|On September 27, 2015, the Aerial Lift Bridge made a lift for 2 boats, the Tim S. Dool, arriving here with cement to discharge, and the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr., leaving with coal.|
|My friend Kayla Currens, from Rockford, Illinois, took this picture of the American Integrity this morning (August 1, 2015) as she came into town to load 66,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison’s power plant in St. Clair. It is the boat’s 15th trip to the Twin Ports this season; she made 22 visits last season.|
|The HHL Amur arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Friday afternoon, July 17, 2015 at 1:45 with wind turbine blades on her deck. She is now discharging them at the Port Terminal. (Two images above courtesy of Dave Campbell; click pics for larger versions)|
|I have a really tough job. Every day in the summer I have to figure out how to cross the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge to deliver my daily newsletter to my good friends (and advertisers) at the South Pier Inn. Or I should say, how to time my trip across so I can deliver the papers and get back before it goes up again.Today, Sunday, July 5, 2013, was not my best day for timing my sprint. On the good side, the John D. Leitch was set to enter the Superior entry to load iron ore pellets at the BN but had a change of heart and perhaps more to the point, needed to get fuel at Calumet so she decided to come in using the Duluth entry. My readers would be able to see her come in and better yet, I found out about it before I printed the paper.Next challenge, I went out to take my run across the bridge to the Inn, at about 10:23 this morning, knowing that I would have enough time (8 minutes) to get across and back before the bridge went up to let the Vista boat come in at 10:30 (the bridge only goes up on the half hour for smaller vessels). I started across. After all, this was my 46th issue of the summer and I had the pattern down good. I could make it across and back in 8 minutes, if no one wanted to talk to me. As I approached the bridge, I saw the Leitch way out there and the Vista boat approaching the Duluth piers. I stopped and did some mental calculations (not my strong point, as you will see). The Leitch was far enough out there that I had time (I thought) to deliver the papers and get back again before the bridge went up for the Vista boat and maybe the Leitch too. So I started to run across, ran into the South Pier Inn, threw my papers on the counter and ran out (luckily, no one wanted to say hello). I had 3 minutes left, I started to run, just as I arrived at the new light they installed, it turned from walk to stop. I thought I still had enough time to cross, since I still had 2 minutes left before she went up. But I thought about the clean record I have had for the last 15 years. The bridge has never yelled at me, as it sometimes does and someone tries to beat the system. I stopped, said a bad word and turned around.
I decided to take a walk down to the water behind the Hotel; might as well get some exercise since I could not get back to take a picture of the Leitch. We don’t see her so much these days. I ran into Dale and Bette Sola, the owners of the hotel. They were out back tending to their wonderful garden. I started to tell Dale (at right, taking me for a ride on his luxury liner) my sad tale. He added to it by reminding me that it was too bad I didn’t have my camera since the light is better on that side of the bridge in the morning. I felt worse, then realized I had my iPhone on my hip; it had a camera in it. Most of the world knows that but I keep forgetting since I am a snob about taking pictures with a phone.
But it was a chance to turn defeat into victory. I phoned the pictures and the Leitch went by, I crossed the bridge and started to write this. Above you see the symbols, thanks to Dale, of my victory, the work of my iPhone. Now I just have to remember to get my finger away from the lens when I take an iphone picture.
|Dave Campbell, Chief operator on the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, LCDR Anthony J. Maffia, Commanding officer Coast Guard cutter Alder and Vanta E. Coda II, Executive Director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority are just outside the bridge on the Alder enjoying the almost warm weather this morning (March 12, 2015).|
|Listen as we salute the bridge while going out to the lake. You will first hear a warning they gave us just before blowing the whistle; I think it says, “Ears on deck,” meaning hold your ears.|
|The Alder was the first vessel to go under the Lift Bridge this season. That gave a chance for Campbell to go under the bridge. He has gone up with the bridge thousands of times; this was only his 3rd time to go under the bridge.|
|Below, we are just about to leave the ice and go for a short trip on the open water of Lake Superior, about 5 miles out.|
|The temperature was pretty warm for March 12, but inside the pilot house, where the smart people stay, it was nice and warm.|
|We returned using the track we had opened up on the way out; notice the wind was already moving it around; we left a straight track behind us.|
|Some of the bridge operators had to say hello to the boss as he passed under them.|
|Great Lakes Towing Company tugs North Carolina, Arkansas, Indiana and Minnesota are already in open water. Behind them, the American Integrity spent the winter at the Port Authority dock at Holcim Cement.|
|The Mesabi Miner has been at Midwest Energy Resources for the winter. With no cargo, she is high in the water (ice) but will soon be loading coal and will likely be the first commercial boat to depart the port within the next week.|
|The Indiana Harbor comes under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on December 29, 2014. I am waiting for the world’s largest Christmas ‘tree’ to come down but at least the leaves are off the trees that frame this shot in warmer weather. This is her 26th trip to the Twin Ports this season. After fueling at Calumet, she will load 66,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources for the St. Clair electrical generation plant of Detroit Edison.|
