Algowood enters Duluth ship canal

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The self-unloading bulk freighter Algowood will be here today for the 6th time this season, again loading about 30,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Built in 1981 by Collingwood Shipyards at Collingwood, Ontario, it was named in honor of that town, the shipyard there, and the owner of the boat, Algoma Central.
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Algosteel takes coal to Nanticoke

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The Algosteel was here 5 times in 2000 and only once in 2004. Today, it will be making its 2nd trip this season. In all these visits, the Algosteel has loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources. The coal is brought here by train from coal mines in Wyoming and Montana. The Algosteel takes the coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Photo taken April 14, 2004.
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CSL Laurentien

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The CSL Laurentien is most of the former Louis R. Desmarais, built in 1977. During the 2000-2001 winter, the forward hull of the Desmarais was cut off and a new hull was joined to the Desmarais stern, including the engine room. Automated self-unloading equipment was added and the name was changed to the CSL Laurentien. (CSL is Canada Steamship Lines, the boat’s owner). Like 2 of the 4 previous trips here this season, it will load taconite. It loaded coal on one trip and grain on the other.
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CSL Niagara passes North Pier Light

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The CSL Niagara is making only its third trip here this season. Last year, it was here 8 times. The vessel was built using the engine room of the former J. W. McGiffin connected to an entirely new hull. It will load about 33,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Photo taken on July 29, 2002.
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Great Lakes Trader with Joyce

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The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader will be here today to load taconite. The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort, with an elevated pilot house, connects to the barge and provides the power to the vessel. It was here 8 times last year; this is its 4th trip here this season. As usual, it will be loading taconite. The combination is usually referred to as the Great Lakes Trader. Above, it is entering the Duluth ship canal earlier this month.
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Kaye E. Barker coming to snowy Duluth

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Every couple months, the Kaye E. Barker arrives in Duluth. It will be here today for the 4th time this year, loading coal as it did on two of the previous trips. Starting life as the Edward B. Greene, sailing for Cleveland Cliffs, it was later operated by Ford as the Benson Ford. In 1989, Ford left the shipping business and sold it to the current owner, Interlake Steamship Company. The boat is named after the wife of James R. Barker, Interlake Chairman of the Board. He also has a boat named after him. Above, the Kaye E. Barker enters the Duluth ship canal on January 23rd, 2004.
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Merry Christmas Columbia Star

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The Columbia Star is doing double duty for Oglebay Norton (the company) when they take coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke, as they will today. There is only room for about half the length of a 1,000-footer at the dock at Nanticoke. The Columbia Star is able to tie up to a dock from its stern and amidships. The Oglebay Norton, the other 1,000 foot boat in the Oglebay Norton fleet, can only tie up to a dock from its bow and stern. Above, the Columbia Star waits in the St. Louis River to load coal on Christmas day, 2002.
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Burns Harbor loads taconite

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Two 1,000-footers (the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and the Indiana Harbor)  will be here today loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources while one (the Burns Harbor) loads taconite at Burlington Northern, and another (American Spirit) loads taconite at Two Harbors. The 730 foot Canadian Progress will also load coal, while the 770 foot St. Clair loads taconite in Superior. The 858 foot Roger Blough visits Two Harbors on Christmas Eve for taconite. Above, the Burns Harbor loading taconite at Burlington Northern in September, 2004.
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CSL Tadoussac rarely visits bridge

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A boat called the Tadoussac made many trips to the Twin Ports since it was built in 1969. During the winter of 2000/2001, it was widened from 75 feet to 78 feet, its cargo self-unloading system was upgraded and it was relaunched as the CSL Tadoussac. CSL stands for Canada Steamship Lines, the boat’s owner in Montreal. It has been to the Twin Ports 23 times this season, although this is only the 4th time it will be coming in the Duluth side. In one trip to Duluth this season, it brought salt. The other 3 trips were probably to load fuel before going to the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. It will load taconite today. Photo taken July 26, 2002.
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Oglebay Norton ice

