Mesabi Miner In

April 21, 2014 · 15 comments

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Convoy Departs!

April 15, 2014 · 144 comments

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The St Clair departed Duluth around noon on April 15, 2014 (above) to join the convoy forming off the Duluth piers to cross Lake Superior. She arrived in Duluth for winter layup on January 2, 2014. She left port yesterday at 6:15 am and I think went to anchor. She came back in at 5pm.
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The American Spirit also arrived for winter layup on January 2, 2014. When the Presque Isle returned to port with hull damage due to ice on April 3rd, at least some of her cargo of iron ore pellets was offloaded into the American Spirit. She left here on May 9th to load iron ore pellets in Two Harbors and then returned here later that day. Above, she is leaving Duluth early afternoon today to join the convoy.
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Convoy arrived!

April 14, 2014 · 9 comments

20140414-102The convoy of boats led by US and Canadian ice breakers arrived in Duluth early Monday morning, April 14th, 2014. The Stewart J. Cort came under the Lift Bridge at 4:54 and went over to the BN to begin loading iron ore pellets. The St. Clair left port, under the Lift Bridge at 6:15 am, going to the anchorage to wait for the eastbound convoy. At 6:47, the CSL Tadoussac arrived followed by the Mackinaw an hour later. The Sam Laud, here to load iron ore pellets at the CN in Duluth, came under the bridge at 7:54.
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At noon on Monday, the St. Clair (above left) was at anchor and next to her, the Algoma Discovery (formerly the Daviken), waited to load iron ore pellets at the BN. And, the Mackinaw, having done her job, was at the DECC, perhaps relaxing for a couple moments.
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This is what I think, but don’t bet on it.

The Presque Isle left here on March 22th with a partial load of pellets and I think loaded pellets at Two Harbors and then tried to get to the other end of Lake Superior but had ice trouble and came back here for repairs, arriving on March 29th still with her pellets. Some of those pellets were off loaded into the American Spirit, which had not yet left Duluth. She offloaded pellets to make repairs easier.

The American Spirit left here on April 7th with pellets loaded from the Presque Isle. She went to Two Harbors to load pellets and then came back this morning (above) with both loads of pellets. To wait, I presume.

Back on March 24th the Mackinaw, Katmai Bay and Morro Bay arrived Duluth and left here on March 26th.

Two days later, on March 28th, the Alder arrived Duluth with an ice-wounded Morro Bay lashed to her side with the Katmai Bay leading them under the Lift Bridge.

convoySeveral days later, the Katmai Bay departed to return to ice breaking duties while the Morro Bay stayed here for repairs to her rudder. That happened early this week and she left but did not go very far away. The Katmai Bay returned to Duluth this morning, April 9th  (above), and the Morro Bay was back at the DECC with the Katmai Bay by late this afternoon.

Meanwhile at the other end of the Lake, late this afternoon, the Canadian ice breaker Pierrre Radisson left the Soo leading a convoy of boats trying to get to Duluth (Click on the the map above). The Mackinaw was going to be with the convoy but as I write this, she was still at the Soo.

t1140981646LakeSuperior143250m-psSo here is my guess. When the convoy arrives here, perhaps on Thursday or Friday, we will have 5 ice breakers here, counting the Alder. All of a sudden, we will/may have a bunch of boats here to load cargo and then go back out to the lake, I would guess with the help of some of our flotilla of ice breakers. And presumably the American Spirit came back and is waiting to be a part of that convey.

Or Not!

You can find the satellite images here: http://coastwatch.glerl.noaa.gov/index.html

Just click on MODIS Imagery; Great Lakes MODIS True Color; and then select the lake you want, such as Superior

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Spring has sprung again, maybe

April 7, 2014

The American Spirit departed Duluth in the early afternoon today (April 7, 2014). She is the former George A. Stinson, originally built for the National Steel Corporation in 1978. When the Presque Isle returned to port on March 29 for repairs to damage from ice on Lake Superior, her cargo was offloaded into the American […]

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Ice is hurting my work from the early 60’s

April 6, 2014

This year’s ice is probably the biggest news event to happen here in the 18 years I have been doing the Duluth Shipping News. The implications to the outside world are becoming severe. That is a little harder for us to see here since we see nothing, no boat traffic. The US Steel Company, at […]

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Help is on the way

April 5, 2014

The Cleveland based Coast Guard cutter Morro Bay is still docked behind the DECC (above) after being towed into Port by the Alder and Katmai Bay after ice breaking work in Thunder Bay damaged the ship’s rudder. She arrived here on March 28. Since then, naval engineers have determined that she sustained damage to a […]

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Another try for the Presque Isle

April 3, 2014

First, the Heritage Marine tug Helen H. broke up the ice to clear a path for the Presque Isle to make another attempt to start her season, going to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. They then circled around to the stern of the large tug barge to make sure there were no problems. […]

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Morro Bay gets local help

March 29, 2014

The US Coast Guard cutter Alder brought her sister ship, Morro Bay, into port last night with damage to her rudder. They docked at the DECC and this morning (March 29, 2014), divers from a local company, J. Norick & Sons, were there to assess the damage. Actually, the rudder itself was apparently not damaged, […]

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Ice is not nice to ships

March 28, 2014

The US Coast Guard cutter Morro Bay left here a week ago and today (March 28, 2014), she was towed back to port by the Alder after sustaining damage to her rudder while breaking ice. Outside the Duluth piers, they lashed the Morro Bay to the side of the Alder for the trip through the […]

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Mackinaw and 2 friends

March 25, 2014

Three Coast Guard cutters arrive Duluth on March 25, 2014 (from my window)

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Mackinaw, Morro Bay, Katmai Bay

March 24, 2014

 

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Coast Guard cutters coming to Duluth

March 24, 2014

We are expecting 3 Coast Guard cutters to arrive here late this afternoon or early evening. The Mackinaw, the Katmai Bay and the Morro Bay will be here to get fuel and provisions before leading a convoy to 3 boats form Two Harbors up to the Soo Locks. (Unless plans change which is always possible […]

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Join the Callaway as she opens the 2014 season

March 22, 2014

 

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LSMMA takes a ride on the Alder

March 20, 2014

The LSMMA went ice breaking with the Alder today (March 20, 2014). After clearing ice in Howards Pocket, they came up the harbor and went under the Lift Bridge and out into Lake Superior. As  you can see, they took advantage of the occasion to get some nice shots from on high.

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Fame is very, very fleeting

March 14, 2014

People have complained to me that they never saw me on the NBC Nightly News tonight. For all those who blinked while my 2 1/2 second ‘interview’ passed by, you can see the whole report here. I meanwhile am trying to figure where my 14 minutes and 57 1/2  of fame that I have left […]

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NBC News with Brian Williams, tonight at 5:30 PM CDT

March 14, 2014

An NBC News with Brian Williams team was here this week to do a story on ice on Lake Superior and the beginning of the shipping season. It is now scheduled to be on tonight, Friday, March 14, 2014 at 5:40 Central Daylight time. Hopefully, they will not forget to include all my expert commentary, […]

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NBC News comes to Duluth to see ice

March 12, 2014

The long, cold, snowy, icy winter has attracted a lot of attention this ‘spring.’ We humans may have seen the worst of it but March brings out the next victims, the big ships that start every season in the Great Lakes battling ice. For better or worse, at this time every year, Duluth gets her […]

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Alder turns ice into water!

March 11, 2014

This  video was taken March 10, 2014, and is a little less polished than others but I wanted to get it up quick.

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Ice? How about blue water!

March 10, 2014

I took the pictures in the post below this post with my phone on the Alder and then emailed them to Holly in Arizona. She posted them here. Just below are pictures I took aboard the Alder today (Monday, March 10. 2014. (Click a pic for a larger version) The Alder performed well making the […]

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Alder out working the ice again

March 10, 2014

The Alder left her dock at about 9:00 this morning CDT, departing Duluth under the Aerial Lift Bridge. At the moment she is about 6 miles off the piers, at a speed of approximately 5 kts. At 9 miles out we hit open water (above), and were able to increase speed to over 13 kts. […]

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Going home

March 7, 2014

Dan Rau took this picture on Wednesday (March 5, 2014), as the Alder was returning from a long day breaking ice. While following the path she opened on the way out,  you can notice the ship has moved to the right so she can widen the original  path for the next trip. (click pic to […]

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Spring is sprung

March 4, 2014

Note: The Alder did make it back to the dock early evening. They saw ice between 2 to 5 feet thick, with it getting thicker as they moved down the Superior channel. They should be back at it tomorrow (Wednesday). Alder gets to work on breaking ice today, March 4, 2014.  She got away from […]

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Ice is not nice and it is everywhere

March 2, 2014

In 18 years,  I fear I have been wrong every time I made any predictions about ice on Lake Superior. But I don’t let things like that stop me. Here are some pictures I took on Sunday, March 2, 2014. The temperature last night was –14, it is 5 this afternoon and it will be […]

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LSMMA cam is live video but …

February 21, 2014

doesn’t need to be today. Wow.

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My walking run in the snow

February 20, 2014

You know you are getting old when you go out for a run and the newspaper (Duluth News Tribune) takes a picture of you with the caption that you are walking, and they are right. It probably won’t make the morning paper; by then we will have 10 inches or more of snow, with much […]

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Duluth Shipping News Stories #1

February 19, 2014

Relive visits from the Spar Opal, Vlistborg, Isa, Regina Oldendorff, Ira and Stefania 1 to Duluth

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Lake Superior Ice, not 100% covered

February 15, 2014
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Water and Ice

February 8, 2014

We are still looking for all ice at this end of the Lake. Below, top to bottom, the Cason J. Callaway, the Presque Isle and the St. Clair seem happy enough.

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Take a ride on the Nels J.

