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Shipping season closes at the Soo

1/16 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – Tug Anglian Lady / barge Ironmaster passed downbound about 8:30 p.m. from Algoma Steel with a cargo of steel coils. Manitoulin locked up at 9:30, bound for Algoma Steel and winter lay up after treating a handful of Boatnerds at Mission Point to a season-ending salute. They were the last vessels of the season. CCSG Samuel Risely was on hand to assist. The locks will reopen March 25.

 

Duluth shipping season ends, 6 lakers in port for winter

1/16 - Duluth, Minn. – The folks who love to watch the big boats sail under the lift bridge will have to wait until March for that to happen again. According to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, the final vessel to arrive for winter layup was the Kaye E. Barker, around 2:30am on Tuesday.

She and three others are spending layup at Fraser Shipyards. There is also one at Midwest Energy, and another at Elevator M in Superior. That means a total of six will be here for the winter months. Crews will work on maintenance and repair, to get the vessels ready for their next journeys.

Tonnage is expected to come in around 32 million tons, with iron ore and grain seeing good numbers. Coal was down a bit, according to the port authority.

Adele Yorde, Director of Public Relations for the port, explained, "It was a nice strong year, a great year for iron ore. Iron ore is running well over 25% over the 5 year average, which shows a strong demand for steel."

In fact, the last cargo that left was pellets on Sunday morning.

As for other notable events for the year, Yorde added that they saw their first shipment of soybeans in a decade. As for when you can watch those lakers and salties arrive again? The Soo Locks open again on March 25th.

Watch WDIO’s full report here

 

Great Lakes limestone trade up 1.3 percent in 2018

1/16 - Cleveland, Ohio – Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 28.4 million tons in 2018, an increase of 1.3 percent compared to 2017. 2018’s loadings were also 2.8 percent above the trade’s 5-year average.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 23.45 million tons, an increase of 1.2 percent compared to 2017. Shipments from U.S. quarries also topped their 5-year average by a like percent.

Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 4.9 million tons, an increase of 1.7 percent from 2017, and 10.8 percent better than their 5-year average.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Port Reports -  January 16

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Kaye E. Barker, the last vessel to arrive Duluth for the 2018-19 season, passed under the lift bridge at 02:29 Tuesday morning and was tucked into Fraser Shipyards astern of the Lee A. Tregurtha. There are a total of six active vessels laid up in the Twin Ports this winter. Mesabi Miner is moored at Midwest Energy; ASC fleetmates H. Lee White and American Spirit are laid up at Elevator M and Lakehead Pipeline, respectively; and Tim S. Dool, Lee A. Tregurtha, and Kaye E. Barker are all wintering at Fraser. Also at the shipyard is William A. Irvin, which will be drydocked after the Dool's work is complete. The Irvin will receive hull maintenance and repairs as well as a new coat of paint before being returned to the Minnesota Slip in the spring, where she will be reopened for tours. In long-term layup in the Twin Ports are Arthur M. Anderson, tied at CN, and Edward L. Ryerson, at the Barko dock near the CHS elevators. Unlike recent rumors have indicated, there are no plans to scrap either vessel, and they may return to service at any time as economic conditions warrant.

Northern Lake Michigan
Burns Harbor was north of Two Rivers, Wis., headed for layup in Sturgeon Bay Tuesday night. Indiana Harbor was off the Door Peninsula, headed for Toledo. Tug Bradshaw McKee and the new cement barge Commander were loading at Charlevoix.

Southern Lake Michigan
Cason J. Callaway was unloading at Gary Tuesday night. Wilfred Sykes was loading slag at Indiana Harbor. Frontenac was unloading salt at S. Chicago. Stewart J. Cort was upbound for Milwaukee and layup.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator was loading salt on Tuesday night.

Detroit, Mich. – Raymond H
Clyde S VanEnkevort/Erie Trader arrived Tuesday morning to unload ore at Zug Island. This will be Zug's last ore cargo of the season. Inbound in the afternoon was the Algoma Sault, calling on the Motor City Materials dock to unload salt.

Toledo, Ohio
Tuesday 15 January update: Winter layup report. The Philip R. Clarke arrived Tuesday morning at Midwest Stone Dock. She is directly across from the American Integrity. The tug Leonard M. and her barge arrived at the former Interlake Iron Dock area by the shipyard. The tug/barge combo Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader arrived at the Torco Dock during Tuesday afternoon. The Edgar B. Speer remained anchored off Avon Lake, Ohio. She should be arriving at Toledo during the day on Wednesday. There will be more boats arriving for layup during the week ahead. Check the various AIS sites daily for vessels arriving at Toledo. The tug/barge combo Michigan/Great Lakes was at the B-P Dock.

 

Coast Guard channel closure

1/16 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The Coast Guard will close the waters between Cheboygan, Michigan and Bois Blanc Island, Michigan known as South Channel at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Grays Reef Passage will also be closed at the same time.

 

Lake Michigan beach ownership issue resolved, Indiana tells U.S. Supreme Court

1/16 - Indianapolis, Ind. – There is no need for the U.S. Supreme Court to wade into a dispute over who owns the Lake Michigan shoreline, since the Indiana Supreme Court already has clearly resolved the question in favor of the state.

That's the argument recently forwarded by the Indiana attorney general's office to the nation's highest court, in response to a final effort by Bobbie and Don Gunderson, of Long Beach, to claim ownership and exclusive control of the beach to the water's edge.

As a preliminary matter, the state urges the Supreme Court not even to consider the Gunderson petition for review, because the Gundersons sold their lake-adjacent Long Beach property in 2015 and no longer have a direct interest in the outcome of the case.

Solicitor General Thomas Fisher, who represents Indiana at the Supreme Court, pointed out that under federal court precedents, "An actual controversy must be extant at all stages of review, not merely at the time the complaint is filed."

The Gundersons' sale of their property, its subdivision into two lots and the second sale of the two properties to individuals living in Chicago and England, means there is no reason for the Supreme Court to look at the Gundersons' appeal, Fisher said.

"The current owners of (the parcels) are not wholly owned subsidiaries, insurers or even friends of the Gundersons (so far as is known to the state)," he said.

"Instead, the Gundersons wish to litigate the property rights of wholly unrelated persons, and to do so with no evidence in the record suggesting that the current owners even desire this litigation of their rights."

The Indiana Supreme Court acknowledged the Gundersons' lack of standing in its Feb. 14, 2018 decision, but nevertheless heard arguments and reached a ruling under a state mootness exception for questions of "great public interest."

Fisher explained there is no similar exception for federal court cases, which he said makes the Gundersons' appeal an "exceedingly poor candidate" for a high court decision that could affect property owners in every Great Lakes state.

Read more at this link

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  January 16

COLONEL JAMES PICKANDS (Hull#791) was launched in 1926, at Lorain, Ohio, by the American Ship Building Co.

In 1987, DETROIT EDISON, at Brownsville, Texas, for scrapping, was raised after being scuttled by vandals.

On 16 January 1909, TECUMSEH (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 200 foot, 839 gross tons, built in 1873, at Chatham, Ontario) burned to a total loss at her winter berth at Goderich, Ontario.

In 1978, CANADIAN CENTURY and NORTHERN VENTURE departed Toronto for Hamilton with coal after laying up at that port due to the bridge tender’s strike, which closed the Burlington Lift Bridge to navigation.

On 16 January 1875, The Port Huron Times printed the following list of vessels that were total losses in 1874: Tug IDA H. LEE by collision in Milwaukee, Tug TAWAS by explosion off Sand Beach, Steamer W H BARNUM by collision in the Pelee Passage, Steamer TOLEDO by partially burning at Manistee, Tug WAVE by burning on Saginaw Bay, Tug DOUGLAS by burning on the Detroit River, Steamer BROOKLYN by explosion on the Detroit River, Steamer LOTTA BERNARD by foundering on Lake Superior.

1926: The wooden steamer PALM BAY caught fire while laid up at Portsmouth, Ontario, and was scuttled in Lake Ontario the next year. It had previously sailed as a) PUEBLO and b) RICHARD W.

1988: ASHLAND, enroute to scrapping in Taiwan, dragged anchor off Bermuda and ran aground on the rocks in severe winds. It was pulled free 4 days later with heavy bottom damage and barely made Mamonal, Colombia, for scrapping on February 5.

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

 

Donjon Shipbuilding prepares for another busy winter maintenance, repair season

1/15 - Erie, Pa. – At least eight vessels are scheduled for repairs or maintenance at the east bayfront shipbuilding facility. On a recent blustery morning, heavy lake-effect snow squalls kicked up and blew across Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair’s 1,250-foot long, 130-foot-wide dry dock.

Bone-chilling northwesterly winds blowing in from Lake Erie didn’t seem to faze shipfitters and welders working on the barge James L. Kuber inside the 44-acre shipbuilding facility at 220 E. Bayfront Parkway in Erie.

From late December through late March, employment swells to 220 to 250 as legions of welders, shipfitters, electricians, pipe welders and pipe fitters gear up for winter repair and maintenance season — typically the shipyard’s busiest time of the year.

At least eight vessels, and possibly more, are scheduled for repairs or maintenance at the Erie shipyard this winter.

“This year we have more steel work than last year and less boats,” Donjon Assistant General Manager Rick Hammer said. “The scope of work on the vessels is quite lengthy. I would say we will be replacing roughly 650,000 pounds of steel this year. The number of vessels we service could grow from there or reduce.”

Hammer estimates shipyard winter employment at about 220, including 77 full-time company workers. The bulk of winter crews are subcontracted personnel, he said.

“It’s a tremendous amount of work for about three months,” he said.

New Jersey-based marine services provider Donjon Marine Co Inc. expanded and diversified its operation with the creation of its Erie shipbuilding and repair services division in 2009. Donjon moved into the Erie shipyard in 2010.

Vessels scheduled for service at Donjon this winter are: • U.S.-flagged barge James L. Kuber and its tug, Victory. Work on the Victory includes an engine rebuild, pulling equipment off and fixing floors and paneling. The Kuber will receive its five-year regulatory hull survey.

• U.S.-flagged barge Pathfinder and its tug, Dorothy Ann. Minor repair work will be done on the tug. Two cargo bulkheads will be replaced on the Pathfinder.

• U.S.-flagged integrated barge Presque Isle and its tug, Presque Isle. Mostly steelwork.

• U.S.-flagged Michipicoten, a self-unloading freighter. Steelwork is scheduled.

GoErie.com

 

Hamilton Port Authority records a banner year

1/15 - Hamilton. Ont. – Last year was a banner year for the Hamilton Port Authority. In 2018, the HPA says it recorded the highest volume of cargo in more than a decade.

More than 11.6-million metric tonnes of cargo was imported or exported through the Port of Hamilton during the 2018 shipping season, an 18 per cent increase over 2017.

“Many Hamiltonians remarked that the harbour looked especially busy with ships this year,” said Hamilton Port Authority president & CEO Ian Hamilton. “And they were right. We welcomed 647 vessels to port this season, 43 more than in 2017.”

“This season really shows how Canada can diversify and develop new markets if it has the right infrastructure in place,” said Hamilton. “In 2018, exports through the Port of Hamilton were up by 63.6 per cent over 2017.”

Hamilton credits increased exports of Ontario-grown grain, helped along by new terminal capacity at the port, a solid crop year, and expanded European market access as a result of the CETA agreement.

In November, Transport Minister Marc Garneau was in Hamilton to announce a $17.7-million investment in the Port of Hamilton through the National Trade Corridor Fund.

The HPA will match the funds to provide for new and upgraded transportation infrastructure, and reconfigure port lands to create new development-ready employment lands.

“In the past decade, we’ve attracted more than $300 million in private-sector investment to Hamilton, and we have grown our on-port employment to more than 2,100 jobs,” notes Hamilton. “We’re focused on using this latest investment to continue our positive impact on the regional economy.”

The Port of Hamilton is the seventh largest port in Canada by volume, and the largest in Ontario.

Annual totals (metric tonnes) of cargo volume in the Port of Hamilton

2009 – 8,358,123
2010 – 11,472,831
2011 – 10,040,213
2012 – 10,303,190
2013 – 10,024,418
2014 – 10,526,732
2015 – 9,238,203
2016 – 9,277,282
2017 – 9,870,212
2018 – 11,628,319

 

Port Reports -  January 15

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Two additional vessels arrived in the Twin Ports on Monday for winter layup. American Spirit came in via the Superior entry at 09:35 and tied up at Lakehead Pipeline, and Lee A. Tregurtha arrived through Duluth at 11:09 and docked at Fraser Shipyards astern of the William A. Irvin. Kaye E. Barker will round out the Twin Ports' winter layup fleet, and is due around 03:00 Tuesday morning. She will spend the off-season at Fraser.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday January 13th, the 2018 shipping season closed with Kaministiqua departing at 13:01 with a load of grain for Windsor. 13:25 CCGS Samuel Risley departed for Sault Ste. Marie to conduct ice operations.

St. Marys River
Downbounders Monday consisted of Cason J. Callaway, Kaministiqua and American Century (last downbound vessel and possibly the last passage for the year.) Icebreakers CCGS Samuel Risley and USCG Mackinaw were conducting ice ops in the St. Marys River.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Wendell Wilkie, Daniel Lindner
After spending Sunday night on the hook in Green Bay, James R. Barker arrived late Monday morning for layup. Around noon the tug/barge Bradshaw McKee/Commander departed the yard up through the bay headed for Charlevoix to load her first load for Chicago. Both departure and arrival were assisted by Selvick tugs William C. Gaynor and Susan L. The Barker is the sixth vessel to lay up in Sturgeon Bay, joining American Courage, John G. Munson, Joseph L. Block, A-397/tug Barbara Andrie, and Roger Blough at the shipyard.

Muskegon, Mich.
Algoma Niagara was unloading salt on Monday. Northern Lake Michigan
Frontenac was southbound Monday with salt for Chicago. Cason J. Callaway was right behind her, headed for Gary.

Southern Lake Michigan
Burns Harbor was unloading at her namesake port Monday night. Indiana Harbor was at Indiana Harbor as was Wilfred Sykes.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday, January 14 Alpena: 2:14 Manitou arrived to conduct icebreaking operations. 2:43 G L Ostrander proceeded to the Lafarge dock to load cement products. 8:09 Manitou began icebreaking operations. 9:02 G L Ostrander departed for Milwaukee. Manitou departed and was up bound on Lake Huron.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault was loading salt on Monday for Detroit.

Toledo, Ohio
2:35 pm update for Monday 14 January: The following vessels arrived for winter layup Monday. The St. Clair arrived at the former Lakefront Ore Dock. She is directly across from the John J. Boland, Great Republic. The tug/barge combo Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader arrived at the Torco Ore Dock. She is on the other side of the dock across from where they unload ore. American Mariner went to the Ironville Dock. Vessels on the way to Toledo for winter layup: Edgar B. Speer is anchored off Avon Lake, Ohio. Philip R. Clarke is around the Fairport Harbor, Ohio, area. Unknown when they will arrive and to what docks they are going. There will be several more vessels arriving for layup later on this week. The tug/barge combo Defiance/Ashtabula was unloading ore at the Torco Ore Dock. She will most likely be the last ore boat of the season. The tug/barge combo Michigan/Great Lakes was at the B-P Dock. Keep checking the various AIS sites daily to see which boats are headed for Toledo.

 

Fundraiser raises more than $30,000 for Marshal Bundren’s new van

1/15 - The following is from Reed Wilson, a mate for The American Steamship Co., who recently set up a GoFundMe page to help Marshal Bundren, who comes to the boats at Burns Harbor, Indiana Harbor, Buffington Harbor, Burns Harbor or anywhere else he is asked to go to give sailors a much needed ride to a store, the doctor's office, the airport or a hospital. The funds raised will be used to replace Bundren’s old van, which is rusting away and has 400,000 miles on it.

“Well folks, no one is happier than I am that we reached our goal in 3 short weeks! Well, maybe Marshal is!!In fact, we surpassed the goal by an additional $5,000 thanks to a late donation.

“The shipping companies, unions and shipping agents, as well as many other companies and scores upon scores of individuals and sailors stepped up and donated and offered their kind words of care and support. … We hope to pick the new van up around the 19th or 20th. We're traveling to a dealership in Ohio as that is where we found the best vehicle for the best price.

“Marshal is very happy and can't wait to get behind the wheel and continue his work of helping others. I'm am also very happy that I was able to be a part of this, and everyone who donated should be very proud of themselves as well.”

Reed Wilson, 2nd Mate M/V Burns Harbor

 

Coast Guard warns retirees about government shutdown

1/15 - The U.S. Coast Guard has sent a message to retirees regarding the partial federal government shutdown. They wrote there is a strong possibility retiree pay and survivor benefits would be delayed if the shutdown continues.

This is even while working on solutions with Homeland Security, the White House and Congress. The Coast Guard has updated their website’s frequently asked questions section. The Vice Commandant of the U.S.C.G. (Admiral Charles W. Ray) believes some of the answers there will be able to help families.

9&10 News

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  January 15

In 1978, the upbound McKEE SONS, LEON FALK JR, WILLIAM P. SNYDER JR, A.H. FERBERT and CHAMPLAIN became stuck in heavy ice outside Cleveland Harbor. Eventually they were freed with the help of the U.S.C.G. icebreaker NORTHWIND and the U.S.C.G. MARIPOSA.

FORT YORK (Hull#160) was launched January 15, 1958, at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards, Ltd.

In 1917, the ANN ARBOR NO 6 left Ecorse for Frankfort on her maiden voyage.

On 15 January 1873, A. Muir began building a wooden 3-mast schooner ("full sized canaller") at his shipyard in Port Huron. Fourteen men were employed to work on her, including master builder James Perry. The schooner was to be the exact counterpart of the GROTON, the first vessel built at that yard. The vessel's dimensions were 138-foot keel, 145 foot overall, 26 foot 2 inches beam and 11 foot 6 inch depth.

On 15 January 1886, the tug KITTIE HAIGHT was sold to Mr. Fisken of Toronto for $3,900.

1986: The former Greek freighter PAULINA C., a Seaway trader beginning in 1976, ran aground off the Dutch coast near Rotterdam as c) RIO GRANDE. It was refloated January 23 and became d) NEPTUNIA later in 1986. It arrived at Bombay, India, for scrapping on December 3, 1986.

1990: The tanker MAYA FARBER came through the Seaway in 1981. It was anchored off Port Sudan as e) RAAD AL-BAKRY VIII when there was an explosion in a cargo tank. Fire broke out and the vessel was gutted. The hull later broke in two and the after end sank. The forebody was sold for scrap and arrived at Alang, India, for dismantling on March 28, 1990.

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

 

More ships join the Great Lakes winter fleet arriving in Sturgeon Bay

1/14 - Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Two additional ships will be arriving in Sturgeon Bay soon for winter maintenance and repairs at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. The Roger Blough is scheduled to arrive Sunday, with the Burns Harbor planned for Jan. 18.

The Great Lakes ships arrival schedule also has been updated:

Tentative arrival dates:
Roger Blough - Jan.13
James R. Barker - Jan. 13
Paul R. Tregurtha - Jan. 14
Tug Leonard M. - Jan. 15
Barge Huron Spirit - Jan. 17
Cason J. Callaway - Jan. 16
Burns Harbor - Jan. 18
Wilfred Sykes - Jan. 31

The ships in port are:
American Courage - drydock Dec. 22
John G. Munson - arrived Dec. 28
Joseph L. Block - arrived Jan. 1
Barge A397 - arrived Jan. 3
Tug Barbara Andrie arrived Jan. 3

The tentative departure dates:
Joseph L. Block - March 22
Wilfred Sykes - March 22

Green Bay Press-Gazette

 

U.S., Canadian coast guards break ice on shared waters

1/14 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – When you’re traveling on the Great Lakes in the winter, it’s not just the cold temperatures that cause problems with ice. The wind, too, wreaks havoc.

“In 2014, I was on an icebreaker on Lake Superior in March and the ice was very thick,” said George Leshkevich, a physical scientist with the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor. “We were opening up the ship track for the opening of the shipping season and it took us a day just to get through Whitefish Bay.

“We started making our way from Whitefish Point over to the Keweenaw,” he said. “We didn’t make very much headway because when the icebreaker opened a track up, the winds would close it up behind us.”

Challenges like that keep the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards busy on the Great Lakes in the winter. “It’s really an area where there’s a huge amount of collaboration between the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards,” said Carol Launderville, communications officer for the Canadian Coast Guard on the Great Lakes.

The two services renewed their decades long icebreaking partnership last January with a new memorandum of understanding

The waters of lakes Superior, Huron, Erie and Ontario that are closest to Ontario are Canadian. Those closest to Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York are U.S. waters, said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Blake Bonifas. Lake Michigan is wholly in the U.S.

And just like the water they share, the two countries share icebreaking duties, Launderville said. Sometimes Canadian ships clear routes in American waters and vice versa. And they swap personnel so that the two Coast Guards become familiar with each other’s procedures.

Icebreaking is critical for Great Lakes shipping. “This last winter, the estimated economic value of the cargo that we were able to help move was valued at $875 million, Bonifas said. “That’s economic activity that wouldn’t exist had we not been able to provide some kind of icebreaking service.”

While there are fewer ships on the Great Lakes in the winter, shipping continues year-round, so it’s important to keep the routes clear, Launderville said.

Members of the Lake Carriers’ Association, based in Cleveland, stop only when the Soo Locks close in mid-January. They resume when the locks reopen at the end of March. “We ship full bore right up until the locks close and then again when they open,” said Thomas Rayburn, director of environmental and regulatory affairs for the Lake Carriers’ Association.

This means they operate during the ice season, which typically begins in mid-December and continues through April. “Icebreaking resources are absolutely critical for us to keep moving,” Rayburn said.

Ice cover in 2016 only reached 33.8 percent, and in 2017 it dropped to 19.4 percent, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In 2018, maximum ice coverage went back up, reaching almost 70 percent.

Air temperature is one the biggest factors that dictates ice cover, because it affects the water temperature, he said.

Wind is another important factor, he said. If it’s windy and the water is roughened up, it’s less likely that ice will form. Once ice has formed on the lakes, wind can move it and cause shipping problems.

The Canadian Coast Guard has two icebreakers on the Great Lakes, but if needed, it can bring in additional ships, Launderville said. The U.S. Coast Guard has nine. The number is adequate, but the fleet is aging, Bonifas said.

“A lot of our icebreakers have exceeded their service life,” he said. “Many of them were built in the 70s, so they are getting towards their 50th birthday. We see a lot of missed cutter days due to maintenance issues and repairs to keep these older ships running,” he said.

There are no immediate plans to modernize the Great Lakes fleet. Priorities are elsewhere. “We only have two functioning polar ice breakers that operate in Antarctica and the Arctic, so the focus is going towards building another one of those,” he said.

During the most severe winters, the U.S. Coast Guard’s partnership with the Canadian Coast Guard is not only extremely beneficial, it’s necessary, Bonifas said.

Icebreaking on the Great Lakes is a truly binational effort, Launderville said. “The two Coast Guards really work as one.”

Sault News

 

Port Reports -  January 14

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Century departed Duluth from Canadian National at 06:43 Sunday morning, carrying the Twin Ports' last outbound cargo of the season in her holds. Three vessels have laid up for the season in the Twin Ports so far - Tim S. Dool is in drydock at Fraser Shipyards, H. Lee White is tied at Elevator M, and Mesabi Miner is wintering at SMET. American Spirit and Lee A. Tregurtha are both due Monday morning, and Kaye E. Barker will arrive either Tuesday or Wednesday for layup. All three vessels will winter at Fraser, however the Spirit may change docks as she likely won't fit under the Blatnik Bridge to enter the shipyard.

Two Harbors – Gary A. Putney
Cason J. Callaway departed Two Harbors on Jan. 13th at 05:23 for Gary. The Callaway was the last boat to load in Two Harbors for the 2018-19 shipping season.

St. Marys River
Stewart J. Cort was downbound early on Sunday, followed by Edwin H. Gott and Paul R. Tregurtha and, late, Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader, Michipicoten and Hon. James L. Oberstar. The only upbound vessels in the river were Lee A. Tregurtha in the early morning Sunday and Kaye E. Barker, due early Monday morning.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis
Roger Blough arrived in Sturgeon Bay mid-day Sunday for winter layup, and joined the four vessels already tied up for the season at the shipyard. James R. Barker dropped anchor in the bay of Green Bay just outside of the channel Sunday night, and will wait until Monday to arrive. Also moored at the shipyard is the barge Commander and tug Bradshaw McKee, which are expected to depart in the coming days. Unless schedules change, the pair will head to Charlevoix immediately for the new barge to load her first cargo of powdered cement.

Muskegon, Mich.
Algoma Innovator was unloading salt on Sunday.

Northern Lake Huron
Saturday, Stoneport: Saginaw departed for Sombra. Sunday, Alpena: 10:01 G L Ostrander arrived and went to anchor.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault was loading salt on Sunday.

Detroit River – Raymond H.
The tug Leonard M and her barge arrived Sunday morning to unload steel coils at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal.

Amherstburg, Ont.
The CCGS Griffon docked at the Amherstburg Coast Guard Base late Saturday afternoon. Several buoys were unloaded from her deck Sunday morning. As of noon, she remained at the base. To date there is no sign of ice in the lower Detroit River.

Toledo, Ohio
11:20 am update for Sunday 13 January: The tug/barge combo Olive L. Moore/Menominee arrived at the Ironville Dock to unload cargo. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived at the Midwest Overseas Dock for winter layup. The Great Lakes Trader was anchored on the west side of Point Pelee. The St Clair was anchored just off the Toledo Ship Channel and the American Mariner was sailing on western Lake Erie. All three vessels are preparing for winter layup and will be headed for Toledo when this process is done. Unknown when they will arrive and what docks they are going to. There will be several more boats arriving during the week ahead. American Integrity arrived at the CSX # 2 dock complex on Saturday morning. The current winter layup fleet in port is the John J. Boland, Great Republic, American Integrity, Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Cedarglen, American Valor, and Manistee. The barge Delaware is in dry dock at the shipyard. Check the various AIS sites daily to see what vessels will be arriving at Toledo.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  January 14

On this day in 1970, IRVING S. OLDS entered winter layup at Lorain to close the longest season in Great Lakes shipping history.

On 14 January 1945, the W. Butler Shipyard built C1-M-AV1 ship LEBANON (Hull#40) was the last vessel through the Soo Locks. Ice was a serious problem. The newly-commissioned icebreaker U.S.C.G.C. MACKINAW escorted the LEBANON to Lake Huron. The locks had never before been open this late in January. They were kept open to allow newly-built cargo vessels to sail from Superior, Wisconsin, to the Atlantic Ocean where they were needed for the war effort.

Scrapping began on CHICAGO TRIBUNE in 1989, by International Marine Salvage in Port Colborne, Ontario. January 14, 1920 - The Grand Trunk carferry GRAND HAVEN was fast in the ice three miles out of Grand Haven.

In 1977, CANADIAN MARINER laid up at the Consol Fuel dock in Windsor after her attempt to reach Port Colborne was thwarted by heavy ice off Long Point.

On Jan 14, 1978, JAMES R. BARKER departed the Soo Line ore dock in Ashland, Wisconsin, where she had been laid-up since August 7, 1977, due to the iron ore miner’s strike.

1946: The BADGER STATE, a former Great Lakes canal ship as a) FORDONIAN, b) YUKONDOC and c) GEORGIAN, foundered off the mouth of the Grijalva River in the Gulf of Mexico.

1969: SAGAMO, retired former flagship of the Lake Muskoka passenger ships in Central Ontario, burned at the dock in Gravenhurst as a total loss.

1981: The former Lake Erie rail car ferry and later barge MAITLAND NO. 1 rolled over between Yarmouth, NS and Rockland, ME. An attempt to tow the vessel upside down failed and it sank. The ship was under tow of IRVING MAPLE and bound for Port Everglades, FL with a load of scrap. It may have been renamed b) TRIO TRADO at Quebec City on the way south.

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

 

Winter work starts on Soo Locks

1/13 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. - The Soo Locks are set to take their annual 10-week winter hibernation as per the federal order that pauses shipping season in the Great Lakes beginning midnight Tuesday and lasting until March 25.

Workers from the US Army Corps of Engineers conduct preventative maintenance, replace worn components and inspect the system during the closure. As an agency under the Department of Defense the Corps is unaffected by the current federal government shutdown.

“This year our schedule for every day of the 10 week shutdown is accounted for,” said Kevin Sprague, area engineer for the Soo Locks. “It’s a full schedule of work.”

As with previous years, the two main locks in use will be drained of water. It’s a process that can take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours. “Quite a bit goes into it,” said Sprague. “We try to minimize the actual pump time to keep still water from the cold air.”

Currently, the MacArthur Lock has already been dewatered and is out of use for the shipping season. Sprague said the plan is to rebuild bulkhead slots in all four valves in the MacArthur Lock. Anchorage link replacement and bezel gear replacement are also expected in the 800 ft. long lock among other work.

The larger Poe Lock will begin its dewatering process once shipping season closes. A three year plan is in place on the Poe that will include inspection and weld repairs this year, major rehabilitation to girders next year, and more blast welding to the girders in 2020.

This year, the derrick barge Nicolet and crane barge Harvey will be dewatered into the MacArthur and Poe Locks respectively. “We’ll have inspections on the rigs,” added Sprague. “When you pump the water out of the locks, the barges will come to rest on big timbers.”

Throughout the 10-week process routine and internal maintenance will be performed on the locks, too. Sprague said the Corps will maintain an extremely busy schedule over the next several years with other major rehabilitation projects and the construction of a new Soo Lock.

Soo Evening News

 

Port Reports -  January 13

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth at 04:47 Saturday morning with a load of iron ore pellets for Ashtabula. Cason J. Callaway was inbound at 08:11, fueled at Husky Energy, and departed at 10:22 for Two Harbors to load. Mesabi Miner came in at 10:55, and moored at Midwest Energy for winter layup. American Century spent the day Saturday loading ore at Canadian National, and is expected to depart mid-morning Sunday with what will be the final cargo taken out of the Twin Ports for the season. Three more vessels, American Spirit, Lee A. Tregurtha, and Kaye E. Barker, are due in the next few days for winter layup. In Superior, Michipicoten arrived at 00:01 Saturday to load at Burlington Northern, and was expected to depart late Saturday night.

Two Harbors – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on Jan. 12th at 06:10 for Conneaut. Shortly after the Gott's departure the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader shifted from North of #2 to South of #2. The Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader departed Two Harbors on Jan. 12th at 16:26 for Detroit. When she departed, the Clyde S. backed out to the lake, turned, then headed down the lake. Arriving Two Harbors on Jan. 12th at 12:58 was the Cason J. Callaway. She arrived from Duluth after fueling there. She went to North of #2 for lay-by. The Callaway shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 between 16:26 and 16:50. As of 19:30 on Jan. 12th she is loading. The Callaway will be the last boat of the season for Two Harbors.

Muskegon, Mich.
Algoma Innovator is due with salt from Goderich between 0800 to 1000 Sunday.

Lake Michigan
Wilfred Sykes was in Burns Harbor Saturday loading slag. Roger Blough was midway up the lake Saturday evening headed for layup at Sturgeon Bay. Algoma Sault was headed back to Goderich to load more salt. Burns Harbor was in the northern part of the lake headed for her namesake port to unload.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara continued loading salt for Muskegon on Saturday.

Detroit River – Raymond H.
The Everlast/Norman McLeod arrived early Saturday morning to load at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal. The tugs Meredith Ashton and Defiance tied up at Fordson Island, probably to stage more dredging equipment. The Samuel De Champlain/Innovation arrived at Lafarge to unload cement. Right behind the Champlain/Innovation was the American Mariner, calling on Zug Island to unload ore.

Toledo, Ohio
American Integrity arrived for winter layup on Saturday. The tug/barge combo Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader brought in an ore cargo and unloaded at the Torco Dock on Friday. She left Friday evening and anchored off the Toledo Ship Channel preparing for winter layup. It is unknown at this time when she will return to Toledo or to which dock. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. is was underway on Lake Erie Saturday night bound for Toledo for winter layup. She should be arriving during the day Sunday. There will be other boats arriving at Toledo for winter layup during the week ahead. Check the various AIS sites daily to see the vessels arriving at Toledo.

 

More Seaway salties renamed

1/13 - The following saltwater vessels have been renamed, with each having made visits to the Great Lakes/Seaway system during their careers.

Sichem Peace IMO 9311268, a tanker built in 2005, first came inland as such on its only visit with that name in 2006. As Sichem Peace it held this name from 2005 to 2012 when it was renamed Pacific Ocean and held that name from 2012 until 2018. It did not return inland as such and now the vessel has been renamed Harmony of Panamanian registry.

SCL Bern IMO 9304461, built in 2005, has been renamed Gala of Liberian registry and flag. This vessel was known as the SCL Bern briefly in 2005 before it was renamed that year to the SITC Bern and it carried that name from 2005 to 2006 but it did not come inland as such. In 2006 it reverted back to its original name of SCL Bern and it held that name from 2006 until 2017. It first came inland as such in 2006 and last visited as such in 2014. The ship was renamed in 2017 to Angelo Maria and it held this name from 2017 until 2018 before it was renamed. It did not return inland as such.

America IMO 9504114, built in 2010, has been renamed Arklow Dusk of Ireland registration. This vessel was previously known as the Flinter America, a name it carried from 2010 until 2017. As Flinter America this ship first came inland as such on its only visit with that name in 2010. In 2017 the ship was renamed America and it held this name from 2017 until 2018. It returned inland as such on its only visit with that name in 2017.

Arctic IMO 9504126, built in 2010 and a sistership and fleetmate to the America, has also been renamed to Arklow Dale of Ireland registration. This vessel was previously known as the Flinter Arctic, a name it held from 2010 until 2017. It first came inland as such on its only visit with that name in 2014. In 2017 it was renamed Arctic and it held this name from 2017 until 2018. It returned inland as such on its only visit with that name in 2017.

Xenia IMO 9217163, built in 2002, first came inland as such in 2005 and last visited as such in 2008 has been renamed Marmuna of Antigua and Barbuda registry. This vessel carried the name of Xenia from 2002 until 2013 when it was renamed Thorco Cassiopeia and it held this name from 2013 until 2018. It did not return inland as such.

Denny Dushane

 

Editorial: States must help Illinois keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes

1/13 - An effort to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes is being held up by the need for long-range planning and political changes in two states.

In November, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its proposal to install measures at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Ill., designed to thwart the advance of Asian carp into Lake Michigan. The invasive species would threaten the survival of fish that are native to the Great Lakes. And the Army Corps’s plan has been endorsed by water conservation groups, including one in the north country.

“As adept filter-feeders, Asian carp can outcompete juvenile native fish species like bass and catfish for food like microplankton and zooplankton,” according to a story published Dec. 23 by the Watertown Daily Times. “Environmentalists have concerned themselves primarily with the Bighead and Silver variations of Asian carp because they have spread the farthest. Silver carp, which have sensitive hearing, also threaten boaters because they jump in the air when startled by loud noises and can strike someone in the head.”

The Great Lakes Basin Partnership to Block Asian Carp is advocating the Army Corps’s plan. The Save the River group in Clayton is part of this coalition, and Executive Director John M. Peach said the organization supports this measure.

The Army Corps said its project will cost about $780 million. The federal government would fund 65 percent of the costs, and states along Great Lakes would be expected to fund the remaining 35 percent.

While they were both still in office last month, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said his state would provide $8 million to Illinois for operations and maintenance expenses associated with the Brandon Road project. While grateful for the generous offer, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said this money wouldn’t be used for another decade. Mr. Rauner was defeated in his re-election bid last year, and Mr. Snyder had to leave office due to term limits.

“While we respect your offer to provide $8 million toward operation and maintenance, this approach does not reflect the sense of urgency stressed in your letter,” Mr. Rauner wrote in a response to Mr. Snyder. “According to the Army Corps of Engineers, even under an accelerated timeline, the earliest possible date for the first dollar to be allocated toward operation and maintenance is 2028. In fact, the final project design is still four years away and will be required before any substantial fair share funding agreement could ever be responsibly discussed by Great Lakes states. We do not believe it is appropriate — especially given our lame duck status — for us to accept funds and bind Illinois to a project that is not final and whose true costs are years from being calculated.”

Asian carp could make their way to the Great Lakes through the Chicago area’s waterway system. The fish were imported to eat algae in catfish ponds, but they entered the Mississippi River as a result of flooding and accidental releases. They have also been found in the Illinois River, which connects to the Mississippi.

The Illinois River connects to the Des Plaines River south of Joliet. The Des Plaines River feeds into the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, which connects to the South Branch of the Chicago River. If the fish make it this far north, they can easily find their way to Lake Michigan — and then into the remaining Great Lakes.

Mr. Rauner suggested that Michigan provide the $8 million to Illinois immediately for enhanced fish strategies that have been successful in capturing the Asian carp. Neither of the new governors — J.B. Pritzker in Illinois and Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan — has so far addressed this issue since taking office.

The Army Corps’s plan appears to be the best way to handle the problem in the long run. But steps must be taken immediately to prevent the potential spread of this invasive species, and the Great Lake states should provide money to help Illinois maintain control. The project timeline should be dramatically accelerated and prioritized.

Mr. Peach said that New York has been silent on any plans to offer funding. It’s time for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to step up and thwart a crisis waiting to happen.

Watertown Daily Times

 

Lay-Up List

1/13 - The winter lay-up list has been updated. Please send reports of vessel lay-ups to news@boatnerd.net. Please include vessel name, date, port and lay-up dock name.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  January 13

13 January 2005 - GENESIS EXPLORER (steel propeller tanker, 435 foot, built in 1974, at Port Weller, Ontario, formerly a.) IMPERIAL ST. CLAIR & b.) ALGOSAR) sailed from Halifax for Quebec City. She was registered in the Comoros Islands. She was carrying a few members of her former crew for training purposes, but her new crew was African.

On 13 January 1918, the Goodrich Line’s ALABAMA and the Grand Trunk ferries MILWAUKEE and GRAND HAVEN all became stuck in the ice off Grand Haven, Michigan. The vessels remained imprisoned in the ice for the next two weeks. When the wind changed, they were freed but Grand Haven’s harbor was still inaccessible. The ALABAMA sailed for Muskegon and stalled in the 18-inch thick ice on Muskegon Lake.

After lightering 3,000 tons of coal, the a.) BENSON FORD was refloated in 1974 and proceeded to the Toledo Overseas Terminal to be reloaded.

