Archives for October 2011

American Integrity in Silver Bay

Steve Anderson took this picture of the American Integrity at the dock at Silver Bay on October 27, 2011 from a unique angle at a port we don’t see so often on this page. He was nice enough to share it with me so I now share it with you.
After making two round trips loading iron ore pellets at Two Harbors and discharging them in Zug Island, Michigan, she arrived in Duluth Superior October 26 to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior.  She left there for Silver Bay where she discharged her cargo of coal (above) on October 27th. From there, she went back to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets for Zug Island.

Great Lakes Trader arrives Duluth

The tug/barge Great Lakes Trader arrived Duluth on Sunday, October 30th, 2011. Click below to listen to her whistle as she came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.

Gott here for only 2nd time this season

The Edwin H. Gott was in Duluth today (October 30, 2011) for only the second time this season. She loaded iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth and is seen (and heard) here leaving to take her cargo to Conneaut, Ohio. While she often takes iron ore pellets to Conneaut, this season has seen her going to Gary, Indiana more often. She almost always loads in Two Harbors. Listen to her whistle as she came under the Lift Bridge.

Happy Birthday to Statue of Liberty

I have a live web cam pointed at the Lift Bridge so we can watch the ships that come and go under it, but there is probably only a ship in the picture 10 to 20 minutes a day. While you can see traffic going over the bridge statlibertytorchcamoct282011most all the time, we can already see traffic and don’t need a web cam to watch. The folks in New York City have done me one better, or worse. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, just 125 years ago today.
In honor of her birthday, they have placed a live web cam up on the torch of the Statue of Liberty, looking down. At least our bridge, opened 20 years later, goes up and down; I have not heard of the Statue of Liberty moving at all in her alderstatenislandferry240207-2--035125 years of life. I captured this picture from the torch cam on Friday evening on her birthday. Besides the torch cam, they also have a crown cam and a live streaming view of New York harbor from the torch.
satenislandferryatmerinete240207-2--012But Ken, why are you writing this in the Duluth Shipping News? Glad you asked! The best way to see the Statue of Liberty live, if a statue is live at all, is by going on a trip on the Staten Island Ferry, perhaps on the one called the Guy V. Molinari.
I first guymolinarisaw her while she was being built at Marinette Marine in Wisconsin. She sat right next to our Coast Guard cutter Alder when she was launched at the same ship yard on Feb 7, 2004. In the picture here, (above left) the Alder is still on the rails, about 24 hours away from her launch. The cutter Mobile Bay is out breaking some ice and the cutter Sequoia Bay is next to her and next to her is the Staten Island ferry, specifically the Guy V. Molinari. Connection made.

Algomarine greets visitors to the ship canal

The Algomarine came into port on Friday afternoon, October 28th, 2011. She is here to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. Listen to her whistle as she came under the Lift Bridge.

The Buffalo blows her horn


Despite her preference for warm weather in the winter and a questionable love of a particular football team, we all love Jill, seen here watching her favorite boat, the Buffalo, go by in August, 2010. The Buffalo passed by my window today (Friday, October 28, 2011) but it was so cold out there that I couldn’t bear to get out of my chair and go outside to take a ‘fresh’ picture. I was able to open my window a crack so I could hear her wonderful whistle. Click here and you can too.

Richelieu arrives to load coal

Click to listen to her whistle as she arrived today (October 26, 2011) (Picture above and below). Go here for more information about the Richelieu.

Great Republic comes home to Duluth

The Great Republic came into port today (October 26, 2011) with limestone to discharge at the CN dock and then to load iron ore pellets. Listen here to her arrival this morning. Listen here to her whistle as she arrived today (October 26, 2011)

Herbert C. Jackson arrives with coal …

The Herbert C. Jackson is here to discharge at Hallett Dock #5. She will then move a slip down the St. Louis River to the CN Dock to load iron ore pellets.
Listen here to her whistle as she arrived today (October 26, 2011)

Nice and warm; cold and ice coming

Coast Guard cutter Alder arrives Duluth on October 22, 2011
The Alder looked like they had a  lot of folks on board enjoying the sun when they came into port on Saturday, October 22, 2011. They may have some sunny days from now until the end of the shipping season in mid-January, 2012 but the days won’t be so warm and the blue water will be replaced by lots of white. Listen to her celebrate her arrival nonetheless.

