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Ship wheel bullet Kim Getin passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family at her home on June 3 at the age of 57 years after a battle with cancer. Kim spent 39 years with Algoma in purchasing and then senior accounts payable. She was a long-time supporter of the International Shipmasters Association and organizer of partner programs for ISMA 2010 and CMIE conventions. (Canadian Marine Engineers Institute. She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Dino Dini, who is captain of the Algoway. Family and friends are invited to visit at Davidson Funeral Home, 135 Clarence St., Port Colborne on Wednesday June 7 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Port Colborne Brethren in Christ Church on Thursday June 8 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow in St Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery. Mariners attending are asked to be in uniform at Kim's request.
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District 09 Week 05 LNM Now Available on Navigation Center Website

The following products are available from the Navigation Center website:
If the links above do not work, you should either copy and paste the links into your web browser or follow the LNM links from the Navigation Center LNM page.
The Local Notice to Mariners, Light List, and Summary of Corrections are in Portable Document Format (PDF) and viewing them requires a PDF reader.  PDF readers are readily available on the internet, generally free of charge.
To download the latest information:
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The Coast Guard Navigation Center has implemented a small but important change to its website address. It is now https://www.navcen.uscg.gov, instead of http://www.navcen.uscg.gov. This change provides a secure, encrypted connection between browsers or other tools connecting to the Navigation Center website. It also provides authentication that you are unquestionably connecting to the Navigation Center website.
 
This change is a result of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum M-15-13, Policy to Require Secure Connections across Federal Websites and Web Services, which requires that all publicly accessible Federal websites and web services only provide service through a secure connection (HTTPS instead of HTTP).
 
The Navigation Center is pleased to provide you with these secure services. Questions may addressed to our Web Services team via our Contact Us page at https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=contactUs.
 
V/R
Rick Hamilton
CGSIC Executive Secretariat
GPS Information Analysis Team Lead
U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center
Ship wheel bullet Port Huron Lodge 2 - 126th Annual Dinner Dance
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USCG 2017 NAVIGATION NOTICE UPDATES

The following products are available from the Navigation Center website:
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Funeral Arrangements for Arlene Earl, Flower Lady

Visitation for Arlene will be 3:30 PM on Wednesday, December 28 (Funeral Service at 6:00 PM) at St. Paul's Protestant Church; 208 Orchid Blvd.; Harsens Island. 
 
Private interment at Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit. 
 
Contributions in memory of Arlene's life may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen; 1264 Meldrum St.; Detroit, MI 48207. 
 
Arlene is preceded in death by her husband Dick Earl, and survived by her three children, Christopher Earl, Deborah (Mark) Kapanowski and Richard (Janine) Earl.   Arlene is also survived by her grandchildren Christopher, Sabrina, Katie, Jacob, Shelby, Natalie; her great grandchildren Elizabeth, Jennifer and Finn; her siblings Chris John Engel, Linda Washburn and Lorraine Williams.
 
Arrangements by the Martenson Funeral Home of Allen Park.
 
An on-line obituary and guest book can be found at this link
 
The Detroit Free Press published a detailed obituary on December 21, which can be found here

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Hello Fellow ISMA Members and Friends,

I regret to inform you of the passing of long time Port Huron Lodge No 2 member Captain Mike Patterson.  Mike passed away last night at the hospital in Sault Ste. Marie where he lived and worked for the Great Lakes Towing Co.  He had been battling cancer.
Mike was a Port Huron native and married to Angie also of Port Huron.  He worked for a long time for Great Lakes Towing, many years in Detroit and then Sault Ste. Marie.  He was a Vietnam Veteran also and a great guy.
It is too early to give funeral arrangements but I have indication that there will be a service in Port Huron.  I will inform you as I get more information.  Please forward this to your members and anyone else you think would like to know.  Thank You.

Fraternally,
Capt. George Haynes

UPDATE:
Captain Michael Patterson left the dock on December 9, 2016 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He will he missed.

Mike was born to William and Marjorie Patterson on February 6, 1957 in Marysville, MI. After graduating from Marysville High School in 1975, Mike enlisted in the US Army and served in the 82nd Airborne Division, 75th Ranger Regiment as well as the 7th Special Forces Group until his honorable discharge in 1978. He married his high school sweetheart, Angela Troy, on November 11, 1978. They had two children, Sean and Kelli.

Mike was a Tugboat Captain; one of the lucky few who spent his life doing the thing he really loved. It was more than a career, it was who he was, and what he had wanted to be since childhood. After working for various companies including the Lake Pilots Association, Gaelic Tugboat Company, NOAA, Malcolm Marine and Windsor Detroit Barge Lines, he proudly spent the last 29 years of his career aboard “G Tugs” with The Great Lakes Towing Company. He worked in the port of Detroit for many years before transferring to Sault Ste. Marie in 2000.

During his life, Mike was a record-setting swimmer, a skilled and courageous tugboat captain, a member of the Army Special Forces; an Airborne Ranger, scuba diver, snowmobiler, dirt bike rider, faithful son, caring father, loving husband, Jeep enthusiast, union member, Western movie buff, leader, mentor, animal lover, a valued neighbor and beloved friend, and a great Tugboat Philosopher.

Mike is survived by his mother, Marjorie Patterson of Marysville, brother Scott of Smith Creek, sister-in-law Pam Patterson of Port Huron, wife Angie and son Sean of Sault Ste. Marie, daughter Kelli of Ferndale, Aunts and Uncle Bob and Eva Philips of Port Huron, and Kay Force of Marysville, Mother & Father In-Law Robert and Patricia Troy of Marysville, Brothers and Sisters In-Law Robert (Joan) Troy, Jeff (Patty) Troy, Mary (Gary) Siemen, Chris (Lisa) Troy, several cousins, and many nieces and nephews. He leaves this earth to reunite with those that went ahead; including his father William.
Mike was a member of the Port Huron Lodge of the International Shipmasters Association and the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots maritime labor union.

The family will accept visitors at the St. Stephens Parish Hall in Port Huron, MI on Saturday December 17 from noon until 4 with a eulogy service at 1:00 pm. All are welcome to come and share memories Captain Mike.

Updates on a celebration of life to be held in Sault Ste. Marie at a later date will be published by Hovie Funeral Home.

Ship wheel bullet 10-13-16The U.S. Coast Guard has announced that three MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters will be assigned to the Great Lakes region beginning in April of 2017.  (At the 2014 ISMA convention, the Grand Lodge called on the USCG to bring the larger, more capable Jayhawk to the Great Lakes.  The proposal from the 2014 Grand Lodge convention can be viewed HERE.)
Ship wheel bullet 05-12-16The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a reminder that the Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number programmed into a vessel's VHF radio transmitter should match the MMSI number on record.  (Thanks to Dennis Bryant for bringing this to our attention).
Please click on the word "reminder" to view PDF content.
Ship wheel bullet 04-22-16:  The US Coast Guard has issued a news release regarding the expanded Automatic Identification System (AIS) requirements that went into effect on April 7, 2016.  Most commercial vessels operating on US waterways are now required to have and utilize AIS while underway.
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Photos of the recent tour Lodge 19 did of Moran Iron Works in Onaway Michigan.  Moran Iron has entered the marine industry in the last couple years by building barges and ferry boats.  The 2 deck barges they built were for Durocher Marine of Cheboygan, Michigan and I personally caught them as they were launched in Rogers City in April of 2015.  The ferry boat the built was and aluminum boat built for Sheplers Mackinac Island Ferry out of St. Ignace and Mackinaw City.
We at Lodge 19 are fortunate to have a member who works at Moran Iron and along with the owner, Tom Moran, were happy to give us a tour of their facilities.
Members present were Terry Pugh, Ted Rayha, Max and Carol Lund, Jamie Burke, Kirsten Buccigrossi, and myself (Lee Barnhill).
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International Shipmasters' Association Lodge 19 donated $250 to the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary to help support, identify, protect, conserve, and enhance the natural and maritime heritage resources, values, and qualities of our National Marine Sanctuary. The members of Lodge 19 have been important community partners and supports of the Friends of Thunder Bay, having donated $5,000 in club and private donations over the last nine years. 

