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Lakes Superior, Erie, Ontario at or above record May levels

5/24 - Three of the five Great Lakes are at or above record high water levels for May and the other two are getting close as a winter of heavy snow and a spring of heavy rains continues to flow downstream.

And with wet weather now expected to continue for at least the short term, new all-time record lake levels are possible in late summer or early fall when the lakes hit their usual yearly peaks.

Lake Superior sat at 183.8 meters at mid-week, above the record May average of 183.7 set in 1986.

"We don't have a final average yet, obviously, because the month isn't over. But it's not going down," said Charles Sidick, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hydrologist in Detroit who oversees Lake Superior levels.

Meanwhile Lake Erie (and Lake St. Claire) already have surpassed their all-time May highs. Lake Ontario is right at the all-time high set just two years ago and Lakes Huron/Michigan are just 3 inches short of their record May high.

Lake Superior is so high that, when northeast winds push toward Duluth, the water is flowing upstream against the St. Louis River, flooding boat landings and docks well away from the lake. The high water is eroding clay banks on the South Shore and erasing sand beaches in Duluth and Superior while once again raising the water table in low areas, filling sumps and basements along Park Point.

There have been some calls to release more water from Lake Superior through dams and gates on the St. Marys River. But that would have little effect on the big lake, Sidick noted, and would only send more flooding problems downstream where problems already are more dire.

"Even if we could, there's nowhere for the water to go. They're all full," Sidick noted of the Great Lakes.

Read more and view a chart at this link: https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/science-and-nature/4616534-superior-erie-ontario-or-above-record-may-levels

 

Canada to spend $15.7B on new coast guard ships

5/24 - Canada plans to build up to 18 new coast guard ships at a cost of $15.7 billion in an effort to renew Canada's Coast Guard fleet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday.

Up to 16 of the ships will be constructed in a fleet renewal project anchored in Seaspan's Vancouver Shipyards. Two others — Arctic patrol ships that will be modified for the Canadian Coast Guard — will be built at Irving Shipyards in Nova Scotia.

"Canadians deserve better than to have this fleet rust out," Trudeau said during his visit to Vancouver. "This fleet renewal is going to create jobs in everything from ship design and engineering to construction, welding and inspection while strengthening this world class Canadian industry."

Trudeau also announced the government is launching a competitive process for the design of a new class of smaller ships. The mid-shore multi-mission ship will work with the large fleet in shallow areas and perform some science activities.

A plan to refit and extend the life of existing vessels at shipyards across the country will cost up to $2 billion.

Aside from the shipbuilding plan, the federal government is providing an additional $351.3 million to enhance capacity of the coast guard, strengthen management and oversight and promote a greener way of doing business.

According to a government statement, the $15.7 billion figure is an "early estimate" of the cost for construction, support, infrastructure, project management and cost overruns, or contingency funding. The costs of each ship will be announced, the government said, after contract negotiations have been completed.

The 16 multi-purpose vessels will be used for light icebreaking, environmental response and search and rescue while the two new Arctic and offshore patrol ships will perform duties further offshore.

The federal government is also launching a competitive process to add a third Canadian shipyard as a partner under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. Because of the renewal of the coast guard and new navy investments, Trudeau said Canada will need more than two shipyards to get the job done.

Trudeau said the bidding process for the new yard will be open, although he and one of his ministers seemed to suggest that the Davie shipyard in Quebec has an opportunity to win the contract.

CBC News

 

New Great Lakes bulk carrier will be made with ArcelorMittal plate steel

5/24 - For the first time in more than 35 years, a U.S-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier will be built by Interlake Steamship Company and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding.

This new river-class, self-unloading bulk carrier is the first ship (non tug-barge) for the U.S Great Lakes service built on the Great Lakes since 1983. The ship, which will transport raw materials to support manufacturing throughout the Great Lakes region will be built with steel plate made by ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor.

An expansion of Interlake’s capabilities will help us in securing long-term, reliable transportation solutions to our complex raw materials matrix, as they currently deliver about 40 percent of ArcelorMittal USA’s raw materials needs.

“Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, located in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, will be building this vessel and requested ArcelorMittal supply the plate for this project,” said Ken Wilson, account manager, sales and marketing, ArcelorMittal USA Plate.

What’s particularly interesting about the project is that it will transport a raw material product, iron ore, that goes into making the product used in building this ship – plate steel. This is just one prime example of how steelmaking comes full circle in its processing of raw materials for an end product.

Measuring 639 feet in length, the vessel will be jointly designed by Interlake Steamship Co., Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Bay Engineering.

ArcelorMittal

 

Port Reports -  May 24

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Herbert C. Jackson departed Duluth at 03:51 Thursday morning after unloading limestone at Hallett #5, and headed for Silver Bay to load. John J. Boland was inbound at 04:25 with stone to discharge at Graymont, and American Century came in at 12:52 to load coal at Midwest Energy. Indiana Harbor was at Canadian National loading iron ore pellets, and was expected to depart at some point Thursday evening. The Boland was next in line to load at CN once she finished at Graymont. Also in port were Algoma Discovery, loading wheat at Riverland Ag, and Erieborg, receiving inspections at Port Terminal. In Superior, the tank barge Robert F. Deegan and tug Zeus arrived at 07:31 Thursday morning, and headed to Hallett #8 to offload calcium chloride. Radcliffe R. Latimer was loading ore at BN, and was expected to depart mid-evening for Hamilton.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Due Two Harbors on May 23rd between 20:00-21:00 was the Edwin H. Gott. She was originally showing up as loading in Duluth. Due Two Harbors on May 24th are the American Integrity and the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival on May 23rd at 08:39 of the Herbert C. Jackson arriving from Duluth after unloading stone at Hallett #5. She departed Silver Bay on the 23rd at 16:21. As of 19:30 on the 23rd she didn’t have an updated AIS. She is probably heading to Cleveland. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled on May 24th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Thursday May 23rd: 4:39 saltie Vitosha departed G3 for Bari, Italy. 5:49 Michipicoten arrived at Lafarge to discharge limestone. 8:45 Federal Saguenay weighed anchor after 6 days in the harbor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 11:30 Algoma Niagara arrived at G3 to load grain. 12:00 Michipicoten departed Lafarge for Marquette, MI. 15:39 CSL Welland arrived at Viterra B to load grain. 19:32 Tim S Dool arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. Expected for Friday: Federal Danube, CSL Niagara and Algoma Strongfield.

Northern Lake Huron ports
Alpena:
Thursday; 6:15 Manitowoc arrived to unload and departed at 15:22 for Port Inland.

Stoneport:
Wednesday; 22:40 Clyde S Vanenkevort arrived to load and on Thursday;12:29 departed for Marquette.

Calcite:
Wednesday; 21:39 American Courage arrived to load limestone. Thursday; 9:17 Joyce L Vanenkevort arrived to load limestone. 15:00 American Courage departed.

Port Dolomite:
Thursday;7:30 Olive L Moore arrived to load and departed at 17:06 for Saginaw.

Drummond Island:
Thursday; 7:22 John G Munson arrived to load.

Meldrum Bay:
Wednesday; 22:00 Algoma Sault departed for Marysville.

Bruce Mines:
Thursday; 0:10 Algoma Enterprise arrived and went to anchor. 2:00 Manitoulin departed for Saginaw

Port Inland:
Thursday; 9:05 Joseph L Block arrived to load.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Helena G arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel on Thursday.

Northeast Ohio ports – Bill Kloss
Thursday report: Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder are at Marblehead, the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin is in Sandusky for coal, Sam Laud is on a shuttle from the Bulk Terminal in Cleveland, EPA’s Lake Guardian is at Dock 28 at the Port of Cleveland, Calumet is at Morton Salt in Grand River, Edgar B. Speer is in Conneaut and Roger Blough will be in Conneaut.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Thursday May 23 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
departed - May 23 -tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, launched as Hercules) & Margaret at 1345 westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage:
anchored - May 19 - Algoscotia at 0317

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 22 - Algocanada at 2152 - May 23 - Greenwing (Cyp) eta 0045, Tecumseh at 1913

downbound - May 22 - Algoma Buffalo at 2359 - May 23 - tug Undaunted & Pere Marquette 41 at 1148 (stopping wharf 16 to unload), tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1458, Thunder Bay at 1748 and Algoma Compass at 1853

Welland Canal docks:
docked - May 23 - tug Undaunted & Pere Marquette 41 at 1225 (at wharf 16 to unload) - departed May 23 at 2032 approx westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - May 22 - Gaia Desgagnes (ex Fure Vinga-19) at 1406 from Bronte dock - departure May 23 - Gaia Desgagnes at 0455 (back to Bronte dock)

Hamilton: <BR> docked - May 17 - Federal Champlain at 0812 - May 18 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0220 - May 20 - Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) at 1313 - May 21 - Robert S Pierson at 1051 and Brant (Cyp) at 1230 - May 22 - Harbour Progress (Por) at 1730 and Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 2109 - May 23 - Algoma Harvester at 1310 - departure - May 22 - tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 0222

Bronte:
arrival - May 23 - Gaia Desgagnes (ex Fure Vinga-19) at 0711 from Port Weller anchorage

Clarkson:
docked - May 22 - Topaz I (Pan) at 0555

Toronto:
docked - May 19 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1831 - May 21 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 2116

Oshawa:
arrival - May 22 - tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 1051 - May 23 - NACC Quebec at 1042 - anchored - May 23 Algoma Buffalo at 1246 awaiting dock

 

Barge operators face Illinois Waterway closures, with more to come

5/24 - Barge operators that use the Illinois Waterway will face the first round of closures in June as preliminary work begins on major repairs to six of eight lock and dam sites along the system that will begin next summer and carry into 2023.

In preparation for significant work next year, bulkhead slots will be installed at Marseilles and Starved Rock locks this summer, requiring a partial closure and width restrictions for 92 days. A full lock closure will then occur for 14 days to install the sill beam across the bottom of the lock chambers, according to the Corps of Engineers’ Rock Island District.

Starting June 1 through Aug. 15, the locks will be closed to navigation during the day beginning at 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. The locks will be open at night until 6 a.m. the next morning, but with a 70’ width restriction in place at both locations. The closures will be suspended from July 3-7 to allow for holiday pleasure boat traffic.

Then on Aug. 16 through Aug. 29, the locks will be closed to all navigation.

Severe spring flooding and high water along the inland waterways system that forced many lock and dam closures will not affect the summer schedule, said Allen Marshall, chief of corporate communications at Rock Island.

The 120-day closure planned for summer 2020, an unprecedented event, will start on July 1, as long as river levels cooperate, the Corps said.

The Illinois Waterway is a busy portion of the inland system, providing a shipping connection from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico via the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. It includes eight lock and dam sites that were built in the 1930s and need significant repairs. The closures are expected to affect barge lines, shippers, business owners and farmers in the movement of agricultural commodities like corn and soybeans as well as fertilizer.

The Corps chose the June-October time frame so that work could be done outside the spring flooding season and before the grain harvest gets underway. The Corps said it preferred to close the locks simultaneously in one year rather than disrupting commercial navigation over several years.

The biggest project will be dewatering the lock chamber to perform major rehabilitation and maintenance at the LaGrange Lock and Dam in Versailles, Ill., a top priority for the Corps. The antiquated and badly worn lock gate machines will be replaced and significant repairs will be made to the crumbling concrete and steel structures of the lock chamber.

These repairs will close La Grange from July 1 to Sept. 30, 2020, and are needed to prevent more unscheduled and prolonged outages due to mechanical and structural failures.

LaGrange is the busiest lock on the river, with some 30 million tons of products moving through each year.

Additionally, the Peoria Lock and Dam will undergo inspections and maintenance of submerged areas for 60 days starting in mid-July. Meanwhile, dewatering and installation of miter gates will be done at the Starved Rock Lock and Dam and the Marseilles Lock and Dam from July 1 to Oct. 30. Prep work will also be done at the Dresden Lock and Dam and the Brandon Road Lock and Dam, installing bulkhead slots to the existing emergency gates. In July 2023 these locks and dams will get new gates.

The closures are actually a good sign that Congress is appropriating money to repair the nation’s antiquated – and in many spots, crumbling – inland river infrastructure that is far beyond its 50-year design life. Many locks and dams are 80 to 90 years old.

Although repairs were made along the Illinois Waterway in the 1980s and 1990s to add another 25 years of service, much of the machinery, concrete and gates are original, and have decayed in decades of freeze-thaw cycles and normal use, wrote Tom Heinold, chief of the Operations Division at Rock Island, wrote in the May 4 issue of the Waterways Council newsletter.

Completion of the new, wider Panama Canal locks is expected to put even more demand on the Illinois Waterway and Upper Mississippi River system to move soybeans and corn for export, according to Heinold.

During the closures, alternate means of transportation will have to be planned for, such as rail or barging commodities along the Mississippi River through St. Louis, Mo. Another option would be to accelerate shipping before and after the closures, or stockpiling products that are not time sensitive. Those decisions will likely be governed by the cost of shifting from barge to other transportation modes.

The Corps predicts that it could take the navigation industry two or more years to fully recover from the impact of the closures. This summer’s closures will be a good trail run for how things will play out next year, Corps officials said.

For more information, listen to the Corps’ webinar about the closures at: http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Media/Images.aspx?igphoto=2002096262

Work Boat

 

Obituary: Gerald D. "Jerry" Ling

5/24 - Gerald D. "Jerry" Ling, 90, of Clyde Township, died Friday, May 17, 2019. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine at the end of World War II and in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a chief engineer with Ford Motor Co. and Interlake Steamship Co.and sailed the Great Lakes aboard the Benson Ford, Henry Ford II, Herbert Jackson and Lee A. Tregurtha for over 50 years. He was a member of Charles Hammond American Legion Post #8 and the International Ship Master's Association.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

 

Cruise ship season is here: First of the ships arrive in Muskegon

5/24 - Muskegon, MI – Thursday marked the start of the cruise ship season on the Great Lakes with the first ship arriving in Muskegon. The Victory I cruise ship tied up in around 7 a.m. and departed around 6 p.m.

The ship just started a 9-night Great Lakes cruise that started in Chicago and ends in Toronto. The number of cruise ships on the Great Lakes has expanded in recent years. "We knew our guests wanted to see more of America," said Sarah Neelis, Manager of Hotel Operations for American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines. "We decided to venture out on the Great Lakes."

The Victory I is a small, agile, intimate ship able to take passengers into small ports on the Great Lakes. "We have a capacity of 202 guests on board with 101 staterooms," Neelis said.

This is the fourth year that Muskegon has been a port of call for Great Lakes cruise ships.

The ship passengers had the opportunity to explore the Lake Michigan shoreline throughout the day by visiting Muskegon's historical district, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, the LST 393.

This year three different cruise ship together will make 13 visits to Muskegon.

"All summer long you will see the Pearl Mist, and the Victory Cruise lines, and then at the end of season in September and October we have a new ship, the Le Champlain," said Bob Lukens, of Visit Muskegon.

"Hosting the cruise ships in Muskegon is exciting because it brings attention to our deep water harbor. The economic impact of the port has been estimated to be $300 million annually," said Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce.

"Thousands of people travel to this community by cruise ship, the high-speed Lake Express Ferry, a sailing yacht, or motor cruiser. Vessels of all sizes and shapes are here to see the beautiful vistas of Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan."

Muskegon business and tourism leaders worked to secure cruise ship visits beginning in 2015 when the Pearl Mist was diverted from Holland to Muskegon because Holland's dock wasn't available.

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and tourism leaders are working to bring even more ships to town next year. They say talks are underway with three more cruise lines in hopes the number of cruise ship visitors doubles in the coming years.

To find out more about the Port of Muskegon or to see the 2019 cruise ship schedule visit www.muskegon.org/cruise-ships.

 

Sign up now for  Soo 2019 Boatnerd Gathering

5/24 - The 2019 schedule of Boatnerd Gatherings has been set and information is now available now on the Gatherings page, www.boatnerd.com/gathering

Gatherings include Soo Locks Engineers weekend festivities, and the annual Welland Canal weekend. Reservations are now being accepted for the Soo Locks Freighter-Chasing Cruise June 28. Sign up now. Don't be left on the dock.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 24

On 24 May 1872, the wooden schooner SAM ROBINSON was carrying corn from Chicago, Illinois, to Kingston, Ontario, in dense fog on Lake Michigan. At 7:30 a.m. the propeller MANISTEE collided with the schooner and almost cut her in two amidships. When the MANISTEE backed away, the schooner went over on its starboard side and its masts smashed the MANISTEE's pilothouse and cabins. Luckily the ROBINSON's crew launched their lifeboat before the schooner sank and they were picked up by the MANISTEE and taken to Milwaukee.

In 1980, the 1,000-foot BURNS HARBOR was christened for the Wilmington Trust Co., (Bethlehem Steel Co., Mgr.) Wilmington, Delaware.

CANADIAN OLYMPIC (Hull#60) was launched in 1976, at St. Catharines, Ontario by Port Weller Drydocks Ltd. for Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd.

CHICAGO TRADER arrived at Ashtabula, Ohio on May 24, 1977, for scrapping (scrapping did not begin until May 1, 1978, by Triad Salvage Inc.).

CLIFFS VICTORY set a record (by 2 minutes) for the fastest time from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, to Duluth, Minnesota, in 1953. She logged a time of 17 hours and 50 minutes. The CHARLES M. WHITE had been declared the fastest earlier that year by the Cleveland papers.

ALEXANDER B. MOORE was launched at Bangor, Michigan, on 24 May 1873. She was built by Theophilus Boston at a cost of $85,000. She was 247 foot overall, 223 foot keel and could carry 70,000 bushels of grain. Although designed as a 4-mast schooner, she was built as a 3-master. The fourth mast was added two years later.

On 24 May 1875, the schooner NINA was bound from Michael's Bay to Goderich, Ontario, when she sprang a leak and went down in mid-lake. Her crew escaped in the yawl, but was adrift on Lake Huron for two days and two nights with only one loaf of bread to divide among themselves.

1953: The TERNEFJELL of 1948 first came to the Great Lakes that year for the Fjell Line and made 17 inland voyages through 1953. It sank on this date off Start Point in the English Channel following a collision with the DOTTERELL.

1980: LAKE WINNIPEG struck the breakwall at Duluth departing with a cargo of grain, and stranded the next day in the St. Marys River near Detour Village, after a steering gear problem.

1982: CORONADO visited the Great Lakes in 1972 and returned as c) HOLSTENBURG in 1974. It went aground on this date in 1982 as e) ARISTEA T. in the eastern Mediterranean enroute from Port Sudan, Sudan, to Lisbon, Portugal. The ship was refloated on June 6 but deemed a total loss and, on November 2, 1982, was scuttled off Pylos, Greece.

1983: LAKE NIPIGON went aground off Port Colborne following a power failure and was released the next day with bow and bottom damage. The ship was repaired at Montreal.

2005: SEAPRINCESS II first came through the Seaway in 1988 and returned as c) SEARANGER II in 1994. It ran aground as e) STARLUCK off Necochea, Argentina, and about 7,000 tons of wheat had to be removed before the ship floated free. Later in the year, the vessel was sold for scrap and it arrived at Chittagong, Bangladesh, for dismantling on November 21, 2005.

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

 

House panel approves $75M for Soo Locks construction

5/23 - Washington, D.C. – The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved in a 31-21 vote a spending bill containing $75.3 million toward building a replacement Soo Lock. The $75 million in construction funding was included for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in an energy and water bill at the same level as requested in President Donald Trump's budget proposal in March.

“This is the first time in decades that construction of a new lock has been funded in legislation," said Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, who sits on the committee and voted in favor of the bill. "This funding is the next step in building the lock, which helps shipping on the Great Lakes and creates jobs.”

A replacement lock in Sault Ste. Marie was first authorized by Congress in 1986 but stalled for decades. The replacement lock project began to move forward last year after the Army Corps released an economic analysis that allowed the new lock to finally compete for construction funding.

The Detroit News

 

Capt. Henry Jackman scrap tow gets underway

5/23 - The former Capt. Henry Jackman scrap tow departed Montreal Wednesday morning. Tug V.B. Hispania is taking the retired laker to Aliaga, Turkey, for scrapping. The former name has been painted out to read ENRY.

 

Salvage Monarch rescues racing yacht’s crew

5/23 - The tug Salvage Monarch successfully delivered the tall-ship Caledonia to Boston. Tuesday, on the return voyage, the Monarch’s crew rescued eight people from a racing yacht that fouled its steering and ran on the rocks near Lunenburg, N.S.

Gerry Ouderkirk

 

Port Reports -  May 23

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Algoma Guardian departed Duluth at 03:24 Wednesday morning with a load of ore from Canadian National. Happy River finished unloading at Port Terminal and departed light at 12:43, and Erieborg came in at 13:01. She tied up at Port Terminal, likely for inspections, but will ultimately be loading wheat at CHS 1. Indiana Harbor arrived at 19:05 after waiting outside the harbor for the high winds to subside, and headed to CN to load iron ore. Herbert C. Jackson was expected at 20:00 with a load of limestone for Hallett #5. Also in port Wednesday was Algoma Discovery, which continued taking on wheat at Riverland Ag. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort arrived a few minutes after midnight, loaded ore at Burlington Northern, and departed at 12:51 for Burns Harbor. Radcliffe R. Latimer was due next at the dock, however she remained at anchor Wednesday night and was waiting on winds before arriving.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors had no traffic on May 22nd and none scheduled for May 23rd. Northshore Mining had no traffic on May 22nd. Due Silver Bay on May 23rd is the Herbert C. Jackson after she unloads stone in the Twin Ports. She's due the Twin Ports late in the evening of May 22nd.

Thunder Bay, ON
Wednesday May 22nd: 0:28 saltie Avonborg arrived at Keefer Terminal to unload steel. 0:46 Baie St Paul departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Sydney, Nova Scotia. Expected for Thursday: Michipicoten, Algoma Niagara and CSL Welland.

Sturgeon Bay, WI
On Tuesday afternoon, the tug Michigan was re-floated, removed from the floating dock and was towed to the barge Great Lakes where it went right into the notch of the barge. On Wednesday, the left Bay Ship. Also on Wednesday, the barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort left Bay Ship and cleared Sherwood Point at 1600 hrs.

Alpena, MI – Ben & Chanda McClain
Manitoulin arrived at the Alpena Oil Dock overnight to unload road salt. It finished the unload on a cloudy and breezy Wednesday morning and departed the river before 9am. The Alpena finished loading cement at Lafarge Wednesday morning and is heading to Green Bay, WI. The tug/barge pair Samuel de Champlain and Innovation tied up under the silos at Lafarge Wednesday afternoon.

Northern Lake Huron ports
Alpena:
Wednesday; 3:12 Manitoulin arrived to unload salt from Goderich and at 8:34 departed for Bruce Mines. 10:49 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Green Bay. 12:21 Samuel De Champlain arrived to load.

Stoneport:
Wednesday; 2:28 Great Republic arrived to load and departed at 13:32 for Cleveland.

Calcite:
Wednesday; 4:02 Philip R Clarke departed for Detroit. 5:08 American Mariner departed at for Green Bay. 5:17 Wilfred Sykes arrived to load and departed at 16:48 for Indiana Harbor.

Port Dolomite:
Wednesday; 3:58 Cason J Callaway departed for Buffington.

Brevort:
Tuesday; 22:12 Algoma Compass departed for Hamilton.

Port Inland:
Tuesday; 23:03 Kaye E Barker departed for Grand Haven.

Meldrum Bay:
Wednesday; 3:05 Michipicoten departed for Thunder Bay. 6:26 Algoma Sault
arrived to load.

Bruce Mines:
Wednesday; 15:32 Manitoulin arrived to load trap rock.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator cleared Wednesday afternoon with salt for Chicago.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
On May 18th, the Olive L. Moore - Menominee arrived on the Saginaw River with a split cargo for the Wirt Stone Docks in Bay City and Saginaw. Also in on the 18th was the Sharon M I - Huron Spirit, unloading at the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City. On May 19th, Dorothy Ann - Pathfinder arrived with a split cargo for the Wirt Stone Docks in Bay City and Saginaw. American Courage visited the Saginaw River on May 21st, her first since August 16, 2015, when she unloaded at the Bay City and Saginaw Wirt Stone Docks. For this visit, American Courage unloaded at the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates Dock. Finally, Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. called on the Consumers Energy/Karn Weadock Dock in Essexville on the 22nd to unload coal.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Wednesday Arrivals: Victory/Maumee-arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Lee A Tregurtha-arrived at AK Steel to unload ore. Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder-arrived at St. Clair Aggregates (Levy dock) to unload stone. Philip R Clarke-arrived at Detroit Bulk Storage to unload stone.

Northeast Ohio ports – Bill Kloss
Mississagi was loading in Marblehead, McKeil Spirit to Lehigh Cement in Cleveland, Sam Laud to ArcelorMittal from Ashtabula, Calusa Coast to Marathon in Cleveland, NACC Argonaut to Lafarge in Cleveland, Calumet and H. Lee White to Ashtabula.

Toronto, ON – Gerry Ouderkirk
Buffalo, New York, fire boat Edward M. Cotter went on Toronto Drydock for inspection last week, and is still having minor work done.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Wednesday May 22 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - May 22 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0607 - docked - May 19 -tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, launched as Hercules) & Margaret at 1814 - departed - May 22 - tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 0202 and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1434 - both westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage:
May 19 - Algoscotia at 0317

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 21 - Whitefish Bay at 1637, Algoma Strongfield at 1721 - May 22 - Algonorth at 0102, tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 0530, Harbour First (Por) departed wharf 12 at 0830 for Sarnia, CSL Laurentien at 0912, Sarah Desgagnes at 1019 and Algocanada eta 2120

downbound - May 20 - Algosea at 1507 - May 21 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 1419 and tug Leo A McArthur and John J Carrick at 1709 - May 22 - Federal Yukina (HKg) at 1103,

Welland Canal docks:
docked - May 20 - Harbour First (Por) stopped wharf 12 at 1712 - departed May 22 at 0830 from wharf 12 for Sarnia

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - May 19 - Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1516 - May 22 - Gaia Desgagnes (ex Fure Vinga-19) at 1400 approx. from Bronte dock - departure May 23 Gaia Desgagnes etd at 0100 (back to Bronte dock) - Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 1001 and Federal Alster (Mhl) at 2110 - both eastbound

Hamilton:
arrivals - May 22 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 2109 - docked - May 17 - Federal Champlain at 0812 - May 18 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0220 - May 20 - Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) at 1313 - May 21 - Robert S Pierson at 1051 and Brant (Cyp) at 1230 - May 22 - Harbour Progress (Por) at 1730 (from the anchorage) - departures - May 22 - tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 0222

Bronte:
arrival - May 21 - Gaia Desgagnes (ex Fure Vinga-19) at 0823 - departed May 22 at 1207 for Port Weller anchorage -

Clarkson:
docked - May 22 - Topaz I (Pan) at 0555

Toronto:
docked - May 19 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1831 - May 21 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 2116

Oshawa:
arrival - May 22 - tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 1051 - departed May 22- Onego Deusto (Nld) (ex BBC Skysails-19) at 1025 eastbound

Ogdensburg:
docked - May 18 - Miena Desgagnes (ex Jan-18) at 1901 - departed - May 22 at 1520 eastbound

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 23

UNIQUE (wooden propeller passenger steamer, 163 foot, 381 gross tons, built in 1894, at Marine City, Michigan) was sold to Philadelphia parties for service on the Delaware River. She left Ogdensburg, New York, on 23 May 1901, for Philadelphia. Her name was changed to DIAMOND STATE. In 1904, she was rebuilt as a yacht and lasted until 1915, when she burned in New York harbor.

The WILLIAM J. DE LANCEY was re-christened on May 23,1990, as b.) PAUL R. TREGURTHA. She is the largest ship on the Great Lakes and was the last Great Lakes ship built at American Ship Building Co., Lorain, Ohio.

American Steamship's H. LEE WHITE completed sea trials on May 23, 1974.

FRED R. WHITE Jr. completed her two-day sea trials in 1979.

The Tomlinson Fleet Corp.'s steel freighter SONOMA (Hull#610) was launched at West Bay City, Michigan, by West Bay City Ship Building Co. on 23 May 1903. She was 416 feet long, 4,539 gross tons. Through her career she had various names: DAVID S TROXEL in 1924, SONOMA in 1927 and finally FRED L. HEWITT in 1950. She was converted to an automobile carrier in 1928, converted back to a bulk carrier in 1942 and then converted to a barge for grain storage in 1955. She was finally scrapped in 1962, at Steel Co. of Canada Ltd. at Hamilton, Ontario.

On 23 May 1889, the wooden steam barge OSCAR T. FLINT (218 foot, 824 gross tons) was launched at the Simon Langell & Sons yard in St. Clair, Michigan. She lasted until 25 November 1909, when she burned and sank off Thunder Bay Island in Lake Huron.

1910: The first FRANK H. GOODYEAR, with a load of ore for Cleveland, was almost cut in two and sank off Pointe aux Barques following a collision in dense fog with the JOSEPH WOOD. Only five sailors survived while another 16 were lost.

1954: EASTDALE, operating on charter to Reoch Transports, ran aground at Collingwood and was refloated May 29. The ship had also visited the Great Lakes as SPRINGDALE and was lost in the Gulf of Bothnia on June 18, 1959, when the cargo of timber shifted in heavy weather.

1959: The Liberian freighter ANDORA, outbound with a cargo of barley, stranded on a shoal below the Snell Lock and proved to be a difficult salvage. The ship initially broke free, spun around and grounded again and was not released until June 18. The cargo was unloaded but ANDORA was deemed not worth repairing and arrived at Savona, Italy, for dismantling on August 15, 1959.

1974: The Canadian tanker CARDINAL, best known as the former IMPERIAL WINDSOR, was badly damaged following a collision with the HENRY STEINBRENNER (iii), in Lake Erie off Point Pelee. The former was never repaired and subsequently scrapped, while the latter went to Lorain for about $100,000 worth of repairs.

1974: A fire broke out in the engine room of the ONTARIO during a voyage from Santos, Brazil, to Montreal and assistance was requested. The Canadian owned vessel had been upbound through the Seaway for the first time on November 8, 1973. The blaze was put out and the ship arrived at Montreal June 6, 1974. It was sold the following month to Tunisian buyers and scrapped as c) REMADA following another fire at Barcelona, Spain, on January 2, 1987.

1988: The first ALGOCAPE, which had run aground in the Lake St. Louis section of the St. Lawrence on May 21, was refloated on this day and cleared to proceed to Baie Comeau, QC, to unload.

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.

 

Port Reports -  May 22

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Algoma Guardian arrived Duluth at 07:44 Tuesday morning to load iron ore pellets at Canadian National. American Spirit finished loading at CN at about the same time, and was outbound at 08:32 for Gary with her ore load. Algoma Discovery came in at 14:27 on an unusual Twin Ports visit, mooring at Riverland Ag to load wheat instead of loading her usual cargo of ore. Also in Duluth were Fraserborg, taking on wheat at CHS 1, and Happy River, unloading wind turbine towers at Port Terminal. Fraserborg was expected to depart at some point Tuesday evening, and Algoma Guardian was due to finish loading at CN just before midnight. In Superior, Frontenac departed at 07:08 with ore from Burlington Northern, and CSL Tadoussac then arrived from anchor at 07:34 to load. She was due to depart late Tuesday evening. Stewart J. Cort was on the hook outside the Superior entry waiting for her turn to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Roger Blough departed Two Harbors on May 20th at 20:37 for Conneaut. The Hon. James L. Oberstar arrived at 06:04 on May 21st for South of #2 in Two Harbors. She departed on May 21st at 13:11 for Indiana Harbor. There is no traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on May 22nd. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the James R. Barker on May 21st at 03:39 for Ashtabula. There is no traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on May 22nd. There's a possibility the Herbert C. Jackson could arrive there after unloading limestone in the Twin Ports, but she probably won't arrive Silver Bay until early on May 23rd if in fact she does load there.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday May 21st: 10:59 saltie Solina arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 11:00 Baie St Paul arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 18:33 Kaministiqua departed Richardson Current River Terminal downbound. Expected for Wednesday: saltie Avonborg.

Sturgeon Bay, WI
On Sunday, around 0830hrs, the tug Michigan and barge Great Lakes arrived at Bay Ship and tied up on the face dock. The Michigan detached from the barge and backed away and tied up behind the barge. On Monday, the Michigan was placed into the floating drydock.

Northern Lake Huron ports

Alpena:
Monday; 0:21 Alpena departed for McGregor Bay. 6:16 G L Ostrander arrived to load cement products and departed at 23:53 for Detroit. Tuesday; 9:52 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load

Stoneport:
Monday; 9:04 Herbert C Jackson arrived and went to anchor. 10:00 Olive L Moore departed for Detroit. Herbert C Jackson weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to take on a partial load. At 18:19 she departed for Meldrum Bay. 23:57 Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder arrived to load and departed Tuesday at 12:44 down bound on Lake Huron.

Calcite:
Monday; 20:51 H Lee White arrived to load limestone. Tuesday; 0:07 Philip R Clarke arrived and went to anchor. 0:53 American Mariner arrived to load.14:03 H Lee White departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. 14:07 Philip R Clarke weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to unload.

Port Dolomite: 20:00 American Courage arrived to load and departed on Tuesday at 5:07 for Bay City. 14:17 Cason J Callaway arrived to load.

Brevort:
Tuesday; 9:08 Algoma Compass arrived to load.

Port Inland:
Monday; 8:35 Michpicoten arrived to load and at 19:32 departed for Spragge. 19:55 John G Munson arrived to load limestone. Tuesday; 9:51 John G Munson departed down bound on Lake Michigan. 10:21 Kaye E Barker arrived to load.

Parry Sound:
Monday; 9:04 Cuyahoga arrived to unload salt and departed at 15:24 for Bruce Mines. 18:12 Algoma Innovator arrived to unload salt and departed Tuesday at 7:32 for Goderich.

Meldrum Bay:
Sunday; 23:28 Algoma Niagara departed for Windsor. Monday; 1:00 Baie Comeau arrived to load Dolomite and departed at 21:40 for Windsor. 23:52 Herbert C Jackson arrived to finish loading and departed Tuesday at 4:25 up bound on the St Marys River. 14:14 Michipicoten arrived to load.

McGregor Bay:
Friday; 3:12 Algoma Niagara arrived at the Fisher Harbour dock to unload salt and departed at 15:57. Monday; 11:06 Alpena arrived at the Lafarge Whitefish Bay terminal to unload cement products and departed at 23:10 for Alpena Michigan.

Spragge:
Tuesday; 6:57 Michipicoten arrived to unload lime stone and departed at 13:04 for Meldrum Bay.

Bruce Mines:
Tuesday; 6:47 Cuyahoga arrived to load trap rock and departed at 14:34

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

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Tuesday Arrivals: Olive L Moore/Menominee-arrived at Carmeuse to unload stone. GL Ostrander/Innovation-arrived at Lafarge to unload cement.

Northeast Ohio ports – Bill Kloss
5/21 arrivals: Saginaw to Sandusky, Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader to Lorain, Algoma Buffalo to Cleveland, Calumet to Fairport Harbor and Sam Laud to Ashtabula.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Tuesday May 21 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - May 20 - tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 2027 - docked - May 19 -tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, launched as Hercules) & Margaret at 1814

Long Point Bay anchorage:
May 19 - Algoscotia at 0317

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 20 - Harbour First (Por) at 0659 (stopped wharf 12), Algoma Enterprise at 1847 and Tim S Dool at 1955 - May 21 - McKeil Spirit at 0238, Evans Spirit at 0431, NACC Argonaut at 1557, Whitefish Bay at 1637, Algoma Strongfield at 1721

downbound - May 20 - Algosea at 1507 - May 21 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 1419 and tug Leo A McArthur and John J Carrick at 1709

Welland Canal docks:
docked - May 20 - Harbour First (Por) stopped wharf 12 at 1712

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - May 19 - Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1516 from the canal

Hamilton:
arrivals - May 21 - Robert S Pierson at 1051 and Brant (Cyp) at 1230 - anchored - May 15 - Harbour Progress (Por) at 2216 - docked - May 17 - Federal Champlain at 0812 - May 18 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0220 - May 19 - tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 1303 - May 20 - Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) at 1313 - departures - May 20 - Mississagi at 2338 - May 21 - Algoma Strongfield at 1518

Bronte:
arrival - May 20 Gaia Desgagnes (ex Fure Vinga-19) anchored at 1642 - departed May 21 at 0758 for the dock - docked - May 21 - 0823

Clarkson:
arrival - May 21 - Robert S Pierson at 0001 - departed at 0912

Toronto:
arrival - May 21 - Whitefish Bay at 0303 - docked - May 19 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1831 - departed - May 21 - Whitefish Bay at 1420 for the canal

Oshawa:
docked - May 15 - Onego Deusto (Nld)(ex BBC Skysails-19) at 1418

Ogdensburg:
docked - May 18 - Miena Desgagnes (ex Jan-18) at 1901

 

Port of Duluth-Superior wins Pacesetter Award

5/22 - Duluth, MN – The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation will present its 2018 Pacesetter Award to the Port of Duluth-Superior Wednesday as part of the region’s National Maritime Day festivities. The award salutes Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System ports that registered international cargo tonnage increases during the 2018 shipping season.

Duluth Seaway Port Authority Executive Director Deb DeLuca will accept the honor on behalf of the Port of Duluth-Superior, which last season registered an 11.5 percent season-over-season gain in international tonnage shipped. The increase was driven primarily by a 19 percent jump in grain tonnage.

“In terms of total tonnage, the 2018 season was Duluth-Superior’s best since 2014, so it was a solid season overall,” said DeLuca. “International shipping, the Pacesetter Award criterion, certainly played a role in that 2018 success, with a slight uptick in the number of international vessels and a double-digit increase in the percentage of international tonnage shipped through the Port.”

Duluth-Superior was one of eight ports to earn 2018 Pacesetter honors, joining the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority, Port Milwaukee (Wisconsin), the Port of Monroe (Michigan), the Port of Muskegon (Michigan), the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority (New York), the Port of Oswego (New York), and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority (Ohio).

“The 2018 season saw the highest cargo tonnage on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System in more than a decade, with nearly 41 million tons of cargo shipped – a 7 percent increase over 2017,” said St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Deputy Administrator Craig Middlebrook. “Our ports are making great contributions to the region, the nation and the world, and we’re certainly pleased to recognize Duluth-Superior among the eight Pacesetter Award recipients.”

Duluth Seaway Port Authority

 

Free admission for military at National Museum on Memorial Day

5/22 - Toledo, OH  – The National Museum of the Great Lakes will provide free admission to all active duty military and veterans on Memorial Day, May 27.

The museum is open every day between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Monday-Saturday) and 12 p.m.-5 p.m. (Sunday). For more information go to www.nmgl.org or call 419-214-5000 ext. 200. The museum is located at 1701 Front Street Toledo Ohio 43605.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 22

On 22 May 1901, FRANK H. PEAVEY (steel propeller bulk freighter, 430 foot, 5,002 gross tons) was launched at the American Ship Building Company (Hull #309) in Lorain, Ohio, for the Peavey Syndicate. She lasted until 1934, when she struck the south pier while entering Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and was declared a constructive total loss and scrapped the following year.

A.H. FERBERT (Hull#289) was launched this day in 1942, at River Rouge, Michigan by Great Lakes Engineering Works for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. May 22nd was the tenth National Maritime Day and on that day 21 other ships were launched nationwide to celebrate the occasion. The "super" IRVING S. OLDS was launched the same day at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. This marked the last of the "Super Carrier" build program. The others were the BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS, LEON FRASER and ENDERS M. VOORHEES.

SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY sailed under her own power down the Seaway on May 22, 1969, for the last time and arrived at Quebec City.

BAYFAIR was launched as the a.) COALHAVEN (Hull#134) at Haverton-Hill-on-Tees, U.K. by Furness Shipbuilding Co. in 1928.

While bound for Escanaba, Michigan to load ore, the JOSEPH BLOCK grounded at Porte des Morts Passage, on Green Bay, May 22, 1968, and was released the same day by the Roen tug ARROW. The BLOCK's hull damage extended to 100 bottom plates. Surrendered to the under-writers and sold in June that year to Lake Shipping Inc. Built as the a.) ARTHUR H. HAWGOOD in 1907, She was renamed c.) GEORGE M. STEINBRENNER in 1969, she was scrapped at Ramey’s Bend in 1979.

The 143-foot wooden brig JOSEPH was launched at Bay City, Michigan, on 21 May 1867. She was built for Alexander Tromley & Company.

CITY OF NEW BALTIMORE was launched at David Lester's yard in Marine City, Michigan, on 22 May 1875. Her master carpenter was John J. Hill. She was a wooden propeller passenger/package freight vessel built for the Detroit-New Baltimore route. Her dimensions were 96 foot keel, 101 feet overall x 20 feet x 6 foot 6 inches, 130 tons. Her boiler was made by J. & T. McGregor of Detroit. Her engine was built by Morton Hamblin & Company of St. Clair, Michigan. She was rebuilt as a tug in 1910, and lasted until abandoned in 1916.

1914: W.H. GILBERT sank in Lake Huron, about 15 miles off Thunder Bay Island following a collision with CALDERA. There was no loss of life. The hull was located in 1982 and rests at a depth of about 200 feet. CALDERA later became b) A.T. KINNEY and c) HILLSDALE.

1942: FRANK B. BAIRD was sunk by gunfire from U-158 on the Atlantic while bound for Sydney, NS with a cargo of bauxite. All of the crew were saved and later picked up by the Norwegian freighter TALISMAN and landed at Pointe Noire, French Equatorial Guinea

1978: AGIOS NICOLAOS, a Seaway caller in 1968, was about 60 miles north of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf, enroute to Kuwait, when an explosion and subsequent fire erupted in the engine room. The ship was gutted, towed into Kuwait and abandoned. The vessel was later broken up. As a) BORGHOLM, it began trading to the Great Lakes in 1953 and made 21 voyages through the Seaway from 1959 to 1967.

1979: IRISH PINE made 19 trips through the Seaway from 1960 through 1964 for Irish Shipping. It arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on this date in 1979 as c) ARAMON. The ship had been traveling from Piraeus, Greece, to Port Sudan, Sudan, when the cargo of bitumen solidified in the holds. The vessel was sold for scrap and dispatched to Kaohsiung to be dismantled by the Taiwan Ship Scrap Co. Ltd., with the cargo still on board. Work began on July 18, 1979

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, 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 -  May 21

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Fraserborg arrived Duluth from anchor at 06:26 Monday morning, and tied up at CHS 1 to load wheat. Paul R. Tregurtha was outbound at 10:47 with a load of coal for St. Clair. During the evening, the saltie Happy River arrived at 18:15 on her second visit to Duluth this season. She brought in another cargo of wind turbine towers for Port Terminal. American Spirit spent the day loading iron ore pellets at Canadian National, and was expected to depart at 21:00. Algoma Guardian was on the hook outside the harbor waiting to load after the Spirit. In Superior, Burns Harbor spent Monday loading iron ore at BN, and was just backing from the dock to depart at 19:30. CSL fleetmates Frontenac and CSL Tadoussac were both anchored waiting to load, with Frontenac due to arrive as soon as Burns Harbor had cleared.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors on May 19th at 20:55 for South of #2. She arrived with assistance from Heritage Marine's tug Nels J. Also arriving Two Harbors with assistance from the Nels J. was Roger Blough at 22:16 for North of #2. The Speer departed Two Harbors on May 20th at 08:36 for Conneaut. The Blough shifted on the 20th from North of #2 to South of #2 between 08:41 and 09:21. As of 19:30 on the 20th she continued to load. Due Two Harbors on May 21st is the Hon. James L. Oberstar. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic scheduled on May 20th, but as the James R. Barker was inbound for Superior off Two Harbors, she did a 180 and went to Silver Bay arriving there at 10:55 on May 20th. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on the 21st. The Algoma Guardian sat off Duluth on the 20th showing a Duluth destination. She was originally scheduled to fuel in Duluth, then go to Two Harbors.

Thunder Bay, ON
Monday May 20th: 11:47 saltie Vitosha arrived at G3 to load grain. Expected for Tuesday: Baie St Paul and saltie Solina.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
On Monday, the training vessel State of Michigan docked at the Detroit Port Authority. Calumet fueled at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Calusa Coast and Delaware arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load.

Northeast Ohio ports – Bill Kloss
5/20 arrivals: Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader to Marblehead, Great Republic to Cleveland, Victory/Maumee to Fairport Harbor and Sam Laud to Ashtabula

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Monday May 20 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - May 20 - tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 2027 - docked - May 19 -tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, launched as Hercules) & Margaret at 1814 - departed - May 20 Algosea at 0955 eastbound

Long Point Bay anchorage:
May 19 - Algoscotia at 0317

Port Colborne anchorage:
departed - May 20 - Sloman Hermes (Mlt) at 0009 and Resko (Bhs) at 0610 - both eastbound

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 19 - Algoma Conveyor at 2250 - May 20 - CSL Niagara at 0051, Harbour First (Por) at 0659 (stopped wharf 12), CSL Welland at 0727, Thunder Bay at 1145, Algoma Enterprise at 1847 and Tim S Dool at 1955

downbound - May 19 - Algoma Spirit at 1213 and CSL Assiniboine at 1734 - May 20 - Sloman Hermes (Mlt) at 0031, Mississagi at 0358, CSL Laurentien at 0447, Resko (Bhs) at 0632 and Algosea at 1507

Welland Canal docks:
docked - May 18 - John D Leitch stopped wharf 17 at 1143 - departed May 20 at 1645

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - May 19 - Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1516 from the canal - departed - May 20 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0317 eastbound

Hamilton:
arrivals - May 20 - Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) at 1313, Mississagi at 1755 - anchored - May 15 - Harbour Progress (Por) at 2216 - docked - May 17 - Federal Champlain at 0812 - May 18 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0220 - May 19 - tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 1303, Algoma Strongfield at 2040 - departures - May 19 - Algoma Conveyor at 2117 - May 20 - Tim S Dool at 1630

Bronte:
anchored - May 20 Gaia Desgagnes (ex Fure Vinga-19) at 1642 - departed - May 19 - Mia Desgagnes at 2158 eastbound

Clarkson:
arrival - May 19 - Robert S Pierson at 1406 - departed May 19 at 2316 eastbound

Toronto:
arrival - May 19 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1831

Oshawa:
docked - May 15 - Onego Deusto (Nld)(ex BBC Skysails-19) at 1418

Ogdensburg:
arrival: May 18 - Miena Desgagnes (ex Jan-18) at 1901

 

Obituary: Capt. Art Brooks

5/21 - Past International Shipmasters’ Detroit Lodge No. 7 President Art Brooks passed away on Saturday, May 18, at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital. Born on March 10, 1939, he was 80 years old.

Capt. Brooks was a member of Lodge No. 7 for the past 18 years, joining soon after he obtained his captain's license in 2000. In 2011, when Lodge No. 7 hosted the Grand Lodge Convention in Detroit, he was proud to represent the lodge as president. He and his wife Sue served on the convention committee and worked throughout the convention to ensure its success. He was a past member of the board of governors, and at the time of his passing was serving on the membership and audit committees.

Capt. Brooks was born and raised in the Detroit area. His Detroit roots go back to 1896 when his Great-Grandfather Samuel Brooks established Brooks Lumber Co. on Trumbull Avenue across from what was later known as Tiger Stadium. The company is still there after 123 years.

He loved boats and being on the water. He spent his youthful days at the Detroit Yacht Club or the family cottage on Base Lake near Dexter, MI. One of his first jobs was at European Motors where he would take delivery of autos arriving at the Detroit Harbor Terminal from overseas manufacturers.

He is survived by his wife, Sue (nee Murray). Together they celebrated 58 years of marriage. He is also survived by his daughter Karen, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. His son Kevin passed away in 2017.

Capt. Brooks is a past board member of the Great Lakes Division of the U. S. Naval Sea Cadets. He also served as the commodore of the Anchor Bay Yachting Association in 2006 and as the chaplain for the North Channel Yacht Club as well as the Anchor Bay Yachting Association. He was a member of Bayside Yacht Club.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 20, from 3-9pm at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile).

www.sthubertchurch.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 21

On 21 May 1883, SAILOR BOY (2-mast wooden scow-schooner, 75 foot, 76 net tons, built in 1866, at Algonac, Michigan) was carrying wood from Pierport, Michigan to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She anchored outside Milwaukee harbor waiting for a gale to abate but she broke her anchor chains and was driven aground. Her crew of three made it to shore on a line with help from bystanders on the beach.

AMERICAN REPUBLIC's maiden voyage was on May 21, 1981, from Sturgeon Bay light to Escanaba, Michigan, to load ore pellets for Cleveland, Ohio. She now sails as GREAT REPUBLIC.

Interlake Steamship Co.'s HENRY G. DALTON's maiden voyage was on May 21, 1916. She was scrapped at Vado, Italy, in 1973.

UNITED STATES GYPSUM in tow of the German tug FAIRPLAY X was lost in heavy weather on May 21, 1973, near Sydney, Nova Scotia.

G.A. TOMLINSON, a.) D.O. MILLS, stranded near Buffalo, New York, on Lake Erie on May 21, 1974, suffering an estimated $150,000 in damage.

The 143-foot wooden brig JOSEPH was launched at Bay City, Michigan, on by Alexander Tromley & Company. She was built by the owner.

On 21 May 1864, the NILE (wooden passenger/package freight vessel, 190 foot, 650 tons, built in 1852, at Ohio City, Ohio) was sitting at her dock in Detroit, Michigan, with passengers, household goods, and horses and wagons aboard when her boiler exploded, destroying the ship and killing eight of the crew. Large pieces of her boiler flew as far as 300 feet while other pieces damaged houses across the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario. A large timber was thrown through the brick wall of a nearby shoe store, striking the cobbler in the back of the head and killing him. At least 13 other crew members and passengers were injured. The wreck was moved to the foot of Clark Street in Detroit in July 1864, where it remained until it was finally dynamited in August 1882.

May 21, 1923 - ANN ARBOR NO 4 was refloated after sinking at Frankfort, Michigan, the previous February.

After spending three weeks in quarantine at Buffalo, New York, because of the discovery of smallpox on board, the steamer JOHN OADES has been released and has started on her way to Duluth.

1919: FERDINAND SCHLESSINGER, enroute from Erie, Pa., to Port Arthur, Ont., with 3,514 tons of coal, began leaking in a storm and sank 15 miles off Passage Island, Lake Superior. The crew was picked up by the ASSINIBOIA

1932: The C.P.R. passenger ship MANITOBA goes aground in Georgian Bay off Cape Croker in heavy fog and has to be lightered before being released the next day.

1942: TROISDOC is the latest member of the Paterson fleet to be a victim of enemy action in World War Two. It was torpedoed by U-558 about 40 miles west of Jamaica and the crew escaped in the lifeboats. The vessel was enroute from Mobile, AL to Georgetown, British Guiana, with 55,700 bags of cement, vegetables, 1600 cases of beer and cigarettes.

1963: The Taiwanese freighter VAN YUNG had visited the Great Lakes in 1960 and 1961. It was laid up at Keelung, Taiwan, on this day due to fire damage and was sold for scrap in October 1963.

1965: Leaks developed in the boiler room of the Norwegian freighter LIONNE and the ship, enroute from Caen, France, to Montreal, sank in the Atlantic. Two members of the crew were lost. The vessel had made 5 trips through the Seaway from 1961 to 1963.

1973: The retired American Steamship Company self-unloader UNITED STATES GYPSUM, under tow for scrapping at Vado, Italy, broke loose in the Atlantic off Sydney, NS and sank.

1979: The second PRINS WILLEM V, a Dutch freighter of 1956 vintage, was damaged extensively by a fire amidships while idle at Port Elizabeth, South Africa as f) ARAXOS. It has been for sale and was scrapped at Durban, South Africa, in 1981.

2007: A fire broke out in the engine room of the Canadian-owned salty UMIAVUT while enroute from Kolundborg, Denmark, to La Corogne, Spain, with 8600 tons of flour. The ship was towed into Brest, France, and repaired. It visited the Great Lakes as b) LINDENGRACHT in 2000 and was back as c) UMIAVUT in 2011.

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

 

Preparations already underway for Engineers Day celebration

5/20 - With the weather warming up, preparation for the 2019 Soo Locks Engineers Day is well underway. As always, the mecca of Great Lakes maritime celebratory gatherings will be held on the last Friday of June, this year on June 28, in downtown Sault Ste. Marie.

The Sault Convention & Visitors Bureau, along with other groups and agencies, are working diligently to make sure there is nothing but smooth sailing for Engineers Day.

Come be a part of the thousands of people who attend the jam-packed day. It is the only time visitors can cross the MacArthur Lock and get up close to one of the most important engineering structures in the country, the Poe Lock. From 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. attendees will be able to cross the MacArthur with gates closing at 4 p.m. (all times are dependent on shipping traffic.)

“It’s such a great event,” said Sault CVB Executive Director Linda Hoath. “You have everyone working together to put it on. The collaboration is a wonderful thing to have in Sault Ste. Marie.”

New this year, a text message service will help keep lines moving and maximize attendees’ time spent at the Soo Locks. By simply sending “SOOLOCKS” in a text message to 226787, visitors can stay up to date on information throughout Engineers Day including arrival times for freighters passing through the Soo Locks. This will help maximize the self-guided touring experience, and make for more time to explore and more time to see freighters.

Over 25 informational booths will be on display inside the Soo Locks Park throughout Engineers Day — ranging from educational tents to safety demonstrations. Confirmed groups include the United States Army Corps of the Engineers, The US Fish and Wildlife Service, Interlake Steamship Company, and local law enforcement agencies.

Due to construction, Cloverland Electric Cooperative’s annual open house will not be taking place. However, Cloverland will have its “Power Town” demonstration in the tent area at the Soo Locks complex to teach children and adults about safety around electricity.

The Sault News

 

U.S. steel mill capability usage ticks up to 82.8 percent

5/20 - The U.S. raw steel weekly capability utilization level last week rose to 82.8 percent from 82.3 percent the previous week. Production increased to 1.927 million short tons last week, up 0.6 percent from the 1.915 million short tons produced during the previous week, according to data released Monday by the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Last week’s production was up 6.6 percent compared with the same week a year ago, when capability utilization was at 77.1 percent and production totaled 1.808 million short tons.

Commodity News

 

Port Reports -  May 20

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Integrity departed Duluth at 04:43 Sunday morning with a load of coal for St. Clair. The heavy seas and strong winds from the gale overtaking Lake Superior worsened as the day went on, and thus American Spirit and Burns Harbor spent Sunday out on the lake doing loops between Duluth and Silver Bay. By evening, though, American Spirit had fallen in line behind the Paul R. Tregurtha. Both were due in Duluth before midnight, the Spirit to load ore at CN and the Tregurtha for coal from Midwest Energy. Burns Harbor was also expected to arrive Superior late Sunday night. Fraserborg remained at anchor off Duluth, and is due to arrive early Monday morning. All are, of course, dependent on weather conditions improving.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
The Joseph L. Block departed Two Harbors on May 18th at 20:40 for Indiana Harbor. The Presque Isle shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 between 20:57 and 21:25 on May 18th. The Presque Isle didn't depart Two Harbors until May 19th at 15:38 due to gale warnings on Lake Superior. When she departed she went stern first out to the lake, turned, then headed down the lake for Gary. The Edgar B. Speer went to anchor off Sand Island either late on the 18th/early on the 19th. She got underway for Two Harbors between 18:00 and 18:30 on the 19th. Due Two Harbors late on the 19th/early on the 20th is the Roger Blough. Due Two Harbors on May 20th is the Algoma Guardian that is to fuel in Duluth before heading to Two Harbors. As of 19:15 on the 18th she is NE of Silver Bay. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on the 19th and none scheduled on the 20th. The Mesabi Miner is headed to Indiana Harbor-West. The first pellet cargo of the season from Silver Bay to Lake Michigan.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday May 19th: 5:09 Kaministiqua arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 16:57 Federal Yukina departed Superior Elevator for Quebec City. 17:14 Kaministiqua departed Richardson Main Terminal and shifted over to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. Expected for Monday: saltie Vitosha.

Northern Lake Huron ports

Meldrum Bay:
Thursday; 9:50 Frontenac departed for Windsor. Friday;5:49 Algoma Innovator arrived and after loading departed for Sarnia.

McGregor Bay:
Friday; 3:12 Algoma Niagara arrived at the Fisher Harbour dock to unload salt and departed at 15:57.

Alpena:
Sunday, May 19th ; 21:00 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load.

Stoneport:
Sunday, May 19th; 20:33 Olive L Moore arrived to load limestone.

Calcite:
Sunday, May19th; 3:28 Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder departed for Bay City. 7:22 Victory and James L Kuber departed and are down bound on Lake Huron. 8:03 Manitowoc arrived to load limestone and departed at 18:46 for Marine City.

Brevort:
Sunday, May19th; 2:07 Calumet arrived to load limestone and at 19:45 departed down bound on Lake Huron.

Port Inland:
Sunday,May19th; 5:54 Wilfred Sykes departed for Indiana Harbor. 8:35 Cason J Callaway arrived to load and at 19:45 departed.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Sunday Arrivals: American Courage-arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. American Mariner-arrived at Zug Island to unload ore. Philip R Clarke-arrived at Zug Island, also to unload ore.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Sunday May 19 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
docked - May 16 - Algosea at 1143 - May 19 -tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, launched as Hercules) at 1814 - departed - May 19 - Algoma Enterprise at 0534 eastbound

Long Point Bay anchorage:
May 19 - Algoscotia at 0317

Port Colborne anchorage:
anchored - May 18 - Sloman Hermes (Mlt) at 2022 - May 19 - Resko (Bhs) at 1822 - departed - May 19 - Federal Alster at 0333, Algoma Hansa at 0557 and Fuldaborg (Nld) at 0958 - all eastbound

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 18 - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 1605, Federal Dee (Mhl) at 1900, Federal Danube (Mhl) at 1956, and Algoma Compass at 2130 - May 19 - Mamry (Bhs) at 1136

downbound - May 18 - Algoterra at 1819 and tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit eta 2345 - May 19 - Federal Alster (Mhl) at 0355 and Algoma Hansa at 0616 - May 19 - Algoma Transport at 0831, Algoma Enterprise at 0858, Fuldaborg (Nld) at 1200, Algoma Spirit at 1213 and CSL Assiniboine at 1734

Welland Canal docks:
docked - May 18 - John D Leitch stopped wharf 17 at 1143

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - May 19 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0709 from Hamilton and Federal Alster (Mhl) from the canal - departed- May 19 - Cinnamon (Cyp) at 0545, Harbour Fashion (Por) at 1052 for Sarnia and Avonborg (Nld) at 2353 for Thunder Bay

Hamilton:
arrivals - May 18 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0220 - May 19 - Tim S Dool at 0425, tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 1303, Algoma Strongfield eta 2230 - anchored - May 15 - Harbour Progress (Por) at 2216 - docked - May 17 - Federal Champlain at 0812 - May 18 - Algoma Conveyor at 1533 - departure - May 19 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0500 for Port Weller

Bronte:
docked - May 17 - Mia Desgagnes at 1439

Clarkson:
arrival - May 19 - Robert S Pierson at 1406

Toronto:
arrival - May 19 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1831 - 1753 - departed - May 19 - NACC Argonaut at 0834 eastbound

Oshawa:
docked - May 15 - Onego Deusto (Nld)(ex BBC Skysails-19) at 1418

Ogdensburg:
arrival: May 18 - Miena Desgagnes (ex Jan-18) at 1901

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed at 07:00 Sunday in ballast, for Picton, ON.

 

Updates -  May 20

Saltie Gallery updated with pictures of the Avonborg, BBC Scandinavia, Eider, Federal Cedar, Federal Dee, Flevoborg, Harbour Progress, Helena G, MTM Rotterdam, Onego Deusto, Sider Bilbao, Sloman Hermes, Solina, Tuvaq W and Victory I.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 20

On 20 May 1872, the ironclad passenger/package freight steamer MERCHANT struck a rock and sank at the mouth of the Detroit River. No one was injured. The wrecking tugs MAGNET and HERCULES took off the cargo of railroad iron and general merchandise, then attached two pontoons, but the vessel would not budge. On 26 May, the steamers MACKINAW and SWEEPSTAKES joined the scene and d two more pontoons. With all the steam pumps working, the MERCHANT still would not budge. Two days later, two more pontoons were added and the MERCHANT finally floated free and was towed to Detroit for repairs. She had two holes in her hull, one of which was a gash 23 feet long.

On May 20, 1909, while lying at the Lackawanna Coal Dock at Buffalo, New York, the LeGRAND S. DEGRAFF was struck by the SONORA, which caused $4,000 in damage to the DEGRAFF. Later renamed b.) GEORGE G. CRAWFORD in 1911. She was scrapped at Duluth, Minnesota in 1976.

The STANDARD PORTLAND CEMENT sank on Lake Huron two miles above Port Huron, Michigan in a collision with the steamer AUGUST ZIESING on May 20, 1960, with no loss of life.

On May 20, 1967, during docking maneuvers in the Trenton Channel of the Detroit River, the W.W. HOLLOWAY's KaMeWa propeller shaft sheared off and the propeller reportedly sank to the bottom.

The RENOWN (Hull#396) was launched May 20, 1912, at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. for the Standard Oil Co. Renamed b.) BEAUMONT PARKS in 1930 and c.) MERCURY in 1957.

WILLIAM A. McGONAGLE (Hull#154) was launched May 20, 1916, at Ecorse, Michigan by Great Lakes Engineering Works for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. Renamed b.) HENRY STEINBRENNER in 1986.

On 20 May 1862, BAY CITY (wooden propeller tug, 199 foot, 480 tons, built in 1852, at Trenton, Michigan) sprang a leak in a storm and sank near Port Burwell, Ontario. She then washed in to shallow water. Her crew was rescued by the tug WINSLOW. Her engine and boiler were removed in June and July of that year.

On 20 May 1875, the passenger package freight vessel GLADYS was launched at D. Lestor's yard in Marine City, Michigan for the Toledo & Saginaw Transportation Company. Her dimensions were 135 feet overall x 26 feet x 10 feet. She had twelve staterooms and along with ample cargo space. The pilot house was forward, 8 feet square and 11 feet high. The engines, from the old ESTABROOK and, previous to that, from DAN RHODES, were two high-pressure double engines acting on one shaft with an 8 foot propeller. She also had a pony engine to feed water to the boilers and wash the decks. She was sold Canadian in 1877, and renamed NORTHERN BELLE and lasted until November 1898, when she burned on Georgian Bay.

1923 – The steel bulk carrier EDWARD U. DEMMER sank in the deep waters of Lake Huron after a collision with the SATURN at 0740 hours, in heavy fog, while about 40 miles southeast of Thunder Bay Island. All on board were saved.

1924 – STATE OF OHIO, an iron sidewheel passenger steamer, burned at Cleveland on this date in 1924. It was rebuilt as a barge but stranded on the main breakwall at Lorain on December 17, 1929, and became a total loss.

1928 – CLEARWATER stranded near Trinity Bay, in the St. Lawrence while inbound with a cargo of pulpwood and was blown on the beach. The brand-new vessel was abandoned to the insurers but the hull was salvaged in July, repaired and returned to service later in the year as TRENORA. It last sailed as KEYSHEY in 1963.

1942 – TORONDOC of the Paterson fleet went south for the bauxite trade during World War Two. German broadcasts reported that it was torpedoed and sunk by U-69 on this date. All of the 23-member crew were lost when the ship went down in the vicinity of the French island of Martinique.

1945 – CALGARY had operated on the Great Lakes from 1912 to 1916 but left for the sea and was converted to a tanker in 1921. The ship was renamed b) BACOI and served on coastal runs for Standard Oil and even returned to the Great Lakes in 1938. It suffered an explosion and fire while in the Cape Cod Canal on this date in 1945 and had to be beached. It was scrapped at Jersey City in 1948.

1946 – The Georgian Bay area passenger ship MANITOULIN stranded at Clapperton Island but was released the next day by the tug NORTHERN.

1960 – The STANDARD PORTLAND CEMENT settled on the bottom of Lake Huron, with her decks above water, after a collision in fog with the upbound AUGUST ZIESING. The former was refloated, sold to Redwood Enterprises and came into Canadian service as ELMDALE. The latter resumed trading for U.S. Steel after bow repairs.

1960 – PAUL H. TOWNSEND was hit from behind by the British freighter TYNEMOUTH on foggy Lake Huron while trying to avoid the wrecked STANDARD PORTLAND CEMENT and the anchored AUGUST ZIESING. The PAUL H. TOWNSEND had stern plates damaged while the salty sustained bow damage. TYNEMOUTH had become a regular Seaway trader in 1959 and made 18 trips inland through 1967. It ran aground off Fuga Island, the Philippines as b) EASTERN RIVER on April 24, 1971, and became a total loss.

1981 – The West German freighter VIRGILIA made 30 trips to the Great Lakes between 1959 and 1967. It was renamed b) MARIA in 1974 and suffered an engineroom fire in the Red Sea and had to be abandoned while enroute from Mersin, Turkey, to Bombay, India, on this date in 1981. The hull was towed to shallow water and beached about 5 miles south of Suez. It was later sold, via auction, and apparently scrapped as c) FARIDA II at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, in 1989.

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.

 

Tug for Capt. Henry Jackman due; other Seaway news

5/19 - The tug VB Hispania is scheduled to arrive Monday at Montreal. She will take the retired former Capt. Henry Jackman overseas for scrapping. Her fleetmate the Algowood, renamed Gowo for the tow, left on May 9 for Turkey. She will arrive at Aliaga in early June.

The tanker Rossi A. Desgagnes is out on sea trials off the coast of Turkey. McKeil Marines's new vessel, Gagliarda, heading for Picton, is in the mid-Atlantic now. Tug Salvage Monarch, with Caledonia in tow, had to wait for weather in Halifax harbor, and is nearing Boston. Gaia Desgagnes and HC Melina will be coming up the Seaway soon.

Canada Steamship Lines’ Cedarglen arrived Montreal on Saturday under her own power and went into what is probably her final lay up.

Ron Beaupre, Isaac Pischer

 

Coast Guard commander who led Great Lakes crews dies in motorcycle crash

5/19 - Coast Guard Commander Molly Waters, who served on at least three Great Lakes Coast Guard vessels and was commanding officer on two cutters, Hollyhock and Neah Bay, died last week after her motorcycle was struck while she was driving to work, the military reported.

Waters, a Greybull, Wyo. native who often talked about her love for the Great Lakes, was riding her motorcycle to U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., last Monday when she was struck by another vehicle, the Coast Guard said. Waters was taken to George Washington University Hospital, where she initially was listed in critical condition and placed on life support.

“It’s with great sadness that the Coast Guard lost a great leader and friend. CDR Molly Waters, an inspiration to so many and friend to anyone she met,” staff of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder, based in Duluth, Minn., posted on Facebook today. They described Waters as a “tenacious black hull sailor and cutterman,” and offered the following quote in tribute:

“She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails” - Elizabeth Edwards.

Waters’ last Great Lakes assignment was as commanding officer of the Hollyhock, which ended in 2018.

In an interview with the Port Huron Times Herald in 2016, Waters said being commanding officer of the Hollyhock had long been a dream for her. She was stationed aboard the original cutter Mackinaw in 2003, when the Hollyhock was commissioned, and said she followed the new ship’s progress and kept hoping she’d be able to land an assignment with its crew.

“None of (the other cutters) do ice breaking like she does,” Waters told the newspaper. “It’s very humbling to be part of this crew.”

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.mlive.com/news/2019/05/coast-guard-commander-who-led-great-lakes-crews-dies-from-her-injuries-in-motorcycle-crash.html

 

Port Reports -  May 19

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived Duluth at 02:59 Saturday morning for a load of coal from Midwest Energy. Joseph L. Block departed at 07:25 after unloading limestone at Canadian National, and was headed for Two Harbors to load iron ore. American Integrity was inbound at 13:51 to load at SMET, and the McCarthy departed at 16:32. American Spirit joined the Fraserborg at anchor off the Duluth entry early Saturday evening, and has a tentative ETA of early Sunday morning to arrive and load ore at CN. The only traffic through the Superior entry on Saturday was Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, which was outbound at 14:56 with a load of iron ore pellets for Nanticoke.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on May 17th at 23:17 for South of #2. She then departed on May 18th at 11:26 with assistance from Heritage Marine's tug Nels J. The Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors on May 18th at 06:37 for North of #2 lay-by. The Joseph L. Block arrived Two Harbors at 11:58 on May 18th shortly after the Gott departed. The Block went to South of #2 shiploader. As of 19:30 she was still at the dock. Due Two Harbors on the 19th are the Edgar B. Speer and the Roger Blough. A possibility is the Algoma Guardian, but more than likely she will arrive early on the 20th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Mesabi Miner at 13:22 on May 18th. As of 19:30 she doesn't have an updated destination, but so far this season all pellets loaded in Silver Bay have either gone to Cleveland or Ashtabula. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on May 19th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday May 17th: 22:19 Saginaw departed Superior Elevator for Toledo. Saturday May 18th: 0:03 Federal Yukina weighed anchor after 2 days in the harbor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. 20:38 Federal Bristol departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Montreal. Expected for Sunday: Kaministiqua.

Milwaukee, WI – Paul Erspamer
Baie Comeau arrived in Milwaukee's outer harbor about 11:35 Saturday, unloading to the open face of the Bulk Transfer Dock, before departing at about 7 p.m. for Meldrum Bay.

Alpena, MI – Ben & Chanda McClain
The tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41 arrived at Lafarge Friday night and unloaded product throughout the night. It departed early Saturday morning. The tug Samuel de Champlain along with the barge Innovation tied up at Lafarge Saturday morning to load cement under the silos.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
The Saginaw River has had a few visitors the past few days. Olive L. Moore - Menominee arrived on the 15th, traveling to the upper river, stopping at the Burroughs Dock in Zilwaukee and the Lafarge Stone Dock in Saginaw. On the 17th, Alpena was inbound, calling on the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville, bringing the first cement cargo of the season to that dock. Later in the day, Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder were inbound with a split cargo, unloading at the Wirt Stone Docks in Bay City and Saginaw. Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder became the first repeat visitors to the Saginaw River this season.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Saturday Arrivals: Cuyahoga arrived at Motor City Materials to unload salt. Hon. James L Oberstar arrived at AK Steel to unload ore. Alpena arrived at Lafarge to unload cement.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Saturday May 18 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
docked - May 16 - Algosea at 1143 - May 18 - Algoma Enterprise at 0828 - departed - May 18 - Algoma Hansa at 0911 for the canal

Port Colborne anchorage:
anchored - May 18 - Federal Alster (Mhl) at 0216, Algoma Hansa at 0911, Fuldaborg (Nld) at 1144 and Sloman Hermes (Mlt) at 2022

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 16 - Happy River (Nld) at 1713, John D Leitch at 2316 and Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 2312 May 18 - Solina ( Bhs) at 0012, Baie St Paul at 0047, tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0246, Algoma Discovery at 1213, Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 1605, Federal Dee (Mhl) at 1900, Federal Danube (Mhl) at 1956, and Algoma Compass at 2130

downbound - May 16 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 0727, Beatrix (Nld) at 1939, CSL St Laurent at 2130 and Harbour Fashion (Por) at 2358 - May 17 - Algoma tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1510 and Spruceglen at 2006 - May 18 - Algoterra at 1819 and tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit eta 2345

Welland Canal docks:
docked - May 18 - John D Leitch stopped wharf 17 at 1143

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - May 17 - Harbour Fashion (Por) at 1050 and Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1936 - May 18 - Avonborg (Nld) at 2124 -

departed- May 18 - Paul A Desgagnes at 0735, Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1736 and Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 1743 approx. - all eastbound

Hamilton:
arrivals - May 18 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0220 and Algoma Compass at 0230- - anchored - May 15 - Harbour Progress (Por) at 2216 - docked - May 17 - Federal Dee (Mhl) at 0435 and Federal Champlain at 0812 - May 18 - Harbour Feature at 0645 - departures - May 18 - Algoma Discovery at 1018, Federal Dee at 1641, Algoma Compass at 1920, Avonborg (Nld) at 1932

Bronte:
docked - May 15 - Paul A Desgagnes at 2358 - departed - May 17 - Paul A Desgagnes at 1045 to Port Weller anchorage

Clarkson:
arrival - May 16 - Robert S Pierson at 1112 - departed at 2143 eastbound

Toronto:
arrivals - May 17 - NACC Argonaut at 1753 - departed -

Oshawa:
docked - May 15 - Onego Deusto (Nld)(ex BBC Skysails-19) at 1418

Ogdensburg:
arrival: May 18 - Miena Desgagnes (ex Jan-18) at 1911

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit was unloading at Lehigh Cement on Saturday.

 

Coast Guard increases Great Lakes pilots’ rates by 11 percent

5/19 - The Coast Guard has set Great Lakes pilots’ rates 11 percent higher than last year due to inflation, the addition of two working pilots and updated historic traffic data.

Under the final rule effective June 10, per pilot hourly pay will range from $306 to $733 — depending on the district — up from $271 to $653 last year. Total target pilot compensation rises to $359,887 from $352,485.

The rule affects 51 U.S. pilots, three associations as well as the owners and operators of about 256 vessels whose payments will increase $2.8 million over the $25.1 million in 2018. The move extends a years-long battle between the Coast Guard and ports and shippers.

“The Coast Guard believes that the new rates will promote pilot retention, ensure safe, efficient, and reliable pilotage services on the Great Lakes, and provide adequate funds to upgrade and maintain infrastructure,” the agency said in the rule published May 10.

The American Great Lakes Ports Association noted this is the fifth consecutive year of unprecedented, double-digit increases for the nine-month shipping season. Saying it supports a safe and reliable pilot system, the group and industry partners believe the increases “will negatively impact the competitiveness of the navigation system. As all actors in the supply chain work to control cost and remain competitive, pilotage remains a run-away cost-controlled by federal bureaucrats insensitive to commercial concerns.”

The Coast Guard establishes rates for Great Lakes pilots while pilot rates elsewhere in the country are set at the local level.

The number of lakes pilots has grown from 37 in 2016 to 51 authorized this year. The Coast Guard has said its goal is 54 “to help reduce fatigue and ensure safety on the waterways.”

In the past three years, the agency has changed the way it calculates rates, now using hourly billing and the application of a weighting factor — so larger ships yield higher pilotage revenues than smaller ones. The current formula is designed to “produce an hourly rate that adequately and accurately compensates pilots and covers expenses,” the Coast Guard said.

While raising concerns about some numbers in commenting on the proposed rule, the Western Great Lakes Pilots Association commended the Coast Guard “for taking seriously its role as regulator of Great Lakes pilotage over the past four years (in contrast with previous decades.) Great progress has been made.”

Arguing that market forces should be considered, the ports association, the U.S. Great Lakes Shipping Association and the Shipping Federation of Canada said the “rates are solely the product of a government-imposed monopoly structure for providing US pilotage in the St. Lawrence Seaway….Cargo interests who believe the costs of direct vessel shipments to ports on the Great Lakes are too high can choose other routings that by-pass the Lakes altogether, but a shipowner/ratepayer directed to call in the Great Lakes has no option to select a more cost-effective pilotage system.”

Workboat.com

 

Marquette Maritime Museum opens for the season

5/19 - Marquette, MI - The Marquette Maritime Museum has opened for the season. It gives people the chance to take a trip through the history of the Great Lakes and Marquette. The museum features the largest collection of Fresnel lenses on the Great Lakes, which helps a lighthouse to be more visible at larger distances. Plus, items that were used to try and rescue people from the water like Line Throwing Guns and an exhibition featuring 3-D breeches Buoys.

Hilary Billman, the director of the museum says, "This is the Marquette Maritime Museum and our mission is about preserving maritime history of Marquette, Lake Superior, and the Great Lakes. What you can expect when you're here is to learn all about how Marquette got started as a shipping port and a lot about the different shipwrecks in the area."

One of the shipwrecks on display right now in a special exhibit is the Henry B. Smith.

Up North Live

 

Sign up now for Badger Gathering, deadline May 20

5/19 - The 2019 schedule of Boatnerd Gathering has been set and information is now available now on the Gatherings page, www.boatnerd.com/gathering

Gatherings include the always-popular S.S. Badger cruise May 31 - June 1, deadline for Badger Boatnerd Cruise reservations to be received is Monday, May 20. Get yours in the mail today.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 19

On 19 May 1894, LORETTA (wooden propeller freighter, 140 foot, 395 gross tons, built in 1892, at Sebewaing, Michigan as a schooner) was driven ashore near the mouth of the Au Sable River at Oscoda, Michigan in a terrible gale. She was heavily damaged but the crew was rescued. She was salvaged and put back in service but only lasted for two more years when she burned.

SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY (Hull#164) was launched May 19, 1906 at Wyandotte, Michigan by Detroit Ship Building Co. for the National Steamship Co. She was scrapped at Castellon, Spain in 1969.

On May 19, 1973, the whaleback tanker METEOR was moved from the Pipeline Tankers dock to a permanent berth on Barkers Island at Superior, Wisconsin to serve as a museum ship.

B.F. JONES and EDWARD S. KENDRICK, towed by the Polish tug KORAL, arrived for scrapping at Castellon, Spain, near Barcelona on the Mediterranean Sea, on May 19, 1973, a trip of over 4,000 miles. The LAKE WINNIPEG in tow of the tug IRVING CEDAR arrived in Portugal on May 19, 1985. She was the largest Canadian laker and the first Seaway-sized ship, as of that date, to be scrapped.

On 19 May 1835, PARROTT (wooden 2-mast schooner, 43 foot, 20 tons, built in 1834, at Ashtabula, Ohio) sailed for Detroit, Michigan carrying iron, glass, whiskey, and hogs on deck. She never made it. The following day, west of Ashtabula, many of the hogs swam ashore and later a lot of gear from the boat drifted to the beach. No storm was mentioned and all six onboard lost their lives. She had been enrolled to a new owner the day before she set sail.

On 19 May 1876, the Port Huron Times reported that Capt. Alexander McDougall, formerly master of the steamer JAPAN, had built a large steam fish boat named SASKIWIT at Buffalo during the winter and was then sailing from there to Marquette, Michigan.

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

 

House panel to vote on $75M for Soo Locks upgrade

5/18 - Washington, D.C. – A U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee has included $75.3 million toward building a new Soo Lock in legislation that the full committee could vote on as early as Tuesday.

Lawmakers this week included the $75 million as part of construction funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the same level as requested in President Donald Trump's budget proposal in March.

If Congress approves the project's spending for next year, it would keep the $1 billion project on track for completion seven to 10 years from whenever construction starts, the Army Corps has said.

A replacement lock in Sault Ste. Marie was first authorized by Congress in 1986; however, the project was held up for decades until Trump took an interest during an April 2018 trip to Michigan, where he was lobbied by three House members, including Reps. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, and Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet.

“Construction of a new lock at the Soo Locks is funded in legislation for the first time in decades," said Moolenaar, who as a member of the Appropriations Committee pressed for the appropriation to be included.

