Monday, October 29, 2012

Tall Ships Erie visitor sinks

HMS BOUNTY, which visited Erie in 2010 as part of Tall Ships Erie, reportedly sank today off North Carolina's Outer Banks. U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crews have rescued 14 of 16 crew members on board.

BOUNTY, which was used in Marlon Brando's Mutiny on the Bounty as well as both Pirates of the Caribbean movies, was headed south from Connecticut to St. Petersburg, Florida.

BOUNTY inbound Erie on September 9, 2010.

Stern view.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Tug VICTORY and barge JAMES L. KUBER arrived in Erie at 1300 on Tuesday and docked at the Mountfort Terminal. KUBER spent the afternoon unloading stone before backing out at 1815 bound for Sandusky, Ohio to load coal.

THALASSA DESGAGNES, after three days in drydock for bottom repairs, began backing out of Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair at 0730 this morning, turned in the harbor and departed at 0830. The DESGAGNES is bound for Montreal, Quebec in ballast.

Meanwhile, another vessel is due for Donjon for repairs in the near future. Although there is no word on what vessel it is, it may be SEDNA DESGAGNES, which remains aground in the St. Lawrence Seaway. Reportedly, the closest Canadian shipyard, Seaway Marine & Industrial in Port Weller, Ontario, is too busy with government contracts to perform drydockings.

I will update when I learn more.


Another view.


Stern view.

Stern view of the VICTORY/KUBER.


VICTORY backs the KUBER into the channel.

Backing past Coast Guard Station Erie.

KUBER is the second vessel to back out of port this year. JOHN J. BOLAND did so in August.


One final look at the KUBER.

THALASSA DESGAGNES backing out of Donjon this morning.

Turning for the channel.

Lining up.


Another view.

Close up of the cabins of the 1976-built chemical tanker. THALASSA began life on the ocean before being salvaged by Desgagnés after an accident on the St. Lawrence River in 1993, and becoming the first tanker of the Desgagnés fleet.


Monday, October 15, 2012


VICTORY/JAMES L. KUBER, laden with stone, are expected in Erie tomorrow at around 1230 hours.

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Groupe Desgagnes' tanker THALASSA DESGAGNES arrived in Erie at 0630 this morning and was put into drydock at Donjon Shipbuilding. The vessel is in for unspecified repairs after spending several days moored in the Welland Canal for repairs. It is unknown at this time how long the DESGAGNES is expected to be in drydock.

The 1976-built THALASSA DESGAGNES is the first Desgagnes tanker to ever visit the port of Erie. Desgagnes' general cargo ships, such as CATHERINE DESGAGNES, frequently loaded pig iron here in the 1990s, and more recently SEDNA DESGAGNES visited to load refinery components for Korea in 2009. Ironically, SEDNA DESGAGNES went aground in the St. Lawrence Seaway last night, while upbound with steel products for Chicago, and may require drydocking for repairs.

I will update when I learn more about the THALASSA's visit. THALASSA also is the first tanker to ever be drydocked in Erie.

THALASSA DESGAGNES in drydock this afternoon.

THALASSA DESGAGNES downbound in the Welland Canal below Lock 2 on September 17.

Another view.

Stern view of the tanker.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Lakeshore Towing Services announced today that they have completed the acquisition of the assets Marine Services of Erie in a deal that closed Wednesday. The deal includes a 26' foot tug, LOW BIDDER, a 50' crane barge, another crane and various other pieces of marine construction equipment.

The purchase allows Lakeshore Towing to expand its marine construction abilities by adding the new cranes and barge to the fleet. LOW BIDDER becomes the fifth vessel in Lakeshore's fleet, and the 50' crane barge becomes the fifth barge in the fleet.

After a minor refit, LOW BIDDER is expected to enter service almost immediately. The vessel will have its wheelhouse painted red while retaining its black hull. A name change is not expected for the vessel.

Lakeshore Towing is Erie's source for marine construction and marine towing. The company also runs Wolverine Park Marina and the fuel dock at Presque Isle Marina. Current projects include construction of a boat lift at Niagara Pier and work at Bay Harbor Marina. For more information on the company, visit their website.

LOW BIDDER working on the Erie Water Authority intake cribs off of Beach 2 on October 13, 2008.

The purchased barge is shown working on that day.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Saturday, October 6, 2012

NEAH BAY in Erie

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter NEAH BAY arrived in Erie and anchored in Presque Isle Bay on Thursday morning, before moving to the east side of Dobbin's Landing at 1800 on Thursday. The vessel had been scheduled to move at 1600 but engine problems delayed the NEAH BAY from getting underway.

NEAH BAY departed Erie at 1000 this morning, outbound for the lake, and then returned an hour later, mooring at the north face of Dobbin's Landing.

NEAH BAY turning .

In the channel.

Close up.

The 140-foot long tug passes upbound.

Stern view.