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. … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Miedwie here for spring wheat

The 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, … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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, picked 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 … [Read more...]

Help

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 … [Read more...]