Great Lakes - Duluth, Minnesota USA - Ships Nostalgia
13:21

Welcome
Welcome!Welcome to Ships Nostalgia, the world's greatest online community for people worldwide with an interest in ships and shipping. Whether you are crew, ex-crew, ship enthusiasts or cruisers, this is the forum for you. And what's more, it's completely FREE.

Click here to go to the forums home page and find out more.
Click here to join.
Log in
User Name Password

Great Lakes - Duluth, Minnesota USA

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 9th March 2019, 01:04
kewl dude's Avatar
kewl dude kewl dude is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Other Merchant Fleets
Department: Engineering
Active: 1960 - 1976
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,582
Great Lakes - Duluth, Minnesota USA

Today Friday March 08, 2019 Dennis O'Hara of http://www.duluthharborcam.com/ fame put up a new Canal Cam http://www.duluthharborcam.com/p/canal-park-cams.html

Attached:

20190301-Old-Camera-Piers1-+17F.jpg
20190308-New-Camera-Piers1-+30F.jpg

Still to come are two new cams @ Silver Bay. See: Arrowhead-Country.jpg

Google tells me that it is 27 miles from Duluth to Two Harbors via US highway 61, then another 28 miles to Silver Bay. Yes, Dylan had a song about Highway 61, but that was a portion of 61 that ran from Duluth to St. Paul MN. Replaced now with Interstate Highway 35. I-35 begins in Galveston Texas and ends in Duluth MN, from the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Superior.

In addition to Duluth and Superior each with one Taconite loading dock there is one dock each in Two Harbors and Silver Bay. The Taconite is dug up and processed on the Mesabi Iron Ore Range north of Duluth and transported to the various loading docks via railroad.

The Lake Superior shipping season is slated to begin Sunday, March 24, 2019 - March 25, 2019 2345 - 0030 when the Soo Locks will open. This looks to be a VERY challenging opener. The ice on all of the Great Lakes is REALLY thick this year. ALL American and Canadian ice breaking vessels have been busy all winter keeping routes open on Lakes Michigan, Huron and Erie.

The USCG cutter Alder based in Duluth has spent the past two months trying to keep the Mackinac Straits open see: 20190117-Alder.jpg besides working at the straits the Alder has been to Milwaukee Wisconsin, Calumet and Chicago - Navy Pier - Illinois.

As you can see on: 20190308-1530-PST-Great-Lakes.jpg

There is vessel traffic on the above three lakes plus Montreal is kept open to the sea.

Attached:
20190117-Alder.jpg (85.1 KB)
20190301-Old-Camera-Piers1-+17F.jpg (62.2 KB)
20190308-New-Camera-Piers1-+30F.jpg (83.6 KB)
Arrowhead-Country.jpg (52.0 KB)
20190308-1530-PST-Great-Lakes.jpg (62.4 KB)

Greg Hayden
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20190117-Alder.jpg (85.1 KB, 63 views)
File Type: jpg 20190301-Old-Camera-Piers1-+17F.jpg (62.2 KB, 60 views)
File Type: jpg 20190308-New-Camera-Piers1-+30F.jpg (83.6 KB, 62 views)
File Type: jpg Arrowhead-Country.jpg (52.0 KB, 53 views)
File Type: jpg 20190308-1530-PST-Great-Lakes.jpg (62.4 KB, 53 views)
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 9th March 2019, 06:49
Samsette's Avatar
Samsette Samsette is offline  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 4,980
Bbbrrrrrrr! Aren't you glad you are living in San Diego, Greg?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 9th March 2019, 22:56
kewl dude's Avatar
kewl dude kewl dude is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Other Merchant Fleets
Department: Engineering
Active: 1960 - 1976
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,582
re: Bbbrrrrrrr! Aren't you glad you are living in San Diego, Greg?

Well, while it is warmer here than Duluth this year so far has been decidedly cooler and wetter than normal. After our nine years 2008-2016 drought, when we got between very little and no rain, the past three years are making up for it. 2017 I got 28 inches and 18 inches in 2018 and now in 2019 I am right on 18 inches with plenty more rain forecast. This past week it was announced that ALL California Drinking Water Reservoirs are now full and water is being released from some for the first time in a decade.

It has also been colder than usual. Last Monday our high temp of 72 was the warmest it has been since last fall. January and February rarely did the daytime high reach 60 daily highs of 50s the norm. Overnight lows have been in the 30s and my space heating bills this winter matches my July, August, September 2018 air conditioning bills.

Coastal California urban areas especially, but the whole state, excepting perhaps some remote rural regions? Deservedly hold the title for the most expensive CONUS real estate. I paid 130k in 1995 paid off my 30 years loan in thirteen years. My domicile now valued around 500-600k.

I am on a corner half acre, on the south end of a one-mile long north south ridge, 541 feet above the Pacific Ocean; six miles straight east from the left coast surf. There are valley's 200-300 vertical feet below me to my west, south and east. It is like living on a peninsula. Going to downtown Vista I coast in drive at the speed limits most of the time with my foot hovering over my brake pedal. Of course coming back home is a different story.

Downtown San Diego has built many light rail, trolley and gas diesel and electric bus public transit routes. When first they built light rail and trolley routes stations were surrounded with acres of free parking. Over the years as the systems built out -- they are still building - the parking lots once jammed with cars are now almost empty all day.

