Archives for July 2006

Federal Saguenay inner workings

This is a view down the deck of the Federal Saguenay when it was in port last year loading durum wheat. It has been at anchor most of the weekend and probably came in to load grain very early this morning. In the picture, there are 2 spouts from the grain terminal hanging from the left over the ship’s cargo holds, pouring grain into the cargo hold. The big rectangular thing with the half circle on it is a hatch cover, folded up to allow the grain to go into the hold. In transit, the hatch covers are down and the deck flat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-31-2006

Paul R. spends time in Twin Ports

The Paul R. Tregurtha will be here today for the 26th time this year. On each visit, as today, it loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. It averages 14.2 hours in port each trip, counting from the time it entered under the bridge to the time it departed under the bridge. About 2 of those hours are spent getting from the bridge to Midwest Energy and returning. The quickest trip was 9.2 hours while the longest was 32 hours during its May 5 trip. The differences are caused by a variety of reasons, but waiting its turn at the dock probably takes up the most time and getting fuel the next, although fueling is sometimes done while waiting. In the picture, the Tregurtha is departing Duluth last October 8th at 2:28 in the afternoon, 10.3 hours after it arrived at 4:11 in the morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-30-2006

Gantry cranes lift tons onto BBC Shanghai

The BBC Shanghai came in Thursday night. On Friday morning at 8:00, longshoremen at Lake Superior Warehousing Company were setting the rigging before loading two electrical modules onto the deck of the ship. The ship should have departed the Twin Ports by now, on the way to Iceland. Both gantry cranes at the Port Terminal were used to lift each piece onto the ship. One module weighed 100,001 pounds; the other 69,886 pounds.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-29-2006

Callaway gets sinter

Two conveyors were pumping sinter into the Cason J. Callaway cargo holds at Hallett Dock in West Duluth yesterday (above). The sinter, bound for steel mills in Gary, came to Duluth from the Keewatin Taconite mine by rail. Sinter is iron ore that didn’t quite make it as a pellet. It is the material at the end of a pelletizing run, part fine material, part broken pellets, but the mill at Gary is able to use it to make steel.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-28-2006

Ball mill transported by Margaretha Green

A ball mill brought down from Hoyt Lakes in many pieces is being loaded onto the Margaretha Green at the Port Terminal this week for shipment to India. A ball mill is a large steel drum used in the process of making taconite. Steel balls, in the drum, are used to break up hard rock, on its way to becoming marble-sized taconite pellets. Jindal Steel and Power Company in New Delhi bought the ball mill. They are getting all the steel balls as well. They were being lifted into the ship on Wednesday (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-27-2006

Cason J. Callaway departs Twin Ports

The Cason J. Callaway should be here this evening with a cargo of limestone loaded at Stoneport, Michigan. The boat is named for a man who spent most of his life in Georgia, working in the textile industry. He joined the board of directors of US Steel in 1944 and served until his death in 1961. Cason Jewell Callaway and his wife, Virginia Hand Callaway founded Callaway Gardens in Georgia to provide a wholesome family environment where all may find beauty, relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world. Photo taken September 19, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-26-2006

Margaretha Green bound for India

The Dutch flagged Margaretha Green came in from the anchorage on Monday morning and began to load parts of a ball mill brought down here from Hoyt Lakes and on its way to India. Above, the Margaretha Green’s holds are open; you can see one crane from the ship turned over the side ready to hoist one of the larger parts into the ship. Another crane’s cable hangs down the middle, and, off the bow of the ship, the Mesabi Miner was pulling into the Murphy Oil dock for fuel. After that, the boat went over to the CN dock to load taconite. It will leave this morning; the Margaretha Green may be here for a week.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-25-2006

Mesabi Miner preparing to depart

The day should have started early this morning with the two salt water ships that have been at anchor off the Duluth piers coming into port, the Irma to load wheat for Morocco and the Margaretha Green to load the parts of a ball mill brought down here by truck from Hoyt Lakes and destined for India. The ball mill was available after LTV closed their mining operation in Hoyt Lakes in 2001. The Herbert C. Jackson and John G. Munson came in Sunday afternoon, both to load coal after the American Century departed. When the Munson departs, the facility at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior will take a day off from loading boats with coal to do some maintenance, necessitated by a near constant parade of boats loading coal there. The Mesabi Miner, seen above departing Duluth in August, 2002, will be here to load taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-24-2006


