Sunday, November 11, 2012

Barge A-390 Due for Drydocking

Andrie's barge A-390, pushed by tug BARBARA ANDRIE, is due in Erie later this week for drydocking. The duo will probably arrive late on November 15 or early on the 16th after unloading cargo at Monroe, Michigan.

BARBARA ANDRIE/A-390 were last in Erie on November 15, 2005, when the unit arrived and docked at Erie Shipbuilding LLC for engine repairs to the tug. The duo departed five days later.

BARBARA ANDRIE/A-390 inbound Erie on November 15, 2005.

The museum ship COL. JAMES M. SCHOONMAKER was moved from its dock in Toledo, Ohio downriver about a mile to a new berth on October 27, by two tugs from Great Lakes Towing Company. Here, tug MISSISSIPPI arrives to hook up to the SCHOONMAKER.

Tug NEBRASKA, the bow tug on the tow, arrives.

The tow of the 1911-built SCHOONMAKER gets underway. The former WILLIS B. BOYER of Cleveland Cliffs, it was returned to its original name last year and given its new paint scheme.

Taken from the Martin Luther King Jr. bridge across the Maumee River, the SCHOONMAKER tow moves downriver. Donors to the project were invited to ride downriver on deck of the SCHOONMAKER.

Close up of the COL. JAMES M. SCHOONMAKER.

Stern view. The white tug to the right of the photo, the PRAIRIELAND of Geo. Gradel Company, stood by the tow to assist with docking the SCHOONMAKER.

A closer stern view of the SCHOONMAKER.

Another stern view of the tow.

NEBRASKA and MISSISSIPPI begin to work the SCHOONMAKER over to the side of the river, so that it can be backed into its dock.

Further downriver, the tugs are positioning the SCHOONMAKER to back it to dock.

SCHOONMAKER will be the centerpiece of the Great Lakes Historical Society museum scheduled to open in late summer 2013.

PRAIRIELAND pushes as the tow moves toward its dock.

In Port Huron, Michigan, later that afternoon, Canfornav's EIDER was downbound with a cargo of canola from Thunder Bay, Ontario bound for Veracruz, Mexico.

EIDER comes under the Blue Water Bridges, linking Port Huron, Michigan to Sarnia, Ontario.

Stern view.

A few minutes later, KEN BOOTHE SR./LAKES CONTENDER power upriver against the current. LAKES CONTENDER is loaded with coal from Toledo, Ohio for Burns Harbor, Indiana.

Turning to head into Lake Huron.

Another view of the duo, which has been in operation for about six months.

Stern view as the duo heads into Lake Huron.

The 2012-built BBC BALBOA is on its first trip to the Great Lakes, and is shown while upbound at Marine City, Michigan, loaded with windmill blades for Muskegon, Michigan.

Stern view of the BBC BALBOA.

On November 3, Grand River Navigation's new tug-barge unit DEFIANCE/ASHTABULA arrived in Buffalo to deliver its first cargo after spending all year undergoing conversion for Great Lakes service at Sturgeon Bay.

Tug WASHINGTON assists the duo downriver at 1600 that afternoon. The ASHTABULA would lose its bow thruster coming around this turn, so it was fortunate for the tug's captain that the WASHINGTON was assisting the duo downriver.

Another stern view.

WASHINGTON and the 7,200-horsepower tug DEFIANCE.

WASHINGTON comes around to push on the bow of the ASHTABULA.


WASHINGTON is now on the other side in an attempt to keep the DEFIANCE/ASHTABULA from hitting the west bank. The duo would move across the river to the east side and moor to work on the bow thruster.

Mooring alongside Buffalo's Visiting Ship's Dock.

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