Saturday, November 29, 2014


Tug DEFIANCE and barge ASHTABULA, with stone from Marblehead, Ohio, are due in Erie at 1215 this afternoon. This is the duo's first visit ever to Erie since coming to the Lakes to operate for Grand River Navigation in 2012.

Friday, November 14, 2014


MANITOWOC is expected in Erie at around 1400 on Saturday with a load of stone from Calcite.

Friday, November 7, 2014


Great Lakes Towing's tugs WASHINGTON and VERMONT returned FARRELL 256 to Erie on Thursday, nine days after OHIO took the barge to Buffalo. The tow, with WASHINGTON on the bow and VERMONT on the stern, entered Erie harbor at around 1200 and docked the barge, with it's cargo of lock gates from the Black Rock Lock in Tonawanda, NY, at Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair.

Fishing tug DORIS M outbound.

Another view of the DORIS M.

Stern view.

The tow approaches the piers with WASHINGTON in the lead.

WASHINGTON straightening out for the channel.


The lock gates on the barge.

Side view of the tow.


Another view of the gates.

Tug VERMONT was recently reassigned from Detroit to Buffalo, replacing NEW JERSEY, which had been there for years. NEW JERSEY is now stationed in Toledo.

Stern view of VERMONT.

Stern view.

Passing the Coast Guard Station.

VERMONT breaks free of the tow.

Coming alongside the barge.

WASHINGTON breaking free of the barge as the approach the Parade Street slip.


Lining up for the slip.

Tugs outbound.

VERMONT outbound.

Side view.


Stern view of VERMONT.

Stern view of WASHINGTON.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

MANISTEE Visits Twice; FARRELL 256 on Job

MANISTEE arrived in Erie at 1400 on October 28 and docked at the Mountfort Terminal to unload salt from Fairport Harbor. This cargo was Erie's second salt delivery of the year. MANISTEE departed at 1830.

Shortly thereafter, tug OHIO arrived and departed at 1630 with the crane barge FARRELL 256 in tow for Buffalo. Donjon Marine won a contract to remove the gates of the Black Rock Lock, which were to be taken to Cleveland. Gate removal is currently complete and OHIO and FARRELL 256 remain in Buffalo. This is the first time FARRELL has been outside of Erie harbor since arriving in 2011.

MANISTEE returned with another cargo of salt on October 30 and unloaded at the Mountfort Terminal before departing around 1230 hours.

MANISTEE arriving Erie on October 28.

Another view of the 1943-built classic.

The salt delivery is the second of the season.

This is also MANISTEE's first visit of the season to Erie.

Close up.

Stern view.

Heading for Presque Isle Bay to turn.

Turned, MANISTEE prepares to dock.

Swinging a man over the side.

OHIO inbound.

Close up of OHIO as the 1903-built tug heads inbound.

Stern view.

Heading out with the FARRELL 256 in tow.

Wide view.

Close up of the FARRELL

Stern view.

Outbound for Buffalo.

MANISTEE unloading on October 30.

Another view.

With the boom in and undergoing repairs.

YANKEE finishing her refit at Donjon.