|Duluth Mayor Emily Larson welcomed Lake Ontario Captain Costelus Morosanu to the city, congratulating him for bringing the first salt water vessel of the season into port on Sunday, April 2, 2017. While visitors were along to welcome the Captain and his crew to Duluth, longshoremen at Riverland Ag were loading 19,000 tons of spring wheat into the ship’s cargo holds (below). With good weather, they hope to complete loading on Tuesday evening, after which they will depart for Italy, where their cargo will be used to create pasta, some of which will likely make its way back to the United States. Prior to Duluth, the ship was working between Liverpool and the Netherlands before loading scrap in Latvia that they took to Laplace, Louisiana, on the Mississippi River just north of New Orleans. From there they left the Gulf of Mexico and sailed north along the East Coast of the United States to Halifax for fuel before entering the St. Lawrence Seaway system and to make their long trip to Duluth|
|The John D. Leitch arrived Duluth at noon on March 31, 2017. She will follow the Baie St. Paul loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. It is the first trip of the new season for both Canadian flagged vessels. The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin will be the 3rd consecutive Canadian vessel to pick up pellets at the CN after she arrives later today. I like to see the Leitch here; she has one of the most interesting looks of any vessels that visit Duluth. I just updated the images for the Leitch that I have from past visits; you can see that on the Leitch page.|
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The Philip R. Clarke is back in town to get fuel; she will then depart for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. She spent her winter layup here, leaving for Two Harbors on March 22nd. She made 21 visits to Duluth last year and 17 the year before. Last year, she usually brought limestone in before loading iron ore pellets in Duluth or Two Harbors.
With the first lakers departing Duluth from their layup here and the first lakers that wintered elsewhere arriving, it is time to wait for the first Salt water ship to arrive. Go here to see past posts of the first salty arriving Duluth
After spending winter layup in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, the Cason J. Callaway left there on March 23 heading for the Soo Locks and the long trip across Lake Superior to Duluth, arriving here at 6:57 PM on March 26. She is seen here departing Duluth on Monday afternoon, March 27th after loading iron ore pellets at the CN Dock in West Duluth.
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The Lee A. Tregurtha left Duluth at 4:00 this afternoon, March 23, 2017. She was the 4th laker to depart Duluth in the new season. The Paul R. Tregurtha is likely to be the first laker to arrive in the Twin Ports although she has not left yet. She is expected to depart later tonight with coal for Silver Bay, giving her time to get back for more coal and celebrate her status of 5th laker out/first laker in!!
|The Roger Blough opened the shipping season in Duluth this morning (March 22, 2017) at 7:30. Above, at left, she starts down the Duluth harbor on her way to the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. Just to the right is the American Spirit, expected to break away from her winter layup berth on Saturday (March 25, 2017) to go over to CN Duluth to load iron ore pellets. The American Century is seen at the right. She is expected to depart on Thursday (March 23, 2017) for Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets.|
|Above, the Blough goes under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning; below, there were many folks out to get a picture of the ‘first ship.’ The only ice to be found was a couple spots on the pavement. The harbor, ship canal and the lake (at this end, at least) were ice free.|
|Below, Jason Fyten had his Boatwatcher flag out to celebrate the occasion. Duluth News Tribune Photo Editor Bob King stands next to Jason, waiting for the Blough.|