Archives for August 2004

Philip R. Clarke is AAA

The Philip R. Clarke was the first of 8 boats built in the early 50's that are referred to as the AAA class vessels. Several major structural changes over the years, including one change that added 120 feet to the length, have kept the Clarke and most of the other AAA boats, still operating on the Great Lakes.The Clarke was built for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company in … [Read more...]

Orsula departed Duluth

The Orsula departed the Duluth ship canal as the Vista King came in on August 19, 2001 (above). The Orsula made 3 visits to the Twin Ports that year, but has only been here once since. Built in China in 1996 as the Federal Calumet, it was renamed to Orsula in 1998. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-30-2004 … [Read more...]

St. Clair to load coal

Above, on May 18th this year, the US flagged St. Clair departed Duluth with about 40,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power Generation. She is back today to load coal for the same destination. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-29-2004 … [Read more...]

Bluewing to anchor off Duluth piers

The Chinese built Bluewing arrived in Duluth on November 14, 2002. It was launched into service in February of the same year. Today, it is making the first return visit since then and will likely be at anchor off the Duluth piers until early Monday morning. Photo taken November 15, 2000. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-28-2004 … [Read more...]

McCarthy here for coal

The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. will be arriving in the Twin Ports today for its 24th visit of the season. On the first visit, it loaded taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior. It loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior on all the other visits and will do so today. Photo taken September 12, 2001. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on … [Read more...]

Pintail soon, Bluewing to follow

The 'duck boats' are coming to town. The Pintail, above, should be here today to load wheat. The Bluewing is due later this week and will follow the Pintail loading wheat at Harvest States. The Pintail is an old duck, built in 1983. The Bluewing is just a baby, built in 2002. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-26-2004 … [Read more...]

Canadian Prospector

The bulk freighter Canadian Prospector will be here to load wheat today. It was built in 1964 as an ocean going freighter named Carlton, was lengthened in 1968 by 80 feet and renamed St. Lawrence Prospector, and lengthened again in 1979 by 88 more feet and given its current name. It is now 730 feet long. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on … [Read more...]

Alam Sejahtera rarely visits

The Alam Sejahtera arrived Sunday afternoon (above) to load wheat for Great Britain. Launched in 1985 as the Olympic Dignity, it has not been here since November 12, 1999. Photo taken August 22, 2004. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-24-2004 … [Read more...]

Federal Rhine is red

Many Fednav ships start with the name Federal, are red and are named after rivers. The Federal Rhine is all of these. It has been here 12 times since 1997 but not since August 12, 2002 (above). It should be cruising up the St. Louis River today to load bentonite at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-23-2004 … [Read more...]

Martin is semi-new boat

The H.M. Griffith was built in 1973. In 2000, the engine-room portion of that vessel was combined with a new hull to create a ‘new’ vessel called the Rt. Hon. Paul J Martin. It is named after Canada’s 21st Prime Minister and the former president of Canada Steamship Lines, the owner of the boat. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-22-2004 … [Read more...]

Atlantic Pride taking wheat to Italy

The Atlantic Pride arrived in Duluth on Wednesday after discharging steel from Antwerp, Belgium in Toledo and Burns Harbor. She is here loading wheat for Italy. Photo taken August 19, 2004. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-21-2004 … [Read more...]