Archives for July 2012

Cruise ship Yorktown arrives Duluth

The cruise ship Yorktown arrived in Duluth at 5:56 on Wednesday morning, August 1st, 2012, ending a 11 day cruise that started in Detroit on July 21st. The ship has about 95 passengers in her 69 cabins, all facing the water. The itinerary: Detroit, Lake Huron, Georgian Bay, Manitoulin Island, Sault Ste. Marie, Charlevoix, Mackinac Island, Soo Locks, Whitefish Point, Keweenaw Peninsula, Apostle Islands, Bayfield and Duluth. The ship will depart around 10 pm, originating a new cruise, all boarding from Duluth and following the same path going back to Detroit.
The ship was built in Florida in 1988 for coastal cruising but her small size allows her to enter many smaller ports, rivers and other waterways that yorktown20120801_4730larger cruise ships cannot get to. She is owned and operated by Travel Dynamics International, the same company that brought another of their smaller vessels, the Clelia II, to Duluth in 2009 and 2010. The Yorktown, like the Clelia II, is an educational cruise. They have guest lecturers on board to provide more in depth information about many of the sites and science the passengers will see on their trip.

Watch tug Wilfred M. Cohen in Duluth

Click here for more info on the Wilfred M. Cohen

Michipicoten makes a wide turn in Duluth

Not sure what happened but you can watch what happened complements of Dennis O’Hara; the Michipicoten appeared to make a wide turn as she was departing the port, then was able to back away (above), correct her position and went under the Lift Bridge without further incident. I took this top picture at the back of the Paulucci Building; she of course eventually found her way to the correct (other) side. (below)

Listen to the Duluth Central Bell Tower

Atlanticborg departs with wind turbine blades

The Atlanticborg arrived Duluth on July 8, 2012 with a cargo of wind turbine blades loaded in Denmark. After discharge here, the blades will go by truck to a Minnesota Power wind farm in North Dakota.
She then moved out to the anchorage off the Duluth piers for a few days, coming back in on July 15, 2012 to load wind turbine blades built in North Dakota that she took to Brazil.
The two wind turbine shipments the Atlanticborg carried are totally separate. It is a coincidence that both cargos on the ship were wind turbine blades and also that the inbound cargo went to North Dakota and the outbound cargo came from North Dakota. Go here for more pictures of the Atlanticborg loading these blades at Lake Superior Warehousing Company at the Port Terminal. Above and below, the Atlanticborg departed the port for Brazil on July 17, 2012.

Traffic jam on Helberg Drive


Two E___borg ships in Duluth; where is the Duluthborg?

The Ebroborg is coming into the Duluth ship canal on July 14, 2012 while the Atlanticborg waits at anchor.

Containers first, then blades

The Atlanticborg arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning (Sunday, July 8, 2012) at 2:59. Workers at Lake Superior Warehousing Company began to discharge her at 8 am.

Atlanticborg coming our way with blades

Kent Malo took this photo of the Atlanticborg on her way to Duluth from a  Cessna 172 at 1500 feet. She will be here early Sunday morning with a cargo of wind turbine blades loaded in Denmark. After discharge here, they will be taken to a Minnesota Power wind farm in North Dakota. When discharge is completed, she will go to anchor for about a week, then coming back in to load wind turbine blades, built in North Dakota and going to Brazil.

4th of July Fireworks in Duluth


Thanks to Dennis O’Hara

dennisoharaamericanintegrityLate last evening at 20:45, as the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge was lifting for the 1000 foot American Integrity, the bridge lost power and the alert crew of the Integrity made a go-around and re-entered once the power was restored.
Had the crew and Bridge Operator not done a superb job in dealing with this emergency, a catastrophe would have occurred in front of a crowded Canal park.
This video will show the first attempted entry and the go-around.