|The CSL Assiniboine went under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning(August 11, 2014)backwards. Such a thing is not easy to surmise from the photo above but have you ever seen the Lift Bridge down with a boat in the ship canal going forwards. Either way, check out the video above.|
|Every week or so, these two guys work closely together, but until today (November 4, 2013), they had not met. Dave Campbell (right) is the new chief bridge operator. He works in that little house that hangs in the middle of the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. His job is to make sure the Bridge goes up when a vessel comes under the Bridge. And when the bridge goes up for a vessel, the little house goes up too. His job is horizontally stable however. (picture, above right, taken in the pilot house of the Tregurtha on November 4, 2013. Picture below taken on July 30, 2006)|
|Tim Dayton (left) is the Captain on the Paul R. Tregurtha. His office is in the pilot house at the top of the boat. His office does not move vertically very much, but it covers a lot of ground moving horizontally between the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior and the several Detroit Edison power plants where he delivers his cargo of coal. It takes about a week to load in Superior, take a trip down to Detroit to discharge the coal and then come back to the Twin Ports for more coal. So about 4 times a week, Tim’s office at the top of the Tregurtha goes under the Lift Bridge just below Dave’s office in the little house now high up in the air.|
|When the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge goes up for the arrival of the Philip R. Clarke this morning (May 17, 2013), Dave Campbell (right) will be in charge and Ryan Beamer (left) will be home working on the next chapter in his life. It is an historic day and where better to read about it than at Zenith City Online.|
|The last saltwater ship of the season, the Federal Sakura, arrived last night (December 17, 2012) at 7:56. She was of course greeted by the annual Bentleyville Christmas light display in Canal Park.|
|The Hermann Schoening arrived Duluth on December 13, 2012 (below) to load grain at CHS2 in Superior. It was her first trip to the Twin Ports.|
The Aerial Lift Bridge will be closed to vessel traffic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 to allow workers to replace an electrical switching assembly. The unit will be installed to ensure operation of a backup diesel generator in case normal power is lost. (from the City of Duluth)
Last night, Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at about 10:15, I saw two ships at anchor as I looked through the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. I think the Atlantic Erie is to the left, and the Pochard to the right. The Atlantic Erie is waiting to load coal at Midwest Energy; the Pochard is waiting to load grain at CHS. The Atlantic Huron is out there now (Thursday morning) as well as the Mandarin. (Let me know if you think these two ships might be other than the above; after all, it was dark out there) You can see the beginning of Bentleyville a the lower right; they have already erected the metal Christmas tree and were testing some lights last night. Remember, it is exactly 2 months before Christmas. Click here to see more pages featuring the Aerial Lift Bridge.
| Sunrise on August 14, 2012 found the Hong Kong flagged Garganey at anchor off the Duluth piers. She is named after the duck of the same name. The duck can be found in Europe and Asia in the summer; in winter, they fly down to South Africa and India. In August, 2008 and again today, the ship was in Duluth. In 2008, she loaded bentonite. Today she is here to load spring wheat for Savona, a port on the northwest coast of Italy.
The ship is owned by a company in Hong Kong and is currently under charter to Canadian Forest Navigation, commonly called Canfornav. She may come in late this afternoon and go to CHS in Superior. The crew, all from mainland China, will load on Wednesday and may depart the Twin Ports for Italy Wednesday night.
Late last evening at 20:45, as the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge was lifting for the 1000 foot American Integrity, the bridge lost power and the alert crew of the Integrity made a go-around and re-entered once the power was restored.
Had the crew and Bridge Operator not done a superb job in dealing with this emergency, a catastrophe would have occurred in front of a crowded Canal park.
This video will show the first attempted entry and the go-around.
Watch the Duluth Pilot boat take the pilot out to the Marietje Marsilla in the anchorage just off the Duluth piers, and then come in with us, as we go with the ship under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and move up the Duluth harbor to the Port Terminal
|The Dutch flagged Ebroborg came into town on Friday (May 11, 2012) to get bentonite clay at Hallett Dock #5. She left with her cargo on Saturday morning (above).|
|She battled a thick fog but the American Sprit had no trouble getting through the Duluth Harbor, under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and out to Lake Superior on her way to load iron ore pellets in Two Harbors|
|Three views of the Duluth harbor this morning, Friday, March 2, 2012. Top, a crane barge, owned by Duluth Timber, sank in her Railroad Street slip yesterday. The Coast Guard is investigating any potential spills or other hazards that might be involved. Just off the slip, the Coast Guard cutter Alder was sitting still in the still water (note: I said water, not ice). Below, the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge was also pretty still (more water).|
|The Cedarglen, built in West Germany in 1959 as an ocean going ore carrier, arrived in Duluth on August 18, 2011 to load iron ore pellets. Being a sunny day in August, there were a lot of people at the Duluth ship canal to greet her (above).|