Archives for October 2005

Oglebay Norton to load coal for St Clair

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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