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Port Reports -  April 13

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports and the Hamilton/Toronto area.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary Putney
James R. Barker departed Two Harbors on 4/12 at 11:46 for Indiana Harbor. Due Two Harbors on 4/13 is the American Spirit. The Mesabi Miner departed Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on 4/12 at 07:05 for Cleveland. Arriving Silver Bay on 4/12 was the Whitefish Bay at 15:28. She spent most of the day lying off Silver Bay waiting on weather. When she did come in, she came in sideways, bow pointed North, stern South. Due Silver Bay on 4/13 is the CSL Laurentien.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday; 19:49 Algoma Strongfield departed for Baie Comeau. Monday; 4:39 Florence Spirit weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 11:42 Harvest Spirit departed and went to anchor south of the Welcome Islands. 12:16 CSL St Laurent arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 19:44 Florence Spirit departed for Windsor. Harvest Spirit weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to finish loading.

Port Inland, MI – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading and none were expected to arrive on Monday. Due in for Tuesday is the Joseph L. Block in the early morning to load. The Cuyahoga is expected on Wednesday in the evening. Expected to arrive on Thursday is the Herbert C. Jackson in the morning to load.

Green Bay, WI – Jon
At 6:36 am Monday morning the Alpena arrived from Alpena, MI with cement for the Lafarge Terminal. Then at 7:01 am the tug Victory / barge Maumee arrived from Port Inland, MI with Limestone for the Graymont Terminal. Then at 2:20 pm Monday afternoon the Victory / Maumee departed for Calcite, MI.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Bradshaw McKee/St. Marys Conquest arrived from Charlevoix at 02:01 Monday (04/12) with cement for the Kinnickinnic River terminal. After delivering its cargo, the pair headed back to Charlevoix that afternoon. Michigan/Great Lakes arrived at 05:19 and proceeded to the liquid cargo pier in the outer harbor to load ethanol.

Milwaukee’s liquid cargo pier was rebuilt in 2017, but traffic has been light: three vessels in 2019 and only two last year. US Oil received an Air Pollution Control Operation Permit for its Jones Island facility in November 2020 and tanker traffic appears to be picking up. This is the third visit by Michigan/Great Lakes in 2021.

Northern Lake Huron
Stoneport: Monday; 2:26 Herbert C Jackson departed for Cleveland. Manitowoc proceeded to the dock to load limestone and departed at 11:34 for Monroe
Calcite: Monday; 5:06 H Lee White departed for Bay City. 18:37 Great Republic arrived to load limestone.
Port Dolomite: Sunday; 20:22 Wilfred Sykes departed for Indiana Harbor.
Meldrum Bay: Monday; 17:29 Cuyahoga arrived to load limestone.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Conveyor cleared at 8 pm Tuesday.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Monday on the Saginaw River saw three vessel passages. Algoma Innovator started things out in the early morning, calling on the North Star Fertilizer Dock in Essexville. BBC Oregon was in next, stopping at the Port Fisher Dock in Bay City to unload wind turbine components. She was assisted with turning around and making the dock by the Malcolm Marine tug Manitou. Late afternoon saw the arrival of H. Lee White, sporting the stack colors of Lower Lakes/Grand River for the first time on the Saginaw River. H. Lee White called on the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City to unload.

Toledo, OH – Denny Dushane
John J. Boland loaded at the CSX Coal Dock on Monday. They are due back at CSX to load again on Tuesday in the early afternoon. Also due at CSX to load is the Algoma Transport, due on Tuesday in the late evening. At the Torco Dock, the H. Lee White is expected to arrive on Wednesday, April 21 in the early morning. Also due at Torco is the Hon. James L. Oberstar arriving on Sunday, April 25 in the early morning.

Lake Erie Ports for Monday – Bill Kloss
Monroe: Paul R. Tregurtha left Monday morning at 02:30 for Duluth.
Marblehead: Tug/barge Laura L. VanEnkevort / Joseph H. Thompson left at 14:19 for Fairport Harbor.
Cleveland: Sam Laud departed for Calcite at 19:55. Tug/barge Petite Forte / St. Marys Cement left for Toledo at 08:34. After a quick unload, tug G. L. Ostrander / barge Integrity departed for Alpena. At the Port docks, Jamno is at dock 24W and Sharon MI / Huron Spirit are at 24N. She departed at 15:01. Tug/barge New York/DS509A arrived at 08:48 and proceeded to Marathon to unload.
Fairport Harbor: Tug/barge Laura L. VanEnkevort / Joseph H. Thompson is the first arrival this season. They arrived Monday night with stone for Osborne.
Conneaut: Edgar B. Speer departed at 04:53 for Two Harbors.
Nanticoke: Algocanada departed for Sault Ste. Marie at 02:47. Algonorth arrived at Imperial Oil at 03:00. CSL Tadoussac departed for Bowmanville. Edwin H. Gott is due in Tuesday morning.

Welland Canal – Russell Milland
Tugs Seahound and Lac Manitoba oved the saltie Ocean Castle into the Heddle drydock Monday. She is there for three days to unload a load of stone for the construction supply company which uses part of the shipyard to manage construction materials. The dry dock was not emptied. A fleet of flatbed tractor trailers quickly appeared, and bags of material were loaded onto them.

Hamilton, ON – Gerry Ouderkirk
John D. Leitch left Hamilton with the assistance of tugs Omni Coastal and Ocean A. Gauthier Monday morning. She was headed for Port Weller to be drydocked at Heddle for mechanical repairs.

 

Flooding on Lake Ontario & St. Lawrence River not likely this year

4/13 - Canton, NY – Lake Ontario is eight inches lower than average for this time of year. That’s the lowest it’s been in early April since 2015. The chance of flooding on the lake and the St. Lawrence River this summer is relatively low.

Spring came early, exposing low wetlands and shorelines along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. "But this is really the lowest part of water levels for the year," says Tony David, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe's environment director and a member of the International Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Board, which oversees water flows from below Niagara Falls to Montreal. "It’s also the time when Lake Ontario begins its seasonal rise."

He says the chance of flooding is low right now. However, the board is still keeping an eye on snowmelt into the Ottawa River and Lake Erie's persistently above-average levels upstream.

David says the long-term forecast calls for average or below-average precipitation this spring. "Things are looks pretty good for high water events. But there’s just as much evidence that we could be heading into another dry and low supply situation."

Flooding in 2017 and 2019 caused millions of dollars in damage to shoreline properties and led homeowners to complain about the board’s water levels management.

But the board always says Mother Nature is the real driver of water levels. This summer, it’s possible high docks and exposed shoals are a bigger headache for boaters and homeowners than high water.

North Country Public Radio

 

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

 

Crew on ship docked in Thunder Bay positive for COVID-19

4/12 - Thunder Bay, ON – Crew members aboard a cargo ship docked in Thunder Bay have tested positive for COVID-19, Canada Steamship Lines has confirmed. According to a statement provided to Tbnewswatch, “several” crew members on board the Atlantic Huron tested positive on April 8, the day the ship arrived in Thunder Bay.

The crew members are self-isolating at a local hotel and have so far reported only mild symptoms, the company said. “CSL is providing ongoing support to the seafarers whose safety, comfort and well-being is of paramount importance.”

The Atlantic Huron remains berthed at the port while a two-day disinfection occurs in accordance with Health Canada guidelines, CSL said. Once cleared by Transport Canada, a new crew will board and continue the scheduled voyage to Quebec City.

The company said it was still investigating how the infections occurred, given extensive COVID-19 precautions. All crew members were pre-screened prior to boarding the ship on March 31 in Sarnia, and all returned negative results from a PCR test administered the following day, CSL said.

Crew members were also provided PPE including masks, gloves, and sanitizer, and instructed to practice social distancing on board for 14 days, it added.

“CSL is not aware of any breach to its pre-boarding or onboard COVID-19 protocols and is working with health authorities to determine the cause of transmission.” The company said it was working with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and other health authorities.

TBNewswatch

 

Port Reports -  April 12

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports and the Hamilton/Toronto area.

Duluth/Superior – Fred A Tijan
Departing on April 10 were the Arthur M. Anderson at 00:42 hr. for Gary, IN / U.S. Steel; Stewart J Cort at 02:36 hr for Burns Harbor, IN; American Mariner at 21:27 for Buffalo, NY with grain and Indiana Harbor at 21:52 hr with no AIS update. Arriving on April 11 was the CSL Assiniboine at 00:50 hr at the CN ore dock and departing at 14:29 hr. for Quebec City. Arriving on April 11 was the Michipicoten at BNSF ore dock at 06:31 hr and departing at 14:19 for Algoma Steel-Soo. Due on April 12 are the Frontenac at 04:07 hr and the Walter J. McCarthy at 14:30 hr.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary Putney
James R. Barker arrived Two Harbors at 18:45 on 4/11. There is no traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on 4/12. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Mesabi Miner at 03:34 on 4/11. As of 19:45 on the 11th she was still at the loading dock. Due Silver Bay on 4/12 is the Whitefish Bay. An update. Both the Spruceglen and the Algoma Discovery loaded for Quebec City.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday; 9:42 Harvest Spirit arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 14:36 Florence Spirit arrived and went to anchor south of the Welcome Islands.

Northern Lake Michigan
Charlevoix: Friday; 1:21 Bradshaw McKee / St Marys Conquest arrived to load cement products and departed at 7:14 for Milwaukee. 7:22 Prentiss Brown / St Marys Challenger arrived to load cement products and departed at 16:40 for Grand Haven. Port Inland: Saturday;23:17 Victory / Maumee arrived to load limestone and departed at 18:30 for Green Bay.

Northern Lake Huron
Alpena: Sunday; 7:35 Defiance / Ashtabula departed for Calcite. 8:17 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Green Bay.
Stoneport: Sunday; 10:51 Saginaw departed for Sarnia. 14:47 Herbert C Jackson arrived to load limestone.16:05 Manitowoc arrived and went to anchor.
Calcite: 6:01 H Lee White arrived to load limestone. 16:48 Defiance / Ashtabula arrived to load limestone.
Cheboygan: Sunday; 6:13 The tug Michigan and tanker barge Great Lakes weighed anchor and departed for Milwaukee.
Port Dolomite: Sunday; 8:42 Wilfred Sykes arrived to load limestone.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara cleared 10.15 am Sunday downbound for Cote St Catherines with salt. Algoma Conveyor arrived at 10.38 am and is at the elevators.

Lake Erie Ports for Sunday – Bill Kloss
Monroe: Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Sunday at 15:00.
Marblehead: Cuyahoga left at 06:54 for Kingsville, arriving there at 10:24. She departed at 16:59 for Meldrum Bay. Laura L. VanEnkevort arrived from Toledo early Monday morning.
Sandusky: Algoma Transport departed at 00:57 for Hamilton. The Rt. Hon.Paul J. Martin moved to Norfolk Southern to load for Hamilton. She left at 19:47.
Cleveland: After unloading at RiverDock, Sam Laud moved to the Bulk Terminal to load a shuttle. NACC Capri left for Bath at 06:49. Petite Forte was at St. Marys Cement. G.L. Ostrander arrived at 07:04 for Lafarge. Sharon M I arrived early Monday morning.
Conneaut: Edgar B. Speer was at the P&C dock.
Nanticoke: Algoma Hansa departed at 01:17. Algocanada was at Imperial Oil. CSL Tadoussac arrived at 09:07 for Stelco. Algonorth arrived Sunday night.

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

 

Door County Lighthouse Festival tickets are now on sale

4/12 - Sturgeon Bay, WI – Tickets are on sale for the annual Door County Lighthouse Festivals sponsored by the Door County Maritime Museum.

The 28th annual Spring Lighthouse Festival is scheduled for June 11 to 13 and the Fall Lighthouse Festival will take place from Oct. 1 to 3. The festivals annually draw more than 5,000 lighthouse buffs who travel from around the globe to take part in these tours. Visitors engage with knowledgable docents and volunteers to learn stories of past lightkeepers, their duties and their families.

The festivals offer airplane, land, boat, adventure and self-guided tours that when taken together reach all of the Peninsula's 11 lighthouses along with three more south of the county that are new to the festival: Algoma Pierhead and Kewaunee Pierhead lights in Kewaunee County and Grassy Island Range Lights in Green Bay. Visitors can have access to lighthouses that are not typically open to the public, such as the Chambers Island, Kewaunee Pierhead, Plum Island and Sherwood Point (fall festival only) lights.

Tours are for all levels of activity and accessibility. Some involve hiking, while others have guests ride in a trolley or small airplane. Boat tours depart from a variety of locations around the Peninsula, including Sister Bay, Gills Rock, Fish Creek and Baileys Harbor.

All proceeds from tour ticket sales support the Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society. For tickets or more information, including schedules, call the museum at 920-743-5958 or visit doorcountytickets.com.

 

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.

 

Federal Caribou opens Sarnia’s oceangoing shipping season for 2021

4/11 - Sarnia, ON – Federal Caribou became the first ocean-going vessel for the 2021 shipping season to arrive in Sarnia. Federal Caribou docked at the Cargill Grain Elevator early on Monday, April 5. Federal Caribou is one of six vessels that make up the C-series of ships built in Japan for Fednav. Federal Caribou departed in the early afternoon on Friday, April 9.

Denny Dushane

 

Goderich welcomes first vessel for 2021 navigation season

4/11 - Goderich, ON – During the navigation season, it’s a Goderich tradition that the first vessel is formally welcomed and its captain greeted with a Top Hat Ceremony.

Algoma Intrepid, captained by Capt. Kirk Lake, was welcomed in a COVID-19 pandemic-appropriate way on the dockside by Mayor John Grace; Peter Baker, VP Operations at The Compass Goderich Mine and Rowland Howe, President of Goderich Port Management Corp. Also present were Harbor Master Ian MacAdam and Sean Thomas, Director of Operations for the Town of Goderich.

Goderich welcomes over 250 vessels per season. This year the Algoma Intrepid docked the mine to pick up a load of road salt.

Algoma Niagara was previously loaded with salt but only after having spent time berthed in the port during the annual suspension of navigation and as such did not qualify to be the first vessel.

Goderich Signal Star

 

Port Reports -  April 11

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the Duluth/Superior, St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports and the Hamilton/Toronto area.

Duluth/Superior – Fred A Tijan
American Mariner arrived April 9 at 08:20 to load grain at the General Mills Terminal SX and was still loading on April 10. Dirk S. VanEnkevort depart the BNSF ore dock on April 9 at 08:31 hr but the AIS destination was not updated. Arthur M. Anderson arrived on April 9 at 11:32 to load iron ore at the CN dock and departed April 10 at 00:42 but the AIS destination has not been updated. American Integrity arrived on April 9 at 11:43 at the SMET terminal to load coal and departed at 23:44 for St. Clair. Stewart J Cort arrived April 9 at14:04 to load iron ore at the BNSF dock and departed April 10 at 02:36 for Burns Harbor. Indiana Harbor arrived April 9 at 21:50 to load ore at the CN Duluth dock. American Mariner and Indiana Harbor were still loading in the Twin Ports.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on 4/10 at 03:11 for Nanticoke. Spruceglen arrived Two Harbors at 04:03. She departed on 4/10 at 16:02. Due Two Harbors on 4/11 is the James R. Barker. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the Algoma Discovery arrive at 23:45 on 4/09. She departed on 4/10 at 14:45. Due Silver Bay on 4/11 is the Mesabi Miner. Neither departing boats the afternoon of 4/10 had updated destination. I'll guess both boats go to Quebec City.

Thunder Bay, ON
Saturday; Destination update; Algoma Conveyor is bound for Goderich. 9:32 Algoma Strongfield arrived at the Superior Elevator to load wheat. 19:23 The CSL self-unloader Thunder Bay departed downbound.

Cedarville, MI – Denny Dushane
Due Sunday is the Wilfred Sykes in the early morning. Also due in Sunday is the H. Lee White in the late afternoon. No vessels are due Monday. Joseph L. Block is due on Tuesday in the late afternoon.

Port Inland, MI – Denny Dushane
The first vessel to arrive for the season was expected to be the tug Victory / barge Maumee. They were scheduled to arrive on Saturday during the late evening to load. There are no vessels due for Sunday and on Monday. Joseph L. Block is due Tuesday during the early morning, and the Wilfred Sykes is due at Port Inland to load on Wednesday in the late evening.

Green Bay, WI – Jon
At 9:28 pm Friday night the tug Kurt R. Luedtke departed from Frankfort, MI and arrived to Sturgeon Bay, WI at 2:21 am Saturday morning. Then at 3:02 am Saturday morning the tug Kurt R. Luedtke departed from Sturgeon Bay for Green Bay, WI witch arrived at 7:21 am to Green Bay, WI.

Northern Lake Huron
Alpena: Saturday; 19:27 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load.19:55 Defiance / Ashtabula arrived to unload at the Lafarge plant.
Stoneport: Saturday; 3:52 Manitowoc departed for Marine City. Kaye E Barker proceeded to the dock to load limestone. 12:19 Saginaw arrived and went to anchor. 16:48 Kaye E Barker departed for Marquette. 19:10 Saginaw weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load.
Cheboygan: Saturday; 16:27 The tug Michigan and tanker barge Great Lakes departed for Milwaukee. At 17:28 they went to anchor off the south east shore of Bois Blanc Island.
Bruce Mines: Saturday; 3:25 Calumet departed for Chicago.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara backing into Compass Minerals 8.45 pm Saturday April 10th.

Toledo, OH – Denny Dushane
The John J. Boland was expected to arrive at the Torco Dock to unload iron ore pellets on Saturday in the early afternoon. Also due at Torco is the tug Laura L. VanEnkevort and barge Joseph H. Thompson. They are due on Sunday in the early afternoon to unload. At the CSX Coal Dock, due to load was the John J. Boland on Saturday in the evening. They are due back again at CSX to load on Monday in the early morning. The Algoma Transport is due at CSX to load early on Tuesday morning.

Lake Erie Ports for Saturday – Bill Kloss
Kingsville: Cuyahoga had a quick unload arriving at 11:29 and leaving at 14:08 for Marblehead.
Marblehead: Sam Laud left for Cleveland at 10:20. Cuyahoga arrived Saturday night.
Sandusky: Algoma Mariner is at Norfolk Southern. Rt. Hon.Paul J. Martin arrived at 15:45 and is waiting behind to load.
Cleveland: Petite Forte arrived at 02:07 for St. Mary's Cement. NACC Capri arrived at 04:12 for LaFarge. Polsteam's Jamno is the first saltie of this season for the Port of Cleveland, arriving there at 04:57. She is at dock 24W. Sam Laud arrived at 14:11. She has stone from Marblehead for RiverDock.
Conneaut: American Spirit left at 12:02. Edgar B. Speer came in to unload at P&C at 12:42.
Nanticoke: Algoma Hansa and Algocanada are at Imperial Oil.

Oswego, NY – Ned Goebricher
On Saturday, McKeil Spirit unloaded cement.

 

Marine News from World Ship Society for April 2021

4/11 - Vessels with Great Lakes / Seaway connection reported as a casualty or sold for demolition taken from April 2021 issue of Marine News – Journal of the World Ship Society:

Casualties: None
Sold for Demolition:
NAZLIM (7802122; Comoros) (Daniel-12, Aries-98, Fossum-85, Sudan Crown-83, Fossum-82 - 1st seaway transit in 1979) - general cargo ship - 8,547 / 1979 - By Nazlim Gemi Isletmeciligi AS (Yenal Gemi Isletmeciligi AS) Turkey, to Usman Steel Pvt Ltd, Pakistan and arrived Gadani beach 6.10.2020 – commenced demolition 18.10.2020

Report compiled: by Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

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.

 

Chippewa County Health Department vaccinates sailors at Soo Locks

4/10 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – This week Chippewa County Health Department (CCHD) was approached by the Lake Carriers’ Association and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to collaborate on vaccinating crew members on the Great Lakes’ area ships as they passed through the Soo Locks. Since that proposal, which was presented on Monday, CCHD staff will have vaccinated approximately 50 crew members on five ships with additional crew members to be vaccinated next week.

The crews are receiving Johnson & Johnson vaccine and second dose Moderna vaccine.

CCHD staff are honored to participate in this venture and have embraced this experience as another reason they love public health. The timing of this vaccine opportunity came during National Public Health Week and is a truly unique example of community partners working together to provide a critical service. Without this collaboration, crew members may not otherwise be able to receive the vaccine.

Chippewa County Health Department

 

Thank to dry winter, lakes Michigan, Huron down almost one foot

4/10 - This past winter was drier than normal over the Great Lakes drainage basin. As a result, the Great Lakes water levels continue to decline faster than the typical late winter decline.

At this time last year, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron were at all-time record high water levels for late March and early April. A good comparison is the lake level currently to the lake level last year at this time. Lakes Michigan and Huron are the same lake level because of the free flow of water through the Mackinac Straits. Lakes Michigan and Huron are 10.8 inches lower at the end of March 2021 compared to one year ago. This drop in water levels has put a significant distance between the current water level and the devastating record high water level last year.

Read more an view graphs at this link: https://www.mlive.com/weather/2021/04/dry-winter-impacted-great-lakes-water-levels-lakes-michigan-huron-down-almost-one-foot.html

 

Port Reports -  April 10

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the Duluth/Superior, St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports and the Hamilton/Toronto area.

Duluth/Superior
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary Putney
Joseph L. Block departed Two Harbors on 4/8 at 22:14 for Indiana Harbor. The Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors on 4/8 at 23:29. She departed on 4/9 at 11:05 for Gary. The Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on 4/9 at 12:05 after being anchored off Sand Island. As of 19:30 she was still at the loading dock. Also at that time the Spruceglen was off Two Harbors. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on 4/10. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on 4/9 is the Algoma Discovery. As of 19:30 she was about 50 miles East of Silver Bay. There is no other traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on 4/10.

Thunder Bay, ON
Thursday, 21:08 Algoma Conveyor departed Keefer Terminal and returned to the Superior Elevator to finish loading. Friday; 11:38 The CSL self-unloader Thunder Bay arrived at the G3 elevator to load grain. 18:42 Algoma Conveyor departed and is down bound. 18:58 Thunder Bay shifted to the Richardson Main Terminal to finish loading. Atlantic Huron is now docked, dealing with COVID issues.

Northern Lake Michigan
Charlevoix: Friday; 1:44 Bradshaw McKee / St Marys Conquest arrived to load cement products and departed at 7:32 for Manitowoc.

Muskegon, MI – Muskegon Ships
Alpena brought in a split load of cement for the Lafarge terminal on Friday. She loaded the cargo in Alpena, MI, unloading a portion of her cargo at South Chicago before proceeding to Muskegon.

Northern Lake Huron
Alpena: Friday; 2:03 Manitowoc departed for Stoneport.
Stoneport: Thursday; 22:59 Herbert C Jackson arrived to load limestone. Friday; 6:49 Manitowoc arrived and went to anchor. 16:26 Herbert C Jackson departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. Manitowoc weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load.
Port Dolomite: Friday; 2:23 Cuyahoga departed for Sombra.
Bruce Mines: Friday; 17:21 Calumet arrived to load trap rock.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara cleared 9.06 am Friday downbound for Detroit with salt. Algoma Intrepid arrived 9.27 am Friday loading at Compass Minerals – the fourth vessel in Goderich for salt since the new season opened.

Lake Erie Ports for Friday – Bill Kloss
Monroe: Iver Bright departed Friday at 08:01 for Sarnia.
Marblehead: Sam Laud arrived Friday evening.
Sandusky: Algoma Transport arrived at 14:11 for the Norfolk Southern coal dock. The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin is due to arrive Saturday.
Cleveland: James R. Barker departed at 01:14 for Silver Bay. Petite Forte arrived at 19:00 for St.Marys Cement. NACC Capri is due on Saturday.
Conneaut: American Spirit arrived at 21:00. Edgar B. Speer arrived early Saturday morning and went to anchor.
Nanticoke: Algoma Hansa is still at Imperial Oil. Algocanada arrived at 11:47.

 

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.

 

Port Reports -  April 9

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the Duluth/Superior, St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports and the Hamilton/Toronto area.

Duluth/Superior
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary Putney
CSL Tadoussac departed Two Harbors on 4/7 at 21:31 for Nanticoke. The Great Republic arrived Two Harbors on 4/8 at 03:03 for South of #2. She departed Two Harbors at 11:25 on 4/8 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on 4/8 at 12:44 for South of #2 was the Joseph L. Block. As of 19:30 she was still at the loading dock. The Presque Isle is just outside of Two Harbors at 19:30 on 4/8. The Gott is due Two Harbors and at 19:30 is NE of Outer Island. Due Two Harbors on 4/9 is the Spruceglen. The Algoma Discovery is due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on 4/9, but I don't think she'll arrive until Saturday.

Thunder Bay, ON
It was confirmed Thursday by CSL that crew members on Atlantic Huron have tested positive for Covid 19. At 14:34 Atlantic Huron weighed anchor and proceeded to the Mid Continent Terminal for further Covid 19 protocols. 16:35 Algoma Conveyor shifted to Keefer Terminal for port services. 17:36 Federal Cedar departed for Sarnia.

Sault Ste. Marie, MI
On Thursday, two Interlake Steamship Co. vessels (Lee A Tregurtha and Stewart J Cort) stopped at the West Pier of the Soo Locks so their crews could get vaccinated.

Northern Lake Michigan
Charlevoix: Thursday; 1:46 Prentiss Brown / St Marys Challenger departed for Chicago.

Northern Lake Huron
Alpena: Thursday; 18:09 Manitowoc arrived to unload at the Lafarge plant.
Stoneport: Thursday; 1:20 Calumet departed for Marysville. Herbert C. Jackson was expected Thursday at 7 P.M. to load. There are three vessels scheduled for Friday. Due in first to load is the Manitowoc at 4 A.M. followed by Saginaw at 5 A.M. Kaye E. Barker is also due on Friday at 10:30 p.m. to load. There are no vessels scheduled for Saturday.
Port Dolomite: Kaye E. Barker arrived early on Wednesday morning at 3:20 a.m. thus becoming the first vessel to load at Cedarville for the 2021 shipping season. They loaded approximately 24,000 tons of dolomite limestone for Grand Haven and departed at 22:40. Thursday; 15:54 Cuyahoga arrived to load limestone. There are no vessels scheduled for Friday. Wilfred Sykes is due Saturday in the early evening to load.

Calcite, MI – Denny Dushane
Calcite’s loading docks are expected to begin shipping for the 2021 season on Saturday. Two vessels are expected during the early morning. Due first and the first vessel to load for the 2021 shipping season are the tug Victory and barge Maumee. They are due on Saturday at 2 A.M. for the North Dock. Also on Saturday are the tug Defiance and barge Ashtabula. They are due at 3 A.M. for the South Dock to load. Due Sunday is the H. Lee White expected at 5 A.M. for the South Dock to load.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara arrived 7.45 pm loading at Compass Minerals, AIS says salt for Johnstown ON. Algoma Intrepid expected next, fourth vessel for Goderich thus far.

Toledo, OH – Denny Dushane
Algoma Sault is expected to arrive early on Friday morning to load at the CSX Coal Dock. Also due at CSX is the John J. Boland. They are scheduled to load coal twice with the first load on Saturday in the early evening. They are due back at CSX again to load on Sunday in the late evening. At the Torco Dock, the John J. Boland is due to arrive there to offload iron ore pellets on Saturday in the late morning. Also due at Torco is the tug Laura L. VanEnkevort and barge Joseph H. Thompson on Sunday at noon. Vessel that remain in lay-up include the American Valor and Manistee both in long-term lay-up at the Hocking Valley Dock, American Courage near the Ironhead Shipyard Drydock, Philip R. Clarke near the Lakefront Docks along with the St. Clair also at the Lakefront Docks where it has remained since its fire in February 2019. Of note, there has been reports that the Philip R. Clarke may remain in lay-up and not fit out and sail in the 2021 season.

Lake Erie Ports for Thursday – Bill Kloss
Monroe: New York/DS509A departed at 10:53. Iver Bright arrived from Sarnia at 11:58. Mesabi Miner finally left Monroe at 17:28. She is headed to Silver Bay.
Marblehead: Sam Laud arrived at 08:52. She left Cleveland at 03:21.
Sandusky: Algoma Transport is due to arrive Saturday.
Cleveland: James R. Barker arrived at the Bulk Terminal at 13:28 with UTAC ore.
Conneaut: Due Saturday is American Spirit.
Nanticoke: Baie Comeau departed at 03:27. Algoma Hansa is at Imperial Oil. Algocanada is scheduled to arrive on Saturday.

 

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.

 

Port Reports -  April 8

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the Duluth/Superior, St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports and the Hamilton/Toronto area.

Duluth/Superior
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary Putney
When the American Spirit departed Two Harbors she had no AIS destination. She is headed for Conneaut. The Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors at 06:20 on 4/7 for Conneaut. CSL Tadoussac arrived Two Harbors on 4/7 at 11:10. She backed in from the lake and it took her two attempts to tie up at South of #2. As of 19:25 she was still at the loading dock. Due Two Harbors on 4/8 are the Joseph L. Block, Presque Isle, and Edwin H. Gott. Great Republic is showing a Duluth destination. Harbor Lookout is showing her loading in Two Harbors. She would be the first of the group to arrive Two Harbors. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader on 4/7 at 05:25. As of 19:25 her AIS hadn't been updated. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on 4/8.

Thunder Bay, ON
Wednesday; 3:07 Atlantic Huron arrived and went to anchor.7:01 Algoma Conveyor arrived at the Superior Elevator to load wheat.

Sault Ste. Marie, MI
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tug Fairchild is being scrapped after several years of inactivity. She was built in 1953 at Holland, MI, as ST-2163.

Northern Lake Michigan
Charlevoix: Wednesday; 12:19 Prentiss Brown / St Marys Challenger arrived to load cement products.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Tug John Marshall cleared for Calumet Harbor at 18:34 Monday (03/05) with a trio of barges filled with soybeans from the COFCO elevator. Alpena arrived at 04:17 Tuesday (03/06) with cement for the Lafarge terminal. After delivering her cargo, Alpena departed for Calumet Harbor early Wednesday (03/07). Its COVID issues apparently resolved, Presque Isle headed for Two Harbors late Tuesday morning. The thousand-foot tug/barge spent one day at the city’s heavy lift dock.

Northern Lake Huron
Alpena: Wednesday; 3:04 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 departed for Algoma Steel, Sault Ste Marie
Stoneport: Tuesday; 17:44 Calumet arrived and went to anchor. Wednesday; 9:53 Herbert C Jackson departed for the Saginaw River. Calumet weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load limestone.
Port Dolomite: Wednesday; 3:20 Kaye E Barker arrived to load limestone.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Herbert C. Jackson opened the 2021 shipping season on the Saginaw River, arriving Wednesday evening, April 7th, with a split cargo for the Wirt Stone docks in Bay City and Saginaw. The start of the season was 20 days later than last year, when the tug Spartan and tank barge, Spartan II arrived on March 18th.

Detroit, MI
The mail boat J.W. Westcott II has resumed service at Detroit.

Lake Erie Ports for Wednesday – Bill Kloss
Monroe: New York/Double Skin 509A arrived Wednesday morning from Detroit. Mesabi Miner was still in port.
Sandusky: Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed for Nanticoke at 15:30.
Cleveland: Sam Laud is on the shuttles.
Ashtabula: Cuyahoga departed for Cedarville at 04:33.
Conneaut: H. Lee White departed at 00:43 for Gary.
Nanticoke: Algoterra was at Imperial Oil. CSL Assiniboine arrived at 05:30 for Stelco. She departed at 16:43. Algoma Hansa arrived at Imperial Oil at 11:12. CSL's Baie Comeau arrived at 19:12 for Stelco.

 

Spring programs at National Museum

4/8 - Toledo, OH – Sign up now for these two free virtual programs.

• “An Illustrated History of the Soo Locks” – Wednesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. This lecture features Michelle Briggs who has served as the Soo Locks’ Chief Park Ranger since 2009.
• “Centennial: A Sequel” – May 12 at 7 p.m. Great Lakes vessel historian and photographer Chris Winters will highlight the St. Marys Challenger – a sister ship of AGLMH Sponsoring Institutional member National Museum of the Great Lakes’s Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship, whose pilothouse will soon join the museum grounds as its newest artifact. Winters was the 2018 winner of AGLMH’s Joyce S. Hayward Award for Historic Interpretation.
• Both programs are free but require registration. Info at: https://nmgl.org

National Museum of the Great Lakes

 

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.

 

Federal Cedar opens ocean-going shipping in port of Thunder Bay

4/7 - Thunder Bay, ON – The Marshall Islands-registered Federal Cedar became the first ocean-going vessel to enter the Port of Thunder Bay during the 2021 navigation season. The vessel berthed at the Richardson International Main Elevator Sunday morning, April 4, marking the earliest opening to saltwater vessel traffic at the Port in 5 years.

The vessel is loading 12,000 metric tonnes of Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) Wheat for direct export to Puerto Rico. The five-year old Federal Cedar is owned and operated by Fednav, Canada’s largest ocean-going, dry-bulk shipowning and chartering group. The agent for the vessel is Thunder Bay Shipping Inc.

Federal Cedar Captain Pradeep Dattajirao Nalawade and Chief Engineer Kalyan Kumar Roy have earned the Port’s Top Hat honors for 2021, however, no ceremony will be held due to pandemic protocol. The marine shipping industry continues to maintain measures to prevent the potential spread of infection and enable the essential movement of food and supplies to consumers

 

Port Reports -  April 7

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the Duluth/Superior, St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports and the Hamilton/Toronto area.

Duluth/Superior
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary Putney
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed Two Harbors on 4/5 at 12:23 for Indiana Harbor. Atlantic Huron stopped off Two Harbors on 4/5 at 00:10. She got underway on 4/5 at 12:33 and arrived Two Harbors at 12:50 for South of #2. American Spirit stopped off Duluth on 4/5 at 03:30 to wait on Two Harbors. She is now showing a Conneaut destination. Edgar B. Speer arrived off Duluth on 4/5 early in the afternoon to wait on Two Harbors. There is no other traffic due Two Harbors on 4/6. There is no scheduled traffic for Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on 4/6.

Thunder Bay, ON
Monday; 21:15 Algoma Innovator departed for Oswego NY. 21:48 Algoma Sault weighed anchor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal. She departed Monday at 11:49 for Detroit. 17:32 CSL Welland departed for Montreal. Atlantic Huron departed Two Harbors at 2:47 with a load of taconite for Quebec City. She was off of the north east tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula and changed her heading to the north west which has put her on course for Thunder Bay. The reason for this course change is unknown at this time.

St. Marys River
Capt. Eric Treece brought the steamer Wilfred Sykes through the river system on Tuesday downbound for Burns Harbor. This was Capt. Treece’s last river trip on the vessel, as he is about to embark on a new career as a lakes pilot for saltwater vessels. Before the Sykes locked downbound, they tied up at the southwest pier above the locks so crewmembers who wished to could get the J&J COVID-19 vaccination from local health officials who met the boat.

Sturgeon Bay, WI
On Tuesday afternoon, the John J Boland left Bay Ship and headed out to the bay of Green Bay. With this departure, the boats remaining at the shipyard are Munson, Callaway, the tug Samuel deChamplain and the barge Endeavor.

Stoneport, MI – Denny Dushane
Two vessels were expected to arrive on Tuesday. Herbert C. Jackson was due in first at 4 P.M. and following them was the Calumet due in at 5 P.M. There are no vessels scheduled for Wednesday. Due in for Thursday is a return visit from the Herbert C. Jackson. They are due to arrive at 1 P.M. to load. Manitowoc is due to arrive on Friday at Midnight to load.

Calcite, MI – Denny Dushane
Calcite’s stone docks are expected to open for the 2021 shipping season on Friday with the arrival of the tug Victory and barge Maumee in the late evening to load at the South Dock.

Northern Lake Huron
Alpena: Tuesday; 17:19 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 arrived to unload at the Lafarge plant.
Stoneport: Tuesday; 16:11 Herbert C Jackson arrived to load limestone.
Owen Sound: Monday; 21:01 Prentiss Brown / St Marys Challenger arrived to unload cement and departed Tuesday at 9:32 for Charlevoix.

Toledo, OH – Denny Dushane
The tug Laura L. VanEnkevort and barge Joseph H. Thompson were due to arrive at the Torco Dock on Tuesday morning. Also due at Torco are the tug Defiance and barge Ashtabula on Friday in the early morning. John J. Boland is also due at Torco on Saturday in the early morning. Due to load coal at the CSX Coal Dock is the Algoma Sault. They are expected to arrive there on Thursday in the late afternoon. Also due at CSX is the John J. Boland. They have two trips scheduled at CSX. Their first one, they are expected to arrive on Saturday in the late morning, while their second visit to CSX is on Sunday, April 11 in the late afternoon. Sam Laud departed from their Winter Lay-Up berth on Sunday and sailed to Cleveland. Also departing from their Winter Lay-Up berth on Monday evening was the Great Republic. This now leaves the following still in lay-up the American Valor and Manistee both are at the Hocking Valley Dock in long-term lay-up. American Courage is near the Ironhead Marine Shipyard Drydock and they should be departing very soon. The Philip R. Clarke is at the Lakefront Docks and the St. Clair is also at the Lakefront Docks and remains there from its February 2019 fire.

Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Monroe: Mesabi Miner is still in port.
Sandusky: Rt. Hon.Paul J. Martin arrived Tuesday at 11:34 for the Norfolk Southern coal dock.
Cleveland: Sam Laud is now running the shuttles.
Ashtabula: Cuyahoga arrived Tuesday night.
Nanticoke: Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed Monday night for Sandusky. Algoterra arrived at 02:59 Tuesday morning.

 

New Tankers arriving

4/7 - Two new foreign-flagged saltwater vessel tankers are making their first inland trips into the Great Lakes/Seaway system. The first to arrive is the tanker Lillo Swan IMO 9390329 built in 2007 and registered and flagged in Malta. This vessel is 99.9 meters in length and 15 meters in width. Lillo Swan arrived in Montreal early on April 5 and departed the same day enroute to Clarkson, ON. They are also the first new saltwater visitor to enter the Seaway for the 2021 shipping season.

Due in Montreal on April 7 is the tanker Ramelia IMO 9818280 registered in Sweden. This vessel is about 150 meters in length and about 23 meters in width and was built in 2019. It looks very similar in appearance to the former saltwater tanker Ramira now the Algonorth but is longer than the. The Ramelia departed from Ijmuiden, Netherlands on March 24 and is enroute to Clarkson, ON.

Denny Dushane

 

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.

 

Quarantined ship Presque Isle docks at Port Milwaukee

4/6 - Milwaukee, WI – Presque Isle, a ship quarantined due to a COVID-19 outbreak, has docked at Port Milwaukee. Officials announced last week a number of crew members tested positive for COVID-19. Sick crew members will enter isolation and the ship will be disinfected.

How long the freighter stays depends on how long it takes to clean it. Officials say the ship was making one of its first runs in the Great Lakes shipping season when COVID struck.

CBS 58

 

Algoma Central takes delivery of Captain Henry Jackman

4/6 - St. Catharines, ON – Algoma Central Corporation has taken delivery of the Captain Henry Jackman, the fifth Equinox Class gearless dry-bulk carrier and the tenth Equinox Class vessel to join the fleet. The ship is expected to begin her voyage to Canada from the Jiangsu Yangzi-Mitsui Shipbuilding Company in China in mid-April.

The vessel will cross the Pacific Ocean near the equator, transit through the Panama Canal and from there will make her way to Canada. The vessel is expected to begin trading on the Great Lakes in late June.

The Jackman is the most efficient vessel in Algoma’s domestic fleet. The vessel’s design, described as “Equinox 3.0,” is an evolution of the original Equinox Class, incorporating improvements in cargo deadweight capacity and equipment while maintaining the numerous performance efficiencies of the original design.

These improvements include innovations such as lighter weight aluminum hatch covers and the adoption of an improved twin rudder design that significantly increases the displacement of the vessel and enables the ship to achieve increased cargo capacity without requiring an increase in the vessel’s power and fuel consumption. The result is an estimated 1,200MT increased deadweight of the ship, furthering the vessel’s advantage in minimizing greenhouse gas emissions compared to competing transportation modes. As with all Equinox Class ships, the Captain Henry Jackman has a closed loop exhaust gas scrubber.

“The domestic dry-bulk segment has been our core business for over 100 years and we have invested over $500 million in sustaining that business since the launch of the Equinox Class fleet renewal plan in 2010,” said Gregg Ruhl, President and CEO of Algoma.

“The arrival of the Captain Henry Jackman on the Great Lakes will be a proud moment for Algoma as we introduce our tenth and most efficient Equinox Class vessel yet, making us more than ever your marine carrier of choice,” continued Mr. Ruhl. “I would like to thank everyone from the team in China to our team here in Canada for their hard work and dedication in making this possible in the face of a global pandemic. I would also like to wish the crew on board safe sailing; let’s bring her home,” concluded Mr. Ruhl.

View in image at this link: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210405005176/en/Algoma-Central-Corporation-Takes-Delivery-Captain-Henry

 

Port Reports -  April 6

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the Duluth/Superior, St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports and the Hamilton/Toronto area.

Duluth/Superior
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary Putney
The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed Two Harbors on 4/5 at 12:23 for Indiana Harbor. The Atlantic Huron stopped off Two Harbors on 4/5 at 00:10. She got underway off Two Harbors on 4/5 at 12:33 and arrived Two Harbors at 12:50 for South of #2. The American Spirit stopped off Duluth on 4/5 at 03:30 to wait on Two Harbors. The Edgar B. Speer arrived off Duluth on 4/5 early in the afternoon to wait on Two Harbors. There is no other traffic due Two Harbors on 4/6. There is no scheduled traffic for Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on 4/6.

Thunder Bay, ON
Monday; Destination update Harvest spirit is bound for Windsor. 8:45 Algoma Innovator arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load Potash.13:26 Algoma Sault arrived and went to anchor.

Northern Lake Michigan
Charlevoix: Monday; Destination update Prentiss Brown / St Marys Challenger are bound for Owen Sound. 10:11 Bradshaw McKee / St Marys Conquest arrived to load cement products and departed at 15:24 for Grand Haven.

Manistee, MI
After being in port since April 1 for unspecified reasons, Manitowoc departed Monday evening. She headed south but her AIS was not updated.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Bradshaw McKee/St. Marys Conquest arrived from Charlevoix at 02:57 Saturday (04/03) with cement for the Kinnickinnic River terminal. The pair headed back to Charlevoix Sunday afternoon (04/04). Tug John Marshall arrived from Calumet Harbor at 17:32 Sunday with three barges to be loaded with grain at the COFCO elevator. Thousand-foot articulated tug/barge unit Presque Isle finally entered the harbor at 10:03 Monday (05/05). It had been anchored beyond the breakwater since Thursday evening because of COVID issues.

Northern Lake Huron
Alpena: Monday; 0:48 The cement carrier Alpena departed. 6:44 GL Ostrander / Integrity arrived at the Lafarge plant to load cement products and departed at 13:44 for Detroit.
Stoneport: Sunday; 22:54 Kaye E Barker departed for Detroit.
Cheboygan: Sunday; 23:45 Merideth Ashton / Commander arrived to unload cement and departed Monday at 0:54 for Calumet Harbor.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Intrepid cleared 12.30 pm Monday downbound for Toronto with salt.

Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Monroe: Monday departures were Paul R. Tregurtha for Duluth and Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41 at 07:14 for Alpena. Mesabi Miner arrived.
Marblehead: Herbert C. Jackson arrived from Lorain at 04:55 Monday morning and departed at 11:13. Sharon M1 arrived Sunday night. She departed for Detroit at 15:18 Monday.
Sandusky: Algoma Mariner departed late Sunday night for Trois Rivieres.
Lorain: Herbert C. Jackson departed Sunday night for Marblehead.
Cleveland: Dirk S. VanEnkevort/Michigan Trader arrived at 04 19 for the Bulk Terminal, unloaded and departed at 12:11Sam Laud went to anchor waiting for Dirk S. VanEnkevort to finish. She came into CBT at 12:59 to load a shuttle for Cliffs.
Nanticoke: Robert S. Pierson arrived at Stelco at 04:08 Monday morning. She left at 12:48. The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived at 08:22 for Stelco.

 

Lake Superior water levels expected to remain high through summer

4/6 - Duluth, MN – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is forecasting a three-inch rise in Lake Superior water levels during April and expects the lake to remain above average through summer. The level changed little during March, which is typical for the month. The lake's level falls every winter and rises every summer.

In its update Friday, the Corps said Lake Superior is about seven inches above the long-term monthly average for April. However, it's six inches below the level seen last April, which was three inches below the record high set in 1986.

Elsewhere, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Erie are even more above average than Lake Superior but have fallen from last year's record levels. Conversely, Lake Ontario is 13 inches below the long-term average and down more than two feet over the past year.

The Corps said high water levels are expected to continue for at least the next six months and flood-prone areas are expected to remain vulnerable. High water levels have led to increased erosion and flooding around Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes in recent years.

WDIO

 

All hands on deck: Milwaukee Clipper preservation needs volunteers

4/6 - Muskegon, MI – Once a Lake Michigan passenger ferry but now a museum, the Milwaukee Clipper has been docked in Muskegon for decades.

“You’re going back in time, basically,” volunteer coordinator Brock Johnson said. “When you come on board you just fall in love with the ship. There’s just so much to see, so much to do.”

Despite the vessel’s designation as a National Historic Landmark, it’s in rough shape. You can help save it. In 1997, Milwaukee Clipper Preservation Inc. paid $1 to buy the 361-foot-long cruise vessel. Now, visitors can tour it for a few bucks each. As they look around, it’s clear it needs work — paint is peeling and metal is rusting.

“We need to preserve this ship for the future generations,” Johnson said. “I would like to see everything restored to how it was originally. There’s always work to be done, you know? Countless projects. Work from anything from painting to welding, there’s so much to do.”

Read more and view a video at this link: https://www.woodtv.com/news/muskegon-county/all-hands-on-deck-milwaukee-clipper-preservation-needs-volunteers/amp/

 

Appledore IV returns for historic sailing tours on the Detroit River

4/6 - Detroit, MI – Detroit History Tours announced the return of its legendary boat tours on the eighty-five-foot-long tall schooner Appledore IV following the cancelation of last year's boat season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Appledore IV will sail from Bay City to the Port of Detroit on May 8, and tours are scheduled to go from May 13-30 and again in Sept. 10-27.

Detroit History Tours was founded in 2015 by Bailey Sisoy-Moore, providing fun and educational walking and bus tours throughout Detroit ever since. “In 2016 we brought the boat down from Bay City for what ended up being two weekends,” Sisoy-Moore says. “From that year to this year, we have added more weeks in Detroit each year.” The boat is owned and operated by nonprofit BaySail.

Detroit History Tours is offering four different types of sailing experiences this year: History Under Sail, Great Lakes Ecology and Knot Tying, Mariners Songs and Sea Shanties, and last but certainly not least, the Stargazing Sail.

“On all of the tours, guests are welcome at the captain’s invitation, to BYOB,” Sisoy-Moore says. “Everyone can bring their own drinks and snacks, but we do ask no glass containers or bottles. In addition to that we provide Vernors, diet Vernors, bottled water, Better Made chips, and a homemade sailor’s dessert, which is an oatmeal hand pie.”

The History Under Sail tour, updated from the previous years’ experience, is a three-hour long tour jam packed with stories and the history of the Detroit River.

According to the tour website, “You will depart from the Port of Detroit and sail up the river and under the Ambassador Bridge as our award-winning guides share the stories of the city's skyscrapers, the wars for control of the river, and the secret hiding spots of mischief makers.”

Next on the list is the Great Lakes Ecology and Knot Tying tour, a new addition to the tours this year that is a three-hour sail down the river. “Together with your historian and ecologist you’ll learn the history of tall ships on Michigan waters and what’s swimming, slithering, crawling, and flying around the Detroit River,” the Detroit History Tours website says.

“The crew will do knot tying with the guests so they can learn some common sailor knots,” Sisoy-Moore says. “They are also going to help raise the sails and a few lucky guests will help steer the ship with the captain.”

Sisoy-Moore says Mariners Songs and Sea Shanties is by far the most popular tour being offered this year, featuring the award-winning musician Vadriel King during a three-hour sail.

Read more at this link: https://www.metrotimes.com/the-scene/archives/2021/04/02/the-appledore-iv-returns-for-historic-sailing-tours-on-the-detroit-river

 

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.

 

Port Reports -  April 5

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the Duluth/Superior, St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports and the Hamilton/Toronto area.

Duluth/Superior
We are seeking a reporter for this port.
Wilfred Sykes, headed for Superior to load, came though the Duluth entry Sunday afternoon, much to the delight of Twin Ports boatwatchers. View the Duluth Harbor Cam video at this link: youtube.com/watch?v=Z-U39A_kc5s
Another video by Paul Scinocca: youtube.com/watch?v=hmUBq_6lRmI

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary Putney
The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived Two Harbors on 4/4 at 13:50. On 4/4 at 19:30 the Atlantic Huron is NW of the Apostles for Two Harbors. Also at the same time the American Spirit is NW of Outer Island for Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors on 4/5 the Edgar B. Speer is in Whitefish for Two Harbors. When the Anderson departed Two Harbors on 4/3 she is heading for Gary. When the Clyde S. VanEnkeovort/Erie Trader departed Silver Bay on 4/3 she was heading for Toledo. There is no scheduled traffic for Northshore Mining on 4/5.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday; Destination updates: Kaministiqua is sailing for Sorel and Cuyahoga for Toledo. 4:48 Harvest Spirit arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain.8:39 Federal Cedar arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 18:40 Harvest Spirit departed and is down bound. 19:00 Frontenac departed for Toledo.

Northern Lake Michigan
Charlevoix: Sunday; 1:50 Prentiss Brown / St Marys Challenger arrived to load cement and departed at 15:45 for the Straits of Mackinac.

Northern Lake Huron
Alpena: Saturday; 21:10 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 departed for Monroe. 17:18 The cement carrier Alpena arrived at the Lafarge plant to load.
Stoneport: Sunday; 3:02 Kaye E Barker arrived to load limestone.
Meldrum Bay: Sunday; 12:43 Joyce L Van Enkevort / Great Lakes Trader departed for Marquette.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Intrepid refueled in Sarnia, upbound for Goderich Sunday April 4. Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Monroe: Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Sunday at 10:19. Undaunted/Pere Marquette arrived late Sunday night.
Marblehead: Herbert C. Jackson departed for Lorain at 12:03. She arrived at LaFarge in Lorain Sunday afternoon at 14:13.
Sandusky: Algoma Mariner arrived Sunday morning at 06:32 to load coal at Norfolk Southern.
Cleveland: Sharon M I arrived from Detroit at 09:31. After a quick unload, she and her barge left for Detroit at 16:56. Petite Forte left for Toledo at 10:24. Sam Laud arrived late Sunday night.
Nanticoke: CSL Tadoussac left late Saturday night for Sarnia. After being anchored for 11 days, Algonova departed for Sarnia at 20:56 Sunday night.

 

New book by St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre outlines canal history

4/5 - St. Catharines, ON – After eight years of research and writing, the latest publication about the Welland Canal is now available. “Triumph & Tragedy: The Welland Ship Canal” chronicles the story of the canal’s late workers, as well as documenting the canal’s construction.

“Over three dozen authors with specialized backgrounds and expertise contributed to this sizable writing effort,” said supervisor of historical services Kathleen Powell. “Together, they effectively present many of the stories of the people, places and projects associated with this engineering wonder.”

“It is much more than a local story — it is a broader history of Canadian labor, immigration, transportation, economic development and the hardships of construction,” Powell said.

The book includes illustrated biographies of the 138 workers who died, plus 17 other chapters that expand on topics such as the construction railway, medical service, equipment used, labor, mission services, geology and communities of the Welland Ship Canal. The 386-page book is full-color hardcover and has over 440 illustrations.

“Triumph & Tragedy: The Welland Ship Canal” is published by the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre. This publication is available at the museum gift shop, located at 1932 Welland Canals Pkwy., St. Catharines, ON. The museum is currently open Wednesday to Sundays and by appointment.

 

Obituary: David Norwood Falconer

4/5 - David N. Falconer, age 66, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2021 at his home in East Lansing, MI. He graduated from the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City in 1980, subsequently obtaining his U.S. Merchant Marine Engineers license. He worked as an engineer for various Great Lakes, river, and international shipping companies for several years, serving on a variety of vessels including Great Lakes freighters, tugboats on the Mississippi river and saltwater ships in the Caribbean. He later was employed as an engineer at the Michigan State University T.B. Simon Power Plant, where he was active in his union, serving as steward and other advisory roles. He retired from MSU in 2015. He was also a train enthusiast, a proud owner of a rail passenger car with the LM&M Railroad Company. He made use of Amtrak travel whenever possible

 

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.

 

John D. Leitch back at Hamilton with mechanical issues

4/4 - Hamilton, ON – John D Leitch returned to Hamilton Saturday morning two days after leaving her winter berth. The Leitch barely got into Lake Ontario when an engine problem developed. There was no quick fix and Friday’s high winds kept her at anchor. Saturday morning the tug Ocean A Gauthier led her back for repairs with Omni Coastal on her stern. The Leitch is now at Berth 23. It's not known how long she will be out of service.

 

Port Reports -  April 4

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the Duluth/Superior, St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports and the Hamilton/Toronto area.

Duluth/Superior
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on 4/3 at 09:54 for Gary. Arthur M. Anderson arrived Two Harbors at 12:56 on 4/3 for South of #2. She departed at 19:47. Due Two Harbors on 4/4 are Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and Atlantic Huron. As of 19:38 on 4/4 the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader departed Silver Bay at 19:00 on 4/3. There is no inbound traffic due Silver Bay on Easter Sunday.

Thunder Bay, ON
Saturday; 6:37 CSL Welland arrived at Viterra A to load wheat. 8:00 Frontenac left her layup berth at Keefer Terminal and shifted to Viterra B to load wheat. 16:14 Kaministiquia departed and was down bound. 18:26 Cuyahoga departed and was down bound.

St. Marys River
Wilfred Sykes was upbound early Saturday on her way to Superior, WI. Enjoy this salute, blown as she was leaving the locks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG0L9V9ZbTU

Calcite, MI – Denny Dushane
Great Republic is scheduled to be the first arrival of the 2021 shipping season for Calcite. They are due to arrive on Wednesday, April 7 in the late afternoon to load at the North Dock.

Stoneport, MI – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels due Friday and Saturday. Due in Easter Sunday is the Kaye E. Barker in the early morning. For Monday due in is the Manitowoc arriving in the early morning to load. The Calumet is due on Tuesday arriving in the early afternoon. Two vessels round out the busy lineup and due in for Wednesday. Arriving first is the Sam Laud in the early morning followed by a return visit from the Manitowoc in the late morning.

Northern Lake Huron
Alpena: Saturday; 11:43 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 arrived at the Lafarge plant to unload.
Owen Sound: 14:26 CCGS Samuel Riley arrived. 18:04 Algoma Innovator departed her layup berth and was sailing north along the Bruce Peninsula for Lake Huron. 19:22 CCGS Samuel Risley departed.
Meldrum Bay: Saturday; 20:10 Joyce L Van Enkevort / Great Lakes Trader arrived to load limestone.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara cleared 1.00 pm Saturday downbound for Johnstown ON with salt. Algoma Intrepid expected next. Change in plans Algoma Sault was expected in Goderich but now headed for Thunder Bay ON. Algoma Niagara recorded downbound through Sarnia today.

Sarnia, ON
Mississagi arrived at Sarnia around 1 p.m. Saturday and tied up astern of the Saginaw in the North Slip. It is believed she will be stripped of usable equipment before heading off for the scrapyard.

Toledo, OH – Denny Dushane
The tug Defiance and barge Ashtabula loaded coal at the CSX Coal Dock on Saturday. Also due at CSX is the Algoma Transport on Thursday, April 8 at 12:30 p.m. The John J. Boland is also due at CSX on Saturday, April 10 in the early evening to load coal. At the Torco Dock, the American Mariner is due to arrive there on Monday, April 5 at noon. Also due at Torco is the tug Laura L. VanEnkevort and barge Joseph H. Thompson. They are due at Torco on Tuesday, April 6 in the morning. Vessels remaining in lay-up include the American Valor and Manistee at the Hocking Valley Dock both in long-term lay-up. The American Courage near the Ironhead Shipyard Drydock along with the Sam Laud also near the Ironhead Shipyard Drydock. Both the Philip R. Clarke along with the Great Republic laid-up near the Lakefront Docks. The St. Clair still remains laid-up near the Lakefront Docks from its February 2019 fire.

Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Herbert C. Jackson departed Saturday at 08:09 for Lorain. She arrived back from Lorain Saturday night.
Lorain: Herbert C. Jackson arrived at 10:23 for LaFarge. After unloading she departed at 19:10 for a return to Marblehead.
Cleveland: Petite Forte was at St. Mary's Cement.
Conneaut: Edgar B. Speer departed late Friday night for Two Harbors.
Nanticoke: Saturday saw Algonorth depart for Sarnia at 04:00 and CSL Tadoussac arrived at 09:47. She went to Stelco.

 

Scientists document first-of-its-kind meteotsunami On Great Lakes

4/4 - A wave of water known as a meteotsunami surged across Lake Michigan and damaged homes and boat docks in the beach town of Ludington, Michigan, almost exactly three years ago. Now, scientists say it was the first of its kind ever documented in the Great Lakes.

Identified through photos and video, experts had already determined it was a meteotsunami, named because such waves are generated by meteorological conditions versus the seismic activity that causes more well-known tsunamis.

A meteotsunami event isn't uncommon in the Great Lakes. Usually, such waves are generated by a change in atmospheric combined with wind. But the April 13, 2018, wave was the first-ever known to have occurred without the influence of wind.

Not only does that make it unique, it opens the door for forecasters to be able to predict such events in the future, according to Eric Anderson, a physical scientist who specializes in hydrodynamics and forecast models at NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

The discovery and its potential implications for forecasting are detailed in a study by Anderson and colleague Greg Mann, published the journal Natural Hazards.

Meteotsunamis occur around the world, but until now scientists believed it took two ingredients for one to form on the Great Lakes: a spike in wind and a jump in pressure.

“In the Great Lakes region that generally means things like thunderstorms or squall lines," Anderson said. "When those come across the water they have outflows with high wind speeds associated with the front of them and they also often have pressure changes associated with them, too. Through both of those mechanisms, we can get large meteotsunami waves that are initiated in the Great Lakes.”

On the ocean, though, meteotsunamis are generally driven only by atmospheric disturbances that have a big pressure jump associated with them, Anderson said. “This event we had in 2018 was just that," Anderson said of the environment that created the Ludington meteotsunami. "It was a series of atmospheric pressure waves that were generated over the Midwest and moved east northeast over Lake Michigan and had about a 12 millibar pressure change associated with them, so a very large pressure change in just a few minutes.”

Read more at this link: https://weather.com/science/nature/news/2021-04-02-meteotsunami-great-lakes-first-of-its-kind

 

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.

 

Presque Isle and crew remain quarantined at Milwaukee due to COVID-19 outbreak

4/3 - Milwaukee, WI – There is a coordinated effort underway to help a vessel in distress after a number of its crew members tested positive for COVID-19.

The rush is on the find appropriate quarantine quarters for seven crew members still out on the water. The Port Milwaukee took the initial call and called for help from Milwaukee's Health Department, CDC and the Coast Guard.

The big red barge is one of the largest of its kind in the Great Lakes. Wednesday, March 31, the Presque Isle pulled into the Port of Gary to drop a load of iron ore with about 22 on board. Two of its mariners were so ill they had to be hospitalized. Twenty-four hours later, the 1,000-foot articulated tug-barge vessel had seven more COVID cases and needed safe harbor.

It was a plea for help that we were happy to answer," said Adam Tindall-Schlicht, Port of Milwaukee Director. The vessel will anchor in open water for the next several days as a thorough cleaning and crew exchange are planned.

"When it’s time for her to come an on-land docking for that crew exchange to take place she will come under the Hoan Bridge and actually dock on the northwest corner of Jones Island," said Tindall-Schlicht.

How long the freighter stays depends on how long it takes to get it disinfected. “Any day lost does impact our ability to move cargo and we’ll continue to try to make up for that best we can," said Eric Peace, Lake Carriers Association Director of Operations and Communications.

This is the first reported case of COVID on one of the 46 vessels belonging to the Lake Carriers' Association, after strict guidelines were enacted. “Those preventative measures were put in place back in March of 2020 and they were pretty significant including temperature checks," said Peace.

The Presque Isle will get closer to shore in the coming days. "If you are out taking a walk, I know tomorrow’s going to be quite lovely, if you see a vessel in Milwaukee harbor that’s anchored, we’re asking for thoughts and prayers for the sailors onboard to make sure that they remain healthy for Easter weekend," said Tindall-Schlicht.

With an abundance of caution, healthy ship members will also quarantine for 14 days.

WDJT

 

John D. Leitch back at Hamilton with mechanical issues

4/3 - Hamilton, ON – John D. Leitch, which wintered in Hamilton and left April 1 for what was to be her first trip of the season, to Thunder Bay, was towed by two Groupe Ocean tugs back to port on Friday due to mechanical difficulties. The Leitch was anchored off Hamilton due to winds and will be towed to dock as soon as the weather allows.

 

Port Reports -  April 3

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the Duluth/Superior, St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports and the Hamilton/Toronto area.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary Putney
Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed Two Harbors on 4/2 at 02:19 for Nanticoke. Joseph L. Block arrived Two Harbors on 4/2 at 03:38 and then departed Two Harbors on 4/2 at 16:54 for Indiana Harbor. Edwin H. Gott stopped off Duluth at 11:40 on 4/2. She got underway for Two Harbors on 4/2 at 16:48 and arrived Two Harbors at 18:28. Harbor Lookout is showing Arthur M. Anderson due Two Harbors on 4/3, but her AIS is showing Duluth. Dirk S. VanEnkevort/Michigan Trader departed Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on 4/2 at 05:15 for Cleveland. Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader arrived Silver Bay on 4/1 between 21:15 and 21:40. As of 19:45 on the 2nd she was still at the loading dock. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on 4/3.

Thunder Bay, ON
Thursday; 20:23 Ojibway departed for Sorel. 20:23 Kaministiqua weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load wheat. Friday; 7:41 Cuyahoga arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load potash. 17:00 Kaministiqua shifted to the Richardson Current River to finish loading.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
After taking on coal ash at the heavy lift dock, Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41 cleared for Alpena at 16:18 Thursday (04/01). Presque Isle arrived off Milwaukee Thursday evening. The 1,000-foot articulated tug/barge unit spent winter in Erie, PA. It departed March 22 for Two Harbors to load ore pellets for Gary. After discharging its cargo, the unit proceeded to Milwaukee because of a COVID-related issue. It is believed the vessel will eventually move to the city’s heavy lift dock.

Northern Lake Michigan
Charlevoix: Friday; 7:12 Bradshaw McKee / St Marys Conquest departed and is down bound on Lake Michigan.

Northern Lake Huron
Cheboygan: Friday; 4:35 The tug Michigan and tanker barge Great Lakes arrived at the US Oil Co. terminal to unload petroleum products.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara loading at Compass Minerals Friday April 2, salt for Johnstown ON. Algoma Sault expected next.

Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Sandusky: Defiance/Ashtabula departed Friday at 03:27 for Detroit.
Marblehead: Herbert C. Jackson arrived Thursday at 12:21.
Cleveland: Herbert C. Jackson left Friday morning at 05:20 for Marblehead. Petite Forte and barge St. Mars Cement II arrived late Friday night for St. Mary's Cement.
Conneaut: American Spirit departed for Two Harbors at 02:45. Edgar B. Speer came in to unload at 08:20.
Nanticoke: Algonorth is at Imperial Oil and Algonova remains anchored. Algocanada departed yesterday for Sault Ste. Marie at 14:15. Algoma Conveyor departed Friday at 14:48 for Clarkson.

 

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.

 

Presque Isle quarantines at Milwaukee after crew members test positive for COVID-19

4/2 - Milwaukee, WI – A 1,000-foot tug/barge combination entered quarantine at Port Milwaukee Thursday after crew members tested positive for COVID-19.

According to MarineTraffic.com, the Presque Isle was at anchor off the port Thursday evening. Port Director Jeff said the ship was waiting for choppy conditions to end before coming into port.

A spokesperson for the City of Milwaukee said in a statement that the once the Presque Isle arrives, it will remain at the city's heavy-lift dock for the duration of the quarantine. Some of the articulated tug/barge vessel's crew members will remain on the vessel, while others are expected to be isolated in temporary housing in the Milwaukee area.

The port will be working with the city's health department to make sure COVID-19 protocols are in place and the virus does not spread. The owner of the vessel is following established plans for the "possibility of a viral outbreak among its crew," according to the city spokesperson.

WTMJ

 

Ferry from Milwaukee to Muskegon will start making trips May 7

4/2 - Milwaukee, WI – The Lake Express Ferry from Milwaukee to Muskegon will start making high-speed trips across Lake Michigan on May 7. The ferry announced in a news release Wednesday that it would make multiple trips a day starting in May.

This means the ferry will operate a full season in 2021. Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of the season. The ferry didn't start operating until June in 2020. The Lake Express Ferry will make four crossings daily between Milwaukee and Muskegon from May 7 through June 16. The ferry will make up to six crossings from June 17 through Sept. 6.

The trip is about two and a half hours between Milwaukee and Muskegon. The ferry can carry cars, motorcycles, bicycles and pets. The ferry can carry up to 250 passengers, 46 vehicles and 12 motorcycles.

Journal Sentinel

 

Mississagi, believed to have been retired, heads to Sarnia

4/2 - The veteran self-unloader Mississagi, widely believed to have been retired in January, sailed for Sarnia, ON, Thursday evening. It is unknown at this time if she will continue her layup there or be refurbished for a return to service.

 

Port Reports -  April 2

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the Duluth/Superior, St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports and the Hamilton/Toronto area.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary Putney
CSL Niagara arrived Two Harbors on 4/1 at 01:50 and then departed on the 1st at 11:10 for Quebec City.The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin stopped off Two Harbors on 4/1 at 02:30. It got underway at 11:52 and arrived Two Harbors at 12:23. It is still at the dock at 19:15 on the 1st. Due Two Harbors on 4/2 are the Joseph L. Block and the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Dirk S. VanEnkevort/Michigan Trader on 4/1 at 15:26. Also due Silver Bay on 4/1 is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader around 21:00.

Thunder Bay, ON
Destination update: G3 Marquis is bound for Quebec City Thursday; 0:26 Kaministiqua arrived and went to anchor. 16:20 Manitoulin departed for Sorel.

Northern Lake Michigan
Charlevoix: Thursday; 16:28 Bradshaw McKee / St Marys Conquest weighed anchor and departed Little Traverse Bay for the St Marys Cement plant to load.

Green Bay, WI – Jon
Thursday at 9:08 am the tug Michigan barge Great Lakes departed for Cheboygan, MI.

Northern Lake Huron
Alpena: Thursday; 6:38 The cement carrier Alpena arrived at the Lafarge plant to load and departed at 17:48 for Detroit.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara was loading at Compass MineralsThursday. She is the first vessel in Goderich for 2021 season.

Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Sandusky: Defiance/Ashtabula arrived Thursday at 12:57 to load coal at Norfolk Southern.
Cleveland: Herbert C. Jackson is on the shuttles.
Conneaut: American Spirit was in port. Edgar B. Speer was at anchor.
Nanticoke: Algonorth was at Imperial Oil and Algonova remained anchored. Algoma Conveyor arrived at Stelco Wednesday at 15:21.

Oswego, NY – Ned Goebricher
On Thursday NACC Capri was the first vessel of the season.

 

Joseph L. Block captain sails into retirement

4/2 - G Escanaba, MI – An iron ore ship captain sailed into retirement after his four-and-a-half-decade career. He describes the moment as “bittersweet.” Captain Raymond Sheldon has always been interested in ships and water.

“I would read books; different books of shipwrecks and survival and ghost stories of the Great Lakes,” said Captain Ray Sheldon, retired Captain of the MV Joseph L. Block. For his whole life, Captain Sheldon has been working on a boat. After four decades on the water, he has quite a few stories to tell. But one in particular stands out to him the most.

“Well, my favorite story is how Peggy and I, we got married on the boat on June 30, 2019,” said Captain Sheldon. After Captain Sheldon married, his wife Peggy, also known as “Mrs. Captain”, sailed with him during their first year together.

“I was able to ride with him quite a bit and that was really, really fun. I got to experience what he experiences out there,” said Mrs. Captain. When the pandemic began, Mrs. Captain wasn’t allowed on the boat, but she still found ways to spend time with her husband.

“I would get in our truck and go to wherever he was, pick him up, we would go to exploring and then I bring him back. He’d get back on and I would go home,” said Mrs. Captain.

Captain Sheldon sailed through the Soo Locks for the last time last week with several people watching in support. “It’s nice to have all those memories by people who care about him, who care about the boat, who care about us and who follows us,” said Mrs. Captain.

Now, the couple plan to sail to Florida in their own boat. “I’m just really glad to have them home and I’m looking forward to our new captain adventures on our boat called Captains’ Adventure,” said Mrs. Captain.

“It’s time to move on to new adventures,” said Captain Sheldon. After a lifetime sailing, to Captain Sheldon, it’s more than just a career.

WLUC

 

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

 

Brushless ship wash coming to Soo Locks

4/1 - The U.S. Army Corpse of Engineers announced today that they are partnering with Holidaze Gas Station and Convenience Stores to bring new, touch-less ship-washing technology to da Soo.

Corpse Media Technician Coe Essayons said that the massive automated equipment will be installed in a 100-foot-long translucent-sided building. The building will straddle the west (upstream) end of the new navigation lock being built at the Soo. This will allow transiting vessels to be washed in either the upbound or downbound direction while allowing any soap residue to be skimmed off the water in the lock before the next lockage.

A basic wash and rinse will cost about $1 per foot of vessel length. Additional products will be available, such as taconite dust-removing foam and spray wax. Transiting tugboats may wish to pay extra to have Armorall applied to their tires and other rubber fendering.

While captains can pay for a wash themselves, kiosks will also be installed at the nearby public viewing platforms. “We think the ship wash will be a huge hit with visiting BoatNerds,” Essayons added. “They are always complaining about the appearance of certain vessels. This way, for a nominal fee, they will be able to ensure that the ships are squeaky clean when they pass the photographer’s hangout at Mission Point.”

 

Interlake chooses the nuclear option

Nuclear-powered-Kaye-E---Kathryn-Lafreniere.jpg (142018 bytes)4/1 - Cleveland, Ohio – Interlake Steamship Co., always on the cutting edge of technology, celebrated the return to service today of their now nuclear-powered Kaye E. Barker.

She is the only vessel on the lakes to have had the distinction of having been powered by steam, diesel and nuclear engines.

An added bonus: She glows in the dark, making her much easier to spot at night, and that goes for her crew as well. (Photo by Kathryn Lafreniere)

 

Greaseburgers hold the cure for COVID

Roger-Clydes-Hat-2.jpg (45049 bytes)4/1 - Sault Ste. Maire, Mi. – In a breakthrough that has stunned the medical community, it has been discovered that frequent ingestion of cheeseburgers and fries from Clyde’s Drive-In or the West Pier in Sault Ste. Marie have proven effective against COVID-19.

Repeat daily, if not more frequently, to maintain protection. Studies at the Anchor Bar in Superior, WI, are also underway with promising results.

 In a related (but not all that surprising move if you know him), Know Your Ships’ head honcho Roger “The Dodger” LeLievre has announced that he has taken a summer job as under chef de cuisine at Clyde’s. “They offered to pay me in Big C burgers,” he said, “All I can eat. That was an offer I could not refuse, plus my vaccination will never expire. Why can argue with that?”

 

Rust is COVID nemesis; Sherwin, Ryerson to become hospital ships

4/1 - Superior, Wis. – In other promising COVID news, researchers have also discovered that rust stops the virus in its tracks. Therefore the retired salt carrier Manistee, idle at Toledo for more years than can be counted by man, will be pressed into immediate service.

Reports indicate there is enough rust on board to vaccinate the entire state of Ohio. In a related note, and in an effort to boost Boatnerd participation in getting vaccinated, the idle John Sherwin and Edward L. Ryerson will be converted to hospital ships to transport the vaccine around the Great Lakes.

 People are expected to line up for miles for a chance to visit these legendary lakers and get their vaccines at the same time.

 

Ugly ducklings need love too

4/1 - In an effort to end discrimination against tug/barge units and other so-called Ugly Ducklings on the Great Lakes, a committee has been formed in Escanaba to discuss the disparaging references directed against combos such as Ashtabula/Defiance and the motor vessel Juan D. Leech. “Ugly boats need love too,” said a crew member on the Leech who asked to remain anonymous. “Beauty is all in the eye of the beholder,” he added. “One man’s pile of doggy poo might be another’s idea of a real pants-wetter.”

Ugly boat advocates have also been lobbying the editors of the highly disrespected pamphlet “Know Your Shitz” for greater coverage in the annual publication up to and including a cover photo. "Our efforts have so far fallen on deaf eyes and blind ears" according to spokes-nerd Rave Dobby, “but serious vessel watchers are aware it's only a matter of time before our favorites get their day in the spotlight. I mean, really. How many photos of stylish, cabin-forward straight-deckers with fresh paint can people even tolerate?”

 

HELP WANTED: Armchair Captains

Social-Media-Maritime-Academy.jpg (456344 bytes)4/1 - Do you love to sit at home and speculate on the goings-on aboard lake freighters with absolutely no knowledge of how they actually operate? Then Armchair Captain might just be the job for you.

Is that ship broken? Aground? On fire? Why is it going in circles? 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 you, really.

