Blue Heron

 Biscayne Bay

Blue Heron was built in 1985, is 87 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

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Previous names:
Fairtry: 1985-1997
Blue Heron: 1997-
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2015-0605-1735The Blue Heron, owned by the Large Lakes Observatory at the University of Minnesota at Duluth, is often on the lake working with water quality issues, fish populations and the geo physical structure of Lake Superior. It is the largest university-owned research vessel in the Great Lakes. Built in 1985 for fishing on the Grand Banks, the Blue Heron was purchased by the University of Minnesota in 1997. She sailed from Portland, Maine, up the St. Lawrence Seaway to Duluth, and was converted into a limnological research vessel during the winter of 1997-98.
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She is outfitted with state-of-the-art research equipment. The Blue Heron has berthing for 9 crew and scientists, and can operate 24 hours per day for up to 14 days in between port calls. She is part of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), and is available for charter by research scientists on any of the Great Lakes. It served in the Grand Banks fishing fleet until the federal government bought it through an incentive program to protect the depleted fishery.
Pictures inset above and just above, taken June 5, 2016
2009
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Coming in from the Lake on May 22, 2009.
2008
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Above, entering Duluth harbor on May 6, 2008; the 2 images below were taken on August 18, 2008.
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The USS Freedom was in town in October, 2008. Below, she is seen chasing the Blue Heron out of the harbor.*
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* just joking.
2005
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Above; on July 18, 2005, the Blue was coming through the Duluth ship canal.
2004
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On September 28, 2004, the Duluth Shipping News went out to see how they did what they do.
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2003
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Leaving for the Lake early in the morning of November 20, 2003.
2002
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Leaving Duluth on another scientific journey on Lake Superior on September 26, 2002.
2001
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Above, the  Blue Heron takes another group out to survey Lake Superior, on May 2, 2001; below on August 8, 2001
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Below, the Blue Heron shares space in the Duluth harbor with the departing Federal Rhine.
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2000
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Coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on August 22, 2000
1999
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Leaving Duluth on December 15, 1999; the last ship to depart Duluth in the 20th Century. Shortly after she left, the Aerial Lift Bridge was closed until March of 2000 for a complete overhaul. 

Comments

  1. Tristin (loves ships) says:

    cool!!! I haven’t seen it come under the bridge yet, but I would like to.

  2. GRANDMA BYINGTON says:

    THAT’S THE SHIP MY GRANDSON IS WORKING ON.
    I AM SO PROUD OF HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS!
    BEAUTIFUL SHIP.

    • REALLY YOUR GRANDSON WORKS ON THE SHIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      MY HUSBAND WORKS ON THE JAMES R BARKER AND MY CHILD WORKS WITH MY HUSBAND AND THERE BOAT IS PREETY NICE AND IM PROUD OF MY HUSBAND AND MY CHILD ON THE BOAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      WHEN THEY ARE ON THE BOAT AND COMING INTO DULUTH I SEE THEM

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