Coal to Nova Scotia

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The Atlantic Huron departed Duluth today (May 7, 2016) with 33,000 tons of coal she will deliver to Sydney, Nova Scotia (right center on Google Earth map, below). Click here for her ship page to see another image of her departure and to hear her whistle as she went under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.
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G3 Marquis first visit to Duluth

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The G3 Marquis arrived Duluth at 8:01 this morning and stopped off at Calumet Fuel at the Port Terminal (above). She then moved up the Superior channel to the BN dock. The G3 web site notes that the G3 Marquis will carry grain eastward out of Thunder Bay, and bring iron ore from seaports on the St. Lawrence back into the Great Lakes. Despite that, on this trip she will load iron ore pellets at the BN dock in Superior. She is a new build from China, built for the Algoma Central Corporation, for use by the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB).  During her winter layup in Hamilton, Ontario, she was renamed from CWB Marquis to G3 Marquis in order to reflect a change of ownership from the Canadian Wheat Board to G3 Canada Ltd. (Global Grain Group). This is her first stop under her new name.

Algosteel brings salt to Duluth

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The Algosteel arrived Duluth this morning at 10 am with salt she is discharging at the North American Salt Dock. I took the picture above and just below from my balcony which provides me with a good view but for some tree issues. In the warm months, I have leaves on the left and right that frame my pictures of the bridge from the balcony. In the winter, the leaves fall away and the “world’s largest Christmas tree” rises,  just about the time the last leaves have left the scene. They take it down January, sometimes in time for me to get at least one picture of a boat arriving before the season closes down. Not that I am complaining!
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Above, I have moved down to my office in Canal Park to get a picture of her as she is slowly moving into the Salt Dock. Above her in the picture, left to right, you see the General Mills A mill, the old Lafarge cement silos, the rapidly rising PierB resort, the Paulucci Pavilion and the Great Lakes Aquarium.
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This is the second trip here for the Algosteel this season; she was here on May 31 loading iron ore pellets at the BN in Superior. Last season, she made 7 trips here, bringing salt twice and loading iron ore pellets at both the CN dock in Duluth and the BN in Superior.

Tim and Lee brighten up a dull day

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The Lee A. Tregurtha arrived Duluth this afternoon (November 30, 2015) at 2:00 (above). It was her 16th trip here this season; she made 22 trips last year. She loaded iron ore pellets at the CN Dock in West Duluth on most of her trips this season. She loaded pellets at the BN dock once, on May 15. Twice she brought limestone in before going to CN and at least once went to Silver Bay to load pellets. Below, the Tim S. Dool departed a half hour later after discharging cement at the Holcim dock, a task she accomplished on 8 other trips this season. She was here to load iron ore pellets twice this season, once at BN and once at CN in Duluth.
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More salt for Duluth

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The Algoma Enterprise has been discharging salt at the North American Salt Dock for the last two days; she is expected to complete the discharge later this evening. In the old days, until about 2008, the Algoma Enterprise, then the Canadian Enterprise, loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior and carried it to the Ontario Power Generator in Nanticoke, Ontario. She and her sister boat, now the Algoma Transport, then the Canadian Transport, averaged around 25 trips a year on that route. Trading routes can change as often as a boat’s name; in this case, the Nanticoke plant began using nuclear power to generate electricity. Since 2009, we see the Algoma Enterprise only about 5 times a year.

Algoma Mariner with coal for Nova Scotia

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The Algoma Mariner (above) departs Duluth on September 13, 2015 with 30,000 tons of coal for Nova Scotia. She was built in either 1979 or 2011. The Algoport (below) was built in 1979 and was to donate her after-end or stern  to a brand new forebody. This work was to be done in China so the Algoport was towed to China but sank in the China Sea in September, 2009 and never made it. A brand new after-end was built in China and connected to the new forebody making this boat (above), a brand new boat. But I always like to point out that the stern you see above should have been the stern of the Algoport you see below as she approached the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on August 1, 2000.
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Aird to Duluth 6 times this season

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The John B. Aird departed Duluth at 11 am on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, with iron ore pellets loaded at the CN dock in West Duluth. This was her 6th and last trip to the Twin Ports this season. She loaded iron ore pellets on each of those visits; last year, she made only 3 trips here, also loading iron ore pellets on each trip, although she brought a cargo of salt on her August 14th, 2014 trip that she discharged (at Hallett #8) before loading the pellets at Burlington Northern. All cargos but this last one were loaded at the BN.

