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Coast Guard says Cleveland’s Neah Bay in Duluth as ‘precautionary’ measure

12/16 - Duluth, Minn. – Observers of the local port might have noticed the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Neah Bay moored in Superior Bay off Harbor Drive over the course of the past several days.

The Neah Bay, normally stationed in Cleveland, is in Duluth as a precautionary icebreaking measure as the Duluth-based cutter Alder is undergoing an extended-period of engine maintenance, Coast Guard director of vessel traffic services Mark Gill said.

"We sought and received tactical control of the Neah Bay and positioned it over in the west end of the lakes rather than let something happen and get caught unawares and have an asset 1,000 miles away," said Gill, who is based in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., home to the Soo Locks that connect Lake Superior to the rest of the Great Lakes.

The Neah Bay will return to her home port next week and give way to the Katmai Bay, another 140-foot icebreaking tug. The Katmai Bay is home-ported in Sault Ste. Marie.

The 225-foot Alder is expected to come back online around Christmas, Gill said.

A unseasonably frigid period around Thanksgiving necessitated icebreaking efforts locally. "Neah Bay has been loosening things up in the port and been up to Thunder Bay twice," Gill said.

Unseasonably warmer temperatures of late have left little in the way of ice. That's likely to change in the coming weeks.

"I'm comfortable saying we'll have a normal start to winter about the third week of December with early development of ice by the first of the (new) year," Gill said. "We'll be having to do frequent track maintenance at the head of the lake."

The close of the Great Lakes shipping season is Jan. 15, when the Soo Locks fold up for 10 weeks of projects, maintenance and repair.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Future USS St. Louis launched at Marinette Marine

12/16 - Marinette, Wis. – The Lockheed Martin-led shipbuilding team launched Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 19, the future USS St. Louis, into the Menominee River at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine Shipyard on Saturday. Ship sponsor Barbara Broadhurst Taylor, the daughter of a decorated World War II aviator, christened LCS 19 just prior to launch.

"LCS 19 is the second ship we've christened and launched this year. Our shipbuilding team has truly hit its stride. We completed trials on three ships and delivered two more. Once delivered to the Navy, LCS 19 will be on its way to independently completing targeted missions around the world," said Joe DePietro, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager of Small Combatants and Ship Systems. "We remain focused on delivering these affordable ships to the fleet as quickly as possible and increasing capability with each hull."

The Freedom-variant LCS integrates new technology and capability to affordably support current and future missions from deep water to the littorals. LCS is a highly maneuverable, lethal and adaptable ship, designed to support focused mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare missions. LCS 19 is targeted to support the mine countermeasures mission.

Lockheed Martin is in full-rate production and has delivered seven ships to the U.S. Navy. There are seven ships in various stages of production and test at Fincantieri Marinette Marine. This year, the Lockheed Martin-led team began construction on two ships, delivered two ships, completed sea trials for three ships and saw one delivered ship commissioned. LCS 13, the future USS Wichita, is slated for commissioning in Mayport, Florida, on Jan. 12.

View a video at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGURiaf-Gq4

 

Port Reports -  December 16

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Lee A. Tregurtha departed Two Harbors on Dec. 15th at 00:52 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving off Two Harbors on Dec. 15th at approx. 00:15 was the Whitefish Bay. She arrived Two Harbors on Dec. 15th at 01:12 after the Tregurtha's departure. The Whitefish Bay departed Two Harbors on Dec. 15th at 11:23 for Quebec City. That should be the final export ore cargo of the season from Two Harbors to Quebec City. Due Two Harbors late on Dec.16th should be the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Dec. 15th and none scheduled for Dec. 16th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday December 15th: 2:27 Tecumseh arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 9:20 Algoma Niagara arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 13:37 Cedarglen arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 15:37 Baie St Paul arrived at Keefer Terminal. 16:49 Algoma Sault departed Superior Elevator for Hamilton. 18:24 Tecumseh departed Richardson Main Terminal downbound. 18:53 Federal Katsura weighed anchor and returned to Richardson Main Terminal to resume loading grain. Expected for Sunday: Algoma Guardian.

Limestone Ports
Saturday, Stoneport: 9:52 Olive L Moore departed for Monroe. Calcite: 19:41 Cason J Callaway departed for Duluth Superior.

S. Lake Michigan Ports
Steward J. Cort and Federal Caribou were at Burns Harbor Saturday night. Manitowoc was due at Buffington Sunday morning.

Northern Lake Huron
Friday, Bruce Mines: 22:47 Cuyahoga departed for Marquette. Saturday, McGregor Bay: 8:09 Algoma Compass departed the Fisher Harbour Dock for Duluth Superior. Alpena: 19:47 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load. Undaunted is expected later tonight.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Capt. Henry Jackman departed downbound Saturday with salt. Posts from a crewmember on social media indicate she is down to a final few trips before being retired.

St. Clair River
Wilfred Sykes is expected downbound at Port Huron around 1 p.m. Sunday on her way to Detroit to load. This will be her second visit to Detroit this season.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
American Spirit arrived Saturday morning to unload ore at Zug Island.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Dec 15 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 15 Kivalliq W (ex Sten Fjord-18, Falcon-09) at 1255 - Docked - Dec 14 - Algoma Hansa at 2244. Departed - Dec 14 - Algosea at 2330 eastbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 15 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0522, Federal Weser (Mlh) at 0633, Raba (Lbr) at 0816, tug Ronnie Murph & barge Kirby 155-03 at 1024 - on maiden delivery voyage from Sturgeon Bay to Texas, and Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1200 and tug Ronnie Murph & barge Kirby 155-03 at 1716 (to wharf 16) Departures - Dec 15 - all eastbound - Blacky (Cyp) at 0954, Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1407, Raba (Lbr) at 1454, tug Ronnie Murph & barge Kirby 155-03 at 1716 and Pacific Huron (Atg)t 2100 approx.

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 14 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1734, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1729, CSL Assiniboine at 1913 and Kivalliq W (ex Sten Fjord-18, Falcon-09) at 2327 - Dec 15 - John D Leitch at 0328, Algoma Innovator at 0707, light tug Ocean Golf at 00802, CSL Welland at 0831, light tug Vigilant I at 1438 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1351 CSL

Downbound - Dec 14 - Oakglen at 1634, Thunder Bay at 1717 and BBC Georgia (Atg) at 2145 - Dec 15 - Sloman Hermes (Ger) at 0028,, Algosea at 0341, Algoma Harvester at 1049, tug Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1435, Raba (Lbr) at 1533, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1725 and tug Ronnie Murph & barge Kirby 155-03 at 1736 (stopping at wharf 16) and Frontenac at 1945

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 15 - tug Ronnie Murph & barge Kirby 155-03 at 1752 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 15 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1355 from Hamilton, Adfines Star (Mlt) ((ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1430 and Jana Desgagnes at 1820 approx. and Blacky (Cyp) at 1937

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 15 - Florence Spirit at 0005, Labrador (Cyp) at 1005 from Toronto and NACC Argonaut eta 2145 from Toronto - Anchored - Dec 12 - Senja (Mlt) at 1850 - Dec 13 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 1650 - Dec 14 - Federal Baltic at 2345 from the dock - Docked - Dec 13 - Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 0240, Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 0340 - Dec 14 -Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) at 0810 and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1805 - Dec 15 - Dec 14 - Algoma Discovery at 2120 and Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 2220 - Departures - Dec 15 - light tug Vigilant I at 1219, Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1042 for Port Weller and Algoma Discovery at 1445 for the canal,

Bronte:
Arrival - Dec 15 - Jana Desgagnes at 0636 - Departure - Dec 15 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0945 eastbound and Jana Desgagnes at 1634 for Port Weller

Clarkson:
Arrival - Dec 14 - Robert S Pierson at 1953 - Docked - Dec 12 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 0156 - Departures - Dec 15 - Adfines Star (Mlt) ((ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1255 for Port Weller

Toronto:
Arrivals - Dec 14 - McKeil Spirit at 0845 and NACC Argonaut at 2257 - Departed - Dec 15 - Labrador (Cyp) at 0530 for Hamilton and NACC Argonaut at 1948

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 12 - BBC Zarate (Atg) at 0725

 

CCG takes possession of new icebreaker named after pioneer Molly Kool

12/16 - Levis, Que. – The first of three new Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers refitted at Quebec's Davie Shipyard will be named after a female maritime pioneer. The Coast Guard has taken possession of CGCS Captain Molly Kool at a ceremony at the shipyard across the St. Lawrence River from Quebec City. Federal officials also announced another $90 million in work for Davie.

The ship, one of three bought from Norway in August, is the first new icebreaker floated by the Coast Guard in 25 years.

Myrtle "Molly" Kool was the first woman in North America to become a licensed ship captain. She was born into a family of mariners in Alma, N.B. in 1916 and earned a reputation as a fearless mariner transporting cargo on the Bay of Fundy.

The government cited the cost for the three icebreakers as $610 million in August when it announced its plan to buy them and have them refitted at the Davie Shipyard.

Budget documents later revealed that with tariffs, brokerage fees, engineering work and other costs, the total cost had risen to $827 million.

Canadian Press

 

Davie warns of shipbuilding strategy 'disaster' as Coast Guard icebreaker delivered

12/16 - Levis, Que. — As the Canadian Coast Guard took possession of a new icebreaker at Quebec's Davie Shipyard Friday, a Davie official warned that the national shipbuilding strategy could be headed for "disaster."

Frederik Boisvert, vice-president of public affairs, said shipyards in British Columbia and Nova Scotia that have won almost all shipbuilding contracts so far are not equipped to handle the work.

"We're ready to help. We've got the capacity," Boisvert said. Davie, he said, "could build in parallel six massive ships. The two other shipyards, Seaspan (in Vancouver) and Irving (in Halifax) they can only do one at a time. So, sincerely, that national strategy might become a bit of a disaster if we're not leveraged properly."

The comments cast a cloud over what was billed as a celebration of a milestone for the shipyard across the St. Lawrence River from Quebec City, delivery of the first new icebreaker floated by the Coast Guard in 25 years. Federal officials announced another $90 million in work for Davie to convert two other icebreakers.

The three ships were bought from Norway in August, at an announced cost of $610 million. Budget documents revealed in November that with tariffs, brokerage fees, engineering work and other costs, the total cost had risen to $827 million.

Boisvert said the icebreaker contract will bring the workforce up to about 260, but that is well below the 1,400 who once worked there. There is a danger of losing expertise, he said.

The ship handed over Friday has been named the CGCS Captain Molly Kool after the first woman in North America to become a licensed ship captain.

Myrtle "Molly" Kool was born into a family of mariners in Alma, N.B. in 1916 and earned a reputation as a fearless captain transporting cargo on the sometimes treacherous Bay of Fundy.

Kool, who died in 2009 at age 93, qualified as a captain when she was 23. Her certification led to the addition of the prefix "she" to the Canada Shipping Act, which previously had only referred to mariners as "he."

Vancouver Courier

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 16

In 1949, the tow line between the tug JOHN ROEN III and the barge RESOLUTE parted in high seas and a quartering wind. The barge sank almost immediately when it struck the concrete piers at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Eleven crewmembers, including Captain Marc Roen, were safely taken off the barge without difficulty.

On 16 December 1922, the JOSHUA W. RHODES (steel propeller bulk freighter, 420 foot, 4,871 gross tons, built in 1906, at Lorain, Ohio) struck bottom in the middle of the St. Clair River abreast of Port Huron, Michigan. Damages cost $6,179.32 to repair.

In 1983, HILDA MARJANNE's forward section, which included a bow thruster, was moved to the building berth at Port Weller Dry Docks where it was joined to CHIMO's stern. The joined sections would later emerge from the dry dock as the b.) CANADIAN RANGER.

IMPERIAL BEDFORD (Hull#666) was launched December 16,1968, at Lauzon, Quebec, by Davie Shipbuilding Co.

Canada Steamship Lines’ J.W. MC GIFFIN (Hull#197) was launched December 16, 1971, at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards.

Litton Industries tug/barge PRESQUE ISLE departed light from Erie, Pennsylvania, on December 16, 1973, on its maiden voyage bound for Two Harbors, Minnesota. This was the latest maiden voyage date at that time. There, the PRESQUE ISLE loaded 51,038 long tons of taconite pellets for delivery to Gary, Indiana. After this ice-covered trip, the vessel returned to Erie for winter lay-up. PRESQUE ISLE was the second thousand-foot vessel on the Great Lakes (the Erie-built STEWART J. CORT which came out in 1972, was the first).

While in tandem tow on the way to scrapping with the former Ford Motor Co. steamer ROBERT S. McNAMARA, BUCKEYE MONITOR developed a crack in her deck amidships. The crack extended down her sides to below the waterline and she sank at 0145 hours on December 16, 1973, at position 43¡30'N x 30¡15'W in the North Atlantic.

BENSON FORD, a) RICHARD M. MARSHALL made her last trip to the Detroit’s Rouge River where she was laid up on December 16, 1984.

The PIC RIVER was the last vessel to use the old Welland City Canal on December 16, 1972, as the new Welland by-pass opened the following spring.

WOLFE ISLANDER III arrived in Kingston, Ontario on December 16, 1975. Built in Thunder Bay, she would replace the older car ferries WOLFE ISLANDER and UPPER CANADA on the Kingston - Wolfe Island run.

WILLIAM A. IRVIN sustained bottom damage in Lake Erie and laid up December 16, 1978, at Duluth, Minnesota.

The Maritimer THOMAS WILSON operated until December 16, 1979, when she tied up at Toledo. During that final year, the vessel carried only 30 cargoes and all were ore.

On 16 December 1906, ADVENTURER (wooden propeller steam tug, 52 foot, built in 1895, at Two Harbors, Minnesota) broke her moorings and went adrift in a gale. She was driven ashore near Ontonagon, Michigan on Lake Superior and was pounded to pieces.

On 16 December 1954, the 259-foot bulk carrier BELVOIR was launched at the E. B. McGee Ltd. yard in Port Colborne, Ontario. She was built for the Beaconsfield Steamship Co. and sailed in the last years before the Seaway opened. During the winter of 1958-59, she was lengthened 90 feet at Montreal. She left the lakes in 1968, and later sank in the Gulf of Honduras with the loss of 21 lives.

1939: GLITREFJELL was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea by U-59 while sailing southwest of Norway. The vessel was newly built when it first came to the Great Lakes in 1934.

1941: The Norwegian freighter NIDARDAL, best remembered as LAKE GORIN, a World War One-class laker, foundered in the Atlantic P: 56.07 N / 21.00 W enroute from Freeport, Bahamas, to Manchester, England, with sulphur.

1962: ARISTOTELES of 1943 sank in the Atlantic 250 miles off Cape Vincent, Portugal, after developing leaks. The vessel, enroute from Detroit to Calcutta with steel, had first come inland in 1961. All on board were rescued by the Liberty ship HYDROUSSA, which had also been a Seaway trader in 1962.

1964: DONNACONA (ii) was disabled by a fire while downbound in Lake Huron and the forward cabin was burned out before a distress call could be sent. The ship was found, brought to safety and repaired.

1966: CABOT was loading at Montreal when the ship rolled on her side at Montreal and sank in 30 feet of water. Two lives were lost. It was righted on the bottom and refloated in January 1967 for a return to service. The stern of this vessel was cut off to help form CANADIAN EXPLORER in 1983 and has been part of ALGOMA TRANSFER since 1998.

1975: THORNHILL (i) went aground in the St. Marys River, was lightered and released.

1979: ARCHANGELOS ran aground in the St. Lawrence while outbound from the Great Lakes with a cargo of scrap. The ship was lightered and released December 21. It had to spend the winter in the harbor at Port Weller as it was too late to depart the Seaway that year.

1980: D.G. KERR (ii), enroute overseas to Spain for scrapping, was lost in the Atlantic, after it began leaking in bad weather.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Brian Johnson, Dave Swayze, Jody Aho, Russ Plumb, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series and the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Wilfred Sykes headed for Detroit

12/15 - After closing out the limestone season at Port Dolomite earlier this week, and after discharging that cargo at Burns Harbor, the steamer Wilfred Sykes is heading to Detroit. She is most likely going to load more iron ore fines at a Rouge River dock. She made a similar trip in November, however this run does not include dropping off stone first. Her AIS has her listed as a 4 p.m. Sunday arrival.

 

Last saltie set to depart Port of Duluth-Superior this weekend

12/15 - Duluth, Minn. – There was a flurry of grain-loading activity in the Twin Ports during the past several weeks as 17 oceangoing vessels arrived to load cargoes ahead of winter closure of the St. Lawrence Seaway at the end of December.

The Federal Rhine will be the last saltie to leave the Port of Duluth-Superior this season, though Great Lakes freighters will continue to move bulk commodities for another month as weather and ice conditions allow since the Poe Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., is scheduled to remain open until midnight January 15.

The 656-foot Federal Rhine is loading 21,300 metric tons of durum wheat today and Saturday at the CHS elevator in Superior – wheat bound for Italy where it will be milled and made into pasta, which likely will be packaged and shipped back to U.S. grocery stores.

The vessel is expected to depart by mid-afternoon Saturday, enabling the ship to clear Seaway locks well ahead of Christmas.

“The Port of Duluth-Superior is ending the shipping season on a strong note, “said Deb DeLuca, Duluth Seaway Port Authority executive director. “Through November, grain volume was up 22 percent over last year, and shipments of Minnesota iron ore were outpacing the five-year average by over 25 percent. While coal loadings have dropped significantly in recent years, iron ore shipments have picked up pace – already at 18.4 million short tons through November. With Great Lakes traffic continuing for another month, we anticipate the Port’s overall tonnage tally will top 32 million tons to close out the 2018 shipping season.”

 

It was a good year for the Port of Green Bay

12/15 - Green Bay, Wis. – Officials with the Port of Green Bay say 2018 was a good year. Port officials have recorded 1.88 million tons of goods that have moved through the port in 2018, which is almost 50,000 more than the total for all of 2017.

“We’re on pace to reach, and most likely even exceed, our annual goal of 2 million tons,” port director Dean Haen says in a news release. “That number is an indicator of the strength of Northeast Wisconsin’s economy. We’re appreciative of the manufacturers, farmers and transportation and logistics companies of Northeast Wisconsin and their employees, who’ve worked hard this past year and as a result have increased their imports and exports, leading to this high overall tonnage.”

Also helping shipping are high water levels on Lake Michigan.

Foreign imports of limestone are one of the top commodities, which are seeing a 230-percent increase from this time last year. Also, domestic exports of petroleum products are up 265 percent from a year ago.

Officials say shipping could continue into January with the possibility of ice-breaking allowing that to happen. WTAQ

 

Port Reports -  December 15

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
In Duluth on Friday, Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort departed late in the afternoon with iron ore pellets from CN, and American Mariner was outbound at 18:43 with a load of grain from General Mills. John G. Munson was tied up at Hallett #5 unloading limestone, and Federal Rhine, Duluth's last saltie of the 2018 season, was loading wheat at CHS 2. In Superior, Edgar B. Speer and Michipicoten loaded ore at Burlington Northern on Friday, with the latter expected to depart at some point Friday night.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Lee A. Tregurtha arrived Two Harbors on Dec. 14 at 17:41 for South of #2. As of 18:15 on Dec. 14th the Whitefish Bay was approx. 4 hours ENE of Two Harbors, probably arriving after the Tregurtha's departure. Two Harbors has no scheduled traffic for Dec. 15th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Dec. 14th and none scheduled for Dec. 15th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday December 14th: 0:30 saltie Juno departed Superior Elevator for Montreal. 1:03 Algoma Sault departed G3 and shifted over to Superior Elevator to load grain. 12:44 Saginaw departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Thorold. 13:43 CSL Laurentien arrived at G3 to load grain. 19:02 Federal Katsura departed Richardson Main Terminal and went to anchor. Expected for Saturday: lakers Tecumseh, Algoma Niagara, Cedarglen and Baie St Paul.

Manitowoc, Wis. – Jenson Wetenkamp
Bradshaw McKee arrived around 1400 Dec. 13 with a load of cement. Tug Candace Elise helped assist the ship in port as well as icebreaking.

Limestone Ports
Thursday, Calcite: 21:27 John J Boland departed for Detroit. Friday, Stoneport: 15:00 Olive L Moore arrived and went to anchor. 17:59 H Lee White departed for Fairport. Olive L Moore then proceeded to the loading dock. Calcite: 0:50 Manitowoc arrived to load and departed at 20:10 for Buffington. Cason J Callaway arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron
Thursday, Spragge: After unloading limestone Manitowoc departed for Calcite. Friday, McGregor Bay: 7:53 Algoma Compass arrived at the Fisher Harbour dock to unload road salt. Bruce Mines: 16:18 Cuyahoga arrived to load trap rock.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
John J Boland arrived Friday evening to unload stone at the McCoig Concrete dock. The Mesabi Miner stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal a short time later.

Welland Canal and regional report -Friday Dec 14 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Dec 13 - Algosea at 2021 and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2326 - Departed - Dec 14 - Mesabi Miner at 0243 westbound and Algonova at 1150 and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1200 - all westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1954 - Dec 14 Fearless (Lbr) (ex Bright Laker-13) at 0202, light tug Ocean A Simard at 1140 to wharf 2 to assist Vitosha (Mlt) departure, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1734, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1729, CSL Assiniboine at 1913 and Kivalliq W (ex Sten Fjord-18, Falcon-09) eta 2255 - Downbound - Dec 14 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0608, Wicko (hs) at 0630, Algoma Discovery at 0713, Flevoborg (Nld) at 1022, Florence Spirit at 1103, Victoriaborg (Nld) at 1242, Oakglen at 1634, Thunder Bay at 1717 and BBC Georgia (Atg) eta 2115

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 13 - Vitosha (Mlt) at 0737 to wharf 2 to unload - Departed Dec 14 at 1337 eastbound for P.E.I. - tug Ocean A Simard assisted departure

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 14 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1805 - Anchored - Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 2220- Dec 12 - Senja (Mlt) at 1850 approx. - Dec 13 -Greenwing (Cyp) at 1650 - Docked - Federal Bering (Mhl) - Dec 13 - Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 0240, Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 0340 and Federal Baltic at 1910 - Dec 14 -Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) at 0810 from the anchorage - Departures - Dec 13 - Fearless (Lbr) (ex Bright laker-13) at 2337

Bronte:
Docked - Dec 13 - Sarah Desgagnes at 2337

Clarkson:
Arrival - Dec 14 - Robert S Pierson at 1953 - Docked - Dec 12 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 0156 - Dec 13 - Adfines Star (Mlt) ((ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1930

Toronto:
Arrivals - Dec 14 - McKeil Spirit at 0845 and NACC Argonaut eta 2300 - Docked - Dec 8 - Labrador (Cyp) at 1642 (Redpath dock)

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 12 - BBC Zarate (Atg) at 0725 - Departure - Dec 14 - Algoma Innovator at 0452

 

Former Coast Guard vessel Bramble sold; will retrace Northwest Passage voyage

12/15 - Port Huron, Mich. – The retired U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bramble could be repeating its historic 1957 voyage through the Northwest Passage. In a news release, Robert Klingler of Marine City said he has sold the Bramble to Tom Clarke, who is president of Kissito Healthcare Inc. in Roanoke, Virginia.

According to the news release, Clarke plans to prepare the ship to retrace the 1957 passage through the Northwest Passage. The ship will leave Miami in 2019, which will be the 75th anniversary of its launching.

"We very much want to continue in Bob Klingler's footsteps of involving the Bramble community in every aspect of Bramble's future," said Clarke in the news release.

The Bramble will spend the rest of the winter moored at the Bean Dock in Port Huron, where a new crew will prepare it for a spring passage to Mobile Bay, Alabama. Once there, the ship will be hauled out at Clarke's Pinto Island shipyard.

The Bramble could be undergoing sea trials in ice conditions in the St. Clair River during the winter.

"We, the family of the Klinglers and the crew of the Bramble for the past six years, are extremely fortunate to have found a trustee of history, as we were, who is going to keep Bramble preserved for as long as we can imagine and especially recreate the Northwest Passage," Klingler said. "He has the love of the history and the means to keep the ship intact for all to enjoy her for years to come."

Robert and Sara Klingler bought the Bramble in 2013 from the Port Huron Museum, which received the ship from the Coast Guard. The Klinglers have been operating it as a museum ship docked at the Bean Dock in Port Huron. It had been listed with a Florida yacht broker with an asking price of $1.65 million.

The museum had the Bramble on the market for about four years. The original asking price was $300,000, which was reduced to $200,000.

Read more and view a photo gallery at this link: https://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/2018/12/14/bramble-sold-virginia-man/2309471002

 

Museum tug Edna G decorated with lights to raise awareness

12/15 - Two Harbors, Minn. – A group of dedicated volunteers from Friends of the Edna G spent time Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 decorating the 128-year-old tugboat with strands of donated lights.

"It's always somewhat of a challenge when you try to put Christmas lights on something odd," Friends of the Edna G member Hayse Scriven said. "The deck was slippery with snow and trying to figure out how they'd connect took some work, but we also had a group of pretty ingenious people working on it."

The Friends of the Edna G is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Great Lakes tugboat Edna G. The goals of the organization are to restore, maintain, display and interpret its historic appearance and to educate the public about its role, according to the organization's website.

Scriven brought the idea of covering the tug with lights to the Friends after he was inspired by his job. Scriven serves as the executive director of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior. Last Christmas, he wrapped the M60 tank displayed in front of the center with holiday lights.

"I had experience putting lights on a weird vehicle, so it felt like we could use some of the same tactics," Scriven said.

Scriven posted a call for light donations on the group's Facebook page and received many responses.

"All the lights came from community members," Scriven said. "There was one guy from the Cities who donated a bunch. He had a friend up here who came up and dropped off the lights for us."

The group picked the days and got to work. Scriven said the biggest challenge was finding some ways to hang the icicle lights to the lip and attaching lights to the metal sides.

The overall goal of the project is to raise awareness of the tug. "Maybe people come come down and see how cute the tug looks and it'll get them excited about her and talking about her," Scriven said.

The tug is facing challenges. The city and the tug commission have been working with an outside consultant on a feasibility study of the tug, looking at the hull and exploring the option of taking the tug out of the water.

"That was done before I came onboard and some of the other commission members came onboard earlier this year," Scriven said. "What we'd like to do is take another route and look at what it would take to keep the boat in the water because we want to explore all of our options with the tugboat. We're not set down the path that it needs to come out of the water. We want all of the information down in front of us to make a wise decision on her future."

In the meantime, while the tug's future is yet to be determined, steps are being taken to ensure less ice damage occurs over this winter. The commission recently purchased several bubblers to keep ice from forming around the tug.

Lake County News-Chronicle

 

Model ship artist showcases his work at Castellani Art Museum

12/15 - Lewiston, N.Y. – Justin Higner started making model ships at the age of 10 and never stopped. Now, 25years later, he has an amazing collection of cardboard craft. They range in style and in sizes. Some of the ships are small and can be easily handled. Some of the pieces, like the artist's "Leviathan," are 14 feet long and credibly impressive in their detail.

He may have begun as a hobbyist, but now that 40 of Higner's ships are on display at the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University in New York, the hobbyist has evolved into an artist. His collection fills an entire room and while he gives the tour he likes to dress as the "Commodore" of his fleet.

He says he got hooked on building ships because they represent limitless possibilities, adding "they carry people, they carry ideas, they carry senses of self for whole cultures."

The collection will be on display at the Castellani Art Museum through March 17th.

WKBW-TV

 

Lay-up reports needed

12/15 - As the end of the shipping season approaches, please send reports of vessel lay-ups to news@boatnerd.net. This will help us compile our annual lay-up list. Please include vessel name, port and lay-up dock name (if known).

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Today in Great Lakes History -  December 15

On 15 December 1902, the TIONESTA (steel propeller passenger steamer, 340 foot, 4,329 gross tons) was launched at the Detroit Ship Building Company, Wyandotte, Michigan (Hull #150) for the Erie & Western Transportation Company (Anchor Line). She was christened by Miss Marie B. Wetmore. The vessel lasted until 1940, when she was scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario.

ROBERT KOCH went hard aground December 15, 1985, on Sheldon Point off Oswego, New York, loaded with 2,000 tons of cement, when her towline parted from the tug R & L NO 1. Dragging her anchors in heavy weather, she fetched up on a rocky shelf in 16 feet of water 300 yards off shore. She spent the winter on the bottom but was released in July 1986 and taken to Contrecoeur, Quebec, for scrapping. The dismantling was finally completed at Levis, Quebec, in 1990-1991.

NORTHCLIFFE HALL departed Kingston on December 15, 1974, headed for Colombia with a load of newsprint. She traded briefly in the Caribbean and then laid up at Houston, Texas, later to return to the lakes.

On December 15, 1972, GEORGIAN BAY was reported as the last ship to pass through the city of Welland as the new $8.3 million by-pass channel was to be ready for the beginning of the 1973, shipping season. (Actually two other ships, the TADOUSSAC and PIC RIVER, followed her through.)

The JOHN E. F. MISENER, a.) SCOTT MISENER, was laid up for the last time on December 15, 1982, at Port McNicoll, Ontario.

JOE S. MORROW (Hull#350) was launched December 15, 1906, at Lorain, Ohio by the American Ship Building Co.

RED WING was laid up for the last time at Toronto on December 15, 1984, due in part to the uneconomical operation of her steam turbine power plant.

The self-unloader ROGERS CITY cleared Lauzon, Quebec, on December 15, 1987, in tow of the Maltese tug PHOCEEN on the first leg of her tow to the cutter’s torch.

On December 15, 1988, Purvis Marine's ANGLIAN LADY departed Mackinaw City with the CHIEF WAWATAM under tow, arriving at the Canadian Soo the next day. During the winter of 1988-89, Purvis removed items tagged by the state of Michigan (including the pilot house) and began converting her into a barge.

On 15 December 1888, GEORGE W. ROBY (wooden propeller, 281 foot, 1,843 gross tons,) was launched at W. Bay City, Michigan. She was built by F. W. Wheeler (Hull#45).

Below is a winter lay-up list as published in the Port Huron Times on 15 December 1876. At Port Huron -- Steam barges: ABERCORN, BIRKHEAD, BAY CITY, H D COFFINBURY, WILLIAM COWIE, N K FAIRBANK, GERMANIA, GEORGE KING, V H KETCHUM, MARY MILL, MARY PRINGLE, E W POWERS, D F ROSE, SALINA, TEMPEST. Propellers: CITY OF NEW BALTIMORE. Tug: CORA B Schooners and Barges: T Y AVERY, BUCKEYE STATE, GEORGE W BISSEL, KATIE BRAINARD, D K CLINT, DAYTON, S GARDNER, A GEBHART, C G KING, T G LESTER, MARINE CITY, H R NEWCOMB, J H RUTTER, REINDEER, C SPADEMAN, SAGINAW, ST JOSEPH, TAYLOR, TROY, C L YOUNG, YANKEE. At Marysville -- D G WILLIAMS, 7 tow barges, JUPITER, and LEADER.

1915: The passenger and freight steamers MAJESTIC and SARONIC of Canada Steamship Lines caught fire and burned while laid up at Point Edward, Ontario.

1952: The three-masted barquentine CITY OF NEW YORK came to Chicago for the World's Fair in 1933 and was also on display at Cleveland while inland. The famous ship had been active in Antarctic exploration and the Arctic seal hunt. The shaft broke on this date in 1952 and the vessel stranded off Yarmouth, N.S. Released at the end of the month, the vessel caught fire and stranded again off Chebogue Point as a total loss.

1973: RICHARD REISS (ii) broke loose in a gale at Stoneport, Michigan, and went aground with heavy bottom damage. The ship was refloated, repaired at South Chicago, and returned to service in 1974. It has been sailing as d) MANISTEE since 2005.

1983: CARIBBEAN TRAILER spent much of the summer of 1983 operating between Windsor and Thunder Bay. It was outbound from the Great Lakes when it was caught pumping oil in the St. Lawrence. The vessel remained active on saltwater routes until arriving at Aliaga, Turkey, for scrapping on August 29, 2009.

1987: The French bulk carrier PENMARCH began regular Seaway service when new in 1974. It was also back as b) PHILIPPI in 1985 and became c) MIMI M. in 1987. The ship was attacked by Iraqi aircraft December 15 and again on December 16, 1987. It reached Bushire, Iran, December 22 with heavy damage and was ultimately sold to shipbreakers in Pakistan.

2008: ALIKRATOR began Great Lakes trading in August 1983. It was moored in the estuary at Vilagarcia, Spain, as b) DOXA when a fire broke out in the accommodations area. One life was lost and another 8 sailors injured. The ship was sold for scrap and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, for dismantling as c) ADO on June 29, 2009.

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

 

Port Reports -  December 14

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
American Spirit departed Two Harbors on Dec. 12th at 21:47 for Zug Island. Two Harbors had no traffic on Dec. 13th. Due later in the day on Dec. 14th are the Lee A. Tregurtha and the Whitefish Bay. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Dec. 13th and none scheduled on Dec. 14th. Potentially figuring into North Shore iron ore pellet loading are the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader and John G. Munson. Both are due the Twin Ports late on the 13th/early on the 14th to unload stone.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday December 12th: 22:40 After taking on a quick load of grain at Superior Elevator, Manitoulin departed for Toledo. 22:57 saltie Juno weighed anchor and returned to Superior Elevator to resume loading grain. Thursday December 13th: 4:32 Frontenac departed G3 for Port Colborne. 12:29 Saginaw arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 12:35 Algoma Sault arrived at G3 to load grain. 18:24 Spruceglen departed Viterra B for Montreal. Expected for Friday: CSL Laurentien.

S. Lake Michigan
Alpena was unloading cement at St. Joseph, Mich., Thursday evening. Federal Caribou was due at Burns Harbor late Thursday or early Friday. Philip R. Clarke departed Gary in the evening.

Limestone Ports
Wednesday, Port Inland: 20:59 Manitowoc departed for Spragge. Thursday, Stoneport: H Lee White arrived to load. Calcite: 12:54 Great Republic departed for Gary Harbor.

Northern Lake Huron
Thursday, Spragge: 10:35 Manitowoc arrived to unload limestone.

Goderich, Ont.
BBC Georgia departed with grain Thursday afternoon late.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
A busy Thursday at the Port of Detroit started with the arrival of the Federal Ruhr, which docked at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload general cargo. Next in was the Olive L Moore/Menominee, calling on the St. Clair Aggregates (Brennan St.) dock to unload stone. Paul R Tregurtha arrived to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Soon afterwards her fleetmate, Herbert C Jackson, arrived with ore for AK Steel. The Defiance/Ashtabula called on Zug Island to unload coal. Algoma Buffalo arrived at the St. Marys Cement dock to unload cement clinker, ending the busy day.

Toledo, Ohio
Baie St. Paul unloaded salt at the A.R.M.S. dock Thursday and then at the City of Toledo salt dock. She departed for Thunder Bay around mid-day. Capt. Henry Jackman arrived with salt. According to reports, this is supposed to be the Jackman's last year of operation for the Algoma fleet. Baie Comeau loaded cargo at Thunder Bay, Ont., and is bound for Toledo. She should arrive in the Friday/Saturday time frame.

Welland Canal and regional report for Wednesday Dec 12 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 11 - Algoma Buffalo at 2011 - Dec 12 - Algonova at 1113 - Departed - Dec 12 - Algoma Buffalo at 1759 westbound

Buffalo:
Arrival - Dec 12 - NACC Argonaut at 0631

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 8 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 0623, (stopped at wharf 12) - Dec 11 - Whitefish Bay at 1120, NACC Argonaut at 1157 - Dec 12 - Tim S Dool at 0200, light tug Vigilant I at 0944 (up to fitout wall at dry dock)

Downbound - Dec 11 - McKeil Spirit at 2238 - Dec 12 - Algoma Spirit at 1334, tug Vigilant I with barge MM 180 (departed wharf 1 at 1430 approx) for Hamilton, Algoma Transport eta 1805 and Esta Desgagnes eta 2215

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 9 - Greenwing (Cyp) stopped at wharf 12 - Dec 12 - tug Vigilant I & barges MM 180 and MM 142 taken down to wharf 1 and secured - MM 180 departed with tug for Hamilton at 1430 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 11 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0900 and Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0905 and Federal Welland (Mhl) at 1600 - Departures - all eastbound - Dec 12 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 0205, Algoscotia at 0422, Elbeborg (Nld) at 0753 for Ireland, Beatrix (Nld) at 1039, Barnacle (Cyp) at 2000 and Federal Welland (Mhl) at 2010 for Algeria

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 12 - Algowood at 1023 from Clarkson, Senja (Mlt) at 1832 to the anchorage and Algoma Guardian eta 2100 - Anchored - Dec 9 - Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 0351 and Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 2220 - Dec 12 -Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) from the dock and Senja (Mlt) at 1850 approx. Docked - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick 1230 at Heddle dock, - Federal Bering (Mhl), Fearless (Lbr) (ex Bright Laker-13) and Vikingbank (Nld) - Departure - Dec 12 - Tim S Dool at 0000

Bronte:
Arrival - Sarah Desgagnes at 1625 (anchored off the dock)

Clarkson:
Arrivals - Dec 13 - Adfines Star (Mlt) ((ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1153 (anchored off the dock) - Docked - Dec 12 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 0156 - Dec 13 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1930 - Departed - Dec 13 - Robert S Pierson at 1927 eastbound

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 8 - Labrador (Cyp) at 1642 (Redpath dock)

Oshawa:
Arrival - Dec 12 - BBC Zarate (Atg) t 0725 - Dec 13 - Algoma Innovator eta 2110

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 14

On 14 December 1902, JOHN E. HALL (wooden propeller freighter, 139 foot, 343 gross tons, built in 1889, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) was towing the barge JOHN R. NOYES (wooden schooner, 137 foot, 333 gross tons, built in 1872, at Algonac, Michigan) on Lake Ontario when they were caught in a blizzard-gale. After a day of struggling, the NOYES broke loose and drifted for two days before she went ashore and broke up near Lakeside, New York without loss of life. The HALL tried to run for shelter but swamped and sank off Main Duck Island with the loss of the entire crew of nine.

On December 14, 1984, WILLIAM CLAY FORD laid up for the final time at the Rouge Steel plant in Dearborn, Michigan.

The JIIMAAN was towed out of dry dock at Port Weller Drydocks Ltd. on December 14, 1992, by the tugs JAMES E. McGRATH and LAC VANCOUVER to the fit out dock for completion.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE was sold for scrap in 1988, and was towed up the Welland Canal on December 14, 1988, by the tugs THUNDER CAPE and MICHAEL D. MISNER to Port Colborne, Ontario.

On December 14, 1926, W.E. FITZGERALD was caught in heavy seas and suffered damaged frames and hull plating. Repairs consisted of replacing nearly 25,000 rivets and numerous hull plates.

The package freighter GEORGE N. ORR, a recent war acquisition from the Canada Atlantic Transit Company, was wrecked off Savage Point, Prince Edward Island, on December 14, 1917. She was enroute to New York City with a load of hay.

On 14 December 1883, MARY ANN HULBERT (wooden schooner-barge, 62 gross tons, built in 1873, at Bayfield, Wisconsin) was carrying railroad workers and supplies in tow of the steamer KINCADINE in a storm on Lake Superior. She was sailing from Port Arthur for Michipicoten Island. The HULBERT was overwhelmed by the gale and foundered, The crew of five plus all 15 of the railroad workers were lost.

December 14, 1903 - The PERE MARQUETTE 20 left the shipyard in Cleveland, Ohio on her maiden voyage.

1977: SILVER FIR, outbound from Great Lakes on her only trip inland, went aground at Squaw Island, near Cornwall and was released two days later.

1991: The small tug HAMP THOMAS sank off Cleveland while towing a barge. They were mauled by 12-foot waves but the barge and a second tug, PADDY MILES, survived as did all of the crew.

1997: CANADIAN EXPLORER of Upper Lakes Shipping and the ISLAND SKIPPER collided in the St. Lawrence at Beauharnois with minor damage. The former reached Hamilton and was retired. The latter was repaired and resumed service. It revisited the Great Lakes as late as 2010.

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

 

Great Lakes iron ore trade little changed in November

12/13 - Cleveland, Ohio – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 5.1 million tons in November, a decrease of one load in a 1,000-foot-long U.S.-flag laker. However, shipments did outpace the month’s 5-year average by nearly 4 percent.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 49.8 million tons, a decrease of 1.7 percent compared to the same point in 2017. The shortfall has been decreasing over the course of the shipping season. At the end of April, iron ore shipments were down nearly 14 percent.

Through November iron ore loadings are 6.9 percent ahead of their 5-year average for that timeframe.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Port Reports -  December 13

Duluth - Superior – Daniel Lindner
Michipicoten departed Duluth early Wednesday morning with a load of iron ore pellets for Sault Ste. Marie, and American Century arrived at 17:36 to load at Canadian National. Isa and Miedwie both continued loading wheat at Gavilon and CHS 2, respectively, and the latter was expected to depart around 20:30 Wednesday night. Duluth's last saltwater vessel of the 2018 season, Federal Rhine, is due Thursday night for a load of wheat. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort departed at 15:00 Wednesday with ore from BN, and St. Clair was due at 21:45 to load.

Two Harbors - Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Joseph L. Block departed Two Harbors at 21:45 on Dec. 11th for Indiana Harbor. The Presque Isle then shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 between 22:02 to 22:30. She then departed on Dec. 12th at 11:50 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on Dec. 12th at 12:20 was the American Spirit. As of 19:20 on Dec.12th she was still at the loading dock. Originally scheduled for Two Harbors was the American Century. She was switched to the CN dock in Duluth. Two Harbors has no inbound traffic scheduled for Dec. 13th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Dec. 12th and none scheduled for Dec. 13th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday December 11th: 21:57 saltie Blacky departed Superior Elevator for Sète, France. 21:57 saltie Juno weighed anchor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. 23:41 Federal Weser departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Montreal. 23:49 Manitoulin arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. Wednesday December 12th: 0:10 saltie Raba departed Viterra A for Montreal. 0:40 Spruceglen weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load grain. 8:31 Federal Shimanto arrived and went to anchor. 15:18 Manitoulin departed Thunder Bay Terminals and went to anchor southwest of the Welcome Islands. 16:28 Baie Comeau departed Viterra B for Toledo. 17:04 saltie Juno departed Superior Elevator and went to anchor west of the Welcome Islands. 17:09 Manitoulin weighed anchor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. 20:18 Algoma Harvester departed Richardson Main Terminal for Port Cartier. 20:46 Federal Katsura weighed anchor after 11 days in the harbor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Expected for Thursday: Algoma Sault.

S. Lake Michigan
Algoma Niagara was at Burns Harbor Tuesday night. Roger Blough was unloading at Gary. CSL Tadoussac as at Indiana Harbor. Federal Caribou was at S. Chicago with Alpena due.

Limestone Ports
Wednesday, Stoneport: Olive L Moore departed for Detroit. Dorothy Ann weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. 8:30 She departed for Marine City. Calcite: 7:44 Philip R Clarke departed for Gary Harbor. 7:58 John J Boland arrived to load. 14:34 John G Munson departed for Duluth Superior. 18:55 Great Republic arrived to load. Port Inland: 12:29 Manitowoc arrived to load and departed at 20:59. Port Dolomite: Clyde S Van Enkevort departed for Duluth Superior. 14:30 Wilfred Sykes arrived to load.

Goderich, Ont.
BBC Georgia remained at the grain elevator on Tuesday. Algoma Compass was loading salt.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
The tug Albert tied up along the riverfront Wednesday morning. The upbound Lee A Tregurtha stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. H Lee White arrived to unload stone at the Detroit Bulk Storage dock.

Monroe, Mich.
The asphalt tanker Iver Bright was in port Tuesday. Paul R. Tregurtha was unloading coal in the evening.

Toledo, Ohio
Salties Hanse Gate and BBC Carolina were in port Tuesday night, along with Baie St. Paul and the tug/barge Defiance/Ashtabula.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Dec 12 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 11 - Algoma Buffalo at 2011 - Dec 12 - Algonova at 1113 - Departed - Dec 12 - Algoma Buffalo at 1759 westbound

Buffalo:
Arrival - Dec 12 - NACC Argonaut at 0631

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 8 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 0623, (stopped at wharf 12) - Dec 11 - Whitefish Bay at 1120, NACC Argonaut at 1157 - Dec 12 - Tim S Dool at 0200, light tug Vigilant I at 0944 (up to fitout wall at dry dock)

Downbound - Dec 11 - McKeil Spirit at 2238 - Dec 12 - Algoma Spirit at 1334, tug Vigilant I with barge MM 180 (departed wharf 1 at 1430 approx) for Hamilton, Algoma Transport eta 1805 and Esta Desgagnes eta 2215

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 9 - Greenwing (Cyp) stopped at wharf 12 - Dec 12 - tug Vigilant I & barges MM 180 and MM 142 taken down to wharf 1 and secured - MM 180 departed with tug for Hamilton at 1430 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 11 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0900 and Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0905 and Federal Welland (Mhl) at 1600 - Departures - all eastbound - Dec 12 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 0205, Algoscotia at 0422, Elbeborg (Nld) at 0753 for Ireland, Beatrix (Nld) at 1039, Barnacle (Cyp) at 2000 and Federal Welland (Mhl) at 2010 for Algeria

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 12 - Algowood at 1023 from Clarkson, Senja (Mlt) at 1832 to the anchorage and Algoma Guardian eta 2100 - Anchored - Dec 9 - Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 0351 and Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 2220 - Dec 12 -Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) from the dock and Senja (Mlt) at 1850 approx. Docked - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick 1230 at Heddle dock, - Federal Bering (Mhl), Fearless (Lbr) (ex Bright Laker-13) and Vikingbank (Nld) - Departure - Dec 12 - Tim S Dool at 0000

Bronte:
Arrival - Sarah Desgagnes at 1625 (anchored off the dock)

Clarkson:
Arrival - Dec 11 - Algowood at 1753 - Dec 12 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 0156 and Robert S Pierson at 1314 - Departed - Dec 12 - Algowood at 0809 for Hamilton

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 8 - Labrador (Cyp) at 1642 (Redpath dock)

Oshawa:
Arrival - Dec 12 - BBC Zarate (Atg) t 0725

 

Buried sunken ship spine reappears on Lake Michigan

12/13 - Whitehall, Mich. – The spine of a sunken ship that has been buried in sand for several decades has reappeared on Lake Michigan near Whitehall.

Researchers believe the spine belongs to the ill-fated L.C. Woodruff, a schooner that sank off the shores of Lake Michigan in November 1878. But, they can’t say for certain.

Based on where pieces of the Woodruff were beached following its demise, the spine now visible through the shifting Lake Michigan sand and surf is more than likely a piece of the wayward Woodruff, said Allan Dake, a Whitehall-area resident and a researcher with the Muskegon Heritage Museum.

Dake spent four years doing research on the history of the Great Lakes, some of which is available to visitors and historians at the historic White River Station lighthouse on the White Lake channel from Lake Michigan.

“Over the years, other researchers have said that’s where the Woodruff was supposed to have been because it went ashore on the south side of the pier," Dake said.

That’s where residents first observed the ship spine at least a week ago – near the south break wall and channel walkway on Sylvan Beach near the entrance of White Lake, said Bob Lukens, community development director for the Muskegon County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/2018/12/buried-sunken-ship-spine-reappears-on-lake-michigan.html

 

Historic Delta Queen riverboat can cruise again; boat undergoing $10M repairs

12/13 - After a decade at dock, 1920s-era Delta Queen riverboat will cruise again. President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday authorizing the 285-foot-long (87-meter-long) riverboat immortalized in poems and songs to cruise again along the Mississippi and several other rivers.

The Delta Queen was sidelined in 2008 by a federal law prohibiting overnight excursions on wooden vessels. Both U.S. senators from Missouri — Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt — co-sponsored a bill to allow the exemption, which requires modifications to the wooden portions of the vessel, most of which are cabins and public areas. The hull is already steel.

"Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in American steamboat history," Leah Ann Ingram, vice president of the Delta Queen Steamboat Co., said in a statement. "This was the first big step in returning the Delta Queen to the waterways, where she belongs."

The Delta Queen began operation in 1927. Passengers have included presidents Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter. It served as a naval ship during World War II and is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. is based in Kimmswick, Missouri, near St. Louis, but the boat itself is undergoing repairs in Houma, Louisiana. The upgrade will include replacing boilers original to the boat, along with generators, plumbing, the steam line and heating and air conditioning. The total cost is estimated at $10 million to $12 million.

The company expects to begin three-, five- and seven-day cruises on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland, Kanawha, Arkansas and Illinois rivers in 2020. The Delta Queen is expected to visit more than 80 ports each year, including St. Louis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Louisville, Kentucky, and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Blunt said more than 170 jobs are expected to be created in Kimmswick, and cited the benefit of many of the cruises beginning and ending there.

"This important part of our nation's history will create jobs and strengthen our state's growing tourism industry," Blunt said in a statement.

Associated Press

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 13

CANADIAN ENTERPRISE entered service for Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd. on December 13, 1979.

On December 13, 1989, Kinsman’s HENRY STEINBRENNER, a.) WILLIAM A. MC GONAGLE was laid up at Toledo's Lakefront Dock.

G.A. TOMLINSON, a.) D.O. MILLS arrived under her own power at Triad Salvage Inc., Ashtabula, Ohio, on December 13, 1979, to be scrapped.

THOMAS WILSON ran aground in the St. Marys River on December 13, 1976. The accident required lightering before she would float free.

On 13 December 1872, the Port Huron Times added three vessels to those in winter lay-up at Port Huron: Steamer MARINE CITY, tug JOHN PRINDEVILLE, and wrecking tug RESCUE. December 13, 1906 - The ANN ARBOR NO 4 departed for Manitowoc, Wisconsin on her first trip.

In 1929, the McLouth Steamship Company filed a claim against the City of Port Huron for $687 because its sand sucker, the KALKASKA, was held up for 27-1/2 hours in the Black River because of an inability to open the north span of the Military Street Bridge.

On 13 December 1961, SWEDEN, a.) L C SMITH, steel propeller, 414 foot, 4702 gross tons, built in 1902, at W. Bay City, Michigan) arrived in tow at Savona, Italy, for scrapping.

1899: BARGE 115 broke loose of the towing steamer COLGATE HOYT in northern Lake Superior and drifted for 5 harrowing days before it stranded on Pic Island on December 18. While feared lost with all hands, the crew managed to come ashore in the lifeboat, found their way to the rail line and hiked to safety. They were found December 22.

1906: JOHN M. NICOL was loaded with barbed wire when it stranded off Big Summer Island, Lake Michigan. The crew was rescued by fishermen in a gasoline-powered launch, but the ship broke in two as a total loss.

1916: BAY PORT, a whaleback steamer built at West Superior as a) E.B. BARTLETT in 1891, struck bottom in the Cape Cod Canal enroute to Boston with coal. The ship was refloated but sank again December 14 blocking the entrance to the canal. All on board were saved. The hull had to by dynamited as a hazard.

1939: The Russian freighter INDIGIRKA went aground in a blizzard off the coast of Japan while trying to enter Laperouse Strait, near Sarafatsu, Japan. The ship rolled on its side and was abandoned by the crew. It was carrying fishermen and political prisoners. A reported 741 died in the cargo holds after being left behind. Only a few were still alive when salvagers returned after the storm had subsided. The vessel had been built at Manitowoc, WI in 1919 as a) LAKE GALVA and was renamed b) RIPON before leaving the lakes the next year.

1965: The Liberty ship PONT AUDEMER made one trip through the Seaway in 1960. It was abandoned by the crew as d) VESPER following an engineroom explosion on the Mediterranean enroute from Marseilles, France, to Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The vessel arrived at Cartagena, under tow on December 18, 1965. It was sold to Spanish shipbreakers and left for Villanueva y Geltru for dismantling on May 18, 1966.

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

 

Goderich-based tug Ian Mac is sold

12/12 - One of three similar tugs owned by MacDonald Marine, Port of Goderich, has been sold. The tugboat Ian Mac has been purchased by interests in Alberta, and will be leaving its home shortly by flatbed truck. The wheelhouse had to be removed to allow for bridge clearance, which limits height to 13 feet, 8 inches maximum.

Bruce McCreath

 

Marine industry expects worker shortage. So what are the jobs like?

12/12 - Cleveland, Ohio – You can hop on a freighter and see the Great Lakes, work two months straight and then have a month off. “People can walk on to our boats with a high school degree and make $60,000 to $70,000 a year,” said Interlake Steamship spokeswoman Chrissy Kadleck.

You can bank much of that money, since aboard the ship Interlake covers your lodging, your food, your cable TV. You don’t even have to make your own meals. Sounds like a pretty sweet gig, right?

Yet the marine industry is facing an employment crisis, as Baby Boomers reach retirement age. Generation X were pushed toward college, rather than labor jobs. The result is a “silver tsunami,” too few new workers to replace those who will soon leave.

“You have the perfect storm of a much smaller generational population with less exposure to the trades,” said Neal Harrell, president of the recruiting firm Brooks Marine Group, in Rhode Island.

The average Coast Guard-credentialed merchant mariner is 46, according to a 2015 federal government report called “Strengthening Skills Training and Career Pathways Across the Transportation Industry.” The overwhelming majority of job openings in maritime will be for occupations serving on vessels. And 90 percent of the high-demand maritime occupations will pay above the national median wage, with relatively low barriers to entry

The merchant marine refers to the non-military U.S. shipping industry; the freighters could be conscripted in time of war.

People may not know about the marine jobs available, said Jayson Toth, Interlake director of training & vessel personnel. Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School in Cleveland is one of about 55 marine high schools nationwide, aiming to let students know about possible marine careers.

“We’re trying to connect kids with exciting, fun jobs,” said D. Andrew Ferguson, the founder of Phastar, a Northeast Ohio aviation non-profit that provides technology and instruction at the school. “We’re trying to get that culture where kids are hand-in-hand, shoulder-to-shoulder, with people from industry.”

That culture, and those jobs, could include:
• serving in the U.S. Coast Guard or Navy
• managing a port
• building, repairing or storing boats
• sailing on a cruise ships
• working on a freighter

“These are good jobs,” Harell said. Many need baseline skills, such as welding or engine repair. But companies will invest in hard workers. “It’s an opportunity to work around the waterfront, and people who are out for recreation,” he said. “That’s a fun environment to work in.”

Interlake, which employs about 400 men and women aboard its nine freighters, accepts workers with a high school degree, a merchant marine credential and a Transportation Worker Identification Credential.

Officers generally earn bachelor’s degrees through maritime academies, such as the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Michigan. The school admits 60 people annually, 80 percent of them from Great Lakes states. The goal is to graduate 40 people, in either deck or engine tracks, each year.

On a freighter, the deck includes piloting the vessel and other jobs on the deck of the ship. Engine requires keeping the ship’s machinery running. (There’s also galley, which is the cooking and hotel services part of the ship.)

The academy is working to recruit more engineering students, and more diversity, said academy superintendent Jerry Achenbach. About 80 percent of the last class was men, the majority of them white, he said.

The work is hard, experts say. Eight hours a day, plus overtime, if you want it.

Interlake, which recruits from the academies and from union halls, works to find people with the right credentials and licensing, who want to live aboard a vessel for months at a time.

“It’s a cool, adventurous lifestyle,” Kadleck said. “Their office is the pilot house, and they’re looking out on the Great Lakes.”

Cleveland.com

 

Port Reports -  December 12

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Miedwie arrived Duluth at 00:37 Tuesday morning to load wheat at CHS 2. Indiana Harbor left port at 04:30 with a load of coal for St. Clair, and her fleetmate Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was inbound at 04:56 to load at Midwest Energy. James R. Barker departed at 11:09 after loading iron ore pellets, and Michipicoten came in at 18:23 to load at Canadian National. The McCarthy had been expected to depart at 16:00, however was still at the dock Tuesday night. Also in port was Isa, loading wheat at Gavilon. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort arrived at 09:08 Tuesday to load iron ore pellets at BN, and was expected to depart around 20:00.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Algoma Discovery departed Two Harbors on Dec. 11th at 01:42 for Hamilton. The Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on Dec. 11th at approx. 03:40 after being anchored off Duluth. The Gott departed Two Harbors on Dec. 11th at 12:27 for Gary. Joseph L. Block arrived Two Harbors on Dec. 11th at 00:22 for North of #2 layby. She shifted from 12:55 to 13:18 from North of #2 to South of #2. As of 19:15 she was still at the shiploader. Also arriving Two Harbors on Dec. 11th was the Presque Isle for North of #2 layby at 13:24. Due Two Harbors on Dec. 12th are the American Spirit and the American Century. The Hon. James L. Oberstar departed Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Dec. 11th at 02:03 for Cleveland Bulk. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Dec. 12th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday December 11th: 0:24 Spruceglen arrived and went to anchor. 7:14 Frontenac arrived and went to anchor southwest of the Welcome Islands. 8:05 USCGC Neah Bay weighed anchor and departed for Duluth. 10:10 Algoma Harvester arrived and went to anchor. 17:17 saltie Pacific Huron departed Richardson Main Terminal for Detroit. 17:26 Algoma Harvester weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 20:36 Oakglen departed G3 for Quebec City. 20:38 Frontenac weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load grain. Expected for Wednesday: Manitoulin and Federal Shimanto.

Limestone Ports
Tuesday, Stoneport: 17:45 Dorothy Ann arrived and went to anchor. Calcite: 4:14 Philip R Clarke arrived to load. Port Inland: 6:32 H Lee White departed for Detroit. Port Dolomite: Clyde S Van Enkevort arrived to load.

S. Lake Michigan
Algoma Niagara was at Burns Harbor Tuesday night. There were no vessels at Gary, Indiana Harbor or S. Chicago. CSL Tadoussac is due at Indiana Harbor early Wednesday.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday, Alpena: 21:49 G L Ostrander departed for Milwaukee. Tuesday, Owen Sound: 10:45 Prentiss Brown arrived to unload cement. She departed at 18:15.

Owen Sound, Ont. – Paul Martin
The tug/barg combination Prentiss Brown and St. Marys Challenger arrived early in the morning of Dec. 11th to unload cement at the elevator on the east harbor wall in Owen Sound. The pair departed in the early evening.

Goderich, Ont.
BBC Georgia remained at the grain elevator on Monday. Capt. Henry Jackman was loading salt.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
The tug Leonard M and her barge arrived at the Zug Island to load coke Tuesday evening. Arriving later was the Joyce L VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader, stopping to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum.

Monroe, Mich.
The asphalt tanker Iver Bright was downbound in the Detroit River Tuesday night, bound for Monroe. This will be her second visit to the port.

Toledo, Ohio
Thunder Bay stopped at the Midwest Overseas Dock Tuesday, then she proceeded over to the A.R.M.S. Dock just north of the Craig Bridge to do a partial unload of a salt cargo. She will unload the rest of her cargo at the City Salt Dock. Lee A. Tregurtha and Federal Baltic were also in port Tuiesday night. Baie St Paul is due in Wednesday afternoon and she may also have salt onboard to unload at the City Salt Dock.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Dec 11 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 11 - Algoma Buffalo at 2030 approx. - Departed Dec 11 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18, El Bronco-06, Hercules-81) & barge Margaret at 1832 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 8 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 0623, (stopped at wharf 12) - Dec 11 - Algoma Buffalo from wharf 6, Tecumseh at 0725, Baie St Paul at 0735, Barnacle (Cyp) to Port Weller anchorage, Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) to Port Weller anchorage, Whitefish Bay at 1120, NACC Argonaut at 1157 -

Downbound - Dec 10 - CSL St. Laurent at 1115, Beatrix (Nld) at 1518 and Algoscotia at 2137 - Dec 11 - Algowood at 0048, Federal Welland (Mhl) at 0208, CSL Niagara at 0557, Kaministiqua at 1027, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1524 and McKeil Spirit eta 2200

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 9 - Greenwing (Cyp) stopped at wharf 12 - Dec 10 - Algoma Buffalo stopped at wharf 6, CSL St. Laurent stopped wharf 16 at 1145 and Algoma Compass stopped wharf 16 at 1940 - Departures - Dec 11 - Algoma Buffalo from wharf 6 upbound, CSL St Laurent downbound and Algoma Compass at 1320 upbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 9 - Narew (Lbr) at 1532 - Dec 10 - Elbeborg (Nld) at 0240 and Beatrix (Nld) at 2355 - Dec 11 - Erria Swan (Den) at 0800 approx. from Clarkson, Algoscotia at 0800, Barnacle (Cyp) at 0900 and Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0905 - Departures - Dec 11 - Erria Swan (Den) at 2350 eastbound - Dec 11 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 1025, Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 1556, Narew (Lbr) at 1959 eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 11 none Anchored - Dec 7 - Vikingbank (Nld)(correction to name) and Dec 9 - Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 0351 and Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 2220 Docked - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick 1230 at Heddle dock, - Federal Bering (Mhl), Fearless (Lbr) (ex Bright Laker-13), Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18), Labrador (Cyp) - Dec 10 - Tim S Dool at 1314 - Departures - Dec 11 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0709 for Port Weller anchorage

Bronte:
Arrival - Dec 10 - Mia Desgagnes at 1232 - Departed Dec 11 at 1924 eastbound

Clarkson:
Arrival - Dec 11 - Robert S Pierson at 0318 and Algowood at 1753 - Departures - Dec 11 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0721 (for Port Weller anchorage) and Robert S Pierson at 1328 eastbound

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 8 - Labrador (Cyp) at 1642 (Redpath dock)

 

Parties to meet to discuss Port Huron ‘s Pere Marquette train bridge

12/12 - Port Huron, Mich. – Several parties will meet Wednesday to discuss the future of the Pere Marquette train bridge in Port Huron.

The meeting comes more than six years after the Port Huron Yacht Club requested permits to demolish the structure, and about three months since the Army Corps of Engineers proposed a memorandum of agreement between itself, the yacht club and state historic preservation office.

Yacht club Commodore Jim Goldenbogen said he believes the meeting hosted by the Army Corps is to ensure everyone has their final pitch on the future of the historic movable bridge. Marcia Haynes, who is behind the group Friends of the Pere Marquette Train Bridge, said she will also be attending the meeting.

"Well, we're going to all present our cases and we're going to see how the shoe drops," she said.

The yacht club applied for the permit in March 2012. It purchased the 3.3-acre parcel at the mouth of the Black River, next to its current property, with plans to remove the bridge and develop the area.

Goldenbogen stressed there are no set plans for what the yacht club will do with the property if it receives a permit to raze the bridge. "That's not in our design to have the bridge there, but we have to wait and see what the final outcome is," he said. "The cart's before the horse until we have a resolution."

Haynes and the friends group hope to preserve the structure. "Because it's a landmark ... and landmarks are landmarks. In saving the Round Island Lighthouse, there's no function to it, it's just a landmark," Haynes said, referencing the historic structure adjacent to Mackinac Island she assisted in preserving in the 1970s.

Goldenbogen said the yacht club is aware not everyone supports its plan. "You've got a very small group push back. And you know if it was public property that would be a different thing, but it's not," he said.

Goldenbogen hopes the meeting will end with a final memorandum for the yacht club, state preservation office and Corps to sign off on.

If the three parties sign the agreement, the yacht club would be required to extensively document the train bridge with a detailed written history, maps, photos and drawings of the structure and its surroundings. If and when the state historic preservation office approves the documentation, the Corps would grant the yacht club a demolition permit.

Officials have said the alternatives to demolition include doing nothing, preserving the site using federal criteria, moving the bridge to another location and the recommended documentation option.

Colette Luff, regulatory project manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Detroit District said in an email no decision on the permit application has been made.

"The primary purpose of the meeting is to consult on the feasibility of the bridge preservation alternative. We do not know what the outcome of the meeting will be," she said in an email.

Times Herald

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 12

On 12 December 1898, FANNY H (wooden propeller tug, 54 foot, 16 gross tons, built in 1890, at Bay City, Michigan) was sold by J. R. Hitchcock to the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. She underwent a major rebuild in 1908, when she was lengthened to 60 feet.

The push tug PRESQUE ISLE was launched December 12, 1972, as (Hull #322) by the Halter Marine Services, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana.

SPINDLETOP, e.) BADGER STATE was launched December 12, 1942, for the United States Maritime Commission.

WHEAT KING returned to Port Weller Dry Docks on December 12, 1975, for lengthening to the maximum Seaway size of 730 feet overall for the iron ore and grain trade, thus ending her salt water activities.

One unusual trip for the WOODLAND occurred when she arrived at Toronto, Ontario on December 12, 1987, to load a 155-foot, 135-ton self-unloading unit for delivery to the Verolme Shipyard in Brazil, where the Govan-built Panamax bulk carrier CSL INNOVATOR was being converted to a self-unloader.

On Monday December 12, 1898, the AURORA was fast in the ice at Amherstburg, Ontario, when a watchman smelled smoke. The crew tried to put out the fire, but to no avail. They were taken off the burning vessel by the tug C A LORMAN. The ship burned to the water's edge, but was salvaged and rebuilt as a barge.

On December 12, 1956, the once-proud passenger vessels EASTERN STATES and GREATER DETROIT were taken out onto Lake St. Clair where they were set afire. All the superstructure was burned off and the hulls were taken to Hamilton, Ontario, where they were scrapped in 1957.

On 12 December 1872, the Port Huron Times listed the following vessels at winter lay-up at Sarnia, Ontario: Schooners: MARY E PEREW, KINGFISHER, UNADILLA, ONEONTA, AMERICAN, J G MASTEN, PELICAN, UNION, B ALLEN, and CAMDEN; Brigs: DAVID A WELLS, WAGONER, and FRANK D BARKER; Barks: C T MAPLE, EMALINE BATES, and D A VAN VALKENBURG; Steamer: MANITOBA.

On 12 December 1877, U.S. Marshall Matthews sold the boiler and machinery of the CITY OF PORT HURON at auction in Detroit, Michigan. Darius Cole submitted the winning bid of $1,000.

1898: The wooden passenger and freight carrier SOO CITY sank at the dock in Holland, Mi after bucking ice while inbound.

1925: SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY stranded on a rocky shoal inside the breakwall at Fairport, Ohio. Hull repairs were listed at over $18,000.

1966: AMBROSE SHEA, a new Canadian carferry, was hit by a flash fire while under construction by Marine Industries Ltd. at Sorel, Quebec, and sustained over $1 million in damage. Completion of the vessel was delayed by 3 months before it could enter service between North Sydney, NS and Argentia, Newfoundland. The ship arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, for scrapping as d) ERG on June 22, 2000.

1972: SIR JAMES DUNN went aground in the St. Lawrence near the Thousand Islands Bridge while enroute to Sorel with grain.