The beauty of this job, which takes place from home and involves dozens of social media websites, is you don’t have to let the facts stand in the way of uninformed opinions. Start rumors, offer crackpot theories or just plain stir the pot. The opportunities are endless. Actually, you don’t even need to apply, just log onto Facebook and you are on your way.

The job doesn’t pay real money, but you get the satisfaction of being able to spout your opinions to your heart’s content, all the while watching the comments roll in. Growth opportunities available, with Armchair Admiral positions opening up soon.

 

HELP WANTED: Stay At Home Steamship Co.

4/1 - Stay At Home Steamship Co. has immediate openings for unqualified individuals in the deck department. Past work experience helpful but not necessary. In fact the less you know may help you rapidly advance up the hawespipe all the way to the front window.

Communication proficiency on social media with an emphasis on screenshots is highly desirable. Working knowledge of Great Lakes webcams a plus. Applicants must demonstrate a proven ability to second guess orders from upper management. “Never Take Anyone's Word For It” is our company motto.

 

Pandemic a winch boon for IMS

4/1 - Internecine Marine Salvage of Port Colborne has been recycling ships for over 50 years. The past 12 months have been boom times for the company.

In addition to having a large number of ships to dismantle, they have seen a run on certain used components. “All of our salvaged winches, fairleads, and mooring lines have sold out” stated Ace Tylene, IMS spokesman.

The reason for the huge demand in mooring winches is simple: social distancing. “Most mariners are, by nature, pretty anti-social to begin with,” said Rusty Bulwark of LEIU Seaman’s Local 203. “Throw in a global pandemic, and they want nothing to do with their shipmates, even if that just means working together on deck. If six feet of distance is recommended for landlubbers, 100 feet is preferable to most sailors.”

The union successfully petitioned shipowners to install additional winches on each vessel to allow crews to quickly tie up in locks or in port, while maintaining social distancing on deck. The sale of mooring winches isn’t the only pandemic-related trend IMS has seen. T

he company has also taken advantage of the nationwide surge in jigsaw puzzle sales. “When we scrap a vessel, all we are really doing is creating a giant 3D puzzle” Ace Tylene said. “We saw a market for mind-stimulating backyard recreational activities. So we cut up old vessels into 500 to 1,000 pieces and truck it to your backyard. We even provide a framed photo of the vessel before it was cut up. All you really need to re-assemble the giant 3D puzzle is a crane and some welding experience. A front-end loader is useful for moving and sorting the pieces.”

Single screw tugboat puzzles have been the company’s best sellers, given the relatively small area needed to re-assemble them.

 

Ryerson gets a rename thanks to new owner T-Cliffs

Ryerson-Cliffs.jpg (164091 bytes)4/1 - In the wake of Toledo-Cliffs acquiring the assets of Ark-A-Lore Metal steel company, rapturously idolized and long-idle space-age-styled ore canoe Edward L. Ryerson, operator Decentralized Marine Illogistics has announced it will be renamed Lourenco C. Goncalves in honor of T-Cliffs chairman, president and See-E-Oh.

The vessel will be repainted in the traditional T-Cliffs’ fleet colors – coal black hulls with baby puke green cabins. The stack will display a large red “C.”

Boatnerd traditionalists were dismayed, yet hopeful the steam-belching, whistle-blowing old favorite will soon return to service. “Change is good, except when it isn’t,” said Nerd-In-Chief Rusty Bottums, speaking from his usual haunt, the Anchored Bar in Subperior, WI, while hoisting a frosty pint of Grain Belt beer.

 

A more versatile Rodger Blowh is in the works

-Rodger-Blowh.jpg (262526 bytes)4/1 - Sensing an opportunity to make the fire-damaged Rodger Blowh a more versatile vessel, the Just OK Lakes Fleet has announced plans to convert the vessel to a dual-boom self-unloader.

Booms will be removed from fleet mates Philerup Clark and Karson J. Cutaway. One boom will be placed forward, the other aft. “We’ll be able to unload anything anywhere,” enthused fleet spokesman “Boom Boom Room” LaFlamme, who said he got the info from his mother via her brother who is related to a highly-spaced industry souse. “We can even unload on the head of a pin, though why anyone would want to do that is beyond me.”

April Foolishness brought to you by Roger LeLievre, Tom Hynes, Dave Nobbe and Don Lee

 

Mark W. Barker moved back into dry dock as work continues

4/1 - Sturgeon Bay, WI – Interlake Steamship Co.’s new build, Mark W. Barker, was floated back into the dry dock Wednesday at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. She is expected to be underway in spring 2022.

Interlake Steamship Co.

 

Man charged with setting historic WWII vessel adrift in Oswego Harbor

4/1 - Oswego, N.Y. – Police charged a man Monday with untying a historic World War II tugboat from its mooring and setting it adrift in Oswego Harbor.

Shawn M. Moore, 43, was charged with criminal tampering in the third degree, reckless endangerment in the second degree and reckless endangerment of property, Oswego Police said.

Police said they were called to the H. Lee White Maritime Museum at 1 W. First St. about 9:40 a.m. Sunday for a report of an “unsecured vessel” in the harbor.

Officers found the LT-5 tugboat drifting in the harbor with nobody on it, police said. The Oswego Fire Department’s Marine Unit responded and was able to secure the vessel. With assistance of private contractors, the tugboat was returned to the pier, according to police.

Syracuse.com

 

American Mariner, H. Lee White get Grand River stack markings

4/1 - American Mariner, which is still in layup at BayShip in Sturgeon Bay, WI, are in the process of receiving Grand River Navigation stack markings. The same goes for H. Lee White, laid up at Ashtabula. It was announced earlier this year that the smaller American Steamship Co. vessels have been chartered to Grand River. Both companies share the same parent company, Rand Logistics.

 

Port Reports -  April 1

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports and the Hamilton/Toronto area.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary Putney
CSL Niagara and the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin will be in the Two Harbors area early in the morning of 4/1. I think the CSL Niagara gets the dock first. There is no other traffic due Two Harbors on 4/1. Due Silver Bay on 4/1 are the Dirk S. VanEnkevort/Michigan Trader and the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. The Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader had been showing a Silver Bay destination, but it looks like she loaded in Marquette.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday, 21:48 Algoma Equinox departed for Port Cartier. Wednesday; 7:28 CSL St Laurent departed for Montreal. 15:01 G3 Marquis departed and is down bound. 15:18 Manitoulin arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 16:05 Tim S Dool departed for Baie Comeau. 18:38 Ojibway arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load wheat.

Northern Lake Michigan
Charlevoix: Wednesday 6:21 Prentiss Brown / St Marys Challenger arrived to load cement and departed at 17:38 for Chicago. 20:35 Bradshaw McKee / St Marys Conquest are going to anchor in Little Traverse Bay.

Sturgeon Bay, WI – Caden Gonzalez, Isaac Pennock
The tug Donny S has been sold for scrap and will be towed to Bailey’s Harbor, WI, and dismantled there. She was built in Texas in 1950 and formerly sailed as U. S. Army ATA-230 ‘49-’72, G. W. Codrington ‘72-’52, William P. Feeley {2} ‘52-’72, William W. Stender ‘72-’76 and Mary Page Hannah ‘76-’14.

Milwaukee, WI – Mke Marine Reports
After delivering cement at the Lafarge terminal, GL Ostrander/Integrity cleared for Benton Harbor at 13:06 Tuesday (03/30). At 16:45, tug John Marshall cleared for Calumet Harbor with three barges loaded with soybeans. At 20:01, Bradshaw McKee/St. Marys Conquest cleared for Charlevoix. Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41 arrived light from Grand Haven at 15:48 Wednesday (03/31) and tied up at the Heavy Lift Dock to load coal ash.

Northern Lake Huron
Cheboygan: Wednesday; 6:21 The tug Michigan and tanker barge Great Lakes departed for Green Bay.

Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Cleveland: New York left Tuesday for Detroit at 10:30. Herbert C. Jackson is still running shuttles. Petite Forte and barge due in on Thursday.
Conneaut: Wednesday arrivals were Arthur M. Anderson at 05:59 and American Spirit at 09:31 She went to anchor to wait for the Anderson to unload. After unloading, the Anderson departed at 17:07 for Duluth. American Spirit came in at 17:40 to unload. Edgar B. Speer arrived Wednesday night and went to anchor.
Nanticoke: Wednesday departures were Algocanada at 07:40 for Sault Ste. Marie and Algosea at 08:57 for Tracy. Algonorth moved to Imperial Oil and Algonova remains anchored.

 

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.

 

John J. Boland, H. Lee White get Grand River stack marking

3/31 - John J. Boland, which is still in layup at BayShip in Sturgeon Bay, WI, was spotted Tuesday receiving Grand River Navigation stack markings. The same goes for H. Lee White, laid up at Ashtabula. It was announced earlier this year that the smaller American Steamship Co. vessels have been chartered to Grand River. Both companies share the same parent company, Rand Logistics

 

Arctic starts trip to scrapyard

3/31 - The former Fednav vessel Arctic, sold for scrap recently, departed Quebec Tuesday under her own power heaved for Aliaga, Turkey.

 

Port Reports -  March 31

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports and the Hamilton/Toronto area.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary Putney
CSL Laurentien departed Two Harbors on 3/29 at 20:01 for Quebec City. Arriving Two Harbors stern first on 3/29 was the CSL Tadoussac at 21:38. She departed Two Harbors on 3/30 at 10:12 for Nanticoke. Weather did a number on Lake Superior traffic on 3/30. Due Two Harbors were the CSL Niagara and the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin. They've been anchored all day in Bete Grise Bay and as of 18:50 on 3/30 they were still anchored. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on 3/30 was the Joyce L. VanEnkevort. She has been anchored all day on 3/30 near Marquette.

Thunder Bay, ON
Monday; 20:54 Algoma Harvester departed for Port Cartier.

St. Marys River
Federal Cedar was upbound for the Algoma Steel Export Dock Tuesday, making her the season’s first saltie. She will be unloading rolled steel bars. Other traffic Tuesday including the downbound passage, in the early evening, of Wilfred Sykes, headed for Indiana Harbor. Northern Lake Huron
Stoneport: Tuesday; 17:15 Defiance / Ashtabula departed and is down bound on Lake Huron.

Stoneport, MI – Denny Dushane
There is nothing due in until Saturday when the Sam Laud arrives at around 3 P.M. Due in for Sunday, April 4 will be the Manitowoc at noon.

Toledo, OH – Denny Dushane
The tug Laura L. VanEnkevort and barge Joseph H. Thompson remained at the Torco Dock on Tuesday getting repairs. Due in at Torco to unload iron ore pellets is the Kaye E. Barker on Thursday at noon. Also due at Torco are the tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader on Friday in the early morning. The Kaye E. Barker is due at the CSX Coal Dock to load on Friday in the early morning. Also due at CSX are the tug Defiance and barge Ashtabula on Friday in the late morning.

Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Cleveland: New York and barge were still at Marathon Tuesday and Herbert C. Jackson was on the shuttles. Mesabi Miner departed for Duluth at 13:41. Arrivals Monday were the tugs Champion from Detroit and Kathy Lynn from Toledo.
Nanticoke: Algosea was at Imperial Oil. Algonova, Algocanada and Algonorth were all at anchor.

Buffalo, NY – Brian Wroblewski
Federal Seto transited the Gulf of St. Lawrence and entered the river on the morning of March 26th. She transited upbound and stopped in Montreal for Seaway inspection on the 27th before heading up for Lackawanna. She arrived at 1 PM on the 30th and went to anchor out near the Safe Water Beacon. The tug Vermont came down the Outer Harbor and waited inside the slip at Gateway Metroport. Around 2 PM, a Coast Guard response cutter from the Buffalo base came out from the South Entrance and met up with the Seto out there for some sort of inspection. They were done in about an hour and headed back for the North Entrance. After waiting for the wind to die down a little, the Seto headed in for Lackawanna around 4:30 PM. The Vermont met them outside the breakwall, took up a position on the port bow, and brought her in the South Entrance. Inside the Outer Harbor, the tug had her hands full with the wind and they had her engine wide open to keep the 652-foot salty tracking for the Lackawanna Canal entrance. Tossing up a huge plume of diesel smoke, the Vermont got the ship’s bow lined up, dropped back to help guide the stern in, and eventually switched sides to help them dock. The Seto was tied up about ¾ of the way down the Main Dock right next to the sugar storage facility.

 

Transport Canada says Norgoma does not fit its plans for Owen Sound port

3/31 - Owen Sound, ON – The M.S. Norgoma’s future in Owen Sound as a proposed tourist destination and floating commerce hub may be dead in the water.

In a letter to the City of Owen Sound, Transport Canada manager of airports and ports Patricia Moniz wrote “We regret to advise that we cannot support the proposal at this time as it is not compatible with our land management considerations at the port.”The letter goes on to say the permanent relocation of the Norgoma within the inner harbor “does not align with our plan for the port at this time”.

“These considerations include carrying out due diligence and other work in support of a future divestiture of the port pursuant to our Port Asset Transfer Program,” Moniz writes in the letter.

Mike Goman of Tobermory Real Estate Investors Inc. (TREII) went in front of Owen Sound’s Community Development, Tourism and Culture Advisory Committee earlier this month and proposed an ambitious plan to tow the 71-year-old ship to Owen Sound from Sault Ste. Marie where it sits in a marine yard awaiting either salvation or scrap.

Goman and his business partner originally floated the plan before Northern Bruce Peninsula council, but a feasibility study showed Little Tub Harbour in Tobermory would be too small and too busy to be host to the historic Great Lakes ship. The docking location proposed for the Norgoma in Owen Sound is on the west side of the federal harbor slightly south of the winter docking location of the M.S. Chi-Cheemaun.

City councillor Richard Thomas, who chairs the city’s Community Development, Tourism and Culture Advisory Committee, said he was disappointed with Transport Canada’s response to the proposal.

“Transport Canada, to this point, hasn’t shown an awful lot of interest in anything in the Owen Sound Harbour,” he said. “We finally got a proposal here, that, quite honestly, drew a lot of enthusiastic response.”

Thomas said he was perplexed by Transport Canada’s position the ship wouldn’t fit into their future plans for the harbor. “As far as I’m aware, they certainly haven’t shared any future plans for the harbor so I don’t know what they have in mind,” he said.

The letter states Transport Canada may plan to off-load the harbor in the future. Thomas said those talks have been had previously with the city, but never went anywhere. “I was trying to figure out how many times the city has had divestiture talks with them and I think it’s been at least twice, and both times the talks have concluded with no conclusions,” Thomas said.

City manager Tim Simmonds said the city has no ongoing or planned formal discussions with Transport Canada regarding divestiture. “Based on the correspondence received, city staff are seeking clarification as to Transport Canada’s ‘Land Management Considerations at the Port'” Simmonds said in an e-mail Monday.

Requests for comment made to Transport Canada Monday morning were not immediately returned. In their letter, Transport Canada said they would support commercial, heritage and other activities conducive to a working port.

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

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

“We know that the Norgoma’s days are numbered,” Thomas said. “If something can’t be put together if a home can’t be found for her, she is going to the scrap yard. And here we have an investor who is willing to go out on a line to make this happen and Transport Canada for whatever mysterious reason says no . . . I never say never.”

Owen Sound Sun Times

 

No dock available, so Ludington tour boat is likely heading north

3/31 - Ludington, MI – Ludington Harbor Tours’ Al Laaksonen said he is taking his tour boat Princess of Ludington to Manistee after being unable to find a location to dock in Ludington for 2021.

“I’ve been looking for five months. I don’t think I’ve missed an inch of space in that harbor,” Laaksonen said of Ludington.

The City of Ludington denied Laaksonen a space at one of the two marinas, stating there was not a space for the vessel to dock. At the March 22 city council meeting, discussion indicated that the two sides could seek a place off of the city’s public utilities land that is sandwiched between Lake Street Marina and Thompson Marina on Pere Marquette Lake, a few dozen feet away from where the Princess of Ludington docked in 2020.

There are two vessels tied up in those spaces on the city property, and City Manager Mitch Foster said those vessels are owned by Native Americans. He believed the city was required to have space for Native American vessels, and that particular location needed some work done, too.

“There had to be rules set up because there is no real parking there. There’s no infrastructure,” Foster said. “Folks would need to park in the street. And he’d have to figure how out to tie up a vessel. There’s not a walkway there. It’s all grass. I told (Laaksonen) two Native American vessels are on that wall. We’ve been told for a generation that we’re required to provide space for them.”

Foster said there was a treaty in place that he believed was between the tribes and the state that requires municipalities such as Ludington to have spaces available for Native Americans so they may fish in the waters. Foster said he was still in the process of determining the facts surrounding the treaty as he was unable to locate any written documentation to that effect.

Laaksonen said he attempted to contact the owners of both vessels that are tied up along the property, and he was able to get a hold of one, but not the other. He was unable to come to an agreement with either vessel owner, he said.

Foster said the city reached out to others that have property along the shore, including Lake Michigan Carferry and Lake Street Marina, but neither location would work. He said he also asked if Laaksonen contacted Pere Pointe Marina and Crosswinds for space.

Laaksonen, though, said he looked throughout Ludington’s harbor, and he requested the city to allow him to dock the Princess of Ludington at Harbor View Marina. He was denied by the City of Ludington, though. Even with the location off of Lake Street, Laaksonen believed that getting everything set up with the city, including contracts, may take longer than what he desired.

Foster expressed that the city was still working on the potential sites on Monday when he received word from Laaksonen that the Princess may be on its way to Manistee. Laaksonen said he believed the vessel would be back from repairs and storage in Grand Haven by mid-April.

The tourboat company is finalizing the language with the City of Manistee to dock the vessel along the Manistee River, Laaksonen said.

According to Laaksonen, the vessel will be docked behind the renovated West Shore Community College building. Manistee City Manager Thad Taylor said a tour was given to Laaksonen of the city for available locations, but nothing has yet to be signed, and the two sides are still negotiating a contract.

Laaksonen said he thought tours in Manistee could include into Manistee Lake, along the Lake Michigan shoreline south to Big Sable Point Lighthouse and north toward Onekama and Portage Lake. He also said there will continue to be a sunset tour, too.

The Princess of Ludington began offering tours in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Harbor Tours and Laaksonen bought the vessel — a one-time ferry for Mackinac Island and then a ferry around the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior — and brought it to Ludington in late May 2020.

The company tried to get the ship into Harbor View Marina initially, but later found a place to tie up at Lake Street Marina in Ludington’s Fourth Ward. It began offering tours in July with limited capacity because of the pandemic, and it went to storage in November 2020.

Lake Street Marina informed Harbor Tours that the Princess would need to find a new home for 2021, and that pushed Laaksonen and his company to try to find a new home for the vessel. It attempted to get into the state-owned and city-managed Harbor View Marina, but spaces were available. Debate ensued about tying up on the inside of Harbor View Marina, tied up to Waterfront Park, but that, too, was denied.

Ludington Daily News

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 31

On 31 March 1971, the American Steamship Company's RICHARD J. REISS grounded at Stoneport, Michigan, while moving away from the dock. She damaged her number nine tank.

Christening ceremonies took place at St. Catharines, Ontario, on March 31, 1979, for d.) CANADIAN PROSPECTOR, lengthened by Port Weller Drydocks Ltd.

ROGER M. KYES (Hull#200) was launched March 31, 1973, at Toledo, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. Renamed b.) ADAM E. CORNELIUS in 1989.

WILLIAM R. ROESCH was renamed b) DAVID Z. NORTON in christening ceremonies at Cleveland, Ohio, on March 31, 1995. The PAUL THAYER was also renamed, EARL W. OGLEBAY, during the same ceremonies.

JOSEPH S. WOOD was sold to the Ford Motor Co. and towed from her winter lay-up berth at Ashtabula, Ohio, on March 31, 1966, to the American Ship Building's Toledo, Ohio, yard for her five-year inspection. A 900 h.p. bowthruster was installed at this time. She would be rechristened as c.) JOHN DYKSTRA two months later.

The steamer b.) J. CLARE MILLER was launched March 31, 1906, as a.) HARVEY D. GOULDER (Hull#342) at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co., for W.A. & A.H. Hawgood of Cleveland, Ohio.

On March 31, 1927, the WILLIAM MC LAUGHLAN entered service for the Interlake Steamship Co. when she departed Sandusky, Ohio for Superior, Wisconsin, on her maiden trip. Later renamed b.) SAMUEL MATHER in 1966, sold Canadian in 1975, renamed c.) JOAN M. MC CULLOUGH, and finally d.) BIRCHGLEN in 1982. Scrapped at Point Edward, Nova Scotia, by Universal Metal Co. Ltd.

On 31 March 1874, E. H. MILLER (wooden propeller tug, 62 foot, 30 gross tons) was launched at Chesley A. Wheeler's yard in E. Saginaw, Michigan. The power plant from the 1865, tug JENNIE BELL was installed in her. She was renamed RALPH in 1883, and spent most of her career as a harbor tug in the Alpena area. She was abandoned in 1920.

1974: The nine-year old Liberian freighter CAPE PALMAS first came through the Seaway in 1969 after it had been purchased from Swedish interests. The vessel was at Bilbao, Spain, undergoing repairs, on March 31, 1974, when a blaze broke out aft and caused extensive damage. This was repaired and the ship resumed trading. It was converted to the cement carrier c) ASANO in 1978 and served until arriving at Shanghai, China, for scrapping on September 10, 1993.

1999: VARADERO was the first new ship of the 1991 season to use the Seaway. It was bound for Toronto with a cargo of sugar. This bulk carrier was sailing as e) MANPOK, and under North Korean registry, when it sank on this date in 1999 following a collision with HYUNDAI DUKE some 500 miles off Colombo, Sri Lanka, while inbound from Jakarta, Indonesia, with a cargo of cement. Two crew members were rescued while another 37 were posted as missing.

2011: BBC STEINHOEFT got stuck in the Seaway on this date in 2011. The Liberian registered freighter had just been renamed at Toronto, having entered the lakes as BELUGA FUSION. It lost power near the St. Lambert Lock and ended up sideways and blocking the channel until she was refloated and realigned.

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

 

Port Reports -  March 30

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports and the Hamilton/Toronto area.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors on 3/28 at 21:07 for Conneaut. Wilfred Sykes got underway off Duluth at 17:30 and arrived Two Harbors at 21:54. She departed Two Harbors on 3/29 at 08;13 for Indiana Harbor. CSL Laurentien arrived Two Harbors stern first at 09:11 after getting underway off Duluth at 05:20 on 3/29. At 19:30 on 3/29 she looks like she's about ready to get underway. CSL Tadoussac got underway off Duluth at 19:05 for Two Harbors. She had been anchored in Bete Grise Bay but got underway at approx. 21:00 on 3/28 for Duluth. Due Two Harbors are CSL Niagara and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin. At 19:30 CSL Niagara was in Whitefish Bay and the Martin was below the Locks. Scheduled for Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on 3/30 is Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday; 21:02 Harvest Spirit departed for Windsor. Algoma Harvester shifted to the Richardson Current River Terminal to finish loading. Monday; 10:44 Algoma Equinox arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load wheat. 13:09 The CSL self unloader Thunder Bay departed for Becancour. 13:18 CSL St Laurent weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load wheat. 14:21 Algoma Mariner departed for Hamilton.15:38 Baie St Paul departed for Quebec City.16:09 G3 Marquis weighed anchor and proceeded to the G3 Terminal to load wheat. 17:01 Tim S Dool arrived at the Superior Elevator to load wheat.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Tug John Marshall arrived from Calumet Harbor at 03:37 Monday (03/29) with three barges to be loaded at the COFCO elevator. Also in the inner harbor were GL Ostrander/Integrity rafted to Innovation at the Lafarge dock, Bradshaw McKee with St. Marys Conquest at the Heavy Lift Dock.

Northern Lake Huron
Stoneport: Monday; 14:35 Defiance / Ashtabula arrived to load limestone.

Stoneport, MI – Denny Dushane
The tug Defiance and barge Ashtabula were expected to arrive during the mid-afternoon on Monday to load. There is nothing else due in or expected until Saturday, April 3 when the Sam Laud is due to arrive during the late morning to load.

Toledo, OH – Denny Dushane
Algoma Conveyor arrived at the CSX Coal Dock on Sunday and was still at the dock on Monday. They were expected to begin loading coal at the CSX Coal Dock on Monday morning at 7 a.m. Also due at CSX on Monday was the Manitowoc. Kaye E. Barker is due at CSX on Friday, April 2 in the early morning. At the Torco Dock, the tug Dirk S. VanEnkevort and barge Michigan Trader are due on Saturday, April 3 in the early morning to unload, followed by the American Mariner also on Saturday, April 3 in the early morning to unload.

Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Cleveland: Arriving Monday morning was Herbert C. Jackson at 07:54. She is back on the shuttles. Departures were NACC Capri at 08:33 for Bath, ON and Manitowoc at 15:09 for Toledo. New York was at Marathon. Mesabi Miner arrived very early Tuesday morning to unload at the Bulk Terminal.
Nanticoke: Algoterra was at Imperial Oil. Still at anchor off of Port Dover were Algonova, Algosea and Algocanada.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 30

The tanker CHEMICAL MAR arrived at Brownsville, Texas on March 30, 1983, in tow of the tug FORT LIBERTE to be scrapped. Built in 1966, as a.) BIRK. In 1979, she was renamed b.) COASTAL TRANSPORT by Hall Corp. of Canada, but never came to the lakes. She was sold by Hall and was renamed c.) CHEMICAL MAR in 1981.

March 30, 1985 - CITY OF MIDLAND's departure was delayed when her anchor snagged one that she had lost in Pere Marquette Lake the previous summer.

March 30, 1900, the carferry ANN ARBOR NO 2, grounded on the rocks east of the approach to the channel at Manistique, Michigan. She was pulled off quickly by the ANN ARBOR NO 3 and the tug GIFFORD. She was found to have bent a propeller shaft and broken rudder, resulting in a trip to the drydock at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1917: GERMANIC was the last wooden passenger ship built in Collingwood. It was completed there in 1899 and burned there, at the dock, on this date in 1917. The ship was part of Canada Steamship Lines at the time of loss. The hull settled on the bottom but was raised, towed towards Wasaga Beach, and run aground. The remains were torn apart for firewood during the Depression.

1940: The first THORDOC, a) J.A. McKEE, stranded at Winging Point, 10 miles southwest of Louisbourg, N.S., due to heavy fog. The ship was abandoned on April 1 and declared a total loss. This member of the Paterson fleet had been travelling in ballast and had been involved in Great Lakes trading since 1908.

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

 

2021 edition of “Know Your Ships” released as new shipping season starts

3/29 - The new shipping season is at hand, and so is the release of "Know Your Ships 2021,” the 62nd edition of the popular annual field guide to boats and boatwatching on the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Seaway.

This year’s 200-page book includes information on U.S., Canadian and international-flag cargo vessels, tugs, excursion boats and barges in regular Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Seaway service, including owner and port of registry, year and shipyard where built, length, beam, depth, cargo capacity and former names, plus type of engine, horsepower and more. The book also includes many photos and stories of Great Lakes ships and shipping.

Standard and spiral bindings are available. Order at this link: www.knowyourships.com

 

Port Reports -  March 29

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

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary Putney
Joseph L. Block departed Two Harbors at 23:54 on 3/26 for Indiana Harbor. The Edwin H. Gott was underway off Duluth on 3/26 21:10 and arrived Two Harbors on 3/27 at 00:19. She departed Two Harbors on 3/27 at 12:49. As of 19:15 on 3/27 she has no destination AIS. The Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors on 3/27 at 13:25 after getting underway off Duluth at 11:15. Still anchored off Duluth is the Edgar B. Speer. She was joined the afternoon of 3/27 by the Wilfred Sykes and the CSL Laurentien. Due Two Harbors on 3/28 is the CSL Tadoussac. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the Mesabi Miner depart on 3/27 at 06:26 for Cleveland. There is no traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on 3/28.

Thunder Bay, ON
Saturday; 22:54 Sharon MI / Huron Spirit departed.and is down bound on Lake Superior. Sunday; 8:20 Baie St Paul arrived at the G3 Terminal to load grain. 12:12 Algoma Sault departed for Hamilton. 12:37 The CSL self-unloader Thunder Bay shifted to Viterra A to finish loading.

Charlevoix, MI – Tristin Woolf
St. Marys Cement in Charlevoix, MI saw a rare visitor over the weekend when the Alpena stopped by to load cement for South Chicago. It was her first visit to Charlevoix since October 2018.

Northern Lake Michigan
Charlevoix: Saturday; 22:18 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Chicago.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Tug Bradshaw McKee pushing barge St. Marys Conquest arrived from Calumet Harbor at 04:36 Sunday (3/28) and tied up at the Heavy Lift Dock. The pair is on its way to Charlevoix. GL Ostrander/Integrity arrived from Alpena at 18:25 with cement for the Lafarge terminal. Already at the Lafarge dock was Innovation, which spent winter in Milwaukee. Integrity was rafted to Innovation for unloading.

Northern Lake Huron
Parry Sound: Sunday; 11:43 CCGS Samuel Risley arrived at the coast guard base. Meldrum Bay: Sunday; 0:36 Baie Comeau departed for Windsor.

Stoneport, MI – Denny Dushane
The tug Defiance and barge Ashtabula are expected to arrive on Monday in the early morning to load. There is nothing else due in or expected for the week until next weekend when the Sam Laud is due. All times though are estimates only and can change due to weather.

Toledo, OH – Denny Dushane
The tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort and barge Great Lake Trader arrived at the Torco Dock to unload on Saturday afternoon. They were the first arrival for the Torco Dock for the 2021/22 shipping season. Following them was the tug Laura L. VanEnkevort and barge Joseph H. Thompson. They were still unloading at Torco as of Sunday morning and was expected to depart on Sunday. The tug Laura L. VanEnkevort and barge Joseph H. Thompson are due back at the Torco Dock on Friday, April 2 during the early morning. At the CSX Coal Dock, the Algoma Conveyor was expected to arrive there to load on Sunday in the late afternoon. They are not expected to begin the loading until Monday morning at 7 A.M. The Algoma Conveyor will also be the first vessel to load coal for the 2021/22 shipping season at Toledo. Also due at CSX to load is the Manitowoc on Monday in the late evening. The tug Defiance and barge Ashtabula are due at CSX to load on Friday, April 2 just after midnight.

Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Monroe: Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Sunday morning at 01:33. After unloading she left at 15:09 for Superior.

Sandusky: Kaye E. Barker departed Saturday night for Detroit. George Gradel left for Cleveland.

Cleveland: New was at Marathon and NACC Capri was at LaFarge. Sunday arrivals were George Gradel from Sandusky and Manitowoc from Nanticoke.

Nanticoke: Sunday departures were Algoma Hansa for Sorel-Tracy, Algonorth for Sarnia and Manitowoc for Cleveland. Algoterra was at Imperial Oil. Algocanada, Algonova and Algosea were all at anchor.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 29

N. M. Paterson & Sons, PRINDOC (Hull#657) of Davie Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Lauzon, Quebec, was sold off-lakes during the week of March 29, 1982, to the Southern Steamship Co., Georgetown, Cayman Islands and was renamed b.) HANKEY. Later renamed c.) CLARET III in 1990, d.) S SARANTA in 1992, e.) PLATANA IN 1997, Scrapped at Alaiga, Turkey in 1997.

On 29 March 1888, D. D. JOHNSON (wooden propeller tug, 45 foot, 17 gross tons) was launched at E. Saginaw, Michigan. She was built for Carkin, Stickney & Cram and lasted until 1909.

1973: MANCHESTER TRADER, the second ship of this name to visit the Great Lakes, was owned by the Prince Line when it first came inland, on charter to Manchester Liners Ltd., in 1964. The ship was renamed e) WESTERN PRINCE in 1969 and also transited the Seaway that year. It became f) MARINER in 1971 and was abandoned in the Pacific on this date in 1973. The ship was leaking in heavy weather en route from Havana, Cuba, to Kobe, Japan, and was presumed to have sunk about 35.00 N / 152.47 E.

1973: DAVID MARQUESS OF MILFORD HAVEN, one of the longest named saltwater ships to visit the Great Lakes, was the first saltwater ship of the season upbound in the Seaway.

1990: The MAYA FARBER visited the Great Lakes in 1981. It arrived at Alang, India, under tow for scrapping on this date following an explosion and fire off Port Sudan as d) RAAD AL-BAKRY VIII on January 15, 1990.

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

 

Tug Theodore Too coming to Port Dover

3/28 - Port Dover, ON – A famous tugboat will make Port Dover its summer home once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

Friday, developer and marine operator Blair McKeil confirmed he has purchased the Theodore Too, an imposing 60-foot craft based on a television series that is popular with children the world over.

“He will spend part of the summer in Port Dover,” McKeil said. “He will be up there July and August. It’s a perfect place for him.” Ambassatours Gray Line of Halifax, previous owner of Theodore Too, put the tug up for sale last year.

Ambassatours had been thinking of a sale beforehand but the pandemic forced it to act. Social-distancing rules and other pandemic protocols meant it was no longer economical to offer the tug for harbour tours, the company said last year at the time of the listing.

The Theodore Too will travel the Great Lakes and elsewhere as a thrill for children and to promote careers in marine industries. McKeil’s family owns McKeil Marine, which has numerous shipping interests on the Great Lakes and which got its start in Nova Scotia.

While the Theodore is in Port Dover, McKeil intends to moor it on the west side of the Lynn River across from the Port Dover Yacht Club. McKeil wants to keep the Theodore out of the harbour because the water there can get rough at times, which can be hard on hulls.

McKeil added the Theodore will also spend time in the harbor in Hamilton in a high-profile location accessible to families.

Interest from buyers and media was intense last year when Ambassatours announced Theodore Too was on the market. Ambassatours fielded numerous offers, but felt McKeil Marine understood the boat and had its best interests at heart.

“When we listed Theodore for sale several months ago, we focused on helping him create a new chapter that would harmonize with his roots,” Dennis Campbell, CEO of Ambassatours Gray Line, said in a news release. “While fielding inquiries from all over the world, it was the offer from Blair McKeil that felt like the best fit for Theodore’s personality, experience and potential.”

The Theodore Too looks like a novelty boat. But beneath the animated exterior is a well-maintained working vessel.

The tug is 60 feet long, 22 feet in the beam and has a draft of nearly nine feet. The Theodore Too is rated for 49 passengers. The boat has two single cabins, two double cabins, a laundry room, a shower, a galley with sink, a refrigerator, a freezer, an oven, a range and a microwave station. The onboard cistern holds 681 gallons of freshwater.

It is also fully outfitted with nautical electronics, including two VHF radios, radar, GPS, a hailer, a chart plotter, auto pilot, remote joystick steering, a depth sounder, compass, a rudder angle indicator, closed-circuit TV, a public-address system, and two flat-screen TVs. The Theodore Too also comes with an assortment of life preservers.

McKeil says the boat requires a crew of three. He sees the tug making guest appearances at port towns on the north shore of Lake Erie when those communities are having special events and festivals. He says Theodore Too will make its presence felt in Port Dover during Canada Day festivities, fair-weather Friday the 13th motorcycle rallies, and Summerfest.

The Theodore Too was inspired by the CBC television program Theodore Tugboat, which ran from 1993 to 2001.

 

Port Reports -  March 28

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

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary Putney
Joseph L. Block departed Two Harbors at 23:54 on 3/26 for Indiana Harbor. The Edwin H. Gott was underway off Duluth on 3/26 21:10 and arrived Two Harbors on 3/27 at 00:19. She departed Two Harbors on 3/27 at 12:49. As of 19:15 on 3/27 she has no destination AIS. The Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors on 3/27 at 13:25 after getting underway off Duluth at 11:15. Still anchored off Duluth is the Edgar B. Speer. She was joined the afternoon of 3/27 by the Wilfred Sykes and the CSL Laurentien. Due Two Harbors on 3/28 is the CSL Tadoussac. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the Mesabi Miner depart on 3/27 at 06:26 for Cleveland. There is no traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on 3/28.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday; 23:30 Sharon MI / Huron Spirit arrived at the old Pollard Highway Products dock on the Kam River to unload. Saturday; 6:06 The CSL self unloader Thunder Bay arrived at Viterra B to load grain. 8:42 Algoma Sault arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 10:43 Algoma Mariner arrived at the Superior Elevator to load wheat. 12:14 Algoma Harvester arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load wheat. 13:45 Harvest Spirit arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 15:17 CSL St Laurent arrived and went to anchor.

Northern Lake Michigan
Charlevoix: Saturday; 3:40 8:17 The cement carrier Alpena arrived at St Marys Cement to load.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Delayed a day because of weather, John Marshall cleared for Calumet Harbor at 20:48 Friday (03/26) with three barges loaded with grain. GL Ostrander/Integrity is expected late Sunday (03/28) with cement for the Lafarge terminal.

Northern Lake Huron
North Channel: Friday; 21:37 CCGS Griffon arrived to conduct ice ops. Saturday; 5:57 After clearing a path from Thessalon to the Lafarge dock at Meldrum Bay departed down bound on Lake Huron
Thessalon: Correction; Baie Comeau arrived Friday to load stone. Saturday; 7:07 Baie Comeau departed for Meldrum Bay after taking on a partial load of stone.
Meldrum Bay: Saturday; 9:50 Baie Comeau arrived to finish loading with limestone. Alpena: Saturday; 12:29 GL Ostrander / Integrity departed for Milwaukee.

