Archives for October 2008

Mesabi Miner nears the Duluth ship canal

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The amount of daylight we will have today, 11 hours and 9 minutes, is about the time it takes for a thousand footer to come under the Lift Bridge, load about 64,000 tons of coal and return to the lake for the trip back down the chain of lakes. That’s about how long most trips here have been for the Mesabi Miner this season. It is due here just before sunrise and should be leaving just before the sun sets. The crew has a good chance at a daylight job in Duluth today. Above, it is approaching the Duluth ship canal on November 25, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-31-2008

Old-Timers meet new ship USS Freedom

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It was not hard for USS Freedom executive officer Commander Kris Doyle (second from left), to impress four Duluth old timers with her brand new ship on Wednesday. While winding up the tour on the deck of the ship (above), Wes Harkins, at left, retired, Fraser Shipyard, showed Doyle a picture of the USS Paducah, a ship Wes left Duluth on in 1940. To Doyle’s left, Dick Bibby, retired, M.A. Hanna Co. and World War 2 merchant marine, Commander “Gil” Porter, retired US Coast Guard and former Great Lakes pilot and at right, Davis Helberg, former Duluth Seaway Port Authority director all agreed it was a new Navy. They asked all the old questions, but the answers from Doyle were all new. As an example, she explained how the ship can do 50 mph without a rudder or propeller. Think Jet Ski at a much higher level. Photo taken on October 29, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-30-2008

USS Freedom cargo area

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The photo yesterday of the USS Freedom was taken from the front of the ship looking back. Above, the photo is taken from the back, looking forward into the airborne mission zone, often referred to as the hangar. It is one of several large open spaces that allow the crew to deploy a variety of assets called mission packages. The mine hunting and sub hunting packages are completed. There will also be a mission package for humanitarian rescue. Forty per cent of the inside space of the vessel is reconfigurable space, in other words, open space when they are not outfitted for a particular mission. The space above can hold two helicopters, with blades folded. These packages will be deployed around the world, allowing the ship to be reconfigured for a change in mission just by replacing packages. Photo taken on October 27, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-29-2008

USS Freedom brings out the big guns

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The USS Freedom arrived on Sunday afternoon and should be here until Thursday. The photo above was taken on Monday afternoon while standing on the pointy end of the ship as our guide, executive officer Kristy D. Doyle, first called it so we would understand. It is more formally the forecastle. Straight ahead is the ship’s 57 mm gun, its largest. It rotates and can also be used as an anti aircraft weapon. A missile launcher is at the other end of the ship; it holds 21 missiles. Photo taken on October 27, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-28-2008

Tug assist for USS Freedom to DECC dock

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The Navy had two tugs standing by when the USS Freedom arrived in Duluth on Sunday. Both were helpful as the ship approached the berth at the DECC head-on. Above, they asked the tug North Dakota to gently move up to the side of the ship so it could use the tug as a pivot as the ship rotated around the tug until it was lined up beside their berth at the DECC. In the picture, the USS Freedom is moving clockwise as the North Dakota maintained a stationary position. Photo taken on October 26, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-27-2008

The USS Freedom comes to Duluth

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The USS Freedom arrived Duluth on Sunday October 26th, 2008 at 12:38 in the afternoon. She is a fast, maneuverable vessel that will be used for mine, anti-submarine and surface warfare and for humanitarian relief. It can be reconfigured to provide for helicopter and boat launch and as well as variety of recovery operations. Designed by Lockheed Martin, she was constructed at Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin and was officially accepted by the Navy in Marinette, Wis., on Sept. 18th, 2008. She was commissioned in Milwaukee on November 8th, 2008 and was commanded by Cmdr. Donald D. Gabrielson of Hibbing.
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The photo above was taken while standing on the pointy end of the ship, known more formally as the forecastle. Straight ahead is the ship’s 57 mm gun, its largest. It rotates and can also be used as an anti aircraft weapon. A missile launcher is at the other end of the ship; it holds 21 missiles.
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Above, the photo is taken from the back deck of the ship, looking forward into the airborne mission zone, often referred to as the hanger. It is one of several large open spaces that allow the crew to deploy a variety of assets called mission packages. The mine hunting and submarine hunting packages were completed. A mission package for humanitarian rescue was added later. Forty per cent of the inside space of the vessel is reconfigurable open space when they are not outfitted for a particular mission. The space above can hold two helicopters, with blades folded. These packages will be deployed around the world, allowing the ship to be reconfigured for a change in mission just by replacing packages.
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Above, the pilot house. The room below allows operators to make use of a wide variety of new electronic navigation aids, including very high power video.
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USS Freedom launch

