Tugs

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The tug Defiance pushed the barge Ashtabula into the Duluth harbor on Friday, July 18, 2914. She is bringing in coke breeze to discharge at Hallett #8 in Superior. When that is done, she will cross the St. Louis River and load iron nuggets at the Hallett #5 dock in Duluth.
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First, the Heritage Marine tug Helen H. broke up the ice to clear a path for the Presque Isle to make another attempt to start her season, going to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. They then circled around to the stern of the large tug barge to make sure there were no problems. Helen H. then returned to her dock in Superior. The Presque Isle was the first large boat to depart the port since the Mesabi Miner left for Taconite Harbor on March 27th.
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Two Heritage Marine tugs helped the Cason J. Callaway tie up at the Port Terminal for the winter this morning (January 15, 2014). Here the Helen H. is clearing ice along the dock. I took the picture from the Nels J., also assisting the Callaway. Earlier (below), Heritage Tug owner Mike Ojard (in the boat, works with Bob Hom, on shore, as they were getting the tug off their dock in Superior.
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Below, Captain Mike Ojard runs the Helen H. along the edge of the dock, clearing ice so the Callaway can tie up close to the dock.
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The goal is to get the Callaway as close to the dock as possible. Above, the Helen H. does her part while we (the Nels J.) do the same at the bow of the Callaway.
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Good byes all around

January 9, 2014

Launched earlier this year, the Canadian flagged Baie Comeau made 7 trips to the Twin Ports this season, discharging grain on one trip and loading coal 3 times. She departed today (January 9,  2014) with her 3rd cargo of iron ore pellets. Two Heritage Marine tugs, the Helen H. above, and the Nels J. below […]

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American Century gets help from Kentucky

December 27, 2013

She is about to make the turn toward the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on her way out to Lake Superior with a cargo of iron ore pellets loaded at the CN in West Duluth. More on the American Century.

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Icy cold in Duluth

December 9, 2013

December 9, 2013: winter in Duluth began early and hard. Ice and cold have brought the tugs out early to keep traffic moving. This morning, the Arthur M. Anderson received help from the Nels J., below, getting close to the Calumet Fuel Dock at the Port Terminal in Duluth.

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The tug Nels J. approaches the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge

December 7, 2013

… on Saturday morning, December 7, 2013.

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Raba arrives with assist from North Dakota

October 6, 2013

The Polish owned and Liberian flagged Raba arrived here on Sunday afternoon, October 6, 2013. On this, her first trip to Duluth Superior, she will be loading grain at CHS in Superior.

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Ryerson moves to a new home in Duluth

September 6, 2013

The Edward L. Ryerson was moved this morning from her berth at Fraser Shipyards by two Heritage Marine tugs, the Nels J. on her stern and the Helen H. on the bow. Below, they are moving under the Blatnik Bridge and out of Howard’s Pocket. At the far right is the John J. Boland, still […]

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Watch tug Wilfred M. Cohen in Duluth

July 27, 2012
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Edwin H. Gott, last to come in for the winter

January 19, 2012

Nice for the boats; winter arrived here within minutes of the Heritage Marine tug Nels J making sure the last boat to come in, the Edwin H. Gott, was secure against the dock at the Port Terminal on Wednesday morning, January 18, 2012. The temperature plunged, down to -31 at my home, and a big […]

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Medemborg arrives for bentonite

October 14, 2011

The Medemborg arrived Duluth on Friday afternoon, October 14, 2011. This is her 10th visit to the Twin Ports since she was built in 1997, her first visit this season. She was here twice last year. She will be loading bentonite on this trip; in past trips, she has loaded beet pulp pellets and other […]

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Heritage Marine buys tug #3

August 11, 2011

Heritage Marine has been working with 2 tugs in the Duluth Superior port, the Nels J. and the Edward H. Mike Ojard has just purchased tug number 3. She will be called the Helen H. See notes from the trip to the Twin Ports below, thanks to crew member Paul von Goertz. The picture above […]

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After 3 weeks at anchor off the Duluth piers…

May 9, 2011

The Nogat finally came into port to load grain on Sunday afternoon, May 8, 2011. Above and below, she is assisted by the tug North Dakota as she made her way to the Duluth Storage (formerly Cargill)

