Peter R. Cresswell departing Duluth

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The Peter R. Cresswell is pictured approaching the lift bridge as it was departing the port in March 2008. It is expected to arrive this evening to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. It has been here only 11 times since 1996, two of those trips came last year. On one of those visits, it loaded iron ore pellets; on the other, coal. This is the Canadian-flagged vessel’s first trip here this season. It was launched in 1982 as the Algowest. Photo taken on March 29, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-27-2009

Wow, I hope that thing stops…

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The Atlantic Huron is pictured making the turn into the Duluth harbor after coming in from the anchorage off the Duluth piers on Saturday afternoon to replace the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. at the Midwest Energy coal dock. People were turning their attention from the boat to the bridge, standing under it and watching it slowly come down on their head. There were a few more people under the bridge on Saturday since it started to rain as the Atlantic Huron arrived. As usual, the bridge stopped before hitting anybody. Early this morning, the ship was expected to depart with its cargo of coal, taking it to Nova Scotia Power in Sydney, Nova Scotia, a port on the Atlantic Ocean. Photo taken on July 25, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-26-2009

Atlantic Huron in January departure

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Friday was a very busy day in the port, especially if you include those boats and crews that were waiting in line to load coal. As often happens, the day after a busy day sees more departures than usual as the line got shorter and the boats loaded coal. Today, we have four boats departing, three of them after waiting on Friday to load and the Quebecois that arrived yesterday to load iron ore pellets. There have not been many lines to load iron ore pellets this year although most days this coming week, at least one boat will be here to load iron ore pellets. The Atlantic Huron, pictured here coming through the Duluth ship canal this past January, will be loading coal today to take to Nova Scotia Power in Sydney, Nova Scotia, a port on the Atlantic Ocean. Photo taken on January 01, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-25-2009

Adam E. Cornelius departs Twin Ports

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The big boats will be back today. In fact, this will be the best day for boat watching in a long time. Four thousand-footers are coming here today, three for coal and one for iron ore pellets. Two smaller boats, the Atlantic Huron and the Quebecois are also going to arrive in port. The Atlantic Huron may drop anchor off the Duluth piers while it waits for the James R. Barker to finish at the coal dock at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. The Adam E. Cornelius, pictured here departing the port in May, 2007, was expected to arrive last night to load coal. Photo taken on May 10, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-24-2009

Algowood brought salt

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We see many thousand-footers in the Twin Ports, at least one most every day. Many of them are here every week. But today is a day for the smaller boats, and many say the prettier boats. Yes, the thousand foot American Integrity will be here this evening but before that, we expect four smaller boats to arrive and one smaller boat, the Algowood, to depart. The Algowood is pictured at the North American Salt Company dock in Duluth discharging a cargo of salt on Tuesday morning. After that, it moved over to the CN dock to load iron ore pellets. It is expected to depart sometime this morning. Photo taken on July 21, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-22-2009

John B. Aird coming into Duluth ship canal

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The Canadian flagged John B. Aird came into port through the Duluth ship canal late Monday afternoon (pictured). This is the 5th trip to the Twin Ports this season for the Aird. It is loading 30,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources to take to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was constructed in 1983 of two sections, a stern section constructed at Collingwood, Ontario and a bow section built in Thunder Bay. The entire vessel was then assembled at Port Arthur Shipyards in Thunder Bay. It has 23 hatches that open into five cargo holds. Photo taken on July 20, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-21-2009

Indiana Harbor arrives Twin Ports for coal

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The Indiana Harbor arrived under the Lift Bridge on Sunday afternoon at 5:30 (pictured). It went through the Duluth harbor, made a half turn by the Blatnik Bridge and backed up the St. Louis River to a position directly behind the Paul R. Tregurtha. The Tregurtha was almost finished loading coal at Midwest Energy. Minutes after the Tregurtha departed the dock, the Indiana Harbor was in a position to move right in and start loading coal. Photo taken on July 19, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-20-2009

Waiting to board Clelia

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The cruise ship Clelia arrived at 5:30 Saturday morning on the second of six visits to Duluth this summer. It departed at 6:30 Saturday evening. On arrival, Duluth was a destination port for passengers that boarded the ship in Toronto and disembarked in Duluth. Twelve hours later, Duluth was the port of origin for a new group of passengers boarding here (pictured) and going to Toronto. The cement boat Alpena also arrived on Saturday morning. It opened the shipping season, arriving on March 30. Shortly after returning from the Twin Ports, the Alpena went into temporary layup. Most years, the boat brings cement here about every 3 weeks. The Alpena’s second trip here this season may be a hopeful sign, perhaps for the local construction business. It is out of layup and back to work. Photo taken on July 18, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-19-2009

Another visit to Duluth by Clelia

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The cruise ship Clelia II will be arriving at first light this morning, the second of six arrivals this summer. The ship will be here in two week intervals, next one being Saturday morning, August 1st. The ship, with a crew of 60 European officers and crew, has 50 suites with room for 100 passengers. On board, there is a restaurant, two lounges, a library with Internet access, gym and spa, beauty salon, and much more. It is pictured when it was here on its first visit on July 4th. On that day, it had to share attention with the holiday and the tall ship Denis Sullivan. Today, it has the dock behind the DECC all to itself. It will depart about 12 hours after it arrives. Photo taken on July 04, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-18-2009

McCarthy arrives Duluth under Aerial Lift Bridge

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The American Integrity is expected here at first light today to load coal at the Midwest Energy coal dock in Superior. The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. is expected in the early afternoon, also here to load coal. Each boat will take about 64,000 tons of coal to Detroit Edison with the American Integrity going to the power plant at St. Clair. The McCarthy will split its load between St. Clair and the Detroit Edison power plant in Monroe, Michigan. Because the McCarthy will have to wait for the American Integrity to finish, it may drop anchor outside the piers or come in to wait at the Port Authority. It is pictured coming under the Lift Bridge on May 11 this year. Photo taken on May 11, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-17-2009