In 1979, the U.S.C.G. tug ARUNDEL was beset by windrowed ice at Minneapolis Shoal in Green Bay. Strong winds piled the ice on her stern and soon she had a 25-degree list. The crew feared that she may sink and abandoned the tug, walking across the ice with the help of a spotlight onboard the ACACIA, which also became beset by the heavy ice. The MACKINAW, SUNDEW and a Coast Guard helicopter were dispatched to the scene, but northwest winds relieved the ice pressure and the crew was able to re-board the ARUNDEL. The ARUNDEL sails today as the tug c.) ERIKA KOBASIC.

On January 13, 1970, the lower engine room and holds of the SEWELL AVERY accidentally flooded, sinking her to the bottom of Duluth Harbor causing minimal damage, other than an immense cleanup effort.

January 13, 1909 - The PERE MARQUETTE 17 was freed after her grounding the previous December.

Data from: Joe Barr, Max Hanley, Brian Bernard, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Shipping season reaching an end

1/12 - Duluth, Minn. – The Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., will close Tuesday, ending the vast majority of Great Lakes maritime traffic for the 2018-2019 season.

Eight freighters are scheduled for winter layup in the Port of Duluth-Superior. Algoma’s Tim S. Dool arrived on New Year’s Day and is already in dry dock at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. The remaining seven will arrive this weekend or early next week. The vessels and their winter berths are:

H. Lee White – Fraser Shipyards
American Century – Enbridge Dock
American Spirit – Fraser Shipyards
Mesabi Miner – Midwest Energy
Kaye E. Barker – Fraser Shipyards
Lee A. Tregurtha – Fraser Shipyards
Burns Harbor – Elevator “M” Dock

“The Port of Duluth-Superior is ending the shipping season on a strong note,” Deb DeLuca, Duluth Seaway Port Authority executive director, said in a news release. “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 well into January, we anticipate the port’s overall tonnage tally will top 32 million tons to close out the 2018 shipping season.”

The last oceangoing vessel of the 2018 season, the Federal Rhine, departed the Twin Ports on Dec. 15 to make her way through the Great Lakes-Seaway system before the St. Lawrence Seaway locks closed for the season at the end of December.

Business North

 

Cheboygan community lending a hand to the Coast Guard

1/12 - Cheboygan, Mich. – Like other federal workers, Coast Guard members don't know when they will get paid again. That is why the Cheboygan community is leading a helping hand. On Friday, many businesses contributed to a "Dressdown for the Shutdown" event.

For five dollars, employees could wear casual attire to work. All proceeds will go to the Coast Guard families in need. With everyone trying to help, the Cheboygan Chamber of Commerce has been in the middle trying to lead people to where they can help.

“There were several individuals around the community that just started to ask the question “what if and how can we help?” then from the very grassroots a group started to come together," Said Scott Herceg, Executive Director at Cheboygan Chamber of Commerce. "The Chamber of Commerce started hosting them here under our roof, but it was the community calibration from several different entities.

Other businesses are doing a little extra to help. Awakon Federal Credit Union is one of them. Awakon is allowing all military members a no interest payroll replacement loan.

“We don’t really know when our government will be up and running at this point and how that effects our local government employees and contract workers really puts a question mark on when they are going to be paid," said Jessica Richards, Vice President of Lending at Awakon Federal Credit Union. "When they will be financially stable again and that is when Awakon Federal Union can come in to pay and work as a partner with our members.”

With all this happening, the families of the Coast Guard are taking notice.

“As a family and as a coast guard community, it is so humbling and so touching just to have the community to come around us and support us at certain times and we are all away from home. Said Sarah Campbell, wife of Coast Guard member. "Nobody is originally from Cheboygan so to be away from home and have the community come around you is really touching.”

If you are interested in helping, you can contact the Cheboygan Chamber of Commerce by calling (231) 627-7183. WPBN

 

Canadian government lending Algoma Steel $150 million

1/12 - Queen’s Park is lending Algoma Steel $60 million to help the company remain competitive in the face of U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum.

That’s on top of some $90 million in federal money for the Sault Ste. Marie firm. Coils of steel are seen at at Essar Steel Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., on March 14, 2018. The provincial and federal governments have announced money to help the steel firm weather U.S. tariffs.

“The investment announced today secures thousands of jobs and pensions and signals northern Ontario is open for business,” provincial Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines Greg Rickford said Thursday.

“Our government is committed to ensuring Algoma Steel remains competitive and sustainable in a tough market,” said Rickford.

Kalyan Ghosh, Algoma Steel’s chief executive officer, said the loans are part of the purchase and restructuring of the company, which is investing $600 million in the steelmaking facility. “This support will enable us to make important investments in new technology that will enhance our reliability, extend asset life and reduce our environmental footprint,” said Ghosh.

“We greatly appreciate the province’s investment in Algoma Steel’s long-term sustainability,” he said, noting the company has committed to protect jobs and fund its three defined benefit pension plans. Those benefit about 2,100 current and 6,300 past employees or retirees.

Rickford said as part of the agreement, the company’s new owners will be tackling past environmental contamination at the Sault Ste. Marie mill. Algoma Steel has committed to spend $3.8 million annually over 21 years on cleaning up the site.

The Star

 

Port Reports -  January 12

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Philip R. Clarke departed Duluth at 02:05 Friday morning after loading iron ore pellets at CN, and American Century arrived at 07:19. She tied up at Husky Energy to fuel, and was waiting to load at Canadian National. She was initially expected to lay up in the Twin Ports, however she likely won't make it back to Lake Superior before the Soo Locks close on the 15th and will spend the winter elsewhere. Paul R. Tregurtha spent the day at Canadian National loading her last cargo of the season, and is tentatively expected to depart mid-morning Saturday. At the Superior entry, Burns Harbor departed at 01:30 Friday with a load of ore from BN, and Stewart J. Cort was inbound a few minutes later to load. She was still at the dock Friday night with no departure time listed. Michipicoten was on the hook outside the harbor waiting to load. Also arriving in Superior on Friday was H. Lee White, which came in at 09:13 and tied up at Elevator M for winter layup.

Two Harbors – Gary A. Putney
Indiana Harbor departed Two Harbors on Jan. 11th at 06:24 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors on Jan. 11th after being anchored off Duluth was the Edwin H. Gott at 07:48. As of 19:45 on Jan. 11th she was still at South of #2. Arriving Two Harbors on Jan. 11th at 17:29 for North of #2 lay-by was the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. She is possibly the final pellet load of the season from Two Harbors.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Jim Conlon
On Friday morning the American Courage and the new build cement barage Commander were pulled out of the graving dock at Bayship by Selvick Marine tugs.

Milwaukee, Wis.
Algoma Sault was due late Friday or early Saturday with salt from Goderich.

S. Lake Michigan
Lee A. Tregurtha was upbound Friday night with a destination of Superior for winter layup. Roger Blough was unloading at Gary and Wilfred Sykes was due at Indiana Harbor early Saturday.

Northern Lake Huron
hursday, Alpena: 18:51 Algoma Sault weighed anchor and departed for Milwaukee. Owen Sound: Saginaw departed for Stoneport. Friday, Alpena: 6:27 Manitowoc arrived to unload and at 12:27 departed. She is down bound on Lake Huron. 13:00 Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement products. Stoneport: 3:50 Saginaw arrived and went to anchor. 18:17 Olive L Moore departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. Saginaw weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. Cheboygan: 12:24 The tug Nancy Anne arrived from St Ignace.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara was loading salt for Muskegon Friday night.

Toledo, Ohio
The American Integrity was anchored near Point Pelee Friday night, is preparing for winter layup. Her AIS says “Tony Packos,” Toledo’s famous Hungarian eatery. The Integrity will most likely be arriving at Toledo for winter layup sometime on Saturday. You can follow her progress by using the various AIS sites. John J. Boland is docked in Toledo with an AIS message that says “Margaritaville.” Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader is also in port.

Erie, Pa. – Jeff Benson
Presque Isle arrived in Erie at the Mountfort Terminal for layup on Friday.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  January 12

CHI-CHEEMAUN (Hull#205) was launched January 12, 1974, at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards, Ltd.

GRAND HAVEN was gutted by fire on January 12, 1970, during scrapping operations at the United Steel & Refining Co. Ltd. dock at Hamilton, Ontario.

MENIHEK LAKE (Hull#163) was launched January 12, 1959, at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards, Ltd. She was used in a unique experiment with shunters in the Welland Canal in 1980. She was scrapped at Gijon, Spain in 1985.

On January 12, 1973, the VENUS had an engine room explosion shortly after unloading at Kipling, Michigan, near Gladstone on Little Bay De Noc, causing one loss of life.

On 12 January 1956, ANABEL II (probably a fish tug, 62 tons, built in 1928) was destroyed by fire at her winter lay-up at the Roen Steamship Co. dock at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

January 12, 1911 - ANN ARBOR NO 5 hit the rocks close to the south breakwater when entering Manistique harbor, tearing off her starboard shaft and wheel.

The wooden steam barge O.O. CARPENTER (127.5 foot, 364 gross tons) was sold by the Jenks Shipbuilding Company on 12 January 1892, to Mr. H. E. Runnels and Capt. Sinclair for $26,000. The vessel had been launched at Jenks yard on 13 May 1891.

The new EDWIN H GOTT departed Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, in 1979, for final fitout at Milwaukee. 1970: BARON BERWICK made one trip inland in 1959 and returned as b) FILTRIC in 1967. The latter was abandoned 5 miles south of Cape Finistere on the northwest coast of Spain after the cargo shifted. The vessel was enroute from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Alexandria, Egypt, and it drifted aground the next day as a total loss.

1971: The West German freighter BRANDENBURG sank in the Straits of Dover, 7 miles south of Folkestone, England, after apparently hitting the wreck of TEXACO CARIBBEAN which had gone down the previous day following a collision. The former had been through the Seaway in 1969.

1979: A propane explosion aboard the tug WESTERN ENGINEER at Thunder Bay resulted in extensive damage. Two were injured. The ship was never repaired and noted as broken up in 1980.

1985: ATLANTIC HOPE first came inland when it was fresh from the shipyard in 1965. It was gutted by a fire in the accommodation area in position 9.22 N / 60.37 W as b) ALIVERI HOPE. The ship was abandoned but towed to Barbados and eventually into Mamonal, Colombia, on October 14, 1985, for dismantling.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Brian Bernard, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history.

 

Fish tug sinks in Duluth-Superior harbor

1/11 - Duluth-Superior – There was some unusual activity going on underneath the Blatnik Bridge on Thursday. The U.S. Coast Guard launched a pollution mitigation effort because a trawling vessel, the A.E. Clifford, was sinking in the ice.

The 45-foot Clifford was built as an icebreaker in 1947 but was later converted to a fishing tug.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Matt Stixrud says they put out protective harbor lining to make sure any leaked oil or gas won't escape into the harbor. "We also put some absorbent boom on the outside so when they lift the vessel up, it will help to collect any of the oil that comes off of it," he told WDIO News.

The Coast Guard sent divers down but they have not yet determined why the vessel was sinking or who presently owns the boat. They hope to have the recovery and pollution mitigation efforts completed by Friday.

View a photo at this link

 

Port Reports -  January 11

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Mariner departed Duluth at 06:07 Thursday morning with a load of iron ore pellets from CN. Paul R. Tregurtha was inbound at 19:33, and tied up at Husky Energy to fuel and wait her turn to load at Canadian National. Philip R. Clarke spent the day loading at CN, and had been expected to depart at some point Thursday night. Both H. Lee White and American Century are due in the Twin Ports on Friday for winter layup. In Superior, Burns Harbor arrived at 12:16 to load iron ore at Burlington Northern, and is expected to depart early Friday morning. Stewart J. Cort was on the hook outside the Superior entry waiting her turn to load.

Two Harbors – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors on Jan. 9th at 20:25 for Conneaut. Arriving Two Harbors on Jan. 9th at 21:03 was the Indiana Harbor with an assist from the "G" tug North Carolina. As of 19:30 on Jan. 10th the Indiana Harbor was still at South of #2. Still anchored off Duluth awaiting the Two Harbors dock is the Edwin H. Gott. The Paul R. Tregurtha that had originally been scheduled to load in Two Harbors is now going to Duluth. She was inbound Duluth on Jan. 10th at 19:30. Due Two Harbors on Jan. 11th is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader.

St. Marys River
Wilfred Sykes was downbound in the locks at noon, followed by Ojibway, Kaye E. Barker and, late, Edgar B. Speer. Upbounders included Clyde S VanEnkevort/Erie Trader, Herbert C. Jackson and late, Kaministiqua.

Milwaukee, Wis.
Frontenac arrived Thursday morning with salt.

Northern Lake Huron
Thursday, Alpena: 11:51 Algoma Sault arrived and went to anchor. She was waiting in the calm waters of Thunder Bay for Frontenac to finish unloading at the Milwaukee salt dock and depart. Frontenac was delayed due to weather earlier this week. 15:37 Defiance weighed anchor was is upbound on Lake Huron. Stoneport: Olive L Moore was expected to arrive at 21:00 to load limestone.

Owen Sound, Ont. – Paul Martin
Saginaw arrived Wednesday afternoon, unloading grain at the elevator on the west harbor wall. Unloading finished, she departed early Thursday afternoon.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
The tugs Manitou and Capt. Keith arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal Thursday morning. Later, the tug Andrew J was inbound on the Rouge, tying up near Fordson Island. She may be staging equipment for the upcoming dredging project. The American Integrity arrived at Zug Island to unload ore. Mississagi was back, calling on the Motor City Materials dock again to unload salt.

Toledo, Ohio
Update for Thursday: The Robert S. Pierson is making a return visit to Toledo with another grain cargo that was loaded at Sarnia, Ont. She is most likely bound for the Mondelez (Kraft) Elevator to unload the grain cargo. As of Wednesday, the Cedarglen was not in dry dock and remains tied up at the riverfront dock area of the shipyard. The tug/barge combo Albert and Margaret arrived at the B-P Dock Thursday morning. The Samuel De Champlain with her barge were at the Lafarge Cement dock unloading cement. The Great Lakes Trader is bound for the Torco Ore Dock however there is no eta at this time due to the windy weather around the Great Lakes. More vessels are scheduled to arrive at Toledo for winter layup during the next week or two. Check the various AIS sites daily to see what vessels are bound for Toledo. Currently Cedarglen, Great Republic and John J. Boland have arrived for winter layup.

 

Toledo receives $1.9M to expand dredge facility

1/11 - Toledo, Ohio – Nearly $10 million more in state funds are being released to help keep dredged material out of Lake Erie, including $1.9 million to the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to expand the capacity of its confined disposal facility near Oregon, known as Facility 3.

The latest round of grants was announced Tuesday at a news conference at One Maritime Plaza in Toledo. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig Butler and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer credited state Sen. Randy Gardner (R., Bowling Green) for his continued support. They said the grants will help Ohio come closer to meeting its goal of phasing out open-lake disposal of dredged shipping channel material from all of Lake Erie starting in 2020.

The Facility 3 money will be used to add storage capacity. The site should be able to take dredged material from the Maumee River shipping channel for eight to 10 more years once the expansion is finished. Without it, the cell would be filled to capacity in three to five years, said Paul Toth, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority president and chief executive officer.

The extra five or six years “gives us a longer runway,” or window of time, for area engineers to come up with a long-term solution for open-lake disposal of dredged material, Mr. Toth said.

The local port authority spent about $1.2 million building up Facility 3’s dike walls in 2018 to fortify the structure. That allowed it to use up the remainder of a soil-like product called NuSoil that was still on site. Made in past years by a company called S & L Fertilizer Co., NuSoil was made of 88 percent soil dredged from the Toledo shipping channel, 10 percent sewage sludge, and 2 percent spent lime sludge from Toledo’s water treatment plant. S & L stopped making it about four years ago.

One of the possible solutions could be pumping Facility 3 dredged material out as a slurry on eastern Lucas County farms within a few years. That depends on the outcome of continued work being done at a North Toledo waterfront research park, where officials are studying the viability of growing crops with soil that has dredged material mixed in.

Scudder Mackay, Ohio DNR coastal management chief, said the projects are important to Lake Erie’s overall health because the federal government oversees eight commercial harbors along the shoreline that need to be dredged constantly to keep shipping viable.

An average of 35 million tons of cargo move through the government’s eight Lake Erie ports in Ohio, generating $25 billion in revenue and supporting 130,000 jobs, he said.

Two-thirds of the dredging — about 1 million of the 1.5 million cubic yards dredged annually from Ohio’s Lake Erie shipping channels — is done in the Toledo area. That’s because Toledo is by far the shallowest of all Great Lakes ports.

“We’re going to be dredging for years and are looking for long-term solutions,” Mr. Mackay said.

About another year or two of research is necessary at the Great Lakes Dredged Material Center for Innovation at Riverside Park in North Toledo. Funding for that research was announced a month before Toledo’s 2014 water crisis, when an algal toxin fouled the metro region’s tap water for almost three days.

“We’ve gotten a little farther along than we expected a couple of years ago. I would call it a success story to date,” Mr. Mackay said. “But we still have a long way to go.”

The cities of Lorain and Conneaut each received $4 million to build sediment processing facilities similar to one in Cleveland. Such a facility might eventually be considered in Toledo, but the technology would be more difficult because of the amount of fine silt in this part of the lake, he said.

Toledo Blade

 

Salties scrapped

1/11 - The following saltwater vessels have been scrapped with each having made visits to the Great Lakes/Seaway system in their careers. Turid Knutsen (IMO 9039884), a long time visitor to the system, has been scrapped. The vessel held the name Turid Knutsen from 1993 until 2013 and first came inland as such in 1993 and last visited as such in 2009. It was renamed the Princess Oge and it carried this name from 2013 to 2018, but did return inland as such before finally being renamed Princess of Palau registry. It did not return inland with this name either. The ship arrived at the Chittagong Anchorage on October 26, 2018 and was finally beached at Chittagong on October 30, 2018.

Odra (IMO 8901597), a former Polish Steamship vessel built in 1992, has been scraped. This vessel briefly carried the name Odra from the time it was built thus being renamed in 1992 to Odranes. It held the name Odranes from 1992 to 1999 and first came inland as such in 1994. In 1999 the ship reverted back to its original name Odra and it held that name from 1999 to 2012 and returned inland as such in 2002 and last visited in 2007. In 2012 the ship was renamed Hekmeh and it carried that name from 2012 until 2018 when it was sold and scrapped. It did not return inland as such and the ship arrived in Alang, India, on June 12, 2018 and was finally beached on June 15, 2018.

 

Algoma Steel ponders public port at Sault Ste. Marie

1/11 - Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. – The new owners of Algoma Steel Inc. are interested in examining opportunities that could see a public port developed on their property, says the city’s mayor.

Mayor Christian Provenzano said his goal this year to get the parties together to start from the drawing board and determine how a public access port can be developed that will be beneficial to the community. He wants to establish a committee between Algoma, the city and Economic Development Corp., to look at potential models that will work for stakeholders and benefit the community as a whole.

Provenzano said he reached out to Algoma Steel Inc. CEO Kalyan Ghosh to gauge interest in developing a new public port.

“The port is still a project the city is interested in. We recognized that the most important thing was to have Algoma come out of the (CCAA) process as a healthy company but we’ve always believed in the port access,” Provenzano told The Sault Star.

The mayor said he had always made it clear in discussions with creditors, now the new owners of the company, that the city was interested in pursuing a public port project.

“Algoma is completely open to working with us on developing a port project,” Provenzano said. “It’s not going to look like Algoma Ports did. Algoma Ports had all the water access and Algoma (Steel) is not going to put itself in that position again.”

He anticipates that the committee will examine how a public access port can exist on Algoma’s property and serve the community. Any recommendations will need to be returned to city council and Algoma’s board of directors for approval.

“We’ve started talking about it and that’s an important first step,” Provenzano said.

Sault Star

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  January 11

The steamer ROBERT S. McNAMARA, under tow, reached her intended destination of Santander, Spain on January 11, 1974, for scrapping.

In 1970, IRVING S. OLDS was the last ship of the season at the Soo Locks as she followed the PHILIP R. CLARKE downbound.

In 1973, ROGER BLOUGH collided with PHILIP R. CLARKE after the CLARKE encountered an ice pressure ridge and came to a stop in the Straits of Mackinac.

January 11, 1911 - ANN ARBOR NO 5 arrived in Frankfort, Michigan, on her maiden voyage.

On 11 January 1883, The Port Huron Times reported that a citizens' committee met to help Port Huron businesses. "A. N. Moffat decried the taxation of vessel property. High taxation of vessel property had driven much of it away from Port Huron. He cited the case of Capt. David Lester of Marine City who came to Port Huron a few years ago to live and would have brought here one of the largest fleets on the Great Lakes, but when he found what taxes would be, returned to Marine City."

1919: The laker CASTALIA left the lakes in two pieces and was rejoined at Lauzon, Quebec, for a new career on the Atlantic in 1918. The ship broke in two 65 miles off Sable Island, Nova Scotia, and the crew was rescued by the BERGENFJORD.

1962: The retired Interlake Steamship Company bulk carrier ARCTURUS, formerly JAMES B. WOOD, was under tow of the Portuguese tug PRAIA GRANDE on the way to Norway to be scrapped when she foundered off the Azores at position 46.10N x 8.50W.

1965: CELIA B. made 15 trips through the Seaway in 1959-1962 under Liberian registry. The vessel arrived at Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles, as f) SEA MAID with engine damage and having lost its propeller. The ship was ultimately deemed not worth repairing and arrived at Rotterdam, Netherlands, under tow for scrapping on June 22, 1966.

1974: The first FEDERAL HUDSON to visit the Great Lakes was sailing as d) GOLDEN KING when it struck the wreck of the THETIS off Chittagong, Bangladesh, while inbound from Singapore Roads. It was beached in sinking condition and sustained water damage at high tide. The vessel was refloated on February 13, 1974, and taken to Chittagong to unload and get repaired. It was scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, as d) CHAR HSIUNG in 1980.

1981: ARNA began Seaway trading in 1965. It stranded off Shimonoseki, Japan, as b) IQBALBAKSH and was declared a total loss. The vessel was sold to South Korean shipbreakers and arrived at Busan, under tow on August 2, 1981.

1993: EUROJOY was anchored off Cadiz, Spain, when a spontaneous combustion fire broke out in the cargo of coal that had been bound for Turkey. The ship was listed as a total loss and sold for scrap but was repaired. It sailed additional years until scrapping at Alang, India, as g) LENA II in 1998. It first visited the Seaway as a) ATLANTIC CHALLENGE in 1971 and returned as b) ANGEBALTIC in 1981, c) ASTURIAS in 1986 and e) EUROJOY in 1990.

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

 

End is in sight for shipping season

1/10 - Duluth, Minn. - – Although the Great Lakes shipping season ends next week, work at shipyards is ramping up.

When the Soo Locks, which link Lake Superior to the other Great Lakes, close at midnight Jan. 15 until late March, ships on the Great Lakes will dock for seasonal maintenance and modernization, with eight freighters scheduled for winter layups in the Port of Duluth-Superior, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority announced Tuesday.

"For the shipyards, this is the busiest time of the year," Lake Carriers' Association Glen Nekvasil said.

At Fraser Shipyards in Superior, on-site staff has jumped from its usual level of 100 workers to about 175 workers, Fraser Industries President and Chief Operating Officer James Farkas said.

Across the Great Lakes, Nekvasil predicts the 45 U.S.-flag vessels represented by the Lake Carriers' Association will spend about $60 million on work during winter layup. Much of that work is on the ship's engines, but "This is a very capital-intensive industry," Nekvasil said.

Although seven other ships are expected to arrive by early next week, the Tim S. Dool, which arrived on New Year's Day, is already dry docked at Fraser.

Four other ships are slated to dock at Fraser, the Port Authority said, but only the Tim S. Dool is expected to be dry docked, Farkas said. "Dry docking is normally reserved for more extensive work," Farkas said.

The three ships not scheduled for Fraser will winter at Enbridge Dock, Elevator "M" Dock and Midwest Energy, the Port Authority said.

The St. Lawrence Seaway System, which connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, closed Dec. 31. The last saltie, or oceangoing vessel, of the year left Duluth on Dec. 15.

With the 2018 shipping season winding down, Duluth Seaway Port Authority officials are celebrating the season's high marks. "The Port of Duluth-Superior is ending the shipping season on a strong note," Deb DeLuca, Duluth Seaway Port Authority executive director said in a news release Tuesday.

DeLuca noted grain cargoes out of Duluth-Superior is up 22 percent through November compared to last year and iron ore shipments are 25 percent above its five-year average. Coal shipments were down, however.

DeLuca said she expects the 2018 shipping season will surpass 32 million tons of total cargo.

View photos and a dock map at this link

Duluth News Tribune 

 

‘Happy to do my job:’ Coast Guard rescues man from freighter on Lake Michigan

1/10 - Port Washington, Wis. – Members of the U.S. Coast Guard worked without pay Tuesday, Jan. 8, amid the partial government shutdown, rescuing a man from a ship in Lake Michigan. The man suffered a serious head injury, and the freighter was just off the coast of Port Washington throughout the day, as Coast Guard members worked to help the man after an accident on the job.

"Just happy to do my job today," said Connor Barelli, U.S. Coast Guard. "Obviously we were like, 'hey, we need urgency,' trying to get out there."

A man aboard the Stewart J. Cort struck his head and needed treatment at the hospital.

The mission involved getting the man off the 1,000-foot freighter and into a waiting ambulance. "I guess he was working down in the engine room and he happened to hit his head on a valve. Freak accident. Maybe the way the boat was rocking," said Barelli.

After traveling 40 minutes through choppy waves, the tricky part was getting the man down from the freighter. "He basically had to climb down, so we were fortunate enough where he was in somewhat good spirits, even with the head injury, to be able to do that," said Barelli.

Thirty minutes later, the man was on his way to the hospital. "We were able to get him there safely, so it was a good mission on our end," said Barelli.

The wound was stapled, and the man was expected to be OK. "It felt really good. It's a rewarding job at times, and it was an awesome experience for our crew," said Barelli.

Members of the Coast Guard were not commenting on the partial government shutdown, but can expect back pay, whenever it does come to an end.

Fox 6

 

Port Reports -  January 10

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Philip R. Clarke arrived Duluth at 09:01 Wednesday morning to load iron ore at CN, however she tied up at Husky Energy to wait for American Mariner to finish loading. The Mariner is tentatively expected to depart in the early morning hours on Thursday. There was no traffic through the Superior entry on Wednesday, however both Stewart J. Cort and Burns Harbor are expected early Thursday afternoon to load at Burlington Northern. Burns Harbor spent most of Wednesday anchored south of the Keweenaw Peninsula waiting on weather, and was just getting underway at 20:00 Wednesday night. Also anchored nearby was H. Lee White, which is on her way to Duluth to lay up for the winter. If weather conditions improve, she should arrive on Thursday and join the Tim S. Dool at Fraser Shipyards.

Two Harbors – Gary A. Putney
Wilfred Sykes departed Two Harbors on Jan. 9th at 06:37 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors on Jan. 9th at 07:35 was the Edgar B. Speer after being anchored off Duluth. As of 19:45 on Jan. 9th the Speer was close to departing Two Harbors for Conneaut. Off Two Harbors on Jan. 9th at 19:45 was the Indiana Harbor that had been anchored off Duluth. Arriving Two Harbors on Jan. 9th at approx. 15:37 was the "G" tug North Carolina that will assist the Indiana Harbor to the dock. Anchored off Duluth awaiting Two Harbors is the Edwin H. Gott. Anchored Jan. 9th in Bete Grise Bay was the Paul R. Tregurtha. She was anchored the entire day of Jan. 9th in that location. The PRT is also to load in Two Harbors. Upbound in Lake Huron showing a Two Harbors destination is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday January 9th: 8:33 CCGS Samuel Risley departed the Coast Guard base. She performed ice-breaking duties on the Mission River near G3 and Superior elevators. 12:22 Ojibway departed G3 downbound.

Keweenaw Peninsula
The H. Lee White, Burns Harbor, Paul Tregurtha and Kaye E. Barker were taking refuge in Bete Grise Bay on Wednesday until the windy weather diminishes. Burns Harbor departed in the mid-evening for Superior. At 10 p.m. Wednesday, Wilfred Sykes was passing the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula with a noon Thursday ETA at the Soo Locks.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Wednesday included Stewart J. Cort and American Century, both for Superior. Downbounders included American Integrity early, followed by Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. VanEnkevort. USCG Mackinaw was at Lime Island for ice assistance if needed. Michipicoten was at Algoma Steel, as were the tugs Sharon M 1 and Leonard M, along with their barges. CSL Assiniboine remained at anchor at Nine Mile. She shows a Nanticoke destination.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Daniel Lindner
The tug Bradshaw McKee arrived in Sturgeon Bay on Wednesday morning and tied up at Bay Shipbuilding. She will be departing with Port City Marine's barge Commander (formerly known as Cleveland Rocks), which has spent the past two seasons at the yard being converted to a self-unloading cement carrier.

Northern Lake Huron
Alpena: 9:27 Defiance departed the Lafarge dock and went to anchor. Mackinaw City: 12:42 Frontenac weighed anchor and departed for Milwaukee. Owen Sound: Saginaw is expected to arrive and unload wheat at the P&H Elevator.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault was loading salt for Milwaukee on Wednesday. She departed in the late afternoon.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
The tug Albert and her tank barge Margaret arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load/unload Wednesday afternoon. The Mesabi Miner stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal after the Albert and Margaret shifted to Nicholson's Detroit Terminal. The Mississagi ended the day, calling on the Motor City Materials dock to unload salt.

Toledo, Ohio
Algoma Niagara arrived at the Hans Mueller Dock around 10 am Wednesday to unload a grain cargo from Thunder Bay. They were assisted by the tug Colorado. This dock is located just north of the salt pile by the Craig Bridge. Mesabi Miner was at the Torco Dock unloading ore. The next ore boat due in will be the Great Lakes Trader. It is unknown when she will arrive due to the wind conditions around the Great Lakes.

 

Lakes Pilots Association seeking new pilot

1/10 - Lakes Pilots Association, based in Port Huron, Mich., is seeking applications from those interested in employment as a U.S. Registered Pilot on foreign vessels in District 2 of the Great Lakes. Lakes Pilots provides pilotage service in all the waters and ports from Port Huron, MI to Buffalo, NY, excluding the Welland Canal. Applicants must hold a U.S. Master, Mate or Pilot license with at least 24 months licensed service or comparable experience on vessels of 4,000 gross tons or over, operating on the Great Lakes or Oceans. Those applicants qualifying with ocean service must have obtained at least six months of licensed service or comparable experience on the Great Lakes. A complete list of requirements may be found in CFR Title 46, Shipping, Part 401, Subpart B. Anyone interested must first apply to the Director of Great Lakes Pilotage in Washington, D.C. to determine eligibility. Please contact Lakes Pilots for more information at (810) 984-2541

Applications and Information can be obtained from the US Coast Guard Director of Great Lakes Pilotage at:

https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Prevention-Policy-CG-5P/Marine-Transportation-Systems-CG-5PW/Office-of-Waterways-and-Ocean-Policy/Office-of-Waterways-and-Ocean-Policy-Great-Lakes-Pilotage-Div/

Send Resume to:

Lakes Pilots Association
P.O. Box 610902
Port Huron, MI 48061
(810) 984-2541
www.lakespilots.com

 

Salties renamed – Corrections

1/10 - It was reported on Tuesday’s News Page that the Beluga Fanfare was renamed a second time to the Louis Auerbach of Liberian registry and flag. The correct name is the Louise Auerbach of Liberian registry. Also reported incorrectly was the new name for the former Yucatan as Islan. Further information on this vessel is that this was the former saltwater vessel Golden Laker, which carried that name from 1996 until 2003 and first came inland as such in 1997, before it was renamed the Yucatan. As the Yucatan, this vessel held this name from 2003 until 2009 and first came inland as such in 2004 and last visited as such in 2008. In 2009 the Yucatan was then renamed Free Neptune, a name it held from 2009 until 2018. It did not return inland as such and the ship was renamed again to the Islander S of Palau registration in 2018. Also noted was the Beluga Finesse, which first came inland on its only visit what that name. The ship first came inland as such in 2010 on its only visit with that name.

Denny Dushane

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  January 10

On this day in 1952, EDWARD B. GREENE was launched at the American Shipbuilding yard at Toledo, Ohio. The 647-foot vessel joined the Cleveland Cliffs fleet. After lengthening over the winter of 1975-1976 and conversion to a self-unloader in 1981, the GREENE sailed briefly as the b.) BENSON FORD for Rouge Steel. She sails today as the c.) KAYE E BARKER of the Interlake fleet.

ONTADOC (Hull#207) was launched January 10, 1975, at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards, Ltd. For N.M. Paterson & Sons. Renamed b.) MELISSA DESGAGNES in 1990.

On January 10, 1977, the CHESTER A. POLING, b.) MOBIL ALBANY) broke in two and sank off the coast of Massachusetts.

January 10, 1998 - Glen Bowden, former co-owner of the Michigan-Wisconsin Transportation Company (MWT) died.

In 1974, the W.C. RICHARDSON was towed from her winter berth in Toledo to assist in lightering the grounded a.) BENSON FORD.

On Jan 10, 1978, the tanker JUPITER became stuck in 3 to 5-foot ridged ice off Erie, Pennsylvania. The U.S.C.G. tug OJIBWA was sent from Buffalo, New York, to free her, but she too became beset in the ice 3 miles from the JUPITER's position. The JUPITER was lost after an explosion at Bay City in 1990. The OJIBWA is now the tug GEN OGLETHORPE in Savannah, Georgia.

On 10 January 1898, Alexander Anderson of Marine City was awarded a contract to build a wooden steamer for A. F. Price of Freemont, Ohio, Isaac Lincoln of Dakota, and Capt. Peter Ekhert of Port Huron, Michigan. The vessel was to be named ISAAC LINCOLN and was to be 130 feet long and capable of carrying 400,000 feet of lumber. The contract price was $28,000. Her engine and boiler were to be built by Samuel F. Hodge of Detroit. The vessel was launched on 10 May 1898, and her cost had increased to $40,000. She lasted until 1931 when she was abandoned.

1967: PRINDOC (iii) was laid up for the winter at Cardinal, Ontario, when it broke its moorings in a storm and drifted down the St. Lawrence. The shipkeeper was able to get the anchor down and they held just above the Iroquois power dam, averting a major problem.

1970: IOANNA stranded near Sete, France, in a gale while inbound from Barcelona, Spain and had to be sold for scrap. The ship had been a Seaway trader as a) A.J. FALKLAND in 1959 and returned as b) PETER in 1960 and 1961.

1971: CATTARO came through the Seaway in 1959 for the Ellerman's Wilson Line. It caught fire in the engine room at Galatz, Romania, as b) VRACHOS and had to be beached. It was subsequently broken up for scrap.

1977: The tanker CHESTER A. POLING broke in two and sank off the coast of Massachusetts in a storm after an explosion in the forward pump room. Two members of the crew were lost. The ship had been a Great Lakes trader as a) PLATTSBURG SOCONY and as b) MOBIL ALBANY.

1981: SOL RIVER came to the Great Lakes in 1968. It ran aground as f) LIZA near Combi, Lemnos Island, Greece. The hull broke in two and sank January 15. The ship was carrying phosphate enroute from Sfax, Tunisia, to Kavalla, Greece, when it went down on the Aegean Sea with the loss of 5 lives.

2001: The Cypriot freighter ARETHUSA first came through the Seaway in 1987. Fire broke out in the engine room and spread to the bridge and accommodation area while the ship was in the northern Great Belt. The vessel, enroute from Casablanca, Morocco, to Gdansk, Poland, with phosphate, was towed to Gydnia, Poland, after the blaze was extinguished. Repairs to the 28-year-old vessel were not worthwhile and it arrived at the scrapyard at Aliaga, Turkey, for dismantling on March 26, 2001.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Brian Bernard, Russ Plumb, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Here to serve the safety of mariners:’ On board the icebreaker Samuel Risley

1/9 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – It's a sure sign of winter in Thunder Bay when icebreakers when the Canadian and U.S. Coast Guards visit the northwestern Ontario city's harbor.

This year, the Samuel Risley was in port in early January, helping the last of the shipping season's commercial vessels. The warmer-than-average temperatures in the Thunder Bay area, however, have meant there isn't nearly as much ice in the harbor as usual.

Definitely not as much as last winter, said Darryl Clow, the Samuel Risley's commanding officer while the ship was in Thunder Bay in January 2019. "The former captains described (the 2017-2018 winter) as the heaviest they'd seen," Clow said. "And they've both been here for 10 to 15 years."

Ice conditions can vary widely from year to year he said. The Risley is one of two Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers assigned to the Great Lakes, with the Griffon being the other. "I've broke 48 inches of ice ... in the past, a friend of mine was captain on here, he broke close to 50 inches," Clow said.

"It's an easy job some years; I've [also] been on for very heavy years and you're working 18, 20 hours a day."

Read more and view images at this link

 

Congressman speaks on new Soo Lock construction timeline

1/9 - Washington, D.C. – At the swearing in of the House in Washington, Republican Congressman Jack Bergman spoke about the Soo Locks and a potential timeline for the project to begin. More money has been requested for the new lock in President Trump’s 2020 budget.

The Detroit Army Corps of Engineers already has money in the work plan to finish the design and to get everything ready for the bid process.

There are still several steps that need to be taken before construction can begin but Congressman Bergman is hopeful that it will be in less than 2 years.

"When will they see shovels in ground? It's probably going to be 18 months. Somewhere in that area because the design phase now is what has already been authorized by the latest funding," said Bergman.

In December, Michigan and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed a memorandum of agreement officially committing Michigan’s contribution of up to $52 million for the new lock.

WLUC

 

Update of vessel layups at Sturgeon Bay

Joseph L. Block 1/1/19
Wilfred Sykes 1/31/19
Burns Harbor 12/7/18
American Courage Drydock 12/22/18
John G. Munson 12/28/18
Cason J. Callaway 1/15/19
James R. Barker 1/17/19
Paul R. Tregurtha 1/14/19
Barge Huron Spirit 1/15/19
Tug Leonard M 1/15/19
Barge A397 1/3/19

Door County Marine Museum

 

Port Reports -  January 9

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. finally departed Duluth at 16:01 Tuesday afternoon after spending nearly two days taking on iron ore pellets at CN. American Mariner, which had been at anchor outside the harbor waiting to load in Two Harbors, was inbound at 16:28 after a change in orders and tied up at Canadian National to load. She is expected to depart mid-morning Wednesday. There are currently three more vessels scheduled for ore loads at Duluth's CN dock before the shipping season ends, while the remainder of arrivals will be for winter layup. There was no traffic through the Superior entry on Tuesday, however Burns Harbor is due around noon Wednesday to load at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors – Gary A. Putney
American Integrity departed Two Harbors on Jan. 8th at 03:13 for Zug Island. Shortly thereafter the Roger Blough shifted from North of #2 to South of #2. The Blough departed Two Harbors on Jan. 8th at 15:57 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on Jan. 8th was the Wilfred Sykes at 16:43 for South of #2. The Sykes departed anchorage off Duluth at approx. 11:20 on the 8th. Edgar B. Speer was joined off Duluth by the Indiana Harbor on the evening of Jan. 8th. As of 17:45 on Jan. 8th the Edwin H. Gott is running checked down on the North Shore NE of Two Harbors. American Mariner, that had been scheduled to load in Two Harbors, went to the CN ore dock in Duluth after the departure of the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. Tentatively due Two Harbors on Jan. 9th is the Paul R. Tregurtha. The PRT is the last boat showing a Two Harbors destination.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday January 7: Saginaw departed Viterra A for Owen Sound. Tuesday January 8: 15:19 Ojibway arrived at G3 to load grain.

