Archives for July 2007

John J. Boland passes South Pier Light

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The John J. Boland loaded limestone in Calcite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo here, it has been loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. They will take that cargo to Milwaukee, leaving sometime this morning. This is the Boland’s 6th trip here this season. That is about right for this time of year. It has been here between 9 and 13 times for the last several seasons. The Boland started life in 1973 as the Charles E. Wilson. When American Steamship Company’s boat called the John C. Boland was sold to Lower Lakes Towing a couple years ago, their boat called the Charles E. Wilson became the new John C. Boland. Above, it is departing Duluth in December, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-31-2007

Mesabi Miner departs with coal

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Above, the Mesabi Miner departed Duluth on Sunday evening after loading coal for Marquette, Michigan. Today, we should see 6 US flagged vessels and one Canadian vessel coming under the Lift Bridge. Two of the incoming boats will discharge limestone today while three will load coal and two taconite. One of the two bringing limestone will then load coal while the other will go to Two Harbors to load taconite. Photo taken on July 29, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-30-2007

Presque Isle approaches Twin Ports

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The Presque Isle came in last night (above) with limestone to discharge and then taconite to load. Departure should be some time on Monday. There are two boats coming in to load coal and later the same two departing with coal. The John B. Aird should be here just after midnight and would then depart around 8 am, about the same time that the Mesabi Miner is due to take the Aird’s place loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. The Aird is taking coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke, the usual destination for almost all Canadian boats that come here to load coal. The Miner will be loading coal for Marquette, Michigan, on the south shore of Lake Superior. That short trip will find it back here on Wednesday to load more coal, this time for Detroit Edison. Photo taken on July 28, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-29-2007

McCarthy Jr. arriving Duluth harbor

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The ship traffic in the Twin Ports today is limited to thousand footers. Both the Paul R. Tregurtha and the American Integrity will be loading coal as they usually do and taking it to Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan, as they usually do. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr., which almost always does the same thing, will be loading taconite today at the CN dock in West Duluth. It will then take that cargo to Stelco Steel in Nanticoke, Ontario. Above, the McCarthy arriving in Duluth in August, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-28-2007

BBC Plata and summer fun

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The Canadian Miner came into the port on Tuesday afternoon to load grain at the CHS grain terminal in Superior. Yesterday afternoon, the BBC Plata arrived off the Duluth piers and dropped its anchor while it waits for the Canadian Miner to complete loading. They are expected to trade places sometime this afternoon. While at anchor the BBC Plata provided a nice backdrop to a Duluth summer tradition. Photo taken on July 25, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-26-2007

Canadian Miner at a Twin Ports dock

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The BBC Plata will be making its first appearance in the Twin Ports today. It was built in 2005 to handle a wide variety of cargos. Two on-board cranes allow the vessel to pick up and discharge heavy cargo. At 452 feet, it is small enough to visit smaller ports and even move up rivers, making it an ideal vessel to deliver large, heavy equipment for construction projects. Having said that, the BBC Plata will be loading grain on this visit, and will likely drop anchor off the Duluth piers upon arrival this afternoon while it waits for the Canadian Miner to complete loading grain. Above, the Canadian Miner here on a visit in August, 2000. [Canadian Miner was sold for scrap in 2011.]
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-25-2007

Capt. Henry Jackman departs Duluth

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The Capt. Henry Jackman will be here today for only the 9th time since 1996. It will load taconite pellets for Quebec City at the CN Dock in West Duluth. It was built in 1981 for a company owned by Cargill and Hanna Mining so the Jackman started life carrying both iron ore and grain. In fact, on the maiden voyage, it carried a record amount of wheat and on the return trip loaded a record amount of iron ore. The boat was sold in 1986 to the current owner, Algoma Central, and renamed the Capt. Henry Jackman after a man who operated several schooners on Lake Ontario between 1850 and 1870. Above, it departs Duluth in August, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-24-2007

Beluga Constitution students

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The Beluga Group, located in Bremen, Germany, owns and operates the Beluga Constitution, a ship in town to discharge wind turbine parts and then also load them. The ship has a school on board. Six students, called cadets while they are on the ship, live in four two person cabins on the ‘X’ deck, which also has a fully equipped classroom. They are students at the Maritime Campus at Elsfleth, part of a public private partnership between Beluga Group, Lower Saxony and the city of Elsfleth. Above, they were in the classroom on Sunday learning about the use of the anchor. All from Germany, they are front row, from the left: Benjamin Zerhusen (21), Bremen, Henryk Tinius (24), Berlin, Marlene Eberl (21), Hannover and Jennifer Witt (20), Geesthacht. Back row, from left: standing, Marius Thomas (30), Bad Bertrich, training officer (the teacher). Seated, Johannes Brydda (21), Stralsund and Ole Piehl (23), Brunsbüttel. Other members of the crew live in Poland, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Croatia and Russia. Captain Andrzej Kocmiel, the cadets and several other crew members went up to Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock on Saturday.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-23-2007

