Archives for September 2009

Mesabi Miner is still kicking ….

mesabiminer20090922_2970 The Mesabi Miner departed Duluth in the late morning of September 22, 2009, the last day of summer. She had a cargo of coal to take to Presque Isle in Michigan. This is her 3rd trip to the Twin Ports after her early layup.

The Gordon C. Leitch

The Gordon C. Leitch  is shown here departing Duluth on September 19, 2009 with a cargo of grain loaded at the CHS 2 terminal in Superior. She was built as the Ralph Misener in 1968 by Canadian Vickers Shipyards at Montreal and is owned and operated by Upper Lakes Group, a Canadian company that sends many ships to Duluth. The Leitch is 730 feet long with five hatches that open into five cargo holds below deck. She has a maximum carrying capacity of 28,975 tons. This was her 4th trip here this season; she has only been here 17 times since 1996.

The tug Undaunted pushed the barge Pere Marquette 41 through the Duluth ship canal and out into Lake Superior today (September 14, 2009).

Cargo? Scrap metal from Azcon Corporation. This was the 5th trip to the Twin Ports for the tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette this year. On the first trip, she loaded taconite rock at the Hallett Dock. The next 3 trips, she loaded scrap at the Hallet Dock and this trip as above. It is hard to believe that the barge started life in 1941 as a ferry, considered by many to be the most luxurious ferry ever built. She had other names in between then and now.

Mesabi Miner out of layup; arrived Duluth on Friday evening, September 11, 2009

mesabiminer20090911_2774After a temporary layup at Bay Shipbuilding, the Mesabi Miner is back out and arrived in Duluth tonight to load coal at Midwest Energy. She was last here on April 9th, not long after the season started up here.

BBC Louisiana arrived around noon on Thursday, September 10, 2009. One question …

bbclouisiana20090910_2732 … when will we see a BBC Duluth or even a BBC Minnesota come under the Bridge. I have asked Mr. Wagenborg when we will get a Duluthborg and he told me he would let me know. I have not found Mr. BBC to ask him about their plans.