Friday night, let’s have a party

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The salt water vessel Eider (the green one) came into port on June 16th to discharge a lot of pipe at the Port Terminal. Eleven days later (June 26, 2015), they are still here. Maybe they decided to test out Duluth night life and invite a few new friends over. The Great Republic (in the middle) and the James R. Barker (in back) arrived on time, but it appears the Barker had to leave early; must be another party in Superior.

Munson last boat of the season

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The John G. Munson closed the 2014 shipping season for the port of Duluth Superior when she arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 9:28 on the morning of January 20, 2015. The tug Nels J. made a trip through the Duluth harbor just before she arrived. Below, the Munson is about ready to turn the corner to the Blatnik Bridge and her winter layup home at Fraser Shipyard. The Nels J. was staying close by but the Munson seemed to have an easy time moving through the ice in the harbor.
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Mesabi Miner in for winter

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The Mesabi Miner came in on Monday morning, January 19, 2015 after discharging her last cargo of coal at Presque Isle in Marquette. After stopping for fuel, she began to move over to Midwest Energy Resources to spend the winter. She had a tug assist from a Great Lakes Towing tug, seen here (just barely) moving around her stern at left.

Celebrate 2015 in Duluth

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Above, the Lee A. Tregurtha started things off in the new year when she departed Duluth at 8:24 in the morning on January 1, 2015. The Paul R. Tregurtha, below, was the first boat to arrive in the Twin Ports this year at 3:17 in the afternoon. In between those two, the Mesabi Miner left at 9:51 in the morning and the Stewart J. Cort departed via the Superior entry at 11:40 am. The Paul R. left the Twin Ports this morning (January 2) at 8:47 with 66,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison. She is expected to make two more trips here this season, loading coal for Detroit Edison on the last trip, now set to arrive on January 11, 2015. The Lee A. loaded iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth.
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Indiana Harbor here for more coal

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The Indiana Harbor comes under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on December 29, 2014. I am waiting for the world’s largest Christmas ‘tree’ to come down but at least the leaves are off the trees that frame this shot in warmer weather. This is her 26th trip to the Twin Ports this season. After fueling at Calumet, she will load 66,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources for the St. Clair electrical generation plant of Detroit Edison.

Snow, rain, ice and the Lee A. Tregurtha

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… arriving Duluth on December 22, 2014 for fuel and to discharge at Hallett #8

Alder and Tregurtha come into Duluth

Late in the afternoon of October 2, 2014, the Coast Guard cutter Alder came in under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. Half an hour later, the Paul R. Tregurtha arrived on her way to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal.

Paul R not in a good place

“She’s definitely moving” from the tug/boat radio at 6:15 pm
6:18; “just swing a little, not so much moving away”
See Coast Guard statement below
6:29 big storm approaching
tug Kentucky at her bow; tug Minnesota on the stern
7:00 She is free and on her way to tie up at the Port Terminal
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Coast Guard responds to Paul R. Tregurtha grounding
DULUTH, MN – Coast Guard marine safety unit (MSU) Duluth is responding to the U.S. laker Paul R. Tregurtha which ran aground near the Duluth-Superior harbor entrance off of the Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, MN at approximately 3:20 P.M. on September 20, 2014. The Coast Guard is currently monitoring the situation and will board the vessel to determine the cause of the grounding and inspect if any damage occurred. There are currently no reports of injury or signs of pollution at this time. The cause of the grounding is currently unknown and will not be released until the investigation is complete.
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The Paul R. Tregurtha, trying to depart the Duluth harbor, did not negotiate the turn toward the Aerial Lift Bridge. These pictures were taken about 4 pm on Saturday, September 20, 2014. She went aground sometime in the hour before the pictures were taken.
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Calumet here with salt