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Munson last boat to arrive for Winter

January 19, 2011

The John G. Munson came into port this morning (January 19, 2011). She is the last of 10 boats that will spend the winter in the Duluth Superior port. She was assisted by the Heritage Marine tug Nels J. The tug is helping the Munson get close to the dock after which the boat will […]

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Ice is nice

December 15, 2010

On Monday, the American Century came into Duluth with a boat load of ice. The salt water ship Orsula can be seen at anchor waiting to come in to load wheat for Italy. On Tuesday she was in and loading wheat at CHS1 in Superior (just below). Ice is the news of the day as […]

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Duluth Storage, formerly Cargill, is now loading the Federal Pioneer

October 15, 2010

She is seen above just after coming under the Lift Bridge, around 1 pm Friday afternoon, October 15, 2010. Above, the tug Kentucky is helping the ship (Federal Pioneer) turn around before backing into the slip at Duluth Storage (formerly Cargill), alongside the grain terminal at the right of the picture.

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Olympic Melody, one of many salt water ships coming to Duluth

September 29, 2010

The Olympic Melody came into the Duluth harbor on September 29th, 2010 with the aid of two Great Lakes Towing tugs, the Kentucky on the stern and the Minnesota, just disappearing around the bow of the ship. She loaded grain at the CHS terminal in Superior.

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The end is near ………

January 9, 2010

At 11:00 this morning (January 9, 2010) the Great Lakes tug North Carolina moved away from her moorings and headed down the harbor to await the arrival of the James R. Barker. The Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge is up, awaiting the big 1,000 footer’s arrival. (more coming) The Barker was here to pick up 58,000 […]

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The North Carolina helps the American Integrity

January 5, 2010

The American Integrity came into port this afternoon to go over to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to get another load of coal. In the background, you see the John G. Munson at her dock at the Port Authority for winter layup. She came in on December 26th. You see the Great Lakes tug North […]

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Heritage Marine gets a second tug

October 27, 2009

Heritage Marine bought a second tug for their fleet. Called the Ares, Heritage Marine owner Mike Ojard brought her to Duluth on Tuesday, October 27. 2009. She had been used as a supply tug for oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Heritage owner Mike Ojard had the tug’s hull reinforced in New Orleans to […]

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Mauthe returns as the Pathfinder

October 22, 2009

The J. L. Mauthe was built at River Rouge, Michigan in 1953. After a long and steady career, she entered layup at Fraser Shipyards in Superior in 1993. On the last day of 1996, she was towed from Fraser to the Bay Shipbuilding Company to be converted into a barge called the Pathfinder. At about […]

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The tug Undaunted pushed the barge Pere Marquette 41 through the Duluth ship canal and out into Lake Superior today (September 14, 2009).

September 14, 2009

Cargo? Scrap metal from Azcon Corporation. This was the 5th trip to the Twin Ports for the tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette this year. On the first trip, she loaded taconite rock at the Hallet Dock. The next 3 trips, she loaded scrap at the Hallet Dock and this trip as above. It is […]

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Pere Marquette taking scrap out

July 16, 2009

In late May, the barge Pere Marquette 41 arrived at the Hallett Dock to load a cargo of taconite rock. It was the first trip to the Twin Ports for either the barge or its tug, Undaunted. On Tuesday, they were back, and going to the Hallett Dock, but this time, they loaded scrap steel […]

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Erika Kobasic brings large piece of cargo

July 1, 2009

Usually, high pressure containers that come here for oil and gasification projects were built in Japan and brought in on a heavy lift ship. On Tuesday afternoon, one arrived on a barge pulled by the tug Erika Kobasic. It was built in Bellevue, Ohio, taken by truck to Sandusky, put on the barge and brought […]

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A new (to the port) vessel came into port today (June 30, 2009)

June 30, 2009

The tug Erika Kobasic brought a high pressure vessel into port today. It was loaded in Sandusky and will eventually be taken to Beulah, North Dakota. It was discharged at the Port Terminal today (June 30, 2009). For more pictures, click here: http://www.lswci.com/erikakobasic2009.html

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Ostrander and Integrity arrive Duluth