Pere Marquette taking scrap out

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In late May, the barge Pere Marquette 41 arrived at the Hallett Dock to load a cargo of taconite rock. It was the first trip to the Twin Ports for either the barge or its tug, Undaunted. On Tuesday, they were back, and going to the Hallett Dock, but this time, they loaded scrap steel to take to Algoma Steel at the other end of Lake Superior. It will be recycled into their blast furnaces and made into steel again. The barge left on Wednesday morning (pictured). Photo taken on July 15, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-16-2009

Barker & Bridge, a familiar sight

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The James R. Barker arrived under the Lift Bridge on Monday evening (pictured) to load coal to take to Taconite Harbor. It left with 58,000 tons of coal late Tuesday morning and arrived in Taconite Harbor late Tuesday afternoon. It will return here early Thursday to load another 58,000 tons of coal, this time taking it to Marquette. Then on Sunday, it will be back after servicing the needs of two Lake Superior ports to load coal for Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan. Photo taken on July 13, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-15-2009

Teachers work on Lake Guardian

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The Lake Guardian picked up 15 teachers here a week ago so they could get first hand experience working with and learning from several scientists on board. They took samples from the bottom of the lake and analyzed, and some times counted, what they found. They wanted to see who was eating who – not a food chain but more like a food web since many critters have great variety in their diet. They were looking for Diporeia, 2 mm long shrimp-like critters that, unfortunately for them, live at the bottom of the web. Since Diporeia get eaten by everybody else, including the big fish, they figure where they find Diporeia, they will find fish. They went to one hot Diporeia spot and found a lot of fishermen. It turns out fishermen also have a way of finding where the fish are without counting Diporeia. Later, they welcomed a ‘fish expert’ on board who brought with her a bunch of fish stomachs to dissect; that’s where they find the answer to the question, who is eating who. Above, 3 of the 15 teachers stopped to talk on Monday morning before heading home. At the left is Stephanie Erickson who teaches 7th and 8th graders in St. Paul, Bo DeRemee teaches 9th grade physical science, biology and physics in Ely and Robert Tonte lives in Roseville, Michigan and teaches science to 7th and 8th graders. Check out their blog at: http://coseegreatlakes.net/weblog/
Photo taken on July 13, 2009
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American Century ready to depart Duluth

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The American Century came under the Lift Bridge at 4:03 Sunday morning to load coal. It left under the Lift Bridge with coal at 5:15 Sunday afternoon (pictured approaching the bridge on Sunday). Three more thousand footers will be here today to load coal, starting with the Indiana Harbor expected a little after midnight. It should leave late this morning, opening the coal dock for the Paul R. Tregurtha, expected to arrive around 4 this morning and then wait at the Port Terminal for the Indiana Harbor to finish. Around noon, the James R. Barker will arrive, waiting probably until late tonight to get to the coal dock. It will take a load to Taconite Harbor and be back for more on Wednesday evening. Photo taken on July 12, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-13-2009

Algoisle loading grain

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The American Century has probably arrived by now and is loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. The Algoisle was due around 6 a.m. today to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth, just across the St. Louis River from Midwest Energy. They will be the only inbound traffic today, and later in the afternoon, they both will become the only outbound traffic for the day. The Algoisle is pictured while loading grain at the CHS 2 terminal in Superior. Notice the wide, angled bow, typical of oceangoing ships that are built to cut through large waves. The Algoisle was built in Cork, Ireland, in 1963. Photo taken on November 07, 2004. As of April, 2011, Algoma Central lists her as “not in service”.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-12-2009

Speer arrives for layup last winter

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The Edgar B. Speer was expected last night after discharging a cargo of iron ore pellets in Gary. It will load another cargo of pellets today to take to Gary. This is its 9th trip to the Twin Ports this season. It came in for winter layup on January 16th this year (pictured) and departed with iron ore pellets on April 5th, also for Gary. It was built in 1980 in two sections, one built in Toledo and one in Lorain. When assembled, the Speer measured 1,004 feet long. Photo taken on January 16, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-11-2009

Koningsborg arrives Duluth ship canal

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Last year by the end of June, we had 402 ship arrivals in the Twin Ports. This year, we have had only 243 arrivals. Reflecting a world-wide recession, foreign flagged ships were down from 24 to 17 and Canadian arrivals were down from 102 to 60. US flagged vessel traffic was down from 276 to 166. While the foreign flagged vessel traffic doesn’t look so much worse in comparison, last year’s totals were already down significantly from the year before. For whatever reason, the reduction in foreign flagged trips to the Twin Ports started last season and continues this year. There have been a large number of Canadian boats here in the last couple days. They are gone now. Today, we have one US arrival and one departure. The Dutch flagged Koningsborg arrived on Thursday afternoon to load beet pulp pellets. It will finish later today or sometime on Saturday. It is pictured arriving in November, 2000. Photo taken on November 22, 2000.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-10-2009

Presque Isle departing Twin Ports

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The Presque Isle will be here today with limestone loaded in Cedarville. While in port the vessel will take on fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock at the Port Terminal before moving up the Superior Channel to the Burlington Northern Dock to load iron ore pellets for Conneaut. The Presque Isle is a combination tug barge but operates and was built to be a ‘normal’ Great Lakes freighter. It has 27 hatches on deck that open into 5 cargo compartments. The barge is fitted with a 250-foot self-unloading boom that allows it to unload its own cargo without using equipment on the shore. This is the vessel’s 6th trip to the Twin Ports this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-09-2009

Canadian Progress comes in for coal

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After waiting at anchor off the Duluth piers, the Canadian Progress came in on Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 (pictured) to load coal for Ontario Power Generation. It still had to wait for the Indiana Harbor to complete loading coal, and the Indiana Harbor had been waiting on the Canadian Transport. That group should be finished by now; the Progress was expected to be done and on its way by 5 this morning. The Algosoo was expected late last night and it should finish loading coal mid morning today. No other boats are expected today for coal. Photo taken on July 07, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-08-2009

Federal Yoshino arrives Duluth

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The Lake Guardian will leave their moorings at the DECC around 2:00 pm for a harbor and river cruise with a group of teachers. The group will be back for dinner at the Aquarium before returning to the ship for the night. The ship, with the teacher group, will depart at 6 am on Wednesday morning for a 7-day cruise on Lake Superior, returning on July 14th to discharge the teachers. Not to be outdone, the Denis Sullivan will leave around 6 am today with a group of 7 teachers. Their trip will conclude at Manitowoc. Ship traffic will get back to normal after the Lake Guardian departs. Tonight the Federal Yoshino will arrive to load bentonite at the Hallett Dock. It is pictured arriving in the Twin Ports on July 17, 2006.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-07-2009

