Enjoy the snow and the ice with the Duluth Shipping News

Watch the tugs and the cutters and the ship in the ice and the pretty landscape

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The Federal Mattawa has been at anchor off the Duluth piers since May 19th. With all other salt water vessels at the start of the season, she was delayed by ice and a pilot shortage when the season first began. She arrived in Montreal at the beginning of the St. Lawrence Seaway system on April 21. She made it to Hamilton to discharge some cargo on April 26. She left there on May 7, likely delayed there by ice. She arrived in Thunder Bay anchorage on May 8 and finally arrived to the Duluth anchorage on May 19.

Several ships have joined her from time to time. They left and she stayed. Above, the Vancouverborg, is in front, then the Apollon, and the Federal Mattaway. Below still with the Apollon and below, she shines bright, alone in the sun and ice.

Why the delay? In part, this is still catching up from the delays caused by ice in the seaway. She is waiting for grain to arrive in port by train, and rail cars are in short supply. This is her 3rd trip to the Twin Ports. On her first trip, in August, 2007, she loaded bentonite and the second trip, in May, 2008, she loaded grain, as she will this trip whenever the grain arrives.

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We didn’t have a lot of ship traffic today (Memorial Day, May 26, 2014) but we had 2 salt water vessels sitting in the ice field just beyond the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. In back, the Federal Mattawa has been at anchor for over a week. In front, the Apollon had been at anchor for sometime. Then last Friday evening, she came in from the anchorage to load durum wheat for Ravenna, Italy, a port on the north eastern coast of Italy, on the Adriatic Sea. They finished that and went back to the anchorage to wait for a pilot be become available, probably early this evening. We send a lot of wheat to Italy, and not surprisingly, it will eventually be used for pasta. The next time you are eating pasta in Italy, it might have come from Minnesota. The Apollon was built in 1996 as the Spring Laker. This is her 3rd trip to the Twin Ports. Last November, she was here to load bentonite. Her home port is in Athens, Greece where the ship’s officers live. The crew is from the Philippines.

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Top, the Federal Mattawa waits in the ice to load grain. Likewise, just below her (in the picture) is the Greek owned Apollon (the officers are  Greek; the crew is from the Philippines). The Vancouverborg, below them, is getting the hell out, with a cargo of beet pulp pellets for Greenore, Ireland, a deep water port on the Irish Sea. The port is privately owned, the town has a population of 898 people (in 2002) and it is famous for whiskey with the same name. There must be animals somewhere since beet pulp pellets are normally used for animal feed,  and are not known to be an ingredient in whiskey. Click any picture to see the ice better or the Google Earth map which locates Greenore.
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The John J. Boland departing today (May 17, 2014) is one happy result of the delayed start to the shipping season. The Boland came in for winter layup on January 12th, 2013 and has been sitting at Fraser Shipyards in Superior until today when she was called back into service to help with the backlog of cargo. She left under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this afternoon, on her way to Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets for hungry steel mills on the lower lakes.  She will discharge the pellets at the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. Those pellets will be loaded into smaller, river boats and carried to steel mills up river.
The saltwater vessel Apollon sits at anchor just beyond the Lift Bridge surrounded by the ice that refuses to melt.

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Convoy here, three at a time

April 30, 2014

Above, the Hon James R. Oberstar came in at 12:20, April 30, 2014. Right behind her was the Cason J. Callaway, and then the Thunder Bay 

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2003, another spring to remember

April 28, 2014

(Click on any image for larger version) March 20: the Mackinaw (below) arrives Duluth. March 24: the Edgar B. Speer (below), Edwin H. Gott, and Roger Blough depart Duluth March 29: The Frontenac is our first arrival of the year. April 1: The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. (not pictured) departed Duluth, the last commercial traffic […]

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A season like no other

April 9, 2014

 Click on any picture to see a larger version This is what I think, but don’t bet on it. The Presque Isle left here on March 22th with a partial load of pellets and I think loaded pellets at Two Harbors and then tried to get to the other end of Lake Superior but had […]

