Action in Sturgeon Bay

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.

1-Anderson-7-10-15-dlThe 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.

012I rather like this photo – it gives a perspective to how huge the Anderson is.

024Arthur‘s bow thruster tunnel, which looks small in this photo, is actually about six feet in diameter.

013Only part of the propeller was visible above the water’s surface, but this photo shows what you normally don’t get to see on the ships.

010This photo shows the Anderson from the dock side. The yellow railing on the left is the top of the drydock gate.

2-Anderson-7-10-15-dlHowever, the drydock is occupied by a very odd looking thing.

3-Barge-7-10-15-dlThat 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.

4-Invincible-7-10-15-dlOn 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.

015Invincible was built in 1979 at Jacksonville, FL, as the R.W. Sesler. She was purchased by Lower Lakes in 2000, renamed Invincible, and then paired with McKee Sons under the newly formed charter.

5-Invincible-7-10-15-dlRumors 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.

6-Michigan-7-10-15-dlAlso 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.

7-MoranTexas-7-10-15-dlThe next slip over holds the last two ships in Sturgeon Bay – the tug Leigh Ann Moran is in front, and the barge Texas is moored behind.

8-Texas-7-10-15-dlTexas 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.

9-Texas-7-10-15-dlTexas 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.

10-Texas-7-10-15-dlHere’s a close up of her notch, where the Mariya Moran will be most of the time.

11-LeighAnn-7-10-15-dlThe tug Leigh Ann Moran, which was launched in Sturgeon Bay back in May, will be paired with the Mississippi once she is completed.

12-LeighAnn-7-10-15-dlThese two sister tug/barge combos represent Moran’s newest investment in the petroleum trade, and should remain in active service for decades to come.

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.


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