The San Diego City Council this past week put their stamp of approval in waiving an ordinance that required off street parking for two cars for each domicile - single family homes, apartments, condos. This clears the way to build high rise apartment buildings on these now empty vast parking lots adjacent to the public transit stations.

Greg Hayden
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10th March 2019, 22:29
Samsette's Avatar
Samsette Samsette is offline  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 4,980
Colder up here also and, a snowfall second only to our record 1996 one.
I have visited San Diego often through the 1970s,80s and 90s. The first time in February 1976, to the highly secret USN underwater facility (forgot its correct title) at the foot of Rosencranz. My daughter and her husband taught school in the Imperial Valley, she in El Centro and he at Calexico High, so we had a good excuse to visit often. KOA's Chula Vista RV Park was a perfect spot to spend a few days, when we had our camper van, sightseeing in San Diego and taking the light rail to the border and a short visit to Tijuana to let my wife see another side of life.
Yes sir, San Diego was a favourite destination.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10th March 2019, 23:37
lakercapt lakercapt is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Deck
Active: 1952 - 1998
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
My location
Posts: 2,683
Its been a cold winter up here and the "lakes" are more or less completely covered in ice. Going to be a difficult time when the season starts and there is only two weeks away when the US Soo locks are scheduled to open. Ice breakers are going to have a busy time. I for one will not be upset about missing this time sailing a boat as it was really stressful with the floating navigation aids unreliable. One advantage about this ice cover is we don't have "lake effect" snow and there are more bright sunny days but saying that I am getting tired of the cold weather!!!!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11th March 2019, 01:45
Ron Stringer's Avatar
Ron Stringer Ron Stringer is offline
Senior Member
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Radio Officer
Active: 1960 - 1966
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
My location
Posts: 6,289
Many years ago I had to attend a meeting in Rochester, NY. It was early May and the UK maritime press was reporting that the Seaway opening had been delayed and that Niagara Falls were still frozen. It was colder than normal in the UK too.

I flew from London Heathrow to Logan airport in Boston, Mass and transferred to a small aircraft for the flight to Rochester. I was wearing a two-piece worsted business suit and a heavy overcoat to cope with the expected freezing conditions, since Rochester is only about 90 miles from Niagara. When I got off the aircraft in Rochester, the temperature was 92F. In the cab I was removing clothing almost all the way to my hotel.

Watching the TV news each morning for the next few days I saw that in Wyoming the temperature swung from 42F to 96F and back to 45F on successive days. Crazy weather. Made me glad that here in my part of the UK the temperature range is moderate and changes are gradual.
__________________
Ron
_____________________________________________

Never regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many. Don't worry about old age - it doesn't last.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 15th March 2019, 00:23
Victor J. Croasdale Victor J. Croasdale is offline  
Member
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Engineering
Active: 1974 - 1981
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 50
I went to Mackinaw City last summer. The USCGC Mackinaw, a Great Lakes icebreaker, is museum ship there.
I asked about senior discount, but was given the military discount because I'd been in the British Merchant Navy!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USCGC_Mackinaw_(WAGB-83)
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 15th March 2019, 08:57
kewl dude's Avatar
kewl dude kewl dude is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Other Merchant Fleets
Department: Engineering
Active: 1960 - 1976
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,582
Attached:

new-mackinaw20090610-E.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USCGC_Mackinaw_(WLBB-30)
Summer 2009 up on the blocks at Frazer Shipyard graving dock Superior Wisconsin.

new-mackinaw25040113-E.jpg
At Launch Pod Power

new-USCGC+Mackinaw+(l.)+and+CCGS+Samuel+Risley+(r)-E.jpg
Whitefish Bay at the eastern end of Lake Superior

Old-Mackinaw-E.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USCGC_Mackinaw_(WAGB-83)

2014-USCG-New-Mackinaw-escorts_ship_through_Lake_Superior_Ice-E.jpg

new-mackinaw20090610-E.jpg (106.5 KB)
new-mackinaw25040113-E.jpg (68.3 KB)
new-USCGC+Mackinaw+(l.)+and+CCGS+Samuel+Risley+(r)-E.jpg (52.6 KB)
Old-Mackinaw-E.jpg (83.5 KB)
2014-USCG-New-Mackinaw-escorts_ship_through_Lake_Superior_Ice-E.jpg (165.2 K

Greg Hayden
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 21st March 2019, 05:57
kewl dude's Avatar
kewl dude kewl dude is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Other Merchant Fleets
Department: Engineering
Active: 1960 - 1976
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,582
The USCG Icebreaker Mackinaw and cutter Alder locked up @ the Soo yesterday morning - 3/19. Moving through Whitefish Bay they maintained 7 knots speed. Once out on Lake Superior they increased to 13-1/2 knots. @ 0100 today both suddenly dropped to 3 knots and began to maneuver but an hour later they were back at 13-1/2 knots.

So I guess the reported deterioration of Lake Superior ice due to warm weather may be accurate?

The Mackinaw entered Duluth Piers @ 1808 Duluth time - 3/20. An hour out Alder, that had trailed Mackinaw across the lake, stopped for one hour: then resumed speed towards Duluth.

