Archives for January 2008

Miner here (with help) for winter layup

The Mesabi Miner came under the Lift Bridge on Monday morning at 6:15. Just after clearing the Bridge, the 1,000-footer ground to a halt in the ice behind the DECC. The tug Kentucky had trouble breaking away from the ice at the tug berth but was soon on the scene opening a crack in the ice in front of the Mesabi Miner. After a half hour in the ice, the Miner broke free, and with the Kentucky leading the way, moved over to the Murphy Fuel Dock. Meanwhile, the Alder also had trouble getting away from its dock, but after a half hour, it was away in time to clear a track for the Mesabi Miner to move from the Fuel Dock to its winter berth at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. The Kentucky stayed close by the Miner (above) until it was safely and securely tied up at the dock, thus ending the 2007-08 shipping season in the Twin Ports. The three boats will likely meet again in 2 months when the new season will open and the ice will likely be a lot thicker. Hopefully, the temperature will be a bit higher. Photo taken on January 21, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-22-2008

Kentucky provides tug assist

In the summer, the Great Lakes tugs can often be seen helping vessels make their way around the harbor and up to a berth. Above, the tug Kentucky is pulling the Canadian flagged Algoisle from a berth at CHS in Superior in November, 2004 so it can move down the Duluth harbor and out the Duluth entry to Lake Superior. In the winter, the same tugs can be found backing and ramming ice in the harbor to break open or clear a track for a US or Canadian laker trying to move through the ice. Today, or last night, the Kentucky will break, or broke, ice in front of the Mesabi Miner as it returned from Marquette after the last delivery of cargo from or to the port. The state of the ice is an unknown since there has been no traffic within the port since the Mesabi Miner left on Friday and more important, the temperatures have plummeted. Almost for sure, the Mesabi Miner will come in, or has come in, the Duluth entry and will or has made it to its winter berth at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. It was due here around 2 am this morning, but could easily have been delayed by weather. It may try to make it as far as it can in the ice and then wait there for morning, when additional tugs and or the Alder can provide more assistance. The Miner will not have to drop an anchor while it waits since being surrounded by ice performs the same service of keeping the vessel from moving. Photo taken on November 09, 2004
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-21-2008

Mesabi Miner out of the ice

To January 1st, we had 1,186 visits by commercial boats this season, an increase of 38 boats over last year’s 1,148 visits. Up to this morning, 56 boats arrived in January. The Mesabi Miner left port on Friday morning with 58,000 tons of coal to take to Marquette, Michigan. It is expected back here late this evening or Monday morning. It will be the 57th and last boat of the 2007-08 shipping season. Since the boat left, we have had a lot of very cold weather. The Coast Guard cutter Alder will be out today making sure the Mesabi Miner will have a clear track to the berth at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior, the source of the coal it took to Marquette, and the lay up berth for the boat until mid March, when it will likely take another load of coal to Marquette. That would make it the first boat out in the new season, as it was for this season when it left Duluth on March 16th, 2007, above. In the picture, the boat has just reached the end of the ice shield, about 5 miles out, and is entering the clear water of Lake Superior. The picture was taken from the Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay. The cutter had cleared the track ahead of the boat and was watching as it passed by.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-20-2008

Fraser Shipyards, winter layup 1964-65

When the Mesabi Miner comes through the Superior entry late Sunday or early Monday morning, it will be the last of 12 boats that will spend the winter lay up here. It, like 4 of the other boats, is over 1,000 feet long. Back in the winter of 1964-65, boats were a lot smaller and there were many more of them. The picture above, taken of Fraser Shipyards that winter, shows 14 boats in winter lay up. The boats are: Edmund Fitzgerald (the top boat of the 4 at lower left), Thomas W. Lamont, A. T. Lawson, Charles M. Schwab, Viking (car ferry), Clarence B. Randall, International, Reserve, William H. Donner, Thomas E. Millsop, A. E. Nettleton, Irving S. Olds, D. M. Clemson, Enders M. Voorhees. The picture and names are courtesy of Wesley Harkins.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-19-2008