"This will create jobs and help shipping on the Great Lakes."

Bergman called the legislation a "monumental next step" for the construction of a new lock. He wrote to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development last month with 30 colleagues, urging that the funding be included.

"This signals to the entire House of Representatives just how important the Soo Locks project is not only for Michigan’s First District but also our entire nation,” he said in a statement.

The Appropriations Committee is also set to consider legislation next week that includes $305 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Moolenaar's office said.

As in previous years, Trump's budget proposal had slashed funding for the cleanup program, but he backed off those plans during a March campaign rally in Grand Rapids after a lobbying effort by Michigan lawmakers, including Moolenaar and Bergman. Congress was expected to restore the funding, as it has in previous years.

The shipping lock complex on the St. Mary's River in the Upper Peninsula connects Lake Superior to the lower Great Lakes.

Plans call for a new 1,200-foot-long lock to mirror the 49-year-old Poe lock, which is the only one of the four shipping locks that can handle the largest freighters carrying 89 percent of the cargo through the corridor.

A new lock would provide redundancy, so cargo could keep moving in the case of an unexpected outage of the Poe. The replacement lock project gained traction last year after the Army Corps released a new economic analysis that allowed the new lock to finally compete for construction funding.

The corps' Detroit District has said the $75 million for 2020 would be sufficient to complete the upstream channel deepening to accommodate modern vessels ($4.95 million), initiate construction of the upstream approach walls ($62 million) and continue design of the lock chamber ($8.355 million).

Work on the approach walls is intended to stabilize the existing approach walls to allow for modern vessels to tie up and wait their turn to pass through the new lock, according to the Army Corps.

The process of building the lock is expected to require additional funds appropriated each year of construction, after Congress reauthorized the project last fall.

The Detroit News

 

New Desgagnes tanker arrives in Montreal, headed for Great Lakes

5/18 - The tanker Gaia Desgagnes, formerly Fure Vinga, arrived in Montreal on Thursday from Quebec City. She was built in 2018, and was purchased recently by Groupe Desgagnes Inc. for use in the Petro-Nav tanker fleet.

After departure from Montreal, the ship will enter the St. Lawrence Seaway with a destination of Oakville, ON. Gaia Desgagnes is 491'4" in length and is 74'9" in width. With the addition of the Gaia Desgagnes to the Petro-Nav tanker fleet, this makes a total of 12 vessels, however two of them are too large to enter the St. Lawrence Seaway.

In addition, Groupe Desgagnes Inc. is also expecting to add the new Rossi A. Desgagnes to its fleet sometime in 2019. The ship is being built in Turkey and has been on sea trials in Turkey before departing.

Denny Dushane

 

Port Reports -  May 18

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Indiana Harbor departed Duluth at 03:00 Friday morning after loading coal at Midwest Energy, and Michipicoten was outbound at 04:10 from CN with iron ore pellets. Philip R. Clarke then shifted to Canadian National from C. Reiss, where she had unloaded stone, and began loading ore. Joseph L. Block arrived at 05:41 and moored at the CN gravity dock to wait for the Clarke to finish loading. Fraserborg arrived at 08:42 and anchored in the inner harbor for inspections. Philip R. Clarke departed at 11:31 with her ore load, and Fraserborg departed at 12:35 and anchored offshore. After the Clarke's departure, Joseph L. Block shifted to the main dock at CN, however it is unclear whether she was offloading limestone or taking on ore. She is due next in Two Harbors to complete loading, and was expected to depart early Saturday morning. In Superior, American Century spent the day Friday loading ore at Burlington Northern, and had been due to depart at 16:00 but was still tied up as of 20:00. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was on the hook outside the harbor waiting to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
American Mariner arrived Two Harbors from Munising on May 17th at 03:22 for South of #2. She departed on May 17th for Zug Island at 12:34. Due Two Harbors either late on May 17th or early on May 18th is the Edwin H. Gott. Also due on the 18th is the Presque Isle. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Mesabi Miner at approx. 18:00 on May 17th. There is no scheduled inbound traffic for Silver Bay on May 18th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday May 17th: 0:35 Algoma Spirit departed G3 for Quebec City. 3:21 Saginaw arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. 7:07 Federal Saguenay arrived and went to anchor. 7:26 Federal Bristol arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 8:32 CSL Laurentien departed Thunder Bay Terminals downbound.

Cedarville, MI – Denny Dushane
The loading dock in Cedarville was down on Thursday and again for Friday due to maintenance. There are no vessels due at the dock until Monday during the early afternoon when American Courage is expected. Two vessels are due in for Tuesday, May 21 with the John G. Munson arriving during the early morning to load. The barge Menominee and tug Olive L. Moore are also expected on May 21 in the evening to load.

Port Inland, MI – Denny Dushane
Calumet was due Thursday in the late evening to load. Two vessels were expected for Frida, with the first being the Manitoulin in the early morning. The H. Lee White was due to arrive in the early evening on Friday. Due in for Saturday in the late morning is the Cason J. Callaway. The Calumet returns on May 20 during the early afternoon to load.

Stoneport, MI – Denny Dushane
American Courage was due in the mid-afternoon hours to load. Also due on Friday was the John G. Munson in the late evening to load. Two vessels, both early morning arrivals, are expected to arrive on Saturday both the barge Erie Trader and tug Clyde S. Van Enkevort and the Great Republic. Due in for Sunday is the barge Menominee along with the tug Olive L. Moore in the early morning. Rounding out the lineup is the barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann due on Monday during the late afternoon to load.

Calcite, MI – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Friday. Saturday will be a busy day, with five vessels expected to arrive and load. Due in first will be the barge Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted in the morning and they will be off of the North Wall. Also due in the late morning hours is the barge Maumee and tug Victory for the South Dock. The Wilfred Sykes makes a rare appearance in the mid-afternoon for the North Dock to load. Also arriving in the mid-afternoon will be the barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann following the Sykes and due at the same time also loading at the North Dock. The Manitowoc rounds out the day, as they are due on Saturday in the early evening for the South Dock.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Transport arrived at 10:30 am Friday to load salt.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Paul R Tregurtha arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Leo A MacArthur/John J Carrick arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Iver Bright arrived at the Buckeye Terminal to unload. CSL Tadoussac arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel.

Toledo, OH – Denny Dushane
The barge Ashtabula and tug Defiance were unloading iron ore pellets at the Torco Dock on Friday. Also due at Torco is the Kaye E. Barker, arriving on Saturday in the late afternoon. The barge Ashtabula and tug Defiance are due back at Torco on Wednesday, May 22 in the early afternoon. Due at the CSX Coal Dock was the tug Defiance / barge Ashtabula on Friday during the morning. Kaye E. Barker is due at CSX on Saturday during the very late evening to load.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
5/17 arrivals: Calusa Coast from Detroit. Herbert C. Jackson lightered at the Bulk Terminal and delivered the remainder to ArcelorMittal Steel. 5/17 departures: Manitowoc was repaired and sailed to Marblehead. James R. Barker left for Duluth-Superior and Sam Laud to Ashtabula.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Friday May 17 - by Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
docked - May 16 - Algosea at 1143 and Algoma Hansa at 1936 - departed - May 17 - CSL Tadoussac at 0311 westbound

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 16 - Cuyahoga at 2313 - May 17 - Algoma Enterprise at 1204, Vitosha (Mlt) (ex Federal Pearl-13) at 0951, Happy River (Nld) at 1713, John D Leitch eta 2250, Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 2312 and Baie St Paul eta 2345

downbound - May 16 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 0727, Beatrix (Nld) at 1939, CSL St Laurent at 2130 and Harbour Fashion (Por) at 2358 - May 17 - Algoma Compass at 1225, tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1510 and Spruceglen at 2006

Welland Canal docks:
departed - May 17 - Algoma Guardian departed wharf 16 at 0001 approx. westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - - May 16 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1717 - May 17 - Beatrix (Nld) at 0439 and Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 0506, Paul A Desgagnes at 1248 from Bronte, Harbour Fashion (Por) at 1050 and Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1936 -

departed- May 17 - Mia Desgagnes at 1244 for Clarkson, Algonova at 1505, Beatrix (Nld) at 1600,

Hamilton:
arrivals - May 17 - Federal Champlain at 0812, Avonborg (Nld) at 2115 and Algoma Enterprise at 2306 - anchored - May 15 - Harbour Progress (Por) at 2216 - May 17 - Harbour Feature at 0700 - docked - May 13 Cinnamon (Cyp) at 2210 - May 17 - Federal Dee (Mhl) at 0435 - departures - May 17 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 0215, Vitosha (Mlt) (ex Federal Pearl-13) at 0732, Algoma Enterprise at 0910

Bronte: docked - May 15 - Paul A Desgagnes at 2358 - departed - May 17 - Paul A Desgagnes at 1045 to Port Weller anchorage

Clarkson:
arrival - May 16 - Robert S Pierson at 1112 - departed at 2143 eastbound

Toronto:
arrivals - May 17 - NACC Argonaut at 1753 - departed - May 17 - Solina (Bhs) at 2151 for Thunder Bay

Oshawa:
docked - May 15 - Onego Deusto (Nld)(ex BBC Skysails-19) at 1418 - departed - May 17 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1652 for Port Weller

Oswego, NY – Ned Goebricher
McKiel Spirit was unloading cement on Friday.

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived Friday at about 19:00.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 18

On 18 May 1872, the 3-mast wooden schooner MARQUETTE was holed in northern Lake Huron by a floating log. The crew manned the hand-operated bilge pumps but could not keep up with the incoming water. The steamer ANNIE YOUNG took the MARQUETTE in tow even though she was sinking and headed for Cheboygan, Michigan. During the tow, the schooner stopped sinking and arrived in port no lower in the water than she had been earlier. An investigation revealed that a large fish got caught in the hole and plugged it.

The WILLIAM C. ATWATER departed Sandusky, Ohio May 18, 1925, on her maiden voyage loaded with coal bound for Duluth, Minnesota. She was the first freighter on the Great Lakes equipped with a gyro compass. She was renamed b.) E. J. KULAS in 1936, c.) BEN MOREELL in 1953, d.) THOMAS E MILLSOP in 1955, e.) E. J. NEWBERRY in 1976, and f.) CEDARGLEN in 1982. She was scrapped at Port Maitland, Ontario in 1994.

Bethlehem Steel's steamer JOHNSTOWN cleared Erie May 18, 1985, for Quebec City under tow bound for Spain for scrapping. This vessel was the first post-war built U.S. laker to be scrapped.

On May 18, 1903, the MAUNALOA hit and sank the 69-foot wooden tug EDWARD GILLEN at Superior, Wisconsin.

May 18, 1992 -- The BADGER made her maiden voyage for the newly formed Lake Michigan Carferry Service.

On 18 May 1853, CITIZEN (wooden schooner, 54 tons, built in 1847, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) was driven aground 6 miles north of Chicago. The U. S. Navy steamer MICHIGAN tried in vain to pull her off, breaking a 14" hawser in the process. She was reportedly the first vessel built at Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

On 18 May 1882, AMERICAN EAGLE (wooden propeller, passenger packet & tug, 105 foot, 161 gross tons, built in 1880, at Sandusky, Ohio) was racing off Kelley's Island on Lake Erie when her boiler exploded. Six lives were lost. She was later raised and repaired and lasted until 1908.

18 May 1894: A big storm swept the Lakes on 18 May 1894. The next day, the Port Huron Times gave the following account of the shipwrecks in that storm: "The big storm on Lake Michigan has cost the lives of many men. Only 2 men were saved from the schooner M J CUMMINGS, 6 lost. The C C BARNES is ashore at Milwaukee but the crew was saved. The schooner MYRTLE was wrecked just outside the government pier within a half mile of Michigan Blvd. in Chicago with 6 lost. The schooner LINCOLN DALL went to pieces at Glencoe, 8 miles north of Chicago. She was 196 tons. The schooner JACK THOMPSON, 199 tons, wrecked off 25th Street. The schooner EVENING STAR, 203 tons, wrecked off 27th Street but her crew was saved. The schooner MERCURY of Grand Haven, 278 tons, wrecked off 27th Street and her crew rescued. The schooner J LOOMIS McLAREN, 272 tons, wrecked off 27th Street. The schooner RAINBOW of Milwaukee, 243 tons, wrecked off 100th Street; the crew was rescued. The schooner C J MIXER, 279 tons, wrecked off 100th Street; crew rescued. The schooner WM SHUPE waterlogged and ashore at Lexington, Michigan on Lake Huron. Four were drowned in an attempted rescue. The scow ST CATHARINES is ashore at Rock Falls near Sand Beach. The crew reached shore safely but the boat will fare badly."

1919 – CITY OF MEAFORD, a wooden-hulled passenger freighter was destroyed by fire at the dock in Collingwood.

1922 – GLENFINNAN, downbound with grain, and MIDLAND KING collided in fog southeast of Passage Isle, Lake Superior, and both masters received two-month suspensions.

1928 – The whaleback steamer JOHN ERICSSON was heavily damaged in a collision with the A.F. HARVEY of the Pittsburgh SS Co. in fog on Lake Huron. The latter was lost as b) CEDARVILLE in another collision on May 7, 1965.

1971 – TRANSPACIFIC was entering the harbor at the island of St. Pierre in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to get technical help for a malfunctioning radar when the ship stranded on the rocks. The West German freighter, a regular Seaway trader since 1959, was abandoned. The hull has gradually broken apart by the elements over the years.

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

 

Great Lakes iron ore trade down slightly in April

5/17 - Cleveland, OH - Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 5.1 million tons in April, a slight decrease compared to a year ago. Shipments were, however, 18 percent ahead of the month’s 5-year average.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 8.5 million tons, an increase of 3.3 percent compared to the same point in 2018.

Through April iron ore shipments are 10.6 percent ahead of their 5-year average for four months of the year.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Port Reports -  May 17

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Philip R. Clarke arrived Duluth at 03:18 Thursday morning carrying limestone to discharge at C. Reiss. Resko departed at 14:45 after loading wheat at Riverland Ag, and Indiana Harbor was inbound at 15:00 to load coal at SMET. Michipicoten was due at 20:00 to load ore at CN, and Joseph L. Block was expected just before midnight with a cargo of limestone. In Superior, American Century arrived at 11:55 Thursday, and tied up at Burlington Northern to load ore. She is expected to depart early Friday morning.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
The CSL Assiniboine arrived Two Harbors on the 16th at 01:39 for South of #2. She departed for Quebec City on the May 16th at 12:58. Due Two Harbors early on the 17th is the American Mariner arriving from Munising after unloading coal. Another possibility on the 17th for Two Harbors is the Joseph L. Block. She will be unloading limestone in the Twin Ports. She usually goes to Two Harbors after unloading. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on the 16th. Due Silver Bay on May 17th is the Mesabi Miner.

Thunder Bay, ON
Wednesday May 15th: 23:06 Federal Yukina arrived and went to anchor. Thursday May 16th: 18:56 CSL Laurentien arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. Expected for Friday: Federal Saguenay and Federal Bristol.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara finished unloading grain on Thursday, turned in basin, and eased up to salt dock to load.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
American Courage-arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Victory 1 tied up at the Detroit Port Authority. Algoma Sault-arrived at Zug Island to unload coal. John G Munson-arrived at Carmeuse to unload stone. Leonard M and barge-arrived at Zug Island to load coke.

Monroe, MI
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived to unload coal at the DTE Energy plant

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
5/16/arrivals: Mississagi wth stone for Allied Road Products, Petite Forte to St. Mary's Cement, Sam Laud on a shuttle to Arcelor Mittal and Wagenborg's Flevoborg to the Port, Dock 24W. James R. Barker to the Bulk Terminal. Manitowoc is still in Cleveland at Ontario Stone. She has experienced bearing problems with her boom. Hans Hansen has technicians troubleshooting the issues.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Thursday May 16 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
docked - May 16 - Algosea at 1143 from the anchorage and CSL Tadoussac at 1648 - departed - May 15 - Qikiqtaaluk W at 2236 westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage:
anchored - May 13 - Algosea at 2140 - departed - May 16 - tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 0043 westbound and Algosea at 1127 (into the dock)

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 15 - Algoma Transport at 1655, tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 1749, Kaministiqua at 2007 - May 16 - Algoma Buffalo at 0320 and Algoma Hansa at 0520

downbound - May 16 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0403, Cedarglen at 0542 (on her last trip), Bro Alma (Sgp) at 0727, Algoma Enterprise at 0756, Algoma Discovery at 1814, Beatrix (Nld) at 1939, CSL St Laurent at 2130 and Harbour Fashion (Por) eta 2320

Welland Canal docks:
docked - May 7 - Algoma Guardian wharf 16 at 2045 approx. - May 15 - Algonova at 1045 departed May 16,

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - May 13 - Mia Desgagnes at 2128 (awaiting dock in Clarkson) - May 15 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2240 from Hamilton and MTM Rotterdam (HKg) at 2332 May 16 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1717 - departed - May 16 - MTM Rotterdam (HKg) at 0810 eastbound

Hamilton:
arrivals - May 16 - Federal Dee (Mhl) at 1430 (anchored), Avonborg (Nld) at 1958 and Algoma Enterprise eta 2230 - anchored - May 10 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 2040 - docked - May 12 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 2300 - May 13 Cinnamon (Cyp) at 2210 - May 15 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0700, Vitosha (Mlt) at 2030 and Harbour Progress at 2255 - departures - May 15 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2052 and MTM Rotterdam (HKg) at 2132 both for Port Weller anchorage - May 16 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 0548 eastbound

Bronte:
arrival - May 14 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0948 - May 15 - Paul A Desgagnes at 2358 - departed May 15 - Sarah Desgagnes at 2304 eastbound

Clarkson:
arrival - May 16 - Robert S Pierson at 1112

Toronto:
arrivals - May 15 - NACC Argonaut at 0104 and Algoma Buffalo at 1621 - docked - May 12 - Solina (Bhs) at 0330 - departed - May 16 - Algoma Buffalo at 0146 and NACC Argonaut at 0556

Oshawa:
docked - May 14 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0645 - May 15 - Onego Deusto (Nld)(ex BBC Skysails-19) at 1418

 

Damage of anchor strike to Straits of Mackinac pipeline revealed

5/17 - An underwater image from Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge shows deep grooves in the Straits of Mackinac lake bottom, going up and over one of the twin Line 5 oil pipelines and leaving damage to the pipe's outer coating, the result of an April 1, 2018 anchor strike.

A newly released video of an underwater inspection of the Line 5 oil and natural gas pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac shows damage to at least the outside of the pipes following a 2018 ship anchor strike.

"The Great Lakes barely dodged a bullet," said Mike Shriberg, Great Lakes regional executive director of the environmental nonprofit National Wildlife Federation.

The April 1, 2018, anchor strike damaged Line 5 and nearby electric cables along the lake bottom where the Great Lakes Michigan and Huron connect. A tugboat called the Clyde S. Vanenkevort was named by then-state Attorney General Bill Schuette as responsible.

Nearby, high-voltage power cables along the lake bottom, owned by American Transmission Company, also were damaged by the anchor strike, leaking an estimated 600 gallons of dielectric fluid into the water.

Line 5 moves 23 million gallons of oil and natural gas liquids per day through the Upper Peninsula, splitting into twin, underwater pipelines through the 4-mile stretch of the Straits, before returning to a single transmission pipeline through the Lower Peninsula and on to a hub in Sarnia, Ontario.

Concerned citizens and environmentalists have called for the decommissioning of the line, stating a spill like the one on Enbridge's Line 6B pipeline near the Kalamazoo River in 2010 would devastate the Great Lakes, shoreline and island communities, as well as the state's economy.

The underwater pipeline inspection video shows deep scoring along the lake bottom, then up and over the twin pipelines. Deep marks are etched in both pipelines, and there is evidence of outer protective coating loss.

The video was released Tuesday by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich. It was provided by Enbridge to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in response to Peters’ questioning of the Canadian oil transport giant at a committee field hearing focused on Line 5 in Traverse City last year. Peters, in a statement Wednesday, said he released the video after receiving assurances from the U.S. Coast Guard that doing so would not undermine the still ongoing federal investigation into the anchor strike.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer directed the state Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday to file an emergency rule requiring large vessels to verify no anchors are dragging before passing through the Straits. A formal request also was made to the U.S. Coast Guard to create a similar rule for all foreign vessels operating in the Straits of Mackinac, which lie beyond state authority.

Then-Gov. Rick Snyder's office, in an April 2018 news release regarding the anchor strike, said Enbridge officials characterized its impacts on Line 5 as "very small" and posing "no threat to the pipeline."

Enbridge spokesman Ryan Duffy, in an email to the Free Press, said the affected areas of the pipeline were reinforced last summer. The company has since provided funding for cameras to give the Coast Guard real-time monitoring of ship activities in the Straits, he said.

Shriberg called the video "shocking. There are deep gouges in the pipeline. And you can see where the anchor dragged along the bottom and skipped right off the pipeline. It’s one thing to hear about it or read about it; it’s another thing to see the visual evidence. I would guess that’s why Enbridge was trying hard not to get this visual evidence out into the public eye."

Enbridge Vice President David Bryson called the inspection video “confidential” during Senate committee testimony.

Shriberg called it "luck" that the anchor strike occurred on a portion of Line 5 resting on the lake bottom, as opposed to one of sections where the pipeline is lifted by supports.

"There's a very realistic scenario where the anchor snags off it rather than skipping off the pipeline," he said. "And there are areas of suspension very close to where this anchor hit. "If you hit a suspended portion, all that force, the anchor is designed to grab and hold. You've got the force of a boat pulling against it."

Enbridge negotiated a deal with the Snyder administration in its final days in office late last year to build a replacement pipeline in a new tunnel, drilled below the Straits bottom, an up to 10-year, $650 million project.

The corridor would be large enough for vehicles to drive through, allowing inspectors the ability to assess the condition of the pipeline.

Under the agreement, Enbridge would build the utility corridor, and, upon completion, hand over its ownership to a state authority. Enbridge would then be provided a 99-year lease for use of the corridor, and would remain responsible for operating and maintaining the tunnel. Earlier proposals to make the state lease-holder by the Mackinac Bridge Authority were scrapped in December, citing concerns that taking on such a responsibility would muddle the authority's bridge operation and maintenance duties.

Whitmer in March halted all state agencies' work on a Line 5 tunnel proposal, as new state Attorney General Dana Nessel issued an opinion that the legislation that allowed for the tunnel plan was unconstitutional.

But Whitmer then continued negotiations with Enbridge, and has since signaled a willingness to proceed with the tunnel plan if the shutdown of the existing, 66-year-old Straits pipelines can happen more quickly.

View the video at this link: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/05/15/mackinac-enbridge-oil-pipeline-anchor-damage/3679013002

 

Port of Cleveland trying to entice cruise ships to dock in city

5/17 - Cleveland, OH - The Port of Cleveland is looking to develop a more permanent U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility for processing Lake Erie cruise passengers.

The Port of Cleveland confirms they are planning to spend $600,000 to develop the city. This comes in response to the increasing number of Great Lakes cruise passengers.

Cleveland is reportedly well positioned to be a stopover for ships coming into the cruise system. The port is planning to convert the Seamen's Service building into the new facility. The port is waiting for federal government approval on the renovations. The plan should be completed by September or October.

View a video at this link: https://fox8.com/2019/05/12/port-of-cleveland-trying-to-entice-cruise-ships-to-dock-in-city

 

New technology searches for Great Lakes shipwrecks

5/17 - Alpena – Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is collaborating with Dr. Bob Ballard’s Ocean Exploration Trust to map unexplored areas of northern Lake Huron with multi-beam sonar.

Deploying an autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) from the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, this mission is focused on mapping unexplored, expanded sanctuary areas, with a goal of discovering new shipwrecks and identifying shipwreck locations to support ongoing exploration and management. The project began May 6 and ends Friday.

According to officials at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, three targeted survey areas in northern Lake Huron exemplify the diverse maritime landscape of the Great Lakes, including a lighthouse on a treacherous reef; dangerous, near-shore shallow waters; and the deep, mid-lake waters of busy shipping lanes known as “Shipwreck Alley.”

In addition to potentially locating historic shipwrecks, the multi-beam data collected can help identify fish habitats and update navigational charts, officials said.

Much of the mapping will occur off the shores of Presque Isle County, but on Saturday, May 11, the ASV, also known as BEN (Bathymetric Explorer and Navigator), travelled south to Alpena to survey in the Thunder Bay River during the sanctuary’s annual ROV (remotely operated vehicle) competition.

Students from across Michigan undertook their own underwater exploration missions in the Marine Technology Testing Tank. ASV BEN is operated from a mobile lab on shore, and provided an opportunity for students and the public to see cutting edge technology in action, and also interact with visiting hydrographers, surveyors, and other marine scientists.

According to officials, the 4,300 square-mile Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary works to protect the Great Lakes and their rich history. Lake Huron’s cold, fresh water preserves nearly 200 historic shipwrecks and through research, education, and community involvement, the sanctuary and its partners ensure that future generations can enjoy Thunder Bay’s irreplaceable underwater treasures.

The sanctuary’s visitor center, the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, is free and open year round. A popular destination for residents and visitors of all ages, the Center allows the public to experience and appreciate the shipwrecks in and around Thunder Bay. Visitors can also see shipwrecks from a glass bottom boat, or paddle, snorkel, and dive the wrecks in the sanctuary. Visit the sanctuary at www.thunderbay.noaa.gov and at www.facebook.com/ThunderBayShipwrecks.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 17

On 17 May 1887, WILLIAM RUDOLPH (wooden propeller "rabbit,” 145 foot, 267 gross tons. built in 1880, at Mount Clemens, Michigan) was raised from Lake St. Clair. She sank in the fall of 1886. She was towed to the Wolverine Drydock in Port Huron, Michigan where she was repaired. She lasted until 1913, when she was beached as shore protection near Racine, Wisconsin.

ALTON C. DUSTIN (Hull#708) was launched May 17, 1913, at Lorain, Ohio by the American Ship Building Co. for Cleveland Steamship Co. (John Mitchell, mgr.) Renamed b.) J.A. CAMPBELL in 1915 and c.) BUCKEYE MONITOR in 1965. Sank on December 16, 1973, in position 43.3N x 30.15W, in Atlantic Ocean, while in tandem tow with ROBERT S. MCNAMARA and German tug SEETRANS I, bound for scrapping at Santander, Spain.

NORTHCLIFFE HALL collided with the Cuban salty CARLOS MANUEL DE CESPEDES in the St. Lawrence River above the Eisenhower Lock on May 17, 1980. Built in 1952, by Canadian Vickers as a,) FRANKCLIFFE HALL (Hull#255), renamed b.) NORTHCLIFFE HALL in 1959, and c.) ROLAND DESGAGNES in 1976, she sank after running aground on May 26, 1982, near Pointe aux Pic, Quebec.

E.G. GRACE arrived at Ramey's Bend May 17, 1984, in tow of the tugs GLENEVIS and GLENSIDE for scrapping.

On May 17, 1941, The Ludington Daily News reported that the former carferry PERE MARQUETTE 17, which had been purchased by the State of Michigan for use at the Straits of Mackinac, was to be renamed b.) CITY OF PETOSKEY. She was scrapped at Ashtabula, Ohio in 1961.

The schooner ST. ANDREWS was launched at A. Muir's shipyard on the Black River in Port Huron, Michigan on 17 May 1875. This was a rebuild job, but Mr. Muir stated that it was the most complete rebuild he ever undertook since there was only a portion of the keel and bottom left from the old hull. Her new dimensions were 135 foot keel x 30 feet x 14 feet, 425 tons (an increase of 102 tons).

At about 9 a.m., 17 May 1885, the tug E.T. CARRINGTON (wooden side-wheel tug, 76 foot, 57 gross tons, built in 1876, at Bangor, Michigan) was towing a raft of logs from L'Anse to Baraga, Michigan, when she caught fire and burned to the water's edge. The crew was rescued by the steam yacht EVA WADSWORTH. The CARRINGTON was later rebuilt and lasted until 1907.

1916 – ROCK FERRY, a wooden steamer, ran aground due to fog off Main Duck Island, Lake Ontario but was salvaged and repaired.

1924 – ORINOCO sank about 6 miles off Agawa Bay, Lake Superior, while upbound with coal. The wooden steamer had sought shelter behind Michipicoten Island while towing the barge CHIEFTAIN, but then tried to return to Whitefish Bay. ORINOCO began to leak under the stress and was lost.

1957 – The composite hulled steamer YANKCANUCK ran aground in mud at Whitby but was released in what proved to be her final season. She was laid up at Sault Ste. Marie at 1014 hours on June 27.

1969 – The tug COLINETTE sank in Toronto Bay after the hull was punctured while docking the freighter ATLANTIC HOPE at Pier 35. All on board were saved and the vessel was raised and repaired. It apparently survives as a private yacht named NOMADA.

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

 

Washington Island Ferry to get new boat, The Madonna, from BayShip

5/16 - Washington Island, Wis. – Madonna is coming to Washington Island. No, not the pop singer — rather the largest vessel the Washington Island Ferry Line has ever had. And, like the rest of its fleet, it's coming from just down the bay shore.

The ferry line signed an agreement with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding of Sturgeon Bay to construct the Madonna, a year-round boat transporting passengers and vehicles across Death’s Door Passage, the waters between the island and Northport Pier — the tip of the Door peninsula.

Designed by Mark Pudlo and Nathan Smith from Seacraft Design LLC of Sturgeon Bay, the new ferry will measure 124 feet in length and 40 feet across the beam, according to a press release from Fincantieri Bay Ship, making it the largest in the ferry line's fleet. It will be able to carry as many as 28 vehicles and 150 passengers and will have the largest deck capacity in the current fleet. Delivery is scheduled for late May 2020.

It will be the third ferry Fincantieri Bay Ship has built for the line. The building process will begin immediately with the firm cutting steel and placing orders for the engines, transmissions and other components.

Washington Island Ferry Line currently has four boats in its fleet, all manufactured in Sturgeon Bay. Fincantieri Bay Ship built the oldest and newest vessels operated by the line: The Eyrarbakki, built in 1970, and the Arne J. Richter, in 2003. The other two boats were built by now-defunct Peterson Builders: The Robert Noble in 1979 and the Washington in 1989. They range from 87 to 104 feet long and have capacity for 18 to 21 cars and 149 passengers each, according to the ferry line's website.

Ferry Line President Hoyt Purinton said the company has considered adding to its fleet since the Richter was launched 16 years ago, and a solid economy and need for a boat with increased capacity and winter capabilities made this the right time.

Purinton anticipates the Madonna will be added to the rotation of boats making the runs to and from the island, not replacing any on a permanent basis. He said business has been growing over the past four or five years, and the added vessel will give the company the opportunity to use one of its fleet as a backup when it runs four boats during the day.

"This gives us the opportunity to rotate boats out," Purinton said. "It makes for some long nights when you have regular maintenance planned (and all the boats are on the water)."

Taller cargo space was taken into consideration for the new boat, which will have an overhead clearance of 15 feet, allowing it to carry larger vehicles and items — an increasing need for Washington Island and its residents, Purinton said.

The Madonna also will be able to cross the often-icy Death's Door in winter, equipped with two engines generating up to 1,600 horsepower and icebreaking capability. The Arne J. Richter is the only icebreaker in the current fleet, and Purinton said that was one reason for commissioning the Madonna. He said the company considered refitting one of its current vessels for winter passages, but decided to build one specifically designed to handle them instead.

"Ever since building (the Arne J. Richter), the conversation was always about having some form of winter backup, and building for whatever was required for needs beyond that," Purinton said.

The Madonna — whose name comes from a cargo schooner under Capt. Ole Christiansen that plied its trade from the island throughout the Great Lakes from 1871 to 1914 — will have outdoor, upper deck seating and an indoor, climate-controlled cabin for passengers, along with restrooms on two decks. Loading and unloading ramps will be at the bow and stern of the boat.

Purinton added that he's glad to keep the project local, from shipbuilders to designers.

"We've had a very long relationship with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, obviously a lot of familiarity," Purinton said. "We're extremely happy we could keep this project in the local shipyard, do our part to help the local economy. That helps us be stronger as well."

Green Bay Press-Gazette

 

Port Reports -  May 16

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through either the Duluth or Superior entries on Wednesday. The only vessel in port was Resko, which was taking on wheat at Riverland Ag and did not have a posted departure estimate. Philip R. Clarke, American Century, Joseph L. Block, and Michipicoten are all due on Thursday in Duluth, and Indiana Harbor is expected in Superior.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Spruceglen departed Two Harbors on May 14th at 21:53 for Quebec City. Two Harbors had no traffic on May 15th. Due early on May 16th is the CSL Assiniboine. Another possibility for Two Harbors on the 16th is the Philip R. Clarke that is due the Twin Ports early on May 16th with limestone. She also could stay in the Twin Ports to load. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on May 15th and none scheduled for May 16th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday May 14th: 21:25 Ojibway departed Superior Elevator and shifted over to Viterra A to load grain. Wednesday May 15th: 14:50 Ojibway departed Viterra A and shifted over to Keefer Terminal. 15:46 Algoma Spirit arrived at G3 to load grain. Expected late Wednesday: Federal Yukina. Expected for Thursday: CSL Laurentien.

Sturgeon Bay, WI – Jim Conlon
On Wednesday, the tug/barge Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder left Bay Shipbuilding.

Northern Lake Huron ports
Meldrum Bay:
Wednesday; 10:00 Kaye E Barker departed and is up bound on the St Mays River. 16:50 Frontenac arrived to load limestone.

Port Dolomite:
Wednesday; 0:21 Wilfred Sykes departed for Indiana Harbor. Joseph L Block weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to top up her load. At 9:51 she departed for Duluth Superior. 11:49 USCG Buckthorn arrived and at 15:54 departed for Drummond Island.

Calcite:
Wednesday 3:55 H Lee White departed for Burns Harbor. 6:58 The tug Victory and James L Kuber departed and is down bound on Lake Michigan. 19:00 John J Boland arrived to load.

Stoneport:
Wednesday; 2:20 Olive L Moore departed for Saginaw. 6:15 John G Munson arrived to load limestone.

Alpena:
Wednesday; 8:09 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara continued unloading grain at elevators on Wednesday.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H. Calusa Coast and barge Delaware-arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Mesabi Miner-arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Iver Bright-arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load/unload.

Toledo, OH
Cedarglen left Toledo at of 8:45 am Wednesday under her own power for Montreal, where she will be retired.

Northeast Ohio Ports – Bill Kloss
5/15 arrivals: Sam Laud from Marblehead to Cleveland Bulk Terminal. Cruise ship Victory 1 to the Port, Dock 28. Tug Thomas R. Morrish with barges from Detroit to the lakefront dredging project. 5/15 departures: American Courage to Marblehead. Edwin H. Gott from Conneaut to Two Harbors. Sea Eagle departing Cleveland.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Wednesday May 15 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
docked - May 14 - Qikiqtaaluk W at 0909 from the anchorage - departed - May 14 - Algoscotia at 0908 westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage:
anchored - May 13 - Algosea at 2140 - May 15 - tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 0549 - departed - May 14 Qikiqtaaluk W at 0851 for the dock

Port Colborne anchorage:
anchored - May 15 - Algonova at 0501 - departed May 15 at 0857

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 14 - Radcliffe R Latimer at 1559, Algoma Innovator at 1938 - May 15 - Erieborg (Nld) at 0110, Flevoborg (Nld) at 0238, Algoma Transport at 1655, tug Leo A McArhtur & John J Carrick at 1749, Kaministiqua at 2007

downbound - May 14 - Transport at 1211, Buffalo fireboat Edward M Cotter headed to Toronto and CSL Welland at 1603 - May 15 - Algoma Buffalo at 0517, Thunder Bay at 0531, Algonova at 0931 and Tecumseh at 0952

Welland Canal docks:
docked - May 7 - Algoma Guardian wharf 16 at 2045 approx. - May 15 - Algonova at 1045

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - May 13 - Mia Desgagnes at 2128 (awaiting dock in Clarkson) - May 14 - Mandarin (Cyp) at 1532 approx - May 15 - Tundra (Cyp) eta 2300 from Hamilton - departed - May 15 - BBC Kibo (Atg) at 1955, Tuvaq W at 1930 and Mandarin (Cyp) at 2315 approx - all eastbound

Hamilton:
arrivals - May 14 - disregard Mandarin (Cyp) at 1532 stopped Port Weller anchorage, Algoma Innovator at 0709 and MTM Rotterdam (HKg) at 0804 - anchored - May 13 - Vitosha (Mlt) at 2030 - May 10 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 2040 - docked - May 12 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1507 and - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 2300 - May 13 Cinnamon (Cyp) at 2210 - May 14 - MTM Rotterdam (HKg) at 0804 - May 15 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0700 - departures - May 14 - Algoma Innovator at 1740 westbound, Erieborg (Nld) at 2244 for Chicago and Tundra (Cyp) at 2052 for the U.K. (stopping Port Weller anchorage)

Bronte:
arrival - May 14 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0948

Clarkson:
arrival - May 15 - Robert S Pierson at 0115 - departed May 15 at 1122

Toronto:
arrivals - docked - May 11 - Flevoborg (Nld) at 1116 - May 12 - Solina (Bhs) at 0330 - departed May 15 - Flevoborg (Nld) at 0004 for Cleveland,

Oshawa:
anchored off the dock - May 13 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey--17) at 1850 - departed anchorage May 14 at 0638 - docked May 14 at 0645 - departed May 13 - Algoma Conveyor at 2225 eastbound

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 16

On 16 May 1894, the SHENANDOAH (wooden propeller freighter, 308 foot, 2,251 gross tons) was launched by J. Davidson (Hull #60) in West Bay City, Michigan. She lasted until 1924, when she was abandoned.

CANADIAN PROSPECTOR passed upbound in the Welland Canal May 16, 1979, with Labrador ore bound for Ashtabula, Ohio. This was her first trip after being reconstructed.

W. R. WOODFORD (Hull#626) was launched May 16, 1908, at West Bay City, Michigan by West Bay City Ship Building Co. for W. A. & M.A. Hawgood. Renamed b.) N.F. LEOPOLD 1911, and c.) E. J. BLOCK in 1943. She was scrapped at Port Colborne, Ontario, arriving in 1998.

IRVIN L. CLYMER departed Superior, Wisconsin, on May 15, 1981, and went to Duluth, Minnesota, to load 11,154 tons of taconite ore for Lorain. On May 16, 1981, having departed Duluth in 35 mph winds and 10-foot seas, the CLYMER began taking on water in her ballast tanks. She returned to Duluth, and was quickly repaired.

On May 16, 1972, in dense fog, the ROBERT HOBSON struck the Peerless Cement dock at Port Huron, Michigan when her bow was caught by the strong current at the mouth of the St. Clair River. Damage to the hull was estimated at to $100,000.

In 1985, the steamer PONTIAC was towed down the Welland Canal by the Mc Keil tugs GLENEVIS, ARGUE MARTIN and STORMONT bound for Quebec City. She would later be scrapped in Spain.

The tug B. W. ALDRICH burned at Ludington, Michigan, on 16 May 1874. The damage was estimated at $5,000 and she was rebuilt.

May 16, 1997 - The BADGER's planned first voyage of 1997 was delayed for one day because of a faulty boiler tube.

E. W. OGLEBAY (steel propeller bulk freighter, 375 foot. 3,666 gross tons) was launched at F. W. Wheeler's yard (Hull #114) at West Bay City, Michigan, on 16 May 1896. She lasted until she stranded on Shot Point, 10 miles east of Marquette, Michigan, on Lake Superior, during a heavy northeast gale and blizzard, on December 8, 1927. Shortly afterwards the hull was gutted by fire and declared a constructive total loss. The hull was removed, partially scrapped, and used as dock at Drummond Island, Michigan.