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Morro Bay gets local help

March 29, 2014

The US Coast Guard cutter Alder brought her sister ship, Morro Bay, into port last night with damage to her rudder. They docked at the DECC and this morning (March 29, 2014), divers from a local company, J. Norick & Sons, were there to assess the damage. Actually, the rudder itself was apparently not damaged, […]

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Ice is not nice to ships

March 28, 2014

The US Coast Guard cutter Morro Bay left here a week ago and today (March 28, 2014), she was towed back to port by the Alder after sustaining damage to her rudder while breaking ice. Outside the Duluth piers, they lashed the Morro Bay to the side of the Alder for the trip through the […]

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NBC News comes to Duluth to see ice

March 12, 2014

The long, cold, snowy, icy winter has attracted a lot of attention this ‘spring.’ We humans may have seen the worst of it but March brings out the next victims, the big ships that start every season in the Great Lakes battling ice. For better or worse, at this time every year, Duluth gets her […]

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Alder turns ice into water!

March 11, 2014

This  video was taken March 10, 2014, and is a little less polished than others but I wanted to get it up quick.

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Ice? How about blue water!

March 10, 2014

I took the pictures in the post below this post with my phone on the Alder and then emailed them to Holly in Arizona. She posted them here. Just below are pictures I took aboard the Alder today (Monday, March 10. 2014. (Click a pic for a larger version) The Alder performed well making the […]

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Going home

March 7, 2014

Dan Rau took this picture on Wednesday (March 5, 2014), as the Alder was returning from a long day breaking ice. While following the path she opened on the way out,  you can notice the ship has moved to the right so she can widen the original  path for the next trip. (click pic to […]

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Ice is not nice and it is everywhere

March 2, 2014

In 18 years,  I fear I have been wrong every time I made any predictions about ice on Lake Superior. But I don’t let things like that stop me. Here are some pictures I took on Sunday, March 2, 2014. The temperature last night was –14, it is 5 this afternoon and it will be […]

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Lake Superior Ice, not 100% covered

February 15, 2014
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Water and Ice

February 8, 2014

We are still looking for all ice at this end of the Lake. Below, top to bottom, the Cason J. Callaway, the Presque Isle and the St. Clair seem happy enough.

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As I saw the port on April 13, 2013

April 18, 2013

For 18 years, I have been watching the East wind blow ice into the funnel at the western end of Lake Superior known as Duluth. My office is next to the Lift Bridge. So I know. Or rather, even now, I still don’t know. A week ago, I thought I knew Lake Superior was clear […]

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The ice is bad now; check out the fun in 2003

April 15, 2013

March, 2003 seemed like the beginning of a normal Duluth spring, just like this past spring also seemed pretty normal. Above, the Sundew broke away from her winter moorings on March 12th, 2003. Below, the Mackinaw arrived on the 20th. Above, the Frontenac arrived on March 29, the first boat to transit the entire Seaway […]

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Still moving, very slowly

April 15, 2013

Note: this post is in chronological order, earliest pictures first With help from the Great Lakes tug North Carolina, the CSL Tadoussac departed Duluth this morning (April 15, 2013) around 8:25. Next, the North Carolina was off to help the Indiana Harbor.   A little later, the Birchglen arrived and slowly made her way under […]

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Waiting

April 13, 2013

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Where did this come from?

