Archives for January 2012

Edwin H. Gott, last to come in for the winter

Nice for the boats; winter arrived here within minutes of the Heritage Marine tug Nels J making sure the last boat to come in, the Edwin H. Gott, was secure against the dock at the Port Terminal on Wednesday morning, January 18, 2012. The temperature plunged, down to -31 at my home, and a big snow storm, the largest we have had yet, at least ¾ of an inch, maybe even 1/8 more. The Alder was close … [Read more...]

Mesabi Miner here for the winter

The Edwin H. Gott will be the last boat to come in for winter layup. This morning (January 17, 2012), the Mesabi Miner (above) arrived here after delivering her last cargo of the season in Taconite Harbor. She will spend the winter at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior. That will make it real convenient to start the 2012 season in only two more months. She will likely load more … [Read more...]

Schnabel car makes it to Pittsburgh

The world’s largest rail car is the Schnabel car, or as Bill Bingman, the Schnabelmeister, calls it, the CEBX800. It has spent a large part of its life in Duluth waiting for the few jobs that call for the world’s largest rail car. Engineers are not dumb and they don’t build things that can’t be delivered to the customer, so they don’t build anything bigger than the world’s largest railcar if they … [Read more...]

Last trip out for the Gott

The Edwin H. Gott arrived in Port on Wednesday evening, January 11, 2012 at 6:50 to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. She left Duluth around noon today (above) to deliver her cargo to Detroit. She will return in about a week for winter layup in Duluth. Listen as she sounded a particularly strong salute to the bridge. … [Read more...]

American Spirit arrives Duluth for winter

It took her 50 minutes to go from the Duluth piers to her berth at the Port Terminal. Watch 17 minutes of that trip here; not overly exciting, a little slow but what do you expect from 1,000 feet of Great Lakes freighter at the end of a long season. The American Spirit arrived in the Duluth ship canal about 10:30 on Saturday morning, January 7, 2012, for winter layup. Below, … [Read more...]

Bye bye CSL Laurentien

 The video out my window was pretty dark and the ship never blew her whistle but I got this picture while the CSL Laurentien went by my window with her cargo holds filled with CN’s best iron ore pellets. Click below to hear her whistle when she departed on November 9, 2013: … [Read more...]

Boland in for winter layup

This is the 6th time the John J. Boland has come under the Lift Bridge this season. On her 5 previous visits this year, all after September 20, she usually brought limestone in and loaded coal for her departing cargo. On her September 20th trip here, she discharged limestone and then went to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. She came in this morning (January 5, 2012) for  winter layup, the … [Read more...]

Duluth Superior winter layup: 2011-12

LOCATION   (Updated     1/18/12) VESSEL ARRIVAL DATE CARRIER Port Terminal Berth 1 Edwin H. Gott 1/18/12 GLF/ Key Lakes Port Terminal Berth 4 Roger Blough 1/14/12 GLF/ Key Lakes Garfield Berth C American Spirit 1/7/12 American Steamship Co. Midwest Energy Mesabi Miner 1/17/12  Interlake Steamship Fraser Shipyards Edward L. … [Read more...]

Schnabel-Gott

The Edwin H. Gott (background), the most powerful vessel on the Great Lakes, arrived this morning (January 4, 2012) at 7:11. She is here to load fuel and then go over to Burlington Northern to load iron ore pellets. The Schnabel car (foreground) has been in the Twin Ports for several years. She is the largest rail car in the world and will also be leaving Duluth late  this morning, to go over to … [Read more...]