Archives for May 2007

Presque Isle in Twin Ports harbor

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Earlier this week, I mentioned some paper work problems regarding the Ypermachos, the ship that has been at anchor for several days. About the time those problems were resolved, early Wednesday morning, the fog came in strong. As of last evening, the ship was still at anchor. If the fog lifted, it may be at the berth at the CHS dock in Superior ready to load wheat for Algeria. After discharging a cargo of taconite at Gary, the Presque Isle should be arriving in the Twin Ports today to load taconite to take to Nanticoke, Ontario. Above, it is turning into the Duluth harbor in April, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-30-2007

St. Clair aims at the camera

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If all went well, and it didn’t yesterday, the two salt water ships we have had in port and at anchor passed each other last night, the Ypermachos coming in to load wheat for Algeria and the Tatjana departing with spring wheat for Malta. The Ypermachos was delayed by some paper work problems, not uncommon when you consider that the buyers of the grain, the sellers of the grain and the owner of the ship, to name just a few interested parties, are literally spread out throughout the world. Hopefully, that has been cleared up and they are ready to go this morning. The US flagged St. Clair was expected in port around 6 am this morning to load taconite. Above, it is departing the port in May, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-30-2007

Ypermachos is her name

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If the boats operate as expected today, most of the traffic for the day will come in pairs, early in the day. Between midnight and 2 am, the Algowood will be coming in to replace the Paul R. Tregurtha at Midwest Energy. A couple hours later, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. will be coming in as the Frontenac is leaving. A couple hours later, the Ypermachos will come in from the anchorage to load wheat as the Algowood departs with coal. This afternoon, the McCarthy will depart the Midwest Energy coal dock and will be replaced there by the American Integrity. Above, the Ypermachos sat at anchor for most of the weekend. Photo taken on May 27, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-29-2007

Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrives Duluth

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Two thousand footers have decided to spend Memorial Day in Duluth, both coming into port this afternoon to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Sometime this morning, another thousand footer, the Mesabi Miner, will depart the Twin Ports under the Lift Bridge with coal for Marquette, Michigan. That will open the coal dock for the Paul R. Tregurtha to come in this afternoon. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. will probably follow the Tregurtha at the dock. It may wait at anchor or come into the Port Terminal. The Ypermachos is still at the outside anchorage waiting for the holiday to pass. It will come in around 6 am on Tuesday morning. This ship is better known to Duluthians as the Socrates, the ship that went aground off Park Point in 1985 and stayed there for a week. Above, the McCarthy comes into port last October.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-28-2007

Joseph H. Thompson has long history

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The tug-barge Joseph H. Thompson is due today with a load of limestone. After discharging that cargo, it will load taconite at the Burlington Northern before departing the Superior entry. The barge part is still most of the hull of a boat built in 1944 as the Marine Robin. It crossed the Atlantic several times during the war and was one of the many boats used in the Normandy invasion. In 1990, the vessel was turned into a barge when the stern and part of the hull were removed. A tug was built from the steel that was removed and was then inserted into a notch built into the back of the barge. It was here 14 times in 2003, and has been making fewer trips since then, coming only 5 times last year. This is the second trip this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-27-2007

What’s your name?

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The Ypermachos should be arriving off the Duluth piers late this afternoon. It will likely come in on Tuesday morning to load grain at the CHS terminal in Superior. This ship has visited here under four other names, one of them quite memorable. It was the Mecta Sea from 1997 until two years ago. Between 1992 and 1997, it was the Union. The name that is very important to Duluthians was the name between its launch in 1984 and 1992, the Socrates. In early November of 1985, this ship, as the Socrates, also dropped anchor off the Duluth piers to wait for a berth. Several days later, high winds, not untypical on Lake Superior in November, blew it off the anchorage, pulling ship and anchor towards the shore. Before getting there, the ship went aground and was stuck there for a week before tugs were able to pull the boat to deeper water. It eventually came into port, loaded grain and finally departed the Twin Ports. Above, the Ypermachos comes into port last November.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-26-2007

Mesabi Miner in dense fog

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Today is another big day for coal. The Canadian flagged John B. Aird should have arrived last night and may have already departed by the time the sun is up. About that time, the Indiana Harbor is due to arrive to take its place at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. The Mesabi Miner is expected soon after the Indiana Harbor gets in but 2nd place means about a 10-12 hour wait to get to the dock. We may wake up to see it at anchor off the Duluth piers, coming in later in the day when the Indiana Harbor completes. The Mesabi Miner spent the winter at Midwest Energy and was the first boat to depart the port for the season, leaving on March 16th to take coal to Marquette. Above, it is returning from that trip in order to load more coal, this time for Taconite Harbor. Photo taken on March 25, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-25-2007