgroseilliers at 1033 and Thunder Bay at 2344 - Apr 13 - Algonova at 0026, Algoma Hansa at 0603, Federal Rhine (Mhl) at 1715 and Tecumseh at 2051

downbound - Apr 12 - Spruceglen at 1634 and Algoma Guardian at 1830 - Apr 13 - Frontenac at 0713 (headed to wharf 19E, tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0753, Algoma Enterprise at 1154, Algoma Spirit at 1723 and tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1728

Port Weller anchorage:
arrival - Apr 11 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0603 - departed Apr 13 at 0008 for

Hamilton:
arrivals - Apr 13 - Algoma Harvester at 0457, Algoma Guardian at 0859 and Algoma Enterprise eta 2400, Apr 14 - Algoma Strongfield eta 0015 - docked - Apr 10 - tug Lois M & MM Newfoundland at 2129 - Apr 12 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2303 - departed - Apr 13 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2141 eastbound - tug Lois M & MM Newfoundland at 1559 eastbound

Bronte:
anchored - Apr 13 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0959 off of the dock

Mississauga:
arrival - Apr 13 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0247

Toronto:
arrival - Apr 13 - NACC Argonaut at 1304

Oshawa:
arrival - Apr 12 - NACC Quebec (ex Tenace-16) at 1210 - departed Apr 13 at 2026 eastbound

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed at about 08:30 Saturday for Picton, ON.

 

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Updates -  April 14

Saltie Gallery updated with pictures of the Federal Asahi, Federal Baltic, Federal Leda, Federal Oshima, Ludogorets, Mottler, Stella Polaris and Tuvaq W.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 14

14 April 1965 The GEORGE A. SLOAN (steel propeller bulk freighter, 603 foot, 9057 gross tons, built in 1943, at River Rouge, Michigan) was the first commercial vessel through the Soo Locks. The SLOAN (now MISSISSAGI) received Sault Ste. Marie's official tri-centennial flag to fly all season. The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce in turn received the Pittsburgh Fleet flag, and it flew below the United States flag on the flagpole on top of the Ojibway Motor Hotel all season.

On 14 April 1872, the MESSENGER (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 150 foot, 444 gross tons, built in 1866, at Cleveland, Ohio) left Manistee, Michigan in a storm for Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After battling ice flows near shore, she made it to open water but the heavy seas snapped her rudder post. She was unmanageable and four members of the crew left in the yawl to try to get help. Although they were only a few miles from port, the men struggled for hours against the wind, waves and ice before they finally made it back to Manistee, Michigan, where they got a tug to go out and tow the MESSENGER in for repairs.

On April 14, 1961, FORT CHAMBLY departed Toronto, Ontario, on her maiden voyage bound for the Canadian Lake head.

Interlake Steamship's COLONEL JAMES PICKANDS (Hull#791) sailed on her maiden voyage April 14, 1926, clearing Lorain for Toledo, Ohio, to load coal.

CSL's steamer GLENEAGLES lost her self-unloading boom April 14, 1977, while unloading at the CSL stone dock at Humberstone, Ontario. Renamed b.) SILVERDALE in 1978, she was scrapped at Windsor, Ontario, in 1984.

On April 14, 1984, vessels around the Great Lakes were battling one of the worst season openers for ice in recent memory. The ERNEST R. BREECH (now OJIBWAY) and HERBERT C. JACKSON spent the entire day battling ice off the Duluth entry, while the St. Clair River was choked with ice.

On 14 April 1873, The Port Huron Daily Times gave the following report of shipbuilding work going on in Port Huron: "Mr. Fitzgerald is up to his eyes in business with a large barge in process of construction and a good sized schooner still on the stocks. Mr. Thomas Dunford has in hand the repairs of the large scow T S SKINNER and she is being rapidly healed of the damage done to her in the collision with the INTERNATIONAL last fall. At Muir's yard the [schooner] canaller on the stocks is rapidly approaching completion. At the [Port Huron] Dry Dock Company's yard, they are busy as bees docking and repairing vessels and work upon the new tug for Moffat & Sons is [being] pushed ahead very rapidly." Unfortunately, later that year the "Panic of 1873" struck and all shipyard work was stopped while the country tried to recover from that economic depression.

1965: Fire broke out in the #2 hold of the CAPETAN VASSILIS en route from Madras, India, to Rotterdam with a cargo of sunflower seeds while 60 miles off the Mediterranean island of Crete. The crew abandoned the vessel and it sank on April 16. The ship had been built at Superior, Wisconsin, as TULLY CROSBY in 1944 and returned to the lakes as c) SPIND in 1952-1953, as d) HEILO in 1953 and e) CAPETAN VASSILIS in 1956.

1977: CANADIAN OLYMPIC ran aground in the St. Lawrence off Heather Point near Brockville. The ship was loaded with ore and en route from Sept Iles to Ashtabula. The navigation channel was blocked. The vessel was lightered to MAPLEHEATH and released at 1057 hours on April 16. The ULS self-unloader spent three weeks at Port Weller Dry Docks undergoing repairs to the damage.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, “Ahoy and Farewell”.

 

Weekend arrival likely for first saltie of Duluth’s 2019 shipping season

4/13 - Duluth, MN – The first saltie of the Twin Ports’ 2019 shipping season, the Maria G, is expected to arrive in the Port of Duluth-Superior this weekend.

Preliminary plans call for the vessel to anchor off the Duluth Ship Canal late Saturday and then proceed beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge sometime Sunday or early Monday. That’s when her official arrival time will be recorded.

Maria G will dock at Riverland Ag/Duluth Storage on Rice’s Point to load grain. The 655-foot ship, which flies the flag of Malta, is operated by a 22-member crew under the command of Captain Ievgen Medvedenko. The owner is Sweden-based Brochart KB. The Seaway agent is Colley Motorships. The local vessel agent is Guthrie-Hubner. Ceres Terminals will provide the stevedoring with tug assists from The Great Lakes Towing Company.

The ship discharged steel in Oshawa, ON, prior to the current journey, which has her traveling through the Soo Locks. Beginning Monday morning, Maria G will load approximately 21,000 metric tons of spring wheat. Fully loaded, she will depart Duluth for Italy. Please note, all vessel arrival and departure times are estimates, weather-dependent and may change without notice.

Spectators can line the Duluth Ship Canal to greet the ship as she sails into the harbor. A First Ship ceremony is planned for Monday afternoon at the Riverland Ag/Duluth Storage grain elevator for community leaders and maritime representatives to welcome the captain and crew. Due to homeland security regulations, the ceremony is an invitation-only event. As part of the ceremony, the winner of the annual First Ship contest, co-sponsored by Visit Duluth and the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, will be announced from more than 2,000 entries.

The arrival of the first saltie each season is a reminder that the Port of Duluth-Superior is truly Mid-America’s gateway to the world. Situated 2,342 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, this port anchors the westernmost edge of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Duluth-Superior is the Great Lakes’ No. 1 port by total shipping tonnage and one of the nation’s top 20. It links the heartland of North America to overseas markets, enabling farmers and shippers of other commodities and cargoes to serve and compete in the global marketplace.

Historical Note: The latest arrival of the Port’s first saltie was May 7, 2014 (Diana). The earliest was March 30, 2013 (Federal Hunter).

Duluth Seaway Port Authority

 

Port Reports -  April 13

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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
Thanks to the recent storm that slammed western Lake Superior, the Duluth ship canal and harbor were choked with ice, preventing traffic from moving in or out. The tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort, which had been tied up at Canadian National with her barge Erie Trader waiting out the bad weather, left her barge moored at CN and departed Duluth at 14:50 Friday afternoon to try and break a track out into the lake. She barely made it out of the piers, and was forced to return to port at 15:45. Friday night, the pair were still at CN, and Herbert C. Jackson remained at Port Terminal having repair work done. Scheduled to arrive in Duluth on Saturday are Michipicoten, American Integrity, Walter J. McCarthy Jr., American Spirit, Cason J. Callaway, and Philip R. Clarke, weather dependent. In Superior, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was due around 20:15 Friday night to load iron ore pellets at BN, and Stewart J. Cort was expected before midnight.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CSL Laurentien departed Two Harbors on April 12th at 14:21 after loading and waiting on weather. She is headed for Quebec City. Due Two Harbors on April 12th is the John D. Leitch. She should arrive around 21:00. Tentatively due Two Harbors on April 13th are the CSL Assiniboine, Edwin H. Gott, Joseph L. Block, Algoma Transport, and the Presque Isle. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay is the American Century. As of 18:30 on April 12th she was still anchored SW of Isle Royale. Due Silver Bay on April 13th is the H. Lee White.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday April 12th: 14:58 CCGS Pierre Radisson departed Keefer Terminal for ice-breaking operations. She has been assigned to break up and flush the giant ice flow in Thunder Bay. 15:57 CCGS Griffon departed Keefer Terminal for ice-breaking operations. She will remain in Thunder Bay as long as conditions require icebreaker assistance. 15:57 CCGS Pierre Radisson returned to Keefer Terminal. 19:19 CCGS Griffon returned to Keefer Terminal. Expected for Saturday: Ojibway.

Cedarville, MI
Saginaw was expected to arrive on Friday in the late evening to load. Also due is the Wilfred Sykes on Monday at noon to load. All times and ETAs are estimates and could change due to weather and ice conditions.

Port Inland, MI
Wilfred Sykes is expected on Tuesday in the early morning, becoming the first arrival for the 2019 season at Port Inland. Also due is the Manitowoc on Wednesday in the late afternoon and they are due back again on Saturday, April 20 in the early morning. All times and ETAs are estimates and could change due to weather and ice conditions.

Sturgeon Bay, WI
Two vessels departed from winter layup on Friday, the first being the Roger Blough in the early morning. Next to leave was the self-unloader American Courage, which has not sailed since 2015 and has been in lay-up in Sturgeon Bay since. They got underway in the late morning. With these departures, only John G. Munson is still at Sturgeon Bay undergoing bottom repairs. Another recent departure was Burns Harbor, which was under repairs due to a fire in the bowthruster compartment.

Calcite, MI
The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader were expected to arrive at Calcite on Friday in the late afternoon and loading at the South Dock. They were also to be the first arrival of the 2019 season to load at Calcite. Also due is the Great Republic on Saturday during the late morning for the South Dock. The American Mariner is also due on Saturday in the mid-afternoon for the South Dock. There are no vessels expected for Sunday. All times and ETAs listed are estimates and could change due to weather and ice conditions.

Port Huron, MI
Upbound traffic Frday afternoon included John J. Boland, Saginaw, James R. Barker and tug Michigan/barge Great Lakes. Downbound traffic included Lee A. Tregurtha.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Three vessels called on the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel Friday: John J Boland, James R Barker, and Paul R. Tregurtha.

Toledo, OH
Great Republic departed winter layup early Friday morning, heading to Calcite to load limestone. This leaves the burned St. Clair at the Torco Slip near the Frog Pond in lay-up along with the Cedarglen and American Valor at the Ironhead Shipyard and the Manistee at Hocking Valley and the barge Sarah Spencer also in lay-up. Vessel activity on Friday included the Algoma Enterprise loading at the CSX Coal Dock. Also due at CSX is the CSL Niagara on Saturday in the late evening followed by the barge Maumee and tug Victory also due on Saturday in the late evening. Lee A. Tregurtha was expected to arrive at the Torco Dock on Saturday in the early morning. The barge Maumee and tug Victory are also due at Torco on Saturday in the late afternoon. The saltwater vessel Ludogorets arrived in Toledo recently, becoming the first salty to arrive for the 2019 season. They docked at the Midwest Terminal Overseas Dock. The tug Petite Forte and barge St. Marys Cement departed from Toledo after unloading cement at the St. Marys Terminal and Dock.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Friday April 12 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - Apr 12 - Esta Desgagnes eta 2210 and CSL Niagara eta 2359 - departed - Apr 11 - Algoscotia at 2313 westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage:
anchored - Apr 12 - Tuvaq W (ex San Pietro-18, Bering-13) at 1258,

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 11 - Algoma Sault at 1337, CCGS Des Groseilliers at 2053 (to the Port Weller anchorage) and Mottler (Cyp) at 2208 and Tuvaq W (ex San Pietro-18, Bering-13) at 2340 (from the anchorage) - Apr 12 - Federal Leda (Mhl) at 0517, Baie St Paul at 0554, Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 0706, Algosea at 0909 and CCGS Des Groseilliers at 1033

downbound - Apr 12 - Robert S Pierson at 0519, CCGS Amundsen at 1208, Spruceglen at 1634 and Algoma Guardian at 1830

Port Weller anchorage:
arrival - Apr 11 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0603 and CCGS Des Groseililers at 2147 - departed - Apr 12 - CCGS Des Groseilliers at 1015 for the canal

Hamilton:
docked - Apr 6 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2141 - departed - Apr 11 - Federal Leda (Mhl) at 2350 for Toledo - Apr 12 - Federal Asahi (Mhl) at 1945 for Three Rivers

Toronto:
docked - Apr 6 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0432 - departed Apr 12 - at 2043 approx. for Hamilton

Oshawa:
arrival - Apr 12 - NACC Quebec (ex Tenace-16) at 1210

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 13

13 April 1872 - The schooners MARY TAYLOR and ANTELOPE wooden were racing to Oswego, New York, trying to beat a large block of drifting ice. The ice won and blocked the harbor entrance. The ANTELOPE became icebound about a quarter of a mile from the piers and remained there for one day. The MARY TAYLOR got within 500 feet of the pier and remained there for five days until the tug MAJOR DANA broke through the ice.

RICHARD REISS lost her boom April 13, 1994 when it collapsed at Fairport, Ohio.

On 13 April 1872, the wooden schooner-barge JOSEPH PAIGE was launched at the Wolf & Davidson yard in Milwaukee. Her dimensions were 190 feet x 32 feet x 12 feet, 626 gross tons.

The passenger/package freight vessel OCEAN was launched at Andrews & Sons shipyard in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, on 13 April 1872. She was placed in service on 27 April 1872, loading iron at Kingston for Chicago.

1917: The steel canaller STRATHCONA was built at Dundee, Scotland, in 1900 and came to the Great Lakes that summer. The ship had several owners before being requisitioned for war service in 1915. It was stopped by U-78 near Ronaldshay, England, while traveling from Tyne, England, to Marseilles, France, with a cargo of coal on this date in 1917. Enemy bombers attacked sinking the ship. Nine crew members were lost while another 3 were taken prisoner.

1937: The Norwegian freighter REIN was a frequent pre-Seaway caller to the Great Lakes. It had been built in 1900 and was inland as early as 1908. The ship was carrying wood pulp when it was wrecked off Helman Island, 2 miles south of Wick, Scotland, while traveling from Lyngor, Norway, to Preston, UK on this date in 1937. REIN was a total loss.

1956 Winds and ice pushed the ore laden GEORGE M. HUMPHREY on a shoal in Whitefish Bay en route from Superior to Zug Island. The vessel was salvaged and taken to Lorain for repairs.

1959: GLENEAGLES was proceeding through ice in Lake Erie when it abruptly stopped. The trailing WESTMOUNT could not stop as quickly and rammed the stern of its CSL fleetmate. GLENEAGLES had to be towed to Lorain for repairs that included a new rudder.

2010: The rebuilt ALGOBAY went aground while upbound in the St. Marys River on its first trip to the upper lakes. The vessel had to go to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs.

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

 

Great Lakes iron ore trade down almost 40 percent in March

4/12 - Cleveland, Ohio – Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 975,000 tons in March, a decrease of 39 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings also trailed the month’s 5-year average by more than 26 percent.

The decrease reflects the lack of adequate icebreaking resources on the Great Lakes. The ice fields in Whitefish Bay at the eastern end of Lake Superior and in the Straits of Mackinac were very thick, but two of the U.S. Coast Guard’s icebreakers have been in need of extensive repairs this spring and the government shutdown did delay some work.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 3.4 million tons, an increase of 9.5 percent. Ice conditions in January were less challenging.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Engine trouble lays up icebreaker Samuel Risley

4/12 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – Engine trouble has laid up the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Samuel Risley in Thunder Bay.

The Risley arrived in port on March 22 and spent several days opening shipping lanes in preparation for the navigation season before being reassigned to Whitefish Bay in eastern Lake Superior.

On March 29, however, the Coast Guard "determined that the Samuel Risley required work on its main propulsion engines in order to ensure continued operations," spokesperson Carol Launderville said Thursday in a statement to Tbnewswatch.

The Risley returned to Thunder Bay where repairs will be done on her main propulsion engines "in order to ensure continued operations," Launderville said. The repairs are expected to be completed sometime this month.

Launderville said another coast guard vessel, the Griffon, is currently working in the port, with a second boat expected soon. The Pierre Radisson, a larger vessel, is currently making her way to the port.

Earlier, the US Coast Guard cutter Alder was also breaking ice in Thunder Bay. Icebreaking operations include preparing an extensive network of approach tracks and interconnecting routes for ships to reach various terminals, allowing for the safe movement of lake boats and tugs.

Tbnewswatch

 

Port Reports -  April 12

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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 massive storm battering western Lake Superior kept activity in the Twin Ports at a standstill on Thursday. Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort were tied up at Canadian National waiting for weather conditions to improve so they could depart, and Herbert C. Jackson remains at Port Terminal receiving repairs to her hull from ice damage. Depending on how the weather plays out, Duluth may not see any arrivals until late Friday or Saturday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CSL Laurentien continues to sit in Two Harbors at South of #2 waiting on weather. There is no ETD. Weather permitting the John D. Leitch is due Two Harbors on Friday. She has been running between Isle Royale and the North Shore since the 10th. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on April 12th, weather permitting, is the American Century. She is currently anchored on SW end of Isle Royale.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday April 11th: 18:40 CCGS Pierre Radisson arrived at Keefer Terminal. She is the third ice-breaker at the port: CCGS Griffon arrived April 9 and the CCGS Samuel Risley has been at the Coast Guard base undergoing engine repairs.

Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee’s first salty of 2019 is scheduled to arrive Friday (4/12). Loaded with steel, Polsteam’s Irma left IJmuiden, Netherlands, March 20. Milwaukee will be her third stop. She was in Montreal April 3 and Cleveland April 8.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator was loading salt for Milwaukee on Thursday.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
The tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge Delaware arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel, before returning to the Ojibway Anchorage Thursday morning. A short time later, the saltwater vessel Maria G also stopped for fuel before continuing upbound.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Sam Laud delivered ore from Ashtabula to Arcelor Mittal and is back on the shuttles from the Bulk Terminal.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Thursday April 10 - by Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - Apr 10 - Algoscotia at 0424 - Apr 11 - James R Barker at 0457 - departed - James R Barker at 1753 westbound

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 10 - Ludogorets (Mlt) (ex Marbacan-16, Fritz-14, Luebbert-10) at 1127, Algoma Buffalo at 1647, Algoma Enterprise at 1735 and Kaministiqua at 2038 (stopping wharf 2) - Apr 11 - Damia Desgagnes at 0046, Kaministiqua, Federal Oshima (Mhl) at 1152, Algoma Sault at 1337, CCGS Des Groseilliers at 2053 (to the Port Weller anchorage) and Mottler (Cyp) eta 2135

downbound - Apr 11 - NACC Argonaut at 1127

Welland Canal docks:
arrival - Apr 10 - Kaministiqua at 2110 (at wharf 2) - Apr 11 - departed wharf 2 late morning upbound

Port Weller anchorage:
arrivals - Apr 11 - Tuvaq W (ex San Pietro-18, Bering-13) at 0725 from Bronte and CCGS Desgroseililers at 2108 approx.

Hamilton:
arrival - docked - Apr 6 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2141 - Apr 8 - Federal Asahi (Mhl) at 1855 - Apr 9 - Algoma Sault at 2148 - departed - Apr 11 - Algoma Sault at 1118 and Algoma Enterprise at 1459 both for the canal

Mississauga:
departed Apr 11 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-1) at 0603 - back to Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
docked - Apr 6 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0432

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at about 13:00 Thursday at Lehigh Cement.

 

Lingering ice in Lake Michigan causes delay to start of Beaver Island ferry service

4/12 - Charlevoix, Mich. – Ice in the middle of Lake Michigan has delayed ferry service from Beaver Island to Charlevoix. The first ferry of the season for Beaver Island Boat Company was expected to leave Wednesday morning but had no clear path to reach Charlevoix.

The president of the company said all they can do right now is wait for Mother Nature to break up the ice.

“We are at Mother Nature’s whim this time of year, so the islanders are kind of used to it," said Tim McQueer. "We are starting to get deliveries and stuff already, but they are more interested and we’re are more interested to make sure that we start when It’s safe and everyone understands.”

McQueer said they will try again on Friday, but it could take until the middle of next week for the ice to clear.

WPBN/WGTU

 

Lake Superior continues to rise

4/12 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – With Lake Superior water levels a full foot above the long-term average and plenty of snow yet to melt, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is forecasting the water table will rise another 3 inches for the first week of May.

“Relatively wet conditions continued across the Upper Great Lakes basin in March,” reported the International Lake Superior Board of Control (ILSBC) as it announced the International Joint Commission will allow all three hydropower plants in the St. Marys River to flow at maximum capacity. “And water levels of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron remain well above average.”

Lake Superior, according to USACE, data is approximately 4 inches higher than it was in early April of 2019 and is just 4 inches short of the highest April water level as recorded in 1986. By contrast, Lake Superior stands a full 33 inches above the April low-water mark in 1926.

“The above average levels coupled with strong winds and waves continue to result in shoreline erosion and coastal damages across the upper Great Lakes system,” reported the (ILSBC). “Additional shoreline erosion and coastal damages may occur this spring should active weather continue.”

The Lake Michigan-Huron water table is even higher at an estimated 20 inches above the long-term average according to the USACE. This water table, however, even with the 6-inch increase from April 2018 is still 13 inches below the long-term high set in 1986. In comparing this year’s number to the all-time April low, the water table stands 51 inches above the 1964 mark.

Rounding out the other lakes, the USACE shows Lake Erie is 20 inches higher than normal for April, while Lake Ontario stand 6 inches above its long-term April average

All of the Great Lakes are expected to rise by 3 to 7-inches over the upcoming month.

Sault News

 

36 years of shining a light on Split Rock's history comes to an end

4/12 - Two Harbors, MN – There may be few occupations considered more romantic than being a lighthouse keeper. And Lee Radzak, who will retire Friday after 36 years at the iconic Split Rock Light House on Lake Superior's North Shore, might argue there are few jobs that people misconceive more.

Split Rock's been drawing visitors since the 1920s, when Highway 61 opened. People marvel at the lighthouse standing sentinel on the 160-foot cliff looking out across the breathtaking expanse of Lake Superior.

Radzak moved here in 1983.

"This was a perfect place," he said. "My wife and I just got married a couple of months earlier and we were ripe for a change so it worked out great."

For lighthouse lovers — and apparently there are a lot — Split Rock seems to evoke solitude, at least based on the questions Radzak has fielded again and again.

"If my wife and I are sitting on the front porch they say, 'Do you live here?' Yes. 'Do you live here year-round?' Yes. 'Oh, it must be lonely!'," he said. "And then you want to say, 'Look behind you. There's 50 people standing there listening to you talk, or climbing the steps to the lighthouse."

Split Rock attracts 160,000 visitors every year, about 2,500 a day during the summer. There are far fewer in winter, but they still come, even when it's below zero and the storms blow so hard the spray coats the buildings with ice.

While people often describe him as the lighthouse keeper, his title is historic site manager. Radzak trained as an archaeologist. Split Rock attracted him as an opportunity to focus on one historic site and develop it. There was a lot to learn, starting with the history.

See photos and listen to an audio report at this link: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2019/04/10/36-years-of-shining-a-light-on-split-rock-history

 

On the St. Lawrence Seaway, shipping season is moving full steam ahead

4/12 - “All ahead slow,” Capt. Ross Armstrong tells his helmsmen as he guides his 25,000-ton freighter into Lock One on the Welland Canal to open the 61st shipping season on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Further upstream Girish Ramchandani guides his key into lock 1 to open up his unique motel for his 6th shipping season. He owns the Inn at Lock 7 and most of his clients want to rent a room as close as possible to one of North America’s busiest highways.

Highway H20 doesn’t carry cars and trucks, but is the marketing name for the St. Lawrence Seaway that carries ships from around the world into the heart of North America.

