Archives for September 2007

Ziemia Cieszynska in early morning light

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It’s the time of the year when you can go down to the Lake in the early morning and take some good sunrise pictures and still get your sleep and be warm. In the summer, sunrise is too early; in the winter, sunrise is too cold. Saturday morning might have been the best. The Ziemia Cieszynska cooperated by arriving off the Duluth piers on Friday evening so it would be there when the sun appeared. At least 4 people were under the North pier light as the sun came up (above). The Ziemia Cieszynska is waiting for the Redhead to complete loading wheat at AGP. The Ziemia Cieszynska will follow the Redhead there, loading both durum wheat and spring wheat for Antwerp, Belgium. Photo taken on September 29, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-30-2007

Presque Isle departs with a wave to CSL Tadoussac

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Above, two ships are passing in the night, or rather, early Friday evening, the tug barge Presque Isle, while departing Duluth, passed behind the CSL Tadoussac as it was coming in. The Presque Isle was taking taconite pellets to Nanticoke. The Tadoussac was replacing the Presque Isle at the CN dock in West Duluth and was also loading taconite. Photo taken on September 28, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-29-2007

Nice weather…for ducks

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It isn’t even October and the ducks are flying in Duluth, or rather sailing. Earlier this week, we had two ‘duck’ ships here, the Bluewing and the Greenwing. Today, 2 more duck ships will be arriving, the Redhead and the Cinnamon. All these ducks are loading grain for overseas ports. Above, the Cinnamon was here in November, 2004 loading grain. There has been a line waiting to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. The Paul R. Tregurtha moved over there late Thursday afternoon and has probably already departed, allowing the American Integrity to move in. Before it moves out later today, the Mesabi Miner will likely arrive to wait and early this afternoon, the St. Clair will join the line. With all the waiting, it is too bad it isn’t duck hunting season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-28-2007

Charles M. Beeghly

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Two salt water ships should be coming under the Lift Bridge today. The Uta is expected in from the anchorage and the Beluga Expectation should be coming in sometime this morning. Both will load grain. Before 4 more salt water ships arrive on Friday, three thousand footers will be here today to load coal, the Paul R. Tregurtha, Indiana Harbor and American Integrity. The Charles M. Beeghly was expected in late last night to load taconite. Above, it is moving through the harbor on August 18, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-27-2007

Grigoriy Aleksandrov departs Duluth

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Longshoremen and agents may get a rest today. Three salt water ships departed Duluth with grain late Tuesday afternoon, and another was set to depart later in the evening. That leaves one more still in port (Pilica). We expect no new salties today but three more are expected on Thursday. The Russian flagged Grigoriy Aleksandrov departed Tuesday afternoon (above) with spring wheat. To get here, it traveled the entire seaway in ballast (no cargo) as did the Bluewing that departed on Monday. That indicates a good world wide demand for Midwestern grain since it is expensive for a ship to travel any great distance (such as the entire St. Lawrence Seaway system) without carrying cargo. Photo taken on September 25, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-26-2007