Archives for April 2004

McCarthy loads coal for Detroit Edison

The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived Duluth to load coal
The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived last night to load coal for a Detroit Edison power plant. Its original name was Belle River but it was changed to the current name in the spring of 1990, when Mr. McCarthy retired from his position as Chairman of the Board of Detroit Edison. Mr. McCarthy and his wife still make a trip on the boat every year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/30/2004

Fodas Pescadores here from China

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The Taiwanese owned and Panamanian flagged Fodas Pescadores has been loading wheat for Italy and should depart today, weather permitting. The vessel’s captain and chief engineer are from Taiwan while the other officers and crew live in mainland China. There are a total of 17 on board.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/29/2004

Columbia Star here for coal

columbiastar211021-143The Columbia Star (now the American Century) made 33 trips to the Twin Ports last year. On 32 of those trips, she loaded coal for lower lakes ports in the US and Canada. On her last trip of the season, last January, she loaded taconite. She is 1,000 feet long.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/28/2004

 

Great Lakes Trader & Joyce L. Van Enkevort

greatlakestrader201109-124The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader is here to load taconite. The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort, with an elevated pilot house, connects to the barge and provides the power to the vessel. It was here 22 times last year (2003).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/27/2004

Stewart J. Cort, first thousand footer

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The Stewart J. Cort was launched in 1972 at Erie, Pennsylvania. Its bow and stern were built in Mississippi and welded together. This ‘vessel’ then sailed to Erie where the two pieces were split apart and a midbody was inserted between them. All parts were then welded together, creating the first 1,000 footer on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/26/2004

Veerseborg here for grain

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The Dutch flagged Veerseborg is here to load grain. At 433 feet, she is shorter than most ocean going boats that come here. She carries a crew of only nine. Bigger ships that come here have crews of 20 or more.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/25/2004

Mesabi Miner returns to Duluth

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The Mesabi Miner was christened at the Port Terminal in Duluth in 1977. Muriel Humphrey broke the bottle of champagne over her bow, and Senator Humphrey gave a speech. Then thousands of red, white and blue balloons came out of the boat’s cargo holds.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/24/2004