Archives for June 2004

Canadian Transport arrives

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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