276 Photos of Ships (plus 11 photos of birds) that have visited Menominee and Marinette during the 2004 shipping season. I will update this page as the ships arrive throughout the year. NOTE: This Gallery is now complete. *** COMING SOON - the new "2005 Menominee & Marinette Ships" page!
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The Interstate Bridge (US-41), which spans the Menominee River and connects Menominee, MI and Marinette, WI, is scheduled to be demolished (and rebuilt) beginning in early November. I will be posting photos here of the demolition/rebuild project as work progresses. The proposal is to cut up the bridge "deck" in pieces and haul those away by truck. Barges will be used to catch any debris which falls during the process of dismantling. Once the deck is removed, coffer dams will be built around each of the bridge supports and they will also be removed. Once the bridge is completely removed, work will begin on constructing all new support piers and then on the bridge itself. Work is scheduled to take (approx.) 13 months. Click here to go to the Bridge Project (Check back often)
We have had an unusual assortment of birds along our waterfront this year. Click here to see some of our birds
Our 2004 Ships:
Ships featured on this page:
USCG Alder, Algomarine, Algorail, Algosteel, USCG Bristol Bay, Calumet, Chios Pride, Amelia Desgagnes, Catherine Desgagnes, Diezeborg, Dimitris Y, Escort (Basic Marine tug), Mark Hannah (tug), (un-named) Hornbeck Tanker Barge, Jimmy L (Selvick tug), Erika Kobasic (Basic Marine tug), Krystal (Basic Marine tug), Sen. John J. Marchi, USCG Mobile Bay, Guy V. Molinari, Pere Marquette 41, Prinsenborg, Richard Reiss, William C. Selvick (tug), Spirit of America, State of Michigan, Vancouverborg, Varnebank, Victoriaborg, Virginiaborg, Vlieborg, Volmeborg, Voorneborg
Marinette Marine - (From left to right) USCG Sequoia, USCG Alder and (Staten Island Ferry) Guy V. Molinari on Jan. 31
USCG Alder - On the ways on Jan. 31 (notice that the stack, fore mast and main mast are not yet installed)
USCG Alder - One day before launch
USCG Mobile Bay - heads into port Feb. 6 to break up the ice in front of Marinette Marine one day prior to the launch of the USCG Alder
USCG Mobile Bay - These fishermen were a lot closer to the icebreaker than I would ever want to be!
Erika Kobasic & USCG Mobile Bay - At Marinette Marine ready to start breaking and clearing ice for tomorrow's launch
USCG Alder - At Marinette Marine shortly after launch on Feb. 7
Catherine Desgagnes - Opens Marinette's 2004 shipping season with pig iron for Marinette Fuel & Dock on April 13
Vancouverborg - Waits in the bay of Green Bay to open Menominee's shipping season on April 14
Vancouverborg - Approaches Menominee North Pier Lighthouse on her way into port with a load of pulp
Vancouverborg - Close-up
Vancouverborg - Approaching the lighthouse
Vancouverborg - Between the lighthouse and range light
Vancouverborg - Close-up inside the piers
Vancouverborg - Making the turn into the inner harbor
Vancouverborg - At K&K East (deep-draft) Dock
Vancouverborg - At K&K West Dock on April 15 (carferry Viking I directly behind)
Vancouverborg - A view from across the Menominee River at K&K West Dock
New Crane - This crane was delivered to K&K by the Vancouverborg
Virginiaborg - Arrived around 8 PM on April 20 with pulp for K&K Warehouse (shown here on April 21 at K&K East (deep draft) Dock
Virginiaborg - Unloading early evening of April 21 at K&K West Dock
Virginiaborg - A different view unloading at K&K West Dock (Viking I directly behind and William H. Donner in the distance)
Guy V. Molinari - The new Staten Island Ferry was towed from Marinette Marine April 21 for sea trials
Guy V. Molinari - Close-up of the tow as it heads down river with tug, Escort, in the lead and the Erika Kobasic trailing
Escort - Basic Marine's tug, Escort, leads the tow through the Ogden Street Bridge
Guy V. Molinari - Ferry passes Waupaca Foundry in Marinette (shot through a chain link fence)
Erika Kobasic - Tug brings up the rear of the tow
Guy V. Molinari - The ferry heads through the Ogden Street Bridge
Guy V. Molinari - Half-way through the bridge, which is being renovated
Escort - Tug leads the tow through the piers toward the bay
Guy V. Molinari - The tugs tow the Molinari out to the bay of Green Bay
Virginiaborg - Now turned around and loading a different kind of pulp for export
Virginiaborg - A combination of salt water and ice will do a number on the hull of ocean going ships (Great Lakes ships get scraped also)
Virginiaborg - A view while loading, note the pile of pulp (the white "bales") on the dock to the left of the ship
Guy V. Molinari - On sea trials ib the Bay of Green Bay on April 23
Guy V. Molinari - During sea trials beyond the lighthouse on April 24
Guy V. Molinari - Heading past the lighthouse as the Chios Pride arrives on April 24
Guy V. Molinari - Another view with the lighthouse and Chios Pride
Guy V. Molinari - Heading into the river needing paint on this side!