Mesabi Miner will end season soon

With the arrival of the John G. Munson and Edwin H. Gott early Thursday morning, we now have 11 of the 12 boats in port that will spend the winter here. The last boat to arrive for winter is the Mesabi Miner. It came under the Lift Bridge on Thursday around noon (above) but was expected to depart late last night with 58,000 tons of coal for Marquette, Michigan. With its return, probably on Sunday, the 2007-08 shipping season will probably be over. Probably, because there have been boats in the past that arrived later. The port is not officially closed although as a practical matter, it would be hard to do much business amidst the ice that will quickly thicken with the lack of traffic in the harbor. Photo taken on January 17, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-18-2008

Edwin H. Gott making turn in harbor

Duluth sent and will receive the last two boats to go through the Soo Locks in each direction this year before they closed for the winter. The Michipicoten departed here with taconite at 1:40 Monday afternoon. It arrived at the Soo Locks and went through at 11:10 Tuesday night. In the other direction, the Edwin H. Gott, seen above entering the Duluth harbor in September last year, cleared the locks Tuesday evening and was expected here very early this morning. Earlier in the week, the John G. Munson loaded iron ore in Marquette for Algoma Steel on this side of the locks. It was expected to depart there for Duluth and winter lay up early Wednesday morning. Photo taken on September 10, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-17-2008

St. Clair arrives with ice

Two of the last 3 boats expected here for winter lay up should be here early Thursday morning. That would be the John G. Munson and the Edwin H. Gott. The Mesabi Miner is also expected on Thursday to get one more load of coal. It will take it to Marquette. When it returns here for winter layup, the season will be over. That should be on Sunday. Above, the St. Clair came in for lay up on Tuesday afternoon. Photo taken on January 15, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-16-2008

McCarthy in the icy river

The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. came into port Monday morning for winter lay up. It is seen above at 9:30, slowly moving through the ice on the St. Louis River on the way to its winter berth at the Hallett 8 dock in Superior. It experienced some problems when backing into the dock. The John G. Munson was expected in for winter layup last night and the St. Clair is due today. Photo taken on January 14, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-15-2008

Lone Paul R. Tregurtha watcher

The Paul R. Tregurtha came into port on Sunday morning with only a small number of people greeting the boat (above). It is the 58th and last trip here for the season. It loaded about 62,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior on Sunday for Detroit Edison, its usual destination. It was set to depart sometime last night. That will be the last coal to be shipped out to ports below the Soo Locks. Photo taken on January 13,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-14-2008

CSL Niagara departs Duluth as season-end nears

By the end of the day, the last Canadian flagged vessel of the year, the Michipicoten, is expected to depart the port. That of course does not count the Frontenac. It is spending the winter at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. The Canadian flagged CSL Niagara departed the port with taconite on Saturday morning (above). The Roger Blough and the Lee A. Tregurtha were expected to arrive last night, both for winter lay up. The American Mariner should be arriving today for lay up. Photo taken on January 12, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-13-2008

Lee A. Tregurtha to load coal for Taconite Harbor

The shipping season is slowly closing down. There were 3 boats that arrived on Friday for winter layup; the American Spirit, Indiana Harbor and the Canadian flagged Frontenac. A question often asked at the ship canal is: what’s in that boat? Today the answer for the three above was; a lot of tired sailors going home after a long season. The Lee A. Tregurtha also arrived on Friday (above). It went over to load coal for Taconite Harbor. After that short trip, it should be back today for winter layup. It will be joined in closing out the season today by the Roger Blough. It is expected this evening for layup. Photo taken on January 11, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-12-2008

St. Clair greeted by North Pier Light

After taking a load of taconite down to Zug Harbor, near Detroit, the St. Clair arrived back in Duluth on Thursday afternoon (above) to take on its last load of the season, coal from Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. It will take that cargo to its namesake city, St. Clair, Michigan. The coal will be discharged at the Detroit Edison power plant there. While the St. Clair does take coal to St. Clair during the season, it also carries other cargos such as limestone and taconite to a variety of ports. Of note today, the 2nd and 3rd winter layup arrivals are expected, the American Spirit and the Frontenac. Photo taken on January 10, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-11-2008

