Archives for May 2006

CSL Laurentien enters shipping canal

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A total of 187,000 tons of coal will be loaded into 4 boats today at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior. After a brief wait at anchor after discharging salt inside the harbor, the Algolake will be the first of the 4 to depart the coal dock. That should have happened early this morning. The Indiana Harbor arrived last night and would be departing the Twin Ports sometime this AM with its share. The CSL Laurentien and the Paul R. Tregurtha were both trying to be the first to arrive in Duluth to wait for the Indiana Harbor to complete loading. Above, the Canadian flagged CSL Laurentien coming into port in May, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-31-2006

Cason J. Callaway in the river

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The Cason J. Callaway is expected to arrive today with limestone to discharge at the CN Dock in West Duluth, previously called the DM&IR Dock. When that is complete, it will make the quick trip to Two Harbors to load taconite for a lower lakes port. This is only the 5th trip to the Twin Ports this season for the Callaway. Last year, it was here 19 times. Above, the Callaway moves up the St. Louis River in May of last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-30-2006

Canadian Enterprise comes in for coal

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The Canadian Enterprise is due here today to load low sulfur western coal at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior. The Enterprise was built in 1979, along with a sister ship, the Canadian Transport, to do just that. They still work that trade, taking coal loaded at Midwest Energy to Ontario Power in Nanticoke. The Canadian Transport will be here later this week to take her turn. Above, the Enterprise comes under the Aerial Lift Bridge on January 8, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-29-2006

St. Clair headed toward the bridge

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Some Great Lakes boats load and discharge the same cargo at the same ports. Then there is the St. Clair. Originally built to carry low sulfur coal from Superior to St. Clair, Michigan, it has branched out to carry many cargos to many ports, and in the case of its visit here today, to many berths within one port. It brings limestone in to deliver to two berths, one at the CLM Dock in Superior and the rest to the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. That finished, it will move across the St. Louis River to load coal for Nanticoke, Ontario. Originally, it was going take a load of coal back to CLM before returning to Midwest Energy Resources for the load of coal for Nanticoke. That short haul within the Twin Ports was apparently canceled. Still, it is more work than most boats do while in port.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-28-2006

Alpena in Duluth ship canal

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Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, the Alpena will be here today to discharge cement. It is one of the oldest and prettiest boats working the Great Lakes, and it has one of the best, and loudest, steam whistles on the Great Lakes. As usual, it will first discharge cement at the Superior plant for Lafarge North America and then come over to the Duluth plant to complete the discharge.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-27-2006