Archives for July 2004

Sundstraum makes 1st visit to Duluth

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The Sundstraum is a Norwegian flagged vessel making its first visit to the Twin Ports. Built in 1993, it is only 322 feet long. It is a tanker discharging liquid calcium carbonate. Photo taken July 29, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-31-2004

Canadian Progress takes coal to Nanticoke

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The Canadian Progress will be here to load about 30,000 tons of low sulfur coal brought in by train from Wyoming and Montana. It is a regular visitor to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock, coming here 13 times already this year. It takes the coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke each time.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-30-2004

Algoville arrives Duluth

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The Canadian flagged Algoville will be here today to load wheat. This is the vessel’s first trip here this year; she was here only once last year. It is a straight deck bulk carrier launched in 1967 as the Senneville. Photo taken October 1, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-29-2004

Moezelborg

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The Dutch flagged Moezelborg discharged 2,050 metric tons of plate steel from Svendborg, Denmark, for shipment by truck to West Fargo, North Dakota. They will be used in the construction of wind turbine towers, otherwise known as windmills.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-28-2004

Anderson enters Duluth canal

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The Arthur M. Anderson was built in 1952 by the American Shipbuilding Company at Lorain, Ohio, lengthened by 120 feet at the Fraser Shipyard in Superior in 1975 and converted to a self-unloader in 1982 when a 250-foot self-unloading boom was added to the deck.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-27-2004

American Spirit takes taconite

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The American Spirit will be here today for the 13th time this season. It has loaded taconite on each visit, about half the time at Burlington Northern in Superior and half the time at the DM&IR Dock in Duluth.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-26-2004

Callaway in the harbor

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The Cason J. Callaway’s 262-foot boom sits on the deck when the boat is not discharging cargo. The boom is part of the self unloading system on the boat that allows the discharge of cargo without using equipment on shore. Photo taken July 10, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-25-2004

Manora Naree loads wheat

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The Manora Naree is in Duluth loading wheat for Italy (above). This Thai operated ship has a crew that is half Indian and half Thai. Manora Naree is a girl’s name in Thailand, in this case not a specific girl.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-24-2004

Manora Naree carries Thai flag

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The last time the Manora Naree was here was September, 2002. Then she was called the Federal Bergen. This ship now has a new name, a crew from India and a flag from Thailand. Photo taken September 5, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-23-2004

Grande Mariner

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The US cruise ship Grande Mariner will be here today, ending a 15 night Great Lakes cruise that started in Chicago. On Saturday, a new cruise from Duluth back to Chicago will originate, leaving Duluth around noon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-22-2004

Oglebay Norton in the fog

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Earlier this month, at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock, the Oglebay Norton slowly moved through a thick fog to take the place of the equally slow moving, and departing, Indiana Harbor. Photo taken July 10, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-21-2004

Algolake greets the North Pier Light

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The Algolake was here 15 times last year, all to load coal for Ontario Power Generation at Nanticoke, Ontario. It should be here today for the 8th time this year. On the first 7 trips, the Algolake did just as she did last year. Today, it brings a load of salt.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-20-2004

Algocape to bring cement

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The Algocape should be here today to discharge cement at the St. Lawrence Cement Plant in Duluth. The cement was loaded at Clarkson, Ontario. St. Lawrence Cement has been discharging a cement cargo about once a month this year, all from Canadian lakers. Photo taken on August 12, 2002 .
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-19-2004

Atlantic Superior helped build Chunnel

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The Atlantic Superior has spent much of its life as an ocean going vessel. Built in 1982, the first trip with cargo originated in Superior when it loaded taconite. However, it soon was working a wide variety of ocean routes taking coal from the United Kingdom to Portugal, iron ore from Spain back to the United Kingdom and others. Notably, the vessel delivered stone to the English Channel tunnel project.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-18-2004

St. Clair here for coal

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The St. Clair will be here today for the 10th time this season. On two of those trips, it loaded taconite pellets. It loaded coal on the other trips, as it will today. It will take today’s cargo to Ontario Power Generation at Nanticoke, Ontario.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-17-2004

Spar Jade goes to Algeria with wheat

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The Spar Jade has been at anchor off the Duluth piers for several days. It should be coming in to load wheat this morning. When it completes loading, the crew, all from India, will take that cargo to Algeria.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-16-2004