Chios Pride - Heading for the lighthouse with the tugs Jimmy L and Carla Anne Selvick in attendance on April 24
Chios Pride - Close-up with the tugs heading for Marinette Fuel & Dock with a load of pig iron from Brazil
Chios Pride - Another close-up in the Menominee River inside the piers
Virginiaborg - Continues to load pulp at K&K Warehouse East Dock on April 24
Sen. John J. Marchi - New Staten Island Ferry moved out to the launch area of Marinette Marine on April 24
USCG Mobile Bay - Pushing a work barge while working ATON (Aids TO Navigation) off Menominee North Pier Lighthouse on April 27.
Guy V. Molinari - The tug Erika Kobasic tows the ferry back into port past the lighthouse after another round of sea trials on April 27
Guy V. Molinari - Passing the Viking I on her way back to Marinette Marine (unfortunately, with her flaked-off-paint-side showing)
Guy V. Molinari - The tow continues past the Sen. John J. Marchi sitting on the ways (notice one pilothouse has been added to the Marchi)
Sen. John J. Marchi - Both pilothouses are in place on April 30
Sen. John J. Marchi - Close-up of name
Catherine Desgagnes - Unloads pig iron at Marinette Fuel & Dock on May 6
Catherine Desgagnes - Desgagnes house flag and American flag on front mast
Erika Kobasic - Basic Marine's big tug and their small tug Escort were on hand to assist the launch of the Sen. John J. Marchi (Menominee County Sheriff boat in foreground)
Krystal - Basic Marine's small tug Krystal was also on hand for the launch.
William C. Selvick - Selvick Marine also sent a tug over to help with the launch. (USCG Alder in background)
Sen. John J. Marchi launch - New Staten Island Ferry hits the water Saturday morning May 8 under cloudy skies.
Vlieborg - Arrives in the Menominee River shortly after 1 PM on Saturday May 8.
Vlieborg - Heading for the K&K East Dock (note the new red crane on the dock near the stern of the ship)
Vlieborg - Almost docked at K&K East with a load of wood pulp.
Volmeborg - Unloading pulp at K&K Warehouse in Menominee on May 10.
Catherine Desgagnes - Arrived at Marinette Fuel & Dock with a load of pig iron on May 22 (no photo)
Victoriaborg - Being led toward the lighthouse by the tug Jimmy L mid-afternoon on May 24
Victoriaborg - Inside the piers heading for K&K Warehouse with a load of pulp.
Jimmy L - Close-up of the tug
Victoriaborg - Close-up of the ship
Victoriaborg - Turning around in the Menominee River on May 25
Victoriaborg - Heading toward the Ogden Street Bridge unloaded and bound for Duluth
Victoriaborg - Passing Menominee North Pier Lighthouse on her way outbound. Notice the heights of the ship and the lighthouse.
Algomarine - Arrived at Marinette Fuel & Dock about 10 PM on May 29 with a load of salt. - (Photo courtesy of Scott Best)
Algomarine - A view from the dock at night - (Photo courtesy of Scott Best) to see more of Scott's photos, check the LINKS page.
Algomarine - Turning around prior to entering Menominee River on June 3 with more salt for Marinette Fuel & Dock.
