|I started my 20th year publishing the daily summer edition of the Duluth Shipping News today (Friday, May 22, 2015). Click to see a PDF. For more information about Duluth Shipping News, go here.|
|Dana Thayer, at Fox 21 in Duluth, was going to come down to the World Headquarters of the Duluth Shipping News on Monday (August 11, 2014) and interview me for her show, Sunrise at Seven) but the CSL Assiniboine decided to depart backwards, and I could not afford to miss such an event right outside my window so I stopped by to visit her on her show this morning. And to thank her since I would not have been down here early enough to get the video if I was not going to meet Dana.|
|My friend Julie Fletcher, the 2nd cook on the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, took pictures of us as they came in through the Duluth ship canal on June 2, 2014. But I got pictures of her taking pictures of us with her odd looking camera. It is hard to take a picture of someone and wave at them at the same time. (I had told a bunch of folks waiting on the pier for the boat that my friend Julie would be waving, and suggested they wave back while yelling out her name. They did, and several minutes later, when she sent me her pictures, she added this line, “The guys were laughing , i told them that’s my fan club yelling my name”
Later in the day, actually, very early the next morning, my friendly associate Holly and I paid a visit to Tim Dayton, captain on the Paul R. Tregurtha. Holly, under the watchful eye of Captain Dayton, is at the wheel here, but we were tied up at the Port Terminal getting fuel so no one was injured.
|People have complained to me that they never saw me on the NBC Nightly News tonight. For all those who blinked while my 2 1/2 second ‘interview’ passed by, you can see the whole report here. I meanwhile am trying to figure where my 14 minutes and 57 1/2 seconds of fame that I have left will be.|
|This is the second page to all 100,000 Duluth Shipping News daily papers this summer. Please stop in and support our loyal advertisers when you are here watching boats. Most of them have been with me for many years. Click here to see page 2 pdf|
|Spring has sprung, the hot weather is no where to be found, but the 18th season for the summer, daily edition of the Duluth Shipping News was berthed at ProPrint, my lovable printer in Duluth who presented me with 100,000 pages that I have to fill between now and Labor Day. That’s press man Duc Vo making a last check on color and supreme sales person and advisor Jeanne Carson next to him. I thank them both and Pro Print for their help and for a great job. Now bring on summer! Click here to see the Sunday, May 26th edition|
Today, Labor Day, 2012, is the last issue I publish of this season’s daily Duluth Shipping News so I thought I would share it with the world. It is a two page paper. Both pages are pre-printed before the season (116,000 pages, both sides, in color, by ProPrint) with a nice big hole in the front side that I fill in each day with that day’s schedule and stories about the boat traffic for the day. Click on the two links above to take a look. Don’t forget page 2; those are more of the nice folks who help support the Duluth Shipping News. Page 1 here.
And Page 2 here.
|After two days at anchor off the Duluth piers, the Marietje Marsilla came into port, happily with me aboard. Above, we are approaching the ship in the local pilot boat, the Sea Bear. Below, we are approaching the Duluth ship canal before turning up the Duluth harbor to the Port Terminal to begin loading wood pulp. (Click image at left for a message to the people of the USA from the Captain of the Marietje Marsilla)|
|Dick Bibby is 90 years old today. He has never stopped making friends anywhere he goes, and after 90 years, that is a lot of friends. We had a party for him on Friday. Bill Saarinen’s father was a captain on many boats including the Ernest T. Weir, a Hanna boat where Bibby was the agent. Bill grew up and spent two years on the lakes including a stint on the Weir. Before he grew up, he would be at home waiting for his dad to come home. His mother would call Dick when she was not sure where the boat was (back in the days of no internet, cells phone et al). Dick always found the boat, and called back to tell the family, one of thousands of calls Dick made and still makes to keep in touch and help out. That is Bill in the silver hair, lower middle, handing a special hat to Mr. Bibby. Saarinen came up from his home in the UP, one of many to show up and surprise Mr. Bibby. Click picture for larger version and click here to see the Friday special edition of the Duluth Shipping News: 2012daily0601bibby|
The Duluth Shipping News has finally hit the big time; we were the subject for an Anne Kunkel Journalism project at UMD recently. Check it out below.
