CSL Assiniboine loading coal at BN

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Coal is still the big cargo. There is not as much back up as yesterday to get to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior, but it will still be busy over there. The James R. Barker came in yesterday from the anchorage and will probably leave sometime this morning for Detroit Edison. The Canadian Olympic should also be leaving today with coal, going to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was built in Port Weller, Ontario in 1976, the year the Olympics were held in Montreal. The games also provided the name for the new boat. This is its 15th trip here this year. It is scheduled to be back here on January 6th for at least one more load of coal before the season closes. The CSL Assiniboine is expected to load taconite at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. Above, it is doing the same in July, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-31-2006

Paul R. Tregurtha under Duluth Lift Bridge

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The Paul R. Tregurtha came under the Lift Bridge early Friday afternoon (above) and went to the Port Terminal to wait for the American Integrity to finish loading coal and depart Duluth. That probably happened late last night. The James R. Barker was expected late last night and likely took the place of the Tregurtha at the Port Terminal when it followed the Integrity at the Midwest Energy Coal dock in Superior. Each of these boats is over 1,000 feet long, representing a lot of capacity waiting around. The Canadian Enterprise has been at anchor waiting for the dock and will get the spot sometime. It is usually first come first served. The Canadian Olympic is out in the Lake, probably taking its time since it will have to wait some where to load its coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-30-2006

John D. Leitch approaching Duluth

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The John D. Leitch will be here today to load coal. It has only been here 15 times since 1996, continuing a steady stream of seldom seen boats coming here at the end of the season. It often brings salt in but we have not had a very bad winter and thus don’t have quite the need for salt that we usually do. This is the second visit here this year for the Leitch; it was here in May as well (above). In 2001, when the Leitch was known as the Canadian Century, it received a new midsection, giving it a larger cargo hold and soon thereafter a new name.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-29-2006

Wilfred Sykes one of the beauties

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The Wilfred Sykes arrived off the Superior piers yesterday and dropped anchor to wait for the Adam E. Cornelius to complete loading taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior. Like the two boats mentioned here yesterday, the Sykes is seldom seen and when it is here, it is cold. But the Sykes has taken seldom seen too far. The last time it was in the Twin Ports was in December, 1997. Above, it is departing Duluth on December 22nd, 1997. Continuing with the seldom seen trend, it stayed at anchor off the Superior piers until dark, and (presumably) came into port when the Adam E. Cornelius finished (presumably), late last night. It may leave shortly after the sun comes up this morning.

*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-28-2006

CSL Niagara under Aerial Lift Bridge

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The CSL Niagara and the CSL Laurentien will both be here today to load taconite at the CN dock. They don’t come here very often but for some reason, they seem to show up when it is cold. Last season, both were here a total of 10 times. Five of those trips were in December and January. This year, the CSL Laurentien appeared here on March 23, coming down from Thunder Bay to get an early start on the season. It was the first boat to arrive that hadn’t spent the winter in the port. It is very unusual for a Canadian boat to be here that early since the Soo Locks would not be open that early. They have been here this season only 6 times. They almost always load taconite or coal when here. Above, the CSL Niagara comes under the Lift Bridge in January, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-27-2006

Great Lakes Trader-Joyce L. Van Enkevort

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Christmas Day was a light day for shipping in the Twin Ports. The John G. Munson departed Duluth around 8 am and the tug barge Great Lakes Trader arrived early afternoon (above). It came in under the Lift Bridge to get fuel before moving over to the Burlington Northern dock in Superior to load taconite. Both the Duluth and the Superior entry will be active today, and Two Harbors will be full with a line waiting. There may be some changes to this listing since shipping companies do not like to have their boats sitting around waiting. That does nothing but spend their money, although it will give the crew a little more time with Christmas left overs. Lobster and steak are the mainstays of most Christmas dinners on Great Lakes boats.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-26-2006

John G. Munson in the Duluth ship canal

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Midwest Energy Resources is the most active dock in the Twin Ports, loading coal into boats on a regular basis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Almost. Their schedule for today reads: NO ACTIVITY; STARTING 12/24 @ 1500hrs – 12/25 @ 2300hrs. That of course makes Tuesday a very busy day at Midwest. In fact, both Tuesday and Wednesday will be very active days in the Twin Ports. Four boats are arriving under the Lift Bridge on Tuesday and five boats will be stopping, or waiting, at Burlington Northern. On Wednesday, 7 boats are expected to arrive at the Duluth entry, 3 for taconite and 4 for coal. Of course, this lineup will undoubtedly change as the week goes on. Boats down on the list may get rerouted by the home office, or they may check down out in the lake rather than rushing in to wait in line. Above, the John G. Munson comes into Duluth last week.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-25-2006

St. Clair, Bayfield and Lift Bridge

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The St. Clair arrived Duluth last night around 6 o’clock to load coal for Detroit Edison’s St. Clair power plant near St. Clair, Michigan. The boat was built in 1976 to deliver coal to the plant, even though the first delivery made was iron ore to Indiana Harbor. The boat was also named after the power plant. It is seen above going under the Lift Bridge last night, passing by the Marine Museum’s tug Bayfield, decorated for the holidays. The 45-foot tug was built in 1953. When the Corps of Engineers took over the tug in 1962, it was renamed in honor of the harbor of the town in Wisconsin by the same name.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-24-2006