Algomarine - Turned around and backing into the Menominee River
Algomarine - Stern view inside the piers
Algomarine - Bow view backing toward Marinette Fuel & Dock
Algomarine - At Marinette Fuel & Dock - the salt pile on the dock was delivered by the same ship just 5 days ago
Algomarine - The unloading begins
Algosteel - Backing into the Menominee River shortly after sunrise with more salt for Marinette Fuel & Dock on June 4
Algosteel - Bow view backing up-river
Algosteel - Unloading salt onto an already huge pile
Salt Pile - Three ship loads of salt, somewhere in the vacinity of 50,000 tons, in less than one week looks something like this
Diezeborg - Heading for K&K East Dock with a load of pulp on June 6
Diezeborg - Moved up to K&K West Dock with K&K's new crane at work unloading pulp
Marinette Marine - One of two temporary fenders are placed on June 7 for the Diezeborg's arrival with the engines for the new Coast Guard icebreaker, Mackinaw (II), which Marinette Marine is in the process of building.
Diezeborg - Heads up-river to Marinette Marine. She will slide into the opening between the Staten Island Ferry and the Coast Guard boat with the aid of two tugs, the Erika Kobasic and Krystal
Diezeborg - A tight fit at Marinette Marine!
Diezeborg - A "milling machine that was shipped to mill the openings for the new propulsion units for the Great lakes Ice Breaker" is lifted off the Diezeborg (thanks to Will Paris for this description)
Diezeborg - Wide view with the Diezeborg now turned around and Marinette Marine's huge crane lifting the part
Prinsenborg - Loading pulp at K&K East Dock on June 8
Prinsenborg - Wide view from across the river
Prinsenborg - Stern view close-up from across the river
Diezeborg - Passes fleetmate Prinsenborg on her way out of the river Tuesday afternoon
Diezeborg - After blowing a "salute", heading past the lighthouse on her way to Duluth for a load of grain
Prinsenborg - Being towed out of the Menominee River on June 10 heading for Port Huron to finish loading and then on to Spain
Prinsenborg - The tow passes Menominee North Pier Lighthouse with the tug Erika Kobasic leading
Richard Reiss - A lone fisherman watches the Richard Reiss approach the lighthouse in the early morning hours of June 12
Richard Reiss - In the Menominee River heading for Menominee Paper Co. with a load of coal
Richard Reiss - Close-up of the deckhouse
Richard Reiss - Stern view heading for the inner harbor
Richard Reiss - Unloading begins at Menominee Paper Co.
Vancouverborg - Unloads pulp at K&K Warehouse on June 24
Vancouverborg - K&K's new crane hoists a bale of pulp from its hold (Viking I and William H. Donner in background)
Catherine Desgagnes - Unloads a cargo of pig iron at Marinette Fuel & Dock on June 25
Dimitris Y - The tugs Jacqueline Nicole and Carla Anne Selvick lead the salty toward the Menominee North Pier Lighthose on July 1.
Dimitris Y - A group of swimmers on the lighthouse pier had to be told to get out of the water, as the propellers of the ship and tugs could draw a person in the water right into their blades!
Dimitris Y - At this point there was still one swimmer in the water.
Dimitris Y - Close-up of the 584-ft.-6-in.-long ship and tugs in the Menominee River
Dimitris Y - The very first name of this ship, Kalliopi II, shows in raised letters under her current name. Dimitris Y is the sixth name this ship has sailed under since entering service in 1983. (Information from "Know Your Ships 2004", Marine Publishing Co., Roger LeLievre editor & publisher)
Dimitris Y - Heading up-river to Marinette Fuel & Dock with a load of pig iron
Pere Marquette 41 - Backing into the Menominee River with a load of limestone on July 5
Pere Marquette 41 - Approaching the lighthouse and a few hearty swimmers (it was chilly!)
Pere Marquette 41 - Close-up in the Menominee River with a new white paint-job on the barge's sideboards
Undaunted - Close-up of the tug portion of this Articulated Tug/Barge unit
Pere Marquette 41 - Backing in toward Marinette Fuel & Dock - the small pile of stone on the dock (just to the rear of the tug) is all that was left of the limestone pile from last year.
Chios Pride - Passes the lighthouse on its way to Marinette Fuel & Dock with a load of pig iron at dusk on July 9
Chios Pride - Aided by the tugs Jacqueline Nicole and Carla Anne Selvick in the Menominee River
Chios Pride - Stern view heading up-river toward Marinette Fuel & Dock
Chios Pride - Still unloading at Marinette Fuel & Dock in the early evening hours of July 11.