Those huge vessels need to climb 200 metres to go from the Atlantic Ocean to Thunder Bay and much of that climb happens right in front of Inn at Lock 7. It’s the last of the locks that carry ships up and over the Niagara Escarpment that separates Lake Ontario from Lake Erie and creates Niagara Falls.

The action attracts ship enthusiasts from throughout North America and elsewhere who sit on the 24 balconies at Ramchandani’s motel to watch the show.

Some guests are ambivalent about ships, but they love the people who operate them, and blowing kisses from a balcony is as close as some couples will get for weeks on end.

Nearly 3,600 ships will use the canal this season until it closes in late December. That’s when Ramchandani closes his motel for three months as well. Ship traffic has increased 14 per cent in the last two years — a steady flow of interesting vessels. It could be an authentic War of 1812 frigate, like the Pennsylvania-based USS Niagara, heading for Toronto; or it could be a modern U.S. Navy missile carrier upbound to Chicago.

Tall ships from around the world are coming to Toronto for Canada Day this summer and will then push on to communities on the Upper Lakes by passing through the Welland Canal.

Two years ago the largest Viking longboat in the world sailed through the canal. The 32-metre-long vessel, designed just like the Viking ships that arrived in Newfoundland 1,000 years ago, had sailed across the North Atlantic in April with its crew living fulltime on an open deck — just like their ancestors.

Much of the traffic on Highway H20 is Great Lakes freighters like the Algoma Equinox, Armstrong’s 740-foot-long vessel. When he reaches Lock 3 Armstrong will be presented with a silk top hat, awarded each spring to the first ship to open Welland’s season. Armstrong’s friend, Capt. Chesley Thorne, won the top hat last year aboard the Algoma Niagara. Both vessels were built in China in 2013 and 2017.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2019/04/11/on-the-st-lawrence-seaway-shipping-season-is-moving-full-steam-ahead.html

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 12

On 12 April 1896, PETER DALTON (propeller tug, 63 foot 49 gross tons, built in 1880, at Grand Haven, Michigan) caught fire off Grosse Pointe, Illinois, while returning to Chicago with the salvaged schooner A.J. DEWEY in tow and the boiler of the JOHNSON. The fire burned her in two before she finally sank. The DALTON's crew and the DEWEY were rescued by the tug WELCOME.

On 12 April 1874, the tug D.N. RUNNELS was launched Runnel's yard at the north end of the 7th Street Bridge in Port Huron, Michigan. As the tug splashed into the Black River, the flag at her bow was unfurled with her name on it. Commodore Runnels distributed oranges to the crowd of onlookers.

The tanker a.) LANA (Hull#151) was launched April 12, 1967, by Aktiebolaget Lodose Varv A/B at Lodose, Sweden. Renamed b.) NEW ORLEANS in 1988 and c.) NANCY ORR GAUCHER in 1989, she departed the Lakes in 1994. Renamed d.) PETRAWAK in 1996 and e.) TONGA in 2000.

Tanker LAKESHELL (Hull#389) of Marine Industries Ltd., Sorel, Quebec, was launched April 12, 1969, for Shell Canada Ltd.

Pioneer Steamship's steamer a.) A.A. AUGUSTUS (Hull#374) of American Ship Building Co., Lorain, Ohio, departed Cleveland on her maiden voyage April 12, 1910, bound for Green Bay, Wisconsin, with a load of coal. She was sold to Canadian registry in 1961, and renamed b.) HOWARD HINDMAN. She was scrapped at Bilbao, Spain, in 1969.

Hall Corp. of Canada's tanker HUDSON TRANSPORT (Hull#629) of the Davie Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Lauzon, Quebec, was launched April 12, 1962.

On April 12, 1955, while upbound from Monroe, Michigan to load iron ore at Duluth, the ENDERS M. VOORHEES had the honor of opening the second century of navigation through the St. Marys Falls Ship Canal, celebrated with great pomp and ceremony.

On 12 April 1880, the wooden 2-mast schooner-barge JUPITER was launched at Marysville, Michigan, after being rebuilt under the supervision of James Bowers. She was originally built in 1857, at Irving, New York, and after this rebuild, she lasted another 21 years.

On 12 April 1892, UGANDA (wooden propeller, 291 foot, 2,053 gross tons) was launched at W. Bay City, Michigan, at F.W. Wheeler's yard (Hull #88).

1949: The corvette H.M.C.S. BATTLEFORD was Hull 95 from the Collingwood Shipyard and it was commissioned at Montreal on July 31, 1941. The ship was sold to the Venezuelan Navy becoming b) LIBERTAD in 1946 and was wrecked on this date in 1949. 1991: CHANDA hailed from India and first came to the Great Lakes in 1978. The ship was laid up Bombay, India, on May 5, 1988, after 20 years of service. It was moved to the scrapyard on April 11, 1991, but a major fire erupted in the engine room April 12 during dismantling operations.

1993: MELISSA DESGAGNES ran aground in the St. Lawrence, two miles east of the Eisenhower Lock, at 2352 hours. The ship was en route from Windsor to Newfoundland with wheat and floated free, after being lightered, on April 15.

2009: SCARAB was 16 years old when it first came through the Seaway in 1999. The ship was sold and renamed JASPER in 2002 and never returned to our shores. It was anchored off Fatsa, Turkey, when it got blown aground on this date in 2009. Some 2000 tons of fertilizer had to be removed for the ship to float free and it went to Tuzla, Turkey, for repairs.

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

 

Lake Superior waves could tower to 26 feet Thursday-Friday

4/11 - The powerful storm producing blizzard conditions in the Plains and severe thunderstorms in the southern Mississippi Valley will also do a number on the western Lake Superior shoreline.

A storm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service at Marquette for western Lake Superior Thursday night to Friday morning. Strong east winds blowing across a long stretch of Lake Superior will cause large waves to batter the Lake Superior shoreline from the Keweenaw Peninsula to Duluth, MN.

Sustained winds around 45 mph are expected, with gusts up to 60 mph. The long stretch of strong winds will build waves to 18 feet, with a maximum wave height up to 26 feet. That’s the height of a steep roofed two-story house.

The strongest winds are expected around 8 p.m. Thursday, and cause the biggest waves around 5 a.m. Friday.

The National Weather Service at Duluth, MN, says, “Expect shoreline flooding and tree damage from the winds, especially in Duluth. This situation will be similar to what caused significant damage to Duluth’s shoreline with a few different storms the past couple years, including the storm in October 2018 and storm in April 2018.”

As Great Lakes water levels continue their rising trend, beach erosion and damage will be more common.

M Live

 

Storm warnings send boats to shelter on Lake Superior’s north shore

4/11 - Wednesday morning the upbound convoy of ships that had been delayed by ice at the Soo arrived to take shelter in Thunder Bay. The forecast calls for easterly gales building to 45 knots with storm force gusts to 55 knots late Thursday. Waves are forecast to build to 12 to 17 feet with occasional 21-foot waves Thursday night. Gale warnings are also posted for Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

Arriving in port through the morning Wednesday, with the CCGS Griffon providing ice breaking assistance, were Cuyahoga, American Century, Algoma Niagara, CSL Assiniboine and Walter J. McCarthy Jr.

While some vessels were there to load, others were anchoring in port to wait out the weather that was expected to build overnight. Anchoring were the American Century, Algoma Niagara, CSL Assiniboine and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. Shifting plate ice ran the vessels out of the bay that afternoon. Shortly after 4 p.m. the McCarthy got under way followed by the CSL Assiniboine, which planned on anchoring in the northeast corner of Lake Superior. They passed the inbound CSL Welland about 5 p.m. American Century and John D. Leitch planned on staying behind Isle Royal. Other vessels were upbound from the Soo to anchor in eastern Lake Superior.

 

McKeil Marine adds new cargo vessel to fleet

4/11 - Burlington, Ont. – McKeil Marine Ltd. has purchased the dry-bulk cargo vessel Gagliarda from overseas. The Maltese-flagged vessel (IMO 9546045), built in 2010 by Gemak Shipbuilding Industry & Trading S.A., Istanbul, Turkey, is a close sistership to the fleet’s Evans Spirit and McKeil Spirit. She measures 459 feet (140 metres) by 69 feet (21 metres), with a DWT of 14,600 metric tonnes.

Currently located in the Mediterranean, the vessel will undergo a brief drydock in Turkey before being repositioned to Canada at the end of May where Canadianization and renaming will take place.

“The acquisition of the Gagliarda maintains our growth trajectory while offering exciting new opportunities to our sailing and shore-based crews, creating value for our investors, and continuing to deliver on the promise to provide added value to our customers,” said Capt. Scott Bravener, president of McKeil.

The vessel is expected to trade throughout the Great Lakes and Eastern seaboard, carrying cement powder, grain and other bulk cargo.

McKeil Marine

 

CCGS Des Groseilliers to help lakes icebreaking efforts

4/11 - The Canadian Coast Guard is bringing in a third large icebreaker to help break ice on the Great Lakes. The Des Groseilliers will be assisting the Pierre Radisson, now on the upper Great Lakes, and the Amundsen on Lake Erie near Port Colborne, ON. All three of these icebreakers are of similar design and length. This is the first time three large Canadian icebreakers will be breaking ice on the Great Lakes at the same time.

 

Port Reports -  April 11

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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 07:13 Wednesday morning, and tied up at CN to load iron ore pellets. She had no departure time listed, and may remain in the harbor to wait out the incoming storm. Herbert C. Jackson was also in port undergoing some form of repair work at Port Terminal. In Superior, Algoma Spirit was outbound with ore from Burlington Northern at 07:42. No further traffic is expected in the Twin Ports until Friday, likely due to the storm.

Thunder Bay, ON
Wednesday April 10th: 8:09 CCGS Griffon departed Keefer Terminal for ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay harbor. 10:30 Upbound American Century arrived and went to anchor north of Pie Island. 11:25 CCGS Griffon returned to Keefer Terminal. 11:39 Cuyahoga weighed anchor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 11:49 Two Harbors-bound CSL Assiniboine arrived and went to anchor north of Pie Island. 12:08 Algoma Niagara arrived and went to anchor southeast of the Welcome Islands. 13:24 CCGS Griffon again departed Keefer Terminal for ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay harbor. 15:44 CSL Assiniboine departed Thunder Bay harbor. She would reverse course and move northeast along the Canadian North Shore. 16:02 Algoma Niagara weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra B to load grain. 16:05 American Century departed Thunder Bay harbor. She would go anchor southwest of Isle Royale. 17:37 CSL Welland arrived at G3 to load grain. 17:55 Radcliffe R. Latimer departed Superior Elevator for Goderich. 18:56 CCGS Griffon returned to Keefer Terminal.

Sturgeon Bay, WI
Correction: It was reported Tuesday the barge Huron Spirit is still in the yard at Bay Shipbuilding. It departed March 28 with the tug Sharon M. 1.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Compass was loading salt on Wednesday. Algoma Innovator will load next, more salt for Milwaukee.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Kaye E Barker returned Wednesday afternoon, this time unloading coal at the Zug Island coal dock. The mailboat J.W. Westcott II returned to service for the season on Wednesday.

Toledo, OH – Jim Hoffman
As of Tuesday 9 April there are six saltwater vessels that will be due to arrive at Toledo during the next several weeks. In no particular order they are BBC Brazil, Federal Dart, Federal Leda, Federal Oshima, Federal Shimanto and Ludogorets. It is assumed they will all be going to the Midwest Overseas Dock.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
John J. Boland lightered on Wednesday and proceeded up the Cuyahoga River to unload the remainder of her cargo at ArcelorMittal. Irma has departed for Milwaukee and NACC Argonaut remained at Lafarge Cement. Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder was heading to Cleveland with stone from Marblehead. Sam Laud and CSL St. Laurent are in Ashtabula.

Buffalo, NY
The Canadian polar icebreaker Amundsen is working off Buffalo attempting to clear a track into port, which continues to be blocked by an approximately 15-mile-wide ice field of varying depths. It is a very unusual event to see a polar icebreaker near this port. No icebreakers of the USCG have stationed here since the demise of the USCG Ojbawa, a Buffalo fixture for decades prior to its sale as surplus.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Wednesday April 9 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - Apr 10 - Algoscotia at 0424

off Port Colborne:
stopped in the ice - tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit cleared ice field around noon westbound

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 9 - Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) at 2306 - Apr 10 - Ludogorets (Mlt) (ex Marbacan-16, Fritz-14, Luebbert-10) at 1127, Algoma Buffalo at 1647, Algoma Enterprise at 1735 and Kaministiqua at 2038 (stopping wharf 2)

downbound - Apr 10 - Argentia Desgagnes at 0939, Oakglen at 1124 and Atlantic Huron at 1440 approx (from wharf 16)

Welland Canal docks:
arrival - Apr 10 - Kaministiqua at 2110 (at wharf 2) - docked - Apr 9 - Atlantic Huron (stopped wharf 16) - departed Apr 10 at 1410 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
departures - Apr 10 - Tuvaq W (ex San Pietro-18, Bering-13) at 1530 approx. for Bronte and Algoma Buffalo at 1620 (from the anchorage) to the canal

Hamilton:
arrival - Apr 10 - Algoma Enterprise at 0626 - docked - Apr 6 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2141 - Apr 8 - Federal Asahi (Mhl) at 1855 - Apr 9 - Algoma Sault at 2148 - departed - Apr 10 - Algoma Enterprise at 1459 for the canal

Bronte:
arrival - Tuvaq W (ex San Pietro-18, Bering-13) at 1750 from Port Weller anchorage

Mississauga:
docked - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-1) at 0108

Toronto:
docked - Apr 6 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0432

 

Construction of state-of-the-art grain terminal planned at Port of Oshawa

4/11 - Oshawa, Ont. – The year 2019 will be memorable for the Oshawa terminal, as QSL will be building a state-of-the-art grain export terminal in partnership with Sollio Agriculture, formerly known as the Agri-business Division of La Coop fédérée.

The infrastructure will be a Canadian Grain Commission-approved export facility. It will combine modern unloading equipment, grain storage and vessel-loading equipment that will benefit Canadian farmers served by Sollio Agriculture across the country.

Located in the heart of an important farming region, the new facility will shorten the trucking distance from the farms to the export terminal, will accelerate the pace of truck unloading and also minimize weather delays for the truck discharge segment.

The key benefit is to accelerate the logistics by providing farmers quick access to water export solutions. The whole operation will also benefit the environment, as the total operation will result in significant greenhouse gas reductions. The infrastructure is expected to be completed next autumn, and fully functional by next winter.

QSL is a terminal operator and stevedore firm which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018. QSL operates its network of more than 30 terminals along the St. Lawrence–Great Lake axis, from Chicago to Saint-John’s.

QSL has many projects related to bulk in the Great Lakes region. These projects are carried by its subsidiaries in Chicago and Ogdensburg, by joint ventures in Port Weller and Port Colborne and also by QSL, Ontario Division (formerly known as Great Lakes Stevedoring Co) in Oshawa and Hamilton.

Drycargomag.com

 

U.S. wants to establish Lake Ontario national marine sanctuary in upstate N.Y.

4/11 - Washington, D.C. – The federal government plans to designate the southeast shore of Lake Ontario in upstate New York as a national marine sanctuary, protecting historic shipwrecks and artifacts in an underwater park.

The designation by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would protect Lake Ontario along the shore of Oswego, Cayuga, Wayne and Jefferson counties. NOAA has established only 14 marine sanctuaries and underwater monuments nationwide, almost all covering ocean areas. The new designation would be the first on Lake Ontario, and potentially the third on the Great Lakes.

The marine sanctuary proposed by the four upstate New York counties was selected out of hundreds nominated nationwide, according to U.S. Rep. John Katko, who represents three of the counties. Katko, R-Camillus, said NOAA informed him that it will formally announce its decision in a notice in the Federal Register later this month.

The notice will set in motion plans for public meetings over 90 days in all four counties, and a series of impact studies, before the designation can take effect. NOAA officials said they could not confirm the decision to move forward with a Lake Ontario marine sanctuary.

Ellen Brody, Great Lakes regional coordinator for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, said only that action on the Lake Ontario nomination is expected soon.

NOAA has traditionally selected nominations that it knows have public support and will move forward to full designation under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, Katko said.

The federal law allows NOAA to identify, designate and protect areas in the oceans and Great Lakes “with special national significance due to their conservation, recreational, ecological, historical, scientific, cultural, archeological, educational, or aesthetic qualities.”

When officials from the upstate counties nominated Lake Ontario in 2015, the application said it was important to protect the lake’s historic and cultural resources that include shipwrecks, a sunken U.S. Air Force C-45, and marine resources important to Native American communities. Some of the known shipwrecks date to the early 1800s.

The officials said the federal designation would boost tourism along Lake Ontario and provide educational and economic benefits to the region, including new jobs in the tourism industry.

The federal designation would not interfere with existing commercial and recreational activities on the lake, nor impose limits on those who own homes or camps along the shoreline. But the sanctuary would make it a federal crime to disturb submerged artifacts.

The existing national marine sanctuaries includes the site of a single Civil War shipwreck, where the USS Monitor was found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off North Carolina, and the breeding grounds for humpback whales in the shallow waters around the Hawaiian Islands. The sanctuaries protect 35 endangered species.

Syracuse.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 11

In 2015, 18 vessels that had been stuck in 35 square miles of crushed ice up to eight feet thick on Eastern Lake Superior were moving again with the Wednesday arrival of the heavy Canadian icebreaker Pierre Radisson.

11 April 1890 - CHENANGO (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 176 foot, 696 gross tons, built in 1887, at Detroit, Michigan) was carrying 40,000 bushels of wheat from Toledo, Ohio, to Buffalo, New York, when she caught fire off Erie, Pennsylvania. She was partially consumed by the fire and sank in four fathoms of water with no loss of life. She was later raised at great expense and rebuilt as the steamer LIZZIE MADDEN.

On 11 April 1882, GALATEA (3-mast wooden schooner, 180 foot, 606 gross tons) was launched by F. W. Wheeler (Hull#13) at W. Bay City, Michigan. She lasted until she stranded and broke up at Grand Marais, Michigan, in the "Big Storm" of 1905.

The tanker IMPERIAL ST. CLAIR (Hull#57) of the Port Weller Drydocks Ltd., entered service on April 11, 1974, running light for Montreal, Quebec.

Canada Steamship Lines’ J.W. MC GIFFIN (Hull#197) was christened at Collingwood on April 11, 1972. Port Weller Drydocks attached a new forebody in 1999, and she was renamed b.) CSL NIAGARA.

Pioneer Steamship's steamer PHILIP D. BLOCK sailed on her maiden voyage April 11, 1925, with coal from Huron, Ohio, bound for delivery at Indiana Harbor, Indiana.

Wilkinson Transportation Co.'s steamer A.E. NETTLETON (Hull#176) of the Detroit Ship Building Co., was launched April 11, 1908. She was scrapped at Santander, Spain in 1973.

On April 11, 1970, in Lake Superior's Whitefish Bay, CSL's steamer STADACONA of 1952 encountered thick ice and suffered bow damage. She developed a hairline crack in her bow and to alleviate the leakage her cargo was shifted from her forward hold to her after compartments using her self-unloading equipment. This maneuver raised her bow enough to keep her from sinking before she reached safety.

Pittsburgh Steamship Co.'s steamer ENDERS M. VOORHEES (Hull#288), of the Great Lakes Engineering Works, was launched on April 11, 1942. She was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey in 1989.

On April 11, 1964, while upbound on Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, a boiler burst on board the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.'s WILLIAM A. IRVIN, killing one of the crew and injuring two others.

April 11, 1948 - ANN ARBOR NO 7 ran aground just south of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

On 11 April 1874, the new tug E.H. MILLER burned at her dock at Willow Island in the Saginaw River. Her loss was valued at $9,000 and there was no insurance. Although considered to be a total loss, she was rebuilt and lasted another 46 years.

On 11 April 1878, ALASKA, a wooden bulk freighter, was launched at J. P. Clark's yard in Detroit, Michigan. Her dimensions were 180 feet overall, 28 foot beam, and 10 foot depth.

The navigation season at the Canadian Sault Canal was unofficially opened on 11 April 1955, at 7:15 a.m., when the MANZZUTTI (steel crane ship, 246 foot, 1,558 gross tons, built in 1903, at Buffalo, New York as J.S. KEEFE) locked up bound for the Algoma Steel dock. Because the MANZZUTTI wintered over at the Soo, its captain, John B. Perry, was not eligible for the traditional top hat and silk gloves presented to the first captain through the locks. So this was not the official opening of navigation at the Soo. The first boat through the American locks was expected the following day.

1964: NORCO had been used to carry pulpwood from Michipicoten to Green Bay from about 1938 to 1957. The vessel had been built at Ecorse, Michigan, for deep-sea service as INCA in 1915, and returned inland in the 1920s. It went back to the sea in 1959 and stranded at Little Corn Island, Nicaragua, on this date in 1964 while en route from Tampa to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, with a cargo of phosphate.

1994: AMERICAN MARINER was downbound in the St. Marys River when it struck a rock above the Soo Locks and had to go to the shipyard in Erie to repair the damage.

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

 

Port of Toronto opens commercial shipping season

4/10 - Toronto, Ont. – The unmistakable aroma of molasses wafted across the Toronto waterfront as 18,920 metric tons of that sweet cargo transferred from the holds of the Cape to the Redpath Sugar refinery Tuesday.

The arrival of the 30,000-ton bulk carrier of Montreal-based CanforNav, with unrefined sugar from Guatemala, marked the first ocean-faring vessel of the year to call at the Port of Toronto.

Captain Pero Mikelic, of Split, Croatia, was crowned with a 200-year-old ceremonial top hat made of silk and beaver fur. He also received an award of C$100 for captaining the first vessel to port in 2019.

The prize has been unchanged since 1861, noted Toronto Harbor Master Emeritus Angus Armstrong during a ceremony outside the bridge of the Cape marking the start of the commercial shipping season. “Ships used to fight to get to Toronto,” Armstrong said.

The Port of Toronto, though eclipsed by its Canadian counterparts in Vancouver and Montreal, has been handling growing volumes of cargo. The port handled a record 2.2 million metric tons in 2018, including 560,625 metric tons of sugar.

For RedPath Sugar, the shipment aboard the Cape would have otherwise required about 300 trucks. “Getting these international ships is incredibly important to us,” said refinery manager Phil Guglielmi.

The construction boom in Toronto has helped drive up volumes at the port. In 2018, the port saw the single largest increase in steel rebar in 20 years. Last year, 178 ships called on the Port of Toronto.

View photos at this link

 

What Trump's favorite Toledo project means for Ohio steel

4/10 - Toledo, OH – As the nation hinged on recession, and unemployment in northwest Ohio edged toward record highs, Paul Toth was part of a team busy negotiating a deal to change the trajectory of manufacturing in Toledo.

It was June 2008, and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority was getting ready to close on a $3.4 million acquisition of the former Gulf Oil refinery, a 180-acre site that had sat unused since 1982.

Mr. Toth, who later that summer became the Port Authority’s interim president and CEO before assuming the role permanently the next year, had a vision for what the property might become. It would take a few years of improvements and another $18.5 million, but eventually, in 2017, one of the nation’s leading iron ore miners, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., would announce a $700 million investment creating 130 new jobs.

“This is the biggest project on the Great Lakes in the last 50 years,” said Mr. Toth, who plans to retire this fall, before Cleveland-Cliffs opens its new facility in 2020. “This is a huge project when you look at the investment and the impact, and the fact that you’re taking a product that’s currently being imported and producing, domestically, a product to replace it.”

While the timing dovetails with efforts by President Trump to revive manufacturing, determining to what degree Mr. Trump’s policies and presidency have directly impacted projects like the one taking shape along Front Street is tricky. Politically tinged, the answer isn’t clear-cut.

“President Trump promised Ohio workers during his campaign that he would bring manufacturing jobs back to America,” said Ohio GOP Chairman Jane Timken, whose husband, Tim Timken, is CEO of TimkenSteel, one of the state’s largest steel manufacturers. “For the first time in years, manufacturing confidence is at record highs. [Cleveland-Cliffs’] project in Toledo is another testament to the economic activity being promoted under President Trump’s administration.”

Republican Rep. Bob Latta, whose district covers a portion of Toledo and most of northwest Ohio, said: “There’s a direct correlation between the policies we’ve put in place and the return of a growing manufacturing sector in our region.”

Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur, who has been a supporter of Cleveland-Cliffs’ Toledo project, said drawing the conclusion that Mr. Trump had anything to do with it is “ridiculous.” The Toledo Democrat cited decades of investments and improvements in Toledo’s docks and waterfront making it possible.

