Early Spring??

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After a fake Spring, it is February 24, 2017 and it is cold again but Duluth stayed just north of a big snow storm going east. The lake is still blue, and below, the harbor ice has moved back, toward Superior. But it will come back, I think; we shall see.
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Above, February 24, 2017; below, pictures taken February 18, 2017
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We have had a warm winter, no day warmer than today (February 18, 2017) when it was 50 degrees. Today, it looks like we won’t have too much trouble starting the new season about a month from now, but don’t bet on it. The ice you see in the harbor, below, will likely be blown around a lot in the next month. A wind from the west can take some of it under the Lift Bridge and out into Lake Superior. The next day, an East wind could bring it back in. I will post some more pictures as it moves around. It appears to fill the Superior channel, top right, now.
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Algocen, J. W. Shelley together

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Someone asked about the Algocen/J. W. Shelley today so I decided to update her ship page and design a collage with a little of her history. Click above for a larger version.

Alder in and out

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2017-0126-1076I took the picture above and to the right this morning, January 26, 2017. I was curious why the Alder was going out since the season has been over since the Lee A. Tregurtha came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on January 16. I do not remember the Alder ever moving after the end of the season, much less 10 days after. Shortly after I took the picture, she turned around and returned to her dock at Coast Guard Station Duluth. We are having a very mild winter. That is open water on the bottom of the picture, even if it looks gray. I think she made that short trip to reposition herself at the dock for her first trip out in the ice in early March to break up the ice in preparation for the new season. By then, it might be a very cold winter. Since she breaks ice, she is the first ship to move in the new season, often around March 8, and that means she needs to break her own ice that has formed since January around the vessel before she can help other vessels.
2008Jan21_4130PRODJanuary, 2008 was a very cold winter. I took the picture of the Mesabi Miner (right) arriving Duluth on January 21, 2008. She was the last traffic for that season. I went back to the South Pier Inn to warm up when the night nurse there told me there was a ship outside the window that was not moving. I politely suggested that he was wrong since I  just took a picture of her going under the Lift Bridge. I looked anyway. Sure enough, she was sitting in the ice, not moving (below). This was big news; Duluth was about to wake up and see a 1,000 footer stopped in the ice just behind the DECC.
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The Alder was planning to leave her dock about this time so she would be out to open up the channel for the Miner and wait to make sure she had no problems. This was a problem! I had been invited to go out with the Alder but had decided to stay warm in my office. I immediately drove down to Coast Guard Duluth and boarded the Alder just as they were ready to leave the dock. They were monitoring the Miner’s problem. Captain Marty Lightner was ready to get his tug Kentucky away from her dock to help the Miner get to her winter layup dock at Midwest Energy. He reported trouble getting away because of ice. The Alder fired up her engines and found she could not break out of the ice that had formed around her hull. Here were 3 boats stuck in the ice, and two of them were ice breakers that were supposed to help the other boats. After a few minutes trying to get away, the Alder decided to fire up her buoy crane so she could move it back and forth from one side of the boat to the other.
2008Jan21_4145In the top right portion of the picture below, you can see the crane has been moved over the ice on one side of the ship; it was then moved to the other side as they tried to rock the boat out of the ice. It worked. As we were moving out, Lightner reported that he was also under way and was close by the Miner, helping her to break away. That worked too. Three vessels got stuck and unstuck before they created a scene to show the populace of Duluth as they were getting up for work.
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We have it pretty good this year (so far).

Lee A. Tregurtha draws a crowd & a flag

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The Lee A. Tregurtha arrived Duluth at 1:43 early in the afternoon of January 16, 2017. She was the last of 9 boats that will spend the winter layup in Duluth Superior.
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A large crowd and one flag welcomed them into the Duluth Ship Canal. That is Jason Fyten in the brown/orange coat below the flag taking a picture while his girl friend, Amanda Victorson waves their flag. Jason is a summer tour guide on the William A. Irvin. He purchased the flag at Anchor Bay Outfitters (At Anchor Bay Outfitters we live the Sailor life. We design Boat Watcher gear that is voted on and approved by our customers and friends. #BoatWatchersRock). The flag flew on the Irvin last summer and will probably be there again this coming summer.
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When you look at the flag from the front, as I seemed to have neglected to do, it reads: 
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Watcher
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Arthur M. Anderson home for the winter

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The Great Lakes Fleet’s Arthur M. Anderson arrived Duluth for winter layup on Sunday, January 15, 2017 just after noon. This was her 22nd and last trip to Duluth this season. On most of those trips, she brought limestone in and then usually departed for Two Harbors where she loaded iron ore pellets
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John B. Aird departs Duluth, January 13, 2017

The John B. Aird arrived Duluth on January 12, 2017 to discharge salt at Hallett Dock #8. She left late this morning (Friday, January 13, 2017). See all the pictures below of her departure this morning. This was her 4th and last trip to the Twin Ports this season. On March 30, 2016, July 6th, 2016 and November 23, 2016, she was here to load iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock. She was here 3 times last year and 6 the year before.
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Barker last thousand footer to leave

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The James R. Barker departed Duluth late this afternoon (January 12, 2017) with a cargo of iron ore pellets she loaded at the CN dock in West Duluth. That is the Great Lakes Towing tug Kentucky assisting her through the Duluth harbor. She is the last 1,000 footer to depart the Twin Ports this season. Four other 1,000-footers are already in port for winter layup: the Paul R. Tregurtha, American Spirit, Burns Harbor and the American Century
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Assiniboine makes last trip out for 2017

