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Great Lakes’ water levels aren’t doing what they are supposed to – rise in summer The Great Lakes are in a period of the year when their water levels usually rise. But all of the Great Lakes are not rising or just barely rising. This is a continued sign that for the current time, the Great Lakes water levels are receding quickly from the record high levels over the past few years. Instead of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron rising this spring and so far this early summer, the lakes have actually gone down 2.52 inches. This means Lakes Michigan…

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On June 17, 1895, the J. W. Westcott Co. inaugurated its unique mail delivery service. On 17 June 1878, the Canadian schooner JAMES SCOTT of Port Burwell capsized and sank in Lake Erie. The captain’s wife, their child and two seamen were drowned. The wooden schooner MONTEREY, which stranded on Sleeping Bear Point on Lake Michigan in early December 1890, was released on 17 June 1891. The SCOTT MISENER (Hull#11) was christened on June 17, 1951, for Colonial Steamships Ltd. She was the first vessel built at Port Weller Drydocks Ltd. Renamed b.) JOHN E. F. MISENER in 1954, she…

On 16 June 1891, Alexander McDougall himself took his brand-new whaleback steamer JOSEPH L. COLBY (steel propeller whaleback freighter, 265 foot, 1,245 gross tons, built in 1890 at West Superior, Wisconsin) down the St. Lawrence River to the sea. The double-hulled COLBY left Prescott, Ontario at 3 p.m., drawing six feet nine inches aft and five feet six inches forward and started on her wild ride through the rapids. The whaleback freighter plowed through the Galops, Iroquois, Long Sault, Coteau, Cedar, Split Rock and Cascade Rapids. She grated the bottom a number of times and had a number of…

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports, Detroit, Toledo and the Hamilton/Toronto area. Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Walter J. McCarthy Jr.…

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports, Detroit, Toledo and the Hamilton/Toronto area. Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Walter J. McCarthy Jr.…

On this day in 1967, the new $6 million Allouez taconite pellet handling facility in Superior, Wisconsin, was dedicated. The first cargo of 18,145 tons of pellets was loaded into the holds of the Hanna Mining Company freighter JOSEPH H. THOMPSON. At midnight, on Saturday, 15 June 1901, OMAR D. CONGER (wooden propeller ferry, 92 foot, 199 gross tons, built in 1882, at Port Huron, Michigan) burned at her dock on the Black River in Port Huron, Michigan. Her upper works were destroyed, but she was repaired and put back in service. She lasted until 1922, when her boiler exploded,…

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USS Cod submarine departs Cleveland for first time in 58 years Cleveland, OH – For the first time in 58 years, the USS Cod submarine has departed Cleveland under tow across Lake Erie for scheduled maintenance. At 11 a.m. Sunday, the Port Huron, MI,-based tug Manitou arrived at the USS Cod, hooked up to the 312-foot long submarine and began an 18-hour tow to Erie, PA for a drydock maintenance period. She was assisted by the Toledo-based tug John Francis. During its service, the USS Cod sank more than 12 enemy ships and was awarded seven battle stars before it…

On this day in 1985, Captain Edward Rogowski passed away. Captain Rogowski started sailing as a deckhand on the 514 foot JOHN SHERWIN in 1936. He retired in 1982 as the first captain of the largest freighter on the Great Lakes, the 1,013 foot PAUL R TREGURTHA. On this day in 1957, the Interlake Steamship Company freighter HARVEY H. BROWN, Captain Percy E. Mc Ginness, delivered the first cargo of coal to the new taconite loading port of Taconite Harbor, Minnesota. ROGER BLOUGH departed the shipyard in ballast on her maiden voyage for U.S. Steel Corp. the night of June…

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On 13 June 2003, after completing her conversion from American to Canadian registry, Lower Lakes Towing’s newly acquired MICHIPICOTEN, a.) ELTON HOYT 2ND, departed the Government dock at Sarnia, Ontario. First she went to the Shell Oil dock in Corunna, Ontario to fuel, then she departed for Marquette, Michigan to load ore for Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. On June 13, 1983, JOHN B. AIRD began its maiden voyage for Algoma Central Railway, a load of coal from Thunder Bay to Nanticoke, Ontario. IRVING S. OLDS carried a record 17,817 gross tons of iron ore on June 13,…

Welcome to the long-awaited redesign of Boatnerd.com. Our crew hopes you enjoy the new look. We’d like to thank everyone who has been on board since the site was founded in the mid-1990s, especially those who have made financial contributions over the years. We wouldn’t be here without you! As you explore the site, you

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports, Detroit, Toledo and the Hamilton/Toronto area. Please send Port Reports via this link:http://boatnerd.com/upload/ Duluth-Superior – Scott…

