Salt water ships I have visited

Because of Homeland Security, I don’t get on board as many ships as I used to. I have compiled a slideshow of a variety of salt water ships that I visited from 1999 forward. And I added some commentary as well. This is the first of what I hope will be several such shows.

Alder Opens 2016 season

Join the Alder and 25 members of LSMMA as they open the 2016 shipping season in Duluth Minnesota

Matcho, a canine crew member

The Chios Charity was recently scrapped but she was here 7 times after 1996. I got to know Matcho, her canine crew member on those last two trips.  Click below for a short video about my two visits with the Chios Charity wonder dog.

Thomas the Train comes to Duluth

The good old days

While we wait for the Alder to open up the season, probably on Monday, March 9, here is a video I created during the beginning of the 2007 season.

Duluth Layup, 2003-04

Juno under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge

Here the Juno arrives Duluth on December 8, 2014. She made one other trip to Duluth, in October, 2011.

Saltie departs Duluth

This was the Muntgracht’s first trip to the Twin Ports; she brought machinery here that then went to the Twin Cities.

3 arrivals on November 7, 2014

The Philip R. Clarke, James R. Barker and CSL Niagara came into port under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Friday afternoon, November 7, 2014.

Vikingbank follows Federal Satsuki

Like the Satsuki, she will load grain at the Gavilon Elevator, the former Peavey elevator

Federal Satsuki departs with grain

… on October 31, 2014

Algoma Olympic departs at dusk

Ruddy departed Duluth on Oct 15, 2014

For more information about the Ruddy and this visit, go here.

Federal Yukon departs Duluth

The Federal Yukon departed Duluth late afternoon on October 8, 2014 with a cargo of grain loaded at CHS. This was her 9th trip here since she was built in 2000.

Baie St. Paul arrived under Lift Bridge

Baie St. Paul arrived Duluth on October 6, 2014 for her 8th trip here this season. She will load 32,000 tons of coal for Quebec.

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.

Watch the Clarke leave on October 1, 2014

After discharging a cargo of limestone at the Hallett #5 dock, and fueling at the Calumet Fuel Dock, the Philip R. Clarke departed Duluth for Two Harbors where she will load iron ore pellets.

Join the Callaway as she opens the 2014 season

Spring is sprung

Note: The Alder did make it back to the dock early evening. They saw ice between 2 to 5 feet thick, with it getting thicker as they moved down the Superior channel. They should be back at it tomorrow (Wednesday).
Alder gets to work on breaking ice today, March 4, 2014.  She got away from the dock with little trouble, which was very surprising to me and others watching. She slowed down when she got to the middle of the harbor and turned up the harbor toward the Port Terminal. It has, I am told, been very very slow as she is backing and ramming her way down the Superior channel. Video at bottom shows Alder leaving the dock.
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Lake Superior Ice, not 100% covered

Take a ride on the Nels J.

Aboard the Whitefish Bay in Duluth

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

Federal Kumano finally departs, in a fog

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After more than a month at anchor off the Duluth piers, the Federal Kumano finally came in on May 29th to load durum wheat for Algeria. She finished on the 30th but was stopped from departing by a thick fog. She waited in the inside anchorage until Friday around noon when a short break in the fog appeared.

Party on the Federal Hunter

The Port Authority organizes a party, usually in early April, when the first salt water vessel comes to town. I went to the welcome the Federal Hunter to the Twin ports party today (April 1, 2013) to show a little of what being on a ship like the Federal Hunter is like. It is about 15 minutes and is a little silly. It is a hand held camera view of the affair.  Go with me as I walk to the top of the ship, go along as i walk from stern to bow. Enjoy the good parts of the ceremonies, including the announcement of the winner of the Visit Duluth first ship contest. And watch us eat some of the delicious food served by the ships ‘Food and beverage’ staff.
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federalhunter20130401_8115The Federal Hunter arrived a week earlier than any other salt water ship in recent memory but that did not stop the ship from hosting a party outside (April 1, 2013). You can tell the members of the Indian crew; they are in short sleeves. We locals were still dressed for winter.
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Watch the Mackinaw azipods in action

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

Mackinaw breaks ice in Duluth

The US Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw left her moorings at the DECC at 9 am this morning (March 17, 2013) to break ice in the Duluth Superior harbor. She returned to the DECC around 11:30, dropped some folks off, and then went under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on her way to Whitefish Point at the other end of Lake Superior.
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Go along with the Alder

On March 13th, 2013, the US Coast Guard cutter Alder made her second ice breaking trip of the new season. She retraced some of the tracks she broke out on Monday and went under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge to open a track to the end of the ice pack, about 5 1/2 miles out.

Alder opens 2013 season

Winter in Duluth: Is it fun?

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Click to see new video looking back at the winter (spring?) of 2007

More ice breaking videos:
March 9, 2011; watch the Alder break ice in Duluth
January 9, 2008: Alder out breaking ice as last boats come in for layup
January 6, 2008: The ice breaker Biscayne Bay in DuluthNote: the Biscayne Bay will NOT be here to help the Alder break ice on Monday, March 11, 2013. The Alder will be breaking ice in the harbor and perhaps out in the Lake on Monday.

Great Republic stops in Duluth

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Paul R stops for fuel before loading coal

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 to load fuel.
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Hermann Schoening here

The Hermann Schoening arrived Duluth on December 13, 2012 (below) to load grain at CHS2 in Superior. It was her first trip to the Twin Ports.
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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.