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After discharging salt, the CSL Assiniboine went over to CN Duluth to load iron ore pellets. She departed on Monday afternoon, January 9, 2017, coming out of the St. Louis River and turning into the Duluth harbor above. She passed two American Steamship boats already in port for winter layup. That’s the American Century in the foreground and the American Spirit behind her. The tug North Carolina is seen just off the bow of the Assiniboine. She had made several passes through the track just ahead of the Assiniboine. She was also back at the CN dock earlier clearing some ice away. Below, she made it through the ice without much trouble and is seen below approaching the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, just behind the Pier B Resort.
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Algolake drops salt twice

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After discharging salt at the Hallett #8 dock in Superior, the Algolake dropped the second  part of her inbound cargo at North American Salt Dock in Duluth (below). After backing away from the salt dock around noon on Sunday, January 8, 2017, she made a 180 turn just in front of Pier B Resort (see more below) and departed under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.
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On her way out, she provided a pretty good show to those folks watching out their window at the Pier B Resort.
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Below, that’s the retired Coast Guard cutter Sundew providing the entertainment for those folks on the front side of the resort.
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Old year and Happy New year

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I am not a big fan of the ‘Christmas tree’ you see in the middle of the picture above rising up in front of the Frontenac as she came into port on Saturday morning, December 31, 2016. The lights are out at Bentleyville for another year, and soon, I hope, the tree will be gone. By then most of the vessel traffic will be over, but I will patiently wait for the new season, when the leaves will return to the trees, the branches of which are now visible framing my picture. But I am not complaining.  Below, is an unobstructed view of the Frontenac but by then, the sun was not a big help to my picture, but I am not complaining. Most should be so lucky to have Christmas trees, leaves and the sun to worry about.
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The Frontenac was here to load iron ore pellets at the CN in West Duluth. She departed, this morning at 5:00 (above). Below, the Whitefish Bay departed the port this morning, January 1, 2017, after discharging a cargo of salt at the Hallett #8 dock in Superior. I think she left here on her way to load iron ore pellets at the BN.
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With the Western end of Lake Superior available for parking this afternoon, the Paul R. Tregurtha sat just behind the American Integrity above, at the right, and below, a little closer. They were I think both waiting to load iron ore pellets at Two Harbors. But it is dark outside and AIS is still recovering  from New Years Eve, as I guess are all my usual sources. So I will go home and watch the last football game of the regular season.2017-0101-0603

CSL Laurentian departs after 8th trip this year

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The CSL Laurentien arrived here on December 28, 2016, coming through the Superior entry to load iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock. After that she went over to Calumet for fuel and departed (above) Thursday morning, December 29, 2016 at 11:30. This was her 8th trip to the Twin Ports this season. She loaded at BNSF on 5 of those trips. She also loaded coal at Midwest Energy twice and took iron ore pellets from the CN dock once.
She is most of the former Louis R Desmarais. In the winter of 2000-01, she had a brand new hull attached to the engine room of the Desmarais and received a new, state-of-the-art self-unloading system, and a new name. CSL stands for her owner’s name, Canada Steamship Lines of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

American Integrity replaced by the Herbert C. Jackson.

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Above, the American Integrity departed Duluth today (December 22, 2016) at 1:30 in the afternoon with 68,000 tons of coal loaded at Midwest Energy Resources. She will deliver a split load to Detroit Edison power plants at Monroe and St. Clair. This was her 31st trip to the Twin Ports this season; she made 30 trips last year.
The Herbert C. Jackson came in this morning at 10:56 and is seen below getting fuel at Calumet before taking the American Integrity’s place at Midwest Energy. She will load 16,000 tons of coal to take to Trenton, Michigan for the Trenton Channel Power Plant operated by Detroit Edison. The Jackson had her steam engine replaced with a new, energy-efficient diesel engine at Fraser Shipyards in Superior over the winter and departed the shipyard on September of this year. This is only her 4th trip here this season.
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Salt: in by boat, out by truck

The Algoway has only been here six times since 2003. She came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Saturday afternoon, December 17, 2016 and deposited the large pile of salt you see in the picture just below. Since then, the pile has become a gathering spot for a lot of trucks,  a Black Friday for salt trucks. I took this picture early this morning (Tuesday morning, December 20, 2016). Below that is a picture I took of the Algowood depositing a similar pile at the Duluth Salt Dock, now known as Compass Minerals, on November 18, 2015.
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The Duluth plant distributes salt for a variety of uses, including consumer deicing and water conditioning,  bulk deicing for highways and mineral blocks for livestock.
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7 degrees, new ship, lots of people

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Just built this year, the Federal Columbia was greeted by lots of cold-loving Duluthians this afternoon (December 10, 2016) as she arrived to load wheat at CHS in Superior. It will be only the second cargo she has carried.
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She was Emilie, now she is Sunda

When I first heard that the Sunda was coming to Duluth, I was happy to see another ship making her first trip to Duluth. On further review, that call on the field was over ruled; the ship made one other trip here, on May 17, 2011 when she arrived as the Emilie to load grain at CHS. At the top, you see her new name on the side of her hull. To the right, you can see where that name was painted over her former name, which you can see, prior to her sale, below. We welcome all ships to Duluth, new ships and old ships, new names and old names.