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The Calumet came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Saturday morning, September 6, 2014 with a cargo of salt to discharge at the Hallett #8. This is her first visit here this season; she was here twice last year; loading iron ore pellets on each trip; she brought salt in on her September 23rd trip before loading pellets. Later in the day, the John G. Munson came into port and I got a picture of Nick getting a picture of the Munson.
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Speer pays a visit to Duluth

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After delivering iron ore pellets from Two Harbors to Gary, Indiana, the Edgar B. Speer returned to the Twin Ports on August 14, 2014 to get fuel and then load iron ore pellets at the BN dock in Superior. This is only her second trip to the Twin Ports this season. On her first trip, in June, she loaded iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth for delivery to Conneaut, Ohio. On most of her other trips this season, she has loaded iron ore pellets in Two Harbors and taken them to the Gary steel plant of US Steel.

Defiance pushes an Ashtabula full of coke breeze into Duluth

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The tug Defiance pushed the barge Ashtabula into the Duluth harbor on Friday, July 18, 2014. 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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The day after the fireworks in Duluth

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Early in the morning, after the fireworks on the 4th, the harbor was full of activity. Above, the Algosteel came in for iron ore pellets at CN Duluth yesterday afternoon. At 9:20 this morning, she is passing the James R. Barker on her way out of the port. The Barker arrived an hour earlier and was waiting at the Port Terminal to load iron ore pellets at the CN. Below, the Algosteel has arrived at the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on her way out. (Just to the right of the two men watching the boat, you can see one of my plastic (and wind proof and water proof, mostly) dispensers I use to pass out the daily Duluth Shipping News. This one was picked clean by the folks watching the fireworks last night, so I had better quit doing this and get started on today’s edition.
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Getting grain and iron ore pellets on a Sunday evening in Duluth

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After a week at anchor off the Duluth piers, the Raba came in on Sunday evening, June 29, 2014 and with the assistance of 2 Great Lakes Towing tugs, went over to the CHS dock in Superior to load grain. Earlier, the Mesabi Miner arrived and is here taking on fuel at the Calumet Fuel dock at the Port Terminal. Shortly after the Raba passed by her, she moved away from the fuel dock and went over to the CN in West Duluth to load iron ore pellets.
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2 red and white; a US and Canadian flag

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The Edgar B. Speer arrived today for her first trip to the Twin Ports this season, coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 8:16 this morning (June 25, 2014). She will be loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth after she takes on fuel at the Calumet Fuel Dock at the Port Terminal. She made 9 trips here last year.The Canadian flagged Thunder Bay (below) came under the bridge this morning at 4:39; she is here for the 3rd time this season; she was here 6 times last season. Below, she is waiting at the inner anchorage for the Indiana Harbor to complete loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources (note her anchor chain off her bow).
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Julie, ace cook and photographer on the Martin

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My friend Julie Fletcher, the 2nd cook on the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, took pictures of us as they came in through the Duluth ship canal on June 2, 2014. But I got pictures of her taking pictures of us with her odd looking camera. It is hard to take a picture of someone and wave at them at the same time. (I had told a bunch of folks waiting on the pier for the boat that my friend Julie would be waving, and suggested they wave back while yelling out her name. They did, and several minutes later, when she sent me her pictures, she added this line, “The guys were laughing , i told them that’s my fan club yelling my name”
Later in the day, actually, very early the next morning, my friendly associate Holly and I paid a visit to Tim Dayton, captain on the Paul R. Tregurtha. Holly, under the watchful eye of Captain Dayton, is at the wheel here,  but we were tied up at the Port Terminal getting fuel so no one was injured.  Laughing out loud
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Making up for lost time

