India gets married on a foggy Friday by the bridge

Hazel India Butler is usually across the Duluth ship canal answering visitor questions at the information desk at the Marine Museum. This day, June 9, 2017, she decided to cross the canal and get married on the other side. It was foggy and cool, but the wedding party outfits, designed for the occasion, added wonderful color to the foggy day. That’s Jarred Lee … [Read more...]

Oakglen departs Duluth with pellets

The Oakglen departed Duluth at 1pm this afternoon, June 7, 2017, after loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in Duluth. The Vista Star, with some new color on her hull, was just coming in. Check out the Oakglen ship page for a close-up look at the history of her name changes, embedded on her hull. … [Read more...]

New tugs, old names

Two tugs, new to the Twin Ports, arrived this afternoon, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. They were recently purchased by Heritage Marine and will be given the names of two tugs they just sold. Here the tugs are moving down the Duluth harbor on their way to the Heritage Marine dock in Superior. At left, the Fort Point leads the way; she will soon be renamed to Edward H. Just behind her … [Read more...]

Barker and banner depart Duluth

The James R. Barker departed Duluth in the early evening of June 3, 2017, with her new banner in full view. For more on the banner see the two posts below or go here and here. … [Read more...]

Mustang pellets on the way to Indiana

Above, on Friday evening, June 2, 2017, the Isolda was still loading grain at Riverland Ag, above lower center and the James R. Barker  had arrived, around 4 pm in the afternoon and was getting fuel at Calumet (top, right). When she completed that, she went over to CN Duluth (below) to load the first cargo of Mustang pellets to come down from the iron range on its way … [Read more...]

Mustang pellets from the Iron Range

The James R. Barker arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge about 4pm. She is here to pick up the first of many cargos of Mustang iron ore pellets created at Cliffs Natural Resources facilities on the Iron Range. The Barker will deliver the new pellets to Cliffs’ customer ArcelorMittal’s steel mill in Indiana Harbor (the largest blast furnace in North America). The iron ore … [Read more...]

Isolda makes first visit to Riverland Ag

The Isolda arrived Duluth on May 31, 2017 and is now loading grain at Riverland Ag (above). This is her 27th visit here since she was built in 1999. She was last here on July 14, 2015. Since then she has had a significant paint job, dropping the very familiar blue color to black. See Denny Dushane’s comment on the Isolda ship page. She has loaded grain during all her visits, … [Read more...]

Silda discharging cement at Holcim

The Silda has been discharging cement at the Holcim dock in Duluth. Holcim is operated by LafargeHolcim, founded in 2015 following the merger of Lafarge and Holcim. For many years, the location was operated by St. Lawrence Cement. … [Read more...]

Busy morning in Duluth harbor

The Isolda came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning at 7:10 and with the assistance of the tug Kentucky, went straight into the dock at Riverland Ag, directly across the Duluth harbor from the bridge. Twenty minutes later, the Herbert C. Jackson arrived, passing the Isolda on her way to discharge limestone. This is the first trip back to the Twin Ports since the … [Read more...]

Silda brings cement into the Duluth harbor

The Maltese flagged Silda arrived Duluth at 4:30 Monday afternoon, May 29, 2017 (Memorial Day). This is her first trip to the Twin Ports. I thought about going to some local bars to make some bets about her cargo while she sat at anchor off the Duluth piers. I would say cement, and everybody else would say no no, and I would win. Or least if they were as dumb as I was 22 years … [Read more...]

Goodbye to Wes Harkins

At the age of 96, Wes Harkins died peacefully last night (May 26, 2017), the last of the big three ‘old guys’ in Duluth. Dick Bibby and “Gil” Porter left Wes to us a few years ago). Wes was a wonderful help to me as I tried to catch up to the shipping business in Duluth; Wes was always there for me. Above left, he was a frequent visitor to my … [Read more...]