3rd trip with clay for Yulia

The Yulia came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on December 1, 2016 with a cargo of Kaolin clay. She was built as the Harlequin in 2011 but later that year, she became the Yulia. The clay is not only another cargo brought to Duluth; it has become a new local industry at Lake Superior Warehousing, at the Port Authority. Below is some information from the Port Authority’s Summer, 2013 issue of their quarterly, North Star Port.

Kaolin is a hydrated aluminum silicate crystalline mineral used as a bulking agent or filler in a variety of industries including ceramics, paper, paint, plastics, rubber, sealant, adhesive and chemicals manufacturing. This particular clay adds gloss/shininess in papermaking and is being mined, refined and shipped by IMERYS.
The world’s largest producer of quality kaolin, IMERYS has deposits and production plants in the UK, U.S., Australia and Brazil. The product arrives in bulk as a powder, which is conveyed indoors to a building at the Port Terminal for further processing into a slurry for final delivery by tanker truck to customers in the region.

Labrador, first trip here, loading wheat

After discharging cargo in Hamilton, Ontario, the Labrador came to Duluth, arriving off the Duluth piers on November 28, 2016. The next day, she came in under the Lift Bridge (above) and is now loading wheat at Riverland Ag. She arrived in the St. Lawrence Seaway around November 17. She made a previous trip to the seaway in late August this year, first discharging cargo in Hamilton and then loading grain in Thunder Bay.
This ship is currently working for Canfornav, a member of the Canadian Forest Navigation Group in Montreal, and is one of many of their ships that comelabradorduck to Duluth. Many are named for ducks, such as Bluewing, Greenwing and Mandarin, to name a few. I assume their Labrador vessel is named for the duck of the same name. Unfortunately, the duck is believed to be extinct, at least since the late 1800’s. There are however some theories that it never existed, or that it is not really extinct, just rarely seen. If it did exist, it is believed to have spent the summer in breeding grounds off Labrador. So I guess, the ship could be named for either the duck or the province in Canada where the duck spent its summers, if it did exist.
The Labrador was assisted by two Great Lakes Towing tugs. The Arkansas (above) on her bow and the Kentucky (below) on her bow.

Christmas note cards for sale

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Power to Minnesota from Germany

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The BBC Mont Blanc arrived in Duluth very early on November 18, 2016. She brought with her 4  power generation units built by Caterpillar in Germany that are being discharged at the Port Terminal (above).

Philip R. Clarke departs after 19th trip here

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The Philip R. Clarke departed Duluth late morning on Saturday, November 19, 2016. While here, she discharged limestone at the Hallett #5 dock and then went next door to load  iron ore pellets at the CN dock. She loaded fuel on her arrival. This was her 19th trip here this season; she made 17 visits last year. During the year, she loads limestone at, among other ports, Calcite and Stoneport, both in Michigan and discharges it at Detroit, Duluth, Gary  and Toledo. She loads iron ore pellets at both the CN docks in Duluth and Two Harbors, delivering that cargo to Gary. She was built by the American Ship Building Company in 1952 at Lorain, one of three built for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company. The others were the Arthur M. Anderson and the Cason J. Callaway, both of which visit Duluth often during the year.

Federal Maas here for grain

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Built in 1997, the Federal Maas first came here on December 1, 1998. She arrived on   November 7, 2016 (above) to load grain at Riverland Ag in Duluth (below). On July 24, 2012, she brought mining machinery she loaded in France for Saskatchewan to discharge at the Port Terminal. She was back in September, 2014 with more machinery. Today is her 11th trip to the Twin Ports. That is the faithful Cornelia seen at anchor between the Maas and the South light base.
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World Wide Web is world wide

Sometimes, the World Wide Web is really world wide. The Roerborg arrived in Duluth early Monday afternoon (October 31, 2016). Third mate Daniel Schaafsma was just outside the pilot house waving to people welcoming him and his ship to Duluth. Later, he told me he was surprised to see so many people watching them come in. I took a picture of the ship’s arrival but failed to notice the very small figure waving to us from the top of the ship. His grandparents in The Netherlands were watching the Marine Museum web cam and they knew right away who that small speck at the top of the ship was.
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They added a comment on the page, in Dutch

Ha, die Daan.
We. opa, Guus en oma hebben zien varen en naar he gezwaaid.
Wat een grote boot is de Roerborg zeg. Leuk dat we je daar zagen staan on de vleugel.
We wenen je een goede vaart en een behouden thuiskomst.
Dag lieverd, we houden van je.
Guus, Op en Oma Gerritsen van der Hoop Harlingen. Nederland.

Which Google translated as:

Ha, which Daan.
We. grandpa, grandma Guus and have seen sail and swung huh. What a great boat say the Ruhr Borg. Nice that we saw you standing there on the wing. We weep you a good trip and a safe return Day, sweetheart, we love you. Guus On and Grandma Gerritsen van der Hoop Harlingen. Netherlands.

Google does some things better than others, but his Mother, Jenny, then added a comment in English thanking us for the connection. Such a nice comment deserved a nice response so I went over to the ship to talk to Daniel. He did not know about the comments yet; I shared them with him and then took his picture so I could share that with his parents and grandparents, and of  course readers of the Duluth Shipping News. Daniel, who lives in the town of Dronryp, is two years out of Maritime Academy. Last year, he was an apprentice and visited Duluth aboard the Erieborg. This year, he comes here as the third mate on the Roerborg.

