Cornelia discharging cement

The Cornelia is back in town, currently discharging cement at the CRH US dock  (formerly Holcim, and before that St. Lawrence Cement) in Duluth above.

Cornelia returns to the scene of the crime

The Cornelia, under new ownership, I am told, returned to Duluth this afternoon, Sunday, October 16, 2016. Below, she got an assist from the Heritage Marine tug Helen H.  Go here to read about the ‘crime’

Olza, the 5th of 8 sister ships to visit Duluth from Poland

The Polish operated Olza arrived Duluth yesterday (Thursday afternoon, October 15, 2016) to load wheat at Riverland Ag (formerly Cargill) in Duluth. Built in China  in 2012 by the Polish Steamship Company, she made her first of 4 visits to the Twin Ports on May 11, 2014 when she loaded grain at CHS in Superior. She was back in November the same year to load grain at the Peavey elevator in Superior. Last year, she loaded grain at CHS in November. She is one of eight sister ships built for the Company since 2011. Her 7 sisters are Regalica, Narew, Raba, Prosna, Skawa, San and Ina, 4 of which have visited Duluth Superior (check links just above). They are all 491 feet long.

Speer makes rare visit to Duluth

The Edgar B. Speer arrived through the Duluth ship canal this morning (October 10, 2016) at 11:20. She is currently at the Port Terminal taking a short delay. This is only the 3rd time this season we have seen her in Duluth, and she will likely leave here to load iron ore pellets in Two Harbors. She has been a regular visitor in Two Harbors all season, going there for iron ore pellets about 5 times a month. She takes most, if not all, of the Two Harbors pellets to steel mills in Gary, Indiana. This year she did load iron ore pellets at the BNSF Superior on June 14th and at CN Duluth on August 22nd.

The versatile Tim S. Dool

Above, the Tim S. Dool was loading wheat this morning (October 4, 2016) at Riverland Ag, formerly the Cargill elevator, in Duluth.  She carries a variety of cargos, including iron ore pellets, cement and grain. She arrived here October 1 to discharge cement at Holcim. She then went out into the Lake to wash out her cargo holds before coming back in to load the wheat at Riverland. She was here 4 times in May to load iron ore pellets at BNSF. On one of those trips she brought in cement for Holcim. In June, they came in 4 times to load iron ore pellets and again, bringing cement in once to discharge before loading the pellets. She was here twice in September to load iron ore pellets at the BNSF. Before 2015, she only made a couple trips here a year but she was here 10 times last season; this is her 15 trip this year.

L. L. Smith bids good bye to Twin Ports

The L. L. Smith, sold by the University of Wisconsin, Superior to a private party a year ago, departed today (September 29, 2016) for Washburn for the winter. For more on the Smith.
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Arnold Palmer 1929-2016

I was proud to be part of the millions of people who watched and rooted for Arnold Palmer and as in this picture, lined up to get his autograph. I had to fight Sid Hartmann for his attention, which was not easy but I got the autograph. This was in the early 80’s, I think at the Senior Open at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minneapolis. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Arnie grew up and lived until this past weekend when he died, in Latrobe, a small city outside of Pittsburgh

arnoldpalmerI graduated from high school in 1961; that year, Arnie won the following tournaments: San Diego Open Invitational, Phoenix Open Invitational, Baton Rouge Open Invitational, Texas Open Invitational, Western Open and the British Open.

I was a fan for life. My big moments; I had lunch at the Latrobe Country Club with his first wife, Winnie. Or rather, a friend took me to lunch there and Winnie was around welcoming guests and knew my friend. She didn’t really eat lunch with me but she did sit down at the table with us for a moment or two.

And I shared a drink with Arnie during the US Amateur Open at Oakmont Country Club in 1969. Ok, I didn’t actually share a drink with him. I was a clubhouse Pinkerton guard and watched him visit with the bartender. I should have paid more attention to other matters, such as the stolen golf bags, taken from the club house. That led the coverage of the tournament in the Pittsburgh Press the next day. 

