Archives for June 2004

Canadian Transport arrives

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The Canadian Transport was built in 1979, the same year that some additional breadth was allowed for vessels transiting the Welland Canal. Instead of being 75 feet wide, the previous maximum width, she is that plus 10 inches. The additional 10 inches allows for 31,800 more cubic feet of cargo space.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-30-2004

Inviken is one of the Vikens

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The Inviken (above, arriving in Duluth last night) is here discharging steel coils. It is a Norwegian owned ship flying the flag of the Bahamas with a crew from the Philippines. The owner, Viken Shipping, also operates the Daviken, Goviken, Sandviken, and the Utviken. They all visit the Twin Ports periodically.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-29-2004

Iglehart carries cement

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The J.A.W. Iglehart was built in 1936. At 501 feet long, it is the largest cement carrier to operate on the Great Lakes. Past names such as Pan Amoco betray its former life as an ocean going oil tanker. Her high bow is also a reminder of her days fighting large ocean waves. Photo taken September 27, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-28-2004

Montrealais here today

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The Montrealais was a frequent visitor to the Twin Ports from the late 90’s to 2001, visiting from four to ten times a year. It was only here once in 2002 and twice the next year. This is the second visit this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-27-2004

Algonorth

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The Algonorth started life in 1970 as a 527 foot ocean going bulk carrier called the Temple Bar. Today, it is a 729 foot Great Lakes bulk carrier. The transformation from ocean to Great Lakes carrier occurred in Singapore in 1976. Photo taken November 19, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-26-2004

Atlantic Huron will load taconite

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The Atlantic Huron should arrive today to load taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. She was first called the Prairie Harvest. She took her present name in 1989 but lost it in 1994 when it became the Melvin H. Baker. In 1998, it again became the Atlantic Huron. That name reflects the boat’s ability to venture out into the Atlantic Ocean, a place most lake boats never visit.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-25-2004

Paul R. will take coal to Marquette

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The Paul R. Tregurtha will be loading about 61,000 tons of coal today for the Presque Isle power plant in Marquette, Michigan. It will then return to Midwest Energy to load coal for Taconite Harbor. It will be back again in a couple days to load coal for its usual destination at St. Clair, Michigan for Detroit Edison. It is unusual for a big 1,000 footer to carry two Lake Superior cargos in a row.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-24-2004

Joseph H. Frantz

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Built in 1924, the Joseph H. Frantz sat out the shipping season two years ago, and some thought it might spell the end. The Kinsman Independent had been coming here for years, carrying wheat from Midwest farms to flour mills in Buffalo, New York. When it was decommissioned, the Frantz was brought in to replace it.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-23-2004

Oglebay Norton will take coal

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The Oglebay Norton is the namesake of the Oglebay Norton Company of Cleveland, Ohio, one of the oldest mining companies in the country. It will be departing today with about 61,000 tons of coal for delivery to Detroit Edison at St. Clair, Michigan. Photo taken December 1, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-22-2004

Flintermaas bound for Budweiser

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The Dutch flagged Flintermaas will be here today to load barley for England. Anheuser-Busch will use it there to make beer with the same barley they use to make their beer here. The ‘Budweiser’ boat should depart this evening.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-21-2004

American Mariner will take taconite out

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The American Mariner will be here today to discharge limestone before moving over to the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth to pick up a cargo of taconite. Owned by the American Steamship Company, it takes its name from the company and the mariners who work on the ship. Photo taken June 25, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-20-2004

Sundew gets help from friends

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The tug North Dakota (left) and the tug Minnesota (right) pushed and pulled the Sundew into its new home beside the William A. Irvin and the tug Lake Superior on Friday morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-19-2004

Federal Schelde flies West Indies flag

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The Federal Schelde will be making its second visit of the season today, bringing in a cargo of steel coils. On the first visit, it loaded wheat for Antwerp, Belgium. It was built in 1997 and is 656 feet long.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-18-2004

Federal Hunter will load grain

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The Federal Hunter is a relatively new ship, built in 2001 in Japan and flying a Hong Kong flag. The ship was here once in 2001, twice in 2002 and once last year. It will load grain while here.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-17-2004

Alpena delivers cement again

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The Alpena will be here today to discharge cement. It was here 17 times last year. This is the 5th trip here this year. It has one of the loudest and best steam whistles on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-16-2004