“It goes back 30 years all the federal money we brought in to clean up the site on which they’re building their new facility,” said Miss Kaptur, a longtime member of the House Steel Caucus.

“Please don’t claim credit for what others did,” she said. “All the ingredients were purchased, the cake was put in the mixer, it was mixed up, it was put in the oven, the cake was baked, the frosting’s on the cake, we put the candle on the cake, and he wants to light the candle.”

Since beginning construction, Cleveland-Cliffs has increased production capacity at the plant based on market demand, bringing its total investment to $830 million, according to recent SEC filings. The company reported $2.3 billion in revenue in 2018.

The investment positions Toledo as a job creator with a facility making hot-briquetted iron (HBI), a relatively new product made from iron ore pellets that replaces imported pig iron used in electric arc furnaces across the Midwest. Think of HBI as a cog in the supply chain that turns iron ore into steel.

The project is roundly viewed as a win for northwest Ohio. For every Cleveland-Cliffs job, city leaders expect to reap several “multiplier jobs” throughout the region. And while the Port Authority hasn’t put a number on its annual revenue from the deal, the city expects to collect $325,000 in annual tax revenue once the plant opens.

Read more at this link

 

Port Reports -  April 10

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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 during the day on Tuesday, however Herbert C. Jackson was due around 21:00 to take a delay for repairs at Fraser Shipyards. She is tentatively expected to depart on Saturday for Silver Bay. In Superior, Algoma Spirit was expected around 20:00 Tuesday evening to load ore at Burlington Northern. She should depart late Wednesday morning.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday April 9th: 11:03 CCGS Griffon arrived for ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay harbor. 13:19 Spruceglen departed Viterra A downbound. 16:48 Frontenac departed G3 for Port Colborne. 19:16 CCGS Griffon arrived at Keefer Terminal. 20:09 Cuyahoga arrived and went to anchor southeast of the Welcome Islands. Expected for Wednesday: Algoma Niagara and CSL Welland.

Cedarville, MI – Denny Dushane
Manitoulin arrived Tuesday in the late afternoon opening up the port and becoming the first vessel for the 2019 Season. Also expected is the barge Pere Marquette 41/tug Undaunted on Friday in the late evening and the Wilfred Sykes is due on Sunday in the late morning. All times are estimates and can change due to weather and ice conditions.

Port Inland, MI – Denny Dushane
Manitowoc is expected to arrive on Thursday in the late afternoon, becoming their first vessel to arrive and load for the 2019 season. They are scheduled to return again on Saturday in the early evening. The Wilfred Sykes is due on April 17 in the early morning. All times given in this report are estimates and can change due to weather and ice conditions.

Green Bay, WI – Paul Erspamer
H. Lee White was inbound & through the Rock Island Passage for Green Bay Tuesday evening, expected Tuesday night. Alpena kept company, carrying cement from Alpena for Green Bay, expected Tuesday night.

Sturgeon Bay, WI – Jim Conlon, Paul Erspamer, Daniel Lindner
Joseph L. Block departed winter layup in Sturgeon Bay on Tuesday afternoon, sporting a fresh coat of paint after recently being drydocked for her 5-year survey. John G. Munson has taken her place in drydock, and Cason J. Callaway, American Courage and Roger Blough are all still laid up. The latter three are all expected to depart at some point this week. Burns Harbor remains at the shipyard receiving repairs from her recent bow thruster fire, and the tug G.L. Ostrander was towed in a few days ago for some form of repairs as well. Tugs Barbara Andrie, Rebecca Lynn, and the barges Huron Spirit and A-397 are also still at the shipyard.

Milwaukee, WI – Paul Erspamer
Samuel de Champlain & barge Innovation arrived with cement from Alpena at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, docking at their Jones Island terminal. Joyce L. VanEnkevort & barge Great Lakes Trader departed from Milwaukee's Heavy Lift Dock about 1 p.m. Tuesday, headed north on Lake Michigan. Bradshaw McKee & barge St. Mary's Conquest departed for Charlevoix at 9:10 p.m. Monday.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday, Georgian Bay: After spending the morning trying unsuccessfully to break through very thick ice, CCGS Pierre Radisson departed for McGregor Bay to break out the Lafarge dock. The ice was reported to be 19 to 20 feet thick north of Hope Island and the break out of Midland has been delayed at least until next week. Alpena: 20:35 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Green Bay. Tuesday: Alpena: 2:06 Undaunted arrived to unload. 10:10 she departed for Manitowoc. McGregor Bay: 6:11 CCGS Pierre Radisson began ice operations. 14:18 the Radisson had completed breaking out McGregor Bay and was sailing west south of Manitoulin Island. Port Dolomite: 17:00 Manitoulin arrived to load limestone.

Calcite, MI – Denny Dushane
The barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort are expected to arrive at Calcite on Thursday in the early morning to load at the South Dock. They will be the first vessel to load at Calcite for the 2019 season. American Mariner is due on Friday during the early evening, also for the South Dock. All times listed in this report are estimates and can change due to weather and ice conditions.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
On Tuesday, the Kaye E Barker arrived to unload ore at AK Steel. Manitowoc stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal.

Toledo, OH – Denny Dushane
Philip R. Clarke departed winter lay up on Tuesday in the late afternoon. Due at the CSX Coal Dock to load are John J. Boland on Wednesday in the late evening followed by Kaye E. Barker on Thursday in the early morning. Due at CSX to load on Friday is the Algoma Enterprise in the morning. Vessels due at the Torco Dock are Lee A. Tregurtha on Friday during the late afternoon and the Maumee on Friday in the early evening. Vessels that remain in lay-up are Great Republic, the burned St. Clair at the Torco Slip near the Frog Pond, and Cedarglen near the Ironhead Marine shipyard.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
NACC Argonaut arrived at Lafarge on Tuesday. John J. Boland was due in to the Bulk Terminal. Algoma Buffalo shows a destination of Cleveland but was still in Lake Ontario.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report for Tuesday April 9 – Barry Andersen

Off Port Colborne: stopped in the ice - Apr 8 - Algoma Sault (stopped in the ice for visibility at 2034 - departed Apr 9 at 0249 for the canal)

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 8 - Algoma Buffalo at 0959 (to Port Weller anchorage), Algonorth at 1755 and Algoma Discovery at 2009 - Apr 9 - Algocanada at 0337, CSL St Laurent at 0437, Algoma Transport at 0400, Tuvaq W at 0600 (to Port Weller anchorage) and Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) eta 1135

downbound - Apr 7 - tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 1911 (stopped wharf 16) - Apr 9 - Algoma Sault at 0332, Atlantic Huron at 0650 (stopped wharf 16) and Algoma Enterprise at 1718

Welland Canal docks:
docked - Apr 7 - tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit (stopped wharf 16 to unload at 1945) - Apr 9 - (departed wharf 16 at 0950 westbound - stopped at 1234 in the ice)

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - Apr 8 - Algoma Buffalo mid-day approx. (repairs) - Apr 9 -Tuvaq W at 0600 (from Bronte)

Hamilton:
arrival - Apr 9 - Algoma Sault eta 2205 - docked - Apr 6 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2141 - Apr 8 - Federal Asahi (Mhl) at 1855 from the anchorage departed - Apr 8 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 1835 for Three Rivers

Bronte:
docked - Apr 7 - Tuvaq W (ex San Pietro-18, Bering-13) at 0153 - departed Apr 9 at 0015 for Port Weller anchorage

Clarkson:
docked - Apr 8 - Algoma Transport at 0720 - departed Apr 9 at 0157 for the canal

Mississauga:
docked - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-1) at 0108

Toronto:
docked - Apr 6 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0432

Oshawa:
docked - Apr 4 - Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) at 0631 - departed Apr 9 at 1816 for Detroit

 

Spliethoff Group expands fleet with 10 vessels

4/10 - Beginning of 2019 the Spliethoff Group acquired mv Hudsongracht (HHL Elbe) and mv Humbergracht (HHL Tyne), both abt. 12.750 dwt and a combined crane capacity of 300 mt, as well as mv Heerengracht (HHL Amur) and mv Houtmangracht (HHL Mississippi), both abt. 12.750 dwt and a combined crane capacity of 360 mt. These vessels were added to Spliethoff’s H-Type series, now consisting of five vessels in total. At the same time heavy lift vessel mv Prinsengracht (HHL New York) was acquired.

More recently Spliethoff has taken over an additional five former Hansa Heavy Lift vessels. The P8-Type series, abt. 20,100 dwt, equipped with two holds and cranes with a combined capacity of 800 mt, consists of earlier acquired mv Prinsengracht and one additional vessel, named Pietersgracht (HHL Kobe).

The P14-Type series – abt 19.450 dwt, two holds and a combined crane capacity of 1,400 mt – consists of mv Pijlgracht (HHL Lagos), mv Poolgracht (HHL Fremantle), mv Pauwgracht (HHL Richards Bay) and mv Paleisgracht (HHL Tokyo).

All vessels are or will be reflagged to Dutch flag/register. Several of these vessels have traded into the Great Lakes/Seaway system.

Spliethoff Group

 

Know Your Ships annual Port Huron book signing is Saturday

4/10 - Port Huron, MI – In what has become an unofficial kick-off to spring, “Know Your Ships” guide editor and publisher Roger LeLievre will be on hand at the Great Lakes Maritime Center Saturday at Vantage Point in Port Huron, signing copies of the 2019 60th anniversary edition. The event runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. this Saturday.

Books, t shirts, a revised stack & flag chart and Boatnerd/KYS baseball caps will all be available for purchase. Joining LeLievre will be other members of the KYS crew, as well as Great Lakes cartoonist / illustrator Don Lee. Lee’s nautical cartoons have often appeared on various Facebook shipping sites, and he will have his easel on hand and will sketch your likeness (with or without freighter).

Two other authors, Robert Campbell and Roger Hulett, will also be on hand with their books. In addition, the Great Lakes Nautical Society will there with model freighter boat kits for kids. They can be assembled there, with help from adults. Sandpaper, glue and paper towel provided. No reservations required.

The Maritime Center is at 51 Court St. at the mouth of the Black River.

 

Restored Grand Haven catwalk to return in May

4/10 - Grand Haven, MI – The iconic Grand Haven south pier catwalk will soon return to its rightful home along the Lake Michigan shoreline, according to city officials. But what returns won’t be the 100-year-old catwalk that was removed from the pier in 2016, as nearly 90 percent of the catwalk’s “bents,” or arches, have been refabricated by a Holland-based manufacturing company.

Only a handful of the original bents were able to be salvaged and restored. Grand Haven City Manager Pat McGinnis said King Company, of Holland, will begin rebuilding the structure on the pier in May. Crews plan to complete the project in phases over 25 working days, with some leeway for inclement weather or high water -- both of which caused delays on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ pier resurfacing project.

The plan is to have the catwalk fully reassembled in time for the city’s annual Coast Guard Festival, scheduled this year from July 26 to Aug. 4, said Erin Turrell, chairwoman of the Save the Catwalk Committee.

Crews plan to start installing the catwalk at the foghorn light and will work their way back toward the entrance of the pier, Turrell added. The catwalk lights will be affixed once the structure is rebuilt.

For Turrell, having the catwalk back on the pier is the culmination of a grassroots effort to maintain a vital piece of Grand Haven history.

“It’s been an evolution, and we’re at the point, finally, where she’s going to be back after doing all the detail work and doing every single little (piece of) minutiae," Turrell said. “(Our pitch) wasn’t just, ‘Hey, we need to do this because it needs to be there.’ It was, ‘Hey, we need to do this because it’s part of our history.’

Read more and view images at this link

 

Seaway announces port winners of 2018 season Pacesetter Award

4/10 - Washington, DC – The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) has announced that eight U.S. ports in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System are receiving the agency’s Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award for registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports during the 2018 navigation season.

“The strong performance in 2018 of these St. Lawrence Seaway ports is very encouraging and reflects a strong and robust economy,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The eight ports earning the Pacesetter Award for 2018 are: the Duluth Seaway Port Authority (Minn.), the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority (Pa.), Port Milwaukee (Wis.), the Port of Monroe (Mich.), the Port of Muskegon (Mich.), the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority (N.Y.), the Port of Oswego (N.Y.), and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority (Ohio).

“Congratulations to the eight Great Lakes ports being recognized as Pacesetter Award recipients for their achievements during the 2018 Seaway navigation season,” said SLSDC’s Deputy Administrator Craig H. Middlebrook. “The 2018 season saw the highest cargo tonnage in more than a decade. With nearly 41 million tons of cargo moved last year, representing a seven percent increase over the 2017 season, our ports are working harder than ever to handle more commerce safely and efficiently.”

The SLSDC Pacesetter Award was established in 1992 to recognize the achievements of U.S. ports whose activities resulted in increasing international tonnage shipped through the St. Lawrence Seaway, excluding Canada, in comparison to the previous year. More than 237,000 jobs and $35 billion in economic activity are supported by movement of various cargoes on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System.

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

 

National Museum seeks volunteers for spring cleanup

4/10 - Toledo, OH – On Saturday and Sunday April 27, and 28, (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) the National Museum of the Great Lakes will hold its Third Annual Volunteer Spring Cleanup on the grounds of the museum.

“The museum operates a 3.5 acre outdoor maritime park featuring hundreds of perennial plants that need tender loving care,” said Christopher Gillcrist, executive director. “Volunteers will be pulling dead weeds, spreading mulch, collecting cuttings and other garden related work. Volunteers who work for two hours or more will get free admission to the museum and a chance to win Disney Hopper Passes courtesy of Disney Family Volunteer Program.

Those interested in volunteering can register at allforgood.org/projects/1Jl90Bkz or can contact Taryn at the museum at 419-214-5000 extension 204.

 

Former cruise ship Yorktown for sale; had visited the Great Lakes

4/10 - See the ad here: https://www.unlimitedoffshore.com/single-post/2019/04/09/Boutique-Cruise-Ship-for-Sale-in-the-USA

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 10

10 April 1868 The ALPENA (wooden side-wheel passenger-package freight steamer, 653 tons, built in 1867, at Marine City, Michigan) was purchased by Capt. A. E. Goodrich from Gardner, Ward & Gardner for $80,000.

On 10 April 1861, UNION (wooden propeller, 170 foot, 465 tons) was launched and christened at the Bates yard in Manitowoc, Wisconsin for the Goodrich Line. She cost $19,000. The engines, machinery and many of the fittings were from the OGONTZ of 1858. This was the first steamer built by the Bates yard.

The tanker TEXACO CHIEF (Hull#193), was christened April 10, 1969. She was renamed b.) A G FARQUHARSON in 1986 and c.) ALGONOVA in 1998. She was sold Panamanian in 2007 and renamed PACIFICO TRADER.

The d.) GODERICH of 1908 was sold April 10, 1963, to the Algoma Central & Hudson Bay Railway Co. and renamed e.) AGAWA. Renamed f.) LIONEL PARSONS in 1968, and served as a storage barge at Goderich, Ontario until 1983, when she was scrapped at Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The keel was laid April 10, 1952, for the steamer WILLIAM CLAY FORD (Hull#300) of the Great Lakes Engineering Works.

The SINCLAIR GREAT LAKES (Hull#1577) of the Ingalls Iron Works, Decatur, Alabama, was christened on April 10, 1963.

On April 10, 1973, the ARTHUR B. HOMER departed the shipyard at Lorain, Ohio, with a new pilothouse. She had suffered extensive damage on October 5, 1972, in a head on collision with the saltie NAVISHIPPER on the Detroit River.

April 10, 1912 - ANN ARBOR NO 5 struck her stern against the channel in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, bending her rudder, and damaging her port shaft.

On 10 April 1875, the propeller EMMA E. THOMPSON was launched at East Saginaw, Michigan. She was built for Capt. D.F. Edwards of Toledo and cost $20,000. Her dimensions were 125 feet x 26 feet x 10 feet. In 1880, she was rebuilt as a schooner and then returned to a propeller in 1881, when she was given the engine from the propeller AKRON.

On 10 April 1882, ESPINDOLA (wooden schooner, 54 tons, built in 1869, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) was carrying railroad ties when she was overwhelmed by a storm and went to pieces one mile north of the Chicago waterfront. No lives were lost, but four crewmen were rescued by a tug after having been in the water for some time.

MANZZUTTI (steel crane ship, 246 foot, 1558 gross tons, built in 1903, at Buffalo, New York as a.) J S KEEFE) of the Yankcanuck Steamship Ltd., was the first vessel through the Canadian locks at the Soo for the 1954 navigation season. She entered the Canadian canal on 10 April about 8:15 a.m. The locking of the MANZZUTTI was not considered the official opening of the season at the Soo since she wintered in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and the first vessel must come up the St. Marys River from Lake Huron or Michigan. President Dave Bows of the Kiwanis Club, pointed out the club’s $1,000 marine contest is based on the first such vessel though the Michigan Sault locks only. The U.S. Coast Guard reported six-inch ice in the lower St. Marys River.

1905: The 400-foot steel-hulled bulk carrier GEORGE B. LEONARD arrived in Cleveland with ice damage and leaking bow seams.

1941: The first CEDARBRANCH ran aground at the mouth of the Etobicoke Creek, west of Toronto and had to be lightered to float free.

1949: The former J.H. PLUMMER, once part of Canada Steamship Lines, was reported wrecked, due to stranding in fog, while six miles southwest of Shaweishan on this date in 1949. The vessel was sailing as f) TUNG AN, and was en route from Tsingtao to Shanghai, with scrap steel.

1953: The Finnish freighter ANGELA came to the Great Lakes in 1952 and was wrecked on April 10, 1953, at Frisland, Isle of Coll, due to heavy weather. The vessel was travelling in ballast from Larne, Northern Ireland, to Goole, UK, and was a total loss.

1965: A collision in the Lake St. Peter section of the St. Lawrence involved the TRANSATLANTIC and HERMES. The former, a West German freighter, caught fire and capsized with the loss of three lives. The vessel was salvaged in August and eventually scrapped at Sorel. It had been coming to the Great Lakes for the Poseidon Line since 1961. The latter, a Dutch carrier, never came through the Seaway and was scrapped at Calcutta, India, as NIKI R. in 1985-1986.

1977: HILDA MARJANNE ran aground on a sandbar at Sarnia after leaving the Government Dock with a cargo of corn. It was released the next day with the help of the tug DARYL C. HANNAH.

1989: The canal-sized bulk carrier IROQUOIS, b) TROISDOC (ii), was built in 1955 but left the Seaway as c) KOBA in 1983. That vessel foundered in the Gulf of Mexico, near Isla de Lobos, on this date in 1989 while en route from Tampico to Progresso, Mexico.

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

 

Interlake Steamship Co. to build new Great Lakes self-unloader at Bay Shipbuilding

4/9 - Sturgeon Bay Wis. – A U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier will be built for the first time in more than 35 years thanks to a historic agreement recently signed between The Interlake Steamship Co. and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding.

The new River-class, self-unloading bulk carrier is believed to be the first ship for U.S. Great Lakes service built on the Great Lakes since 1983. The ship, which will transport raw materials to support manufacturing throughout the Great Lakes region, also represents hundreds of good-paying jobs for U.S. Merchant Mariners and Wisconsin shipyard workers.

Measuring 639 feet in length (78 feet W, 45 feet H, 28,000 DWT), the vessel will be constructed in Sturgeon Bay, WI. The Interlake Steamship Co., headquartered in Middleburg Heights, OH, is the largest privately held U.S.-flag fleet on the Great Lakes, with nine vessels carrying bulk cargoes and a rich history dating more than 100 years.

“When we approached a historic project of this magnitude – building our company’s first ship since 1981 – we knew it was critical to choose the right partners. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding is the shipyard that has the experience and skill to execute on our long-term vision,” said Interlake President Mark W. Barker, adding that this specific vessel is being built as the result of listening to and addressing the logistical needs of Interlake’s customers.

“We’ve had a long and positive relationship of partnering with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding as we have modernized and reinvested heavily in our fleet. They have skillfully handled four repowers, five exhaust gas scrubber installations, as well as regular maintenance and regulatory dry-dockings on our vessels.”

The Interlake Steamship Co., Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Bay Engineering are jointly designing the bulk carrier, complete with advanced vessel and unloading systems automation.

“We are excited to construct this historic large-scale bulk carrier on the Great Lakes for Great Lakes operation,” says Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding’s Vice President and General Manager Todd Thayse.

“We are very proud of our long-term relationship with Interlake, and we appreciate their continued confidence in our shipyard and in our shipbuilding team. This new project and our past work are indicative of the quality and attention to detail that our customers have come to expect from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. It brings steady employment to the hundreds of women and men we employ from across the region, and the economic benefit to our suppliers and others is widespread,” he added.

Scheduled for completion in mid-2022, the carrier will be built by Fincantieri’s nearly 700 skilled trade workers and will generate business for partnering contractors, vendors and suppliers. Major partners for the project include American Bureau of Shipping (ABS); Bay Engineering (BEI); EMD Engines; Caterpillar; EMS-Tech, Inc.; Lufkin (a GE Company) and MacGregor.

“The Interlake Steamship Company is also extremely proud to build locally, supporting surrounding communities and states – a legacy that we began more than 100 years ago,” Barker says. “We live and work in the Great Lakes region and promoting growth and the positive economic impact of Great Lakes shipping is integral to our mission and vision as a leader in this industry.”

• Cargo: This newest self-unloading bulk carrier has a unique cargo hold arrangement and cargo hatch covers designed for maximum cubic space and the ability to handle difficult cargoes.

• Maneuverability: The vessel incorporates a flap rudder as well as bow and stern thrusters for high-level of maneuverability.

• Environmentally friendly: All aspects of the vessel have been looked at to ensure that it will have a low environmental impact to the Great Lakes and to those who work aboard. The hull has been optimized for efficacy and all systems have been designed to ensure low energy consumption.

• Power and speed: The vessel is designed for 7,800 shaft horsepower produced by two sixteen-cylinder Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) diesel engines that are EPA Tier 4 and IMO Tier III certified and is expected to have a top speed in excess of 15 m.p.h.

• Propulsion: The vessel will be propelled by a single-screw, 18’ diameter, Konsberg, controllable pitch propeller.

• Electrical Power: For its electrical power requirements, the vessel is provided with one 940 kW ship service diesel generator, two 2500 kW shaft generators and one 274 kW emergency generator.

The Interlake Steamship Co.

 

Third icebreaker stymied by thick ice on Georgian Bay

4/9 - Midland, Ont. – For the third time this season, an icebreaker has been unable to get through the thick layers of ice on Georgian Bay.

Dozens of people rushed down to the shore on Monday in hopes of seeing the Canadian Coast Guard ship Pierre Radisson in action, but they were left disappointed. “I came to see if it was in, because it was supposed to be here at 10 o’clock (this morning),” one hopeful spectator said.

The U.S. coast guard says there is at least three feet of ice in some areas, and previous attempts to break it up have been unsuccessful. On Monday, the Pierre Radisson also could not get through the unusually thick ice.

The mayor of Midland admits not much can be done, but says the delay in operations is not good news for local business.

“It slows everything down. You know people are getting ready to get resorts open, you’re getting your docks in, you’re doing all your spring maintenance anticipating the tourism season, and this slows it all down,” says Mayor Stewart Strathearn.

The Great Lakes freighter Baie Comeau is still stuck in the harbor, with some crews members being sent home. The Canadian Coast Guard says it’s become a waiting game, and it could be as late as next week until the ice breaker is able to make its way through the harbor.

The Canadian Coast Guard has provided icebreaking assistance to over 400 commercial vessels so far this season.

View a video at this link

 

Port Reports -  April 9

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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 09:55 Monday morning, and spent the day loading coal at Midwest Energy. She was expected to depart around 21:00. The only traffic through the Superior entry was the departure of CSL Niagara at 12:08 Monday with a load of iron ore pellets from BN.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday April 7th: 22:54 USCGC Alder departed Thunder Bay harbor for the Keweenaw Waterway and Houghton, MI. Monday April 8th: 9:09 Spruceglen arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 14:51 Saginaw departed Superior Elevator downbound. 15:32 Radcliffe R Latimer weighed anchor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. Expected for Tuesday: Cuyahoga, Algoma Niagara and CSL Welland.

St. Marys River
Herbert C. Jackson, damaged by moving plate ice Sunday south of Neebish Island, spent most of the day Monday tied up in Soo Harbor, but left for assessment and repairs at Fraser Shipyards in Superior, WI, in the late afternoon. The incident caused a 10 to 12 foot fracture above the water line in the hull.