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Below, the Roerborg was waiting at the Port Terminal this morning before moving over to CHS to load grain.
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Cornelia discharging cement

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The Cornelia is back in town, currently discharging cement at the CRH US dock  (formerly Holcim, and before that St. Lawrence Cement) in Duluth above.

Cornelia returns to the scene of the crime

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The Cornelia, under new ownership, I am told, returned to Duluth this afternoon, Sunday, October 16, 2016. Below, she got an assist from the Heritage Marine tug Helen H.  Go here to read about the ‘crime’
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Speer makes rare visit to Duluth

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The Edgar B. Speer arrived through the Duluth ship canal this morning (October 10, 2016) at 11:20. She is currently at the Port Terminal taking a short delay. This is only the 3rd time this season we have seen her in Duluth, and she will likely leave here to load iron ore pellets in Two Harbors. She has been a regular visitor in Two Harbors all season, going there for iron ore pellets about 5 times a month. She takes most, if not all, of the Two Harbors pellets to steel mills in Gary, Indiana. This year she did load iron ore pellets at the BNSF Superior on June 14th and at CN Duluth on August 22nd.

The versatile Tim S. Dool

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Above, the Tim S. Dool was loading wheat this morning (October 4, 2016) at Riverland Ag, formerly the Cargill elevator, in Duluth.  She carries a variety of cargos, including iron ore pellets, cement and grain. She arrived here October 1 to discharge cement at Holcim. She then went out into the Lake to wash out her cargo holds before coming back in to load the wheat at Riverland. She was here 4 times in May to load iron ore pellets at BNSF. On one of those trips she brought in cement for Holcim. In June, they came in 4 times to load iron ore pellets and again, bringing cement in once to discharge before loading the pellets. She was here twice in September to load iron ore pellets at the BNSF. Before 2015, she only made a couple trips here a year but she was here 10 times last season; this is her 15 trip this year.

L. L. Smith bids good bye to Twin Ports

The L. L. Smith, sold by the University of Wisconsin, Superior to a private party a year ago, departed today (September 29, 2016) for Washburn for the winter. For more on the Smith.
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Arnold Palmer 1929-2016

I was proud to be part of the millions of people who watched and rooted for Arnold Palmer and as in this picture, lined up to get his autograph. I had to fight Sid Hartmann for his attention, which was not easy but I got the autograph. This was in the early 80’s, I think at the Senior Open at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minneapolis. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Arnie grew up and lived until this past weekend when he died, in Latrobe, a small city outside of Pittsburgh

arnoldpalmerI graduated from high school in 1961; that year, Arnie won the following tournaments: San Diego Open Invitational, Phoenix Open Invitational, Baton Rouge Open Invitational, Texas Open Invitational, Western Open and the British Open.

I was a fan for life. My big moments; I had lunch at the Latrobe Country Club with his first wife, Winnie. Or rather, a friend took me to lunch there and Winnie was around welcoming guests and knew my friend. She didn’t really eat lunch with me but she did sit down at the table with us for a moment or two.

And I shared a drink with Arnie during the US Amateur Open at Oakmont Country Club in 1969. Ok, I didn’t actually share a drink with him. I was a clubhouse Pinkerton guard and watched him visit with the bartender. I should have paid more attention to other matters, such as the stolen golf bags, taken from the club house. That led the coverage of the tournament in the Pittsburgh Press the next day. 

Before hearing of his death yesterday, Sunday, I was in fact, drinking his iced tea. And I am proud to be a member, along with millions of others all over the world, of Arnie’s Army. And unlike fans of other sports figures, Arnold Palmer kept in close touch with all of us, and he touched all of us, especially now, that he is gone.

Short video about Arnold Palmer at the New York Times today.

Built in West Germany in 1959, Cedarglen is still going strong

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The Cedarglen was built in 1959 in West Germany as the Ems Ore. She was built to carry iron ore from Venezuela to Europe. She was purchased by a Canadian company in 1976 to carry iron ore from Labrador to Hamilton, Ontario. The Patterson shipping company in Thunder Bay bought her in 1988. She carried grain and iron ore for them before the Patterson fleet was sold off in 2002 and she became the Cedarglen. She was an occasional visitor to the Twin Ports until 2011 when she made about 10 trips here a year for two years before going back to being an occasional visitor. This trip is her first visit here since August, 2014. She is loading grain at CHS in Superior. She has carried grain, coal and iron ore pellets from many docks, although I think this is her first grain cargo loaded here (today being September 24, 2016) since August, 2010.

Jackson out and then back in

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The Herbert C. Jackson came into port on December 11, 2015 and went to Fraser Shipyard in Superior where Interlake Steamship’s last steam powered vessel was converted to diesel power (see below). This morning (September 22, 2016), under heavy fog, she departed Duluth at 10:19 (above) for her sea trials, necessary to make sure she is fit and ready to resume her cargo carrying duties. She came in just a couple hours later (below) and is now at the Port Terminal. Not sure why the early return.
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From Interlake Steamship release, December, 2015: The Jackson’s new 6,250-BHP propulsion package includes a pair of MaK 6M 32E engines – the first of their kind to power a vessel on the Great Lakes — which will give the ship enhanced propulsion capabilities and reliability. In addition, the ship will receive a twin-input, single-output Lufkin gear box with twin pto shaft generators, a Schottel controllable-pitch propeller system and Gesab exhaust gas economizers along with an auxiliary boiler. The economizers allow the ship to harness the waste heat and energy from the main engine exhaust and produce “free steam” to heat the accommodations and for heating various auxiliary systems and fuel oil services.
In total, the repowering is estimated to reduce the ship’s emissions of particulate matter by 35%, carbon dioxide by 57% and sulfur oxides (SOx) by 63%. “Not only are these engines extremely efficient, they are dual fuel capable thus could be modified to be fueled by LNG if the supply chain infrastructure for supplying LNG is built out around the Great Lakes,” Barker says. “By choosing these engines, we have the enhanced capability to further lower our environmental footprint in the future.”

