Archives for July 2008

Oglebay Norton at Midwest Energy

As you can see by the schedule on this page, we are going to have a big day for ship watching. Of course, we have known for a long time that 3 tall ships will be coming under the Lift Bridge today, but they are only a third, even if they are the prettiest third, of the traffic we will see today. It is a day made for digital cameras that can take lots of pictures at no cost, assuming there are … [Read more...]

The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. usually loads 64,000 tons of coal while in Duluth

The Walter J. McCarthy Jr., seen above turning into the Duluth harbor in May, is expected to arrive in port early this afternoon to load 64,000 tons of coal to take to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was launched as the Belle River in 1977. Belle River is the name of the Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan. The boat called the St. Clair was in port yesterday and was named … [Read more...]

St. Clair often here for coal

The 3 tall ships will arrive on Thursday and it appears that a lot of the commercial traffic is waiting for the ships also. The Mesabi Miner came into port last night and should be leaving sometime today with iron ore pellets. The American Mariner will be here with limestone. After that, it might load coal here or go to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. The St. Clair, seen above coming into … [Read more...]

Algosoo loads coal

Today is a lot like yesterday which was a lot like the day before. Four boats will be going under the Lift Bridge with coal, and one with iron ore pellets. The Paul R. Tregurtha sat at anchor off the Duluth piers on Sunday, waiting for the Canadian flagged Algorail to finish loading coal. The 'Rail departed about 5 on Sunday afternoon and the Tregurtha came in. It probably finished up at the coal … [Read more...]

Frontenac leaves with iron ore pellets

The Frontenac departed Duluth on Saturday evening with a cargo of iron ore pellets (above). The John B. Aird was expected to arrive late Saturday night to load coal. After it departs Duluth early in the morning, the people at Midwest Energy will have a couple hours rest before 3 boats arrive. As always, the first one to arrive is the first one to load coal; the others wait in line. Since we have … [Read more...]

Nanticoke here to pick up coal for Nova Scotia

The Nanticoke arrived late Friday afternoon (above). It followed the American Integrity loading coal at Midwest Energy. Later today, the Nanticoke will depart the Twin Ports for Sydney, Nova Scotia, a port on the Atlantic Ocean. Today, we expect 3 boats to go under the Lift Bridge, all Canadian flagged. The Nanticoke will depart and both the Frontenac and the John B. Aird will be … [Read more...]

Arthur M. Anderson approaching Duluth ship canal

Above, the Arthur M. Anderson arrived in Duluth on Thursday morning to discharge limestone before loading iron ore pellets for Conneaut. It should be departing this morning. This afternoon, the Canadian flagged Nanticoke will be here to load coal for Sydney, Nova Scotia, a port on the Atlantic Ocean. The Nanticoke was strengthened for ocean service. In 1997, it carried ballast material to be used … [Read more...]

Arthur M. Anderson with limestone from Calcite, Michigan

The Arthur M. Anderson is due in port this morning with a cargo of limestone loaded in Calcite, Michigan. Much of the limestone that is brought up from lower lakes ports is used on the Iron Range in the production of taconite pellets. The finished pellets, with the limestone inside, come down by rail to a Lake Superior port where it is loaded into boats and taken to steel mills on the lower Great … [Read more...]

Philip R. Clarke to bring limestone

We are nearing the end of the line of boats arriving to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. The James R. Barker was expected in last night. It will follow the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. which was expected to depart late last night. The American Integrity was expected in early this morning and it will follow the Barker, which is expected to depart this morning. Somewhere in there, the Canadian … [Read more...]

Paul R. Tregurtha waits to load coal

The Paul R. Tregurtha may be the largest boat on the Great Lakes but it had to wait its turn loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources yesterday. It arrived off the Duluth piers on Monday morning and dropped anchor until around 6 pm when it made a turn from the anchorage (above) and came into port. But it was only getting ready to replace the American Century. It had come in at 8 in the morning and … [Read more...]

Chief takes ship in for repairs on a Greek island

Spruceglen Chief Engineer Christian Pelletier was sharing some pictures on his computer screen Sunday morning that he has taken during the ship’s travels around the world. They were at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth loading taconite and were expected to depart late last night. That’s the chief at his computer on the ship. We are looking at a picture of the Chief standing beside his ship while … [Read more...]