Catherine Desgagnes - A crane aboard the William H. Donner prepares to take a load of iron from the holds of a familiar visitor. This is the third load of iron in two weeks to Marinette Fuel & Dock on July 14. Dimitris Y and Chios Pride delivered the other two.
Victoriaborg - Unloads wood pulp from Finland at K&K Warehouse on Aug. 3
Victoriaborg - Another view from about 1/2 mile up-river
Catherine Desgagnes - Arrived at Marinette Fuel & Dock with a load of pig iron on Aug. 3 (no photo)
Aug. 7 - 11 P.M. UPDATE - The delivery of the Staten Island Ferry, Guy V. Molinari, began from Marinette Marine on Aug. 7 at about 3:30 P.M.; however, unspecified mechanical problems later that afternoon while the ship was just several miles from Marinette have forced a return to the shipyard (ETA Marinette Marine - early Sunday morning after daybreak). It is not known at this time when the Molinari will again attempt to leave for New York. I will post periodic updates here.
Guy V. Molinari - Heads down-river on (what was supposed to be) its delivery run to New York on Aug. 7
Erika Kobasic - The big tug brings up the rear of the Molinari tow through the Menominee River
Guy V. Molinari - Nears the old carferry, Viking I
Guy V. Molinari - Passing the Viking I
Guy V. Molinari - Passing Menominee North Pier Lighthouse for the last(?) time (Guess NOT!!)
Guy V. Molinari - Past the lighthouse with the aid of the tug, Erika Kobasic (tug, Escort, is in front)
Guy V. Molinari - Shortly before being cut loose by the tugs (The ferry will make its own way out to New York from here)
Guy V. Molinari - The tug, Erika Kobasic, stands by as the ferry begins her long voyage.
Pere Marquette 41/Undaunted - Tug/barge arrived Marinette Fuel & Dock with a load of pig iron on Aug. 7
Pere Marquette 41/Undaunted - Close-up at Marinette Fuel & Dock
Aug. 13 - 4 P.M. UPDATE - On Tuesday, Aug. 10, another attempt was made to send the Staten Island Ferry, Guy V. Molinari, on its way to New York. She left port about 4:30 PM, but was back in port about 9 PM for unspecified reasons. After conducting "Sea Trials" on Wednesday evening and then again on Thursday morning, she was pronounced fit to finally head for delivery in New York. She disappeared over the horizon on the bay of Green Bay about 12:45 PM (CDT) on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 12. By 3 PM on Friday, Aug. 13, she was reported passing Detroit, MI. The entire trip of over 2700 miles is expected to take about 3 weeks. She will proceed out the St. Lawrence Seaway into the Atlantic Ocean and finally to New York. Bon Voyage and God-Speed!!!
Guy V. Molinari - The ferry is led down-river by the tugs Escort and Erika Kobasic on Aug. 10
Guy V. Molinari - Passing through the Ogden Street Bridge for the last time on another attempt to head for New York
Guy V. Molinari - The tugs head back to Menominee River and the Molinari heads out on what will turn out to be another aborted attempt on Aug. 10 to get to New York
Guy V. Molinari - (Stock photo from April 2004) As she would have appeared heading over the horizon on Aug. 12 ... New York, HERE WE COME!!!