Two boats, two whistles: Algolake and Callaway

Late afternoon on October 21, 2011, the Algolake departed with iron ore pellets and shortly after she went under, the Cason J. Callaway departed on the same lift. Listen to each salute the bridge: first the Algolake and then the Callaway

Waves to the American Mariner

The American Mariner arrived Duluth on Friday, October 21st around noon. She is loading wheat at General Mills in Superior to take to Buffalo. She follows the path that the Kinsman Independent (now called the Ojibway) used to take for many years, keeping General Mills flour mills filled with wheat so they can make lots of Wheaties. Listen to her whistle and the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge response.

Presque Isle departs Duluth for Two Harbors


After discharging limestone at the CN dock in West Duluth, the Presque Isle departed Duluth and made her turn to Two Harbors where she will load iron ore pellets.  Listen to her whistle and the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge response.

Listen to the Mesabi Miner depart Duluth

It was a beautiful Fall day in Duluth (October 15, 2011) when the Mesabi Miner departed the port after loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. Click above to listen to her whistle.

Medemborg arrives for bentonite

Medemborg makes her 10th trip to Duluth to load bentonite
medemborgnelsj20111014_6047The Medemborg arrived Duluth on Friday afternoon, October 14, 2011. This is her 10th visit to the Twin Ports since she was built in 1997, her first visit this season. She was here twice last year. She will be loading bentonite on this trip; in past trips, she has loaded beet pulp pellets and other grains. She was assisted by the Heritage Marine tug Nels J. seen below on her way to the Medemborg just after the ship came under the Lift Bridge; at left, she has moved closer.
I caught the Medemborg’s whistle as she came in.

American Courage brings limestone and a nice whistle

Listen to her whistle:
American Courage coming into port on Thursday, October 13, 2011

Algoma Progress in the rain

as heard when she arrived on October 13, 2011
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Photo from October 13, 2011 by Holly Jorgenson,  with assist from Jo Peterson

Two toots from the Block

The Joseph L. Block came into port on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 with a cargo of limestone to discharge; she will then load iron ore pellets at the CN Dock and depart. Listen to her whistle, twice , first to the bridge while in the ship canal and then to the passing Vista Queen after turning into the harbor.

Juno departs Duluth with a whistle salute

The Polish Steamship Company’s new build Juno came into port on Monday evening, October 10, 2011. She will be loading grain. Click to listen to it

The McCarthy whistles a happy tune ….

Listen to it as the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departs Duluth on Sunday afternoon, October 9, 2011 with iron ore pellets.

Barker makes some noise

James R. Barker departing Duluth on October 8, 2011
The James R. Barker departed Duluth around noon on October 8, 2011 with 58,000 tons of coal for Presque Isle, Michigan. She will be back on Tuesday to load more coal, this time for Detroit Edison power plants in Monroe and St. Clair, Michigan. James R. Barker’s whistle as she departs Duluth on October 8, 2011

Lynx win!

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Listen to the American Century arrive …

There was a good October crowd to greet the American Century as she came into port to load coal for Detroit Edison on October 7, 2011; 34,000 tons to their St.Clair station and 30,000 to their Monroe station. Captain Mark gave the crowd two whistle salutes; here is the second one; American Century arrives Duluth

3 boats off the Duluth piers

Becca Nelson, foreground, was giving some kayaking tips to Victoria Pfingsten while the Baltic Carrier was sitting at anchor off the Duluth piers. This on October 1, 2011; notice no ice or snow, or falling leaves for that matter, but Becca’s woolen cap is proof enough that it was a bit cold out there.