Friday, June 29, 2007

Erie Historical Arrivals: June 29, 1956

On this date, two vessels arrived in Erie to load coal at the Pennsylvania Railroad's coal dock:

The VALLEY CAMP, which loaded 3,600 tons of coal for Port Colborne; and the R. O. PETMAN, which loaded 7,750 tons for Toronto.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

MICHIPICOTEN Visits, Departs

The MICHIPICOTEN made her first visit to Erie under that name last night, arriving at 2345 and docking at the Mountfort Terminal to unload stone from Meldrum Bay. The MICHIPICOTEN finished unloading at 0500, turned around in Presque Isle Bay and departed at 0540.

Friday, June 22, 2007


MICHIPICOTEN gave a 15-minute security call at 2326 this evening, inbound for the Mountfort Terminal. She hopefully will be here in the morning.

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MICHIPICOTEN, loaded with stone, is due in Erie at 0030 this evening. This is her first visit to Erie since spending the winter of 1994-95 here for drydocking while she was owned by Interlake Steamship and named ELTON HOYT II.


The JOHN J. BOLAND docked at the Mounfort Terminal at 1800 this afternoon to unload a cargo of type 2A and type 57 limestone from Cedarville, docking just ahead of the J. S. St. JOHN. About three hours earlier the GREGORY J. BUSCH and barge STC 2004 silently worked in to the Mounfort Terminal to wait weather. The BUSCH and her barge were bound from Buffalo, where they had unloaded a cargo of windmill components from Duluth, to Saginaw and were delayed by high winds on Lake Erie. Judging by the forecast they may be here a day or more. The BOLAND unloaded at the Mounfort Terminal until 2300 before shifting to the Old Ore Dock to finish unloading.

15 second time exposure shows the Boland unloading at 2201 this evening. The J. S. St. JOHN can be seen behind her and the starboard side of the BUSCH just off the starboard bow.

Thursday, June 21, 2007


JOHN J. BOLAND arrived at 1730 this afternoon and docked at the Mounfort Terminal between the J.S. St. JOHN and the tug-barge unit GREGORY J. BUSCH/STC 2004, in waiting weather at the dock.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


JOHN J. BOLAND, loaded with stone from Cedarville, is due in Erie tomorrow at 1730.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Sand Replenishment Comes Through

According to WJET-TV, Presque Isle State Park officials are hoping to have sand replenishment underway by the second or third week of July. If they get a contract in place by the first week of July, as is hoped, sand should be arriving via water, likely via Lower Lakes Towing's vessels.

Corrections on the RESERVE Posting

RESERVE is actually the third vessel I've seen back out of Erie. The PRESQUE ISLE has backed out each time she's spent the winter here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


RESERVE finished unloading at the Mounfort Terminal at 0800 this morning and then backed out of the harbor. The RESERVE, which had sat almost perpendicular to the channel while unloading, backed away from the dock and slowly out of the channel, turning at the outer buoys at 0930 and heading up the lake to Calcite, where she had also loaded her previous cargo. The RESERVE is only the second vessel I've ever seen back out of Erie. In March 2000 the JAMES R. BARKER, departing her layup berth at Metro Machine, backed out of the West Slip and through the channel due to adverse ice conditions on Presque Isle Bay.

Monday, June 11, 2007


RESERVE is now inbound for the Mounfort Terminal, with an ETA for the outer buoys of 2335. According to a conversation between the RESERVE and J.S. St. JOHN, there is no more room at the Old Ore Dock for stone until some of the existing stock is sold.


RESERVE, with stone from Calcite, makes her second visit of the season to Erie when she arrives at 2230 tonight.

Friday, June 8, 2007

The JOHN J. BOLAND arrived in Erie Friday afternoon at 1730 after circling in the lake for a half-hour to wait out a passing squall. During the squall, a cloud of dust from stone and sand stored at the Mounfort Terminal headed east over the city due to high winds.

The BOLAND came in and approached the Mounfort Terminal as the J.S. St. JOHN departed. The BOLAND intended to dock there to wait out an approaching squall but waited for the St. JOHN to pass before shifting to the Old Ore Dock to unload stone from Calcite.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Erie Management Group's Great Lakes Feeder Lines not operating to Erie

Transport Canada has granted a license allowing Great Lakes Feeder Lines, which is owned by Erie Management Group, an Erie-based investment group that supposedly invests solely in Erie, allowing GLFL to use a Netherlands-registered vessel to transport containers between Halifax and Hamilton. Apparently this service won't operate to Erie as was originally planned. Read more about the decision here.


JOHN J. BOLAND, with stone from Calcite, is due in Erie tomorrow at 1645. This is her second visit of the season.

NINA Article in today's Times-News

A front page article in today's Erie Times-News features the NINA. Also, a mention in the entertainment section notes that the starring ship of CBS's new reality series is PICTON CASTLE, which stopped in Erie last August, not July as the article says.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

NINA Arrives in Port

A replica of Columbus's sailing ship NINA arrived in Erie this afternoon and is tied up at Dobbin's Landing. Starting tomorrow the vessel, a caravel, will be open for public tours at a cost of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students.

NINA at dock.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007


AMERICAN VALOR began to back away from the Old Ore Dock at 1840 hours this afternoon. An hour later the vessel had turned in the harbor and was proceeding outbound as the J. S. St. JOHN shifted from the Mounfort Terminal to the Old Ore Dock.