Archives for September 2016

L. L. Smith bids good bye to Twin Ports

The L. L. Smith, sold by the University of Wisconsin, Superior to a private party a year ago, departed today (September 29, 2016) for Washburn for the winter. For more on the Smith.

Arnold Palmer 1929-2016

I was proud to be part of the millions of people who watched and rooted for Arnold Palmer and as in this picture, lined up to get his autograph. I had to fight Sid Hartmann for his attention, which was not easy but I got the autograph. This was in the early 80’s, I think at the Senior Open at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minneapolis. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Arnie grew up and lived until this past weekend when he died, in Latrobe, a small city outside of Pittsburgh

arnoldpalmerI graduated from high school in 1961; that year, Arnie won the following tournaments: San Diego Open Invitational, Phoenix Open Invitational, Baton Rouge Open Invitational, Texas Open Invitational, Western Open and the British Open.

I was a fan for life. My big moments; I had lunch at the Latrobe Country Club with his first wife, Winnie. Or rather, a friend took me to lunch there and Winnie was around welcoming guests and knew my friend. She didn’t really eat lunch with me but she did sit down at the table with us for a moment or two.

And I shared a drink with Arnie during the US Amateur Open at Oakmont Country Club in 1969. Ok, I didn’t actually share a drink with him. I was a clubhouse Pinkerton guard and watched him visit with the bartender. I should have paid more attention to other matters, such as the stolen golf bags, taken from the club house. That led the coverage of the tournament in the Pittsburgh Press the next day. 

Before hearing of his death yesterday, Sunday, I was in fact, drinking his iced tea. And I am proud to be a member, along with millions of others all over the world, of Arnie’s Army. And unlike fans of other sports figures, Arnold Palmer kept in close touch with all of us, and he touched all of us, especially now, that he is gone.

Short video about Arnold Palmer at the New York Times today.

Built in West Germany in 1959, Cedarglen is still going strong

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The Cedarglen was built in 1959 in West Germany as the Ems Ore. She was built to carry iron ore from Venezuela to Europe. She was purchased by a Canadian company in 1976 to carry iron ore from Labrador to Hamilton, Ontario. The Patterson shipping company in Thunder Bay bought her in 1988. She carried grain and iron ore for them before the Patterson fleet was sold off in 2002 and she became the Cedarglen. She was an occasional visitor to the Twin Ports until 2011 when she made about 10 trips here a year for two years before going back to being an occasional visitor. This trip is her first visit here since August, 2014. She is loading grain at CHS in Superior. She has carried grain, coal and iron ore pellets from many docks, although I think this is her first grain cargo loaded here (today being September 24, 2016) since August, 2010.

Jackson out and then back in

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The Herbert C. Jackson came into port on December 11, 2015 and went to Fraser Shipyard in Superior where Interlake Steamship’s last steam powered vessel was converted to diesel power (see below). This morning (September 22, 2016), under heavy fog, she departed Duluth at 10:19 (above) for her sea trials, necessary to make sure she is fit and ready to resume her cargo carrying duties. She came in just a couple hours later (below) and is now at the Port Terminal. Not sure why the early return.
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From Interlake Steamship release, December, 2015: The Jackson’s new 6,250-BHP propulsion package includes a pair of MaK 6M 32E engines – the first of their kind to power a vessel on the Great Lakes — which will give the ship enhanced propulsion capabilities and reliability. In addition, the ship will receive a twin-input, single-output Lufkin gear box with twin pto shaft generators, a Schottel controllable-pitch propeller system and Gesab exhaust gas economizers along with an auxiliary boiler. The economizers allow the ship to harness the waste heat and energy from the main engine exhaust and produce “free steam” to heat the accommodations and for heating various auxiliary systems and fuel oil services.
In total, the repowering is estimated to reduce the ship’s emissions of particulate matter by 35%, carbon dioxide by 57% and sulfur oxides (SOx) by 63%. “Not only are these engines extremely efficient, they are dual fuel capable thus could be modified to be fueled by LNG if the supply chain infrastructure for supplying LNG is built out around the Great Lakes,” Barker says. “By choosing these engines, we have the enhanced capability to further lower our environmental footprint in the future.”

Too much!

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There are only so many things I can keep track of at one time. I have limits waiting for balloons to rise up into the air, but at least last night, I caught one with her (his) fires burning and the bridge a beautiful teal in support of ovarian cancer. And best of all, the Baie St. Paul moving over from her anchorage to come under the Lift Bridge. You will have to imagine the beautiful harvest moon in the upper right of the picture and take my word for it that those lights out there were from the Baie St. Paul. Below, Sunday morning, September 18, 2016, more balloons but fog dimmed the colors and they remain grounded.
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