Pictured: Phil Hartmeyer and Lodge 19 members Lee Barnhill, Wally Watkins, Max and Carol Lund, Jamie Burke, Pat Hart, Ted Rayha and Terry Pugh.
Ship wheel bullet Our Brother James C. Leaney receiving The Captain Lewis Ludington Award. Photo taken on March 13th 2016 at the Blessing of the Fleet at the Mariners' Church in Detroit. Port Huron Lodge 2 congratulates our Brother in receiving such an honor.
Fraternally, Victoria Conradson
Ship wheel bullet Times Herald new article: Every day is an adventure on the Great Lakes 3/29/2016, featuring Grand Lodge President Captain George Haynes.
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2016 ISMA LODGE 15 OFFICERS
Elected Officers:
President: Capt. Seann O’Donoughue
1st Vice President: Capt. Keith Filby
2nd Vice President: Capt. John Brookham
Secretary-Treasurer: Mr. Thomas Aulinger
Appointed Officers:
Warden: Capt. Gord McNeil
Sentinel: Mr. Christopher Buckley
Marshal: Kaitlin Whittall
Chaplain: Capt. James Van Overbeek
Web Master: Capt. Seann O’Donoughue 
Chair Scholarship: Capt. Seann O’Donoughue
Mariners’ Service Captain: Capt. Ray Schrempf
Grand Lodge Canadian Treasurers: Andrea O’Donoughue, Julianne Hull

Positions as of 22 February, 2016.
 
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TO: Members of Detroit Lodge No. 7
I regret to inform the lodge that Msgr. Russell E. Kohler, co-chaplain of Detroit Lodge No. 7, passed away on Friday, March 25, 2016. 
Although funeral arrangements are incomplete, an article in today's Detroit Free Press pays tribute to Fr. Kohler: 
 
When further details are known, they will be posted on the lodge website and sent to the lodge via e-mail. 
  
Fraternally yours,

Raymond E. Oset
Secretary-Treasurer

Ship wheel bullet Steve Nevin of Cleveland Lodge #4 has passed away.
Foos & Foos Funeral Service
151 Yorkshire Place, Bellevue OH 44811
Viewing: Wed. 2-4 and 6-9pm
Funeral: Thursday, 11am, St Paul Lutheran Church, 541 Church Rd, Marblehead, OH 43440
Ship wheel bullet Port Huron Lodge #2 held its annual Dinner Dance at the DoubleTree Hilton in Port Huron on March 5th, 2016 with 65 guests attending.   A total of 9 lodges were represented: Buffalo #1, Port Huron #2, Chicago #3, Detroit #7, Georgian Bay #15, NE Michigan #19, Niagara #20, Twin Sault #22, Grand Travers #23.  Grand President Capt. Bob Lund and Grand 1st Vice Capt. Lee Barnhill attended as well as Past Grand Presidents Rebecca Hancock, Bob Schallip and George Haynes.  The lodge is planning the same event next year on March 4th, 2017.
View Photos Here
Ship wheel bullet Letter to Editor of Owen Sound Sun Times (select)
Ship wheel bullet 03-13-16: Lodge 23 Dinner Meeting
Boone's Long Lake Inn
7208 Secor Rd, Traverse City, MI 49685
Link to the Menu
Ship wheel bullet 02-15-16:  Coast Guard rallies behind wounded Detroit colleague
Petty Officer Jennifer Smith of Air Station Detroit seriously injured in December stabbing.
Ship wheel bullet 02-16-16: Strengthening Border Security: Look No Further Than the Jones Act (OpEd)
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Ship wheel bullet 02-18-16The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force has issued its Annual Report for 2015.
Ship wheel bullet 2016 ISMA Grand Lodge Canadian Scholarship Award Winner, Georgian College 3rd year Navigation Cadet, Zachary Peters [tallest] pictured with ISMA Lodge 15 President, Capt.Seann O'Donoughue , Owen Sound Mayor Ian C. Boddy, and Loldge 15 ISMA Raffle Chairman, Lt. Ron O'Donoughue.
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The ISMA Chicago Maritime Industry Day is fast approaching on March 10th. This event is put on by Chicago Lodge 3 in conjunction with the USCG MSU Chicago to bring together several Federal, State and Municipal agencies that have jurisdiction over the waters in and around Chicago. These agencies will make presentations on topics of their expertise that pertain to the local marine community. These agency personnel will be their to answer questions after their presentations and be available during lunch and during breaks for further discussion. This will allow the marine community to meet with members of these agencies with whom they have common concerns, leading to a public/private partnership with them.

Registration is up live on our website at http://www.chicagoshipmasters.com/industry-day.html so be sure to stop by and fill out the form and get your seat reserved.  Once registration is complete you may mail your check on in and we also have PayPal payments being accepted through the website this year as well.

For those of you considering sponsorship of the event, I have attached a PDF to this which will explain out our sponsorship levels and a form which can be mailed in.  All of the information can also be found on our website at http://www.chicagoshipmasters.com/sponsors.html along with online payment via PayPal.
Chicago Maritime Industry Day Sponsorship Opportunities PDF

Don't forget to join us "At the Office" for an informal meet and greet March 9th at 4901 Cal Sag Road in Crestwood, IL after 1800 hours. 

Looking forward to seeing you all at the event!

-Chicago Lodge #3
Ship wheel bullet 02-10-16:  U.S. Coast Guard approves the use of electronic charts
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Invitation to the 125th Annual Dinner Dance of Detroit Lodge No. 7
All ISMA members are cordially invited to attend the 125th Annual Dinner Dance of Detroit Lodge No. 7 on Saturday, February 20, 2016. 
 
It will be held at the ConCorde Inn; 44135 N. Gratiot Ave. (just south of M-59); in Clinton Township.    Click Here for a Map  
 
Cost is $48 per person, which includes a buffet dinner, door prizes, and cash bar.  We also plan to raffle off some great prizes, including a boat trip and a beautiful hand-made nautical quilt. 
 
For those wishing to spend the night, a block of rooms has been reserved at $89.99 which includes breakfast.  (To reserve a room, call 586-493-7300 and mention Shipmasters). 
 
For more information or to RSVP, contact Capt. Ron LaPlante at 586-463-7893.   For help with our planning, we ask that you RSVP by February 12
 
Ship wheel bullet Proposals by the membership of Port Huron Lodge #2
AIS Aids to Navigation System
Light D33 of the lower Detroit River
Ship wheel bullet Port Huron Lodge 2 - 2016 Dinner Dance Flyer (click here)
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Port Huron Lodge #2 arranged a tour of Sarnia Traffic Center on January 16, 2016.  Sarnia Traffic employees Mary-Jayne Levert, Julie Knapp and PH #2 member Dianne Simms gave an excellent overview of operations.  The event was followed by lunch at the Open Grill Restaurant in Point Edward, ON and a short tour of the Lakes Pilots Association office and boats in Port Huron.  The ISMA was well represented by 53 members and guests from Port Huron #2, Detroit #7, Niagara #20 and Buffalo #1. 4 cadets from Great Lakes Maritime Academy also traveled from school to participate in the tours.

