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

Beeghly in Duluth harbor

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The Charles M. Beeghly will be here today for the 5th time this season, loading taconite for a lower lakes port. The boat was originally built for the Shenango Furnace Company, but in 1966, that small fleet was disbanded and the Shenango was sold to the Interlake Steamship Company in Cleveland. It was renamed for a man who started working at the Jones & Laughlin Steel Company as a clerk and a salesman and ended up as Chairman of the Board. Photo taken July 8, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-06-2004

Adam E. Cornelius

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The Adam E. Cornelius will be here today for the 3rd time this year, bringing in a load of limestone from Calcite, Michigan. After discharging the limestone, it will load taconite for Indiana Harbor, Indiana and South Chicago. The Cornelius has been here 3 or 4 times a year since 1999. Before that, it often came to the Twin Ports 30 or more times a year. Photo taken on August 31, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-05-2004

Canadian Leader nears season end

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The Canadian Leader will leave here after discharging cement (above) to load grain in Thunder Bay for transfer to a salt water ship near the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It will then load iron ore in Port-Cartier for Hamilton, Ontario and maybe one more load of grain, perhaps out of Toledo. Then it will load sugar in Quebec for Toronto where it will go into winter layup. The sugar will be discharged as needed over the winter by Redpath Sugar. A last load such as this is called a storage load.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-04-2004

Kapitonas A. Lucka

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After discharging cargo in Burns Harbor, Indiana and Hamilton, Ontario, the Kapitonas A. Lucka will be here to load wheat. It was built in Ukraine in 1980 for the Russian fleet, operating out of Klaipeda, Lithuania. It was named Ivan Nesterov. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the ship, along with many sister ships, became a part of the Lithuanian Shipping Company, received a more Lithuanian name and was reflagged to Lithuania.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-03-2004

Canadian Leader seldom in Twin Ports

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The Canadian Leader will be making its 2nd appearance in the Twin Ports this year when it brings in a cargo of cement. It was not here at all last year or in 2001 and only twice in 2000. Built in 1967, it was the last steam powered laker built for Great Lakes service. Photo taken September 24, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-02-2004

Daniella cargo for Alberta

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The Daniella will be here today with 14 crates of parts and one 193.4 metric ton high pressure container. Built in Italy, they will be discharged at the Port Terminal to railroad cars before being transported to Fort McMurray, north of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. There they are used in a massive oil sands extraction project.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-01-2004

Algoville in the harbor

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The Canadian flagged Algoville came into port at 4:41 Monday morning to load wheat. It should finish today, departing Duluth for a port near the Gulf of St. Lawrence. There the cargo will be discharged to salt water ships that will carry the wheat to world ports on or beyond the Atlantic Ocean. Photo taken December 1, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-30-2004

Bluewing 3rd visit to Duluth

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The Chinese built Bluewing was here in August (above, at anchor and waiting for a dock). It came into port on Saturday afternoon and should be departing sometime this afternoon. It was first launched in February, 2002 and made its first visit to the Twin Ports in November of that same year. This is her third visit.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-29-2004

Oglebay Norton will load coal

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The Canadian flagged Algoville should be waiting at anchor to load wheat next week while the Oglebay Norton (above on July 16, 2004) should be arriving this morning to load coal. It will depart the Twin Ports with that cargo on Sunday evening, taking it down to a Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan. Above, the boat’s self-unloader (right) is moved out over the St. Louis River while the ship loader (left) at Midwest Energy Resources is loading coal into the boat’s holds.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-28-2004

Algocen in Twin Ports harbor

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Built in 1968, the Algocen has been here 40 times since 1996, and many times before that. However, today will probably be the last day we will see the Algocen here. The boat has been sold to an American company on the East Coast. It may make one more trip this season but it is probably too late for the boat to be back in Duluth. Captain Jens Hougesen has been the skipper since June, 1997 and many of the crew of 21 have served a long time aboard the boat. Photo taken on August 31, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-27-2004

American Spirit familiar with Twin Ports

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The American Spirit will be in the Twin Ports today loading taconite for the 24th time this season. Today, it is loading at Burlington Northern in Superior. It has also loaded at the DM&IR Dock in both Duluth and Two Harbors. Silver Bay has seen it a few times. The destinations this season have included Escanaba and Zug Island in Michigan, Gary and Indiana Harbor in Indiana and Ashtabula, Ohio.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-26-2004