Anna Marie moving some ice

Bad weather at the other end of Lake Superior pushed Wednesday’s full schedule to today. Warm weather here has stalled the ice buildup in the harbor, but this late in the season, most boats still need help. Above, the Philip R. Clarke is moving slowly through the harbor on its way to the CN Dock in West Duluth. In front, the tug Anna Marie Altman is leading the way. The Coast Guard cutter Alder was out clearing the ice in the main channels. The picture above, taken from the Alder, shows the Anna Marie clearing ice in front of the Clarke (in the background). Photo taken on January 09, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-10-2008

A day on the Coast Guard cutter Alder

Took a ride on the Alder on January 9, 2008. Watch them break ice in the Duluth Superior harbor as the last boats are coming into port for the winter layup.

CSL Assiniboine enters cold ship canal

The CSL Assiniboine likes Duluth in cold weather. It will be here today for only the 11th time this season, but the second time this month. Of 6 trips here last year, two were in January and of the 7 times it was here in 2005, two were in January. Above, it is seen knocking a few ice chips aside as it came into the Duluth ship channel on April 1st this season. Today, it will load taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. The 2005 trips were the first under the current name; before a major upgrade that year, it was called the Jean Parisien and was 9 feet, 10 inches shorter. Photo taken on April 01,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-09-2008

Ryerson here for winter layup

The Edward L. Ryerson came under the Lift Bridge late Monday afternoon (above) for winter layup. It is the first of an anticipated 12 boats that will spend the winter in the Twin Ports. It almost became the first boat in December, but at the last moment, more work was found for the boat. It has been a very busy season and still is. Shippers are getting their last trips in and it could be a week before more boats arrive for the winter. Photo taken on January 07, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-08-2008

Ryerson at Superior entry

Many think the Edward L. Ryerson, seen above after entering the port via the Superior entry in August, 2006, is the prettiest boat on the Great Lakes and this year the Twin Ports are honored to provide it a winter home. The arrival of this boat for winter layup has been predicted before and the prediction did not come to pass. It’s expected arrival is presented here again in the hopes that this time it will be happen. Unofficially, it came through the Soo Locks on Sunday afternoon. That would put it at the Duluth Lift Bridge sometime this afternoon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-07-2008

Ice breaker Biscayne Bay in Duluth

The US Coast Guard ice breaker Biscayne Bay was in Duluth in December to break ice in the Duluth Superior harbor. The Duluth Shipping News went along.

CSL Laurentien in icy Duluth harbor

The CSL Laurentien was at anchor off the Duluth piers on Saturday, waiting for the CSL Tadoussac to complete loading taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. That should have happened sometime Saturday evening. The CSL Laurentien is most of the former Louis R. Desmarais, built in 1977. During the 2000-2001 winter, the forward hull of the Desmarais was cut off and a new hull was joined to the Desmarais stern, including the engine room. Automated self-unloading equipment was added and the name was changed to the CSL Laurentien. (CSL is Canada Steamship Lines, the boat’s owner). Above, the boat enters the Duluth harbor in March, 2007. Photo taken on March 23, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-06-2008

CSL Tadoussac departing Twin Ports

A boat called the Tadoussac made many trips to the Twin Ports since it was built in 1969. During the winter of 2000/2001, it was widened from 75 feet to 78 feet, its cargo self-unloading system was upgraded and it was re launched as the CSL Tadoussac. CSL stands for Canada Steamship Lines, the boat’s owner in Montreal. It has been sitting at anchor off the Duluth piers since Friday waiting a turn to load taconite at the CN Dock in West Duluth. The boat should come in this afternoon as it is set to move in after the Atlantic Huron completes loading at the dock. It is seen above departing Duluth in late August last year. Photo taken on August 29, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-05-2008

