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Seems like only yesterday

February 26, 2015 · 8 comments


The article above about the Duluth Shipping News, and its publisher custodian  and head writer, appeared in the Winter, 2014-15 edition of the Port Authority’s quarterly magazine, North Star Port. Click the pic for a larger, more readable version.


Waiting and waiting

February 20, 2015 · 2 comments

If UPS isn’t delivering that spare part you need for your refrigerator or the computer you ordered last month, it is probably in a container on one of these ships sitting at anchor off the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. I recently purchased an Apple IPhone to be delivered by UPS. They gave me a tracking link so I could follow its progress. Most of what I buy is sitting in a warehouse somewhere in this country, actually probably in an Amazon warehouse. This one started in China so I followed it while it waited at the dock in China, made a stop in Japan and then headed across the Pacific Ocean.
With West Coast docks off-line due to a strike by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) with port operators along the U.S. West Coast, industries of all kinds are preparing for the worst. And in a global economy, the worst can be anything; coffee prices may go up as importers move to use air planes to move the beans, cars you bought in Japan that will not get here and parts for cars built here that depend upon parts built there will not get off the assembly line. And it goes the other way too. Fruit, meat and many other commodities are not getting to countries that depend on US farmers for food. And that is just the cargo that is waiting to be shipped; there is a lot of cargo sitting in the containers on these big ships; some of it perishable
Pictures courtesy of the LA Times; more here: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ports-20150219-story.html#lightbox=82843219&slide=1


Some years ago, I thought Twitter was kind of stupid. Then I started to read what David Carr of the New York Times was writing about it. Then I started to read most everything that Carr wrote. He alerted me to check my Twitter feed each morning, if I was a reporter or if I wanted to know what was going on in the world. So I started to do that and now i know everything that is going on in the world. Unfortunately, last night, as I was going through my Twitter feed, I read davidcarr2015-02-13_9-58-41that Carr had just collapsed in the news room of the New York Times and died in the hospital shortly after. As he promised, many read about his death in their Twitter feed last night before seeing it anywhere else. At first, I did not believe it, thinking it was just another internet false alarm. I went to the New York Times web site where his death was confirmed.

Earlier in the evening he led a panel discussion. The picture here was taken then, just hours before he died.

In reading about him last night, I found he was a Minneapolis guy and worked for the Reader many years ago. I read him there too, long before Twitter or the Internet was invented.

Twitter lets you know on the side of the screen what topics are trending at the moment and it came as no surprise that David Carr leads the list today. He was only 58 and I will miss him greatly.

We will soon lose Jon Stewart who may have been the only good source for real news we had, even if it was disguised as fake news. Stewart of course is still very much alive and pondering his next adventure.

Bob Simon died Wednesday night in a hospital after a car accident in New York City. It was the same hospital where Carr would die the next night. Simon was a foreign correspondent for CBS and has been on Sixty Minutes for many years. He stood out from many news people with a unique style and insight. During the early days of the Gulf War in 1991, while he was on assignment to cover the war, he was captured by the Iraqi army, imprisoned and tortured for 6 weeks, taking his job of foreign correspondent a little too seriously.

During his imprisonment, CBS prepared an obituary tape to be used if he did not return. It took him a long time before he could look at his ‘obituary.’ Unfortunately, we may soon be able to see it now.

He is still on the Twitter trending list, just below BritishSexPositions.

I experienced a new, and somewhat strange, emotion after reading about Carr on Twitter. I of course never knew him but I read his many tweets every day and felt a little like I did know him. I lost a friend I came to know only 140 characters at a time but for a long time.


Some ice, some water and two sharks

February 3, 2015

On Tuesday, February 3, 2015. No groundhogs here so we settled for some dancing sharks on the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. Here is a link to the full Katy Perry Super Bowl 12 minute show

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Munson last boat of the season

January 20, 2015

The John G. Munson closed the 2014 shipping season for the port of Duluth Superior when she arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 9:28 on the morning of January 20, 2015. The tug Nels J. made a trip through the Duluth harbor just before she arrived. Below, the Munson is about ready to […]

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Mesabi Miner in for winter

January 19, 2015

The Mesabi Miner came in on Monday morning, January 19, 2015 after discharging her last cargo of coal at Presque Isle in Marquette. After stopping for fuel, she began to move over to Midwest Energy Resources to spend the winter. She had a tug assist from a Great Lakes Towing tug, seen here (just barely) […]

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Aird to Duluth 6 times this season

January 13, 2015

The John B. Aird departed Duluth at 11 am on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, with iron ore pellets loaded at the CN dock in West Duluth. This was her 6th and last trip to the Twin Ports this season. She loaded iron ore pellets on each of those visits; last year, she made only 3 […]

