Nice night for a boat ride

Above, the now privately owned and operated Sundew eases past the current US Coast Guard cutter Alder at her dock on Park Point on Monday evening, August 14, 2017. Below, the tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort was pushing the barge Erie Trader through the Duluth harbor. Formerly the Lakes Contender, they are here to load iron ore pellets at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) dock … [Read more...]

Back to work after …

… a day of rain. Above, the BBC Campana is still at Riverland Ag loading grain on this her first trip to the Twin Ports.  Below, the Algoma Mariner is still discharging salt at the North American Salt Dock, next door to Riverland Ag, above. The Algoma Mariner was officially built in 2011, but click here to see her unusual back story. She has only been here 7 times since … [Read more...]

Salt water ships I have visited

Because of Homeland Security, I don’t get on board as many ships as I used to. I have compiled a slideshow of a variety of salt water ships that I visited from 1999 forward. And I added some commentary as well. This is the first of what I hope will be several such shows. … [Read more...]

Block here for 9th trip this season

The Joseph L. Block arrived Duluth on Sunday, July 23, 2017 to load iron ore material at the Hallett #5 Dock in West Duluth. This is her 9th trip here this season. She was here 15 times last season. On most of her trips this year, she brought limestone to discharge at the CN Dock and the Hallett #5 dock next door and once to the Graymont Superior plant. She loaded iron ore … [Read more...]

Blough met by large crowd on a beautiful summer day

The Roger Blough arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this afternoon (July 14, 2017) around 2pm. She is going to load iron ore pellets at the BN dock in Superior but came in the Duluth entry to get fuel at the Calumet fuel dock at the Port Terminal before going to BN. This is only her 3rd trip to Duluth this season; she loaded iron ore pellets at BN both … [Read more...]

Same ship: different names and cargos

The HR Constellation came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning (July 6, 2017) about 11 o’clock and went over to the Hallett #5 dock (at right) to load bentonite. This is the first trip for this ship under this name; she was here twice in 2007 when she was the Beluga Constitution, once in July, 2007 when she discharged wind turbine base units from Spain and after … [Read more...]

Callaway in before fireworks

The Cason J. Callaway arrived Duluth shortly before the Aerial Bridge closed down for the fireworks, around 4:30 on July 4th. (The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. followed her in about an hour later.) The Callaway brought a cargo of limestone to discharge here before leaving for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. This was only her 4th trip to the Twin Ports this season; she was here … [Read more...]

Federal Agno gets new crew in Duluth

Go back in time and join the crew flown to Duluth to replace crew members on the soon to arrive Federal Agno. They look at some of my pictures, visit the Marine Museum and answer visitor questions, then go wave to their ship as it came in; later they submit to a Coast Guard inspection. … [Read more...]

Prosna back for second time

The Polish operated Prosna arrived Duluth for her second trip yesterday (June 26, 2017) at 8pm, on her way over to CHS 2 to load grain. Built in 2012, like many foreign flagged vessels that come to Duluth, she was named for a river, the Prosna River in Poland. I posted some pictures of that river and a running race that runs through it here when she was here for the first time, … [Read more...]

Veterinarians say hello to Paul

About 100 members of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association were in town today (June 23, 2017) for a seminar at The Inn on Lake Superior. Lunch break happened at the same time the Paul R. Tregurtha came into port to load coal. They grabbed their picnic lunch boxes and headed down to the ship canal. … [Read more...]

Mesabi Miner arrives Duluth for coal

The Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth today around 4pm to load 68,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy for Detroit Energy power stations in St. Clair and Monroe, both cities in Michigan. This is her 4th trip to the Twin Ports this season; she was here 13 times last year and she made 40 trips to the Twin Ports in 2015. … [Read more...]