Port Huron Lodge has a full schedule of professional speakers for the rest of the winter. Please check out our web page for the list.  All ISMA members are welcome to attend the guest speaker meetings.


Ship wheel bullet Great Lakes Freighter Trip Adventure Raffle (click here)
Ship wheel bullet 01-20-16:  The US Coast Guard has issued a Safety Alert reminding mariners of the dangers of relying solely upon global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), such as GPS, for navigation and positioning. These systems are subject to natural, accidental, and intentional interference.
Ship wheel bullet 01-20-16: The USCG has issued a reminder that completed physical exams must be submitted to a Regional Exam Center & should not be sent directly to the National Maritime Center (NMC). 
Ship wheel bullet Port Huron Lodge #2 Winter Meeting Schedule and Sarnia Traffic Flyer.
Ship wheel bullet Sierra Slobodecki; Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Traverse City, MI, is our ISMA Port Huron Lodge #2 Blue Water Scholarship recipient. This semesters ending overall GPA is 3.98!
Ship wheel bullet 12-22-15:  To help with U.S. & Canadian freezing spray forecasts, NOAA and Environment Canada are requesting that vessels submit freezing spray observations. 
Flyer with more information.               Online Reporting Form.
Ship wheel bullet 12-18-15 Congratulations to Capt. Dino Dini and the crew of the M/V Algoway for receiving the USCG Capt. David P. Dobbins Award following the rescue of recreational boaters off Lorain, Ohio last August.
Algoma Central Newsletter         Photos are on the ISMA Facebook Page
Ship wheel bullet 11-20-15:  Obituary: Richard A. Feldtz, ISMA Pennant No. A-11555.  Retired fleet superintendent of Oglebay Norton Company and member of Cleveland Lodge No. 4.
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On Sunday, November 8, during the Great Lakes Memorial Service, Detroit Lodge No. 7 presented a new plaque to Mariners Church of Detroit.  The plaque describes the Lewis Ludington Award and lists all recipients of the award since its inception in 1994.
 
The plaque was conceived by lodge member Dale Mason, who did much of the fundraising, while Ron LaPlante and Laddie Hudson worked on the plaque's design.  
 
The November 8 photo shows Lodge No. 7 Sentinel Mike Nall, Fr. Bill Fleming of Mariners Church, and Lodge 7 President Ron LaPlante with the new Ludington Award plaque.
 
Link to Photo:
Ship wheel bullet 11-18-15The National Transportation Safety Board’s Safety Research Division is conducting a study to assess the effectiveness of Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) systems operated by the U.S. Coast Guard. As part of the study, comments are being solicited from the public. (Please also consider sharing your comments with the ISMA Navigation Legilsative and Engineering Committee).   Comments are requested by December 1, 2015Click Here for more information.
Ship wheel bullet 11-13-15: The Seaway Task Force has produced a video which details the urgent need to construct a 2nd Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie.
Ship wheel bullet 11-16-15:   Funding approved for new study of 2nd Poe-size lock at Sault Ste. Marie
Ship wheel bullet The USCG has issued a safety alert regarding unapproved lights on recreational and commercial vessels.  Of particular concern are light emitting diode (LED) lights in addition to required navigation lights being installed on vessels.
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10-07-15:  An 875-square mile area of Lake Michigan, extending from Port Washington to Two Rivers, has been identified as a possible marine sanctuary.  Public meetings will be held in Manitowoc on November 17; Port Washington on November 18; and Sheboygan on November 19. Written comments must be received by January 15, 2016.

Chicago Tribune story NOAA Press Release Notice in Federal Register
Ship wheel bullet 10-01-15: USCG announces implementation of updated mariner credentialing forms
As of October 1, 2015, the National Maritime Center has implemented new CG-719 series forms (B, C, K, K/E, P, and S) that will replace forms displaying a June 30, 2012, expiration date.  With the exception of forms K and K/E, the Coast Guard will not accept outdated CG-719 forms after April 1, 2016.  For the K and K/E forms, those signed by a physician after December 31, 2015 must be on the new version of the form.
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Obituary & Memorial Service for Barry Hiscocks (A12187), who was a member from 4-1-2004. Brother Barry passed away on June 23, 2015. Below is a link to a map for the memorial for Barry. The family are calling it  "Barry's Celebration of Life." It will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 29th along the water at the foot of George St. in Sarnia. A reception will follow on the 3rd floor of First Sarnia Place, Barry's old building.
Map of location for Barry's Celebration of Life

Obituary Link
The family is planning a memorial service in Sarnia on Saturday, August 29 at 11:00 am. It will be held outside by the building where Barry’s condo was located ( 201 Front Street North , Sarnia ).
I spoke with his family about some sort of memorial along the water. They were thinking something in the Sarnia/Point Edward area would be nice. That way, Barry’s kids & grandkids can visit it. It seems there are both bricks & benches available (see the following link). Benches are $700.00 Canadian. http://www.bluewatertrails.com/donate.html. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

Ship wheel bullet The Great Lakes Maritime Institute will hold its annual dinner on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at the Blossom Heath Inn in St. Clair Shores, MI.  Guest speaker David Coleman will make a presentation regarding whaleback steamers on the Great Lakes.  Also, author  Patrick Livingston will be on hand to sign his new novel "A Day at Bob-Lo" which will take readers back to a perfect summer day at Detroit's favorite island playground.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.glmi.org.
Ship wheel bullet The USCG is proposing to discontinue 62 DGPS (Differential Global Positioning System) sites across the country, 6 of which are on the Great Lakes.  Comments on this proposal will be accepted until November 16, 2015.
Ship wheel bullet 2016 Great Arctic Cruise Raffle (click here for more info)
Ship wheel bullet 07-01-15: The Lake Carriers' Association has released its State of the Lakes report for 2015.
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There’s no good way to say this. Barry “Riverbear” Hiscocks passed away peacefully this afternoon in Sarnia , Ontario in hospital around 4:15 pm after a long fight with cancer. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones. He wished to be cremated. Once those wishes are fulfilled, the family will have a memorial service.

