Archives for August 2004

Philip R. Clarke is AAA

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Alam Sejahtera rarely visits

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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

Federal Rhine is red

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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

Martin is semi-new boat

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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

Atlantic Pride taking wheat to Italy

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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

Boland brings limestone

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The John J. Boland is expected today for the 4th time this season. It is bringing in limestone from Port Inland, Michigan, as it did on one other trip. It loaded coal on the two other visits.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-20-2004

Canadian Enterprise moves coal

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The Canadian Enterprise will be here to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources for the 6th time this year. In 1988, she became the first Canadian vessel to load coal at Midwest.  Photo taken January 8, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-19-2004

Lake Guardian does EPA work

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The Lake Guardian arrived in Duluth on Monday for the second time this year. The EPA operated vessel is on the second of the two Great Lakes water sampling surveys it takes each year. It visits each of the 5 great lakes on each tour. It has only the southern shore of Lake Superior to go to complete this second tour.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-18-2004

Atlantic Pendant at anchor

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The Atlantic Pendant will come in from the anchorage this morning to load wheat for Rotterdam. The ship’s top 3 officers are Polish while the rest of the crew are from the Philippines. Picture taken August 14, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-17-2004

Fred R. White Jr. visits Duluth

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The Fred R. White is one of several ‘river boats’ that don’t visit the Twin Ports very often. They normally work on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, loading taconite pellets brought down from Lake Superior by larger boats. These boats, often one of the 13 thousand footers on the Great Lakes, cannot negotiate the narrow curves of the river. Instead, they discharge taconite at the mouth of the river and the smaller river boats load it and move it to steel mills up the river.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-16-2004

Birchglen sails the world

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Prior to December, 2002, the above ship (here arriving Duluth on Saturday afternoon) was called the Federal Mackenzie. It was a salt water ship taking grain from Duluth to many ports in the world. Then Canada Steamship Company purchased it, renamed it the Birchglen and it became a Canadian laker. Still owned by Canada Steamship, it is now back flying a foreign flag and working the oceans under charter to Fednav in Montreal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-15-2004

Clarke discharges limestone

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The Philip R. Clarke is in the port for the 9th time this year. It usually discharges limestone as it is doing today. It has loaded taconite at Burlington Northern on several trips. On other trips, as today, it goes to Two Harbors to load taconite for lower lakes ports.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-14-2004

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin

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The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin is expected in Superior today to load taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock. It was created when a new hull was connected to the H.M Griffith engine room in 2000. The H.M. Griffith was built in 1973.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-13-2004

Polydefkis P is Greek to me

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The 528 foot Polydefkis P is at anchor off the Duluth piers waiting for a berth. The name Polydefkis is derived from the Greek Pollux, one of the Gemini twins from Greek mythology and from the constellation Gemini. The owner, George Pateras, added the first initial of his last name.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-12-2004

Hollyhock on training mission

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The Coast Guard cutter Hollyhock paid a visit to Duluth, coming under the Lift Bridge last night at 5:47. On a training mission in Lake Superior, it will depart this morning, taking a northern route across Lake Superior to the Soo. Notably, the Hollyhock is an exact sister to the Alder, the cutter that is due here in late fall. The Hollyhock was launched in January, 2003, the Alder in February of this year. Both are 225 feet long.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-11-2004

Yucatan brought cargo from France

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The Yucatan came under the Lift Bridge at 6:09 Monday morning. An hour later, it began discharging a cargo of steel coils loaded in France. Before Duluth, it discharged the same cargo in Hamilton, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee and Burns Harbor. It departed Duluth (above) last night for Thunder Bay to load wheat for Lisbon, Portugal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-10-2004

Columbia Star back and forth

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The Columbia Star arrived Duluth at 4:05 on Sunday morning, loaded 61,000 tons of coal and left Duluth for Silver Bay at 3:35 Sunday afternoon. It arrived in Silver Bay Sunday evening to discharge the cargo and will then return to Duluth this morning to load another 61,000 tons of coal, this time taking it to Muskegon, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-09-2004

Reserve brings limestone 5th time

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This is the 5th trip the Reserve has made to the Twin Ports this season. In each case, it brought limestone. When the discharge is completed, it will depart for Silver Bay to pick up a cargo of taconite for the lower lakes. Above, arriving Duluth on July 15, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-08-2004

Munson near Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge

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The John G. Munson has been operating on the Great Lakes for over 50 years and will be in port discharging limestone at the Hallett Dock. Her deep throated steam whistle is counted by many to be the best on the Great Lakes. Above, she is arriving Duluth on January 20th of this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-07-2004

Frontenac entering Duluth

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Built in 1968, the Frontenac was named for the governor of the French possessions in North America in the late 17th century. He established a government at Quebec, Canada.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-06-2004

Canadian Transport departing Duluth

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The Canadian Transport will be here today for the 12th time this season. Above it is departing on April 4th of this year after the first trip to the Twin Ports. As on most of the trips, it will load coal for Ontario Power Generation.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-05-2004

Algowood bringing salt

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The self-unloading bulk freighter Algowood is here today discharging a cargo of salt. She was built in 1981 by Collingwood Shipyards at Collingwood, Ontario, and named in honor of that town and the shipyard there. She arrived Monday (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-04-2004

Nanticoke approaching Duluth lift bridge

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The Nanticoke comes to Duluth about 4 times a year, although this is the first trip this season. While working in the Great Lakes now, it is capable of ocean travel. In 1997, the Nanticoke worked the North Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland and made no trips to the Twin Ports.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-03-2004

Spar Ruby will load bentonite

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The Spar Ruby was the last ocean going ship to leave Duluth last year, departing on December 19th (above). On that trip, it discharged steel coils and then loaded grain. Today, it will come in to load bentonite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-02-2004

Milo is Greek flagged

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The Greek-flagged Milo will be here today to load wheat. It will first drop anchor off the Duluth piers to wait for a berth. Built in Japan in 1984, it started life as the Silver Leader and was also called the Alam United and the United. Photo taken August 13, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-01-2004