April 12, 2013

4:45: the Tregurtha called the tug North Carolina in for the day. It appears that all boats will wait until morning when they hope the Alder will be able to open up a wider track. The Paul R. Tregurtha asked the tug North Carolina to check the ice between the piers. The tug is able […]

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Watch the Mackinaw azipods in action

March 25, 2013

The Mackinaw has a unique method to break open large ice fields

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Mackinaw breaks ice in Duluth

March 17, 2013

The US Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw left her moorings at the DECC at 9 am this morning (March 17, 2013) to break ice in the Duluth Superior harbor. She returned to the DECC around 11:30, dropped some folks off, and then went under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on her way to Whitefish Point at […]

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Alder goes out in the lake

March 13, 2013

The Coast Guard cutter Alder covered all the bases today (March 13, 2013), first going under the Lift Bridge and to the edge of the ice sheet, about 5 1/2 miles out. The ship made quick work of the ice, easily breaking open a track and then coming back in to break up more ice […]

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Spring has sprung

March 11, 2013

… and the Alder didn’t seem to have any trouble breaking the ice around her this morning (March 11, 2013) when she pulled away from her moorings, the first vessel to move in the port this new season.  

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Winter in Duluth: Is it fun?

March 7, 2013

Click to see new video looking back at the winter (spring?) of 2007 More ice breaking videos: March 9, 2011; watch the Alder break ice in Duluth January 9, 2008: Alder out breaking ice as last boats come in for layup January 6, 2008: The ice breaker Biscayne Bay in DuluthNote: the Biscayne Bay will […]

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That was then …

February 19, 2012

and this is now: For immediate release: Sunday, February 19th, 2012 Duluth, MN. —U.S. Coast Guard Station Duluth is issuing a warning that the unusually warm temperatures observed this year have greatly increased the possibility of weakened ice. “Ice conditions are deteriorating rapidly, major wet cracks and ice breaks have been recognized the last few […]

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First ice and a breaker!

December 6, 2011

That is the Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay docked behind the DECC. Coincidently (??), the first ice of the season is just in front of her. I am entertaining captions for the picture. She has been here many times to help us fight the ice. Go to the Biscayne Bay page to see more pictures […]

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Barker starts off the new season

March 17, 2011

The James R. Barkerdeparted Duluth on Thursday afternoon, March 17, 2011, with 58,000 tons of coal for Presque Isle, Michigan. As you can see below, she wasted no time making her right turn to Michigan. The video follows the Barker as she appeared in the harbor after going under the Blatnik Bridge and around the […]

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Watch the CG cutter Alder break the ice in Duluth

March 9, 2011
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If this is what they call snow in Alabama

December 25, 2010

what do they call football? I presume that Jill shoveled off 5 or 6 inches of the snow so we could see her beautiful sidewalk.

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A sure sign of winter:

December 6, 2010

when the Coast Guard starts Operation Taconite, their effort through out the Great Lakes to keep the shipping channels free of ice. The project started today (Monday, December 6, 2010). In an announcement made today, they said: Initially, only one Coast Guard icebreaker will be assigned to Operation Taconite.  Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay, homeported […]

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Lee A. Tregurtha still fighting ice

April 27, 2009

Seven boats are expected to arrive in the Twin Ports today. The Lee A. Tregurtha, arriving earlier this morning to load coal, will be the only departure, probably later this morning. The last time the Tregurtha departed Duluth, on April 1st, it got stopped in the ice sheet just off the Duluth piers. The Alder […]

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Moving the Mackinaw along

April 3, 2009

The Mackinaw is propelled through the water by two Finnish azipods at the stern of the ship. An azipod is a propeller mounted on a pod that can be rotated 360 degrees to control the movement and direction of the ship. I took the photo at the right just before the ship was launched. You […]

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Lots of ice, lots of boats

April 2, 2009

Thursday April 2: The Walter J. McCarthy Jr., the Edwin H. Gott and the Edward L. Ryerson were set to depart on Wednesday evening. If they did not make it, they will probably try today.  The Lee A. Tregurtha made it to Two Harbors last night, the Gott should be there some time today. Both […]

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Coast Guard vessels Alder and Mackinaw out breaking ice

March 17, 2009

The Alder went out for a quick trip through the harbor and out into the Lake on Monday, March 16th. With no traffic set until the 29th, there was not a lot that could be done. Tuesday afternoon, she left for Thunder Bay. They will see traffic before we will. In the picture, we were […]

