Newly-completed tug and barge KEN BOOTHE SR./LAKES CONTENDER are preparing to depart on their maiden voyage for American Steamship Company. The duo is out on acceptance trials at the moment and if all goes well the duo will depart Donjon tomorrow. Tuesday afternoon the BOOTHE got underway from Donjon at 1330 hours, went out into Presque Isle Bay and turned to mate up with the barge LAKES CONTENDER. The duo backed out of the West Slip at 1730 and proceeded to return to the slip. Also Wednesday, VICTORIAN PRINCESS was moved by Lakeshore Towing tugs FLATTOP and DON HENRY at the dock at Dobbin's Landing. The PRINCESS was moved to allow re-installation of the hydraulic steering ram on the port side. After the ram was lifted and bolted on, the PRINCESS was again spun around. BUFFALO arrived in Erie this morning at 0200 and docked at the Old Ore Dock to unload. BUFFALO was outbound at 1000. KEN BOOTHE SR./LAKES CONTENDER, on acceptance trials, followed them about 30 minutes later.
BOOTHE preparing to depart her dock ahead of the LAKES CONTENDER.
The BOOTHE had to back up and try again after the wind began to set the tug into the barge.
KEN BOOTHE SR. was Donjon Hull Number 1108.
In Presque Isle Bay.
In the slip.
Preparing to mate up with LAKES CONTENDER.
FLATTOP pulling VICTORIAN PRINCESS away from the dock.
DON HENRY pushing.
FLATTOP and VICTORIAN PRINCESS.
Almost back to the dock.
KEN BOOTHE SR./LAKES CONTENDER returning to the dock at 1800 on Tuesday evening.
BUFFALO sharing the Old Ore Dock with APALACHEE and MANITOU this morning.
APALACHEE and MANITOU.
Finished and preparing to depart.
Departing for Cleveland. In Cleveland, the BUFFALO will shuttle iron ore from Cleveland Bulk Terminal at Cleveland's lakefront to Mittal Steel's Upper Dock, at the end of the navigable Cuyahoga River.
BOOTHE turning for the channel.
Lined up and preparing to head out.
BOOTHE provides the power.