Anne is in her third year at the University of Minnesota Duluth with a major in Journalism and minor in Communication. Besides school, she works a full time job and interns a few hours a week at a Bridal Magazine. Outside of work she likes to be outdoors in the sun or snow, and travel. She looks forward to getting married in June, and starting a career in paper and/or broadcast journalism.
|The Tufty came into port this afternoon (Saturday, November 5, 2011).|
|I have a live web cam pointed at the Lift Bridge so we can watch the ships that come and go under it, but there is probably only a ship in the picture 10 to 20 minutes a day. While you can see traffic going over the bridge most all the time, we can already see traffic and don’t need a web cam to watch. The folks in New York City have done me one better, or worse. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, just 125 years ago today.
|In honor of her birthday, they have placed a live web cam up on the torch of the Statue of Liberty, looking down. At least our bridge, opened 20 years later, goes up and down; I have not heard of the Statue of Liberty moving at all in her 125 years of life. I captured this picture from the torch cam on Friday evening on her birthday. Besides the torch cam, they also have a crown cam and a live streaming view of New York harbor from the torch.|
|But Ken, why are you writing this in the Duluth Shipping News? Glad you asked! The best way to see the Statue of Liberty live, if a statue is live at all, is by going on a trip on the Staten Island Ferry, perhaps on the one called the Guy V. Molinari.|
|I first saw her while she was being built at Marinette Marine in Wisconsin. She sat right next to our Coast Guard cutter Alder when she was launched at the same ship yard on Feb 7, 2004. In the picture here, (above left) the Alder is still on the rails, about 24 hours away from her launch. The cutter Mobile Bay is out breaking some ice and the cutter Sequoia Bay is next to her and next to her is the Staten Island ferry, specifically the Guy V. Molinari. Connection made.|
I am forced to work hard, like the rest of the world, for only two weeks a year, those being the two before Memorial Day, the traditional start to the summer season here. That is when I sell advertising for the summer edition of the Duluth Shipping News. No fun but happily, I have faithful supporters who keep me going every year. Then, I have to design the paper on my computer and send it to the printer, this year Pro Print. The picture shows the display end of the press they used to print 100,000 sheets in color; one side filled with notes from those faithful supporters mentioned above and the other side with a couple more supporter notes and a header and footer for me. The picture shows the first one to come off the press; my autograph on it says it is great, get me 99,999 more and deliver them to World Headquarters down by the Lift Bridge! That’s supreme sales person and advisor Jeanne Carson next to the press man Duc Vue. I thank them both and Pro Print for their help and for the great job. This year’s issue is on heavier and whiter paper. I at least am real excited about that. I also created a PDF of my first issue which you can check out here. I deliver about 1,000 copies a day until Labor Day. I only have 99 days to go!