Prinsenborg - Arrived at K&K Warehouse early in the morning of Aug. 13. Shown here at dock (from the Menominee, MI side of the Menominee River)
Prinsenborg - Another view at dock (from the Marinette, WI side of the river)
Voorneborg - Arrived K&K Warehouse Aug. 21, shown here unloading pulp on Sunday Aug. 22
Voorneborg - Close-up view from across the Menominee River
Voorneborg - Scenic view from across the river
Voorneborg - Turning around in the Menominee River on Monday Aug. 23 at daybreak
Voorneborg - Halfway around
Voorneborg - Turned around and heading for the Ogden Street Bridge
Menominee North Pier Lighthouse - At sunrise on Monday
Voorneborg - Passing Marinette Fuel & Dock as she departs
Voorneborg - Passing the lighthouse shortly after sunrise
Catherine Desgagnes - Arrived at Marinette Fuel & Dock with a load of pig iron on Sept. 2 (no photo)
Volmeborg - Selvick Tug "Jimmy L" prepares to help the Volmeborg into Menominee harbor on Sept. 14 on a grey, windy and rainy day with a load of pulp for K&K Warehouse
Volmeborg - Approaches Menominee North Pier Lighthouse with the Jimmy L trailing
Volmeborg - Enters the inner harbor
Volmeborg - Close-up approaching the Ogden Street Bridge
Volmeborg - Tug "Jimmy L" acting as a "floating rudder" ... Wagenborg ships seldom use tugs in Menominee, however, on windy days, they may request tug assistance
Volmeborg - Heads up-river after passing through the Ogden Street Bridge
Volmeborg - Stern view close-up of the Jimmy L trailing
Pere Marquette 41 - Arrived at Marinette Fuel & Dock Tuesday night Sept. 14 with a load of pig iron (no photo)
Volmeborg - Still hazy on Wednesday Sept. 15 as a bale of pulp is lifted from the ship
Volmeborg - Close-up of the crane lifting a bale of pulp (from across the Menominee River)
Volmeborg - The ship carries a workboat (horizontal boat with outboard motor) and the newer style lifeboat found on most ocean-going ships (the crew boards the fully enclosed lifeboat, strap in, and are propelled off the angled ramp at the back of the ship)
Volmeborg - Close-up of the new style lifeboat
Volmeborg - Wide view at Warehouse from across the river
Volmeborg - Still in port on Thursday loading (a different kind of) pulp
Volmeborg - Getting ready to depart K&K Warehouse Friday afternoon with a load of pulp
Volmeborg - Heading down-river toward the bay of Green Bay
Volmeborg - On her way past Menominee North Pier Lighthouse
Volmeborg - Did you ever take a great looking photo only to have someone or something get in the way? One advantage of digital photos is that you can edit out content that you don't want in your photograph. Here, I edited out the guy in shorts from the previous photo.
Chios Pride - Arrived at Marinette Fuel & Dock on Sept. 19 with a load of pig iron
Chios Pride - Being towed out of the Menominee River on Sept. 22
Chios Pride - Being towed past Menominee North Pier Lighthouse (Carla Anne Selvick at the bow)
Chios Pride - Being turned by the tugs Carla Anne Selvic (bow) and Jimmy L
Chios Pride - Half-way through the turn past the lighthouse
Chios Pride - Turned around and on her way to Duluth for a load of grain
USCG Bristol Bay - Enters the Menominee River on Sept. 22 to take part in Homeland Security exercises conducted along the river
USCG Bristol Bay - Stern view passing the Chios Pride which is waiting to depart Marinette Fuel & Dock
USCG Bristol Bay - At dock in the Menominee River
Catherine Desgagnes - Approaches the Menominee North Pier Lighthouse from the south on a hazy Sept. 23. She is coming from Green Bay, WI where she had dropped off a partial load of pig iron.
Catherine Desgagnes - Making the turn into the Menominee River with a load of pig iron for Marinette Fuel & Dock
Catherine Desgagnes - Approaching the lighthouse inbound (note the anchor hanging out of its pocket)
Catherine Desgagnes - Close-up of the American Flag and the Desgagnes house flag flying from front mast
Catherine Desgagnes - Past the lighthouse inside the piers entering the Menominee River
Catherine Desgagnes - Close-up of the ship
Varnebank - Inbound approaching Menominee North Pier Lighthouse on Oct. 5.
Varnebank - In the Menominee River passing the lighthouse with a load of pulp from Kotka, Finland for K&K Warehouse.
Varnebank - Close-up in the river.
Varnebank - Unloading at K&K Warehouse on Oct. 6.
Catherine Desgagnes - Arrived at Marinette Fuel & Dock with a load of pig iron on Oct. 11 (no photo)
Pere Marquette 41 - Arrived at Marinette Fuel & Dock Oct. 16 with a load of pig iron (no photo)
Pere Marquette 41 - After a quick trip to Port Inland, MI the PM-41 returned to Marinette Fuel & Dock with a load of limestone on Oct. 18 (no photo)
Vancouverborg - Arrived in Menominee on a wet and foggy Oct. 28 with a load of pulp from Finland, but had to anchor out in the bay of Green Bay because her fleetmate, Prinsenborg, was already at the K&K East Dock (where the Vancouverborg needs to dock).
Prinsenborg - Arrived at K&K East Dock early on the morning of Oct. 28 to load pulp for export.