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Above, the Iryda came into port this morning (May 22, 2014) to load grain at CHS.
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Above, the BBC Celina arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on May 21st to load grain at the CHS 1 grain elevator in Superior. The Apollon can be seen at anchor waiting to come in to load at the same terminal. Below, assisted by 2 Great Lakes Towing tugs, the BBC Celina moved up the harbor on her way to CHS 1.
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Below, the Indiana Harbor departed last night with 66,000 tons of coal she loaded at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. She is taking the coal to the Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan. It has been a while, I think, since a boat has departed here with that much coal. Usually, as last year, the largest cargo of coal was 64,000 tons. The additional cargo  no doubt reflects the higher water levels on the Great Lakes, which allow boats to carry more cargo. If some of the higher water is the result of the snow and ice that has been melting on the lakes and/or the decrease in water evaporation caused by the snow and ice, it is ironic that the same snow and ice that delayed the full start of the season by a month or more, is now allowing boats to carry more cargo, and helping make up some of the early season loss.
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It was Wednesday night when the Indiana Harbor departed and it was the first Wednesday of the season for the sailboat races.  With ice still out in the lake, they stayed in the harbor and seemed to spend a lot of time around the Vancouverborg, at anchor in the inner harbor waiting to load grain at the Peavey elevator. She is now at Peavey and the Elbeborg, not seen here, has taken her place at the inner anchorage. She is also waiting to load grain.

Third day of spring in Duluth …

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… March 22, 2014. The Cason J. Callaway departs Duluth. Seems like only yesterday.

Boland back in service today

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The John J. Boland departing today (May 17, 2014) is one happy result of the delayed start to the shipping season. The Boland came in for winter layup on January 12th, 2013 and has been sitting at Fraser Shipyards in Superior until today when she was called back into service to help with the backlog of cargo. She left under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this afternoon, on her way to Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets for hungry steel mills on the lower lakes.  She will discharge the pellets at the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. Those pellets will be loaded into smaller, river boats and carried to steel mills up river.
The saltwater vessel Apollon sits at anchor just beyond the Lift Bridge surrounded by the ice that refuses to melt.

American Mariner here for grain.

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John Zywicki took this picture this  morning (May 14, 2014) while the American Mariner was loading grain at Duluth Storage, formerly the Cargill Elevator. She arrived early this morning for her first trip to the Twin Ports this season. Her self unloader is up and moved to the side so the grain loader can access her cargo holds.

Sunshine, almost warm and boats, finally

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The Algosteel arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this  morning (May 4, 2014) around 7 am and went straight over to the North American Salt dock to discharge the season’s first salt cargo. The James R. Barker departed Duluth around 10 in the morning with a cargo of coal for Marquette, Michigan.
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Convoy here, three at a time

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Above, the Hon James L. Oberstar came in at 12:20, April 30, 2014. Right behind her was the Cason J. Callaway, and then the Thunder Bay
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Mesabi Miner In

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Convoy Departs!

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The St Clair departed Duluth around noon on April 15, 2014 (above) to join the convoy forming off the Duluth piers to cross Lake Superior. She arrived in Duluth for winter layup on January 2, 2014. She left port yesterday at 6:15 am and I think went to anchor. She came back in at 5pm.
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The American Spirit also arrived for winter layup on January 2, 2014. When the Presque Isle returned to port with hull damage due to ice on April 3rd, at least some of her cargo of iron ore pellets was offloaded into the American Spirit. She left here on May 9th to load iron ore pellets in Two Harbors and then returned here later that day. Above, she is leaving Duluth early afternoon today to join the convoy.
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Spring has sprung again, maybe

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The American Spirit departed Duluth in the early afternoon today (April 7, 2014). She is the former George A. Stinson, originally built for the National Steel Corporation in 1978. When the Presque Isle returned to port on March 29 for repairs to damage from ice on Lake Superior, her cargo was offloaded into the American Spirit the next day. She left port today with that taconite still with her. She will complete a full cargo in Two Harbors.

Another try for the Presque Isle

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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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Join the Callaway as she opens the 2014 season

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Callaway getting ready to depart

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Take a ride on the Nels J.