1990: CLIPPER MAJESTIC was abandoned by the crew due to an engineroom fire off the coast of Peru. The vessel had been through the Seaway as a) MILOS ISLAND in 1981, MAJESTIC in 1989 and was renamed c) CLIPPER MAJESTIC at Toronto that fall. The damaged ship was towed to Callao, Peru, on December 13, 1990, and repaired. It also traded inland as d) MILLENIUM MAJESTIC in 1999 and was scrapped at Alang, India, as e) MYRA in 2012.

2009: The Canada Steamship Lines bulk carrier SPRUCEGLEN (ii) went aground near Sault Ste. Marie and had to go to Thunder Bay for repairs.

2010: The tug ANN MARIE sank in the Saginaw River while tied up for the winter. It was salvaged a few days later.

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

 

J.W. Westcott, the only boat with a ZIP code, serves freighters on the Great Lakes

12/11 - Detroit, Mich. – The J.W. Westcott is the only boat with its own ZIP code. The 45-foot steel boat works 24 hours a day, delivering mail, packages and sometimes pizza to the giant lakers that chug daily through the Detroit River, headed anywhere on the Great Lakes.

“Oh Lord, it’s crazy this time of year,” said the general manager, Captain Sam Buchanan. “We deliver Amazon. We’re delivering all kinds of stuff to every ship that goes by our station, pretty much.”

The Westcott has been an official marine U.S. Post Office since 1895. The company was founded in 1874, when it used a rowboat to deliver messages to passing ships through its “mail-in-the-pail” technique.

144 years later, the boat is still delivering mail in the pail. Of course, there are a lot fewer letters than there once was. There are a lot more packages, instead. But “you still can’t get a handwritten note from your child over the phone," Buchanan said. "Or the old letters that used to be doused with the wife’s perfume.”

The Westcott works from April until about Christmas Eve, usually remaining within a mile of its station, near the Ambassador Bridge to Canada. The boat meets every freighter on the Detroit River – which is basically every freighter delivering cargo from the upper Great Lakes to Lake Erie.

In addition to mail deliveries and pick-ups, the Westcott also:

• Serves a water taxi • Ferries Americans and Canadians to pilot foreign-owned ships, and brings pilots who are finished their shifts back to shore • Sells snacks and cigarettes • Sells U.S. and Canadian nautical charts, maritime history books, postcards and marine manuals • Stores and delivers freight

“When we’re out there delivering, we’re usually bringing somebody some happiness,” Buchanan said. “If you really want to see happiness, deliver 20 pizzas.”

View a video at this link: https://www.cleveland.com/news/2018/12/jw-westcott-is-the-only-boat-with-a-us-zip-code-serving-freighters-on-the-great-lakes.html

 

Port Reports -  December 11

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Cason J. Callaway departed Duluth at 05:33 Monday morning with a load of iron ore pellets from CN, and American Integrity was outbound at 09:40 after loading coal at SMET. James R. Barker arrived at 14:04 to load at Canadian National, and Indiana Harbor came in at 16:28 for coal from Midwest Energy. Both of those vessels are expected to depart early Tuesday morning. Isa was just making her way into port as of 20:00 Monday, and will be loading wheat at Gavilon after the Victoriaborg, which was expected to depart with beet pulp pellets around 20:30. Also in port was Flevoborg, taking on wheat at CHS 1. In Superior, Roger Blough departed at 00:51 with iron ore pellets from BN, and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was inbound at 05:15 to load. She departed at 13:15 for Nanticoke.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Mesabi Miner departed Two Harbors at approx. 04:00 on Dec. 10th for Nanticoke. Arriving Two Harbors at 04:26 on Dec. 10th was the Algoma Discovery. As of 19:40 on Dec. 10th she was still at the loading dock. The Edwin H. Gott was off Two Harbors at 16:40 on Dec. 10th. As of 19:40 on Dec. 10th she was running checked down just East of Duluth. Also running checked down for Two Harbors on Dec. 10th was the Joseph L. Block. As of 19:40 she was East of Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors on Dec. 11th is the Presque Isle. On Dec. 9th the Indiana Harbor was showing an AIS of Two Harbors, but was changed to SMET. Arriving Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Dec. 10th at 16:03 was the Hon. James L. Oberstar. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Dec. 11th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday December 9th: 21:46 saltie Pacific Huron weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Monday December 10th: 6:51 Algoma Innovator departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Oshawa. 7:32 Baie Comeau arrived at Viterra B to load grain. 8:36 USCGC Neah Bay arrived in Thunder Bay. She performed ice-breaking duties on the Mission River and in the harbor. 10:13 Oakglen arrived at G3 to load grain. 10:24 USCGC Neah Bay went to anchor east of Mission Island. 10:58 saltie Mottler weighed anchor and proceeded up the Mission River to load at MobilEx Terminal. 13:24 saltie Juno arrived and went to anchor. 16:54 Algoma Equinox departed Viterra A for ADM Windsor. 17:21 saltie Raba weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load grain. Also, Two Harbors-bound Presque Isle was in Canadian waters and passed south of Thunder Bay entrance. Expected for Tuesday: Spruceglen, Frontenac and Algoma Harvester.

Limestone Ports
Monday, Stoneport: Olive L Moore arrived to load. Calcite: 17:30 John J Boland departed and is south bound on Lake Huron. Port Inland: 9:28 H Lee White arrived to load.

S. Lake Michigan
Wilfred Sykes was heading to Grand Haven with slag Monday night. Algoma Sault and Federal Rhine were at Burns Harbor, with Algoma Niagara due in next.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday, Alpena: 15:30 G L Ostrander arrived to load cement products.

Goderich, Ont.
BBC Georgia remained at the grain elevator on Monday.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Kaye E Barker arrived Monday morning to unload ore at AK Steel. Next was the American Mariner, calling on Zug Island to unload coal. The upbound Edgar B Speer stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. The tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge Delaware shifted from the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to the Buckeye Terminal to finish loading. The unbound Manitowoc fueled at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Ending the day was the Sea Eagle 2/St. Marys Cement 2, arriving at the St. Marys Cement dock to unload cement.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday Dec 10 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Dec 9 - tug Albert & barge Margaret at 1832

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 8 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 1325 - Dec 9 - Beatrix (Nld) at 0445 and Algoscotia eta 2137 - Dec 10 - Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 0158 - Departures - Dec 10 - for the canal - Rodopi (Mlt) at 0915, Beatrix (Nld) at 1432 and Algoscotia at 1557- westbound - Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 0645 for Chicago and Americaborg (Nld) at 1445 for Windsor

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 8 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 0623, (stopped at wharf 12), Dec 9 - Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1401, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1546, Americaborg (Nld) at 1601 and Florence Spirit eta 2045

Downbound - Dec 8 - Federal Nagara (Mhl) - Dec 9 - John D Leitch at 1005 and Algoscotia at 2137 (for the anchorage) - Dec 10 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 0940, Algoma Buffalo at 1028 (stopping wharf 6), CSL St. Laurent at 1115, Beatrix (Nld) at 1518 and Algoscotia at 1617

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 9 - Greenwing (Cyp) stopped at wharf 12 - Dec 10 - Algoma Buffalo stopped at wharf 6 and CSL St. Laurent stopped wharf 16 at 1145

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 8 - Federal Barents (Mhl) at 0552 - Dec 9 - Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 0245, Erria Swan (Den) at 0800 approx. from Clarkson and Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 1600 - Departures - Dec 10 - Jana Desgagnes at 0001 eastbound, Kitimeot W (ex Icdas 09-18) at 0840, Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 1500 and YM Jupiter (Mlt) at 1707

Hamilton:
Arrivals - CCG Cape Rescue at 1224, CCG Cape Hearne at 1240 and CCG Cape Storm at 1419 (for Coast Guard dock - winter layup) Tim S Dool at 1314 Anchored - Dec 7 - Vikingborg (Nld) and Dec 9 - Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 0351 and Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 2220. Docked - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick 1230 at Heddle dock, Barnacle (Cyp), - Federal Bering (Mhl), Fearless (Lbr) (ex Bright Laker-13), Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18), Labrador (Cyp) - Departures - Dec 9 - Americaborg (Nld) at 1029, Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 1400 approx. - Dec 10 - Elbeborg (Nld) at 0038 for the U.K., Algoma Compass at 0932, Algoma Enterprise at 0952

Bronte:
Arrival - Dec 10 - Mia Desgagnes at 1232

Clarkson:
Docked - Dec 9 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0906 (from Port Weller anchorage) - Dec 9 - Robert S Pierson at 1430 - Departure - Dec 9 - Robert S Pierson at 0216 and Erria Swan (Den) at 0603 for Port Weller

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 8 - Labrador (Cyp) at 1642 from Hamilton - Departed - Dec 9 - Hanse Gate (ex CL Hanse Gate-15, Federal Matane-11) at 2237 for Toledo

 

Freighter watchers get another live webcam

12/11 - Port Huron, Mich. – Freighter enthusiasts have another chance to watch St. Clair River traffic live from anywhere, but this time, via a livestream set up at the Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron.

Gino Giacumbo, the center’s general manager, said he purchased the equipment a year ago but more recently “worked out the kinks” to stream the view continuously.

The livestream can be viewed at www.porthuroncam.com. In addition to the St. Clair River and lower Lake Huron, the view includes part of Thomas Edison Parkway and the boardwalk beneath the bridge.

“Hopefully, it’s something. I noticed a lot of people who don’t live in the area any more love it,” Giacumbo said. “They just like to watch boats. (Imagine) Float Down, the Mackinac Race. (But) especially the freighters constantly. It’s just going to be a nice thing for people to check every once in a while.”

The Blue Water Convention Center, including the livestream equipment, is owned and operated by St. Clair County. The livestream began Tuesday. It follows another river camera in Marine City that went live a month ago.

Giacumbo said officials thought it would be a good way to market the area. Unlike in Marine City, the convention center’s camera doesn’t pan the river or follow traffic as it passes. That stream can be found through the city and Marine City Area Chamber of Commerce’s websites at cityofmarinecity.org and visitmarinecity.com, or on YouTube at https://youtu.be/Hx5MNuQlDW4.

Giacumbo said the view was also limited because of the convention center’s roof, which doesn’t allow for a more scenic look.

He said the center will be providing a link for viewers to check on approaching boat traffic.

“It just seems like there’s people out there watching,” Giacumbo said. “I just thought looking at the freighters – it’s not that bad at all. I wish I would’ve known (the setup process) sooner. I would’ve had (IT help) do it a while ago.”

Times Herald

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 11

On 11 December 2002, after last minute dredging operations were completed, Nadro Marine’s tugs SEAHOUND and VAC took the World War II Canadian Naval Tribal-class destroyer H.M.C.S. HAIDA from her mooring place at Toronto’s Ontario Place to Port Weller Dry Docks where a $3.5M refit was started in preparation for the vessel to start her new career as a museum ship in Hamilton, Ontario.

TEXACO CHIEF (Hull#193) was launched December 11, 1968, at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd.

The H. LEE WHITE collided with the Greek salty GEORGIOS on December 11, 1974, near St. Clair, Michigan, and had to return to Nicholson's dock at Detroit, Michigan for inspection.

On December 11, 1979, while about 11 miles off Manitou Island near the Keweenaw Peninsula, the ASHLAND's engine stalled due to a faulty relay switch. Caught in heavy weather and wallowing in the wave troughs, she put out a distress call. True to Great Lakes tradition, four vessels immediately came to her assistance: two 1,000 footers, LEWIS WILSON FOY and EDWIN H. GOTT, along with WILLIS B. BOYER and U.S.C.G. cutter MESQUITE.

WILLIAM CLAY FORD loaded her last cargo at Duluth on December 11, 1984.

PERE MARQUETTE 21 passed down the Welland Canal (loaded with the remnants of Port Huron's Peerless Cement Dock) on December 11, 1974, towed by the tugs SALVAGE MONARCH and DANIEL MC ALLISTER on the way to Sorel, Quebec where she was laid up.

The fishing boat LINDA E vanished on Lake Michigan along with its three crewmen on December 11, 1998.

Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd.’s WHEAT KING was laid up for the last time December 11, 1981.

On 11 December 1872, the Port Huron Times listed the following vessels in winter lay-up in Port Huron: Sailing Craft: A H MOSS, FOREST HUNTER. MARY E PEREW, SEA BIRD, REINDEER, T S SKINNER, L W PERRY, ADAIN, LITTLE NELLIE, MAGGIE, PRINCE ALFRED, CAPE HORM, KITTIE, JOHNSON (wrecker), CHRISTIANA, HOWE, C G MEISEL, AUNT RUTH, W R HANNA, IRONSIDES, GOLDEN FLEECE, JOHN L GROSS, WARRINGTON, ANGLO SAXON, MOORE, LADY ESSEX, ANNIE, FORWARDER (sunk), GROTON, NORTHWEST, FRED H MORSE, GEM OF THE LAKES, D J AUSTIN, CZAR, JAMAICA, ANNIE (scow), AND HATTIE. Side wheel Steamers: 8TH OHIO, WYOMING (lighter). Propeller Steam Barges: W E WETMORE, SANILAC, CITY OF DETROIT. Tugs: KATE MOFFAT, TAWAS, HITTIE HOYT, FRANK MOFFAT, J H MARTIN, JOHN PRIDGEON, BROCKWAY, GLADIATOR, CORAL, GRACE DORNER (small passenger vessel), AND C M FARRAR.

On 11 December 1895, GEORGE W. ADAMS (wooden schooner-barge, 231 foot, 1444 gross tons, built in 1875, at Toledo, Ohio) was in tow of the steamer CALEDONIA with a load of coal, bound from Cleveland for Chicago. Her hull was crushed by ice and she sank near Colchester Shoals on Lake Erie. A salvage operation on her the following summer was a failure.

1911: A fire broke out in a wooden grain elevator at Owen Sound. The KEEWATIN was moored nearby for the winter but not yet locked in ice. The ship was moved to safety but the elevator was destroyed.

1963: MANCOX went aground in Lake St. Clair, near Peche Island, enroute from Sault Ste. Marie to River Rouge.

1984: The Yugoslavian freighter BEOGRAD, outbound in the Seaway with soybeans for Brazil, collided with the FEDERAL DANUBE at anchor near Montreal and had to be beached. The hull was refloated and arrived at Montreal for repairs on December 27. It was scrapped at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, as b) MURIEL in 1999. FEDERAL DANUBE (i) now operates for Canada Steamship Lines as c) OAKGLEN (iii).

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

 

Port Reports -  December 10

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Michipicoten started off a busy Sunday in Duluth, arriving at 01:31 to load iron ore pellets at Canadian National. Cason J. Callaway arrived at 03:15 with limestone for C. Reiss, and Paul R. Tregurtha followed her in at 03:22 for a load of coal from Midwest Energy. Victoriaborg was inbound at 03:41 to load beet pulp pellets at Gavilon. Great Republic left port at 05:06 after loading at SMET, and Michipicoten departed at 10:08 with her ore cargo. During the evening, Cason J. Callaway fueled and shifted to CN to load, and Paul R. Tregurtha left port at 19:08 for St. Clair. American Integrity was running checked down on her way to Duluth, and made her way into port at 19:45 to load coal. Also in port on Sunday was Flevoborg, which was tied up at Port Terminal and was expected to shift to CHS 1 to load wheat at some point Sunday night. In Superior, Roger Blough spent Sunday loading ore at BN, and was expected to depart around 23:00. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin dropped anchor off the Superior entry Sunday evening, and should arrive after the Blough departs.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Mesabi Miner arrived Two Harbors on Dec. 9th at 17:58 for South of #2 shiploader. Arriving off Two Harbors and going to anchor at approx. 18:55 was the Algoma Discovery. Due Two Harbors on Dec. 10th are the Indiana Harbor, Edwin H. Gott, and the Joseph L. Block. All 3 were delayed by weather on eastern Lake Superior. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Dec. 9th, but due on Dec. 10th is the Hon. James L. Oberstar that spent all day Sunday anchored in Whitefish.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday December 9th: 5:45 Algoma Equinox arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 7:25 saltie Blacky weighed anchor after 14 days in the harbor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. 11:51 saltie Pacific Huron arrived and went to anchor. 14:11 Algoma Innovator departed the MobilEx salt dock and shifted over to Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 14:40 saltie Raba arrived and went to anchor. 15:29 Algoma Equinox departed Richardson Current River Terminal and shifted over to Viterra A to load grain. 17:58 Federal Weser weighed anchor after 11 days in the harbor and proceeded to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 19:48 Algoma Spirit departed Richardson Main Terminal for Port Cartier. 20:32 saltie Mottler arrived and went to anchor. Expected for Monday: Baie Comeau, Oakglen and saltie Juno.

Limestone Ports
Sunday, Calcite: 8:37 John J Boland arrived to load.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Daniel Lindner
Burns Harbor arrived in Sturgeon Bay Sunday morning, and was placed in the graving dock where she will receive her 5-year survey in addition to routine maintenance work. She will likely depart before the end of December to finish out the 2018 season. American Courage, which has spent the last few seasons in layup at the shipyard, will be placed in drydock after her fleetmate, and is expected to return to service in 2019. The newly constructed ATB Kirby 155-03/tug Ronnie Murph is still at the shipyard, as is the Commander, which was formerly known as Cleveland Rocks and is now a self-unloading powdered cement carrier.

S. Lake Michigan
Wilfred Sykes and American Century were at Indiana Harbor late Sunday. John G. Munson was at Gary. St. Clair and Federal Rhine were at Burns Harbor. Federal Shimanto departed S. Chicago for Thunder Bay.

Northern Lake Huron
Sunday, Midland: 8:21 After unloading wheat, Frontenac departed for Thunder Bay on Sunday.

Goderich, Ont.
BBC Georgia remained at the grain elevator Sunday.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
The Alpena arrived early Sunday morning to unload cement at Lafarge. Next in was the Herbert C Jackson, loaded with ore for AK Steel. Federal Kumano arrived at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload general cargo. Clyde S VanEnkevort/Erie Trader arrived at Zug Island to unload ore. Philip R Clarke arrived next, calling on the Carmeuse Dock to unload stone. The unbound American Spirit stopped at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. The last arrival of the day was the tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge Delaware. They docked at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Dec 9 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Dec 7 - Algoscotia at 2218 - Dec 9 - tug Sharon M & barge Huron Spirit at 0145, tug Albert & barge Margaret at 1832 - Departed - Dec 9 - tug Sharon M & barge Huron Spirit at 1421 westbound and Algoscotia at 1802 for the canal

Buffalo:
Docked - Dec 7 - Manitoulin at 0344 - Departed Dec 9 at 0427 westbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 7 - Kitikmeot W (ex Icdas 09-18) at 1946- Dec 8 - Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 0124, Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 0918, Rodopi (Mlt) at 1325 - Dec 9 - Beatrix (Nld) at 0445 and Algoscotia eta 2140 Departures - Dec 9 - Narew (Lbr) at 0326, Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 0706

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 8 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 0623, (stopped at wharf 12) and tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1630 approx. - Dec 9 - McKeil Spirit at 0647, Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 0810, Sloman Hermes (Ger) at 0924, BBC Carolina (Atg) (ex Fantastic-11 Beluga Fantastic-11) at 1124, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1159, Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1401, tugs Leonard M & Vigilant I & barge Niagara Spirit at 1546, Americaborg (Nld) at 1601

Downbound - Dec 8 - tug Sarah Andrie & barge A390 (stopped wharf 1 at 2110, Damia Desgagnes at 1400, Federal Nagara (Mhl) and Algoma Enterprise at 2320 - Dec 9 - Narew (Lbr) at 0346, Algoma Compass at 0413, light tug Vigilant I (departed wharf 2 at 1620 for Hamilton), Whitefish Bay at 0452, Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 0727, Algoma Strongfield at 0950, John D Leitch at 1005 and Algoscotia eta 2130 (for the anchorage)

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 8 - tug Sarah Andrie & barge A390 stopped wharf 1 at 2056 - Departed Dec 9 at 2057 eastbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 8 - Federal Barents (Mhl) at 0552, Jana Desgagnes at 1556 and Kitikmoet W (ex Icdas 09-18) at 2046 - Dec 9 - Sloman Hermes (Gr) at 0001, Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 0036, Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 0245, Errie Swan (Den) at 1610 approx., and Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 1600 - Departures: - Dec 8 - Taiga Desgagnes at 22154 eastbound - Dec 9 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl), Sloman Hermes (Ger), BBC Carolina (Atg) (ex Fantastic-11 Beluga Fantastic-11) at 0933, Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1330 approx. Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1520 for the Netherlands

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 9 - Americaborg (Nld) at 0439 and light tug Vigilant I at 2100 - Anchored - Dec 7 - Vikingborg (Nld) and Dec 9 - Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 0351 - Docked - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick 1230 at Heddle dock - Elbeborg (Nld) - Federal Kushiro (Mhl), Barnacle (Cyp), - Federal Bering (Mhl), Fearless (Lbr) (ex Bright Laker-13), Elbeborg (Nld), Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18), Labrador (Cyp) - Departures - Dec 8 - Ojibway at 1326 eastbound, CCGS Martha L Black at 1937 eastbound, Sloman Hermes (Ger) at 2132 for Sarnia - Dec 9 - (for Port Weller) - Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 0058 for Chicago, YM Jupiter (Mlt) at 0218 Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 0854, Americaborg (Nld) at 1029 for Windsor, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1209

Bronte:
Docked - Dec 6 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1721 - Departed Dec 8 at 0157 eastbound

Clarkson:
Arrivals - Dec 8 Erria Swan (Den) at 0218 and Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0906 (both from Port Weller anchorage) - Dec 9 - Robert S Pierson at 1430 - Departure - Dec 9 - Erria Swan (Den) at 0603 for Port Weller

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 7 - Hansa Gate (ex CL Hanse Gate-15, Federal Matane-11) at 1056 - Dec 8 - Labrador (Cyp at 1642 from Hamilton - Departed - Dec 9 - NACC Argonaut at 0622 eastbound

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 10

The steamer EDWARD Y. TOWNSEND loaded the last cargo of ore for the 1942 season at Marquette.

CEDARGLEN, a.) WILLIAM C. ATWATER, loaded her last cargo at Thunder Bay, Ontario on December 10, 1984, carrying grain for Goderich, Ontario.

Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co. of Cleveland, Ohio bought NOTRE DAME VICTORY on December 10, 1950. She would later become b.) CLIFFS VICTORY.

IRVIN L. CLYMER was laid up at Superior, Wisconsin on December 10, 1985, for two seasons before returning to service April 30, 1988.

An explosion occurred in IMPERIAL LEDUC's, b.) NIPIGON BAY ) forward tanks on December 10, 1951. This happened while her crew was cleaning and butterworthing the tanks. Five crewmembers were injured with one eventually dying in the hospital. Multiple explosions caused extensive damage in excess of $500,000.

On December 10, 1905, WILLIAM E. COREY finally was pulled free and refloated after grounding on Gull Island Reef in the Apostle Islands in late November.

FRANK A. SHERMAN laid up for the last time at Toronto, Ontario on December 10, 1981.

Donated by Cleveland-Cliffs to the Great Lakes Historical Society on December 10, 1987, the WILLIAM G. MATHER was to become a museum ship at Cleveland's waterfront.

PAUL H. CARNAHAN and her former fleet mate, GEORGE M. HUMPHREY, arrived safely under tow at Kaohsiung, Taiwan on December 10, 1986, for scrapping.

On 10 December 1891, a fire started on MARY (2-mast wooden schooner, 84 foot, 87 gross tons, built in 1877, at Merriton, Ontario) when an oil stove in the kitchen exploded. The vessel was at anchor at Sarnia, Ontario and damage was estimated at $10,000.

The CORISANE (2-mast wooden schooner-barge, 137 foot, 292 gross tons, built in 1873, at Marine City, Michigan) was tied up alongside MARY and she also caught fire but the flames were quickly extinguished. She was towed away from MARY by the ferry J C CLARK.

PERE MARQUETTE 3 ran aground in 1893, north of Milwaukee.

1922: The wooden freighter JAMES DEMPSEY, built in 1883 as a) JIM SHERIFFS, was destroyed by a fire at Manistee, MI.

1963: The Canadian coastal freighter SAINTE ADRESSE went on the rocks off Escoumins, QC and was leaking in high winds while on a voyage from Montreal to Sept-Iles. Local residents helped lighter the cargo of beer and ale. The remains of the hull were visible at low water for several years.

1975: PAUL THAYER went aground in Lake Erie off Pelee Island. It was lightered to WOLVERINE and released Dec. 12 with extensive damage.

1994: The Maltese registered YIANNIS Z. entered Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago, in leaking condition after apparently hitting bottom while enroute from Manzanillo, Cuba, to Peru. The ship was arrested for non-payment of the crew. The vessel had been a Seaway trader in 1970 as a) MATIJA GUBEC. The hull was sold at public auction on August 28, 1997, and apparently partially dismantled to become a barge. It was noted sinking at its moorings on October 14, 2006, under the name f) KELLYS MARK and subsequent fate is unknown.

2005: JOHN D. LEITCH hit bottom above the Eisenhower Lock and began leaking.

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

 

DNR officers recover artifacts stolen from shipwreck near Traverse City

12/9 - Traverse City, Mich. – Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers have recovered stolen artifacts from a historical shipwreck after receiving a tip from recreational divers.

In September, the DNR Law Enforcement Division’s Great Lakes Enforcement Unit was notified that people were stealing internal framework – referred to as “ribbing” – from the Metropolis, a shipwreck north of Traverse City.

Metropolis is a 125-foot schooner located offshore of Old Mission Point in the East Grand Traverse Bay, which is part of Lake Michigan. The ship was abandoned after becoming lost in a snowstorm in November 1886. The remains of the Metropolis are divided in two portions, one located in 8 feet of water and the other at a depth of 120 feet. The site is part of the Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve.

Michigan’s Great Lakes are home to 1,500 shipwrecks and 14 underwater preserves, including Isle Royale, which provide recreational diving opportunities. It is illegal to remove anything from underwater shipwrecks.

“Shipwrecks are irreplaceable resources. They cannot be regenerated,” said Wayne Lusardi, a state maritime archaeologist with DNR’s Michigan History Center. “Unlike any other place in the world, Michigan’s fresh water allows for shipwrecks and other historical resources to be uniquely preserved.”

The two divers were able to provide conservation officers with photographs of the individuals removing the ribbing, the suspect’s boat registration and a license plate number from the vehicle located at the launch site. Conservation Officer Sean Kehoe was able to use the evidence from the divers to quickly locate and interview the two suspects.

Jacob Garris, 27, from Traverse City, and Joseph Frawley, 28, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., confessed to taking the ribbing and cooperated to return the stolen items to Kehoe.

Garris and Frawley were charged last month in the Grand Traverse County 86th District Court for the removal of antiquities from state-owned bottomlands. Both will serve 20 hours of community service and were fined $1,025 in fines and costs and $1,450 in restitution; they will serve 30 days of jail if they do not meet their requirements. The restitution will go toward shipwreck protection and education.

Michigan conservation officers are fully commissioned state peace officers who provide natural resources protection, ensure recreational safety and protect citizens by providing general law enforcement duties and lifesaving operations in the communities they serve.

FOX 17 News

 

Port Reports -  December 9

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Great Republic arrived Duluth at 05:30 Saturday morning to discharge limestone at Hallett #5. Flevoborg was inbound at 15:44, and moored at Port Terminal to take a delay. She is expected to shift to CHS 1 on Sunday to load wheat. Great Republic had been expected to shift to Midwest Energy at noon Saturday to load coal, however she was still tied up at Hallett #5 as of 19:00. Paul R. Tregurtha was due at 23:45 to load at SMET, and Michipicoten was due at midnight for a load of ore from CN. There was no traffic in Superior on Saturday.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors had no traffic on Dec. 8th. Due Two Harbors on Dec. 9th are the Mesabi Miner, Algoma Discovery, and the Indiana Harbor. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Joseph H. Thompson Jr./Joseph H. Thompson on Dec. 7th at 22:30. She departed Silver Bay on Dec. 8th at 05:30 for Cleveland. Silver Bay has no scheduled traffic on Dec. 9th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday December 8th: 10:44 Algoma Spirit arrived and went to anchor. 14:08 Kaministiqua departed Richardson Main Terminal downbound. 15:40 Algoma Spirit weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Expected for Sunday: Algoma Equinox, Baie Comeau and salties Raba and Pacific Huron.

Milwaukee, Wis.
Federal Rhine depated Saturday for Burns Harbor.

S. Lake Michigan
Wilfred Sykes and Stewart J. Cort were at Burns Harbor Saturday night. Algoma Niagara was at anchor and Federal Rhine was due. Federal Shimanto remained docked on the Calumet River.

Goderich, Ont.
BBC Georgia was at the grain elevator Saturday night.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
There was no vessel activity at the Port of Detroit on Saturday. Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Dec 8 ... Barry Andersen Long Point bay:
Anchored - Dec 4 - Algoscotia at 1822 - Departed - Dec 7 - at 2210 for Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Docked - Dec 6 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1816 - Dec 7 - Algoscotia at 2218 - Departed - Dec 7 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 2235

Buffalo:
Docked - Dec 7 - Manitoulin at 0344

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 7 - Kitikmeot W (ex Icdas 09-18) at 1946- Dec 8 - Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 0124, Narew (Lbr) at 0819, Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 0918, Rodopi (Mlt) at 1325 - Departures - Dec 8 - Kitikmeot W (ex Icdas 09-18) at 075 and Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 1006

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 7 - Spruceglen at 1941 - Dec 8 - Esta Desgagnes at 0527, Greenwing (Cyp) at 0623, Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 1008, Wicko (Bhs) at 1213, Algoma Harvester at 1330, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1630 approx.

Downbound - Dec 6 - Federal Yukina (Ml) at 2011 - Dec 7 - Federal Yukon (Mhl) at 0043, Taiga Desgagnes (Bds) at 0611, Mandarin (Cyp) at 0938, CSL Assiniboine at 1204, tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 1214 (stopped wharf 16) at 1234, Federal Barents (Mhl) at 1908, tug Sarah Andrie & barge A390 eta 2045, CSL Welland at 2141, and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2300 - Dec 8 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0307, CSL Laurentien at 0615, Kitikmeot W (ex Icdas 09-18) at 0808, Federal Nagara at 1030, Damia Desgagnes at 1400 and Algoma Enterprise eta 2240

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 7 - BBC Carolina (Atg) (ex Fantastic-11 Beluga Fantastic-11) at 0348 - Federal Yukina (Mhl) at 1130, Federal Yukon (Mhl) at 1246, Taiga Desgagnes at 1412 - Dec 8 - Wicko (Bhs) at 0800, Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1317, Jana Desgagnes at 1556 and Kitikmoet W (ex Icdas 09-18) at 2046 - Departures: - Dec 8 - Esta Desgagnes at 0455, Greenwing (Cyp) at 0600, Erria Swan (Den) at 0705 approx for Clarkson, Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 0945, Wicko (Bhs) at 1150, Federal Yukon (Mhl) at 1211 and Federal Yukina (Mhl) at 1635

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 8 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit eta 2010 - Anchored - Nov 30 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl at 2220 - Dec 4 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0730 - Dec 5 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 0630, Fearless (Lbr) (ex Bright Laker-13) at 0855, Elbeborg (Nld) at 1240, Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) at 1315 and Labrador (Cyp) at 2030 - Dec 7 - Vikingborg (Nld) and Elbeborg (Nld) Docked - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick 1230 at Heddle dock - Nov 29 - YM Jupiter (Mlt) at 0120 - Dec 3 - Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1324 - Dec 7 - Ojibway at 1032, Sloman Hermes (Ger) at 1101, CCGS Martha L Black at 1635 from trials (back to Heddle dock - Departures - Dec 8 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0458 for Port Weller anchorage, Algoma Harvester at 1053,

Bronte:
Docked - Dec 6 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1721 - Departed Dec 8 at 0157 eastbound

Clarkson:
Arrivals - Dec 7 - Jana Desgagnes at 1051 from Hamilton - Dec 8 - Robert S Pierson at 0218 and Erria Swan (Den) at 0918 from Port Weller anchorage) - Departure - Dec 8 - Robert S Pierson at 1234 eastbound and Jana Desgagnes at 1416 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 7 - Hansa Gate (ex CL Hanse Gate-15, Federal Matane-11) at 1056 and NACC Argonaut at 1704 - Dec 8 - Labrador (Cyp at 1642 from Hamilton - Departed - Dec 8 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0043 eastbound

Oshawa:
Departed - Dec 8 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 0909 - Departed at 0909 for Port Weller anchorage

 

ISMA encourages unlicensed crew to apply for Hawespipe Scholarship Award

12/9 - The International Shipmasters Association is encouraging unlicensed ship’s crew members who wish to upgrade their current certification to a higher rating to apply for the Hawespipe Scholarship Award.

Eligibility: Applicant may be from deck or engine room departments, part of the U.S. or Canadian Great Lakes commercial fleets, or employed aboard any other commercial vessel that operates on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway System Criteria: This scholarship will be presented to the applicant who:

• Demonstrates interest in the Great Lakes marine industry
• Demonstrates interest in growing their license/certifications for sailing on the Great Lakes
• Currently sails on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway System Must be actively in the process of upgrading their certification/licensing

To Apply: Submit, via e-mail, an application message with the following attachments:

• A short essay outlining who you are, what rank you currently hold, what your career goals are, and why you feel you should receive this award
• A letter of reference submitted by your Captain/Chief Engineer or other officer endorsing or supporting your application for this scholarship.
• Professional Resume

All submissions are to be made via e-mail with attachments as PDFs.

Scholarship Announcement Date: January 15.

E-Mail submissions or membership requests to:
Isma Grand Lodge Scholarship Committee
Attn: Rebecca Hancock
ISMA Scholarship Chairman
scholarship@shipmaster.org

The selection committee determines the final selection of all scholarship winners. Presentation of this award is in February at the annual ISMA Grand Lodge convention. Value: $1,000 per scholarship.

http://www.shipmaster.org/hawespipe-scholarship.html

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 9

While tied up at Port Colborne, Ontario, waiting to discharge her cargo of grain, a northeast gale caused the water to lower three feet and left the EDWIN H. OHL (steel propeller bulk freighter, 420 foot, 5141 gross tons, built in 1907, at Wyandotte, Michigan) on the bottom with a list of about one foot. The bottom plating was damaged and cost $3,460.19 to repair.

Cleveland Tankers’ JUPITER (Hull#227) was christened December 9, 1975, at Jennings, Louisiana, by S.B.A. Shipyards, Inc.

JEAN PARISIEN left Quebec City on her maiden voyage December 9, 1977.

CLIFFS VICTORY ran aground December 9, 1976 near Johnson’s Point in the ice -laden Munuscong Channel of the St. Marys River.

The FRANK C. BALL, b.) J.R. SENSIBAR in 1930, c.) CONALLISON in 1981) was launched at Ecorse, Michigan by Great Lakes Engineering Works as (Hull #14) on December 9, 1905.

ARTHUR B. HOMER was towed by the tugs THUNDER CAPE, ELMORE M. MISNER and ATOMIC to Port Colborne, Ontario, December 9, 1986, and was scrapped there the following year.

HILDA MARJANNE was launched December 9, 1943, as a.) GRANDE RONDE (Hull#43) at Portland, Oregon, by Kaiser Co., Inc.

The keel for Hall Corporation of Canada’s SHIERCLIFFE HALL (Hull#248) was laid on December 9, 1949, at Montreal, Quebec by Canadian Vickers Ltd.

On 9 December 1871, CHALLENGE (wooden schooner, 96 foot, 99 tons, built in 1853, at Rochester, New York) missed the piers at Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in heavy weather, stove in some of her planking and sank. She was a particularly sleek craft, actually designed as a yacht and once owned by the U.S. Light House Service as a supply vessel.

On 9 December 1874, the Port Huron Times reported that "the old railroad ferry steamer UNION at Detroit is having machinery taken out and preparing to go into permanent retirement, or perhaps to serve as a floating dining room for railroad passengers."

1910: JOHN SHARPLES of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Co., stranded on Galops Island in the St. Lawrence due to low visibility. The vessel was holed fore and aft and not released until April 1911 with the help of the tug HECLA.

1943: SARNIAN, the first member of what became the Upper Lakes Shipping fleet, stranded on Pointe Isabelle Reef, Lake Superior, while downbound with 162,489 bushels of barley. The vessel was not refloated until July 24, 1944, and never sailed again.

1956: FORT HENRY, a package freighter for Canada Steamship Lines, hit Canoe Rocks approaching the Canadian Lakehead, cutting open the hull. It reached the dock safely, quickly unloaded, and went to the Port Arthur shipyard for repairs.

1968: NORTH CAROLINA lost power and sank in Lake Erie five miles west of Fairport, Ohio, in rough weather. The U.S. Coast Guard rescued the three-member crew. The hull went down in about 30 feet of water and is a popular dive attraction.

1980: The salt-laden KINGDOC (ii) was released by the tugs POINT VALIANT and IRVING BIRCH after an earlier grounding at Pugwash, NS

1983: The saltwater ship d) IAPETOS was struck by Iraqi gunners in the Khor Musa Channel about 30-40 miles from Bandar Khomeini, Iran. It was abandoned and struck again by a missile and bombs on March 29, 1984. The vessel began Seaway service as a) JAROSA in 1965 and returned as b) IVORY STAR in 1973 and c) TURICUM in 1975. It was refloated about 1984 and scrapped at Sitalpur, Bangladesh.

2001: The former HAND LOONG, a Seaway trader beginning in 1977, sank as b) UNA in the Black Sea off Sinop, Turkey, enroute from Algeria to Romania with 11,000 tons of iron ore. Seventeen sailors were rescued but one was missing and presumed lost.

2003: STELLAMARE capsized on the Hudson River at Albany, N.Y., while loading turbines. The cargo shifted and three members of the crew were lost. The ship was righted, refloated and repaired as c) NANDALINA S. It was broken up for scrap at Aliaga, Turkey, as d) DOUAA A. in 2011. This heavy-lift freighter first came through the Seaway in 1989 and returned inland from time to time.

2011: VSL CENTURION lost its stern anchor while downbound in the Welland Canal at Port Colborne. Shipping was held up until it was found. The ship first visited the Seaway as a) SAGITARRIUS in 1990 and became d) PHOENIX SUN in 2012.

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

 

Sault Ste. Marie receives $20.7M grant to rebuild Alford Park, old Carbide Dock

12/8 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – Christmas arrived early for the City of Sault Ste. Marie delivering more than $20 million in the form of a Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant to make the needed repairs to the Carbide Dock including the reconstruction of a segment of E. Easterday Avenue between Ashmun and Seymour.

“This is a transformative project,” said City Manager Oliver Turner. “It ties together waterfront development with infrastructure management in preparation for the Soo Locks project and also ties into the (LSSU) Freshwater Research project.”

Turner pointed to the partnerships with the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, LSSU (Lake Superior State University) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as critical factors in securing this grant.

“It’s a great credit to the staff that contributed to this project and the leadership of the commissioners for pursuing this opportunity,” he added, before pointing to Sen. Gary Peters, Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Congressman Jack Bergman for their work at the federal level. Turner was also quick to add State Rep. Lee Chatfield and State Sen. Wayne Schmidt have secured funding through Lansing channels as well.

City Engineer Linda Basista, who was responsible for writing the grant request, described Thursday as one of the happiest and most exciting days in the Sault. She credited the completion of the waterfront redevelopment plan in 2016 as one of the major achievements that helped drive this grant request.

While the city has the concept in place to make the repairs to both the roadway and the dock, it will take some time to hone in on the specifics. “We have to start construction by 2020,” said Basista, adding that will give the city time to finalize the design and secure the necessary permits.

The BUILD program was established to distribute approximately $1.5 billion in federal funds for the specific purpose of improving infrastructure. There is no local match required and it appears as though city officials will be able to utilize the $1 million it secured in state funding for this project for other associated upgrades to Alford Park.

The Carbide Dock serves Great Lakes shipping traffic, providing a port for those approaching the Soo Locks or exiting. It also serves as an offloading site for various cargo including coal and salt as well as a port for the occasional cruise ship or research vessel.

The nearby park provided a good place for shorebound anglers to cast for salmon and other fish and was also a popular viewing location for those who sought an unobstructed view of the passing freighters. Safety concerns, however, forced the city to erect chain-link fencing to keep visitors well away from the water — eliminating the accessible fishing and curtailing sightseers.

It is believed that the completed repairs, projected for 2023, would once again make the Carbide Dock and Alford Park one of the major gathering points for visitors along the St. Marys River.

While that may seem to be a long time away, Turner vowed there won’t be any time lost. “We will be moving immediately into the preparation and design phase for this project,” he concluded.

The Sault News

 

Bayship releases preliminary winter fleet list

12/8 - Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has released a preliminary winter fleet schedule. Dates and times are all subject to change. Of note is the drydocking of American Courage, which has been sidelined the past few seasons. She is expected to sail in 2019.

 

Port Reports -  December 8

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
James L. Kuber/tug Victory departed Duluth at 06:29 Friday morning with a cargo of iron ore pellets from CN. The next vessel expected in Duluth is Great Republic, which is due early Saturday morning to unload limestone at Hallett #5. There was no traffic in Superior on Friday, and none is expected until Sunday.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader departed Two Harbors on Dec. 6th at 21:49 for Detroit-Zug. The John G. Munson shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 from 21:55 to 22:18 and departed Two Harbors on Dec. 7th at 06:01 for Gary. There is no scheduled traffic for Two Harbors on Dec. 8th. Scheduled for Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Dec. 7th is the Joseph H. Thompson Jr./Joseph H. Thompson. She is due late in the evening. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Dec. 8th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday December 7th: 15:32 Algoma Innovator arrived from Goderich. She proceeded up the Mission River to unload salt at MobilEx Terminal. 16:43 CSL St Laurent departed Viterra A for Montreal. 19:43 Federal Welland departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Port Cartier. Expected for Saturday: Algoma Spirit and saltie Pacific Huron.

Milwaukee, Wis.
Federal Rhine remained in port on Friday.

S. Lake Michigan
Stewart J. Cort was unloading at Burns Harbor Friday night. Algowood was departing Gary, with Presque Isle and Edwin H. Gott due. James R. Barker, CSL Niagara and Wilfred Sykes were at Indiana Harbor. Federal Shimanto was docked on the Calumet River.

Goderich, Ont.
Baie Comeau was still at the grain elevator Friday night.

Sarnia, Ont.
On Friday, Mississagi was unloading her cargo of salt into fleetmate Cuyahoga at the North Slip at Point Edward. Mississagi needs engine repairs and so will sit out the rest of the season.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Lee A Tregurtha arrived early Friday morning to unload ore at AK Steel. Arriving next was the Olive L Moore/Menominee. After sitting at anchor 8n the Ojibway Anchorage, they proceeded to load coke at Zug Island. The tanker Damia Desgagnes arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load/unload. GL Ostrander / Integrity arrived at Lafarge to unload cement. Ending the day was the Capt. Henry Jackman, calling on the St. Mary's Cement dock to unload cement clinker.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday Dec 7 - Barry Andersen

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Dec 4 - Algoscotia at 1822 - Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Docked - Dec 6 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1816 - Departed - Dec 7 - Kitikmeot W (ex Icdas 09-18) at 1546 for the canal

Buffalo:
Arrival - Dec 7 - Manitoulin at 0344

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 7 - Taiga Desgagnes (Bds) at 0104,Mandarin (Cyp) at 0508 Federal Barents (Mhl) at 0950, Kitikmeot W at 1946 Departed - Dec 7 - Taiga (Bds) at 0545, Mandarin (Cyp) at 0858, Federal Barents (Mhl) at 1848

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 6 - Juno (Bhs) at 2150 (to the anchorage) - Juno (Bhs) 0016, Miedwie (Bhs) at 0719, Spruceglen at 1941,

Downbound - Dec 6 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1759, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1849 and Federal Yukina (Ml) at 2011 Dec 7 - Federal Yukon (Mhl) at 0043, Taiga Desgagnes (Bds) at 0611, Mandarin (Cyp) at 0938, CSL Assiniboine at 1204, tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 1214 (stopped wharf 16) at 1234, Federal Barents (Mhl) at 1908, tug Sarah Andrie & barge A390 eta 2045, CSL Welland eta 2115, and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit eta 2200

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - - Dec 4 - Erria Swan (Den) at 1205 approx from Clarkson - Dec 6 -Solina (Bhs) at 1225 and Juno ( Bhs) at 2215 - Dec 7 - BBC Carolina (Atg) (ex Fantastic-11 Beluga Fantastic-11) at 0348, Esta Desgagnes at 1059, Greenwing (Cyp) at 1208 - downbounds - Dec 7 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0642, Federal Yukina (Mhl) at 1130, Federal Yukon (Mhl) at 1246, Taiga Desgagnes at 1412 - Departures - Dec 6 - Solina (Bhs) at 1440 for Morocco

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 1214 (stopped wharf 16) at 1234,

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 7 - Ojibway at 1032, Sloman Hermes (Ger) at 1101, CCGS Martha L Black at 1635 from trials and Algoma Harbester at 1744 - Anchored - Nov 30 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl at 2220 - Dec 4 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0730 - Dec 5 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 0630, Fearless (Lbr) (ex Bright Laker-13) at 0855, Elbeborg (Nld) at 1240, Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) at 1315 and Labrador (Cyp) at 2030 - Dec 7 - Vikingborg (Nld) and Elbeborg (Nld) Docked - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick 1230 at Heddle dock - Nov 29 - YM Jupiter (Mlt) at 0120 - Dec 3 - Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1324 - Departures - Dec 7 - Evans Spirit at 0050 eastbound, Miedwie (Bhs) at 0130, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0326 eastbound, CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0905 for lake trials , Jana Desgagnes at 0936 to Clarkson,

Bronte:
Docked - Dec 6 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1721

Clarkson:
Arrival - Dec 6 - Robert S Pierson at 0336 off Hamilton for weather - Departed Dec 6 at 2120 eastbound

Mississauga (Clarkson):
Arrival - Dec 7 - Jana Desgagnes at 1051 - Docked - Dec 6 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 2258 from Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 5 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1702 - Dec 7 - Hansa Gate (ex CL Hanse Gate-15, Federal Matane-11) at 1056 and NACC Argonaut at 1704

Oshawa:
Arrival - Dec 4 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1428 - Departed - Dec 7 - Hansa Gate (ex CL Hanse Gate-15, Federal Matane-11) at 0851 for Toronto

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
Departure: McKeil Spirit at about 0900 Friday for Picton, Ont.

 

Hike Metal building more Canadian Coast Guard vessels

12/8 - Hike Metal Products in Wheatley, Ont. has landed a $36 million contract extension to build another four search and rescue lifeboats for the Canadian Coast Guard.

View a photo story at this link: https://www.chathamdailynews.ca/gallery/hike-metal-building-more-coast-guard-vessels/wcm/f863cdc1-9cfb-4ea2-91ad-fd657af788e1

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 8

On 08 December 1917, DESMOND (wooden propeller sand-sucker, 149 foot, 456 gross tons, built in 1892, at Port Huron, Michigan) sprang a leak off Michigan City, Indiana, during gale and then capsized within sight of the lighthouse at South Chicago, Illinois. Seven lives were lost. Six others were rescued by the tugs WILLIAM A. FIELD, GARY and NORTH HARBOR.

CANADIAN ENTERPRISE (Hull#65) was christened December 8, 1979, at St. Catharines, Ontario, by Port Weller Drydocks. Ltd.

JAMES DAVIDSON was laid up for the last time on December 8, 1969, at Toledo, Ohio.

MERLE M. McCURDY collided with U.S. Steel’s PHILIP R. CLARKE opposite Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan on Lake St. Clair, December 8, 1974.

On 8 December 1886, BELLE (2-mast wooden schooner, 61 foot, 40 gross tons, built in 1866, at Port Dalhousie, Ontario) burned while frozen in at anchor.

On 8 December 1854, WESTMORELAND (wooden propeller passenger/package freight vessel, 200 foot, 665 tons, built in 1853, at Cleveland, Ohio) was carrying supplies for Mackinac Island, including liquor and supposedly $100,000 in gold. She capsized in a storm due to the heavy seas and the weight of the thick ice on her superstructure. She sank in the Manitou Passage in Lake Michigan and dragged one of the loaded lifeboats down with her. 17 lives were lost. There were many attempts to find her and recover her cargo. Some reports indicate the wreck was found in 1874, however it was not discovered until 2010 by Ross Richardson.

1876: IRA CHAFFE was driven ashore in a severe snowstorm near the Chocolay River, Lake Superior, near Munising. All on board were saved and the ship was eventually released.

1909: Fire broke out in the hold of the CLARION off Southeast Shoal, Lake Erie. Six sailors who huddled on the stern were picked up in a daring rescue by the LEONARD C. HANNA the next day. Another 14 were lost when their lifeboat was swept away in the storm and one more perished when he went into the hold to fight the fire.

1909: W.C. RICHARDSON stranded on Waverley Shoal, 2 miles west of Buffalo. A storm had prevented entrance to Buffalo and the ship was riding out the weather on the lake. The hull had to by dynamited as a navigational hazard when salvage efforts failed. Five lives were lost.

1927: ALTADOC (i) stranded on the rocks of the Keweenaw Peninsula when the steering failed while upbound, in ballast, for Fort William. The hull could not be salvaged and it was cut up for scrap on location during World War Two.

1927: LAMBTON stranded on Parisienne Shoal, Lake Superior, with the loss of 2 lives. The engine was removed for the FERNIE and the hull salvaged in 1928 for further work as the barge c) SALVUS.

1963: FORT ALBANY sank in the St. Lawrence off Lanorie after a collision with the PROCYON, and five members of the crew were lost. Heavy fog persisted at the time. The hull was refloated in June 1964, taken to Sorel, and scrapped.

1971: HARMATTAN was attacked with missiles and gunfire by Indian Naval units south of Karachi, Pakistan, and heavily damaged. Seven sailors were killed and the ship was abandoned. It arrived at Karachi March 2, 1972, and was scrapped. The ship had been a Seaway trader earlier in 1971.

1982: The Liberian freighter GENIE came through the Seaway in 1972. It was badly damaged by an explosion and fire on this date while laid up the Seychelles Islands. The hull was taken to Karachi, Pakistan, and scrapped in 1985.

1983: AKTION, a Seaway trader for the first time in 1970, was laid up at Piraeus, Greece, as e) ELISA when fire broke out and the vessel was heavily damaged aft. The hull was towed into Aliaga, Turkey, in October 1984, and broken up for scrap.

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

 

Thunder Bay vessel traffic up in November

12/7 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – The November trend of high vessel traffic in the Port of Thunder Bay is continuing into December. The port saw 20 ocean vessels arrive in November to load or unload internationally traded cargo.

The port is reporting this as the highest number of ocean vessels to Thunder Bay in any single month since 2015, according to a press release.

Ocean vessels typically load grain in Thunder Bay after bringing steel into lower lakes ports via the St. Lawrence Seaway. Grain loaded from Thunder Bay in November is bound for ports in France, Egypt, Dominican Republic and North Africa, among other nations.

Cargo volumes in November were slightly lower than last year, but the port is expected a rebound before the season closes in mid-January. Milder weather this year and the high volume of ocean vessel traffic will help boost volumes.

The port is expecting December to be the busiest month of the year with a projected 1.4 million metric tonnes of cargo. That is a 25 per cent increase over last December. The 2018 grain volumes are expected to be slightly higher than 2017.

The Port of Thunder Bay is expecting a total of 400 vessels for the season, topping the 393 vessels in 2017.

Chronicle Journal

 

Lakes limestone trade down 6 percent in November

12/7 - Cleveland, Ohio – Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 2.8 million tons in November, a decrease of 6 percent compared to a year ago. Limestone cargos were however just about on track with the month’s 5-year average.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.3 million tons, a decrease of 8.8 percent. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 473,000 tons, an increase of roughly 40,000 tons.

Year-to-date the limestone trade stands at 27 million tons, an increase of 1 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries total 22.1 million tons, an increase of 112,000 tons. Shipments from Ontario quarries total 4.8 million tons, an increase 153,000 tons.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Port Reports -  December 7

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
John G. Munson arrived Duluth at 04:41 Thursday morning, and tied up at Hallett #5 to unload limestone. American Century was outbound at 11:47 with a load of iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor, and James L. Kuber/tug Victory arrived at 12:10 to load at Canadian National. The Munson is expected to shift to CN to load once the Kuber departs, which will likely be early Friday morning. The only traffic through the Superior entry on Thursday was St. Clair, which departed at 09:22 after loading ore at BN.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
The John D. Leitch departed Two Harbors on Dec. 6th at 02:10 for Quebec City. The Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors on Dec. 6th at 03:04 after being anchored off Duluth. The Speer departed Two Harbors on Dec. 6th at 13:17 for Conneaut. The Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader arrived Two Harbors on Dec. 5th at 23:31 after unloading stone in Duluth. Upon the Speer's departure the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader shifted from North of #2 lay-by to South of #2 shiploader from 13:28 to 13:53. As of 19:45 on Dec. 6th she was still at the loading dock. Arriving Two Harbors on Dec. 6th at 18:20 for North of #2 lay-by was the John G. Munson. She had unloaded stone in Duluth. Two Harbors has no inbound traffic scheduled for Dec. 7th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader depart on Dec. 6th at 06:28 for Cleveland. Silver Bay had no other traffic on Dec. 6th. Due Silver Bay on Dec. 7th later in the day is the Joseph H. Thompson Jr./Joseph H. Thompson.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday December 5th: 23:44 Frontenac departed G3 for Midland. Thursday December 6th: 15:56 CSL St Laurent arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 21:10 Algoma Strongfield departed Superior Elevator for Baie Comeau.

Limestone Ports
Wednesday, Meldrum Bay:18:47 Kaye E Barker departed and is down bound on Lake Michigan. Thursday, Stoneport: 16:16 Algoma Buffalo departed for Nanticoke. Defiance arrived to load. Calcite: 5:23 Great Republic departed for Duluth Superior. 5:39 Cason J Callaway arrived to load. 6:09 American Mariner arrived to load. Port Inland: 8:33 Wilfred Sykes arrived to load and departed at 13:47. She is down bound on Lake Michigan. 13:34 Manitowoc arrived to load. Brevort: Algoma Compass arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron
Thursday, Alpena: 5:24 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load and departed at 9:33 for McGregor Bay. 10:07 G L Ostrander arrived to load cement products and departed at 14:44. She is down bound on Lake Huron.

Milwaukee, Wis.
Federal Rhine remained in port on Thursday. Isa departed for Burns Harbor. Salties Isa and

S. Lake Michigan
H. Lee White and Federal Shimanto were at S. Chicago Thursday night. CSL Niagara was at Indiana Harbor, with Joseph L. Block due. Algowood was at Gary, while Isa and Burns Harbor were at Burns Harbor, with Algoma Transport due.

Goderich, Ont.
Baie Comeau was at the grain elevator Thursday night. Federal Cedar departed for Montreal.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Olive L Moore/Menominee arrived early Thursday morning to unload stone at the Carmeuse Dock. The tug Karen Andrie and her tank barge Endeavor arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load/unload. Traffic picked up later in the evening with the arrival of the Calumet. She called on the Zug Island Short Cut dock to unload coal. Next, the tug Sharon MI and Barge Huron Spirit arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload. Mesabi Miner stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal.

Monroe, Mich.
Asphalt tanker Iver Bright departed Thursday morning for Sarnia.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Dec 6 – Barry Andersen

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Dec 4 - Algoscotia at 1822 - Dec 6 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1046 - Departures - Dec 6 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1547 eastbound, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1756 for Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Docked - Dec 5 - Kitikmeot W (ex Icdas 09-18) at 1426 - Dec 6 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1816 - Departed - Dec 5 - Dec 5 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2219 westbound - Dec 6 - Patras (Mlt) (Gan-Sword-10) at 2000 for the canal

Buffalo:
Anchored - Manitoulin

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 5 - Solina (Bhs) at 0804 - Dec 6 - Federal Yukina (Mhl) at 1133, Federal Yukon at 1145, Patras (Mlt) at 1247 Departures Dec 6 - Patras (Mlt) at 1650, Federal Yukina (Mhl) at 1945 approx., and Federal Yukon eta 2130

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 5 - Algoma Equinox at 1032, Arsland (Mlt) (ex CT Dublin-17) at 1154, Whitefish Bay at 1413, Algoma Discovery at 1704 - Dec 6 - Capt Henry Jackman at 0421, Oakglen at 1321 and Juno (Bhs) eta 2100 (to the anchorage)

Downbound - Dec 5 - NACC Argonaut at 0959 and G3 Marquis at 1349 - Dec 6 - Radcliffe R Latimer at 1310, Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1759, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1849 and Federal Yukina (Ml) at 2011

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - - Dec 4 - Erria Swan (Den) at 1205 approx from Clarkson - Dec 6 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 0025, Cape (Lbr)(ex Heloise-15) at 0355, Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0905 and Solina (Bhs) at 1225 Departures - (all eastbound) - Dec 5 - Amarant (Por) approx mid-day eastbound,Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 2206 and Federal Kivalina (Mhl) 2303 - Dec 6 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 1957 eastbound, Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 2042 back to Clarkson - eta 2230 and Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2300 approx. eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 5 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 2127- Dec 6 - Evans Spirit at 0023 -
Anchored - Nov 30 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl at 2220 - Dec 4 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0730 - Dec 5 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 0630, Fearless (Lbr) (ex Bright Laker-13) at 0855, Elbeborg (Nld) at 1240, Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) at 1315 and Labrador (Cyp) at 2030 -
Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 28 - Jana Desgagnes at 2345 - Nov 29 - YM Jupiter (Mlt) at 0120 - Dec 2 - Miedwie (Bhs) at 0130, and Elbeborg (Nld) at 2046 - Dec 3 - Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1324 - Dec 5 - Vikingborg (Nld) at 1700 -
Departures - Dec 6 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0120 and Juno (Bhs-) at 1912 for Thunder Bay

Bronte:
Arrival - Dec 6 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0732 (anchored off the dock) - Departed anchorage at 1719 for Bronte dock - Docked - Dec 6 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1721

Clarkson:
Arrival - Dec 5 - Robert S Pierson at 1656 - Departure Dec 6 at 0207 to anchor off Hamilton - Dec 6 - anchored at 0336 for weather

Mississauga (Clarkson):
Arrivals - Docked - Dec 2 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1205 - Departed Dec 6 at 0157 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Arrival - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1702

Oshawa:
Arrival - Dec 4 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1428 - Docked - Dec 2 - Hansa Gate (ex CL Hanse Gate-15, Federal Matane-11) at 1322

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit unloading at Lehigh Hanson cement dock.

 

National Museum offers Interlake calendar in membership drive

12/7 - Toledo, Ohio – The National Museum of the Great Lakes has announced the beginning of its 2018 Holiday Membership Drive. Part of the membership package includes a 18x24 Interlake Steamship Co. 2019 wall calendar.

New memberships, or gift memberships, purchased prior to December 31 at the Inland Seas level, will receive not only the Interlake calendar but also the museum’s own 9x6 14-page calendar featuring historic photographs of Great Lakes tugs. The regular benefits of membership include free admission to the National Museum of the Great Lakes and the quarterly subscription to Inland Sea quarterly. The museum will also send two past issues of the journal for those that sign up before December 31. This is only available to new membership purchases or gift membership purchases – not renewals of current memberships.

To become a new member or to purchase a gift membership for someone else go to http://www.inlandseas.org/membership

National Museum of the Great Lakes

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 7

On 07 December 1893, the hull of the burned steamer MASCOTTE (steel ferry, 103 foot, 137 gross tons, built in 1885, at Wyandotte, Michigan) was towed from New Baltimore to Detroit by the tug LORMAN for repairs. She was rebuilt and put back in service. She went through nine owners in a career that finally ended with another fire in Chicago in 1934.

In 1990, the ENERCHEM LAKER was sold to Environment Protection Services, Inc., Panama and departed Montreal on December 7, 1990, for off-lakes service with the new name d) RECOVERY VIII. Built for Hall Corp. of Canada as a.) ROCKCLIFFE HALL, converted to a tanker renamed b.) ISLAND TRANSPORT in 1985, and c.) ENERCHEM LAKER in 1986. Renamed e.) MORGAN TRADER in 1993, and currently serves as a bunkering tanker in Suez, Egypt as f.) ANNA II, renamed in 1997.

The LEADALE, a.) JOHN A. KLING sank in the Welland Canal on December 7, 1982, and was declared a constructive total loss.

The GEORGE R. FINK, under tow, arrived at Gandia, Spain prior to December 7, 1973, for scrapping.

W. W. HOLLOWAY was laid up December 7, 1981, for the last time in Toledo’s Frog Pond.

On December 7, 1932, the MARQUIS ROEN caught fire at Meacher's dock at Bay City, and before the fire was brought under control, the cabins and after end were destroyed.

Captain John Roen of the Roen Steamship Co. died on December 7, 1970.

On December 7, 1906, the R. L. IRELAND stranded on Gull Island in the Apostle Islands, Lake Superior. PERCIVAL ROBERTS JR. (Hull#398) was launched December 7, 1912, for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co at Lorain, Ohio by the American Ship Building Co.

The steel side-wheel passenger steamer EASTERN STATES (Hull#144) was launched on December 7, 1901, by the Detroit Shipbuilding Company for the Detroit and Buffalo Steamship Company.

The railcar ferry ANN ARBOR NO 2 (Hull#56), was launched on December 7, 1892 at Toledo, Ohio by Craig Ship Building Co. Sold in 1914 and cut down to a barge, renamed b.) WHALE in 1916, abandoned in 1927.

In 1906, the ANN ARBOR NO 4 arrived Frankfort on her maiden voyage.

On 7 December 1894, KEWEENAW (steel steamer, 291 foot, 2511 gross tons, built in 1891, at W. Bay City, Michigan) was seen groping toward the coast of the State of Washington in a severe gale. With distress signals flying, she put back to sea and foundered. She was built by F. W. Wheeler (Hull #73) for saltwater service. Built in two pieces, she was towed down the St. Lawrence and reassembled at Montreal.

On 7 December 1866, M. BALLARD (2-mast wooden schooner, 116 foot, 288 tons, built in 1855, at Cleveland, Ohio) was lost with all hands in a storm on Lake Ontario.

The wooden propeller bulk freighter MORLEY was launched at Marine City on 7 December 1878. She was on the stocks for two years and was built for the Morley Brothers and Hill. She was a double decker with side arches between decks with iron straps. She also had iron trusses running through the center. Her boiler was on the main deck and she had the engine from the tug WM PRINGLE. She had three spars, a centerboard, and could carry 45,000 bushels of grain.

1909: MARQUETTE & BESSEMER NO. 2 disappeared with all hands in the overnight hours of December 7-8 while crossing Lake Erie from Conneaut to Port Stanley with 30 loaded railway cars. The hull has never been located.

1912: The whaleback BARGE 134 was operating on the East Coast as b) BANGOR when it stranded and broke up near Hampton Roads, Va. The hull was salvaged by blasting and dredging in 1975.

1917: SIMCOE, of the Canadian Department of Marine & Fisheries, left the Great Lakes earlier in the fall for new work on the Bay of Fundy. It sent out an S.O.S. that it was sinking in heavy seas and the ship was never seen again. The only trace was a lifering that came ashore at Sable Island. There were 44 on board.

1927: KAMLOOPS, inbound for the Canadian Lakehead, disappeared with all hands overnight December 6-7. The hull was finally found by divers off 12 O'Clock Point, Isle Royale, in 1977.

1927: AGAWA stranded on Advance Reef, Georgian Bay along the south shore of Manitoulin Island. It spent the winter aground and was not released until Nay 16, 1928. The hull had been declared a total loss but was rebuilt at Collingwood as the ROBERT P. DURHAM and then later sailed as c) HERON BAY (i).

1927: The first MARTIAN went aground off Hare Island, Lake Superior and was not released until December 14.

1929: ULVA sank in the ice at Port Colborne but was raised, refitted and returned to service in 1930. The British built freighter operated between Maritime Canada and the Great Lakes until about 1939. It was torpedoed and sunk by U-60 northwest of Ireland on September 3, 1940.

1941: The tanker MAKAWELI was reported to be anchored at Pearl Harbor during the infamous Japanese attack and damaged. The ship was built at Ashtabula as COWEE in 1919 and returned to the Great Lakes for Lakeland Tankers in 1946.

1967: FIR HILL, a Seaway trader in 1961, went aground off Yasuoka, Japan, as d) UNIVERSAL CRUSADER. It was lightered and released but sold for scrap and broken up at Hirao, Japan, in 1968. 1969: The bulk carrier PETITE HERMINE and TEXACO CHIEF (ii) collided in fog near Prescott and both ships had slight damage. The former became c) CANADIAN HUNTER while the latter last operated on the lakes as c) ALGONOVA (i).

1976: The Liberian flag bulk carrier UNIMAR grounded leaving Thunder Bay with a cargo of grain and was not released until December 15.

1976: HARRY L. ALLEN of the Kinsman fleet went aground in Lake St. Clair, near St. Clair, Mich., and was held fast in the ice before being freed by tugs.

1982: LEADALE (ii) finished unloading salt at Thorold and backed into a concrete dolphin while departing the dock. A hole was punched in the hull and the ship sank while trying to get back to the dock. LEADALE was refloated December 19, towed to Port Colborne and scrapped by Marine Salvage in 1983. 1983: UNISOL had been docked at Chandler, Que., to load newsprint but left to ride out an approaching storm after being pounded against the dock. The ship ran aground while outbound and the crew was saved by a Canadian Forces helicopter. The vessel, noted as the first Peruvian flag freighter to transit the Seaway earlier that year, broke up in the storm.

1983: The Norwegian freighter WOODVILLE began visiting the Great Lakes in 1962. It ran aground near Palau Mungging, Malaysia, enroute from Bangkok, Thailand, to Malacca, Malaysia, as d) PETER RICH and was abandoned as a total loss.

1989: CAPITAINE TORRES, enroute from the Great Lakes, got caught in a vicious storm on the Gulf of St. Lawrence on December 7-8 after the cargo shifted. All 23 on board were lost when the ship went down.

2005: ZIEMIA LODZKA collided with and sank the VERTIGO in shallow water in the Great Belt off Denmark. All were saved. The former began Great Lake trading in 1992.

2010: The passenger ship CLELIA II, a Great Lakes visitor in 2009, was hit by a monstrous wave in the Antarctic Ocean smashing the pilothouse window and damaging electronic equipment. The vessel made Ushusia, Argentina, safely and only one member of the crew had a minor injury.

