Archives for September 2015

In for grain, out with coal

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The Federal Asahi came in from the anchorage on Tuesday afternoon, September 29, 2015 to load grain at CHS 2 in Superior. This is her 7th visit to Duluth Superior since she was built in 2000 and her second trip this season; she was also here in May. Once in the harbor, she passed the Indiana Harbor, on her way out with 68,000 tons of  coal loaded at Midwest Energy Resources for the Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan.
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Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge lifts for 2 boats

On September 27, 2015, the Aerial Lift Bridge made a lift for 2 boats, the Tim S. Dool, arriving here with cement to discharge, and the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr., leaving with coal.

First signs of winter

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The tourists are gone so the city only needs half of the Blue Bridge to take care of those left behind and below, you can already see the metalwork above the sidewalk that will light up our walk through the park. Bentleyville, our spectacular winter wonderland, is setting up for Christmas. And as their web site reminds us today, Sunday, September 27, 2015, there are only 55 days, 4 hours, 24 minutes and 13 seconds until Bentleyville opens.
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A busy, beautiful day in Duluth Minnesota

(Click full screen icon at lower right of video screen) I decided to walk to work today; it was a beautiful day in Duluth Minnesota with a lot going on. I like trains and the folks at the North Shore Scenic Railroad were just getting started for the day. I looked behind the train and saw the apartment where I now live and just left.

Across the street, Pier B Resort is on schedule to open next June.

The Duluth Hot Air Balloon Festival was on but I could only find lots of people flying kites. They are waiting until late this afternoon for the balloons. Lake Superior Helicopters was there to provide a new way to see Duluth as well as check wind and weather for the Balloon folks.

The NorthShore Inline Marathon was finishing up as I walked to my office.

I found some fishing boats coming in for the day and behind them, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. was departing after a long, short term layup. She had coal for the Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan. Mr. McCarthy retired from his position as Chairman of the Board of Detroit Edison in 1990. He died on July 24, 2013.

Algoma Mariner with coal for Nova Scotia

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The Algoma Mariner (above) departs Duluth on September 13, 2015 with 30,000 tons of coal for Nova Scotia. She was built in either 1979 or 2011. The Algoport (below) was built in 1979 and was to donate her after-end or stern  to a brand new forebody. This work was to be done in China so the Algoport was towed to China but sank in the China Sea in September, 2009 and never made it. A brand new after-end was built in China and connected to the new forebody making this boat (above), a brand new boat. But I always like to point out that the stern you see above should have been the stern of the Algoport you see below as she approached the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on August 1, 2000.
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Duluth comings and goings

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The Buffalo arrived Duluth at 11:23 on Tuesday evening, September 8, 2015. Above, she departed under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge the next morning at 11:00. Below, she is turning in the harbor toward the bridge, on her way to Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets. She will take some of the pellets to the Cleveland Bulk Terminal located at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. They will then move up the river to the Mittal steel plant to discharge the remainder.
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Despite the Maltese flag, the Pilica (above and below) is owned by the Polish Steamship Company. She was built in Poland in 1999 and usually carries a Polish crew. She is loading grain at Riverland Ag (formerly Cargill) on this her 13th visit to the Twin Ports (arriving on September 7th). Time flies when you are getting old; I remember boarding the ship on May 23rd, 2000 when she had just been built and was making her first trip to the St. Lawrence Seaway. Fifteen years ago, it was a thrill to see such a brand new ship. Today, it is fun to welcome her as a seasoned veteran of the Duluth Superior grain trade.
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Below, the American Century arrived Duluth on Tuesday evening, September 8, 2015 to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Just above, she departed the next morning  with 68,000 tons of low sulfur coal she will deliver to the St. Clair electrical generation plant of Detroit Edison.
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The Vikingbank and Sea Bear come in to port together

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The Vikingbank had been waiting at anchor for several days and came into port on Labor Day, September 7, 2015. This is her 6th trip to the Twin Ports since she was built in 2012. She was just here on June 14th this summer when she loaded beet pulp pellets; she will load the same cargo on this trip, taking it to Ireland where it will be used as animal feed.
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In all ports in the world, a visiting ship is required to have a local pilot on board who knows the harbor and its many variations. The Sea Bear, the local pilot boat,  took a pilot out to the Vikingbank so she could come in to port. Here they both are returning to port.