Archives for October 2005

Oglebay Norton to load coal for St Clair

Last October 10th, the Oglebay Norton came under the Lift Bridge at 3:23 in the afternoon. The boat was greeted by people on the Maritime Museum back porch taking in the always spectacular experience of watching 1,000 feet of Great Lakes freighter slowly glide by. Then, as today, the boat is here to load low sulfur western coal, today, for Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-31-2005

Indiana Harbor under Aerial Lift Bridge

The Indiana Harbor will be here today to load about 62,000 tons of low sulfur coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. It will then carry that cargo to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Above, the boat is coming under the Lift Bridge earlier this month.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-30-2005

Blough will take taconite

Earlier this month, the Roger Blough was in Duluth to load taconite for Gary, Indiana. It will be back here today on the 17th trip to the Twin Ports for the boat. This time they will load taconite for Conneaut, Ohio, probably delivering that cargo around November 2nd.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-29-2005

Iglehart crew lunch

This is a nice room to visit on board the JAW Iglehart. The Captain, second from the left, and some of his crew were eating lunch here on October 9th this year. The rest of the crew were outside completing the discharge of cement they brought up to the Twin Ports the day before. They came in yesterday with more cement and should be finished discharging the cargo later today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-28-2005

Kapitonas Marcinkus

The Kapitonas Marcinkus is one of 7 sister ships, all 479 feet long and flying a Lithuanian flag. Since 1990, when Lithuania became the first Soviet republic to declare its independence, they are all owned by a Lithuanian company and named for Lithuanian sailors. Before 1990, they were all named for Russian sailors and owned by a Russian company. Before and after 1990, the ships were operated out of the city of Klaipeda in Lithuania.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-27-2005

Ziemia Zamojska

The Ziemia Zamojska has been in port loading soy beans and flax. Built in 1984 in Argentina, it is 591 feet long and has five separate cargo holds below deck. It has made one trip here every year since 1996 but 2003. The ship should be leaving port this evening for Antwerp, Belgium. Photo taken August 20, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-26-2005

Winona will load grain

A ship called the Vermontborg was built in Romania in 2003. In early January, 2004, it was being towed to the Netherlands to go into service when the tow line broke. The ship was grounded on rocks off an English island called Guernsey, in the English Channel just off the coast of France. Freed 15 days later, it was brought to a shipyard in the Netherlands but was sold to a German company and renamed the Winona. The Winona will be here today to discharge steel coils before loading grain for Europe. The Winona was also here in June of this year. Photo taken June 13, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-25-2005

Wana Naree

The Wana Naree should be here today to load grain. This ship has only been here twice since it was built in 1980, once in 1999 and again in 2000. Owned by Precious Forests Ltd. in Thailand, it was first called the Seagrand Ace, and then sailed as the Seahorse. Since 1989, it has been called the Wana Naree. On the last trip, in 2000, about half the crew was from India, the other half from Thailand. Photo taken July 21, 2000.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-24-2005

Montrealais in the Twin Ports

The Montrealais was here three times last year. It is here today for the 6th time this season, loading grain that will most likely be taken to the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. There it will be discharged and loaded onto salt water ships for shipment to Europe or other international destinations. The Montrealais is still powered by the original steam engine installed when it was built in 1962.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-23-2005

Commanders tour

Commander of the Port (of Duluth) Gary T. Croot (left) got a tour of the Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw Friday morning from the Captain of the Mackinaw, Commander Joseph McGuiness. Many Duluthians got an opportunity to visit the Mackinaw on Friday afternoon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-22-2005

Victoriaborg here for beet pellets

The Dutch flagged and built Victoriaborg will be here for the first time this year. The ship was here 3 times last year. As today, it usually loads beet pulp pellets, a byproduct of sugar beet production in North Dakota that is used for animal feed in Europe. Photo taken May 14, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-21-2005

Mackinaw #83

The US Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw should be coming through the Duluth piers around noon today, making its last trip to Duluth after 60 years of service to the Great Lakes. The ship was often here in early March, breaking ice in the harbor and out in the lake. For many, it marked the official end of winter and the start of a new shipping season. The public is invited to tour the ship, tied up behind the DECC, on Friday afternoon between noon and 5 pm. Photo taken April 22, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-20-2005

Kaye E. Barker in the harbor

The Kaye E. Barker started life as the Edward B. Greene, sailing for Cleveland Cliffs. It was also operated by Ford as the Benson Ford. In 1989, Ford got out of the shipping business and it was sold to the current owner, Interlake Steamship Company. The boat is named after the wife of James R. Barker, Interlake Chairman of the Board. He also has a boat named after him.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-19-2005

Block enters Duluth ship canal

The Joseph L. Block will be here today with a load of limestone for the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It will then depart later today for Two Harbors to load taconite for a lower lakes port. The boat was built for Inland Steel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and is named for a former chairman of the board of Inland Steel who was born in 1902. He was chairman from 1959 to 1967.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-18-2005

Sarah Spencer with Jane Ann IV

The Sarah Spencer will be at Burlington Northern today loading taconite. The Sarah Spencer barge (formerly the hull of the laker Adam Cornelius) has a notch at one end into which the tug Jane Ann IV fits. The combination is officially designated as an articulated tug barge or ATB, for short. Above, the tug is moving into the notch on the barge after returning from loading fuel.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-17-2005

