Tuesday, October 7, 2014


JOHN J. BOLAND arrived in Erie at 0130 on Thursday morning and docked at the Old Ore Dock to unload a cargo of stone. BOLAND backed away from the Ore Dock around 1000 hours, turned in Presque Isle Bay and departed for Ashtabula to load a cargo of coal for Serpent Harbour, Ontario.

MANITOWOC is expected in Erie at 0730 on Wednesday morning with a cargo of stone.

BOLAND unloading at the Old Ore Dock.

A section of the new tank barge in the drydock at Donjon.

Another view of the BOLAND.

Backing into Erie harbor. The Erie Fire Department is testing their hoses at the Mountfort Terminal in the foreground.


Headed outbound.

Note the anchor partially down after assisting the ship in it's turn.

Another view of the BOLAND.

Close up of the anchor.

Stern view as the BOLAND heads out.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


MANITOWOC arrived in Erie this morning around 0100 and docked at the Mountfort Terminal to unload salt from Fairport Harbor. MANITOWOC departed around 0615 bound for Fairport Harbor to load another salt cargo.

JOHN J. BOLAND, laden with stone, is expected in Erie at around 0200 Thursday.

Friday, September 5, 2014


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


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 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


Another view of the 767-foot long steamer.

Stern view.


Saturday, August 23, 2014


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.


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

Stern view.

Entering the harbor.


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.


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.


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