Archives for May 2005

Indiana Harbor salutes the bridge

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Through the day, we expect 4 of the 13 thousand footers on the Great Lakes to arrive in the port. One of them, the Indiana Harbor (above), will load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior for delivery to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-31-2005

Canadian Enterprise arrives Duluth

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The Canadian Enterprise should be here today to load low sulfur coal brought to Superior by train from Wyoming and Montana. Above, it is in the Duluth ship canal in August, 2002, coming here to load the same cargo.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-30-2005

Callaway sailaway

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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 last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-29-2005

Block brings rock

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The Joseph L. Block brought in a load of limestone for the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It will depart today for Two Harbors to load taconite for a lower lakes port. The boat was built for Inland Steel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and is named for a former chairman of the board of Inland Steel who was born in 1902. He was chairman from 1959 to 1967.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-28-2005

Block passes North Pier Light

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The Joseph L. Block is expected to arrive in Duluth today with a load of limestone for the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It was built for Inland Steel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1976. The boat is named for a former chairman of the board of Inland Steel who was born in 1902. He was chairman from 1959 to 1967.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-27-2005

Canadian Transport bound for Nanticoke

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The Canadian Transport is here loading about 30,000 tons of low sulfur coal brought here by train from mines in Wyoming and Montana. It will take that cargo to Ontario Power Generation at Nanticoke.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-25-2005

Mesabi Miner here for coal

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The Mesabi Miner will be coming here today from Taconite Harbor to load coal at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior. That cargo will be taken to a Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-24-2005

Federal Fuji

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The bright red ship at anchor off the Duluth piers is the Federal Fuji. While it waits for the Herbert C. Jackson to complete loading grain, it is taking advantage of free parking not usually available inside the harbor. It arrived here from Detroit on Sunday.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-23-2005

St. Clair does coal duty

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The St. Clair was built in 1976 primarily to deliver coal from Superior to Detroit Edison’s Belle River Power Plant near St. Clair, Michigan. Although the boat carries a variety of cargos to a wide variety of ports, it will be performing its primary task today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-22-2005

American Mariner greeted in Duluth

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The American Mariner is owned and operated by the American Steamship Company of Buffalo, New York. That is also the source of the first part of her name. The second part of the name refers to the mariners who work on the boat. It has been the American Mariner since it was launched in 1980. It was supposed to be called the Chicago but at the last moment, I am told because of a Chicago political squabble, the name was changed to the current name.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-21-2005

David Z. Norton

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The David Z. Norton was here four times last year. It was built in 1973 especially to carry taconite up the Cuyahoga River from Cleveland to the J & L Steel plant, now called ISG (International Steel Group Inc.). It still does that most of the time but does make occasional trips up to Duluth and Taconite Harbor, usually bringing limestone up and loading taconite for a lower lakes port. Photo taken September 26, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-20-2005

American Spirit departs Duluth

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The American Spirit will be here today loading taconite for Zug Island, Michigan. Before last year, it visited here under the name George A. Stinson many times.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-19-2005

Middletown has history

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The Middletown was built in 1942. It saw duty in both the Atlantic and the Pacific during World War II as a tanker. It was hit by a Japanese bomb in 1944. Since then, it has been renamed several times, rebuilt and lengthened. It is here to discharge a cargo of limestone.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-18-2005

Presque Isle is 1000 footer

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The tug-barge combination Presque Isle will be here today to load taconite for Gary, Indiana. The tug-barge together is 1,000 feet long and is considered one of the 13 thousand foot freighters working the Great Lakes today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-17-2005

Montrealais

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The Montrealais was a frequent visitor to the Twin Ports from the late 90’s to 2001, visiting from four to ten times a year. The Montrealais will be here today for the second time this season. It was here three times last year. The boat is still powered by the original steam engine installed when it was built in 1962.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-16-2005

Anderson here with limestone

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The Arthur M. Anderson will be here today with a cargo of limestone. After it completes discharging that cargo at two different docks, it will depart light for Two Harbors. The Anderson is best known for trailing the Edmund Fitzgerald when the Fitzgerald went down near Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-15-2005