January 22, 2014
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Callaway home for the winter

January 15, 2014

Two Heritage Marine tugs helped the Cason J. Callaway tie up at the Port Terminal for the winter this morning (January 15, 2014). Here the Helen H. is clearing ice along the dock. I took the picture from the Nels J., also assisting the Callaway. Earlier (below), Heritage Tug owner Mike Ojard (in the boat, […]

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Good byes all around

January 9, 2014

Launched earlier this year, the Canadian flagged Baie Comeau made 7 trips to the Twin Ports this season, discharging grain on one trip and loading coal 3 times. She departed today (January 9,  2014) with her 3rd cargo of iron ore pellets. Two Heritage Marine tugs, the Helen H. above, and the Nels J. below […]

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Cold day in Duluth (-15 F, wind chill–34 F)

January 5, 2014

The Baie Comeau arrived this morning at 9:20 so she could share our beautiful weather with us; she will also load iron ore pellets while she is in town. Two Great Lakes tugs helped her get through the ice. That is the St. Clair at her winter layup dock at the Port Terminal on the […]

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Tug/barge/icebreaker

January 4, 2014

Tug barges are interesting vessel(s). The Great Lakes Trader (barge) and the Joyce L. VanEnkevort (tug) were loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth on Thursday (January 2, 2014). Click the image for a larger version. Ice was an obvious problem but a tug/barge has a unique tool for breaking it […]

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Ice and cold with new and old

January 3, 2014

Our current US Coast Guard cutter Alder (above) was out this morning opening up the shipping channels for boats returning to Duluth for the winter.  The Sundew,  our ‘old’, and now retired,  Coast Guard cutter (foreground), was sitting at her dock waiting for summer. And a good thing for those sailors on the Alder. The […]

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American Spirit first in for layup

January 2, 2014

The American Spirit arrived Duluth around 11 am, January 2, 2014 for winter layup. She is the first of 8 boats arriving in the next couple weeks to spend the winter in the port.

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Salt water ships in Duluth

January 1, 2014

I have created a slideshow/video, the first of several detailing some of  my experiences on the salt water ships that have come to Duluth since I started this in 1996. Homeland Security as made life a great more difficult here regarding the appreciation of our maritime heritage. All the docks have been enclosed inside large […]

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Winter layup, Duluth/Superior 2013-14

December 31, 2013

LOCATION VESSEL ARRIVAL DATE CARRIER Port Terminal  Berth 1 Presque Isle 1/14/14 GLF/ Key Lakes Port Terminal  Berth 4 Cason J. Callaway 1/15/14 GLF/ Key Lakes Port Terminal  Berth 6 American Spirit 1/2/14 American Steamship Garfield D St. Clair 1/2/14 American Steamship         Midwest Energy Mesabi Miner 1/16/14 Interlake Steamship     […]

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American Century gets help from Kentucky

December 27, 2013

She is about to make the turn toward the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on her way out to Lake Superior with a cargo of iron ore pellets loaded at the CN in West Duluth. More on the American Century.

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Cuyahoga here with grain for Christmas

December 24, 2013

The Canadian flagged Cuyahoga arrived in Duluth (above) on December 23, 2013 with grain that she discharged at the Riverland Ag terminal in Duluth (below). This is only her 3rd trip here since 1996. She was here in 2004 to load iron ore pellets and in September, 2011, she discharged salt here. The picture above […]

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Calumet here for 2nd time this season

December 18, 2013

The Calumet came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this afternoon (December 18, 2013) to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. This was her second trip here this season; she has been here 20 times since 1996. Of course, before she was sold in 2008, she came as the David […]

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Lemon tarts with a little salt

December 17, 2013

The Algomarine has been to the Twin Ports 65 times since 1996 (when I started counting vessel arrivals here). Half of those trips were made between 1996 and 1998. She made no trips here in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009. Today (December 17, 2013), she arrived for the second time this year, bringing a […]

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Having fun in the Coast Guard

December 10, 2013

Guaranteed; this picture will never be used in a Coast Guard recruiting poster. Not sure whether these crew members aboard the Katmai Bay this morning (December 10, 2013) were told that chipping ice off the side of the ship was one of their duties.

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Coast Guard Katmai Bay brings her own ice

December 9, 2013

They didn’t have to worry, we have a lot of our own. However, they are very welcome here; we have lots of ice they know what to do with. More info on the Katmai Bay here.

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Icy cold in Duluth

December 9, 2013

December 9, 2013: winter in Duluth began early and hard. Ice and cold have brought the tugs out early to keep traffic moving. This morning, the Arthur M. Anderson received help from the Nels J., below, getting close to the Calumet Fuel Dock at the Port Terminal in Duluth.

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The tug Nels J. approaches the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge

December 7, 2013

… on Saturday morning, December 7, 2013.

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Clarke leaves Duluth for Two Harbors

December 6, 2013

The Philip R Clarke departed Duluth on Friday morning, December 6, 2013 after discharging limestone at the Hallett Dock that she loaded in Calcite, Michigan. She went up to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets for the lower lakes.

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Orla and snow arrive Duluth

December 2, 2013

The Orla came into town along with the first snow storm of the season. I was so excited that I captured the event on video.

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Winter comes to the American Century

November 29, 2013

The American Century departed Duluth at 10:45 on Friday morning, November 29, 2013. She loaded 64,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior and is on her way to deliver the cargo to the Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan. She will return next Wednesday to get a similar load for […]

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Another duck boat

November 26, 2013

This picture was taken by Paul Scinocca while the Mottler was loading grain at CHS 1 in Superior in November, 2013. Click here for more information about the Mottler.

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Party at the Port Terminal

November 26, 2013

After discharging limestone at the Graymont Lime Plant, the Joseph L. Block (left) is making the turn into the Duluth harbor as she departed Duluth for Two Harbors this morning (November 26, 2013). She will load iron ore pellets at the CN dock there.  The Presque Isle is at the Calumet Fuel dock and in […]

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A cold day in Duluth for Cornelia

November 23, 2013

The Cornelia came in by way of the Superior entry at 6:41 this morning (November 23, 2013). This was the first really cold day in Duluth and the Cornelia certainly proves the point; her hull, at right, is coated with ice, courtesy of an 11 mph head wind from the North West with gusts up […]

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November 20, 2013

The Algoma Olympic  is discharging salt she loaded in Goderich, Ontario at the North American Salt dock in Duluth today (November 19, 2013). When she finishes there, she will move to the Burlington Northern dock in Superior to load iron ore pellets. She has been here 193 times since 1996. Most of those trips, before […]

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Sister ships pass in the afternoon

November 15, 2013

The Victoriaborg departed Duluth at 2:50 on the afternoon of November 15, 2013 after loading a cargo of grain at Gavilon (formerly Peavey). As she went through the Duluth ship canal, you can see her sister ship, the Virginiaborg, at anchor waiting to come in to load beet pulp pellets at the General Mills dock […]

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Duluth Shipping News Cards & Calendar

November 9, 2013
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Two offices, up and down, back and forth

November 4, 2013

Every week or so, these two guys work closely together, but until today (November 4, 2013), they had not  met. Dave Campbell (right) is the new chief bridge operator. He works in that little house that hangs in the middle of the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. His job is to make sure the Bridge goes […]

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It must be Christmas again

October 27, 2013

Just when the leaves fall off the trees and open up my view of the bridge, somebody goes and plants a metal ‘tree’ to shut it down. No problem, I still have 2 weeks in January to see the boats come under the bridge, unless it snows too much or gets too cold for me […]

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Salt in and coal out

October 25, 2013

The Radcliffe R. Latimer, formerly the Algobay, loaded salt in Goderich, Ontario and arrived in Duluth this morning (October 25, 2013) at 36 minutes after midnight, moving over to the North American Salt Dock to discharge the cargo. She will next go to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal for Sydney, Nova Scotia. While she […]

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Presque Isle back with more limestone

October 23, 2013

The Presque Isle came into port on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 11:30 in the morning. She loaded limestone in Cedarville and is here to discharge the cargo at the Hallett #5 dock in West Duluth. She will then leave here for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. This is her 8th trip to […]

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It takes a crane to move a crane

October 18, 2013

After stops in Cleveland, Windsor and Chicago, the Eemsborg arrived in Duluth on Thursday morning, October 17, 2013, with a crane loaded in Antwerp, Belgium. Of course, the crane came in many pieces, all at the bottom of the cargo holds since Duluth was the last stop discharging cargo. Above, the large base unit of […]

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HHL Amur back for more

October 15, 2013

The HHL Amur is here discharging electrical transformers at the Port Terminal (October 15, 2013) that will be taken to Alberta by train. The HHL Mississippi was here in July discharging more pieces from the same shipment. The HHL Amur was also here in July, 2012 discharging wind turbine parts.

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Minnesota Lynx win WNBA title in Duluth!!

October 10, 2013

Photo: Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune Check out Minnesota Public Radio for some of the best sports photographs I have ever seen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/10/sport/lynx-wnba-championship-run

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Raba arrives with assist from North Dakota

October 6, 2013

The Polish owned and Liberian flagged Raba arrived here on Sunday afternoon, October 6, 2013. On this, her first trip to Duluth Superior, she will be loading grain at CHS in Superior.

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American Mariner loads wheat from Riverland Ag for Buffalo

October 1, 2013
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A balloon, a boat and a bridge

September 22, 2013

The Isadora is at anchor waiting to come in to load grain at CHS. The bridge is the bridge. And the balloon may or may not rise to the occasion.

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Lined up to load pellets

September 21, 2013

The Hon. James L. Oberstar came in to port early morning on Friday, September 20, 2013 to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. She is seen here, in back, entering the Duluth harbor on her way to the Aerial Lift Bridge and Lake Superior with her cargo of pellets. Meanwhile, […]

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Enterprise and McCarthy pass in the morning

September 15, 2013

On Sunday morning, September 15, 2013, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 10:15 and is seen here, on the right, on her way to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load 64,000 tons of coal for the Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan. This is her […]

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Miedwie here for spring wheat

September 13, 2013

The Miedwie ended her maiden voyage in Duluth in September, 2010, loading a cargo of wheat for Belgium. She was back for more grain in December, was here twice the next year and once in 2012. This is her first visit this season; she is loading spring wheat at the Riverland Ag dock, formerly Cargill, […]

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Ryerson moves to a new home in Duluth

September 6, 2013

The Edward L. Ryerson was moved this morning from her berth at Fraser Shipyards by two Heritage Marine tugs, the Nels J. on her stern and the Helen H. on the bow. Below, they are moving under the Blatnik Bridge and out of Howard’s Pocket. At the far right is the John J. Boland, still […]

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Nice ship, name could be better

September 4, 2013

This is the curiously named HHL Mississippi (HHL Duluth makes much more sense). It is here today discharging 6 transformers built in Germany, picked up by the ship in Antwerp and going from here to Alberta by rail.  So the ship is misnamed but the captain hails from Petrozavodsk, Russia, which is a sister city […]

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Help

September 1, 2013

A visitor to Duluth asked me what that big red thing was that was sitting in front of the Vista/DECC. I told her it was a buoy. She asked me why it wouldn’t sink since it was made of steel. I told her the Alpena comes here; it is made of steel and it is […]

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Wow

August 31, 2013

Glenn Blaszkiewicz took this picture of the Arthur M. Anderson while she was discharging limestone at the C. Reiss Dock in West Duluth at 7 am this morning, August 31, 2013. All I can say is WOW!