Prinsenborg - A bale of pulp is loaded aboard on a dreary day.
Prinsenborg - Dockside view at K&K East Dock
Prinsenborg - A bow view from across the Menominee River
Prinsenborg - It was a little foggy on Friday Oct. 29 - This photo is taken from the same general area as the "Dockside view" 2 photos above
Prinsenborg - Still loading Friday night (My camera isn't the best for night photos, but...)
Catherine Desgagnes - Arrived at Marinette Fuel & Dock with a load of pig iron on Oct. 30 (no photo)
Vancouverborg - Finally at K&K East Dock on Sunday morning Oct. 31 to unload pulp after the departure of the Prinsenborg
Vancouverborg - Finished unloading at K&K West Dock on Monday afternoon
Vancouverborg - Another view at the dock prior to departure for Thunder Bay
Vancouverborg - Turning around at the dock in the Menominee River late afternoon Monday
Vancouverborg - Continues her turn
Vancouverborg - Halfway through the turn
Vancouverborg - ...Coming around nicely
Vancouverborg - Mostly turned around
Vancouverborg - A little more and she will be on her way
Calumet - Arrived around midnight on Nov. 1 with a load of coal for Menomnee Paper Co. (no photo)
USCG Mobile Bay - Heads toward Menominee past the lighthouse on Nov. 8 pushing her barge to replace the outer bell buoy with a winter buoy
USCG Mobile Bay - Lifts the bell buoy from the waters of Green Bay
USCG Mobile Bay - Heads past the lighthouse back toward her home port of Sturgeon Bay, WI
Virginiaborg - Bow view from across the Menominee River on Nov. 8 at K&K East Dock unloading pulp
Virginiaborg - Stern view from across the river at K&K East Dock
Amelia Desgagnes - Enters the inner harbor heading for Marinette Fuel & Dock with a load of pig iron on Nov. 9.
Amelia Desgagnes - Prepares to slide in next to the craneship William H. Donner at Marinette Fuel & Dock
Pere Marquette 41 - Arrived at Marinette Fuel & Dock on Nov. 16 to load a pile of boulders
Pere Marquette 41 - Close-up of the tug Undaunted and a load of boulders already aboard the barge
Pere Marquette 41 - Bow of the barge and a pile of boulders on the dock waiting to be loaded
Pere Marquette 41 - A crane on the barge hoists a boulder onboard
Pere Marquette 41 - A view of the empty, forked device on the crane used to lift the boulders
Algomarine - Arrived at Marinette Fuel & Dock with a partial load of salt on Nov. 25 (no photo)
Catherine Desgagnes - Arrived at Marinette Fuel & Dock with a load of pig iron on Nov. 25 (no photo)
Pere Marquette 41 - Arrived at Marinette Fuel & Dock with a load of pig iron on Nov. 26 (no photo)
Chios Pride - When the Chios Pride tried to enter port on Nov. 29, she ran aground in the channel beyond the lighthouse. Apparently she roamed too close to the edge of the dredged channel and found a sandbar.
Chios Pride - Aground beyond Menominee North Pier Lighthouse with Selvick tug Jimmy L in attendance
Chios Pride - A view looking down the channel from the Marinette side
Chios Pride - Tuesday afternoon Nov. 30 ... still aground with the Selvick tugs Jimmy L and William C. Selvick and Basic Marine's Erika Kobasic riding herd
Chios Pride - Another view in the channel outside the lighthouse
Chios Pride - A view down the channel with all three tugs still present
Chios Pride - Free at last! The ship was freed from the sandbar on Wednesday morning (Dec. 1). She then moved about a mile-or-so out into the bay of Green Bay and went to anchor. Usually when a ship "touches bottom", the hull must be inspected before they can go anywhere. NOTE: On Friday Dec. 3, the decision was made to send the Chios Pride down to Burns Harbor, Indiana to off-load enough pig iron to allow her to safely enter the Menominee River (probably on Monday Dec. 6).
Pere Marquette 41 - Arrived at Marinette Fuel & Dock on Dec. 4 with a load of pig iron
Pere Marquette 41 - The Modified self-unloading system ... A crane dumps pig iron into a hopper, which in turn drops the iron onto a conveyor belt, which deposits the pig iron on the dock. On this day, a front-end loader was also dumping pig iron into the hopper.