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The Oglebay Norton was here yesterday for the 46th time this season, loading coal as it has done on most every trip. This is the season when Great Lakes boats begin to look like ice bergs. The Oglebay Norton’s bow is encased in ice, and more ice will follow as the season continues into January. It is a losing battle to try to clear it since the boat spends much of its time in the icy waters of Lake Superior. This is the unavoidable result when the boat is sailing into the wind on Lake Superior. But work goes on. At left, you can see the Midwest Energy Resources ship loader getting ready to pour coal into the boat’s cargo holds. For that reason, the boat’s self unloader, center, has been raised up to make way for the ship loader.
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Herbert C. Jackson in Duluth canal

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The last grain shipment left Duluth last night on the Algonorth. The other cargos are still moving. Today, we will be getting cement, coal and limestone and and sending coal and taconite out. The seldom seen Buffalo will make an appearance today with limestone, leaving later for Silver Bay. Above, the Herbert C. Jackson arriving earlier this month. Today, it will discharge a cargo of coal before loading another coal shipment for Marquette.
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Algonorth kitchen

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The Canadian flagged Algonorth should depart the Twin Ports later today, taking the last grain cargo out of the port this season. The cold weather made the galley on the Algonorth a very popular place yesterday. Chief cook David Dunford of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (far right), is in charge, ably assisted by porter Bertha Lushman from Port Aux Bas, Newfoundland (middle) and 2nd cook Penny Kukta from Crystal Beach, Ontario (left).
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Sam Laud infrequent visitor

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The Sam Laud, expected here today to discharge limestone, has only been here 3 other times since 1996, two of those times, as today, in December. It only made its first trip to Lake Superior for this season earlier this month when it loaded taconite in Silver Bay. Today, it brings limestone from Calcite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo, it will go to Silver Bay for more taconite for Cleveland.
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Federal Rhine arriving Duluth harbor

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The Federal St. Laurent came into port on Saturday afternoon to load soy beans for Finland. It was the 130th and last salt water ship to come to the Twin Ports this year. That is 19 more than last year. That does not mean it will be the last salt water ship to depart Duluth. The Federal Rhine or the Federal St. Laurent, both in port, may take that honor, probably on Monday. Above, the Federal Rhine arrives Duluth in August, 2002.
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Federal St. Laurent last saltie in

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The Federal St. Laurent should be here this afternoon to load soy beans for Finland. This will be the 10th trip here since it arrived on June 6, 1996 as a brand new, bright red ship. It is still red but with saltwater, locks and docks working away on it over the last 10 years, the bright is probably gone. It will most likely be the last salt water ship of the season. Photo taken September 2, 2004.
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Oglebay Norton takes Santa for a ride

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The Oglebay Norton arrived in port early this morning to load coal. Santa Claus is often on this boat and can usually be seen waving from the pilot house when the boat goes under the Lift Bridge. That should happen this afternoon. Patrick Nelson captains the boat and the last time I saw him, he had a long white beard. We now have a clue where Santa gets his lumps of coal.
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Stewart J. Cort at BN

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The Stewart J. Cort will be here today loading taconite in Superior for the 43rd time this year. Launched in 1972 at Erie, Pennsylvania, the bow and stern were built in Mississippi and welded together. This ‘vessel’ then sailed to Erie where the two pieces were split apart and a midbody was inserted between them. All parts were then welded together, creating the first 1,000 footer on the Great Lakes. The Cort is now owned by a subsidiary of the Interlake Steamship Company, but still continues to load taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior. Photo taken August 21, 2003.
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Anja discharging cargo

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Built in 2000, the Anja has been here two times since then, both this year. Last June, it was here discharging steel coils. After completing that, it went to Thunder Bay to load grain. This trip, it brought steel coils again (above) but also stayed around to load grain. Later today or tomorrow, it will depart Duluth with spring wheat for Great Britain.
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Jackson coming in for grain

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A real sign of winter: the Earl W. Oglebay came in yesterday to discharge a load of limestone. It will then move over to the Fraser Shipyard in Superior, becoming the first boat to come in port for the winter layup. Above, the Herbert C. Jackson kicked up a little ice as it came into port this morning to load grain.
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Cinnamon loading wheat