1905 – The second THOMAS W. PALMER, a composite bulk carrier, collided with HARVARD of the Pittsburgh Steamship Company off Stannard Rock, Lake Superior in dense fog and was nearly cut in two. The crew was able to walk to safety aboard HARVARD before their ship sank.

1919 – D.R. HANNA sank in Lake Huron 6 miles off Thunder Bay Light after a collision with the QUINCY A. SHAW. All hands were saved but the sinking of the grain laden 552-foot freighter was the largest insurance loss on the lakes to that time. The hull has been located upside down in 90 feet of water.

1941 – The Norwegian freighter REINUNGA began Great Lakes visits in 1926 and was forced to spend the winter of 1932-1933 at Dain City along the Welland Canal. The vessel, which dated from 1902, was bombed and sunk by German aircraft as d) KYTHERA at Suda Bay, Crete, on this date in 1941.

1962 – ARGENTEUIL, a former Canadian Coast Guard buoy tender, was rebuilt as a coastal freighter in 1961. It sank in the St. Lawrence near Lauzon, QC, with the loss of 3 lives on this date in 1962.

1975 – MANCHESTER RAPIDO provided a container shuttle service in the Seaway beginning in 1971, went aground off Pasajes, Spain, on March 15, 1975, and then sank. The hull was refloated May 16, 1975, for repairs and a return to service. 1987 – MARIA ANNA SCHULTE first came inland in 1958. It ran aground as e) LUCKY VIRGIN off San Andras Island, Colombia, while en route from Colon, Panama, to Aruba in 1974 and had to be abandoned as a total loss.

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

 

Great Lakes limestone trade up 69 percent in April

5/15 - Cleveland, Ohio – Shipments totaled 2,114,432 net tons, an increase of 69 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings surpassed the month’s 5-year average by 38 percent.

Loadings at U.S. ports totaled 1.8 million tons, an increase of 69 percent. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 289,737 tons, an increase of 64 percent.

Year-to-date the limestone trade stands at 2.4 million tons, an increase of nearly 60 percent from 2018. Shipments from U.S. ports total 2.1 million tons, an increase of 60 percent. The year-to-date total for U.S. ports includes 54,046 tons shipped in March and 214,025 tons loaded in January.

No limestone moved from Canadian quarries during the first quarter, so the April total is also the year-to-date total for Canadian ports.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Cedarglen about to depart Toledo on final trip

5/15 - Cedarglen’s deck crew is now aboard. Her AIS is turned on. She could sail at anytime now. Reports have the Canada Steamship Lines’ vessel going to Montreal, Quebec where she will re-enter layup and be eventually sold for overseas scrapping.

 

Port Reports -  May 15

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Resko arrived Duluth at 07:53 Tuesday morning from Thunder Bay, and moored at the Riverland elevator to load wheat. Michipicoten left port at 12:25 with iron ore pellets from Canadian National. During the evening, Federal Alster topped off her holds at CHS 2 and departed at 19:55. Resko had a departure time of 22:00 listed. In Superior, Algoma Compass departed at 08:30 for Hamilton with a load of ore from Burlington Northern. Stewart J. Cort then shifted to the dock from Port Terminal in Duluth, and spent the rest of the day loading. She is expected to depart early Wednesday morning.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Lee A. Tregurtha departed Two Harbors on the 13th for Indiana Harbor. Roger Blough didn't shift right after the Tregurtha departure because she was loading at North of #2. After the Blough shifted to South of #2 she finished her load and departed on the 14th at 07:39 for Gary. Arriving for South of #2 on the 14th at 08:12 was the Spruceglen. As of 19:30 on the 14th she was still loading for Quebec City. Cason J. Callaway arrived Two Harbors on the 14th at 01:47 for South of #1. She shifted to North of #2 to load pellets and between 08:07-08:39 she shifted to North of #1 to finish loading bft. She hen departed Two Harbors on the 14th at 18:02 for Gary. Due Two Harbors on the 15th is the CSL Assiniboine. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the James R. Barker on the 14th at 00:52 for Cleveland. Also departing Silver Bay for Cleveland on the 14th at 16:26 was the Herbert C. Jackson. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on May 15th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday May 13th: 21:13 Ojibway arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. 22:50 CSL St Laurent departed Viterra A for Montreal. Tuesday May 14th: 0:03 saltie Beatrix departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Liverpool, England. 1:47 Algoma Sault arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 14:26 Algoma Sault departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Detroit. Expected for Wednesday: Algoma Spirit.

St. Marys River
With the Poe Lock closed for maintenance most of the day on Tuesday, the supply boat Ojibway made a rare appearance at the West Pier to deliver supplies to the waiting downbounder Edgar B. Speer. Traffic began moving again in the early evening.

Northern Lake Huron ports
Thessalon:
Tuesday; 7:01 Mississagi arrived to take on a partial load of gravel. At 10:21 she departed for Meldrum Bay.

Meldrum Bay:
Tuesday; 12:01 Mississagi arrived to finish loading with limestone. 7:40 Kaye E Barker went to anchor in the St Marys River at Drummond Island and at 11:13 weighed anchor and proceeded to Meldrum Bay. 19:09 Mississagi departed for Cleveland. 19:14 Kaye E Barker arrived to load.

Port Dolomite:
Tuesday; 13:25 Wilfred Sykes arrived to load. 19:06 Joseph L Block arrived and went to anchor.

Calcite:
Monday; 21:18 Philip R Clarke arrived to load. Tuesday; 6:39 H Lee White arrived to load. 13:01 Philip R Clarke departed and is upbound on the St Marys River. 15:08 The tug Victory and James L Kuber arrived to load limestone.

Stoneport:
Tuesday; 15:30 Olive L Moore arrived to load.

Port Inland:
Tuesday; Joseph L Block arrived to load and at 13:40 departed for Port Dolomite to finish loading.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara arrived in Goderich about 4 am Tuesday to unload grain at the elevators.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
John G Munson-arrived at Detroit Bulk Storage to unload stone. Hon. James L Oberstar-arrived at AK Steel to unload ore. Rt. Hon. Paul J Martin-arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel.

Monroe, MI – Raymond H.
The tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge Delaware arrived at the Michigan Paving and Materials dock to unload asphalt on Tuesday.

Northeast Ohio Ports – Bill Kloss
5/14 arrivals: Mesabi Miner to Cleveland Bulk Terminal. Manitowoc to Cleveland with stone. American Courage on the shuttles. Edwin H. Gott to Conneaut. 5/14 departures: Alpena to Alpena, Calusa Coast to Monroe.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Tuesday May 14 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
docked - May 14 - Qikiqtaaluk W at 0909 from the anchorage - departed - May 14 - Algoscotia at 0908 westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage:
anchored - May 13 - Algosea at 2140 - departed - May 14 Qikiqtaaluk W at 0851 for the dock

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 13 - Victory I (Bhs) passenger ship (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) at 2018 (stopping at wharf 2) - May 14 - Sloman Hermes (Mlt) at 0347, Victory 1 (Bhs) departed wharf 2 at 0830 approx., tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 0954, Baie Comeau at 1500, Radcliffe R Latimer at 1559, Algoma Innovator at 1938,

downbound - May 13 - Algoma Harvester at 1317 (stopped wharf 12) tug Spartan & Spartan II at 1952, Algocanada at 2243 and tug Wilf Seymour & Alouette Spirit at 2304 - May 14 - Mandarin (Cyp) at 0505, Algoma Equinox at 0614, G3 Marquis at 0911, CSL Niagara at 0958, Algoma Transport at 1211, Buffalo fireboat Edward M Cotter and CSL Welland at 1603

Welland Canal docks:
docked - May 7 - Algoma Guardian wharf 16 at 2045 approx. - May 13 - Algonorth stopped wharf 2 at 1550 - May 14 - tug Wilf Seymour & Alouette Spirit at 0145 wharf 13 departed - May 13 - tug Sharon M I & Huron Spirit at 2305 westbound - May 14 - Algonorth at 0040 eastbound

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - May 12 - Tuvaq W (Can) at 1940 - May 13 - BBC Kibo (Atg) at 1955 and Mia Desgagnes at 2128 (awaiting dock in Clarkson) - departed - May 13 - BBC Brazil (Atg) (ex Thorco Copenhagen-16) eastbound - May 14 - Isa (Cyp) at 0140

Hamilton:
arrivals - May 14 - Mandarin (Cyp) at 1532 - anchored - May 4 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0027 - May 7- Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1650 - May 10 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 2040 - May 12 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 1830 - docked - Apr 30 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2310 - May 8 - Vitosha (Mlt) at 1700 - May 11 - Erieborg (Nld) 1949 - May 12 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1507 - departures - May 13 - Algoma Conveyor at 2225 eastbound - May 14 - tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 0646 for the canal,

Bronte:
arrival - May 14 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0948

Clarkson:
departed - May 12 - Algoma Conveyor at 0444 - arrival - May 13 - Robert S Pierson at 1516 (from the anchorage off the dock) - departed May 14 at 0110

Toronto:
arrivals - May 13 - Victory I (Bhs) passenger ship (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) at 0535 and McKeil Spirit at 0558 - docked - May 11 - Flevoborg (Nld) at 1116 - May 12 - Solina (Bhs) at 0330 - departed May 13 - Victory I (Bhs) at 1852 for the canal

Oshawa:
anchored off the dock - May 13 - Helene G (Por) (ex Garganey--17) at 1850 - departed anchorage May 14 at 0638 - docked May 14 at 0645 - departed May 13 - Algoma Conveyor at 2225 eastbound

 

All Great Lakes expected to be higher this summer

5/15 - All the Great Lakes are currently higher than last month and this time last year. The forecast for this summer puts peak water levels at record high levels for some of the Great Lakes. Here's a quick look at how each lake's water level are expected to rise into summer.

Read more and see charts at this link: https://expo.mlive.com/news/g66l-2019/05/5ec77c6d412764/all-great-lakes-expected-to-be-higher-this-summer.html

 

A rising Lake Erie closes streets, ferry, leaves debris

5/15 - Port Clinton, OH – Floodwaters spilling over western Lake Erie's shoreline have swamped streets, shut down ferries and left behind dangerous debris during the past month. Now residents are bracing for more problems.

All the Great Lakes have been rising for several years and now are seeing an increase from winter's melting snow and recent heavy rains.

Lake Erie's water levels are expected to topple records this summer, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake is 26 inches (66 centimeters) over its long-term average.

Storms with high winds this spring already have led to flooding along the Ohio shoreline. High water closed several streets in Port Clinton last week. In April, water spilled over a seawall and cut South Bass Island in half while also temporarily grounding ferries to the island. Homes and businesses also took on water.

Officials at Stone Laboratory, an Ohio State University freshwater research campus on tiny Gibraltar Island, have been watching closely. "We're worried about damage to our facilities, our docks, our vessels," said Chris Winslow, director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory.

The high water levels also are increasing erosion on the shoreline and leaving logs and debris in shallow parts of western Lake Erie. "Boaters in particular need to be acutely aware there may be more logs in the water now," said Scudder Mackey, chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources office of coastal management.

Ferry service to the Lake Erie islands has been affected by both high winds and high water levels, said Billy Market, a co-owner of Miller Boat Line.

"You can't expect people to walk through 2 to 3 feet of water to get to the docks," Market said. "We've got a good month ahead of it. We're struggling through it. It's been a dismal spring."

The Associated Press

 

Pelee Island 'washing away' and nears emergency from high Lake Erie

5/15 - Pelee Island is one strong wind away from a state of emergency. Canada’s southernmost inhabited island is getting hammered by Lake Erie and never got funding for $10 million worth of repairs to the armour stone break walls which protect the island from massive lake flooding.

“If the main road washes away we’ll have no choice but to declare an emergency because we won’t be able to reach the ferry dock or get off the island,” Pelee Island Mayor Ray Durocher said Monday.

The main road is the West Shore Road and the high lake levels have pushed Lake Erie right up to the edge of the road in quite a few places, he said. Council was asking the federal government a year ago for $10 million to fix up to 40 eroded and susceptible spots on the west side but was denied. It has also asked for provincial help.

Part of southwest McCormick Road was closed Sunday because of erosion and workers are clearing away debris that is being pushed on other perimeter roads depending on the wind direction.

“I was talking to one employee this morning and he was saying it’s great that the wind switches direction because the island is washing away equally on all sides,” Durocher said. “We’re experiencing erosion almost on every side of the island depending on which way the wind is blowing.”

The island was originally three islands in the 1800s and is like a big bowl where about 75 per cent of the land is below lake level. The island is still dry in the middle and three pumping stations pump out rain water, he said.

The concern is the high lake level and windy days when powerful waves that are beating up the armour stone, the unprotected shoreline in spots and the perimeter roads that stand between the lake and 235 year-round residents and any of the 100,000 tourists who visit a year.

Conservative Chatham-Kent-Leamington MP Dave Van Kesteren said he’s afraid the island will be flooded by Lake Erie before action is taken. “I hate to say it but it’s almost like we’ve got to see a crisis first and that would be tragic.”

Van Kesteren, who saw the erosion a year ago, said he personally delivered letters updating two federal ministers last week about the needed funding that he had already brought to the federal government’s attention. He reminded them Pelee Island is on the verge of a “major catastrophe.”

Part of the funding would have to come from the province and Van Kesteren said the provincial government needs to take a leading role on the flooding issues that include Point Pelee and Leamington. There needs to be a shoreline strategy, Van Kesteren said.

Chatham-Kent Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls said in an emailed statement Monday that the Conservative provincial government “just created a task force to work immediately on flood mitigation.”

The statement said a key commitment of the government’s Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan is “to undertake a provincial impact assessment to identify where and how extreme weather is impacting Ontario’s communities. Point Pelee and other affected areas in Southwestern Ontario will factor into our continued work on preparation and response to flooding and other emergency situations.”

Lake Erie is expected to continue rising until the summer and the island needs help quickly, Durocher said. Pelee Island has already lost sand and is now losing clay at the shoreline and the waves are crashing on and damaging the perimeter roads.

The lighthouse at Lighthouse Point Provincial Park at the north tip is almost an island “which is a tragedy,” he said. “It’s the second oldest lighthouse in Lake Erie and it’s non accessible now unless you have boots on.”

The community doesn’t have the tax base to pay for half of the $10 million. About a third of the island is owned by the provincial government or the conservation authority. If the island was declared an isolated community, the funding would be different and the community might have a chance to pay for 10 per cent of the cost, Durocher said.

Pelee Island just got its power back about two weeks ago after relying on a giant generator for two months. The power cable at the bottom of the lake needed repairs after a February wind storm.

Windsor Star

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 15

On 15 May 1901, the GILCHRIST (Hull #603) (steel propeller freighter, 356 foot. 3,871 gross tons) was launched at the West Bay City Ship Building Co. in West Bay City, Michigan, for the Gilchrist Transportation Company of Cleveland, Ohio. She lasted until 1943, when she was sunk in a collision on Lake Superior.

On May 15, 1997, the "This Day in History" feature started on this web site.

The PHILIP R. CLARKE, first of the AAA class of vessel, began her maiden voyage from Lorain, Ohio, on this date in 1952.

After extensive renovation at Fraser Shipyard, the IRVIN L. CLYMER departed Superior, Wisconsin on May 15, 1981, and went to Duluth, Minnesota, to load 11,154 tons of taconite ore for Lorain, Ohio.

On May 15, 1971, the STONEFAX was sold and was scrapped at Santander, Spain.

On 15 May 1854, GARDEN CITY (wooden passenger/package side-wheeler, 218 foot, 657 tons, built in 1853, at Buffalo, New York) was sailing from Chicago to the Soo in a storm when she went on Martin Reef, west of Detour, Michigan, and was wrecked. Her passengers were picked up by the steamer QUEEN CITY.

May 15, 1992 -- The BADGER was rededicated and began a new career as a non-railroad carferry.

At 3:30 a.m., 15 May 1874, the tug TAWAS came along side of the schooner ZACH CHANDLER several miles off shore from Sand Beach, Michigan on Lake Huron. The boiler of the TAWAS exploded and she sank. Capt. Robinson, 2nd Engineer Dyson, Firemen Thomas Conners and James McIntyre, and Lookout Dennis Burrow were all on the tug and died in the explosion. The blast tore the CHANDLER's sails and rigging, and caused the death of one of her officers when he was struck on the head by a flying piece of debris. The CHANDLER drifted away in the heavy seas, but returned to pick up five survivors from the water. The TAWAS was built at Vicksburg, Michigan by Myron Williams in 1864. Her dimensions were 95-foot x 18-foot, 6-inches x 8-foot, 6-inches. She carried the two old engines from the tug BLISH, which when new were 11-1/2 inches x 20 inches, but having been bored out several times, were 15 inches x 20 inches at the time of the explosion. Her boiler was built by Mr. Turnbull of Corunna, Ontario.

1907 – SAXON ran aground near Caribou Island, Lake Superior, and dumped about 1,000 tons of ore overboard before being released. The ship went to the Atlantic in 1918 and was scrapped at Copenhagen, Denmark, as c) ANNE JENSEN in 1927.

1923 – PERE MARQUETTE 4 and PERE MARQUETTE 17 collided in fog off Milwaukee and the former sustained severe damage above the waterline and was laid up.

1929 – RALPH BUDD stranded at Saltese Point, near Eagle Harbor, Mich., and was abandoned to the underwriters. The grain-laden vessel was released by Reid and sold to Canadian interests. It was scrapped at Hamilton as b) L.A. McCORQUODALE of the Upper Lakes Shipping fleet in 1966.

1963 – LOBIVIA, WESTMOUNT and ROGERS CITY were in a three-way collision in the St. Clair River at Port Huron but there was only minor damage.

1967 – GOLDEN HIND was loaded with grain when it stranded off Cassidy Point, Lake Erie, and was holed in the forward compartment.

1968 – The stern cabins of HOMER D. WILLIAMS were damaged from a collision with WHEAT KING in the St. Marys River and this ship was repaired at Lorain. The latter vessel received bow damage that was repaired at Port Weller.

1972 – The Dutch freighter COLYTTO first came through the Seaway in 1963 and made 8 trips to the end of 1966. It was swept ashore by a typhoon near the mouth of the Limpopo River off the coast of Mozambique as b) CAPE NERITA on this date in 1972. All on board were rescued but the ship was abandoned on the beach as it was not feasible to dig the ship out by a canal. The nearest road was 25 miles away so the hull was not scrapped either.

1999 – The former sandsucker NIAGARA II was scuttled as an attraction to divers off Tobermory, ON.

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

 

Former Michigan Speaker picked to head Soo Lock expansion job

5/14 - Lansing, MI – It appears that President Donald Trump is very serious about re-building the Soo Locks in the Upper Peninsula. The president has appointed former Republican Speaker of the House Rick Johnson to a yet-to-be-created authority to oversee the project.

For decades the Congress has talked about re-building the Soo Locks to accommodate larger sea going vessels. The locks are viewed as a vital link in the nation's defense system since so much iron ore passes through Lake Superior and Lake Huron.

President Donald Trump has endorsed construction of new locks but some of his critics wonder if he will renege. In the past, the president has supported money to protect the Great Lakes but then he has withdrawn that support.

Former Republican Speaker Rick Johnson was the first Republican in the state to endorse candidate Trump and now he's been tapped by the president as the White House representative on the yet-to-be-named authority to oversee the project.

On the issue of reneging, Johnson claims, "I don't think so based on comments to other people who have been with him. This guy (the president) doesn't do things for political reason; he does thing for the right reason."

The question is how much will this cost Michigan taxpayers?

Former Governor Rick Snyder and lawmakers earmarked $52 million for the state's share. But Mr. Johnson reports, currently the ships that use the locks, don't pay a dime and he's on a mission to change that.

"I sure don't support not charging anything," insists Johnson. "That's not how we're going to get things done."

He's looking for the authority to be announced soon with the project taking perhaps eight years to finish.

WLNS

 

Port of Oswego impacted by high Lake Ontario water levels

5/14 - Oswego, NY – The Port of Oswego is being forced to make emergency repairs because of damage caused by high water levels on Lake Ontario for many months.

The Port is going out to bid on a project to fix the rail embedded road that extends to an overflow storage area nearby. The road was initially damaged they say by high water and waves in 2017 and has worsened over the past several months.

According to Port of Oswego Executive Director William Scriber, the road is built on a gravel and rock base. The continued high waters and waves have washed away the wall between the shore and road so much it is undermining the road itself.

"It's useable but not for heavy traffic, we do grain cars, aluminum cars that weight is not restrictive but when you bring in the heavy projects then it restricts it," he said.

The Army Corp of Engineers has one of those very projects set for July. They plan to bring in 10-14 ton rocks to fix the breakwall which should help stop or slow down high waves from slamming into the Port.

"If we get 20 or 30 mph winds the waves actually breach the dock, splash into the warehouse so that's why we have to do sandbagging dams," Scriber says.

The warehouse close to the water is used for overflow of grains, especially soybeans right now when the main silos become full. These grains need to stay dry.

The waves are also crashing over and seeping into the electric scales used to weigh trucks and rail cars coming in and going out of the Port. The Port is using pumps and drains to try and keep as much water from getting to the scales as possible.

The only benefit of high levels on Lake Ontario Scriber says is that ships can load more material to bring in or take out of the Port of Oswego.

WSYR-TV

 

Port Reports -  May 14

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Michipicoten arrived Duluth at 04:40 Monday morning, and tied up at the Canadian National gravity chutes to wait for her turn at the loading dock. Herbert C. Jackson left port at 05:49 empty after unloading limestone at Hallett #5, and was headed for Silver Bay to load. Cason J. Callaway was inbound at 10:08 with stone for the C. Reiss dock, and Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 11:28 after loading coal at SMET. Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort spent the day loading ore at CN, and were tentatively expected to depart sometime Monday evening. The Callaway was due to depart around midnight for Two Harbors. Also in port were Federal Alster, loading grain at CHS 2, and Stewart J. Cort, tied up at Port Terminal waiting to load at BN. In Superior, CSL Tadoussac departed at 08:13 Monday morning with ore for Nanticoke, and Algoma Discovery arrived from anchor at 08:50 to load at BN. She was expected to depart at 22:00. Algoma Compass was anchored offshore waiting to load after her fleetmate.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle departed Two Harbors on May 12th at 20:09 for Gary. The Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors on the 12th at 20:52 for South of #2. The Speer departed on the 13th at 08:10 for Gary. The Lee A. Tregurtha arrived Two Harbors at 09:27 for South of #2. As of 19:15 on the 13th she was still loading. Arriving Two Harbors on the 13th for North of #2 at 13:26 was the Roger Blough. I believe she took on a partial load at the gravity dock. She will shift once the Tregurtha departs. Due Two Harbors on the 14th are Spruceglen and Cason J. Callaway after unloading limestone at the C. Reiss Dock in Duluth. James R. Barker arrived Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on the 12th at 23:27. As of 19:15 she was still at the dock. Arriving Silver Bay on the 13th at 09:47 was the Herbert C. Jackson after unloading limestone in the Twin Ports. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on May 14th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Monday May 13th: 0:05 CSL St Laurent departed Viterra B and shifted over to Viterra A to load grain. 19:09 saltie Resko departed Richardson Main Terminal for Duluth. Expected late Monday: Ojibway. Expected for Tuesday: Algoma Sault.

Sturgeon Bay, WI – Jim Conlon
Late Saturday the tug/barge Pathfinder/Dorothy Ann arrived at Bayship and the tug Dorothy Ann went into the floating drydock. Three of the Great Lakes big tugs have come in and gone into drydock after starting the season this year.

Northern Lake Huron ports

Calcite:
Monday; 4:25 John G Munson departed for Marine City. 5:36 Manitowoc arrived to load limestone and at 18:53 departed for Cleveland.

Bruce Mines:
Sunday; 23:00 Algoma Enterprise departed for Toledo.

Alpena:
Monday; 6:08 G L Ostrander arrived to load cement products and at 16:51 departed for Milwaukee.

Marine City, MI – Rod Burdick
John G. Munson arrived Monday evening and unloaded at the aggregates dock, her second straight trip.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Olive L Moore/Menominee fueled at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal on Monday

Northeast Ohio Ports – Bill Kloss
5/13 arrivals: American Century, Calumet and Saginaw to Ashtabula.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
5/13 arrivals: Alpena to LaFarge, Sea Eagle to St. Mary's Cement, Calusa Coast to Marathon, Algoma Buffalo to Cargill, American Courage from Ashtabula to Arcelor Mittal. 5/13 departures: Victory/Maumee to Calcite, Sam Laud to Marblehead.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Monday May 13 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - May 13 - Algoscotia at 0406 from the anchorage - departed - May 13 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0309 - departed - May 13 - Algosea at 0349 westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage:
anchored - May 8 - Qikiqtaaluk W (Can) (ex Icdas-11-18) at 0128 May 12 - Algoscotia at 0826 - departed May 13 at 0335 for the dock

Port Colborne anchorage:
anchored - May 12 - Dara Desgagnes at 0513 and NACC Argonaut at 2030 - departed May 13 - Dara Desgagnes at 0709 and NACC Argonaut at 0110 - both for the canal

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 12 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 0503 (stopped wharf 12), Algoma Spirit at 1745, Algoma Buffalo at 2110 and Manitoulin at 2259 - May 13 - Frontenac at 1810 from wharf 13 - down to Port Robinson to turn and head upbound, Victory I (Bhs) passenger ship (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) at 2018 (stopping at wharf 2)

downbound - May 12 - tug Sharon M I & Huron Spirit at 1718 (stopping wharf 16), tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 2016 - May 13 - NACC Argonaut at 0129, Algonorth at 0610, Dara Desgagnes at 0735, BBC Kibo (Atg) at 0940, BBC Brazil (Atg) (ex Thorco Copenhagen-16) at 1010, Frontenac at 1055 from wharf 19E to wharf 13, Baie Comeau at 1207, Algoma Harvester at 1317 (stopped wharf 12) tug Spartan & Spartan II at ____, Algocanada eta 2150 and tug Wilf Seymour & Alouette Spirit eta 2225

Welland Canal docks:
docked - May 7 - Algoma Guardian wharf 16 at 2045 approx. - May 12 - Frontenac arrived wharf 19E at 0830 to unload, tug Sharon M I & Huron Spirit stopped wharf 16 to unload at 1750 - departed - May 13 - Frontenac at 1055 approx. down to wharf 13 arrived at 1230 approx - departed wharf 13 at 1820 approx. westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - May 12 - Isa (Cyp) at 1805 and Tuvaq W (Can) at 1940 - May 13 - BBC Kibo (Atg) at1955, BBC Brazil (Atg) (ex Thorco Copenhagen-16) eta 2120 - departed - May 12 - Floragracht (Nld) at 2350 - May 13 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 0130, Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 0610, BBC Scandinavia (Atg) (ex Rysum-07) at 0615, Sider Bilbao (IOM) at 1840

Hamilton:
arrivals - May 13 - none - anchored - May 4 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0027 - May 7- Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1650 - May 10 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 2040 - May 12 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 1830 - docked - Apr 30 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2310 - May 8 - Vitosha (Mlt) at 1700 - May 11 - Erieborg (Nld) 1949 - May 12 - Algoma Conveyor at 1206 and Federal Bering at 1507 - departure - May 12 - Manitoulin at 2055

Bronte:
arrival - Sarah Desgagnes - anchored off the dock at 2111

Clarkson:
arrival - May 12 - Robert S Pierson at 1613 (anchored off the dock)

Toronto:
arrivals - May 13 - Victory I (Bhs) passenger ship (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) at 0535 and McKeil Spirit at 0558 - docked - May 11 - Flevoborg (Nld) at 1116 - May 12 - Solina (Bhs) at 0330 - departed May 13 - Victory I (Bhs) at 1852 for the canal

Oshawa:
anchored off the dock - May 13 - Algoma Innovator at 0234 and Helene G (Por) (ex Garganey--17) at 1850

 

May 15 deadline for Boatnerd new logo contest

5/14 - As a key part of the recently announced redesign of the Boatnerd.com Web site, readers are being invited to submit designs for a new logo.

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

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

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 14

On 14 May 1881, CITY OF ROME (wooden propeller freighter, 268 foot, 1,908 gross tons) was launched by Thomas Quayle & Sons in Cleveland, Ohio. She was the largest vessel on the Lakes when she was launched. She lasted until 1914, when she burned near Ripley, New York on Lake Erie.

On May 14, 1959, the SHENANGO II and the HERBERT C. JACKSON both entered service. While the vessels have been fleet mates since 1967, the SHENANGO II was built by the Shenango Furnace Company. She operates today as the c.) HON. JAMES L. OBERSTAR, renamed last spring.

On May 14, 1943, the THOMAS WILSON entered service as the first of the sixteen vessels in the "Maritime" class.

The HOCHELAGA's self-unloading boom was installed on the RICHARD REISS, which had lost her boom April 13, 1994, when it collapsed at Fairport, Ohio. The REISS’ replacement boom was installed on May 14, 1994 by Port Weller Drydocks Ltd.

BLACK HAWK (wooden schooner, 98 foot, 178 gross tons) was launched in East Saginaw, Michigan on 14 May 1861. Thomas A. Estes was her builder. She was active until abandoned in the Kinnickinnic River at Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1908. On 13 October 1913, she was filled with flammable material and burned off Milwaukee as a public spectacle for the Perry Centennial Celebration.

On May 14, 1905, the new Anchor Line passenger steamer JUNIATA made her maiden voyage from the yards of the American Shipbuilding Company in Cleveland, Ohio to Detroit, Michigan. Sailing under the command of Capt. Edward J. Martin she left Cleveland at 7:05 in the morning and arrived at Detroit shortly before 4. On board, in addition to several officials of the line was her designer, Frank E. Kirby. Detroiters were treated to the sight of seeing both the JUNIATA and TIONESTA together for the first time as TIONESTA was loading for Duluth, Minnesota when the JUNIATA arrived from Cleveland and tied up alongside her older sister. The JUNIATA later departed for Chicago where her furnishings were installed.

On 14 May 1861, COMET (wooden side-wheeler, 174 foot. 337 gross tons, built in 1848, at Portsmouth, Ontario) collided with the 2-mast wooden schooner EXCHANGE, ten miles off Nine-Mile Point on Lake Ontario. Then an explosion rocked the COMET and she was destroyed by fire 2 or 3 lives were lost, but the survivors reached Simcoe Island in a lifeboat.

Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., May 14, 1900. - The tug W.A. ROOTH of the Great Lakes Towing company fleet was caught between the barge JOHN A. ROEBLING and the steamer HENRY C. FRICK in the American canal last night and sunk. The crew escaped without injury. The tug was towing the barge ROEBLING out of the canal and in some manner got between the ROEBLING and the big steamer FRICK. Her sides were crushed in and she went down immediately in twenty feet of water.

1917 – SAXONA and PENTECOST MITCHELL collided head-on in the St. Marys River near Detour and both ships sank with their bows locked together. The former was refloated and repaired as LAKETON while the latter was also salvaged and remained in the U.S. Steel fleet.

1921 – The barge MIZTEC broke loose of the steamer ZILLAH in a storm and sank with all hands in Lake Superior northeast of Vermilion Point.

1952 – JAMES NORRIS began her sailing career, loading a cargo of grain at Fort William.

1991 – The Yugoslavian bulk carrier MALINSKA ran aground off Main Duck Island, Lake Ontario, while outbound from the Great Lakes with a cargo of steel coils. It was lightered and released. The ship had been a Seaway trader since 1987 and now sails in the Algoma fleet as c) ALGOMA DISCOVERY.

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

 

Tug headed to Montreal for Capt. Henry Jackman scrap tow

5/13 - Expected in Montréal on May 18 is the deep-sea tug VB Hispania . More than likely, she is to pick up the laker ENRY (former Capt. Henry Jackman) to tow her to Aliaga, Turkey.

René Beauchamp

 

Lake St. Clair water jumps one foot; now at record high water levels

5/13 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports Lake St. Clair’s water level went up 12 inches in the past month. This rapid rise in water levels now puts Lake St. Clair four inches higher than it has ever been recorded in May.

The previous May record water level on Lake St. Clair was set in 1986. Note that 1986 had the memorable record flooding, but not until September of 1986. So the water table and water level was already high earlier in 1986.

Lake St. Clair is also 11 inches higher than this time last year. Just in the first 10 days of May, Lake St. Clair’s water level has increased two inches. That’s a lot of water gained in just one third of a month.

Properties near the Lake St. Clair shoreline are vulnerable to flooding due to the record high water levels. And Lake St. Clair’s water level at any spot along the shoreline is highly dependent on wind direction and wind speed.

Strong east, northeast or southeast winds will greatly increase the water level on the Michigan side of Lake St. Clair. Fortunately we are getting out of the season when east-northeast winds can be strong. In May, and especially the summer months, strong northeast winds are rare.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is forecasting Lake St. Clair to go down one inch in the next month. However the Corps of Engineers’ forecast for May water levels was too low by seven inches. The water forecasts tend to use an average rainfall scenario. We all know many times the rain amounts are not near average.

M Live

 

Port Reports -  May 13

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The Duluth harbor saw quite a bit of traffic on Sunday. Edgar B. Speer and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. started the day off, with the former arriving at 06:47 to take a delay at Canadian National berth 6, and the latter entering port at 06:59 for a load of coal from Midwest Energy. Stewart J. Cort made a somewhat rare arrival through the Duluth ship canal on Sunday morning, arriving at 08:45. She backed into the Port Terminal slip, and is waiting her turn to load ore at BN in Superior. Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort were inbound at 11:25 with limestone for Hallett #5. Federal Alster weighed anchor and arrived at 16:59 to load grain at CHS 2, and Edgar B. Speer was outbound at 17:56 for Two Harbors to load. American Spirit spent Sunday loading iron ore pellets at CN, but got underway from the dock during the evening and departed at 20:15. The McCarthy was expected to depart from SMET later in the evening. Interlake fleetmates Paul R. Tregurtha and Herbert C. Jackson were both due Sunday night, the Tregurtha for coal and the Jackson with stone. In Superior, Burns Harbor departed from Burlington Northern at 13:34 after loading ore for two days, and CSL Tadoussac arrived from anchor at 14:25 to load. She should depart mid-morning Monday. Algoma Discovery and Algoma Compass were on the hook and waiting for the dock, with Stewart J. Cort slated to load after them.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
American Integrity departed Two Harbors on May 12th at 07:13 for Indiana Harbor. Presque Isle shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 from 07:23 to 07:58. She did take on a partial load at the gravity dock. As of 19:45 on the 12th Presque Isle was preparing to depart. Due Two Harbors on the 12th is the Edgar B. Speer, after spending most of the day on the 12th at lay-by at East of #6 in Duluth. She departed Duluth early in the evening for Two Harbors on the 12th. Due Two Harbors on the 13th are Lee A. Tregurtha and Roger Blough. Another possibility on the 13th is the Cason J. Callaway. She is due the Twin Ports on the 13th with limestone and she could possibly go to Two Harbors for blast furnace trim and pellets. Two Harbors has been receiving blast furnace trim trains. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay either late on the 12th or early on the 13th is the James R. Barker. Another possibility for Silver Bay on the 13th is the Herbert C. Jackson. She is due the Twin Ports late on the 12th with limestone. Usually after she discharges in the Twin Ports she usually goes to Silver Bay. All times are approximate.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday May 12th: 13:22 Thunder Bay departed Viterra A for Bécancour. 13:43 Tecumseh departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Port Cartier. 14:36 Algoma Niagara departed Superior Elevator for Goderich. 14:46 CSL St Laurent arrived at Viterra B to load grain. 16:39 saltie Beatrix weighed anchor after 3 days in the harbor and proceeded to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 19:47 saltie Resko arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic Sunday included Manadrain early, followed by Edwin H. Gott, CSL Niagara, Algoma Equinox, G3 Marquis, Mesabi Miner and CSL Welland. Upbounders included Cason J. Callaway early, followed by Roger Blough and, after dark, Spruceglen and Ojibway.

Northern Lake Huron ports
Calcite
Sunday May 12th; 3:25 Great Republic departed for Buffington. 12:50 John G. Munson arrived to load limestone.

Bruce Mines
Sunday May 12th; 9:13 Algoma Enterprise arrived to load trap rock.

Port Dolomite
Sunday May 12th; 7:30 John J Boland departed for Erie. 1:39 Undaunted arrived to load. At 11:37 she departed for Grand Haven.

Port Inland
Sunday May 12th; 2:34 Kaye E Barker arrived to load limestone and departed at 15:22 for Muskegon.

Cedarville, MI – Denny Dushane
John J. Boland was expected to arrive on Saturday during the late afternoon to load. The barge Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted were due on Sunday in the early morning hours to load. Joseph L. Block is due on Tuesday in the early afternoon to load.

Port Inland, MI – Denny Dushane
Calumet got a dock and started loading early on Saturday morning. Expected for Sunday was the Kaye E. Barker in the early morning. Joseph L. Block is due on Monday in the late evening to load.

Manitowoc, WI
Candace Elise arrived early Sunday to be loaded with rock headed to Chicago.

Stoneport, MI – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels on Sunday. Due in for Monday is the barge Menominee / tug Olive L. Moore in the early evening. John G. Munson is expected on Tuesday at noon and the barge Pathfinder / tug Dorothy Ann are due for Wednesday in the late evening. There are no vessels currently scheduled for Thursday.

Calcite, MI – Denny Dushane
John G. Munson was expected to arrive on Sunday during the early afternoon to load at the North Dock. Two vessels are expected to arrive for Monday with the first being the Manitowoc in the early morning for the North Dock and the Philip R. Clarke in the late evening hours for the South Dock.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
There were no vessels loading or unloading Sunday.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Herbert C. Jackson arrived on the Saginaw River, early morning on the 10th, to unload at the Wirt Sand and Stone Dock in Essexville. The Jackson completed her unload by late morning and departed for the lake. By mid-afternoon, John J. Boland was inbound on the Saginaw River, calling on the Port Fisher slip to unload at Bay Aggregates. The Boland was outbound late that night.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Iver Bright-arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load/unload. Alpena-arrived at Lafarge to unload cement. Philip R Clarke-arrived at Zug Island to unload ore.

Toledo, OH – Denny Dushane
Algoma Transport is due at the CSX Coal Dock to load on Monday in the early morning. Also due at CSX is the American Mariner during the early morning. The Calumet is due on Tuesday at CSX just after midnight to load. At the Torco Dock, the barge Ashtabula / tug Defiance are due on Wednesday in the early evening. Also due at Torco is the barge Erie Trader / tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort on Thursday in the early morning. Waterfront reports indicate Cedarglen’s deck crew is reporting back May 13, however this will be a one-way trip to Montreal, as she is expected to be retired when she arrives.