20190320-1608-PDT-Piers1-Mackinaw-+44F.jpg

Mackinaw drove over to the pier where Alder docks, then returned widening her path. When in Duluth Mackinaw docks at the DECC - Duluth Entertainment Conference Center - a city owned dock. See: [email protected] Taken in December 2011.

20190320-1642-PDT-Bayfront-Mackinaw-+43F.jpg

Look underneath the open bridge the Mackinaw stack, white house and red hull can be seen between the DECC on the left and blue and red GLA buildings - Great Lakes Aquarium - on the right. The bridge is up for the Alder arrival.

20190320-1643-PDT-Piers1-Alder-+43F.jpg

Alder arrival, notice the people in the lower right corner carrying signs? I suspect these are dependants of Alder crew?

I say that since when US Navy surface ships leave San Diego on deployment and when they return. Dependants, many with signs, crowd the piers and all the local TV stations and other journalists cover the event.

Alder left Duluth January 12 and today is the first time she has been back. Alder and Mack spent the winter escorting convoys of ships. Alder spent most of her time sailing back and forth in the Straits of Mackinac. But she escorted ships to Milwaukee, Chicago (twice) and Calumet IL and back to the straits.

20190320-1656-PDT-Hillside-Alder-+43F.jpg

Here you see Alder facing her pier. What she did was back up from this position, changing course, to widen the track. Mid bay Alder maneuvered so she was parallel to the beach. Then went forward until her stern cleared the broken ice. Then backed up changing course slightly to open a new channel until her bow cleared the broken ice. Alder repeated this until it was almost dark then she backed into her slip.

Attached:
[email protected] (81.5 KB)
20190320-1608-PDT-Piers1-Mackinaw-+44F-E.jpg (131.7 KB)
20190320-1642-PDT-Bayfront-Mackinaw-+43F-E.jpg (121.5 KB)
20190320-1643-PDT-Piers1-Alder-+43F-E.jpg (134.6 KB)
20190320-1656-PDT-Hillside-Alder-+43F-E.jpg (152.1 KB)

Greg Hayden
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 21st March 2019, 13:48
lakercapt lakercapt is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Deck
Active: 1952 - 1998
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
My location
Posts: 2,683
With the Navigation season for 2019 getting set to start there are going to be some really large challenges. The Ice made this winter has been extensive and with rafting etc going to take lots of icebreaker assistance. The two larger Canadian icebreakers normally stationed in the lower river have been brought up to aid..
I wish all the crews a great season. I am not sad that I won't be out there but think of it often.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 21st March 2019, 20:54
Keith Adams Keith Adams is offline
Senior Member
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Deck
Active: 1951 - 2011
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
My location
Posts: 744
Many thanks for the ice condition news, do they still do the silver cane thingy for first Salty into Montreal ?
Prior to the advent of container rail shipments we used to begin receiving US export cargoes into our pier sheds in Chicago and Milwaukee in March and hope for an early season by April ... last over seas general cargo ships would have to be on their way out of Lake Michigan end of November ... worked right through Thanksgiving Holiday a few times in snow flurries. Amazing how it all came to such a sudden end ? Keith.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 21st March 2019, 21:22
lakercapt lakercapt is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Deck
Active: 1952 - 1998
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
My location
Posts: 2,683
Quote:
Originally Posted by Keith Adams View Post
Many thanks for the ice condition news, do they still do the silver cane thingy for first Salty into Montreal ?
.
Yes but it the first ship usually on January 1st as there is no winter stoppage now!!!
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 21st March 2019, 22:48
Keith Adams Keith Adams is offline
Senior Member
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Deck
Active: 1951 - 2011
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
My location
Posts: 744
Quote:
Originally Posted by lakercapt View Post
Yes but it the first ship usually on January 1st as there is no winter stoppage now!!!
All I can say is "Wow ! ". We would be still delivering the last of the prior season's import cargo in January and inspecting all cargo gear and dock/shed equipment. Then take February off before spending March completely overhauling forklifts and making up slings, nets and repairing or making wood pallets ready for Seaway opening. Really cold in the pier sheds with wind blowing in across the icebound harbor. ( harbour ). Still better than actually being out on the lake as the C&O car ferry " Badger" did all it could to keep a daily service going. Also, US Steel would half fill the Milwaukee inner harbor with laid up Lakers all jammed in together, blocking off the grain silos. Sight never to be seen again or even believed ... much like when I attempt or explain to my grown up children how the rivers and harbors teemed with seagoing traffic and how I thought I had a secure career for life ! Keith.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 22nd March 2019, 04:40
kewl dude's Avatar
kewl dude kewl dude is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Other Merchant Fleets
Department: Engineering
Active: 1960 - 1976
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,582
Mackinaw breaking ice today Duluth Harbor - on youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=4OaY1elJrjc

Recorded today 3/21/19 USCG Icebreaker Mackinaw breaking ice 3 minute 38 second speeded up clip from three different

http://www.duluthharborcam.com/

cams.

Greg Hayden
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 23rd March 2019, 04:10
kewl dude's Avatar
kewl dude kewl dude is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Other Merchant Fleets
Department: Engineering
Active: 1960 - 1976
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,582
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=Tibb401ywPY

http://www.duluthharborcam.com/

Quote

The tug North Carolina worked hard this morning to break out the Lee A Tregurtha and Kaye E Barker. Ice was about a foot thick in the slip. Posted by Dennis O'Hara at 6:25 PM.

