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Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen Candace Elise/Robert F. Deegan made their way through the Superior Entry at midnight Monday morning loaded with calcium chloride from Ludington. After sailing up Superior Bay and down St. Louis Bay, the pair tied up to discharge their cargo at Hallett 8. In Duluth, Edwin H. Gott made a rare arrival under the Aerial Lift Bridge at 00:34 to take a delay at Hallett 5. She is due next at BNSF 5 in Superior to load ore for Nanticoke. Paul R. Tregurtha was inbound Duluth at…

USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul arrives in Duluth DULUTH, MN – A naval ship to be commissioned by the U.S. Navy arrived in the port Monday morning. The USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul is scheduled for commissioning at 10 a.m. Saturday before it is moved to its homeport of Naval Station Mayport, Florida, where it will have a crew of 140 sailors, the News Tribune first reported in 2020. Built by Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin, the Freedom-class littoral combat ship was launched and christened June 15, 2019. Littoral combat ships are “a fast, agile, mission-focused platform designed to operate…

On 17 May 1887, WILLIAM RUDOLPH (wooden propeller “rabbit,” 145 foot, 267 gross tons. built in 1880, at Mount Clemens, Michigan) was raised from Lake St. Clair. She sank in the fall of 1886. She was towed to the Wolverine Drydock in Port Huron, Michigan where she was repaired. She lasted until 1913, when she was beached as shore protection near Racine, Wisconsin. ALTON C. DUSTIN (Hull#708) was launched May 17, 1913, at Lorain, Ohio by the American Ship Building Co. for Cleveland Steamship Co. (John Mitchell, mgr.) Renamed b.) J.A. CAMPBELL in 1915 and c.) BUCKEYE MONITOR in 1965.…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen The only traffic on either side of the harbor was Baie Comeau, departing Superior at 02:24 with Keetac for Nanticoke. USS Minneapolis-St. Paul (LCS-21) arrived western Lake Superior late morning and spent the day conducting low-speed maneuvers in the area by herself. Reports indicate that she will be inbound Duluth sometime after 08:00 Monday in preparation for her commissioning in port on Saturday.  Two Harbors, MN – Silver Bay, MN – Gary Putney Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors on Saturday at 22:59 for the Gary…

Passenger ship season starts in the Soo SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – The first of an estimated 44 dockings by passenger ships between now and October happened Sunday when the Ocean Navigator (ex-Victory II) tied up at the Valley Camp dock. The vessel locked up in the morning, turned and headed back downbound, but was delayed by traffic at the locks since there is still only one lock in service. Passengers were shuttled to the locks and local museums and were able to tour the Valley Camp freighter museum. The next passenger vessel due at the Soo will be the Ocean…

1943: W.R. WOODFORD (Hull#626) was launched May 16, 1908, at West Bay City, Michigan by West Bay City Ship Building Co. for W. A. & M.A. Hawgood. Renamed b.) N.F. LEOPOLD 1911, and c.) E. J. BLOCK in 1943. She was scrapped at Port Colborne, Ontario, arriving in 1998. On 16 May 1894, the SHENANDOAH (wooden propeller freighter, 308 foot, 2,251 gross tons) was launched by J. Davidson (Hull #60) in West Bay City, Michigan. She lasted until 1924, when she was abandoned. CANADIAN PROSPECTOR passed upbound in the Welland Canal May 16, 1979, with Labrador ore bound for Ashtabula,…

Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen As the clock flipped to Saturday, CSL’s Baie Comeau arrived off the Superior Entry and dropped anchor to wait in line for ore at BNSF 5. The first vessel traffic inside the harbor was the departure of James R. Barker; she cast off from CN 6 with UTAC pellets and cleared the Duluth piers at 05:03. The Barker will once again be heading for Indiana Harbor to discharge her cargo at Cleveland-Cliffs. Manitoulin departed Superior with Keetac product for the Soo at 08:35, and her fleetmate Michipicoten was inbound 15 minutes later…

Warship USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul locks upbound Saturday Sault Ste. Marie – The USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul was upbound at the Soo Locks around 12:30 p.m. Saturday headed to Duluth-Superior where she will be commissioned at 10 AM on May 21.  She was assisted at the locks by the Great Lakes Towing Co. tug Kentucky. USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul has no thrusters and the high sides act like a sail, although wind was not an issue Saturday.  The USS Minneapolis Saint Paul, LCS-21, is a littoral combat ship built at Marinette, Wisconsin’s Fincantieri Marinette Marine.  The ship was christened and launched into the Menominee River in…

After extensive renovation at Fraser Shipyard, the IRVIN L. CLYMER departed Superior, Wisconsin on May 15, 1981, and went to Duluth, Minnesota, to load 11,154 tons of taconite ore for Lorain, Ohio. On 15 May 1901, the GILCHRIST (Hull #603) (steel propeller freighter, 356 foot. 3,871 gross tons) was launched at the West Bay City Ship Building Co. in West Bay City, Michigan, for the Gilchrist Transportation Company of Cleveland, Ohio. She lasted until 1943, when she was sunk in a collision on Lake Superior. On May 15, 1997, the “This Day in History” feature started on this web site.…

Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen After loading Minntac pellets at CN 6, Arthur M. Anderson made her way outbound under the Aerial Lift Bridge at 10:14. The classic AAA laker is due next at the southern end of Lake Michigan to unload her cargo at U.S. Steel’s Gary Works. Taking her place at CN was James R. Barker, who arrived Duluth around 15:00 and proceeded to the shiploader to load taconite. Shortly after 20:00, Michipicoten dropped anchor outside the Superior Entry awaiting her turn at BNSF 5 to load taconite. Burns Harbor would get underway from the…

On May 14, 1959, the SHENANGO II and the HERBERT C. JACKSON both entered service. While the vessels have been fleet mates since 1967, the SHENANGO II was built by the Shenango Furnace Company. She operates today as the c.) HON. JAMES L. OBERSTAR On 14 May 1881, CITY OF ROME (wooden propeller freighter, 268 foot, 1,908 gross tons) was launched by Thomas Quayle & Sons in Cleveland, Ohio. She was the largest vessel on the Lakes when she was launched. She lasted until 1914, when she burned near Ripley, New York on Lake Erie.. On May 14, 1943, the…

‘Sure looks beautiful’: Freshly painted, SS Badger gets to work Ludington, MI – Decked in fresh paint and outfitted with several upgrades, the SS Badger made its first trip of the season to Manitowoc, Wisconsin and back on Thursday. It was an “absolutely beautiful day for a first sail,” said Shelby Soberalski, Director of Marketing and Sales for Lake Michigan Carferry. “Perfect weather. Couldn’t have asked for anything better.” On the ground in Manitowoc, speaking between honks of the Badger’s horn, Soberalski said the ride was “so much fun. … It’s been a great day.” Thursday marked the Badger’s first…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen Arthur M. Anderson arrived Duluth at 03:59 Thursday morning and proceeded down the St. Louis River to discharge limestone at C. Reiss. She is the first Great Lakes Fleet vessel to service the dock this season following a rare delivery by a VanEnkevort tug/barge earlier in the week. In Superior, CSL Assiniboine weighted anchor and was inbound at 05:26 for the vacant BNSF 5 dock to load ore. The dock had been unoccupied since around 22:00 Wednesday night, but neither the Assiniboine nor the anchored Burns…

CSL’s New Purpose-Designed Diesel-Electric Self-Unloading Ship Begins Service for Windsor Salt Montreal, QC – Earlier this week, Canada Steamship Lines’ new diesel-electric self-unloading vessel, MV Nukumi, successfully completed its inaugural loading and discharge of deicing salt for dedicated customer, Windsor Salt.  “The successful launch of Nukumi’s operations is the culmination of many years of planning with our visionary partner, Windsor Salt, to achieve the next level of safe, sustainable and efficient shipping in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Great Lakes region,” said Louis Martel, President and CEO, The CSL Group. “We are extremely proud of our vessel’s early performance, which…

Delivered May 13, 1943, THOMAS WILSON departed under the command of Captain Henry Borgen on her maiden voyage from Lorain, Ohio, bound for Duluth, Minnesota, to load iron ore. The tanker JUPITER made her maiden voyage May 13, 1976 from Smith’s Bluff, Texas loaded with lube oil bound for Marcus Hooks, Penn. She was destroyed after exploding in the Saginaw River on September 16, 1990. The tanker GEMINI (Hull#746) was launched at Orange, Texas by Levingston Ship Building Co. in 1978, for Cleveland Tankers Inc., a subsidiary of Ashland Oil. Renamed b.) ALGOSAR in 2005. On May 13, 1913, Pittsburgh…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen After American Century vacated the harbor basin and tied up at Midwest Energy to load coal following her late-night arrival on Tuesday, Hon. James L. Oberstar cast off from Hallett 5 and departed Duluth empty at 01:33 Wednesday for Marquette. American Integrity passed her in the lake and was inbound 20 minutes later, performing a spin near the Port Terminal and backing under the Blatnik Bridge to load ore at CN 6 in West Duluth. At the same time, John G. Munson made her way through…

S.S. Badger to make first Lake Michigan crossing of the season Ludington, MI – The S.S. Badger is set to make its first voyage of the season on Thursday.  The 410-foot Great Lakes car ferry will sail 60 miles from Ludington to Manitowoc, Wisconsin sporting a fresh coat of paint. It will continue to operate daily from May 12 through Oct. 16, with two crossings a day scheduled for the height of the season, from June 19 to Sept. 6.  “We’ve had a busy off season making many investments that are visible not just in the Badger’s appearance but in…

1978 – PHOTINIA ran aground off Milwaukee in rough seas and the crew was rescued. The ship was refloated but declared a total loss. It was towed to various Lake Michigan ports in the next two years and was eventually dismantled at Kewaunee, Wis., in 1981. The CABOT (Hull#649) was launched May 12, 1965, at Lauzon, Quebec by Davie Shipbuilding Ltd., for Gulf Ports Steamship Co. Ltd. (Clarke Steamship Co. Ltd., mgr.). In 1983, the CABOT’s stern was attached to the bow section of the NORTHERN VENTURE to create the CANADIAN EXPLORER. The THOMAS WALTERS, American Shipbuilding, Lorain (Hull#390) entered…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen After taking on a split load of coal, Paul R. Tregurtha departed Midwest Energy and was outbound the Duluth Ship Canal at 03:46. The Queen of the Lakes will be headed to St. Clair and Monroe to unload at DTE’s power plants before heading back north for another load. Great Republic left Duluth at 11:25 with a cargo of Minntac pellets for Gary, and classic lakers Hon. James L. Oberstar and John G. Munson were inbound at 13:58 and 14:32, respectively, to discharge limestone at Hallett…

MacArthur Lock still closed for repairs, expected to open first week of June Sault Ste. Marie – Maintenance on one of the Soo Locks has taken longer than expected. The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie has two locks: the larger Poe Lock and the smaller MacArthur Lock. It’s the smaller lock that has been delayed in opening up. It was originally planned to open mid-April. Some of the components are 80 years old and need repair. One is the powertrain. The powertrain for the fill and empty valves has gears that are over 2,000 pounds, then came issues with…

On May 11, 1953, the HENRY STEINBRENNER went down in Lake Superior near Isle Royale with 17 of her 31 crewmembers. The storm followed an unseasonably warm and humid stretch of weather in northern Minnesota for that time of year, which fueled the storm’s fast growth. The high temperature of 87 degrees set in Grand Marais, Minnesota on May 8, 1953, still stands as that town’s all-time record high for the month of May, and it is just eight degrees shy of the town’s all-time record for any month. The 144 foot, 3-mast, wooden bark JESSE HOYT was launched at…

Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen The heating up of vessel traffic after several uneventful days compensated for a somewhat colder Monday in Duluth-Superior. Whitefish Bay kicked things off by departing the Superior Entry with Hibtac from BNSF 5 at 03:58 As she proceeded outbound for Quebec City, her inbound fleetmate CSL Tadoussac performed a circle in the lake to give her room. Tadoussac would arrive shortly after at 04:21 to load Keetac pellets. Over in Duluth, Great Republic arrived at 09:40 on her first trip of the season with limestone for Hallett 5. She shifted over to…

1923 – H.A. ROCK of the Forest City Steamship Co. went aground in Georgian Bay. The vessel was taken to drydock where the plates were removed, re-rolled and put back. The ship was idle May 18 to June 1 and the cost was $13,707.60. Steamer COLUMBIA (Hull#148) was launched in 1902 by the Detroit Ship Building Co., Wyandotte, Michigan. The steamer was built for day excursions between Detroit and Bob-Lo Island. The vessel has been in lay-up since September 2, 1991 at Nicholson’s Terminal. On May 10, 1981, WILLIAM J. DELANCEY entered service for Interlake Steamship Co. She became the…

Largest cruise ship on Great Lakes will lock through the Soo May 24 Sault Ste. Marie – River-watchers in the Canadian and U.S. Saults will get their first look on Tuesday, May 24 at the biggest cruise ship on the Great Lakes.  The Viking Octantis, named after the pole star of the southern hemisphere, won’t stop here on that date, or any time in 2022. It will just quietly slip through the Soo Locks on its inaugural cruise from Milwaukee to Thunder Bay.  “The first time Viking Octantis will pass through the Soo Locks is scheduled for May 24, which is…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen Another slow day at the Twin Ports saw only two vessels in port to end the week. Grand River Navigation’s H. Lee White arrived Duluth at 03:39 to load petroleum coke at Midwest Energy; she departed for Charlevoix at 13:54. Later in the evening, Whitefish Bay of Canada Steamship Lines was inbound Superior at 17:00 and tied up at BNSF 5 to load taconite.  Two Harbors, MN – Silver Bay, MN – Gary Putney Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors on Sunday at 09:47 for Conneaut.…

Future USS Beloit christened in Marinette Marinette, WI – A celebration was held on Saturday at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard to honor a huge milestone. The newest littoral combat ship was christened, and it means a lot for some people in one Wisconsin city. “They had bus loads of individuals from Beloit coming up here,” said Steve Allen, vice president of Lockheed Martin. “It’s absolutely amazing for a smaller city to have the type of representation for the terms of the name sake for the ship.” Veterans and people from Beloit made the 3-and-a-half hour trip to Marinette to…

The JOHN J BOLAND (Hull# 417) was launched May 9, 1953 at Manitowoc, Wisconsin by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co. for the American Steamship Co. making way for the keel of the DETROIT EDISON (2) to be laid. The BOLAND was renamed b.) SAGINAW in 1999. On May 9, 1951 the CLIFFS VICTORY arrived at the South Chicago yard of the American Ship Building Co. completing her 37-day, 3,000 mile journey from Baltimore, Maryland. There her deck houses, stack, masts, deck machinery, rudder and propeller were installed and the floatation pontoons removed. The ROBERT C. NORTON (2) was laid up on May…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen Inbound for UTAC pellets, James R. Barker made her way under the Aerial Lift Bridge at 01:19 with a late-night salute as she proceeded to CN 6 in West Duluth. Dirk S. VanEnkevort/Michigan Trader departed Superior at 11:13 from BNSF 5; they will likely be headed to Toledo with Hibtac pellets. After an unusually fast load for a footer at CN, the Barker departed at 15:26 with another massive Barker Bark for onlookers at the Duluth Ship Canal. She is due next at Cleveland-Cliffs in Indiana…

Anglian Lady, PML 9000 freed from Vidal Shoals Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Purvis Marine’s barge PML 9000 and her tug Anglian Lady, had been grounded since May 4th on Vidal Shoals just west of the Soo Locks approach. The pair were freed on Friday after a portion of the barge’s cargo was offloaded onto another, smaller barge. It is not known for the reason for the grounding or whether the vessels sustained any damage. What to expect from Lake Michigan’s water levels this season The Great Lakes are just starting their seasonal rise but monitoring agencies aren’t expecting…

FRED R. WHITE JR. was christened May 8, 1979, named for Oglebay Norton’s then vice-chairman of the board. The 1,000-foot COLUMBIA STAR was christened May 8, 1981, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, for Columbia Transportation Div., Oglebay Norton Co. EDGAR B. SPEER (Hull#908) was launched May 8, 1980, at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. for Connecticut Bank & Trust Co. (U.S. Steel Corp., mgr.), after long delay because of labor strife. On May 8, 1979, the ASHLAND struck the north entry pier of the Duluth Ship Canal while outbound loaded. Thick ice blowing in from Lake Superior had interfered…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen It was another slow day at the Twin Ports, with the only substantial vessel traffic through the Duluth or Superior piers being the departure of Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader at 09:17. The pair set off from Superior with Hibtac pellets for Toledo. In a sure sign of summer to come, local tour boat Vista Star was inbound the Duluth Ship Canal after spending the winter in Washburn, Wisconsin for winter layup, a five-year inspection, and a new underside paint job. Dirk S. VanEnkevort/Michigan Trader finished…

Nominated Coast Guard commandant voices support for new ice breaker on Great Lakes Even though the Great Lakes ice-breaking season has ended, some members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation are continuing to push for funding for a new heavy icebreaker on the Great Lakes to reduce shipping delays during the winter months. During the first weeks of the shipping season last winter, more than a dozen ships were delayed by ice and gale-force winds. Some were delayed up to 60 hours in Whitefish Bay. Overall shipping traffic through the Soo Locks during the peak winter…

1965: CEDARVILLE and TOPDALSFJORD collided in fog in the Straits of Mackinac. Ten lives were lost when the former, a self-unloader in the Bradley fleet, sank. The latter, a Norwegian freighter, had been a Seaway trader since 1960. Later, on May 11, 1984, as d) JIN XIAN QUAN, it sank the SEA CARRIER, another former Seaway trader as SVANEFJELL, in the Strait of Formosa off Taishan Island. TOPDALSFJORD was last noted as e) CHANGHI and was deleted from Lloyd’s Register in 2005. ALGOPORT (Hull#217) was launched at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., May 7, 1979 for Algoma Central Railway.…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader arrived with the sun on a beautiful morning in Duluth. After making their way inbound at 06:19, the pair sailed down Superior Bay and tied up at Graymont to unload limestone. Farther south in Allouez Bay, Burns Harbor topped off with Hibtac pellets at BNSF 5 and was outbound for her namesake port at 07:53. ASC fleetmate American Century left the Midwest Energy terminal in Superior and made her way to the Duluth Ship Canal, departing with coal for DTE’s St.…

Viking Octantis cruises into Alpena for the first time Alpena, MI – Anyone walking the Maritime Heritage Trail or trying to cross the 2nd Avenue bridge on Wednesday may have noticed Alpena had hundreds of visitors. The Norwegian-owned Viking Expedition cruise ship, Octantis, anchored way out in Thunder Bay on Wednesday morning, and bright orange passenger ships called tenders brought passengers under the double-leaf lifting bridge in to dock behind the NOAA building. Groups of about 120 passengers disembarked from the vessel on each trip in, while other passengers waited to board the next tender. The Viking Octantis has been…

On May 6, 1984 the CANADIAN RANGER sailed from Port Weller on her maiden voyage to load coal at Toledo, Ohio. In 1944 the HILDA (2) and the barge MAITLAND NO.1 started the rescue operation of freighter GEORGE M. HUMPHREY (1) which sank in a collision with the D.M. CLEMSON (2) in the Straits of Mackinac. This day in 1923 the EDWIN E. SLICK was struck by the steamer J. LEONARD REPLOGLE in the ice on Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior. HARVEY D. GOULDER entered service on May 6, 1906. On May 6, 1934, ROYALTON (1) helped rescue the steamer TEN,…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen On a quieter day in the Twin Ports, either side of the harbor saw but one arrival and departure each. The action began early morning in Superior, with CSL’s Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departing for Quebec City with Hibtac pellets at 02:46. ASC’s 1,000-foot Burns Harbor was inbound the piers at 04:33 to load on her usual taconite run. In the evening, Spartan/Spartan II cleared the Duluth Ship Canal at 17:29 for Ludington before American Century arrived to load coal at 19:09. Two Harbors, MN…

Anglian Lady, barge grounds just west of Soo Locks Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Around 1am local time, the downbound Purvis Marine barge PML 9000, loaded with steel coals from Algoma Steel and pushed by the tug Anglian Lady, grounded on Vidal Shoals just west of the Soo Locks approach. Various Purvis Marine tugs were in attendance throughout the day Wednesday, however the barge remained aground Wednesday night.  It’s not every day a 665-foot cruise ship docks in Detroit: MLive went aboard Detroit, MI – A lot of people pulled their cars over in Detroit to get a glimpse…

WILLIAM CLAY FORD (Hull#300) was launched at River Rouge, Michigan, by Great Lakes Engineering Works, May 5, 1953, for the Ford Motor Co.May 5, 1904 the Crisp Point Light on Lake Superior went into service. On May 5, 1980, the SHARON, a.) ARCHERS HOPE of 1945, grounded in the Trenton Channel of the Detroit River. She was freed on May 7th and proceeded to Monroe, Michigan, and was laid up there on May 8, 1980. No repairs were made and she never sailed again. On May 5, 1914, the GEORGE F. BAKER was traveling down bound in Lake Superior in…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen Just before midnight on Monday, Walter J. McCarthy Jr. cast off from BNSF 5 with her holds full of Keetac pellets. The footer cleared the Superior piers for Conneaut at 00:31 Tuesday, passing the anchored Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin out in the lake. CSL’s veteran freighter had been waiting on the hook to load at BNSF since Sunday night; however, she would defer the newly-vacated dock to fleetmate Frontenac instead. Frontenac made her way inbound at 01:36 shortly after fellow classic Hon. James L. Oberstar…

On May 4, 1958, JOHN SHERWIN entered service. The SHERWIN has been in lay-up for over half of her life on the Great Lakes. She last sailed on November 16, 1981. On her maiden voyage May 4, 1976, ST. CLAIR departed Sturgeon Bay for Escanaba, Michigan, to load 39,803 gross tons of iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor, Indiana arriving there on May 5th. OREFAX ran aground on May 4, 1963, way off course near Manistique, Michigan. She was lightered and pulled off by the Roen Salvage Co. and made her way to Toronto, Ontario, where she discharged her cargo…

Viking Octantis stops in Port Colborne during inaugural voyage on Great Lakes Port Colborne, ON – With a science lab, a fleet of military-pro Zodiacs and two six-guest submarines and hangar on board, the Viking Octantis stopped in Port Colborne Sunday during its inaugural voyage in the Great Lakes. It is the first of two new purpose-built expedition ships from the cruise ship company Viking. It is the first of among 66 cruise ship stops in the city this season as the vessels make their return to the lakes after being away for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Editor’s Note: Following a server outage, port reports intended to be published on April 30 through May 3 are included below. Port Reports – May 3 Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen Activity in the Twin Ports began shortly after sunrise with the arrival of American Mariner at 05:50. She made her way under the Aerial Lift Bridge and over to the Superior side of the harbor to discharge limestone at Graymont. Just a few docks to the southeast, former fleetmate Walter J. McCarthy got underway from her berth at Lakehead Pipeline…

On May 3, 1959, the first large saltwater vessel to transit the new St. Lawrence Seaway arrived at Duluth. The RAMON DE LARINAGA of 1954, took the honors as the first salty, passing under Duluth’s Aerial Bridge at 1:16 p.m., followed by a salty named the HERALD of 1943, sixteen minutes later. In 1922, the PERE MARQUETTE 16, as the barge HARRIET B, collided with the steamer QUINCY A. SHAW, and sank off Two Harbors, Minnesota. On 3 May 1840, CHAMPLAIN (wooden side-wheeler, 225 tons, built in 1832, at Chippewa, Ontario) was carrying general merchandise when a storm drove her…

Watch for new Algoma vessel The Algoma Bear in 2024  St. Catharines, ON – Algoma Central Corporation has announced the name of its next Equinox-class 740-foot-long self-unloader will be The Algoma Bear, a name representing strength, stability and size. It is expected to join the Algoma fleet in 2024.  In June 2021 – Algoma Central Corporation signed a contract with China’s Yangzijiang (YZJ) Shipyard for the construction of a new Seaway-Max self-unloading vessel for its domestic dry-bulk fleet. The vessel will be the first of the new Equinox 2.0 Class. The new class vessel’s design will build on the original Equinox…

The STEWART J. CORT created a sensation as she passed Detroit/Windsor on mid-day on May 2, 1972, amid throngs of people lining both sides of the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers, whistling acknowledging salutes on her up bound maiden run. ADAM E. CORNELIUS (Hull#53) was launched at St. Clair, Michigan by Great Lakes Engineering Works on May 2, 1908. Renamed b.) DETROIT EDISON in 1948, c.) GEORGE F. RAND in 1954. Sold Canadian in 1962, renamed d.) AVONDALE. She was scrapped at Castellon, Spain, in 1979. On 2 May 1874, the steamer 8TH OHIO was chartered by Magner & Company…

EDMUND FITZGERALD collided with the Canadian steamer HOCHELAGA at the mouth of the Detroit River, May 1, 1970, suffering slight damage at hatches 18 and 19. STEWART J. CORT departed Erie on her maiden voyage at 0400 May 1, 1972. She was delayed by fog in Western Lake Erie. The steel-hulled bulk carrier SHENANGO (Hull#62) was launched on May 1, 1909, by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, Michigan. Scrapping began on the CHICAGO TRADER at Ashtabula, Ohio, on May 1, 1978. The JOHN T. HUTCHINSON (Hull#1010) was launched at Cleveland, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. on May 1, 1943.…