Crew talks with Denis Sullivan visitors

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On Saturday, the cruise ship Clelia was just behind the tall ship Denis Sullivan at the DECC. The Clelia left Saturday night and the much smaller Lake Guardian (center background) took its place on Sunday. The crew on the tall ship Denis Sullivan was on deck Sunday talking to visitors. Penny Girdeen, center, in dark shirt, is a volunteer crew member who joined the ship in Duluth, taking some vacation days from her new job as an out plant operator at the Prairie Island Nuclear Plant. She learned that job in the Navy, but rarely was on a ship. The Denis Sullivan gives her the opportunity to get some quality water time while pursuing her career in nuclear power. Todd Baily, in dark shirt in left foreground, is the bosun on the ship and about to become the third mate. He is a sailor and will soon be joining the crew of the tall ship Virginia. He is working his way up to a captain’s position. Girdeen is from Ellsworth, Wisconsin; Baily from Port Huron, Michigan. Photo taken on July 05, 2009.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-06-2009

Clelia and Denis

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On Friday, the tall ship Denis Sullivan came under the Lift Bridge and returned to the dock in front of the DECC. It is a big, tall ship. On Saturday morning at 5:37, the cruise ship Clelia II came under the Lift Bridge and took a position just behind the Denis Sullivan. The picture was taken from the deck of the Denis Sullivan on Saturday, looking back at the new arrival. All of a sudden the tall ship didn’t seem quite so tall. But not to worry, the cruise ship departed under the Lift Bridge on Saturday evening, and the Denis Sullivan was again big and tall. It will be open for public tours from 10 am to 6 pm today. Photo taken on July 04, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-05-2009

Very happy crewmember of Denis Sullivan

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Janet Rowney (pictured while on board the Denis Sullivan on Friday afternoon) spends most of her time teaching 5th grade at an elementary school in Hayward. In her other life, she is a volunteer deck hand and educator on the Denis Sullivan, the tall ship that is in town for a couple days. Last year she was in volunteer training and this year, she expects to spend 3 or 4 weeks on the ship. Like all the other crew and the captain, she does a little of everything on the ship so it is a good learning environment. In fact, Janet is able to bring a lot of her on board experience back to her classroom in the fall. With two days to greet visitors on the boat this weekend, she will be doing more educating and answering a lot of questions. The Denis Sullivan is first of all, an educational experience. Photo taken on July 03, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-04-2009

New to the crew

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“How can I get a job on a ship” is a question I am often asked. I now have the answer! Pictured are 3 marine techs from the Lake Guardian, a research vessel operated by the EPA. It is here to host a 7-day Lake Superior cruise for 4th through 10th grade teachers that will leave on Tuesday, July 7th. The ship has been at the DECC but will move over to the Corps of Engineers dock while the Denis Sullivan and Clelia II are in town. Pictured above are 3 recently hired crew members on the Lake Guardian – from the left, Johna Winters, Steve Delworth and Meridith Berghauer. They are marine techs and assist visiting scientists, and next week teachers, in using the scientific equipment on board the ship. All three independently found their job within the last year on Craig’s List, the online classified section. They of course had to be qualified and then apply for the job and get accepted, but they found their jobs on Craig’s List. Johna and Meridith both have Bachelor of Science degrees while Steve had extensive experience in the Navy. Before getting her job on the Lake Guardian, Meridith worked for 3 years on the Denis Sullivan, the tall ship now in port. Photo taken on July 02, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-03-2009

Block and bridge warning

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The Joseph L. Block entered the Duluth ship canal around 6 last night with a cargo of limestone to discharge at the Graymont Dock in Superior. The Wednesday night sailboats had stayed inside because of the lack of wind and the Block realized they were pretty close to where he was going to make his turn into the harbor. Both the Block and the Lift Bridge sounded 5 short blasts on their whistles, a signal of danger. By the time the Block arrived in the harbor, the sailboats had moved to the Park Point side of the harbor (pictured). There are right of way guidelines but physics takes over when a very big, long boat is pointed at smaller boats. The big boat cannot come to a stop quickly and often, as in this case, really has no where else to go but stay in the shipping channel. No contact was made but some feathers were ruffled a bit. Photo taken on July 01, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-02-2009

Erika Kobasic brings large piece of cargo

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Usually, high pressure containers that come here for oil and gasification projects were built in Japan and brought in on a heavy lift ship. On Tuesday afternoon, one arrived on a barge pulled by the tug Erika Kobasic. It was built in Bellevue, Ohio, taken by truck to Sandusky, put on the barge and brought to Duluth. The vessel was pulled off the barge at the Port Terminal on Tuesday afternoon. Notice in the picture the container is sitting in a metal frame with lots of wheels on it. A special tractor, not pictured, was brought to Duluth to pull the piece very slowly off the barge. As soon as it was off, the tug Erika Kobasic departed for the next job. From here the high pressure container will go by train or truck to Cambridge where it will be split open for more work, put back together and then taken by either truck or train to Beula, North Dakota where a company called Dakota Gasification will use it in their plant. And you thought your job was complicated. Photo taken on June 30, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-01-2009

Paul R. Tregurtha departs Twin Ports

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The officers and crew on the Paul R. Tregurtha (pictured departing the port in September, 2007) will be working an almost normal 7 to 4 shift today. They are due here around 7 this morning to load coal and should finish up and depart later in the afternoon for Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan. Not much is normal at the dock at the DECC however. The EPA vessel Lake Guardian is there now and the security fencing is going up as we await the arrival of a tall ship, the Denis Sullivan on Friday and the first visit of the cruise vessel Clelia II on Saturday. That activity will push the Lake Guardian out to the anchorage beyond the piers to wait for the dock to open up again, probably early next week. They are here to host an educational program on July 7th for 4th through 10th grade teachers put on by the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) and Minnesota Sea Grant. Photo taken on September 06, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-30-2009

