Archives for May 2004

Burns Harbor is here frequently

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The Burns Harbor comes to the Twin Ports more than most boats. It made 36 trips here last year but only went under the Lift Bridge twice, arriving once and departing once. It almost exclusively enters by way of the Superior entry and quickly ties up at the Burlington Northern dock to load taconite. It is one of 13 thousand foot boats currently working the Great Lakes. Photo taken January 1, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-31-2004

Blough will discharge limestone

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The Roger Blough is coming to Duluth today for the 4th time this year. It will discharge limestone using its unique 54-foot unloading boom protruding from the stern of the boat. It will then go to Two Harbors to load taconite for the lower lakes. Above, she is coming in for her winter layup on January 20th of this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-30-2004

Indiana Harbor departs Duluth

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The Indiana Harbor was built in 1979. On its first trip, it went to Two Harbors to load taconite for Indiana Harbor, Indiana, the home of Inland Steel. It is one of 13 thousand foot boats working the Great Lakes, all flying US flags.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-29-2004

Irma loading grain today

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The Irma is here loading grain and should depart today. Owned and operated by the Polish Steamship Company, it was built in 2000 and makes heavy use of computers. The ship uses an unmanned engine room, although an alarm will sound in the Chief Engineer’s room if a human is needed. Photo taken May 29, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-28-2004

Reserve arrives with limestone

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The Reserve is here today to discharge limestone that it loaded in Calcite, Michigan. It will leave here to load taconite in Silver Bay for Cleveland.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-27-2004

Sundew to be decommissioned

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The Sundew will leave the dock at Coast Guard Station Duluth this morning at 8 for the last time to make the short trip across the harbor to its new home next to the William A. Irvin at the DECC . The official decommissioning ceremony will be held on Thursday morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-26-2004

Greenstone II leaves Fraser

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The Marine Tech tug Miss Laura will tow the fuel barge Greenstone II out of the Fraser Shipyard in Superior today. The Greenstone II is the first vessel to be launched from the shipyard in nearly 40 years. The tug will take it to Houghton, Michigan where it will be used to carry fuel from Houghton to Isle Royale in Lake Superior.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-25-2004

David Z. Norton

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The David Z. Norton was here once in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2002. It made three trips here in 2003. The boat’s main job since it was built in 1973 is to carry taconite up the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland to the J & L Steel plant, now called ISG (International Steel Group Inc.). Photo taken September 26, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-24-2004

Presque Isle a 1000 foot tug/barge

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The tug-barge combination Presque Isle brought limestone into port and should depart today with a load of taconite. Together, the vessel is 1,000 feet long and is considered one of the 13 thousand foot freighters working the Great Lakes today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-23-2004

CSL Tadoussac is bigger now

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A boat called the Tadoussac made many trips to Duluth since it was built in 1969. In 2001, it was widened from 75 feet to 78 feet and its cargo self-unloading system was upgraded. It was then relaunched as the CSL Tadoussac. (CSL stands for Canada Steamship Lines) Photo taken July 26, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-22-2004

Daviken to load chrome ore

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The Bahamian flagged Daviken should be arriving today to load chrome ore for Sweden. This is its 4th visit here since 1996. It was here once in 1998, again in 1999 and once in 2001. It was built in 1983.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-21-2004

Anderson a favorite sight

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The Arthur M. Anderson was named for a director of U.S. Steel in 1952. It is best known as the boat that trailed the Edmund Fitzgerald when the Fitzgerald went down near Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-20-2004

Federal Weser is Cyprus flagged

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The Federal Weser was here twice last year. It departed Duluth last May with a cargo of wheat for Spain. The Federal Weser was built in China in 2002 and is one of five sister ships. Photo taken May 14, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-19-2004

Kiyi studies fish of the Great Lakes

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The Ashland, Wisconsin based Kiyi came into port last night. It will leave again this morning at 8 am. Operated by the Lake Superior Biological Station of the U.S. Geological Survey, the Kiyi is on a one month fish sampling tour of Lake Superior. Several years ago, they provided the Aquarium with some of the fish they found in Lake Superior, specifically the deepwater sculpin, the burbot and some 9-spine sticklebacks. They will work out of Duluth for several days this week.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-18-2004

Balticland arrives for grain

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The Balticland is the 15th foreign flagged vessel to come to Duluth Superior this year. It hasn’t been here since 1997 when it arrived under the name Nomadic Pollux. It will be loading grain and weather permitting, will depart the Twin Ports this evening. Photo taken May 14, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-17-2004