Work progressing on new Mark W. Barker at Bayship Photos from Thursday show the aligning the final two upper and lower modules of the stern on the 639-foot-long Mark W. Barker being built at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, WI. This is the last structural module of the aft end of the ship. The accommodation and stack will be next. The name and home port have also been welded on the stern. The Interlake Steamship Co. ‘Fingers crossed’: Here’s an update on the Erie arrival of the U.S.S. Cod Erie, PA – Caretakers of a World War II…

On 12 June 1898, SAKIE SHEPHERD (wooden propeller freighter, 100 foot, 189 gross tons, built in 1883, at Huron, Ohio) burned while at the dock in Courtright, Ontario. The fire was discovered at 1:00 a.m. and the crew just had time to escape. The schooner YOUNG AMERICA also caught fire and had damage done to her stern. The SHEPHERD was towed to Detroit where she was rebuilt and lasted until 1903, when she sank in Lake Huron. On 12 June 1900, the UNIQUE (wooden propeller, 163 foot, 381 gross tons, built in 1894, at Marine City, Michigan) was sold at…

Year-round shipping could be coming to the Twin Ports 6/11 – Duluth, MN – The sound of the lift bridge welcoming a ship to port is common in the Twin Ports during the warmer months. Now, the University of Wisconsin Superior is studying whether it could happen year-round. Deb Deluca, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority director, said this study would influence how they plan for the future. “We look to the outcomes as important in terms of our planning into the future because the results could have implications for business development, infrastructure investment, and for policy decisions,” said DeLuca. The…

Please send Port Reports via this link:http://boatnerd.com/upload/ Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports, Detroit, Toledo and the Hamilton/Toronto area. Duluth-Superior – Scott…

TASHMOO (steel side-wheel excursion steamer, 308 foot, 1,344 gross tons, built in 1900, at Wyandotte, Michigan) entered regular service for the White Star Line at Detroit, Michigan, on 11 June 1900. On 11 June 1903, HORACE H. BADGER (wooden 3-mast schooner, 129 foot, 263 gross tons, built in 1867, at Conneaut, Ohio as a 2-mast schooner, formerly KATE GILLETT) was carrying coal in a storm on Lake Erie. She was driven onto the breakwater at Cleveland, Ohio and broke up in the storm waves. The crew of seven was rescued by the Life Saving Service. This vessel had been wrecked…

On 10 June 1891, the tug AMERICAN EAGLE (wooden propeller tug, 46 gross tons, built in 1865, at Buffalo, New York) collided with the tug ALVA B (wooden propeller tug, 73 foot, 83 gross tons, built in 1890, at Buffalo, New York), which was not in motion, about 2.5 miles west of the Cleveland breakwater. The ALVA B hooked up a line and started towing the AMERICAN EAGLE in, but she sank a half-mile from the harbor entrance. On 10 June 1891, CHARLES W. WETMORE (steel propeller whaleback freighter, 265 foot, 1,399 gross tons) left the shipyard at West Superior,…

Port Reports –  June 10 Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports, Detroit, Toledo and the Hamilton/Toronto area. Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth…

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports, Detroit, Toledo and the Hamilton/Toronto area. Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Stewart J. Cort arrived…

TASHMOO (steel side-wheel excursion steamer, 308 foot, 1,344 gross tons, built in 1900, at Wyandotte, Michigan) hosted Admiral George Dewey on her inaugural trip from Cleveland, Ohio, to Detroit, Michigan, on 09 June 1900. Admiral Dewey had just returned from his conquest of the Philippines during the Spanish American War and was a national hero. TASHMOO entered regular service for the White Star Line two days later. The Lubeck, Germany-built, 305-foot Greek freighter CASTALIA of 1953 struck the north tower pier of the Mackinac Bridge at 7 p.m. on 09 June 1968, in dense fog. The bridge was not damaged…

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports, Detroit, Toledo and the Hamilton/Toronto area. Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Rt. Hon. Paul J.…

June 8 1951, CLIFFS VICTORY entered Cleveland with a load of iron ore from Marquette. The VICTORY completed the one-way trip in 37 hours – 20 hours faster than the best previous time. On 08 June 1854, J. YOUNG SCAMMON (2-mast wooden brig, built in 1845, at Chicago, Illinois) was sheltering from a storm at S. Manitou Island on Lake Michigan when she dragged her anchors, stranded and broke in three pieces. She was driven in so close to the shore that the crew was able to use a broken spar to climb to the beach. No lives lost. On…

New Captain Henry Jackman arrives at the Panama Canal 6/8 – Captain Henry Jackman (IMO 9619294), built in 2021 at the Jiangsu Yangzi-Mitsui Shipbuilding Co. shipyard in China, arrived at the Pacific anchorage of the Panama Canal on June 6 just before 8 A.M. It is expected that the Jackman will depart sometime on June 7 and then make a full transit of the Panama Canal. Launched on Christmas Day, December 25, 2020, the Captain Henry Jackman was delivered to the Algoma Central Corporation on April 5, 2021. From there, the vessel departed April 29, 2020 to begin its delivery…

