Archives for July 2005

Barker and Aerial Lift Bridge

The James R. Barker is making its 13th trip to the Twin Ports today. Most of those trips were to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Four trips were to today’s destination, across the St. Louis River at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. As in the other trips to the DM&IR Dock, it will load taconite for a lower lakes port.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-31-2005

Bluebill here for wheat

The Bluebill arrived Thursday evening to load wheat for Venezuela. This is her second trip to Duluth. Last year she was here loading soy beans and durum wheat for Antwerp, Belguim, and Finland, after which she went to St. Petersburg, Russia to load more cargo. She has a crew of 18, mostly from Ukraine. The captain is from India. Photo taken July 28, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-30-2005

American Mariner visits many ports

The American Mariner has visited these Great Lakes ports so far this year: Ashland, Ashtabula, Charlevoix, Cleveland, Conneaut, Drummond, Escanaba, Grand Haven, Green Bay, Harbor Beach, Indiana Harbor, Lackawanna, Lorain, Marquette, Meldrum Bay, Monroe, Munising, Muskegon, Ontonagon, Port Inland, Presque Isle, Sandusky, Silver Bay, South Chicago, Stoneport, Superior, Toledo, Zug Island and Duluth. Photo taken June 25, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-29-2005

Blough departs Duluth ship canal

The Roger Blough spent the winter in Duluth but it does not come back very often during the season. It will be here today for only the 5th time this year. It will load taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth and then take that cargo to steel mills in Gary, Indiana. Above, the Blough departs Duluth on October 21, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-28-2005

Algosoo number 2

Algoma Central has had two boats called Algosoo, a name derived from the company’s name and their location at the ‘Soo Locks.’ The first Algosoo was built in 1901 as the Saturn and was 346 feet long. The boat was purchased by Algoma in 1913 and named the J. Frater Taylor. It became the Algosoo in 1936 and worked the lakes until 1965. Algosoo number two was built in 1974 and is 730 feet long. It will be here today loading coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-27-2005

Paul R. has room for fun

The Paul R. Tregurtha is big, and steady. Big enough to hold a pool table at the bow of the boat and steady enough to use it, at least when it is in port. Above, Captain Tim Dayton demonstrates. Note the punching bag behind him and the weight machine to his right.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-26-2005

Charles M. Beeghly here for taconite

The Charles M. Beeghly is very similar to the John Sherwin, a boat that was taken out of service in 1981. It has been sitting in water close by the Blatnik Bridge since. The Sherwin was not converted to a self unloader but the Beeghly was in that same year. As a result, the Beeghly is still operating on the Great Lakes, arriving here today to load taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-25-2005

Courtney Burton out of layup

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The Courtney Burton was laid up for two years in Toledo but came out this year to carry wheat from the Twin Ports to Buffalo in the spring and fall and other cargos, such as limestone and taconite, in the summer. It is here today discharging limestone but will then pick up its first wheat cargo in several months. 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 07-24-2005

Kiyi counts fish

The Ashland, Wisconsin based Kiyi is currently moored behind the DECC. Operated by the Lake Superior Biological Station of the U.S. Geological Survey, the Kiyi is on a fish sampling tour of the western end of Lake Superior. Several years ago, the Kiyi provided the Aquarium with some of the fish they found in Lake Superior, specifically the deepwater sculpin, the burbot and some 9-spine sticklebacks.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-23-2005

Algoisle loads grain

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The Canadian flagged Algoisle is here loading grain. She has only made 10 trips here since 1996 but today, she is here for the 3rd time this year. Notice that this ship has spent some time on the ocean because of the wide, angled bow, typical of ocean going ships. It was built in Cork, Ireland in 1963. Photo taken on November 07, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-22-2005

Ziemia Cieszynska

The Ziemia Cieszynska started life in 1992 with this name but within the year, the name was changed to the Lake Carling. In 2003, the original name was back. That probably was due to a change in ownership, or possibly, the ship was leased out during those years. It is owned by the Polish Steamship Company. For the last 10 years, the ship, under both names, has been here about once a year. It is expected to come in from the anchorage this morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-21-2005

Grande Caribe

The Grande Caribe, a 183-foot, 100-passenger U.S. cruise vessel, arrived in the Twin Ports on Monday, ending a cruise that started in Chicago. The boat will board new passengers here for a trip back to Chicago. Stops will be made in Manistee, Mackinaw Island, Sault Ste. Marie, Munising, Marquette, and Houghton in Michigan, Grand Marais, Bayfield and the Apostle Islands. It is docked behind the DECC until it departs very early Thursday morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-20-2005

McCarthy leaves Midwest Energy

The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived early this morning to load about 62,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison. Above, it is just leaving the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock on April 30th last year. You can see the shiploader on the left, upright now but ready to load coal into the next boat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-19-2005

Earl W. Oglebay in Twin Ports harbor

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 limestone loaded at Port Dolomite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo, it will go to Silver Bay to load taconite for the Cleveland Bulk Terminal, and then up the Cuyahoga River for 6 miles to the ISG steel plant. Photo taken November 29, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-17-2005