Quebecois approaches Aerial Lift Bridge

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In fifteen trips here last season, twice the number of trips it usually makes to the Twin Ports, the Quebecois brought cement ten times and loaded iron ore pellets on the five other visits. Today, it makes only its 3rd trip this year, the second time it has discharged cement. There are two cement docks in port. The tug G. L. Ostrander brought the barge Integrity with cement to the Lafarge dock in Superior over the weekend. It left on Sunday morning. The Quebecois will discharge cement at the St. Lawrence Cement plant in Duluth. It usually takes a couple days to discharge the cement at St. Lawrence. Photo taken on September 07, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-29-2009

Ostrander and Integrity arrive Duluth

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The tug G. L. Ostrander pushed the barge Integrity through a rainy, even cold, Duluth ship canal on Saturday morning (pictured). One family and a photographer were the only people in sight. More should be there this afternoon when the same combination departs. It has replaced the Alpena as the Lafarge vessel to deliver cement to the Twin Ports. The Alpena is in temporary dry dock in Alpena, Michigan, waiting one supposes for the economy, particularly the construction industry, to improve. The port does have a lot of integrity today. Along with the barge Integrity, the American Integrity will be here to load coal. Photo taken on June 27, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-28-2009

John J. Boland and the Vistas

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American Steamship sold their boat called the John J. Boland in 1999. It became the Canadian flagged Saginaw. The company then renamed the Charles E. Wilson to the John J. Boland. It came in last night (pictured, in background) with a cargo of limestone picked up in Calcite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo at Graymont’s Superior Plant, previously called CLM (Cutler-Magner), it will depart this morning for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets for a Mittal steel plant in Indiana Harbor. The Boland is seen entering the harbor last night behind the Vista King and to the right of the Vista Queen. The two Vista boats are in front since they are celebrating the company’s 50th birthday today. Photo taken on June 26, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-27-2009

Presque Isle arrives Twin Ports

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The tug/barge combination Presque Isle came into port on Thursday morning around 8:00 (pictured), first stopping for fuel and then going to the CN Dock in West Duluth to load iron ore pellets. Except for some repairs, the Presque Isle has been moving iron ore pellets loaded in Duluth, Superior and Two Harbors and taking that cargo to either Gary or Conneaut. At the end of May, the vessel went to Erie for repairs. It was in Erie in 1973 that the Presque Isle was ‘put together’ from three separate pieces; the bow of the barge built in Bay City, the barge body built in Erie, and the tug built in New Orleans and brought to Erie using the Mississippi River and other inland waterways. The vessel’s 250 foot self unloader was built in the Twin Ports. The Presque Isle was expected to depart last night or early this morning. Photo taken on June 25, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-26-2009

Gott goes under the Aerial Lift Bridge

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The Edwin H. Gott came under the Lift Bridge around 5 pm on Wednesday to first get fuel at the Murphy Fuel dock at the Port Terminal and then move down to the BN dock to load iron ore pellets for Gary. The thousand foot long Gott will be joined by 3 more thousand footers today. Actually the Paul R. Tregurtha has been here for repairs but was expected to begin loading coal last night and will likely depart this morning. The Presque Isle is expected here this morning to load iron ore pellets, and later today, the Indiana Harbor will be here to load coal. Photo taken on June 24, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-25-2009

Canadian Progress here for iron ore pellets

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The Canadian Progress arrived on Monday afternoon at 5:00. It almost always loads coal for Nanticoke when in town, but it is expected to depart the port this morning with a cargo of iron ore pellets. The Canadian flagged Algosoo will also be here today to load pellets. Both cargos will be loaded at the CN dock in West Duluth. Coal is still big and the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock, just across the St. Louis River from the CN Dock, will be busy all day finishing up the American Century and then loading the Paul R. Tregurtha, both thousand footers, each loading about 64,000 tons for Detroit Edison power plants. Photo taken on June 23, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-24-2009

Cason J. Callaway brings coal

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The Cason J. Callaway came into port late Monday afternoon (pictured) to discharge a cargo of coal at the Graymont Superior dock, formerly known as Cutler-Magner. The coal was loaded in Ashtabula and will be used to heat several of their kilns that are used to create lime from limestone, a cargo that is often discharged at the dock. Some of their kilns run with eastern coal, the coal the Callaway is discharging on this trip, while the rest of their kilns use western coal brought over from Midwest Energy Resources also in Superior. The Callaway will then load taconite at both the Duluth and Two Harbors CN docks, taking that cargo to Conneaut. Photo taken on June 22, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-23-2009

Edgar B. Speer gets a very special Father’s Day greeting

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Sunday was Father’s Day, often not so happy for families where Father is on a boat somewhere on the Great Lakes. But Edgar B. Speer captain Daniel Rentschler and third mate Thomas Lanthier were lucky. Rentschler brought the Speer into the Duluth ship canal early Sunday afternoon and was greeted by a lineup of happy kids holding banners wishing both fathers a happy day. From the left is Sarah Rentschler, the wife and mother, followed by their 2 children Gretchen and Ethan. Gretchen is under the sign with her hands over her ears. She knows what is coming; her father is about to blow the boat’s whistle. Going down the line, Tom and Chandra’s 4 children: Curtis, Paige, Kassidy and Dylan (the last two mostly hidden behind their banners). Chandra is not seen in the picture; she was taking a picture. Sarah and Chandra then took all the children over to the boat where they wished father a Happy Fathers Day with hugs instead of banners. Photo taken on June 21,2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-22-2009

McCarthy goes unnoticed by many

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The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. came in for some repairs on Thursday before it could move over to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load coal. That done, the thousand footer went under the Lift Bridge about 12:30 on Saturday afternoon (pictured), in time to be ignored by many who, even though they had run 26 miles to get to the Marine Museum in Canal Park, had more important things to do than watch a boat, as in recover, sit, and rest, maybe even eat a snack or better yet, drink something. Photo taken on June 20, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-21-2009

