Archives for August 2006

John B. Aird exits Duluth ship canal

It’s another coal day in the Twin Ports. The John J. Boland will be here early today to load coal. The John B. Aird, American Century and the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. are all scheduled to arrive in port tomorrow evening. First one here gets to load coal first. The McCarthy will likely be at anchor off the Duluth piers when the sun comes up, but there are other alternatives. It could have slowed down out in the lake or come in to wait at the Port Terminal. The Boland will leave here for Milwaukee, the McCarthy will be going to Detroit and the rest will be taking coal to Ontario Power Generation at Nanticoke. The John B. Aird is pictured above departing Duluth in September, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-31-2006

Canadian Olympic loading at ME

Today, we have lots of limestone coming in and lots of coal, taconite and grain going out. The Atlantic Huron should have departed very early this morning with coal for New Brunswick. The American Integrity will follow at the coal dock and may have been waiting at anchor until the dock cleared. The Canadian Olympic may also have arrived and sunrise may find it waiting at anchor for the American Integrity to complete loading. Above, the Canadian Olympic is at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior in January, 2004. The coal loader is extended over the deck of the boat pouring coal into the cargo hold.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-30-2006

Atlantic Huron travels entire Seaway

The Atlantic Huron was here on March 31st and again 8 days later. It has not been back until today when it will arrive to load 28,000 tons of coal. The Atlantic Huron was built in 1984 with salt water capability as its name reflects. When it departs, either late today or early Wednesday morning, it will carry that cargo of coal the entire length of the St. Lawrence Seaway System (Duluth being the western most extension), out the St. Lawrence River to the ocean port of Belledune in New Brunswick, Canada, just northeast of Maine.When built, it was called the Prairie Harvest. The present name came in 1989. It sailed as the Melvin H. Baker from 1994 until 1998 when it again became the Atlantic Huron.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-29-2006

Federal Sakura with tug Minnesota

Since it was built in 2005, the Federal Sakura has made the Twin Ports a regular stop. It was here twice last year and here today for her 2nd visit of the season. It has been at anchor off the Duluth piers for several days, waiting for a berth here after making stops at Erie, Burns Harbor and Milwaukee. When it comes in, it will load wheat to take to Venezuela. Above, the Federal Sakura received an assist from the tug Minnesota while entering the harbor this past June.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-28-2006

Lady Hamilton loads wheat

After stops in Cleveland, Hamilton, Detroit and Burns Harbor to discharge steel coils that were loaded in Antwerp, the Lady Hamilton came into the port on Friday morning and went directly over to the CHS Terminal in Superior to load wheat for Ravenna, Italy. Captain Prabhat Ranjan wants to be in Italy on September 17th; they were hoping to depart the Twin Ports last night. Captain Prabhat lives in New Delhi and after 5 months at sea, he will be returning home after they arrive in Italy. He commands a crew of 23, one from Pakistan and the rest from India. Above, longshoreman Tom Fisher from ILA Local 1037 is guiding the spout as they top off one of the ship’s cargo holds on Saturday morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-27-2006

Presque Isle oft forgotten

After arriving under the Lift Bridge late Thursday morning, and waiting at the Port Terminal, the Presque Isle should have moved over to the CN Dock in West Duluth late last night to load taconite for Nanticoke. Assuming yesterday’s high winds have died down, and it made it over to the dock, it should be completing the load and departing Duluth in the late morning or sometime this afternoon. The Presque Isle is a tug barge combination that together measures 1,000 feet in length. Of the 13 thousand footers on the Great Lakes today, the Presque Isle is usually the last one to be remembered when trying to list them all. The tug Presque Isle was built in New Orleans. The bow of the barge was built in Michigan. The body of the barge was built in Erie and in 1973, all the pieces were joined there. Launched in 1973, the Presque Isle became the second 1,000 foot vessel on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-25-2006

Sam Laud in the Twin Ports harbor

The Sam Laud came in last night (above) with limestone loaded at Port Dolomite, Michigan. It is one of the ‘river’ boats that spends much of its time moving taconite up the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. It also works the stone trade between a variety of lower lakes ports and only very occasionally gets a chance to come up to Lake Superior. It will cover the whole route on this trip, leaving here this morning to load taconite at Silver Bay and taking some of it first to the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga, and then going up the river with the rest of the cargo for discharge at the ISG Steel plant.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-24-2006