Visiting the Paul R while she loads fuel

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paulrtregurthaspecial20121003_5906The Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth 5 minutes after noon (above) on October 3rd, 2012, making her 4th trip here since she went aground in August and then to the shipyard at Bay Shipbuilding for repairs. I visited with Captain Tim Dayton while they were fueling at the Calumet Fuel dock at the port terminal. He was not on the boat when the accident happened but he came back early from his vacation to bring her back to life.
I asked him why he arrived half an hour earlier than the previously indicated time.  (Thousand footers do not alter their speed much.) As is obvious from this picture, the Tregurtha hull was cleaned and repainted while at the shipyard. That made her prettier and it turns out pretty means faster. As a season wears on, boats pick up ‘stuff on their hull’, often green stuff, and the stuff increases the friction between the hull and the water which slows the boat down. With an unscheduled maintenance stop in late summer that included a cleaning and new paint job, Captain Dayton came back with an extra mph boost in speed, at least until the green stuff returns.
Meanwhile, videographers from Holly TV were close by getting some pictures and footage. In the collage, that is Holly-TV tech, Holly, waving to Captain Dayton and I. Later, she took some video of the fueling which you can see below. Click for a larger version of the collage.

Watch tug Wilfred M. Cohen in Duluth

Click here for more info on the Wilfred M. Cohen

Listen to the Duluth Central Bell Tower

The Marietje Marsilla departs Duluth

Watch Marietje Marsilla come into Duluth

Watch the Duluth Pilot boat take the pilot out to the Marietje Marsilla in the anchorage just off the Duluth piers, and then come in with us, as we go with the ship under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and move up the Duluth harbor to the Port Terminal

Watch and listen as the Arubaborg opens the salt water season in Duluth

The Dutch flagged Arubaborg opened the salt water season in Duluth Minnesota. Watch her come into port.
After passing under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Friday afternoon, April 6, 2012 (see video above), then going back out to the anchorage and then in again on Sunday night, she was finally at the dock at CHS1 in Superior (below) to load durum wheat for Belgium on Monday morning
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The Paul R. Tregurtha makes first trip of the season to Duluth

The Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth on March 25th, 2012 for her first cargo of the season, loading coal as she usually does for Detroit Edison, her usual destination for many years. This video picks her up while she approached the Duluth piers and then moves over to the Calumet fuel dock at the Port Terminal  to watch her tying up to the dock to load fuel before moving to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock just up the St. Louis River on the Superior side.

The Lee A. Tregurtha arrives Duluth to start her season

The Lee A. Tregurtha came to Duluth Superior 16 times last season. You will see her in this video arriving under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on her first trip of the 2012 season when she came in on March 24th, 2012. The other Tregurtha, the Paul R. Tregurtha, arrived 2 hours later. The Paul R is a regular visitor. She was here 49 times last season.

Roger Blough leaves Duluth with iron ore pellets for Conneaut.

The Roger Blough departed the port of Duluth Minnesota on Saturday, March 24th, 2012 with iron ore pellets for Conneaut, Ohio. She passed by the Canadian flagged Michipicoten on her way out to Lake Superior. She arrived in port for winter layup on January 14th.

American Spirit leaves winter layup

She battled a thick fog but the American Sprit had no trouble getting through the Duluth Harbor, under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and out to Lake Superior on her way to load iron ore pellets in Two Harbors

Mesabi Miner had ice in 2008

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Mesabi Miner here for the winter

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The Edwin H. Gott will be the last boat to come in for winter layup. This morning (January 17, 2012), the Mesabi Miner (above) arrived here after delivering her last cargo of the season in Taconite Harbor. She will spend the winter at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior. That will make it real convenient to start the 2012 season in only two more months. She will likely load more coal for a port within Lake Superior, before the Soo Locks open (usually around March 25th). The Miner may get two  coal deliveries done by then. See video below.

Music for the Barker on a Saturday evening

Mackenzie McGovern, on guitar, and Abby Ham, violin, both of Duluth, were on the job taking care of their buskering duties at the Duluth ship canal on Saturday, July 22, 2011 when the James R. Baker decided to depart the port with 64,000 tons of coal. They gave the thousand footer, and us, a nice serenade.
Mackenzie McGovern and Abby Ham play music while James R. Barker departs Duluth
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Flagship Niagara returns to Duluth


Flagship Niagara was in Duluth July 16-18, 2011 for  the Duluth Music and Maritime Festival. Watch pictures from past visits above.

Barker starts off the new season

The James R. Barker departed Duluth on Thursday afternoon, March 17, 2011, with 58,000 tons of coal for Presque Isle, Michigan. As you can see below, she wasted no time making her right turn to Michigan. The video follows the Barker as she appeared in the harbor after going under the Blatnik Bridge and around the John G. Munson, docked at the Port Terminal on winter layup (the Barker was docked at the Midwest Energy Resources dock in Superior, where she loaded her cargo of coal). The video then shows her passing both the Roger Blough and the American Century on her way to the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. After blowing her whistle, she moved under the bridge and out into Lake Superior. Spring has sprung! (although note the large amount of ice blown up against the shore just to the left of the North Pier Light.)
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Watch the CG cutter Alder break the ice in Duluth