Owen Sound, ON – Paul Martin
Algoma Sault departed Owen Sound on Friday, returning to service following repairs at the East dock of the inner harbor. Algoma Compass appears to be preparing to leave soon. Algoma Innovator remains tied up at the west pier north of the elevator.

St. Clair, MI – Denny Dushane
The Paul R. Tregurtha arrived in St. Clair early on Saturday morning to deliver the first coal cargo of the 2021/22 shipping season at the St. Clair Power Plant. This was a split cargo of coal and the Tregurtha finished up their unload on Saturday late in the afternoon departing for Monroe to finish their unload at the Monroe Power Plant. The Paul R. Tregurtha will also be delivering the first coal cargo of the season for the Monroe Power Plant once they arrive at the dock. In 2020, the Paul R. Tregurtha also delivered the first cargo of coal to both the St. Clair and Monroe Power plants. Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Sandusky: Defiance/Ashtabula left Friday at 06:34 for Detroit. Saturday arrivals were Kaye E. Barker from Detroit at 14:05 and George Gradel from Cleveland.
Cleveland: Petite Forte left for Bowmanville at 12:46 Friday. Herbert C. Jackson departed Friday night for Ashtabula. George Gradel left Friday at 09:05 for Sandusky. New York was at Marathon. NACC Capri arrived Saturday night at 20:40 for Lafarge. Ashtabula: Herbert C. Jackson arrived Saturday morning at 02:34. She departed at 20:24. Nanticoke: Algoma Hansa and Algoterra were at Imperial Oil. Manitowoc arrived at Stelco Saturday at 14:38. Algonova and Algocanada were at anchor.

Ashtabula, OH – George Luoma
Calumet, H Lee White, ATB Olive Moore/ Menomonee and Tecumseh are still in winter layup. Coal dock demolition is progressing, and silos are being removed. The ground conveyors leading to silos are gone. The conveyors and ship loader are gone. The two concrete walls the loader track along are still there. The building on east side of river where coal cars were rotated to dump is being dismantled. Ashtabula city is trying to save the conveyor arch over river as part of history. Prior to 1969 the railroad had tracks on the west side of river into the coal dock much like Sandusky is today.

 

Three historic Michigan lighthouses awarded $126K in preservation grants

3/28 - Three historic Michigan lighthouses have been awarded $126,667 in lighthouse preservation grants for repairs and restoration.

“Dozens of lighthouses stand sentinel along Michigan’s shorelines and represent an important piece of Michigan’s maritime history. And with the summer travel season fast approaching, lighthouses offer a unique opportunity for tourists to discover and explore off-the-beaten-path destinations,” said Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Martha MacFarlane-Faes in a press release. “Through our lighthouse preservation program, we can help restore these beacons, preserving their beauty and keeping them shining bright for years to come.”

The Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program was established to assist in the preservation, rehabilitation, and protection of historic lighthouses in Michigan. To qualify for an MLAP grant, applicants must have at least 50 percent of the MLAP grant amount in matching funds.

The 2021 MLAP grant recipients are:

Crisp Point Light Historical Society
MLAP grant amount: $60,000
Location of nearest city: Newberry
Historic resource: Crisp Point Lighthouse
Match amount: $70,000
Use of funds: The Crisp Point Light Historical Society will hire a contractor to make exterior renovations to this remote and secluded lighthouse located on the shore of Lake Superior, including removal of existing paint, replacement of deteriorating mortar, and brick, and applying appropriate coatings to the exterior.

North Manitou Light Keepers, Inc.
MLAP grant amount: $50,000
Historic resource: North Manitou Shoal Lighthouse
Location of nearest city: Leland Township
Match amount: $30,000
Use of funds: The North Manitou Light Keepers will hire a consultant to rehabilitate the watch deck of this offshore lighthouse known as “the Crib,” including removing non-historic steel plates, repairing holes and cracks in the deck, making improvements to drainage, sealing, and flashing of seams and joints, and resurfacing the entire watch deck.

St. Clair County Parks and Recreation
MLAP grant amount: $16,667
Historic resource: Fort Gratiot Lighthouse
Location of nearest city: Port Huron
Match amount: $8,333
Use of funds: St. Clair County Parks and Recreation will hire a consultant to rehabilitate the watch and lantern rooms of Michigan’s oldest lighthouse, including repairs to the interior and exterior metalwork, painting, caulking, and installing new glass in window openings.

WXYZ

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 28

N. M. Paterson & Sons, PRINDOC (Hull#657) of Davie Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Lauzon, Quebec, was sold off-lakes during the week of March 29, 1982, to the Southern Steamship Co., Georgetown, Cayman Islands and was renamed b.) HANKEY. Later renamed c.) CLARET III in 1990, d.) S SARANTA in 1992, e.) PLATANA IN 1997, Scrapped at Alaiga, Turkey in 1997.

On 29 March 1888, D. D. JOHNSON (wooden propeller tug, 45 foot, 17 gross tons) was launched at E. Saginaw, Michigan. She was built for Carkin, Stickney & Cram and lasted until 1909.

1973: MANCHESTER TRADER, the second ship of this name to visit the Great Lakes, was owned by the Prince Line when it first came inland, on charter to Manchester Liners Ltd., in 1964. The ship was renamed e) WESTERN PRINCE in 1969 and also transited the Seaway that year. It became f) MARINER in 1971 and was abandoned in the Pacific on this date in 1973. The ship was leaking in heavy weather en route from Havana, Cuba, to Kobe, Japan, and was presumed to have sunk about 35.00 N / 152.47 E.

1973: DAVID MARQUESS OF MILFORD HAVEN, one of the longest named saltwater ships to visit the Great Lakes, was the first saltwater ship of the season upbound in the Seaway.

1990: The MAYA FARBER visited the Great Lakes in 1981. It arrived at Alang, India, under tow for scrapping on this date following an explosion and fire off Port Sudan as d) RAAD AL-BAKRY VIII on January 15, 1990.

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

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 28

N. M. Paterson & Sons, PRINDOC (Hull#657) of Davie Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Lauzon, Quebec, was sold off-lakes during the week of March 29, 1982, to the Southern Steamship Co., Georgetown, Cayman Islands and was renamed b.) HANKEY. Later renamed c.) CLARET III in 1990, d.) S SARANTA in 1992, e.) PLATANA IN 1997, Scrapped at Alaiga, Turkey in 1997.

On 29 March 1888, D. D. JOHNSON (wooden propeller tug, 45 foot, 17 gross tons) was launched at E. Saginaw, Michigan. She was built for Carkin, Stickney & Cram and lasted until 1909.

1973: MANCHESTER TRADER, the second ship of this name to visit the Great Lakes, was owned by the Prince Line when it first came inland, on charter to Manchester Liners Ltd., in 1964. The ship was renamed e) WESTERN PRINCE in 1969 and also transited the Seaway that year. It became f) MARINER in 1971 and was abandoned in the Pacific on this date in 1973. The ship was leaking in heavy weather en route from Havana, Cuba, to Kobe, Japan, and was presumed to have sunk about 35.00 N / 152.47 E.

1973: DAVID MARQUESS OF MILFORD HAVEN, one of the longest named saltwater ships to visit the Great Lakes, was the first saltwater ship of the season upbound in the Seaway.

1990: The MAYA FARBER visited the Great Lakes in 1981. It arrived at Alang, India, under tow for scrapping on this date following an explosion and fire off Port Sudan as d) RAAD AL-BAKRY VIII on January 15, 1990.

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

 

U.S. Coast Guard ends ice breaking operations on Western Great Lakes

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Commander, Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie concluded its domestic ice breaking operation, also known as Operation Taconite. With the ice throughout the Western Great Lakes nearly melted, ice breaking in support of commercial navigation is no longer required.

In the 95 days (21 Dec-26 Mar) of the 2021 Domestic Icebreaking Season, the eight ice breaking assets assigned to Op Taconite combined to deliver 468 hours of icebreaking assistance to the benefit of 109 vessel transits; 19 of these movements (5 US, 14 CA) required direct ice breaking assistance to ensure commercial vessel safety. These same ice breaking assets put forth an additional 1,600 hours of preventative icebreaking support to establish and maintain tracks in the ice hampered waterways of western Lake Superior, the Straits of Mackinac, Green Bay, Georgian Bay and the St Marys River.

It is estimated more than two million tons of dry bulk cargoes were assisted during the 95 days of 2021 domestic icebreaking season. This translates to roughly $77 million of cargo critical to power generation, industrial productivity and public safety, aided during the period of ice cover.

 

First saltwater vessel for 2021 enters Seaway

3/27 - Federal Cedar, IMO 9671101, built in 2016 at the Oshima Shipbuilding Co. in Oshima, Japan, arrived in Montreal, Quebec early on March 26, becoming the first official saltwater vessel to enter the St. Lawrence Seaway for the 2021 season. They are enroute to Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., where they are expected to arrive sometime around March 31. Federal Cedar was built in 2016 as part of the C-series of vessels built for Fednav Ltd. at the Oshima Shipbuilding.

 

Port Reports -  March 27

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

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary Putney
Indiana Harbor departed Two Harbors on 3/26 at 11:33. As of 19:30 on 3/26 there was no updated AIS. The Joseph L. Block arrived off Two Harbors on 3/25 at 23:45. She got underway at approx. 11:23 and arrived Two Harbors at 12:01. As of 19:30 on 3/26 the Block was still at the dock. Anchored off Duluth waiting on Two Harbors are the Presque Isle that arrived on 3/26 at 02:35. Also arriving off Duluth on 3/26 was the Edwin H. Gott at 03:45 and the Edgar B. Speer at 11:05. Due Two Harbors on 3/27 are the Wilfred Sykes and the CSL Laurentien. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Mesabi Miner at 11:57 on 3/26. A note: All times are approx., but fairly close.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday morning CCGS Samuel Risley departed the coast guard station to conduct ice operations and once completed departed at 14:31 for Parry Sound.

Northern Lake Huron
McGregor Bay: Friday; 7:29 CCGS Griffon arrived at the Lafarge Terminal after conducting ice ops and departed at 8:11 to escort the cement carrier Alpena to open water before sailing to the North Channel. 8:17 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Charlevoix.
Thessalon: Friday; 14:32 Baie St Paul arrived to load stone.
Cheboygan: Friday; 9:20 USCG Mackinaw arrived at the coast guard station.

Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Sandusky: Kaye E. Barker departed Friday at 16:51 for Zug Island. Defiance was at the Norfolk Southern coal dock.
Cleveland: Petite Forte was at St. Marys Cement and New York is at Marathon. Herbert C. Jackson was still running shuttles. Prentiss Brown left Friday at 16:00 for Toledo
Nanticoke: Algonorth departed Thursday at 14:30 for Sarnia. Algoma Hansa and Algonova were at anchor.

 

Halifax's life-sized Theodore Tugboat is moving to Ontario

3/27 - Halifax, ON – Theodore Too, Nova Scotia's life-sized TV replica tugboat, will soon start a new chapter promoting marine careers while based out of Hamilton, Ont., according to a release from current owner Ambassatours Gray Line.

The tug has been sold to marine industrialist Blair McKeil, who has strong ties to Nova Scotia.

In his new role, Theodore will embark on promotional missions throughout the Great Lakes and Atlantic Canada to get people excited about the marine industry, McKeil said.

While many Atlantic Canadians grew up with friends or family working on the ocean or in marine jobs, McKeil said that's not the case for millions of people in Ontario. "Ideally, we're going to use Theodore as a bit of a mascot and to sort of create awareness toward the whole industry, whether it's transportation or shipyards themselves," McKeil said Friday. "It had to be Theodore. He's the only guy who could do that."

Theodore Tugboat was the title character of a children's television show that aired on CBC from 1993 to 2001. The replica boat was built in Dayspring, N.S., in 2000.

McKeil is a regular visitor to Nova Scotia with business interests in the province, the release said. His paternal grandfather and his father are from Pugwash, while his maternal grandfather was from Cape Breton. Theodore, who was named as Halifax's welcoming ambassador by Mayor Mike Savage in 2016, was put on the market for $495,000 last July.

Dennis Campbell, CEO of Ambassatours, said at the time that the company had been subsidizing Theodore's operation for several years. With a severe reduction in waterfront visitors due to COVID-19, it decided to launch the tugboat into new waters. McKeil said he'd had his eye on Theodore long before this. He had offered to buy the tugboat a few years ago, but Campbell wasn't interested at the time.

When he heard that Theodore was being sold, McKeil said he called Campbell right away. He's also glad to see Ambassatours come through "a heck of a hard time" with the pandemic.)

"You know, we don't own anything. We spend time with things for a while and then we're gone," McKeil said. "Theodore … will be a big part of our life for a while. So we're excited about that."

McKeil said his sons, now 25, grew up watching the show and his whole family is excited to welcome the famous tug. Theodore will also be involved in promoting the preservation and protection of freshwater, McKeil said, as well as philanthropic projects like taking kids along for rides.

In the release Friday, Campbell said the company was looking for a buyer that would "harmonize" with Theodore's roots. "While fielding inquiries from all over the world, it was the offer from Blair McKeil that felt like the best fit for Theodore's personality, experience and potential," Campbell said.

There was a local crowdfunding campaign launched in an attempt to buy Theodore and keep him in the province, but that closed in September 2020. The $2,100 raised was given to United Way Halifax instead, the page states.

Although the smiling vessel will soon be based in Ontario, Campbell said he's confident that Maritimers will see Theodore again during his promotional tours. McKeil said he is hopeful that will happen at some point, "but Nova Scotia is always going to be his home." Theodore's departure date from Halifax has yet to be decided, since it will be influenced by weather and interprovincial COVID-19 regulations. But McKeil said Theodore will stick around Halifax for the next couple months, before he starts working his way up the Nova Scotia coast en route to Ontario in June.

Before becoming a Halifax harbor tour vessel operated by Murphy's and Ambassatours, Theodore spent many summers on the Great Lakes, other Canadian ports, and down the U.S. Eastern Seaboard promoting Nova Scotia as a destination.

CBC

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 27

On 26 March 1922, OMAR D. CONGER (wooden passenger-package freight, 92 foot, 200 gross tons, built in 1887, at Port Huron, Michigan) exploded at her dock on the Black River in Port Huron with such violence that parts of her upper works and engine were thrown all over the city. Some said that her unattended boiler blew up, but others claimed that an unregistered cargo of explosives ignited. She had been a Port Huron-Sarnia ferry for a number of years.

The CITY OF MOUNT CLEMENS (wooden propeller "rabbit,” 106 foot, 132 gross tons) was launched at the Chabideaux yard in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, on 26 March 1884. She was towed to Detroit to be fit out. She was built for Chapaton & Lacroix. She lasted until dismantled in 1921.

1935: A fire destroyed the small wooden bulk carrier ALICE M. GILL that had been laid up at Sandusky since the end of the 1926 season. The ship had been built as a tug for the logging industry and later served as a lighthouse tender and then a small bulk carrier. The remains were scrapped.

1971: The former CLEMENS SARTORI stranded off the coast of Algeria in bad weather as b) PIRAEUS while en route from Antwerp, Belgium, to Mersin, Turkey, and was abandoned by the crew as a total loss. The vessel was a pre-Seaway visitor to the Great Lakes for the West German firm of Sartori and Berger and, in July 1958, was the first westbound salty to use the recently opened American locks at Massena, NY. It made 20 trips to the Great Lakes (1959-1965) mainly on charter to the Hamburg-Chicago Line.

1976: RAMON DE LARRINAGA is remembered as the first Seaway era saltwater vessel into the port of Duluth-Superior, arriving amid great fanfare on May 3, 1959. The ship was sailing as c) MARIAN when it sustained hull damage clearing the port of Lisbon on this date in 1976. Portuguese authorities ordered the vessel towed out to sea and it foundered off Cascais, Portugal, the following day.

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

 

Strong steel demand fuels hopes for solid Great Lakes shipping season

3/26 - Duluth, MN – The Edgar B. Speer was one of about a dozen Great Lakes cargo ships taken out of service last year as the pandemic sapped the steel industry and demand for the Minnesota-mined iron ore that feeds it.

Now the thousand-foot vessel will be among the first ships to arrive in Two Harbors on Thursday afternoon to fill up on taconite bound for Midwestern steel mills.

"We've seen a huge uptick in demand for raw materials," said Eric Peace, spokesman for the Lake Carriers' Association, which represents U.S. vessels on the Great Lakes. "We're ready and raring to go, and while we can't predict what's going to happen with the economy, things are looking up."

The Great Lakes shipping season kicked off this week with high hopes for a much-improved year following rough waters while the pandemic ravaged the economy. Last season the Port of Duluth-Superior saw its lowest tonnage levels in more than 80 years. With taconite operations now back to full production — the iron ore pellets comprise the majority of shipments out of the port — it should be a busy, or at least normal, year on the waterfront.

"The Iron Range mines are open and active, the nation's blast furnace utilization rate has climbed back to pre-pandemic levels and there's an increasingly healthy demand for steel. All of that bodes well for the Port of Duluth-Superior," said Deb DeLuca, the port's executive director.

Analysts expect Cleveland-Cliffs and U.S. Steel, which own and operate the six active mines on the Iron Range, to turn a profit this year after losses in 2020.

Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves told investors earlier this year that "demand is good. That's the most important thing, demand is fantastic." The company's mines now include Hibbing Taconite and Minorca after the purchase of ArcelorMittal USA last year.

U.S. Steel, which lost $1.17 billion last year, expects to earn $265 million in the first quarter of 2021.

"Solid market fundamentals, low steel supply chain inventories, continued consumer-driven demand, and pent-up infrastructure demand has us increasingly bullish," CEO David Burritt said in a news release this month.

Last year the Port of Duluth-Superior shipped 15.3 million tons of taconite, the lowest level since 2015 and 2016 when mines were idled for an extended period due in part to foreign steel dumping.

The port moved a total of 25.8 million tons of cargo in 2020, the lowest level since 1938. An increase in grain exports through the Twin Ports was a bright spot, and that trend could continue — depending on a host of global factors.

"If Europeans are getting grain somewhere else or Ukraine has a great crop, that affects us in Duluth," said Stephen Sydow, operations manager with Daniel's Shipping Services. "There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to forecasting shipments. I'd live in one of those houses on top of the hill if I had all the answers."

On Monday the St. Lawrence Seaway opened to international ships, the first of which could arrive in Duluth within a week or so. Last year imports of wind turbine parts set a record, and DeLuca said the "early-season grain outlook appears to be business as usual, which is promising."

Already domestic ships loaded with coal and iron ore have left the port, bound for the Poe Lock on the eastern end of Lake Superior that opened at noon on Wednesday, 12 hours earlier than normal to help the Coast Guard break lingering and free-floating ice

"The ice is moving around, so when it starts shifting in and out of routes it can be more challenging," said Peace with the Lake Carriers' Association.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the lock, was "able to accommodate an early opening request due to being ahead of schedule and completing all required maintenance tasks during our annual winter season closure," the Corps said in a statement.

The smaller of the two Soo Locks that connect Lake Superior to the lower lakes will remain closed until mid-April. Peace said that could cause congestion depending on how many international ships are headed in and out of Lake Superior early this season.

Work toward a new Poe-sized lock — large enough to fit the ore-carrying lakers — is "looking good," Peace said. Dredging began last year on the $922 million project that is seen as vital for keeping commerce moving on the water should the one gateway connecting Minnesota iron ore to steel mills unexpectedly close.

Star Tribune

 

First ship of the season arrives at Hamilton harbor

3/26 - Hamilton, ON - The first ship of the season, Baie St. Paul, pulled into the harbor early Wednesday morning. The Hamilton port authority says navigating the rocky waters of the pandemic has shown the world the importance of sustainable supply chains. View the news report here: youtube.com/watch?v=LQf9sSeeezA

 

Port Reports -  March 26

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

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary Putney
Indiana Harbor was inbound Two Harbors 19:54. As of 19:45 the Joseph L. Block is due Two Harbors but was North of Outer Island. Also, as of 19:45, the Presque Isle was Northwest of Outer Island due Two Harbors. I can see the PI tying up at North of #2. Edwin H. Gott is also due Two Harbors and at 19:45 was Southwest of Grand Marais, MN. Edgar B. Speer is near the Keweenaw for Two Harbors and won't be in the area until 3/26. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on 3/26 is the Mesabi Miner.

Thunder Bay, ON
Thursday; Destination update; Algoma Strongfield is bound for Port Cartier. 9:24 CCGS Samuel departed the coast guard station and at 10:02 escorted Blair McKeil to open water and then resumed ice operations. Blair McKeil departed for Baie Comeau. 17:44 CCGS Samuel Risley returned to the coast guard station.

Marquette, MI – Fred A Tijan
March 25, 2021 season began with the arrivals of the Laura L. Vanenkevort at 02:13 with departure at 12:44 . and Joyce L. Vanenkevort at 02:12 with departure at 15:35 hour. The AIS has not been updated as of 15:30 . The Dirk S. Vanenkevort arrived on March 25 at 12:38 and was still loading at 15:30 . Waiting to dock is the Clyde S. Vanenkevort which layed up North of the dock as of 15:30 hr.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Tug John Marshall arrived from Calumet Harbor at 02:36 Thursday (03/25) with tee barges for loading at the COFCO elevator. Weather permitting, tug and barges should be heading back to Calumet Harbor early Thursday evening. This is the third trio of barges loaded at COFCO in 2020. Each barge can carry about 1,360 metric tons.

Northern Lake Huron
Alpena: Wednesday; 23:12 The cement carrier Alpena departed for the Lafarge Whitefish River Terminal in McGregor Bay. Thursday; 18:27 GL Ostrander / Integrity arrived to load cement products.
Stoneport: Thursday; 2:29 Manitowoc departed for Marine City.
McGregor Bay: 9:46 USCG Mackinaw arrived escorting the cement carrier Alpena to the Lafarge Whitefish River Terminal. 10:41 USCG Mackinaw departed for the east side of Bois Blanc Island.
Owen Sound: Thursday; 16:59 Algoma Sault departed her layup berth and was sailing north along the Bruce Peninsula.

Marine City, MI – Rod Burdick
Manitowoc arrived and opened the aggregate dock on Thursday, March 25, for the 2021-22 shipping season.

Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Monroe: Harvest Spirit departed Thursday for Thunder Bay at 10:43.
Sandusky: Kaye E. Barker arrived Wednesday at 20:04. Defiance arrived at 21:30.
Cleveland: Thursday arrivals were Petite Forte at 10:15 and Prentiss Brown at 13:43 for both St. Marys Cement terminals. New York was at Marathon.
Ashtabula: Defiance left Wednesday for Sandusky at 12:49.
Nanticoke: Algonova and Algonorth remained at anchor. Algoma Hansa arrived at Imperial Oil Thursday at 13:05.

Buffalo, NY – Brian Wroblewski
The 2021 shipping season in Buffalo got off to an early start in a place on the other side of the globe this year. The ocean-going bulk carrier Federal Seto left the port of Nueva Palmira, Uruguay with a load of sugar for Lackawanna on March 7th for her 6,000-mile journey that would take 3 weeks to complete. The crew of the ATB Victory-Maumee arrived to power up their vessels during the 2nd week of March after they sat in lay up since January 11th. They locked the tug into the notch of her barge and moved back about 150-feet along the dock at the Frontier Elevator on the 15th. The unloading boom was swung over the hopper on the side of the building for some prep work and remained there for a few days. Unloading speeds had to be matched up (since this was their first time) so that the boat didn’t overload the elevator’s system. Then, at 8 AM on the 17th, everything was ready and they started to discharge the first winter storage cargo in Buffalo since 2005. The Maumee had 600,000 bushels of wheat from Duluth on board and it took them about 36 hours to unload it all. The first arrival of the 2021 season was the NACC Argonaut on March 24th. She came in from Toronto with a priority split load of cement around 2PM and was towed up the river stern first by the tug Vermont. They were in a big hurry because the Michigan St. bridge was due to be locked in the lowered position for cable repairs this spring and LaFarge wanted a load in there as soon as possible so they didn’t get cut off by the closure. Since it was only a partial cargo, they were ready to depart by noon on the 25th. The captain used Argonaut's bow thruster to pivot off the dock and head out, clearing the Buffalo River through some left over brash ice in the Entrance Channel near the light house around 12:35 PM.

 

Fednav’s Arctic sold for scrap

3/26 - Fednav's multi-purpose vessel Arctic currently in Quebec City has been sold for demolition and recycling in Aliaga, Turkey. It is listed as a tanker / bulk carrier / ore carrier.(OBO carrier) Built at Port Weller in 1978 as a bulk carrier only, it was lengthened by the same shipyard in 1985 and converted.

René Beauchamp

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 26

On 26 March 1922, OMAR D. CONGER (wooden passenger-package freight, 92 foot, 200 gross tons, built in 1887, at Port Huron, Michigan) exploded at her dock on the Black River in Port Huron with such violence that parts of her upper works and engine were thrown all over the city. Some said that her unattended boiler blew up, but others claimed that an unregistered cargo of explosives ignited. She had been a Port Huron-Sarnia ferry for a number of years.

The CITY OF MOUNT CLEMENS (wooden propeller "rabbit,” 106 foot, 132 gross tons) was launched at the Chabideaux yard in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, on 26 March 1884. She was towed to Detroit to be fit out. She was built for Chapaton & Lacroix. She lasted until dismantled in 1921.

1935: A fire destroyed the small wooden bulk carrier ALICE M. GILL that had been laid up at Sandusky since the end of the 1926 season. The ship had been built as a tug for the logging industry and later served as a lighthouse tender and then a small bulk carrier. The remains were scrapped.

1971: The former CLEMENS SARTORI stranded off the coast of Algeria in bad weather as b) PIRAEUS while en route from Antwerp, Belgium, to Mersin, Turkey, and was abandoned by the crew as a total loss. The vessel was a pre-Seaway visitor to the Great Lakes for the West German firm of Sartori and Berger and, in July 1958, was the first westbound salty to use the recently opened American locks at Massena, NY. It made 20 trips to the Great Lakes (1959-1965) mainly on charter to the Hamburg-Chicago Line.

1976: RAMON DE LARRINAGA is remembered as the first Seaway era saltwater vessel into the port of Duluth-Superior, arriving amid great fanfare on May 3, 1959. The ship was sailing as c) MARIAN when it sustained hull damage clearing the port of Lisbon on this date in 1976. Portuguese authorities ordered the vessel towed out to sea and it foundered off Cascais, Portugal, the following day.

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

 

New shipping season underway at Soo Locks

3/25 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The Soo Locks opened for the season just after noon on Wednesday. The first upbound passage was the tug Laura L. VanEnkevort / barge Joseph H. Thompson.

Capt. Daniel Deady and Chief Engineer Randy Steen, greeted by a small group of local dignitaries, were presented with two plaques, First Boat 2021 ball caps and copies of Know Your Ships. Boatwatchers filled the observation stand and Soo Locks Park grounds despite a steady rain as the vessels locked through.

They were followed up by fleetmates Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. Joseph L. Block was next, with Capt. Ray Sheldon, retiring when the vessel arrives at Two Harbors after more than 44 years on the lakes. Capt. Sheldon blew multiple salutes to friends and family, including his wife Peggy, who was holding a large banner wishing her husband well in retirement and signed by many of the Boatnerds on hand for the event.

The next vessels were Indiana Harbor, followed by Dirk S. VanEnkevort/Michigan Trader, Edwin H. Gott, Sharon M 1 / Huron Spirit, Presque Isle, Walter J. McCarthy Jr., James R. Barker, Stewart J. Cort and Edgar B. Speer. American Spirit and Spruceglen were nearing DeTour at 10 p.m.

Burns Harbor was above the locks Wednesday night and will be the first downbound for the season. View reports about opening day at this link: https://www.9and10news.com/2021/03/24/mtm-on-the-road-soo-locks-open-early-for-the-season

 

Port Reports -  March 25

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

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha spent Wednesday moored at SMET, loaded and waiting on gale conditions on Lake Superior to calm and allow for her departure. Lee A. Tregurtha and Hon. James L. Oberstar are both still in winter layup at Fraser Shipyards. Edward L. Ryerson remains tied at Fraser in long-term layup, however rumors of a possible return to service for the historic vessel have become more common in recent months now that she is under the ownership of Cleveland-Cliffs. Over the winter, Fraser made great progress on the construction of Mary Ann Market, a ferry that will be delivered to Miller Boat Line for service on Lake Erie this spring/early summer. Elsewhere in the harbor, scrapping continues on the cement carrier J.B. Ford in the Azcon Metals slip. She has been moored there since 2015 waiting to be cut up; already, her stern cabins, upper cargo holds and hull have been removed.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday, 21:02 Blair McKeil arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. Wednesday; 7:48 CCGS Samuel Risley departed the coast guard station to resume ice operations. 18:04 Algoma Strongfield departed downbound.18:04 CCGS Samuel Risley returned to the coast guard base.

Sturgeon Bay, WI
Wilfred Sykes, sporting new Cleveland-Cliffs stack logos, left Bay Shipbuilding and departed Sturgeon Bay at 14:41 Wednesday afternoon, headed for Lake Superior to load her first cargo of the season. Still in layup at the yard are American Century, Roger Blough, American Mariner, John J. Boland, John G. Munson, and Cason J. Callaway.

Northern Lake Huron:
Alpena: Wednesday; 15:38 The cement carrier Alpena arrived at the Lafarge plant to load.
Stoneport: Wednesday; 1:49 Manitowoc arrived to load limestone.

Lake Erie Ports Wednesday – Bill Kloss, David Nolan
Monroe: Harvest Spirit arrived Wednesday with steel coils from Nanticoke at 03:34.
Toledo: Arthur M. Anderson left Wednesday at 19:17. She is headed for Duluth.
Cleveland: G.L. Ostrander departed for Toledo yesterday morning at 04:26.
Ashtabula: Kaye E. Barker left for Dearborn at 12:55. Three coal storage silos were leveled Wednesday morning on the Lower Lakes Coal Dock.
Nanticoke: Algocanada departed Wednesday for Sarnia at 12:23. Algonova remained at anchor. Algonorth was at the Port Dover anchorage, arriving there at 17:51 last night.

 

Museum extends spring series to include 2 new virtual lectures

3/25 - Toledo, OH – Due to the success of their previous presentations, the National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL) is announcing the addition of two more lectures to their 2021 Spring Virtual Lecture Series. The first added lecture titled “An Illustrated History of the Soo Locks” will take place Wednesday, April 14, at 7 p.m. and features Michelle Briggs, who, since 2009, has served as the Soo Locks’ Chief Park Ranger.

“Our virtual lectures have surpassed our expectations. We’re breaking attendance records well beyond any we ever saw pre-pandemic,” explains Carrie Sowden, the museum’s Archaeology Director and virtual lecture moderator. “Additionally, because our membership extends across the nation and beyond, the virtual presentations have allowed us to continue spreading our mission to individuals who previously might not have been able to join us due to distance barriers.”

Traditionally, the museum’s Spring Lecture Series consists of three presentations. This season the museum will host five virtual lectures after consistently reaching 250-500 registrants, for every lecture since kick-off. Not included in that total is the number of individuals also connecting to their lectures post-production via YouTube.

The upcoming Soo Locks lecture will showcase hundreds of historic photos to lead an in-depth exploration of the National Historic Landmark and linchpin of Great Lakes navigation. Then on May 12 at 7 p.m., Great Lakes vessel historian and photographer Chris Winters will highlight the St. Marys Challenger (a sister ship of NMGL’s Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship) whose pilot house will soon join the museum grounds as their newest artifact.

For more information on both lectures or to register for the events, visit nmgl.org. Event registration is required but free. Donations are encouraged and can be given at registration.

National Museum of the Great Lakes

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 25

HENRY G. DALTON (Hull#713) was launched March 25, 1916, at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co., for the Interlake Steamship Co., Cleveland, Ohio – the company's first 600 footer.

FRANK R. DENTON was launched March 25, 1911, as a.) THOMAS WALTERS (Hull#390) at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. for the Interstate Steamship Co., Cleveland, Ohio.

On March 25, 1927, heavy ice caused the MAITLAND NO 1, to run off course and she grounded on Tecumseh Shoal on her way to Port Maitland, Ontario. Eighteen hull plates were damaged which required repairs at Ashtabula, Ohio.

The steamer ENDERS M. VOORHEES participated in U.S. Steel's winter-long navigation feasibility study during the 1974-75 season, allowing only one month to lay up from March 25th to April 24th.

March 25, 1933 - Captain Wallace Henry "Andy" Van Dyke, master of the Steamer PERE MARQUETTE 22, suffered a heart attack and died peacefully in his cabin while en route to Ludington, Michigan.

1966: The French freighter ROCROI made one trip through the Seaway in 1959. The ship arrived at Halifax on this date in 1966 with interior damage after the 'tween decks, loaded with steel, collapsed crushing tractors and cars beneath. The vessel was repaired and survived until 1984 when, as e) THEOUPOLIS, it hit a mine en route to Berbera, Somalia, on August 14, 1984. The vessel was badly damaged and subsequently broken up in India.

1973: The former MONTREAL CITY caught fire as b) RATCHABURI at Bangkok, Thailand, on March 24, 1973. It was loading a cargo of jute and rubber for Japan on its first voyage for new Thai owners. The vessel was scuttled and sank on March 25 in Pattani Bay, South Thailand. The ship began coming through the Seaway for the Bristol City Line when new in 1963.

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

 

Great Lakes shipping season poised for rebound

3/24 - Duluth, MN – As indicators go, this week's 12-hour head start to the 2021-22 Great Lakes shipping campaign is viewed as a positive sign for an industry coming off historic losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It happened because industry partners requested to open early in order to accelerate the resupply of iron ore to steel mills on the lower lakes," Duluth Seaway Port Authority Executive Director Deb DeLuca said last week. "It bodes well for our port."

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved the opening of the Soo Locks, on the eastern end of Lake Superior, for 11 a.m. Wednesday — a half-day ahead of the industry's usual start under the cover of midnight.

The announcement was met with vigor. The vessel traffic website Harbor Lookout shows a dozen ore boats arriving at loading docks in the Twin Ports, Two Harbors and Silver Bay beginning Thursday afternoon. All of the arrivals are set to leave with loads of taconite iron ore.

Mines on the Iron Range are open and active. Blast furnaces at steel mills on the lower lakes are being used at rates nearing 80% and rising. "2021 does seem poised for a rebound in tonnage," DeLuca said. "There's an increasingly healthy demand for steel. So, that's all positive."

Iron ore is the primary cargo in the Twin Ports, accounting for roughly two-thirds of all cargoes. Last season, 15.4 million tons of iron ore moved through the port of Duluth-Superior — the worst total since illegal foreign steel created a glut in the domestic market in 2015 (13.9 million tons) and 2016 (14.8 million tons).

The ore slump left total tonnage through the port of Duluth-Superior at 25.8 million short tons last season — the lowest single-season total since 1938, when 23 million tons of cargo left the port.

"Shipments of some construction materials, petroleum, and iron ore took a heavy hit from the pandemic," said Bruce Burrows, president and CEO for the Canada-based Chamber of Marine Commerce, noting improvements by season's end. "Key cargo segments like iron ore and construction materials will continue to improve, but the extent will be dependent on the pace of economic recovery in both countries, and how governments handle vaccination distribution and economic stimulus measures."

While the pandemic saw to it that cargo movements suffered last year, workers aboard the boats appeared to stay healthy. The U.S. Coast Guard reported no positive COVID-19 cases on ships transiting Duluth-Superior last season. To keep that record intact, the industry needs to have its workers vaccinated, Burrows said.

"These workers are just as much frontline workers as those in trucking, rail, airline and other essential services that have ensured our supply chains continue to operate," Burrows said. "Vaccinations will be important to ensure the mobility of our workers and to improve opportunities for crews to have shore leave, which is incredibly important for their health and well-being."

Grain movements buoyed the Great Lakes system last season with a banner year, driven by a 27% surge in exports. "Ports with strong grain volumes were able to make up for declines in other cargo volumes," Burrows said.

That wasn't the case in Duluth-Superior, where grains came in slightly under 2019's figure — 1.4 million tons last year compared to 1.5 million tons the year prior. "It's a commodity prone to fluctuation," DeLuca said. "We're expecting business as usual."

One cargo for which a rebound isn't a given: coal. Coal tonnage through the Twin Ports peaked at 22.1 million short tons in 2008. The intervening years have not been kind to the Superior coal dock, Midwest Energy Resources Co., where coal totals fell to 5.4 million short tons in 2020.

The retiring of coal-fueled power plants is one reason, said Detroit-based spokesperson Renee McClelland. "We anticipate having a better season than last year as the winter was not as mild as the previous year, and the pandemic really impacted us during the first half of last year," McClelland said.

She noted the loss of coal exports — once a staple, but now a forgotten cargo for outgoing foreign ships.

"The export market has dried up for MERC at this time as the cost of coal we were competing against has come down dramatically in the past six to seven years," McClelland said.