Clear and cold

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The Whitefish Bay arrived Duluth at noon on Monday, January 5, 2015 to get fuel at Calumet before moving over to the Burlington Northern to load iron ore pellets. The North Carolina was waiting at the bridge for the Whitefish Bay to arrived before she went out into the lake.

Baie Comeau in Duluth for coal

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The Baie Comeau arrived Duluth on November 25, 2014 to load coal  for Quebec at Midwest Energy. It was her 15th trip here this season; she was here 7 times in 2013, her first year in service.

Algoma Olympic departs at dusk

Discharging cement and loading grain

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The Algoma Montrealais arrived Duluth early this morning to discharge a cargo of cement at the Holcim dock in Duluth. Holly Jorgenson took the picture above while the freighter was at the cement dock; she also took the picture of the Isadora below while the boat was loading grain at the CHS 2 dock in Superior. This is the 18th visit the Polish owned Isadora has made to Duluth since she was built in 1999. This is the 82nd visit for the Montrealais since 1996; she of course made many more here from when she was built in 1962 to 1996; I just wasn’t here for them.
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Baie St. Paul arrived under Lift Bridge

Baie St. Paul arrived Duluth on October 6, 2014 for her 8th trip here this season. She will load 32,000 tons of coal for Quebec.

Julie and Paul came back for a visit today

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julieonmartin_20140926_125337My friend Julie Fletcher, the 2nd cook on the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, was back in town today (Friday, September 26, 2014) with the Martin and took these pictures as they arrived under the Lift Bridge on their way to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal.

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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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.

Backwards under the Duluth Lift Bridge

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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.

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.

Capt. Henry Jackman here with salt

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The Capt. Henry Jackman came into port last night (July 9. 2014) at 10:41 with salt to discharge at the North American Salt Company in Duluth (above). She then loaded iron ore pellets at BN in Superior. This was her 5th trip here this season; she was here only twice last year and once in 2012. She usually loads iron ore pellets when she is here and as today, sometimes brings salt in to discharge. She arrived here this past April 22nd with the help of a convoy of ships from Thunder Bay, escorted by the Coast Guard.

The day after the fireworks in Duluth

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Early in the morning, after the fireworks on the 4th, the harbor was full of activity. Above, the Algosteel came in for iron ore pellets at CN Duluth yesterday afternoon. At 9:20 this morning, she is passing the James R. Barker on her way out of the port. The Barker arrived an hour earlier and was waiting at the Port Terminal to load iron ore pellets at the CN. Below, the Algosteel has arrived at the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on her way out. (Just to the right of the two men watching the boat, you can see one of my plastic (and wind proof and water proof, mostly) dispensers I use to pass out the daily Duluth Shipping News. This one was picked clean by the folks watching the fireworks last night, so I had better quit doing this and get started on today’s edition.
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2 red and white; a US and Canadian flag

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The Edgar B. Speer arrived today for her first trip to the Twin Ports this season, coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 8:16 this morning (June 25, 2014). She will be loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth after she takes on fuel at the Calumet Fuel Dock at the Port Terminal. She made 9 trips here last year.The Canadian flagged Thunder Bay (below) came under the bridge this morning at 4:39; she is here for the 3rd time this season; she was here 6 times last season. Below, she is waiting at the inner anchorage for the Indiana Harbor to complete loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources (note her anchor chain off her bow).
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A view from the other side

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Julie Fletcher is the 2nd cook on the Rt. Hon Paul J. Martin and she took these pictures as they came through the Duluth ship canal on Monday, June 2, 2014 at about 3 pm.
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Sunshine, almost warm and boats, finally

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The Algosteel arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this  morning (May 4, 2014) around 7 am and went straight over to the North American Salt dock to discharge the season’s first salt cargo. The James R. Barker departed Duluth around 10 in the morning with a cargo of coal for Marquette, Michigan.
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Convoy here, three at a time

