Archives for December 2010

First puck dropped at Amsoil

The long awaited Amsoil Arena opened Thursday night, December 30, 2010 with a men’s hockey game between the UMD Bulldogs and North Dakota Fighting Sioux. I like the TV on the scoreboard. Just like being at home!

We get a big hand from …

… the American Century (formerly the Columbia Star) as she came into Duluth around noon on December 29th, 2010. The hand inside the hand belongs to John Kernohan, 2nd mate on the boat (inset). They are here to load 64,000 tons of low sulfur coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Later today, she will depart to take that cargo to Silver Bay.

Your turn

Around 7:30 this morning (December 26, 2010), the James R. Barker (left) departed Duluth with 58,000 tons of coal for Minnesota Power at Taconite Harbor. The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. (right) had spent a good part of Christmas Day waiting at the Murphy Fuel Terminal for the  Barker to finish. With the  Barker on her way out, you see the McCarthy moving away from the dock as she began the short trip to the Midwest Energy Coal Dock in Superior. Below, notice the black dots on the ice beyond the Barker. Those are fishing shacks. I myself do not like to be in a shack on the ice when I can see open water out the door. But then, I wasn’t born in Minnesota.
Mesabi Miner passes the Walter J. McCarthy as she departs Duluth

If this is what they call snow in Alabama

what do they call football? I presume that Jill shoveled off 5 or 6 inches of the snow so we could see her beautiful sidewalk.

Charles M. Beeghly in Duluth

The Great Lakes freighter Charles M. Beeghly arrived in Duluth in the afternoon of December 23rd, 2010 to pick up an iron ore pellet cargo. She makes about 6 trips a year to the Twin Ports of Duluth Superior.

Another visit from the Paul R.

The Great Lakes freighter Paul R. Tregurtha arrived in Duluth to load coal on December 21st, 2010. She is here about once a week throughout the shipping season that runs between mid March to mid January. It was a typical grey day in December in Duluth.

Indiana Harbor into port

The Indiana Harbor, one of 13 thousand footers on Great Lakes, arrived Duluth
The Indiana Harbor came into port this morning (December 22, 2010) to load 64,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. She will  depart here to deliver the coal to Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan before returning around the 27th to do it again.

Last salt water ship of the season

The Nogat departed the Duluth harbor late in the afternoon of December 17, 2010. She is escaping for the winter and will spend the next two months in warmer parts of the world. She will likely resume working the Great Lakes sometime after April, 2011. The Nogat passed a pile of salt as she left that should help us get through the winter. She was the 103rd and last salt water ship of the season. Last year, we had only 64 salties here, a significant increase! Some of that  better showing resulted from a bumper crop of wheat in the Midwest and the shut down of wheat exports in Russia. The Miedwie (below) left the port about an hour earlier. Both ships are owned and operated by the Polish Steamship Company.

Ice is nice

On Monday, the American Century came into Duluth with a boat load of ice. The salt water ship Orsula can be seen at anchor waiting to come in to load wheat for Italy. On Tuesday she was in and loading wheat at CHS1 in Superior (just below). Ice is the news of the day as you can see in both pictures. Where there is ice, you will often find the Nels J. out breaking the ice. I was on the Orsula working with a production company from the twin cities that was up here to find out what happens in the port. We sent some of them out on the Nels J. and below, we came back to pick them up as the big tug was pulling up to her dock in Superior. Yes, it was cold!!

Last ships before winter

The Heloise waits, on December 10, 2010, to load grain at CHS 1 in Duluth. She is one of the last salt water ships to come to Duluth before the end of the 2010 shipping season.

Paul R. Tregurtha meets Mesabi Miner

The James R. Barker arrives in Bentleyville


A sure sign of winter:

When the Coast Guard starts Operation Taconite, their effort through out the Great Lakes to keep the shipping channels free of ice. The project started today (Monday, December 6, 2010). In an announcement made today, they said:
Initially, only one Coast Guard icebreaker will be assigned to Operation Taconite.  Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay, homeported in Sault Sainte Marie, has been ordered to make its way west towards Duluth, Minn., to provide ice breaking services while Coast Guard Cutter Alder is underway working aids to navigation.  Additional Coast Guard ice breakers will join the operation in the coming days and weeks.
The Katmai Bay is a 140 foot Bay-class Icebreaking Tug. In the picture above, the Katmai Bay is seen entering the Duluth Ship Canal on October 21st, 2005.

Click here for more information about the Alder