Saturday, May 14, 2016

MANITOWOC DUE

MANITOWOC is expected to make it's first visit to Erie of the season tonight around 1930, when it arrives with a cargo of stone.

Friday, May 6, 2016

AMERICAN MARINER Due

AMERICAN MARINER is due in Erie at around 1300 on Saturday, loaded with a cargo of stone. This is the ship's first visit to Erie since July 4, 2012.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

BLOUGH, PRESQUE ISLE TO LEAVE

Both ROGER BLOUGH and PRESQUE ISLE will be departing early on Tuesday morning.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Barge PRESQUE ISLE to be moved

Tugs MANITOU, THOMAS MORRISH and ELIZABETH ANNA will be moving PRESQUE ISLE from the Old Ore Dock to the Mountfort Terminal sometime this morning. This will be done so that the barge can mate with her tug in preparation for departure on March 22. ROGER BLOUGH is also scheduled to sail that day.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

DOROTHY ANN/PATHFINDER TO DEPART

The crew reported back to DOROTHY ANN/PATHFINDER on Saturday and departure is expected to be Monday or Tuesday. I will update if I hear more.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

DOROTHY ANN/PATHFINDER DUE

DOROTHY ANN and barge PATHFINDER are expected around 1300 on Sunday for winter layup.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Updating Soon

I'm working on a very long post to catch up with six weeks worth of news and should have it up by the weekend.

Monday, November 23, 2015

MANITOU Due

MANITOU will arrive in Erie at 1830 this evening to tow out barge FARRELL 256. The FARRELL will be working on a job on the Lakes.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

THOMPSON Due

JOSEPH H. THOMPSON/tug JOSEPH H. THOMPSON JR. are expected to arrive in Erie around 2000 tonight with stone for the Old Ore Dock.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

BLOUGH, PRESQUE ISLE Arrive for Layup; DEFIANCE and KEN BOOTHE SR. Visit

ROGER BLOUGH arrived in Erie on the morning of November 4 for layup at the West Slip. The vessel's layup comes 2.5 months earlier than last season's layup, when she arrived in Erie in mid-January.

DEFIANCE and ASHTABULA arrived in Erie at around 1030 Saturday morning with salt from Fairport Harbor and docked at the Mountfort Terminal. The duo passed PRESQUE ISLE, which anchored in the lake to await the ASHTABULA before laying up at the Mountfort Terminal. DEFIANCE/ASHTABULA departed Saturday evening.

PRESQUE ISLE, with assistance from tug MANITOU, arrived in Erie at 0530 Sunday morning for layup at the Mountfort Terminal. The barge's bow thruster was not working, which required tug assistance in winds said to be up to 40 knots.

KEN BOOTHE SR. and LAKES CONTENDER arrived in Erie at 2000 on Sunday night, paying the duo's second visit to Erie since being built here in 2012. The duo unloaded stone at the Old Ore Dock and departed at 0800 Monday morning.

Photos of all of this activity will be posted Wednesday.

Friday, November 6, 2015

PRESQUE ISLE DUE

PRESQUE ISLE will be arriving sometime Saturday morning for winter layup.

Monday, November 2, 2015

BLOUGH DUE FOR LAYUP

ROGER BLOUGH is expected to arrive Tuesday for winter layup in the West Slip.

Monday, September 14, 2015

MANITOWOC DUE

MANITOWOC is expected in Erie at 0300 on Tuesday with a load of stone.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

CHEYENNE Returns FARRELL 256

I am attempting to get caught up on two months worth of photos; please bear with me.

CHEYENNE and barge FARRELL 256, after 11 days working taking soil samples off of Cleveland, returned to Erie on Wednesday afternoon. The tug and barge took soil samples for LEEDCo, which is attempting to develop an offshore wind farm off of Cleveland.

CHEYENNE enters the West Slip on August 27. The tug would depart with FARREL 256 on the evening of the 28th.


Close up.


Stern view.


Turning.


The classic canal tug approaches the dock in the West Slip.


Coming alongside.


Another view.


One last push from the wheel to get alongside.


PRESQUE ISLE finishing up a month's worth of repairs.


J.S. St. JOHN inbound on August 27.


Later on the 27th, ELIZABETH ANNA, Donjon's new ship assist tug stationed in Erie, returns to her dock on the east side of the shipyard after helping CHEYENNE shift the FARREL 256 to the north side of the shipyard.


The small tug makes 500 HP


Another view.


The small tug is to be used for ship assist work in the harbor.


Coming alongside.


PRESQUE ISLE outbound on August 28th.


A man parasails past the ship, which had been in Erie for repairs to her starboard propeller hub.


The ship's bow thruster wasn't working properly, leading her to take tug escorts up the St. Clair and St. Marys rivers, as well as in Duluth, on her first trip out.


Close up.


PRESQUE ISLE was able to spend so much time out of service for repairs due to sluggish demand for iron ore.


Close up of the tug.


The ship's crew seemed happy to be underway.


Stern view.


Outbound.


Next stop: Duluth.