Archives for April 2009

Paul R. Tregurtha working Lake Superior

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The largest boat on the Great Lakes, the Paul R. Tregurtha, has been spending a little time on the local, Lake Superior shuttle. It was expected in this morning after delivering a cargo of coal to the Minnesota Power station in Taconite Harbor. It will load coal today for WE-Energies in Marquette. Then on Sunday, it returns to load coal for Detroit Edison, its usual destination. Above, it is entering the Duluth ship canal on April 13th, 2008, after delivering coal to Detroit Edison. That day, it loaded another cargo of coal for the same destination.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-30-2009

A ceremony to recognize


A ceremony to recognize the anniversary of a Coast Guard rescue attempt is scheduled for Thursday, at 2 p.m., just outside the Lake Superior Maritime Museum in Canal Park. The ceremony will honor Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Edgar A. Culbertson (left) who lost his life while trying to rescue 3 boys just off the Duluth piers during a April 30, 1967 storm ,

Click here for Coast Guard press release on event:

And for more information, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Culbertson”

American Mariner here for coal

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The American Mariner came into port late afternoon on Tuesday (above). It was expected to depart very early this morning taking a cargo of coal to We-Energies in Milwaukee. This is the third trip here this season. Last season, it made 11 visits to the Twin Ports. The Paul R. Tregurtha left here on Tuesday morning with coal for Taconite Harbor. It is discharging that today and will be back on Thursday for more coal, this time for Marquette.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-29-2009

John G. Munson

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The John G. Munson came into port on Monday afternoon (above) with cargo loaded in Ashtabula. After discharging that, it will move over to the Midwest Energy coal dock to take on a load of coal for Marquette. It was built in 1952 with a self unloader on the deck, unusual for a boat built in the 50’s. It was 666 feet long, making it the largest self unloader on the Great Lakes. Early Monday evening, the Paul R. Tregurtha came into port. At 1,013 feet and 6 inches long, it is now the largest self-unloader on the Great Lakes. The Tregurtha was built in 1981.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-28-2009

Lee A. Tregurtha still fighting ice

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Seven boats are expected to arrive in the Twin Ports today. The Lee A. Tregurtha, arriving earlier this morning to load coal, will be the only departure, probably later this morning. The last time the Tregurtha departed Duluth, on April 1st, it got stopped in the ice sheet just off the Duluth piers. The Alder was out to help but a west wind, late in the day, blew the ice away and the boat continued on its way. The Tregurtha was built in 1942 as an ocean tanker and was used in the Atlantic to refuel allied boats in the Second World War. Battle ribbons from the war are displayed on the side of the pilot house.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-27-2009

Three captains, one boat

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In June, 2006, Oglebay Norton sold six boats to American Steamship. In many cases, the crews moved with their boats, but jobs were lost in the consolidation. The current economic recession has kept many boats across the Great Lakes in winter layup. That keeps many of their crews at home waiting for a call. American Victory captain Mark Adamson (above right) brought his boat, formerly the Middletown when owned by Oglebay Norton, into winter layup at Fraser Shipyards on November 11th. The boat is still there but Adamson is now second mate on the American Integrity. Lance Nelson (left) had been Captain on a number of Oglebay Norton boats, including the Wolverine and the Earl W. Oglebay. He is now second mate on the American Integrity. In the middle is Captain Pat Nelson, living proof that seniority is a good thing. He was captain of the Oglebay Norton when it was owned by the company with the same name. He moved with the boat to American Steamship and became the captain on the newly named American Integrity. He still is. He and his crew of captains came into port on Friday night. I caught up with them on the deck of the boat shortly after they docked at the Murphy Fuel Dock. It is the same boat referred to on Saturday that was perpendicularly placed in the inner anchorage on Friday evening. Boats with three captains can do that. Photo taken on April 24, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-26-2009

Oglebay Norton sold six boats

20090425_5160In June, 2006, Oglebay Norton sold six boats to American Steamship. In many cases, the crews moved with their boats, but jobs were lost in the consolidation. The current economic recession has kept many boats across the Great Lakes in winter layup. That keeps many of their crews at home waiting for a call. American Victory captain Mark Adamson (above right) brought his boat, formerly the Middletown when owned by Oglebay Norton, into winter layup at Fraser Shipyards on November 11th. The boat is still there but Adamson is now second mate on the American Integrity. Lance Nelson (left) had been Captain on a number of Oglebay Norton boats, including the Wolverine and the Earl L. Oglebay. He is now second mate on the American Integrity. In the middle is Captain Pat Nelson, living proof that seniority is a good thing. He was captain of the Oglebay Norton when it was owned by the company with the same name. He moved with the boat to American Steamship and became the captain on the newly named American Integrity. He still is. He and his crew of captains came into port on Friday night. I caught up with them on the deck of the boat shortly after they docked at the Murphy Fuel Dock. It is the same boat referred to on Saturday that was perpendicularly placed in the inner anchorage on Friday evening. Boats with three captains can do that.

