Sunday, September 28, 2008


CALUMET, the first ship in port in more than three weeks, arrived in port this morning at 0330 with stone from Cedarville, mooring at the Old Ore Dock. The CALUMET unloaded throughout the night and into the rainy morning before departing at 1045 hours.

CALUMET unloading this morning. Photos by Jim Thoreson.

With the J.S. St. JOHN in the foreground. The St. JOHN suffered an engine breakdown last week and on Wednesday morning was towed from the Mountfort Terminal to Old Ore Dock by Lakeshore Towing's tug DON HENRY and Marine Services of Erie's LOW BIDDER.

Backing away from the Ore Dock.


Saturday, September 27, 2008


CALUMET, with stone from Cedarville, is expected in Erie at 0330 Sunday morning. This is only the second load of stone the port has received in September; the first one was the JOHN J. BOLAND on September 2.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Sailing vessel DENIS SULLIVAN, on its transit southbound from its home port of Milwaukee to its winter home on the Atlantic, will be arriving in Erie on Sunday for a three-day stop in the port of Erie. During this time it will be docked behind the Erie Maritime Museum and will be open for public tours on Sunday. A sunset cruise on Sunday is also open to the public, starting at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $30 per person or $50 per couple.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Historical Arrivals: September 16

1961: The BLANCHE HINDMAN and NIAGARA MOHAWK both arrive in ballast to load coal.

Historical Arrivals: September 14

September 14, 1971: The Great Lakes Towing tugs IDAHO and MONTANA arrive in port to attempt to free the grounded saltwater freighter INTEGRITY. The two tugs work throughout the day and night without success.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Historical Arrivals: September 15

September 15, 1971: Tug LAURENCE C. TURNER (now Great Lakes Towing's OHIO) arrives in port to assist the grounded saltwater freighter INTEGRITY. After a little work, the INTEGRITY is freed that day.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Historical: September 12, 1971

On this date in 1971, the saltwater vessel INTEGRITY, outbound from Erie for Detroit after unloading part of a cargo of tractors, grounded while turning in Erie harbor. The vessel would remain stuck for several days.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Historical Arrivals: September 10

Historical arrivals in the port of Erie for September 10, 1947:

MIDLAND PRINCE arrives in ballast from Port Colborne and clears later in the day with coal for Thorold, Ontario.

REISS BROTHERS arrives with iron ore from Superior and clears ballast for Sandusky.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Historical Arrivals for September 8

Historical arrivals in the port of Erie for September 8:

1963: METIS arrives and docks at Duquesne Marine Terminal (now part of Erie Shipbuilding) with 300 tons of Canadian newsprint for the Times Publishing Company.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Historical Arrivals: September 6

Historical arrivals for September 6:

1982: LAKEWOOD arrives with sand, docking at Erie Sand & Gravel's Sassafras Street slip, which is now the site of the Bayfront Convention Center.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Tug SEA SERVICE, Barge ENERGY 6506 Wait

This morning at 1030, tug SEA SERVICE and barge ENERGY 6506, on an upbound voyage in ballast from Hamilton, Ontario to Toledo, Ohio, anchored off of Lawrence Park. The duo, which normally carries aviation fuel on a dedicated run from Toledo to Hamilton, was still there this evening. At this time the reason for their anchoring is unknown, as they are in an odd spot to be anchored to wait for weather, as there is really no shelter where the duo is.

SEA SERVICE/ENERGY 6506 at anchor off of Lawrence Park this evening.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Historical Arrivals: September 4

Historical arrivals in the port of Erie for September 4:

1995- KAYE E. BARKER docks at the Old Ore Dock to unload stone.

2004- Tug CLEVELAND/barge CLEVELAND ROCKS arrive with stone from Kelley's Island, Ohio to unload at the Old Ore Dock.

2004- AMERICAN MARINER arrives with stone from Cedarville.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

BOLAND Departs

JOHN J. BOLAND, after unloading at the Mountfort Terminal and Old Ore Dock, departed Erie at around 0230 this morning bound for Calcite, Michigan.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


JOHN J. BOLAND arrived in port this evening at 1915, docking at the Mountfort Terminal to unload 5,500 tons of stone from Cedarville. The BOLAND unloaded at the Mountfort Terminal until around 2100 this evening and is currently moving the the Old Ore Dock, where the rest of the cargo of more than 20,000 tons of stone will be unloaded. The BOLAND, if all goes well, should depart at around 0200 Wednesday morning.

JOHN J. BOLAND passing the J.S. ST. JOHN off of Beach 10.


Another view.

Close up.

Stern view.

Another view.

Docking at the Mountfort Terminal.

Lakeshore Towing tug DON HENRY and Marine Services of Erie's LOW BIDDER bring Lakeshore's barge 501 inbound after working on the water intake cribs during the day.

Another view.

Stern view.


JOHN J. BOLAND, laden with stone from Cedarville, should arrive in Erie tonight around 1930.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Historical Photos: DAY PECKINPAUGH

This December 2, 1990 photo by Jim Sprunt shows the former Erie Sand cement carrier DAY PECKINPAUGH upbound in the Welland Canal on its way to Erie for winter layup. Note the Christmas tree on deck.

The PECKINPAUGH is now a floating museum in New York state, a tribute to the history of the New York State Barge Canal.