With this issue, we begin our comprehensive lay-up report for the current winter. In last year's report, we commented upon the unusual pattern of lay-ups which developed, particularly on the Canadian side of the lakes, and the same situation has occurred this year. Primarily as a result of the grain rush late in the 1986 season, an inordinate number of lakers are wintering in St. Lawrence River ports, while some of the lake harbours have much smaller winter fleets than usual.
ALGONQUIN QUEEN (Q.C.Y.C. ferry), BAGOTVILLE (tug), CANADIAN ARGOSY (derrick barge), CAROLYN JO (tug), COLINETTE (tug), FLO COOPER (tug), DUCHESS V (tug), EMPIRE SANDY (excursion sailing vessel), H.M.C.S. HAIDA (museum), NED HANLAN II (tug), HIAWATHA (R.C.Y.C. ferry), WILLIAM INGLIS (Island ferry), JADRAN (restaurant), KENNETH A. (T.H.C. tug), KWASIND (R.C.Y.C. ferry), J.G. LANGTON (T.H.C. tug), LOIS T. (tug), WM. LYON MACKENZIE (firetug), MAPLE CITY (Island Airport ferry), MARIPOSA BELLE (excursion boat), SAM McBRIDE (Island ferry), NORMAC (hull only of former restaurant), ONGIARA (Island ferry), PROGRESS III (derrick barge), THOMAS RENNIE (Island ferry), WILLIAM REST (T.H.C. tug), SALVAGE PRINCE (former tug, now sunk), FRED SCANDRETT (T.H.C. tug), T.H.C. 50 (derrick barge), TRAVELLER (tug), TRILLIUM (ferry/excursion steamer), and WINDMILL POINT (alternate Island Airport ferry).
We have made no effort to list the various smaller charter and tour boats now on Toronto Bay (and indeed we have dropped all but the two largest of them from our report if they were listed last year), due to the great proliferation of such vessels in recent times. So numerous are the charter boats now that it is difficult to tell them from the many private cruisers seen in such numbers on the crowded waters of our harbour! As well, we have omitted from our list a number of small workboats, scows, tenders, etc.
The following major vessels are reported to be laid up for the winter at the various lake and river ports, which we list as closely as possible by area. As usual, we do not include small ferries, tugs, workboats, derrick scows, dredging barges, etc., unless especially noteworthy and specifically noted.
Montreal: ALGOWEST, ARCTIC VIKING, BLACK BAY, CANADIAN EXPLORER, CANADIAN LEADER, CANADIAN NAVIGATOR, CANADIAN PROSPECTOR, CONCORDIA, FERBEC, KANGUK, LADY FRANKLIN, LAKESHELL, LAWRENCECLIFFE HALL, MAPLECLIFFE HALL, MAPLEHEATH, MERKUR, RALPH MISENER, M.V. MONTREAL, MURRAY BAY, OTTERCLIFFE HALL, J. C. PHILLIPS, P.S. BARGE NO. 1, RIVERSHELL, SAGUENAY, SAUNIERE, SILVER ISLE, SOODOC, STEELCLIFFE HALL, TADOUSSAC, TARANTAU, HENRI TELLIER, VILLE MARIE II, WHITEFISH BAY.
Hamilton: ALGOSOO, BIRCHGLEN, CANADIAN PROGRESS, CANADIAN TRANSPORT, FORT HENRY, FORT ST. LOUIS, A. S. GLOSSBRENNER, HAMILTON ENERGY, IMPERIAL SARNIA, MACASSA BAY (excursion boat), McALLISTER NO. 252 (barge), NIAGARA II, JAMES NORRIS, PROVMAR TERMINAL, RICHELIEU, plus various tugs, workboats, etc.
Toledo: U.S.C.G. ACACIA, AMERICAN MARINER, ARMCO, ASHLAND, J. BURTON AYERS, WILLIS B. BOYER, BUFFALO, COURTNEY BURTON, CADILLAC, CHAMPLAIN, ADAM E. CORNELIUS, JOSEPH H. FRANTZ, FUEL OIL (barge), GEMINI, JOHN T. HUTCHINSON, ROGER M. KYES, SAM LAUD, WILLIAM G. MATHER, McKEE SONS, ROBERT C NORTON, CRISPIN OGLEBAY, WILLIAM A. REISS, RESERVE, W. C. RICHARDSON (remains of hull), WILLIAM P. SNYDER JR., FRED R. WHITE JR., H. LEE WHITE, CHARLES E. WILSON, THOMAS WILSON, WOLVERINE.
Sarnia: ALGOBAY, ALGOLAKE, ALGOPORT, CANADIAN MARINER, DUC d'ORLEANS (excursion boat), EASTERN SHELL, ENERCHEM FUSION, FORT YORK, I.V. NO. 8, I.V. NO. 11, I.V. NO. 14, LAKE WABUSH, LE FRENE NO. 1, plus numerous tugs, etc.
Milwaukee: BURNS HARBOR, CALCITE II, STEWART J. CORT, WILLIAM H. DONNER, E.M. FORD, J.B. FORD, LEWIS WILSON FOY, EDWIN H. GOTT, JUPITER (running intermittently), MEDUSA CHALLENGER, GEORGE A. SLOAN, STAR OF MILWAUKEE.
Duluth: JOHN J. BOLAND, BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS, A. H. FERBERT, JOHN A. FRANCE, WILLIAM A. IRVIN (museum), THOMAS W. LAMONT, IRVING S. OLDS, ST. CLAIR, JOHN SHERWIN, EDGAR B. SPEER, ENDERS M. VOORHEES, RALPH H. WATSON.
We believe that this is the first time we have ever been able to print layup lists for so many ports in the February issue. (The list usually runs well over into the March issue.) For this, we are most grateful to the many members who submitted early reports. In particular, our sincere thanks are extended to Jim Bartke, Neil Bauman, Rene Beauchamp, Ron Beaupre, Bill Breaker, Bill Bruce, Clark Carruthers, Roger Chapman, Gretchen Driftmyer, Don Dube, Harold Fricke, Alain Gindroz, Jim Hoffman, Cyril Hudson, Gerald Hutton, Ron Konkol, Andy LaBorde, George Lee, Buck Longhurst, Charles Maltby, Dan McCormick, Mike Nicholls, Jurgen Niemietz, Al Schelling, Terry Sechen, Al Sykes, Fred Wagar, Tom Wilson and George Zock.
In some cases, reports were conflicting, primarily because of late arrivals or departures; we have tried to ascertain the correct information in those circumstances, but we cannot guarantee success in all respects. As well, a few ports or vessels may have escaped the keen eyes of our observers. Any additions to or deletions from this listing will appear in the March issue, so please keep those cards and letters coming in! We are always happy to hear from you, for it is only with the assistance of our members that we are able to produce such a comprehensive report. Some of you may not be greatly interested in today's lay-up listings, but to the historians who may read this record fifty years from now, the information may be of considerable importance .
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