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

Buffalo under the Aerial Lift Bridge

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Yesterday, I listed 38 ports the Buffalo has visited this season. I talked to the first mate on the boat to ask why they went to so many different places. He said there was no particular reason. If they are in the neighborhood, and a cargo needs to be picked up, they take it. The Buffalo is known as a river boat; it is small enough to get to docks that are up river from Great Lakes ports, particularly the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. Many of the 38 ports could not handle a Great Lakes 1,000 footer. I asked him what time they would be arriving in Duluth last night, and he told me the Duluth trip was canceled; Silver Bay had a taconite cargo for Cleveland and the Buffalo was in the neighborhood. Photo taken December 21, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-06-2006

Icy Buffalo

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The Buffalo will be here today. It is a well traveled boat, stopping at these Great Lakes ports this season before finally getting to Duluth on December 21st: Toledo, Harbor Beacon, Port Gypsum, Lorain, Zug Island, Waukegan, South Chicago, Stoneport, River Rouge, Calcite, Muskegon, Alpena, Green Bay, Sandusky, Ludington, St. Joseph, Fairport, Holland, Milwaukee, Manistee, Port Dolomite, Bay City, Conneaut, Burns Harbor, Ashtabula, Windsor, Erie, Saginaw, Cleveland, Nanticoke, Charlevoix, Marblehead, Escanaba, Harbor Beacon, Ferysburg, Benton Harbor, Silver Bay and finally Duluth. They must like Duluth since they are back today. (If you don’t know what state or province these cities are in, it is probably Michigan.)
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-05-2006

Walter J. McCarthy Jr. meets Walter J. McCarthy, Jr.

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. will be here today to load taconite. It is named after the former Chairman of the Board of Detroit Edison, the usual discharge point for the boat. Last summer, Mr. McCarthy (in foreground) was in town and joined the crowd at the ship canal in welcoming the McCarthy (the boat) to Duluth. Later that day, he and his wife departed Duluth for the trip to Detroit aboard the Walter J. McCarthy Jr.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-04-2006

Canadian Enterprise welcomed

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The Canadian Enterprise is due here today to load low sulfur western coal at the Midwest Energy coal dock in Superior. It was built in 1979, with a sister ship, the Canadian Transport, to do just that. They still work that trade, taking coal to Ontario Power Generation. This is the 19th trip here this season for the Enterprise; the Transport has been here only 8 times so far. Above, the Enterprise comes in under the watch eye of hundreds of visitors in the summer of 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-03-2006