Barry Alfred Hiscocks - Obituaries - Sarnia, ON (click here


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On June 15 the Buffalo Lodge #1 held its annual summer lay-up party at the historic 1833 Buffalo Lighthouse.  It was a well attended event with over 40 members and guests in attendance.  After dinner on the Lighthouse grounds tours were given of the historic Lighthouse, including being able to climb to the top.  Fun was had by all despite it being  a foggy evening that limited views.  The fog signal of the approaching English River could be heard in the distance.  A ISMA marker is on the Lighthouse grounds.
Attached are some pictures of the evening. Click for larger view.
Dave Miller
Lodge 1 President.
Ship wheel bullet 06-05-15:  News article with Video: Canadian Coast Guard moves communications from Thunder Bay
Ship wheel bullet Lodge 19 is sorry to report that Associate Member Robert Fournier has passed on. Saturday, May 30 2015. There will be an memorial service at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Alpena Wednesday the 3rd at 10 A.M. May the wind be always at Bob's back.
Ship wheel bullet 05-26-15: The US Coast Guard proposes to amend its Great Lakes Regulated Navigation Areas to include two new safety zones to close waters for recreational users.  Specifically, waters of Saginaw Bay and waters of Lake Erie in the vicinity of the South Passage and Erie Islands.  They are also proposing three new Regulated Navigation Areas to manage vessel traffic in ice-prone waterways.  Specifically, the Maumee Bay Entrance Channel; the Straits of Mackinac; and Green Bay.  The full text of the proposal can be found HERE.  Comments must be received by July 6, 2015.
Ship wheel bullet Captain Christopher Edyvean, member of Twin Ports Lodge #12, was recently elected as National President of American Merchant Marine Veterans (AMMV) for a two year term beginning on July 1st.  AMMV is a 501 (c) (19) non-profit group which seeks recognition of mariners who served in support of all wars and conflicts.  AMMV also actively supports current maritime issues such as supporting the Jones Act, cargo preference laws, and the Maritime Security Program (MSP).  The organization was founded in 1984 of WWII Merchant Marine veterans, but has since opened up membership to any U.S. mariners who served in war or peace in any era.  The website (currently under reconstruction) is http://ammv.us/.  One of the main issues AMMV is currently dealing with is H.R. 563, the Honoring our WWII Merchant Mariners Act of 2015.  Twin Ports Lodge # 12 has two eligible WWII mariner veterans as lodge members, and we ask that fellow ISMA members climb up the gangway in support of H.R. 563.  The following is a link to send a quick pre-written letter to your representative: http://capwiz.com/naus/issues/alert/?alertid=64051356
Ship wheel bullet 05-15-15:  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is conducting a survey for users of its printed products, such as charts and coast pilots.  The survey has two tracks, one for professional maritime users and another for recreational users.  Either track should take no more than 10 minutes of your time. Please click here to complete the online questionnaire.
Ship wheel bullet Retirement Ceremony: Operations Specialist First Class Galen R. Witham (click here)
Ship wheel bullet Captain Seann O'Donoughue receives the Distinguished Alumni Award (click here)
Ship wheel bullet All of the people who won the Awards below are ISMA members of Lodge 15. Things are looking up, and we have a bunch of enthusiastic individuals around here
Tiger Ellis; 2015 Naval Officers Association of Canada Scholarship Award

Tina Gentile; 2015 Naval Officers Association of Canada Scholarship Award

Seann O'Donoughue; 2015 Georgian Board of Governors, Distinguished Alumni Award

Matthew Schmidt; 2015 Marine Club Award      

Kathryn Watton; 2015 Robert Hull Memorial Award Supported: Great Lakes Pilotage Authority

Tim Westmorland; 2015 Company of Master Mariners of Canada G.O. Baugh Memorial Scholarship;  

Kaitlin Whittall; 2015 City of Owen Sound Leadership Award

Kaitlin Whittall; 2015 Grand Lodge Scholarship Award  

Kaitlin Whittall; 2015 Lodge 15 Scholarship for the Best Kept Logbook 

Ship wheel bullet 04-23-15: Moran Iron Works Launches Barges
Ship wheel bullet 04-23-15USCG denies proposed river-barge route from Calumet Harbor to Muskegon
Ship wheel bullet 04-08-15:  The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, of which ISMA is a member, has issued its annual report for 2014. 
Ship wheel bullet 04-08-15:  Newspaper article: Capt. Bob Hull receives Lewis Ludington award posthumously.
Ship wheel bullet 04-09-15:  National Public Radio: Icy Traffic Jam On Lake Superior Has 18 Ships Stuck
Ship wheel bullet 03-05-2015: Alpena News Article: Association Makes Donation to Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (click here)
Ship wheel bullet 04-01-15The USCG is changing the way in which it makes Light Lists available to the public. Electronic versions will continue to be made available free of charge by means of the Internet, but the Coast Guard will no longer produce printed Light List volumes. 
Click Here for the official notice
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Barge GREAT LAKES TRADER with her tugboat, JOYCE VAN ENKEVORT at Presque Isle Quarry dock

Jordan Travis; first illustration from Ship Masters; Pat Labadie, 255-9491
Ship wheel bullet Article from WBKB11.com - Ist Ship of the Season Comes to Port (click here)
Ship wheel bullet Time Herald News Article: Documentary Mines Local Connection to Lake Huron Wrecks (click here)
Ship wheel bullet New Rule Expanding U.S. Automatic Identification System (AIS) Carriage and Requirements (click here)
Ship wheel bullet CNN Report: Rescuing Icebound Ships on Lake Huron (click here)
Ship wheel bullet 02-23-15:  President’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget provides $69 million for Great Lakes projects
Ship wheel bullet 02-24-15Coalition calls for action on vessel discharge regulation
Ship wheel bullet The U.S. Coast Guard has compiled a complete list of all their Safety Alerts issued from 1996 through 2014. 
Ship wheel bullet 2015 ISMA Scholarship winners: Port to Stbd: Dan Towner, Mellisa Gooch, PGP Rebecca Hancock, Matt Osbeck and Erik Lund. Picture taken at the 2015 ISMA Grand Ball.
 
Ship wheel bullet News Article from the Duluth News-Tribune, February 6, 2015 on the ISMA 2015 Convention. (click here)
Ship wheel bullet Google Earth Pro which was formerly $399.00 per year, is now a free download. For more information, click here.
Ship wheel bullet Welcome new Associate member to Port Huron Lodge 2: William C. Beutell from Marine City, MI. William was sponsored by Duane Upton. We now have 100 members.
Ship wheel bullet Click Here to sign the White House petition in support of the Jones Act.
Ship wheel bullet Great Lakes Water Levels to Hit 20 Year High (click here)
Ship wheel bullet 01-16-15:  American Maritime Partnership:
McCain Amendment To Eliminate U.S. Shipbuilding Would Outsource U.S. Jobs & Security

To Contact your senator & voice opposition to the McCain amendment, CLICK HERE
Ship wheel bullet 01-16-15:  Coalition of Great Lakes interests - including ISMA - rise to defend the Jones Act
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April 1, 2014, recommended by George Haynes. Date of election 12-4-2014. Benjamin C. Hodge, Active Professional, Mate/Pilot, Company: Inland Lakes - Ship: S.S. Alpena
Ship wheel bullet Lakes Carriers Association calls for a 2nd MACKINAW - class icebreaker on the Great Lakes (click here)
Ship wheel bullet 01-05-14:  Obituary: Past Grand President Jeremiah 'Jerry' Bissette of Niagara District Lodge No. 20 passed away on Monday, January 5, 2015 in St. Catharines, Ontario at the age of 84.  Arrangements are being handled by the Haine Funeral Home in Thorold, Ontario.  Captain Bissette served as Grand Lodge President in 2009.
Obituary (click here)
Letter from Capt. Bob Schallip (click here)
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2014 Scholarship Winner
Mr. Tim Westmorland is a 3rd year Navigation Cadet, at Georgian College Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre.  He is the recipient of the G.O. Bough 2014, Scholarship, presented by the Canadian Company of Master Mariners.
He is presently on a 60 Day Trans-Pacific delivery voyage from Nantong China to Montreal, Canada, via the Panama Canal, on board the CWB MARQUIS, Canada’s newest St. Lawrence Seaway-Max ship.  He is pictured with Capt. Seann O’Donoughue, Master of the ship.