Barker + 4 other footers here today

Five one-thousand footers will be in the Twin Ports today. The Mesabi Miner will load taconite. The four others will be loading coal. One of those, the James R. Barker (above), will take the coal cargo to the Wisconsin Energy Corporation power plant at Presque Isle in Marquette, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-16-2005

Joseph H. Thompson arrives

The Joseph H. Thompson arrived on Thursday afternoon (above) with a load of limestone. It will complete that and then load taconite before departing sometime today. It started life in 1944, crossing the ocean several times in the war effort. Today the vessel is a tug barge combination. The barge part is still most of the hull of the boat built in 1944.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-15-2005

Bridge backdrop for Vancouverborg

The Vancouverborg entered the Duluth harbor yesterday (above), on her way over to the General Mills dock in Superior to load beet pulp pellets. Built in 2001, her hull was built in Romania and then towed from there through the Black Sea, across the Mediterranean Sea and up the east coast of Europe to Delfzijl, The Netherlands. There the ship, as well as her sister ship, the Virginiaborg, an exact copy, was assembled.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-14-2005

Arthur M. Anderson

The Arthur M. Anderson is here today discharging limestone. After that, it will depart light for Two Harbors and load taconite for Conneaut, Ohio. 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 07-13-2005

BBC Shanghai cargo to Manitoba

The BBC Shanghai has been discharging 24 wind turbine blades from the deck of the ship directly onto waiting trucks for transport to Manitoba. Above, one is slowly lifted from the stack by the ship’s on board cranes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-12-2005

Algosteel takes coal to Nanticoke

The Algosteel will be here today to load about 30,000 tons of low sulfur coal brought here by train from mines in Wyoming and Montana. It will deliver the cargo to Ontario Power Generation at Nanticoke.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-11-2005

CSL Assiniboine loads first cargo

Half a new boat was in the Twin Ports yesterday. With a new hull, the 730 foot Jean Parisien arrived in Superior Saturday morning as the 739′ 10″  CSL Assiniboine. Taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock (above) was the first cargo loaded into the new vessel.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-10-2005

Mark Hannah transports saltwater

The tug Mark Hannah delivers calcium chloride to a variety of ports on the Great Lakes, including Duluth today and its home port at Lemont, Illinois, 24 miles up the Chicago River from Lake Michigan. The tug can’t fit under the river’s bridges, so when the cargo goes to Lemont, the tug and barge are disconnected and a barge with a retractable pilot house is attached to the barge for the trip up the river.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-09-2005

Cargo here via Bavaria

Above, the Bavaria was here in April discharging wind turbine blades at the Port Terminal. Late this morning, we expect the BBC Shanghai to come into port with similar blades resting on the deck. It is worth seeing if you are in the neighborhood.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-08-2005

Quebecois still runs on steam

The steam powered Quebecois should be here today to discharge cement. Built in 1966 in Montreal, it is one of the few vessels sailing the Great Lakes for any length of time that has kept the same name it had when launched. Photo taken June 25, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-07-2005

Canadian Navigator meets seagull

The Canadian Navigator, not here since July, 2002, will be arriving today to load coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was built in 1967 in Great Britain for salt water duty. After several trips to the ship yard resulted in an increase in length and cargo capacity, it was sold in 1975 to Upper Lakes Group and moved over to Great Lakes service. Several name changes followed; it became the Canadian Navigator in 1980. Photo taken July 9, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-06-2005

John J. Boland self-unloader

The John J. Boland will load taconite after discharging limestone. The self unloader on her deck (above) was used to discharge the limestone and will be used to discharge the taconite in Lorain, Ohio. When loading cargo, the boom is moved to the side so it will be out of the way. Photo taken March 25, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-05-2005

Federal Elbe hears Blues fest

The Federal Elbe came into port Saturday evening while the city’s 4th Fest was in progress at Bayfront Park. The Polish crew (and one Filipino) loaded bentonite and probably departed Duluth for Great Britain early this morning. Photo taken July 2, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-04-2005

Indiana Harbor carries loads of coal

The Indiana Harbor was here yesterday loading coal for Silver Bay. It will return later today to load coal again, this time taking it to Detroit Edison power plants at St. Clair, Michigan. It will be loading about 62,000 tons of coal for each trip.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-03-2005

Paul R. leaves the Aerial Lift Bridge behind

After a quick trip to the Minnesota Power plant in Taconite Harbor to discharge a load of coal, the Paul R. Tregurtha will be back in port today to take on another load of coal for Detroit Edison. Both times, it loaded about 61,000 tons. At 1,013 feet 6 inches long, the Tregurtha is the largest boat working the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-02-2005

Kapitonas Andzejauskas

The Lithuanian flagged Kapitonas Andzejauskas may drop the anchor off the Duluth piers when it arrives this evening and wait to load grain. It was the first ocean ship of the season last year. Then, despite the flag, the ship had a crew that all came from Ukraine. Photo taken April 10, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-01-2005