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James R. Barker gets back to work

March 31, 2008

Ice is not nice this season, although the James R. Barker was able to get back to work yesterday, leaving Duluth on Sunday afternoon (above) with coal for Detroit Edison. It came into port last week with ice damage. The Paul R. Tregurtha remains at the Port Terminal getting repairs to ice damage to the […]

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Alder is a hard worker

March 23, 2008

The Coast Guard cutter Alder was out Friday making sure shipping channels were open for the boat traffic expected this weekend. Shipping channels are not the only areas in the harbor where the ice must be broken up. Boats that come to port usually have to make a turn somewhere since they will be going […]

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Biscayne Bay crewmembers get a break

March 18, 2008

Shortly after the Alder and the tug North Carolina got the Mesabi Miner out of the harbor on Sunday and on the way to Marquette to deliver coal, the Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay arrived after clearing out the ice at Marquette and spending Saturday night in the ice off the Apostle Islands. Yesterday, they […]

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Tug North Carolina icebreaking

March 17, 2008

Captain George LaTour had the Great Lakes tug North Carolina out on Sunday morning (above) to help the Mesabi Miner get away from its berth at Midwest Energy Resources and down the Superior channel to the open water just beyond the Superior entry. The Miner is taking coal to Marquette and then returning to Superior […]

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Mesabi Miner trying to depart

March 15, 2008

It’s the time of year when our Coast Guard cutter Alder has no privacy. It has left a track wherever it went while breaking ice this past week. Until today, it was the only vessel in port that was moving. Eleven boats are positioned close to those tracks, getting ready to move out. Later today, […]

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A day on the Coast Guard cutter Alder

January 9, 2008

Took a ride on the Alder on January 9, 2008. Watch them break ice in the Duluth Superior harbor as the last boats are coming into port for the winter layup.

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Ice breaker Biscayne Bay in Duluth

January 6, 2008

The US Coast Guard ice breaker Biscayne Bay was in Duluth in December to break ice in the Duluth Superior harbor. The Duluth Shipping News went along.

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Biscayne Bay cuts a path

December 13, 2007

The Biscayne Bay‘s extended stay in Duluth was cut short when they were asked to go to Thunder Bay to break up their ice. The 140 foot Coast Guard cutter departed the port on Wednesday afternoon. Before departing, it refreshed the tracks made through the ice in the main shipping channels in the port. The […]

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Biscayne Bay crew does the icebreaking

December 9, 2007

LT Cary Godwin brought his Coast Guard ice breaker Biscayne Bay into port on Friday evening. About 10 tons of ice, encrusted on just about every exterior surface of the ship, came along for the ride. Most of the ice accumulated on the trip here from Isle Royale where they ran into 8 to 10 […]

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Adam E. Cornelius departs in April ice

June 1, 2007

We load a lot of ships here for some exotic ports, such as Algeria, Iceland, the South coast of France and Venezuela to name a few. And with apologies to the following, we also load cargo for less exotic ports on the Great Lakes, such as Lorain, Ohio or Gary, Indiana. But I never thought […]

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James R. Barker departs harbor ice

May 23, 2007

Two thousand footers should be here this morning. The Paul R. Tregurtha will be loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. The James R. Barker will be loading taconite at the CN dock just across the St. Louis River from Midwest. The Tregurtha probably arrived shortly after midnight and waited for the Canadian Enterprise […]

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Paul R. encounters April ice near Duluth

May 12, 2007

The Federal Matane is expected in port today to load spring wheat for Spain. It was built in China in 2004 and is German owned but operating now under a charter to Fednav in Montreal. This is the second trip here for the ship. It was here for the first time in 2005 under the […]

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Ice not nice

April 10, 2007

The Canadian Transport came into port last night around 6 pm (above). It went over to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal and likely left early this morning. The Algolake followed it in last night to get fuel, and then had planned to go back under the bridge and to the anchorage to wait its […]