The dock has been able to deliver new coal types to new customers, "but not enough to cover the volume losses we have experienced due to customers retiring their power plants that utilize coal," McClelland said.

For now, coal continues to have a loyal customer in the steel-makers. "Coal is still an important input for steel-making, so that domestic market continues," Burrows said.

Finally, after back-to-back record-breaking years for windmill components, DeLuca doesn't expect wind energy parts to reach those levels this year. In fact, project cargoes figure to be down, DeLuca said, explaining that general cargoes come in chunks at a time.

"It depends on having projects in the region we can serve," she said. "We'll have a decent year, but nothing like last year."

Asked if there were other indicators that could spell a recovery from last year's pandemic-addled shipping campaign, DeLuca pointed to the Port Authority's annual First Ship Contest.

Conducted with Visit Duluth, the winner of the contest is the person who correctly guesses the arrival of the first foreign vessel to Duluth-Superior.

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System opened for transit on the East Coast earlier this week. Contest entries have closed, and the winner of the contest receives a weekend stay in Duluth. "We've already surpassed entries from last year," DeLuca said. "We've got about 4,000 guesses. Obviously, lots of people are excited about the shipping season."

Duluth News Tribune

 

Soo Locks to open at noon Wednesday

3/24 - Sault Ste. Marie, MIG – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District’s Soo Area Office will open the Poe Lock at noon Wednesday, marking the start of the 2021 Great Lakes shipping season. First upbound passage will be the tug Laura L. VanEnkevort / barge Joseph H. Thompson. They are expected to be followed by fleetmates Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. Both combos were tied up at the lower piers Tuesday night.

Joseph L. Block and Indiana Harbor with follow the VanEnkevort vessels upbound. They were anchored at Nine Mile Tuesday evening.

Boatwatchers at the Soo for first boat will have access to the Soo Locks park and viewing platform. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working on plans to open the Soo Locks Visitor Center on May 9, depending on health condition as well as CDC, federal and state requirements.

 

Port Reports -  March 24

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

Duluth-Superior – David Schauer
The last boat to arrive in January was also the first departure of the 2021 Twin Ports shipping season as the Burns Harbor departed Superior Tuesday after loading ore at BNSF. It was a raw day with high winds off the lake and rain, but Captain Terry Heyns made sure the small gathering of boat fans weren't disappointed, as he provided five salutes to open the new season.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday, 9:33 CCGS Samuel Risley arrived to conduct ice ops. 14:27 Algoma Strongfield left here layup berth at Keefer Terminal and shifted to the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 15:10 Blair McKeil departed the Heddle Shipyard and shifted to Keefer Terminal for port services. 19:33 Blair McKeil departed Keefer Terminal for the Mission River to load grain.

St. Marys River – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District
The Soo Locks Webcams are back up and running, just in time for the 2021 navigation season. Check them out here: https://soowebcams.lre.usace.army.mil/

Sturgeon Bay, WI
On Tuesday at 9:51 am the 1,004-foot James R. Barker departed winter layup at Bay shipping for Duluth/Superior. On Tuesday at 1:00 pm the 1,000-footer Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed for Two Harbors.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Tug John Marshall with three barges carrying grain cleared for Calumet Harbor at 22:14 Monday (03/22). After spending winter in Milwaukee, the Stewart J. Cort cleared for Duluth Superior at 17:11 Tuesday (03/23). No other marine traffic is currently expected.

Northern Lake Michigan
Charlevoix: Tuesday; 9:24 Prentiss Brown / St Marys Challenger departed for Cleveland.

Monroe, MI
Harvest Spirit is expected early Wednesday to unload steel coils.

Lake Erie Ports Tuesday – Bill Kloss, David Nolan
Cleveland: Tuesday departures were McKeil Spirit at 07:42 for Picton and Sea Eagle II at 12:07 for Toledo. G.L. Ostrander was the lone arrival, going to LaFarge at 01:27.
Ashtabula: Kaye E. Barker arrived Tuesday at 16:54. The rumor is out that the coal storage silos are coming down Wednesday. The base of one has been whittled away about 50 percent. The belts have been removed. All that is left now are the coal bridge over the river, the reclaimer and these silos.
Erie, PA: Mesabi Miner departed Tuesday at 10:28 for Silver Bay.
Nanticoke: Harvest Spirit left for Monroe Monday at 12:07. Algonova arrived at the Port Dover anchorage at 05:12 and Algocanada arrived at 18:41.

 

More vessels fit out for the season

3/24 - Here are the fit-outs for March 23.
American Spirit March 23
Blair McKeil March 23
CSL Laurentien March 23
Edgar B. Speer March 23
James R. Barker March 23
Mesabi Miner March 23
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. on March 23
Paul R. Tregurtha loaded their first coal cargo at MERC on March 23

Denny Dushane

 

Man facing charges for untying tugboat from Oswego maritime museum

3/24 - Oswego, NY – On Sunday, the Oswego Police Department was called to the H. Lee White Maritime Museum for an unsecured vessel. Around 9:40 a.m., an LT-5 tugboat that was tied at the museum in the harbor was found drifting unattended. The Oswego Fire Department’s Marine Unit responded, and with the help of private contractors, the tugboat was secured.

An investigation identified Shawn M. Moore, 43, as the person responsible for untying the tugboat. Moore has been charged with criminal tampering and reckless endangerment of property.

The LT-5 tugboat, maintained and operated by the H. Lee White Maritime Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The LT-5 tugboat participated in the D-Day Invasion of World War II, leaving Exmouth, England as part of a fleet of tugs, barges, merchant ships, and concrete caissons with the mission of establishing artificial harbors to ensure the steady supply of men and materials needed for the continued assault of German forces. Delayed by heavy winds, the LT-5 arrived off the coast of Normandy in the early morning of June 7th, 1944. After remaining in service throughout World War II, the LT-5 returned to the United States and helped with the maintenance of harbors and worked on construction projects including the St. Lawrence Seaways. The LT-5, now part of the maritime museum, serves as a regional attraction, open for tours and display in Oswego throughout the year.

“It is unfortunate that a person had the urge to take such time and energy trying to destroy a local, unique and iconic landmark like the LT-5 tugboat. Regardless, we pledged yesterday to do whatever it takes to track down whoever was responsible for this thoughtless act and let’s hope the justice system holds this individual accountable,” said Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow.

WIBV

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 24

ALPENA (Hull#177) was launched on March 24, 1909, at Wyandotte, Michigan, by Detroit Ship Building Co. for the Wyandotte Transportation Co.

IRVIN L. CLYMER was launched March 24, 1917, as a.) CARL D. BRADLEY (Hull#718) at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. the third self-unloader in the Bradley Transportation Co. fleet.

The SAMUEL MATHER was transferred on March 24, 1965, to the newly-formed Pickands Mather subsidiary Labrador Steamship Co. Ltd. (Sutcliffe Shipping Co. Ltd., operating agents), Montreal, Quebec, to carry iron ore from their recently opened Wabush Mines ore dock at Pointe Noire, Quebec to U.S. blast furnaces on Lakes Erie and Michigan. She was renamed b.) POINTE NOIRE.

PETER ROBERTSON was launched March 24, 1906, as a) HARRY COULBY (Hull#163) at Wyandotte, Michigan, by Detroit Ship Building Co. for the L. C. Smith Transit Co., Syracuse, New York.

On 24 March 1874, the 181-foot, 3-mast wooden schooner MORNING STAR was launched at E. Saginaw, Michigan, by Crosthwaite.

On 24 March 1876, CITY OF SANDUSKY (wooden side-wheel passenger/package freight vessel, 171 foot, 608 gross tons, built in 1866, at Sandusky, Ohio) burned and sank in the harbor at Port Stanley, Ontario.

On 24 March 1876, MINNIE CORLETT (wooden scow-schooner, 107 gross tons, built before 1866) was sailing light from Chicago, Illinois, to Two Rivers, Wisconsin, on Lake Michigan when she stranded and then sank. No lives were lost.

1905: The wooden passenger and freight carrier LAKESIDE was built in Windsor in 1888. It spent most of its life operating between Niagara and Toronto. During fit out on this date in 1905, the ship sank at the dock in Port Dalhousie when water was sucked in through the seacock after the engine filling the boiler shut down. The hull was refloated and returned to service until the DALHOUSIE CITY was built in 1911.

1981: The West German freighter ANNA REHDER first came through the Seaway in 1967 when it was two years old. It was sold and renamed LESLIE in 1973. The captain last reported his position on this date in 1981 and that they were encountering heavy weather while en route from Boulogne, France, to Umm Said, Qatar. There was no further word and it is believed that the ship went down with all hands in the Atlantic off the coast of Spain. A ring buoy was later found north of Cape Finnestere.

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

 

Soo Locks to open early: Shipping season begins this week

3/23 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District’s Soo Area Office will open the Poe Lock at noon Wednesday, marking the start of the 2021 Great Lakes shipping season.

The office believes the start will provide a safer timeframe for vessels to transit Whitefish Bay and the St. Marys River. It also facilitates U.S. Coast Guard ice breaking prior to and after the initial lock transits, said James Weakley, president of the Lake Carriers Association, in a news release.

“The efficiency of icebreaking for the first transits is the primary driver for this request,” Weakley said. “The shipping industry requested an early season opening to ensure safety of the vessels, officials said.

The Detroit District accommodated an early opening request due to being ahead of schedule and completing all required maintenance tasks during the annual winter season closure, said District Commander Lt. Col. Scott Katalenich in a news release.

The locks officially closed Jan. 15 to undergo critical repairs and maintenance during the 10-week winter shutdown. Maintenance crews performed a variety of tasks on the Poe Lock, including dry docking and repairing a barge, performing upstream and downstream miter gate structural repair work, replacing ice flushing valves on the upstream miter gates and making repairs to a filling valve and an emptying valve.

Other work included intermediate gate sill repairs, cleaning the Poe Lock’s underfloor drainage system, replacing fender timbers on the piers, and inspecting and performing preventative maintenance on electrical and mechanical systems for the Poe and MacArthur locks.

“We worked hard to accelerate work up front during our annual closure, with crews working 10 hours for six days straight to optimize the short time available for critical maintenance and repairs,” Katalenich said. “Due to the hard work of our maintenance crews and some mild weather at the beginning of our closure period, we’ve been able to accomplish all required work ahead of schedule.”

Poe Lock rewatering began March 15, which will support U.S. Coast Guard ice breakers preparing the shipping channels for the opening of the navigation season. nThe MacArthur Lock, located south of the Poe, will remain closed until mid-April.

“We welcome visitors into the park for the 2021 Soo Locks season opening,” Katalenich said. “The park and viewing platform will be open, but we ask everyone entering the park follow (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines and (Department of Defense) instructions to wear masks on federal property, including outdoor shared spaces when social distancing cannot be maintained.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working on plans to open the Soo Locks Visitor Center on May 9, depending on health condition as well as CDC, federal and state requirements.

“We’re excited about the possibility of opening the visitor center and have several new exhibits for visitors to enjoy,” chief park ranger Michelle Briggs said in a news release.

The Mining Journal

 

Baie St. Paul opens Seaway, other vessels sail on first trips of the season

3/23 - Baie St. Paul was given the Top Hat for first upbound ship at Montreal and the St. Lambert Lock Monday, however the Tim S. Dool was the first overall upbound vessel, departing Cote Ste. Catherine where they were laid-up for the winter.

Departures from layup included:
Burns Harbor March 22 to BNSF #5 to load.
Edwin H. Gott March 22 from Toledo to Two Harbors.
Indiana Harbor March 21 from Ashtabula to Two Harbors.
Joseph L. Block March 22 from Sturgeon Bay to Two Harbors.
Manitowoc March 22 from Ashtabula to Stoneport.
Presque Isle March 22 from Erie to Two Harbors.

It was a busy opening day at the Seaway locks, with Thunder Bay sailing from Montreal and Spruceglen from Toronto. Algoma Mariner and Algonorth were also upbound in the Seaway Monday.

Denny Dushane

 

Port Reports -  March 23

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

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Burns Harbor left her layup dock at Lakehead Pipeline in Superior around 16:00 Monday afternoon and shifted to Husky Energy for fuel. She left the dock and moved down to Burlington Northern at 19:30 to load her first cargo of the season; her departure on Tuesday will mark the official beginning of the 2021 season in the Twin Ports. Paul R. Tregurtha, Lee A. Tregurtha and Hon. James L. Oberstar remain laid up in the harbor but should all be departing to begin their seasons within the next week or two.

St. Marys River
CCGS Samuel Risley, USCGC Katmai Bay, and USCGC Morro Bay locked up Monday to break ice in the upper river, while the Risley headed to Thunder Bay. The tug Laura L. VanEnkevort / barge Joseph H. Thompson may be the first upbound commercial lockage, headed for Marquette. The pair were at anchor above DeTour Monday along with fleetmates Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader.

Sturgeon Bay, WI – Daniel Lindner
Joseph L. Block left Bay Shipbuilding and departed Sturgeon Bay at 13:45 Monday afternoon, becoming the second vessel after Kaye E. Barker to leave winter layup. Her fleetmate Wilfred Sykes, which has been in layup since May of 2020, is expected to depart on Tuesday, while the rest of the layup fleet should follow suit in the following days.

Holland, MI – Bill Van Appledorn
The Undaunted/PM41 arrived late Monday afternoon to load scrap metal at the Padnos dock.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
After delivering liquid asphalt, Sarah Andrie/A-390 cleared for Indiana Harbor at 20:50 Saturday (03/20). Tug John Marshall arrived at 00:45 Sunday (03/21) with three river barges for loading at the COFCO elevator. Still in the harbor for winter lay-up are Stewart J. Cort, tug/barge Albert/Margaret and barge Innovation. No other marine traffic is currently expected.

Northern Lake Michigan
Lower St Marys River: Sunday; 22:13 Laura L Van Enkevort / Joseph H Thompson went to anchor. Monday; 7:18 Joyce L Van Enkevort / Great Lakes Trader went to anchor. Both are north of De Tour waiting for the Sault Locks to open Wednesday at noon and are bound for Marquette.
Cheboygan: Monday; 8:51 The tug Michigan and tanker barge Great Lakes arrived at the US Oil Co. terminal to unload petroleum products. 9:25 USCG Mackinaw departed to conduct ice ops east of Bois Blanc Island.

Lake Erie Ports Monday – Bill Kloss
Toledo: Monday departures were the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 06:07, Edwin H. Gott at 14:20 for Two Harbors and Dirk S. VanEnkevort for Marquette at 15:08. Cleveland: McKeil Spirit arrived on Monday at 10:25 for Lehigh Cement. Sea Eagle II is at St. Mary's Cement. Herbert C. Jackson is on the shuttles. New York left yesterday evening at 18:42.
Ashtabula: Leaving Monday were Kaye E. Barker at 08:47 for Dearborn and Manitowoc at 13:18 for Stoneport.
Erie, PA: Presque Isle departed Monday at 10:37 for Two Harbors.
Nanticoke: Harvest Spirit is at Stelco loading for Monroe, MI.

Toronto, ON – Gerry Ouderkirk
Toronto Drydock Co.'s tug Radium Yellowknife and barge Metis departed for Picton on Friday morning, arriving there Saturday afternoon. It was their first trip of the season.

 

Museum tug LT-5 rescued after drifting into harbor, police investigating

3/23 - Oswego, NY – The Port City’s historic harbor tugboat was successfully returned to its dock after becoming unmoored this past weekend, and authorities are investigating if someone deliberately set the vessel adrift.

Crews from the Oswego Fire Department, Oswego Police Department, H. Lee White Maritime Museum, Port of Oswego Authority and other agencies gathered at the end of the West First Street Pier on Sunday morning to attempt the recovery of the U.S. Army Transport LT-5, also known as the Elisha K. Henson. The 78-year-old tugboat was built in New York City and saw action in the English Channel during World War II. It's also a National Historic Landmark and was granted more than $350,000 for maintenance under the federal "Save America's Treasures" effort.

The United States Coast Guard first reported the ship was untethered from its seasonal moorings, according to Oswego Fire Department (OFD) Chief Randy Griffin.

“We’re not sure how much of it is sitting aground,” Griffin told The Palladium-Times as two of his officers approached and boarded the LT-5 from the department’s light watercraft. “When (the LT-5) broke free, or was let free, she started to drift away and she’s pretty steady on the sand right now.”

The portion of the Oswego Harbor adjacent to the West First Street Pier is dredged to allow the Coast Guard and United States Geological Survey to enter and exit, but the LT-5 drifted far enough to become stuck.

OFD personnel secured the ship’s lines, then brought the lines back to shore where they were attached to a waiting tow truck. The truck’s torque, combined with guidance from firefighters and other first responders, was able to guide the ship gently back to its berth. The entire process took roughly 15 minutes.

Officials said they’re investigating how the ship broke free. The LT-5's ropes were recently purchased and installed by the museum, and the lack of damage to the ropes raised immediate questions regarding the circumstances.

“(The LT-5) was here, like she has been all winter, and the lines were intact,” Griffin said. “If the rope was still here and broken in the middle, I’d think maybe it broke free. But it’s pretty clean.”

The LT-5 is owned by the Port of Oswego Authority, which also oversees the H. Lee White Maritime Museum. City officials confirmed that they are treating the matter as a potential criminal act, and on Sunday said the police department was pulling security footage from nearby cameras. The investigation is ongoing.

 

CSL focuses on testing green fuels and technologies as 2021 season begins

3/23 - Montreal, QC – On Monday, Canada Steamship Lines’ Trillium Class self-unloading ship Baie St. Paul was the first vessel to transit St. Lambert Lock, marking the official beginning of the St. Lawrence Seaway’s 63rd navigation season.

This is the second Seaway opening for Baie St. Paul, which began operating on the Great Lakes in 2013 as the first in a new class of smarter, cleaner and more efficient ships.

During the Seaway Opening ceremony, Louis Martel, President and CEO, The CSL Group, announced that CSL will be testing second generation biodiesel on half of its fleet over the course of the 2021 navigation season – a first for the Great Lakes shipping industry. These tests are a follow-up to the successful trials of B100 biodiesel fuel on the main engines of two CSL ships last year.

“Replacing fossil fuel with biodiesel on vessels requires no modification of existing equipment and provides a viable carbon neutral fuel source over its lifecycle, Mr. Martel explained. “This is what makes biofuels a very attractive option to reduce our environmental footprint, and we are eager to continue testing them and other solutions that offer the potential to contribute to cleaner air and waterways.”

CSL has aligned with Canada’s nationally determined targets under the Paris Climate Agreement with a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35% below 2005 levels by 2030.

To achieve this ambitious objective, CSL is taking concrete actions by building more efficient ships, investing in R&D and innovation, and exploring and testing new technologies, fuels and digital solutions.

Among them, CSL is building a new 26,000 DWT diesel-electric self-unloading ship, purpose-built for Windsor Salt with the most advanced environmental technologies. The vessel will service Windsor Salt’s Mines Seleine located in the eco-sensitive marine environment of the Magdalene Islands.

“The pace of transformation and digitalization we are witnessing in shipping today is a game-changer, and we are fully committed to modernizing and investing in the long-term viability, sustainability and success of our company and sector,” said Louis Martel.

“Marine transportation continues to be the most efficient, reliable and eco-responsible choice for shipping large cargos, and investments made today in green solutions will have positive impacts for generations to come.”

CSL

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 23

The National Transportation Safety Board unanimously voted on March 23,1978, to reject the U. S. Coast Guard's official report supporting the theory of faulty hatches in their EDMUND FITZGERALD investigation. Later the N.T.S.B. revised its verdict and reached a majority vote to agree that the sinking was caused by taking on water through one or more hatch covers damaged by the impact of heavy seas over her deck. This is contrary to the Lake Carriers Association's contention that her foundering was caused by flooding through bottom and ballast tank damage resulting from bottoming on the Six Fathom Shoal between Caribou and Michipicoten Islands.

On 23 March 1850, TROY (wooden side-wheel passenger/package freighter, 182 foot, 546 tons, built in 1845, at Maumee, Ohio) exploded and burned at Black Rock, New York. Up to 22 lives were lost. She was recovered and rebuilt the next year and lasted until 1860.

On 23 March 1886, Mr. D. N. Runnels purchased the tug KITTIE HAIGHT.

The 3,280 ton motor vessel YANKCANUCK commanded by Captain W. E. Dexter, docked at the Canadian Soo on 23 March 1964, to officially open the 1964 navigation season for that port. Captain Dexter received the traditional silk hat from Harbormaster Frank Parr in a brief ceremony aboard the vessel. The ship arrived in the Sault from Windsor, Ontario. Captain Dexter said the trip from Windsor was uneventful and he had no trouble with ice. This was the first time a ship from the Yankcanuck line had won the honor of opening the Sault Harbor.

1986: EBN MAGID visited the Seaway in 1970 as a) ADEL WEERT WIARDS and was on the cover of Know Your Ships for 1971. Following 2 explosions and a fire at sea at the end of January, the vessel docked this day at Milford Haven, U.K. to be unloaded. It was then sold to Belgian shipbreakers.

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

 

Tanker Dara Desgagnés sold for off-lakes service

3/22 - Reported for sale a few weeks ago, was the tanker Dara Desgagnés wintering in Montreal. It was recently sold to Soonoil, a company in the Dominican Republic. On paper, she was renamed Caribbean Energy and will sail under the Mongolian flag, port of registration Ulaanbaatar. As of Saturday morning, only the Desgagnés logo on the stack had been removed

René Beauchamp – Seaway News

 

Port Reports -  March 22

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

St. Marys River
Algonova tanker departed the Purvis dock at 9:55 a.m on Sunday March 21, headed down bound to Sarnia. CCGS Samuel Risley, USCGC Katmai Bay, USCGC Biscayne Bay and USCGC Morro Bay were working ice ops in the lower river getting ready for Wednesday’s season opener. The Risley will eventually be heading to Thunder Bay. The tug Laura L. VanEnkevort / barge Joseph H. Thompson may be the first upbound commercial lockage, headed for Marquette. The pair was inbound at DeTour Sunday just before 10 pm. Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader was upbound on Lake Huron Sunday night, also for MarquetteV S. Lake Michigan Ports
Steamer Alpena was unloading cement Sunday at S. Chicago.

Northern Lake Michigan
Charlevoix: Sunday; 6:41 Prentiss Brown / St Marys Challenger arrived to load cement products.

Courtright, ON – Rod Burdick
McKeil Tug/Barge Sharon M I/Huron Spirit arrived and opened the brine dock on Sunday for the 2021-22 shipping season.

Lake Erie Ports Sunday – Bill Kloss, Michael Hopkins
Toledo: Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived Sunday morning at 08:49 from Port Colborne, ON. Laura L. VanEnkevort left Saturday 3/20 at 12:36 pm. Joyce L. Van Enkevort left Saturday 3/20 at 5 p.m.

Cleveland: Sunday arrivals were the tugs George Gradel from Sandusky at 14:53 and Sea Eagle II at 20:12. She proceeded to St. Marys Cement to unload.

Ashtabula: Indiana Harbor departed for Toledo Sunday afternoon at 16:11.

Nanticoke: Harvest Spirit arrived Sunday at 05:28 to load steel coils destined for Monroe, MI.

Seaway – Rene Beauchamp
Tim S. Dool is scheduled to leave the dock at Côte Ste-Catherine Monday morning upbound on opening day. Thunder Bay is the destination given on her AIS.

 

USS The Sullivans saved from sinking thanks to generous donations

3/22 - Buffalo, NY – USS The Sullivans, named for five Irish-American brothers who perished together in WWII, has received emergency funding to prevent it from sinking.

The Buffalo and Erie County Military & Naval Park announced on March 2 that it had exceeded its fundraising goal for emergency hull repairs for USS The Sullivans (DD-537), but noted that there is more work to be done to help preserve the historic ship.

A total of $230,000 has so far been raised, more than doubling the initial $100,00 goal, with more donations coming in. The fundraising campaign is now being extended to raise $1,000,000 to permanently repair USS The Sullivans.

USS The Sullivans (DD-537), a retired United States Navy Fletcher-class destroyer that was commissioned in September 1943, was named for the five Irish-American Sullivan brothers, George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and Albert. It was the first ship commissioned in the Navy that honored more than one person.

The five brothers, aged 20 to 27, all died when the USS Juneau, the ship on which they were all serving, was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on November 13, 1942. The death of the Sullivan brothers was the greatest military loss by any one American family during World War II.

Irish Central

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 22

On 22 March 1922, the Goodrich Transit Company purchased the assets and properties of the Chicago, Racine and Milwaukee Steamship Company. This sale included two steamers: ILLINOIS (steel propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 240 foot, 2,427 gross tons, built in 1899, at S. Chicago, Illinois) and PILGRIM (iron propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 209 foot, 1,921 gross tons, built in 1881, at Wyandotte, Michigan).

The GULF MACKENZIE sailed light March 22, 1977, on her maiden voyage from Sorel to Montreal, Quebec.

The tanker COMET (Hull#705) was launched March 22, 1913, at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. for the Standard Transportation Co. of New York.

THOMAS W. LAMONT (Hull#184) was launched March 22, 1930, at Toledo, Ohio by Toledo Shipbuilding Co. for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

March 22, 1885 - The Goodrich steamer MICHIGAN was crushed in heavy ice off Grand Haven, Michigan and sank. Captain Redmond Prindiville was in command, Joseph Russell was the first mate.

On 22 March 1873, TYPO, a wooden schooner/canaller, was launched at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She cost $25,000 and was commanded by Captain William Callaway.

On 22 March 1871, Engineer George Smith and two firemen were badly scalded on the propeller LAKE BREEZE when a steam pipe they were working on blew away from the side of the boiler. They were getting the engines ready for the new shipping season.

On 22 March 1938, CITY OF BUFFALO (steel side-wheeler passenger/package freight vessel, 340 foot, 2,940 gross tons, built in 1896, at Wyandotte, Michigan) caught fire during preparations for the spring season while at her winter moorings at the East Ninth Street dock in Cleveland, Ohio. She was totally gutted. The hulk was towed to Detroit for conversion to a freighter, but this failed to materialize. She was cut up for scrap there in 1940.

On 22 March 1987, the pilothouse of the 1901, steamer ALTADOC, which was used as a gift shop and 2-room hotel near Copper Harbor, Michigan, was destroyed by fire.

1973: The Swedish built NORSE VARIANT first came to the Great Lakes in 1965 just after completion. On March 22, 1973, the vessel was en route from Norfolk, VA, to Hamburg, Germany, with a cargo of coal when it ran into an early spring storm with 40 foot waves southeast of Cape May, N.J. The vessel was overwhelmed and sank with the loss of 29 lives. Only one man survived.

2006: The Collingwood-built Canadian Coast Guard ship SIR WILFRID LAURIER came to the rescue of those aboard the passenger ship QUEEN OF THE NORTH when the latter sank with the loss of two lives off the coast of British Columbia.

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

 

U.S. Coast Guard to open West Neebish Channel in the St. Marys River

3/21 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The Coast Guard will open the West Neebish Channel in the St. Marys River Tuesday morning, March 23.

Ice throughout the St Marys River is deteriorating rapidly. To prevent a collapse of the ice field that would hinder Neebish Island ferry operations, Coast Guard ice breaking tugs will carefully carve a track to the ferry crossing then begin flushing the rotten ice down river. Forecasted rain and above normal air temperatures will aid this endeavor.

Prior to announcing these plans, Coast Guard officials conferred with the Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority (EUPTA) and the local ferry operator to collect their input. For up-to-date information on ferry operations call the Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority (EUPTA) delays, cancellation, and updates hotline at (906) 632-1516, check the local ferry Facebook pages, or the EUPTA website at EUPTA.net.

 

Sharon M I, barge Huron Spirit start season

3/21 - The McKeil tug Sharon M I with barge Huron Spirit backed out of the Grand River at Port Maitland, ON, Saturday morning bound for Detroit MI, Courtright, ON and Thunder Bay, ON.

 

Port Reports -  March 21

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

St. Marys River
Algonova remained at the Purvis dock Saturday. Three Bay-class cutters were working ice in the lower river. CCGS Samuel Risley should be upbound Sunday for Thunder Bay.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Sarah Andrie/A-390 arrived from Indiana Harbor at 04:20 Saturday (03/20) with liquid asphalt for the Construction Resources Management terminal. At 09:28, Prentiss Brown/St. Marys Challenger cleared for Charlevoix after spending winter in Milwaukee. No other marine traffic is currently expected.

Muskegon, MI – Muskegon Ships
Undaunted and her barge Pere Marquette 41 came in with a load of slag for the Verplank Cobb Dock on Saturday.

Northern Lake Huron
Alpena: Friday; 6:45 GL Ostrander arrived at the Lafarge plant to load cement and departed at 17:27 for Detroit.
Owen Sound: Thursday; 14:00 CCGS Samuel Risley arrived to conduct ice ops and departed Friday at 10:41 for Midland.
Midland: Friday; 16:32 CCGS Samuel Risley arrived after completing ice ops and departed Saturday at 7:27 escorting Baie Comeau from her winter layup berth to open water. Once they reached the main body of Lake Huron, Samuel Risley sailed west for Thunder Bay, ON. Baie Comeau sailed south for Windsor.

Lake Erie Ports Saturday – Bill Kloss
Toledo: Joyce L. VanEnkevort departed Saturday at 16:52 for Marquette.
Cleveland: New York/Double Skin 509A arrived Saturday from Detroit at 07:46 for the Marathon terminal. Herbert C. Jackson is running shuttles.
Ashtabula: Kaye E. Barker departed for Dearborn at 03:22 Saturday morning.
Nanticoke: Algocanada departed yesterday at 13:26 for Sarnia. The Rt. Hon.Paul J. Martin departed at 15:49. She loaded slag at Stelco for Toledo.

Picton, ON: – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit was loading at Lehigh Cement Plant's dock on Saturday evening.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 21

The c.) CHEMICAL MAR of 1966 sustained severe damage when sulfuric acid leaked into the pump room while she was discharging her cargo at the island of Curacao on March 21, 1982. Flooding occurred later and the vessel was declared a constructive total loss. She was scrapped at Brownsville, Texas in 1983. From 1979 until 1981, CHEMICAL MAR was named b.) COASTAL TRANSPORT for the Hall Corp. of Canada. She never entered the lakes under that name.

NOTRE DAME VICTORY was floated from the drydock on March 21, 1951, three months and two days after she entered the dock, and was rechristened b.) CLIFFS VICTORY.

MARLHILL was launched on March 21, 1908, as a.) HARRY A. BERWIND (Hull#40) at Ecorse, Michigan by Great Lakes Engineering Works for G. A. Tomlinson of Duluth, Minnesota.

Pittsburgh Steamship Co.'s GEORGE F. BAKER was sold to the Kinsman Marine Transit Co., Cleveland, Ohio on March 21, 1965, and renamed b) HENRY STEINBRENNER.

On 21 March 1874, the two schooners NORTH STAR and EVENING STAR were launched at Crosthwaite's shipyard in East Saginaw, Michigan. They were both owned by John Kelderhouse of Buffalo, New York.

On 21 March 1853, GENERAL SCOTT (wooden side-wheeler, 105 foot, 64 tons, built in 1852, at Saginaw, Michigan) was tied up to her dock on the Saginaw River when she was crushed beyond repair by ice that flowed down the river during the spring breakup. One newspaper report said that while the vessel was being cleaned up for the new navigation season, a seacock was left open and she sank before the spring breakup.

1959: The retired sidewheel steamer WESTERN STATES, known as S.S. OVERNIGHTER, caught fire while waiting to be scrapped in 1959. The vessel had last sailed in 1950 and had briefly served as a flotel at Tawas, MI, before being sold for scrap. Final demolition of the hull was completed at Bay City later in the year.

1970: The West German freighter WILHELM NUBEL made one trip through the Seaway in 1959. It sustained machinery failure as c) SAN GERASSIMOS following an engine room fire on this date in 1970. The vessel was traveling from Galatz, Romania, to Lisbon, Portugal, with a cargo of maize and had to be abandoned by the crew. While taken in tow by the tanker STAVROS E., the ship sank in heavy weather in the Ionian Sea.

1998: Three crewmembers were killed by phosphine gas when they went to assess flooding damage in #1 hold after the MARIA A. encountered heavy weather on the South Atlantic. The ship, en route from Argentina to Jordan with wheat, put into Paranagua, Brazil for repairs. The ship had been a Seaway caller as RIGHTEOUS beginning in 1979 and as AFSAR in 1986. While renamed ARIA later in 1998, the British built bulk carrier was never repaired and was either scuttled or scrapped.

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

 

Picton company to begin container service to Great Lakes from Halifax

3/20 - Picton, ON – A new company based in Picton, ON, Doornekamp Lines, will begin container ship service in the Great Lakes from Halifax in May and a secondhand vessel has been purchased. This is the Gesina Schepers built in China in 2007. She sailed under the name Eemsdijk until 2018. She will be renamed Peyton Lynn C.

René Beauchamp Seaway News

 

Welland Canal opens for the season

3/20 - Port Colborne, ON – Florence Spirit was the first upbound vessel for 2021 at the Welland Canal and at Lock 3. CSL Tadoussac was the first downbound vessel. They were the first downbound at Lock 3 in 2020 as well. CSL Tadoussac wintered in Port Colborne and departed their lay-up dock heading downbound in the canal to Bowmanville to load cement clinkers for Detroit.

Traditionally, a top hat ceremony would be held to mark the occasion, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, the yearly event was not possible. The Montreal-Lake Ontario section doesn't open until Monday, March 22nd.

Denny Dushane

 

Port Reports -  March 20

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

St. Marys River
Algonova arrived in Sault Ste. Marie ahead of schedule and tied up at the Purvis dock at 12:10 p.m on Friday March 19/2021 to unload petroleum products.

Green Bay, WI – Jon
At 1:30 pm Thursday the Alpena arrived from Alpena, MI with cargo of cement to the Lafarge Terminal. It was the first ship of the 21-22 shipping season.

Northern Lake Huron
Cheboygan: Friday; 15:24 The tug Michigan and tanker barge Great Lakes departed for Sarnia.

Lake Erie Ports Friday – Bill Kloss
Nanticoke: Algosea departed for Sarnia at 09:46 Friday morning. The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived from Port Colborne at 16:54 Friday afternoon.

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Friday evening, in ballast, for Picton, Ont.

 

Significant changes to ATONs in Saginaw Bay channel listed

3/20 - Lake Huron - Saginaw Bay Channel - Chart 14867 The following will be made to Saginaw Bay Channel Aids to Navigation during the week of 11 April 2021. In summary between Saginaw Bay Channel Light "1" and "12" the unlighted buoy gates will be eliminated. The lighted buoy gates will repositioned from their current distance of 2 miles to 1.7 miles and the range of the light will be increased from 4 statute miles to 6 statute miles. From Light "12" to Lighted Buoy "28" the physical unlighted buoy gates will be eliminated and replaced with VAIS.

The aids will be renumbered as described below:

Saginaw Bay Channel Buoy "3" (LLNR 10590) move the buoy to approximant position 43-46-52.020N / 083-44-23.280W. Change the buoy from an unlighted buoy to a seasonal lighted buoy maintained from April 21 to December 1 replaced by a can winter mark. The light characteristic will be Fl G 4s with a nominal range of 5 statute miles.

Saginaw Bay Channel Buoy "4" (LLNR 10595) move the buoy to approximant position 43-46-53.763N / 083-44-27.273W gated with Lighted Buoy "3".

Change the buoy from an unlighted buoy to a seasonal lighted buoy maintained from April 21 to December 1 replaced by a nun winter mark. The light characteristic will be Fl R 4s with a nominal range of 5 statute miles.

Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "5" (LLNR 10600) move the buoy to approximant position 43-45-22.814 / 083-45-38.213W. The buoy will be seasonal maintained from April 21 to December 1 replaced by a can winter mark. The characteristic will remain Fl G 4s with a nominal range of 5 statute miles.

Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "6" (LLNR 10605) move the buoy to approximate position 43-45-24.338N / 083-45-42.298W gated with Lighted Buoy "5". The buoy will be seasonal maintained from April 21 to December 1 replaced by a nun winter mark. The characteristic will remain Fl R 4s with a nominal range of 5 statute miles.

Saginaw Bay Channel Buoy "7" (LLNR 10610) move the buoy to approximant position 43-43-54.183N / 083-46-51.978W gated with Light "8" (same position as lighted buoy "11" LLNR 10640). Change the buoy from an unlighted buoy to a seasonal lighted buoy maintained from April 21 to December 1 replaced by a can winter mark. The light characteristic will be Fl G 2.5s with a nominal range of 5 statute miles.

