Archives for May 2007

Presque Isle in Twin Ports harbor

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 … [Read more...]

St. Clair aims at the camera

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 … [Read more...]

Ypermachos is her name

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 … [Read more...]

Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrives Duluth

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 … [Read more...]

Joseph H. Thompson has long history

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 … [Read more...]

What’s your name?

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 … [Read more...]

Mesabi Miner in dense fog

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. … [Read more...]

American Integrity from high above

The American Integrity should be here for its 11th trip of the season. As today, it has loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior on each trip, taking it most of the time to Detroit Edison, as it will do again today. The round trip to Detroit usually takes about a week. Above, it is departing under the Lift Bridge last Thursday for Detroit so today, a week later, marks a usual turn … [Read more...]

James R. Barker departs harbor ice

Two thousand footers should be here this morning. The Paul R. Tregurtha will be loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. The James R. Barker will be loading taconite at the CN dock just across the St. Louis River from Midwest. The Tregurtha probably arrived shortly after midnight and waited for the Canadian Enterprise to complete loading coal for Thunder Bay. The Tregurtha may have … [Read more...]

Halifax arriving Duluth

The salt water ship Federal Pioneer should have departed Duluth by now after loading bentonite at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth. The Canadian flagged Halifax was set to follow it at Hallett, also loading bentonite, a clay that is used as an adhesive in making ceramic items and an additive mixed with cement. The Halifax was built as the Frankcliffe Hall in 1963 in Quebec. It's length, 730 feet … [Read more...]

Edwin H. Gott entering Duluth ship canal

The Edwin H. Gott is expected here this afternoon to load taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. This is only the 2nd time we have seen it this year in the Twin Ports. Usually it loads taconite at the CN dock in Two Harbors and takes it down to Gary. Above, it is entering the Duluth ship canal in November, last year. The Great Lakes Maritime Academy's training ship, the State of Michigan, should … [Read more...]