Archives for April 2017

Oakglen here for iron ore pellets at CN

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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.
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One name on top of another

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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 trips here so i was a bit puzzled. This ship was launched as the Flinter Aland in 2011 by a company also called Flinter Aland. That company declared bankruptcy in Holland in December, 2016, hence the new name from a company that bought her sometime before or after the bankruptcy. Look closely behind the name Riga on her stern and you will notice her prior name, Flinter Aland, has been painted over and her new name added on top. Click the pic below to see a larger version and check out other pictures i took of the ship this morning on her ship page.
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Royalty arrives Duluth on Easter

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

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queenbeatrix… 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 ship still proudly sails the world’s oceans. And she makes due with a golden carriage. Oh yes, her namesake is at anchor off the Duluth piers. And oh yes, that is the Paul R. Tregurtha coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning (April 15, 2017) at noon.

Second visit to Duluth for Solina

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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.
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More pellets for CSL Assiniboine

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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 her last trip of the season, on January 7th, she brought in a cargo of salt she discharged at Hallett #8 before crossing the St. Louis River to load iron ore pellets at the CN Dock

The real first vessel under the Lift Bridge

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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. The Bon Ami, a 108-foot wooden steamer, had set out for Port Wing and Herbster, fishing towns along the Wisconsin South Shore. Heavy ice on the lake forced her back to Duluth, and she entered the harbor’s safety through the canal, and therefore under the bridge.
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Not until April 20 did the E. N. Saunders come in off the lake to become the first vessel to navigate from Sault Ste. Marie to Duluth and enter through the canal, under the bridge. Back in 1871, the Frank C. Fero, a tugboat, became the very first vessel to go through the canal. That was on Sunday, April 30, the day after the dredger Ishpheming finished its initial cut of the canal after taking its first bite out of Portage Street on Minnesota Point September 5, 1870. The first vessel to pass below the Aerial Lift Bridge was the Corps of Engineers tug USS Essayons on March 29, 1930. The first automobile passed over the transfer bridge on April 8, 1905. The first car to drive over the lift bridge did so on January 12, 1930; the first streetcar passed over the lift bridge on March 29, 1930. Read about the life of Duluth’s Aerial Transfer Bridge, predecessor to the Aerial Lift Bridge, here.

Thanks to Zenithcity.com for top picture and text; to Duluth Public Library for picture just above