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Above, the Hon James L. Oberstar came in at 12:20, April 30, 2014. Right behind her was the Cason J. Callaway, and then the Thunder Bay
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Good-byes all around

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Launched earlier this year, the Canadian flagged Baie Comeau made 7 trips to the Twin Ports this season, discharging grain on one trip and loading coal 3 times. She departed today (January 9,  2014) with her 3rd cargo of iron ore pellets. Two Heritage Marine tugs, the Helen H. above, and the Nels J. below cleared a path through the ice on her departure.
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Cold day in Duluth (-15 F, wind chill–34 F)

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The Baie Comeau arrived this morning at 9:20 so she could share our beautiful weather with us; she will also load iron ore pellets while she is in town.
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Two Great Lakes tugs helped her get through the ice. That is the St. Clair at her winter layup dock at the Port Terminal on the right.
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Cuyahoga here with grain for Christmas

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The Canadian flagged Cuyahoga arrived in Duluth (above) on December 23, 2013 with grain that she discharged at the Riverland Ag terminal in Duluth (below). This is only her 3rd trip here since 1996. She was here in 2004 to load iron ore pellets and in September, 2011, she discharged salt here. The picture above was taken by Terry White; the picture below was taken at the Riverland Ag dock by John Zywicki.
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Lemon tarts with a little salt

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The Algomarine has been to the Twin Ports 65 times since 1996 (when I started counting vessel arrivals here). Half of those trips were made between 1996 and 1998. She made no trips here in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009. Today (December 17, 2013), she arrived for the second time this year, bringing a cargo of salt she discharged at the North American Salt dock in Duluth. Since 2006, she has usually loaded iron ore pellets and a couple loads of coal. She brought salt in on at least 3 of those trips. Today, after discharging salt, she will load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth.
Above, she has just arrived under the Lift Bridge and was moving straight ahead to the North American Salt dock (below). She discharged the salt using her self unloader that was moved over shore to create a large pile of the salt.
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It was pretty cold so I decided to visit 2nd cook Julie Fletcher in the galley. Below, she is creating some lemon tarts; they were very good!
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A cold day in Duluth for Cornelia

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The Cornelia came in by way of the Superior entry at 6:41 this morning (November 23, 2013). This was the first really cold day in Duluth and the Cornelia certainly proves the point. I took a picture of her hull, above right,  coated with ice, courtesy of an 11 mph head wind from the North West with gusts up to 30 mph as she crossed Lake Superior yesterday. She was discharging cargo at the Port Terminal while the John D. Leitch was waiting at the Calumet Fuel dock for the Stewart J. Cort to finish loading iron ore pellets at the BN. Turning around, I caught the rest of the Cornelia. Her previous name was Pine and you can see the outline of that name toward the end of her current name in the picture below.
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Salt in and coal out

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The Radcliffe R. Latimer, formerly the Algobay, loaded salt in Goderich, Ontario and arrived in Duluth this morning (October 25, 2013) at 36 minutes after midnight, moving over to the North American Salt Dock to discharge the cargo. She will next go to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal for Sydney, Nova Scotia. While she discharging salt, the Paul R. Tregutha arrived (background) on her way to Midwest Energy to load coal. This was only the 2nd trip to the Twin Ports this season for the Latimer; she was here once last year. This is the 36th trip here this season for the Tregurtha; she was here 41 times last season. To add to all this excitement, notice the Coast Guard cutter Alder in the upper left, waiting for the ice to arrive.

Lined up to load pellets

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The Hon. James L. Oberstar came in to port early morning on Friday, September 20, 2013 to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. She is seen here, in back, entering the Duluth harbor on her way to the Aerial Lift Bridge and Lake Superior with her cargo of pellets. Meanwhile, the Great Lakes Trader (unseen here) moved in to load iron ore pellets at the CN.  The Thunder Bay, in front of the Oberstar, had just arrived to load pellets. After the Great Lakes Trader departed with her pellets early Saturday morning, the Thunder Bay moved into the busy dock to collect her share.