June 28, 2009

The tug G. L. Ostrander pushed the barge Integrity through a rainy, even cold, Duluth ship canal on Saturday morning (pictured). One family and a photographer were the only people in sight. More should be there this afternoon when the same combination departs. It has replaced the Alpena as the Lafarge vessel to deliver cement […]

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Party for Pere Marquette 41-Undaunted

May 30, 2009

The barge Pere Marquette 41 arrived at the Hallett Dock on Thursday afternoon (above) ready to load a cargo of taconite rock, also called Mesabi hard rock by project sponsor Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) at UMD. A large group of reporters, port officials, and project members were at the dock to greet the vessel […]

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Big day at the Hallett Dock #5

May 29, 2009

The tug Undaunted pulled her barge, the Pere Marquette 41, into the Hallett Dock #5 in West Duluth on Thursday afternoon, May 28th. Both were making their first trip on Lake Superior and they are here to pick up the first cargo of taconite rock to be taken from Duluth. Reporters, cameras and project members […]

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Pere Marquette and Undaunted arrive Duluth

May 28, 2009

  The Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted arrived in Duluth late this afternoon (above). They are here to load taconite rock that will be taken to Chicago to be used as a surface treatment on roads. It may also be used in the manufacture of cement. This is an entirely new use for taconite […]

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G.L. Ostrander exits Duluth with Integrity

May 26, 2009

On Sunday morning, the tug G.L. Ostrander arrived in Duluth pushing the barge Integrity that was loaded with a cargo of cement. On Monday afternoon, the pair departed the Twin Ports by way of a very windy Duluth ship canal (above). There was a line for the coal dock on Monday that will probably last […]

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Undaunted brings the Pere Marquette to Duluth

May 26, 2009

  I don’t know which is more interesting; the history of the barge Pere Marquette and tug Undaunted, or the trip they are making to Duluth on Thursday, May 28th. I refer you to the article by  Brian Ferguson  on the Boatnerd for the long and illustrious story. You will learn in the article that […]

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G.L.Ostrander enters Duluth with Integrity

May 25, 2009

For many years, the Alpena has been used by Lafarge North America to bring cement to the Twin Ports, averaging about 15 trips a year. It has not been back since its first trip here this season at the end of March. Shortly after that, it was placed in temporary layup. On Sunday, the tug […]

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Sea Robin/barge Hugh in Duluth harbor

May 6, 2009

The tug Sea Robin arrived in Duluth on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 (above). It was pushing the barge Hugh with a cargo of calcium chloride for the Hallett #8 dock in Superior. Calcium chloride is a high grade liquid (42% salt content) that needs to be diluted a bit here before it is sent to […]

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Tug barge makes first Twin Ports appearance

May 5, 2009

The tug barge combination Sea Robin and barge Hugh came under the Lift Bridge on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30. Cargo: liquid calcium chloride loaded near Ludington, Michigan.

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Spring is close, maybe

April 9, 2009

With bright sun and melting snow, the Mesabi Miner departed the port today (April 9, 2009) with coal for Detroit Edison. She often spends the winter in the Twin Ports, but this layup, she was in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. This was her second trip to the Twin Ports this year. The Marine Museum’s tug Bayfield […]

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The tug Edward H. is getting ready to work

March 27, 2009

The tug Edward H. spent the winter behind the DECC. Mike Ojard and his son Patrick were down there installing some new pumps for their engines today. That’s Patrick waving to the camera. Mike’s other son, Vince, is the third member of the family partnership. They are open for business and waiting for the season […]

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Joseph H. Thompson kicks up some ice fog

December 8, 2008

The tug barge Joseph H. Thompson departed Duluth on Sunday morning sending some birds from the thin ice into the air. With a cargo of iron ore pellets in the barge, it was completing its 23rd trip here this season. It was only here 15 times last year and 5 the year before that. When […]

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Joseph H. Thompson has lively history

November 3, 2008

The tug-barge Joseph H. Thompson (seen above entering the Duluth harbor in 2005) is due today with a load of salt. This is the 19th trip here this season but only the 5th one with salt. It usually brings in limestone. As today, it has almost always departed with a cargo of iron ore pellets, […]

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Great Lakes Trader departs with Joyce