Alpena bringing cement

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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 one of the best, and loudest, steam whistles on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-14-2005

Algonorth departing Duluth

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The Algonorth started life in 1970 as a 527 foot ocean going bulk carrier called the Temple Bar. Today, it is a 729 foot Great Lakes bulk carrier. The transformation from ocean to Great Lakes carrier occurred in Singapore in 1976. Photo taken November 19, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-13-2005

Federal Weser will take grain out

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The Federal Weser, built in China in 2002, should be departing Duluth today with a cargo of wheat and flax destined for Ghent, Belgium. It was here once last year and twice the year before. Like many Fedmar ships, the Federal Weser is named for a river, this one in West Germany.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-12-2005

Virginiaborg at dock

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The Dutch flagged Egbert Wagenborg arrived here for the first time on October 22, 1998. Egbert Wagenborg the man arrived aboard the Virginiaborg for the first time in October, 2002. Mr. Wagenborg is retired from the Wagenborg company. The boat was named after his father, the founder of Wagenborg Shipping in the Netherlands. The Virginiaborg will be here today, presumably without Mr. Wagenborg, to load beet pulp pellets. Photo taken November 14, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-11-2005

Indiana Harbor exits under the Aerial Lift Bridge

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The Indiana Harbor was built in 1979. On its first trip, it went to Two Harbors to load taconite for Indiana Harbor, Indiana, the home of Inland Steel. It is one of 13 thousand foot boats working the Great Lakes, all flying US flags. It will load coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-10-2005

Birchglen comes in from anchor

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The Birchglen has been at anchor off the Duluth piers since yesterday. It should be coming in this morning to load grain. This Canadian flagged ship visited here many times as the saltie Federal Mackenzie. Last year, it was here loading taconite for China.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-09-2005

Courtney Burton gets reprieve

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The Courtney Burton has been laid up for two years in Toledo but is out this year and making its first trip of the year to Duluth today to load grain. It is replacing the Joseph H. Frantz and Kinsman boats taking wheat from Duluth to Buffalo.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-08-2005

Oglebay Norton with Canal Park visitors

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The Oglebay Norton will be here today to load about 62,000 tons of coal for delivery to Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair and Monroe, Michigan. It is the namesake of the Oglebay Norton Company of Cleveland, Ohio, one of the oldest mining companies in the country. It is one thousand feet long.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-07-2005

Spartan, Spartan II, Mark Hannah

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The tug Mark Hannah is bringing in a barge filled with the liquid calcium chloride today. More commonly known as salt water, it is often used to keep dust down on country roads in Minnesota.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-06-2005

Captain of Lee A. Tregurtha

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Captain James Nuzzo (above) has been Captain on the Lee A. Tregurtha since 1992. He has brought his boat here many times, along with his extremely loud, two tone whistle that he thinks is original equipment from 1942 when the boat was built. It is so loud he never uses it between 10 pm and 7 am. He is expected early afternoon, so it should be loud as ever.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-05-2005

Philip R. Clarke

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The Philip R. Clarke was built in 1952 for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company. Several upgrades have extended the useful life of the Clarke. It was lengthened by 120 feet in 1974 and is now 767 feet long. A 262 foot self unloader was installed in 1982.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-04-2005

Varnebank will load beet pulp pellets

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The Dutch flagged Varnebank will be here today to discharge a cargo of lumber. After completing that, it will then load beet pulp pellets as a return cargo to Europe.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-03-2005

Algontario discharges cement

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The Canadian flagged Algontario arrived on Friday night with a load of cement to discharge. It should complete that today and then depart Duluth for Thunder Bay. Photo taken May 1, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-02-2005

Federal Nakagawa here for wheat

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The Federal Nakagawa arrived Duluth on Friday on its maiden voyage. Built this year in Japan, the Indian crew should have departed early this morning with wheat for Italy, Malta and Spain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-01-2005