Callaway home for the winter

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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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Tug/barge/icebreaker

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Tug barges are interesting vessel(s). The Great Lakes Trader (barge) and the Joyce L. VanEnkevort (tug) were loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth on Thursday (January 2, 2014). Click the image for a larger version. Ice was an obvious problem but a tug/barge has a unique tool for breaking it up: the tug. Here the tug (right) had unleashed herself from the barge and was out shoveling the driveway while the dock was loading iron ore pellets into the Great Lakes Trader cargo holds. The tug later moved out into the river to clear a space for the vessel to back away from the slip and make the turn in the river so she could depart. Turning is a much bigger problem in an icy river than cruising down (or up) the river and needs more space.That done the tug returned to reconnect to the barge and they departed the slip together, using the newly created space in the river to make the turn. High winds on Lake Superior delayed her departure after she cleared the Duluth ship canal so she dropped anchor off the Duluth piers to wait.American Steamship has called in their vessels for the season but other shipping companies are continuing operations, if more slowly than usual. The Coast Guard has many vessels below the Soo working to keep the shipping lanes open on the St. Mary’s River, the St. Clair River and the often troubling Rock Cut.
In this article in UpNorthLive on January 2, 2014, the Coast Guard reports that Coast Guard crews have been doing their best to keep this multi-billion dollar shipping industry moving.
Capt. Steve Teschendorf is now Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie Commander. He is remembered here as the last captain on the Sundew and the first captain on the Alder. In the article, he is quoted as saying, "It’s (the ice) caused some delays, but we have not had any of what we call a waterway closure at this point, so things of been slowed but they are moving." He reported that ships are noticing delayed travel times and if they plan on making it through the locks they need to do so by January 15th. That’s when the locks close for the season until March.
Ken Gerasimos, Key Lakes/ Great Lakes Fleet, took this picture of the disengaged pair on Thursday.

American Spirit first in for layup

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The American Spirit arrived Duluth around 11 am, January 2, 2014 for winter layup. She is the first of 8 boats arriving in the next couple weeks to spend the winter in the port.

American Century gets help from Kentucky

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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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Calumet here for 2nd time this season

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The Calumet came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this afternoon (December 18, 2013) to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. This was her second trip here this season; she has been here 20 times since 1996. Of course, before she was sold in 2008, she came as the David Z. Norton and the David Z. Above, the Bentleyville Christmas ‘tree’ is in the foreground; that is the South Pier Inn hiding behind the bow of the boat. Below, the Calumet passes by the ice breaker Katmai Bay; she was out breaking ice!
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Icy cold in Duluth

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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

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… on Saturday morning, December 7, 2013.

Clarke leaves Duluth for Two Harbors

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The Philip R Clarke departed Duluth on Friday morning, December 6, 2013 after discharging limestone at the Hallett Dock that she loaded in Calcite, Michigan. She went up to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets for the lower lakes.

Winter comes to the American Century

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The American Century departed Duluth at 10:45 on Friday morning, November 29, 2013. She loaded 64,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior and is on her way to deliver the cargo to the Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan. She will return next Wednesday to get a similar load for St. Clair.

Party at the Port Terminal

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After discharging limestone at the Graymont Lime Plant, the Joseph L. Block (left) is making the turn into the Duluth harbor as she departed Duluth for Two Harbors this morning (November 26, 2013). She will load iron ore pellets at the CN dock there.  The Presque Isle is at the Calumet Fuel dock and in front of her, the Cornelia is still discharging clay at the Port Terminal. In the middle, a Great Lakes Towing tug appears to be returning to her dock.

