John G. Munson whistles a happy tune leaving Duluth

The John G. Munson departed Duluth on Tuesday afternoon, September 1, 2015, after loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. It was her 13th trip to Duluth Superior this season. She made 20 trips last season. Listen to her whistle as she came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.
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Baie Comeau outbound with coal

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The Baie Comeau departed Duluth on Friday evening, September 5th, 2014 with 32,000 tons of coal loaded at Midwest Energy Resources for delivery to Quebec where it will be offloaded into a larger, ocean going vessel for delivery to Europe. Click above to hear her salute us.

Peter R. Cresswell blows her horn

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The Peter R. Cresswell arrived Duluth at 4:40 on Wednesday afternoon to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. This is her 4th trip here this season. On all those trips, she loaded iron ore pellets, the first 3 at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. On one of the trips, she brought a cargo of salt to discharge before she loaded the pellets.
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CSL Tadoussac departs with pellets

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Listen to her whistle on August 21, 2014
After a short wait at the anchorage just off the Duluth piers, the CSL Tadoussac came in to port (August 20, 2014) to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. This was her 10th trip here this season, always loading iron ore pellets at either the Burlington Northern dock in Superior or the CN dock in West Duluth. She was only here 5 times last season. Here she is departing on Thursday, August 21st, 2014.

American Integrity says hello

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Click below to listen to her whistle on August 15, 2014
The American Integrity arrived this morning (August 15, 2014) at 4:09 to load 66,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair and Monroe.  The American Century arrived at 1:50 this afternoon.
She will load the same amount of coal at Midwest Energy and take it to the same destinations as the American Integrity.

Cedarglen makes some noise

Listen to the Cedarglen blow her whistle on July 19, 2014
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The Cedarglen came into port on Saturday, July 19, 2014 and blew her whistle to the delight of all but two visitors, seen above. After that she went over to the CN dock to load sinter, which is, according to Wikipedia, “Sinter plants agglomerate iron ore fines (dust) with other fine materials at high temperature, to create a product that can be used in a blast furnace. The final product, a sinter, is a small, irregular nodule of iron mixed with small amounts of other minerals. The process, called sintering, causes the constituent materials to fuse to make a single porous mass with little change in the chemical properties of the ingredients. The purpose of sinter are to be used converting iron into steel.”
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This was the Cedarglen’s first trip to the Twin Ports. She was here 10 times last year and she made 11 trips in 2011.
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Algoma Montrealais here for 2nd time this year

Listen to the Algoma Montrealais on July 15, 2014

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The Algoma Montrealais makes her turn into the Duluth harbor after coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Tuesday evening, July 15, 2014. On this her second trip here this season, she brought cement to the Holcim dock. She was here 14 times last season; 8 times she brought cement; on the other trips here, she loaded iron ore pellets at the BN, although she often went over to BN to load iron ore pellets after discharging cement at Holcim.

Arthur M. Anderson whistles

Listen to her blow her whistle on June 9, 2014
When the Arthur M. Anderson went under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on June 9, 2014, she gave the customary salute.
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Photo above taken June 8, 2012

Tregurtha whistles to the crowd

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Click below to hear her whistle as the Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth today (May 6, 2013). The Captain has a unique way of doing it and the Bridge usually follows the boat’s lead, as it did today.

Indiana Harbor comes in for fuel

Listen to her whistle as she comes in:
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After spending the winter at Lakehead Pipeline in Superior, the Indiana Harbor departed using the Superior entry and came around to use the Duluth entry to come in for fuel (March 23, 2013, Saturday around 1 pm. She will depart later today for Two Harbors to load her first cargo of the year, iron ore pellets. She is the first big boat to enter the Twin Ports this season, but I don’t think we can call her the first arrival of the season since she spent the winter here. Below, the Mesabi Miner is at anchor waiting on the Roger Blough to finish at the CN dock in Duluth before she comes in to become the first arrival of the season. She also spent the winter here, but she took a cargo of coal to Marquette a couple days ago and is coming back here to load iron ore pellets.
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First trip here for H. Lee White this season

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The US flagged H. Lee White came into port on Tuesday afternoon, April 10, 2012, to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock for Quebec. She departed (above) on Wednesday afternoon. Click below to hear her parting salute:

Manitowoc arrives with a whistle

Click below to listen to her whistle as she arrived:

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Photo taken on April 5, 2012 as the Manitowoc approached the Aerial Lift Bridge

Lee A. Tregurtha arrived Duluth for pellets

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The Lee A. Tregurtha arrived Duluth today (April 4, 2012) for her 2nd visit to the Twin Ports in 2012. She will be loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. Click below to hear her whistle as she came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.

