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


  1. Kathy Gilbert says:

    What a treat!!!

  2. Jill from Alabama says:

    Hey Paul! You’re right about the different horns and the different personalities of those doing it! Good to hear from you!

  3. Paul from St. Paul says:

    Thanks Ken.
    It’s fun to hear the horns.
    Each boat has it’s own unique sound, and each captain has a little
    different way of doing a salute.

  4. Thanks Ken for the horn! Love it!

  5. Jill from Alabama says:

    Well Linda, what are you waiting for? I came up from Alabama just to hear it in person! You’ll love it and you’ll have a great time! The first time I was actually there and heard it in person, (after watching the Kencam for over a year), I practically got teary-eyed!

  6. I made a small edit to the sound file so there is not so much dead air at the beginning and the end; if u refresh, u should get it. And thanks for the kind comments

  7. me too, linda! thanks, ken…fab-u-lous addition to the site!

  8. Linda Reiter says:

    Thanks for the whistle. Everytime I hear the boat whistle and the bridge reply, I get chills. Makes me want to get in the car and drive to Duluth to hear it in person.

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