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Then and Now

August 28, 2013
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Solina, finally

August 28, 2013

The Solina arrived off the Duluth piers on August 16 and dropped her anchor. Two weeks later, she finally came in, at 5pm on August 28, 2013. She is one of many ships owned by the Polish Steamship Company that come to Duluth. She was built in 2012 in Nantong, China and was named after […]

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Cort departs Duluth!!

August 25, 2013

The Stewart J. Cort is seen here departing Duluth on Sunday, August 25, 2013. She had stopped at the Port Terminal and was going out to the anchorage to wait for the Algowood to complete loading iron ore pellets at the BN, I think. I do know she departed Duluth today, as you can see. […]

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Algowood brings wheat to Duluth

August 24, 2013

The Canadian flagged Algowood arrived in the Twin Ports on August 23rd, 2013 with a cargo of wheat loaded in Hamilton, Ontario. After discharging the wheat at the Riverland Dock in Duluth (previously owned by Cargill), the boat picked up fuel at Calumet fuel dock and  went to the BN dock in Superior to load […]

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We say good bye to Thunder Bay

August 17, 2013

The Thunder Bay came in from the anchorage at one minute before midnight on Friday, August 16, 2013. She is a new boat, the third of 4 new, large, red boats built for Canadian Steamship Lines in Chengxi Shipyard in Jiangyin, China. She loaded coal at Midwest Energy. The Whitefish Bay, the second of the […]

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American Century departs with pellets

August 15, 2013

… on Thursday evening, August 15, 2013. More on the boat.

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CSL’s new Thunder Bay

August 14, 2013

Thanks to Denny Dushane for sending me the pictures you see here. He even provided the captions:  (It) … was the Thunder Bay’s first ever Great Lakes/Seaway trip along with her maiden voyage. The photos all were taken in St. Clair, Michigan as she (the Thunder Bay) was downbound on Monday, August 5, 2013 headed […]

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Presque Isle departs Duluth

August 12, 2013

The Presque Isle departed Duluth with iron ore pellets on August 12, 2013. This was only her 6th trip to the Twin Ports this season; she is usually loading iron ore pellets in Two Harbors for Gary and sometimes Detroit.

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Good bye to Walter J. McCarthy, Jr.

July 30, 2013

Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. died on July 24, after a fall at his home in Carmel, California. He was 88 years old.He and his wife Linda made a trip on ‘his’ boat every summer, often coming to Duluth to join the boat taking coal down to Detroit Edison, the company he retired from in 1990 […]

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Duluth says goodbye to Tall Ships

July 29, 2013

Above, the Norwegian flagged Sørlandet departs. Shortly after, the Denis Sullivan, below, was in the harbor and then moving out under the Lift Bridge. Both were getting ready for the Tall Ships Challenge, a race going the length of Lake Superior.

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Aboard the Whitefish Bay in Duluth

July 28, 2013
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Sørlandet wakes up on Sunday morning

July 28, 2013

Early birds visit  the Sørlandet on Sunday morning, July 28, 2013

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Welcome to the Whitefish Bay

July 26, 2013

The Whitefish Bay arrived late last night, her first cargo trip since she arrived in Montreal on July 7 from the Chengxi Shipyard in Jiangyin, China where she was built. She then left for Duluth to load coal at Midwest Energy (above). Captain Kent Powell brought his crew of 15 to Duluth. She is the […]

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Parade of Sail into the Duluth harbor

July 25, 2013

The Sundew followed the Alder as the two cutters led the Parade of Sail into the Duluth harbor. Along with 9 Tall Ships coming in, we had two  bridge lifts, or rather, the Lift Bridge went down twice to let those who didn’t get the memo that between 2 and 3 in the afternoon of […]

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Hindu first in

July 25, 2013

The Hindu came in early to handle a few technical issues before heading back out into Lake Superior so she can join the Parade of Sail coming in at 2 pm today. (Picture taken at 8:30 this morning) She is a 79-foot sailboat with a long and interesting history which you can read here: http://sailschoonerhindu.com/

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Tall ships coming soon to Duluth

July 23, 2013

Click here to watch Duluth Shipping News Tall Ships videos on YouTube Click here to see pages about tall ships on the Duluth Shipping News (here)

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HHL Mississippi at Port Terminal

July 17, 2013

The bright red HHL Mississippi arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge Tuesday morning (July 16, 2013) at 8:30 with a cargo of electrical transformers built in Germany and picked up in Antwerp. She is discharging the equipment at the Port Terminal. The equipment, a total of 102 pieces, 4 of which are large transformers, […]

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Electric boats in Duluth

July 14, 2013

Holly was visiting the Duluth Shipping News; a great time to go for a spin in one of the brand new Canal Park Boat Rentals, a great way to relax in the Duluth harbor. They are electric, meaning very quiet and peaceful.

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Tim S. Dool stops by Riverland Ag

July 8, 2013

  That’s the Tim S. Dool loading grain on July 8, 2013 at the Riverland Ag dock in Duluth, formerly known as Cargill. These are two more unique photos from my new good friend John Zywicki, who obviously works over there and has a really nice eye for picture composition.

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Duluth: We have a problem

July 6, 2013

Earlier this morning (July 6, 2013), the infamous Blue Bridge fell from the up position to what you see here. No one was hurt, that is except for the Blue Bridge. There is major structural damage, the extent of which has not yet been determined. Workers on the scene are hopeful they will be able […]

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Dewey’s Dumpster Delight

June 28, 2013

Bob Hom, formerly second in command at the DECC, recently retired, but Hom does not know the meaning of the word. When he isn’t out working on the crew of a Heritage tug , he is a builder of boats. His brother Dewey found this boat in a dumpster. Where some people see garbage, Bob […]

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The Block and the Speer go out and in

June 27, 2013

With an office right next to the Lift Bridge, I have it pretty easy when it comes to being close by when I want to take a picture of a boat. It became even easier when I moved to an apartment overlooking the harbor. But today, I got up from the breakfast table and turned […]

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Isa finally comes in

June 25, 2013

With help from the tugs North Dakota (stern) and Kentucky (bow), the Isa finally came in from the anchorage to load grain in the early evening of  June 25, 2013.

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Jackson to Riverland for grain

June 21, 2013

I woke up this morning (Friday, June 21, 2013) and thought I saw the Herbert C. Jackson backing down the Duluth harbor toward the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. I also noticed that the bridge was not going up. I later found out the Jackson came into port at 5:27 in the morning and went to […]

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Callaways on the Callaway

June 19, 2013

The Cason J. Callaway will be arriving tonight (June 18, 2013) on her 10th trip here this season. Cason J. Callaway (left) and his wife Virginia came into Duluth aboard the Callaway on July 14, 1958. With his second son “Bo” and Bo’s wife Elizabeth, just behind Cason and Virginia, they were here to celebrate […]

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Good vessel, good camera, love the blue

June 16, 2013

The tug barge Lakes Contender/Ken Boothe. Sr. arrived in the Duluth entry on Sunday morning, June 16, 2013. Glenn Blaszkiewicz was there too and got the great picture you see below. This was her second visit to the Twin Ports this season. She made 7 trips here last year. On this trip, she loaded coal […]

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Clarke in at sunset, out at noon

June 14, 2013

The Philip R. Clarke arrived on Thursday evening, June 13, 2013 at 8:20 in the evening. She brought limestone in (above) and took iron ore pellets out (below). I was on the Vista Star in the picture below when we spotted the Clarke departing under the Blatnik Bridge on Friday around 1 pm.

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Duluth on a Saturday night

June 9, 2013

Saturday evening, June 8, 2013, Duluth harbor. The Arthur M. Anderson had arrived in port at 7 am that morning with limestone to discharge at the C. Reiss terminal in West Duluth. Finished with that job, she departed Duluth at 7:38 Saturday evening (below) for the Two Harbors CN dock to load iron ore pellets. […]

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Federal Kumano finally departs, in a fog

May 31, 2013

After more than a month at anchor off the Duluth piers, the Federal Kumano finally came in on May 29th to load durum wheat for Algeria. She finished on the 30th but was stopped from departing by a thick fog. She waited in the inside anchorage until Friday around noon when a short break in […]

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Finally

May 29, 2013

The Federal Kumano arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning at 6:41.

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Please support our advertisers

May 27, 2013

This is the second page to all 100,000 Duluth Shipping News daily papers this summer. Please stop in and support our loyal advertisers when you are here watching boats. Most of them have been with me for many years. Click here to see page 2 pdf

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Duluth Shipping News starts 18th season!

May 26, 2013

Spring has sprung, the hot weather is no where to be found, but the 18th season for the summer, daily edition of the Duluth Shipping News was berthed at ProPrint, my lovable printer in Duluth who presented me with 100,000 pages that I have to fill between now and Labor Day. That’s press man Duc […]

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The Herbert C. Jackson brings coal to Duluth

May 17, 2013

The Herbert C. Jackson arrived in Duluth on May 17, 2013 with eastern coal to discharge at Hallett #5. She will then cross the St. Louis River and load western coal at Midwest Energy Resources to take to Presque Isle, in Marquette, Michigan. The Captain on the Herbert C. Jackson, to the Coast Guard on […]

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New boss in town

May 17, 2013

When the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge goes up for the arrival of the Philip R. Clarke this morning (May 17, 2013), Dave Campbell (right) will be in charge and Ryan Beamer (left) will be home working on the next chapter in his life. It is an historic day and where better to read about it […]

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Joe Block here with limestone

May 15, 2013

She brought limestone for the CN dock in West Duluth. When she completes discharging that cargo, she will move to the CN dock in Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets.