Photos: CWB Marquis, taken by wheelsman, Denis Vanden Eynden

On her delivery voyage, the CWB MARQUIS departed from Nantong China, at 0720 hrs. on November 4th, 2014, and arrived into Davao, Philippines, on November 10th, 2014, to fuel before crossing the Pacific. With Fuelling complete, she departed from Davao on November 11th in clear weather.
The ship is currently at 3/4 of the way across the Pacific Ocean, and crossed the International Date Line on Sunday the 23rd of November, 2014, at 05:11 am.  Following convention, the date was reversed one full day, so that the new date and time were 05:11 hrs. on Saturday, 22nd November, 2014. The crew got to relive the trip by one more day, and have two Saturdays in a row. 
The ship is due into Balboa, Panama on the 14th of December, 2014, and expects to make the passage Northbound through to the Atlantic Ocean on the evening of the 15th of December.  Clearing the Panama Canal on the 16th of December, she is due into Canada on or around the 29th of December, 2014.
Once arrived on the Great Lakes, the ship will remain in Lakes service for the remainder of her expected 40 year career. The ship is the first of two vessels owned by The Canadian Wheat Board, and is managed by Algoma Central Corporation. The second ship, the CWB STRONGFIELD, will depart from China, in the spring of 2015.

 
Ship wheel bullet Lost Mariners Remembrance Story from Robert and Mary Ann Schallip. (click here)
Ship wheel bullet Member Jerry Crowley, who passed away in 2012, was a noted marine artist and a longtime member of Detroit Lodge No. 7, serving as president in 1994. At the time of his death, he had been a devoted member of the lodge for 27 years. 

A special event honoring the The Art of Jerry Crowley has been announced. The Opening Reception and Sale will be held on Thursday, November 6 with the Exhibition and Sale to follow on Friday and Saturday, November 7 & 8 at the Provencal-Weir House in Grosse Pointe. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Grosse Pointe Historical Society.

Please click the link above, or download the flyer (click here).
Ship wheel bullet 10-27-14Obituary: Capt. Andrew F. Rajner, Sr. - ISMA Pennant No. 10072. A member of Toledo Lodge No. 9; he passed away October 27, 2014 at the age of 89.  Capt. Rajner sailed with Oglebay-Norton Company for 30 years, retiring in 1976.
Ship wheel bullet 10-21-14Invitation to the annual Great Lakes Memorial Service - to be held at 11:00 AM on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Mariners Church of Detroit.
Ship wheel bullet 10-21-14Advertising information for 2015 Grand Lodge Convention Handbook
Ship wheel bullet 10-05-14:  Detroit Free Press article and video featuring Detroit Lodge No. 7 member Arlene Earl (aka The Flower Lady).  Lodge no. 7 members Paul Jagenow and Jack Callahan are also interviewed. 
Ship wheel bullet 09-24-14:  U.S. Rep Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has introduced H.R. 5609, the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, which would establish a nationally uniform framework for the regulation of ballast water and other vessel discharges. It is a companion bill to S. 2094, which was approved by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in July.  H.R. 5609 will replace the current regulatory system in which two federal agencies and more than two dozen states regulate vessel discharges in overlapping and sometimes contradictory ways with a uniform, federal framework.  The ISMA Navigation Legislative and Engineering Committee has contacted most Great Lakes legislators in support of this bill.
Ship wheel bullet 09-24-14:  The Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) has issued a statement in support of Canada's cabotage law, amid concerns that it may be jeopardized in the current negotiations with the European Union.  Four U.S. maritime unions have also issued a statement in support of Canada's domestic shipping industry.  (ISMA has repeatedly supported cabotage laws in both the U.S. and Canada).
Ship wheel bullet 09-24-14:  The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are seeking feedback on the 21st Century / Future of Navigation initiative. 
Ship wheel bullet Coast Guard Has Long History and Big Presence in Area - The Times Herald Article
Ship wheel bullet 09-17-14:  American Maritime Partnership: Domestic American Maritime Industry is Booming
Ship wheel bullet January 15, 2015
"Tribute to Capt. Pat Owens"
NBC-WDIV special 1989 presentation; "Risky Business, Iron Boat - Iron Men"
A one hour documentary produced of a trip aboard the Benson Ford under the command of Captain Pat Owens trip to Marquette, MI to pick up a load of taconite for the Ford Rouge Steel Plant, Dearborn, MI. Rouge River docks. Follows the Great Lakes iron ore freighter Benson Ford on a voyage from Rouge River, near Detroit, Michigan, to Marquette, Michigan and return. Includes interviews with crew members.
Ship wheel bullet The Transportation Security Administration has announced the agency's 'OneVisit' program is now available everywhere.  Under this program, Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) cards can be mailed directly to an applicant's home address or other location, rather than applicants having to return to an enrollment center to pick up the card.   For additional details, visit the TWIC website
Ship wheel bullet Article published in "Chatham This Week" on ISMA member Capt. Lilian Kluka (Click Here)
Ship wheel bullet Article published in the "Owen Sound Sun Times" on 2 million dollars towards the new MED Centre at Georgian College in Owen Sound. Note in the picture that ISMA member Jason Davenport is conning Georgian College President Mary Lynn West-Moynes with confidence and professionalism. (Click Here)
Ship wheel bullet Lake Carriers' Association: Lakes Water Levels Coming Back, But Not Full Loads
Ship wheel bullet Great Lakes Maritime Task Force:  Lakes Legislators Play Key Role in Boost to Corps Funding
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A media release for The Community Waterfront Heritage Centre. ISMA lodge 15 has been friends with the center since our charter year, when initial ISMA meetings were held there. Over the past 20 years we have supported and raised money for the Museum, with freighter raffles, and other fund-raisers. If the opportunity arises, please come down to visit.  The Museum is in the same place, at the former CN Train Station down at Owen sound Harbour.

Seann O'Donoughue

The Community Waterfront Heritage Centre (CWHC) now operates the Community Museum celebrating Owen Sound's marine, rail and industrial heritage located in the former CN train station in Owen Sound. In response to an enthusiastic outpouring from residents of Owen Sound who didn't want to see the Museum closed, the CWHC was formed last year and has worked diligently to bring this important institution back to life.
The first CWHC Annual General Meeting took place Monday, June 23 at 7:00 pm in the North Atlantic Room at the Owen Sound Legion, 1450 2nd Avenue West. The public was  invited to attend this event at which members  elected the Board of Directors. There was also  a short presentation on the activities of the CWHC.
In addition, individual ($15), family ($25) and corporate ($50) memberships were available and opportunities for volunteers were outlined.
The Museum will open for the summer season on Saturday June 28 at 10:30 am with a ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by Owen Sound's oldest former rail employee Ted Tizzard (now 103).
The Museum archivist, summer staff and board members will be on hand to tour visitors through the facility.
As well, there will be a tall ship [the LIANNA'S RANSOM] and outside train displays.
Featuring artifacts, scale models and archival photographs, the Museum will be open daily for the summer from 10 am – 5 pm (10 - 4 on Sundays).
Current displays include salvaged goods from the SS Regina a ship that sank in southern Lake Huron 100 years ago, as well asseveral ship and train models.
The building is wheelchair accessible and air-conditioned with free parking beside the harbour walkway. Admission is by donation.
Located at 1155 1st Avenue West, the Museum remains an important part of Owen Sound's heritage.

