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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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, … [Read more...]