Unquote

This is interesting you get to see the tug back up then speed forward until it slows to a crawl breaking ice then back up again for another go.

http://www.boatnerd.com/pictures/fleet/kebarker.htm

Quote

Constructed in 1951-52, for the Cleveland Cliffs Steamship Company, the Edward B. Greene was the first vessel in the history of the Great Lakes to be built completely in drydock, She was 1 of 8 of the new AAA-Korea class boats to be built for the ore and coal trades. The first AAA to be launched was the Philip R. Clarke of the Pittsburg Steamship Company in November, 1951. The last one delivered was the Ford fleet's William Clay Ford, in May of 1953. The design was so well liked by naval architects, the Canadian shipbuilders built lakers similar to the specs of the AAA's, including the James Norris, Sir James Dunn, Gordon C. Leitch (i), and Senator of Canada.

Unquote

Quote

Cleveland Cliffs sold the Greene to the Rouge Steel Corporation, a division of the Ford Corporation and renamed her the Benson Ford (III). Now the Benson Ford was on the run from Marquette to Detroit, making the slow, winding trip up the Rouge River to the Ford Plant. With the dissolvent of the Ford fleet in 1989, the Interlake Steamship Company purchased the remaining Ford boats and signed an exclusive contract to haul iron ore to the Rouge Steel plant, thus creating the Lakes Shipping Company, a division of Interlake. Renamed the Kaye E. Barker, she was christened on August 2, 1990 in honor of the wife of James R. Barker of the Interlake/Mormac Group.

Unquote

More ....

So the Barker AIS says Marquette Rouge. Load taconite in Marquette MI discharge at the Ford Motor Company Detroit Rouge steel plant.

Today Denny O'Hara posted this Mackinaw moored @ the DECC:

DJI_0969-E.jpg (157.4 KB)
20190322-1446-PDT-2HbrsDepotCam-Mackinaw.jpg (93.1 KB)
20190322-1458-PDT-2Hbrs-DepotCam-Mackinaw.jpg (93.3 KB)
20190322-1504-PDT-AIS-2Hbrs-Kaye E Barker.jpg (47.3 KB)
20190322-1609-PDT-2HbrsBtLaun-Kaye E Barker-E1.jpg (112.0 KB)

This last one I had to 'massage' in Photoshop to make Barker visible. The Depot cam looks south while the Boat Launch Cam looks west. All that ice reflecting the sun into the camera I suspect is what makes pictures this time of day darker? Same thing happens in the season sun reflecting off the water?

Greg Hayden
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 23rd March 2019, 04:27
kewl dude's Avatar
kewl dude kewl dude is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Other Merchant Fleets
Department: Engineering
Active: 1960 - 1976
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,582
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=Tibb401ywPY

http://www.duluthharborcam.com/

Quote

The tug North Carolina worked hard this morning to break out the Lee A Tregurtha and Kaye E Barker. Ice was about a foot thick in the slip. Posted by Dennis O'Hara at 6:25 PM.

Unquote

This is interesting you get to see the tug back up then speed forward until it slows to a crawl breaking ice then back up again for another go.

http://www.boatnerd.com/pictures/fleet/kebarker.htm

Quote

Constructed in 1951-52, for the Cleveland Cliffs Steamship Company, the Edward B. Greene was the first vessel in the history of the Great Lakes to be built completely in drydock, She was 1 of 8 of the new AAA-Korea class boats to be built for the ore and coal trades. The first AAA to be launched was the Philip R. Clarke of the Pittsburg Steamship Company in November, 1951. The last one delivered was the Ford fleet's William Clay Ford, in May of 1953. The design was so well liked by naval architects, the Canadian shipbuilders built lakers similar to the specs of the AAA's, including the James Norris, Sir James Dunn, Gordon C. Leitch (i), and Senator of Canada.

Unquote

Quote

Cleveland Cliffs sold the Greene to the Rouge Steel Corporation, a division of the Ford Corporation and renamed her the Benson Ford (III). Now the Benson Ford was on the run from Marquette to Detroit, making the slow, winding trip up the Rouge River to the Ford Plant. With the dissolvent of the Ford fleet in 1989, the Interlake Steamship Company purchased the remaining Ford boats and signed an exclusive contract to haul iron ore to the Rouge Steel plant, thus creating the Lakes Shipping Company, a division of Interlake. Renamed the Kaye E. Barker, she was christened on August 2, 1990 in honor of the wife of James R. Barker of the Interlake/Mormac Group.

Unquote

More ....

So the Barker AIS says Marquette Rouge. Load taconite in Marquette MI discharge at the Ford Motor Company Detroit Rouge steel plant.

Today Denny O'Hara posted this Mackinaw moored @ the DECC:

DJI_0969-E.jpg (157.4 KB)
20190322-1446-PDT-2HbrsDepotCam-Mackinaw.jpg (93.1 KB)
20190322-1458-PDT-2Hbrs-DepotCam-Mackinaw.jpg (93.3 KB)
20190322-1504-PDT-AIS-2Hbrs-Kaye E Barker.jpg (47.3 KB)
20190322-1609-PDT-2HbrsBtLaun-Kaye E Barker-E1.jpg (112.0 KB)

This last one I had to 'massage' in Photoshop to make Barker visible. The Depot cam looks south while the Boat Launch Cam looks west. All that ice reflecting the sun into the camera I suspect is what makes pictures this time of day darker? Same thing happens in the season sun reflecting off the water?

