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