Archives for June 2005

Canadian Enterprise and North Pier Light

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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

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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

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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

Vlistborg

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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

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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

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

Cort is one of the 13

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Amanda is brand new

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The Russian crewed Amanda dropped the anchor off the Duluth piers on Friday, waiting to come into port to load spring wheat for Great Britain. That should happen this evening. Photo taken June 17, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-19-2005

American Mariner honors the crew

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The American Mariner is owned and operated by the American Steamship Company of Buffalo. That is the source of the first part of the boat’s name. The second part refers to the mariners who work on the boat. It was supposed to be called the Chicago when it was launched in 1980 but at the last moment, the name was changed to American Mariner. Photo taken June 25, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-18-2005

Prinsenborg brings lumber

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The Dutch flagged Prinsenborg arrived in Duluth Wednesday evening with a load of lumber from Austria. After discharging that cargo, it is now at the General Mills dock in Superior to load beet pulp pellets for Europe. Photo taken June 16, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-17-2005

Quebecois approaches North Pier Light

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The Quebecois should be here today to discharge cement. It is almost identical to the Montrealais. Both are powered by steam engines. The Canadian Miner is also almost identical but it is diesel powered.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-16-2005

Cedarglen German built

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The Cedarglen was built in West Germany in 1959 as an ocean going ore carrier. It often carried ore between Venezuela and Europe. In 1976, it was purchased by a Canadian firm to carry iron ore between Labrador and Hamilton, Ontario. It usually carries grain cargos now. Photo taken June 16, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-15-2005

Columbia Star departs Duluth

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The Columbia Star made 36 trips to the Twin Ports last year. It will be here today for the 13th time this season. One of 13 thousand footers on the Great Lakes, it will load about 62,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison power plants.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-14-2005

Tug Mark Hannah brings saltwater

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The tug Mark Hannah is bringing in a barge filled with liquid calcium chloride today. Hannah Marine, located in a suburb of Chicago, has the largest U.S.-flag liquid bulk fleet on the Great Lakes. This is her second trip to the Twin Ports this year. Photo taken July 10, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-13-2005

Algoisle to load wheat

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The Canadian flagged Algoisle is expected here to load spring wheat. The picture above was taken in November, last year. The wide, angled bow reflects this ship’s time spent on the ocean. It was built in Cork, Ireland in 1963. Photo taken on November 07, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-12-2005

Presque Isle here for taconite

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The tug-barge combination Presque Isle should be here today to load taconite. Together, the vessel 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 06-11-2005

W.N. Twolan tug

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The tug W. N. Twolan pushing the barge McAllister 132 should be arriving Duluth for the 3rd time this season. They bring pulp wood logs from Thunder Bay. Note the elevated pilot house (center rear) is located on the barge and not the tug. Photo taken May 15, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-10-2005

McCarthy aligned for passage under bridge

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. will be here today to load coal for Silver Bay Power in Silver Bay. It will be back on Saturday to load coal for its usual destination, the Detroit Edison power plant at 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. Photo taken September 12, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-09-2005

Alpena has loud whistle

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Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, the Alpena will be here today to discharge cement. She is one of the oldest and prettiest boats working the Great Lakes, and she has one of the best, and loudest, steam whistles on the Great Lakes too.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-08-2005

Middletown will load taconite

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The Middletown will be here to load taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It was built in 1942 and saw duty as a tanker in both the Atlantic and the Pacific during World War II. It was hit by a Japanese bomb in 1944. Since then, it has been renamed several times, rebuilt and lengthened.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-07-2005

Boland approaches Aerial Lift Bridge

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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 06-06-2005

Kwintebank is Dutch flagged

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The Dutch flagged Kwintebank should be here today to load beet pulp pellets. Built in 2002 and only 435 feet long, she usually carries a crew of nine. On a previous trip, three were Dutch, one was from Ukraine and five were from the Philippines.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-05-2005

Earl W. Oglebay to discharge limestone

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The Earl W. Oglebay, at 630 feet long, is usually found taking taconite up the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. Today, it will be in Duluth with a load of limestone. After discharging that cargo, it will go to Silver Bay to load taconite.
Photo taken November 29, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-04-2005

Fred R. White Jr.

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The Fred R. White is one of several ‘river boats’ we don’t see very often. They normally load taconite pellets brought down from Lake Superior by larger boats and discharged at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. The big boats cannot negotiate the narrow curves of the river so smaller river boats such as the White load the pellets and take them to steel mills up the river.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-03-2005

Munson enters Duluth ship canal

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The John G. Munson is here for the 3rd time this season. It discharged limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan and is loading coal for Ashtabula. Built in 1952, the boat’s deep throated steam whistle is counted by many to be the best on the Great Lakes. Photo taken August 24, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-02-2005

Federal Kivalina will load grain

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The Aerial Bridge will again be closed to traffic today between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for the Department of Transportation inspection. That should not interrupt any ship traffic since our tentative schedule has 3 boats going under the bridge before 8 a.m. and two departing the port after 4 p.m. One arriving ship should be the Hong Kong flagged Federal Kivalina (above), here to load grain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-01-2005