This post will be my final catch-up from the summer, as I did other boatwatching besides Engineer’s Weekend. During the Fourth of July weekend, I was up in Sturgeon Bay visiting family and caught some of the ships there.
The 767-foot Great Lakes Fleet steamer Arthur M. Anderson is the main attraction at the shipyard. The Anderson docked in Sturgeon Bay for winter layup on March 4, 2015, after operating throughout most of the winter while the rest of the fleet was laid up. Great Lakes Fleet has kept her in layup throughout the season.
However, the drydock is occupied by a very odd looking thing.
That would be the yet-to-be-painted petroleum barge Mississippi. She is a sister to the barge Texas, which departed the Great Lakes earlier this month. Both barges and their tugs are owned by Moran Towing Co., and will operate on the U.S. East and Gulf coasts. Here, the bow piece of the ship is being secured in place.
On a smaller dock adjacent to the Anderson is the laid up tug Invincible. She is owned by Lower Lakes Transportation, the U.S. side of Lower Lakes Towing, and is laid up because she currently doesn’t have barge. She had been paired with the barge McKee Sons since 2000, but the barge’s owner recently ended the charter and brought the barge to Muskegon, where it remains in layup.
Rumors point to the tug being paired with the barge Lewis J. Kuber, which was purchased from K&K Integrated Logistics in 2011. The Kuber is paired with the 1928-built tug Olive L. Moore, but Lower Lakes is looking to replace the tug.
Also in Sturgeon Bay during the Fourth was the Great Lakes Maritime Academy’s training ship State of Michigan, undergoing some sort of work. She departed for her home port of Traverse City, MI, the following week.
Texas was launched last summer, and spent the winter in Sturgeon Bay. Her tug, Mariya Moran, was built in Florida at the same time, and arrived in Sturgeon Bay the week after I took these photos. I was back in Sturgeon Bay to see the new pair depart for the Atlantic, but I wasn’t able to get any good shots.
Texas gives you a picture of what the new Mississippi will look like when completed. Since these photos were taken, the new barge has been painted and was float-launched in the drydock just last week.
That was all the boatwatching I have done over the summer. School begins tomorrow, which will somewhat lessen my chances of traveling, but I will find times to continue boatwatching. I always make a special trip to Sturgeon Bay in the winter to see the layup fleet, but I don’t know if I will get there between now and then. I will still update the blog with news stories, so check back in every once in a while.