Archives for September 2005

H. Lee White here for coal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oglebay Norton under the bridge

The Oglebay Norton will be here today for the 30th time this season. As usual, it will load about 62,000 tons of coal for delivery to Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan. The namesake of the Oglebay Norton Company of Cleveland, Ohio, it is one of the oldest mining companies in the country.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-23-2005

Party begins with Lithuanian song

The Lithuanian flagged and owned Kapitonas Andzejauskas was the first ocean ship to arrive last year. A Lithuanian couple, the Tribys, from Wisconsin, heard about it and came up to join the Port Authority’s first ship arrival party. They were born in Klaipeda, which is also the home port of the ship. Mrs Tribys let it be known that her husband could sing the Lithuanian national anthem. He was soon asked and he gladly agreed to open the festivities with a very robust version of the song.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-22-2005

Herbert C. Jackson will take coal

The Herbert C. Jackson will be here today for the 6th time this season. Last year, the Jackson made 19 trips to the Twin Ports. While here, it will load 18,500 tons of coal for delivery to Marquette, Michigan, on the southern shore of Lake Superior. Photo taken August 26, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-21-2005

Cason J. Callaway

The Cason J. Callaway will be here today with limestone loaded at Cedarville, Michigan. After discharging that cargo, it will leave here to load taconite at Two Harbors. Above, the boat is departing Duluth in July of this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-20-2005

St. Clair approaches canal

On Sunday evening, the St. Clair was greeted by many, but not all, of the people on the Marine Museum grounds. There was reading and feeding to do. Our ‘friendly’ bird population continues to dine on their summer staple of pop corn, not usually thrown for them so conveniently. None of this stopped the St. Clair from coming in to load coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-19-2005

Nanticoke here for grain

Many Canadian and US boats load coal here for Nanticoke, Ontario. Every once in a while, the Canadian flagged boat called Nanticoke comes to town, as it will today for only the second time this season. It will load grain at the Cargill elevator in Duluth. While working in the Great Lakes now, it is capable of ocean travel. In 1997, the Nanticoke worked the North Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland. Photo taken May 27, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-18-2005

Barker enters Duluth ship canal

Four boats are expected in port today to load low sulfur western coal at Midwest Energy Resources. The James R. Barker came into port yesterday (above) and most likely departed earlier this morning. The Barker, and two of the others, the Oglebay Norton and the Paul R. Tregurtha, are over 1,000 feet long. The Herbert C. Jackson, at only 690 feet, will try to squeeze in amongst the giants.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-17-2005

Columbus brings visitors

The 400-passenger vessel Columbus will be here today for the second of three visits this year. It was built in 1997 in Germany and has five passenger decks that include a swimming pool, sauna, spa, gym, hospital, library, boutique, salon, wine bar and a lounge with a stage and dance floor. The short visit will start when it comes under the Lift Bridge around noon. It should be departing around 6 pm.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-16-2005

Canadian Leader

The Canadian Leader was built in 1967 at Collingwood, Ontario as the Feux Follets (Will of the Wisp) and renamed the Canadian Leader in 1972. The 10,000-hp steam turbine engine that still powers the boat was the last steam-powered engine put on a Great Lakes freighter. Photo taken September 24, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-15-2005

Irma has four sisters

Today, we will have twin sisters from Poland passing each other. The Iryda will be arriving to load spring wheat for Antwerp, Belgium while the Irma (above) will be departing Duluth with spring wheat and peas for Barcelona, Spain. Launched in 1999, the Iryda is one year older than the Irma. Both ships are 655 feet long, 77 feet wide and each can carry 34,949 tons of cargo. There are 3 more sisters, all the same size: the Isa, Isadora and the Isolda. Together, they have been to the Twin Ports a total of 46 times since 1999. Photo taken May 29, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-14-2005

Grant Carrier being guarded

The Chios Sailor was here in August, 1999 when it was called the Grant Carrier. We were at war with Yugoslavia. The State Department ruled that any ship with Yugoslavian officers had to have armed guards posted on the ship when in US waters. The captain, fifth from the left, and first mate, second from the left, as well as most of the crew, were from Montenegro, considered a part of Yugoslavia. Above, the armed guards, made up of 5 men from the Coast Guard, posed for a picture with the crew they were guarding while the ship was at anchor off the Duluth piers.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-13-2005