Northern Lake Huron
Tuesday, Alpena: 9:14 Defiance arrived at the Lafarge plant to unload. Cheboygan: 9:48 The tug Albert, the former Craig Eric Reinauer, and petroleum barge Margaret departed for Detroit. 11:11 USCG Mackinaw departed for the St Marys River to conduct ice operations. McGregor Bay: 6:58 CCGS Griffon conducted ice operations and provided escort for Algoma Sault which departed for Goderich. CCGS Griffon departed for Windsor. With the gales slaking the following boats weighed anchor and continued their voyages. 0:45 Michigan departed for Nanticoke. St Clair departed for Burns Harbor. Mesabi Miner departed for Toledo. 7:45 G L Ostrander departed for Milwaukee. H Lee White departed for Duluth Superior.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
The Clyde S VanEnkevort/Erie Trader arrived Tuesday night to unload ore at Zug Island.

 

Coast Guard makes dog it rescued from island an honorary crew member

1/9 - Lime Island, Mich. – Last week, we told you the happy-ending story about how the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw rescued a dog they'd spotted struggling on the ice near the uninhabited Lime Island in the St. Marys River.

The dog, a husky mix named Logan, had been missing since Christmas Day from nearby St. Joseph Island, just across the border from Michigan's Upper Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. The dog's owners had been visiting relatives there when it ran away.

Nine days after he disappeared, the Coast Guard called Logan's owners to say the Mackinaw's crew had found the dog and was bringing him into their home base of Cheboygan, in the northern Lower Peninsula. When the big ice breaker pulled into port, there was a sweet reunion between Logan and his owners.

But what we didn't know then were some of the details about how the crew found Logan, built enough trust to get him onto the 240-foot ship -- and how they did a few special things to make the pup an honorary crew member.

The U.S. Coast Guard is now sharing these details with readers, and pictures of Logan's time on board the ship.

Read more and view photos at this link

 

Saltwater visitors renamed

1/9 - The following saltwater vessels have been renamed. Each made visits to the Great Lakes/Seaway system during their careers.

• Beluga Fanfare, which first came inland as such on its only visit with that name in 2010 is now the Louis Auerbach of Liberia. As Beluga Fanfare, the ship held this name from 2007 until 2011 when it was sold and renamed Fanfare from 2011 to 2018. It did not return inland as the Fanfare.

• A fleetmate and sistership to the Beluga Fanfare has also been renamed. The Beluga Finesse, which first came inland as such on its only visit with that name is now the Lisa Auerbach of the Liberian flag. As the Beluga Finesse, the vessel carried and held that name from 2008 until 2011 when it was sold and later renamed to the Finesse, a name it carried from 2011 to 2018. It did not return inland as Finesse.

• Persenk, built in 1998, first came inland as such in 1999 and last visited as such in 2009, has been renamed a second time. Its new name is the Yunes Emre of Panamanian registration. As the Persenk it carried this name from 1998 to 2013 before being renamed Osman Gazi and it held this name from 2013 until 2018. It never came inland as Osman Gazi.

• Uta first visited as such in 2007 on its only visit with that name. It carried this name from 2007 until 2013 when it was renamed Marmakira but never returned as such. In 2018 it was renamed Onego Bayou of Antigua and Barbuda registry.

• Another familiar visitor, the tanker Turid Knutsen, which first came inland as such in 1993 and last visited as such in 2009, has been renamed for a second time, with its new name being the Princess of Palau registry. As the Turid Knutsen it carried this name from 1993 until 2013 when it was sold and renamed Princess Oge and it carried this name from 2013 until 2018 but never returned inland as such.

• Yucatan, which first came inland as such in 2004 and last visited as such in 2008, has been renamed Islan.

Denny Dushane

 

Crews still battling fire aboard Halifax-bound container ship Yantian Express

1/9 - Halifax, N.S. – Crews working to extinguish a fire that's been burning for four days aboard a large container ship off Canada's east coast are facing some big challenges, an expert in offshore safety says.

Faisal Khan, an engineering professor at Memorial University, made the observation Monday after a second offshore support vessel arrived to help fight a cargo fire aboard the 320-metre Yantian Express, which first reported the blaze on Thursday.

Several containers on the Halifax-bound ship were still burning by Monday afternoon.

While the ship's crew may have been trained to deal with fires in the engine room and living quarters, burning cargo is another matter, said Khan, the Canada Research Chair in Offshore Safety and Risk Engineering at the St. John's, N.L., university. Fires fuelled by the polymers in plastic goods, for example, can produce toxic fumes that could prove deadly.

Tim Seifert, a spokesman for the international shipping company Hapag-Lloyd, said Monday "the focus is on containing the fire."

Seifert confirmed in an email that the 95-metre support ship Maersk Mobiliser, based in Newfoundland, had reached the container ship about 1,500 kilometres east of Halifax. He said the Maersk Mobiliser had joined the 71-metre Smit Nicobar, an offshore support ship from Belgium that arrived on Friday night.

The Smit Nicobar is equipped with fixed fire monitors -- a type of water cannon that can pump large volumes of water to extinguish fires.

All 23 crew members from the Yantian Express have been moved onto the Smit Nicobar. There were no reports of injuries, and the extent of damage to the larger vessel remains unclear.

A spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard said the plan is to have the Maersk Mobiliser tow the container ship to Halifax, though it was unclear when that would happen.

Khan said towing a burning vessel would present further risks.

"Towing cargo that is on fire would be too much of a risk to take for both the cargo vessel and the towing vessel," he said, adding that towing a burning ship into port would be even riskier.

"Unless I'm 100 per cent sure of what my cargo contains and what the impact would be of the fire, I would be extremely cautious about bringing it onshore," he said.

Seifert said it was unclear when the container ship would reach Halifax, and he declined to say what the Yantian Express is carrying or what may have caused the fire.

The container ship was travelling from Colombo, Sri Lanka, to Halifax last Thursday when a fire started inside a container on the ship's forward deck, then spread to other containers -- prompting a call for help to the U.S. Coast Guard in Boston.

When the wind picked up to more than 20 kilometres per hour on Friday, the crew stopped fighting the fire and retreated to safety inside the ship's superstructure.

There were eight officers and 15 seafarers aboard the German-flagged ship, which was built in 2002 and is capable of carrying 7,510 standard 20-foot containers.

It implemented new guidelines for the stowage of dangerous cargo aboard its 750 vessels.

Canadian Press

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  January 9

On this day in 1973, the CHARLES M. BEEGHLY was the latest running Interlake vessel when she entered winter layup at Toledo, Ohio.

BAIE COMEAU II was laid up on January 9, 1983, at Sorel, Quebec, and was sold the following April to Progress Overseas Co. S.A., Panama renamed c.) AGIA TRIAS.

January 9, 1977 - The last survivor of the PERE MARQUETTE 18 disaster, Mike Bucholtz, died.

In 1974, a combination of wind and ice forced the beset BENSON FORD, of 1924, from the shipping channel in Western Lake Erie, running aground.

1974: MARDINA REEFER ran aground at the breakwall at Stephenville, Newfoundland, while inbound in stormy weather. The ship was scheduled to load pickled herring for Europe but became a total loss. Salvage efforts failed and the hull was pounded on the rocks and eventually split in two. The crew was rescued. The vessel had been through the Seaway in 1973.

1974: LUCIE SCHULTE had been a Pre-Seaway and Seaway visitor to the Great Lakes. It sank in bad weather as b) TEVEGA in the Bay of Biscay while enroute from Antwerp, Belgium, to Casablanca, Morocco, with a cargo of barley. Only one member of the crew survived.

1979: MARIGO M.F. had been a Seaway trader in 1973 and earlier as a) NEGO ANNE in 1971. The ship went aground off Alexandria, Egypt, and sustained hull and water damage. The bulk carrier was not worth repairing and sold to Brodospas of Split, Yugoslavia, for scrap. It arrived August 13, 1979, for dismantling.

1980: BILL CROSBIE was carrying steel when it got into trouble on the Atlantic on January 4, 1980. The vessel, a Seaway trader in 1974, was listing badly when it was brought into St. John's, Newfoundland, only to roll over and sink at the wharf on this date. The hull was towed out to sea, bottom up, on November 3, 1980, and scuttled 12 miles off shore.

1983: SANTONA stranded in the Red Sea off Sudan at North Jumna Shoal. The hull was refloated but sold for scrap. It arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, on April 4, 1983, for dismantling. It was a busy Seaway trader and had made 36 trips to the Great Lakes from 1959 to 1967.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Russ Plumb, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Coast Guard begins icebreaking ops in the Western Great Lakes

1/8 - U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie commenced Operation Taconite, the Coast Guard’s largest domestic icebreaking operation, Monday, in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of Western Lake Superior and the St. Marys River.

Operation Taconite encompasses Lake Superior, St. Marys River, Straits of Mackinac, Georgian Bay, Green Bay, northern Lake Huron, and Lake Michigan. Ice breaking operations are based on the following order of priorities: search and rescue, urgent response to vessels in deteriorating weather conditions, exigent community services for flood control and remote communities in immediate need of food, fuel for heat, energy, or and medical assistance, and facilitation of navigation.

In the coming weeks, various commercial waterways may close after due consideration is given to the protection of the marine environment and the safety of island residents who, in the course of their daily business, use naturally formed ice bridges for transportation to and from the mainland.

The authority for Coast Guard domestic ice breaking was created in 1936, by a signed Executive Order 7521 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt directing the U.S. Coast Guard “to assist in keeping open to navigation by means of ice breaking operations, in so far as practicable, and as the exigencies may require, channels and harbors in accordance with the reasonable demands of commerce.”

USCG

 

Port Reports -  January 8

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through the Duluth entry during the day Monday. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. spent the day at Canadian National loading iron ore pellets and was expected to depart at some point Monday night. Edgar B. Speer, American Mariner, and Wilfred Sykes were all on the hook outside the harbor waiting to load in Two Harbors. In Superior, Lee A. Tregurtha was outbound at 04:47 after loading ore at BN, and Manitoulin arrived at 05:15 to load. She was still at the dock Monday night with no departure time listed. Also of note, the majority of Duluth's winter layup fleet is tentatively expected to arrive later this week. Tim S. Dool already tied up for the season at Fraser Shipyards, and will be joined by H. Lee White, Lee A. Tregurtha, Kaye E. Barker, American Spirit, American Century, Burns Harbor and Mesabi Miner in the coming days.

Two Harbors – Gary A. Putney
Roger Blough arrived Two Harbors on Jan. 7th at 03:25 for North of #2 lay-by. Departing Two Harbors on Jan. 7th at 04:46 was the American Spirit for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors after being anchored off Duluth on Jan. 7th was the American Integrity at 05:41. As of 19:30 on Jan. 7th she was still at the loading dock. Anchored off Duluth awaiting South of #2 in Two Harbors the Wilfred Sykes, American Mariner and the Edgar B. Speer. Due Two Harbors or anchorage off Duluth on Jan. 8th are Indiana Harbor and the Edwin H. Gott.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday January 6th: Saginaw arrived at Viterra A to load grain. Monday January 7th: 13:01 Tecumseh weighed anchor and departed for Windsor. She had been waiting on weather since Sunday evening.

Northern Lake Huron
Sunday, McGregor Bay: 21:54 Algoma Sault arrived at the Fischer Harbour dock to unload salt. The CCGS Griffon is anchored north of Manitoulin Island. Mackinaw City: 22:42 Due to severe weather G L Ostrander went to anchor and on the Lake Michigan side of the peninsula, off of Trails End Bay the St Clair and tug Michigan went to anchor. 18:56 Michigan weighed anchor and proceeded through the straits and went to anchor off of Mackinaw City. St Marys River: Down bound Mesabi Miner went to anchor south of Lime Island. 13:58 Upbound H Lee White also went to anchor.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
The Samuel De Champlain/Innovation arrived Monday morning to unload cement at Lafarge.

 

Manitowoc pier light washed into Lake Michigan by storm

1/8 - Manitowoc, Wis. – High winds and waves washed a lighthouse into Lake Michigan at Manitowoc on Monday. The U.S. Coast Guard says the South Pier Light's 20-foot-tall fiberglass tower, on the south side of the Manitowoc Breakwater, fell into the lake around 8:30 a.m. All that is left is the concrete base. No injuries were reported, the Coast Guard says.

https://nbc25news.com/news/nation-world/manitowoc-lighthouse-washed-into-lake-michigan?fbclid

 

Government shutdown threatens wolf and moose winter survey on Isle Royale

1/8 - Isle Royale, Mich. – Just months after the National Park Service started a relocation program to trap and transport new wolves to Michigan’s remote Isle Royale in hopes of boosting the dwindling pack, a winter survey that will give researchers their first peek at how the new wolves are fitting into their new home might be called off because of the ongoing federal government shutdown.

Staff from the research project posted a message Sunday night on the Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale Facebook page, alerting their followers that the winter survey, typically done by plane, might be grounded this year.

An effort to catch and relocate wolves to Michigan's Isle Royale National Park began last week.

“It is our present understanding that the 61st Winter Study of Wolves and Moose in Isle Royale National Park will not be allowed during the partial shutdown of the Federal government,” read the brief note.

Based at Michigan Technological University, it is the longest running predator-prey study of its kind. For decades, researchers have been tracking the number and pack structure of the island’s wolves and its moose. For the last few years, only two wolves have survived on the island in Lake Superior, located about 56 miles from the Upper Peninsula mainland. Meanwhile, the moose population has ballooned to more than 1,500, researchers have said.

Read more and view photos at this MLive link: https://www.mlive.com/news/2019/01/government-shutdown-threatens-wolf-and-moose-winter-survey-on-michigans-isle-royale.html

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  January 8

On 08 January 2004, McKeil Marine’s CAPT. RALPH TUCKER was the first vessel of 2004 to arrive at the port of Manistee, Michigan. Once docked at the General Chemical facilities, Captain Bill Sullivan and Chief Engineer Otto Cooper were each presented with hand-carved Hackberry canes. This was a notable way for the vessel to start her last year of operation. Later that year she was sold for scrap.

JOHN HULST (Hull#286) was launched in 1938, at River Rouge, Michigan, by Great Lakes Engineering Works for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

On 8 January 1877, the tug KATE FELCHER burned at East Saginaw, Michigan. Her loss was valued at $3,000, but she was insured for only $2,000. She was named after the wife of her owner, the well-known Capt. James Felcher of East Saginaw.

In 1939, several tugs helped release the CHIEF WAWATAM, which had been aground since January 3. In 1974, BENSON FORD, of 1924, became beset by ice in Western Lake Erie.

January 8, 1976, LEON FALK JR. closed the season at Superior, Wisconsin, after she departed the Burlington-Northern ore docks.

1996: The research ship CALYPSO, a converted wooden minesweeper, served noted deep-sea diver Jacques Cousteau for many years. It came to the Great Lakes in 1980 and explored several wrecks including the EDMUND FITZGERALD and GUNILDA. It sank at Singapore following a collision on this date. The hull was refloated but never repaired. Subsequently, there were disputes over ownership, with a later report saying the vessel would be displayed at the Bahamas as a tourist attraction.

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

 

New pig iron plant set to bring hundreds of jobs to Ashtabula

1/7 - Ashtabula, Ohio – Nearly 800 new jobs are coming to Ashtabula County thanks to a new pig iron plant. The Environmental Protection Agency had its first public hearing earlier in December about the $474 million plant a South African company is looking to build.

Ashtabula City Manager Jim Timonere said construction will bring in close to 650 new jobs, and the plant will bring in 100 permanent high-paying jobs. Petmin USA would build the plant at the Kinder Morgan Pinney Dock facility, and it is expected to produce about 425,000 tons of pig iron every year.

Pig iron is used in a multitude of things, like trains, toys, hydrants and medical equipment.

Timonere said the city was selected based on its location. “We’re right at the end of a major state route. We have all the major resources here with the water they’re going to need, and now getting this pipeline, it’s just an ideal situation," she said.

A pipeline, Timonere said, was the key to making the stars align. The Risberg Pipeline, an $86 million dollar project extends an existing pipeline from Pennsylvania to Conneaut, making more natural gas available. That's a component Timonere said was missing, delaying the plant from getting the formal "okay.”

Timonere is hoping the plant brings in a younger crowd. “All of our manufacturing jobs are hiring. It’s just about the levels and what it’s going to take to get those people back," Timonere said.

The city is still waiting on the go-ahead from the EPA, but said construction should start by summer of 2019. The final product should be complete by 2022.

News 5 Cleveland

 

Port Reports -  January 7

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Cuyahoga arrived Duluth at 07:06 Sunday, loaded iron ore pellets at CN, and departed at 14:41. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was inbound at 17:48 to load at Canadian National. In Superior, CSL Assiniboine departed at 03:10 with a load of ore from Burlington Northern, and dropped anchor outside the harbor to wait for weather conditions to improve. Lee A. Tregurtha arrived at 08:03 to load, and was still tied up at the dock Sunday night with no departure time listed. Manitoulin was on the hook waiting for her turn at the dock.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader departed Two Harbors on Jan. 6th at 02:21 for Detroit. Shortly after her departure, the American Spirit shifted from North of #2 to South of #2. As of 19:50 on Jan. 6th she was still at the loading dock. Also as of 19:50 on Jan. 6th, American Integrity remained anchored off Duluth waiting on Two Harbors. Also as of 19:50 on Jan. 6th the Wilfred Sykes, Roger Blough, Edgar B. Speer and American Mariner are all on western Lake Superior for Two Harbors. There is a major winter storm forecast for Duluth/Superior and the North Shore for late Jan. 6th thru mid-day on Jan. 7th, so boat traffic will be tentative at best. As of 19:50 on Jan. 6th the Indiana Harbor was in eastern Lake Superior for Two Harbors. Also, tentatively, there is no more traffic scheduled for Northshore Mining in Silver Bay this shipping season.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday January 6th: 9:18 CCGS Samuel Risley departed the Coast Guard base. She performed ice-breaking duties on the Mission River near G3 and Superior elevators. 11:10 CCGS Samuel Risley returned to the Coast Guard base. 12:50 Tecumseh departed Viterra A and shifted over to G3 to load grain. 15:59 Algoma Niagara departed Keefer Terminal for Toledo. 19:58 Tecumseh departed G3 and went to anchor west of the Welcome Islands. Expected late Sunday: Saginaw. Expected Monday: Ojibway.

Limestone Ports
Brevort: Saturday 1:38 Calumet arrived and went to anchor. At 10:35 she weighed anchor and proceeded to the Sand Products dock to load. She departed at 1:10 Sunday for Cleveland.

Northern Lake Huron
Saturday, Alpena: 18:35 G L Ostrander arrived. 21:17 Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement products. Sunday, Alpena: 4:29 Samuel De Champlain departed and downbound on Lake Huron. 4:52 G L Ostrander proceeded to the loading dock and at 12:57 departed for Milwaukee. Cheboygan: 8:28 Craig Eric Reinauer arrived to unload petroleum product from Sarnia. McGregor Bay: CCGS Griffon arrived to conduct ice operations. Algoma Sault is expected Monday at the Fisher Harbour dock to unload road salt. Mackinaw City: 12:54 Frontenac went to anchor to wait out weather.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault departed Sunday evening for Fisher Harbour.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
H Lee White arrived Sunday morning to unload ore at Zug Island. Arriving later was the Olive L Moore/Menominee, calling on Zug Island to load coke.

Toledo, Ohio
8:30 p.m. update for Sunday Jan. 6: Mississagi was sailing on Lake St. Clair. She loaded cargo at Thunder Bay and is bound for Toledo, arriving very early Monday morning. Unknown which dock she is bound for to unload cargo. Algoma Niagara was on Lake Superior. She loaded cargo at Thunder Bay and is bound for Toledo, arriving very late Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning. Unknown which dock she is bound for to unload cargo. One to watch: Robert S. Pierson was loading grain at Sarnia, Ont., Sunday night and may be bound for Toledo to unload. Various ships will be arriving at Toledo during the next week or two for winter layup at the various docks. It is also possible we may see another cement vessel for the Lafarge Dock. Keep checking the various AIS sites daily for the vessels arriving at Toledo.

 

Former Seaway saltie scrapped

1/7 - Vessels with Great Lakes / Seaway connection - reported as a casualty or sold for demolition. taken from January 2019 issue of Marine News – Journal of the World Ship Society:

Casualties: None reported

Demolitions: Pontica (8114041; St. Vincent & the Grenadines) (Sea Power-04, Express Power-03, Magic One-00, Magic-98, Clipper Magic-92, Andros Island-89 - 1st trip into the Seaway 1983) 10,322 / 1983 - general cargo (Freedom Mk. II type). By Brave Shipping Co. Inc., (Brook Ocean Shipping LLC), Panama, to Kamdar & Associates, India and arrived Alang 13.04.2018 - commenced demolition 19.04.2018

Report compiled by Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

A kayak trip turns deadly in Montreal

1/7 - Montreal, Que. – The outing of a group of kayakers turned deadly on Saturday when a 56-year-old participant drowned in the icy waters of the St. Lawrence River.

For some unknown reason, the victim's kayak overturned. The man, from Carignan, was wearing a life jacket and the necessary equipment to keep warm, just like the rest of the group. The body of the man was carried by the current, quite strong at this time of the year.

"Unfortunately, the victim was caught between a cargo ship and the wharf at the Port of Montreal," said Benoît Martel, chief of operations at the Montreal Fire Department.

After more than an hour in the water, the man’s body was recovered. A coroner will shed light on the death, since there is no criminal element.

TVA Nouvelles.

 

Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence cod could be extinct by mid-century: report

1/7 - There is a high probability that Atlantic cod will be locally extinct in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence by mid-century — even with no commercial fishing, according to a new report. The paper, published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, says the death rate now stands at 50 per cent for adult Gulf cod five years and older.

The likely culprit? Grey seals. "That high a natural mortality is not sustainable," says Doug Swain, a federal Fisheries Department scientist who co-authored the study. Why recovery has failed for cod

Swain says this stock is particularly vulnerable because it tends to gather in the same places every year.

That includes predictable patterns of migration, spawning and overwintering in dense congregations off Cape Breton in numbers still large enough to attract grey seals that eat them.

Samples showed adult cod made up a large part of the grey seal diet in the overwintering area off St. Paul's Island, Cape Breton.

Swain and other researchers used models to predict what that could mean for the future of this cod population.

"In these projections, if we assume natural mortality were to stay where it is now and there was no fishing, then cod would be gone by middle of the century," he says.

"There is nothing to say it will stay where it is but if it is due to predation by grey seals and they continue to prey on cod like they are now, then there is no way this population recovers and it may decline to negligible levels."

Read more at this link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/southern-gulf-of-st-lawrence-cod-could-be-extinct-by-mid-century-report-1.4966889

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  January 7

07 January 1974 - EDMUND FITZGERALD (steel propeller bulk freighter, 711 foot, 13,632 gross tons, built in 1958, at River Rouge, Michigan) lost her anchor in the Detroit River when it snagged on ice. It was raised in July 1992. The anchor weighs 12,000 pounds and now resides outside the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan.

On January 7, 1970, the e.) ONG, a.) REDHEAD of 1930, had her Canadian registry closed. The tanker had been sold for use as a water tender at Antigua in the Lesser Antilles and had departed Toronto on December 1, 1969.

1924: The rail car ferry ONTARIO NO. 1 had a rough overnight crossing of Lake Ontario. The ship was diverted to Toronto with three feet of ice on the deck and anchored off Port Credit. With no seagate, it had to sail into the wind and could not make its docking at Cobourg as scheduled.

1943: ORNEFJELL came to the Great Lakes beginning in 1933 and returned as b) AKABAHRA after being sold in 1937. It was torpedoed and sunk on the Mediterranean in position 37.07 N / 4.38 E.

1977: BARFONN had visited the Seaway beginning in 1959 and returned as b) ORIENT EXPLORER in 1967 and as c) AEGEAN in 1971. It caught fire at Colombo, Sri Lanka, as d) TONG THAY and became a total loss. The vessel was taken to Singapore Roads, laid up, sold for scrap and arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for dismantling on March 24, 1978.

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

 

Dog rescued from U.P. island by Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw’s crew

1/6 - Chippewa County, Mich. – After more than a week in the cold, a dog was reunited with his owners Friday evening. Logan, a white husky mix, went missing from St. Joseph Island in Ontario on Christmas day while he and his owners were visiting family.

Thursday Logan's owners, Lydia Selin and Kailaan Walker, got a call from the crew aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw. While patrolling the Michigan waterways, the crew saw a dog fall through the ice and struggle onto the shore of Lime Island.

A 20-person landing party went out to the island to search for the dog but couldn't get him to come to their calls. The crew set a fire on the shore of the island and left a bowl of macaroni before leaving the island.

Thursday, the crew passed the island again and found the dog along with an empty bowl of pasta.

The Mackinaw docked in Cheboygan Friday evening where Logan was reunited with Lydia and Kailaan. The crew told the family a vet was aboard the ship and was able to help Logan with his wounds.

9&10 News

 

Port Reports -  January 6

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Duluth on Saturday, Mesabi Miner departed before sunrise with a load of ore from Canadian National, and Cason J. Callaway arrived and tied up at CN to load. She was expected to depart around 23:00 Saturday night. In Superior, St. Clair left port early Saturday after loading iron ore pellets at BN, and CSL Assiniboine arrived and spent the day loading. She had been expected to depart at 18:00, but was still at the dock as of 20:00 Saturday evening. Manitoulin and Lee A. Tregurtha were both at anchor outside the harbor waiting to load.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
James R. Barker departed Two Harbors on Jan. 5th at 11:27 for Nanticoke. The Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 between 11:33 and 11:55. The Barker made a circle out in the lake and came back to anchor off the Two Harbors piers. Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader departed at 14:38 and went out to the Barker and the Barker discharged some of her cargo into the Erie Trader, probably because she was overdraft. The Clyde S. then returned to Two Harbors at 16:58 and went back to South of #2. Arriving Two Harbors on Jan. 5th at 17:23 and going to North of #2 lay-by was the American Spirit. Roughly at the same time the Barker got underway and headed down the lake. Also due Two Harbors on Jan. 5th were the Lee A. Tregurtha and American Integrity. The Tregurtha's AIS changed to Superior late in the afternoon on Jan. 5th and at 18:45 she went to anchor off Superior. At 18:55 the American Integrity went to anchor off Duluth to wait on Two Harbors. Tentatively due Two Harbors on Jan. 6th are the Wilfred Sykes, American Mariner that was on Jan. 5th anchored in Whitefish Bay, and the Edgar B. Speer and Roger Blough, both upbound in the St. Marys River. It will be Jan. 7th at the earliest before some of them get to the dock.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday January 4th: 22:10 Mississagi departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Toledo. Saturday January 5th: 7:21 Tecumseh arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 8:18 CSL Niagara arrived at Keefer Terminal for winter lay-up. 17:13 Tecumseh departed Richardson Current River Terminal and shifted over to Viterra A to load grain.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Saturday included Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Wilfred Sykes, Roger Blough and late, Edgar B. Speer. Downbounders included Paul R. Tregurtha, American Century, Stewart J, Cort and Mississagi. American Mariner was upbound but went to anchor behind Whitefish Point. Saginaw was at Algoma Steel.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault was at the elevators on Friday.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
There was no vessel activity at the Port of Detroit on Saturday.

Toledo, Ohio
Cedarglen arrived at Ironhead Shipyard Saturday evening.

 

Saginaw River Shipping Season Report – 2018

1/6 - For the second consecutive year, commercial shipping numbers have continued to climb on the Saginaw River, rebounding in 2018 to the highest number of vessel passages since the 2010 season. After recording record low numbers during the 2014 & 2016 seasons, increases in the past two years have now led to an optimistic outlook that the worst could now hopefully be behind us. The companies doing business along the banks of the Saginaw River are always looking for ways to diversify and introduce new cargo to be moved by boat, as well as continually working for improvements to the system, be it dredging to a deeper channel depth or making improvements at their docks. Hopefully the hard work being done now, will pay off in the years to come. The following is a look back at what took place along the banks of the Saginaw River during the 2018 shipping season:

The 2018 shipping season officially started on March 29th, with the arrival of the tug Spartan and her tank barge, Spartan II. The pair called on the Port Fisher Dock in Bay City to start the season one day earlier than the 2017 season opener. Spartan/Spartan II also opened the season in 2017. The 2018 season came to a close on a very foggy, but mild January 5th, when the tug Sharon M I and her barge, called on the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates Dock, in Bay City, with the last inbound cargo of the season. This was 13 days later than the 2017 close, for a season lasting 283 days, 15 days longer than last year. For 2018, there were a total of 143 commercial vessel passages. That is 10 more than the previous season. These passages were made by 30 different vessels, representing 14 different companies. This is a decrease of one unique vessel, but an increase of one more company, as compared to the 2017 numbers.

Looking at some of the other statistics from the 2018 season, cargos were delivered to 17 individual docks this season. This number is an increase from last year. One of the increases was the Bit-Mat liquid asphalt dock in Bay City. They received product by tank barge this season for the first time since 2014. The dock seeing the most traffic in 2018 was the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City, seeing 38 vessel deliveries. This was four more deliveries than during the 2017 season. Coming in second was the Lafarge Cement Dock in Essexville, with 24 cargo deliveries. This was a huge increase of 11 trips, almost double that of the previous season. In third place was the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw, with 21 cargo deliveries, and closely followed by the Consumers Energy Dock in Essexville, with 20 cargos delivered. These four docks accounted for 62% of all vessel deliveries to the Saginaw River in 2018. The “big two” companies, which own multiple docks along the Saginaw River, Fisher Companies and Wirt, accounted for 54% of all cargo delivered this season. In all, accounting for split cargos by some vessels, which unloaded at two or more different docks on the same visit, there were 167 deliveries to the various docks along the Saginaw River. This is eight more actual dock deliveries than during the 2017 season.

For the first time in twelve seasons, there is a new queen of the Saginaw River. For the past 11 years, the tug Olive L. Moore, paired with the self-unloading barge Menominee, have made the most trips to the Saginaw River each season. This year however, logging 25 visits, the Interlake Steamship Company tug Dorothy Ann and her self-unloading barge, Pathfinder, took the crown, beating the Olive L. Moore/Menominee by five trips. The vessels following these two workhorse tug/barge combos, rounding out the top five with the most trips to the Saginaw River were two more tug/barge combos from Andrie/Lafarge: Samuel de Champlain/Innovation with nine and G.L. Ostrander/Integrity with eight. The traditional self-unloading laker from American Steamship Company, John J. Boland, came in next, also with eight visits.

There was another change at the top this season. The company leading the way with the most cargo deliveries to the Saginaw River in 2018 was the American Steamship Company with 35 trips, accounting for 24% of all deliveries. Lower Lakes Towing/Grand River Navigation, leaders for the past 11 years, logged the second most visits, with 34, just missing out on the top spot. The changes were very small as American Steamship logged the same number of cargos to the Saginaw River as in 2017, but Lower Lakes dropped by two. The third busiest fleet in 2018 was the Interlake Steamship Company with 28 passages, representing an increase of two trips over last season. These three companies accounted for 68% of all deliveries on the Saginaw River in 2018.

There were a number of vessels that were visitors to the Saginaw River in 2017, that did not make a delivery in 2018, with those vessels being Algoway, Great Republic, Manitoulin, Michipicoton, HR Constellation, and the BBC vessels Alberta, Campana, Elbe, and Volga. The list of boats that were not visitors in 2017, but visited the Saginaw River in 2018 were Algoma Innovator, Algoma Buffalo, Mississagi, Saginaw, Joseph H. Thompson, Jr./Joseph H. Thompson, BBC Europe, Florijngracht and the tug Rebecca Lynn/A397. Algoma Innovator made her first ever trips to the Saginaw River. One of Algoma Central’s new “Equinox” class vessels, the Innovator replaced the retired Algoway on trips here. Buffalo, a Saginaw River fixture for many years, made her first trip under her new name, Algoma Buffalo, and new owners. It was good to see Saginaw back on her namesake river. The BBC Europe and Florijngracht also made their first ever visits to the Saginaw River.

There were a few other notable stories during the 2018 season. After no dredging being done during the 2017 season, maintenance dredging resumed on the Saginaw River, beginning in the late spring. Ryba Marine Construction, out of Cheboygan Michigan won the contract for the dredging, bringing its tug, Thomas R. Morrish, and numerous pieces of dredging equipment to the river. The workhorse Malcolm Marine tug Manitou, also made numerous trips from her St. Clair, Michigan home to the Saginaw River arriving to assist the BBC Europe at the Port Fisher dock and towing dredging equipment for Ryba Marine to and from the Saginaw River. The Port Fisher Dock in Bay City again received wind turbine components at its facility, but this season, the majority was delivered by truck. The presence of foreign-flagged cargo ships continued on the Saginaw River however, as the BBC Europe and Florijngracht did deliver cargo to Port Fisher in 2018. Sadly, this was the first season in many decades that one of the familiar Collingwood Shipyard-built Algoma Central boats Algorail, Algoway, and Agawa Canyon did not visit the Saginaw River, with all now being retired from service.

Todd Shorkey

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  January 6

While under tow heading for scrap, the HARRY R. JONES went aground at Androsan, Scotland, on January 6, 1961, and it wasn't until February 15 that she arrived at her final port of Troon, Scotland.

January 6, 1999 - The Dow Chemical plant in Ludington, Michigan, announced a plan to close its lime plant, eliminating the need for Great Lakes freighters to deliver limestone.

In 1973, the JOSEPH H. THOMPSON ran aground at Escanaba, Michigan, after departing that port.

1976: The former GLADYS BOWATER was sailing as c) AGINOR when it caught fire and had to be abandoned off southwest Sicily. The hull was towed to Palermo, Italy, with serious damage and then to Piraeus, Greece, where it was laid up unrepaired. But the ship was resold, rebuilt and returned to service as d) ALEXANDRA in 1977. It was scrapped at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, as e) LAMYAA in 1985.

1979: OTTO NUBEL first came to the Great Lakes in 1953 and returned regularly until the final four trips in 1959. The ship was sailing as b) MARIA III when there was an explosion in the engine room on January 6, 1979, near Tamomago Island, Spain. A fire followed and the vessel went aground where it was abandoned as a total loss.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Brian Bernard, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Lake Superior's December decline a little less than usual

1/5 - Lake Superior declined about 3 inches in December, a little less than it usually does for the month.

The International Lake Superior Board of Control reported Thursday that the big lake now sits 11 inches above its Jan. 1 long-term average but 2 inches below the level at this time last year.

Lakes Michigan-Huron dropped an inch over December, less than the normal 2-inch drop. The lakes now sit 20 inches above average and 3 inches above the level at Jan. 1, 2018.

The board of control says the above-average water levels, coupled with strong winds and waves, continue to result in shoreline erosion and coastal damages across the upper Great Lakes system, noting more shoreline erosion and coastal damages may occur this winter should active weather continue.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Port Reports -  January 5

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth at 05:20 Friday morning after loading coal at Midwest Energy, and her fleetmate Mesabi Miner arrived at 12:04 to load ore at Canadian National. Saginaw, which had arrived late Thursday night, departed at 13:50 with a load of ore for Sault Ste. Marie. At the Superior entry, Stewart J. Cort departed at 09:56 Friday from Burlington Northern, and St. Clair was inbound at 13:32 to load ore. She is expected to depart Saturday morning.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
American Century departed Two Harbors on Jan. 4th at 11:05 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on Jan. 4th at 11:49 was the James R. Barker. She is loading for Nanticoke. Also arriving Two Harbors on Jan. 4th was the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader at 16:44 for North of #2 lay-by. Due Two Harbors on Jan. 5th are the American Spirit, American Integrity, and the Lee A. Tregurtha. There is no traffic scheduled for Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Jan. 5th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday January 4th: 0:40 Kaministiqua departed G3 for Windsor. 7:05 Mississagi arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 12:37 CCGS Samuel Risley arrived in Thunder Bay. She performed ice-breaking duties on both the Mission River and harbor. However, there is very little ice cover due to above average temperatures this week. 16:08 CCGS Samuel Risley returned to the Coast Guard base. 17:19 Mississagi departed Richardson Main Terminal and shifted over to Thunder Bay Terminals. Expected for Saturday: Tecumseh and CSL Niagara.

Northern Lake Huron
Thursday, Stoneport: 23:00 Olive L Moore departed for Cleveland. Friday, Alpena: 0:30 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Cleveland. Cheboygan: 17:13 USCG Mackinaw returned to base after conducting ice operations in the St. Marys River. The tug Champion arrived from Mackinac Island.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault was at the elevators on Friday.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Manitowoc arrived to load coke at Zug Island Friday morning. The downbound Roger Blough stopped at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. The Indiana Harbor arrived at Zug Island to unload ore. Ending the day was the Kaye E Barker, calling on AK Steel to unload ore.

Toledo, Ohio
Presque Isle had some type of mechanical issue as she was running at reduced speed on Lake Huron. She was supposed to go to Erie for winter layup but is now docked at Toledo. Algoma Niagara should be arriving at Toledo from Thunder Bay late Monday or Tuesday next week.

Cleveland, Ohio
Steamer Alpena was down bound on the Detroit River Friday evening, headed for Cleveland with cement.

 

Updates

The saltie gallery has been updated with the following images: Arsland, Barnacle, BBC Carolina, BBC Georgia, BBC Utah, BBC Zarate, Celsius Mumbai, Grande Caribe, Grande Mariner, Greenwing, Iver Bright, Kivalliq W., MTM Antwerp, NACC Quebec, Qikiqtaaluk W., Taiga Desgagnes, Vikingbank, Wigeon and YM Jupiter.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  January 5

The keel was laid January 5, 1972, for ALGOWAY (Hull#200) at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards, Ltd.

The wooden tug A. J. WRIGHT caught fire on 5 January 1893, while laid up at Grand Haven, Michigan. She burned to the water's edge. Her loss was valued at $20,000. She was owned by C. D. Thompson.