The Irma was expected to arrive off the Duluth piers last night and drop anchor, waiting to come in Monday morning to load both spring and durum wheat. It will then take the cargo to Morocco. Owned and operated by the Polish Steamship Company, it was built in 2000 and makes heavy use of computers. The ship uses an unmanned engine room, although an alarm will sound in the Chief Engineer’s room if a human is needed. Photo taken May 29, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-23-2006

Anja here from Mediterranean

The Anja will be here today to discharge steel coils that it loaded in Fos-sur-Mer, France, a port on the Mediterranean Sea. Before Duluth, the ship made stops in Cleveland and Milwaukee. From here, the coils will be shipped out of the Port Terminal by Lake Superior Warehousing Company to Minneapolis and cities in Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota. They will make this last leg of the trip out of Duluth using both truck and rail.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-21-2006

Canadian Olympic loading at ME

The Canadian Olympic will be here for the 6th time this season, loading coal as usual at Midwest Energy Resources. It was built in Port Weller, Ontario in 1976. The Olympics were held that same year in Montreal and provided a name for the new boat. Above, it is loading coal in January, 2004. The self unloader is in a raised position to allow access to the boat’s cargo holds. The Midwest Energy coal loader, on the right, is loading coal into a hold toward the bow of the boat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-21-2006

Olympic Melody exiting Duluth ship canal

After a few days at anchor off the Duluth piers, the Olympic Melody came into port on Tuesday evening. It has been loading wheat for Italy. The ship is one of 5 owned by a trust set up by Aristotle Onassis for the benefit of his children. Mr. Onassis, now deceased, was the famous Greek shipping magnate more famous perhaps for marrying Jackie Kennedy. The Olympic Melody has visited the Twin Ports about once a year since 1996. Above, it is departing Duluth in July, 2000.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-20-2006

Algomarine makes rare visit

The Algomarine, a boat that has not been here since it made two trips here in the winter of 2002, will be here today discharging salt. It is anticipated to arrive shortly after midnight and with a six hour discharge, may be departing the port sometime this morning. It was built in 1968 as the Lake Manitoba and was part of a fleet of boats that included the Algonorth and the Capt. Henry Jackman. Algoma Central purchased the Lake Manitoba in 1987 and gave the boat its current name. One year later, the company sent the boat to the shipyard where a 250 foot self unloader was added to her deck, greatly increasing the speed at which it could discharge cargo. Photo taken December 4, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-19-2006

Bluewing welcome party

After several days at anchor off the Duluth piers, the Chinese built Bluewing has been loading spring wheat for Colombia. The ship is expected to depart Duluth late this afternoon. It was built in 2002, and arrived in Duluth in November of that year at the end of its maiden voyage. That was cause for a party in the pilot house of the ship, catered by the ship’s galley staff, including, above, on the right, chief cook Ravlo Rudy and steward Lena Baranchykova at left. The menu included shish kabobs and stuffed mushrooms and a cake baked by chief cook Rudy. After the party, the Ukrainian crew loaded spring and durum wheat destined for Ecuador. It was back twice in 2004 and hasn’t been back until this trip.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-18-2006

American Fortitude gets new lettering

Several weeks ago, the then Courtney Burton brought limestone into port and then went over to Fraser Shipyards in Superior to get refitted as an American Steamship vessel called the American Fortitude. American Steamship had just purchased six boats from the Oglebay Norton Company and renamed them all. The American Fortitude will be here today to discharge limestone it loaded in Calcite, Michigan. It is expected to then move to the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth to load taconite for Lorain. Above, workers at Fraser Shipyards in Superior were painting over the ship’s former owners name on June 6th, making way for American Steamship’s ‘new’ boat, American Fortitude.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-17-2006

Munson passes friendly crowd

The John G. Munson will be here today for the 9th time this season. It is coming from Stoneport, Michigan where it loaded limestone. After discharging the limestone here, it will go to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior to load coal for Ashtabula. 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 the deck. The Munson is a popular boat and always attracts a crowd as above, last September, when it was arriving Duluth. It is also owned by CN and locally managed by Great Lakes Fleet. It is a home town boat as you can see on the stern of the boat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-16-2006