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Built in 2003, the Cinnamon will be making its 3rd appearance in the Twin Ports today, the first this season. It is one of the ‘duck’ boats operated by Canfornav Limited in Montreal. This one is named after the Cinnamon teal, a duck found mostly in the Western United States. Other ‘duck’ boats visiting Duluth have been the Bluewing and sister-ship Greenwing, and the Mandarin. On her last trip here, the Cinnamon had an all Ukrainian crew; they loaded wheat for Tarragona, Spain. On this trip, they will load spring wheat for Italy. Photo taken November 9, 2004.
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Victoria brings steel coils

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The Victoria will be here for the 3rd time this season, each time discharging steel coils at the Port Terminal. On this trip, before Duluth, it also stopped in Cleveland to discharge cargo. On the first trip, and as today, it loaded wheat for a down bound cargo. That cargo went to Barcelona, Spain. The Victoria is not the Victoriaborg, which brought lumber here on Friday and should have departed with beet pulp pellets last night. Above, a local longshoreman moves a steel coil from the Victoria during its October visit. At left, another coil is discharged from the ship using a Port Terminal crane.
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Kapitonas A. Lucka will load wheat

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The Kapitonas A. Lucka usually comes here once or twice a year. It was here in August to load durum wheat for Algeria and will be back today to load spring wheat for Great Britain. At least 6 more salt water ships are still expected this season. December 20th is about the last day most like to depart Duluth to get out of the St. Lawrence Seaway System before the locks close up for the winter.
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David Z. Norton

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The David Z. Norton’s main job since it was built in 1973 is to carry taconite up the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland to the J & L Steel plant, now called ISG (International Steel Group Inc.). At only 630 long, it was built for moving cargo on rivers and is not up here at the other end of the Great Lakes very often, making only one trip in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2002. It made three trips here in 2003 and two last year. It will be here today for the second time this season, bringing limestone loaded in Calcite, Michigan.
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Vancouverborg entering Duluth

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The Vancouverborg entered the Duluth harbor yesterday (above), on the way to the General Mills dock in Duluth to load beet pulp pellets. Built in 2001, the hull was built in Romania and then towed through the Black Sea, across the Mediterranean Sea and up the west coast of Europe to Delfzijl, The Netherlands. There the ship, as well as a sister ship, the Virginiaborg, an exact copy, was assembled. This is the ship’s 16th visit to the Twin Ports since 2001; the 3rd this season.
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Callaway arrives Duluth

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After loading limestone at Calcite, Michigan, the Cason J. Callaway arrived Duluth yesterday afternoon (above) for the 19th time this season. After discharging the limestone, it will load taconite and depart Duluth later today for Detroit, Michigan.
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Antikeri gets tug assist

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The ship now called the Antikeri has been here 8 times since 1996. It was last here in September of this year loading grain. In 2003, it loaded bagged dried peas from Idaho, the first Food for Peace shipment out of Duluth in 12 years. The peas went to Mauritania, a country on the West Coast of Africa. Food for Peace is a long time but seldom discussed part of our foreign policy. In previous visits, the ship visited as the LT Argosy and the Millennium Hawk.
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Zeus is a Wagenborg

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Most ships that come here owned by Wagenborg Shipping in the Netherlands are grey and red. The Zeus, a very green Wagenborg ship, will be here today to load beet pulp pellets. The pellets, used as animal feed in Europe, are produced by sugar beet producers in North Dakota, where they are one of the primary by-products of sugar production.
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Toro will take wheat

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The Toro has sailed the world under a variety of names, starting with La Liberte, the Asart, and the Ulloa. It became the Toro in 2000 and visited Duluth for the first time. It was back again in 2002 (above) and was not here again until today. In the 2000 trip, the crew of the Toro was made up of Greek officers and a crew from the Philippines. The ship will wait at anchor for a few days and then come in to load durum wheat for Algeria.
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Canadian Olympic loading coal

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The Canadian Olympic will be in to load about 30,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources today. That cargo will be taken to Nanticoke, Ontario. The boat was built in Port Weller, Ontario in 1976. That was the same year the Olympics were held in Montreal, providing the boat with its last name. This is the 11th trip to the Twin Ports this year for the boat, all but two loading coal. It also loaded two cargos of taconite. Above, loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in January, 2004.
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Isadora in Twin Ports harbor

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The Isadora is at anchor off the Duluth piers, waiting for a grain berth to clear. It is a Polish ship, owned by the Polish Steamship Company in Szczecin, Poland, one of many Polish ships that come to Duluth every year. This is the ship’s 9th visit here since it was launched in 1999.
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Canadian Progress docked in winter