Today in Great Lakes History – April 30 30 April 1894 – The TRUANT (wooden propeller tug, 73 foot, 28 gross tons, built in 1889 at Toronto, Ontario) burned to a total loss near Burnt Island in Georgian Bay. The fire started under her ash pan. On 30 April 1890, the wooden dredge MUNSON and two scow barges were being towed from Kingston, Ontario, by the tug EMMA MUNSON to work on the new Bay of Quinte bridge at Rossmore, Ontario, six miles west of Kingston when the dredge started listing then suddenly tipped over and sank. No lives were…

Thunder Bay’s historic tug James Whalen has sunk  Thunder Bay, ON – The historic James Whalen tug boat at Kaministiquia River Heritage Park sunk into the river on Sunday morning.  “The tug boat has taken on water again over the period of time during the rain and the thawing in spring here and we were unable to observe any change until this time,” said Cory Halvorsen, manager of parks and open spaces.  “It looks like it took on enough water to become fully submerged and disconnect from the mounts on the dock as well.”  This is not the first time the…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen The outbound Dirk S. VanEnkevort/Michigan Trader cleared the Superior piers at 08:21 to begin what was a quieter day of vessel traffic in the Twin Ports. The pair is carrying Hibtac ore destined for Toledo. CSL Niagara arrived Superior at 10:35 to load Keetac pellets at BNSF 5, and USCGC Spar departed shortly thereafter to presumably conduct spring buoy operations. This will be her first time servicing aids to navigation on Lake Superior. Despite showing an AIS destination of Superior, Manitoulin weighed anchor around 14:30 and…

29 April 1896 – W. LE BARON JENNEY (steel tow barge, 366 foot, 3422 gross tons) was launched by F. W. Wheeler & Company (Hull #120) at West Bay City, Michigan for the Bessemer Steamship Company of Cleveland, Ohio. She went through eight owners during her career, ending with the Goderich Elevator and Transit Company, Ltd. who used her as a grain storage barge under the name K.A. Powell. She was scrapped in Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1974. On 29 April 1875, the wooden schooner CLARA BELL of Sandusky was wrecked in a gale off Leamington, Ontario. Captain William Robinson…

Kaye E. Barker aground off Muskegon At approximately 8:30 p.m. Thursday, the M/V Kaye E. Barker grounded just off the Muskegon outer breakwall as it was approaching the harbor. The vessel is loaded with approximately 25,000 net tons of stone from Port Inland, MI. When making the approach, the ship was positioned in the center of the channel and was traveling at a slow speed before the incident. The lake bottom has been surveyed, and it has been confirmed that there is sand around the vessel. No injuries have been reported. There has been no pollution or any harm to…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen Wednesday’s vessel traffic in the Twin Ports kicked off shortly after midnight with the arrival of John G. Munson. She entered the Duluth piers at 00:27 and proceeded to Hallett 5 with a cargo of limestone. Across the bay, Indiana Harbor departed Elevator M after taking a delay and was outbound the Superior Entry at 00:32 for Two Harbors. Victory/Maumee were outbound Superior at 05:31 with Keetac pellets for the Soo, and CSL Tadoussac arrived from anchorage just after the pair departed to take their place…

Nipigon Transport Ltd.’s straight deck motorship a.) LAKE WABUSH (Hull#223) by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., was christened and launched April 28, 1981. Renamed b.) CAPT HENRY JACKMAN in 1987 and converted to a self-unloader in 1996. 28 April 1856 – TONAWANDA (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 202 foot, 882 gross tons) was launched by Buell B. Jones at Buffalo, New York. On 28 April 1891, the whaleback barge 110 (steel barge, 265 foot, 1,296 gross tons) was launched by the American Steel Barge Co. in W. Superior, Wisconsin. In 1907, she went to the Atlantic Coast and lasted until she suffered…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen Following a delay at Lakehead Pipeline, Burns Harbor shifted to BNSF 5 shortly after midnight. Federal Yukina departed Duluth at 01:57 with petroleum coke for Quebec, and Paul R. Tregurtha arrived from anchorage 30 minutes later to take the Yukina’s place at Midwest Energy. Wrapping up the early-morning traffic, American Integrity departed via the Duluth Entry for Conneaut at 05:08 with Minntac pellets from CN 6. Paul R. Tregurtha made her way under the Aerial Lift Bridge with a split load of coal (and possibly petroleum…

Crews work to get fire-damaged Chi-Cheemaun ship-shape for May Owen Sound, ON – The Owen Sound Transportation Commission (OSTC) said it’s “working diligently” to have the Chi-Cheemaun ferry ready to sail on May 6, the provincial Crown agency said in a social media post.  The 111-metre (365 feet) vessel remains in Thunder Bay after fire broke out in the boiler room while the ship was in dry dock at the Heddle shipyard, March 12. Thunder Bay Fire Rescue extinguished the fire with the help of on-board crew. The OSTC said fire damage was contained to the boiler room. The agency said it does not expect any…

27 April 1889 – ROMEO (wooden propeller excursion steamer, 70 foot, 61 gross tons) was launched by F. W. Wheeler (Hull #51) at West Bay City, Michigan, for service on the Òinland route (Oden, Michigan to Cheboygan, Michigan & Bois Blanc Island) along with her sister JULIET (wooden propeller excursion steamer, 70 foot, 61 gross tons), launched the following day. The vessels had twin screws for maneuverability along the northern rivers. ROMEO lasted until 1911, when she was abandoned at Port Arthur, Texas. JULIET was converted to a steam yacht and registered at Chicago. She was abandoned in 1912. The…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen Algoma Harvester departed Superior at 04:24 with Hibtac pellets destined for Hamilton. CSL Assiniboine weighed anchor shortly after the Harvester left and arrived at 05:23 to load ore at BNSF 5. At 06:07, Burns Harbor arrived the Superior Entry for the first time this season to take a delay at Lakehead Pipeline; she is expected to shift over to BNSF on Tuesday morning to begin her usual run hauling ore from Superior to her namesake port. The first vessel traffic in Duluth on Monday was the…

Divers plug holes in the hull of museum ship USS The Sullivans Buffalo, NY – Efforts to save the WWII-era museum ship USS The Sullivans are starting to pay off, according to the salvage team. Multiple holes in the hull have been patched, and the vessel’s condition is believed to be stable.  The museum ship USS The Sullivans experienced flooding on her starboard side and took on a heavy list on April 13. A joint effort involving the U.S. Coast Guard, T&T Salvage, local first responders and the museum operator have succeeded in keeping the ship afloat and stable at its berth. The team is…

Algoma’s new straight deck bulk freighter ALGOWEST (Hull#226) of Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., was launched April 26, 1982. She was converted to a self-unloader in 1998, and renamed b.) PETER R. CRESSWELL in 2001. 26 April 1891 NORWALK (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 209 foot, 1007 gross tons) was launched by William DuLac at Mount Clemens, Michigan. At first, she was not able to get down the Clinton River to Lake St. Clair due to low water. She lasted until 1916, when she was sold to Nicaraguan buyers and was lost in the Caribbean Sea that autumn. On 26 April 1859, the…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen John D. Leitch departed at 10:15 via the Superior Entry after loading ore at BNSF 5. Her AIS indicates a destination of Quebec City; she may be carrying Keetac pellets for eventual transfer to another vessel and shipment overseas. With the dock open, Algoma Harvester weighed anchor and arrived at 11:00. Across the harbor, Algoma Mariner left Duluth at 12:20 with petroleum coke for Port-Daniel. Waiting to load the same cargo at Midwest Energy was the Federal Yukina, which had been anchored in the lake since…

                    Scrapping continues on St. Clair at Port Colborne See images in the photo gallery.                    Marine Mart in Port Huron to resume in June Port Huron, MI – A long-standing tradition, sidelined by COVID, will make a return this year in a new location. The Summer Marine Mart, formerly the St. Clair Marine Mart, will be held Saturday, June 11, at the American Legion Post #8, 1026 Sixth St., in Port Huron, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Mart features nautical items, artifacts, photos, books, artwork, models, postcards and more. See the poster in…

On April 25, 1954, CSL’s, T.R. MC LAGAN entered service. At 714 feet 6 inches, she took the title for longest vessel on the Great Lakes from the JOSEPH H. THOMPSON, beating the THOMPSON by three inches. The THOMPSON had held the honor since November 4, 1952. MC LAGAN was renamed b.) OAKGLEN in 1990, and was scrapped at Alang, India in 2004. 25 April 1890 – The Collins Bay Rafting Company’s tug ALANSON SUMNER (wooden propeller tug, 127 foot, 300 gross tons, built in 1872, at Oswego, New York) burned at Kingston, Ontario. She had $25,000 worth of wrecking…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen Presque Isle departed via the Superior Entry at 06:00 with a load of ore (likely Hibtac pellets) from BNSF 5. Due to weather conditions on the eastern end of Lake Superior, she appears to be taking a sheltered route along the southern shore on her way to Stelco’s Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke. With the dock vacated, John D. Leitch shifted from her anchorage inside the Duluth Harbor to BNSF in Superior to load ore. Anchored off the piers waiting their turn at the dock are…

1948 A collision between the HARRY L. FINDLAY and the Canadian tanker JOHN IRWIN occurred in the St. Clair River, near Recors Point on this date. The stem bar was twisted and plates set back on the American bulk carrier and these were repaired at Lorain. It later sailed as c) PAUL L. TIETJEN. The tanker saw further service as c) WHITE ROSE II, d) WHITE ROSE and e) FUEL MARKETER (ii). ONTADOC sailed from Collingwood, Ontario, on her maiden voyage on April 24, 1975, for Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to load steel for Duluth, Minnesota. She was renamed b)…

SS Badger enters federal funding program as LMC explores power conversion Ludington, MI – The SS Badger was recently accepted into a federal funding program, opening the carferry up for grant opportunities and designating its route to Manitowoc as a shortcut on a marine highway. The carferry was enrolled in the America’s Marine Highway Program, which promotes traffic on waterways to support maritime jobs and relieve congestion on land. Being enrolled in the program, funded last month for $25 million, makes the Badger eligible for grants that could pay for a variety of projects. Past grants have been spent on…

Canada Steamship Lines’ FORT YORK was commissioned April 23, 1958. 23 April 1907 – The SEARCHLIGHT (wooden propeller fish tug, 40 foot, built in 1899, at Saginaw, Michigan) capsized and sank while returning to Harbor Beach, Michigan, with a load of fish. The vessel had been purchased by Captain Walter Brown and his son from the Robert Beutel Fish Company of Toledo, Ohio, just ten days before. The sale agreement stated that the tug was to be paid for with fish, not cash. All six crew members drowned. On 23 April 1883, STEPHEN S. BATES (wooden schooner, 97 foot, 139…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth, MN – Superior, WI – Joshua Hebeisen Presque Isle arrived Duluth unexpectedly at 22:55 Thursday night to take a delay at Clure Public Marine Terminal Berth 1. She shifted over to BNSF 5 in Superior early morning and is currently loading ore at that dock. After a fast load at CN 6, James R. Barker was outbound Duluth at 05:40 Friday headed to Indiana Harbor with what are likely UTAC pellets. H. Lee White arrived 45 minutes later to fuel at Calumet before proceeding to General Mills Superior for wheat, though the loading…

Former fire chief becomes next general manager of Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours  Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Former city fire chief Scott LaBonte is now preparing to lead the next generation of boat tours in the Soo Locks. LaBonte is now the general manager in training of Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours, a private lock tour company that has been operating in Sault Ste. Marie for decades. The current general manager Richard Brawley plans on retiring at the end of the 2022 season, but before he leaves he’ll be around to help train LaBonte and prepare him to run…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Joshua Hebeisen Following a schedule swap with her sister Mesabi Miner, James R. Barker arrived Duluth at 16:33 for a load of ore at CN 6. The Miner will now cover the Barker’s original orders at Two Harbors. This evening, American Mariner and Ocean Castle both departed under the Aerial Lift Bridge with wheat; the Mariner left at 18:38 with an unlisted destination (likely Buffalo), while the Ocean Castle cleared the piers at 19:47 bound for Montreal and eventually a port overseas. The two vessels had been loading at Gavilon Grain in…

22 April 1873 – ST. JOSEPH (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 150 feet, 473 gross tons, built in 18,67 at Buffalo, New York) was sold by the Goodrich Transportation Company to Charles Chamberlain and others of Detroit, Michigan, for $30,000. On 22 April 1872, Capt. L. R. Boynton brought the wooden propeller WENONA into Thunder Bay to unload passengers and freight at Alpena, Michigan. The 15-inch-thick ice stopped him a mile from the harbor. The passengers got off and walked across the ice to town. Later, because of the novelty of it, a couple hundred people from Alpena walked out…

Thunder Bay port greets Resko, first saltie of the season The Port of Thunder Bay has opened to international shipping with the arrival of the first ocean-going vessel to port during the 2022 navigation season. M/V Blacky crossed the Thunder Bay breakwall at 0825 Monday, April 18, 2022. Blacky is currently loading Western Canadian wheat and oats at Richardson International’s main elevator and will sail for Puerto Rico on Wednesday. Blacky Captain Oleg Gerasymchuk and Chief Engineer Igor Matsala were recognized in the Top Hat Ceremony at the Richardson elevator.  Port Authority Board Director Pat Bushby presented the Top Hat.…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Joshua Hebeisen Things are quieting down in the Twin Ports after the weekend’s weather-induced influx of vessel activity. Paul R. Tregurtha was the only vessel through the Duluth Entry on Wednesday, departing at 10:15 after loading coal at Midwest Energy in Superior. The cargo is a split load for DTE’s St. Clair facility and the Consumers Energy Karn Plant near Bay City. Frontenac was similarly the only traffic through Superior, departing at 4:04 from BNSF 5 with a load of Keetac pellets destined for Stelco’s Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke. John D.…

Interstate Steamship’s a.) WILLIS L. KING (Hull#79) by the Great Lakes Engineering Works, departed on her maiden voyage with a load of coal from Toledo, Ohio on April 21, 1911, bound for Superior, Wisconsin. Renamed b) C. L. AUSTIN in 1952 and was scrapped at Ashtabula, Ohio, in 1985. 21 April 1907 Peter West, a fireman on the JOHN C. GAULT (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 218 foot, 519 gross tons, built in 1881, at Buffalo, New York, converted to a bulk freighter in 1906, at Detroit, Michigan) fell overboard and drowned in Lake Huron. The news was reported to Capt.…

Cruise ship Viking Octantis on her way to the lakes The first cruise ship of the year will most likely transit the Seaway on April 27. This is the Viking Octantis from the shipowner Viking Cruises. Built last year in Tulcea, Romania. Length 205m. Width 23.50m. Gross tonnage 30.114 t. In Quebec City, it will be the first of the year to call at this port on April 26, from where it will leave late the same day for Toronto and Milwaukee. This is to be confirmed. She is currently on her way to Chatlottetown from New York City. Photo…

Port Reports  Good news! A volunteer has stepped forward to offer his services. Port reporters should continue to send their reports to [email protected] THANK YOU! Silver Bay, MN – Gary A. Putney Due Silver Bay on 04/20 is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/ErieTrader. This should be the first ore shipment of the season out of Silver Bay. Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey American Courage was inbound early Tuesday morning, going up the Saginaw River to the Burroughs/Levy dock in Zilwaukee to unload. This was the first time since August 16, 2015 that American Courage traveled through Bay City to an upper…

The Bailiff Smith boarded the little tug IDA SEARNS at Port Rowan, Ontario with orders to seize the vessel. However, the skipper, Captain Tregent, weighed anchor and gave the bailiff the opportunity of a free ride to Detroit. Bailiff Smith had been on such an excursion once before and hastily jumped onto the dock. The tug quickly steamed out of the harbor. On 20 April 1851, the COMET (wooden side-wheel steamer, 174 foot, 337 gross tons, built in 1848, at Portsmouth [Kingston], Ontario) had her boiler explode as she was departing Oswego, New York. Eight crew members were killed. The…

This is the last Port Report due to the resignation of the volunteer who was compiling the information and photos from our dedicated port reporters. This is a huge nightly time commitment, and we would like to think him for his efforts. And thank you to all the reporters who sent in observations from their ports. Don’t forget you can always track real-time vessel movements at https://ais.boatnerd.com/. Thunder Bay, ON Monday; 8:03 Blacky, the first salty of the season, arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 10:57 Whitefish Bay arrived from Duluth Superior and went to anchor…

19 April 1884 – The KASOTA (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 246 foot, 1660 gross tons, built in 1884 at Cleveland, Ohio) was launched by Thomas Quayles & Sons at Cleveland, Ohio for Capt. Thomas Wilson of Cleveland, Ohio. The hull was painted green with white bulwarks and upper works. On 19 April 1956, the newly-converted cement carrier E.M. FORD had her steering equipment break when she was abeam of Harsens Island on the St. Clair River. She plowed head-on into the down bound freighter A.M. BYERS which was loaded with dolomite for Buffalo, New York. The BYERS sank in just…

Operation Taconite comes to a close Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Commander, Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie has concluded its domestic ice breaking operation, also known as Operation Taconite. With the ice throughout the Western Great Lakes nearly melted, ice breaking in support of commercial navigation is no longer required. The Great Lakes ice cover peaked on February 26 at 56%. Lake Superior was 80% ice covered on March 15th. In the 108 days of the 2022 domestic icebreaking season, 11 ice breakers (9 US, 2 Canadian) combined to deliver 2,046 hours of icebreaking assistance to the benefit of…

PATERSON (Hull#231) was launched April 18, 1985, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd. She was the last straight deck bulk freighter built on the Lakes and was built to the maximum size permitted to lock through the Seaway. Renamed b.) PINEGLEN in 2002. 18 April 1907 – At least 20 freighters were anchored at De Tour, Michigan, waiting for the frozen St. Marys River to break up. The vessels found their provisions running low after waiting for about a week and they bought everything edible in De Tour. The U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender ASPEN (steel propeller tender, 117 foot, 277 gross tons,…

17 April 1871 – The wooden brig ST. JOSEPH was carrying lumber from Ludington, Michigan, to Chicago, Illinois. Her hold was filled and lumber was stacked on deck so she was indeed overloaded. A gale developed and the deck load shifted, then was lost. ST. JOSEPH became waterlogged in mid-lake. Her crew remained with her until 19 April when the propeller ST. LEWIS found them 35 miles southwest of Pentwater, Michigan, and took them there. The tug ALDRICH towed the waterlogged brig in for repairs. The first vessels through the Straits of Mackinac for the 1870 season were the CITY…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: James R. Barker departed at 14:17 (CST) Friday afternoon with iron ore pellets for Toledo. Mesabi Miner departed at 21:42 Friday night with low sulfur coal for St. Clair. As of Friday night, no vessels were in port on the Duluth side. Since winds have calmed down, a massive flotilla of vessels are approaching the Twin Ports. Burns Harbor is expected Saturday afternoon to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. Kaye E. Barker is expected around the same time, but to unload limestone at CN-Hallett #5. Arthur M.…

16 April 1907 – In a blinding snowstorm, the LOUIS PAHLOW (wooden propeller package freighter, 155 foot, 366 gross tons, built in 1882, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin) was towing the DELTA (wooden schooner, 134 foot, 269 gross tons, built in 1890, at Algonac, Michigan) on Lake Michigan. She went off course and ran onto the rocks at the Clay Banks, six miles south of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The DELTA made it to anchorage before she also grounded. The Lifesaving Service rescued both crews. Both vessels were eventually freed, repaired and put back in service. On 16 April 1872, the THOMAS W.…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: No traffic has taken place since the last report. As of Thursday night, James R. Barker was still at CN#6 either loading or waiting for weather to improve. James R. Barker has an unknown departure estimate. Mesabi Miner is expected early Friday morning to fuel then load low sulfur coal at SMET. American Century, due for low sulfur coal at SMET, is anchored off the Keweenaw. Arthur M. Anderson, due for iron ore pellets at CN, and Kaye E. Barker, due with limestone for CN-Hallett #5, are both…

  Great Lakes iron ore trade down in March Cleveland, OH – Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 579,217 tons in March, a decrease of 54.9 percent compared to 2021. Loadings also trailed the month’s 5-year average by nearly 60 percent. Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 2.4 million tons, a decrease of 37.5 percent compared to last year. Iron ore shipments are 31.8 percent below their 5-year average for the first three months of the year. Since 1880, Lake Carriers’ has represented the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet, which today can move more than 90 million tons…

15 April 15, 1955, American Steamship’s steamer DETROIT EDISON entered service, departing Manitowoc, Wisconsin, for Port Inland, Michigan, on her maiden trip. 15 April 1907 – The Rutland Line’s OGDENSBURG (steel propeller package freighter, 242-foot, 2329 gross tons, built in 1906, at Cleveland, Ohio) was carrying 50,000 bushels of corn, a big consignment of flour and general merchandise from Chicago to Ogdensburg when she stranded on Point aux Barques on Lake Huron in a storm. Although she was leaking in her forward compartment, she was freed after some cargo was jettisoned. 15 April 1907 – The Welland Canal opened for…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Resko arrived at 18:34 (CST) to load wheat at Gavilon Grain. As of Wednesday night, James R. Barker was still loading or waiting at CN. James R. Barker is estimated to depart sometime Thursday afternoon as weather conditions improve on Lake Superior. Mesabi Miner and American Century are both due to load low sulfur coal at SMET sometime on Friday. Kaye E. Barker is expected sometime Friday as well, but to unload limestone at CN-Hallett #5.  Superior Entry: No traffic has taken place since the last report due…

McKeil Marine expands its bulker fleet with purchase of M/V Da Shen Burlington, ON – With the 2022-23 navigation season underway, marine services provider McKeil Marine has announced the expansion of its fleet following the purchase of the M/V Da Shen (IMO 9167681). This unique shallow-draft, self-discharging vessel, built in 1998 at Shin Kurushima Hiroshima Dockyard, Japan, will complement McKeil’s bulker fleet and further enhance the broad range of services which McKeil offers within its niche markets. M/V Da Shen (formerly Asia Cement No 7) has four cargo holds and measures 155 metres by 22 metres, with a deadweight…

14 April 1968 the GEORGE A. SLOAN (steel propeller bulk freighter, 603 foot, 9057 gross tons, built in 1943, at River Rouge, Michigan) was the first commercial vessel through the Soo Locks. The SLOAN received Sault Ste. Marie’s official tri-centennial flag to fly all season. The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce in turn received the Pittsburgh Fleet flag, and it flew below the United States flag on the flagpole on top of the Ojibway Motor Hotel all season. On 14 April 1872, the MESSENGER (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 150 foot, 444 gross tons, built in 1866, at Cleveland,…

Season’s first saltie scheduled to arrive Wednesday Duluth, MN –The first oceangoing vessel of the 2022 maritime shipping season is scheduled to arrive Wednesday morning in the Port of Duluth-Superior. Resko, a 624-foot bulk carrier from the Polsteam fleet, will earn 2022 First Ship honors, completing the season’s first full transit of the St. Lawrence Seaway en route to the Great Lakes’ westernmost port. By tradition, this first full transit marks the annual opening of the Duluth-Superior Harbor, although the interlake navigation season began with the Soo Locks’ opening on March 25. Upon arrival through the Duluth Ship Canal and…

1956 Winds and ice pushed the ore laden GEORGE M. HUMPHREY on a shoal in Whitefish Bay en route from Superior to Zug Island. The vessel was salvaged and taken to Lorain for repairs. 13 April 1872 – The schooners MARY TAYLOR and ANTELOPE wooden were racing to Oswego, New York, trying to beat a large block of drifting ice. The ice won and blocked the harbor entrance. The ANTELOPE became icebound about a quarter of a mile from the piers and remained there for one day. The MARY TAYLOR got within 500 feet of the pier and remained there…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 07:03 (CST) Monday morning to fuel then load low sulfur coal at SMET. Dirk S. VanEnkevort and Michigan Trader arrived at 09:01 after failing to break through ice at the Superior entry; they took the Superior front channel down to BNSF for iron ore. Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 21:15 Monday night with low sulfur coal for St. Clair. As of late Monday night, no vessels were in port on the Duluth side. James R. Barker is expected Tuesday afternoon to load iron…

Marine Mart in Port Huron to resume in June Port Huron, MI – A long-standing tradition, sidelined by COVID, will make a return this year in a new location. The Summer Marine Mart, formerly the St. Clair Marine Mart, will be held Saturday, June 11, at the American Legion Post #8, 1026 Sixth St., in Port Huron, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Mart features nautical items, artifacts, photos, books, artwork, models, postcards and more. See the poster in the image gallery below. World Ship Society casualties, demolitions Vessels with Great Lakes / Seaway connections reported as a casualty…