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

 

President signs Coast Guard bill with Great Lakes provisions

12/6 - Washington, D.C. – President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed legislation setting a framework for ballast water regulations and creating a research center in the Great Lakes to study the impact of oil spills in fresh water.

Trump approved Coast Guard legislation passed by Congress last month that preserves the Environmental Protection Agency's authority under the Clean Water Act to set treatment standards for ballast water and other incidental discharges from ships. Such discharges can transfer harmful invasive species to the freshwater Great Lakes.

The language authorizes $50 million a year for a new program under the EPA for monitoring and responding to outbreaks of invasive species in the Great Lakes and to help develop ballast-control technologies for vessels in the lakes.

The bill also included a provision authored by Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, authorizing a U.S. Coast Guard National Center of Expertise for the Great Lakes, tasked with advancing research, development and testing of freshwater oil spill response equipment.

Last year, the then-commandant of the Coast Guard told Peters at a hearing that the agency was not prepared for an oil spill in the Great Lakes, as existing technologies for responding to oil spills are designed for salt-water environments.

Peters’ language directs the center to be located at an institution that has aquatic research facilities and expertise in Great Lakes ecology. It also must be near "critical" crude oil pipeline infrastructure "on and connecting the Great Lakes" such as submerged pipelines.

With those specifications, several Michigan institutions could qualify to host the center, considering the Line 5 pipelines running under the Straits of Mackinac.

The Coast Guard would ultimately decide where to locate the center in the next year. Its mandate would include training first responders on the incident command structure system and response technologies and strategies, according to Peters' office.

“An oil spill in the Great Lakes would be detrimental to our economy, our environment and our drinking water, and I was alarmed to hear that current technology is insufficient to clean up an oil spill in one of our most precious natural resources,” said Peters, who sits on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

“The new Coast Guard Great Lakes Center of Expertise will build upon the good work already happening in Michigan to further advance research, development and testing of freshwater oil spill response equipment and protect the Great Lakes for generations to come."

Detroit News

 

Port Reports -  December 6

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Century arrived Duluth at 04:35 Wednesday morning to load iron ore pellets at CN, and her fleetmate Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was outbound at 07:14 from Midwest Energy with coal. Edgar B. Speer arrived at 08:04, and moored at Port Terminal to take a delay. Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort came in at 10:59 with a load of limestone for Hallett #5. During the afternoon, Beatrix departed with a load of wheat from CHS 1 at 14:30, and Edgar B. Speer departed at 16:07, however she dropped anchor off the harbor to wait to load in Two Harbors. The Century was originally expected to depart Duluth at 19:00 Wednesday night, but was still loading as of 20:00. In Superior, CSL Tadoussac departed at 06:45 with a load of ore for Nanticoke, and St. Clair was expected around 23:30 to load at BN.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle departed Two Harbors on Dec. 4th at 22:38 for Gary. The Edwin H. Gott shifted to South of #2 over 1/2 hour after the Presque Isle departed. On Dec. 4th the Speer arrived approx. 2 miles SW of Two Harbors after being anchored off Duluth, but by the morning of Dec. 5th the Speer was stopped off Duluth again. The Gott departed Two Harbors on Dec. 5th at 10:28 for Gary. John D. Leitch got underway late morning on Dec. 5th off Duluth and arrived Two Harbors at 13:09. As of 19:00 on Dec. 5th she was still at the loading dock. Edgar B. Speer arrived Duluth on Dec. 5th in the morning for the Port Terminal and repairs on her port anchor. After repairs were complete she went back out to the lake off Duluth to await the Two Harbors shiploader. There is no other traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on Dec. 6th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the American Spirit on Dec. 5th at 13:06 for Cleveland. The Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader, which had been anchored off Duluth, got underway on Dec. 5th late in the morning for Silver Bay. She arrived Silver Bay on Dec. 5th at 13:36. There is no scheduled inbound traffic for Silver Bay on Dec. 6th. The Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader arrived the Twin Ports on Dec. 5th with limestone and could possibly end up on the North Shore to load iron ore pellets.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday December 4th: 3:52 Federal Welland arrived and went to anchor. 8:22 Frontenac arrived and went to anchor southwest of the Welcome Islands. 17:59 Federal Barents departed Richardson Main Terminal for Montreal. 18:49 Federal Welland weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 20:03 Federal Nagara departed MobilEx Terminal for Montreal. 21:02 Baie Comeau departed Superior Elevator for Goderich. 21:05 Algoma Strongfield weighed anchor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. 21:28 saltie Rodopi departed Viterra B for Lisbon, Portugal. 22:12 CSL Welland departed G3 for Quebec City. 22:49 Frontenac weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load grain. Wednesday December 5th: 17:24 Federal Welland departed Richardson Main Terminal and shifted over to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 18:55 Kaministiqua arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Expected for Thursday: CSL St Laurent.

Limestone Ports
Tuesday, Meldrum Bay: 21:45 Kaye E Barker arrived to load. Wednesday: Stoneport: 15:05 Algoma Buffalo arrived to load. Calcite: 3:16 H Lee White departed for Calumet. 3:19 Great Republic arrived to load. 15:26 Joseph L Block departed for Indiana Harbor.

Milwaukee, Wis.
Salties Isa and Federal Rhine remained in port on Wednesday.

S. Lake Michigan
Burns Harbor and Algowood were at Burns Harbor Wednesday night. Philip R Clarke was at Buffington. CSL Niagara was at Indiana Harbor. Victoriaborg and Federal Shimanto remained at S. Chicago Wednesday night.

Northern Lake Huron
Tuesday, Alpena: 22:55 Algoma Buffalo departed for Stoneport.

Goderich, Ont.
Federal Cedar was still loading grain on Wednesday.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
The tug Sarah Andrie and her tank barge arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal Wednesday morning to load/unload. Next was the CSL Laurentien, calling on the Motor City Materials dock to unload salt. American Mariner arrived to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. A short time later, the tug Leonard M and her barge arrived to load coke at Zug Island.

Monroe, Mich.
Saltie Iver Bright arrived Wednesday morning

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Dec 5 – Barry Andersen

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Dec 1 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0646 - Dec 4 - Algoscotia at 1822 Nanticoke:
Docked - Dec 4 - Patras (Mlt) at 2000 - Dec 5 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0922 and Kitikmeot W (ex Icdas 09-18) at 1426

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 5 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 0408 and Solina (Bhs) at 0804 and Federal Yukina (Mhl) at 1833 - Departed - Dec 4 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 1640 - Dec 5 - USCG Abbie Burgess #553 (buoy laying vessel), Wigeon (Lbr) at 1132

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 4 - Damia Desgagnes at 2013, Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 2155 and Algoma Niagara at 2258 - Dec 5 - Algoma Sault at 0137, Algoma Spirit at 0233, Cuyahoga departed wharf 12, Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 0603, Algoma Equinox at 1032, Arsland (Mlt) (ex CT Dublin-17) at 1154, Whitefish Bay at 1413, Algoma Discovery at 1704

Downbound - Dec 4 - BBC Kansas (Atg) at 0706 (ex Amber-16, Thorco Denmark-15, Freya Scan-13, Opal Gallant-11, Beluga Foundation-11) at 0437, Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 1707 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 2340 - Dec 5 - Algosea at 0009, USCG Abbie Burgess #553 (buoy laying vessel) at 0332, Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 0452, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0536, Wigeon (Lbr) at 1203, NACC Argonaut at 0959 and G3 Marquis at 1349

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 3 - Amarant (Por) at 0515 - Dec 4 - Erria Swan (Den) at 1205 approx from Clarkson - Dec 5 - Arsland (Mlt) (ex CT Dublin-17) at 0349, Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 0735 and Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 1720 approx. - Departures - Dec 5 - Arsland (Mlt) at 1215 for Sarnia, Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 2200 aprox and Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 2300 approx. (both eastbound)

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 5 - see anchorages
Anchored - Nov 30 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl at 2220 - Dec 3 - Vikingbank (Nld) at 2330 - Dec 4 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0730 - Dec 5 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 0630, Fearless (Lbr) (ex Bright Laker-13) at 0855, Elbeborg (Nld) at 1240 and Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) at 1315, Labrador (Cyp) at 2030 Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 28 - Jana Desgagnes at 2345 - Nov 29 - YM Jupiter (Mlt) at 0120 - Dec 2 - Miedwie (Bhs) at 0130, and Elbeborg (Nld) at 2046 - Dec 3 - Juno (Bhs) at 1012 and Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1324 - Dec 4 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 1105 - Dec 5 - Vikingborg (Nld) at 1700 Departures - Dec 4 - Algoma Spirit at 2335 for the canal - Dec 5 - Algoma Guardian at 0500 eastbound and Algoma Discovery at 1445 for the canal

Bronte:
Docked - Dec 3 - Mia Desgagnes at 1526 - Departed Dec 4 at 2355 eastboound Clarkson:
Arrival - Dec 5 - Robert S Pierson at 1656

Mississauga (Clarkson):
Arrivals - Docked - Dec 2 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1205

Toronto:
Arrival - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1702 - Departure - Dec 5 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 0106 for Detroit

Oshawa:
Arrival - Dec 4 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1428 - Docked - Dec 2 - Hansa Gate (ex CL Hanse Gate-15, Federal Matane-11) at 1322

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
Arrival: McKeil Spirit at 15:00 Wednesday at Lehigh Hanson Dock with bulk cement.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 6

On 06 December 1886, C. McElroy purchased the steamer CHARLIE LIKEN for use as a ferry at St. Clair, Michigan to replace the burned CLARA.

In 1988, Canada Steamship Lines’ HON. PAUL MARTIN was renamed b.) ATLANTIC ERIE.

American Steamship Co.’s H. LEE WHITE (Hull#711) was launched December 6, 1973, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Bay Shipbuilding Co.

CONSUMERS POWER was laid up for the last time at Erie, Pennsylvania on December 6, 1985.

On December 6, 1988, an arsonist set fire to the after end of FORT CHAMBLY while she was laid up at Ojibway Slip in Windsor, Ontario.

GOLDEN HIND was launched at Collingwood, Ontario on December 6, 1951, as the tanker a.) IMPERIAL WOODBEND (Hull#147).

N.M. Paterson & Sons LAWRENDOC (Hull#174) was launched December 6, 1961, at the Collingwood Shipyards.

On 6 December 1874, the Port Huron Times reported that the Port Huron Dry Dock Co. had been declared bankrupt and Mr. John Johnston had been appointed assignee of the company by the U.S. District Court.

OCONTO grounded near Charity Island in Saginaw Bay on 6 December 1885. The passengers and crew were saved. She was built at Manitowoc in 1872, by Rand & Co. and owned by Capt. Gregory W. McGregor and Rensselaer VanSycle. She was later recovered but only lasted until July 1886, when she went down in the St. Lawrence River with a valuable cargo of merchandise. Although several attempts were made to recover her, she remains on the bottom and is a frequent charter dive target to this day.

1906: MONARCH, carrying a cargo of bagged flour, struck Blake Point, Isle Royale and broke in two. The stern sank in deep water and the survivors huddled on shore. They were spotted the next day by the passing steamer EDMONTON who had help sent out from Port Arthur. Only one life was lost.

1906: R.L. IRELAND went aground off the Apostle Islands, Lake Superior, while loaded with coal. Some of the crew rowed a lifeboat to Bayfield for help. The vessel was salvaged and last sailed as c) ONTADOC (i)in 1970.

1909: BADGER STATE caught fire at Marine City, drifted downstream and stranded off Fawn Island. The hull burned to the waterline. 1910: DUNELM went aground on Isle Royale while downbound with grain for Montreal. It was salvaged on December 21 and taken to Port Arthur for repairs.

1917: TUSCARORA, recently cut in two, towed through the Welland and St. Lawrence Canals, and rejoined at Montreal, sank with the loss of all hands off Cape Breton Island on the delivery voyage to the East Coast.

1924: MIDLAND PRINCE was swept onto a reef while under tow in the outer harbor at Port Colborne and sank the tugs JOSEPH H. and HOME RULE in the process. The laker was released the next day but the tugs were a total loss.

1961: The listing freighter MARIANGELA B. was abandoned on the Mediterranean south of Formentera, Spain, after the cargo of zinc shifted in a storm. The vessel was towed to Cartagena, Spain, on December 8 but soon sold to Italian shipbreakers for dismantling at La Spezia in 1962. The vessel had been built at Sturgeon Bay as LABAN HOWES in 1943.

1977: The passenger ship ROYAL CLIPPER caught fire in the engine room at Montreal. After five hours, the ship rolled on its side and sank. It was salvaged in 1982, towed to Port Maitland, and scrapped during 1984-1986.

1992: WILLIAM R. ROESCH was inbound at Holland, Mich., with a cargo of slag when it went aground. The ship was stuck for two hours.

2001: NANCY MELISSA visited the Great Lakes in 1980. It began taking water as e) EMRE BAY in the Ionian Sea and the crew abandoned the ship. The grain laden vessel was taken in tow to safety but was later sold for scrap and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, for dismantling as f) RESBE on April 9, 2003.

2002: SAGINAW sustained rudder damage while backing away at Thorold and had to go to Hamilton for repairs.

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

 

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Soo Locks upgrade would bring local, national impacts

12/5 - After years of gridlock, the goal of constructing an additional super-sized lock at the Soo Locks complex in Sault Ste. Marie seems to be making headway.

Last week, the Detroit District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced about $32.4 million will go towards the Soo Locks as part of the fiscal year 2019 work plan. The funds are sufficient to complete design and allow construction of the upstream channel deepening to begin, which a press release noted would be a significant step toward creating another lock capable of accommodating the largest Great Lakes freighters.

In a press release, U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, said the construction of a new lock — similar in size to the Soo’s existing Poe Lock — would have an impact for Northern Michigan as well as the entire country. The congressman noted he is “proud of the progress we’ve made to finally break ground on a project that’s been delayed for decades.”

“This new construction funding, coupled with the $57 million allocated in FY18 for modernization of the Poe, is a great next step. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to continue getting the job done for northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula,” Bergman said in a statement.

The locks provide a shipping link between Lake Superior and the rest of the Great Lakes. But only one of the locks, the Poe Lock, is large enough to accommodate the biggest Great Lakes freighters.

The project is expected to cost about $1 billion and could be completed in seven years with adequate funding. The next opportunity for funding the project is the 2020 presidential budget, according to the Corps of Engineers.

While a new lock was initially authorized in 1986, the project was stalled for years. But the Soo Locks has received much attention in the past few months.

As one example, President Donald Trump brought up the infrastructure considerations at an April rally in Michigan, stating “The Soo Locks are going to hell. You know that, right? And we’re going to get them fixed up.” In October, Trump signed a bill authorizing a replacement Soo Lock.

State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, represents Michigan’s 37th Senate District, which includes Sault Ste. Marie. He said he is not only focused on supporting federal legislators, but also looking at the state’s investment in the project. Schmidt noted Michigan has committed about $50 million for lock upgrades.

“The locks are a key part of keeping the Northern Michigan economy moving forward,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt said he wants to ensure as the federal funds come rolling in, state monies are used not only to support the initial construction of the upgraded lock, but also the aspects associated with the completion of the project.

As an example, Schmidt said a parking lot might need to be created for the heavy equipment, or additional dock space perhaps necessary to construct the lock. But after the project is completed, Schmidt would want officials to figure out how those areas could be used for the betterment of the Soo area.

“It’s looking at the 10 years (or so) to do the project, and then considering what we do beyond,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt said the project would involve several economic impacts. He noted the materials that are transported through the locks, such as agricultural products and coal, are important to the economy. But the impacts extend past shipping, Schmidt said.

The senator noted many of the officers and captains on ships passing through the Soo are graduates of Great Lakes Maritime Academy, a program hosted by Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. Many of the ships’ deckhands and laborers live in Michigan as well, Schmidt said.

“So you have a moving of raw materials and agriculture products. You also have the employment component. Both are very critical to Michigan, the Great Lakes economy and the U.S. economy,” Schmidt said.

In addition, Schmidt noted many Canadian products also go through the locks, giving the project international importance. “It’s a combined effort of many states and Canadian provinces, that’s a good thing,” Schmidt said.

Carlin Smith, president of the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, said the Soo Locks have broad economic implications. For example, Smith noted some of the iron ore that is transported through the Locks is used by the state’s automotive industry.

“The Soo Locks are critical for our nation’s whole economy. Obviously, it affects a lot Michigan because we move a lot of our product through the Soo Locks, such as products from mines in the Upper Peninsula,” Smith said.

Read more at this link: https://www.petoskeynews.com/featured-pnr/soo-locks-upgrade-would-bring-local-national-impacts/article_54df45b4-0af3-5f77-af70-dd0af4907888.html

 

Port Reports -  December 5

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Edwin H. Gott started off a busy Tuesday in Duluth, arriving at 03:16 to fuel at Husky Energy. She departed at 07:12 to load in Two Harbors. Great Lakes Trader/tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort arrived at 05:19 with limestone for Hallett #5, and Indiana Harbor was inbound at 05:57 to load coal at Midwest Energy. James R. Barker left port at 10:12 with a load of iron ore pellets from CN. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived at 12:10, and tied up at Husky Energy to wait for Indiana Harbor to finish loading. Great Lakes Trader was outbound at 17:00 for Silver Bay to load, and Indiana Harbor departed at 18:13 with her coal cargo. Narew finished loading at Riverland Ag later Tuesday evening, and departed at 20:02 with grain. In port Tuesday night were Walter J. McCarthy Jr., loading coal at SMET, and Beatrix, tied up at CHS 1 loading grain. At the Superior entry, Stewart J. Cort arrived at 02:19, loaded ore at BN, and was outbound at 15:04. CSL Tadoussac came in at 15:34 and began loading. She is expected to depart early Wednesday.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CSL Assiniboine departed Two Harbors on Dec. 3rd at 23:51. As of 19:25 on Dec. 4th she didn’t have an updated AIS. The Hon. James L. Oberstar shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 and departed on Dec. 4th at 10:05 for Indiana Harbor. The Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors on Dec. 4th at 00:37 for North of #2 where she took on a partial cargo. She shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 between 10:15 and 10:49. As of 19:30 on Dec. 4th she was still loading. Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on 11:41 on Dec. 4th after taking a delay at the Port Terminal in Duluth. She was at North of #2 lay-by. Going to anchor off Duluth awaiting Two Harbors on Dec. 4th are the Edgar B. Speer and the John D. Leitch. Also going to anchor off Duluth on Dec. 4th was the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader after unloading stone at Hallett #5. The Joyce L. is waiting on either Two Harbors or Northshore Mining in Silver Bay. As of 19:15 on Dec. 4th the Edgar B. Speer is underway off Duluth heading for Two Harbors. Arriving Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Dec. 4th at 08:52 was the American Spirit. There is no scheduled inbound traffic for Silver Bay on Dec. 5th. The Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader is due the Twin Ports on Dec. 5th with stone and after discharge she could figure in on the North Shore iron ore pellet loading.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday December 4th: 3:52 Federal Welland arrived and went to anchor. 8:22 Frontenac arrived and went to anchor southwest of the Welcome Islands. 17:59 Federal Barents departed Richardson Main Terminal for Montreal. 18:49 Federal Welland weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 20:03 Federal Nagara departed MobilEx Terminal for Montreal. 21:02 Baie Comeau departed Superior Elevator for Goderich. 21:05 Algoma Strongfield weighed anchor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. 21:28 saltie Rodopi departed Viterra B for Lisbon, Portugal. Expected for Wednesday: Kaministiqua.

Milwaukee, Wis.
Salties Isa and Federal Rhine, as well as the laker Manitowoc, were in port on Tuesday.

S. Lake Michigan
Victoriaborg and Federal Shimanto remained at S. Chicago Tuesday night.

Goderich, Ont.
Federal Cedar was still loading grain on Tuesday. Algoma Innovator was loading salt.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
John J Boland arrived Tuesday afternoon to unload coal at Zug Island.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Dec 4 - Barry Andersen

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Dec 1 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0646 - Departed - Dec 4 - Patras (Mlt) at 1945 for Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Docked - Patras (Mlt) at 2000 - Departed - Dec 4 - Algosea at 2000 and Algoscotia at 1808 (back to the anchorage)

Buffalo:
Arrival - Dec 2 - American Mariner at 1850 - Departed Dec 4 at 1707 westbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 4 - Federal Margaree at 0620 and USCG Abbie Burgess #553 (buoy laying vessel) - Departed - Dec 4 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 1640

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Cuyahoga at 0731 (stopped wharf 12), Flevoborg (Nld) at 2100, CSL Laurentien eta 2130 and Iver Bright (Nld) at 2145 - Dec 4 - Algoma Enterprise at 0446, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1302, Damia Desgagnes at 2013, Federal Kumano (Mhl) eta 2110 and Algoma Niagara eta 2220

Downbound - Dec 3 - Thunder Bay at 1729 and Algoma Discovery eta 2303 - Dec 4 - Prosna (Lbr) at 0338, BBC Kansas (Atg) at 0706 (ex Amber-16, Thorco Denmark-15, Freya Scan-13, Opal Gallant-11, Beluga Foundation-11) at 0437, Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 1707 from anchorage, USCG Abbie Burgess (buoy tender) at 1641 approx. (anchored) and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II eta 2240

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 3 - Amarant (Por) at 0515 - Dec 4 Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 0838 and Erria Swan (Den) at 1205 approx from Clarkson and Prosna (Lbr) at 2020 - Departed - Dec 4 - Irma (Cyp) at 1000 approx. and Federal Kumano at 2035 from the anchorage

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 3 - Vikingbank (Nld) at 2330 - Dec 4 - Algoma Spirit at 0403 and Algoma Discovery at 2102 - Anchored - Nov 30 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl at 2220 - Dec 3 - Vikingbank (Nld) at 2330 - Dec 4 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0730 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 28 - Jana Desgagnes at 2345 - Nov 29 - YM Jupiter (Mlt) at 0120 - Dec 2 - Miedwie (Bhs) at 0130, and Elbeborg (Nld) at 2046 - Dec 3 - Algoma Guardian at 0837, Juno (Bhs) at 1012 and Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1324 - Dec 4 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 1105 (from the anchorage) - Departure - Dec 4 - Bluewing (Cyp) at 1029 for Ireland,

Bronte:
Arrival - Dec 2 - Mia Desgagnes anchored at 1607 - Departed Dec 3 - at 1523 - docked Dec 3 at 1526

Clarkson:
Arrival - Dec 4 - Robert S Pierson at 0726 - Departed Dec 4 at 1634 eastbound

Mississauga (Clarkson):
Arrivals - Dec 2 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1205 and (both from Port Weller anchorage) - Departed - Dec 4 - Erria Swan (Den) at 0915 back to Port Weller

Toronto:
Arrivals - Docked - Nov 26 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1440 (Redpath dock) - Dec 3 - Capt Henry Jackman at 1023 - Departures -

Oshawa:
Arrival - Dec 2 - Hansa Gate (ex CL Hanse Gate-15, Federal Matane-11) at 1322

Erie, Pa. – Jeff Benson
Calumet was in Erie on December 3 loading sand at Mountfort Terminal. She then shifted across the channel to unload at Presque Isle State Park.

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
On Monday, the McKeil tug and barge Alouette Spirit unloaded aluminum.

 

Demolition update

12/5 - Vessels with Great Lakes / Seaway connections reported as a Casualty or Sold for Demolition, taken from December 2018 issue of Marine News - Journal of the World Ship Society

Casualties: None Demolitions: BBC Lena (9147693; Antigua & Barbuda) (Lena J-15 - 1st trip into the Seaway 2015), Lena-15 - 8,388 / 1998 - general cargo ship. By Schiffahrts UG (Shaftungsbeschrankt) & K.G. m.s. 'Lena J' (Jungerhans Maritime Services GmbH & Co K.G.), Germany, to Prakesh Re-Rolling Pvt Ltd., India and arrived Alang 24.03.2018 - commenced demolition 30.3.2018

Jumbo VII (8419051; Tanzania (Zanzibar) (Gulf Oasis-18, Green Chemi-13, Oram Palace-07, New Partner-05, Sun Partner-03, Alam Karang--02, Stainless Hyogo-95, Stainless Leader-92, Shoun Venus-89 - 1st trip into the Seaway 1985) - 4.690 / 1985 - chemical / products tanker. By E.S. Oasis Marine Inc. (Khor Al Zubair Shipping Co. LLC), United Arab Emirates, to Anupama Steel Pvt Ltd., India and arrived Alang 21.03.2018 - commenced demolition 23.03.2018

Nereida (7519294; Albania) (Carmelo Evdoxia-09, Sider Glory-05, Glory Credo-04, Credo-03 - 1st trip into Seaway 1989) 6,917 / 1978 general cargo ship - By Adriatic Sea Transport Shpk, Albania, to Ship Trade Corp., India and arrived Alang 16.03.2018 - commenced demolition 5.04.2018

Report compiled by Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

Acheson Ventures renews pitch to developers for land including Maritime Center

12/5 - Port Huron, Mich. – Acheson Ventures has posted on its website it is looking for a developer to buy 40 acres of waterfront property on the south end of Port Huron.

"Acheson Ventures, LLC wishes to sell a very attractive 40-acre property in the south side of Port Huron on the St. Clair River to one developer who will capitalize on the opportunity for its commercial, recreational and residential development," the website states.

Mike Delong, Acheson Ventures vice president of operations, said it is nothing new from what they've been doing for decades. "(We) want to do what our mission was to begin with and get that property developed," Delong said.

The property is broken into nine parcels. One of them includes 4.9 acres known as Vantage Point, including the train depot office building, wine bar and Great Lakes Maritime Center. Another includes the Seaway Terminal Warehouse, also known as the Bean Dock.

"We're making another push to complete our development with other developers and partners to see what's out there," Delong said. He said the property has always been available to buyers, but when the economy crashed, so did talks of development.

Delong said local and state officials are aware of their goals. While the plan has always been to complete development of the property, Delong said Acheson Ventures is no longer dictating what that development will be.

"Our preference would be mixed use, some living, some retail, some restaurants, that would be the perfect world, but we're not dictating that," he said. "We want other people's imagination also to see what could be brought to the site."

Delong said no serious discussions have yet taken place."Haven't had anybody sit at the table with us yet. We're very positive that within 2019, that hopefully we can get a developer interested," he said.

Liz Mathews, who manages the Maritime Center and seasonal farmers market for Acheson, said she hasn’t been a part of any major talks about the property. But she has heard from farmers market vendors concerned about a permanent home.

“They are, but I don’t have answers for them,” she said. “... The property could sell next week or it could sell five years from now.”

Times Herald

 

State looking for Michigan lighthouse keepers for next spring and summer

12/5 - The state is accepting applications from people who want to be temporary lighthouse keepers next spring and summer at the Tawas Point Lighthouse off the Lake Huron coast.

Each person must pay $75 and put in roughly 70 hours of service over two weeks. In exchange, you get to live in the lighthouse keeper’s quarters. The work includes greeting visitors and routine maintenance around the lighthouse.

Hillary Pine, Tawas Point Lighthouse historian, says the goal is to have teams of two, three or four adults.

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 1. The application and more information are available at http://michigan.gov/tawaslighthouse

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 5

In 1927, ALTADOC crashed on the rocks of the Keweenaw Peninsula when her steering gear parted during a Lake Superior storm. The machinery and pilothouse of the wreck were recovered in 1928. The pilothouse was eventually refurbished in 1942 and opened as the Worlds Smallest Hotel in Copper Harbor, Michigan. The owners resided in the captains’ quarters, a gift shop was set up in the chart room, a guest lounge was set up in the wheelhouse, and there were two rooms for guests.

On 05 December 1897, the GEORGE W. MORLEY (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 193 foot, 1045 gross tons, built in 1888, at W. Bay City, Michigan) was sailing light from Milwaukee to Chicago when a fire started near her propeller shaft. It blazed up too quickly for the engineer to put it out and before he could get the fire pump started, the flames drove on deck. The firemen were kept at their posts as the vessel was steered to shore. She sank 100 yards off Greenwood Avenue, Evanston, Illinois. Luckily no lives were lost. The vessel’s engine was recovered in October 1898.

Tanker SATURN (Hull#218) was launched in 1973, for Cleveland Tankers at Jennings, Louisiana, by S.B.A. Shipyards, Inc.

SIR JAMES DUNN (Hull#109) was launched in 1951, for Canada Steamship Lines at Port Arthur, Ontario, by Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.

The keel was laid for the E.G. GRACE on December 5, 1942. This was the last of the six ships built by AmShip in the L6-S-A1 class for the United States Maritime Commission and was traded to the Interlake Steamship Company in exchange for older tonnage. She would later become the first of the "Maritime Class" vessels to go for scrap in 1984.

On 5 December 1874, the steam barge MILAN was scheduled to be hauled ashore at Port Huron to replace her "Mississippi wheel" with a propeller.

The wooden 100-foot schooner BRILLIANT was close to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, on 5 December 1857, where she was scheduled to pick up a load of lumber when she went on a reef close to shore and sank. No lives were lost.

1909: HENRY STEINBRENNER (i) sank in a snowstorm on Mud Lake following a collision with the HARRY A. BERWIND. The superstructure remained above water and the ship was later refloated and repaired.

1927: The wooden steamer ADVANCE went aground off Manitoulin Island and two sailors were lost. The ship was salvaged but tied up at Cornwall later in the month and never operated again.

1935: The lumber carrier SWIFT caught fire at Sturgeon Bay and was a total loss. The remains were scrapped in 1936.

1935: The 65-year old wooden tug LUCKNOW burned outside the harbor at Midland and the ship was beached as a total loss.

1952: The wooden tug GARGANTUA departed Collingwood under tow and sought shelter from a storm early the next day behind Cabot Head. The ship was scuttled to avoid the rocky shore with the main part of the hull above water. The intent was to refloat the vessel in 1953 but it was abandoned instead.

1964: FAYETTE BROWN, enroute to Bilbao, Spain, for scrap, broke loose of the tug BARENTSZ ZEE in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and drifted aground on the south shore of Anticosti Island. Salvage efforts were not successful and the remains of the hull, now broken into many pieces, are still there.

1971: VENUS CHALLENGER was sunk by a missile in the India-Pakistan war while 26 miles south of Karachi. The ship broke in two and sank in 8 minutes. All 33 on board were lost. The vessel was completely darkened and going at 16 knots when hit. The ship had been a Seaway trader earlier in 1971 and as b) PLEIAS in 1968.

1976: TATIANA L. and RALPH MISENER sustained minor damage from a collision in the St. Lawrence. The former was scrapped at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, as c) LUCKY LADY in 2009, while the latter arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, for dismantling as c) DON in September 2012.

1987: The CASON foundered off Punta Rostro, Spain, enroute from Hamburg to Shanghai, due to heavy weather. There were 8 survivors but another 23 sailors perished. There were explosions and fires in deck containers and the hull broke in two during a salvage effort in May 1988. The ship had come through the Seaway as b) WOLFGANG RUSS in 1978 and FINN LEONHARDT in 1979.

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

 

Toledo tugboat delivers 40 trees for Christmas

12/4 - Toledo, Ohio – Miles Oblander was ready for winter when he accompanied his parents to the National Museum of the Great Lakes to pick a Christmas tree from among 40 that arrived aboard a tugboat Saturday morning.

The 8-year-old from Toledo’s Old West End was bundled up and wore festive earmuffs, complete with reindeer antlers, while he watched the tug George Gradel motor up to the wharf with Santa Claus ho-ho-hoing on board.

“I’m here to get a Christmas tree,” he said proudly, to which mom Melanie Jankowski added, “And see the tugboat, and Santa” to his nodding agreement.

By the time the trees were ashore and ready to be taken home, a light rain had become a steadier shower, and Miles was fine with having his father, Eric Oblander, take the chosen tree — “I like how it’s big” — back to the car while he and mom took refuge in the museum for cookies and a chat with Saint Nick.

The rain “waited until we got to the docks, so it’s not so bad,” said Anna Kolin, the museum’s development director, who noted that when the tugboat tree delivery began five years ago, the museum wasn’t open yet and everyone had to wait in a tent outside.

Use of the tug was donated by the George Gradel Co., and the voyage began at its company dock near the Port of Toledo. The event harks back to a Great Lakes tradition of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when schooners laden with Christmas trees made their final deliveries of the shipping season to ports around Lake Michigan.

Most celebrated of those was the schooner Rouse Simmons, which for several decades delivered thousands of trees to Chicago until it sank during such a voyage in 1912. The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw now re-enacts its route annually, delivering donated trees to needy Chicago families.

The 40 trees aboard the George Gradel, grown at Matthes Evergreen Farm in Ida, Mich., included 10 for the East Toledo Family Center to distribute to local needy families — eight paid for by donors, the other two by the museum.

Read more and view a video at this link: www.toledoblade.com/local/city/2018/12/01/tugboat-delivers-christmas-trees-toledo-port-george-gradel/stories/20181201100

 

Port Reports -  December 4

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha left Duluth at 10:21 Monday morning after loading coal at Midwest Energy. American Integrity arrived at 10:57, and began loading at SMET. James R. Barker was inbound at 17:25 to load iron ore pellets at Canadian National, and Beatrix came in at 18:24 for a load of wheat from CHS 1. The Integrity was expected to depart from Midwest Energy at 22:00, and Narew, which has been loading grain at Riverland Ag, was tentatively due to complete loading around midnight. The only traffic through Superior on Monday was the Roger Blough, which was outbound at 07:25 with a load of ore for Gary.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CSL Assiniboine arrived Two Harbors on Dec. 3rd at 09:13 for South of #2. She had arrived off Two Harbors at approx. 01:30, but didn't arrive until later in the morning. As of 19:10 she was still at the shiploader. Also arriving Two Harbors on Dec. 3rd was the Hon. James L. Oberstar. She arrived at 09:52 for North of #2 lay-by. Both boats when they arrived went SW of Two Harbors, turned, came back, and entered the breakwall. Due Two Harbors on Dec. 3rd is the Presque Isle. As of 19:10 on Dec. 3rd she is between Silver Bay and Two Harbors. She won't arrive until the CSL Assiniboine and the Oberstar shifts. Due Two Harbors on Dec. 4th are the Edgar B. Speer, Edwin H. Gott, and the John D. Leitch. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Dec. 4th is the American Spirit. Possibly in the mix on Dec. 4th could also be the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. She's due the Twin Ports on Dec. 4th with limestone. After she unloads in the Twin Ports, if she doesn't load in Duluth, could end up in Silver Bay to load.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday December 2nd: 23:06 CSL Welland arrived at G3 to load grain. Monday December 3rd: 7:10 saltie Rodopi weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra B to load grain. 8:11 Federal Barents arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load wheat. 10:20 Federal Yukon departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Montreal. 12:08 Radcliffe R. Latimer departed Superior Elevator for Halifax. 12:14 Baie Comeau departed Keefer Terminal and shifted over to Superior Elevator to load grain. 13:59 Manitoulin departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Buffalo. 14:57 USCGC Neah Bay departed Keefer Terminal for Duluth. Expected for Tuesday: Federal Welland and Frontenac.

Milwaukee, Wis.
Salties Isa and Federal Rhine were in port on Monday.

Grand Haven, Mich.
Wilfred Sykes was due in with slag Monday evening.

S. Lake Michigan
Manitowoc was at Indiana Harbor Monday night. Victoriaborg and Federal Shimanto were at S. Chicago.

Goderich, Ont.
Federal Cedar was loading grain on Monday.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Kaye E Barker arrived Monday afternoon to unload ore at AK Steel. The Everlast/Norman McLeod arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load/unload. Shortly afterwards, the tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge Delaware arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load.

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

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday Dec 3 - Barry Andersen

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Dec 1 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0646 - Dec 2 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0926

Nanticoke:
Docked - Dec 2 - Algosea at 1803 and Algoscotia at 1513

Buffalo:
Arrival - Dec 2 - American Mariner at 1850 - Departed - Dec 2 Capt Henry Jackman at 1646 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 1 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0936, Algoma Innovator at 1640, CSL St. Laurent at 1805 and NACC Argonaut eta 2055 and Mottler (Cyp) eta 2105 - Dec 3 - Algoma Transport at 0617, Cuyahoga at 0731, tugs Leonard M & Vigilant I with barge Niagara Spirit at 1700 (stopped wharf 1), Flevoborg (Nld) at 2100, CSL Laurentien eta 2130 and Iver Bright (Nld) at 2145

Downbound - Dec 2 - Algoma Enterprise at 1539 and Capt Henry Jackman at 1833 - Dec 3 - Tecumseh at 0448, light tug Vigilant I from wharf 2 at 1735 for Hamilton, Thunder Bay at 1729 and Algoma Discovery eta 2300

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 1 - Irma (Cyp) at 1740 - Dec 3 - Amarant (Por) at 0515 - Departed - Dec 2 - (back to Mississauga (Clarkson docks) - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1000 and Erria Swan (Den) at 1012

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 3 - Algoma Guardian at 0837, Juno (Bhs) at 1012 and Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1324 - Anchored - Nov 30 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl at 2220 and Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2237 Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 25 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0402 - Nov 28 - Jana Desgagnes at 2345 - Nov 29 - YM Jupiter (Mlt) at 0120 - Dec 2 - Miedwie (Bhs) at 0130, Bluewing (Cyp) at 0524 and Elbeborg (Nld) at 2046 and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2055 - Departures - Dec 3 - Amarant (Por) at 0311 to Port Weller anchorage and tugs Leonard M & Vigilant I with barge Niagara Spirit at 1240 for the canal

Bronte:
Arrival - Dec 2 - Mia Desgagnes anchored at 1607 - Departed Dec 3 - at 1523 - docked Dec 3 at 1526

Clarkson:
Anchored - Dec 2 - Robert S Pierson at 0437 - Departed anchorage Dec 2 at 1140 - docked Dec 2 Robert S Pierson at 1144 - Departure from dock - Dec 2 at 2047 eastbound

Mississauga (Clarkson):
Arrivals - Dec 2 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1205 and Erria Swan (Den) at 1250 (both from Port Weller anchorage)

Toronto:
Arrivals - Dec 2 - Cuyahoga at 2041 - Dec 3 - Capt Henry Jackman at 1023 - Docked - Nov 26 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1440 (Redpath dock) - Departures - Dec 3 - Cuyahoga at 0549 eastbound and Flevoborg (Nld) at 1943 for Cleveland

Oshawa:
Arrival - Dec 2 - Hansa Gate (ex CL Hanse Gate-15, Federal Matane-11) at 1322

 

Old Cornwall bridge piers to be demolished by 2020

12/4 - Cornwall, Ont. – The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited (FBCL) has announced that it has awarded a contract for the demolishment of the in water bridge piers in Cornwall. The piers are the last remaining remnants of the old Seaway International Bridge, which was closed and began to be demolished in 2013.

FBCL has awarded the pier demolishment contract to Bronte Construction, an Oakville-based construction company.

There are three remaining in water piers, in addition to one pier on the shore on the Cornwall side of the river that will remain standing. The in water piers will not be completely removed, but instead will be reduced to two meters in hieght above the water level out of concern for the local fish habitat.

Cornwall Seaway News

 

$12 million investment to strengthen Buffalo waterfront breakwalls

12/4 - Buffalo, N.Y. – While many millions of dollars has gone into improvements on the waterfront and Outer Harbor, the guardians of all of that are deteriorating. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be putting more than $12 million into the giant rock walls that protect the length of the harbor and waterfront.

Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo) said this $12 million will be on top of $100 million that has gone into cleaning up the Buffalo River and the harbor and other Corps projects.

Higgins said the future needs this work.

"You can't rebuild a great waterfront city without clean and navigable waterways and this $12.5 million dollars of federal investment by the Army Corps of Engineers will go a long way toward helping to position Buffalo to what I hope will be the major destination of recreational boating on the Great Lakes," he said.

He said the money also lets the waterfront be a place for commercial shipping.

"So long as it's properly managed, you can have both Great Lakes freighters and canoes, kayaks, recreational boaters co-exist, not only peacefully, but in a way that celebrates the full potential of Buffalo's waterfront," Higgins said. "So that's what we're striving for all the time. We will continue to deal to bring more federal investment."

Higgins said when Democrats take over the House of Representatives in January, he will be pushing a massive infrastructure bill for projects like these, suggesting the bill might provide $1 trillion nationally.

WBFO

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 4

In 1947, EMORY L. FORD, Captain William J. Lane, departed the Great Northern Elevator in Superior, Wisconsin, with the most valuable cargo of grain shipped on the Great Lakes. The shipment, valued at more than $3 million, consisted of 337,049 bushes of flax valued at $7 a bushel and 140,000 bushels of wheat.

On 04 December 1891, the side-wheel wooden passenger steamer JEANIE, owned by John Craig & Sons, caught fire at the Craig & Sons shipyard in Toledo, Ohio, and burned to the water's edge. She was valued at $25,000 and insured for $10,000.

Algoma Central Marine's ALGOSOO was the last ship built on the Lakes with the traditional fore and aft cabins; her maiden voyage took place today in 1974.

IMPERIAL QUEBEC entered service on December 4, 1957. Renamed b.) SIBYL W. in 1987, and c.) PANAMA TRADER in 1992. Scrapped in Mexico in 1997.

LIGHTSHIP 103 completed her sea trials December 4, 1920.

At 0210 hours on December 4, 1989, the U.S.C.G.C. MESQUITE ran aground in 12 feet of water at a point one-quarter nautical mile off Keweenaw Point. After a struggle to save the ship, the 53 persons aboard abandoned ship at 0830 hours and boarded the Indian salty MANGAL DESAI, which was standing by.

On 4 December 1873, a gale struck Saginaw Bay while the CITY OF DETROIT of 1866 was carrying 8,000 bushels of wheat, package freight and 26 crew and passengers. She was also towing the barge GUIDING STAR. The barge was cut loose in the heavy seas at 3:30 a.m. and about 7 a.m. the CITY OF DETROIT sank. Captain Morris Barrett of the GUIDING STAR saw three of the CITY OF DETROIT's crew in one lifeboat and only one in another lifeboat. The CITY OF DETROIT went down stern first and the passengers and crew were seen grouped together on and about the pilothouse. Capt. Barrett and his crew of seven then abandoned GUIDING STAR. They arrived at Port Elgin, Ontario on 6 December in their yawl with their feet frozen. The barge was later found and towed in by the tug PRINDEVILLE.

On 4 December 1838, THAMES (wooden passenger/package-freight side-wheeler, 80 foot, 160 tons, built in 1833, at Chatham, Ontario) was burned at her dock in Windsor, Ontario by Canadian "patriots" during a raid on Windsor involving more than 500 armed men.

EMERALD ISLE completed her maiden voyage from Beaver Island to Charlevoix on December 4, 1997. Her first cargo included a few cars and 400 passengers. EMERALD ISLE replaced BEAVER ISLANDER as the main ferry on the 32-mile run.

1920: The first RENVOYLE went to saltwater for war service in 1915. It foundered in shallow water on this date in the Bay of Biscay in 1920. Salvage attempts failed. The hull was broken up by the elements and part was scrapped on site.

1951: CAPTAIN C.D. SECORD was disabled and under tow of the SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY when it broke loose in a storm off Isle Royale. The ship was retrieved by U.S.C.G. WOODRUSH and taken to safety and eventually to Port Arthur for repairs.

1966: NAKWA RIVER sustained extensive fire damage at Montreal. The flames broke out while outbound from the Great Lakes.

1986: AMERICAN REPUBLIC was blown on the breakwall at Lorain, Ohio, and received a five-foot gash on the side about 15 feet above the waterline.

1990: IONIA caught fire in the engine room about 90 miles south of Puerto Rico while enroute from Tampa to Chittagong, Bangladesh. The damage was not repaired and the hull was towed to Aliaga, Turkey, as f) ONIA in 1991 and scrapped. The vessel began Seaway service in 1971 as the British flag freighter ZINNIA, returned as b) TIMUR SWIFT in 1983 and as d) ZENOVIA in 1985.

1992: ZEUSPLEIN caught fire in the bridge at Campana, Argentina, and became a total loss. The vessel was sold to shipbreakers in India and arrived for scrapping on June 1, 1993. It had first traveled the Seaway as a) ZEUS in 1972 and had been rebuilt as a container ship in 1983.

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

 

Port Reports -  December 3

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Stormy conditions on Lake Superior prevented vessels from transiting the Duluth ship canal until Sunday afternoon, when Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 16:01 to load coal at Midwest Energy. Roger Blough was inbound at 16:42, and headed down to Superior to load iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern. Mesabi Miner left port at 17:04 with a load of ore for Toledo. Narew continued to take on grain at the Riverland elevator, and should complete loading Monday evening, weather permitting. At the Superior entry, Burns Harbor was outbound at 17:02 Sunday evening with a load of ore, and Roger Blough was loading at BN after her arrival through Duluth.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Due to gale warnings on Lake Superior on Dec. 2nd traffic has been slowed. The CSL Assiniboine was on her way to Two Harbors on Dec. 2nd after going to Thunder Bay on Dec. 1st. As of 19:05 on Dec. 2nd the CSL Assiniboine was SW of Grand Marais, Minn. doing 10.5 knts. She could arrive Two Harbors late on Dec. 2nd/early on the 3rd. Due Two Harbors on Dec. 3rd are the Hon. James L. Oberstar, Presque Isle, Edgar B. Speer, John D. Leitch, and probably early on Dec. 4th, the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Dec. 2nd and none scheduled for Dec. 3rd.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday December 1st: 23:31 saltie Solina departed G3 for Montreal. Sunday December 2nd: 7:42 Algoma Strongfield arrived and went to anchor southwest of the Welcome Islands. 11:29 CSL Assiniboine weighed anchor and departed for Two Harbors. She did not go to berth while in Thunder Bay. 12:02 USCGC Neah Bay arrived in Thunder Bay harbor. She performed ice-breaking duties on the Mission River and at the mouth of the Kaministiquia River. She would go to berth at Keefer Terminal. 15:06 G3 Marquis departed Richardson Main Terminal for Port Cartier. 16:53 saltie Rodopi arrived and went to anchor east of Bare Point. 19:15 Federal Katsura arrived and went to anchor. Expected late Sunday: CSL Welland. Expected for Monday: Federal Barents and Frontenac.

Milwaukee, Wis.
The bulk carrier Isa came into an outer harbor dock Sunday morning with assist from the G tug Minnesota.

S. Lake Michigan
Manitowoc was at Burns Harbor Sunday evening. Lee A. Tregurtha and Wilfred Sykes were at Indiana Harbor. Federal Shimanto was at S. Chicago.

Limestone Ports
Friday, Calcite: 21:18 John J Boland departed from Fairport. Saturday, Calcite: 8:35 Manitowoc departed for Burns Harbor. 21:32 Joyce L Van Enkevort weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock.

Goderich, Ont.
Algoma Buffalo was at the salt dock Sunday. Federal Cedar arrived to load grain at the elevators.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Sea Eagle 2/St. Mary's Cement 2 arrived at the St. Mary's Cement dock to unload cement. John G Munson arrived at the Detroit Bulk Storage dock to unload stone. Making the last arrival of the day was the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder. They stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Dec 2 - Barry Andersen

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Dec 1 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0646 - Departed - Dec 2 (for the dock) Dec 2 - Algoscotia at 1455 and Algosea at 1747

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 2 - Algosea at 1803 and Algoscotia at 1513 - Departed - Dec 2 - Algoma Hansa at 1139 for the canal

Buffalo:
Arrival - Dec 1 - Capt Henry Jackman at 1249 - Dec 2 - American Mariner at 1850 - Departed - Dec 2 at 1646 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 1 - Algowood at 1736 and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 2055 - Dec 2 - Kaministiqua at 0819, Raba (Lbr) at 0936, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0936, Algoma Innovator at 1640, CSL St. Laurent at 1805 and NACC Argonaut eta 2055 and Mottler (Cyp) eta 2105

Downbound - Dec 1 - Robert S Pierson at 1728 - Dec 2 - Florence Spirit at 0619, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0653, Cuyahoga at 0934, Algoma Hansa at 1524, Algoma Enterprise at 1539 and Capt Henry Jackman at 1833,

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 29 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1643 - Dec 1 - Erria Swan (Dis) at 1710 from Mississauga and Irma (Cyp) at 1740 - Departed -

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 2 - Miedwie (Bhs) at 0130, Bluewing (Cyp) at 0524, Elbeborg (Nld) at 2046 and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2055. Anchored - Nov 30 - (from the docks) - Federal Kushiro (Mhl at 2220 and Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2237 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 25 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0402 - Nov 28 - Jana Desgagnes at 2345 - Nov 29 - YM Jupiter (Mlt) at 0120 - Dec 1 - Amarant (Por) at 0122. Departure - Dec 2 - Rt. Hon Paul J Martin at 0744 and Algoma Innovator at 1441,

Bronte:
Arrival - Dec 2 - Mia Desgagnes at 1607

Clarkson:
Anchored - Dec 2 - Robert S Pierson at 0437 - Departed at 1144 for Clarkson dock - Arrival - Dec 2 Robert S Pierson at 1144 - Departure from dock - Dec 2 at 2047 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrivals - Dec 2 - Cuyahoga eta 2100 - Docked - Nov 26 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1440 (Redpath dock) - Aug 30 - Flevoborg (Nld) at 2144 - Departure - Dec 2 - McKeil Spirit at 1010 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival - Dec 2 - Hansa Gate (ex CL Hanse Gate-15, Federal Matane-11) at 1322

 

Lee Murdock's Christmas Ship Concert at Chicago Maritime Museum Dec. 8

12/3 - On Saturday, Dec. 8, 4-8 pm, The Balladeer of the Great Lakes, Lee Murdock will preform his Christmas Ship Concert in conjunction with the Chicago Maritime Museum's Holiday Party. Enjoy food and drink, tour the exhibits of this new museum and sing along with a great concert.

Tickets are $20, $15 for museum members and can be ordered online at http://www.chicagomaritimemuseum.org/event/cmm-holiday-party-lee-murdock-christmas-ship-concert or call the museum at 773-376-1982.

The museum is located at 1200 W. 35th St. on the River Level of the Bridgeport Art Center. Lots of free parking is available on the North Side of the building.

 

Fundraiser to support BoatNerd

12/3 - We have kicked off our first annual fundraising drive. We accept donations through PayPal or by mail. This is a great opportunity for users and corporations that use Boatnerd to show their support with a donation.

Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping Online, the non-profit support organization for the Boatnerd.com web site, was designated a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation by the Internal Revenue Service in 2006.

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Today in Great Lakes History -  December 3

In 1918, the forward end of the former Pittsburgh steamer MANOLA sank during a gale on Lake Ontario. The after end received a new forward end and sailed for several years as the MAPLEDAWN.

On 03 December 1881, the DE PERE (wooden propeller, 736 tons, built in 1875, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) was caught in a severe southwest gale and blizzard on Lake Michigan. She was driven ashore near Two Rivers, Wisconsin. All efforts to free her failed, so she was left to winter where she lay. In April 1882, she was pulled free by the Goodrich tug ARCTIC and towed to Manitowoc for repairs. Little damage was found and she was back in service quickly.

On 03 December 1891, the OGEMAW (wooden propeller freighter, 167 foot, 624 gross tons, built in 1881, at St. Clair, Michigan) sprang a leak on Big Bay de Noc and sank. Her decks and cabins were blown off as she sank in 11 fathoms of water, 1 1/2 miles northwest of Burnt Bluff. Her crew was rescued by her consorts MAXWELL and TILDEN. Although the vessel was removed from enrollment as a total loss, she was later raised, rebuilt, and re-documented in 1894. However, 03 December was a fateful date for this steamer because on that date in 1922, she burned 1-1/2 miles below Grand Point, near Harsens Island, on the St. Clair River Ð this time to a total and final loss.

Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd.'s CANADIAN AMBASSADOR (Hull#70) was launched December 3, 1982, at St. Catharines, Ontario, by Port Weller Drydocks Ltd.

ROBERT W. STEWART, b.) AMOCO MICHIGAN in 1962) was launched in 1927, at Lorain, Ohio (Hull # 802), by the American Ship Building Co.

In 1909, LE GRAND S. DEGRAFF collided with the steamer HARVARD while down bound in the Detroit River in fog.

IRVING S. OLDS was laid up for the final time on December 3, 1981, at the Hallett Dock #5, Duluth, Minnesota, due to market conditions and her inability to compete with the 60,000-ton carrying capacity of the self-unloading thousand-foot bulk freighters.

On 3 December 1872, the officers and crew of the schooner E. KANTER arrived home in Detroit, Michigan. They reported that their vessel was driven ashore near Leland, Michigan in Lake Michigan on 26 November and was broken up by the waves.

On 3 December 1850, HENRY CLAY (2-mast wooden brig, 87 foot, 163 tons, built in 1842, at Huron, Ohio) was driven ashore at Point Nipigon in the Straits of Mackinac. She suffered little damage, but she was high and dry and unsalvageable. Her crew and passengers were picked up by the passing steamer TROY.

Back during the rough days of November on the lakes, the crews of the Imperial Oil tankers would wet the tablecloths in the mess rooms to keep plates, glasses and silverware from sliding off the tables.

1909: BARGE 101, a whaleback built on the Great Lakes in 1888, sank off Seal Island, Maine enroute from Boston to Halifax with coal tar. The crew of seven was lost.

1942: Yesterday and today the tug ADMIRAL and petroleum barge CLEVECO were lost with all hands off Euclid Beach, Ohio. A total of 32 sailors perished.

1954: The tug ROUILLE sank off Cape Smoky, NS with the loss of 5 lives. The vessel was built in 1929 as Hull 83 at the Collingwood Shipyard and had been on the lakes earlier in the year.

1959: THEODORUS A., seized earlier on Lake St. Clair due to debts, went aground twice while under tow to be unloaded. The vessel was released and spent the winter on the lakes. The crew was sent home.

1963: LIONEL and MANCHESTER MERCHANT collided at the entrance to the Seaway. The former caught fire and was beached at Ronde Island with heavy damage. It was rebuilt at Drammen, Norway, in 1964, returned inland as b) SKAGATIND in 1965 and was scrapped following another fire as e) ALECOS in 1982.

1967: TORONTO CITY, a Seaway trader from 1959 through 1962, went aground near the Elbe I Light enroute from Rostock, Germany, to Rotterdam, Holland, as d) EMMANUEL M. The crew was rescued and the ship was refloated July 7, 1970, sold for scrap, and broken up at Hamburg, Germany.

1985: An engine room fire broke out aboard the SKRADIN at Augusta, Italy, and the ship was a total loss. It had been a Seaway trader as b) BALTIC WASA beginning in 1971 and first returned under the current name in 1976. The damaged vessel was quickly sold for scrap and arrived at Split, Yugoslavia, December 28, 1985, for dismantling.

1987: The former Straits of Mackinac passenger and auto ferry VACATIONLAND sank off Oregon while under tow for scrapping in the Far East.

1993: HOPE I was seriously damaged when it hit bottom east of Quebec City. The ship had traded inland as a) NOSIRA MADELEINE beginning in 1983 and had returned as b) HOPE I earlier in 1993. It was repaired at Lauzon and continued Great Lakes service through 2002. The bulk carrier was back as c) HOPE in 2004.

1995: The former Canada Steamship Lines bulk carrier RIMOUSKI, renamed b) CANADIAN HARVEST, broke in two 114 miles NE of Sable Island while under tow for scrapping in India. The stern sank first. The bow was released two days later and was also lost.

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

 

Coast Guard, partners rescue 35 people from ice floe near Duluth

12/2 - Cleveland, Ohio – The Coast Guard and local partner agencies rescued 35 people from an adrift ice floe in Superior Bay near Duluth, Minn., Saturday.

A Coast Guard Station Duluth ice rescue team worked with the St. Louis Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources to respond to a report that three large groups of people were stranded on an ice floe with approximately 30 feet of open water between the ice floe and shore.

The ice rescue team deployed their SKF-ICE, an inflatable ice rescue vessel, to assist the St. Louis Fire Department. The SKF-ICE team transited the open water, reached the ice floe, and rescued all 35 persons without incident. There was one confirmed person in the water who was rescued by fire department personnel.

The Coast Guard reminds the public to exercise caution near the water. Ice is unpredictable and dangerous. Those planning on being on or near the ice should check conditions, share their plan with somebody onshore, wear the proper attire in case the ice breaks, and bring proper equipment for self-rescue and reporting.

USCG

 

Port Reports -  December 2

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Herbert C. Jackson departed Duluth at 01:53 Saturday morning for Silver Bay after unloading limestone at Hallett #5. Cason J. Callaway left port at 05:14 after loading iron ore pellets at CN, and Mesabi Miner arrived at 07:06 to load at Canadian National. She is expected to depart early Sunday morning, depending on the weather conditions. Also in port was Narew, loading grain at Riverland Ag. Burns Harbor spent Saturday loading iron ore pellets at BN in Superior, and currently has no departure time listed.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Algoma Discovery departed Two Harbors on Nov. 30th at 20:06 for Hamilton. The CSL Assiniboine had been scheduled for Two Harbors on Dec. 1st, but when she was ENE of Outer Island on Dec. 1st she was switched to Thunder Bay. Also due Two Harbors on Dec. 1st was the Hon. James L. Oberstar, but she was anchored all day Dec. 1st south of Parisienne, with no ETA Two Harbors due to gale warnings up on Lake Superior. There is no scheduled traffic for Two Harbors on Dec. 2nd. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Herbert C. Jackson from Duluth after unloading limestone. She arrived Silver Bay at 06:10 on Dec. 1st and departed on Dec. 1st at approx. 15:26 for Cleveland. There is no scheduled inbound traffic for Silver Bay on Dec. 2nd.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday November 30th: 22:08 G3 Marquis arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 23:53 saltie Wigeon departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Port Cartier. Saturday December 1st: 0:03 Thunder Bay departed Viterra A for Bécancour. 8:44 Federal Yukon arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 9:08 Baie Comeau arrived at Keefer Terminal. 9:29 Radcliffe R. Latimer arrived and went to anchor north of Pie Island. 12:23 Manitoulin arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 16:14 CSL Assiniboine arrived and went to anchor. 20:58 Federal Kivalina departed Superior Elevator for Montreal. 21:40 Radcliffe R. Latimer weighed anchor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. Expected for Sunday: Algoma Strongfield and salties Rodopi and Federal Katsura.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Jim Conlon
About 1300 Saturday the Presque Isle pulled away from her mooring pier at Bayship and headed north.

S. Lake Michigan
St. Clair was at Burns Harbor Saturday night. Wilfred Sykes was at Indiana Harbor.

Limestone Ports
Friday, Calcite: 21:18 John J Boland departed from Fairport. Saturday, Calcite: 8:35 Manitowoc departed for Burns Harbor. 21:32 Joyce L Van Enkevort weighed anchor and proceded to the loading dock.

Goderich, Ont.
Saginaw was docked at the elevators Saturday night. Algoma Compass departed early Saturday evening for Fisher Harbor.

Saginaw River
Algoma Buffalo arrived with salt for the Sargent dock in Zilwaukee. On Saturday, Alpena unloaded cement at the Lafarge dock in Essexville.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Dec 1 – Barry Andersen

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Dec 1 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0646 and Algosea at 1755 approx. (both from the docks)

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 1 - Robert S Pierson at 0009, Algoma Hansa at 0450, Algosea at 0456 and Michipicoten at 0608. Departed - Dec 1 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0619 for the anchorage, Michipicoten at 1037 westbound, Robert S Pierson at 1353 eastbound and Algosea at 1735 to the anchorage

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 30 - NACC Argonaut at 0431 - Dec 1 - Capt Henry Jackman at 1249 - Departed - Nov 30 - NACC Argonaut at 2319 for the canal

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 30 - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 2254 - Dec 1 - Trudy (Lbr) at 0612 - Departed Dec 1 - both for the canal - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 0105 and Trudy (Lbr) at 0827

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 30 - Federal Rhine (Bds) at 1140 and Algoma Hansa at 1349 - Dec 1 - NACC Argonaut at 0050, Algoma Innovator at 0341, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0222, Kitikmeot W at 0341, Algoscotia at 1012, Algowood at 1736 and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 2100

Downbound - Dec 1 - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 0132, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0213, Irma (Cyp) at 0634, Trudy (Lbr) at 0843, Baie St Paul at 1144 and Robert S Pierson at 1728

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 29 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1643 - Dec 1 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0407, Erria Swan (Dis) at 1710 from Mississauga and Irma (Cyp) at 1740 - Departed - Dec 1 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0619 eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 1 - Amarant (Por) at 0122, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1625 and Algoma Innovator at 1742 - Anchored - Nov 30 - (from the docks) - Federal Kushiro (Mhl at 2220 and Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2237 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 25 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0402 - Nov 28 - Jana Desgagnes at 2345 - Nov 29 - YM Jupiter (Mlt) at 0120 - Departure - Dec 1 - Belatsitza (Mlt) at 0038 for Rotterdam

Bronte:
Arrival - Nov 30 - Algoscotia at 0030 - Departed Dec 1 at 0710 for the canal

Mississauga:
Departure - Erria Swan (Dis) at 1459 for the canal

Toronto:
Arrivals - Aug 30 - Flevoborg (Nld) at 2144 and McKeil Spirit at 2241 - Docked - Nov 26 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1440 (Redpath dock)

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 2

On this day in 1942, the tug ADMIRAL and tanker-barge CLEVCO encountered a late season blizzard on Lake Erie. The ADMIRAL sank approximately 10 miles off Avon Point, Ohio, with a loss of 11. The CLEVCO sank 30 hours later off Euclid Beach with a loss of 19.

On 02 December 1857, the NAPOLEON (wooden propeller, 92 foot, 181 tons, built in 1845, at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, as a schooner) went to the assistance of the schooner DREADNAUGHT. In the rescue attempt, the NAPOLEON bent her rudder and disabled her engine. Helpless, she went on a reef off Saugeen, Ontario, and was pounded to pieces. Her engine, boiler and gear were salvaged in the autumn of 1858, and sold at Detroit, Michigan.

Hall Corporation of Canada’s OTTERCLIFFE HALL (Hull # 667) was launched December 2, 1968, at Lauzon, Quebec, by Davie Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.

GEORGE R. FINK, b) ERNEST T. WEIR under tow passed Gibraltar on December 2, 1973, and arrived at Gandia, Spain, prior to December 7, 1973, for scrapping.

Pittsburgh Steamship Co.’s GOVERNOR MILLER (Hull # 810) was launched in1937, at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co.

NIPIGON BAY last ran in 1982, and was laid up at Montreal on December 2nd.

December 2, 1975, the brand new carferry WOLFE ISLANDER III sailed into Kingston from Thunder Bay, Ontario. The new 55-car ferry would replace the older ferries WOLFE ISLANDER and UPPER CANADA.

On 2 December 1874, the steam barge GERMANIA was launched at King's yard in Marine City, Michigan. The Port Huron Times of 4 December 1874 reported that she "is probably the cheapest boat ever built in Marine City, wages and material, iron, etc. being very low." This was due to the nation just recovering from the "Panic of 1873." The vessel's dimensions were 144 feet overall x 56 feet 2 inches x 11 feet 9 inches.

On 2 December 1832, the wooden schooner CAROLINE was carrying dry goods worth more than $30,000 from Oswego to Ogdensburg, New York, in a violent storm. She capsized and sank off Ducks Island on Lake Ontario with the loss of one life. Five survived in the yawl and made it to the island in 6 hours. After much suffering from the cold and snow, they were rescued by the schooner HURON.

Duluth - December 2, 1950 - In the early part of this week there were as many as 41 Great Lakes vessels lined up in the Duluth-Superior harbor awaiting their turn to take on their cargoes of iron ore. Freezing temperatures prevailed at the head of the lakes and ore steaming operations permitted loading only of about 10 boats per day.

1964: The anchors of AGIOS NICOLAOS II dragged in a storm on the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the ship drifted aground at Sea-Cow Head, near Summerside, Prince Edward Island. The ship was released and towed to Halifax but not repaired. It had first come through the Seaway as a) ALKAID in 1961 and made one trip inland as b) AGIOS NICOLAOS II in 1964. Following a sale for scrap, the ship arrived at Bilbao, Spain, under tow of the tug PRAIA DE ADRAGA, on April 2, 1965.

1967: The tanker LUBROLAKE and tug IRVING BEECH were blown aground on Cape Breton Island, near New Waterford, NS at a site called the No. 12 Stone Dump. Both ships were abandoned and broken up to the waterline there at a later date.

1976: PEARL ASIA went aground off Port Weller while waiting clearance to head upbound to Thorold with a cargo of bauxite. After being lightered to MAPLEHEATH, the vessel was pulled free. It had begun Seaway trading as a) CRYSTAL CROWN in 1960 and first returned as b) PEARL ASIA in 1971.

1977: KEFALONIA SKY arrived at New Orleans with engine trouble that was later deemed beyond economic repair. The vessel was sold for scrapping at Brownsville, Texas, in 1978. It had first visited the Seaway as NIEUWE TONGE in 1960 and returned as b) AMSTELDIEP in 1963.

2006: The tug SENECA broke loose of the SUSAN B. HOEY on Lake Superior and was blown aground 21 miles east of Grand Marais, Mich. It was refloated on Dec. 23 and taken to Sault Ste. Marie for assessment.

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

 

Seaway closing dates announced

12/1 - Seaway Notice No. 13 - 2018

Closing Dates Montreal-Lake Ontario Section
• Any transit of the Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the Seaway after 23:59 hours, December 24, if permitted, will be subject to prior written agreement. • Irrespective of operating conditions, all vessels must be clear of the Montreal-Lake Ontario section at 12:00 hours on December 31, 2018.

Welland Canal
• Any transits of the Welland Canal after 23:59 hours, December 26th, if permitted, will be subject to prior written agreement. Arrangements are to be made at our St. Catharines office. • Irrespective of operating conditions, all vessels must be clear of the Welland Canal at 12:00 hours on December 31, 2018.

Sault Ste. Marie Locks and Canal
Closing of the Sault Ste. Marie locks is scheduled for January 15, 2019.

Mariners are reminded that there is always a possibility that severe climatic conditions may occur during the closing period. Should this happen, there is a chance that the dates for the Montreal-Lake Ontario Section or the Welland Canal, may change.

Download a PDF of the complete press release which contains additional information at this link (click Seaway Notice No. 13): http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/commercial/closing.html

 

It’s official: Algoma Steel has a new owner

12/1 - Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. – Algoma Steel Inc. announced that it has completed the purchase of Essar Steel Algoma Inc. assets, and has fully emerged from CCAA protection. The new ownership says it is committed to investing $300 million in the steelworks in order to expand its capacity and grade capability to meet the demand for advanced grades of steel.

