Fraser Shipyards serves a wide variety of Twin Port shipping needs

Fraser Shipyards, in Superior, handles a lot of maintenance work for the Twin Ports. There are usually around 5 boats that spend winter layup, each getting work done, some of it major. They also build a number of smaller vessels.


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.


… 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)


fraser20100216_1552 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, or dock wall spacing, will be repaired with the money. That is a project that will begin as soon as the funding arrives. Congressman Obey is on the left.fraser20100216_1526


Already in full gear is the addition of Lake Assault Boats to the Fraser family. Purchased by Fraser two months ago, the company was moved to the shipyard, along with their 58 customers in 13 states. With this addition, Fraser now builds patrol, fire and rescue boats, as well as hunting and fishing boats, the first boats the company built. Several of them were on display at Fraser today. Members of the Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade were there to show off their recent purchase of Lake Assault boat. The picture tells the story.


mackinaw20090616_7303 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 Duluth piers, she has gone out into the lake, on her way, I presume, to her next job.

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Mackinaw about to get out of dry dock

June 11, 2009

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 […]

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Kaye E. & Lee A. close friends for winter

January 14, 2009

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 […]

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Kaye E. Barker gets repairs at Fraser Shipyards

April 6, 2007

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 […]

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Black and white Munson

March 30, 2007

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 […]

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Callaway in layup at Fraser

March 24, 2007

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 […]

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Callaway arriving for winter

January 18, 2007

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 […]

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Beeghly at Fraser

March 23, 2006

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 […]

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American Mariner prop inspection

March 17, 2006

When the James R. Barker leaves sometime today with its second load of coal for Presque Isle, Michigan, there will still be 10 boats at their winter layup berths in Duluth Superior. One of them is the American Mariner, above. It was in dry dock at the Fraser Shipyard in Superior, allowing workers to check […]

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Greenstone II leaves Fraser

May 25, 2004

The Marine Tech tug Miss Laura will tow the fuel barge Greenstone II out of the Fraser Shipyard in Superior today. The Greenstone II is the first vessel to be launched from the shipyard in nearly 40 years. The tug will take it to Houghton, Michigan where it will be used to carry fuel from […]

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