Watch for these new faces
Canada Steamship Lines took delivery of the Thunder Bay, Whitefish Bay and Baie Comeau in 2013, while Algoma Central Marine greeted the arrival of Algoma Equinox, with Algoma Harvester expected to enter service later in 2014.
Ships still on the sidelines
Here are the vessels not expected to sail in 2014, along with their layup ports: American Valor and American Fortitude (Toledo), American Victory and John J. Boland (at Superior, Wis.), and Edward L. Ryerson (Superior). John Sherwin, its rebuild canceled in 2008 by the economy, is still laid up at DeTour, Mich. Adam E. Cornelius spent 2012 and 2013 laid up at Toledo and will probably remain there for 2014. Yankcanuck has been idle at Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., for several years and is for sale. The barge Sarah Spencer and her tug, Jane Ann IV, continue in layup at Detroit, while a similar combo, the barge McKee Sons and her tug, Invincible, remain idled at Erie, Pa.
Fleets scrap more familiar ships
Several vessels that have been familiar sights on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway have been dismantled. Algoma Central Marine's Algoma Provider was sold overseas for scrap in 2013, while Algoma Quebecois will be scrapped this year at Port Colborne, Ont., along with Algoma Transfer. Algonorth is being broken up at Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Phoenix Star (the ex J.W. Shelley/Algocen) was scrapped at Toledo in 2013. Canada Steamship Lines' Richelieu and Saguenay headed for the breakers in Turkey in 2013 under their own power.