The full release from Algoma Steel Inc. follows:

Algoma Steel Inc. announced today (Friday) it has successfully completed the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Essar Steel Algoma Inc. The business has emerged free from the protection of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) as a stronger, more sustainable Canadian steel company.

Since 1901, Algoma Steel has been a reliable supplier of quality Canadian steel. Today, under new ownership and the direction of a professional board of directors, Algoma Steel has a significantly improved balance sheet, offering financial stability, secure pensions, and employment for over 2900 workers in Sault Ste. Marie. The Company has re-established itself in the market, with a promise to bring positive economic and social impacts locally, regionally and nationally.

“When we take a look around at the domestic and international steel markets, what we see is a lot of room for growth for Algoma Steel,” says Kalyan Ghosh, Chief Executive Officer of Algoma Steel. “We have a long and proud history in Canada, manufacturing 100 per cent of our products right here in Sault Ste. Marie. Today Algoma Steel is an independent and strong niche player, manufacturing a comprehensive mix of hot and cold rolled steel sheet and plate products not just for the Canadian markets, but also beyond.”

As Algoma Steel emerges, it is resurrecting plans for the modernization of its facilities in Sault Ste. Marie. The new owners are committed to a CDN $300 million investment in the steelworks to expand capacity and grade capability, making Algoma Steel more efficient and globally competitive. This investment will position Algoma Steel to meet the growing demand for advanced grades of steel and to support growth in related industries like shipbuilding, auto manufacturing, energy, mining and defense.

The company is also returning to financial stability with a strong, healthy balance sheet and substantially less debt. With the support and approval of the provincial government, Algoma Steel’s three defined benefit pension plans are secure and sustainable. The United Steelworkers Locals 2251 and 2724 have also played a large role in working towards a constructive resolution, helping to ensure the continued viability of Algoma Steel for future generations of steelworkers.

Soo Today

 

Port Reports -  December 1

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Cason J. Callaway arrived Duluth at 04:22 Friday morning to discharge limestone at the C. Reiss dock. Baie Comeau was inbound at 10:46, and moored at Hallett #8 to offload salt. She left port empty at 18:37 for Thunder Bay. Also during the evening, BBC Kansas departed at 18:26 with a load of wheat from Riverland Ag, and Narew arrived from anchor at 19:05 to load grain at Riverland. Herbert C. Jackson was expected at 19:45 Friday evening with stone for Hallett #5, and Federal Margaree was due to depart around 21:00 with grain from Gavilon. After completing her discharge, the Callaway shifted to CN on Friday evening to load iron ore pellets, and is expected to depart mid-morning Saturday. In Superior, Burns Harbor was due at 22:30 Friday night to load at BN.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Lee A. Tregurtha departed Two Harbors on Nov. 29th at 22:25 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 30th at 04:57 was the Algoma Discovery. As of 19:50 on Nov. 30th she was still at South of #2. Due Two Harbors on Dec. 1st are the CSL Assiniboine in the morning and due later in the day is the Hon. James L. Oberstar. An update on the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader: She is now showing a Detroit AIS. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Nov. 30th and none scheduled on Dec. 1st. The Herbert C. Jackson is due the Twin Ports on Nov. 30th in the evening with limestone and there's a good possibility she could end up in Silver Bay on Dec. 1st after she discharges her limestone cargo in the Twin Ports.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday November 30th: 13:18 Tecumseh departed Richardson Main Terminal for Sorel. 15:50 Thunder Bay departed Viterra B and shifted over to Viterra A to load grain. 18:25 saltie Prosna weighed anchor and departed for Montreal. Expected late Friday: G3 Marquis. Expected for Saturday: Manitoulin, Baie Comeau and Federal Yukon.

S. Lake Michigan
Stewart J. Cort and John D. Leitch were at Burns Harbor Friday night. Federal Barents departed Friday for Thunder Bay. American Spirit, Wilfred Sykes and Joseph L. Block were at Indiana Harbor. Saltie Beatrix was at S. Chicago.

Limestone Ports
Wednesday, Stoneport: 16:00 Herbert C Jackson arrived to load. Calcite: 10:50 Olive L Moore weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. 12:09 Dorothy Ann arrived and went to anchor. Drummond Island: 20:07 Joseph H Thompson arrived to load. Thursday, Stoneport: 7:16 Herbert C Jackson departed for Duluth Superior. Calcite: 1:42 Philip R Clarke departed for Detroit. 9:21 Dorothy Ann weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. 9:26 Olive L Moore departed for Detroit. 14:12 Great Republic arrived to load. 18:20 Dorthey Ann departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. 21:38 John Boland arrived to load. Drummond Island: 11:42 Joseph H Thompson Jr departed for Windsor. Friday, Calcite: 12:52 Manitowoc arrived and went to anchor. 13:19 Joyce L Van Enkevort arrived and went to anchor. 15:36 Great Republic departed for Ashtabula. Manitowoc weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. Port Dolomite: 2:30 Calumet arrived to load and at 14:00 departed. She is down bound on Lake Huron.

Northern Lake Huron
Friday, Bruce Mines: 3:00 Cuyahoga arrived to load trap rock. 11:06 Cuyahoga departed and is down bound on Lake Huron.

Goderich, Ont.
Algoma Compass was loading salt Friday evening. Algoma Buffalo departed with salt in the early evening.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
The tug Leonard M and her barge arrived early Friday morning to load coke at Zug Island. Next, the tug Sharon MI and barge Huron Spirit arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload. The Alpena was next, arriving at Lafarge to unload cement. The tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge Delaware arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Next in was the Olive L Moore/Menominee, who proceeded to unload at the Carmeuse Dock. The James R Barker arrived to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. At about the same time, the Joseph H Thompson Jr./Joseph H Thompson arrived to unload stone at Zug Island. Rounding out the busy day was the Indiana Harbor. She began unloading ore at Zug Island.

Toledo, Ohio
Salties Mandarin and BBC Georgia were in port on Friday, along with Florence Spirit and Algoma Enterprise.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday Nov 30- Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 30 - Frontenac at 0714, Algosea at 0926 - Docked - Nov 29 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1650 - Departed - Nov 30 - James R Barker at 0408, Algonova at 1001 and Frontenac at 1917 (all westbound)

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 30 - NACC Argonaut at 0431

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 29 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 1307 and NACC Argonaut at 1706 - Nov 30 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0217, Victoriaborg (Nld) at 0347, light tug H H Misner, Robert S Pierson at 1043, Federal Rhine (Bds) at 1140 and Algoma Hansa at 1349

Downbound - Nov 30 - Oakglen at 0521, CCG Thunder Cape at 0841, Reggeborg (Nld) at 0924, Tim S Dool at 1012, Spruceglen at 1438, Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 1801 and BBC Rushmore (Atg) eta 2240

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 19 - CSL Tadoussac (stopped wharf 16) at 1838 - Nov 30 - Departed at 1320 approx. westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 29 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1643 Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 30 - none - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 24 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl at 1934 - Nov 25 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0402 and Belasitza (Mlt) at 0912 - Nov 26 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2237 - Nov 28 - Jana Desgagnes at 2345 - Nov 29 - YM Jupiter (Mlt) at 0120 - Departures - Nov 30 - Victoriaborg (Nld) at 0102 for Chicago and Whistler (Lbr) at 0109 for Ireland

Bronte:
Arrival - Nov 30 - Algoscotia at 0030

Toronto:
Arrivals - Aug 30 - Flevoborg (Nld) eta 2130 and McKeil Spirit at 2310 - Docked - Nov 26 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1440 (Redpath dock) -

 

Public invited to today’s Christmas at the Lighthouse at Tawas Point

12/1 - East Tawas, Mich. The public is invited to make this holiday season a special time with family and friends by attending the Christmas at the Lighthouse event Saturday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held at Tawas Point State Park, located at 686 Tawas Beach Rd. in East Tawas, and a Michigan DNR Recreation Passport will be required for entry.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 1

In 1940, the Columbia Transportation steamer CARROLLTON laid up in the Cuyahoga River with a storage load of 75,000 bushels of potatoes.

On 01 December 1884, the N BOUTIN (wooden propeller tug, 68 foot, 46 gross tons, built in 1882, at Buffalo, New York) sank in ten feet of water near Washburn, Wisconsin. Newspaper reports stated that she was leaking badly and was run toward shore to beach her but no details are given regarding the cause of the leak. She was recovered and repaired.

On December 1, 1974, the Canadian motor vessel JENNIFER foundered on Lake Michigan in a storm. Her steel cargo apparently shifted and she foundered 24 miles southwest of Charlevoix, Michigan. The JENNIFER went to the bottom in water too deep for any salvage attempt.

FRED G. HARTWELL, the last boat built for the Franklin Steamship Co., was delivered to her owners on December 1, 1922, but her maiden voyage didn't occur until early 1923, because of unfavorable weather conditions.

The SASKATOON's ownership was transferred to the Canada Steamship Lines Ltd., Montreal, on December 1, 1913, when the company was formed and all six vessels of the Merchants Mutual Line were absorbed by CSL in 1914.

HUDSON TRANSPORT was put up for sale by Marine Salvage in December 1982.

On 1 December 1875, BRIDGEWATER (3-mast wooden schooner, 706 tons, built in 1866, at Buffalo, New York, as a bark) grounded on Waugoshance Point in the Straits of Mackinac. She was released fairly quickly and then was towed to Buffalo, New York, for repairs. In Buffalo, she was gutted by fire. In 1880-82, the propeller KEYSTONE was built on her hull.

In 1909, the MARQUETTE & BESSEMER NO 2 sank on Lake Erie, 31 lives were lost.

December 1, 1985 - SPARTAN broke loose from her moorings at Ludington in a storm and ended up near Buttersville Island. She was pulled off on December 5, by the Canonie tugs SOUTH HAVEN and MUSKEGON with the help of the CITY OF MIDLAND 41. It took about 10 hours.

On 1 December 1875, the Port Huron Times reported: "The schooner MARY E. PEREW went ashore in the Straits of Mackinac and by the brave efforts of the people on shore, her crew was rescued from perishing in the cold. Her decks were completely covered with ice and the seas were breaking over her. The vessel has a large hole in her bottom made by a rock that came through her. She will prove a total loss." On 7 December 1875, that newspaper reported that MARY E. PEREW had been raised by a wrecker and would be repaired.

On 1 December 1882, DAVID M. FOSTER (wooden 3-mast schooner, 121 foot, 251 tons, built in 1863, at Port Burwell, Ontario as a bark) was carrying lumber from Toronto to Oswego, New York, in a storm. She was picked up by a harbor tug outside of Oswego for a tow into the harbor, but the towline broke. The FOSTER went bows-on into the breakwater. She was holed and sank. No lives were lost. Her loss was valued at $3,300.

On 01 December 1934, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter ESCANABA (WPG 64) (165 foot, 718 gross tons, built in 1932, at W. Bay City, Michigan) was involved in the rescue of the crew of the whaleback HENRY CORT off the piers at Muskegon, Michigan. Also that winter, she delivered food to the residents of Beaver Island, who were isolated due to the bad weather.

SULLIVAN BROTHERS (steel straight-deck bulk freighter, 430 foot, 4897 gross tons, built in 1901, at Chicago, Illinois as FREDERICK B. WELLS) grounded at Vidal Shoal on Tuesday evening, 01 Dec 1953. She was loaded with grain and rested on solid rock. She was recovered.

1934: The whaleback steamer HENRY CORT hit the north pier at Muskegon, MI and was wrecked. All on board were saved but one rescuer perished when the U.S.C.G. surfboat overturned. HENRY CORT was cut up for scrap on location during World War Two.

1961: The Canada Steamship Lines bulk canaller ELGIN struck the Charelvoix Bridge on the Lachine Canal when the structure did not open properly due to a faulty bridge mechanism. The waterway was closed for several days but the ship was not damaged.

1961: ARIE H., a Liberian flagged Liberty ship, went aground near the Snell Lock but was refloated and, the following day, departed the Seaway as the last oceangoing ship of the season.

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

 

Port Reports -  November 30

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
BBC Kansas arrived Duluth at 00:37 Thursday morning, and moored at Riverland Ag to load grain. American Mariner was outbound with grain from General Mills at 12:48. Polsteam's Narew dropped anchor off the Duluth entry at 13:00, and is waiting for the BBC Kansas to complete loading at Riverland. Federal Margaree was also in port, loading grain at Gavilon. There is no traffic expected in Superior until Saturday, when Burns Harbor is due to load iron ore pellets at BN.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader departed Two Harbors on Nov. 28th at 19:56. As of 19:45 on Nov. 29th her AIS hadn't been updated. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 29th at 12:56 was the Lee A. Tregurtha. As of 19:45 on Nov. 29th she was still at South of #2. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 30th in the morning is the Algoma Discovery. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Nov. 29th and none scheduled for Nov. 30th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday November 28th: 22:34 Tecumseh arrived and went to anchor. Thursday November 29th: 1:04 saltie Prosna departed Richardson Current River Terminal and went to anchor. 1:29 saltie Wigeon departed Richardson Main Terminal and shifted over to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 1:44 Tecumseh weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 3:50 Thunder Bay arrived at Viterra B to load grain. 11:54 Federal Weser arrived and went to anchor. Expected for Friday: G3 Marquis

Marinette, Wis.
Federal Yukon finished her unload on Thursday and departed for Thunder Bay.

Lake Michigan Ports
Federal Katsura arrived at Milwaukee on Thursday. John D. Leitch, Federal Barents and Wilfred Sykes were at Burns Harbor Thursday evening. John J. Munson was unloading at Gary. American Integrity was unloading at Indiana Harbor. Saltie Beatrix was docked at the entrance to the Calumet River. Wilfred Sykes is expected at Grand Haven Friday morning.

Goderich, Ont.
Isabelle departed the grain elevators on Thursday. Capt. Henry Jackman arrived to load salt.

Sarnia, Ont.
Mississagi was being towed by the tug Manitou Thursday evening in lower Lake Huron. They were headed for Sarnia. Mississagi has unspecified engine problems.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Federal Shimanto arrived at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload general cargo Thursday morning. Philip R Clarke arrived late Thursday night, unloading stone at AK Steel.

Toledo, Ohio
Salties Mandarin, Irma and BBC Georgia were in port on Thursday.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Nov 29 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Departures - Nov 28 - Algonova at 0724 for Nanticoke dock, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2217 westbound - Nov 29 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18) & barge Margaret westbound and Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1635 approx. westbound

Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 29 - Algonova at 0753, James R Barker at 1240 and Bro Agnes (Sgp at 1650 from the anchorage

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 28 - Algoma Compass at 1401, Algoma Enterprise at 1552 and Florence Spirit at 1916 - Nov 29 - CSL Niagara at 0151, light tug Jarrett M & barge MM142 at 0544, Algoma Strongfield at 0823, CSL Welland at 0946, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1027, Rodopi (Mlt) at 1307 and NACC Argonaut at 1706 Downbound - Nov 29 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 0928

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 19 - CSL Tadoussac (stopped wharf 16) at 1838 - Nov 28 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware - moved over to wharf 13 (Robin Hood mill dock) at 1606 approx.- Nov 29 tug Jarrett M & barge MM 142 (barge dropped at dry dock) - tug continued - Departure - Nov 29 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware from wharf 13 at 1140 approx. westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 28 - CSL Niagara at 0345 - Nov 29 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1643 - Departed - Nov 29 - CSL Niagara at 0130 approx. westbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 28 - Jana Desgagnes at 2345 - Nov 29 - YM Jupiter (Mlt) at 0120 and Victoriaborg (Nld) at 1456 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 24 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl at 1934 - Nov 25 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0402 and Belasitza (Mlt) at 0912 - Nov 26 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2237 - Nov 28 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0110 - Departures - Nov 29 - Algoma Strongfiield at 0601

Mississauga:
Arrival - Nov 27 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1513 - Departed dock Nov 29 at 0915 for the anchorage - Anchored Nov 29 at 0926 - Departed at 1440 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Arrivals - Nov 26 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1440 (Redpath dock) - Departures - Nov 29 - McKeil Spirit at 0057, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0138 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1645 (all eastbound)

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 20 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 1223 - Departed Nov 29 - at 0941for Thunder Bay

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 30

On 30 November 1896, CITY OF KALAMAZOO (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 162 foot, 728 gross tons, built in 1892, at South Haven, Michigan) burned at her lay-up dock at South Haven, Michigan, with the loss of four lives. She was rebuilt and lasted until 1911, when she burned again.

On November 30, 1910, ATHABASCA (steel propeller passenger steamer, 263 foot, 1,774 gross tons, built in 1883, in Scotland) collided with the tug GENERAL near Lime Island in the St. Mary's River. As a result of the collision, the GENERAL sank. She was later recovered and rebuilt as a bulk freighter and lasted until she was broken up in 1948.

On 30 November 1934, HENRY CORT (steel propeller whaleback crane vessel, 320 foot, 2,394 gross tons, built in 1892, at W. Superior, Wisconsin as PILLSBURY) was driven onto the north pier at Muskegon, Michigan, in a storm. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter ESCANABA rescued her crew, but one Coast Guardsman lost his life. The vessel settled in shallow water and then broke in half. Her remains were scrapped the following year.

CANADIAN PIONEER suffered a major engine room fire on 30 Nov 1987, at Nanticoke, Ontario.

On November 30, 1981, A.H. FERBERT was laid up for the last time at the Hallett Dock #5, Duluth, Minnesota. The PERE MARQUETTE 22 passed down the Welland Canal on November 30, 1973 in tow of the tugs JOHN PURVES and YVON SIMARD en route to Sorel, Quebec, where she was cut down to a barge for off-Lakes use.

On 30 Nov 1967, the CITY OF FLINT 32 was laid up, never to run again.

On 30 Nov 1900, ALMERON THOMAS (2-mast wooden schooner, 50 foot, 35 gross tons, built in 1891, at Bay City, Michigan) was carrying gravel in a storm on Lake Huron when she sprang a leak and ran for the beach. She struck bottom and then capsized. She broke up in twenty feet of water near Point Lookout in Saginaw Bay. No lives were lost.

The schooner S.J. HOLLY came into the harbor at Oswego, New York, on 30 November 1867, after a hard crossing of Lake Ontario. The previous day she left the Welland Canal and encountered a growing gale. Capt. Oscar Haynes sought calm water along the north shore, but the heavy seas and freezing winds made sailing perilous. The ropes and chains froze stiff and the schooner was almost unmanageable. The only canvas out was a two-reef foresail and it was frozen in place. With great skill, the skipper managed to limp into port, having lost the yawl and sustained serious damage to the cargo. Fortunately no lives were lost.

1905: The steel consort barge MADEIRA stranded at Split Rock, while under tow of the WILLIAM EDENBORN, broke in two and became a total loss.

1908: D.M. CLEMSON (i) disappeared on Lake Superior while upbound with a cargo of coal from Lorain to Superior. All 24 on board were lost and only 2 bodies were ever found.

1911: Three lives were lost when the wooden steamer RALEIGH sank off Port Colborne. The crew took to the yawl boats but these capsized. Spectators on shore helped pull the sailors to safety.

1922: MAPLEHURST foundered near the West Portage entry Lake Superior while upbound with coal. The captain sought shelter from a storm but the engine failed and the anchors did not hold. There were 11 casualties and the ship was a total loss.

1924: MAPLEDAWN was wrecked at Christian Island, Georgian Bay while downbound with barley. The hull was pounded and could only be salvaged in pieces for scrap about 1942.

1926: CITY OF BANGOR stranded on Keweenaw Point in a blizzard with zero visibility. The ship fell into the trough and was carried ashore. It could not be salvaged and the hull was cut up for scrap during World War II.

1943: RIVERTON, aground for two weeks at Lottie Wolf Shoal, Georgian Bay, was released and taken to Collingwood for repairs. It resumed sailing in 1944 as MOHAWK DEER.

1945: OUTARDE (i) sank at the Consul-Hall Coal Dock, Clayton, NY after being repeatedly pounded against the structure in a wild storm and holed by an underwater piece of steel. The ship was finally refloated on April 18, 1946.

1961: ALGOWAY (i) was damaged while shifting at Port Arthur when it hit a discarded underwater oxygen tank.

1987: A fire aboard the ULS self-unloader CANADIAN PIONEER at Nanticoke damaged the wiring under the control panel. The ship went to the Welland Dock for repairs and then left the Seaway for Sorel where it was reflagged Vanuatu and renamed b) PIONEER.

1997: The tug CAROLYN JO suffered a fire in the engine room off Snake Island, Lake Ontario, and had to be towed to Kingston. The ship is still sailing as d) SEAHOUND.

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

 

New Pelee Islander II finally scheduled to sail starting next May

11/29 - Kingsville, Ont. – MPP Rick Nicholls said Thursday that the fancy new ship will finally start sailing May 1, almost a year after it arrived in Canada from Chile, where it was built. The ferry arrived with great fanfare in June, but has continued to sit at the dock in Leamington with no indication when it may begin operations.

It was initially scheduled by Ontario’s transportation ministry, which owns the boat, to begin ferrying people to the island in mid-September following training and endorsement by Transport Canada. But that didn’t happen.

Countless rumors have been floated as to why the stylish modern ferry has continued to sit, but inquiries by Nicholls to MTO finally brought a response that the delay is connected to certification — primarily on a safe evacuation procedure.

Transport Canada this year has been engaged in rewording of what’s known as “safe manning certification,” the MPP said. The Pelee Islander II got caught up in the process and was forced to remain docked until the regulation was finalized and approved.

It took much longer than anyone expected,” Nicholls said. “The biggest thing with our ministry is the safety of people and cargo. The certification basically deals with the number of (adequate) crew members on a ship.” Transport Canada finally signed off on all documentation regarding the changed regulations on Nov. 9.

“The sad part is Transport Canada had an opportunity to speed up the certification in the fall,” Nicholls said. “But now we are into winter and (the ferry) won’t be ready for service until the spring.”

Asked if he was certain the ferry will begin operation next May with no further delays, the MPP responded: “I’m comfortable with that.”

The Owen Sound Transportation Company is the operator of the Pelee Island ferries — currently the Jiimaan and Pelee Islander. The Pelee Islander II is supposed to replace the 58-year-old Pelee Islander, although the full process could take about two years. The Jiimaan, in operation since 1992, also needs to undergo repairs.

The Pelee Islander II is designed to accommodate 399 people and 34 cars — or four tractor-trailers and 16 cars. It is roughly the same as the Jiimaan, although the older ship can’t accept as many tractor-trailers. The Pelee Islander can only take 199 passengers and 10 cars.

Nicholls expressed disappointment that the island’s residents and tourists have been negatively impacted by the ongoing certification delays. “It’s not fair to the Pelee Island residents and visitors,” he said. “The island is a big tourist attraction, so it’s been an upsetting situation the boat has not been put into service and won’t be sailing until May 1.”

Windsor Star

 

Port Reports -  November 29

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Federal Margaree arrived Duluth at 07:55 Wednesday morning after unloading in Thunder Bay, and tied up at Gavilon to load grain. American Century departed at 08:24 after loading coal at SMET, and Michipicoten followed her out at 08:29 with a load of iron ore pellets for Nanticoke. American Mariner, which had arrived on Tuesday evening, was loading grain at General Mills on Wednesday, and is expected to depart mid-day Thursday. In Superior, St. Clair loaded at Burlington Northern before leaving at 14:35 with her ore cargo.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Indiana Harbor departed Two Harbors on Nov. 28th at 12:08 for Zug Island. The Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader then shifted from North of #2 to South of #2. As of 17:40 on Nov. 28th she was still at the loading dock. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 29th is the Lee A. Tregurtha in the afternoon. The H. Lee White departed Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Nov. 28th at 14:07 for Cleveland. When the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed Silver Bay she had no AIS destination. Her AIS in now showing Ashtabula. Silver Bay has no scheduled traffic for Nov. 29th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday November 28th: 11:05 Federal Nagara weighed anchor and proceeded up the Mission River to load at MobilEx Terminal. 13:02 saltie BBC Kansas departed Keefer Terminal for Duluth, where she will load wheat. 13:33 Algoma Innovator departed G3 for Hamilton. 15:35 saltie Solina weighed anchor after 6 days in the harbor and proceeded to G3 to load wheat. 18:28 Baie St Paul departed Viterra A downbound. Expected late Tuesday: Tecumseh. Expected for Thursday: Thunder Bay and Federal Weser.

Marinette, Wis.
Federal Yukon remained in port on Wednesday.

S. Lake Michigan Ports
Federal Katsura departed Burns Harbor for Milwaukee Wednesday night. Wilfred Sykes and Federal Barents remained in port. Manitowoc was in S. Chicago.

Goderich, Ont.
Isabelle remained at the grain elevators on Wednesday.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
CSL Assiniboine arrived Wednesday afternoon to unload salt at the Detroit Bulk Storage dock. Arriving a short time later was the Kaye E Barker. She had ore for AK Steel. Arriving late that night was the Hon. James L Oberstar, also carrying ore for AK Steel.

Cleveland, Ohio
Salties Federal Shimanto and Isa were in port Wednesday night, as was USCG Abbie Burgess.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Nov 28 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 27 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1744 - Nov 28 - tug Albert & barge Margaret at 1236 and Algonova at 1700 - Departure - Nov 28 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0700 for Cleveland

Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 25 - tug Albert & barge Margaret at 1147 - Departed Nov 28 at 1230 to the anchorage

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 27 - G3 Marquis at 1545, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1645, Radcliffe R Latimer at 1904 and Algonova at 2250 - Nov 28 - Algoma Buffalo at 0636, Algoma Comass at 1401, Algoma Enterprise at 1552 and Florence Spirit at 1916

Downbound - Nov 27 - Pia (Atg) (ex BBC Alabama-17, Western Voyager-07) eta 2203 - Nov 28 - Algoma Harvester at 0900 and Federal Leda (Mhl) at 1140

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 19 - CSL Tadoussac (stopped wharf 16) at 1838 - Nov 28 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware departed wharf 12 - moved over to wharf 13 (Robin Hood mill dock at 1606 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 28 - Algoma Enterprise at 0000 and CSL Niagara at 0345 - Departed - Nov 28 - Algoma Enterprise at 1530

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 28 Algoma Strongfield at 0528 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 24 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl at 1934 - Nov 25 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0402 and Belasitza (Mlt) at 0912 - Nov 26 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2237 - Nov 27 - Algoma Compass at 2109 - Nov 28 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0110 from the anchorage - Departures - Nov 28 - Federal Delta (Mhl) at 0057 for Ireland, Algoma Buffalo at 0345 and Algoma Compass at 1045 (both for the canal)

Mississauga:
Arrival - Nov 27 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12)

Toronto:
Arrivals - Nov 26 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1440 (Redpath dock) - Nov 27 - McKeil Spirit at 0312, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1326 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1549 -

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 20 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 1223

 

Black, coarse sand to be pulled from Lake Superior harbor: Here's why

11/29 - The federal government has come up with money for removing additional waste mining sands from a section of Lake Superior off Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.

The Environmental Protection Agency is providing $946,000 to dredge stamp sands from an ancient riverbed north of Buffalo Reef. The coarse, black sands were generated in the early 1900s as a byproduct of copper processing and dumped in the lake. They're drifting toward the 2,220-acre reef, an important fish spawning area.

EPA previously gave $3 million to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to design and carry out the dredging. Officials say the extra funding will pay to dredge an additional 50,000 cubic yards of the sands, bringing the total being removed to 157,500 cubic yards.

The Corps says the work will be done next year.

Associated Press

 

Rand Logistics appoints new vice president and CFO

11/29 - Jersey City, N.J. – Rand Logistics, Inc. recently welcomed J.D. Kern as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, reporting to the Office of the Presidents. In this role, Mr. Kern is responsible for all aspects of the company's financial management. He brings to Rand more than 20 years of financial and accounting experience and is a published author and frequent presenter on finance and accounting topics.

“With the company’s new ownership by American Industrial Partners, Rand has incredible opportunities ahead as demand continues to strengthen for the commodities that its vessels carry, it leverages the capital investments made over the years, and it continues to focus on growing the organization,” said Mr. Kern.

Prior to joining the company, Mr. Kern spent four years at FlexiVan, Inc., one of the largest intermodal chassis providers in North America, as its Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Mr. Kern's responsibilities included leading the finance team in all facets of accounting, treasury, tax, and credit while negotiating and executing new finance facilities, and supporting a variety of business development opportunities.

Rand Logisitics

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 29

In 1953, BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS, Captain H. C. Buckley, transported the last iron ore of the season through the Soo Locks. The ore originated at Two Harbors and was unloaded at Conneaut. After unloading, the FAIRLESS headed for Monroe, Michigan, for layup.

On 29 November 1886, ALFRED P. WRIGHT (wooden propeller tug, 56 gross tons, built in 1877, at Buffalo, New York) was towing the schooner A J DEWEY in a blizzard and gale in the harbor at Manistee, Michigan. The towline parted and fouled the WRIGHT's propeller. Disabled, she capsized and her crew clung to the overturned hull. One crewman swam 1,000 feet to shore and summoned the U.S. Lifesaving Service. The WRIGHT's and DEWEY's crews were both rescued but three lifesavers were lost in this effort.

On November 29, 1966, the DANIEL J. MORRELL sank approximately 20 miles north of Harbor Beach in Lake Huron. Her nearly identical sistership, the EDWARD Y. TOWNSEND, was traveling about 20 miles behind the MORRELL and made it to the Lime Island Fuel Dock in the St. Marys River where cracks were found in her deck; the TOWNSEND proceeded to Sault Ste. Marie where she was taken out of service. The TOWNSEND sank in the Atlantic on October 7, 1968, while being towed overseas for scrap.

E. B. BARBER was laid up for the last time at Toronto, Ontario, on 29 Nov. 1984.

On November 29, 1903, snow and stormy seas drove the two-and-a-half year old J. T. HUTCHINSON onto an uncharted rock (now known as Eagle River Reef) one-half mile off shore and 10 miles west of Eagle Harbor, Michigan near the northwestern coast of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

On November 29, 1974, the PERE MARQUETTE 21 was loaded with remnants of Port Huron's Peerless Cement Dock, which reportedly were bound for Saudi Arabia, and cleared there in tow of the Great Lakes Towing Co., tugs AMERICA and OHIO.

SYLVANIA was in a collision with the DIAMOND ALKALI in the Fighting Island Channel of the Detroit River on 29 Nov 1968, during a snow squall. SYLVANIA's bow was severely damaged.

The propeller BURLINGTON had barges in tow up bound on Lake Erie when she was damaged by the ice and sank in the Pelee Passage.

On 29 November 1856, ARABIAN (3-mast wooden bark, 116 foot, 350 tons, built in 1853, at Niagara, Ontario) had stranded on Goose Island Shoal, 10 miles ENE of Mackinac Island ten days earlier. She was relieved of her cargo and was being towed to Chicago by the propeller OGONTZ when a gale blew in and the towline parted. ARABIAN made for shore, her pumps working full force and OGONTZ following. During the night they were separated and ARABIAN sank off Point Betsey in Lake Michigan. Her crew escaped in her yawl.

In 1903, the PERE MARQUETTE 19 arrived Ludington on her maiden voyage. Captain John J. Doyle in command.

On 29 November 1881, the 149 foot wooden propeller NORTHERN QUEEN, which had been involved in a collision with the 136 foot wooden propeller canaller LAKE ERIE just five days before, struck the pier at Manistique so hard that she was wrecked. Besides her own crew, she also had LAKE ERIE's crew on board.

On 29 Nov 1902, BAY CITY (1-mast wood schooner-barge, 140 foot, 306 gross tons, built in 1857, at Saginaw, Michigan as a brig) was left at anchor in Thunder Bay by the steamer HURON CITY during a storm. BAY CITY's anchor chain parted and the vessel was driven against the Gilchrist dock at Alpena, Michigan and wrecked. Her crew managed to escape with much difficulty.

1902: The wooden bulk freighter CHARLES HEBARD (i) stranded on the Ontario shore of Lake Superior at Point Mamaise in a snowstorm. The hull broke up but all on board were rescued.

1950: ESSO ROCHESTER, a T-2 tanker, broke in two in heavy weather off Anticosti Island, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence while enroute, in ballast, from Montreal to Aruba. The two sections were taken in tow but the bow had to be cut loose in a storm on December 21, rolled over and was lost. The stern was taken to Newport News, VA and rebuilt. It was a Seaway trader in 1959 and scrapped at Onimichi, Japan, in July 1966.

1959: VILJA went aground in fog while outbound through the Brockville Narrows. The 14-year old ship was refloated on December 13 and had to spend the winter at Prescott. The Norwegian-flag freighter never returned inland and was scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, as c) SILVER HOPE in 1974.

1960: FRANCISCO MORAZON went aground on the rocks of South Manitou Island, Lake Michigan and the remains of the hull are still there.

1960: CATO II, a small survey vessel, was cut loose by vandals at Port Dalhousie, drifted with the current into Lake Ontario, and stranded on the rocks of the west pier off Port Weller. Despite gale force winds and cold, the hull was salvaged the next day. At last report, the ship was still intact and was owned by Seneca College of Toronto.

1964: The MARIA COSULICH was wrecked at the breakwall at Genoa, Italy, when the engine failed while outbound. The crew was saved but the vessel was a total loss. It had been built at Sturgeon Bay in 1943 as WILLIAM HOMAN.

1985: JALAGODAVARI sliced into the St. Louis road and rail bridge on the Seaway and navigation had to be suspended for seven days. The vessel was removed, taken to Montreal and arrested for damages. The ship was repaired and survived until scrapping as f) BLUE OCEAN in 2000-2001.

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

 

Great Lakes museum offers early tours of tugboat Ohio before restoration

11/28 - Toledo, Ohio – When the National Museum of the Great Lakes formally puts the tug Ohio on display next spring, it plans to make the 115-year-old vessel look as it did during the 1970s, a peak period for tugboat operations on the lakes.

But today, it looks as if it has spent the past two years moored downwind from a salt mine — which is, in fact, the case.

The widespread rust on the Ohio’s exposed metal surfaces will be plain to see by people who take up the museum’s offer of pre-restoration tours this weekend, as will be the emptiness of its crew quarters and the absence from its pilot house of the brass ship’s wheel, which has already been taken out for restoration.

“We have had such a significant demand for people to see the tug right away, we came up with a program to make that possible — The Tug Ohio: Before and After Experience,” said Christopher Gillcrist, the museum’s executive director.

Tours will be available every 45 minutes, starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, with each day’s last tour starting at 4:15 p.m. Tickets are free for museum members and $15 for nonmembers, with the latter including museum admission for that day.

Ticketholders “will be invited back to see the tug prior to her public grand opening once the restoration is complete,” the museum said in its announcement of the before-and-after tours.

During the “before” tours, docents escorting participants will discuss the histories of the Ohio and its operator, Great Lakes Towing; issues related to tugboats and towing in general; and the museum’s restoration plans.

As of Monday morning, Mr. Gillcrist said, more than 200 people had obtained tickets.

The maximum for each tour is 40 people, and while walk-up admissions will be allowed, it will be on a space-available basis, the museum director said. Tour times closest to midday Saturday, when the museum is holding a Christmas-tree event, are filling up fastest and may not be available for walk-up reservations, he said.

The tugboat’s slippery walking conditions mean tour participants should wear “sensible shoes and clothing,” the museum cautioned.

Overall, the museum is in the midst of a $70,000 campaign, both in cash and in-kind donations, to restore the tug, which was donated to the museum last summer by Great Lakes Towing.

Paul LaMarre III, who as chairman of the Great Lakes Historical Society’s vessel committee is overseeing the tug’s restoration, said repairs to the Ohio’s hull that included sealing two through-hull fittings for engine-cooling water were completed before the Ohio was towed to the museum site Oct. 18.

Read more and view a video at this link: https://www.toledoblade.com/local/city/2018/11/26/great-lakes-museum-offers-tugboat-tours-before-vessel-restoration/stories/20181126227

 

Port Reports -  November 28

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Spirit arrived Duluth at 00:04 Tuesday morning, after two failed attempts to enter the ship canal due to high winds, and headed to CN to load iron ore pellets. She loaded throughout the day and was outbound at 19:02. American Century came in at 19:30 to load coal at Midwest Energy. Trudy was expected to depart from Riverland Ag with a load of grain before 20:00, and American Mariner was due in at 20:30 to load grain at General Mills. Also in port was Michipicoten, which began loading ore at CN after the American Spirit's departure. She was tentatively expected to depart around midnight. In Superior, Frontenac was outbound at 04:51 with a load of ore from Burlington Northern, and St. Clair arrived at 10:27 to load. She is due to depart early Wednesday morning.

Two Harbors - Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors on Nov. 27th at 01:14 for Conneaut. After the Speer departed the Joseph L. Block shifted from North of #2 to South of #2. She departed on Nov. 27th at 07:33 for Indiana Harbor. Edwin H. Gott, upon arriving off Two Harbors on Nov. 27th, stopped off the breakwall. The Gott was underway at 07:55 on Nov. 27th and arrived at 08:16 for South of #2. The Gott departed for Conneaut on Nov. 27th at 18:37. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 27th at 13:17 was the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader for North of #2 lay-by. She had no limestone cargo for the Twin Ports. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 27th at 19:05 was the Indiana Harbor that went to South of #2 shiploader dock after running checked down on the North Shore all day on the 27th.0 There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on Nov. 28th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. on Nov. 27th at 11:41. As of 19:30 on Nov. 27th she has no updated AIS destination. Arriving Silver Bay on Nov. 27th was the H. Lee White at 14:51. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Nov. 28th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday November 27th: 7:30 Algoma Innovator arrived at G3 to load grain. This is her first ever visit to G3. 13:38 Oakglen departed Viterra A for Montreal. 13:50 Baie St Paul departed Viterra B and shifted over to Viterra A to load grain. 16:52 Tim S. Dool departed Richardson Main Terminal for Port Cartier. 17:42 tug Candace Elise and her barges AM 2100 and AM 2101 departed Midcontinent Terminal (former CN ore dock) for South Chicago. 18:24 saltie Wigeon weighed anchor after 4 days in the harbor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 18:29 Federal Margaree departed Keefer Terminal for Duluth, where she will load grain. 19:03 Federal Nagara arrived and went to anchor. Expected for Wednesday: Tecumseh.

Marinette, Wis.
Federal Yukon arrived Tuesday, assisted by the tug Texas.

S. Lake Michigan Ports
Federal Katsura remained at Burns Harbor on Tuesday. Burns Harbor was unloading. John D. Leitch was anchored offshore. Great Republic was at Buffington. Mesabi Miner was at Indiana Harbor.

Limestone Ports
Tuesday, Port Inland: 2:43 Wilfred Sykes departed for Burns Harbor. Drummond Island: 5:35 Cuyahoga arrived to load and at 18:24 departed. She is down bound on Lake Huron.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday, Bruce Mines: Manitowoc departed for Calumet. Tuesday, Spragge: 1:05 Cuyahoga departed for Drummond Island

Goderich, Ont.
Isabelle remained at the grain elevators on Tuesday.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Manitoulin arrived Tuesday morning to unload coal at the Motor City Materials dock.

Toledo, Ohio
Alpena was unloading cement on Tuesday. Salties Irma, Mandarin and Federal Yukina were also in port. Algocanada remained at Ironhead Marine.

Cleveland, Ohio
Federal Shimanto and Isa were in port Tuesday night.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Nov 27 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Nov 27 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1744

Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 25 - tug Albert & barge Margaret at 1147

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 26 - Algoma Discovery at 0625. CSL Assiniboine at 1826, BBC Georgia (Atg) at 2116 and tug Jarrett M & barge MM 180 at 2102 to wharf 1 - Nov 27 - tug Jarrett M & barge MM 180 up to dry dock at 0750, G3 Marquis at 1545, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1645 and Radcliffe R Latimer at 1904

Downbound - Nov 25 - Kaministiqua at 1842 - Nov 26 - Wilson T Cooper, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0555 (stopping at wharf 52) at 1438, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0809, Cedarglen at 1154 and Algoma Niagara at 2216 - Nov 27 - Algoma Buffalo at 0151, Algoma Compass at 0815 and Pia (Atg) (ex BBC Alabma-17, Western Voyager-07) eta 2130

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 19 - CSL Tadoussac (stopped wharf 16) at 1838 - Nov 24 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 1519 - Nov 26 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement (stopped wharf 52 - Port Weller dry dock fitout wall) at 1438 - tug Jarrett M & barge MM 180 (stopped wharf 1) at 2120 - Nov 27 - Departed wharf 1 at 0750 for Port Weller dry docks fit out berth wall - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement left fit out wall at approx 0845 for Toronto - light tug Jarrett M left wall at 0905 bound for Hamilton

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 27 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 013, Algoma Buffalo at 1812 and Algoma Compass eta at 2115 - Anchored - Nov 26 - Whistler (Lbr) at 1520 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 20 - Federal Delta (Mhl) at 2040 - Nov 24 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl at 1934 - Nov 25 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0402 and Belasitza (Mlt) at 0912 - Nov 26 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2237 - Departures - Nov 27 - for the canal - G3 Marquis at 1413 and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1441

Clarkson:
Anchored off dock - Nov 26 - Algoma Enterprise at 1903 - Nov 27 - Robert S Pierson at 1621 - Departed - Nov 27 Algoma Enterprise at 0323 - Docked Nov 27 at 0325

Mississauga:
Arrival - Nov 27 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12)

Toronto:
Arrivals - Nov 26 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1440 - Nov 27 - McKeil Spirit at 0312, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1326 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1549 from Bowmanville - Departure - Nov 27 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0050 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 20 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 1223

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
On Tuesday, NACC Argonaut unloaded cement.

 

Maritime Center looking for new tenant as deli owners retire

11/28 - Port Huron, Mich. – For the past six years, Debbie and Joe Belcher have stood behind the counter of Waterfront Deli at Port Huron's Great Lakes Maritime Center. They served sandwiches, soups and salads to boat watchers and Vantage Point trail walkers.

Soon, the couple will retire to Tennessee, about 45 minutes north of Nashville. They seek to be closer to their children and grandchildren. One daughter already lives there, and a second is set to move there soon. "Our little grandbaby is two today," Debbie Belcher said on Monday.

She said they have no grand sweeping retirement plans beyond "family time." They posted their retirement on the deli's Facebook page on Monday.

The couple has been in the deli business in Port Huron for nearly a decade. They operated Superior Backstreet Deli out of 324 Superior Mall before moving into the Maritime Center about six years ago. Coffee Harbor originally occupied the Maritime Center concessions spot, moving out in March 2013.

The center closes on Nov. 30 for the season, and is set to reopen in March for the spring, they said. The Belchers will head south shortly after it closes this week.

For the couple who've spent the better part of a decade serving customers in St. Clair County, the retirement is bittersweet. "It's hard," Joe Belcher said.

The Maritime Center is owned by Acheson Ventures. Acheson Ventures vice president of operations Mike DeLong said the company is looking for a new vendor to take over the space in time for reopening on March 24. The space might remain a deli, but that could change.

"We're open to all options," DeLong said. "It's sad. They were great — we didn't want them to leave."

Anyone who wants to visit the Waterfront Deli before Debbie and Joe leave can find more information at bit.ly/2r7s1ty, their Facebook page at facebook.com/DeliWaterfront

Anyone interested in moving into the Maritime Center can contact Acheson Ventures at (810) 966-0900.

Port Huron Times Herald

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 28

In 1949, sea trials for the largest freighter built on the Great Lakes, the WILFRED SYKES, were held off Lorain, Ohio. SYKES was converted to a self-unloader in 1975.

In 1942, the Canadian grain carrier JUDGE HART grounded and then sank in Ashburton Bay, Lake Superior. The entire crew of the JUDGE HART was rescued by the JAMES B. EADS, Captain Stanley J. Tischart, and the whaleback JOHN ERICSSON, Captain Wilfred E. Ogg.

On 28 November 1867, MARQUETTE (wooden bark, 139 foot, 426 tons, built in 1856, at Newport [Marine City], Michigan) was carrying corn from Chicago to Collingwood, Ontario when she sprang a leak during a storm on Lake Huron. She was run ashore on Hope Island on Georgian Bay.

On November 28, 1905, the Pittsburgh Steamship Company vessel MATAAFA was wrecked as it tried to re-enter the Duluth Ship Canal in a severe storm. The MATAAFA had departed Duluth earlier but had decided to return to safety. After dropping her barge in the lake, the vessel was picked up by waves, was slammed against the north pier and was swung around to rest just hundreds of feet offshore north of the north pier, where it broke in two. Much of the crew froze to death in the cold snap that followed the storm, as there was no quick way to get out to the broken vessel for rescue. The MATAAFA was repaired prior to the 1906, season; she ultimately ended her career as an automobile carrier for the T.J. McCarthy Steamship Company and was sold for scrap in 1965.

The CANADIAN OLYMPIC's maiden voyage was 28 Nov 1976, to load coal at Conneaut, Ohio for Nanticoke, Ontario. Her name honored the Olympic games that were held at Montreal that year.

On November 28, 1983, while up bound after leaving the Poe Lock, the INDIANA HARBOR was in a collision, caused by high winds, with the downbound Greek salty ANANGEL SPIRIT resulting in a 10 foot gash in the laker's port bow.

LANCASHIRE (Hull#827) was launched at Lorain, Ohio on November 28, 1942. She would soon be renamed b) SEWELL AVERY.

CATHY B towed the GOVERNOR MILLER to Vigo, Spain on November 28, 1980, where she was broken up.

BENSON FORD was renamed e) US265808 and departed River Rouge on November 28, 1986, towed by the Sandrin tugs TUSKER and GLENADA bound for Ramey's Bend in the Welland Canal.

FRONTENAC arrived at the Fraser Shipyard, Superior, Wisconsin on November 28, 1979. Her keel, which had hogged four feet, was declared a constructive total loss.

The BRANSFORD stranded on a reef off Isle Royale in Lake Superior during a major storm on 28 November 1905, (the same storm that claimed the steamer MATAAFA). She was recovered.

On her third trip in 1892, the ANN ARBOR NO 1 again ran aground, this time three miles north of Ahnapee (now called Algoma). There was $15,000 damage to her cargo.

In 1906, the ANN ARBOR NO 4 left Cleveland bound for Frankfort on her maiden voyage. The ANN ARBOR NO 4 ran aground off Kewaunee in 1924.

On 28 November 1905, AMBOY (2-mast wooden schooner-barge, 209 foot, 894 gross tons, formerly HELENA) was carrying coal in tow of the wooden propeller GEORGE SPENCER in a gale on Lake Superior. In an effort to save both vessels, AMBOY was cut loose. The SPENCER was disabled quickly and was driven ashore near Little Marais, Minnesota. AMBOY struggled against the gale for a full day before finally going ashore near Thomasville, Ontario on 29 November. No lives were lost from either vessel.

On 28 November 1872, W O BROWN (wooden schooner, 140 foot, 306 tons, built in 1862, at Buffalo, New York) was carrying wheat in a storm on Lake Superior when she was driven ashore near Point Maimanse, Ontario and pounded to pieces. Six lives were lost. Three survivors struggled through a terrible cold spell and finally made it to the Soo on Christmas Day.

On 28 Nov 1874, the propeller JOHN PRIDGEON JR was launched at Clark's shipyard in Detroit, Michigan. She was built for Capt. John Pridgeon. Her dimensions were 235 X 36 X 17 feet. The engines of the B F WADE were installed in her.

On 28 Nov 1923, the Detroit & Windsor Ferry Company and Bob-Lo docks were destroyed by a fire caused by an overheated stove in the ferry dock waiting room. The blaze started at 3 a.m.

CANADIAN TRANSFER underwent repairs most of Tuesday, 28 Nov. 2000, at the Algoma Steel dock at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. She had run aground the previous night in the Canadian channel approaching Algoma Steel. CANADIAN TRANSFER was freed by two Purvis Marine tugs. The vessel suffered a crack or hole in the hull plating about 10 feet from the bottom along its port side.

1918: The bow section of the former passenger steamer NORTH WEST sank in Lake Ontario. The ship had been cut in two for a tow out of the Great Lakes. The stern was later rebuilt as b) MAPLECOURT.

1923: LINDEN, a wooden bulk carrier, burned as a total loss in Tawas Bay.

1932: The Canadian freighter GEORGIAN stranded at Munising while downbound from Port Arthur to Detroit. The crew was rescued on December 3. The first salvage attempt failed on December 5 and the vessel was not released until May 1933.

1961: IQUITOS, enroute from Callao, Peru, to Manzanillo, Mexico, with fish meal, caught fire off the coast of Mexico and was abandoned by the crew. The vessel first visited the Great Lakes as a) RUTENFJELL in 1936 and returned on numerous occasions. It was back as b) POLYRIVER from 1951 to 1958. The abandoned IQUITOS drifted for months and was finally sunk by a U.S. destroyer as a hazard to navigation about 100 miles southeast of the Christmas Islands, on April 9, 1962.

1966: The Liberty ship TEGEAN ran aground on The Sisters rocks in fog south of Halifax while inbound for bunkers. All on board were saved by Coast Guard and Navy helicopters. The hull broke into 3 pieces and was dynamited by Navy divers as a hazard on December 16, 1966. The vessel had traded through the Seaway as b) ST. MALO in 1962.

1981: LONDON EARL went aground at Pointe aux Trembles while outbound from Thunder Bay to Hamburg, West Germany, with a cargo of wheat. Five tugs released the ship, with only minimal damage, on November 30. The vessel later returned through the Seaway as b) OLYMPIC LIBERTY beginning in 1983, as c) STABERG in 1990 and as d) ITHAKI in 1996. It was scrapped at Alang, India, in 2001.

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

 

U.S.-flag cargo movement on lakes down 4-plus percent in October

11/27 - Cleveland, Ohio – U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 9.1 million tons of cargo in October, a decrease of 4.2 percent compared to a year ago. The October float was also 7.7 percent below the month’s 5-year average.

Iron ore cargos for steel production totaled 4.7 million tons, a decrease of 2 percent compared to a year ago.

Coal loads totaled 1.25 million tons, a decrease of 8.3 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments of aggregate, fluxstone, chemical stone and scrubber stone totaled 2.6 million tons, a decrease of 5.5 percent compared to a year ago.

Year-to-date U.S.-flag cargo movement stands at 66.7 million tons, a decrease of 4.7 percent compared to the same point in 2017. Iron ore cargos total 36 million tons, a decrease of 3.5 percent. Coal loadings total 9 million tons, a decrease of 16.4 percent. Limestone totals 18.3 million tons, an increase of 1.6 percent.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Port Reports -  November 27

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth at 08:59 Monday morning, and tied up at Midwest Energy to load coal. Joseph L. Block left port at 12:36 with a load of blast furnace trim from Hallett #5, and John G. Munson was outbound 13:27 after loading ore at CN. American Spirit and Michipicoten were both expected between 19:30 and 20:30 Monday night to load ore, and the Tregurtha was expected to depart from SMET at 20:30. Reggeborg, which has spent the last few days loading grain at Gavilon, was due to depart around 21:00. Trudy was topping off her load of grain at Riverland Ag on Monday after shifting to that dock mid-day from CHS 1. At the Superior entry, Stewart J. Cort departed at 12:26 with a load of ore for Burns Harbor, and Frontenac arrived from anchor at 13:09 and began loading at BN. She was due to depart at 22:30 Monday night.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
American Integrity departed Two Harbors on Nov. 26th at 11:58 for Indiana Harbor. The Edgar B. Speer had arrived off Two Harbors on Nov. 25th at approx. 21:40 and then proceeded to off Duluth and anchored until the American Integrity was almost loaded. The Speer was inbound Two Harbors on Nov. 26th at 12:56. She had got underway off Duluth on the 26th at approx. 09:05. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 26th at 14:57 for North of #2 lay-by was the Joseph L. Block. She had loaded BFT at Hallett #5 in Duluth and she'll complete her load with iron ore pellets in Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 27th is the Edwin H. Gott, that as of 19:55 on the 26th, running checked down South of Rock of Ages. Also due Two Harbors on Nov. 27th was the Indiana Harbor. As of 21:55 on the 26th she was running checked down East of Keweenaw. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. when she arrived off Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had arrived according to AIS, but ran checked down on the North Shore all night on Nov. 25th/26th before arriving Silver Bay on the 26th at 11:46. Due Silver Bay on Nov. 26th is the H. Lee White. The Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader is due the Twin Ports on Nov. 27th with limestone and she could figure in the North Shore mix when it comes to loading iron ore pellets after her discharge.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday November 25th: 21:46 Federal Kivalina weighed anchor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load oats. Monday November 26th: 11:42 Oakglen arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 14:23 Federal Danube departed Richardson Main Terminal for Montreal. 14:34 Baie St Paul arrived at Viterra B to load grain. 15:00 Tim S. Dool departed Richardson Current River Terminal and shifted over to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 17:04 saltie Prosna weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 18:02 saltie Blacky arrived and went to anchor. Expected for Tuesday: Algoma Innovator and Federal Nagara.

Marinette, Wis.
Federal Yukon is due early Tuesday.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Jim Conlon
On Sunday afternoon the Presque Isle barge was pulled out of the graving dock at Bay Shipbuilding. It was in for some repair work and got a nice new paint job. She really looks sharp laying across the end of the docks in the south yard.

S. Lake Michigan Ports
Federal Weser and Federal Katsura remained at Burns Harbor on Monday. John D. Leitch and Burns Harbor are due sometime Tuesday.

Limestone Ports
Monday, Calcite: Olive L Moore arrived and went to anchor. 12:56 John J Boland departed for Marine City. 14:23 Saginaw departed for Algoma Steel Sault Ste Marie. 14:32 Philip R Clarke arrived to finish loading. Port Inland: Cuyahoga arrived to load and at 5:02 departed for Spragge. 5:34 Calumet arrived and went to anchor. 8:15 Undaunted arrived to unload and at 9:57 departed. 12:47 Wilfred Sykes arrived to load. Port Dolomite: Philip R Clarke took on a partial load and departed for Calcite. 1:09 Dorothy Ann arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday, Spragge: 18:36 Cuyahoga arrived to unload limestone. Bruce Mines 9:00 Manitowoc arrived to load trap rock. Alpena: 17:18 John J Boland arrived and went to anchor.

Goderich, Ont.
Isabelle remained at the grain elevators on Monday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Arriving early Monday morning was the Thunder Bay. She had a split load of salt for 2 Detroit docks. She unloaded first at the Motor City Materials dock on the Rouge River. After unloading there, she shifted to the Detroit Bulk Storage dock to finish her unload. Arriving later was the Herbert C Jackson with ore for AK Steel. Next was the Lee A Tregurtha, stopping to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. The final vessel of the day was the Capt. Henry Jackman, arriving to unload salt at the Motor City Materials dock.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday Nov 26 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235

Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 25 - tug Albert & barge Margaret at 1147

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 25 - Spruceglen at 0808, Taiga Desgagnes at 0916, Baie Comeau at 1547, tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 1923 (to wharf 1), and Federal Welland (Mhl) at 2238 - Nov 26 - light tug Leonard M at 0423 (to wharf 1), Manitoulin at 0425, Algoma Discovery at 0625. CSL Assiniboine at 1826, BBC Georgia (Atg) at 2012 and tug Jarrett M & barge MM 180 eta 2030

Downbound - Nov 25 - Kaministiqua at 1842 - Nov 26 - Wilson T Cooper, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0555, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0809, Cedarglen at 1154, Algoma Niagara eta 2030 and Algoma Buffalo eta 2300,

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 19 (correction) - CSL Tadoussac (stopped wharf 16) at 1838 - Nov 24 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 1519 - Nov 25 - (to wharf 1) tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 1953 - Nov 26 - tug Leonard M at 0445 to take over barge Niagara Spirit - Departure - light tug Evans McKeil at 0539 for Hamilton

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 26 - light tug Evans McKeil at 0749 (from Port Weller), Whistler (Lbr) at 1503 and G3 Marquis at 2034 - Anchored - Nov 26 - Whistler (Lbr) at 1520 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 20 - Federal Delta (Mhl) at 2040 - Nov 24 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl at 1934 - Nov 25 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0402 and Belasitza (Mlt) at 0912 Departures - Nov 26 - Algoma Sault at 0026, Algoma Equinox at 0703, Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 0445 for Toronto,

Hamilton anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 26 Algoma Enterprise at 0919 from Clarkson anchorage - Departed - Nov 26 at 1730 for Clarkson anchorage again - Anchored - Nov 26 at 1903

Clarkson:
Arrivals - Anchored off Clarkson - Nov 25 - Algoma Enterprise 1347 (awaiting dock) - Departures - Nov 16 - Robert S Pierson at 0118 eastbound and Algoma Enterprise at 0744 for anchorage off Hamilton due to weather

Humber Bay:
Anchored - Nov 26 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 0755 - Departed at 1255 for Toronto

Toronto:
Arrivals - Nov 25 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 2050 - Nov 26 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1400 from Hamilton - Departures - Nov 25 - NACC Argonaut at 2320 eastbound - Nov 26 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0809 for Hamilton

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 20 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 1223

 

Midwest’s summer temps projected to increase more than any other part of country

11/27 - Michigan and the Midwest are already feeling the effects of climate change, which will grow and worsen as temperatures climb throughout this century, according to a new report.

The second part of the fourth National Climate Assessment looks at impacts, risks, and mitigation efforts across the U.S. It’s the work of scientists and experts from across a variety of federal agencies. While officially released by the White House, its conclusions are sharply different from the Trump administration’s position on climate change

“The evidence of human-caused climate change is overwhelming and continues to strengthen, that the impacts of climate change are intensifying across the country, and that climate-related threats to Americans’ physical, social, and economic well-being are rising,” the assessment says. “These impacts are projected to intensify—but how much they intensify will depend on actions taken to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the risks from climate change now and in the coming decades.”

The report looks at the likely impacts on different areas of the country, including the Midwest. Among its findings and projections for the region:

• Summers will be hotter. Warm-season temperatures are projected to increase more in the Midwest than any other region of the country—by an average of more than four degrees by mid-century. In the winter, the frost-free season is projected to increase 10 days by 2045, and 20 days by 2065.

• Increased spring humidity will cause more rainfall, with serious implications for agriculture. It will lead to more potential for water-logged soil, reducing planting time and causing more soil erosion.

• Rising growing-season temperatures will have a “pervasive” effect on forests. The region will likely have less tree growth and possibly “widespread tree mortality.”

• The Great Lakes are at risk from rising temperatures. Current trends toward rising surface temperatures and declining ice cover will continue. Changes in the seasonal stratification of lake temperatures and higher summer evaporation rates will stress the lakes, possibly wiping out some species.

• Higher temperatures will worsen existing air quality problems, with particularly negative impacts on industrial centers, low-income communities, children and the elderly.

• The habitats of disease-carrying mosquitoes and ticks will continue expanding throughout the region, likely leading to more cases of illnesses like West Nile virus and Lyme Disease.

• Climate change will create conditions that make harmful cyanobacterial blooms like the persistent blooms in western Lake Erie more frequent and widespread. A combination of factors, including higher water temperatures and more agricultural runoff from more frequent rains will create favorable conditions for those events.

The timing of the assessment’s release on Black Friday raised some eyebrows, and questions about whether the Trump administration was trying to bury it. But on a Friday conference call, officials behind the report mostly ducked repeated questions about that. They said the timing had to do with getting the information out before two important upcoming environmental conferences, and “was not altered or revised in any way in response to outside pressure.”

Michigan Radio

 

Can you walk the beach? Supreme Court may decide

11/27 - Long Beach, Ind. – Two Michigan groups are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take up an Indiana case that would determine if lakefront property rights extend all the way to the water.

If the court considers the issue, it has the potential to redefine where people can -- and can’t -- walk on all Great Lakes beaches that aren’t publicly owned.

Save our Shoreline, a Michigan non-profit comprised of Great Lakes property owners, and the Whalesback Preservation Fund LLC, which owns Lake Michigan land near Leland, have filed a brief led by the Cato Institute in support of two Indiana land owners.

Don and Bobbie Grunderson of Long Beach, Indiana, contend their lakefront property extends to the water’s edge and landowners have the right to limit who uses the beaches on their properties.

The Gundersons argue that a ruling by Indiana’s high court, and a similar 2005 decision by the Michigan Supreme Court, upset a longstanding consensus in the Great Lakes states which held that private ownership extended to the water’s edge, wherever that edge was at any given moment. The Indiana court ruled that a different and more nebulous standard, the ordinary high water mark, is the limit of the landowners’ property.

The issue may gain additional attention because Long Beach is the hometown of Chief Justice John Roberts, who lived in the town about 30 miles southeast of Chicago from the 1960s until leaving for Harvard University in 1973.

The Indiana ruling being appealed not only unsettles property interests in Indiana, but “implicates the property boundary for tens of thousands of other families who own property on the shores of the Great Lakes,” according to the brief filed by the Michigan groups.

The Supreme Court won’t decide until next year whether to consider arguments. The court is giving the Indiana attorney general’s office an extra two months for a response to the request the Gundersons for the Supreme Court review. That response is now due Jan. 11, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.

The Gundersons want to appeal a February decision by the Indiana Supreme Court that set the ordinary high water mark as the boundary between state-owned land under Lake Michigan and private property.

They want the U.S. Supreme Court to definitively set the water’s edge as the boundary of lake-adjacent properties for all five Great Lakes — with no requirement to provide public access to the beach.

Property rights groups elsewhere also have begun filing amicus, or “friend of the court,” briefs, urging the high court to rule in the Gundersons’ favor.

Read more at this link: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/nation/2018/11/25/lake-michigan-beach-rights/38599189

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 27

At 4:00 a.m. on 27 November 1872, the wooden schooner MIDDLESEX was struck by a terrible winter storm on Lake Superior. The winds caught the vessel with such force that she listed at a 45 degree angle and her cargo shifted. In danger of sinking, the crew jettisoned much of the cargo and the ship righted herself. Her lifeboat and much of her rigging and sails were washed away. She limped into Waiska Bay and anchored to ride out the storm. However, she had developed a leak and it was so cold that her pumps had frozen. To save the vessel, she was run ashore and sank in shallow water. The crew climbed into her rigging until the tug W. D. CUSHING rescued them.

ALGOSEA entered Lake service as a self-unloader for the first time with salt loaded at Goderich, Ontario and passed down bound in the Welland Canal November 27, 1976, for Quebec City.

AVONDALE was condemned and was not allowed to carry cargo after she arrived at Toledo, Ohio on November 27, 1975, to load soybeans.

The steam barge CHAUNCY HURLBUT was launched at the shipyard of Simon Langell at St. Clair, Michigan on Thanksgiving Day, 27 November 1873. She was built for Chandler Bros. of Detroit.

On 27 November 1886, COMANCHE (wooden schooner, 137 foot, 322 tons, built in 1867, at Oswego, New York) was carrying corn in a storm on Lake Ontario when she ran on a shoal and sank near Point Peninsula, New York. A local farmer died while trying to rescue her crew of 8. His was the only death. She was later recovered and rebuilt as THOMAS DOBBIE.

The PERE MARQUETTE 22 collided with the WABASH in heavy fog in 1937.

In 1966, the CITY OF MIDLAND 41 ran aground at Ludington, Michigan in a storm. Stranded on board were a number of passengers and 56 crewmen. Ballast tanks were flooded to hold the steamer on until the storm subsided. She was pulled off four days later by the Roen tug JOHN PURVES.

The propeller MONTGOMERY, which burned in June 1878, was raised on 27 November 1878. Her engine and boiler were removed and she was converted to a barge. She was rebuilt at Algonac, Michigan in the summer of 1879.

On 27 November 1866, the Oswego Advertiser & Times reported that the schooner HENRY FITZHUGH arrived at Oswego, New York with 17,700 bushels of wheat from Milwaukee. Her skipper was Captain Cal Becker. The round trip took 23 days, which was considered "pretty fast sailing".

The CITY OF FLINT 32 was launched in Manitowoc on 27 Nov 1929. Cut down to a rail barge at Nicholson's, Ecorse in 1970, renamed b.) ROANOKE.

On Monday, 27 Nov 1996, the Cyprus flag MALLARD of 1977, up bound, apparently bounced off the wall in the Welland Canal below Lock 1 and into the path of the CANADIAN ENTERPRISE. It was a sideswipe rather than a head on collision. The ENTERPRISE was repaired at Port Weller Dry Docks. The repairs to the gangway and ballast vent pipes took six hours. The MALLARD proceeded to Port Colborne to be repaired there.

At 10:20 p.m. on Monday, 27 Nov. 2000, CANADIAN TRANSFER radioed Soo Traffic to report that the vessel was aground off Algoma Steel and "taking on water but in no danger." The crew reported that they had two anchors down and one line on the dock. Purvis Marine was contacted.

1905: LAFAYETTE stranded at Encampment Island, Lake Superior, broke in two and was a total loss. MANILA, its consort barge, also came ashore but was later salvaged.

1942: JUDGE HART stranded at Fitzsimmons Rock, Ashburton Bay, Lake Superior, enroute to Toronto with 101,500 bushels of grain. All on board were rescued and the ship later slid off the rocks, drifted and sank.

1981: LOUKIA, a Greek flag visitor to the Great Lakes in 1976, arrived at Monrovia, Liberia, as f) DESPOULA and was abandoned. The vessel was looted before being sold for scrap. On September 2, 1982, while under tow for Yugoslavia for dismantling, the vessel broke loose in heavy seas and grounded about 14 miles north of Monrovia.

2006: SPAR OPAL had mechanical problems and ran aground near the Iroquois Lock. It was released on November 29. It did not return through the Seaway in 2007 but was back for two final trips in 2008. The ship was renamed h) ARWAD PRINCESS in 2012 and re-registered in Belize.

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

 

Port Reports -  November 26

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
John G. Munson arrived Duluth at 04:45 Sunday morning with a load of limestone for Hallett #8. Joseph L. Block was inbound at 08:21, and tied up at Hallett #5 to unload stone. She was expected to depart at 21:45 for Two Harbors. Also in port was Great Lakes Trader/tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort, which had arrived on Saturday night, discharged limestone at Hallett #5, and then shifted to CN early Sunday afternoon to load iron ore pellets. She was due to depart around midnight. The Munson was expected to shift to CN after the VanEnkevort's departure to load. Reggeborg and Trudy both continued loading grain at Gavilon and CHS 1, respectively, on Sunday. In Superior, Roger Blough loaded at BN Sunday morning before departing at 12:52. Stewart J. Cort was inbound at 13:39 to load ore, and was expected to depart early Monday morning. Frontenac was due at 21:15, however she will likely anchor to wait for the Cort to complete loading.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
American Integrity arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 25th at 17:38 for South of #2. The Edgar B. Speer should be near Two Harbors on Nov. 25th between 21:00-22:00. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 26th in the late afternoon is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. on Nov. 25th at 19:06. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Nov. 26th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday November 25th: 9:42 Federal Kivalina arrived and went to anchor. 17:45 Tim S. Dool arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 20:31 Federal Leda departed Superior Elevator for Montreal. Expected for Monday: Baie St Paul and saltie Blacky.