Federal Kushiro first visit to Twin Ports

Originally the Federal Kushiro was supposed to join the Ziemia Gnieznienska at anchor (right, in back) off the Duluth piers, but plans were changed and the Panamanian flagged vessel came in last night around 6 pm (above). The Ziemia Gnieznienska is expected to come in this afternoon to begin loading durum wheat for Morocco. The Federal Kushiro is loading wheat for Casablanca. It is the first visit to Duluth for the 624 foot ship, despite the fact that it was built in 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-22-2006

Capt. Leslaw Konarzewski of Ziemia Gnieznienska

Captain Leslaw Konarzewski (above) brought the Ziemia Gnieznienska into port on May 28, 2003. That ship should be at anchor off the Duluth piers by now, waiting for a berth to load durum wheat for Morocco. Captain Konarzewski is probably not aboard on this trip, but the picture above shows him sitting in the ship’s office during that trip in 2003. When I asked the Captain during that visit what the meaning of the ship’s name was, he pointed to the wall hanging behind him. He told me it was the city of Gnieznienska, the first capital of Poland. He added that Ziemia means around a city. We hope the captain and crew make it into port this trip. The Captain told me he had the same ship at anchor off the Duluth piers in 1999. While at anchor, the ship’s orders were changed. He lifted his anchor and left, without ever getting into port.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-21-2006

Algosoo enters Duluth shipping canal

The Algosoo will be here today for the 4th time this season. It is owned by Algoma Central Corporation located at Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, at the other end of Lake Superior. It was built in 1974. You will note in the picture above of the Algosoo coming through the Duluth ship canal in August, 2003 that the pilot house is at the forward end of the boat. The Algosoo was the last boat built for Great Lakes service with that arrangement. After the Algosoo, lakers were built with the pilot house aft or at the back of the boat. At the back, you can see the deck of the boat in front of you and then the water. Living quarters would be below the pilot house. With the pilot house at the fore end of the boat, you had only water in front. The deck and the rest of the boat is behind you, as it is above on the Algosoo. Typically, with an arrangement like the Algosoo, officers quarters were at the front of the boat while the galley and crew quarters were at the back of the boat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-20-2006

Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. Van Enkevort

The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader will be here today to load its usual cargo, taconite. It is the vessel’s 3rd trip here this season. It was here 5 times last year. The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort, with an elevated pilot house, connects to the barge and provides the power to the vessel. The combination is usually referred to as the Great Lakes Trader. Above, it is departing Duluth in December last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-19-2006

Montrealais arriving Twin Ports

The Montrealais is expected this morning with a load of cement for the St. Lawrence Cement Plant in Duluth. It likely loaded that cargo in Mississauga, Ontario, just outside Toronto. It is quarried and processed there, and shipped to several distribution points, most of which are in Canada. It is a 4 day trip from Mississauga to Duluth. Last season, the Montrealais made 6 trips here. This is only its second visit this season. The boat is still powered by the original steam engine installed when it was built in 1962. Above, it is arriving Duluth in August, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-18-2006

Royal Pescadores for the album

All eyes and cameras were on the Royal Pescadores when it came into port late Wednesday afternoon. It is returning to Duluth Superior after taking a cargo of peas it loaded here in June to Cuba. On this trip, it is loading wheat for Tema, Ghana, a city built in 1960 as a man-made port to handle ocean cargo. In 1960, Tema was a small fishing village. Today it is Ghana’s leading seaport and a major industrial center. The ship is owned by a company in Taiwan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-17-2006

Paul R. Tregurtha and Paul R. Tregurtha

More thousand footers today and Paul R. Tregurtha. And I mean Paul R. Tregurtha, the namesake for the boat by the same name. He was waving to the crowd (above, at the far right, with 2 unidentified passengers on the left) at the ship canal on Tuesday afternoon as his boat came in to load coal. The boat and the man should have left earlier this morning. The three major shipping companies will all have at least one thousand footer here. American Steamship has both of their new ones: the American Century and the American Integrity. As mentioned before, Interlake has their Paul R. Tregurtha here. And the home town shipping company, Great Lakes Fleet (CN) has the Edwin H. Gott here, although it may only be picking up some fuel before loading taconite at Two Harbors.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-16-2006

