Archives for January 2005

Boats gone, Aerial Lift Bridge stays

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The last of 1,089 cargo carrying boats in the 2004-5 shipping season, the James R. Barker, left the port on Monday morning with a load of coal for Presque Isle, Michigan. It returned Friday night for winter layup. Yesterday, the John G. Munson came in for winter layup. No more traffic is expected this season. Late yesterday afternoon, the Canadian ice breaker Samuel Risley departed Duluth after helping the last two boats get to their dock. Of the 1,089 vessels, 250 were Canadian flagged, 111 were foreign flagged and 728 flew a US flag. We still have the Aerial Lift Bridge, 100 years old this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-23-2005

Risley arrives just in time

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The Canadian ice breaker Samuel Risley arrived Duluth late Friday afternoon (above). It will help the James R. Barker make the dock at its winter layup at Midwest Energy Resources and then assist the John G. Munson get to its winter layup at Fraser Shipyards. The Barker should have arrived last night and the Munson is expected this morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-22-2005

Samuel Risley here to work

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The Canadian ice breaker Samuel Risley will be here today or tomorrow to assist the last two boats coming to the Twin Ports this season, the James R. Barker from Presque Isle, Michigan and the John G. Munson from Algoma Steel near the Soo Locks. The Risley was last here in April, 2003 to help the Sundew break open the Duluth entry from a severe ice jam. Ice closed the Duluth entry on April 1. It did not open up for ship traffic until April 21st when the wind cleared away the ice. The picture above was taken on April 5, 2003, just outside the Superior entry. With help from both the Sundew and the Risley, the Superior entry stayed open.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-21-2005

Munson entering Duluth ship canal

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Only two more arrivals and the shipping season is completed. The James R. Barker may come in sometime Friday from Presque Isle, Michigan and the John G. Munson will be coming from Algoma Steel, just this side of the Soo Locks. It has been taking taconite from Marquette to Algoma and is now on the last trip. Due here on Saturday, January 22, the picture above shows the Munson coming in exactly one year ago today. She is two days behind last year’s schedule.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-20-2005

Speer arrives ice covered

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Assuming the James R. Barker got out of here last night with the last cargo loaded in the Twin Ports this season, we have no traffic expected today. Nine of the 11 boats that will spend the winter in the Twin Ports have arrived at their winter home. We are waiting for the Barker to return after delivering coal to Marquette and the John G. Munson to come home from Algoma Steel, near the Soo Locks. They may be arriving Thursday. Above, the Edgar B. Speer was greeted by more than a couple well wishers and photographers on Monday, despite the -20 temperature. Crew members on the boat yelled at us, saying we were stupid to be out there. Can you imagine that!
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-19-2005

Barker will load last coal of season

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The James R. Barker came under the Lift Bridge (above) on Monday morning at 7:39. With help from local tugs and the Coast Guard cutter Alder, it went to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior to load coal for Marquette, Michigan. Weather will delay loading until sometime this morning. A departure this evening is planned if all goes well. The Barker will return to the same dock later this week for winter lay-up.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-18-2005

Alder ready to work

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Today is the last big day of the season for Twin Ports shipping. The James R. Barker, the American Mariner, the Edgar B. Speer and the Presque Isle have been crossing Lake Superior in a convoy. The Presque Isle will peel off and load briefly at Two Harbors during the night, while the Barker, Speer and Mariner should all arrive Duluth this morning between 6 and 8 am. The Coast Guard Cutter Alder and local tugs will be prepared to depart their moorings around that time to provide assistance as needed. Photo taken January 5, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-17-2005