Alpena, MI – Ben & Chanda McClain
The steamer Alpena arrived Monday morning at Lafarge to load cement. It was the first visit of the season for the Alpena. The tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41 are expected in port on Tuesday.

Milwaukee, WI – Paul Erspamer
Algoma Niagara departed onto Lake Michigan at 8 p.m. Sunday, northbound for Thunder Bay. Algoma Compass arrived Sunday night with salt from Goderich, departing Monday at about 7 p.m. Bradshaw McKee & barge St. Marys Conquest arrived Monday morning with cement from Charlevoix.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday April 8. Alpena: At 7:07a.m., the cement carrier Alpena arrived to load. Bay City: 10:08 American Integrity arrived at the power plant to unload coal and at 17:45 departed. Georgian Bay: 6:30 CCGS Pierre Radisson arrived north of Hope Island and spent the day conducting ice operations in thick ice.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator, laden with salt, cleared 12.05 p.m. Monday downbound for Toledo.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
The 2019 commercial shipping season began on the Saginaw River Monday morning with the arrival of the 1,000-foot long self-unloading vessel American Integrity. She called on the Consumers Energy Dock in Essexville to unload coal around 10 a.m. The arrival of American Integrity starts the season 10 days later than the 2018 season, and marks the first time since 2009, when Manitowoc was the first vessel of that season, that a non-tug/barge combo opened the season.

Sarnia, ON – Denny Dushane
Manitowoc and Robert S. Pierson left winter layup Monday afternoon. The Manitowoc was heading to Toledo to load a cargo of coal.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
The upbound H Lee White arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal Monday morning to fuel. Next in was the Hon. James L. Oberstar, loaded with ore for AK Steel. The CSL Tadoussac was next, calling on the St. Marys Cement dock to unload cement clinker. The last vessel of the day was the Iver Bright, shifting to the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
The first saltie of the season has arrived at the Port of Cleveland as Polsteam's Irma was unloading Monday. Lee A. Tregurtha is delivering to the Bulk Terminal.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report for Monday April 8 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
departed - Apr 8 - tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 0125 for the canal and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1115 approx westbound

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 8 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement at 0322, Esta Desgagnes at 0707, Algoma Buffalo at 0959 (to Port Weller anchorage), NACC Argonaut at 1608, Algonorth at 1755 and Algoma Discovery at 2009

downbound - Apr 7 - tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 1911 (stopped wharf 16) - Apr 8 - tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 0718 and Algoma Sault at 2034 (delayed due to visibility off Port Colborne)

Welland Canal docks:
docked - Apr 7 - tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit (stopped wharf 16 to unload at 1945) - Apr 8 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement at 1340 and tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1346 following icebreaker Amundsen out through the piers westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - Apr 8 - Algoma Buffalo mid-day approx.

Hamilton:
arrival - Apr 8 - Federal Asahi (Mhl) at 0404 - docked - Apr 5 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 1859 - Apr 6 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2141 - Apr 7 - Algoma Discovery at 1120 - departed (for the canal) - Apr 8 - Algoma Buffalo at 0722 (from winter berth) and Algoma Discovery at 1802

Bronte:
docked - Apr 7 - Tuvaq W (ex San Pietro-18, Bering-13) at 0153

Clarkson:
anchored - Apr 7 - Algoma Transport at 2040 - departed for dock Apr 8 at 0718 - arrival - Apr 8 - Algoma Transport at 0720

Mississauga:
docked - Adfines Sea (Mlt) ex Osttank Norway-1) at 0108

Toronto:
docked - Apr 6 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0432 - departed - Apr 8 - McKeil Spirit at 2012 eastbound

Oshawa:
docked - Apr 4 - Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) at 0631

Hamilton, ON – Denny Dushane Algoma Buffalo departed winter lay up early on Monday morning and headed to Cleveland, Ohio to load. This leaves only the Florence Spirit as the last remaining vessel from Hamilton's 2018/19 winter fleet still in port.

 

Coast Guard ice breaking planned for west end of the Keweenaw Waterway

4/9 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – At the request of the National Park Service (NPS), Coast Guard Cutter Alder plans to enter the Keweenaw Waterway from the west on Monday. The objective is to establish a track to facilitate the NPS’ access to Isle Royale. This work will not include a transit through Portage Lake. The Alder plans to terminate this work at the park service’s Houghton facility.

Although this work does not intend to disturb ice along the north and south shorelines, icebreaking activity weakens the ice far beyond the tracks created by the icebreakers. The Coast Guard recommends that members of the public who recreate on the ice, particularly those who fish, or operate snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles on ice-covered waters of the Keweenaw Waterway, plan their activities carefully, use caution on the ice, and stay away from charted shipping channels.

USCG

 

Former Mélissa Desgagnés to be sold by Federal court

4/9 - On May 1, the vessel Ethan will be offered for sale by the Federal court in Montreal. She has been languishing in Québec City since 2016. Originally Ontadoc for the Paterson fleet and then Mélissa Desgagnés for Groupe Desgagnés, she never traded under the name Ethan.

René Beauchamp

 

Help wanted: Boiler Tender for S.S. Badger

4/9 - Boiler Tender: Lake Michigan Carferry is seeking applicants for entry level position in the engine room aboard the historic SS Badger. The Boiler Tender assists the Fireman in operating and maintaining the ships boilers. Expect to live aboard the ship and stand 4 hour watch, 7 days per week from mid-May to mid-Oct. The Boiler Tender is required to hold a USCG Merchant Mariner Credential and a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Benefit eligible after 90 days probationary period. EOE. Visit www.ssbadger.com, scroll down and click on Employment Opportunities to access employment application. Email laurieb@ssbadger.com with questions.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 9

09 April 1890 - W.H. SAWYER (wooden propeller freighter, 201 foot, 746 gross tons) was launched by F. W. Wheeler (Hull #66) at West Bay City, Michigan. She lasted until 1928, when she sank off Harbor Beach, Michigan.

On 09 April 1868, SEABIRD (wooden side-wheel steamer, 638 tons, built in 1859, at Newport (Marine City), Michigan, was sailing on her first trip of the season from Manitowoc to Chicago. At 6 a.m. off Waukegan, Illinois, the porter cleaned out the ashes in the cabin stove and threw the hot coals overboard into the wind. The coals were blown back aboard and a blaze quickly engulfed the vessel. Only two survived. They were picked up by the schooner CORNELIA. 102 were lost. The vessel was uninsured and this was a severe financial blow to the new Goodrich Transportation Company.

On April 9, 1960, Canada Steamship Lines Ltd.'s a.) MURRAY BAY (Hull#164), of Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., entered service as the first Canadian 730-footer. Renamed b.) COMEAUDOC in 1963, she was scrapped at Port Colborne in 2003.

LAWRENDOC (Hull#174) was christened jointly with her Collingwood-built sister ship MONDOC (Hull#173) on April 9, 1962.

The Wilson Marine Transit Co., Cleveland purchased the b.) FINLAND, a.) HARRY COULBY (Hull#163) of the Detroit Ship Building Co., on April 9, 1957, and resold her the same day to the Republic Steel Corp., Cleveland with Wilson Marine acting as manager. Renamed c.) PETER ROBERTSON in 1969 and d.) MARINSAL in 1975.

On April 9, 1930, the CITY OF FLINT 32 entered service under the command of Estan Bayle.

On 9 April 1871, the wooden "rabbit" BAY CITY (152 foot, 372 gross tons, built in 1867, at Marine City, Michigan) had just loaded 270,000 feet of lumber in Bay City for Tonawanda, New York, when a fire broke out ashore. The ship was set adrift at 11 a.m. to get away from the lumberyard blaze. However, as the crew watched the shore fire, sparks smoldered in the ship's cargo. At 2 p.m., she burst into flame. Four tugs and a steam-powered fire engine brought alongside on a lighter fought the blaze to no avail. The vessel was scuttled to put out the fire. A few days later she was raised and repaired at a cost of $4,000.

On 9 April 1885, the laid-up vessels BURLINGTON and CHURCH were hit by the barge ALLEN and forced into the Military Street bridge at Port Huron, Michigan, crashing into the structure and completely blocking the Black River and disabling the bridge. The blame was placed on the spring thaw.

1913: Ice sliced through the wooden hull of the steamer UGANDA in the Straits of Mackinac and the vessel sank near White Shoal. The crew was rescued by the JOHN A. DONALDSON, and there was no loss of life.

1962: On November 28, 1961, fire had broken out aboard the IQUITOS off the coast of Mexico while the ship was en route from Callao, Peru, to Manzanillo, Mexico, with a cargo of fishmeal. The vessel had been a pre-Seaway trader as RUTENFJELL beginning in 1936 and as POLYRIVER beginning in 1951. The blazing freighter was abandoned by the crew. The ship did not sink and drifted for weeks before being spotted February 2, 1962. The hull was considered a hazard to navigation and was sunk on this date, southeast of the Christmas Islands by a U.S. destroyer, in 1962.

1968: MENIHEK LAKE was in a minor collision with the anchored PETITE HERMINE in the Lake St. Francis section of the St. Lawrence, and the latter's anchor chain damaged the propeller of MENIHEK LAKE.

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

 

Tanker Algonorth transits Seaway for the first time

4/8 - The tanker Algonorth (IMO 9362152), built in 2008 and recently acquired by the Algoma Central Corp., made its first trip through the St. Lawrence Seaway on Saturday. She is expected to arrive sometime on April 9 in Sarnia.

The ship was built as the Gan Gesture, a name that it held from 2008 to 2009. It never came inland as such. It was renamed Ramira in 2009 and came inland for the first time as such in 2010 and returned for the last time in 2012. The ship was bought by Algoma in late 2018 renamed Algonorth.

This is the second vessel to carry that name. The first, a bulk carrier, was scrapped a few years ago at Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

Denny Dushane

 

Coast Guard ice breaking planned for west end of the Keweenaw Waterway

4/8 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – At the request of the National Park Service (NPS), Coast Guard Cutter Alder plans to enter the Keweenaw Waterway from the west on Monday. The objective is to establish a track to facilitate the NPS’ access to Isle Royale. This work will not include a transit through Portage Lake. The Alder plans to terminate this work at the park service’s Houghton facility.

Although this work does not intend to disturb ice along the north and south shorelines, icebreaking activity weakens the ice far beyond the tracks created by the icebreakers. The Coast Guard recommends that members of the public who recreate on the ice, particularly those who fish, or operate snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles on ice-covered waters of the Keweenaw Waterway, plan their activities carefully, use caution on the ice, and stay away from charted shipping channels.

USCG

 

Port Reports -  April 8

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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
On Sunday in Duluth, Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 03:41 with coal for Silver Bay, and Manitoulin was outbound at 16:26 after loading iron ore pellets at CN. In Superior, James R. Barker spent the day loading at Burlington Northern, and was expected to depart around 21:00 Sunday night. CSL Niagara was on the hook outside the Superior entry waiting her turn to load.

Thunder Bay, ON
Saturday April 6th: 21:26 Saginaw arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. Sunday April 7th: 0:25 Frontenac arrived and went to anchor southeast of the Welcome Islands. 4:43 Radcliffe R Latimer arrived and went to anchor north of Pie Island. 13:06 Ojibway departed G3 for Windsor. 13:29 USCGC Alder departed Keefer Terminal for ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay harbor. 13:56 Frontenac weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load grain. Expected for Monday is the Spruceglen.

St. Marys River
Moving ice was a problem Sunday in the lower river. Just before noon, the upbound Herbert C. Jackson was caught in plate ice below Neebish Island and touched bottom near the Munuscong Lake Junction Light, suffering an unknown amount of hull damage. She was able to turn around and head back downbound, and Sunday night she was stopped off Drummond Island with the possibility of heading to a lower lakes shipyard, likely Erie, for repairs. Other vessels in the vicinity were directed to go to anchor, so by late evening, Algoma Spirit, tug Sharon M 1, Wilfred Sykes and Cuyahoga were all riding on the hook between Lime Island and DeTour. Downbound Kaye E. Barker and John J. Boland were at the locks.

Cedarville, MI – Denny Dushane
The first vessel scheduled to load at Cedarville for the 2019 season will be the Manitoulin, expected to arrive on Monday in the early evening. The barge Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted are due in on Friday, April 12 in the late evening. Rounding out the schedule is the Wilfred Sykes, due on Saturday, April 13 in the late morning. All times are estimates and can change due to weather and ice conditions.

Northern Lake Huron
Sunday April 7th, Alpena: Samuel De Champlain arrived at 12:13 to load cement products. 17:56 she departed for Milwaukee. Midland: CCGS Pierre Radisson was sailing north on Lake Huron Sunday and is expected to commence ice operations Monday morning to break out Midland harbor.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator was loading salt at Compass Minerals on Sunday.

Sarnia, ON – Denny Dushane
Frontenac departed winter lay up Thursday afternoon. She proceeded down to the Shell Oil Fuel Dock to take on fuel before departing for Thunder Bay to load wheat. This leaves Manitowoc and Robert S. Pierson still in lay up, both in the North Slip. Manitowoc should be departing in the next few days as she has an ETA for Toledo sometime on April 8. Pierson is still having winter work done.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
The tanker Iver Bright arrived Sunday morning, calling on the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Next was the tug Albert, docking at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal. Later, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr arrived at Zug Island to unload ore. Clyde S VanEnkevort/Erie Trader and CSL Welland stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal.

Toledo, OH – Denny Dushane
Algoma Sault became the first vessel to load grain in Toledo for the 2019 shipping season, arriving on Saturday in the early morning. They were still loading on Sunday morning and will head to Hamilton to unload. Vessels due at the CSX Coal Dock to load are as follows: Algoma Enterprise on Monday in the late morning followed by Manitowoc on Tuesday in the early morning. Also due at CSX to load is the Kaye E. Barker on Tuesday in the late afternoon. At the Torco Dock, the Maumee is due on Friday, April 12 in the early morning followed by the Lee A. Tregurtha also on Friday, April 12 at noon.

Cleveland, OH – Denny Dushane, Bill Kloss
The cement carrier Alpena departed winter lay up late on Saturday evening for their namesake port of Alpena to load cement.

Rochester, NY – Tom
McKeil Spirit was unloading at Lehigh Cement. First load of the season.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Sunday April 7 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - Apr 6 - tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 1735 - Apr 7 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1950

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 6 - John D Leitch at 1941 and Irma (Cyp) at 2216 - Apr 7 - CSL Tadoussac at 0027, Whitefish Bay at 0247, Algoma Enterprise at 0434,

downbound - Apr 6 - Thunder Bay at 1635, Algoma Discovery at 1957 and Algonova at 2012 - Apr 7 - Algoma Transport at 0129, tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 1911(stopped wharf 16)

Welland Canal docks:
docked - Apr 6 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement (stopped wharf 12) - Apr 7 - tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit (stopped wharf 16 to unload at 1945)

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - Apr 7 - Algonova at 1050 - departed at 1500 approx. eastbound

Hamilton:
arrival - Apr 6 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2141 - Apr 7 - Algoma Discovery at 1120 - docked - Apr 5 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 1859 - Apr 6 - Algoma Enterprise at 0844 - departed - Apr 7 - Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 0105 eastbound, Algoma Enterprise at 0225 for the canal

Bronte:
arrival - Apr 7 - Tuvaq W (ex San Pietro-18, Bering-13) at 0153 departed (both eastbound - Apr 6 - Sarah Desgagnes at 2251 - Apr 7 - Jana Desgagnes at 0424

Clarkson:
anchored - Apr 7 - Algoma Transport at 2040 - docked Adfines Sea (Mlt) ex Osttank Norway-1) at 0108

Toronto:
arrival - Apr 7 - McKeil Spirit at 0856 - docked - Apr 6 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0432 - departed - Apr 7 - NACC Argonaut at 0743

Oshawa:
docked - Apr 4 - Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) at 0631

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 8

08 April 1871, NAVARINO (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 184 foot, 761 tons, built in 1871, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) entered service for the Goodrich Transportation Company. She only lasted until 09 October 1871, since she burned in the Great Chicago Fire.

BAY CITY (wooden propeller stem barge, 152 foot, 262 gross tons, built in 1867, at Newport [Marine City], Michigan) had just been rebuilt at Bay City and then refitted at Fitzgerald & Leighton’s yard in Port Huron, Michigan. On 08 April 1871, (some sources give the date as 10 April 1871), on her first trip out from the shipyard, she caught fire and burned to the water line. She was rebuilt again and lasted until 1891, when she burned again.

The sea trials for AMERICAN REPUBLIC were conducted in Green Bay on April 8 thru 10, May 4 thru 11 and 18, 1981.

Interlake Steamship Co.’s steamer J. A. CAMPBELL of 1913, was the first bulk carrier to load taconite pellets that were shipped from Reserve Mining’s Davis Works at Silver Bay, Minn., on April 8, 1956.

In 1957, Great Lakes Steamship stockholders voted to sell the entire 16-ship fleet to four fleets.

In 1977 at Toledo, G.A. TOMLINSON required an estimated $235,000 to outfit her machinery for the upcoming season.

On April 8, 1905, Pittsburgh Steamship Co.’s steamer a.) ELBERT H. GARY (Hull#66) was launched by the Chicago Ship Building Co. Renamed b.) R.E. WEBSTER in 1963, she was scrapped in 1973 at Santander, Spain.

In 1969, LEON FALK JR. entered Duluth harbor to become the first vessel to arrive from the lower lake region opening the 1969, shipping season at the head of the lakes. She loaded almost 20,700 tons of iron ore bound for Great Lakes Steel’s Zug Island in Detroit.

April 8, 1998 - An unidentified worker was injured in a fall aboard the CITY OF MIDLAND 41, while it was being converted to a barge in Muskegon.

April 8, 1871, was a bad day on the St. Clair River. The schooner A MOSHER had favorable winds, so the captain decided to save the cost of a tow and sail up the St. Clair River without assistance from a tug. In the strong current at Port Huron, the vessel hit some old dock timbers, went out of control and collided with the down bound 3-masted schooner H.C. POST. The POST's main and fore masts were carried away in the collision. After some vehement arguing, the MOSHER sailed on while the POST anchored in mid-river while her skipper went ashore. The schooner JESSE ANDERSON then sailed out of the Black River and rammed right into the side of the POST. This finished the wrecking of the POST's aft mast. The ANDERSON went out of control and went aground on the riverbank. The tug GEORGE H. PARKER tried to assist the ANDERSON, but she also got stuck on the mud bank. It was several hours before everything got cleaned up and river traffic was back to normal.

The steam ferry JULIA, owned by C. Mc Elroy of St. Clair, Michigan, started running between St. Clair and Courtright, Ontario on 8 April 1878. She was formerly named U S SURVEYOR. Before JULIA took over this service, the ferries R.F. CHILDS and MARY MILLS served in this capacity.

The steamer f.) MANCOX (steel propeller crane freighter, 255 foot, 1,614 gross tons, built in 1903, at Superior, Wisconsin, as a.) H.G. DALTON) of Yankcanuck Steamship Lines was first through the Soo Locks for the 1958, season at 7:05 a.m. on 8 April 1958. In locking through the Canadian lock, the MANCOX became the first ship to come through the new lock gates, which were installed during the winter months. The American Soo Locks had been ready for traffic since March 26, but the Canadian lock had the first ship.

1941: The newly-built PRINS WILLEM II first came to the Great Lakes in May 1939. There was a mutiny on board at Sandusky, Ohio, in June 1940, as the crew did not want to return to their now-occupied homeland. The ship was torpedoed off Cape Farewell, Greenland, on April 8, 1941, while travelling from Halifax to London. An estimated 10-12 members of the crew perished.

1942: The first NOVADOC was sailing as g) ARA when it hit a mine and sank off Borkum, Germany, while en route from Gothenburg, Sweden, to Rotterdam, Holland in 1942. The ship had been built as CANADIAN PATHFINDER and was listed as Hull 69 of the Collingwood shipyard. It had also sailed the Great Lakes as b) NORMAN M. PATERSON and c) NOVADOC (i) before being sold to British interests in 1927.

1982: The Canadian-owned QUEBEC came through the Seaway in 1969. It had been built in 1959 as ALICE BOWATER but never came inland under that name. It was sailing as d) BLUE SEA when there was an engine room explosion and fire on April 8, 1982, in the Mediterranean near the Kerkennah Islands in the Gulf of Gabes off Tunisia. The gutted hull was towed to Sfax, Tunisia, on April 12. It was sold for scrap and arrived at Bizerta, Tunisia, for dismantling on July 7, 1984.

2001: The CHERYL C., the fifth name for the ship, was carrying a cargo of steel when it sank on April 8, 2001. The vessel ran aground near Peniche, Portugal, north of Lisbon, due to a navigational error. The 1597 gross ton ship had been built in 1983 and came through the Seaway, under Barbados registry, for the first time on April 22, 1998, with clay for Ashtabula. It made its last inland voyage in November 1999.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II, the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University, and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Icebreaker Pierre Radisson taking a shot at Midland harbor Monday

4/7 - Midland, ON – The Canadian Coast Guard will be taking another crack at trying to break up ice in the Midland harbor on Monday.

After several failed attempts by both the Canadian and United States coast guards, the Pierre Radisson icebreaker has been tasked with the icebreaking mission.

The Radisson is the Canadian Coast Guard’s lead icebreaker. It is stationed in Quebec City at the mouth of the St. Lawrence. The ship has been making its way down to Midland to free the vessel Baie Comeau, which has been stuck in Midland since dropping off cargo in January.

“Canada Steamship Lines has never been stuck in Midland for this long. Both Canadian and US coast guards have done their best to free the vessel earlier, although they were not successful. We commend their efforts, but they need more assets,” said Brigette Hébert, director of communications for Canada Steamship Lines.

Simcoe.com

 

Port Reports -  April 7

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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 15:50 Saturday afternoon to load coal at Midwest Energy. Manitoulin was inbound around the same time, and moored at Husky Energy to wait for her turn at Canadian National, where Oakglen was loading. Oakglen left the dock at 18:30, and departed shortly thereafter for Quebec City. The Tregurtha and Manitoulin are both expected to depart Sunday morning. In Superior, James R. Barker was due just before midnight Saturday to load iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern.

Thunder Bay, ON
Saturday April 6th: 9:32 Atlantic Huron departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Sydney, Nova Scotia. 10:16 USCGC Alder departed Keefer Terminal for ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay harbor. 12:38 Ojibway arrived at G3 to load grain. 17:20 USCGC Alder returned to Keefer Terminal. Expected late Saturday: Saginaw and Frontenac. Expected for Sunday: Radcliffe R Latimer.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Compass cleared upbound with salt Saturday. Algoma Innovator will be the next to load.

Detroit River – Raymond H
Herbert C Jackson arrived early Saturday morning with a load of ore for AK Steel. Next up was the Calusa Coast and her tank barge Delaware, calling on the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. The upbound Cuyahoga stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
H. Lee White arrived in Cleveland today and lightered at the Bulk Terminal then proceed up the Cuyahoga to offer load the remainder of her cargo at Arcelor Mittal Steel. Sam Laud remains on the shuttles.

Ashtabula, OH – Dan McNeil
Cuyahoga departed her winter layup birth in Ashtabula just after midnight Saturday April 6. As of this report at 20:00 it is not known where she is going for her first load of her new season. She was located just above Port Huron entering Lake Huron heading northbound.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Saturday April 6 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - Apr 5 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0103 - departed Apr 6 at 0016 westbound

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 5 - Algoma Spirit 1416, (not Algoma Sault), CSL Laurentien at 2306 - Apr 6 - Algoma Innovator (departed wharf 12), tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0714 (stopped at wharf 13), Iver Bright (Nld) at 1754, CCGS Griffon at 0059 for the upper lakes, CSL Assiniboine at 0635, Argentia Desgagnes at 0755, John D Leitch at 1941 and Irma (Cyp) eta 2155

downbound - Apr 5 - light tug Jarrett M at 1938 (stopped West Street for fuel then continued) - Apr 6 - Algoma Enterprise at 1949, CCGS Limnos at 1621 after replacing lighted aids along the canal waterway), Thunder Bay at 1635, Algoma Discovery at 1957 and Algonova at 2012

Welland Canal docks:
docked - Apr 6 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement (stopped wharf 13) and (Algoma Innovator departed wharf 12)

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) - departed anchorage at 2300 approx

Hamilton:
arrival - Apr 5 - CSL Assiniboine at 0906 and Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 1859 - docked - Apr 2 - Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 0916 departed (for the canal) - Apr 5 - Algoma Spirit at 1202 - Apr 6 - CSL Assiniboine at 0349

Bronte:
arrival - Apr 5 - Jana Desgagnes at 2342 - anchored off Bronte - Apr 5 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0727- Apr 6 - departed 0635 eastbound

Toronto:
arrival - Apr 6 - NACC Argonaut at 0241 and Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0432

Oshawa:
docked - Apr 4 - Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) at 0631

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 7

On April 7, 1997, LEE A. TREGURTHA suffered an 18-foot hull fracture in her port bow near the bowthruster tunnel while downbound in the upper St. Marys River due to heavy ice. She proceeded to the De Tour Coal Dock, where repairs were made overnight and she continued on her trip on April 8, 1997.

