Friday, September 5, 2014

CALLAWAY, ANDERSON VISIT

Steamer CASON J. CALLAWAY arrived in Erie at 2100 on Thursday evening and proceeded slowly into the Old Ore Dock to unload stone from Cedarville, Michigan. This is the first time CALLAWAY has delivered cargo to the port of Erie since 1994, although the vessel spent the winters of 2005-06, 2007-08 and 2010-11 in the port.

CALLAWAY unloaded through the night, finished at 0535 and departed at 0615 bound for Stoneport and another cargo of stone. ARTHUR M. ANDERSON arrived at 2330, after slowing to allow J.S. St. JOHN to pass inbound, and proceeded to the Mountfort Terminal with stone from Calcite. This is the ANDERSON's first visit to the port in at least 25 years. ANDERSON, famous for being the last ship in contact with the ill-fated EDMUND FITZGERALD before the latter's sinking on November 10, 1975, spent the night unloading her cargo of stone before departing at 0745 bound for Cedarville, and the stone cargo awaiting her there.

With the visits from these two sisterships, as well as their sister PHILIP R. CLARKE in late August and fleetmate JOHN G. MUNSON in June, four steamships have now visited the port of Erie in 2014. This is the most in over a decade, and, with steamships on the Great Lakes an unfortunately dying breed, a rare treat for boatwatchers in a port that had not seen a steamship deliver a cargo since AMERICAN FORTITUDE in 2008, although CALLAWAY has spent the winter in layup here since then.

CASON J. CALLAWAY backs away from the Old Ore Dock this morning.


ARTHUR M. ANDERSON unloads in the darkness.


Turning to line up for the channel.


Passing the ANDERSON.


Close up.


Between the piers.


Stern view.


CALLAWAY passes Coast Guard Station Erie outbound.


Heading into the sunrise.


ANDERSON departs the Mountfort Terminal to turn in Presque Isle Bay.


Another view.


ANDERSON prepares to head outbound.


The 1952-built steamship glistens in the morning sunlight, which came out long enough for her departure.


Lining up for the channel.


ANDERSON, about an hour and a half behind her sister, prepares to head out.


Close up.


Stern view.


Passing the lighthouse.


Clearing the piers.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

SISTERSHIPS DUE

Two sisterships are due in Erie at the same time for the first time in many years this evening. CASON J. CALLAWAY, with stone from Cedarville, is expected in Erie at 2200 tonight. This is the first visit for CALLAWAY since she spent the winter of 2010-11 here.

An hour later, loaded with stone from Calcite, her sistership ARTHUR M. ANDERSON will be arriving. This is the ANDERSON's first visit to Erie in over two decades. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

PHILIP R. CLARKE Visits

PHILIP R. CLARKE arrived in Erie early this morning and docked at the Old Ore Dock to unload stone from Cedarville. CLARKE departed at 0930. This is CLARKE's first visit to Erie since spending the winter of 2006-07 in Erie.

PHILIP R. CLARKE unloading at sunrise.


Another view


Departing.


Another view of the 767-foot long steamer.


Stern view.


Outbound.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

PHILIP R. CLARKE DUE

PHILIP R. CLARKE, with stone from Cedarville, is expected in Erie on a rare visit at 2345 tonight.

Monday, August 11, 2014

MANITOWOC Visits; YANKEE Emerges from Drydock

MANITOWOC arrived in Erie at 1330 on Sunday and docked at the Old Ore Dock to unload stone from Cedarville, Michigan. After unloading, MANITOWOC moved over to the Mountfort Terminal to load sand. MANITOWOC shifted to the North Pier to unload at around noon today.

YANKEE was removed from drydock late last week and docked in the West Slip. The tug's refit at Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair continues.

Two jetskiers head out as MANITOWOC enters the channel.


Inbound.


A heavy puff of smoke as the vessel passes the lighthouse.


Stern view.


Entering the harbor.


Turning.


Approaching the Old Ore Dock.


J.S. St. JOHN sits idle for the weekend in the foreground.


Turning to line up for the dock.


Approaching the dock.


Slowing.


Putting a man over the side.


McKEE SONS and YANKEE at Donjon.


Another view.


Close up of the freshly-painted YANKEE.


Another angle of the 1976-built tug.


Bow-on.


A section of the new barge being built in the yard, as shown in the drydock.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

MANITOWOC DUE

MANITOWOC, with stone from Cedarville, is expected in Erie at 1400 on Saturday.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

FEDERAL WESER Arrives

FEDERAL WESER arrived in Erie at 2000 hours on Wednesday, turned on right wheel in Erie harbor and docked at the Mountfort Terminal to unload three transformers. Unloading is currently underway.

Photos of the arrival and unloading will follow.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MANITOWOC DEPARTS; WESER DUE

MANITOWOC finished unloading sand at the North Pier, after spending the day loading, and departed at 2230.

FEDERAL WESER is expected in Erie between 2000 and 2030 on Wednesday, provided there are no delays with her transit of the Welland Canal.




J.S St. JOHN outbound on Monday.


Stern view.


LADY KATE inbound.


MANITOWOC follows a little while later.


Another view.


MANITOWOC's ALCO engines pour out a lot of smoke.


Another view.


Directing the maneuvering operation from the bridge wing.


Stern view.


Entering the harbor.


Turning for the dock.


Another view.


Close up.