Archives for April 2012

The Buffalo, in and out in a day

The Buffalo arrived in Duluth this morning (April 30, 2012) with a cargo of limestone she loaded in Calcite, Michigan around April 28th. After discharging that, she departed the Twin Ports light (above) for Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets for the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River.

Spring is here: the Vista Star has arrived


The Vista Star spent the winter in dry dock in Washburn, Wisconsin but she arrived in Duluth on April 24th to spend the summer with us. Since we last saw the Star, she has been purchased by Justin & Sarah Steinbach. This was a special trip under the Lift Bridge for them; new owners with a newly painted boat with new propellers and many other enhancements. Cruises start in early May.

Hon. James L. Oberstar comes to town

On May 24, 2011, the Interlake Steamship Company renamed the M/V Charles M. Beeghly the Hon. James L. Oberstar, the recently retired United States Congressman from the State of Minnesota.

No snow but lots of water

I keep hearing on the radio that we are getting lots of snow, but I can’t find it. Lake Superior, however, rarely disappoints. Throw in some rocks and a lighthouse, and you can get a nice picture.

First trip here for H. Lee White this season

The US flagged H. Lee White came into port on Tuesday afternoon, April 10, 2012, to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock for Quebec. She departed (above) on Wednesday afternoon. Click below to hear her parting salute:

Watch and listen as the Arubaborg opens the salt water season in Duluth

The Dutch flagged Arubaborg opened the salt water season in Duluth Minnesota. Watch her come into port.
After passing under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Friday afternoon, April 6, 2012 (see video above), then going back out to the anchorage and then in again on Sunday night, she was finally at the dock at CHS1 in Superior (below) to load durum wheat for Belgium on Monday morning

Arubaborg: First saltwater ship of 2012

Arrived: April 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm
The 469-foot Arubaborg was the first saltwater ship to arrive in port in 2012, coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 12:43 pm on April 6, 2012. She began her voyage in Europe, stopping in Sault Ste. Marie to discharge steel pipe en route to the Twin Ports. The winner of the First Ship contest was just 40 minutes off the arrival time. And that was out of over 1,300 entries. The winner was from Oklahoma; she entered the contest on a whim, while she was making an online reservation at a local hotel.
Click here for more about the Arubaborg.

Algoma Quebecois


Algoma Quebecois with the James R. Barker and the Arubaborg just behind

Manitowoc arrives with a whistle

Click below to listen to her whistle as she arrived:

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Photo taken on April 5, 2012 as the Manitowoc approached the Aerial Lift Bridge

Lee A. Tregurtha arrived Duluth for pellets

The Lee A. Tregurtha arrived Duluth today (April 4, 2012) for her 2nd visit to the Twin Ports in 2012. She will be loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. Click below to hear her whistle as she came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.

Cort visits her many friends in Duluth

The Stewart J. Cort made a rare appearance at the Duluth piers today, April 2, 2012 (above and just below). For more information and pictures about the Cort, click here.