Herbert C. Jackson arrives for grain

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The Herbert C. Jackson arrived in port on Thursday at 7 pm (pictured). After taking on fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock, it went over to the CHS elevator in Superior to load grain. The Jackson was built in 1959, a reminder of life on the Great Lakes before the thousand footers arrived. It is ‘only’ 690 feet long and was built with the traditional pilot house at the bow of the boat, meaning the captain looked directly into the water in front of the boat. Looking back, he would see the rest of the boat. Thousand footers are the reverse. The captain operates the boat from a pilot house at the stern of the boat. He sees the entire boat in front of him and water behind him. Photo taken on June 18, 2009
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Edwin H. Gott gets lots of attention

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Five thousand footers will be here today. One of them, the Edwin H. Gott, came in last night around 6 pm (above). The Gott went to get fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock in Duluth before heading over to the Burlington Northern dock in Superior to load iron ore pellets for Conneaut, Ohio. The Gott should be finishing up and departing through the Superior entry around 4 am. Just after that, two more thousand footers, the Paul R. Tregurtha and the tug/barge combination Presque Isle, should be arriving by way of the Duluth ship canal, and the American Century should be finishing up at Midwest Energy Resources loading coal. It will then depart, clearing the dock for the Tregurtha. Photo taken on June 17, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-18-2009

Mackinaw gone for the summer

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The US Coast Guard ice breaker Mackinaw came under the Lift Bridge on June 9th to get repairs made at Fraser Shipyards to its unique Azipod propulsion units. It left there yesterday (above) and went under the Lift Bridge. They circled around beyond the piers for a while and then headed out into the Lake. I received a greeting of, “Have a nice summer.” I take that to mean they were satisfied that the repairs worked. The Alder is expected to go to Fraser on Thursday and will probably go into the dry dock in Saturday. Actually, they will probably go into the dock on Thursday. On Saturday, they will drain the dock, and it will then become a dry dock. Photo taken on June 16, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-17-2009

Cornelius arrives to Canal Park crowd

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The Adam E. Cornelius arrived in town on Monday afternoon (above), welcomed at the ship canal by a lot of people enjoying the ships and the sun together. This is the 4th trip here for the Cornelius this season. On this trip, it brought limestone in and when that is discharged, it will move over to both the General Mills elevator and to CHS to load wheat for Buffalo. On some of the trips last season, it arrived here in ballast (empty), other times as today, it brought limestone. The Cornelius loaded wheat for Buffalo on most trips last season although several times, it loaded iron ore pellets. Photo taken on June 15, 2009
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Indiana Harbor back here for coal

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The Indiana Harbor came into port on Sunday afternoon (above) to load coal. It had to wait for the Canadian Transport to finish at the coal dock. That happened around 7 pm last night. The Indiana Harbor moved in and probably left for Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair and Monroe, Michigan early this morning with about 64,000 tons of coal. While coal is still the big cargo moving today, there is cement and limestone to discharge, iron ore pellets to load and two ships loaded with grain to depart this evening. Photo taken on June 14, 2009
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Alexia at anchor

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First light on Saturday revealed the salt water ship Alexia at anchor off the Duluth piers (above). It should be there most of today before coming in late this afternoon to go to the CHS dock to be ready to load spring wheat on Monday morning. Late Monday evening, it is expected to depart, taking the wheat to a port on the eastern coast of Italy, possibly Ravenna. The international grain trade is a complicated business and is sometimes hard to predict too far in advance. A shipper may have a variety of orders to fill and more than one ship on the water with the correct cargo. A new order may appear that is closer to a ship that was going to another port. It may get switched to the new port while a second ship will be directed to the first ship’s original destination. The Alexia in this case, may get to the mid-Atlantic before getting the final destination for their cargo of spring wheat. Photo taken on June 13, 2009
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Paul R. helps make a wish come true

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Four year old Eliot Kramer had a date with the Paul R. Tregurtha on Friday morning. He was in the house on the Lift Bridge, waiting for the Tregurtha to arrive (above). Eliot has leukemia and the Make-A-Wish Foundation had arranged to grant him his wish to blow the Lift Bridge whistle when a ship came in. Head bridge operator Ryan Beamer taught him all he needed to know to sound the bridge’s whistle in response to a greeting from the Tregurtha whistle. Tregurtha captain Tim Dayton had been clued into the Make-A-Wish event. Both Dayton and Eliot pushed their buttons for all they were worth. Eliot was so good at it that he was given an Honorary Bridge Operator certificate signed by Mayor Don Ness. And those around the bridge were treated to several more whistles from the bridge. Eliot knew the button to push and he kept pushing, taking good advantage of his opportunity. Photo taken on June 12, 2009
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American Courage here with limestone

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The American Courage came under the Lift Bridge late Thursday afternoon (above) with a cargo of limestone. It is the first visit since September 9 last year. It usually makes 3 or 4 trips a season, spending most of its time in the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. It is one of about four Great Lakes freighters that load taconite brought down by bigger boats that cannot operate in the Cuyahoga River. These ‘river boats’ pick the pellets up at the mouth of the river and take them to steel mills about 6 miles up river. Early risers might be able to catch two research vessels leaving the port for extended trips into Lake Superior. The Blue Heron may depart around 7 am this morning and the L.L. Smith, Jr., a couple hours later. Photo taken on June 11, 2009
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Mackinaw in dry dock

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The US Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw came under the Lift Bridge on June 9th to get repair work done on their 2 Azipod thruster engines mounted on pods at the stern of the ship (above). The propulsion units are below water, so the Mackinaw went into the dry dock at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. They expect to come out on Friday and may move to a dock at the Port Terminal on Saturday for further inspection before heading back to work, possibly early next week. In the photo above taken on Wednesday, workers, many here from Finland where the Azipods were developed, are completing their work. Both Azipods can be rotated 360 degrees, providing great maneuverability. She goes backward as easily as forward. Photo taken on June 10, 2009
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BBC Amazon getting loaded for Chile

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The BBC Amazon appeared ready to depart the port last night after loading 40 wind turbine blades at the Port Terminal on Tuesday. Fourteen of the blades were on the weather deck and had to be secured to the deck, a job done by local welders after the blades have been loaded. Wind turbine blades are built to catch the wind. This ship is going down to Chile and will encounter lots of wind as it sails through the Atlantic to the Panama Canal and then down the Pacific along the west coast of South America to Chile. The photo was taken Tuesday morning at the Port Terminal. Each gantry crane has one end of a blade as they are slowly lowering the blade into the cargo hold. Photo taken on June 09, 2009
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BBC Amazon waiting for calmer winds

