BN loading taconite to H. Lee White

The H. Lee White will be here today for the 3rd time this season, discharging a load of limestone before moving over to the Burlington Northern Dock to load taconite pellets. The White was the first boat to visit the Twin Ports from beyond the Soo Locks this year, arriving on March 26th to load taconite at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Taconite Facility in Superior (above). The self-unloading boom has been moved away from the deck so the cargo holds can be filled. The steam you see rising above the deck of the boat is caused by taconite pellets still warm from the pellet-making process on the Iron Range hitting the cold March air. The pellets were loaded directly into rail cars from the pellet plant and sent to the BN where they were then discharged onto conveyor belts and sent to the ore dock and loaded into the boat. Pellets still warm from the pellet plant are referred to as ‘fresh pellets.’ Photo taken on March 26, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-02-2007
Kenneth Newhams :