Clarke arrives with many onlookers

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The Philip R. Clarke stops at a lot of ports on the Great Lakes as it moves taconite, limestone and coal between them. This season, a few of the ports it has visited are Gary and Buffington in Indiana, Stoneport, Cedarville, Alpena, Monroe and Detroit in Michigan, Conneaut and Huron in Ohio and Erie, Pennsylvania. It came into port last night (above) with limestone loaded in Cedarville. It should depart Duluth for Two Harbors today to load taconite for Conneaut. Photo taken on July 20, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-22-2007

American Century takes coal

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The American Century, formerly the Columbia Star, departed Duluth on Friday evening (above) for a quick trip to Silver Bay to discharge coal for North Shore Mining. As it departed, it went past the Canadian Enterprise, at anchor off the Duluth piers waiting for the James R. Barker which had replaced the American Century. When the James R. Barker departed, probably earlier this morning, the Canadian Enterprise was in from the anchorage and over at Midwest Energy loading coal. After it departs sometime this morning, the American Century will be back from its trip to Silver Bay, ready to take on another load of coal, this time for its usual destination, a Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan. Photo taken on July 20, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-21-2007

Paul R. and Pochard passing

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Yesterday was a good day for watching boats and early afternoon was a good time of the day to do it. It was almost a traffic jam. You can see some of that in the picture above. Just as the Paul R. Tregurtha cleared the Duluth ship canal, moving to the left, the salt water vessel Pochard, on the right, began to enter the ship canal on its way to the CHS 1 grain elevator in Superior. That was about 1:15. A half hour earlier, the American Mariner departed Duluth, and just before that, the American Valor departed. Just 45 minutes later, the salt water vessel Beluga Constitution came in with wind turbine parts from Spain. Photo taken on July 19, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-20-2007

John B. Aird enters chilly Duluth ship canal

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Today is a great day to watch boats in the Twin Ports. Three salt water ships will be making their first trip here. One will be picking up grain while the 2 others will be discharging heavy equipment at the Port Terminal. The Canadian flagged John B. Aird will be making its 4th trip here this season. It will be loading coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was constructed in 1983 of two sections, a stern section constructed at Collingwood, Ontario and a bow section built in Thunder Bay. The two pieces were joined at the Port Arthur shipyard in Thunder Bay. The Aird is 730 feet long and has 23 hatches that open into five cargo holds. Above, the Aird is arriving in Duluth last January.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-19-2007

Niña gets visited while she visits

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While people were visiting the 94 foot Niña this morning (above), the 1,000 foot James R. Barker came under the Lift Bridge. While making the turn into the harbor, the Barker snuck by the Niña on its way to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. In the picture, we are looking at the Barker through the rigging that supports the ship’s mainmast and foremast. The Niña will be at the Lakehead Boat Basin at 1000 Minnesota Ave. on Park Point through today. Photo taken on July 17, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-18-2007

Agawa Canyon enters Twin Ports

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The Agawa Canyon will be here today to load taconite for Quebec City at the CN dock in West Duluth. This is the first visit for this Canadian flagged laker since it was here in December, 2001 to discharge a cargo of salt. Other traffic today will be loading taconite and coal. The Vlistborg came in last night to load beet pulp pellets brought down here by train from North Dakota. The Algosteel will be bringing salt into port and then going up to Two Harbors to load taconite for Quebec City. Photo taken on December 14, 2001. [Agawa Canyon was scrapped in 2010.]
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-17-2007

Herbert C. Jackson arrives for coal

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The Herbert C. Jackson arrived in port late Sunday afternoon (above). It is here to load about 18,500 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources to take to the Shiras Steam Plant, operated by the Marquette Board of Light and Power in Marquette, Michigan. This will be the 5th trip the boat has been to the Twin Ports this season. Last year, it was here 13 times. The St. Clair will depart before her with coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The Mesabi Miner will move in after her to load coal for the Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan. Photo taken on July 15, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-16-2007

American Century departing Duluth

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The James R. Barker will be loading coal today for Taconite Harbor, just up the North Shore. When they complete discharging that cargo there, they will return to the Twin Ports on Tuesday to load another cargo of coal for another Lake Superior port, this time Marquette on the south shore. Above, the American Century departed Duluth on Saturday afternoon with a cargo of coal for Detroit Edison. Photo taken on July 14, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-15-2007