Before hearing of his death yesterday, Sunday, I was in fact, drinking his iced tea. And I am proud to be a member, along with millions of others all over the world, of Arnie’s Army. And unlike fans of other sports figures, Arnold Palmer kept in close touch with all of us, and he touched all of us, especially now, that he is gone.

Short video about Arnold Palmer at the New York Times today.

Built in West Germany in 1959, Cedarglen is still going strong

The Cedarglen was built in 1959 in West Germany as the Ems Ore. She was built to carry iron ore from Venezuela to Europe. She was purchased by a Canadian company in 1976 to carry iron ore from Labrador to Hamilton, Ontario. The Patterson shipping company in Thunder Bay bought her in 1988. She carried grain and iron ore for them before the Patterson fleet was sold off in 2002 and she became the Cedarglen. She was an occasional visitor to the Twin Ports until 2011 when she made about 10 trips here a year for two years before going back to being an occasional visitor. This trip is her first visit here since August, 2014. She is loading grain at CHS in Superior. She has carried grain, coal and iron ore pellets from many docks, although I think this is her first grain cargo loaded here (today being September 24, 2016) since August, 2010.

Jackson out and then back in

The Herbert C. Jackson came into port on December 11, 2015 and went to Fraser Shipyard in Superior where Interlake Steamship’s last steam powered vessel was converted to diesel power (see below). This morning (September 22, 2016), under heavy fog, she departed Duluth at 10:19 (above) for her sea trials, necessary to make sure she is fit and ready to resume her cargo carrying duties. She came in just a couple hours later (below) and is now at the Port Terminal. Not sure why the early return.
From Interlake Steamship release, December, 2015: The Jackson’s new 6,250-BHP propulsion package includes a pair of MaK 6M 32E engines – the first of their kind to power a vessel on the Great Lakes — which will give the ship enhanced propulsion capabilities and reliability. In addition, the ship will receive a twin-input, single-output Lufkin gear box with twin pto shaft generators, a Schottel controllable-pitch propeller system and Gesab exhaust gas economizers along with an auxiliary boiler. The economizers allow the ship to harness the waste heat and energy from the main engine exhaust and produce “free steam” to heat the accommodations and for heating various auxiliary systems and fuel oil services.
In total, the repowering is estimated to reduce the ship’s emissions of particulate matter by 35%, carbon dioxide by 57% and sulfur oxides (SOx) by 63%. “Not only are these engines extremely efficient, they are dual fuel capable thus could be modified to be fueled by LNG if the supply chain infrastructure for supplying LNG is built out around the Great Lakes,” Barker says. “By choosing these engines, we have the enhanced capability to further lower our environmental footprint in the future.”

Too much!

There are only so many things I can keep track of at one time. I have limits waiting for balloons to rise up into the air, but at least last night, I caught one with her (his) fires burning and the bridge a beautiful teal in support of ovarian cancer. And best of all, the Baie St. Paul moving over from her anchorage to come under the Lift Bridge. You will have to imagine the beautiful harvest moon in the upper right of the picture and take my word for it that those lights out there were from the Baie St. Paul. Below, Sunday morning, September 18, 2016, more balloons but fog dimmed the colors and they remain grounded.

Nice sight passing in Duluth harbor this morning

At 7:30 this morning (September 13, 2016), the rarest Duluth arriving boat was coming in when the prettiest Duluth departing boat was doing just that. The Stewart J. Cort was on her way to load iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock and the Joseph L. Block was departing after discharging limestone and loading some iron ore fines.

