Archives for August 2005

Pomorze Zachodnie

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The Pomorze Zachodnie is a bulk carrier, built in 1985 as the Ziemia Tarnowska. There is another ship called the Ziemia Tarnowska that visits the Twin Ports frequently. It was launched as the Pomorze Zachodnie. Both ships are 591.04 feet long, were built in 1985 and sail under a Polish flag.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-31-2005

Federal Manitou

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Captain Yogendram Yogaraj brought his almost new Federal Manitou into port on Sunday evening. His family is back in Sri Lanka. He was kind enough to share this picture of them above. From the left, his 14 year old daughter Yashi, his wife Thilopathy, their 2 1/2 year old son Yashan, and their 10 year old daughter Arthi. They live in Colombo.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-30-2005

American Mariner welcomed

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The American Mariner makes its 7th visit today. The name comes from the owner, the American Steamship Company of Buffalo, and the crew 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 July 18, 2000.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-29-2005

Boland visits many ports

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Today, the John J. Boland will load 26,000 tons of low sulfur coal for Wisconsin Electric Power in Milwaukee. This boat moves around. Some other ports of call this season: In Michigan: Burns Harbor, Calcite, Charlevoix, Grand Haven, Marquette, Monroe, Port Dolomite, Presque Isle, Stoneport and Zug Island. Ohio: Ashtabula, Cleveland, Conneaut, Lorain, Sandusky and Toledo. New York: Lackawanna. Indiana: Indiana Harbor; Wisconsin: Manitowoc. Ontario: Nanticoke. Pennsylvania: Erie. Minnesota: Silver Bay, Superior and Duluth.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-28-2005

Middletown a handsome vessel

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The Middletown will be here for the 84th time since 1996. That’s a pretty good pace for a boat that is 63 years old. It is the ninth trip this season. 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.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-27-2005

Vlieborg undamaged

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The Vlieborg is in the inner harbor, at anchor, after its collision with the north pier of the ship canal on Wednesday afternoon. It appears that the ship has suffered no structural damage. If several additional inspections reveal no damage, the ship may depart Duluth sometime later today for Europe with its cargo of beet pulp pellets.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-26-2005

Canadian Ranger

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The Canadian Ranger was built in 1943 in Portland, Oregon. It has had a long life on the ocean and within the Great Lakes. Its first name was Grande Ronde. In 1961, it was rebuilt in West Germany. It was lengthened, widened and renamed the Hilda Marjanne. In 1984, it exchanged sterns with the Chimo and got its current name. Photo taken May 20, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-25-2005

Federal Saguenay taking wheat

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This bright red ship, Federal Saguenay, arrived Tuesday morning to load durum wheat. Her crew, all from India, should be departing Duluth this evening with durum wheat for Bari, Italy, on the east coast of Italy. Photo taken September 29, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-24-2005

John B. Aird departs Duluth ship canal

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The John B. Aird is making its first trip here this year. It will be here to load coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. 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.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-23-2005

Atlantic Superior true to name

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The Atlantic Superior will be here for the third time this season. It will be true to its name on this trip, loading coal here, for Nova Scotia Power in Sydney, Nova Scotia, a trip that will take the boat from Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean. Built in 1982, it has worked a wide variety of ocean routes, taking coal from the United Kingdom to Portugal and iron ore from Spain back to the United Kingdom among many others. Notably, the vessel delivered stone to the English Channel tunnel project. Photo taken April 29, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-22-2005

Vlieborg unloads lumber

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The Dutch flagged Vlieborg will be here today with a load of lumber. After discharging that cargo, the ship will load beet pulp pellets for Europe. Built in 1999, it will be visiting the Twin Ports for the 6th time and the third time this season. Above, it is discharging lumber during its visit here on July 13.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-21-2005

Barker goes to St. Clair

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The James R. Barker is making its 17th trip to the Twin Ports today. It loaded taconite on 7 of those trips and, as today, coal on the other 10 trips. Like most of the other coal loading thousand footers, it will take the coal to Detroit Edison power plants, this trip in St. Clair, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-20-2005

Wolverine

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Built in 1974, the Wolverine is owned by Oglebay Norton of Cleveland, Ohio. It was named after the small North American mammal and mascot of the State of Michigan, the source and destination of many Oglebay Norton cargoes. Photo taken June 20, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-19-2005

Kasteelborg approaches Aerial Lift Bridge

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The Kasteelborg came in from the anchorage Tuesday evening (above). Like all Wagenborg Shipping vessels that come here, it is small, fast, efficient and flexible, able to carry bulk cargo such as grain or coal as well as containerized cargo. The normal crew for the Kasteelborg is 8.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-18-2005