On 12 April 1896, PETER DALTON (propeller tug, 63 foot 49 gross tons, built in 1880, at Grand Haven, Michigan) caught fire off Grosse Pointe, Illinois, while returning to Chicago with the salvaged schooner A.J. DEWEY in tow and the boiler of the JOHNSON. The fire burned her in two before she finally sank. The DALTON’s crew and the DEWEY were rescued by the tug WELCOME. On 12 April 1874, the tug D.N. RUNNELS was launched Runnel’s yard at the north end of the 7th Street Bridge in Port Huron, Michigan. As the tug splashed into the Black River, the…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Spruceglen departed at 14:12 (CST) Sunday afternoon with iron ore pellets most likely for Quebec City. As of Sunday night, no vessels were in port on the Duluth side. Paul R. Tregurtha is expected Monday morning to fuel then load low sulfur coal at SMET.  Superior Entry: No vessel traffic has taken place since the last report. As of Sunday night, no vessels were in port on the Superior side. Dirk S. VanEnkevort and Michigan Trader are expected Monday morning to load iron ore pellets at BNSF. Thunder…

Pittsburgh Steamship Co.’s steamer ENDERS M. VOORHEES (Hull#288), of the Great Lakes Engineering Works, was launched on April 11, 1942. She was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey in 1989. In 2015, 18 vessels that had been stuck in 35 square miles of crushed ice up to eight feet thick on Eastern Lake Superior were moving again with the Wednesday arrival of the heavy Canadian icebreaker Pierre Radisson. 11 April 1890 – CHENANGO (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 176 foot, 696 gross tons, built in 1887, at Detroit, Michigan) was carrying 40,000 bushels of wheat from Toledo, Ohio, to Buffalo, New York,…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Spruceglen arrived at 07:50 (CST) Saturday morning to load iron ore at CN#6. As of Saturday night, Spruceglen was loading at CN. Spruceglen is estimated to depart Sunday morning with iron ore pellets. Paul R. Tregurtha is expected Sunday evening to fuel then load low sulfur coal at SMET. Superior Entry: Baie Comeau departed at 09:39 (CST) Saturday morning with iron ore pellets for Quebec City. Michipicoten arrived at 17:53 to load iron ore pellets at BNSF; they departed at 22:52 with iron ore for Sault Ste. Marie.…

The tanker TEXACO CHIEF (Hull#193), was christened April 10, 1969. She was renamed b.) A G FARQUHARSON in 1986 and c.) ALGONOVA in 1998. She was sold Panamanian in 2007 and renamed PACIFICO TRADER. 10 April 1868 The ALPENA (wooden side-wheel passenger-package freight steamer, 653 tons, built in 1867, at Marine City, Michigan) was purchased by Capt. A. E. Goodrich from Gardner, Ward & Gardner for $80,000. On 10 April 1861, UNION (wooden propeller, 170 foot, 465 tons) was launched and christened at the Bates yard in Manitowoc, Wisconsin for the Goodrich Line. She cost $19,000. The engines, machinery and…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Arthur M. Anderson departed at 23:47 (CST) Thursday night with iron ore pellets for Gary. As of Friday evening, Spruceglen was anchored off Duluth waiting to load at CN#6. Spruceglen is expected Saturday morning to load at CN. Superior Entry: CSL Tadoussac departed at 09:09 (CST) Friday morning with an ice-breaking assist from USCG Hollyhock while loaded with iron ore pellets for Nanticoke. Baie Comeau arrived at 11:10 to load at BNSF. As of Friday night, Baie Comeau was loading at BNSF; they are estimated to depart Saturday…

The Wilson Marine Transit Co., Cleveland purchased the b.) FINLAND, a.) HARRY COULBY (Hull#163) of the Detroit Ship Building Co., on April 9, 1957, and resold her the same day to the Republic Steel Corp., Cleveland with Wilson Marine acting as manager. Renamed c.) PETER ROBERTSON in 1969 and d.) MARINSAL in 1975. 09 April 1890 – W.H. SAWYER (wooden propeller freighter, 201 foot, 746 gross tons) was launched by F. W. Wheeler (Hull #66) at West Bay City, Michigan. She lasted until 1928, when she sank off Harbor Beach, Michigan. On 09 April 1868, SEABIRD (wooden side-wheel steamer, 638…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Presque Isle arrived at 23:15 (CST) Wednesday night to take a delay at Port Terminal. John G. Munson departed at 07:23 Thursday morning with iron ore pellets for Conneaut. American Century departed at 07:59 with low sulfur coal for St. Clair. Presque Isle departed at 08:12 to load iron ore at Two Harbors. Finally, Arthur M. Anderson arrived at 09:00 to load iron ore at CN#6. As of Thursday evening, Arthur M. Anderson was loading at CN#6. Arthur M. Anderson is estimated to depart Thursday night with iron…

Viking Octantis cruise ship already ‘sold out’ for several of its initial visits to Thunder Bay Thunder Bay, ON –  More than two years since the return of cruise ships to Thunder Bay was first announced, Paul Pepe says preparations are going well. Near the end of May, Viking Octantis, the first cruise ship to visit Thunder Bay in nine years, is due to arrive with 378 passengers. It’s one of the largest passenger ships ever seen on the Great Lakes. Pepe – manager of tourism for the City of Thunder Bay – said several of the initial voyages are…

08 April 1871, NAVARINO (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 184 foot, 761 tons, built in 1871, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) entered service for the Goodrich Transportation Company. She only lasted until 09 October 1871, since she burned in the Great Chicago Fire. BAY CITY (wooden propeller steam barge, 152 foot, 262 gross tons, built in 1867, at Newport [Marine City], Michigan) had just been rebuilt at Bay City and then refitted at Fitzgerald & Leighton’s yard in Port Huron, Michigan. On 08 April 1871, (some sources give the date as 10 April 1871), on her first trip out from the shipyard,…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: American Century arrived at 15:49 (CST) Wednesday afternoon to load low sulfur coal at SMET after USCG Hollyhock broke a path through built up ice near the canal. John G. Muson arrived at 16:24, having switched orders from loading iron ore pellets at CN in Two Harbors to Duluth. As of Wednesday night, John G. Munson was loading at CN#6. American Century is estimated to depart early Thursday morning with low sulfur coal. John G. Munson is estimated to depart early Thursday as well, but with iron ore…

JAMES LAUGHLIN (Hull#16) of the Great Lakes Engineering Works was launched April 7, 1906, for the Interstate Steamship Co., Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. Later renamed b.) HELEN EVANS, she was scrapped at Cartagena, Columbia, in 1983. On April 7, 1997, LEE A. TREGURTHA suffered an 18-foot hull fracture in her port bow near the bowthruster tunnel while downbound in the upper St. Marys River due to heavy ice. She proceeded to the De Tour Coal Dock, where repairs were made overnight and she continued on her trip on April 8, 1997. On 07 April 1906, the Goodrich Transportation Company,…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Oakglen departed at 04:22 (CST) Tuesday morning with iron ore pellets for Quebec City. As of Tuesday night, no vessels were in port on the Duluth side. American Century is expected early Wednesday to load low sulfur coal at SMET.  Superior Entry: CSL Laurentien arrived at 12:17 Tuesday afternoon to load iron ore pellets at BNSF. As of Tuesday night, CSL Laurentien was loading at BNSF while Atlantic Huron sat at anchor outside Superior. CSL Laurentien is estimated to depart Wednesday morning, and Atlantic Huron is expected to…

Ojibway marks her 70th anniversary year by arriving at scrap dock  Port Colborne, ON – At 1017 Tuesday, Ojibway advised Seaway Welland they were secured at Wharf 17 and that the vessel will be turned over to Marine Recycling Corp. for scrapping on Saturday morning. Coast Guard assists Mackinac Island ferry that lost steering in Straits Mackinaw City, MI – The Coast Guard and others responded tonight in the Straits of Mackinac after a Mackinac Island ferry with 144 passengers and four crewmembers aboard lost steering while on its way from the island. The Star Line ferry Huron lost…

1979: A violent spring storm found LABRADOC (ii) on Lake Erie where the cargo shifted and the vessel took on a precarious list. All on board were removed fearing the ship would roll over and sink. But it survived and was towed to safety eventually undergoing repairs at Port Weller Dry Docks. The vessel left Great Lakes service in 1988 and operated on deep sea runs as b) FALCON CREST until scrapping at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, in 1994. The a.) LOUIS R. DAVIDSON (Hull#95) of the Great Lakes Engineering Works was launched April 6, 1912, for the American Steamship Co.…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Atlantic Huron arrived at 10:11 (CST) Monday morning to unload salt at Envirotech-Hallett #8. She departed at 22:56 empty to anchor outside Superior, waiting to load iron ore pellets at BNSF. As of Monday night, Oakglen was still loading at CN#6. Oakglen is estimated to depart early Tuesday with iron ore pellets. American Century is expected early Wednesday morning to load low sulfur coal at SMET.  Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney Presque Isle on 04/04/22 is North of Harbor Beach heading for Two Harbors. She should…

Introducing: The Mark W. Barker Sturgeon Bay, WI – Scheduled to launch its working life later this year, the Mark W. Barker will enter sea trials soon this spring. It’s the first Great Lakes ship to be built by an American company since 1983, which marked the end of a lengthy boom time that included the arrival of the immense 1,000-footers. Duluth News Tribune reporter Brady Slater, photographer Steve Kuchera and digital producer Samantha Erkkila visited Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding on Lake Michigan’s Sturgeon Bay to tour the new vessel and see what makes it different from a standard bulk-cargo…

On 05 April 1890, INDIANA (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 220 foot, 1,178 gross tons) was launched by Burger and Burger at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, for the Goodrich Transportation Company. The total cost of the vessel was $135,000. On April 5, 1984, the joined sections of the HILDA MARJANNE and CHIMO emerged from Port Weller Dry Dock Ltd., as the b.) CANADIAN RANGER. Sea trials for Canada Steamship Lines new bulk freighter, PRAIRIE HARVEST (Hull#227) of Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., were complete on April 5, 1984. She operates on the Lakes today as the self-unloader d.) ATLANTIC HURON. The a.) LUZON (Hull#54)…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 06:59 (CST) Sunday morning with the Twin Ports’ first 2022 shipment of low sulfur coal for St. Clair. James R. Barker departed at 19:33 with iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor; Oakglen arrived from anchor at 19:57 to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. As of Sunday night, Oakglen was loading at CN. Atlantic Huron is expected Monday morning to unload salt at Envirotech-Hallett #8. Oakglen is estimated to depart Monday evening with her load of iron ore. Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary…

Ojibway sails on her final trip The classic laker Ojibway, left its berth in Sorel, QC, Saturday morning headed to Port Colborne where she’ll end her career. According to Seaway guestimates, her second last stop will be Lock 8 on Tuesday at 7:29 a.m. This year marks the 70th anniversary of her launch at Bay City, MI. 800 gallons of paint make Lake Michigan car ferry look like new Ludington, MI – After sandblasting and 800 gallons of paint, the 69-year-old S.S. Badger looks like new again. The exterior of the moving historic landmark has been restored to its…

The harbor tug and fire boat EDNA G was launched April 4, 1896, by the Cleveland Ship Building Co., as (Hull#25), for the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railroad Co. 04 April 1903: The first steamer to pass upbound through the Straits of Mackinac was the LUZON (steel propeller bulk freighter, 353 foot 3,582 gross tons, built in 1902 at Chicago, Illinois). She was heavily coated with ice, even to the top of the pilothouse due to fighting a gale on Lake Huron. On 04 April 1908, ALEXIS W. THOMPSON (steel propeller bulk freighter, 504 foot, 6,437 gross tons) was…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney As of 17:00 on 04/02 the Edgar B. Speer was northwest of Sand Island heading for Two Harbors and the Edwin H.Gott was East of Outer Island for Two Harbors. At 19:00 the John G. Munson was West of Detour heading for Gary after she was heading for Gary. Thunder Bay, ON Saturday; 9:38 Algoma Conveyor arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. 12:11 USCG Neah Bay arrived at Keefer Terminal. Northern Lake Michigan Charlevoix: Friday; 16:13 Bradshaw Mckee / St Marys Conquest arrived to load…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Arthur M. Anderson departed Duluth at 10:55 (CST) Thursday morning with iron ore pellets for Gary. American Mariner departed at 17:32 Friday evening with wheat for Buffalo. As of Friday night, James R. Barker and Paul R. Tregurtha were both at Port Terminal readying for operations the following day. Both vessels are expected to move to loading docks (CN#6 and SMET) mid-day Saturday. Paul R. Tregurtha is estimated to depart Saturday night with coal.  Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors at 12:30:18…

Ojibway will make trip to scrapyard under her own power Confirming what has been rumored since late last fall, the 1953-built Ojibway will be scrapped. She will sail under how own power from winter quarters at Sorel, QC, and is expected to arrive at the Marine Recycling Corp. scrapyard April 5. The information comes from the Facebook page of MRC owner Wayne Elliott. Built by the Defoe Shipbuilding Company in Bay City, MI, in 1952 as Charles L. Hutchinson for the Pioneer Steamship Co., ownership passed to the Ford Motor Co. in 1963, where she was renamed Ernest R.…

On April 2, 1951, CLIFFS VICTORY was towed, bound for New Orleans, Louisiana, with her deck houses, stack, propeller, rudder and above deck fittings stored on or below her spar deck for bridge clearance. She was outfitted with two 120-foot pontoons, which were built at the Baltimore yard, that were attached to her hull at the stern to reduce her draft to eight feet for passage in the shallow sections of the river/canal system. A total of 60 ore boats departed Cleveland between March 31 and April 2 to start the 1948 shipping season. On 02 April 1900, the JOHN…

Miss Tregurtha to get magical musical horns Superiority, WI – The reigning Queen of the Lakes, Miss Paulette R. Tregurtha, will be retrofitted with new horns before fitting out this spring. They have been crafted by the same purveyors of fine maritime accoutrements responsible for the “When You Wish Upon a Star” horns for the world-famous Disney Cruise Line. Sources say the new horns will play out the first line of “God Save the Queen,” although the Jones Act requires the song be referred to as “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” Contacts at Outerlake Shipping say that the horns…

CSL’s new Nukumi arrives in Canada Halifax, NS – CSL’s new diesel-electric self-unloading ship arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on March 27, 2022, fresh from her maiden voyage. Purpose-built for Windsor Salt, Nukumi will begin servicing the Mines Seleine salt mine in late April. The ship is Canada’s first diesel-electric laker and the first single point loader to operate in Canada. CSL Twin Ports roll out snowy welcome mat for Spar Duluth, MN – The latest U.S. Coast Guard vessel to call the Twin Ports home emerged Wednesday through the shipping canal and into a snow globe on Park Point.…

On 01 April 1887, W. T. Botsford & Company of Port Huron, Michigan bought the COLORADO (wooden propeller package freighter, 254 foot, 1,470 gross tons, built in 1867, at Buffalo, New York). She was added to their two other vessels: DEAN RICHMOND and ROANOKE. STEWART J. CORT was commissioned on April 1, 1972. In April 1965, Interlake’s steamer J. A. CAMPBELL was renamed c.) BUCKEYE MONITOR after being purchased by the Buckeye Steamship Co. Realizing that the bulk trades were too competitive, Captain John Roen’s Roen Transportation Co. sold the CAPTAIN JOHN ROEN to the American Steamship Co. (Boland &…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: USCG cutter Spar arrived at 09:39 Wednesday morning following her long journey from Baltimore, Maryland. Arthur M. Anderson was the first Duluth-Superior arrival when she went under the lift bridge at 12:08 to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. American Mariner arrived in the afternoon at 14:05 to load wheat at General Mills. As of Wednesday night, James R. Barker and Paul R. Tregurtha were still in layup at Port Terminal while Arthur M. Anderson was loading at CN. Due to incoming winds, both Anderson and American Mariner…

Long-idle Manistee reaches her final dock Port Colborne, ON – Manistee arrived at Wharf 17 Marine Recycling Corp. in Port Colborne about 0830 March 30. She was towed from Toledo to MRC by tug Beverly M 1 and assisted by tugs Vac and John D. to the scrap yard. Built in 1943 at Great Lakes Engineering Works, River Rouge, Michigan, Manistee sailed originally as Richard J. Reiss. Her name was shortened to Richard when she was sold to the Erie Sand fleet in 1986. A sale to Grand River Navigation Co. in 2005 saw her name changed to Manistee.…

JOSEPH S. WOOD was sold to the Ford Motor Co. and towed from her winter lay-up berth at Ashtabula, Ohio, on March 31, 1966, to the American Ship Building’s Toledo, Ohio, yard for her five-year inspection. A 900 h.p. bowthruster was installed at this time. She would be rechristened as c.) JOHN DYKSTRA two months later. On 31 March 1971, the America­­n Steamship Company’s RICHARD J. REISS grounded at Stoneport, Michigan, while moving away from the dock. She damaged her number nine tank. Christening ceremonies took place at St. Catharines, Ontario, on March 31, 1979, for d.) CANADIAN PROSPECTOR, lengthened…

Wait ends for several upbound vessels, however ice causes more problems Tuesday Sault Ste. Marie, MI – More favorable winds eased ice pressure in Whitefish Bay Tuesday morning, allowing Arthur M. Anderson, John G. Munson, Captain Henry Jackman, American Mariner, Michipcoten and Presque Isle to get underway. USCG cutter Mackinaw and the CCGS cutter Griffon assisted the vessels, which ran into more heavy ice at Whitefish Point. Oakglen, Algoma Conveyor and John J Boland were upbound Tuesday, however Oakglen became stuck departing the lock in the late afternoon, which brought the other upbound traffic to a stop. CCGS Griffon…

The tanker CHEMICAL MAR arrived at Brownsville, Texas on March 30, 1983, in tow of the tug FORT LIBERTE to be scrapped. Built in 1966, as a.) BIRK. In 1979, she was renamed b.) COASTAL TRANSPORT by Hall Corp. of Canada, but never came to the lakes. She was sold by Hall and was renamed c.) CHEMICAL MAR in 1981. March 30, 1985 – CITY OF MIDLAND’s departure was delayed when her anchor snagged one that she had lost in Pere Marquette Lake the previous summer. March 30, 1900, the carferry ANN ARBOR NO 2 grounded on the rocks east…

Icebound vessels on the move UPDATE: With the USCG cutters Mackinaw and Spar and the CCGS cutter Griffon opening up the track in the ice, the six vessels that had been waiting to continue westbound were on the move at first light Tuesday. The strong northwest winds died down overnight and shifted to the south. They took advantage of a weather window, since another system moving in Wednesday is expected to bring more strong winds and a mix of rain and snow. Ice, northwest winds stall upbound shipping at the Soo Sault Ste. Marie, MI – It has been three…

N.M. Paterson & Sons, PRINDOC (Hull#657) of Davie Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Lauzon, Quebec, was sold off-lakes during the week of March 29, 1982, to the Southern Steamship Co., Georgetown, Cayman Islands and was renamed b.) HANKEY. Later renamed c.) CLARET III in 1990, d.) S SARANTA in 1992, e.) PLATANA IN 1997, Scrapped at Alaiga, Turkey in 1997. On 29 March 1888, D. D. JOHNSON (wooden propeller tug, 45 foot, 17 gross tons) was launched at E. Saginaw, Michigan. She was built for Carkin, Stickney & Cram and lasted until 1909. On 29 March 2018, ALGOMA INNOVATOR, the first 650-foot-long…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Burns Harbor departed at 07:09 Sunday morning with iron ore pellets for Cleveland. As of Sunday night, James R. Barker and Paul R. Tregurtha were still in winter layup at Port Terminal. Arthur M. Anderson and American Mariner are expected sometime Tuesday to load iron ore pellets at CN#6 and load wheat at General Mills, Superior. Superior Entry: American Century departed at 09:58 Sunday morning with an ice breaking assist from US Coast Guard cutter Neah Bay. American Century was loaded with iron ore pellets bound for Gary.…

Manistee released, tow resumes By mid-afternoon Monday, the tug Beverly M 1 managed to release the Manistee from her strand and the tow resumed its voyage to Port Colborne, ON. Manistee tow leaves Toledo; runs aground UPDATE: The Manistee scrap tow departed Monday morning as planned. However social media reports from the area around noon reported that the Manistee had gone aground near Grassy island at the mouth of the river. Manistee scrap tow expected on Monday Original report: Toledo, OH – The tug Beverly M1 arrived around 3 p.m. Sunday for the Manistee’s tow to the scrap yard.…

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 in 1987. On 28 March 1848, COLUMBUS (wooden sidewheeler, 391 tons, built in 1835, at Huron, Ohio) struck a pier at Dunkirk, New York during a storm and sank. The sidewheeler FASHION struck the wreck in November of the same year and was seriously damaged. Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Ahoy…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney Two Harbors-Arriving South of #2 at 01:37:00 on 03/26 was Edwin H. Gott. She departed at 14:35. No destination reported. Upon arrival off Two Harbors the Edgar B. Speer stopped and then got underway before the Gott departed, then arrived at 15:14:20 for South of #2. Cliffs/North Shore saw the Dirk S. VanEnkevort/Michigan Trader arrived at 08:45 and then departed on 03:26 at 18:17. Waiting in Whitefish Bay on 03/26/2022 at 17:00 for Two Harbors are the Presque Isle and the John G. Munson. Waiting in Whitefish…

Manistee scrap tow imminent Toledo, OH – The tug Beverly M1 left Port Maitland early Saturday afternoon on her way to Toledo to pick up Manistee and tow her to Port Colborne. ETA for the scrapyard is Tuesday but weather is the unknown factor at this point. Bill Bird Authors, photographers, artists and ship lovers alike gather at Soo Locks Visitor Center Sault Ste. Marie, MI – To accompany the opening of the Soo Locks at 12:01 a.m. Friday morning, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Soo Locks Visitor Center from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for…

The steamer b.) EDWARD S. KENDRICK was launched March 27, 1907, as a.) H.P. McINTOSH (Hull#622) at West Bay City, Michigan, by West Bay City Ship Building Co. for the Gilchrist Transportation Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Nipigon Transport Ltd. (Carryore Ltd., mgr., Montreal, Quebec) operations came to an end when the fleet was sold on March 27, 1986, to Algoma Central’s Marine Division at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. On 27 March 1841, BURLINGTON (wooden sidewheeler, 150 tons, built in 1837, at Oakville, Ontario) was destroyed by fire at Toronto, Ontario. Her hull was later recovered and the 98-foot, 3-mast schooner SCOTLAND…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney As of 19:00 the Edwin H. Gott is northeast of Grand Marais, MN. At the same time the Edgar B. Speer is South of Rock of Ages. All locations are as of 19:00. The Dirk S. VanEnkevort/Michigan Trader is North of Eagle Harbor heading for Cliffs/Northshore Mining in Silver Bay. The Presque Isle is currently  underway in Whitefish. John G. Munson is underway in the lower St, Mary’s. Finally the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader is stopped near Drummond Island for Cliffs/North Shore for Silver Bay. A note:…

Scrapping progressing quickly on St. Clair Images shared on social media by Wayne Elliott of Marine Recycling Corp. show the progress being made scrapping the fire-damaged laker St. Clair at Port Colborne, ON.  See the gallery below for the photos.

