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 1952.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-31-2004

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

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

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

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 08-27-2004

Pintail soon, Bluewing to follow

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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

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 08-25-2004