Archives for August 2016

Caught by a wind turbine base unit

aug301016piedmont
While out for a run today, I looked behind me and saw a wind turbine base unit gaining on me. Duluth is an important hub, connecting the middle of the United States with the rest of the world and connecting ships, trains and trucks here in Duluth. This base unit probably came here in June on the Sjard.

HHL Amazon arrived Duluth to load grain.

2016-0827-8108
The HHL Amazon was built as the Beluga Fairy in 2009. She came here with that name on September 12, 2010 to load grain. She was sold, renamed to HHL Amazon, repainted and arrived here on June 21, 2012 with wind turbine nacelles she loaded in Spain that were later sent to Montana by truck. She came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge today (above, August 27, 2016) to load grain.

3 Tall Ships leave Duluth for the next port on August 22, 2016

pridedavecampbell20160822_101712
Above, the Pride of Baltimore departs under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. Below, the Denis Sullivan is about to exit the ship canal; behind her, the US Brig Niagara is just out from under the Lift Bridge.
niagarasullivandavecampbell20160822_103744

Bayfield’s Abbey Road

abbeyroad2016-0821-7945
The answer to the first question is Yes. And the famous name came with the ship when she was donated to a Bayfield group in April, 2014. The group became Lake Superior Tall Ships, a non profit whose mission is  ”To teach youth seamanship, personal responsibility, teamwork and self esteem, while building skills in leadership and citizenship.”
2016-0821-7963
abbeyroadpridemolly2016-0821-7963The Abbey Road sat behind the Pride of Baltimore. When the Pride was ready to take another group of visitors out for a ride, they found help handling lines from the Sea Scouts on the Abbey Road. That’s Molly Ringberg (above, and at right in enlarged view) from the Abbey Road helping the Pride with their lines.
mollyabbeyroad2016-0821-8016
That’s Molly above with her father Captain Gordon Ringberg, the president of Lake Superior Tall Ships. The Captain also answers to the title of Mayor of Bayfield.
abbeyroad2016-0821-8022
Below deck, other Scouts were working on charting their next trip which will start about noon on Monday when they line up with their larger sisters to begin the next leg in their race. The Abbey Road is really in a group of one; they are usually the exception. The crews on the other ships are probably not teenagers still in school. And the Abbey Road is not really in the race; they will cut away from the race when they pass Outer Island, one of the Apostle Islands, and head for their home port of Bayfield.
abbeyroad2016-0821-8026
Above, all hands on the chart. Below, that’s Amie Roberson helping them  with a technical detail. Everybody has a title; hers is  1st Mate of Programming for Sea Scouts.
abbeyroad2016-0821-8035
Below, the Abbey Road came into Duluth with the Parade of Sail on Thursday, August 18, 2016
abbeyroad2016-0818-7768
You can find out more about Abbey Road from their website at: http://www.lakesuperiortallships.org/ . They take guests out for a sailing trip on Wednesday evenings but call ahead to make sure there is still space available –
Lake Superior Tall Ships, Inc.
Pike’s Bay Marina, Slip 202
Bayfield, WI 54814lsts.sail@gmail.com

262-422-0607

Meeting in Duluth harbor

2016-08-20-10.17.07
The Paul R. Tregurtha and the tall ship Pride of Baltimore met in the Duluth harbor this morning around 10. The Tregurtha was leaving with another cargo of coal for Detroit Edison, the Pride was out for another ride for some lucky passengers. Both endured more gloom and even a little drizzle.
2016-08-20-10.17