Munson and American Century meet

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The John G. Munson is expected here this evening with coal loaded in Ashtabula. When that job is completed, it is expected to get fuel before moving up to Two Harbors to load taconite for Conneaut. This is the 20th trip the Munson has made to the Twin Ports this season. The two thousand footers that Oglebay Norton sold to American Steamship earlier this year will both be here to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. The Indiana Harbor, another thousand footer owned by American Steamship since it was built in 1979, should be loading coal there in between them. The American Century (formerly the Columbia Star) came in early this morning and followed the Canadian Enterprise there. It should have departed very early this morning and the Indiana Harbor likely moved in just after it departed. The American Integrity (formerly the Oglebay Norton) was expected early this morning and will wait for the Indiana Harbor to complete loading. Above, the John G. Munson was departing last March while the Columbia Star (now the American Century) was coming in.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-23-2006

Indiana Harbor in the Twin Ports harbor

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Two US flagged thousand footers and one Canadian flagged boat will be here today to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. The Canadian Enterprise should be first at the dock followed by the American Century. Later this evening, the Indiana Harbor will arrive. The Canadian Enterprise and the American Century will load for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The Indiana Harbor will load for Detroit Edison at St. Clair, Michigan. On two previous trips this month, the Indiana Harbor took its coal to Ontario Power. Above, it leaves Duluth on December 1st on the first trip to Nanticoke. Detroit Edison owns Midwest Energy Resources and obviously uses some of the coal itself while also selling it to other parties such as Ontario Power Generation.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-22-2006

Reserve coming to winter 05-06 layup

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The Reserve should be here today to discharge a load of limestone before heading over to Silver Bay to load taconite. It came in for winter lay up on January 12th of this year (the last shipping season) (above) and in early March, it was sold by Oglebay Norton to K&K Warehousing, Inc. of Menominee, Michigan for $4 million. This will be the 13th trip here for the Reserve this season. That is about the number of trips it has made here for the last several seasons.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-21-2006

Anders and Donna from Algolake

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Algolake Captain Anders Rasmussen and his wife Donna say good-bye to Duluth late yesterday afternoon as they head off to Thunder Bay to discharge the 30,000 tons of coal they loaded at Midwest Energy Resources earlier in the day. That will be used by Ontario Power Generation. After discharging that coal, they will take on more coal (a different grade) in Thunder Bay for the Great Lakes Steel dock in Detroit. They then turn around and come back to the Twin Ports for more coal, taking it to Ontario Power Generation, this time in Nanticoke. Officers on Great Lakes boats often have family members on board with them for at least one trip each season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-20-2006

Alder gets attention

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There was a waiting line at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock last night. That means we started the day with departures from there. The American Mariner may have already departed and the Algolake should complete later this morning. That should give the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. a clear shot at going right in to take on its load of coal when it arrives this afternoon. The Alder came back to town yesterday after 19 days of buoy tending on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. Above, the Alder is moving through the harbor as a photographer follows. Shortly after this, the ship turned toward its dock to tie up for a holiday break. It will then be ready to break some ice, if there is any.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-19-2006

Algolake departs Duluth in sunshine

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The Algolake will be here for the 17th time this year, loading, as usual, low sulfur coal brought here by train from mines in Montana and Wyoming. That’s about 2 trips a month, the rate it has visited over the last 4 or 5 years. Three boats will be coming in the Duluth entry today, all loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. There will be two boats coming to the Burlington Northern facility in Superior to load taconite. The CN dock in Two Harbors, like BN, only loads taconite. One boat will be going there today. Above, the Algolake departs Duluth in June, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-18-2006

Munson entering Twin Ports harbor

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Thursday night, the BBC France became the 137th and last salt water ship to come under the Lift Bridge this season. Very early Saturday morning, the Federal Margaree was the last salt water ship to leave the Twin Ports this year. That was the earliest day in December for the last boat to leave since the Lake Champlain closed up the season in 2000 on the same date. The last boat in 1999 was the Lady Hamilton, leaving here on December 20th. That was the latest departure date since 1996. Two ships in 1997 also left on the 20th. Meanwhile, back in the port this year, the John G. Munson arrived Duluth just as the sun was setting Saturday afternoon (above). The US and Canadian flagged vessels will be coming and going until about January 20th.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-17-2006

BBC France taking on cargo

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On Friday morning, longshoremen at Lake Superior Warehousing Company loaded the last cargo of the year from the Port Terminal into a salt water ship. The Port’s two gantry cranes slowly lowered an electrical module into the hold of the BBC France (above). That done, workers secured the cargo, closed up the hold and waited for a relief captain to come aboard. He arrived in the early afternoon and took his ship under the Lift Bridge around 2:30 pm. With the good weather, he should have no trouble getting out of the St. Lawrence Seaway system before it closes for the winter. They will head over to Iceland to discharge their cargo. The last salt water ship of the year, the Federal Margaree, was set to depart late last night with a cargo of grain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-16-2006

BBC France nearing Aerial Lift Bridge

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The BBC France was set to arrive last night around midnight. This morning at 8 am, longshoremen at Lake Superior Warehousing Company will begin loading one very heavy prefabricated electrical module onto the ship. The ship will depart Duluth later today to take the module to Iceland where it will be used in an aluminum smelter operation being built there by Alcoa. Several other ships have taken the same cargo to Iceland this season. Leaving the port today also will be the Goldeneye, its cargo holds filled with bentonite for Poland. That should leave one more salt water ship this season. That would be the Federal Margaree, due here today to load grain. Above, the BBC France departs Duluth in early July, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-15-2006

