Archives for October 2004


The Algocen will be here today with a load of cement that it will discharge at the St. Lawrence Cement plant in Duluth. Above, it was doing the same when it was here in April, 2003. The Algocen loaded the cement in Mississauga, Ontario, just outside of Toronto. It is usually about a 4 day trip from there to Duluth. Photo taken on April 15, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-31-2004

Middletown subs for trucks

Earlier this week, a saltie became a laker while in the Twin Ports. Today, a laker goes local for a day. The Middletown will come in to the Cutler Stone Dock in Superior to discharge limestone, then go over to Midwest Energy Resources to load 12,000 tons of coal to take back to the Cutler dock. It seems a short distance to take so much coal but it would have taken 480 trucks loading 25 tons each to do the same job.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-30-2004

Edwin H. Gott got taconite

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The Edwin H. Gott has been loading taconite at Two Harbors, Burlington Northern (Superior) and the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth this season. It has taken those cargos to a variety of ports on the southern shores of the Great Lakes where they are used to make steel. Some of the ports are Gary in Indiana and Ashtabula and Conneaut in Ohio. It is here today for the 10th time this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-29-2004

Spruceglen is saltie/laker

The Spruceglen came into port as a saltie, crossing the Atlantic Ocean with steel coils loaded in Antwerp, Belgium and discharged in Cleveland and Duluth. It should leave the port today with grain. The Canadian owned and crewed boat will be a laker over the next two months, with several cargos planned between US and Canadian ports. It may take a load of taconite pellets to China at the end of the season and then go into dry dock in China for a five year checkup. That would give the Canadian crew about a 3-week stay in China.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-28-2004

Pilica is Malta flagged

After discharging cargo in Cleveland, the Polish built, crewed and owned Pilica set out for Duluth. It is expected here this evening to load grain. This will be the 6th trip the ship has made to the Twin Ports since it was launched in 1999. It is very computer controlled, running an unattended engine room, except during the day. Photo taken July 23, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-27-2004

Reserve shuttles cargo all around

The Reserve has been moving coal, taconite and limestone between Marquette, Calcite, St Clair, Muskegon, Detroit, Cedarville and Escanaba in Michigan, Silver Bay, Two Harbors and Duluth/Superior in Minnesota (and Wisconsin), and Lorain, Toledo, Cleveland and Ashtabula in Ohio.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-26-2004

Fodas Pescadores departs Duluth canal

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Before this year, the Fodas Pescadores had never been to Duluth. Today, after discharging cargo in Hamilton, Ontario, it is here for the third time this season. Only one other saltwater ship, the Dutch flagged Vancouverborg, has made that many trips here this year. While flying the flag of Panama, the Fodas Pescadores is owned by a Taiwanese company. On previous visits, it had a Captain and Chief Engineer from Taiwan and a crew from mainland China.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-25-2004

J.A.W. Iglehart

This boat was rebuilt to carry cement in 1965. That would be a long career on the lakes by itself, but the Iglehart was built almost 30 years earlier, in 1936, as an ocean-going tanker called the Pan Amoco. It has brought cement to the Twin Ports 42 times since 1996.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-24-2004

Frontenac coming through ice

The Frontenac was the first boat to arrive in the Twin Ports for the 2003 shipping season from beyond the Soo Locks (above, on April 29, 2003). It is owned and operated by Canada Steamship Lines of Montreal. Built in 1968, it was named for the French governor of the French possessions in North America in the late 17th century. He established a government at Quebec.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-23-2004


On April 5th, 1999, the Algontario, on her way to Duluth, went aground in the St. Marys River. Despite damage to the boat, it was judged safe for it to continue on to Duluth. After discharging cargo here, the boat sailed for Thunder Bay where it stayed, in layup, until last month. Repairs completed, and business in the grain trade going strong, the Algontario is again sailing the Great Lakes and is due here today to load wheat. Photo taken April 11, 1997.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-22-2004

Ostkap at Superior grain dock

After stops in Cleveland and Chicago, the Ostkap made its second appearance in the Twin Ports this season. On the first trip, it had some repairs done and then loaded at two different grain terminals. This trip, it is simply loading grain at CHS 1 in Superior. It should have arrived early this morning and will likely depart sometime this evening.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-21-2004

Birchglen to transit Panama Canal

The Birchglen is loading 25,000 gross tons of UTAC pellets for Laiwu, China. It is the first saltie to load at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth since the mid-eighties. When loading is complete sometime this afternoon, the Ukrainian crewed ship will depart Duluth for China, using the Panama Canal to get to the Pacific Ocean and then on to China.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-20-2004

CSL Tadoussac visits Duluth entry

The CSL Tadoussac is making its 18th trip to the Twin Ports today, coming through the Duluth entry for the first time this year. She was here many times as the Tadoussac but several years ago, it was upgraded by Canada Steamship Lines and the company’s initials were attached to the boat’s name. During the upgrade, it was widened from 75 feet to 78 feet and the cargo self-unloading system was upgraded. Photo taken July 26, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-19-2004

Edgar B. Speer

The Edgar B. Speer has spent a good part of the year loading taconite at several Lake Superior ports and taking that cargo to steel plants in Gary, Indiana and to railroad terminals in Conneaut, Ohio where it is then carried to steel plants in Pennsylvania. Today, it will come in the Duluth entry, get fuel and then move over to the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior to load taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-18-2004