In 1970, PETER REISS broke her tail shaft while backing in heavy ice at the mouth of the Detroit River.

On January 5, 1976, Halco's tanker CHEMICAL TRANSPORT cleared Thunder Bay, Ontario, closing that port for the season.

1976: A.S. GLOSSBRENNER struck bottom entering Port McNicoll and had to be unloaded immediately due to the extensive hull damage. The ship was repaired at Port Weller Dry Docks in the spring. The vessel became b) ALGOGULF (ii) in 1987 and c) ALGOSTEEL (ii) in 1990.

1982: The Norwegian freighter NORHOLT first came through the Seaway in 1962 and made a total of 15 inland voyages. It was renamed b) SALVADOR in 1966 and returned once in 1967. The ship went aground as c) SAN JUAN off Shadwan Island enroute to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on this date. It was refloated January 22, 1982, towed to Suez Bay and laid up. Fire broke out on August 26, 1982, and the ship was abandoned and later beached. It was taken over by the Suez Canal Authority in 1983 and scrapped.

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

 

Icebreaker Samuel Risley ready to work in Thunder Bay

1/4 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – The Canadian Coast Guard has dispatched its icebreaker Samuel Risley to Thunder Bay to conduct icebreaking operations in the harbor this week or as soon as it proves necessary.

According to a statement issued by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on Thursday, the Risley "may be required to work in the Thunder Bay port on or after Jan. 4...to assist commercial shipping." Thunder Bay harbormaster Guy Jarvis expects the ship to arrive by Friday evening.

Smaller US Coast Guard icebreaking cutters have been visiting the port since the end of November to help keep shipping lanes clear.

Jarvis said that there is currently ice within the breakwall but "not too much" outside it, but with five ships still due to come in to load cargo before the shipping season ends, it's good to have the Risley available.

"It all depends on how much it freezes overnight. You've got to look at where the vessels are going. On the Mission River, the Kam River, you get a couple of days of cold weather, yeah, you'll need some icebreaking assistance."

The last ship to leave port before the Soo Locks close is expected to do so about Jan. 11. Two vessels will spend the winter in Thunder Bay. Bulk carriers Algoma Strongfield and CSL Niagara will be docked at Keefer Terminal until navigation resumes in the spring.

TBNewswatch

 

Port Reports -  January 4

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Philip R. Clarke departed Duluth at 06:22 Thursday morning with a load of iron ore pellets from CN, however she dropped anchor outside the harbor for unknown reasons. Michipicoten came in at 06:39 to load at Canadian National, and Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 14:11 for a cargo of coal from Midwest Energy. Michipicoten was expected to depart at some point Thursday evening. Also in Duluth on Thursday, Tim S. Dool was placed in drydock at Fraser Shipyards, where she will receive her five-year inspection and a new coat of paint. On the south side of the harbor, Burns Harbor finally departed at 03:30 Thursday morning after experiencing delays loading at BN, and Thunder Bay arrived from anchor shortly thereafter and began loading ore. American Century also arrived early Thursday morning to take a delay at Lakehead Pipeline, and was outbound at 10:52 for Two Harbors. Thunder Bay was expected to depart Thursday evening, and Stewart J. Cort was due next at the dock.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on Jan. 3rd at 01:37 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on Jan. 3rd at 02:01 after being anchored off Duluth was the H. Lee White. She then departed Two Harbors on Jan. 3rd at 15:33 with the assistance of Heritage Marine's tug Nels J. She is headed for Zug Island. Arriving Two Harbors after taking a delay at the Lakehead dock in Superior was the American Century at 16:35. Delayed on Lake Superior for Two Harbors were the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader that had been anchored most of Jan. 3rd in Big Bay about 22 miles NW of Marquette. The James R. Barker looks like, as of 19:45 on Jan. 3rd, was going to anchor in Bark Bay near Cornucopia, Wis. There is no other traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on Jan. 4th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Jan. 3rd and none scheduled for Jan. 4th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday December 31st: There were no ship movements at the port on Monday. Tuesday January 1st: 17:32 Ojibway departed G3 for Windsor. 20:55 Algoma Sault departed Superior Elevator for Goderich. 21:41 Kaministiqua weighed anchor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. Wednesday January 2nd: 15:15 Kaministiqua departed Superior Elevator and shifted over to G3 to load grain. Thursday January 3rd: 15:18 Algoma Niagara departed Viterra B and shifted over to Keefer Terminal for repairs. Expected for Friday: Mississagi and CCGS Samuel Risley.

Green Bay, Wis.
On Thursday, the Manitoulin arrived with cargo of salt from Windsor to the Fox River Terminal.

Northern Lake Huron
Thursday, Alpena: 16:49 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load. Stoneport: 7:30 Dorothy Ann departed for Marine City. Olive L Moore weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
A trio of vessels called on the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel throughout the day Thursday. They were Americans Spirit, Lee A Tregurtha and Cuyahoga.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  January 4

On January 4, 1978, IRVING S. OLDS was involved in a collision with the steamer ARMCO while convoying in heavy ice in the Livingstone Channel of the lower Detroit River. The OLDS hit a floe of heavy ice, came to a complete stop and the ARMCO, unable to stop, hit the OLDS' stern.

In 1952, the car ferry SPARTAN (Hull#369) was launched at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Christy Corp.

1966: FARO, a Liberty ship that had visited the Seaway in 1965, ran aground in heavy weather off Nojima, Japan, enroute from Muroran, Japan, to Keelung, Taiwan, in ballast. It had to be abandoned as a total loss. It was sold to Japanese shipbreakers in 1967 and broken up.

2012: FEDERAL MIRAMICHI was disabled by a mechanical problem during stormy weather on the English Channel, 12.8 miles northwest of Guernsey enroute from St. Petersburg, Russia, to Paranagua, Brazil, with 22,900 tons of urea. French authorities, fearing the ship could blow ashore, dispatched a tug and the vessel was towed into Cherbourg for repairs. It has been a frequent Seaway trader since 2006.

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

 

Port of Montreal welcomes the first ocean-going vessel of 2019

1/3 - Montreal, Que. – The Virginiaborg became the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover in 2019, by crossing the downstream limits of the Port at Sorel on January 2, at 3:50 a.m.

The Virginiaborg, under the command of Captain Volodymyr Yurchenko, is a bulk carrier operated by Wagenborg Shipping and represented in Montreal by the Lower St-Lawrence Ocean Agencies Ltd. The Virginiaborg left the Port of Porsgrunn, Norway, on December 20. It docked early this morning at Berth 42 at the terminal operated by Logistec.

Captain Yurchenko will receive, as part of an official ceremony, the Gold-Headed Cane, a trophy awarded each year to the master of the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover. This ceremony will mark the 180th anniversary of this great tradition in the shipping community.

Montreal Times

 

Port Reports -  January 3

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Philip R. Clarke arrived Duluth at 04:33 Wednesday morning to load iron ore pellets at Canadian National. She was still at the loading dock Wednesday night with no departure time listed. Michipicoten was on the hook outside the harbor waiting to load at CN. In Superior, Burns Harbor spent Wednesday loading ore at BN, and was expected to depart at 20:00. Thunder Bay and Stewart J. Cort were at anchor off the Superior entry waiting for the dock.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Indiana Harbor departed Two Harbors on Jan. 2nd at 04:49 for Zug Island. The Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on Jan. 2nd at 05:45 with the assistance of Heritage Marine's tug Nels J. As of 19:30 on the 2nd the Speer was still at the loading dock. Due Two Harbors is the H. Lee White. She anchored off Duluth on the 2nd at approx. 16:00 after running checked down on the North Shore all day on the 2nd. Also due Two Harbors is the American Century that had been running checked down all day on the 2nd along the Wisconsin shore. Due Two Harbors on Jan. 3rd are the James R. Barker and the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. Arriving Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Jan. 2nd at 03:18 and departed on the 2nd at 18:07. She wasn’t showing an updated AIS, but she probably loaded for Cleveland. Silver Bay has no scheduled traffic on Jan. 3rd.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Jim Conlon
Late Sunday evening the Joseph L Block arrived at Bayship and backed into a different slip than she has used other winter layups.

Northern Lake Huron
Wednesday, Midland: 8:20 Escorted by CCGS Samuel Risley, Baie Comeau arrived to unload wheat. 11:56 CCGS Simon Risley departed to resume ice operations. Alpena: 4:11 Mississagi arrived to unload road salt and at 9:02 departed for Thunder Bay Ont. Stoneport: 3:42 Dorothy Ann arrived to load limestone. 8:00 Olive L Moore arrived and went to anchor.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Joseph H Thompson Jr./Joseph H Thompson arrived to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal Wednesday morning. Next up was the tug Anglian Lady, pushing a barge. They tied up along the riverfront. The upbound Herbert C Jackson called on the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel.

Welland Canal – Barry Andersen
Last upbounds for the canal: Dec 30, Cedarglen for Detroit and CCGS Griffin servicing winter markers before clearing canal for Amherstburg. Last downbound: Algoma Buffalo, headed to Hamilton for lay-up.

Erie, Pa – Jeff Benson
Cuyahoga arrived at Mountfort Terminal Wednesday and was loading coke. James L. Kuber has arrived at Don Jon for lay up and winter work.

 

St. Marys River channel closures

1/3 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – The Pipe Island Passage, East of Pipe Island Shoal and North of Pipe Island Twins from Watson Reef Light to Sweets Point, will close at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

The Pipe Island Course will become a two-way route.

 

Obituary: Captain John Szczerowski

1/3 - Captain John Szczerowski, known to many as “Captain Scissors,” 89, of Rogers City, passed away December 15, 2018 at Medilodge in Rogers City.

He was born May 14, 1929 in Rogers City to Stanley and Anna (Hincka) Szczerowski. Captain John retired from the Great Lakes Fleet after 43 years of service. He was a member of the Rogers City Knights of Columbus-3rd Degree, as well as the Rogers City Servicemen’s Club and Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum. John married Ida Micketti May 29, 1950 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church.

Friends may visit at St. Ignatius Catholic Church Friday, January 11, from 9 a.m. until time of his memorial Mass at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Rolando Silva officiating. Inurnment will take place in the spring at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Presque Isle Council on Aging and St. Ignatius Catholic School. Online condolences may be addressed through www.beckfuneralhome.org.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  January 3

For the second year in a row the tanker GEMINI (steel propeller tanker, 420 foot, 5,853 gross tons, built in 1978, at Orange, Texas) was the first vessel of the year in Manistee, Michigan. She headed to the General Chemical dock to load 8,000 tons of brine for Amherstburg, Ontario. The vessel arrived at Manistee in 2002, on January first, and Captain Riley Messer was presented a hackberry cane, crafted by local resident Ken Jilbert. A similar cane was presented to the vessel Saturday morning. Sold Canadian in 2005, renamed b.) ALGOSAR (i).

In 1939, the CHIEF WAWATAM ran aground on the shoals of the north shore near St. Ignace, Michigan.

On Jan 3, 1971, BEN W. CALVIN ran aground at the mouth of the Detroit River after becoming caught in a moving ice field.

In 1972, TADOUSSAC cleared Thunder Bay, Ontario, for Hamilton with 24,085 tons of iron ore, closing that port for the season.

1979: KOIKU MARU first visited the Seaway in 1967. It ran aground near Tartous, Syria, in stormy weather overnight and had to be abandoned as a total loss.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Brian Bernard , Dave Swayze, Max Hanley, Mike Nicholls, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Invincible to be towed to Erie this week

1/2 - The tug Invincible is scheduled to be towed from Ashtabula to Erie this week by the tug Cheyenne. The invincible most likely will go to drydock with the James L Kuber, where it will undergo major changes. Sponsons are to be added to the hull for increased buoyancy in order that a Hydracon pin system can be installed. The Bludworth ATB system will be removed. Also the upper wheelhouse will be raised about 9 feet. All of these upgrades are so that the Invincible take the place of the Olive L Moore in pushing the Menominee next season.

 

Port Reports -  January 2

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
After spending the night at anchor outside the harbor, Tim S. Dool arrived Duluth at 08:09 on the morning of New Year's Day for winter layup. With the assistance of G-tugs, she tied up at Fraser Shipyards astern of the William A. Irvin, where she will remain until she is placed in drydock. Mesabi Miner left port at 10:13 with a load of coal from Midwest Energy. At the Superior entry, Burns Harbor arrived early Tuesday morning to load iron ore pellets at BN, and is expected to depart at 01:00 Wednesday. Thunder Bay was due at 21:00 Tuesday night, however she will likely anchor outside the harbor to wait for Burns Harbor to finish loading.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors on Jan. 1st at 10:57 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on Jan. 1st at 11:22 was the Indiana Harbor. As of 19:30 on Jan. 1st she was still at the loading dock. Possibly due Two Harbors late on Jan. 1st is the Edwin H. Gott. As of 19:30 on the 1st she was just SW of Silver Bay. Due Two Harbors on Jan. 2nd are the H. Lee White and the American Century. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Jan. 1st. Due Silver Bay on Jan. 2nd is the John J. Boland.

Northern Lake Huron
Tuesday, January 1st Midland: 17:23 CCGS Samuel Risley departed on ice operations. Baie Comeau is expected to arrive Wednesday with a load of wheat for ADM.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
On New Year's Day, the tug Leonard M and her barge arrived at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload steel coils. The upbound Clyde S VanEnkevort/Erie Trader stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  January 2

While on the North Atlantic under tow for scrapping, ASHLAND parted her towline but was tracked by U.S. Coast Guard aircraft and was retrieved by her tug on January 2nd, 1988, some 300 miles off course.

The 3-masted wooden schooner M. J. CUMMINGS was launched at the shipyard of Goble & MacFarlane in Oswego, New York. Her owners were Mrs. Goble & MacFarlane, Daniel Lyons and E. Caulfield. Her dimensions were 142 foot 6 inches X 25 foot 2 inches X 11 foot 6 inches, 325 tons and she cost $28,000.

January 2, 1925 - The ANN ARBOR NO 7 (Hull#214) was launched at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Corp. She was sponsored by Jane Reynolds, daughter of R. H. Reynolds, marine superintendent of the railroad. Renamed b.) VIKING in 1983.

1967: The small Norwegian freighter RAAGAN dated from 1919 and had been a Pre-Seaway visitor to the Great Lakes as a) ERICH LINDOE, b) GRENLAND and c) HILDUR I. It sank in the North Sea about 60 miles north of the Dutch coast after developing leaks on a voyage from Egersund, Denmark, to Dordrecht, Netherlands, with a cargo of titanium. The crew was rescued.

1976: The XENY, which was towed into Cadiz Roads on January 1, capsized and sank on her side. The ship had caught fire on December 2 and was abandoned by the crew. It had first visited the Great Lakes as a) PRINS WILLEM II in 1955 and had been back as d) XENY in 1971.

1981: The heavy lift vessel MAMMOTH SCAN had heeled over while unloading at Abu Dhabi on October 15, 1980. The ship was righted and under tow when the towline parted off Algeria on December 28, 1980. The listing vessel was brought to Malaga Roads, Spain, on this date, healed over and sank as a total loss.

1987: A fire in the cargo hold of REMADA at Barcelona, Spain, resulted in heavy damage and the ship had to be sold for scrap. It had made one trip through the Seaway in November 1973 as b) ONTARIO.

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

 

Happy New Year from the Boatnerd News Page

1/1 - Boatnerd wishes all our readers a very happy and successful 2019. Thank you for your support.

A big three long and two short goes out to all who send news to this page or contribute to the Port Reports, among them Daniel Lindner, Gary A. Putney, Gordy Garris, Todd Shorkey, Denny Dushane, Rene Beauchamp, Ron Beaupre, Rod Burdick, Ned Goebricher, Bruce Douglas, Barry Andersen, Ron Walsh, Capt. Mike Nicholls, Gene Polaski, Jim Hoffman, Ken Cyrette, Marc Dease, Aaron Border, Tom Brewer, Paul Erspamer, Logan Vasicek, Sam Hankinson, Jeff Benson, Paul Martin, Matt Miner, Dave Wobser, Ben & Chanda McClain, Joy Fett, Ken Borg, Luke Johnson, Phil Nash, Bill Bird, Raymond H., Al Miller, Frank Hood, Sam Hankinson, Tom Hynes, Jenson Wetenkamp and anyone else we’ve inadvertently left off this list. It is the contributions of all these volunteers, and many others that make Boatnerd possible.

We are always seeking contributions to this page from readers around the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. If you see news in your area, or want to offer your observations of vessel arrivals and departures, please send to news@boatnerd.net. If you spot an interesting shipping-related story in your local news, please take a moment to forward a link so that we may share it with our audience.

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Port Reports -  January 1

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived Duluth at 00:42 Monday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy. Vessel traffic during the day was delayed due to the stormy weather on western Lake Superior, but conditions had calmed enough by evening to allow the McCarthy to depart at 20:13. Mesabi Miner was expected around 20:30 to load at SMET. Also in port was CSL Tadoussac, loading iron ore pellets at CN. Her departure time was unknown. In Superior, Roger Blough spent Monday loading ore at Burlington Northern before departing at 20:00. Tim S. Dool arrived off the Twin Ports mid-afternoon Monday and dropped anchor. She may arrive through either the Duluth or Superior entries, and will head to Fraser Shipyards for winter layup where she will be drydocked to receive her five-year survey and a new coat of paint.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader departed Two Harbors on Dec. 31st at approx. 00:50. As of 19:45 on the 31st she wasn’t showing an updated AIS. Shortly after the Joyce L. departed the Great Republic shifted to South of #2. She then departed Two Harbors on Dec. 31st at 10:40 for Conneaut. The Great Republic had been in Two Harbors since last Thursday. Arriving Two Harbors on Dec. 31st at 11:07 was the Edgar B. Speer after being anchored off Duluth. As of 19:45 on Dec. 31st she was still loading. Due Two Harbors on January 1st are the Indiana Harbor and the Edwin H. Gott.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Hon. James L. Oberstar on Dec. 30th at 21:23 for Cleveland. Silver Bay had no traffic on the 31st and nothing scheduled for Jan. 1st.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday, December 31st Alpena: 11:56 G L Ostrander departed for Milwaukee.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Saginaw arrived early Monday morning to load coke at Zug Island. Arriving next was the CSL Assiniboine, calling on Zug Island to unload coal. The tug Sarah Andrie and her tank barge stopped at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load/unload.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday Dec 31 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 29 - Algosea at 1111 - Jan 1 - Algoscotia, CSL Niagara, tug Albert & barge Margaret, and Cuyahoga - Departed dock - Dec 31 - Algosea at 1723 for the anchorage

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 31 - Algosea at 1752 and tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes eta 2020,

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 30 - CCGS Griffon at 0902 (stopped wharf 1 at 0917) - Dec 31 - Cedarglen at 0202 (last commercial vessel of the season) and CCGS Griffon departed wharf 1 at 0815 approx. upbound doing some buoy work - headed to Port Colborne

Downbound - Jan 1 - Algoma Spirit eta 2250 approx headed for lay-up in Hamilton - will be last downbound commercial vessel of the season

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 27 - Algoma Enterprise stopped wharf 17 at 0043 approx (after going out onto Lake Erie and turning around to dock downbound - winter lay-up) and Dec 28 - John D Leitch at 1855 at Port Weller dry dock facility - Dec 30 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick - stopped wharf 16 at 0534

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 31 - Algoma Buffalo departed at 0645 to do clean-up before returning to 26M - G3 Canada dock for lay-up at approx 1550 - Jan 1 - Algoma Spirit eta mid-day for winter lay-up - Docked - Dec 22 - Algoma Compass at 1611 - 26N - GLS dock - Dec 27 - Algoma Transport at 1120 - 11W Bunge dock and Florence Spirit at 1636 - 12N dock - Dec 29 - G3 Marquis at 2141 - 21 AMD dock - Dec 30 - Dec 30 Algoma Equinox at 1214 - to 25N Agrico dock, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1812 - to 14W FMT dock, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement 1906 - to 12E FMT dock and Algoma Buffalo eta 2115 - to 21 AMD dock -

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 30 - light tug Seahound at 1834 - Docked - Dec 23 - Oakglen at 1151 (winter lay-up) - Dec 26 - Whitefish Bay at 0203 (winter lay-up) - Dec 28 - Algoma Discovery at 0746 and McKeil Spirit at 1438 (winter lay-up)

 

Cargo diversity up across docks at Port of Monroe

1/1 - Monroe, Mich. – Port of Monroe is celebrating another milestone year. This time it comes in the form of cargo diversity. “The port is as vibrant as it ever has been despite rapid changes in cargo transportation,” Port Director Paul C. LaMarre III said. “Cargo diversity across our docks is up.”

Despite some challenges early in 2018, the port continues to thrive. This shipping season saw the opening of the riverfront intermodal dock. The dock, a $3.6 million investment, saw its first ship in April. The Huron Spirit brought a load of steel coils for the automotive industry.

“We had an agreement to handle loads of steel coils, but only got that one shipment because of the steel tariffs,” LaMarre explained. “Effectively that business evaporated overnight.” But LaMarre did not get discouraged. “We are a nimble organization,” he said. “We adapt to change.”

The Port of Monroe welcomed a new face to its team this month. Mark Rohn has been hired as assistant port director, said LaMarre. Rohn began his maritime career in 1978 as a vessel agent with N. M. Paterson & Sons. He worked in a variety of vessel operations with M.A. Hanna Company.

In 1992, Rohn was named director of operations for The Great Lakes Towing Company. A few years later, he joined the Oglebay Norton Company eventually serving as Vice President of Terminal Operations and Director of Human Resources until 2001. That year, he joined the Grand River Navigation Company serving as president for several years.

In the last 18 months, Rohn has worked with DRM, the Port of Monroe’s terminal operator. He is a member of the Great Lakes Marine Hall of Fame.

“Mark is one of the most respected people in the Great Lakes maritime industry,” LaMarre said. After 40 years in the shipping industry, Rohn said he is grateful to work at the port. “I’m glad I am getting an opportunity,” he said.

LaMarre forged a deal with the Great Lakes Towing Co. and Great Lakes Shipyard to establish towing and shipyard services at the port.

As part of the partnership, Great Lakes Towing relocated the tug Wisconsin to the port to help with ship assistance. The tug is the oldest commercially operating tug boat in the world. It was built in 1897 in Buffalo, N.Y., by the Union Dry Dock Co.

International shipping returned to the port after a nearly two-year battle. International cargo was not able to call upon the port based on labor issues not related to the port. Earlier this year, the U.S. government intervened and reopened international shipping to the Port of Monroe and the Port of Toledo.

During the 2014 shipping season, the port set tonnage records and nearly set another one the following season. LaMarre said this year the tonnage figures will be down, but the port’s diversification of cargo is up. “We continue to move a wide variety of cargo through the port,” he said. “We are moving more gypsum on the dock and by rail.”

The port also is handling all the bottom ash from DTE Energy’s Monroe Power Plant, along with components for wind towers and natural gas pipeline sections.

LaMarre said this year the port’s season will continue through the winter due to a new development related to liquid asphalt. The M/V Iver Bright, owned by Varoon, a company in the Netherlands, began calling on the port recently. The Iver Bright is an asphalt tanker that recently made its first voyage from Montreal to Monroe.

“The single voyage qualified the port for its fourth Seaway Pacesetter Award in six years,” LaMarre said.

The vessel is unique, LaMarre said, because it was built in 2012 and is an ice class vessel, meaning it can operate year-long. “It will likely call upon the port all year, primarily between Sarnia, Ontario and Monroe,” LaMarre said. “It can also call upon Detroit and Toledo.”

The director anticipates this new aspect to the business will drive up the port’s tonnage in the coming year. “It’s a significant boost during what is typically the slowest time of the year for the port,” LaMarre said.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.monroenews.com/news/20181231/cargo-diversity-up-across-docks-at-port-of-monroe

 

Port Reports -  January 1

On this day in 1958, 76-year-old Rangvald Gunderson retired as wheelsman from the ELTON HOYT 2ND. Mr. Gunderson sailed on the lakes for 60 years.

On January 1, 1973, the PAUL H. CARNAHAN became the last vessel of the 1972 shipping season to load at the Burlington Northern (now Burlington Northern Santa Fe) ore docks in Superior, Wisconsin. Interestingly, the CARNAHAN also opened the Superior docks for the season in the spring of 1972.

On 1 January 1930, HELEN TAYLOR (wooden propeller steam barge, 56 foot, 43 gross tons, built in 1894, at Grand Haven, Michigan) foundered eight miles off Michigan City, Indiana. She was nicknamed "Pumpkin Seed," due to her odd shape.

January 1, 1900 - The Flint & Pere Marquette Railroad merged with the Chicago & West Michigan and the Detroit, Grand Rapids and Western Railroads to form the Pere Marquette Railway Co.

On 1 January 1937, MAROLD II (steel propeller, 129 foot, 165 gross tons, built in 1911, at Camden, New Jersey, as a yacht) was siphoning gasoline off the stranded tanker J OSWALD BOYD (244 foot, 1,806 gross tons, built in 1913, in Scotland) which was loaded with 900,000 gallons of gasoline and was stranded on Simmons Reef on the north side of Beaver Island. A tremendous explosion occurred which totally destroyed MAROLD II and all five of her crew. Only pieces of MAROLD II were found. Her captain's body washed ashore in Green Bay the next year.

At time of loss, she was the local Beaver Island boat. The remains of the BOYD were removed to Sault Ste. Marie in June 1937.

1943: HAMILDOC (i) went south during World War Two to assist in the bauxite trade. The N.M. Paterson & Sons bulk canaller sank in the Caribbean after a three-day gale. The vessel, enroute from Georgetown, British Guiana, to Trinidad, was at anchor when the hull broke in two. All on board were saved.

2000: WISTERIA was built at Imabari, Japan, in 1976 and came through the Seaway that year. It was taking water in #1 hold as c) AIS MAMAS while enroute from West Africa to India with a cargo of logs. The crew was removed but the ship was taken in tow and reached Capetown, South Africa, on January 5. It was subsequently sold for scrap and arrived at Alang, India, for dismantling on April 23, 2000 and was beached the next day.

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

 

Port Reports -  December 31

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Mariner arrived Duluth at 04:47 Sunday morning, loaded ore at CN, and was outbound at 19:10. CSL Tadoussac arrived at 19:25 to refuel at Husky Energy. She, along with Edgar B. Speer, spent Sunday on the hook outside the Duluth harbor waiting to load in Two Harbors. In Superior, Wilfred Sykes arrived at 04:47 Sunday to load iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern. She departed at 13:30, and then Roger Blough came in at 13:57 and began loading. She is expected to complete loading Monday morning.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the departure of the American Integrity on Dec. 30th at approx. 15:00. As of 21:00 on Dec. 30th she wasn’t showing an updated AIS. After her departure the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader arrived and went to South of #2 shiploader dock. She departed anchorage off Duluth about mid-morning on Dec. 30th and sat off Two Harbor for approx. 3 hours waiting on the American Integrity to depart. As of Dec. 30th at 21:00 the Great Republic is still at North of #2. The Blough that was scheduled for Two Harbors went to BNSF #5 after the departure of the Sykes on Dec. 30th. The CSL Tadoussac that was also scheduled for Two Harbors went to CN-Duluth on Dec. 30th in the evening after the departure of the American Mariner. Still anchored off Duluth awaiting Two Harbors is the Edgar B. Speer. Due Two Harbors on Dec. 31st is the Indiana Harbor.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the American Spirit on Dec. 29th at 23:12 for Cleveland. In the afternoon of Dec. 30th her destination changed to Ashtabula. As of 21:00 on Dec. 30th the Hon. James L. Oberstar was at the loading dock in Silver Bay. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Dec. 31st.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday December 29th: 22:40 USCGC Katmai Bay arrived from Duluth. She went to anchor north of Pie Island. Sunday December 30th: 8:14 USCGC Katmai Bay weighed anchor to perform ice-breaking duties on the Mission River near G3 and Superior elevators. She would also perform ice-breaking near Thunder Bay Terminals and both Viterra and Richardson elevators. 11:22 Algoma Sault weighed anchor after 38 hours and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. 11:38 USCGC Katmai Bay departed for Sault Ste Marie, Mich. 19:49 Ojibway arrived and went to anchor south of the Welcome Islands. 21:14 Kaministiqua arrived and went to anchor southwest of the Welcome Islands. 23:11 Baie Comeau departed G3 for Sault Ste Marie. 23:31 Ojibway weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load grain. 23:34 Algoma Niagara arrived at Viterra B to load grain.

Northern Lake Huron
Sunday, Alpena: 0:11 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load and at 5:19 departed for Essexville. 6:25 G L Ostrander arrived to load cement products. Stoneport: 1:40 Joseph H Thompson Jr arrived to load limestone and at 14:30 departed for Lorain. Calcite: 11:21 Craig Eric Reinauer departed for Nanticoke. St Ignace: 6:06 Cason J Callaway went to anchor and at 20:18 departed for Gary Harbor. Thessalon: 7:37 Algoma Innovator arrived to unload road salt and at 14:00 departed. She is down bound on Lake Huron.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
The tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge Delaware arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load Sunday morning. The upbound Philip R Clarke arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Next in was the Mississagi, arriving at the St. Mary's Cement dock. Her cargo was unknown. Arriving soon after was her fleetmate Manitoulin, calling on the Motor City Materials dock to unload salt. The Defiance/Ashtabula arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. After the departure of the Defiance/Ashtabula, the John J Boland arrived to fuel.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Dec 30 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 29 - Mississagi at 0857 and Algosea at 1111 - Departed - Dec 29 - Mississagi at 2012 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 29 - Algoma Guardian at 0334 (stopping wharf 12 at 1352), Manitoulin at 1123, and tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick eta 2100 (stopping at wharf 16 Dec 30 at 0534) - Dec 30 - CCGS Griffon at 0902 (stopped wharf 1 at 0917) Downbound - Dec 30 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0611, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0758, light tug Seahound at 1018 (from West Street) and Algoma Buffalo at 0846

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 27 - Algoma Enterprise stopped wharf 17 at 0043 approx (after going out onto Lake Erie and turning around to dock downbound - winter lay-up) and Dec 28 - John D Leitch at 1855 at Port Weller dry dock facility - Dec 30 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick - stopped wharf 16 at 0534

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 30 Algoma Equinox at 1214 - to 25N Agrico dock, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1812 - to 14W FMT dock, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement 1906 - to 12E FMT dock and Algoma Buffalo eta 2115 - to 21 AMD dock - Docked - Dec 22 - Algoma Compass at 1611 - 26N - GLS dock - Dec 27 - Algoma Transport at 1120 - 11W Bunge dock and Florence Spirit at 1636 - 12N dock - Dec 29 - G3 Marquis at 2141 - 21 AMD dock,

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 30 - light tug Seahound at 1834 - Docked - Dec 23 - Oakglen at 1151 (winter lay-up) - Dec 26 - Whitefish Bay at 0203 (winter lay-up) - Dec 28 - Algoma Discovery at 0746 and McKeil Spirit at 1438 (winter lay-up)

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
On Sunday, NACC Argonaut unloaded cement.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 31

In 1905, B. F. JONES (Hull#15), 530 x 56 x 31 with a capacity of 10,000 tons, slid down the ways at Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, Mich. The JONES was built at a cost of $400,000 for Jones and Laughlin Steel. She was declared a constructive total loss after a collision with the CASON J. CALLAWAY in the St. Marys River on August 21, 1955. Most of the hull was scrapped at Superior, Wis., in 1956. Part of the hull became the crane barge SSC-1. Her forward cabins and hatch crane and covers were installed on the SPARKMAN D. FOSTER.

In 1952, a total of 35 boats were laid up for the season at Cleveland. The WILLIAM FAIRBAIRN, GEORGE STEPHENSON, and ANDREW S. UPSON had storage cargoes of flax, the MICHAEL GALLAGHER had a storage cargo of wheat, and the remaining 31 vessels were empty.

In 1941, at the close of the shipping season, the Great Lakes fleet consisted of 513 boats of U.S. Registry and 279 boats of Canadian Registry.

At 4:00 p.m., 31 December 1895, the PURITAN (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 172 foot, 289 gross tons, built in 1887, at Benton Harbor, Michigan) burned at the dock in Oak Hill (Manistee), Michigan. She was a total loss.

Upon suggestion from the U.S. Maritime Commission, surplus World War II cargo vessels, many of which had laid up on the James River, were made available for sale under the Great Lakes Vessel Sales Act of 1950 (enacted September 28, 1950) to be converted for Great Lakes use. The act allowed Great Lakes fleets to purchase up to 10 surplus ships by December 31, 1951, and receive a 90% cost subsidy to convert and refurbish them for lakes use. The first such conversion occurred when the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co. of Cleveland, Ohio bought the NOTRE DAME VICTORY (later CLIFFS VICTORY) on December 10, 1950.

GEORGE M. HUMPHREY of 1953 was laid up for the last time at the old Great Lakes Engineering Works slip at River Rouge, Mich., beginning December 31, 1983.

The QUEDOC, a.) NEW QUEDOC, was laid up for the last time on December 31, 1984, at Toronto, Ont., alongside the SENATOR OF CANADA.

On 31 December 1884, ADMIRAL (wooden propeller steam tug, 49 gross tons, built in 1883, at Chicago, Ill.) had her boiler explode in Chicago harbor. All four of the crew was killed.

In 1884, the PERE MARQUETTE NO 1 ran aground at Ludington, Mich.

December 31, 1919 - The entire Ann Arbor carferry fleet was tied up in Frankfort, Mich., due to bad weather.

On 31 December 1889, H. M. Loud of Oscoda, Mich., sold the 551-ton wooden schooner ANGUS SMITH to Mitchell Brothers of Marine City, Mich., for $16,000. The vessel was built in 1871.

1905: The whaleback Barge 126 had left the Great Lakes earlier in the year and was renamed b) BADEN. It stranded at Buzzard's Bay, Mass., enroute from Newport News, Va., to New Bedford, Mass., with coal and was a total loss. The crew of six was also lost.

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.

 

American Queen Steamboat Company purchases Victory Cruise Lines

12/30 - American Queen Steamboat Company, a river cruise line that operates in North America, has purchased Victory Cruise Lines, expanding the company's footprint to the Great Lakes.

Victory Cruise Lines currently has two 202-passenger vessels, Victory I and Victory II. The sale will encompass both boats, which will sail under the Victory Cruise name, American Queen Steamboat Company said in a release.

The sale is meant to bring the rapidly expanding American Queen Steamboat line into the Great Lakes region, where the two Victory boats already have been cruising.

"These vessels enable us to provide guests with more diverse cruising options, particularly in the Great Lakes, a region that our customers have been requesting for years," said John Waggoner, American Queen Steamboat Company chairman and CEO. "We look forward to working closely with Victory Cruise Lines' new and existing travel partners."

American Queen Steamboat Company currently operates three riverboats: American Empress on the Columbia River, and American Queen and American Duchess on the Mississippi River as well as the Ohio and Tennessee rivers. Another boat, American Countess, is under construction in Louisiana and will debut in 2020.

The transaction is expected to close in January 2019. Details on operations for Victory I and Victory II will be announced in coming months, the company said; no existing reservations should be adversely affected.

Cruise Critic

 

Port Reports -  December 30

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
In Duluth on Saturday, James L. Kuber/tug Victory departed from Canadian National at 07:15 for Toledo, and Manitowoc arrived at 08:39 to load ore at CN. She was expected to depart at 20:00. In Superior, Cuyahoga loaded ore at Burlington Northern on Saturday morning before departing at 07:19. Wilfred Sykes, a rare visitor to Lake Superior, is expected early Sunday morning to load at BN. At anchor off the Twin Ports on Saturday were Edgar B. Speer, Roger Blough, CSL Tadoussac, and Great Lakes Trader, all waiting to load in either Two Harbors or Silver Bay.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
As of 19:30 on Dec. 29th the American Integrity was still at the shiploader in Two Harbors and the Great Republic was still at North of #2 lay-by. Arriving off Duluth for anchorage on Dec. 29th were the Roger Blough and the CSL Tadoussac. They joined the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader and the Edgar B. Speer. As of 19:30 on Dec. 29th they remained at anchor and all await the Two Harbors dock.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Arriving Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Dec. 29th at 01:23 was the American Spirit and arriving at 03:39 was the Hon. James L. Oberstar. As of 19:30 on Dec. 29th both were still in Silver Bay. Neither Two Harbors nor Silver Bay have any other traffic scheduled on Dec. 30th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday December 28th: 22:31 Tecumseh departed Richardson Main Terminal and shifted over to G3 to load grain. Saturday December 29th: 9:21 Algoma Strongfield arrived at Keefer Terminal for winter lay-up. 18:43 Tecumseh departed G3 for Windsor. 19:44 Baie Comeau arrived at G3 to load grain. Expected late Saturday: USCGC Katmai Bay. Expected for Sunday: Ojibway, Kaministiqua and Algoma Niagara.

St. Marys River
The Ojibway was upbound on a frosty but sunny Saturday afternoon, followed in the evening by Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Kaministiqua and Algoma Niagara. American Century, James R. Barker, CSL Assiniboine and St. Clair were downbound in the afternoon, followed after dark by Cason J. Callaway, Kaye E. Barker. Joseph L. Block, Algoma Spirit, Robert S. Pierson (to Algoma Steel), Paul R. Tregurtha and Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort. View a video at this link: youtube.com/watch?v=OwxnPu6lj4s

Northern Lake Huron
Saturday, St Ignace: Craig Eric Reinauer weighed anchor and proceed to Calcite. Cheboygan: 11:18 The tug Champion departed for Calcite. 16:40 Michigan and the tank barge Great Lakes arrived to unload. 19:05 Champion arrived. 21:25 Michigan and Great Lakes departed for Nanticoke. Calcite: 14:38 Craig Eric Reinauer arrived and was assisted by the tug Champion. 15:40 Champion departed for Cheboygan. Midland: CCGS Samuel Risley conducted ice ops on Friday in preparation for Frontenac’s departure. 9:38 Frontenac departed for Windsor. 10:42 After escorting Frontenac, CCGS Samuel Risley arrived and docked at the ADM elevator.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Lee A Tregurtha arrived Saturday morning to unload ore at AK Steel. Olive L Moore/Menominee arrived at Zug Island to load coke.