Two offices, up and down, back and forth

Photo Monday, November 04, 2013 027Every week or so, these two guys work closely together, but until today (November 4, 2013), they had not  met. Dave Campbell (right) is the new chief bridge operator. He works in that little house that hangs in the middle of the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. His job is to make sure the Bridge goes up when a vessel comes under the Bridge. And when the bridge goes up for a vessel, the little house goes up too. His job is horizontally stable however. (picture, above right, taken in the pilot house of the Tregurtha on November 4, 2013. Picture below taken on July 30, 2006)
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Tim Dayton (left) is the Captain on the Paul R. Tregurtha. His office is in the pilot house at the top of the boat. His office does not move vertically very much, but it covers a lot of ground moving horizontally between the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior and the several Detroit Edison power plants where he delivers his cargo of coal. It takes about a week to load in Superior, take a trip down to Detroit to discharge the coal and then come back to the Twin Ports for more coal. So about 4 times a week, Tim’s office at the top of the Tregurtha goes under the Lift Bridge just below Dave’s office in the little house now high up in the air.

Salt in and coal out

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The Radcliffe R. Latimer, formerly the Algobay, loaded salt in Goderich, Ontario and arrived in Duluth this morning (October 25, 2013) at 36 minutes after midnight, moving over to the North American Salt Dock to discharge the cargo. She will next go to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal for Sydney, Nova Scotia. While she discharging salt, the Paul R. Tregutha arrived (background) on her way to Midwest Energy to load coal. This was only the 2nd trip to the Twin Ports this season for the Latimer; she was here once last year. This is the 36th trip here this season for the Tregurtha; she was here 41 times last season. To add to all this excitement, notice the Coast Guard cutter Alder in the upper left, waiting for the ice to arrive.

Presque Isle back with more limestone

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The Presque Isle came into port on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 11:30 in the morning. She loaded limestone in Cedarville and is here to discharge the cargo at the Hallett #5 dock in West Duluth. She will then leave here for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. This is her 8th trip to the Twin Ports this season. She was here once in June and 3 times in both July and August.

American Mariner loads wheat from Riverland Ag for Buffalo

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Lined up to load pellets

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The Hon. James L. Oberstar came in to port early morning on Friday, September 20, 2013 to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. She is seen here, in back, entering the Duluth harbor on her way to the Aerial Lift Bridge and Lake Superior with her cargo of pellets. Meanwhile, the Great Lakes Trader (unseen here) moved in to load iron ore pellets at the CN.  The Thunder Bay, in front of the Oberstar, had just arrived to load pellets. After the Great Lakes Trader departed with her pellets early Saturday morning, the Thunder Bay moved into the busy dock to collect her share.

Enterprise and McCarthy pass in the morning

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On Sunday morning, September 15, 2013, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 10:15 and is seen here, on the right, on her way to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load 64,000 tons of coal for the Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan. This is her 18th trip to the Twin Ports this season. The Algoma Enterprise is here for the 3rd time this year. She came in on Saturday night to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. She is seen at the left passing the McCarthy in the Duluth harbor on her way to the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and out into Lake Superior. When the Enterprise was the Canadian Enterprise, she was here, with her sister boat, Canadian Transport, several times a month to pick up coal at Midwest Energy. Both were built to work that route.

Ryerson moves to a new home in Duluth

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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 residing at the shipyard.
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Above and below, the Helen H. is handling the difficult job of maneuvering the boat between two bridge supports
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They pulled the Ryerson from her slip at Fraser, stern first. Here they are starting to turn her around so they can bring her into her new home bow first.
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From Google Earth, we see the short route taken. The tugs pulled the Ryerson away from her slip at Fraser Shipyards, under the Blatnik Bridge, around CHS and into the CHS slip, at the Barko Hydraulics, just across from CHS. 
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Above, we are looking from behind the CHS elevator. Below, the tugs are bringing her into the slip bow first. The CHS towers are now on the right.
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Above, the Ryerson bow is secure to the dock and the lines from the Helen H.  have been taken up. At the stern of the boat, the Nels J. is still connected and is pulling the stern of the Ryerson toward the Barko Hydraulics dock, her new home.
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Below, the Helen H. is now gently helping to move the whole boat next to the dock while the Nels J. is still pulling the Ryerson toward her new dock.
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The Nels J., no longer connected by rope to the Ryerson, moves to the side to help the Helen H. move the boat closer to her dock, where line handlers on the other side will tie her securely to the dock.
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Almost done! While the Helen H. pulls away and prepares to go home, the Nels J. is still providing a little push to the Ryerson.
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Mission accomplished; time to go home; I am exhausted
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Cort departs Duluth!!