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports, Detroit, Toledo and the Hamilton/Toronto area. Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Federal Katsura departed at…

1958, the largest freighter ever built on the Great Lakes slid down the ways at River Rouge, Michigan. The new freighter was christened by Mrs. Edmund Fitzgerald and named EDMUND FITZGERALD. The 729-foot FITZGERALD was owned by Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company and operated by Columbia Transportation under a 25-year bare boat charter. In 1977, tugs refused to tow the new MESABI MINER out of the harbor due to high winds. Captain William McSweeney brought the MESABI MINER out under her own power to begin her maiden trip. On 07 June 1890, EMILY P. WEED (steel propeller freighter, 300 foot, 2,362…

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports, Detroit, Toledo and the Hamilton/Toronto area. Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Indiana Harbor departed at…

British man apprehended in Port Huron after swimming across St. Clair River 6/6 – Port Huron, MI – A British man who swam across the St. Clair River was apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Thursday, June 4. Shortly after 6 p.m., first responders responded to a subject believed to be distressed in the area of the Blue Water Bridge, Port Huron Police Sgt. James Gilbert. When first responders located the man, he said he didn’t want assistance, Gilbert said. He then swam to the U.S. shore. Lt. Nick Godwin said the man was picked up in the area…

On 06 June 1891, BAY CITY (wooden propeller freighter, 152 foot, 372 gross tons, built in 1867, at Marine City, Michigan) burned to a total loss while being repaired at the foot of Rivard Street in Detroit, Michigan. She was loaded with 300,000 feet of white pine lumber at the time. Her watchman reported the fire during the night and firemen thought they had it out, but it re-ignited and the vessel burned to a total loss. This ship had previously burned 20 years before on 10 April 1871, when she was on her first trip of the season after…

Lakes iron ore trade up 11.4 percent in May Cleveland, OH – Shipments of iron ore from U.S. Great Lakes ports totaled 5.5 million tons in May, an increase of 11.4 percent compared to a year ago, but 1.9 percent below the month’s 5-year average. Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at nearly 15 million tons, an increase of 13.6 percent compared to the same point in 2020.  Iron ore shipments were also 5.4 percent above their 5-year average for five months of the year. Lake Carriers’ Association Historic Edna G Tugboat to turn 125 this summer Two Harbors,…

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day’s news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known). We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions. We are particularly looking for reporters for the St. Marys River, Southern Lake Michigan ports, Detroit, Toledo and the Hamilton/Toronto area. Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: American Mariner arrived at…

Over the winter of 1960 – 1961, CHARLES M. SCHWAB was rebuilt by joining the forward end of the original SCHWAB with the after end of the former oil tanker GULFPORT. On this date in 1961, Captain Raphael “Dewey” Marsden conducted sea trials with the vessel on Lake Erie between Lorain and Cleveland. On 05 June 1884, the wooden 3-mast 139-foot schooner GUIDING STAR, which went ashore 12 miles north of Milwaukee on 06 November 1883, was finally abandoned when all efforts to release her had failed. About two-thirds of her cargo of coal was salvaged. On 05 June 1888,…

Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Federal Champlain departed at 21:10 (CST) Wednesday night with petroleum coke. Taagborg arrived at 05:36 Thursday morning waiting to load petroleum coke after American Century. American Century departed at 08:06 with coal for St. Clair. Arthur M. Anderson departed at 13:38 with blast furnace trim for Gary. As of Thursday night, Indiana Harbor was still loading iron ore pellets at CN#6, John G. Munson was unloading at CN-Hallett #5, and Federal Katsura was anchored off Duluth waiting to load at SMET. American Mariner is expected Thursday night to unload limestone at CN-Hallett #5; she’s…

Today in Great Lakes History –  June 4 In 1955, J. L. MAUTHE established a new Great Lakes cargo record for a coal cargo delivered to an upper lakes port. She loaded 18392 tons of coal at the Toledo C&O dock. 1943, BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS, Captain Harry Ashby, delivered a record cargo of 19343.5 net tons of iron ore at Cleveland. The ore was loaded at Two Harbors, Minnesota. In 1947, the Canada Steamship Lines steamer EMPEROR, loaded with ore and bound for Ashtabula, hit the rocks off Isle Royale at 4:10 a.m. The vessel sank within minutes but the…