On 26 March 1922, OMAR D. CONGER (wooden passenger-package freight, 92 foot, 200 gross tons, built in 1887, at Port Huron, Michigan) exploded at her dock on the Black River in Port Huron with such violence that parts of her upper works and engine were thrown all over the city. Some said that her unattended boiler blew up, but others claimed that an unregistered cargo of explosives ignited. She had been a Port Huron-Sarnia ferry for a number of years. The CITY OF MOUNT CLEMENS (wooden propeller “rabbit,” 106 foot, 132 gross tons) was launched at the Chabideaux yard in…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney Edwin H. Gott and Edgar B. Speer are below the locks awaiting upbound passage for Two Harbors. The Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader are West of the Mackinac Bridge heading for Silver Bay. Thunder Bay, ON Tuesday, March 22, 18:00 CCGS Samuel Risley arrived to conduct ice operations. Wednesday;  CCGS Samuel Risley continued ice operations to open the harbour. Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss Monroe: Sharon M1/Huron Spirit departed for Nanticoke Wednesday evening. Toledo: Dirk S. VanEnkevort/Michigan Trader left lay up and headed to Marquette. Arthur M.…

Soo Locks shipping season opens with passage of Edgar B. Speer Sault Ste Marie, MI – The Soo Locks opened for the new shipping season at 12:01 a.m. Friday with the upbound passage of Great Lakes Fleet’s 1,004-foot long Edgar B. Speer. Fleetmate Edwin H. Gott followed her up. The two arrived at the locks on Wednesday but had to wait at the locks for the official opening time, which is set by Congress. Around 75 warm;y-dressed people showed up at the viewing platform late Thursday evening into Friday morning to witness the passage. A party of local dignitaries…

HENRY G. DALTON (Hull#713) was launched March 25, 1916, at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co., for the Interlake Steamship Co., Cleveland, Ohio – the company’s first 600 footer. After a 10-week shut down for winter maintenance, the Soo Locks opened for the 2020 season early on the morning of March 25. H. LEE WHITE had the honor of starting the shipping season. BURNS HARBOR was the first downbound passage. FRANK R. DENTON was launched March 25, 1911, as a.) THOMAS WALTERS (Hull#390) at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. for the Interstate Steamship Co., Cleveland, Ohio. On…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: US Coast Guard cutters Neah Bay and Hollyhock arrived under the bridge at 11:31 and 11:33 Wednesday morning to break out Duluth-Superior Harbor for the 2022 shipping season. Burns Harbor is expected to shift over from the Elevator M dock to fuel at Husky Thursday morning; they will be loading iron ore pellets at CN#6. American Century will fuel after Burns Harbor then shift to load iron ore pellets at BNSF.  Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney Currently at the Soo on 03/23/2022 at 07:24 are the…

Season’s first vessels Speer and Gott arrive at Soo Locks Sault Ste. Marie, MI – “They’re here . . .” Wednesday afternoon the first two ships of the 2022 navigation season arrived at the piers below the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Fleet mates Edgar B. Speer and Edwin H. Gott will wait below the locks until the March 25 midnight opening of the Poe Lock. The Speer arrived a few hours ahead of the Gott and will have the honors of opening the season with the first cargo lockage. The park and viewing platform will be…

ALPENA (Hull#177) was launched on March 24, 1909, at Wyandotte, Michigan, by Detroit Ship Building Co. for the Wyandotte Transportation Co. The Soo Locks opened for the 2021 season just after noon on March 24. 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 dignitaries, were presented with two plaques, First Boat 2021 ball caps and copies of the 2021 Know Your Ships book. Boatwatchers filled the observation stand and Soo Locks Park grounds despite a steady rain as…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Thunder Bay, ON Tuesday, March 23 18:00 CCGS Samuel Risley arrived to conduct ice operations.  St. Marys River – Roger Lelievre McKeil Marine’s Harvest Spirit was upbound in the lower river Tuesday night headed for the Purvis Dock in Sault, ON, to load steel coils. She was assisted by CCGS Griffon and USCG Katmai Bay. Purvis tugs Anglian Lady and Wilfred M. Cohen retrieved the barge Ironmaster from Lime Island, where she spent the winter, and the three were also upbound for Soo, ON, however they stopped for the night behind Neebish Island along…

The National Transportation Safety Board unanimously voted on March 23,1978, to reject the U. S. Coast Guard’s official report supporting the theory of faulty hatches in their EDMUND FITZGERALD investigation. Later the N.T.S.B. revised its verdict and reached a majority vote to agree that the sinking was caused by taking on water through one or more hatch covers damaged by the impact of heavy seas over her deck. This is contrary to the Lake Carriers Association’s contention that her foundering was caused by flooding through bottom and ballast tank damage resulting from bottoming on the Six Fathom Shoal between Caribou…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss Monroe: Sharon M1/Huron Spirit arrived from Nanticoke at 13:10 with steel coils. Toledo: Edwin H. Gott departed layup at 19:28 and is headed to Two Harbors. Cleveland: Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder is running the shuttles.  Nanticoke: Algocanada and  Algonorth are at Imperial Oil.  Buffalo, NY – Brian Wroblewski The Bristol Bay arrived on the afternoon of the 21st and did some “track maintenance” from the Buffalo North Entrance to the open lake out past Point Abino. Then around 6:30PM the MARINER backed out from her winter lay up berth at…

4 coast guard cutters make first passage through Soo Locks Monday evening Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Robins may be the traditional first sign of spring, but at the Soo Locks, the first lockage of Coast Guard icebreakers is the real sign that spring is here. Late Monday evening the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw and the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Samuel Risley made their way through the Poe Lock to start opening the upper river and Lake Superior ports for the start of the 2022 navigation season. They were followed by USCG Hollyhock and Neah Bay. U.S. Army…

On 22 March 1922, the Goodrich Transit Company purchased the assets and properties of the Chicago, Racine and Milwaukee Steamship Company. This sale included two steamers: ILLINOIS (steel propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 240 foot, 2,427 gross tons, built in 1899, at S. Chicago, Illinois) and PILGRIM (iron propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 209 foot, 1,921 gross tons, built in 1881, at Wyandotte, Michigan). The GULF MACKENZIE sailed light March 22, 1977, on her maiden voyage from Sorel to Montreal, Quebec. The tanker COMET (Hull#705) was launched March 22, 1913, at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. for the Standard Transportation…

The c.) CHEMICAL MAR of 1966 sustained severe damage when sulfuric acid leaked into the pump room while she was discharging her cargo at the island of Curacao on March 21, 1982. Flooding occurred later and the vessel was declared a constructive total loss. She was scrapped at Brownsville, Texas in 1983. From 1979 until 1981, CHEMICAL MAR was named b.) COASTAL TRANSPORT for the Hall Corp. of Canada. She never entered the lakes under that name. NOTRE DAME VICTORY was floated from the drydock on March 21, 1951, three months and two days after she entered the dock, and…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss Cleveland: Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder remains on the shuttles. Nanticoke: Sharon M1/Huron Spirit departed with no destination given. Algonorth moved to Imperial Oil at 16:02 and joined fleetmate Algocanada at the dock. Montreal, QC – Rene Beauchamp There are four ocean ships expected on the 22nd or later in the week: Federal Fraser for Hamilton, Lake St. Clair for Oswego, Atlantic Spirit for Clarkson and Federal Kushiro, destination not yet known. The first new ship could be the Bandura next week.

Neebish Island ferry canceling trips in March Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Due to weather concerns, the Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority (EUPTA) has announced a shutdown of Neebish Island ferry trips for the next several weeks. Following the authority’s announcement on March 1, ferry rides for Neebish Island were due to shut down on Friday, March 4. The decision was made due to ice conditions. The shutdown will continue for the foreseeable future until weather conditions improve and could last until the end of March. Icebreaking operations around Neebish Island focusing on ferry and shipping routes began on March…

On March 19, 2000, ALGOMA CONVEYOR ran aground late in the entrance channel to Green Bay, WI. Weather at the time was rainy. She was Algoma Conveyor was transporting a load of road salt from Canada into Green Bay when it lost propulsion because of a mechanical failure, attempted to anchor and then drifted aground. On 20 March 1885, MICHIGAN (Hull#48), (iron propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 215 foot, 1,183 tons) of the Detroit, Grand Haven & Milwaukee Railroad was sunk by ice off Grand Haven, Michigan. The sidewheeler NEW YORK was sold Canadian in 1877, hopefully at a bargain price,…

Soo Locks to open March 25 for 2022 shipping season Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, Soo Area Office will open the Poe Lock at 12:01 a.m. March 25, marking the 2022 Great Lakes shipping season start. The operating season is fixed by federal regulation and driven in part by the feasibility of vessels operating in typical Great Lakes ice conditions. The park and viewing platform will be open from 11:30 p.m. Thursday until 1:30 a.m. Friday to accommodate those who want to watch the first passage. It is too early to tell…

W.R. STAFFORD (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 184 foot, 744 gross tons, built in 1886, at W. Bay City, Michigan) was freed from the ice at 2:00 a.m. on 19 March 1903, by the Goodrich Line’s ATLANTA. When the STAFFORD was freed, the ice then closed around the ATLANTA and imprisoned her for several hours. Both vessels struggled all night and finally reached Grand Haven, Michigan, at 5 a.m. They left for Chicago later that day in spite of the fact that an ice floe 2 miles wide, 14 miles long and 20 feet deep was off shore. CARTIERCLIFFE HALL was…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports Now pushing St. Marys Conquest, Bradshaw McKee arrived from Charlevoix at 18:16 Wednesday with cement for the Kinnickinnic River terminal. Bradshaw McKee spent winter at the St. Marys Cement dock with St. Marys Challenger. The pair cleared March 12 for Calumet Harbor where Bradshaw McKee switched barges before continuing to Charlevoix. Northern Lake Huron  Cheboygan: Wednesday; 12:50 The tug Manitou departed for Port Huron. 12:54 The tug Michigan and tanker barge Great Lakes departed for Green Bay.  Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss Cleveland: Sharon MI/Huron Spirit departed…

Icebreakers bound for Lake Superior, will head through Soo Locks on Monday Duluth, MN –  The Soo Locks will open sooner than expected this month, allowing a team of mostly U.S. Coast Guard vessels to establish a commercial shipping track on Lake Superior in time for the March 25 season opener. The ice situation is formidable on Lake Superior, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority said in a news release Wednesday, citing internal Coast Guard reports. The lake is presently 80% ice-covered, or “above-normal ice concentration” by Coast Guard officials, who note that some of this ice plate is up to…

  In 1967, under the command of Captain Ray I. McGrath, the Columbia Transportation Company’s HURON (steel propeller self-unloader bulk freighter, 415 foot, 4,810 gross tons, built in 1914, at Ecorse, Michigan) cleared Fairport, Ohio, and headed to Toledo, Ohio for a load of coal. She was the first freighter to sail in the new season. She sailed on the same day that the U. S. Steel’s Bradley Fleet of seven vessels started fitting out. On 18 March 1906, the Goodrich Line’s ATLANTA (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 200 foot, 1,129 gross tons, built in 1891, at Cleveland, Ohio) was…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac:Wednesday; 8:39 The cement carrier Alpena for Chicago crossed the Straits of Mackinac and is being escorted by USCG Biscayne Bay. Charlevoix: Tuesday; The tug Candice Elise arrived to conduct ice operations. 16:43 Bradshaw Mckee / St Marys Conquest arrived to load cement products and departed for Milwaukee at 22:47. Candace Elise tied up at the St Marys plant. Northern Lake Huron  Alpena: Tuesday; 13:53 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load cement products and departed at 20:01 for Chicago.  Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss Cleveland: Tug ST…

Manistee scrap tow March 26 McKeil Marine tug Beverly M will tow the long-idle Manistee from Toledo on March 26, with expected arrival 27/28 at Marine Recycling Corp. in Port Colborne. An as yet unknown American-flagged tug will assist. More beach this summer: Lake Michigan water level down 27″ in last two years We’ll have more beach this summer at Lake Michigan. The water level of Lake Michigan is now 17″ lower than it was one year ago. With a lower volume of water coming down from Lake Superior into Lake Michigan/Huron (one big lake for lake-level purposes), it’s…

On 17 March 1995, a fire started on the AMERICAN MARINER’s self-unloading conveyor belt from welding being done on the vessel at the Toledo Ship & Repair Company in Toledo, Ohio. About $100,000 in damage was done. The Toledo fire department had the blaze out in half an hour. On March 17, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that the park at the Soo Locks would closed until further notice in compliance with CDC recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19. Special events for the first day of shipping were also cancelled. The tanker LAKESHELL reportedly leaked over…

Today in Great Lakes History March 16 On 16 March 1901, ARGO (steel passenger/package freight propeller, 173 foot, 1,089 gross tons) was launched at the Craig Ship Building Company (Hull #81) at Toledo, Ohio, for the A. Booth Company. She left the Lakes in 1917, and was last recorded in 1938, out of Brest, France. BUFFALO (Hull#721) was launched March 16, 1978, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Bay Shipbuilding Corp., for the American Steamship Co. On 16 March 1883, The Port Huron Times announced that the passenger and package freight steamer PICKUP would be built in Marine City, Michigan and…

Coast Guard cutter Spar heading to work on Great Lakes Lake Superior – More than a year after it arrived at the U.S. Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore for a scheduled maintenance overhaul to prep it for its Great Lakes assignment, the 225-foot cutter Spar is on its way to its new home port in Lake Superior. The refurbished Spar is motoring to its new home in Duluth with its Great Lakes crew who previously worked on the cutter Alder, which for years crisscrossed Superior known as “The King of the Waters.” Last summer, the Alder’s crew drove that cutter…

WESTCLIFFE HALL (Hull#519) was launched March 15, 1956, at Grangemouth, Scotland, by Grangemouth Dockyard Co. Ltd., for the Hall Corp. of Canada. March 15, 1949 – The Ann Arbor carferry fleet was laid up due to a strike called by the boat crews. The fleet was idled until March 22nd. On 15 March 1882, GRACE PATTERSON (wooden propeller tug/freighter, 111 tons, built in 1880, at Grand Haven, Michigan) was carrying lumber and lath when she stranded near Two Rivers Point, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan. She caught fire and was totally destroyed. Lifesavers rescued the crew. Mr. Russell Armington died on…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss Cleveland: Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder is running the shuttles. Alpena departed for Detroit early Monday morning.                               Nanticoke: Algonorth departed for Sarnia at 00:18. Algocanada arrived early Monday morning.  Buffalo, NY – Brian Wroblewski General Mills was ready for the winter storage load from the American Mariner during early March. The crew came back to Buffalo and shifted her into position for unloading on the morning of the 8th. De-icers had been employed all winter around her hull, so shifting the boat was no problem for them. They wrapped it up…

Harvest Spirit arrives at Soo, ON, to load steel coils The McKeil Marine cargo vessel Harvest Spirit arrived Sunday evening to load steel coils at the Purvis dock, where the tankers usually moor. USCG Katmai Bay and Neah Bay assisted her up the river, a process that took most of the day. After loading, she will head for WIndsor. Scrapping underway on fire-damaged St. Clair Port Colborne, ON – Photos on social media show scrappers at Marine Recycling Corp. have removed the stacks and top of the St. Clair’s superstructure. The vessel was damaged beyond repair during a Feb. 2019…

March 4, 1959 – The ANN ARBOR NO 6 returned to service as the b.) ARTHUR K ATKINSON after an extensive refit. In 1880, the harbor tug GEORGE LAMONT sank with her crew of three off Pentwater, Michigan after being overcome by weather during a race with her rival, the harbor tug GEM. The LAMONT was the only steamer to disappear with all hands during the many races that took place among steamers during the late 1800s and early 1900s. On 14 March 1873, the new railroad carferry SAGINAW went into the Port Huron Dry Dock Company’s dry dock where…

Please send port reports to [email protected] St. Marys River – Roger LeLievre The tanker AlgoCanada departed around noon Saturday headed downbound for Nanticoke, assisted by USCG Katmai Bay. The McKeil Marine cargo vessel Harvest Spirit will be upbound Sunday to load steel coils at the Purvis dock, where the tankers usually moor. Katmai Bay remained in the lower river below Lime Island Saturday night and will likely assist the Harvest Spirit. Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss Monroe:  Harvest Spirit departed for Sault Ste. Marie at 04:26. Iver Bright departed for Sarnia at 08:40. Cleveland:  Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder is loading a…

Manitoulin Island ferry Chi-Cheemaun damaged in Thunder Bay shipyard fire Owen Sound, ON – Firefighters helped ship staff put out a boiler room fire early Saturday morning on the Chi-Cheemaun ferry, which is dry docked in Thunder Bay. The fire was contained to the boiler room deep within the ship but damage to the boiler room and the electrical system was extensive, a news release from Thunder Bay Fire Rescue said. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The passenger ferry usually spends the winter in Owen Sound, then runs spring through fall between Tobermory to Manitoulin Island. The…

The keel for the tanker IMPERIAL REDWATER (Hull#106) was laid March 13, 1950, at Port Arthur, Ontario, by Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. She was converted to a bulk freighter at Collingwood, Ontario and renamed b.) R. BRUCE ANGUS in 1954. The ANGUS operated for Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd., until she was scrapped at Setubal, Portugal in 1985. On March 13, 1989, the Rouge Steel Co. announced the sale of its marine operations to Lakes Shipping, Cleveland (Interlake Steamship, mgr.). 1994: SHIPBROKER was built at Varna, Bulgaria, in 1980 as OCEAN SEAGULL and came through the Seaway that year on July…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss Monroe:  Iver Bright arrived from Sarnia at 13:37. Harvest Spirit is in port. Cleveland:  Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder is running her second shuttle.  Nanticoke:  Algonorth lifted anchor and moved to Imperial Oil at 07:08.

Popular Toronto party boat is moving permanently to Soo, ON Sault Ste Marie, ON – A major new addition to Sault Ste. Marie’s waterfront is expected this summer. Two Sault businesspeople have signed an agreement to buy Miss Toronto, a popular party yacht that has served Toronto Harbourfront, Toronto Island and Lake Ontario for more than three decades. When the deal closes on April 16, the new owners of the 100-passenger boat will be Sheila Purvis (known locally for her involvement with Purvis Marine and Beavertails) and Jeff Dicorpo (from Northern Powertrain and Northern Superior Brewing). Subject to getting the…

The b.) RUTH HINDMAN was launched March 12, 1910, as a.) NORWAY (Hull#115) at Toledo, Ohio by Toledo Shipbuilding Co., for the United States Transportation Co. She was scrapped at Thunder Bay, Ontario, in 1978. G.A. TOMLINSON was launched March 12, 1907, as a) D.O. MILLS (Hull#29) at Ecorse, Michigan, by Great Lakes Engineering Works for the Mesaba Steamship Co. March 12, 1941 – The ferry CITY OF MIDLAND 41 arrived in Ludington, Michigan, on her maiden voyage. She loaded cars of paper at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and then picked up some cars of canned milk at Kewaunee, with Captain Charles…

AlgoCanada returns to Soo, expanded icebreaking starts Monday Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The tanker AlgoCanada made another trip upriver Thursday, docking at the Purvis Dock in the lower harbor, Canadian side, in late afternoon to discharge petroleum products. She was assisted through heavy ice in the vicinity of Johnson and Stribling points by the USCG Katmai Bay. Meanwhile, USCG Neah Bay departed Cleveland Thursday with an AIS destination of St. Marys River. Monday, March 14, the U.S> Coast Guard is expected to expand icebreaking in the St Marys River’s West Neebish Channel. To date, icebreaking in the West Neebish…

The keel was laid March 11, 1976, for the 660-foot-long forward section of the BELLE RIVER (Hull#716) at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Bay Shipbuilding Corp. Renamed b.) WALTER J. McCARTHY JR in 1990. L’AIGLE was launched March 11, 1982, as a.) ERRIA PILOT (Hull#308) at Imabari, Japan by Asakawa Zosen Co. Renamed b.) KOYAMA 3 in 1983, c.) IONIAN EAGLE in 1989. Purchased by Soconav in 1991, renamed d.) L’AIGLE. Sold, renamed e.) ALAM KERISI in 1996, f.) SALDA in 1999 and, later, g.) ARAL. Sea trials were conducted on March 11, 1956, on Paterson’s new canaller LACHINEDOC. The tug…

CHARLES E. WILSON (Hull#710) was launched March 10, 1973, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Bay Shipbuilding Corp., for American Steamship Co. Renamed b.) JOHN J. BOLAND in 2000. The ADAM E. CORNELIUS, built by the Great Lakes Engineering Works (Hull#53) in 1908, was renamed b.) DETROIT EDISON on March 10, 1948. In 1954, she was renamed c.) GEORGE F. RAND and in 1962, the RAND was sold to Canadian registry and renamed d.) AVONDALE. She was scrapped at Castellon, Spain in 1979. FORT HENRY (Hull#150) was launched March 10, 1955, at Collingwood, Ontario by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., for Canada Steamship…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas Algoma Sault arrived at 01:55 early Wednesday morning and tied up at North Pier; this is their 22nd appearance in Goderich this season. Algoma Intrepid arrived early this morning and tied up at the Government Dock in Sarnia. A total of 222 lake boats were hosted by Goderich this shipping season. Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss Monroe:  New York/Double Skin 509A arrived from Detroit at 14:49. Cleveland:  Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder is still at the Bulk Terminal. Alpena is making preparations to set sail. Nanticoke:  Algonorth arrived at 03:09 and…

Great Lakes ice cover has peaked, here’s how it measured up The ice cover on the Great Lakes has reached its peak coverage for the winter. You might be a little surprised at how much ice we had on the Great Lakes. All of the Great Lakes spent some time with more ice than the long-term average for individual dates. Lake Superior peaked around 15 percent higher than the typical high-ice amount. Lake Superior also spent the least amount of time with ice coverage more than the normal curve. Only about eight days had ice cover above average. At Lake…

In 1905, the JAMES C. WALLACE (Hull#334) of the Acme Steamship Co., (A.B. Wolvin, mgr.), was launched at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. Purchased by the Interlake Steamship Co. in 1913, she was scrapped at Genoa, Italy in 1963. On 09 March 1933, all nine steamers of the Goodrich Transit Company were seized by federal marshals under a bankruptcy petition. These steamers were CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, CAROLINA, ALABAMA, ILLINOIS, CITY OF BENTON HARBOR, CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS, CITY OF ST. JOSEPH, CITY OF HOLLAND, and the CITY OF SAUGATUCK. AMOCO ILLINOIS was launched March 9, 1918, as a) WILLIAM…

Please send port reports to [email protected] St. Marys River – Roger LeLievre USCG Katmai Bay and the Purvis tug Wilfred M. Cohen were downbound Monday morning to LIme Island. Cohen returned upbound light tug in the evening while Katmai Bay remained near Lime Island. USCG icebreaker was inbound at DeTour in the late morning, joining Katmai Bay. Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac; Monday; 7:25 USCG Mackinaw departed Mackinaw City to conduct ice operations in the lower St Marys River. 12:28 USCG Mobile Bay departed US Coast Guard Station St Ignace to conduct ice operations in Lake Michigan. 16:34 USCG…

NTSB releases interview transcripts, drawings of Roger Blough fire The National Transportation Safety Board’s public docket has released some information on the Roger Blough fire. It’s not a report, but some drawings and interviews as part of the investigation into the fire that occurred last year at Sturgeon Bay. Download PDFs here: https://data.ntsb.gov/Docket?ProjectID=102586   Interlake Steamship Co. fit-out schedule released A posting on the Interlake Steamship Co. web site shows the fit-out schedule for the fleet. Notable is a late-May date for Stewart J. Cort and no crew report dates for Lee A. Tregurtha. View the schedule in the photo…

EUGENE P. THOMAS (Hull#184) was launched March 8, 1930, at Toledo, Ohio by Toledo Shipbuilding Co., for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. March 8, 1910 – A fire from unknown causes destroyed the ANN ARBOR NO. 1 of 1892. The hull was sold to Love Construction Co., of Muskegon, Michigan. On 8 March 1882, the tug WINSLOW left Manistee to tow the NORTHERN QUEEN to Marine City for repairs. NORTHERN QUEEN had collided with LAKE ERIE the previous autumn and then sank while trying to enter Manistique harbor. Robert Holland purchased the wreck of NORTHERN QUEEN after that incident. 1981 MEZADA…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Sturgeon Bay: Friday; 12:27 USCG Mobile Bay departed for ice operations in the Straits of Mackinac. Straits of Mackinac; Friday; USCG Mackinaw continued ice operations USCG Mobile Bay arrived to conduct ice operations and stopped at 21:02 north of Garden Island.  Saturday; 1:47 Algoma Sault for Chicago crossed the Straits of Mackinac and stopped west of the Mackinac Bridge to await escort. 8:34 USCG Mackinaw escorted Algoma Sault west. When the escort was completed USCG Mackinaw changed course for Mackinaw City, arriving there at 18:14. USCG Mobile Bay began escorting Karen…

ALGOSOO suffered a serious fire at her winter mooring on the west wall above Lock 8, at Port Colborne, Ontario on March 7, 1986, when a conveyor belt ignited, possibly caused by welding operations in the vicinity. The blaze spread to the stern gutting the aft accommodations. The ship was repaired at Welland and returned to service on October 6. TEXACO BRAVE was launched March 7, 1929, as a) JOHN IRWIN (Hull#145) at Haverton-Hill-on-Tees, United Kingdom by Furness Shipbuilding Co. On 7 March 1874, the wooden tug JOHN OWEN (Hull#28) was launched at Wyandotte, Michigan, by the Detroit Dry Dock…

EUGENE J. BUFFINGTON (Hull#366) was launched March 6, 1909, at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co., for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. She lasted until 1980, when she was towed to San Esteban de Pravia, Spain, for scrapping. At noon on 6 March 1873, the steam railroad carferry SAGINAW was launched at the Port Huron Dry Dock Co. She did not get off the ways at first and had to be hauled off by the tug KATE MOFFAT. She was built for use between Port Huron and Sarnia. On 6 March 1892, SAGINAW (wooden 4-car propeller carferry, 142 foot, 365…

Algocanada departs Soo, ON, after 12-day stay The Algoma Central Corp. tanker Algocanada was downbound from the Purvis Dock in the lower harbor Friday after a 12-day stay. Although the vessel has been empty for several days, she remained tied up in the Soo until her next cargo was available. USCG cutter Katmai Bay ran two passes down Algocanada’s port side, allowing the tanker to swing away from the dock. By 10 p.m., she anchored for the night just past Lime Island. Watch a video of the day’s ice ops here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/74265040605/posts/10160326529660606/?comment_id=10160326570850606&notif_id=1646442452130632&notif_t=group_comment&ref=notif Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron water levels are…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports Algoma Intrepid arrived at 09:18 Thursday bringing salt from Compass Minerals, Goderich. With G-Tug North Dakota standing by, Intrepid backed into south slip 3, outer harbor, and tied up at the Kinder Morgan bagging plant. This is her fourth visit in 2022. A recent stretch of warm weather has left the outer harbor practically ice free. Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas Algoma Sault is loading at Compass Minerals; this is their 21st appearance here this season. Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss Nanticoke: Algonova departed late Wednesday night…

