Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saginaw River Passages - August 14th - 16th

Algorail was back on the Saginaw River Thursday, carrying another load of salt for the Sargent dock in Zilwaukee.  She was outbound later that day.  Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber called on the river Saturday, unloading at both the Bay City & Saginaw Wirt Stone docks.  The pair were outbound Saturday evening.

Algorail upbound on the Saginaw River, headed to unload salt at Sargent Zilwaukee


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Saginaw River Passages - August 9th & 10th

Traffic on the Saginaw River was reminiscent of days about 10 years ago, as there were four vessels moving in the river on Sunday.  Algorail was outbound after unloading at the Sagrent dock in Zilwaukee.  Robert S. Pierson was outbound after unloading at the Buena Vista dock in Saginaw.  Olive L. Moore - Lewis JKuber was outbound after unloading at the Burroughs dock in Zilwaukee.  Inbound on Sunday was American Courage, calling on that Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City.  The tug Zeus and her tank barge, Robert FDeegan, were outbound late Saturday night after unloading at the Dow Chemical dock in Bay City.

Robert S. Pierson outbound at the Lake State Railway Bridge



American Courage inbound past the Front Range


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Saginaw River Passages - August 7th

Alpena was outbound from the Saginaw River on Thursday after unloading at the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville.  Manitowoc was inbound during the early afternoon, calling on the GM dock in Saginaw to unload.  She was outbound later in the evening.  Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber were inbound during the late afternoon, stopping at the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City to unload.

Manitowoc inbound on the Saginaw River nearing Cass Avenue


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Saginaw River Passages - August 4th - 6th

Algorail was inbound on the Saginaw River on Monday, traveling upriver to the Sargent dock in Zilwaukee to unload.  She was outbound later in the day.  Alpena arrived on Wednesday and was unloading at the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville.

Algorail outbound from the Saginaw River at Cass Avenue


Alpena unloading at the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Saginaw River Passages - July 31st to August 2nd

Robert S. Pierson called on the Saginaw River on Thursday, traveling up to the GM Dock in Saginaw to unload.  The Pierson was outbound late that evening.  Manitowoc was inbound on Friday, unloading at the Wirt Stone dock in Bay City.  When finished, she turned off the dock in the Wirt Basin and was outbound for the lake early Saturday morning.  A pair of American Steamship Company vessels were inbound on Saturday, with the Sam Laud unloading at the Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City and the John J. Boland unloading at the Burroughs North dock in Essexville.  Both vessels were outbound later in the day.  ASC vessels rarely call on the Saginaw River these days, so it was unusual the see two here at the same time.

Vessel Passages for the month of July totaled 16.  This is two less compared to July of 2013.  For the year to date, there have been 41 commercial vessel passages on the Saginaw River, 22 less than the same time period last year.  Looking at the five year averages, July was down one from the average of 17.  Year to date numbers for the 2014 season show a decrease of 11 commercial vessel passages from the five year average of 52.  Where the numbers really tell a story is looking back at the ten year average.  2014 is 24 passages down from the 10-year and a whopping 50 passages down year to date.  In 2005, there were 173 commercial vessel passages on the Saginaw River by July 31st, compared to only 41 in July 2014.


Manitowoc inbound at Smith Park in Essexville
 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Saginaw River Passages - July 26th to July 30th

After unloading at the Bay Aggregates and Buena Vista docks on Saturday, the Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber were back on the Saginaw River again Tuesday with a cargo for the Lafarge Stone dock in Saginaw.  The pair stopped in Bay City at the Wirt Stone dock for a number of hours before heading upriver to unload, however.  A work truck and trailer were seen along side, as well as a diver in the water.  The reason why is unknown.  The pair were outbound for the lake early Wednesday morning.


Olive L. Moore - Lewis J. Kuber outbound at the Bay City Boat Lines Dock


Causley Marine Contracting working at the Skipper Bud's Marina

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tug Barbara Merry Busch on the Saginaw River

Built in my hometown, Bay City, MI in 1938, at Defoe Shipbuilding and launched as the Thomas E. Moran, this fine tug has had many names over the years. She currently rests at the Busch Marine Dock in Carrollton, along the banks of the Saginaw River. She has sat idle here for a number of years bearing the name BARBARA MERRY BUSCH. Photos taken July 23, 2014

On the Stern shot,  old names from a previous owners are visible on the stern. Statesboro from Zenith Tugboat Company, and Sharon Elizabeth from McAllister Towing