Please send port reports to news@boatnerd.net Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Wilfred Sykes arrived at 21:21 (CST) Friday night to unload limestone at Graymont. Mesabi Miner arrived at 13:14 Saturday afternoon to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. Wilfred Sykes departed at 14:36 with sinter feed for Burns Harbor. Arneborg arrived at 20:08 to load beet pulp pellets at Gavilon. Joseph L. Block arrived at 21:00 to unload limestone at CN#6. Mesabi Miner departed at 08:43 Sunday morning with iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor. As of Sunday night, Joseph L. Block was unloading at CN#6. James R. Barker…

THOMAS WILSON left Toledo on September 28, 1987, in tow of the tug TUSKER for overseas scrapping. WILSON had been laid up since December 16, 1979. On September 28, 1980, BURNS HARBOR entered service, departing Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, bound for Superior, Wisconsin, to load pellets. On 28 September 1891, THOMAS PARSONS (2 mast wooden schooner, 135 foot, 350 tons, built in 1868, at Charlotte, New York) was carrying coal out of Ashtabula, Ohio, when she foundered in a storm a few miles off Fairport in Lake Erie. On 28 September 1849, W.G. BUCKNER (wooden schooner, 75 foot, 107 tons, built…

Please send port reports to news@boatnerd.net Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney American Mariner arrived Two Harbors at 06:06 on 9/25 after unloading stone at CN-Hallett #5 in Duluth. She departed Two Harbors at 12:54 on 9/25 for Soo, Ontario after loading at South of #2. Possibly arriving Two Harbors on 9/26 is the Edgar B. Speer. As of 16:30 on 9/25 she was entering the St. Mary’s River at Detour. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on 9/25 is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. As of 16:30 she was roughly 30 miles East of Silver Bay. Due…

September 26, 1930, the schooner OUR SON, launched in 1875, sank during a storm on Lake Michigan about 40 miles WSW of Big Sable Point. Seventy-three year old Captain Fred Nelson the crew of OUR SON were rescued by the self-unloader WILLIAM NELSON. September 26, 1937, the Canadian Seaman’s Union signed a tentative wage contract. Sailors would continue a two watch system (working 12 hours every 24 hours) and be paid the following monthly wages: Wheelsmen and Oilers – $72.50, Watchmen and firemen – $67.50, Second Cooks – $52.50, deckhands and coal passers – $50.00, porters – $45.00, Chief Cooks…

House passes National Defense Authorization Act with critical Great Lakes provisions Cleveland, OH – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Thursday, September 23rd, and included provisions which strengthen U.S. national economic security and protects shoreline communities in the Great Lakes region.  The NDAA passed the House by a landslide vote of 316 to 113. A vital component of the Fiscal Year 2022 NDAA was the inclusion of the “Great Lakes Winter Shipping Act” which would provide the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) with expanded icebreaking capabilities to keep vital shipping lanes on the Great…

Please send port reports to news@boatnerd.net Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Hon. James L. Oberstar departed at 17:10 (CST) Thursday evening empty for Marquette. American Mariner arrived at 14:29 Friday afternoon to unload limestone at CN-Hallett #5. As of Friday afternoon, American Mariner was unloading at CN-Hallett #5. Wilfred Sykes is expected Friday night to unload limestone at Graymont. American Mariner is estimated to depart early Saturday empty for Two Harbors. Mesabi Miner is expected late morning to first take a delay at Husky Fuel then load iron ore pellets at CN#6. Arneborg is expected in the evening to…

In tandem tow, MENIHEK LAKE and LEON FALK JR. arrived at Vigo, Spain, on September 25, 1985. The MENIHEK LAKE was scrapped at Vigo, and the FALK was towed to Gijn, Spain, for scrapping. HENRY C. FRICK departed Bay City on her maiden voyage on September 25, 1905 and rammed and damaged the Michigan Central Railroad Bridge at Bay City. On 25 September 1869, COMMENCEMENT (2-mast wooden schooner, 75 foot, 73 tons, built in 1853, at Holland, Michigan) was carrying wood in her hold and telegraph poles on deck from Pentwater, Michigan, for Milwaukee when she sprang a leak 20…

Burger Boat will build new ferry for Upper Peninsula’s Neebish Island Manitowoc, WI – Manitowoc shipbuilder Burger Boat Company announced it has begun work on a new vehicle and passenger ferry for the Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority (EUPTA), located in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Due to launch Summer 2022, the 92-foot steel ferry will operate year-round on the St. Marys River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula between Barbeau, Mich., and Neebish Island. The ferry was designed to operate in the harsh winter environment and through the solid ice conditions it will encounter on its route. The ferry is designed by…

Please send port reports to news@boatnerd.net Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Federal Churchill departed at 19:10 (CST) Wednesday night empty for Thunder Bay. Samuel de Champlain and Innovation arrived at 04:54 Thursday morning to unload cement at Lafarge Superior. Hon. James L. Oberstar soon after at 05:07 to unload eastern coal at C.Reiss Coal. As of Thursday evening, Hon. James L. Oberstar just finished unloading at C.Reiss Coal. Hon. James L. Oberstar is estimated to depart Thursday evening empty for Marquette. American Mariner is expected mid-afternoon to unload limestone at CN-Hallett #5. Wilfred Sykes is expected late evening to…

EDMUND FITZGERALD’s first cargo of taconite pellets was loaded September 24, 1958 at Silver Bay, Minnesota for Toledo, Ohio. The PERE MARQUETTE 22 entered service September 24, 1924. In early morning fog on the St. Clair River on September 24, 1962, the J.L. REISS was hit three glancing blows by U.S. Steel’s SEWELL AVERY. The AVERY had lost control just below Robert’s Landing and crossed the channel from the Canadian side and struck the REISS, which was proceeding slowly by radar on the U.S. side. On September 24, 1952, the CHARLES L. HUTCHINSON entered service. This vessel was renamed…