HHL Amazon arrived Duluth to load grain.

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The HHL Amazon was built as the Beluga Fairy in 2009. She came here with that name on September 12, 2010 to load grain. She was sold, renamed to HHL Amazon, repainted and arrived here on June 21, 2012 with wind turbine nacelles she loaded in Spain that were later sent to Montana by truck. She came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge today (above, August 27, 2016) to load grain.

3 Tall Ships leave Duluth for the next port on August 22, 2016

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Above, the Pride of Baltimore departs under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. Below, the Denis Sullivan is about to exit the ship canal; behind her, the US Brig Niagara is just out from under the Lift Bridge.
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Bayfield’s Abbey Road

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The answer to the first question is Yes. And the famous name came with the ship when she was donated to a Bayfield group in April, 2014. The group became Lake Superior Tall Ships, a non profit whose mission is  ”To teach youth seamanship, personal responsibility, teamwork and self esteem, while building skills in leadership and citizenship.”
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abbeyroadpridemolly2016-0821-7963The Abbey Road sat behind the Pride of Baltimore. When the Pride was ready to take another group of visitors out for a ride, they found help handling lines from the Sea Scouts on the Abbey Road. That’s Molly Ringberg (above, and at right in enlarged view) from the Abbey Road helping the Pride with their lines.
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That’s Molly above with her father Captain Gordon Ringberg, the president of Lake Superior Tall Ships. The Captain also answers to the title of Mayor of Bayfield.
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Below deck, other Scouts were working on charting their next trip which will start about noon on Monday when they line up with their larger sisters to begin the next leg in their race. The Abbey Road is really in a group of one; they are usually the exception. The crews on the other ships are probably not teenagers still in school. And the Abbey Road is not really in the race; they will cut away from the race when they pass Outer Island, one of the Apostle Islands, and head for their home port of Bayfield.
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Above, all hands on the chart. Below, that’s Amie Roberson helping them  with a technical detail. Everybody has a title; hers is  1st Mate of Programming for Sea Scouts.
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Below, the Abbey Road came into Duluth with the Parade of Sail on Thursday, August 18, 2016
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You can find out more about Abbey Road from their website at: http://www.lakesuperiortallships.org/ . They take guests out for a sailing trip on Wednesday evenings but call ahead to make sure there is still space available –
Lake Superior Tall Ships, Inc.
Pike’s Bay Marina, Slip 202
Bayfield, WI 54814lsts.sail@gmail.com

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Meeting in Duluth harbor

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The Paul R. Tregurtha and the tall ship Pride of Baltimore met in the Duluth harbor this morning around 10. The Tregurtha was leaving with another cargo of coal for Detroit Edison, the Pride was out for another ride for some lucky passengers. Both endured more gloom and even a little drizzle.
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Tall Ships 2016 Day 2

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Still an overcast day (August 19, 2016) but no rain so far. The lines are long; above, waiting to board the El Galeon Andalucia. Below, the Abbey Road entertains the crowd in front of the DECC.
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Above and below, When and If takes folks for a nice ride around the harbor, passing by the back end of the Duck, who has been at Bayfront Park most of the day.
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Below, on Thursday, the Duck stays close to it’s good friend the tug Helen H. while she watches the tall ships arrive under the Lift Bridge.
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Above looking through the masts of El Galeon Andalucia. Below, When and If is out for a ride, passing the Duck, now at Bayfront Park. Behind them is the new resort in town, Pier B.
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Above, the Denis Sullivan takes a bunch for a ride while below the Mist of Avalon hosts visitors from her berth at the DECC. Bottom, the Zeeto gives visitors another chance to check out a tall ship.
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Tall Ships Duluth is here

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When and If (above) led the Parade of Sail that started right on time at 1 pm, August 18, 2016. Pride of Baltimore (just below) followed right behind her. The Denis Sullivan was the last of the first three to come under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. The bridge then came down to clear traffic, before lifting again for the 2nd group of 3 tall ships.
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Below, the second set of 3 ships arrive under the Bridge
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Above, the Mist of Avalon enters the Duluth harbor; then came Abbey Road and after her, Appledore.
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Below, the third set of 3 tall ships arrives.
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Above, the US Brig Niagara arrives, followed by the Zeeto (below) and the El Galeon Andalucia brings up the rear.
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Tall Ships Abbey Road and Zeeto arrive Wednesday evening

I hope to live stream the arrival of the Tall Ships to Facebook, starting around 1 pm on Thursday. I will be doing it from my IPhone. You need to be a Friend of mine (click the Follow me button at right) and be sure to turn on your live video flag in notifications.
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Above, the American Mariner arrived Duluth at 5:30 Wednesday afternoon to load iron ore pellets at the CN. She was followed closely by the Tall Ship Abbey Road. Earlier (below), Zeeto arrived. When and If is here also but I missed her arrival.
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Mist of Avalon, an early arrival to Tall Ships Duluth

