Tugs from Selvik Marine Towing were positioning the ore carrier Arthur M Anderson on the evening of Jan 28th, getting her ready to be berthed early the next morning.
She sat frozen in the ice overnight.
The Anderson was built in 1952 at American Ship Building Company, Lorain, OH to a length of 647'. She was lengthen to 767' at Frasier Shipyards in Superior, WI in the spring of 1975.
On November 10, 1975 she was accompanying the Edmond Fitzgerald on Lake Superior in 30’ following seas, when the Fitzgerald went down and was lost.
Every Boatnerd knows the Anderson as the last ship to communicate with the Fitzgerald on that fateful night.
In 2001 while in the Green Bay, WI turning basin…despite the assistance of the Great Lakes Marine Towing Tug Texas in fighting a strong East wind, the Anderson’s bow blew into a sheet pile bulkhead along the Fox River…no damage to the Anderson, but some $75,000 to the bulkhead.
Registered in Delaware, but stationed in Green Bay, WI
Rivets on a Texas bow ringed with weld to keep them tight
The Tug Texas in Green Bay, WI
The Anderson winters here in Sturgeon Bay most every year. She is still running on her 7,700 s.h.p. steam turbine, so when winter comes she makes for good photos as the steam wafts around in the cold air.
I watch her every winter and listen to the steam hiss from her and other steamers while they sit at Bay Ship waiting for spring.