S. Lake Michigan Ports
Federal Katsura and Federal Weser were in Burns Harbor Sunday night. Federal Nagara departed S. Chicago for Thunder Bay.

Limestone Ports
Sunday November 25th Stoneport: 19:00 Cason J Callaway arrived to load. Calcite: 1:52 Dorothy Ann departed for Bay City. 2:04 Calumet arrived to load. 10:03 John J Boland arrived to load. 19:00 Calumet departed and is down bound for Lake Michigan. Saginaw arrived to load. Port Dolomite: 20:00 Philip R Clarke arrived to load. Meldrum Bay: 1:12 Joseph H Thompson arrived to load and at 14:53 departed for Lorain.

Northern Lake Huron
Saturday November 24th Alpena: 21:29 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Detroit. 23:40 Undaunted arrived to unload. Sunday, Alpena: Undaunted departed. Parry Sound: 15:32 after an extended layover Algoma Innovator departed.

Goderich, Ont.
Saltie Isabella was still at the grain elevator on Sunday. Capt. Henry Jackman was at the salt dock.

Saginaw River
American Century arrived Sunday morning to unload coal at the Consumers Energy dock. Inbound later was the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder with stone for the Bay Aggregates dock.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Alpena arrived to unload cement at Lafarge Sunday afternoon.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Nov 25– Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Departure - Nov 23 - tug Michigan and barge Great Lakes at 1510 to Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 23 - tug Michigan & barge Great lakes at 1520 approx. - Nov 25 - tug Albert & barge Margaret at 1147 - Departure - tug Michigan & barge Great lakes at 0955 approx westbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 22 - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 1832 for Windsor - Departed Nov 25 at 1614 for Windsor

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 24 - Thunder Bay at 1720 and Isa (Cyp) at 2322 - Nov 25 - Spruceglen at 0808, Taiga Desgagnes at 0916, Baie Comeau at 1547, tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 1923, Tecumseh at 1946, and Federal Welland (Mhl) eta 2215

Downbound - Nov 24 - Algoma Transport at 0545 and Belasitza (Mlt) at 1511 - Nov 25 - Algoma Enterprise at 0120, Algoma Spirit at 0547, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1106, Osogovo (Mlt) at 1248, Ina (Lbr) at 1131, Iryda (Cyp) at 1420, and Kaministiqua at 1842

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 20 - CSL Tadoussac (stopped wharf 16) at 1810 - Nov 24 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 1519

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 25 - Belasitza (Mlt) at 0050 - Departures - Nov 25 - eastbound NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 1145 and Belasitza (Mlt) at 0715 for Hamilton

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 25 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0402 and Belasitza (Mlt) at 0912 - Anchored - Nov 21 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1915 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 20 - Federal Delta (Mhl) at 2040 - Nov 23 - Algoma Sault at 1705 and Algoma Equinox at 2229 - Departures - Nov 25 - tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 1600 for the canal

Bronte:
Docked - Nov 23 - Mia Desgagnes at 1918 - Departed Nov 25 at 0219 eastbound

Clarkson:
Arrivals - Nov 25 - Robert S Pierson at 1623 - Anchored off Clarkson - Nov 25 - Algoma Enterprise 1347 (awaiting dock)

Toronto:
Arrived - Nov 25 - NACC Argonaut at1048 - Docked - Nov 20 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0621

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 20 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 1223

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
On Sunday, McKeil Spirit was unloading cement at Lehigh Hanson Dock. She departed Sunday afternoon for Picton, Ont.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 26

In 1952, the PHILIP R. CLARKE was launched at the American Ship Building yard at Lorain, Ohio. The 647- foot-long freighter became the flagship of the Pittsburgh Steamship Company. She was lengthened by 120 feet in 1974 and converted to a self-unloader in 1982.

On 26 November 1856, CHEROKEE (2-mast wooden schooner, 103 foot, 204 tons, built in 1849, at Racine, Wisconsin) foundered in a gale 7 miles south of Manistee, Michigan, on Lake Michigan. All aboard (estimates range from ten to fourteen persons) were lost.

The U.S.C.G.C. MESQUITE departed Charlevoix and locked through the Soo on November 26, 1989, to begin SUNDEW's normal buoy tending duties on Lake Superior.

The ELIZABETH HINDMAN was launched November 26, 1920, as a.) GLENCLOVA (Hull#9) at Midland, Ontario, by Midland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.

On 26 November 1872, the steamer GEO W. REYNOLDS burned at 1 in the morning at the dock in Bay City. The fire supposedly originated in the engine room. She was owned by A. English of East Saginaw.

On 26 November 1853, ALBANY (wooden side wheel passenger/package freight, 202 foot, 669 tons, built in 1846, at Detroit, Michigan) was carrying passengers and miscellaneous cargo in a storm on Lake Huron.. She was making for the shelter of Presque Isle harbor when the gale drove her over a bar. Her crew and 200 passengers came ashore in her boats. Plans were made to haul her back across the bar when another storm wrecked her. Her boiler and most of her machinery were recovered the following year.

LAKE BREEZE (wooden propeller, 122 foot, 301 gross tons, built in 1868, at Toledo, Ohio) burned at her dock in Leamington, Ontario, on 26 November 1878. One man perished in the flames. She was raised in 1880, but the hull was deemed worthless. Her machinery and metal gear were removed in 1881, and sold to an American company.

The ANN ARBOR NO 5 (steel carferry, 359 foot, 2,988 gross tons) was launched by the Toledo Ship Building Company (Hull #118) on 26 Nov 1910. She was the first carferry to be built with a sea gate, as a result of the sinking of the PERE MARQUETTE 18 in September of 1910.

On 26 Nov 1881, JANE MILLER (wooden propeller passenger-package freight coaster, 78 foot, 210 gross tons, built in 1878, at Little Current, Ontario) departed Meaford, Ontario, for Wiarton - sailing out into the teeth of a gale and was never seen again. All 30 aboard were lost. She probably sank near the mouth of Colpoy's Bay in Georgian Bay. She had serviced the many small ports on the inside coast of the Bruce Peninsula.

HIRAM W. SIBLEY (wooden propeller freighter, 221 foot, 1,419 gross tons, built in 1890, at E. Saginaw, Michigan) was carrying 70,000 bushels of corn from Chicago for Detroit. On 26 Nov 1898, she stranded on the northwest corner of South Manitou Island in Lake Michigan during blizzard. (Some sources say this occurred on 27 November.) The tugs PROTECTOR and SWEEPSTAKES were dispatched for assistance but the SIBLEY refloated herself during the following night and then began to sink again. She was put ashore on South Fox Island to save her but she broke in half; then completely broke up during a gale on 7 December 1898.

During the early afternoon of 26 Nov 1999, the LOUIS R. DESMARAIS suffered an engine room fire while sailing in the western section of Lake Ontario. Crews onboard the DESMARAIS put out the fire and restarted her engines. The DESMARAIS proceeded to the Welland Canal where she was inspected by both U.S. and Canadian investigators. No significant damage was noted and the vessel was allowed to proceed.

1924: The wooden steamer J.C. FORD was destroyed by a fire while on the St. Marys River near DeTour.

1940: The coal-laden CHEYENNE went aground in a storm near Port Colborne while enroute to Montreal. The ship was released on December 1. It last sailed as c) SORELDOC (ii) in 1965 before being scrapped at Hamilton.

1942: L.E. BLOCK went aground in the Straits of Mackinac during a snowstorm.

1951: JOHN H. PRICE was at Ste. Anne des Monts to load pulpwood when a storm swept the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The ship broke loose early the next day, drifted to shore and was pounded on the rocks. All on board were saved and the vessel was refloated May 30, 1952.

1964: The Norwegian tanker STOLT DAGALI, a Seaway caller as a) DAGALI in 1960-1962, was sliced in two by the passenger vessel SHALOM about 28 miles southeast of the Ambrose Channel Light Vessel. The stern of the tanker sank but the bow was rebuilt using the stern of the C.T. GODSTAD that had grounding damage. The rebuilt ship resumed sailing as STOLT LADY.

1979: Despite clear visibility, PIERSON DAUGHTERS and JABLANICA collided off Alexandria Bay, NY, and both ships were damaged. The latter went aground on Broadway Shoal and had to be lightered before being released. It was a regular Seaway trader and was also back as b) ELLIE beginning in 1993. The ship was scrapped at Alang, India, as d) PINE TRADER in 2009.

1981: EURO PRINCESS, a Seaway trader beginning in 1976, went aground in the Atlantic near Sable Island and the crew of 26 was airlifted to safety. Despite a cracked hull, the ship was refloated and was back on the Great Lakes as c) EUROPEGASUS in 1985 and survived until scrapping in India in 1997-1998.

2000: The former BALSA I, a Seaway trader beginning in 1981, reported taking water off Hainan Island in the South China Sea and sank. The crew was saved by a passing freighter.

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

 

Port Reports -  November 25

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic in Duluth on Saturday, however Great Lakes Trader was expected around midnight with a load of limestone for Hallett #5. In port was Trudy, loading grain at CHS 1, and Reggeborg, taking on grain at Gavilon. Algoma Compass departed BN via the Superior entry at 03:49 Saturday with a load of ore for Hamilton, and Roger Blough was due at 20:30 to load.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Algoma Niagara departed Two Harbors on Nov. 23rd at 21:26 for Quebec City. The James R. Barker shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 between 21:26 and 21:49 on Nov. 23rd. She departed Two Harbors on Nov. 24th at 09:39 for Nanticoke. There was no other traffic in Two Harbors on the 24th. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 25th are the American Integrity and the Edgar B. Speer. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Nov. 24th. Due Silver Bay on Nov. 25th is the Walter J. McCarthy Jr.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday, November 24th: 10:12 Federal Margaree arrived at Keefer Terminal. 15:16 saltie Wigeon arrived and went to anchor. Expected for Sunday: Tim S. Dool and Federal Kivalina.

S. Lake Michigan Ports
Federal Katsura and Federal Weser were in Burns Harbor Saturday night. Federal Nagara was at S. Chicago. Cuyahoga was headed for Muskegon.

Limestone Ports
Saturday, Calcite: 5:49 American Mariner departed for Green Bay. 5:558 Dorothy Ann arrived to load. 10:53 Great Republic departed for Buffington. Port Inland: Wilfred Sykes arrived to load and at 5:32 departed for Indiana Harbor.

Northern Lake Huron
Saturday, St Ignace: 7:43 Mesabi Miner arrived and went to anchor.

Goderich, Ont.
Saltie Isabella was still at the grain elevator on Saturday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Inbound Saturday morning was the Hon. James L Oberstar with ore for AK Steel. Next was the Indiana Harbor, calling on Zug Island to unload ore. The barge PML 9000, being pushed by the Anglian Lady, was receiving repairs after striking a dock yesterday morning. Her original destination was Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload steel coils.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Nov 24 - Barry Andersen
Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Nov 22 - tug Albert & barge Margaret at 0404 - Departure - Nov 23 - tug Michigan and barge Great Lakes at 1510 to Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 23 - (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0129 and tug Michigan & barge Great lakes at 1515 approx. - Departure - Nov 23 - Patras (Mlt) at 0129 eastbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 22 - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 1832 for Windsor - Nov 24 - Belasitza (Mlt) at 1231 and Mandarin (Cyp) at 1538 for Toledo - Departures - Nov 24 - Belasitza (Mlt) at 1408 for the canal and Mandarin (Cyp) at 1725 for Toledo

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 23 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1938, Federal Yukina (Mhl) at 1629, Federal Shimanto (Mhl) eta 2130, Irma (Cyp) at 2350 - Nov 24 - Algoma Harvester at 0149, Mandarin (Cyp) at 0318, tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0403, Thunder Bay at 1720 and Isa (Cyp) eta 2110

Downbound - Nov 24 - Ojibway at 1359 and Algowood at 2143 - Nov 24 - Algoma Transport at 0545, Patras (Mlt) (Gan-Sword-10) at 1101, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1126 and Belasitza (Mlt) at 1511

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 20 - CSL Tadoussac (stopped wharf 16) at 1810 - Nov 24 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 1519

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 19 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 0755

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 24 - tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 0040 Anchored - Nov 21 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1915 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 20 - Federal Delta (Mhl) at 2040 - Nov 23 - Algoma Sault at 1705 and Algoma Equinox at 2229 - Departures - Nov 22 - Algoma Enterprise at 1239 - Nov 23 - Algoma Harvester at - 2358 - Nov 24 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0112 and Federal Seto (Mhl) at 1857

Bronte:
Docked - Nov 23 - Mia Desgagnes at 1918

Toronto:
Docked - Docked - Nov 20 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0621 - Nov 22 - Irma (Cyp) at 0927 - Nov 23 - Robert S Pierson at 1246 - Departure - Nov 23 - (eastbound) - Robert S Pierson at 2356

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 20 Rodopi (Mlt) at 1223

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
Arrival: McKeil Spirit at about noon with cement for Lehigh Hanson.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 25

In 1890, the WESTERN RESERVE delivered a record cargo of 95,488 bushels of wheat from Duluth to Buffalo.

In 1913, the schooner ROUSE SIMMONS, Captain August Schuenemann, departed Thompson Harbor (Michigan) with a load of fresh cut Christmas trees bound for Chicago. Somewhere between Kewaunee and Two Rivers, Wis., the SIMMONS was lost with all hands.

On 25 November 1857, ANTELOPE (wooden schooner, 220 tons, built in 1854, at Port Robinson, Ontario) was driven ashore by a gale near St. Joseph, Michigan. Five lives were lost. She was recovered the next year and rebuilt.

INCAN SUPERIOR was withdrawn from service after completing 2,386 trips between Thunder Bay and Superior and on November 25, 1992, she passed down bound at Sault Ste. Marie for service on the Canadian West Coast. Renamed PRINCESS SUPERIOR in 1993.

ROBERT C. STANLEY was laid up for the last time November 25, 1981, at the Tower Bay Slip, Superior, Wisconsin. She was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey in 1989.

CITY OF MILWAUKEE (Hull#261) was launched November 25, 1930, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co. She was sponsored by Mrs. Walter J. Wilde, wife of the collector of customs at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She entered service in January of 1931.

On 25 November 1866, F. W. BACKUS (wooden propeller, 133 foot, 289 tons, built in 1846, at Amherstburg, Ontario) was carrying hay, horses and cattle off Racine, Wisconsin. She was run to the beach when it was discovered that she was on fire. Her crew and passengers disembarked. The tug DAISY LEE towed her out while she was still burning, intending to scuttle her, but the towline burned through and she drifted back to shore and burned to the waterline. Her live cargo was pushed overboard while she was still well out and they swam to shore.

On 25 November 1874, WILLIAM SANDERSON (wooden schooner, 136 foot, 385 gross tons, built in 1853, at Oswego, New York) was carrying wheat in a storm on Lake Michigan when she foundered. The broken wreck washed ashore off Empire, Michigan, near Sleeping Bear. She was owned by Scott & Brown of Detroit.

During a storm on 25 November 1895, MATTIE C. BELL (wooden schooner, 181 foot, 769 gross tons, built in 1882, at E. Saginaw, Michigan) was in tow of the steamer JIM SHERRIFS on Lake Michigan. The schooner stranded at Big Summer Island, was abandoned in place and later broke up. No lives were lost.

On 25 Nov 1947, the CAPTAIN JOHN ROEN was renamed c.) ADAM E. CORNELIUS by the American Steamship Co. in 1958, CORNELIUS was renamed d.) CONSUMERS POWER. Eventually sold to Erie Sand, she was scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1988. Built in 1927, as a.) GEORGE M. HUMPHERY.

On 25 Nov 1905, the JOSEPH G. BUTLER JR (steel straight-deck bulk freighter, 525 foot, 6,588 gross tons) entered service, departing Lorain, Ohio, for Duluth on her maiden voyage. The vessel was damaged in a severe storm on that first crossing of Lake Superior, but she was repaired and had a long career. She was renamed DONALD B GILLIES in 1935, and GROVEDALE in 1963. She was sunk as a dock in Hamilton in 1973, and finally sold for scrap in 1981.

1904: B.W. BLANCHARD stranded near Alpena, MI and was wrecked. The ship had become unmanageable in heavy weather while enroute to Detroit with a cargo of lumber and was a total loss.

1908: NORTH STAR sank in Lake Huron off Port Sanilac after a collision with NORTHERN QUEEN. The accident occurred in dense fog and the ship went down quickly. All were saved.

1927: THOUSAND ISLANDER cleared Sarnia for Midland under tow of C.S.L. fleetmate COLLINGWOOD and they encountered heavy weather on Lake Huron. The ship was overwhelmed southeast of Thunder Bay Island and sank.

1950: The cargo of steel and package freight aboard the C.S.L. steamer WEYBURN shifted on Lake Ontario in a wild fall storm and the ship took on a precarious list and almost capsized. The ship was escorted to Toronto by RENVOYLE where the problem was corrected.

1971: The Greek freighter ESTIA sank on the Caribbean north of French Guiana after a violent engine room explosion. The ship was bound for Brazil with phosphates and all on board were saved. The vessel had been a Great Lakes visitor as MANCHESTER SPINNER beginning in 1963.

2003: The yacht ALISON LAKE, rebuilt at Toronto from the U.S. Coast Guard ship SAUK, hit a submerged object and sank in very deep water south of Key West, FL. All on board were rescued.

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

 

Barge PML 9000 damaged after striking pier in Detroit River

11/24 - Detroit, Mich. – A Canadian barge was stuck in Detroit Friday after alliding with a pier just below the Ambassador Bridge, U.S. Coast Guard Detroit officials say.

The incident occurred at 9:41a.m. when the tug Anglian Lady, pushing the loaded barge PML 9000, was traveling from Sault Ste. Marie. Ont., to the Nicholson Terminal on the Detroit side of the Detroit River, said Justin Bommer, ensign of the Coast Guard.

"They were heading to Nicholson to offload steel coils and then they would have headed to Windsor, however, when they got to the terminal, they struck the pier," Bommer said. "There is a report of damage."

The pier was struck on the port side and created a hole above water level on the barge. There is nine feet of water in the thruster room and voids are inaccessible due to cargo, he said. The tug’s crew tried to get the barge under control using the rudder, but it wasn't responding. The tug next attempted to go in reverse, but it was too late.

Bommer said there were no injuries reported to anyone in the eight-member crew and Coast Guard investigators were en route Friday afternoon to examine the scene. "We're not sure the extent of the damage and it's unclear what happened," Bommer said.

The tug and barge are owned by Purvis Marine of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. They loaded their cargo at the Algoma steel plant in that city.

The Detroit News

 

Port Reports -  November 24

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through the Duluth ship canal on Friday, with none scheduled until Saturday afternoon when the Great Lakes Trader is due with a load of limestone. Trudy shifted from Port Terminal early Friday after unloading clay, and began taking on grain at CHS 1. Reggeborg was at Gavilon loading grain. In Superior, Burns Harbor departed in the early hours of Friday with a load of ore from BN, and Algoma Buffalo arrived from anchor and began loading. She was expected to finish loading and depart by Friday evening. Algoma Compass was on the hook off the Superior entry waiting her turn to load.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
The Algoma Niagara arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 23rd at 08:23 for South of #2. As of 19:30 on Nov. 23rd she is still at the loading dock. Also arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 23rd was the James R. Barker at 17:52 for North of #2 lay-by. HarborLookout is showing the Joseph L. Block due Two Harbors late on Nov. 24th, but her AIS is showing her going to Duluth. Otherwise there is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on No 24th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the Lee A. Tregurtha depart on Nov. 23rd at 04:56 for Cleveland. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Nov. 24th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday November 23rd: 6:51 Cedarglen departed Superior Elevator for Baie Comeau. 7:04 Federal Leda weighed anchor after 5 days in the harbor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. 7:42 Federal Danube arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 12:34 saltie Solina arrived and went to anchor. Expected for Saturday: salties Federal Margaree and Wigeon.

Limestone Ports
Friday, Calcite: Calumet departed and was down bound on Lake Michigan. 8:01 American Mariner arrived to load. 13:58 John G Munson departed for Duluth Superior. 14:00 Great Republic weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. Port Inland: Cason J Callaway arrived to load and at 17:24 departed for Detroit. Wilfred Sykes was anchored for weather Friday near Charlevoix but was underway for Port Inland by mid-evening. Drummond Island: Joyce L Van Enkevort arrived Thursday to load and at 6:39 Friday departed for Duluth Superior.

S. Lake Michigan Ports
Federal Katsura and Federal Weser were at Burns Harbor Friday. St. Clair is due. Edwin H. Gott was at Gary. Baie St. Paul was at Indiana Harbor. Federal Nagara was on the Calumet River. Philip R Clarke is due at Buffington Saturday morning.

Northern Lake Huron
Thursday, Alpena: Algoma Innovator weighed anchor and departed for Parry Sound. Parry Sound: Algoma Innovator arrived to unload road salt. Friday, Alpena: 16:20 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load.

Goderich, Ont.
Saltie Isabella was at the grain elevator on Friday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Edgar B Speer arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel Friday morning. Manitowoc arrived at Zug Island to load coke. Arriving last was the H Lee White with coal for Zug Island.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday 23 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Nov 22 - tug Albert & barge Margaret at 0404 - Departure - Nov 23 - tug Michigan and barge Great Lakes at 1510 to Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 23 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0129 and tug Michigan & barge Great lakes at 1515 approx.

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 22 - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 1832 for Windsor

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 22 - John D Leitch at 1037, Algoma Enterrprise at 1453 and Beatrix (Nld) at 1910 - Nov 23 - Irma (Cyp) at 1155 (anchored), Narew (Lbr) at 0202, Oakglen at 0350, Federal Yukina (Mhl) at 1629, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1938 and Federal Shimanto (Mhl) eta 2130

Downbound - Nov 22 - Mississagi 0726 (stopping at wharf 12), Algoma Sault at 1725, Robert S Pierson at 2013 and Algonova at 2015 - Nov 23 - tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at0236, CSL St. Laurent at 0746, Baie Comeau at 1208, Ojibway at 1359 and Algowood eta 2100

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 20 - CSL Tadoussac (stopped wharf 16) at 1810 - Nov 22 - Mississagi (stopped wharf 12) at 0840 approx. - Departure - Nov 23 - Mississagi at 0415 approx westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 19 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 0755 - Nov 22- Irma (Cyp) at 1115 - Departure - Nov 23 - Irma at 2135 approx. for Toledo

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0139, tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0447 and Algoma Sault at 1450 - Anchored - Nov 21 Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1915 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 20 - Federal Delta (Mhl) at 2040 - Nov 21 - Federal Seto (Mhl) at 0207 - Nov 22 - Algoma Enterprise at 0237 and Algoma Harvester at 1955 - Departures - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1637

Bronte:
Arrival - Nov 23 - Mia Desgagnes at 1521 (anchored) - docked at 1918 from anchorage - Departed Nov 23 - Algoscotia at 1852 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrivals - Nov 22 - NACC Argonaut at 2244 - Nov 23 - Robert S Pierson at 1246 - Docked - Nov 20 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0621 - Departed - Nov 23 - NACC Argonaut at 1433 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 20 Rodopi (Mlt) at 1223 - Nov 22 - NACC Quebec at 0637 - Departed NACC Quebec at 1433 eastbound

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
On Friday, McKeil Spirit unloaded cement.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 24

On this day in 1966, Hjalmer Edwards became ill while working as a second cook on the steamer DANIEL J. MORRELL. He was transferred to the hospital at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan when the MORRELL transited the locks for the last time on Thanksgiving Day. Five days later, the DANIEL J. MORRELL sank during a severe storm on Lake Huron with just Dennis Hale as its lone survivor.

On 24 November 1945, SCOTT E. LAND (steel propeller C4-S-A4 cargo ship, 496 foot, 10,654 gross tons) was launched at Kaiser Corporation (Hull #520) in Vancouver, Washington for the U.S. Maritime Commission. She was converted to a straight-deck bulk freighter at Baltimore, Maryland in 1951, and renamed TROY H. BROWNING. In 1955, she was renamed THOMAS F. PATTON. After serving on the Great Lakes, she was scrapped in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1981.

On November 24, 1950, while bound for South Chicago with iron ore, the ENDERS M. VOORHEES collided with the up bound steamer ELTON HOYT II (now the ST. MARYS CHALLENGER) in the Straits of Mackinac during a blinding snowstorm. Both vessels received such serious bow damage that they had to be beached near McGulpin Point west of Mackinaw City to avoid sinking.

ROSEMOUNT, stored with coal, sank alongside CSL's Century Coal Dock at Montreal, Quebec, on November 24, 1934.

Paterson's PRINDOC (Hull#657) was launched November 24, 1965, at Lauzon, Quebec, by Davie Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.

November 24, 1892 - The ANN ARBOR NO 1 ran aground on her first trip just north of the Kewaunee harbor.

On 24 Nov 1881, LAKE ERIE (wooden propeller canaller, 136 foot, 464 gross tons, built in 1873, at St, Catharine's, Ontario) collided with the steamer NORTHERN QUEEN in fog and a blizzard near Poverty Island by the mouth of Green Bay. LAKE ERIE sank in one hour 40 minutes. NORTHERN QUEEN took aboard the crew but one man was scalded and died before reaching Manistique.

The CITY OF SAGINAW 31 entered service in 1931.

On 24 November 1905, ARGO (steel propeller passenger/package freight, 174 foot, 1,089 tons, built in 1896, at Detroit, Michigan) dropped into a trough of a wave, hit bottom and sank in relatively shallow water while approaching the harbor at Holland, Michigan. 38 passengers and crew were taken off by breeches' buoy in a thrilling rescue by the U.S. Lifesaving Service.

NEPTUNE (wooden propeller, 185 foot, 774 gross tons, built in 1856, at Buffalo, New York) was laid up at East Saginaw, Michigan, on 24 November 1874, when she was discovered to be on fire at about 4:00 a.m. She burned to a total loss.

The ANN ARBOR NO 1 left Frankfort for Kewaunee on November 24, 1892. Because of the reluctance of shippers to trust their products on this new kind of ferry it was difficult to find cargo for this first trip. Finally, a fuel company which sold coal to the railroad routed four cars to Kewaunee via the ferry.

1905: ARGO missed the entrance to the harbor at Holland, MI while inbound from Chicago and went aground. All on board, an estimated 72 passengers and crew, were rescued by breeches buoy in a very challenging task. The ship was salvaged in January 1906.

1938: The idle former passenger ship CITY OF BENTON HARBOR was gutted by a fire at Sturgeon Bay.

1970: C.W. CADWELL hit a submerged rock in the Niagara River near Queenston and was stranded.

1988: KATIA was abandoned off Nova Scotia, enroute from Brazil to Carleton, QC, and all 27 on board were taken off by rescue helicopter. Despite salvage efforts, the listing ship sank November 26. It had been through the Seaway earlier in 1987 after previous inland voyages as c) TIMI in 1978 and d) HAPPY MED in 1981.

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

 

Desgagnés takes delivery of new dual-fuel Polar-class tanker Paul A. Desgagnés

11/23 - The Canadian shipping company Desgagnés has accepted delivery of Paul A. Desgagnés, a new-generation product tanker. The newbuilding was delivered to its owner on October 31, 2018, following the completion of its construction in Turkey.

Paul A. Desgagnés is the third in a series of four product carriers ordered by the company at the Besiktas shipyard located in Yalova near Istanbul, Turkey.

“The addition of the Paul A. Desgagnés to the Desgagnés fleet — as for the addition of the Damia Desgagnés and the Mia Desgagnés — is the result of multiple innovations and tremendous work; as her predecessors, she is the source of great pride,” Louis-Marie Beaulieu, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Desgagnés, said.

The Paul A. Desgagnés is a dual-fuel/LNG oil/product and chemical tanker that can be powered by any of three types of fuel, namely heavy fuel oil, marine diesel oil or liquefied natural gas (LNG). She is double-hulled and holds a Polar 7 ice class confirming its capacity to navigate in ice-laden waters. With a deadweight of 15,000 tons at 7.8 meters draft, its cargo tanks can hold up to 17,505 cbm at 98% capacity.

As informed, the new vessel represents an investment exceeding CAD 50 million, of which almost CAD 9 million are solely dedicated to the dual-fuel/LNG motorization.

The newbuilding leaves Turkey on November 22 and is expected in Canada in the first half of December this year.

World Maritime News

 

Port Reports -  November 23

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Kaye E. Barker arrived Duluth at 05:38 Thanksgiving day, and headed to Hallett #5 to discharge limestone. Measbi Miner was outbound at 07:49 with iron ore pellets, and Michipicoten arrived at 13:19 to load at CN. The Barker shifted to Midwest Energy mid-afternoon Thursday to load petroleum coke. Also tied up in port was Trudy, which was still offloading at Port Terminal. At the Superior entry, Burns Harbor arrived before sunrise Thursday to load iron ore pellets at BN. Reggeborg was inbound at 16:23, and tied up at Gavilon to load grain. Algoma Buffalo and Algoma Compass were both at anchor off the Superior entry waiting to load at BN after the Burns Harbor, which was expected to depart at 01:00 Friday.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors had no traffic on Nov. 22nd. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 23rd are the Algoma Niagara in the morning and later in the afternoon the James R. Barker. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Lee A. Tregurtha on Nov. 22nd at 19:12. There is no scheduled inbound traffic for Silver Bay on Nov. 23rd.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday November 21st: 22:44 saltie Osogovo departed Superior Elevator for Sète, France. Thursday November 22nd: 3:32 saltie Iryda departed Viterra A and went to anchor. 6:31 saltie Iryda weighed anchor and departed for Montreal. 7:27 Cedarglen arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. 19:14 Kaministiqua departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Sorel. Expected for Friday: salties Federal Danube and Solina.

Escanaba, Mich.
Tug Zeus is in the Northshore Marine (Basic Marine) Dry Dock.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
On Thanksgiving Day, the Herbert C Jackson arrived to unload ore at AK Steel. Later on, the tug Karen Andrie and her tank barge Endeavor arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load/unload. The last arrival of the day was made by the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder. They stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal before continuing on to Marine City.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Nov 22 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Nov 22 - tug Albert & barge Margaret at 0404 and tug Michigan and barge Great Lakes at 0820

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 21 - Algoma Hansa at 1920 - Nov 22 - Frontenac at 0200 - Departures - Nov 22 - Frontenac at 1204 westbound and Algonova at 1500 eastbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 22 - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 1832 for Windsor

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 21 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement (departed wharf 12), Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0317, Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0952, Tim S Dool at 0650, John D Leitch at 1037, Algoma Enterrprise at 1453 and Beatrix (Nld) at 1910

Downbound - Nov 21 - Federal Rideau at 1328 and Esta Desgagnes at 1426 - Nov 22 - Mississagi 0726 (stopping at wharf 12), Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1020, tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 1655, Algoma Sault at 1725, Robert S Pierson at 2013 and Algonova at 2015

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 20 - CSL Tadoussac (stopped wharf 16) at 1810 - Nov 19 - Algosea (stopped wharf 17) at 2210 - westbound upon departure - Nov 22 - Mississagi (stopped wharf 12) at 0840 approx. - Departures - Nov 21 - Algosea at 0907 westbound - Nov 22 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement (from wharf 12) at 0640 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 19 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 0755 - Nov 22- Beatrix (Nld) at 0830, Irma (Cyp) at 1115 - Departure - Nov 22 - Beatrix (Nld) at 1845 for Cleveland

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 22 - Algoma Enterprise at 0237 and Algoma Harvester at 1955 - Anchored - Nov 21 Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1915 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 20 - Federal Delta (Mhl) at 2040 (from the canal) - Nov 21 - Federal Seto (Mhl) at 0207 - Departures - Nov 22 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0053 for Goderich, Tim S Dool at 0455 and Tufty (Cyp) at 2005

Toronto:
Arrivals - Nov 20 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0621 and Beatrix (Nld) eta 2100 - Docked - Nov 18 - Irma (Cyp) at 0536

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 20 Rodopi (Mlt) at 1223

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 23

In 1940, the CONSUMERS POWER, a.) HARRY YATES of 1910, collided with the MARITANA on the Detroit River. The MARITANA sustained $11,089.91 in damage. MARITANA was scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario, in 1947.

On 23 November 1863, BAY OF QUINTE (wooden schooner, 250 tons, built in 1853, at Bath, Ontario) was carrying 7,500 bushels of wheat to Toronto when she was driven ashore on Salmon Point on Lake Ontario and wrecked. No lives were lost.

On 23 November 1882, the schooner MORNING LIGHT (wooden schooner, 256 tons, built in 1857, at Cleveland, Ohio) was sailing from Manistee for Chicago with a load of lumber when a storm drove her aground off Claybanks, south of Stony Lake, Michigan. One crewman swam to shore, the rest were saved by a lifesaving crew, local fishermen and the tug B. W. ALDRICH. Earlier that same year, she sank near St. Helen Island in the Straits of Mackinac. She was salvaged and put back in service, but she only lasted a few months.

After discharging her cargo, the SAMUEL MATHER, launched as a.) PILOT KNOB b.) FRANK ARMSTRONG (1943-73), proceeded to DeTour, Michigan, laying up for the last time at the Pickands Mather Coal Dock on November 23, 1981. She was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey in 1988.

In 1987, the self-unloader ROGERS CITY was towed out of Menominee, Michigan, for scrapping in Brazil.

STADACONA's sea trials were completed on November 23, 1952, and was delivered to Canada Steamship Lines the next day.

On 23 November 1872, Capt. W. B. Morley launched the propeller JARVIS LORD at Marine City, Michigan. Her dimensions were 193 feet X 33 feet X 18 feet, 1,000 tons. She was the first double decker built at Marine City. Her engine was from Wm. Cowie of Detroit.

On 23 November 1867, S. A. CLARK (wooden propeller tug, 12 tons, built in 1863, at Buffalo, New York) was in Buffalo's harbor when her boiler exploded and she sank.

November 23, 1930 - The Ann Arbor carferry WABASH grounded in Betsie Lake. She bent her rudder stock and her steering engine was broken up.

On 23 November 1853, the wooden schooner PALESTINE was bound from Kingston to Cleveland with railroad iron at about the same time as the like-laden schooner ONTONAGON. Eight miles west of Rochester, New York, both vessels ran ashore, were pounded heavily by the waves and sank. Both vessels reported erratic variations in their compasses. The cargoes were removed and ONTONAGON was pulled free on 7 December, but PALESTINE was abandoned. A similar event happened with two other iron-laden vessels a few years previously at the same place.

On 23 November 1853, the Ward Line's wooden side-wheeler HURON struck an unseen obstruction in the Saginaw River and sank. She was raised on 12 December 1853, towed to Detroit and repaired at a cost of $12,000. She was then transferred to Lake Michigan to handle the cross-lake traffic given the Ward Line by the Michigan Central Railroad. The carferry GRAND HAVEN was sold to the West India Fruit & Steamship Co., Norfolk, Virginia in 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. She was brought back to the Lakes and locked up bound through the Welland Canal on 23 Nov 1964. She was intended for roll on/roll off carrier service to haul truck trailers laden with steel coils from Stelco's plant at Hamilton, Ont.

CSL NIAGARA a.) J. W. McGIFFIN, passed Port Huron, Michigan on 23 Nov 1999, on her way to Thunder Bay to load grain. This was her first trip to the upper lakes since the vessel was re-launched as a SeawayMax carrier in June 1999.

1901: QUITO stranded off Lorain, Ohio, and broke up in a Lake Erie storm. All on board were saved.

1902: SILVANUS J. MACY was last observed battling heavy seas in Lake Erie off Port Burwell. The coal laden, wooden steamer was lost with all hands.

1936: A fire at Portsmouth, Ontario, just west of Kingston, destroyed several idle wooden steamers including the SIMON LANGELL and PALM BAY. Their remains were towed into Lake Ontario and scuttled in 1937.

1961: AMVRAKIKOS ran aground on Pancake Shoal, Lake Superior, on its first and only visit to the Great Lakes. This World War Two vintage Liberty ship was refloated on November 26, loaded scrap steel at Toledo for Japan and was the last saltwater ship of the 1961 season to depart the St. Lawrence Seaway.

1997: AN TAI, an SD 14 cargo carrier registered in Belize, began to list and then the hull cracked at the dock in Port Klang, Malaysia. The ship sank at the wharf the next day. The vessel had visited the Great Lakes, first as a) LONDON GRENADIER in 1972 and again as b) FIRST JAY in 1979. Subsequent salvage efforts failed and the hull was cut into sections, taken out to sea, and dumped in a fish breeding grounds.

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

 

New Soo Lock funding included in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2019 work plan

11/22 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has submitted its work plan for 2019 to Congress. According to the Corps, the plan includes $32 million as an initial outlay for the design and construction of a new, second lock at the Soo Locks and is prepared by the Corps as an outline of how it will allocate funding for its work in the year ahead.

A letter from October, written by Congressman John Moolenaar, who is a long-time supporter of building a new lock at the Soo Locks, includes a request for funding in the work plan. The bipartisan letter was signed by 27 other members of Congress from Great Lakes states.

The total cost of the new lock is estimated to be $922.4 million.

WPBN/WGTU

 

USCGC Mackinaw loads 1200 Christmas trees for Chicago families in need

11/22 - Cheboygan, Mich. – The crew aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw in Cheboygan are getting ready for a special operation in Chicago. On board with them are more than 1,000 Christmas trees.

In just over a week the coast guard will help deliver 1200 Northern Michigan trees to families in the Windy City.

“The Christmas tree ship dates back to the late 1800s early 1900s when the city of Chicago would predominately get their Christmas trees from the Upper Peninsula,” Commander John Stone said.

“It’s an opportunity to provide some good will as well as commemorate the rich maritime tradition up here on the Great Lakes,” he added. It’s a tradition they continue to honor in memory of the Rouse Simmons.

“About 1912, the most famous of the Christmas tree ships, the Rouse Simmons, sank with all hands. We, along with Christmas Tree Committee down in Chicago, started to commemorate their loss every year since,” Stone explained.

For 19 years the crew in Cheboygan has continued to make this special delivery. “It’s always nice because we got the ceremony down in Chicago and it’s a blast. It’s kind of a legacy of an old tradition,” ET-2 Joseph Coach, said.

“I kind of joined the Coast Guard to help serve and help the community and this is kind of a different way of doing it,” Coach added.

The ship will take off next Monday and will be in Chicago by the end of next week.

View a video of the tree loading at this link: https://www.9and10news.com/2018/11/20/uscgc-mackinaw-loads-up-1200-christmas-trees-for-chicago-families-in-need/

 

Manitoba scrap tow update

11/22 - AIS shows the Ocean Delta arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, anchorage Sunday morning, left the former Manitoba (renamed Nito for the tow) there, and headed for Algeciras, Spain. Manitoba will be scrapped in the coming months.

 

Port Reports -  November 22

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth at 05:07 Wednesday to load ore at CN, and American Century was outbound at 13:25 with a load of coal from Midwest Energy. The Miner was expected to depart around 20:00, as was Ina, which has been loading wheat at Riverland Ag for the past few days. Trudy was still tied up at Port Terminal. In Superior, St. Clair was outbound at 01:27 Wednesday after loading iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on Nov. 21st at 22:29 for Gary. The Indiana Harbor arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 22nd at 02:25. She departed for Zug Island on Nov. 22nd at 15:54. Two Harbors has no scheduled traffic for Nov. 22nd. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader on Nov. 20th at 22:38 for Indiana Harbor. Silver Bay had no traffic on Nov. 21st. Due Silver Bay on Nov. 22nd is the Lee A. Tregurtha. Due in the Twin Ports on Nov. 22nd to unload limestone is the Kaye E. Barker. She could possibly load up the North Shore after her Twin Ports discharge.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday November 21st: 6:24 Kaministiqua arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 12:12 Saginaw departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Toledo. 12:54 tug Candace Elise arrived at Midcontinent Terminal (former CN ore dock) with two loadline hopper barges: AM 2100 and AM 2101. AM 2100 and AM 2101 are being loaded with scrap steel. 13:04 saltie BBC Kansas arrived from Escanaba, Mich. She proceeded to Keefer Terminal to unload steel parts. 14:28 saltie Prosna departed Keefer Terminal and went to anchor. 15:25 Kaministiqua departed Richardson Main Terminal and shifted over to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. Expected for Thursday: Cedarglen and Federal Danube.

Limestone Ports
Wednesday, Calcite: 14:18 Great Republic arrived and went to anchor. 14:35 Manitowoc departed for Cleveland. 14:41 John G Munson arrived to load. Port Dolomite: Wilfred Sykes arrived to load.

S. Lake Michigan Ports
Joseph L. Block was at Burns Harbor Wednesday night, with Steward J. Cort due on Thanksgiving Day. Roger Blough was at Gary. Baie St. Paul was at Indiana Harbor. Federal Nagara was at S. Chicago.

Northern Lake Huron
Wednesday, Bruce Mines: Robert S Pierson departed for Toronto. Alpena: Algoma Innovator with a load of road salt for Parry Sound, arrived and went to anchor, probably to wait out weather.

Saginaw River
Alpena arrived with cement for the Lafarge dock in Essexville on Wednesday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
On Wednesday the Federal Yukon, who had been at anchor in the Ojibway Anchorage for 3 days, weighed anchor and tied up at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload general cargo. Arriving later was the Michigan/Great Lakes. They fueled at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal before continuing to their destination of Nanticoke.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Nov 21 ¬¬– Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Departures - Nov 21 - Algoma Hansa at 1852, Algonova at 1738 and Algosea at 2001

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 19 - Algocanada at 0752 - Nov 21 - Algoma Hansa at 1920, Algonova at 1838, Algosea at 2009 - Departures - Nov 20 - Esta Desgagnes at 1342 and Algocanada at 2343

Buffalo:
Docked - Nov 20 - USCG Abbie Burgess at 0221 - Departed Nov 21 at 2005

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 21 - Florijngracht (Nld) at 0214, Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 0704, Algoma Enterprise at 0854, Esta Desgagnes at 0936 - Departures - all for the canal Nov 21 - Florijngracht (Nld) at 1105, Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 1306, Algoma Enterprise at 1155, Esta Desgagnes at 1426

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 19 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1713 (stopped wharf 12) - Nov 20 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 0943. tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 1246 (stopped at wharf 13)

Downbound - Nov 20, Drawsko (Bhs) at 1417, CSL Tadoussac at 1742 and NACC Argonaut at 2030 - Nov 21 - Esta Desgagnes at 1426

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 14 - Federal Seto (Mhl) - stopped wharf 2 at 0654 to unload - Nov 20 - CSL Tadoussac (stopped wharf 16) at 1810 - Nov 19 - Algosea (stopped wharf 17) at 2210 - westbound upon departure - Nov 20 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement (stopped wharf 12) at 1436 - Departures - Nov 21 - Algosea from (wharf 17) at 0907 approx westbound and tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour (from wharf 13) at 1805 westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 19 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 0755 - Departure (eastbound) - Nov 20 - Reestborg (Nld) at 0400 approx eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 21 - Federal Seto (Mhl) at 0207, Tim S Dool at 0809, Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1846 - Anchored - Nov 21 Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1915

Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 14 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0705 - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 20 - Tufty (Cyp) at 1550 (from the anchorage) - Departures - Nov 20 - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 0920 for Windsor - Nov 21 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1038 for Sorel, Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 1427 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrivals - Nov 20 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0621 and Beatrix (Nld) eta 2100 - Docked - Nov 18 - Irma (Cyp) at 0536

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 20 Rodopi (Mlt) at 1223

 

Lost Belle Isle lighthouse lens stuck in court tug of war

11/22 - Detroit, Mich. – A modern-day treasure hunter has defied the federal government by refusing to surrender rare lighthouse lenses, including one that disappeared from Belle Isle decades ago, according to federal court records.

The records chronicle the ongoing fight between the government and a treasure hunter, chart the winding, black-market path of lighthouse lenses worth approximately $600,000 and detail the government’s decades-long hunt to recover artifacts that were once discarded like trash.

Antique hunter Steven Gronow, a real-estate developer and former auto parts baron who lives in a lighthouse-shaped mansion near Howell, had escalated a two-year legal battle by refusing to relinquish the artifacts despite U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith ordering he surrender the two-foot-tall, beehive-shaped lenses earlier this year.

Instead, Gronow last month stood up U.S. Coast Guard officials and a rare lens expert — known as a lampist — who was hired to secure the artifacts in specially-designed crates. When they arrived at Gronow’s 9,825-square-foot estate, Gronow was gone, leaving the lampist and Coast Guard officials outside the gates, speaking in vain through a squawk box with the antique hunter’s wife.

On Monday, Gronow faced a stern judge who ordered him to surrender the lenses by early February or risk having federal agents forcibly enter his home, and face unpleasant options, including fines and jail.

"There's an easy way and a hard way to do this," the judge told a jeans-clad Gronow.

Gronow didn't fight the order but expressed bewilderment that he ended up in a federal courtroom after devoting his life to preserving pieces of maritime history.

"These essentially were thrown in the trash 70 years ago," Gronow told the judge. "And after not caring for 75 years, I'm sued."

The judge's order moved the public closer to being able to view the century-old Belle Isle lens for the first time in more than 80 years.

"If it becomes something that is more or less accessible to the public for viewing, that would be a good thing," said John Polacsek, retired curator of the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle.

The mystery surrounding the lens dates to the late 1930s, when the lens was moved from inside the Belle Isle lighthouse on the southeast tip of the island.

The two-foot-tall glass lens resembles a giant beehive and was made in the early 1880s. The lens relies on a revolutionary design that focuses light into a single beam that can travel more than 20 miles.

The U.S. government bought the lens for a planned lighthouse on the southeast part of Belle Isle in 1881. The lens, developed by French physicist and engineer Augustin-Jean Fresnel, was installed later in the Belle Isle lighthouse, a square, red-brick tower with an attached two-story brick building.

Fresnel lenses, however, are fragile, expensive to fix and tough to clean. Many were replaced with automated beacons while some were scavenged for brass components during World War II, dropped down elevator shafts, tossed from lighthouse towers, dumped in the sea or sold by Coast Guard stations.

The Belle Isle lens did not suffer such a fate.

The Belle Isle lighthouse was decommissioned in 1930 as part of plans to build the William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse less than a mile away on the northeast part of the island. The original Belle Isle lighthouse was demolished in 1943.

The lens was moved to the Livingstone lighthouse in 1935 or 1936, according to the Coast Guard, but a fog enveloped its fate. Joel Stone, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum’s senior curator, had heard it was destroyed.

Others heard it was stolen.

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2018/11/19/lost-belle-isle-lighthouse-lens-stuck-court-tug-war/1987860002

 

Fednav installs ballast water treatment systems on seven more vessels.

11/22 - Fednav hassigned a contract with Norwegian BWT specialist Optimarin for the supply of seven USCG-approved Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS). Five of the units will be fitted on existing vessels within the 63-strong Fednav fleet, with two deliveries set for newbuilds.

The order comes on top of agreements for five units made last year. Fednav initially ordered one retrofit and four newbuild units in 2017 and is now rolling out further installations.

Optimarin made its initial retrofit delivery to Fednav earlier this year, with Goltens installing an OBS on Federal Kumano at MPG Dolphin Shipyard in Varna, Bulgaria. The first newbuild orders concerned projects at Oshima shipyard in Japan.

OBS has now been successfully retrofitted in over 200 vessels. The system has certification from a comprehensive range of classification organizations, including ABS, BV, DNV-GL, LR & MLIT Japan

World Maritime News

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 22

In 1947, the Canadian tanker BRUCE HUDSON broke down shortly after departing Port Stanley, Ont. The U.S. tanker ROCKET, Captain R. B. Robbins, managed to get a line on the HUDSON and tow her 50 miles through high seas and a snow storm to shelter behind Point Pelee. Later, the tug ATOMIC arrived on scene and towed the Hudson to Toledo for repairs.

On 22 November 1860, WABASH VALLEY (wooden propeller, 592 tons, built in 1856, at Buffalo, New York) was caught in a blizzard and gale off Muskegon, Michigan, on Lake Michigan. Her skipper thought they were off Grand Haven and as he steamed to the harbor, visibility dropped to near zero. The vessel ran onto the beach. Her momentum and the large storm waves carried her well up onto the beach where she broke in two. Her machinery was salvaged and went into the new steamer SUNBEAM.

Scrapping of SPRUCEGLEN, a.) WILLIAM K. FIELD was completed on November 22, 1986, by Lakehead Scrap Metal Co. at Thunder Bay Ontario. SPRUCEGLEN was the last Canadian coal-fired bulker.

On 22 November 1869, CREAM CITY (3-mast wooden bark, 629 tons, built in 1862, at Sheboygan, Wisconsin) was carrying wheat in a gale when she lost her way and went ashore on Drummond Island. She appeared to be only slightly damaged, but several large pumps were unable to lower the water in her hull. She was finally abandoned as a total wreck on 8 December. She was built as a "steam bark" with an engine capable of pushing her at 5 or 6 mph. After two months of constant minor disasters, this was considered an unsuccessful experiment and the engine was removed.

CITY OF MILWAUKEE was chartered to the Ann Arbor Railroad Co. and started the Frankfort, Michigan-Kewaunee, Wisconsin service for them on November 22, 1978.

November 22, 1929 - CITY OF SAGINAW 31 went out on her sea trials.

On 22 November 1860, CIRCASSIAN (wooden schooner, 135 foot, 366 tons, built in 1856, at Irving, New York) was carrying grain in a gale and blizzard on Lake Michigan when she stranded on White Shoals near Beaver Island. She sank to her decks and then broke in two. Her crew was presumed lost, but actually made it to Hog Island in the blizzard and they were not rescued from there for two weeks.

A final note from the Big Gale of 1879. On 22 November 1879, The Port Huron Times reported, "The barge DALTON is still high and dry on the beach at Point Edward."

1878: The wooden passenger and freight steamer WAUBUNO was lost with all hands, 14 crew and 10 passengers, on Georgian Bay.

1898: ARTHUR ORR went aground on Isle Royale when the steering gear failed in a severe storm. It was later released and survived until scrapping at Hamilton in 1947-1948.

1898: S.S. CURRY was leaking badly after it struck a reef off Duck Island, Lake Huron.

1906: J.H. JONES, en route from Owen Sound to Lions Head, was lost with all hands. The wooden passenger and freight steamer went down in 60 mph winds.

1907: Fire broke out aboard the wooden freighter LIZZIE MADDEN shortly after clearing Bay City for Little Current. The crew was rescued by the LANGELL BOYS. The burning hull drifted ashore on Little Charity Island in Saginaw Bay and was a total loss.

1911: JOLIET sank in the St. Clair River following a collision with the HENRY PHIPPS. It had been anchored due to fog when hit and all on board were saved. The remains were dynamited as a hazard to navigation.

1919: The wooden steamer MYRON sank off Crisp Point, Lake Superior and 17 crew were lost.

1950: The former Canada Steamship Lines canaller MAPLETON was destroyed at the Port of Suez, Egypt as b) EASTERN MED when a fire broke out while loading oil drums. The remains of the ship were scrapped.

1975: PIERSON DAUGHTERS hit bottom off North Colban Island in the St. Lawrence and had to go to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs after unloading the cargo of iron ore at Conneaut.

1988: The Dutch flag freighter POOLSTER first came through the Seaway in 1969. It suffered an engineroom fire off Kuwait as e) ATLANTIC REEFER while bound for Dubai on this date. The badly damaged ship was towed to Sharjah and then sold for scrap. It was renamed f) VOYAGER I for the trip to Gadani Beach, Pakistan, and the vessel arrived April 4, 1989, for dismantling.

1998: SPAR OPAL went aground inside the breakwall at Port Colborne due to high winds and was released by the tugs UNDAUNTED and WELLAND. The ship had also been a Seaway trader beginning in 1984 as a) LAKE SHIDAKA, in 1991 as b) CONSENSUS ATLANTIC, and in 1992 as c) FEDERAL MATANE (i). It began Great Lakes service as e) SPAR OPAL in 1997.

2000: PRINSES IRENE of the Oranje Lijn made 16 trips into the Great Lakes, with passengers and freight, from 1959 through 1963. The vessel was observed beached at Jakarta, Indonesia, as c) TANJUNG OSINA on this date and appeared to be badly rusted and burned out. The hull was later reported to have been broken up.

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

 

Lakes shippers stayed busy through October

11/21 - Port Huron, Mich. – U.S. Great Lakes ports and the St. Lawrence Seaway had a busy October, according to a news release from the Chamber of Marine Commerce, fueled by increases in shipments of grain, salt and construction materials.

Overall cargo shipments via the seaway from March 29 to Oct. 31 were 30.5 million metric tons, an increase of 4 percent from the same time last year, according to the news release. U.S. grain shipments were 1.9 million metric tons year-to-date, up 44 percent from the same period last year, according to the news release. Cement and clinker volumes through the seaway were up 20 percent for the year.

Salt shipments had increased because of imports from Egypt and Morocco in the wake of a 12-week strike at the Goderich Mine in Ontario, according to the news release.

The Port of Green Bay moved 268,000 tons of cargo in October with its year-to-date totals up 10 percent. October was the port's second busiest month, trailing only August with 275,000 tons. At the Port of Toledo, grain shipments are up 45 percent compared to 2017, according to the news release.

Iron ore accounted for 16.5 million of the 27.6 million short tons of cargo moved through the Port of Duluth-Superior through October, according to the release.

Times Herald

 

Port Reports -  November 21

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Michipicoten left Duluth at 02:13 Tuesday with a load of iron ore pellets for Sault Ste. Marie. Paul R. Tregurtha, which had arrived late Monday night, was outbound at 16:22 after loading coal at Midwest Energy. American Century was due just before midnight to load at SMET. In port was Ina, loading wheat at Riverland Ag, and Trudy, discharging clay at Port Terminal. At the Superior entry, St. Clair was inbound at 08:40 Tuesday to load ore at BN, and is expected to depart early Wednesday morning.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Algowood departed Two Harbors on Nov. 20th at 01:50 for Quebec City. The Algoma Transport departed anchorage off Two Harbors and arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 20th at 02:05 for South of #2. She departed on the 20th at 12:49 for Quebec City. The Edwin H. Gott had gone to anchor off Duluth on Nov. 19th and got underway on Nov. 20th at 10:45 and arrived Two Harbors at 13:20 for South of #2. Her AIS is showing a Gary destination. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 21st is the Indiana Harbor. She has been running checked down all day on the 20th and is currently East of Silver Bay. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader on Nov. 20th at 10:03. As of 19:30 on Nov. 20th she was still at the dock. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Nov. 21st.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday November 20th: 12:49 CSL St Laurent departed G3 for Quebec City. 13:20 Ojibway departed Richardson Main Terminal for Sorel. 13:21 saltie Iryda arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 15:13 saltie Prosna weighed anchor and proceeded to Keefer Terminal. Expected late Tuesday: tug Candace Elise with barges AM 2100 and AM 2101. Expected for Wednesday: Kaministiqua and saltie BBC Kansas.

Limestone Ports
Tuesday Calcite: 9:50 Olive L Moore departed for Fairport. 11:55 Manitowoc arrived to load. Meldrum Bay: Kaye E Barker departed for Duluth Superior. Brevort: John G Munson departed for Green Bay. Port Inland: Calumet weighed anchor and proceeded to Green Bay.

S. Lake Michigan Ports
James R. Barker was at Indiana Harbor Tuesday. Federal Nagara remained at S. Chicago. Cason J. Callaway was due at Gary.

Northern Lake Huron
Tuesday, Alpena: 14:45 G L Ostrander arrived to load cement products. Bruce Mines: 5:00 Robert S. Pierson arrived to load trap rock.

Goderich, Ont.
Algoma Innovator left Tuesday for Parry Sound. Federal Cedar remained at anchor north of Sarnia. Her AIS destination reads Goderich. Capt. Henry Jackman is also Goderich-bound.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
A trio of tugs arrived during the morning hours on Tuesday. First was the Sarah Andrie and her tank barge, arriving at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load/unload. Next was the Mary E Hannah, calling on Zug Island. It's possible they were loading her barge with slag. Rounding out the tugs was the Madison R, tying up near Fordson Island. Arriving later in the morning was the Lee A Tregurtha with ore for AK Steel. Later in the afternoon, the Sarah Andrie shifted to Nicholson's Detroit Terminal. Arriving later was the Philip R Clarke with stone for the Detroit Bulk Storage dock. Shortly after her, the tug Spartan and her tank barge Spartan 2 arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load. After loading, she shifted to Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal. Taking her place at the terminal to fuel was the Cuyahoga. Rounding out the busy day was the Joyce L VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. They called on Zug Island to unload ore.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Nov 19 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Nov 19 - (from Nanticoke dock) - Algocanada at 0823 and Algonova at 1738

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 19 - Esta Desgagnes at 2158 - Departures (out to anchorage) - Nov 19 - Algocanada at 0752 - Nov 20 - Algonova at 1716

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 20 - USCG Abbie Burgess at 0221

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 19 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1713 (stopped wharf 12) - Nov 20 - Solina (Bhs) at 0228, Wigeon (Lbr) at 0943. Algoma Spirit at 1012, tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 1246, Baie Comeau at 1312, Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 1511, light tug Salvage Monarch at 2016 to assist the Federal Seto (Mhl) out to piers

Downbound - Nov 19 - Whitefish Bay at 1258, Manitoulin at 1506, CSL Tadoussac at 1742 (stopped wharf 16) and Algosea eta 2129 - Nov 20 - Federal Delta (Mhl) departed wharf 6 at 0700, Drawsko (Bhs) at 1417, CSL Tadoussac at 1742 and NACC Argonaut eta 1935

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 14 - Federal Seto (Mhl) - stopped wharf 2 at 0654 to unload and CSL Tadoussac at 1810 (stopped wharf 16) - Nov 20 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement stopped wharf 12 at 1436 - Departure - Nov 20 - Federal Delta (Mhl) at 0700 approx. downbound for Hamilton

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 19 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 0755 and Reestborg (Nld) at 2234 - Departures (eastbound) - Nov 20 - Carolus Magnus (Bbs) (ex (SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16) at 0239, Lyulin (Mlt) at 0715

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 20 - Baie Comeau at 0329 - CSL Laurentien at 0752 and Federal Delta (Mhl) at 1913 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 14 - Solina (Bhs) at 0125 and Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0705 - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 17 - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 0920 - Nov 18 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 2240 - Nov 19 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0555 - Nov 20 - Tufty (Cyp) at 1550 (from the anchorage) - Departures - Nov 19 - Solina (Bhs) at 2216 for Thunder Bay - Nov 20 - Algoma Spirit at 0743, CSL Laurentien at 1058 eastbound and Baie Comeau at 1107

Toronto:
Arrivals - Nov 20 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0621 and Beatrix (Nld) eta 2100 - Docked - Nov 18 - Irma (Cyp) at 0536 - Departures - Nov 19 - McKeil Spirit at 2310 eastbound - Nov 20 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 0734 for Thunder Bay

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 20 Rodopi (Mlt) at 1223 - Departed - Nov 20 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 1154 for Thunder Bay

 

Cuyahoga River’s recovery since 1969 fire documented in new film on YouTube

11/21 - Cleveland, Ohio – The water quality improvements the Cuyahoga River has undergone since its iconic fire almost 50 years ago are well-documented. Now, another chapter has been added to the environmental success story: the release of a new documentary film on the YouTube channel.

The 12-minute video, "Celebrating the Comeback of the Burning River, 1969-2019," traces the years since the fire instigated the launch of the federal Clean Water Act by environmentalists, and the river's inspiring transformation since then.

The film is illustrated by archival footage and interviews with some of the key participants in the river's rebirth, such as river advocates Elaine Marsh and Jane Goodman, and the Ohio EPA's Bob Wysenski and Bill Zawiski. The movie was produced by the Ohio EPA.

For those too young to remember the black-and-white images from local television newsreels, the film presents horrific scenes of fiery plumes of smoke on the river, fire boats pumping water on a burning railroad trestle, dead fish floating on the surface, and thick blobs of oil bobbing in the poisonous water – all accompanied by a haunting musical soundtrack.

Read more and view the film at this link: https://www.cleveland.com/metro/2018/11/cuyahoga-rivers-recovery-since-1969-fire-documented-in-new-ohio-epa-film-on-youtube.html

 

Reporter visits salt mines 2,000 feet below Lake Erie

11/21 - Fairport Harbor, Ohio – Ohio drivers probably haven't given much thought about where the salt road crews use to keep the winter roads safe comes from. Much of it is mined 2,000 feet below Lake Erie.

Todd Meany, a reporter with the local Fox news outlet, took a 4 1/2 minute elevator ride down into the mine, and then drove 3 1/2 miles out to give a rare glimpse of what happens inside the Morton Salt mines.

Watch the videos to get a glimpse of what happens 24-hours a day, 7 days a week at this link: https://fox8.com/2018/11/16/todd-kicks-it-in-the-salt-mines-2000-feet-below-lake-erie

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 21

In 1934, the package freighter EDWARD L. LOOMIS, Captain Alex McKenzie, collided with the W. C. FRANZ, Captain Alex McIntyre, about 30 miles southeast of Thunder Bay Island, Lake Huron. Four crewmen on the FRANZ drowned when the lifeboat turned over while being lowered.

On 21 November 1861, ENTERPRISE (2-mast wooden scow-schooner, 64 foot, 56 tons, built in 1854, at Port Huron, Michigan) was driven ashore near Bark Shanty at the tip of Michigan's thumb on Lake Huron. The storm waves pounded her to pieces. Her outfit was salvaged a few days later.

On the evening of 21 November 1890, the scow MOLLIE (wooden scow-schooner, 83 foot, 83 gross tons, built in 1867, at Fairport, Ohio) left Ludington, Michigan, with a load of lumber. About 8:00 p.m., when she was just 25 miles off Ludington, she started to leak in heavy seas, quickly becoming waterlogged. Capt. Anderson and his two-man crew had just abandoned the vessel in the yawl when the steamer F & P M NO 4 showed up, shortly after midnight. The rough weather washed Capt. Anderson out of the yawl, but he made it back in. At last a line from the F & P M NO 4 was caught and made fast to the yawl and the crew made it to the steamer. The men had a narrow escape, for the MOLLIE was going to pieces rapidly, and there was little likelihood of the yawl surviving in the gale.

PATERSON (Hull#113) was launched November 21, 1953, at Port Arthur, Ontario, by Port Arthur Ship Building Co. Ltd.

In 1924, MERTON E. FARR slammed into the Interstate Bridge that linked Superior, Wisconsin, with Duluth, Minnesota, causing extensive damage to the bridge. The bridge span fell into the water but the FARR received only minor damage to her bow.

On 21 November 1869, the ALLIANCE (wooden passenger sidewheeler, 87 foot, 197 gross tons, built in 1857, at Buffalo, New York) slipped her moorings at Lower Black Rock in the Niagara River and went over the falls. She had been laid up since the spring of 1869.

November 21, 1906 - The PERE MARQUETTE 17 encountered one of the worst storms in many years while westbound for the Wisconsin Central slip in Manitowoc. Wisconsin. She made port safely, but the wind was so high that she could not hold her course up the river without assistance. The tug ARCTIC assisted, and as they were proceeding through the 10th Street Bridge, a gust of wind from the south drove the ferry and tug against the north pilings of the 10th Street Bridge. The ARCTIC, pinned between the ferry and the bridge, was not damaged, but she crushed the hull of a fishing tug moored there, sinking her, and inflicted damage of a few hundred dollars to the bridge.

November 21, 1923 - Arthur Stoops, the lookout on the ANN ARBOR NO 6, was drowned while stepping from the apron onto the knuckle to cast off the headline.

On the night of 21 November 1870, C.W. ARMSTRONG (wooden propeller steam tug, 57 foot, 33 tons, built in 1856, at Albany, New York) burned at her dock at Bay City, Michigan. No lives were lost.

More incidents from the Big Gale of 1879. On 21 November 1879, The Port Huron Times reported "The schooner MERCURY is ashore at Pentwater. The schooner LUCKY is high and dry at Manistee; the schooner WAUBASHENE is on the beach east of Port Colborne. The schooner SUMATRA is on the beach at Cleveland; the large river tug J P Clark capsized and sunk at Belle Isle in the Detroit River on Wednesday [19 Nov.] and sank in 15 minutes. One drowned. The schooner PINTO of Oakville, Ontario, stone laden, went down in 30 feet of water about one mile down from Oakville. At Sand beach the barge PRAIRIE STATE is rapidly going to pieces.

1883: The boiler exploded aboard the salvage tug ERIE BELLE while working to free the schooner J.N. CARTER in the Kincardine area of Lake Huron. The former was wrecked but the boiler is still on what has become known as “Old Boiler Beach”.

1902: BANNOCKBURN disappeared on Lake Superior without a trace. Its final resting place has never been found. 1906: The wooden steamer RESOLUTE anchored off the Eastern Gap at Toronto to ride out a storm but the wind switched battering the vessel until it sank. The hull was salvaged in October 1907 and rebuilt as the JOHN ROLPH.

1936: HIBOU was lost in Owen Sound Bay within two miles of the dock and seven perished. The hull was refloated in 1942.

1941: HENRY C. DARYAW, requisitioned for war and on its delivery voyage stranded on rocks in the Brockville Narrows, rolled over and slid off into deep water and sank. It was to have been used on the east coast as a tender for ocean ships. One life was lost.

1957: MONTFAUCON was built at Wyandotte, MI in 1920 and later operated on the Great Lakes as b) E.M. BUNCE. It was at Naples, Italy, as g) ANNA MARIA IEVOLI when an internal explosion caused damage that led to the ship being scrapped.

1959: MOSES GAY was built at Duluth in 1943. It was severely damaged as e) HEANGURA in a storm at Ostra Kvarken, Sweden, and went aground. While salvaged, the ship was tied up at Turku, Finland, and sold for scrap in January 1960.

1961: The British freighter RAPALLO was anchored at Istanbul, Turkey, when struck and damaged by two different freighters, both out of control due to high winds. The vessel was repaired and began Seaway trading in 1963 for the Ellerman Wilson Line.

