Archives for January 2006

Barker, tug, bridge

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The James R. Barker was expected in this morning around 4:30. The Barker is the last boat to arrive in the Twin Ports this season, ending the season with two quick trips within Lake Superior. It was also the 1st and 2nd boat out this season with two quick trips taking coal to Lake Superior ports in March. Above, it is getting an assist through the ice from the tug North Carolina while returning from the first of those two trips, here on March 20th, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-17-2006

Edwin H. Gott in Twin Ports harbor

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The Edwin H. Gott came into port yesterday afternoon (above), ending its season on the Great Lakes with its 21st visit to the Twin Ports. Like the other 10 boats that will be here for the winter, the Gott should be here until the middle of March or early April when the next shipping season will start up. There is only one more boat scheduled to arrive this season: on Tuesday the James R. Barker is finally coming to Duluth to stay (for the winter) after two quick coal trips on Lake Superior.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-16-2006

Charles M. Beeghly

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There is not much traffic left for this shipping season. The Roger Blough and the Edgar B. Speer were expected here late last night. The Charles M. Beeghly and Edwin H. Gott should be the 9th and 10th winter lay-up arrivals today. The James R. Barker left yesterday afternoon with coal for Marquette. It is expected back on Tuesday morning, the 11th and last arrival for winter lay-up and the last traffic of the season. There should be no traffic on Monday. Above, the Charles M. Beeghly departing Duluth last April.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-15-2006

Speer brings ice, gets welcome

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Three boats, the Philip R. Clarke, the Edgar Speer, and the Roger Blough are expected in port today for winter lay-up. All three are owned by our home town shipping company, Great Lakes Fleet. The James R. Barker is due back here today from Taconite Harbor to get one more load of coal at Midwest Energy Resources, this time taking it to Marquette, Michigan. It will then return here to spend the winter. Above, the Speer coming in for lay-up last January.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-14-2006

James R. Barker and Maxine Thompson

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The James R. Barker departed Duluth yesterday afternoon. That means the tug Maxine Thompson (foreground) had pulled the crane barge around the corner from the ship canal to allow the ship traffic to move through. Shortly after the Barker departed, the tug had the crane barge back in position to continue the repair [routine maintenance] of the ship canal wall. The Barker left with coal for Minnesota Power in Taconite Harbor. It will be back here on Saturday to load more coal, this time for Marquette, Michigan. Then, it returns to Duluth where is will likely be the last arrival for winter lay-up.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-13-2006

Paul R. Tregurtha last entry for season

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Two workers from the city’s Engineering office were doing some routine winter maintenance on the Aerial Lift Bridge yesterday when the Paul R. Tregurtha came into port for the 57th and last time this season. They were taking measurements to make sure the counter weights on the bridge were still in good alignment. The Tregurtha was here to load coal for Detroit Edison and then head for Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin to lay up for the winter. The Reserve and the American Mariner will arrive to become the 4th and 5th boats here for the winter, with 6 more expected over the next week.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-12-2006

McCarthy and Duluth South Pier Light

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Yesterday, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and the Indiana Harbor both came into port for winter layup. Along with the Earl W. Oglebay, that means three of the eleven boats expected to spend the winter here will be in port. The Paul R. Tregurtha, at 1,013.5 foot long, will be here for the 57th and last time this season. As usual, it will load coal for Detroit Edison and then head for Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin to lay up for the winter. Above, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arriving yesterday.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-11-2006

CSL Niagara enters for coal

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. is expected here today to lay-up for the winter. It is the second boat in for the winter. A total of 11 boats should be here for the winter when the James R. Barker comes in from Taconite Harbor around the 15th of January. Above, the CSL Niagara came under the Lift Bridge yesterday afternoon to load coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-10-2006

John G. Munson has fans

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The John G. Munson will be here today for the 12th time this season. On this trip, the boat will be loading taconite for Gary, Indiana. Built in 1952, it was lengthened by 120 feet in 1976, an upgrade that extended its useful life on the Great Lakes. Unlike many other boats built in the 50’s, the Munson has always had a self-unloading boom on her deck. Above, the boat attracted a nice crowd when it departed Duluth on September 4th last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-09-2006

American Republic at ore dock

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Before this season, the American Republic had not been here since 2002. Today, it is here, or rather was here, to load taconite for the third time this season. It was set to leave very early this morning, and, as the season winds down, is the only arrival or departure for the Twin Ports today. Above, the boat’s self unloader is up in the air on a visit here on July 15, 2002, there to allow taconite pellets to be dumped into the cargo holds. At the other end of the trip, the self unloader, not surprisingly, will be used to discharge the pellets using a series of conveyor belts. It was built specifically to carry taconite pellets from Lorain, Ohio, 35 miles up Lake Erie to Cleveland and then up the Cuyahoga River to the LTV Steel plant. But it obviously is available for much longer trips periodically.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-08-2006

John D. Leitch beneath Aerial Lift Bridge

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Two loads of coal and three loads of taconite will be leaving the Twin Ports today. The John D. Leitch came in last night with a cargo of salt and should have completed discharging that cargo early this morning. It will leave sometime today with one of the cargos of coal. 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.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-07-2006