Where did this come from?

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.
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The Paul R. Tregurtha asked the tug North Carolina to check the ice between the piers. The tug is able to move through it but not easily. (2:38 pm)
2:45: The Tregurtha has asked the North Carolina to check the Superior channel; the Duluth entry does not look promising. The Alder may be called.
2:48: tug is having trouble in the Superior channel also, but still trying
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Pictures taken at 1 pm, Friday, April 12, 2013.
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Storm outside, not so bad inside

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Outside the harbor, with winds gusting as high as “unable to open my car door, almost,” Duluth waits for the snow to come; within the hour as this picture was taken at 10am on April 11, 2013. The Mesabi Miner came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning at 2:23. She arrived at the Fuel Dock as the Paul R. Tregurtha finished and departed for Midwest Energy where she is now loading coal. The Mesabi Miner will load iron ore pellets at the CN in Duluth, just across the St. Louis River from Midwest Energy. The winds, gusting at high as 47 mph, may delay arrivals and departures today.
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Quiet now, but not in 2001

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The CSL Tadoussac came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning (Thanksgiving, 2012) and is seen above moving up the Duluth harbor on her way to the CN dock in West Duluth to load iron ore pellets.
It is pretty peaceful this morning; we may have some snow this afternoon, but 11 years ago, on November 27th, 2001, it was not very peaceful for the Tadoussac, as she was named then, as she departed the port late in mid afternoon. Click here for more pages featuring the CSL Tadoussac.
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Click here for more pictures of that storm in November, 2001

Ice, wind, cold but not much snow

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It was a cold and windy day on Monday, February 21, 2011, as it was the day before. On Sunday, the tent that was built over the south tower of the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge was torn to shreds by gusts of wind up to 69 mph. The tent was there to protect the bridge painters from the wind and cold, and to keep the material they were scraping off the bridge before painting from us. Probably worse is all the ice from Lake Superior that has now filled the north end of the harbor. The ship canal is full of ice; yesterday it was all water. Click here for a short video I took this morning. It is a bit choppy since I was trying to stand upright on ice and keep the camera mostly still. I kept some video in while I walked from my car to my ‘spot.’

The Gales of November, inside and out

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The LSMMA was holding their annual Gales of November get-together inside the DECC, while a gale of November 13th was blowing just outside the door. Here, with winds as high as 45 mph, the  Calliroë Patronicola, on the left, and her sister ship Olympic Mentor, sit quietly off the Duluth piers waiting to come in and load grain. Inside the DECC, one of the presentations was about another Greek ship, the Socrates, and the trouble she had off the Duluth piers in the middle 80’s. Watch our live web cam, now showing on the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, waiting to see if the waves touch the bottom of the bridge. Sorry for the ugly commercial at the start; i have no control over it.

Storm halts vessel traffic

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About 2 pm on Thursday, the Gadwall arrived in Duluth, the first salt water ship of the season. It was also the last boat to move in the harbor for one day and counting. Soon we will start up again with boats in a variety of positions, either in the harbor or out in the lake. The Halifax was at anchor off the Superior entry but it has moved to Silver Bay to anchor there until the weather clears. Then, the boats in the harbor will start or complete their work here and depart. The Mesabi Miner and Kaye E. Barker were expected today and have been at anchor off Thunder Bay waiting for the storm to subside. The lack of ships did not keep people away from the ship canal. The three above had a lot of company all day Saturday and into the evening. Waves are almost as exciting as a thousand footer coming in, or maybe more. Big boats come into port everyday of the season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-12-2008

What’s your name?

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The Ypermachos should be arriving off the Duluth piers late this afternoon. It will likely come in on Tuesday morning to load grain at the CHS terminal in Superior. This ship has visited here under four other names, one of them quite memorable. It was the Mecta Sea from 1997 until two years ago. Between 1992 and 1997, it was the Union. The name that is very important to Duluthians was the name between its launch in 1984 and 1992, the Socrates. In early November of 1985, this ship, as the Socrates, also dropped anchor off the Duluth piers to wait for a berth. Several days later, high winds, not untypical on Lake Superior in November, blew it off the anchorage, pulling ship and anchor towards the shore. Before getting there, the ship went aground and was stuck there for a week before tugs were able to pull the boat to deeper water. It eventually came into port, loaded grain and finally departed the Twin Ports. Above, the Ypermachos comes into port last November.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-26-2007