Archives for August 2010

Canadian Enterprise departs Duluth

with a cargo of grain. This video came from the live video stream that Duluth Shipping News provides at our web site at

Indiana Harbor arrives Duluth …

Indiana Harbor arrives to load coal on September 5, 2010; this clip taken from the live video stream that is always available at

Our U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder is getting serious about ice and cold

LCDR Mary Ellen J. Durley sent a note down to Capt Tom Mackay, most of which is repeated here. I have included a picture she sent me also; not sure who took it:
ALDER has become a Blue-Nose and joined the Polar Bear club by sailing above the Arctic Circle. We are currently on our journey home, but I won’t be able to give an exact time or date. The crew is very excited to get home to see their loved ones after participating in a Joint International Mission with the Canadian and Danish Forces, called Operation NANOOK 2010. We increased the interoperability of conducting missions by all three countries in the high Arctic and the mission was a success and first of its kind. We saw ice bergs, whales, a glimpse of a polar bear, beautiful fiords, and lots of fog, rain, and heavy seas. Don’t worry, we’ll be back in Lake Superior to take care of the fall aids to navigation season and winter ice-breaking.
LCDR Mary Ellen J. Durley, Commanding Officer, Alder

Watching the dredge

The Duluth ship canal is officially a ship channel, meaning it is maintained at a depth of around 30 feet at all times so that large 1,000 footers and ocean going ships can move safely thru the channel on their way in and out of Duluth. To maintain that depth, the channel has to be periodically dredged since wave action and propeller blades can build up silt, especially around the edges of the channel. Marine Tech moved their dredge out to the South Pier today, just beside the South Pier light, to work on some of the edges of the channel. They will be there for about 3 weeks providing another sight for visitors to look at and for today, something for the crew aboard the Tuscarora to watch while they wait at anchor to come into port to load grain.

Kim Storm

kimstormherpictureofstelleaprimaOn November 17, 2005, Kim Storm was alone on a very cold night, taking a picture of the Stellaprima (left) as she approached the unloading dock at the Port Terminal with heavy cargo loaded in Japan. The next day, still very cold and snowy, workers began to discharge the cargo onto waiting railcars for the long trip to Alberta. Kim was back again to take more pictures and over the next couple days, she wrote a song about the whole experience. Five years later, less a couple months, last night in fact, she sang the song again at Amazing Grace in Duluth (inset). She sang other songs, including her song about the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge: Aerial Eye.  Here is a link to her CD available on Amazon.

Kim Storm will be in Duluth to sing …

The Dutch flagged Stellaprima loaded oil sands project cargo in Japan in the summer of 2005 and delivered it to Duluth in November of that year. Kim Storm helped the Duluth Shipping News to photograph the event. She wrote a song about the experience; she is coming to Duluth to sing it at Amazing Grace Café in Canal Park on Wednesday evening at 8 pm. You can listen to the song below.