Friday, July 31, 2015


PRESQUE ISLE arrived in Erie last Friday and is docked at the Mountfort Terminal for repairs to her starboard shaft seal. The vessel should remain in port for several more days.

Saturday, July 18, 2015


DEFIANCE/ASHTABULA, loaded with salt from Fairport Harbor, are expected in Erie at 0915 on Saturday morning.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Tug DEFIANCE and barge ASHTABULA, with stone from Calcite, are expected in Erie at 0800 on Thursday morning.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


JOSEPH H. THOMPSON arrived in Erie on July 3 at 0300 with stone from Marblehead. The barge unloaded at the Old Ore Dock before departing at 1200 on a return trip to Marblehead.

Donjon Marine's small tug ELIZABETH ANNA is currently upbound somewhere in the Erie Canal system bound for Erie. The 500-HP tug will be stationed permanently at Erie as an assist vessel at the shipyard. The tug, formerly known as BEAR, was purchased from Disch Construction in 2014, along with a sister known as LITTLE BEAR. Given the light horsepower on ELIZABETH ANNA, it seems possible that LITTLE BEAR, now known as NICOLE MAIREAD, could be joining ELIZABETH ANNA in Erie at some point in the future.

KATHY LYNN departs the South Pier worksite outbound for her dredge on June 24.

Another view.

Dredging operations should wrap up within a couple of weeks.

Side view.

Stern view.

Outbound for the dredge.

At the dredge.

Crew change complete, KATHY LYNN heads back in.


Another view.

Photo caption.

Side view.

ANDIAMO, of Chicago, inbound.

Outbound again.

Moving a scow.

MANISTEE inbound on June 24.

MANISTEE approaches the harbor with a cargo of salt.

The beautiful, 1943-built laker was once based out of Erie as RICHARD REISS.

The ship just passed a five year survey this winter, but questions remain about the 72-year old laker's future.

Passing the dredging operation.

Close up.

Turning to stay in line with the channel.

Another view.

Stern view.

MANISTEE approaches the Mountfort Terminal, where she will unload.

JOSEPH H. THOMPSON unloading at the Old Ore Dock on July 3.

Overhead view.


Passing a sailboat.

THOMPSON is again bound for Marblehead to load another cargo of stone.

Another view.

Close up.

JOSEPH H. THOMPSON JR. provides the power.

Stern view.

Passing the Erie pierhead light.

Clearing the harbor.

Thursday, July 2, 2015


JOSEPH H. THOMPSON/JOSEPH H. THOMPSON JR., loaded with stone from Marblehead, should arrive in Erie at around 0300 tonight.