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Tour Boat grounds at the Soo SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – The Soo Locks tour boat LeVoyageur grounded above the locks on Monday afternoon after the water in the area dropped a foot in a short time. Passengers were safely taken aboard fleetmate Nokomis, with the local tugs Adenac III and Tammy on scene to help free the tour boat. LeVoyageur safely returned to her dock in the afternoon and divers were sent down to inspect the hull. She was back in service Tuesday morning. Study identifies Waukegan coal plant as potential flooding, contamination risk LAKE MICHIGAN – Community concerns…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen At 23:27 Sunday night, the Great Lakes Maritime Academy’s State of Michigan arrived Duluth and tied up at the DECC. This is the first visit of the year for the vessel and her cadets training aboard. Early Monday morning, Hon. James L. Oberstar was inbound the Duluth piers at 02:13 with a split load of limestone and dolomite from Stoneport and Meldrum Bay. She proceeded to CN-Hallett Dock 5 to discharge her cargo. On the other side of the now-defunct gravity chutes of CN Dock 5,…

On 21 June 1868, the D&C Line’s MORNING STAR (wooden side-wheel steamer, 243 foot, 1,075 tons, built in 1862, at Trenton, Michigan) was late in leaving her dock in Cleveland, Ohio, because she was loading some last-minute freight (iron bars and glass). As she sailed on Lake Erie to Detroit during the dark and rainy night, she collided with the heavy-laden bark COURTLAND and sank quickly, 10 miles off Lorain, Ohio. Twenty feet of the steamer’s bow had been torn off while the bark was swept into one of the paddle wheels and destroyed. The side-wheel steamer R N RICE…

Ore trade lags on Great Lakes DULUTH, MN – While shipping leaders were thankful of a diverse flow of cargoes buoying May’s shipping totals, there was no denying iron ore shipments remained off pace. Shipments of iron ore from U.S. Great Lakes ports totaled 4.4 million tons in May — a decrease of 20.4% compared to the same month a year ago, and 21.9% below the month’s five-year average, according to the Ohio-based Lake Carriers’ Association last week. It was better than April’s 40% gap, and officials seized upon the industry closing the gap. “It was good to see that…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen 6,400 sacks of quartz were inbound Duluth aboard Spliethoff’s Houtmangracht at 03:12 Sunday morning. With the assistance of the tug Missouri, the saltie tied up at Berth 2 of the Clure Public Marine Terminal to discharge her cargo, loaded in Turkey. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was finishing her load at BNSF Dock 5 around the same time, prompting the anchored Algoma Harvester to proceed inbound the Superior Entry to wait just inside the harbor at 04:00. She promptly took her place at the dock after…

1953 – The Paterson steamer SCOTIADOC sank in Lake Superior near Trowbridge Island after a collision in wind and fog with the BURLINGTON of Canada Steamship Lines. One man was lost when the starboard lifeboat was swamped after being launched. On this day in 1943, the IRVING S. OLDS departed Two Harbors with 20,543 tons of ore and the BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS departed Two Harbors with 20,386 tons of ore. It was the first time that two lakers departed the same harbor on the same day with cargos in excess of 20,000 tons. The SENATOR (steel propeller freighter, 410 foot,…

  MacArthur Lock rewatered Saturday UPDATE: The MacArthur Lock was back in service Sunday morning. SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – The MacArthur Lock, which has been out of service while crews continued winter repairs which included replacing the tainter valve machinery, was rewatered on Saturday. The lock has yet to be placed back in service, but when it is it will be a relief for shippers and tour boat operators since there have been many long delays this season with only the Poe Lock operational. Read more about tainter valves here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tainter_gate Roger LeLievre Carrying Canada Games torch to Niagara a…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Trifecta! – Joshua Hebeisen As luck would have it, Saturday, June 18 saw three favorite lakers in their namesake ports at the same time: Alpena loading cement at Alpena, Saginaw discharging stone in Saginaw, and Burns Harbor unloading ore in Burns Harbor. Thanks to Gordy Garris for noticing the unusual event. Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen The Twin Ports saw action on both sides of the harbor early Saturday morning, starting just after 02:00 when the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin came off the lake to anchor outside the Superior Entry.…

On 19 June 1889, NORTH STAR (steel propeller freighter, 299 foot, 2,476 gross tons, built in 1889, at Cleveland, Ohio) collided with CHARLES J. SHEFFIELD (steel propeller freighter, 260 foot, 1,699 gross tons, built in 1887, at Cleveland, Ohio) about sixty miles west of Whitefish Point on Lake Superior in heavy fog. The NORTH STAR kept her bow in the SHEFFIELD’s side after the impact, giving the crew time to board. The SHEFFIELD then sank in 8 minutes. Her loss was valued at $160,000. The courts found both vessels to be equally at fault after years of litigation. In 1954,…

Great Lakes shipping forecast cautiously optimistic As on the inland waterways, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, essential workers on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway kept on working. They navigated their way through new restrictions and precautions, dealt with a drought and are now hoping for a brighter 2022 season. “It’s amazing how each navigation season has its own character and its own characteristics that evolve through the year,” said Craig H. Middlebrook, administrator of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, which administers the U.S. side of the binational Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System.  “The last two…