October 15, 2008

Since 2003, there have never been more than 10 arrivals at the Duluth entry in one day. Since then we have had that many arrivals in one day 7 times. We have had 9 ships arrive in one day 9 times since 2003. Today should push that number to 10. During that time, the average […]

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Tug W.N.Twolan and barge McAllister 132

September 30, 2008

The tug W. N. Twolan came into port on Monday morning pushing the barge McAllister 132 (above). The barge was loaded with wood pulp bales. The tower you see in the middle of the picture is an elevated pilothouse that sits on the barge and not on the tug. The tug itself has the main […]

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Three boats in the Duluth harbor

September 24, 2008

After a wait at anchor off the Duluth piers, the Federal Ems came into port today (Wednesday, September 24th, 2008) to load grain. The Vista King was right behind her giving tourists a close up view of the action. The tug North Dakota is at right, moving in to help the Federal Ems make her […]

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Tug Billmaier bringing in the tow

September 24, 2008

A Corp of Engineers tow came back to its home port (above) after a summer of working breakwaters in the Great Lakes. They left in June for Two Harbors and then went down to Burns Harbor. On the way back, they did more breakwater work at Marquette before returning to Two Harbors and then home […]

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Edward H. newest tug for Heritage Marine

September 9, 2008

The Edward H. came under the Lift Bridge on Monday afternoon (above) ready to get to work as a new tug for hire in the Twin Ports. The former US Corp of Engineers tug Forney was purchased by Mike Ojard and his sons, Pat and Vince last year and renamed in honor of Mike’s father. […]

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Tug Margot & barge Lockwood 1000 here from Newport News, Virginia

June 26, 2008

It’s enough that the tug Margot brought the barge Lockwood 1000 here from Newport News, Virginia by way of the Atlantic Ocean, the Hudson River, the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes. The cargo, 2 very large steam turbines and a smaller generator, is so difficult to handle that the same people who loaded it […]

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Tug Margot pushed the barge Lockwood 1000

June 25, 2008

On Monday morning, the tug Margot pushed the barge Lockwood 1000 under the Lift Bridge to complete a trip that started in Newport News, Virginia and went up the Atlantic Ocean and entered the Hudson River at New York and then up the Hudson River and into the Erie Canal. From there the tug pushed […]

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W. N. Twolan brings baled wood pulp

June 5, 2008

Stevedores at Lake Superior Warehousing Company began to discharge baled wood pulp from the barge McAllister 132 (above) on Wednesday morning. The barge was brought down from Thunder Bay by the tug W. N. Twolan. One lift truck is on the barge, taking one stack at a time and moving it to the opening at […]

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W. N. Twolan arrives with the wind

June 4, 2008

An east wind with gusts up to 33 mph blew behind the tug W. N. Twolan as it entered the Duluth harbor at 6:30 last night (above). The tug was pushing a barge filled with a cargo of baled wood pulp that will be discharged at the Port Terminal today. The captain was navigating from […]

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Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. has a problem

April 9, 2008

On January 14th, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. arrived in port for winter layup but hit a submerged object while backing into the dock at Hallett 8 in Superior. It stayed there until Tuesday morning when three tugs moved it to the Enbridge Dock in Superior for continued repairs (above). The tug North Carolina is […]

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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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Miner here (with help) for winter layup

January 22, 2008

The Mesabi Miner came under the Lift Bridge on Monday morning at 6:15. Just after clearing the Bridge, the 1,000-footer ground to a halt in the ice behind the DECC. The tug Kentucky had trouble breaking away from the ice at the tug berth but was soon on the scene opening a crack in the […]

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Kentucky provides tug assist

January 21, 2008

In the summer, the Great Lakes tugs can often be seen helping vessels make their way around the harbor and up to a berth. Above, the tug Kentucky is pulling the Canadian flagged Algoisle from a berth at CHS in Superior in November, 2004 so it can move down the Duluth harbor and out the […]

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Anna Marie moving some ice

January 10, 2008

Bad weather at the other end of Lake Superior pushed Wednesday’s full schedule to today. Warm weather here has stalled the ice buildup in the harbor, but this late in the season, most boats still need help. Above, the Philip R. Clarke is moving slowly through the harbor on its way to the CN Dock […]