Varnebank - The Varnebank arrived off Menominee/Marinette on Dec. 4 and went to anchor. Since the Chios Pride grounding on Monday, it was determined that the Varrnebank is sitting too deep in the water to safely enter harbor. She is inbound with a load of pulp for K&K Warehouse.
Varnebank - Wide view at anchor; it sounds like they will bring a barge and crane out to the ship to off-load enough pulp so that she can safely enter the harbor.
Varnebank - Off-loading offshore on Dec. 5 in the bay of Green Bay
On Sunday Dec. 5, the Great Lakes Maritime Academy's 224-ft. training vessel "State of Michigan" arrived at Marinette Marine Corp. The former Cold War spy ship is here for a $3.9 million refit. Work is to include increasing cabin capacity and sewage treatment capacity. Currently there is room for only 30 cadets; this will be doubled to 60 cadets. Sewage treatment (which includes water from laundry and showers) will be increased from the present 4000 gallons to 30,000 gallons. Also scheduled is converting the old intelligence gathering room into a classroom and installation of a water treatment system. The ship is expected to be here until Spring 2005.
State of Michigan - At Marinette Marine on Dec. 5
State of Michigan - Stern view at Marinette Marine with the Staten Island Ferry, Sen. John J. Marchi, in the background
State of Michigan - Wide view at Marinette Marine from astern - from left to right: Sen. John J. Marchi, State of Michigan, and the new Staten Island Ferry, Spirit of America (sticking out of the building - was originally to have been named "The September 11th"), which is scheduled for launch on Dec. 18
State of Michigan - Close-up of her twin stacks with the Great Lakes Maritime Academy logo
State of Michigan - Another view from across the river
Chios Pride - Finally back in Marinette on Dec. 5 to unload pig iron at Marinette Fuel & Dock
Chios Pride - Another view alongside the craneship, William H. Donner
Pere Marquette 41 - Arrived at Marinette Fuel & Dock to pick up a load of "pig iron scale" (the pig iron from Brazil is shaken over a grate to remove debris from the ingots) on Dec. 6 (no photo)
Amelia Desgagnes - Arrived off Menominee on Dec. 7 with a load of pig iron for Marinette Fuel & Dock; she is waiting for the Chios Pride to leave port, as she needs the dock space currently being used by the Chios Pride.
On Dec. 7, the Staten Island Ferry "Sen. John J. Marchi" began her long delivery run from Marinette Marine to New York.
Sen. John J. Marchi - At dock at Marinette Marine on Dec. 7 before leaving for New York
Sen. John J. Marchi - Heading down the Menominee River with the tugs Krystal (in the lead) and Erika Kobasic )trailing)
Sen. John J. Marchi - Close-up approaching the Ogden Street (Menekaunee) Bridge
Sen. John J. Marchi - Another view approaching the bridge
Sen. John J. Marchi - Logo near top-center of ferry
Sen. John J. Marchi - Outbound past the bridge with the tip of the bow of the Chios Pride visible in background
Sen. John J. Marchi - The tugs have been turned loose as the ferry heads towards the lighthouse pier
Sen. John J. Marchi - Past Menominee North Pier Lighthouse and on her way to New York ... Bon Voyage!!!