Cedarglen passes North Pier Light

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The Cedarglen was built in West Germany in 1959 as an ocean going ore carrier. She carried ore between Venezuela and Europe. In 1976, she was purchased by a Canadian firm to carry iron ore between Labrador and Hamilton, Ontario. She usually carries grain cargos now.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-15-2004

Canadian Progress crew has experience

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At the start of this shipping season, the captain of the Canadian Progress told me that within his crew, he had a couple centuries of experience working on the boat. That was his way of saying they were glad to be back. It’s a good boat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-14-2004

Paul R.Tregurtha a regular visitor

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The Paul R. Tregurtha, the largest boat working the Great Lakes at 1,013 feet and 6 inches long, departed Duluth last January 18th (above). She returned 3 days later to spend the winter layup in Duluth.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-13-2004

Indiana Harbor arrives for coal

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The Indiana Harbor will be here today for the 12th time this year. On seven of the trips, it loaded coal as it will today. The other four trips, it loaded taconite, once at the DM&IR Dock in Duluth and three times at Burlington Northern in Superior.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-12-2004

Diezeborg makes first visit here

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The Dutch flagged Diezeborg is here loading beet pulp pellets for Cork, Ireland. The pellets are used for animal feed in many European countries. The Diezeborg is a relatively new ship built in 2000. This is her first trip here. Photo taken June 10, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-11-2004

Mesabi Miner here today

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The Mesabi Miner will be here today for the 8th time this year. It loaded taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth on 7 of those trips. It was across the St. Louis River loading coal at the Midwest Energy coal dock on the other trip. Photo taken March 19, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-10-2004

McCarthy loaded with coal

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. , (above) is just leaving the Midwest Energy Resources Company coal dock on April 30th of this year. It is carrying about 60,000 tons of coal. You can see the shiploader on the left, upright now but ready to load coal into the next boat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-09-2004

Thompson has long history

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The Joseph H. Thompson should be here this morning to load taconite. It is a tug-barge combination. The barge has a long and interesting history. Among other things, the barge part was previously the hull of the Marine Robin, a ship that was at the Normandy invasion in 1944.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-08-2004

St. Clair visits many ports

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The St. Clair will be here today to load coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. This year, it has also stopped at Silver Bay and Two Harbors in Minnesota, Cleveland, Lorain and Ashtabula in Ohio and Gary and Indiana Harbor in Indiana.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-07-2004

Columbia Star departs with coal

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This is the 12th trip to the Twin Ports for the Columbia Star this year. It will load coal today, as it has on all but one of the previous 11 trips. It took one cargo of taconite out of the Twin Ports on May 19th. Photo taken June 8, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-06-2004

Oglebay Norton visits again

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The Oglebay Norton is making its 10th trip this year to the Twin Ports. On most of the trips, it has loaded coal at Midwest Energy in Superior for Detroit Edison. On two of the trips it loaded taconite for Indiana Harbor at the DM&IR Dock in Duluth.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-05-2004

Barker entering canal

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The James R. Barker made 39 trips to the Twin Ports last year, splitting about evenly between loading taconite at the DM&IR Dock in Duluth and Burlington Northern Dock in Superior, and loading coal at Midwest Energy. She will be here today for the 8th time this year, loading coal at Midwest Energy for Silver Bay.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-04-2004

Keizersborg to arrive late

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The Dutch flagged Keizersborg should arrive this evening to load beet pulp pellets. A by-product of sugar beet refining in North Dakota, it is used for animal feed in Spain. Built in 1996, this will be her 4th trip here. She was here twice in 2000 and once in 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-03-2004

Clarke built in 1952

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The Philip R. Clarke was built in 1952 for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company. Several upgrades have allowed the Clarke to keep working the Great Lakes. She was lengthened by 120 feet in 1974 and is now 767 feet long. A bow-thruster was added in 1966 and a stern-thruster was installed in 1988. A 262 foot self unloader was installed in 1982. Photo taken October 21, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-02-2004

Federal Asahi makes fourth trip here

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The Hong Kong flagged Federal Asahi should be here today to load grain. It was here in April, 2000 at the end of its maiden voyage, sailing here from Japan where the vessel was built. She was back in October of that year and once more in November, 2002. This will be her 4th visit to the Twin Ports. Photo taken April 12, 2000.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-01-2004