Note: Friday afternoon: the test today was not successful. The Alder departed her dock this morning, (February 2, 2018) at 9 am. From Sault Vessel Traffic Service: The ship recently underwent repairs to both main diesel engines and now must test them. The cutter will travel the Superior Front Channel and then enter Lake Superior through the Superior Entrance Channel. After several hours of testing in open … [Read more...] about Alder out for a February test drive
The Edwin H. Gott arrived Duluth for winter layup on January 17, 2018. She only made one other trip this season to the Twin Ports, on July 27. She made no cargo trips here in 2016 and only 3 in 2015. This year, she usually loaded in Two Harbors, taking iron ore pellets from there to Detroit and Gary, among other ports. Above, she has just docked at the Port Terminal for layup (January 17, 2018). Final Layup list for … [Read more...] about Gott arrives for layup 2017-18; last traffic for the 2017 season
Alder Commander Charter B. Tschirgi brought his Alder back to Duluth around 4 pm today (January 11, 2018). While I am hiding in a sick bed, I did hear his whistle when he went under the Lift Bridge today and managed to get a screen capture from my web cam (above). He reports the following: We just returned from helping the Thunder Bay, Whitefish Bay and CSL Assiniboine lay up in Thunder Bay yesterday. We set in a "spring" breakout track from … [Read more...] about Alder back from Thunder Bay today
The American Integrity arrived Duluth on January 5, 2018 around 1 pm (above). She is over at the CN loading iron ore pellets. Below, the Edgar B. Speer departed Duluth about an hour later after getting gas at Husky Energy. She is now at the outside anchorage waiting to load iron ore pellets at the BNSF. This is the 28th trip the American Integrity has made to the Twin Ports this season. She was here 31 times last season. We see the Speer not … [Read more...] about American Integrity in, Edgar B. Speer out
There are, I think, 7 boats at anchor off the Duluth piers waiting to go to BNSF in Superior and one, the Algoma Equinox, waiting to go to the CN in Two Harbors. These are pictures I took of those boats around 2 PM Wednesday, January 3, 2018. I am writing this at 4 PM the same afternoon. There will be changes as time goes on. Please let me know if you think I have the wrong names for any of the vessels. Above, the St. Clair is at anchor just off … [Read more...] about There are 8 vessels waiting off the Duluth piers today
The Thunder Bay arrived in the icy Duluth harbor around noon today (January 2, 2018) with a cargo of salt she will discharge at the Hallett #8 dock. She will then move to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. This her 29th trip here this season and the second time she brought a salt cargo to discharge; the previous time was her last trip here on November 29, 2017. She loaded iron ore pellets at the CN Duluth dock twice this season; the rest of … [Read more...] about The Thunder Bay here with salt on January 2, 2018.
After coming in around 7:30 this morning in get gas at Husky , at the Port Terminal, the St. Clair departed Duluth around 11:30 am New Years Eve, 2017. She will wait at anchor for the Burns Harbor to finish at BN, and the Mesabi Miner and the Algoma Discovery. In fact, she will come in sometime next year! (The black dots on the ice, upper left, are ice houses, presumably with fishermen inside, hopefully keeping warm.) … [Read more...] about St. Clair in, out Duluth, then in Superior, BN and out Superior
Heavy boat traffic in Duluth! After some repairs at Fraser Shipyards, the John J. Boland (above) was moving down (or up) the Duluth harbor just after 10 am this morning (December 20, 2017). She would go under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and over to the Superior entry and to the BNSF terminal just inside the entry to load iron ore pellets. The James R. Barker (below) arrived Duluth on December 19th to load coal at Midwest Energy. Here she is … [Read more...] about Boland left Duluth for Superior, Barker for Detroit
Erik arrived in town on the 13th, and has been patiently waiting for a large tractor trailer combination coming from Lincoln, Nebraska to come down the hill and hand over her cargo, a very very large boiler, to Erik. I took this picture at 2 pm this afternoon (December 14, 2017). As of 2:45, she had not yet made it but was expected to arrive sometime this afternoon. … [Read more...] about Erik is here
The Claude A. Desgagnés arrived this morning on her second trip to Duluth since she was built in 2011. Her first trip was in November, 2015. It is not a coincidence that she made both trips in the winter months. Then, she sails the earth as a normal salt water vessel and is here today in that role, loading grain at Riverland Ag (above and below). In the summer, she is reflagged by her Canadian owner,Transport Desgagnes in Quebec, as a Canadian … [Read more...] about Arctic winter brings the Desgagnés to Duluth to load grain
The BBC Vesuvius arrived Duluth on November 29, 2017. She is here to pick up one large pressure vessel that has been waiting here since 2008. It was part of a shipment brought here and destined for the oil sands project in Alberta, but for some reason they changed their mind, so the owner kept it here until a new buyer was found. And yes, the Port picked up a storage charge. It may have come here as a part of a 93-piece shipment that was … [Read more...] about BBC Vesuvius here to pick up cargo waiting here since 2008
I read in the Duluth News Tribune that the Duluth Police Department is disbanding their mounted patrol because of budget problems. Since starting the Duluth Shipping News 22 years ago, I have taken 1,000’s of pictures of boats in Duluth. I have tried to make my specialty pictures of boats and people; the people on the boats, and the folks watching them from shore. One of my favorites is getting one with a boat coming in and a Dad holding his … [Read more...] about Cops on horses may be no more in Duluth!