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!

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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

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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

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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.
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