Archives for May 2013

Federal Kumano finally departs, in a fog

After more than a month at anchor off the Duluth piers, the Federal Kumano finally came in on May 29th to load durum wheat for Algeria. She finished on the 30th but was stopped from departing by a thick fog. She waited in the inside anchorage until Friday around noon when a short break in the fog appeared.


The Federal Kumano arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning at 6:41.

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Duluth Shipping News starts 18th season!

Spring has sprung, the hot weather is no where to be found, but the 18th season for the summer, daily edition of the Duluth Shipping News was berthed at ProPrint, my lovable printer in Duluth who presented me with 100,000 pages that I have to fill between now and Labor Day. That’s press man Duc Vo making a last check on color and  supreme sales person and advisor Jeanne Carson next to him. I thank them both and Pro Print for their help and for a great job. Now bring on summer! Click here to see the Sunday, May 26th edition

The Herbert C. Jackson brings coal to Duluth

The Herbert C. Jackson arrived in Duluth on May 17, 2013 with eastern coal to discharge at Hallett #5. She will then cross the St. Louis River and load western coal at Midwest Energy Resources to take to Presque Isle, in Marquette, Michigan.
The Captain on the Herbert C. Jackson, to the Coast Guard on channel 22A, around 2 am on May 12th 2013

Captain: Herbert C. Jackson on 22A

CG: Herbert C Jackson Coast Guard sector Detroit, go ahead.

Captain: I just want to report  that while trying to transit through Jefferson Street Bridge, the Jefferson Street Bridge closed on me and I hit the bridge.

Listen to the whole Radio transmission between the Jackson and the Coast Guard right after the Jackson collided with the Jefferson Street Bridge in Detroit. It is rare to hear the Captain of a boat minutes after an accident. He will tell you what happened in the early morning of May 12, 2013.

New boss in town

When the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge goes up for the arrival of the Philip R. Clarke this morning (May 17, 2013), Dave Campbell (right) will be in charge and Ryan Beamer (left) will be home working on the next chapter in his life. It is an historic day and where better to read about it than at Zenith City Online.

Joe Block here with limestone

She brought limestone for the CN dock in West Duluth. When she completes discharging that cargo, she will move to the CN dock in Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets.

Everything but the 261

Went out today to take some pictures of the 261 departing Duluth for the Twin Cities. Evidently, I didn’t get the memo, the locomotive was in West Duluth. When I saw the front car above, I thought maybe the 261 was in the back of the train, but the last car, just below, was the NSRX 186 800040. Ship names sound a lot better. I think the 261 locomotive joined the train in West Duluth, but remember, I did not get the memo.
I picked up this information about the car just above here: by famed industrial designer Brooks Stevens and built by the Milwaukee Road in 1948 in its own shops for service on the Minneapolis-Chicago “Hiawatha.”
-Retired in 1970 and donated to Brooks Stevens.
-Rebuilt 1984, Operated until 1990.
-Acquired by the Friends of the 261 in 1998 and returned to service.

Engine 261 comes to Duluth

Above the 261 arrives Duluth.
Below, Judy Eakman Collins took this video this morning (May 11, 2013) as the train was going thru Cedar, Minnesota on her way to Duluth

Heritage video of the 261
Duluth News Tribune article about the 261

Miedwie arrives Duluth to load grain

The Polish operated Miedwie got an assist through the harbor from the Great Lakes tugs Minnesota (bow) and North Dakota (stern) as she moved over to CHS 1 in Superior.

Two colorful salt water ships at the end of a nice spring day

Above, the BBC Florida waits at anchor to come in to load grain at Peavey/Gavilon in Superior. Below, the HHL Mississippi departs under the Lift Bridge after loading grain at CHS 2 in Superior. This was our first spring like day (May 7, 2013). We had two colorful salt water boats here to celebrate the season, both here for the first time.

Tregurtha whistles to the crowd

Click below to hear her whistle as the Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth today (May 6, 2013). The Captain has a unique way of doing it and the Bridge usually follows the boat’s lead, as it did today.