Monroe, Mich. – Barry Andersen
Arrival - Dec 27 - Iver Bright (Nld) at 1214 - Departed Dec 28 at 1033 for Sarnia (this tanker will remain on the lakes throughout the winter)

Erie, Pa. – Jeff Benson
Michipicoten arrived in Erie Friday night to load coke at the Mountfort Terminal.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Dec 29 – Barry Andersen

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Dec 28 - Thunder Bay at 2114 - Departed Dec 29 at 0735 approx. for the Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 29 - Thunder Bay at 0810 from the anchorage, Mississagi at 0857 and Algosea at 1111 - Departed - Dec 29 - Thunder Bay at 1712 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 26 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0926 (stopping wharf 16), Algoma Enterprise at 1428 (stopping at wharf 17 - winter berth) - Dec 28 - Mississagi at 2040 - Dec 29 - Algoma Guardian at 0334, Manitoulin at 1123, and tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick eta 2100

Downbound - Dec 29 - G3 Marquis at 0717

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 27 - Algoma Enterprise stopped wharf 17 at 0043 approx (after going out onto Lake Erie and turning around to dock downbound - winter lay-up) and Dec 28 - John D Leitch at 1855 at Port Weller dry dock facility and Departures - Dec 29 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod departed wharf 16 at 1352 westbound

Hamilton:
Arrival - Dec 29 - G3 Marquis eta 2130 - Docked - Dec 22 - Algoma Compass at 1611 - (winter lay-up) - Dec 27 - Algoma Transport at 1120 and Florence Spirit at 1636 - Departure - Dec 29 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1823 for the canal

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 23 - Oakglen at 1151 (winter lay-up) - Dec 26 - Whitefish Bay at 0203 - Dec 28 - Algoma Discovery at 0746 and McKeil Spirit at 1438

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 30

On December 30, 1987, the THOMAS WILSON, under tow in the North Atlantic heading to be scrapped, parted her towline and sank near position 34.08'N by 61.35'12"W (approximately in line with Cape Hatteras, North Carolina) early the next day.

GEORGE M. HUMPHREY (Hull#796) was launched December 30, 1926, for Kinsman Transit Co. at Lorain, Ohio, by the American Ship Building Co. Renamed b.) CAPT JOHN ROEN in 1945, c.) ADAM E. CORNELIUS in 1948 and d.) CONSUMERS POWER in 1958, scrapped at Taiwan in 1988.

The first steel carferry, PERE MARQUETTE, was launched in nearly completed form on December 30, 1896. The ship was built for the Flint & Pere Marquette Railroad (predecessor to the Pere Marquette) and entered service just a few weeks later.

1981: VISHVA DHARMA came through the Seaway when new in 1970. The vessel was in a collision on this date with the ADMIRAL S. ALTINCAN and sustained damage to the forecastle and sides. The ship reached Istanbul, Turkey, enroute to Russia on January 7, 1982. The damage was repaired and it survived until scrapping at Bombay, India, in 1988.

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

 

Duluth seawall, slip, work on Irvin museum cost to total $11M

12/29 - Duluth, Minn. – The costly and complicated task of shoring up and cleaning up Minnesota Slip — long home to a popular floating museum, the William A. Irvin — could easily have been enough to give the city of Duluth a financial migraine in 2018.

All told, a cascade of related projects will add up to an estimated $11 million bill, said Jim Filby Williams, Duluth's director of public administration. But the city of Duluth won't be asked to bear those costs alone. Federal, state and local partners will help lighten the load, leaving the city with about $1 million of anticipated financial exposure.

The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center is expected to shoulder much of the burden — $5.158 million to be exact. Much of that support will come from the $4.483 million in savings the DECC realized when it refinanced bonds that were issued to build Amsoil Arena, thanks to its ability to cash in on lower interest rates.

Those funds could have been used to help pay for other needed work at the DECC, including several large roof replacement projects now on the horizon, said Chelly Townsend, the DECC's executive director.

"It was a tough decision, but we needed to make that decision, because of how unsafe that area was. So, it was difficult to say no," she said.

Filby Williams said the city decided to tackle several projects together, entangled by design. "What we're really talking about is four inextricably interrelated projects. No one of which can be undertaken without the others — the contaminant cleanup, the seawall reconstruction, the Irvin relocation and the renewal of the Irvin's failing hull," he said.

Filby Williams said the city would have been hard-pressed to tackle the projects separately.

"The contaminants in the slip could not be cleaned up unless the Irvin could be removed. And the Irvin could not be removed unless and until the seawall was reconstructed, because it was was bulging in a way that would have made it impossible to get through the Blue Bridge. And that unusual intersection of interests is what motivated this unusual federal/state/local authority funding package," he said.

The projects serve the public good on multiple fronts, according to Filby Williams. He noted that capping contaminated sediments in the slip will assist ongoing efforts to restore the St. Louis River estuary.

"But the restoration of the waterfront and the seawall itself also is critical to the future of the DECC and our tourism economy. That waterfront plays host to the DECC's Irvin operation, the DECC-supported Vista Fleet operation, the connection from Canal Park hotels to the DECC itself and the DECC-managed Bayfront Festival Park, the location of our occasional tall ship festivals and an envisioned cruise ship docking facility," he said.

"Without the seawall restoration project, those critical DECC-related activities would eventually have had to either cease altogether or would have faced serious impediments," Filby Williams said.

He noted that the seawall had been rapidly failing, with dangerous sinkholes forming behind it, forcing the closure of a walkway and the demolition of a building formerly used to board Vista Fleet tour boat rides.

Townsend agreed the seawall needed immediate attention, prompting the DECC's board of directors to support the project. But the costs continued to snowball. The DECC was unable to operate the Irvin in 2018, sacrificing about $225,000 in revenue.

When it was determined the laker would need to depart Minnesota Slip to make way for the cleanup, the DECC agreed to split the cost of the relocation with the city of Duluth. But if the project cost exceeded $600,000, the city pledged to cover the rest of the bill.

Filby Williams said the cost of moving the vessel from Minnesota Slip to Fraser Shipyards and back now is anticipated to exceed $800,000. The transit is particularly challenging because of the tight squeeze required, as the 611-foot laker has just 7 inches to spare on either side as it passes through the narrowest portions of the slip.

The DECC will seize the opportunity at Fraser to drydock the Irvin and have its hull patched and repainted. Also, a leaky propeller and a couple of broken winches will be repaired.

The city of Duluth successfully sought and received a $500,000 grant to help cover the cost of the Irvin's repairs, but Townsend said the bill now is expected to total about $650,000, leaving the DECC on the hook for $150,000.

Repairs to the Irvin are expected to be completed by no later than May 15, and it will make the return trip to the Minnesota Slip as soon as weather permits. The movement will require relatively calm conditions, given the delicate maneuvering involved.

It's possible the Irvin won't be ready to receive its first guests until June — a month later than usual — but Townsend said she's eager to see the reconditioned floating museum back in operation.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Port Reports -  December 29

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Cason J. Callaway left Duluth early Friday morning with a load of iron ore pellets from CN. Paul R. Tregurtha departed from Midwest Energy at 16:18 after loading coal, and Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort were outbound at 16:45 with ore for Toledo. James L. Kuber/tug Victory arrived from anchor at 17:31 to load at Canadian National. American Spirit and Great Lakes Trader spent the day on the hook outside the harbor waiting for dock openings along the North Shore. In Superior, CSL Niagara spent Friday loading iron ore at BN, and had been expected to depart at 17:00 but was still loading as of 20:00. Cuyahoga was anchored outside the Superior entry waiting for the dock.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Joseph L. Block departed Two Harbors on Dec. 28th at 02:40 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors at 03:09 on Dec. 28th after being anchored off the Brule River State Forest was the Algoma Spirit. She departed Two Harbors on Dec. 28th at 18:18 for Hamilton. Great Republic was still at North of #2 lay-by as of 19:40 on Dec. 28th. American Integrity got underway off Sand Island at 14:50 on Dec. 28th for Two Harbors. At the same time, Edgar B. Speer was coming down the North Shore and ducked in ahead of the Integrity at Two Harbors. The Speer was inbound at 18:40 and stopped right inside the breakwall, lowered a motorized raft, and dropped off an individual at the boat launch. The Speer departed at 18:50 and looks headed for anchorage off Duluth. American Integrity entered Two Harbors at 19:37. Due Two Harbors on Dec. 29th are CSL Tadoussac and Roger Blough.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the American Spirit on Dec. 27th abort its attempt to enter. The American Spirit then came down to Duluth and anchored out in the lake. She later got underway for Silver Bay. Due Silver Bay on Dec. 29th is the Hon. James L. Oberstar. As of 19:40 on Dec. 28th she is on her way down the North Shore. No idea whether she will load first in Silver Bay or the American Spirit. Also anchored off Duluth is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. HarborLookout is showing her loading in Two Harbors.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday December 27th: 22:51 downbound James R Barker sought shelter and went to anchor in Thunder Bay harbor. She was waiting on weather. Friday December 28th: 7:29 CSL Assiniboine weighed anchor and departed Thunder Bay downbound. She had been waiting on weather since early Thursday morning. 10:33 James R Barker weighed anchor and departed for Indiana Harbor. 12:42 Tecumseh arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 21:03 Algoma Sault arrived and went to anchor. Expected for Saturday: Algoma Strongfield and Baie Comeau.

Marquette, Mich.
Robert S. Pierson and Kaye E. Barker remained in port on Friday evening, likely due to weather.

St. Marys River
Friday started out with heavy fog in the morning, however the river was not closed. Upbounders included Algoma Strongfield, American Mariner, Wilfred Sykes and Baie Comeau. Downbounders included Philip R. Clarke early, followed by H. Lee White and Algoma Buffalo. With gales and plunging temperatures forecast for Lake Superior, traffic may be slowed or stopped. View a video of the Sykes blowing a salute at Mission Point at this link: youtube.com/watch?v=1IXR31iSofI

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
John G. Munson arrived at BayShip on Friday for winter layup.

S, Lake Michigan Ports
Burns Harbor was at her namesake port Friday night. Edwin H. Gott was anchored off Gary. Indiana Harbor was at Indiana Harbor.

Northern Lake Huron
Friday, St Ignace: 9:16 Craig Eric Reinauer crossed the Straits and went to anchor to wait out the weather. De Tour: With the wind shifting to the north the boats that were waiting out the SE gale in the lower St. Marys River weighed anchor. Algonova departed for Nanticoke, Philip R. Clarke for Conneaut and Stewart J. Cort for Burns Harbor.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator arrived to load salt late afternoon Friday.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
The tug Capt. Keith, pushing a barge, arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload general cargo. Calling on the same dock was the tug Sharon M 1 and barge Huron Spirit, unloading steel coils from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday Dec 28 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 28 - Michipicoten at 1114 - Departed at 1743 westbound and Thunder Bay eta 2110

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 26 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0926 (stopping wharf 16), Algoma Enterprise at 1428 (stopping at wharf 17) - Dec 27 - Kaministiqua at 0739, Algoma Niagara at 1602 and Tim S Dool at 2238 - Dec 28 - tug Ocean A Simard at 1327 (to assist the Leitch into drydock facility), and John D Leitch at 1649 and Mississagi at 2040

Downbound - Dec 27 Algoma Enterprise at 0015 approx (to wharf 17 - winter berth) and Saginaw eta 0008 - to unload at wharf 6 Thorold

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 26 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod stopped at wharf 16 at 1917 - Dec 27 - Saginaw arrived wharf 6 at 0325 approx., Algoma Enterprise stopped wharf 17 at 0043 approx (after going out onto Lake Erie and turning around to dock downbound - winter lay-up) and Kaministiqua stopped wharf 16 at 1810 and Saginaw arrived wharf 6 at 0325 approx. - Departures - Dec 27 - Kaministiqua at 2315 approx westbound - Dec 28 - John D Leitch at 1855 at Port Weller dry dock facility and Saginaw from wharf 6 at 1310 approx. upbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 27 - John D Leitch at 0349 - Dec 28 - Mississagi at 1139 - Docked - Dec 22 - Algoma Compass at 1611 - (winter lay-up) - Dec 27 - Algoma Transport at 1120 (from the anchorage off of Hamilton) and Florence Spirit at 1636 - Departures - Dec 28 - John D Leitch at 0305 for Port Weller dry dock facility and Mississagi at 1451 for the canal

Toronto:
Arrivals - Dec 28 - McKeil Spirit at 1438 - Docked - Dec 23 - Oakglen at 1151 (winter lay-up) - Dec 26 - Whitefish Bay at 0203 - Departures - (eastbound)

 

Aerial Lift Bridge operator hangs up hat after nearly 30 years

12/29 - Duluth, Minn. – As the Twin Ports shipping season comes to a close, so does a decades-long career for one Aerial Lift Bridge Operator.

On Thursday, after nearly 30 years, Paul Thomas put in his last shift as a bridge operator. Thomas is a life-long resident of Duluth and started working with the city after four years with the Marines.

Family members gathered on the bridge Thursday with signs in hand to celebrate his retirement. They all refer to the iconic bridge as “Pauly’s Bridge.” “He has great pride in his work and the bridge has been part of his identity over the past three decades,” said Kim Oppelt, Thomas’ niece.

During his years working as an operator, Oppelt said Thomas captured plenty of Lake Superior sunrises and sunsets and the ships that would make their way to the Twin Ports.

View photos at this link: https://kbjr6.com/news/top-stories/2018/12/27/aerial-lift-bridge-operator-hangs-up-hat-after-nearly-30-years

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 29

B. F. JONES was launched December 29, 1906, as a.) GENERAL GARRETSON.

KINSMAN INDEPENDENT was launched in 1906, as a.) WILLIAM B. KERR (Hull#72) at Chicago, Illinois, by Chicago Ship Building Co. for the Weston Transit Co.

Kinsman's new GEORGE M. HUMPHREY was christened on December 29, 1926.

GOLDEN HIND was laid up for the last time on December 29, 1985, at Toronto, Ontario.

On 29 December 1813, ARIEL (4-gun armed schooner, 112 tons, built in 1813, at Erie, Pennsylvania, as part of Perry's fleet) ran aground in a squall at Black River (now Buffalo) and was burned by the British.

CAROLINE (wooden sidewheeler, 71 foot, 46 tons, built in 1822, at New York City, New York) was chartered to transport arms and munitions to Navy Island near Buffalo. On 29 December 1837, she was commandeered by about 60 Canadian rebels under the command of a Royal Navy officer at Schlosser on the Niagara River. In the fight that followed, she was set afire, abandoned and allowed to drift down the river. Some sources say that she went over the falls. This incident caused hostile feelings along the U.S. northeastern frontier for many months.

1935: The Norwegian freighter AGGA came to the Great Lakes as early as 1923 and returned on several occasions until at least through 1934. It had gone aground in the St. Lawrence on October 27, 1924 and again on November 25, 1925. The 1905-vintage cargo carrier was wrecked on this date at Gunnorstenarne, Sweden.

1974: The Swedish freighter RAGNEBORG was newly built when it came to the Great Lakes in 1947 and was a regular inland trader through 1963. The vessel was sailing as c) CHAVIN when the engine broke down and it was towed into Puerto Cortes, (not sure if it was Costa Rica or Honduras), and beached. It never sailed again and was still there as late as 1978.

1979: A spark from a welder's torch spread from the conveyor belt and gutted the pilothouse and officer's quarters of the NICOLET at Toledo. The vessel was rebuilt with a new pilothouse at Lorain and returned to service on April 4, 1981.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history.

 

Shipping industry contends with Lake Superior gale warning

12/28 - Duluth, Minn. – The Lake Superior shipping industry braced for a long overnight of gale-force winds – and was doing so without the network of weather buoys which have already been swept up for the season by the U.S. Coast Guard buoy tenders.

Gale warnings were scheduled to start at 10 p.m. Thursday and last until noon Friday.

The American Integrity tucked behind Sand Island on the South Shore, just west of the Apostle Islands, expecting to wait out the waves caused by northeasterly winds predicted to sustain between 23-40 mph with gusts up to 70 mph midlake near the Keweenaw Peninsula.

The thousand footer, one of the Duluth-based Great Lakes Fleet of lakers, figured to wait until midday Friday for an ore dock to open up in Two Harbors, where the Joseph L. Block was loading.

The jaunt across the nose of the lake to Two Harbors is a short hour-and-a-half under reasonable conditions. But the gale warning portended something more wicked and was worth settling down for, said Ron Williams. As is his usual, Williams, the port meteorological officer for the National Weather Service in Duluth, was in communication with most of the ships out on the lake.

"I spend a lot of time with captains on decisions. It's all part of the job," he said. "I'll get calls in the middle of night. I try to give good information and keep them safe."

Quiet conditions in recent weeks on the lake were giving way to the storm system that Williams said shot out of Colorado holding a lot of moisture. The center of the storm is expected to arrive roughly over Sault Ste. Marie at the eastern edge of Lake Superior, with pinwheeling winds driving waves north across the lake.

A shipboard network of weather spotting has solely taken over the weather monitoring on the lakes. The buoys come out early and go back in around May – well after the March 25 reopening of the shipping season. In short, the vessels are used to working together to understand what they're getting into weather-wise. The National Weather Service has instruments aboard most of the U.S.- and Canadian-flagged ships, Williams said. He spends a lot of his time aboard ships, training crews on how to read instruments and record the data.

"I have over 100 ships taking part in the Voluntary Observing Ship program," Williams said, giving the official name. "We get weather data from the ships to include in the model for forecast purposes — wind speed, barometric pressure, water temperature."

Ships, such as the American Integrity, can anchor on the South Shore, but the deep waters and strong current on the North Shore will force ships to either stay in harbor or test the shoreline — which can be risky for the way the current and deep water can make for rough going along the rugged coastline.

Williams noted a ship that took off in a storm earlier this year, leaving Two Harbors to get beaten up by 25-foot waves and 50-70 mph winds. It was bad enough to need repairs, he said.

"There are some of the salties that will blast through everything," he said, of the ocean-goers who've already ended their season locally. "You can go north, hug all the way to Thunder Bay, Marathon (Canada) right on the northern edge and follow the coast down. It adds a full day onto travel. But they like to keep moving, that's for sure."

The Soo Locks figure to be conducting business as usual for ships reaching the locks at the calm center of the storm, Williams said. The locks close for the season at 11:59 p.m., on Jan. 15.

Duluth News Tribune

 

State deal with Army Corps could speed Soo Locks work

12/28 - State and federal officials say they have inked an agreement that commits $52 million in state funds to the $1 billion Soo Locks upgrade, potentially accelerating the project's completion by almost a year and saving $30 million.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and the Detroit District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Wednesday a memorandum of agreement that officially designates the state funds to the long-planned improvement of the shipping lock complex in Sault Ste. Marie in the Upper Peninsula.

Officials said the state's contribution will be put toward design work and construction activities, including deepening the upstream channel to accommodate modern vessels.

Lt. Col. Greg Turner, district engineer for the Army Corps' Detroit District, said the state funds will be combined with $32 million in federal money to execute the entire upstream channel deepening, "buying down risk by moving the project completion ahead nearly a full year and saving an additional $30 million."

"The state of Michigan's contribution demonstrates their commitment to the construction of the new Soo Lock and highlights the importance of the project to the state and the nation," Turner said in a statement.

The new 1,200-foot-long lock would mirror the 49-year-old Poe lock, which is the only one of the four shipping locks at Sault Ste. Marie that can handle the largest freighters carrying 89 percent of the cargo through the corridor. The new lock would provide redundancy, so cargo could keep moving in the case of an unexpected outage of the Poe.

"The Soo Locks are essential to our economy and national security. The time is long overdue for construction to begin on the new lock,” Snyder said in a statement. “I’m pleased that the work is finally getting underway and hope that Congress quickly provides the rest of the funds needed to complete the project.”

Snyder first pledged $50 million from Michigan's budget surplus to the Soo Locks project in May during the annual Mackinac Policy Conference. He said he's also called other Great Lakes states to secure another $150 million for the project. The process of building the replacement lock is expected to take seven to 10 years, requiring additional federal funds appropriated each year.

A replacement lock in the Soo was first authorized by Congress in 1986 but then stalled for decades. Congress reauthorized the project this fall at a cost estimate of $922 million. The project gained traction earlier this year after the Army Corps released a new economic analysis in June that allowed the new lock to compete for construction funding.

The Soo Locks also caught the attention of President Donald Trump, who promised to "fix" the locks after hearing from three Republican lawmakers from Michigan during an April visit to Macomb County.

The Army Corps has allocated nearly $32.4 million in 2019 as part of the first phase of construction, spokeswoman Lynn Rose said last month. Rose said the money would be used to deepen the upstream channel to the Davis and Sabin locks to the depth needed for the project.

The new lock, which will be constructed in the place of the inactive 23-foot-deep Davis / Sabin locks, will match the depth of the Poe lock's 32 feet in depth.

Detroit News

 

Port Reports -  December 28

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Cason J. Callaway arrived Duluth at 04:45 Thursday morning to load iron ore pellets, at James R. Barker was outbound from CN at 06:43. American Century departed at 16:14 with a load of coal from SMET. During the evening, Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort arrived at 18:38 to load ore at Canadian National, and CSL Niagara was outbound at 19:15 after offloading salt at Hallett #8. She turned south and headed for the Superior entry to load ore at Burlington Northern. Paul R. Tregurtha was expected in Duluth at 20:15 to load at Midwest Energy. In Superior, St. Clair loaded ore at BN throughout the day Thursday before departing at 18:24, and CSL Niagara was expected to arrive from Duluth around 20:00 to load.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle departed Two Harbors on Dec. 27th at 10:59 for Indiana Harbor. Getting underway off the Brule River State Forest in NW WI was the Joseph L. Block at approx. 10:30 on Dec. 27th. She arrived Two Harbors at noon and went to South of #2. Also arriving Two Harbors on Dec. 27th was the Great Republic at 17:04 for North of #2 lay-by. Due Two Harbors on Dec. 27th, but going to anchor on Dec. 27th was the American Integrity off Sand Island at approx. 13:00. Algoma Spirit remained anchored off the Brule River State Forest. Tentatively due Two Harbors on Dec. 28th are the Edgar B. Speer and the Roger Blough. They will be delayed by weather on Lake Superior. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the H. Lee White at 02:09 on Dec. 27th for Cleveland. American Spirit was due Silver Bay on Dec. 27th, but was running checked down all day on the North Shore. As of 19:30 on Dec. 27th it looked like on AIS she was making her approach to the breakwall. Tentatively due Silver Bay on Dec. 28th is the Hon. James L. Oberstar, but she was anchored all day on Dec. 27th in Goulais Bay.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday December 27th: 2:21 CSL Assiniboine departed Thunder Bay Terminals and went to anchor. Expected for Friday: Tecumseh and Algoma Sault.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on a blustery Thursday included Tecumseh, Algoma Sault, CSL Tadoussac and Roger Blough. Manitowoc departed Algoma Steel for Duluth. Downbound vessels included G3 Marquis and Lee A. Trugurtha. Philip R. Clarke, Algonova and Stewart J. Cort were anchored in the lower river due to winds. Hon. James L. Oberstar was at anchor in Goulais Bay during the day, but was underway around 9 p.m.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
John G. Munson arrived on Thursday but went to anchor. She is headed for BayShip.

Northern Lake Huron
Thursday, Algonova , Philip R Clarke and Stewart J Cort have gone to anchor north of Detour in the lower St. Marys River to wait out the weather.

Owen Sound, Ont. – Paul Martin
Early on the 27th Algoma Harvester backed into Owen Sound harbor and tied up on the east harbor wall. She arrived light and is assumed to be wintering here.

Limestone Ports
Wednesday, Stoneport: 19:15 Olive L Moore departed for Cleveland. Calcite: Craig Eric Reinauer arrived to unload petroleum products. Thursday, Stoneport: 19:15 Dorothy Ann arrived to load. Calcite: 8:12 Craig Eric Reinauer departed and was down bound on Lake Michigan. After encountering rough seas she reversed course and was sailing east at reduced speed off of Cheboygan.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
There was no vessel activity at the Port of Detroit on Thursday.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Dec 27 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay:
Anchored - Dec 26 - Algoma Hansa at 1841 - Departed Dec 26 at 2041 for Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Docked - Dec 23 - Algoscotia at 1553 - Dec 26 - Algoma Hansa at 2059 - Departures (both westbound) - Dec 26 Algoscotia at 2045 - Dec 27 - Algoma Hansa at 1305

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 26 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0926 (stopping wharf 16), Algoma Enterprise at 1428 (stopping at wharf 17) and tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1545 - Dec 27 - Kaministiqua at 0739, Algoma Niagara at 1602 and Tim S Dool eta 2140

Downbound - Dec 24 - Capt Henry Jackman at 2044 for Montreal - her last trip - to be sold for scrap - Dec 26 - John D Leitch at 1502 - Dec 27 Algoma Enterprise at 0015 approx (to wharf 17 - winter berth) and Saginaw eta 0000 - unloading at wharf 6 Thorold

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 26 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod stopped at wharf 16 at 1917 - Dec 27 - Algoma Enterprise stopped wharf 17 at 0043 approx (after going out onto Lake Erie and turning around to dock downbound - winter lay-up) and Kaministiqua stopped wharf 16 at 1810

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 27 - Tim S Dool at 0002, John D Leitch at 0349, Algoma Transport at 1120 (from the anchorage of off Hamilton) and Florence Spirit at 1636 - Docked - Algoma Compass at 1611 - (winter lay-up) Dec 26 - Algoma Niagara at 0416 - Departures - Dec 27 - Algoma Niagara at 1344 for the canal and Tim S Dool at 2005 for the canal

Toronto:
Arrivals - Dec 27 - NACC Argonaut at 0036 - Docked - Dec 23 - Oakglen at 1151 (winter lay-up) - Dec 26 - Whitefish Bay at 0203 - Departures - (eastbound) - Dec 26 - Evans McKeil at 2233 - Dec 27 - NACC Argonaut at 1709

Oswego:
Docked - Dec 26 - Floragracht (Nld) at 0815 - Departure - Dec 27 at 1721 - (will be last ocean vessel downbound in the Seaway for 2018)

Montreal, Que.
Capt. Henry Jackman arrived at Section 56 sough for her final layup Thursday in the early evening.

 

ArcelorMittal USA takes over management of Hibbing Taconite Co.

12/28 - ArcelorMittal USA on Wednesday announced it is replacing Cleveland-Cliffs as the manager of the 8.0 million-ton-per year iron ore pellet plant in Hibbing. No changes in production volumes or operating plans will occur, according to an ArcelorMittal USA statement.

The announcement ends about four months of speculation over management of the taconite plant. Cleveland-Cliffs, which had overseen management of the plant, said in mid-August it would not manage the facility beyond August 12, 2019. However, the announcement is not surprising. ArcelorMittal, with 62.3 percent ownership, holds the largest stake in the taconite plant. Cleveland-Cliffs owns 23 percent and United States Steel 14.7 percent.

“When Cliffs announced it would tender its resignation as managing partner, we knew that assuming oversight for the operation was the right thing for our business, the Hibbing workers and the Iron Range community,” John Brett, ArcelorMittal USA president and chief executive officer said in a prepared statement. “ArcelorMittal is responsible for a significant portfolio of raw material and mining assets throughout the world, producing more than 62 million tons of iron ore last year. Assuming the role of managing partner demonstrates ArcelorMittal's continue commitment to Hibbing Taconite while ensuring the long-term supply of quality iron ore to our key operations in the United States.”

On the Iron Range, ArcelorMittal also owns 100 percent and operates ArcelorMittal Minorca, a 2.8 million-ton-per taconite plant in Virginia.

The transition to ArcelorMittal USA management at Hibbing Taconite will occur over the next eight months. Terms of the recently ratified labor contract between United Steelworkers (USW) and Hibbing Taconite Co., will be honored, according to ArcelorMittal USA.

After several months of uncertainty about future ownership of the plant, the announcement provides a sense of the future, but also some uncertainty for about 650 United Steelworkers (USW) members who work at the taconite plant.

“It's kind of like the fear of the unknown,” said Chris Johnson, president of USW Local 2705 at Hibbing Taconite. “Our members have a lot of respect for Lourenco, (Cleveland-Cliffs president and CEO Lourenco Goncalves) for his track record with us and for doing what he says he is going to do. Now, we don't know what to expect.”

And another major issue facing Hibbing Taconite remains unresolved. The facility's ore reserves are running low, which means ArcelorMittal and its partners in the plant need additional sources of taconite to secure the plant's future. Currently, the facility has about four years of full production remaining and about seven total years of mine life, said Johnson.

“That's our biggest thing that our members worry about – life of mine,” said Johnson. “We need to find some reserves whether it be a land deal between U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal or whatever. Rumors are rampant about a land deal between U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal, so there could be some positives too. We gotta get this done somehow.”

Iron ore pellets produced at Hibbing Taconite and other Iron Range taconite plants are the primary ingredient used to make steel.

Hibbing Taconite began iron ore pellet production in 1976 after being built by Bethlehem Steel and Pickands Mather. Pickands Mather was the original plant manager.

A total of 735 hourly and salaried employees currently work at the facility. ArcelorMittal is the world's largest steelmaker with facilities in 60 countries.

Business North

 

Partial government shutdown impacting maritime agencies

12/28 - The partial shutdown of the U.S. government is impacting operations as key maritime agencies and offices across the country.

As a result, the Federal Maritime Commission has closed as of Wednesday due to the lapse in appropriations. With the exceptions of Acting Chairman Michael A. Khouri and Commissioner Rebecca Dye, who are Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed officials, all commission employees have been placed on furlough and are prohibited by law from performing any duties during the shutdown.

The National Maritime Center (NMC) and all Regional Exam Centers (RECs) are also closed until further notice. This means that all customer walk-in service is suspended. Examinations and other REC appointments are also cancelled, and REC appointment calendars are closed. Applications may continue to be e-mailed or mailed in, but won’t be processed when the shutdown is over.

gCaptain

 

Fundraiser hopes to buy new van for Marshal Bundren, friend of Great Lakes sailors

12/28 - The following is from Reed Wilson, a mate for The American Steamship Co., who has set up a GoFundMe page to help this tireless friend of Great Lakes sailors.

“If anyone has ever sailed on the Great Lakes, or knows someone who has, then you will be familiar with Marshal Bundren. Marshal comes to the boats at Burns Harbor, Indiana Harbor, Buffington Harbor, Burns Harbor or anywhere else he is asked to go to give sailors a much needed ride to a store, the doctor's office or a hospital. He'll come to an airport, train or bus station or rent a car office to bring a sailor to whatever boat that sailor is meeting at whatever harbor. He'll also come to the various docks in the Calumet River and take them wherever they need to be. He comes rain or shine, winter or summer, night or day and NEVER asks for money from anyone. He used to be supplemented by the Baptist Church, but they couldn't justify the few dollars they gave him each month, so now he survives just on donations from the sailors. Again, he will never ask for money, and if a sailor doesn't have any, he will still come and drive that person where they have to go, whenever they have to be somewhere.

“He presently drives a very tired Chevrolet van with close to 400,000 miles on it. As of late, he's been afraid to shut it off as the starter is going bad and might not have another start in it. The body is rusting off the frame, and most of the inner door panels have long ago fallen off. The big V-8 engine that powers the van is a gas hog from the millennial, and Indiana's roads are torturing the brakes, shocks and springs. Although the van has lasted a long time, it is on borrowed time and he has to throw away good money after bad to keep it on the road to get that sailor in need to where he needs to be. Many times he has driven to O'Hare or Midway airports to pick up sailors he's never met and expects nothing in return.

“Each year he drives his van to his church to pick up ‘care packages’ the ladies from his congregation have made for the sailors. It doesn't matter if you're a Christian, Muslim, Jewish or even a non-believer, everyone is treated the same and receives a warm hat, socks and toiletries from his church, and delivered in his van. Won't you please help Marshal get a newer vehicle so he can continue to help us? This is his life's work and without a vehicle, he'd have no reason to get out of bed. He does everything for other people, never thinking of himself. Surely we, as caring human beings, can spare a few dollars apiece to help Marshal.”

Reed Wilson Read more or contribute at this link: https://www.gofundme.com/marshal039s-van

 

Lay-Up List

12/28 - The winter lay-up list has been updated. Please send reports of vessel lay-ups to news@boatnerd.net. Please include vessel name, date, port and lay-up dock name.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 28

HENRY FORD II was laid up in the Rouge Steel slip at Dearborn, Michigan, on December 28, 1988.

On 28 December 1907, CALDERA (steel propeller freighter, 504 foot, 6,328 gross tons) was launched at W. Bay City, Michigan.

On 28 December 1881, the steamer R J GORDON arrived in Port Huron from Marine City on her maiden voyage with a large number of passengers. She was powered with a steam engine with an 18-inch cylinder and 20-inch stroke. Her dimensions were 116 feet long with a 26-foot beam. She cost nearly $20,000 and was built to run between Algonac and Lexington.

1980: DUNAV reported taking water in heavy seas off Central Japan, enroute from Hamilton, Ontario, via Los Angeles, to Tsingtao, China, with steel and was never seen again. Thirty-one sailors perished.

1980: HOLMSIDE, a Seaway trader beginning in 1960, hit a jetty while inbound at Casablanca, Morocco, as b) CABINDA and sank in the outer harbor with the loss of 9 lives.

1980: The former PRINS ALEXANDER, a Seaway trader for the Oranje Lijn beginning in 1959, struck a reef off Shadwan Island as f) POLIAGOS and sank in the Gulf of Suez. It was loaded with bagged cement and enroute from Piraeus, Greece, to Giza, United Arab Republic.

2011: An arson fire gutted the former NORMAC, most recently a restaurant ship at St. Catharines.

2011: MISSISSIPPIBORG ran aground leaving Pictou, Nova Scotia, with paper, but was refloated on the high tide only to go aground again on a second try. It had been a Seaway trader in 2011.

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

 

Capt. Henry Jackman, Algowood on final trips

12/27 - According to social media posts from crewmembers, Algoma Central Corp.’s Capt. Henry Jackman and Algowood are on their last trips before being sold for scrap.

The Jackman was at Bowmanville, Ont., Dec. 19-20th loading her last cargo, 23,000 metric tons of clinker bound for Detroit. On Wednesday night she was eastbound past Alexandria Bay with a Montreal destination on AIS. She will lay up there and likely be towed overseas in 2019. Algowood was eastbound past Les Escoumins, Que., Wednesday headed for Port Cartier for her final unload before heading to Montreal for layup.

 

Port Reports -  December 27

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Philip R. Clarke departed Duluth at 04:19 Wednesday morning with a load of iron ore pellets for Conneaut, and James R. Barker arrived at 09:18 to load at Canadian National. She is expected to depart early Thursday morning. During the evening Wednesday, CSL Niagara arrived at 07:15, and tied up at Hallett #8 to discharge salt. At the Superior entry, American Century arrived at 01:09 Wednesday morning to take a delay at Lakehead Pipeline, and Stewart J. Cort departed from Burlington Northern at 07:48 with ore. Algoma Buffalo was inbound at 08:15 to load iron ore pellets, and had been expected to depart around 18:00 Wednesday night but was still at the dock as of 20:00. St Clair was expected at 21:00 to load, and American Century was expected to shift to Midwest Energy at some point Wednesday night to load coal.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
When the Indiana Harbor departed Two Harbors on Dec. 25th she wasn't showing a destination. She is going to Indiana Harbor. Departing Two Harbors on Dec. 26th at 06:21 was the G3 Marquis. As of 19:40 on the 26th there is no updated AIS. Shortly after her departure the Presque Isle shifted from North of #2 to South of #2. As of 19:40 on Dec. 26th she is still at the loading dock. On Dec. 25th the Joseph L. Block went to anchor on the Wisconsin side of the lake near the Brule State Forest. As of 19:40 on Dec. 26th she remained there awaiting the Two Harbors dock. Arriving on Dec. 26th at 14:30 off the Brule State Forest and going to anchor was the Algoma Spirit awaiting the Two Harbors dock. Tentatively due Two Harbors on Dec. 27th are the American Integrity and the Great Republic. There is a major winter storm forecaste for western Lake Superior, so that will hamper all boat movements. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the H. Lee White on Dec. 26th at 16:53. Tentatively due Silver Bay on Dec. 27th is the American Spirit.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday December 26th: 10:51 CSL Assiniboine arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load.

Sarnia, Ont. – Marc Dease After spending a few weeks in Sarnia undergoing engine repairs, the Mississagi is back in service and returned to Sarnia Wednesay evening with a load of potash.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H. Herbert C Jackson arrived Wednesday evening to unload ore at AK Steel.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Dec 26 - Barry Andersen

Long Point bay: Anchored - Dec 26 - Algoma Hansa at 1841

Nanticoke: Docked - Dec 23 - Algoscotia at 1553

Welland Canal: Upbound - Dec 26 - Algoma Hansa at 0413, Algoma Strongfield at 0721, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0926, Baie Comeau at 1322, Algoma Enterprise at 1428 and tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1545

Downbound - Dec 24 - Capt Henry Jackman at 2044 for Montreal - possibly last trip - Dec 25 - Algoma Niagara at 1452 and Capt Henry Jackman at 2044 - Dec 26 - John D Leitch at 1502

Port Weller anchorage: Anchored - Dec 23 - Floragracht (Nld) at 1505 - Departure - Dec 25 - Floragracht (Nld) at 2250 for Oswego

Hamilton: Arrivals - Dec 26 - Algoma Niagara at 0416 - Anchored - Dec 25 - Algoma Transport at 0314 (anchored off Hamiton) Docked - Algoma Compass at 1611 - Departures - Dec 26 - Algoma Strongfield at 0527, Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0940 eastbound for Oswego - (last ocean ship from Port of Hamilton in 2018) eastbound and tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1130 and Baie Comeau at 1127 - both for the canal

Toronto: Arrival - Dec 26 - Whitefish Bay at 0203 - Docked - Dec 23 - Oakglen at 1151 - Dec 25 - Evans McKeil at 2200 -

Oswego: Arrivals - Dec 24 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1717 - Dec 26 - Floragracht (Nld) - 0815 - Departure - Dec 26 tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 0130

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher Saltwater ship Floragracht from Amsterdam was in port on Wednesday.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 27

SAVIC, b.) CLIFFS VICTORY cleared the Welland Canal on Christmas night 1985, and finally anchored at Pointe aux Trembles near Montreal, Quebec, on December 27, awaiting another load of scrap. The SAVIC remained there the entire winter, because the underwriters ordered that her hull be re-enforced by welding straps to her stress points for her overseas journey.

THOMAS W. LAMONT as a single tow arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, on December 27, 1987, where she was scrapped. The LAMONT was one of the last bulkers that retained her telescoping hatch covers to the very end.

1985:The wooden sailing ship CIUDAD DE INCA sank in shallow water at Portsmouth, Ontario, during a snowstorm. The vessel was refloated January 10, 1986, with machinery but no structural damage. It had come inland for the Lake Ontario Tall Ships Extravaganza in 1984. Due to an earlier problem, it had to stay out of American waters where it was subject to an arrest warrant due to the sinking of the MARQUES, owned by the same company, in a Tall Ships race from Bermuda to Halifax.

