Archives for September 2013

A balloon, a boat and a bridge

The Isadora is at anchor waiting to come in to load grain at CHS. The bridge is the bridge. And the balloon may or may not rise to the occasion.

Lined up to load pellets

The Hon. James L. Oberstar came in to port early morning on Friday, September 20, 2013 to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. She is seen here, in back, entering the Duluth harbor on her way to the Aerial Lift Bridge and Lake Superior with her cargo of pellets. Meanwhile, the Great Lakes Trader (unseen here) moved in to load iron ore pellets at the CN.  The Thunder Bay, in front of the Oberstar, had just arrived to load pellets. After the Great Lakes Trader departed with her pellets early Saturday morning, the Thunder Bay moved into the busy dock to collect her share.

Enterprise and McCarthy pass in the morning

On Sunday morning, September 15, 2013, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 10:15 and is seen here, on the right, on her way to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load 64,000 tons of coal for the Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan. This is her 18th trip to the Twin Ports this season. The Algoma Enterprise is here for the 3rd time this year. She came in on Saturday night to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. She is seen at the left passing the McCarthy in the Duluth harbor on her way to the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and out into Lake Superior. When the Enterprise was the Canadian Enterprise, she was here, with her sister boat, Canadian Transport, several times a month to pick up coal at Midwest Energy. Both were built to work that route.

Miedwie here for spring wheat

johnziwickiMiedwie20130913_074414The Miedwie ended her maiden voyage in Duluth in September, 2010, loading a cargo of wheat for Belgium. She was back for more grain in December, was here twice the next year and once in 2012. This is her first visit this season; she is loading spring wheat at the Riverland Ag dock, formerly Cargill, in Duluth. The Polish owned and crewed ship will leave next week for Barcelona, Spain. These beautiful pictures were taken by John Zywicki. (click each for larger versions)

Ryerson moves to a new home in Duluth

The Edward L. Ryerson was moved this morning from her berth at Fraser Shipyards by two Heritage Marine tugs, the Nels J. on her stern and the Helen H. on the bow. Below, they are moving under the Blatnik Bridge and out of Howard’s Pocket. At the far right is the John J. Boland, still residing at the shipyard.
Above and below, the Helen H. is handling the difficult job of maneuvering the boat between two bridge supports
They pulled the Ryerson from her slip at Fraser, stern first. Here they are starting to turn her around so they can bring her into her new home bow first.
From Google Earth, we see the short route taken. The tugs pulled the Ryerson away from her slip at Fraser Shipyards, under the Blatnik Bridge, around CHS and into the CHS slip, at the Barko Hydraulics, just across from CHS. 
Above, we are looking from behind the CHS elevator. Below, the tugs are bringing her into the slip bow first. The CHS towers are now on the right.
Above, the Ryerson bow is secure to the dock and the lines from the Helen H.  have been taken up. At the stern of the boat, the Nels J. is still connected and is pulling the stern of the Ryerson toward the Barko Hydraulics dock, her new home.
Below, the Helen H. is now gently helping to move the whole boat next to the dock while the Nels J. is still pulling the Ryerson toward her new dock.
The Nels J., no longer connected by rope to the Ryerson, moves to the side to help the Helen H. move the boat closer to her dock, where line handlers on the other side will tie her securely to the dock.
Almost done! While the Helen H. pulls away and prepares to go home, the Nels J. is still providing a little push to the Ryerson.
Mission accomplished; time to go home; I am exhausted

Nice ship, name could be better

This is the curiously named HHL Mississippi (HHL Duluth makes much more sense). It is here today discharging 6 transformers built in Germany, hllmississippi20130904-0021picked up by the ship in Antwerp and going from here to Alberta by rail.  So the ship is misnamed but the captain hails from Petrozavodsk, Russia, which is a sister city to Duluth. Many Duluth residents have visited his city. When he told me that, I was all set to make a bunch of calls and have a party but he told me the ship should be departing tonight. He may be back in a couple months with more transformers and I will be sure to have a welcoming party ready. He did not want me to take his picture but he would be happy to meet sister city people, and maybe even a reporter or two if he gets back in town.



A visitor to Duluth asked me what that big red thing was that was sitting in front of the Vista/DECC. I told her it was a buoy. She asked me why it wouldn’t sink since it was made of steel. I told her the Alpena comes here; it is made of steel and it is filled with cement, and it doesn’t sink. I thought that might have resolved the issue but she asked me to go outside and take a closer look. And now I am giving you the same opportunity to answer her questions.

buoy2-20130901_0073What are those 4 red, upside-down bowls, and what are those rods hanging down from the top; each one placed opposite one of the bowls? That seems like a buoy3-20130901_0075clanger to me that would make noise, like a bell. She asked why a buoy out in the middle of the lake somewhere, or anywhere, needed to make noise.

buoy4-20130901_0068Then I noticed some lettering, and told her, “Oh yes, that is a G42-03.” That did not satisfy her either. So now I ask you viewers if you know the answers to her questions, including who put it there and why don’t they put an explanation on it so I don’t have to be bothered with these silly questions that I don’t know the answer to.