Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Historical: October 29, 1973

On this date in 1973, the tug PRESQUE ISLE departed the Halter Marine Services shipyard in New Orleans, LA bound for Erie where the barge that the tug would be integrated with was under construction. The tug would make her way up the St. Lawrence Seaway system before arriving in Erie on November 16.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Lakeshore Towing Services Awarded Conneaut Dredging Contract

Lakeshore Towing Services on Friday was awarded a major contract to dredge Conneaut, Ohio's harbor. The project, awarded by the Conneaut Port Authority, expected to keep crews busy for most of the fall, involves the removal of around 30,000 cubic yards of sediment from around the boat launch, marina, municipal pier, and a connecting channel in Conneaut harbor. Dredging of the main shipping channel in Conneaut harbor was just completed in September by Luedtke Engineering.

Lakeshore, which tentatively plans on using tug DON HENRY, towboat TITAN and barge 401 for the project, beat out two other bidders on this project. The company is currently finishing up a project to rehabilitate Erie's water intake cribs for the Erie Waterworks.

Lakeshore tug DON HENRY, along with Marine Services of Erie's tug LOW BIDDER, working on the water intakes on Monday, October 13.

Another view. On this day, Lakeshore's barge 501 and Marine Services of Erie's crane barge were also involved, along with tug FLATTOP.

On this beautiful Monday Lakeshore's crews were busy setting concrete blocks.



Crane starts to lift another block from the deck of the barge 501.

Setting the block into the water.

The block slips under the surface.

LOW BIDDER moves away to shift the barges before setting another block.

Moving the barges.

Sunday, October 19, 2008


AMERICAN FORTITUDE arrived in Erie this morning at 0200 and docked at the Mountfort Terminal to unload stone from Calcite. After lightering the FORTITUDE shifted to the Old Ore Dock to finish unloading before departing at around 0915 bound for Calcite.

This is the FORTITUDE's first visit of the 2008 season.

AMERICAN FORTITUDE unloads this morning.

Backing away from the dock.

Rounding the Mountfort Terminal.

Turning for the channel.


Another view.

Stern view.

Passing the lighthouse bound for Calcite.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

WHITE Departs

H. LEE WHITE, after repairs and Coast Guard inspection after an accident onboard last night, shifted to the Old Ore Dock in the early hours this morning to finish unloading. The WHITE departed at 0630.

CALUMET finishes unloading on Sunday afternoon.

Another view.


Stern view.

Picking up speed outside of the piers.

H. LEE WHITE is shown while making better than 13 miles per hour about five miles northwest of Erie entrance buoys 1 and 2.

Close up.

Stern view.

Another view.

Turning for the channel.

In the channel at buoys 3 and 4.

In the channel.

Stern view.

The fall colors shine on Presque Isle Lighthouse in the midafternoon sun.

ENVIRONAUT, Gannon University's research vessel, working in Presque Isle Bay.

H. LEE WHITE unloading at the Mountfort Terminal.

Monday, October 13, 2008


H. LEE WHITE arrived in Erie this afternoon at 1400, docking at the Mountfort Terminal to unload stone from Calcite.

Around 1900 this evening emergency technicians were called to the vessel for reports of a crewmember who got his arm caught in a conveyor. EMS found it necessary to cut the man out of the conveyor. The crewman was transported to Hamot Medical Center, where he is in fair condition at this time.

Repairs are underway to the WHITE and it is unknown when the vessel will finish unloading and depart.

Photos of the CALUMET's departure and WHITE's arrival will come tomorrow afternoon.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


CALUMET arrived in Erie this morning at 0530 and docked at the Old Ore Dock to unload stone from Cedarville. The vessel departed at around 1400.

H. LEE WHITE, with stone from Calcite, is due in Erie at 1400 Monday.

Photos of all of this activity will follow on Monday.

Saturday, October 11, 2008


CALUMET is now due in Erie sometime tonight during the middle of the night, after stopping for fuel and running at slower speeds than anticipated.

Friday, October 10, 2008


CALUMET is due in Erie tomorrow at 1500. The vessel is laden with stone from Cedarville.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Historical Arrivals for October 6

1972: The bow section of Litton Industries' Hull 102, the barge PRESQUE ISLE, arrives in Erie under tow of tugs LAURENCE C. TURNER and MARYLAND. The bow section was built at Bay City, Michigan's Defoe Shipyard and would be added to the midbody of the barge under construction.

Saturday, October 4, 2008


After spending several days moored at the Erie Maritime Museum and Dobbin's Landing, sailing vessel DENIS SULLIVAN departed Erie last night for the Welland Canal and eventually, the East Coast, where the vessel will spend the winter months. During the summer, the SULLIVAN is homeported in Milwaukee.