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North Dakota helps Gadwall

August 10, 2007

The Gadwall arrived last night for the second time this year. After coming under the Lift Bridge, the tug North Dakota gave it an assist as it made the turn into the harbor and then to the berth at AGP (above). The Birchglen sailed in shortly after the Gadwall, on its way to load grain […]

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Busch Buffalo bound

June 2, 2007

The tug Gregory J. Busch came into port a couple days ago to load wind turbine base units built by DMI Industries in West Fargo, North Dakota. They were brought down here by truck. For two days, longshoremen at Lake Superior Warehousing have been loading those units onto the barge the Busch brought with it. […]

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Joseph H. Thompson has long history

May 27, 2007

The tug-barge Joseph H. Thompson is due today with a load of limestone. After discharging that cargo, it will load taconite at the Burlington Northern before departing the Superior entry. The barge part is still most of the hull of a boat built in 1944 as the Marine Robin. It crossed the Atlantic several times […]

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Great Lakes Trader arrives Duluth

May 10, 2007

The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader arrived yesterday afternoon (above) with a load of limestone. The barge is pushed by the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort. The barge was built in 2000 in Mississippi and the tug was built in 1998 in Sturgeon Bay. They have been together since 2000. You can see the tug’s […]

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The tug Mark Hannah brings salt water

April 27, 2007

The tug Mark Hannah arrived in port on Thursday morning with a barge filled with calcium chloride, otherwise known as saltwater. The cargo was pumped from salt mines near Ludington, Michigan. The source of the calcium chloride is essentially a well near or in a salt mine. It is a high grade liquid (42% salt […]

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Rebecca comes to Duluth

April 11, 2007

Spring can’t be too far away if our tugs are bringing salt water ships into port to load grain. The Rebecca was the first saltie of the year, coming in yesterday afternoon. It is now loading grain at the CHS terminal in Superior. Above, the tug Minnesota had the stern of the Rebecca while the […]

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Great Lakes Trader-Joyce L. Van Enkevort

December 26, 2006

Christmas Day was a light day for shipping in the Twin Ports. The John G. Munson departed Duluth around 8 am and the tug barge Great Lakes Trader arrived early afternoon (above). It came in under the Lift Bridge to get fuel before moving over to the Burlington Northern dock in Superior to load taconite. […]

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St. Clair, Bayfield and Lift Bridge

December 24, 2006

The St. Clair arrived Duluth last night around 6 o’clock to load coal for Detroit Edison’s St. Clair power plant near St. Clair, Michigan. The boat was built in 1976 to deliver coal to the plant, even though the first delivery made was iron ore to Indiana Harbor. The boat was also named after the […]

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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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Kapitonas Stulpinas with friends

November 7, 2006

The Kapitonas Stulpinas should be arriving under the Lift Bridge this morning around 7 am to load bentonite. It has not been to the Twin Ports since May of 2004. That was the only trip that year; it only made one trip here in each of the 3 previous years. It was built in Ukraine […]

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Presque Isle

October 21, 2006

The Presque Isle loaded limestone in Calcite, Michigan and brought it to the Twin Ports, arriving late Friday morning. It is now loading taconite for Nanticoke and should be departing sometime this morning. Above, it is turning into the Duluth harbor in April, 2004. This is the 12th trip here for the Presque Isle this […]

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Primary 1 / Gregory J. Busch

September 25, 2006

The barge Primary 1 was loaded on Saturday with 12 wind turbine base units brought here from North Dakota (above). The tug Gregory J. Busch should be pushing the barge out into the lake today on its way to Buffalo where the base units will be taken to a wind farm being built in Upper […]

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Gregory J. Busch / Primary 1

September 24, 2006

After completing the discharge from the BBC India of 22 wind turbines on Thursday evening, longshoremen at Lake Superior Warehousing Company turned to loading wind turbine base units onto the barge Primary 1. It arrived in port, pushed by the tug Gregory J. Busch, on Friday morning. All the pieces were loaded on Saturday. After […]

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Federal Sakura follows towed Sherwin out

September 2, 2006

The Federal Sakura (on left side of combined picture above) arrived off the Duluth piers last weekend and finally departed Friday evening. The John Sherwin (right side) arrived in the harbor 25 years ago and finally departed Duluth just before the Federal Sakura. The Sherwin is being towed to Chicago by the Great Lakes tug […]