Saginaw Bay Channel Buoy "8" (LLNR 10615) permanently discontinue the aid.
Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "9" (LLNR 10620) permanently discontinue the aid.
Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "10" (LLNR 10625) permanently discontinue the aid.
Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "11" (LLNR 10640) permanently discontinue the aid and replace it with new Lighted Buoy "7" (LLNR 10610) Saginaw Bay Channel Light "12" (LLNR 10644) Change the name of the light to Saginaw Bay Channel Light "8" (LLNR 10644.) The characteristic will remain Fl G 2.5s with a nominal range of 6 statute miles.
Saginaw Bay Channel Buoy "13" (LLNR 10650) permanently discontinue the physical aid and replace it with VAIS Port Hand Mark "9".
Saginaw Bay Channel Buoy "14" (LLNR 10655) permanently discontinue the physical aid and replace it with VAIS Starboard Hand Mark "10".
Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "15" (LLNR 10660) Change the name of the aid to Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "11".
Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "16" (LLNR 10665) Change the name of the aid to Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "12".
Saginaw Bay Channel Buoy "17" (LLNR 10670) permanently discontinue the physical aid and replace it with VAIS Port Hand Mark "13".
Saginaw Bay Channel Buoy "18" (LLNR 10675) permanently discontinue the physical aid and replace it with VAIS Starboard Hand Mark "14".
Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "19" (LLNR 10680) Change the name of the aid to Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "15".
Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "20" (LLNR 10685) Change the name of the aid to Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "16".
Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "21" (LLNR 10710) Change the name of the aid to Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "17".
Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy"22" (LLNR 10715) Change the name of the aid to Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "18".
Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "23" (LLNR 10720) Change the name of the aid to Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "19".
Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "24" (LLNR 10725) Change the name of the aid to Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "20".
Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "25" (LLNR 10735) Change the name of the aid to Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "21".
Saginaw Bay Channel Light "26" (LLNR 10730) Change the name of the aid to Saginaw Bay Channel Light "22".
Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "28" (LLNR 10740) Change the name of the aid to Saginaw Bay Channel Lighted Buoy "24"

USCG

 

Chapter seven of Seaway Queens now available

3/20 - Thank you for your ongoing support of Seaway Queens. Chapter seven is ready for order at this link: https://mailchi.mp/452cb60ba14a/seawayqueens

The Seaway Queens Crew

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 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.

 

Port Reports -  March 19

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

Northern Lake Huron
Alpena: Thursday; 8:01 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Green Bay.

Lake Erie Ports Thursday – Bill Kloss
High winds on Lake Erie had boats staying off the lake on Thursday. Cleveland: Herbert C. Jackson was at Cliffs.
Ashtabula: Kaye E. Barker was in port.
Nanticoke: Algocanada was at anchor off of Port Dover. Algosea as at Imperial Oil.

Welland Canal – Barry Andersen
Florence Spirit departed Hamilton early morning Thursday and headed east to check all her systems, arriving off Port Weller at 1610. She will be the first upbound vessel, leaving tie-up wall at 0700 hours. Algoterra was at anchor off Port Colborne, awaiting the order of turn for lock 8. CSL Tadoussac and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin are still tied above lock 8 at winter berths.

Toronto, ON – Gerry Ouderkirk
Wednesday evening Spruceglen was moved from her winter berth at Pier 51 to the Redpath Sugar dock, with the assistance of Omni Richelieu. She will be turned later this week to facilitate unloading operation.

Seaway News – René Beauchamp
There are only four days until the Seaway opens. As of Thursday morning, only one foreign-flagged vessel was en route to a Seaway / Great Lakes port, Federal Cedar, destination Sault Ste. Marie. It should transit between March 22 and 28. The following foreign vessels are also likely to transit but will need to be confirmed: Atlantic Spirit, Heerengracht, Trinityborg, Federal Yoshino, RF Stella, Rodopi and Tufty.

 

Shifting sand, water reveal shipwreck

3/19 - Whitehall, MI – A change in Lake Michigan water levels has revealed a shipwreck from the 1880s that is visible in western Michigan for the first time since 2018. Experts believe it’s the wooden spine of the Contest, said Craig Rich, director of the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association.

The wreckage is along the shore in Muskegon County, near where the White Lake channel meets Lake Michigan. In 2018, parts were seen for the first time since 1974, a result of changes in lake current, water levels and sand. Now the wreckage is visible again.

“The lake is a very living organism and it changes every day, basically,” Rich said Wednesday. “Things get covered and uncovered all the time.”

Traverse City Record Eagle and AP

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 19

W. R. STAFFORD (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 184 foot, 744 gross tons, built in 1886, at W. Bay City, Michigan) was freed from the ice at 2:00 a.m. on 19 March 1903, by the Goodrich Line’s ATLANTA. When the STAFFORD was freed, the ice then closed around the ATLANTA and imprisoned her for several hours. Both vessels struggled all night and finally reached Grand Haven, Michigan, at 5 a.m. They left for Chicago later that day in spite of the fact that an ice floe 2 miles wide, 14 miles long and 20 feet deep was off shore.

CARTIERCLIFFE HALL was launched March 19, 1960, as a.) RUHR ORE (Hull # 536) at Hamburg, Germany, by Schlieker-Werft Shipyard.

INDIANA HARBOR (Hull#719) was launched March 19, 1979, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, by Bay Shipbuilding Corp.

CITY OF GREEN BAY was launched March 19, 1927, as a.) WABASH (Hull#177) at Toledo, Ohio, by Toledo Ship Building Co., for the Wabash Railway Co.

ALFRED CYTACKI was launched March 19, 1932, as a.) LAKESHELL (Hull#1426) at Newcastle-on-Tyne, England by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd.

On 19 March 1886, the PICKUP (wooden passenger/package freight steamer, 80 foot, 136 gross tons, built in 1883, at Marine City, Michigan, was renamed LUCILE. She lasted until she sank off the Maumee River Light (Toledo Harbor Light), Toledo, Ohio, Lake Erie, on August 8, 1906.

1916 The canal-sized PORT DALHOUSIE saw only brief service on the Great Lakes. It was built in England as TYNEMOUNT in 1913 and came to Canada as PORT DALHOUSIE in 1914. It left for saltwater in 1915 and was torpedoed and sunk by UB-10 while carrying steel billets to Nantes, France. It went down March 19,1916, south and west of the Kentish Knock Light vessel and 12 lives were lost.

1978 BELKARIN was a Norwegian cargo carrier that made one trip inland in 1963. It struck a sunken warship in Suez Bay on March 19, 1978, as c) NAHOST JUMBO and the engine room was holed. The vessel, en route from Aqaba, Jordan, to Holland, settled in shallow water. The hull was refloated in January 1979 and sold for scrap.

1990 On March 19, an explosion in a container on board the Norwegian freighter POLLUX at La Baie, QC, killed two sailors, seriously injured a third as well as 7 Alcan dock employees. The ship made its first trip up the Seaway coming to to Port Weller Dry Docks May 18 for repairs. It was renamed there and left the lakes in August as d) NOMADIC POLLUX. This ship returned inland in 1997, 1998 and 1999 and was back as e) BALTICLAND in May 2004.

1993 An explosion and fire rocked the tanker SHIOKAZE in the North Sea en route to Rotterdam killing one member of the crew. The vessel had first been a Seaway trader in 1986 and returned in 1998 as DILMUN TERN bound for Hamilton with palm oil. It was scrapped, after 30 years of service, arriving at Alang, India, on June 14, 2010, as c) THERESA III.

2002 A hull crack of close to 13 feet was found on LAKE CARLING off Cape Breton Island while traveling from Sept-Iles to Trinidad with iron ore. Originally ZIEMIA CIESZYNSKA, the vessel first came to the Great Lakes in 1993 and was renamed LAKE CARLING at Chicago in October. The crack widened to 25 feet before the vessel could reach safety but the damage was repaired and it returned to service. The original name was restored in 2004 and the vessel was last on the lakes in 2009.

2003 A fire in the after end of the CALEDONIA on the Heddle Dry Dock in Hamilton was contained to one deck. The vessel was there for conversion to a sailing ship and the work was eventually completed. The ship had visited the Great Lakes as the coastal freighter PETREL in the late 1970s but was much more at home around Maritime Canada and Hudson Bay. As a sailing ship, it carries 77 passengers and visits Caribbean ports.

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

 

Port Reports -  March 18

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

Thunder Bay, ON
Wednesday; 9:19 USCG Alder resumed ice operations. 15:42 USCG Alder departed for Duluth.

St. Marys River – Know Your Ships
USCG cutters Katmai Bay, Neah Bay and Morro Bay were engaged in ice ops in the lower river on Wednesday.

Sturgeon Bay, WI
Central Marine Logistics ships Wilfred Sykes and Joseph L. Block, at Bay Shipbuilding, have had new Cleveland-Cliffs logos affixed to their stacks.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Tug Sarah Andrie arrived from Sturgeon Bay at 22:19 Tuesday (03/16) and was reunited with barge A-390. Fleetmate Rebecca Lynn, which had brought A-390 to Milwaukee Tuesday morning, cleared for Muskegon at 00:43 Wednesday (03/17). After A-390’s cargo of liquid asphalt was discharged at Construction Resources Management, Sarah Andrie/A-390 cleared for Indiana Harbor at 05:39. No other marine traffic is currently expected.

Northern Lake Huron:
Cheboygan: Wednesday; 13:25 USCG Mackinaw arrived at the coast guard station.
Alpena: Wednesday; 19:05 The cement carrier Alpena arrived at the Lafarge plant to load.

Lake Erie Ports Wednesday – Bill Kloss
Cleveland: Herbert C. Jackson is scheduled for 12 shuttles.
Ashtabula: Kaye E. Barker arrived from layup at 23:30.
Nanticoke: Algosea came in from anchorage at 06:47. Algocanada was still at Imperial Oil.

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

Seaway – Yvan Gingras and René Beauchamp
At around 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, the hovercraft Sipu Muin broke the ice at the entrance to the Seaway, the section between Longueuil and the Saint-Lambert lock. The work was done quickly.

 

Milwaukee Clipper calls for volunteers to renovate historic passenger steamer

3/18 - https://www.wzzm13.com/video/news/milwaukee-clipper-calls-all-aboard-volunteers-needed-to-renovate-historic-passenger-steamer/69-8fe78de0-a1a6-44d1-aa99-5b9543173bc8

 

Boatnerd lay-up list

3/18 - Please send fit-out information to news@boatnerd.com. Please include date of departure. View the list at this link: http://www.boatnerd.com/layup/layup20-21.htm

 

Virtual Visitor Center event: Centuries of Innovations: Great Lakes Vessel Evolution

3/18 - From the Griffon to the Paul R. Tregurtha, Great Lakes ships have carried innovation through time. Join Rangers Kasey and Scott from the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center to explore the trials and triumphs of Great Lakes vessel evolution.

The free program begins at 12:30 EST (11:30 CST), today, Thursday, March 18 in the Virtual Visitor Center, use a Chrome browser to join on the web: https://www.gotomeet.me/VirtualVisitorCenter/vessel-evolution. The Virtual Visitor Center is a cooperative endeavor between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Soo Locks Visitor Center Association and Lake Superior Marine Museum Association. https://www.facebook.com/events/2782583908724178/

For those unable to attend live, the program will be recorded and posted later on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqtbMFyAaYYO9TIAaaK2HTLr0Ph4A5FRF.

 

Obituary: John Meyland

3/18 - Our friend and Boatnerd John C. Meyland of Clarkston, MI, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 14th at the age of 80. John was a very active participant in Boatnerd activities and events for many years. He may be best remembered for his photography skills and was proud to share them with anyone interested. A private family funeral will be held this week.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 18

In 1967, under the command of Captain Ray I. McGrath, the Columbia Transportation Company's HURON (steel propeller self-unloader bulk freighter, 415 foot, 4,810 gross tons, built in 1914, at Ecorse, Michigan) cleared Fairport, Ohio, and headed to Toledo, Ohio for a load of coal. She was the first freighter to sail in the new season. She sailed on the same day that the U. S. Steel's Bradley Fleet of seven vessels started fitting out.

On 18 March 1906, the Goodrich Line's ATLANTA (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 200 foot, 1,129 gross tons, built in 1891, at Cleveland, Ohio) was sailing from Sheboygan, Wisconsin for Milwaukee. When she was 14 miles south of Sheboygan, fire was discovered in the aft hold and quickly spread to the engine room. She ran out of steam, making the fire pumps inoperable. There were 65 persons aboard and Capt. Mc Cauley gave the order to abandon. The fish tug TESSLER came to help and only one life was lost. As the TESSLER was steaming to port, the Goodrich Line's GEORGIA came into view and took on all of the survivors. The hull of the ATLANTA was beached by the TESSLER. Later, the burned hull was purchased by D. O. Smith of Port Washington.

ARSENE SIMARD (Hull#404) was launched March 18, 1972, at Sorel, Quebec, by Marine Industries Ltd., for Branch Lines Ltd.

PERE MARQUETTE 21 (Hull#209) was launched March 18, 1924, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co. She was christened by Mrs. Charles C. West, wife of the president of Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co.

The straight-deck bulk carrier SYLVANIA (Hull#613) was launched March 18, 1905, at West Bay City, Michigan by West Bay City Ship Building Co., for the Tomlinson Fleet Corp.

On 18 March 1890, CITY OF CHICAGO (steel sidewheeler, 211 foot, 1,073 gross tons) was launched at West Bay City, Michigan by F. W. Wheeler & Co. (Hull#68) for the Graham & Morton Line. CITY OF CHICAGO was lengthened to 226 feet at Wheeler's yard one year later (1891). She was again lengthened in 1905-06, this time to 254 feet. On the same day and at the same yard the 3-mast wooden schooner A.C. TUXBURY was stern launched.

On 18 March 1928, M. T. GREENE (wooden propeller freighter, 155 foot, 524 gross tons, built in 1887, at Gibraltar, Michigan) burned to a total loss near Brigdeburg, Ontario, on the Niagara River.

1923 The wooden steamer JAMES P. DONALDSON was built in 1880 and often worked in the lumber trade. At the end, it was used by N.M. Paterson & Sons Ltd. to bring wet grain to the company elevator for drying. The ship caught fire at the Canadian Lakehead on this date and the remains were sunk off Isle Royale, Lake Superior, on May 6, 1923.

1991 The Canadian Coast Guard ship GRIFFON collided with the fishing trawler CAPTAIN K. sinking it in Lake Erie. Three lives were lost.

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

 

100-year-old tugboat being used as Bayview Yacht Club's temporary clubhouse sinks

3/17 - Detroit, MI – An old tugboat that the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit was using as a temporary clubhouse while it renovates its permanent one sank Sunday to the bottom of Connor Creek.

Images of the Queen City going down were captured by a local captain, Alex Haggart, who happened to be in the area. Photos show the boat listing and then sinking. "I couldn't tell you what happened," Haggart said late Monday morning, noting that he doesn't think anyone was injured. "Except, the boat is supposed to be in the creek, not the creek in the boat."

The boat took on water overnight, but it's unclear how or why, the club said late Monday. The boat began listing heavily to starboard, broke free of her moorings and then settled on the creek bottom. There is no engine, fuel tanks or hazardous material on the boat, the club added.

The boat is more than 100 years old and was recently renovated. It is unknown why the boat sank or whether it is salvageable.

Detroit Free Press

 

Port Reports -  March 17

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday, 9:52 USCG Alder arrived to begin ice operations. The Alder broke out the Current River and Intercity elevators, Keefer Terminal and the mouth of the Mission River. At 17:55 she went to anchor off of the mouth of the Kam River.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Pulling barge A-390, tug Rebecca Lynn arrived from Indiana Harbor at 10:22 Tuesday (03/16) with liquid asphalt for the Construction Resources Management terminal. Once inside the breakwater, the tug ran around the barge and slipped into its notch before heading for the inner harbor. This is the pair’s fourth visit this March. A-390’s listed capacity is 39,000 barrels, which equates to roughly 5,900 metric tons of liquid asphalt. No other marine traffic is currently expected.

Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Cleveland: After taking a delay at the Bulk Terminal, Herbert C. Jackson headed to Cliffs Tuesday to begin running ore shuttles.
Nanticoke: Algosea remained anchored and Algocanada was at Imperial Oil. Algonova departed for Sarnia at 18:42.

 

Coast Guard veterans who served on historic cutters to gather in Port Huron

3/17 - Port Huron, MI – A local group is seeking veterans who served on the three U.S. Coast Guard cutters that completed the historic Northwest Passage in the summer of 1957. Veterans who served aboard the Bramble, Storis and Spar are invited to a reunion being held this July at the Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron.

“It’s a matter of bringing together the crews and their families, in some cases their surviving family members, to celebrate the history of the ships and the history they all made together,” said Jon Ottman, one of the event’s organizers. “Through thick and thin, the good times and the bad times sailing together and the various missions they executed through the years.”

Several veterans who sailed on the ships during the Northwest Passage voyage are planning to attend, Ottman said. “There’s so much history between those three ships and their service,” he said.

During the three-day event, a meet-and-greet will be held, as well as a banquet. Stories will be shared, and a documentary about the cutter Storis will be screened.

The event runs July 18 thru 21 at the Blue Water Convention Center. Registration is $100, $50 for children under 16, and includes the Sunday and Tuesday night meals. To RSVP, email coastiephreunion21@gmail.com. COVID precautions will be observed.

Times Herald

 

Online Event: Webinar on the development of the Soo Locks

3/17 - Wed, April 14, 2021 - 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Join NMGL for the webinar "Illustrated History of the Soo Locks". The Soo Locks are one of North America’s engineering marvels. The first lock on the St. Marys River opened in 1798, the largest opened in 1969 and work began last year to build a new lock.

The story of this amazing manmade behemoth is constantly evolving. Using hundreds of historic images, some dating from the 1860s, Michelle Briggs, chief park ranger at the Soo Locks, leads an in-depth exploration of the National Historic Landmark facility and the lynch pin of Great Lakes navigation.

Michelle Briggs has been the Chief Park Ranger at the Soo Locks since 2009. Before joining for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers she spent 15 years working in museums throughout the Great Lakes region and earned Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees in history from Western Michigan University focusing on Great Lakes Maritime history and museum studies topics.

Once you register, you will receive multiple emails in the days prior to the presentation as a reminder. You should receive an email about 10 minutes before it starts with directions to connect to the zoom.

National Museum of the Great Lakes

 

Help wanted: Captain, Owen Sound Transportation Co. / Pelee Island Transportation

3/17 - The Owen Sound Transportation Co. / Pelee Island Transportation Service is currently accepting applications for the position of Captain on the Pelee Islander II vehicle / passenger ferry.

In service since the fall of 2018 the Pelee Islander II is a 62 metre RORO ferry capable of carrying 36 vehicles from the Ontario mainland (Leamington / Kingsville) to Pelee Island Ontario on Lake Erie. A typical work rotation consists of 7 days on / 7 days off during the sailing season. The Pelee Islander II is powered by a Schottel steer prop (Z Drive) system.

Compensation: OSTC offers a competitive wage ($93 600.00 - Currently under review), generous benefit plan and enrollment in the OPB Pension plan. The OPB Pension plan is a defined benefit pension plan.

Qualifications: The position requires a valid TC approved Master, Near Coastal certificate. The successful candidate must also demonstrate leadership abilities for both people and processes. The ability to work in a customer service environment is very important. A copy of your CoC is to be included with your resume.

Shiphandling experience with steer prop (Z Drive) systems is beneficial.

The Owen Sound Transportation Company is an Agency of the Province of Ontario. The Owen Sound Transportation Company is an equal opportunity employer.

Resumes are to be forwarded to Stephen Shaw - VP - Operations at stephen.shaw@ontarioferries.com. The email title is to be called - Resume - Captain - Pelee Islander II.

 

Boatnerd lay-up list

3/17 - Please send fit-out information to news@boatnerd.com. Please include date of departure. View the list at this link: http://www.boatnerd.com/layup/layup20-21.htm

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 17

On 17 March 1995, a fire started on the AMERICAN MARINER's self-unloading conveyor belt from welding being done on the vessel at the Toledo Ship & Repair Company in Toledo, Ohio. About $100,000 in damage was done. The Toledo fire department had the blaze out in half an hour.

The tanker LAKESHELL reportedly leaked over 21,000 gallons of Bunker C oil into the St. Lawrence River on March 17, 1982, after suffering a crack in her cargo compartment caused by striking an ice floe.

GEORGE R. FINK was launched March 17, 1923, as a.) WORRELL CLARKSON (Hull#174) at Toledo, Ohio, by Toledo Ship Building Co., for the Kinsman Transit Co.

On 17 March 1916, CITY OF MIDLAND (wooden propeller passenger-package freighter, 176 foot, 974 tons, built in 1890, at Owen Sound, Ontario) burned at the Grand Trunk Railway dock at Collingwood, Ontario, while fitting out for the coming season. No lives were lost.

In 1945 Stadium Boat Works of Cleveland Ohio launched the SOUTH SHORE (US. 247657) for Miller Boat Line of Put-In-Bay, Ohio. She carried 6 autos and 120 passengers. In 1973, she was sold to Beaver Island Boat Company until retired at the end of the 1997 season. In April of 1999, sailed to Chicago where she was docked at the foot of Navy Pier as a storage vessel for Shoreline Cruises.

1906: SOVEREIGN, a steel hulled passenger ship that operated on the St. Lawrence in the Montreal area, was destroyed by a fire at Lachine, Quebec. The vessel was rebuilt that year as IMPERIAL and remained in service until 1928 when the boilers and hull were condemned.

1916: CITY OF MIDLAND, a passenger and freight steamer for Canada Steamship Lines, caught fire at the Grant Trunk Railway Dock in Collingwood and was a total loss.

1973: A wild late winter storm swept into Goderich off Lake Huron on March 17-18. Eleven ships got loose, while only the PATERSON (i) remained fast at the dock. It sustained bow damage when struck by fleetmate MONDOC (iii). Varying amounts of damage were inflicted to other ships.

1980: SUNPOLYNA was built in 1956 and provided service for Saguenay Shipping between Eastern Canada and the West Indies. The ship first came through the Seaway in 1963 and, on May 16, 1967, it ran aground near Thorold. It was sailing as d) TEMERAIRE when abandoned by the crew on March 17, 1980, in position 28.16 S / 21.04 W after the hull had cracked. The ship was en route from Santos, Brazil, to Mina Qaboos, Oman, and, after drifting to northwest for several days, sank on March 21.

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

 

Michigan mariners kick off shipping season with Blessing of the Fleet

3/16 - Detroit, MI – The Mariners' Church of Detroit and mariners from around the state are welcoming the shipping season, starting with its annual Blessing of the Fleet service on Sunday, hosted with certain COVID-19 restrictions in place.

Due to the pandemic, in-person attendance was limited to about 70 guests and was by reservation only. Usually, the church sees close to 300 people. Face masks and social distancing between families were required throughout the service.

The Blessing of the Fleet is a historic tradition that includes an honor guard of members of the International Ship Masters Association, the Coast Guard and military personnel who participate in a procession alongside Michigan Sea Cadets.

The Rev. Jeffery Hubbard, rector of the Mariners' Church of Detroit, said the event is "kind of a spiritual kickoff to the shipping season."

Participants "pray prayers of blessing at the end of the service," Fr. Hubbard said. "It's a prayer for everyone who will sail our Great Lakes in the upcoming season. Everyone from the Coast Guard, to recreational boaters, to commercial freighters and everything in between. We pray prayers of blessing for a safe and prosperous shipping season."

The service included a memorial for deceased mariners. "Everyone who's part of the maritime community that has died in the last year, we remember them," Hubbard said. "We also present the Captain Lewis Ludington Award, (which) was established in the 1990s."

This year, the award was presented to Captains Lee Barnhill, Jay M. Downen and Thomas Foster for their efforts to promote and perpetuate the virtues and good works of the International Ship Masters’ Association, according to the church.

Each year, local boaters are invited to bring their burgees, colors, pennants and pennons to the church for a blessing.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2021/03/14/boaters-celebrate-blessing-fleet-mariners-church/4665060001

 

Port Reports -  March 16

St. Marys River – Know Your Ships
Crews at the Soo Locks completed their planned lock maintenance tasks and began the process of rewatering the Poe Lock Monday morning. Opening day is 12 hours earlier than normal this year. The shipping industry requested an early open to the navigation season to ensure adequate supply of raw materials are available for their customers. The locks are opening for the shipping season at noon on March 24. The park and viewing platform will be open, following social distancing guidelines. USCG Katmai Bay and Neah Bay were working the ice in the lower river on Monday.

St. Joseph, MI – St. Joseph and Benton Harbor Shipping News
On Monday, the steamer Alpena arrived with cement for Lafarge.

Sturgeon Bay, WI – Denny Dushane
Kaye E. Barker departed Monday morning for Ashtabula, Ohio, to load. The Barker is the first laker to depart winter quarters at Sturgeon Bay to begin the 2021 shipping season.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 16

Today in Great Lakes History March 16 On 16 March 1901, ARGO (steel passenger/package freight propeller, 173 foot, 1,089 gross tons) was launched at the Craig Ship Building Company (Hull #81) at Toledo, Ohio, for the A. Booth Company. She left the Lakes in 1917, and was last recorded in 1938, out of Brest, France.

BUFFALO (Hull#721) was launched March 16, 1978, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Bay Shipbuilding Corp., for the American Steamship Co.

On 16 March 1883, The Port Huron Times announced that the passenger and package freight steamer PICKUP would be built in Marine City, Michigan and would run on the St. Clair River between Port Huron and Algonac. The machinery from the burned steamer CARRIE H. BLOOD was to be installed in her. In fact, her construction was completed that year and she went into service in September 1883. Her dimensions were 80 foot x 19 foot x 7 foot, 137 gross tons, 107 net tons.

The Niagara Harbor & Dock Company, a shipbuilding firm, was incorporated on 16 March 1831, at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

On 16 March 1886, the tug MOCKING BIRD was sold by Mr. D. N. Runnels to Mr. James Reid of St. Ignace, Michigan. Mr. Runnels received the tug JAMES L. REID as partial payment.

1924: MOHAWK of the Western Transit Co. was known as a fast ship. It was built at Detroit in 1893 and was renamed AMERICA in 1916. It was cut in two to exit the Great Lakes and re-assembled at Montreal for East Coast service. The ship was renamed BERMUDEZ in 1921 and sank in the Erie Basin at Brooklyn on March 16, 1924, with the stern resting on the bottom and the bow afloat. The hull was pumped out but scrapped at New York in January 1925.

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

 

Interlake prepping all 9 ships for 2021 season

3/15 - The Interlake Steamship Co. is prepping its entire fleet of nine freighters for the 2021 shipping season as the Soo Locks prepares to reopen – signaling the start of the season – later this month.

The fact that none of the big lakers are sitting out the season is a good sign for the economy, maritime watchers are saying. The company’s self-unloading bulk carriers haul goods throughout the Great Lakes and beyond.

The Ohio-based, family-owned company is one of the largest U.S.-flagged fleets operating on the Great Lakes. It carries about 20 million tons of bulk cargo annually. Cargoes include iron ore, low-sulfur coal, grain and limestone.

“The 2021-2022 shipping season is upon us as our mariners start reporting to work this week to begin fitting out our fleet of nine working freighters,” the company said in an announcement last week.

M Live

 

USCGC Alder expected to begin clearing ice at Thunder Bay Tuesday

3/15 - Thunder Bay, ON – In a sure sign of spring, ice breaking is set to begin at the Port of Thunder Bay this week. The United States Coast Guard cutter (USCGC) Alder is expected to begin clearing ice on or around Tuesday.

The Canadian and U.S. coast guards cooperate annually to clear Great Lakes channels for shipping. The Soo Locks are expected to open March 25, allowing the shipping season to begin in earnest.

In a release, the Canadian Coast Guard warned area residents the combination of warmer weather and ice breaking can make conditions more dangerous.

“All ice surface users should plan their ice activities carefully, use caution on the ice, and avoid the shipping lanes and ice breaking operations,” the agency advised. “Unsafe ice conditions can persist long after an icebreaker has left the area.”

The planned date of ice breaking could change without notice depending on weather conditions or operations requirements.

TBNewsWatch

 

Port Reports -  March 15

Sarnia, ON – Denny Dushane
Algoma Intrepid arrived in Sarnia early Sunday morning and went into lay-up at the Government Dock. They are the last of Sarnia’s Winter Lay-Up fleet to arrive. There are now seven vessels laid-up in Sarnia for the winter. Robert S. Pierson and the Saginaw are in the North End of the North Slip, while Cuyahoga and Manitoulin are at the south end of the North Slip. Atlantic Huron is laid-up at the Cargill Grain Elevator while the tanker Algoma Hansa is laid-up at the Sidney Smith Dock where it has been since September 2020.

Detroit, MI – Denny Dushane
Herbert C. Jackson departed their Winter Lay-Up berth at the Nicholson’s Dock at Ecorse early on Sunday morning. They arrived at Cleveland on Sunday afternoon to begin the Cleveland iron ore shuttles at the Cleveland Bulk Terminal.

Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Cleveland: Herbert C. Jackson arrived from Detroit at 16:20 Sunday to start shuttles from the Bulk Terminal to ArcelorMittal/Cliffs on the Cuyahoga River.
Nanticoke: Algonova moved to Imperial Oil and Algocanada went to anchor. Algosea remains at anchor. Algoterra departed for Sarnia at 14:17.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 15

WESTCLIFFE HALL (Hull#519) was launched March 15, 1956, at Grangemouth, Scotland, by Grangemouth Dockyard Co. Ltd., for the Hall Corp. of Canada.

March 15, 1949 - The Ann Arbor carferry fleet was laid up due to a strike called by the boat crews. The fleet was idled until March 22nd.

On 15 March 1882, GRACE PATTERSON (wooden propeller tug/freighter, 111 tons, built in 1880, at Grand Haven, Michigan) was carrying lumber and lath when she stranded near Two Rivers Point, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan. She caught fire and was totally destroyed. Lifesavers rescued the crew.

Mr. Russell Armington died on 15 March 1837. He operated the first shipyard at St. Catharines, Ontario from 1828, until his death.

On 15 March 1926, SARNOR (wooden propeller freighter, 228 foot, 1,319 gross tons, built in 1888, at W. Bay City, Michigan, formerly BRITANNIC) caught fire at Kingston, Ontario near the La Salle Causeway. She burned to a total loss.

1942: The first SARNIADOC of the Paterson fleet was lost with all hands on the Caribbean en route from Trinidad to the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was apparently torpedoed by U-161 in the night hours of March 14-15, 1942, while in the south for the wartime bauxite trade.

1969: The bulk carrier ALEXANDER T. WOOD, remembered by many for its regular early Seaway service in the ore and grain trades as well as for a collision with the Finnish flag freighter MARIA in the Detroit River on August 12, 1960, was lost on this day in 1969 as VAINQUER. The latter had been to the Great Lakes in 1968 but sank following a boiler room explosion in the Gulf of Mexico with the loss of one life. It was en route from Vera Cruz, Mexico, to New Orleans with a cargo of sugar.

1976: The rail car barge HURON rolled over and sank at the Windsor dock due to an uneven deck load. The 1875 vintage vessel had operated across the Detroit River as a steamer until March 1971 and then as a barge. It was refloated and returned to service.

1980: The Liberian vessel FRATERNITY was built in 1963. It visited the Great Lakes in 1967 and operated briefly as ARYA NIKU in 1975-1976 before becoming FRATERNITY again under Greek registry. Fire broke out in #1 and #2 cargo holds en route from Hamburg to Karachi on this date in 1980. An explosion followed the next day and the crew abandoned the ship in the Red Sea. The hull was beached March 17 around the border of Eritrea and Sudan but was refloated April 1 and deemed a total loss. After unloading at Sharjah, the hull was towed to Gadani Beach, Pakistan, arriving at the scrapyard on May 19, 1981.

1984: The Greek freighter ELINA likely made only one trip to the Great Lakes, coming inland in 1982 to load frozen meat at Kenosha, WI. It laid up at Emden, West Germany, on June 13, 1983, only to catch fire on March 15, 1984. The damage was extensive and the hull was towed into Gijon, Spain, for scrapping on April 23, 1984.

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

 

M.S. Norgoma could find a new home in Owen Sound

3/14 - Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Investors behind the sunken proposal to relocate the M.S. Norgoma to Tobermory are now floating the idea of a move to Owen Sound’s harborfront as early as the fall of this year.

Tobermory Real Estate Investors Inc. says the 188-foot vessel could function as a marine heritage site, coffee shop and a base for marine studies programs offered by Georgian College, according to a presentation made to the city of Owen Sound’s community development, tourism and culture advisory committee Friday.

Sault Ste. Marie city council agreed to sell the former floating museum ship to Michael Goman and business partner Dr. George Harpur for $2,500 in July 2020. The investors initially planned to convert the former floating museum ship into a coffee shop and tourist destination in Tobermory, but their own feasibility study determined the Norgoma could not be relocated to Tobermory's Little Tub Harbour without "significant disruption" to the existing dockage.

The community development committee in Owen Sound is recommending that city council support the Norgoma relocation project in principle, according to a staff report from the manager of community development and marketing for the City of Owen Sound issued Friday.

The Norgoma has been situated at Algoma Steel since June 2019, following a decision by city council earlier that year to permanently remove it from the Roberta Bondar Marina.

Soo Today

 

Capt. Lee Barnhill receives prestigious maritime award

3/14 - Alpena, MI – A long-time tug captain with Alpena roots will be honored Sunday for his work on the Great Lakes. Capt. Lee Barnhill, who became an Alpena businessman at age 20 when he took ownership of a diving store and shipwreck charter in 1995, was chosen by his peers to receive the Captain Lewis Ludington Award.

The honor, given annually to a member of the International Ship Masters’ Association to a member who upholds the virtues and work of the organization, will be bestowed Sunday during a Blessing of the Fleet ceremony at Mariners’ Church of Detroit.

“Captain Slim” Barnhill, an Alpena resident who has spent 22 years as a Great Lakes tugboat captain, said he’s deeply honored to have been unanimously nominated as one of three recipients of this year’s award. “It’s nice when you see what your peers actually think of you,” Barnhill said.

The captain began his career on the water at age 15 as a commercial fisherman near his home in the Upper Peninsula. An elective college class in scuba diving steered him from a planned future in accounting to the ownership of Thunder Bay Divers store and shipwreck charters at age 20.

At the same time, Barnhill took over Alpena Diving Service, hired to inspect underwater surfaces from dams to the bottom of freighters while wearing what he described as scuba gear with a hard hat.

During a commercial dive in Rogers City in 1999, where a freighter had touched bottom, Barnhill was “discovered” by a company that learned he had a captain’s license and put him aboard a tug. Since then, Barnhill has run tug projects from repairing break walls to deepening the Soo Locks to installing offshore wind farm power cables in the Atlantic Ocean.

Barnhill’s current project involves hauling foot-wide cables, weighing 70 pounds per foot, across the Straits of Mackinac as part of the Line 5 reconstruction.

Barnhill has been involved with the International Ship Masters’ Association since 2001 and was named Grand President in 2017.

Even as a young man running a diving business in Alpena, he knew work on the water was part of his future, Barnhill said. Few young people aspire to a maritime career these days, he said, but the waters around Michigan are still waiting to be explored. “I always tell people, the world is 75% water,” Barnhill said. “You might as well get in there and see what’s down there.”

Alpena News

 

Port Reports -  March 14

Muskegon, MI
Alpena unloaded at Lafarge and departed Saturday afternoon.

Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Nanticoke: Algocanada arrived from Sarnia at 16:24 Saturday and joined Algonova at anchor. Algosea and Algoterra are still at Imperial Oil.

Toronto, ON
Florence Spirit arrived at about 1600 hours on Saturday.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 14

March 14, 1959 - The ANN ARBOR NO 6 returned to service as the b.) ARTHUR K ATKINSON after an extensive refit.

In 1880, the harbor tug GEORGE LAMONT sank with her crew of three off Pentwater, Michigan after being overcome by weather during a race with her rival, the harbor tug GEM. The LAMONT was the only steamer to disappear with all hands during the many races that took place among steamers during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

On 14 March 1873, the new railroad carferry SAGINAW went into the Port Huron Dry Dock Company's dry dock where her engine was installed along with her shaft and propeller. Workmen had to break up the ice in the dry dock to release the schooner MARY E. PEREW so that work could begin on the SAGINAW. The work was done quickly since SAGINAW was needed to fill in for a disabled ferry in Detroit. Mr. Francois Baby was granted a "ferry lease" between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan on 14 March 1843. He built the steamer ALLIANCE for this ferry service and Capt. Tom Chilvers was the skipper. In 1851, Capt. Chilvers leased the steamer from Mr. Baby and ran it on the same route until the late 1850s.

On 14 March 1878, the first vessel of the navigation season passed through the Straits of Mackinac. This was the earliest opening of the navigation season at the Straits since 1854.

1918 ISLAND QUEEN, a wooden-hulled Toronto Island ferry, was destroyed by a fire at Hanlan's Point in Toronto. The ship was valued at $25,000 and the hull was left to rot.

1962: MILLY made one trip through the Seaway in 1959. It had been launched at Stockton, CA on May 13, 1915, as PORTHCAWL and became d) MILLY in 1950. The 295 foot freighter, sailing as f) HEDIA, last reported March 14 near Galita Island on the Mediterranean close to Malta and en route from Casablanca, Morocco, to Venice, Italy, with a cargo of phosphate. It was posted as missing and then lost with all hands.

