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Port Reports -  September 3

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
H. Lee White arrived Duluth at 08:55 Sunday morning, and headed to Graymont Superior to offload limestone. Michipicoten was inbound at 12:32 to load iron ore pellets, and American Integrity departed at 13:40 with ore from CN. Beatrix remained at anchor waiting to load grain at Riverland Ag. The White was expected to depart at 17:00 Sunday evening for Silver Bay to load, and Michipicoten was due to finish loading and depart at 20:00. In Superior, Burns Harbor departed at 07:27 after loading ore at Burlington Northern. Baie Comeau then arrived at 08:05, loaded, and was outbound at 14:18. Her fleetmate Thunder Bay was inbound shortly thereafter, and was expected to depart early Monday morning.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
CSL Laurentien departed Two Harbors on September 1st at approx. 22:12 for Quebec City. The Algowood arrived Two Harbors on September 1st at approx. 22:30 for South of #2. She departed Two Harbors on September 2nd at 15:32 for Hamilton. Arriving Two Harbors on September 2nd was the Algoma Discovery at 18:16 for South of #2. Due Two Harbors on September 2nd is the American Spirit, around 21:00. There is no scheduled traffic for Two Harbors on the 3rd.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on the 2nd and none scheduled on the 3rd. However, as the 19:45 on the 2nd the H. Lee White had just departed Graymont in Superior and there is a possibility she could head to Silver Bay to load.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday September 2nd: 0:33 Tecumseh departed Superior Elevator and went to anchor southwest of the Welcome Islands. 4:49 Baie St Paul arrived and went to anchor. 6:21 Algoma Strongfield weighed anchor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. 13:05 Baie St Paul weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load grain. 16:14 Federal Oshima weighed anchor after 4 days in the harbor and proceeded to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 18:04 Federal Dart weighed anchor after 8 days in the harbor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load. This is her first ever visit to Thunder Bay. 20:27 Cedarglen departed G3 downbound. 20:42 Tecumseh weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load grain. Expected for Monday: Federal Kushiro due at 1:00.

St. Marys River
Sunday’s upbound traffic included Federal Kushiro early, CSL Tadoussac mid-day and Algonova after dark. Downbounders included James R. Barker, Federal Alster, Kaye E. Barker, Cuyahoga, Algoma Guardian, Alpena and Mesabi Miner.

Northern Lake Huron
Saturday September 1st, Calcite: 22:15 Olive L Moore departed for Bay City. 22:19 Philip R Clarke arrived to load. Sunday, Stoneport: 4:38 Great Republic departed for Cleveland. Calcite: 3:07 Joseph H Thompson Jr. departed for Ashtabula. 15:58 John G Munson arrived to load limestone. 20:49 Philip R Clarke departed for Detroit. Port Dolomite: Clyde S VanEnkevort departed for Duluth. Drummond Island: 20:51 Sam Laud arrived to load limestone. Bruce Mines: Manitowoc departed after loading trap rock and is south bound on Lake Michigan. Midland: 7:12 Frontenac arrived to unload wheat from Thunder Bay at the ADM Elevator.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
On the Saginaw River, for the month of August, there were 21 commercial vessel passages. This was an increase of two passages over August of 2017 and three more than the 5-year average of 18 passages. For the year-to-date, there have been 85 commercial vessel passages. Also an increase over 2017 by eight vessel passages and 12 passages more than the 5-year average. So far in 2018, the shipping season is turning out to be the best in years, as far as the vessel passage numbers are concerned. You have to go back to 2013 to have an August with at least 21 passages and back to 2012 to find year-to-date numbers of at least 85.

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
On Sunday, McKeil Spirit unloaded cement.

Welland Canal and area report
Barry Andersen is on vacation. His reports will return soon.

Initiative aims to bring more cruise passengers to Great Lakes

9/3 - Mackinac Island, Mich. – Against the backdrop of a cruise ship docked at Mackinac Island, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder recently helped launch “Cruise the Great Lakes,” a new international partnership to bring more cruise passengers to the Great Lakes.