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The Stewart J. Cort is seen here departing Duluth on Sunday, August 25, 2013. She had stopped at the Port Terminal and was going out to the anchorage to wait for the Algowood to complete loading iron ore pellets at the BN, I think. I do know she departed Duluth today, as you can see. Video below, of Cort departure.

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Presque Isle departs Duluth

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The Presque Isle departed Duluth with iron ore pellets on August 12, 2013. This was only her 6th trip to the Twin Ports this season; she is usually loading iron ore pellets in Two Harbors for Gary and sometimes Detroit.

Lynx is 1st Tall Ship in

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The Lynx visited Duluth in July, 2011 (above and below), her first trip here. She will return on July 25th, 2013. The Lynx is a re-creation of a Baltimore Clipper that was used in the War of 1812. These ships were known for their swiftness and maneuverability. They were most effective as blockade runners and offensive weapons of war.lynx20110713_4371

The Block and the Speer go out and in

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With an office right next to the Lift Bridge, I have it pretty easy when it comes to being close by when I want to take a picture of a boat. It became even easier when I moved to an apartment overlooking the harbor. But today, I got up from the breakfast table and turned around to see the Edgar B. Speer pulling away from her temporary berth at the Port Terminal and waiting for me to get my camera before she turned toward the bridge, which would have taken the morning sun shining on the Speer’s east facing side away. With that done, I got in my car and drove to work, just in time to see the Joseph L. Block arriving to discharge limestone.
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Jackson to Riverland for grain

herbertcjackson20130621_9228I woke up this morning (Friday, June 21, 2013) and thought I saw the Herbert C. Jackson backing down the Duluth harbor toward the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. I also noticed that the bridge was not going up. I later found out the Jackson came into port at 5:27 in the morning and went to the Calumet Fuel dock for fuel. Her destination was the Riverland Ag grain terminal (formerly Cargill) which she passed on her way to the fuel dock. What I saw was her backing down the harbor from the fuel dock so she could turn into the Riverland Ag (above) to load grain.
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A while later, I took the  picture above of her at the dock. Later still, I received this picture (below) from John Zywicki who works at Riverland Ag, a view not many of us have seen before.
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Good vessel, good camera, love the blue

The tug barge Lakes Contender/Ken Boothe. Sr. arrived in the Duluth entry on Sunday morning, June 16, 2013. Glenn Blaszkiewicz was there too and got the great picture you see below.
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This was her second visit to the Twin Ports this season. She made 7 trips here last year. On this trip, she loaded coal at Midwest Energy for Marquette.

Clarke in at sunset, out at noon

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The Philip R. Clarke arrived on Thursday evening, June 13, 2013 at 8:20 in the evening. She brought limestone in (above) and took iron ore pellets out (below). I was on the Vista Star in the picture below when we spotted the Clarke departing under the Blatnik Bridge on Friday around 1 pm.
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Duluth on a Saturday night

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Saturday evening, June 8, 2013, Duluth harbor. The Arthur M. Anderson had arrived in port at 7 am that morning with limestone to discharge at the C. Reiss terminal in West Duluth. Finished with that job, she departed Duluth at 7:38 Saturday evening (below) for the Two Harbors CN dock to load iron ore pellets. Not sure why she is pointing away from the Aerial Bridge above (possibly turning around after fueling). Behind the Anderson, we see the Joseph L. Block, arriving under the Aerial Bridge at 7 pm, on her way to discharge limestone at the CN dock in West Duluth. At the right, we see the Liberian flagged  Yulia still at the Port Terminal where she has been discharging cargo for several days.
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In 2013, the Anderson has worked the limestone trade, loading in Port Dolomite and Calcite in Michigan and discharging that cargo at the Hallett dock and C. Reiss Dock in Duluth, at Buffington and Huron in Ohio and in Detroit. Her trips to Duluth with limestone are followed by loading iron ore pellets at the CN docks in Duluth or Two Harbors which she takes to either Gary or Conneaut. Then after a couple trips loading and discharging limestone in the lower lakes, she brings a load up here to discharge before loading iron ore pellets for her downbound trip.

