Archives for October 2007

Canadian Prospector

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The bulk freighter Canadian Prospector came into port on Monday morning to load grain. It has been here 36 times since 1996 but the last visit was in October of 2004. It was built in 1964 as an ocean going freighter named Carlton and was lengthened in 1968 by 80 feet and renamed St. Lawrence Prospector. It was lengthened again in 1979 by 88 feet and given its current name. It is now 730 feet long. Above, the vessel is departing Duluth in July, 2002. [Canadian Prospector was scrapped in 2010.]
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-31-2007

Earl W. Oglebay in Silver Bay

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The Earl W. Oglebay should be here today to load sinter at the CN dock in West Duluth. Last August, the ship was sold by Oglebay Norton to Wisconsin and Michigan Steamship Company in Lakewood, Ohio. Most of the other boats that Oglebay Norton sold received a new name immediately. A note on the web says that the Oglebay part of this boat’s name was painted over last winter. If nothing else was added, it may be sailing in here as the Earl W. or at least the paint job may say that. Above, the Earl W. Oglebay is at the dock in Silver Bay the day after Christmas in 2002. The picture was taken from the deck of the Oglebay Norton, now called the American Integrity. It is departing Silver Bay after discharging coal it brought up the day before and returning to Duluth to load more coal. Photo taken on December 25, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-30-2007

Vista King visits 2 mature ladies

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Yesterday was one of the last days of summer. The Vista Fleet was out in the harbor for their final cruises this season. Captain Amanda Porter (above) was at the wheel of the Vista King late Sunday afternoon, positioning the boat so her passengers could get a better look as the Alpena was discharging cement at the Lafarge dock in Superior. The Alpena is on the outside, next to the J.A.W. Iglehart. The Iglehart is in long term layup at the dock. In past years, it visited Duluth 4 or 5 times a year. This was the Alpena’s 14th visit of the season, discharging cement on every trip. Photo taken on October 28, 2007. [The Vista King is no longer in service in Duluth.]
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-29-2007

Jumbo Spirit gets frequent sailing miles

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The Jumbo Spirit loaded a reactor vessel in Japan and came directly to Duluth to discharge it. That is the cylinder on the right side in the picture above looking into the ship’s hold. The object at the left, a transformer, was to be discharged in Toledo, a port they passed right by on the way here. The shipper (who pays the freight) for the reactor vessel wanted the trip to be direct to Duluth with no stops for any other cargo. As you can see, the transformers (there is another one, part of which is seen at the top left) could have easily been lifted out of the ship’s hold in Toledo on the way up. It would not have been a problem to discharge the transformers on the way back either except the ship also had to load wind turbine blades in Duluth. They would need the entire cargo hold for that. So the ship left for Toledo Saturday after discharging the reactor vessel here on Friday. They will return in about a week with an empty cargo hold ready for the wind turbine blades. Duluth to Toledo to Duluth is a trip of over 1,500 miles. Photo taken on October 27, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-28-2007

CG does Jumbo inspection

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Jumbo Spirit captain Remko DeGreef (left) conferred with local Coast Guard MST 3rd class Robert Beeren (right) in the pilot house of the ship on Friday morning. (MST – Marine Science Technician). The Coast Guard was on board to conduct an extensive inspection of the ship’s major systems. This was the last job on the ship for the captain on this trip. A relief captain arrived in Duluth on Thursday evening. DeGreef flew home last night. The ship discharged equipment destined for an oil sands project in Alberta. They will depart the port today to deliver more heavy cargo in Toledo before returning to the Twin Ports to load wind turbine blades, another very unusual sequence for a salt water ship in the Great Lakes. Photo taken on October 26, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-27-2007

Federal Hudson taking wheat out

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The salt water ship Federal Hudson departed Duluth last night just as the sun was setting behind it (above). It loaded durum wheat here and will be taking that cargo to Canada, Port-Cartier, Quebec specifically. Salt water ships almost always get to the Atlantic Ocean when they depart Duluth, but Port-Cartier is still in the Gulf of St. Lawrence which opens into the Atlantic. Normally, Canadian lakers take grain to Port-Cartier and other ports above Montreal. The grain is then transferred to a salt water ship destined for Europe or Africa in most cases. Canadian lakers turn around and return to a Great Lakes port such as Duluth to pick up more or another cargo. The durum wheat that the Federal Hudson is discharging will be picked up later this season by two other Fednav ships to top off their holds before leaving for Europe.The Federal Hudson will likely get another cargo, probably grain, at another port nearby and probably take it to Europe. This does not happen very often and is likely due to a very busy season in the Great Lakes. Photo taken on October 25, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-26-2007

American Fortitude still busy

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If you like variety, the American Fortitude is the boat to be on. It carries a wide variety of cargos to a wide variety of ports. It will be here today discharging limestone it loaded in Port Inland, Michigan. It may then load coal for Ashland and then go to Silver Bay to load taconite or it may go directly to Silver Bay after it completes discharging the limestone. You get a measure of unpredictability on the American Fortitude as well. Formerly the Courtney Burton, the boat is only making its 9th appearance here this season. Last year, it was here 24 times. On most of those trips, it loaded wheat for General Mills in Buffalo. Above, as the Courtney Burton, it is departing Duluth in August, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-25-2007