“Cruise the Great Lakes” is the newest project of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers, (GSGP) of which Governor Snyder is the chair.

“I am excited to bring more cruise ships to our wonderful Great Lakes so visitors can experience our fantastic shoreline communities,” Snyder said. “Cruising on the Great Lakes is poised for major growth in the coming years, with significant economic benefits for the entire region. In 2018, our waterways saw nearly 100,000 port visits by passengers. This initiative aims to increase those numbers, which in turn, increases the amount of economic impact.”

The news conference, attended by executives representing the Great Lakes travel industry, coincided with a port of call by Victory Cruise Line’s luxury ship, Victory I, which is in its third year touring the Great Lakes. Victory Cruise Lines operates two identical 84-crewmember, 202-passenger ships in the Great Lakes, Victory I and Victory II.

“This is an exciting time for Victory Cruise Lines as we are in the midst of doubling our capacity on the Great Lakes within a very short period of time,” said Bruce Nierenberg, chairman and founder, Victory Cruise Lines. “We are committed to taking advantage of the unprecedented demand for our type of cruising in all five Great Lakes and St. Lawrence in particular.”

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers is the organizing body for Cruise the Great Lakes. The initiative is led by representatives from Great Lakes States and Canadian Provinces, and includes partners representing travel and tourism professionals across the region. David Lorenz, vice president of Travel Michigan, serves as the chair of Cruise the Great Lakes.

“The mission of Cruise the Great Lakes is to promote cruising in the Great Lakes through an optimized and unique brand targeted toward current and potential passengers,” said Lorenz. “Our immediate focus is on marketing to potential consumers, both passengers and tour operators, in North America, but we’ll also target cruise operators. There is room for more cruise lines in our waters.”

In 2018, eight ships operated in the region, including ships from Victory, Blount Small Ship Adventures and Pearl Seas Cruises. Two additional lines plan to enter the region by 2020.

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Today in Great Lakes History -  September 3

September 3, 1919, the WILLIAM A. McGONAGLE loaded a record 15,160 tons of soft coal at Toledo, Ohio for delivery to Gary, Indiana. The record lasted less than 24 hours as the D. G. KERR, Captain Harry Harbottle, loaded 15,532 tons of coal at the same Toledo dock for delivery to Gary.

September 3, 1942, the 250-foot STEEL VENDOR, Captain G. L. Kane, sank at 3:45 a.m. on Lake Superior with a cargo of 3,000 tons of iron ore. The lone casualty was Oiler John N. Sicken. Twenty-two survivors were rescued by the CHARLES M. SCHWAB, Captain Alfred Drouillard, and 2 survivors were rescued by the WILLIAM G. CLYDE, Captain David M. LeRoy. Other boats standing by were the B. F. AFFLECK, ELBERT H. GARY, JOLIET, and EUGENE P. THOMAS.

September 3, 1957, the HARRIS N. SNYDER of the Boland & Cornelius fleet, Captain Elmer Murray and Chief Engineer Frank Mc Cabe, rescued 2 from the waters of Lake Michigan. Not only did the crew rescue Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Colby, but the crew used the unloading boom to recover their sailboat and place it on the deck of the SNYDER. The entire maneuver only required 55 minutes.

On September 3, 1899, the Great Lakes Towing Company's RED CLOUD (wooden propeller tug, 62 foot, 40 gross tons, built in 1883, at Buffalo, New York) was sailing on Lake Erie for Lorain, Ohio, when a storm forced her to head for port at Cedar Point, Ohio. However she was thrown on a reef and broke in two - a total loss. The crew made it to Sandusky, Ohio.

On September 3, the BELLE RIVER (now WALTER J. McCARTHY, JR.) set a then Great Lakes record for coal when it loaded 62,802 tons of coal at Superior Midwest Energy Terminal on its maiden voyage. This record has since been surpassed many times.

