Archives for March 2008

James R. Barker gets back to work

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Ice is not nice this season, although the James R. Barker was able to get back to work yesterday, leaving Duluth on Sunday afternoon (above) with coal for Detroit Edison. It came into port last week with ice damage. The Paul R. Tregurtha remains at the Port Terminal getting repairs to ice damage to the bow. There is a build up of traffic stuck in the St. Mary’s River just beyond the Soo. At the least, that has delayed the arrival here of the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, originally expected today. The Cason J. Callaway and the American Republic were involved in a collision, caused by the ice. The Callaway continued on but will need repairs; the American Republic headed to Sturgeon Bay for repairs, accompanied by the Coast Guard cutter Katmai Bay. The Biscayne Bay, here several weeks ago to break ice in the Twin Ports, is hard at work helping boats in the St. Mary’s River. Photo taken on March 30, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-31-2008

Peter R. Cresswell takes coal to Nanticoke

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The Peter R. Cresswell arrived in the Twin Ports Saturday morning at 10 am to load 25,000 tons of coal. Above, it departed Duluth at 6:30 Saturday evening to take the cargo to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. This is only its second trip to the Twin Ports since it was here 3 times in 2001. It was launched in 1982 as the Algowest. The American Century was expected to depart the port earlier this morning. The Mesabi Miner is expected this afternoon after taking its first cargo below the Soo. You may recall it ran 3 trips inside Lake Superior to start the season. It will load another cargo of coal for Detroit Edison today. Photo taken on March 29, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-30-2008

Paul R. Tregurtha gets repairs

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Two thousand-foot long boats will be in the port today loading cargo. The American Integrity was expected last night, loading coal for Detroit Edison. It should depart this morning to be replaced by the American Century doing the same thing. Unfortunately, we already have 3 thousand footers in port in various stages of repair. The James R. Barker and the Paul R. Tregurtha both suffered ice damage to their hull on the way up to the Twin Ports, in each case their first trip of the year. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. has been here since coming in for winter layup in January and hitting a cement block while backing into a slip. That obviously was its last trip of last season. Once we get by the beginning of the season, everything should be fine. Above, the Tregurtha is still at the Port Terminal for repairs. While it is under crane number 2, the crane is not involved in the repair work, much of which is being done inside the boat. The Barker is in the next slip toward downtown. Photo taken on March 28, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-29-2008

Paul R. crew hosts TV film crew

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The Paul R. Tregurtha was the first 1,000 footer to arrive in the Twin Ports this season, coming in late Wednesday evening. It also brought a video crew from the Discovery Channel, Canada along. They were working on a program for the Discovery Channel about the world’s biggest boats. The Tregurtha has that title on the Great Lakes. They boarded the boat in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin where the boat spent the winter. The Tregurtha encountered very difficult ice conditions as they moved up Green Bay on their way to the Twin Ports. Emerging from the ice, they discovered damage to the bow area of the boat, caused by the ice. They were allowed to continue to the Twin Ports where they would undergo repairs. What originally was thought to be a 4 hour repair turned out to be more serious, lasting at least as long as the next 3 or 4 days. That gives the Twin Ports two 1,000 footers in port and unable to carry the coal south (the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. is the other damaged 1,000 footer). Captain Tim Dayton remained the genial host, even though a film crew has been getting the story of his wounded vessel. Last night, he was in the officer’s mess hosting, over dinner, a lively discussion about the boat, the Discovery Channel and politics. A group picture was called for. In the first row, from the left, from the Discovery Channel, Toban Mills, Geoffrey Lackner, Daniel Sekulich and Nick de Pencier. In the second row, from the left, Discovery photographer Chris Gargus, Captain Dayton, and from the Tregurtha, Tom Auer, Rich Laksonen, Loren Warczinsky and Dan Culligan. Photo taken on March 27,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-28-2008

James R. Barker arrives Twin Ports

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The first thousand footers from beyond the Soo Locks will be in port today. The Paul R. Tregurtha, at 1,013 feet the longest of the 13 working the Great Lakes, was expected last night. After a stop for fuel and then some repairs, it was expected to be loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior by first light. The James R. Barker is due late this evening. Both boats spent the winter layup in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; both are owned by Interlake Steamship in Cleveland and both will be loading about 60,000 tons of coal to take to Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan. Above, the Barker is seen entering the harbor on January 2nd this year. Photo taken on January 02, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-27-2008

Ryerson even prettier now with new paint

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After wintering at Fraser Shipyards (above), the Edward L. Ryerson was expected to depart the shipyard around 4 am this morning to go down the Superior channel to Burlington Northern to load iron ore pellets. After spending the winter layup in the dry dock at Fraser Shipyards, the Canadian flagged Frontenac is also expected to depart the shipyard and is also going to Burlington Northern. Both boats will bring a new coat of paint with them; the Frontenac was in for a 5-year checkup while the Ryerson only received routine maintenance over the winter layup. Photo taken on February 22, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-26-2008

Roger Blough departing for Conneaut

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After 3 trips taking coal to Lake Superior ports, the Mesabi Miner was due here last night to load coal for Detroit Edison power plants at St. Clair, Michigan, beyond the Soo Locks. They will open today. Yesterday, both the John G. Munson and the Roger Blough started their season, the Munson going to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets and the Blough taking iron ore pellets to Conneaut (above). The Blough was the last US built Great Lakes freighter with the pilot house and officers quarters at the bow of the boat and the engine room, crew quarters and galley in the stern. After that, everything was brought back to the stern of the boat as seen in most of the thousand footers and salt water ships we see here each season. Photo taken on March 24, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-25-2008