The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

January 8, 2013

Winter in Ashtabula?

Jefferson man thinks docks just the right medicine for local economy

(Continued)

ASHTABULA —

Great Lakes Engineering built four ore carriers during World War II, but its business declined steadily after the war as vessels got longer and their maintenance work required more spacious and specialized facilities. The former shipyard was sold in the 1960s and now hosts a recreational marina.

Further, every five years, U.S.-flagged vessel owners are required to put their vessel into dry dock. U.S. Coast Guard inspectors scour the hull for any signs of unusual wear; if any is found, the steel is replaced. Ashtabula does not have those kind of facilities for that work, which involves pumping the water out of the slip while the vessel settles on huge concrete blocks positioned at key locations.

The human factor plays a role in where this work goes, as well.

Ashtabula was once was home to many Great Lakes captains and engineers, and Beagle said their residency would sway the decision to winter a vessel in Ashtabula. The men could conveniently walk to their freighter and oversee the progress while still enjoying the comforts of home and family in the evening. To his knowledge, however, no Great Lakes captains reside in the city.

Craine said he’s very interested in working with the city and county officials to bring this industry to the harbor. All he needs is the dock space a little enthusiasm for the concept.

“I have everything I need to do the work; I just need to lease dock space,” he said.

A list of vessels and the ports where they are spending winter lay-up is available online at www.boatnerd.com/layup/layup12-13.htm.

Text Only
Local News
Ashtabula County Alive
July 4 Celebrations 2014
Summer off to Big Start
Ashtabula County Flag Day 2014
Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby 2014
Tour de State Line and Boating Season
Ashtabula County Memorial Day 2014
Sam Magill Sr. Memorial
Armed Forces Echo Taps 2014
Lakeside Loop Color Run
Keeping Ashtabula County Clean and Healthy
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show'