American Century with Fourth crowd

Four thousand-footers will come under the Lift Bridge today and one more will enter by way of the Superior entry. The Indiana Harbor arrived last night and should have departed early this morning with a cargo of coal. Both the Paul R. Tregurtha and the American Century will appear later today for their cargo of coal. True to its name, the Mesabi Miner will be here to load taconite. The boat was named in honor of the men and women who have worked on the Mesabi Iron Range, the source for the taconite it is loading today. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was named for the former president of Detroit Edison, the owner of the Midwest Energy Coal dock in Superior. However, the McCarthy is loading taconite today at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. Above, the American Century departed Duluth on July 4th this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-15-2006

American Fortitude was Courtney Burton

The fall harvest must be here since the American Fortitude is loading wheat at General Mills for Buffalo grain mills. The boat (formerly the Courtney Burton, as above in August, 2002) replaced the now scrapped Joseph H. Frantz. The Frantz replaced the now rejuvenated Kinsman Independent (as the Voyageur Independent) as the main hauler of wheat from Midwestern farms, by way of Duluth Superior, to Buffalo. The Kinsman was strictly a grain ship and it disappeared in the summer after bringing wheat to Buffalo in the spring. Sometime, usually in August, the Kinsman Independent reappeared on the horizon, signally the fall harvest. The American Fortitude has been picking up some taconite here lately but may be back in harvest mode; perhaps one of the first signs of fall.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-14-2006

Mesabi Miner arrives to music

The Mesabi Miner was center stage while Jason Ricci was entertaining the crowd at the Bayfront Blues Festival Saturday afternoon. The thousand footer carried limestone from Cedarville/Port Dolomite, Michigan in the cargo hold. After dischaging that cargo at the CN dock in West Duluth, it was next set to move across the St. Louis River to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load coal for Ashtabula.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-13-2006

American Integrity departs to music

The Tarbox Ramblers played on at the Bayfront Blues Festival on Friday afternoon as the American Integrity departed Duluth. The 1,000-foot-long laker had 62,000 tons of coal to deliver to Detroit Edison at St. Clair, Michigan. Today, most of the boat traffic should be over before the Festival gets going. The music will of course go on without the boats, unless some of boats are late enough to catch some sounds in the afternoon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-12-2006

J.A.W. Iglehart enters Duluth ship canal

Many people tell me their favorite boat is the cement carrier Alpena, a boat that is here about every 3 weeks. I also hear a lot of good comments about the J.A.W. Iglehart, a fleetmate of the Alpena, but a boat that is here less frequently. It will be here today for the 4th time this season. The last visit was on June 11th. At 501 feet long, it is the largest cement carrier to operate on the Great Lakes. Past names such as Pan Amoco betray its former life as an ocean going oil tanker. The high bow is also a reminder of its days fighting large ocean waves. It was here 4 times last year. Photo taken October 27, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-11-2006

Flinterspirit unloads crane parts

It is good for the port when a boat brings cargo into the port and then loads other cargo before departing. Among other things, it makes it cheaper to do business with Duluth Superior if your ship is never empty. The Flinterspirit came in on Monday evening with a crane in its cargo holds and it should be leaving today with grain in its holds. Above, one of the 69 parts of the crane the Flinterspirit brought to Duluth is being lifted out of a Flinterspirit hold at the Port Terminal on Monday. Today, those holds are filled with wheat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-10-2006

Edward L. Ryerson

The Edward L. Ryerson will be here today loading taconite at the Burlington Northern Taconite Facility in Superior. It was last here in May of 1998 and that arrival was a big event since it had not been here for some time. And, until this morning, it had not come back. Seven months after that visit to the Twin Ports in 1998, the Ryerson was laid up at what many thought would be its final resting place. The taconite trade on the Great Lakes is up (including the 3 shipments this year of taconite to Algeria). That created a need for the boat and it was refitted to go back to work. So far, it is scheduled to make at least 3 more trips to the Twin Ports.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-09-2006