WWII submarine USS COD heading to Erie for repairs Erie, PA ­– For the first time since 1963, the World War II Submarine USS COD is being dry docked for repairs. The submarine will make its way from Cleveland to Donjon Shipbuilding for repairs this month. The general manager of Donjon said the USS Cod should arrive in Erie on June 14th after about an eight-hour trek from Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor. The submarine’s steel is starting to deteriorate, causing pitting — a type of corrosion from exposure to salt and fresh water. Donjon expects to work on the steel,…

New Soo Lock construction gets $480M in president’s 2022 budget Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The construction of a huge, new lock at Michigan’s Soo Locks was awarded $480 million in federal funding in President Joe Biden’s 2022 federal budget proposal. While the budget has a long way to go – and is likely to undergo many changes – before it’s approved by Congress, Biden’s proposed budget includes a large allocation for the new lock that will cost an estimated $922 million. The proposal includes about $595 million for projects within the Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District. Construction the…

On 03 June 1882, the schooner C. BELL was launched at the yard of Mason, Corning & Company in East Saginaw, Michigan. Her dimensions were 185 feet x 30 feet x 11 feet, and she cost $20,000. JOHN B. AIRD was christened in 1983, at Thunder Bay for Algoma Central Marine, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. After successfully completing her sea trials on June 3, 1951, CLIFFS VICTORY entered service for Cleveland Cliffs Steamship Co., a little under six months from the time she was purchased from the U.S.M.C. PATERSON (Hull#113) of the Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., entered service for…

Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: John G. Munson arrived at 20:09 (CST) Tuesday night to unload limestone at CN-Hallett #5; she departed at 11:52 Wednesday morning empty to load iron ore pellets in Two Harbors. Mesabi Miner departed at 14:10 with iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor. Indiana Harbor, which anchored off Duluth late morning, arrived at 14:54 to take the Miner’s place at CN#6. American Century arrived at 19:13 to load coal at SMET. As of Wednesday night, Arthur M. Anderson was loading blast furnace trim at CN-Hallett #5, Indiana Harbor was loading iron ore pellets at CN#6,…

Algoma Central will build another Equinox 2.0 Class self-unloading vessel 6/1 – St. Catharines, ON – Algoma Central Corporation has announced that it has entered into a contract with Yangzijiang Shipyard in Taicang City, China to build a new Seaway Max self-unloading vessel for its domestic dry bulk fleet. The as yet unnamed vessel will be the first of the new Equinox 2.0 Class, a design that builds on the original Equinox Class standards to achieve better fuel efficiency, improved speed at lower engine power, and enhanced deadweight capacity. The new vessel is scheduled to replace the Algoma Transport, one…

June 2, 1958, the Liberian-flagged freighter MOUNT DELPHI sank enroute to Karachi, Pakistan. She was built by the British American Shipbuilding Company at Welland, Ontario, during the final years of World War I. She had 12 different owners during her career and had been seized by Vichy interests at Casablanca, Morocco, in 1940, and then by the Italian government in 1942. On June 2 , 1893, CORSICAN (wooden schooner, 112 foot, 210 gross tons, built in 1862, at Olcott, New York) was carrying coal from Cleveland, Ohio to St. Ignace, Michigan, on a foggy night on Lake Huron. She collided…

Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: It was a very busy day for the Duluth Entry. American Integrity arrived at 02:34 (CST) Tuesday morning to first fuel then load coal at SMET. Dorothy Ann and her barge Pathfinder departed at 04:01 with iron ore pellets for Cleveland. Arthur M. Anderson arrived at 09:20 to unload
Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Duluth Entry: Interlake’s tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder arrived at 10:00 (CST) Monday morning to unload salt at CN-Hallett #5 and Envirotech-Hallett #8. Clyde S. VanEnkevort and her barge Erie Trader arrived at 10:32 to unload limestone at Graymont. As of Monday night, Federal Champlain was at CRH
IMAGE: Capt. Daniel Deady (right) and Chief Engineer Randy Steen. Roger LeLievre   The Soo Locks opened for the season just after noon on Wednesday. The first upbound passage was the tug Laura L. VanEnkevort / barge Joseph H. Thompson. Capt. Daniel Deady and Chief Engineer Randy Steen, greeted by a small group of local
5/23 - China’s Wuhu Shipyard has secured an order from Canada’s McAsphalt Marine Transportation for the construction of one 11,700 cubic meter bitumen carrier. The 450 foot vessel is designed by Sweden’s FKAB and classed by Bureau Veritas. It will be equipped with LNG/LBG propulsion systems as well as a battery power pack. The vessel will
PHOTO: JACK in 1937. Poole Collection, MHSD On 28 March 1997, the USS Great Lakes Fleet's PHILIP R. CLARKE set a record for a salt cargo on a U.S.-flag laker when she loaded 25,325 tons at Fairport, Ohio for delivery to Toledo, Ohio. The previous record was 25,320 tons carried by American Steamship's AMERICAN REPUBLIC