Mesabi Miner honors Mesabi miners

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The Mesabi Miner will be in town today, celebrating Thanksgiving by loading taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It is the 23rd visit this year for the boat that was named in honor of the men and women who have worked on the Mesabi Iron Range, the source for the taconite they are loading today. Photo taken April 11, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-25-2004

Middletown brings limestone to Twin Ports

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The Middletown has been bringing limestone into the Twin Ports this year, and loading either taconite or coal for the return trip. Today, it will be here for the 15th time this season and loading taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-24-2004

Algocen visits in autumn

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The Algocen was built in 1968 and is operated by Algoma Central Railway of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The name comes from the first four letters of Algoma and the first 3 letters of Central. This is the boat’s 5th trip here this year, all of them coming after September 25th. Photo taken on November 20, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-23-2004

John J. Boland

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The John J. Boland started life in 1973 as the Charles E. Wilson. When American Steamship Company’s boat called the John J. Boland was sold to Lower Lakes Towing a couple years ago, the Charles E. Wilson became the new John J. Boland (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-22-2004

Callaway has Georgia connection

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The Cason J. Callaway has been here once each month of the shipping season this year. Today is the November appearance. Above it is departing Duluth on August 28 after discharging limestone loaded at Port Dolomite, Michigan and then loading taconite here for Gary, Indiana. The boat is named for the founder of Callaway Gardens in Georgia.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-21-2004

Columbia Star in Twin Ports for coal

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The Columbia Star will be here for the 40th time this year. As today, most of those trips this year were to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal. Other trips were to the DM&IR dock in West Duluth and the Burlington Northern dock in Superior, both to load taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-20-2004

McCarthy takes coal from Duluth again

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. will be here today to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. The boat, here about once a week, was loading coal on November 9th (above). The boat’s self-unloader is raised over the deck so the traveling shiploader from the dock can get under it to be moved up or down the deck. It can then load coal through any of the boat’s 37 hatches that feed into 7 cargo holds.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-19-2004

American Mariner brings limestone

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On this trip, the American Mariner is bringing in limestone and then loading taconite for Indiana Harbor, a port on Lake Michigan. While not a frequent visitor, that is the boat’s usual pattern when it is here. In late October this year however, it came in to discharge limestone and then load coal for a quick trip to Ashland. It was soon back in Duluth, this time loading taconite for Indiana Harbor. Photo taken June 25, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-18-2004

Federal Schelde will load chromium ore

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The Federal Schelde came into port very early on Tuesday morning to discharge steel coils (above). It then moved to the Hallett Dock in West Duluth to load chromium ore brought here by train from a stockpile created in World War II near Columbus, Montana. The ship will carry the cargo to Sweden where it is used in the making of steel. This is the third shipment of chromium ore to come through the Hallett Dock this year. Three more are anticipated next year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-17-2004

Orna appears once a year

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The Orna is a Greek owned and flagged ship that comes to Duluth about once a year. Built in 1984, it has been here under a variety of names, including the Moor Laker and the Handy Laker.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-16-2004

Isadora from Szczecin

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The Isadora came into port on Thursday afternoon at 5:30 to load grain. It is a Polish ship, owned by the Polish Steamship Company in Szczecin, Poland. It was built in 1999. Starting the next year, it has made one trip to the Twin Ports each year since.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-15-2004

Canadian Olympic in Duluth for coal

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The Canadian Olympic will be here today to load coal at Midwest Energy. It was built in Port Weller, Ontario in 1976. That was the year the Olympics were held in Montreal, and that is where its name came from. This is only the fifth trip this year, the first it has been here since May 10th. In the recent past, it made about 10 trips a year to the Twin Ports.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-14-2004

Calliroë Patronicola

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The Greek-flagged Calliroë Patronicola should arrive early this morning. She is named for a lady in her nineties, still alive two years ago when the ship was last here. Ms Patronicola is the sister of Aristotle Onassis, the Greek shipping magnate. He is more famous here for marrying Jackie Kennedy and making her Jackie Kennedy Onassis. The ship is owned by a foundation closely related to the Onassis family. Photo taken August 23, 2000.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-13-2004

Algocape has routine

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The Algocape works a somewhat steady cycle, often loading grain at either Thunder Bay or Duluth and taking that to a St. Lawrence River port such as Port Cartier, Quebec where it is off-loaded to an ocean going ship. It may then load iron ore there to carry back to Hamilton, Ontario, before coming back to Lake Superior to load grain again.
Photo taken on November 11, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-12-2004