Greg Hayden
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 24th March 2019, 03:20
kewl dude's Avatar
kewl dude kewl dude is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Other Merchant Fleets
Department: Engineering
Active: 1960 - 1976
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,582
Mackinaw left Two Harbors around 1630 PDT yesterday 3/22. Today she stopped by and broke out Marquette MI and now at 1750 PDT 3/23 she is stopped off Whitefish Point see:

20190323-1750-PDT-Mackinaw-WhiteFishPoint-AIS-stopped.jpg (48.7 KB)

Samuel Risley was in Thunder Bay yesterday and still there today.

Ship west of the straits is the Stewart Cort, getting in line for tomorrow nights Soo opening, destination Superior.

Greg Hayden
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 25th March 2019, 00:11
kewl dude's Avatar
kewl dude kewl dude is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Other Merchant Fleets
Department: Engineering
Active: 1960 - 1976
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,582
Sunday March 24, 2019

20190323-1908-PDT-2HbrsBtLaun-Barker backs out.jpg

Right after I saved this image they shut off the cargo boom lights. Barker left like it was summer time pivoted as usual and drove out the entry. Since then Barker has been sailing around ten knots and now (1320 PDT) is off Keweenaw Peninsula.

Meantime yesterday H. Lee White, bound for Indiana Harbor, left Duluth but got bogged down before reaching Two Harbors. American Spirit bound for Silver Bay and Mesabi Miner, a load of coal for St. Clair, followed; but also got stuck in the ice and spent the night there.

Today, Sunday, Alder went out and got the White free and escorted her to the edge of the ice. Then came back and began helping AS & MM.

https://www.mackinacbridge.org/fares...ic/bridge-cam/

MacBridge_image4_medium-StewartJCort.jpg

Stewart J. Cort passing under Big Mac Bridge @ 1218 PDT Sunday. She appears to be first in line, but not yet to Detour. Two bay class USCG tugs are working the St. Mary's River ice. A third bay class is handling the straits.

20190324-1335-PDT-LakeSuperior-AIS.jpg

Samuel Risley is still in Thunder Bay, that is Mackinaw off Whitefish Point, Kaye E Barker off Keweenaw making ten knots. On the Duluth end, that is the White out in front, AS & MM and Alder all together off Two Harbors.

West of the Mack Bridge the largest blob is Big Paul Tregurtha, bound for Sturgeon Bay - where she wintered - according to AIS. Speaking of AIS Barker has changed her destination to Indiana Harbor.

20190323-1908-PDT-2HbrsBtLaun-Barker backs out.jpg (82.8 KB)
20190324-1218-PDT-MacBridge_image4_medium-StewartJCort.jpg (77.6 KB)
20190324-1335-PDT-LakeSuperior-AIS.jpg (55.4 KB)

Greg Hayden
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 26th March 2019, 02:35
kewl dude's Avatar
kewl dude kewl dude is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Other Merchant Fleets
Department: Engineering
Active: 1960 - 1976
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,582
Monday March 25, 2019

https://www.mackinacbridge.org/fares...ic/bridge-cam/

The Mackinac Bridge Authority has three webcams looking south in St. Ignace, MI, one on each side of the bridge and one right down the middle. There is one looking north at Mackinac City, MI.

20190325-1234-PDT-MacBridge_image3_medium-WilfredSykes.jpg
West side of the bridge looking south.

20190325-1235-PDT-MacBridge_image4_medium-Sykes.jpg
The middle of the bridge looking north from Mackinac City.

The vessel is the 1949 built as a straight decker SS Wilfred Sykes (SS = Steam Ship)

http://www.boatnerd.com/pictures/fleet/WilfredSykes.htm

Quote

Ship Particulars
Length 678' 00" (206.66m)
Beam 70' 00" (21.34m)
Depth 37' 00" (11.28m)
Midsummer Draft 26' 11" (8.2m)
Unloading Boom Conveyor Length 250' (76.2m)
Capacity 21,500 tons
Engine Power 7,700 shp steam turbine

Built by American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, OH in 1949 for Inland Steel Co., the streamlined bulk freighter Wilfred Sykes was the first new American-built Great Lakes vessel constructed after World War II. At the time of her launch, she was the largest vessel on the Great Lakes. The Sykes is powered by 2 steam turbine engines producing a combined 7,700 horsepower. Driving an 18 1/2 foot diameter four-blade propeller giving her a speed of up to 16 mph. Being the first steamship built to burn "bunker C" heavy oil for fuel instead of coal, her fuel tanks can hold 165,000 gallons giving her a cruising range of 4,500 miles. She is also equipped with a bow thruster.