Reserve entering Duluth

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The Reserve arrived in Duluth on January 12, 2006 for winter layup. She came in as an Oglebay Norton steamer but departed as the newest boat in the growing K & K Warehousing fleet in Menominee, Michigan. Still called the Reserve, it is a self-unloader built in 1953 by Great Lakes Engineering Works at River Rouge, Michigan. It is 767 feet long and has a maximum carrying capacity of 26,000 tons. It is powered by a 7,000-hp steam turbine. In 1975, the Reserve was lengthened at Fraser Shipyards in Superior by 120 feet. A 260-foot self-unloading boom was added in 1983. With out these enhancements, the boat probably would not have lasted this long. Above, the Reserve enters the Duluth ship canal in November, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-14-2007

Indiana Harbor arriving Duluth

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Three thousand footers will be here today, all loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. The Canadian Progress, at 730 feet, will sneak into the line for coal also. The Indiana Harbor will be the first of the big boats to line up at Midwest Energy. It, as the other two, will be loading about 62,000 tons of coal for a Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan. This is the Indiana Harbor’s 15th trip here this season; it was here last year 40 times. Above, it is arriving in Duluth in October, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-13-2007

Quebecois lined up to depart Duluth

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The American Mariner and Mesabi Miner departed the Twin Ports around 4 am yesterday. The Carola, Mark Hanna and BBC Mississippi all departed around 6 pm. The Canadian Transport came in early morning yesterday and left mid morning. This is all to say that yesterday was a better day for boat watching than today. Many had hoped to see the Niña come under the Lift Bridge yesterday morning, but after drifting a bit off the Duluth piers Wednesday morning, it came in the Superior entry and is now at Lakehead Boat Basin, 1000 Minnesota Ave. on Park Point. A press release stated it will be open to the public on Friday, July 12th. Careful readers may note that today, Thursday, is the 12th. Friday is the 13th. So, starting either today or tomorrow, the public can tour the ship. It spent the night in Two Harbors. Only two boats are set to arrive under the Lift Bridge, the Presque Isle arriving and the Quebecois departing. Above, the Quebecois departs Duluth in June, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-12-2007

Mesabi Miner and Federal Yoshino

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Wind affected all shipping on Tuesday. Looking out from the Rose Garden late Tuesday afternoon, the Mesabi Miner, above, background, was at anchor off the Duluth piers, waiting for the wind to die down while the Federal Yoshino (foreground) had just left the Duluth piers on its way to Spain with a cargo of wheat. In the early evening, the Mesabi Miner did come in and went to the CN dock in West Duluth to load taconite. The Quebecois was also at anchor yesterday far off the Duluth piers. The two boats were together out there on April 1st of this year too. The Miner passed the Quebecois at anchor then when it was breaking its way through the ice with a load of coal. Later on that day, the Quebecois came into port, thanks in part to the Mesabi Miner’s opening up the ice track. Last night, the Quebecois also came in from the anchorage to discharge a cargo of cement, this time following the Miner in but not because of the Miner. Photo taken on July 10, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-11-2007

Algorail departing Twin Ports

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The Algorail will be loading taconite at the BN dock in Superior today. It has not been here since it departed Duluth in July, 2001 (above). The bright red Federal Yoshino has been at anchor off the Duluth piers for a couple days and should have come in to load wheat for Spain by now. Two boats bringing cement will be in port today. The Alpena has been here discharging cement and may depart later in the day; the Quebecois is expected with more cement this evening. The BBC Mississippi has been in port through the weekend and will start loading grain this morning. It may be departing this evening.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-09-2007

Krissi and Dan and Philip

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Like a lot of other people, Krissi (right) and Dan (left) were out yesterday celebrating the nice weather in Duluth, watching the boats go by, and getting married. They don’t get a lot of ship traffic in Lake City where they live, so they didn’t let a wedding stop them from doing a little boat watching while they were in Duluth. Happily, the Philip R. Clarke joined the party and received a nice greeting from the Lake City couple. They had an impressive guest list. Led by the Clarke, the Indiana Harbor soon passed by while departing the port with coal, and just a little later, the Paul R. Tregurtha came in for coal. Soon the Canadian Enterprise joined the reception line but the bride and groom probably had better things to do by that time. Of course, what comes in must go out and all that activity on Saturday night means that Sunday will be a great day for boat watching. Photo taken on July 07, 2007 .
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-08-2007

BBC Mississippi visits Duluth for first time

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Four boats are expected to arrive in port today to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. One of them, the Indiana Harbor, the first to arrive this morning around 6 am, will be able to leave today, the rest, in order of expected arrival, the Algosoo, Paul R. Tregurtha and the Canadian Enterprise, will be departing with their coal on Sunday. Two Great Lakes Fleet boats, the Philip R. Clarke and the Arthur M. Anderson will be bringing limestone into port. The BBC Mississippi, as expected, arrived on Friday (above) and is at the AGP grain terminal in Duluth waiting until Monday to load grain. In the picture, the tug Kentucky is assisting the BBC Mississippi in making the turn up the Duluth harbor after coming under the Lift Bridge for the first time.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-07-2007

