Lee A. Tregurtha

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The Lee A. Tregurtha should be here today for the first time this season. Built in 1942 as a tanker, it made many refueling runs across the Atlantic during World War ll. It is named for the wife of the vice chairman of Interlake Steamship Company. The Paul R. Tregurtha, the largest boat on the Great Lakes, was named for her husband. The boat’s whistle is a two tone steam whistle, thought to be original equipment. It is one of the loudest on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-31-2004

John B. Aird departs Duluth

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The John B. Aird has been here 35 times since 1996, but only twice last year. This is the first trip to the Twin Ports for the Aird this season. It was built in 1983 from two sections. The stern was built at Collingwood and the bow in Thunder Bay, both in Ontario. Final assembly occurred at the Port Arthur Shipyard in Thunder Bay. Photo taken September 23, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-30-2004

John J. Boland

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The John J. Boland will be here today for the 8th time this season. On this trip, it will be loading taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It started life in 1973 as the Charles E. Wilson but became the Boland when American Steamship Company sold another boat called the John C. Boland to Lower Lakes Towing a couple years ago.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-29-2004

Speer in icy harbor

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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

Canadian Transport arrives under Aerial Lift Bridge

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The Canadian Transport was built in 1979, the same year additional width was allowed for vessels transiting the Welland Canal. Ten inches was added to the previous maximum width of 75 feet, providing 31,800 more cubic feet of cargo space. This is the 20th trip the Canadian Transport has made to the Twin Ports this season. It is loading about 30,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke, Ontario, the usual cargo and destination for this boat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-27-2004

American Spirit

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The American Spirit loaded taconite at Burlington Northern on December 18th for Gary, Indiana. It came back to Superior early Christmas morning to load taconite for Zug Island, Michigan. Last year, this boat was called the George A. Stinson but it is about to complete its first full year as the American Spirit. Photo taken September 29, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-26-2004

Beeghly enters Duluth ship canal

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The Charles M. Beeghly will be here today for the 6th time this season. It is very similar to the John Sherwin, a boat that was taken out of service in 1981. The Sherwin is still out, sitting at a berth in Superior. In the same year, the Beeghly was converted to a self unloader and remains a working boat on the Great Lakes, although it too was out of service from 1981 until 1984 because of the steep decline in the steel business in the early 80’s.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-25-2004

Paul R. welcomed even in cold

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The Paul R. Tregurtha will follow the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. in loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Both boats will load 61,000 tons for Detroit Edison. The McCarthy will discharge half its cargo at the St. Clair power plant, and half at the Monroe plant. The Tregurtha will discharge all 61,000 tons of coal at the St. Clair power plant. Detroit should have a warm Christmas, at least inside.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-24-2004

Blough takes taconite

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The Roger Blough came under the Lift Bridge early last night and went to the Murphy Fuel Dock in Duluth for fuel. It was then expected to move over to the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior to load taconite for Gary, Indiana. This is the 13th trip here for the Blough this season and the 5th time it has gone to Burlington Northern to load taconite. The other trips were to the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. Photo taken October 21, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-23-2004

McCarthy needs repair

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Last night , workers were still trying to remove a piece of the Walter J. McCarthy Jr.’s self unloading boom so they can investigate and repair a leak in the assembly. That work will be done off site. Port Authority gantry cranes are holding it in place until the still attached piece can be freed from its connection and lifted out.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-22-2004

Middletown in Twin Ports for taconite

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The Middletown was here on November 24th to load taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It will be here today to do the same thing. It was built in 1942 and saw duty in both the Atlantic and the Pacific during World War 2 as a tanker. It was hit by a Japanese bomb in 1944. Since then, it has been renamed several times, rebuilt and lengthened.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-21-2004

Cort is original 1000 footer

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The Stewart J. Cort will be here for the 43rd time this year. On each visit, taconite was loaded at Burlington Northern in Superior. Launched in 1972 at Erie, Pennsylvania, the bow and stern were built in Mississippi and welded together. This ‘vessel’ then sailed to Erie where the two pieces were split apart and a midbody was inserted between them. All parts were then welded together, creating the first 1,000 footer on the Great Lakes. Photo taken August 21, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-20-2004

McCarthy in Duluth/Superior harbor

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. has been delayed by weather on Lake Superior but is expected in sometime today. Its original name was Belle River but it was changed to the current name in the spring of 1990 when Mr. McCarthy retired from his position as Chairman of the Board of Detroit Edison. Mr. McCarthy and his wife still make a trip on the boat every year. Appropriately, the boat will take coal to a Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan. Photo taken September 12, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-19-2004