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

 

Port Reports -  December 26

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Indiana Harbor departed Two Harbors at 18:49 on Dec. 25th with no updated AIS. Arriving Two Harbors on Dec. 25th at 15:27 for North of #2 layby is was the Presque Isle. Upon departure of the Indiana Harbor the G3 Marquis got underway off Burlington Bay at 18:02 and arrived Two Harbors on Dec. 25th at 19:09 for South of #2. The Joseph L. Block is due Two Harbors on Dec. 25th, but at 19:50 on Dec. 25th was SE of Two Harbors near the WI shore. Due Two Harbors on Dec. 26th is the Algoma Spirit. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Mesabi Miner on Dec. 25th at 08:27 for Cleveland. Due Silver Bay on Dec. 26th are H. Lee White and the American Spirit.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday December 25th: 3:53 Saginaw arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. At 13:00 Saginaw departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Thorold. Expected for Wednesday: CSL Assiniboine.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on Christmas Day included American Mariner early, Wilfred Sykes at 10 a.m. followed not long after by Herbert C. Jackson. Mississagi, Sharon M. 1/Huron Spirit and Edwin H. Gott followed after dark. There was a steady parade of upbounders during the day, including CSL Niagara, Algoma Spirit, CSL Assiniboine, H. Lee White, St. Clair, Joseph H. Thompson, Defiance/Ashtabula (from Algoma) and, after dark, American Spirit, Cason J. Callaway, Robert S. Pierson and Lee A. Tregurtha.

S. Lake Michigan
Tuesday, Stoneport: Olive L Moore/Menominee arrived and went to anchor.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday, December 24th Alpena: 14:45 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Chicago. Tuesday, Alpena: 4:52 Olive L Moore arrived to unload and at 8:49 departed for Stoneport.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
On Christmas Day, the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder arrived to unload ore at AK Steel. This is an unusual trip for the pair. Arriving a couple hours later was their fleetmate Kaye E Barker, also carrying ore for AK Steel. Sea Eagle 2/St. Mary's Cement 2 arrived at the St. Mary's Cement dock to unload cement.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Dec 25 - Barry Andersen

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 24 - NACC Argonaut 0031 - Departed Dec 25 at 0007 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 24 - Algoma Harvester at 1856, Algosea at 2043 - Dec 25 - Tecumseh at 0540, CSL Tadoussac at 0723 and Algoma Sault at 0851

Downbound - Dec 24 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1936, Algoma Strongfield at 1600 and Radcliffe R Latimer at 1917 - Dec 25 - NACC Argonaut at 0031, Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 0734, Damia Desgagnes at 0811, Algoma Niagara at 1452 and Capt Henry Jackman at 2044

Welland Canal docks:
Departures - both westbound - Dec 24 - tug Spartan & barge Spartan II departed wharf 12 at 2118 - Dec 25 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement departed wharf 16 at 0700

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 23 - Floragracht (Nld) at 1505 - Departures - Dec 24 - revised - Greenwing (Cyp) did not depart and Americaborg (Nld) at 1951 - Dec 25 - Greenwing (Cyp), and Federal Shimanto (Mhl) at 1926 and Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 2103

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 25 - Algoma Transport at 0314 (anchored off Hamiton) and tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1130. Docked - Dec 20 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2310 - Dec 22 - Algoma Compass at 1611 - Dec 24 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1903 (winter lay-up)? - Departures - Dec 25 - Evans Spirit at 0038 eastbound and Algoma Sault at 0714 for the canal

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 25 - Evans McKeil eta 2144 - Docked - Dec 23 - Oakglen at 1151

Picton terminal
Docked - Dec 12 - CSL Tadoussac at 1038 - Departed Dec 24 at 1852 for the canal

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
Christmas day barge Alouette Spirit unloaded aluminum bars.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 26

In 1981, the steamer ENDERS M. VOORHEES laid up for the last time at the Hallett Dock #5 in Duluth, Minnesota.

On 26 December 1916, the wreck of the wooden self-unloading freighter TOPEKA was leveled by dynamiting. She sank just off Windsor/Sandwich, Ontario, in the Detroit River on 15 April 1916, in a collision with the small steamer CHRISTOPHER. Her machinery was removed prior to dynamiting.

1909: The former whaleback steamer COLGATE HOYT, operating on the East Coast since 1906, was wrecked as c) THURMOND in a storm at Tom's River Bay, NJ enroute from Newport News, VA to Portland, ME with a cargo of coal.

1973: The Liberian freighter ADELFOI, a Seaway caller in 1972 and 1973, was under tow on the St. Lawrence due to engine trouble. The ship broke loose and came ashore at St. Laurent, Ile d'Orleans and became a total loss. It was refloated on May 9, 1974, and eventually towed to Santander, Spain, for scrapping.

1982: BELMONA was newly built when it visited the Great Lakes in 1962. It sank as e) RHODIAN SAILOR south of Taiwan after the holds were flooded in a storm. The ship was carrying bagged cement and there was only one survivor.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history.

 

Marking a half-century of building ships at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding

12/25 - Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – In October 1975, at the age of 18 and fresh out of high school, Dave Dart started a job at Bay Shipbuilding and had the privilege of working on the first 1,000-foot vessel that the company built in Sturgeon Bay.

“My first job was putting together the inner bottoms for the Belle River. You start right from the bottom, like the foundation for a house,” Dart said. “It was a sense of accomplishment to see it go. I worked on that for two years before it was done. As technology advanced, we were down to seven, eight months to build a 1,000-footer.”

Forty-three years later, the Belle River is still plying the Great Lakes for the American Steamship Company (although since 1990 it has sailed as the Walter J. McCarthy Jr., after the then-newly retired chair of the board of Detroit Edison; its cargo is mostly coal carried from Superior, Wisconsin, to Detroit Edison plants in Michigan); and Dave Dart is still a proud part of the Bay Shipbuilding family.

“Always the inside joke was, we have more people from the shipyard than we have in our own family,” he said. “We’ve raised children together. We’ve lost children. Most of us have lost our parents. We give one another a hard time, but if you pick on one of us, you can bet there’s a half-dozen who will come to protect you. This guy’s got your back — or lady. We’ve got a lot of ladies here.”

This fall, as Dart was celebrating his 43rd year with Bay Shipbuilding, the company itself celebrated its half-century in business.

Read more and view photos/video at this link: https://doorcountypulse.com/a-half-century-of-shipbuilding/

 

Algoma Central Corporation Announces Union Agreement

12/25 - St. Catharines, Ont. – Algoma Central has announced that all of the company’s domestic dry-bulk collective agreements have been ratified and will be in force until 2023. This includes four officer contracts represented by the Canadian Merchant Service Guild (“CMSG”) and unlicensed seafarer collective agreements with the Seafarer’s International Union (“SIU”) and UNIFOR.

The renewed agreements provide for competitive compensation packages and increased flexibility in crew utilization and scheduling. Changes were also made to provide greater security for customers and shipboard employees of Algoma.

“To everyone involved in this process, thank you for all of your hard work,” said Gregg Ruhl, Chief Operating Officer of Algoma. “These new agreements mean stability to not only our valued customers but to our current and future employees. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the unions and appreciate their support in the success of these negotiations,” continued Mr. Ruhl.

Algoma Central Corporation

 

Port Reports -  December 25

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through the Duluth entry on Christmas Eve, however the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was expected at 20:30 to load coal at Midwest Energy. Algoma Buffalo continued discharging at the North American Salt dock on Monday, where she has been experiencing delays offloading her cargo. She is expected to shift to BN on Tuesday to load iron ore pellets. Burns Harbor loaded ore at BN throughout the day Monday, and was expected to depart at 22:00. Thunder Bay was due next at the dock.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Wilfred Sykes departed Two Harbors on Dec. 24th at 06:40 for Indiana Harbor. The Edwin H. Gott then arrived Two Harbors on Dec. 24th at 07:41 for the shiploader. The Gott had been running checked down until her arrival. The Gott then departed Two Harbors on Dec. 24th at 17:53 for Gary. Arriving at 18:22 on Dec. 24th for the shiploader was the Indiana Harbor. The Indiana Harbor had been running checked down off Two Harbors all day before her arrival. Arriving off Two Harbors on Dec. 24th and going to anchor between 14:00 and 14:45 was the G3 Marquis. She anchored off Burlington Bay. Due Two Harbors on Dec. 25th are the Presque Isle and the Joseph L. Block. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Mesabi Miner on Dec. 24th at 13:36. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Dec. 25th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday December 23rd: 23:37 Ojibway departed G3 for Windsor. Monday December 24th: 5:19 Mississagi arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 17:22 Mississagi departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Sarnia. Expected for Tuesday: Saginaw and CSL Assiniboine.

St. Marys River
Downnbound traffic Monday included Calumet early, Hon. James L. Oberstar, Kaye E. Barker, John J. Boland, Roger Blough and, late, Ojibway. Upbounders included Steward J. Cort, Presque Isle, James L. Kuber/Victory, Joseph L. Block, American Century and, late, CSL Assiniboine and CSL Niagara. Algoma Steel was hosting Sharon M 1/Huron Spirit, Defiance/Ashtabula, and the Kuber/Victory Christmas Eve. Manitowoc was at anchor waiting for dock space. Christmas morning should see the downbound passage of Wilfred Sykes.

S. Lake Michigan
Great Republic arrived at Gary mid-evening Monday.

Northern Lake Huron
Sunday, December 24th Cheboygan: Craig Eric Reinauer departed and went to anchor off of Bois Blanc Island. She is scheduled for Calcite the morning of December 26th. Alpena: 1:42 G.L. Ostrander departed and was down bound on Lake Michigan. 6:16 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load. Midland: 11:07 Frontenac arrived to unload wheat.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
On Christmas Eve, the Michigan/Great Lakes arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load/unload. The tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge Delaware arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load later in the evening.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday Dec 24 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 23 - Algoscotia at 1553 - Departure - Dec 23 - Algonova at 2309 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 23 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1439, John D Leitch at 1521, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1641 - Dec 24 - Algoma Harvester at 1856, Algosea at 2043

Downbound - Dec 23 - Algowood at 1305, CSL Welland at 1454, Algoma Sault at 1929 - Federal Shimanto (Mhl) at 0704, Algoma Transport at 0826 (stopping wharf 16), Americaborg (Nld) at 1005, Baie Comeau at 1044, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1111, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1936, Algoma Strongfield at 1600 and Radcliffe R Latimer at 1917

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals - Dec 23 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement stopped wharf 16 at 1732 - Dec 24 - tug Spartan & barge Spartan II stopped at wharf 12 at 0053

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Floragracht (Nld) at 1530 approx. (back from Oshawa) - Dec 24 - Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 0716 and BBC Utah (Atg) at 1245 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 1630 approx., Americaborg (Nld) at 1630, Federal Shimanto (Mhl) at 1705, Departures - Dec 24 - Greenwing (Cyp), Floragracht (Nld) at 1505, BBC Utah (Atg) at 1650 and Algosea at 2015 for the canal

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 24 - Evans Spirit back from the lake at 1053, Algoma Sault at 1249 and tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1903 - Docked - Dec 20 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2310 - Dec 22 - Algoma Compass at 1611 - Departures - Dec 23 - Evans Spirit at 2316 (out to lake to clean holds) - Dec 24 - (for Port Weller anchorage) Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 0517, Greenwing (Cyp) at 1449 for Port Weller anchorage, Algoma Harvester at 1710 -

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 23 - Oakglen at 1151 - Departure - Dec 24 - McKeil Spirit at 0307 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrivals - Dec 19 - BBC Utah (Lbr) at 1428 - Departed - Dec 24 at 0809 for Port Weller anchorage

 

Lake Superior storm surge caused Duluth $18.4M in damage

12/25 - Duluth, Minn. – The storm surge that battered Duluth's shoreline earlier this month has caused the city more than $18 million of damage. Mayor Emily Larson revealed the total cost of the damage on Friday, saying the St. Louis County board will have to make an emergency declaration as part of an appeal for federal aid.

Waves of up to 20 feet were reported on Lake Superior as 65-winds whipped up the waters, bringing a surge crashing into the Twin Ports' coastline.

Most of the damage was inflicted on the Lakewalk Trail walkway that straddles the shoreline, with the section between the canal and Leif Erikson Park worst hit. The trail was already awaiting restoration work after sustaining $10 million damage caused by two storms in 2017, and was further damaged in the Oct. 10 storm.

Other damaged parts of the city include a section of seawall by the slip bridge, sidewalk behind the DECC Arena, missing revetment along the shoreline, the 12th Street beach access boardwalk, Brighton Beach, the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad line, and a walking trail behind The Ledges residential units.

The city has already been working to restore public access to the damaged areas, and plans to open a temporary path on the Lakewalk Trail in Canal Park by the end of the week. A temporary path will also be put in place behind the DECC and restore vehicle access to Brighton Beach.

BringMeTheNews.com

 

Lay-Up List

12/25 - The winter lay-up list has been updated. Please send reports of vessel lay-ups to news@boatnerd.net. Please include vessel name, date, port and lay-up dock name (if known).

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 25

E.G. GRACE carried 14,797 tons of taconite ore on her last trip out of Taconite Harbor, Minnesota bound for South Chicago, Illinois and then was laid up at Ashtabula, Ohio on December 25, 1976, with engine trouble which often plagued the six "Al" ships powered with Lentz-Poppet engines. The lay-up of the E.G. GRACE lasted until April 1984, when she became the first Maritimer to be sold for scrap.

On 25 December 1849 the SISKAWIT (wooden schooner, 50 t, built in 1840) was sailing light on Lake Superior when a storm drove her onto a bar near the mouth of the Chocolay River, southeast of Marquette, Michigan, where she was wrecked. Those aboard had “kidnapped” her and her cargo at L’Anse a few days earlier.

1975: GEORGE M. CARL (ii), inbound at Toronto with a winter storage cargo of grain, missed the turn for the Western Gap and stranded in Humber Bay. Tugs pulled the ship free on December 27.

1981: The Halco tanker HUDSON TRANSPORT caught fire 200 miles east of Quebec City enroute from Montreal to the Magdalen Islands with 40,000 barrels of Bunker C. oil. The accommodation area was destroyed and 7 lives were lost. The ship was towed to Sept-Iles, unloaded and then to Montreal where it was declared a total loss. It later saw brief service as the barge b) SCURRY and went to Nigeria in 1992 as c) REMI.

1985: The former CLIFFS VICTORY passed down the Welland Canal as c) SAVIC, enroute to eventual scrapping in South Korea. It does not arrive there until Dec. 12, 1986.

2000: TWINSISTER had come to the Great Lakes in 1985. The vessel was reported to have caught fire in the engineroom as d) MELATI off Vung Tau, Vietnam, with the blaze spreading to the accommodation area. The listing freighter was abandoned by the 18-member crew and the ship was presumed to have sunk. It was located December 31 and found to have been looted by pirates. The ship arrived in Singapore, under tow, on January 4, 2001, and was apparently repaired, becoming e) WIN DUKE in 2003 and f) HAN LORD in 2006.

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

 

St. Lawrence Seaway shipping grows 14 per cent in last two years

12/24 - St. Lawrence Seaway Management president and chief executive officer Terence Bowles expects cargo volume to top 40 million metric tons by the time the shipping season closes for 2018.

"Combined with the 2017 performance, St. Lawrence Seaway shipping has grown 14 per cent over the past two years, underlining the importance of this trade corridor to the success of the many industries we serve in the region," said Bowles in a release from the Chamber of Marine Commerce. "We expect the busy momentum from November to carry through to when the Seaway closes at the end of December."

Figures released from the Seaway showed all cargo shipped on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system by the end of November this year was 36 million metric tons, up 5.3 per cent over the same period in 2017. One of the largest performers was grain, with 10.3 million metric tons shipped, up 18.53 per cent from last year.

The chamber release said Prairie and Ontario wheat sales are benefitting from a smaller Russian harvest as a result of weather conditions. Canadian corn exports have also benefitted from preferential access to European Union markets combined with retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products.

Ports throughout the Great Lakes have seen the impact of business growth too, with the Port of Hamilton surpassing 10 million metric tons in November, topping their 2017 year-long total of 9.8 million metric tons of cargo.

"The port's successful cargo year has been driven by large gains in exports of Ontario-grown grain, and imports of fertilizer and petroleum products," said Hamilton Port Authority president and chief executive Ian Hamilton in the release.

"Along with our terminal operators, we're driven to support Canada's trade diversification. And it's working: the amount of cargo shipped to and from overseas ports (non-Canada/US) has jumped 68 per cent compared to last year."

Shipments of liquid bulk cargo were up 17.23 per cent, with 4.1 million metric tons moved through the 3,700-kilometre-long system.

Iron ore shipments saw the biggest drop, down 10.07 per cent over the same time last year, and general cargo shipments were down 5.51 per cent. The release said road salt was a key performer in November as well, as cities and towns prepared for the winter.

The Seaway's 2018 shipping is set to wrap up this week, with vessels moving through the system up to Christmas Day. Any that need to transit after midnight on December 26 can only do so by prior written agreement. All vessels, the Seaway said, must be clear of the Welland Canal by noon on December 31.

A Seaway notice said mariners are reminded that there is always a possibility that severe climatic conditions may occur during the closing period, and the dates for closing may change.

The Standard

 

Port Reports -  December 24

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Burns Harbor arrived Duluth at 15:38 Sunday afternoon, fresh from Sturgeon Bay where she received her 5-year survey and a new coat of paint. She tied up at Husky Energy to fuel, and will eventually be loading iron ore pellets at BN in Superior. In port Sunday were American Mariner, loading ore at Canadian National, and Algoma Buffalo, taking a delay at Port Terminal. Both vessels were expected to depart at some point Sunday night, and the latter was expected to load at BN in Superior.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Hon. James L. Oberstar departed Two Harbors on Dec. 23rd at 01:38 for Indiana Harbor. Roger Blough arrived Two Harbors on Dec. 22nd at 22:20 and went to North of #2 layby. After the Oberstar departed the Blough shifted to South of #2 where she departed from at 14:43 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on Dec. 23rd at 15:20 was the Wilfred Sykes. She ran checked down on Lake Superior until the Blough's departure. Due Two Harbors late on Dec. 23rd/early on Dec. 24th will be the Edwin H. Gott. Due Two Harbors on Dec. 24th are the Indiana Harbor and the G3 Marquis. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the John J. Boland at 19:58 on Dec. 22nd and she departed on Dec. 23rd at 04:22 for Cleveland. Due Silver Bay on Dec. 24th is the Mesabi Miner. When the Great Republic departed Two Harbors she was showing a Conneaut destination. She went to Gary instead.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday December 23rd: 0:53 Algoma Niagara departed G3 for Hamilton. 1:11 Ojibway weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load grain. Expected for Monday: Mississagi.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on a busy Sunday that saw some vessels anchored awaiting their turn for the Poe Lock included Mississagi early, Ashtabula/Defiance, Mesabi Miner, G3 Marquis, Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Thunder Bay, Saginaw (to Algoma), Michipicoten (to Algoma) and, late, Sharon M. 1 and barge (to Algoma), Herbert C. Jackson and Philip R. Clarke and Manitowoc (to Algoma). Downbound traffic included Federal Ruhr early, Great Republic, American Integrity, Frontenac, Algoma Niagara, Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder and, late, Paul R. Tregurtha. In the early evening, Ashtabula / Defiance left Algoma and went to anchor off Bay Mills and was joined later by Calumet. They are expected to return to Algoma to resume unloading when dock space opens up. Cuyahoga and Saginaw were also unloading at Algoma Steel.

S. Lake Michigan
St. Clair was at Burns Harbor Sunday night. H. Lee White was at Buffington. American Spirit was at Indiana Harbor.

Northern Lake Huron
Sunday, Cheboygan: 14:17 Craig Eric Reinauer and barge arrived from Sarnia to unload petroleum products.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator was loading salt on Sunday.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
John G. Munson arrived early Sunday morning to unload stone at Zug Island. Arriving next was the Capt. Henry Jackman, calling on the St. Mary's Cement dock to unload cement clinker. The tanker Damia Desgagnes arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load, after the departure of the Everlast/Norman McLeod. The Robert S Pierson arrived later that evening to load coke at Zug Island.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Dec 23 – Barry Andersen

Port Dover:
Arrival - Dec 23 - tug Jarrett M & barge MM-180 at 1016 approx.

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 22 - Algonova at 1003 - Dec 23 - Algoscotia at 1553 - Docked - Departed - corrected - should have read - Dec 21 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword) at 2111 for the canal - Dec 23 - all westbound - James R Barker at 1210, tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 1533 and Algoscotia at 1548

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 22 - (to Port Weller anchorage) - Maria G (Mlt)(ex Gadwall-17) at 2015 from Toronto and Federal Champlain at 2120from Hamilton; and tugs Jarrett M & Ecosse with barge MM-180 at 2258 - Dec 23 - Algoma Spirit at 0504, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0847, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1439, John D Leitch at 1521, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1641

Downbound - Dec 22 - Algoma Equinox at 1258 and Evans Spirit at 1700 - Dec 23 - Acadia Desgagnes at 0854, Algowood at 1305, CSL Welland at 1454, Algoma Sault at 1929

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 22 - Federal Champlain at 2120 - Dec 23 - BBC Zarate (Atg) at 0540, Floragracht (Nld) at 1530 approx. (back from Oshawa) - Departed - Dec 22 - Mottler (Cyp) at 2045, Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 2340 - Dec 23 - Floragracht (Nld) at 0248 for Oshawa; eastbounds - Maria G (Mlt)(ex Gadwall-17) at 0740, Federal Champlain at 0750 and BBC Zarate (Atg) at 1530

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Docked - Dec 18 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 2200 - Dec 20 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2310 - Dec 21 - Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 2255 from the anchorage - Dec 22 - Algoma Compass at 0622, John D Leitch at 2122 and tug Vigilant I & barge Clearwater at 2146 - Departures - Dec 23 - for the canal - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1000 Algoma Spirit at 0240; and BBC Zarate (Atg) at 0300 eastbound and John D Leitch at 1315

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 23 - McKeil Spirit at 0109 and Oakglen at 1151 - Departure - Dec 23 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0616 for the canal

Oshawa:
Arrivals - Dec 19 - BBC Utah (Lbr) at 1428 - Dec 23 - Floragracht (Nld) at 0755 from Port Weller anchorage - Departed at 1231 back to Port Weller anchorage

Montreal, Que.
CSL St-Laurent was towed to Montreal Sunday by the tugs Duga and Ocean Clovis T. Reports indicate mechanical difficulties.

 

Hamilton mission plays Santa to sailors from around the world

12/24 - Hamilton, Ont. – With his beat up blue van, hardhat and fluorescent yellow, high-visibility coat, Dan Phannenhour doesn't look the way Santa Claus is supposed to. But every year, the chaplain at the Mission to Seafarers at the Hamilton Port quietly helps deliver hundreds of presents to people from around the world.

On a recent December evening with snow softly falling, Pastor Dan carefully picked his way up the gangplank of the Federal Bering, a hulking ship in town to deliver a load of steel from Brazil, a big brown box jam-packed with gift bags carefully balanced on his shoulder. The smiles and shouts of greeting started before he even reached the deck.

"The seafarers tend to be invisible. Ships come and go, a lot of people don't know what goes on here at the port in Hamilton. This is a way of reminding the wider community and also showing appreciation to the people who work," he explained.

"It's a small gesture, but it's a ministry of small gestures and it shows they're not forgotten by the rest of the world."

The Mission to Seafarers is a Christian welfare charity set up in ports around the globe. Chaplains, staff and volunteers have been serving merchant crews for well over 150 years. In Hamilton they offer transportation for anyone who wants to step ashore, along with a centre where they can shoot pool, play fooseball and pick up a snack or souvenir from the tuck shop.

The building on Burlington Street East also offers two seemingly basic accommodations that are crucial for seafarers — free WiFi and comfy couches.

"The main thing everybody wants is the free WiFi … so they can call home and be in touch with their friends and family. That's the most important thing," said Pastor Dan. As for the couches? Well, they offer a special sort of respite after difficult crossings.

"On a ship all of the surfaces are hard, they're all bolted down. So this provides them a chance to sit on something soft and relax and be on dry land without the wave motion of the ship."

The period between the beginning of October and the end of December is a hectic time in the port as steel producers stockpile supplies to last through the winter and farmers try to ship out their grain before the St. Lawrence Seaway freezes up.

More than 10 million tonnes of cargo moved through Hamilton this year, said Larissa Fenn from the port authority, and it will remain busy even after the seaway closes as crews complete winter maintenance, repairs and upgrades to ships that overwinter here.

Starting on Dec. 6, the day set aside for St. Nicholas — the patron saint of sailors and merchants — the missions perform a special ministry by preparing and distributing holiday bundles. Last year the team in Hamilton alone handed out 800 presents, according to Pastor Dan. They expect to hand out at least 400 this year.

The parcels contain things like candy, toiletries and handy tools. They also supply seafarers with warm scarves and hats, a necessity for those coming from warmer climates.

Despite the fact the missions are a Christian organization operated by the Anglican church, they offer their gifts and services to people of all faiths and cultures. "They're always very grateful," said Pastor Dan. "I took some gifts to a Ukrainian crew and the one young officer said to me 'Wherever we go in the world, you're there for us and we really appreciate that.'"

The crew on the Federal Bering included Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Christians from across India. They arrived in Hamilton on Dec. 7 and, after offloading their steel, filled back up with Ontario-grown corn destined for Europe.

He has two children and said being far from family is harder than weathering stormy seas. The internet helps a little by making it easier for loved ones stay in touch, but the holidays can be an especially tough time to be away.

That makes the mission even more important. Lambe describes it as a "very good friend" whose annual gifts give crews something to look forward to.

"It's a good gesture because though our families do remember us during this festive time they cannot send us a gift and a person who is onboard, he feels love because someone is getting a gift for him," he said.

"It's like an emotional connection ... it's selfless love."

View a photo gallery at this link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/hamilton-port-mission-seafarers-1.4953822

CBC

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 24

In 1973, a crewman from the Cleveland Cliffs steamer FRONTENAC fell overboard at 11:41 p.m. while the boat was at anchor off Stoneport, Mich. The FRONTENAC launched a lifeboat to search for the missing man. When he could not be found and the lifeboat had trouble returning to the FRONTENAC, a distress call went out. The American Steamship Co. steamer McKEE SONS, Captain Robert J. Laughlin, responded and received a Citation of Merit for rescuing the six sailors in the lifeboat on Christmas morning.

December 24, 1969 - The CITY OF FLINT 32 made her last trip out of Ludington, Mich., pulled by two tugs. She was sold to Norfolk and Western Railway Company to be converted into a river ferry barge and renamed b.) ROANOKE by Nicholson’s Terminal & Dock Co. at Ecorse, Mich.

On 24 December 1910, ALASKA (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 165 foot, 348 tons, built in 1879, at Detroit, Michigan) was sheltering from a storm a few miles from Tobermory, Ont., when she caught fire from an overheated boiler and burned to a total loss. She was originally built as a side-wheel passenger vessel, her engine came from the JOHN SHERMAN of 1865 and went into the steamer FRANK E. KIRBY of 1890.

On 24 December 1875, the Port Huron Times listed the following vessels at winter lay-up at St. Clair, Mich. -- Scows: ANNA H MOORE, A MONROE, MYRTLE, CLIPPER VISION, J SNADERS and B MONROE; Steamers: BERTIE DAHLKE and HELEN; Schooners: JOHN RICE and M R GOFFE; Barges: MILLIN and JUSTIN R. WHITING; Tug: C.M. FARRAR; and Dredge: H LIFIAN.

On Christmas Eve 1979, while at her temporary dock in Milwaukee, Wis., the steamer E. M. FORD sank when gale force winds forced her from her moorings and repeatedly slammed her bow into the dock facing. By Christmas morning her stern was settled on the bottom, her engine room flooded. Her storage cargo of powdered cement was partially flooded also. By afternoon, the proud steamer lay sunken at her dock. She stayed on the bottom for several weeks as crews had to remove a solid 3 feet of hardened cement and patch her holed bow. On January 20th, 1980, she was refloated and towed to Bay Shipbuilding where work began on rebuilding her.

1976: The former MARIA K., of 1956, visited the Seaway in 1963. It sustained a fire in the engine room as c) ASTYANAX at Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The vessel was loaded with cement and became a total loss. It was scuttled in the Atlantic south of Abidjan, on November 18, 1977, after the cargo had solidified.

1977: The West German freighter MAGDEBURG began visiting the Seaway in 1959 and had made 31 voyages inland to the end of 1967. It was sailing from Hull, England, and Antwerp, Belgium, for East Africa when it ran aground at Haisborough Sand in bad weather. The ship was refloated the same day but with serious damage. It was sold for scrap and dismantling began in May 1978.

1982: TUKWILA CHIEF came through the Seaway in 1982 after previous visits as a) ESTHER CHARLOTTE SCHULTE as early as 1962. Fire broke out on board, two days out of Souris, PEI, with a cargo of potatoes. The blaze spread through the cabins and the ship was gutted. One sailor was lost but the remainder was rescued. The ship was brought to Sydney and, on September 20, 1983, was towed out into the deep waters of the Atlantic and scuttled.

1983: The Welland Canal pilot boat CISCOE was enroute to Port Dover for the winter when it lost power in heavy seas. The GRIFFON took the small ship in tow but it flipped over, broke loose and eventually sank. The 2 members of the crew were saved.

1987: The tug G.W. ROGERS left the Great lakes in November 1987 but sank at Albany, on this date during the trip south to the Netherlands Antilles. While refloated, it never made it south and was noted at Liberty Park, New York, in October 1997.

1997: The barge DUPUIS No. 10, under tow of the tug TECHNO-ST. LAURENT, sank in Lake Erie while bound from Buffalo to the Welland Canal. There were no casualties.

1999: The BARDE TEAM, enroute from Singapore with steel pipes, began taking on water, developed a list and sank in the Indian Ocean. It first came through the Seaway in 1976 as a) SAMSON SCAN and returned under her final name in 1992.

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

 

Port Reports -  December 23

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Cuyahoga arrived Duluth at 03:49 Saturday morning, loaded iron ore pellets at Canadian National, and departed at 12:03. Paul R. Tregurtha was outbound at 14:10 with a load of coal from Midwest Energy, and Algoma Buffalo arrived at 15:33 to unload salt at the North American Salt Dock. She is expected to shift to BN in Superior once she finishes discharging.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Great Republic departed Two Harbors on Dec. 21st at 20:58 for Conneaut. Arriving Two Harbors on Dec. 22nd at 15:16 for South of #2 was the Hon. James L. Oberstar. Due Two Harbors late on Dec. 22nd is the Roger Blough. Due Two Harbors on Dec. 23rd is what is considered the Holy Grail by western Lake Superior boatwatchers, the Wilfred Sykes. As of 19:15 on Dec. 22nd she was near Eagle Harbor. Due Two Harbors late on Dec. 23rd is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay will see the arrival of John J. Boland on Dec. 22nd at approx. 19:30. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Dec. 23rd. When Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader departed Silver Bay on Dec. 19th it wasn't showing a destination. It is going to Ashtabula.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday December 22nd: 0:11 Frontenac departed G3 for Midland. 0:27 Algoma Niagara arrived at G3 to load grain. 2:53 Federal Ruhr departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Sorel. She is the last saltie to depart from the port in 2018. 16:25 USCGC Katmai Bay arrived in Thunder Bay. She performed ice-breaking duties on the Mission River near G3 and Superior elevators and in the harbor. 18:25 USCGC Katmai Bay went to anchor east of Mission Island. 20:36 USCGC Katmai Bay weighed anchor and departed for Sault Ste Marie, Mich. Expected for Sunday: Mississagi.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on a busy Saturday included Cason J. Callaway, Joseph H. Thompson, Algoma Transport, Federal Shimanto, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, Baie Comeau, Americaborg, Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader, Algoma Transport and Lee A. Tregurtha. Upbounders included Wilfred Sykes early, followed by Burns Harbor, Edwin H. Gott, Kaye E. Barker, Calumet and, late, Indiana Harbor and Mississagi. Barge Pere Marquette 41/tug Undaunted came up river and stopped at the Algoma Export Dock. Federal Ruhr went to anchor in Waiska Bay in the early evening. Frontenac was anchored in the lee of Whitefish Point.

Limestone Ports
Saturday, Calcite: 4:00 H Lee White departed for Buffington. Meldrum Bay: 8:00 CSL Assiniboine departed for Windsor.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
On Saturday morning, the American Courage and the cement barge Commander (ex-Cleveland Rocks) were towed into the graving dock at BayShip. The Courage went in stern first and the Commander went in bow first.

S. Lake Michigan
Stewart J. Cort was unloading at Burns Harbor Saturday night. Joseph L. Block was at Indiana Harbor with American Spirit due. Philip R. Clarke was headed for Duluth.

Northern Lake Huron
Saturday, Alpena: 18:18 G.L. Ostrander arrived to load cement products.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Radcliffe R. Latimer was loading salt Saturday evening,

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
CSL Niagara arrived Saturday morning to unload salt at the Motor City Materials dock. The Presque Isle arrived at Zug Island to unload ore. Manitowoc ended the day, stopping to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal.

Toledo, Ohio
On Saturday, Algocanada was removed from the dry dock at Ironhead Shipyard. She will be back out sailing soon.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Dec 22 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 22 - Algonova at 1020 approx. and James R Barer at 0504 Docked - Dec 17 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1840 - Dec 21 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 1641 - Departed - Dec 21 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 2111 for the canal

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 21 - Algoscotia at 2341 - Dec 22 - James R Barker at 0504 - Departed - Dec 22 - James R Barker at 0445 for the dock

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 21 - Michipicoten at 1037 and Capt Henry Jackman at 2035 - Dec 22 - (to Port Weller anchorage) - Maria G (Mlt)(ex Gadwall-17) at 2015 from Toronto and Federal Champlain at 2140 approx

Downbound - Dec 21 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1334, Mottler (Cyp) at 1828 , Esta Desgagnes at 2155 and Algoma Enterprise at 2230 - Dec 22 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0145, Floragracht (Nld) at 0719, tug Vigilant I & barge Clearwater at 0726, John D Leitch at 0932. Algoma Equinox at 1258 and Evans Spirit at 1700

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 22 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1334, Floragracht (Nld) at 1701, Maria G (Mlt)(ex Gadwall-17) at 2045, Federal Champlain at 2110 approx. - Departed - Dec 22 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 0943, Fearless (Lbr) (ex Bright Laker-13) at 1740 for Ireland, Mottler (Cyp) at 2045,

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 22 - Algoma Spirit at 0614, Algoma Compass at 0622, John D Leitch eta 2050, John D Leitch eta 2120 and tug Vigilant I & barge Clearwater eta 2120 - Docked - Dec 18 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 2200 - Dec 20 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2310 - Dec 21 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1721 and Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 2255 from the anchorage - Dec 22 - BBC Zarate (Atg) at 0115 from the anchorage - Departures - Dec 21 - Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 2145, - Dec 22 - Fearless (Lbr) (ex Bright Laker-13) at 0125 (to Port Weller anchorage) and Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1850,

Toronto:
Docked - - Departed - Dec 22 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1100 eastbound and Maria G (Mlt)(ex Gadwall-17) at 1849 for Port Weller anchorage

Oshawa:
Arrivals - Dec 19 - BBC Utah (Lbr) at 1428

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 23

IMPERIAL ST CLAIR was selected to participate in the three-year winter navigation experiment during which the Soo Locks remained open all year. On December 23, 1976, at the very onset, she ran aground entering ice-jammed Parry Sound on Georgian Bay in a blinding snow squall. One of her cargo tanks ruptured spilling 1,800 barrels of diesel oil.

The SAVIC, c.) CLIFFS VICTORY was down bound past Detroit, Michigan, December 23, 1985, by-passing a 15,000 ton load of scrap because of the lack of time to clear the Seaway.

CHARLES DICK was sold for scrap to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne, Ontario, on December 23, 1976.

SIR TREVOR DAWSON was laid up after the Great War until December 23, 1920, when she was sold to Pioneer Steamship Co. and renamed c) CHARLES L. HUTCHINSON.

On 23 December 1905, JAMES B. WOOD (steel propeller freighter, 514 foot, 7,159 gross tons) was launched at W. Bay City, Michigan. In 1913, she was renamed b.) ARCTURUS.

On 23 December 1885, MARY MARTINI (wooden propeller passenger-package freight vessel, 85 foot, 91 gross tons, built in 1877, at W. Bay City, Michigan) stranded on Brule Point, 13 miles east of Grand Marais, Minnesota, on Lake Superior in fair weather. A navigational error was blamed. She became a total loss but her passengers and crew were taken off by the Duluth tug T H CAMP.

In 1903, the PERE MARQUETTE 20 arrived Ludington on her maiden voyage.

1916: A.B. WOLVIN, a former Great Lakes bulk carrier that went to sea in 1911, sank in a gale on the Atlantic southeast of Bermuda. The crew of 26 were picked up by the BRAZIL, a two-year old Norwegian freighter.

1954: The former FEDERAL AMBASSADOR, while not a Great Lakes trader but once part of the Federal Commerce & Navigation of Montreal, foundered in the North Sea as c) GERDA TOFT

1963: The Greek passenger liner LAKONIA caught fire off Madeira with 1041 passengers and crew on board. While 132 lives were lost in the tragedy, another 470 were rescued by the freighters SALTA and MONTCALM. The latter was a regular Seaway trader beginning in 1960 and returned as b) CAPO SAN MARCO in 1971.

1986: MARINE COASTER, a Great Lakes visitor as e) EVA MARIE in the mid-1960s, was scuttled off Newfoundland.

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

 

Tug that towed many lakers for scrap is herself sent for scrap

12/22 - The tug Diavlos Pride, which has shepherded many lakers to the scrapyards of Aliaga, Turkey, is herself being scrapped. She was beached at Aliaga this week. Some of her scrap tows included Algomarine, Algoma Montrealais, Algoma Navigator and Pineglen.

Luke Johnson

 

Sturgeon Bay shipbuilder delivers new articulated tug and barge to Kirby Corp.

12/22 - Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay recently completed and delivered an Articulated Tug Barge Unit to Kirby Corporation, the premier tank barge operator in the United States.

“We are pleased to deliver this new addition to the Kirby fleet," said Todd Thayse, vice president and general manager of Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. "This beautiful vessel is a testament to the skills of the extraordinary American men and women who built this ship and who strive daily to deliver rugged and reliable ships that will stand the test of time.”

The tug Ronnie Murph has an overall length of 130 feet, a beam of 42 feet, a depth of 23 feet and a 19-foot draft. The 8,000 hp vessel has a speed of more than 12 knots. The barge Kirby 155-03 is 521 feet in length with a breadth of 72 feet and a depth of 41 feet, and has a 155,000-barrel capacity.