American Integrity and American Century cross paths

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Perpendicular is not usually associated with two boats close together but on Friday evening, the American Integrity (left) and the American Century (right) both were planning to get fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock in Duluth and load coal at Midwest Energy. The American Century arrived first so it was first to the fuel dock and then first (of these two boats) to load coal. It is along side the fuel dock in the photo; the American Integrity is the perpendicular boat, actually in the inner anchorage waiting for the Century to move to Midwest. That happened around 6 p.m. Friday. The crew on the Integrity may have gone into town Friday night since it will be around 3 a.m. before they will move over to get their coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-25-2009

Why settle for one picture

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Why settle for one picture when two are better. The American Integrity came into port on her first trip of the season on Saturday afternoon, April 25th, 2009. Obviously something on board was important to them as they strained through the rain to spot something, perhaps someone.

Canadian Olympic here to load coal

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After a short time waiting at anchor off the Duluth piers, the Canadian Olympic came in to load coal on Thursday afternoon (above). Like the Capt. Henry Jackman and the John B. Aird before it, the Olympic loaded coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. All three boats are Canadian flagged. It will be a good couple days for Midwest Energy. After the Canadian Olympic departed, probably late last night, the Indiana Harbor was set to move in next, and the Canadian Transport, American Integrity and the American Century, the last two thousand footers, should all be loading coal at Midwest Energy. The American Century, at the end of the line, may be at anchor while it waits for the dock to open up.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-24-2009

John B. Aird here with salt

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The John B. Aird came into port early Wednesday morning with a cargo of salt loaded in Goderich, Ontario and discharged at the Cutler-Magner salt dock in Duluth (above) using the boat’s self-unloader. In the photo, it is extended to the right of the boat while the conveyor on the self-unloader moves the salt out of the cargo holds and onto a pile on the ground. When the Aird completed that discharge, it moved over to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal. They departed the port on Wednesday evening at 6:30 to deliver the coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-23-2009

Persenk here for wheat to take to Algeria

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The Maltese flagged Persenk loaded a cargo of sugar in Mexico and brought it up to the St. Lawrence Seaway, stopping at Hamilton, Ontario to discharge the sugar before sailing to the Twin Ports. After sitting at anchor for a couple days, it came in on Tuesday afternoon (above) to load durum wheat for Algeria. The ship was built in 1998 and is owned and operated by Navigation Maritime Bulgare located in Varna, Bulgaria, a port on the Black Sea. The crew is also from Bulgaria. They should depart for Algeria this evening or possibly Thursday.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-22-2009

Ryerson departs with iron ore pellets

Above, the Edward L. Ryerson departed Duluth late morning with iron ore pellets.
Below, earlier in the morning, the James R. Barker eased under the Lift Bridge on her way to Marquette, Michigan with a cargo of coal for WE-Energies. She has about 58,000 tons with her.

Edward L. Ryerson here for 2nd trip

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The salt water vessel Persenk arrived and dropped anchor off the Duluth piers on Monday. The Maltese flagged ship was expected to come into port last night to load grain at CHS in Superior. This is only the third trip this ship has made to the Twin Ports since 1996. It was here once in 2003 and again in 2006. Earlier in the day, the Edward L. Ryerson came under the Lift Bridge (above) to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. This is the second trip here for the Ryerson, a boat many think is the prettiest boat on the Great Lakes. If not the prettiest, it is certainly unique.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-21-2009

Adam E. Cornelius to take wheat to Buffalo

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The Adam E. Cornelius departed its winter layup berth in Toledo on April 15th and loaded a cargo of limestone for the Twin Ports, coming under the Lift Bridge on Sunday afternoon (above). When it completes discharging that cargo, it will load wheat to take to Buffalo. This is the first trip here this season for the Cornelius. It made 16 trips last season and 21 the year before. On some of the trips last season, it arrived here in ballast (empty), other times, it brought limestone. The Cornelius loaded wheat for Buffalo on most trips last season. Several times, it loaded iron ore pellets while here.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-20-2009