Archives for July 2011

Calumet enters harbor-Vista Star watches

Calumet enters Duluth harbor as the Vista Star passes by
The Calumet arrived Duluth on July 31, 2011. It was her first visit this year to the Twin Ports. She was here once last year and once the year before.
Calumet enters the Duluth ship canal on Sunday, July 31, 2011

Gott and Spirit working off the Duluth piers

American Spirit discharges iron ore pellets into Edwin H. Gott
Took this picture at 4:15 in the afternoon, July 29, 2011. The American Spirit and the Edwin H. Gott are off the Duluth piers, where this shot was taken, The American Spirit is the boat facing left; the Gott faces right. It appears that the American Spirit is discharging cargo into a Gott cargo hold.

Bringing fish in; getting coal to take out

Fishing boat passes behind Mesabi Miner as Miner enters Duluth harbor
The Mesabi Miner made a surprise visit to the Twin Ports today (July 26, 2011), first for fuel and then over to Midwest Energy to load coal. The fishing boat Opti 1 came in at the same time, hopefully with a cargo of fish.

Music for the Barker on a Saturday evening

Mackenzie McGovern and Abby Ham play music while James R. Barker departs Duluth
Mackenzie McGovern, on guitar, and Abby Ham, violin, both of Duluth, were on the job taking care of their buskering duties at the Duluth ship canal on Saturday, July 22, 2011 when the James R. Baker decided to depart the port with 64,000 tons of coal. They gave the thousand footer, and us, a nice serenade.

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Ready to set sail

US Brig Niagara and Lynx behind DECC waiting for passengers
Saturday morning, July 16, 2011. A line forms to get on board the Niagara (foreground) as sailors from the ship untie the ropes (bottom-center). The Lynx is moored just behind the Niagara; she will board day-sailors soon after the  Niagara departs the dock at the DECC.  (click pic for larger version)
Brig Niagara tied up behind DECC in Duluth waiting for passengersLynx in foreground; Niagara behind her; waiting for passengers in Duluth Minnesota
Above left, the Niagara and on the right, the Lynx in the foreground and Niagara in back

Tall ships Niagara & Pride of Baltimore

prideniagara20110714_4395arrived in Duluth Minnesota on Thursday afternoon, July 14, 2011. They are two of the three tall ships here for the 2011 Duluth Music and Maritime Festival. The Lynx came in yesterday. Just outside the Duluth piers, the Pride of Baltimore follows the Niagara into port. By late afternoon, the Pride was tying up behind the Paulucci Building.
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Stewart J. Cort enters the Duluth harbor…

Stewart J. Cort makes a rare appearance in the Duluth harbor
… with a tug assist on her starboard bow. I was quietly doing my weekly radio piece on KUMD when she came by my window. Being very unprofessional, I screamed that I needed to go out and take a picture. I was granted permission, and thus the rare picture of the Cort in Duluth above. For 30 or more years, she has come in the Superior entry to load iron ore pellets at the BN Dock. She comes in the Duluth entry perhaps once every 3 years or so, usually for some kind of repair. Not sure what the problem is here; perhaps a rudder problem since the tug may be assisting her in the turn. She appears to be loaded also. She did depart the Superior entry this morning at 4:08; picture taken at 8:26, 4 hours later. (picture courtesy of Lisa Johnson, of Northland Morning on KUMD, who allowed me to leave her program for the picture). (more on the Cort)