Enterprise and McCarthy pass in the morning

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On Sunday morning, September 15, 2013, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 10:15 and is seen here, on the right, on her way to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load 64,000 tons of coal for the Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan. This is her 18th trip to the Twin Ports this season. The Algoma Enterprise is here for the 3rd time this year. She came in on Saturday night to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. She is seen at the left passing the McCarthy in the Duluth harbor on her way to the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and out into Lake Superior. When the Enterprise was the Canadian Enterprise, she was here, with her sister boat, Canadian Transport, several times a month to pick up coal at Midwest Energy. Both were built to work that route.

Algowood brings wheat to Duluth

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These photos were taken by John Zywicki  who was working on the boat at Riverland. (Click on each photo for a larger version.)

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We say good bye to Thunder Bay

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The Thunder Bay came in from the anchorage at one minute before midnight on Friday, August 16, 2013. She is a new boat, the third of 4 new, large, red boats built for Canada Steamship Lines in Chengxi Shipyard in Jiangyin, China. She loaded coal at Midwest Energy. The Whitefish Bay, the second of the 4 new boats, was here about a month ago. The first of the group was the Baie St. Paul. She has been here 8 times since she arrived in 2012. The Baie Comeau will be the last. They and other Canadian boats have been loading coal here and taking it to the St. Lawrence River above Montreal where it is transferred to larger ocean ships that take it to Europe. It takes 3 of these new Trillium class boats to fill one of the ocean boats. The ocean boats are too big to get through the Welland Canal and other locks on the Seaway; the new Canadian boats where built as large as they could be and still be able to transit the Welland.

CSL’s new Thunder Bay

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The photos all were taken in St. Clair, Michigan as she (the Thunder Bay) was downbound on Monday, August 5, 2013 headed to Quebec City, Quebec to unload. She was loaded with iron ore pellets from Escanaba, Michigan and the CN Ore Dock. The Thunder Bay unloaded her cargo at Wharf 53 in Quebec. This is the main unloading point in Quebec City for both the coal and iron ore that she takes from Lake Superior and sometimes Lake Michigan ports.
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Aboard the Whitefish Bay in Duluth

Welcome to the Whitefish Bay

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The Whitefish Bay arrived late last night, her first cargo trip since she arrived in Montreal on July 7 from the Chengxi Shipyard in Jiangyin, China where she was built. She then left for Duluth to load coal at Midwest Energy (above). Captain Kent Powell brought his crew of 15 to Duluth. She is the second of four new Trillium Class Lakers that Canada Steamship Lines is building for Great Lakes service. The other three vessels are the Baie St. Paul, the Thunder Bay and the Baie Comeau.
The Whitefish Bay has the latest engine technology to decrease air emissions and a double hull design to prevent spills. New cargo handling will minimize dust and cargo residue.
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CSL named the new boat after a ship with the same name that was built in 1961. The name also comes from the Bay class of ships the company had that honored the many Bays in the Great Lakes.
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The Whitefish Bay finally departed Duluth Saturday afternoon, July 26, 2013, delighting a large crowd that took a break from the Tall Ships to check out our brand new visitor.
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Tim S. Dool stops by Riverland Ag

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That’s the Tim S. Dool loading grain on July 8, 2013 at the Riverland Ag dock in Duluth, formerly known as Cargill. These are two more unique photos from my new good friend John Zywicki, who obviously works over there and has a really nice eye for picture composition.
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Still moving, very slowly

Note: this post is in chronological order, earliest pictures first
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With help from the Great Lakes tug North Carolina, the CSL Tadoussac departed Duluth this morning (April 15, 2013) around 8:25.
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Next, the North Carolina was off to help the Indiana Harbor.
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A little later, the Birchglen arrived and slowly made her way under the Lift Bridge on her way to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior.
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Nick gets two, three times, in Two Harbors

Nick Stenstrup took the three pictures below, the first this past December and the two below that last July. He tells us what he saw below.
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On December 22, 2012, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. loaded iron ore pellets at the CN conveyor dock in Two Harbors while the John J. Boland waited on the other side. I took this picture and the two below from the Two Harbors break wall.
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On July 1, 2012, the Capt. Henry Jackman loaded iron ore pellets at the conveyor dock while the Indiana Harbor waited.
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The next day, I caught the Edwin H. Gott loading iron ore pellets at the conveyor dock while the Cason J. Callaway waited to do the same.