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Ohio to Illinois with Sherwin

September 1, 2006

Often a ship is at anchor off the Duluth piers because it is waiting for a berth to open up. It is free parking out in the lake and shipping companies like that. The Federal Sakura has been at anchor for many days, but the wait has been for paper work issues. It appears those […]

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Federal Sakura with tug Minnesota

August 28, 2006

Since it was built in 2005, the Federal Sakura has made the Twin Ports a regular stop. It was here twice last year and here today for her 2nd visit of the season. It has been at anchor off the Duluth piers for several days, waiting for a berth here after making stops at Erie, […]

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Presque Isle oft forgotten

August 25, 2006

After arriving under the Lift Bridge late Thursday morning, and waiting at the Port Terminal, the Presque Isle should have moved over to the CN Dock in West Duluth late last night to load taconite for Nanticoke. Assuming yesterday’s high winds have died down, and it made it over to the dock, it should be […]

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Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. Van Enkevort

August 19, 2006

The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader will be here today to load its usual cargo, taconite. It is the vessel’s 3rd trip here this season. It was here 5 times last year. The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort, with an elevated pilot house, connects to the barge and provides the power to the vessel. The […]

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Presque Isle takes taconite to Nanticoke

July 15, 2006

The tug-barge combination Presque Isle is one of the most unique boats on the Great Lakes. The tug part of the Presque Isle fits into a notch in the barge section. Together, it is 1,000 feet long and is considered one of the 13 thousand foot freighters working the Great Lakes today. It should be […]

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Mark Hanna tug/barge combo

July 11, 2006

The tug Mark Hannah was expected last night with a barge filled with calcium chloride. The tug delivers calcium chloride to a variety of ports on the Great Lakes including its home port at Lemont, Illinois, 24 miles up the Chicago River from Lake Michigan. The tug can’t fit under the river’s bridges, so when […]

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Tug Twolan pushes wood

June 25, 2006

The tug W. N. Twolan has been pushing and pulling a barge filled with logs between the Twin Ports and Thunder Bay this season. In the picture above, equipment on the barge is lifting pine logs piled on the dock and loading them onto the barge. When they get back to Thunder Bay, the logs […]

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Federal Sakura here for wheat

May 12, 2006

The Federal Sakura should have arrived off the Duluth piers around midnight last night. It will spend the night at anchor and then come in this morning at 6 and go over to the CHS 1 grain terminal in Superior to load wheat for Algeria. Built in 2005, it entered the Duluth harbor for the […]

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Tug Statesboro helps Tug Lake Superior return

April 15, 2006

There were at least two new signs of spring on Friday. The local tug Statesboro assisted the DECC’s tug Lake Superior, formerly owned by the Corps of Engineers, into its familiar place under the stern of the William A. Irvin. This year, as last year, ice cream will be for sale on the Lake Superior. […]

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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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James R. Barker and Maxine Thompson

January 13, 2006

The James R. Barker departed Duluth yesterday afternoon. That means the tug Maxine Thompson (foreground) had pulled the crane barge around the corner from the ship canal to allow the ship traffic to move through. Shortly after the Barker departed, the tug had the crane barge back in position to continue the repair [routine maintenance] […]

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Great Lakes Trader with Joyce

December 27, 2005

The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader will be here today to load taconite. The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort, with an elevated pilot house, connects to the barge and provides the power to the vessel. It was here 8 times last year; this is its 4th trip here this season. As usual, it will be […]

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Federal Rhine arriving Duluth harbor

December 18, 2005

The Federal St. Laurent came into port on Saturday afternoon to load soy beans for Finland. It was the 130th and last salt water ship to come to the Twin Ports this year. That is 19 more than last year. That does not mean it will be the last salt water ship to depart Duluth. […]

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Presque Isle bringing limestone

November 4, 2005

The tug-barge combination Presque Isle loaded limestone at Port Dolomite, Michigan and should be here today to discharge that cargo. It will then move over to Two Harbors to load taconite for Gary, Indiana. The tug part of the Presque Isle fits into a notch in the barge section. Together, it is 1,000 feet long […]