Too much!

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There are only so many things I can keep track of at one time. I have limits waiting for balloons to rise up into the air, but at least last night, I caught one with her (his) fires burning and the bridge a beautiful teal in support of ovarian cancer. And best of all, the Baie St. Paul moving over from her anchorage to come under the Lift Bridge. You will have to imagine the beautiful harvest moon in the upper right of the picture and take my word for it that those lights out there were from the Baie St. Paul. Below, Sunday morning, September 18, 2016, more balloons but fog dimmed the colors and they remain grounded.
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Nice sight passing in Duluth harbor this morning

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At 7:30 this morning (September 13, 2016), the rarest Duluth arriving boat was coming in when the prettiest Duluth departing boat was doing just that. The Stewart J. Cort was on her way to load iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock and the Joseph L. Block was departing after discharging limestone and loading some iron ore fines.

UMD STEM Students out on the Blue Heron

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UMD stands for University of Minnesota at Duluth. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. These are STEM students from UMD going out on UMD’s research vessel Blue Heron this morning (Saturday, September 10, 2016). They are freshmen, just two weeks into their college career; a good time to go down and introduce yourself to Lake Superior. This is also UMD STEM students studying Limnology (see below). All this is coordinated by Rachel Breckenridge (4th from the left, above),  an instructor in the Mathematics and Statistics Department at UMD. When not teaching Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, and Intro to Contemporary Mathematics, she created and runs their Math Prep for STEM Careers summer program.
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From Wikipedia: Limnology, (/lɪmˈnɒlədʒi/ lim-nol-ə-jee; from Greek λίμνη, limne, “lake” and λόγος, logos, “knowledge”), is the study of inland waters. It is often regarded as a division of ecology or environmental science. It covers the biological,chemical, physical, geological, and other attributes of all inland waters (running and standing waters, both fresh and saline, natural or man-made). This includes the study of lakes and ponds, rivers, springs, streams and wetlands.[1] A more recent sub-discipline of limnology, termed landscape limnology, studies, manages, and conserves these aquatic ecosystems using a landscape perspective.

Limnology is closely related to aquatic ecology and hydrobiology, which study aquatic organisms in particular regard to their hydrological environment. Although limnology is sometimes equated with freshwater science, this is erroneous since limnology also comprises the study of inland salt lakes.

CSL Niagara arrives Duluth on a Thursday morning

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Holly took this picture of the CSL Niagara at 8:17 on Thursday morning, September 8, 2016.

Holiday Surprise

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The Stewart J. Cort has been loading iron ore pellets at the BNSF in Superior for many years. She is one the most frequent visitors we have and yet, it is only every two or three years that she appears on the horizon and comes under the Lift Bridge as she did today on Labor Day, 2016. She is now waiting for the Burns Harbor to complete loading iron ore pellets there, which should be later tonight.
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4 Boats in Duluth harbor

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Three Rivers, the ship sitting in front of the James R. Barker at the Port Terminal Dock above, arrived Duluth on August 24th to load grain at Riverland Ag. After a partial load, she was moved to the Port Authority dock. The Algoma Harvester is expected in port this evening to load grain at Riverland Ag. When she completes loading, it is expected that Three Rivers will return there to complete her load. After loading coal at Midwest Energy, the American Integrity departed this morning at 7:30. She evidently encountered a problem and returned to Duluth at 9:12 this morning. Presumably the problem has been resolved and we see her below, departing again, this time around 2 pm. With better luck this time, she will take 68,000 tons of coal in a split load to the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison and then moving to the Monroe plant of the same company. The Barker is now loading coal at Midwest Energy. She will take 36,000 tons to the St. Clair plant for Detroit Edison and then drop 32,000 at Monroe.
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This trip for the American Integrity was her 22nd of the season; it is the first trip this season for Three Rivers; she was here once last season.  The Lee A. Tregurtha was in town for only her second visit this season. She was here 15 times last season. As she often does, she brought a limestone cargo in and then loaded iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth.
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Self unloader self unloading in Marquette, Michigan

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Thanks to Rod Burdick for this picture he took of the American Century on August 12, 2016. She had loaded coal here at Midwest Energy and took it over to Marquette. His caption:  American Century unloading western coal from Superior, into the Upper Harbor hopper, Marquette, Michigan (August 12, 2016) – visit was first since her only other in January 2007.

Me again: Here we usually see the self unloader sitting on the deck or moved to the side while coal is dropped into the cargo holds. In the picture above, the self unloader is doing what it was built to do; discharge cargo.