St. Marys River spring icebreaking operations start Monday  Sault Ste. Marie, MI –  Monday March 7, 2022 the Coast Guard starts breaking ice in the lower St Marys River in preparation for the 2022 Great Lakes commercial shipping season. Initially the icebreaking activity will focus on the lower St Marys River, south of Munuscong (Mud) Lake and the Middle Neebish Channel north and east of Neebish Island. As the week progresses, the Coast Guard will extend this icebreaking activity into the southern half of the West Neebish Channel, working from Mud Lake Junction Light north to Moon Island. The Coast…

In 1944, the U.S.C.G.C. MACKINAW (WAGB-83) was launched by the Toledo Ship Building Company (Hull #188) at Toledo, Ohio. Her name was originally planned to be MANITOWOC. MACKINAW was retired in 2006. CECILIA DESGAGNES, a.) CARL GORTHON, departed Sorel, Quebec, on March 4, 1985, bound for Baie Comeau, Quebec, on her first trip in Desgagnes colors. March 4, 1904 – William H. Le Fleur of the Pere Marquette car ferries was promoted to captain at the age of 34. He was the youngest carferry captain on the Great Lakes. In 1858, TRENTON (wooden propeller, 134 foot, 240 gross tons, built…

Please send port reports to [email protected] St. Marys River – Roger LeLievre USCG Katmai Bay was upbound in the lower river Wednesday evening headed to the Coast Guard base in the Soo. At midnight she was hove to near the Mud Lake junction light for the night. Algocanada was still at the Purvis Dock in the lower harbor, but local reports say she may depart downriver soon. Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac:Tuesday; 19:19  USCG Katmai Bay stopped west of Algoma Intrepid. Wednesday; 7:16  USCG Katmai Bay resumed ice operations.13:30 USCG Mackinaw crossed the Straits of Mackinac into Lake Michigan…

Michigan research boat gets new Great Lakes mission with invasive species grant Alpena, MI – A retired, 50-foot state research vessel will sail into a new mission as an educational tool in Alpena, where future visitors can learn about aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes and effects on fisheries. Michigan officials this week announced $3.6 million in grants to dozens of organizations across the state for programs to limit the spread of invasive species already here, prevent new ones from establishing, and strengthen the state’s detection should that happen, along with awareness projects. More than 30 projects received funding…

The keel was laid on March 3, 1980, for the COLUMBIA STAR (Hull#726) at Sturgeon Bay, Wis., by Bay Shipbuilding Corp. She now sails as AMERICAN CENTURY. At midnight on 3 March 1880, DAVID SCOVILLE (wooden propeller steam tug/ferry, 42 foot, 37 gross tons, built in 1875, at Marine City, Mich.) burned at the Grand Trunk Railway wharf at Sarnia, Ontario. Arson was suspected. No lives were lost. 1947: NOVADOC of the Paterson fleet was lost with all hands (24 sailors) off Portland, Maine, while en route from Nova Scotia to New York City with a cargo of gypsum. The…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: Monday; 18:28 Algoma Sault for Goderich stopped north of Hog Island to await escort to Lake Huron. Tuesday 7:13 USCG Katmai Bay departed the lower St Marys River to escort Algoma Intrepid through the Straits of Mackinac to Lake Michigan. 13:35 After crossing the Straits of Mackinac, Algoma Intrepid stopped south of St. Helena Island while USCG Katmai Bay continued ice operations. Northern Lake Huron  Cheboygan: Tuesday; 9:55 The tug Manitou departed and took up a standby position North of Fourteen Foot Shoal. 9:57 USCG Mackinaw departed for…

Canada bans Russian ships from St. Lawrence Seaway News out of Canada will impact traffic on the St. Lawrence Seaway. On March 1, Transport Canada said that it will soon ban Russian ships and fishing vessels from entering Canadian ports and internal waters, including the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. This was confirmed in an announcement from Canada’s Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly and Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard Joyce Murray. According to the Canadian leaders, these actions are a part of ongoing coordination efforts among G7 partners following…

On 02 March 1889, the U.S. Congress passed two acts for establishment of a light station at Old Mackinac Point and appropriated $5,500 for construction of a fog signal building. The following year, funds were appropriated for the construction of the light tower and dwelling. March 2, 1938 – Harold Lillie, crewmember of the ANN ARBOR NO 6, stepped onto the apron as the carferry was approaching and fell into the water and suffered a broken neck. On 02 March 1893, the MARY E. MC LACHLAN (3-mast wooden schooner, 251 foot, 1,394 gross tons) was launched at F. W. Wheeler’s…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: Sunday; 14:25 USCG Neah Bay departed St Ignace for Algonac. Monday; 8:28 USCG Mobile Bay departed Little Traverse Bay for Sturgeon Bay   Sturgeon Bay: Monday; 18:20 USCG Mobile Bay arrived at the US Coast Guard Moorings.  Northern Lake Huron  Cheboygan: Sunday; 17:00 The tug Michigan and tanker barge Great Lakes departed for Sarnia. Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas Algoma Intrepid cleared at 22:51 Sunday night upbound for Milwaukee with salt. This was their 40th appearance here, and she currently holds the record for visits this season. 220 lake…

U.S. Steel to invest $60 million in pig iron production at Gary Works steel mill NW Indiana – Not every region steel mill is being disinvested in. U.S. Steel plans to pump capital into its flagship mill, Gary Works. The Pittsburgh-based steelmaker, one of the largest employers in and industrial pillars of Northwest Indiana that originally founded Gary as a mill town more than a century ago, plans to invest $60 million in pig iron production at the Gary Works mill at 1 N. Broadway in downtown Gary. U.S. Steel plans to insource pig iron capabilities at the steel mill…

HENRY FORD II (Hull#788) was launched on March 1, 1924, at Lorain, Ohio by the American Ship Building Co. She served as flagship of the Ford Motor Company fleet for many years and was eventually sold to Interlake Steamship Company when Ford sold its Great Lakes division. It was renamed b.) SAMUEL MATHER, but never sailed under that name. It was scrapped in 1994, at Port Maitland, Ontario by Marine Recycling & Salvage Ltd. In 1881 the steamship JOHN B. LYON was launched at Cleveland, Ohio by Thomas Quayle & Son for Capt. Frank Perew. She was a four mast,…

Sturgeon Bay, WI The Sarter Tugs Jimmy L, Donald J. Sarter and William C Gaynor were working Sunday breaking ice around Bay Ship. The Jimmy L towedthe Joyce L VanEnkevort into the large graving dock. Herbert C Jackson was also being moved. S. Chicago – Stephen Sostaric Algoma Sault departed South Chicago, February 27, for Goderich with the assistance of G-tugs Nebraska and Tennessee. Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss Algonova and Algonorth arrived from Sarnia and went to anchor off of Port Dover. Both tankers proceeded to Imperial Oil later in the evening.

VENUS (steel propeller bulk freighter, 346 foot, 3,719 gross tons) was launched on 28 February 1901, by the American Ship Building Company (Hull #307) at Lorain, Ohio for the Gilchrist Transportation Company, converted to a crane-ship in 1927. She was renamed b.) STEEL PRODUCTS in 1958, and lasted until 1961, when she was scrapped at Point Abino, Ontario, the spot where she had run aground and partially sunk while being towed for scrap. The bulk carrier LEON FRASER was launched Feb. 28, 1942 at Great Lakes Engineering Works, River Rouge, MI. She was sold to Inland Lakes Transportation Inc. in…

Canadian owner puts Duluth’s Great Lakes Fleet up for sale Duluth, MN – In an earnings call last month, Canadian National Railway shared a desire to sell off its Twin Ports-based Great Lakes Fleet of ore carriers. The move comes as the freight rail company reviews its non-rail business, including a trucking firm, TransX. “We are in negotiations regarding the divestiture of the Great Lakes vessel (sic),” said Jean-Jacques Ruest, CN president, chief executive officer and director, during an earnings call with shareholders Jan. 25. The Great Lakes Fleet of lake freighters features nine ore boats, including three 1,000-footers. Its…

Northern Lake Michigan Straits of Mackinac: Friday; 21:38 After escorting Algoma Sault, USCG Mobile Bay sailed southeast to Little Traverse Bay and went to anchor. Saturday; 6:19 Algoma Intrepid for Goderich stopped in Lake Michigan to await escort. 8:21 USCG Biscayne Bay departed St Ignace to escort Algoma Intrepid. 8:42 USCG Neah Bay departed St Ignace to conduct ice operations from the Lake Michigan side of the Straits of Mackinac through the Round Island passage to Lake Huron. At 14:47 she returned to the US Coast Guard Station St Ignace. 16:01 Algoma Intrepid crossed the Straits of Mackinac and is…

GOLDEN SABLE was launched February 27, 1930, as a.) ACADIALITE (Hull#170) at Haverton-Hill-on-Tees, United Kingdom by Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. In 1916 MOUNT STEPHEN, formerly of Canada Steamship Lines, struck a mine and sank off Dover, England, while carrying coal as part of a convoy but the crew was rescued. 1917: GEORGETOWN was built at Buffalo in 1900 and sank on this day enroute from New York to Le Havre in heavy weather while carrying barreled oil. The ship went down as b) ETRETAT off Ile D’Yeu, Bay of Biscay, and there was lingering suspicion of enemy action being involved.…

Great Lakes iron ore trade down 4.7 percent in January Cleveland, OH – Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 2.5 million tons in January, a decrease of 4.7 percent compared to 2021.  Loadings were above the month’s 5-year average by 17.6 percent. Lake Carriers’ Association On first mission to Great Lakes, NOAA ship will sonar map Lake Erie Cleveland, OH – What’s underneath Lake Erie? The answer isn’t a total mystery to Great Lakes mariners, but parts of lakebed off Ohio and Pennsylvania haven’t been surveyed since the 1940s and nautical charts that commercial ships rely on…

Northern Lake Michigan Straits of Mackinac: Friday; 9:10 USCG Mobile Bay began ice operations escorting Algoma Sault for Chicago through the ice.16:47 USCG Neah Bay arrived at US Coast Guard Station St Ignace. Sturgeon Bay, WI Two Sarter tugs broke the ice around berth 2-3 Friday and moved the Joyce L VanEnkevort out and over to berth 14. Looks like drydock time is coming. Northern Lake Huron Cheboygan: Friday; 8:17 The tug Manitou departed her berth and began ice operations in the Cheboygan River. She stopped at 10:30 off of the Fourteen Foot Shoal Light. 10:25 USCG Mackinaw departed the…

The completed hull of the BELLE RIVER (Hull#716) was floated off the ways February 26, 1977, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Bay Shipbuilding Corp. Renamed b.) WALTER J. MC CARTHY JR in 1990. JOSEPH L. BLOCK (Hull#715) was launched February 26, 1976, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Bay Shipbuilding Corp. On 26 February 1874, the tug WILLIAM LIVINGSTONE JR. was launched at Port Huron Dry Dock. Her dimensions were 151 feet overall, 25 foot 6 inches beam, and 13 foot depth. Her machinery was built by Phillerick & Christy of Detroit and was shipped by rail to Port Huron. She…

St. Marys River The departure of the Algoma tanker AlgoCanada, which has been unloading at the Purvis Dock in the lower harbor for several days, has been moved to Monday. On Thursday, USCG Neah Bay was breaking ice below Mission Point. Friday she headed downboud and out of the system. Northern Lake Michigan Sturgeon Bay: Wednesday; 10:31 USCG Mobile Bay departed for the Straits of Mackinac. Straits of Mackinac: Wednesday; 19:37 USCG Biscayne Bay arrived at US Coast Guard Station St Ignace. 22:12 USCG Mobile Bay conducted ice operations and stopped on the Lake Michigan side of the Straits of…

On February 25, 2021, it became known that Rand Logistics was chartering five American Steamship Co. vessels to Grand River Navigation Co. Both firms share the same parent company, Rand Logistics Inc. Involved are the smaller vessels AMERICAN COURAGE, AMERICAN MARINER, SAM LAUD, H. LEE WHITE and JOHN J. BOLAND. ASC will still run the 1,000-foot ships. CREEK TRANSPORT was launched this day in 1910, as a.) SASKATOON (Hull#256) at Sunderland, England, by Sunderland Shipbuilding Co. 1964: CISSOULA, a Greek freighter that visited the Seaway in 1961 and 1965, was abandoned after a collision in fog with the Swedish vessel…

St. Marys River Algoma tanker AlgoCanada was unloading at the Purvis Dock in the lower harbor on Wednesday. Northern Lake Michigan Straits of Mackinac: Wednesday; 9:30 USCG Biscayne Bay departed St Ignace to conduct ice operations in Lake Michigan. 13:43 Algoma Intrepid was underway for Chicago with the assistance of USCG Biscayne Bay. 16:37 USCG Biscayne Bay changed course for the Straits of Mackinac. Milwaukee, WI ­– MKE Marine Reports After filling the north dockside storage dome with salt, Algoma Niagara cleared for Calumet harbor at 16:52 Tuesday. The storage dome can hold 15,000 tons. Northern Lake Huron: Cheboygan: Wednesday; 7:34 With…

The Pittsburgh Steamship Co.’s RICHARD V. LINDABURY (Hull#783) was launched February 24, 1923, at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. Purchased by S & E Shipping (Kinsman) in 1978, renamed b.) KINSMAN INDEPENDENT. She was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey in 1988. The founder of Arnold Transit Co., long-time ferry operators between Mackinac Island and the mainland, George T. Arnold filed the Articles of Association on Feb. 24, 1900. On 24 February 1920, TALLAC (formerly SIMON J. MURPHY and MELVILLE DOLLAR, steel propeller, 235 foot, built in 1895, at W. Bay City, Michigan) was on a voyage from Colon, Panama…

Seaway announces 2022 opening dates The opening of the 2022 navigation season is scheduled to take place on the following dates and times: Welland Canal: March 24, 2022 – 0800 hours (D.S.T.) Montreal / Lake Ontario Section: March 22, 2022 – 0800 hours (D.S.T.) Ship transits will be subject to weather and ice conditions. Restrictions may apply in some areas until lighted navigation aids have been installed. Sault Ste. Marie Locks and Canals: Opening of the Sault Ste. Marie Locks (U.S.A.) is currently scheduled for March 25, 2022. Please note the Notice to Navigation Interests released by the U.S. Army…

St. Marys River Algoma tanker AlgoCanada remained at the Purvis Dock in the lower harbor on Tuesday, possibly due to weather.  Milwaukee, WI Algoma Niagara arrived at 08:20 Tuesday carrying salt from Compass Minerals, Goderich. With G-Tug North Dakota breaking ice, Niagara backed into the inner harbor and tied up at the salt dock. This is Niagara’s second visit, and the fifth load of salt from Goderich in 2022. Northern Lake Michigan Straits of Mackinac: Tuesday; 10:39 Algoma Intrepid for Chicago crossed the Straits of Mackinac into Lake Michigan. 12:04 She stopped in the fast ice north of Waugoshance Point…

The e.) U.S.S. ROTARY (YO-148) was commissioned on February 23, 1943, at Sullivan’s Dry Dock & Repair Co., Brooklyn, New York and assigned duty with the Service Force, Third Naval District, Atlantic Fleet. The tanker was built in 1915 at Chatham, England by Chatham Dock Yard Ltd. as a.) H.M.S. SERVITOR. Renamed b.) PULOE BRANI in 1922, brought to the Lakes and renamed c.) B.B. MC COLL in 1927, and d.) A.J. PATMORE in 1929. After her U.S. Naval Service ROTARY reverted to her previous name f.) A.J. PATMORE and then g.) PEGGY REINAUER in 1946. Renamed h.) DETROIT early…

Cleveland-Cliffs to indefinitely idle Blast Furnace No. 4 at Indiana Harbor Indiana Harbor, IN – Cleveland-Cliffs plans to indefinitely idle Blast Furnace No. 4 at the Indiana Harbor steel mill, the second blast furnace in East Chicago to be taken offline in the last three years in a major blow to and further erosion of integrated steelmaking in the Calumet Region. The Cleveland-based steelmaker said no jobs will be lost as workers will be transferred to other positions at the sprawling mill along the Lake Michigan lakefront. The dwindling amount of steelmaking capacity along the Lake Michigan lakefront will, however,…

St. Marys River Algoma tanker AlgoCanada remained at the Purvis Dock in the lower harbor on Monday. Northern Lake Michigan Straits of Mackinac: Monday; 8:09 Algoma Niagara for Milwaukee crossed the Straits of Mackinac into Lake Michigan. She stopped north of Hog Island after encountering heavy ice conditions. 11:13 USCG Biscayne Bay arrived from the St Marys River and crossed the Straits of Mackinac. She is conducting ice operations to assist Algoma Niagara. 15:54 Algoma Niagara had gotten through the area of thick lake ice and was underway for Milwaukee. USCG Biscayne Bay changed course and departed for St Ignace. Lake Erie Ports…

On 22 February 1920, the Goodrich Line’s ALABAMA (steel propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 272 foot, 2,626 gross tons, built in 1909, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) ran aground on a concrete obstruction which was the foundation of the old water-intake crib in Lake Michigan off Belmont Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. The SIDNEY O. NEFF (wooden package freighter, 149 foot, 346 gross tons, built in 1890, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) took off the ALABAMA’s cargo and then harbor tugs pulled the ALABAMA free. Repairs to her hull took the rest of the winter and she didn’t return to service until May 1920. February 22, 1925…

St. Marys River Algoma tanker AlgoCanada arrived at the Purvis Dock in the lower harbor late Sunday morning. USCG Biscayne Bay was breaking ice below the Sugar Island ferry. Northern Lake Michigan Straits of Mackinac: Saturday 16:35 Algoma Sault was underway escorted by USCG Hollyhock. Sunday 1:06 USCG Hollyhock crossed the Straits of Mackinac and departed for Port Huron. 1:13 Algoma Sault crossed the Straits of Mackinac and departed for Goderich. Goderich – Bruce Douglas Algoma Niagara cleared 05.58 early Sunday morning upbound for Milwaukee with salt.  Algoma Intrepid loading at Compass Minerals.  Algoma Sault is expected next.

EDWIN H. GOTT arrived at Two Harbors, Minnesota, (her first trip) February 21, 1979, with the loss of one of her two rudders during her transit of Lake Superior. The other rudder post was also damaged. She was holed in her bow and some of her cargo hold plating ruptured as a result of frozen ballast tanks. Even the icebreaker MACKINAW suffered damage to her port propeller shaft on the trip across frozen Lake Superior. At Port Weller Drydocks Ltd., the keel of the new bow section for HILDA MARJANNE was laid on February 21, 1961, while at the same…

St. Marys River Algoma tanker AlgoCanada is expected at the Purvis Dock in the lower harbor late Sunday morning. Northern Lake Michigan Straits of Mackinac: Friday;18:11 USCG Hollyhock stopped north of Garden Island. Saturday; 4:47 Algoma Sault went to anchor off of Manistique. Saturday; 9:40 USCG Hollyhock resumed ice operations. 10:51 Algoma Sault weighed anchor and proceeded to the channel that is cut through the fast ice to the Straits of Mackinac.13:15 Algoma Sault stopped. Goderich – Bruce Douglas Algoma Niagara loading at Compass Minerals salt for Milwaukee. Algoma Intrepid waits tied up along North Pier to load next. Algoma Sault expected…

On February 20, 1959, Interlake Steamship Co.’s HERBERT C. JACKSON (Hull #302) was launched at Great Lakes Engineering Works in River Rouge, Michigan. The Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker DES GROSEILLIERS (Hull #68) was launched February 20, 1982, at St. Catharines, Ontario by Port Weller Drydocks Ltd. On 20 February 1903, the straight-deck steamer G. WATSON FRENCH (steel propeller, 376 foot, 3,785 gross tons) was launched at W. Bay City, Michigan by West Bay City Ship Building Co. (Hull #608). She lasted until 1964, when she was scrapped by Lakehead Scrap Metal Co. at Fort William, Ontario. The other names she…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Goderich, ON Algoma Niagara arrived 11.28am Friday morning loading salt at Compass Minerals; 15th appearance here this season.  Algoma Intrepid arrived 12.15pm Friday tied up North Pier; 39th appearance here this season.  Goderich now hosted 218 lake boats thus far.  Northern Lake Huron Straits of Mackinac: Thursday; 19:02 USCG Hollyhock stopped west of the Mackinac Bridge. Friday; 6:12 Algoma Sault departed Calumet Harbor for Goderich. At 17:30 she is off of Manitowoc sailing north. 9:18 USCG Hollyhock resumed ice operations on Lake Michigan in preparation for Algoma Sault’s transit through the Straits of Mackinac.  

  The b.) TROY H. BROWNING, c.) THOMAS F. PATTON was towed from the James River with two other C4s, LOUIS MC HENRY HOWE, b.) TOM M. GIRDLER and MOUNT MANSFIELD, b.) CHARLES M. WHITE, to the Maryland Dry Dock Co., Baltimore, Maryland, February 1951, to be converted to a Great Lakes bulk carrier according to plans designed by J.J. Henry & Co., New York, New York. Wolf & Davidson of Milwaukee sold the JIM SHERIFFS (wooden propeller, 182 foot, 634 gross tons, built in 1883, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin) to Kelley Island Line on 19 February 1887. 1981: The Indian…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: Thursday; 10:12 USCG Hollyhock arrived from Port Huron to conduct ice operations. 14:40 Algoma Intrepid and Algoma Niagara were underway for Goderich and were escorted by USCG Hollyhock through the Straits of Mackinac to Lake Huron.

U.S.-flag shipping on the Great Lakes up 16.8 percent in 2021 Cleveland, OH – U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 81.8 million tons of cargo in 2021, an increase of 16.8 percent compared to 2020.  The 2021 float was less than 1 percent below the fleet’s 5-year average. Iron ore cargos totaled 41.7 million tons, an increase of 12.4 percent compared to a year earlier.  Shipments of all other commodities increased as well in 2021. Coal cargos were up 42.7 percent to 10.4 million tons.  Limestone and cement shipments increased by 16.7 and nearly 5 percent, respectively.  Salt cargos were…

IMPERIAL ST. CLAIR participated in an historic special convoy with DOAN TRANSPORT, which carried caustic soda, led by C.C.G.S. GRIFFON arriving at Thunder Bay, Ontario on February 18, 1977. The journey took one week from Sarnia, Ontario through Lake Superior ice as much as six feet thick, and at one point it took four days to travel 60 miles. The trip was initiated to supply residents of the Canadian lakehead with 86,000 barrels of heating oil the reserves of which were becoming depleted due to severe weather that winter. The b.) JOSEPH S. YOUNG, a.) ARCHERS HOPE, was towed to…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: Tuesday; 19:43 USCG Katmai Bay stopped in the Straits of Mackinac. Wednesday; 7:32 USCG Katmai Bay departed for Sault Ste Marie. 9:01 Algoma Sault was underway for Chicago. 9:54 Algoma Intrepid for Goderich was underway and stopped at 13:33. 11:59  Algoma Niagara for Goderich was underway and stopped  at 15:02. With a gale blowing on Lake Huron.both vessels stopped south of Simmons Reef, which is west of the Straits of Mackinac to wait for weather.

In heavy weather on February 17, 1981, the WITSUPPLY, b.) TRANSTREAM foundered in the Caribbean Sea off Cabo de la Vela, Colombia. She was being towed to the scrap yard at Cartagena, Columbia when she sank. On February 17, 2019, ALGOMA CONVEYOR departed the shipyard in Jiangsu, China enroute to Canada on its delivery trip February 17, 1977 – The CITY OF MIDLAND 41 shortly after departing Ludington encountered a heavy ridge of ice that snapped all the blades off her starboard propeller. One of the blades ripped a hole two feet long by three inches wide which caused the…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: Tuesday; 7:41 USCG Katmai Bay resumed ice operations.and at 18:00 was proceeding east to the Straits of Mackinac. Algoma Intrepid, Algoma Niagara and Algoma Sault are stopped north west of Beaver Island.  Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss Monroe: Iver Bright arrived on Monday from Sarnia and departed Tuesday to return to Sarnia. 

On Sunday, February 16, 2019, a devastating fire swept through the American Steamship Co, self-unloader ST. CLAIR while she was docked at the Torco dock in Toledo, OH, for winter lay up. The fire burned the length of the ship along the unloading belts and also destroyed the superstructure. No one was injured, but the vessel was declared a total loss. On December 7, 2021, the McKeil Marine tug MOLLY M 1 took the ST. CLAIR under tow to the Marine Recycling Corp. scrapyard at Port Colborne, ON. EDWIN H. GOTT sailed on her maiden voyage February 16, 1979, in…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: Algoma Niagara and Algoma Intrepid were both stopped west of Algoma Sault’s position at the edge of the thick lake ice awaiting escort.Monday; 7:30 USCG Biscayne Bay began ice operations. She is breaking a track west to the two Algoma boats. Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss Algonorth departed Nanticoke at 10:50 for Sarnia. Algonova is at Imperial Oil.