For more information contact: Richard Thomas, CWHC Board President 519-376-5805

Ship wheel bullet Coalition calls on Senate Committee to consider Vessel Discharge Legislation.
S.2094 would create a uniform, science-based national framework for the regulation of ballast water and other vessel discharges.
Ship wheel bullet Obama signs Great Lakes legislation | Rochester Business Journal New York business news and information
Ship wheel bullet The National Maritime Center has advised mariners to submit applications for renewals at least 90 days prior to credential expiration.  Click Here for the complete announcement.
Ship wheel bullet The US Coast Guard is proposing to establish a special load line-exempted route along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan between Calumet Harbor and Muskegon.  Comments should be submitted by August 25.  The ISMA Navigation Committee has not taken a position on this issue.
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Ship wheel bullet Eleven Great Lakes senators press Army Corps of Engineers on evaluation of Soo Locks replacement project
Ship wheel bullet Lodge 19 member, Captain Robert Massey passed away suddenly on May 13, 2014. Please select the following for a letter from Candice Massey on her father. (Click Here)
Obituary from The Alpena News (Click Here)
Ship wheel bullet Article from the Owen Sound Sun Times featuring Captain Bruce Shepperd, his contribution to the museum and his outstanding ship models. (Click Here)
Ship wheel bullet The White House has released a video in which Vice President Biden discusses why investment in American ports is important to the US economy. 
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Ship wheel bullet Great Lakes Shipping Industry Urges Swift Passage Of Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA)
Ship wheel bullet Obituary: Robert B. Hull - ISMA Pennant No. 10597.  Passed away unexpectedly on May 2, 2014.  Capt. Hull was a 1976 graduate of Georgian College, and worked as a pilot with the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority-District 3.  Capt. Hull and his wife Julianne were regular attendees of recent ISMA conventions, and strong supporters of the ISMA.  At the 2014 convention in Sault Ste. Marie, Capt. Hull was appointed Grand Lodge Chaplain.  He was a member of Georgian Bay-Huronia Lodge No. 15, where he currently held the office of secretary-treasurer. Funeral Details
Ship wheel bullet The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are co-sponsoring Future of Navigation – 21st Century Waterways public listening sessions. The listening sessions, which will be held in several locations across the country, are designed to provide a venue for open communications between various Federal agencies and U.S. Marine Transportation System (MTS) stakeholders to discuss the joint federal agency initiative to use modern technology to support a safer, more efficient, more secure, and environmentally sound MTS. These listening sessions will provide MTS users and stakeholders an opportunity, beyond traditional venues, to express their emerging needs for navigational information and service delivery systems necessary to improve safety and efficiency of transits on the Nation’s waterways.

A listening session is scheduled to be held on Thursday June 12, 2014 at 5:00PM at The DoubleTree Hotel in Port Huron. The intended outcome of this and other listening sessions is the development of a portfolio supported by multiple federal agencies that will provide coordinated and timely delivery of navigational information and services to promote safety and efficiency on the MTS.

For further information, contact Mr. Doug Sharp (216) 902-6070 or william.d.sharp@uscg.mil
Ship wheel bullet Long-time lodge member and Dearborn Heights resident Elmer Dunn passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014.  Born two weeks after the S/S Titanic sank, Elmer was just ten days shy of his 102nd birthday.  

His career on the Great Lakes spanned 6 decades, and was spent mostly aboard vessels of the Ford Motor Company fleet.

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 21, 2014 from 2- 9 p.m. (Rosary at 7:00 p.m) at the Dearborn Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23701 Ford Road. (313-278-5100).

Funeral Service will be on Tuesday, April 22.  In state at 10:30 AM until time of Mass at 11:00 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 8679 Riverview Street, in Dearborn Heights. 

A memorial page with additional details and pictures has been started on the lodge website.

Ship wheel bullet On Saturday, April 12th, federal MPs and other politicians joined Chamber executives at Georgian College's Owen Sound, Ontario campus where Georgian faculty, staff and directors gave a tour of Georgian's International Marine Training and Research Centre. (Click Here)
Ship wheel bullet Georgian College marine students form league of their own. (Click Here)
Ship wheel bullet Tax day brought another opportunity for ISMA Lodge 19 to greet the first ship of the season to Lafarge Presque Isle Quarry.  With strong winds and blinding snows, Captain Ruch contemplated making the dock until better weather permitted, but he did maneuver the vessel dockside and members of the media, Lafarge representatives and a few Lodge 19 members were invited onboard for an interview and to present ceremonial gifts in the wheelhouse then had lunch in the galley.
Lodge 19 members present were Paul LaBrecque, Ted Rayha, and Lodge 19 President Lee Barnhill.  For the full story , see the article from The Alpena News. (Click Here)
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LNG Bunkering Will Develop Fast, Finds LR Study. For article, click here.

Ship wheel bullet Lodge 19 Annual Spring Dinner. This year we once again had our dinner at the Courtyard Restaurant in Alpena on April 8th.  Members who attended were Max Lund and his wife Carol, Wally Watkins, new member Russ Franzen, Pat Labadie, Ted Rayha and his friend Shirley, new member Bob Fornier, and Lee Barnhill and friend.
 
Ship wheel bullet The rains forecasted for the day held off enough for a few of Lodge 19 members to get a photo opportunity in front of our newly installed sign at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary interpretive trail as well as inside the building for our annual donation that allows bussing of students from all around Northern Michigan to visit the Maritime Heritage Center.
Please read the attached article for the full story. Shipmaster members present were Max Lund, who personally donated $ 200.00 to the cause, Ted Rayha, Pat Labadie, Wally Watkins, and Lee Barnhill.  Accepting the checks was Superintendent of the TBNMS, Jeff Gray. For the article, click here.
 
Ship wheel bullet Well even though the winter was a very long and tough one, spring is upon us and the SS Alpena plowed her way into Alpena Friday.  I organized a "Greet the Ship" with quite a few people representing Alpena.  It took a lot of phone calls and watching the progress the ship was making, but we finally were able to meet the Captain at 1100 on Friday.  It took Dave Malcolm with he Manitou from Thursday at 1030 to 2200, then Friday from 0700 to 1000 to get the ship to the dock.  Heavy ice but apparently the silos around the lakes are empty and they need to get product to market.
So Frank, could you please post the Alpena News article on Lodge 19 website please?  And Christine, I've attached you so you could put a condensed version of the article in the newsletter.  I've also attached a couple pictures from my camera.  Lodge 19 members that were present were Pat Labadie, Ted Rayha, Max Lund, Past Grand President Jim Daleski, and myself.  Any questions, please contact me anytime.
 
