Archives for June 2005

Canadian Enterprise and North Pier Light

The Canadian Enterprise dropped anchor off the Duluth piers on Wednesday to wait for the Paul R. Tregurtha to depart the berth at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. It should have come in sometime early today. Both loaded coal: the Tregurtha for Taconite Harbor; the Enterprise for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Photo taken September 2, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-30-2005

Ziemia Gornoslaska

The Polish crewed Ziemia Gornoslaska has been at anchor off the Duluth piers for several days. It should come in this evening to load spring wheat for Spain. Above, it is getting a tug assist away from the dock as it departed on December 16th, last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-29-2005

Icy coat for John G. Munson

The John G. Munson will be here today to discharge limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. After completing the discharge at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth, the Munson will move across the St. Louis River to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior and load about 25,000 tons of coal for Ashtabula, Ohio. Above, the Munson arriving Duluth on Christmas Eve, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-28-2005


At 434 feet, the Vlistborg is a smaller ship than most that come to the Twin Ports, but it is more flexible and can be configured to carry a wide variety of cargos, although, as today, it usually picks up beet pulp pellets when it comes to Duluth. Photo taken November 20, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-27-2005

Sarah Spencer Jane Ann

The owner of the tug barge combination called the Sarah Spencer (above), has a daughter named Sarah and a son named Spencer. The name of the tug is the Jane Ann, which also happens to be the name of his wife. Photo taken April 16, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-26-2005

Indiana Harbor

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.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-25-2005

Cort is one of the 13

Six of the 13 thousand foot long boats on the Great Lakes will be in the Twin Ports today. The Edgar B. Speer, Presque Isle, Stewart J. Cort (above) and Edwin H. Gott are all loading taconite. The Paul R. Tregurtha and the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. are loading coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-24-2005

Aird exits Duluth canal

This is the first trip to the Twin Ports for the John B. Aird this season. It was built in 1983 from two sections. The stern was built at Collingwood and the bow in Thunder Bay, both in Ontario. Final assembly occurred at the Port Arthur Shipyard in Thunder Bay. Photo taken September 23, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-23-2005

Ostkap unloads nacelles

The Ostkap was here yesterday (above) discharging 18 nacelles and 18 wind turbine hubs at the Port Authority Terminal. A nacelle is the enclosure for much of the machinery needed to operate a wind turbine. Each nacelle weighs 113,427 pounds. Above, one of the nacelles is lifted from the Ostkap by one of the Port Authority cranes. The Ostkap is now loading spring wheat for Portugal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-22-2005

Wolverine approaching Aerial Lift Bridge

The Wolverine arrived Duluth yesterday (above) for the first time since January 2nd, 1998. It brought in a cargo of stone and has probably already departed Duluth. The Wolverine is a ‘river boat,’ usually found taking taconite up the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland to the ISG steel plant. At 630 feet long, it is short but very maneuverable.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-21-2005

Philip R. Clarke

The Philip R. Clarke was the first of 8 boats built in the early 50’s that are referred to as the AAA class vessels. Several major structural changes over the years, including one change that added 120 feet to the length of the boat, have kept the Clarke operating on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-20-2005