Archives for July 2008

Oglebay Norton at Midwest Energy

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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 enough batteries in the bag. We will have the heaviest morning traffic in a long time, the heaviest afternoon traffic and the same at night. And as usual, there will be a line to load coal. The American Integrity may go to anchor and wait. It was set to arrive about the same time as the tall ships. The best place for a photo might be from the deck of the Integrity as it sits out in the lake watching the ships come in. The crew of about 18 will not have to fight for a place to stand as you can see in the picture above, taken of the boat in 2004 when it was called the Oglebay Norton.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-31-2008

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

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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 for the city where the Belle River power plant is located. Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. was Chairman of the Board of Detroit Edison when he retired in 1990. That’s when the boat received its new name.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-30-2008

St. Clair often here for coal

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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 port two weeks ago, will be here to load coal today and should be leaving late in the day.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-29-2008

Algosoo loads coal

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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 dock and left the port earlier this morning. It could have seen both the Canadian flagged Algosoo and the US flagged 1,000-footer James R. Barker waiting for it to finish. Both were due in early this morning and may have waited at anchor. But they would be waiting for the American Century to finish since it likely slipped into port late last night, also to load coal, probably just after the Tregurtha. One would have come in and one may still be out there waiting as the sun came up today. Above, the Algosoo is coming into port on a cold day in March, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-28-2008

Frontenac leaves with iron ore pellets

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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 not had much salt water traffic this season, we don’t get a lot of ships anchored in the lake so the waiting line for Midwest Energy will have to do for now.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-27-2008