Canadian Coast Guard Limnos arrives Duluth

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Crew member illness brings Limnos to Duluth

2016-0809-7479smBecause of a crew member illness, the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Limnos arrived last night so he could be taken to the hospital. This is, I think, her first visit here at least in a long while (she was built in 1968). I stopped by to see what they were doing this summer. I excepted to talk to them about their ice breaking in the winter since that is what I thought all Great Lakes Coast Guard vessels do. And I was wrong. The Limnos is a research vessel that carries scientists to a wide variety of Great Lakes locations. They work, primarily, on water quality issues. Jocelyn Whalen is a student at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. She is spending the summer working with the technical operations department on the vessel. They operate the scientific equipment the scientists use for water quality testing. She answered all my questions quite nicely. Then ‘more important’ visitors arrived. They must have had better questions but Jocelyn, and some other crew members behind her, had all the answers for them.
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Happy Sunday in Duluth

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While the MarBacan hides behind the South Pier Light, waiting to come in to load grain at Riverside Ag, the CSL Assiniboine was waiting beyond her for the Stewart J. Cort to complete loading iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock. Meanwhile back at the Duluth piers,  visitors were waiting for the Paul R. Tregurtha to make the turn to the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, on her way out with 68,000 tons of coal to deliver to the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison. All this about 3 pm on August 7, 2016 on a beautiful Duluth summer day.

Alpena in with cement

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US Steel built the Leon Fraser in 1942 to carry iron ore to its steel mills on the lower lakes. In 1991, Inland Lakes Management bought her, took 120 feet off her at Fraser Shipyard, and launched her as the Alpena,  now a Great Lakes carrier transporting cement. She arrived at 4:10 in the afternoon of July 28, 2016, greeted by a big crowd at the Duluth ship canal. This is only her 3rd trip here this season.

3 lighthouses, 2 boats, 1 bridge, 1 omelet, 1 waffle and Holly

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Breakfast was great at Pier B this morning (Wednesday, July 13, 2016), but it was hard to concentrate on the waffles and omelet with all the boats going by. I caught the American Century coming in to load 68,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources for the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison. Half an hour earlier, Holly was out taking pictures of the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. leaving with the same amount of coal, also loaded at Midwest Energy. She was headed for Presque Isle, Michigan. I left my omelet sitting quietly beside her waffle and went out to get a picture of her taking a picture of her. (Please note all 3 lighthouses in the picture at the top.)
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Alpena here for only 2nd time this season

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Normally a frequent visitor, the Alpena arrived Duluth on Sunday, July 10, 2016 on only her 2nd trip here this season. She was here 12 times in both 2013 and 2014; she made 11 trips last year. As always, she brought cement to discharge at the Lafarge North American dock in Superior.

4 boats for the Fourth of July

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In the afternoon on July 4th, 2016,the tug Ken Boothe, Sr. pushed the barge Lakes Contender through the Duluth harbor, on her way to discharge a cargo of limestone at the Graymont dock in Superior. They loaded their cargo in Calcite, Michigan. The tug barge is owned by the American Steamship Company in Buffalo, New York. They also operate the American Mariner; after loading coal at Midwest Energy, she departed at 5:25 this afternoon.
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The US Coast Guard ice breaker Mackinaw arrived in port Sunday morning, hoping to get (I assume) a good spot to watch the fireworks tonight. Notice the sleeping bags and blankets on the ground, left by folks hoping to save their spots for the fireworks 4 hours later. There were also two ladies with blankets and a basket of food sitting on the grass with the Mackinaw directly in front of them. Perhaps they were hoping a crew member would take pity on them and bring them aboard for a better seat.  (click the link just above, to the Mackinaw page and watch her launch on April 2, 2005. And yes, I managed to stay on my feet and to hold my camera, proof of which is the video you see.
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The Sjard arrived  just before 6 pm and with an assist from the tug Kentucky, made her way over to the CHS dock in Superior where she will begin to load grain on Tuesday morning. Earlier in June, she brought a cargo of wind turbine parts that she discharged at the Port Terminal.

Kiyi here on their annual fish sampling tour of Lake Superior.

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2016-0628-7107The research vessel Kiyi, based in Ashland and operated by the U.S. Geological Survey, arrived Duluth today (above). They are on their annual offshore fish community survey of Lake Superior to sample the fish population at 55 stations around the Lake (see map below). Mark Vinson (right) is Station Chief at the Lake Superior Biological Station in Ashland, a part of the U.S. Geological Survey and told me they use a bottom trawl to collect and analyze the fish at each of the stations. They note age, length, weight, sex and maturity of each specimen and look for contents in the stomach, which provides information about eating habits, including who is eating who in the food chain. This information is shared with a wide variety of government entities in the 3 states that border Lake Superior, and Canada. One use provides important information that is used to set limits for commercial and recreational fishing. Just before arriving Duluth they stopped at their station at the mouth of the Lester River. They will depart Duluth at 7 am on Wednesday morning.
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2 Coast Guard cutters, the Cason J. Callaway and Pier B

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(The retired Coast Guard cutter Sundew sits at her current dock just to the right of the former cement silos; the Coast Guard cutter Alder is back at her dock after a quick trip out to Lake Superior this morning, top center.)