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All was quiet at the Clure Public Marine Terminal on Monday morning. The wind blew away the plan to load 40 wind turbine blades into the BBC Amazon on Monday. Three wind turbine blades were in place to be loaded into the BBC Amazon (above) but the work was postponed until this morning. Before arriving in Duluth on Sunday afternoon, the ship had loaded wind turbine parts in Denmark and had discharged them in Burns Harbor and Thunder Bay. It came here light, ready to load wind turbine blades built in Grand Forks and headed for Chile. After that, the ship was scheduled to enter the BBC’s liner service between Houston and ports in Brazil and Argentina. Liner service is a regular, scheduled service with a variety of cargo from many different shippers, a little like a UPS service. Photo taken on June 8, 2009
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BBC Amazon makes first trip to Duluth

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As of today, the Twin Ports are back in the wind turbine business for another season. The BBC Amazon arrived late Sunday afternoon, its first trip to the Twin Ports. Longshoremen at Lake Superior Warehousing Company at the Port Terminal will begin loading 40 wind turbine blades at 8:00 this morning. The ship will deliver that cargo to Chile, departing either late tonight or sometime on Tuesday. The BBC Amazon will look more interesting on departure since the weather, or top, deck will be loaded with wind turbine blades, always a fun sight to see. Photo taken on June 07, 2009
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Algolake in Duluth harbor

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The Algolake came under the Lift Bridge at 11:30 on Saturday morning. After clearing the bridge, it continued straight ahead until it arrived at the Cutler Salt Dock in Duluth to discharge salt that was loaded in Goderich, Ontario. When completed, it would be going over to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock to load coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke, its usual cargo and destination. About an hour later, the Paul R. Tregurtha came under the bridge, passing behind the Algolake on its way to the coal dock. Later Saturday afternoon, when the Algolake finished discharging salt, the Tregurtha was still at the coal dock so the Algolake backed out of the slip (above) and went back under the bridge to wait in the outer anchorage for the Tregurtha to finish at the coal dock. Photo taken on June 06, 2009
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H. Lee White approaches Duluth canal

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The H. Lee White was expected in port early this morning on its 4th visit to the Twin Ports this season. It is here to load 28,000 tons of coal for Silver Bay Power. In the picture, it is seen entering the Duluth ship canal on May 27th last year. Despite its short length (704 feet), it has both bow and stern thrusters and a self-unloading system that can discharge cargo up to 6,000 tons per hour. Twenty-three hatches on deck open into six cargo holds below deck, giving it a maximum capacity of 35,200 tons. Photo taken on May 27, 2008
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Algosoo arrives in the sunshine

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The line for coal is still with us this morning. The Algosoo spent most of Thursday waiting at anchor off the Duluth piers. As night fell on Thursday, two thousand footers were at the Port Terminal waiting for the Canadian Progress to complete loading coal. The James R. Barker goes in next followed by the American Century. That should leave the coal dock at Midwest Energy Resources open for the Algosoo to come in sometime Friday afternoon. If this was the Duluth Train News, I would be telling you about all the trains that keep arriving at Midwest on a daily basis with coal from mines in Wyoming and Montana. They drop it in the back door as the ship loader is taking it off the very large pile and dropping about 60,000 tons into each thousand footer that stops by. We wouldn’t have a line for coal if there were not a lot of trains bringing it in from the west.
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And the lineup continues

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The Adam E. Cornelius was expected to arrive early this morning to load wheat at Harvest States. All the other traffic today will load coal. Last night two Canadian boats were waiting in the harbor for the Atlantic Erie to complete loading coal. The Canadian Olympic came under the lift bridge (above) at 6 pm to line up just behind the Atlantic Erie while the Canadian Progress was in line at the inner anchorage. The American Integrity was waiting at the outer anchorage and the James R. Barker was headed for the anchorage from Taconite Harbor. The American Century was out in the lake behind the Barker. One other Canadian, the Algosoo, was expected earlier this morning to join the line somewhere. Photo taken on June 03, 2009
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McCarthy finds harbor crowded

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Six boats will be coming into port today to load coal, two of them coming in from the anchorage just beyond the piers. At least one and maybe two will still be here from yesterday’s coal dock lineup. If the Indiana Harbor left Tuesday night, mid morning should see the last of Tuesday’s boats, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr., departing. In the picture, the McCarthy is just arriving on Tuesday (on the right) as the Canadian Transport, seen in the picture moving behind the McCarthy from the left, is departing. The McCarthy, however, was only coming in to wait for the CSL Laurentien to finish. It works that way at the golf course too. One group is on the tee (Midwest Energy), the next group is on deck (at the port terminal) and the group after that is in the hole (at anchor). Photo taken on June 02, 2009
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Boats waiting at anchor for a spot in line

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The Canadian Transport (above left) and the Indiana Harbor (above right) were at anchor most of Monday waiting to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. The CSL Laurentien was waiting at the Port Terminal for the James R. Barker to finish loading coal, probably late last night. That would put the Laurentien completing around 3 am this morning, leaving the berth open for the Canadian Transport to come in. The Indiana Harbor may get to the berth late this morning after the Transport departs. That would put it leaving in the late afternoon or early evening, thus ending Monday’s lineup of boats. That will give a rather late start to today’s boats arriving to load coal: the Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Atlantic Erie and Canadian Olympic. And yes, there will be 3 more on Wednesday, including the James R. Barker, the boat that was first in line Monday. After a quick trip to Taconite Harbor, it will likely be at the end of today’s line waiting to load coal. Photo taken on June 01, 2009
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CSL Laurentien enters Duluth ship canal

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Three US flagged thousand footers and two Canadian flagged freighters, one 730 and the other 740 feet long, will be here today to load a total of 247,000 tons of coal. No other activity is expected. US boats do take coal to Canadian ports but today, they will all go to US ports. The Canadian flagged CSL Laurentien, seen above entering the Duluth piers in 2002, will go to Belledune, New Brunswick while the Canadian Transport will go to its usual port, Nanticoke, Ontario. The wait for the coal dock at Midwest Energy Resources may cause some of the boats to drop anchor off the Duluth piers.
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Algocape greeted by sun and visitors

