Fire aboard Herbert C. Jackson in Superior

On Tuesday afternoon, a fire broke out aboard the 690-foot Herbert C. Jackson in Superior, WI. According to the report on, crews arrived to black smoke coming from the stern of the ship. It is believed that the fire was sparked from the welding work being done aboard the ship. The Jackson is in drydock at Fraser Shipyards being repowered. She was originally expected to reenter service this month, but the extent of the damage, which is not yet known, could delay the work.

Meanwhile, on Lake Superior, offloading of the Roger Blough‘s cargo of iron ore pellets was completed on Tuesday. The Blough ran aground in Whitefish Bay near Gros Cap Reef, about 10 miles west of Sault Ste. Marie on May 27 while downbound from Duluth. The 858-foot vessel was freed on Saturday morning, and has been lightening her cargo to fleetmates Philip R. Clarke and Arthur M. Anderson. She will next be heading to Sturgeon Bay for evaluation and repairs.


This photo shows the Blough aground, with the USCG Mobile Bay and her barge nearby as well as fleetmates Edgar B. Speer. Note the oil boom around her stern. (Photo courtesy USCG)


Roger Blough‘s smaller fleetmate Philip R. Clarke then pulled alongside to take on some of the Blough‘s cargo. The USCG Buckthorn, based in Sault Ste. Marie, is at left. (Photo courtesy USCG)


This photo taken aboard the Blough shows her unique unloading boom transferring cargo to the Clarke. (Photo courtesy Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Laughlin)


After lightening some of her cargo, the tugs Missouri and Anglian Lady at the bow pulled the Blough free on Saturday. (Photo courtesy Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Laughlin)


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