Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012


INVINCIBLE/McKEE SONS, loaded with stone, is due in Erie at 0900 Monday. This is the tug/barge unit's first visit since May, 2008.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


In a strange turn of events, PAUL R. TREGURTHA was removed from the graving dock at Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair this morning by tug MANITOU. TREGURTHA departed at 0745 bound for Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, for repairs from last week's grounding.

TREGURTHA is severely damaged; among other items needing repaired is the fact that more than half of the vessel's port rudder is missing. MANITOU will escort the vessel to Sturgeon Bay.


Outbound the drydock.




Turning for the channel.

TREGURTHA in line with the channel.

Between the piers.

Stern view.


PA Fish & Boat Commission Research Vessel PERCA outbound.

Monday, August 20, 2012


At 0615 this morning, PAUL R. TREGURTHA backed away from the east side of Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair into Presque Isle Bay. The TREGURTHA passed a stern line to the tug MANITOU and used its bow thruster to line up for the drydock. TREGURTHA proceeded bow-first into the drydock, which is rarely done.

Most vessels proceed stern first into the graving dock for repairs; however, TREGURTHA, due to the nature of its damage, proceeded bow-first into the graving dock to allow much of the damaged area to be inside of the building at the south end of the dock.

By 0730 TREGURTHA was in drydock and MANITOU departed, bound for her home port of St. Clair, Michigan. PAUL R. TREGURTHA is reportedly expected to be in drydock for more than a month for repairs.

PAUL R. TREGURTHA releases lines and prepares to depart the dock at Donjon this morning.

Backing away..

Starboard view.

MANITOU stands by for the TREGURTHA.


Bow view.


Approaching the drydock.

Moving into drydock.

Another view.

MANITOU assisting.

Yhe sun rises behind the TREGURTHA and MANITOU.

MANITOU pushes on the TREGURTHA.

Pushing the TREGURTHA into position.

Close up of the TREGURTHA's rudders. The rudders were reportedly damaged in the grounding.



In line for the channel.

Between the piers.

Cimarron, an honorary member of the MANITOU's crew, stands watch.

Outbound the channel.

Buoys 3&4.

MANITOU heads for home.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

TREGURTHA Arrives; WITTE 4004 Floated

For the first time in over 17 years, PAUL R. TREGURTHA arrived in Erie today. TREGURTHA arrived at sunrise and docked along the east wall of Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair. The Queen of the Lakes will be drydocked on Monday morning.

Lakeshore Towing's tug FLATTOP and towboat DON HENRY removed the partially-completed WITTE 4004 from drydock at Donjon today, mooring the barge in the West Slip. The new dump scow will be completed after repairs to the TREGURTHA are complete.

PAUL R. TREGURTHA approaching the East side of Donjon.

Using the bow thruster.

Sliding the wall.

Another view.

In position behind Donjon's WITTE 1407 and Lakeshore Towing's 501.


One sailboat in the background on the overcast Sunday morning.

Another view.

DON HENRY and FLATTOP moving WITTE 4004.

Lining up for the West Slip.


With towboat TITAN standing by if needed.

Bow view.

At dock this evening.

Bow view.

Tug MANITOU in port, moored behind FARRELL 256.

PAUL R. TREGURTHA at the east slip.