American Spirit arrives Duluth for winter

It took her 50 minutes to go from the Duluth piers to her berth at the Port Terminal. Watch 17 minutes of that trip here; not overly exciting, a little slow but what do you expect from 1,000 feet of Great Lakes freighter at the end of a long season.

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The American Spirit arrived in the Duluth ship canal about 10:30 on Saturday morning, January 7, 2012, for winter layup. Below, about a half hour later, she is moving into the berth at Garfield C.
Listen to the American Spirit whistle as she came in:

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Bye bye CSL Laurentien

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 The video out my window was pretty dark and the ship never blew her whistle but I got this picture while the CSL Laurentien went by my window with her cargo holds filled with CN’s best iron ore pellets.
Click below to hear her whistle when she departed on November 9, 2013:

Boland leaves for Marquette

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The John J. Boland came into port around 2 am on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 to load coal at Midwest Energy in Superior. She left around 3:30 in the afternoon (above) for Marquette, Michigan.
Click below to hear her as she sounded a salute to the bridge, and to those of us greeting her:

The Paul R. brightens a gray day

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The Paul R. Tregurtha, at 1,013 feet 6 inches long, is the largest boat on the Great Lakes. She is  here approaching the Duluth ship canal on her way to the  Midwest Energy Resources coal dock to load 64,000  tons of coal for Detroit Edison  power plants in Monroe and St. Clair, Michigan.
Listen as she saluted the bridge and those of us waving:

Three toots from the Barker; we got 2 of them

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The James R. Barker deserves an award for remembering those of us who are standing at the Duluth ship canal when she goes under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, or might be watching her on DSNTV. Today, Sunday, November 27, 2011, she departed around 3 in the afternoon with coal loaded at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior and destined for Presque Isle, Michigan. Listen to 2 of her 3 whistle salutes as she departed.
Listen to her whistle salute to the bridge as she departed:

Sam Laud leaving for Silver Bay

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The Sam Laud departed Duluth on Saturday afternoon, November 26, 2011, after discharging limestone. She is going up to Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets.
Listen to her whistle as she approached the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge:

We see the Alpena at the Duluth entry!

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The Alpena made her 8th trip of the season to the Twin Ports on November 20, 2011.
Listen to her whistle as she arrived:

Isa here for 16th trip

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The Isa arrived in Duluth this afternoon (November 16, 2011) for her 16th trip here since she came here in August, 1999, on a long trip that started in Japan. The Isa was built in Chiba, Japan. After launch festivities, they left the shipyard for Fukuyama, where they loaded steel slabs and headed out to the Pacific Ocean, through the Panama Canal and up to Detroit. After a quick trip to Thunder Bay to load grain, they left for Casablanca where they discharged the grain before moving to Tunisia to load phosphate for Politza, Poland, only a few kilometers from the homeport of the ship, Szczecin. They left Politza to load steel coils in Holland for Cleveland and Chicago and then came to Duluth. As in that trip, she is loading grain today. Listen here for her whistle as she came under the Lift Bridge.
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The Varnebank, here for her 10th trip

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Listen to her whistle as she left the Twin Ports:

The Varnebank departed Duluth today (November 11, 2011) after loading beet pulp pellets that will be used for animal feed in Europe.

The Great Republic here with limestone

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Click below to listen to her whistle as she left under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Thursday, November 10, 2011. More on the Great Republic here.

Pacific Huron whistles on departure

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Quebecois here with cement

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The Quebecois is here discharging cement at the Holcim facility, formerly St. Lawrence Cement. Earlier this year, she, along with the entire Upper Lakes Group fleet, was sold to Algoma Central. Her name has been changed to the Algoma Quebecois although she is still sailing under her previous name.  Click below to listen to her whistle as she came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on November 1, 2011.