Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Donjon's CHEYENNE, light tug, is expected in Erie around 2300 tonight to pick up WITTE 2303 from Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair.

Monday, June 9, 2014


Great Lakes Fleet's 1952-built steamship JOHN G. MUNSON arrived in Erie this afternoon at 1300, docking at the Mountfort Terminal to unload a cargo of stone from Calcite, Michigan. The MUNSON is the first steamship to visit Erie since AMERICAN FORTITUDE in 2008. MUNSON is also the first ship from Great Lakes Fleet to deliver a cargo to Erie since 2003.

MUNSON spent the afternoon and evening unloading before departing Erie at 2130 hours. It remains to be seen whether MUNSON or any of GLF's other ships visit Erie with cargo this season.

JOHN G. MUNSON in the channel.

Close up.

The 1952-built steamer passes the lighthouse.

The steamer is paying what might be a first-ever visit to Erie.

Close up.

Stern view.

Approaching the Mountfort Terminal.

Swinging around.

Another view of the classic ship's stern.

Alongside the Mountfort Terminal.

Sunday, June 8, 2014


CALUMET arrived in Erie at 1230 on Saturday to deliver a cargo of stone from Marblehead. The ship unloaded at the Old Ore Dock before moving over to load sand for transshipment to the North Pier.

Great Lakes Fleet's 1952-built steamship JOHN G. MUNSON, loaded with stone from Calcite, Michigan, makes an ultra-rare appearance in Erie when she arrives at 1300 on Monday. The MUNSON is the first steamship to visit Erie with a cargo since AMERICAN FORTITUDE in October, 2008, and the first vessel from Great Lakes Fleet to unload in Erie since 2003, although their vessels lay up in Erie every winter.

A heron on the South Pier Saturday afternoon.

CALUMET inbound.

Another view.

Stern view.

CALUMET begins to swing for the Old Ore Dock.


Lining up to come alongside.

Saturday, June 7, 2014


CALUMET, with stone from Marblehead, is expected in Erie at 1230 today.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Additional CSL NIAGARA Photos

Below are photos of the CSL NIAGARA being removed from drydock by the RHODE ISLAND and NEW YORK on May 25.

RHODE ISLAND pulls on the CSL NIAGARA as the ship departs drydock.

Another view with FEDERAL KUMANO in the background.

RHODE ISLAND comes around to push.

RHODE ISLAND lines up on the bow of the ship.

Pushing to slow the NIAGARA.

NEW YORK takes the stern.

Another view.


Bow-on view.


Another view of the 740' long ship.

Lining up for the slip.

With the NEW YORK.

NEW YORK pulls on the NIAGARA.

NEW YORK works on the stern to slow the ship.

A push from the bow thruster to keep the NIAGARA off the McKEE SONS.

Approaching the dock.

Donjon employees on the stern of the tug INVINCIBLE.

Thursday, June 5, 2014


With assistance from RHODE ISLAND and IOWA, CSL NIAGARA backed away from the West Slip at 0745 on Wednesday, under tow of NEW YORK, and with a push from the RHODE ISLAND turned and departed. CSL NIAGARA spent the morning and much of the afternoon undergoing tests off of Erie before departing upbound for Superior at around 1600. The vessel will load coal, it's first cargo of the season after repairs to ice damage, in Superior.

NEW YORK tows the CSL NIAGARA away from McKEE SONS.

RHODE ISLAND stands by as the NIAGARA slowly backs away.

CSL NIAGARA slowly proceeds backward.

RHODE ISLAND moves in.

Approaching the NIAGARA.

RHODE ISLAND pours on the power.

Locomotives for export and the transformers unloaded by FEDERAL KUMANO last week sit on the dock. More transformers will arrive in mid-July aboard FEDERAL WESER.

NIAGARA rounds the Mountfort Terminal.


RHODE ISLAND and NEW YORK escorted CSL NIAGARA out before returning to Ashtabula.

CSL NIAGARA lines up for the channel.

With the tugs.

Another view.

Close up.

RHODE ISLAND outbound with Capt. Brad Sheppard in the window and Engineer Dave Kostik on deck.

Stern view.

NEW YORK on the starboard side.

Clearing Erie outbound.

A family of Canada geese at the East Avenue Boat Launch on Wednesday afternoon.

CSL NIAGARA stopped off of Erie.

NEW YORK departing Erie on the morning of May 24.

Later that afternoon, outbound to assist FEDERAL KUMANO.

Stern view.

FEDERAL KUMANO and the North Pier Light.

NEW YORK escorting the KUMANO inbound

Another view.

At the piers.

Close up of the KUMANO, paying its first visit to Erie.

KUMANO was loaded with transformers bound for a power plant in New York.

Close up.


Stern view.

In the bay.

NEW YORK pushing.

Another view.

Pouring on the power.


I will post the remainder of the photos - CSL NIAGARA's removal from drydock on May 25 - tomorrow.