1993: The Freedom Class freighter SHAMALY was a year old when it came through the Seaway in 1969. It returned December 1, 1990, as c) WALVIS BAY for Ogdensburg, NY to load corn gluten The 9650 gross ton freighter ran aground south of Greece off Cape Morakis in 1993 en route from Piraeus to Scotland as d) LIPARIT BAY. The hull was not worth repairing and sold for scrap. Renamed e) NORA for the delivery tow, it arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, April 4, 1994, for dismantling and work began May 16.

1999: The Panamanian freighter EVANGELIA PETRAKIS was built in Muroran, Japan, in 1978 as N.J. PATERAS. It came through the Seaway in 1988 and was renamed c) AMER VED in 1990. It survived a grounding off Horsetail Bank, UK on November 19, 1996, only to suffer serious damage in a collision with the newly built, 57,947 gross ton, Maltese flag tanker SEAPRIDE I off Khor Fakkan, United Arab Emirates. The damage to the 21-year old freighter was not worth repairs so it arrived at Alang, India, for scrapping on June 19, 1999.

1964: MARIA G.L. went aground at Suno Saki, Japan, about 30 miles south of Yokohama, in fog. This Liberty ship had been a Great Lakes trader in 1961. It was enroute from Long Beach, California, to Chiba, Japan, with a cargo of phosphates and broke in two as a total loss.

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

 

Coast Guard to open Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, Port of Green Bay to shipping

3/13 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – U.S. Coast Guard cutters Mackinaw and Mobile Bay will begin the breakout of the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, Monday March 15. On Monday afternoon, the Kaye E. Barker will depart Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and proceed west then north into the bay of Green Bay.

On Tuesday March 16, 2021 Captain of the Port Lake Michigan will open the southern half of Green Bay to commercial navigation. The regulated navigation area previously closed will be reopened as the two Coast Guard icebreakers proceed south creating a track through the ice from Sturgeon Bay to the Fox River Entrance. The Port of Green Bay resumes commercial shipping activity on March 18th their first vessel Alpena delivering dry bulk cement.

These icebreaking operations will likely occur in areas used by recreational users such as, but not limited to, the Fox River, Green Bay Entrance Channel, the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, Menominee River Entrance, and the waters of Green Bay from Minneapolis Shoal Light to the Fox River Entrance. Next week, these icebreaking efforts will increase in frequency as ice conditions deteriorate and commercial navigation increases.

Unlike some previous winters, regional ice cover did not reach traditional thicknesses. The forecast for the next seven to ten days calls for temperatures supporting the rapid deterioration of ice.

USCG

 

Port Reports -  March 13

Bayfield, WI
Madeline Island Ferry Line made its first trip of the new season Friday. The Island Queen left Bayfield at 11 a.m. and got to La Pointe on Madeline Island at 1:38 p.m.

St. Marys River
USCC Neah Bay arrived at Group Soo in the early afternoon Friday.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Rebecca Lynn/A-390 arrived from Indiana Harbor at 15:12 Thursday with liquid asphalt for the Construction Resources Management terminal. After discharging cargo, the unit headed back to Indiana Harbor at 07:20 Friday (03/12). Tug John Marshall arrived from Calumet Harbor at 21:33 Thursday with one freight barge and tied up at the Heavy Lift Dock just behind the Cort. After port cranes pulled out some oversized crates, tug and barge cleared for Manitowoc at 15:27 Friday. No other marine traffic is currently expected.

Northern Lake Huron
Alpena: Thursday; 18:26 The tug Manitou departed downbound on Lake Huron.
North Channel: Friday CCGS Griffon continued ice ops.

Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Nanticoke: Algosea and Algoterra remained at Imperial Oil Friday, while Algonova was still at anchor. Algocanada is due on Saturday.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 13

The keel for the tanker IMPERIAL REDWATER (Hull#106) was laid March 13, 1950, at Port Arthur, Ontario, by Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. She was converted to a bulk freighter at Collingwood, Ontario and renamed b.) R. BRUCE ANGUS in 1954. The ANGUS operated for Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd., until she was scrapped at Setubal, Portugal in 1985.

On March 13, 1989, the Rouge Steel Co. announced the sale of its marine operations to Lakes Shipping, Cleveland (Interlake Steamship, mgr.).

1994: SHIPBROKER was built at Varna, Bulgaria, in 1980 as OCEAN SEAGULL and came through the Seaway that year on July 3. It was renamed SHIPBROKER in 1986 and made its maiden voyage to the Great Lakes on November 19, 1991. The ship was in a collision with the Cypriot tanker NASSIA in the Bosporus Strait on March 14, 1994, and caught fire. It burned for days and 29 members of the crew of 33 plus four on the tanker, were lost. Following a sale for scrap, the gutted bulk carrier arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, under tow on December 3, 1994, and dismantling began April 5, 1995.

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

 

Alpena arrival at Muskegon delayed by weather

3/12 - Due to very high winds blowing through the Straits of Mackinac, the steamer Alpena went to anchor east of St. Ignace on Thursday. A new ETA for Muskegon in unknown. USCG Hollyhock was stopped in the same area.

 

Port Reports -  March 12

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Rebecca Lynn/A-390 should arrive from Indiana Harbor Thursday afternoon with liquid asphalt for the Construction Resources Management terminal. This will be the pair’s third visit to Milwaukee in the past eight days. Rebecca Lynn has been pushing A-390 while Sarah Andrie is at Sturgeon Bay.

Northern Lake Huron
Calcite: Thursday; 2:15 The tug Michigan and tanker barge Great Lakes departed for Cheboygan.

Cheboygan: Thursday; 5:52 The tug Michigan and tanker barge Great Lakes arrived to unload petroleum products.

North Channel: Thursday; CCGS Griffon spent the day breaking a track from the Mississagi Straits to Thessalon and Bruce Mines and at 19:00 was breaking a track east to Spragge.

Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Nanticoke: Algosea arrived at 14:28 on Wednesday and joined Algoterra at Imperial Oil. Algonova arrived at 08:16 and went to anchor off of Port Dover.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 12

The b.) RUTH HINDMAN was launched March 12, 1910, as a.) NORWAY (Hull#115) at Toledo, Ohio by Toledo Shipbuilding Co., for the United States Transportation Co. She was scrapped at Thunder Bay, Ontario, in 1978.

G.A. TOMLINSON was launched March 12, 1907, as a) D.O. MILLS (Hull#29) at Ecorse, Michigan, by Great Lakes Engineering Works for the Mesaba Steamship Co.

March 12, 1941 - The ferry CITY OF MIDLAND 41 arrived in Ludington, Michigan, on her maiden voyage. She loaded cars of paper at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and then picked up some cars of canned milk at Kewaunee, with Captain Charles Robertson in command.On 12 March 1883, the steam barge R. MC DONALD was renamed IDA M. TORRENT.

1917: ALGONQUIN was built at Glasgow, Scotland, in 1888 and saw service for several companies on the Great Lakes. The ship was torpedoed by U-62 when it was 65 miles off Cornwall, England, while west of Bishop's Rock and en route from New York to London with general cargo. It was the first American merchant ship lost due to enemy action in World War One.

1942: ¬CRAIGROWNIE was a World War One Laker and had been launched at Ashtabula on April 12, 1919. It was sailing as d) OLGA when torpedoed by U-126, 20 miles off Nuevital Light, Cuba, while en route from Port Everglades, FL, to Beracoa, Cuba. One crewmember was lost but 32 were rescued and taken to Cuba.

1947: EXANTHIA struck a mine in the Mediterranean while 12 miles from the island of Elba while traveling from Istanbul to New York. The ship was flooded and abandoned but reboarded and eventually towed to New York for repairs. The ship sailed for the American Export Lines and came to the Great Lakes on nine occasions from 1959-1961. After a few years in the James River Reserve Fleet, the vessel was taken to Brownsville, Texas, in 1975 and broken up.

1971: SUNCLIPPER, a Seaway trader in 1966, was built in 1953 as BOW BRASIL. It ran aground at Haifa Bay as f) CLIPPER when the anchors dragged in a storm. The ship was refloated April 10, and taken to Perama, Greece. It was sold “as lies” to Turkish ship breakers, and arrived at Istanbul, Turkey, for scrapping on August 29, 1972.

1985: LETITIA was the 96th and final addition to the British flag Donaldson Line. It made four trips through the Seaway in 1966 and three more in 1967. It was sailing as d) TEPORA when it caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico en route to Veracruz, Mexico, on March 12, 1985. The Honduran-flagged freighter was abandoned by the crew. The fire was apparently extinguished and the vessel reboarded. It was taken in tow but the blaze broke out again and the ship sank on March 14.

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

 

U.S. Coast Guard Alder to break ice on Lake Superior

3/11 - Duluth, MN – Step one in prepping for the 2021 shipping season in the Twin Ports started Wednesday as the U.S. Coast Guard broke up ice with ice cutter Alder.

"We're getting ready for shipping to return to Duluth, the locks of Sault Ste. Marie open on the 25th and we need to have everything ready so when ships come in, they can actually get to where they need to go," said Deck Watch Officer ENS Kyle Hanson.

The U.S. Coast Guard will break up the ice in the Duluth Superior area. In the next two weeks, they'll make their way up to Thunder Bay and over to the Apostle Islands, ice breaking up there should only take a few days said Coast Guard members.

"There's more ice on the lake this year than there was last year. There was about 44 percent coverage at peak this year. Compared to last year it was 13 percent," said Hanson.

According to NOAA this year's peak was back in the middle of February during our cold snap. But with warmer temperatures coming and going, Duluth's basin is already open water, and Coast Guard members say it won't be too difficult to break up any ice that's still out there.

Hanson added, "As long as it doesn't freeze over it stays open, but if it stays below freezing, it'll freeze back over, and we'll need to go back out."

Other preparations for ice breaking included training for emergency procedures and preparing the boat. Coast Guard members said COVID-19 hasn’t had a huge impact regarding operations. All members are practicing social distancing and mask-wearing while on the Alder.

 

Alpena due at Muskegon Thursday evening

3/11 - Muskegon, MI – The freighter Alpena will be coming through the Muskegon Channel on Thursday evening, March 11th. The 500-foot cement carrier will be docking at the Lafarge North America dock. At this point in the year the ice on the lake is not safe and the arrival of this freighter is likely to create instability in any remaining ice.

Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office

 

Port Reports -  March 11

Northern Lake Huron
Calcite: Wednesday; 16:15 The tug Michigan and tanker barge Great Lakes arrived to unload petroleum products.

Alpena: Tuesday; 12:54 The tug Manitou arrived to conduct ice ops at the Lafarge cement plant. She later tied up in the Thunder Bay River. Wednesday; 6:57 The cement carrier Alpena arrived at the Lafarge plant to load and departed at 18:34 for Muskegon.

Owen Sound: Monday; 7:09 CCGS Griffon arrived to conduct ice ops and departed at 8:07 for Midland. Tuesday; 8:56 Algoma Sault arrived for a two-week layup.

Midland: Monday; CCGS Griffon arrived for ice ops. She spent the day breaking a track into Midland Harbor. Then on Tuesday she broke out the harbor for the eventual departure of Baie Comeau from her winter layup at the ADM elevator. At 13:38 CCGS Griffon departed for further ice ops on Georgian Bay.

McGregor Bay: Wednesday; 8:12 CCGS Griffon arrived to conduct ice ops and departed at 12:00.

Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
No traffic to report.

Seaway
According to the Canadian Coast Guard, the cutter Martha L. Black will be assigned to icebreaking operations on the Seaway beginning March 20

 

Under new ownership, the SS Badger is expected to run as usual in 2021

3/11 - Manitowoc, WI – It’s anchors aweigh for the SS Badger car ferry this year, as operators say they plan to run a full schedule after a choppy 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are seeing a lot of passenger interest, and we’re very excited for the 2021 season,” Shelby Soberalski, director of marketing and sales for the SS Badger, said. “We’re very appreciative that after such an unusual year for everyone, people want to continue our legacy.”

The SS Badger will carry passengers and cargo from May 20 through Oct. 10 this year and will run at a full 600-person capacity, she said. Ferry crew will follow federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pandemic protocols, including social distancing and encouraging mask wearing. The ship will continue to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, Soberalski said.

The popular car ferry, which makes a four-hour trip from Manitowoc to Ludington, Michigan, and back through summer months, delayed the 2020 season by about a month because of shelter-at-home orders in both Wisconsin and Michigan in May 2020.

The season also ended in late September 2020, because of lower demand and the cost of carrying a large ship across Lake Michigan. Night trips across also were eliminated for 2020, and Soberalski said they might be on hold in 2021 as well, due to staffing limitations and time needed to deep clean the boat.

Other than pandemic-related efforts, passengers should notice few changes in the SS Badger experience, she said.

The ferry is also under new ownership after being purchased by Lake Michigan Carferry, Inc., a subsidiary of Interlake Maritime Services, Inc. Most changes within the company will be behind-the-scenes and few changes are planned for the SS Badger at this time other than possible sprucing up or painting, Soberalski said.

The car ferry has been designated a National Historic Landmark in recognition of its heritage and significance on the Great Lakes. The ship has not changed much in 60 years, when it was built by the Christy Corporation of Sturgeon Bay for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway to carry railroad freight cars across the waters, and also to provide passenger accommodations.

Reservations for this season are open at https://www.ssbadger.com, and Soberalski said she has been getting calls from eager passengers. “We’ve heard people say, ‘Oh, we really missed you last year, and now that I’m vaccinated I can’t wait to book a tour. I’ve been stuck in my house for a year and am ready to get out,'" she said.

Many folks will travel from one side of Lake Michigan to the other to vacation before returning home, while others buy a one-way ticket, seeing the trip as more fun, relaxing and faster than driving through heavy Chicago traffic to get around the lake. Others will take the “loop tour,” traveling on the SS Badger one way and driving back home via Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Manitowoc Herald Times

 

Great Lakes Maritime Task Force releases annual report

3/11 - Cleveland, OH – The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force has released its annual report for 2020. The report includes the significant investments GLMTF members made protecting their workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure our readiness, the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force updated our priorities. Again, #1 is the health and safety of our workforce of which economic security is a critical piece. Great Lakes commercial maritime supports 147,000 good paying U.S. jobs, family supporting jobs providing nearly $10.5 billion in annual wages. It generates $25.6 billion in economic activity in the U.S. and supports local, state, and federal programs, with more than $4.6 billion in taxes that are paid because of the business done, purchases made, and paychecks taken home.

Other priorities include support for the Great Lakes Winter Commerce Act of 2021 which was recently reintroduced in the both the House and Senate and codifies the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) icebreaking mission into law, mandating accurate performance measures that illustrate the impacts of an inadequate icebreaking fleet. Funding for another heavy Great Lakes Icebreaker at least as capable as the USCGC MACKINAW remains a key component to providing the USCG with adequate capabilities to meet the reasonable demands of commerce during the winter months.

GLMTF supports programs that increase commercial shipbuilding and repair at Great Lakes shipyards. Full funding of State Maritime Academies to support their role in the education of the next generation of licensed mariners. Strict adherence to the Jones Act and all existing maritime cabotage laws crucial to America’s national, homeland, and economic security. Ballast water regulations that are protective of the environment, maintain efficient waterborne commerce on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, and are binationally compatible. Ensure that the 60 federally maintained deep-draft ports and connecting waterways in the Great Lakes navigation system are adequately funded for dredging through the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. Continued efficient funding for the second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Finally, support for short sea shipping by enacting a narrow exemption from the Harbor Maintenance Tax for non-bulk cargoes moved on the Great Lakes.

Download at copy of the report at this link: http://www.glmtf.org/2021/03/10/2020-annual-report

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 11

The keel was laid March 11, 1976, for the 660-foot-long forward section of the BELLE RIVER (Hull#716) at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Bay Shipbuilding Corp. Renamed b.) WALTER J. McCARTHY JR in 1990.

L'AIGLE was launched March 11, 1982, as a.) ERRIA PILOT (Hull#308) at Imabari, Japan by Asakawa Zosen Co. Renamed b.) KOYAMA 3 in 1983, c.) IONIAN EAGLE in 1989. Purchased by Soconav in 1991, renamed d.) LÕAIGLE. Sold, renamed e.) ALAM KERISI in 1996, f.) SALDA in 1999, and sails today as the tanker g.) ARAL.

Sea trials were conducted on March 11, 1956, on Paterson's new canaller LACHINEDOC.

The tug RIVER QUEEN was sold to Ed Recor of St. Clair, Michigan on 11 March 1886.

1904: The wooden-hull Lake Erie car ferry SHENANGO NO. 1 caught fire and burned following an engine room explosion on March 11, 1904. The vessel had been frozen in the ice off Conneaut since January 1 and one member of the crew perished in the blaze.

1912: FLORA M. HILL sank in Lake Michigan en route to Chicago after being caught in an ice floe that crushed the iron hull. The vessel had been built as at Philadelphia in 1874 as the lighthouse tender DAHLIA and rebuilt and renamed at Milwaukee in 1910 for Lake Michigan service.

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

 

Soo Locks to open at noon Wednesday, March 24

3/10 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – According to a release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Soo Locks will open for the season at noon March 24. This is 12 hours earlier than originally announced. Soo Locks Park will be open, and the observation platform will also be open at limited capacity. The Visitor Center will not be open at this time.

 

St. Marys River spring ice breaking operations underway

3/10 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – On Tuesday, the Coast Guard starts breaking ice in the lower St. Marys River in preparation for the Great Lakes commercial shipping season.

Initially the icebreaking activity will focus on the lower St. Marys River, south of Munuscong Lake and the Middle Neebish Channel north and east of Neebish Island. By Saturday, the Coast Guard will extend their icebreaking activity into the southern half of the West Neebish Channel, working from Mud Lake Junction Light north to the south end of the Rock Cut. The Coast Guard will not disturb the ice north of the Neebish Island ferry crossing or south of West Neebish Channel Light 45.

In the coming weeks, as the March 24 scheduled opening of the Sault Locks approaches, ice breaking activities will encompass all navigable waters of the St. Marys River. Recreational users of the ice are advised to plan their activities carefully, use caution near the ice and stay away from charted navigation areas.

 

Port Reports -  March 10

St. Marys River – Know Your Ships
Tanker Algonova was downbound early Tuesday afternoon from the Purvis Dock in the lower harbor. Before leading her down the river, USCG Neah Bay broke out the east approach to the locks and worked the ice track around Frechette Point.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
No marine traffic at Milwaukee Tuesday (03/09), and none is currently expected.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Intrepid cleared 10.57 pm Monday upbound for Chicago with salt.

Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Nanticoke: Algoterra arrived the Port Dover anchorage Monday night and went to Imperial Oil at 09:46 Tuesday morning. Algocanada departed for Sarnia at 09:33.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 10

CHARLES E. WILSON (Hull#710) was launched March 10, 1973, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Bay Shipbuilding Corp., for American Steamship Co. Renamed b.) JOHN J. BOLAND in 2000.

The ADAM E. CORNELIUS, built by the Great Lakes Engineering Works (Hull#53) in 1908, was renamed b.) DETROIT EDISON on March 10, 1948. In 1954, she was renamed c.) GEORGE F. RAND and in 1962, the RAND was sold to Canadian registry and renamed d.) AVONDALE. She was scrapped at Castellon, Spain in 1979.

FORT HENRY (Hull#150) was launched March 10, 1955, at Collingwood, Ontario by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., for Canada Steamship Lines Ltd.

KINSMAN VENTURE was launched March 10, 1906, as a.) JOHN SHERWIN (Hull#617) at West Bay City, Michigan by West Bay City Ship Building Co.

On 10 March 1881, the propellers MORLEY and A. L. HOPKINS were purchased by the Wabash Railroad Company from the Morley Brothers of Marine City, Michigan.

The N. K. FAIRBANK (wooden freighter, 205 foot, 980 gross tons, built in 1874, at Marine City, Michigan) was sold by Morley & Morse to Captain H. Hastings on 10 March 1884.

The tug RIVER QUEEN sank at her dock in Port Huron, Michigan during the night of 10 March 1885. She was raised the following day and one of her seacocks was discovered to have been open that caused her to fill with water.

CADILLAC (steel ferry, 161 foot, 636 gross tons) was launched on 10 March 1928, by the Great Lakes Engineering Works in River Rouge, Michigan (Hull #260) for the Detroit & Windsor Ferry Company. The ferry company claimed that she was the largest and most powerful ferry in North American waters. When she was launched, the Ambassador Bridge and the tunnel, which connects Detroit and Windsor, were being constructed. She was placed in service on 25 April 1928, and had a varied history. From 1940 to 1942, she ran as a Bob-lo steamer. In 1942, she was sold to the U. S. Coast Guard and renamed b.) ARROWWOOD (WAGL 176) and used as an icebreaker. She was rebuilt in 1946, renamed c.) CADILLAC, and served as a passenger vessel on Lake Erie. At the end of the 1947 season, she was tied up to the dock for use as a restaurant. She went through a couple of owners until she finally arrived at the scrappers' dock in Hamilton, Ontario on May 26, 1962 for breaking up.

In 2000, the HARMONIOUS, a Panamanian freighter dating from 1977, visited the Great Lakes in 1978 and returned on several occasions through 1986. It was lost on the Arabian Sea as c) KASTOR TOO while traveling from Aqaba, Jordan, to Visakhapatnam, India, with a cargo of phosphate on March 10, 2000. The crew of 18 were rescued by the nearby container ship MILDBURG.

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

 

Icebreaking tugs expected Wednesday in Bay of Quinte and Picton Bay

3/9 - Picton, ON – McKeil Marine Ltd. is alerting residents and visitors to Picton that they have arranged for icebreaking tug services in the Bay of Quinte and Picton Bay areas on Wednesday, to permit the transit of their cement carrier vesselMcKeil Spirit.

Members of the public should also be aware that marine operations are expected to continue in and around the Bay of Quinte and Picton Bay areas on March 11 and 12. To facilitate icebreaking operations and ensure public safety, it is requested that all recreational users of the ice – pedestrians, fishers, snowmobilers, all-terrain vehicle

Before resuming recreational activity on the ice, it is recommended to exercise extreme caution as the ice will remain unstable after icebreaking operations are completed.

McKeil Spirit will depart Toronto on the morning of March 10. She will round Sodus Point on Lake Ontario and head north to the Bay of Quinte, at approximately 6 p.m., before continuing westward to Picton Terminals, arriving close to 9 p.m. This same day (March 10), any time after 9 a.m., support tugs will be breaking ice to create a safe passage for the McKeil Spirit. Tugs will come from the deep east in the Bay of Quinte and then move westward towards the shipping lane and Picton Terminal docks.

McKeil Marine

 

Coast Guard plans to open St Marys River’s Pipe Island channel Thursday

3/9 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Coast Guard cutters Biscayne Bay and Neah Bay will open the Pipe Island Channel, north and east of Pipe Island starting at 8 a.m. on Thursday. The two icebreakers will fracture and flush the existing field of ice to open the up bound channel of the St. Marys River, to the North and East of Pipe Island. Conducting this and other preparatory icebreaking facilitates the opening of the Sault Locks at noon March 24 and the start of the new shipping season.

USCG

 

Port Reports -  March 9

St. Marys River
Tanker Algonova remained at the Purvis Dock Monday discharging cargo.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
After delivering its second load of liquid asphalt in four days at the Construction Resources Management facility, Rebecca Lynn/A-390 cleared for Indiana Harbor at 14:14 Monday (03/08). No other marine traffic is currently expected.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault was upbound Monday for Owen Sound (possible layup?). Algoma Intrepid was loading at Compass Minerals Monday, salt for Chicago.

Detroit, MI
Alpena was downbound for Detroit on Monday. By evening she was unloading at the Lafarge facility.

Port Colborne, ON
Cutting has begun on the bow of Algoma Enterprise. She is partially ashore. Remnants of Algoway’s mid-body are getting the final workover. About one quarter of Paul H. Townsend, with cabins and stack intact, are ashore awaiting the final cutting.

 

Interlake posts fit-out schedule for 2021 season

3/9 - Interlake Steamship Co. has posted its spring fit-out schedule.
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Today in Great Lakes History -  March 9

In 1905, the JAMES C. WALLACE (Hull#334) of the Acme Steamship Co., (A.B. Wolvin, mgr.), was launched at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. Purchased by the Interlake Steamship Co. in 1913, she was scrapped at Genoa, Italy in 1963.

On 09 March 1933, all nine steamers of the Goodrich Transit Company were seized by federal marshals under a bankruptcy petition. These steamers were CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, CAROLINA, ALABAMA, ILLINOIS, CITY OF BENTON HARBOR, CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS, CITY OF ST. JOSEPH, CITY OF HOLLAND, and the CITY OF SAUGATUCK.

AMOCO ILLINOIS was launched March 9, 1918, as a) WILLIAM P. COWAN (Hull#724) at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co.

NOTRE DAME VICTORY (Hull#1229), was launched on March 9, 1945, at Portland, Oregon, by Oregon Shipbuilding Co., just 42 days after her keel was laid. She became the b.) CLIFFS VICTORY and sailed on the Great Lakes from 1951 until 1985.

WIARTON was launched March 9, 1907, as a) THOMAS LYNCH (Hull#73) at Chicago, Illinois, by Chicago Ship Building Co., for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. She was used as part of a breakwall at the Steel Co. of Canada Dock in Hamilton. The GROVEDALE of 1905, and HENRY R. PLATT JR of 1909, were also used.

March 9, 1920 - The PERE MARQUETTE 3 sank off Ludington after being crushed by ice.

On 9 March 1858, the propeller ferry GLOBE was being loaded with cattle at the Third Street dock at Detroit, Michigan. In the rush to get aboard, the cattle caused the vessel to capsize. All of the cattle swam ashore, although some swam across the river to the Canadian side.

1985: The Norwegian freighter TRONSTAD first came to the Great Lakes as a pre-Seaway visitor in 1957. It returned on another 12 occasions after the new waterway opened in 1959. The vessel was sailing a d) CRUZ DEL SUR when it was confiscated by U.S. authorities for drug smuggling and brought to Miami on this date in 1985. The 30-year old ship was towed out into the Atlantic and scuttled off Miami on December 19, 1986.

2007: The Greek freighter WISMAR was built in 1979 and came through the Seaway in 1980. It lost power below Lock 2 of the Welland Canal while upbound on August 30, 1980, and had to drop anchor. It was sailing as h) GRACIA from Thailand to Dakar, Senegal, with a cargo of rice, when the engine failed in heavy weather in the Indian Ocean on February 27, 2007. The crew took to the lifeboats and was rescued. The former Great Lakes visitor was last seen on March 7, adrift, with a 20-degree list to port, and likely soon sank.

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

 

 

Port Reports -  March 8

St. Marys River
Tanker Algonova arrived at the Purvis Marine dock in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, to unload Sunday afternoon. She was escorted up the river by USCG Neah Bay

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
After its three river barges were loaded with soybeans at the COFCO elevator, tug John Marshall headed back to Calumet Harbor Saturday evening. Rebecca Lynn/A-390 arrived 11:33 Sunday (03/07) with liquid asphalt from BP’s Whiting refinery for the Construction Resources Management terminal. No other marine traffic is currently expected.

Alpena, MI
Alpena arrived at her namesake city for first cement load of the season Sunday at 10 a.m.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault arrived 3.53 pm Saturday, loaded salt, cleared 8.33 am Sunday downbound. Algoma Intrepid arrived 4.50 pm Saturday loading at Compass Minerals.

Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Nanticoke: Algosea departed for Sarnia at 01:00 Sunday and Algocanada arrived at 07:00.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 8

EUGENE P. THOMAS (Hull#184) was launched March 8, 1930, at Toledo, Ohio by Toledo Shipbuilding Co., for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

March 8, 1910 - A fire from unknown causes destroyed the ANN ARBOR NO. 1 of 1892. The hull was sold to Love Construction Co., of Muskegon, Michigan.

On 8 March 1882, the tug WINSLOW left Manistee to tow the NORTHERN QUEEN to Marine City for repairs. NORTHERN QUEEN had collided with LAKE ERIE the previous autumn and then sank while trying to enter Manistique harbor. Robert Holland purchased the wreck of NORTHERN QUEEN after that incident.

1981 MEZADA of the Zim Israel Line first came to the Great Lakes in 1966 after it had been lengthened to 676 feet. The vessel had been built in 1960 and foundered after breaking in two about 100 miles east of Bermuda on March 8, 1981. The 19,247 gross ton bulk carrier was traveling from Haifa to Baltimore with a cargo of potash and 24 lives were lost while only 11 sailors were rescued.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, “Ahoy & Farewell II” and the “Great Lakes Ships We Remember” series

 

Coast Guard to start spring icebreaking operations at Duluth, Superior

3/7 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie announces the start of icebreaking operations on Lake Superior in preparation for the 2021 Shipping Season. Wednesday March 10, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder will depart her home mooring in Duluth and proceed to fracture the ice throughout Duluth and Superior harbors. The Alder will focus initial icebreaking activities on the western Lake Superior ports of Superior and Duluth, then proceed north to clear ice from Two Harbors, Silver Bay and Taconite Harbor. This work will expand and eventually encompass Chequamegon Bay, Thunder Bay and perhaps the west end of the Keweenaw waterway. The icebreaking work in these latter areas will begin after March 15th. Specific public notices will precede icebreaking work planned for each location.

USCG

 

Port Reports -  March 7

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Tug John Marshal arrived 23:39 Friday (03/05) with three river barges for loading at the COFCO elevator. This is the first grain traffic of the year. Rebecca Lynn/A-390 is expected back from Calumet Harbor Sunday morning with more asphalt for Construction Resources Management.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault and Algoma Intrepid expected next.

Lake Erie Ports – William Kloss
Cleveland: Alpena departed her winter layup berth at Lafarge at 06:28 Saturday and was headed to her namesake port of Alpena. She was upbound at Detroit at roughly 5:30 pm.
Nanticoke: Algosea was at Imperial Oil and Algocanada will arrive on Sunday.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 7

ALGOSOO suffered a serious fire at her winter mooring on the west wall above Lock 8, at Port Colborne, Ontario on March 7, 1986, when a conveyor belt ignited, possibly caused by welding operations in the vicinity. The blaze spread to the stern gutting the aft accommodations. The ship was repaired at Welland and returned to service on October 6.

TEXACO BRAVE was launched March 7, 1929, as a) JOHN IRWIN (Hull#145) at Haverton-Hill-on-Tees, United Kingdom by Furness Shipbuilding Co.

On 7 March 1874, the wooden tug JOHN OWEN (Hull#28) was launched at Wyandotte, Michigan, by the Detroit Dry Dock Company for J. E. Owen of Detroit, Michigan.

On 7 March 1896, L. C.WALDO (steel propeller freighter, 387 foot, 4,244 gross tons) was launched at W. Bay City, Michigan by F. W. Wheeler (Hull #112). She had a long career. She was rebuilt twice, once in the winter of 1904-05 and again in 1914, after she was stranded in the Storm of 1913. She was sold Canadian in 1915, and renamed b.) RIVERTON. In 1944, she was renamed c.) MOHAWK DEER. She lasted until November 1967, when she foundered in the Gulf of Genoa while being towed to the scrap yard at La Spezia, Italy.

ANN ARBOR NO 1 (wooden propeller carferry, 260 foot, 1,128 gross tons, built in 1892, at Toledo, Ohio) got caught in the ice four miles off Manitowoc, Wisconsin in February 1910. She remained trapped and then on 7 March 1910, she caught fire and burned. Although she was declared a total loss, her hull was reportedly sold to Love Construction Co., Muskegon, Michigan, and reduced to an unregistered sand scow.

1969: The British freighter MONTCALM, a Seaway trader when new in 1960, made 29 trips to the Great Lakes to the end of 1967. A truck in #1 hold got loose on this date in an Atlantic storm 420 miles southeast of Halifax in 1969 causing a heavy list and a 12 foot gash in the hull. A U.S.C.G. helicopter dropped extra pumps and the ship reached Halifax and safety. The vessel later became a livestock carrier and arrived at Chittagong, Bangladesh, for scrapping as c) SIBA EDOLO on August 8, 1988.

1973: BISCAYA was a Danish flag freighter that first came inland in 1965. It was sailing as c) MARGARITA, and under Greek registry, when it sank following a collision with the ANZOATEGUI, a Venezuelan reefer ship, while in bound about 39 miles off Maracaibo, Venezuela on March 7, 1983. It was carrying barytes, a mineral used in oil-drilling fluids, from El Salvador.

1982: OCEAN LEADER came to the Great Lakes in 1980 and ran aground upbound near Sault Ste. Marie on November 11 when the radar malfunctioned. Later, in 1982 as c) FINIKI, the then 7-year old ship hit an underwater obstruction 10 miles west of the Moruka Light, while en route to Paramaribo, Suriname. The vessel reached Georgetown, Guyana, and was declared a total loss. It was reported as scuttled in the Atlantic off Jacksonville, Fla., on or after December 9, 1982.

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

 

All Great Lakes going down quickly, distancing from last year’s record water levels

3/6 - The Great Lakes aren’t in just a normal water decline mode. They are now going down faster than usual and putting some distance between current water levels and last year’s record water levels.

February saw water levels decline on all of the Great Lakes. This is a normal seasonal decline, plus more decline. Due to the lack of precipitation and lack of ice cover, some of the Great Lakes dropped even more than is usually expected in February. The forecast for March is also to continue the water level decline on each Great Lake.

Lake Superior’s water level fell 3 inches in February and is now 7 inches below this time last year. Going into summer, Lake Superior is expected to be 3 to 6 inches below last year and 9 inches below record water levels.

Lakes Michigan and Huron also went down 3 inches in February on dry weather and increasing evaporation due to lack of ice. The water is still 27 inches above average, but 10 inches below last year- when it was at record levels. Lake Michigan-Huron is forecast to be nowhere near record levels this summer, remaining nine to 11 inches below last summer’s record water levels.

https://www.mlive.com/weather/2021/03/all-great-lakes-going-down-quickly-distancing-from-last-years-record-water-levels.html

 

Port Reports -  March 6

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Rebecca Lynn/A-390 cleared for Indiana Harbor at 08:28 Friday (03/05) after delivering liquid asphalt to the Construction Resources Management terminal. No other marine traffic is currently expected.

Mackinac Island
The ferry Huron arrived from St. Ignace on its first scheduled trip Friday since the ice stopped service almost four weeks ago.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault and Algoma Intrepid expected next.

Lake Erie Ports – William Kloss
Monroe: New York/DS509A arrived from Detroit on Friday at 05:09. Nanticoke: Algosea arrived from Sarnia at 06:18. Algonova departed Thursday night for Sarnia

 

Corps lowers impact to fish spawning near Soo Locks

3/6 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) officials will use dry blasting during new lock at the Soo construction to avoid or drastically minimize impacts to fish larvae and adult fish spawning near the Soo Locks.

The Soo Locks on the St. Marys River allow vessels to navigate the 21 ft elevation change between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. A new Poe-sized lock being built will provide necessary redundancy in the Great Lakes Navigation System’s critical infrastructure.

To build the new lock, deepening the channel on the upstream side (west) of the Poe lock is necessary. Dredging is scheduled to occur in 2021-2022. Drilling and blasting are required to fragment the bedrock and concrete for dredging.

Ground vibration, underwater shockwaves from blasting, and the potential physical impacts to nearby fish and fish eggs in the St. Mary’s River are concerns for USACE and Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) conducted an assessment on dry and underwater blasting and its impacts on fish spawning. The team found nine data sources and reviewed them to determine the upper limit of vibrations and sudden change in water pressure brought on from blasting. The team developed estimated thresholds to protect fish spawning habitat in the immediate dredging area.

To remove existing concrete floor and underlying bedrock for the new lock construction, blasting is expected to occur out of water, called dry blasting, in the current Sabin Lock between upstream and downstream cofferdams.

The ERDC assessment notes, “potential impacts from dry blasting to the local fish population are dependent on a number of site-specific factors ranging from the blasting details (type and amount of explosive charge, blast confinement method, water depth, substrate type, charge delay, etc confinement, etc.) and the size, life-stage (e.g., eggs, larval, adult), and morphology of the fish”.

Based on new lock blasting plans details, ERDC engineers and scientists determined dry blasting as an alternative to underwater blasting will effectively minimize the sudden change in water pressure to species a primary means for injury to fish.

“Shock waves generated by in-water blasting have greater lethal effects as compared to those propagated from ground to water due to the sharper pressure-time signature, the ERDC assessment says. For dry blasting, part of the blasting energy is reflected and lost at the ground-water interface.”

The results indicate vibrations and water overpressures from dry blasting will be sufficiently protective of fish spawning habitats for fish eggs, according to the ERDC assessment.

Dr. Andrew McQueen, an ERDC research biologist involved in this study said, “the St. Marys rapids near the new Soo Lock construction serve as a spawning ground and habitat for a variety of ecologically and recreationally important fish species, and our goal is to provide science-informed risk management to protect these resources”.

USACE strives to achieve environmental sustainability of USACE civil works projects and operations by evaluating project proposals for environmental soundness, making recommendations for project modifications that reduce environmental impacts and/or provide environmental enhancements.