Kirby Corporation transports bulk liquid products throughout the Mississippi River System, on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, along all three U.S. coasts and in Alaska and Hawaii. The company operates the largest inland and offshore tank barge fleets in the United States.

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding is an operating division of Fincantieri Marine Group, the United States subsidiary of global shipbuilding giant Fincantieri, which employs almost 20,000 people in 20 shipyards on four different continents. Located in Trieste, Italy, Fincantieri has a 230-year track record of building more than 7,000 ships for government and commercial customers.

Fincantieri operates in the United States through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group. This company, which serves government customers including the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, has three shipyards — Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Fincantieri Ace Marine — all located in the Great Lakes region.

Green Bay Press Gazette

 

Port Reports -  December 22

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Lee A. Tregurtha departed Duluth at 06:42 Friday morning with a load of ore for Indiana Harbor, and American Integrity arrived at 09:13 to load coal at Midwest Energy. She was expected to depart around 19:30, and Paul R. Tregurtha was due at 23:00 to load at SMET. In Superior, Algoma Strongfield arrived at 05:17 on a rare visit to the Twin Ports, and was outbound at 15:05 after loading iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors on Dec. 21st at 03:08 for South of #2 and departed Two Harbors on the 21st at 13:29 for Conneaut. Arriving Two Harbors on Dec. 21st at 08:00 was the rare visitor Great Republic. She went to North of #2 layby. Upon the departure of the Speer the Great Republic shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 between 13:30 and 13:50. The American Integrity that was showing a Two Harbors AIS on Dec. 20th went to SMET. Due Two Harbors on Dec. 22nd are the Hon. James L. Oberstar and the Roger Blough. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader at 13:06 on Dec. 21st for Cleveland. Due Silver Bay on Dec. 22nd is the John J. Boland.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday December 21st: 3:32 Algoma Transport departed G3 for Hamilton. 3:34 Frontenac weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load grain. 9:38 Algoma Niagara arrived and went to anchor southwest of the Welcome Islands. 17:34 Baie Comeau departed Superior Elevator for Hamilton. 20:18 saltie Americaborg departed Richardson Main Terminal for Montreal.

St. Marys River
Wilfred Sykes was expected at DeTour about midnight Friday on her way to Two Harbors.

Limestone Ports
Friday, Meldrum Bay: 8:00 CSL Assiniboine arrived to load.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Jim Conlon
About 10 a.m. Friday the Burns Harbor left BayShip after a drydocking and a new black paint on the hull. She is headed to Duluth to load.

S. Lake Michigan
Philip R. Clarke was docked on the Calumet River Friday night.

Northern Lake Huron
Friday, Alpena: 2:30 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Green Bay.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator departed Friday with salt for Toledo.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
The GL Ostrander/Integrity arrived Friday morning to unload cement at Lafarge. Arriving later that evening was the Herbert C Jackson with ore for AK Steel.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday Dec 21 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 21 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1433 - Docked - Dec 17 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1840 - Departures - Dec 21 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0133 to the anchorage at Port Colborne

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 19 - Arsland (Mlt)(ex CT Dublin-10) at 1539 - Dec 21 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0455 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 0525 and Mottler (Cyp) at 1402 Departures - Dec 21 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0803, Arsland (Mlt)(ex CT Dublin-17) at 1213 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1327 and Mottler (cyp) at 1809

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 20 - Algoma Guardian at 1455, Cedarglen at 1530 and Baie St Paul at 1948 and Algoma Niagara at 2216 - Dec 21 - G3 Marquis at 0522, Algoscotia at 0642, Michipicoten at 1037 and Capt Henry Jackman at 2010

Downbound - Dec 21 - Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 0138, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0339, Algoma Compass at 0350, Manitoulin at 0552, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0828, Arsland (Mlt) (ex CT Dublin-17) at 1234, Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1334, Mottler (Cyp) at 1828 , Esta Desgagnes eta 2100 and Algoma Enterprise eta 2110

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 21 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1721 and Algoma Compass at 1816. Anchored - Dec 17 - BBC Zarate (Atg) at 2135 - Dec 19 - Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 2230 - Docked - Dec 18 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 2200,Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 1600 and Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1945 - Dec 19 - Fearless (Lbr) (ex Bright Laker-13) at 0615 - Dec 20 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2310 - Departures - Dec 21 - Senja (Mlt) at 0043 for Ireland - for the canal - G3 Marquis at 0142 and Michipicoten at 0832

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 18 - Maria G (Mlt)(ex Gadwall-17) at 1953 - Dec 20 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 2052 - Dec 21 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0131 - Departed - Dec 21 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0131 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrivals - Dec 19 - BBC Utah (Lbr) at 1428 - Departure - Dec 21 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0052 eastbound

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
Departure: McKeil Spirit at 09:30 Friday for Picton, Ont.

 

Coast Guard would bear the brunt of latest government shutdown

12/22 - Washington, D.C. – Most military members and veterans won’t face drastic consequences if the government partially shuts down at midnight tonight, but Coast Guard members could shoulder significant hardships in the days to come.

More than 43,000 Coast Guard employees — nearly 90 percent of the force — could be forced to work without pay for the duration of a shutdown, according to planning documents from the Department of Homeland Security released earlier this year.

A few thousand others would be furloughed until the federal budget fight is settled. Homeland Security and Office of Management and Budget officials have not detailed what impact those moves will have on current Coast Guard operations.

Congress must pass some form of funding by midnight Dec. 21 to prevent a partial government shutdown.

But White House officials in the previous government shutdown last January worked to minimize public disruptions from the political stalemate. Border security and coastal operations could continue on normal schedule, just without the individuals conducting the work being paid for their labor.

The shutdown, which is slated to begin at midnight, stems from fight over President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall which has stalled a series of unfinished agency budget bills. Funding for the Departments of Justice, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, State and Homeland Security will expire at the end of the day if an agreement isn’t reached.

Missing from that list are the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, because lawmakers finished work on those appropriations measures earlier this year. That means that the partial government shutdown won’t impact troops’ pay, military family support programs and delivery of veteran’s benefits.

It’s good news for all service members except those in the Coast Guard, whose funding is handled through the Department of Homeland Security instead of the Department of Defense.

Federal employees who are required to work through a shutdown are typically given back pay by lawmakers after the disputes are settled. But in the case of a lengthy shutdown — many lawmakers are worried this impasse could last until the start of the next Congress, on Jan. 3 — that could mean missing multiple paychecks while still reporting for duty.

In the past, federal officials have said the Coast Guard’s maritime commerce and recreational boating activities would be disrupted by shutdowns, although it’s unclear if Trump administration officials have drafted separate plans to keep them operating as well.

Military Times

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 22

IMPERIAL ST CLAIR was selected to participate in the three-year winter navigation experiment during which the Soo Locks remained open all year. On December 23, 1976, at the very onset, she ran aground entering ice-jammed Parry Sound on Georgian Bay in a blinding snow squall. One of her cargo tanks ruptured spilling 1,800 barrels of diesel oil.

The SAVIC, c.) CLIFFS VICTORY was down bound past Detroit, Michigan, December 23, 1985, by-passing a 15,000 ton load of scrap because of the lack of time to clear the Seaway.

CHARLES DICK was sold for scrap to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne, Ontario, on December 23, 1976.

SIR TREVOR DAWSON was laid up after the Great War until December 23, 1920, when she was sold to Pioneer Steamship Co. and renamed c) CHARLES L. HUTCHINSON.

On 23 December 1905, JAMES B. WOOD (steel propeller freighter, 514 foot, 7,159 gross tons) was launched at W. Bay City, Michigan. In 1913, she was renamed b.) ARCTURUS.

On 23 December 1885, MARY MARTINI (wooden propeller passenger-package freight vessel, 85 foot, 91 gross tons, built in 1877, at W. Bay City, Michigan) stranded on Brule Point, 13 miles east of Grand Marais, Minnesota, on Lake Superior in fair weather. A navigational error was blamed. She became a total loss but her passengers and crew were taken off by the Duluth tug T H CAMP.

In 1903, the PERE MARQUETTE 20 arrived Ludington on her maiden voyage.

1916: A.B. WOLVIN, a former Great Lakes bulk carrier that went to sea in 1911, sank in a gale on the Atlantic southeast of Bermuda. The crew of 26 were picked up by the BRAZIL, a two-year old Norwegian freighter.

1954: The former FEDERAL AMBASSADOR, while not a Great Lakes trader but once part of the Federal Commerce & Navigation of Montreal, foundered in the North Sea as c) GERDA TOFT

1963: The Greek passenger liner LAKONIA caught fire off Madeira with 1041 passengers and crew on board. While 132 lives were lost in the tragedy, another 470 were rescued by the freighters SALTA and MONTCALM. The latter was a regular Seaway trader beginning in 1960 and returned as b) CAPO SAN MARCO in 1971.

1986: MARINE COASTER, a Great Lakes visitor as e) EVA MARIE in the mid-1960s, was scuttled off Newfoundland.

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

 

Griffon, Samuel Risley will break ice on the Great Lakes this winter

12/21 - The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) has assigned the CCGS Griffon and CCGS Samuel Risley to the Great Lakes this winter season. Those ships will work in partnership with United States Coast Guard to keep the Great Lakes waterway open for commercial shipping between the two countries.

Both icebreakers completed refit and maintenance work, which included an overhaul of the four main propulsion engines and a pair of ship service electrical generators on the CCGS Griffon. CCGS Samuel Risley had a main engine overhauled and an air compressor replaced.

Commercial shipping along the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River supports $60 billion in economic activity and 329,000 jobs in Canada and the United States, according to the Chamber of Marine Commerce.

The 2017-2018 season was a busy one for the Canadian Coast Guard:

• The CCGS Griffon and CCGS Samuel Risley traveled 27,302 kilometres while escorting vessels and breaking ice

• The CCG responded to 1,252 requests to break ice in central and Eastern Canada

• Both ships directly assisted 637 ship transit on the great lakes

The icebreakers are supported by Ice Service Specialists, who inform shippers from both countries what kind of conditions are expected. A team of officers in Sarnia and Prescott working with Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) also provide information to mariners and are able to respond to calls for assistance.

Breaking ice can also help prevent flooding in communities along the waterways. "That obstruction, known as an ice jam or ice plug, can cause flooding as water builds up and overflows the banks," according to a news release from the CCGS.

"Coast Guard ships are also at the ready to respond to environmental incidents or other urgent or humanitarian emergencies."

CBC

 

Electrical problem eyed in May grounding of Chem Norma

12/21 - Damaged electrical components in the steering system may have caused the tanker Chem Norma to run aground on the St. Lawrence Seaway last May. The 145-metre tanker stayed stuck off Morrisburg “like a boot in mud” for days.

The Transportation Safety Board said in a report released Wednesday that while the precise cause for the temporary failure of the vessel’s steering gear control system could not be determined, a “plausible scenario” is a failure of electrical contacts on a steering system relay that mistakenly triggered a “hard-a-starboard order.”

The Chem Norma ran aground early on May 29 with a cargo of more than 11 tonnes of alkylate, a high-octane blending component for gasoline, bound for Sarnia. The ship’s hull, rudder and propeller were damaged but no one was injured and there was no evidence of a spill. The ship drew crowds of spectators to the waterfront and social media buzz among seaway-watchers on both sides of the border.

The Chem Norma was refloated June 3 by tugs Ocean K. Rusby, Ocean Pierre Julien and Ocean Tundra. They had the help of the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board, which reduced dam outflows by 16 per cent to raise water levels by 30 cm near the ship.

TSB investigators found some of the contacts in the steering control relays of the steering system were “extensively deteriorated and showed clear signs of electrical arcing.” The TSB investigation found that some relays were being kept in service after their recommended lifespan.

The TSB notified the owner of the Marshall Islands-flagged ship, ASM Maritime B.V., of their findings and warning the same thing could happen on the Chem Norma’s four sister vessels.

The Marshall Islands recommended the Chem Norma’s owner review safety plans in case of loss of steering, especially in a narrow waterway with hazards nearby. The owner also asked the maker of the steering system for control relays that can handle the “severe conditions” produced by the steering system’s inductive loads.

Ottawa Sun

 

Port Reports -  December 21

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
After arriving late Wednesday night and loading coal at Midwest Energy, American Century departed Duluth at 09:29 Thursday morning, and Cason J. Callaway was outbound at 12:55 with a load of iron ore pellets from CN. Lee A. Tregurtha arrived at 15:45, and tied up at Canadian National to load. In Superior, St. Clair departed at 10:45 Thursday with ore from Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
John G. Munson departed Two Harbors on Dec. 19th at 19:49 for Conneaut. The Presque Isle shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 between 20:22 and 20:46 on Dec. 19th. She departed on Dec. 20th at 03:35 for Zug Island. Arriving Two Harbors on Dec. 20th at 07:40 was the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin. The Martin departed Two Harbors at 16:40 on Dec. 20th for Quebec City. All day on Dec. 19th the American Century was showing a Two Harbors AIS destination, but she loaded at SMET. Due Two Harbors on Dec. 21st are the Edgar B. Speer, the rare visitor Great Republic, and the American Integrity. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader on Dec. 19th at 21:58. Her AIS was showing Toledo, but it's been showing Toledo since her upbound trip. Arriving Silver Bay on Dec. 20th at 18:41 was the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. There is no scheduled inbound traffic for Silver Bay on Dec. 21st.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday December 19th: 23:08 Algoma Equinox departed G3 for Quebec City. Thursday December 20th: 3:32 CSL Welland departed Superior Elevator for Baie Comeau. 5:36 Algoma Transport arrived at G3 to load grain. 6:32 Baie Comeau departed Viterra A and shifted over to Superior Elevator to load grain. 10:08 Frontenac arrived and went to anchor southwest of the Welcome Islands. 20:08 Federal Shimanto departed Richardson Main Terminal for Sorel. 20:23 saltie Americaborg departed Keefer Terminal and shifted over to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 20:23 Ojibway arrived and went to anchor east of Bare Point.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on a rainy Thursday included Great Republic early, Algoma Niagara, Paul R. Tregurtha, Algoma Buffalo (salt for Duluth) and Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder (for Marquette). Downbounders included James R. Barker, Stewart J. Cort, Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Herbert C. Jackson, Victory/James L. Kuber, Algoma Equinox, Joseph L. Block and, late, John G. Munson and Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. Cuyahoga departed Algoma for Duluth in the late afternoon. At 9:30 p.m., Soo Traffic closed the river from the locks down to the Mud Lake junction buoy due to visibility. John G. Munson and Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader were stopped at the locks, while the Block went to anchor in Hay Lake. Hon. James L. Oberstar, inbound at DeTour at 10:30 p.m., was directed to go to anchor below the junction bouy.

Limestone Ports
Tuesday, Calcite: 18:20 Defiance departed for Toledo. Wednesday, Stoneport: 20:05 Manitowoc arrived to load. Thursday, Stoneport: 9:00 Olive L Moore arrived and went to anchor. 17:50 Manitowoc departed for Marysville. Olive L Moore proceeded to the loading dock. Calcite: 22:00 H Lee White arrived to load.

S. Lake Michigan
Philip R. Clarke and Edwin H. Gott were in Gary Thursday night. Indiana Harbor was at her namesake port. Wilfred Sykes was upbound in the southern part of the lake Thursday night headed for Two Harbors, an extremely rare trip for her.

Northern Lake Huron
Wednesday, Thessalon: 18:08 Algoma Innovator arrived to unload road salt. Thursday, 7:13 Algoma Innovator departed for Goderich. Alpena: The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator was loading salt Thursday night.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
The tug Karen Andrie and her tank barge Endeavor arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal Thursday morning to load/unload. After the departure of the H Lee White, the Calumet weighed anchor and proceeded to unload coal at Zug Island. Algowood arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload slag. Arriving next was a trio of vessels, starting with the Evans Spirit. She called on Zug Island to load coke. Next was the tug Kimberly Anne which tied up along the Rouge River. Right behind her was the Everlast/Norman McLeod, destined for the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Ending the day was the tanker Iver Bright, arriving at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load/unload.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Dec 20 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1433 - Docked - Dec 17 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1840 - Departures - Dec 19 - Michipicoten at 0925 eastbound,tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 1403 westbound

Buffalo:
Docked - Dec 18 - American Mariner at 0431 - Departed Dec 19 at 2203 westbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 19 - Arsland (Mlt)(ex CT Dublin-10) at 1539

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 19 - Algoma Sault at 2122 and NACC Argonaut at 2258 - Dec 20 - Damia Desgagnes at 0920 and Robert S Pierson at 1602, Radcliffe R Latimer at 1831, Thunder Bay at 1956 and CSL Niagara eta 2200 - Downbound - Dec 19 - Capt Henry Jackman at 1323, Thunder Bay at 1607, CSL Laurentien at 1856, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1821 and Algoma Discovery at 2236 - Dec 20 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0632, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1117, Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1311, Algoma Guardian at 1455, Cedarglen at 1530, Baie St Paul at 1948

Hamilton: (note * moved from anchorage to dock)
Arrivals - Dec 19 - Robert S Pierson at 2226 - Dec 20 - G3 Marquis at 0431, Michipicoten at 1442 and Stella Polaris (Nld) eta 2300 - Anchored - - Dec 17 - BBC Zarate (Atg) at 2135** - Dec 19 - Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 2230** - Docked - Dec 18 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 2200* - Dec 19 - Senja (Mlt) at 0030* and Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 1600* and Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1945* - Departures - Dec 20 - Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 0004, Harbour First (Por) at 1137 for Houston, Robert S Pierson at 1335 westbound

Clarkson:
Arrival - Dec 19 - Radcliffe R Latimer at 2327 - Departed Dec 20 at 1642 westbound

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 18 - Maria G (Mlt)(ex Gadwall-17) at 1953 - Dec 20 Thunder Bay at 0755 and tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 2110 - Departed - Dec 20 - Thunder Bay at 1819 westbound

Oshawa:
Arrivals - Dec 19 - BBC Utah (Lbr) at 1428 - Dec 20 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1525 - Departure - Dec 20 - NACC Quebec (ex Tenace-16) eastbound

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit was unloading at Lehigh Cement Dock on Thursday.

 

Car ferry Badger ferry docks being replaced

12/21 - Ludington, Mich. – The docks for Michigan’s iconic S.S. Badger car ferry are being torn down. The Lake Michigan car ferry docks in Ludington and Manitowoc, Wis., have been there since the 1930s and both are in the process of being replaced.

While the new dock in Manitowoc goes up, the dock in Ludington is still coming down. The old wooden pilings will be replaced with steel and the aging fender wall be replaced with a new wooden one.

“It’s pretty amazing to think about the history that this dock has seen since the 1930s and also cool to think about how the new dock is going to provide a berth for the Badger to service generations to come down the line,” said Vice President of Shore Operations, Pat McCarthy.

The construction on the new dock in Ludington is expected to begin early next month. The entire project should be complete by the beginning of the S.S. Badger’s season in May.

View a video at this link: https://www.9and10news.com/2018/12/20/iconic-ludington-ferry-dock-being-replaced/

 

Planned Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel clears final hurdle

12/21 - Traverse City, Mich. – A proposal to run an oil pipeline beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes cleared its final hurdle Wednesday, gaining approval of a Michigan panel created a week earlier in a dash to complete the deal before Republican Gov. Rick Snyder leaves office.

The three-member Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority unanimously backed an agreement between the state and Canadian pipeline company Enbridge to drill a tunnel through bedrock up to 100 feet (30.4 meters) below the more than 4-mile-wide (6.4 kilometer) channel that links Lakes Huron and Michigan.

A new segment of pipeline would extend through the tunnel, replacing twin pipes that have lain along the lake bed since 1953. They are part of Enbridge's Line 5, which carries crude oil and natural gas liquids used in propane from Superior, Wisconsin, through northern Michigan to refineries in Sarnia, Ontario.

Line 5 has drawn fierce criticism in recent years from environmental groups, native tribes and tourism-related businesses fearful of a rupture that, according to worst-case scenarios outlined by university researchers, could pollute hundreds of miles of Great Lakes shoreline.

Enbridge has steadfastly defended the pipelines, contending they are in sound condition and could last indefinitely. But with public pressure mounting amid reports of gaps in protective coating and dents from a ship anchor strike in April, the company embraced the tunnel option.

"Today's actions will result in the removal of the oil pipeline from the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, maintain critical infrastructure connections between our peninsulas, provide energy security for residents of the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan and create good-paying jobs," Snyder said.

His successor, Gretchen Whitmer, who takes office Jan. 1, has criticized the tunnel plan and called for decommissioning Line 5, as has incoming attorney general Dana Nessel. Both Democrats have said little about the situation since their election last month and it isn't clear what steps they could take to derail the plan, which Snyder and the GOP-controlled Legislature have attempted to make bulletproof.

Critics vowed to continue the fight. For Love of Water, a Traverse City-based environmental group, denounced the negotiated agreements and the approval process as "a sham" that raises constitutional questions, particularly involving the creation of a public body — the straits corridor authority — to oversee transport of a private company's product.

"They have ignored hundreds of thousands of public comments calling for a shutdown of Line 5 and millions of mid-term votes for an incoming administration which pledged to protect our Great Lakes, not a foreign oil company's profit margin," said Beth Wallace of the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes office.

Enbridge officials and workers, many of whom praised the plan during the panel's meeting near the straits in St. Ignace, Michigan, noted it requires the company to cover all costs of designing and building the tunnel, estimated at up to $500 million. The structure would encase the pipeline in thick concrete, virtually eliminating any threat of a spill, they said.

"The tunnel project is an investment in Michigan that will make a safe pipeline safer," said Brad Shamla, Enbridge vice president for U.S. operations.

Opponents complained that the existing Line 5 pipes, which carry about 23 million gallons (87 million liters) of petroleum liquids daily, will remain operational until the new segment is running. The pact sets no deadline for switching the oil flow to the new pipe, although Shamla said the target date for finishing the tunnel is 2024.

Numerous speakers pleaded with the straits corridor authority to postpone a decision and take more time to study the agreement, which was made public only last week.

But Chairman Michael Nystrom said the panel was required to proceed if convinced the agreements between the state and Enbridge met criteria outlined in the law that created the authority. The panel voted 3-0 to accept the tunnel pact and authorize the company to drill in the Great Lakes bottomlands.

Associated Press

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 21

In 1987, ASHLAND and THOMAS WILSON departed Quebec bound for a Taiwanese scrap yard. The tow line parted on 12/30 and the THOMAS WILSON sank on 12/31 off the coast of North Carolina. The ASHLAND was found 300 miles off course on January 2 1988. Due to sustained damage, the ASHLAND was resold to Columbian ship breakers where she arrived in critically leaking condition on February 5 1988.

On 21 December 1901, the MUSKEGON (composite propeller carferry, 282 foot, 1,938 gross tons, built in 1895, at Toledo, Ohio as SHENANGO NO 2) sank at Ludington, Michigan with a 10-foot crack on her starboard side. She was raised a week later and repaired.

The 437-foot bow section of the ROGER BLOUGH was float-launched December 21, 1968, at Lorain, Ohio, less ballast tanks because the existing dry dock wasn’t wide enough to accommodate her 105-foot width.

WILLIAM G MATHER was laid up for the last time December 21, 1980, at the Hocking Valley coal dock at Toledo, Ohio.

AMOCO ILLINOIS was laid up for the last time at Bay City, Michigan on December 21, 1980.

CSL's HOCHELAGA was laid up on December 21, 1981, for the last time at Cardinal, Ontario.

The OUTARDE of 1906, operated until December 21, 1983, when she was laid up for the last time at Toronto.

On 21 December 1891, the whaleback steamer CHARLES W WETMORE tied up at the dock at Everett, Washington, ending a voyage of 93 days that started in Philadelphia and went around the tip of South America.

On 21 December 1879, CITY OF TOLEDO (wooden propeller package freighter, 413 gross tons, built in 1865, at Ogdensburg, New York) was carrying winter provisions from Milwaukee to Ludington. In a white squall, she struck a reef and was stranded 7 miles north of Ludington, a few hundred yards from shore. Some of the crew made it to shore and sought help. The local Lifesaving Station was only in the planning stages, but a crew captain was on hand. He hastily assembled a volunteer lifesaving crew and over a five-hour period, rescued all on board. None of the 24-person crew was lost.

1908: The AMERICAN EAGLE burned at the dock in Toledo.

1963: The French freighter DOUALA foundered southwest of Newfoundland while enroute from Montreal to Bordeaux, France. The vessel had been a Seaway caller from 1961 to 1963. Twelve sailors died.

1977: The former COL. ROBERT R. McCORMICK was taken out to sea at Miami as d) LINDA and scuttled. The ship had run aground off the Florida Keys in May. Once released, it was brought to Miami, unloaded and then abandoned by the owners.

1989: The second ELMGLEN ran aground in the Middle Neebish Channel when ice forced the ship out of the channel. The damage was serious but the vessel's certificate was extended to June 1990 and then the ship was retired.

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.

 

McKeil Marine becomes the world’s newest tanker owner

12/20 - Canada has a new tanker owner. Ontario-based McKeil Marine has swooped for a pair of Turkish product tankers to go alongside its fleet of tugs, barges and general cargo ships.

Brokers report the Burlington-headquartered 62-year-old company has paid Istanbul-based Transal Denizcilik Ticaret $9m and $8.5m respectively for the two ice-class tankers, Topaz-T and Turquoise-T.

The acquisition follows hot on the heels of another Canadian owner, Algoma, buying a similar sized product tanker called Ramira (since renamed Algonorth).

McKeil Marine is a well-known name in Canadian maritime circles. The company delivers transportation and project service solutions across the Great Lakes, St Lawrence Seaway, Canada’s east coast and the Canadian Arctic.

The move into tankers comes at a time where the nation is seeking to beef up oil exporting infrastructure to match a forecasted growth in oil sales overseas.

A report from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers earlier this year predicted that led by oil sands production, total Canadian oil production is expected to increase to 5.6m barrels per day by 2035 – an increase of 1.4m barrels per day compared to 2017.

In its latest weekly report broker Zachariassen suggested other Canadian tanker owners are likely to emerge soon.

“With Canada producing significant amounts of oil and the country looking for ways to get its product to the markets, we may very well expect to see some more purchasing within this segment from this nation,” the German outfit mused.

Splash

 

Algoma reports operating results for the three and nine months ended Sept. 30

12/20 - St. Catharines, Ont. – Algoma Central Corporation has announced its results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018.

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 (Algonorth).

• 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.”

Algoma Central Corporation

 

Port Reports -  December 20

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
On Wednesday in Duluth, Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed at 05:17 with a load of coal from Midwest Energy, and American Spirit, which spent the day loading iron ore pellets at CN, was outbound at 20:00. Cason J. Callaway unloaded limestone at Hallett #5 Wednesday morning, and shifted to CN after the Spirit's departure to load ore. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort was outbound at 05:32 Wednesday after loading iron ore pellets at BN, and St. Clair was expected at 21:00 to load.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
James R. Barker departed Two Harbors on Dec. 19th at 00:55 for Nanticoke. The Joseph L. Block arrived Two Harbors on Dec. 19th at 01:32 for South of #2. She then departed Two Harbors for Indiana Harbor at 11:18 on Dec. 19th. The John G. Munson arrived Two Harbors on Dec. 18th at 20:10 for North of #2 lay-by. Upon the Block's departure the Munson shifted from 11:15 to 11:42 to South of #2. As of 19:45 on Dec. 19th the Munson was just backing away from South of #2 outbound. After being stopped off Two Harbors the Presque Isle arrived on Dec. 19th at 11:49 to partially load at North of #2 gravity dock. Munson was outbound the breakwall at 19:49. The American Century is due Two Harbors, but on Dec. 19th at 19:50 she was East of Two Harbors awaiting Two Harbors and probably won't arrive until after the Presque Isle departs. Due Two Harbors on Dec. 20th is the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin. Other possibilities on Dec. 20th are the Edgar B. Speer and a rare Two Harbors visitor, the Great Republic. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader at 08:04. As of 19:55 she was still at the loading dock. Due Silver Bay on Dec. 20th is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday December 19th: 8:53 Baie Comeau arrived at Keefer Terminal. 18:58 Baie Comeau departed Keefer Terminal and shifted over to Viterra A to load grain. Expected for Thursday: Algoma Transport, Frontenac and Ojibway.

Houghton-Hancock, Mich.
The passenger vessel Ranger III, which serves Isle Royale, has arrived back at her home dock after a refit in Superior, Wis. She was assisted USCG Katmai Bay, which cleared ice in the Portage Ship canal.

St. Marys River
Late Thursday afternoon the Lake Ontario-based Canadian tug Vigilant 1 towed the small ferry Clearwater from the Purvis Marine dock in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., where it has sat for a couple of years. Their destination is Heddle Marine in Hamilton.

Gary, Ind.
Roger Blough was unloading taconite Wednesday night.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Buffalo was loading salt at Compass Minerals (Sifto) Wednesday for Duluth.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
After servicing three vessels, the Detroit mailboat J.W. Westcott II headed down river to Wyandotte, Mich., Wednesday for winter layup. The tug Leonard M and her barge arrived Wednesday morning to load coke at Zug Island. Arriving next was the tug Sarah Andrie and her tank barge, calling on the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load/unload. With the departure of the Algoma Niagara, the H Lee White weighed anchor and began unloading coal at Zug Island. A short time later, the Alpena arrived at Lafarge to unload cement. Right behind her was the Hon. James L Oberstar, heading up the Rouge to unload ore at AK Steel.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Dec 19 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1433 - Docked - Dec 17 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1840 - Departures - Dec 19 - Michipicoten at 0925 eastbound,tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 1403 westbound

Buffalo:
Docked - Dec 18 - American Mariner at 0431

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 19 - Arsland (Mlt)(ex CT Dublin-10) at 1539, CSL Laurentien at 1548, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1748 - Departed - CSL Laurentien at 1830 and tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1804

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 19 - tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 0053, Algowood at 0414, John D Leitch at 0646 and NACC Argonaut eta 2220

Downbound - Dec 18 - Tecumseh at 1253, Whitefish Bay at 1441Fearless (Lbr)(ex Bright Laker-13) at 1538 - Dec 19 - Federal Rhine (Bds) at 1005, Michipicoten at 1248, Capt Henry Jackman at 1323, Thunder Bay at 1607, CSL Laurentien at 1856 and tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1821

Port Weller anchorage:
Departed - Dec 18 - Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) at 2158 eastbound - Dec 19 - Juno (Bhs) at 0000 and Kivailliq W (Sten Fjord-18, Falcon-09) at 0205

Hamilton:
(note * moved from anchorage to dock - ** moved from dock out to the anchorage Arrivals - Algoma Sault at 0015 - Anchored - - Dec 17 - Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 0440**and BBC Zarate (Atg) at 2135** - Dec 18 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1909** - Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 2130**, and Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 2230** - Docked - - Dec 15 - Labrador (Cyp) at 1005 - Dec 17 - Algoma Strongfield at 0200, Kaministiqua at 0614, and Jana Desgagnes at 0930 - Dec 18 - Harbour First (Por) at 1955*- Dec 18 - John D Leitch at 0758 and Greenwing (Cyp) at 2200* - Dec 19 - Senja (Mlt) at 0030* and Federal Churchill (Mhl) at ____* from the anchorage - Departures - Dec 19 - John D Leitch at 0415 for the canal, (all others eastbound) - Labrador (Cyp) at 0440 for Ireland, Kaministiqua at 1105, Algoma Sault at 1920 and Jana Desgagnes at 2025

Bronte:
Docked - Dec 16 - Mia Desgagnes at 2206 - Departed Dec 18 at 1513

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 18 - Maria G (Mlt)(ex Gadwall-17) at 1953 (destination dock incorrect - not Redpath dock)

Oshawa:
Arrival - Dec 18 - NACC Quebec(ex Tenace-16) at 1441 - Dec 19 - BBC Utah (Lbr) at 1428 - Departure - Dec 19 - Qikiqtaaluk W (ex Icdas 11-18) at 1431 eastbound

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 20

On 20 December 1944, the icebreaker MACKINAW (WAGB-83) was commissioned in the U. S. Coast Guard.

The b.) SAMUEL MATHER, a.) WILLIAM MC LAUGHLIN was towed from Ashtabula, Ohio on December 20, 1975, to Port Colborne, Ontario where her boilers were converted to oil-fired burners by Herb Fraser & Associates and renamed c.) JOAN M. MC CULLOUGH (C.370162), renamed d.) BIRCHGLEN in 1982 and scrapped at Sydney, Nova Scotia in 1988.

Cleveland Cliffs steamer FRONTENAC's scrapping process was completed in Superior, Wisconsin on December 20, 1985.

The CRISPIN OGLEBAY of 1908, hauled her last cargo, a load of salt, into Rochester, New York on December 20, 1973, and then was laid up at Kingston, Ontario, for the winter.

The keel was laid for the PERE MARQUETTE 22 on December 20, 1923.

In 1910, the PERE MARQUETTE 18 was launched at South Chicago. She was the only Great Lakes carferry to be built in Chicago.

December 20, 1979 - The Interstate Commerce Commission approved the termination of the C&O's Milwaukee run. C&O ended the run the following year.

On 20 December 1867, ALIDA (wooden propeller packet/tug, 81-foot, 58 gross tons, built in 1856, at Saginaw, Michigan) had her boiler explode in the Saginaw River. She caught fire and burned to a total loss. This little packet/tug was the only steamer to regularly venture up the Saginaw River beyond the mouth of the Flint River.

On 20 December 1873, the Great Western ferry MICHIGAN was finally launched at the Jenkins yard in Walkerville, Ontario. Her launching was originally scheduled for 18 December, but she stuck on the ways. She was built for use on the Detroit River and her dimensions were 282 feet x 72 foot 6 inch beam.

1963: CORFU ISLAND, a Seaway trader in 1959, was wrecked in the Gulf of St. Lawrence at Grindstone Light, Magdalen Island. The engine broke down in heavy weather but all on board were saved.

1965: CASABLANCA went aground at Santo Antao Island, Cape Verde, and became a total loss. The small Dutch freighter had been a pre-Seaway trader in 1957.

1973: A fire broke out in the accommodation area of the MEDATLANTIC while enroute from Valencia, Spain, to Casablanca, Morocco. There was extensive damage. The ship was declared a total loss and broken up. It had been a Great Lakes trader as a) HELGA SMITH and b) MICHIGAN and was last inland in 1961.

1975: CARITA drifted ashore on Cape Breton Island after a power failure two days earlier. All on board were saved but the hull broke into four pieces. It was outbound from Thunder Bay with a cargo of peas and oats for Port au Spain, Trinidad, on its only trip to the Great Lakes.

1976: MEDUSA CHALLENGER stranded in Lake St. Clair when winds and ice pushed the ship aground.

1979: FLORES, a pre-Seaway trader in 1958, was laid up at Baia, Italy, with collision damage when it got loose and went aground during a Dec. 20-21 overnight storm and became a total loss

1985: The former Israeli freighter NAHARIYA grounded off Darien Rock, Trinidad, as f) GUAICAMACUTO and sank enroute from Venezuela to El Salvador. The ship had first come through the Seaway in 1962.

1986: The former HARALD RINDE first traded through the Seaway in 1968. It dragged anchors off Istanbul and went aground on this date as e) YAVUZ SELIM. The ship capsized Dec. 31 and became a total loss.

2005: FEDERAL KIVALINA got stuck in the ice at Lock 7 while downbound and tugs were needed to free the ship the next day.

2010: ORNA was hijacked on the Indian Ocean and taken to Somalia for ransom. The ship had been a Seaway trader as a) ST. CATHARINESS, b) ASIAN ERIE, c) HANDY LAKER, d) MOOR LAKER and e) ORNA. It was later set on fire by the pirates but eventually released when a ransom was paid. It was spotted anchored off Sharjah, on Nov. 20, 2012, and the after end appears to have been completely gutted by the blaze.

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

 

Winter Fleet early arrivals in Sturgeon Bay

12/19 - Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – As winter approaches, shipping on the Great Lakes is starting to wind down. Some freighters are already heading to port for their seasonal lay-up.

At 1,000-feet long, the Burns Harbor is one of the biggest ships on the Great Lakes. It arrived at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding 10 days ago for some scheduled maintenance.

"Yeah, the first one of the year. I see they're changing its color. Used to be kind of a reddish color," said Don Gospodarek, of Sturgeon Bay. Gospodarek says he checks out the fleet a couple times a week.

Not far from the Burns Harbor, the 636-foot long American Courage has been laid up in Sturgeon Bay for two years. This weekend, it is scheduled to be dry-docked where it will undergo some major steel repairs.

The ships are part of 13 vessels scheduled to make up this year's winter fleet. Shipyard workers typically have 70-90 days to make repairs and get the big boats ready to sail in the spring.

"It makes a big boon to Sturgeon Bay, because there are again the workforce, and then there are the contractors that come in throughout the winter season as well. So we are happy to have them here in Sturgeon Bay," said Pam Seiler, Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center Executive Director.

Seiler says there are more than just workers in town. The winter fleet becomes quite a tourist attraction as well. "It's one of the things that Sturgeon Bay has that isn't available anywhere else in Door County. So, it's absolutely unique. When those thousand-footers come through the canal, it's absolutely amazing," said Seiler.

In January, the thousand-foot long Stewart J. Cort made its way through two bridges downtown. The frosty conditions didn't stop the ship or people taking it all in.

"It's a great thing to see. If you've never seen it before, we encourage people to get up here and see it first-hand, for yourself," said Seiler.

The next ship is scheduled to arrive on December 31st. Here's the schedule for the rest of the ships through January:

Winter Fleet arrival schedule for 2018-19
Burns Harbor (1,000 feet)- Dec. 7
American Courage (636 feet)- drydock, Dec. 22
Joseph L. Block (728 feet)- Dec. 31
Barge A397 (270 feet)- Jan. 1
Wilfred Sykes (678 feet)- Jan. 15
Paul R. Tregurtha (1013 feet)- Jan. 20
Barge-Huron Spirit (328 feet)- Jan. 20
Tug-Leonard M.- Jan20
John G. Munson (768 feet)- Jan. 25
Cason J. Callaway (767 feet)- Jan. 25
James R. Barker (1,000 feet)- Jan. 25

https://fox11online.com/news/local/winter-fleet-early-arrivals-in-sturgeon-bay

 

U.S. ports, Seaway shipping reporting strong finish to 2018 season

12/19 - The St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes ports are reporting strong growth in November cargo volumes that is expected to carry through in the final weeks of the 2018 season.

Overall cargo volumes through the St. Lawrence Seaway from March 29 to November 30 topped 36 million metric tons, up 5.3 per cent over the same period in 2017.

