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