Federal Oshima

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The Federal Oshima has been in port since Monday evening, loading soy beans and spring wheat at the AGP terminal in Duluth. It should depart sometime this afternoon, taking that cargo to Antwerp, Belgium. Built in 1999 in Japan, it is 629 feet long, a little over 77 feet wide and bright red. It is built for easier passage through ice, which will be helpful as it moves through the Seaway system in mid-December. The flared bow improves the performance on the ocean and the straight sides enable it to carry packaged cargo as well as the bulk cargo it is loading now.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-14-2006

St. Clair about to depart Twin Ports

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Today is a good day to watch ships depart Duluth. All 4 set to go under the Lift Bridge today will be going out into the Lake. Three salties will be leaving, and one US freighter, the St. Clair. On Thursday, the last three salt water ships of the year, the BBC France, the Federal Margaree and the Goldeneye, should be arriving. They will not have to compete for space since they are all handling very different cargo. The Federal Margaree will be loading grain, the BBC France will discharge steel coils and the Goldeneye will load bentonite. It is unusual for 3 salt water ships to leave one day and three more arrive the next. The St. Clair came in last night around dinner time for coal. Above, it is seen departing Duluth in May of 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-13-2006

Federal Welland loading grain

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The Ziemia Gornoslaska is due here this morning to load grain. This afternoon the Federal Welland arrives to load bentonite. Above, the Federal Welland is seen loading grain on a visit here in September, 2001. It is bright red. Today marks only the 4th visit the Federal Welland has made to the Twin Ports. The Ziemia Gornoslaska has been here 13 times since 1996. The Federal Oshima was expected in last night to load grain. There are only 3 more salt water vessels scheduled for the rest of the season at this time. The last salt water vessel usually leaves the port by December 19th, a week from today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-12-2006

Goldeneye greeted by Canal Park crowd

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After stopping at Oshawa, near Toronto, to discharge cargo, the Goldeneye is expected here today to load bentonite for Poland. It came into port last June, above, to load spring wheat for Venezuela. The Greek-owned Goldeneye is under charter to a Canadian company, Canadian Forest Navigation. Built in 1986, the ship has also sailed under the names Sun Ocean and Luna Verde. This is the 8th trip here for the Goldeneye since 1995.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-11-2006

I saw the Harbor ice

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Above, the Indiana Harbor is seen departing Duluth on the first of this month. It took a cargo of coal to Ontario Power Generation at Nanticoke. Yesterday, it returned to take on another load of coal for Nanticoke. After it departs, three boats are scheduled to follow it at Midwest Energy – the Kaye E. Barker, the Algolake, and then the Paul R. Tregurtha. Two other boats originally scheduled for Sunday have been moved back to early Monday morning, perhaps because of weather out on the lake (high wind).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-10-2006

Kaye E. has visibility problem

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It is another big day for coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. And of course, at the end of the season, sometime in January, we will be able to say it was another big year for coal in the Twin Ports. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. came in last night around 6 pm to load coal for Detroit Edison. The Kaye E. Barker is expected this morning to load coal for Marquette, Michigan. There have been weather delays there so the Barker may have to wait. This is the first visit to the Twin Ports for the Barker since it suffered a boiler explosion on November 5th. They were on Lake Superior close to Whitefish Point when the explosion occurred. Above, the Barker is seen coming into the port for winter lay up on January 23rd, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-09-2006

North Carolina ice

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It looks like the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. may be the only boat coming under the Lift Bridge today. They should be here in the late afternoon, going over to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load 62,000 tons of low sulfur western coal for Detroit Edison at St. Clair, Michigan. Only three boats are expected on Saturday. They will also be loading coal at Midwest Energy. Ice is becoming a factor in the port. The tug boats have been out breaking up the ice and helping ships get into and out of their berths. The tugs have their own ice problems, accumulating a lot of it as the season wears on. Above, the tug North Carolina is waiting to help a ship get out of the ice on December 18th, 2000.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-08-2006

Inviken approaching Duluth Lift Bridge

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After making stops in Cleveland and Burns Harbor to discharge general cargo, the Norwegian owned Inviken should be arriving here today, perhaps in the early afternoon. On past trips, it flew the Bahamian flag with a crew from the Philippines. The operator, Viken Shipping, located in Bergen, Norway, also operates the Daviken, Goviken, Sandviken, and the Utviken. They all visit the Twin Ports periodically. The Inviken is a versatile ship. It has been here 5 times since 1996. On one trip, it loaded bentonite here and then went to Thunder Bay to load grain. Another trip, in 2004, found it discharging steel coils here and then going down to Milwaukee to load corn for Algeria. On this trip, the Inviken will load wheat for Italy. Above, it is arriving Duluth in June, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-07-2006

Orla looks nice with ice

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The Polish owned and operated Orla is making its 4th trip to the Twin Ports today. Above, it is coming in on the first trip in December, 2000. The last time it was here was just in August this year. It will be loading spring wheat for Italy while it is here. The Orla was built in 1999 and is 490 feet long. The Federal Seto will be loading taconite today at Burlington Northern for Algeria. That will be the last salt water ship this year to load taconite for Algeria.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-06-2006

American Century says see you later, Duluth

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Three thousand footers will be here today loading coal. The Paul R. Tregurtha, at 1,013 feet 6 inches long, is the longest of the 13 thousand footers on the lakes. It came in last night at 6:30 and should depart sometime this morning. The American Integrity and American Century should also be arriving to load coal, although the Century may not get here until early Wednesday morning. The Tregurtha and the Integrity will be loading about 62,000 tons for Detroit Edison. The American Century will be going to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke with another 62,000 tons. Above, the American Century entertained visitors to the Duluth ship canal on July 4th this past summer.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-05-2006