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Mesabi Miner helps with the ice breaking

April 2, 2007

On March 16, when the Mesabi Miner was at the same place it was yesterday morning, the Captain called the Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay to thank them for cutting a path through the ice so the Miner could continue on to Marquette with the first cargo of the new season. Sunday morning, the Captain […]

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Munson in ice

April 1, 2007

On Friday, the John G. Munson was waiting in the ice off the Duluth piers to move over to Two Harbors (above). There it was to load taconite as soon as the berth cleared. Sometime between then and Saturday afternoon, waiting in the ice changed to stopped in the ice. There was some hope that […]

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James R. Barker pushing ice

March 28, 2007

The James R. Barker arrived yesterday afternoon, coming under the Lift Bridge at 4:16 (above). The 1,000-footer often spends the winter in Duluth but this winter, it went to Milwaukee. The big event today is probably the departure of the John G. Munson from Fraser Shipyards. It will go under the bridge and over to […]

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Halifax coming through the ice sheet

March 25, 2007

A week ago, Cary Godwin, Commanding Officer on the Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay, ran his ship straight into ice that was up to 36 inches in depth. Actually he backed and rammed the ice until it broke up.That was in Thunder Bay. They are back in Duluth now, with another, much less taxing, strategy […]

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Alder back on the job

March 21, 2007

Around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon, the Alder moved away from the dock on Park Point for the first time this season. The delayed start was due to a hydraulic oil leak in the cutter’s controllable pitch propeller system. In its place, the cutter Biscayne Bay was here for several days breaking ice. After getting away from […]

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Wide track, narrow track, everywhere a track track

March 19, 2007

In the picture above, taken Sunday morning, you can see in the broken ice going out from the bridge, a wide track and a narrow one inside it. On Friday, the cutter Biscayne Bay led the Mesabi Miner out of Duluth. Being second, the Mesabi Miner’s track covered over the cutter’s narrower track. The Mesabi […]

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Aerial Lift Bridge from CGC Biscayne Bay

March 18, 2007

There are many signs of spring. You know it is getting close to spring when your local icebreaker (this year, the Biscayne Bay) is docked at the DECC for a couple days of R&R over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend. The picture above was taken from the Coast Guard cutter as it returned to […]

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Bridge and her reflection

March 17, 2007

The US Coast Guard icebreaker Biscayne Bay was out Friday morning breaking ice in preparation for the departure of the Mesabi Miner, the first cargo boat to go under the bridge this season. After several tracks in the inner harbor, the cutter went under the Lift Bridge at 8:57 this morning(above) and out to cut […]

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Biscayne Bay cutting a path

March 16, 2007

The US Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay was the first ship to arrive in the Twin Ports from Lake Superior this season. It came in on Wednesday afternoon to break ice in place of the Alder which is down for repairs. It was out breaking ice in the harbor (above) just a couple hours after […]

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Maunaloa II picture worth a thousand words

January 17, 2007

Above, Upper Lakes Shipping’s Maunaloa II arrived at the Hallett & Carey elevator dock in Superior on November 29, 1958 after coming down the north shore of Lake Superior with a cargo of grain from Fort William, Ontario. The low temperature on the previous night was 24 degrees below zero. The ship had been running […]

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Edgar B. Speer arrives in icy cold

January 7, 2007

After some very busy days loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior, no coal will be loaded until Tuesday. After that, they will average about one boat a day until the Mesabi Miner arrives on January 16th. After discharging a cargo of taconite at Gary, the Edgar B. Speer will arrive in Duluth today […]

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Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. loaded with ice

January 4, 2007

Today is another coal day in the Twin Ports. Four boats should be loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources. Three CSL (Canadian Steamship Lines) boats will be loading taconite at the Burlington Northern and the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. has likely departed by now with taconite for Zug Island, Michigan from the BN Dock. This […]

