Boland, Munson in Duluth Superior Port for winter layup

The John J. Boland and the John G. Munson in winter layup at Fraser Shipyards on Superior. The Boland arrived on January 5th, 2012; the Munson on January 16th. Both are expected out for the new season; perhaps in late March, or April. … [Read more...]

H. Lee White, first winter layup boat …

… arrived on January 4, 2010. She (H. Lee White) is the first of an expected 11 boats that will be in the Twin Ports for winter layup this year. She went straight to Fraser Shipyards where she will spend the layup. (picture courtesy of Mary George) … [Read more...]

Big news at Fraser Shipyards

Fraser Shipyards President and COO Jim Korthals today (February 16, 2010) had two big projects to talk about. He first detailed the specifics of the work that will be done at Fraser using a $2 million grant Wisconsin Congressman David Obey helped get for the shipyard. In the picture, he (Korthals, right) is pointing out areas in the shipyard where over 420 feet of sheet piling, … [Read more...]

Mackinaw comes out of dry dock, departs under the Lift Bridge

The Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw left Fraser Shipyards today (June 16, 2009), seen above going by the H. Lee White on her way to the Lift Bridge. This at 11:30 this morning. She is still in the area off the piers, checking out the repaired Azipods; not sure they will leave if everything is ok, or whether they will come back in. (Note at 4:00; after moving around just outside the … [Read more...]

Mackinaw about to get out of dry dock

The US Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw arrived here on June 9th to get repair work done on their  2 Azipod thruster engines mounted on pods at the stern of the ship. The propulsion units are below water, so the Mackinaw went into the dry dock at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. They expect to come out on Friday June 12, 2009) and may move to a dock at the Port Terminal on … [Read more...]

Kaye E. & Lee A. close friends for winter

As of Tuesday evening, the Edwin H. Gott and the Edgar B. Speer were slowly making their way through the ice together, still below the Soo but making progress. They were not using any tug or Coast Guard assist but that could change as they head into the St. Mary's River. The Canadian cutter Samuel Risley is ahead of them in the river, a good sign since the Risley is a very good … [Read more...]

Kaye E. Barker gets repairs at Fraser Shipyards

There may be only 2 boats under the Lift Bridge today, each one making its first visit to the Twin Ports this season. The Canadian Olympic will be here to load coal for Nanticoke, while the Presque Isle will be loading taconite for Gary. The Presque Isle was delayed for a while by weather at the other end of Lake Superior. The Kaye E. Barker spent the winter at Fraser Shipyard, … [Read more...]

Black and white Munson

After a winter lay up in dry dock at Fraser Shipyards in Superior, the John G. Munson was over at the Murphy Fuel Dock last evening, getting fuel before moving over to the CN Dock in West Duluth to load taconite for Conneaut. The boat will probably be gone by the time the sun comes up so we will have to wait for the next trip to see the newly painted red hull with a gray and a … [Read more...]

Callaway in layup at Fraser

The Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay was back in town after clearing out the ice in the Thunder Bay harbor. The powerful cutter has provided a good assist for several boats at each end of their early season travels. The Algosoo will be here today to load coal. It spent the winter in Thunder Bay and is taking this load to the Ontario Power Generation plant there before coming … [Read more...]

Callaway arriving for winter

Boats in port for winter layup, all US flagged. Duluth berths At Port Terminal: Stewart J. Cort, Roger Blough, American Spirit and Edwin H. Gott. At Hallett 5: Indiana Harbor. Superior berths At Fraser Shipyards: Kaye E. Barker, St. Clair, Cason J. Callaway and John G. Munson. At Enbridge: Walter J. McCarthy Jr. At Midwest Energy Resources: Mesabi Miner (on Friday, January … [Read more...]

Beeghly at Fraser

Eleven boats spent the winter in Duluth Superior. Six of them, including the Charles M. Beeghly, seen above in February at the Fraser Shipyard in Duluth, will be departing Duluth today, beginning their, and our, shipping season. The first Canadian boat of the season, the CSL Laurentien should also be here today. It will be the first boat to load taconite at the Burlington … [Read more...]