Algoma Equinox here to load grain

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The Algoma Equinox was built in China in 2013. She arrived Duluth this morning, June 23, 2016 at 4:07 to load grain at Riverland Ag. Picture above taken this morning; the two below were taken by John Zywicki, also this morning. This is her 9th trip to the Twin Ports. She usually has loaded iron ore pellets at the BNSF in Superior; she did load grain, as today, on a visit in September, 2015.
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Pier B Resort, a good place to watch the boats

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Pier B Resort is open for business today (June 17, 2016), in time to welcome runners in Grandma’s Marathon. The restaurant is still a couple weeks away but what a view of the bridge, the boats, the lake and the harbor. Just walk in the front door and look straight ahead, as I did above. That’s the Arthur M. Anderson departing under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge early this afternoon. Below is a view from the indoor swimming pool at Pier B.
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Second trip for Ken Booth/Lakes Contender this season

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The tug Ken Boothe, Sr. came into port on Sunday afternoon, June 12, 2016, pushing her barge, Lakes Contender, filled with limestone to discharge at the Graymont Superior plant. This is her second trip to the Twin Ports this season; she was here on May 14th with limestone also. Below, she is in the Duluth ship canal with the salt water vessel Greenwing seen at anchor just below her self unloader arm.
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Clay and limestone in; coal and iron ore pellets out

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Above, after arriving Duluth under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 8:45 this morning (June 02, 2016), the Paul R. Tregurtha stopped by the Calumet Fuel dock for fuel before going to Midwest Energy Resources to load 66,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison. In front of her, the Trudy is still discharging a cargo of clay at the Port Terminal. Just below, the Cason J. Callaway arrived Duluth at 11:25 this morning with limestone. Twenty five minutes later, she passes by the two vessels at the Port Terminal on her way to discharge her cargo at the C. Reiss Dock before moving over to the CN dock to load iron ore pellets. Ten minutes later (below), the Tregurtha moves away from the dock to make the short trip up the St. Louis River to the Midwest Energy dock.
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Coast Guard continues to work with the Roger Blough

The Roger Blough ran aground Friday, May 27, 2016 in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior. Information and pictures below, courtesy of US Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. They are ordered from first to most recent
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Coast Guard crews and the Aids to Navigation Team  from Sault Ste Marie, and the air crew from Air Station Traverse City, Michigan responded. Coast Guard pollution responders, vessel inspectors and marine casualty investigator arrived on board the vessel to assess vessel damage and crew safety. The Coast Guard has dispatched the cutter, Mobile Bay, a 140-foot ice breaking tug out of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin to assist in on-going response operations. The Coast Guard is currently monitoring the situation and overseeing future salvage operations.
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Throughout the night, U.S. Coast Guard boat crews conducted hourly exterior draft readings of the vessel while the crew of the Roger Blough also conducted interior soundings to the tanks each hour through the evening. Based on the stabilized draft readings and tank soundings, the flooding appears to be under control. Plans to safely remove the Roger Blough from the reef have begun. A U.S. Coast Guard Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, was launched to provide aerial photos but was diverted due to dense fog.
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The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay (below, right),  enforced a 500 yard safety zone alongside the motor vessel Roger Blough to protect passing vessels from potential hazards associated with salvage operations. Sault Ste. Marie Vessel Traffic Service has also increased its measures on commercial traffic to ensure the safe passage of shipping near the safety zone.
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The Roger Blough activated its vessel response plan, taking precautionary measures to ensure safety of the the environment. This includes coordination with their oil spill response organization to deploy oil containment equipment as well as underwater dive surveys to more effectively assess the damage and unground the vessel.
“All indications thus far seem to reveal that the damage is in the forward section of the vessel and all fuel tanks are in the rear section,” said Ken Gerasimos, a representative of Key Lakes Inc., the operating company of the Roger Blough. “No fuel tanks are connected to the outer skin of the ship.”
A Coast Guard Auxiliary aircrew conducted an overflight of the area Sunday morning and reported no signs of pollution.
The chance of a fuel spill remains minimal and flooding on the Blough remains stable. The crew remains in good condition.
The National Transportation Safety Board is scheduled to arrive on Monday, May 30, to assist the Coast Guard in the investigation into the cause of the grounding.
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Plans continue to progress to safely free the Blough from Gros Cap Reef in conjunction with Canadian partners and company representatives.

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Responders placed a protective boom around the stern of the Blough strictly as a preventative measure around the location of the Blough’s fuel tanks.
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The motor vessel Edgar B. Speer (above) safely passes the 500 yard safety zone around the motor vessel Roger Blough.
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Lt. Gordon Gertiser, a marine inspector with U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, inspects the engine room for possible damage aboard the motor vessel Roger Blough, May 30, 2016, in Lake Superior.
 

Nice day in Canal Park for a picture

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Duluth Police officers Jim Matson and Amber Peterson arrived at the Duluth ship canal this afternoon (May 24, 2016) at 3:50.  And oh yes, the Canadian flagged CSL Laurentien was also here at the same time. She went to the Calumet Fuel dock to get fuel after loading iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock in Superior. Officers Matson and Peterson went back to patrolling the streets of Duluth. Matson is riding Maggie and Peterson is on Jimmy.
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To Duluth by ship then by rail to Fort McMurray

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Fort McMurray in Alberta Canada has been in the news lately, heavily damaged by a windswept fire that forced all the town’s citizens to flee their homes. Thirteen years ago, the heavy lift ship Stellanova arrived Duluth to discharge heavy equipment onto rail cars that then went up to Fort McMurray where the heavy equipment was used in the development of their oil sands project. Click here to see the updated photos on the Stellanova ship page of one the largest cargo projects ever undertaken in the Port of Duluth .