|The ship’s name might have been Blacky but my knuckles were white. Luckily all I had to do was keep out of the water (even when I was looking up at it) and take pictures. You will never see how bad it was. I had two choices, go out on the deck of the Sea Bear, take pictures and fall in the water, or sit inside and hold on. Guess which I took.|
|All foreign flagged vessels that come to Duluth are required to have a pilot on board while the ship is in US or Canadian waters. One of Captain Ed Montgomery’s many jobs is transferring the pilot out to or in from the anchorage in his pilot boat, Sea Bear, the mainstay of his company, Sea Service, LLC. Today, the Cyprus flagged Blacky arrived off the Duluth piers. Often, a ship will drop anchor out there and Captain Montgomery would take the Sea Bear out to pick up the pilot so he could spend some time at home rather than staying on the ship until it came in (in this case at least a couple days from now).|
|The first task all foreign flagged vessels have when they arrive in port is to meet, on the ship, with a variety of local officials including the ship’s agent, a local stevedore and customs officials. That meeting is usually held while the ship is at anchor but with Lake Superior kicking up a heavy current, the Blacky came into the inner harbor for that meeting, after which the boat went back out to the anchorage to await the next trip in when she will load grain.|
|The pilot, in this case Captain Shawn McKenzie, got on at the Soo and brought the ship into the harbor today. Since a pilot has to be on board whenever the ship is under way, he stayed on when the ship went back out to the anchorage. I left my warm dry office and went out to take some pictures of the Blacky and found the Sea Bear lurking about waiting for the bigger ship to pass under the bridge on the way to the anchorage. Captain Montgomery asked if I wanted to go out to the Blacky with them, and of course, I said yes, totally forgetting that the Blacky came into the harbor because of the heavy seas. I don’t get sea sick, even in very heavy seas; I just get scared.|
|I took the first picture from inside the cabin of the Sea Bear. That’s Captain Dann Edholm’s steady hand on the wheel. He did a great job handling the boat in very heavy seas. And he did a good job bringing Sea Bear next to the Blacky so McKenzie could climb down and ‘jump’ into the pilot boat. His luggage came first; I even helped with that job. Then he took the ‘elevator’ down from the Blacky to the Sea Bear.|
|We returned and they dropped me off just beyond the bridge. Montgomery helped me off the boat; that’s him standing on the bow of the Sea Bear (below) as the boat drove off into the sunset and I ran inside and back to my safe warm office.|
|Captain Stilianos Mamouzelos will be taking his ship, Olympic Miracle, under the Lift Bridge sometime late this afternoon or early evening (Monday, October 4, 2010). They loaded a cargo of wheat to take to Italy, probably the port of Ravenna. Of course going under the Lift Bridge puts him front and center on the Duluth Shipping News web cam. Watch the ship depart Duluth and try to catch the Captain waving hello to his wife, Afrodite. She will be watching from their home on the Greek island of Limnos in the northern part of the Aegean Sea. Above, the Captain is seen just outside the ship’s bridge on Monday afternoon.|
I am in the middle of moving this website/blog to a new server that will make this a faster page. I will also be making changes to the look of the page and sometimes just experimenting with stuff. I hope for you patience while I work on this. In the meantime, I will be posting more here with the shipping season about to start. You can also get updates by following the Duluth Shipping News on Twitter. Click on the friendly bird to sign up.
I have been trying to combine the web page at DuluthShippingNews.com and the blog at DuluthBoats.com for several days now. Each day, I make some progress. I hope you will be patient with me; I think the blog is very usable now; the web page may take a day or more. The blog will now be located at dululthshippingnews.com and duluthboats.com will have the schedule of arrivals and departures
In the winter, Duluth is locked in by locks and usually by ice. In the dead of winter, the fleet of layup boats is limited to Lake Superior since the Soo Locks are closed. At the beginning of each season, and at the end, many boats, usually taking coal, take advantage of that additional time to travel between Duluth/Superior and Marquette, Two Harbors, Thunder Bay, Taconite Harbor and Silver Bay.
Every spring, we wait for the Soo Locks to open, usually around March 25th. Further out in the Seaway, other locks, closed during the winter, have scheduled openings in the spring. This year, the Montreal-Lake Ontario locks will open on March 31st at 8 am. The Welland Canal will open at the same time.
Of course, weather conditions may still interfere with traffic at any point on the seaway.
Traditionally, the boat, almost always a thousand footer that spends the winter at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior, will be the first to crack the ice, usually taking a cargo of coal to Marquette. That boat this year is the James R. Barker (last season, it was the Mesabi Miner). She is expected to leave the dock this year around March 17th and will likely make 3 trips to Marquette, and/or to Taconite Harbor, before the Soo Locks open.
Other winter layup boats here will get a jump on the season loading taconite at the CN docks in Duluth and Two Harbor. Those trips are timed so that many of the boats will be waiting, with loaded cargo holds, just this side of the Soo Locks on March 24th.
|Thursday February 19, 2009: We have 12 boats in port for winter layup but they are pretty hard to find and not very colorful. This winter, we have the added treat of the Edward H. She has been sitting quietly behind the DECC since the middle of January, adding some color to a landscape that is either white or gray or both.|