Archives for June 2013

Dewey’s Dumpster Delight

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Bob Hom, formerly second in command at the DECC, recently retired, but Hom does not know the meaning of the word. When he isn’t out working on the crew of a Heritage tug , he is a builder of boats. His brother Dewey found this boat in a dumpster. Where some people see garbage, Bob sees another boat. He cleaned, sanded, filled and painted it to look like new, as you see above. I wrote an article about Bob and his boat building skills in the Winter 2011-12 issue of the Port Authority quarterly, North Star Port, which you can read here.  (page 5)  Thanks to Captain Tom Mackay (Ret.) for alerting me to this and taking the picture.

The Block and the Speer go out and in

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With an office right next to the Lift Bridge, I have it pretty easy when it comes to being close by when I want to take a picture of a boat. It became even easier when I moved to an apartment overlooking the harbor. But today, I got up from the breakfast table and turned around to see the Edgar B. Speer pulling away from her temporary berth at the Port Terminal and waiting for me to get my camera before she turned toward the bridge, which would have taken the morning sun shining on the Speer’s east facing side away. With that done, I got in my car and drove to work, just in time to see the Joseph L. Block arriving to discharge limestone.
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Isa finally comes in

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With help from the tugs North Dakota (stern) and Kentucky (bow), the Isa finally came in from the anchorage to load grain in the early evening of  June 25, 2013.

Jackson to Riverland for grain

herbertcjackson20130621_9228I woke up this morning (Friday, June 21, 2013) and thought I saw the Herbert C. Jackson backing down the Duluth harbor toward the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. I also noticed that the bridge was not going up. I later found out the Jackson came into port at 5:27 in the morning and went to the Calumet Fuel dock for fuel. Her destination was the Riverland Ag grain terminal (formerly Cargill) which she passed on her way to the fuel dock. What I saw was her backing down the harbor from the fuel dock so she could turn into the Riverland Ag (above) to load grain.
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A while later, I took the  picture above of her at the dock. Later still, I received this picture (below) from John Zywicki who works at Riverland Ag, a view not many of us have seen before.
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Callaways on the Callaway

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The Cason J. Callaway will be arriving tonight (June 18, 2013) on her 10th trip here this season. Cason J. Callaway (left) and his wife Virginia came into Duluth aboard the Callaway on July 14, 1958. With his second son “Bo” and Bo’s wife Elizabeth, just behind Cason and Virginia, they were here to celebrate the naming of the Callaway as the Flagship of the Pittsburgh Steamship Company. And as Captain of the flagship Callaway, Don Manuel, at right, became the Commodore of the fleet. Wes Harkins, then editor of Skillings Mining Review, took the picture at the Mesabi ore docks in West Duluth. He went over to the boat to interview Captain Manuel, and discovered the Callaways on board. He quickly made sure he took a picture of the group, and kept it for us to enjoy 55 years later. Thanks Wes.