On 07 April 1906, the Goodrich Transportation Company, which was incorporated under the laws of the State of Wisconsin in 1868, was dissolved and a new company, the Goodrich Transit Company, was incorporated under the laws of the state of Maine. This was just for financial reasons, and other than the name and the port of registry of the vessels, everything else remained the same. The vessels in the company at the time were CHICAGO, CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, CITY OF RACINE, GEORGIA, INDIANA, IOWA, SHEBOYGAN, VIRGINIA, and tug ARCTIC.

Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd.'s new CANADIAN TRANSPORT was christened April 7, 1979.

The tanker ROBERT W. STEWART, b.) AMOCO MICHIGAN was delivered to Standard Oil Co. on April 7, 1928, as the second largest tanker in service at the time of her launch.

JAMES LAUGHLIN (Hull#16) of the Great Lakes Engineering Works was launched April 7, 1906, for the Interstate Steamship Co., Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. Later renamed b.) HELEN EVANS, she was scrapped at Cartagena, Columbia, in 1983.

The EMORY L. FORD was sold on April 7, 1965, to the Reiss Steamship Co., and renamed b) RAYMOND H. REISS, the last vessel purchased by Reiss.

TEXACO BRAVE of 1929 arrived at Ramey's Bend from Toronto on April 7, 1975, in tow of tugs G. W. ROGERS and BAGOTVILLE for scrapping.

In 1974, the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.'s steamer THOMAS W. LAMONT loaded the initial shipment of ore for the season at the D.M. & I.R. ore docks in Duluth.

On 7 April 1871, the tug S.V.R. WATSON was towing the schooner S.G. SIMMONS out of Chicago harbor at noon when the WATSON stalled. The schooner plowed into her broadside, causing the tug to tip on her beam ends, take on water and sink. Four men were trapped below decks and drowned; two survived. The WATSON was later raised and returned to service.

On 7 April 1873, the contract for the building of a new carferry, MICHIGAN, for the Great Western Railway was awarded to the Jenkins Brothers of Windsor, Ontario. The new vessel was planned for service on the Detroit River. Her engines were built at Montreal by Canada Engine Works for a cost of $100,000. The hull alone cost $600,000.

Although the locks are not scheduled to open until Thursday, 12 April 1962, the Canadian Sault harbor was officially opened Saturday, 7 April 1962, when the tanker IMPERIAL LONDON pulled into the Imperial dock between the two hospitals. Captain Russell Knight accepted the traditional silk top hat. The IMPERIAL LONDON, carrying almost 1,000,000 gallons of gasoline, led the IMPERIAL SIMCOE, loaded with 19,000 barrels of fuel oil for household heating, up the St. Marys River to the Sault.

1941: The PORTADOC had been requisitioned by the British Ministry of War Transport and was en route from Saint John, NB, to Sierra Leone with a cargo of coal when it was torpedoed by U-124 off the coast of Africa. The crew spent six days on the open sea before landing at French Guinea. They were taken prisoner by the Vichy French forces and the Chief Engineer died before there was a prisoner of war exchange. The vessel, part of the Paterson fleet, had also sailed on the Great Lakes as a) EUGENE C. ROBERTS and b) JAMES B. FOOTE.

1968: CAPTAIN LEONIDIS ran aground in the Messier Channel, Chile, while travelling from Santos, Brazil, to Valparaiso, Chile. The vessel stranded April 7, 1968, and became a total loss. It had first come to the Great Lakes as the Norwegian freighter d) FANA in 1964 and returned as e) CAPTAIN LEONIDIS in 1966. The hull remains aground and appears to have been used by the Chilean Navy for target practice.

1979: GEHEIMRAT SARTORI dated from 1951 and had been a pre-Seaway caller to the Great Lakes. It returned through the new waterway for three trips in 1959 and was sailing as c) SEA ROVER when it was lost on this date in 1979. The cargo shifted in heavy weather on the Mediterranean while the ship was en route from Civitavecchia, Italy, to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It sank about eight miles off Punta Cornacchia.

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

 

Labor shortage: One in five Canadian seafarers set to retire in the next five years

4/6 - St. Catharines, Ont. – With one in five seafarers set to retire in the next five years, Canada's shipping industry could face some choppy waters, says an official with Seafarers International Union.

The union is looking for hundreds of skilled workers to help overcome a labor shortage, says Vince Giannopoulos, seafarers union's recruitment campaign spokesperson. "When you look at the median age in the industry, it is getting older," says Giannopoulos. "People are retiring faster than others are joining.

"At first glance, it's a negative, but the way I see it, there was a big hiring boom years ago. The guys who were hired stuck around. Now they are all retiring at once. It's a very stable career. We are trying to get ahead of the curve."

The seafarers union represents the majority of unlicensed sailors working aboard vessels on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River as well as the East and West coasts of Canada.

Skilled workers with trades or marine experience have transferable skills needed on board merchant vessels by companies such as and can work for companies such as Algoma Central, which is headquartered in St. Catharines, and Canada Steamship Lines, Giannopoulos says.

"Canada's marine economy is thriving, and more demand for seafarers means skilled workers can earn great pay and benefits in a long and stable career they can be proud of," he says.

Last June, the seafarer's union partnered with the Seafarers' Training Institute to launch a national hiring initiative aimed at recruiting, training and retaining young people.

Giannopoulos grew up in Port Colborne watching ships pass through the canal. He started sailing in 2011 and shipped out of Thorold.

Niagara has played an important role in Great Lakes shipping for centuries. At the dawn of the 19th century, merchants moved goods on a portage around the falls from Queenston to Chippawa. With the completion and expansion of the Welland Canal, the focal point changed to Port Colborne and St. Catharines. Louis Shickluna ran a shipyard that built hundreds of ships over a 40-year period in the mid-1800s at shipyards along the canal. Today, St. Catharines is home to Algoma Central, which owns and operates the largest fleet of carriers on the Great Lakes and has more than 1,400 employees.

"Transportation is such as important part of the economy," Giannopoulos says. "So much comes from ships, whether it is bottles of wine or furniture or cars or salt for the ice on the roads. We are proud of the job we do.

"The money is good. Even if you do it for five or 10 years, who have some cash you can invest in yourself, whether it is going back to school or getting some more training."

Giannopoulos says pay varies with the position. Someone working on a tugboat going home every night is going to make less than a guy going away for three months. "The lowest position would be a deckhand at $23 or $24 an hour. Chief cooks are upwards of $31 an hour."

The union has a website, www.seafarers.ca/careers, with career information.

The St. Catharines Standard

 

Port Reports -  April 6

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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
Oakglen arrived Duluth at 15:58 on Friday afternoon to load ore at Canadian National. Manitoulin and Paul R. Tregurtha are both due on Saturday, however they will likely be delayed by ice conditions on eastern Lake Superior. The only traffic through the Superior entry on Friday was the departure of Stewart J. Cort at 05:50 after she loaded iron ore pellets at BN.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A Putney
Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors at 09:36 for South of #2. As of 19:10 on the 5th she was still at the loading dock. Tentatively due Two Harbors on April 6th are the Edgar B. Speer and the Presque Isle. Arrivals will be dependent on wind/ice conditions. When the McCarthy Jr. departed Two Harbors on April 4th she had no updated AIS but she is heading for Zug Island. Arriving Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on April 5th at 06:24 was the Lee A. Tregurtha. She then departed on the 5th at 14:05 for Cleveland. Due Silver Bay on April 6th is the John J. Boland.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday April 5th: 9:25 Atlantic Huron arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 9:40 USCGC Alder arrived for ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay harbor. Expected for Saturday: Ojibway and Frontenac.

St. Marys River – Joy Fett
There is still a lot of ice in the river above the locks. With strong NW winds, all this is being pushed backed into the already cut shipping lanes done by the USCG icebreakers Mackinaw and Hollyhock. The weekend forecast has light to moderate easterly winds in it along with some warmer temperatures so that should east the tough ice conditions both in Whitefish Bay and eastern Lake Erie.

Green Bay, WI
Friday morning the tug Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation arrived with cement to Lafarge dock. Then the tug Michigan barge Great Lakes arrived with oil to the U.S. Venture dock.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara cleared with for Milwaukee on Friday. Algoma Compass was next in to the dock.

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Friday, April 5 at 9 a.m. for Picton, ON.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Friday April 5 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0103

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 4 - Algoma Sault at 1416, CCGS Limnos at 1858 (stopped wharf 1) and Algoma Guardian at 2045 - Apr 5 - Algoma Innovator at 0450, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0714 (stopped at wharf 2), CCGS AMUNDSEN at 0904, Algoma Spirit at 1404, Iver Bright (Nld) at 1754, CCGS Limnos at 1858 (stopped wharf 6 overnight - replacing winter markers with lighted buoys along the waterway) and CSL Laurentien eta 2310

downbound - Apr 4 - Damia Desgagnes at 1025, CSL Assiniboine at 1118, Tecumseh at 1058, Whitefish Bay at 1141, Algoma Equinox at 1623 and G3 Marquis at 1741, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0629 (departed wharf 16), John D Leitch at 1214, light tug Jarrett M at 1938 (stopped West Street in Port Colborne) and Algoma Enterprise at 1949

Welland Canal docks:
docked - Apr 5 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement (stopped wharf 2) and (Algoma Innovator stopped at wharf 12)

Hamilton:
arrival - Apr 4 - Algoma Spirit eta 2125 - Apr 5 - CSL Assiniboine at 0906 and Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 1859 - docked - Apr 2 - Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 0916 departed - Apr 5 - Algoma Spirit at 1202 for the canal

Bronte:
departed dock - Apr 5 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0715 - anchored off the dock at 0727

Toronto:
docked - Apr 4 - Algoma Innovator at 1458 - departed Apr 5 - at 0313 for the canal

Oshawa:
docked - Apr 4 - Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) at 0631

 

Here's the lineup of tall ships setting sail for Green Bay in July

4/6 - Green Bay, WI – Eight of the nine stars have been announced for Nicolet Bank Tall Ships July 26 to 28 in Green Bay.

The following historic vessels, along with the World's Largest Rubber Duck, will be part of the festival:

Pride of Baltimore II: A sailing memorial to the Pride of Baltimore, which sunk just north of Puerto Rico in May 1986. It has sailed to more than 250,000 nautical miles to 40 countries and 200 different ports.

U.S. Brig Niagara: A replica of the relief flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. It is the third reconstruction of the original vessel. It launched in 1988 to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie.

Santa María: A replica of the Spanish ships that traveled across the Atlantic Ocean in the 15th and 16th centuries. The 200-ton, three mast ship is built of iroko and pine wood.

Utopia: The 77-foot staysail schooner made its maiden sea voyage in 1947 when it cruised the North Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea and Caribbean Islands. It has logged more than 60,000 miles.

Picton Castle Picton Castle: The three-masted tall ship is known for its sail training voyages around the world. It has visited the Great Lakes twice, sailed numerous times on tours of the East Coast of the Americas and, in 2008, sailed to Europe, Africa and the Caribbean on a voyage of the Atlantic.

Inland Seas: The schooner is used to give students hands-on education into the basic ecology of the Great Lakes and assist volunteer instructors with the collection and analysis of Great Lakes samples.

Appledore IV: The schooner is operated by nonprofit BaySail to foster environmental stewardship of the Saginaw Bay watershed and the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Bluenose II: A replica of the original Bluenose schooner that was launched in 1921 and raced undefeated in international competition for 17 years. The World's Largest Rubber Duck, known as Mama, will be part of Nicolet Bank Tall Ships this summer in Green Bay.

The World's Largest Rubber Duck, known as Mama, will be part of Nicolet Bank Tall Ships this summer in Green Bay.

Tall Ships will also include food vendors, a maritime marketplace, a children's area and entertainment and education stages by the Port of Green Bay. There will be fireworks on July 26. After the three-day event in Green Bay, there will be a sail through Sturgeon Bay on July 29 and a sail past Algoma on July 30.

Tickets are on sale at tallshipswisconsin.com. General admission to the festival is $15 adults, $10 ages 5-12, $13 veterans, active military and seniors ages 62 and older and free ages 4 and younger. Family Day is July 28, with $5 admission for ages 5-12. Cost for sail excursions varies. More info at tallshipswisconsin.com.

The Tall Ships festival was last in Green Bay in 2016 and was estimated to have a $4.4 million economic impact in Brown County.

Green Bay Press Gazette

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 6

The a.) LOUIS R. DAVIDSON (Hull#95) of the Great Lakes Engineering Works was launched April 6, 1912, for the American Steamship Co. Later renamed b.) DIAMOND ALKALI in 1932, c.) DOW CHEMICAL in 1939 and d.) FERNDALE in 1963. She was scrapped at Castellon, Spain in 1979.

April 6, 1931 - The CITY OF FLINT 32 set a world record sailing 101,000 miles in her first year of service.

On 6 April 1872, the schooner I.N. FOSTER was launched from the Fitzgerald & Leighton yard at Port Huron, Michigan. She was classified as a "full-sized canaller" since she was as large as a vessel could be to pass through the Welland Canal. Her dimensions were 143 foot overall, 26 foot inch beam, 11 foot 6 inch depth, 437 tons.

1942: The CANADIAN FARMER was Hull 65 of the Collingwood shipyard and it was launched there on December 27, 1919. The vessel was sailing as c) SHIN KUANG when it was sunk by Japanese surface naval forces on the Bay of Bengal.

1949: FORT WILLDOC of the Paterson fleet and the JAMES E. McALPINE of the Brown Steamship Co. collided in Lake Superior, above Whitefish Point, on this date. Both ships were damaged and needed repairs.

1972: The freighter STAR OF REWIAH had been built at Collingwood as Hull 105 and launched as the corvette H.M.S. COMFREY on July 28, 1942. The ship was later converted to a cargo carrier and was sailing under this sixth name when it ran aground off the Ashrafi Lighthouse in the Gulf of Suez and declared a total loss on this date in 1972. It was traveling in ballast from Suez, Egypt, to Safaga, Egypt, at the time.

1978: The self-unloader TARANTAU was blown aground due to the wind and shifting ice pack in Lake Huron above Port Huron and had to be freed by the tug BARBARA ANN.

1979: A violent spring storm found LABRADOC (ii) on Lake Erie where the cargo shifted and the vessel took on a precarious list. All on board were removed fearing the ship would roll over and sink. But it survived and was towed to safety eventually undergoing repairs at Port Weller Dry Docks. The vessel left Great Lakes service in 1988 and operated on deep sea runs as b) FALCON CREST until scrapping at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, in 1994.

1992: An explosion and fire in the tunnel of HALIFAX occurred while the CSL ship was upbound in the St. Marys River. One sailor was killed and two more injured while the ship sustained internal damage. It went to Thunder Bay for repairs.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, “Ahoy & Farewell II,” the Father Dowling Collection, the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University, and the “Great Lakes Ships We Remember” series. This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history.

 

Furetank sells LNG fueled tanker to Groupe Desgagnés

4/5 - Sweden’s Furetank Rederi AB is selling its 17,999 dwt LNG dual fueled product tanker Fure Vinga, delivered just over a year ago to Canada’s Groupe Desgagnés Inc.

Neither privately held company has disclosed the price involved, however Furetank has already ordered an identical replacement ship with China’s Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding. The agreement with the yard includes an option for one further vessel.

Fure Vinga is one of series of six sister vessels built by Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding for Furetank Rederi AB, Rederi AB Älvtank and Erik Thun AB during 2018‐2019.

Quebec City headquartered Desgagnés will rename the ship M/T Gaïa Desgagnés. Under that name, she will primarily carry refined petroleum products on the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence, the Arctic and the East coasts of Canada and the United States.

The 150 meters long by 22.8 meters wide vessel has been built to ice class 1A and can carry nearly 20,000 cu.m of cargo in its tanks. She is also equipped with a bow thruster and a high-efficiency rudder.

The Gaïa Desgagnés will be the fifth vessel using liquefied natural gas as fuel to be integrated in the Desgagnés fleet since 2017, joining the first four, which were designed and built specifically for the company.

The vessel will arrive in Canada by the end of April for the closing of the transaction.

“In the year that has passed since the Fure Vinga was delivered we have had a lot of interest in our new vessels and the benefit they offer to the environment through reduced emissions and less noise,” said Lars Höglund, CEO Furetank Rederi AB. “We are selling the vessel with mixed feelings, but the commitment from her new owners, who also trade in winter climate with stringent environmental regulations, is also a confirmation that we have succeeded when designing the Fure Vinga. To replace her in our fleet we have therefore decided to order at least one further vessel at Avic Dingheng.”

 

Algoma Conveyor transits Panama Canal; due next in Canada

4/5 - The newest member of the Algoma Central Corp. fleet, the Algoma Conveyor departed from the Pacific anchorage of the Panama Canal on Wednesday in the early evening and transited through the Canal overnight on Wednesday arriving at the Atlantic anchorage early on Thursday morning. According to AIS they are expected to arrive in Sept Isles, Que., around April 16 and from there, they will then be reflagged from Tuvalu registration to Canadian and will also have an all-Canadian crew as the vessel currently has a foreign crew aboard.

Denny Dushane

 

Get ready for more cruise ships on the Great Lakes

4/5 - Chicago, IL – When it comes to hot new cruise destinations, the Great Lakes are living up to their name.

This veritable freshwater ocean — boasting 11,000 miles of shoreline, including islands — is attracting a lot of attention lately from cruise ship companies wanting alternatives for passengers who may be tired of pingponging around the Caribbean or who loathe to make a long flight across the ocean for a European voyage.

Great Lakes cruise operators are bulking up their brochures with additional trips this season, and lines that bailed on the area years ago are headed back. Industry experts expect companies that have never plied Great Lakes waters to come on board in the near future.

“I’m extremely excited about what’s happening,” said Dave Lorenz, chair of Cruise the Great Lakes, a new international partnership aimed at bringing more cruise passengers to the region. The initiative was announced last summer on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, a popular port of call on Great Lakes itineraries.

“The best thing about it is that these are not 4,000-passenger ships that destroy the experience for people who live there,” said Lorenz, vice president of Travel Michigan, the state’s tourism arm. “You look at places like Venice or Barcelona, and they’re actively fighting to keep out the huge cruise ships. In our case, you’re talking a couple hundred people per ship. They get to see this is a pretty stunningly beautiful area, and it opens the door for them to come back later on.”

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/sc-trav-great-lakes-cruises-0409-story.html

 

Port Reports -  April 5

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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 04:42 Thursday morning to load iron ore pellets at CN. American Integrity followed her in at 05:09, and tied up at SMET for a load of coal. The Integrity was outbound at 18:34, and Great Lakes Trader left shortly thereafter at 18:49. In Superior, American Spirit departed at 11:24 Thursday with ore from Burlington Northern, and Stewart J. Cort arrived at 11:40 to load. She was expected to depart around 02:30 Friday morning.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A Putney
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived Two Harbors on April 4th at 06:39 with an assist from the "G" tug North Carolina. She departed Two Harbors, with no updated AIS, at 18:46 on April 4th with an assist from the "G" tug Missouri. Due Two Harbors on April 5th are the Oakglen and the Edwin H. Gott after being stopped for NW gales and ice. As of 19:00 on April 4th the Gott was stopped NE of Marquette and had been stopped all afternoon. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay is the Lee A. Tregurtha on April 5th after having been stopped for weather and ice for 2 days.

Thunder Bay, ON
Thursday April 4th: There were no ship movements at the port for a third consecutive day. Atlantic Huron was expected for Thursday but was delayed due to ice conditions in Whitefish Bay. Expected for Friday: USCGC Alder and Atlantic Huron.

Sturgeon Bay, WI
Thursday morning, the tug G.L. Ostrander was towed to Bay Ship by the tug Rebecca Lynn and the tug William C. Gaynor. The Gaynor was on the stern of the Ostrander. Wednesday afternoon the Munson was towed into the graving dock. The Callaway was berthed on the wall on berth 9. The Blough is in ballast getting ready to sail. Wilfred Sykes arrived at Bay Ship Wednesday morning for unspecified mechanical repairs but may leave some time Friday. Burns Harbor is also at the shipyard undergoing repairs from a recent fire in the bow section.

Muskegon, MI
First ship of the new season was Samuel de Champlain/Innovation on Thursday.

Goderich, ON
Algoma Niagara was loading salt on Thursday.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
The tug Thomas R. Morrish arrived on the Rouge River Thursday morning, preparing to help with the upcoming dredging project. Kaye E. Barker was back with another of ore for AK Steel. CSL Niagara stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal, ending the day.

Toledo, OH
John D. Leitch continued loading coal at the CSX #4 Coal Dock on Thursday. Also due at CSX is the barge Maumee on Saturday during the late afternoon followed by the Algoma Enterprise due at CSX on April 8 in the early morning. Due at the Torco Dock is the barge Maumee on April 6 in the late morning and they are due back at Torco again on April 11 in the late evening. The tanker Algoscotia departed from the Ironhead Marine Drydock in Toledo on Thursday after receiving a 5-year survey along with a drydocking and repaint. Vessels remaining in lay up are as follows: Manistee at the Hocking Valley Dock in long-term, both the Cedarglen and the American Valor laid up near the Ironhead Shipyard with the latter in for long-term lay-up. The Philip R. Clarke is laid up near the former Ore Dock near the CSX Coal Dock, Great Republic and the burned St. Clair remain at the Torco Dock near the Frog Pond and the barge Sarah Spencer remains in long-term lay-up near the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock. There has been no vessels so far in to load or unload any grain cargoes so far this season.

Cleveland, OH
The McKeil tug Leonard M and her barge delivered the first cargo of the season to the Port of Cleveland today (4/4)

Lorain OH – Drew Leonard
The tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder passed under the Charles Berry Bridge Thursday at p.m. headed for the LaFarge stone dock to unload a load of stone from Marblehead.

Erie, PA – Denny Dushane
Michipicoten departed from the Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair facility on Wednesday thus leaving only the Mesabi Miner in for bottom repairs and the tug Olive L. Moore in port for a 5-year survey and drydocking.

Hamilton, ON – Denny Dushane
Algoma Compass departed from their winter lay up berth on Wednesday in the late morning. They were headed to Goderich to load salt. This leaves only the Algoma Buffalo as the last remaining vessel of Hamilton's winter lay up fleet from 2018-19.

Rochester, NY – Tom
McKeil Spirit unloading at Lehigh Cement. First load of the season.

Buffalo, NY – Craig E Speers
As of April 4th, the port is still locked in sheet ice 12 to 24 inches thick. Sheet ice piles driven by recent wind events, including one on 4/3 have pushed these piles to record depth. The harbor inside the breakwalls is clear of ice, and the Black Rock canal is passable, but no entrance to the port is possible through the ice fields without USCG or CCG icebreaker assistance at this time. No tracks have been made into port as of this date.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report for Thursday April 4 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
departed - Apr 3 - Algosea at 1809 eastbound - Apr 4 - Algoma Hansa at 0728 westbound

Long Point bay anchorage:
anchored - Apr 3 - Algoma Harvester at 1107, Algoma Spirit at 1140, CSL Assiniboine at 1806, Algosea at 1844 from the dock, Damia Desgagnes at 2135 - Apr 4 - Tecumseh at 0258, Whitefish Bay at 0318, Algoma Equinox at 0538 and G3 Marquis at 0645 - departed - Apr 4 - Algoma Spirit at 0323, Algoma Harvester at 0329, Algosea at 0408, Tecumseh at 0707, Damia Desgagnes at 0717, CSL Assiniboine at 0710, Whitefish Bay at 0751, Algoma Equinox at 1300 and G3 Marquis at 1305

Port Colborne anchorage:
anchored - Apr 3 - Algoma Strongfield at 0100, Algoma Guardian at 0111, Algoma Harvester at 0819, Algoma Innovator at 0659, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0849 - departed - Apr 3 - Algoma Guardian at 1025 - Apr 4 - Algoma Innovator at 0114, Algoma Strongfield at 0405, Algoma Harvester at 0841, Algoma Guardian at 1025

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 3 - Algoma Compass at 1428 (stopped at wharf 12) - Apr 4 - CSL Welland at 0013, Spruceglen at 0749, Algoma Sault at 1416 and Algoma Guardian at 2045 downbound - Apr 3 - CSL Tadoussac at 0745, Algoma Guardian at 1050 - Apr 4 - Algoma Innovator at 0150, Algoma Strongfield at 0433, Algoma Spirit at 0707, Algoma Harvester at 0900, Algosea at 0936, Damia Desgagnes at 1025, CSL Assiniboine at 1118, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0629 (stopped wharf 16), Tecumseh at 1058, Whitefish Bay at 1141, Algoma Equinox at 1623 and G3 Marquis at 1741

Welland Canal docks:
departures - all westbound - Apr 4 - Radcliffe R Latimer departed wharf 16 at 0150 approx, Algoma Transport at 0335 from wharf 16 and Algoma Compass (from wharf 12) at 0510 approx.