Presque Isle takes taconite to Nanticoke

The tug-barge combination Presque Isle is one of the most unique boats on the Great Lakes. The tug part of the Presque Isle fits into a notch in the barge section. Together, it is 1,000 feet long and is considered one of the 13 thousand foot freighters working the Great Lakes today. It should be here today for the 5th visit this season. It will load taconite for Nanticoke. Above, it is departing Duluth in August, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-15-2006

Kwintebank carries crew of nine

The Dutch flagged Kwintebank should be here today to load bentonite. It has been here about 3 times a year since 2003; today will be the second trip this season. Built in 2002 and only 435 feet long, the Kwintebank usually carries a crew of nine. On a previous trip, three were Dutch, one was from Ukraine and five were from the Philippines. The Bluewing, which is green, is still at anchor off the Duluth piers, probably through the weekend.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-14-2006

L.L. Smith Jr. environmental research vessel

The L.L. Smith Jr., a research vessel owned by the University of Wisconsin, is used to provide environmental education programs around Lake Superior. During the school year, the Smith takes area school children on 3 hour cruises in and just outside the harbor. In the summer, they move out to other communities on Lake Superior where the cruises are open to the public. Today, they leave Duluth to provide 4 programs in Two Harbors on Friday and Saturday. The emphasis in these programs will be on water quality. The boat will return Saturday evening. Photo taken July 18, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-13-2006

Goviken loads taconite at BNSF

The picture above was taken yesterday at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Taconite Facility in Superior. Taconite is pouring into a ship’s hold. It happens every day there, but never before in a salt water ship. The hold belongs to the Panamanian flagged Goviken. Sometime this morning, Captain Kyaw Mya Oo  will depart Superior and start the long journey to Algeria and a Mittal Steel facility located there. In addition to that plant and many other facilities around the world, Mittal Steel is a part owner in Hibbing Taconite on the Iron Range. Burlington Northern ships out a lot of their pellets, but usually to places like Burns Harbor, Indiana. Later today, the dock will be back to normal when the Stewart J. Cort will arrive to load taconite. It is that boat’s 19th trip there this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-12-2006

Mark Hannah tug/barge combo

The tug Mark Hannah was expected last night with a barge filled with calcium chloride. The tug delivers calcium chloride to a variety of ports on the Great Lakes including its home port at Lemont, Illinois, 24 miles up the Chicago River from Lake Michigan. The tug can’t fit under the river’s bridges, so when the cargo goes to Lemont, the tug and barge are disconnected and a barge with a retractable pilot house is attached to the barge for the trip up the river. You may note in the picture above, taken in July, 2002 as the Mark Hannah was departing Duluth, that the tug fits into a notch built into the back of the barge.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-11-2006

Yarmouth comes in from anchor

The Yarmouth has been at anchor off the Duluth piers since Saturday. It was set to come into port around 6 am this morning. It will be loading wheat for Mexico. Built in 1985, it is 601 feet long. It is owned by a Norwegian company and in fact was once called the Federal Oslo. If you look closely, you can see the old name imprinted on the hull underneath the current name. It is bright red. Above, people on the piers greeted the ship when it came into port on August 10, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-10-2006

James R. Barker arrives to large crowd

Four boats will be here today to load coal at Midwest Energy. Captains on those boats were making decisions out on the lake regarding what they would do if there was a wait for the dock. Some boats come in and wait at a dock but that can sometimes be expensive. Others stay at anchor. That is free parking. The Paul R. Tregurtha was expected to arrive in Duluth last night around 6 pm, the same time the James R. Barker was to be here. The Barker arrived at 6:15 yesterday (above), as expected. Knowing the Tregurtha would not beat the Barker here, the captain of the Tregurtha started to check down (slow down) on Friday. In this case, that meant slowing from their usual speed of about 15 1/2 mph to 12 1/2 mph. That would be a more efficient use of fuel, probably getting them here around 1 am this morning, just in time, we assume, to move in as soon as the Barker completed.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-09-2006