UMD STEM Students out on the Blue Heron

UMD stands for University of Minnesota at Duluth. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. These are STEM students from UMD going out on UMD’s research vessel Blue Heron this morning (Saturday, September 10, 2016). They are freshmen, just two weeks into their college career; a good time to go down and introduce yourself to Lake Superior. This is also UMD STEM students studying Limnology (see below). All this is coordinated by Rachel Breckenridge (4th from the left, above),  an instructor in the Mathematics and Statistics Department at UMD. When not teaching Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, and Intro to Contemporary Mathematics, she created and runs their Math Prep for STEM Careers summer program.
From Wikipedia: Limnology, (/lɪmˈnɒlədʒi/ lim-nol-ə-jee; from Greek λίμνη, limne, “lake” and λόγος, logos, “knowledge”), is the study of inland waters. It is often regarded as a division of ecology or environmental science. It covers the biological,chemical, physical, geological, and other attributes of all inland waters (running and standing waters, both fresh and saline, natural or man-made). This includes the study of lakes and ponds, rivers, springs, streams and wetlands.[1] A more recent sub-discipline of limnology, termed landscape limnology, studies, manages, and conserves these aquatic ecosystems using a landscape perspective.

Limnology is closely related to aquatic ecology and hydrobiology, which study aquatic organisms in particular regard to their hydrological environment. Although limnology is sometimes equated with freshwater science, this is erroneous since limnology also comprises the study of inland salt lakes.

CSL Niagara arrives Duluth on a Thursday morning

Holly took this picture of the CSL Niagara at 8:17 on Thursday morning, September 8, 2016.

Holiday Surprise

The Stewart J. Cort has been loading iron ore pellets at the BNSF in Superior for many years. She is one the most frequent visitors we have and yet, it is only every two or three years that she appears on the horizon and comes under the Lift Bridge as she did today on Labor Day, 2016. She is now waiting for the Burns Harbor to complete loading iron ore pellets there, which should be later tonight.

4 Boats in Duluth harbor

Three Rivers, the ship sitting in front of the James R. Barker at the Port Terminal Dock above, arrived Duluth on August 24th to load grain at Riverland Ag. After a partial load, she was moved to the Port Authority dock. The Algoma Harvester is expected in port this evening to load grain at Riverland Ag. When she completes loading, it is expected that Three Rivers will return there to complete her load. After loading coal at Midwest Energy, the American Integrity departed this morning at 7:30. She evidently encountered a problem and returned to Duluth at 9:12 this morning. Presumably the problem has been resolved and we see her below, departing again, this time around 2 pm. With better luck this time, she will take 68,000 tons of coal in a split load to the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison and then moving to the Monroe plant of the same company. The Barker is now loading coal at Midwest Energy. She will take 36,000 tons to the St. Clair plant for Detroit Edison and then drop 32,000 at Monroe.
This trip for the American Integrity was her 22nd of the season; it is the first trip this season for Three Rivers; she was here once last season.  The Lee A. Tregurtha was in town for only her second visit this season. She was here 15 times last season. As she often does, she brought a limestone cargo in and then loaded iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth.

Caught by a wind turbine base unit

While out for a run today, I looked behind me and saw a wind turbine base unit gaining on me. Duluth is an important hub, connecting the middle of the United States with the rest of the world and connecting ships, trains and trucks here in Duluth. This base unit probably came here in June on the Sjard.

HHL Amazon arrived Duluth to load grain.

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

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.

Bayfield’s Abbey Road

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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Below, the Abbey Road came into Duluth with the Parade of Sail on Thursday, August 18, 2016
You can find out more about Abbey Road from their website at: . 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


Meeting in Duluth harbor

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.

Tall Ships 2016 Day 2

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Tall Ships Duluth is here

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.
Below, the second set of 3 ships arrive under the Bridge
Above, the Mist of Avalon enters the Duluth harbor; then came Abbey Road and after her, Appledore.
Below, the third set of 3 tall ships arrives.
Above, the US Brig Niagara arrives, followed by the Zeeto (below) and the El Galeon Andalucia brings up the rear.

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.
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.

Mist of Avalon, an early arrival to Tall Ships Duluth

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.

Self unloader self unloading in Marquette, Michigan

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.