Archives for May 2010

Spring Summer Winter??


It is May 27th; still spring but it was a warm day; maybe the first day of summer; no first day of winter; the Captain Henry Jackman (above) came in with the season’s first shipment of salt, making sure we in Duluth will be ready for winter.

20100528_0774 When the sun came up, the pile was a little bigger and the Jackman had a lot of early  morning visitors stop by. First the Joseph H. Thompson (left) departed for Silver Bay after discharging a cargo of limestone. Next, the Algolake (right) passed by on her way to the Aerial Lift Bridge 20100528_0797with a cargo of coal. Then the James R. Barker (below) came in, passing by the Jackman on her way to load coal at Midwest Energy, also the next destination for the Jackman. Both will have to wait for the American Century to complete loading coal before they pick up their cargo at Midwest Energy. She came in shortly after the Algolake left, which also opened up the coal dock for the American Century.


Lifting wind turbine parts from the Metsaborg

Morning on Wednesday, May 19. Each gantry crane has a hold at each end of the bar being used to lift a nacelle from the cargo hold of the Metsaborg (inset). The cranes slowly lift the nacelle out of the hold, over the deck of the ship, and onto a waiting trailer truck.

First wind turbine boat of the season

metzaborg2010-05-16_0014_edThe Metsaborg arrived Duluth early evening on Sunday, May 16, 2010 with the port’s first shipment of wind turbine parts (left). The ship was loaded in Denmark about three weeks ago and came directly to Duluth. Early Monday morning, employees from Lake Superior Warehousing Company began to discharge the cargo. First off were 48 containers, many loaded onto the weather deck of the ship. Gantry crane #1 is seen below pulling one of the containers off the deck. Crane #2 can be partially seen at the upper left picture.

The Schnabelmeister comes to town

The world’s largest railcar spends most of its time in Duluth. Occasionally, it has to go to work for a refinery that wants a big, big piece of equipment moved. It is the CEBX Schnabel 800; it is big and red. And it is taken care of by the Schnabelmeister who drops in a couple times a year to check it out, and occasionally to take it away on a long slow trip. He usually brings it back here when he is finished. He will go out again on Friday, taking his big red rail car down the tracks between I-35 and the St Louis River from Garfield Ave to the Grassy Point bridge and then to Superior. The next day, he will leave for Chicago and up to Toronto. After picking up a 130-foot piece, he will take it, slowly, to a refinery in Kansas, and then hopefully, bring it back here. That’s the Schnabel car above over at the Port Terminal today. And that’s the Schnabelmeister below, directing Zoran Pedisic from Lake Superior Warehousing, while he carefully lifts the Schnabelmeister’s red tool shed onto a rail car that will trail the big one on the trip.

The Sundew, now owned by Jeff Foster, left her moorings at the DECC today to start a new life as …………..


New owner Jeff Foster, on the left, looks clean and ready to go in a picture taken today. ‘Old’ owner, Bob Hom (actually, his employer, the DECC, was the ‘old’ owner of the Sundew) put in a lot of work yesterday getting the ship ready to go, literally. With the dirty work done yesterday, he was cleaner today.


Joe Walters returns to the Sundew

A few months ago, Kiyi captain Joe Walters took a lunch break at the Deep Water Grill in Ashland. Joe worked on the Sundew from 1994 to 97 as chief warrant officer. He got lots of experience navigating the vessel around the Great Lakes. He left the Coast Guard in 2000 and started work for the Lake Superior Biological Station at Ashland, Wisconsin as the captain of their research vessel Kiyi, a boat that comes to the Twin Ports a couple times a year. He had read in the paper that his old ship had been sold to Jeff Foster Trucking in Superior. When he saw someone at the restaurant wearing a Jeff Foster jacket, he walked over and introduced himself. It was not Jeff, but after their discussion, the message got back to Jeff that Joe was in Ashland.  Jeff needed a licensed captain to take the Sundew out of the slip next to the William A. Irvin, and knew that Joe would be a good person for the job. Partly out of coincidence, the Kiyi was scheduled to be in the Twin Ports this week, the same time that Jeff wanted to move the ship out. If all goes well, Joe will take the wheel of the Sundew for the first time in 13 years on Tuesday or Wednesday morning. That’s Joe on the bridge of the Kiyi on Monday afternoon. In the background, you can make out the Sundew, waiting for his arrival.