Bone dry January drops some Great Lakes’ water levels more than usual It was a very dry and cold January across the Great Lakes’ drainage basin. As a result, all of the Great Lakes had declining water levels in January. Three Great Lakes declined more than usual. Lake Superior’s water level declined 3 inches from December to January. The 3-inch decline is right at the long-term average decline for January. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers states the inflows into Lake Superior are preliminarily estimated to be the lowest inflows on record for January. The precipitation over the Lake Superior…

In 1961, HARRY R JONES, a.) D.G. KERR arrived at her final port of Troon, Scotland, where she was cut up for scrap the same year. 1990: The tug LOIS T. was swamped while docked at Hamilton and sank in a storm. The vessel was pumped out, refloated and repaired. It now serves as the Port Colborne based tug CHARLIE E. 1993: BELLE ISLE, an SD-14 cargo carrier, visited the Seaway when new in 1971. It was sailing as g) VAST OCEAN when it reported in on this day as sailing on the Sea of Japan. It was never heard…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: Saturday; 8:43 USCG Biscayne Bay departed St Ignace to rendezvous with Algoma Sault for Chicago north of Bois Blanc Island to escort her to Lake Michigan. 17:04 Algoma Sault stopped north of Garden Island in Lake Michigan. USCG Biscayne Bay continued ice operations until 19:02 then stopped west of Algoma Sault. Algoma Niagara should arrive in the area later tonight. Algoma Intrepid is sailing north to the Straits of Mackinac and at 20:10 was off of Manistee. Both vessels are bound for Goderich.

MESABI MINER (Hull#906) was launched on this day in 1977, at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. becoming the fourth 1,000-foot bulk carrier on the Great Lakes and Interlake’s second. She had been built under Title XI of the Merchant Marine Act of 1970 at a cost of $45.1 million. Ford Motor Co., looking to expand its fleet, purchased the JOSEPH S. WOOD, a.) RICHARD M. MARSHALL on February 14, 1966, for $4.3 million and renamed her c.) JOHN DYKSTRA. In 1983, she was renamed d.) BENSON FORD. Renamed e.) US.265808, in 1985, she was scrapped at Recife, Brazil…

RED WING was launched February 12, 1944, as a.) BOUNDBROOK (Hull#335) at Chester, Pennsylvania by Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., a T2-SE-A1 Ocean Tanker. She was renamed b.) IMPERIAL EDMONTON in 1947. In 1959, she was brought to Port Weller Drydocks for conversion to a bulk freighter for Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd., renamed c.) RED WING. Scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1987. The fire aboard a wintering ROGER BLOUGH on Feb. 2, 2021 caused an estimated $20 million in damages, one-fifth the total cost of the $100 million lake freighter. 1965: MARGIT, a Danish vessel, came inland in 1964 for…

Coast guard confirms 30,000 litres of fuel spilled by Alaskaborg off Newfoundland’s coast The Canadian Coast Guard is reporting that 30,000 litres of heavy fuel has been pumped into the ocean off Newfoundland’s south coast, and the cargo ship responsible for the incident is steaming toward St. John’s. Transport Canada has directed the M/V Alaskaborg to proceed to port in St. John’s, and the coast guard ship Ann Harvey is monitoring its progress, a coast guard official wrote in a statement to CBC News late Friday afternoon. “We continue to work with the owner on the development of an appropriate…

U.S. Great Lakes fleet invests $83 million in maintenance Cleveland OH – It is an annual occurrence which keeps the iron ore, stone, and cement moving on the Great Lakes fueling the North American economy and infrastructure improvements.  U.S.-flagged Great Lakes shipping companies’ partner with repair facilities around the region to conduct annual maintenance and upgrades to keep vessels operating efficiently during the nine-month operating season when the Soo Locks are open for business. This year, companies will invest nearly $83 million in their vessels moored in New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.  That translates into jobs for hundreds of…

POINTE NOIRE was launched February 13, 1926, as a.) SAMUEL MATHER (Hull#792) at Lorain, Ohio by the American Ship Building Co. February 13, 1897 – PERE MARQUETTE (later named PERE MARQUETTE 15) arrived in Ludington on her maiden voyage, with Captain Joseph “Joe” Russell in command. 1941: The first WESTCLIFFE HALL, overseas to assist in the war effort, was damaged when hit by a bomb while two miles off Whitby High Light. The ship was repaired and returned to the Great Lakes after the war. It last sailed as b) WHEATON in the Misener fleet before scrapping at Hamilton in…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: Thursday; 17:35 USCG Katmai Bay arrived at US Coast Guard Station St Ignace. Friday; 7:15 Algoma Intrepid  had been anchored north of Bois Blanc Island since Tuesday was underway for the Straits of Mackinac. 9:24 USCG Katmai Bay departed St Ignace to escort  Algoma Intrepid to Lake Michigan. With a well cut track to follow and more favorable ice conditions Algoma Intrepid crossed the Straits of Mackinac at 8:34 and was down bound on Lake Michigan for Milwaukee. 10:34  USCG Katmai Bay returned to US Coast Guard Station…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: 7:24 USCG Katmai Bay resumed ice operations. 9:33 Algoma Niagara for Chicago was underway. 13:42 Algoma Sault for Sarnia was underway for Lake Huron escorted by USCG Katmai Bay. Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports After delivering liquid asphalt, Karen Andrie/Endeavour cleared for Indiana Harbor at 04:35 Thursday. Tug Albert arrived from Sturgeon Bay at 06:01 and reunited with tank barge Margaret in the mooring basin.

On 11 February 1994, the tug MARY E. HANNAH and an empty fuel barge became trapped in the ice in the Pelee Passage on Lake Erie. The vessels were freed by the U.S. Coast Guard cutter NEAH BAY and the Canadian Coast Guard ship SAMUEL RISLEY. NIXON BERRY was sold to Marine Salvage for scrap on in 1970, she was the former a.) MERTON E. FARR. BEN W. CALVIN (Hull#388) was launched in 1911, at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. The keel was laid for ROY A. JODREY (Hull#186) on February 11, 1965, at Collingwood, Ontario by Canadian…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: Tuesday; USCG Katmai Bay and  Algoma Niagara were encountering heavy ice conditions in Lake Michigan. At 13:30 Algoma Niagara stopped. USCG Katmai Bay continued ice operations until 17:48. Algoma Sault for Sarnia had been at anchor west of High Island since Saturday, departed at 13:24, sailed north and went to anchor at 17:19 between Port Inland and Lansing Shoal. 17:17 Algoma Intrepid with a load of road salt for Milwaukee stopped in Lake Huron north of Bois Blanc Island  to await escort to Lake Michigan. Wednesday; 7:45 USCG…

In the search for less carbon-intensive fuels, freighters powered by soybeans may be the answer Toronto, ON – When the lights in the ship’s galley didn’t flicker, CSL Group’s Louis Martel knew he was on to something. The Atlantic Huron’s power generator, which fed electricity to the cabins, unloading machinery and other auxiliary functions on the Great Lakes freighter, was running on a blend of marine diesel and biofuel made from soybeans. The successful test was the first step in what is believed to be the world’s largest trial of powering massive cargo ships with biodiesel. Canada Steamship Lines, the…

UHLMANN BROTHERS was launched February 10, 1906, as a.) LOFTUS CUDDY (Hull#341) at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. The MARKHAM (Twin Screw Hopper Suction Dredge) was delivered February 10, 1960, to the Army Corps of Engineers at Cleveland, Ohio. In 1998, The Ludington Daily News reported that a private investment group (later identified as Hydrolink) was planning to start cross-lake ferry service from Muskegon, Michigan to Milwaukee running two high-speed ferries. On 10 February 1890, NYANZA (wooden propeller freighter, 280 foot, 1,888 gross tons) was launched at F. W. Wheeler’s yard (Hull #63) in W. Bay City, Michigan…

Minntac investigating mine structure collapse, no injuries Mountain Iron, MN – Minntac is investigating following a structural failure that led to a collapse at their Mountain Iron, Minnesota mine. Photos of the scene show a conveyor system collapsed on a pile of taconite pellets. According to Minntac officals, the were no injuries as a result of the collapse and they are not anticipating an impact to customers or the supply chain. “Today at Minntac we had a structural failure on the conveyor system. We are investigating the cause and developing plans for repair. The area was cordoned off at the…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: Monday; 6:42 Algoma Niagara for Chicago stopped north of Bois Blanc Island to await escort to Lake Michigan. 11:53 USCG Katmai Bay arrived at the US Coast Guard Station St Ignace from Sault Ste Marie and departed at 14:00 to escort Algoma Niagara through the Straits of Mackinac. Northern Lake Huron  Cheboygan:Monday; 13:50 The tug Michigan and tanker barge Great Lakes arrived at the US Oil Co.Terminal to unload with assistance from the tug Manitou. Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas Algoma Niagara cleared 14:25 Sunday afternoon upbound for…

Obituary: Constantine “Captain Gus” Markakis Capt. Gus Markakis passed away peacefully in Boca Raton, Florida on Saturday, February 5, 2022.  Born in Greece on December 20, 1937, he was 84 years old. Gus went to sea at the age of 16, entering a nautical preparatory high school to learn navigation, seamanship, and rules of the road. He graduated in 1958 and by 1965 had ascended to 2nd mate aboard a Greek supertanker. In 1967, he met his future wife, Antoinette, an American who was vacationing in Greece.  In 1968, the couple moved to Chicago and Antoinette got a job with…

While in lay-up on February 8, 1984, a fire broke out in WILLIAM G. MATHER’s after accommodations killing a vagrant from Salt Lake City, Utah, who started the fire that caused considerable damage to the galley. On 8 February 1902, ETRURIA (steel propeller freighter, 414 foot, 4,653 gross tons) was launched at W. Bay City, Michigan by West Bay City Ship Building Co. (Hull#604). She was built for the Hawgood Transit Company of Cleveland but only lasted three years. She sank in 1905, after colliding with the steamer AMASA STONE in the fog off Presque Isle Light in Lake Huron.…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: Saturday; 18:34 USCG Mackinaw arrived in Mackinaw City. 22:44 Algoma Sault for Sarnia stopped west of High Island in Lake Michigan to await escort through the Straits of Mackinac.  Sunday; 7:34 USCG Mackinaw departed Mackinaw City for Cheboygan. Northern Lake Huron  Cheboygan: Sunday; 10:51 USCG Mackinaw arrived at the US Coast Guard Moorings. Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas Algoma Niagara cleared at 14:25 Sunday afternoon upbound with salt. Algoma Intrepid arrived at 15:22 Sunday afternoon to load at Compass Minerals; this is their 38th appearance here this season.…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: Saturday; 0:01 Algoma Intrepid for Goderich stopped in Lake Michigan to awat escort. 8:38 USCG Mackinaw departed Mackinaw City to rendezvous with Algoma Intrepid. 13:07 both vessels were underway to Lake Huron. Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas Algoma Niagara remains at Compass Minerals. Algoma Intrepid is expected next. Algoma Sault is downbound for Sarnia for layup perhaps? Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss Monroe: Iver Bright departed at 10:25 for Sarnia with CCGC Samuel Risley breaking ice for her. Nanticoke:  Algoma Hansa departed late Friday night for Sarnia.…

Interlake Maritime Services is new parent company of Original Soo Locks Boat Tours  Middleburg Heights, OH – Interlake Maritime Services’ new subsidiary Soo Maritime Services has acquired the assets of the American & Canadian Lock Tours which include the tour boats Hiawatha, Bide-A-Wee and Holiday that provide river and lock tours. A third-generation business owned and operated by the Welch family, the Original Soo Locks Boat Tours has been a popular tourist attraction in the Soo since 1934, and will continue as usual under the new ownership. There are two separate lock tour companies in Sault Ste. Marie: Original Soo…

On 06 February 1952, the LIMESTONE (steel propeller tug, 87 foot 10 inches) was launched at Bay City, Michigan, by the Defoe Shipyard (Hull #423) for the Michigan Limestone and Chemical Company. Later she was sold to U.S. Steel and in 1983, to Gaelic Tug Company who renamed her b.) WICKLOW. She is currently owned by the Great Lakes Towing Company and is named c.) NORTH CAROLINA. LORNA P, a.) CACOUNA was damaged by fire at Sorel, Quebec, which was ignited by a welder’s torch on February 6, 1974. ALVA C. DINKEY (Hull #365) was launched February 6, 1909, at…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  St Ignace: Thursday; 20:41 USCG Biscayne Bay arrived at the US Coast Guard Station from the Soo. Friday; 12:31 USCG Biscayne Bay departed for Algonac MI.  Straits of Mackinac: Friday 8:48 USCG Mackinaw was under way for Mackinaw City arriving there at 10:04. Sturgeon Bay, WI Images from Bay Shipbuilding indicate Mesabi Miner is getting new paint this winter. Northern Lake Huron  Alpena: Thursday; 23:39 The tug Michigan and tanker barge Great Lakes weighed anchor and departed for Sarnia. Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas Algoma Niagara continues at Compass Minerals.  Algoma…

Cutters work to clear St. Clair River ice jams On Friday, CCG ships Griffon and Samuel Risley worked for several hours in an effort to keep the channel in the lower end of the St. Clair River open. Officials are hoping a change in wind direction and lower wind velocity will help them clear the ice jams.   An increase in cruise ships bringing $6M to help accommodate traffic at Port of Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI – A big increase in cruise ships docking at Port Milwaukee is bringing around $6 million in improvements to help accommodate that traffic. And a…

ASHLAND, in a critically leaking condition, barely made Mamonel, Colombia, on February 5, 1988, where she was scrapped. February 5, 1870 – Captain William H. Le Fleur of the Pere Marquette carferry fleet, known as “the Bear” was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On February 5, 1976, the carferry WOLFE ISLANDER III was inaugurated into service between Kingston and Wolfe Island Ontario. Later that night, two blocks over, a Kingston resident noticed the captain turning off the running lights of the ‘ol WOLFE ISLANDER as she joined her already winterized sister, the UPPER CANADA. 1972: CHRISTIANE SCHULTE, a West German Seaway…

Northern Lake Huron St Marys River: Tuesday; 19:17 USCG Biscayne Bay went to anchor south of Lime Island and was underway for the Soo Wednesday at 8:04 arriving at the US Coast Guard dock at 11:08. Alpena: Wednesday; 20:30 The tug Michigan and tanker barge Great Lakes went to anchor in Thunder Bay for weather. Cheboygan: Wednesday; 11:54 With the assistance of the tug Manitou, the tug Michigan and tanker barge Great Lakes departed for Sarnia. Manitou returned to her berth in the Cheboygan River. Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas Algoma Niagara arrived 05.29 Thursday morning loading at Compass Minerals; 14th appearance here this season. Algoma Intrepid…

The two sections of the a.) WILLIAM J. DE LANCEY, b.) PAUL R. TREGURTHA) were joined at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. and float-launched on February 4, 1981, (Hull #909). In 1977, ROGER BLOUGH arrived at the American Shipbuilding Company in Lorain, Ohio for winter lay up and a 5-year hull inspection. She had departed South Chicago after unloading on Jan 25th and the trip took 10 days due to weather and heavy ice. Scrapping was started February 4, 2021 on the long-retired cement carrier/storage vessel J.B. FORD at Azcon Metals in Duluth. J.B. FORD was built in…

Icebreaker shortage slows deliveries to Alpena, other ports  Alpena, MI –  A shortage of U.S. Coast Guard icebreakers slowed cargo destined for Great Lakes ports last month. January ice trapped sailors on freighters trying to get through the Soo Locks – including crew members from Alpena, Rogers City, and the surrounding area – as breakdowns forced the Coast Guard to remove icebreakers from service, according to Eric Peace, secretary of the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force. Every ship delayed in the Soo, the Sault Ste. Marie passage between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes, means a delay for…

The two sections of the a.) WILLIAM J. DE LANCEY, b.) PAUL R. TREGURTHA) were joined at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. and float-launched on February 4, 1981, (Hull #909). In 1977, ROGER BLOUGH arrived at the American Shipbuilding Company in Lorain, Ohio for winter lay up and a 5-year hull inspection. She had departed South Chicago after unloading on Jan 25th and the trip took 10 days due to weather and heavy ice. Scrapping was started February 4, 2021 on the long-retired cement carrier/storage vessel J.B. FORD at Azcon Metals in Duluth. J.B. FORD was built in…

In 1960, The Ludington Daily News reported that the S.S. AVALON, formerly the S.S. VIRGINIA, had been sold to Everett J. Stotts of Artesia, California. On 03 February 1899, the steamer GEORGE FARWELL (wooden propeller freighter, 182 foot, 977 gross tons, built in 1895, at Marine City, Michigan) burned while laid up near Montreal, Quebec. She had just been taken from the Great Lakes by her new owners, the Manhattan Transportation Company, for the Atlantic coastal coal trade, The loss was valued at $50,000 and was fully covered by insurance. The vessel was repaired and lasted until 1906 when she…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  St Ignace: Tuesday; 14:38 USCG Biscayne Bay departed for Sault Ste Marie.  Straits of Mackinac: Tuesday; 8:03 USCG Mackinaw resumed ice operations and at 10:00 escorted Algoma Sault through the Straits of Mackinac into Lake Michigan. USCG Mackinaw resumed ice operations back to the Straits of Mackinac. Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas Algoma Sault cleared at 19:19 Monday evening upbound for Chicago with salt. Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss A large group of boatnerds was on hand to greet Alpena as she arrived in Cleveland for winter lay up. Algonova…

Abandoned bulk carrier Julietta D arrives in port, ending frantic rescue IJmuiden, Netherlands – The bulk carrier Julietta D was towed into port Tuesday after a wild 24 hours off the Dutch coast. The ship ran into trouble Monday during heavy weather from Storm Corrie. The Julietta D was anchored off the coast of IJmuiden, Netherlands when it broke its anchor chain, collided with the tanker Pechora Star, and started to drift. Pechora Star has been a Great Lakes/Seaway visitor. The collision caused damage to the bulk carrier and it began taking on water, leading to a daring heavy weather…

SAMUEL MATHER, a.) PILOT KNOB (Hull #522) had her keel laid February 2, 1942, at Ashtabula, Ohio, by Great Lakes Engineering Works. February 2, 1939 – CHIEF WAWATAM went to the shipyard to have a new forward shaft and propeller placed. 1913: The wooden passenger and freight carrier MANITOU sustained fire damage at Owen Sound and sank at the dock. The vessel was refloated, repaired and operated to the end of the 1939 season. 1972: IRISH SPRUCE first appeared in the Seaway in 1960. The ship was enroute from Callao, Peru, to New Orleans with zinc and copper concentrates as…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Sturgeon Bay: Sunday; 7:17 USCG Mobile Bay arrived at the U S Coast Guard Moorings.   Straits of Mackinac: Saturday; 22:08 USCG Biscayne Bay arrived at the Straits of Mackinac to conduct ice operations. Sunday; 8:16 Algoma Niagara crossed the Straits of Mackinac escorted by USCG Biscayne Bay to Lake Michigan. 10:04 USCG Mackinaw departed Mackinaw City and arrived at the St Ignace US Coast Guard Station at 10:35. 10:41 CSL Assiniboine for Sarnia had stopped in Lake Michigan to await escort by USCG Biscayne Bay. 13:41 CSL Assiniboine was underway escorted…

CSL’s new self-unloader Nukumi leaves China for Canada Montreal, QC ­– The new Canada Steamship Lines’ self-unloader Nukumi has departed on her maiden voyage from Jianygin, China to Halifax Nova Scotia. She will be in Halifax in an estimated six weeks. The cutting-edge vessel will be the first diesel-electric laker and the first single-point loader to operate in Canada. Windsor Salt and Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) partnered to build the new vessel for service in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Great Lakes region.Windsor Salt and CSL began construction of the custom-made vessel in August 2020 after several years of…

On this day in 2021, ROGER BLOUGH caught fire at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay. The blaze heavily damaged the aft end where the unloading conveyor is located. The Blough was one of the boats tied up during the slowdown in 2020 because of the pandemic. On 01 February 1871, the SKYLARK (wooden propeller steamer, 90 tons, built in 1857) was purchased by the Goodrich Transportation Company from Thomas L. Parker for $6,000. On February 1, 1990, the U.S.C.G.C. MESQUITE was officially decommissioned. The steamer R. J. GORDON was sold to M. K. Muir of Detroit on 1 February 1883.…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Mackinac Straits – Roger LeLievre Griffon has headed back down Lake Huron to Sarnia. Erika Kobasic has returned to Escanaba. Biscayne Bay was workingin  the area Sunday, escorting Algoma Niagara westbound. Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas Algoma Intrepid cleared at 05:52 Sunday morning upbound for Chicago with salt. Algoma Sault was loading at Compass Minerals. Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss Monroe: New York/Double Skin 509A arrived from Detroit at 17:12. Nanticoke:  Algocanada departed Nanticoke at 16:10 and is bound for Sarnia. On their way from Sarnia to Nanticoke are Algonova and Algoma Hansa,…

MANZZUTTI was launched January 31, 1903, as a.) J S KEEFE (Hull#203) at Buffalo, New York by the Buffalo Dry Dock Co. January 31, 1930 – While the Grand Trunk carferry MADISON was leading the way across Lake Michigan to Grand Haven, she was struck from behind by her sister ship GRAND RAPIDS. 1917: DUNDEE, which left the Great Lakes in 1915 after service in several fleets including Canada Steamship Lines, was torpedoed and sunk by U-55. The vessel was 10 miles north and west of Ives Head, Cornwall, England, while enroute, in ballast, from London to Swansea. One life…

Please send port reports to [email protected] St. Marys River – Roger LeLievre Tanker Algocanda departed the Purvis Dock downbound on Saturday, escorted by USCG Biscayne Bay. After leaving Algonova, which headed down Lake Huron, Biscayne Bay turned west under the Mackinaw Bridge, probably to join other cutters working west of the Straits. Northern Lake Michigan  Sturgeon Bay: Friday; 20:29 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Alpena MI.  Charlevoix: Friday; 12:12 Caroline McKee / Commander arrived at the St Marys plant to load cement products and departed at 23:28 for Chicago.  Straits of Mackinac: .Saturday; 5:46 CCGS Griffon departed Mackinac Island…

Seaway tolls to increase by 2 percent in 2022 The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced a toll rate increase of 2.0% for the 2022 navigation season (see images below). The SLSMC announced a toll rate increase of 2.0% for the 2022 navigation season.  In addition, the New Business, Volume, Gateway and Service incentives will continue to remain in effect. For more detailed information, please refer to the St. Lawrence Seaway Schedule of Tolls or send your request to [email protected] Richard Gray fundraiser nears $100,000 Click here for an update: https://www.gofundme.com/f/supporting-the-family-of-richard-gray?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=m_pd%20share-sheet&fbclid=IwAR0pg4Uu3pst1qVr7J5DrJgewn4P2P-Fp8jCKFt4LWMiWe-WfYesyri7bIQ Proposed project could bring naval…

ELMDALE was launched in 1909 as a.) CLIFFORD F. MOLL (Hull#56) at Ecorse, Michigan, by the Great Lakes Engineering Works. CHIEF WAWATAM was held up in the ice for a period of three weeks. On January 30, 1927, she went aground at North Graham Shoal in the Straits. She was later dry-docked at Great Lakes Engineering Works in Detroit where her forward propeller and after port wheel were replaced. January 30, 1911 – The second PERE MARQUETTE 18 arrived Ludington, Michigan, on her maiden voyage. On 30 January 1881, ST. ALBANS (wooden propeller passenger/package freight vessel, 135 foot, 435 tons,…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: Friday; Erika Kobasic arrived to assist Anglian Lady / Iron Master and Wilfred M Cohen to the Straits of Mackinac. 6:14 CCGS Griffon was underway to begin ice operations. 7:07 Algoma Niagara was underway for Goderich and crossed the Straits of Mackinac at 14:25. 10:09 CCGS Griffon arrived at the St Ignace Coast Guard slip. 12:55 Algoma Intrepid, Algoma Sault both departed  for Goderich. 13:04 USCG Mobile Bay was underway to escort the Algoma Intrepid and Algoma Sault to Lake Huron.  16:03 CCGS Griffon departed St Ignace for…

Alpena leaves shipyard, heads for namesake port Sturgeon Bay, WI –The cement carrier Alpena left Bay Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI, Friday evening. She is headed to Alpena, MI, to load and then Cleveland to layup. She was at BayShip for her five-year inspection and refit. Canadian Coast Guard takes delivery of light icebreaker Mangystau-2 The Canadian Coast Guard has announced the arrival of its newly-purchased light icebreaker from New Brunswick-based Atlantic Towing Ltd. The vessel, the 217-foot-long Mangystau-2, travelled almost 6,000 nautical miles from Turkmenistan (Central Asia) to the Coast Guard’s Sorel, Quebec, base. The additional light icebreaker,…

BUCKEYE was launched January 29, 1910, as the straight decker a.) LEONARD B MILLER (Hull # 447) at Cleveland, Ohio by the American Ship Building Co. JOHN P. REISS (Hull # 377) was also launched this date in 1910, at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. January 29, 1987 – BADGER almost capsized at her dock due to a broken water intake pipe. In 1953, RICHARD M. MARSHALL (steel propeller freighter, 643 foot, 10,606 gross tons) was launched in Bay City, Michigan, at Defoe’s shipyard (Hull # 424). Later she was named JOSEPH S. WOOD in 1957, JOHN DYKSTRA…

Please send port reports to [email protected] St. Marys River – Roger LeLievre The tanker Algonova arrived at the Purvis Dock in the lower harbor on the Canadian side to unload Thursday around noon in blizzard conditions, escorted by USCG Biscayne Bay, which moored at Group Soo. The Purvis tug Wilfred M. Cohen met them below Six Mile Point and continued though the river headed toward fleetmate Anglian Lady/barge Ironmaster, still beset west of the Mackinaw Bridge. Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: Thursday; 0:49 Algoma Niagara for Goderich stopped in Lake Michigan to await escort. 7:45 CCGS Griffon and USCG…