Alpena moves cement

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Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, the Alpena is here today to discharge cement at the Lafarge Docks in Superior and Duluth. It is one of the oldest and prettiest boats working the Great Lakes, and has one of the best, and loudest, steam whistles on the Great Lakes too.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-11-2004

Cinnamon duck

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The Cinnamon, another ‘duck’ boat, is in Duluth loading wheat for Tarragona, Spain. It is named after the Cinnamon teal, a duck found mostly in the Western United States. The all Ukrainian crew should take the Cinnamon out of Duluth today, beginning their long journey across the Atlantic Ocean.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-10-2004

Algoisle built in Ireland

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The Canadian flagged Algoisle is here loading grain. It has not been here since December, 2000. You can see that this boat has spent some time on the ocean because of the wide, angled bow, typical of ocean going ships. This ship was built in Cork, Ireland in 1963. Photo taken on November 07, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-09-2004

Scoter rarely visits Duluth

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The Scoter has not been here since July 27, 2002 when it was here loading grain as the Peonia (above). Before that, it had made one visit a year to the Twin Ports since 1996. Built in China in 1983 as the Peonia, the recent name change probably reflects a change in ownership.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-08-2004

Canadian Enterprise

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The Canadian Enterprise will be here today for the 14th time this season. Like most of those trips, it will load low sulfur coal brought to Superior by train from Wyoming and Montana. Above, the boat is greeted at the Duluth ship canal by visitors on June 2nd of this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-07-2004

Anderson always welcomed

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Making its 5th trip here this year, the Arthur M. Anderson will discharge limestone at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. When completed, it will go to Two Harbors to load taconite for steel mills on the lower Great Lakes. The Anderson is best known as the ship that trailed the Edmund Fitzgerald when the Fitzgerald went down near Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975. Photo taken July 17, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-06-2004

Bluebill first Duluth visit

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The Bluebill came into port yesterday. It is loading soybeans and durum wheat for Antwerp and Finland. Launched this spring in China, this is the second trip into the Great Lakes for the ship, the first to Duluth. It carries a crew of 18. The Captain is from Poland and the other officers and crew come from Ukraine.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-05-2004

Algowood backwards exit

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We do not often see a boat about to go under the Lift Bridge while the bridge is still on the way up. Happily, the picture above of the Algowood, taken on January 2, 2002, is not an example of that. The Algowood is departing Duluth going backward. It has just cleared the bridge as it moves out the Duluth ship canal. It turned around just beyond the piers and disappeared over the horizon, facing east.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-04-2004

Walter J. McCarthy Jr.

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. is expected in port today. It will load coal for a Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan. 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.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-03-2004

Buckeye (now the tug barge Olive L. Moore/Lewis J. Kuber)

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The Buckeye was built for Bethlehem Steel Company as the Sparrows Point in 1952. During her 1979/80 winter lay-up at Fraser Shipyards in Superior, she was converted to a self-unloader and bow thrusters were added. With the beginning of the thousand footer era, Bethlehem Steel found the Burns Harbor and the Stewart J. Cort to be less expensive to carry their iron ore pellets so in July, 1990, the Sparrows Point was sold to the Oglebay Norton Company and her name was changed to Buckeye. [In 2005, Oglebay Norton Company sold the Buckeye to K & K Warehousing, where she was converted to a barge. The tug Olive L. Moore towed her to Erie where she was joined to the former Buckeye, now called the Lewis J. Kuber.]
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-02-2004

Paul R. brings coal to the party

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The Paul R. Tregurtha may be the largest boat on the Great Lakes but it seemed to fit snugly on the stage of the Blues Festival last August. As usual, it was taking a load of low sulfur Western coal to lower lakes power plants.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-01-2004

Algocen

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The Algocen will be here today with a load of cement that it will discharge at the St. Lawrence Cement plant in Duluth. Above, it was doing the same when it was here in April, 2003. The Algocen loaded the cement in Mississauga, Ontario, just outside of Toronto. It is usually about a 4 day trip from there to Duluth. Photo taken on April 15, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-31-2004

Middletown subs for trucks

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Earlier this week, a saltie became a laker while in the Twin Ports. Today, a laker goes local for a day. The Middletown will come in to the Cutler Stone Dock in Superior to discharge limestone, then go over to Midwest Energy Resources to load 12,000 tons of coal to take back to the Cutler dock. It seems a short distance to take so much coal but it would have taken 480 trucks loading 25 tons each to do the same job.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-30-2004