Here and hiding

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Above, the Baie St. Paul made her first entrance  into the Duluth port around 8:30 on Friday night, December 21, 2012.  Below, you don’t suppose the Baie St. Paul is hiding behind her fleet mate Atlantic Erie, do you. Both are at anchor off the Duluth piers, waiting to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth.
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Quiet now, but not in 2001

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The CSL Tadoussac came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning (Thanksgiving, 2012) and is seen above moving up the Duluth harbor on her way to the CN dock in West Duluth to load iron ore pellets.
It is pretty peaceful this morning; we may have some snow this afternoon, but 11 years ago, on November 27th, 2001, it was not very peaceful for the Tadoussac, as she was named then, as she departed the port late in mid afternoon. Click here for more pages featuring the CSL Tadoussac.
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Click here for more pictures of that storm in November, 2001

Seldom seen Algorail, seen!

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The Canadian flagged Algorail departed with iron ore pellets today (October 28, 2012) after her second trip here of the season. She was here once last year, no trips in 2010 and 2 in 2009.

Looking through the Aerial Bridge at night

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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.

Salt in, salt out

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The Algoma Navigator came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge Wednesday afternoon, October 17, 2012 at 2:37. When I went to bed, she was down at the North American Salt Company (formerly known as Cutler-Magner) dock discharging salt. When I looked out my window this morning, the Navigator was gone but a good looking pile of salt was left behind (above). The pile is however being taken away, if slowly, by a long line of trucks and a front end loader. The Algoma Navigator left under the Lift Bridge at 5:13 this morning to clean out her salty holds and came back in at 11:30 this morning (below) to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth.
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HollyTV, live at the Soo, almost

Note: Holly’s most recent pictures will appear at the top of this post so start at the bottom of this post if you are one of those people who like to see things in order.
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I am getting exhausted posting all these pictures here while Holly is at the Soo, probably sitting on a nice chair with her camera on her lap while she waits for boats to pass by her chair. You have to look a little closer to see the Presque Isle moving upbound on her way to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. The Soo Locks allow vessel traffic to overcome the 21 foot difference between water levels on Lake Superior and those on Lakes Huron, Michigan and Erie so upbound, a vessel is starting at the lower level and moving up 21 feet. I presume we are looking at the beginning of her vertical journey through the locks.
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Next, she caught the Roger Blough downbound in the Poe Lock for Gary Indiana with iron ore pellets she loaded in Two Harbors.
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Then she caught up with the Flevoborg upbound through the MacArthur lock to Duluth to load grain. (September 10, 2012, about 1pm)
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After a stop in Marquette, the Holly Great Lakes Express stopped at the Soo in time to catch the Algoma Olympic moving downbound  through the MacArthur lock.

Boats backwards and forward in Duluth today

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It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood; lots of people, sun and even a little excitement. The Vista Queen is not trying to beat the Algolake into the Duluth ship canal. The Algolake had just cleared the canal after departing in reverse. That sometimes happens when a boat is discharging salt at the North American Salt Dock, just behind the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. It is easier to simply back straight out into the lake than it is to clear the dock, make a 180 turn and then go under the bridge normally. Nick Stenstrup was up for the day from St. Paul and will have his video of the unusual departure on YouTube later tonight. I will add the link here when it is there. A little earlier, the Algoma Quebecois was greeted by a large crowd as she came into port with cement
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Watch tug Wilfred M. Cohen in Duluth

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Michipicoten makes a wide turn in Duluth

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Not sure what happened but you can watch what happened complements of Dennis O’Hara; the Michipicoten appeared to make a wide turn as she was departing the port, then was able to back away (above), correct her position and went under the Lift Bridge without further incident. I took this top picture at the back of the Paulucci Building; she of course eventually found her way to the correct (other) side. (below)
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Algoma Quebecois

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Algoma Quebecois with the James R. Barker and the Arubaborg just behind