Archives for April 2017

Marine Tech lifts a fish tug from the bottom

Click each image to see a larger version; for more on this story, check the previous post. … [Read more...]

New tug salvages a sunken tug in Houghton

Marine Tech, our local dredging company, brought their dredge home today (April 30, 2017) from a salvage operation in Houghton, Michigan. (Click here for 2 more images.) They were called out to bring a fish tug up from the bottom (right). Their own tug, the Jean C., is a new member of their fleet and is seen here pushing the dredge into the Duluth harbor. Earlier this year, they purchased the … [Read more...]

Reestborg waiting to come into port

The Reestborg is at anchor waiting to come into CHS to load spring wheat. … [Read more...]

Oakglen here for iron ore pellets at CN

This version of the Oakglen started life as the Federal Danube in 1980. She became the Lake Ontario in 1995 and the Oakglen in 2009. More on the other Oakglen here. She was scrapped in 2003. The Oakglen arrived Duluth on Thursday afternoon to load iron ore pellets at the CN in Duluth after she loaded fuel at Calumet. … [Read more...]

One name on top of another

The Riga pulled into port this morning (April 17, 2017) and is now loading wheat at Riverland Ag. Above, she slowly moved into the slip at Riverland Ag after coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. I was a little confused about the ship when her arrival was first announced. Someone told me she was formerly called Flinter Aland. I knew well a ship from Holland called Flinterland from prior … [Read more...]

Royalty arrives Duluth on Easter

The Beatrix has been at anchor off the Duluth piers (above, left) for several days. She was soon joined by the Riga. The Beatrix, the ship, not the Queen, arrived Duluth this afternoon (below) , Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 to load wheat at CHS. The Riga is expected in Monday morning; she will also be loading wheat, but at Riverland Ag. … [Read more...]

3 lighthouses, one 1,000 footer, one aerial bridge and

… royalty at anchor off the Duluth piers. The Royal Wagenborg company in The Netherlands usually adds a –borg at the end of their ships' name, but not the Beatrix, a ship they launched in 2009 with the help of their Queen Beatrix. Queens stand alone; you do not rename your Monarch. The ship was christened by HM Queen Beatrix herself. Despite the fact the the Queen abdicated her crown in 2013, her … [Read more...]

Second visit to Duluth for Solina

The Solina arrived off the Duluth piers on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. After going under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, she picked up assistance from two Great Lakes Towing tugs for her trip to the CHS grain terminal in Superior where she will be loading wheat. … [Read more...]

More pellets for CSL Assiniboine

The CSL Assiniboine was an early arrival this year when she came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on March 27 to get fuel before moving over the BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) to load iron ore pellets. She was back again today (above, April 11, 2017) to follow the same path. Last year and the year before, she made 11 trips here. Last year, on 10 of those trips, she loaded at BNSF, but on … [Read more...]

The real first vessel under the Lift Bridge

April 7, 1905: The Bon Ami becomes first vessel to enter the Duluth-Superior Harbor passing under the Aerial Transfer Bridge By ThisDay • Published April 7, 2017 On this day in Duluth in 1905, the Bon Ami became the first vessel to pass through the Duluth Ship Canal from the lakeward side and pass under the brand new Duluth Aerial Transfer Bridge before entering the Duluth-Superior harbor. … [Read more...]

Minnesota Slip Bridge under repair??

DATE: 3/13/2017 SUBJECT: Minnesota Slip Bridge in Canal Park to Get Improvements Starting March 20 BY: Phil Jents, Communications Office, City of Duluth Minnesota Slip Bridge in Canal Park to Get Improvements Starting March 20 [Duluth, MN] – The City of Duluth has been working since last year with its consultant engineer, LHB Corp, on a retrofit … [Read more...]