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The US Navy ship that will be commissioned as the USS Freedom in Milwaukee on November 8th is expected in Duluth today. While there are no public tours, the ship will be behind the DECC for several days. Above, the ship was side launched at Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. The 377 foot Navy ship will be joined in the harbor by three thousand footers coming to load coal, a smaller Canadian boat here for coal and the Mark Hannah, bringing a barge full of liquid calcium chloride to discharge at the Hallett Dock.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-26-2008

Xenia entering Twin Ports harbor

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The Xenia came into port Friday afternoon to load beet pulp pellets. This is the 5th trip the Xenia has made to the Twin Ports since it was built in 2002. It is 468 feet long, shorter than most of the older salt water ships that come to Duluth, but part of a fleet of newer ships that are shorter and more flexible. The smaller size gives them access to more ports and rivers around the world, many ports that the larger ships are too big to enter. Above, it is entering the harbor last November. Photo taken on November 18, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-25-2008

Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departs Duluth

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed Duluth on Thursday afternoon (above) with 64,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. American Steamship Company in Buffalo owns the McCarthy, and also the American Mariner which will be here late this morning to load coal for Ashland, Winconsin. It will likely cross the lake to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets when the crew completes discharging in Ashland. Photo taken on October 23,  2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-24-2008

Edwin H. Gott arrives Duluth

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The Edwin H. Gott came into port Wednesday morning. The Canadian Transport, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and the Herbert C. Jackson came in or were expected in last night. There are no arrivals set for today but all four of those boats, plus the research vessel Blue Heron, will be departing today. The Gott is loading iron ore pellets, as it usually does and is part of a year-to-date 9.8% increase in Great Lakes iron ore shipments from last year. It is seen above entering the Duluth harbor last September. Photo taken on September 10, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-23-2008

Adam E. Cornelius enters Duluth at sunset

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The Adam E. Cornelius is here today with limestone loaded at Port Inland, Michigan. After discharging that cargo at the CLM Lime Plant in Superior, it will move over to the CN Dock in West Duluth to load iron ore pellets. Above, it arrived last night on its 13th trip to the Twin Ports. On 7 of those trips, it loaded wheat for Buffalo; it loaded iron ore pellets on the other trips. About half the time, it brought limestone to discharge before loading those two cargos. Photo taken on October 20, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-21-2008

Indiana Harbor departs via Duluth canal

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We will have two boats arriving by way of the Duluth entry today and two boats departing using the Superior entry. The Indiana Harbor is well on its way to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke with a cargo of coal it loaded yesterday. It departed around 3 in the afternoon on Sunday and should be arriving at the Soo Locks sometime this afternoon. It will return here on Sunday to load another 64,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power. Photo taken on October 19,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-20-2008

Chilly onlookers see H. Lee White depart

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The H. Lee White left under the Lift Bridge late Saturday afternoon (above) with coal for Milwaukee. It had arrived just after midnight with limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. The White follows a fairly regular cycle of loading taconite at Silver Bay; discharging it in Cleveland and then going to Sandusky or Toledo to load coal for River Rouge. It then returns to Silver Bay for iron ore pellets. Sometimes, as today, they get a limestone cargo to discharge in Duluth. Often, as today, they then load coal, in this case, for Milwaukee. Photo taken on October 18,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-19-2008

Atlantic Erie departing Twin Ports

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In past years, the Atlantic Erie has come to the Twin Ports around 4 or 5 times a year. It will be here today for only the second time this season, although it will load the same cargo, coal, for the same destination, Nova Scotia Power in Sydney, Nova Scotia, as it did when it was here in June. The name reflects the vessel’s ability to work both in the Great Lakes and on the ocean. Unlike most lakers that come to Duluth, this vessel has been to places such as Spain and Holland, among many other international ports. Above, it is approaching the Lift Bridge from the Duluth harbor in August, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-18-2008

Edward L. Ryerson arrives Superior

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The Edward L. Ryerson was expected in port very early this morning. Many consider her the prettiest boat on the Great Lakes. This will be the 24th visit this season for the Ryerson and on each trip, it has loaded iron ore pellets at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe ore dock just inside the Superior entry. For 19 of the visits here, it has come in the Superior entry, as it is doing in the picture above on August 27th, 2006. On 5 visits, and likely for this one, it came under the Lift Bridge. They use the Duluth entry when they will be getting fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock in Duluth. The boat will also have to wait for the CSL Tadoussac to complete loading at the dock. They may not have needed fuel, but with time to wait before loading cargo, that would be a good use for it.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-17-2008