Archives for November 2004

Algoville in the harbor

The Canadian flagged Algoville came into port at 4:41 Monday morning to load wheat. It should finish today, departing Duluth for a port near the Gulf of St. Lawrence. There the cargo will be discharged to salt water ships that will carry the wheat to world ports on or beyond the Atlantic Ocean. Photo taken December 1, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-30-2004

Bluewing 3rd visit to Duluth

The Chinese built Bluewing was here in August (above, at anchor and waiting for a dock). It came into port on Saturday afternoon and should be departing sometime this afternoon. It was first launched in February, 2002 and made its first visit to the Twin Ports in November of that same year. This is her third visit.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-29-2004

Oglebay Norton will load coal

The Canadian flagged Algoville should be waiting at anchor to load wheat next week while the Oglebay Norton (above on July 16, 2004) should be arriving this morning to load coal. It will depart the Twin Ports with that cargo on Sunday evening, taking it down to a Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan. Above, the boat’s self-unloader (right) is moved out over the St. Louis River while the ship loader (left) at Midwest Energy Resources is loading coal into the boat’s holds.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-28-2004

Algocen in Twin Ports harbor

Built in 1968, the Algocen has been here 40 times since 1996, and many times before that. However, today will probably be the last day we will see the Algocen here. The boat has been sold to an American company on the East Coast. It may make one more trip this season but it is probably too late for the boat to be back in Duluth. Captain Jens Hougesen has been the skipper since June, 1997 and many of the crew of 21 have served a long time aboard the boat. Photo taken on August 31, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-27-2004

American Spirit familiar with Twin Ports

The American Spirit will be in the Twin Ports today loading taconite for the 24th time this season. Today, it is loading at Burlington Northern in Superior. It has also loaded at the DM&IR Dock in both Duluth and Two Harbors. Silver Bay has seen it a few times. The destinations this season have included Escanaba and Zug Island in Michigan, Gary and Indiana Harbor in Indiana and Ashtabula, Ohio.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-26-2004

Mesabi Miner honors Mesabi miners

The Mesabi Miner will be in town today, celebrating Thanksgiving by loading taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It is the 23rd visit this year for the boat that was named in honor of the men and women who have worked on the Mesabi Iron Range, the source for the taconite they are loading today. Photo taken April 11, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-25-2004

Middletown brings limestone to Twin Ports

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The Middletown has been bringing limestone into the Twin Ports this year, and loading either taconite or coal for the return trip. Today, it will be here for the 15th time this season and loading taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-24-2004

Algocen visits in autumn

The Algocen was built in 1968 and is operated by Algoma Central Railway of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The name comes from the first four letters of Algoma and the first 3 letters of Central. This is the boat’s 5th trip here this year, all of them coming after September 25th. Photo taken on November 20, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-23-2004

John J. Boland

The John J. Boland started life in 1973 as the Charles E. Wilson. When American Steamship Company’s boat called the John J. Boland was sold to Lower Lakes Towing a couple years ago, the Charles E. Wilson became the new John J. Boland (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-22-2004

Callaway has Georgia connection

The Cason J. Callaway has been here once each month of the shipping season this year. Today is the November appearance. Above it is departing Duluth on August 28 after discharging limestone loaded at Port Dolomite, Michigan and then loading taconite here for Gary, Indiana. The boat is named for the founder of Callaway Gardens in Georgia.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-21-2004

Columbia Star in Twin Ports for coal

The Columbia Star will be here for the 40th time this year. As today, most of those trips this year were to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal. Other trips were to the DM&IR dock in West Duluth and the Burlington Northern dock in Superior, both to load taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-20-2004

McCarthy takes coal from Duluth again

The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. will be here today to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. The boat, here about once a week, was loading coal on November 9th (above). The boat’s self-unloader is raised over the deck so the traveling shiploader from the dock can get under it to be moved up or down the deck. It can then load coal through any of the boat’s 37 hatches that feed into 7 cargo holds.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-19-2004

American Mariner brings limestone

On this trip, the American Mariner is bringing in limestone and then loading taconite for Indiana Harbor, a port on Lake Michigan. While not a frequent visitor, that is the boat’s usual pattern when it is here. In late October this year however, it came in to discharge limestone and then load coal for a quick trip to Ashland. It was soon back in Duluth, this time loading taconite for Indiana Harbor. Photo taken June 25, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-18-2004

Federal Schelde will load chromium ore

The Federal Schelde came into port very early on Tuesday morning to discharge steel coils (above). It then moved to the Hallett Dock in West Duluth to load chromium ore brought here by train from a stockpile created in World War II near Columbus, Montana. The ship will carry the cargo to Sweden where it is used in the making of steel. This is the third shipment of chromium ore to come through the Hallett Dock this year. Three more are anticipated next year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-17-2004

Orna appears once a year

The Orna is a Greek owned and flagged ship that comes to Duluth about once a year. Built in 1984, it has been here under a variety of names, including the Moor Laker and the Handy Laker.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-16-2004

Isadora from Szczecin

The Isadora came into port on Thursday afternoon at 5:30 to load grain. It is a Polish ship, owned by the Polish Steamship Company in Szczecin, Poland. It was built in 1999. Starting the next year, it has made one trip to the Twin Ports each year since.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-15-2004