The Herbert C. Jackson brings coal to Duluth

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The Herbert C. Jackson arrived in Duluth on May 17, 2013 with eastern coal to discharge at Hallett #5. She will then cross the St. Louis River and load western coal at Midwest Energy Resources to take to Presque Isle, in Marquette, Michigan.
 
The Captain on the Herbert C. Jackson, to the Coast Guard on channel 22A, around 2 am on May 12th 2013

Captain: Herbert C. Jackson on 22A

CG: Herbert C Jackson Coast Guard sector Detroit, go ahead.

Captain: I just want to report  that while trying to transit through Jefferson Street Bridge, the Jefferson Street Bridge closed on me and I hit the bridge.

Listen to the whole Radio transmission between the Jackson and the Coast Guard right after the Jackson collided with the Jefferson Street Bridge in Detroit. It is rare to hear the Captain of a boat minutes after an accident. He will tell you what happened in the early morning of May 12, 2013.

Joe Block here with limestone

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She brought limestone for the CN dock in West Duluth. When she completes discharging that cargo, she will move to the CN dock in Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets.

Tregurtha whistles to the crowd

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Click below to hear her whistle as the Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth today (May 6, 2013). The Captain has a unique way of doing it and the Bridge usually follows the boat’s lead, as it did today.

We are getting ready for you

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The S.S. William A. Irvin was launched in November 21, 1937. She hauled bulk materials from Lake Superior to US Steel’s mills in Gary, Conneaut and Lorain. She went into extended layup in 1978 until she was rescued, 8 years later, to become a major tourist attraction in Duluth. Operated by the DECC (Duluth Entertainment Convention Center), she received a new paint job this spring. I saw John Clark, from the DECC, finishing off the job when he was adding the name of the boat over the new paint job on April 26, 2013.

Great Lakes Trader here for iron ore pellets

The Great Lakes Trader came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge early this afternoon, April 23, 2013. She is here to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth
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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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Tregurtha back for 2nd trip

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She came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge around 12:30 on April 4, 2013. Click here for more on the Paul R. Tregurtha

Watch the Mackinaw azipods in action

The Mackinaw has a unique method to break open large ice fields

Indiana Harbor comes in for fuel

Listen to her whistle as she comes in:
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After spending the winter at Lakehead Pipeline in Superior, the Indiana Harbor departed using the Superior entry and came around to use the Duluth entry to come in for fuel (March 23, 2013, Saturday around 1 pm. She will depart later today for Two Harbors to load her first cargo of the year, iron ore pellets. She is the first big boat to enter the Twin Ports this season, but I don’t think we can call her the first arrival of the season since she spent the winter here. Below, the Mesabi Miner is at anchor waiting on the Roger Blough to finish at the CN dock in Duluth before she comes in to become the first arrival of the season. She also spent the winter here, but she took a cargo of coal to Marquette a couple days ago and is coming back here to load iron ore pellets.
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Mesabi Miner first to depart

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The Mesabi Miner departed Duluth this morning (March 20, 2013) at 9:30 am, on her way to Marquette to discharge a cargo of coal. She will return here Saturday to load iron ore pellets. She was the first departure of the season for Duluth Superior, she will be the first arrival in Marquette and she will become the first arrival here when she returns on Saturday.

Mackinaw arrives Duluth

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Above, the Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw arrived Duluth on Saturday afternoon, March 16, 2013.

