Tuesday, October 30, 2007

BRAKE Departs, COURAGE Arrives

Port Albany Ventures' tug HERBERT P. BRAKE departed Erie at 0200 today with PAV 102 in tow bound for Albany, New York. This is the second of six deck barges being constructed at Erie Shipbuilding.

AMERICAN COURAGE, loaded with stone from Cedarville, arrived in Erie at 1030 today, docking at the Old Ore Dock to unload. The COURAGE departed today at around 1615 hours.

Unloading on the McALLISTER 132 continues at the Mountfort Terminal. The J.S. St. JOHN unloaded at the Mountfort Terminal today as well, due to the COURAGE unloading at the Old Ore Dock.

McALLISTER 132 unloading


Closer view.

Stern view.

Another view.

Passing the TWOLAN/McALLISTER 132.

Around the TWOLAN and beginning to turn.

1245 hours finds the St. JOHN and the McALLISTER 132 at the Mountfort Terminal.

COURAGE unloads at 1300.

A break in the unloading at 1445.

Unloading resumes.

Monday, October 29, 2007


The HERBERT P. BRAKE arrived in port early on Monday morning, a week after departing for Albany with the PAV 101. The vessel docked at the West Slip, and moved over to the west side of Dobbin's Landing at around 0945.

The BRAKE should be departing tomorrow or Wednesday with the PAV 102 in tow.

Unloading continues on the McALLISTER 132 at the Mountfort Terminal. Tomorrow, the AMERICAN COURAGE, with stone from Cedarville, is expected to arrive in port at 1045. The COURAGE will dock at the Old Ore Dock.

McALLISTER 132 unloading.

Another view.

HERBERT P. BRAKE at dock this morning.

BRAKE backs away from the dock.


BRAKE throttles up and turns toward the harbor.

Approaching Dobbin's Landing.


BRAKE approaching Dobbin's Landing.

The deckhand on the BRAKE throws the line toward the dock.

He missed the first time, so he reeled the line in and threw it again.

All secured.

J.S. St. JOHN inbound the Old Ore Dock at 1000.

St. JOHN ties up..

Saturday, October 27, 2007


Tug/barge unit W.N. TWOLAN/McALLISTER 132 arrived in Erie at 0930 this morning, turned in Erie harbor and docked at the Mountfort Terminal to unload 5,500 tons of Kraft paper loaded in Thunder Bay. The unit will likely begin unloading on Sunday morning.

W.N.TWOLAN/McALLISTER 132 inbound.

A closer view.


Side view.

Stern view.

TWOLAN pushes the barge into Erie harbor.

Another view.

Into Erie harbor and beginning to turn.


Turn completed, the TWOLAN powers the barge toward the Mountfort Terminal.

Note how the barge appears lightly loaded due to the lack of lumber in this load.

The tug W.N. TWOLAN.

Another view of the TWOLAN as the unit approaches the dock.

Friday, October 26, 2007


The second of six deck barges being built at Erie Shipbuilding, the PAV 102, was towed out of drydock by Lakeshore Towing's tug FLATTOP and towboat DON HENRY at around 4:30 this afternoon. FLATTOP and DON HENRY moved the barge to the West Slip and secured it in the same position that PAV 101 had been moored in until it departed under tow of HERBERT P. BRAKE earlier this week.

FLATTOP tows the PAV 102.

Turning the barge and lining up for the West Slip.

In the harbor, aligning with the West Slip.

DON HENRY stands by to assist.

Approaching the West Slip.

Lining up.

DON HENRY pushes on the barge.

FLATTOP pulls the barge into the West Slip.

PAV 102.

FLATTOP comes around to push on the PAV 102.

DON HENRY pushes on the barge.

FLATTOP, DON HENRY and PAV 102 in the West Slip.

FLATTOP works the barge up the dock.

Another job well done, FLATTOP departs for home.