Varnebank loading in Duluth harbor

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Two Dutch ships will be here today to load beet pulp pellets from North Dakota. The Vancouverborg is making its 16th trip to the Twin Ports today, the first this season. It was built in 2001. The Varnebank is making its 3rd trip this year. Above, the Varnebank is departing Duluth on October 3rd, 2002 after the 1st of its 8 visits here since it was built in 2000. Beet pulp pellets are usually taken to Spain or Morocco where they are used for animal feed. Along with molasses, they are one of the primary by-products of sugar production.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-04-2006

McCarthy arrives Duluth for coal, again

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. is a frequent visitor to the Twin Ports. Above, it came in on October 28th this year to load the usual cargo of coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior for Detroit Edison in St. Clair, Michigan. This will be the 1,000-footer’s 40th trip here this season. None of this should be surprising since Detroit Edison owns Midwest Energy Resources, and the McCarthy was named for the former president of Detroit Edison. It has averaged a little over 13 hours in port this year. That average does include time spent loading fuel, waiting in line and traveling between the Lift Bridge and Midwest Energy.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-03-2006

Alpena arrives to warm welcome

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The Alpena is here for the 13th time this season, bringing cement in on each occasion. It was originally the Leon Fraser when it was built in 1942 for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company. It was modified for salt water duty for a time, sat idle during the 80’s and was shortened by 120 feet in the late 80’s and turned into a cement carrier. That happened at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. Inland Lakes bought the Leon Fraser in 1990, renamed it and put it in the cement trade in June, 1991. It is a very pretty boat and it often attracts a crowd, as above when it came into port last August 21st.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-02-2006

Indiana Harbor routine

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The crew on the Indiana Harbor will live like normal people today. They should pull into port about the time many of us are going to work, although their commute from Nanticoke is a bit longer than the average Twin Ports commute. After a hard day of loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior, they will depart Duluth around 5 or 6 tonight to return to Nanticoke, about the same time we are heading home. Above, the Indiana Harbor is arriving for work at 6:04 in the evening on October 10th. They left town at 6:04 the next morning. Not so normal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-01-2006

Ice is nice on the John G. Munson

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The John G. Munson will be here today for the 18th time this season. It is coming with a cargo of limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. It brings limestone on many of its trips here and often loads coal as a down bound cargo. Today, it will go to Two Harbors to load taconite after discharging the limestone in Superior. Above, it is coming in to Duluth on January 20th, 2004. Built in 1952, it was lengthened by 120 feet in 1976, an upgrade that extended its useful life on the Great Lakes. Unlike many other boats built in the 50’s, the Munson has always had a self-unloading boom on the deck.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-30-2006

Frontenac playing icebreaker

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The Canadian flagged Frontenac will be here today for the 10th time this season. Above it is breaking up some ice and snow as it entered the Duluth ship canal on March 29th, 2003. With the high winds we have had, it is lucky for ship captains that the temperature has been above freezing. Below freezing and the water of Lake Superior becomes ice on the hull and the deck, especially when heading into the wind. Lower temperatures and high winds from the east would have added a lot of ice to the decks of ships departing Duluth yesterday. Wait for a west wind with lower temperatures to see ice covered boats arriving. While not appreciated by the captain, the boats are fun to look at. I get more requests from on board personnel for pictures of their boat covered in ice and snow than not, so even they appreciate the look of it if not the added weight and inconvenience.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-28-2006

American Fortitude

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Six US flagged lakers will be in port today, four of them were sold this spring from Oglebay Norton to American Steamship. The first part of each new name is American. The other two involved in the sale, the American Integrity and the American Valor, will make an appearance on Wednesday. The 5th laker here today is the Walter J. McCarthy Jr., a boat that has been owned by American Steamship since it was built in 1977. The 6th one, the St. Clair, has been owned by American Steamship since it was built in 1976. The American Fortitude, due here today to load taconite, is seen above coming into port on November 5th.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-28-2006

Thekla has many German sisters

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The salt water vessel Thekla came in last night with steel coils to discharge at the Port Terminal this morning. It has been here twice before, once in 2003 and again in 2005 (above). The Rebecca is due here later today with more steel coils. It was just here in early October to load wheat. Both ships are owned by a German company that names a lot of its ships, including these two, after girls names ending in ‘a.’ Why I do not know, but a number of them visit the Twin Ports. Amanda, Anja, Katja, Nina, Tatjana, Winona and Xenia have all been here. The Polish owned Isa should have come in from the anchorage around 6 am this morning to load grain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-27-2006

Isa enters Duluth shipping canal

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The Polish owned Isa was built in 1999 and came to Duluth in August of that year but has only been back 7 other times, the last visit being in late October, 2004 (above). It is currently sitting at anchor and should be coming into load grain around 6 am Monday morning. Two other salt water ships should be coming in today: the Thekla will be here with steel coils and the Spar Jade is coming to load bentonite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-26-2006

Federal Agno loading at Hallett

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About 20,000 tons of chromium ore, the last of one million tons originally stockpiled in Montana during the Second World War, was loaded into the Federal Agno yesterday at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth. The ore is now owned by a company in Sweden. For several years, 2 or 3 ships a year have been moving the pile from here to Sweden. There is only about 40,000 tons left at Hallett. However, we may see it again since much of it is likely to be used to make specialty steel, some of which is imported from Sweden into the United States. Yesterday (above), a Hallett front end loader dropped some of the fine, black material onto a conveyor belt that took it up to the ship and then into the cargo hold. The ship left for Sweden yesterday afternoon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-25-2006