Blough departs Duluth canal for Conneaut

The Roger Blough is expected sometime this evening. It will be loading taconite at the CN Dock in West Duluth, formerly the DM&IR Dock. This will only be the second trip to the Twin Ports this season for the Blough. As it did when it was here in June, it will be taking taconite to Conneaut. The Blough has a unique 54 foot self-unloader that can be moved out from either side of the stern section of her hull. It was made specifically to unload at the ports of Gary, South Chicago and Conneaut.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-08-2006

Edwin H. Gott makes the turn

The Edwin H. Gott will be here today to load taconite pellets for Gary, Indiana. They just completed a run with taconite pellets from Two Harbors to Gary. This will only be the Gott’s 5th trip to the Twin Ports this season, it made 20 trips last year. The Gott is the most powerful boat on the Great Lakes, generating 19,500 hp with two diesel engines. Built in 1979 at Sturgeon Bay, it was named for the president of the United States Steel Company from 1967 to 1969.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-07-2006

Indiana Harbor departs in ice

The Indiana Harbor is making its 16th trip here this year. Most of those visits, as today, find it loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior and taking that cargo to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The Indiana Harbor is one of 13 US flagged 1,000 foot long freighters working on the Great Lakes. It was built in 1978. On its maiden voyage, it loaded taconite at Two Harbors, delivering it to its namesake, Indiana Harbor, Indiana about 20 miles southeast of Chicago and the home of Inland Steel. Above, it is departing Duluth on December 12th, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-06-2006

Voyageur Independent is blue!

The Canadian flagged Voyageur Independent came under the Lift Bridge on Monday evening at 9:24. The boat has done the same thing many times when it was called the Kinsman Independent but this is the first trip for the newly named, and re-flagged, Voyageur Independent. The Kinsman was painted red, the Voyageur, a bright and distinctive blue. It will begin loading grain this morning. They will take that cargo the entire length of the St. Lawrence Seaway System where the grain will be offloaded to salt water vessels for shipment to ports in other parts of the world.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-05-2006

Kinsman Independent renamed again

The picture above of the crew of the Kinsman Independent was taken aboard the boat on December 12, 2002. This was to be the last trip for the boat, one more trip from Duluth to Buffalo with wheat for General Mills, then the scrap yard, or so we thought. After 3 years of sitting by several docks, some of those years spent simply as a storage bin for grain, it was purchased by a Canadian company. A new diesel engine replaced the old steam turbine, red paint was exchanged for blue, and a Canadian flag was raised above the deck. The new boat, the Voyageur Independent, should have come under the Lift Bridge last night, here to load grain once again.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-04-2006

Diezeborg gets friendly welcome

After a couple days at anchor off the Duluth piers, the Dutch flagged Diezeborg came into port late Sunday afternoon (above). It is loading beet pulp pellets now and may depart later today. Other salt water ships expected today include the Greenwing, Chios Pride and Federal Hudson. The Kinsman Independent loaded flour from here for Buffalo for many years. The boat was deactivated several years ago, but now has a new life as the Canadian flagged Voyageur Independent. It is expected later today for the first visit under the new name and flag.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-03-2006

American Valor, Vista Star, North Pier Light

On June 25th, the American Valor, formerly called the Armco, entered the Duluth ship canal accompanied by the local cruise vessel Vista Star (above). As it did last week, the American Valor is back again with another cargo of limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. As last week, it will discharge that cargo here before going to Silver Bay to load taconite for the Cleveland Bulk Terminal, located at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. It is becoming a regular route for the boat and its crew. The Cleveland Bulk Terminal is a transfer point between Great Lakes ore carriers and steel mills located up river where many of the big ore carriers cannot get to. The taconite pellets are transferred at the Terminal to smaller, ‘river’ boats.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-02-2006

Diezeborg docked to load

After a stop in Menominee, Michigan, to discharge cargo, the Dutch flagged Diezeborg should be arriving here today to load beet pulp pellets. Built in 2000, this is the 3rd trip here for the ship, the second this season. It was here in May also to load beet pulp pellets. It should drop anchor off the Duluth piers and may spend the weekend out there before coming in on Monday morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-01-2006