Archives for February 2017

Great Lakes Shipping, 2017, begins

I pay a lot of attention to the start of our (Duluth) shipping season, but a note from the Lake Carriers’s Association today reminds me that there are in fact, 4 other Great Lakes that have shipping seasons. And those south of us can get a head start since we are often encased in ice until mid-March or later. The Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder was set to depart her layup berth in … [Read more...]

Early Spring??

After a fake Spring, it is February 24, 2017 and it is cold again but Duluth stayed just north of a big snow storm going east. The lake is still blue, and below, the Duluth harbor ice has moved back, toward Superior. But it will come back, I think; we shall see. Above, February 24, 2017; below, pictures taken February 18, 2017 We have had a warm winter, no … [Read more...]

Algocen, J. W. Shelley together

Someone asked about the Algocen/J. W. Shelley today so I decided to update her ship page and design a collage with a little of her history. Click above for a larger version. … [Read more...]

Tug Cleveland being built in Cleveland

The February 10th, 2017 edition of NRP’s Marketplace (click above to listen) carried a nice story about the Great Lakes Towing Company building a new tug, the Cleveland (model at left), during the Great Lakes winter break. Below, workers are building the new tug in Great Lakes Towing’s own shipyard in Cleveland. At the right, GLT’s president Joe Starck talking to the … [Read more...]

Winter layup in Duluth

That’s the Roger Blough at the left, the American Century foreground and the American Spirit behind her and to the right. See full layup list here. … [Read more...]