Lower Lakes Towing’s river class self-unloaded Manitowoc arrived in Sturgeon Bay on Saturday, January 28, for winter layup. She joins her sister Calumet, as well as fleetmates James L. Kuber/tug Victory and Invincible, which are already in the shipyard. Manitowoc is the 14th and presumably final vessel to lay up for the winter in Sturgeon Bay.
I just returned from Sturgeon Bay earlier this afternoon, after spending a short weekend there. I was looking forward to bringing home many photos, however, the weather had other ideas. The fog was so thick, I barely got to see the layup fleet at all. I was disappointed, but I’ll hopefully be able to make another trip later in the winter. The shipyard was very busy, however. The barge James L. Kuber arrived on January 16, and was moored to John G. Munson. Her tug Victory laid up near her fleetmate Invincible. Joseph L. Block arrived on Friday, January 20, and Lower Lakes’ Calumet arrived on Saturday. Edwin H. Gott was in the drydock, where workers were busy sandblasting and repainting her hull. Sturgeon Bay has a total of 13 vessels laid up now. They are, in order of arrival, tug Invincible, American Courage, John G. Munson, Mesabi Miner, Wilfred Sykes, Indiana Harbor, Edwin H. Gott, James L. Kuber and tug Victory, James R. Barker, Cason J. Callaway, Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Joseph L. Block, and Calumet.
James R. Barker struggled through thick ice in the bay of Green Bay for nearly 24 hours before she was able to reach the channel in Sturgeon Bay on Wednesday, January 18. The Selvick tug fleet had cleared the channel earlier in the day, but it was still ice-choked. The Barker finally made it to the vicinity of the shipyard and laid up for the winter. Around the same time, Great Lakes Fleet’s Cason J. Callaway arrived via the ship canal and passed through the three bridges on her way to the shipyard. On Thursday morning, Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived via the canal, becoming the ninth vessel to lay up. Hopefully a few more will arrive within the next few days before I head up to Sturgeon Bay!
Lee A. Tregurtha passed through the Duluth Ship Canal and under the lift bridge just before 2:00 on Monday afternoon, January 16, becoming the last vessel to arrive Duluth for the 2016 season. There are a total of nine vessels laid up in Duluth/Superior this winter, plus American Victory and Edward L. Ryerson, which are in long-term layup. At Port Terminal’s various berths are American Spirit, American Century, Roger Blough, and Philip R. Clarke. Paul R. Tregurtha is at Midwest Energy, and Arthur M. Anderson is at CN. Herbert C. Jackson and Lee A. Tregurtha are berthed in Fraser Shipyards, while Burns Harbor is in Superior at the Lakehead Pipeline dock.
With the Soo Locks now officially closed for the season, ships are laying up quickly. Philip R. Clarke and Arthur M. Anderson kept each other company as the traveled up Lake Superior, and arrived Duluth on Sunday, January 15. The Clarke laid up in the Port Terminal slip across from American Spirit, while Arthur M. Anderson headed to the CN Dock for the winter. Fellow Great Lakes Fleet vessel Roger Blough arrived Duluth before sunrise on Monday morning, and laid up at Port Terminal’s berth 4. There are now a total of eight ships laid up in Duluth, with Lee A. Tregurtha expected to become the ninth and final vessel of the layup fleet. The Tregurtha will arrive later today, January 16, and will join fleetmate Herbert C. Jackson at Fraser Shipyards.
In Sturgeon Bay, Edwin H. Gott arrived on January 15, and will move into drydock for her five-year inspection this week. So far only six vessels are in Sturgeon Bay, however that number should be growing within the next two weeks.
I’ll be heading up to Sturgeon Bay this weekend, so I should be able to get some shots of the layup fleet.
Duluth’s winter fleet is slowly arriving as the closing of the Soo Locks for the 2016-17 season approaches on January 15. Burns Harbor arrived through the Superior entry on Monday, January 9, and laid up at Lakehead Pipeline for the winter. Interlake fleetmates Herbert C. Jackson and Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth on January 10, the former to lay up at Fraser Shipyards and the latter for Midwest Energy. With American Century and American Spirit already berthed for the winter, there are a total of five vessels laid up so far. Sister ships Arthur M. Anderson and Philip R. Clarke are both due on Saturday, January 14. Roger Blough and Lee A. Tregurtha will be the final two ships in, both arriving on January 15.
In Sturgeon Bay, Indiana Harbor arrived on January 6 and was immediately put into the dry dock for what I assume will be routine maintenance after the vessel spent a year laid up. So far, there are only five vessels at the shipyard, two of which are in long-term layup. I assume the remainder of the winter fleet will be arriving over the next week or so.
American Century passed under the Duluth Lift Bridge at 10:45 on the morning of January 3, becoming the first ship to arrive for the winter of 2016-17. She docked in the Azcon Metals slip at Port Terminal’s berth 8, also known as the newly completed docks C and D. American Century is sharing the slip with the 1898-built J.B. Ford, which is awaiting her eventual scrapping. The two-year revitalization project of docks C and D, which cost the Duluth Seaway Port Authority nearly $18 million, features new steel dock walls, a new rail spur and a roll-on/roll-off dock that will be the first of its kind in Duluth. The new dock is located in between the Port Terminal and Azcon Metals slips in the harbor.
The ice-coated American Spirit arrived Duluth early in the afternoon on Saturday, January 7, and docked at Port Terminal’s berth 11 for winter layup. Berth 11 is across the slip from the Port Terminal dock, and is also the location of the newly completed roll-on/roll-off dock.
A total of seven vessels are expected to lay up in Duluth this winter. Paul R. Tregurtha and Herbert C. Jackson are due next, with an expected arrival date of Tuesday, January 10 for both vessels. The Tregurtha will lay up at Midwest Energy, and the Jackson will return to Fraser Shipyards, where she spent most of the past season being converted from a steamer. This will be the second year in a row Paul R. has laid up in Duluth. Her fleetmate Lee A. Tregurtha is expected on Wednesday, January 11, and will dock in Fraser Shipyards.