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The Canadian Progress will be here today for the 8th time this year loading about 30,000 tons of low sulfur coal brought in by train from Wyoming and Montana. The coal is then carried to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The Canadian Progress was built in 1968. The name comes from Canada’s 1967 centennial year’s motto, “A Century of Progress”.
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Utviken loads wheat for Italy

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The Utviken, built in Spain in 1984, will be here to load grain. The ship will likely go to anchor waiting for a dock. This is its 3rd trip here this season. It was the first salt water ship of this shipping season, arriving on April 11 to load about 18,000 metric tons of wheat for Italy (above). It was back again on September 20th. We should see quite a few ships at anchor in the next 2 weeks since shippers are rushing to get their last loads out of the Great Lakes before the winter ice sets in.
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Michipicoten here for taconite

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The Michipicoten will be here today to load taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It is the former US flagged Elton Hoyt 2nd. As the Hoyt, it sat idle in Superior from 2000 until April, 2003 when it was purchased by Lower Lakes Towing, reflagged Canadian and renamed the Michipicoten. This is the boat’s 8th trip here this season. As today, it loaded taconite on the first 7.
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Spar Opal will take grain

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The Spar Opal is a Norwegian ship here loading grain. The ship started life in 1984 as the Lake Shidaka. It has also been called the Consensus Atlantic and the Federal Matane. In 1991, it became the Spar Opal. You can still see the imprinting on the hull of the ship’s first name from 1984. Or at least you could when the picture above was taken in 1999 while it was at anchor off the Duluth piers. This is only its 7th visit here since 1996.
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Atlantic Huron enters Duluth

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The Atlantic Huron should be here today to load grain. When built in 1984, it was called the Prairie Harvest. The present name came in 1989. It sailed as the Melvin H. Baker from 1994 until 1998 when it again became the Atlantic Huron. The name reflects the boat’s ability to venture out into the Atlantic Ocean, a place most lake boats never visit.
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BBC England loads grain

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We had 7 visits this year by ships with names starting with BBC, indicating ownership by BBC Chartering & Logistics in Leer, Germany. The BBC England will be here today to load grain, the first of the ships to make a repeat visit. The last BBC ship here was the BBC Russia, arriving on September 10th. The BBC France and the BBC Shanghai brought wind turbine parts while the BBC Germany loaded bentonite. The others loaded grain. Photo taken May 1, 2005.
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Stellaprima travels the world

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The Stellaprima arrived in the Twin Ports with more than 9.6 million pounds of cargo to be taken by rail to Alberta. The ship started picking up the cargo in Japan, making stops in Malaysia, India, Italy and the Netherlands along the way. They completed discharging that cargo on Wednesday (above). This morning, it departs Duluth for Norfolk, Virginia to load machinery for power plants in Nigeria.
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Schnabel gobble

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There is a lot of activity today in the port; too bad for US sailors on a holiday but good for visiting relatives in Duluth. The last of the Canada bound cargo from the Dutch flagged ship Stellaprima was discharged last evening. It will soon be loaded onto the waiting US owned and operated Westinghouse 36-axle Schnabel car, the largest rail car in the world. Above, William Bingman, the Schnabelmeister, (upper left) looks carefully at the cargo he will soon take to Alberta. Today, the only sound from the Port Terminal is a Schnabel gobble.
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Frontenac in Duluth ship canal

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The Frontenac is owned and operated by Canada Steamship Lines of Montreal. Built in 1968, it was named for the French governor of the French possessions in North America in the late 17th century. He established a government at Quebec. This is the 15th trip here for the boat; each time it loaded taconite, usually at Burlington Northern. It may come in the Duluth entry today to take on fuel before moving over to the BN.
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Stellaprima to Schnabel

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It takes a lot of experts (above) to prepare to discharge a thick walled high pressure vessel for the refining industry, one of the largest pieces of equipment to ever move out of the port, from the heavy lift ship Stellaprima onto the 36-axle Schnabel car, the world’s largest capacity railcar. Above, the experts worked out the plans at the Port Authority on Monday. Today, they move the big red Schnabel car over next to the Stellaprima to begin the complicated process.
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Indiana Harbor has season of coal

