Archives for March 2005

Speer will load taconite for Conneaut

The Edgar B. Speer will be here today to load taconite for Conneaut, Ohio at the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior. It will likely come in the Duluth entry to get fuel at the Port Terminal before moving down the Superior channel to the BN Dock. Typically, taconite discharged at Conneaut is transferred to railroad cars for distribution to steel plants in Pennsylvania.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-31-2005

Canadian Transport passes under the Aerial Lift Bridge

The Canadian Transport was built in 1979, the same year additional width was allowed for vessels transiting the Welland Canal. Ten inches was added to the previous allowable width of 75 feet. The Canadian Transport was built with a width of 75 feet, 8 inches. The 8 inches provided 31,800 more cubic feet of cargo space. It is loading about 30,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke, Ontario, the usual cargo and destination for this boat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-30-2005

On the deck of the 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, taken last week from the deck of the Boland while it was at its winter layup berth at the Port Authority.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-29-2005

Canadian Olympic exits Duluth canal

The Canadian Olympic will be here today to load about 30,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy. The cargo will be taken to Nanticoke, Ontario. The boat was built in Port Weller, Ontario in 1976. That was the same year the Olympics were held in Montreal. providing the boat with its last name. It made 9 trips here last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-28-2005

Lee A. is first from beyond the Soo

The Lee A. Tregurtha arrived Saturday afternoon at 4:01. It is the first boat to come to Duluth this season from the other side of the Soo Locks which opened early Friday morning. Although not a frequent visitor, it arrived for its only visit last season on December 31st. It did not waste any time getting here for the first visit this season. Besides being a very pretty boat, it has one of the best, loudest and oldest steam whistles on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-27-2005

Lee A. Tregurtha leads the way

Ice in the river below the Soo Locks delayed the departure of boats waiting to enter Lake Superior Friday morning. Instead of arriving early this morning, the first boats from beyond the Soo Locks should be arriving here this afternoon. The parade will still be led by the Lee A. Tregurtha (above). All the arrivals today came through the Soo Locks yesterday.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-26-2005

John B. Aird here for coal

The John B. Aird (above) has been here 36 times since 1996, but only twice in 2003 and once last year. It is down here from Thunder Bay to load coal to take back to Thunder Bay. The Soo Locks opened early this morning and the race to be the first arrival here is on. Perhaps the Lee A. Tregurtha will win arriving sometime early Saturday morning. The newly painted Arthur M. Anderson may be departing this morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-25-2005

Anderson finally gets new paint

The best looking boat of the year should be departing Duluth today. The Arthur M. Anderson had 53 years of paint removed this winter and has a brand new paint job. Since it is loading at Two Harbors, it should depart Duluth with nothing but new paint on the hull of the boat. It will never again look this good.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-24-2005

Atlantic Huron entering Duluth canal

The Soo Locks will not open until just after midnight on Friday morning. All our traffic until about 26 hours after that will be within Lake Superior. So far, we have sent boats to Two Harbors, Marquette, and Taconite Harbor. The Canadian flagged Atlantic Huron (above) will be here today after departing its winter berth in Thunder Bay. The Mesabi Miner may be the first boat from beyond the Soo to arrive, perhaps early Saturday morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-23-2005

Roger Blough first out

The Roger Blough spent the winter layup at the Port Terminal (above). It will depart that berth sometime today to go to Two Harbors to load taconite for Gary, Indiana. It will be the first arrival of the year for Two Harbors. The American Spirit will begin loading taconite this afternoon and later today will become the first departure of the new year at the Superior entry.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-22-2005