Canadian Olympic in Duluth for coal

The Canadian Olympic will be here today to load coal at Midwest Energy. It was built in Port Weller, Ontario in 1976. That was the year the Olympics were held in Montreal, and that is where its name came from. This is only the fifth trip this year, the first it has been here since May 10th. In the recent past, it made about 10 trips a year to the Twin Ports.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-14-2004

Calliroë Patronicola

The Greek-flagged Calliroë Patronicola should arrive early this morning. She is named for a lady in her nineties, still alive two years ago when the ship was last here. Ms Patronicola is the sister of Aristotle Onassis, the Greek shipping magnate. He is more famous here for marrying Jackie Kennedy and making her Jackie Kennedy Onassis. The ship is owned by a foundation closely related to the Onassis family. Photo taken August 23, 2000.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-13-2004

Algocape has routine

The Algocape works a somewhat steady cycle, often loading grain at either Thunder Bay or Duluth and taking that to a St. Lawrence River port such as Port Cartier, Quebec where it is off-loaded to an ocean going ship. It may then load iron ore there to carry back to Hamilton, Ontario, before coming back to Lake Superior to load grain again.
Photo taken on November 11, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-12-2004

Alpena moves cement

Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, the Alpena is here today to discharge cement at the Lafarge Docks in Superior and Duluth. It is one of the oldest and prettiest boats working the Great Lakes, and has one of the best, and loudest, steam whistles on the Great Lakes too.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-11-2004

Cinnamon duck

The Cinnamon, another ‘duck’ boat, is in Duluth loading wheat for Tarragona, Spain. It is named after the Cinnamon teal, a duck found mostly in the Western United States. The all Ukrainian crew should take the Cinnamon out of Duluth today, beginning their long journey across the Atlantic Ocean.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-10-2004

Algoisle built in Ireland

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The Canadian flagged Algoisle is here loading grain. It has not been here since December, 2000. You can see that this boat has spent some time on the ocean because of the wide, angled bow, typical of ocean going ships. This ship was built in Cork, Ireland in 1963. Photo taken on November 07, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-09-2004

Scoter rarely visits Duluth

The Scoter has not been here since July 27, 2002 when it was here loading grain as the Peonia (above). Before that, it had made one visit a year to the Twin Ports since 1996. Built in China in 1983 as the Peonia, the recent name change probably reflects a change in ownership.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-08-2004

Canadian Enterprise

The Canadian Enterprise will be here today for the 14th time this season. Like most of those trips, it will load low sulfur coal brought to Superior by train from Wyoming and Montana. Above, the boat is greeted at the Duluth ship canal by visitors on June 2nd of this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-07-2004

Anderson always welcomed

Making its 5th trip here this year, the Arthur M. Anderson will discharge limestone at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. When completed, it will go to Two Harbors to load taconite for steel mills on the lower Great Lakes. The Anderson is best known as the ship that trailed the Edmund Fitzgerald when the Fitzgerald went down near Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975. Photo taken July 17, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-06-2004

Bluebill first Duluth visit

The Bluebill came into port yesterday. It is loading soybeans and durum wheat for Antwerp and Finland. Launched this spring in China, this is the second trip into the Great Lakes for the ship, the first to Duluth. It carries a crew of 18. The Captain is from Poland and the other officers and crew come from Ukraine.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-05-2004

Algowood backwards exit

We do not often see a boat about to go under the Lift Bridge while the bridge is still on the way up. Happily, the picture above of the Algowood, taken on January 2, 2002, is not an example of that. The Algowood is departing Duluth going backward. It has just cleared the bridge as it moves out the Duluth ship canal. It turned around just beyond the piers and disappeared over the horizon, facing east.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-04-2004

Walter J. McCarthy Jr.

The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. is expected in port today. It will load coal for a Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan. Its original name was Belle River but it was changed to the current name in the spring of 1990 when Mr. McCarthy retired from his position as Chairman of the Board of Detroit Edison. Mr. McCarthy and his wife still make a trip on the boat every year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-03-2004

Buckeye (now the tug barge Olive L. Moore/Lewis J. Kuber)

The Buckeye was built for Bethlehem Steel Company as the Sparrows Point in 1952. During her 1979/80 winter lay-up at Fraser Shipyards in Superior, she was converted to a self-unloader and bow thrusters were added. With the beginning of the thousand footer era, Bethlehem Steel found the Burns Harbor and the Stewart J. Cort to be less expensive to carry their iron ore pellets so in July, 1990, the Sparrows Point was sold to the Oglebay Norton Company and her name was changed to Buckeye. [In 2005, Oglebay Norton Company sold the Buckeye to K & K Warehousing, where she was converted to a barge. The tug Olive L. Moore towed her to Erie where she was joined to the former Buckeye, now called the Lewis J. Kuber.]
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-02-2004

Paul R. brings coal to the party

The Paul R. Tregurtha may be the largest boat on the Great Lakes but it seemed to fit snugly on the stage of the Blues Festival last August. As usual, it was taking a load of low sulfur Western coal to lower lakes power plants.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-01-2004