Kaye E. Barker

 Katmai Bay

Kaye E. Barker was built in 1952, is 767 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

Ken Boothe Sr./Lakes Contender
Previous names:
Edward B. Greene: 1952-1985
Benson Ford (3): 1985-1989
Kaye E. Barker: 1989-

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The Kaye E. Barker was built for Cleveland Cliffs in 1952 and named for Edward B. Greene, the president of Cleveland Cliffs from 1933 to 1954. She kayeebarker20110106_1065was lengthened by 120 feet at Fraser Shipyards in Superior in the winter of 1975-76. Five years later, she was converted to a self-unloader, allowing her to greatly decrease the time it takes to discharge cargo. Without both these alterations, she probably would not still be working on the Great Lakes. In 1985, Cleveland Cliffs got out of the shipping business and sold 20110524_2913the boat to Ford. She became the Benson Ford. In 1989, Ford got out of the shipping business and she was sold to her current owner, Interlake Steamship Company. There she was named in honor of the wife of James R. Barker, Chairman of the Board and President of The Interlake Steamship Company.These days, she usually carries coal, limestone or iron ore pellets and usually gets up to Duluth Superior about 5 times a year although she was here 23 times in 2008. She made only 1 trip in 2009 and 4 trips in 2010. Picture above taken Thursday, January 6, 2011: Waiting at the CN dock in Duluth; inset, Kaye E. Barker herself in Duluth for the Christening of the Hon. James L. Oberstar on May 24, 2011.
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Picture above taken Tuesday, January 13, 2009: You don’t often see the Barker next to her fleetmate Lee A. Trugurtha, but there they were during winter layup at Fraser Shipyards in January, 2009. And the American Victory is on the right. Both the Lee A and the Victory were veterans of World War II.
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Picture above taken Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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Picture above taken Friday, December 12, 2008


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Picture above taken Sunday, April 13, 2008
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Picture above taken Sunday, December 10, 2006
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Picture above taken Monday, December 26, 2005
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Picture above taken Monday, December 26, 2005
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Picture above taken Saturday, June 25, 2005
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Picture above taken Friday, January 23, 2004
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Picture above taken Friday, January 23, 2004
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Picture above taken Friday, January 23, 2004
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Picture above taken Friday, July 4, 2003: Taken during the July 4th celebration in Duluth in 2003.
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Picture above taken Sunday, May 14, 2000: pulling away from the Hallett Dock in Duluth
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Picture above taken Thursday, May 4, 2000: approaching the fuel dock in Duluth
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Picture above taken Thursday, May 4, 2000: The John Sherwin spent 25 years in long term layup in the Duluth Superior harbor. Owned by Interlake Steamship, her cargo holds sometimes acted as extra storage capacity; for many years she held grain. Another use that Interlake made of the boat was to provide spare parts for other vessels in their fleet.
I took this picture aboard the Kaye E. Barker in 2000, shortly after crew members had gone over to the Sherwin to pick up one of their life boats. You can, I hope, see the Sherwin name on the inset at the lower right. I would guess it has been painted over by now.

Comments

  1. AS A FO RD PHOTOGRAPHER I TOOK PICTURES OF HER WHEN SHE WAS CALLED THE BENSON FORD3

  2. People might be interested in the tour Duluth photographer Derek Montgomery got while the Kaye E. Barker is in dry dock this winter: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/14/photos-up-close-with-an-ore-boat-in-dry-dock

  3. I think I almost bought a picture

  4. Tristin (loves ships) says:

    Love the classics

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