Big news–no fog-see boats

The Frontenac (center) came under the Lift Bridge at 6:41 this morning (June 23, 2011) and went to the Murphy Fuel Dock to get fuel. The American Integrity (right) came under the Lift Bridge an hour and 6 minutes later. She was waiting for the Frontenac to complete before getting  fuel  herself and then going to the CN dock to load iron ore pellets. The Integrity slowed down, almost to the stop  just after moving around the turning buoy. The Mesabi Miner (left) was approaching the Lift Bridge, noticed the Integrity sitting there and called  up to determine where the two boats should be after the Miner arrived in the harbor. The Integrity gave her a choice, the Miner said, ok, how about you move over behind the Frontenac and I will pass on the left on my way to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal. And that is how the above picture came into be.


  1. Duluth NewsTrib has ‘this date in local history’ item. Yesterday’s 1971 item referenced rides on the lift bridge. When did they end that?

  2. thanks for the info, paul! by the way, are you as bothered by the ustream ads as i am? they seem to be interrupting the “show” every 10-20 minutes!

  3. Paul Badovinac says:

    I now have approximately 80 books on Great lakes shipping in my library, Every time I come to Duluth, I spend a fortune at Northern Lights book store. I have also ordered several on line from Great Lakes Book shelf.


  4. Paul Badovinac says:

    Hi Holly:

    Lots of pics in the book. Most of them taken as the ships are on the St Mary’s & St Clair rivers. Best places to get the pics I guess.


  5. so now maybe we can start a lending library! i have “the wreck of the edmund fitzgerald” by frederick stonehouse. updated 1996.

  6. wow, paul, i just checked and that book is available for kindle. are there lots of pictures for which a hard copy would be more useful?

  7. Paul Badovinac says:

    With a 1000 footer in the picture, I wanted to comment that I just purchased the new book “Super Ships of the Great Lakes by Raymond A. Bawal Jr. It is a very interesting read.
    What surprised me the most is the number of Incidents involving these 1000 footers, (i.e. running aground at various places because of draft and tides, hitting walls at the Soo Locks, running into loading docks, etc.
    I was about to ask what happened to the Columbia Star, the book states that it was renamed the American Century.
    All kinds of good stuff in the book
    Ken, I’m sure you are aware of all this info.


    • Thanks Paul; your comment just cost me $42 at Amazon; i bought it and Ships of the Great Lakes: An Inside Look at the World’s Largest Inland Fleet [Paperback] By: Patrick D. Lapinski, Can’t wait to read them; thanks for sharing the info Ken

  8. that was cool to watch…for a while, it seemed like none of them knew where they should be!

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