BBC Russia here for wheat

The BBC Russia came into port Saturday afternoon to load spring wheat for England. Despite loading at two terminals, the ship should be ready to depart Duluth for England late this afternoon. This ship follows other ships coming from the same company this year: the BBC Venezuela, BBC Germany, BBC France, BBC Shanghai, BBC England, and BBC Ontario.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-12-2005

Columbia Star departs Duluth

The Columbia Star came into port yesterday for the 25th trip of the season to the Twin Ports. It departed the port with a load of coal. It will be here tomorrow for the 26th time this season. In between was a quick trip to Silver Bay Power. Today’s trip will take the boat to St.Clair, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-11-2005

Ziemia Lodzka bound for Spain

The Polish flagged Ziemia Lodzka was built in 1992 in Turkey but became the Lake Champlain before leaving the shipyard. In 2003, it went back to being the Ziemia Lodzka. Still with that name, the ship’s Polish crew has been loading the cargo holds with spring wheat over the last two days. They should be taking the ship under the Lift Bridge later today as they head for Spain to deliver their cargo.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-10-2005

Blue Heron studies the Lake

The Blue Heron, a research vessel owned by the Large Lakes Observatory at the University of Minnesota at Duluth, will be going out into the Lake today to test new equipment that will allow them to map the contours of the rock formations below the water and mud of Lake Superior. On other trips, they also research issues relating to water quality and the fish population.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-09-2005

Federal Maas and the city

The Federal Maas came under the Lift Bridge on Tuesday afternoon, sharing the skyline with downtown Duluth while two tugs moved her to a dock at CHS 1 in Superior. The bright red ship is loading spring wheat for Italy.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-08-2005


The Dutch flagged Prinsenborg was here in June discharging lumber from Germany before loading beet pulp pellets for Europe. It will be here again today doing the same thing. Above, bundles of lumber are discharged from the ship at the Port Terminal by longshoremen from Lake Superior Warehousing Co., Inc.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-07-2005

Clarke brings limestone

The Philip R. Clarke is bringing limestone in today from Cedarville and Port Dolomite, both in Michigan. That is the boat’s usual incoming cargo. On most trips, it loads taconite to take out, often for Detroit, Michigan. This is her 10th trip here this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-06-2005

John G. Munson whistles hello

The John G. Munson came in last night (above) and was greeted by a large crowd of Labor Day weekend visitors. The Captain returned the greeting with two Captain’s salutes from the boat’s deep, air-powered whistle and then went over to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load coal for Ashtabula, Ohio.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-05-2005

Munson runs on steam

After loading coal in Sandusky, Ohio for delivery to Ontonagon, Michigan, the John G. Munson will be here today to load coal for Ashtabula, Ohio. Built in 1951 and still powered by a steam turbine engine, it was lengthened by 120 feet in 1976 at the Fraser Shipyard in Superior and is now 768 feet long.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-04-2005

Pomorze Zachodnie crew

Robert Dratwa, ordinary seaman, Krzysztof Lamparski, able bodied seaman, Edward Szuscicki, deck fitter, Romuald Loska, chief engineer and Waldermar Wisniewski, motorman, all members of the crew of the Pomorze Zachodnie, greeted Duluthians and visitors as the ship went under the Lift Bridge on Wednesday. They were there again last night (above) waving good bye as the ship departed.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-03-2005

Federal Matane first visit here

The Federal Matane came in from the anchorage Thursday morning at 6:14 to begin loading wheat for Italy. The Federal Manitou, a nearly identical sister ship, was here just a few days ago. Both ships are new, each making their first appearance in the Twin Ports.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-02-2005

Paul R. Tregurtha

The Paul R. Tregurtha is the flagship of the Interlake Steamship Company in Cleveland. Considered by many to be the ‘classiest’ laker sailing today, you will often see ‘important looking’ people on board during the summer months. A trip on the Paul R is an important benefit the company provides to higher-level employees and important customers. It will be here today for the 32nd time this season, with or without important people.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-01-2005