Great Lakes Towing Company's big, 1903-built tug OHIO, towing barge MOBRO 2000, arrived in Erie at 1730 on Wednesday and docked at the Mountfort Terminal. Barge MOBRO 2000 was loaded with tanks assembled at the Mountfort Terminal on Thursday morning.
OHIO picked up two deck barges in Toledo on Tuesday and towed both eastbound; one barge was dropped off outside of Cleveland and towed into Cleveland's Great Lakes Shipyard by the tug SUPERIOR. OHIO and MOBRO 2000 continued to Erie.
These lime kiln tanks were manufactured by Pittsburgh Tank Company and trucked to the Mountfort Terminal in pieces, where they were assembled. Similar tanks were assembled at Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland and loaded onto the other deck barge. The six assembled here, and the others built in Cleveland, are bound for the Karn Power Plant in Essexville, Michigan, where they will be used in production of lime slurry.
OHIO and MOBRO 2000 underway off Gull Point and headed for Erie.
The pretty, 1903-built OHIO. I'd like to thank some of the staff at Great Lakes Towing and crew of the OHIO for making this inside look possible.
Stern view of the tug.
On approach to the channel.
Turning for the channel.
In the channel.
At Buoys 3 and 4.
At Buoy 5.
Between the piers.
Turning for the Mountfort Terminal.
MOBRO 2000 being secured and lashed down on Thursday.
Looking forward from the pilothouse window.
The view of the barge from the pilothouse.
The crew's dinner.
Dockside view of OHIO and MOBRO 2000.
Looking from the MOBRO 2000 toward the OHIO.
Departing the harbor.
Headed for Cleveland.
Between the Pierhead lighthouse, NIAGARA and OHIO, there are 400 years of maritime history in this photo.
Close up of the NIAGARA.