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Sarah Spencer with Jane Ann IV

October 17, 2005

The Sarah Spencer will be at Burlington Northern today loading taconite. The Sarah Spencer barge (formerly the hull of the laker Adam Cornelius) has a notch at one end into which the tug Jane Ann IV fits. The combination is officially designated as an articulated tug barge or ATB, for short. Above, the tug is […]

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Ziemia Cieszynska

October 3, 2005

The Ziemia Cieszynska was here in July and like many salt water ships, used the services of a couple tug boats to make the dock. Above, the tugs are turning the ship so that it can be moved into the berth at Cargill. Built in 1992, the ship is operated by the Polish Steamship Company […]

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Paul R. and the tug Billmaier

September 29, 2005

The Paul R. Tregurtha will be here today to load coal. Above, we see her departing with coal on May 4th this year while the Corps of Engineers tug D.L. Billmaier is coming back from a day working on the reinforcement of the breakwater just off the Duluth side of the North pier. *submitted to […]

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Joseph H. Thompson arrives

July 15, 2005

The Joseph H. Thompson arrived on Thursday afternoon (above) with a load of limestone. It will complete that and then load taconite before departing sometime today. It started life in 1944, crossing the ocean several times in the war effort. Today the vessel is a tug barge combination. The barge part is still most of […]

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Mark Hanna transports saltwater

July 9, 2005

The tug Mark Hanna delivers calcium chloride to a variety of ports on the Great Lakes, including Duluth today and its home port at Lemont, Illinois, 24 miles up the Chicago River from Lake Michigan. The tug can’t fit under the river’s bridges, so when the cargo goes to Lemont, the tug and barge are […]

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Sarah Spencer Jane Ann

June 26, 2005

The owner of the tug barge combination called the Sarah Spencer (above), has a daughter named Sarah and a son named Spencer. The name of the tug is the Jane Ann, which also happens to be the name of his wife. Photo taken April 16, 2002. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on […]

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Tug Mark Hanna brings saltwater

June 13, 2005

The tug Mark Hanna is bringing in a barge filled with liquid calcium chloride today. Hannah Marine, located in a suburb of Chicago, has the largest U.S.-flag liquid bulk fleet on the Great Lakes. This is her second trip to the Twin Ports this year. Photo taken July 10, 2002. *submitted to the Duluth News […]

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Presque Isle here for taconite

June 11, 2005

The tug-barge combination Presque Isle should be here today to load taconite. Together, the vessel is 1,000 feet long and is considered one of the 13 thousand foot freighters working the Great Lakes today. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-11-2005

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W.N. Twolan tug

June 10, 2005

The tug W. N. Twolan pushing the barge McAllister 132 should be arriving Duluth for the 3rd time this season. They bring pulp wood logs from Thunder Bay. Note the elevated pilot house (center rear) is located on the barge and not the tug. Photo taken May 15, 2005. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune […]

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Presque Isle is 1000 footer

May 17, 2005

The tug-barge combination Presque Isle will be here today to load taconite for Gary, Indiana. The tug-barge together is 1,000 feet long and is considered one of the 13 thousand foot freighters working the Great Lakes today. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-17-2005

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Spartan, Spartan II, Mark Hanna

May 6, 2005

The tug Mark Hanna is bringing in a barge filled with the liquid calcium chloride today. More commonly known as salt water, it is often used to keep dust down on country roads in Minnesota. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-06-2005

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Barker will load last coal of season

January 18, 2005

The James R. Barker came under the Lift Bridge (above) on Monday morning at 7:39. With help from local tugs and the Coast Guard cutter Alder, it went to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior to load coal for Marquette, Michigan. Weather will delay loading until sometime this morning. A departure this evening […]

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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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Presque Isle in her winter glory

January 16, 2005

Most boats spend the winter without cargo in their holds. The Presque Isle is a tug-barge combination that needs some cargo in the barge to maintain the connection between both parts as the ice freezes around the boat. The boat is in Two Harbors getting that cargo and should be here today to take its […]

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Reserve will lay-up in Duluth/Superior