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The tall ship Mist of Avalon arrived Duluth this morning (August 16, 2016) and is now docked at the DECC, very close to where she will be when Tall Ships Duluth begins on Thursday. She was built as a fishing vessel in Nova Scotia in 1967. After 20 years chasing cod off the Banks of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and as the cod were diminishing in number and the ship itself was showing wear and tear, she was docked in Halifax in 1987 for an unknown future. In 1992, that future became clear when Captain George Mainguy began the job of converting her from a North Atlantic motor vessel to a Grand Banks schooner. In 1997, she went back to work as the Mist of Avalon. Since then she has done what she is doing in Duluth this week, appearing at Maritime festivals. She has appeared in films, and stands ready for more. She also provides training in navigation by sail and in education using her rich history within the real live classroom.
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Self unloader self unloading in Marquette, Michigan

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Thanks to Rod Burdick for this picture he took of the American Century on August 12, 2016. She had loaded coal here at Midwest Energy and took it over to Marquette. His caption:  American Century unloading western coal from Superior, into the Upper Harbor hopper, Marquette, Michigan (August 12, 2016) – visit was first since her only other in January 2007.

Me again: Here we usually see the self unloader sitting on the deck or moved to the side while coal is dropped into the cargo holds. In the picture above, the self unloader is doing what it was built to do; discharge cargo.

Taagborg arrives Duluth – first trip to Twin Ports

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The Dutch flagged Taagborg arrived Duluth around 10:30 Sunday morning on August 14, 2016. Built in 2013, this is her first trip here. After coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, she turned up the Duluth harbor (above) on her way over to HS2 in Superior to load grain.
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Canadian Coast Guard Limnos arrives Duluth

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Crew member illness brings Limnos to Duluth

2016-0809-7479smBecause of a crew member illness, the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Limnos arrived last night so he could be taken to the hospital. This is, I think, her first visit here at least in a long while (she was built in 1968). I stopped by to see what they were doing this summer. I excepted to talk to them about their ice breaking in the winter since that is what I thought all Great Lakes Coast Guard vessels do. And I was wrong. The Limnos is a research vessel that carries scientists to a wide variety of Great Lakes locations. They work, primarily, on water quality issues. Jocelyn Whalen is a student at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. She is spending the summer working with the technical operations department on the vessel. They operate the scientific equipment the scientists use for water quality testing. She answered all my questions quite nicely. Then ‘more important’ visitors arrived. They must have had better questions but Jocelyn, and some other crew members behind her, had all the answers for them.
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MarBacan comes into Duluth harbor

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The MarBacan arrived Duluth after a short time at the anchorage on Sunday evening, August 7, 2016. She will begin loading grain at the Riverland Ag dock on Monday morning. She was in Gibraltar on April 17 of this year. From there, she sailed to Houston, Texas, then to Lebanon and Turkey before turning back to sail to the Great Lakes and eventually, today, to Duluth.
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She is owned by MarConsult Schiffahrt  in Hamburg,  Germany. Beside this ship, they own 3 other bulk carriers: MarCarolina, MarColorado and MarBioko, along with 7 container vessels and 11 Multi-purpose vessels. Below, she gets an assist from the tug  Arkansas after going under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.
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Happy Sunday in Duluth

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While the MarBacan hides behind the South Pier Light, waiting to come in to load grain at Riverside Ag, the CSL Assiniboine was waiting beyond her for the Stewart J. Cort to complete loading iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock. Meanwhile back at the Duluth piers,  visitors were waiting for the Paul R. Tregurtha to make the turn to the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, on her way out with 68,000 tons of coal to deliver to the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison. All this about 3 pm on August 7, 2016 on a beautiful Duluth summer day.

Past visits of tall ships to Duluth

Click here for 1st of 12 pages for tall ships on Duluth Shipping News. Keep hitting next ship to see them all.

Alpena in with cement

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US Steel built the Leon Fraser in 1942 to carry iron ore to its steel mills on the lower lakes. In 1991, Inland Lakes Management bought her, took 120 feet off her at Fraser Shipyard, and launched her as the Alpena,  now a Great Lakes carrier transporting cement. She arrived at 4:10 in the afternoon of July 28, 2016, greeted by a big crowd at the Duluth ship canal. This is only her 3rd trip here this season.

Brand new Federal Churchill arrives Duluth

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The brand new Federal Churchill arrived Duluth on Wednesday afternoon, July 18, 2016. She will load wheat at Riverland Ag in Duluth and then leave for Algeria to discharge the cargo. She got an assist from the tug Arkansas as she came under the Lift Bridge.
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Stade makes first visit to Duluth

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After waiting at anchor off the Duluth piers for the Algoma Harvester to complete loading grain at Riverland Ag in Duluth, the Stade came in after the Harvester departed early yesterday evening (Thursday, July 14, 2016). The Stade is owned by a German Company and named after the town of Stade in Germany.