Hamilton:
arrival - Apr 4 - Algoma Guardian at 0034 and Algoma Spirit eta 2115 - docked - Apr 2 - Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 0916 and Apr 3 - Algoma Sault at 0018 - departures - Apr 4 - (for the canal) Algoma Sault at 1205 and Algoma Guardian at 1654

Bronte:
arrival - Apr 4 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0627

 

Pelee Islander II is finally ready to sail

4/5 - It has been a long time coming but the Pelee Islander II is set to sail on Friday. The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) said the new and improved vessel is fully operational and approved for sailing on Lake Erie.

The Pelee Islander II will have its grand debut on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Leamington Dock. Many are welcoming the return of regular ferry service after maintenance and safety issues delayed the new vessel in the fall.

“The ferries travelling to Pelee Island and the mainland are, in fact, a much-needed lifeline for the residents of the island, as well as for economic growth through agriculture and tourism,” said Rick Nicholls, MPP for Chatham-Kent and Leamington. “This new modern day ferry will make travelling more enjoyable and reliable for everyone.”

The Pelee Islander II has a carrying capacity of 399 passengers and 34 cars, or 4 tractor-trailers and 16 cars.

Local tourism officials believe the new vessel will grow business in the area. “We are thrilled to have this new, more reliable ferry to bring tourists to Pelee Island, one of Ontario’s tourism gems,” said Jim Hudson, executive director of the Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation. “We expect this will increase the number of overnight visitors, and tourism spending, on the island as well as in the port communities of Leamington and Kingsville.”

The Pelee Islander II went through sea trials in November after arriving June 15.

Blackburn News

 

Algoma Tankers applies for coasting license for tug/barge Albert and Margaret

4/5 - Algoma Tankers have made a fast track application for a coasting license to use the articulated tug barge combo Albert and Margaret between Canadian ports. An earlier application to use the Bro Anna could not be completed due to permit issues, and they are requesting that the license be granted quickly. Algoma requires the use of the vessel tug / tank barge between April 20 and May 4 to deliver clean product to Sarnia from other locations on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. Albert and Margaret are the former Craig Eric Reinauer and RTC 101.

Mac Mackay

 

Vessels reported as a casualty or sold for demolition

4/5 - Vessels with Great Lakes / Seaway connection - reported as a casualty or sold for demolition - taken from April 2019 issue of Marine News - journal of the World Ship Society:

Casualties: None reported

Demolitions:
Goeast (7526924; Comoros) (Algoeast-18 - 1st trip into the Seaway 1998, Imperial St. Lawrence-98 - 1st trip into the Seaway 1997, Le Brave-97 - 1st trip into the Seaway 1987, Texaco Brave-87 - 1st trip into the Seaway 1977) - 7,886 / 1977. Products tanker. By Arida Trade LLP (Uvas-Trans Ltd), United Kingdom, to Simsekler Gida Gemi Sokum, Turkey, and arrived Aliaga 12.07.2018 - commenced demolition 16.07.2018

Gola (7423093; Sierra Leone) (Algolake-18 - 1st trip into the Seaway 1977) 22,851 / 1977 bulk carrier self-discharging laker. By Algoma Central Corp (ACC), Canada, to Leyal Demtas Gemi Sokum, Turkey, and arrived Aliaga 6.07.2018 - commenced demolition 7.07.2018

Jimmy Smith (7502409, United States of America) (Gulf Commander-02 - 1st trip into the Seaway 1981) - Articulated pusher tug. By Discount Marine Supplies LLC), United States of America, to American breakers and reported 2017

Report prepared by Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

Updates -  April 5

Saltie Photo Gallery updated with new pictures of the Adfines Sea, Cape, Federal Kumano, Federal Nakagawa, Irma and Maria G.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 5

On 05 April 1890, INDIANA (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 220 foot, 1,178 gross tons) was launched by Burger and Burger at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, for the Goodrich Transportation Company. The total cost of the vessel was $135,000.

On April 5, 1984, the joined sections of the HILDA MARJANNE and CHIMO emerged from Port Weller Dry Dock Ltd., as the b.) CANADIAN RANGER.

Sea trials for Canada Steamship Lines new bulk freighter, PRAIRIE HARVEST (Hull#227) of Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., were complete on April 5, 1984. She operates on the Lakes today as the self-unloader d.) ATLANTIC HURON.

The a.) LUZON (Hull#54) of the Chicago Ship Building Co. was launched for the Erie Steamship Co., E.D. Carter, mgr., on April 5, 1902. Renamed b.) JOHN ANDERSON in 1924 and c.) G. G. POST in 1933. She was scrapped at Izmir, Turkey, in 1972.

April 5, 1977 - The Chessie System announced that the CITY OF MIDLAND 41 would be withdrawn from service and only the SPARTAN and BADGER would run for the season.

On 5 April 1854, AMERICA (wooden side-wheeler, 240 foot, 1,083 tons, built in 1847, at Port Huron, Michigan) was bound for Cleveland from Detroit. After the captain had set her course and gone to bed, the 2nd mate changed the course to the north. The 1st and 2nd mates disagreed about the course and as they awoke the captain, the ship ran aground near Point Pelee, Ontario. Wave action reduced the vessel to rubble but no lives were lost.

On 5 April 1879, the 3-mast wooden schooner RESUMPTION was launched at the Wolf & Davidson yard in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her dimensions were 143 foot x 29 foot x 10 feet, 294 gross tons, 279 net tons.

April 5, 1962, the tanker ROBERT W. STEWART was renamed b.) AMOCO MICHIGAN, The WILLIAM P. COWAN was renamed b.) AMOCO ILLINOIS, the EDWARD G. SEUBERT was renamed b.) AMOCO WISCONSIN and the RED CROWN was renamed b.) AMOCO INDIANA, after being transferred from Standard Oil Company in a sale to the American Oil Company for $10 for each ship. Each ship traded in their names and their well-known red superstructure for a typical white paint job which stuck with them until their end. The only change came to the AMOCO INDIANA when she traded in her black hull for the blue paint of c.) MEDUSA CONQUEST, d.) SOUTHDOWN CONQUEST, e.) CEMEX CONQUEST and f.) ST MARYS CONQUEST. She operates today as a self - unloading cement barge.

1921: The Imperial Oil tanker IMPOCO (ii) had combined Great Lakes and coastal trading and had gone as far afield as the Mediterranean Sea and the Falkland Islands during World War One. The 8-year old vessel stranded at Blonde Rock, Cape Sable, Nova Scotia, on this date in 1921 while en route from Halifax to Saint John with a cargo of gasoline. The ship was lightered, salvaged on May 4, and beached at Charles Harbour and then at Halifax as not worth repair. The hull was apparently not scrapped until 1953.

1983: The small Finnish freighter KENITRA visited the Great Lakes in 1957. It was abandoned by her crew in the Red Sea while sailing as d) ALASKA on this date in 1983. It had developed a severe list while traveling from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to Mersin, Turkey, and sank the same day.

1996: The Liberian freighter STEEL FLOWER ran aground in the St. Lawrence near Wellesley Island while upbound on this date in 1996 and was stuck for two days. The ship had also been a Seaway trader as a) FEDERAL RHINE (i) from 1978 to 1992, as STEEL FLOWER from 1994 to 1996 and as c) NARRAGANSETT from 1997 to 1999 before going to Alang, India, for scrap later in 1999.

1999: The PATERSON (ii) ran aground in Lake St. Francis and was stuck for two days. The ship went to Les Mechins, QC for repairs and returned to work on May 13. The vessel now sails for Canada Steamship Lines as b) PINEGLEN (ii).

1999: ALGONTARIO ran aground at Johnsons Point in the St. Mary's River while upbound with a load of cement from Clarkson to Duluth. The ship was released April 7 and, after unloading, was laid up at Thunder Bay until eventual repairs and a return to service on October 10, 2004. The vessel was towed to Aliaga, Turkey, for scrapping in 2011.

Data from: Skip Gilham, Steve Haverty, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection and the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Ice, wind stalls Soo ship traffic on Wednesday

4/4 - On Wednesday afternoon, northwesterly gale-force winds created hazardous ice conditions in Whitefish Bay and the upper St Marys River, which caused the U.S. Coast Guard to close the waterway until conditions improve. Approaching down bound traffic from Lake Superior was asked to remain in the ice at the north entrance to Whitefish Bay until called to move. Winds were expected to subside in the early morning, after which the Coast Guard needed 3-4 hours to reset tracks before vessels can move. Upbound vessels were asked to anchor in the lower river until called to move. Current order of procession appears next to each vessel’s name.

Atlantic Huron and Edwin H Gott were all stopped at the locks Wednesday evening. Lee A. Tregurtha and Oakglen, both upbound, were hove to in the ice at the northern ice edge, waiting for the gales to subside.

CGC Mackinaw and Hollyhock were underway for Whitefish Bay track maintenance and vessel assistance. CGC Katmai Bay will work lower St. Marys River for track maintenance and vessel assistance.

 

Goderich welcomes first ship into port in 2019

4/4 - The Town of Goderich has welcomed its first ship for the season. Algoma Niagara pulled into harbor around 2:50 a.m. Tuesday, with town hall officials welcoming Capt. Chesley Thorne for the ritual "Top Hat" ceremony at 8 a.m.

Since 1932, it has become custom for town hall to offer breakfast to the first ship's captain, and have them sign a ceremonial top hat. Chesley says he has been in-and-out of the Port of Goderich for 40 years. Originally from Newfoundland, Chesley is nearing the end of a 45-day stretch on the Great Lakes.

 

CSL vessel hits ships arrestor at Iroquois Lock

4/4 - CSL Laurentien hit and damaged upstream arrested barrier at Iroquios lock Wednesday afternoon. Shipping was expected to be delayed at least 12 hours.

Mike Doyle

 

Port Reports -  April 4

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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 through the Duluth entry on Wednesday was Manitoulin, which departed at 00:40 with a load of iron ore pellets from CN. In Superior, American Mariner arrived at 05:53 to load ore at Burlington Northern, and was expected to depart at some point Wednesday night. American Spirit was on the hook off the Superior entry, and was listed as loading at BN after the Mariner, however her AIS destination showed her loading in Two Harbors. Stewart J. Cort was expected late Wednesday night, however she will likely anchor to wait her turn to load after the Spirit.

Two Harbors - Silver Bay – Gary A Putney
Algoma Discovery departed Two Harbors on April 3rd at 07:21 with an assist from the Nels J. Due Two Harbors on April 4th is the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. The American Spirit had originally been scheduled to load in Two Harbors, but is currently anchored off Duluth awaiting BNSF #5. Due Two Harbors, but with no ETAs are the Oakglen and the Edwin H. Gott, both stopped at the Soo because of NW gales and ice conditions. Arriving Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on April 3rd at 08:49 was the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. She departed on the 3rd at 16:54 for Cleveland. Due Silver Bay, but with no ETA is the Lee A. Tregurtha that was been stopped in Whitefish for 2 days awaiting gales and ice. Note: As of 19:00 on the 3rd the Algoma Discovery has no updated AIS.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday April 3rd: There were no ship movements at the port for a second consecutive day. Expected for Thursday: Atlantic Huron.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Wilfred Sykes arrived at Bay Ship Wednesday morning for unspecified mechanical repairs. Roger Blough, John G. Munson and American Courage remain in winter lay up but are expected to sail soon. Burns Harbor is also at the shipyard undergoing repairs.

Manitowoc, WI – Korey Garceau
On Tuesday, the Undaunted and her barge Pere Marquette 41 arrived Manitowoc to load stone bound for Ludington, MI. The ATB combo departed in the evening.

Detroit - Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Algoma Niagara arrived Wednesday morning, calling on the Motor City Materials dock to unload salt. The Paul R Tregurtha stopped for fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal.

Erie, PA – Jeff Benson, Denny Dushane
Presque Isle departed Erie to Two Harbors on Wednesday. Michipicoten has been floated in the dry dock and the gate is open and there was lots of activity around her. Mesabi Miner is also in port for repairs. The tug Olive L. Moore recently arrived at Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair Drydock for a five-year survey and inspection.

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
The McKeil Spirit arrived Wednesday morning with bulk cement for Lehigh.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report for Wednesday April 3 – Barry Andersen Ice blew back in to block track Wednesday morning off Port Colborne and halted a number of vessels in the ice and sent others to anchor off Port Dover.

Nanticoke:
docked - Mar 29 - Algosea at 1111 - Apr 2 - Algoma Hansa at 2325 - arrival - Apr 3 - CSL Niagara at 0742 - departure - Apr 3 - CSL Niagara at 1845 westbound

Long Point bay anchorage:
anchored - Apr 3 - Algoma Harvester at 1107, Algoma Spirit at 1140, CSL Assiniboine at 1806, Damia Desgagnes at 2135

Port Colborne anchorage:
anchored - Apr 2 - CSL Tadoussac at 2135 (stopped wharf 12) - Apr 3 - Algoma Strongfield at 0100, Algoma Guardian at 0111, Algoma Innovator at 0559, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0849 - departed - Apr 3 - CSL Tadoussac at 0710, Algoma Guardian at 1025

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 2 - Radcliffe R. Latimer at 1827 (stopped wharf-16 and Algoma Transport at 2103 (stopped wharf 16), Algoma Compass at 1428 (stopped at wharf 12)

downbound - Apr 2 - Algocanada at 1026 - Apr 3 - CSL Tadoussac at 0745 (stopped wharf-16) - Apr 3 - Algoma Guardian at 1050,

Hamilton:
arrival Apr 3 Algoma Sault at 0018 - docked - Apr 2 - Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 0916 - departure - Apr 3 - Algoma Compass at 1204 for the canal

 

Grand Haven shipping season opens with arrival of PM41

4/4 - Grand Haven, MI – Grand Haven’s 2019-20 shipping season began last week with the arrival of the articulated tug/barge Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41.

The pair arrived in port after dark last Thursday with a load of slag for the Verplank dock in Ferrysburg. By Friday morning, they were heading back out to Lake Michigan and their next port of call.

The Pere Marquette 41 was built in 1941 as the car ferry City of Midland 41. It sailed between Michigan and Wisconsin with passengers and freight cars for the Pere Marquette and C&O railroads.

It was idled in Ludington from 1988-97 as the need for ferries on the lakes declined. It was towed to Muskegon, where its deck cabins and steam engines were removed. It was then taken to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, where a notch for a tug was installed.

The 41 part of the name was retained, but it was renamed Pere Marquette for its original owner, the Pere Marquette Railroad. It currently measures 403 feet long; 58 feet wide; and 23 feet, 6 inches deep. It is equipped with a bow thruster.

The tug Undaunted was built in 1944. It is diesel powered and 142 feet long, 33 feet wide and 18 feet deep. With the tug in the notch, these two vessels measure 493 feet, 6 inches in length.

The vessels are owned and operated by Pere Marquette Shipping of Ludington, where the pair spent their winter slumber.

After several months of inactivity, it is nice to see crews report back for spring fit-out and vessels depart from their layup berths.

The first sign of spring, at least for me, is the opening of the Soo Locks. I was at the Soo last Monday to see Interlake Steamship Co.’s motor vessel Stewart J. Cort lock through as the first commercial passage of the season. The Welland Canal and St. Lawrence Seaway have recently opened to commercial traffic, as well. Ice is always a factor this early in the season. The Straits of Mackinac and St. Marys River, as well as the eastern end of Lake Erie, have been the most difficult areas to navigate. Ice breakers from the United States and Canada have been working to assist vessels through the ice.

There are no vessels scheduled for our port in the near future, but that may change. You can use marinetraffic.com to track vessels that may be coming to Grand Haven.

By Sam Hankinson – Grand Haven Tribune

 

Repair work Toledo Shipyard generates dozens of jobs and millions in revenue

4/4 - Toledo, Ohio – The Port of Toledo helps provide a living for thousands of people in our area. Hundreds of ships sail in and out of here every year loaded with everything from iron ore to grain. But it's not just the cargo that's paying big dividends for the region. It's also the work being done to keep those ships out on the water.

The Toledo Shipyard has been part of the local landscape for more than 150 years. During the off-season freighters, barges, tankers and tugs come to the Ironhead dry dock for repair work. It creates dozens of jobs and generates millions in revenue.

While you've probably seen freighters and other boats navigating the Maumee River, this is a vantage point you don't often see. It's the bottom of the dry dock. Crews have been working on the Algoscotia for weeks.

Tony LaMantia says the ship's massive propeller helps put it all in perspective, "The blades alone are about 7 feet tall and the hubs are about 5 feet thick, so it's 18-20 feet for the total pitch."

The Algoscotia is a 480-foot Canadian tanker, "We set concrete blocks in the dry dock to the contour of the hull. The keel of this vessel carries most of the weight, so that's where most of the block and cribbing are positioned."

Ironhead is one of only a handful of dry docks around the Great Lakes, and this has been a good year. LaMantia says the Algoscotia is one of more than a half dozen boats that have been here in the off season for repair work. "We have boats that come in from from both Canadian and American fleets."

Of course the river and Lake Erie are among the reasons Toledo was originally settled. Joe Cappel is the Vice President of Business Development for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. He says work at the Toledo Shipyard started with paddle boats in the early 1800s, "The shipyard has been here since 1828. We've been building ships and repairing ships for a long time. We have a rich history of that here in Toledo."

Boats have been providing jobs here for generations. Cappel says about seven thousand jobs in our region are connected to the Port of Toledo, "That equals about one billion dollars in economic impact for the region."

LaMantia says this work provides all kinds of jobs, "We employ union boilermakers and union machinists and various subcontractors like electricians and painters." Just to give you an idea of the scope of this work, LaMantia says repairs on vessels like the Algoscotia often add up to millions of dollars, "These projects are typically $1.5 Million up to several million dollars. We do handle some smaller jobs for a few hundred thousand. It's all done in a compressed time frame too, so the work is done in a 3-4 week time frame at most."

Once the repair work in the dry dock is done, what's called the flooding process begins. Our cameras captured it from the ground and the air Tuesday afternoon. As you can see the barrier that kept water out of the dry dock for weeks, gradually releases water back into the dock and the boat is once again floating.

LaMantia says it's a lengthy process, "It's a 4-10 hour process to flood the dock, ballast the vessel and open the gate. Then we pull the vessel back out with a couple of tugs." Just one more way the river that runs thorough our city is providing a living for so many.

Once that's finished, the tanker will be tied to a dock at the shipyard for a few days while testing is finished. From there, the ship and her crew will begin the 2019 sailing season.

Video a video of the flooding process here: https://www.13abc.com/content/news/Toledo-Shipyard-repair-work-generating-dozens-of-jobs-and-million-in-revenue--508022171.html

 

Arthur M. Anderson Moved to Fraser Shipyard

4/4 - T On April 2 Arthur M. Anderson made the move from the east side of Duluth CN Dock 6 where she had been in layup, over to Fraser Shipyards in Superior, Wis.   Ed Labernik
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Prior to April 2 the Arthur M. Anderson layed-up on the east side of CN Duluth Dock 6.
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Heritage Marine tug Helen H. tows the Anderson under the Blatnik Interstate High Bridge into Howard's Pocket of Fraser Shipyards.
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Closeup of Helen H. and the Anderson.
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The tug Edward H. at the stern of the Anderson to guide it into Fraser.
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With the Helen H. at the bow and the Edward H. at the stern, the Anderson reaches Fraser Shipyards.
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Migrating Canada geese watch as the Helen H. pushes at the stern hull area of the Anderson.
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The tug Edward H. about to join the Helen H. to push the Anderson against the dock.
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Both the Helen H. and the Edward H. maneuver the Arthur M. Anderson against the dock in Fraser Shipyards.
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The Tim S. Dool in drydock, early morning in Fraser Shipyards.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 4

04 April 1903: The first steamer to pass upbound through the Straits of Mackinac was the LUZON (steel propeller bulk freighter, 353 foot 3,582 gross tons, built in 1902 at Chicago, Illinois). She was heavily coated with ice, even to the top of the pilothouse due to fighting a gale on Lake Huron.

On 04 April 1908, ALEXIS W. THOMPSON (steel propeller bulk freighter, 504 foot, 6,437 gross tons) was launched by West Bay City Shipbuilding Co. (Hull #625) at W. Bay City, Michigan for Valley Steamship Co. (W.H. Becker, Mgr.). She lasted until 1962, when she was towed to Hamilton, Ontario, for scrapping by Steel Co. of Canada, Ltd.

The keel was laid at Bay Shipbuilding, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on April 4, 1978, for the Columbia Transportation Div., Oglebay Norton Co.'s FRED R. WHITE JR (Hull#722).

Sea trials of the tanker ROBERT W. STEWART (Hull#802) of American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, Ohio were run on April 4, 1928. Renamed b.) AMOCO MICHIGAN in 1962, she was sold off the lakes in 1969 and renamed c.) SHUKHEIR. Scrapped in Egypt in 1989.

WILLIAM C. ATWATER (Hull#249) was launched on April 4, 1925, by the Great Lakes Engineering Works, for the Wilson Transit Co. Renamed b.) E. J. KULAS in 1936, c.) BEN MOREELL in 1953, d.) THOMAS E. MILLSOP in 1955. Sold Canadian in 1976, renamed e.) E. J. NEWBERRY and f.) CEDARGLEN 1981. Scrapped at Port Maitland, Ontario in 1994.

FRED G. HARTWELL (Hull#112) was launched April 4, 1908, by the Toledo Shipbuilding Co., for the Mutual Steamship Co., G. A. Tomlinson, mgr. Renamed b.) HARRY W. CROFT in 1917. Scrapped at Santander, Spain in 1969.

Interlake Steamship's E.G. GRACE became the first Maritimer to be sold for scrap when she was acquired by Marine Salvage on April 4, 1984.

JEAN-TALON was launched April 4, 1936, as a.) FRANQUELIN (Hull#1517) by Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. for the Quebec and Ontario Transportation Co. Ltd.

The harbor tug and fire boat EDNA G was launched April 4, 1896, by the Cleveland Ship Building Co., as (Hull#25), for the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railroad Co.

On April 4, 1983, and on April 4, 1984, the WILLIAM CLAY FORD, opened the shipping season at Duluth, Minnesota. While the WILLIAM CLAY FORD was traditionally among the first vessels to visit Duluth-Superior, it was coincidence that she opened the port on the same day during her last two seasons in service.

On 4 April 1872, the schooner JOHN WESLEY was launched from Bailey's yard at Toledo, Ohio. She was built for Skidmore & Abairs. She was classed as a full-sized canaller and cost $22,000.

On 4 April 1881, the last two vessels of the Northern Transit Company, CHAMPLAIN and LAWRENCE, were sold to D. H. Day & Company of Grand Haven, Michigan.

1969: The Liberty ship CORINTHIAKOS made three trips to the Great Lakes beginning in 1960. It had been built as a tanker but rebuilt as a bulk carrier in 1955. The ship was sailing under Liberian registry as h) PACSTAR when it ran aground in a storm on the north shore of Toshima, Tokyo Bay en route from Kure, Japan, to Portland, Oregon, in ballast. The bottom was opened to the sea and the engine room was flooded. Salvage efforts were unsuccessful and the ship was abandoned as a total loss and sold for scrap.