James R. Barker here for taconite

The James R. Barker came in on Wednesday morning for taconite (above) and likely didn’t leave until very early this morning, assuming the winds have died down. High winds from the west slowed the activity in the port yesterday, and those problems are likely still working themselves out with boats at anchor waiting to come in. On Thursday morning, one boat captain in the anchorage gave up his place in line at the coal dock to another boat rather than coming in through the piers with the wind. That does not happen very often if ever. Earlier in the week, with cold temperatures, the problem was ice. The temperature went up and wind became an even bigger problem. With ice, you can call a tug, or the Coast Guard. With wind, you wait in your boat. Photo taken on January 02,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-04-2008

CSL Niagara leaves downtown behind

With downtown Duluth behind it, the CSL Niagara came into port on Wednesday morning (above) to load taconite. The Canadian flagged vessel departed early Wednesday evening with Christmas lights still on. Five boats are expected in port today to load coal. They won’t all get to the dock today so some of them will have to enjoy a two day visit to Duluth Superior in early January. There will be no new arrivals for coal on Friday but 4 vessels will be here to load taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. Photo taken on January 02,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-03-2008

Canadian Olympic enters Duluth canal

Shipping in the port of Duluth Superior did not stop to celebrate the New Year. A procession of boats came across Lake Superior on the way to the Twin Ports. Through the day, the Edwin H. Gott was at anchor off the Duluth piers waiting for Two Harbors as the procession to Duluth continued. Above, you see the Canadian Olympic arriving just after noon on Tuesday with the Gott, visible over the bow of the boat, at anchor watching the parade. Photo taken on January 01, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-02-2008


The Zeeto was here in July, 2010 (below) and will return in July 2013. She was built in 1954 and was modeled after a 1850’s fishing schooner. She sailed the Caribbean as a private vessel for many years and later was in Boston and then Lake Superior where she was available for charters. She is currently owned by Doug Hansen of Minneapolis. He has made extensive renovations and now sails her around Lake Superior.

Denis Sullivan, a tall ship from Milwaukee

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The tall ship Denis Sullivan visited Duluth in July, 2009 (below). She was back in July, 2010 and will be here again in July, 2013
Launched in 2000, the S/V Denis Sullivan is a 137-foot re-creation of a three-masted, 19th century Great Lakes schooner. She is owned and operated by Pier Wisconsin as an educational platform and scientific research vessel. Based in Milwaukee, she sails each year to ports-of-call throughout the Great Lakes, the Atlantic Ocean and the tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea.
On her visit in 2009, she was open for public tours (above).  Below, she arrives Duluth by way of the Duluth ship canal on July 29, 2010.
Picture above taken Wednesday, July 1, 2009: Submitted photo; date not known. I think that is Milwaukee in the background

Brig Niagara

The Brig Niagara was here in 2002, and back again in July, 2010 and  in July, 2011. She will be back on July 25, 2013.

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After the War of 1812, the sailing ship Niagara was scuttled in Erie Harbor. In 1913, she was brought up and reconstructed. Between 1933 and 1943, another complete reconstruction took place. Masts and rigging were installed in 1963. By the mid 1980’s, time had again taken its toll on the ship. The Niagara was closed to the public due to severe deterioration. In 1988, a new Niagara was built that includes some original timber. This is the tall ship that comes to Duluth and is seen here.
The Niagara arrived Duluth on July 14, 2011 (below)
The Niagara is about to enter the Duluth ship canal (below) when she arrived on July 31, 2008
The Niagara (below) is about to enter the Duluth ship canal when she arrived on August 1, 2002

Schooner Halie & Matthew

Due to a variety of circumstances, the Schooner Halie & Matthew will not be here for the Tall Ships festival in July 2013. For more information, check this article in the Duluth News Tribune
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Sørlandet comes to Duluth

The Sørlandet was built in 1927 in a region in Southern Norway called Sørlandet for use as a training ship for the Norwegian Merchant Marine.