Northeast Ohio Ports – Bill Kloss
5/12 arrivals: American Courage to Ashtabula, Olive L. Moore to Fairport Harbor 5/12 departures: H. Lee White from Sandusky.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
5/12 arrivals: Victory/Maumee from Calcite and Sam Laud to the Bulk Terminal for a shuttle.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Sunday May 12 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - May 12 - Algosea at 0030 - departed - May 10 - tug Michigan & Great Lakes out to the anchorage

Long Point Bay anchorage:
anchored - May 8 - Qikiqtaaluk W (Can) (ex Icdas-11-18) at 0128 - May 11 - tug Michigan & Great Lakes departed

Buffalo:
arrival - May 10 - American Mariner at 1748 - departed May 12 at 1349 westbound Port Colborne anchorage:
anchored - May 12 - Dara Desgagnes at 0513 and NACC Argonaut at 2030

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 11 - Harbour Fashion (Por) at 1658 and Algoterra at 2329 - May 12 - Algoma Transport at 0015, Saginaw from wharf 6 at 0050 approx., CSL Assiniboine at 0353, tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 0503, Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 1312 Algoma Spirit at 1745 and Algoma Buffalo at 2110

downbound - May 11 - Whitefish Bay at 1722 Algoma Buffalo at 1828, Tuvaq W at 2055, and Manitoulin at 2109 - May 12 - Isa (Cyp) at 0601, Frontenac at 0815 (stopping wharf 19E), Algoma Innovator at 0933, tug Sharon M I & Huron Spirit at 1718 (stopping wharf 16), tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 2016 and NACC Argonaut eta 2200

Welland Canal docks:
docked - Algoma Guardian wharf 16 at 2045 approx. - May 12 - Frontenac arrived wharf 19E at 0830 to unload, tug Sharon M I & Huron Spirit at 1750 - departed - May 12 - Saginaw from wharf 6 at 0050 approx.,

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - May 9 - Floragracht (Nld) at 0925 - May 11 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 0631 - May 11 - BBC Scandinavia (Atg) (ex Rysum-07) at 1513, Sider Bilbao (IOM) at 1815 and Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1820 and Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 2353 - departed - May 12 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0330, Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1230 approx.,

Hamilton:
arrivals - May 12 - Manitoulin at 1256, Algoma Conveyor at 1206 and Federal Bering at 1507 - anchored - anchored - May 4 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0027 - May 7- Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1650 - May 10 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 2040 -May 12 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 1830 - docked - Apr 30 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2310 - May 8 - Vitosha (Mlt) at 1700 - May 11 - Erieborg (Nld) 1949 - departure - May 12 - Manitoulin at 2055

Bronte:
arrival - Sarah Desgagnes - anchored off the dock at 2111

Clarkson:
arrival - May 11 - Algoma Conveyor at 1651 - May 12 - Robert S Pierson at 1613 (anchored off the dock) - departed May 12 - Algoma Conveyor at 1044

Toronto:
arrivals - May 12 - Solina (Bhs) at 0330 and Algoma Buffalo at 0953 - docked - May 11 - Flevoborg (Nld) at 1116 - departed - May 12 - Algoma Buffalo at 1902 for the canal

Oshawa:
departed - May 12 - NACC Quebec at 0627 eastbound and Federal Bering (Mhl) at 0936 for Hamilton

 

Cruising the Great Lakes: More ships, more passengers, more stops in Cleveland

5/13 - Cleveland, OH – To people who grew up near the Great Lakes, these bodies of water are no big deal. But to the rest of the world, they are extraordinary spaces that invite exploration, says Chris Conlin, president of Great Lakes Cruise Co., a Michigan travel agency that specializes in lake cruises.

Great Lakes cruising has experienced a renaissance in recent years, with new ships added annually and a growing number of passengers sailing the waters every year.

Ports of call, too, have been added and evolved. Cleveland has emerged as a popular destination, set to welcome five different cruise ships in 2019, making at least 35 daylong stops and bringing more than 7,000 passengers to town.

That’s up by more than 300% in two years, according to the Port of Cleveland.

Most of those passengers will arrive on two ships, both with Victory Cruise Lines, a small, highly regarded company founded in 2016. The company was recently purchased by American Queen Steamboat Co., a well-known brand that is expected to expand Victory’s reach.

These are not budget vacations. Victory cruises start at about $6,400 for nine nights. And some newer lines entering the market – including the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, starting in 2020 – will be priced significantly higher.

But cost doesn’t seem to be much of a deterrent for these older, experienced travelers, many of whom are coming from Europe and the western United States, where the Great Lakes are unexplored territory.

“Most people around the world don’t understand how big the Great Lakes are,” said David Lorenz, head of Travel Michigan. He was tapped last year to chair a new international effort, “Cruise the Great Lakes,” to market the region to passengers and cruise lines. “Even people in the United States don’t understand that these bodies of water are like being on the ocean.”

An added bonus of the cruise-ship visitors, according to Lorenz: Many of these travelers may be interested enough in one or more of the ports to make a return trip, for a longer stay.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://expo.cleveland.com/life-and-culture/g66l-2019/05/1da58e9525280/cruising-the-great-lakes-more-ships-more-passengers-more-stops-in-cleveland.html

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 13

The tanker GEMINI (Hull#746) was launched at Orange, Texas by Levingston Ship Building Co. in 1978, for Cleveland Tankers Inc., a subsidiary of Ashland Oil. Renamed b.) ALGOSAR in 2005.

The tanker JUPITER made her maiden voyage May 13, 1976 from Smith's Bluff, Texas loaded with lube oil bound for Marcus Hooks, Penn. She was destroyed after exploding in the Saginaw River on September 16, 1990.

On May 13, 1913, Pittsburgh Steamship's THOMAS F. COLE collided with the barge IRON CITY on Lake St. Clair. The barge was cut in two.

Delivered May 13, 1943, THOMAS WILSON departed under the command of Captain Henry Borgen on her maiden voyage from Lorain, Ohio, bound for Duluth, Minnesota, to load iron ore.

The green-hulled schooner EMMA C. HUTCHINSON was launched at 4 p.m. on 13 May 1873, at the E. Fitzgerald yard in Port Huron. She was the largest vessel built at that yard up to that time. She was named for the wife of Mr. J. T. Hutchinson of Cleveland. Her dimensions were 195foot keel, 215 feet overall, 35 foot beam, 14 foot depth, 736 tons. She cost $55,000. Frank Leighton was her builder and Matthew Finn the master fitter. She was outfitted by Swan's Sons of Cleveland. Her painting was done by Ross & Doty of Port Huron.

On 13 May 1874, the Port Huron Times reported that someone had stolen the schooner ANNIE FAUGHT and that John Hoskins, the owner, was offering a reward for her recovery.

May 13, 1898 - The steamer JOHN ERICSSON, having in tow the barge ALEXANDER HOLLEY, bound down with ore, went aground while making the turn at the dark hole in little Mud Lake. She is on a sand bottom. Tugs and lighters have gone to release her. When the steamer grounded the barge ran into her, damaging the latter's bow and causing a large hole above the water line on the starboard side of the ERICSSON. Both were repaired temporarily.

On 13 May 1871, NORTHERNER (wooden barge, 220 foot, 1,391 gross tons) was launched by Capt. Wescott at Marine City, Michigan. Her master builder was John J. Hill. She was towed to Detroit to be fitted out and there was talk of eventually converting her to a passenger steamer. She remained a barge until 1880, when she was converted to a propeller freighter in Detroit. She lasted until 1892, when she burned at L'anse, Mich.

1914 – The package freight carrier CITY OF OTTAWA was upbound in the Cornwall Canal when it sheered over and struck the downbound S.N. PARENT on the port side at #2 hatch. The former was part of Canada Steamship Lines but was best known as the INDIA of the Anchor Line.

1915 – VALCARTIER and A.W. OSBORNE collided in Lake Huron above Corsica Shoal.

1933 – CALGARIAN, en route from Toronto to Montreal with automobiles and general cargo, stranded at Salmon Point in Lake Ontario, and was refloated two days later. 1943 – The caustic soda tanker DOLOMITE 4 was in and out of the Great Lakes via the New York State Barge Canal system. The vessel was torpedoed and sunk by U-176 off the north coast of Cuba on the date in 1943 as b) NICKELINER.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series, the Detroit Free Press and the Duluth Evening Herald.

 

Port Reports -  May 12

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Mandarin and CSL Niagara departed Duluth in the early morning Saturday, the former with wheat from the Riverland elevator and the latter with iron ore pellets from Canadian National. American Spirit also arrived Saturday morning, and tied up at CN for an ore cargo. She is expected to depart early Sunday morning. Federal Alster remained at anchor outside the harbor, and should arrive on Sunday to load wheat at CHS 2. In Superior, Burns Harbor spent the day Saturday loading ore at BN after arriving on Friday evening, and is tentatively due to depart on Sunday. CSL Tadoussac, Algoma Discovery, and Algoma Compass were all at anchor outside the Superior entry waiting for the dock.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the departure of the Edwin H. Gott at 06:00 on the 11th for Conneaut. Arriving Two Harbors on the 11th at 09:26 was the American Integrity. As of 20:00 she was still loading. Due Two Harbors on the 11th around 21:00 is the Presque Isle. When the Indiana Harbor departed Two Harbors she didn't have an updated AIS. She is headed for Gary. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on the 12th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Mesabi Miner on the 11th at 10:54 for Cleveland. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on May 12th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday May 10th: 22:01 Algoma Harvester departed Superior Elevator for Baie Comeau. Saturday May 11th: 0:04 Tecumseh arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 4:29 Algoma Niagara arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. 16:07 Algoma Equinox departed Richardson Main Terminal for Port Cartier. 17:15 G3 Marquis departed G3 for Quebec City. 17:32 CSL Welland departed Viterra A for Montreal. 17:34 Thunder Bay weighed anchor and returned to Viterra A to resume loading grain. Expected for Sunday: CSL St Laurent and saltie Resko.

St. Marys River
A busy Saturday had several vessels running at reduced speed to avoid a jam up at the locks. Upbounders included CSL St. Laurent, Herbert C. Jackson, Paul R. Tregurtha, Hon. James L. Oberstar, Michipicoten, Resko and James R. Barker. Downbounders included Joseph L. Block, American Century, BBC Brazil, Philip R. Clarke, Algoma Harvester and Indiana Harbor. One unusual departure was the MCM Marine tug Mohawk, towing the dredge Louise and other floating hardware and towing 1,000 feet of dredging pipe. Her destination is unknown. Sunday promises to be a busy day with downbounders.

Cedarville, MI – Denny Dushane
There were no vessel arrivals on Friday. Expected to arrive on Saturday was the John J. Boland in the late morning. Due in on Tuesday, May 14 is the Joseph L. Block in the late morning to load. Wilfred Sykes is due on Saturday, May 18 in the morning to load.

Port Inland, MI – Denny Dushane
Wilfred Sykes was expected to arrive on Friday in the early evening to load. Following the Sykes, Calumet was due late on Friday evening just after midnight early on Saturday morning. Kaye E. Barker is due to arrive on Sunday in the early morning hours. Rounding out the lineup is the barge Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted, also due in on Sunday in the early morning, and they will get the dock upon the Kaye E. Barker's departure.

Milwaukee, WI – Paul Erspamer
Resko departed onto Lake Michigan for Thunder Bay at about 6:40 p.m. Friday. Federal Yukina arrived from Burns Harbor about 6 a.m. Saturday, docking at Terminal 2 in the outer harbor. Dorothy Ann & barge Pathfinder departed northbound onto Lake Michigan at about 10:20 a.m. Saturday. Samuel de Champlain & barge Innovation arrived from Alpena at about 1 p.m. Saturday.

Stoneport, MI – Denny Dushane
Cason J. Callaway loaded on Saturday and was expected to depart around 8 p.m. There are no vessels scheduled for Sunday. Three vessels though are due in for Monday, with the first being the American Courage in the early morning. John G. Munson is due in the late morning and the barge Menominee and tug Olive L. Moore are expected to arrive in the early evening on Monday.

Calcite, MI – Denny Dushane
Michipicoten made a rare visit to Calcite, loading at the South Dock on Saturday. They did not give any departure times from the loading dock. Also expected on Saturday with no arrival time given was the Great Republic for the South Dock. Due in for Sunday is the John G. Munson in the morning for the North Dock. Two vessels round out the line up on Monday with the Manitowoc due in first during the early morning for the North Dock and the Philip R. Clarke in the late evening on Monday for the South Dock.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
There were no vessels loading or unloading Saturday.

Marine City, MI – Rob Burdick
John G. Munson unloaded at the aggregates dock on Saturday.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Spartan/Spartan 2 arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load/unload Saturday afternoon.

Toledo, OH – Denny Dushane
There were no vessel arrivals at the Toledo Docks for Saturday. The saltwater vessel Isa departed after loading a grain cargo upriver at one of the elevators. Three vessels are due at the CSX Coal Dock to load on Monday, May 13, with the first being the Algoma Transport in the early morning, followed by the American Mariner. Calumet is also due at CSX on Monday in the late morning. At the Torco Dock, the barge Ashtabula and tug Defiance are due on Wednesday, May 15 in the early evening and the barge Erie Trader and tug Clyde S. Van Enkevort are also due at Torco on Wednesday, May 15 in the early evening.

Lorain, OH – Drew Leonard
Sharon M I and her barge Huron Spirit, arrived at Jonick Dock & Terminal Friday night at 11:30 p.m., took on a load of fly ash through the night and departed Lorain at noon Saturday afternoon.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Saturday May 11 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - May 11 - tug Michigan & Great Lakes at 1950 from the anchorage and Algosea eta 2340 - docked - departed - - May 10 - Everlast & Norman McLeod at 2300 westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage:
anchored - May 8 - Qikiqtaaluk W (Can) (ex Icdas-11-18)at 0128 - departed May 11 - tug Michigan & Great Lakes at 1926 back into the dock

Buffalo:
arrival - May 10 - American Mariner at 1748

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 10 - Spruceglen at 1628 - May 11 - Algosea at 1017, Harbour Fashion (Por) at 1658, Algoma Transport eta 2320

downbound - May 10 - John D Leitch at 0618 stopped wharf 17, Saginaw at 1452 stopped wharf 16, Jamno (Bhs) at 1606, Algoma Transport at 1937, Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 1832 and Federal Shimanto (Mhl) at 2247 - May 11 - Algoma Conveyor at 0030, BBC Scandinavia (Atg) (ex Rysum-07) at 0516, Robert S Pierson at 1030 from wharf 12, Algoma Spirit at 1058, Sider Bilbao (IOM) (ex Sally Ann C-18) from wharf 6 at 1215 and Jarrett M after assisting the departure, Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1328, Whitefish Bay at 1722 Algoma Buffalo at 1828, Manitoulin at 2100 and Tuvaq W at 2055

Welland Canal docks:
docked - Algoma Guardian wharf 16 at 2045 approx. - May 11 - Saginaw arrived wharf 6 at 1318 - departed - May 11 - Saginaw departed wharf 12 at 1030 and Sider Bilbao (GBr) (ex Sally Ann C-18) from wharf 6 at 1215

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - May 9 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0855 and Floragracht (Nld) at 0925 - May 11 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 0631 - BBC Scandinavia (Atg) (ex Rysum-07) at 1513 Sider Bilbao (IOM) at 1815 and Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1820 departed - May 11 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0100, BBC Tennessee (Atg) (ex Beluga Felicity-11) at 0715, Jamno (Bhs) at 1102, Federal Shimanto (Mhl) at 1530

Hamilton:
arrivals - May 11 - Algoma Transport at 1008, Erieborg (Nld) 1949 - anchored - May 4 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0027 - May 7- Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1650 - docked - Apr 30 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2310 - May 8 - Vitosha (Mlt) at 1700 - May 9 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 2016 - departed - May 10 BBC Tennessee (Atg) at 2302 - May 11 - Algoma Transport at 2019 and Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1635

Bronte:
arrival - Sarah Desgagnes at 2111

Clarkson:
arrival - May 11 - Algoma Conveyor at 1651

Toronto:
arrival - Flevoborg (Nld) at 1116 - departed -May 11 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 0141 and tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1539

Oshawa:
arrival - May 11 - NACC Quebec (Mhl) at 0649 - docked - May 6 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1514

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 12

The CABOT (Hull#649) was launched May 12, 1965, at Lauzon, Quebec by Davie Shipbuilding Ltd., for Gulf Ports Steamship Co. Ltd. (Clarke Steamship Co. Ltd., mgr.). In 1983, the CABOT's stern was attached to the bow section of the NORTHERN VENTURE to create the CANADIAN EXPLORER.

The THOMAS WALTERS, American Shipbuilding, Lorain (Hull#390) entered service on May 12, 1911, with coal from Sandusky, Ohio to Duluth, Minnesota. Renamed b.) FRANK R. DENTON in 1952, she was scrapped at Ashtabula, Ohio in 1984.

The carferry GRAND HAVEN was sold to the West India Fruit & Steamship Co., Norfolk, Virginia on May 12, 1946, and was brought down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, Louisiana for reconditioning before reaching Port Everglades and the Port of Palm Beach, Florida.

On 12 May 1875, the scow-schooner SEA BIRD of Chicago was driven onto the beach a half-mile south of the harbor at Holland, Michigan by a Northeaster. After the storm, she was high and dry on the beach.

The wooden J.S. SEAVERNS stranded near Michipicoten Island on Lake Superior on 12 May 1884. She had been carrying passengers from Chicago to Port Arthur. She was pulled free by a tug, but then sank. She was formerly a steam barge, being built on the bottom of the side-wheel tug JOHN P. WARD in Saugatuck, Michigan in 1880. The WARD dated back to 1857, had burned in 1865, was then rebuilt as a schooner, and in 1880, was finally rebuilt as the SEAVERNS.

1975 – The tug TARA HILL was damaged by a fire set by vandals at New Orleans. This vessel had operated on the Great Lakes as NORTHERN, CHARLES R. RANDLE SR., HELEN HINDMAN, SUSAN HINDMAN and HERBERT A. Lloyds notes “continued existence in doubt” in 1997, but the hull was likely dismantled much earlier.

1978 – PHOTINIA ran aground off Milwaukee in rough seas and the crew was rescued. The ship was refloated but declared a total loss. It was towed to various Lake Michigan ports in the next two years and was eventually dismantled at Kewaunee, Wis., in 1981.

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

 

S.S. Badger sets sail on another season

5/11 - Manitowoc, WI – The S.S. Badger has set sail on another season of transporting people and vehicles from Wisconsin to Michigan. The "Legacy on the Lake" made its first voyage of 2019 Friday. The carferry makes daily trips between Manitowoc, Wis. and Ludington, Mich.

The ferry left Ludington at 9 a.m. and arrived in Manitowoc at noon. It departs Manitowoc and 2 p.m. and arrives in Ludington at 7 p.m.

In 2018, the Badger received upgrades to its facilities on both sides of Lake Michigan. The project received $5 million from the federal government and $4 million in state funding. Some of the funding went to damage caused by the April 2018 blizzard.

The crew did a test run before Friday's voyage. "We tied up safely to the dock with no problem at all and everything is in place and ready to go. We had some great people working on that project over the winter-- some of the best in the business and they completed it on time and have us ready to go," said John Merchant, Commercial and Group Sales with the S.S. Badger.

The S.S. Badger can carry up to 600 passengers and 180 vehicles. The trip takes about four hours. The season wraps up in October.

WBAY

 

Strong grain traffic through Thunder Bay port to start shipping season

5/11 - Thunder Bay, ON – Just under a million tonnes of cargo moved through the Port of Thunder Bay between March 28 and April 30. That was up by a third from the five-year average of 750,000 tonnes and 10 per cent higher than during the same time last year.

A May 10 Thunder Bay Port Authority news release said the number of ocean-going ships arriving in the harbour this spring to load grain is up compared to the opening of the shipping season last year.

Contributing to that trend is the large amount of Western Canadian grain that was arriving by rail for weeks prior to the opening of the navigation season. The authority said “above-average” movement continued into the first week of May, an indicator that grain shipments will likely remain strong through the next month.

The first general cargo of the season was an inbound European steel shipment, which arrived aboard the Federal Margaree, and was railed west to Alberta. On the way out, the ship loaded potash for Belgium.

On the development side, the port authority lands are undergoing a major construction reconfiguration.

Excavation is being done to create new laydown areas for cargo staging and storage, expansion and upgrading of the terminal railway track, and the construction of 50,000-square-foot heated warehouse. Construction of the building is expected to be underway before summer.

The $15-million project is funded by the federal National Trade Corridors Fund, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and the port authority.

Northern Ontario Business

 

Port Reports -  May 11

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Mandarin arrived Duluth at 00:00 on the dot Friday morning, and docked at Riverland Ag to load wheat. Philip R. Clarke finally departed from Canadian National at 10:51 after spending more than two days loading. After her departure, CSL Niagara shifted to the loading dock for her cargo. She was expected to depart at 23:30 Friday night. Federal Alster was on the hook outside the harbor waiting to load at CHS 2. In Superior, American Century departed at 03:53 with a load of iron ore pellets from Burlington Northern. Her fleetmate Burns Harbor was due just before 20:00 Friday night to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
All times are approx. The Joseph L. Block departed Two Harbors on May 10th at 00:29 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors on May 10th at 03:44 was the Indiana Harbor. She departed Two Harbors on May 10th at 15:24. As of 18:45 on the 10th her AIS hadn't been updated. Edwin H. Gott arrived off Two Harbors on May 10th between 10:30-11:00. She got underway at 15:10 and arrived at 16:37. Due Two Harbors on May 11th is the American Integrity. Presque Isle is due Two Harbors on May 11th. Arriving Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on May 10th at 09:45 was the Mesabi Miner. Her AIS had originally been showing a Duluth destination. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on May 11th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Thursday May 9th: 21:29 Algoma Innovator departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Oshawa. Friday May 10th: 10:54 G3 Marquis arrived at G3 to load grain. 12:02 saltie Beatrix departed Richardson Main Terminal and went to anchor. 12:17 Algoma Equinox weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 15:51 Thunder Bay departed Viterra A and went to anchor. 15:58 CSL Welland departed Viterra B and shifted over to Viterra A to load grain. 17:30 BBC Brazil departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Montreal. Expected late Friday: Tecumseh.

Alpena, MI – Ben & Chanda McClain
On Friday two vessels were at Lafarge. The tug Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation arrived overnight to load cement. Great Republic came in to unload coal. Alpena is expected to return Saturday evening.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Ocean Castle departed for Montreal on Friday.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Calusa Coast and barge Delaware-arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Leonard M and barge-arrived at Zug Island to load coke. James R Barker-arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Lee A Tregurtha-arrived at AK Steel to unload ore.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
5/10 arrivals: American Courage to the Bulk Terminal for a shuttle. Algoma Buffalo to Cargill for salt. Robert S. Pierson to Ontario Stone. NACC Argonaut arrived at LaFarge after waiting out river currents. 5/10 departures: Sam Laud to Marblehead.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Friday May 10 - by Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
docked - May 9 - Algoma Conveyor at 0736 and tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 1625 - departed - May 9 - tug Michigan & Great Lakes at 2011 to the anchorage - May 10 - Algoma Conveyor at 2022

Long Point Bay anchorage:
anchored - May 8 - Qikiqtaaluk W (Can) (ex Icdas-11-18)at 0128 - May 9 - tug Michigan & Great Lakes at 2318

Buffalo:
arrival - May 10 - American Mariner at 1748

Port Colborne anchorage:
anchored - May 10 - Saginaw at 0447 (awaiting wharf) - departed at 1432 for the canal

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 10 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0149 and Sprucelgen at 1628

downbound - May 9 - Cuyahoga at 1538, tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at 1611, Algoma Hansa at 1945 and Floragracht (Nld) at 2011 - May 10 - John D Leitch at 0618 stopped wharf 17, Algoma Strongfield at 0656, Saginaw at 1452, Jamno (Bhs) at 1606, Algoma Transport at 1937, Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 1832 and Federal Shimanto (Mhl) eta 2210

Welland Canal docks:
docked - May 7 - Sider Bilbao (GBr) (ex Sally Ann C-18) wharf 6 at 1715 to unload and Algoma Guardian wharf 16 at 2045 approx. - May 9 - Robert S Pierson wharf 12 at 0130 to unload - departed at 2140 - May 10 - John D Leitch wharf 17 at 0751 and Saginaw wharf 12 at 1639

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - May 9 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0610 from Hamilton, Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0855 and Floragracht (Nld) at 0925

Hamilton:
arrival - May 10 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 2016 - anchored - May 4 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0027 - May 7- Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1650 docked - Apr 30 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2310 - May 8 - Vitosha (Mlt) at 1700 - May 9 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 0610, BBC Tennessee (Atg) (ex Beluga Felicity-11) at 0710 - departed - May 9 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0354 and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2343 - May 10 - CSL Assiniboine at 0423, Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0640

Toronto:
arrivals - May 8 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 0720 and tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 2253 - departed - May 10 - McKeil Spirit at 1945 eastbound

Oshawa:
docked - May 6 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1514

Oswego, NY – Ned Goebricher
On Friday, Evans Spirit was loading grain.

 

Windsor Port Authority unveils new direction and new logo

5/11 - Windsor, Ont. – Windsor Port Authority is coming out of its “slumber” with new energy and a new mission to drive the creation of an international integrated transportation hub in Windsor-Essex.

“We are uniquely positioned in that we have this immediate connection to the Midwest American market — the largest consumer market in North America,” Windsor Port Authority CEO Steve Salmons said during a news conference Wednesday morning.

Created in 1999, Port Windsor is one of 18 national ports and receives more than 600 ships, delivers more than 5 million tonnes of cargo to Windsor-Essex and ports throughout the Great Lakes and into Europe — making it the third largest port in Ontario.

“We’re saying, let’s move forward with transportation, let’s move forward with rail, let’s move forward with shipping because it’s right here,” said Salmons. “It’s immediate, we have so many opportunities.”

The development of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project is part of the “spark” for the port’s new direction, he said. “Is the opportunity here for us to take advantage of this great interconnectivity and this enhanced interconnectivity with the Gordie Howe Bridge?” Salmons said. “Is it time now for us to become a major logistics hub for the Midwest, Canada, U.S.?”

The Windsor Port Authority is looking at a bigger leadership role in taking advantage of the opportunities the new bridge could bring.

“Will Gordie Howe Bridge be an economic bypass or an economic lifeline?” Salmons said. “We need to make that decision because we can’t wait for the 2024 opening to decide that we ought to have done something.”

Salmons said developing an international logistics hub in Windsor is a must. According to a post authority news release, thaere has already been consultations with community leadership organizations including the Windsor Economic Development Corporation, Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce and Institute for Border Logistics.

“Collectively, we can pull together the resources and the intelligence and ingenuity that this community is famous for,” Salmons said. “For always renewing itself and always coming forward with the next great idea.”

Port Windsor also unveiled its new logo and slogan — “Prosperity Flows” — on Wednesday.

Salmons said the new logo is more than new graphics but “speaks to who we are” and “why Port Windsor is unique,” the new design represents the connection between Canada and the United States and the various transportation connections. Salmons said many who are unaware of what goes on at Port Windsor can expect a “much more active” port.

“We’re no longer going to be the quiet port on the waterfront in the west end, we’re going to be part of an economic transportation ecosystem in this community.”

Windsor Star

 

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Today in Great Lakes History -  May 11

On May 11, 1953, the HENRY STEINBRENNER went down in Lake Superior near Isle Royale with 17 of her 31 crewmembers. The storm followed an unseasonably warm and humid stretch of weather in northern Minnesota for that time of year, which fueled the storm's fast growth. The high temperature of 87 degrees set in Grand Marais, Minnesota on May 8, 1953, still stands as that town's all-time record high for the month of May, and it is just eight degrees shy of the town's all-time record for any month.

The 144 foot, 3-mast, wooden bark JESSE HOYT was launched at East Saginaw, Michigan, by Smith & Whitney on 11 May 1854. Later in her career, she was converted to a schooner and lasted until 1896, when she sank in Lake Michigan in a collision.

The A. WESTON (wooden steam barge, 164 foot, 511 gross tons) left Mount Clemens, Michigan on her maiden voyage on 11 May 1882. She was built by William Dulac. Her hull was painted black. She was powered by a single 28 inch x 32 inch engine and she was designed for the lumber trade. She was sold Canadian in 1909, and was renamed CONGERCOAL. She lasted until she burned to a total loss at Fair Haven, New York on 10 May 1917.

On 11 May 1886, OSSIFRAGE (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 123 foot, 383 gross tons) was launched by F. W. Wheeler & Co. (Hull #26) at West Bay City, Michigan. She was rebuilt a number of times and ended her days on salt water. While being towed in the Northumberland Strait in the Atlantic Ocean, she struck a shoal and foundered in September 1919.

1934 – KEYBAR ran aground above the Canadian Lock at Sault Ste. Marie and was stuck for 12 hours. Part of the cargo of grain was lightered before the ship floated free. The vessel was scrapped at Port Dalhousie in 1963.

1945 – MOYRA began Great Lakes trading in 1931. It was owned by the Government of Newfoundland when fire broke out in the St. Lawrence east of Quebec City on this date in 1945. The ship was beached off Ile d'Orleans and was heavily damaged. The vessel was rebuilt at Montreal and sold to Norwegian interests as b) HEIKA returning to the Great Lakes in 1953. It also visited as c) MARISCO in 1957 and foundered in the Gulf of Laconia, Greece, while en route from Varna, Bulgaria, to Genoa, Italy, with iron ore on October 20, 1959.

1974 – While outbound in the Cuyahoga River, a fire broke out aboard the GEORGE D. GOBLE. The Kinsman Lines bulk carrier was docked and the blaze was extinguished with about $2,500 in damage.

1987 – LONDON FUSILIER, an SD-14, was a year old when it first came through the Seaway in 1973. Fire broke out in #5 hold while unloading at Hamburg, West Germany, as c) HER LOONG on this date in 1987 resulting in extensive damage. The ship was towed to Valencia, Spain, in July 1987 and scrapped.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. The Detroit Free Press and the Duluth Evening Herald.

 

Assiginack reinstates agreement with S.S. Norisle Steamship Society

5/10 - Manitowaning, Ont. – Following an in camera session of Assiginack council last month, council passed a resolution to reauthorize an agreement between the S.S Norisle Steamship Society and the municipality with the hopes of aiding them in their quest to see the aging vessel refitted at drydock to, hopefully, sail again.

The ‘S.S. Norisle Refit/Restoration Project Agreement’ states that the township agrees to a partnership in support of the Society’s efforts to repurpose and refit the Norisle and is in support of its efforts.

Under responsibilities, it states that the township will provide safe, secure dockage and utility services as well as the manpower and resources of its public works department to assist in dockside maintenance as requested by the Society and will continue to provide general liability insurance for the Norisle and consider the Society as community volunteers for the purpose of extending all existing coverages to include their work on the Norisle.

The agreement goes on to state that the township will issue charitable tax receipts on behalf of the Society for monetary, in-kind and material donations for the project, that it will provide administrative support and that it will apply for financial aid, grants, donations, gifts or other support for the Society as authorized by council resolution.

On the Society’s side, it promises the attainment of repurposing funds and resources will be its sole responsibility and that it is responsible for scheduling, coordinating and overseeing all efforts to repurpose the ship. Lastly, the Society has agreed to present an annual progress report by way of delegation to the council.

The agreement, which has yet to be signed, will end on the third anniversary of its signing, but will renew automatically for another three-year term unless notice is given by either party.

The township has also agreed to transfer ownership of the Norisle to the Society for the sum of $2 within six months of the Norisle entering a refit drydock.

“This gives the Friends (Society) enough time to do what they wanted to do,” said Mayor Dave Ham, a long-time proponent of the Norisle. He admitted that the S.S. Norisle Steamship Society hasn’t had a meeting in almost five years.

Mayor Ham said he believes the Society’s next step will be to revisit its budget to bring the Norisle up to certain standards, noting its deteriorating hull. At one time, the mayor said there was talk of having the hull cut in half and the ship then ‘stretched’ to allow for more staterooms.

“The ultimate wish is to have her removed from the harbor sooner than later,” he added. “It’s got to be moved out of here.”

What to do with the Norisle has been a contentious issue in the Assiginack community for a number of years.

The former mayor and council were sued by the Society after they ended support for the group and sought ways to rid themselves of the vessel. The lawsuit wrapped up last year with a settlement in favor of the municipality.

Also last year, the then-council reached an agreement with the Tobermory Maritime Association for the Norisle, which was to be sunk and used as a dive site just outside of the Fathom Five Marine Park near Tobermory.

The Norisle was one of several hot button issues in last fall’s municipal vote.

Manitoulin Expositor

 

Port Reports -  May 10

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Joseph L. Block departed Duluth at 10:52 Thursday morning with a partial cargo of blast furnace trim from Hallett #5, and headed for Two Harbors to finish loading. Federal Alster arrived at 11:12 and anchored in the harbor for inspections before departing at 14:13 and anchoring outside the harbor. She is waiting to load grain at CHS 2, and should arrive this weekend. Philip R. Clarke spent the day loading ore at Canadian National, and had a tentative departure time of 18:00, but was still at the dock as of 20:00. CSL Niagara was tied up at CN #6 waiting to load after the Clarke. In Superior, American Century was inbound at 12:50 to load iron ore pellets at BN, and is expected to depart early Friday morning.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
The Joseph L. Block arrived Two Harbors on May 9th at 13:19 after unloading limestone in Duluth and loading bft at Hallett #5. She is loading a partial load of pellets at South of #2. Due Two Harbors on May 10th are the Indiana Harbor and the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on May 9th and none scheduled on May 10th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday May 8th: 21:55 Algoma Innovator arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. Thursday May 9th: 0:02 Whitefish Bay departed Viterra A for Montreal. 0:17 Thunder Bay weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load grain. 14:26 Algoma Harvester arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. 16:25 Frontenac departed G3 for Port Colborne. 19:18 Algoma Equinox arrived and went to anchor. 20:42 CSL Welland arrived at Viterra B to load grain. Expected for Friday: Tecumseh.

Green Bay, WI – Paul Erspamer
Alpena arrived in the Fox River about 1 p.m. Thursday with cement from Alpena, Michigan. Calumet was westbound in Northern Lake Michigan Thursday, expected in Green Bay overnight.

Milwaukee, WI – Paul Erspamer
Resko remained at Terminal 2 in Milwaukee's outer harbor on Thursday. G.L. Ostrander & barge Integrity arrived from Sturgeon Bay at about 7 p.m. Thursday.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Ocean Castle remained loading at the grain elevators Thursday. Algoma Sault cleared just before 7 pm with salt for Milwaukee.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Algoma Buffalo unloaded salt at the Motor City Materials dock on Thursday

Monroe, MI – Raymond H.
Walter J McCarthy Jr. and Paul R. Tregurtha unloaded coal at the DTE Energy plant on Thursday.

Northeast Ohio Ports – Bill Kloss
5/9 arrivals: James R. Barker to Ashtabula, Sharon M1 to Marblehead

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
5/9 arrivals: American Courage to ArcelorMittal Steel from Ashtabula, Sam Laud to CBT, NACC Argonaut with cement for Lafarge.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Thursday May 9 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - May 8 - tug Michigan & Great Lakes at 1552 - May 9 - Algoma Conveyor at 0736 and CSL Laurentien at 1012 and tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 1625 - departed - May 9 - Algoma Hansa at 1555, CSL Laurentien at 1945, Long Point Bay anchorage:
anchored - May 8 - Qikiqtaaluk (Can) (ex Icdas-11-18)at 0128 - departed - May 9 - tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 1433 for the dock

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 8 - Robert S Pierson at 1626 (stopped wharf 12), NACC Argonaut at 1823, tug Wilf Seymour & Alouette Spirit at 1931 and tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 2034 - May 9 - BBC Kibo (Atg) at 0448 and CSL St Laurent at 0805

downbound -
May 8 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1945 - May 9 - tug Leo A McArthur & John J Carrick at1611, Cuyahoga at 1538 and Floragracht (Nld) at 2011

Welland Canal docks:
docked - May 7 - Sider Bilbao (GBr) (ex Sally Ann C-18) wharf 6 at 1715 to unload - May 9 - Robert S Pierson wharf 12 at 0130 to unload

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - May 8 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 2040 - departures - May 9 - Miedwie (Bhs) at 0200, Exeborg (Nld) at 1600, Paul A Desgagnes at 1800 and Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 1820 approx - all eastbound

Hamilton:
arrival - May 9 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1011 - anchored - May 4 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0027 - May 7- Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1650 - docked - Apr 30 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2310 - May 7 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 2210 - May 8 - CSL Assiniboine at 1040 and Vitosha (Mlt) at 1700 - May 9 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 0610, BBC Tennessee (Atg) (ex Beluga Felicity-11) at 0710 (from the anchorage) - departed - May 9 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0300 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
arrivals - May 8 - tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 0720 and tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 2253 - May 9 - McKeil Spirit at 1057

Oshawa:
docked - May 6 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1514

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 10

1923 – H.A. ROCK of the Forest City Steamship Co. went aground in Georgian Bay. The vessel was taken to drydock where the plates were removed, re-rolled and put back. The ship was idle May 18 to June 1 and the cost was $13,707.60.

Steamer COLUMBIA (Hull#148) was launched in 1902 by the Detroit Ship Building Co., Wyandotte, Michigan. The steamer was built for day excursions between Detroit and Bob-Lo Island. The vessel has been in lay-up since September 2, 1991 at Nicholson's Terminal.

On May 10, 1981, WILLIAM J. DELANCEY entered service for Interlake Steamship Co. She became the largest vessel on the Great Lakes at that time, and at least in the last 130 years, she has held the honor of being the largest vessel on the Great Lakes longer than any other vessel. Renamed b.) PAUL R TREGURTHA in 1990.

On 10 May 1858, LEMUEL CRAWFORD (3 mast wooden bark, 135 foot, 450 tons, built in 1855, at Black River, Ohio) was carrying wheat from Chicago to Buffalo. She ran into a heavy gale and went out of control near Pelee Passage and struck a reef 1-1/2 miles off East Sister Island in Lake Erie. She began to sink immediately and the 13 onboard scrambled up her masts and lashed themselves to her rigging. After two days, they were finally rescued by the tug R R ELIOTT out of Detroit.

May 10, 1922 - The ANN ARBOR NO 4 ran aground at Green Isle. She was released with no damage.

The first Welland Canal was opened between St. Catharine's and Lake Ontario on 10 May 1828. The first vessel to navigate this route was the schooner WELLAND CANAL. This was a new vessel having been launched at St. Catharines, Ontario on 24 April 1828.

On 10 May 1898, ISAAC LINCOLN (wooden propeller freighter, 134 foot, 376 gross tons) was launched at Anderson's yard in Marine City, Michigan for A. F. Price of Freemont, Michigan and Capt. Egbert of Port Huron, Michigan. She cost $40,000. She lasted until 1931, when she was abandoned.

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

 

Algowood leaves Montreal on scrap tow

5/9 - The tug Diavlos Force departed Montreal early on Wednesday morning with the former Algowood in tow bound for Aliaga, Turkey, and eventual scrapping. They have an ETA of June 10.

Algowood was retired by Algoma Central Corporation at the end of the 2018 shipping season. It arrived in Montreal, QC, for winter lay up and it had its Canadian registration closed on April 12, 2019. Shortly thereafter, Algowood's name was shortened to Gowo in anticipation of the eventual scrap tow to Turkey. The Algowood was built in 1981 at the Collingwood Shipyards in Collingwood, ON.

Next to leave will be the former Capt. Henry Jackman.

Denny Dushane

 

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor wins Partners for Clean Air Industrial Award

5/9 - The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor won the Partners for Clean Air Industrial Award for its voluntary actions to improve air quality in Northwest Indiana last year.

The coalition of Northwest Indiana businesses, local governments, and community groups that works to improve air quality across the Region recently recognized the deepwater port in Burns Harbor and Portage for going beyond regulatory requirements.

“We are extremely honored to receive this award,” Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor Port Director Ian Hirt said. “Operating as a good steward of the environment is integral to our commitment to be a good community neighbor. This award helps emphasize that our pledge to take care of our environment merges with our mission to develop and maintain a world-class port system.”

The Port of Indiana Burns Harbor was honored for a "long-term commitment to environmental stewardship" that's included membership in the self-reporting Green Marine sustainability program, regular meetings with tenants on environmental goals like reducing air emissions, and its ongoing partnership with South Shore Clean Cities to reduce diesel emissions throughout the port.

For instance, the port has lined up grants to buy hybrid vehicles and cleaner-burning diesel engines, and to plant native trees and dune grasses to minimize runoff.