Algolake here for coal

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The Canadian flagged Algolake will be here today to load about 30,000 tons of low sulfur coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. A 250-foot self-unloading boom sits on the deck of the boat. Along with a system of conveyor belts beneath the cargo holds, the boom allows the boat to unload cargo without using equipment from the shore. Photo taken on June 15, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-17-2005

Jana at anchor

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After several days at anchor, the Jana came in Monday morning to begin loading wheat. The Russian and Lithuanian crewed vessel should complete loading later today and depart for Italy shortly after that. Photo taken August 13, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-16-2005

And the Anderson also

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The Arthur M. Anderson arrived Duluth on Sunday with a load of limestone and some heavy accompaniment from John Lee Hooker Jr. and his band. Duluth will be much quieter when the Anderson departs today with taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-15-2005

Columbia Star likes the Blues too

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The Columbia Star was right on cue Saturday afternoon, providing a nice backdrop to Ronnie Baker Brooks at the Bayfront Blues Festival. The Arthur M. Anderson is set to make an appearance at the Blues Festival late this afternoon, just after coming under the Lift Bridge with a load of limestone.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-14-2005

McCarthy likes the Blues

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. came under the Lift Bridge during a break in the music at the Bayfront Blues Festival. It is here to load coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-13-2005

Blough takes taconite to Gary

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After discharging a cargo of taconite in Conneaut, Ohio, the Roger Blough came up to Duluth to load taconite for Gary, Indiana. This is the seventh trip to the Twin Ports for the Blough this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-12-2005

Middletown here with limestone

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The Middletown will be here this evening with limestone loaded at Port Inland, Michigan. After discharging that cargo, the former World War II tanker will then load taconite for Lorain, Ohio.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-11-2005

Arthur M. Anderson visits Twin Ports

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This shipping season started slow but by the end of July, we recorded 502 ship arrivals in Duluth Superior for this shipping season. Last year, on July 31, we only had 490 visits to our two ports. The Arthur M. Anderson was visit number 502 on July 31st. It brought limestone from Calcite, Michigan and then loaded taconite for Detroit. Photo taken July 17, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-10-2005

Kapitonas A. Lucka

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The Kapitonas A. Lucka came into port last night just before 6 pm (above). It will start loading durum wheat at 8 am this morning with the hope of departing in the late afternoon or early evening today. The destination for this Lithuanian flagged ship is Algeria.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-09-2005

Orna in port for wheat

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The Orna is a Greek owned and flagged ship that comes to Duluth about once a year. Built in 1984, it has been here under a variety of names, including the Moor Laker and the Handy Laker. Today, it will be loading wheat for Algeria where the grain is most commonly used to make couscous.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-08-2005

Algowood greets North Pier Light

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The self-unloading bulk freighter Algowood will be here today to load about 30,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was built in 1981 by Collingwood Shipyards at Collingwood, Ontario, and named in honor of that town, the shipyard there, and the owner of the boat, Algoma Central.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-07-2005

Kwintebank unloads lumber

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The Kwintebank discharged a cargo of 1,378 metric tons of German lumber on Friday at Lake Superior Warehousing Co., Inc. (above). The cargo was loaded in Eemshaven, the Netherlands.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-06-2005

Middletown captain

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Middletown captain Ted Olm was checking his charts (above) while the Middletown was discharging a cargo of limestone last October. The Middletown will be here today with another load of limestone. As last October, they will then load taconite for a downbound cargo.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-05-2005

Capt. Henry Jackman docked

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It is a busy day today. Four boats are loading coal, and four are here to load taconite. The CSL Tadoussac arrived to discharge salt and will depart with taconite. The Alpena is bringing in cement and the Kwintebank will be here with lumber. It is odd that with all that activity not one boat is here to load grain. The Capt. Henry Jackman (above) was here earlier this week for only the 5th time since 1996.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-04-2005

CSL Tadoussac departs Duluth

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The CSL Tadoussac is making its 12th trip here this season. It was here many times as the Tadoussac but several years ago, it was upgraded by Canada Steamship Lines and the company’s initials were attached to the boat’s name. During the upgrade, it was widened from 75 feet to 78 feet and the cargo self-unloading system was upgraded. Photo taken July 26, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-03-2005

Miner approaches Duluth ship canal

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The Mesabi Miner was expected here early this morning to load about 58,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources. That cargo will go to the Minnesota Power plant in Taconite Harbor. When the boat completes discharging the coal, it will move back to Two Harbors, its third Lake Superior port in three days. After loading taconite there, it will depart Lake Superior for a lower lakes port, probably on Lake Michigan or Lake Erie.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-02-2005

McCarthy exits with coal and cheers

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. attracted a large and diverse crowd when it departed Duluth Sunday night with about 62,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-01-2005