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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