Maritime shipping also is generally considered more beneficial for the environment than other forms of moving goods since a single Great Lakes ship can move as much cargo as 564 rail cars and 2,340 semitrucks, reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

NW Indiana Times

 

Port Reports -  May 9

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Philip R. Clarke arrived Duluth at 01:54 Wednesday morning with limestone to discharge at Hallett #5, and Joseph L. Block was inbound at 05:59 to unload stone at Graymont. Algoma Innovator left port light at 06:52 for Thunder Bay after offloading salt at the C. Reiss dock. Great Republic departed at 08:00 with a load of petroleum coke from Midwest Energy. After unloading, Philip R. Clarke shifted to Canadian National late Wednesday morning to load ore, and Joseph L. Block shifted to Hallett #5 mid-afternoon to load a partial cargo of blast furnace trim. CSL Niagara arrived at 17:25 to load at CN, but dropped anchor in the inner harbor to wait for her turn at the dock. The Clarke was expected to depart at 22:00 Wednesday night. In Superior, Algoma Spirit arrived at 01:27 to load iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern. She was outbound at 14:18 for Hamilton.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Roger Blough departed Two Harbors on May 8th at 02:17 for Gary. The Great Republic made a stop in Two Harbors on the 8th arriving at 06:54 and departing at 09:23. Two Harbors has no scheduled traffic on May 9th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on May 8th and has none scheduled on May 9th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday May 7th: 22:28 Whitefish Bay arrived at Viterra A to load grain. Wednesday May 8th: 8:50 Frontenac arrived at G3 to load grain. 11:41 saltie BBC Brazil arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 20:17 Thunder Bay arrived and went to anchor. Expected late Wednesday: Algoma Innovator. Expected for Thursday: Algoma Harvester, Algoma Equinox and CSL Welland.

Cedarville, MI – Denny Dushane
The barge Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted were expected to arrive in the evening on Tuesday to load. Expected to arrive for Wednesday was the Herbert C. Jackson in the late morning hours. The Kaye E. Barker was also due to arrive on Wednesday in the early evening hours to load.

Port Inland, MI – Denny Dushane
The Manitowoc was expected to arrive on Tuesday in the late afternoon to load. Expected to arrive on Wednesday was the H. Lee White during the evening hours to load. There are no vessels scheduled or expected for Thursday. The Wilfred Sykes rounds out the lineup and they are expected to arrive on Friday in the morning hours to load.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Algoma Niagara was at Indiana Harbor Wednesday night. Fuldaborg and Federal Saguenay were at S. Chicago. Edgar B. Speer is due at Gary early Thursday. Stewart J. Cort is due at Burns Harbor.

Alpena, MI – Ben & Chanda McClain
On Tuesday the tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41 unloaded product at Lafarge. The Alpena loaded cement under the silos at Lafarge on Wednesday. It departed early in the afternoon for Green Bay, WI. Once the Alpena had cleared the channel out in the bay the tug Olive L. Moore and barge Menominee made theor way into port. The pair unloaded cargo at Lafarge.

Stoneport, MI – Denny Dushane
The barge Menominee and tug Olive L. Moore were expected to arrive late on Wednesday evening to load. There are no vessels due in or expected on Thursday. The Herbert C. Jackson is due to arrive on Friday during the early morning hours.

Calcite, MI – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Wednesday and none were due or expected to arrive. Due in though for Thursday is the John J. Boland expected to arrive in the early morning hours for both the North and the South Docks. Two vessels round out the schedule on Friday with the first one being the Great Republic expected to arrive in the late afternoon loading at the South Dock. The John J. Boland returns on Friday in the late evening for the North Dock.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Ocean Castle remained loading at the grain elevators on Wednesday. Algoma Sault continued to load salt.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Iver Bright-arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load/unload. Mississagi-arrived at St. Clair Aggregates to unload stone. American Spirit-arrived at Zug Island to unload ore. Samuel De Champlain/Innovation-ariived at Lafarge to unload cement. Clyde S VanEnkevort/Erie Trader-arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel.

Toledo, OH – Denny Dushane
The barge Maumee and tug Victory were expected to arrive on Wednesday in the early evening hours for the Torco Dock to unload iron ore pellets. Also due at Torco is the barge Ashtabula and tug Defiance expected for Thursday in the late afternoon. Vessels due at the CSX Coal Dock to load are the barge Ashtabula and tug Defiance on Thursday during the very late evening. The Algoma Transport is due at CSX on May 12 during the early evening and the American Mariner is due at CSX on May 13 during the early morning hours. Vessels in port included the saltwater vessel Isa upriver at one of the grain elevators loading a grain cargo. All ETAs though are subject to change due to the recent rain and high water levels along with winds and lakeshore flooding.

Huron, OH – Roger Durfee
In a bit of a surprise, the Calumet visited Huron to offload stone on Tuesday. Many thought that once the reactivated Algoma Compass (ex Adam E Cornelius) departed Huron the book was closed on Huron as an industrial port. The lime plant had closed and since it was the last big industry to get laker loads most figured that was that. Fast forward to 05-07-19, and the Calumet backed in and unloaded at the old lime plant grounds. I noticed a few large cement trucks over there, so maybe there will be a little reprieve for Huron this summer.

Northeast Ohio Ports – Bill Kloss
5/8 arrivals: Cuyahoga to Ashtabula. 5/8 departures: American Courage from Lorain to Ashtabula. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin from Sandusky to Hamilton. Edwin H. Gott from Conneaut to Two Harbors.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
5/8 arrivals: Sam Laud continues on the shuttles for ArcelorMittal Steel. 5/8 departures: Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder with salt to Milwaukee. Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader to Calcite.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Wednesday May 8 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - May 8 - Algoma Hansa at 0942 tug Michigan & Great Lakes at 1552 - departed May 8 - Qikiqtaaluk W (Can) (ex Icdas-11-18) at 0031 out to the anchorage

Long Point Bay anchorage:
anchored - May 8 - Qikiqtaaluk (Can) at 0128, Algoma Conveyor at 0318, tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 1433

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 8 - Algoma Discovery at 0507, Robert S Pierson at 1626, NACC Argonaut at 1823, tug Wilf Seymour & Alouette Spirit at 1931 and tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 2034

downbound -
May 8 - Exeborg (Nld) at 00154, Radcliffe R Latimer at 0638, Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 0719, Tim S Dool 0841, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1945

Welland Canal docks:
docked - May 7 - CCGS Ile St Ours at 1521 (stopped West Street) and Sider Bilbao (GBr) (ex Sally Ann C-18) at 1715 to unload -

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - May 7 - Miedwie (Bhs) at 2144 - May 8 - Jana Desgagnes at 0201, Exeborg (Nld at 1218 and Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 2040 - departures - May 8 (all eastbound) - Esta Desgagnes at 0240, and Jana Desgagnes at 2005 - May 9 - Miedwie (Bhs) at 0200

Hamilton:
arrivals - May 8 - CSL Assiniboine at 1040 and Vitosha (Mlt) at 1700 - anchored - Apr 29 BBC Tennessee (Atg) (ex Beluga Felicity-11) anchored at 1345 - May 4 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0027 and Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 0150 - May 7- Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1915 (from the dock) - docked - Apr 30 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2310 - May 7 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0157, and Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 2210 - departed - May 7 - Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 2115 for Ireland - May 8 - Algoma Discovery 0311 and tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 1535 (both for the canal)

Bronte:
arrival - May 7 - Paul A Desgagnes at 0040 - departed May 8 at 1415 for Port Weller

Clarkson:
arrival - May 8 - Robert S Pierson at 0310 - departed May 8 at 1414 for Port Weller

Mississauga:
arrival - May 6 - Jana Desgagnes at 1350 - departed May 8 at 0017 for Port Weller anchorage

Oshawa:
docked - May 6 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1514

 

New salties expected

5/9 - Within the next 10 days, at least four new saltwater vessels will be arriving in Montreal and making their first inland voyages to Great Lakes destinations.

Among them are the tanker MTM Rotterdam IMO 9477567 registered in Hong Kong and expected in Montreal on May 10 from Karlshamn, Sweden, and heading to Hamilton. Onego Deusto IMO 9399129 registered from the Netherlands is due in Montreal on May 11 from Gibraltar also heading to Hamilton.

Expected in Montreal on May 16 is the tanker Topaz I which is one of two tankers purchased by McKeil Marine IMO number 9508940 and they will be headed to Clarkson, ON. Finally, the Narie, registered in the Bahamas IMO 9767728 is due in Montreal on May 17 from Ijmuiden, Netherlands, for Cleveland. Narie is a sistership to two other identical Polsteam vessels, the Gardno, which first came inland in 2018, and Jamno, which first came inland in 2019 and is presently in the system.

Denny Dushane

 

Crews set out to discover new shipwrecks in National Marine Sanctuary

5/9 - Rogers City, MI – Exploring the unexplored will be the theme over the next two weeks as researchers and marine scientists plan to map three sections of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

The team will deploy an autonomous surface vehicle from the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping in hopes of finding more shipwrecks. One group stays on shore and navigates their autonomous surface vehicle, the ASV BEN (Bathymetric Explorer and Navigator. This device helps map the topography and scan the lake floor.

Research project engineer Val Schmidt watches the data flow in and monitors the ASV BEN as it makes it’s way to the designated zones.

“When everything goes really well, it’s totally boring which is great, and when it doesn’t go well, it gets exciting, which is not so great,” said Schmidt. “It should go just fine. We worked really hard to get here.”

Another group works on board the vessel Storm, acting as a first responder should weather get to extreme or technology fail with the ASV BEN. Marine scientists on the Storm also collect data and relay information back to shore to help in their collecting.

“We have two vessels operating in tandem,” said Erin Heffron, mapping coordinator for the Ocean Exploration Trust. “We keep an eye on things while we are doing the work. We can see what is coming in on the sonar, but then, to actually get the data and dig through it and see what we found, is probably the best part of my day.”

The focus for this two-week exploration are the major shipping routes just off of Rogers City as well as the Thunder Bay River. With much of the area uncharted, the teams hope to bring these historic beacons to light.

“I’m just excited everyday to see what we find, and so, we really have things going pretty smoothly,” said Heffron.

“When we come together and make things work,” said Schmidt. “It is the best feeling ever.”

If you would like to get a look inside the process and technology, head to the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The crew will be mapping the Thunder Bay River during that time. Students and visitors are invited to interact with the visiting hydrographers, surveyors, and other marine scientists.

View images and video at this link: http://www.wbkb11.com/crews-set-out-to-discover-new-shipwrecks-in-thunder-bay-national-marine-sanctuary

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 9

The JOHN J BOLAND (Hull# 417) was launched May 9, 1953 at Manitowoc, Wisconsin by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co. for the American Steamship Co. making way for the keel of the DETROIT EDISON (2) to be laid. The BOLAND was renamed b.) SAGINAW in 1999.

On May 9, 1951 the CLIFFS VICTORY arrived at the South Chicago yard of the American Ship Building Co. completing her 37-day, 3,000 mile journey from Baltimore, Maryland. There her deck houses, stack, masts, deck machinery, rudder and propeller were installed and the floatation pontoons removed.

The ROBERT C. NORTON (2) was laid up on May 9, 1980 for the last time at the Hans Hansen Dock at Toledo, Ohio.

PETER REISS (Hull#522) was launched at Superior, Wisconsin by Superior Ship Building Co., on May 9, 1910 for the North American Steamship Co. (Reiss Coal Co.).

On 9 May 1864, AMAZON (2-mast wooden brig, 93 foot, 172 tons, built in 1837 at Port Huron, Michigan as a schooner) was carrying coal from Cleveland for Lake Superior when she went out of control in a storm just as she was leaving the St. Clair River for Lake Huron. She was driven ashore near Point Edward, Ontario and was broken up by the wave action. At the time of her loss, she was considered the oldest working schooner on the Lakes.

May 9, 1900: The carferry PERE MARQUETTE (15) began carferry service to Milwaukee for the Pere Marquette Railway.

On Friday night, 9 May 1873, the schooner CAPE HORN collided with the new iron propeller JAVA off Long Point on Lake Erie. The schooner sank quickly. The only life lost was that of the cook.

On 09 May 1872, the CUBA (iron propeller bulk freighter, 231 foot, 1526 gross tons) was launched at King Iron Works in Buffalo, New York for the Holt and Ensign Commercial Line. Innovations in her design included water-tight compartments for water ballast, 4 water-tight bulkheads that could be closed if the hull were damaged, and a new fluted signal lamp that could be seen for 13 miles. She was powered by two 350 HP engines. She was a very successful vessel and lasted until 1947 when she was scrapped. She was renamed b.) IONIC in 1906 and c.) MAPLEBRANCH in 1920. Converted to a tanker in 1935. Scrapped at Sorel, Quebec in 1946-7.

1906 – The schooner ARMENIA was wrecked in Lake Erie near Colchester Reef when it began leaking in a storm while under tow of the FRED PABST on the first trip of the season. The ore-laden barge was cut loose but all on board were saved. The wreck was later struck by the CHARLES B. PACKARD on September 16, 1906, leading to the latter's demise.

1926 – While backing from the NHB Elevator in Port Colborne, the JOHN P. REISS struck the A.D. MacBETH at the dock, damaging the latter's stem.

1964 – The small ferries JOHN A. McPHAIL and JAMES CURRAN broke loose while under tow of the G.W. ROGERS and sank in a storm off the mouth of Saginaw Bay. They were en-route to Kingston from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., for a new service to Wolfe Island.

1974 – The coastal freighter ST. PIERRE ran aground in the old Lachine Canal at Montreal, was holed, capsized and sank. The vessel was broken up on location later in the year.

2011 – The Erie, Pa.-based passenger excursion ship VICTORIAN PRINCESS sustained major fire damage when a welding torch ignited materials in the engine room. The ship was out of the water and on blocks for maintenance work when the blaze broke out. The vessel missed the 2011 season.

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

 

Is Hamilton set to become king of the Great Lakes superhighway?

5/8 - Hamilton, Ont. – Is Hamilton about to become the kingpin in a new Great Lakes superhighway, a highway that would move cargo across the great lakes on tankers and freighters?

The epicentre of the marine transportation network would be right at the foot of James Street North in the Hamilton Port Authority building.

In February, the Federal Government announced their intent to amalgamate the Hamilton Port Authority with the Oshawa Port Authority. That change is coming in weeks according to port authority president and CEO Ian Hamilton.

"The Hamilton Port Authority will be dissolved, the Oshawa Port Authority will be dissolved, and a new combined port authority will be created," he says. While that announcement caught many politicians by surprise, it was clear at the Hamilton Port Authority's annual general meeting May 3, that the HPA was pushing the federal government for this amalgamation.

But expansion plans could move beyond the port in Oshawa. Hamilton's port is the biggest on Lake Ontario, and the busiest on the Great Lakes, but HPA has just 50 acres of developable land, according to Hamilton.

So the HPA is also looking at bringing facilities along the Welland Canal into the regional network, and hinted at opportunity in Toronto's port.

More than $3 billion dollars in cargo was handled by the HPA in 2018, the best year in over a decade Hamilton reported at the AGM. Much of the growth comes from the handling of agricultural products as the port continues to diversify its business from heavy reliance on steelmaking.

While the port of Oshawa handles similar cargo, it recently lost $4 million dollars in an arbitration award over a failed ethanol project. Unconcerned about taking on Oshawa's debt, Hamilton says the amalgamation aligns with the HPA vision to build a Great Lakes transportation network, since "the province has no marine strategy."

It's clear the idea resonates at the federal level. Last month a federal committee looking at establishing a Canadian transportation and logistics strategy recommended increased use of the St. Lawrence Seaway, and Welland Canal as a way of moving more goods and reducing trucks on the QEW. The committee report suggested underused federal lands along the Welland Canal could be used for cargo handling as the "Port of Hamilton is at maximum capacity."

While the amalgamation of the Hamilton and Oshawa ports appears to be the beginning of a new marine network, both cities at the municipal level are jockeying for top billing. The City of Hamilton plans to ask the Minister of Transport that the new entity be called the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority, while Oshawa is making the same request in reverse order.

"It's up to the federal government to come up with the name," Hamilton says.

It may not be long before the big letters come off the Hamilton Port Authority building just like they did when the name was changed from the Hamilton Harbour Commissioners. It will be another chapter of Hamilton history that began in 1912, assigned to the scrapbooks.

It's not a change that will bother most people Ian Hamilton believes. "I don't think so, I think people are more concerned that we fulfill our mandate."

The Hamilton Spectator

 

Port Reports -  May 8

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth at 01:25 Tuesday morning with a load of coal for the St. Clair power plant. BBC Scandinavia left port at 08:25 after unloading general cargo at Port Terminal, and had a posted destination of Rogers City. Last to leave was American Mariner, which was outbound at 12:55 after loading grain at General Mills. Algoma Innovator was due at 21:00 Tuesday night with a load of salt for C. Reiss. Great Republic spent the day at Fraser Shipyards receiving repairs, and was tentatively expected to shift to Midwest Energy before midnight to load petroleum coke. The only traffic through the Superior entry on Tuesday was Algoma Transport, which departed at 05:57 for Hamilton with a load of ore pellets from BN.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
John D. Leitch departed Two Harbors on May 6th at 23:17 for Quebec City. The Oberstar shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 and departed on the 7th at 15:38 for Indiana Harbor. Roger Blough arrived Two Harbors on May 7th at 06:57 for North of #2 lay-by. After the Oberstar departed the Blough shifted from 15:40 to 16:04. Two Harbors has no scheduled traffic for May 8th, but the Clarke is due Duluth early on the 8th with limestone. There is a possibility she could end up in Two Harbors after her discharge to load blast furnace trim. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on May 7th and none scheduled on May 8th. An update on the James R. Barker. When she departed Silver Bay she had a Cleveland destination. She's now showing an Ashtabula destination.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday May 7th: 8:41 Saginaw arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 16:30 Algoma Strongfield departed Richardson Main Terminal for Port Cartier. 16:59 saltie Beatrix arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 17:23 Saginaw departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Thorold. 19:54 Ojibway departed Superior Elevator for Windsor. 21:00 saltie Jamno departed Viterra A for Montreal. Expected late Tuesday: Whitefish Bay. Expected for Wednesday: Frontenac, Thunder Bay and saltie BBC Brazil.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Ocean Castle remained loading at the grain elevators on Tuesday. Algoma Sault is expected next to load salt.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Tuesday Arrivals: Herbert C Jackson arrived at Zug Island to unload coal. Kaye E Barker arrived at AK Steel to unload ore. Manitoulin arrived at Motor City Materials to unload salt. Indiana Harbor arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. John G Munson arrived at Carmeuse to unload stone

Northeast Ohio Ports – Bill Kloss
5/7 arrivals: Calumet to Huron and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin to Sandusky for coal at Norfolk Southern. Clyde S. VanEnkevort to the Bulk Terminal in Cleveland. Sam Laud running shuttles to Arcelor Mittal. Calusa Coast to Marathon in Cleveland. Sharon M1 was at Marblehead. American Courage remained in Lorain. 5/7 departures: Samuel deChamplain/Innovation to Detroit. John J. Boland was erroneously reported to Cleveland for a shuttle. She went to Sandusky to load coal and has now departed.

Cleveland, Ohio – Bill Kloss
5/7 arrival: Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder to Cargill to load salt. Clyde S. Vanenkevort/Erie Trader waiting for a birth at the Bulk Terminal. Sam Laud is loading another shuttle. 5/7 departure: Calusa Coast/Delaware to Ojibway.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Tuesday May 7 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - May 7 - Algoma Hansa eta 2300 - docked - May 6 - Qikiqtaaluk W (Can) (ex Icdas-11-18)

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 6 - Algoma Enterprise at 1513, Algoma Equinox at 1742 and light tug Ocean A Gauthier at 2012 (to wharf 1 to assist Blacky (Cyp) when she departs) - May 7 - Algoma Guardian at 0624, Algonova at 0756, Sider Bilbao (GBr) (ex Sally Ann C-18) at 0855 (stopping wharf 6), G3 Marquis at 1244 and Tecumseh at 1331

downbound - May 6 - Isolda (Cyp) at 1259, NACC Argonaut at 1837, Happy River (Nld) at 2203 and Blacky (Cyp) departed wharf 2 at 2315 with tug Ocean A Gauthier assisting out to the breakwall for Hamilton - May 7 - tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 0302, Esta Desgagnes at 0442, Miedwie (Bhs) at 1021, tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1132, Kaministiqua at 1408, Oakglen at 1518, CCGS Ile St Ours at 1521 (stopped West Street) and tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1510

Welland Canal docks:
docked - May 7 - Sider Bilbao (GBr) (ex Sally Ann C-18) at 1715 to unload - departed May 6 - Blacky (Cyp) at 2317 (departed wharf 2) for Hamilton

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - May 7 - East Desgagnes at 1506 and Miedwie (Bhs) eta 2112

Hamilton:
arrivals - May 7 - Algoma Discovery at 0030, Blacky (Cyp) at 0157 from wharf 2 at Port Weller, tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 1651 - anchored - Apr 29 BBC Tennessee (Atg) (ex Beluga Felicity-11) anchored at 1345 - May 3 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 1410 - May 4 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0027 and Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 0150- May 7 - Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1915 (from the dock) - docked - Apr 30 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2310 - May 4 - Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 2225 - departures - May 7 - Algoma Conveyor at 0029, G3 Marquis at 1054, Eider ii (Atg) at 1436 eastbound

Bronte:
arrival - May 7 - Paul A Desgagnes at 0040

Clarkson:
arrival - May 6 - Robert S Pierson at 1811 - departed May 7 at 0305 eastbound

Mississauga:
arrival - May 6 - Jana Desgagnes at 1350

Oshawa:
arrival - May 7 - Happy River (Nld) at 0922 - docked - May 6 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1514 - departed May 7 - Happy River (Nld) at 2002 eastbound

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed about 13:30 Tuesday, in ballast, for Picton, Ont.

 

High water: Lake Ontario communities prepare for ‘worse-case scenario’

5/8 - Communities along Lake Ontario’s southern and eastern shores are continuing in a “worst-case scenario” mode this week, piling up sandbags and taking other preventative measures in anticipation of flooding that could come as early as this weekend.

Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that a recent meeting with the International Joint Commission about the lake’s high water levels was “unsatisfactory.” The governor remained critical of the bi-national agency’s handling of the situation and its Plan 2014 management plan for handling the lake’s water levels.

He also criticized the IJC’s failure to appoint former state Assemblywoman Jane Corwin to represent New York’s interests on the panel.

At this point, the lake level is at 247.77 feet, about 5 ½ inches below this date in 2017 when waters kept rising and extensive flooding resulted afterward. As far as water releases at the Moses-Saunders Dam on the St. Lawrence River, which controls the lake’s water level, at 1 a.m. today it was increased to 7,000 cubic meters per second.

“It’s been ramping up gradually since April 26 when it was 5,600 cubic meters per second, said Frank Bevacqua, an IJC spokesman. “Yesterday it was 6,800 cubic meters per second.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is predicting that Lake Ontario could rise as much as 11 inches in the next month, according to a May 3 report.

Is that a certainty? Not really. It’s a best guess estimate based on several factors –the biggest being the amount of precipation in the Great Lakes, the Lake Ontario and the Ottawa River watersheds in the coming month, according to Andrew Kornacki, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Historical data of rainfall for this time of year is also considered.

The amount of rainfall in the Great Lakes and Lake Ontario watersheds will determine how much water will pour into the lake. Precipitation levels in the Ottawa River Watershed will play a big part in how much water can be released at the Moses-Saunders Dam on the St. Lawrence River so has not to further negatively affect the Canadian communities downstream (particularly Montreal,) which are already experiencing flooding.

Read more at this link: https://www.newyorkupstate.com/outdoors/2019/05/high-water-lake-ontario-communities-prepare-for-worse-case-scenario.html

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 8

The 1,000-foot COLUMBIA STAR was christened May 8, 1981, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, for Columbia Transportation Div., Oglebay Norton Co.

EDGAR B. SPEER (Hull#908) was launched May 8, 1980, at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. for Connecticut Bank & Trust Co. (U.S. Steel Corp., mgr.), after long delay because of labor strife.

FRED R. WHITE JR was christened May 8, 1979, named for Oglebay Norton's then vice-chairman of the board.

On May 8, 1979, the ASHLAND struck the north entry pier of the Duluth Ship Canal while outbound loaded. Thick ice blowing in from Lake Superior had interfered with her maneuverability. She dropped her anchor to lessen the impact but drifted over the flukes ripping a two by five foot hole in her bottom port side forward. She was inspected and repaired at the Duluth Port Terminal. One anchor was lost.

CHAMPLAIN's starboard side was damaged when she sideswiped the Swedish steamer BROLAND near the lower end of the St. Clair River cut-off, May 8, 1963.

May 8. 1936 – The Pere Marquette Railway Co. announced plans to construct a new $1 million ferry dock at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The 3-masted wooden schooner FRANK C. LEIGHTON was launched at 10:30 a.m. on 8 May 1875, at Dunford & Leighton's yard in Port Huron, eight months after work on her began. She was launched complete except for her mizzen mast, which was just about ready to go in position. She was named for Capt. Leighton's son. Her dimensions were 138 foot keel, 145 foot overall, 26 foot beam and 12 foot depth. She cost $20,000 and was owned by Dunford & Leighton.

The 254-foot wooden freighter AMAZON was launched at A. A. Turner's yard at Trenton, Michigan, on 8 May 1873.

On 08 May 1929, GEORGE W. PARKER wooden propeller sandsucker, 105 foot, 143 gross tons, built in 1903, at Marine City, Michigan by A. Anderson for Fishback Plaster Co., formerly a.) L. G. POWELL) was destroyed by fire and sank in the channel 6 miles south of Algonac, Michigan. Her crew escaped in the yawl.

1916: S.R. KIRBY was downbound in a Lake Superior storm when it was struck by two huge waves, broke its back and foundered. The composite hulled freighter sank quickly and only two of the 22 on board survived.

1918: The Norwegian freighter POLLUX came to the Great Lakes in 1907. It was torpedoed as b) DUX by U-54 about 7 miles northwest of Godrevy Lighthouse while carrying coal from Swansea, UK to LaRochelle, France.

1934: The hull of the first CANADOC was punctured when the ship went hard aground at St. Joseph's Island. The vessel was later freed, drydocked and repaired.

1938: JAMES B. FOOTE hit a dock at Chicago, under tow of the tug KANSAS, while loaded with corn for Sorel. The rudder, stock and a propeller blade were lost.

1942: The Hall Corp. canaller MONT LOUIS was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean by U-162 with the loss of 13 lives. Only 8 survived by clinging to the wreckage. The ship was carrying bauxite from Dutch Guiana to Trinidad when it was attacked and it sank so quickly that the lifeboats could not be launched. 1949: E.C. COLLINS and HENRY FORD II were in a collision in the St.Clair River.

1967 ELIN HOPE had been chartered to the Ontario Paper Company to carry newsprint from Baie Comeau to New York from 1950 to 1953. The ship came to the Great Lakes as b) PROCYON in 1961 and arrived at Madras, India, as c) KR ASHOK with the cargo of coal on fire on this date in 1967. The vessel settled on the bottom during firefighting operations. It was refloated May 19 and eventually scrapped at Madras in 1968.

1978: The third OUTARDE went aground in the St. Lawrence near Buoy 41-M and was not released until May 16. There was only minor damage to the ship.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history.

 

Algoma places order for Equinox bulker in China

5/7 - Canadian shipping company Algoma Central Corporation has exercised an option to build a new Equinox Class bulker in China. The Seawaymax gearless vessel was ordered from Yangzijiang Shipyard and is scheduled to arrive in Canada for the 2021 navigation season.

The option carries a price of USD 38 million and was exercised subsequent to the first quarter of 2019, the company said in its financial report for the period.

For the three months ended March 31, 2019, Algoma Central Corporation delivered an increase of 19% in revenue, reaching CAD 71,853, mainly as a result of high customer demand and the addition of one vessel in the product tanker segment, and full fleet utilization in the ocean self-unloader segment.

Net loss for the first quarter of 2019 expanded to CAD 22,800 from CAD 9,142 reported a year earlier, mainly due to a foreign currency loss in 2019 versus a gain reported in 2018 and higher lay-up and dry-dock expenses in 2019 than in the prior year.

 

New forecast: Lake Superior to set all time high for May, June, July

5/7 - The latest Great Lakes water level forecast has just been released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Lake Superior’s water levels are now expected to hit record levels this month.

The newest forecast has increased Lake Superior’s water level forecast by three inches from the forecast one month ago. This is the increase in the water level for May on Lake Superior. Lake Superior’s water level forecast has also been increased two inches for June, July and August 2019.

When Lake Superior rises three inches in May, the water level will tie the previous May water level on Lake Superior set back in 1986. Lake Superior is then projected to rise another two inches in June and be two inches above the all-time June water level. The record June water level on Lake Superior was also set in 1986.

Lake Superior is forecast to continue higher than it has ever been in July 2019, tracking two inches above the July record level. The water is then forecast to level off in August and stand tied at the highest water level ever recorded for any month. Lake Superior’s water level this coming August is most likely going to stand right at the highest level ever recorded for any month, which was August 1952.

The forecast above is using the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers “most probable” forecast, the green dashed line. If precipitation should be extremely heavy, the water levels could be as high as anywhere in the red shaded cone.

That means there is a chance Lake Superior could rise as high as four inches higher than any recorded level. Water level records go back to 1918.

The record water levels on Lake Superior will create coastal erosion, which will be enhanced during times of strong winds from large-scale storm systems.

Read more plus view charts at this link: https://www.mlive.com/weather/2019/05/new-forecast-lake-superior-to-set-all-time-high-for-may-june-july.html

 

Port Reports -  May 7

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
BBC Scandinavia arrived Duluth at 00:21 Monday morning to discharge general cargo at Port Terminal. Presque Isle left port at 04:10 with a load of ore from Canadian National, and Great Republic was inbound at 05:26 with limestone for Hallett #5. American Integrity departed at 09:05 after loading coal, and then Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 12:24 to load at Midwest Energy. Great Republic finished unloading around 16:00 Monday afternoon and shifted over to Fraser Shipyards for a repair of some sort. She is expected to load petroleum coke at SMET on Tuesday. Also in port was American Mariner, taking on grain at General Mills. In Superior, CSL Laurentien departed at 02:35 with a load of ore for Nanticoke, and Stewart J. Cort arrived at 02:50. She loaded at Burlington Northern throughout the morning before departing at 12:17. Algoma Transport backed into the Superior entry at 17:45 Monday evening, and tied up at BN to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
American Spirit departed Two Harbors on May 5th at 23:45 for Zug Island. All times are approx. Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors on the 6th at 00:09 for South of #2. She departed on the 6th at 10:50 for Gary. The John D. Leitch, that had been stopped off Two Harbors, got underway at 11:00 and arrived the breakwall at 11:10 for South of #2. Arriving Two Harbors on May 6th at 16:48 for North of #2 lay-by was the Hon. James L. Oberstar. Due Two Harbors on May 7th in the a.m. is the Roger Blough. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the James R. Barker on May 6th at 05:36. As of 19:30 on the 6th she continued to load. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on May 7th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Monday May 6th: 3:47 Algoma Strongfield arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 5:07 Cuyahoga departed Thunder Bay Terminals downbound. 19:12 Ojibway arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. Expected for Tuesday: Saginaw, Frontenac, Whitefish Bay and saltie Beatrix.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator was loading salt on Sunday. Saltie Ocean Castle was loading at elevators Monday. She as built in 2005 as Federal Mattawa; her name was changed in 2015.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Monday Arrivals: Samuel De Champlain/Innovation-arrived at Lafarge to unload cement. Alpena-arrived at Lafarge to unload cement. Tug Capt. Keith arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal. Iver Bright arrived at the Buckeye Terminal to unload petroleum products. CSL Tadoussac arrived at St. Marys Cement to unload clinker. Cason J Callaway arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel.

Northeast Ohio Ports – Bill Kloss
5/5 arrivals: Cason J. Callaway to LaFarge in Lorain. John J. Boland to Ashtabula. 5/6 arrivals: American Courage to Lorain. Sam Laud to ArcelorMittal in Cleveland with a shuttle. Indiana Harbor and Edwin H. Gott to Conneaut. 5/6 departures: Cason J. Callawy to Port Inland. John J. Boland from Ashtabula to Cleveland with a shuttle.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
5/6 arrivals: Samuel de Champlain / Innovation to LaFarge and Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder to ArcelorMittal steel.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Monday May 6 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - May 6 - Qikiqtaaluk W (Can) (ex Icdas-11-18) Tuvaq W (Can) (San Pietro-18, Bering-13) 0644 - May 6 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0039 - departed May 5 - Esta Desgagnes at 2300 westbound - May 6 - Tuvaq W (Can) at 0341 and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0039 - both westbound

Buffalo:
arrival - May 5 - NACC Argonaut at 1509 - departed May 6 at 1709 for the canal

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 5 - NACC Argonaut at 0048, Blacky (Cyp) at 0300 (stopped wharf 2 unloading), CSL Tadoussac, (Qikiqtaaluk (ex Icdas-11-18) at 1523, tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 1930, Mandarin (Cyp) at 1940 - May 6 - Algoma Harvester at 0026, Manitoulin at 0623, Algoma Sault at 0712, CSL Welland at 1001, Algoma Enterprise at 1513, Algoma Equinox at 1742 and light tug Ocean A Gauthier at 2012 (to wharf 1 to assist Blacky (Cyp) when she departs)

downbound -
May 6 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 0218, Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 0247, Lyulin (Mlt) at 0746, Algoma Discovery at 1217, Isolda (Cyp) at 1259, NACC Argonaut at 1837 and Happy River (Nld) eta 2125

Welland Canal docks:
docked - May 5 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0331 (stopped wharf 2 to unload)

Hamilton:
arrivals - Algoma Conveyor at 0410 - anchored - Apr 29 BBC Tennessee (Atg) (ex Beluga Felicity-11) anchored at 1345 - May 3 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 1410 - May 4 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0027 and Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 0150 - docked - Apr 29 - Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1015 - Apr 30 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2310 - May 4 - Eider ii (Atg) at 0104, Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 2225 - May 5 - G3 Marquis at 1545 -- departures - May 6 - Algoma Sault at 0437 and Algoma Equinox at 1556

Bronte:
arrival - May 6 - Paul A Desgagnes eta 2230

Clarkson:
arrival - May 6 - Robert S Pierson at 1811

Mississauga:
arrival - May 6 - Jana Desgagnes at 1350

Oshawa:
arrival - May 6 Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1514

 

National Museum now open seven days a week

5/7 - Toledo, OH – The National Museum of the Great Lakes announced their tourist season schedule, open seven days a week through October 31, 2019.

"We are normally closed on Mondays, but not a Monday goes by when someone knocks on the door looking to visit the museum. Last year during the tourist season we decided to stay open seven days a week to see if it would work financially and the response was fantastic,” said Christopher Gillcrist, Executive Director of the museum.

The National Museum of the Great Lakes is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information on the museum and its programs visit www.inlandseas.org.

 

LaMarre named to federal maritime panel

5/7 - Monroe, MI – Port of Monroe Director Paul C. LaMarre III has been appointed to the Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee. The two-year appointment was made by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao last month.

The panel provides advice and recommendations to the secretary of transportation on matters relating to the U. S. maritime transportation and its integration into other aspects of the country’s transportation system.

It’s composed of up to 30 leaders from commercial transportation firms, port and water stakeholders, labor, and federal, state and local public entities.

LaMarre, who has been port director since July, 2012, was supported in the appointment by U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, and U. S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich.

“Given Paul’s extensive work experience and military background, he is extremely well qualified and understands the complex issues surrounding maritime transportation,” said Walberg.

“The Great Lakes maritime industry is an important driver of good-paying jobs and economic growth, and I look forward to continuing to work with Paul to advocate for our state and region,” he said.

Peters, too, praised LaMarre. “From his service as a U.S. Navy pilot to his superb management of the Port of Monroe, Paul LaMarre is a distinguished representative of Michigan’s rich maritime heritage,” said Peters.

″(He will be) a key voice on the federal level for the Great Lakes’ ports and waterways,” he said.

LaMarre called the appointment “a humbling honor.” He praised both lawmakers’ support of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway system shipping and its maritime industry. He called their work “priceless to us.”

LaMarre called the Great Lakes sustainability “industrially and environmentally at the foundation of the Port of Monroe’s continued growth and resilience.”

Monroe Evening News

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 7

ALGOPORT (Hull#217) was launched at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., May 7, 1979 for Algoma Central Railway.

HUTCHCLIFFE HALL entered service on May 7, 1954.

A.M. BYERS (Hull#448) was launched May 7, 1910 at Cleveland, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. for the North American Steamship Co. (R.A. Williams, mgr.). Renamed b.) CLEMENS A. REISS in 1959 and c.) JACK WIRT in 1970.

May 7, 1903 - The Benton Harbor, Coloma & Paw Paw Lake Railway was purchased by the Pere Marquette Railroad.

May 7, 1929 - The Pere Marquette notified Ludington it was interested in buying the frontage on Pere Marquette Lake that had been used by the Monroe Body Company. The city council asked $25,000 for the property, and the railroad agreed. Work on the No. 3 slip began a few months later.

On 7 May 1874, the schooner JENNIE MATHEWS was launched at Hardison's yard in Port Huron, Michigan. The launch started very slowly but with the help of men pulling on ropes, the vessel slid into the Black River nicely. Her first skipper was Capt. McGifford and her owner was Mr. Hardison. On 07 May 1954, official ground-breaking ceremonies were held for the Mackinac Bridge. It was completed three and a half years later.

1891: The new Canadian Pacific steamer MANITOBA, although built in 1889, had been laid up due to a recession and finally sailed on her maiden voyage on this date in 1891.

1935: A fire aboard ALEXANDER LESLIE at the port of Erieau, Ont., killed one member of the crew and injured two others.

1965: CEDARVILLE and TOPDALSFJORD collided in fog in the Straits of Mackinac. Ten lives were lost when the former, a self-unloader in the Bradley fleet, sank. The latter, a Norwegian freighter, had been a Seaway trader since 1960. Later, on May 11, 1984, as d) JIN XIAN QUAN, it sank the SEA CARRIER, another former Seaway trader as SVANEFJELL, in the Strait of Formosa off Taishan Island. TOPDALSFJORD was last noted as e) CHANGHI and was deleted from Lloyd's Register in 2005.

1998: CANADIAN ENTERPRISE loaded a record 32,366 tons of road salt at Goderich for delivery to Milwaukee.

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

 

After long lay up at Toronto, tall ship Caledonia Boston bound

5/6 - The tall ship Caledonia, once an aspiring part of Halifax's waterfront scene, is on the move again after several years languishing in Toronto.

On Saturday morning May 4, it left in tow of the tugs Salvage Monarch and Radium Yellowknife for the St. Lawrence Seaway. Once clear of the locks it will have to be handed over to some more capable tug for the trip to Boston.

The ship has a long and varied history, including various visits to Halifax.

Built in 1947 by the famed Cook, Welton and Gemmell in Beverly, England it was a steam-powered trawler named Akurey working for a variety of Icelandic owners and the Icelandic government. In 1967, new Norwegian owners renamed it Akeroy, a name it carried until 1968 when it became Petrel, working as a seismic vessel. It was also converted to diesel power with a 1500 bhp KHD engine.

Techno-Navigation Ltée of Quebec City acquired the ship in 1976, renaming it Petrel V and converting it for research in 1977. It was then hired out to various organizations, including Dalhousie University in Halifax. Based in Lunenburg it engaged in fisheries research in co-operation with several other universities and fishing companies.