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Everything but the 261

May 12, 2013

Went out today to take some pictures of the 261 departing Duluth for the Twin Cities. Evidently, I didn’t get the memo, the locomotive was in West Duluth. When I saw the front car above, I thought maybe the 261 was in the back of the train, but the last car, just below, was the […]

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Engine 261 comes to Duluth

May 11, 2013

Above the 261 arrives Duluth. Judy Eakman Collins took this video this morning (May 11, 2013) as the train was going thru Cedar, Minnesota on her way to Duluth Heritage video of the 261   Duluth News Tribune article about the 261

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Miedwie arrives Duluth to load grain

May 9, 2013

The Polish operated Miedwie got an assist through the harbor from the Great Lakes tugs Minnesota (bow) and North Dakota (stern) as she moved over to CHS 1 in Superior.

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Two colorful salt water ships at the end of a nice spring day

May 7, 2013

Above, the BBC Florida waits at anchor to come in to load grain at Peavey/Gavilon in Superior. Below, the HHL Mississippi departs under the Lift Bridge after loading grain at CHS 2 in Superior. This was our first spring like day (May 7, 2013). We had two colorful salt water boats here to celebrate the […]

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Tregurtha whistles to the crowd

May 6, 2013

Listen to her boat whistle as the Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth today (May 6, 2013). The Captain has a unique way of doing it and the Bridge usually follows the boat’s lead, as it did today.

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We are getting ready for you

April 26, 2013

The S.S. William A. Irvin was launched in November 21, 1937. She hauled bulk materials from Lake Superior to US Steel’s mills in Gary, Conneaut and Lorain. She went into extended layup in 1978 until she was rescued, 8 years later, to become a major tourist attraction in Duluth. Operated by the DECC (Duluth Entertainment […]

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Great Lakes Trader here for iron ore pellets

April 23, 2013

The Great Lakes Trader came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge early this afternoon, April 23, 2013. She is here to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth

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As I saw the port on April 13, 2013

April 18, 2013

For 18 years, I have been watching the East wind blow ice into the funnel at the western end of Lake Superior known as Duluth. My office is next to the Lift Bridge. So I know. Or rather, even now, I still don’t know. A week ago, I thought I knew Lake Superior was clear […]

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The ice is bad now; check out the fun in 2003

April 15, 2013

March, 2003 seemed like the beginning of a normal Duluth spring, just like this past spring also seemed pretty normal. Above, the Sundew broke away from her winter moorings on March 12th, 2003. Below, the Mackinaw arrived on the 20th. Above, the Frontenac arrived on March 29, the first boat to transit the entire Seaway […]

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Still moving, very slowly

April 15, 2013

Note: this post is in chronological order, earliest pictures first With help from the Great Lakes tug North Carolina, the CSL Tadoussac departed Duluth this morning (April 15, 2013) around 8:25. Next, the North Carolina was off to help the Indiana Harbor.   A little later, the Birchglen arrived and slowly made her way under […]

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Waiting

April 13, 2013

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Where did this come from?

April 12, 2013

4:45: the Tregurtha called the tug North Carolina in for the day. It appears that all boats will wait until morning when they hope the Alder will be able to open up a wider track. The Paul R. Tregurtha asked the tug North Carolina to check the ice between the piers. The tug is able […]

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Storm outside, not so bad inside

April 11, 2013

Outside the harbor, with winds gusting as high as “unable to open my car door, almost,” Duluth waits for the snow to come; within the hour as this picture was taken at 10am on April 11, 2013. The Mesabi Miner came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning at 2:23. She arrived at the […]

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Back home again

April 7, 2013

On March 11, 2013, the Alder broke away from the ice around her dock and began her task of clearing the shipping channels in the Duluth Superior harbor, as well as breaking ice and working buoys in other parts of the Great Lakes. Today, April 7, 2013, almost a month later, she came back home. […]

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Tregurtha back for 2nd trip

April 4, 2013

  She came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge around 12:30 on April 4, 2013. Here for more on the Paul R. Tregurtha

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Party on the Federal Hunter

April 1, 2013

The Port Authority organizes a party, usually in early April, when the first salt water vessel comes to town. I went to the welcome the Federal Hunter to the Twin ports party today (April 1, 2013) to show a little of what being on a ship like the Federal Hunter is like. It is about […]

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Federal Hunter is first salt water ship in 2013

March 30, 2013

She came in at 58 minutes after midnight on March 30, 2013.

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Federal Hunter will be here; first salt water ship of the season

March 29, 2013

The Federal Hunter will make her 10th trip to the Twin Ports today (March 29, 2013) or tomorrow, marking the earliest date in a new season a salt water vessel has arrived in the Twin Ports. She will break the record the LT Argosy set when she arrived here on April 1, 1995. The Federal […]

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Watch the Mackinaw azipods in action

March 25, 2013

The Mackinaw has a unique method to break open large ice fields

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Indiana Harbor comes in for fuel

March 23, 2013

After spending the winter at Lakehead Pipeline in Superior, the Indiana Harbor departed using the Superior entry and came around to use the Duluth entry to come in for fuel (March 23, 2013, Saturday around 1 pm. She will depart later today for Two Harbors to load her first cargo of the year, iron ore […]

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Mesabi Miner first to depart

March 20, 2013

The Mesabi Miner departed Duluth this morning (March 20, 2013) at 9:30 am, on her way to Marquette to discharge a cargo of coal. She will return here Saturday to load iron ore pellets. She was the first departure of the season for Duluth Superior, she will be the first arrival in Marquette and she […]

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Mackinaw breaks ice in Duluth

March 17, 2013

The US Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw left her moorings at the DECC at 9 am this morning (March 17, 2013) to break ice in the Duluth Superior harbor. She returned to the DECC around 11:30, dropped some folks off, and then went under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on her way to Whitefish Point at […]

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Mackinaw arrives Duluth

March 16, 2013

Above, the Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw arrived Duluth on Saturday afternoon, March 16, 2013. Watch my wet video of the launch of the Mackinaw in April, 2005 The Duluth Shipping News has 18 pages about the Mackinaw here

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Go along with the Alder

March 14, 2013

On March 13th, 2013, the US Coast Guard cutter Alder made her second ice breaking trip of the new season. She retraced some of the tracks she broke out on Monday and went under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge to open a track to the end of the ice pack, about 5 1/2 miles out.

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Alder goes out in the lake

March 13, 2013

The Coast Guard cutter Alder covered all the bases today (March 13, 2013), first going under the Lift Bridge and to the edge of the ice sheet, about 5 1/2 miles out. The ship made quick work of the ice, easily breaking open a track and then coming back in to break up more ice […]

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Alder opens 2013 season

March 11, 2013
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Spring has sprung

March 11, 2013

… and the Alder didn’t seem to have any trouble breaking the ice around her this morning (March 11, 2013) when she pulled away from her moorings, the first vessel to move in the port this new season.  

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Winter in Duluth: Is it fun?

March 7, 2013

Click to see new video looking back at the winter (spring?) of 2007 More ice breaking videos: March 9, 2011; watch the Alder break ice in Duluth January 9, 2008: Alder out breaking ice as last boats come in for layup January 6, 2008: The ice breaker Biscayne Bay in DuluthNote: the Biscayne Bay will […]

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Bridge from web cam in window

February 18, 2013

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Getting ready for the Munson

January 25, 2013

The Alder returned to the Twin Ports early Friday morning (January 25, 2013) and went right to work clearing the path for the John G. Munson to take when she comes in, later today, to move to Fraser Shipyards for winter layup. Below, at 12:15 in the afternoon, the Munson finally came in (below) and […]

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The Munson is almost home

January 24, 2013

The John G. Munson arrived off the Duluth piers early this morning (January 24, 2013) and dropped her anchor. Her expected arrival date has changed several times over the last weeks and again over the last several days. Ice and cold weather have added some complications to a mid-January cargo run inside the Soo Locks. […]

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Roger Blough comes home for the winter

January 16, 2013

The Roger Blough came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge (right) at 11:52 this morning (January 16, 2013). She then moved over to the Port Terminal dock (below) before going to Fraser Shipyards for winter layup. Last year, she stayed at the Port Terminal for winter layup. In between winter vacations, she was here for […]

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Coming home for the winter

January 12, 2013

  The John J. Boland was greeted by a cold but hearty group when she came in for winter layup on Saturday afternoon, January 12, 2013 (temperature was 17 degrees F with the wind at 16 mph). Just below, the American Century came in at 7:56, Friday night, January 11, 2013. By Saturday morning she […]

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Winter Layup, Duluth Superior, 2013

January 9, 2013

Vessel Location Arrived Notes  Mesabi Miner Midwest Energy Resources  January 8, 2013  Made 40 trips to Twin Ports this season  American Century  Port Terminal  January 11, 2013   She made 31 trips to the Twin Ports this season  American Spirit  Elevator M  January 12, 2013   She made 8 trips to Twin Ports this season […]

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Mesabi Miner first in for winter layup

January 9, 2013

The Mesabi Miner came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge last night (January 8, 2013) at 11:51. She is the first boat to arrive for winter layup. Before taking her place at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock for the winter, she stopped off at the Holcim Dock in Duluth for some minor repairs. (Above and […]

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Nick gets two, three times, in Two Harbors

January 1, 2013

Nick Stenstrup took the three pictures below, the first this past December and the two below that last July. He tells us what he saw below. On December 22, 2012, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. loaded iron ore pellets at the CN conveyor dock in Two Harbors while the John J. Boland waited on the […]

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Bentleyville says Goodbye for another year

December 28, 2012

 

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Great Republic stops in Duluth

December 26, 2012
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Here and hiding

December 21, 2012

  Above, the Baie St. Paul made her first entrance  into the Duluth port around 8:30 on Friday night, December 21, 2012.  Below, you don’t suppose the Baie St. Paul is hiding behind her fleet mate Atlantic Erie, do you. Both are at anchor off the Duluth piers, waiting to load iron ore pellets at […]

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Paul R stops for fuel before loading coal

December 18, 2012

The Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth in the early afternoon of December 18, 2012. She is here to load 64,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Before going there, she stopped by the Calumet fuel dock (above)  to load fuel.