Block out, Federal Agno in

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Yesterday, as the Joseph L. Block was departing Duluth for Two Harbors with a half load of iron ore, the Federal Agno came in to load chromium ore for Sweden. If you were taking a walk by the ship canal, this was a great opportunity to see two boats. If you were in the long line of cars waiting for the Lift Bridge to come down, you were waiting for the dreaded two-for-one, two boats coming under the bridge during one lift. If you had a camera, it was just a nice picture (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-24-2006

American Integrity is A-OK

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It has been a hard couple days for boat, crew and cargo on several boats doing business in the Twin Ports. The Dutch flagged Virginiaborg left Duluth on November 17th. By the time it arrived at the Soo Locks, a fire was discovered in both of the ship’s two cargo holds. It was allowed to pass through the Soo Locks and then the smoking cargo, beet pulp pellets loaded in Duluth, was removed. The Paul R. Tregurtha has been seen around here for the last several visits with a tug close by because of a malfunctioning bow thruster. Yesterday, two new blades were added to the bow thruster and the boat was back in business by 6 pm last night. When it completed, earlier this morning, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. should have followed the Tregurtha at the coal dock. A crew member on the McCarthy had to be taken off the boat by Coast Guard helicopter on Sunday after getting sick. I don’t think anything is wrong with the cargo or crew of the American Integrity also due here today. Above, it is departing Duluth on September 11th.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-22-2006

Adam E. Cornelius arriving Duluth

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The Adam E. Cornelius came into port on Monday morning with a cargo of limestone loaded in Calcite, Michigan (above). After discharging that cargo, it moved over to the CN dock in West Duluth to load taconite for Gary. The boat was built as the Roger M. Kyes in 1973 and became the Adam E. Cornelius in 1989. It was chartered to Inland Steel for many years, but since 1998, it has sailed for American Steamship Company in Buffalo.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-21-2006

Joseph L. Block turning in the harbor

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The Joseph L. Block is expected in the Twin Ports today to discharge a cargo of slag and then load taconite byproduct before leaving for Two Harbors to complete loading for a lower lakes port. The boat was built for Inland Steel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and is named for a former chairman of the board of Inland Steel. He was born in 1902 and was chairman from 1959 to 1967. This will be the Block’s 14th trip here this season. That is more trips it has made here already this season since it was here 16 times in 1999.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-20-2006

Edwin H. Gott with Duluth backdrop

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You never can be sure where you are going on a Great Lakes freighter. The Edwin H. Gott was expected to load taconite at Two Harbors for Gary on Thursday. Instead, it will be here today to get fuel first and then load taconite at Burlington Northern for Detroit. Assuming it does get here and do that, it will be the 10th trip to the Twin Ports this season. It was last here in late August. It was here 21 times last season. The Gott is the most powerful boat on the Great Lakes, generating 19,500 hp with two diesel engines. Built in 1979 at Sturgeon Bay, it was named for the president of the United States Steel Company from 1967 to 1969. Photo taken January 15, 2006.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-19-2006

Isadora coming in from anchor

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Only two boats should be going under the Lift Bridge today, both probably doing it tonight. The Polish flagged Isadora is expected to depart for Italy with a cargo of wheat and the American Mariner will be here to load taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. That cargo will go to Indiana Harbor. Above, the Isadora is turning into the ship canal on Thursday afternoon after a short stay in the outer anchorage off the Duluth piers. That explains the odd angle; it was coming from its position at anchor and not straight in from the Lake.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-18-2006

Canadian Olympic arrives to cold Canal Park

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Two boats brought one cargo into port yesterday and they both will be taking another cargo out this morning. That is a good thing. The Canadian Olympic arrived yesterday afternoon with a load of limestone. After discharging that cargo, it moved over to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load coal for Nanticoke. The John G. Munson arrived early Thursday morning with limestone and should have left earlier this morning with taconite for Gary. Above, the Canadian Olympic comes into port last December.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-17-2006

Isadora ready to depart Duluth

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The Isadora probably arrived off the Duluth piers last night and dropped its anchor, picking up some free parking while waiting for a berth. It will probably be coming in late this morning to begin loading wheat. It should be departing Friday night for Italy. The ship was built in 1999 and is making its 10th trip to the Twin Ports. It was last here in early December last year. Above, it is departing Duluth in June of 2004. It is a Polish ship, owned by the Polish Steamship Company in Szczecin, Poland and is one of many ships the company operates that come to the port.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-16-2006

American Courage was Fred R. White, Jr.

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The American Courage will be here today to discharge a cargo of limestone it picked up in Calcite, Michigan. Formerly called the Fred R. White, it usually gets up to Duluth 2 or 3 times a year. This will be the second trip this year; it was also here in August. It is one of several ‘river boats’ built especially to carry taconite pellets up the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland to the J & L Steel plant, now called ISG (International Steel Group Inc.). Larger boats, particularly thousand footers, load taconite from Lake Superior ports such as Duluth and discharge them at the mouth of the Cuyahoga at a facility called the Cleveland Bulk Terminal. The big boats cannot negotiate the narrow curves of the river so smaller river boats such as the White load the pellets and take them to steel mills up the river. It will go over to Silver Bay next to pick up its own cargo of taconite to carry up the Cuyahoga River. Photo taken on May 19, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-15-2006