Trader replaces McCarthy at CN

The Great Lakes Trader arrived Duluth Friday evening at 6:15 with limestone she discharged at the Graymont Superior Lime dock in Superior. She then went to the Duluth harbor anchorage to wait for the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. She arrived Duluth on Friday morning and was loading iron ore pellets for Zug Island, Michigan at the CN dock.
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This morning (May 14, 2016), around 7 am, we see the McCarthy moving down the Duluth harbor to leave via the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge for Zug Island while the Trader is on her way to take the place of the McCarthy loading iron ore pellets at CN.
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New images, information on Oberstar page

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New images, information on the Manitowoc/Earl Oglebay ship page

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Sad Days

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New updates to Speer ship page

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McCarthy here for 2nd time this season

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The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. arrived Duluth at 10:30 this morning (April 21, 2016). She is here to load coal for Presque Isle, Michigan. This in her second trip to the Twin Ports this season since she left her winter layup in Toledo. She was also here on April 10 to load coal for Presque Isle.

In, out, in

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The Polish ship Wigeon (left) entered the Duluth Harbor this morning (April 20, 2016) at 9:15, the American Century (center) departed at 1:15 in the afternoon and the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin finally came under Lift Bridge at 8:15 this evening. She was followed by the tug Arkansas for some reason. Click any of the images to see a larger version.

Fairlift, Federal Rideau due here; check new page updates

For Fairlift updates, click here; and for Federal Rideau, click here
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New Whitefish Bay Pictures

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At the Soo Locks when it opened on March 25, 2016

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Watch the Soo Locks open for the season on March 25, 2016.

Anderson arrives for first visit in new season

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The Arthur M. Anderson spent the winter layup in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. She left there on Sunday morning (March 27, 2016) and arrived in Duluth at 12:15 today (March 29, 2016) to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. She made 19 trips to Duluth Superior last season and has averaged about 20 trips a year since 2010. She was the 9th boat to arrive Duluth Superior this season; the 6th to come under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge (the other 3 arrived by way of the Superior entry).
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Anderson page updates

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Munson page updates

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Michipicoten, finally a boat we can see

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The Canadian flagged Michipicoten departed Duluth this afternoon (March 23, 2016)  at 5:30 with the first cargo to leave the port, iron ore pellets from the CN dock in West Duluth. She is the former US flagged Elton Hoyt 2nd. The Hoyt sat idle at the Fraser Shipyards for 3 years after a career on the Great Lakes that started when she was built in 1952. In April, 2003, she was sold to Lower Lakes Towing, reflagged Canadian and renamed. Parts of the boat were built in Sparrows Point, Maryland and shipped to Chicago by way of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers for final assembly. Listen above as she salutes the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge as she departed today.

Gott will be first boat to move in season 2016

After spending the winter layup in Duluth, the Edwin H. Gott is expected to open the Great Lakes shipping season for Duluth when she departs the port early on Tuesday morning, March 22, 2016, for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. With no ice to battle this season, she should not need any assistance from an ice breaking tug or the Alder to leave her berth and go to Two Harbors. Not so last season. She was originally scheduled to arrive here last January, 2015 for winter layup but her plans were changed and she spent the winter in Milwaukee. She left Milwaukee last March to load her first cargo of the new season in Two Harbors but became one of many boats to be slowed to a stop by the ice in Whitefish Bay, at the other end of Lake Superior. With help from ice breakers Alder and Mackinaw, she finally arrived at this end of the lake, coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Monday morning, March 30, 2015 for some repairs before leaving here (below) for Two Harbors the next day to load her first iron ore pellets of the year in Two Harbors.
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Click pic below to see new Clarke updates

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Updates to James R. Barker page; click image below

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Cort page update

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Click here for the updated Cort page with new pictures, information and a rare video of the Cort departing Duluth

More Sam Laud

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New pictures and information on the US flagged Sam Laud

New page for the J.A.W. Iglehart

jawiglehargcollageI have a web page for almost every vessel that has been to Duluth since 1996. Since the ice has stopped the regular flow of boats by my window, I have been updating some of those web pages. I have added and updated information on the J.A.W. Iglehart page and improved every image so you will be able to click on the image to see a much larger and better version. And don’t forget to click on the “Click here for other pages in DSN featuring news about the Iglehart” link.

Last vessel of the season

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The Paul R. Tregurtha made a beautiful entry into the Duluth harbor this morning at 9:23. It was her 46th and last visit of the season, as she was the last vessel to come under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this season.
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Gott, Kaye E. Barker arrive for winter layup

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The Kaye E. Barker came in for winter layup at about 12:30 this afternoon (Friday, January 15, 2016). She will spend her winter at Fraser Shipyards. This was her 5th trip here this season; last year she was here 2 times. The Edwin H. Gott came in on January 14th for winter layup at the Port Authority (below). She was here 3 times this season, the same number of trips she made last year.
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Cornelia to depart on Friday morning (hopefully)

Three unique vessels found their way under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge in the last few days.

2015-1102-4797A ship we have all come to know, or at least observe at the anchorage just beyond the Duluth piers, is the Cornelia (right). After over 40 days out there, she came in last night to get fuel and take care of some maintenance issues.

The Coast Guard reports that they “have reached an agreement. The vessel is making preparations to depart the Great Lakes prior to the seasonal closure of the locks.”

She is expected to depart Duluth, under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, late tomorrow morning or early afternoon. As with any departure time, it may be later. Duluthboats.com will have updated information as soon as we find any new information on Friday morning.

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There used to be a Canadian flagged boat called the Manitoulin. It is no longer in existence but a brand new (again) Manitoulin arrived in port last night. She was built in China where they combined the stern of a chemical tanker called Lalandia Swan with a brand new self-unloading bow section. She is here loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth (below).

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