Archives for November 2010

Alder departs Duluth

The Duluth Coast Guard cutter Alder left today (above, November 29, 2010) to finish up their year’s work on Aids to Navigation before coming back in December to battle the Duluth Superior ice.
Aids to Navigation are man-made objects used by mariners to determine their position on the water or to maintain a safe course. They include buoys, day beacons, lights (lighthouses), radio beacons, fog signals, marks and other devices used to provide "street" signs on the water. Aids To Navigation include all the visible, audible and electronic symbols that are established by government and private authorities for piloting purposes. You can go here for more information.
Commander Mary Ellen J. Durley and her crew will work the Eastern side of Lake Superior, the St. Mary’s River, and Northern Lake Michigan.

Bentleyville pictures; comment question

Bentleyville, 2010, is a great place to catch the Christmas spirit, to say nothing of taking some interesting pictures with your camera, phone or whatever you have in your pocket. Above, you see a picture I took of the Bentleyville version of Duluth’s Aerial Lift bentleyville20101126_7075-2Bridge with an ore carrier about to go under.  I don’t usually talk much about Photoshop;  it has become a bad verb, but it showed me something about the pictures I took over there. In the top picture, it is very hard to see that the real Lift Bridge is just to the left of the Christmas ‘tree.’ I didn’t until I used the 
shadow/highlight tool in Photoshop. That tool magically found the real Lift Bridge, or quite literally brought the real bridge out of the shadows. So it is hard to say Photoshop changed reality; in this case, it found a little more reality.)
bentleyville20101126_7083But at the expense of messing up the nice black sky.  Then I closed in on the bridge and found that my camera saw something I did not see, and I still don’t know exactly what that is. These pictures were taken with a 1/3rd second exposure. If I had caught the bridge in motion, I assume the picture would be blurry.  Does the camera have a memory of what it had seen just seconds or less before; I have no idea.

Thanks, salt water ships and tugboats …

… for making the Twin Ports of Duluth Superior an exciting place to live. Specifically, the Three Rivers, above, top for coming in this afternoon (Thanksgiving, 2010) to load wheat, and thanks to the Orla, above, bottom, for departing for the port of Pasajes, Spain (below) at the same time with some of our mid-western wheat.

The Paul R. Tregurtha in Twin Ports for coal

Birchglen comes to Duluth Minnesota

Two ships at anchor

With 7 days left in November, we have 5 salt water ships in Duluth today, two of those at anchor. Above the Orla, framed by the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, is waiting to come in while the Three Rivers is just south of her (below). Four more salt water ships are expected by the end of the month. The last salt water ship usually departs the Twin Ports by December 18th.

Bentleyville opens in Canal Park


and will be open free to the public on these days and times

Saturday, November 20 through Sunday December 26, 2010
Sunday – Thursday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
bentleyville20101120_7030All the lights you see are Bentleyville lights; installed during the last  month; those lights not put up by Bentleyville belong to the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. But should those lights go out during the next month, Bentleyville built their own lift bridge. And just like the big bridge, it goes up and down. Their ore boat however, in the foreground, is going the wrong direction to go under the Lift Bridge, but that is a minor point since it wasn’t built to move at all.

The Olympic Mentor sat at anchor off the Duluth piers …

… between the Calliroë Patronicola (left) and the Rebecca (right) as the week before Thanksgiving began in Duluth Minnesota. The Olympic Mentor is waiting to load barley for Tunisia at both the Gavilon (formerly Peavey) and CHS2 (formerly Harvest States) terminals in the harbor. The Calliroe Patronicola is waiting to load durum wheat for Italy at CHS1 and the Rebecca is waiting to load durum wheat for Tunisia at CHS1.  The Federal Elbe is loading grain at Riverland (formerly Cargill) today. Seven more salt water ships are expected here by November 21st.

The Gales of November, inside and out

The LSMMA was holding their annual Gales of November get-together inside the DECC, while a gale of November 13th was blowing just outside the door. Here, with winds as high as 45 mph, the  Calliroë Patronicola, on the left, and her sister ship Olympic Mentor, sit quietly off the Duluth piers waiting to come in and load grain. Inside the DECC, one of the presentations was about another Greek ship, the Socrates, and the trouble she had off the Duluth piers in the middle 80’s. Watch our live web cam, now showing on the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, waiting to see if the waves touch the bottom of the bridge. Sorry for the ugly commercial at the start; i have no control over it.

More big stuff; ship to train to Alberta

The ocean going heavy lift ship Tracer arrived in Duluth on Friday, November 5th, 2010. She brought equipment that was discharged at Lake Superior Warehousing Company at the Port Terminal directly onto railcars for the trip to the final destination in Lethbridge, Alberta. Included were two very heavy transformers that were discharged onto special railcars.  The first to be pulled out of the ship’s cargo hold is seen above.

Mesabi Miner passes by the Island Skipper

On Friday afternoon, November 5, 2010, the Mesabi Miner came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge for the 37th time this season, on her way to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. She was coming from Taconite Harbor and at 01:42 this morning (November 6), she departed Duluth for a return trip to Taconite Harbor to deliver a cargo of coal. You can see the Greek flagged Island Skipper at anchor waiting to come in, probably on Monday, to load grain. She was last in the Twin Ports in November, 1998.

American Integrity departs Duluth with …

… 64,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair and Monroe, Michigan this morning (November 3, 2010). She (American Integrity) is expected back around November 11 to load more coal. That will be her 27th trip to the Twin Port of Duluth Superior this season.

Irma here for 17th trip

The Irma was launched from a shipyard in Japan on December 10, 1999. Above, she is arriving in Duluth 10 months later. I was so excited to visit the brand new ship that I took a lot of pictures, including this close-up of the ship’s new whistle (inset), complete with a green button to get it going. On her 2nd trip here, in August, 2000, she loaded steel coils in Europe that were discharged in Cleveland and Burns Harbor before coming to Duluth. Most cargo ships that come to Duluth to load grain have discharged another cargo in a couple Great Lakes port before arriving. Sometimes, Duluth is the port where the last piece of inbound cargo is discharged although not on the trip she is making to Duluth November, 2010. As she always has, she will load grain here.

After sitting at anchor for a while, …

… the Beluga Faculty came in under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Saturday evening to begin loading beet pulp pellets at the General Mills dock in Duluth.