Dossin Great Lakes Museum opens freighter model display Detroit, MI – Freighters are making their last journeys of the season, but we’ve got plenty of them – miniature versions at least – coming to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. “Maritime Miniatures: The Art of the Ship Model” opens Friday at the museum. See more than 150 Great Lakes ship models on display, get your tickets here: https://bit.ly/33TDrYs Admission fees are in effect for all visitors and include access to the museum and mpecial exhibition. Society Members always get free admission. Dossin Great Lakes Museum   New bill would require greater…

SELKIRK SETTLER (Hull #256) was launched January 28, 1983, at Govan, Scotland, by Govan Shipbuilding Ltd. She sails today as SPRUCEGLEN for Canada Steamship Lines. At 4 a.m. on 28 January 1879, the ferry SARNIA was discovered on fire while lying at Fitzgerald’s yard in Port Huron. All of the cabins were destroyed although the fire department had the fire out within an hour. About $3,000 damage was done. She was in the shipyard to be remodeled and to have a stern wheel installed. Arson was suspected. On 28 January 1889, The Port Huron Times announced that the Toledo &…

Please send port reports to [email protected] St. Marys River – Roger LeLievre USCG cutters were opening a track in the lower river Wednesday in anticipation of the upbound passage Thursday of the tanker Algonova, which will be unloading at the Purvis Dock in the lower harbor on the Canadian side. The tug Anglian Lady/barge Ironmaster, also bound for Soo, ON, has been stuck in the Straits west of the Mackinac Bridge for several days and it appears as if the efforts of CCGS Griffon to free her have so far been unsuccessful. Northern Lake Michigan  Sturgeon Bay: Tuesday; 12:43 USCG…

In 1912, the Great Lakes Engineering Works’ Ecorse yard launched the steel bulk freighter WILLIAM P. SNYDER JR (Hull #83), for the Shenango Furnace Co. LEON FALK JR. closed the 1974 season at Superior by loading 17,542 tons of ore bound for Detroit. January 27, 1985 – CITY OF MIDLAND 41 had to return to port (Ludington) after heavy seas caused a 30-ton crane to fall off a truck on her car deck. On 27 January 1978, ALLEGHENY, the training vessel of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy (built in 1944, at Orange, Texas as a sea-going naval tug) capsized at…

Coast Guard busy assisting ships in St. Clair River Sarnia, ON – Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) ice breakers have been busy assisting ships in the St. Clair River this week. Spokesperson Lauren Solski said the bulk carrier CSL Assiniboine was being escorted by the Samuel Risley Tuesday. “The ship became so closely surrounded by ice along the way that it was having difficulty moving,” said Solski. “The Samuel Risley freed the ship, and it is now moving up the St. Clair River.” Solski said once that job, in the area of Walpole Island, was complete there were three other ships…

In 1994 THALASSA DESGAGNES (steel propeller tanker, 131.43 meters, 5,746 gross tons, built in 1976, in Norway, as the a.) JOASLA, renamed b.) ORINOCO in 1979, c.) RIO ORINOCO in 1982) entered service for Groupe Desgagnes. The keel for CLIFFS VICTORY, a). NOTRE DAME VICTORY (Hull#1229) was laid on January 26, 1945, at Portland, Oregon, by Oregon Shipbuilding Corp. THOMAS F. COLE (Hull #27) was launched January 26, 1907, by the Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, Michigan, for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. J.F. SCHOELLKOPF JR. was launched January 26, 1907, as a.) HUGH KENNEDY (Hull#349) at Lorain, Ohio, by the…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: Sunday; 20:11 CCGS Griffon stopped in Lake Michigan. 21:44 Samuel De Champlain / Innovation stopped in Lake Michigan to await escort. Monday; 7:18 CCGS Griffon escorted  Samuel De Champlain / Innovation to Lake Huron and escorted Algoma Sault for Chicago to Lake Michigan. 11:37 Anglian Lady / Ironmaster for Sault Ste Marie stopped in Lake Michigan to await escort. They were underway at 18:15 escorted by CCGS Griffon. Charlevoix: Monday; 7:08 Bradshaw McKee / St Marys Challenger arrived at the St Marys plant to load cement products and…

2022 Great Lakes ice cover expanding Grand Haven, MI – Brave souls flocked to the accumulating shelf along Lake Michigan over the past couple weeks as frigid weather helped grow the Great Lakes ice cover. Throughout January, ice across the basin expanded beyond early projections that suggested the winter of 2022 might feature near-record low ice coverage. That’s changed. Now, maximum ice cover is expected to peak at 49 percent — a substantial jump from initial National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecast modeling at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor. Across the Great Lakes, the…

On January 25, 1988, the tanker L’ORME NO 1 was involved in an accident at Ultramar Refinery near Quebec City when attempting to tie up during foggy weather. She struck the dock and the impact started a fire that extensively damaged the wharf and the forward section of the ship. Scrapping on E. J. BLOCK began at Port Colborne, Ontario, on January 25, 1988. JOSHUA A. HATFIELD (Hull#782) was launched January 25, 1923, at Lorain, Ohio, by the American Ship Building Co. The W.C. RICHARDSON was launched January 25, 1908, as the a.) WAINWRIGHT (Hull#175) at Wyandotte, Michigan, by the…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: Sunday; 3:13 Bradshaw McKee / St Marys Challenger for Charlevoix departed Hammond Bay and was off Mackinac Island awaiting escort. 7:01 CCGS Griffon escorted Indiana Harbor for Ashtabula and Algo Nova for Sarnia  through the Straits of Mackinac to Lake Huron. 14:29 CCGS Griffon escorted Bradshaw McKee / St Marys Challenger for Charlevoix  to Lake Michigan. Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas Algoma Sault arrived at 7:55 Sunday morning to load at Compass Minerals: this marks her 17th appearance here this season. Algoma Intrepid arrived at 10:26 Sunday and…

JOHNSTOWN (Hull#4504) was launched January 24, 1952, at Sparrows Point, Maryland, by Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard. SPRUCEGLEN was launched January 24, 1924, as a.) WILLIAM K. FIELD (Hull#176) at Toledo, Ohio, by the Toledo Ship Building Co. The steel barge MADEIRA (Hull#38) was launched on January 24, 1900, at Chicago, Illinois, by the Chicago Ship Building Co. 1964: RUTH ANN, a Liberian freighter that came through the Seaway in 1960, ran aground on the Chinchorro Bank off the Yucatan Peninsula enroute from Tampico to Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, as d) GLENVIEW. It later broke up as a total loss. 1967: DAMMTOR,…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Lake Huron: Saturday; With a southwest gale blowing on Lake Huron, Algoma Intrepid and Algoma Sault both for Goderich have gone to anchor along the western shore north of Port Sanilac. 11:07 Bradshaw McKee / St Marys Challenger went to anchor in Hammond Bay. Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: Saturday 4:27 CSL Assiniboine for Windsor stopped in Lake Michigan to await escort. 8:14 CCGS Griffon arrived off of Mackinac Island and escorted Algoma Niagara to open water in Lake Michigan. The Griffon escorted CSL Assiniboine to Lake Huron. 9:43 USCG Katmai Bay weighed…

Cargo ship collides with Coast Guard icebreaker near Quebec City Quebec City, QC – A collision between a cargo ship and a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker temporarily halted maritime traffic Saturday afternoon in the St. Lawrence River, near the port of Quebec City. The Federal Crimson bulk carrier collided with the stern of the CCGS Pierre Radisson icebreaker near Sainte-Foy, not far from the two bridges connecting Quebec City to the South Shore. It happened while the icebreaker was escorting the cargo vessel through the icy waters. The hull of the icebreaker was damaged in the collision, but the vessel…

January 23 – The CELTIC (wooden schooner-barge, 190 foot, 716 gross tons, built 1890, at W. Bay City, Michigan) broke away from the steamer H.E. RUNNELS during a fierce gale on Lake Huron on 29 November 1902, and was lost with all hands. No wreckage was found until 23 January 1903, when a yawl and the captain’s desk with the ship’s papers were found on Boom Point, southeast of Cockburn Island. GEORGE A. STINSON struck a wall of the Poe Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on January 23, 1979. The damage was estimated at $200,000. The rail car ferry…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: USCG Katmai Bay departed Sault Ste Marie Thursday at 11:41 was off of Mackinac Island Friday at 10:32 to begin ice operations and escort duties in the Straits of Mackinac.  Algoma Niagara went to anchor Friday at 7:55 east of Round Island.  Algoma Intrepid and Algoma Sault both for Goderich stopped at 10:52 in Lake Michigan to await escort. 13:06 USCG Katmai Bay arrived and escorted the two Algoma boats through the Straits of Mackinac. USCG Katmai Bay returned to Lake Michigan to escort the tug Michigan /…

GoFundMe for Richard Gray exceeds $65,000 and growing The GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the family of the late Great Lakes mariner Richard Gray has passed $65,000! Richard, second mate on the American Steamship Co. 1,000-footer Walter J. McCarthy Jr., died Monday night in a shipboard accident. The vessel was anchored offshore at Gary, IN, at the time and getting ready to come in and unload. His wife Danielle and three children survive. He was a graduate of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy. Richard, who was 35, lived in Traverse City, MI., and was active the International Shipmasters’ Association…

The c.) WOODLAND, a.) FRENCH RIVER) was sold to International Capital Equipment of Canada and cleared the lakes from Montreal January 22, 1991, under the Bahamian flag with the modified name to d.) WOODLANDS. GOLDEN HIND was sold on January 22, 1973, to Trico Enterprises Ltd., Hamilton, Bermuda (Quebec & Ontario Transportation Co. Ltd., Thorold, Ontario, mgr.). January 22, 1913 – SAINTE MARIE (Hull#127) was launched at Toledo, Ohio, by Craig Shipbuilding Co. 1976: INGRID WEIDE first came to the Great Lakes in 1953, and the West German freighter returned on many occasions including 23 trips through the Seaway to…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: Wednesday, H. Lee White had been at anchor north of Washington Island and was underway at 17:42 for Toledo.Thursday USCG Mackinaw continued ice operations at the Straits of Mackinac and escorted H Lee White to Lake Huron at 10:45. USCG Mackinaw escorted Algo Canada bound for Green Bay to Lake Michigan and then returned to her berth in Mackinaw City at 18:15. Charlevoix: Thursday; 1:28 Caroline McKee / Commander departed for Chicago. Green Bay, WI  Thursday; 11:48 USCG Mobile Bay departed Sturgeon Bay to conduct ice operations in…

Winter Fleet gathering in Sturgeon Bay  Sturgeon Bay, WI – It’s a busy time at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay. As freighters dock, work gets underway. On a very cold Sunday morning in the Sturgeon Bay chipping channel, the 680-foot-long John J. Boland creept its way into place. Ice fishermen had front-row seats. “It’s pretty neat. I’ve done it a couple times. It’s pretty cool to see, if you want to walk out there and look at it. You can feel the pressure change. It’s pretty cool, a little scary I guess if you’re not used to it,” said…

On 21 January 1895, CHICORA (wooden propeller passenger/package freight vessel, 199 foot, 1,123 gross tons, built in 1892, at Detroit, Michigan) was bound from Milwaukee for St. Joseph on a mid-winter run when he foundered with little trace. All 25 on board were lost. The ship’s dog was found wandering on the beach by St. Joseph, Michigan, a few days later. A well-organized search for the wreck continued until mid-June. Many small pieces of wreckage were washed ashore in the spring. On January 21, 1978, the Multifood Elevator #4 at Duluth, Minnesota, caught fire and collapsed onto the deck of…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: Wednesday, USCG Mackinaw continued ice operations on the Lake Michigan side of the Straits of Mackinac and escorted CSL Assiniboine for Milwaukee through the heavier ice.   Escanaba: Wednesday; 10:46  H Lee White finished unloading and departed for Toledo. At 13:03 H. Lee White went to anchor north of Washington Island probably for weather. Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas Algoma Niagara continued to load Wednesday at Compass Minerals.  Lake Erie Ports – Bill Kloss Toledo: Sam Laud arrived to lay up at 09:19. Arthur M. Anderson followed after at…

Mate killed in accident aboard Walter J. McCarthy Jr. Richard Gray, second mate on the American Steamship Co. 1,000-footer Walter J. McCarthy Jr., died Monday night in a shipboard accident. The vessel was anchored offshore at Gary, IN, at the time and getting ready to come in and unload. His wife Danielle and three children survive. He was a graduate of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy. Richard lived in Traverse City, MI., and was active the International Shipmasters’ Association lodge there. A GoFundMe campaign to help lend some support to his wife and children can be found here:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/supporting-the-family-of-richard-gray?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet …

20 January 1980 – The E. M. FORD (406 foot, 4,498 gross tons, built in 1898, at Lorain, Ohio as a bulk freighter, converted to self-unloading bulk cement carrier in 1956, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin) was raised at her dock in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She sank on Christmas Eve of 1979, when gale force winds forced her from her moorings and repeatedly slammed her bow into the dock facing. Crews had to remove a solid three feet of hardened cement and patch her holed bow before she could be re-floated. NORDIC BLOSSOM was launched January 20, 1981 as the a.) NORDIC…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Northern Lake Michigan  Straits of Mackinac: Tuesday, USCG Mackinaw continued ice operations on the Lake Michigan side of the Straits of Mackinac and escorted Algo Nova for Green Bay and Algoma Intrepid for Chicago . Charlevoix: Tuesday; 4:46  Caroline McKee / Commander departed Beaver Island and proceeded to Charlevoix arriving at the St Marys plant at 7:08 to load cement products. Escanaba: Tuesday; 11:09 Erika Cobasic departed for ice operations in preparation for the arrival of H Lee White at 15:35.  Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas Algoma Niagara arrived at 11:11 Tuesday morning to…

On 19 January 1824, the Welland Canal Company was incorporated to build the first Welland Canal. DAVID M. WHITNEY (steel propeller freighter, 412 foot, 4,626 gross tons) was launched on 19 January 1901, by the Detroit Ship Building Company (Hull #138) in Wyandotte, Michigan, for the Gilchrist Transportation Company of Cleveland, Ohio. Renamed b.) EDWIN L. BOOTH in 1914, c.) G.N. WILSON in 1921, d.) THOMAS BRITT in 1928, and e.) BUCKEYE in 1943. She lasted until 1969, when she was scrapped in Spain. January 19, 1927 – The Grand Trunk carferry MADISON was christened with a bottle of Wisconsin…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Superior Entry: American Century arrived at 13:29 (CST) Monday afternoon as the 5th and last vessel to arrive for winter lay-up in the Twin Ports. They will be spending their lay-up at Lakehead Pipeline. This will be the last report for Duluth-Superior, so see you next season!  Northern Lake Michigan Straits of Mackinac: Monday; 8:16 USCG Mackinaw departed Mackinaw City. At 10:30 she began escorting the tug Michigan and tanker barge Great Lakes for Green Bay and Anglian Lady / IronMaster for Calumet to open water. 12:19 USCG Mackinaw escorted …

Final laker arrives at Superior, signaling end of the shipping season Superior, WI – The final arrival for the 2021 shipping season, and it was the American Century.  She and her crew sailed into the icy waters of the Superior entry on Monday afternoon. A small group of families and photographers welcomed her in and were greeted with a salute from the captain. Brandon Jutz and his family were vacationing up in Two Harbors, and made a stop in Superior to see the arrival. “My dad used to sail on the Great Lakes, and I used to repair boats. We’re…

1925: JOHN RUGEE, a wooden steamer in the George Hall Coal Co. fleet, was destroyed by a fire while spending the winter at Ogdensburg. On 18 January 2004, the Great Lakes Fleet’s 1,000 footer EDGAR B. SPEER became stuck in the ice in the Rock Cut in the St. Mary’s River. Over the next two days, the U.S.C.G.C. MACKINAW tried to free her, but unsuccessfully. On 21 January, the tugs RELIANCE, MISSOURI, JOSEPH H. THOMPSON JR and JOYCE L. VAN ENKEVORT all coordinated their efforts under the direction of Wellington Maritime’s Captain John Wellington and got the SPEER free. The…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Superior Entry: American Century, the last to arrive for winter lay-up, is expected early Monday afternoon for the Lakehead Pipeline Dock. Northern Lake Huron  McGregor Bay: Saturday; 7:36 CCGS Griffon resumed ice operations for the departure of Algoma Sault at 8:58 from Fisher Harbour. CCGS Griffon is bound for Sarnia, Algoma Sault for Chicago.  Owen Sound: Saturday; 5:44 Robert S Pierson arrived at the Great Lakes Elevator to unload grain.  Alpena: Saturday; 2:41 The tug Manitou departed the Thunder Bay River to conduct ice operations at the Lafarge plant. 4;36…

Soo Locks closed for the season Sunday Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The final lockage for the season at the Soo Locks had not one, but three boats. Leading the way is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tug Owen M. Frederick, followed by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay and the 635-foot-long Sam Laud. The Laud surprised many boat watchers by sneaking out of the steel mill behind the Indiana Harbor to pass through the Poe Lock Sunday afternoon. Dirk S. VanEnkevort/Michigan Trader were downbound earlier in the day. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers   Ice breaking operations…

JOHN E. F. MISENER was float launched in 1951, as a.) SCOTT MISENER (Hull#11) at St. Catharines, Ontario, by Port Weller Drydocks, Ltd. NORTHERN VENTURE closed the Welland Canal for the season as she passed downbound for Hamilton with coal in 1975. In 1978, the CLIFFS VICTORY, JOSEPH H. FRANTZ, WILLIAM G. MATHER, ROBERT C. NORTON, CRISPIN OGLEBAY and J. BURTON AYERS formed a convoy in the Detroit River bound for Cleveland. PHILIP D. BLOCK (Hull#789) was launched at Lorain, Ohio, by the American Ship Building in 1925. The tanker GREAT LAKES was launched in 1963, as the a.) SINCLAIR…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 16:44 (CST) Saturday afternoon for winter lay-up at Port Terminal. As of Saturday night, Paul R. Tregurtha and James R. Barker were laid up at Port Terminal. No other vessel traffic is expected until late March. Superior Entry: As of Saturday night, Lee A. Tregurtha and Burns Harbor were laid up at Fraser shipyards and Elevator M. American Century, the last arrival for winter lay-up, is expected Monday morning at Lakehead Pipeline. Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney The Indiana Harbor departed…

Sunday Soo Update. Sam Laud will be the last commercial boat down for the season. USCG Biscayne Bay will join them in the Poe Lock. At 12:10 p.m. the Laud was dropping lines at Algoma and will follow the Indiana Harbor. Arthur M. Anderson got underway from the Nine Mile anchorage area about 10 a.m., using a track freshly groomed by USCG Katmai Bay and USCG Bristol Bay. Dirk S. VanEnkevort/Michigan Trader were downbound at Mission Point just after noon. Shipping season ends with a busy day on the river Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The last full day of…

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. 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…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Arthur M. Anderson departed at 07:18 (CST) Friday morning with iron ore pellets for Conneaut. As of Friday night, only the layed-up James R. Barker was in port at Port Terminal. Paul R. Tregurtha is expected Saturday late afternoon for winter lay-up at either Port Terminal or SMET. Superior Entry: No vessel traffic has taken place since the last report. Winter Lay-up boats Lee A. Tregurtha (at Fraser Shipyards) and Burns Harbor (at Elevator M) are the only vessels in port on the Superior side. The last vessel…

Traffic at the Soo Locks dwindles as season nears end Saturday morning update: At 9 am Saturday, Katmai Bay was breaking ice ice ahead of the downbound convoy consisting of Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Harvest Spirit, John G. Munson, Robert S. Pierson and john G, Munson. The vessels have been stopped overnight above Nine Mile and will now parade through the Rock Cut. On the other side of Neebish Island, American Century and Sam Laud are coming up. Sunny, -13, wind chill -34. Sault Ste. Marie, MI – With the shipping season set to close on Saturday night, the final…

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,…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: John G. Munson arrived at 05:39 (CST) Thursday morning to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. Lee A. Tregurtha arrived at 11:02 for winter lay-up at Fraser Shipyards. James R. Barker arrived at 13:09 to fuel before laying up for winter at Port Terminal. John G. Munson departed at 17:48 with iron ore pellets for Gary. Finally, Arthur M. Anderson arrived at 18:05 to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. As of Thursday night, Arthur M. Anderson was loading at CN#6, and James R. Barker was laid up…

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…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: No vessel traffic has taken place since the last report. As of Wednesday night, no vessels were in port on the Duluth side. John G. Munson is expected early Thursday morning to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. Lee A. Tregurtha is expected late morning for winter lay-up at Fraser Shipyards. Arthur M. Anderson is expected early afternoon to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. Finally, James R. Barker is expected early afternoon for winter lay-up at Port Terminal. Superior Entry: Frontenac departed at 02:49 (CST) Wednesday morning…

SS Badger heads home ahead of winter fleet Sturgeon Bay, WI – Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding said goodbye to one of its dock tenants on Wednesday. Sarter Marine Towing started its journey to Ludington, MI, at approximately 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon to deliver the SS Badger. The Lake Michigan-based car ferry had been in Sturgeon Bay since early November for its quinquennial maintenance and a new paint job. Handling the tow were Sarter Marine Towing tugs Jimmy L leading the way, Donny S on the stern, and William C. Gaynor on the bow. Former Army tug LT-805 finds new home…

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…

Tuesday; With a south gale blowing on Lake Michigan a number of vessels have gone to anchor on the Lake Huron side of the Straits of Mackinac to wait out the weather. Defiance / Ashtabula for Brevort and Clyde S Van Enkevort / Erie Trader for Indiana Harbor are anchored off of St Ignace. Joseph L Block for Indiana Harbor is anchored off of Mackinaw City. Victory Maumee for Burns Harbor is anchored east of Cheboygan off of High Banks.  Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: As of Tuesday night, no vessels were in…

Croatia’s 3. Maj gets nod to finish construction of bulk cargo ship for Algoma Zagreb, Croatia – Croatian shipyard 3.Maj said on Tuesday it received the green light to complete the construction of a bulk cargo vessel for Canadian marine shipping company Algoma Central Corporation. On January 11, the supervisory board of 3. Maj gave its consent to the shipyard’s director to sign a contract with the Canadian company for completion of the construction of Vessel 527, the shipyard said in a filing to the Zagreb bourse. In September, the 3. May shipyard said it was buying Vessel 527 for…

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…

Welland Canal closes for the season with a boost in ship traffic The Welland Canal is closed after an extended season. The last ship made its way through the locks on Friday, marking the third straight year the season was extended into the new year. The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation says they finished the year about 10% above the usual amount of traffic. They point to a strong end of the season as iron ore and grain travelled through the canal. Seaway management expects the canal to reopen sometime in late March. Icebreaker Griffon to clear Midland ice…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors on 01/10 at 07:27 for Conneaut. Arriving Two Harbors on 01/10 at 08:08 was the John J. Boland after being anchored off Duluth. Due Two Harbors on 01/11 is the H. Lee White after having been anchored off Bay Mills above the Soo. She got underway the afternoon of 01/11. St. Marys River As the season winds down, vessels are now having to deal with ice in the lower river. Upbound Walter J. McCarthy Jr. required cutter assistance Monday morning through the usual…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney. Joseph L. Block departed Two Harbors on 01/09 at 08:57 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors on 01/09 at 09:50 was the Edgar B. Speer after being anchored off Duluth. Anchored off Duluth on 01/09 is the John J. Boland that is waiting on the Two Harbors dock. Anchored above the Soo Locks on 01/09 is the H Lee. White that is heading for Two Harbors. Thunder Bay, ON Sunday: CCGS Samuel Risley resumed ice operations. 6:43 Algoma Equinox arrived at the Midcontinent Terminal from Superior. Whitefish…

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. January 10, 1998 – Glen Bowden, former co-owner of the…

Sturgeon Bay lay-up list released See image below. St. Marys Challenger pilothouse moved to National Museum The pilothouse of the former laker/now barge St. Marys Challenger was recently moved to its permanent home at the National Museum of the Great Lakes. Sam Hankinson documented the event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTgWLJpoYbs Lay-up reports needed As the end of the shipping season approaches, please send reports of vessel lay-ups to [email protected] This will help us compile our annual lay-up list. Include vessel name, date, port and name of lay-up dock. Click here to view the Lay-Up List: https://boatnerd.com/winter-layup-2021-2022/

Please send port reports to [email protected] Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney Presque Isle departed Two Harbors on 01/08 at 01:25 for Gary. The Joseph L. Block arrived Two Harbors on 01/08 at 02:30 after having been anchored off Duluth.As of 19:00 on 01/08 she’s still at the loading dock. The Edgar B. Speer is still anchored off Duluth. Her AIS says Duluth, but Harbor Lockout has her loading in Two Harbors. Arriving off Duluth at approx. 18:45 on 01/08 was the John J. Boland to wait on Two Harbors. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay has no scheduled on…