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The Indiana Harbor will be here today to load about 62,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison. In past years, the boat has carried both taconite and coal however it has loaded coal on all 33 times it has been to the Twin Ports this season.
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Stellaprima is Jumbo

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The Stellaprima, owned by Jumbo in the Netherlands, is still discharging very large pieces of equipment to transport to Alberta by rail. Leon Streur, at left, Cargo Superintendent for Jumbo, has watched over the cargo as pieces were first loaded in Japan, then Malaysia, Venice, Sardinia, and Rotterdam. Gary Bennett (center), Clearance Manager for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, is here from Fort Worth to oversee the cargo as it is loaded onto railcars. Streur and Bennett arrived in Duluth by plane. At right, Stellaprima Captain A. G. van Koldam, from the Netherlands, came on board in Sri Lanka to guide the ship and its cargo to Duluth.
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Fairlane cargo moved by rail

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The last of the very heavy pieces brought into port by the heavy lift ship, Fairlane, and discharged onto rail cars, was moved away from the dock at the Port Terminal on Friday morning to make way for the heavy lift ship Stellaprima. The Fairlane then departed Duluth while the Stellaprima, that had arrived Thursday evening, moved in to begin discharging its cargo. Both cargoes are destined for large oil sands projects in Alberta.
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H. Lee White nears Aerial Lift Bridge

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The H. Lee White will be here today for the 7th time this season. It brought limestone in and/or loaded taconite for lower lakes ports on the first 5 trips. It will load coal for Wisconsin Electric Power in Milwaukee on this trip as it did on the last trip here on September 30th. Photo taken October 15, 2002.
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Fairlane brings big stuff

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A double stacked exchanger was taken off the heavy lift ship Fairlane on Tuesday afternoon at Lake Superior Warehousing Company at the Port Terminal. It is one of many very large pieces that will be discharged from this ship and the soon to arrive Stellaprima. This piece was placed on a rail car next to the ship and is part of a train that will move the pieces up to Northern Alberta.
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Munson brings ice

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The John G. Munson will be here today to discharge limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. After completing the discharge at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth, the Munson will depart Duluth to load taconite at Two Harbors. Above, the Munson arriving Duluth on Christmas Eve, 2004.
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American Republic rare visit

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The seldom seen American Republic will be here today to load coal for Ashland, Wisconsin. It was here in October to load taconite and before that, it was only here for 5 trips in 2002 since at least 1996. It was built specifically to carry taconite pellets from Lorain, Ohio, 35 miles up Lake Erie to Cleveland and then up the Cuyahoga River to the LTV Steel plant.
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Reserve winter layup

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The Reserve spent the winter here (above) but has only come back 6 times. Today, it will be here to discharge limestone on its 7th trip. But it has been busy. Beside the Twin Ports, the Reserve has visited Calcite, Ashtabula, Alpena, Cleveland, Lorain, Two Harbors, Ontonogon, Munising, Silver Bay, Gary, Indiana Harbor, Marquette and Toledo. On most of those trips, it has carried limestone or taconite. Photo taken February 15, 2005.
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St. Clair with North Pier Light

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There are many ways to describe a Great Lakes Freighter. Here is one: The St. Clair is powered by three 3500 HP General Motors, 20 cylinder, two stroke cycle, single acting diesel engines built in La Grange, Illinois. The boat is driven through a Falk single reduction gear box to a controllable pitch propeller, with a top speed of 14.5 knots or 16.7 mph. For cargo discharge, a twin conveyor system below the cargo holds transports the cargo to an inclined conveyor belt that elevates the cargo to a deck-mounted boom conveyor. For maneuvering in port the vessel is equipped with 1,000 HP bow and stern thrusters.
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Courtney Burton

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The Courtney Burton was laid up for two years in Toledo but came out last year to carry wheat from the Twin Ports to Buffalo, replacing the Joseph H. Frantz and Kinsman boats on that route. It is making its 17th trip of the year to the Twin Ports today. The first 4 trips saw it loading wheat for Buffalo, but that changed to loading taconite during the summer months. With the fall harvest under way, the Burton has loaded wheat for the last 6 trips and will do so today.
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