Thursday, October 28, 2010


Below is video of the JOHN J. BOLAND arriving in Erie on October 21.

Windy Weather Delays Lake Shipping

The first real fall gale is upon the Great Lakes and most vessels on the Lakes have been delayed because of it.

At this time, traffic in the Welland Canal is stopped with the ALGOMA DISCOVERY anchored off of Port Weller in Lake Ontario waiting to head upbound and will soon be joined by saltie TRACER and STEPHEN B. ROMAN. Saltie ZEUS is anchored off of Port Colborne waiting to head downbound. Tug EVANS McKEIL and barge METIS are secured at a wharf in the Canal waiting for the wind to moderate.

On Lake Erie, the ALGOSOO departed anchorage behind Long Point Bay last night and headed across the lake bound for Toledo. No doubt that the vessel is having a rough ride out there.

On the west end of the Lake, the ALGOWAY and AMERICAN REPUBLIC are anchored off of Huron, Ohio, along with the CEDARGLEN. The REPUBLIC is headed for Cleveland; the ALGOWAY is headed to Lorain and the CEDARGLEN is headed for Toledo. Further west on the lake, the JOHN J. BOLAND, ARTHUR M. ANDERSON, CANADIAN TRANSFER and CSL NIAGARA are at anchor.

The situation isn't any better further north. Just north of Port Huron, Michigan, seven vessels are at anchor: ALGOWOOD, ALGOSAR, CANADIAN OLYMPIC, CANADIAN PROGRESS, MAUMEE, SAM LAUD and JOHN B. AIRD. In the Straits of Mackinac, many vessels are at anchor: PHILIP R. CLARKE, ALGOMARINE, JOYCE L. VANENKEVORT, ROBERT S. PIERSON, ALPENA and SAMUEL de CHAMPLAIN. Just north of there in the St. Mary's River, KAREN ANDRIE, ALGORAIL, LEE A TREGURTHA, MICHIPICOTEN, AMERICAN MARINER, BUFFALO, FRONTENAC, KAYE E. BARKER and saltie PALAU are anchored below the Soo Locks. Above the Locks, the BURNS HARBOR, ST. CLAIR and CSL LAURENTIEN are at anchor.

Finally, in the twin ports of Duluth/Superior, ALGOLAKE, FIVELBORG, STEFANIA I, CASON J. CALLAWAY, MESABI MINER, JOSEPH L. BLOCK and JOHN G. MUNSON are delayed by weather, while the EDGAR B. SPEER remains anchored off the ports unable to make the port of Two Harbors to load.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

BOLAND in Port; Departs

JOHN J. BOLAND arrived in Erie this morning at 1045 hours, docking at the Old Ore Dock to unload a cargo of stone from Cedarville. The BOLAND began unloading at 1200 and departed at 1900 in ballast.

BOLAND inbound.

Another view. The trees along the north pier are always among the last on the peninsula to change colors.

Stern view.

Approaching the dock.

Swinging a deckhand over the side.

Swinging out the boom.

Beginning to unload.

I will post video of the BOLAND, H. LEE WHITE and several others as time permits throughout the rest of October.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


JOHN J. BOLAND, laden with stone, makes its second visit of the season to Erie when it arrives at 0900 hours on Thursday.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

H. LEE WHITE in Port; DUTCH RUNNER Transits the Welland Canal

H. LEE WHITE arrived in Erie at 1845 hours on Saturday and docked at the Mountfort Terminal. After unloading part of the stone cargo on board there and the rest at the Old Ore Dock, the WHITE departed in ballast for Toledo to load coal.

Sunday morning, DUTCH RUNNER was upbound in the Welland Canal bound for Thunder Bay, Ontario. The vessel is on its first trip to the upper Great Lakes, and after unloading its project cargo at Thunder Bay will proceed to load wheat there for Quebec City.

Other traffic in the Canal on Sunday morning included the J.W. SHELLEY, ALGOSTEEL and FEDERAL MAAS.

WHITE inbound Erie.

Close up.

Stern view.

Turning to dock.

DUTCH RUNNER upbound in the Welland Canal Bypass on Sunday at 0830 hours.

Another view.

Side view.

Close up of the deck cargo.

Stern view.

Heading under Bridge 11 at Allanburg.

A few minutes later the DUTCH RUNNER is found upbound at Port Robinson, Ontario, a couple of miles up the Canal.



Stern view, heading for Port Colborne.

J.W. SHELLEY upbound at Port Colborne at 0715 hours on Sunday. The SHELLEY is bound for Superior, Wisconsin in ballast.

Above Lock 8, ready to begin a transit of Lake Erie.

Stern view.

ALGOSTEEL upbound at Port Robinson. ALGOSTEEL is bound for Indiana Harbor, Indiana with iron ore from Quebec City, Quebec.

Overhead view.

Stern view of the ALGOSTEEL.

FEDERAL MAAS upbound below Lock 3. The MAAS has a cargo of titanium slag from South Africa bound for Ashtabula, Ohio.

Passing under the Skyway Bridge that carries the QEW over the Welland Canal.

Stern view.

I will be uploading video of the WHITE, as well as other video from the Welland Canal, as time permits.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

WHITE in Port; Erie-owned DUTCH RUNNER makes first trip to upper Great Lakes

H. LEE WHITE arrived in Erie at around 1830 this evening and docked at the Mountfort Terminal to unload part of her cargo of stone from Calcite, Michigan. The vessel will move over to the Old Ore Dock to complete unloading.

DUTCH RUNNER, the first of two vessels owned by Erie-owned Great Lakes Feeder Lines, is currently on its way to Thunder Bay with project cargo from Deseronto, Ontario. The vessel will be passing through the Welland Canal early tomorrow morning.

Watch the Erie Shipping News tomorrow or Monday for photos and video of the WHITE and of the DUTCH RUNNER.

Friday, October 8, 2010


H. LEE WHITE, laden with stone from Calcite, Michigan, is due to arrive in Erie at around 1800 on Saturday afternoon.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Video: J.S. St. JOHN Tow

Below is video of the J.S. St. JOHN being towed into Erie by FLATTOP and DON HENRY on September 10

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Historical: October 6

October 6, 1972: Tugs LAURENCE C. TURNER and MARYLAND arrive in Erie with the bow of the new barge under construction at Litton Industries, which had been built at Defoe Shipbuilding in Bay City, Michigan. The bow was 68 feet long and 105 feet wide and would become the PRESQUE ISLE.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

WHITE in Port

H. LEE WHITE arrived in port at 1045 this morning and docked at the Mountfort Terminal to unload a cargo of stone from Calcite, Michigan. The WHITE unloaded at the Mountfort Terminal for several hours before moving to the Old Ore Dock. The vessel finished unloading at 1745 and departed in ballast.

WHITE backing away from the Old Ore Dock.

Bow view of the WHITE heading outbound.

Another view.

Stern view.

Clearing the piers.

Station Erie has a visitor this evening: 47242, from Buffalo, on the port side of Erie's 47241.