Archives for October 2014

Vikingbank follows Federal Satsuki

Like the Satsuki, she will load grain at the Gavilon Elevator, the former Peavey elevator

Federal Satsuki departs with grain

… on October 31, 2014

Algoma Olympic departs at dusk

Discharging cement and loading grain

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The Algoma Montrealais arrived Duluth early this morning to discharge a cargo of cement at the Holcim dock in Duluth. Holly Jorgenson took the picture above while the freighter was at the cement dock; she also took the picture of the Isadora below while the boat was loading grain at the CHS 2 dock in Superior. This is the 18th visit the Polish owned Isadora has made to Duluth since she was built in 1999. This is the 82nd visit for the Montrealais since 1996; she of course made many more here from when she was built in 1962 to 1996; I just wasn’t here for them.
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Arkansas gets to work quickly

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The tug Arkansas arrived here on October 17th, 2014.  Two days later, Carole Lent got a nice shot of her helping the Orla move through the Duluth harbor on the 19th. The Orla picked up a cargo of wheat at CHS in Superior.

Tug Missouri leaves town with 2 tugs in tow

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The Great Lakes Towing tug Missouri brought the tugs Indiana and Arkansas into port yesterday to replace the tugs North Dakota and Kentucky. Today (October 18, 2014), she departed with the Kentucky and the North Dakota, two tugs that take with them a lot of harbor history guiding salt water ships as well as thousand footers around the port and  breaking ice in the harbor for all who needed a clear path.
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New tugs for old tugs

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We started the day (Friday, October 17, 2014) with 4 Great Lakes Towing tugs, the Minnesota, Kentucky, North Carolina and North Dakota tied up at  their dock in Duluth. By noon, the tugs Indiana and Arkansas  had joined the lineup replacing the Kentucky and North Dakota. Above, the Indiana (2nd from left) and Arkansas (third from left) had joined the lineup.
That’s the Kentucky still tied up on the left; she will be leaving and the North Carolina is at the head of the line here. She will be staying along with the Minnesota. Below, the tug Missouri pulled the Arkansas and Indiana under the Lift Bridge this morning.
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Above, the Missouri (left) is still pulling the Arkansas and the Indiana while the North Dakota and Minnesota are behind them.
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Below, they break up while they get the new tugs tied up at the dock, one at a time. The Minnesota is bringing the Indiana in first.
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New tugs for the port.

The Kentucky and the North Dakota will be replaced by the Arkansas and Indiana. They should be here between 10 am and 2 pm Friday (October 17, 2014).

Ruddy departed Duluth on Oct 15, 2014

For more information about the Ruddy and this visit, go here.

Ruddy makes 2nd trip to Duluth

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The Ruddy came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge around 4 am today (October 13, 2014). This is her 2nd trip here, her first came on September 16, 2012 when she loaded grain at CHS. Today, she is loading grain at Riverland Ag, formerly the Cargill elevator. She is under contract to Canfornav. We see many of their boats, mostly named after ducks (Bluebill, Greenwing, Mottler). This one, I think, is named after the Ruddy Duck, not to be confused with the rubber duck in your bathtub. The male of the species attracts the female by beating his bill on the water to make bubbles. Just thought you’d like to know but don’t make too many bubbles.

Federal Yukon departs Duluth

The Federal Yukon departed Duluth late afternoon on October 8, 2014 with a cargo of grain loaded at CHS. This was her 9th trip here since she was built in 2000.