Algolake enters Duluth ship canal

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In the last couple years, we have seen the BBC India, BBC Venezuela, BBC Germany, BBC France, BBC Shanghai, BBC Russia, BBC Singapore, BBC Atlantic and the BBC Mexico in the Twin Ports. Today the BBC Mississippi joins the list. It will be here to load grain. I am often asked what BBC stands for; it does not mean the British Broadcasting Corporation. I sent an email to the company in Leer, Germany. The company is called BBC Chartering & Logistic. They responded to my question with the following: ‘BBC STANDS FOR ‘BREAK BULK CHARTERING.’ Now we know that important piece of information. More information can be seen at their web page: http://www.bbc-online.de/ although I was unable to find what BBC stands for on their site. The ‘de’ in their web address stands for Germany. Above, the Algolake is seen arriving in July, 2002. It is expected to arrive this morning to load coal and to depart with that cargo this afternoon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-06-2007

Ryerson graces Fourth with Duluth visit

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I certainly wish no evil intent toward the Edward L. Ryerson, a boat that many around the Great Lakes consider the prettiest boat now in operation. It was laid up in 1998 and many thought it would never sail again but increased need for taconite gave new life to the boat. It made its first appearance in the Twin Ports since 1998 last year and it continues to visit us this season. But I watch boats at the Duluth ship canal and the Ryerson loads taconite just inside the Superior entry at the Burlington Northern dock. It came to the Twin Ports yesterday for the 11th time this season. It used the Superior entry on the first 10 trips. The only reason it comes into the Duluth entry is a need for fuel (at the Murphy Fuel Dock) or repairs (at Fraser Shipyards). With no ill will intended, I was happy to hear yesterday that the boat was in need of some repairs and would come in using the Duluth entry, arriving at 1:55 on the afternoon of the 4th of July (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-05-2007

James R. Barker enters Duluth ship canal

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The folks at Burlington Northern sure know how to throw a 4th of July party. They started things off early with the Spar Garnet, there to load taconite for Algeria. While it should have departed around 3 am, the CSL Niagara and the Voyageur Pioneer, early arrivals to the party, have been waiting at anchor since yesterday. When they complete loading and depart sometime today, the Edward L. Ryerson and the Great Lakes Trader will be waiting to come in to the party. One uninvited guest will likely pass right by the party. The James R. Barker is expected to come under the Lift Bridge this morning to load coal. By the time it departs, the Lift Bridge may be down for the fireworks, leaving the Barker to move down the Superior channel right by the party at the BN and out into the lake. Above, the Barker approaches the ship canal on September 16th, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-04-2007

Spar Garnet

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The Spar Garnet is expected to come through the Superior entry today and tie up at the Burlington Northern dock to load taconite brought down by train from Hibbing Taconite on the Iron Range. The Norwegian owned salt water ship will carry that cargo to a Mittal Steel facility in Algeria. Mittal is the largest steel company in the world and has ownership interest in the taconite mine at this end and the steel mill at the Algeria end. This is one of at least three ships that will carry taconite to Algeria this year. The Spar Garnet has not been here since 2003 when it loaded wheat for Portugal. Photo taken on October 15, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-02-2007

Boland approaches Aerial Lift Bridge

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The John J. Boland loaded limestone at Calcite, Michigan and should be here this afternoon to discharge that cargo before moving over to the CN dock in West Duluth to load taconite pellets for a Mittal steel mill in Indiana Harbor. This is the 4th trip here this season for the Boland, all of them to load taconite, although the first three found it loading at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. The Boland started life in 1973 as the Charles E. Wilson. When American Steamship Company’s boat called the John C. Boland was sold to Lower Lakes Towing in 2001, their boat called the Charles E. Wilson became the new John C. Boland, seen above arriving in Duluth on July 13th, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-02-2007

Presque Isle enters with the waves

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Saturday was a windy day down at the harbor but it was also one of the busier days we have had in a while. Two arrivals yesterday will both be departing this morning. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. came in Saturday afternoon and after waiting for the Canadian Enterprise to finish up Saturday evening, moved over to load coal for Ontario Power Generation, the same destination as the Canadian Enterprise. The Presque Isle came into port early Saturday afternoon (above). It was returning from a taconite delivery to Gary, Indiana and was again loading taconite, this time for Toledo, Ohio. Photo taken on June 30, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-01-2007