freighter runs aground

Vessel grounded in St. Marys River freed

Aug 14, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The cargo vessel Calumet, a 629-foot ship that ran aground on the north side of Sugar Island Wednesday, was re-floated Friday, at approximately 8:50 PM, after the Coast Guard approved a salvage plan submitted by the vessel’s owner.  

The St. Marys River, which had been closed to commercial vessel traffic from the Soo Locks to Six Mile Point following the grounding, was reopened at 9:30 p.m. Friday after the Army Corp of Engineers surveyed the bottom of the river in the vicinity of the grounding and found that no debris was obstructing the channel.

U.S. Coast Guard

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   A freighter has run aground in the St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie.

The Coast Guard reports the 629-foot Calumet ran aground on the northern side of Sugar Island Wednesday around 11:40 p.m. It wasn’t carrying any cargo. 

The freighter was coming from Essar Steel in the Soo, Ontario and was headed to Brevort, Michigan when it became stuck.

Officials say no injuries are reported and no pollution has been detected.

Coast Guard continues to investigate grounded freighter

Apr 28, 2015

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Coast Guard investigators say a freighter was outside of marked shipping lanes in the St. Marys River last week when it struck a shoal and became stuck in the water. reports the Coast Guard is still trying to determine why the 603-foot shipping vessel was outside the lanes when it grounded early Wednesday in Potagannissing Bay about four miles east of De Tour Village.

The boat spent several days stuck on a shoal before offloading about 2,000 of its 17,000 tons of stone cargo onto a barge.

Paul R. Tregurtha hits bottom in Duluth

Sep 22, 2014
Jeremy O'Connor /

DULUTH, MN (AP)--   The largest freighter on the Great Lakes was stuck for about three hours after it ran aground in Duluth.

The 1,000-foot Paul R. Tregurtha got stuck near shore shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday. Two tug boats helped free the ship at about 7 p.m.

A spokesperson for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority says the Tregurtha is an Interlake Steamship laker. says it's the largest freighter on the Great Lakes and was in for a load at Midwest Energy in Superior, Wisconsin.

Update: Freighter hits mud near Mackinac Island

Sep 5, 2014
Garrett Ellison /

Update from the Associated Press: Mackinac Island fire officials say a freighter carrying iron ore that ran aground near the island has been freed.