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…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney. American Century departed Two Harbors on 01/06 at 22:41. As of 18:30 on 01/07 she doesn’t have an updated AIS. The Presque Isle shifted from her lay-by berth between 23:36 and 00:00. At 18:30 on 01/07 she was still at the loading dock. The Joseph L. Block on 01/07 continues to be anchored off Duluth waiting on the Two Harbors dock. After taking a delay in Duluth the Edgar B. Speer went to anchor off Duluth on 01/07 to wait on Two Harbors. Due Two…

JOHN HULST (Hull#286) was launched in 1938, at River Rouge, Michigan, by Great Lakes Engineering Works for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. 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. On 8 January 1877, the tug KATE FELCHER burned at East…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney American Century arrived Two Harbors on 01/06 at 01:55 for South of #2. Great Republic departed Two Harbors on 01/06 at 05:34 for Gary after waiting on weather. The Presque Isle stopped off Two Harbors on 01/06 at 09:00. She got underway at 14:00 and arrived around 14:20. Looking at AIS shows she’s at North of #2, but on the boat launch cam it looks like she’s at South of #1. The Joseph L. Block arrived off Duluth between 13:00 and 13:30 to wait on the Two…

Badger, Alpena out of drydock Sturgeon Bay, WI – The carferry Badger and the cement carrier Alpena are now out of drydock and moored at Bay Shipbuilding, where work continues on the two classic steamers. Sarter Marine Towing tugs towed the vessels out of drydock on Thursday. Reports indicate the Badger may return to Ludington by tow next week.   Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron wetter than average Thunder Bay, ON – In contrast to the dry conditions observed in November, weather and water supplies to Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron were wetter than average in December. Lake Superior water levels remain…

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,…

Please send port reports to [email protected] With gale and storm force winds blowing from the north to the NE and predicted wave heights of 20 plus feet in parts of Lake Superior several other vessels are waiting out the weather. American Mariner down bound from Superior, and Algoma Equinox for Duluth Superior have all gone to anchor in Thunder Bay. American Integrity for Duluth is anchored in Goulais Bay, Hon James L Oberstar for Duluth and Paul R Tregurtha for Superior are anchored off of Bay Mills and American Spirit for Superior is off of Dollar Settlement in the SE…

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…

Please send port reports to [email protected] A significant winter storm has developed over the region and gale / storm warnings have been issued Tuesday and Wednesday for most of Lake Superior.  With winds from the north to the NE several vessels are sailing the northern route. Joseph L Block for Two Harbors has anchored in Ashburton Bay on the west side of the Neys Peninsula. Whitefish Bay had been scheduled for Superior but diverted to Thunder Bay on Monday afternoon arriving at Keefer Terminal at 20:54 to wait out the weather. Tuesday; 7:46 Laura L Van Enkevort / Joseph H…

St. Lawrence Seaway reports shipping traffic up 1.66% Great Lakes shipping doesn’t appear to be contributing to the global supply chain issues. The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership reported St. Lawrence Seaway traffic saw an increase of 1.66% when compared to last year. Import volumes into the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System continue to climb as east and west coast ports experience congestion and shipping delays, officials said. A total of 33,329,000 metric tons of cargo shipped through the Seaway from the opening of the navigation season on March 22 through Nov. 30. Additionally, total transits year-to-date reached 3,405 vessels, a…

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…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Arthur M. Anderson arrived at 20:22 (CST) Monday night to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. John G. Munson arrived at 20:35 to also load at CN#6. As of Monday night, Arthur M. Anderson was loading at the CN#6 shiploader while John G. Munson waited at the end of the dock. Indiana Harbor was anchored off Duluth waiting to load at SMET. James R. Barker still has an unknown departure time due to loading issues at SMET. Arthur M. Anderson is estimated to depart Tuesday morning with iron…

Detroit vessel traffic numbers for 2021 Detroit, MI – Here’s a summary of what shipping looked like for Detroit in 2021. There were 1,141 total vessel arrivals in Detroit between Jan 1 and Dec 31, and 645 of those vessel arrivals were to either load or unload cargo. The remaining 496 vessel calls were to take on fuel, layby, lay-up or repairs. (Docks located within the cities of Detroit, River Rouge, Ecorse, and Dearborn, all included and considered to comprise the port of Detroit). Kaye E. Barker led the way in 2021 with 55 visits to Detroit, easily the most…

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…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: No vessel traffic has taken place since the last report. As of Sunday night, Defiance and Ashtabula were still anchored outside Duluth waiting to load in Two Harbors; Indiana Harbor was also anchored outside Duluth, but to load low sulfur coal at SMET. James R. Barker still has an unknown departure time due to a delay at the dock; Indiana Harbor should arrive once they depart. Arthur M. Anderson and John G. Munson are expected Monday night to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. Superior Entry: No vessel…

Quebec Express first ship to reach the Port of Montreal in 2022 Montreal, QC – Vylona Jessy’s birthday is Jan. 1 and this year her husband, Captain Felino D’Souza of the Quebec Express, plans to gift her with a prize awarded to him by the Montreal Port Authority. For more than 180 years, the port authority has awarded a gold-headed cane to the first ocean-going vessel of the year to reach the Port of Montreal. The Quebec Express of the Hapag-Lloyd shipping line crossed the port’s downstream limit at Sorel at 12:21 a.m. D’Souza is the son of a sailor…

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…

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…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: American Century departed at 21:17 (CST) Thursday night with low sulfur coal for St. Clair. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived at 22:52 to load petroleum coke at SMET. Wilfred Sykes departed at 02:36 Friday morning with iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor. James R. Barker arrived at 07:00 to take a delay at Port Terminal before shifting to load at SMET. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed at 13:12 with petroleum coke for Picton. Mesabi Miner arrived at 13:45 to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. Paul…

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Please send port reports to [email protected] Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney. Presque Isle departed Two Harbors on 12/31 at 09:51 for Gary. Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors on 12/31 at 11:07. Defiance/Ashtabula went to anchor off Duluth on 12/31 at 10:07 to await the Two Harbors dock.  At 19:00 on 12/31 the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. is North of Sand Island and the Great Republic is following the Michigan shore of Lake Superior near the Keweenaw both for Two Harbors. When I did my Port Report for 12/31 there was no traffic due Northshore Mining in Silver…

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…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Wilfred Sykes arrived at 21:42 (CST) Wednesday night to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. American Integrity departed at 07:48 Thursday morning with low sulfur coal for St. Clair. As of Thursday night, Wilfred Sykes was still loading at CN#6. American Century is estimated to depart Thursday night with low sulfur coal. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin is expected later Thursday night to load petroleum coke at SMET. James R. Barker is expected Friday morning to load low sulfur coal at SMET. Mesabi Miner is expected early afternoon…

St. Marys Challenger pilothouse moved to National Museum Toledo, Ohio – The pilothouse of the former Great Lakes freighter St. Marys Challenger, which was converted to a barge in 2014, was moved Thursday from storage to its permanent home on the grounds of the National Museum of the Great Lakes. In November 2013, St. Marys Challenger reached the end of her working life as a self-propelled vessel. She steamed to the Bay Shipbuilding Co. in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, to be cut down to an articulated lake barge pushed by a dedicated tugboat. The vessel’s pilothouse was conserved and, in spring…

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. 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…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: American Century arrived at 03:53 (CST) Wednesday morning to take a delay at Lakehead Pipeline; they will be loading low sulfur coal at SMET before departing. American Integrity arrived at 15:12 to load low sulfur coal at SMET. As of Wednesday night, no vessels were in port on the Duluth side. Wilfred Sykes is expected Wednesday night to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. American Integrity is estimated to depart early Thursday with low sulfur coal. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin is expected early afternoon to load petroleum…

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,…

Coast Guard begins Operation Taconite Sault Ste. Marie, MI – U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie commenced Operation Taconite to prevent newly formed ice from hampering commercial shipping across the western Great Lakes. On Tuesday, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay was assigned to manage the ice breaking needs of western Lake Superior, specifically the twin ports of Duluth, MN and Superior, WI. Wednesday, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay joins the operation, initially to work the ice in southern Green Bay before making their way to the St Marys River. As ice coverage expands, U.S. Coast Guard officials…

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. 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…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Arthur M. Anderson departed at 23:38 (CST) Monday night with iron ore pellets for Nanticoke. John J. Boland arrived at 00:11 Tuesday morning to load petroleum coke at SMET. Dirk S. VanEnkevort departed at 10:49 with iron ore pellets for Cleveland. John J. Boland departed at 11:10 with petroleum coke for Thorold. Samuel de Champlain and Innovation arrived at 13:35 to unload cement at Lafarge. As of Tuesday night, no vessels were in port on the Duluth side. American Century is expected early Wednesday morning to fuel then…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Mesabi Miner departed at 08:44 (CST) Saturday morning with iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor. Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 09:17 Sunday morning with low sulfur coal for St. Clair. Sam Laud arrived at 09:38 to load petroleum coke at SMET; they departed at 18:09 with petroleum coke for Alpena. Arthur M. Anderson arrived at 20:04 to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. Dirk S. VanEnkevort and Michigan Trader arrived at 17:32 Monday evening to also load iron ore pellets at CN#6. As of Monday night, Dirk S.…

On 28 December 1907, CALDERA (steel propeller freighter, 504 foot, 6,328 gross tons) was launched at W. Bay City, Michigan. HENRY FORD II was laid up in the Rouge Steel slip at Dearborn, Michigan, on December 28, 1988. 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…

Please send port reports to [email protected]  Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney The Indiana Harbor departed Two Harbors on 12/26 at 01:52 for Conneaut. The John G. Munson was due Two Harbors on 12/26 late in the afternoon, but went to anchor near Sand Island. The Edwin H. Gott and Joseph L. Block are due Two Harbors late in the day on 12/26, but with blizzard warnings up on the North Shore until 18:00 on 12/27 they possibly could be looking to anchor. The American Spirit is due Two Harbors on 12/27. As of 18:30 on 12/26 she was…

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…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed Two Harbors on 12/24 at 20:39. As of 17:30 on 12/25 she doesn’t have an updated AIS. Arriving Two Harbors on 12/24 at 21:17 was the Great Republic. She departed on 12/25 at 07:02 for Gary. The Indiana Harbor arrived Two Harbors on 12/25 at 08:20 after being anchored off Port Wing, WI. Due Two Harbors on 12/26 are the John G. Munson and the Joseph L. Block. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no Traffic on Christmas Day and none scheduled…

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,…

Merry Christmas from Boatnerd! Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Algoma Mariner departed at 22:04 (CST) Thursday night with iron ore pellets for Hamilton. James R. Barker departed at 02:39 Friday morning with low sulfur coal for St. Clair. Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 12:38 to fuel then load low sulfur coal at SMET. Mesabi Miner arrived at 18:35 to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. As of Friday night, Mesabi Miner was loading at CN#6. Sam Laud is expected Saturday afternoon to load petroleum coke at SMET; they might anchor on arrival to…

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. 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…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: American Century departed at 23:01 (CST) Wednesday night with low sulfur coal for St. Clair. American Integrity arrived at 23:27 to load low sulfur coal at SMET. Algoma Mariner arrived at 13:19 Thursday afternoon to fuel at Husky. American Integrity departed at 14:19 with low sulfur coal for St. Clair. James R. Barker arrived at 15:10 to load low sulfur coal at SMET. As of Thursday night, Algoma Mariner was still at Husky Fuel. Algoma Mariner is estimated to depart sometime Thursday night. James R. Barker is estimated…

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,…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Stewart J. Cort arrived at 03:05 (CST) Wednesday morning to take a delay at Port Terminal. American Century arrived at 05:09 to load low sulfur coal at SMET. As of Wednesday afternoon, Stewart J. Cort was taking a delay at Port Terminal while American Integrity was anchored outside Duluth waiting to load at SMET. American Century is estimated to depart Wednesday evening with low sulfur coal; American Integrity is expected to arrive once the Century departs. James R. Barker is expected late morning Thursday to load low sulfur…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: No vessel traffic has taken place since the last report. As of Tuesday night, no vessels were in port on the Duluth side. Stewart J. Cort is expected early Wednesday morning to take a delay at Port Terminal; they will eventually load iron ore pellets at BNSF. American Century is also due early morning, but to load low sulfur coal at SMET. American Integrity is expected late-morning to also load low sulfur coal at SMET, so they might anchor outside Duluth to wait.  Superior Entry: No vessel traffic…

The Steamship Grandpa Built: Family holiday gathering includes stop to see SS Badger in dry dock Sturgeon Bay, WI – A recent family gathering for the holidays included a tour of the Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding dry dock in Sturgeon Bay for the extended family of the late Ray Christianson, who once ran the yard. Susan Shannon, great-niece of Christianson, served as the Christy Corporation’s president when the SS Badger was constructed, and she wanted her family members to see the historical steamship up close while it’s in dry dock this fall for maintenance work. She gained clearance from Fincantieri staff…

DETROIT EDISON grounded on Gray’s Reef in northern Lake Michigan December 22, 1980, inflicting heavy damage to 350 feet of her bottom. She was later sold for scrap. SAVIC, b.) CLIFFS VICTORY finally arrived at Masan, South Korea, December 22, 1986, for dismantling, which was completed in 1987. GORDON C. LEITCH (i), no longer economically able to compete, was laid up on December 22, 1981, and was used for grain storage at Toronto. RAYMOND H REISS arrived at Ramey’s Bend, Port Colborne, Ontario, on December 22, 1980, for scrapping there. LIGHTSHIP 103 was commissioned December 22, 1920. On 22 December…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Hon. James L. Oberstar departed at 05:42 (CST) Monday morning empty to load iron ore pellets in Two Harbors. Dirk S. VanEnkevort and Michigan Trader departed at 10:45 with iron ore pellets for Cleveland. As of Monday night, no vessels were in port on the Duluth side. No vessel traffic is expected until Wednesday. Superior Entry: Burns Harbor departed at 02:28 (CST) Monday morning with iron ore pellets for her namesake port. American Spirit arrived at 02:58 to load at BNSF; they departed at 16:25 with iron ore…

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…

Ojibway runs aground in Seaway Update: The Ojbway was moving again in the early afternoon and, after turning around, resumed her downbound voyage. Monday at around 2 a.m., the bulk carrier Ojibway ran aground just east of Cardinal, ON., in the St. Lawrence Seaway. According to Michael Folsom’s Seaway Ship Watchers Network on Twitter, she is around off Sparrowhawk Point on the U.S. side. Crews are currently assessing the ship and developing a plan to release her, however she is not believed to be hard aground. She was on her way to Port Cartier from Hamilton with grain. There are…

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…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Maria G. departed at 00:39 (CST) Sunday morning with wheat for an overseas port. Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 06:19 with low sulfur coal for St. Clair. John G. Munson arrived at 07:45 to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. Dirk S. VanEnkevort and Michigan Trader arrived at 08:16 to also load iron ore pellets at CN#6. Hon. James L. Oberstar arrived at 10:05 to load coal at SMET. Finally, John G. Munson departed at 20:36 with iron ore pellets. As of Sunday night, Dirk. S. VanEnkevort and…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Mesabi Miner departed at 01:19 (CST) Saturday morning with iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor. Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 15:18 to fuel and load low sulfur coal at SMET. As of Saturday night, no vessels were in port on the Duluth side. John G. Munson is expected mid-morning Sunday to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. Dirk S. VanEnkevort is also due for the same dock and cargo around the same time, but they might anchor outside Duluth to wait. Hon. James L. Oberstar is expected late…

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. On December 19, 2000, the tug MEREDITH ASHTON, assisted by tug Candace Elise, arrived at the MCM dock in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, towing the hull of the former laker WILLIAM H. DONNER, which will be scrapped there. The DONNER was built in 1914 at Ashtabula and spent much of her career sailing for the Bethlehem Steel Co. She had most…

Canada Steamship lines GEORGIAN BAY (Hull#149) was launched during a snowstorm on December 18, 1953, at Collingwood, Ontario by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd. 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…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: James R. Barker departed at 05:01 (CST) Friday morning with low sulfur coal for St. Clair. As of Friday night, Mesabi Miner was still loading at CN#6. Mesabi Miner is estimated to depart sometime Friday night or Saturday morning with iron ore pellets. Maria G. may depart sometime Saturday with wheat. Paul R. Tregurtha is expected Saturday evening to fuel then load low sulfur coal at SMET. Superior Entry: Indiana Harbor departed at 06:37 (CST) Friday morning with iron ore pellets for Conneaut. As of Friday night, Maria…

A significant low pressure system situated north of Lake Superior is causing gale and storm force winds on all the upper lakes. Most vessels have sought shelter and gone to anchor to wait out the weather. Lake Michigan: Joseph L Block for Two Harbors is anchored off of the north shore  of Washington Island.. Lake Huron: Algoma Harvester for Thunder Bay, CSL Assiniboine for Silver Bay and the saltie Sunda for Goderich are in the Sarnia anchorage. Manitowoc is anchored in North Bay off of Presque Isle. Dorothy Ann / Pathfinder for Burns Harbor  are in the Calcite anchorage. Karen…

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…

Port of Toledo having strong 2021 shipping season Toledo, OH – 2021 has been a great year for the Port of Toledo, and the good news doesn’t end there. Joe Cappel is the Vice President of Business Development for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. “In terms of tonnage, we have surpassed the 10 million ton mark. That is something we haven’t done since 2014.” There was a more than 60% jump in iron ore coming into the port this year. “We anticipated the increase in that tonnage due to a full year of production at Cleveland Cliffs, but we also…

Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Mesabi Miner arrived at 17:18 (CST) Wednesday evening to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. As of Wednesday night, Mesabi Miner was loading at CN#6. James R. Barker is expected late Wednesday night to load low sulfur coal at SMET. No other traffic is expected for the next day or so due to incoming weather. Superior Entry: Indiana Harbor arrived at 02:52 (CST) Wednesday morning to load iron ore pellets at BNSF. As of Wednesday night, Indiana Harbor was loading at BNSF while Maria G. was loading at CHS#1. Indiana Harbor has an unknown…

Staggering wave heights expected on Lake Superior Sault Ste. Marie – A deepening low pressure system that has prompted wind warnings all around Lake Superior will show us all that Lake Superior acts more like an ocean than an inland lake. Wave heights are forecast to reach as high as 25 feet or 7.6 meters at the peak of the storm Thursday night. To put that into perspective, 23 to 26 foot waves sank the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975. The highest wave ever recorded was a height of 29 feet (8.8 meters) on October 24, 2017 on Lake Superior just…

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. 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…

Michigan teens deliver care packages to Great Lakes freighter crews Two teenagers from mid-Michigan have delivered care packages to sailors on Great Lakes freighters again this season. Brendan Falkowski and Brock Johnson are both seniors in high school. Last fall, the two started the SN Caring for our Sailors program, with a mission of putting together care packages for sailors on Great Lakes freighters. The project turned out to be a huge success. Care packages were sent to 29 ships and reached 565 sailors. The project was meant as a COVID relief project. They decided to do the project once…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Whistler departed at 01:23 (CST) Tuesday morning with wheat for an overseas port. Floragracht departed at 15:24 empty for Matane. Maria G. arrived at 16:07 to load wheat at CHS#1. Drawsko departed at 20:45 with wheat for Escoumins. As of Tuesday night, no vessels were in port on the Duluth side. Mesabi Miner is expected Wednesday evening to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. James R. Barker is expected Wednesday night to load low sulfur coal at SMET. Superior Entry: American Integrity departed at 02:54 (CST) Tuesday morning…

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…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: John G. Munson arrived at 19:46 (CST) Saturday night to unload limestone at CN-Hallett #5. Presque Isle arrived at 09:26 Sunday morning to take a delay at CN#6; they departed at 14:25 for Two Harbors. Drawsko arrived at 17:33 to load wheat at Riverland Ag. John G. Munson departed at 19:23 with iron ore pellets for Conneaut. American Century arrived at 10:55 Monday morning to load low sulfur coal at SMET. Meredith Ashton departed at 16:26 with an empty barge for Calcite. American Century departed at 23:30 with…

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. 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…

Please send port reports to [email protected]  Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney Spruceglen departed Two Harbors on 12/11 at 19:00 for Quebec City. The Victory/Maumee shifted from South of #1 to South of #2 between 19:10 and 19:28. As of 17:30 on 12/12 she was still at the loading dock. The American Mariner, that had been stopped off Two Harbors, departed Two Harbors anchorage and went to anchor off the Twin Ports at 22:05 on 12/11. As of 17:30 on 12/12 she was still at anchor. The Presque Isle went to CN-#6 in Duluth for repairs and then departed…

On December 13, 1989, Kinsman’s HENRY STEINBRENNER, a.) WILLIAM A. MC GONAGLE was laid up at Toledo’s Lakefront Dock.CANADIAN ENTERPRISE entered service for Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd. on December 13, 1979. 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…

New double-ended ferry launched for Lake Erie Designed by TAI Engineers, LLC and built in Houma, La. by Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors, LLC (TMC), the new ferry Carmen Lee is expected to enter service in early 2022 for a partnership between the Lorain Port Authority (LPA) and Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line in Ohio. It can hold 149 passengers and 36 trucks and automobiles, providing service between Marblehead, Ohio and Kelleys Island, Ohio. Similar to an existing Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line ferry Shirley Irene already serving the route, the 168- by 45-foot Carmen Lee is specifically designed to operate on…

Many vessels delayed Saturday by high winds With storm warnings issued for most of Lake Huron and Lake Erie Saturday, a number of vessels went to anchor to wait out the weather. Lake Huron – Lower St. Marys River Sam Laud for the Soo and James R. Barker for Toledo were anchored off of the southwest shore between Lexington and Port Sanilac MI. Manitowoc, Algoma Compass and Algoma Intrepid were anchored in Saginaw Bay. Calumet was anchored in Thunder Bay off of Alpena. Bradshaw McKee / St Marys Conquest for Milwaukee were anchored in the South Channel off…

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…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney Two Harbors saw the departure of the Edwin H. Gott on 12/10 at 04:55 for Nanticoke. Arriving Two Harbors on 12/10 at 07:03 was the Joseph L. Block. She had been stopped off Port Wing, WI. As of 17:15 on 12/10 she was still at the loading dock. Arriving Two Harbors on 12/10 at 16:36 for South of #1 layby was the Arthur M. Anderson. She had unloaded stone in Duluth. Due Two Harbors on 12/11 are the Victory/Maumee, American Mariner, and the Presque Isle. The Spruceglen…

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. 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…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Great Republic departed at 19:52 (CST) Tuesday night with iron ore pellets for Gary. James R. Barker arrived at 11:10 Wednesday morning to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. Mesabi Miner arrived at 12:14 to load low sulfur coal at SMET. As of Wednesday afternoon, James R. Barker was loading at CN#6 and Gardno was loading at Riverland Ag. Mesabi Miner is estimated to depart early Thursday with low sulfur coal; Walter J. McCarthy Jr. is expected to come in shortly before or after to load low sulfur…

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. 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…

Fire-gutted St. Clair towed from Toledo to Port Colborne for scrap Toledo, OH – On Tuesday, the McKeil Marine tug Molly M 1 took the fire-damaged former American Steamship Co. self-unloader St. Clair from Toledo headed for the Marine Recycling Corp. scrapyard at Port Colborne, ON, where the vessel will be cut up. St. Clair was launched July 24, 1975 at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, WI. When hull # 714 slid down the ways, she was the largest vessel ever to be side launched, built at a cost of $24.3 million. The 770-foot-long vessel was built primarily to deliver…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Duluth-Superior – Scott Bjorklund Duluth Entry: Great Republic arrived at 08:18 (CST) Monday morning with limestone for CN-Hallett #5. Whistler arrived at 16:51 to load wheat at CHS#1. Federal Clyde departed at 19:49 empty for Thunder Bay. Gardno arrived at 20:14 to load wheat at Riverland Ag. As of Tuesday evening, Great Republic was loading at CN#6 while Gardno was loading at Riverland Ag. Great Republic is estimated to depart sometime Tuesday night with iron ore pellets. James R. Barker is expected late-morning Wednesday to load iron ore pellets at CN#6. Mesabi Miner is…

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. 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…

Wintry weather on upper lakes sends vessels to anchor With gale and storm force winds blowing on all the upper lakes, a number of vessels went to anchor to wait out the weather. Lake Michigan:  Bradshaw Mckee / St Marys Conquest had departed Charlevoix Sunday 20:15 and proceeded to Suttons Bay to anchor. With a westerly gale blowing most vessels were hugging the lee of the western shore Monday. Lake Huron:  Kaye E Barker, Defiance / Ashtabula for Buffington, Sam Laud for Calcite and Calumet for Meldrum Bay were all anchored along the shore north of St Ignace. Algoma Harvester for Quebec City and…

Please send port reports to [email protected] Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney Michipicoten arrived Two Harbors on 12/05 at 21:41 for South of #2. She departed on 12/06 at 09:44 for Algoma Steel. That should be the North Shore traffic for 12/06. Two Harbors should see the Edgar B. Speer arrive on 12/07. She looks to be heading for the North route. The James R. Barker is still showing a Two Harbors AIS, but as of 11:30 on 12/06, she is still anchored off Bay Mills. The Indiana Harbor was showing a North Shore Mining in Silver Bay destination,…

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