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Alder gets attention

December 19, 2006

There was a waiting line at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock last night. That means we started the day with departures from there. The American Mariner may have already departed and the Algolake should complete later this morning. That should give the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. a clear shot at going right in to […]

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I saw the Harbor ice

December 10, 2006

Above, the Indiana Harbor is seen departing Duluth on the first of this month. It took a cargo of coal to Ontario Power Generation at Nanticoke. Yesterday, it returned to take on another load of coal for Nanticoke. After it departs, three boats are scheduled to follow it at Midwest Energy – the Kaye E. […]

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North Carolina ice

December 8, 2006

It looks like the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. may be the only boat coming under the Lift Bridge today. They should be here in the late afternoon, going over to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load 62,000 tons of low sulfur western coal for Detroit Edison at St. Clair, Michigan. Only three boats are […]

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Orla looks nice with ice

December 6, 2006

The Polish owned and operated Orla is making its 4th trip to the Twin Ports today. Above, it is coming in on the first trip in December, 2000. The last time it was here was just in August this year. It will be loading spring wheat for Italy while it is here. The Orla was […]

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Frontenac playing icebreaker

November 29, 2006

The Canadian flagged Frontenac will be here today for the 10th time this season. Above it is breaking up some ice and snow as it entered the Duluth ship canal on March 29th, 2003. With the high winds we have had, it is lucky for ship captains that the temperature has been above freezing. Below […]

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Indiana Harbor departs in ice

July 6, 2006

The Indiana Harbor is making its 16th trip here this year. Most of those visits, as today, find it loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior and taking that cargo to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The Indiana Harbor is one of 13 US flagged 1,000 foot long freighters working on the Great Lakes. […]

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Barker in the ice

June 14, 2006

It looks like today’s traffic may be half over by the time the sun is up and the rest of it may be over by noon. The port’s main export cargos are moving today: coal, taconite and grain. Last year, 45% of the tonnage that went through the port was coal, 40% was iron ore […]

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Old ice

April 2, 2006

Today is thousand footer day for Duluth, Superior and Two Harbors. Five of them will be loading coal and taconite. We are, I think, still waiting for our first load of limestone of the season. We should be loading the first grain on Tuesday morning when the first salt water ship of the year, the […]

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Mackinaw 1944

March 21, 2006

The Soo Locks open at 12:01 this Saturday morning. That’s to the public. As has been her tradition for many years, and in this her last year, the Mackinaw (the 1944 variety) went through the Poe Lock last Friday, along with the Canadian ice breaker Samuel Risley. They cleared out ice within the lock and […]

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Roger Blough waiting in ice

March 19, 2006

There is no ship traffic today, but the James R. Barker will be back again tomorrow to load coal for Presque Isle, Michigan. Finally, on Wednesday, two new boats will join the Barker for the new shipping season with four more on Thursday. One of those will be the Roger Blough, seen above on Friday […]

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Barker departing in ice, with coal

March 18, 2006

The James R. Barker left Friday morning for Presque Isle, Michigan with coal (above). It is the second trip of the year to Presque Isle for the Barker. It will be back here again on Monday for one more load of coal for Presque Isle. On Wednesday, two more boats join the Barker, the only […]

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Alder breaks free

March 14, 2006

The Soo Locks do not open until March 25. Until then, the only boat traffic will be moving between ports on Lake Superior. Traditionally, a thousand footer spends the winter at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior and loads coal there for several trips to Lake Superior ports before any other boat traffic moves. This year, […]

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Barker, tug, bridge

January 17, 2006

The James R. Barker was expected in this morning around 4:30. The Barker is the last boat to arrive in the Twin Ports this season, ending the season with two quick trips within Lake Superior. It was also the 1st and 2nd boat out this season with two quick trips taking coal to Lake Superior […]

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Speer brings ice, gets welcome