Watch my wet video of the launch of the Mackinaw in April, 2005

The Duluth Shipping News has 18 pages about the Mackinaw here

The Munson is almost home

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johngmunson20130124_7597The John G. Munson arrived off the Duluth piers early this morning (January 24, 2013) and dropped her anchor. Her expected arrival date has changed several times over the last weeks and again over the last several days. Ice and cold weather have added some complications to a mid-January cargo run inside the Soo Locks. I hear there are two issues at the moment that make Friday a better day to come in. The Alder, our Coast Guard cutter responsible for maintaining the shipping channels within the harbor, is expected back here on Friday and with her, a heat wave is also expected; it may get up to 19 degrees! That won’t change the ice conditions much but it will make working on the deck of the Munson, and the Heritage Marine tugs that will help her, a lot easier. (The Alder has it a little easier; unlike the Sundew, the Alder has an enclosed, and warm, pilot house.)

Roger Blough comes home for the winter

rogerblough20130116_7562The Roger Blough came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge (right) at 11:52 this morning (January 16, 2013). She then moved over to the Port Terminal dock (below) before going to Fraser Shipyards for winter layup. Last year, she stayed at the Port Terminal for winter layup. In between winter vacations, she was here for cargo only 8 times this past season, only 6 times the year before.
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Coming home for the winter

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The John J. Boland was greeted by a cold but hearty group when she came in for winter layup on Saturday afternoon, January 12, 2013 (temperature was 17 degrees F with the wind at 16 mph). Just below, the American Century came in at 7:56, Friday night, January 11, 2013. By Saturday morning she was tied up at the Port Terminal (just below). Below that, the Mesabi Miner is seen at her winter resting spot at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior on Saturday. She arrived on January 8th.
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Mesabi Miner first in for winter layup

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20120316_0486The Mesabi Miner came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge last night (January 8, 2013) at 11:51. She is the first boat to arrive for winter layup. Before taking her place at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock for the winter, she stopped off at the Holcim Dock in Duluth for some minor repairs. (Above and below; note the red crane in picture above.)  She also stopped at Holcim for minor repairs last March (picture at right) before becoming the first departure of the new season.
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Nick gets two, three times, in Two Harbors

Nick Stenstrup took the three pictures below, the first this past December and the two below that last July. He tells us what he saw below.
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On December 22, 2012, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. loaded iron ore pellets at the CN conveyor dock in Two Harbors while the John J. Boland waited on the other side. I took this picture and the two below from the Two Harbors break wall.
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On July 1, 2012, the Capt. Henry Jackman loaded iron ore pellets at the conveyor dock while the Indiana Harbor waited.
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The next day, I caught the Edwin H. Gott loading iron ore pellets at the conveyor dock while the Cason J. Callaway waited to do the same.

Great Republic stops in Duluth

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Paul R stops for fuel before loading coal

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The Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth in the early afternoon of December 18, 2012. She is here to load 64,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Before going there, she stopped by the Calumet fuel dock (above)  to load fuel.

Indiana Harbor goes out with coal

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The Indiana Harbor departed Duluth in the late afternoon of December 11, 2012 to carry 64,000 tons of coal from Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to their parent company, Detroit Edison.

Tregurtha gets another cargo of coal

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The Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth at 1:07 in the afternoon of November 20th, 2012 (above). This was her 34th trip to the Twin Ports this season, almost always loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior and taking that cargo to Midwest’s parent company, Detroit Edison, for use in electrical generation power plants. Last year at this time, she had made 40 trips to Duluth. The lower number this year reflects her time in the ship yard in August while she underwent repairs after grounding near the St. Mary’s River just below the Soo Locks. For more pages on the Tregurtha in the Duluth Shipping News, check here.

American Century departs Duluth

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The American Century arrived Duluth on Saturday afternoon, October 13, 2012. It was her 22nd trip to the Twin Ports this season. She was here 35 times last season. After loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth, she departed under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge (above) around 1 pm on Sunday.