1961: The former Paterson canaller GANANDOC left the Great Lakes as b) SUGARLAND in October 1961. It had a brief career in the south and went aground at Arcas Reef, Bay of Campeche, while inbound for Coatzacoalcos, Mexico with 2,877 tons of phosphoric rock from Tampa. The ship was abandoned on November 26 as a total loss.

1962: BRO, a Norwegian pre-Seaway visitor as early as 1953, was abandoned by the crew after taking a severe list en route from Seville, Spain, to Rotterdam, Netherlands. The ship was taken in tow, reached Lisbon, Portugal, and was repaired.

1982: CAPTAIN PANAGOS D.P. went aground at Farasan Island in the Red Sea en route from Trois Rivieres, QC to Bandar Abbas, Iran. Fire broke out in the engine room and the ship was gutted. The hull was refloated and was noted lying off Qatar “derelict” in December 1986 and finally scrapped at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, as c) JENNY in 1988. The vessel first came through the Seaway as PANAGOS D. PATERAS in 1977 and returned as CAPTAIN PANAGOS D.P. in 1980.

1994: The Russian freighter FASTOV, upbound for Green Bay with pulpwood on its first trip to the Great Lakes, lost power and struck the Shell dock at Corunna, ON, resulting in considerable damage to the structure. The vessel returned inland as d) EVANGELOS in 1999 and was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey, as f) JONA in 2011.

2007: The engine aboard the Lake Erie passenger ship JIIMAAN became disabled after the vessel snagged a fish net off Kingsville and the vessel grounded briefly.

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

 

Stephen B. Roman now headed for Bermuda en route to scrappers

11/20 - Early in the morning of Nov. 19, Stephen B. Roman met the launch Eastcom off Halifax, then continued on without entering port. The ship is now giving Bermuda as its next port of call.

For the ship's trip to the scrappers, the well-known Dutch ship delivery company Redwise is providing crew and management. It is assumed that the ship had one or more Canadians aboard for advice during the trip through Canadian waters, and they disembarked off Halifax.

Mac Mackay

 

Port Reports -  November 20

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
American Spirit arrived Duluth at 06:24 Monday morning, and headed to CN for a load of iron ore pellets. Her fleetmate Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was inbound at 09:06 to load coal at SMET. During the evening, Michipicoten arrived at 17:21 to load at CN, and Polsteam's Ina entered port at 19:14 and tied up at Riverland Ag to load wheat. Paul R. Tregurtha was expected at 23:30 to load at Midwest Energy after the McCarthy, which was due to depart around 21:30 Monday. American Spirit should finish loading early Tuesday morning. Also in port was Trudy, still at Port Terminal unloading clay. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort left the BN dock at 08:55 Monday with a load of ore for Burns Harbor. St. Clair is due at 09:00 Tuesday to load.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
American Integrity departed Two Harbors on Nov. 19th at 09:53 for Indiana Harbor 7H. Arriving off Two Harbors on Nov. 19th at approx. 05:15 was the Algowood. She stopped SW of the Two Harbors breakwall. She got underway at approx. 10:05 and arrived the breakwall at 10:22 for South of #2. As of 19:45 she was still loading, but is showing an AIS destination of Quebec City. Also arriving off Two Harbors on Nov. 19th was the Algoma Transport. She went to anchor NE of the Two Harbors breakwall at 11:08. The Edwin H. Gott was due Two Harbors on the 19th, but at 19:45 it looks like she's headed to Duluth, possibly to fuel or to take a delay at the Port Terminal. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 20th is the Indiana Harbor. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Nov. 19th, but due Nov. 20th is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. She will be arriving after unloading limestone in Marquette. An update on the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader: She went to Cleveland to unload her Silver Bay iron ore pellets cargo.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday November 19th: 2:59 Saginaw arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 8:12 saltie Prosna arrived and went to anchor. 8:55 Federal Leda arrived and went to anchor. 9:38 Ojibway arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Expected for Tuesday: saltie Iryda and tug Candace Elise with barges AM 2100 and AM 2101.

Escanaba, Mich. – Lee Rowe
BBC Kansas was in port Monday delivering machinery headed for Cleveland Mining. Monday evening she was headed out into Lake Michigan with no next port showing on AIS.

S. Lake Michigan
Great Republic was in Buffington Monday night. Hon. James L. Oberstar and James R. Barker were at Indiana Harbor. Wilfred Sykes departed Indiana Harbor in the early evening. Federal Nagara was at S. Chicago. Algoma Niagara was due at Burns Harbor late Friday or early Tuesday.

Limestone Ports
Monday, November 19th Port Inland: 10:43 Philip R Clarke departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. 14:11 Calumet arrived to load and departed at 21:51. She went to anchor off of the harbor. Brevort: 2:08 John G Munson arrived at the Sand Products Dock to load limestone. Calcite: Olive L Moore arrived to load. Meldrum Bay: Kaye E Barker arrived to load.

Goderich, Ont.
Algoma Innovator was loading salt on Monday. Federal Cedar remained at anchor north of Sarnia. Her AIS destination reads Goderich.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Alpena arrived with cement for Lafarge before sunrise on Monday morning. After finishing her unload at St. Mary's Cement, the Capt. Henry Jackman was fueling at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. The tug Rebecca Lynn tied up along the riverfront to wait for the Capt. Henry Jackman to depart the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Arriving a short time after was the tug Evans McKeil, towing a barge. They called on Zug Island to load coke. Later in the evening, the tug Sharon MI and barge Huron Spirt arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload. Soon afterwards, the Everlast/Norman McLeod arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday Nov 19 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Nov 18 - Algocanada at 0845 - Nov 19 - Algosea at 0653 - Departed - Nov 19 - Algosea at 1543 for the canal

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 19 - CSL Tadoussac at 0238 and Algonova at 1636 - Departures - Nov 18 - Algoma Buffalo at 2351 westbound - Nov 19 - CSL Tadoussac at 1427 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 18 - Cedarglen at 1257, Algoma Enterprise at 1453 tug Sarah Andrie & barge A-410 at 1458, and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1823 - Nov 19 - tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 0217, Federal Barents (Mhl) at 0425, Federal Weser (Mhl) at 0435, USCG Abbie Burgess at1515 and tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1713

Downbound - Nov 18 - Tecumseh at 1650, NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 2225 - Nov 19 - Atlantic Huron at 0609, Lyulin (Mlt) at 0806, Reestborg (Nld) at 1011, Baie Comeau at 1029, Whitefish Bay at 1258, Manitoulin at 1506, CSL Tadoussac at 1742 and Algosea eta 2030

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 14 - Federal Seto (Mhl) - stopped wharf 2 at 0654 to unload - Nov 18 - Federal Delta (Mhl) (stopped at wharf 6 Thorold to continue unloading)

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 18 - Carolus Magnus (Bbs) (SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16) at 0040 - Nov 19 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 0755 approx. - Departures - Fraserborg (Nld), Vancouverborg, Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1255 approx., Sarah Desgagnes and Jana Desgagnes at 1645 approx. - all eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 19 - Algoma Spirit at 1636 - Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 14 - Solina (Bhs) at 0125 and Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0705 - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 17 - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 0920 - Nov 18 - CSL Laurentien at 0752 and Ruddy (Cyp) at 2240 - Nov 19 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0555 -Departure - Nov 18 - Algoma Enterprise

Bronte:
Docked - Nov 17 - Sarah Desgagnes at 2027 - Departed Nov 19 at 0807 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 16 - Wigeon at 1124 - Nov 18 - McKeil Spirit at 0430 and Irma (Cyp) at 0536

Oshawa:
Docked - Nov 17 Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 1043 (from the anchorage)

 

Submerged oddities will be pulled from Rouge River — including 8 cars

11/20 - Detroit, Mich. – A century's worth of bad environmental practices by local industries is slated for dredging out of the "Old Channel" around Zug Island, in a more than $50-million federal project to improve long-standing pollution problems on the Rouge River.

Arising from the murk with potentially health-harming, ecology-wrecking pollution will be eight or so cars, mysteriously sunk in the 15- to 26-foot depths of the channel.

"Who knows? Maybe we'll find Hoffa finally," quipped Steve Check, project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, referring to Jimmy Hoffa, the long-missing and presumed murdered former Teamsters president.

The Old Channel wraps around Zug Island, with its counterclockwise flows entering the main channel of the Lower Rouge River — a reversal of its natural flows created when Henry Ford in the early 1900s expanded a shipping canal to the Detroit River to feed his vast Rouge Plant.

Dozens of industries operated in the area from the 1800s — iron and steel mills, coking, tar and paper manufacturing, along with heavy shipping and train traffic to supply the factories' resource needs. Those operations continued for generations at a time when there was little concern about — let alone regulation of — industry environmental practices.

"At one point, there were about 82 million gallons of industrial waste per day going through that channel" and out in the Rouge and Detroit rivers, untreated, said Rose Ellison, project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"That was in the day that these river channels were deemed an acceptable way to get these wastes off the land and away from people."

The main contaminants of concern polluting the channel and its sediments are poly aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAH, which are potentially cancer-causing. The primary sources were years of operation by the Detroit Tar and Detroit Coke plants. Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, an industrial chemical, are also present.

"There are other contaminants there, but (PAH) are the main one," Ellison said. "If we go after the PAH, we're going to get many of the other contaminants as well." Channel bank stabilization work is underway now, with the dredging expected to be completed by summer 2020.

So, where'd those cars come from? Were they abandoned there? Ditched stolen cars? Or worse? Nobody involved with the cleanup project is sure. They were discovered on the channel bottom via side-scan sonar as the project area was evaluated, Ellison said.

"When we take them out, we're going to have to call the police," Ellison said. "They'll get the VIN numbers and figure out why they ended up there."

Once cleared by the police, the cars and other large debris will be moved to appropriate landfills or scrapyards, Check said. "There's all kinds of stuff down there — telephone poles, giant sections of concrete from old foundations," he said. "An old boat, an old freighter anchor," Ellison added.

Honeywell Inc., which now owns the Detroit Coke property, is voluntarily contributing more than $20 million to the Old Channel dredging work through the Great Lakes Legacy Act, a 2002 federal law allowing the EPA to partner with private entities to address Areas of Concern, designated locations around the Great Lakes with significant, impactful environmental degradation. Thirty-one Areas of Concern have been designated around the five Great Lakes, with four areas since delisted because of restoration work.

The collaboration has been in the works since 2010, planning and preparing for the work that's now begun.

Read more and view maps/images at this link: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2018/11/18/rouge-river-channel-sunken/1992047002

 

Carl D. Bradley shipwreck survivor to speak at 60th anniversary Sunday

11/20 - Alpena, Mich. – He knew if they made it till daylight, they would survive. Sixty years later, the last remaining survivor of the S.S. Carl D. Bradley has more than just survived. Frank Mays, now 86, has been making a world-traveling adventure of his life, spared on that fateful night as 33 of his shipmates perished. He and First Mate Elmer Fleming were the lone survivors of the shipwreck, but Fleming has since passed away.

Mays will visit his birthplace, Rogers City, on Sunday for the 60th Anniversary of the S.S. Carl D. Bradley, at 1 p.m. at Rogers City Theater, 257 N. 3rd St. The free event will include Mays, John Janzen — a diver who retrieved the ship’s bell in 2007 — and Ann Belanger presenting her Emmy-winning documentary “November Requiem,” about the shipwreck, which happened in Lake Michigan on Nov. 18, 1958. The Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum in Rogers City is hosting the event, one of three memorial bell-tolling services in November.

Mays vividly remembers the night of the shipwreck. “Something like that, I’ll never forget,” he said in a phone interview on Thursday. “It’s burned in my mind, with all the details.”

He was one of four men on the life raft in the freezing cold, where they waited for 15 hours. Mays wrote the 2003 book “If We Make It ’til Daylight: The Story of Frank Mays,” as told to Pat and Jim Stayer and Tim Juhl.

“All I can do is lie on the raft and endure,” Mays says in the book. “The cold November wind cuts through my wet clothing like a knife. … Our hands grow numb as we grip the small slats of wood that make up the deck. Time has lost all meaning. The night is black as coal, and we get little warning before the monster waves hit us. I’ve never felt so cold and helpless.”

“I told them ‘If we make it till daylight, we will be found,'” Mays said on Thursday. “And two of the four of us made it till daylight. … The other two men on the life raft were not dressed as warmly as Elmer and I were, because we were on watch and we were fully dressed.”

He said the other two men had finished their shifts and were in their bunks when the ship cracked in two when gale-force winds thrust it atop one of the many 24- to 30-foot waves, with some rogue waves at 40 feet.

“After it went down, U.S. Steel said it never broke in two,” Mays explained, adding that they told him he was delirious and not remembering things right. He assured them he could not forget exactly what he saw, because he was there, and he knows what happened. He was 26 at the time, a week away from his 27th birthday. Most of the men who died in the shipwreck were from Rogers City, and most were around the same age as Mays at that time.

Mays said he got a job onshore for a while, but the company made it clear they were not going to make it easy for him to stay employed there. “They told me in 1959, ‘If you want to work for U.S. Steel, you’ve got to go back on the boats’,” Mays said.

He was not interested in doing that, and he knew they said that to get him to leave, so he did. He found work with various companies, including Medusa first in Charlevoix, then in York, Pa., before moving down to Florida in 1982, where he lives today. “I built a home down here, retired and here I am,” he said from his Dade City, Fla., home.

For Mays, retirement is not a time to slow down. It’s a time to live this great adventure called life. He estimates he has traveled to at least 80 different countries around the world, and he has visited every continent except for Antarctica. He even joined the Peace Corps at age 68, because “he needed something to do.”

“I’ve been to Moldova, China, Thailand three times, Sri Lanka, Myanmar … all over Europe,” Mays said. “You name it, I’ve been there. I just can’t see myself sitting there watching TV all the time.” Mays just visited Cuba in September.

He said his son and daughter know he’s going to enjoy his life traveling, and they support his endeavors. “I told my kids, when I go, you can have my material things, but the money’s mine,” he said with a laugh.

His son Eric Mays lives in York, Pa., and his daughter Laine Mays lives in Tampa, Fla. He has three grandkids. His wife of 35 years, Veronica “Toodie” Mays, passed away in 1998. The couple loved traveling the world together.

This year, Roger P. Hulett wrote the book, “A Lot More To Do: The Remarkable Life of Frank Mays,” which tells more about all the adventures Mays has taken over the years. “My book is about the energies and how he lives his life,” Hulett said. “He ziplined in Cost Rica when he was in his mid-70s.”

Hulett added that Mays has also ridden a camel and gone whitewater rafting in his later years. “His curiosity is that of a scientist, a sociologist, a mechanic, a discoverer, a researcher, a teacher, and a survivor, but without any doubt, truly an adventurer,” Hulett says in his book.

The memory of nearly losing his life, and grieving the loss of 33 mates is forever etched in Mays’ mind. He continues to enjoy the miracle of life he has been given, but has and will continue to play an active role in remembering and honoring the men lost 60 years ago.

“In 2007 the divers went down and they removed the bell from the ship,” Mays said. “I was the first one to ring the bell,” after its retrieval.

The first of this year’s three November bell-tolling services was held at the GLLMM on Nov. 10 for the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, and another is scheduled on for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, for the S.S. Daniel J. Morrell, which sank in Lake Huron 52 years ago on Nov. 29, 1966.

For more information, contact the GLLMM at 989-734-0706.

“This is the only museum on the Great Lakes whose sole purpose, the mission, is to honor the people that served on the Great Lakes,” Hulett said.

Another showing of “November Requiem” will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, as part of the Sanctuary Cinema Series at Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, 500 W. Fletcher St., Alpena. For more information about that event, call 989-884-6200.

Alpena News

 

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Today in Great Lakes History -  November 20

In 1948, the ROBERT HOBSON was blown against the Duluth-Superior breakwall as she tried to enter the harbor during a 68-mph gale. Damage to the vessel was kept to a minimum when Captain John Mc Nellis ordered the seacocks opened to settle the HOBSON on a sandbar. Renamed b.) OUTARDE in 1975, she was scrapped at Port Colborne, Ontario in 1985.

On 20 November 1854, BURLINGTON (2-mast wooden brig, 80 foot, 117 tons, built in 1842, at Cleveland, Ohio) was driven hard aground near Port Bruce, Ontario, on Lake Huron while trying to assist the stranded Canadian bark GLOBE.

SAGINAW was christened at the Government Dock in Sarnia, Ontario, in 1999. Bonnie Bravener and Wendy Siddall broke the traditional bottle of champagne adding the second vessel to Lower Lakes Towing's fleet. The company then opened the vessel for tours to all those in the large crowd that had gathered to witness the event. She was built in 1953 as a.) JOHN J. BOLAND.

Hall Corporation of Canada's EAGLESCLIFFE HALL was launched in 1956, at Grangemouth, Scotland. Sold off the lakes, renamed b.) EAGLESCLIFFE in 1974, she sank two miles east of Galveston, Texas, on February 9, 1983.

The ferry WOLFE ISLANDER was christened on November 20, 1946, at Marysville, Wolfe Island. The new ferry was the unfinished OTTAWA MAYBROOK which was built to serve the war effort in the south Pacific Ocean. She replaced two landing barges which were pressed quickly into service following the condemned steamer WOLFE ISLANDER, a.) TOM FAWCETT of 1904, which had served the community for 42 years. Officially christened WOLFE ISLANDER by Mrs. Sarah Russell, it took five tries before the champagne bottle finally broke on her port side.

Pittsburgh Steamship's steamer RALPH H. WATSON (Hull#285) was launched in 1937, at River Rouge, Michigan, by Great Lakes Engineering Works.

On 20 November 1872, the side wheel steamer W. J .SPICER was finally laid up and the crew dismissed. She had served for many years as the Grand Trunk ferry at Fort Gratiot on the St. Clair River.

On 20 November 1880, BAY CITY (wooden barge, 199 foot, 480 tons, built in 1852, at Trenton, Michigan as the sidewheeler FOREST CITY) was carrying coal when she was cast adrift east of Erie, Pennsylvania by the steamer JAMES P. DONALDSON in a storm. She was driven ashore and wrecked. Her crew was saved by the U.S. Lifesaving Service using breeches' buoy. November 20, 1898. ANN ARBOR #3 left Cleveland, Ohio for Frankfort, Michigan, on her maiden voyage.

November 20, 1924 - Pere Marquette fleet engineer Finlay MacLaren died after 42 years with the railroad. He was succeeded by his brother Robert until Leland H. Kent was named fleet engineer in 1925.

On 20 Nov. 1871, the schooner E. B. ALLEN was sailing from Chicago to Buffalo with a load of corn when she crossed the bow of the bark NEWSBOY about six miles off the Thunder Bay Light on Lake Huron. The NEWSBOY slammed her bow deep into the schooner's hull amidships and the ALLEN sank in about 30 minutes. The crew escaped in the yawl. The NEWSBOY was badly damaged but did not sink.

On 20 Nov. 1999, the Bermuda-flag container ship CANMAR TRIUMPH went aground on the St. Lawrence River off Varennes about 15 kilometers downstream from Montreal. She was the third vessel to run aground in the St. Lawrence River that autumn. The Canadian Coast Guard reported that she was having engine problems and the CBC News reported that the vessel's rudder was damaged in the grounding.

On Saturday morning, 20 Nov. 1999, Marinette Marine Corporation of Marinette, Wisconsin, launched the 175-foot Coast Guard Cutter HENRY BLAKE. The BLAKE was one of the "Keeper" Class Coastal Class Buoy Tenders. Each ship in the "Keeper" class is named after a famous American lighthouse keeper. 1917: JOHAN MJELDE, built at Cleveland in 1916, was sailing as b) STORO when captured by the German submarine U-151 near the Azores and, after 22 tons of copper were removed, the ship was scuttled on November 26.

1920: J.H. SHEADLE ran aground on the rocks at Marquette when the steering failed while backing from the dock. The ship was badly damaged. It last sailed in 1979 as e) PIERSON INDEPENDENT.

1943: The former LAKE FINNEY, later a Pre-Seaway trader in the 1930s as SANTA EULALIA, was torpedoed and sunk by British forces as the enemy ship c) POLCEVERA off Carlovassi, Italy. 1966: The Liberty ship MOUNT EVANS made two trips through the Seaway in 1961. It stranded off Mapingil, Philippines as h) EASTERN ARGO on this date in 1966. The hull was refloated with damage and then towed to Taiwan for scrapping in 1967.

1990: GINA, a Lebanese freighter, began leaking at Varna, Bulgaria. The ship was later taken to Piraeus, Greece, and laid up. The superstructure was removed and installed on a fire damaged vessel while the hull was towed to Aliaga, Turkey, in October 1991 and dismantled. GINA had been a Great Lakes trader as a) MARCOSSA-I in 1972

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

 

Port Reports -  November 19

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through the Duluth entry on Sunday other than the departure of Cason J. Callaway, which left port at 03:08 with a load of iron ore pellets from CN. Trudy remained in port unloading clay at Port Terminal. In Superior, Roger Blough spent the day Sunday loading ore at BN, and was expected to depart at 19:00 for Gary. Stewart J. Cort was due around 23:30 to load.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
American Integrity arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 18th at 13:41. The Algowood should arrive Two Harbors early on Nov. 19th. Due later in the day on Nov. 19th are the Algoma Transport and the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Nov. 18th and none scheduled for Nov. 19th. The H. Lee White is now showing "Cleveland" as her AIS destination. The Joyce L. VanEnekort/Great Lakes Trader still doesn't have an updated AIS destination, but on Sunday she was downbound on Lake Huron. She probably has either a Cleveland or Ashtabula destination.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday November 18th: 14:47 Federal Rideau departed G3 downbound. 15:03 tug Anglian Lady departed Heddle Marine / Fabmar Metals for Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Her barge PML Ironmaster will remain at drydock for inspection. 15:12 CSL St Laurent weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load grain. 15:50 saltie Osogovo arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. 18:46 Federal Dart departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Montreal. Expected for Monday: Saginaw, Ojibway and salties Prosna and Federal Leda.

Limestone Ports
Sunday, Stoneport: 5:59 Clyde S Van Enkevort departed for Marquette. Calcite: 8:08 Great Republic departed for Buffington. Port Inland: Calumet departed for Grand Haven. 18:31 Philip R Clarke arrived to load. Port Dolomite: 20:38 Dorothy Ann arrived to load. Meldrum Bay: Algoma Compass departed for Windsor.

Northern Lake Huron
Sunday, Thessalon: Cuyahoga departed for Windsor. Alpena: 13:20 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Detroit.

Owen Sound, Ont. – Paul Martin
The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley visited on Saturday, arriving at 3:30 pm. She may have been stopping for fuel or supplies, as she departed later in the day.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Cedar remained at anchor Sunday north of Sarnia. Her AIS destination reads Goderich. Algoma Innovator was loading salt.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
The Everlast/Norman McLeod arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal Sunday morning to load/unload. Arriving later was the tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge Delaware. They called on the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. The Federal Danube and Capt. Henry Jackman were still in port unloading.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Nov 18 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 18 - Algocanada at 0845 and Algoma Buffalo at 1224

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 15 - tug Rebecca Lynn & barge A-397 at 1508 (for Tonawanda dock) - Departed Nov 18 at 0835 westbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 17 - (westbound) - Nov 18 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 0554 - Departures - Nov 18 - Belasitza (Mlt) at 0043 for Windsor and Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 0518 for Cleveland

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 17 - Algocanada at 1403, Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1549, Algoma Sault at 1655 and Kaministiqua at 2345 - Nov 18 - Pia (Atg) (ex BBC Alabama-17, Western Voyager-07) at 0234, Baie St Paul at 0348, NACC Argonaut at 0600, Federal Yukon (Mhl) at 0807, Algosea at 0933 (from the anchorage), tug Mary E Hannah & barge A-410 at 1018, Cedarglen at 1257, Algoma Enterprise at 1453 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II eta 2130

Downbound - Nov 17 - Fraserborg (Nld) at 1106, Vancouverborg (Nld) at 1420, Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1526, Oakglen at 1551, Spruceglen at 1645, Algosea departed wall above Lk.1 to run sea trials at 1855 and G3 Marquis at 2210 - Nov 18 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0538, Federal Delta (Mhl)

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 14 - Federal Seto (Mhl) - stopped wharf 2 at 0654 to unload Nov 16 - light tug H H Misner (stopped West Street) at 1616 - Departures - Nov 18 Federal Delta (Mhl) at 0835 approx to go out into Lake Erie to head downbound, Algoma Strongfield at 1150, Tecumseh at 1650 and NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) eta 2130

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 16 - Mia Desgagnes at 1100 approx from Bronte - Nov 17 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 2100 - Nov 18 - Carolus Magnus (Bbs) (SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16) at 0040, Fraserborg (Nld) at 0115, Vancouverborg (Nld) at 0245, Federal Alster at 0405 and Jana Desgagnes eta 2030 - Departures - Nov 17 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 1902 - Cinnamon (Cyp) at 0015, Resko (Bhs) at 0800 approx. and Mia Desgagnes at 1800 approx.

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 18 - Algoma Enterprise at 0155 and CSL Laurentien at 0752 - Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200 - Nov 9 - Federal Mosel at 2255 - Nov 14 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 0340 (out from the dock) - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 14 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0705 - Nov 17 - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 0920 - Departures - Nov 17 - Florence Spirit at 2256, Carolus Magnus (Bbs) (SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16) at 2301 - Nov 18 - tug Mary E Hannah & barge A-410 at 0736 and tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230,

Bronte:
Docked - Nov 17 - Sarah Desgagnes at 2027

Mississauga:
Anchored - Nov 17 - Jana Desgagnes at 1948 - Departed Nov 18 at 1917 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Arrival - Nov 18 - McKeil Spirit at 0430 and Irma (Cyp) at 0536 - Docked - Nov 16 - Wigeon at 1124

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 17 Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 1043 (from the anchorage)

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
On Sunday the USCG buoy tender Abby Burgess unloaded buoys for winter storage.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 19

On this day in 1939, in a 24-hour-period, there were 132 transits of the Soo Locks. There were 71 upbound passages and 61 downbound passages.

On this day in 1952, Mrs. Ernest T. Weir smashed a bottle of champagne against the hull of the largest freighter built on the Great Lakes and the 690-foot ERNEST T. WEIR slid down the ways at the Lorain yard of American Ship Building Company. The new vessel had a crew of 38 under the command of Captain W. Ross Maitland and Chief Engineer C. F. Hoffman.

On 19 November 1897, NAHANT (wooden propeller freighter, 213 foot, 1,204 gross tons, built in 1873, at Detroit, Michigan) caught fire while docked near Escanaba, Michigan. Firefighters were hampered by sub-zero temperatures, and she burned to a total loss. The fire jumped to the dock and did $300,000 worth of damage. Two of the crew were burned to death. The wreckage of the vessel was still visible from the Escanaba lighthouse 100 years later.

American Steamship's SAM LAUD (Hull#712) was launched on this date in 1974 at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

The keel for JOHN T. HUTCHINSON (Hull#1010) was laid November 19, 1942, at Cleveland, Ohio for the U.S. Maritime Commission.

The Kinsman Transit Co.'s steamer MERLE M. McCURDY was laid up for the last time at Buffalo, New York, on November 19, 1985. She was scrapped at Port Colborne, Ontario, in 1988.

On 19 November 1842, the wooden schooner BRANDYWINE was carrying flour in a storm on Lake Erie when she capsized and then drifted to the beach near Barcelona, New York. One passenger's body was found in the cabin, but the entire crew of 6 was lost.

More incidents from the terrible storm swept the Lakes in mid-November 1886. On 18-19 November of that year, The Port Huron Times listed the vessels that were known to have foundered in that storm. Here is the list of vessels that foundered as it appeared on 19 November 1886. "The barge EMERALD near Kewaunee, 5 lost. The barge F M DICKINSON near Kewaunee, 3 lost. Two unknown schooners (one supposed to be the HELEN) near Port Sherman. One unknown schooner near Hog Island Reef. The barge NORTH STAR near East Tawas, the fate of the crew is unknown." The list then continues with vessels ashore. "The barge WALLACE and consort on Choclay Beach, east of Marquette. The schooner SOUTH HAVEN near Pt. Sherman. The schooner MARY near Blenheim, Ontario. The schooner PATHFINDER near Two Rivers, the cargo and vessel are a total loss. The schooner CUYAHOGA and two scows in North Bay. The schooner P S MARSH and an unknown schooner at St. Ignace. The schooner HARVEY BISSELL near Alpena. The propeller CITY OF NEW YORK near Cheboygan. The schooner KOLFAGE near Goderich, Ontario has broken up. The propeller NASHUA on Grass Island, Green Bay. The barge BISSELL near Kewaunee. The schooner GOLDEN below China Beach. The propeller BELLE CROSS and barges across from China Beach. The schooner FLORIDA on Marquette Beach is a total loss. And the barges BUCKOUT, MC DOUGALL, BAKER, GOLDEN HARVEST near East Tawas.

The schooner HATTIE JOHNSTON sailed from Milwaukee loaded with 26,000 bushels of wheat on the night of 19 November 1879, and then a severe gale swept Lake Michigan. After two weeks, she was presumed lost with all hands. Aboard were Capt. D. D. Prouty, his wife and 8 crewmen.

On 19 Nov 1886, the steamer MANISTIQUE was towing the schooner-barges MARINETTE and MENEKAUNEE, all loaded with lumber, in a NW gale on Lake Michigan. The gale lasted three days. The barges broke loose after a long fight against the elements and both were wrecked near Frankfort, Michigan. Six of the seven aboard the MARINETTE were lost including the woman cook and her 13-year old daughter. MENEKAUNEE broke up before the Lifesaving Service could get to her and all seven aboard died. When the Lifesaving Service arrived on the beach, they found a jumbled mass of lumber and gear and the ship's dog keeping watch over the dead bodies. The dog also died soon after the Lifesaving crew arrived.

EMPIRE MALDON (steel tanker, 343 foot, 3,734 gross tons) was launched on 19 November 1945, by Sir James Laing & Sons, Ltd., at Sunderland, United Kingdom for the British Ministry of War Transport She was sold to Imperial Oil Co. of Canada in 1946, and renamed IMPERIAL HALIFAX and served on the Maritime Provinces-East Coast trade. In 1969, she was purchased by Johnstone Shipping, Ltd., of Toronto and served on the Great Lakes. She lasted until 1977, when she was scrapped by United Metals, Ltd. in Hamilton, Ontario.

On Friday morning, 19 Nov 1999, shortly after leaving the ADM dock in Windsor, the salty AVDEEVKA lost power in the Fighting Island Channel of the Detroit River. The main engine on the vessel quit while she was abreast of Grassy Island and she began drifting downstream. The stern anchor was dropped and then the port side bow anchor. She began swinging towards the middle of the channel with her stern outside the channel when the main engine was restarted and she headed back upstream for the Belle Isle anchorage. Once in the anchorage a team from the U.S. Coast Guard boarded the vessel to investigate. She was released the next day. It is reported that the vessel lost power due to main fuel valve being left closed after routine maintenance during her stay at the ADM dock.

1904: PHILIP MINCH caught fire 8 miles off Marblehead, Ohio, and sank in the navigation channel. All on board got off safely and rowed to Sandusky in the lifeboat. The remains were dynamited in 1906.

1914: C.F. CURTIS foundered in Lake Superior, 7 miles east of Grand Marais, with the loss of 14 lives. The towing barges ANNIE PETERSON and SHELDON E. MARVIN also went down after the trio ran into high winds and snow.

1956: The year old West German freighter WOLFGANG RUSS was beached in the St. Lawrence near Ile d'Orleans after a collision with the Cunard Line vessel ASIA. The former was inbound for Sorel and had to lightered and taken to Lauzon for repairs to the large hole in the side of the hull. The vessel began Great Lakes visits with the opening of the Seaway in 1959 and made 28 inland trips to the end of 1967. It arrived off Gadani Beach, Pakistan, for scrapping as b) KOTRONAS BEACH on Feb. 4, 1980.

1977: The Canada Steamship Lines self-unloader FRONTENAC grounded off Grassy Island in the St. Lawrence and about 5,000 tons of ore had to be lightered to the SAGUENAY to float free.

1979: The Liberian freighter DANILA was damaged when it struck the west pier while inbound at Port Weller in fog. The vessel first visited the Seaway as a) MAERSK CAPTAIN in 1976 and was back as b) DANILA in 1979. The ship was scrapped at Alang, India, as d) JAY BHAVANI in 1991-1992.

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

 

Maid of the Mist's crew feel the pain of tighter US visa policy

11/18 - Niagara Falls - The U.S. government’s tighter immigration policy appears to have swept up some employees in a small transportation company that’s also a beloved tourist attraction: the Maid of the Mist.

Two seasoned Canadian captains at the Maid of the Mist – those boats that run tourists breathtakingly close to Niagara Falls and return them to shore about 20 minutes later, sopping wet but safe – said they were let go this month after being told that the U.S. company could not obtain seasonal work visas for them. About six Canadian crew members have been affected, the captains said.

“We were in shock,” Capt. Paul Chaperon said this week.

Chaperon, whom I met through a mutual friend during a visit to Niagara Falls, posted his bad news on Facebook. For him, it meant the abrupt end of a career, just as he was nearing retirement.

Chaperon, a native of the island nation of Mauritius who first went to sea as a teenager, said he started working for the Maid of the Mist 14 years ago. The nature of the job – which navigates the Niagara River back and forth across the U.S.-Canadian border – also helped create an unusual situation in regard to the Canadian employees’ visa status.

That’s because the boats, whose keels were laid in Canada, are flagged as Canadian vessels. When the company lost its lease on the Canadian side of the river and moved to the United States, Chaperon and other Canadians who remained with the company were required to obtain seasonal H-2B visas from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Chaperon said obtaining those visas had been routine every year – until now.

“We can’t work anymore because of that immigration policy,” Chaperon said.

The captains’ story is one that has played out across entire industries as seafood processors, farmers and others feel the effects of the Trump administration’s “America First” policies. This past winter, the administration announced that it would for the first time ever distribute the temporary visas through a lottery instead of on a first-come, first-served basis. Congress also eliminated a rule saying workers who had received such visas before could receive them again without counting them toward the annual cap.

Supporters say the tighter policies have given U.S. citizens first dibs on some jobs and helped drive up wages. Critics say the hard-line immigration policies have created labor shortages and higher costs that will eventually hit consumers.

Kevin Keenan, a spokesman for the company that operates the Maid of the Mist, confirmed that there was an issue with the visas but declined to say more. A USCIS spokesman said the agency was simply following the law.

As such, the administration has been relentlessly pursuing merit-based policy and regulatory immigration reforms, including a thorough review of employment based visa programs so they benefit the American people to the greatest extent possible in fulfillment of the President’s Buy American, Hire American Executive Order,” the spokesman said.

As travel goes, the Maid of the Mist probably delivers more enjoyment per distance traveled than most vessels. Each boat – Maid of the Mist VI and Maid of the Mist VII – packs about 600 people per trip. They don ponchos and ooh and ahh at the Niagara River’s 167-foot drop.

The boats have been making the short circuit around the falls for more than 130 years, the company’s website says. The tours start in the spring after the last of the river ice has broken up and continue until late autumn. In 2018, about 1.6 million people took the trip.

Captains need about five years’ experience before they get a good understanding of the churning waters at the base of the falls – though Capt. Rod MacDonald has said that for him and other Canadians on the crew, it’s only about as challenging as driving a car on ice or snow, the website says.

But for Chaperon and MacDonald, the joyride came to an end when the boats were hauled from the water and dry-docked until next season and the company told them the news about the visas.

“We’re sort of hung out to dry,” MacDonald, 57, who lives in St. Catharines, Ontario, said in an interview. “They didn’t give us much information. [The U.S. government] just tightened down on the work visas – that’s all they said.”

MacDonald, who has piloted Maid of the Mist boats for about 30 years, said the job was so much fun that he never thought about quitting. He’s not sure what he’ll do next. “It hasn’t sunk in yet,” he said.

Washington Post

 

Port Reports -  November 18

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
James R. Barker departed Duluth at 00:44 Saturday morning with iron ore pellets from CN. Michipicoten, which had arrived late Friday evening, then loaded at CN before leaving port at 09:20. Cason J. Callaway was next at the dock, after discharging the limestone she had brought in at C. Reiss. She was still loading ore Saturday evening with no departure time listed. Trudy was still tied up at Port Terminal unloading her cargo of clay. In Superior, Edgar B. Speer arrived at 07:18 Saturday morning to load ore at Burlington Northern. She was expected to depart around 22:15, and her fleetmate Roger Blough was due around the same time to load at BN.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the departure of the Hon. James L. Oberstar on Nov. 16th at 22:34 for Indiana Harbor. Two Harbors had no boat traffic on Nov. 17th. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 18th are the American Integrity and the Algowood. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader on Nov. 16th at 22:06. As of 19:30 on Nov. 17th she didn’t have an updated AIS destination. Arriving Silver Bay on Nov. 17th was the H. Lee White at 01:37. She departed on Nov. 17th at 14:31. As of 19:30 on Nov. 17th she didn’t have an updated AIS destination. Silver Bay has no scheduled traffic on Nov. 18th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday November 17th: 9:47 Federal Dart weighed anchor after 8 days in the harbor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load potash. 13:33 CSL St Laurent arrived and went to anchor southwest of the Welcome Islands. 16:04 tug Anglian Lady arrived with barge PML Ironmaster. They proceeded to drydock at Heddle Marine / Fabmar Metals. Anglian Lady will depart on Sunday while PML Ironmaster remains for inspection. 16:46 saltie Drawsko departed Superior Elevator for Montreal. Expected for Sunday: saltie Osogovo.

Lake Michigan ports
Joseph L. Block was due at Indiana Harbor early Sunday. Mississagi was due at Green Bay early Sunday morning, with John G. Munson due later in the day.

Limestone Ports
Friday, Port Inland: 23:10 Joseph L Block departed for Indiana Harbor. 23:33 Calumet arrived to load. Saturday, Stoneport: 0:27 Algoma Buffalo departed for Nanticoke. 3:00 Clyde S Van Enkevort arrived to load. Calcite: American Mariner departed for Burns Harbor. 6:22 Manitoulin departed for Sarnia. 6:45 Great Republic weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. Meldrum Bay: Algoma Compass arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron
Friday, Thessalon: Joseph H Thompson departed for Marine City. Cuyahoga arrived to load gravel.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Cedar remained at anchor Saturday north of Sarnia. Her AIS destination reads Goderich.

Port Huron, Mich.
Wilfred Sykes was upbound for Indiana Harbor on Saturday morning, passing under the Blue Water Bridge around 11 a.m. She has a load of iron ore fines that she loaded at AK Steel in Detroit.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Robert S Pierson arrived early Saturday morning to load coke at Zug Island. Next in was the Olive L Moore/Menominee with stone for the Carmeuse Dock. The tug Capt. Keith arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload her barge during the afternoon. Arriving next was the Federal Danube, calling on Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload general cargo. The first of a trio of vessels arriving Saturday night was the Kaye E Barker, loaded with ore for AK Steel. Not long after, the Capt. Henry Jackman arrived at the St. Mary's Cement dock to unload cement clinker. The Indiana Harbor was the last vessel of the day, calling on Zug Island to unload ore.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Nov 17 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Departures - Nov 17 - (eastbound) - CSL Assiniboine at 0427, Algoma Enterprise at 0519 and Federal Alster (Mhl) at 0637

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 16 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0322 - Departed - Nov 17 at 0912 westbound

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 15 - tug Rebecca Lynn & barge A-397 at 1508 (for Tonawanda dock) - Departure - Nov 17 - tug Defiance & barge Ashtabula at 0328 westbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 17 - (westbound) - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 1028 (for the Soo),Iryda (Cyp) at 1534 for Thunder Bay and Belasitza (Mlt) at 2030 for Windsor - eastbounds - Fraserborg (Nld) at 1106, Vancouverborg (Nld) at 0713, Federal Alster (Mhl) at 0920, Oakglen at 1044 and Spruceglen at 1645Departed - Nov 17 - (all for the canal) - Fraserborg (Nld) at 1030, Vancouverborg (Nld) at 1359, Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1510, Oakglen at 1533 and Spruceglen at 1615 - Iryda (Cyp) at 2000 for Thunday Bay and Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 2005 for the Soo

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 15 - Robert S Pierson at 2202 - Nov 16 - Esta Desgagnes at 0157, Reggeborg (Nld) at 0320, Capt Henry Jackman at 0553, BBC Kansas (Atg) at 0706 (ex Amber-16, Thorco Denmark-15, Freya Scan-13, Opal Gallant-11, Beluga Foundation-11) at 0706, Algoma Niagara at 0822, and Baie Comeau at 1756 - Nov 17 - Iryda (Cyp) at 0418, Belasitza (Mlt) at 0857, tugs Evans McKeil & Jarrett M with barge Niagara Spirit at 1056, Algocanada at 1403, Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1549, Algoma Sault at 1655

Downbound - Nov 16 - (anchored Port Weller) - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0654 and Resko (Bhs) at 1438 - Nov 17 - CSL Assiniboine at 0757, Algoma Enterprise at 1003 , Fraserborg (Nld) at 1106, Vancouverborg (Nld) at 1420, Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1526, Oakglen at 1551 and Spruceglen at 1645

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 14 - Federal Seto (Mhl) - stopped wharf 2 at 0654 to unload Nov 16 - light tug H H Misner (stopped West Street) at 1616 - Departures - Nov 17 departed - tug Ecosse & barge MM Newfoundland (from wharf 52 dry dock fitout wall) at 0608 eastbound and Algosea out of Port Weller Dry Dock facility at 1420 approx - over to wall above Lk 1 at 1451 - to take on ballast - departed at 1855 approx for sea trials

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 16 - Mia Desgagnes at 1100 approx from Bronte - Nov 17 Resko (Bhs) at 0110, Cinnamon (Cyp) at 0444 and Maccoa (Cyp) eta 2100 - Departures - Nov 17 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0900 and 1740 eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 17 - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 0920 Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200 - Nov 9 - Federal Mosel at 2255 - Nov 14 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 0340 (out from the dock) - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 14 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0705 - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 16 - Carolus Magnus (Bbs) (SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16) at 0430 and tug Mary E Hannah & barge A-410 at 1100 - Nov 17 - Florence Spirit at 0400 - Departures - Nov 17 - (Cinnamon (Cyp) at 0125 for Liverpool, (Iryda (Cyp) at 0151 for Thunder Bay, Algoscotia at 0326 eastbound, tugs Evans McKeil & Jarrett M with barge Niagara Spirit at 0729 for the canal, Algoma Equinox at 1223 eastbound and Maccoa (Cyp) at 2100 for Ireland

Bronte:
Anchored - Nov 17 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1613

Mississauga:
Anchored - Nov 17 - Jana Desgagnes at 1948

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 16 - Wigeon at 1124 - Departure - Nov 17 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0209 eastbound

Oshawa:
Anchored- Nov 16 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 2033 - Nov 17 - Departed anchorage for the dock at 1039 - Arrival - Nov 17 Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 1043 (from the anchorage) - Departed - Nov 17 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 0762 eastbound

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 18

On 18 November 1869, EQUATOR (wooden propeller package freighter, 184 foot, 621 tons, built in 1857, at Buffalo, New York) was trying to pull the schooner SOUTHWEST off a reef near North Manitou Island on Lake Michigan. A storm swept in and EQUATOR foundered in the relatively shallow water. She was thought to be unsalvageable but was re-floated in 1870. Her hull was extensively rebuilt and became the barge ELDORADO in 1871, while her engine was used in the tug BISMARCK.

The CARL D. BRADLEY was lost in a violent storm on Lake Michigan on November 18, 1958.

The CANADIAN OLYMPIC's sea trials were conducted on 18 November 1976. Her maiden voyage was on 28 November 1976, to load coal at Conneaut, Ohio for Nanticoke, Ontario. Her name honors the Olympic Games that were held at Montreal that year.

The bow and stern sections of the vessel that was to become the STEWART J. CORT were built by Ingalls Shipbuilding Division, Litton Systems, Inc., Pascagoula, MS, as hull 1173. That 182 foot vessel, known as "STUBBY" was launched on 18 Nov 1969. "STUBBY" sailed under its own power from the Gulf of Mexico through the St. Lawrence Seaway and Welland Canal to Erie, Pennsylvania where the sections were cut apart by Erie Marine, Inc. and the 818 foot mid section was added -- making the Lakes first thousand footer.

The ASHCROFT was launched November 18, 1924, as a) GLENIFFER.

On 18 November 1873, the tug CRUSADER was launched at 1:20 p.m. at the Leighton & Dunford yard in Port Huron, Michigan. Her dimensions were 138 foot overall, 125 foot keel, 23 foot beam, and 12 foot depth. She was built for Mr. G. E. Brockway of Port Huron.

On 18 November 1842, CHICAGO (wooden passenger & package freight sidewheeler, 105 foot, 166 tons, built in 1837, at St. Joseph, Michigan) was struck by a gale between Ashtabula and Conneaut in Lake Erie. She lost both of her stacks and became unmanageable when her fires went out. She was driven ashore about 3 miles east of Silver Creek, New York and was wrecked. About 60 persons were on board and amazingly no lives were lost.

On 18 November 1882, DROMEDARY (wooden propeller, 120 foot, 255 gross tons, built in 1868, at Port Dalhousie, Ontario) burned to a total loss at the dock at Hamilton, Ontario when her banked fires overheated. She was owned by Burroughs & Co. No lives were lost.

A terrible storm swept the Lakes in mid-November 1886. On 18-19 November of that year, The Port Huron Times listed the vessels that were known to have foundered in that storm. Here is the list as it appeared on 18 November 1886. "The barge CHARLES HINCKLEY is ashore near Alpena. The schooner P S MARCH is ashore at St. Ignace. She will probably go to pieces. The schooner THOMAS P. SHELDON is ashore about 10 miles north of Alpena. The crew was rescued by the tug HAND. The schooner NELLIE REDINGTON is reported going to pieces at Two Rivers. Three of her crew reached harbor all right, but the other 7 men on board are in danger of their lives. The coal barges F. M. DICKINSON and EMERALD were driven ashore at Kewaunee, Wisconsin Wednesday morning [17 Nov]. Three of the DICKINSON's crew were drowned, the other four floated ashore on a plank. The EMERALD's crew started ashore in the yawl, but 5 were drowned.

On 18 November 1881, the schooner JAMES PLATT left Bay City with a cargo of lumber for Chicago. However, she was wrecked on Lake Michigan during a terrible snowstorm during the first week of December and never made it to Chicago. The storm lasted two full days and six of the crew survived but the rest were lost.

The ANN ARBOR NO 4 ran aground on Green Isle, the island in Green Bay to the north of her course between Sturgeon Bay and Menominee on 18 Nov 1913. ANN ARBOR NO 3 pulled her off undamaged after about 2 hours work.

1911: TURRET CAPE stranded near Cove Island, Lake Huron and was not released until 1912. It last sailed as c) WALTER INKSTER and was scrapped at Port Dalhousie in 1959.

1926: The passenger and freight carrier MONTREAL was built at Toronto in 1902. It caught fire and burned near St. Joseph de Sorel in the St. Lawrence River while operating late season in a freight only capacity. The superstructure was destroyed and the vessel was beached. Five deckhands, believed trapped in the bow area, died.

1958: CARL D. BRADLEY sank in Lake Michigan with the loss of 33 lives.

1970: SILLERY, a Canadian freighter that operated on the St. Lawrence, was heavily damaged aft due to an engineroom fire while enroute from Sept-Iles to Montreal. The ship was a total loss. The bow was later removed and transplanted to sistership CACOUNA which received collision damage on July 6, 1971. The latter was later lost on Lake Michigan as c) JENNIFER on December 1, 1974.

2006: JOHN G. MUNSON hit the Shell Fuel Dock at Corunna and knocked about 200 feet of the structure into the St. Clair River.

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

 

Maritime organizations join forces for unique training ops on Great Lakes

11/17 - A first-of-its-kind initiative between the United States Coast Guard and Lake Carriers’ Association has had MH-65 Dolphins and MH-60 Jayhawks whirring above Interlake Steamship Co. vessels since May.

The rescue exercises, intended to simulate real-life medical evacuations, are the result of a joint agreement between the two maritime organizations which became official Oct. 31, 2017.

“The experience gained by both Coast Guard and Lake Carriers’ crews will greatly enhance both organizations’ capabilities,” Rear Admiral Joanna M. Nunan, commander, 9th Coast Guard District, said at the time the agreement was announced. “The opportunity to build familiarity and proficiency with hoisting from Great Lakes commercial vessels will better prepare our pilots for hoist operations during time-critical emergencies.”

Training with the USCG Air Stations in Detroit and Traverse City has been a great opportunity for both the Coast Guard crews and Interlake’s shipboard crews, says Paul Christensen, director of operations and security at Interlake, the largest privately held U.S. Flag-fleet on the Great Lakes.

“A year ago we had a medical emergency aboard a vessel and the USCG was able to come out to get the sailor the medical attention he needed,” says Christensen. “Even though the evacuation went well, this training allows our crews to have an understanding how to safely work with Coast Guard helos.”

James H.I. Weakley, president of Lake Carriers’ Association, the industry group that represents U.S. flagged vessels on the Great Lakes, says he was pleased to formalize the program with the Coast Guard and “get it off the ground.”

“Amazingly, this is the first time in the country this program has been implemented,” Weakley says. “The key to its success has been and will continue to be the execution at the operational level. The response by Interlake and both Coast Guard Air Stations has exceeded my expectations. It will pay dividends for our sailors and for those in other parts of the country, as the Coast Guard aviators leave the Great Lakes better trained and more proficient.”

Capt. Steve Hughes is master of Interlake’s 826-foot M/V Lee A. Tregurtha, one of the vessels that has participated in a handful of hoist exercises on Lake Huron this season. He says the training is very relevant to what might happen on a bulk carrier moving cargo nonstop from March to January. Participating in these exercises has also been a welcome break in the day-to-day routine for his crew of nearly two dozen mariners.

“They also understand that there is the very real possibility that this training may be put to good use in the future, so the incentive was there to get as much out of it as possible,” Hughes says.

Read more and view photos at this link: http://www.interlake-steamship.com/media/newsroom/maritime-organizations-join-forces-for-unique-training-ops-on-the-great-lak

 

90-year-old shipwreck, caused by herd of cows, discovered in Lake Huron

11/17 - Lake Huron – An international team of shipwreck hunters today announced their discovery of the Manasoo, a steel steamer that sank in Lake Huron 90 years ago this fall - a deadly tragedy blamed in part on the shifting of a huge herd of cows it was ferrying from an island to the mainland.

The 178-foot steamer sank abruptly on Sept. 15, 1928. Sixteen of the 21 people on board died, along with the 115 cows and one bull that had been loaded onto the boat from Canada's Manitoulin Island, which lies east of Michigan's Drummond Island in the U.P.

The five survivors - the captain, three sailors, and the cows' owner - drifted on a raft for 60 hours. They were suffering from exposure and in rough shape when they were found by another steamer in the Georgian Bay, part of Lake Huron which is slightly separated from the big lake by Canada's Bruce Peninsula.

On June 30 of this year, shipwreck hunters Ken Merryman and Jerry Eliason, both from Minnesota, and Cris Kohl from Windsor, Ontario, found the Manasoo sitting in just over 200 feet of water near the Georgian Bay port town of Owen Sound.

They describe the wreck as "amazingly intact," with her pilot house and unusual mid-ship staircase seemingly untouched.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.mlive.com/expo/life-and-culture/erry-2018/11/14401ed0dd7630/90yearold-shipwreck-caused-by.html

 

Port Reports -  November 17

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
Cason J. Callaway arrived Duluth at 19:44 Friday evening with a cargo of limestone to unload at C. Reiss, and Michipicoten was due around 21:00 to load iron ore pellets at CN. James R. Barker, which arrived on Thursday and spent all of Friday at CN loading, had been expected to depart at 17:30 Friday evening, but was still tied up as of 20:00. Also in port was Trudy, discharging clay at Port Terminal. There was no traffic through the Superior entry on Friday other than the Hon. James L. Oberstar, which departed at 10:13 after unloading limestone at Graymont. She headed for Two Harbors to load ore.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Hon. James L. Oberstar arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 16th at 12:17 after unloading limestone at Graymont in Superior. As of 19:30 on Nov. 16th the Oberstar was still at the loading dock. Two Harbors has no scheduled traffic on Nov. 17th, but the Callaway is due Duluth on Nov. 16th to unload stone, so she could end up in Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader on Nov. 16th at 11:25. As of 19:30 on the 16th she was still at the loading dock. Due Silver Bay on Nov. 17th is the H. Lee White. She was, as of 19:30 on the 16th, approx. 25 miles East of Grand Marais, Minn. after unloading coal in Munising, Mich. There is no other inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Nov. 17th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday November 15th: 23:22 Algoma Strongfield departed Superior Elevator for Baie Comeau. Friday November 16th: 1:08 saltie Drawsko weighed anchor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. 12:17 Atlantic Huron departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Point Tupper, NS. 18:35 Whitefish Bay departed Viterra A for Montreal. Expected for Saturday: CSL St Laurent and tug Anglian Lady with barge PML Ironmaster.

Lake Michigan ports
Edwin H. Gott was at Gary Friday night. Algoma Transport was at Indiana Harbor. St. Clair is due at Indiana Harbor early Saturday. Philip R. Clarke is due at Gary on Saturday.

Limestone Ports
Friday, Stoneport: 4:00 Algoma Buffalo arrived and went to anchor. 6:31 Olive L Moore departed for Detroit. Algoma Buffalo weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. Calcite: 5:30 Manitoulin arrived to load. Port Inland: Joseph L Block arrived to finish loading. Port Dolomite: 13:30 Algoma Innovator departed for Windsor.

Northern Lake Huron
Friday, Thessalon: 11:35 Joseph H Thompson Jr. arrived to load gravel.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Alster departed with grain, and by Friday night she was on the hook in the Port Dover anchorage. Federal Cedar is due in Goderich but was anchored above Sarnia Friday night.

Saginaw River
On Friday, Walter J McCarthy Jr. unloaded coal at the Consumers Energy dock

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Saginaw was fueling at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal Friday afternoon. Wilfred Sykes was loading fines up the Rouge River and was expected to depart around midnight.

Lake Erie Ports
Federal Alster, Algoma Enterprise, CSL Assinibone and Bro Agnes were in the Port Dover anchorage Friday night. John J. Boland was at Ashtabula. Frontenac was stopped off Fairport. Federal Danube remained at Cleveland.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday Nov 16 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Departed - Nov 16 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0308 for Nanticoke dock, CSL Assiniboine at 1011, Algoma Enterprise at 1508 and Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1827

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 16 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0322 - Departed - Nov 16 - Algonova at 0103 westbound and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0227 for the canal

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 15 - tug Rebecca Lynn & barge A-397 at 1508 (for Tonawanda dock) and tug Defiance & barge Ashtabula at 1514,

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 16 - Reggeborg (Nld) at 1533 - Departed - Nov 16 NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 0044 for Cleveland and Reggeborg (Nld) at 1805 for Toledo and Federal Kivalina (Mhl) eta 2240

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 15 - Prosna (Lbr) at 1553, Robert S Pierson at2202 - Nov 16 - Esta Desgagnes at 0157, Reggeborg (Nld) at 0320, BBC Kansas (Atg) at 0706 (ex Amber-16, Thorco Denmark-15, Freya Scan-13, Opal Gallant-11, Beluga Foundation-11) at 0706, Algoma Niagara at 0822, and Baie Comeau at 1756. Downbound - Nov 16 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0654 and Resko (Bhs) at 1438

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals - Federal Seto (Mhl) at 0654 approx. - Departures - Nov 16 - tug Ecosse & barge MM Newfoundland (from E.S Fox dock at Port Robinson) stopped at Dry Dock fitout berth at 1820 for weather

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 16 - tug Mary E Hannah & barge A-410 at 1100 - Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200 - Nov 9 - Federal Mosel at 2255 - Nov 14 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 0340 (out from the dock) - Florence Spirit at 2115. Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 10 - Iryda (Cyp) 0150 - Nov 12 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0728, and - Nov 14 - tugs Evans McKeil and Jarrett M with Niagara Spirit at 0145, Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0705 (from the anchorage), Algoma Equinox at 1208 and Carolus Magnus (Bbs) (SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16) at 1856 - Nov 15 -Cinnamon (Cyp) at 0515 tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230, Algoscotia at 1935. Departures - Nov 15 - Holandia (Atg) (ex BBC Nebraska-17, Martin-16, Nordana Emilie-16, Rickmers Mumbai-14, Beluga Endurance-11) at 2321 to Port Weller anchorage. Stella Polarius (Nld) at 1455 for Belgium

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 16 - Holandia (Atg) (ex BBC Nebraska-17, Martin-16, Nordana Emilie-16, Rickmers Mumbai-14, Beluga Endurance-11) at 0124 and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1740

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 15 - Robert S Pierson at 0511 - Departed Nov 15 - at 2000 for the canal

Toronto:
Arrival - Nov 15 - NACC Argonaut at 1758 - Nov 16 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement at 0209, Baie Comeau at 0748, Wigeon at 1124, (Departed - Nov 16 - Baie Comeau at 1622 for the canal and NACC Argonaut at 1646 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 15 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1817 - Nov 16 Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 2033 (anchored off the dock)

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
Departure: McKeil Spirit at 09:30 Friday for Picton, Ont.

 

Six tall ships already confirmed to dock in Sarnia next summer

11/17 - Sarnia, Ont. – The Bluenose II is setting a course for Sarnia Bay. The famous schooner depicted on the Canadian dime is one of at least six tall ships confirmed to attend the 2019 Sarnia Tall Ships Challenge. The fleet of majestic sailing vessels will tie up in Centennial Park from Aug. 9-11, and crowds of up to 100,000 people could be on hand to see them and meet the crews.

The Picton Castle, a three-masted training vessel based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and currently on its seventh voyage around the world, is also coming. Other confirmed participants include the Empire Sandy, Denis Sullivan, Fair Jeanne and Appledore IV.

The city has agreed to underwrite the festival and contribute $30,000 US and Tourism Sarnia-Lambton has agreed to cover one-third of that.

Tickets to view the ships will be available in coming week. They will include general admission, deck tour tickets and exclusive sail-away tickets aboard the Empire Sandy, a 200-foot schooner that can carry up to 275 passengers.

With a budget of about $500,000 the festival could generate $3 million in economic activity for the community, City Hall estimates. The event will be a great opportunity to “put the welcome mat out,” said Dave Brown, who co-chaired the 2000 Tall Ships Festival.

The tall ships coming from Canada, the U.S. and around the world are crewed by cadets and civilian enthusiasts under the command of professional captains and sailors. Toronto, Midland, Kingsville and Brockville are the other anticipated Canadian ports of call, along with several U.S. cities.

Sarnia Journal

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 17

On 17 November 1884, PHOENIX (wooden propeller wrecking tug, 173 gross tons, built in 1862, at Cleveland, Ohio) caught fire in one of her coal bunkers at 7 a.m. while she was tied up to the C. S. R. Railroad slip at Amherstburg, Ontario. Several vessels, including the Dunbar tug SHAUGHRAUN and the steam barge MARSH, tried to save her. The SHAUGHRAUN finally got a line on her and pulled her away from the dock and towed her near Norwell’s wharf where she burned and sank.

On 17 Nov 1969, the RIDGETOWN (steel propeller bulk freighter, 557 foot, 7,637 gross tons, built in 1905, at Chicago, Illinois as WILLIAM E. COREY) was laid up at Toronto for the last time with a load of grain. In the spring of 1970, Upper Lakes Shipping, Ltd. sold her to Canadian Dredge & Dock Co., Ltd. of Toronto. She was sunk at Nanticoke, Ontario, for use as a temporary breakwater during the construction of harbor facilities in the summer of 1970. Still later, she was raised and sunk again in the summer of 1974, as a breakwater to protect marina facilities at Port Credit, Ontario.

On November 17, 1984, the EUGENE P. THOMAS was towed by the TUG MALCOLM to Thunder Bay, Ontario, for scrapping by Shearmet.

In the morning of 17 November 1926, the PETER A.B. WIDENER (steel straight-deck bulk freighter, 580 foot, 7,053 gross tons, built in 1906, at Chicago, Illinois) was running up bound on Lake Superior in ballast when it encountered strong Northeasterly winds. About six miles Southwest of the Rock of Ages Light on Isle Royale, the captain gave orders to change course for Duluth, Minnesota. There was no response because the wheel chains had parted from the drum, thus disabling the rudder. Repairs cost $4,000.

On 15 Nov 1972, the MICHIPICOTEN (steel straight-deck bulk freighter, 549 foot, 6,490 gross tons, built in 1905, at W. Bay City, Michigan, as HENRY C. FRICK) departed Quebec in tow of Polish tug KORAL for scrapping in Spain. The tow encountered bad weather and the MICHIPICOTEN broke in two during a major fall storm on the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Her forward section sank on 17 November off Anticosti Island, and the after section sank the next day.

The propeller JOHN STUART burned about two miles from Sebawaing, Michigan, at 9:00 p.m., 17 November 1872. She had been aground there for some time.

On 17 November 1887, ARIZONA (wooden propeller package freighter, 189 foot, 962 gross tons, built in 1868, at Cleveland, Ohio) was carrying oils and acid used in mining operations when her dangerous cargo caught fire as she approached the harbor at Marquette, Michigan, in heavy seas. Poisonous fumes drove all of the crew topside, leaving the vessel unmanageable. She ran against the breakwater and the crew jumped off. The burning steamer "chased" the crew down the breakwater toward town with the poisonous fumes blowing ashore. She finally beached herself and burned herself out. She was later recovered and rebuilt.

On 17 November 1873, the wooden 2-mast schooner E.M. CARRINGTON sank in nine feet of water at Au Sable, Michigan. She had a load of 500 barrels of flour and 7,000 bushels of grain. She was recovered and lasted another seven years.

On 17 November 1880, GARIBALDI (2-mast wooden schooner, 124 foot, 209 tons, built in 1863, at Port Rowan, Ontario) was carrying coal in a storm on Lake Ontario. She anchored to ride out the storm, but after riding out the gale for 15 hours, her anchor cable parted and her crew was forced to try to bring her into Weller's Bay. She stranded on the bar. One of the crew froze solid in a standing position and his ghost is supposed to still haunt that area. The vessel was recovered and rebuilt. She lasted until at least 1898.

1902: The wooden steamer ROBERT WALLACE sank 13 miles out of Two Harbors while towing the barge ASHLAND.

1922: CITY OF DRESDEN was anchored off Long Point due to high winds and some of the cargo was thrown overboard. The ship beached on the west side of Long Point and broke up as a total loss. One sailor perished.

1922: MALTON went aground on Main Duck Island in Lake Ontario and was stuck until November 30.

1936: The steering cable of the SIDNEY E. SMITH gave way entering the harbor at Fairport, Ohio, and the ship stranded on the break wall. While released on November 22, the heavily damaged vessel was broken up for scrap the following year.

1939: VARDEFJELL, which inaugurated regular Great Lakes service for the Fjell Line in 1932, was torpedoed and sunk as b) KAUNAS 6.5 miles WNW of Noord Harbor, N. Hinder Light, River Schelde.

1996: SEADANIEL went aground at Duluth due to high winds after the anchors dragged. The ship was released, undamaged, by tugs. It last visited the Great Lakes in November 1998 and arrived at Alang, India, for scrapping on May 5, 1999.

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

 

Senate passes bill to keep ballast water containing invasive species out of lakes

11/16 - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a measure that would require the Environmental Protection Agency to set rules requiring that ocean-going ships entering the Great Lakes treat ballast water before the water is released into the lakes.

The new policy is contained in a funding bill for the U.S. Coast Guard, and it comes after conservationists and the shipping industry have sparred for years over regulation of ballast water, a pollutant.

Under the measure, the EPA would regulate ballast water and the Coast Guard would enforce the rules. The bill keeps many clean water protections while making it more difficult for states to enact protections that go beyond the federal measure.

Three new non-native species have been discovered in the Great Lakes in the last four years. In all, the lakes have been damaged by more than 180 invasive and non-native species, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This “biological pollution” has included quagga and zebra mussels, which have decimated fish populations and spurred algae outbreaks, including an outbreak that polluted the public drinking water supply of Toledo, Ohio, for two days in 2014.

The EPA removed ballast water from the list of industrial pollutants in the 1970s that would be regulated under the Clean Water Act. The thinking at the time: The water in tanks were not pollution because they contained only seawater.

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.jsonline.com

 

Algoma Central issues quarterly report

11/16 - St. Catharines, Ont. - Algoma Central Corporation has announced its results for the three and nine months ended Sept. 30.

All amounts reported below are in thousands of Canadian dollars, except for per share data and unless otherwise noted. Third quarter and year to date 2018 highlights include:

• A 16% increase in revenue in the third quarter and a 14% increase for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 compared to the same periods in 2017. • EBITDA increased 8% during the third quarter and 32% for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.

• Net earnings from continuing operations increased 35% for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. This was due to higher operating earnings, including higher earnings from joint ventures and a gain on the disposition of assets within the Domestic Dry-Bulk fleet.

For the third quarter of 2018:
• Domestic Dry-Bulk net earnings increased 8% as a result of improved freight rates.

• Product Tanker revenue increased 24% compared to 2017. The segment is experiencing strong customer demand from its major customer. Subsequent to the quarter, the strong outlook for volumes and sustained levels led the decision to purchase a sixth full size product tanker.

• Ocean Self-Unloaders revenue increased 28% compared to the prior year. This was mainly as a result of the fleet being at full utilization with the return of the Algoma Integrity to the Pool.

• Steps were taken to begin the cancellation of four shipbuilding contracts with a Croatian shipyard as a result of delays encountered in the construction of the ships. • During the third quarter, a new joint venture, NovaAlgoma Bulk Holdings (“NABH”) was created. NABH has interests in four deep-sea bulkers operating internationally and is managed out of Lugano, Switzerland.

“Customer demand is strengthening and we expect this will continue to have positive impacts on daily rates in the Domestic Dry-Bulk segment,” said Ken Bloch Soerensen, President and CEO of Algoma. “In order to provide capacity, we are currently reviewing options to replace the cancelled vessels and in the meantime we look forward to the arrival of the Algoma Conveyer from China in early 2019,” Mr. Soerensen added.

