Archives for May 3, 2009

The Ramon de Larrinaga, represented by the tug Edward H., came into port on Sunday afternoon exactly 50 years after the original Larrinaga came in 1959.

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She was the first deep-draft oceangoing vessel to arrive here after transiting the length of the newly opened St. Lawrence Seaway. Just below, the tug Edward H. carries the Larrinaga banner under the Lift Bridge.
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Leo Franklin (below right) was there on Sunday and he was there 50 years ago serving as deck boss, in charge of loading the English flagged ship. Melissa Ganje, Fox 21, found Leo and interviewed him while Fox 21 photograher Carrie Kohlmeier (unseen at left, behind the camera) recorded it all. Leo should make the evening news. He shared some of the adventures he had while loading the first large salt water ship to come to Duluth. In the background at left his wife Carol looks on. More about her later.
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20090503_5472Katie Nordeen, WDIO reporter, above middle and  at left, was in the neighborhood. She knows a good story when she overhears part of one, so she talked with Leo next while WDIO photographer Kyle Aune records the conversation for the news.
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Leo does not operate alone. He is a team with Carol, above left, his wife of 60 years. Melissa Ganje, Fox 21, also knows a good story when she hears a part of it. While the WDIO cameras were on Leo, Fox 21 was rolling with Carol. She knows almost as much as Leo does. She was born in England and took special delight in the ship since it was from England. You just have to stand beside them and you will learn all you want about ships, engines, cargo, union activities, Duluth and more. Between them, they have the last 50 years of shipping history in Duluth recorded in their brains and they are happy to share the information. (P.S. Their son Paul was also there. I found him very interesting but he will have to wait for another day.)
Reading left to right in the picture just above, the entire cast is at work. From the left, Carol, Melissa, Carrie, Leo, Katie and Kyle.

American Integrity gets in line for coal

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This has been and undoubtedly will continue to be a slow season, at least starting out. But that is not obvious in the Twin Ports this weekend. The American Integrity came in on Saturday morning for coal (above) but had to wait on the American Century and the John D. Leitch to complete loading their cargos of coal. The James R. Barker was expected to come in from anchor earlier this morning after the Integrity departed. The Canadian Transport will be here to load coal, as will the largest boat on the Great Lakes, the Paul R. Tregurtha. The CSL Niagara is also out on the lake on the way to Duluth to get coal today. Notably, the Quebecois will be departing after discharging the season’s first cargo of cement. Photo taken on May 02, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-03-2009

The Coast Guard and community remember a hero

The ceremony to recognize the anniversary of the Coast Guard rescue attempt by Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Edgar A. Culbertson was held on Thursday afternoon, April 30, 2009.
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Above, a combined Duluth Police Department and Coast Guard honor Guard starts the ceremony off. Below, members of the Coast Guard watch over the tribute.
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Above left, Commander M. P. Lebsack, Captain of the Port of Duluth, welcomed everybody; at right, Captain Edward Montgomery spoke for the local Shipmasters Association in Duluth.
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Above, police officers, members of LEMA, the Law Enforcement Memorial Association. Below, the Lift Bridge is raised in tribute.
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Below, from left, Captain Tom Mackay receives an award of appreciation from Commander Lebsack, a Lema bugler and Ray Culbertson, brother of Edgar A. Culbertson, offers a family’s gratitude as an appropriate conclusion to the ceremony.3smallcgpics20090430-580