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Merry Christmas Federal Sakura

December 18, 2012

The last saltwater ship of the season, the Federal Sakura, arrived last night (December 17, 2012) at 7:56. She was of course greeted by the annual Bentleyville Christmas light display in Canal Park.

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Hermann Schoening here

December 13, 2012

The Hermann Schoening arrived Duluth on December 13, 2012 (below) to load grain at CHS2 in Superior. It was her first trip to the Twin Ports.

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Indiana Harbor goes out with coal

December 11, 2012

The Indiana Harbor departed Duluth in the late afternoon of December 11, 2012 to carry 64,000 tons of coal from Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to their parent company, Detroit Edison.

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Federal Yukina here for flax

December 4, 2012

After stopping in Hamilton, Windsor, Milwaukee and Burns Harbor, the Federal Yukina came to Duluth to load flax. She is seen here doing that at CHS 2 in Superior. Later today (December 4, 2012), she will leave here for Thunder Bay to load canola oil before departing the Great Lakes for Europe. She was built […]

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Quiet now, but not in 2001

November 22, 2012

The CSL Tadoussac came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning (Thanksgiving, 2012) and is seen above moving up the Duluth harbor on her way to the CN dock in West Duluth to load iron ore pellets. It is pretty peaceful this morning; we may have some snow this afternoon, but 11 years ago, […]

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Tregurtha gets another cargo of coal

November 20, 2012

The Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth at 1:07 in the afternoon of November 20th, 2012 (above). This was her 34th trip to the Twin Ports this season, almost always loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior and taking that cargo to Midwest’s parent company, Detroit Edison, for use in electrical generation power plants. Last year […]

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Marietje Deborah departs Duluth

November 13, 2012

The Marietje Deborah lights up the place no matter what time of day she is traveling.

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Blue Light Special in Duluth

November 11, 2012

The Marietje Deborah arrived from the anchorage on Sunday afternoon, November 11, 2012. A sister ship, the Marietje Marsilla, was here in June. Captain H.J. Danser was on that vessel and told us this one would be here later. Captain Danser is part owner,with Wagenborg Shipping, of both ships plus 3 others. All are named […]

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Vlieborg ends maiden voyage in Duluth

November 10, 2012

The brand new Vlieborg arrived Duluth this morning (November 10, 2012) and is seen here slowly backing into her berth at General Mills in Duluth around 9 am. Weather was bad; big wind, thunder and lightning, and drizzle. Not a great picture but I wanted to celebrate the completion of her maiden voyage in Duluth. […]

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Well done

November 7, 2012
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Tecumseh turns the corner

November 4, 2012

Holly Jorgenson took this picture on Sunday, November 4, 2012 while the Tecumseh was rounding the corner and about to dock at CHS 2 in Superior.

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Copenhagen loading grain at CHS 2

November 2, 2012

Holly Jorgenson took this picture on November 2, 2012 while the Copenhagen was loading grain in Superior.

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Aerial Bridge down on Wednesday for 6 hours

October 30, 2012

The Aerial Lift Bridge will be closed to vessel traffic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 to allow workers to replace an electrical switching assembly. The unit will be installed to ensure operation of a backup diesel generator in case normal power is lost. (from the City of Duluth)

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Seldom seen Algorail, seen!

October 28, 2012

The Canadian flagged Algorail departed with iron ore pellets today (October 28, 2012) after her second trip here of the season. She was here once last year, no trips in 2010 and 2 in 2009.

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Looking through the Aerial Bridge at night

October 25, 2012

Last night, Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at about 10:15, I saw two ships at anchor as I looked through the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. I think the Atlantic Erie is to the left, and the Pochard to the right. The Atlantic Erie is waiting to load coal at Midwest Energy; the Pochard is waiting to […]

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Last day of summer in Duluth

October 21, 2012

October 21st marks the end of summer in Duluth and happily, some attractions wait ‘til now to close up shop for winter. This afternoon, the Vista Star will take her last cruise of the season. Today is also the last day to take a popular Wheel Fun Rental out for a spin. The Johnson family […]

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Salt in, salt out

October 18, 2012

The Algoma Navigator came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge Wednesday afternoon, October 17, 2012 at 2:37. When I went to bed, she was down at the North American Salt Company (formerly known as Cutler-Magner) dock discharging salt. When I looked out my window this morning, the Navigator was gone but a good looking pile […]

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Picasso, Monet, Gauguin, Matisse and Newhams

October 16, 2012

Empty spaces on the wall mark the spot were works of art by Picasso, Monet, Gauguin, Matisse and Newhams were stolen. At right, the empty space where Henri Matisse’s painting “Reading Girl in White and Yellow” was hanging at the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands before it was stolen on Tuesday. At left, the empty […]

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American Century departs Duluth

October 14, 2012

The American Century arrived Duluth on Saturday afternoon, October 13, 2012. It was her 22nd trip to the Twin Ports this season. She was here 35 times last season. After loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth, she departed under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge (above) around 1 pm on Sunday.

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Blough here for 6th trip this year

October 10, 2012

  The Roger Blough arrived Duluth on October 9, 2012 to load iron ore pellets. She left to discharge that cargo in Conneaut on Wednesday afternoon, October 10th (above). It was her first trip here since July 4th of this season; her 6th trip here this year. She was in Duluth 11 times last season. […]

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Visiting the Paul R while she loads fuel

October 4, 2012

The Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth 5 minutes after noon (above) on October 3rd, 2012, making her 4th trip here since she went aground in August and then to the shipyard at Bay Shipbuilding for repairs. I visited with Captain Tim Dayton while they were fueling at the Calumet Fuel dock at the port terminal. […]

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Happy Fall from the Lubie, and Carole Lent

September 30, 2012

Carole Lent was kind enough to share this picture of the Polish ship, Lubie while she was loading grain at the Peavey elevator in Superior.

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My phone says Hi

September 29, 2012

Nice day for a walk on Skyline Drive (September 29, 2012)

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I need a chair! Oh, there’s a chair

September 21, 2012

Duluth has long been known as a national hotspot for new parking technology. But as these pictures show, we have too many people waiting to use the new technology and not enough who want to enjoy the even newer parking spots set up downtown today (September 21, 2012). These two ideas need to be combined […]

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Going in passes going out

September 18, 2012

Holly was unable to get us a good photograph of an ocean going vessel actually in the Ocean (she did send me some bad ones though) so I had to settle for these two salt water vessels dancing in the Duluth harbor. At left, the Aggersborg had just come in from the anchorage and was […]

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The Paul R. Tregurtha is back in town

September 17, 2012

After repairs were completed at Bay Shipbuilding after she went aground in mid-August and new paint job was applied, the Paul R. Tregurtha arrived back in Duluth at 3:30 on Monday afternoon, September 17th, 2012. As usual, it is nice to say, she will load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior for Detroit Edison […]

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Holly and Doug arrive Welland: meet Julie

September 13, 2012

Holly and Doug went south and into Canada, arriving at the Welland Canal where Julie, culinary and hospitality expert supreme from many, many Canadian vessels, met them and showed them around. When she was in Duluth, Julie always fed me on the boat so I was happy to hear that Holly and Doug took Julie […]

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HollyTV, live at the Soo, almost

September 10, 2012

Note: Holly’s most recent pictures will appear at the top of this post so start at the bottom of this post if you are one of those people who like to see things in order I am getting exhausted posting all these pictures here while Holly is at the Soo, probably sitting on a nice […]

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FedNav ships passing in the day

September 5, 2012

  The Federal Power came in from the anchorage to take the place of the Federal Katsura loading wheat at CHS in Superior (Tuesday afternoon, September 4, 2012). The Federal Katsura will take her cargo to Italy. When the Federal Power finishes, she will carry wheat to Germany.

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Three boats: two cargos – wheat & cement

September 4, 2012

On Tuesday, September 4th, at 4 in the afternoon, the Alpena was about to enter the Duluth ship canal on her 7th trip to the Duluth Superior this season, carrying as usual, a cargo of cement.   Just beyond her, the Federal Power has been at anchor for some days while she is waiting to […]

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Last, for this season, daily summer edition

September 3, 2012

Today, Labor Day, 2012, is the last issue I publish of this season’s daily Duluth Shipping News so I thought I would share it with the world. It is a two page paper. Both pages are pre-printed before the season (116,000 pages, both sides, in color, by ProPrint) with a nice big hole in the […]

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Holly gets American Courage

August 31, 2012

Holly Jorgenson took some time out from being a Great Grandmother to get this picture of the American Courage as she came into port on Thursday morning, August 30, 2012 at 9:00. It was her 3rd trip to the Duluth Superior this season (the boat’s third, not the Grandmother’s), the first two were in July. […]

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Fishing OK, walking around not so much

August 26, 2012

It was a good day for fishing in Duluth on Sunday, August 26, 2012. Not so good if you wanted to walk by the fishing boats or get from the boat to your car. To the surprise of many, including the fishing boat operators that I talked to, no one told them a race would […]

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Boats backwards and forward in Duluth today

August 19, 2012

It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood; lots of people, sun and even a little excitement. The Vista Queen is not trying to beat the Algolake into the Duluth ship canal. The Algolake had just cleared the canal after departing in reverse. That sometimes happens when a boat is discharging salt at the North […]

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Barrels Back?