Read the full report here: http://www.algonet.com/the-company/news/news-release

 

Port Reports -  November 16

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
American Century arrived Duluth at 02:29 Thursday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy. She was outbound at 14:23 for St. Clair. Reestborg finished loading at CHS 1 mid-afternoon Thursday and anchored in the inner harbor, and was tentatively expected to depart at 18:00. James R. Barker was due at 19:45 to load iron ore pellets at CN, and Hon. James L. Oberstar was expected at 23:00 with a load of limestone for Graymont. Trudy remained at Port Terminal offloading her cargo of clay. In Superior, Burns Harbor was outbound at 09:29 Thursday with ore for her namesake port, and CSL Tadoussac arrived at 10:12 and began loading. She was due to depart around 21:00.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Indiana Harbor arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 14th at 20:24 for South of #2. She departed Two Harbors on Nov. 15th at 14:10 for Zug Island. Two Harbors has no scheduled traffic on Nov. 16th, but the Hon. James L. Oberstar is due the Twin Ports late on Nov. 15th to unload stone at Graymont in Superior. She could possibly end up in Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Nov. 15th, but due on Nov. 16th are the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader and the H. Lee White. The White will be arriving from Munising, Mich., after unloading coal, so she could arrive on the 17th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday November 14th: 22:49 Federal Rideau arrived and went to anchor. Thursday November 15th: 17:44 Atlantic Huron arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 19:24 saltie Drawsko arrived and went to anchor south of the Welcome Islands. She is waiting for Algoma Strongfield to depart Superior Elevator. 21:21 saltie Lyulin departed G3 for Bari, Italy. 21:23 Federal Rideau weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load canola. Expected for Friday: tug Anglian Lady with barge PML Ironmaster.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on Thursday included Edwin H. Gott early, followed by Oakglen, St. Clair and Philip R. Clarke in the afternoon. Upbound traffic included Cason J. Callaway and H. Lee White (headed for Munising). Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin moved over to the Algoma Export Dock to load. Cuyahoga left Algoma for Marquette.

Lake Michigan ports
Stewart J. Cort was at Burns Harbor Thursday night. American Spirit and Algowood were at Indiana Harbor. Federal Leda was at S. Chicago.

Limestone Ports
Thursday, Stoneport: 5:00 Olive L Moore arrived to load. Calcite: 6:41 After taking on a partial load Herbert C Jackson departed for Port Dolomite. 6:48 American Mariner arrived to load. 20:35 Great Republic arrived and went to anchor. Port Dolomite: 13:42 After taking on a partial load Joseph L Block departed for Port Inland. Herbert C Jackson arrived to finish loading and at 19:36 departed for Cleveland. Algoma Innovator arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron
Thursday, Alpena: Undaunted arrived to unload and at 2:11 departed for Sault Ste Marie. 7:17 Samuel DE Champlain departed for Milwaukee. 18:13 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Alster departed late Thursday afternoon with grain. Federal Cedar is expected to arrive Friday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
On Thursday, the Manitoulin arrived at the St. Clair Aggregates dock to unload stone. After she finished her unload, she stopped at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Later, while her barge was being loaded, the tug Calusa Coast tied up at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Making a rare trip up the Rouge Thursday night was the Wilfred Sykes, fresh from repairs in Toledo. She was to load iron fines/slag at AK Steel. Arriving last was the Lee A Tregurtha, with ore for AK Steel.

Lake Erie Ports
After undergoing repairs, Wilfred Sykes departed Toledo Thursday about 5 p.m. for Detroit to load. She had arrived at the CSX #3 dock the previous Thursday. Algoma Compass arrived in the late afternoon. Osogova and Algoma Enterprise were also in port.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Nov 15 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 2324

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 12 - Algonova at 0733 - Nov 14 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1544

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 15 - tugs Kurt R Luedtke & Gretchen B with scow 17 and Derrick boat 410 at 0001 tug Rebecca Lynn & barge A-397 at 1508 (for Tonawanda dock) and tug Defiance & barge Ashtabula at 1514

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 14 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 1440 for Cleveland

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 14 - tug Ecosse & barge MM Newfoundland (stopped wharf 13), tugs Kimberly Anne & Madison R with scow 142 and barges GL-141 & BTI-2010 at 1445 (stopped at wharf 17, CSL St Laurent at 0010, NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 0242, light tug Radium Yellowkniffe at 1613, Federal Seto (Mhl) at 1624 (to wharf 1) with tug Radium Yellowknife assisting and Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) eta 2055 (to Port Weller anchorage) - Nov 15 - light tug Lois M at 0850, Prosna (Lbr) at 1553 and Ojibway at 1652

Downbound - Nov 14 - tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 0208 (stopped wharf 1 at 00330 - bound Montreal), Isadora (Cyp) at 0939, Frontenac at 1809 (stopped at wharf 16 - moved over to ADM wharf 19E) - Nov 14 - John D Leitch at 0001, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 0259, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1122 and Baie Comeau at 1813

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals - Federal Seto (Mhl) at 0654 approx. - Departures - Nov 14 - tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour (departed from wharf 1 at 1740) eastbound - Nov 15 - tug Ecosse & barge MM Newfoundland (departed wharf 13 down to E.S Fox dock at Port Robinson), (westbound) tugs Kimberly Anne & Madison R with scow 142 and barges GL-141 & BTI-2010 (departed from wharf 16) at 1230 approx. and Frontenac at 1304 (from wharf 19E)

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230, Algoscotia at 1754 and Florence Spirit eta 2100

Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200, Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1645 - Nov 9 - Federal Mosel at 2255 - Nov 14 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 0340 (out from the dock) Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 10 - Iryda (Cyp) 0150 - Nov 12 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0728, and Holandia (Atg) (ex BBC Nebraska-17, Martin-16, Nordana Emilie-16, Rickmers Mumbai-14, Beluga Endurance-11) at 2310 (from the anchorage) - Nov 14 - tugs Evans McKeil and Jarrett M with Niagara Spirit at 0145, Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0705 (from the anchorage), Algoma Equinox at 1208 and Carolus Magnus (Bbs) (SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16) at 1856

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 14 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 2039 - Departed Nov 15 at 1235 eastbound

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 15 - Robert S Pierson at 0511 - Departed Nov 15 - at 2000 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrival - Nov 15 - NACVC Argonaut at 1758 - Departed - Nov 15 Prosna (Lbr) at 1405 for Thunder Bay

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 15 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1817

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit was unloading bulk cement at Lehigh Cement Dock Thursday.

 

New mast for schooner Madeline under construction

11/16 - Traverse City, Mich. – How do you make a log cylindrical? Simple. You cut it so it has four sides, then again so it has eight, then 16, then 32 and finally make it a proper cylinder.

Although, in the case of the 47-foot-long, 3,700-pound white pine that’s on it’s way to becoming the newest mast for the schooner Madeline, the final shape will be more reminiscent of a cone.

Maritime Heritage Alliance volunteers are about a week into the month-long process of carving the mast, which will be the fifth for the schooner. “The maintenance is the hard part,” said Rod Jones, who has been one of the Madeline’s captains for more than 25 years. “Most volunteers haven’t done something like this. How do you learn what they did in the 1800s?”

The Madeline is a reconstruction of an 1845 schooner that was the first non-Native American school in Traverse City. The schooner is owned by the Maritime Heritage Alliance and was launched in 1990 after five years of construction. A total of 165 volunteers put in 40,000 hours to build the 56-foot, twin-mast craft.

Read more and see photos at this link: https://www.record-eagle.com

 

Updates

11/16 - The saltie gallery has been updated with the following vessels: BBC Germany, Holandia and Miena Desgagnes

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 16

On 16 November 1870, BADGER STATE (3-mast wooden bark, 150 foot, 302 tons, built in 1853, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin) stranded and wrecked at Sleeping Bear Dune on Lake Michigan during a storm.

The tug portion of the PRESQUE ISLE (Hull#322) built by Halter Marine Services, New Orleans, Louisiana, was up bound in the Welland Canal on November 16,1973, en route to Erie, Pennsylvania, to join with the barge.

FRED R. WHITE JR (Hull#722) was launched in 1978, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

On 16 Nov 1909, the JAMES S. DUNHAM (steel propeller bulk freighter, 420 foot, 4,795 gross tons, built in 1906, at W. Bay City, Michigan) encountered heavy seas and began hitting bottom where charts indicated 35 feet of water, even though she was in ballast and only drawing 17 feet of water. Rather than risk tearing the bottom out of her, the captain decided to beach her at Marble Point, just east of the Bad River outlet. After the heavy snow showers cleared, a message in a bottle was floated ashore to an observer.

The steel bulk freighters SIR JAMES DUNN and GEORGIAN BAY in tow of the Panamanian tug MC THUNDER arrived at Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping on 16 Nov 1989, 129 days after departing Thunder Bay.

On 16 November 1887, PACIFIC (wooden propeller freighter, 187 foot, 766 gross tons, built in 1864, at Cleveland, Ohio) was loaded with lumber bound from Deer Park, Michigan, for Michigan City, Indiana. After leaving the dock, she grounded on a shoal due to low water levels. The nearby Lifesaving Service took her crew off and then returned for the captain's dog. She was broken up by a gale on 19 November.

In 1892, the ANN ARBOR NO 1 arrived at Frankfort, Michigan on her maiden trip.

November 16, 1990 - MWT ceased operations, ending more than a century of carferry service. The last run was made by the BADGER, with Capt. Bruce Masse in command.

In 1981, Interlake's JOHN SHERWIN entered lay-up in Superior, Wisconsin and has not seen service since.

On 16 November 1869, ADELL (2-mast wooden schooner, 48 foot, 25 gross tons, built in 1860, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin) was driven ashore during a storm about a half mile below Bay View Pier near Milwaukee. Her skipper had every penny he owned sunk into that vessel. He was able to salvage her rigging and spars and left them on the beach overnight. The next day he returned and found that all had been stolen during the night.

On 16 Nov 1883, MANISTEE (wooden side-wheeler, 184 foot, 677 tons, built in 1867, at Cleveland, Ohio) broke up in a gale west of the Keweenaw Peninsula off of Eagle Harbor, Michigan. This is one of Lake Superior's worst disasters. Estimates of the number who died range from 23 to 37.

1901: The wooden freighter ELFIN-MERE was damaged by fire at Green Bay after a lamp exploded in the engineroom. The crew got away safely although an engineer was burned. The vessel was rebuilt the following year and returned to service in 1903 as b) CHARLES B. PACKARD.

1908: PASCAL P. PRATT was carrying anthracite coal from Buffalo to Milwaukee when it caught fire in the engineroom off Long Point, Lake Erie. The blaze spread quickly and the wooden vessel was beached. All of the crew got away safely. The hull burned to the waterline and the remains sank.

1923: GLENSTRIVEN, loaded with 160,000 bushels of oats, was wrecked at Cove Island, Georgian Bay in wind and fog. The vessel was enroute to Midland and was salvaged December 5 by the Reid Wrecking Co. The damage was too severe to repair and the hull was scrapped at Collingwood in 1924.

1927: JOLLY INEZ stranded at Saddlebag Island in the False Detour Channel and was abandoned.

1964: THOMAS F. COLE and INVEREWE collided in heavy fog off the southern end of Pipe Island in the St. Marys River. Both ships were repaired but the latter was later lost as d) THEOKEETOR off Mexico following another collision on June 20, 1973.

1965: The LAWRENCECLIFFE HALL sank in the St. Lawrence after an early morning collision with the SUNEK off Ile d'Orleans. The former, a laker in the Halco fleet, rolled on its side but all on board were saved. The ship was refloated in March 1966, repaired and returned to service. It later sailed as DAVID K. GARDINER and CANADIAN VENTURE before scrapping at Alang, India, in 2005. SUNEK received bow damage but this was repaired and this ship was scrapped at Barcelona, Spain, as b) NOTOS in 1979.

1967: CALIFORNIA SUN, a Liberty ship, made one trip through the Seaway in 1966. It suffered an engineroom explosion off Nicobar Island on the Indian Ocean and was gutted. The abandoned ship was taken in tow by JALARAJAN, a familiar Seaway salty, and delivered to the Seychelles.

1978: MONT ST. MARTIN was battered by a storm on Lake Erie and escorted to Southeast Shoal area by the STEELTON.

1978: NYX visited the Great Lakes in 1958 and returned through the Seaway in 1959. It sustained severe fire damage at Sidon, Lebanon, as c) DOMINION TRADER. It was subsequently blown aground by strong winds November 30-December 1 and broke in two.

1979: ALDORA dragged anchor while off Port Weller and was blown aground, only to be freed the same day. This ship was scrapped at Vado, Italy, in 1985-1986.

1979: SARONIC SEA was also anchored off Port Weller when it dragged anchor and stranded at the foot of Geneva Street in St. Catharines. The hull was not refloated until December 6. The ship had first visited the Great Lakes as RAVNANGER in 1964 and was later a victim of the war between Iran and Iraq, being shelled with mortar fire at Basrah on September 25, 1980.

1986: CARINA, an SD-14, first came through the Seaway in 1969. It was abandoned by the crew as d) HYMETUS when the hull cracked in heavy weather 180 miles SSE of Hong Kong while enroute to Shanghai, with steel. The ship sank the next day in the South China Sea.

2009: CSL ASSINIBOINE went aground near Cardinal. It had to be lightered and was released on November 21.

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

 

Stephen B. Roman on her way overseas for likely scrapping

11/15 - The cement carrier Stephen B. Roman departed Toronto Wednesday morning under her own power. Although her AIS reports she is bound for Halifax, her ultimate destination is expected to be a Turkish scrapyard. The tug Salvage Monarch assisted in turning her around. The Roman is now registered in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The vessel was built as the package freighter Fort William for Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) of Montreal, Que., in 1965. Fort William was the last package freighter designed for Great Lakes trading. She was also the last package freighter built for Canada Steamship Lines and the largest in the "Fort Class" of Great Lakes freighters She is the last of the large Fairbanks-Morse powered lakers, and with the rent retirement of English River, the last of the CSL package freight fleet.

She was converted to a cement carrier in 1983. Beginning in 2017, management of this vessel was taken over from the Algoma Central Corp. by McKeil Marine Ltd., and sailed her last this spring, laying up at Toronto March 22. She was replaced on her runs by the newly-converted McKeil Spirit, which was formerly the saltwater cargo vessel Ardita.

 

Port Reports -  November 15

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth at 04:57 Wednesday morning, loaded coal at Midwest Energy, and was outbound at 16:54. Reestborg was tied up at CHS 1 loading grain, and Trudy continued to discharge clay at Port Terminal. In Superior, St. Clair departed at 05:55 with an ore cargo from BN, and Burns Harbor arrived at 13:29 and began loading. She is expected to depart at 06:00 Thursday morning. CSL Tadoussac was due around 20:30 Wednesday night to load after Burns Harbor, however she will likely wait at anchor for the dock.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on Nov. 14th at approx. 04:00 for Gary. The Philip R. Clarke arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 14th at approx. 01:43 for North of #2 lay-by. The Clarke had unloaded stone in Duluth. She was originally scheduled to load in Duluth, but was switched to Two Harbors. After the Gott departed the Clarke shifted to the shiploader dock and departed Two Harbors on Nov. 14th. at 10:29 for Gary. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 14th at approx. 20:00 is the Indiana Harbor. Two Harbors has no inbound traffic scheduled on Nov. 15th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Mesabi Miner on Nov. 14th at 18:33 for Cleveland. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Nov. 15th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday November 14th: 7:44 saltie Lyulin arrived at G3 to load grain. 13:37 Algoma Strongfield arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. 18:00 Oakglen departed Viterra A downbound. 20:21 Whitefish Bay arrived at Viterra A to load grain. Expected late Wednesday: Federal Rideau. Expected for Thursday: Atlantic Huron and saltie Drawsko.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on a cold and snowy Wednesday included Resko, Lee A. Tregurtha and, late, Vancouverborg and Fraserborg. Upbounders included James R. Barker, Hon. James L. Oberstar, Atlantic Huron and Drawsko.

Lake Michigan ports
At Sturgeon Bay Wednesday, Presque Isle was in the BayShip graving dock about half painted, and the tug was tied up on the wall on the south end of the yard. Alpena departed Green Bay in the early evening headed back to her namesake port. Federal Leda and Calumet were at South Chicago, however the Calumet departed upbound in the mid-evening. American Spirit was due at Indiana Harbor.

Limestone Ports
Wednesday, Calcite:15:41 John J Boland departed for Ashtabula. 22:05 Herbert C Jackson arrived to load. Port Inland 3:40 Hon. James L Oberstar departed for Superior. 5:01 Manitowoc arrived to load and at 18:13 departed for Cleveland. Port Dolomite:19:43 Joseph L Block arrived to load.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Alster remained at the grain elevators Wednesday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Algoma Innovator arrived to unload cement clinker at the St. Mary's Cement dock Wednesday morning. Arriving next was the Everlast/Norman McLeod. They arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to unload. Next in was the Federal Niagara, arriving at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload general cargo. Lastly, the tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load.

Lake Erie Ports
Wilfred Sykes remained at Toledo Wednesday undergoing repairs. A Thursday departure for Detroit to load is possible. Algoma Enterprise, as well as the salties Ina and Osogovo, were also in port. Sam Laud was loading at Marblehead Wednesday evening. Federal Danube was at Cleveland. Roger Blough was unloading at Conneaut. American Integrity was headed for Ashtabula.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Nov 14 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 2324 - Nov 13 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1054 - Departures - Nov 14 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1127 westbound and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1535 to Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 14 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1544

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 14 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 1440 for Cleveland

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 13 - light tug Salvor at 1441, Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 1814, Spruceglen at 2011, G3 Marquis at 2024 and Algoma Buffalo eta 2020 - Nov 14 - tug Ecosse & barge MM Newfoundland (stopped wharf 13), tugs Kurt R Luedtke & Gretchen B with scow 17 and Derrick boat 410 at 0139 (stopped wharf 16), tugs Kimberly Anne & Madison R with scow 142 and barges GL-141 & BTI-2010 at 1445 (stopped at wharf 17, CSL St Laurent at 0010, NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 0242, tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 0329 (stopped wharf 1), light tug Radium Yellowknife at 1613, Federal Seto (Mhl) at 1624 (to wharf 1) with tug Radium Yellowknife assisting and Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) eta 2055. Downbound - Nov 13 - tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 0208 (stopped wharf 16 at 0336 - bound Montreal), Isadora (Cyp) at 0939, Frontenac at 1809 (stopped at wharf 16 - moved over to ADM wharf 19E)

Welland Canal docks:
Nov 13 -Frontenac at 1809 (stopped at wharf 16 - Nov 14 - moved over to ADM wharf 19E) at 0104 approx., tug Ecosse & barge MM Newfoundland (stopped wharf 13), tugs Kurt R Luedtke & Gretchen B with scow 17 and Derrick boat 410 at 0139 (stopped wharf 16), tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 0330, tugs tugs Kimberly Anne & Madison R with scow 142 and barges GL-141 & BTI-2010 at 1445 (stopped at wharf 17). Departure - Nov 14 - tugs Kurt R Luedtke & Gretchen B with scow 17 and Derrick boat 410 at 0139 (departed wharf 16) at 2035 approx. for Buffalo

Hamilton:
Arrival - Nov 14 - tugs Evans McKeil and Jarrett M with Niagara Spirit at 0145, Algoma Equinox at 1208 and Carolus Magnus (Bbs) (SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16) at 1856. Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200, Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1645 - Nov 9 - Federal Mosel at 2255 - Nov 14 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 0340 (out from the dock). Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 10 - Iryda (Cyp) 0150 - Nov 12 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0728, and Holandia (Atg) (ex BBC Nebraska-17, Martin-16, Nordana Emilie-16, Rickmers Mumbai-14, Beluga Endurance-11) at 2310 (from the anchorage) - Nov 14 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0705 (from the anchorage).

Departures - Nov 13 - CSL Niagara at 2321 eastbound - Nov 14 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 2039

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 14 Isadora (Cyp) at 0045 - Departed at 1250 for Italy

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 13 - Robert S Pierson at 1102 - Departed at 0456 eastbound

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 11 - Prosna (Lbr) at 0653 - Departed - Nov 14 - Stephen B Roman at 0901 approx for Halifax - final destination Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
On Wednesday, CSL’s Thunder Bay loaded soybeans.

 

LCA issues statement on passage of federal ballast water legislation

11/15 - Cleveland, Ohio – Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA), the trade association representing U.S.-flag vessel operators on the Great Lakes since 1880, has issued the following statement on passage of the 2018 U.S. Coast Guard Authorization Act, which includes the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA):

“Lake Carriers’ Association is pleased with the Senate passage of the 2018 U.S. Coast Guard Authorization Act including the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA). VIDA is the result of many stakeholders coming to the table to craft this final version. VIDA is a good balance, achieving protection of both the economy and the environment. Importantly, it includes Great Lakes-specific provisions that provide the flexibility to establish uniform practices and standards more protective of our Great Lakes. Over the next few years, LCA looks forward to engaging with our government and regional partners to develop practical and implementable regulations to meet the letter and spirit of the bill.”

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

38th Annual Marine Mart Saturday in St. Clair Shores

11/15 - The 38th Annual Marine Mart, sponsored by the Great Lakes Maritime Institute, will be held on Saturday, November 18, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The new location is the VFW 1146 Bruce Post, 28404 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, Mich. (between 11 and 12 Mile on Lake Saint Clair). Admission is $7 (early bird admission 9:30-10:00 a.m. - $10). Children ages 12 and under are free. Items for sale include ship models, photos, artifacts, ship china, artwork, postcards, books and more.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 15

In 1883, the schooner E. FITZGERALD, Captain Daniel Lanigan, went ashore and was completely covered with ice. The crew of six drowned while attempting to make shore in the yawl. A couple days after the loss, Mrs. Lanigan received a prophetic letter from her son stating he was tired of sailing and this would be his last trip.

On 15 November 1871, EVERGREEN CITY (wooden propeller freighter, 193 foot, 624 gross tons, built in 1856, at Cleveland, Ohio) was carrying lumber camp supplies when she was driven on to the southwest coast of Long Point on Lake Erie by a westerly gale. She hogged and broke up. Most of her cargo and fittings were stolen over the winter. Surprisingly, she was recovered and rebuilt in 1872-1873, but only lasted until 1875, when she was abandoned at Buffalo, New York.

The cargo mid-body of the then-under construction GEORGE A. STINSON was towed from Toledo, where it was built, to Lorain, Ohio, in 1977.

PAUL THAYER left Lorain on her maiden voyage November 15, 1973, light for Escanaba, Michigan to load iron ore. Renamed b.) EARL W. OGLEBAY in 1995.

On November 15, 1974, W. W. HOLLOWAY struck an embankment at Burns Harbor, Indiana, causing extensive damage.

Departing Duluth on November 15, 1909, the BRANSFORD encountered a gale driven snowstorm. She battled the storm the entire day only to end up on the rocks near Siskiwit Bay on Isle Royale.

On 15 November 1894, ANTELOPE (wooden schooner, 56 foot, 32 gross tons, built in 1878, at Grand Haven, Michigan) capsized in a storm while trying to make harbor at Grand Haven, Michigan. 4 lives were lost.

November 15, 1924 - The carferry PERE MARQUETTE was renamed PERE MARQUETTE 15.

On 15 November 1875, The Port Huron Times reported that "there is little doubt but that the scow SUTLER GIRL has been lost with all hands on Lake Erie. She has now been overdue two weeks."

On 15 November 1869, W. W. ARNOLD (wooden schooner, 426 gross tons, built in 1863, at Buffalo, New York) was carrying iron ore when she was driven ashore near the mouth of the Two Hearted River on Lake Superior during the great gale of November 1869. The violent storm tore the schooner apart and she sank quickly losing all hands (11) including several passengers.

On 15 Nov 1905, the W. K. BIXBY (steel straight-deck bulk freighter, 480 foot, 5,712 gross tons, later b.) J.L. REISS, then c.) SIDNEY E. SMITH JR) was launched at Wyandotte, Michigan, for the National Steamship Co. (M.B. McMillan). She lasted until 1972, when she was wrecked at Sarnia, Ontario, in a collision with the PARKER EVANS.

1901: The consort barge JOHN SMEATON broke loose of the steamer HARVARD and came ashore on the rocks off Au Train, Mich., and rested in 4 feet of water. The crew was safe and the ship released at the end of the month by Reid Wrecking and went to Superior for repairs.

1909: The Canadian freighter OTTAWA foundered stern first off Passage Isle, Lake Superior when the cargo of grain shifted. The crew, while they suffered terribly, were able to reach the safety of Keweenaw Point in the lifeboats after 12 hours on the open lake in wild seas.

1915: A. McVITTIE took out the gate at Lock 12 of the Third Welland Canal leading to a washout.

1919: J.S. CROUSE was enroute from Glen Haven to Traverse City when fire was discovered around the stack. The blaze spread quickly. The ship burned to the water line and sank in Sleeping Bear Bay, Lake Michigan.

1920: The wooden hulled steamer MAPLEGULF broke her back in a Lake Ontario storm. It was considered beyond economical repair and beached at Kingston.

1931: A storm forced the wooden passenger and freight steamer WINONA back to Spragge, Ontario, and the next day the ship was found to be on fire over the boiler. The vessel was towed from the dock to protect a pile of lumber and it became a total loss.

1952: The newly-built tanker B.A. PEERLESS lost power and went aground below the Detroit River Light. It was refloated on November 17.

1975: The ocean tanker GATUN LOCKS made one trip through the Seaway in 1959. The vessel was lying at Piraeus Roads, Greece, as c) SUNARUSSA when it was gutted by a fire. The hull was sold for scrap in 1977 and broken up at Laurion, Greece, beginning on April 26, 1977.

1981: ALFRED was gutted by a fire off Benghazi, Libya, after the blaze broke out in the engineroom. The hull was scuttled 100 miles out in the Mediterranean on November 24. The ship had been on the Great Lakes earlier in the year and first traveled inland as a) ALFRED REHDER in 1972.

1994: The Turkish freighter FIRAT was blown ashore at Port Everglades, FL by Hurricane Gordon when the anchors failed to hold. The ship was a beach attraction until lightered and released on November 26. FIRAT first came through the Seaway in 1990 and was scrapped at Alang, India, in 1997, after sailing 27 years under the same name.

2007: CALUMET was damaged when it struck a wall at Cleveland while moving to the salt dock. It was sold for scrap and departed for Port Colborne two days later.

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

 

Port Reports -  November 14

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
Philip R. Clarke arrived Duluth at 13:06 Tuesday afternoon, and headed to Hallett #5 to unload limestone. Vancouverborg left port at 14:23 with a cargo of grain from the Gavilon elevator. Reestborg weighed anchor and arrived at 16:30 to load grain at CHS 1, and her fleetmate Fraserborg was outbound at 17:25 with cargo from the same dock. The Clarke was expected to shift to CN Tuesday night to load iron ore pellets. At the Superior entry, St. Clair arrived at 13:55 Tuesday to load at BN. She is expected to depart at 07:00 Wednesday morning.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CSL Assiniboine departed Two Harbors on Nov. 13th between 01:30 and 02:00 for Quebec City. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 13th at 17:25 was the Edwin H. Gott. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 14th is the Indiana Harbor. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Mesabi Miner on Nov. 13th at 16:54. She was originally scheduled to load in Duluth. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled on Nov. 14th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday November 13th: 15:12 saltie Resko departed Richardson Main Terminal for Montreal. 15:43 Oakglen arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 16:00 Algoma Compass departed Viterra B for Toledo. Expected for Wednesday: saltie Lyulin and Algoma Strongfield.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on a snowy Tuesday included CSL Tadoussac, Algoma Strongfield and Indiana Harbor during the day and, after dark, American Century, Whitefish Bay and Federal Rideau. Saginaw was downbound in the late afternoon and Stewart J. Cort was downbound late. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was at Algoma.

Lake Michigan ports
Great Republic was at Buffington Tuesday night. Federal Leda was at South Chicago. Calumet unloaded at Holland and departed in the evening. Kaye E. Barker was headed for Ferrysburg.

Limestone Ports
Tuesday, Stoneport: 0:05 Olive L Moore arrived to load and at 8:49 departed for Saginaw. Cason J Callaway arrived to load. Calcite: 3:13 Joseph H Thompson Jr. departed for Fairport. John J Boland arrived to load. Port Inland: Kaye E Barker departed for Ferrysberg.11:27 Hon. James L Oberstar arrived to load. Port Dolomite: 9:38 American Mariner departed for Bay City.

Northern Lake Huron
Tuesday, Alpena: 6:22 Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement products.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Alster remained at the grain elevators Tuesday.

Saginaw River
The tug Sharon MI and barge Huron Spirit arrived at the Bay Aggregates dock Tuesday to unload stone. Inbound that night was the Olive L Moore/Menominee, loaded with stone for Saginaw. Right behind the Moore/Menominee was the American Mariner. She had stone for an unspecified dock.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
On Tuesday, Federal Cedar arrived at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload general cargo.

Lake Erie Ports
Wilfred Sykes remained at Toledo Tuesday undergoing repairs. Algoma Enterprise, Sea Eagle II, Victory/ James L. Kuber as well as the salties Ina and Osogovo were also in port.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Nov 13 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Nov 12 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1354 and tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 2324 - Departure - Nov

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 12 - Baie Comeau at 1850 - Departure - Nov 13 - Baie Comeau at 0603 westbound, Algoma Hansa at 1020 for the canal - Nov 13 Algoma Innovator at 0739 westbound

Buffalo -
Arrival - Nov 12 - NACC Argonaut at 0655 - Departed Nov 12 at 2337 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 12 - Algoma Transport at 1304, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1351, tug Ecosse departed wharf 1 with barge M/M Newfoundland mid-afternoon, tugs Kurt R Luedtke & Gretchen B with scow 17 and Derrick boat 410 at 1622 (stopped wharf 2 at 1706 approx.), and tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 2256 - Nov 13 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 0032, Manitoulin at 0219, tug Kimberly Anne & scow 142 at 0500 to wharf 1 and tug Madison R & barges GL-141 & BTI 2010 at 0534 to wharf 1, Michipicoten at 0936, light tug Salvor at 1441, Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 1814, Spruceglen at 2011, G3 Marquis at 2024 and Algoma Buffalo eta 2020

Downbound - Nov 12 - tugs Evans McKeil & Jarrett M with barge Niagara Spirit at 1201, Tim S Dool at 1338, CSL Laurentien at 1456, Capt Henry Jackman at 1731 and CSL Welland at 2016 - Nov 13 - NACC Argonaut at 0140, tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 0208 (stopped wharf 16 at 0336 to unload), Algoma Harvester at 0744, Isadora (Cyp) at 0939, Frontenac at 1809 (stopped at wharf 16)

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (at former Port Weller Dry Docks) - Departures - Arrivals - Nov 12 - tugs Kurt R Luedtke & Gretchen B with scow 17 and Derrick boat #10 - arrived wharf 1 at 1725 - Nov 13 - tugs Kimberly Anne with scow 142 - arrived wharf 2 at 0500 approx. and tug Madison R & barges GL-141 & BTI-2010 arrived wharf 2 at 0534 approx. and tug Ecosse with barge M/M Newfoundland at E.S. Fox dock at Port Robinson - Departures - Nov 13 - all upbound - afternoon - tugs Kurt R Luedtke & Gretchen B with scow 17 and Derrick boat #10 and tugs Kimberly Anne & Madison R with scow 42, GL-141 and BTI-2010

Hamilton:
Arrival - Nov 13 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 1421 (to the anchorage) and tugs Evans McKeil and Jarrett M with Niagara Spirit eta 2400. Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200, Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1645 - Nov 8 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 - Nov 9 - Federal Mosel at 2255 - Nov 11 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0940. Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 - Nov 10 - Iryda (Cyp) 0150 and CSL Niagara at 2119 - Nov 12 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0728, Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1901 (from the anchorage) and Holandia (Atg) (ex BBC Nebraska-17, Martin-16, Nordana Emilie-16, Rickmers Mumbai-14, Beluga Endurance-11) at 2310 (from the anchorage). Departures - Nov 12 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 2145 for Cleveland, Michipicoten at 0524 and G3 Marquis at 1833

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 13 - Algoma Buffalo at 0415 and Robert S Pierson at 1102 - Departed - Nov 13 Algoma Buffalo at 1811 for the canal

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 11 - Prosna (Lbr) at 0653

 

Port Huron’s ex-USCG Bramble advertised for sale

11/14 - Ads have been appearing on maritime broker sites for the former USCG cutter Bramble, most recently at Port Huron as an operational museum ship.

Bramble (WLB-392) is one of the 39 original 180-foot seagoing buoy tenders built between 1942-1944 for the United States Coast Guard.

View one of the ads at this link: https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1944/cutter-zenith-dredge-co--3254442

 

Stand Up For Great Lakes present $15K at Fitzgerald memorial ceremony

11/14 - Whitefish Point, Mich. – The crew from Stand Up for Great Lakes presented a $15,000 check to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society during the annual memorial ceremony of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald.

The S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975, just 14 miles from Whitefish Point.

According to their Facebook page, the money was raised during this summer’s paddleboard crossing of Lake Superior. They also presented the Historical Society with a log they picked up in the middle of the lake during the paddle.

View a video at this link: https://www.9and10news.com/2018/11/12/stand-up-for-great-lakes-present-15k-check-at-s-s-edmund-fitzgerald-memorial-ceremony

 

Tall Ships Festival returns to Cleveland for first time in years

11/14 - Cleveland, Ohio – It's been a group effort to bring the 2019 Cleveland Tall Ships Festival to the city's waterfront this coming summer. Monday, Mayor Frank Jackson made the announcement, in collaboration with Cuyahoga County, Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA), and Destination Cleveland.

The festival will bring 10 ships to the city's port July 11-14. Those ships will stop in Cleveland and several other ports around the Great Lakes.

The event will feature waterfront events and showcase the history of the maritime industry in Cleveland. People will also be able to board the ships, participate in sail-aways, and go out into Lake Erie. The festival was last in Cleveland in 2013.

The ships will be docked north of First Energy Stadium.

Cleveland.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

New tech helps vessels enter St. Lawrence Seaway locks

11/13 - St. Catharines, Ont. – Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has partnered with Canada's CSL Group to develop a system to help facilitate a vessel's approach and entrance into locks along the St. Lawrence Seaway system.

Initial deployment of the lock entry assist system technology will be on board the CSL St-Laurent, a 22,600 gross tonnage Trillium class bulk carrier owned by Montreal-based CSL. The ship operates on the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes.

The company said the system comes in response to the increasing size of vessels operating on the seaway and lakes.

"When entering the locks along the seaway, the clearance for larger vessels is minimal, and the lock entry itself has become increasingly difficult. Damage to both the ship and the lock walls can be avoided by facilitating the ship's approach path to the locks, thereby making the operation safer, faster, and altogether more efficient," a company release said.

The system uses high performance global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) to measure the ship's position to centimetre accuracy as it enters a lock.

"Speed adaptive controls, together with allocation of the thruster and rudder, ensures that the vessel enters the lock in a consistent manner every time, while minimizing the influence of external forces from wind and current,” stated Joonas Makkonen, Wärtsilä's vice-president of voyage solutions. “During the entry, the system automatically controls the vessel's lateral position and heading, allowing the operator to focus on controlling the speed of the vessel, the release said.

A customized touch screen interface is also being developed to simplify the operation and improve situational awareness.

"CSL is committed to working with qualified partners and regulatory agencies to improve operational safety and efficiency for vessels sailing the seaway and Great Lakes system," said Frédéric Jauvin, vice-president of global technical services. "We believe that modern technology supports this ambition, and Wärtsilä's lock entry assist system represents a positive step forward for us and for the industry as a whole." The two companies has worked closely for years and CSL's fleet includes a number of Wärtsilä solutions.

St. Catharines Standard

 

Port Reports -  November 13

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
The only traffic in Duluth on Monday was John G. Munson, which departed at 10:15 after loading iron ore pellets at CN. Tied up in port were Fraserborg, loading grain at CHS 1; Vancouverborg, loading grain at Gavilon; and Trudy, which arrived late Sunday night and was unloading clay at Port Terminal. Reestborg dropped anchor outside the Duluth harbor Monday morning, and is waiting to load grain at CHS. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort was docked at BN for the second day in a row Monday as she experienced loading delays. She left port at 17:11 for Burns Harbor.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CSL Assiniboine arrived Two Harbors at noon on November 12th for South of #2. As of 19:30 on the 12th she was still at the dock. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 13th is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the American Integrity on Nov. 12th at 02:29 for Ashtabula. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Nov. 13th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday November 12th: There were no ship movements at the port on Monday. Federal Dart has been at anchor in the harbor since arriving Saturday. The saltie Resko was loading grain at Richardson Main Terminal. Algoma Compass was loading grain at Viterra B. Expected for Tuesday: Oakglen.

Limestone Ports
Monday, November 12th Calcite: 0:52 Cason J Callaway departed for Detroit. 12:37 Great Republic departed for Buffington. 15:10 Joseph H Thompson arrived to load. Port Inland: 18:25 Kaye E Barker arrived to load. Port Dolomite: 14:00 American Mariner arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron
Alpena: 13:50 The cement carrier Alpena departed and headed downbound on Lake Michigan. Cheboygan: 10:33 USCG Mackinaw departed and was downbound on Lake Michigan.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Alster remained at the grain elevators Monday.

Saginaw River
Samuel De Champlain/Innovation arrived Monday to unload cement at Lafarge

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
The tug Karen Andrie arrived during the wee hours of Monday morning to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Next was the American Century, also fueling at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Continuing the line of vessels in need of fuel was the Whitefish Bay, arriving Monday evening. The Cason J Callaway arrived at the Detroit Bulk Storage dock to unload stone. Lastly, with the assistance of the tugs Wyoming and Wisconsin, the Atlantic Huron called on the US Gypsum dock to unload gypsum from Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Lake Erie Ports
Wilfred Sykes remained at Toledo Monday undergoing repairs. James R. Barker was also in port unloading.

Welland Canal and regional report for Monday Nov 12 –Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Departures - Nov 12 - Algonova at 0726 for Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 10 - Algoma Hansa at 2247 - Nov 12 - Algonova 0733 and Algoma Innovator at 0944 - Departure - Nov 12 - Algoma Buffalo at 0545 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 11 - NACC Argonaut at 1728, Algoma Innovator at 1750 and Ina (Lbr) at 2105 - Nov 12 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0320, tug Molly M I & barge M/M Newfoundland at 0612 (to wharf 1 to drop off barge), Algoma Enterprise at 0658, Osogovo (Mlt) at 0746, Drawsko (Bhs) at 0905, Algoma Transport at 1304, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1351, tug Ecosse departed wharf 1 with barge M/M Newfoundland mid-afternoon, tugs Kurt R Luedtke & Gretchen B with Scow 17 and Derrick boat 410 at 1622. Downbound - Nov 11 - Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 0959, Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 1404, tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 1736 (unloading at wharf 16), tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 2325 - Nov 12 - Thunder Bay at 0123, Damia Desgagnes at 0330, Algoma Buffalo at 0928, Algoma Sault at 1101, tugs Evans McKeil & Jarrett M with barge Niagara Spirit at 1201, Tim S Dool at 1338, CSL Laurentien at 1456 and Capt Henry Jackman at 1731

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals - Nov 11 - tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 1810 - Nov 12 - tug Molly M I & barge M/M Newfoundland at 0630 (dropped barge at wharf 1 to await tug Ecosse), light tug Ecosse (to take barge M/M Newfoundland up to E.S.Fox dock at Port Robinson) and tugs Kurt R Luedtke & Gretchen B with Scow 17 and Derrick boat 410 at 1725

Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks) - Departures - Nov 12 - tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 0439 approx. westbound, light tug Molly M I at 0612 from wharf 1 for Hamilton

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 9 - downbound - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 2018 - Nov 11 - upbound - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1757 and Osogovo (Mlt) at 1825 - Nov 12 - Drawsko (Lbr) at 0305, Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 0500 - Departures - for the canal - Nov 12 - Patras (Mlt) at 0250 and Osogovo (Mlt) at 0730, Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 1215 eastbound and NACC Alicudi (Mlt) early morning eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 12 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0728, Michipicoten at 0834 and G3 Marquis at 1411. Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200, Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1645 - Nov 8 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 - Nov 9 - Federal Mosel at 2255 - Nov 11 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0940 and Holandia (Atg) (ex BBC Nebraska-17, Martin-16, Nordana Emilie-16, Rickmers Mumbai-14, Beluga Endurance-11) at 2050. Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 7 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 2315 (from the anchorage) - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 - Nov 10 - Iryda (Cyp) 0150 and CSL Niagara at 2119 - Nov 12 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1901 (from the anchorage. Departures - Nov 12 - Algoma Guardian at 0520 eastbound and Algoma Enterprise at 1446 for the canal,

Bronte:
Docked - Nov 10 - Sarah Desgagnes at 2129 - Departed - Nov 12 - 0709 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrival - Nov 11 - Prosna (Lbr) at 0653 - Docked - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Departed - eastbound

 

Updates

11/13 - The saltie gallery has been updated with these images: Acadia Desgagnes, Argentia Desgagnes, BBC Kansas, BBC Rushmore, Carolus Magnus, Celisus Mumbai, Claude A Desgagnes, Eemsgracht, Federal Delta, Federal Hudson, Floretgracht, Gardno, Holandia, Ina, Kitikmeot W, Lubie, Maccoa, Miena Desgagnes, Prosna, Reestborg, Regalica, Stade, Trudy and Zelada Desgagnes

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Port Reports -  November 12

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived Duluth at 16:29 Sunday afternoon to load coal at Midwest Energy, and Fraserborg arrived from anchor at 17:14 and tied up at CHS 1 for a load of grain. The saltie Trudy was expected at 19:30 Sunday night to discharge clay at Port Terminal. Also in port were American Spirit and John G. Munson, both loading iron ore pellets at CN. The Spirit had been expected to depart at 17:00, however both ships were still tied up as of 19:00. In Superior, Vancouverborg arrived at 07:43 and headed up to Gavilon to load grain. Edgar B. Speer departed from Burlington Northern at 09:50 with ore, and Stewart J. Cort came in at 10:04 and began loading. She was expected to depart around 22:00.

Two Harbors - Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Roger Blough departed Two Harbors on Nov. 11th at approx. 03:40 for Conneaut. The John D. Leitch arrived Two Harbors at approx. 04:10 on Nov. 11th. She departed Two Harbors at approx. 16:01 for Quebec City. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 12th in the morning is the CSL Assiniboine. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of American Integrity on Nov. 11th at 00:29. As of 19:15 on Nov. 11th she was still at the loading dock. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Nov. 12th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday November 11th: 1:18 Frontenac departed G3 for Port Colborne. 12:42 Algoma Compass arrived at Keefer Terminal. 14:04 saltie Resko arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 14:59 Algoma Compass departed Keefer Terminal and shifted over to Viterra B to load grain.

Lake Michigan ports
Indiana Harbor was at her namesake port Sunday. Hon James L Oberstar was due.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Alster remained at the grain elevators Sunday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
After waiting for the outbound Damia Desgagnes, the Lee A Tregurtha weighed anchor and headed upriver to unload at AK Steel. Later, her fleetmate Paul R Tregurtha arrived to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Finally, the tug Mary E Hannah and her tank barge arrived at the Buckeye Terminal to load/unload petroleum products.

Lake Erie Ports
Wilfred Sykes remained at Toledo Sunday undergoing repairs. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed for the Soo. Tecumseh was up river loading grain.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Nov 11– Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Algonova at 1100 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Departures - Nov 10 - Algoma Hansa at 2224 (to Nanticoke dock) - Nov 11 - Algoma Enterprise at 0021 for the canal and Algoma Buffalo at 0850 approx., (to Nanticoke dock)

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 10 - CSL Tadoussac at 2257 - Nov 11 - Michipicoten at 0556, Algoma Buffalo at 0916 - Departures - Nov 11 - CSL Tadoussac at 0848 westbound and Michipicoten at 1441 for the canal

Port Colborne anchorage:
Departures - (all for the canal) Nov 11 - Kitikmeot W (Can)(ex Icdas 09-18) at 0806, Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1026 and Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 0917

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 10 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 2252 and Algowood at 2329 - Nov 11 - Algoma Strongfield at 1027, Whitefish Bay at 1129, Atlantic Huron at 1216, NACC Argonaut at 1728, Algoma Innovator at 1750, Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1757, Osogovo (Mlt) at 1825 and Ina (Lbr) at 2112

Downbound - Nov 10 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 2313 - Nov 11 - Algoma Enterprise at 0521, Algoma Discovery at 0620, Kitikmeot W (Can)(ex Icdas 09-18) at 0857, Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0954, Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 0959, Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 1404, tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 1736 (unloading at wharf 16), tug Spartan & barge Spartan II eta 2300

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Nov 11 - tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 1810 - Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks) - Nov 9 - Departures - Nov 11 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys II Cement (departed wharf 16) at 0540 westbound for weather and tug Sarah Andrie & barge A 390 (departed wharf 1 eastbound) at 0705

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 9 - downbound - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 2018 - Nov 11 - upbound - Ina (Lbr) at 1720, Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1757 and Osogovo (Mlt) at 1825 - Departures - Nov 10 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 2230 for the canal - Nov 11 - Prosna (Lbr) at 0510 for Toronto, and Tundra (Cyp) at 0815 eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 11 - Algoma Guardian at 0115, Holandia (Atg) (ex BBC Nebraska-17, Martin-16, Nordana Emilie-16, Rickmers Mumbai-14, Beluga Endurance-11) at 2011, CSL Niagara eta 2100 Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200, Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0215 and Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1645 - Nov 8 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 - Nov 9 - Federal Mosel at 2255 - Nov 11 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0940 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 7 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 2315 (from the anchorage) - Nov 8 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 0630 (from the anchorage), Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 - Nov 10 - Iryda (Cyp) 0150 and Algoma Guardian at 1156 - Departures - Nov 11 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 1310 for Ireland,

Anchored off Burlington:
Anchored - Nov 10 - Robert S Pierson at 1643 - Departured - Nov 11 at 0136 eastbound

Mississauga:
Departed - Nov 10 - Algowood at 2150 approx. for the canal

Toronto:
Arrival - Nov 11 - Prosna (Lbr) at 0653 - Docked - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Departed - Nov 11 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1314 eastbound

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USCG Abbie Burgess heading from Maine to Lake Ontario

11/11 - The Marinette, Wis.-built USCG Abbie Burgess (WLM-553) was upbound on the St. Lawrence River Saturday, and should be taking a pilot at Escoumins at daybreak Sunday. AIS is giving its destination as Lake Ontario. Her homeport is Rockland, Maine. It is believed she is coming into the lakes to assist with annual aids to navigation removal efforts.

Mac Mackay

 

Port Reports -  November 11

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Roger Blough arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 10th at 13:00 for South of #2. As of 19:30 she was still loading, but her AIS is showing a Conneaut destination. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 11th in the morning is the John D. Leitch after having been delayed by weather. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Nov. 10th, but due on Nov. 11th is the American Integrity.

Grand Marais, Minn.
Saturday November 10th: 11:59 Research vessel Kiyi departed for Ashland, Wis.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday November 10th: 5:50 Frontenac arrived at G3 to load grain. 6:28 Algoma Harvester departed Viterra A and shifted over to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 13:30 saltie Isadora departed Superior Elevator for Montreal. 17:08 Federal Dart arrived and went to anchor. 18:26 Algoma Harvester departed Richardson Main Terminal for Port Cartier. Expected for Sunday: Algoma Compass and saltie Resko.

Lake Michigan ports
Calumet was at Manistee Saturday evening. Burns Harbor was at her namesake port. Edwin H. Gott was at Gary. Indiana Harbor was at Indiana Harbor. American Mariner was headed for Muskegon.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Alster remained at the elevators Saturday.

Saginaw River
Mississagi arrived Saturday with salt for Zilwaukee.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Lee A Tregurtha was fueling at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal Saturday morning. She was loaded with ore for AK Steel, but spent the entire day tied up at the terminal. Inbound later was the tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge. They called on the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load.

Lake Erie Ports
Wilfred Sykes remained at Toledo Saturday undergoing repairs. Tim S. Dool was upriver loading grain. Baie Comeau was at Sandusky. Federal Cedar was at Cleveland.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Nov 10 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 8 - Algonova at 2326 - Nov 9 - Algoma Buffalo at 0915, Algoma Hansa at 1722, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2210 - Nov 10 - Algoma Enterprise at 0108, and CSL Tadoussac at 0702 - Departure - Nov 10 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1834 westbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 10 - Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 0923 (delayed), Kitikmeot W (Can)(ex Icdas 09-18) at 1313 and Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1455

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 9 - Algoma Buffalo eta 2128. Downbound - Nov 9 - tug Sarah Andrie & barge A 390 at 0621 (stopped wharf 1 for weather) and Tundra (Cyp) at 1639 - Nov 10 - Algoma Spirit at 0031, Robert S Pierson at 0123,

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks) - Nov 9 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys II Cement (stopped wharf 16) at 2311 for weather and tug Sarah Andrie & barge A 390 (stopped at wharf 1) at 1746 for weather

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrivals - Nov 9 - downbound - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 2018 - Nov 10 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 0253, Tundra (Cyp) at 0554, Prosna (Lbr) at 1334

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 9 - Algoma Guardian at 1156, BBC Germany (Gib) (ex Leda-08 at 1809 and Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 2224 - Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200, Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0215 and Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1645 - Nov 8 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 - Nov 10 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0906 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 7 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 2315 (from the anchorage) - Nov 8 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 0630 (from the anchorage), Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 - Nov 10 - Iryda (Cyp) 0150 - Departures - Nov 9 - BBC Germany (Gib) at 2206 eastbound - Nov 10 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 0015 and Kaministiqua at 0243

Anchored off Burlington:
Anchored - Nov 10 - Algoma Spirit at 1611 and Robert S Pierson at 1643 - Departures - Nov 10 - (westbound) Whitefish Bay at 1800 approx and Algoma Spirit at 1800 approx.

Mississauga:
Anchored - Nov 10 - Algowood at 0537 (off dock for weather) - bound for the canal

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Nov 4 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1045

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Algoma Central buys tanker; will be named Algonorth

11/10 - St. Catharines, Ont. – Algoma Central Corporation has purchased a 2008 built product tanker which will become the seventh tanker within the Algoma Tankers Limited fleet.

The 16,958 dwt, 472-foot-long vessel Ramira will be re-named the Algonorth (IMO 9362152), after the company held a “Name the Tanker Contest,” in which all employees were able to take part. The ship is scheduled to depart Gothenburg, Sweden on November 12, and head for Canada, at which time the vessel is expected to begin operations within the product tanker fleet.

She was registered with Transport Canada on Friday.

This will be the second Algonorth to serve Algoma. The first, a bulk carrier built in 1971, was scrapped at Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., in 2012-13.

“We have been in the product tanker business for over 20 years,” said Gregg Ruhl, Chief Operating Officer at Algoma. “While it is important that we add this quality asset to our fleet to continue to meet our customers’ needs, the true backbone of Algoma Tankers is our experienced and qualified crews who operate these ships skillfully day and night, 365 days a year,” Mr. Ruhl added.

 

Memorials mark 43rd anniversary of Edmund Fitzgerald loss

11/10 - Saturday will mark 43 years since the Edmund Fitzgerald sank on Lake Superior. For many, the tragedy and the legend live on. The freighter sank in Lake Superior during a storm on Nov. 10, 1975. Memorials will be held at various locations around the Great Lakes. Here are three of the largest.

Annual Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Ceremony
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Whitefish Point
Saturday 7 pm

This event is always held on November 10, at 7 pm, which is the moment this most famous of Great Lakes shipwrecks was lost. Part of this year’s ceremony will be dedicated to the late Cheryl Rozman, who was instrumental in the recovery of the ship’s bell for the museum in 1995. Cheryl remained very close to the people of the Shipwreck Society until her passing in 2018.

19th Annual Lost Mariners Remembrance
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Belle Isle, Detroit
Satiurday 6 pm to 8 pm

The vessels and mariners lost during this storm will be honored in this year’s presentation by Kevin Magee, founder of Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE). A lantern vigil at the Edmund Fitzgerald anchor begins the night, followed by a performance by Lee Murdock, Great Lakes balladeer, and an Honor Guard escort of the memorial wreath to the Detroit River for receipt by the Honor Flotilla of Great Lakes vessels. Tickets are sold out, but the public is welcome to watch the flotilla from the riverbank adjacent to the museum at no charge. The event will be streamed on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/boatnerd

Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting
Split Rock Lighthouse
Two Harbors, Minn.
Saturday 11 am – 6 pm

The lighthouse, fog signal building, and visitor center will be open. Costumed interpreters will greet visitors and provide historic site and shipwreck information. Throughout the afternoon, visitors can view a film about the Edmund Fitzgerald in the visitor center. At 4:30 pm, the lighthouse will close temporarily while the names of the crewmembers are read to the tolling of a ship's bell. Following the ceremony, the beacon will be lit, and the tower will be open again to tour. This is the only opportunity each year when visitors can climb the tower after dark and see the lit beacon. Cost: Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

 

Port Reports -  November 10

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
James R. Barker returned to Duluth at 06:57 Friday morning after unloading in Silver Bay, and tied up at CN to load iron ore pellets. Fraserborg arrived at 13:41, dropped anchor inside the harbor for inspection, and then left port at 17:08 and anchored offshore. She is expected to arrive on Sunday to load grain at CHS 1. Also arriving on Friday was the US Coast Guard cutter Hollyhock, which came in at 15:07 and moored in the Port Terminal slip. No further traffic is expected in Duluth or Superior until mid-day Saturday.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors had no traffic on Nov. 9th. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 10th, weather permitting, are the Roger Blough and the John D. Leitch. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the James R. Barker on Nov. 9th at 03:21 after unloading coal. She is currently in Duluth at the CN ore dock loading iron ore pellets. Due Silver Bay late on Nov. 10th or early on the 11th is the American Integrity.

Grand Marais, Minn.
Friday November 9th: 3:00 Research vessel Kiyi arrived from Bayfield, Wis. She would go to berth at the breakwall in the inner harbor. She would remain there Friday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday November 9th: 9:33 Algoma Harvester arrived at Viterra A to load grain. Expected for Saturday: Frontenac and Federal Dart.

North Shore
Friday November 9th: With winter storm and gale warnings in effect in and around Lake Superior numerous vessels opted for a northerly route parallel to the Canadian coast. This list includes upbounders Frontenac, Edgar B Speer, John G Munson, Roger Blough, American Spirit and John D Leitch; and the downbound Alpena. On western Lake Superior the forecast was 35 mph winds with 12-24' waves.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Alster remained at the elevators on Friday.

Saginaw River
The saltie Florijngracht arrived in Bay City Friday to unload general cargo. The John J Boland arrived with stone for the Bay Aggregates dock.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
After unloading salt Friday, the Saginaw shifted to load coke at Zug Island. Arriving later was the tanker Damia Desgagnes. She called on the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. The tug Spartan and her tank barge Spartan 2 arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load/unload.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday Nov 9 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 6 - Algonova at 1531 - Nov 8 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) eta 2100

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Nov 8 - Algocanada at 0642 - Departed Nov 8 at 2325 for the canal

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 6 - Torrent (Cyp) at 1025 - Departed Oct 8 at 0729 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 9 - Algoma Hansa at 0148, Baie Comeau at 0536, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0840 and Algoma Buffalo eta 2100. Downbound - Nov 8 - Cedarglen at 1951 and Algoma Guardian at 2222 - Nov 9 - Algocanada at 0334, tug Sarah Andrie & barge A 390 at 0621 (stopped wharf 1 for weather), BBC Germany (Gib) (ex Leda-08) at 0730 , Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0949 and Tundra (Cyp) at 1639

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks) - Nov 9 - tug Sarah Andrie & barge A 390 at 1746 (stopped wharf 1 for weather)

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrivals - Nov 9 - Algoma Hansa at 2015 and NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 2018 - Departure - Nov 9 - Algoma Hansa at 0130 approx. for the canal

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 9 - Algoma Guardian at 1156, BBC Germany (Gib) (ex Leda-08 at 1809 and Federal Mosel (Mhl) eta 2135 - Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200, Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0215 and Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1645 - Nov 8 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 - Nov 7 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 0407, Kaministiqua at 2130 and Federal Danube (Mhl) at 2315 (from the anchorage) - Nov 8 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 0630 (from the anchorage), Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 and Iryda (Cyp) eta 2109 - Departures - Nov 8 - Tim S Dool at 0413 for the canal - Nov 9 - Algoma Innovator at 1710 eastbound and Baie Comeau at 0342 for the canal

Mississauga:
Arrival - Nov 8 - Jana Desgagnes at 1103 from Hamilton - Departed Nov 9 at 0836 eastbound

Toronto:
Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Nov 4 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1045 - Departures - Nov 8 - (both eastbound) NACC Argonaut at 0150 and McKeil Spirit at 0859

 

‘Books and Boats’ to feature authors and more in Port Huron on Saturday

11/10 - Port Huron, Mich. – Join several Great Lakes authors, as well as photographers and others from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today for “Books & Boats” at the Great Lakes Maritime Center in Port Huron.

On hand will be Roger LeLievre (“Know Your Ships”), Robert Campbell (“Classic Ships of the Great Lakes”), Roger P. Hulett (“A Lot More To Do: The Remarkable Life of Frank Mays”), Raymond Bawal Jr. (“The Inland Steel Fleet” and others), and Port Huron area author Pegg Thomas. All will be happy to sign copies of their books.

A special guest will be Great Lakes illustrator Don Lee, whose personalized Great Lakes caricatures are popular on Facebook and other sites. He will draw your likeness as your favorite boat (no charge but tips appreciated).

In addition, Bob May from Lake Freighter Minis will have his paper lake vessel model kits for sale. Among maritime photographers scheduled to attend are Mary Truchan and Frank Switlicki (aluminum prints).

The Great Lakes Nautical Society will be on hand with a display of model boats and model boat kits for sale for kids to build.

Great Lakes Maritime Center

 

Great Lakes Maritime Academy anchored by past, sails toward future

11/10 - Traverse City, Mich. – Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy stands strong as the “gales of November” hammer slate-gray waves against its docks. Its history reveals both the wonder and the danger of sailing the lakes.

It’s the latter that will be remembered when the Academy holds its 43rd annual Mariners Memorial Service at noon Nov. 9 at Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Campus.

The Academy became part of what is perhaps the best-known maritime tragedy of modern times when the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in 1975. Although the vessel’s sinking is one of several in recent times, folk musician Gordon Lightfoot’s haunting classic, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” has burned its loss into the nation’s collective memory.

The fates of two men tie the Academy to the Fitzgerald. One was David Weiss, a 22-year-old Academy cadet sailing on the ship at the time of its sinking. The other is Thomas Bentsen, a 23-year-old former cadet who was also on board. Each year NMC honors those lost on the Fitzgerald, along with other mariners who have perished on the Great Lakes and oceans.

Weiss and Bentsen are only two of hundreds of men and women who have passed through the Academy, which opened in 1969. Its establishment in Traverse City is thanks to the dreams of businessman and philanthropist Les Biederman, who moved from Philadelphia to Traverse City in 1939 and established a media empire.

Biederman strongly believed in education and was instrumental in the 1951 founding of NMC. He also dreamed of a floating college. That idea eventually led to the establishment of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy.

John Brian was an early Academy graduate.

“I grew up in Frankfort and have always loved and respected the majesty and beauty of the Great Lakes,” said Brian, now a retired Merchant Marine Deck Officer. “This career allowed me to see them change through the seasons, something I loved to photograph. I never ceased to be enthused about being a mariner.”

Over its nearly 50-year history the Academy has experienced major changes. The types of degrees offered have increased, the vessels used for training have changed, and the Academy’s land-based facilities have been vastly improved.

Initially, cadets earned a three-year Associates Degree. In 1999 NMC expanded the program to a four-year bachelor’s degree in partnership with Ferris State University. Cadets earned their first three years of credit from NMC, their last year through Ferris State. Then in 2013 NMC began offering its own four-year degree.

Regardless of the degree they earn, students who graduate from the Academy are practically guaranteed a job — and a long and lucrative career. Brian knew this when he chose to become a mariner after retiring from the U.S. Army Reserve.

“Part of what drew me to the Merchant Marine was the great compensation. The pay and benefits are high,” he said. “That said, there is also great sacrifice. I was away from my family and wife for six to seven months at a time. My taking that job was a decision my wife and I made as a couple, for the benefit of our family.”

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/great-lakes-maritime-academy-anchored-by-past-sails-toward-future/article_810cd386-67c8-5705-9d58-ede5299f2e62.html

 

Daring rescue saved sailors entombed for days in 'White Hurricane' shipwreck

11/10 - Gull Rock, Lake Superior – When people talk in awed tones about the Great Storm of 1913 that exploded over the Great Lakes like a four-day "meteorological bomb," their words are often laced with death.

They tell of the giant waves that rolled huge ships before sucking them underwater, sinking at least a dozen. They describe the snow squalls whipped up by cyclone-force winds that pushed other ships right out of the lakes, leaving them stranded on rocky beaches. They talk of the 250 sailors and crew believed lost in our inland seas while this storm raged.

This famous "White Hurricane" would go down in the books as the worst natural disaster in the Great Lakes.

But looking back more than a century ago, perhaps what stands apart is a nail-biting drama that played out just off the tip of Michigan's northernmost peninsula. It's the story of a shipwrecked crew who refused to die - and the stubborn determination of men from two U.S. Life-Saving stations in the Upper Peninsula who overcame nearly impossible odds to save them.

"When you look at the Waldo rescue, that crew was stuck on that ship for over 90 hours, not knowing whether they were going to be rescued or not," said Mark Rowe, trustee and maritime chairman of the Keweenaw County Historical Society who has done presentations on the wreck.

Read more and view a photo gallery at this link: https://www.mlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2018/11/daring_rescue_saved_sailors_en.html

 

Safety group: 2018 has been deadly year on Great Lakes

11/10 - Holland, Mich. – A water safety nonprofit group says 2018 has been a deadly year on the Great Lakes, with at least 110 drownings recorded.

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, which has tracked drowning deaths since 2010, says this is the first year that it's recorded more than 100 drownings. The Holland Sentinel reports the hot summer may have been a factor in the increase. The deaths include 39 in Lake Michigan and 35 in Lake Erie.

The deaths have prompted efforts to increase safety along Great Lakes beaches. Among those who died was 20-year-old Brandon Schmidt, who drowned in Lake Michigan in August off of western Michigan. WOOD-TV reports his mother Brandi Donley notes that warning signs, safety equipment, education and training are needed.

Donley says: "It can happen to anyone."

The Associated Press

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More entries from the Storm of 1913 tomorrow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Lake Superior water level high

11/9 - Plenty of rain in the region that has followed a summer drought has caused the water in Lake Superior to creep toward record high levels. However, the lake’s levels right now are actually about four centimetres lower than a year ago.

Tammy Cook, the chief administrative officer with the Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority, says they monitor monthly reports on the levels of Lake Superior provided by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

“The beginning of November level, compared to the beginning of month average for the period between 1918 and 2017, shows Lake Superior is 29 centimetres above the average that we typically see at the beginning of November,” she said. “However, compared to one year ago, it’s four centimetres below.”

According to statistics, Lake Superior broke all-time low records in 2007 and all-time high records in 1986.

The Chronicle-Journal

 

Port Reports -  November 9

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
James R. Barker departed Duluth at 06:33 Thursday morning after loading coal at SMET, and headed for Silver Bay to unload. The only other vessel in port was Alpena, which had arrived late Wednesday evening and was unloading cement at Lafarge. She was expected to depart via the Superior entry early Friday morning. The BN dock in Superior saw no traffic on Thursday, and doesn't have any scheduled traffic until Saturday.

Two Harbors - Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on Nov. 7th at 23:56 for Gary. Upon the Gott's departure the Hon. James L. Oberstar shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 between 23:58 to 00:22. The Oberstar then departed Two Harbors on Nov. 8th at 13:17 for Indiana Harbor. Two Harbors has no scheduled traffic for Nov. 9th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the American Century on Nov. 8th at 01:26 for Ashtabula. Arriving Silver Bay on Nov. 8th was the James R. Barker at 10:39 with coal from SMET. According to the HarborLookout schedule she's due back in the Twin Ports on Nov. 9th to load iron ore pellets at CN-Duluth, so it's a coal only trip to Silver Bay. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Nov. 9th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday November 8th: 13:25 CSL Laurentien departed Viterra A for Montreal. 21:04 Federal Clyde departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Sorel. Expected for Friday: Algoma Harvester.

S. Lake Michigan ports
Stewart J. Cort was at Burns Harbor unloading Thursday evening. Federal Rideau was departing for Milwaukee. St. Clair was waiting for the dock.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Tundra was replaced by Federal Alster at the elevators on Thursday. Calumet was loading salt with Mississagi waiting.

Saginaw River
GL Ostrander/Integrity were unloading the Lafarge dock in Essexville Thursday morning. Arriving later was the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder. They unloaded at the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
H Lee White was unloading stone at the McCoig Concrete dock Thursday morning. Arriving next was the CSL Assiniboine. She had salt for the Detroit Bulk Storage dock. The unbound American Integrity arrived to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Next in was the Saginaw. She unloaded salt at the Prairie Materials dock in the Short Cut Canal. Not long after the Saginaw arrived, the Samuel De Champlain/Innovation called on the Lafarge dock to unload cement. Next in was the Great Republic, loaded with stone for Zug Island. Arriving last was the Algoma Compass. Her dock was unknown.

Toledo, Ohio
Wilfred Sykes arrived at the CSX #3 dock Thursday for repairs.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Nov 8 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 6 - Algonova at 1531 - Departure - Nov 8 - Algocanada at 0630 (back into Nanticoke dock)

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 6 - Torrent (Cyp) at 1025 - Departed Oct 8 at 0729 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 7 - Federal Delta (Mhl) at 2302 for wharf 12 Port Colborne, Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 2336, Trudy (Lbr) (ex Cresty-09) at 0052, Resko (Bhs) at 0251, Damia Desgagnes at 0450, Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 0508, Tim S Dool at 0612, Thunder Bay at 0959, CSL Welland at 1129 and Algoma Hansa.

