Archives for September 2004

Chios Charity flies Greek flag

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Last December 9th (above), the Chios Charity was loading grain in Duluth. A dog named Matcho was on board. He has been on the ship since he was picked up in New Orleans 6 years ago. The Captain told me he was going to set him free when he got back to Greece, but Matcho is still with the ship, although the Chios Charity has another captain on this trip. (Update: Click here for the story of Matcho)
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-30-2004

Michipicoten sails again

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The Michipicoten will be here today to load taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It is the former US flagged Elton Hoyt 2nd. As the Hoyt, it sat idle in Superior from 2000 until last year when it was purchased by Lower Lakes Towing and renamed and reflagged Canadian. Photo taken January 12, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-29-2004

Manora Naree will take wheat to Italy

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Two tugs helped the Manora Naree into port yesterday. The Thai flagged ship loaded spring wheat at Cargill. It should sail later today for Italy. It will discharge the wheat at ports on both the east and west coast of Italy.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-28-2004

Kaye E. Barker in the snow

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The Kaye E. Barker started life as the Edward B. Greene, sailing for Cleveland Cliffs. It was also operated by Ford as the Benson Ford. In 1989, Ford got out of the shipping business and it was sold to the current owner, Interlake Steamship Company. The boat is named after the wife of James R. Barker, Interlake Chairman of the Board. He also has a boat named after him.
Photo taken January 23, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-27-2004

Manora Naree waits

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The Manora Naree is at anchor waiting to load grain. 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. Photo taken September 5, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-26-2004

Ziemia Zamojska

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The Ziemia Zamojska was built in 1984 in Argentina. It is 591 feet long, has an elevator and swimming pool on board and should be arriving at anchor off the Duluth piers sometime today. It will wait to come in and load grain. The Ziemia Zamojska flies a Polish flag and usually carries a Polish crew. Photo taken August 20, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-25-2004

Columbus in Duluth again

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The cruise ship Columbus is here today for the third time this summer. It will be docked at the Port Terminal through the visit, allowing no access from the public. It will be departing under the Lift Bridge tonight at 6 pm.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-24-2004

Adam E. Cornelius

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The Adam E. Cornelius will be here with a load of sand that it will discharge at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth. Built as the Roger M. Kyes, it became the Adam E. Cornelius in 1989. It was chartered to Inland Steel for many years, but since 1998, it has sailed for American Steamship Company in Buffalo, New York. Photo taken on August 31, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-23-2004

Cedarglen built in Germany

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The Cedarglen was built in West Germany in 1959 as an ocean going ore carrier. It often carried ore between Venezuela and Europe. In 1976, it was purchased by a Canadian firm to carry iron ore between Labrador and Hamilton, Ontario. She usually carries grain cargos now. Photo taken June 16, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-22-2004

Algolake in Duluth today

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The Canadian flagged Algolake will be here today to load about 30,000 tons of low sulfur coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke, Ontario. It is usually in port for about 8 hours. Photo taken on June 15, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-21-2004

Gott to get taconite

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The Edwin H. Gott often spends the winter layup in Duluth but it doesn’t get to Duluth very often during the shipping season. It will be here today for only the 6th time this season. On each trip, it has loaded taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-20-2004

Roger Blough has odd unloader

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The Roger Blough is expected here around noon today. It will likely take on fuel at the Murphy Oil Marine Terminal in Duluth before moving down the Superior channel to the Burlington Northern Dock to load taconite. Photo taken April 13, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-19-2004

Federal Saguenay

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The Federal Saguenay is very red and 656 feet long. It is here discharging steel coils, as it did in the picture above last December. When finished, probably later today, the ship will load grain before departing Duluth. Photo taken December 5, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-18-2004

Barker 3rd thousand footer

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The James R. Barker will be here today loading coal for the Minnesota Power plant at Taconite Harbor. It will then be back here on Sunday to load taconite. Built in 1976, she was the third thousand footer to sail on the Great Lakes. Photo taken July 27, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-17-2004

Victoriaborg another borg

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The Dutch flagged and built Victoriaborg will be here for the second time this year. Built in 2001, it was also here twice in 2003 and in 2002. It usually loads beet pulp pellets, a byproduct of sugar beet production in North Dakota that is used for animal feed in Europe. Photo taken May 14, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-16-2004