August 17, 2012

  According to a report at Wisconsin Public Radio printed in the Duluth News Tribune this morning (Friday, August 17, 2012), the Defense Department/Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa barrel retrieval from Lake Superior project is completed. I took these pictures on Tuesday, August 14th as the tug Champion/barge Kokosing came under the Aerial […]

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Tregurtha aground, now free

August 16, 2012

Here is a picture taken yesterday (August 15, 2012) by Gregory Garten of the Paul R. Tregurtha, hard aground Wednesday night, completely blocking the downbound St. Mary’s River channel just above the Rock Cut. The vessel is aground at its bow and stern, and the ship spans the width of the narrow shipping channel. Early […]

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Garganey waits at anchor in Duluth

August 14, 2012

Sunrise on August 14, 2012 found the Hong Kong flagged Garganey at anchor off the Duluth piers. She is named after the duck of the same name. The duck can be found in Europe and Asia in the summer; in winter, they fly down to South Africa and India. In August, 2008 and again today, […]

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ROV – Remote Operated Vehicle

August 7, 2012

Right along with the Mars walking, picture-taking Curiosity, the Lake Superior barrel retrieval project has its own remote camera, although it operates on the bottom of Lake Superior, a hard place to do business but nothing like going to Mars to do it. The picture at the left is an enlargement of the previously published […]

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Barrels coming up from Lake Superior

August 6, 2012

Between 1958 and 1962, some 1,500 or so 55-gallon barrels were dumped into Lake Superior by the Department of Defense in three locations roughly 4 miles east of Duluth. For years, there has been much controversy and speculation regarding the safety of the barrels and their contents. The Department of Defense believes they are filled […]

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Cruise ship Yorktown arrives Duluth

July 31, 2012

The cruise ship Yorktown arrived in Duluth at 5:56 on Wednesday morning, August 1st, 2012, ending a 11 day cruise that started in Detroit on July 21st. The ship has about 95 passengers in her 69 cabins, all facing the water. The itinerary: Detroit, Lake Huron, Georgian Bay, Manitoulin Island, Sault Ste. Marie, Charlevoix, Mackinac […]

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Watch tug Wilfred M. Cohen in Duluth

July 27, 2012
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Michipicoten makes a wide turn in Duluth

July 25, 2012

Not sure what happened but you can watch what happened complements of Dennis O’Hara; the Michipicoten appeared to make a wide turn as she was departing the port, then was able to back away (above), correct her position and went under the Lift Bridge without further incident. I took this top picture at the back […]

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Listen to the Duluth Central Bell Tower

July 21, 2012
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Atlanticborg departs with wind turbine blades

July 18, 2012

The Atlanticborg arrived Duluth on July 8, 2012 with a cargo of wind turbine blades loaded in Denmark. After discharge here, the blades will go by truck to a Minnesota Power wind farm in North Dakota. She then moved out to the anchorage off the Duluth piers for a few days, coming back in on […]

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Traffic jam on Helberg Drive

July 16, 2012
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Two E___borg ships in Duluth; where is the Duluthborg

July 14, 2012

The Ebroborg is coming into the Duluth ship canal on July 14, 2012 while the Atlanticborg waits at anchor.

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Containers first, then blades

July 8, 2012

The Atlanticborg arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning (Sunday, July 8, 2012) at 2:59. Workers at Lake Superior Warehousing Company began to discharge her at 8 am.

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Atlanticborg coming our way with blades

July 7, 2012

Kent Malo took this photo of the Atlanticborg on her way to Duluth from a  Cessna 172 at 1500 feet. She will be here early Sunday morning with a cargo of wind turbine blades loaded in Denmark. After discharge here, they will be taken to a Minnesota Power wind farm in North Dakota. When discharge […]

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4th of July Fireworks in Duluth

July 3, 2012
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Thanks to Dennis O’Hara

July 1, 2012

Late last evening at 20:45, as the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge was lifting for the 1000 foot American Integrity, the bridge lost power and the alert crew of the Integrity made a go-around and re-entered once the power was restored. Had the crew and Bridge Operator not done a superb job in dealing with this […]

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Next stop: Brazil

June 30, 2012

The Alamosborg departed Duluth late Friday afternoon, June 29, 2012

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Blades to Brazil

June 28, 2012

The Alamosborg is now (June 28, 2012) at the Port Terminal loading 60 wind turbine blades. She was here a week ago to discharge wind turbine parts she brought into port. After that, she left the Port Terminal dock to go to the anchorage and wait for the Flinterstar to complete discharging her cargo of […]

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Flinterstar brings wind turbine blades

June 25, 2012

After waiting at anchor for a few days, the Flinterstar came into port on Sunday evening, June 24, 2012. On Monday morning, she was at the Port Terminal dock discharging her cargo of wind turbine blades and nacelles.

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Active at the Port Terminal

June 23, 2012

On Friday, June 22, 2012, the HHL Amazon (left) was discharging wind turbine nacelles and the Edgar B. Speer was in for some repairs. Over by the gantry cranes (unseen at right), the Alamosborg was discharging wind turbine parts. Work at the Port Terminal was halted for one day by the flood; 3 feet of […]

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Alamosborg waits for the rains to stop

June 20, 2012

Rains came to Duluth; the ships are still on the water but the workers stayed  home, as the Mayor asked. The Alamosborg is at the Port Terminal, waiting for better weather tomorrow, and some folks back to help her discharge her wind turbine pieces.

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The morning after (the marathon)

June 17, 2012

In the beginning, the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin (left) and the Perelik shared the lake with a small boat and the South Pier Light. Then the fishing boats went out  … … the early runners appeared on the scene … and finally, the walkers arrived

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Kara Goucher heads for home …

June 16, 2012

… her home town; a big crowd greets her as she runs for first place in the U.S. Half Marathon Championships in Duluth on Saturday morning, June 16, 2012. She will represent the US in the Olympic Marathon in London later this summer. Official time: 1 hour, 9 minutes, 34 seconds

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The Marietje Marsilla departs Duluth

June 12, 2012
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Watch Marietje Marsilla come into Duluth

June 9, 2012

Watch the Duluth Pilot boat take the pilot out to the Marietje Marsilla in the anchorage just off the Duluth piers, and then come in with us, as we go with the ship under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and move up the Duluth harbor to the Port Terminal

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Marietje Marsilla arrives Duluth on 1st visit

June 8, 2012

After two days at anchor off the Duluth piers, the Marietje Marsilla came into port, happily with me aboard. Above, we are approaching the ship in the local pilot  boat, the Sea Bear. Below, we are approaching the Duluth ship canal before turning up the Duluth harbor to the Port Terminal to begin loading wood […]

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Queen Elizabeth II

June 3, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II  is celebrating the 60th anniversary of her reign in England. Today, on the royal barge, she led a seven-mile long flotilla of 1,000 boats on the River Thames. Top left, London Bridge is raised for the flotilla. Bottom left, the Royal Barge has just cleared the bridge. The Queen is dressed in […]

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Dick Bibby turns 90

June 2, 2012

Dick Bibby is 90 years old today. He has never stopped making friends anywhere he goes, and after 90 years, that is a lot of friends. We had a party for him on Friday. Bill Saarinen’s father was a captain on many boats including the Ernest T. Weir, a Hanna boat where Bibby was the […]

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Such a beautiful day in Duluth

May 31, 2012
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HHL Congo brings blades to Duluth

May 28, 2012

The HHL Congo arrived in Duluth on May 19, 2012 (below) with a cargo of wind turbine blades. She was assisted by the Heritage Marine tug Nels J. Launched in 2011 as the Beluga Fealty, this was the HHL Congo’s first trip to Duluth Superior. Above, one of the blades is lifted from the ship’s […]

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Americaborg brings wind turbine parts

May 28, 2012

The Americaborg came into port on May 15, 2012 with wind turbine pieces built in Denmark by Siemens Wind Power. Above, a nacelle has just been discharged from her cargo hold and deposited on ‘Big Red’ for the short trip to the other end of the Port Terminal. After all wind turbine pieces had been […]

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Pro Print runs off 100,000 Duluth Shipping News sheets

May 22, 2012

…  now I will fill in the blanks for the next 100 days, starting Friday. That’s press man Duc Vo making a last check on color and  supreme sales person and advisor Jeanne Carson next to him. I thank them both and Pro Print for their help and for a great job. Now bring on […]

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More from the bear

May 16, 2012

Gary Hopp sent this note and the 2 pictures here taken by Buzzy Winter who works for him at Great Northern Services, Inc. That silly bear was napping in a tree behind our house on Park Point from about 9am to 10am before making his assault on the South Pier. He eventually went to the […]

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Our new bear cam

May 15, 2012

…caught this bear walking along the South Pier this morning (May 15, 2012) Click to enlarge. Below, the bear climbed down from the pier, on its way to the beach. I first heard about it when the Chief Bridge operator, Ryan Beamer made an announcement on the bridge public address system. And you think you […]

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Ebroborg makes a quick trip to Duluth

May 12, 2012

The Dutch flagged Ebroborg came into town on Friday (May 11, 2012) to get bentonite clay at  Hallett Dock #5. She left with her cargo on Saturday morning (above).

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Japan to Duluth and now to Alberta

May 8, 2012

Last night (Monday, May 7, 2012), one of the three large pieces discharged from the Clipper Gemini was slowly moved into place to become part of the train being built to leave for Alberta later today. All three pieces, each on three separate cars,  will be connected to make the train.

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Discharging the Clipper Gemini

May 6, 2012

The first of 3 turbine/generator components was discharged from the Clipper Gemini on Sunday morning, May 6, 2012. Click any image above to see a larger version.

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Clipper Gemini arrives in Duluth

May 5, 2012

Weather delayed the arrival of the Clipper Gemini in Duluth until late afternoon on Saturday, May 5th, 2012. We waited for her but her crew waited a lot longer. For her maiden voyage that ended here in Duluth today, she was loaded in and left Kobe, Japan, on Feb. 23, 2012. En route to Duluth, […]

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Virginiaborg getting beet pulp pellets

May 1, 2012

Anders Gilbertson and his daughter Andrea took this picture of the Virginiaborg on April 30, 2012 while she was loading beet pulp pellets at the General Mills terminal in Duluth. Notice the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge in the background on right side. Thanks to both of you. As of today (Tuesday, May 1), she is […]

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The Buffalo, in and out in a day

April 30, 2012

The Buffalo arrived in Duluth this morning (April 30, 2012) with a cargo of limestone she loaded in Calcite, Michigan around April 28th. After discharging that, she departed the Twin Ports light (above) for Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets for the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River.

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Spring is here: the Vista Star has arrived

April 24, 2012

The Vista Star spent the winter in dry dock in Washburn, Wisconsin but she arrived in Duluth on April 24th to spend the summer with us. Since we last saw the Star, she has been purchased by Justin & Sarah Steinbach. This was a special trip under the Lift Bridge for them; new owners with […]

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Hon. James L. Oberstar comes to town

April 22, 2012

On May 24, 2011, the Interlake Steamship Company renamed the M/V Charles M. Beeghly the Hon. James L. Oberstar, the recently retired United States Congressman from the State of Minnesota.

