Music for the Barker on a Saturday evening

Mackenzie McGovern, on guitar, and Abby Ham, violin, both of Duluth, were on the job taking care of their buskering duties at the Duluth ship canal on Saturday, July 22, 2011 when the James R. Baker decided to depart the port with 64,000 tons of coal. They gave the thousand footer, and us, a nice serenade.
Mackenzie McGovern and Abby Ham play music while James R. Barker departs Duluth
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Kim Storm will be in Duluth to sing …

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The Dutch flagged Stellaprima loaded oil sands project cargo in Japan in the summer of 2005 and delivered it to Duluth in November of that year. Kim Storm helped the Duluth Shipping News to photograph the event. She wrote a song about the experience; she is coming to Duluth to sing it at Amazing Grace Café in Canal Park on Wednesday evening at 8 pm. You can listen to the song below.

Niña gets visited while she visits

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While people were visiting the 94 foot Niña this morning (above), the 1,000 foot James R. Barker came under the Lift Bridge. While making the turn into the harbor, the Barker snuck by the Niña on its way to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. In the picture, we are looking at the Barker through the rigging that supports the ship’s mainmast and foremast. The Niña will be at the Lakehead Boat Basin at 1000 Minnesota Ave. on Park Point through today. Photo taken on July 17, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-18-2007

Mesabi Miner arrives to music

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The Mesabi Miner was center stage while Jason Ricci was entertaining the crowd at the Bayfront Blues Festival Saturday afternoon. The thousand footer carried limestone from Cedarville/Port Dolomite, Michigan in the cargo hold. After dischaging that cargo at the CN dock in West Duluth, it was next set to move across the St. Louis River to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load coal for Ashtabula.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-13-2006

American Integrity departs to music

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The Tarbox Ramblers played on at the Bayfront Blues Festival on Friday afternoon as the American Integrity departed Duluth. The 1,000-foot-long laker had 62,000 tons of coal to deliver to Detroit Edison at St. Clair, Michigan. Today, most of the boat traffic should be over before the Festival gets going. The music will of course go on without the boats, unless some of boats are late enough to catch some sounds in the afternoon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-12-2006

McCarthy likes the Blues

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. came under the Lift Bridge during a break in the music at the Bayfront Blues Festival. It is here to load coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-13-2005