At Lorain, Ohio keel-laying ceremonies for the 437-foot bow section of the ROGER BLOUGH (Hull#900) took place on September 3, 1968, and was float-launched December 21, 1968, less ballast tanks because the existing dry dock wasn't wide enough to accommodate her 105-foot width.

SOODOC (Hull#210) of 1976, on her maiden voyage from Collingwood, Ontario, loaded salt at Goderich, Ontario, on September 3, 1976. Renamed b.) AMELIA DESGAGNES in 1990.

U.S. Steel's SEWELL AVERY was laid up for the last time September 3, 1981, at Superior, Wisconsin. She was towed to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, in 1987, where the superstructure was removed and the hull was sunk for use as a dock.

THOMAS W. LAMONT was laid up for the last time at Duluth’s Hallett dock #6A on September 3, 1981. She was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey, in 1987.

H. H. PORTER sailed on her maiden voyage for the Brier Hill Steamship Co. (Pickands Mather, mgr.) on September 3, 1920, light from Lorain, Ohio, to load iron ore at Two Harbors, Minnesota. Renamed b.) WALTER E. WATSON in 1957 and c.) NATIONAL TRADER in 1973. She was scrapped at Thunder Bay, Ontario, in 1978.

On September 3, 1985, PHILIP R. CLARKE plowed into the Drawbridge Cove Marina in Lorain's Black River, damaging 5-10 small craft and sinking one at the steel dock. CLARKE managed to stop before hitting the Route 6 drawbridge.

On September 3,1887, BULGARIA (wooden propeller, 280 foot, 1,888 gross tons) was launched at West Bay City, Michigan, by J. Davidson, as their hull number 16.

September 3, 1910 - The MARQUETTE & BESSEMER NO 2 (Hull#450) was launched in Cleveland, Ohio by the American Ship Building Co. for the Marquette & Bessemer Dock & Navigation Co. She was the replacement for MARQUETTE & BESSEMER NO 2 of 1905, (Hull#428), which foundered on Lake Erie, December 7, 1909.

On September 3, 1869, the 167-foot wooden propeller BOSCOBEL burned about two miles below St. Clair, Michigan. Three lives were lost. The ship was only about two years old and was in service of the New York Central Railroad, though owned by the Peshtigo Lumbering Co. of Chicago. The burned hulk was raised in 1876 and rebuilt as a schooner-barge at Algonac, Michigan. She lasted until 1909, when she sank on Lake Huron.

1905: The GEORGE STEPHENSON was blown aground at Pointe Aux Pins, Lake Superior and struck by her consort barge JOHN A. ROEBLING. Both were released and returned to service.

1942: DONALD STEWART, a canal trader for Canada Steamship Lines, was torpedoed by U-517 and sunk while in a convoy on the Gulf of St. Lawrence while carrying barrels of aviation fuel and bulk cement for the air base at Goose Bay, Labrador. Three members of the engine room crew were lost.

1944: LIVINGSTON, a former Great Lakes canal ship, was torpedoed and sunk by U-541 in the Atlantic about 80 miles east of Cape Breton Island. Fourteen lives were lost but another 14 were spared and rescued.

1965: The tanker EASTERN SHELL sank the small wooden goelette MONT BLANC in a collision blamed on fog about 20 miles from Trois Rivieres. All crewmembers of the pulpwood carrier were rescued.

1970: KENNETH made a single trip to the Great Lakes in 1959. It caught fire in the engine room on this date off the coast of Israel while enroute from Alexandria, Egypt, to Tripoli, Libya, as h) CHRISTINA MARIA. The ship was abandoned by the crew, towed into Haifa, Israel, September 6 and sold to Israeli shipbreakers later in the year.

1998: ORKANGER, a chemical tanker that first came through the Seaway in 1977, began leaking while inbound at Rio Grande, Brazil, as e) BAHAMAS with 12,000 tons of sulphuric acid and sank in the harbor. The hull was eventually refloated but never repaired although it had subsequent renames and was reported as broken up in 2003 as h) ORIENT FLOWER.

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