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No snow but lots of water

April 16, 2012

I keep hearing on the radio that we are getting lots of snow, but I can’t find it. Lake Superior, however, rarely disappoints. Throw in some rocks and a lighthouse, and you can get a nice picture

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First trip here for H. Lee White

April 11, 2012

The US flagged H. Lee White came into port on Tuesday afternoon, April 10, 2012, to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock for Quebec. She departed (above) on Wednesday afternoon, giving her parting salute as she left.

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Watch and listen as the Arubaborg opens the salt water season in Duluth

April 6, 2012

The Dutch flagged Arubaborg opened the salt water season in Duluth Minnesota. Watch her come into port. After passing under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Friday afternoon, April 6, 2012 (see video above), then going back out to the anchorage and then in again on Sunday night, she was finally at the dock at […]

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Arubaborg: First saltwater ship of 2012

April 6, 2012

Arrived: April 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm The 469-foot Arubaborg was the first saltwater ship to arrive in port in 2012, coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 12:43 pm on April 6, 2012. She began her voyage in Europe, stopping in Sault Ste. Marie to discharge steel pipe en route to the Twin […]

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Algoma Quebecois

April 6, 2012

Algoma Quebecois with the James R. Barker and the Arubaborg just behind

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Lee A. Tregurtha arrived Duluth for pellets

April 4, 2012

The Lee A. Tregurtha arrived Duluth today (April 4, 2012) for her 2nd visit to the Twin Ports in 2012. She will be loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. Listen to her boat whistle as she came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.

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Cort visits her many friends in Duluth

April 2, 2012

The Stewart J. Cort made a rare appearance at the Duluth piers today, April 2, 2012 (above and just below). For more information and pictures about the Cort, click here.

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The Paul R. Tregurtha makes first trip of the season to Duluth

March 28, 2012

The Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth on March 25th, 2012 for her first cargo of the season, loading coal as she usually does for Detroit Edison, her usual destination for many years. This video picks her up while she approached the Duluth piers and then moves over to the Calumet fuel dock at the Port Terminal  […]

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The Lee A. Tregurtha arrives Duluth to start her season

March 27, 2012

The Lee A. Tregurtha came to Duluth Superior 16 times last season. You will see her in this video arriving under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on her first trip of the 2012 season when she came in on March 24th, 2012. The other Tregurtha, the Paul R. Tregurtha, arrived 2 hours later. The Paul […]

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Roger Blough leaves Duluth with iron ore pellets for Conneaut.

March 25, 2012

The Roger Blough departed the port of Duluth Minnesota on Saturday, March 24th, 2012 with iron ore pellets for Conneaut, Ohio. She passed by the Canadian flagged Michipicoten on her way out to Lake Superior. She arrived in port for winter layup on January 14th.

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American Spirit leaves winter layup

March 23, 2012

She battled a thick fog but the American Sprit had no trouble getting through the Duluth Harbor, under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and out to Lake Superior on her way to load iron ore pellets in Two Harbors

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Mesabi Miner comes back for more coal

March 19, 2012

The Mesabi Miner came in this morning (March 19, 2012) at 9:15 in the morning, a little earlier than expected, probably making up for the delays she had departing. In each case she was the first of the year, to depart and arrive. Later today, she will be the 2nd boat to depart this season […]

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Mesabi Miner leaving? Later today, probably

March 16, 2012

After loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources on Thursday, the Mesabi Miner moved over to the Holcim Cement Dock (formerly St. Lawrence Cement) for maintenance work on the self unloading boom. She is expected to depart later today (March 16, 3012) for Marquette, Michigan. The picture above was taken this morning at 7:11; below 18 […]

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Mesabi Miner had ice in 2008

March 12, 2012

…not this year; click below to see the way it used to be (the old days) Go here for latest information: www.duluthboats.com

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Boland, Munson in Duluth Superior Port for winter layup

March 10, 2012

The John J. Boland and the John G. Munson in winter layup at Fraser Shipyards on Superior. The Boland arrived on January 5th, 2012; the Munson on January 16th. Both are expected out for the new season; perhaps in late March, or April.

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Still water in Duluth harbor

March 2, 2012

Three views of the Duluth harbor this morning, Friday, March 2, 2012. Top, a crane barge, owned by Duluth Timber, sank in her Railroad Street slip yesterday. The Coast Guard is investigating any potential spills or other hazards that might be involved. Just off the slip, the Coast Guard cutter Alder was sitting still in […]

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Edwin H. Gott at Port Terminal for winter layup

March 1, 2012

The Edwin H. Gott was the last freighter to come home for winter layup, coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 7:45 am on January 18, 2012

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Mesabi Miner at Midwest Energy for layup

February 28, 2012

There are 11 Great Lakes freighters in Duluth Superior this winter. Three have been here for extended layup, 8 came in January and are expected to depart sometime in March or April for the upcoming season. The first to leave will most likely be the Mesabi Miner, seen here at winter layup at Midwest Energy […]

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The month of February: the early years

February 21, 2012

This is the first of several (many?) videos of around 10-15 minutes long I will be creating that use the pictures and information I have collected for a particular month over a number of years. I got started on this when I was looking up pictures from Februarys of long ago to see if any […]

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That was then …

February 19, 2012

and this is now: For immediate release: Sunday, February 19th, 2012 Duluth, MN. —U.S. Coast Guard Station Duluth is issuing a warning that the unusually warm temperatures observed this year have greatly increased the possibility of weakened ice. “Ice conditions are deteriorating rapidly, major wet cracks and ice breaks have been recognized the last few […]

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American Century here for winter layup

February 17, 2012

The American Century (formerly the Columbia Star) came into port for winter layup on January 10th, 2012. She is at Elevator M in Superior.  As always, she was a frequent visitor to the Twin Ports, making 35 visits last year, one less than the year before.

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McCarthy at Ogdensburg Pier in Superior

February 13, 2012

The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. arrived in Duluth on January 12, 2012 for winter layup at the  Ogdensburg Pier of Enbridge Energy in Superior.  It was only her 13th visit to the Twin Ports this season; in past years, she was here 30 to 40 times a year to load coal, usually for Detroit Edison. […]

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Edwin H. Gott, last to come in for the winter

January 19, 2012

Nice for the boats; winter arrived here within minutes of the Heritage Marine tug Nels J making sure the last boat to come in, the Edwin H. Gott, was secure against the dock at the Port Terminal on Wednesday morning, January 18, 2012. The temperature plunged, down to -31 at my home, and a big […]

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Mesabi Miner here for the winter

January 17, 2012

The Edwin H. Gott will be the last boat to come in for winter layup. This morning (January 17, 2012), the Mesabi Miner (above) arrived here after delivering her last cargo of the season in Taconite Harbor. She will spend the winter at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior. That will make it […]

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Schnabel car makes it to Pittsburgh

January 14, 2012

The world’s largest rail car is the Schnabel car, or as Bill Bingman, the Schnabelmeister, calls it, the CEBX800. It has spent a large part of its life in Duluth waiting for the few jobs that call for the world’s largest rail car. Engineers are not dumb and they don’t build things that can’t be […]

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Last trip out for the Gott

January 12, 2012

The Edwin H. Gott arrived in Port on Wednesday evening, January 11, 2012 at 6:50 to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. She left Duluth around noon today (above) to deliver her cargo to Detroit. She will return in about a week for winter layup in Duluth. Listen as she […]

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American Spirit arrives Duluth for winter

January 7, 2012

It took her 50 minutes to go from the Duluth piers to her berth at the Port Terminal. Watch 17 minutes of that trip here; not overly exciting, a little slow but what do you expect from 1,000 feet of Great Lakes freighter at the end of a long season. The American Spirit arrived in […]

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Bye bye CSL Laurentien

January 6, 2012

The video out my window was pretty dark and the ship never blew her whistle but I got this picture while the CSL Laurentien went by my window with her cargo holds filled with CN’s best iron ore pellets. Listen to her whistle here when she departed on November 9, 2013.

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Boland in for winter layup

January 5, 2012

This is the 6th time the John J. Boland has come under the Lift Bridge this season. On her 5 previous visits this year, all after September 20, she usually brought limestone in and loaded coal for her departing cargo. On her September 20th trip here, she discharged limestone and then went to Two Harbors […]

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Duluth Superior winter layup: 2011-12

January 4, 2012

LOCATION   (Updated     1/18/12) VESSEL ARRIVAL DATE CARRIER Port Terminal Berth 1 Edwin H. Gott 1/18/12 GLF/ Key Lakes Port Terminal Berth 4 Roger Blough 1/14/12 GLF/ Key Lakes Garfield Berth C American Spirit 1/7/12 American Steamship Co. Midwest Energy Mesabi Miner 1/17/12  Interlake Steamship Fraser Shipyards Edward L. Ryerson 5/18/09 Central Marine Logistics Fraser […]

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Schnabel-Gott

January 4, 2012

The Edwin H. Gott (background), the most powerful vessel on the Great Lakes, arrived this morning (January 4, 2012) at 7:11. She is here to load fuel and then go over to Burlington Northern to load iron ore pellets. The Schnabel car (foreground) has been in the Twin Ports for several years. She is the […]

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One Tregurtha out, another in

December 26, 2011

The Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth on Monday morning, December 26, 2011 after loading 64,000 tons of coal for her usual destination, the Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair Michigan. A little over an hour later, the Lee A. Tregurtha (right) came in to get fuel and then load iron ore pellets at the […]

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Boland leaves for Marquette

December 21, 2011

The John J. Boland came into port around 2 am on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 to load coal at Midwest Energy in Superior. She left around 3:30 in the afternoon (above) for Marquette, Michigan. Listen as she sounded a salute to the bridge, and to those of us greeting her.

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Paul R, the Bridge and Bentleyville

December 18, 2011

At 5:00 Sunday afternoon, December 18, 2011, the lights at Bentleyville were turned on. Half an hour later,  the Paul R. Tregurtha came by to say hello on her way out the door with a Christmas present for Detroit Edison, 64,000 tons of coal. If it is bad to get a lump of coal in […]

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Mackinaw here; maybe Thunder Bay later

December 16, 2011

 The Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw has been in the Twin Ports for a couple weeks for bow thruster repairs at the Fraser Shipyards. She is currently (Friday, December 16, 2011) moored at the DECC (above) but is expected to depart in the next couple days to begin another season of ice breaking on the Great […]

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First ice and a breaker!