“It’s been a really positive year for St. Lawrence Seaway shipping and for several Great Lakes ports, particularly considering the unpredictable trade environment of the past year,” said Bruce Burrows, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. “We expect the busy momentum from November to carry through to the end of December. All indications are that overall cargo volumes through the St. Lawrence Seaway will meet forecasts to top 40 million tons in 2018. When you consider Seaway shipping was up 9 percent in 2017, this year’s continued growth underlines the importance of this trade corridor to the success of the many industries we serve in the region.”

Grain exports and road salt were highlights of activity in November. Seaway salt shipments are ahead of last year’s volumes, totaling 2.2 million metric tons up to the end of November.

Year-to-date U.S. grain volumes via the Seaway have surpassed 2.1 million metric tons, up 33 percent compared to the same period in 2017.

Great Lakes ports have also seen the impact of business growth. The Port of Toledo loaded or unloaded 12 ocean vessels and 56 lakers and barges in November. With total tonnage approaching 8.9 million short tons, it will be a strong finish for the season. The largest gains compared to the 2017 season were in the grain and dry bulk categories.

“During October and November, we saw a steady stream of ocean vessels bringing in products like salt, fertilizer, pig iron and project cargo for the new Cleveland Cliffs HBI facility,” said Joe Cappel, VP of Business Development for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. “Vessels also loaded out petroleum coke and grain from Toledo. During the 2018 season we have already seen more ocean vessels than any year since 2006.”

There was a late-season rush of iron ore and grain activity at the Port of Duluth-Superior in November; something the Port anticipates will continue in December.

“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 well into January, we anticipate the Port’s overall tonnage tally will top 32 million tons to close out the 2018 shipping season.”

The Port also had ship calls of international cargo in November. Early in the month, a shipment of domestically-produced wind blades moved for export through Duluth Cargo Connect via the Great Lakes-Seaway system to Europe. The Port saw its last inbound cargo of kaolin clay from Brazil, which the Port slurries onsite before transporting to papermakers in the region.

The Port of Green Bay is also on pace for a successful season, with 2018 tonnage already topping total tonnage for 2017. The year-to-date total has reached 1,882,855 tons; nearly 50,000 tons over the total for all of last year. The top commodities for the month were limestone and petroleum products.

“We’re on pace to reach, and most likely even exceed, our annual goal of two million tons,” explained Dean Haen, Port Director. “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.”

 

Port Reports -  December 19

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Algoma Enterprise arrived Duluth at 02:38 Tuesday, loaded coal at Midwest Energy, and was outbound at 13:23. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived at 15:06 to load at SMET, and Cason J. Callaway came in at 17:34 with a cargo of limestone for Hallett #5. John G. Munson, which has been receiving hull repairs at Fraser Shipyards for the past few days, fueled at Husky Energy on Tuesday afternoon before departing at 18:00 for Two Harbors to load. American Spirit was expected to arrive at 22:30 Tuesday night to load ore at Canadian National. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort arrived at 12:02 to load iron ore pellets at BN, and was expected to depart around 22:00.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on Dec. 17th at 20:48 for Gary. The James R. Barker arrived Two Harbors on Dec. 18th at 13:53 for South of #2. Due Two Harbors at approx. 20:00 on Dec. 18th is the John G. Munson after spending several days at Fraser. Tentatively due Two Harbors on Dec. 18th are the Joseph L. Block and the Presque Isle. The Block is NW of Sand Island and the Presque Isle is NE of Outer Island. Both are running checked down. Due Two Harbors on Dec. 19th are the American Century and the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Mesabi Miner on Dec. 18th at 09:47 for Cleveland.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday December 17th: 23:04 Baie St Paul departed Viterra B for Montreal. Tuesday December 18th: 2:28 tug Anglian Lady arrived at Heddle Marine / Fabmar Metals. She returned for her barge PML Ironmaster which has been at drydock in Thunder Bay since November 17th. 5:33 Algoma Equinox arrived at G3 to load grain. 8:42 Federal Katsura departed Keefer Terminal for Montreal. 15:24 tug Anglian Lady and her barge PML Ironmaster departed Heddle Marine / Fabmar Metals for Sault Ste Marie, Ont. 17:08 saltie Mottler departed MobilEx Terminal downbound. 18:18 CSL Welland arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. Expected for Wednesday: Baie Comeau.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Monday morning the American Courage was towed out of berth 3 and towed to berth 15 where it was tied up. This move was to get her ready for the docking after the Burns Harbor is re-floated and removed from the dock.

Limestone Ports
Tuesday, Calcite: 0:46 Defiance arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday, Alpena: 21:30 G.L. Ostrander departed for Detroit. Tuesday, 9:36 the cement carrier Alpena arrived to load, and departed at 16:05 for Detroit.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Algoma Niagara arrived early Tuesday morning to unload coal at Zug Island. Next was the Great Republic, loaded with stone for Zug Island. The GL Ostrander / Integrity arrived at Lafarge to unload cement, while the Edgar B Speer fueled at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Dec 18 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 18 - Michipicoten at 0912 - Docked - Dec 17 - tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 0905 and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1840 - Departure - Dec 18 - Kivalliq W (ex Sten Fjord-18, Falcon-09) at 0341

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 18 - Fearless (Lbr)(ex Bright Laker-13) at 0859 and Esta Desgagnes at 1503 - Departed Dec 18 – Fearless (Lbr) at 1518 for the canal and Esta Desgagnes at 1850 approx westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - tug Sarah Andrie & barge A390 at 1155, Ojibway at 1236 and Evans Spirit at 2034 - Dec 18 - Algoma Strongfield at 0038, Esta Desgagnes at 0454, Saginaw at 0415 approx (from wharf 6),

Downbound - Dec 17 - John D Leitch at 1204 and Algoma Hansa at 2321 - Dec 18 - Juno (Bhs) at 0519, Algoma Sault at 0721, Tecumseh at 1253 (stopping wharf 16, Fearless (Lbr)(ex Bright Laker-13) at 1538 from the anchorage, Whitefish Bay at 1441

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 17 - Saginaw at 1835 (stopped wharf 6) - Departed Dec 18 at 0415 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 17 - Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) at 2345 - Dec 18 - Juno (Bhs) at 1603, Kivalliq W at 1649, Mia Desgagnes at 1747, and - Departures - (all eastbound) Dec 18 - Isa (Cyp) at 0032 and Adfines Star (Mlt) ((ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0300, BBC Carolina (Atg)(ex Fantastic-11, Beluga Fantastic-11) at 1400 and Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) at 2140 approx.

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 18 - John D Leitch at 0758 - Anchored - Dec 12 - Senja (Mlt) at 1850 - Dec 13 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 1650 - Dec 17 - Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 0440 from the dock and BBC Zarate (Atg) at 2135 - Dec 18 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1909 - Docked - Dec 13 - Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 0240, Dec 14 -Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 2220 - Dec 15 - Labrador (Cyp) at 1005 - Dec 17 - Algoma Strongfield at 0200, Kaministiqua at 0614, and Jana Desgagnes at 0930 Dec 18 - Harbour First (Por) at 1955 to the dock - Departures - (both eastbound) Dec 17 - Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) at 2153 and Algoma Strongfield at 2249

Bronte:
Docked - Dec 16 - Mia Desgagnes at 2206 - Departed Dec 18 at 1513 for Port Weller anchorage

Clarkson:
Arrival - Dec 17 - Robert S Pierson at 1616 - Departed Dec 18 at 0624 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 17 - NACC Argonaut at 1931 Dec 18 - Maria G (Mlt)(ex Gadwall-17) at 1953 (to Redpath dock) - Departure - Dec 18 - NACC Argonaut at 1201 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival - Dec 18 - Qikiqtaaluk W (ex Icdas 11-18) at 0758 and NACC Quebec(ex Tenace-16) at 1441

 

Stephen B. Roman makes final port at Aliaga, Turkey

12/19 - Watch an Instagram video of the Roman being beached for scrapping at this link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BrhgX6-AWC8/

 

Dredging to remove sediment in Ontonagon Harbor starting in the spring

12/19 - Detroit, Mich. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, has awarded a contract for maintenance dredging in the Ontonagon Harbor.

King Company, Inc. from Holland, Michigan, was awarded a more than $1.1 million contract to dredge the federal channel in the Ontonagon Harbor in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. King Company will remove approximately 132,300 cubic yards of shoal material from the Federal navigation channel. Material from the dredging project will be placed the along the shoreline beginning at the East Pier, then extending 4000 feet easterly for beach nourishment.

 

Two N.E. Wisconsin harbors receiving grants

12/19 - Marinette, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced more than $7 million in harbor grants Tuesday. St. Marys Cement Inc. in Green Bay and Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette will use the money to improve safety and efficiency.

Marinette Marine will use its $5 million grant for dredging 20,000 cubic yards of soft sediment and 10,000 cubic yards of hard sediment to create depth for construction of new navy vessels. This is part of a three-year multi-phase $100 million shipyard improvement project.

St. Marys Cement Inc. will use its $103,100 grant to replace a failed bollard. The cement company says the repair will prevent having to haul supplies to Manitowoc via roadway.

Other harbors receiving grants are: Town of La Pointe getting $1,346,400, Port Milwaukee getting $240,000 and WE Energies in Milwaukee County getting $472,000.

FOX 11 News

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 19

ASHLAND was launched December 19, 1942, as the L6-S-B1 class bulk carrier a.) CLARENCE B. RANDALL (Hull #523) at Ashtabula, Ohio, by Great Lakes Engineering Works. She laid up for the last time on the same day in 1979.

ELMGLEN ran aground December 19, 1989, near Johnson’s Point in the Munuscong Channel of the St. Marys River. Downbound, loaded with grain, she had been diverted to the Munuscong Channel because of difficulties encountered by her fleet mate BEECHGLEN in the ice-clogged West Neebish Channel.

Because of the increased demand for iron ore during the Korean conflict, more ships were needed and as a consequence the yards on the Great Lakes were operating at capacity. In December 1950, the Republic Steel Corp. bought 70 percent of Nicholson-Universal stock in order to purchase ships from the surplus fleet.

On 19 December 1927, ALEXANDRIA (wooden propeller freighter, 97 foot, 201 gross tons, built in 1902, at Chatham, Ontario) burned in the harbor of Little Current, Ontario, off the Government Dock, where her remains still lay.

1959: The British freighter ALBANO, which had made three trips through the newly opened Seaway earlier in the year, ran aground at Rethymo, Crete, in heavy weather and was not refloated until December 27. It received extensive hull and engine repairs and was back on the Great Lakes in 1960.

1980: The tanker LAKESHELL (III) went aground at Telegraph Rock, near Parry Sound, due to high winds and ice. The vessel was lightered to IMPERIAL SARNIA and released December 21.

1998: SHURA KOBER first came to the Great Lakes under the flag of the USSR in 1971. The vessel went missing on the Mediterranean north of Cyprus as d) MARELIE after sending out a distress call. It disappeared with all hands.

2006: SELNES came through the Seaway in the 1980s after having been inbound as a) RISNES in 1978. The ship went aground off Stafnes, Iceland, as c) WILSON MUGGA and the crew were rescued by helicopter. It was expected to be broken up on location but was salvaged and repaired. It returned to service as d) KARIM in 2007 and became f) RAKAN M. in 2011.

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

 

Fire at old Superior grain elevator causes $10M in damages

12/18 - Superior, Wis. – Firefighters responded to a large fire on Monday afternoon at a defunct grain elevator in Superior.

Formerly the Globe Elevators, the fire was located at 2 Banks Ave., in Superior adjacent to the operational General Mills elevators. Large flames and smoke plumes were visible from places throughout the Twin Ports, blowing the trail of smoke northeast for all to see.

“This is a large wooden structure so it’s going to burn for a while,” Mayor Jim Paine said in a statement on Facebook. “The wood is untreated, old growth timber, not much different than what you would throw in a fireplace. Superior Fire (Department) is on the scene, there are no injuries, and we don’t expect much damage beyond the structure itself.”

Battalion Chief Scott Gordon of the Superior Fire Department said three contracted workers were removing wood when they apparently cut through a nail or spike, creating a spark that set the structure ablaze. The three workers, as well as the owner, who was in another section of the complex, were all accounted for.

Gordon expected the fire would take multiple days to suppress. The elevator is 150 feet tall and firefighters have established a 225-foot collapse zone around the blaze, Gordon said. Nobody, including firefighters, will be allowed within the collapse zone.

A smaller, rear section of the structure had collapsed by late afternoon, as had one of the large cranes workers had on scene.

There was an estimated $10 million of wood reclamation equipment on site, Gordon said, with only a Bobcat salvaged. He added that about $450,000 of wood that had already been sold by the owner was destroyed.

Necessitating “millions of gallons of water” to extinguish, firefighters successfully established a direct pump from the nearby harbor, though Gordon expected the fire would take multiple days to fully suppress.

The defunct elevator has been in the process of being dismantled, said a spokesperson with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.

“It was being taken apart and its wood being reclaimed — salvaging that had been taking place for years and years,” said spokeswoman Adele Yorde.

The fire was believed to be located in the “head house” portion of the old elevator site, Yorde said.

“We’re pretty sure it’s the head house that’s on fire,” said Jason Serck, the port director for the city of Superior. “The old Globe Elevators haven’t been in operation for many many years.”

The defunct elevators are owned by Gordon Ostedahl, who Serck said lives down on the elevator property. The site featured two storage buildings and a head house. Built in 1887, the Globe Elevators were at one time the largest elevators in the world, according to an online historical record kept by the Old Globe Wood Company and confirmed by the Duluth port authority.

The Globe Elevators featured the first integrated elevator system — able to convey grain between structures. Grain from throughout the Midwest was transported by rail to the Globe Elevators, where it was then loaded onto cargo ships and transported throughout the Great Lakes and beyond, said the historical record.

More recently, much of the elevators’ wood had already been removed by Wisconsin Woodchuck LLC, which sought to salvage the elevators’ millions of board feet of old-growth pine. Notably, their efforts were documented on the History Channel’s “Ax Men” series.

But a foreclosure judgment entered in Douglas County Circuit Court in 2013 put a stop to the work. At the time, only grain-eroded slabs and a small amount of dimensional wood was said to remain.

Employees at the nearby Barko Hydraulics building gathered outside to observe the fire and take photos with their smartphones.

“When I looked out the window everybody was outside,” said Barko customer support representative Shawn Wynne, who noted his place of employment wasn’t in any danger from the fire. “It’s pretty big, but with the wind everything was going straight up.”

The steamer Edward L. Ryerson, moored nearby, was not in any danger from the fire.

Duluth News Tribune

View a video and photos at this link: https://duluthnewstribune.com/news/fires/4544671-update-fire-superior-grain-elevator-causes-10m-damages-battalion-chief-says

 

Stephen B. Roman makes final port at Aliaga, Turkey

12/18 - The former Great Lakes cement carrier Stephen B. Roman has arrived in the Aliaga anchorage, waiting to be beached. Here AIS is still on. Arrival time was roughly 09:10 UTC on Dec 15.

 

Seaway officials keep eye on weather as they wind down 2018 shipping season

12/18 - Ogdensburg, N.Y. – Radio advisories to ship captains piloting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway these days are a deliberate and stern reminder that weather conditions could change quickly between now and the waterway’s pending closure.

Last Friday’s broadcast — issued three times during the day — cautioned captains that ice is already forming around the locks in the Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the navigation route, which includes Eisenhower and Snell locks in Massena. Similar — or even more severe ice conditions — are likely to be found further upstream this time of year.

In addition, Friday’s messages contained information on current water temperature, and a warning that the “ice boom opening” along the narrow section of St. Lawrence River between Prescott, Ontario, and Ogdensburg has now been reduced to 610 meters.

The information, especially as more severe weather looms, is crucial to those still piloting their ships and barges along the international waterway in the final weeks of the season.

At midnight Thursday, the number of ocean-going vessels above St. Lambert, Quebec, was 46, as compared to 38 in 2017, according to Friday’s most recent navigational update. Above Port Weller, Ont., where the Welland Canal and lock system connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, there were 25 ships in transit, compared with 24 in 2017.

The 2018 Seaway navigation season opened on March 29 and is scheduled to close on Dec. 31. But that date can be tentative at this time of year, according to officials, who are keenly aware that weather conditions can vary widely and change quickly.

Last winter, in the final days of December and early January, the Federal Biscay, a 650-foot-long bulk carrier, was headed downriver on its way from Port Weller, Ont., to Montreal when it became stuck in heavy ice near Snell Lock in Massena. Freeing the vessel, which took several days, cost nearly $1 million, according to reports.

This year, updated protocols have been put into place by Canadian and U.S. officials managing the international waterway. In part, the new rules require upbound ships headed to the Great Lakes in early December to be declared as “wintering ships” that can return only upon approval, and with the understanding that a return voyage is not guaranteed, according to Great Lakes-Seaway officials.

On the U.S. side of the system, managed by the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp., a so-called year-end “wind down” of operations has been under way for several weeks.

St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. Associate Administrator Thomas Lavigne said the scheduled closing date remains Dec. 31, but acknowledged that between now and then, officials on both sides of the border will be monitoring conditions daily.

At issue is the reality that bad weather, and the potential for rapid ice buildup, is always a concern.

“After evaluating available weather and traffic forecasts, the two Seaway Corporations set a closing date of December 31st for the 2018 Seaway navigation season,” Mr. Lavigne said in an email. “The closing date was announced in mid-November and preparations for the closing are well underway and proceeding as planned.”

He said specialized ice-clearing equipment has already been placed on standby for use if it’s deemed necessary.

Although the closing of the 2018 season is still weeks away, officials are busy compiling the latest shipping and tonnage data and a press release is expected next week offering highlights of the season through the end of November. An end-of-season recap will also be made public once shipping information from December is compiled.

At the Port of Ogdensburg, Wade A. Davis, executive director of the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, said he is still waiting to find out if one more salt ship could make a port call at his facility before the end of the season.

U.S. Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway officials have already said shipping has been strong along the waterway route this year. Overall cargo shipments from March 29 through Oct. 29 totaled 30.5 million metric tons, up 4 percent over the same period in 2017. Increases in shipments of grain, salt and construction materials were given credit for much of the gain.

In 2017, a total of 143.5 million metric tons of cargo valued at $15.2 billion moved through the Great Lakes Seaway system, generating $35 billion in economic activity in the United States and Canada, according to Seaway officials.

Watertown Daily Times

 

Port Reports -  December 18

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The only traffic through the Duluth entry on Monday was Indiana Harbor, which departed at 05:31 Monday after loading iron ore pellets at CN. John G. Munson was still tied up at Fraser Shipyards, and is tentatively expected to depart early Tuesday afternoon for Two Harbors. In Superior, Roger Blough departed at 01:53 Monday morning with a load of ore for Gary, and Algoma Compass came in at 08:27 to load at Burlington Northern. She was outbound at 19:20.

Two Harbors - Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on Dec. 17th at 10:24 for South of #2. As of 19:30 on Dec. 17th the Gott was still at the loading dock. The Gott is loading for Gary. Due Two Harbors, tentatively, on Dec. 18th are the James R. Barker, Joseph L. Block and Presque Isle. Most were anchored in Whitefish all night on Dec. 16th/17th due to weather and didn't get underway until mid to late afternoon on Dec. 17th. Arriving Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Dec. 17th was the Mesabi Miner at 12:20. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Dec. 18th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday December 17th: 10:33 Cedarglen departed Viterra B for Montreal. 12:09 Federal Ruhr arrived and went to anchor. 12:10 Baie St Paul departed Viterra A and shifted over to Viterra B to load grain. 19:07 saltie Americaborg arrived at Keefer Terminal. She was overdue on account of taking a southerly course which saw her hugging the Keweenaw Peninsula overnight. 19:30 Algoma Guardian departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Sorel. 20:02 Federal Ruhr weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. Expected for Tuesday: tug Anglian Lady, Algoma Equinox and CSL Welland.

St. Marys River – Joy Fett
Work got underway Monday preparing the MacArthur Lock for winter. Tugs and barges were busy putting the huge stop logs in place to dam the upper end of the lock so the Corps of Engineers can begin the dewatering process and winter work can begin. The MacArthur usually closes a month before the Poe Lock. Five vessels that had anchored Sunday for weather in the lee of Whitefish Point – James R. Barker, Cason J. Callaway, Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Presque Isle and Joseph L. Block, were on their way Monday morning. Other upbounders Monday included Algoma Equinox and American Spirit. Downbounders included CSL St-Laurent, Federal Rhine and Paul R. Tregurtha.

Lake Michigan Ports
Manitowoc was unloading at Manistee on Monday evening. Federal Caribou remained at Burns Harbor. Lee A. Tregurtha was at Indiana Harbor.

Limestone Ports
Sunday, Stoneport: 13:30 Great Republic arrived to load. Monday, Stoneport: 13:03 Great Republic departed and headed downbound on Lake Huron.

Northern Lake Huron
Sunday, Alpena: 1:10 the cement carrier Alpena departed for Essexville (Bay City). 20:34 after unloading at Lafarge, Undaunted departed for Grand Haven. Monday, G L Ostrander arrived to load cement products.

Saginaw River, Mich.
Alpena was unloading cement at Essexville late Monday.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
The tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge Delaware arrived to load at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal early Monday morning. The Sea Eagle 2/St. Marys Cement 2 arrived at the St. Marys Cement dock to unload cement. The saltie Floragracht arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload general cargo. Ending the day was the Herbert C Jackson, traveling upriver to unload ore at AK Steel, and Wilfred Sykes departing at 9:30 p.m. with fines.

Toledo, Ohio
Capt. Henry Jackman was discharging salt Monday night. Manitoulin and James L. Kuber were also in port.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday Dec 17 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Dec 15 Kivalliq W (ex Sten Fjord-18, Falcon-09) at 1255 - Departed - Dec 17 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0241 westbound and Algoma Hansa at 1816 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 16 - Algoma Transport at 2006 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 2348 - Dec 17 - Acadia Desgagnes at 0658, tug Sarah Andrie & barge A390 at 1155, Ojibway at 1236 and Evans Spirit at 2034

Downbound - Dec 16 - Spruceglen at 1120, Algoma Buffalo at 1230 (stopping at wharf 6), Tim S Dool at 1329, CSL Tadoussac at 1424 and Saginaw at 2348 (stopping at wharf 6 when dock available) - Dec 17 - BBC Carolina (Atg) (ex Fantastic-11, Beluga Fantastic-11) at 0810, John D Leitch at 1204 and Algoma Hansa eta 2130

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 16 - Algoma Buffalo at 2248 (stopped wharf 6) - Dec 17 - Saginaw at 1835 (stopped wharf 6) - Departed - Dec 17 - Frontenac at 1355 (from wharf 19E) and tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 1540 (from wharf 16) - both westbound, and Algoma Buffalo at 1727 from wharf 6 upbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 16 - Isa (Cyp) at 2200 - Dec 17 - Adfines Star (Mlt) ((ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0930 from Clarkson and BBC Carolina (Atg)(ex Fantastic-11, Beluga Fantastic-11) at 1730 - Departures - Dec 16 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 0600 approx., Blacky (Cyp) at 0756 - Dec 17 - tug Ronnie Murph & barge Kirby 155-03 at 0022 - maiden delivery voyage to Houston TX., Raba (Lbr) at 0049, Federal Weser (Mhl) at 0102, Pacific Huron (Atg)(ex Seven Islands-10) at 1453, NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 1710, Hanse Gate (Atg)(ex CL Hanse Gate-15, Federal Matane-11) at 1800, Miedwie (Bhs) at 2000 (all eastbound)

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 17 - Algoma Strongfield at 0200, Kaministiqua at 0614, Jana Desgagnes at 0930 from Clarkson, Harbour First (Por) at 1303 to the anchorage and BBC Zarate (Atg) eta 2053 - Anchored - Dec 12 - Senja (Mlt) at 1850 - Dec 13 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 1650 - Dec 17 - Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 0440 from the dock and Harbour First (Por) at 1303- Docked - Dec 13 - Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 0240, Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 0340 - Dec 14 -Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) at 0810 and Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 2220 - Dec 15 - Labrador (Cyp) at 1005 - Departures - Dec 16 - Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 0130 and NACC Argonaut at 0208 both eastbound

Bronte:
Docked - Dec 16 - Mia Desgagnes at 2206

Clarkson:
Arrival - Dec 17 - Robert S Pierson at 1616 - Departures - Dec 17 - Adfines Star (Mlt) ((ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0728 back to Port Weller anchorage and Jana Desgagnes at 0813 to Hamilton

Toronto:
Anchored - Dec 17 - NACC Argonaut at eta 2105

Oshawa:
Arrival - Qikiqtaaluk W (ex Icdas 11-18) eta 2120 - Docked - Dec 12 - BBC Zarate (Atg) at 0725 - Departed - Dec 17 at 1606 westbound for Hamilton

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 18

The 425-foot Finnish tanker KIISLA ran aground while transiting the North Entrance of Buffalo Harbor on the 29th of December 1989. The ship was inbound with xylene for the Noco Product Terminal in Tonawanda when it strayed from the navigation channel due to reduced visibility from heavy snow squalls and grounded near the #1 green buoy of the Black Rock Canal. She was towed off the rocks by tugboats from Buffalo and then tied up at the Burnette Trucking Dock (formerly the Penn Dixie Dock) on the Buffalo River for Coast Guard inspection. A diver found a 47-inch by 5-inch crack below the waterline at the #1 ballast tank, with a large rock firmly wedged in the outer hull plating, but with no damage to the inner hull or cargo tanks. The ship was cleared to head back to Sarnia to off-load her cargo before repairs could be made.

In 1921, 94 vessels were laid up at Buffalo with storage grain when a winter gale struck. The 96 mile-per-hour winds swept 21 vessels ashore and damaged 29 others. Three weeks were required to restore order to the Buffalo waterfront.

Canada Steamship Lines NANTICOKE (Hull#218) was launched December 18, 1979, at Collingwood, Ontario by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd.

The tug AMERICA freed the ore carrier IRVING S. OLDS in 1956, after the OLDS grounded entering the River Raisin from Lake Erie. The OLDS stuck at a 45-degree angle to the channel, while entering for winter lay up.

Canada Steamship lines GEORGIAN BAY (Hull#149) was launched during a snowstorm on December 18, 1953, at Collingwood, Ontario by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd.

JOHN T. HUTCHINSON was laid up for the last time December 18, 1981, at Cleveland, Ohio.

On December 18, 1921, gale force winds drove the CARMI A. THOMPSON ashore at Buffalo, New York where she was laid up with grain for winter storage. She ended up wedged between the LOUIS W. HILL and the MERTON E. FARR. The THOMPSON was released on January 5, 1922, but required the replacement of 156 hull plates before her return to service.

The Goodrich Transit Co.’s ALABAMA (Hull#36) was launched in 1909, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co. Reduced to a barge in 1961.

On 18 December 1899, 115 (steel whaleback barge, 256 foot, 1,169 gross tons, built in 1891, at Superior, Wisconsin) was carrying iron ore in a storm on Lake Huron when she broke from her tow steamer well out in the lake. She went ashore five days later at Pic Island off Thunder Bay, Ontario, and broke up. Her crew was thought to be lost, but they showed up days later after a long trek through the wilderness.

On 18 December 1959, BRIDGEBUILDER X (propeller tug, 71 foot, 46 gross tons, built in 1911, at Lorain, Ohio) foundered in a storm while enroute from Sturgeon Bay to N. Fox Island on Lake Michigan. Two lives were lost. She had been built as the fish tug PITTSBURG. In 1939, she was converted to the excursion boat BIDE-A-WEE. Then she was converted to a construction tug for the building of the Mackinac Bridge and finally she was rebuilt in 1958, as a logging tug.

1909: Ice punctured the hull of the F.A. MEYER, formerly the J. EMORY OWEN, on Lake Erie while enroute from Boyne City, Michigan, to Buffalo with a cargo of lumber. The crew was rescued by the sailors aboard MAPLETON.

1915: The canaller PRINCE RUPERT, requisitioned for World War 1 service, was lost at sea enroute from Newport News, Virginia, to Trinidad with a cargo of coal. It foundered P: 34.40 N / 74.45 W.

1932: A fire in the coal bunker of the BROWN BEAVER, laid up at Toronto with a winter storage cargo of wheat, brought the Toronto Fire Department to extinguish the blaze.

1947: The tug EMERSON was Hull 5 at the Collingwood shipyard and completed in 1903. The ship stranded at Punta Sardegna, in the Maddalena Archipelago, as f) GIULIANOVA. The hull broke in two January 8, 1948, and sank.

1950: The tug SACHEM sank in Lake Erie and all 12 on board were lost. The hull was later located, upright on the bottom. It was refloated October 22, 1951, reconditioned and returned to service. The ship became c) DEREK E. in 1990.

1962: RIDGEFIELD, a Liberty ship that visited the Great Lakes in 1961 and 1962, ran aground at the east end of Grand Cayman Island in ballast on a voyage from Maracaibo, Venezuela, to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The hull was never removed and visible for years.

1968: The Canadian Coast Guard vessel GRENVILLE was trapped in an ice flow and rammed against the St. Louis Bridge along the Seaway. The crew was removed safely by stepping on to the bridge before the ship sank. It had been retrieving buoys. The hull received considerable ice damage over the winter but was refloated in June 1969, towed to Sorel and scrapped.

1975: TECUN UMAN visited the Seaway in 1969. It disappeared without a trace in heavy seas 250 miles east of Savannah, Georgia, enroute from Mobile, Alabama, to Port Cartier, Quebec, as b) IMBROS. All 22 on board were lost.

1985: FEDERAL ST. LAURENT (ii) collided with the Mercier Bridge in the Seaway with minor damage to both the ship and the structure. The vessel was scrapped at Chittagong, Bangladesh, as c) DORA in 2003.

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

 

Port Reports -  December 17

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
After arriving on Saturday and loading coal at Midwest Energy, American Integrity departed Duluth at 00:49 Sunday morning, and Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 01:17 to load at SMET. Philip R. Clarke stopped in port for fuel at 06:54, and was outbound at 09:21 for Two Harbors. Indiana Harbor was inbound at 12:55 to load iron ore pellets at CN, and the Tregurtha departed at 13:58 with coal for St. Clair. Also in port was John G. Munson, waiting out a delay at Fraser Shipyards. She is expected to depart mid-day Monday to load in Two Harbors. Duluth's final saltwater visitor of the season, Federal Rhine, left port over the weekend with a load of wheat from CHS 2. In Superior, Roger Blough spent Sunday loading ore at Burlington Northern, and was expected to depart at some point Sunday night.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Philip R. Clarke arrived Two Harbors on Dec. 16th at 11:29 for South of #2. She arrived from Duluth after going there to fuel. The Clarke then departed Two Harbors on Dec. 16th at 19:23 for Gary. Due Two Harbors on Dec. 17th are the Edwin H. Gott, that had been running checked down on Lake Superior. As of 19:20 on Dec. 16th she was heading straight north from Eagle Harbor. Also as of 19:20 on Dec. 16th the James R. Barker was anchored in Whitefish Bay due Two Harbors. Also due Two Harbors on Dec. 17th is the Joseph L. Block. As of 19:20 on Dec. 16th she was at the Soo Locks. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Dec. 17th is the Mesabi Miner. As of 19:20 on Dec. 16th she was in the passage between Manitou Island and the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday December 16th: 2:27 Algoma Niagara departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Detroit. 4:15 CSL Laurentien departed G3 downbound. 10:07 Cedarglen departed Viterra A and shifted over to Viterra B to load grain. 10:09 Baie St Paul departed Keefer Terminal and shifted over to Viterra A to load grain. 13:44 Algoma Guardian arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 18:01 Federal Katsura departed Richardson Main Terminal and shifted over to Keefer Terminal. 19:45 Federal Shimanto weighed anchor after 5 days in the harbor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Expected for Monday: Algoma Equinox, tug Anglian Lady and salties Federal Ruhr and Americaborg.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic Sunday included Algoma Sault, Herbert C. Jackson, Michipicoten, Tecumseh, Whitefish Bay and Algoma Niagara. Upbounders included Americaborg, Federal Ruhr, Algoma Equinox and, late, Presque Isle. Cuyahoga was at Algoma Steel. At 10:30 p.m., James R. Barker, Cason J. Callaway, Walter J. McCarthy and Joseph L. Block were anchored in the lee of Whitefish Point. Federal Rhine was stopped above the locks.

Lake Michigan Ports
Tanker Arsland was at Milwaukee Sunday night. Manitowoc, St. Clair and Federal Caribou were at Burns Harbor. American Century was at Indiana Harbor.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
The CSL Assiniboine arrived early Sunday morning to unload salt at the Detroit Bulk Storage dock. After finishing her unload at Zug Island, the American Spirit shifted to the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Arriving later that night was the Wilfred Sykes. She docked at AK Steel to load fines. This is her second trip to Detroit in recent months.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Dec 16 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 16 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1333 - Docked - Dec 14 - Algoma Hansa at 2244 - Dec 15 Kivalliq W (ex Sten Fjord-18, Falcon-09) at 1255

Port Colborne anchorage:
Departure - Dec 15 - tug Ronnie Murph & barge Kirby 155-03 at 1716 (to wharf 16) and eastbound - Pacific Huron (Atg) at 2057

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Dec 15 - Algoma Discovery at 1716, Thunder Bay at 2356 - Dec 16 - light tug Ocean A Gauthier at 0517 (to assist Leonard M tow into Port Weller piers) tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0854 (stopped wharf 2), Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0937, Floragracht (Nld) at 1056 and Algoma Transport eta 1910

Downbound - Dec 15 - 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 (to ADM to load) - Dec 16 - tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 0641

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Frontenac (stopping at wharf 19E (ADM elevator) - Departure - Dec 15 - tug Ronnie Murph & barge Kirby 155-03 at 2220 approx for Houston, TX on maiden delivery voyage - Dec 16 - tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 00705 (stopped at wharf 16 to unload)

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 15 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1355 from Hamilton, Blacky (Cyp) at 2020 - Dec 16 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 0130, Raba (Lbr) at 0341, Blacky (Cyp) at 1937, tug Ronnie Murph & barge Kirby 155-03 at 0807, NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 1220, Pacific Huron (Atg)(ex Seven Islands-10) a 1025, Hanse Gate (Atg)(ex CL Hanse Gate-15, Federal Matane-11) at 1736 - Departures - Dec 16 - (both for Clarkson - Adfines Star (Mlt) ((ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1600, Jana Desgagnes at 1608

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 16 - tug Ecosse with barge MM182 at 0604 - Anchored - Dec 12 - Senja (Mlt) at 1850 - Dec 13 - Greenwing (Cyp) at 1650 - Docked - Dec 13 - Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 0240, Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 0340 - Dec 14 -Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) at 0810 - Dec 14 - Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 2220 - Dec 15 - Labrador (Cyp) at 1005 from Toronto and NACC Argonaut at 2129 from Toronto - Dec 16 - Federal Baltic at 0130 (from the anchorage). Departures Dec 15 - (both eastbound) - Florence Spirit at 0039, NACC Argonaut at 0208 Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1042 to Port Weller anchorage - Dec 16 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1805 for the canal

Clarkson:
Arrivals - (back from Port Weller anchorage) - Dec 16 - Adfines Star (Mlt) ((ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1814 and Jana Desgagnes at 1836 (both back from Port Weller anchorage) - Departures - Dec 16 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 1009 for Port Weller anchorage and Robert S Pierson at 1459 eastbound

Toronto:
Dec 15 - McKeil Spirit at 2025 eastbound

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

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 17

While breaking ice off Colchester Reef, Lake Erie on 17 December 1917, the HENRY CORT (steel propeller whaleback bulk freighter, 320 foot, 2,234 gross tons, built in 1892, at W. Superior, Wis., formerly a.) PILLSBURY) was in a collision with the MIDVALE (steel propeller bulk freighter, 580 foot, 8,271 gross tons, built in 1917, at Ashtabula, Ohio). The PILLSBURY sank in thirty feet of water 4 1/2 miles from Colchester Reef. Her crew walked across the ice to the MIDVALE. The wreck was located on 24 April 1918, four miles from its original position, with seven feet of water over her and raised later that year to be repaired.

C. L. AUSTIN was launched December 17, 1910, as a.) WILLIS L. KING (Hull#79) at Ecorse, Mich., by Great Lakes Engineering Works.

With an inexperienced Taiwanese crew, boiler problems and the collapse of Lock 7's west wall in the Welland Canal, the departure of SAVIC (CLIFFS VICTORY) was delayed until December 17, 1985, when she departed Chicago, Illinois, under her own power.

Paterson’s NEW QUEDOC sank at her winter moorings at Midland, Ont., on December 17, 1961, with a load of storage grain. The sinking was caused by the automatic sea valves that were accidentally opened.

The ROGERS CITY was laid up for the last time at Calcite, Mich., on December 17, 1981.

On December 17, 1955, in heavy fog, the B.F. AFFLECK collided head-on with her fleetmate HENRY PHIPPS in the Straits of Mackinac. Both vessels were damaged but were able to sail under their own power for repairs.

In 1905, the Anchor Line steamer JUNIATA was launched at the yards of the American Shipbuilding Company in Cleveland, Ohio. The JUNIATA was the first large passenger boat built in Cleveland since the NORTH LAND and NORTH WEST. Today the JUNIATA exists as the National Historic Landmark MILWAUKEE CLIPPER in Muskegon, Mich.

On 17 December 1875, the steamboat JENNISON of Captain Ganoe's line, which ran between Grand Rapids and Grand Haven, burned at Grand Rapids. She was laid up for the winter just below the city on the Grand River. She was insured for $12,000.

1957: The Great Lakes-built LAKE HEMLOCK foundered in Long Island Sound.

1964: The former T-2 tanker GOOD HOPE, operating as a bulk carrier, ran aground in a blizzard at Ulak Island, in the Aleutians, as d) SAN PATRICK. The ship had loaded wheat and cattle feed at Vancouver for Yokohama, Japan, and all on board perished. It had been a Seaway trader in 1962.

1972: THOMAS SCHULTE began Great Lakes trading in 1957 and returned through the Seaway in 1959. It was sailing as c) CAPE SABLE when it sank with the loss of 13 lives in a gale 100 miles west of La Corunna, Spain. The vessel was enroute from Antwerp, Belgium, to Algiers, Algeria, with general cargo when it went down.

1977: STADACONA (iii) went aground after clearing the Manitoulin Island community of Little Current with a cargo of ore pellets. The ship was stuck for several days.

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

 

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.

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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).

Click here to view the Lay-Up List

 

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.

 

Server Outage

12/5 - We had a short outage overnight due to a move at our collocation facility. One of our virtual servers developed an issue that our volunteers corrected Wednesday morning. Our future redesign and upgrade should prevent this in the future.

 

‘Tis the season to post your Christmas cards

12/5 - The annual Christmas Card Gallery is now open on this site’s Information Search page. Click here to view or upload your own.

 

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.

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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.


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