Archives for January 2012

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

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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 by but was not needed, so she went back to her dock, probably not moving from there until March 7th or so.

Mesabi Miner here for the winter

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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 coal for a port within Lake Superior, before the Soo Locks open (usually around March 25th). The Miner may get two  coal deliveries done by then. See video below.

Schnabel car makes it to Pittsburgh

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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 will need to transport anything by rail. When they build it for the Schnabel car, it is brought to Duluth by ship and discharged at the Port Terminal directly onto the Schnabel car, where Bill and his crew take over.
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When the Schnabel car is loaded, as she is just above while coming over the Grassy Point Bridge from Duluth to Superior on December 1st, 2005 on her way to Alberta, the cargo actually becomes a part of the car as it is carried between two holding sections. Click either picture for larger version.
There may be some changes coming. Several weeks ago, Bill came into town to take the car to Georgia for some heavy lift work. It is not clear if it will ever be back here, although probably, it has never been very clear where it will go or be used since it was built in 1980 in Germany.
When Bill told me he had to take the car to New Castle, Pennsylvania (just outside Pittsburgh) for some maintenance work, I was overjoyed. Having grown up in the Pittsburgh area, I naturally have a Duluth Shipping News office there. Until now, my staff there has not had much to do. I called to alert them to their first task in over 16 years, greet Bill and his car, get some pictures of them with Bill and the car and send them to me.
The car made good time on the way to Chicago but a train wreck in Indiana delayed things for a week. By the time he made it to New Castle, Bill had no time left to visit as he had to leave very quickly for Georgia. He found someone in the yard to take this picture and told me he might be back in the Spring. Sadly, I have had to lay off my Pittsburgh staff there again, at least until the spring.

Last trip out for the Gott

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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.

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.

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The American Spirit arrived in the Duluth ship canal about 10:30 on Saturday morning, January 7, 2012, for winter layup. Below, about a half hour later, she is moving into the berth at Garfield C.
Listen to the American Spirit whistle as she came in:

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