January 14, 2006

Three boats, the Philip R. Clarke, the Edgar Speer, and the Roger Blough are expected in port today for winter lay-up. All three are owned by our home town shipping company, Great Lakes Fleet. The James R. Barker is due back here today from Taconite Harbor to get one more load of coal at Midwest […]

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Icy Buffalo

January 5, 2006

The Buffalo will be here today. It is a well traveled boat, stopping at these Great Lakes ports this season before finally getting to Duluth on December 21st: Toledo, Harbor Beacon, Port Gypsum, Lorain, Zug Island, Waukegan, South Chicago, Stoneport, River Rogue, Calcite, Muskegon, Alpena, Green Bay, Sandusky, Ludington, St. Joseph, Fairport, Holland, Milwaukee, Manistee, […]

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Oglebay Norton ice

December 22, 2005

The Oglebay Norton was here yesterday for the 46th time this season, loading coal as it has done on most every trip. This is the season when Great Lakes boats begin to look like ice bergs. The Oglebay Norton’s bow is encased in ice, and more ice will follow as the season continues into January. […]

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Munson brings ice

November 16, 2005

The John G. Munson will be here today to discharge limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. After completing the discharge at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth, the Munson will depart Duluth to load taconite at Two Harbors. Above, the Munson arriving Duluth on Christmas Eve, 2004. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on […]

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Mackinaw #83

October 20, 2005

The US Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw should be coming through the Duluth piers around noon today, making its last trip to Duluth after 60 years of service to the Great Lakes. The ship was often here in early March, breaking ice in the harbor and out in the lake. For many, it marked the official […]

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Speer encased in ice

September 25, 2005

Five boats will be here today. The Quebecois is discharging cement, the American Mariner will depart with coal, the McCarthy will arrive to load coal, the Columbia Star will come here to load taconite and the Federal Leda should be at anchor waiting to load flax for Northern Europe. The Edgar B. Speer (above, coming […]

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Icy coat for John G. Munson

June 28, 2005

The John G. Munson will be here today to discharge limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. After completing the discharge at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth, the Munson will move across the St. Louis River to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior and load about 25,000 tons of coal for Ashtabula, Ohio. Above, […]

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Risley arrives just in time

January 22, 2005

The Canadian ice breaker Samuel Risley arrived Duluth late Friday afternoon (above). It will help the James R. Barker make the dock at its winter layup at Midwest Energy Resources and then assist the John G. Munson get to its winter layup at Fraser Shipyards. The Barker should have arrived last night and the Munson […]

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Samuel Risley here to work

January 21, 2005

The Canadian ice breaker Samuel Risley will be here today or tomorrow to assist the last two boats coming to the Twin Ports this season, the James R. Barker from Presque Isle, Michigan and the John G. Munson from Algoma Steel near the Soo Locks. The Risley was last here in April, 2003 to help […]

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Speer arrives ice covered

January 19, 2005

Assuming the James R. Barker got out of here last night with the last cargo loaded in the Twin Ports this season, we have no traffic expected today. Nine of the 11 boats that will spend the winter in the Twin Ports have arrived at their winter home. We are waiting for the Barker to […]

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Alder ready to work

January 17, 2005

Today is the last big day of the season for Twin Ports shipping. The James R. Barker, the American Mariner, the Edgar B. Speer and the Presque Isle have been crossing Lake Superior in a convoy. The Presque Isle will peel off and load briefly at Two Harbors during the night, while the Barker, Speer […]

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Anderson in the 2003 ice

January 15, 2005

Above, the Arthur M. Anderson was caught in a harbor full of ice on April 5th, 2003 as it was trying to depart the Duluth entry. With ice-breaking help from the Sundew, it was able to depart the Superior entry about 8 hours later. The Anderson comes in today for winter layup with better possibilities […]

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Speer in icy harbor

December 28, 2004

The Edgar B. Speer will be here to load taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior. It will likely come in the Duluth entry to get fuel before moving down the Superior channel to the BN Dock. Photo taken March 23, 2003. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-28-2004

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