Archives for March 2015

Gott goes to Two Harbors

After battling the ice in Whitefish Bay, at the other end of Lake Superior,  and with the considerable help of the Alder and the Mackinaw, the Edwin H. Gott, finally arrived back in the bright blue waters off the port of Duluth, coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Monday morning, March 30, 2015. After getting some maintenance at the Port Terminal, she departed for Two Harbors to … [Read more...]

Mesabi Miner goes back to work

After a couple days getting some early season maintenance done at the Port Terminal, the Mesabi Miner pulled away on Sunday afternoon, March 29, 20125 from her berth there (above). After turning around, she made her way over to Midwest Energy where she would load 58,000 tons of coal for Minnesota Power’s plant at Taconite Harbor. … [Read more...]

Mesabi Miner back in Duluth

After the Mesabi Miner lost the race to be the first to depart the port, she settled for 2nd place, taking coal to Taconite Harbor. She turned around and headed back to Duluth, arriving at 8:51 (above) this morning (March 26, 2015) and easily winning the first to arrive trophy. But all was not so good; she will undergo a couple days of maintenance at the Port Terminal (below) before returning to … [Read more...]

John G. Munson departs Duluth

After spending the winter at the Fraser Shipyards, the John G. Munson loaded iron ore pellets at the CN Dock in West Duluth. She is seen here departing with the first cargo of the new season, taking it down to Gary. She left at 5:29 pm on Monday, March 23rd, almost a week later than our usual first departure. … [Read more...]

First movement of the season

Above, the John G. Munson is backing out from Howard’s Pocket and her winter berth, while the Heritage Marine tug Nels J. moves ahead of her. They are both headed for the Calumet Fuel Dock. The Munson to fuel before going to CN Duluth to load iron ore pellets for Gary  and the Nels J. to make sure the ice did not cause any problems (and it did not). Just below, the Munson eases by the winter berth … [Read more...]

Getting ready for this Spring, and next Spring

The above picture was taken on St. Patrick’s Day showing that, with the help of Mother Nature and her warm weather, and a bit of an assist from the Alder, the port is ready for ship traffic to begin. But … … work began earlier this week (above, on March 21st, 2015) on the new Pier B waterfront hotel project which will be located beside the silos formerly used by … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Ice Coverage slipping away

from Petoskeynews.com (Petoskey is a town on the north east shore of Lake Michigan) Posted: Monday, March 16, 2015 1:19 pm Mark Johnson (989) 732-1111mjohnson@gaylordheraldtimes.com NORTHERN MICHIGAN — It appears spring is finally here and with the end to another brutal winter comes the end of another year of extensive Great Lakes ice coverage. According to George Leshkevich, physical … [Read more...]

3 Chiefs

Dave Campbell, Chief operator on the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, LCDR Anthony J. Maffia, Commanding officer Coast Guard cutter Alder and Vanta E. Coda II, Executive Director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority are just outside the bridge on the Alder enjoying the almost warm weather this morning (March 12, 2015). Listen as we salute the bridge while going out to the lake. You will first hear a … [Read more...]

We’re off

The US Coast Guard cutter Alder departed her dock right on time, 9 am, March 9, 2015. As always, she was the first vessel movement in the port since January. … [Read more...]

The good old days

While we wait for the Alder to open up the season, probably on Monday, March 9, here is a video I created during the beginning of the 2007 season. … [Read more...]

Duluth Layup, 2003-04

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