3 lighthouses, 2 boats, 1 bridge, 1 omelet, 1 waffle and Holly

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Breakfast was great at Pier B this morning (Wednesday, July 13, 2016), but it was hard to concentrate on the waffles and omelet with all the boats going by. I caught the American Century coming in to load 68,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources for the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison. Half an hour earlier, Holly was out taking pictures of the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. leaving with the same amount of coal, also loaded at Midwest Energy. She was headed for Presque Isle, Michigan. I left my omelet sitting quietly beside her waffle and went out to get a picture of her taking a picture of her. (Please note all 3 lighthouses in the picture at the top.)
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Alpena here for only 2nd time this season

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Normally a frequent visitor, the Alpena arrived Duluth on Sunday, July 10, 2016 on only her 2nd trip here this season. She was here 12 times in both 2013 and 2014; she made 11 trips last year. As always, she brought cement to discharge at the Lafarge North American dock in Superior.

4 boats for the Fourth of July

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In the afternoon on July 4th, 2016,the tug Ken Boothe, Sr. pushed the barge Lakes Contender through the Duluth harbor, on her way to discharge a cargo of limestone at the Graymont dock in Superior. They loaded their cargo in Calcite, Michigan. The tug barge is owned by the American Steamship Company in Buffalo, New York. They also operate the American Mariner; after loading coal at Midwest Energy, she departed at 5:25 this afternoon.
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The US Coast Guard ice breaker Mackinaw arrived in port Sunday morning, hoping to get (I assume) a good spot to watch the fireworks tonight. Notice the sleeping bags and blankets on the ground, left by folks hoping to save their spots for the fireworks 4 hours later. There were also two ladies with blankets and a basket of food sitting on the grass with the Mackinaw directly in front of them. Perhaps they were hoping a crew member would take pity on them and bring them aboard for a better seat.  (click the link just above, to the Mackinaw page and watch her launch on April 2, 2005. And yes, I managed to stay on my feet and to hold my camera, proof of which is the video you see.
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The Sjard arrived  just before 6 pm and with an assist from the tug Kentucky, made her way over to the CHS dock in Superior where she will begin to load grain on Tuesday morning. Earlier in June, she brought a cargo of wind turbine parts that she discharged at the Port Terminal.

Kiyi here on their annual fish sampling tour of Lake Superior.

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2016-0628-7107The research vessel Kiyi, based in Ashland and operated by the U.S. Geological Survey, arrived Duluth today (above). They are on their annual offshore fish community survey of Lake Superior to sample the fish population at 55 stations around the Lake (see map below). Mark Vinson (right) is Station Chief at the Lake Superior Biological Station in Ashland, a part of the U.S. Geological Survey and told me they use a bottom trawl to collect and analyze the fish at each of the stations. They note age, length, weight, sex and maturity of each specimen and look for contents in the stomach, which provides information about eating habits, including who is eating who in the food chain. This information is shared with a wide variety of government entities in the 3 states that border Lake Superior, and Canada. One use provides important information that is used to set limits for commercial and recreational fishing. Just before arriving Duluth they stopped at their station at the mouth of the Lester River. They will depart Duluth at 7 am on Wednesday morning.
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2 Coast Guard cutters, the Cason J. Callaway and Pier B

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(The retired Coast Guard cutter Sundew sits at her current dock just to the right of the former cement silos; the Coast Guard cutter Alder is back at her dock after a quick trip out to Lake Superior this morning, top center.)

Algoma Equinox here to load grain

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The Algoma Equinox was built in China in 2013. She arrived Duluth this morning, June 23, 2016 at 4:07 to load grain at Riverland Ag. Picture above taken this morning; the two below were taken by John Zywicki, also this morning. This is her 9th trip to the Twin Ports. She usually has loaded iron ore pellets at the BNSF in Superior; she did load grain, as today, on a visit in September, 2015.
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Sjard wind turbine discharge in Duluth Minnesota

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The Sjard blew into town last night with wind turbine parts she is discharging at the Port Terminal. She is one of many BBC ships that have been coming to Duluth for many years, although she does not carry the letters BBC in her name as did her sister ship the BBC Haren, in town in late May.
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Pier B Resort, a good place to watch the boats

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Pier B Resort is open for business today (June 17, 2016), in time to welcome runners in Grandma’s Marathon. The restaurant is still a couple weeks away but what a view of the bridge, the boats, the lake and the harbor. Just walk in the front door and look straight ahead, as I did above. That’s the Arthur M. Anderson departing under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge early this afternoon. Below is a view from the indoor swimming pool at Pier B.
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