December 6, 2011

That is the Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay docked behind the DECC. Coincidently (??), the first ice of the season is just in front of her. I am entertaining captions for the picture. She has been here many times to help us fight the ice. Go to the Biscayne Bay page to see more pictures […]

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Moezelborg discharges propant …

December 4, 2011

… loaded in Ust Luga, a relatively new Russian port, close to St. Petersburg. The Moezelborg arrived in Duluth at 1:57 am on Sunday morning, December 4, 2011.

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The Paul R. brightens a gray day

November 30, 2011

The Paul R. Tregurtha, at 1,013 feet 6 inches long, is the largest boat on the Great Lakes. She is  here approaching the Duluth ship canal on her way to the  Midwest Energy Resources coal dock to load 64,000  tons of coal for Detroit Edison  power plants in Monroe and St. Clair, Michigan. Listen as […]

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Great Lakes Trader makes it in while the sun still shines

November 29, 2011

The Great Lakes Trader made her first trip to the Twin Ports in September, 2000 and has been to the Twin Ports 127 times since. Today (November 29, 2011) is her 12th visit this season. On this trip, she brought in limestone to discharge before leaving to load iron ore pellets in Silver Bay. Often […]

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Three toots from the Barker; we got 2 of them

November 27, 2011

The James R. Barker deserves an award for remembering those of us who are standing at the Duluth ship canal when she goes under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, or might be watching her on DSNTV. Today, Sunday, November 27, 2011, she departed around 3 in the afternoon with coal loaded at Midwest Energy Resources […]

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Duluth Shipping News Interview

November 27, 2011

The Duluth Shipping News has finally hit the big time; we were the subject for an Anne Kunkel Journalism project at UMD recently. Check it out below. Anne is in her third year at the University of Minnesota Duluth with a major in Journalism and minor in Communication.  Besides school, she works a full time […]

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Sam Laud leaving for Silver Bay

November 26, 2011

The Sam Laud departed Duluth on Saturday afternoon, November 26, 2011, after discharging limestone. She is going up to Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets. Listen to her whistle as she approached the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge

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No ice today, just wind and sleet and cold

November 26, 2011

I know the weather is a little bad today but I wasn’t expecting to see the best ice breaker on the Great Lakes in town today (Saturday, November 26, 2011). The Canadian flagged Samuel Risley, usually here only when the ice is very bad, came to get a buoy that the Alder picked up for […]

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The Cason J. Callaway passes by the Mesabi Miner in the Duluth harbor

November 25, 2011

At 7:15 this morning (November 25, 2011), the Cason J. Calloway (at left)  came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge with limestone as the Mesabi Miner was departing with coal for Detroit Edison.

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We see the Alpena at the Duluth entry!

November 20, 2011

The Alpena made her 8th trip of the season to the Twin Ports on November 20, 2011. Listen to her whistle as she arrived.

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Bentleyville opens!

November 19, 2011
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Isa here for 16th trip

November 16, 2011

  The Isa arrived in Duluth this afternoon (November 16, 2011) for her 16th trip here since she came here in August, 1999, on a long trip that started in Japan. The Isa was built in Chiba, Japan. After launch festivities, they left the shipyard for Fukuyama, where they loaded steel slabs and headed out […]

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The Varnebank, here for her 10th trip

November 11, 2011

The Varnebank departed Duluth today (November 11, 2011) after loading beet pulp pellets that will be used for animal feed in Europe. Listen to her whistle as she left the Twin Ports.

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The Great Republic here with limestone

November 10, 2011

Listen to her whistle as she left under the Lift Bridge on Thursday, November 10, 2011. More on the Great Republic here.

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Leitch leaves salt; takes iron ore pellets

November 9, 2011

Sometimes, I just have to look out my windows and walk to work to find out what is going on, or at least what I think is going on. Take today (Wednesday, November 9, 2011). Or last night first, I looked out my window and saw the pile of salt that the John D. Leitch […]

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Tufty Here

November 5, 2011

The Tufty came into port this afternoon  (Saturday, November 5, 2011).

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Adriaticborg brings more wind turbine parts

November 3, 2011

The Adriaticborg arrived on November 2, 2011 to discharge wind turbine parts loaded in Aarhus, Denmark. She brought 15 hubs, 3 power units and one 20 foot container; the cargo was loaded in Aarhus, Denmark for Siemens. Wind turbine technology keeps advancing. These hubs are bigger than earlier ones and they have to be plugged […]

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Statue of Liberty revisited

November 2, 2011

It has been pointed out to me that I did not have to fly all the way to New York City to see the Statue of Liberty. Any one want to guess where in Duluth this one is located? Beth Duncan, at the Marine Museum, is not eligible to enter this contest since she told […]

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Quebecois here with cement

November 1, 2011

The Quebecois is here discharging cement at the Holcim facility, formerly St. Lawrence Cement. Earlier this year, she, along with the entire Upper Lakes Group fleet, was sold to Algoma Central. Her name has been changed to the Algoma Quebecois although she is still sailing under her previous name. Listen to her whistle as she […]

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American Integrity in Silver Bay

October 31, 2011

Steve Anderson took this picture of the American Integrity at the dock at Silver Bay on October 27, 2011 from a unique angle at a port we don’t see so often on this page. He was nice enough to share it with me so I now share it with you. After making two round trips […]

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Great Lakes Trader arrives Duluth

October 30, 2011

The tug/barge Great Lakes Trader arrived Duluth on Sunday, October 30th, 2011. Listen to her whistle as she came under the Lift Bridge.

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Gott here for only 2nd time this season

October 30, 2011

The Edwin H. Gott was in Duluth today (October 30, 2011) for only the second time this season. She loaded iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth and is seen (and heard) here leaving to take her cargo to Conneaut, Ohio. While she often takes iron ore pellets to Conneaut, this season […]

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Happy Birthday to Statue of Liberty

October 28, 2011

I have a live web cam pointed at the Lift Bridge so we can watch the ships that come and go under it, but there is probably only a ship in the picture 10 to 20 minutes a day. While you can see traffic going over the bridge most all the time, we can already […]

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Algomarine greets visitors to the ship canal

October 28, 2011

The Algomarine came into port on Friday afternoon, October 28th, 2011. She is here to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. Listen to her whistle as she came under the Lift Bridge.

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The Buffalo blows her horn

October 28, 2011

Despite her preference for warm weather in the winter and a questionable love of a particular football team, we all love Jill, seen here watching her favorite boat, the Buffalo, go by in August, 2010. The Buffalo passed by my window today (Friday, October 28, 2011) but it was so cold out there that I […]

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Richelieu arrives to load coal

October 26, 2011

Click to listen to her whistle as she arrived today (October 26, 2011) (Picture above and below). Go here for more information about the Richelieu.

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Great Republic comes home to Duluth

October 26, 2011

The Great Republic came into port today (October 26, 2011) with limestone to discharge at the CN dock and then to load iron ore pellets. Listen here to her arrival this morning. Listen here to her whistle as she arrived today (October 26, 2011)

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Herbert C. Jackson arrives with coal …

October 26, 2011

The Herbert C. Jackson is here to discharge at Hallett Dock #5. She will then move a slip down the St. Louis River to the CN Dock to load iron ore pellets. Listen here to her whistle as she arrived today (October 26, 2011)

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Nice and warm; cold and ice coming

October 22, 2011

The Alder looked like they had a  lot of folks on board enjoying the sun when they came into port on Saturday, October 22, 2011. They may have some sunny days from now until the end of the shipping season in mid-January, 2012 but the days won’t be so warm and the blue water will […]

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Two boats, two whistles: Algolake and Callaway

October 21, 2011

Late afternoon on October 21, 2011, the Algolake departed with iron ore pellets and shortly after she went under, the Cason J. Callaway departed on the same lift. Listen to each salute the bridge: first the Algolake and then the Callaway

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Waves to the American Mariner

October 21, 2011

The American Mariner arrived Duluth on Friday, October 21st around noon. She is loading wheat at General Mills in Superior to take to Buffalo. She follows the path that the Kinsman Independent (now called the Ojibway) used to take for many years, keeping General Mills flour mills filled with wheat so they can make lots […]

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Presque Isle departs Duluth for Two Harbors

October 20, 2011

After discharging limestone at the CN dock in West Duluth, the Presque Isle departed Duluth and made her turn to Two Harbors where she will load iron ore pellets.  Listen to her whistle and the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge response.

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Listen to the Mesabi Miner depart Duluth

October 15, 2011

It was a beautiful Fall day in Duluth (October 15, 2011) when the Mesabi Miner departed the port after loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. Listen to her whistle and the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge response.

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Medemborg arrives for bentonite

October 14, 2011

The Medemborg arrived Duluth on Friday afternoon, October 14, 2011. This is her 10th visit to the Twin Ports since she was built in 1997, her first visit this season. She was here twice last year. She will be loading bentonite on this trip; in past trips, she has loaded beet pulp pellets and other […]

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American Courage brings limestone and a nice whistle

October 13, 2011

  Listen to her whistle:  American Courage coming into port on Thursday, October 13, 2011

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Two toots from the Block

October 11, 2011

The Joseph L. Block came into port on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 with a cargo of limestone to discharge; she will then load iron ore pellets at the CN Dock and depart. Listen to her whistle, twice , first to the bridge while in the ship canal and then to the passing Vista Queen after […]

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Juno departs Duluth with a whistle salute

October 10, 2011

The Polish Steamship Company’s new build Juno came into port on Monday evening, October 10, 2011. She will be loading grain. Click to listen to it

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The McCarthy whistles a happy tune ….

October 9, 2011

Listen to it as the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departs Duluth on Sunday afternoon, October 9, 2011 with iron ore pellets.

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Barker makes some noise

October 8, 2011

The James R. Barker departed Duluth around noon on October 8, 2011 with 58,000 tons of coal for Presque Isle, Michigan. She will be back on Tuesday to load more coal, this time for Detroit Edison power plants in Monroe and St. Clair, Michigan. James R. Barker’s whistle as she departs Duluth on October 8, […]

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Lynx win!

October 8, 2011
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