She came to the United States in 1933 and was the Norwegian pavilion at the Chicago World’s fair in 1933.
She was damaged in World War 2, restored in 1948, sold in 1974 and after several years of decay, was given to the city of Kristiansand Norway in 1977.
In 1986 she took part in the 100th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty in New York. In the late 80’s, she was used at a training ship by the Royal Norwegian Navy. From 2003 to 2007, she underwent significant rehabilitation.
Before arriving in Duluth on July 25th, 2013, she will visit Lunenburg in Nova Scotia and Brockville, Toronto and Hamilton in Ontario. After stops in Cleveland and Bay City, Michigan, she will sail to Duluth.
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Photo above courtesy of: Fullriggeren Sørlandet

Peacemaker comes to Duluth

The Peacemaker was built in southern Brazil using traditional methods with tropical hardwoods. The ship was first launched in 1989 as the Avany, a name chosen by her designer and owner, Frank Walker, a Brazilian industrialist. He sold the boat to the current owner in 2000.
The new owners upgraded the mechanical and electrical systems and designed a practical and aesthetically pleasing rigging.
She will be in Duluth for the Tall Ships festival in July,2013. For more information, go here:
Their itinerary before arriving in Duluth and after they depart is listed below
Miramichi, New Brunswick       May 31 – June 2
Brockville, Ontario       June 15 – 16
Toronto, Ontario         June 20 – 23
Hamilton, Ontario       June 29 – 30
Cleveland, Ohio          July 4 – 7
Bay City, Michigan       July 12 – 14
Marquette, Michigan    July 20 – 21
Duluth, Minnesota       July 26 – 28
Chicago, Illinois           August 8 – 12
Green Bay, Wisconsin  August 16 – 18
Midland, Ontario          August 23 – 25
Kingsville, Ontario        August 30 – September 1
Erie, Pennsylvania       September 6 – 8
Buffalo, New York        September 13 – 15

Hindu comes to Duluth

The Hindu is a 79-foot sailboat with a long and interesting history which you can read here:
She will be in Duluth for the Tall Ships festival in July, 2013

The Coaster came over from Marquette

The Coaster was here in July, 2010 (below). She will return in July, 2013.
Niko Economides bought the Coaster II in Maine and brought it to his home town of Marquette Michigan where he uses it to teach people, especially kids, how to sail. He also runs charters with the boat. It has been as far away as Hawaii and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Coaster is based on a small coasting schooner of the type that worked in Marquette carrying cargo and goods. She is seen here taking another group of sailors out for a ride.

The Pride of Baltimore

The Pride of Baltimore will be coming to Duluth again, July 25 thru 29, 2013.

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The Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned in 1988 in memory of the original version, the Pride of Baltimore. That ship sank in bad weather, in 1986, off Puerto Rico. The current Pride was built as a reproduction of an 1812 era topsail schooner, called Baltimore Clippers. The clipper ships made a great contribution to the US side in the War of 1812.
The Pride arrived Duluth on July 14, 2011 (below)
The Pride follows the Brig Niagara and they both arrive Duluth on July 14, 2011.
The Pride of Baltimore docked at the Paulucci Building, the home of Duluth Shipping News.
The Pride arrived Duluth on July 29, 2010 (below)
The Pride arrived in Duluth on July 31, 2008 (below)
Above, she came in through the Duluth ship canal; notice the smoke from the ‘friendly’ cannon fire. Below still in the ship canal. Below that, I had a chance to get on the Pride and go out into the lake and then come back in the the Parade of Ships.
She departed Duluth on Monday, August 4, 2008 (below)

Philip R. Clarke arrives in cold

The Philip R. Clarke arrived in Duluth just before noon on Monday (above) and was greeted by a small but hearty group of souls who almost looked like they were standing in formation. It came in light (no cargo) to load taconite for Conneaut, Ohio and probably departed the port late Monday night. We expect 6 arrivals today, half loading coal and the other half taconite. Both cargos have been first in tonnage over the last 5 years. Last year, the port saw 19 million tons of coal passing through the port and 17 million tons of taconite. Photo taken on December 31,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-01-2008