1969: The self-unloader HOCHELAGA of Canada Steamship Lines hit the breakwall stern first while turning with the help of tugs at Conneaut, Ohio. The cargo of coal was lightered to MANITOULIN and HOCHELAGA had to go to Port Colborne for repairs.

1997: ELIJIANNI, a Greek bulk carrier, had visited the Great Lakes in 1979. It was sailing as d) KEKOVA when it was in a collision with the VASILIOS III, a Greek tanker, in the Sea of Marmora on this date in 1997. There were temporary repairs to the port bow but the 27-year-old vessel was sold for scrap and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, for dismantling on June 2, 1997.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze , Jody Aho, Father Dowling Collection, “Ahoy & Farewell II,” the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University and the “Great Lakes Ships We Remember” series.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 4

04 April 1903: The first steamer to pass upbound through the Straits of Mackinac was the LUZON (steel propeller bulk freighter, 353 foot 3,582 gross tons, built in 1902 at Chicago, Illinois). She was heavily coated with ice, even to the top of the pilothouse due to fighting a gale on Lake Huron.

On 04 April 1908, ALEXIS W. THOMPSON (steel propeller bulk freighter, 504 foot, 6,437 gross tons) was launched by West Bay City Shipbuilding Co. (Hull #625) at W. Bay City, Michigan for Valley Steamship Co. (W.H. Becker, Mgr.). She lasted until 1962, when she was towed to Hamilton, Ontario, for scrapping by Steel Co. of Canada, Ltd.

The keel was laid at Bay Shipbuilding, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on April 4, 1978, for the Columbia Transportation Div., Oglebay Norton Co.'s FRED R. WHITE JR (Hull#722).

Sea trials of the tanker ROBERT W. STEWART (Hull#802) of American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, Ohio were run on April 4, 1928. Renamed b.) AMOCO MICHIGAN in 1962, she was sold off the lakes in 1969 and renamed c.) SHUKHEIR. Scrapped in Egypt in 1989.

WILLIAM C. ATWATER (Hull#249) was launched on April 4, 1925, by the Great Lakes Engineering Works, for the Wilson Transit Co. Renamed b.) E. J. KULAS in 1936, c.) BEN MOREELL in 1953, d.) THOMAS E. MILLSOP in 1955. Sold Canadian in 1976, renamed e.) E. J. NEWBERRY and f.) CEDARGLEN 1981. Scrapped at Port Maitland, Ontario in 1994.

FRED G. HARTWELL (Hull#112) was launched April 4, 1908, by the Toledo Shipbuilding Co., for the Mutual Steamship Co., G. A. Tomlinson, mgr. Renamed b.) HARRY W. CROFT in 1917. Scrapped at Santander, Spain in 1969.

Interlake Steamship's E.G. GRACE became the first Maritimer to be sold for scrap when she was acquired by Marine Salvage on April 4, 1984.

JEAN-TALON was launched April 4, 1936, as a.) FRANQUELIN (Hull#1517) by Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. for the Quebec and Ontario Transportation Co. Ltd.

The harbor tug and fire boat EDNA G was launched April 4, 1896, by the Cleveland Ship Building Co., as (Hull#25), for the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railroad Co.

On April 4, 1983, and on April 4, 1984, the WILLIAM CLAY FORD, opened the shipping season at Duluth, Minnesota. While the WILLIAM CLAY FORD was traditionally among the first vessels to visit Duluth-Superior, it was coincidence that she opened the port on the same day during her last two seasons in service.

On 4 April 1872, the schooner JOHN WESLEY was launched from Bailey's yard at Toledo, Ohio. She was built for Skidmore & Abairs. She was classed as a full-sized canaller and cost $22,000.

On 4 April 1881, the last two vessels of the Northern Transit Company, CHAMPLAIN and LAWRENCE, were sold to D. H. Day & Company of Grand Haven, Michigan.

1969: The Liberty ship CORINTHIAKOS made three trips to the Great Lakes beginning in 1960. It had been built as a tanker but rebuilt as a bulk carrier in 1955. The ship was sailing under Liberian registry as h) PACSTAR when it ran aground in a storm on the north shore of Toshima, Tokyo Bay en route from Kure, Japan, to Portland, Oregon, in ballast. The bottom was opened to the sea and the engine room was flooded. Salvage efforts were unsuccessful and the ship was abandoned as a total loss and sold for scrap.

1969: The self-unloader HOCHELAGA of Canada Steamship Lines hit the breakwall stern first while turning with the help of tugs at Conneaut, Ohio. The cargo of coal was lightered to MANITOULIN and HOCHELAGA had to go to Port Colborne for repairs.

1997: ELIJIANNI, a Greek bulk carrier, had visited the Great Lakes in 1979. It was sailing as d) KEKOVA when it was in a collision with the VASILIOS III, a Greek tanker, in the Sea of Marmora on this date in 1997. There were temporary repairs to the port bow but the 27-year-old vessel was sold for scrap and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, for dismantling on June 2, 1997.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze , Jody Aho, Father Dowling Collection, “Ahoy & Farewell II,” the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University and the “Great Lakes Ships We Remember” series.

 

US Coast Guard update for St. Marys River

4/3 - 3 p.m. update - Northwesterly gale force winds have created hazardous ice conditions in Whitefish Bay and the upper St Marys River is closed until further notice. Approaching down bound traffic from Lake Superior will be asked to remain in the ice at the north entrance to Whitefish Bay until called to move. Winds are expected to subside in the early morning hours. Afterwards, the Coast Guard needs 3-4 hours to reset tracks before vessels can move. Upbound vessels will be asked to anchor in the lower river until called to move. Current order of procession appears next to each vessel’s name.

1. Lee A Tregurtha (Upbound in ballast) and 2. Saginaw (Upbound in ballast) are hove to in the ice at the northern ice edge, waiting for the gales to subside.

St. Marys River upbound
3. Oakglen locking through to moor at SW Pier.
4. Atlantic Huron locking through to moor at the West Pier
5. Edwin H Gott to moor at the East Center Pier.

St. Marys River downbound:
Kaye E Barker is at Mud Lake moving to Detour

St. Marys River movement restrictions:
• West Neebish Channel: Minimum safe speed from Sand Island to West Neebish Channel LT 29. Draft restriction rescinded.
• Little Rapids Cut: Ice Boom (alternating one way)

Operation Taconite Asset Assignments:
UCGC Alder: Moored Duluth for fuel and stores. NW winds cleared the ice blocking the Superior Entrance. Both Duluth and Superior entrances are ice free. Alder sails for Thunder Bay Thursday afternoon.

CGC Mackinaw and Hollyhock are underway for Whitefish Bay track maintenance and vessel assistance.  CGC Katmai Bay will work lower St. Marys River for track maintenance and vessel assistance. Cutter to moor CG Base Soo Wednesday evening to refuel. Underway Thursday afternoon. 

CGC Bristol Bay: Moored St Ignace to refuel and load stores. Will get underway early Thursday morning to meet forecasted traffic at the western ice edge.

CGC Neah Bay underway in Green Bay to initiate fracture and establish tracks ahead of future vessel movements.

USCG

 

Algoma Conveyor arrives at the Panama Canal

4/3 - The newest addition to the Algoma Central Corporation fleet the Algoma Conveyor (IMO 9619268) built in China arrived at the Pacific Entrance and Anchorage to the Panama Canal on Tuesday in the morning to anchor awaiting transit through the Panama Canal.

This is the eighth vessel in the new Equinox-class series of ships built for the Algoma Central Corporation starting in 2013. Seven of the new ships were built in China, while one was built and constructed in Croatia.

Algoma Conveyor left the shipyard in China on February 16 and made a brief stop in the Philippines on February 22 to take on fuel before continuing its maiden voyage to Canada where the vessel is expected to arrive sometime in mid-April. Upon arriving in Canada the ship will then be reflagged from its current registration of Tuvalu to Canadian registry and will then have an all Canadian crew as the vessel currently has a foreign crew aboard.

Denny Dushane

 

Duluth tugboats help cut ice for season's early ships

4/3 - Duluth, MN – Ramming through ice at the end of Canadian National Dock 6 in Duluth, Mike Ojard pushed the Helen H. tugboat as far forward as its 3,900-horsepower locomotive engine would allow, then backed up, and went at it again.

The tug jolted to each side as it hit the ice, which split easily against its hull. "You've got to understand that this is a contact sport," Ojard, 73, owner of Heritage Marine, said from the cabin of his tugboat.

"Our job is really to run into stuff," added Bob Hom, a Heritage Marine captain.

It helps the company added almost 14 tons of steel to the bow, thickening its hull to 1 ¾ inches. "Count the number of dents in the side of a tugboat," Ojard said.

"That's why we got those huge tires on the side," Hom said. At the beginning of each shipping season, the Heritage Marine crew helps break ice, allowing the season to get an earlier start. While the U.S. Coast Guard opens main channels for ships, tugboats keep those channels from refreezing and break ice within slips and along docks.

When the ice melts, tugboat companies spend the rest of the season helping guide and transport ships within the harbor.

On Tuesday, the Heritage Marine crew was tasked with towing the idled Arthur M. Anderson to Fraser Shipyards for a refit. (See related story on April 2 news.)

Ojard didn't spend his career on a tugboat. Instead, he worked as a welder, school teacher and owner of a transmission shop — skills that helped him refurbish and maintain the tugboats Heritage Marine acquired.

But Ojard, a Knife River native, grew up on the lake. Whether it was fishing with family or tagging along to work with his father on the Edna G. — Two Harbor's famed tugboat that, now retired, sits on display in the harbor and is incorporated into the city's logo.

So when Ojard began buying tugboats in 2007 — some from as far away as Texas — and transporting them back to the Twin Ports, he had no idea at the time that would result in a business. But since then, Heritage Marine has grown to a fleet of four tugs — three kept off Connors Point in Superior and another in Two Harbors.

Now, Ojard leads one of the two tug businesses in the Duluth-Superior harbor and has managed to bring tug service back to Two Harbors after over 35 years without it. Why start a tugboat business in retirement?

"I always wanted a tugboat," Ojard said.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/business/4593341-tugboats-help-cut-ice-seasons-early-ships

 

New Algoma tanker headed to Canada from Netherlands

4/3 - A new product tanker is making its way to Canada from Amsterdam, Netherlands and will join the Algoma Tanker Ltd. fleet sometime mid-April. St. Catharines-based Algoma Central Corp. said the 16,500 DWT (deadweight tonnage), 2010-built product tanker Algoterra left the European country Saturday and is headed to Halifax, N.S.

"I am pleased to say that our fleet is fully booked for the season," said Algoma president and chief executive officer Gregg Ruhl in a release from the company. He said the Algoterra is the second product tanker acquired by Algoma Tanker Ltd. in the last four months after the Algonorth joined the fleet in early December. "We are looking forward to bringing the Algoterra home and to having the Algonorth operate for her first full season with Algoma."

Algoma Captain Bruce Chisling said he was honoured and excited to be chosen to take command of the Algoterra upon its arrival in Canada. "It will be challenging to get to know her, but with our highly-trained and skilled officers and crew I am confident that the transition will be seamless," he said.

In addition to the Algoterra, Algoma's newest Seawaymax self-unloader - the Algoma Conveyor - is currently in the final days of the trans-Pacific leg of her trip to the Great Lakes from China.

Algoma said the vessel will reach Balboa, Panama this week, where she will undertake a Panama Canal transit and make her way to Canada. The Algoma Conveyor will be joining her seven Equinox Class sister ships in operation for the 2019 navigation season.

The Standard

 

Port Reports -  April 3

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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 – Gary A Putney
Thunder Bay arrived Two Harbors on April 3rd at 08:46 for South of #2. She departed at 17:35 with an assist from Heritage Marine's Nels J. The Thunder Bay doesn't have an updated AIS. The Algoma Discovery went to anchor NE of Two Harbors at approx. 11:00 on April 2nd. She got underway at approx. 17:00 on the 2nd and arrived at 18:10 on April 2nd. She was assisted to the dock by the Nels J. The American Spirit arrived off Two Harbors late in the afternoon of April 2nd. It looks like she'll run checked down off Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors on April 3rd is the American Integrity. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the H. Lee White on April 2nd at 06:09 and depart at 14:56 with no updated AIS on April 2nd. Due Silver Bay on April 3rd are the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader and the Lee A. Tregurtha.

Thunder Bay, ON
Monday April 1st: 9:59 USCGC Alder departed Keefer Terminal for ice-breaking operations in the harbor. 12:22 Tecumseh departed Richardson Main Terminal for Port Cartier. 13:04 USCGC Alder departed for Duluth. 18:01 Algoma Equinox departed G3 for Quebec City. 19:15 G3 Marquis departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Port Cartier. Tuesday April 2nd: There were no ship movements at the port.

Georgian Bay, ON – Bruce McCreath
On Tuesday, the Algoma Niagara was taking on a load of salt from the Compass Minerals (Sifto) mine.

Marine City, MI – Rod Burdick
Calumet opened Marine City on Tuesday and unloaded stone from Marblehead.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
The Calumet stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal early Tuesday morning. The tug Capt. Keith arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal. Later, the upbound Atlantic Huron stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Ending the day was the John J Boland, calling on Zug Island to unload coal.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report for Tuesday April 2 – Barry Andersen Severe ice conditions have caused delays off Port Colborne for a number of days. One icebreaker was released from icebreaking duties at this location Tuesday morning headed and eastbound.

Nanticoke:
docked - Mar 29 - Algosea at 1111 - Apr 1 - Algocanada at 0729 - departed - Apr 2 - Algocanada at 0518 for the canal

Port Colborne anchorage:
anchored (downbound) - Apr 2 - Algocanada at 0846 - Apr 2 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin (upbound at 0835 - departed Apr 2 - Algocanada at 0957 eastbound and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1043

Port Weller anchorage:
departures - Apr 2 - Esta Desgagnes at 1001 and Tasing Swan (DIS) (ex Erria Mie-12, Hamza Efe-08) at 1852 (both eastbound)

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 1 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0801 - Apr 2 - Radcliffe R Latimer at 1827 and Algoma Transport eta 2107

downbound - Apr 1 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1705, Algoma Transport at 1724, Kaministiqua at 1757 and Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 1928 - Apr 2 - CCGS Martha L Black at 0739, Algoma Sault at 1016 and Algocanada at 1026 ( stopping wharf 16) and CSL Tadoussac eta 2135

Hamilton:
arrivals - Apr 2 - Algoma Transport at 0656 and Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 0916 - departure - Apr 2 - Algoma Transport at 1855 for the canal

Toronto:
arrival - Apr 1 - NACC Argonaut at 0452 - departed - Apr 2 - at 1241 eastbound

 

2019 Boatnerd Gatherings schedule now available

4/3 - The 2019 schedule of Boatnerd Gathering has been set and information is now available now on the Gatherings page www.boatnerd.com/gathering.

Gatherings include the always-popular S.S. Badger cruise, Soo Locks Engineers weekend festivities, and the annual Welland Canal weekend.

Reservations are now being accepted for the Badger Cruise and Soo Locks Freighter-Chasing Cruise. Sign up now. Don't be left on the dock.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 3

In 1969 the RALPH MISENER (steel propeller bulk freighter, 730 foot, 19,160 gross tons, built in 1967, at Montreal, Quebec) suffered serious fire damage to her engine room during fit-out at Port Colborne, Ontario. She went overseas for scrap in 2012 as b.) GORDON C. LEITCH (ii).

On April 3, 1991, the pilothouse of the WILLIAM CLAY FORD of 1953 was moved by a barge towed by Gaelic tug's CAROLYN HOEY and placed on a specially built foundation at the Dossin Museum for display facing the Detroit River as a fully equipped pilothouse.

The tanker a.) TEMBLADOR (Hull#15) of the Barnes Ð Duluth Shipbuilding Co., was launched April 3, 1943, for the Creole Petroleum Corp, for off lakes use. She later sailed on the lakes as b.) LIQUILASSIE.

On 3 April 1872, the passenger/package freight steam barge ROBERT HOLLAND was launched at Marine City, Michigan. She was towed to Detroit by the propeller TRADER to have her machinery installed.

On 3 April 1876, the Port Huron Times reported "The wreck of the schooner HARMONICA, which has been missing for a month or more, has been discovered on the beach near Whitehall, Michigan completely buried in the ice. Four are supposed to have perished."

On 3 April 1894, WILLIAM H. BARNUM (wooden propeller freighter, 219 foot, 937 gross tons, built in 1873, at Detroit, Michigan) was carrying corn on her first trip of the season. She was reportedly in poor condition and was insured only for this voyage. Her hull was cut by floating ice and she sank in the Straits of Mackinac about two miles east of present Mackinac Bridge. The tug CRUSADER got her crew off before she sank.

1942: The second TABORFJELL to visit the Great Lakes for the Fjell Line was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic east of New Jersey on this date by U-576. The vessel was en route from Matanzas, Cuba, to New York and Montreal with sugar. The three survivors waited for 20 hours before being rescued. Another 17 crewmates perished. The 1339 gross ton vessel first came inland shortly after being delivered in August 1938.

1975: The self-unloader J.W. McGIFFIN of Canada Steamship Lines was blown aground in the Welland Canal near Thorold. Two holes were punched in the hull and they were repaired at Port Weller Dry Docks. The ship was rebuilt as CSL NIAGARA in 1999.

Data from: Skip GIllham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection and the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University, “Ahoy & Farewell II” and the “Great Lakes Ships We Remember” series.

 

It’s official: Arthur M. Anderson will return to service

4/2 - Duluth, MN - The first ship on the scene after the Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a 1975 Lake Superior storm is expected to return to service.

The Arthur M. Anderson, a 767-foot-long laker, has been docked in long-term layup at Canadian National Dock 6 in western Duluth since January 2017, but will likely be moved to Fraser Shipyards late Tuesday morning where it is scheduled for a drydocking and a five-year survey later this month, Mitch Koslow, vice president of Key Lakes Inc., told the News Tribune Monday. The Anderson is part of Canadian National Railway's Great Lakes Fleet, which is operated by Key Lakes.

Koslow said since the economy has improved and the amount of cargo booked by the company is high, the ship is needed. "It's all about commercial and market conditions," Koslow said. "Things have improved to the point where we can use (the Anderson) to meet the needs of our customers."

Until Monday, company officials would not comment on why the ship had entered layup. But Koslow said that after the Anderson's 2016 shipping season "market conditions were soft" and its certificates were expiring, which meant it required a drydocking and five-year inspections by the U.S. Coast Guard and American Bureau of Shipping.

"That's a large expenditure and the conditions didn't warrant that expense at the time," Koslow said. But now, the company is willing to go through that process and make any of the necessary repairs for the Anderson to return to service.

Koslow did not have a specific timeline on when the ship might move cargo again.

The Anderson had been trailing the Fitzgerald through the Nov. 10, 1975 storm and received Capt. Ernest McSorley's final radio call before he and 28 others went down with the Fitzgerald: "We are holding our own."

Duluth News Tribune

 

DTE could speed up retirement of St. Clair plant

4/2 - The St. Clair Power Plant in East China Township may be slated to close a year ahead of schedule, that according to a request by DTE Energy to the Michigan Public Service Commission.

DTE says they would like to close both the St. Clair and Trenton Channel coal fired power plants in 2022, a year sooner than initially requested. In a statement to WPHM, DTE says they are committed to no employee layoffs and that affected workers will be transferred to “new roles within the company.”

The utility says increasing renewable energy sources, along with the anticipated opening of a new gas-fired Blue Water Energy Center power plant in East China, has pushed up the expected closing dates for the coal plants. The request will need the approval of the Michigan Public Service Commission, which regulates rates and electrical capacity in the state.

WPHM

 

Port Reports -  April 2

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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
CSL's Thunder Bay arrived Duluth at 07:34 Monday morning, unloaded salt at Hallett #8, and was outbound at 15:50 for Two Harbors to load. American Century and Manitoulin are both due Tuesday, the former to load coal and the latter for iron ore pellets. There was no traffic in Superior on Monday, and none is expected until Tuesday night when American Mariner is due to load at Burlington Northern. Tim S. Dool remains in drydock at Fraser Shipyards, however work is just about complete and she should be refloated within the next few days.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A Putney
As of 07:00 on April 1st the Algoma Discovery for Two Harbors and the H. Lee White for Silver Bay were stopped at Whitefish Point. Upbound in the St. Marys was the American Spirit as of 07:00 on April 1st. Her AIS was showing Two Harbors and HarborLookout was showing Silver Bay. Thunder Bay arrived the Twin Ports the morning of April 1st with a load of salt for Hallett #8. She departed the Twin Ports the afternoon of the 1st to clean her cargo holds. As of 19:15 on the 1st she was stopped in the lake. She is due Two Harbors late on the 1st/early on the 2nd to load iron ore pellets.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
The tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge Delaware arrived early Tuesday morning to load at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal. Next, the Michigan/Great Lakes arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load/unload. The upbound Walter J. McCarthy Jr. stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal.

Toledo, OH – Denny Dushane
The ASC 1,000-footer Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed from lay up at the Midwest Terminal Overseas Dock on Monday in the early morning. This leaves the following still in winter lay up: Edgar B. Speer, Edwin H. Gott, Philip R. Clarke, Great Republic and the fire-damaged the St. Clair. Also remaining in lay up is the tanker Algoscotia at the Ironhead Marine Drydock getting a 5-year survey and re-painting. Cedarglen and American Valor are laid up near the shipyard and the Manistee is laid up at the Hocking Valley Dock. The barge Sarah Spencer is also in long-term lay-up near the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock. Vessel activities at the Toledo Docks on Monday included the barge Maumee and tug Victory still unloading iron ore pellets at the Torco Dock. They are due back at the Torco Dock on April 6 in the early morning. At the CSX Coal Dock, the John D. Leitch was waiting on transit coal to arrive. Also due at CSX is the Algoma Enterprise on April 4 in the late evening, and rounding out the lineup will be the Maumee and tug Victory due at CSX to load on April 6 in the early afternoon.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
Sam Laud has taken over the shuttle run from Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder. Alpena continues to remain in Cleveland. She was last reported to have bow thruster issues.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report for Monday April 1 – by Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
docked - Mar 29 - Algosea at 1111 - Apr 1 - Algocanada at 0729

Nanticoke anchorage -
anchored - Apr 1 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 0431 and Algoma Transport at 0728 (both delayed by heavy ice west of Port Colborne) - departed Apr 1 - Algocanada at 0722 for Nanticoke dock, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1215 and Algoma Transport at 1241 (for the canal)

Port Colborne anchorage:
anchored - Apr 1 - Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 1637 - departed Apr 1 - Esta Desgagnes at 1000 with ice breaker assistance and Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 1902 for the canal

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - Mar 31 - Tasing Swan (DIS) (ex Erria Mie-12, Hamza Efe-08) at 0605 approx. - Apr 1 - Esta Desgagnes at 1955 approx

Welland Canal:
upbound - Mar 31 - Algoma Enterprise at 1445 and Oakglen at 1943 (tied up below the guard gate overnight) - Apr 1 - Whitefish Bay at 0455, Atlantic Huron at 0610 and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0801

downbound - Apr 1 - Esta Desgagnes at 1016, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1705, Algoma Transport at 1724, Kaministiqua at 1757 and Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 1928

Bronte:
docked - Mar 30 - Paul A Desgagnes at 1309 - departed - Apr 1 at 0026 eastbound

Toronto:
arrival - Apr 1 - NACC Argonnaut at 0452

 

Volunteers needed for many roles in support of the BoatNerd site

4/2 - The results of the recent survey are in, and BoatNerd is staying, with our redesign process moving forward. Many of those responded indicated that they would be willing to help with different aspects of the site. Please e-mail moderator@boatnerd.net if you are interested in volunteering. Here are some of the areas that need to be covered.

News Page Port Reports
We are seeking reporters to send in daily activity summaries from the following ports: Lake Erie ports (Cleveland, Ashtabula, Sandusky, Toledo)

Automated Vessel Passage Fact Checker
When: Now
How often: As much as you like
Our automated Vessel passage is a long-term project and we are now moving out of the testing phase. This system uses data from our AIS system to automatically log vessel passages for a given location.
BoatNerd.Com/Passage

Because this is an automated system we need volunteers to help with verifying data and entering cargo information. You could help out once a week or once a day, our hope is to get a strong group of volunteers to help keep the additional information accurate and up to date.

