Monday, December 31, 2012


One of Lower Lakes Towing's newest acquisitions, TECUMSEH, is due in Erie tomorrow afternoon, and will be going to the West Slip. McKEE SONS will be moved across the slip to allow for TECUMSEH's arrival. TECUMSEH will spend the winter undergoing topside repairs.

The 1972-built TECUMSEH sailed on the ocean under the U.S.-flag until being purchased by Lower Lakes Towing and refit in Mexico in late 2011. At this time the vessel was brought under the Canadian flag and given its present name. The vessel has been in and out of layup all season based on cargo demands and will be departing Sarnia, Ontario, where it has been since early December, later tonight.

TECUMSEH on its first trip through the Welland Canal on April 9, 2012.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

McKEE SONS Arrives for Layup

INVINCIBLE/McKEE SONS arrived in Erie today at 1030, in ballast from Hamilton, Ontario. The duo docked at the West Slip at Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair for winter layup.

McKEE SONS inbound.

Close up.

Stern view

Entering the bay.

Turning for the West Slip.

Another view.

Approaching the dock.

McKEE SONS comes alongside.

Dropping the anchor for the winter.

Monday, December 24, 2012


McKEE SONS' ETA currently reads 0830 on the ship's AIS. It's likely the ship will anchor overnight before coming in.


Tug INVINCIBLE/McKEE SONS are expected in Erie tomorrow morning for winter layup at the West Slip at Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

THOMPSON Arrives; A-390 Floats from Shipyard

JOSEPH H. THOMPSON and tug JOSEPH H. THOMPSON JR. arrived in Erie this afternoon around 1230 hours and moored at the Mountfort Terminal to unload stone from Stoneport, Michigan. The THOMPSON is currently unloading at the dock.

At 0330 this morning, Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair began flooding the graving dock to float barge A-390. BARBARA ANDRIE moved into drydock this afternoon at around 1415 hours, hooked up to the barge and moved to the east side of the shipyard at around 1500 today. The duo should be departing sometime this evening.


Another view.

Passing Coast Guard Station Erie.

Close up of tug JOSEPH H. THOMPSON JR.

Stern view.

Swinging a crewman off the side for docking.

BARBARA ANDRIE laying alongside Donjon this afternoon with the THOMPSON in the distance.

Stern view.

Backing out of drydock.

Turning to dock at the east side of the shipyard.

Approaching the dock.

Sideways to drop a line on the dock.



JOSEPH H. THOMPSON/THOMPSON JR are now expected in Erie around 1200 today.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


JOSEPH H. THOMPSON/THOMPSON JR., laden with stone, are expected in Erie around 1400 on Wednesday.