Read the full ERDC report at: https://go.usa.gov/xsnDP

 

Salties sold for demolition

3/6 - Vessels with Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaway connection reported as a casualty or sold for demolition, taken from March 2021 issue of Marine News – Journal of the World Ship Society

Casualties: None
Demolitions:
HAMOUDI (8012231; Togo) (Hamoudi B-20, Star Unity-05, Eastern Steamer-04, Lux Colonial-89 - 1st seaway transit 1987,Pardela-87) - 7,747 / 1982 - bulk carrier. By AB Maritime SA, Honduras, to Ayan Shipbreakers, Pakistan and arrived Gadani Beach 3.09.2020 - commenced demolition 3.09.2020

NAZLICAN (7531357; Panama) (Defiant II-09, Holiman-08, Deneb-91 - 1st seaway transit 1989, Donny-88 - 1st seaway transit 1984, Dania-83 - 1st seaway transit 1980) - 8,383 / 1978 - general cargo ship - By BAF Bunkering & Shipping S de RL (Yenal Gemi Acenteligi AS (Yenal Shipping Agency AS), Panama, to Venture Green Recyclers, Pakistan and arrived Gadani Beach 24.09.2020 - commenced demolition 3.10.2020

RITAJ-A (8214877l Tanzania (Zanzibar) (Royal Garnet-14, Tan Binh 20-09, Joint Grace-06, Rainbow Sky-97, Maya No. 6-95 - 1st seaway transit 1986, Ho Ming No. 6-85 - 1st seaway transit 1983) - 6,686 / 1982 - general cargo ship - By Ritaj Maritime SA (IMS Greece Co), Belize, to S.S. Enterprises, Pakistan and arrived Gadani Beach 18.09.2020 - commenced demolition 8.10.2020

TAILWIND (8908868; Liberia) Regal-16, Rega-13 - 1st seaway transit 2002, Fossnes-02 - 1st seaway transit 1996) 11,542 / 1995 - general cargo ship - By Tailwind Shipping & Trading Corp (Anmax Trading Corp Pte Ltd), Liberia, to Bereket Gemi Sokum Ltd Sti, Turkey and arrived Aliaga 2.09.2020 - commenced demolition 5.09.2020

TRANSFAIR (7627302; Panama) (Captain Rashad-12, San Wai-07, Unison Great-96, Maya No. 7-93, Ho Ming 7-86 - 1st seaway transit 1984, Nusantara IV-82 - 5,985 / 1977 - general cargo ship - By Shejar Maritime SA (Tempus Maritime Sarl), Panama, to Hussain Sheth Ispat (SB), India and arrived Alang 27.09.2020 - commenced demolition 7.10.2020

Report prepared by Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 6

EUGENE J. BUFFINGTON (Hull#366) was launched March 6, 1909, at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co., for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. She lasted until 1980, when she was towed to San Esteban de Pravia, Spain, for scrapping.

At noon on 6 March 1873, the steam railroad carferry SAGINAW was launched at the Port Huron Dry Dock Co. She did not get off the ways at first and had to be hauled off by the tug KATE MOFFAT. She was built for use between Port Huron and Sarnia.

On 6 March 1892, SAGINAW (wooden 4-car propeller carferry, 142 foot, 365 tons, built in 1873, at Port Huron, Michigan) burned at the dock in Windsor, Ontario where she had been laid up since 1884. The hull was later recovered and converted to an odd-looking tug, a well-known wrecker in the Detroit River area until broken up about 1940.

1982 INDIANA was chartered to Swedish interests when it made four trips to the Great Lakes in 1962. It was sailing as d) ZOE II, under Liberian registry, when it was abandoned in the Adriatic Sea, south of Pula, Yugoslavia, (now Croatia) after a severe list had developed while on a voyage from Koper, Yugoslavia, (now Slovenia) to Ancona, Italy, on March 6, 1982. No further trace of the ship was ever found.

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

 

Coast Guard to break ice between Mackinac Island, St Ignace

3/5 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – At the request of Mackinac Island community leaders, ice deterioration, and forecasted warmer temperatures, Captain of the Port Sault Sainte Marie will open the waters between St Ignace and Mackinac Island, effective 0800 EST March 07. 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 between St. Ignace and Mackinac Island, plan their activities carefully, use caution when on ice, and stay away from charted shipping channels.

 

Baldwin, cosponsors reintroduce Great Lakes icebreaking legislation

3/5 - U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin announced the reintroduction of the Great Lakes Winter Commerce Act Wednesday, which would expand Coast Guard icebreaking efforts across the Great Lakes.

According to a news release from Baldwin's office, the bill would increase the USCG's annual icebreaking responsibilities in the Great Lakes area, including mandatory reports to Congress during the icebreaking season. The bill would also allocate $350 million for the construction of a new Great Lakes icebreaker vessel.

The bill is cosponsored by Todd Young (R-Indiana) and Gary Peters (D-Michigan) and has been endorsed by various commerce organizations across the Great Lakes area.

“Inadequate icebreaking capacity in the Great Lakes is costing us thousands of American jobs and millions in business revenue. We must boost our icebreaking capacity in the Great Lakes to keep our maritime commerce moving,” Baldwin said in the release. “I’m proud to partner with senators Young and Peters on this bipartisan effort that will move our region closer to getting the sufficient icebreaking resources needed to support our maritime industry, mitigate devastating climate-related events and protect our Great Lakes for generations to come. I will keep working with my colleagues to get this job done for Wisconsin businesses and workers.”

WKOW

 

Port Reports -  March 5

Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Marine Reports
Tug Rebecca Lynn pushing barge A-390 arrived from Indiana Harbor at 22:46 Wednesday (03/03) with liquid asphalt for Construction Resources Management. Barge A-390 has a capacity of 39,000 barrels, which equates to about 5,900 metric tons of heated asphalt. A-390 is ordinarily paired with tug Sarah Andrie, which is currently at Sturgeon Bay. No other marine traffic is currently expected.

 

Montreal Port Authority's new terminal in Contrecœur Approved

3/5 - Contrecœur, QC – The Montreal Port Authority has the green light to build a new container port terminal in Contrecœur, about 50 kilometres east of downtown Montreal. Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson approved the project on Monday.

"Through project assessments based on science and consultations with indigenous peoples and the public, we are able to protect our water and air, while supporting our communities," Wilkinson says in a statement.

The assessment concluded that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects when mitigation measures are taken into account, the statement says.

The Montreal Port Authority estimates that the project will generate about 5,000 jobs during the construction phase and more than 1,000 direct jobs during the operation phase, the statement says. The container port terminal will have a maximum annual capacity of 1.15 million containers. The project will also include features such as a seven-track classification yard, a container storage and handling area and rail and road accesses.

Wilkinson's approval was the last step of many in getting the project authorized, and now the port authority is ready to make a call for tenders with an aim to get the facility operational by 2024.

The Montreal Port Authority already has 19 terminals, including one in Contrecœur. Since the 1950s, solid bulk has been unloaded there, to supply, among other things, the steel industry. The additional container terminal will be able to accommodate two freighters at a time. It will be built one kilometre upstream from the bulk terminal, near Verchères.

CBC

 

Help wanted: Owen Sound Transportation currently accepting resumes

3/5 - The Owen Sound Transportation Co. / Pelee Island Transportation Service is currently accepting applications for the position of captain on the MV Pelee Islander II vehicle / passenger ferry.

In service since the fall of 2018, the Pelee Islander II is a 62 metre RORO ferry capable of carrying 36 vehicles from the Ontario mainland (Leamington / Kingsville) to Pelee Island Ontario on Lake Erie. A typical work rotation consists of 7 days on / 7 days off during the sailing season. Pelee Islander II is powered by a Schottel steer prop (Z Drive) system.

Compensation OSTC offers a competitive wage ($93 600.00 - Currently under review), generous benefit plan and enrollment in the OPB Pension plan. The OPB Pension plan is a defined benefit pension plan.

Qualifications The position requires a valid TC approved Master, Near Coastal certificate. The successful candidate must also demonstrate leadership abilities for both people and processes. The ability to work in a customer service environment is very important. A copy of your CoC is to be included with your resume.

Ship handling experience with steer prop (Z Drive) systems is beneficial.

The Owen Sound Transportation Company is an Agency of the Province of Ontario and an equal opportunity employer. Resumes are to be forwarded to Stephen Shaw - VP - Operations at stephen.shaw@ontarioferries.com. The email title should to be titled - Resume - Captain - Pelee Islander II.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 5

On 05 March 1997, the Canadian Coast Guard cutter GRIFFON pulled the smashed remains of a 1996 Ford Bronco from the icy depths of the Straits of Mackinac. The vehicle flipped off the Mackinac Bridge on 02 March 1997, and the driver was killed. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter BISCAYNE BAY served as a platform for the M-Rover submersible craft used to locate the Bronco in 190 feet of water.

HARRY L. ALLEN was launched March 5, 1910, as a.) JOHN B. COWLE (Hull#379) at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. She was declared a constructive total loss after a fire on January 21, 1978. The vessel was in winter lay-up at the Capitol elevator in Duluth when part of the elevator complex burned. Debris from the elevator fell on the boat, badly damaging it. The owners decided to scrap it rather than repair it. The ALLEN was scrapped at Duluth in 1978.

LEADALE was launched March 5, 1910, as a.) HARRY YATES (Hull#77) at St. Clair, Michigan, by Great Lakes Engineering Works. Scrapped at Cartagena, Columbia in 1979.

March 5, 1932 - In distress with a broken steering gear off the Ludington harbor, S.S. VIRGINIA entered port under her own power.

On 05 March 1898, the WILLIAM R. LINN (Hull#32) (steel propeller freighter, 400 foot, 4,328 gross tons) was launched at the Chicago Ship Building Company in South Chicago, Illinois. In 1940, she was sold, renamed b.) L.S. WESCOAT and converted to a tanker. She was scrapped in Germany in 1965.

1997 - The former Greek bulk carrier ANTONIS P. LEMOS had been built at Osaka, Japan, in 1976, and visited the Great Lakes that year. As c) ALBION TWO, the ship departed Gdynia, Poland, for Kingston, Jamaica, with a cargo of steel products and was reported as missing on March 5. Wreckage was later found off the coast of France and identified as from the missing vessel. All 25 crewmembers were lost. The ship had also been through the Seaway as b) MACFRIENDSHIP in November 1993 with a cargo of steel for Hamilton.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Eric Holst, Mike Nicholls, Joe Barr, Father Dowling Collection, “Ahoy & Farewell II” and the “Great Lakes Ships We Remember” series

 

Great Lakes water levels significantly lower going into 2021

3/4 – Beach lovers rejoice! Among all the issues 2020 brought, record high lake levels and nonexistent beaches were some of them.

Well, there is good news to report on that front. February 2021 recorded water levels on Lake Michigan and Huron nearly a foot lower than a year ago. The most drastic drop was Lake Ontario coming in a whopping 22 inches lower than in 2020.

This is due to much less widespread precipitation across the Great Lakes Region compared to last winter. Greater outflow also played a part. However, water levels in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are still running more than two feet over the long-term average.

Usually, water levels would increase this time of year because of snow melt. However, they are forecast to stay the same due to the dry, warm weather coming to Michigan this month – a complete contrast from last year, when water levels skyrocketed.

Great Lakes water levels and forecasts are released every Friday by the Army Corp of Engineers.

WJRT

 

Port Reports -  March 4

Sturgeon Bay, WI
Wednesday morning, the Kaye E. Barker was towed out of the graving dock to berth10. The tug Sarah Andrie was also towed out of the dock and was tied up at berth 11. The Sarter Marine tugs Jimmy L, Donald Sarter and the William Gaynor assisted, along with Bay Ship.

Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Marine Reports
Algoma Sault finally arrived just after midnight Wednesday (03/03) with salt from the Compass Minerals mine in Goderich. She proceeded to the inner harbor and filled the north storage dome before dropping the remainder of her cargo on a dockside discharge pad. She cleared for Goderich at 11:37. No other marine traffic is currently expected.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
No traffic to report.

Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss
Nanticoke: Algoterra departed for Sarnia at 11:50 Wednesday. Griffon will escort her through western Lake Erie. Algonova was at Imperial Oil.

 

Sault Ste. Marie moving forward with Carbide Dock project

3/4 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The Carbide Dock in Sault Ste. Marie hasn’t been used by the public since 2016. It was once a place where people could go and watch the freighters and enjoy some fishing.

After receiving over $20 million in grant funding, the city is working to bring it back better than ever. The city recently revealed the first renditions of the repairs and upgrades they plan to make, including adding streams, ponds, trees, and environmentally friendly walkways.

Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Don Gerrie said “It’s gonna be a game changer and this is one of the things that the residents in the Soo want is more usable waterfront, and this is going to bring that to them. So we’re very excited about it.”

“Cruise ships passengers will be getting off in a really nice spot and be able to go downtown to the community,” said Linda Hoath, Director of the Sault Ste. Marie Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “Downtown is just a few blocks away and they can walk to it or sometimes we’ll have motor coaches for them. So it’s just going to be exciting for tourism.”

The grants will make sure the city doesn’t have to dip into its general fund. “It’s the largest grant the city of Sault Ste Marie has ever recieved and we also had to fill some gaps with funding from the state of Michigan,” said Gerrie. “So we got $1 million from the Michigan Department of Transportation. We got $1 million from the MEDC, so it’s an entirely grant funded project.” The city hopes to begin construction by this fall.

9&10 News

 

Seafarers 'in dire need' of COVID-19 vaccination, says union

3/4 - The union that represents cargo ship crews in Canada says its members are in desperate need to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The Seafarers International Union of Canada says that is because of the potential danger of an outbreak onboard a vessel and a shortage of workers to replace crew members who get sick. There is limited space to physically distance on a ship and there are few medical resources on a vessel to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak should it occur.

"We don't want to interrupt the vaccinations right now of those front-line workers and our elderly that are absolutely in dire need, but we're in dire need as well," said union president Jim Given.

The union represents seafarers who work inside Canada and abroad. Given wants his crews to be given the vaccine after health-care workers and seniors get their shots.

Many seafarers spend three months aboard ship, with one month off, but some crews spend up to nine months on a vessel. Some workers have stayed on board even longer during the pandemic.

There have only been a handful of COVID-19 outbreaks on ships so far, and one seafarer has died as a result, said Given. He's worried that could get worse if his members aren't vaccinated soon.

It's incredibly difficult to cope with a COVID-19 outbreak on a ship, according to Desai Shan, an assistant professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has been studying COVID-19's impact on seafarers. "They are extremely vulnerable in this pandemic," she said. "Considering they are important, and also vulnerable …seafarers getting priority for the vaccine is a fair request. The medical resources and support seafarers would get on board are far, far limited compared to land-based working environments."

Shan said countries like China and Singapore have already started vaccinating their seafarers because they recognize the importance of keeping their supply chains moving.

"We carry most of the goods people use every day, whether it be the raw materials to make the product or the product itself. We carry about 90 percent of everything you touch and see every day," said Given.

A seafarer's job is so important it is considered essential. Given said the union wants to sit down with provincial and federal officials to come up with a plan to get its members vaccinated soon.

Transport Canada had no comment on whether seafarers should be prioritized for vaccination.

There is a shortage of seafarers in Canada right now, and with few people to replace them if they get sick, that could mean huge delays in the movement of goods and a slowdown in the Canadian economy, said Given.

The country can't afford a slowdown in the shipping industry, he said, especially with the busy season set to start in the spring when the Great Lakes thaw and ship traffic picks up.

CBC

 

Former Inland Seas museum building to be demolished; pilot house to be auctioned

3/4 - Vermilion, OH – The demolition of the Wakefield Mansion and Inland Seas Maritime Museum officially is a go in the city of Vermilion. City Council passed the ordinance approving the demolition of the buildings during a March 1 meeting. Officials have discussed the measure for the past six years or so.

"It is a heartbreaking thing for many people in our community, including myself, to see an old building go down, a building that is a part of our heritage here in this city, and it obviously has a lot of emotion tied to it," Council President Steve Herron said. "It is not a happy thing to have happen."

City Engineer Chris Howard said 13 bidders were involved with the project, with D&M Excavating LLC of Crestline receiving the bid. The city will have the company demolish the buildings for no more than $87,500.

Another development to the area includes the intended auctioning off of Main Street Beach's historic pilot house, which is attached to the old Inland Seas museum. The pilothouse is from the long-retired lake freighter Canopus.

Mayor Jim Forthofer said during the meeting the city originally planned to move the pilot house and store it for later disposition. "We've since gotten estimates of how much it would cost to move that pilot house and store it and found that it would be probably more than the pilot house is worth," Forthofer said.

In the passage of an ordinance regarding the pilot house, the city declared the pilot house an unwanted piece of city property and will auction it. The city will not have to pay for the removal and will collect the funds made off of its auction, Forthofer said.

 

IJC: Risk of flooding from Lake Ontario 'low'

3/4 - Rochester, NY – The International Joint Commission said Monday the risk of flooding from Lake Ontario has declined from "moderate" in December to the current status of "low."

The IJC reports the change is largely the result of dry conditions in January and February, as it says the lake level is almost two-feet lower than this time a year ago, and the lowest it has been at this time of the season since 2015.

Flooding issues hit shoreline neighbors hard in 2017 and 2019, with neighbors blaming the IJC's controversial Plan 2014, the IJC previously announced it had granted Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board’s request to deviate from that plan.

Despite the news, the IJC board warns -- if conditions become extremely wet like in 2017 and 2019-- nothing could prevent high water levels which could cause flooding and damage to shoreline properties.

WHEC

 

Virtual Visitor Center – A Ship’s Journey: Duluth, to the Soo, to the Blue

3/4 - Learn about the journey ocean-going vessels take once they leave Duluth. Traveling through canals, locks, and rivers, you’ll hear the history of how it has all been made possible to travel to the Atlantic from Ranger Hannah of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.

The free program begins at 12:30 EST (11:30 CST), today, Thursday, March 4 in the Virtual Visitor Center, use a Chrome browser to join on the web: https://www.gotomeet.me/VirtualVisitorCenter/a-ships-journey. For those unable to attend live, the program will be recorded and posted later on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqtbMFyAaYYO9TIAaaK2HTLr0Ph4A5FRF. The Virtual Visitor Center is a cooperative endeavor between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Soo Locks Visitor Center Association and Lake Superior Marine Museum Association.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 4

In 1944, the U.S.C.G.C. MACKINAW (WAGB-83) was launched by the Toledo Ship Building Company (Hull #188) at Toledo, Ohio. Her name was originally planned to be MANITOWOC. MACKINAW was retired in 2006.

CECILIA DESGAGNES, a.) CARL GORTHON, departed Sorel, Quebec, on March 4, 1985, bound for Baie Comeau, Quebec, on her first trip in Desgagnes colors.

March 4, 1904 - William H. Le Fleur of the Pere Marquette car ferries was promoted to captain at the age of 34. He was the youngest carferry captain on the Great Lakes.

In 1858, TRENTON (wooden propeller, 134 foot, 240 gross tons, built in 1854, at Montreal, Quebec) burned to a total loss while tied to the mill wharf at Picton, Ontario, in Lake Ontario. The fire was probably caused by carpenters that were renovating her.

On 4 March 1889, TRANSIT (wooden 10-car propeller carferry, 168 foot, 1,058 gross tons, built in 1872, at Walkerville, Ontario) burned at the Grand Trunk Railroad dock at Windsor, Ontario on the Detroit River. She had been laid up since 1884, and the Grand Trunk Railroad had been trying to sell her for some time.

In 1871, FLORENCE (iron steamer, 42.5 foot, built in 1869, at Baltimore, Maryland) burned while docked at Amherstburg, Ontario at about 12:00 p.m. The fire was hot enough to destroy all the cabins and melt the surrounding ice in the Detroit River, but the vessel remained afloat and her engines were intact. She was rebuilt and remained in service until 1922 when she was scrapped.

1976 - The former British freighter GRETAFIELD of 1952, a Great Lakes visitor for the first time in 1962, hit the breakwall entering Cape Town, South Africa, as c) SIROCCO I and received extensive bow damage. It was sold to Taiwanese shipbreakers and departed May 15,1976, arriving at Kaohsiung July 5 for dismantling.

1983 - The former Danish freighter MARIE SKOU of 1962, inland for the first time in 1966, caught fire in the engine room and was abandoned by the crew south of Sicily as b) CLEO C. The vessel was towed to Malta on March 9 and scrapped there beginning in April.

1986 - The onetime Greek freighter YEMELOS, built in 1962 as MIGOLINA and renamed in 1972, first came inland in 1973. It was abandoned as e) TANFORY off Trincomolee, Sri Lanka, en route from Kandla, India, to Chittagong, Bangladesh, with salt and bentonite. The ship was presumed to have sunk.

1995 - The tug ERIE NO. 1, a) DUNKIRK, b) PEGGY M., c) RENE PURVIS sank at the dock in Toronto. It was raised by a crane June 18, 1995, but the cable snapped, dropping the hull on the dock breaking the tug’s back. The vessel was broken up at that location in late 1995.

2011 - LOUIS JOLLIET caught fire at Montreal during winter work. The ex-St. Lawrence ferry was being used as an excursion vessel.

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

 

$400 million project to clean up Milwaukee River estuary in motion

3/3 - Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee’s rivers have slowly been revitalized through a variety of cleanup projects in recent years. But the estuary – the area in which the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers meet Lake Michigan – is still one of the most environmentally degraded sites on the Great Lakes due to contamination caused by decades of industrial waste.

The estuary has a federal designation as an “area of concern.” But change is coming. Years of planning has led to a massive $400 million cleanup project.

Read more at this link: https://www.wuwm.com/post/400-million-project-clean-milwaukee-river-estuary-motion

 

Boating interests, including those on Great Lakes, oppose Erie Canal changes

3/3 - – BoatUS is sounding the alarm on proposed management changes to the New York State Canal System that, if passed, could trigger negative consequences on the historic waterway for years to come — and not just in New York. Urging immediate engagement by their members are the Michigan Boating Industries Association, the Boating Associations of Ohio, the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association and other Great Lakes stakeholders.

An act has been introduced in the waning days of New York’s annual budget process that allows no opportunity for public input. BoatUS is urging its 44,000 New York members — plus all canal community members and the boaters in many states that use the Erie Canal and others in the canal system for transit in and out of the Great Lakes and Canada — to make their voices heard by insisting that legislators immediately remove Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 30-day budget amendment, TED Bill Part VV, distractingly called the New York State Canal System Revitalization Act.

BoatUS discovered that the proposed act essentially details the canal as a failure, calling it “antiquated and deteriorating” as a result of the lack of commercial shipping activity. Ironically, at the same time it acknowledges that, the “state has not exploited the full potential of the canal system.”

If passed, the act would forever change the operating structure, which would leave management of the canal system even less transparent than it currently is, remove state accountability and forever hinder the economic viability of the canal with weak funding sources.

“For our marine industry, the negative impact will hit many marine dealers and boat owners,” says Nicki Polan, executive director of the Michigan Boating Industries Association. “Here’s just one example: Jefferson Beach Yachts Sales in St. Clair Shores receives many of their large Viking, Sunseeker, Princess and Absolute inventory via the Erie Canal. Plus, many of their customers travel north and south via the canal. It will negatively impact dealers and owners on all five Great Lakes.”

The historic Erie Canal effectively connects the Great Lakes at Buffalo to New York City via the Hudson River at Albany. The canal is 363 miles long and was the first canal in the United States to connect western waterways with the Atlantic. Connecting canals also provided access to the popular Finger Lakes region and Lake Ontario at Rochester.

BoatUS vice president of public affairs Scott Croft is even more direct. “We believe the act’s last-minute introduction during the end of the budget process is an indication of the administration’s strategy to minimize debate and control outcomes,” he says. “To discuss change of this magnitude, we’re asking Gov. Cuomo to engage in an open, transparent process to ensure the future of this historic waterway, not only for recreational boaters in New York and beyond, but for the communities that benefit from it all along its length.”

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Help wanted: U.S. Geological Survey, Great Lakes Science Center

3/3 - The U.S. Geological Survey is looking to fill Marine Machinery Repairer (MMR) positions at the Great Lakes Science Center’s Cheboygan Vessel Base. USGS is accepting resumes from qualified veterans that are eligible under one or more of several hiring authorities for the appointment of veterans. For more information, please visit Special Hiring Authorities Available for the Appointment of Veterans (usgs.gov). Duties:

▪ Operates, services, and repairs engine room, deck machinery, and equipment.
▪ Participate in fishery and ecosystem surveys aboard large research vessels for extended periods (10-30 days per survey).
▪ Diagnose and repair various marine vessel equipment, such as diesel engines, generators, and hydraulic systems.
▪ Manage ship’s engine room, keep accurate repair and maintenance logs.
▪ Leads or participates in maritime emergency response, firefighting, and man-over-board operations.
▪ Train personnel on safe vessel operations.
▪ Repair fishing gear including trawls, gill nets, hydraulic winches, net reels, and gill net lifter.

Organization Since 1927, Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) research has provided critical information for the sound management of Great Lakes fish populations and other important natural resources in the basin. The GLSC is geographically deployed throughout the Great Lakes basin through seven strategically located field stations and five large research vessels.

Interested candidates may submit their resume to Tim O’Brien (tiobrien@usgs.gov), Cell: 734-707-3345

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 3

The keel was laid on March 3, 1980, for the COLUMBIA STAR (Hull#726) at Sturgeon Bay, Wis., by Bay Shipbuilding Corp. She now sails as AMERICAN CENTURY.

At midnight on 3 March 1880, DAVID SCOVILLE (wooden propeller steam tug/ferry, 42 foot, 37 gross tons, built in 1875, at Marine City, Mich.) burned at the Grand Trunk Railway wharf at Sarnia, Ontario. Arson was suspected. No lives were lost.

1947: NOVADOC of the Paterson fleet was lost with all hands (24 sailors) off Portland, Maine, while en route from Nova Scotia to New York City with a cargo of gypsum. The ship had also sailed as NORTHTON for the Mathews and Misener fleets.

1958: The tanker DON JOSE, formerly the ITORORO that operated on the Great Lakes for Transit Tankers & Terminals in the early 1940s, was destroyed by a fire, likely in a loading mishap, at Talara, Peru.

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

 

American Steamship Co. lays off 95 workers

3/2 - Buffalo, NY – American Steamship Co. has laid off 95 workers, according to a notice filed with New York state.

The company, which was founded in 1907, operates a fleet of vessels used to ship products from port to port on the Great Lakes. In a state WARN, the company cited lingering impacts of the Covid-19 crisis, the downturn of the U.S. economy and transformational changes that have impacted its customer base and increased competition from lower-cost carriers.

American Steamship said it made the decision not to operate five vessels in the 2021 sailing season and to charter them to other carriers. The company said the sailing season starts on March 24 and a portion of the workers laid off may not be recalled.

Employees of the company are represented by the Seafarers International Union and American Maritime Officers.

A message left for comment from Kevin McMonagle, American Steamship’s president, was not immediately returned.

Buffalo Business First

 

Ship catches fire while being scrapped in Duluth harbor

3/2 - Duluth, MN – A fire broke out on a decommissioned ship in the Duluth harbor Monday afternoon. Azcon Metals was in the process of scrapping the J.B. Ford when a spark started a small fire in the ship's wooden cabin, according to Duluth Fire Department spokesperson Kate Van Daele. The fire department responded to the fire just after 3:15 p.m. and Van Daele said it was mostly contained as of 4:15 p.m.

"They're just putting out hotspots," she said. "They were able to contain the fire to the cabin, ensuring it didn't spread to the rest of the ship."

Azcon Vice President and General Manager Lynn D. Bergstedt said it was "not that big of a fire" and that it would not impact the company's scrapping work, as it only damaged the wood. "We like the steel," Bergstedt said. No one was injured in the incident.

The J.B. Ford was first launched as the Edwin F. Holmes in 1903. It is 440 feet long, with a beam of 50 feet, a depth of 28 feet and a capacity of 8,000 tons. Azcon purchased the 118-year-old ship for scrap in 2015.

Duluth News Tribune View a video of the fire at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxEoTFpgPjM&fbclid=IwAR2hxpypPdjYe1Yi1pgpGvVfqX5em7TIzVAT7WJCkGPSC-Z8d9360UFczOU

 

Port Reports -  March 2

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Michigan/Great Lakes cleared for Sarnia at 21:34 Sunday (02/28). Algoma Sault should arrive Tuesday morning with salt from Goderich.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Intrepid cleared 7.25 pm upbound Sunday for Chicago with salt.

Toledo, OH – Angie Williams
Manitoulin left Toledo Monday morning bound for Sarnia.

Lake Erie Ports
Toledo: Manitoulin departed for Sarnia at 06:23 Monday.
Nanticoke: Algonova arrived at 06:20 and went to anchor off of Port Dover. Algoterra arrived at 15:42 and also went to anchor off of Port Dover.

 

Sykes, Ryerson Captain Treece charts new course as a Great Lakes pilot

3/2 - Post via the S.S. Wilfred Sykes Facebook page: “There is a day in everyone’s life when you will be faced with making a difficult decision in your career. That day has come for me. For the last 30+ years I have sailed for arguably the BEST company in the Great Lakes shipping industry. No matter where I go from here on out the highlight of my career will being able to say “I sailed the Edward L. Ryerson.” I spent the last 11 years as the master of the Wilfred Sykes, another Great Lakes favorite and also very dear to my heart. Only sailors and boatnerds will understand how a floating hunk of steel could hold a special place in one’s heart, but it can. That being said, on March 23, I will fit out the SS Wilfred Sykes for the last time in my career. On April 15, I will begin a new chapter in my life as a trainee for the Western Great Lakes Pilots Association. It was not an easy decision to make, but in the end, it just felt like this was a great opportunity for trying something new and taking on a different kind of challenge. It’s something I am really looking forward to! Captain Eric Treece.”

 

Help wanted: AB Deckhand – Interlake Logistics Solutions

3/2 - Interlake Logistics Solutions is looking for a full-time employee willing to work on board a Great Lakes ship. Employees work 28 days on and 14 days off. March thru December. Large excavator, Front End Loader, and Welding Experience is a plus, but not necessary. Responsibilities include (not limited to) Operating/ Maintaining/Keeping clean Equipment and Cargo spaces around the vessel, knowing and understanding Safety signals and procedures and observing safety policies in effect, performing necessary duties with arriving and departing docking, and answering to the mate on duty. No conviction history accepted. Competitive pay, benefits and 401k. Person must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screening and physical.

Job Type: Full-time
Pay: From $20 per hour
PLEASE EMAIL RESUME TO: thartley@interlakems.com

 

Annual Mariners’ Service at Point Edward

3/2 - Point Edward, ON – It is again time for the Annual Mariners’ Service. As in other years, it will be held on the first Sunday in March. However, this year we will be conducting our service virtually. The service will be available on our Facebook page facebook.com/stpaulspointedward or on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoJFHFVF_QpBWEjBeWpZCjA

Although we cannot be together this year, we hope that you will be able to watch and then next year we can all be together again once our lives return to normal.

St. Paul's Anglican Church

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 2

On 02 March 1889, the U.S. Congress passed two acts for establishment of a light station at Old Mackinac Point and appropriated $5,500 for construction of a fog signal building. The following year, funds were appropriated for the construction of the light tower and dwelling.

March 2, 1938 - Harold Lillie, crewmember of the ANN ARBOR NO 6, stepped onto the apron as the carferry was approaching and fell into the water and suffered a broken neck.

March 2, 1998, a fire broke out on the ALGOSOO causing serious damage to the self-unloading belts and other nearby equipment. Almost 12 years earlier in 1986, a similar fire gutted the aft cabins.

On 02 March 1893, the MARY E. MC LACHLAN (3-mast wooden schooner, 251 foot, 1,394 gross tons) was launched at F. W. Wheeler's yard in West Bay City, Michigan as (Hull #96). The launch turned into a disaster when the huge wave generated by the vessel entering the water hit the freighter KITTIE FORBES (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 209 foot, 968 gross tons, built in 1883, at W. Bay City, Michigan). The FORBES had numerous spectators onboard and when the wave struck, many were injured and there was one confirmed death.

1972 - HARMATTAN, a Seaway trader beginning in 1971, arrived at Karachi, Pakistan, for scrapping after suffering missile damage at sea from Indian Naval units during a conflict between the two countries.

1976 - BROOK, a former Seaway trader as EXBROOk beginning in 1968, arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for scrapping.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, and Steve Haverty

 

Mackinaw to break ice in Green Bay

3/1 - Sault Ste Marie, MI – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw will enter Green Bay at Rock Island Passage this week to conduct several days of ice trials in northern Green Bay.

While in Green Bay, Mackinaw will perform a series of operational tests to evaluate and record the performance of their shipboard systems in the thick plate ice. The cutter will not purposely interact with shore fast ice, not enter any port, and plans to spend each night out on the ice. USCGC Mackinaw will operate in the vicinity of Chambers Island remaining north and east of Green Island and west of Washington Island. Recreational users of the ice should plan their activity carefully, use caution near the ice and remain clear of these prescribed areas.

USCG

 

Port Reports -  March 1

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
After a week of warmer temperatures, Milwaukee’s harbor is now mostly ice-free. Michigan/Great Lakes arrived from Cheboygan at 07:37 Sunday (02/28) and tied up at the Liquid Cargo Pier. The pair is likely here to load ethanol. Algoma Sault is expected Monday with salt from Goderich.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault cleared 3.26 am Sunday upbound for Milwaukee with salt. Algoma Intrepid was loading at Compass Minerals and departed in the evening.

Toledo, OH – Michael G Hopkins
Sam Laud went from lay up at the Ironville Dock to the Toledo shipyard dry dock on Jan 27.

Buffalo, NY – Brain R. Wroblewski
Sucro Sourcing, the company behind the new sugar refining operations at the Gateway Metroport in Lackawanna, have announced a major expansion project for 2021. On January 27, the company revealed plans to spend $19 million to refurbish three old steel plant buildings on site to house a larger amount of business. They want to use them for more storage space, an enlarged sugar refinery, packaging and office space. The derelict buildings being rebuilt for the Sucro project, from north to south, are Bethlehem Steel’s former Power House #1, Boiler House #3, Engine House #3, and the concrete pad left over from the now demolished Steam Station #1. The company expects to see at least 10 ocean going freighters arrive every year there after the expansion comes on line.

Construction was to start during this February with the plant reaching full production capacity at some point over the next two years.

The fire tug Cotter was out breaking ice ahead of a thaw on February 23. She went from the slip at Michigan Street to the lake and back that morning with a little extra work being done around the stern of the tug Victory at the Frontier elevator so she can move the Maumee later in March for unloading. They were back at it again on the section from Michigan Street to the Buckeye Terminal above South Park Ave. on the 25th. Then on the 26th they had to do it again because the ice was not flowing out at all due to a return to cold temps overnight and a quick refreeze of everything they had just broken the day before. Ice was seen to be approximately four inches thick for the most part.

 

Preserving History: Saving the Squaw Island Lighthouse

3/1 - A historic lighthouse was in trouble on a small island in northern Lake Michigan. The owners of Squaw Island stepped up to save it. But this is no ordinary project. See how a dedicated construction crew overcame isolation, lack of power, and poison ivy to stop the decay of the lighthouse. Along the way, they also learned a little about themselves. View the full report here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB04s4MYd6A

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  March 1

HENRY FORD II (Hull#788) was launched on March 1, 1924, at Lorain, Ohio by the American Ship Building Co. She served as flagship of the Ford Motor Company fleet for many years and was eventually sold to Interlake Steamship Company when Ford sold its Great Lakes division. It was renamed b.) SAMUEL MATHER, but never sailed under that name. It was scrapped in 1994, at Port Maitland, Ontario by Marine Recycling & Salvage Ltd.

In 1881 the steamship JOHN B. LYON was launched at Cleveland, Ohio by Thomas Quayle & Son for Capt. Frank Perew. She was a four mast, double-decker with the following dimensions: 255 foot keel, 275 feet overall, 38 foot beam, and 20 foot depth.

On March 1, 1884 the I.N. FOSTER (wooden schooner, 134 foot, 319 gross tons, built in 1872, at Port Huron, Michigan) was sold by Clark I. Boots to E. Chilson. This vessel lasted until 1927, when she was abandoned in Buffalo, New York.

1926 - The passenger ship WHITE STAR of Canada Steamship Lines burned at Hamilton. It then became a coal barge and was rebuilt in 1950 as the diesel powered, self-unloading sandsucker S.M. DOUGLAS. It operated mainly on the St. Lawrence and was sunk as a breakwall at Kingston, ON in 1975.

1972 - The Dutch passenger and freight carrier PRINSES ANNA first visited the Great Lakes in 1967. It was lost in Osumi Strait, 18 miles south of Cape Sata, Japan, as HWA PO while on a voyage from Nagoya to Whampoa, China. The cargo shifted and 20 of the 36 on board were lost when the ship went down.

1980 - The Swedish freighter BARBARA was 4-years old when it first came inland in 1966. It returned through the Seaway as BARKAND in 1968 and as MARIANNA in 1969. The ship was under a fourth name of MARIA BACOLITSA and in bound from Brazil with pig iron for Constanza, Romania, when it went down on the Black Sea with all hands. An S.O.S. had been sent out without giving the location and rescuers were helpless to lend any assistance.

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


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