Her 18 hatches feed into 6 compartments where she can carry 20,150 tons at maximum Seaway draft of 26 feet and is capable of carrying 21,500 tons at her maximum mid-summer draft of 26 feet 11 inches. The Sykes was the first Great Lakes vessel built with a 70-foot beam and was also the first laker built capable of carrying in excess of 20,000 tons. She set iron ore cargo records during her first three seasons of operations (1950, 51, & 52). At the time of her design, Inland Steel determined that the needs of the iron ore trade dictated that this vessel be the largest and fastest that the yards were capable of building and still be able to pass through the existing locks at Sault Ste. Marie. Her hatches are 44 feet wide, 11 feet long, and spaced on 24-foot centers. The one-piece hatch covers are moved by a 25 hp. electric motor driven tracked hatch crane which is equipped with 2 lifting hooks powered by a separate 10 hp. motor.

Private rooms are provided for all licensed officers and double rooms for the unlicensed personnel with each room having a private bathroom. Fore and aft recreation rooms are also provided. The Sykes was designed so that the crew could go anywhere on board without having to step outside (including stairways & passageways.

She is equipped with two 12,000 lb. bow anchors, each attached to 540 feet of 2 1/8-inch forged alloy steel chains. Her 10,000 lb. stern anchor is fitted to 540 feet of 1 7/8-inch steel chain. She also has six 50 hp. electric mooring winches with 1 1/2-inch plow steel mooring cables. Her lifesaving equipment includes two 31-person lifeboats carried on stern davits with power winches for raising and lowering as well as several inflatable rafts stowed in containers on deck.

The straight-decker was converted to a self-unloader in 1975 by Fraser Shipyards, Superior, WI. She is equipped with a 250-foot stern mounted discharge boom that can be swung 90 degrees to port or starboard for unloading.

Inland Steel has had the Sykes' activity focused on the Lake Michigan taconite, stone, and coal trades. Inland Steel was acquired by Ispat International of the Netherlands in 1998. Ispat, in turn, sold the 3 Inland Steel lakers to the newly formed Central Marine Logistics, Highland, IN. The 3 vessels were the Wilfred Sykes, Joseph L. Block, and the Edward L. Ryerson. This move was to comply with the Jones Act which dictates that vessels moving cargoes between U.S. ports be U.S. owned, operated, crewed, and built. After the change in ownership, the Wilfred Sykes' activity has continued to be focused on the Lake Michigan taconite trade into Indiana Harbor.

The year 1999 found the words "50 Years of Smooth Sailing" painted on the front of her pilothouse celebrating a milestone anniversary. Plagued with boiler problems during the fall of 2017, the Sykes entered layup at Sturgeon Bay, Wis. on November 19. Her boilers were rebuilt over the winter and she was back in service the following spring. The Sykes also spent a week at Toledos Ironhead Shipyard in the fall of 2018 for repairs to injuries sustained in a late November incident after striking a dock on the Canadian side of the St. Clair River. She departed several times from her usual Lake Michigan trade routes in 2018, making four rare trips to Lake Superior ports and two to Detroit in the fall. Boatwatchers were thrilled, and turned out in droves to photograph this Great Lakes beauty.

Written by George Wharton.

Unquote

2018 Sykes visited Duluth and her current destination, Two Harbors, several times.

Samuel Risley is still in Thunder Bay. Mackinaw is slowly escorting four ship convoys across Whitefish Bay to the Soo. Stewart J Cort is nearing Keweenaw Peninsula at 13 knots. Big Paul Tregurtha has yet to arrive @ Detour.

Based on the Cort it looks like the St. Mary's River ice must be fairly easily traversed? Since the same time yesterday Cort has cleared the St. Mary's River, the Soo and Whitefish Bay. Traveling normal sea speed Cort is nearly half way across Lake Superior.

20190325-1234-PDT-MacBridge_image3_medium-WilfredSykes.jpg (69.3 KB)
20190325-1235-PDT-MacBridge_image4_medium-Sykes.jpg (89.9 KB)

Greg Hayden
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 27th March 2019, 02:31
kewl dude's Avatar
kewl dude kewl dude is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Other Merchant Fleets
Department: Engineering
Active: 1960 - 1976
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,582
Tuesday March 26, 2019

Stewart J. Cort arrived Duluth Piers

20190326-1150-PDT-Piers1-StewartJCort-+44F.jpg

http://www.boatnerd.com/pictures/fleet/cort.htm

Quote

Overall dimensions
Length 1000'00"
Beam 105'00"
Depth 49'00"
Capacity (tons) 58,000
Horsepower Four General Motors EMD Diesel engines 14,000

The Lakes' first 1000-footer had its start in the yards of the Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation of Pascagoula, Mississippi, in 1970. The unusual-looking vessel was known as "Hull 1173" but acquired the nickname "Stubby" due to its appearance. Hull 1173 consisted of the Cort's bow and stern sections, 182 feet long and 75 feet wide (the reduced width was necessary to pass through the St. Lawrence Seaway and Welland Canal locks). The vessel made its way up to the Lakes in 1971 where it was cut apart (following the "Cut Here" instructions painted on the hull) and the two ends were fastened to the 818-foot long midbody at Erie Marine in Erie, Pennsylvania.

unquote

After fueling upon arrival at Husky Energy at the Clure Marine Terminal Cort traversed the harbor to BNSF - Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad - Allouez WI ore dock. G-tugs North Carolina and Missouri broke ice today and now at 1430 PDT are awaiting Cort at the ore dock.

