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.