Archives for April 2010

Two ships passing in the early evening

The Peter R. Cresswell came in for iron ore pellets while the Mesabi Miner was leaving with coal.

American Integrity finally gets going

americanintegrity20100427_0073 … leaving the port for Two Harbors on Tuesday afternoon, April 27th,

Federal Polaris departs Duluth

federalpolaris20100416_2241The Federal Polaris was built in Japan in 1985. Here she is departing Duluth, making the turn toward the Lift Bridge on Friday night, April 16, 2010. Unlike many salt water ships that come to Duluth, she has kept the same name, so far, throughout her life on the high seas. She is 600 feet long and painted bright red, typical colors of Fednav boats, her owner. This is her 14th trip here since 1997.

April morning in Duluth

It is April 14th, 2010. We are warmer than usual but not green. Grandma’s Marathon is a couple months away and the sidewalks are filled with runners. The Sundew is getting ready to move on to her next life with Jeff Foster, and the William A. Irvin will open as usual in May. The Federal Polaris joined the party mid morning. Currently (noon), she is at the inner anchorage waiting for the Iryda to complete loading grain at CHS1 in Superior.
And that’s not enough, the Wizard of Oz came to town and is setting up shop at the DECC auditorium for a show tonight.

Two vessels mark a good beginning



The Federal Elbe was the first foreign flagged vessel of the year. On Wednesday afternoon, April 7, 2010, while standing on the bridge I got a good look at the spouts at CHS 1 sending durum wheat into the cargo holds of the 655 foot vessel. I moved to the other side of the bridge and got a good shot of the St. Clair, spending her last day at Fraser Shipyards after arriving on December 27th, 2008. Bad economic conditions kept her in port all of last year, but early this morning, April 8, she left the Port with 40,000 tons of coal for her namesake port, St. Clair, Michigan and the home of Detroit Edison. She will be back in a week to do it again, a good sign of an improving economy.