Downbound - Nov 8 - Torrent (Cyp) at 0752, Baie Comeau at 0535, NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 0838, Cedarglen at 1951 and Algoma Guardian eta 2031

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks)

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrivals - Nov 8 - Algoma Hansa at 2015 NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 2018 - Departures - Nov 7 - Federal Delta 2245 for the canal and, Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 2320 - Nov 8 - Trudy (Lbr) (ex Cresty-09) at 0030, Damia Desgagnes at 0435, Resko (Bhs) at 0235 and Whitefish Bay eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 8 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540, Baie Comeau at 1920 and Iryda (Cyp) eta 2110 - Anchored - Nov 1 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 2305 - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200, Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0215 and Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1645 - Nov 8 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 - Nov 7 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 0407, Tim S Dool at 0441, Algoma Innovator at 1440, Kaministiqua at 2130 Florence Spirit at 2208 and Federal Danube (Mhl) at 2315 (from the anchorage) - Departures - (for the canal) Nov 7 - Resko (Bhs) at 1801 for Thunder Bay, Baie St Paul at 2327, Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 2341 for Cleveland - Nov 8 - Tim S Dool at 0413 for the canal, (eastbounds) - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0420, Jana Desgagnes at 0942 Algoma Mariner at 0955 and Florence Spirit at 1437

Mississauga:
Arrival - Nov 8 - NACC Argonaut at 0150 eastbound and Jana Desgagnes at 1103

Toronto:
Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Nov 4 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1045 - Nov 6 - McKeil Spirit at 0145 and NACC Argonaut at 0539 - Departures - McKeil Spirit ay 0859 eastbound

 

US spends $736K on River Rouge dredging project set to start in April 2019

11/9 - Detroit, Mich. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has awarded a contract for $736,000 to dredge River Rouge in Detroit with the goal of removing 66,500 cubic yards of shoal material.

Cheboygan-based Ryba Marine Construction Company will remove the shoal material and place it at the Pointe Mouilee Confined Disposal Factory at the mouth of the Huron River, according to a news release. Shoal is defined as a sandbank that makes the water shallow, and its removal is meant to aid the River Rouge staying accessible for the movement of cargo.

"Dredging is the removal of sediments and debris from the bottom of lakes, rivers, harbors, and other water bodies," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports on its website.

"It is a routine necessity in waterways around the world because sedimentation -- the natural process of sand and silt washing downstream -- gradually fills channels and harbors. Dredging often is focused on maintaining or increasing the depth of navigation channels, anchorages, or berthing areas to ensure the safe passage of boats and ships."

This project is separate from the Lower Rouge River Old Channel clean-up, and is scheduled to start in April 2019 and end in June of that year.

The dredging project will take place from Dix Road to I-75, according to the Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District. Only the lower two and a half miles of the river is used as a shipping channel "from the turning basin to the river's mouth at the south end and joins the Detroit River at the westerly limit of the City of Detroit."

"This contract to dredge the federal channel in the River Rouge is important to keeping this navigation project open for movement of cargo critical to local and national industry," Dave Wright, chief of operations in the Detroit District, said in the release.

Cargo identified by the Army Corps of Engineers as coming into the River Rouge as coal, iron ore, petroleum, slag, cement, limestone, lignite, fuel oil, salt, sand and gravel. In the Detroit District, the corps is responsible for maintaining 91 harbors, and four connecting channels which includes those connecting to Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie.

Read more and view a photo gallery at this link: https://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/11/river_rouge_dredging.html

 

Port Washington group hopes to sink ship in Lake Michigan

11/9 - Port Washington, Wis. – A group in Port Washington wants to sink a ship just off the coast of Lake Michigan. The non-profit says it'll cost millions of dollars but bring much more to the area.

Tish Hase is the co-owner of Port Deco divers and she's also the president of the Shipwreck Education and Preservation Alliance or SEAPA, the group hoping to sink a ship off Lake Michigan.

"The plane's about 2 miles out, about 3,400 feet from the plane we'll be placing the big vessel in from the plane, about 70-80 feet of water we'll be placing some other vessels," says Hase.

It's a multi-phase, $9.9 million project, and the ship will help create a community of artificial reefs. It starts with sinking a large vessel, between 200 and 900 feet. SEAPA has brought on Artificial Reefs international, they've sunk skips all along the east coast, often done with carefully executed explosions.

Hase is working with the Army Corps of Engineers and the DNR to get the right permits. "With the deteriorating fish we have in Lake Michigan, we don't see fish as we dive anymore," said Hase.

Hase says the sunken ship will create a habitat for fish, be an underwater classroom for universities to study invasive species and algae, create tourism, and make a big difference in conservation.

"We need it to preserve our great lakes, the great lakes is 20% of our drinking water for the world. If we don't preserve it and start protecting it and the native fish that are in it, we're not going to have it in 20, 30 years or 40," said Hase.

CBS68

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mariners’ Church to host Great Lakes Memorial services this weekend

11/8 - Detroit, Mich. – November 10 marks the 43rd anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, which resulted in the loss of 29 lives. Detroit’s Mariners’ Church will hold two events this weekend to honor those who have lost their lives on the Great Lakes.

On Saturday, the actual anniversary, maritime historian Frederick Stonehouse will discuss the tragedy at 11 a.m. Stonehouse has authored more than 30 books on Great Lakes maritime history including the best-seller The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

On November 11, sailors, members of the Armed Services, Sea Cadets, first responders, recreational boaters, and the Mariners’ congregation and guests will take part in the ceremonial ringing of the bell to commemorate the loss of lives on the Edmund Fitzgerald. This year’s ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. and is open to the public.

The Mariners’ Church dates back to 1842 and serves as a “House of Prayer for All People.” It’s the oldest structure along the Detroit River. The church was moved in 1955 to its current location to make way for the Civic Center redevelopment.

Curbed Detroit

 

Ship carrying beer vats ends Port of Ogdensburg season

11/8 - Ogdensburg. N.Y. – This weekend marked the arrival of the Port of Ogdensburg’s final ship of the season, a vessel carrying large vats for beer making headed for points in central New York.

The Federal Danube, flying under a Marshall Islands flag, was scheduled to bring a cargo of large industrial vats headed for beer makers in the Utica area, according to officials with the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority. The boat was scheduled to dock early this week and begin unloading cargo.

The exact arrival and unloading of ships along the St. Lawrence Seaway System can vary depending on weather conditions and other factors, according to officials.

The St. Lawrence Seaway shipping season has been robust this year, with tonnage of several commodities like wheat and other agricultural products remaining ahead of last year’s pace.

This summer the Port of Ogdensburg was also lauded for playing a noteworthy part in this year’s shipping season along the international waterway with Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority officials announcing in July that the port set new records for the amount of cargo handled, with longshoremen credited with unloading eight ships within a 35-day period. Most of the ships were carrying wind turbine parts.

Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority Executive Director Wade A. Davis said capping off the port’s season with the arrival of a ship carrying components for New York state’s growing brewery field illustrates the importance of the harbor’s role in helping grow business across the state and region.

“The Port of Ogdensburg is a vital component to the Northern New York economy as demonstrated by project cargo, agricultural feeds, road salt and the individuals and firms benefiting from the port activity,” Mr. Davis said on Thursday. “Records were set this year, which clearly demonstrates the need for long-term port expansion to secure future economic activity for the region.”

Officials at the OBPA are currently working to deepen the St. Lawrence River itself at the Ogdensburg harbor and to expand the docking terminal to accommodate more than one ship at a time. The port also recently completed a multi-million-dollar expansion that enhances its capacity to store agricultural commodities such as grain on site.

In October, Seaway officials said total cargo shipments via the St. Lawrence Seaway between March and September had reached 25.7 million metric tons, up 4.1 percent over the same period in 2017. U.S. grain exports on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway helped lead the way, according to the report.

A new shipping report is expected in the coming weeks, looking at shipments along the corridor heading into the final weeks of the shipping season.

Watertown Daily Times

 

Port Reports -  November 8

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Hon. James L. Oberstar arrived Duluth at 01:46 Wednesday morning, and headed to Graymont to unload limestone. Indiana Harbor was outbound at 12:55 after loading iron ore pellets at CN. James R. Barker and Alpena were both expected to arrive between 20:00 and 20:30 Wednesday, the former to load coal at SMET and the latter with a load of cement for Lafarge. At the Superior entry, Burns Harbor departed at 05:51 with an ore cargo from BN. Michipicoten arrived at 06:16, loaded, and departed at 12:09 for Nanticoke. Hon. James L. Oberstar left port at 12:43 via the Superior entry after unloading, and headed for Two Harbors to load ore.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CSL Tadoussac departed Two Harbors on Nov. 7th between 04:30-05:00 for Nanticoke. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 7th at 14:37 was the Edwin H. Gott. Her AIS destination is already showing Gary. Also arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 7th was the Hon. James L. Oberstar after unloading limestone at Graymont in Superior. She arrived Two Harbors at 17:30 for North of #2 lay-by. Two Harbors has no inbound traffic scheduled for Nov. 8th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the American Century on Nov. 7th at 04:22. As of 19:30 she is still at the loading dock. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Nov. 8th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday November 7th: 7:06 CSL Laurentien arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 18:32 Federal Beaufort departed Keefer Terminal for Sorel. 18:41 Algoma Discovery departed Richardson Current River Terminal downbound. 19:34 Federal Clyde departed Richardson Main Terminal and shifted over to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Tundra remained at the elevators on Wednesday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
American Spirit started off a very busy Wednesday, arriving to unload ore at Zug Island. The Edgar B Speer, with the assistance of the Patricia Hoey, docked at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Arriving next was the Mississagi. She unloaded salt at the Motor City Materials dock, which she loaded at Ojibway Salt in Windsor. Not long after the Mississagi, the Federal Leda, with the assistance of the tug Wyoming, docked at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload. Next up was the tug Evans McKeil and her barge. They loaded coke at in the Short Cut Canal at Zug Island. The tug Mary E Hannah and her tank barge arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal Company's Rouge River terminal. Next up was the Kaye E Barker, with ore for AK Steel. Following close behind was the Olive L Moore/Menominee, with stone for the St. Clair Aggregates dock. The final arrival of the day was made by the Algoma Enterprise.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Nov 7 - Barry Andersen winds reported gusting 30 to 40 knots have kept vessels at anchor - dropping down late this evening

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 6 - Oakglen at 0447, Algocanada at 0930 (from Nanticoke dock), CSL Assiniboine at 1031, Algonova at 1531 - Departures - Nov 7 - Oakglen at 1225 and CSL Assiniboine at 1650

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 6 - Torrent (Cyp) at 1025

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 6 (all vessels anchored at Port Weller for weather) - tug Wilf Seymour at 1927, Federal Delta (Mhl) at 1944 (on first trip into the Great Lakes from builders), Trudy (Lbr) (ex Cresty-09) eta 2130 - Nov 7 - Damia Desgagnes at 0033 and Resko (Bhs) at1907 Downbound - No traffic Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks)

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 6 - Whitefish Bay at 0920, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1927, Federal Delta (Mhl) at 1944 (1st trip into the Great Lakes) and Trudy (Lbr) (ex Cresty-09) at 2220 - Nov 7 - Damia Desgagnes at 0033 and Resko (Bhs) at 1907 - Departure - Nov 7 - Federal Delta etd 2245 for the canal

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 7 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 0407 - Kaministiqua eta 2210 - Anchored - Nov 1 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 2305 - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200, Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0215, Jana Desgagnes at 0310 and Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1645 - Nov 7 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 0530 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 - Nov 5 - Baie St Paul at 0100, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0207 and Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 0330 (from the anchorage) - Nov 7 - Algoma Innovator at 1440, Tim S Dool at 0441, Algoma Mariner at 1544 - Departures - Nov 7 - Resko (Bhs) at 1701 for Thunder Bay

Bronte:
Docked - Nov 5 - Mia Desgagnes at 0856 - Departed - Nov 7 at 0808 eastbound

Toronto:
Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Nov 4 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1045 - Nov 6 - McKeil Spirit at 0145 and NACC Argonaut at 0539

 

Richardson Terminals mark 100 years on Thunder Bay's waterfront

11/8 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – Over the last century, there has been a constant presence on the Thunder Bay waterfront as an employer, landmark, and more recently, a driver of change in local agriculture. The towering grain elevators of Richardson Terminals have the rare distinction of being under the same ownership for 100 years.

“We are still in the same location and the same company, while others have closed, amalgamated, or changed hands,” said Gerry Heinrichs, plant manager for the terminal.

The Thunder Bay Richardson Terminals, also known locally as JRI, consists of two elevators side-by-side: one on Marina Park Drive and the other on Shipyard Road, located in the north end of the city. It is one of four terminals located in Canada. The others are in Hamilton; Sorel-Tracy, northeast of Montreal on the St. Lawrence River; and Vancouver.

The Thunder Bay Terminals are the furthest inland of the company's port elevators, connecting Western Canada to the Atlantic Ocean, and are regarded as major hubs for shipping to the United States, Mexico and South America.

This summer, it celebrated the centennial with a big family-friendly party for employees past and present, including the commemoration of an inukshuk, quarried from local amethyst-studded granite, in a small park next to its Marina Park Drive Terminal.

Heinrichs said the elevators themselves have a lot of history, with decades of infrastructure and upgrades layered on each other, as well as several generations of workers that have come and gone.

History is everywhere on the grounds. From the giant concrete James Richardson and Sons motif on the main walkway on the Marina Park Drive elevator, to the decades-old gangways and doors alongside state-of-the-art cleaning machines and loading systems.

Their day-to-day operations have stayed largely the same for those 100 years. Grain products are transported, cleaned, graded, inspected for hazards like mould and gravel, stored in elevators and loaded onto ships bound for domestic and international markets. Over the decades the port has faced numerous challenges, including radical changes in transport and a decline in business in the port as a whole.

Read more and view a photo gallery at this link: https://www.northernontariobusiness.com/regional-news/thunder-bay/port-elevators-contribute-to-northwestern-ontarios-agricultural-renaissance-1111595

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Traffic stopped on Lake St. Clair

11/7  - The tug Olive L. Moore and barge Menominee were underway about 8 p.m. Wednesday night on their downbound  trip to unload in the Rouge. No damage was reported and it appears the vessel did not leave the channel.

Original Report: Wednesday afternoon the tug Olive L. Moore and barge Menominee lost steering while transiting downbound on Lake St. Clair. The tug and barge are stopped in the channel below the St. Clair Cutoff Channel near Light 30. Traffic in the area is unable to pass and starting to back up. At 6 p.m. the downbound Kaye E. Barker, Algoma Enterprise, Limnos and Cedarglen were stopped or running at greatly reduced speed waiting for the tug and barge to clear. Off Detroit the Edgar B. Speer was stopped in the Belle Isle Anchorage

 

Lakes limestone trade down 7.5 percent in October

11/7 - Cleveland, Ohio – Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.4 million tons in October, a decrease of 7.5 percent compared to a year ago. Limestone cargos also trailed the month’s 5-year average by 4.6 percent.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.8 million tons, a decrease of 6 percent. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 568,000 tons, a decrease of 14.6 percent.

Year-to-date the limestone trade stands at 24.2 million tons, an increase of 1.9 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries total 19.8 million tons, an increase of 1.7 percent. Shipments from Ontario quarries total 4.4 million tons, an increase 2.6 percent.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Lake Superior levels higher in October

11/7 - The International Lake Superior Board of Control reports that wet weather in October has resulted in a significant rise in Lake Superior water levels. The lake rose three inches last month compared to an average decrease of two inches in October.

The above average levels combined with strong winds and waves continue to result in shoreline erosion and coastal damage. Lake Superior is now 11 inches above average for the beginning of November but is two inches below what it was last year at this time.

The lake is expected to begin a seasonal decline in water levels this month.

KDAL Duluth

 

Che-Cheemaun returns to Owen Sound after drydocking

11/7 - The ferry Che-Cheemaun returned to her winter berth at the west side of the interior harbor wall in Owen Sound on the weekend. She was at Sturgeon Bay. Wis., the previous week having her propeller repaired and balanced. On Monday she was turned around to face the city proper for the Festival of Northern Lights, were she serves as a major attraction.

Paul Martin

 

Port Reports -  November 7

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
CSL Tadoussac departed Duluth at 10:10 Tuesday after unloading limestone at Hallett #8, bound for Two Harbors to load. Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 10:59 to load coal at Midwest Energy, and Indiana Harbor was inbound at 14:19 to load ore at CN. The Tregurtha was expected to depart at 23:00 Tuesday night. In Superior, Burns Harbor spent the day at Burlington Northern loading iron ore pellets, and was tentatively expected to depart late Tuesday night

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CSL Tadoussac arrived Two Harbors at 16:09 on Nov. 6th after spending the day cleaning out her cargo holds after unloading salt at Hallett #8 in Superior. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 7th is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Mesabi Miner on Nov. 6th at 12:18 for Cleveland. Due Silver Bay on Nov. 7th is the American Century. The Hon. James L. Oberstar is due in the Twin Ports early on Nov. 7th to unload stone at Graymont in Superior. A possibility she could end up in Two Harbors for iron ore pellets. When the American Integrity left Silver Bay on Nov. 3rd she was showing an Ashtabula destination. As of 19:15 on the 6th she is stopped off Cleveland now showing a Cleveland destination.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday November 6th: 6:07 Algoma Discovery arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 14:35 Tecumseh departed Viterra A for Windsor. 17:55 saltie Isolda departed Richardson Main Terminal for Montreal. 19:04 Federal Clyde weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Expected for Wednesday: CSL Laurentien.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Tundra remained at the elevators Tuesday.

Sarnia, Ont.
Wilfred Sykes, in a rare visit to the area, arrived to unload stone Tuesday evening. She is expected to finish her unload at a dock near Fawn Island, then head to Detroit to load fines.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Cuyahoga was unloading coke in the Shortcut Canal Tuesday morning. Arriving next was the John J Boland. She unloaded coal at Zug Island. The GL Ostrander/Integrity called on the Lafarge dock. She arrived from Toledo, and had unloaded in Detroit 2 days earlier. The tug Sarah Andrie and her tank barge arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. The Joyce L VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader tied up at an unknown dock along the riverfront Tuesday evening.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Nov 6 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 6 - Oakglen at 0447, Algocanada at 0930 (from Nanticoke dock), CSL Assiniboine at 1031, Algonova at 1531

Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 3 - Algocanada at 0927 - Departed dock Nov 6 at 0924 approx. for the anchorage

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 6 - Torrent (Cyp) at 1025

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 3 - Algoma Equinox at Baie St Paul at eta 2140 - Nov 5 - Robert S Pierson at 0213, Oakglen at 0926, Algoma Spirit at 1039, Baie Comeau at 1305, CSL Assiniboine at 1624, Mississagi at 1523, Florijngracht (Nld) at 1919, Federal Leda (Mhl) at 2218 and Algoma Harvester at 2243 - Nov 6 - Kitikmeot W (Can)(ex Icdas 09-18) at 0113, tug Wilf Seymour at 1927, Federal Delta (Mhl) at 1944 (on first trip into the Great Lakes from builders), Trudy (Lbr) (ex Cresty-09) eta 2130 and Damia Desgagnes at 2250. Downbound - Nov 5 - Algoma Innovator at 1425, Whitefish Bay at 2039 Oct 6 - Eemsgracht (Nld) at 0106 and Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) at 0147

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks)

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 4 - Lubie (Bhs) at 1334 - Nov 6 - Whitefish Bay at 0920, Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) at 1440, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1927, Federal Delta (Mhl) at 1944 (1st trip into the Great Lakes), Departures - Nov 6 - (eastbound) Lubie (Bhs) at 0150 approx. and Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) at 2110 approx.

Hamilton:
Arrivals Nov 6 - Algoma Innovator at 0423, Tim S Dool at 0441, Algoma Mariner at 1544 - Anchored - Nov 1 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 2305 - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200 (from the dock) and Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0215, Jana Desgagnes at 0310 and Cinnamon (Cyp) at 0645. Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 - Nov 2 - Resko (Bhs) at 0205 - Nov 5 - Baie St Paul at 0100, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0207 and Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 0330 (from the anchorage). Departures - Nov 5 - Algoma Harvester at 2043

Bronte:
Docked - Nov 5 - Mia Desgagnes at 0856

Toronto:
Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Nov 4 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1045 - Nov 6 - McKeil Spirit at 0145 and NACC Argonaut at 0539

 

Canadian Coast guard looks to squeeze more years from oldest ship

11/7 - The Canadian Coast Guard plans to squeeze another five years of service, and maybe more, out of the oldest vessel in its fleet. The 55-year-old science vessel Hudson is one more example of the uncertainty surrounding Canada's shipbuilding program.

CCGS Hudson was supposed to be replaced as early as 2014 as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy. But the project to build the replacement at Vancouver's Seaspan shipyard still has no budget, confirmed construction start date or timeline for completion.

In the meantime, the Hudson is now expected to be in service until 2023 and possibly longer.

"At least, yes," said Mario Pelletier, the coast guard's deputy commissioner. "As we get closer to those dates we will look and … see if we need the ship around for a bit longer. We'll look at the work that needs to be done."

The goal, he said, is to keep the Hudson in operation until a new offshore oceanographic science vessel is delivered.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/coast-guard-vessel-hudson-refit-replacement-shipbuilding-strategy-1.4887361

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Great Lakes iron ore trade up nearly 6 percent in October

11/6 - Cleveland, Ohio – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 5.8 million tons in October, an increase of 5.7 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments also outpaced the month’s 5-year average by nearly 9 percent.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 44.7 million tons, a decrease of 1.8 percent compared to the same point in 2017. The shortfall has been decreasing over the course of the shipping season. At the end of April, iron ore shipments were down nearly 14 percent.

Through October iron ore loadings are 7.2 percent ahead of their 5-year average for the January-October timeframe.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Fednav's new Federal Delta enters Seaway for the Great Lakes

11/6 - Federal Delta (IMO 9805271), built in 2018 at Oshima Shipbuilding Ltd. in Oshima, Japan, arrived in Montreal, Quebec, on November 4 and departed early in the morning on November 5 enroute to Port Colborne, Ontario.

This is the ship's first visit to the Great Lakes/Seaway system. She is one of four new Handy-size bulkers built for Fednav in 2018 in Japan at Oshima, with the others being Federal Nagara (IMO 9805257), Federal Dart (IMO 9805242) and Federal Dee (IMO 9805269), all of which have now made voyages into the Great Lakes/Seaway system.

Federal Delta and her sisterships are all registered in the Marshall Islands with each having a length of 199.98 meters and a beam of 23.76 meters. Each has four deck cranes, whereas some of their earlier fleetmates from Oshima have three deck cranes.

Denny Dushane

 

Port Reports -  November 6

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
CSL Tadoussac arrived Duluth at 10:26 Monday morning and tied up in the Hallett #8 slip to unload limestone. She is expected to depart early Tuesday for Two Harbors to load. At the Superior entry, St. Clair departed at 08:20 with iron ore pellets from BN, and Algoma Guardian arrived from anchor at 09:35 and began loading. She was due to depart at 21:30 Monday night. Also arriving on Monday was Burns Harbor, which came in at 16:05 and docked at Lakehead Pipeline to take a delay. She is expected to load at BN after the Guardian's departure.

Two Harbors - Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
The only traffic Two Harbors had on Nov. 5th was the arrival of Heritage Marine's tug Nels J. at 13:04 and the departure of Heritage Marine's tug Edward H. at 13:56. There is no scheduled traffic for Two Harbors on Nov. 6th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Mesabi Miner on Nov. 5th at 18:07. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Nov. 6th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday November 5th: 9:17 Tecumseh arrived at Viterra B to load grain. She would later depart Viterra B and shift over to Viterra A to load grain. 10:27 saltie Isolda weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 12:28 Algoma Enterprise departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Detroit. 13:02 Cedarglen departed Superior Elevator for Baie Comeau. 13:02 saltie Isadora weighed anchor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. Expected for Tuesday: Algoma Discovery.

Lake Michigan Ports
Algoma Compass arrived at Green Bay Monday with a load of limestone for GLC.

Limestone Ports
Monday, Stoneport: Olive L Moore/Menominee arrived to load. Calcite: 14:09 Hon. James L Oberstar departed for Duluth Superior. Meldrum Bay: 18:00 Joseph H Thompson Jr. arrived to load. Drummond Island: Wilfred Sykes arrived to load. Upon departure she will make a rare trip down Lake Huron to unload at two St. Clair River docks on the Canadian side. She will return north after loading at Detroit.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday. With the bad weather letting up, all boats that waited out the gale weighed anchor and were underway to their original destinations. 2:10 Algoma Compass, 5:40 American Mariner both for Green Bay. 8:13 Undaunted for Kingsville, 8:39 Samuel De Champlain for Alpena. 9:00 Sarah Andrie for Detroit.9:38 Frontenac for Midland. John G Munson for Gary. 13:10 Wilfred Sykes for Drummond Island. 17:47 Anglican Lady and is down bound on Lake Michigan. McGregor Bay: 8:36 The cement carrier departed for Alpena. Alpena: 16:50 Samuel De Champlain arrived and tied up at the unloading dock. 20:05 The cement carrier Alpena arrived and proceeded to load.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Tundra remained at the elevators Monday.

Saginaw River
Calumet arrived with stone for Saginaw.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
There was no vessel activity at the Port of Detroit on Monday

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday Nov 5 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 3 - Algocanada at 0927

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 3 - Algoma Equinox at Baie St Paul at eta 2140 - Nov 5 - Robert S Pierson at 0213, Oakglen at 0926, Algoma Spirit at 1039, Baie Comeau at 1305, CSL Assiniboine at 1624, Mississagi at 1523, Florijngracht (Nld) at 1919, Federal Leda (Mhl) at 2130 and Kitikmeot W (Can) (ex Icdas 09-18) eta 2340. Downbound - Nov 4 - Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 1258, Mississagi at 1337, Algoma Equinox at 2034 and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 2343 - Nov 5 - Lubie (Bhs) at 0242, Algoma Buffalo at 0438, Harbour Feature (Por) at 0903, CSL St Laurent at 1017, Algoma Innovator at 1425, Whitefish Bay at 2039 and Eemsgracht (Nld) eta 2110

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks) -

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 4 - Eemsborg (Nld) at (Nld) at 1109 - Nov 5 - Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 0117, Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1110 and Lubie (Bhs) at 1334 - Departures - Nov 10 - Eemsborg at 0410 approx. eastbound - Nov 5 - (eastboound) Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 1530, Patras (Mlt) at 1615

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 4 - Baie St Paul at 2357 - Nov 5 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0207, Algoma Harvester at 0314 and Mississagi at 0425. Anchored - Nov 1 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 2305 (from the dock) - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200 (from the dock) and Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0215. Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 - Nov 2 - Resko (Bhs) at 0115 and Federal Danube ( Bds) - correction stopped at Ogdensburg - Oct 3 - Manitoulin at 0849 - Nov 4 - Jana Desgagnes at 1913 - Nov 5 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 0330 (from the anchorage). Departures - Nov 5 - for the canal - Mississagi at 1224 and Florijngracht (Nld) at 1602 for Cleveland

Bronte:
Anchored - Nov 4 - Mia Desgagnes at 1322 - Departed Nov 5 at 0853 for the dock. Docked - Nov 5 - Mia Desgagnes at 0856

Toronto:
Arrival - Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Nov 4 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1045 - Departure - Nov 4 - NACC Argonaut at 1453 eastbound

Oshawa:
Departures - Nov 5 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0949 eastbound and Floringracht (Nld) at 1602 for Cleveland

Ogdensburg:
Docked - Nov 1 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 2315

 

National Museum offers ‘Tug Ohio – Before and After Experience’

11/6 - The National Museum of the Great Lakes will make available a limited number of tours of their newest acquisition – the tug Ohio. “We have had such significant public demand from people to see the tug right away we came up with a program to make that possible –The Tug Ohio Before and After Experience,” said Christopher Gillcrist, executive director.

Gillcrist described the program as a chance for the general public and members of the museum to see the tug prior to its restoration this winter and spring, and then return in the late spring to see how she has changed in presentation. During the initial viewing this fall, participants will be led through the tug by docents who will discuss the history of Great Lakes Towing, the history of the tugboat, issues related to towing in general and plans for the Ohio’s restoration.

Later in the spring of 2019, these same participants will be invited back to see the tug prior to her public grand opening once the restoration is complete and to watch her rechristened as the Museum Ship Tug Ohio. “Yes, we will break a champagne bottle over her gunnel,” he said.

The “Before” tours will be held Friday through Sunday November 30, December 1 and December 2. Members of the museum will be admitted free of charge to the special tours but must register at Tugohio.eventbrite.com or contact museum staff to reserve their space. The general public is invited to participate but there is $15 per person charge which includes admission to the museum on that day. The general public can register and pay at Tugohio.eventbrite.com as well. Because the tug is not yet restored, children under 12 will not be admitted as this is a hard hat tour. There are a limited number of tickets offered per day and tickets will be for specific time periods on each day. For more information contact the staff at the National Museum of the Great at 419-214-5000 extension 0.

 

Obituary: Henry Barkhausen: avid sailor, maritime historian

11/6 - Henry Noyes Barkhausen, an authority on Great Lakes maritime history, died peacefully on October 6 at age 103 at his Lake Forest, Ill., home.

His deep interest in the history of sailing vessels on the Great Lakes led him, with assistance from Elizabeth Cutler of Milwaukee (a daughter of Edmund Fitzgerald after whom the ill-fated freighter was named), to form the Association of Great Lakes Maritime Museums in 1984, which is now the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History.

In addition, he was a key supporter of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, Wis., with a particular focus on their collections. He purchased a substantial volume of historical materials from a retired Great Lakes sailing captain from Manitowoc in the 1930s and later donated it and many other items to the museum, the foremost institution of its kind among the many maritime museums on the Great Lakes.

Barkhausen was also a dedicated conservationist, serving in the early 1970s as the Director of the Illinois Department of Conservation, and 45 years thereafter as a trustee, chairman, and life trustee of the Illinois Nature Conservancy. His most noted achievement was his pivotal role in preserving and helping to restore the Cache River Wetlands in southern-most Illinois, a wetland region of international significance on which federal and state and private conservation organizations have collaborated and which boasts the greatest biodiversity found in Illinois. That the Cache River Wetlands visitor center and natural history museum bears his name is a testament to his efforts.

Henry is survived by his wife Alice, with whom he shared a remarkable 77 years, and his five children: Sarah (Ned) Rossiter of Concord, MA; Joan (David) Grubin of NewYork City; Henry (Lele) of Winnetka; David (Sue) of Lake Bluff; and John (Deborah) of Warren, Vt, as well as eleven grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. His remains will be buried with his parents and sisters in the Friendship Township Cemetery outside Harbor Springs, Mich. A service will be held at their Lake Forest Place senior residence on December 8.

Any memorial contributions may be made to the Harbor Point Lighthouse Fund via the HPA office or the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society, 349 E. Main St., Harbor Springs 49740.

Harbor Light

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Boatnerd fundraising drive heading toward goal

11/5 - Thank you to everyone who has donated to the current Boatnerd fundraising drive so far. Although we don’t have a specific goal in mind, we hope to raise an amount similar to when we would hold trip raffles - $10,000 - $25,000. These funds will be used to launch our much-needed site redesign and fund our operating budget for the next few years.

To our corporate users, we are a 501 (c) 3 non profit and welcome all donations. We often hear from HR, Traffic Departments and Marketing for assistance in those areas. We’re happy to help and would appreciate any financial support from the companies that find Boatnerd useful.

 

Port Reports -  November 5

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The 30-knot winds and 8-10 foot waves on western Lake Superior prevented any vessels from arriving Duluth on Sunday. CSL Tadoussac is expected at 0800 Monday with limestone, however her actual arrival time is weather dependent. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort arrived at 01:58 Sunday, loaded at BN, and departed at 13:30 with iron ore pellets for Burns Harbor. St. Clair came in at 14:43 and began loading at BN. She was expected to depart mid-morning Monday. Algoma Guardian was on the hook outside the Superior entry on Sunday waiting to load.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
When the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed Two Harbors on Nov. 3rd she had no discharge port AIS. She is going to Indiana Harbor. On Nov. 3rd the American Spirit shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 between 19:21 to 19:59. She departed Two Harbors on Nov. 4th at 11:39 for Zug Island. Two Harbors has no scheduled traffic for Nov. 5th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival and departure of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader on Nov. 4th. She arrived at 01:18 and departed at 10:27 for Indiana Harbor-West. Due Silver Bay on Nov. 5th is the Mesabi Miner. She should arrive late in the day, weather permitting.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday November 4th: 11:17 Algoma Enterprise arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 11:23 Federal Clyde arrived and went to anchor. 16:10 saltie Isadora arrived and went to anchor. 19:03 saltie Isolda arrived and went to anchor. Expected for Monday: Tecumseh.

Lake Michigan Ports
Vessel traffic was hugging the Michigan shore Sunday night due to high winds. Herbert C. Jackson was stopped off Michigan City. Philip R. Clarke was arriving at Burns Harbor Sunday night. Edwin H. Gott was at Gary. Fraserborg remained at S. Chicago.

Limestone Ports
Sunday, November 4: Stoneport: 6:03 Kaye E Barker arrived to load and at 17:35 with a following sea departed for Marquette. Calcite: 1:31 American Mariner departed for Green Bay. 17:24 Hon. James L Oberstar arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron
Sunday, November 4th Alpena: 0:19 the cement carrier Alpena departed for McGregor Bay. McGregor Bay: 10:24 the cement carrier Alpena arrived at the Lafarge Whitefish Terminal to unload. With a SE gale blowing on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron a number of boats have taken shelter until the weather passes. American Mariner, Algoma Compass, Anglican Lady and Undaunted have anchored just south of the Mackinac Straits at Trails End Bay. Wilfred Sykes and Sarah Andrie have anchored off of Mackinac City. Samuel de Champlain has anchored off of Cheboygan. John G Munson and Frontenac have gone to anchor in the St Marys River above Black Rock Point, Drummond Island.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Tundra remained at the elevators Sunday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
On Sunday, the Lee A Tregurtha arrived with ore for AK Steel. Next in was the GL Ostrander/Integrity with cement for Lafarge. Joseph H Thompson Jr/Joseph H Thompson arrived to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. After fueling, the CSL Laurentien arrived at Zug Island to unload ore from the Seaway. Arriving next was the H Lee White. She unloaded coal at Zug Island. Arriving Sunday night were the tugs Nickelena and Mary E Hannah. They tied up along the riverfront between the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal and the Lafarge terminal.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Nov 4 ¬– Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage -
Anchored - Nov 3 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1035 - Departed Oct 3 at 2047 eastbound

Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 3 - Algocanada at 0927 - Nov 4 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1930. Departed - Nov 4 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1803 eastbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 3 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0857 and Vancouverborg (Nld) at 1445 and Baie St Paul eta 2140. Downbound - Nov 23 - McKeil Spirirt at 2335 Nov 4 - Eemsborg (Nld) (departed wharf 2 at 1003 for Port Weller anchorage), USS Wichita (LCS-13) at 0346 on maiden trip from builder's yard to Mayport, FL.) with tug Ocean A Gauthier assisting, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0716, Baie Comeau at 1005, Radcliffe R Latimer at 1047, Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 1258, Mississagi at 1337, Algoma Equinox at 2030 and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) eta 2100

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks) - Nov 4 - Eemsborg (Nld) departed wharf 2 at 1003

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 4 - Eemsborg (Nld) at (Nld) at 1109 - Nov 4 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1357 - Departed - Nov 3 - Finnborg (Nld)at 0700 approx. eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrival - Nov 4 - light tug Ocean A Gauthier at 1452 (from assisting USS Wichita - LCS-13) down the canal on her maiden voyage to Mayport, FL) and Jana Desgagnes at 1913 - Anchored - Nov 1 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 1100 and Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 2305 (from the dock) - Nov 4 - Tufty (Cyp) (from the dock) - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 - Oct 29 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1110 - Nov 2 - Resko (Bhs) at 0115 - Federal Danube ( Bds) at 2209 - Oct 3 - Manitoulin at 0849. Departures - Nov 3 - Robert S Pierson at 1936 eastbound - Nov 4 - (eastbound) - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1152 for Port Weller anchorage) and Vancouverborg at 1329 for Chicago

Bronte:
Anchored - Nov 4 - Mia Desgagnes at 1322

Toronto:
Arrival - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Departure - Nov 4 - NACC Argonaut at 1453 eastbound

Oshawa:
Anchored - Oct 3 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1431 -Oct 4 - Floringracht (Nld) at 0806 (from port Weller anchorage) - Departed - Nov 4 - Stade (Atg) at 0728 eastbound

 

‘Books and Boats’ to feature authors and more in Port Huron on Saturday

11/5 -Port Huron, Mich. – Join several Great Lakes authors, as well as photographers and others Nov. 10 for “Books & Boats” at the Great Lakes Maritime Center in Port Huron.

On hand will be Roger LeLievre (“Know Your Ships”), Robert Campbell (“Classic Ships of the Great Lakes”), Roger P. Hulett (“A Lot More To Do: The Remarkable Life of Frank Mays”), Raymond Bawal Jr. (“The Inland Steel Fleet” and others), and Port Huron area author Pegg Thomas. All will be happy to sign copies of their books.

A special guest will be Great Lakes illustrator Don Lee, whose personalized Great Lakes caricatures are popular on Facebook and other sites. He will draw your likeness as your favorite boat (no charge but tips appreciated).

In addition, Bob May from Lake Freighter Minis will have his paper lake vessel model kits for sale. Among maritime photographers scheduled to attend are Mary Truchan and Frank Switlicki (aluminum prints).

The Great Lakes Nautical Society will be on hand with a display of model boats and model boat kits for sale for kids to build.

Great Lakes Maritime Center

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Port Reports -  November 4

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
John G. Munson departed Duluth at 00:34 Saturday morning with iron ore pellets from CN. Michipicoten arrived at 05:25, loaded at CN, and then left port at 14:35. The next vessel on the arrival schedule, CSL Tadoussac, isn't due until Sunday night. In Superior, Roger Blough arrived at 11:23 Saturday and began loading ore at Burlington Northern. She is expected to depart early Sunday morning.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors on Nov. 2nd at 21:27 for Conneaut. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 2nd at 21:49 was the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. She departed on Nov. 3rd at 19:25. She has yet to have an updated AIS. The American Spirit arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 3rd at 10:07 for North of #2 lay-by. As of 19:40 on Nov. 3rd she is shifting to South of #2. She departed North of #2 at 19:21. There is no traffic due Two Harbors on Nov. 4th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the American Integrity on Nov. 3rd at 05:57 for Ashtabula. Due Silver Bay early on Nov. 4th is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday November 3rd: 13:09 Cedarglen arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. 16:29 Frontenac departed G3 for Midland. Expected for Sunday: Algoma Enterprise and salties Federal Clyde and Isadora.

Lake Michigan Ports
The tanker Bro Anna arrived at Green Bay on Saturday. Wilfred Sykes was unloading slag at Grand Haven. Fraserborg was in S. Chicago.

Limestone Ports
Saturday, Stoneport: Herbert C Jackson departed for Milwaukee. 12:00 John Marshall arrived to load and at 16:48 departed for Cheboygan. Calcite: 4:31 Sam Laud departed and was down bound on Lake Huron. 4:37 American Mariner weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. 15:56 Philip R Clarke departed for Burns Harbor. Port Inland: 7:33 Great Republic arrived to load and departed at 15:54 for Ashtabula.

Northern Lake Huron
Saturday, Alpena: 7:28 John Marshall departed for Stoneport. 13:47 G L Ostrander arrived to load cement products and departed at 18:54. She is down bound on Lake Huron. 20:21 the cement carrier Alpena arrived to load. Owen Sound: 18:08 Chi Cheemaun arrived for winter layup. Since the close of the Manitoulin Island-Tobermory ferry season she has been in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., for inspections and repairs.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Tundra remained at the elevators Saturday. Algoma Buffalo was loading salt.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Capt. Henry Jackman was unloading cement clinker at the St. Marys Cement dock Saturday morning. Arriving next was the Mesabi Miner, stopping at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Next was the tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge, calling on the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. After the Mesabi Miner departed, the tug Karen Andrie and her tank barge took her place at the dock. The parade of vessels calling on the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal continued with the arrival of the tug Candace Elise and her barge. The last arrival of the day was the Indiana Harbor, which unloaded ore at Zug Island.

Toledo, Ohio
BBC Germany was at Gradel's dock just above the CSX bridge on Saturday.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Nov 3 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 3 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1035

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Nov 3 - Algocanada at 0927 - Docked - Nov 1 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1330

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 2 - Algonova at 2222 - Nov 3 - Algoma Discovery at 0240, CSL Laurentien at 0455, Reestborg (Nld) at 0852, Whitefish Bay at 0930, light tug Ocean A Gauthier at 0936. Downbound - Nov 1 - Eemsborg (Nld) (stopped at wharf 2) - Nov 2 - Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 1350, G3 Marquis at 1604, Manitoulin at 1718, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1921 and Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 2208 - Nov 3 - Finnborg (Nld) at 0246. Algowood at 1046 and McKeil Spirit eta 2330

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks) - Nov 2 - Eemsborg (Nld) at 0903

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 3 - Finnborg (Nld) at 1225 - Departed Oct 3 at 2000 approx. eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 2 Federal Danube ( Bds) at 2209 - Nov 3 - Robert S Pierson at 0630, Vancouverborg (Nld) at 0704 and Manitoulin at 0849. Anchored - Nov 1 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 1100 and Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 2305 (from the dock) - Oct 3 - Tufty (Cyp) (from the dock) -Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 - Oct 29 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1110 - Oct 31 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1225 - (from the anchorage) - Nov 2 - Resko (Bhs) at 0115 - Departures - Nov 2 - (eastbound) - Algoma Discovery at 2209 and Florence Spirit at 2315 - Nov 3 - (eastbound) Robert S Pierson at 1936 Algoma Strongfield at 2156

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 2 - Robert S Pierson at 1731 - Departed Nov 3 at 0459 westbound

Toronto:
Arrival - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Nov 3 - NACC Argonaut at 1756 - Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up, awaiting a departure date for Montreal)

Oshawa:
Anchored - Oct 3 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1431 - Docked - Oct 30 - Stade (Atg) at 0729

 

World Ship Society - Casualties / Demolitions for November 2018

11/4 - Vessels with Great Lakes / Seaway connection - reported as a Casualty or Sold for Demolition, taken from November 2018 issue of Marine News – Journal of the World Ship Society

Casualties: None

Demolitions:
Lanark (8517059; Panama) Cilona-17, Paros Wind-16, Simple-15, Simple II-13, Avana II-10, Silver Wind-10, Sichem Maya-07 (1st trip into the Seaway 2006), Songa Maya-06 (1st trip into the Seaway 2006), Lake Maya-06, (1st trip into the Seaway 2004), Kapitan Rudnev-03 (1st trip into the Seaway 1998) - 10,498 / 1988 - chemical / products tanker. By Raven Shipping SA (Fides Ship Management LLC), Marshall Islands, to Gohilwad Shipbreakers, India and arrived Alang 25.02.2018 - commenced demolition 31.03.2018

Report prepared by Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Port Reports -  November 3

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Century departed Duluth at 00:15 Friday with coal for St. Clair. Eemsgracht came in at 02:00, and backed into the Port Terminal slip to unload general cargo. John G. Munson was inbound an hour later with limestone to discharge at Hallett #5. Cason J. Callaway departed from CN at 08:45, and James R. Barker arrived at 09:04 to load coal at Midwest Energy. Early Friday afternoon, the Munson shifted over to CN and began loading ore. Eemsgracht was tentatively expected to depart around 21:00. There isn't any traffic expected through the Superior entry until Saturday, when Roger Blough is due at 11:30 to load iron ore pellets at BN.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 1st at 19:38 and departed Two Harbors on Nov. 2nd between 05:30-06:00 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 2nd at 11:17 was the Edgar B. Speer. As of 17:30 she was still at the loading dock. The Speer is loading for Conneaut. Also due Two Harbors on Nov. 2nd is the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. As of 19:30 on Nov. 2nd the McCarthy Jr. was approx. 15 miles East of Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 3rd is the American Spirit. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the American Integrity on Nov. 2nd at 11:18. Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader is due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay late in the day on Nov. 3rd. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Nov. 3rd.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday November 2nd: 0:52 Federal Beaufort departed Richardson Current River Terminal and proceeded to Keefer Terminal. 4:04 saltie Lubie departed Viterra B for Montreal. 16:37 CSL St Laurent departed G3 for Quebec City. 17:03 Frontenac weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load grain. Expected for Saturday: Cedarglen.

Lake Michigan
Alpena departed Green Bay in the evening Friday. Isolda was at Milwaukee. Burns Harbor was unloading at her namesake port. Kaye E. Barker was at Buffington. Wilfred Sykes was at Indiana Harbor unloading stone, after which she will load slag. Fraserborg was at S. Chicago.

Limestone Ports
Thursday, Calcite: 22:58 John J Boland arrived to Load. Drummond Island: 23:03 Joseph H Thompson Jr departed for Fairport. Friday, Stoneport: Olive L Moore departed for Monroe. 16:17 Herbert C Jackson arrived to load. Calcite: 5:28 Philip R Clarke arrived and went to anchor. 13:29 Sam Laud arrived to load. 17:33 American Mariner arrived and went to anchor. 18:07 John J Boland departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. Philip R Clarke weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
On Friday, three vessels were tied up in the Thunder Bay River. The research vessel Spencer F. Baird and the tug Paul L. Luedtke were both docked in the river. Algoma Buffalo made its second delivery of road salt to the area on Friday afternoon. It backed into the river and added to the growing pile of salt at the Alpena Oil Dock. The tug John Marshall was tied up at Lafarge on Friday as well.

Northern Lake Huron
Friday, Alpena: 11:34 Algoma Buffalo arrived to unload road salt. 14:44 John Marshall arrived at the Lafarge plant to unload. 17:47 Algoma Buffalo departed for Goderich. McGregor Bay: 5:50 Algoma Compass arrived at Fisher Harbour to unload road salt. 9:10 She departed and is west bound on Lake Huron.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Tundra remained at the elevators Friday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H. The tug Sharon M 1 and barge Huron Spirit arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal Friday afternoon. The Hon. James L Oberstar arrived with ore for AK Steel.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday Nov 2 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Nov 1 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1330 - Departures - Nov 2 - tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 1323 westbound

Buffalo: (Tonawanda)
Arrival - Oct 31 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0829 - Tonawanda at 1100 approx. - Departed - Tonawanda Nov 2 at 0728 approx. - Buffalo at 1007 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 1 - Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 1620, Capt Henry Jackman at 1810 and Algoma Sault at 1953 - Nov 2 - Tecumseh at 0935, CCG Limnos at 0950 and Algonova eta 2140. Downbound - Nov 1 - Eemsborg at 2216 Nov 2 - Algoma Mariner at 0043, Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16, Luebbert-13) at 0901, Algoma Hansa at 1324, Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 1350, G3 Marquis at 1604, Manitoulin at 1718, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1921 and Federal Hunter (Mhl) eta 2145,

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks) - Nov 2 - Eemsborg (Nld) at 0903

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 2 - Resko (Bhs) at 0115 and Algoma Strongfield at 1302 - Anchored - Nov 1 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 1100 and Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 2305 (from the dock) - Nov 2 - Florence Spirit at 1900 (from the dock) - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 - Oct 29 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1110 - Oct 31 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1225 - (from the anchorage) - Nov 1 - Algoma Discovery at 0119, Tufty (Cyp) at 0802 - Departures - Nov 2 - Erin Schulte (GBr) at 01808 for Great Britain

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 2 - Robert S Pierson at 1731

Toronto:
Arrival - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Departure - Nov 2 - NACC Argonaut at 0714 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 30 - Stade (Atg) at 0729

 

New salties for 2018

11/3 - As of October 31, 38 new saltwater vessels called at various ports along the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes. They are the following ones: Adfines Sky, Amarant, Anet, Arsland, Atlantik Miracle, BBC Luanda, BBC Polonia, Calypso, Cape Dawson, Celsius Mumbai, CLI Pride, Eemsgracht, Erin Schulte, Falstria Swan, Federal Dart, Federal Dee, Federal Nagara, Gardno, Isabelle G, Johanna G, Josef, Kitikmeot W., Lolland, Maple Lea, McKeil Spirit, Mia Desgagnés, Miena Desgagnés Mississippi Star, Momentum Scan, NACC Alicudi, NACC Argonaut, Nordic Ace, Onego Rio, Rike, Senja, Sichem Marseille, Sten Fjord, Tasing Swan.

One of them, BBC Luanda was renamed overseas during the year and came back twice under the name CLI Pride. A new one is expected in a few days, the Federal Delta. Possible new ones: Holandia and Carolus Magnus. To be confirmed.

René Beauchamp

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Port Reports -  November 2

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Joseph L. Block departed Duluth at 04:14 Thursday morning, destined for Indiana Harbor with a load of blast furnace trim from Hallett #5. Cason J. Callaway was inbound at 08:17 with limestone to discharge at C. Reiss, and Paul R. Tregurtha left port at 09:50 after loading coal at Midwest Energy. American Century, which was originally scheduled to load in Silver Bay, arrived at 13:48 and began loading at SMET instead. The Callaway was expected to shift to CN on Thursday evening to load iron ore pellets. At the Superior entry, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed at 10:08 Thursday with a cargo of ore from BN.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Indiana Harbor arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 31st at 20:24 for the shiploader. She departed Nov. 1st at 09:42 for Detroit. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 1st was the Edwin H. Gott, arriving between 19:30-20:00. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 2nd are the Edgar B. Speer and the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. American Century was scheduled for Northshore Mining in Silver Bay, but on the morning of Nov. 1st she arrived off Silver Bay and after a few minutes continued down the North Shore to the Twin Ports to load coal at SMET. Due Silver Bay on Nov. 2nd is the American Integrity.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday October 31st: 21:50 saltie Lubie departed Viterra A and shifted over to Viterra B to load grain. Thursday November 1st: 14:39 saltie Eemsgracht departed Keefer Terminal for Duluth-Superior. Approximately 17:00 Frontenac arrived and went to anchor southwest of the Welcome Islands. She is waiting for CSL St Laurent to depart G3. 19:34 Federal Satsuki departed Richardson Main Terminal for Sorel.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Daniel Lindner
Presque Isle arrived in Sturgeon Bay on Wednesday for drydocking and to receive her five-year inspection. Roger Blough, which has spent the past few days at the shipyard, departed mid-day Thursday for Duluth. Bay Shipbuilding's newest construction, the tank barge Kirby 155-03 and tug Ronnie Murph, were conducting sea trials on Thursday. Once completed, the pair will leave the Lakes for service in the Gulf of Mexico. American Courage remains in long-term layup at the shipyard, however reports indicate she will sail next season.

S. Lake Michigan
Federal Clyde and Burns Harbor were at Burns Harbor Thursday night. St. Clair was unloading at Indiana Harbor.

Limestone Ports
Thursday November 1, Stoneport: 15:30 Olive L Moore arrived to load. Calcite: Calumet departed for Cleveland. 8:48 Kay E Barker departed and is down bound on Lake Michigan. Drummond Island: 13:41 Joseph H Thompson arrived to load. Port Dolomite: H Lee White departed for Erie. Port Inland: 0:17 Manitowoc departed for Cleveland.

Northern Lake Huron
Thursday November 1, updated destination for the cement carrier Alpena is Green Bay. Bruce Mines: Mississagi departed for Cleveland.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Buffalo was loading salt Thursday, with saltie Tundra at the elevators.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
On Thursday, the Clyde S VanEnkevort/Erie Trader arrived at Zug Island to unload ore. Next was the Defiance/Ashtabula, arriving with coal for Zug Island. The Everlast/Norman McLeod, who had been docked at the Marathon Terminal for the past several days, shifted to the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Arriving next was the Herbert C Jackson with ore for AK Steel. American Mariner arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel, marking the last arrival of the day. USN Wichita arrived, assisted by the Monroe-based tug Wisconsin.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Nov 1 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Departed -(for Nanticoke docks) - Oct 31 - tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 2015 - Nov 1 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1321

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Oct 30 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0454 - Oct 31 - CSL Tadoussac at 0743 and tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 2025 - Nov 1 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1330 - Departures - (both westbound) Oct 31 - CSL Tadoussac at 2028 - Nov 1 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1221

Buffalo:
Docked - Oct 29 - American Mariner at 2255 (from the anchorage) - Departed Nov 1 at 0021 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 31 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0746, Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 1829 and Algoma Guardian at 2110 - Nov 1 - McKeil Spirit at 0400, John D Leitch at 0902, Isadora (Cyp) at 1332, Baie Comeau at 1509, tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 1620, Capt Henry Jackman at 1810 and Algoma Sault at 1953. Downbound - Oct 31 - Floragracht (Nld) at 1627 - Nov 1 - CSL Niagara at 0308, Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 0633, Algoma Transport at 1322, Adriaticborg (Nld) at 1350, Eemsborg eta 2150 and Algoma Mariner eta 2340

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks)

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 1 - Algoma Discovery at 0119, Tufty (Cyp) at 0802, Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 1941 (to anchor) and Florence Spirit at 1533 - Anchored - Nov 1 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 1100 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 -Oct 28 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 1545 - Oct 29 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1110 - Oct 31 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1225 - (from the anchorage) and Erin Schulte (GBr) at 1550 - Departures - Oct 31 - Algoma Enterprise at 2240 - Nov 1 - Wicko (Bhs) at 0453 for Ireland and Isadora (Cyp) at 1122 for Thunder Bay

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 1 - Robert S Pierson at 0716 - Departed Nov 1 at 1607 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrival - Nov 1 - NACC Argonaut at 0824 - Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Departure - Nov 1 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0556

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 30 - Stade (Atg) at 0729

 

50th Cook marine holiday card available at National Museum

11/2 - The National Museum of the Great Lakes has announced the offering of their 50th Alexander Cook Marine holiday ard. Since 1968, Alexander B. Cook, artist, board member and volunteer curator at the museum, has produced a watercolor that is used as the museum’s annual holiday card. The card has gone through numerous changes over the years as technology has made possible cost efficient four-color printing. What has never changed is the fact that each year the card features a winter maritime scene.

“The holiday card is almost as old as the organization itself,” said Christopher Gillcrist, Executive Director of the National Museum of the Great Lakes. “Alex generously donates the use of the painting that is then reproduced as the holiday card and then sold through our museum store. Since 1968, we estimates sales of the card have topped $100,000.”

In his 50th card, Cook chose a local Ohio scene that he was familiar with having lived in Lakewood, Ohio, for many years. Cook’s current card features a 1950s tugboat leaving the port of Rocky River with famous Eell’s Point in background. A Christmas tree stands lit on the top of Eell’s Point. Cards sell in packs of 10 with envelopes for $14, but can also be purchased individually. Museum members receive a 10 percent discount. To view the card, interested parties can visit www.nmglstore.org. You can order the card on line or call 419-214-5000, extension 200.

The National Museum of the Great Lakes

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1956: The former schooner J.T. WING, which had operated as a museum at Belle Isle in Detroit until condemned due to rotting timbers, was burned.

1981: FROSSO K., an SD 14 ocean freighter, suffered an engine room fire enroute from Vancouver to Japan. The ship was towed back to Vancouver November 15 and repaired. It first came through the Seaway in 1974 and arrived at Cartagena, Columbia, under tow, for scrapping on February 15, 1995, as e) MAMER.

1981: The West German freighter POSEIDON first came through the Seaway in 1962 and became a regular inland trader. It was abandoned, in leaking condition on this date, as e) VIKI K. in the Red Sea. There was some suspicion that the vessel was scuttled as part of an insurance fraud. 1988: PETER MISENER struck a shoal while upbound in the Saguenay River for Port Alfred with coke. There was major damage and the ship went to Montreal for repairs.

2001: AUDACIOUS stranded at Keleman Island, Indonesia, but was refloated two days later. The damage was severe and the vessel was laid up at Singapore and then sold to shipbreakers. The ship arrived at Alang, India, to be broken up, on April 27, 2002. The ship visited the Great Lakes as a) WELSH VOYAGER in 1977, and returned as b) LONDON VOYAGER in 1982 and c) OLYMPIC LEADER in 1983. It made its first inland voyage as d) AUDACIOUS in 1996 and its final call in 2000.

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

 

Manitoba scrap tow update

11/1 - As of Halloween night, the scrap tow of the former laker Manitoba was just west of the Azores. The tow expects to reach the scrap yard in Aliaga, Turkey on November 24.

 

Port Reports -  November 1

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through the Duluth entry on Wednesday other than the Michipicoten, which left port at 00:16 with iron ore pellets from CN. Joseph L. Block spent the day at Hallett #5 loading blast furnace trim, and was tentatively expected to depart at 20:00. Paul R. Tregurtha was due at 20:30 to load coal at Midwest Energy. In Superior, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was expected to arrive at 21:30 to load ore at BN.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Algowood departed Two Harbors on Oct. 31st between 01:30-01:45 for Quebec City. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 31st is the Indiana Harbor. Her AIS is showing a 20:40 arrival time. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 1st is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Oct. 31st, but due Silver Bay on Nov. 1st is the American Century.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday October 30th: 23:11 Federal Hunter departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Montreal. 23:55 Federal Beaufort weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. Wednesday October 31st: 19:34 CSL St Laurent arrived at G3 to load grain. Expected for Thursday: Frontenac.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on a sunny Wednesday included Edwin H. Gott, Frontenac and John G. Munson. Downbounders included Federal Elbe, Victory/Kuber, Federal Hunter and, after dark, Mesabi Miner and Cuyahoga late.

Lake Michigan Ports
Algoma Innovator arrived with salt for the C Reiss dock in Escanaba on Wednesday. She was still unloading in the late evening. Isolda, Federal Clyde and Stewart J. Cort were at Burns Harbor Wednesday night. Great Republic was docked on the Cal River.

Limestone Ports
Wednesday, Stoneport: Philip R Clarke departed for Detroit. Calcite: 1:14 John G Munson arrived to load. 6:39 Kaye E Barker arrived and went anchor. 8:09 Calumet arrived to load. 17:20 John G Munson departed and was up bound on the St. Marys River Wednesday night. Kay E Barker weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. Port Inland: 13:52 Manitowoc arrived to load. Port Dolomite: H Lee White arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron
Wednesday, Spragge: 1:38 Mississagi arrived at the Lafarge dock to unload and departed at 7:59 for Bruce Mines. Bruce Mines: 13:01 Mississagi arrived to load trap rock. Alpena: 2:59 Calumet departed for Calcite. 20:05 The cement carrier Alpena departed.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Compass was loading salt Wednesday, with saltie Tundra due Thursday morning at the elevators.

Saginaw River
American Integrity arrived at the Consumers Energy dock to unload coal on Wednesday.

Sarnia, Ont.
Saginaw was undergoing repairs at the Government Dock Wednesday as the G3 Marquis took on a load at the elevator.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Walter J McCarthy Jr. was fueling at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal Wednesday morning. Arriving later was her fleetmate American Spirit, carrying ore for Zug Island. Arriving later that night was the Philip R Clarke. She had limestone for the Carmeuse Dock.

Toledo, Ohio
Manitoulin was up river loading grain Wednesday night.

Sandusky, Ohio
American Mariner was loading Wednesday night. Federal Alster was also in port.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Oct 31 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 30 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0542 - Oct 31 - tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 1709 approx.

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Oct 30 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0454 - Oct 31 - CSL Tadoussac at 0743

Buffalo:
Docked - Oct 29 - American Mariner at 2255 (from the anchorage)

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 30 - tug Evans McKeil with tug Jarrett M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1429, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1526, Cedarglen at 2200 and Algoma Equinox at 2310 - Oct 31 - BBC Germany (Gib) at 0107 (ex Leda-08) at 0132, Blacky (Cyp) at 0746, Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 1829 and Algoma Guardian eta 2100. Downbound - Oct 30 - Baie Comeau at 1730 and Algoma Enterprise at 1939 - Oct 31 - Spruceglen at 0806. Algoma Discovery at 1056 and Floragracht (Nld) at 1627

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 31 - Algoma Enterprise at 1105 and Erin Schulte (GBr) at 1550 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440, and Wicko (Bhs) at 2300 -Oct 28 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 1545 - Oct 29 - Isadora (Cyp) at 0501 and Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1110 - Oct 31 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1225 (from the anchorage) - Departures - Oct 31 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0317 for Sarnia, Ojibway at 0858 eastbound and Algoma Guardian at 1909 for the canal

Clarkson:
Arrival - Oct 30 - Robert S Pierson at 1818 - Departed Oct 31 at 0310 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 28 - Tufty (Cyp) at 1431 - Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up)

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 30 - Stade (Atg) at 0729

 

Fednav's new Federal Delta due in Montreal headed for Great Lakes

11/1 - Federal Delta (IMO 9805271), built in 2018 at the Oshima Shipbuilding Ltd., in Oshima, Japan is expected to arrive in Montreal on Nov. 4 for the first time since built. The vessel will be coming from Providence, Rhode Island, and once it departs Montreal it will be heading into for Port Colborne, Ont. And most likely to ports beyond. Federal Delta is one of four new Handy-size bulkers built at the Oshima Shipyard in 2018 for Fednav. The others are Federal Nagara IMO (9805257), which first came inland in early August, followed by Federal Dart (IMO 9805245), which has made two inland visits so far, with the first in mid-August and another in late October. Federal Dee (IMO 9805269), a sistership to the others, and Federal Delta first came inland as well in September. All four of the new Fednav ships are registered in the Marshall Islands which each being 199.98 meters in length and 23.76 meters in width. Each has four deck cranes, whereas some of their previous fleetmates by Oshima Shipyard have three deck cranes.

Denny Dushane

 

Gales of November this weekend in Duluth

11/1 - This weekend the 31st Annual Gales of November, a maritime heritage event, will offer presentations, exhibitors and a silent auction. Key speakers include Brett Seymour, deputy chief of the National Park Service’s Submerged Resources Center based in Denver, telling about a project taking underwater photos with a team at Isle Royale National Park in preparation for creating a virtual 3D tour of the shipwrecks there (noon Friday at The Sports Garden).

Saturday at the DECC, you can hear Paul C. LaMarre III, director of the Port of Monroe, Michigan, talk about growing up in a maritime family, working on boats on the Great Lakes, and how he led a grassroots campaign that saved and restored the Col. James M. Schoonmaker, a historic freighter that’s now a museum ship (noon Saturday, the DECC). Gales of November is a major fundraiser for the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association in Duluth. Lake Superior Magazine hosts a Friday evening gala from 5-7 p.m.

Lake Superior Marine Museum Association

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 1

The LEHIGH, Captain Edward P. Fitch in command, cleared the Great Lakes Engineering Works yard at River Rouge, Michigan, to begin her maiden trip on this day in 1943. The LEHIGH was one of two Maritimers (the other was the STEELTON) acquired by Bethlehem Steel Corp. as part of a government program to upgrade and increase the capacity of the Great Lakes fleet during World War II. Bethlehem exchanged three older vessels, the JOHNSTOWN of 1905, the SAUCON, and the CORNWALL, plus cash for the two Maritimers.

On 01 November 1880, NINA BAILEY (wooden schooner, 30 tons, built in 1873, at Ludington, Michigan) filled with water and went out of control in a storm on Lake Michigan. She struck the North Pier at St. Joseph, Michigan and capsized. Her crew climbed up on her keel and was rescued by the Lifesaving Service. The vessel later broke up in the waves.

The Grand Trunk Western Railway was granted permission by the Interstate Commerce Commission on November 1, 1978, to discontinue its Lake Michigan service between Muskegon, Michigan and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

MAITLAND NO 1 made her maiden voyage on November 1, 1916, from Ashtabula, Ohio to Port Maitland, Ontario, transporting rail cars with coal for the steel mills at Hamilton, Ontario.

SCOTT MISENER of 1954 returned to service in the grain trade on November 1, 1986, after a 3-year lay-up.

On 1 November 1917, ALVA B (wooden steam tug, 74 foot, 84 gross tons, built in 1890, at Buffalo, New York) apparently mistook amusement park lights for the harbor markers at Avon Lake, Ohio during a storm. She struck bottom in the shallows and was destroyed by waves.

On 1 November 1862, BLACK HAWK (wooden brig, 138 foot, 385 tons, built in 1854, at Ohio City, Ohio) was carrying 19,000 bushels of corn and some stained glass when a gale drove her ashore and wrecked her near Point Betsie. In 1858, this vessel had sailed from Detroit, Michigan to Liverpool, England and back.

On 1 Nov 1862, CHIEF JUSTICE MARSHALL (2-mast wooden schooner, 105 foot, 182 tons, built in 1830, at Cape Vincent, New York) was driven aground between Dunkirk and Barcelona, New York during a storm. All hands were lost and the vessel was a total loss.

The Mackinac Bridge was opened to traffic on 01 November 1957.

The CITY OF MILWAUKEE (steel propeller carferry, 347 foot, 2,988 gross tons, built in 1931, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) made her last run for Grand Trunk's rail car ferry service on 01 November 1978. In the fall of 1978, after termination of Grand Trunk's carferry service, she was then chartered to Ann Arbor Railroad. She is currently a museum ship at Manistee, Michigan.

Port Maitland Shipbreaking Ltd. began scrapping P & H Shipping's f.) ELMGLEN on 01 November 1984. She had a long career, being built in 1909, at Ecorse, Michigan as the a.) SHENANGO (steel propeller bulk freighter, 580 foot. 8,047 gross tons).

1907: WILLIAM E. REIS settled on the bottom of the St. Clair River following a collision with the MONROE C. SMITH. It was finally refloated for good on December 7 after several earlier efforts were short lived. The former last sailed as SASKADOC in 1966.

1908: TELEGRAM, a wooden passenger and freight carrier, stranded at Horse Island, Rattlesnake Harbour, Georgian Bay. The ship caught fire when the stove upset and the vessel was a total loss. All on board were rescued.

1912: The barge P.B. LOCKE, under tow of the JUNO, was lost in a storm on Lake Ontario enroute from Pointe Anne to Toronto.

1921: The Canadian wooden freighter CANOBIE, a) IRON KING received major storm damage on Lake Erie and arrived at Erie, Pa., in a leaking condition. The ship was stripped of valuable parts and abandoned. It later caught fire and subsequently scuttled about 2 miles offshore.

1924: GLENLYON stranded at Menagerie Island, Siskiwit Bay, Lake Superior while enroute to Port Colborne with 150,000 bushels of wheat. It had been seeking shelter in a storm but grounded as a total loss and then sank over the winter. All on board were saved.

1929: KEYSTATE and the schooner MAGGIE L. collided in the St. Lawrence near Clayton, NY, and the latter was lost.

1956: JAMES B. EADS and fleetmate GREY BEAVER were in a collision in western Lake Ontario and both received bow damage.

1965: High winds blew the Taiwanese freighter KALLY aground on a mud bank at Essexville, MI while inbound to load a cargo of scrap. The ship was released the next day.

2000: The Panamanian freighter OXFORD was only two years old when it came through the Seaway in November 1984. It got caught in typhoon Xangsene, as d) MANILA SPIRIT, on this date in 2000. The ship, still flagged in Panama, was driven aground and then sank off Hualien, Taiwan. One crewman was apparently able to swim to shore but the other 23 sailors were missing and presumed lost.

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


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