CSL Niagara passes South Pier Light

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The Canadian flagged CSL Niagara, seen above entering the Duluth ship canal on January 9th, 2005, is expected to arrive late this evening, perhaps just before midnight. Last year, when the boat was here in late December, it was elaborately decorated for Christmas. It may light up the harbor just in time for the New Year! Even if there are no Christmas lights on the boat, it is bright red. This is the 5th trip the boat has made to the Twin Ports this season. That’s about average over the last 5 years.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-31-2007

St. Clair heading to Murphy

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At 11:30 on Saturday morning, the St. Clair came into port using the Duluth entry to get fuel before loading taconite at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. To avoid the ice filled Superior channel, it went back out to the lake using the Duluth entry after fueling at the Murphy Fuel dock and followed Park Point down to the Superior entry. It was a much easier trip, with very little ice and the BN dock is right inside the Superior entry. Photo taken on December 29,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-30-2007

American Century ice is nice

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It almost looks like the port of Duluth Superior is holding a year end sale on coal and taconite. The sale goes all the way up to Two Harbors, at least for the taconite. Buyers of those two products know they will not be able to get more from here between the middle of January and the middle of March. The other end of the Seaway (Duluth is the western most tip of the St. Lawrence Seaway System) is closing up for the winter. Yesterday, the Saint-Lambert Lock at Montreal, the entrance to the St. Lawrence Seaway, closed after the Birchglen moved through it on the way to Baltimore. Back here, the American Century arrived in port last night for coal and should be departing sometime this morning. Above, it is seen departing Duluth on December 7th, loaded down with ice. Today, with warmer weather and quieter winds, it does not carry so much ice along for the ride. Photo taken on December 07,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-29-2007

Algosteel arriving Duluth ship canal

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The Algosteel is expected today for the 4th visit the boat has made to the Twin Ports this season, more than it has made at least since 1996. Above, it is arriving in Duluth in March, 2006, the only trip it made to the Twin Ports last season. It usually loads coal when it is up here, as it is today. On one of the trips this year, however, it brought in a cargo of salt and then left with taconite. Other boats are here today for both taconite and coal, but Two Harbors is the place to see boat traffic. They are expecting to load 4 boats with taconite today, although that should roll over into Saturday.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-28-2007

Waves no match for Paul R. Tregurtha

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The Paul R. Tregurtha came into port a little after 3 pm on Wednesday. There was no ice in the ship channel but a 11 mph wind with gusts up to 19 mph created some surf and blowing snow as the boat when under the Lift Bridge (above). The Tregurtha was in a line to load coal at Midwest Energy. It was set to follow the Mesabi Miner which was set to follow the Herbert C. Jackson. It got its place by waiting out Christmas Day at anchor off the Duluth piers. Photo taken on December 26,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-27-2007