The Maria G will arrive Saturday evening as the first salt water ship of the 2019 shipping season. She was built as the Gadwell in 2007. Her name was changed in 2017 to Maria G. As the Gadwell, she was the first salt water ship to arrive for the 2008 Duluth shipping season (above). The year before, she arrived Duluth on June 12, at the end of her maiden voyage. She loaded beet pulp pellets that she took to Europe (left). There it is used … [Read more...] about Maria G will be the 1st salt water ship of the season.
Looked out my window this afternoon, March 28, 2019, and saw water? Took a picture right away, just in case the ice moves back, as it usually does this time of year. This is just south of East High School. … [Read more...] about Water water, for a while, at least
The Kaye E. Barker was the first laker to leave Duluth under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, leaving at 12:12 today (March 22, 2019), thus opening the 2019-20 shipping season. Below, she is seen moving easily through the ice, just beyond the Lift Bridge. She was headed to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor. Coincidentally, on January 15, 2019, the Barker closed the 2018 shipping season. In the inset, the Barker is seen … [Read more...] about Kaye E. Barker starts the 2019-2020 season
Before the Alder and the Mackinaw arrived Duluth last night, they had to go through the Soo Locks. Coast Guard boats receive priority at the Soo since often, without them, other boats could not get to the Soo due to ice. On March 19, 2019, we see the Mackinaw and then the Alder moving through the Soo, on their way to Duluth. (Image courtesy of the US Corps of Engineers} … [Read more...] about Alder Mackinaw go through Soo Locks on way to Duluth
US Coast Guard cutters Mackinaw (above) and Alder arrived off Duluth entry on March 20, 2019 … [Read more...] about Mackinaw, Alder arrive Duluth late today
Davis Helberg was a good friend to all who knew him, a wonderful source to those of us always looking for information, and an inspiring leader for the Port of Duluth Superior. He died on October 10, 2018. He was a wonderful help and information source for me. I started publishing the Duluth Shipping News in the spring of 1997; I knew little about shipping in general or shipping in Duluth in particular. I was undeterred by that lack of … [Read more...] about Davis Helberg as I knew him
Built in 1967, the John D. Leitch was built as the Canadian Century. The cargo hold and the rest of the midsection were replaced with a new, larger cargo hold and her current name. This season, she has loaded iron ore pellets at the BNSF in Superior, the CN in Duluth and in Two Harbors. She is seen here departing Duluth this afternoon, October 19, 2018. … [Read more...] about John D. Leitch departs Duluth with iron ore pellets.
Some of us are too old to stay up all night waiting to take a picture of a boat we all could have taken any day for the last 32 years. Happily, Steve Sola is not so old; he took this picture of the William A. Irvin as she was eased out of her long time neighborhood early this morning (Saturday, September 22, 2018). She is slowly moving through the Minnesota Slip Bridge on her way to the Fraser Shipyards in Superior. There she will get some … [Read more...] about Irvin heads south for her winter vacation in Superior
On Friday night, September 7, 2018, the Minnesota Mile was held on Skyline Drive, in Duluth. The route covered my exact route for my daily walk. Last night, I timed my walk so I arrived at the start line just before the race started, about a ¼ mile east of Enger Golf Course. Ahead of me was the start of the race, and when I looked left, I saw the Mesabi Miner loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior (above). Road workers had hurried … [Read more...] about Loading coal and running a race on Friday night
The Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth at 7pm on Friday evening, August 10th after loading coal at Midwest Energy. She will carry 36,000 tons to the Detroit Edison power plant at Monroe, Michigan and then complete her discharge at St. Clair with 32,000 tons there. We expect her back for more coal on August 16. She will again load 68,000 tons to take to the same two destinations, a pattern she follows about weekly through the shipping season. … [Read more...] about The Paul R. Tregurtha departs with coal, again
The Mesabi Miner departed Duluth with iron ore pellets she loaded at the CN dock. I am installing a 2nd web cam; testing it now and I took a snapshot of the stream above around 5PM, Friday afternoon on August 3, 2018. I hope to have the new cam online soon. … [Read more...] about Mesabi Miner leaves with iron ore pellets
The Federal Asahi arrived early today, July 16, 2018, to load wheat at Riverside Ag. This is her 8th trip since she ended her maiden voyage in Duluth in 2000. Click the link just above to see her ship page and click the link at the top of that page called "Click here for other pages featuring the Federal Asahi" for more web pages about the ship on this web site. … [Read more...] about Federal Asahi here to load durum wheat