1455 PDT Cort ran across the harbor at 8.5 knots. North Carolina positioned itself just aft of the bow on the port side with the tug between the pier and Cort. Cort and NC ran at 0.9 knots while Missouri near the stern on the starboard side held the Cort off the pier at 1.6 knots. When the Cort was near her berth NC & Missouri moved to the starboard side of Cort fore and aft and pushed Cort sideways up against the dock.

1524 PDT G Tugs North Carolina and Missouri are headed for the barn at Clure Marine Terminal @ 8.5 knots.

------

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeTour_Reef_Light

DeTour_Reef_Light_Station_-_Michigan.jpg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Tour_Village,_Michigan

James R Barker bound for Silver Bay, Wilfred Sykes - Two Harbors, Paul Tregurtha - Superior and John J Boland - Silver Bay hung out together overnight just south of Detour in Lake Huron.

Mackinaw, H. Lee White and Mesabi Miner spent the night together in Whitefish Bay.

20190326-1207-PDT-MesabiMiner-Mackinaw-HLeeWhite.jpg are still above the Soo.

20190326-1210-PDT- Kaye E Barker in northern Lake Michigan Indiana Harbor-bound.jpg

20190326-1338-PDT-Piers1-AmericanCentury-+46F.jpg

20190326 1437 PDT Samuel Risley is still in Thunder Bay.

20190326 1458 PDT American Century has tied up at SMET Superior Midwest Energy Terminal coal dock.

1700 ATB's Joyce L and Clyde S Van Enkevort along with American Mariner are up bound off Keweenaw Peninsula. While American Spirit with taconite cargo for Indiana Harbor from Silver Bay is down bound in the same area.

Just clear of the Soo Locks is John J Boland - Silver Bay up bound and Mesabi Miner down bound to St Clair with coal. Wilfred Sykes is stopped up bound in the St Mary's River between Neebish and Sugar Islands. H Lee White down bound is underway opposite Neebish Island.

James R Barker and Paul Tregurtha are both where they were yesterday stopped in northern Lake Huron just below Detour.

With this it is fairly obvious that with ice being a problem, only in the usual areas? Like Whitefish Bay and the Straits? Unless something newsworthy happens it is time for me to stop these posts in this thread.

20190326-1150-PDT-Piers1-StewartJCort-+44F.jpg (139.6 KB)
20190326-1207-PDT-MeaabiMiner-Mackinaw-HLeeWhite.jpg (75.4 KB)
20190326-1210-PDT- Kaye E Barker in northern Lake Michigan IndianaHarbor-bound.jpg (58.9 KB)
20190326-1338-PDT-Piers1-AmericanCentury-+46F.jpg (142.0 KB)
DeTour_Reef_Light_Station_-_Michigan.jpg (70.8 KB)

Thank you

Greg Hayden
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 28th March 2019, 05:26
kewl dude's Avatar
kewl dude kewl dude is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Other Merchant Fleets
Department: Engineering
Active: 1960 - 1976
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,582
Pictures: Dennis O'Hara-Old Mackinaw-Samuel Risley

Looking for something else that I never did find today I ran across these three pictures:

20110629-dennis20110628_4306-E.jpg

Dennis O'Hara right blue shirt flying his drone in this June 29, 2011 picture taken by Ken Newhams of
http://duluthshippingnews.com/
fame. Ken took all three of these pictures.

20130417-230421-1-015-E.jpg

Still in service Old Mackinaw 2013 at Duluth DECC.

20130417-samuelrisley230405-2-184-E.jpg

Samuel Risley

20110629-dennis20110628_4306-E.jpg (110.3 KB)
20130417-230421-1-015-E.jpg (97.6 KB)
20130417-samuelrisley230405-2-184-E.jpg (80.0 KB)

Greg Hayden
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20110629-dennis20110628_4306-E.jpg (110.3 KB, 14 views)
File Type: jpg 20130417-230421-1-015-E.jpg (97.6 KB, 10 views)
File Type: jpg 20130417-samuelrisley230405-2-184-E.jpg (80.0 KB, 10 views)
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 14th April 2019, 23:11
kewl dude's Avatar
kewl dude kewl dude is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Other Merchant Fleets
Department: Engineering
Active: 1960 - 1976
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,582
Sunday April 14, 2019

20190319-DSN-macalder-soo-march19-Mackinaw-Alder-Army Corp of Engineers-picture-E.jpg (110.0 KB)

The Soo Locks opened for business @ midnight March 24. This picture by the US Army Corp of Engineers @ the Soo was taken March 19 and posted on Ken Newhams Duluth Shipping News:

http://duluthshippingnews.com/

USCG and Corp of Engineers work together like a hand and a glove.
The Corp of Engineers Administer and operate the Soo locks.

That is the USCG Icebreaker Mackinaw red hull in front.
USCG cutter Alder black hull behind, locking up in the Poe lock @ the Soo.

The following from Duluth Pro Photographer Dennis O'Hara's

http://www.duluthharborcam.com

[email protected]+58F-E.jpg (140.9 KB)

USCG Mackinaw tied up at the Duluth DECC - Duluth Entertainment Conference/Convention Center.

20190404-1222-PDT-Piers1-+35F-E.jpg (126.4 KB)

Look at that no ice on the lake and the snow almost gone. Early to mid March the weather warmed up daytime highs in the 40s-50s-60s, and most of the snow was gone in a week.