Varnebank - At K&K late on the morning of Dec. 7 after unloading wood pulp
Varnebank - Early afternoon on Dec. 7 finds the ship now turned around and ready to begin loading (a different type of) pulp
Varnebank - Close-up at K&K West Dock
Amelia Desgagnes - Arrived Marinette Fuel & Dock with a load of pig iron on Dec. 8 after the Chios Pride departed
Amelia Desgagnes - Finished unloading on Dec. 9 and turning around alongside the William H. Donner at Marinette Fuel & Dock
Amelia Desgagnes - Close-up as she turns
Amelia Desgagnes - Heading down the Menominee River
Amelia Desgagnes - ...and outbound to the bay of Green Bay heading for Green Bay, WI
Varnebank - At K&K East (deep draft) Dock to finish loading pulp on Dec. 9
Pere Marquette 41 - Returned to Marinette Fuel & Dock with a load of pig iron on Dec. 10 (no photo)
Spirit of America - Spirit of America on the ways at Marinette Marine Corp. on Dec. 11 is scheduled for launch on Saturday Dec. 18
Spirit of America - Close-up of the name (it was originally to be named "The September 11th")
Algorail - Approaches Menominee North Pier Lighthouse on Dec. 11 as the Pere Marquette 41 rests at anchor out in the bay of Green Bay
Algorail - Close-up approaching the lighthouse; she is carrying a load of salt for Marinette Fuel & Dock
Algorail - Inside the lighthouse with the Pere Marquette 41 in the background
Algorail - Close-up inside the piers
Algorail - Approaching Marinette Fuel & Dock
Algorail - Close-up of the bow
Algorail - From R to L - Viking I at K&K Warehouse, William H. Donner and Algorail at Marinette Fuel & Dock
Spirit of America - Monday, Dec. 13 finds the twin pilothouses now added to the ferry
Pere Marquette 41 - Returned to Marinette Fuel & Dock with yet another load of pig iron on Dec. 16 (no photo)
Launch of the Spirit of America on Dec. 18
Spirit of America - Christening the ferry
Spirit of America - ...SPLASH...the ferry hits the Menominee River
Spirit of America - Still rocking after the launch
Spirit of America - Back to an even keel
Spirit of America - 45 minutes after the launch the ferry rests at her dock
Spirit of America - Basic Marine's tugs Erika Kobasic and Escort assisted in the launch earlier
Spirit of America - Wide view of the ferry and tugs
Calumet - Unloading coal at Menominee Paper Co. on Dec. 19
Calumet - Close-up of the ship
Calumet - Close-up of the deckhouse
On Friday Dec. 24, the tug Mark Hannah left Toledo, Ohio with the hull of a new barge heading for Marinette Marine Corp. Manitowoc Marine Group, L.L.C. (which owns both Toledo Shiprepair and Marinette Marine) built the hull at its Toledo facility and has sent the new barge to Marinette for completion. The tow arrived in Marinette early in the morning of Wednesday Dec. 29. The new "Double-Hulled Tank Barge" is being built for Hornbeck Offshore Services, a "leading transporter of petroleum products through our tug and tank barge segment serving the energy industry, primarily in the northeastern United States and Puerto Rico." (Hornbeck Company Overview from their website: www.hornbeckoffshore.com)
New Hornbeck Barge - Waits in the bay of Green Bay with the tug Mark Hannah on the morning of Dec. 29
Erika Kobasic - Basic Marine's big ice-breaking tug Erika Kobasic heads out past an icy Menominee North Pier Lighthouse to assist the tow after breaking ice in the Menominee River all the way up to Marinette Marine
New Hornbeck Barge - With the Mark Hannah in the lead and the Erika Kobasic trailing
New Hornbeck Barge - The tow approaches the lighthouse
New Hornbeck Barge - The tow reaches the inner harbor
Mark Hannah - An icy tug leads the tow upriver
New Hornbeck Barge - Close-up of the multi-colored barge
Erika Kobasic - An even icier tug trails the tow looking as if she has been through the battles
New Hornbeck Barge - The tow proceeds upriver past K&K Warehouse/Great Lakes Pulp & Fiber
New Hornbeck Barge - Close-up of the barge docked at Marinette Marine
Marinette Marine - From left to right, the new Hornbeck barge, Spirit of America (ferry) and State of Michigan
Cormorants - These voracious diving birds have invaded the Menominee River...
More cormorants - ...and the bay of Green Bay also; this is just part of a flock of about 200!
Common Mergansers - (at least the six in the middle "row" of the photo) ... and other species, too
Tern - (This photo is not "original, it is put together from two photos for effect; the smaller image was imported from another photo.) I love this shot. The "original" photo was of the larger (closer) tern shot at full zoom.
Tern - Here is the "original photo" that the smaller image in the last photo was taken from.
Tern - These birds will be flying 20-30 feet in the air and then, when they spot food, will dive absolutely vertical into the water.
Great Blue Heron - These birds are usually found in the marshes; this one alighted on our marina.
Egret - These wading birds are also usually found along marshes; shown here at the base of a bridge at our marina.
Egret - Close-up with its neck tucked in.
Sandhill Crane - This one wasn't along a waterway, but out in a field in Menominee County.
Swan - This swan has appeared in the lower Menominee River in November or December of each of the last 4 years. It usually remains here throughout the winter, leaving in March or April