Archives for July 2005

Barker and Aerial Lift Bridge

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 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

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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