http://www.thealpenanews.com/page/content.detail/id/528972/Open-for-business.html?nav=5004
Ship wheel bullet The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a Great Lakes Navigation Stakeholder meeting at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Detroit Metro AirportRSVP is requested by April 3Click here for additional details.
Ship wheel bullet The USCG Captain of the Port in Buffalo is seeking individuals interested in serving on the Eastern Great Lakes Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC).  Requests for membership should be received by April 21See the full notice here
Ship wheel bullet National Maritime Center to begin issuing automatically post-dated mariner credentials.
Ship wheel bullet National Maritime Center changes merchant mariner appeal process.
Ship wheel bullet Video: Memorial ceremony held for Past Grand President Dean Hobbs.
Ship wheel bullet The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, of which ISMA is a member, has issued its annual report for 2013.
Ship wheel bullet The USCG has revised its list of buoys & lighthouses they propose to discontinue.  Additions to the list include 4 buoys in Cleveland Harbor, and 4 buoys in Conners Creek area of the Detroit River.  Due to opposition from the maritime community, Rock of Ages light has been removed from the list.  Although the Rock of Ages lighthouse structure has been transferred to the National Park Service, the Coast Guard will continue to operate the Federal aid to navigation.
Ship wheel bullet Scholarship award winners Taylor Boakes and Jason Davenport, winners of the 2014 ISMA Grand Lodge Scholarship award with Scholarship Chairman, Capt. Seann O'Donoughue.
Ship wheel bullet The U.S. Coast Guard has presented Capt. Norman Raymond of Detroit Lodge No. 7 with the Captain David P. Dobbins Award for his role in rescuing two persons from the Detroit River on August 11, 2013.  Click Here for the news article. 
Ship wheel bullet A bipartisan group of Great Lakes senators has written to {PDF} Army Corps of Engineers leaders, urging them to direct additional funding for harbor maintenance projects on the Great Lakes.
Ship wheel bullet NOAA has announced that PDF versions of their nautical charts will become a permanent product, free to the public.
   NOAA Press Release
Ship wheel bullet The Navigation, Engineering and Legislative Committee is asking all U.S. ISMA members to contact their Senators & Representative and voice support of assigning more capable helicopters to the two USCG Air Stations on the Great Lakes.     Sample Letter     
To find the names and addresses of your representatives, Click Here.
Ship wheel bullet  Coalition asks for USCG rule change to allow river barge traffic in Port of Muskegon. (click here)
Ship wheel bullet Meeting in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan for its annual convention, the ISMA Grand Lodge approved a proposal advocating the construction and use of portable gangways at the Soo Locks.
Ship wheel bullet Notice of proposed revisions to Seaway Practices and Procedures to be effective on March 31, 2014.   Comments must be received by March 10, 2014.
Ship wheel bullet Lodge No. 3 has announced plans for ISMA Chicago Marine Industry Day, which will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2014 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Alsip, IL.  Marine Industry Day will bring several Federal, State and Municipal agencies together to ask questions and voice concerns in an all-day forum and discussion.
Ship wheel bullet The USCG has approved or proposed plans to discontinue 44 buoys and 2 lighthouses on the Great Lakes. The ISMA Navigation Engineering and Legislative Committee is actively examining the list and will be objecting to several of the proposed changes. 
Ship wheel bullet Meeting in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan for its annual convention, the ISMA Grand Lodge unanimously approved a proposal to advocate for the assignment of longer-range Jayhawk helicopters to the USCG air stations on the Great Lakes.  More information on this will be posted soon.
Ship wheel bullet ISMA Grand President Letter to the Joyce L. Vanenkevort. (click here)
Ship wheel bullet Capt. Dean Hobbs Memorial Service Scheduled:
From Brenda Hobbs – “The maritime memorial service date and time has been confirmed for Saturday, March 8 at 11 a.m. in the Atrium of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy.   I am not planning this so unsure format and number of attendees etc. Once the "lists" have been taken care of the girls will place something simple on Dean's facebook page.”
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Past Grand President Dean Hobbs, secretary of Grand Traverse Lodge 23, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday evening, November 21, after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey.  Captain Hobbs, who served as Grand Lodge President in 1999, was well known around the Great Lakes and served as the senior captain aboard the carferry Badger

The family of Captain Hobbs, which includes his wife Brenda, shared this statement Friday:
 
We are deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of our dear husband and dad, Captain Dean Hobbs. He died on Thursday evening, November 21, while enjoying a game of hockey, one of his favorite pastimes.
 
He knew the Great Lakes inside and out and took great pride in his job as a captain on the SS Badger and every ship he helmed. He was an exceptional friend, sailor, father and husband. … The lakes and our lives will not be the same without him and we will miss him forever.
 
Captain Hobbs was a 1976 graduate of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy and also held a bachelor’s degree from the Maine Maritime Academy. 
 
Besides his position on board the Badger, he was trial master for Marinette Marine Corporation, and assisted in the sea trails and delivery of many of its new vessels, including nearly 24 new U.S. Coast Guard cutters and several U.S. Navy Littoral combat ships.
 
He owned the sea trial and vessel delivery company, ABCD Marine LLC. One of his most recent projects was the delivery of the new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) fishery research vessel Reuben Lasker.
 
Early in his Great Lakes career, he sailed with and was in fleet operations for the Inland Steel and American Oil Co. (AMOCO) fleets. Captain Hobbs started working for Lake Michigan Carferry, the Badger’s owner, in 1995. He served as relief master of the tug Ken Boothe Sr. for the early part of the 2012 shipping season.
 
A statement Friday evening from Lake Michigan Carferry reads as follows: “Captain Hobbs was our Senior Captain for 17 years and took great pride in providing a safe and memorable experience for the passengers and crew aboard the S.S. Badger. His maritime knowledge, commanding presence and commitment to Lake Michigan Carferry Service will be profoundly missed.”
 
A funeral will be held sometime next week for close friends and family, and arrangements will be made for a larger maritime memorial service at the beginning of 2014, according to the family.
Ship wheel bullet Goderich,Ontario 2013 Maritime Job Fair
Our ISMA table was very busy with students asking about scholarship funds. I made previous arrangements to always have an instructor with me from The Great Lakes International Marine Training Center, Georgian College in Owen Sound, Ontario.
Algoma Marine and Canada Steamship Company did a great job getting just over 2k students thru in two days!! This was the best one I've worked.
Frank
Ship wheel bullet Captain Patrick F. Owens passed away November 12, 2013. To view his obituary, click here.
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GREAT LAKES MEMORIAL SERVICE
 
At 11:00 AM on Sunday, November 10, 2013, Mariners' Church of Detroit will hold its annual Great Lakes Memorial Service - Honoring all of the Sailors who have served on the Great Lakes and have departed this Earthly Life; and the Grateful Remembrance of all Military Personnel who have sacrificed their lives to gain and maintain our freedoms. 
 
Everyone is invited.
 
Members of the International Shipmasters' Association, U.S. Merchant Marine, United States Coast Guard, United States Navy, United States Army, Corps of Engineers, Canadian Armed Forces, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and other Great Lakes-related personnel are invited to be part of the uniformed Honor Guard.   
 
Free Parking is in the Ford Auditorium Underground Garage.   The entrance to the garage is in the median strip of Jefferson Avenue at Woodward Avenue.    Parking passes, available at the Church, are to be given to the attendant as you leave. 
 
The most convenient pedestrian exit from the garage is the southeast door leading directly to the entrance on the tunnel side of the Church. 
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Dear members,
 
    I have received news this evening that Brother Pat Owens is not doing well. Pat has spent the last several years in a nursing home in Algonac, MI but apparently, he will be moved to hospice as soon as possible due to his failing health. I’m sure I speak for all members in wishing the best for Pat while keeping him in our prayers. I will keep you updated as I receive updates.
 
Fraternally,
 
John Philbin
Ship wheel bullet NOAA Announces End of Traditional Paper Nautical Charts (click here)
Ship wheel bullet 2014 ISMA Grand Lodge Information Packet (click here)
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Lodge No. 7 has received word that Past Grand President Capt. Bill Hoey passed away on Saturday evening, September 28, 2013.
Captain Hoey had been a member of Detroit Lodge No. 7 for nearly 50 years.  He was a strong supporter of the ISMA, and served as Grand Lodge President in 1983. Capt. Hoey was owner and operator of Diamond Jack's River Tours and the Gaelic Tugboat Company.
 