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The Algocape picked a nice sunny day at the end of May to make its first appearance in the Twin Ports this season. She was welcomed by perhaps the largest crowd so far this year at the Marine Museum in Canal Park. This is the Canadian flagged laker’s 69th trip to the Twin Ports since 1996. On many of those visits, it brought cement into the port but on this trip, it came in light and loaded iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. Photo taken on May 30, 2009
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Party for Pere Marquette 41-Undaunted

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The barge Pere Marquette 41 arrived at the Hallett Dock on Thursday afternoon (above) ready to load a cargo of taconite rock, also called Mesabi hard rock by project sponsor Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) at UMD. A large group of reporters, port officials, and project members were at the dock to greet the vessel when it arrived. It was a celebration heralding a potential new business venture, using taconite rock from the Iron Range as road bed aggregate, in this case, in Chicago. Dock-side celebrations have been few and far between with diminished boat traffic and increased security measures. It was good for the port to pay attention to the tug and barge and good for the region that we were watching what many hope will be a new cargo going through the Twin Ports. Several people pointed out that more jobs was the bottom line in the project. Photo taken on May 29, 2009
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Hollyhock arrives to assist Alder

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We have three Coast Guard cutters in Duluth and no ice. It’s a good thing since the three ships are not in the best of shape. The Mackinaw arrived a couple weeks ago and is currently up on blocks in the Fraser Shipyards dry dock. The Coast Guard cutter Hollyhock arrived in Duluth on Wednesday (above). It was expected a little later since it has an appointment in the same dry dock after the Mackinaw gets out, probably late in June. It is here now to help the ailing Alder with some buoy tending. Both the Alder and the Hollyhock are Juniper class cutters, the Hollyhock was launched in early 2003; the Alder in 2004. The Alder will undergo repairs later this summer although the exact time and place have not been determined. Photo taken on May 27, 2009
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H. Lee White departing Twin Ports

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The H. Lee White, seen above going under the Lift Bridge last October, will be here today with a cargo of limestone loaded in Calcite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo, it will move over to Midwest Energy Resources to load 30,000 tons of coal for Marquette, leaving sometime early afternoon. It will then return to the Twin Ports on Saturday for another 30,000 tons of coal, this time to Milwaukee. The White has loaded iron ore pellets in Two Harbors for Gary several times this year. It has also made a couple trips to Silver Bay from Midwest Energy with coal. Unlike most US freighters, she has been known to move through the Welland Canal that connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The Welland was built to allow ship traffic to go around Niagara Falls. Photo taken on October 18, 2008
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G.L. Ostrander exits Duluth with Integrity

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On Sunday morning, the tug G.L. Ostrander arrived in Duluth pushing the barge Integrity that was loaded with a cargo of cement. On Monday afternoon, the pair departed the Twin Ports by way of a very windy Duluth ship canal (above). There was a line for the coal dock on Monday that will probably last through today. Both the Canadian Progress and Canadian Olympic were at anchor waiting on the Paul R. Tregurtha on Monday. Both likely came in, loaded coal and departed by first light today. That left the coal dock for the Indiana Harbor unless the American Mariner, expected last night with limestone, discharged that cargo and got over to the coal dock first.
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G.L. Ostrander enters Duluth with Integrity

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For many years, the Alpena has been used by Lafarge North America to bring cement to the Twin Ports, averaging about 15 trips a year. It has not been back since its first trip here this season at the end of March. Shortly after that, it was placed in temporary layup. On Sunday, the tug G.L. Ostrander arrived in Duluth with the barge Integrity loaded with cement (above). It is the first cement delivery from Lafarge since that last trip by the Alpena. The tug barge combination is owned and operated by Lafarge. The Integrity was built in 1996 and was here twice that year and twice in 2006. This is its 5th trip to the Twin Ports. Tug/barge combinations are less expensive to operate than Great Lakes freighters due in part to lower manpower requirements. That may be one reason why Lafarge switched vessels in a year when the construction industry is not doing well. Photo taken on May 24, 2009
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Smile for the camera, Algosoo

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The Algosoo came into port on Saturday morning to load 30,000 tons of low sulfur western coal brought here by train from coal mines in Montana and Wyoming. The Canadian flagged boat departed for Ontario Power Generation on Saturday afternoon (above). The American Spirit is still expecting to load its first cargo of the season and depart sometime today. It will take iron ore pellets from the CN Dock in West Duluth to steel mills in Gary, Indiana. Photo taken on May 23, 2009
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American Spirit gets back to work

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Boats coming from and going to layup are becoming a barometer of the economy, at least that part of it that moves cargo on the Great Lakes. So far, about as many boats are going back into layup as are finally coming out. The American Spirit came into Duluth on December 12th and went over to the Enbridge Dock in Superior for winter layup. It is expected to move over to the CN Dock in West Duluth today to load iron ore pellets for Gary. It will finally depart the port this evening. Earlier this week, the Edward L. Ryerson returned to layup. We still wait for the St. Clair, the Kaye E. Barker and the American Victory to leave their ‘winter’ berths. Photo taken on May 22, 2009
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L.L. Smith Jr. and young passengers

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The L.L. Smith Jr. entered the Duluth ship canal on Thursday afternoon (above) with a bow full of 5th graders from the Bryant Elementary School in Superior. The Smith is a research vessel owned by the University of Wisconsin that provides environmental education programs during a 3 hour cruise in the Harbor, on the St. Louis River and out on Lake Superior. This was the second trip of the year for the Smith but the first one that included Lake Superior. High winds kept them off the lake on their first trip on Tuesday. Another research vessel, the Blue Heron, is expected to return from a two day trip this afternoon. The Blue Heron is owned and operated by the Large Lakes Observatory at UMD. Photo taken on May 21, 2009
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American Century departs via Duluth canal