The Spruceglen has two local claims to fame. At one time, she was named the Federal St. Louis, in honor of the river running between Duluth and Superior. More recently, as the Fraser, in August, 2002, she failed to make a turn from the harbor to the Lift Bridge and ended up in the mud in front of Bayfront Park. Tugs freed her the next day and she departed Duluth. She has since been sold and renamed.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-17-2004

Callaway has fans

The Cason J. Callaway is here with limestone that was loaded in Calcite, Michigan. The Callaway is one of the more popular boats that come to Duluth. It always attracts a crowd, as it did above on August 12th of this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-16-2004

Marion Green lives up to her name

The Marion Green first came here in 1999. It is one of several ships in the Greenfleet, headquartered in Holland. Sisters Maria and Margaretha have also been here in the last couple years. Each of the ships is a separate corporation with stockholders, including in some cases officers and crew on the ship. It will probably be at anchor off the Duluth piers through the weekend. Photo taken July 21, 2003
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-15-2004

Algocape departs

The Algocape is in port for the 4th time this season. It has been here 53 times since 1996. It was built in 1967 as the Richelieu. Algoma Central purchased the boat in 1994 and gave it the name Algocape. It should depart today with a load of grain. Photo taken on August 26, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-14-2004

Thompson built in 1944

The Joseph H. Thompson started life in 1944, crossed the ocean several times in the war effort and was present for the Normandy invasion. Today the vessel is a tug barge combination. The barge part is still most of the hull of the boat built in 1944. In 1990, a major renovation took place. The stern and part of the hull were removed, creating the barge. A new tug, the Joseph H. Thompson, Jr., was constructed out of steel that had just been taken out of the hull of the original boat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-13-2004

Blough is unique

It is hard to miss the unique shape of the Roger Blough. Here it is entering the Duluth harbor with a load of limestone on August 23rd of this year. It will be here today with another load of limestone.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-12-2004

Kwintebank crew numbers few

The Kwintebank has been at anchor waiting to load beet pulp pellets. It will come in early today and should also depart later in the day. The Kwintebank carries a minimal crew of nine. On a previous trip, three were Dutch, one was from Ukraine and five were from the Philippines.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-11-2004


Good news: the Buckeye is coming to Duluth with a load of limestone. Good news because it just came out of a long time lay up that included all of 2003. That is a good sign for shipping on the Great Lakes, the economy, and also the owner, Oglebay Norton. They are in bankruptcy and need all the help they can get.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-10-2004

Yarmouth draws near Aerial Lift Bridge

The Yarmouth was built in 1985. Owned by a Norwegian company, it once sailed as the Federal Oslo. It will be loading bentonite today and Sunday before departing with that cargo for Amsterdam. Since Amsterdam is a big transshipping port, the cargo will likely be transferred to another boat, a truck or a train for transfer to a further destination, probably in Europe.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-09-2004

Varnebank is Dutch

The Dutch flagged Varnebank loaded wood pulp in Finland and sailed the Atlantic Ocean to the St. Lawrence Seaway and finally to Menominee, Michigan, where it was discharged. The ship then left Menominee for Duluth to load beet pulp pellets that will be used for animal feed in Spain. The ship should be arriving today. The Varnebank was not here at all last year, but it made two trips in 2002. Photo taken July 28, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-08-2004

Presque Isle in the Duluth harbor

The tug-barge combination Presque Isle loaded limestone at Port Dolomite, Michigan and will be here today discharging that cargo. Next the vessel will go to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. There is a connection between the two cargos. Limestone is used in the conversion of taconite into iron ore pellets. Sooner of later, the Presque Isle, or another laker, will be taking that limestone, now a part of each pellet, back down to the lower lakes, past the limestone mines in Michigan, to steel mills mostly on the southern shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Erie. Photo taken August 1, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-07-2004

BH at BN

The Burns Harbor will be loading taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock today for the 30th time this season. Built in 1980, it was the 10th US flagged thousand foot boat built for Great Lakes service. The Burns Harbor set a port record in 1996 when it loaded 65,466 metric tons of iron ore at Burlington Northern. That cargo went to Burns Harbor, Indiana. Photo taken September 29, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-06-2004

American Spirit on the lake

Last Wednesday, the American Spirit sailed to Two Harbors to load taconite (above). Today, it will be back in Superior to load taconite at Burlington Northern. This will be the 23rd trip the American Spirit has made to the Twin Ports this season. Photo taken September 29, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-05-2004

Oglebay Norton at Midwest Energy

The Oglebay Norton was here last Wednesday (above) loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources for the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison. It will be back today to load coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-04-2004

Pytheas has had many names

Built in 1981 as the Yannis-C, the Pytheas has sailed the seas under a variety of names including the Pindos, Ikan Selayang, and the Kakawi. Photo taken October 29, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-03-2004

Michiganborg under gantry crane

The Michiganborg arrived in Montreal on September 20th with lumber products for Toledo, then Green Bay, and ten days later, Duluth. After discharging the cargo of lumber from Klenk Holz in Germany, the Michiganborg moved over to Harvest States to load grain for the outbound cargo. Photo taken September 30, 2004
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-02-2004

Charles M. Beeghly

The Charles M. Beeghly is very similar to the John Sherwin, a boat that was taken out of service in 1981 and has been sitting in water close by the Blatnik Bridge since. The Sherwin was not converted to a self unloader. The Beeghly was converted to a self unloader in the same year, and as a result, is still operated on the Great Lakes. It should be here now discharging limestone and will load taconite before departing Duluth. Photo taken June 12, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-01-2004