In 2000, Cape Harrison Marine of Newfoundland acquired the ship, renamed it Cape Harrison, and it continued doing research work, some for the offshore oil industry. They modified the ship in several small ways, such as removing the cargo booms and installing a starboard side gantry, removing the large lifeboats and clearing off the after deck.

In 2002 Canadian Sailing Expeditions of Halifax bought the ship, renamed it Caledonia, and began its conversion to a sailing vessel. In December of that year it was moved to Hamilton, ON. A major fire while at Heddle Marine's shipyard delayed completion. The ship was back in Halifax in September 2003 for a ceremonial arrival under sail the next day, although the below deck accommodation work was incomplete. Surviving hurricane damage, and another fire, work continued off and on back in Hamilton, returning to Halifax in 2007, with the work finally complete in 2008.

Unfortunately costs increased and what was estimated at $8.5mn ended up at $9.6mn and the owners were forced into creditor protection and eventual bankruptcy. Caterpillar Financial Services ended up as owners, with the previous owners as operators, but they were unable to sell the ship or mount a regular cruising schedule.

In November 2012 the ship returned to the Great Lakes and although it may have operated for a time, it was laid up in Toronto. Recently the price was reduced to $1,499,000.

In March a Boston based restaurateur, Navy Yard Hospitality, negotiated purchase as part of a redevelopment plan for the old Boston Navy Yard in Charleston. So far they have a temporary license to moor the ship in the Navy Yard as a "raw bar" from May to October. From press reports it seems that the ship will not be used for passenger work even though it is fully equipped and qualified under SOLAS regs to sail with 70 passengers and 21 crew.

Sailing ships are notoriously difficult to tow - bow sprits tend to get in the way, among other things - and neophyte owners do not add value to the exercise. A riding crew would seem to be essential, certainly in confined waters. I will be following the tow as much as possible, remotely.

Mac Mackay

 

Port Reports -  May 6

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Presque Isle arrived Duluth at 06:03 Sunday morning to load iron ore at Canadian National. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was outbound at 14:11 with coal from Midwest Energy, and American Mariner arrived at 15:15 to discharge limestone at Graymont. American Integrity was due at 21:15 to load at SMET. In Superior, CSL Laurentien arrived at 13:10 Sunday to load iron ore pellets at BN. She was expected to depart early Monday morning.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Radcliffe R. Latimer departed Two Harbors on May 5th at 08:24 for Quebec City. Arriving Two Harbors on May 5th at 14:20 for South of #2 was the American Spirit. Due Two Harbors late on the 5th is the Edgar B. Speer. Due Two Harbors on May 6th are the John D. Leitch and the Hon. James L. Oberstar. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader on May 4th at 23:45 for Cleveland. Due Silver Bay on May 6th is the James R. Barker.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday May 5th: 6:14 Cuyahoga arrived and went to anchor. 13:53 saltie Jamno arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 16:42 Cuyahoga weighed anchor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 17:43 Tim S Dool departed Superior Elevator downbound. Expected for Monday: Algoma Strongfield and Ojibway.

Northern Lake Huron

Midland:
Sunday: 0:12 Frontenac arrived to unload wheat at ADM.

McGregor Bay:
Saturday; 16:19 Samuel De Champlain departed for Alpena.

Meldrum Bay:
Saturday; 17:28 Cason J Callaway departed for Lorraine. Thunder Bay arrived to load.

Thessalon:
Saturday; 17:19 Algoma Buffalo departed for Windsor.

Bruce Mines:
Saturday; 22:38 Manitowoc departed for Calumet .

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

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Sunday Arrivals: Leonard M and barge-arrived at Zug Island to load coke. Calusa Coast and Delaware arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Lee A Tregurtha arrived at AK Steel to unload ore.

Northeast Ohio Ports – Bill Kloss
5/4 arrivals: Algoma Conveyor is in Sandusky loading coal. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin will arrive in the afternoon. American Courage arrived at ArcelorMittal Steel in Cleveland with a shuttle. Federal Yukina was at Dock 24W at the Port and Fraserborg was arriving, along with Sam Laud. 5/4 departures: Floragracht to Milwaukee. 5/5 arrivals: Cason J. Callaway to Lorain. Federal Yukina was at the Port Dock 24W and Fraserborg was at Dock 24E. Petite Forte was at St, Marys Cement. Olive L. Moore and barge were at Fairport Harbor and John J. Boland was in Ashtabula.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Sunday May 5 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - May 5 Tuvaq W (Mhl) at 0644 - departed May 5 - Esta Desgagnes at 2300 westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage:
May 5 - departed - May 5 - Tuvaq W (Mhl) (ex San Pietro-18, Bering-13) at 0632 for the dock

Buffalo:
arrival - May 5 - NACC Argonaut at 1509

Port Colborne anchorage:

anchored - May 4 - Spruceglen at 2128 (out to lake from wharf 13) - May 5 - Mottler (Cyp) at 0122, Algoterra at 0504, Spruceglen departed anchorage at 0806 for the canal and Algoma Conveyor at 1203

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 4 - Whitefish Bay at 1603, Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1649, Algocanada at 1812, Algoma Spirit at 1912 and CSL Niagara at 2052 - May 5 - NACC Argonaut at 0048, Blacky (Cyp) at 0300 (stopped wharf 2 unloading), tug Everlast & Norman McLeod - to the anchorage , CSL Tadoussac - to the anchorage, (Qikiqtaaluk (ex Icdas-11-18) - to the anchorage, Mandarin (Cyp) - to the anchorage.

downbound -
May 4 - Algoma Sault at 2330 - May 5 - Mottler (Cyp) at 0122, Algoterra at 0504 (stopped wharf 16), Spruceglen at 0835 and Algoma Conveyor at 1203

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - May 5 - tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 0615, CSL Tadoussac at 0844, Qikiqtaaluk (ex Icdas-11-18) at 0908 and Mandarin (Cyp) at 1100 - departed May 5 - (all for the canal) - tug Everlast & Norman McLeod at 1920, CSL Tadoussac at 1255, Qikiqtaaluk W (ex Icdas-11-18) at 1453 and Mandarin (Cyp) at 1910

Welland Canal docks:
docked - May 5 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0331

Hamilton:
arrivals - May 5- G3 Marquis at 1502 from anchorage outside Hamilton) and Algoma Sault at 1648 - anchored - Apr 29 BBC Tennessee (Atg) (ex Beluga Felicity-11) anchored at 1321 - May 3 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 1410 - May 5 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0027 and Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 0122 - docked - Apr 29 - Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1015 - Apr 30 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2310 - May 3 - Algoma Equinox at 1651, May 4 - Eider ii (Atg) at 0104, Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 2225 - departed - May 5 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0052, Furuholmen (Pa) (ex at CF Zachary-11) at 0101 and Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 0529 for Ireland,

Clarkson:
arrival - May 5 - Robert S Pierson at 0907 - departed May 5 at 1813 eastbound

Oshawa:
arrival - May 6 Federal Bering (Mhl) eta 0600

Oswego, NY – Ned Goebricher
may4 McKeil sprite unloaded cement at Oswego Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at about 07:30 Sunday morning at Lehigh Cement.

 

Updates -  May 6

Saltie Gallery updated with pictures of the BBC Scandinavia, BBC Tennessee, Blacky, Bro Alma, Cinnamon, Eider, Federal Bering, Federal Hudson, Federal Margaree, Federal Ruhr, Federal Saguenay, Federal Yukina, Floragracht, Fraserborg, Furuholmen, Happy River, Harbour Feature, Isa, Mandarin, Ocean Castle, Qikiqtaaluk W, Sider Bilbao, Sten Idun, and Tundra.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 6

On May 6, 1984 the CANADIAN RANGER sailed from Port Weller on her maiden voyage to load coal at Toledo, Ohio.

In 1944 the HILDA (2) and the barge MAITLAND NO.1 started the rescue operation of freighter GEORGE M. HUMPHREY (1) which sank in a collision with the D.M. CLEMSON (2) in the Straits of Mackinac.

This day in 1923 the EDWIN E. SLICK was struck by the steamer J. LEONARD REPLOGLE in the ice on Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior.

HARVEY D. GOULDER entered service on May 6, 1906.

On May 6, 1934, ROYALTON (1) helped rescue the steamer TEN, which had lost power in a Lake Superior ice field and required a tow to safety.

On May 6, 1975 while unloading iron ore at Conneaut, Ohio, a leg and bucket from No.2 Hulett gave way and fell into the RALPH H. WATSON's cargo hold. A crane was rigged to remove the wreckage. A nine by twelve foot patch was required on her port side tank, which was holed in the accident.

On 6 May 1847, CUBA (wooden schooner, 89 foot, 139 tons, built in 1844 at Peninsula, New York as a brig) was carrying wheat near Point Breeze, New York in Lake Ontario when she was run down and sunk in a collision with the steamer GENESEE CHIEF. No lives were lost.

On 6 May 1858, the bark E.S. ADAMS began her voyage from Amherstburg, Ontario to London, England with a load of walnut timber. The transatlantic portion of the voyage took only 26 days and the vessel was back on the lakes in September 1858.

EASTLAND was launched on 06 May 1903 at the Jenks Ship Building Company (Hull #25) at Port Huron, Michigan for the Michigan Steamship Company. She was christened by Mrs. Frances E. Perene.

1914: CITY OF ROME caught fire in Lake Erie and the blaze spread quickly. The vessel was run aground near Ripley, NY and the 15-member crew took to the lifeboats and rowed ashore. The 33-year old wooden freighter was a total loss.

1977: The West German freighter SUSANNE FRITZEN made 19 trips through the Seaway from 1963 through 1967. The vessel arrived at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with engine trouble as c) MARGRIT B. on this date in 1977. It remained idle and had to be towed to Piraeus, Greece, and laid up in 1978. The ship left there February 15, 1979, for the scrapyard in Barcelona, Spain.

1988: The Cypriot flag freighter PONTOKRATIS was under tow and downbound in the Little Calumet River at Chicago when the CSX railroad bascule bridge ended up across the stern cabin and pilothouse. There were no injuries and both sides launched a lawsuit. The vessel was released May 16 and continued to visit the Seaway as late as 2006. It renamed NAVIGATOR M. in 2010.

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

 

Algowood scrap tow could leave Monday

5/5 - The first Algoma laker to leave Montreal for Aliaga will be GOWO (Algowood), possibly on Monday. Assisting will be the tug Ocean Echo II as far as Les Escoumins. The tug Diavlos Force, which will handle to tow to Turkey, arrived at section 56, Port of Montreal, Friday morning.

René Beauchamp

 

Door County museum celebrates 100 years of history aboard tug John Purves

5/5 - Sturgeon Bay, WI – The Door County Maritime Museum celebrated the 100th birthday of the tugboat John Purves last Wednesday.

"There's always a story," said Paul Graf, standing in the galley room of the John Purves, telling the same stories told to him by Bob Perlewitz, the boat's one-time chief engineer.

If you climb aboard the large red tugboat you're sure to hear a few of those stories too -- pranks to pass the time. Black-and-white photos show the men who once manned the 149-foot tugboat.

"It's amazing. There is a lot of water that has passed under the hall of this tug from the Atlantic to the Caribbean," said Graf. "The tug has been on Lake Superior, all of the Great Lakes. During World War II, the Army took it over."

Then named Butterfield, with just a 30-man crew, it once carried barges of war supplies during the war. "You begin to live and breathe the spirit of it," said Graf.

Inside the rooms where men once slept while out at sea, Graf says the beds are still pretty comfortable. Graf never lived aboard the tug, but he helped restore it with some who did. "We did it as a testimony to all the crew members that sailed on this tug," said Graf.

"This tugboat captures 100 years of history on the maritime on the water in one vessel that you can walk on," said Kevin Osgood, the museum's executive director.

As tug John Purves opened for the season Wednesday, it was celebrated by the museum and people throughout Door County.

"All year long we're going to have what we call nuts-and-bolts tours," said Osgood. The nuts-and-bolts tour will be twice as long as the original one and show parts of the boat that have never been seen, like behind the switchboard. The tour guides will share sea stories from those who lived and worked aboard the boat.

"There are lessons aboard this boat from stem to stern," said Osgood. Lessons that will now be shared with the thousands of people who board the tug John Purves from Sturgeon Bay and beyond.

View a video at this link: https://fox11online.com/news/local/door-county-maritime-museum-celebrates-100-years-of-history-aboard-tugboat-john-purves

 

Port Reports -  May 5

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort, which had arrived Duluth on Friday evening and unloaded limestone, departed at 10:25 Saturday morning for Silver Bay to load. Mesabi Miner was outbound at 12:54 with iron ore pellets from Canadian National, and the Spartan II/tug Spartan left port at 13:26 for Ludington after offloading calcium chloride at Hallett #8. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was expected just before midnight Saturday to load coal at Midwest Energy. At the Superior entry, Burns Harbor arrived at 05:59, loaded ore at BN, and was outbound at 17:30.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
The Algoma Discovery is headed for Hamilton. That's her updated AIS destination. The Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on the 4th at 03:30 for Conneaut. Arriving Two Harbors on the 4th at 03:52 was the Oakglen. She then departed on the 4th at 17:04 for Quebec City. The Radcliffe R. Latimer anchored off Two Harbors at approx. 10:30 on the 4th, got underway on the 4th at 17:00 and arrived Two Harbors on the 4th at 17:40. Due Two Harbors on the 5th are the American Spirit and late on the 5th/early on the 6th the Edgar B. Speer. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader on May 4th at 14:30 after unloading stone in the Twin Ports. Her destination is Brownstown. There is no scheduled inbound traffic for Silver Bay on May 5th. Thunder Bay, ON
Saturday May 4th: 9:34 Tim S Dool arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. 18:16 Kaministiqua departed Richardson Main Terminal for Port Cartier. Expected for Sunday: Cuyahoga and saltie Jamno.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on a sunny Saturday afternoon included Jamno, John D. Leitch, BBC Scandinavia, and after dark Edgar B. Speer, Great Republic and Stewart J. Cort. Downbounders included American Century, Algoma Discovery and Indiana Harbor.

Northern Lake Huron
Midland:
Saturday; 2:34 Thunder Bay departed for Meldrum B

McGregor Bay:
Saturday; 5:10 Samuel De Champlain arrived at the Lafarge Whitefish Bay Terminal to unload.

Meldrum Bay:
Friday; 21:58 Algoma Innovator departed for Sarnia. Saturday; 8:00 Cason J Callaway arrived to load dolomite.

Spragge:
Saturday; 10:11 John D Leitch departed.

Thessalon:
Saturday; 4:09 Algoma Buffalo arrived to load gravel.

Bruce Mines:
Saturday; Manitowoc arrived to load trap rock.

Drummond Island:
Friday; 22:09 Cuyahoga departed for Algoma Steel, Sault Ste Marie. 22:19 Dorothy Anne and Pathfinder arrived to load limestone. She departed Saturday; 9:34 for Calcite. 13:39 Mississagi arrived to load.

Port Dolomite:
Saturday; 6:03 Sharon M1 arrived to load and at 12:35 departed, down bound on Lake Huron.

Port Inland:
Friday; 11:28 Calumet arrived to load and departed at 19:29 for Holland MI.

Calcite:
Saturday; 2:00 American Mariner departed for Duluth Superior. 2:23 Philip R Clarke departed for Detroit. 2:221 Great Republic weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. 12:40 Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder arrived and went to anchor.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Hon. James L Oberstar arrived Saturday morning to unload ore at AK Steel. Philip R Clarke arrived at the Detroit Bulk Storage dock to unload stone.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Saturday May 4 – Barry Andersen Nanticoke:
arrival - May 4 - Esta Desgagnes at 0552 - departed - May 4 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0121 westbound -

Long Point Bay anchorage:
anchored - May 2 - Tuvaq W (Mhl) (ex San Pietro-18, Bering-13) at 0523

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 1 - Spruceglen at 2203 stopped wharf 13 - May 2 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 0735 stopped wharf 12 - May 3 - Algonorth at 1251, light tug Jarrett M at 1302- to assist Kristin Joelle with tow downbound, Algoma Hansa at 1739 and tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 1836 - May 4 - tug Petite Forte & Niagara Spirit at 0052, Isa (Cyp) at 0942, Whitefish Bay at 1603, Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1649, Algocanada at 1812, Algoma Spirit at 1912 and CSL Niagara at 2052

downbound - May 3 - CSL St Laurent at 1638 - May 4 - tugs Kristin Joelle & 2 barges and Jarrett M with derrick barge mid morning and Algoma Sault eta 2300

Welland Canal docks:
departed - May 4 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) departed wharf 12 at 1820 and Spruceglen departed wharf 13 at 1945 approx. (both upbound)

Hamilton:
arrivals - May 4 - Eider ii (Atg) at 0104, G3 Marquis at 0641 (anchored outside Hamilton) - anchored - Apr 29 BBC Tennessee (Atg) (ex Beluga Felicity-11) anchored at 1321 - May 3 - Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 0528 - departed anchorage May 4 at 2105 for the dock, Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 1410 - docked - Apr 29 - Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1015 - Apr 30 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0430, Tundra (Cyp) at 2310 - May 2 - Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 1347 - May 3 - Evans Spirit at 1400, Algoma Equinox at 1651, Furuholmen (Pa) (ex at CF Zachary-11) at 1943 - May 4 - docked - Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 2200 - departed - May 4 - Algoma Spirit at 1535 for the canal and Evans Spirit at 2118 eastbound

Bronte:
docked - Sarah Desgagnes - departed May 4 at 0313 to the anchorage - anchored at 0322 - departed anchorage at 0634 eastbound

Clarkson:
arrival - May 3 - Robert S Pierson at 2242 - departed May 4 at 0915 eastbound

Mississauga:
departed - May 4 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0638 to the anchorage - anchored at 0646 - departed anchorage at 1034 eastbound for Dordrecht, the Netherlands

Oshawa:
docked - May 2 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 0726 - departed May 4 at 1313 for Goderich

 

Volunteers freshen up museum ship Meteor for new season.

5/5 - Superior, Wis. – About 50 volunteers came together to cleanup the SS Meteor Whaleback Ship at Barker’s Island in Superior.

Washing, painting the hull, and renovating the bedrooms gets the ship ready for tours starting May 18th.

“It’s awesome to have this many people come out and work on this because it takes a great volunteer effort for this huge ship to keep it going,” said Phil Kerber, President of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society.

“Keep it going and keeping it look nice and that people would want to tour on it.”

Starting June 1st, tours will start every half hour to better coincide with tours at the Fairlawn Mansion.

View a video at this link: https://www.fox21online.com/2019/04/27/getting-the-ss-meteor-in-ship-shape

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 5

May 5, 1904 the Crisp Point Light on Lake Superior went into service.

WILLIAM CLAY FORD (Hull#300) was launched at River Rouge, Michigan, by Great Lakes Engineering Works, May 5, 1953, for the Ford Motor Co.

On May 5, 1980, the SHARON, a.) ARCHERS HOPE of 1945, grounded in the Trenton Channel of the Detroit River. She was freed on May 7th and proceeded to Monroe, Michigan, and was laid up there on May 8, 1980. No repairs were made and she never sailed again.

On May 5, 1914, the GEORGE F. BAKER was traveling down bound in Lake Superior in dense fog with 10,500 tons of iron ore from Ashland, Wisconsin. She ran hard aground on Sawtooth Reef off Eagle River, on Upper Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.

May 5, 1914 - An unusual cargo, two "Jack Johnsons" (Navy guns) were hauled by the PERE MARQUETTE 17.

The small schooner ST PETER was loaded with grain when she sank 35 miles from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 5 May 1874. The crew reached shore in the yawl.

The steam barge KITTIE M. FORBES was launched in Bay City, Michigan, on 5 May 1883. She was owned by Capt. William Forbes and named for his daughter. Her keel was laid on 1 December 1882. Her dimensions were 195 feet keel, 209 foot overall, 35 foot beam and 14 foot depth. Her engine was built by Samuel F. Hodge.

On 05 May 1902, MILWAUKEE (steel propeller freighter, 325 foot, 3,327 gross tons) was launched at the Chicago Ship Building Company (Hull #55) at South Chicago, Illinois, for the Western Transit Co. She lasted until 1940, when she was scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario.

1960: The coastal freighter FEDERAL EXPRESS had been built at Midland in 1944 as H.M.C.S. WEST YORK. It was hit at the dock in Montreal on this date in 1960 by the Swedish freighter POLARIS, drifted downstream and sank. The stern was raised August 12, 1960, and the remainder of the hull came up in pieces.

1964: The downbound bulk carrier ERNEST T. WEIR sustained damage to the port bow when it collided with tanker MERCURY in Lake St. Clair. The latter had sheered to the left, went aground after the accident and developed a list. Both ships were repaired and ERNEST T. WEIR survives today as the idle self-unloader AMERICAN FORTITUDE.

1978: JALAVIHAR first visited the Great Lakes in 1966 under the flag of India. It ran aground in the Red Sea as d) KATERINA on this date in 1978. After being released it continued to Palermo, Italy, where it was declared beyond economical repair and was eventually scrapped at Split, Yugoslavia.

2009: VICTORIA first came through the Seaway in September 2004. On May 5, 2009, the ship, loaded with 10,000 metric tonnes of rice and its crew of 11 Romanian sailors, were captured by pirates, about 75 miles south of Yemen and held hostage. After the payment of a reported $1.8 million ransom, the vessel was released on July 18, 2009. It was back on the Great Lakes in 2011.

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

 

Port Reports -  May 4

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Federal Baltic departed Duluth at 01:26 Friday morning with a load of wheat from CHS 2, and American Century was outbound at 05:53 from Canadian National with iron ore pellets. Tim S. Dool, the last remaining vessel from Duluth's winter layup fleet, shifted from Fraser Shipyards to Husky Energy around 09:00 Friday morning to fuel. She departed at 11:48 to begin her 2019 season. Mesabi Miner was inbound at 16:15 to load ore at CN. Radcliffe R. Latimer continued unloading salt at North American Salt for a third consecutive day on Friday, and had a tentative departure time of 22:00 Friday night for Two Harbors. Also in port were Happy River, unloading wind turbine towers at Port Terminal, and Exeborg, taking on beet pulp pellets at Gavilon. Both were due to depart Friday evening. The only traffic through the Superior entry was Indiana Harbor, which was outbound at 10 Friday morning with ore from Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
The Algoma Discovery arrived Two Harbors on the 3rd at 05:36 and departed on the 3rd at 16:49. She didn't have an updated AIS as of 19:30 on the 3rd. She will either go to Hamilton or Quebec City. The Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on the 3rd at 17:40. Due Two Harbors on the 4th is the Oakglen. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the John J. Boland on May 2nd at 22:32 for Cleveland. Silver Bay had no traffic on May 3rd and none scheduled for May 4th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday May 3rd: 8:53 Frontenac departed G3 for Midland.

Northern Lake Huron
Midland:
Thursday; 21:44 Thunder Bay arrived to unload wheat at ADM.

Meldrum Bay:
Thursday, Algoma Buffalo departed for Sarnia. Friday; 5:41 Algoma Innovator arrived to load dolomite.

Spragge:
Friday; 4:17 John D Leitch arrived from Indiana Harbor to unload.

Drummond Island:
Thursday; 1:16 Olive L Moore departed for Fairport. Friday;

3:48 Sam Laud arrived to load limestone and departed at 14:02, down bound on Lake Huron. 12:00 Cuyahoga arrived and went to anchor. At 15:20 she weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock.

Port Dolomite:
Thursday 16:00 Clyde S Vanenkevort departed for Duluth Superior.

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

Calcite:
Thursday; 15:26 H Lee White arrived to load and at 8:34 Friday departed for Buffington. Friday; 8:37 American Mariner arrived to load. 9:04 Philip R Clarke arrived to load. 11:04 Great Republic arrived and went to anchor.

Port Inland:
Friday; 0:50 Wilfred Sykes arrived to load limestone and at 9:29 departed down bound on Lake Michigan. 10:33 Calumet arrived to load. She departed at 19:27 and is down bound on Lake Michigan.

Goderich, ON
Algoma Compass is due in to load salt on Saturday morning.

Marine City, MI – Rod Burdick
Mississagi unloaded stone on Friday.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
Cason J Callaway arrived at the Detroit Bulk Storage dock early Friday morning to unload stone. Arriving later was the Algoma Compass, calling on the Motor City Materials dock to unload salt. Manitowoc arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Sea Eagle 2/St. Mary's Cement 2 made the final arrival of the day, calling on the St. Mary's Cement dock to unload cement.

Monroe, MI – Raymond H.
On Friday, the tanker Iver Bright arrived at the Michigan Paving and Materials dock to unload. Paul R Tregurtha arrived to unload coal at the DTE Energy plant.

Cleveland, OH and area – Bill Kloss
5/3 arrivals: Federal Yukina to the Port docks arriving at 1800. American Courage remained at the Bulk Terminal due to strong currents on the Cuyahoga River. Floragracht was at the Port dock 22. Fraserborg scheduled to arrive at the Port on 5/4 and John G. Munson scheduled to arrive in Fairport Harbor on 5/4. 5/3 departures: Manitowoc to Bruce Mines.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Friday May 3 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - May 3 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1638 - May 4 - Esta Desgagnes eta 0200 - departed - May 3 - Algoscotia at 2149 westbound

Long Point Bay anchorage:
anchored - May 2 - Tuvaq W (Mhl) (ex San Pietro-18, Bering-13) at 0523

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 1 - Spruceglen at 2203 stopped wharf 13 - May 2 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 0735 stopped wharf 12, Algoma Sault at 1105, Ojibway at 1153, BBC Fortune (Atg) at 1311, Dara Desgagnes at 1638, Lake Ontario (Atg) at 1648 and Federal Yukina (HKg) at 1958 - May 3 - Algoma Niagara at 0046, Fraserborg (Nld) at 1115, Algonorth at 1251, light tug Jarrett M at 1302, Algoma Hansa at 1739 and tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 1836

downbound -
May 2 - CSL Assiniboine at 1405, Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0745 (anchored 0730 - departed at 1434), Algoma Spirit ea 2019, Evans Spirit at 2208 - May 3 - BBC California (Atg) (ex Beluga Fraternityt-11) at 0345, Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 1520 and CSL St Laurent at 1638

Welland Canal docks:
docked - May 2 - Spruceglen stopped wharf 13 at 0820 and Federal Saguenay (Bds) stopped wharf 12 at 2030 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
departed - May 2 Federal Barents (Mhl) at 2159 for the U.K. - May 3 - BBC Fortune (Atg) (ex Fortune-18, Beluga Fortune-11) at 1130 eastbound

Hamilton:
arrivals - May 3 - Algoma Spirit at 0300, Evans Spirit at 1400, Algoma Equinox at 1651, Eider ii (Atg) at ____, Furuholmen (Pa) (ex at CF Zachary-11) at ____ anchored - Apr 29 BBC Tennessee (Atg) (ex Beluga Felicity-11) anchored at 1321 - May 3 - Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 0528, Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 1410, docked - Apr 29 - Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1015 - Apr 30 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0430, Tundra (Cyp) at 2310 - May 2 - Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 1347 - May 1 - Algoma Sault at 2118 -

departed - May 2 - Algoma Strongfield at 2327 - May 3 - tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 1539,

Bronte:
anchorage - departed - May 2 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1627 from the anchorage - docked - May 2 at 1629

Clarkson:
arrival - May 2 - Robert S Pierson at 1313 - departed at 2236 eastbound

Mississauga:
arrival - May 2 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1120

Toronto:
arrival - May 1 - NACC Argonaut at 2356 - departed May 3 - Fraserborg (Nld) at 0920 for Cleveland and NACC Argonaut at 1559 eastbound

Oshawa:
docked - May 2 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 0726

Toronto, ON – Gerry Ouderkirk
The long-idled tall-ship Caledonia is set to depart Toronto under tow, for a new owner who plans to turn it into a restaurant in Boston. The tugs Salvage Monarch and Radium Yellowknife will conduct the tow departing Saturday morning.

Oswego, NY – Ned Goebricher
The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon was in the harbor Friday morning to set buoys for the season.

 

Niagara Falls tours going green as Maid of the Mist boats switch to electric power

5/4 - Albany, NY – A Niagara Falls classic is going green.

“The Maid of the Mist has offered tours of the world-famous Niagara Falls waterfalls and of the Niagara River Gorge for more than a century, and are a signature tourism attraction of Western New York,” Cuomo said. “The new zero-emission boats will continue that proud tradition while continuing our efforts to make New York State a premier environmentally friendly tourism destination.”

The catamaran-style boats will be completely eco-friendly and feature a wider stance, resulting in a smooth, quiet ride, free of engine noise or exhaust fumes.

The two new zero-emission ships are currently under construction by Burger Boat Company in Manitowoc, Wis. By the middle of May, the parts will be transported to Niagara Falls and lowered onto the Maid of the Mist dry dock and maintenance facility for assembly. The vessels should be ready to take to the water by September.

ABB, a digital technology company, will supply an integrated power and propulsion system for the boats, including lithium ion battery packs and an onshore charging system. The batteries will be recharged for seven minutes after each trip to 80% capacity, allowing for maximum efficiency and battery life, according to an official release.

The sleek, green-and-blue boats will feature an icon on their hulls that features an electricity symbol within a water droplet surrounded by a turbine with Niagara Falls in the background.

A pair of diesel boats, Maid of the Mist VI and Maid of the Mist VII, will be removed from service when the new eco-friendly vessels begin operating.

“It makes perfect sense for Maid of the Mist to be a world leader with the implementation of this green technology,” said Maid of the Mist president Christopher Glynn. “The new vessels will carry our guests to the base of Niagara Falls, one of the world’s largest sources of clean hydroelectric power.”

The Maid of the Mist has been navigating the waters of the lower Niagara River since 1846, first with a twin-stack sidewheel steamboat. Diesel-powered boats have shepherded awestruck visitors below the roaring falls since 1955.

See renderings of the new vessels at this link

 

Lakers lead demolition list from World Ship Society

5/4 - Vessels with Great Lakes / Seaway connection reported as a casualty or sold for demolition, taken from May 2019 issue of Marine News - Journal of the World Ship Society:

Demolitions:
Algorail (6805531; Canada) 16,157 / 1968 - bulk carrier - self discharging laker. By Algoma Central Corp (ACC) Canada, to International Marine Salvage, Canada and arrived Port Colborne 5.07.2018

Algoway (7221251; Canada) 16,186 / 1972 - bulk carrier - self discharging laker. By Algoma Central Corp (ACC) Canada, to International Marine Salvage, Canada and arrived Port Colborne 9.06.2018

English River (5104382; Canada) 6,729 / 1961 - cement carrier. By Algoma Central Corp (ACC) Canada, to International Marine Salvage, Canada and arrived Port Colborne 21.07.2018

Lady Rea (8002810; Sierra Leone) (Onego Runner-07, Sir John-04, Carola G-04, Carola I-99, Carola Smits-93 (1st Seaway trip 1984) 5,943 / 1983 general cargo ship. By Rea Navigation Inc (Mamari Shipping Co. SAL), St Kitts & Nevis, to Abdul Sattar Noor Muhammad & Co Pakistan and arrived Gadani Beach 9.08.2018 - commenced demolition 10.08.2018

Casualties: none reported

Report prepared by Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

More water released from St. Lawrence, Lake Ontario

5/4 - Regulators plan to release more water from the St. Lawrence River in an effort to keep the river and Lake Ontario from flooding. "My understanding is that there will be a small increase in outflow later today (Thursday)," said Frank Bevacqua of the International Joint Commission.

The IJC regulates water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River by reducing or increasing outflows from the hydroelectric dams in Massena. The outflows are critical to people downriver, in places like Montreal, who have seen severe flooding.

The agency has increased its outflows by 15 percent in the last week. The news comes as concerns mount about flooding on the lake and river.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Ontario water levels have risen 6 inches over the last month and are forecast to rise another 11 inches as it continues to get warmer, placing residents of neighboring communities at a major risk of flooding.

NYTV.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 4

On May 4, 1958, JOHN SHERWIN entered service. The SHERWIN has been in lay-up for over half of her life on the Great Lakes. She last sailed on November 16, 1981.

On her maiden voyage May 4, 1976, ST. CLAIR departed Sturgeon Bay for Escanaba, Michigan, to load 39,803 gross tons of iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor, Indiana arriving there on May 5th.

OREFAX ran aground on May 4, 1963, way off course near Manistique, Michigan. She was lightered and pulled off by the Roen Salvage Co. and made her way to Toronto, Ontario, where she discharged her cargo and left for repairs.

The tanker VENUS, a.) MARTHA E. ALLEN of 1928 suffered an explosion on May 4, 1972, when the crew was cleaning tanks while at anchor waiting for the fog to lift about seven miles west of the Eisenhower Lock in the Seaway. Two explosions rocked the ship, killing her skipper, Captain Stanley, and injuring three crewmen.

On 04 May 1839, ATLAS (wooden schooner, built in 1836, at Dexter, New York) was carrying building stone from Chaumont Bay to Oswego, New York, when she foundered 6 miles from Oswego. The steamer TELEGRAPH rushed out of Oswego to assist her but only found a little flotsam. All five on board were lost: Capt. Asahel Wescott, Ortha Little, William Ackerman, John Lee and Asa Davis (a passenger).

1889: The new Canadian Pacific steamer MANITOBA was launched at Owen Sound.

1911: The STEPHEN M. CLEMENT sank the ERWIN L. FISHER in a collision on the Detroit River. The former last sailed as PEAVEY PIONEER and was scrapped in 1968-1969.

1968: The Swedish freighter BRORIVER made 9 trips to the Great Lakes in 1965-1966. It was sold and renamed d) THALIA later in 1966 and caught fire on the Atlantic on this date in 1968. The blaze originated in the engine room but gutted the ship. It was abandoned the next day and was eventually towed to Dakar, Senegal, where it was forced to anchor 8 miles out, as officials did not want it in the port. The vessel later sank at the anchorage.

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

 

Seaway updates: New tanker for Desgagnes, passenger ship news

5/3 - The first cruise ship of the season in Montreal was to be Zaandam on Saturday. Because of high water, passengers will have to board the ship at Quebec City.

Rossi A. Desgagnés was delivered to Desgagnés from a Turkish shipyard a few days ago, the last one in a set of four ordered two years ago. In addition, Desgagnés bought a similar one-year-old vessel a few weeks ago, the Fure Vinga, which has arrived in Canada and is docked at the Port of Québec. Her new name is Gaia Desgagnés. The dual-fuel (diesel or liquefied natural gas) oil/chemical tanker will begin her service for the company around mid-May, carrying refined petroleum products on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River; she will also be found trading in the Arctic, on the East coast of Canada and the United States and in waters worldwide. Gaia Desgagnés, built in 2018, is the fifth ship using LNG as fuel to integrate the Desgagnés fleet since 2017, adding to a series of four similar vessels designed and built specifically for Desgagnés.

A new cruise ship will enter the Seaway this year named Le Champlain, a 10,000 grt ship that resembles a big yacht. She will go to Toronto in October, and possibly other ports.

The tug Diavlos Force is arriving at section 56, Port of Montreal, Friday morning to tow away either ENRY (former Capt. Henry Jackman) or GOWO (former Algowood)

René Beauchamp

 

Clock is ticking on SS Badger's new dock

5/3 - Manitowoc, WI – The sailing season is creeping up on May 10th. And despite the lack of landscaping, the SS Badger's new and improved Manitowoc dock is just about ready for its first ship It is a $9-million job with a tight deadline, but luckily a hundred-year old family-run contractor is right in town.

"Projects like this are kind of right up our alley," said Ted Jennejohn, project manager at McMullen & Pitz.

The old dock was well beyond its life expectancy. "They've kind of been limping by over the last few years putting Band-Aids on it," he said. "But it needed to be replaced."

The SS Badger pretty much acts as a continuation of Highway 10 across Lake Michigan. And it has historical value. "The SS Badger is the last coal-fire steam ship operating on the Great Lakes," said Jennejohn. Earlier in the year, violent waves ravaged the coastline, wrecking a nearby navigational beacon. The Coast Guard plans to have a temporary beacon up by Memorial Day. But a full replacement will cost close to $300,000 and take about two years to put in place.

Beacon or no beacon, that will not delay the Badger. "I haven't heard anything from the Badger folks about needing it for navigation purposes," he said.

In fact, the new systems will speed the Badger up. The old wall is mostly wooden and did not make for smooth docking. The new steel wall acts like a big shock absorber.

"They'll be able to push up against this fender system and rely upon it in order to dock and that's going to make their operation a lot more stress-free, headache-free, and quick and safer," said Jennejohn.

The Badger will test the new dock on May 9th.

View images at this link

 

Lake Express high-speed ferry launches for 2019 season

5/3 - Milwaukee, WI – The Lake Express high-speed ferry is back. It was launched for its first trip of the 2019 season from Milwaukee to Muskegon, Michigan on Wednesday morning, May 1. The trip across Lake Michigan takes about two-and-a-half hours. But as riders of the ferry will tell you, it also allows you to avoid the headache that is Chicago traffic. The ferry transports people, pets, four-wheeled vehicles and motorcycles. There are separate fees for each.

Fox 6 Milwaukee

 

Port Reports -  May 3

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Century arrived Duluth at 04:52 Thursday morning to load iron ore pellets at CN, and the saltie Happy River was inbound at 10:02 with a load of wind turbine towers for Port Terminal. Radcliffe R. Latimer shifted to the North American Salt dock early Thursday morning after delivering a portion of her salt load to Hallett #8. She continued unloading throughout the day, and was due to depart at some point Thursday evening for Two Harbors. Also in port were Exeborg, taking on beet pulp pellets at Gavilon; Isolda, loading grain at CHS 1; and Federal Baltic, loading wheat at CHS 2. The latter two vessels were due to complete loading and depart before the night was out. Also in the Duluth harbor on Thursday, the freshly-painted Tim S. Dool was pulled from the drydock at Fraser Shipyards and moored ahead of Arthur M. Anderson. The Dool spent about four months on the blocks, and should be departing within the next few days to begin her 2019 season. There was no traffic through the Superior entry on Thursday, however Indiana Harbor shifted to Burlington Northern early in the afternoon after taking a delay at Lakehead Pipeline. She is expected to depart early Friday morning with iron ore.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors had no traffic on May 2nd. The Radcliffe R. Latimer continued to unload salt in Duluth on the 2nd. The Latimer will load pellets in Two Harbors after she completes her salt discharge. Due Two Harbors on the 3rd are the Algoma Discovery and the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the John J. Boland on the 2nd at 07:52 and the Herbert C. Jackson on the 2nd at approx. 08:30. Both had discharged stone in the Twin Ports. The Jackson departed Silver Bay on the 2nd at 15:32 for Cleveland. As of 19:30 on the 2nd the Boland continued to load. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on the 3rd.

Thunder Bay, ON
Thursday May 2nd: 1:35 saltie Mottler departed Superior Elevator for Montreal. 8:29 Frontenac arrived at G3 to load grain. 16:14 Kaministiqua arrived and went to anchor. 20:47 saltie Lyulin departed Richardson Main Terminal for Montreal. 21:10 Kaministiqua weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain.

Manistee, MI – Michael Smith GLF's Great Republic was inbound on Thursday morning, headed for the Reith Riley dock to unload stone from Drummond Island.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Resko and Stewart J. Cort were at Burns Harbor Thursday night. American Spirit was at Indiana Harbor.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Compass was loading salt for Marysville, MI, on Thursday.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
After unloading at the Prairie Materials dock, the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder shifted to the St. Clair Aggregates dock to finish their unload Thursday afternoon. The BBC Scandinavia arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload general cargo.

Monroe, MI – Raymond H.
American Integrity was unloading at the DTE plant Thursday morning. The tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge Delaware arrived Later, calling on the Michigan Paving and Materials dock to unload asphalt.