Kwintebank at Port Terminal

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The port picked up a new type of business on Monday. The Kwintebank arrived from Milwaukee early Monday morning after discharging wind turbine parts. Wind turbine parts are often welded into place where ever they are loaded on a ship. That allows for no movement of the piece during transit, which allows the ship to be packed tighter, thus holding more cargo, always a good thing for the shipping company. The welds were not cleaned off in Milwaukee, so instead of going to General Mills to load beet pulp pellets for Spain, the Kwintebank went to the Port Terminal (above) where iron workers took their torches to the old welds. The ship should begin loading the pellets today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-14-2006

CSL Tadoussac departing Twin Ports

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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 20 times this season, although this is only the 4th time it will be coming in the Duluth side. In all the other trips, it went to the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. On this trip, it will load taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. Photo taken July 26, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-13-2006

Ryerson arriving Duluth ship canal

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The port had an unexpected arrival on Saturday (above), the Edward L. Ryerson, a boat many feel is the prettiest on the Great Lakes. It is here for repairs at Fraser Shipyards. When that is complete, it will move down the Superior channel to the Burlington Northern dock to load taconite. That has been its job here on each of the 13 trips it has made to the Twin Ports this year. Before this season, it had not been here since May of 1998. It was laid up just after that visit until this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-12-2006

Unusual perspective of Vlistborg

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The Vlistborg with be here today for the 8th time since it first arrived in the Twin Ports in May, 1999, the year it was launched. At 434 feet, the Vlistborg is a smaller ship than most that come to the Twin Ports, but it is more flexible and can be configured to carry a wide variety of cargos. Today it is loading beet pulp pellets grown and produced in North Dakota. They are taken usually to Spain or Morocco where they are used for animal feed. Beet pulp pellets, along with molasses, are two of the primary by-products of sugar production. Photo taken November 20, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-11-2006

Ypermachos passes under Aerial Lift Bridge

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The Ypermachos finally came into port last night from the anchorage just off the Duluth piers (above). The ship went over to the Peavey elevator to load spring wheat for Italy. It was better known here in the mid 80’s when it was the Socrates and went aground off Park Point. That name certainly gave the ship a nice tradition, but perhaps a bit too smart. The current name in Greek means Champion, maybe a bit more appropriate for a citizen of the high seas. After using a tug assist for the last couple days, the Paul R. Tregurtha departed last night with a full load of coal and repairs completed on the engine block. The tug G.L. Ostrander brought the barge Integrity here with a load of cement, but both are now over at Fraser Shipyards in Superior getting some repairs. The Canadian flagged Mississagi is also over there for repairs.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-10-2006

Out of fog appears Ypermachos

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The Ypermachos (now the Zuni Princess) has been at anchor for the last couple days, often hidden behind the fog. It lifted a bit yesterday allowing the picture above to be taken. This ship is the same ship that ran aground off Park Point in November, 1985. It has also been here as the Mecta Sea and the Union. On those trips, you could still see some of the letters from the ship’s original name, Socrates, imprinted on the side of the ship. It may come in this afternoon to go over to the Peavey Company’s Connor’s Point Elevator in Superior to load spring wheat for Italy.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-09-2006

Ypermachos in Duluth-Superior harbor

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The Ypermachos (now the Zuni Princess) should be arriving off the Duluth piers sometime today. It will probably drop anchor and wait for the berth at CHS in Superior to clear. This is the first time this ship has been here under this name. It has visited here with three other names, one of which was quite memorable. It was called the Mecta Sea from 1997 until last year. Between 1992 and 1997, it was called the Union. The name that is very important to Duluthians was its name between its launch in 1984 and 1992. It was the Socrates. In early November of 1985, this ship also dropped anchor off the Duluth piers. On November 12th of that year, a howling wind blew it off its anchor and it ran aground, just off Park Point, on the other side of the Lift Bridge. It took almost a week to free the ship. Above, the ship is departing Duluth when it was called the Mecta Sea in November, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-08-2006

Kapitonas Stulpinas with friends

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The Kapitonas Stulpinas should be arriving under the Lift Bridge this morning around 7 am to load bentonite. It has not been to the Twin Ports since May of 2004. That was the only trip that year; it only made one trip here in each of the 3 previous years. It was built in Ukraine in 1981 as part of the former Soviet Union’s merchant vessel fleet. Like many other ships in that fleet, it is now owned and operated by the Lithuanian Shipping Company at Klaipeda, a port located on the Baltic Sea. Photo taken November 3, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-07-2006

American Victory arriving Duluth

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The American Victory loaded limestone in Ashtabula and will be here today to discharge it. It will then move over to the Burlington Northern dock in Superior to load taconite for Lorain, Ohio. It visited here many times as the Middletown. It became the American Victory when it was sold by Oglebay Norton to American Steamship last Spring. Above, it is entering the Duluth harbor in June, also with a cargo of limestone. The boat retains the same colors it sailed with when owned by Oglebay Norton. However, the stack has been repainted to reflect the new owners.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-05-2006

American Fortitude in Twin Ports harbor

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The American Fortitude will be here for the 20th time this season. Like most of the trips, it will be loading wheat for flour mills in Buffalo. It spent last winter in the Twin Ports, coming in as the Courtney Burton and departing with its current name after it was sold by Oglebay Norton to American Steamship. It replaced the now scrapped Joseph H. Frantz which replaced the now rejuvenated Kinsman Independent (becoming the Voyageur Independent) as the main hauler of wheat from Midwestern farms, by way of Duluth Superior, to Buffalo. Above, it departs Duluth this past August.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-04-2006

