Wednesday, December 25, 2013


Word from the lakes has Lower Lakes Towing sending two of their vessels to Erie for layup at Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair later this month or early in January.

KAMINISTIQUA will be at Donjon for her five year survey, and OJIBWAY will be here for unspecified repairs. Neither vessel has wintered at Erie before.

These are in addition to EDWIN H. GOTT and ROGER BLOUGH, which will winter in Erie at Erie Sand & Gravel's docks.

Sunday, December 22, 2013


MANISTEE arrived in Erie at 0500 this morning, turned in the harbor and docked at the Mountfort Terminal at around 0630. The vessel spent the morning unloading salt from Fairport Harbor and departed at 1220 hours this afternoon.

Saturday, December 21, 2013


MANISTEE, loaded with salt from Fairport, is expected in Erie tonight around 2330.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


In a preview of winter layup, ROGER BLOUGH arrived in Erie this morning at 0245, in ballast from Conneaut, and docked at the Mountfort Terminal to undergo repairs. BLOUGH had a couple of small leaks that needed repairs. The vessel departed today at 1400 bound for Lake Superior and another ore cargo.

Surprisingly this year, PRESQUE ISLE will not be spending the winter in Erie. BLOUGH and EDWIN H. GOTT are reported to be the two vessels spending the winter here from Great Lakes Fleet.

BLOUGH at the Mountfort Terminal this morning.

Another view of the 858' long BLOUGH.

J.S. St. JOHN inbound. This is one of the latest trips the vessel has made in recent memory.

Stern view.

St. JOHN approaches the Old Ore Dock.


BLOUGH starts to move away from the Mountfort Terminal around 1345 this afternoon.

Moving away from the dock.

BLOUGH lines up for the channel.

Close up.

Stern view.

Passing the lighthouse.


Friday, December 6, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013


ROGER BLOUGH is expected in Erie tonight or early in the morning for repairs. The repairs are only expected to take a few hours and the ship will be back underway in the afternoon.

Watch Erie Shipping News for updates.

Monday, December 2, 2013


ALGORAIL arrived off of Erie this morning around 1030 with her second load of salt from Windsor delivered to the port this season. The ship turned outside of Buoys 1 & 2 and backed into the harbor to dock at the Mountfort Terminal.

After unloading, the 1967-built ALGORAIL departed at 1700 this afternoon bound for Windsor to load another salt cargo.

ALGORAIL backing into Erie at Buoys 3&4.

Another view.

In the channel.

Bow view.

ALGORAIL turns toward the dock.

Another view.

ALGORAIL moves toward the dock.

Starboard side view.

Backing into position.

Docking at Mountfort Terminal.

Finished unloading and ready to depart.

Moving away from the dock.


Close up.

Stern view.