Oglebay Norton draws attention

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The Oglebay Norton attracted quite a crowd when it departed Duluth last Saturday evening with coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan. Today, they will load coal for the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-15-2004

Zeus-not Zeusborg

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The Zeus is as wide as most ships that come here owned by Wagenborg Shipping of the Netherlands. It is as short as most of them (428 feet). But, unlike almost all the others, the Zeus is green; the others are red and grey. And all the others end with –borg at the end of the name, as in Veerseborg. But like most of them lately, the Zeus will be loading beet pulp pellets here that will be used for animal feed in Europe.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-14-2004

Kathrin one of Swiss merchant navy ships

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The Swiss merchant navy is made up of 20 ocean going ships, despite the fact that Switzerland has no ocean port. One of those ships, the Kathrin, should arrive today and will drop anchor off the Duluth piers. The captain is Polish and most of the crew is from Bulgaria and Romania. It will load wheat here. Photo taken December 8, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-13-2004

Spar Jade makes infrequent visits

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The Spar Jade was here once each year from 1996 to 2000. It was here twice in 2001 and hasn’t been here since. The Spar Jade should arrive this evening but may drop anchor just off the Duluth piers and wait for her dock to clear.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-12-2004

Fodas Pescadores gets tug assist

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The Great Lakes tug North Dakota assisted the Taiwanese owned and Panamanian flagged Fodas Pescadores move up the St. Louis River on Saturday morning. The Fodas Pescadores is loading bentonite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-11-2004

Fodas Pescadores makes 2nd visit

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Built in 2001, the Fodas Pescadores had never been in the Great Lakes before this past April. On April 27th she arrived here to load wheat. After taking that cargo to the west coast of Italy, she is back in Duluth today, this time loading bentonite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-10-2004

Middletown named for Middletown

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The Middletown (above departing Duluth on March 23rd this year) was named for the hometown of the Armco Steel Corporation, which is in Middletown, Ohio.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-09-2004

L.L. Smith Jr. bound for Two Harbors

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The L.L. Smith Jr.., a research vessel owned by the University of Wisconsin, has been taking groups on 3-hour environmental cruises on Western Lake Superior this summer. They will depart Duluth this afternoon for Two Harbors where 4 trips are planned from there.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-08-2004

Boland departs Duluth shipping canal

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The John J. Boland started life in 1973 as the Charles E. Wilson. When American Steamship Company’s boat called the John C. Boland was sold to Lower Lakes Towing a couple years ago, their boat called the Charles E. Wilson became the new John J. Boland (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-07-2004

Callaway approaching Aerial Lift Bridge

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Above the Cason J. Callaway came into port on January 21st of this year. It was the 20th and last visit of the 2003 season. Today, it will be here for the 13th time this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-06-2004

Herbert C. Jackson

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On January 5th this year, the Herbert C. Jackson arrived in Duluth to load coal for Marquette, Michigan, on the south shore of Lake Superior. It brought ice on the bow and picked up winter fog in the Duluth ship canal. Photo taken August 26, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-05-2004

Canadian Progress enters Duluth canal

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The Canadian Progress has a 250 foot self unloading boom to discharge her cargo. When loading cargo or under way, the boom sits on the deck of the boat. Photo taken December 3, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-04-2004

Oglebay Norton makes 14th visit this year

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The Oglebay Norton will be here for the 14th time this shipping season. It will load coal at Midwest Energy Resources for Silver Bay. After discharging that cargo, the boat will come back to Superior to pick up taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock. That cargo will go to Indiana Harbor, Indiana.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-03-2004

Frantz will load wheat for Buffalo

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The Joseph H. Frantz will be here today loading wheat for flour mills in Buffalo. It replaces the Kinsman Independent which worked the same route for many years before it was recently decommissioned. The Frantz has a self unloader on its deck (above) that greatly increases its efficiency as opposed to the strait decked Kinsman Independent. Photo taken May 20, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-02-2004

Block brings limestone

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The Joseph L. Block is expected to arrive in Duluth today with a load of limestone for the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It was built for Inland Steel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and is named for a former chairman of the board of Inland Steel who was born in 1902. He was chairman from 1959 to 1967.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-01-2004