Archives for July 2015

Boats in all directions

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Looking out into Lake Superior in an early morning on a soon to be hot July 26th, 2015, visitors are out to catch a glimpse of the American Integrity coming in through the fog to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. Turning around, we see the Algowood just moving away from the dock at North American Salt. She arrived at 10:54 Saturday evening and deposited the 3 large piles of salt you see in the center during the night. To the right of the salt, there is evidence of the new hotel, resort and boat watching paradise, Pier B Resort, as you can read, opening up in less than a year.
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Four tugs in a row on a summer day in Duluth

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In the old days, I took pictures of the front end of boats. But I am slowing down in my old age and are now happy to get the back ends. So here are the back ends of a flotilla of all the tugs from Heritage Marine, out to get their picture taken (from the front, mostly). In the background, at right, notice the very red, or orange, HHL Amur discharging wind turbines pieces at the Port Terminal. Above, left to right, the Nels J., Helen H. Nancy J. and the Edward H.
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Above, left to right, the Helen H., Nels J., Nancy J. and Edward H.  Below, the Nancy J., Nels J. and the Helen H.
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HHL Amur, under Bridge, into slip

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The HHL Amur arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Friday afternoon, July 17, 2015 at 1:45 with wind turbine blades on her deck. She is now discharging them at the Port Terminal. (Two images above courtesy of Dave Campbell; click pics for larger versions)
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Barker runs local deliveries

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The James R. Barker departed Duluth today (July 15, 2015) with 58,000 tons of coal for Marquette, Michigan that she just completed loading at Midwest Energy Resources. She was just back from taking the same amount of coal to the Minnesota Power plant at Taconite Harbor. Thousand footers do not usually spend so much time making ‘local’ deliveries within Lake Superior. This was her 20th trip to the Twin Ports this season; she was here 43 times last year. Above, how she looked approaching the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge today; below, how she sounded.

Our Local Hero

2015-0710-2416On Friday afternoon, November 1, 2013, Zoran Pedisic was on his fork lift moving heavy things around the Lake Superior Warehousing loading area next to Berth number 1, where the giant cranes sit waiting to be called into service. He noticed a man walking close to the edge of the pier and then going into the icy water. Zoran went in right after him and brought him up, saving his life in the process. Rescue story, North Star Port MAG pg6
A year and a half later, (July 10, 2015) Captain Steve Teschendorf, the  Commander of Sector Sault Ste. Marie, came to town to present Zoran with the USCG Silver Life Saving Medal. It was a homecoming of sorts for Teschendorf; he was the last Commander of the Sundew, and after taking her out of commission, became the first captain of the Sundew’s replacement, the Alder.
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2015-0710-2390But Zoran was the hero of the hour and friends and family of Zoran’s and family members of the man he saved, were out to honor their hero. Work even stopped for the many Warehouse employees who took a moment out of a busy day to celebrate a hero,  one of their own.
2015-0710-2446Before the ceremony, children just getting out of their car noticed Zoran’s different kind of car and lined up for a ride. Zoran is a wonderful man and clearly a hero to the children who gathered around him again, this time for a picture after the ceremony.  In his work, Zoran is always lifting and moving stuff, and he seemed to enjoy holding the smallest child in her basket for the picture.  Zoran was busy as always enjoying his time entertaining the children, accepting the award and talking with the local media.  Notice his medal around his neck.

Missed the bridge by seconds but phoned it in

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I have a really tough job. Every day in the summer I have to figure out how to cross the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge to deliver my daily newsletter to my good friends (and advertisers) at the South Pier Inn. Or I should say, how to time my trip across so I can deliver the papers and get back before it goes up again.Today, Sunday, July 5, 2013, was not my best day for timing my sprint. On the good side, the John D. Leitch was set to enter the Superior entry to load iron ore pellets at the BN but had a change of heart and perhaps more to the point, needed to get fuel at Calumet so she decided to come in using the Duluth entry. My readers would be able 2015-0705-2056to see her come in and better yet, I found out about it before I printed the paper.Next challenge, I went out to take my run across the bridge to the Inn, at about 10:23 this morning, knowing that I would have enough time (8 minutes) to get across and back before the bridge went up to let the Vista boat come in at 10:30 (the bridge only goes up on the half hour for smaller vessels). I started across. After all, this was my 46th issue of the summer and I had the pattern down good. I could make it across and back in 8 minutes, if no one wanted to talk to me. As I approached the bridge, I saw the Leitch way out there and the Vista boat  2015-0705-2068approaching the Duluth piers. I stopped and did some mental calculations (not my strong point, as you will see). The Leitch was far enough out there that I had time (I thought) to deliver the papers and get back again before the bridge went up for the Vista boat and maybe the Leitch too. So I started to run across, ran into the South Pier Inn, threw my papers on the counter and ran out (luckily, no one wanted to say hello). I had 3 minutes left, I started to run, just as I arrived at the new light they installed, it turned from walk to stop. I thought I still had enough time to cross, since I still had 2 minutes left before she went up. But I thought about the clean record I have had for the last 15 years. The bridge has never yelled at me, as it sometimes does and someone tries to beat the system. I stopped, said a bad word and turned around.

I decided to take a walk down to the water behind the Hotel; might as well get some exercise since I could not get back to take a picture of the Leitch. We don’t see her so much these days. I ran into 20100806_3126Dale and Bette Sola, the owners of the hotel. They were out back tending to their wonderful garden. I started to tell Dale (at right, taking me for a ride on his luxury liner) my sad tale. He added to it by reminding me that it was too bad I didn’t have my camera since the light is better on that side of the bridge in the morning. I felt worse, then realized I had my iPhone on my hip; it had a camera in it. Most of the world knows that but I keep forgetting since I am a snob about taking pictures with a phone.

But it was a chance to turn defeat into victory. I phoned the pictures and the Leitch went by, I crossed the bridge and started to write this. Above you see the symbols, thanks to Dale, of my victory, the work of my iPhone. Now I just have to remember to get my finger away from the lens when I take an iphone picture.

World War II veteran visits Duluth

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 leeatregarticalfromjuly12015The Lee A. Tregurtha came to Duluth this morning (July 1, 2015) on her 6th visit this season. She was here 22 times last season; she has been here 164 times since 1996, when I first started to keep records for Twin Ports arrivals and departures.
2015-0701-1993She is one of the most interesting  boats we see here; she won battle ribbons in the Second World War (click to enlarge the image to the right) and keeps steaming forward. She caused me a little trouble this morning since she was scheduled to arrive about the time I am distributing my daily copy of the Duluth Shipping News and with this boat, I want to alert visitors to her significance  which  means I had to write and print the newsletter much earlier and faster than usual. Happily, I finished and ran out to hand deliver sheets before filling my distribution boxes and take some pictures. Read more about her by clicking on the piece of this morning’s paper I clipped (above) or go to her web page where you can also find other pages I have created over the years about this beautiful boat.