January 10, 2005

The Reserve came into port on December 15th with a load of limestone. After discharging that cargo, it loaded taconite and departed the next afternoon (above) for Indiana Harbor, Indiana. Today it is back to stay, at least for a couple months. The Reserve and the American Sprirt are the first of an estimated 11 […]

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Reserve shuttles cargo all around

October 26, 2004

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

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Thompson built in 1944

October 13, 2004

The Joseph H. Thompson started life in 1944, crossed the ocean several times in the war effort and was present for the Normandy invasion. Today the vessel is a tug barge combination. The barge part is still most of the hull of the boat built in 1944. In 1990, a major renovation took place. The […]

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Buckeye

October 10, 2004

Good news: the Buckeye is coming to Duluth with a load of limestone. Good news because it just came out of a long time lay up that included all of 2003. That is a good sign for shipping on the Great Lakes, the economy, and also the owner, Oglebay Norton. They are in bankruptcy and […]

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Presque Isle in the Duluth harbor

October 7, 2004

The tug-barge combination Presque Isle loaded limestone at Port Dolomite, Michigan and will be here today discharging that cargo. Next the vessel will go to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. There is a connection between the two cargos. Limestone is used in the conversion of taconite into iron ore pellets. Sooner of later, […]

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Sarah Spencer is ATB

September 9, 2004

The Sarah Spencer, here to load taconite, is a unique combination of nautical parts. The Sarah Spencer barge (formerly the hull of the laker Adam Cornelius) has a notch at one end into which the tug Jane Ann IV fits. The combination is officially designated as an articulated tug barge or ATB, for short. *submitted […]

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Reserve brings limestone 5th time

August 8, 2004

This is the 5th trip the Reserve has made to the Twin Ports this season. In each case, it brought limestone. When the discharge is completed, it will depart for Silver Bay to pick up a cargo of taconite for the lower lakes. Above, arriving Duluth on July 15, 2003. *submitted to the Duluth News […]

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Fodas Pescadores gets tug assist

July 11, 2004

The Great Lakes tug North Dakota assisted the Taiwanese owned and Panamanian flagged Fodas Pescadores move up the St. Louis River on Saturday morning. The Fodas Pescadores is loading bentonite. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-11-2004

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Thompson has long history

June 8, 2004

The Joseph H. Thompson should be here this morning to load taconite. It is a tug-barge combination. The barge has a long and interesting history. Among other things, the barge part was previously the hull of the Marine Robin, a ship that was at the Normandy invasion in 1944. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune […]

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Reserve arrives with limestone

May 27, 2004

The Reserve is here today to discharge limestone that it loaded in Calcite, Michigan. It will leave here to load taconite in Silver Bay for Cleveland. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-27-2004

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Greenstone II leaves Fraser

May 25, 2004

The Marine Tech tug Miss Laura will tow the fuel barge Greenstone II out of the Fraser Shipyard in Superior today. The Greenstone II is the first vessel to be launched from the shipyard in nearly 40 years. The tug will take it to Houghton, Michigan where it will be used to carry fuel from […]

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Presque Isle a 1000 foot tug/barge

May 23, 2004

The tug-barge combination Presque Isle brought limestone into port and should depart today with a load of taconite. Together, the vessel is 1,000 feet long and is considered one of the 13 thousand foot freighters working the Great Lakes today. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-23-2004

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Mark Hanna tug/barge carries saltwater

May 14, 2004

The tug Mark Hanna is bringing in a barge of calcium chloride today. More commonly known as salt water, it will be used to keep the dust down on country roads in Minnesota. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-14-2004

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Reserve approaching Aerial Lift Bridge

May 6, 2004

The Reserve made 11 trips here last year, often bringing limestone as it is today. It usually loaded taconite here for a downbound cargo, although today, she will depart for Silver Bay to pick up taconite. Picture taken on November 29, 2001. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-06-2004

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Great Lakes Trader & Joyce L. Van Enkevort

April 27, 2004

The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader is here to load taconite. The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort, with an elevated pilot house, connects to the barge and provides the power to the vessel. It was here 22 times last year (2003). *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/27/2004

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Columbia Star gets some help

December 26, 2000

The day after Christmas, the tug North Carolina was out breaking ice for the Columbia Star as she slowly backed her way down the front channel and over to Midwest Energy

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