Toledo, OH
The new vessel Algoma Conveyor was at Port Colborne, ON, on Thursday, and westbound on Lake Erie by Thursday evening. She is no longer listed for the CSX Coal Docks to load coal.

Cleveland, OH and area – Bill Kloss
5/2 arrivals: Manitowoc due to arrive 2000. American Courage loaded a shuttle. Floragracht to the Port dock 22. Victory is at Marblehead. 5/1 departures: Lee A. Tregurtha to Marquette.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report for Thursday May 2 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - May 1 - Algoscotia at 0847

Long Point Bay anchorage:
anchored - May 2 - Tuvaq W (Mhl) (ex San Pietro-18, Bering-13) at 0523

Port Colborne anchorage:
anchored - May 2 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0730 - departed - May 2 -1434

Welland Canal:
upbound - May 1 - Algoma Conveyor at 1148 - stopped wharf 16 at 2352, Spruceglen at 2203 stopped wharf 13, Floragracht (Nld) departed wharf 12 at 2338 - May 2 - Jamno (Bhs) at 0026, Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 0735 for wharf 12, tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0809, Baie Comeau at 0822, Algoma Sault at 1105, Ojibway at 1153, BBC Fortune (Atg) at 1311, Dara Desgagnes at 1638, Lake Ontario (Atg) at 1648 and Federal Yukina (HKg) at 1958

downbound -
May 1 - Federal Barents (Mhl) at 1717 and Atlantic Huron at 1729 - May 2 - CSL Tadoussac departed wharf 16 at 0725, tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement departed wharf 12 at 1100, CSL Assiniboine at 1405, Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0745 (anchored 0730 - departed at 1434), Algoma Spirit ea 2019, Evans Spirit eta 2110 Welland Canal docks:
arrivals - May 1 - Algoma Conveyor stopped wharf 17 at 2353 - departure - May 1 - Floragracht (Nld) at 2338 from wharf 12, tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement from wharf 12 at 1100 and Algoma Conveyor from wharf 17 at 1735

Port Weller anchorage:
anchored - May 2 - BBC Fortune (Atg) (ex Fortune-18, Beluga Fortune-11) at 1327 - departed - May 2 - Federal Saguenay (Brb), Jamno (Brb) at 0206, Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 1630, Elisabeth Schulte (Bri) at 1950 and Federal Barents (Mhl) at 2200 approx.

Hamilton:
arrivals - May 2 - Algoma Strongfield at 0412 and tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 0502 - anchored - Apr 29 BBC Tennessee (Atg) (ex Beluga Felicity-11) anchored at 1321 - docked - Apr 29 - Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1015, Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 1347 - May 1 - Algoma Sault at 2118 - departed - May 1 - Algoma Conveyor at 0942 - May 2 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0542, Algoma Sault at 0900 and BBC Fortune (Atg) (ex Fortune-18, Beluga Fortune-11) at 1127 to Port Weller anchorage

Bronte:
anchorage - departed - May 2 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1627 from the anchorage - docked - May 2 at 1629

Clarkson:
arrival - May 2 - Robert S Pierson at 1313

Mississauga:
arrival - May 2 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1120

Toronto:
arrival - docked - Apr 30 - McKeil Spirit at 0552 - May 1 - Fraserborg (Nld) at 0340

Oshawa:
departed May 2 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 0708 for the canal - arrival - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 0726

 

Kayak Express is almost ready for Lake Superior

5/3 - Onaway, MI – For five months, Moran Iron Works (MIW) has been constructing a brand new, 64’ x 19’ aluminum passenger vessel for Pictured Rocks Kayaking (PRK) of Munising.

Recently, PRK hosted a ‘Name that Vessel!’ competition over social media, with each entry having the chance to win a two-person kayaking trip on the new vessel.

With over 100 submissions and names such as ‘Michigan Paddler’, ‘Kayak Launcher’, ‘Innovation Maiden’ and ‘Gitche Gumee’ suggested from people all over the country, the team ultimately decided to use the name originally chosen by the captain of the vessel, Joe Lasak.

“Thank you to everyone who participated. It was with your help that we found inspiration in naming the vessel!” said Joe.

Staying true to the competition, the team randomly chose a winner of the two-person kayaking trip. Congratulations to Betty Sherburne of Onaway, Michigan for being chosen as the winner.

“What a nice surprise to win the trip on this new vessel! I have lived in Onaway for most of my life, I have seen the good that Moran Iron Works has brought to the area, and it is so great that the team at Pictured Rocks Kayaking elected to keep the build in our home state,” says Betty.

With a custom-designed kayak launch system, room enough for 72 passengers and 36 kayaks, a GyroStabilization system that will keep the boat from rocking - in even the roughest of Superior’s surges - and a paint scheme that is as lively as the neon green kayaks which will sit upon it, this vessel can only be described as a remarkable splendor.

The vessel will be named the ‘Kayak Express’ and is set to hit the waters of Lake Superior by summer of 2019.

UP Matters

 

Munising Bay Shipwreck Tours prepares for new boat, stellar season

5/3 - Munising, MI – There's no question winter has overstayed its welcome. That’s especially true for Pete and Joe Lindquist and the entire staff at Munising Bay Shipwreck Tours.

For them, the past six months have been full of unavoidable obstacles. Elements like heavy autumn rain, repeat heavy snow, pro-longed sub-zero temperatures and biting winds off of Lake Superior have created a huge logistical headache in building the Shipwreck Express.

But this crew is almost as relentless as Mother Nature. They’ve been working six and seven days a week for the past six months building what they're calling the largest glass bottom boat in the world.

"I refer to it as the largest glass bottom boat on the planet because of its unique size. Its 65 feet long and 32 feet wide," boasted Joe Lindquist. Joe Lindquist is the Vice-President of Operations. He’s also Captain and primary welder. He says there’s nothing else like it on the planet.

It’s still difficult to get an idea of her size because she’s being housed in side a temporary structure for now. Joe Lindquist says there are several features that make the vessel one-of-a-kind.

The framework of the boat is entirely aluminum which makes it extremely lightweight for its size. The viewing areas are also unique because they have a removable railing. "And we can bring in deck panels and turn the entire space in the middle of the boat into let's say a dance floor for a wedding arrangement. We could bring in a band, have a dance floor or some sort of other space you would need for an event like a wedding," Joe Lindquist calculated.

Another thing that will make the boat unique is passenger access to the bow area on both decks. "This [boat] also has access to the stern areas. So passengers can go to the back of the boat and look over the rail and watch the wake trail on both decks,” Joe Lindquist declared.

The boat is almost entirely Michigan-made with pride. And according to Joe Lindquist, that means the Shipwreck Express should outlive all of us.

"The biggest question we ask is with whatever we're building, will it last 100 years? And if there's any doubt that it won't last 100 years, then we'll fix it and make it so it will last 100 years," Joe Lindquist reasoned.

Over the next several weeks, they'll finish their welding, install the electrical grid, plumbing, seating, safety gear and other essentials. "Then we will start the painting process which should go pretty fast. And then we should be able to put this in the water by early June," Joe Lindquist reckoned.

She’ll have to pass a series of tests before she’s ready for service. Meantime, they'll move both their old, fully functioning tour boats from dry dock at Marquette’s Mattson Lower Harbor Park back to their wet dock in Munising in time for their big Memorial Day weekend season opener.

As for the Shipwreck Express, it's slow ahead for now. Both Pete and Joe Lindquist say she'll be ready for service before the end of summer.

"I'm sure that we're going to get it in service this year but I couldn't tell you when. My guess is August. I'm guessing Joe would probably guess June or July," President of Operations, Pete Lindquist figured.

“The experts have told us that there's no way that this boat will see service this year. Our crew is trying to prove them wrong," Joe Lindquist announced.

And once the weather decides to cooperate it may just turn into a memorable season for Munsing. "You know Munising is really unique right now. We have like five different tours we have Pictured Rocks Cruises, the glass bottom boats, we've got Riptide Ride, kayak rentals, pontoon boat rentals. I'm thinking that this year is going to be a great year,” Pete Lindquist predicted.

View a video at this link

 

Help wanted: Lower Lakes Towing

5/3 - Lower Lakes Towing is currently hiring for the following positions in Canada: First Mate, Second Mate, Marine Engineer (4th Class), Deckhand

For job descriptions, please visit: https://www.indeedjobs.com/lower-lakes-towing-ltd/jobs.

Lower Lakes Towing operates a fleet of six self-unloading bulk carriers and three conventional bulk carriers in Canada. Combined with our U.S. sister companies, we have a combined fleet of 14 vessels. These vessels transport a diverse array of dry bulk commodities including limestone, coal, iron ore, salt, grain and others for more than 50 long-standing customers in the construction, electric utility, integrated steel and food industries.

Lower Lakes Towing

 

Sign up now for Badger, Soo 2019 Boatnerd Gatherings

5/3 - The 2019 schedule of Boatnerd Gathering has been set and information is now available now on the Gatherings page, www.boatnerd.com/gathering

Gatherings include the always-popular S.S. Badger cruise May 31 - June 1, Soo Locks Engineers weekend festivities, and the annual Welland Canal weekend. Reservations are now being accepted for the Badger Cruise and Soo Locks Freighter-Chasing Cruise June 28. Sign up now. Don't be left on the dock.

 

May 15 deadline for Boatnerd new logo contest

5/3 - As a key part of the recently announced redesign of the Boatnerd.com Web site, readers are being invited to submit designs for a new logo.

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

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

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 3

On May 3, 1959, the first large saltwater vessel to transit the new St. Lawrence Seaway arrived at Duluth. The RAMON DE LARINAGA of 1954, took the honors as the first salty, passing under Duluth's Aerial Bridge at 1:16 p.m., followed by a salty named the HERALD of 1943, sixteen minutes later.

In 1922, the PERE MARQUETTE 16, as the barge HARRIET B, collided with the steamer QUINCY A. SHAW, and sank off Two Harbors, Minnesota.

On 3 May 1840, CHAMPLAIN (wooden side-wheeler, 225 tons, built in 1832, at Chippewa, Ontario) was carrying general merchandise when a storm drove her ashore four miles south of St. Joseph, Michigan. Although abandoned, she was later recovered and rebuilt.

On 03 May 1883, lightning struck and set fire to the barge C F. ALLEN while she was loading at North Muskegon, Michigan. She burned to the water's edge. Her loss was valued at $6,000, but she was not insured.

1905: HESPER was blown aground in 60 mph winds near Silver Bay, MN. The vessel was carried over a reef by a giant wave and broken to pieces. All on board were rescued.

1909: The EDWIN F. HOLMES hit a dredge in the Detroit River. The 108-year-old vessel still survives as the J.B. FORD.

1941: TRAJAN had been built at Ecorse, MI as a) YAQUE in 1915. It returned to the Great Lakes as b) DORIS in 1928 taking out the head gates at Lock 13 of the Welland Canal on September 23 and was back for several trips after becoming c) TRAJAN in 1932. The vessel was bombed and sunk by German aircraft in the North Sea on this date while enroute from Blyth to London with a cargo of coal.

1961: The tug BERT VERGE was towing the retired laker FORESTDALE across Hamilton Bay to the scrapyard at Stelco when it got caught by the wind, pulled over on its beam ends and sank with the loss of 2 lives. The tug was later salvaged and survives today as a pleasure craft out of Port Dover.

1982: A fire in the officer's quarters aboard the rail car barge SCOTIA II broke out at Sarnia. The damage was repaired and the ship resumed cross-river service until making its last run in April 1995.

1987: The Polish freighter ZIEMIA BIALOSTOCKA began Great Lakes service in 1980 after 8 years of deep sea trading. The ship hit the Sidney Lanier Bridge at Brunswick, GA, on this date in 1987 with major damage to the vessel and structure. The ship last visited the Great Lakes in 1996 and arrived at Alang, India, for scrapping on September 20, 1998.

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

 

Tug due at Montreal to take former Algoma vessel to scrapyard

5/2 - Expected to arrive in Montreal around May 3 will be the Ocean-going tug Diavlos Force, registered in Panama. The tug is arriving from the Netherlands and it is anticipated that they will be departing with one of the former Algoma Central Corp. self-unloading bulk carriers, either Algowood (now Gowo) or Capt. Henry Jackman (now Enry) for Aliaga, Turkey and eventual scrapping. Both were retired from Algoma at the ending of the 2018 shipping season and each had their Canadian registration closed on April 12, 2019. Algowood and Capt. Henry Jackman were built in 1981 at the Collingwood Shipyards in Collingwood, Ont.

Denny Dushane

 

U.S.-flag cargo movement on the Great Lakes down 34 percent in March

5/2 - Cleveland, OH – U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters carried 1.2 million tons of cargo in March, a decrease of nearly 34 percent compared to a year ago. March’s float was also 19.7 percent below the month’s 5-year average. The decreases reflect the inadequacy of icebreaking resources stationed on the Great Lakes. Two U.S. Coast Guard icebreakers were out of service in March. A Canadian icebreaker tasked to Lake Superior was only able to operate at 60 percent of capability (and then was idled for most of April by mechanical issues).

Iron ore cargos for steel production totaled 839,412 tons, a decrease of 41.8 percent from March 2018. All U.S. iron ore now originates from Lake Superior ports and therefore is most heavily impacted by lack of icebreaking. However, the 2019 year-to-date total for the U.S.-flag iron ore trade stands at 3.4 million tons, an increase of 19.7 percent from the 2018 year-to-date total. The increase reflects the mild weather conditions that prevailed this January.

U.S.-flag coal cargos more than quadrupled from March 2018 to 259,140 tons, while limestone loadings decreased by 71 percent compared to a year ago. Year-to-date, coal cargos total 396,000 tons, an increase of 92,000 tons. The U.S.-flag limestone trade stands at 250,000 tons, an increase of two loads in a mid-sized laker.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Chi-Cheemaun ferry sailing on Friday

5/2 - S. Baymouth, ON – On Friday, dozens of people will gather on the ferry docks at South Baymouth to welcome the Chi-Cheemaun back for her 45th season. The cheery sound of the vessel’s horn, as she rounds the bend into the South Baymouth harbor, is a harbinger of spring and the busy summer to come.

“Everything is wide open and the water is high,” says Susan Schrempf, president and CEO of the Owen Sound Transportation Company when asked about the passage from Tobermory to South Baymouth.

The Chi-Cheemaun received a few renovations during her winter berth, including the stairwells leading from the car deck to the passenger areas, which are now color- and animal-coded. The animals will match the Woodland-inspired creatures found on the ship’s bow. The crew can also look forward to a new lunchroom too.

Speaking of lunch, Ms. Schrempf notes that new menu items will be introduced over the sailing season gradually, with current items swapped out each time. The cafeteria is also attempting to lower its use of single- use plastics and will be sourcing compostable or biodegradable containers and straws. The vending machines, too, will not contain items in single use plastics such as bottles. The water fountain will also be replaced with a water bottle refilling station, Ms. Schrempf adds.

The Chi-Cheemaun’s entertainment programming is almost set, so visit the ferry’s website for more information on this program, on the sunset dinner cruises and on special Sunday programming in July.

New this year for travellers coming from Tobermory is the option for those with enclosed RVs, (meaning those with toilets and water), can now park overnight to be on board for the first sailing from Tobermory. Ms. Schrempf explained that the OSTC received a special bylaw exemption from the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula to allow for this which, she explains, will help to free up the popular second sailing at 11:40 am.

Fares have increased by an average of two percent.

Engine and ramp work was also completed throughout the winter, with just one issue remaining: during its annual inspection, the 45-year-old elevator has a cracked gear which needs to be replaced. This work is scheduled to be completed in the coming weeks, so in the interim those with mobility issues should make it known they will be requiring assistance while making a reservation and at check-in.

“We’re looking forward to a good season,” says Ms. Schrempf, “the phones have been ringing off the hook with interest these past few weeks.”

The first official sail from the Chi-Cheemaun’s home port of Owen Sound to Tobermory takes place this Thursday, with the first sail of the season getting underway this Friday, May 3 and leaving Tobermory at 8:50 am, to arrive in South Baymouth at 10:50 that morning.

Manitoulin Expositor

 

Port Reports -  May 2

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Herbert C. Jackson arrived Duluth at 05:24 Wednesday morning with limestone for Hallett #5, and James R. Barker was outbound at 06:41 after loading coal at Midwest Energy. Radcliffe R. Latimer arrived at 08:37, and tied up at Hallett #8 to discharge salt. Also in port on Wednesday were John J. Boland, unloading limestone at Graymont; Isolda, loading grain at CHS 1; and Federal Baltic, taking on wheat at CHS 2. The Jackson, Latimer, Boland, and Isolda were all expected to depart at some point Wednesday evening. Exeborg was due at 20:00 to load beet pulp pellets at Gavilon. In Superior, Roger Blough arrived at 04:37 to load ore at Burlington Northern. She had no departure time listed, and was still loading as of 19:00 Wednesday evening. Indiana Harbor remained tied up at Lakehead Pipeline, and will shift to BN once the Blough departs.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Joseph L. Block didn't stay in Duluth to load ore after it discharged its limestone cargo. The Block arrived Two Harbors on April 30th at 22:24 for South of #2. She departed on May 1st at 10:19 for Indiana Harbor. As of 19:30 on the 1st the Radcliffe R. Latimer was unloading salt in the Twin Ports. After she completes her discharge she is due to load pellets in Two Harbors. There is no other inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on the 2nd. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on the 1st and none scheduled on the 2nd, but after the Herbert C. Jackson completes her limestone cargo in the Twin Ports she probably will load pellets in Silver Bay. As of 19:30 on the 1st she was discharging at Hallett #5 in Duluth.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday April 30th: 22:11 saltie Lyulin arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 23:29 CSL St Laurent departed Viterra A for Montreal. Wednesday May 1st: There were no ship movements at the port. Expected for Thursday: Frontenac and Kaministiqua.

Northern Lake Huron
Cheboygan:
Tuesday 21:23 Olive L Moore departed for Drummond Island. 22:16 USCG Mackinaw departed for Mackinac Island.

Port Dolomite:
Tuesday 20:53 Manitowoc arrived to load and departed Wednesday at 8:08 for Cleveland. 13:38 Clyde S Vanenkevort arrived and went to anchor. At 16:58 she weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock.

Drummond Island:
Wednesday; 0:42 Olive L Moore arrived and went to anchor. 11:38 Philip R Clarke departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. 12:26 Olive L Moore weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load.

Meldrum Bay:
Wednesday; 6:55 Algoma Buffalo arrived to load dolomite.

Alpena:
Wednesday Mississagi arrived and went to anchor. At 19:58 she weighed anchor and proceeded to the salt dock to unload.

Port Inland:
Tuesday; 13:50 Cason J Callaway arrived to load stone. Wednesday; 19:28 Cason J Callaway departed and is proceeding to the straights of Mackinac.

Alpena, MI – Ben & Chanda McClain
Mississagi was anchored off Alpena Wednesday afternoon. The wind was very strong throughout the day along with lots of rain. When the winds calmed down towards nightfall, the Mississagi headed into the river and tied up around 8:30 pm at the Alpena Oil Dock to unload road salt. The steamer Alpena is expected to return on Thursday morning to load cement at Lafarge.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
BBC California departed on Wednesday for Montreal.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
3 vessels were at the Port of Detroit early Wednesday morning: Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder were unloading stone at the Prairie Materials dock, Calumet was fueling at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal, and the tug Albert was at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal. Later, the tug Capt. Keith arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal. Finally, the Sam Laud arrived at Zug Island to unload coal.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
5/1 arrivals: Lee A. Tregurtha to the Bulk Terminal. Cuyahoga to Marblehead. American Courage remains in Cleveland. 5/1 departures: Edwin H. Gott from Conneaut to Two Habors. John G. Munson from Ashtabula to Stoneport. Mesabi Miner from Ashtabula to Duluth.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report for Wednesday May 1 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
arrival - May 1 - CSL Tadoussac at 0106 and Algoscotia at 0847 - departed - May 1 - Algosea at 0419 and CSL Tadoussac at 0908 - both eastbound

Long Point Bay anchorage:
anchored - Apr 30 Algoscotia at 0708 - departed - May 1 at 0829

Buffalo:
arrival - Apr 29 - American Mariner at 1505 - departed May 1 at 1122 westbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
anchored - Apr 30 - CSL Welland at 1230 and Baie Comeau at 1640 - departed - Apr 30 - CSL Welland at 2210 - May 1 - Baie Comeau at 0021

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 30 - Floragracht at 0302 (stopped wharf 12 at 1940, Thunder Bay at 0706 - (stopped wharf 12 at 1755), Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1015 (to the anchorage), - May 1 - Algoma Conveyor at 1148, Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1344, BBC Scandinavia (Atg) (ex Rysum-07) at 1532, Jamno (Bhs) at 1847 (to the anchorage), Spruceglen eta 2130, Federal Saguenay (Bds) eta 2130 (to the anchorage

downbound - Apr 30 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 1210, Elisabeth Schulte (Bri) at 1952, CSL Welland at 2243 from anchorage - May 1 - Baie Comeau at 0037 from the anchorage, Algoma Sault eta 0544 CCGS Griffon at 0700 from West Street, Algosea at 0820, tug Ecosse & MM180 at 0820, tug Leonard M & Niagara Spirit at 0926, CSL Tadoussac at 1406 (stopping wharf 16), tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1530 - stopping wharf 12, Federal Barents (Mhl) at 1717 and Atlantic Huron at 1729

Welland Canal docks:
arrivals - May 1 - CSL Tadoussac at 1458, tug Petite Forte & St Marys Cement at 1625 - docked - Apr 30 - Thunder Bay stopped wharf 12 at 1755 and Floragracht (Nld) stopped wharf 12 at 1940 - departure - Apr 30 - Thunder Bay at 2259 westbound - May 1 - Floragracht (Nld) etd at 2200

Port Weller anchorage:
arrivals - Apr 30 - Federal Oshima (Mhl) at 2137, Federal Dart (Mhl) at 2300 - May 1 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0450, Elisabeth Schulte (Bri) at 0747 and Jamno (Bhs) at 1955 approx. - departed - May 1 - Federal Oshima (Mhl) at 1115, Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1330 for Sarnia, and Federal Dart (Mhl) at 1905 approx westbound

Hamilton:
arrivals - May 1 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 1222 (weather delay) and Algoma Sault eta 2155 - docked - Apr 23 - Algoma Conveyor at 0447 - Apr 28 - BBC Fortune (Atg) (ex Fortune-18, Beluga Fortune-11) at 0730 - Apr 29 - Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1015, BBC Tennessee (Atg) (ex Beluga Felicity-11) anchored at 1321 and Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 1347 - departed - Apr 30 - Florence Spirit at 2305 eastbound - May 1 - Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 1715 eastbound

Bronte:
departed - Apr 30 - Sarah Desgagnes at 2225 from the dock out to the anchorage - anchored at 2235

Clarkson:
arrival - Apr 30 - Robert S Pierson at 1452 - departed May 1 at 0553 eastbound

Mississauga:
departed - May 1 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0248 back to Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
arrival - May 1 - Fraserborg (Nld) at 0340 - docked - Apr 30 - McKeil Spirit at 0552 - departures - May 1 - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0805 westbound and Jamno (Bhs) at 0447 for Thunder Bay

Oshawa:
arrival - Apr 29 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 1004

 

Lock 7 goes live with Welland Canal livestream

5/2 - Thorold , Ont. – Ship enthusiasts can now watch from the comfort of their own home as vessels make their way through Thorold’s Lock 7 of the Welland Canal.

The Niagara chapter of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS), along with the Thorold Museum, launched the livestream in March. It offers a fixed-point view of the lock, available to be seen on the OGS website 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “There are a lot of people who are interested in watching the ships go through the canal; now they can do it from anywhere,” said Steve Fulton, chair of the OGS Niagara chapter.

The chapter and the museum both operate out of the Lock 7 Viewing Centre on Chapel Street South in Thorold. Fulton thought their unique location offered them the opportunity to showcase the lock to the World Wide Web. Using a rather rudimentary system — a webcam affixed against a window by zip ties — Fulton was able to get the livestream going. He said once people find the stream and it builds an audience, he’d like to look at upgrading the system by adding more angles and perhaps setting up a camera outdoors.

Since launching on March 22 with little fanfare or publicity, the stream has had more than 6,900 views.

“It’s just another way to reach people,” said Fulton. “I believe this is the only free public-access stream from the Welland Canal.”

To see the stream, visit the Niagara chapter of OGS website, at www.niagara.ogs.on.ca/welland-canal-live.

Niagara This Week

 

Obituary: Dominick M. Principe

5/2 - Dominick Michael Principe, age 76, of Waterford, Michigan, passed away Saturday April 27, of cancer. At the time of his passing, he was 2nd vice president of the International Shipmasters’ Association Detroit Lodge 7.

He loved to sail, scuba dive, travel, dance and spend time with his family. As a young man, he competed in gymnastics. In the late 70s and early 80s, he was extremely active as a Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts. He was a member of the Detroit Yacht Club, North Star Sail Club, Sailing Singles club, and Calvary Lutheran Church in Waterford. He also enjoyed building model ships and cars.

The family will welcome all to a visitation on Saturday May 4, 2019 from 4 p.m. until the time of Funeral Service at 7 p.m. at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Drive in downtown Rochester, Michigan.

 

AIS updates

5/2 - Our Vessel Passage map and Automated Vessel Passage system at ais.boatnerd.com have been experiencing temporary outages over the last few days. We are working to restore full coverage as we move the back end to a new processing site to better handle the heavier load brought on by the new stations.

If you would like to host a receiver please e-mail, these areas have the largest gaps:

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

Lake Huron:
Bruce Peninsula
Tobermory, Georgian Bay and Manitoulin Island/ North Channel

Lake Michigan
Port Inland

Lake Superior
Anywhere on the North and East Shores
Grand Marais North Shore
Munising to Grand Marais South Shore
Ashland to Copper Harbor

Lake Ontario
Most, Port Weller to Cape Vincent
Toronto
Oshawa
Colbourg

Seaway / St. Lawrence River / Gulf of St. Lawrence
All.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 2

The STEWART J. CORT created a sensation as she passed Detroit/Windsor on mid-day on May 2, 1972, amid throngs of people lining both sides of the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers, whistling acknowledging salutes on her up bound maiden run.

ADAM E. CORNELIUS (Hull#53) was launched at St. Clair, Michigan by Great Lakes Engineering Works on May 2, 1908. Renamed b.) DETROIT EDISON in 1948, c.) GEORGE F. RAND in 1954. Sold Canadian in 1962, renamed d.) AVONDALE. She was scrapped at Castellon, Spain, in 1979.

On 2 May 1874, the steamer 8TH OHIO was chartered by Magner & Company to carry their circus to various Great Lake ports throughout that season.

The 3-mast schooner EDWARD KELLEY was launched at Dunford & Leighton's yard in Port Huron on 2 May 1874. She was built for the Lake Superior Transportation Company of Cleveland, Ohio. A. O. Miller's coronet band played at the launching.

On 02 May 1903, ACADIA (wooden schooner-barge, 102 foot, 188 tons, built in 1873, at Smith's Falls, Ontario) was carrying coal from Oswego, New York to Kingston, Ontario, when she went aground in a storm near the Duck Islands on Lake Ontario. She was later recovered, but foundered again in July 1908. Again she was recovered and this time rebuilt as a barge.

1895 N.K. FAIRBANK was traveling from Chicago to Ogdensburg, NY with 50,000 bushels of corn when it stranded, due to fog and smoke, off Morgan's Point 6 miles west of Port Colborne. The wooden steamer caught fire and burned to the waterline. The hull was later refloated and, in 1899, rebuilt as the ELIZA H. STRONG only to burn again in October 1904.

1967 SHELTER BAY went aground in the Brockville Narrows when a bolt in the steering gear sheared off and the vessel veered off course, was holed by rocks and had to be beached off Royal Island. This member of the Q. & O. fleet was bound for Chicago with iron ore, but had to be lightered and then sailed to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs.

Data from: Skip, Gillham, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II 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.

 

Saginaw hits pilings at Toledo railroad bridge

5/1 - Toledo, Ohio - A Maumee River freighter struck wooden pilings early Tuesday morning at a railroad bridge near Middlegrounds Metropark.

The Saginaw, sailing downstream after delivering stone to the nearby Kuhlman dock, hit the pilings at roughly 1:40 a.m., according to bridge owner Norfolk Southern and the Coast Guard’s district headquarters in Cleveland.

Petty Officer Lauren Steenson, a Coast Guard spokesman, said the accident caused damage only to a walkway atop the pilings. Jonathan Glass, a railroad spokesman, said train traffic was halted for about an hour while railroad staff inspected the bridge. The accident’s cause was not immediately reported. The vessel was undamaged and was upbound for Windsor, ON, in the evening. Currents in the Maumee River were reported as being strong at the time of the incident.

The railroad bridge has a swing span at the channel that is opened when ships need to pass. It is just downstream of a sharp bend in the Maumee and has been hit from time to time over the years — although never seriously damaged — when high wind, strong current, or a combination of the two make navigation in the area difficult.

Toledo Blade

 

Port Reports -  May 1

Port reports are compiled from reader observations and AIS transmissions. As the new season begins, please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known).

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
In Duluth on Tuesday, Great Republic departed at 03:32 with a load of coal from Midwest Energy, and Joseph L. Block arrived at 04:48 to unload a cargo of what is most likely limestone at CN. John J. Boland entered port at 16:49 with stone, and tied up at Graymont to offload. The Block was just getting underway from CN at 19:30 Tuesday night, and was headed for Two Harbors to load ore. James R. Barker was due at 21:00 to load coal at SMET. Also in port Tuesday were Isolda and Federal Baltic, which continued loading their grain cargoes at CHS 1 and 2, respectively. In Superior, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was outbound at 08:45 Tuesday with a load of iron ore from Burlington Northern. Indiana Harbor arrived at 10:37 and tied up at Lakehead Pipeline for a delay. She is expected to shift to BN to load, likely on Wednesday night.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle departed Two Harbors on April 29th at 20:17 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on the 29th at 21:58 was the Edgar B. Speer. The Speer departed on the 30th at 09:07 for Gary. There was no inbound traffic for Two Harbors on the 30th and none scheduled for May 1st. Joseph L. Block stayed in Duluth to load ore after it discharged stone. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on April 30th and none scheduled on May 1st. Both the John J. Boland and the Herbert C. Jackson are to unload stone in the Twin Ports and both typically load ore in Silver Bay after they discharge their stone. The Boland arrived the Twin Ports at approx. 16:45 on the 30th and the Jackson is due in the morning of the 1st.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday April 30th: 7:23 Federal Margaree weighed anchor and proceeded to Keefer Terminal to unload steel. Expected late Tuesday: saltie Lyulin.

Sturgeon Bay, WI
Tuesday morning, the tug Karen Andrie was towed from berth 7 to the small graving dock this morning. Last week the barge Endeavour was towed into the floating dry dock. Also on Tuesday morning, the floating drydock, which has the tug G.L. Ostrander, was being towed back to be reattached to the floating dock. It appears the repair work was completed and the equipment was removed from the dock. It looks like the Ostrander will be re-floated later Tuesday

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Burns Harbor and Wilfred Sykes were in Burns Harbor Tuesday evening. John D. Leitch was at Indiana Harbor.

Northern Lake Huron
Bruce Mines:
Tuesday; 1:13 Olive L Moore and Menominee arrived to load trap rock and departed at 8:00 for Cheboygan.

Drummond Island:
Tuesday; Philip R Clarke arrived to load.

Port Inland:
Tuesday; 13:05 Cason J Callaway arrived to load lime stone.

Cheboygan:
Tuesday; 16:35 Olive L Moore and Menominee arrived to unload trap rock. 18:20 USCG Mackinaw arrived at the coast guard base.

Calcite:
Tuesday; 16:10 H Lee White departed for Green Bay.

Stoneport:
Tuesday; 2:10 Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder departed for Detroit.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
BBC California remained at the elevators on Tuesday. Algoma Innovator was loading salt. Mississagi was waiting to load. Radcliffe R Latimer cleared,upbound, laden with salt for Superior, WI.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
H. Lee White called on the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City, unloading there during the early morning hours of Monday. Manitowoc arrived at the same dock to unload, just after midnight on Tuesday. She was followed a short time later by American Century, which called on the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville. Both Manitowoc and American Century were outbound late Tuesday morning after unloading.

Detroit-Rouge River, MI – Raymond H.
The tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge Delaware were loading at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal Tuesday afternoon.

Cleveland, OH – Bill Kloss
4/30 arrivals: Petite Forte to St. Mary's Cement. Edwin H. Gott to Conneaut, Mesabi Miner and John G. Munson to Ashtabula. Sam Laud to Marblehead. 4/30 departures: American Courage to Ashtabula for a shuttle.

Welland Canal and vicinity vessel report - Tuesday April 30 by Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
docked - Apr 29 - Algosea at 0731 - arrival - Apr 30 - CSL Tadoussac eta 2230

Long Point Bay anchorage:
anchored - Apr 30 Algoscotia at 0708

Buffalo:
arrival - Apr 29 - American Mariner at 1505 -

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 29 - Algoscotia at 1802, Algoma Discovery at 1950 and Algoma Transport at 2035 - Apr 30 - Floragracht at 0302, Algoterra (ex Louise Knutsen-19) at 0312, Thunder Bay at 0706, Oakglen at 0857, Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1015 (to the anchorage).

downbound -
Apr 29 - CSL Niagara at 0835, tug Defiance & Ashtabula at 1011 (to wharf 12) and Tecumseh at 1316 - Arp 30 - CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0728, Federal Oshima (Mhl) at 0811, Federal Dart (Mhl) at 0935, Wigeon (Lbr) at 1210, Elisabeth Schulte (Bri) at 1952, CSL Welland anchored at 1230 and Baie Comeau at 1640

Welland Canal docks:
docked - Apr 29 - tug Defiance & Ashtabula at 1420 at wharf 12 -Apr 30 - Thunder Bay stopped wharf 12 at 1755 and Floragracht (Nld) stopped wharf 12 at 1940 - departure Apr 30 - tug Defiance & Ashtabula departed 1325 for Cleveland - severe ice conditions in Port Colborne harbour causing delays lasting up to 8 hours for some vessels

Port Weller anchorage:
arrivals - Apr 30 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1048 and Federal Oshima (Mhl) eta 2115 - departed - Apr 30 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0650 approx. for Mississauga, Carolus Magnus (Brb) (ex SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-09, HLL Celtic-09 at 0710 eastbound, Floragracht ( Nld) at 0715 for the canal and Esta Desgagnes at 1230 for the canal,

Hamilton:
arrivals - docked - Apr 23 - Algoma Conveyor at 0447 - Apr 26 - Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 0910 - Apr 28 - BBC Fortune (Atg) (ex Fortune-18, Beluga Fortune-11) at 0730 - Apr 29 - Cinnamon (Cyp) at 115, BBC Tennessee (Atg) (ex Beluga Felicity-11) anchored at 1321, Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 1347 and Florence Spirit at 1854 - departed - Apr 30 - Harbour First (Por) at 1839 for New York -

Bronte:
arrival - Apr 29 - Sarah Desgagnes at 2219 - departed Apr 30 at 1107 to anchorage - anchored at 1121 - departed 1850 back to the dock - docked Apr 30 at 1900

Clarkson:
arrival - Apr 30 - Robert S Pierson at 1452

Missisauga:
Apr 30 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0845 from Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
arrival - Apr 30 - McKeil Spirit at 0552 - docked - Apr 23 - Jamno (Bhs) at 0447 - Apr 30 - departure - tug Sea Eagle II & St Marys Cement II at 0805 eastbound

Oshawa:
arrival - Apr 29 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 1004

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 1

EDMUND FITZGERALD collided with the Canadian steamer HOCHELAGA at the mouth of the Detroit River, May 1, 1970, suffering slight damage at hatches 18 and 19.

STEWART J. CORT departed Erie on her maiden voyage at 0400 May 1, 1972. She was delayed by fog in Western Lake Erie.

The steel-hulled bulk carrier SHENANGO (Hull#62) was launched on May 1, 1909, by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, Michigan.

Scrapping began on the CHICAGO TRADER at Ashtabula, Ohio, on May 1, 1978.

The JOHN T. HUTCHINSON (Hull#1010) was launched at Cleveland, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. on May 1, 1943.

The IRVING S. OLDS sustained an eight-foot long crack across her spar deck and eight inches down one side in a storm on Lake Huron May 1, 1963.

LIGHTSHIP 103 (HURON) was launched at Morris Heights, New York by Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp. on May 1, 1920, for the U.S. Lighthouse Service. The SOO RIVER TRADER brought the first shipment of bulk cement to open the $18 million St. Lawrence Cement distribution dock at Duluth, Minnesota on May 1, 1982.

May 1, 1903 - The ANN ARBOR NO 1 sighted a burning vessel about 15 miles out of the Sturgeon Bay Ship canal, the steamer JOHN EMERY OWEN. The crew had already been picked off after the fire started, so the ANN ARBOR NO 1 put out the fire with her fire hoses. The NO 1 then towed the abandoned steamer to Sturgeon Bay and tied her up at the west end of the canal.

On 1 May 1875, CONSUELLO (wooden schooner, 103 foot, 142 gross tons, built in 1851, at Cleveland, Ohio) left Cleveland with a load of black stone for Toledo. Near Kelley's Island, a storm caused the cargo to shift and the ship capsized and sank. When she hit bottom, she jerked upright so the tops of her masts were above the water. Two of the crew, Fred Donahue and James King, were able to cling to the masts and they were rescued after about an hour and a half. Five others, including the captain and his wife, were drowned.

On 1 May 1876, the little steamer W.D. MORTON, which for two years had run as a ferry between Port Huron's Black River and Sarnia, left her dock for the Delaware River where she ran on a centennial excursion route for the exposition held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania She left the Lakes via the Erie Canal.

On 01 May 1858, OGONTZ (wooden propeller steamer, 343 tons, built in 1848, at Ohio City, Ohio) was purchased by Capt. A. E. Goodrich and George C. Drew for $5,600. This was the second vessel in the Goodrich Line. Just two years later, Capt. Goodrich had her machinery removed and she was sold to W. Crostin for $500. He converted her to a sailing vessel and she operated for two more years before she foundered in a storm.

1892: CELTIC, enroute from Fort William to Kingston with wheat and general cargo, sank in Lake Erie east of Rondeau after a collision with the steamer RUSSIA. The accident occurred in fog and one life was lost.

1909: ADELLA SHORES foundered with the loss of 14 lives in a Lake Superior storm while enroute from Ludington to Duluth with barreled salt.

1917: CASE began leaking on Lake Erie and was beached at East Sister Island, near Point Pelee and the ship caught fire when a lantern was knocked over. Some cargo was salvaged in August but the hull was left to break up in place and today the remains are scattered on the bottom.

1933: WILLIAM SCHUPP stranded on a shoal off Cockburn Island, Lake Huron, while enroute to Fort William in ballast. Once released, the vessel was repaired at Collingwood. It became MONDOC (ii) in 1945 and was scrapped at Deseronto, ON in 1961.

1940: ARLINGTON foundered in a Lake Superior storm on the second trip of the 1940 season. The wheat laden steamer was bound for Owen Sound went down stern first, taking Capt. Burke to his death. The rest of the crew survived and were picked up by the COLLINGWOOD.

1963: CAPE TRANSPORT was mauled overnight in a wild storm on Lake Huron off Harbor Beach. The steering gear was damaged, the radio knocked out and pilothouse windows were smashed. The HOLMSIDE, and later the RALPH S. MISENER, stood by. The ship reached a safe anchorage on May 2. Fleetmate OREFAX sustained damage to the forward cabins while upbound on Lake Huron in the same storm.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II 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.


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