Peter R. Cresswell departing Duluth

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
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Wow, I hope that thing stops…

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
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Atlantic Huron in January departure

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
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Adam E. Cornelius departs Twin Ports

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
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Algowood brought salt

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
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John B. Aird coming into Duluth ship canal

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
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Indiana Harbor arrives Twin Ports for coal

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
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Waiting to board Clelia

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
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Another visit to Duluth by Clelia

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
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McCarthy arrives Duluth under Aerial Lift Bridge

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
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Pere Marquette taking scrap out

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
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Barker & Bridge, a familiar sight

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
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Teachers work on Lake Guardian

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:
Photo taken on July 13, 2009
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American Century ready to depart Duluth

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
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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”.
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Speer arrives for layup last winter

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
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Koningsborg arrives Duluth ship canal

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.
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Presque Isle departing Twin Ports

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.
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Canadian Progress comes in for coal

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
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Federal Yoshino arrives Duluth

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.
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Crew talks with Denis Sullivan visitors

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.
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Clelia and Denis

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
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Very happy crewmember of Denis Sullivan

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
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New to the crew

“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
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Block and bridge warning

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
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