Archives for March 2006

Atlantic Huron goes both places

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The Atlantic Huron has averaged about 3 trips a year to the Twin Ports for the last 10 years. One of those trips is often in March. Today, the boat should make it here to load taconite on the last day of March. When built in 1984, it was called the Prairie Harvest. It received its current name in 1989 but became the Melvin H. Baker from 1994 until 1998 when it again became the Atlantic Huron. The name reflects the boat’s ability to venture out into the Atlantic Ocean, a place most lake boats never visit. Above, the Atlantic Huron enters the Duluth ship canal last year on March 24th.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-31-2006

Walter J. McCarthy Jr.

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After spending the winter layup at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. left there on its first trip on March 25th. It is expected to return to the Twin Ports this afternoon. As it usually does, it will load coal at the Midwest Energy Coal dock in Superior for the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison. After making the 6-day round trip back to Superior, it will load coal for a quick trip to Silver Bay before coming back to resume the normal route to Detroit. Above, the McCarthy is about to enter the Duluth ship canal on January 10th of this year, carrying a little of Lake Superior frozen to her bow.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-30-2006

Algocape brought 1st cement of season

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The Canadian flagged Algocape arrived Monday evening with a load of cement. It should complete discharging that cargo later today and then depart. This is the first delivery of cement for St. Lawrence Cement this season. They usually discharge about one boat a month throughout the shipping season.The Polish operated Ziemia Cieszynska is in Cleveland now discharging an inbound cargo. It is scheduled to come to Duluth, arriving perhaps by April 3rd. That would be a very early date for the first salt water ship of the year. Photo taken on August 12, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-29-2006

Cort makes rare pass under bridge

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The Stewart J. Cort made 446 trips to the Twin Ports since 1996. In 432 of those trips, it entered the port using the Superior entry, in most cases to load taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock, just around the corner from the Superior entry. Yesterday afternoon, it appeared on the horizon headed for Duluth and went under the Lift Bridge around 2 pm. It was launched in 1972 at Erie, Pennsylvania. The bow and stern were built in Mississippi and welded together. This ‘vessel’ then sailed to Erie where the two pieces were split apart, a midbody was inserted between them and the parts were then welded together, creating the first 1,000-footer on the Great Lakes. The reason for the Duluth entry yesterday: a fuel stop at the Duluth Marine Terminal of Murphy Oil.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-28-2006

A Gold medal visits Duluth Shipping News

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It happens every 4 years. Gold medal winners in the Olympics stop by the Duluth Shipping News to get their picture taken in front of the bridge. Caroline Ouellette (left), former Bulldog star, came back from Torino with a gold medal with the Canadian Hockey team. They beat Sweden 4-1 for the gold. She brought Charline Labonté along. Charline was in goal for Canada. Caroline scored a goal in the 4-1 win.

Munson passes Columbia Star

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There were 7 passages under the Lift Bridge yesterday. Two of them are above – the John G. Munson departed in the late afternoon and passed by the Columbia Star who had arrived earlier in the day. The Columbia Star was waiting for the Paul R. Tregurtha to complete loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Both boats will be taking about 58,000 tons of coal to a Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-27-2006

Algosteel at anchor in the Lake

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The first boat to arrive and depart may be a big deal, but a bigger deal for boatwatchers is the first boat to sit at anchor off the Duluth piers. The Algosteel was supposed to come in to load coal early Saturday morning, but first light saw it at anchor (above) where it stayed most of the day, finally coming in Saturday evening as dark was setting in. Engine problems may have caused the delay in coming in. Meanwhile, there was a concern about the Soo Locks opening one minute after midnight, Saturday morning. Prior to midnight, the Soo webcam showed four boats waiting to come in and hours after midnight they hadn’t moved. The Soo locks opened on time and the boats moved through. It was the webcam that wasn’t working.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-26-2006

McCarthy to end winter layup

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The Arthur M. Anderson has been waiting at the Soo Locks for several days, so it was probably the first boat to go through into Lake Superior early this morning. The Anderson is going to Two Harbors, leaving the Paul R. Tregurtha and the Columbia Star to fight it out for first boat through the Soo and into the Twin Ports. They should both follow the Anderson. It appears now that the Tregurtha will arrive here first, very early Sunday morning. Above, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. , at winter layup. It should have departed from there early this morning, going to Two Harbors to load taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-25-2006

Algosteel not here often

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The Canadian flagged Algosteel is not a frequent visitor to the Twin Ports. It was last here on December 30th, last year, only its second trip of the year to the Twin Ports last year. It returns today to load coal for Ontario Power, the usual cargo and destination when it is here. With the Soo Locks opening one minute after midnight Saturday morning, it appears the Columbia Star may be the first arrival here from beyond the Soo, early Sunday morning. It will be quickly followed by the Paul R. Tregurtha. Both will be loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-24-2006

Beeghly at Fraser

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Eleven boats spent the winter in Duluth Superior. Six of them, including the Charles M. Beeghly, seen above in February at the Fraser Shipyard in Duluth, will be departing Duluth today, beginning their, and our, shipping season. The first Canadian boat of the season, the CSL Laurentien should also be here today. It will be the first boat to load taconite at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. All of this activity starts today because the Soo Locks will open one minute after midnight on Saturday morning. For the same reason, we will be welcoming the first boats from beyond the Soo early Sunday morning. It looks to be a race between the Paul R. Tregurtha and the Columbia Star, two thousand footers that make many trips to the Twin Ports each year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-23-2006

Blue Heron goes out early, in the year, and in the day

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The early bird gets the worm, or today, the Blue Heron will be out on the lake getting rare water samples. Owned and operated by the Large Lakes Observatory at UMD, scientists aboard the Blue Heron collect water, sediment and nutrient samples all year long but rarely have an opportunity to do it in March. The Blue Heron is a small boat and there is usually too much ice in March. But not this year. Joined by scientists from the University of Minnesota, they should be departing under the Lift Bridge this morning around 7 am and returning around 6 pm tonight.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-22-2006