20190411-1955-PDT-Piers1+31F-NE-Wind-35 MPH-E.jpg (71.8 KB)

A lull in the most recent storm - twelve hours before this cam lens facing the storm was covered in ice - look at the snow and all the ice blown in off Lake Superior.

20190414-1245-PDT-Silver-Bay-H Lee White-E.jpg (116.4 KB)

H Lee White first ship in to Silver Bay this year and this is Denny O'Hara's brand new Silver Bay cam.

You can see the horizontal belt feeders sticking straight out of the building. The view seems to be partially obscured - that is the Taconite dust rising off the ends of the belt feeders.

20190319-DSN-macalder-soo-march19-Mackinaw-Alder-Army Corp of Engineers-picture-E.jpg (110.0 KB)

[email protected]+58F-E.jpg (140.9 KB)

20190404-1222-PDT-Piers1-+35F-E.jpg (126.4 KB)

20190411-1955-PDT-Piers1+31F-NE-Wind-35 MPH-E.jpg (71.8 KB)

20190414-1245-PDT-Silver-Bay-H Lee White-E.jpg (116.4 KB)

Greg Hayden
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 15th April 2019, 15:05
Victor J. Croasdale Victor J. Croasdale is offline  
Member
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Engineering
Active: 1974 - 1981
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 50
When I was on the "Cast Dolphin" (winter of 78 -79) we docked in Montreal about 20:00 on Dec 31. There was talk of pratting about a bit and coming in just after midnight.
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 17th November 2019, 03:47
kewl dude's Avatar
kewl dude kewl dude is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Other Merchant Fleets
Department: Engineering
Active: 1960 - 1976
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,582
M/V Paul R Tregurtha - 1,013' 06" (308.92m) LOA

http://www.boatnerd.com/pictures/fle...RTregurtha.htm

Quote

The reigning "Queen of the Lakes" title holder as the longest vessel on the Great Lakes at 1,013' 06" (308.92m) was constructed in two sections. With her keel being laid July 12, 1979; the bow and part of the cargo section was built at American Ship Building Co., Toledo, OH and towed upon completion to American Ship Building Co., Lorain, OH where it was mated with the stern portion as hull # 909 and formally launched February 4, 1981. The vessel was christened April 25, 1981 as the William J. DeLancey for Interlake Steamship Co., Richfield, OH. The large self-unloader was built for Interlake's customer Republic Steel and was named in honor of its Chairman. Mr. DeLancey was in attendance and participated in the launching of his namesake.

The large self-unloading bulk carrier is powered by 2 Colt-Pielstick model 16PC2-3V-400 V-16 cylinder, four stroke, single acting diesel engines each rated at 8,560 b.h.p. built by Fairbanks Morse Engine Div., Colt Industries, Beloit, WI. Burning intermediate grade 280 fuel, power is directed through a Falk single reduction gear box to twin 17' 06" (5.33m) diameter controllable pitch propellers giving the vessel a rated service speed of 15.5 m.p.h. She is equipped with a 1,500 h.p. bow thruster. Equipped with 36 hatches servicing 5 holds; the vessel is capable of carrying 68,000 long tons (69,092 mt) of iron ore at a mid-summer draft of 30' 01" (9.17m) or a cubic capacity for 71,250 net tons of coal (equivalent of 63,616 long tons by comparison). Her Stephens-Adamson design loop belt elevator system feeds a stern mounted 260' (79.25m) discharge boom that can be swung 100 degrees to port or starboard and is capable of unloading at a rate of 10,000 tons (10,161 mt) of ore per hour or 6,000 net tons of coal per hour. The self-unloader displaces 14,497 tons (14,730 mt) lightweight.

Unquote

More .....

Yes, that is floating ice in the entry the daily high temperature for the past week has been below freezing. Today and tonight is the first time above freezing.

Attached: 20191116-1806-PST-Piers1-PaulRTregurtha-+39F.jpg (63.8 KB)

Greg Hayden
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20191116-1806-PST-Piers1-PaulRTregurtha-+39F.jpg (63.8 KB, 11 views)
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 2nd December 2019, 20:29
kewl dude's Avatar
kewl dude kewl dude is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Other Merchant Fleets
Department: Engineering
Active: 1960 - 1976
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,582
http://www.duluthharborcam.com/

Quote

Monday, December 2, 2019
Lift Bridge Operations
The Lift bridge has been unable raise for the past few hours due to mechanical problems. Inspections are underway. The bridge really took a pounding over the weekend.

Unquote

Vessels are using the Superior Entry to access Duluth Harbor docks.

Attached: Duluth-Lift-Bridge.jpg (110.7 KB)

Greg Hayden
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Duluth-Lift-Bridge.jpg (110.7 KB, 10 views)
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Great Lakes - Duluth MN- SS William A. Irvin move out of Minnesota Slip kewl dude News and Views from the Shipping World 5 23rd August 2019 01:19
Duluth Minnesota 2015 City Deer Hunting Season Begins September 26th kewl dude Bulk Carriers 6 25th September 2015 08:50
Great Lakes 1,000 footer Paul R Tregurtha aground in Duluth Minnesota harbor kewl dude News and Views from the Shipping World 5 22nd September 2014 01:15



Support SN


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.