Odra trading steel & barley for wheat

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The salt water ship Odra came into port on Thursday morning after sailing here from Puerto Cabello, Venezuela. Captain Sycz Radostaw had loaded 2 of the ship’s cargo holds with steel products in Gdansk, Poland, 3 holds with barley in Antwerp and delivered both cargos to Venezuela. His crew of 21 Polish sailors are now loading wheat to take to a still to be determined port in Italy. The Odra is named after the river of the same name that flows into Szczecin, Poland, the city where the Captain was born and grew up and the home of the ship’s operator, the Polish Steamship Company. Szczecin is a port city with access to the Baltic Sea and the oceans beyond. I was going to take a picture of three cadets that are on board (and a part of the crew of 21) but they were out shopping in Duluth, so the Captain kindly permitted me to take his picture (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-03-2006

Kaye E. Barker in cold water

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It’s a good deal for places like Duluth when people in the west want stuff from people in the east and people in the east want stuff from people in the west. The Kaye E. Barker will be here today to provide that service. It loaded coal at Conneaut, Ohio to bring up to Duluth where it will be used at several places in Northern Minnesota that need that particular kind of coal. After emptying the cargo holds of that coal, it will then move over to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior to load coal for a power plant in Marquette, Michigan. That coal was mined in Montana and arrived here by train. It is likely the Barker will arrive, service the two cargos of coal and depart all today. Photo taken December 26, 2005.
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Captain says hi from American Integrity

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American Integrity Captain Patrick Nelson waves to the crowd as his boat goes under the Lift Bridge last August. At the top of his 1,000 footer, and just under the Lift Bridge, it is just as hard to see him in the picture above as it is when you are at the ship canal waving. Today will be the 35th time his boat has been here this season. On all those trips, the boat loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. It has usually taken a few cargos of taconite down to the lower lakes, but so far not this year. Today, he will take 62,000 tons of coal to Detroit Edison at St. Clair, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-01-2006

Canadian Enterprise arriving Duluth

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The Gales of November came a little early on Monday. As anyone who was close by Lake Superior yesterday knows, there was a big blow on the lake, as a crew member on the J.A.W. Iglehart described it to me on Sunday evening. Gusts up to 40 mph were reached, all from the east. Today, the winds will be just as fierce but from the west. I am not sure what that might do to ship traffic. The Monday line up at Midwest Energy Resources to load coal has spread out a little. The Indiana Harbor made it in yesterday to get coal and the John B. Aird should have arrived late last night, weather permitting as we must say at all times. The Canadian Enterprise should be here today. Above, it is entering the Duluth ship canal last June.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-31-2006

Iglehart approaching Aerial Lift Bridge

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It will be another busy day today at the Midwest Energy coal dock in Superior. Five boats are scheduled to arrive in port today to load coal. Some of those boats may slow down out in the Lake while others may drop anchor off the Duluth piers. The J.A.W. Iglehart will be coming here to discharge cement for perhaps the last time this season. It is set to move into layup here as soon as the cement cargo is discharged from the boat. High wind has delayed the Iglehart but the Captain picked up his anchor in Whitefish Bay last night at 8 pm and turned toward Duluth. With no more problems, the boat should be arriving Duluth Monday evening. Above, the Iglehart arrives Duluth in late October, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-30-2006

McCarthy greeted at Canal Park

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The Canadian Transport brought salt into port on Saturday, and then waited for the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. to complete loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources before moving over there to load coal as its departing cargo also. The McCarthy came into port about 1 pm on Saturday (above). It has averaged about 12 hours in port on each of its 34 visits here this season, so it probably departed around 1 am this morning. It takes about an hour to go between Midwest Energy and the Lift Bridge, leaving about 10 hours for loading coal. The Transport, a smaller boat, only takes about 5 hours to load coal so it will probably depart under the Lift Bridge around 6 or 7 this morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-29-2006

Daviken enters canal to welcoming crowd

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Today, we have lots of coal going out the door, in fact there will likely be a boat or two waiting in line to get a berth at Midwest Energy Resources. And some more taconite from Burlington Northern is going to Algeria by way of a salt water ship, in this case, the Norwegian owned Daviken. Its sister ship, the Sandviken, was just here a few days ago loading grain. This is only the 5th trip the Daviken has made to the Twin Ports since 1996. On its last trip here, in May of 2004, it loaded chrome ore for Sweden, a very usual cargo and destination for ships loading out of Duluth Superior. Above, it is arriving Duluth in September, 2001. The Dutch flagged Victoriaborg will be arriving to load a more mundane cargo, beet pulp pellets that will be used for animal feed in Spain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-28-2006

Mesabi Miner greeted by North Pier Light

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The Mesabi Miner was greeted by a good crowd when it entered the Duluth ship canal last month on September 14th. It has been here 4 times since then, each time, as today, loading taconite at the CN Dock in West Duluth. For the year, this will be its 25th visit to the Twin Ports. On eleven of those trips, it loaded coal at Midwest Energy across the St. Louis River from the CN Dock. The other trips found it loading taconite at CN.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-27-2006

Federal Manitou

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The Federal Manitou should be coming under the Lift Bridge around 6 am. It probably arrived some hours earlier and waited at anchor for the sun to come up. It will be loading wheat for Algeria. In a troubled world, international crews must learn to work together. The Federal Manitou has crew members from Estonia, China, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Russia and Latvia. The Federal Manitou is a new ship, built in 2004. This is only the second trip here: it first arrived in the Twin Ports in August last year (above). Of note is the visit of the Lee A. Tregurtha to Two Harbors. This former steam power boat was just repowered with a new diesel engine and is making its first visit since that conversion to this end of Lake Superior. It has been back in service since September 29.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-26-2006

