The end is near ………

At 11:00 this morning (January 9, 2010) the Great Lakes tug North Carolina moved away from her moorings and headed down the harbor to await the arrival of the James R. Barker. The Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge is up, awaiting the big 1,000 footer’s arrival. (more coming)
The Barker was here to pick up 58,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources to take to Marquette, Michigan. She is expected back here on Tuesday to go into winter layup at Midwest Energy.
With the Barker slowly making her way to the Murphy Fuel Dock (at right), the North Carolina doubled back to take a pass along the dock while the John G. Munson patiently watched the Saturday morning activity.


  1. We were there to see the Barker come in! Visiting from Rochester and staying up the shore we saw her go by the cabin and headed down to Duluth to watch her come through the Canal. Dang! That was a cold morning! We'd never seen the Canal that icy.

  2. Ken:

    Thanks for chronicling the event, even if you didn't get out of the warmth of your car. I assume you at least rolled down the window, so if we ever meet, I owe you a hot chocolate (of course you won't want it in the middle of July).


  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the photos!

  4. Ken: Thank you for another shipping year of great photos. I really appreciate your time and effort.

    Tom Acker
    Alton, IL

  5. Anonymous says:

    Now I'm even more impressed! I can't believe you managed to get these photos from your car!

    Waterloo, ON

  6. Kenneth Newhams says:

    I shouldn't admit this but i took most of those picture while sitting in the front seat of my car; don't tell anyone!

  7. Anonymous says:

    It looks cold, but very pretty there today. These are some great photos!

    Waterloo, ON

  8. It looks as tho the Barker has its Winter Mustasche.

    Galveston Island, Tx

  9. Love this site, the pictures are fabulous.

  10. Enjoy the shots! Thanks!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I guess the Barker didn't need any help.

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