Archives for October 2012

Aerial Bridge down on Wednesday for 6 hours

The Aerial Lift Bridge will be closed to vessel traffic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 to allow workers to replace an electrical switching assembly. The unit will be installed to ensure operation of a backup diesel generator in case normal power is lost. (from the City of Duluth)

Seldom seen Algorail, seen!

The Canadian flagged Algorail departed with iron ore pellets today (October 28, 2012) after her second trip here of the season. She was here once last year, no trips in 2010 and 2 in 2009.

Looking through the Aerial Bridge at night

Last night, Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at about 10:15, I saw two ships at anchor as I looked through the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. I think the Atlantic Erie is to the left, and the Pochard to the right. The Atlantic Erie is waiting to load coal at Midwest Energy; the Pochard is waiting to load grain at CHS. The Atlantic Huron is out there now (Thursday morning) as well as the Mandarin. (Let me know if you think these two ships might be other than the above; after all, it was dark out there) You can see the beginning of Bentleyville a the lower right; they have already erected the metal Christmas tree and were testing some lights last night. Remember, it is exactly 2 months before Christmas. Click here to see more pages featuring the Aerial Lift Bridge.

Last day of summer in Duluth

October 21st marks the end of summer in Duluth and happily, some attractions wait ‘til now to close up shop for winter. This afternoon, the Vista Star will take her last cruise of the season. Today is also the last day to take a popular Wheel Fun Rental out for a spin. The Johnson family from Willmar is one of many families here enjoying a very nice, if a little cool, ‘last day of summer.’ Tiffany and Brett were nice enough to provide their children, Emerson and Ella, with blankets while they stayed warm tucked in behind the kids. Click pic to see a larger version of the Johnson family.

Salt in, salt out

The Algoma Navigator came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge Wednesday afternoon, October 17, 2012 at 2:37. When I went to bed, she was down at the North American Salt Company (formerly known as Cutler-Magner) dock discharging salt. When I looked out my window this morning, the Navigator was gone but a good looking pile of salt was left behind (above). The pile is however being taken away, if slowly, by a long line of trucks and a front end loader. The Algoma Navigator left under the Lift Bridge at 5:13 this morning to clean out her salty holds and came back in at 11:30 this morning (below) to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth.

Picasso, Monet, Gauguin, Matisse and Newhams

Empty spaces on the wall mark the spot were works of art by dutchartakenPicasso, Monet, Gauguin, Matisse and Newhams were stolen. At right, the empty space where Henri Matisse’s painting “Reading Girl in White and Yellow” was hanging at the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands before it was stolen on Tuesday.
dsnpicstaken20121015_6103At left, the empty spaces show where photographs from the Duluth Shipping News private collection where taken last Friday. In all the thief took 15 matted pictures.
(Our thanks to the New York Times for the picture above. No thanks to them for leaving me out of the story.)

American Century departs Duluth

The American Century arrived Duluth on Saturday afternoon, October 13, 2012. It was her 22nd trip to the Twin Ports this season. She was here 35 times last season. After loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth, she departed under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge (above) around 1 pm on Sunday.

Blough here for 6th trip this year

The Roger Blough arrived Duluth on October 9, 2012 to load iron ore pellets. She left to discharge that cargo in Conneaut on Wednesday afternoon, October 10th (above). It was her first trip here since July 4th of this season; her 6th trip here this year. She was in Duluth 11 times last season. This year, she has usually loaded iron ore pellets at the CN dock in Two Harbors. In all cases this year, she has taken her cargos to Conneaut or Gary. Go here for more posts about the Go here for more posts about the Roger Blough.

Visiting the Paul R while she loads fuel

paulrtregurthaspecial20121003_5906The Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth 5 minutes after noon (above) on October 3rd, 2012, making her 4th trip here since she went aground in August and then to the shipyard at Bay Shipbuilding for repairs. I visited with Captain Tim Dayton while they were fueling at the Calumet Fuel dock at the port terminal. He was not on the boat when the accident happened but he came back early from his vacation to bring her back to life.
I asked him why he arrived half an hour earlier than the previously indicated time.  (Thousand footers do not alter their speed much.) As is obvious from this picture, the Tregurtha hull was cleaned and repainted while at the shipyard. That made her prettier and it turns out pretty means faster. As a season wears on, boats pick up ‘stuff on their hull’, often green stuff, and the stuff increases the friction between the hull and the water which slows the boat down. With an unscheduled maintenance stop in late summer that included a cleaning and new paint job, Captain Dayton came back with an extra mph boost in speed, at least until the green stuff returns.
Meanwhile, videographers from Holly TV were close by getting some pictures and footage. In the collage, that is Holly-TV tech, Holly, waving to Captain Dayton and I. Later, she took some video of the fueling which you can see below. Click for a larger version of the collage.