Reserve has been sold

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The Reserve should be here today to load taconite. It will likely follow the Philip R. Clarke at the CN Dock in West Duluth. It came in for winter lay up on January 12th of this year (the last shipping season) and in early March, it was sold by Oglebay Norton to K&K Warehousing, Inc. of Menominee, Michigan for $4 million. This will be the 9th trip here for the Reserve this season. That is about the number of trips it has made here for the last several seasons.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-25-2006

Philip R. Clarke a regular visitor to Twin Ports

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The Philip R. Clarke is expected in port this evening with a cargo of limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. When that discharge is complete, it will go to the Burlington Northern dock in Superior to load taconite for Detroit. The Clarke was the first of 8 boats built in the early 50’s that are called AAA class vessels. The boat has been updated several times over its life, including one change that added 120 feet to the length of the boat. This is the Clarke’s 12 visit here this season. It came here 13 times last year, and 12 the year before that.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-24-2006

Sandviken in the Duluth shipping canal

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After a stop in Chicago to discharge general cargo, the Sandviken should be arriving today to load grain. The Sandviken is Norwegian owned. Viken in Norwegian means Bay. Sandviken is a location just outside Bergen, Norway, the home office of the owner, Viken Shipping. Other ships owned by them that also come to Duluth are the Daviken, Goviken, Inviken and Utviken. Above, the Sandviken enters the Duluth ship canal in August, 2001. This is the first trip here for the ship since August, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-23-2006

McCarthy nearing South Pier Light

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. is returning today from delivering coal to Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair and Monroe. That is its usual cargo and destination and they will be repeating that on this trip also. It is expected around sunrise and that should allow it to depart under the Lift Bridge sometime in the afternoon. This will be the McCarthy’s 34th trip this season taking cargo out of the port. It will probably continue this pattern until the middle of January when all shipping in the port will shut down for about 2 months. Above, it is coming into port on January 10th this year, ending its last trip of the season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-22-2006

Presque Isle

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The Presque Isle loaded limestone in Calcite, Michigan and brought it to the Twin Ports, arriving late Friday morning. It is now loading taconite for Nanticoke and should be departing sometime this morning. Above, it is turning into the Duluth harbor in April, 2004. This is the 12th trip here for the Presque Isle this season, a unique tug-barge combination that together measures 1,000 feet long. It always departs with taconite and like today, sometimes brings limestone in. The tug Presque Isle was built in New Orleans. The bow of the barge was built in Michigan. The body of the barge was built in Erie and in 1973, all the pieces were joined there and the vessel was launched.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-21-2006

Skaftafell passes Duluth North Pier Light

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The Skaftafell arrived Duluth on Thursday afternoon (above). At 8 am this morning, longshoremen at the Port Terminal will begin to load large electrical modules onto the deck of the ship. When completed, perhaps later today, the ship will take them to Iceland where they will be used at aluminum smelters. These smelters are operated by Alcoa and other companies in Iceland because of the abundant geothermal power available there, created from many volcanoes and geysers located beneath the surface of the earth.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-20-2006

American Mariner visits the Twin Ports

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I was asking about Skaftafell and people looked down on the ground for their Skaftas. No, the ship named the Skaftafell. It is coming to Duluth to load very large electrical modules to take to Iceland. The BBC India was here earlier loading the same modules for Iceland. It turns out that Skaftafell is the name of a National Park in Iceland that is close to Kirkjubæjarklaustur. This is a good day for ship names. The Nina and the Flinterduin should be departing with grain, as will or did the Beluga Indication. And, closer to home, the American Mariner makes its 27th visit today. Photo taken June 25, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-19-2006

Flinterduin arrives Duluth ship canal

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The Flinterduin should be here today to load durum wheat for Algeria. It was also here in May, 2002 and again in May the next year. On those trips it was loading barley to be used in England to brew Budweiser beer. We haven’t had many visits lately from ‘beer boats.’ Above, it is arriving Duluth on its first trip here in 2002. The Flinterduin has sister ships that have also visited the Twin Ports: the Flintereems, Flintermaas, Flinterdijk and most recently the Flinterspirit was here in August, bringing 69 pieces of a crane that will be used to build wind turbines, first in Mower County and then in North Dakota. That was the Flinterspirit’s first trip here.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-18-2006

Tatjana at work in Twin Ports

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The Beluga Indication should be arriving here this morning to load soybeans. It may leave before the day is over. This ship is part of the I-series of ships in the Beluga Group, a shipping company located in Bremen, Germany. It was built in 2000. Two other sisters, the Beluga Inspiration and the Beluga Independence, were both built in 2001. None of these ships have ever been here. The Beluga Endurance was here in September, 2005. You may guess which Series it belongs to. It has many sisters, all built within the last 3 years. They are the Beluga – Evaluation, Expectation, Energy, Enterprise, Endeavour, Eternity, Emotion, Efficiency and the Beluga Elegance. There are 4 ships in the P Series. They will be built in 2009.  Above, the Tatjana was discharging steel coils on Sunday night.
[Many changes have come to the Beluga Fleet in 2011.]
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-17-2006

American Spirit arrives Duluth-Superior

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The American Spirit arrived Sunday (above) to load taconite at the CN Dock in West Duluth. It will take that cargo down to Zug Island, a man-made, heavily industrialized island in the city of River Rouge, just south of Detroit. The American Spirit used to be called the George A. Stinson. As the Stinson, it carried taconite for National Steel. When National Steel declared bankruptcy several years ago, the Stinson was renamed the American Spirit by the owner, American Steamship. National Steel had facilities at Zug Island, but sold them to US Steel when the company went bankrupt.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-16-2006