Flinterspirit brings a crane

The parts of 22 wind turbines came in and were discharged from the BBC India last week. Those pieces are now headed down to Mower County by truck. Last night, the crane that will be used to lift the pieces as they are building the wind turbines came into port aboard the Flinterspirit (above). Sixty-nine pieces will be discharged starting this morning. They will be sent by truck to Mower County. On other trips to the Twin Ports the Flinterspirit loaded Budweiser barley for England. The barley was good midwest barley and allowed Anheuser-Busch to claim that their beer is made from the same ingredients the world over. And it is, I saw it. But now the ship is hauling cranes around the world instead. The American Century can be seen behind the Flinterspirit, waiting at anchor for a dock.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-08-2006

BBC India discharging with crane assist

Last September, the Federal Leda was here loading flax for Northern Europe. This year, it will load about 21,600 tons of taconite at Burlington Northern in Superior, only the 3rd ship to ever load taconite there, all this year. That cargo will go to Algeria. The BBC India came in here as a heavy cargo ship (above). It discharged that cargo (wind turbine parts from Denmark) and will now load grain at CHS in Superior. Both ships represent new trading patterns for salt water vessels coming to the Twin Ports.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-07-2006

Canadian Enterprise nears Aerial Lift Bridge and geese

It is a coal day in Duluth. The James R. Barker, Algolake and Canadian Enterprise will be coming in to load it, the American Mariner, Barker and perhaps the Algolake will be departing Duluth with it later in the day. Meanwhile the BBC India will be slowly making the transition from a heavy cargo ship (wind turbine parts) to a grain ship as it will load grain before departing Duluth. Above, the Canadian Enterprise arrives Duluth last October to load coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-06-2006

Cranes lift blades from BBC India

Two gantry cranes at the Port Terminal lifted the last of 66 wind turbine blades from the hold of the BBC India on Friday. They were discharged onto waiting flat bed trucks and moved over to temporary storage at the Port Terminal. The 66 wind turbine blades will be mounted on 22 towers, 3 blades for each tower in the wind farm being built in Mower County. Other pieces making up the shipment of wind turbine equipment are still being discharged from the ship, but should be completed this evening. Starting next week, the blades and other equipment will begin shipping out to Mower County by truck.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-05-2006

BBC India brought wind turbine parts

Lots of U.S. flagged freighters, most of them 1,000-footers, will be coming and going today. While one salt water ship sits at anchor (Federal Leda), two are in port, one discharging wind turbine parts for Mower County and one loading wheat for Africa (Federal Miramichi). In the picture, a truck starts out from Clure Public Marine Terminal on Thursday morning, pulling an expandable flat bed trailer loaded with one of the almost 150 foot long wind turbine blades on it. It will take the blade to a wind turbine farm in Mower County, Minnesota. You can see the stern of the BBC India sticking up on the right. It brought the blades here from Denmark. Notice the ends of more blades on its deck pointing toward the stern from the right.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-04-2006

Federal Leda destined for Europe

Built in 2003, the Federal Leda is coming here today for the second time. It was also here last September 27th (above). It is loading peas at the AGP terminal in Duluth. They will be taking that cargo to destinations in Northern Europe. The Federal Miramichi has been at anchor for several days. It was built last year and is making its first trip here. It will likely be coming in from the anchorage sometime early this morning to load wheat for Africa.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-03-2006

BBC India bridge to go under the Bridge

The BBC India, expected here this morning, last came under the Lift Bridge 6 years ago yesterday. It was called the Maria Green then and was here to load grain. The picture shows a view of the bridge of the ship on that trip. It was sold in 2004 and received its current name. It is bringing cargo this time, wind turbine blades for a wind turbine farm in Waltham, Minnesota. The ship is also carrying 4 pieces for a crane that will be assembled and then used to assemble the wind turbine. Another ship will be here later this year with 69 more pieces of the crane.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-02-2006

Michipicoten loading taconite

The Michipicoten should be here today loading taconite. Around here, this boat is known better by its former name, the Elton Hoyt 2nd. It was named for a man who developed the company town of Hoyt Lakes on the Iron Range and connected it by rail with a new taconite plant on Lake Superior at Taconite Harbor. After three years sitting idle at Fraser Shipyard, it was sold to Lower Lakes Towing in April, 2003. It now sails the Great Lakes as the Canadian flagged Michipicoten. The boat is still true to its roots: it continues to load taconite. On each of the 7 trips the boat has made to the Twin Ports this year, it has loaded taconite, mostly at Burlington Northern in Superior, but also, as today, at the CN Dock in West Duluth. Above, it loaded taconite there in 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-01-2006