Canadian Provider is mature

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The Canadian Provider came into port on Monday and got some help from the Great Lakes tug Kentucky. They made their way over to Harvest States where the Canadian Provider is now loading grain. It is a steam powered boat built in 1963, one of the oldest Canadian boats on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-15-2004

Armco makes the rounds

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The Armco does not get up here very often, but it does get around. So far this season, it has made visits to Indiana Harbor in Indiana, Cleveland, Lorain and Ashtabula in Ohio, Erie, Pennsylvania, Calcite, Michigan, and Silver Bay and Two Harbors in Minnesota. It was named for the Armco Steel Corporation.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-14-2004

Columbia Star 30th trip of season

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The Columbia Star is coming to the Twin Ports today for the 30th time this season. Most of those trips, as today, have found the boat loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. On 6 trips, it was across the St. Louis River loading taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-13-2004

Indiana Harbor captain retires

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After 40 years on the Great Lakes, Captain James Van Dongen will bring his Indiana Harbor under the Lift Bridge this afternoon for the last time. He goes home to Muskegon, Michigan from here, while Captain Billy Yowell, already on board the boat, will take over for him.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-12-2004

Liski makes first visit to Duluth

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The Liski came in from the anchorage last night to load spring wheat for Nigeria. It is a Croatian flagged and crewed ship. Although built in 1983, it had never been to Duluth before this week. Photo taken September 10, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-11-2004

Paul R. Tregurtha here more often

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The Paul R. Tregurtha has been here 38 times this year, more than any other boat that visits the port. Last year, it made 50 trips to the Twin Ports, the most visits of any boat that year also. At 1,013 feet, 6 inches long, it is the largest boat working the Great Lakes. Photo taken during Bayfront Blues Festival in August, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-10-2004

Sarah Spencer is ATB

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The Sarah Spencer, here to load taconite, is a unique combination of nautical parts. The Sarah Spencer barge (formerly the hull of the laker Adam Cornelius) has a notch at one end into which the tug Jane Ann IV fits. The combination is officially designated as an articulated tug barge or ATB, for short.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-09-2004

Columbus brings tourists

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After a one year absence, the cruise ship Columbus should be arriving around 8 am today. It will depart at 6 pm this evening, but will be returning on September 16th and 24th. For security reasons, it will dock at the Port Terminal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-08-2004

Federal Agno flagged Filipino

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The Federal Agno came into port on Sunday morning and slowly moved through the fog and up the St. Louis River to load bentonite. It should complete loading and depart Duluth today. Above, the ship arrived in Duluth on May 26, 2002 to load durum wheat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-07-2004

Vancouverborg is Dutch

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The Vancouverborg should be at anchor off the Duluth piers on Monday, waiting to come in Tuesday morning to load beet pulp pellets. Built in 2001, her hull was built in Romania and then towed from there through the Black Sea, across the Mediterranean Sea and up the east coast of Europe to Delfzijl, The Netherlands. There the ship, as well as her sister ship, the Virginiaborg, an exact copy, was assembled.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-06-2004

Columbia Star and a music star

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The Columbia Star departed Duluth while Tinsley Ellis (right) was entertaining the crowd at the Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth on August 15th.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-05-2004

Alpena makes big noise

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Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, the Alpena will be here today to discharge cement. It is one of the oldest and prettiest boats working the Great Lakes, and has a wonderful, and very loud, steam whistle.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-04-2004

Mesabi Miner named for miners

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The Mesabi Miner is making its 16 visit of the year to the Twin Ports. Four of those visits found it loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. On the other visits, as today, it loaded taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. Launched in 1977, it was the 4th thousand footer on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-03-2004

Federal St. Laurent

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The Federal St. Laurent came into port Monday evening. It made a big splash when it was here in 1996. It was brand new, large and very red. Today, it is not quite new, but still very red and very large. The ship’s crew, all from India, will take their cargo of wheat from Duluth to Italy, leaving sometime later today. Photo taken April 6, 1998.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-02-2004

CSL Niagara here for taconite

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The CSL Niagara is made up of the engine room of the former J. W. McGiffin connected to an entirely new hull. This is her 5th visit here this season. Each time, she has loaded taconite for Canadian ports on the lower lakes. Photo taken July 29, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-01-2004