Victoria docked

After a stop in Hamilton, Ontario and a port on Lake Michigan, the Victoria arrived in Duluth for the second time this season. It discharged steel coils at the Port Terminal yesterday and then proceeded to the AGP terminal in Duluth to load wheat for Barcelona, Spain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-16-2005

American Spirit coming for taconite

The American Spirit will be here today for the 22nd time this year. Like the other trips, it will load taconite, on this trip taking it to the ISG steel plant in Indiana Harbor. The American Spirit previously visited the Twin Ports many times as the George A. Stinson. Photo taken September 29, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-15-2005

Vistas all in a row

Three Vista boats head for home on August 22nd this past summer. From the left, the new Vista Queen, the Vista King and the Vista Star. Two more weeks and they retire for the winter, the last breath of summer. Next April, after a brief winter, they will be the first breath of spring.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-14-2005

Charles M. Beeghly returns

The Charles M. Beeghly will be here today for the 6th time this season. It is very similar to the John Sherwin, a boat that was taken out of service in 1981. The Sherwin is still out, sitting at a berth in Superior. In the same year, the Beeghly was converted to a self unloader and remains a working boat on the Great Lakes, although it too was out of service from 1981 until 1984 because of the steep decline in the steel business in the early 80’s.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-13-2005

Oglebay Norton visits again

The Oglebay Norton is back from a quick trip to Silver Bay where it discharged about 62,000 tons of coal. It will load the same amount of coal today, this time for Detroit Edison in St. Clair, Michigan. The Oglebay Norton is one of our most frequent customers. This will be the boat’s 34th visit this season. It will return on the 18th of this month, again to load coal for Detroit Edison. Above, it is greeted by visitors on July 29th this past summer.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-12-2005

John D. Leitch

The John D. Leitch (above) and the Wolverine will both be here today. Both boats have been infrequent visitors in recent years, but less so this year. The Wolverine is here for the 4th time, the Leitch for its 3rd visit this season. In 2001, when the Leitch was known as the Canadian Century, it received a new midsection, giving it a larger cargo hold and soon thereafter a new name. Photo taken June 7, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-11-2005

Armco visits Twin Ports

The Armco will be here today to discharge limestone, as she has done on most of her 6 other visits here this year. It was built in 1953 in Lorain, Ohio and was named for the Armco Steel Corporation, located in Middletown, Ohio. Another visitor to the Twin Ports is named after the town where Armco Steel is located.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-10-2005

Federal Weser

The Federal Weser was built in 2002 at Jingjiang, China as one of five sister ships, all bright red. It was here in May loading wheat and is back again, this time loading bentonite. It is expected that the ship will depart for Italy later today.  Photo taken May 14, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-09-2005

Iglehart here with cement

The J.A.W. Iglehart was rebuilt to carry cement in 1965. That would be a long career on the lakes by itself, but the boat was originally built almost 30 years earlier, in 1936, as an ocean-going tanker called the Pan Amoco. It has brought cement to the Twin Ports 43 times since 1996.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-08-2005

Olympic Melody exits ship canal

The Olympic Melody has been at anchor and is now probably in port loading wheat for Italy. The ship is one of 5 owned by a trust set up by Aristotle Onassis for the benefit of his children. Mr. Onassis, now deceased, was the famous Greek shipping magnate more famous perhaps for marrying Jackie Kennedy. Photo taken July 10, 2000.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-07-2005

Greenwing and a kayak

Unlike grain, coal and taconite can be loaded during any kind of weather. But boats loaded with coal and taconite don’t always depart Duluth in bad weather. Two thousand footers, loaded with coal and waiting for weather, finally departed Duluth late yesterday afternoon while the slightly shorter St. Clair departed around the same time with taconite. Five ships were here loading grain and didn’t do much loading yesterday. Ironically, that is very likely the most grain boats we have had in port on any one day this season. The Greenwing will likely depart today with grain. Above, it sat at anchor Sunday while a local dentist moved his kayak by.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-06-2005

Pytheas arrives for grain

The Polish owned Ziemia Cieszynska and the Greek owned Pytheas should be departing today. The Cieszynsaka will take wheat, flax and peas to Spain and Antwerp. The Pytheas will carry wheat and flax to Gent (Ghent). Above, the Pytheas comes into port on Monday afternoon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-05-2005

Courtney Burton passes South Pier Light

The Courtney Burton was laid up for two years in Toledo but came out last year to carry wheat from the Twin Ports to Buffalo, replacing the Joseph H. Frantz and Kinsman boats on that route. The vessel, like many that come to Duluth, is expected to load fuel while in port. Above, it departs Duluth on the last trip here, in September.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-04-2005

Ziemia Cieszynska

The Ziemia Cieszynska was here in July and like many salt water ships, used the services of a couple tug boats to make the dock. Above, the tugs are turning the ship so that it can be moved into the berth at Cargill. Built in 1992, the ship is operated by the Polish Steamship Company and has also sailed as the Lake Carling.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-03-2005


Middletown unloads limestone

The Middletown will be here today to discharge a cargo of limestone as she did last October 30th (above). It will then load taconite for a downbound cargo. Built in 1942, the boat saw duty as a tanker in both the Atlantic and the Pacific during World War II. 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 10-02-2005

Callaway takes the river

The Cason J. Callaway is expected to arrive today with limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. On this the 15th trip to Duluth Superior for the season, the Callaway will then load some taconite product here before going to Two Harbors to complete loading for a lower lakes port. Above, the Callaway moves up the St. Louis River in May of this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-01-2005