Still water in Duluth harbor

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alder20120302_0466Three 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).
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The tug barge combo Presque Isle arrives Duluth with limestone

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The Presque Isle opened up the week on Monday morning, November 9, 2009, arriving Duluth with limestone loaded at Calcite.

Mauthe returns as the Pathfinder

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The J. L. Mauthe was built at River Rouge, Michigan in 1953. After a long and steady career, she entered layup at Fraser Shipyards in Superior in 1993. On the last day of 1996, she was towed from Fraser to the Bay Shipbuilding Company to be converted into a barge called the Pathfinder. At about the same time, Interlake Steamship also built the tug Dorothy Ann. They entered Great Lakes Service in 1999 as the barge/tug combination Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder. They arrived in Duluth to load coal last night (October 21, 2009), their first trip here as a tug barge combination. Captain Gary Schmidt and First Mate Jeremy Mock made sure the Pathfinder and Dorothy Ann had a safe passage through the wind, the rain, the snow and the ice last night.
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The tug Undaunted pushed the barge Pere Marquette 41 through the Duluth ship canal and out into Lake Superior today (September 14, 2009).

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Cargo? Scrap metal from Azcon Corporation. This was the 5th trip to the Twin Ports for the tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette this year. On the first trip, she loaded taconite rock at the Hallett Dock. The next 3 trips, she loaded scrap at the Hallet Dock and this trip as above. It is hard to believe that the barge started life in 1941 as a ferry, considered by many to be the most luxurious ferry ever built. She had other names in between then and now.

Pere Marquette taking scrap out

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In late May, the barge Pere Marquette 41 arrived at the Hallett Dock to load a cargo of taconite rock. It was the first trip to the Twin Ports for either the barge or its tug, Undaunted. On Tuesday, they were back, and going to the Hallett Dock, but this time, they loaded scrap steel to take to Algoma Steel at the other end of Lake Superior. It will be recycled into their blast furnaces and made into steel again. The barge left on Wednesday morning (pictured). Photo taken on July 15, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-16-2009

Erika Kobasic brings large piece of cargo

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Usually, high pressure containers that come here for oil and gasification projects were built in Japan and brought in on a heavy lift ship. On Tuesday afternoon, one arrived on a barge pulled by the tug Erika Kobasic. It was built in Bellevue, Ohio, taken by truck to Sandusky, put on the barge and brought to Duluth. The vessel was pulled off the barge at the Port Terminal on Tuesday afternoon. Notice in the picture the container is sitting in a metal frame with lots of wheels on it. A special tractor, not pictured, was brought to Duluth to pull the piece very slowly off the barge. As soon as it was off, the tug Erika Kobasic departed for the next job. From here the high pressure container will go by train or truck to Cambridge where it will be split open for more work, put back together and then taken by either truck or train to Beula, North Dakota where a company called Dakota Gasification will use it in their plant. And you thought your job was complicated. Photo taken on June 30, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-01-2009