Archives for June 2006

Burns Harbor at BN for taconite

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Ship traffic for Duluth may be over before lunchtime today. Only four boats are set to come under the Lift Bridge today. Two of them should be gone before sunrise, while the Adam E. Cornelius may come in the Duluth entry about the same time to get fuel before going to Burlington Northern to load taconite. It will likely depart using the Superior entry. Above, the Burns Harbor is loading taconite at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe taconite facility dock. It came in and will leave using the Superior entry, seen at the top left of the photo. The Mesabi Miner may be departing under the Lift Bridge in the late morning. As always, this can easily change; the shipping business does not run on a schedule. Photo taken September 29, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-30-2006

John J. Boland departing Twin Ports

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The John J. Boland will be here today to load taconite for Lorain, Ohio. This is the Boland’s 3rd trip here this season, about the same as the last two years, each of which found it coming here 9 times. The Boland started life in 1973 as the Charles E. Wilson. When American Steamship Company’s boat called the John C. Boland was sold to Lower Lakes Towing a couple years ago, their boat called the Charles E. Wilson became the new John C. Boland (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-28-2006

Federal Elbe enters harbor to crowds

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The Federal Elbe came into port on July 2nd last year (above), just in time to celebrate Fourth Fest at Bayfront Park. It came into port last night, about a week too early to do the same. It will be loading bentonite at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth. The Federal Elbe is a relatively new ship, built in China in 2003. It is bright red.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-28-2006

American Mariner will take taconite out

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Six boats were recently sold by the Oglebay Norton Company in Cleveland to American Steamship in Buffalo. With that sale came 6 name changes. It has been hard to keep track of the changes. One change was a little easier because the renaming happened at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. There, the Courtney Burton became the American Fortitude. The other 5 boats received new names at the same time at other shipyards around the Great Lakes. Each new boat name started with American. The 5 had these second names: Valor, Integrity, Century, Courage and Victory. The American Mariner will be coming into port today to load taconite pellets for Indiana Harbor. It has been the American Mariner since it was launched by American Steamship in 1980, although when construction started on it, the name was to be Chicago. Photo taken June 25, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-27-2006

Vlistborg in Duluth shipping canal

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At 434 feet, the Vlistborg is a smaller ship than most that come to the Twin Ports, but it is more flexible and can be configured to carry a wider variety of cargos. Today it is loading beet pulp pellets grown and produced in North Dakota. They are taken usually to Spain or Morocco where they are used for animal feed. Beet pulp pellets, along with molasses, are one of the primary by-products of sugar production.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-26-2006