Michipicoten has new life

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The Canadian flagged Michipicoten will be here to take on fuel in Duluth and then move over to the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior to load taconite. It is the 7th visit to the Twin Ports for the boat this year. It is the former US flagged Elton Hoyt 2nd. As the Hoyt, it sat idle in Superior from 2000 until last year when it was purchased by Lower Lakes Towing, renamed and reflagged Canadian. Photo taken January 12, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-18-2004

Ostkap gets tug assist

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Two tugs (bow of the Kentucky, lower right) from Great Lakes Towing brought the Swedish owned Ostkap into the berth at the AGP grain terminal in Duluth on Thursday afternoon. It is the last saltie to load grain here this season and should be departing sometime this afternoon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-17-2004

Ostkap last saltie of season

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Flying the flag of Gibraltar, the Swedish owned, and Russian crewed Ostkap will have the dubious distinction of being the last ocean going ship to load in Duluth Superior this season. It has been at anchor in the cold water just off the Duluth piers for several days, and should come in sometime this afternoon, and probably leave sometime Friday. Photo taken August 27, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-16-2004

Edwin H. Gott loaded taconite

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The Edwin H. Gott was named for the President of the United States Steel Company from 1967 to 1969. This year, the boat has been loading taconite at Two Harbors, Burlington Northern (Superior) and the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth and has been taking those cargos to a variety of ports on the southern shores of the Great Lakes where the taconite is used in steel production. Some of the ports are Gary in Indiana and Ashtabula and Conneaut in Ohio.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-15-2004

Ziemia Gornoslaska

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The Ziemia Gornoslaska was built in 1990 with that name but it quickly became the Lake Charles. Last year, it regained its original name. It will be loading both wheat and soy beans here. It, along with the Ostkap, also arriving today, will be the last two salt water ships to load in Duluth this season. The ship is owned by the Polish Steamship Company. Photo taken May 24, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-14-2004

Barker slowed by wind

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The James R. Barker is due in Duluth today although it may be late because of the high winds on Lake Superior. Last night, the boat was anchored off Marquette, Michigan. The Columbia Star departed Duluth on Sunday and stayed close to the North Shore as it moved east on Lake Superior with a load of coal for Nanticoke, Ontario.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-13-2004

Columbia Star visits are many

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Last August 15th, the Columbia Star departed Duluth (above) as the Lift Bridge came down behind her. That was the 16th visit the boat made to the Twin Ports. Today, it is here for the 42nd time.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-12-2004

Munson here often

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The John G. Munson will be here for the 16th time this season. It will discharge limestone loaded at Stoneport, Michigan and then go to Two Harbors to load taconite. Built in 1952, the boat’s deep throated steam whistle, counted by many to be the best on the Great Lakes, has been operating on the Great Lakes for over 50 years.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-11-2004

Federal Rideau

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The Federal Rideau will be here today for the third time since it was launched at Oshima, Japan in 2000. Above, it was here in November, 2003 discharging a cargo of lumber. Today it is bringing a cargo of steel coils. It is owned and operated by FedNav in Montreal, and like a lot of FedNav ships, it is bright red.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-10-2004

Pintail ducks into Twin Ports

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The Pintail is here with a crew from Ukraine, loading both flax and wheat. It will take that cargo to Antwerp, Belgium. The ship was also here in late August (above) loading wheat. It is one of many foreign owned ships operated by the Canadian company, Canadian Forest Navigation, better known as CanForNav. The ship gets its name from another Pintail that is a sleek, long-tailed, long-necked duck. Photo taken August 27, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-09-2004

Kwintebank

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The Dutch flagged Kwintebank is here discharging a cargo of lumber. Above, it was doing the same thing on September 3rd, 2002 when it was here on its maiden voyage. Lumber brought here by this and other Wagenborg ships has usually been loaded in Germany. Above, a bundle is lifted out of the ship’s holds by a crane at the Port Terminal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-08-2004

Irma exits Duluth canal

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The Irma will be here today for the 9th time since it was built in 2000 in Japan. This is the 2nd trip this year. Owned and operated by the Polish Steamship Company, it carried a crew of 20 on a recent trip here, all from Poland. Picture above taken May 29, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-07-2004