Archives for September 2005

H. Lee White here for coal

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The H. Lee White will be here today to load coal for Wisconsin Electric Power in Milwaukee. This will be the 6th trip here this year for the White. In the first 5 trips, it brought limestone in and/or loaded taconite for lower lakes ports. Photo taken October 15, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-30-2005

Paul R. and the tug Billmaier

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The Paul R. Tregurtha will be here today to load coal. Above, we see her departing with coal on May 4th this year while the Corps of Engineers tug D.L. Billmaier is coming back from a day working on the reinforcement of the breakwater just off the Duluth side of the North pier.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-29-2005

Federal Leda makes inaugural visit

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Built in 2003, the Federal Leda is here for the first time. They are loading flax and later today, should depart for ARAG. ARAG is not a new country, it is a shipping term that means Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp-Gent, meaning in this case, the ship will carry the flax to one of those ports. At this time, the Captain does not know. That decision will be made elsewhere and sent to him while he is under way, perhaps on the Atlantic Ocean headed for ARAG. Amsterdam and Rotterdam are cities in the Netherlands; Antwerp and Gent are in Belgium.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-28-2005

Atlantic Erie departing Duluth

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The Canadian flagged Atlantic Erie is making its fourth appearance this year, loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. It loaded grain on the first visit, in April, but has switched to loading coal on the last 3 visits. Last year, it was here 5 times, loading taconite on each visit. The name reflects the vessel’s ability to work both in the Great Lakes and on the ocean. Unlike most Lakers that come to Duluth, this vessel has been to places such as Spain, Holland and many other international ports, all accessible only by ocean going vessels.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-27-2005

Columbus cruises away

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The cruise ship Columbus is here today for the ship’s third and last visit of the year. It should depart Duluth around 6 pm this evening, just as it did on September 16th, above.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-26-2005

Speer encased in ice

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Five boats will be here today. The Quebecois is discharging cement, the American Mariner will depart with coal, the McCarthy will arrive to load coal, the Columbia Star will come here to load taconite and the Federal Leda should be at anchor waiting to load flax for Northern Europe. The Edgar B. Speer (above, coming in last winter) will be in Two Harbors to load taconite for Gary, Indiana.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-25-2005

Quebecois retains steam engine

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The steam powered Quebecois will be here today for the 5th time this season and the 2nd trip this month. The boat will be discharging a cargo of 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 09-24-2005