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Captain William G Barnhardt:

Port Huron Lodge # 2 International Ship Masters Association will miss you very much Capt. Bill. We have selected several of our many memories of quality time we enjoyed over the years with you Captain. Rest In Peace, now that you have crossed the bar into Eternal Rest and Peace. Slide Presentation (click here)

Obituary (click here)

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LODGE 19 NEWS:

Lodge 19 contributed $750 at its May 21 meeting for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, to pay for school buses for school children calling at the Sanctuary's Visitors Center in Alpena as well as the nearby Besser Museum.  Sanctuary staffers reported that more than four hundred students visited the Sanctuary as a result of the Lodge's 2012 donation.

For the past two years Lodge 19 members have demonstrated strong support for preservation and exhibition of the steamer J.B. FORD in Alpena.  The bulk carrier was built at Lorain in 1903 for the old Hawgood fleet, bearing the name EDWIN F. HOLMES.  She joined the Pittsburgh fleet in 1916 as the E.C. COLLINS.  From 1956 until the present time she has served the Huron Cement and LaFarge companies as the self-unloading cement carrier J.B. FORD, in honor of Huron Cement's founder.  The non-profit Great Lakes Steamship Society is seeking to establish offices in Alpena and to obtain the old ship from the LaFarge Corporation.

Member Russell C. Marshall Jr. of Alpena passed away on July 6 after a long fight with cancer.  Russ served in the Army during the Vietnam War and was a long-time member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Alpena.  He is survived by his wife Nancy, five children, six grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Ship wheel bullet Lakes Welcome Betty Sutton as Seaway Administrator ( click here )
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USCG – termination of 2182 kHz watchkeeping
The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that, effective 1 August, it will no longer maintain a watch on 2182 kHz, will no longer guard the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) channel 2187.5 kHz, and will no longer transmit Marine Information Broadcasts on 2670 kHz. The minimal use of these channels by mariners for distress and safety coupled with antenna site deterioration, costly upkeep, and extensive maintenance required to support the medium frequency (MF) system have led to a Coast Guard decision to terminate the MF services and direct the public mariner to use more modern safety and distress services which can be more reliably received by the Coast Guard. 78 Fed. Reg. 42102 (July 15, 2013). The ending of an era – sad. Curiously, SOLAS still requires covered ships maintain listening watches on 2182 and 2187.5 kHz.
Ship wheel bullet Army Corps of Engineers Tug Sinks in Upper St. Marys River ( click here )
Ship wheel bullet Kudo's, Congrats and Best Wishes Tom McMullen. In my years working with you, got to know your family and friends. Wishing you safe passage, sunny skies, smooth waters and prevailing winds into your future. Tom was a previous Imternational Shipmasters Grand Lodge President. 3 Long and 1 Short to you, ISMA Official Salute to you ...and the family.
Retirement is next port of call for Cort’s Capt. Tom McMullen

7/2 - When the 1,000-footer Stewart J. Cort locked upbound on Monday evening at the Soo it was her last trip with Capt. Tom McMullen in the pilothouse. McMullen will officially begin his retirement when the boat pulls into Superior, Wis., sometime Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

McMullen, a lifelong mariner, is past grand president (2011) of the International Shipmasters Association and has been a member of the Detroit Lodge No. 7 for more than 30 years. Being on the water is a natural for McMullen because it is what he has always done. He worked for Ford Motor Co. prior to joining Interlake Steamship Co., and served as a first, second and third mate before becoming a master.

McMullen grew up in the Florida Keys, boating, snorkeling, scuba diving and playing golf. He served in the U.S. Navy on ballistic missile and fast-attack submarines in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He estimates that to date he has spent more of his life on the water than on land. He and his wife Susan reside in Livonia, Michigan. They have two adult sons.

With McMullen’s retirement, Greg Sipper, former skipper of the Kaye E. Barker, will take command of the Cort. Erik Sawyer is the new captain of the Barker.
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Tonight, this very Friday June 21st night, the S.S. ST. MARY"S
CHALLENGER will arrive at the Port of Milwaukee with our very own
Green Bay Lodge #18 brother Mate Raymond F. Groh stepping ashore at
last. Brothers and Sisters of the Green Bay Lodge #18 join together in
saluting you Rocky for a very splendid run on the Lakes and wishing
you a a speedy and safe trip home to a happy retirement. See you in
Sheboygan!

We salute you Rocky!

Well Done!

Three Long, One Short!

On behalf the members of the Green Bay Lodge #18
Ship wheel bullet A Notice to Mariners: "Please Help Support and Preserve Our Maritime Heritage, S.S.J.B.Ford" (click here)
Ship wheel bullet Captain Harry Axel Anderson, 103, a retired Great Lakes Master for the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company and a well known docent at the William G. Mather Museum Ship, passed away on May 22, 2013. For more information, (click here)
  We regret to announce the passing of Dale Baechler, dedicated volunteer firefighter and employee of the Goderich Elevators.
For more information, (click here)
Ship wheel bullet A Remembrance: The Great Lakes Storm of 1913. All ISMA members are invited.
Schedule Brochure (click here)
Short Brochure (click here)
Port of Goderich and Lake Huron Shores Honour the Lost (click here)
Letter to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (click here)
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To: Members of Detroit Lodge No. 7
 
I am deeply saddened to report the passing of lodge member Bernie Ogden, who died shortly after an accidental fall on the evening of Wednesday, April 24, 2013.  Born in Port Huron on September 3, 1925, Bernie was 87 years old.
 
Bernie became a member of Detroit Lodge No. 7 on February 1, 1993 and has served as our lodge Sentinel since 1994.  Bernie truly loved the camaraderie of his fellow ISMA members, and rarely missed a membership meeting.   
 
After graduating from high school, Bernie sailed briefly in an unlicensed capacity for the U.S. Steel (Pittsburgh) Fleet.  His sailing days were short-lived, however, as he was drafted to serve in the U.S. Navy during WWII, where he was a signalman in the Pacific theater.  Following the war, Bernie attended the University of Detroit, where he earned a degree in economics and accounting.  Following college, he began a career with the Cadillac Motor Car division of General Motors, where he worked as an auditor.  
 
Bernie is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret, and three children: Karen (Richard) Dixon, Michael (Renee) and Steven (Jill).  
 
In addition to ISMA, Bernie was also a 25-year member of the Marine Historical Society of Detroit, Dossin Marine Group, and the Cadillac & LaSalle Club. 
 
Visitation will take place on Friday, April 26 from 4-8 PM at the Fred Wood Funeral Home - Rice Chapel; 36100 Five Mile Road (East of Levan) in Livonia. 
 
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 27, at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church; 27475 Five Mile Road (just West of Inkster Road) in Livonia.  Gathering at 2:00 PM; Service at 3:00 PM.  
 
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions be directed to Dossin Great Lakes Museum, St. Paul's Presbyterian Church and Cadillac & LaSalle Club.
 
Condolences may be sent to Margaret at 15651 Ellen Drive; Livonia, MI 48154-2321.
 
Fraternally,
 
Paul M. Jagenow
Secretary-Treasurer
 

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Ship wheel bullet Paul R Tregurtha, first boat to open the Soo Locks upbound for the 2013 Shipping Season.