Alder breaks ice & sweeps & shovels it too

All hands on deck aboard the Alder on December 14, 2016, breaking ice on their deck as they moved across Lake Superior. All of this while US Coast Guard Sector Soo began Operation Taconite, their annual push to clear shipping channels of ice so lakers can get another 2 or 3 weeks before the season ends. For now, the Alder was assigned the western end of Lake Superior for their ice breaking … [Read more...]

First sign of Spring on Monday

The first sign of spring in Duluth is usually our Coast Guard cutter Alder’s first venture into the Duluth harbor in early March. I go over there to get ‘dramatic’ pictures as she gets the new season started breaking away from the ice that surrounded her since arriving at her dock in late January after assisting all the vessel traffic to their winter berths. She has always made it out; some years … [Read more...]

Duluth ice through the years

The Duluth Shipping News has over 5,000 web pages in it and more than 5,000 pictures. Most pages are assigned a category; the list of categories can be seen in the left column. Ice is one of the categories and since there does not seem to be much ice around, I thought I would highlight all the pages through the years about ice. You can click on the category pull down and see all 93 (94 now with … [Read more...]

Still working at the other end …

  … of the St. Lawrence Seaway system. René Beauchamp took this photo of the Bluebill and Federal Leda on February 15, 2016 while they were anchored off Sorel-Tracy, about 50 miles from Montreal, on the St Lawrence River. Bluebill (left) has waited to go up the river to load grain at Elevator 4 in Montreal since January 23. Federal Leda (right) has a cargo of sugar and will eventually go to … [Read more...]

Whitefish Bay ice stops shipping on Lake Superior

Check out this slideshow from Reuters … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Ice Coverage slipping away

from Petoskeynews.com (Petoskey is a town on the north east shore of Lake Michigan) Posted: Monday, March 16, 2015 1:19 pm Mark Johnson (989) 732-1111mjohnson@gaylordheraldtimes.com NORTHERN MICHIGAN — It appears spring is finally here and with the end to another brutal winter comes the end of another year of extensive Great Lakes ice coverage. According to George Leshkevich, physical … [Read more...]

Last trip for the Tregurtha this year

Sometimes in the winter, the hardest thing for a boat to do is make a dock; even if the course thru the ice is not much of a problem. A 1,000 footer weighs a lot and can brush aside a lot of loose ice as it goes thru the harbor. Moving all 1,013 feet up against a dock is another story. Loose ice, easy to go thru in open water, compresses as the vessel moves closer to the dock; a tug is often … [Read more...]

American Integrity in for winter layup

The American Integrity was the first of 6 vessels coming here for winter layup. She arrived this morning, January 7, 2015 around 11:30. Winter layup, Duluth Superior, January, 2015 Location Vessel Arrival Date Carrier Port Terminal Berth 1 Edwin H. Gott Canceled for Twin Ports … [Read more...]

Federal Mattawa, why so long!

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 … [Read more...]

Have some ice with your salt water ships

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 … [Read more...]

Happy Memorial Day from Duluth

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 … [Read more...]