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Last trip for the Tregurtha this year

January 12, 2015

Sometimes in the winter, the hardest thing for a boat to do is make a dock; even if the course thru the ice is not much of a problem. A 1,000 footer weighs a lot and can brush aside a lot of loose ice as it goes thru the harbor. Moving all 1,013 feet up […]

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American Integrity in for winter layup

January 7, 2015

The American Integrity was the first of 6 vessels coming here for winter layup. She arrived this morning, January 7, 2015 around 11:30. Winter layup, Duluth Superior, January, 2015 Location Vessel Arrival Date Carrier Port Terminal Berth 1 Edwin H. Gott Canceled for Twin Ports GLF/ Key Lakes Port Terminal Berth 6 American Integrity 1/7/2015 […]

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Clear and cold

January 5, 2015

The Whitefish Bay arrived Duluth at noon on Monday, January 5, 2015 to get fuel at Calumet before moving over to the Burlington Northern to load iron ore pellets. The North Carolina was waiting at the bridge for the Whitefish Bay to arrived before she went out into the lake.

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Celebrate 2015 in Duluth

January 2, 2015

Above, the Lee A. Tregurtha started things off in the new year when she departed Duluth at 8:24 in the morning on January 1, 2015. The Paul R. Tregurtha, below, was the first boat to arrive in the Twin Ports this year at 3:17 in the afternoon. In between those two, the Mesabi Miner left […]

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Indiana Harbor here for more coal

December 29, 2014

The Indiana Harbor comes under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on December 29, 2014. I am waiting for the world’s largest Christmas ‘tree’ to come down but at least the leaves are off the trees that frame this shot in warmer weather. This is her 26th trip to the Twin Ports this season. After fueling […]

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Snow, rain, ice and the Lee A. Tregurtha

December 22, 2014

… arriving Duluth on December 22, 2014 for fuel and to discharge at Hallett #8

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Palmerton arrives

December 14, 2014

The Palmerton arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Sunday afternoon, December 14, 2014 with structural steel to discharge at the Port Terminal. Below, she gets an assist from the Heritage Marine tug Helen H.

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Tug Nickelena brings Ro-Ro barge to Duluth

December 11, 2014

Ro-Ro being Roll on Roll off, as in Roll that pressure vessel onto the barge,  take it to Duluth and Roll it Off. Here the Nickelena is moving the barge up to the back of the slip at the Port Terminal, where the cargo will come off the barge. Below is a video of the […]

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Juno under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge

December 8, 2014

Here the Juno arrives Duluth on December 8, 2014. She made one other trip to Duluth, in October, 2011.

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Mamry joins a kayaker

December 6, 2014

The Mamry has been sitting at anchor for a week or more but may finally come in this evening (December 6, 2014), leaving our friendly kayaker alone on the lake. She probably won’t be the last salt water ship to leave the port. She will replace the Erieborg at Gavilon in Superior tonight. Salt water […]

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Not fair, it is only November 28

November 28, 2014

While the Presque Isle waits to leave for Two harbors, the Great Republic makes her way thru the suddenly iced over Duluth harbor. It is only November 28!!

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Kom comes to Duluth for Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014

There are many reasons why Paul Scinocca (above) is a better photographer than I am. One is his ability to get down and dirty when taking a picture. I might try that sometime (not); getting back up would be the hard part. BTW, the temperature on this Thanksgiving morning, November 26, 2014 was 4 degrees […]

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Baie Comeau in Duluth for coal

November 25, 2014

The Baie Comeau arrived Duluth on November 25, 2014 to load coal  for Quebec at Midwest Energy. It was her 15th trip here this season; she was here 7 times in 2013, her first year in service.

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Tregurtha departs for Marquette

November 19, 2014

The Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth on Wednesday morning, November 19, 2914 with 66,000 tons of coal for Presque Isle in Michigan. This was her 34th trip here this season; she was here 49 times last year.

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Saltie departs Duluth

November 11, 2014

This was her first trip to the Twin Ports; she brought machinery here that will soon go to the Twin Cities.

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Two saltwater ships at the Port Terminal

November 11, 2014

The Muntgracht arrived Duluth on November 11, 2014, on her first trip to the Twin Ports. Above, she discharged machinery at the Port Terminal that will be loaded onto trucks that will carry it to its final destination in the Twin Cities. Below, the Yulia arrived Duluth on November 7, 2014 to discharge kaolin clay […]

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3 arrivals on November 7, 2014

November 7, 2014

The Philip R. Clarke, James R. Barker and CSL Niagara came into port under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Friday afternoon, November 7, 2014.

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