Federal Agno crew waiting and waving

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Captain Florencio Jampil, along with 5 fresh crewmembers, flew into Duluth from the Philippines to relive some of their shipmates aboard the Federal Agno. Here they are waving to crewmembers aboard the ship as it came into port yesterday. They joined the ship an hour later.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-16-2004

Federal Agno under the Aerial Lift Bridge

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The Federal Agno should arrive late Saturday evening to load bentonite. This ship was built as the Federal Asahi (1) in 1985, but was renamed in 1989. It was not here last year, but made two trips here in 2002, and two trips also in 2000. Photo taken May 26, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-15-2004

Mark Hannah tug/barge carries saltwater

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The tug Mark Hannah is bringing in a barge of calcium chloride today. More commonly known as salt water, it will be used to keep the dust down on country roads in Minnesota.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-14-2004

Algolake arrives to load coal

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The Canadian flagged Algolake will be here today to load about 30,000 tons of low sulfur coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke, Ontario. It will take about 6 hours to complete loading. It will then depart Duluth, probably very early on Friday morning. Photo taken July 26, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-13-2004

Oglebay Norton almost always loads coal

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The Oglebay Norton will be here today to load coal for Detroit Edison. It was here 39 times last year, loading coal on almost every trip. It carried a couple taconite cargos to the lower lakes last year. It is one of 13 US flagged thousand footers working the Great Lakes. Photo taken January 5, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-12-2004

Vlieborg departs with grain

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The Dutch flagged Vlieborg will be here today to load grain. Built in 1999, it was here only one other time, in 2001. At 434 feet long, it is one of the smaller ships to come to Duluth. Photo taken September 13, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-11-2004

Medemborg loads beet pulp pellets

The Dutch flagged Medemborg will be here today for the sixth time since she was built in 1997. As she did on her one trip here last year, she will be loading beet pulp pellets, brought here by train from North Dakota. Beet pulp pellets, a by-product of sugar beet processing, is used for animal feed in Europe. Picture taken August 25, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-10-2004

Callaway departing the harbor

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Earlier this week, the Cason J. Callaway loaded limestone in Stoneport, Michigan. She is here today discharging that cargo. Later today, she should depart for Two Harbors where she will load taconite. Picture taken December 3, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-09-2004

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin welcomed to town

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The H.M. Griffith was built in 1973. In 2000, the engine-room portion of that vessel was combined with a new hull. The ‘new’ vessel became the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, named after Canada’s 21st Prime Minister and the former president of Canada Steamship Lines, the owner of the boat. Picture taken July 5, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-08-2004

Alpena enters ship canal

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Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, the Alpena will be here today to discharge cement. She is one of the oldest and prettiest boats working the Great Lakes, and she has one of the best, and loudest, steam whistles on the Great Lakes too.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-07-2004

Reserve approaching Aerial Lift Bridge

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The Reserve made 11 trips here last year, often bringing limestone as it is today. It usually loaded taconite here for a downbound cargo, although today, she will depart for Silver Bay to pick up taconite. Picture taken on November 29, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-06-2004

Atlantic Superior arriving

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The Atlantic Superior started life under that name in 1982. It was changed to the M. H. Baker III for a while but it is now back sailing under the original name. Working now in the Great Lakes, the boat has also spent time working the coast of Europe and also some time on the Pacific Ocean. Picture taken April 29, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-05-2004

Atlantic Erie takes to salt water and fresh

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The Canadian flagged Atlantic Erie was here 4 times last year, each time loading taconite. The name reflects the vessel’s ability to work both in the Great Lakes and on the ocean. Unlike most Lakers that come to Duluth, this vessel has been to places such as Spain, Holland and many other international ports, all accessible only by ocean going vessels.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-04-2004

Canadian Olympic loads coal

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The Canadian Olympic loaded coal on January 14th (above). Her self unloader is in a raised position to allow access to the boat’s cargo holds. The coal loader, at the right, is loading coal into a hold toward the bow of the boat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-03-2004

Joseph L. Block has been around…

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The Joseph L. Block was built for Inland Steel in 1976. It was here 7 times last year, usually discharging limestone and then going to Two Harbors to load taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-02-2004

Edwin H. Gott arrives

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The Edwin H. Gott was named for the President of the United States Steel Company from 1967 to 1969. The vessel’s maiden voyage left Milwaukee on February 16, 1979 for Two Harbors to load iron ore.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-01-2004