AIS receivers
When: ongoing:
How often: One time install, with occasional reboots
We would like to expand the AIS receivers to better fill some of the gaps in the system. If you have an existing system (HAMS) or are sharing with a service like Marinetraffic.com you can share your data with us. If you would like to host a receiver please e-mail, all that is needed is a location close to the water with an always on Internet connection and area to mount a small antenna externally or in an attic. Note to ports and commercial operators: We can add your location that you can embed a map or passage listing, for example http://ais.boatnerd.com/passage

These areas have the largest gaps:
Lake Erie:
North shore, we need better coverage of the Pelee Passage, Port Stanley to Port Burwell and Long Point Bay: Nanticoke / Port Dover
Fairport, Ohio
Conneaut, Ohio
Lake Huron:
Bruce Peninsula
Tobermory, Georgian Bay and Manitoulin Island/ North Channel
Lake Michigan

Port Inland
Lake Superior

Anywhere on the North and East Shores
Grand Marais North Shore
Munising to Grand Marais South Shore
Ashland to Copper Harbor
Lake Ontario
Most, Port Weller to Cape Vincent
Toronto
Oshawa
Colbourg
Seaway / St. Lawrence River / Gulf of St. Lawrence

All.

BoatNerd Site Content
When: Starting Summer?
How often: As much as you like
We will be updating the site and asking for volunteers to help move, create and maintain content. This is across the site including photo galleries, News Page and Facts & Figures section. Knowledge of Wordpress or Photoshop would be helpful.

BoatNerd News Photo Gallery
When: Summer?
How often: as much as you like
This would involve processing user-submitted photos and posting them to a Wordpress photo gallery. Knowledge of Wordpress or Photoshop would be helpful.

We’d like to thank everyone for responding to the survey. We will do our best to keep all volunteers up to date on the redesign process.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 2

A total of 60 ore boats departed Cleveland between March 31 and April 2 to start the 1948 shipping season.

On 02 April 1900, the JOHN MINER (wooden 3-mast schooner, 134 foot, 273 gross tons, built in 1866, at Detroit, Michigan as a bark) was purchased by S. R. Chamberlain from Frank Higgie for $800. She only lasted until 19 October 1902, when she was lost in a storm on Lake Huron.

On April 2, 1951, CLIFFS VICTORY was towed, bound for New Orleans, Louisiana, with her deck houses, stack, propeller, rudder and above deck fittings stored on or below her spar deck for bridge clearance. She was outfitted with two 120-foot pontoons, which were built at the Baltimore yard, that were attached to her hull at the stern to reduce her draft to eight feet for passage in the shallow sections of the river/canal system.

LEON FALK JR. was launched April 2, 1945, as a.) WINTER HILL, a T2-SE-Al, World War II, a single-screw fuel tanker for U.S. Maritime Commission.

CLIFFORD F. HOOD was launched April 2, 1902, as the straight deck bulk freighter a.) BRANSFORD for the Bransford Transit Co., (W. A. Hawgood, mgr.).

SENATOR OF CANADA sailed under her own power on April 2, 1985, to Toronto, Ontario, where she was put into ordinary next to her fleet mate the QUEDOC. She was scrapped in Venezuela in 1986.

WHEAT KING was lengthened by an addition of a 172 foot 6 inch mid-section (Hull #61) and received a 1,000 h.p. bowthruster. This work reportedly cost $3.8 million Canadian and was completed on April 2, 1976.

On April 2, 1953, the straight deck bulk freighter J. L. MAUTHE (Hull#298) of the Great Lakes Engineering Works entered service for Interlake Steamship Co. She operates currently for Interlake as the self-unloading barge PATHFINDER.

April 2, 1975 - The State of Michigan filed a Federal Court suit to stop the Grand Trunk Railway from selling the GRAND RAPIDS. It was felt that selling the ferry would build a stronger case for abandonment of the entire ferry service.

On 2 April 1874, A. H. HUNTER (wooden propeller tug, 58 foot, 28 gross tons) was launched at Saginaw, Michigan. She was built for Donnelly & Clark of Saginaw by Wheeler. The engine was built by Bartlett & Co. of Saginaw. Her boiler and some other equipment were from the almost new tug KATY REID that burned at Salzburg, Michigan in October 1873.

1976: WHEAT KING was refloated at Port Weller Dry Docks. It had arrived on December 12, 1975, and was lengthened to 730 feet over the winter. The ship would only sail six years with the new dimensions and was retired at the end of the 1981 season.

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

 

Megaphone-Am-Integ-MM.jpg (196133 bytes)Radios out, megaphones in at Mission Point

4/1 - Disturbed by easy access to maritime scanners by the general public, the U.S. Coast Guard today announced it will returned to a time-tested communications device, the megaphone.

“It’s the only way we can keep things secret any more,” groused Capt. Harley M. Davidson. “Every Boatnerd and even his brother from another mother knows our every move.” He said even the more recent practice of relaying sensitive information by land line has been compromised. “Whenever we ask a captain to call us on the land line, the Boatnerds know something is up, and they won’t rest until they know what that is. And if they can’t find out, then they just make things up.”

The practice is currently being tested at Mission Point in Sault Ste. Marie. In a related decision, the Coast Guard has also decided to return to using manned wooden observation towers.

“Cameras just can’t beat the human eye when it comes to observing vessels,” David said. “It’s that personal touch that makes the megaphone so special.”

 

Ryerson-starship---Don-Lee.jpg (93558 bytes)New plans released for Edward L. Ryerson’s return to service

4/1 - The White House has announced a deal with Decentral Marine Illogistics to buy the long-idled and much-beloved laker Edward L. Ryerson and convert her for service in the recently announced “Space Force.”

"She was built with a futuristic look and that future has come," said Admiral Fan C. Pantz. "Besides, she just LOOKS badass. One glimpse of that thing coming out of trans-warp drive and the Klingons, or the WagonBorgs, or whoever will run back to mamma. And if that doesn’t work, she can just blow her whistle. That’ll blast them back into whatever worm hole they came from. Done deal."

The government has yet to explain how a steam-powered ore boat can be adapted for use in outer space. “We’ll just figure it out as we go,” explained Pantz, “like we always do.”

 

La-Zee-Boi offers new recliner for armchair captains

Armchair-captain---Don-Lee.jpg (92778 bytes)4/1 - Furniture maker La-Zee-Boi has come out with deluxe model of recliner geared to the growing number of armchair captains popping up not only around the Great Lakes, but worldwide.

The chair, only available in royal blue, comes with a built-in marine radio scanner and AIS receiver. Handy internet (requires separate subscription) is hot wired to the many maritime pages on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram.

“That way people who have never even set foot on a boat can give their opinions on everything from why that one vessel on Lake Superior seems to be going around in circles to why another one appears to be stopped for more than 10 seconds,” said La-Zee-Boi spokesperson Chaise Davenport. “You won’t ever have to wonder if a boat is broken down … you can instantly speculate right along with hundreds of others about what might be wrong and immediately blame the captain. Or crew. Or whatever. Up to the user, really.”

The chair comes on a handsome teak base made from the deck of an authentic Great Lakes schooner from yesteryear to add extra weight to the authority of the opinions offered from it.

“There is always something wrong. Boats are broken. They run aground. They hit each other all the time. This way we don’t have to wait for the facts to come out,” said Opie I. Nionated, a proud owner of the new chair. “We can just make up our own facts, and then see what other people come up with. Plus it’s really fun to annoy those pesky page moderators.”

The chair also includes an area to display the armchair captain’s license. The manufacturer advises that a ladle-equipped model is also available for those who like to stir the pot.

 

Effort afoot to make annual Soo Locks Opening Day a holiday

4/1 - The stunning increase in popularity of Opening Day at the Soo Locks in recent years has prompted a movement to make the event a state holiday.

More than 200 die-hard, self-admitted “Boatnerds,” clad in clothing emblazoned with likenesses of their favorite vessels, showed up in the middle of a freezing cold and windy night during a season of record-breaking snowfall to cheer the first ship on to Lake Superior, a 100 percent increase over 10 years ago.

“Fireworks next year for sure, and maybe a marching band,” said Soo tourism booster Arvid Nobbly, who often serves as unofficial leader of the pack, usually sporting his trademark wrinkly old orange hat. “We want to make this as big as the Fourth of July,” he enthused. “Maybe bigger.”

Despite his optimism, some Boatnerds were less than excited. “How are we going to get our selfies with the boat in the background if there are all those bright fireworks going off?” wondered Shangie McWilliams, who makes the long pilgrimage from Daytwah every March 25 for first boat services.

Nobbly remained optimistic. “Smoke and mirrors,” he said, with a wink. “It will all be done with smoke and mirrors. Trust me.”

 

Crapo Shipping starting Detroit to D.C. sewage service

4/1 - Crapo Shipping Co. of Crapo, MI, has announced a new seasonal shipping service using the St. Lawrence Seaway. It will haul sewage from Detroit to Washington, D.C. “This was a really easy service to sell,” stated company vice president Sol D. Waist. “Detroit has the largest sewage treatment plant in the world and Washington, to put it mildly, can’t seem to get enough of the product.”

Crapo Shipping will initially haul the product in Great Lakes freighters from Detroit to Baltimore. There it will be offloaded and stockpiled. It will be sent to Washington as needed in specially-built high-speed tank cars attached to the back of Amtrak passenger trains. “Traveling that last 40 miles by high-speed train will really agitate the product, making it perfect for final consumption” stated Waist.

Initial plans were to use the long inactive Edward L. Ryerson for the service, but no one in the company had the heart to do that to such a beautiful freighter. So instead the plan is to charter the barge Ashtabula. The barge was designed for ocean service and it is equipped with a forward mounted unloading boom. That would come in handy if Congress ever appropriates long-promised funds to make the Potomac River navigable to Washington.

“With that forward boom, we could deposit the product practically on the steps of the Capital” said Waist.

 

Skittlez on the lakes? It would be a sweet cargo says one ship owner Skittles-boat---Don-Lee.jpg (73838 bytes)

4/1 - Skittlez on the lakes? It would be a sweet cargo says one ship owner How many Skittlez could a typical 1,000-footer haul in one trip? Bean counters say 63,297,866,667 Skittlez (plus or minus about 1.7 billion on account of average fluctuations in the average candy weight) in a single trip. It would take the entire capacity of the country’s Skittlez-producing facilities just under 317 days to produce a full cargo, enough for every person in the U.S. – five times over.

Given that information, the Outerlake Diesel Co. has decided to convert all its taconite ore carriers to handle the growing Skittle demand.

“We got a real sweet deal from the shipyard, observed Butt R. Finger, owner of the Outerlake fleet. “We are looking at carrying Jujubes next if we could figure out how to keep them from gumming up the cargo holds.”

 

Know Your Chips 60th Anniversary Edition releasedKnow-Your-Chips-2019.jpg (123766 bytes)

4/1 - Tuber Publishing Company of Anne’s Harbor, MI, has announced the release of its newest flagship publication, “Know Your Chips: A Field Guide to Chips and Chip Making in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway Region.” This annual publication is celebrating its 60th anniversary and is considered the bible for the region’s chip enthusiasts, who often refer to themselves as Chipnerds.

Editor Rogets T. Hesarus said the book is packed with information on both the history and current consumption of potato chips in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region.

“We have listings for all the regional brands, including fan favorites like Ballreich’s, Better Made, Conn’s, Covered Bridge, Herr’s, Old Dutch, Spud Island, Uncle Ray’s, Utz, Yum Yum, and the relatively new upstart P-Ring-Gull’s Potato Chip Co., which offers a revolutionary new wavy, stackable chip.

The volume also includes historical perspectives on the now-defunct brands Made-Rite of Bay City, MI, Geiser’s of Milwaukee, WI, and Scotties of Centreville, Nova Scotia. A 24-page photo essay documents the slow packaging conversion from metal canister to cardboard box to Mylar foil bags, known to chip insiders as MFBs.

Pringles-boat---Don-Lee.jpg (85250 bytes)“A lot of old time Chipnerds swore that they would stop eating chips when the metal canisters faded away. Well, they have been gone for almost two generations now, and you would hardly even see cardboard boxes anymore if it weren’t for Old Dutch.” stated Hesarus. “The MFB’s may not look as classy as the traditional metal canisters, but they get the job done.”

Another popular feature is a listing of those exotic north-of-the-border Canadian chip flavors like ketchup, poutine, all dressed, Atlantic lobster, and maple-bacon. And with over half of America’s chipping potatoes originating in Michigan, the book rounds out with a colorful identification chart for chipping varieties such as Beacon Chipper, Kalkaska, Liberator, Manistee, McBride, Missaukee and the popular red-tinted MSQ558-2RR.

Don’t forget to join the Know Your Chips crew at a special chip-signing event today at the Great Lakes Maritime Square in Port Huron. The event is expected to take several hours as it is very difficult to sign a chip without breaking it.

 

April Fools

4/1 - Happy April Fools Day. Today’s edition of fake news has been brought to you by Don Lee, Dave Nobbe, Tom Hynes, Matt Miner and Roger LeLievre.

The real news continues below.

 

Arthur M. Anderson refit may be in the works

4/1 - Multiple credible reports from Duluth-Superior have the laid-up Great Lakes Fleet self-unloader Arthur M. Anderson headed for Fraser Shipyards this week for a refit expected to cost around $4 million. Ice has been broken in the slip where she has been laid up since January 2017, and a tow to Fraser could happen once the Tim S. Dool is removed from the drydock, possibly on Tuesday.

She could be back in service by June or July.

The Anderson is especially well-liked on the Great Lakes because of her heroic role involving the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald on November 10, 1975. The Anderson was the last vessel to have had visual, radio and radar contact with the Fitzgerald. In addition, she left safety and returned out into the storm to look for any possible survivors.

Built by the American Shipbuilding Company, Lorain, OH, she was launched Feb. 16, 1952 for the Pittsburgh Steamship Div., U.S. Steel Corp., Cleveland, OH. The Anderson was lengthened 120 feet to 767 feet during the spring of 1975 at Fraser Shipyards, Superior, WI. She was converted to a self-unloader during the 1981/82 winter lay up, also at Fraser. She is one of a handful of Great Lakes vessels to still rely on steam power.

 

Newest Algoma tanker headed for Canada

4/1 - The tanker Louise K, registered in Tuvalu, left Ijmuiden, NL, Sunday bound for Halifax, with an ETA of April 10 in the morning. This is the former Louise Knutsen, which was recently purchased by Algoma Tankers. She will be renamed Algoterra once she arrives in Canada.

Denny Dushane

 

Port Reports -  April 1

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, 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 – Gary A Putney
Algoma Guardian departed Two Harbors from South of #2 on March 30th at approx. 21:40 for Hamilton. Arriving Two Harbors on March 31st at 00:49 was the Algoma Harvester for South of #2. She departed Two Harbors on March 31st at 13:17 for Quebec City. Due Two Harbors on April 1st is the Algoma Discovery. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on March 31st. Due Silver Bay on April 1st is the H. Lee White.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday March 30th: 23:41 Tecumseh arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Sunday March 31st: 1:30 Ojibway departed G3 for Windsor. 2:36 Algoma Equinox weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load grain. 11:00 USCGC Alder departed Keefer Terminal for ice-breaking operations in the harbor. 17:43 USCGC Alder arrived at Keefer Terminal.

St. Marys River
Wind closed the track in the ice off Whitefish Point on Sunday, slowing many vessels. USCG Mackinaw was on hand to keep them all moving. At 10 p.m., USCG Mackinaw Algoma Guardian, James R. Barker, CSL Niagara and Algoma Strongfield were all beset just north of the point. Hon. James L. Oberstar and Paul R. Tregurtha were dowbound. H. Lee White, Algoma Discovery and Manitoulin (which left winter layup at Algoma), were upbound below Whitefish.

Lake Michigan
Wilfred Sykes broke free of ice north of Hog Island with the help of USCG Neah Bay and was off the tip of the Door Peninsula downbound for Indiana Harbor Sunday evening. Stewart J. Cort was unloading in Burns Harbor. Lee A. Tregurtha was unloading at Indiana Harbor.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
On Sunday, the Herbert C. Jackson returned with more coal for the Zug Island coal dock. Arriving later was her fleetmate Kaye E. Barker, delivering AK Steel’s first ore cargo of the season. Next was the American Integrity, stopping to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Ending the day was the CSL Tadoussac, calling on the St. Mary's Cement dock to unload cement clinker.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
The ASC 1,000-footer American Integrity departed winter lay up at the CSX #1 Dock Sunday in the early afternoon heading to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. At the CSX Coal Dock, Algoma Transport arrived on Saturday in the early evening and departed Sunday just after noon for Hamilton to unload. Also due at CSX to load will be the freshly-painted John D. Leitch on Sunday in the evening. Due at CSX on April 4 will be the Algoma Enterprise in the late evening, and rounding out the lineup will be the barge Maumee and tug Victory, due at CSX to load on April 6 in the early afternoon. At the Torco Dock, Maumee and tug Victory were expected to arrive on Sunday in the late evening with the first iron ore pellet cargo of the 2019 season.

Welland Canal and vicinity for Sunday March 31 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke
Docked: Mar 29 - Algosea at 1111 Departed: Mar 31 - Esta Desgagnes at 0959 eastbound. Nanticoke anchorage: Mar 28 - Algocanada at 1734

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Mar 31 - Esta Desgagnes at 1409

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Mar 31 - Tasing Swan (DIS) (ex Erria Mie-12, Hamza Efe-08) at 0605 approx.

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Mar 31 - CCGS Martha L Black at 0620, Damia Desgagnes at 0703, CSL Assiniboine at 0843, Algoma Enterprise at 1445 and Oakglen at 1943. Downbound - Mar 31 - Whitefish Bay at 1951

Hamilton:
Departures - Mar 31 - CSL Assiniboine at 0509 and Algoma Enterprise at 1224 (both for the canal)

Bronte:
Docked - Mar 30 - Paul A Desgagnes at 1309

Clarkson:
Arrival - Mar 29 - Tasing Swan (DIS) (ex Erria Mie-12, Hamza Efe-08) at 0630 - departed - Mar 31 at 0419 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 23 - Oakglen at 1151 (winter berth) - moved over to Redpath earlier in the week to unload - departed - Mar 31 at 1728 westbound

Seaway – Rene Beauchamp
Amazingly, no ships had transited the Seaway downbound as of Sunday, despite it having opened four days ago. Amazingly also, the first one will be a foreign flag vessel, the Iver Bright which spent the winter in operation in some of the lakes. She is expected at St. Lambert during the night or Monday morning if no further delays. The icebreaker Amundsen was westbound in the Seaway around lunchtime

 

Marquette’s Presque Isle Power Plant shuts down for final time

4/1 - Marquette, Mich. – It's the beginning of the end for the Presque Isle Power Plant, as it's powered down for the final time Sunday. At 9 am, they started shutting off different levels of the power plant.

WEC Energy Group’s subsidiary, Upper Michigan Energy Resources (UMERC), began commercial operation of the A.J. Mihm Generating Station in Baraga County and the F.D. Kuester Generating Station in Negaunee Township on March 31. These new natural gas powered generating stations replace the energy from the company’s coal-fueled Presque Isle Power Plant retired the same day.

The plant received coal shipments via Great Lakes freighter.

“The new generating stations are good for our customers, good for business and good for electric reliability throughout the U.P.,” said Kevin Fletcher, President and Chief Executive officer of WEC Energy Group. “Closure of the Presque Isle Power Plant also helps achieve our goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent, well ahead of our 2030 target.”

Plans for this transition date back to 2015 when Michigan Governor Rick Snyder issued a call to action to solve the Upper Peninsula’s energy crisis. WEC Energy Group says they answered that call and developed a reliable, affordable and clean energy solution.

WEC Energy Group funded the $275 million investment. Half of the investment will be recovered through a 20-year agreement with Cliffs Natural Resources. The other half will be recovered in retail electric rates.

The state-of-the-art generating stations are expected to save UMERC customers nearly $600 million over the next 30 years. The new stations will eliminate the need for additional transmission capacity as well as upgrades that would have been needed at the aged Presque Isle Power Plant if it had continued to operate.

Fletcher says the Presque Isle Power Plant’s closure is part of WEC Energy Group’s larger plan to reshape its electrical generation to balance reliability and customer cost with environmental stewardship. He adds plans for the future use of the retired coal plant site will be developed as the company continues to evaluate potential uses for the property.

The city of Marquette is hopeful the property will be reused in a beneficial way for the community.

WLUC

 

Obituary: Herman Chapman

4/1 - Master model maker of Great Lakes vessels, Herman Chapman, of St. Clair Shores MI, passed away in February. He was known for his love of Great Lakes lore and his unbelievably intricate models. His models are on display in the Port Huron Main Museum, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and on the USCGC Mackinaw (WLBB-30). The largest single collection of his models is on the Huron Lightship.

In early October 2018, “Chapy” had a minor heart attack. He had an undiagnosed and advanced heart condition. At first he showed signs of improvement, but over the next few months he suffered a series of minor heart attacks, each one taking more out of him physically. At age 91, there were, unfortunately, limited treatment options. He spent time in and out of the hospital and rehab facilities. He passed away quietly at hospice with his daughter present on the afternoon of Feb. 4. He is survived by his wife, three of his children, and a daughter-in-law.

Anyone who would have wished to send flowers is asked to send even a small donation in his name to the Huron Lightship Museum in Port Huron.

Huron Lightship Museum

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 1

On 01 April 1887, W. T. Botsford & Company of Port Huron, Michigan bought the COLORADO (wooden propeller package freighter, 254 foot, 1,470 gross tons, built in 1867, at Buffalo, New York). She was added to their two other vessels: DEAN RICHMOND and ROANOKE.

STEWART J. CORT was commissioned on April 1, 1972.

In April 1965, Interlake's steamer J. A. CAMPBELL was renamed c.) BUCKEYE MONITOR after being purchased by the Buckeye Steamship Co.

Realizing that the bulk trades were too competitive, Captain John Roen's Roen Transportation Co. sold the CAPTAIN JOHN ROEN to the American Steamship Co. (Boland & Cornelius, mgr.) on April 1, 1947, for $915,000.

ROY A. JODREY started her first full season opening navigation at the Soo Locks April 1, 1966, with a load of stone for Algoma Steel.

Dismantling of the G. A. TOMLINSON, a.) D. O. MILLS, began in Ashtabula, Ohio, on April 1, 1980, and was completed eight months later.

April 1, 1903 - Gus Kitzinger of the Pere Marquette Line steamers, acquired the PERE MARQUETTE 3 & 4 from the Pere Marquette Railway Co.

Sailors at Chicago went on strike on 1 April 1871, for an increase in pay. They were getting $1.50 a day. Some ship owners offered $1.75 but when word came that the Straits of Mackinac were clear of ice, the sailors demanded the unheard of daily wage of $3.25. Although some ships stayed in port, the $1.75 wage was accepted and the barks MARY PEREW, J G MASTEN and C J WELLS, along with the schooners DONALDSON, PATHFINDER and CHAMPION set sail on 1 April 1871

On 1 April 1904, CONDOR (2-mast wooden schooner, 58 foot, 22 gross tons, built in 1871, at Sheboygan, Wisconsin), while lying at anchor in the Kalamazoo River at Singapore, Michigan, was crushed by ice moving out in the spring breakup.

1941: ROBERT W. POMEROY had served the Eastern Steamship Co. as well as Upper Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Co. while on the Great Lakes from 1923 to 1940. It went overseas and worked for the British Ministry of War Transport hauling coal on coastal routes. While north bound on April 1, 1942, the ship hit a mine and, four minutes later, a second mine and went down in the North Sea off Norfolk, U.K. Twenty-two survived although two were injured when the boiler exploded.

1942: The Norwegian salty GUDVANG came to the Great Lakes in 1939. It was intercepted by a German patrol boat between Denmark and Norway, while trying to escape to England, on this date in 1942. The ship was sunk by gunfire and the crew became prisoners of war.

1968: GHISLAIN was more at home on the St. Lawrence, but had delivered pulpwood to the Great Lakes in the late 1960s. It had several escapades during these years including a grounding while entering Yarmouth, NS with 1400 tons of herring on this date in 1968. The vessel was repaired at Liverpool, NS. It was listed as g) ANIK in 1974 and in need of repairs. While it was not deleted from LR until 1986, the ship was likely broken up in the mid-1970s.

1983: REGENT MARIGOLD visited the Great Lakes in 1975 under Panamanian registry. It was sailing as d) LEXINGTON when the hull fractured in a storm while en route from Bukpyong, South Korea, to Bangladesh. It went down on this date about 200 miles northwest of Penang, Malaysia.

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


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