Archives for December 2006

CSL Assiniboine loading coal at BN

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Coal is still the big cargo. There is not as much back up as yesterday to get to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior, but it will still be busy over there. The James R. Barker came in yesterday from the anchorage and will probably leave sometime this morning for Detroit Edison. The Canadian Olympic should also be leaving today with coal, going to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was built in Port Weller, Ontario in 1976, the year the Olympics were held in Montreal. The games also provided the name for the new boat. This is its 15th trip here this year. It is scheduled to be back here on January 6th for at least one more load of coal before the season closes. The CSL Assiniboine is expected to load taconite at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. Above, it is doing the same in July, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-31-2006

Paul R. Tregurtha under Duluth Lift Bridge

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The Paul R. Tregurtha came under the Lift Bridge early Friday afternoon (above) and went to the Port Terminal to wait for the American Integrity to finish loading coal and depart Duluth. That probably happened late last night. The James R. Barker was expected late last night and likely took the place of the Tregurtha at the Port Terminal when it followed the Integrity at the Midwest Energy Coal dock in Superior. Each of these boats is over 1,000 feet long, representing a lot of capacity waiting around. The Canadian Enterprise has been at anchor waiting for the dock and will get the spot sometime. It is usually first come first served. The Canadian Olympic is out in the Lake, probably taking its time since it will have to wait some where to load its coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-30-2006

John D. Leitch approaching Duluth

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The John D. Leitch will be here today to load coal. It has only been here 15 times since 1996, continuing a steady stream of seldom seen boats coming here at the end of the season. It often brings salt in but we have not had a very bad winter and thus don’t have quite the need for salt that we usually do. This is the second visit here this year for the Leitch; it was here in May as well (above). In 2001, when the Leitch was known as the Canadian Century, it received a new midsection, giving it a larger cargo hold and soon thereafter a new name.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-29-2006

Wilfred Sykes one of the beauties

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The Wilfred Sykes arrived off the Superior piers yesterday and dropped anchor to wait for the Adam E. Cornelius to complete loading taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior. Like the two boats mentioned here yesterday, the Sykes is seldom seen and when it is here, it is cold. But the Sykes has taken seldom seen too far. The last time it was in the Twin Ports was in December, 1997. Above, it is departing Duluth on December 22nd, 1997. Continuing with the seldom seen trend, it stayed at anchor off the Superior piers until dark, and (presumably) came into port when the Adam E. Cornelius finished (presumably), late last night. It may leave shortly after the sun comes up this morning.

*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-28-2006

CSL Niagara under Aerial Lift Bridge

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The CSL Niagara and the CSL Laurentien will both be here today to load taconite at the CN dock. They don’t come here very often but for some reason, they seem to show up when it is cold. Last season, both were here a total of 10 times. Five of those trips were in December and January. This year, the CSL Laurentien appeared here on March 23, coming down from Thunder Bay to get an early start on the season. It was the first boat to arrive that hadn’t spent the winter in the port. It is very unusual for a Canadian boat to be here that early since the Soo Locks would not be open that early. They have been here this season only 6 times. They almost always load taconite or coal when here. Above, the CSL Niagara comes under the Lift Bridge in January, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-27-2006

Great Lakes Trader-Joyce L. Van Enkevort

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Christmas Day was a light day for shipping in the Twin Ports. The John G. Munson departed Duluth around 8 am and the tug barge Great Lakes Trader arrived early afternoon (above). It came in under the Lift Bridge to get fuel before moving over to the Burlington Northern dock in Superior to load taconite. Both the Duluth and the Superior entry will be active today, and Two Harbors will be full with a line waiting. There may be some changes to this listing since shipping companies do not like to have their boats sitting around waiting. That does nothing but spend their money, although it will give the crew a little more time with Christmas left overs. Lobster and steak are the mainstays of most Christmas dinners on Great Lakes boats.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-26-2006

John G. Munson in the Duluth ship canal

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Midwest Energy Resources is the most active dock in the Twin Ports, loading coal into boats on a regular basis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Almost. Their schedule for today reads: NO ACTIVITY; STARTING 12/24 @ 1500hrs – 12/25 @ 2300hrs. That of course makes Tuesday a very busy day at Midwest. In fact, both Tuesday and Wednesday will be very active days in the Twin Ports. Four boats are arriving under the Lift Bridge on Tuesday and five boats will be stopping, or waiting, at Burlington Northern. On Wednesday, 7 boats are expected to arrive at the Duluth entry, 3 for taconite and 4 for coal. Of course, this lineup will undoubtedly change as the week goes on. Boats down on the list may get rerouted by the home office, or they may check down out in the lake rather than rushing in to wait in line. Above, the John G. Munson comes into Duluth last week.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-25-2006