Edwin H. Gott got taconite

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The Edwin H. Gott has been loading taconite at Two Harbors, Burlington Northern (Superior) and the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth this season. It has taken those cargos to a variety of ports on the southern shores of the Great Lakes where they are used to make steel. Some of the ports are Gary in Indiana and Ashtabula and Conneaut in Ohio. It is here today for the 10th time this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-29-2004

Spruceglen is saltie/laker

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The Spruceglen came into port as a saltie, crossing the Atlantic Ocean with steel coils loaded in Antwerp, Belgium and discharged in Cleveland and Duluth. It should leave the port today with grain. The Canadian owned and crewed boat will be a laker over the next two months, with several cargos planned between US and Canadian ports. It may take a load of taconite pellets to China at the end of the season and then go into dry dock in China for a five year checkup. That would give the Canadian crew about a 3-week stay in China.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-28-2004

Pilica is Malta flagged

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After discharging cargo in Cleveland, the Polish built, crewed and owned Pilica set out for Duluth. It is expected here this evening to load grain. This will be the 6th trip the ship has made to the Twin Ports since it was launched in 1999. It is very computer controlled, running an unattended engine room, except during the day. Photo taken July 23, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-27-2004

Reserve shuttles cargo all around

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The Reserve has been moving coal, taconite and limestone between Marquette, Calcite, St Clair, Muskegon, Detroit, Cedarville and Escanaba in Michigan, Silver Bay, Two Harbors and Duluth/Superior in Minnesota (and Wisconsin), and Lorain, Toledo, Cleveland and Ashtabula in Ohio.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-26-2004

Fodas Pescadores departs Duluth canal

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Before this year, the Fodas Pescadores had never been to Duluth. Today, after discharging cargo in Hamilton, Ontario, it is here for the third time this season. Only one other saltwater ship, the Dutch flagged Vancouverborg, has made that many trips here this year. While flying the flag of Panama, the Fodas Pescadores is owned by a Taiwanese company. On previous visits, it had a Captain and Chief Engineer from Taiwan and a crew from mainland China.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-25-2004

J.A.W. Iglehart

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This boat was rebuilt to carry cement in 1965. That would be a long career on the lakes by itself, but the Iglehart was built almost 30 years earlier, in 1936, as an ocean-going tanker called the Pan Amoco. It has brought cement to the Twin Ports 42 times since 1996.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-24-2004

Frontenac coming through ice

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The Frontenac was the first boat to arrive in the Twin Ports for the 2003 shipping season from beyond the Soo Locks (above, on April 29, 2003). It is owned and operated by Canada Steamship Lines of Montreal. Built in 1968, it was named for the French governor of the French possessions in North America in the late 17th century. He established a government at Quebec.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-23-2004

Algontario

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On April 5th, 1999, the Algontario, on her way to Duluth, went aground in the St. Marys River. Despite damage to the boat, it was judged safe for it to continue on to Duluth. After discharging cargo here, the boat sailed for Thunder Bay where it stayed, in layup, until last month. Repairs completed, and business in the grain trade going strong, the Algontario is again sailing the Great Lakes and is due here today to load wheat. Photo taken April 11, 1997.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-22-2004

Ostkap at Superior grain dock

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After stops in Cleveland and Chicago, the Ostkap made its second appearance in the Twin Ports this season. On the first trip, it had some repairs done and then loaded at two different grain terminals. This trip, it is simply loading grain at CHS 1 in Superior. It should have arrived early this morning and will likely depart sometime this evening.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-21-2004

Birchglen to transit Panama Canal

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The Birchglen is loading 25,000 gross tons of UTAC pellets for Laiwu, China. It is the first saltie to load at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth since the mid-eighties. When loading is complete sometime this afternoon, the Ukrainian crewed ship will depart Duluth for China, using the Panama Canal to get to the Pacific Ocean and then on to China.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-20-2004

CSL Tadoussac visits Duluth entry

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The CSL Tadoussac is making its 18th trip to the Twin Ports today, coming through the Duluth entry for the first time this year. She was here many times as the Tadoussac but several years ago, it was upgraded by Canada Steamship Lines and the company’s initials were attached to the boat’s name. During the upgrade, it was widened from 75 feet to 78 feet and the cargo self-unloading system was upgraded. Photo taken July 26, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-19-2004

Edgar B. Speer

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The Edgar B. Speer has spent a good part of the year loading taconite at several Lake Superior ports and taking that cargo to steel plants in Gary, Indiana and to railroad terminals in Conneaut, Ohio where it is then carried to steel plants in Pennsylvania. Today, it will come in the Duluth entry, get fuel and then move over to the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior to load taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-18-2004