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The American Century was expected early this morning and was probably loading coal as the sun came up. It is seen above departing the port in April, last year. It should finish early this afternoon. The American Integrity is also expected today, just before noon, and should depart shortly before midnight. These two boats have followed each other since they both arrived in the Twin Ports on April 24th. Departing here with coal, one came back on May 1st and the other on May 2nd. On May 8th, they both came back and on May 14, one arrived; on May 15, the other came. Today, they are both back in the Twin Ports. Both loaded 64,000 tons of coal and both are taking it to Detroit Edison in St. Clair, Michigan. That means we will see them both back in about a week. They are both thousand footers and were both purchased from the Oglebay Norton Company by American Steamship in 2006. Aren’t you glad someone is keeping track of this for you? Photo taken on April 09, 2008
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Mackinaw enters Duluth with big waves

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The US Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw arrived in Duluth just after 6 pm last night. It is here for some repairs in the dry dock at Fraser Shipyard and is expected to move over there today. Kevin Wirth (left foreground), commanding officer on the Alder, was out to greet the Mackinaw when it arrived. Wind gusts up to 36 mph made the trip through the Duluth ship canal a little more interesting than usual. Mackinaw Commander Scott Smith had originally planned to dock behind the DECC but after approaching the DECC, he decided to go to the Port Terminal instead. Smith and Wirth planned to have dinner together last night. There will be much to talk about. Smith served in Duluth on the Sundew as executive officer from 1995 to 1997. The Alder has its own problems and will shortly go into dry dock for some repairs. We have high winds but no ice so the two ships have some time to recover from their wounds. Photo taken on May 19, 2009
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Ryerson arrives Twin Ports for layup

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On Monday, the list of boats in the harbor for layup added one and then lost another. The Edward L. Ryerson came in for layup (above) just before noon on Monday. This reflects the bad economy especially within the steel industry. The Edgar B. Speer came into port on April 27th and has been at the Hallett # 5 dock for temporary layup including bow thruster repairs. It moved over to the BN dock to load iron ore pellets on Monday evening. Photo taken on May 18, 2009
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Canadian Transport amid many visitors

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Blue skies, birds and babies greeted the Canadian Transport when it came into port on Sunday afternoon (above). Last year, it averaged 9.6 hours in port over the 19 trips it made to the Twin Ports. It takes a little under an hour to get from the bridge to the coal dock each way, so it averaged about 7½ hours at the loading dock. It is actually a little less than that since it took on fuel on some of those trips and probably had to wait for the dock on others. The shortest time in port last year was 7.7 hours; the longest was 17.2 hours. Photo taken on May 17, 2009
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James R. comes in from anchor

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Scott Briggs brought the James R. Barker in on Saturday afternoon (above) after sitting at anchor off Park Point waiting to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. That explains the angle of the boat as he was turning into the channel from the anchorage as opposed to coming straight in from the lake. His position in the picture appears to be and was to the left side of the North Pier Light because he was accounting for a stiff 35 knot wind from the North West. He is usually in the pilot house of the Mesabi Miner but the poor economy put the Miner in layup for the time being. Officers and crew on Great Lakes boats have been moved around since so many are in layup. After a month’s vacation, Briggs will return as captain of the Herbert C. Jackson, a steam powered boat only 690 feet long. The Jackson will be a change from the two thousand-foot long diesel powered boats he has been operating. Photo taken on May 16, 2009
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Canadian Olympic sneaks in line for coal

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Coal is king again with four thousand footers here to take it away. The American Century came in yesterday to load coal for the Consumers Energy power plant in Essexville, Michigan and probably left early this morning. Shortly after that, the Paul R. Tregurtha was expected in to load coal for We-Energies in Marquette. Before the James R. Barker arrives to load coal for Detroit Edison, the 730-foot Canadian Olympic will slip in and load for Ontario Power Generation in Thunder Bay. Photo taken on October 15, 2008
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Blue Heron does important research

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The Blue Heron, a research vessel owned and operated by the Large Lakes Observatory at UMD, will be departing the port around 7 this morning on one of many research trips it takes into Lake Superior. This trip will concentrate on studying the biology of algae, a food source for many of the fish in the lake. Changes in the algae population is often an early indicator of problems that may later appear in the fish population. Two scientists from the U of M main campus will join a graduate student from UMD working on the science part of the trip. They will be joining the Blue Heron’s regular 5-member crew who will take them to two spots on the lake where they have previously done water sampling. This will allow them to compare current data with past trips, providing them with important trending patterns.
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McCarthy sails under Aerial Lift Bridge

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The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. arrived last night (above) on its 7th trip of the season to the Twin Ports. It is here to load coal; on this trip, taking it to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was here 28 times last season. The Cason J. Callaway has been loading limestone in Calcite, Michigan and is due here today with that cargo. It will then go to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets for Conneaut. Photo taken on May 12, 2009
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Callaway arrives under Aerial Lift Bridge

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If the traffic today goes as predicted (it seldom does), three boats will arrive in port and as the day goes on, those same 3 boats will depart. The James R. Barker will finish the day by arriving late tonight to load coal. The Cason J. Callaway arrived in port Tuesday morning (above) with limestone. After discharging that cargo, it was expected to depart for Two Harbors late last night. Photo taken on May 12, 2009
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Paul R. Tregurtha here for lots of coal

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The only traffic under the Lift Bridge on Sunday was the Paul R. Tregurtha coming (above) and going. We have another thousand footer arriving to load coal today, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr., but it will not arrive until this evening. It will be the 6th trip here this season for the McCarthy. It was here 28 times last season. Like the Tregurtha, the McCarthy loads mostly coal, usually taking it to Detroit Edison. The McCarthy is named after the former Chairman of the Board of Detroit Edison. Photo taken on May 10, 2009
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Paul R. departs, meets Pochard arriving

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If we are only going to have one boat in the port today, it might as well be the largest boat on the Great Lakes. That boat, the Paul R. Tregurtha, will make 2 appearances under the Lift Bridge today, one coming in just before noon, and again when it departs about nine hours later on the way to deliver 35,000 tons of coal to the Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan and 28,000 tons of coal to their Monroe, Michigan power plant. The Tregurtha is seen above departing the port (left) on July 19, 2007 while the salt water vessel Pochard, just to the right of the Tregurtha, is about to enter the ship canal. Photo taken on July 19, 2007
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