Mike and Marnie from Thunder Bay

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Mike Wolowich and his daughter Marnie came down from Thunder Bay to watch the ships come under the Lift Bridge, a trip he has made for many years; Marnie has many  memories  of great family trips to Duluth to see the ships but those trips don’t go back nearly so far as Mike’s. We took pictures of each other while we took pictures of the Adam E. Cornelius coming in. Click pic for large version.

Strike is over, probably

adamecorneliusameicanspirit20110803_4756 8/5/2011 – Noon Update – from WDIO in Duluth: Members of the American Maritime Officers union are heading back to work. They had been on strike since Monday, after they and their employer American Steamship Company failed to reach a labor deal. On Friday, workers got the call that they will be returning to work either Friday or Saturday and stopped picketing. This is good news for the shipping industry, as American Steamship had laid up 13 vessels because of the strike. Seven of those vessels are in the Twin Ports. Workers told Eyewitness News that they are going to work under their old contract, while a new deal is worked out. Above, the Adam E. Cornelius and the American Spirit are 2 of 7 American Steamship boats in port.

News notes for January, 2011 …

… as of Wednesday, January 17, 2011
Winter layup in Duluth
The Adam E. Cornelius, American Victory and Edward L. Ryerson have been in port for an extended layup. The H. Lee White arrived in port for winter layup on January 4th, 2011. The American Spirit arrived here for layup on January 12, 2011 and the Roger Blough arrived on January 14th. Both the American Century and the James R. Barker came in on the morning of January 17, 2010; the American Integrity arrived on January 18th. The John G. Munson arrived on Wednesday morning  January 19, and is the last arrival for layup for the winter. Weather will not allow the American Mariner to be as originally expected. You can check the schedule page at www.duluthboats.com for up-to-date information.
Soo Locks According to the Cheboygan Daily Tribune, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted a request from the Lake Carriers’ Association to extend the closing date of the Soo Locks for three days. The Poe Lock will officially close for the season on Tuesday, January 18th so that low inventories of iron ore pellets could be replenished to meet the wintertime needs of industry. The locks traditionally close on January 15th each year.
bridgepainting20100224_1581Bridge painting The Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge will close at 6 am on Friday, January 14 so that the south tower can be painted (the North tower was painted last winter. See picture at left). That means all traffic after the 14th and until the end of the season (defined as the time that the last boat arrives in port) will use the Superior entry to access the port. It is anticipated that the bridge will reopen for traffic at 10am on March 14th. Watch paint dry!! You can still watch the paint dry, or at least watch the tent that covers the bridge paint while it dries, at our live 24/7 web cam at www.duluthshippingnews.com/dsntv I may find something even more interesting that paint drying before the winter is over!

Adam E. Cornelius departs Twin Ports

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The big boats will be back today. In fact, this will be the best day for boat watching in a long time. Four thousand-footers are coming here today, three for coal and one for iron ore pellets. Two smaller boats, the Atlantic Huron and the Quebecois are also going to arrive in port. The Atlantic Huron may drop anchor off the Duluth piers while it waits for the James R. Barker to finish at the coal dock at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. The Adam E. Cornelius, pictured here departing the port in May, 2007, was expected to arrive last night to load coal. Photo taken on May 10, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-24-2009

Cornelius arrives to Canal Park crowd

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The Adam E. Cornelius arrived in town on Monday afternoon (above), welcomed at the ship canal by a lot of people enjoying the ships and the sun together. This is the 4th trip here for the Cornelius this season. On this trip, it brought limestone in and when that is discharged, it will move over to both the General Mills elevator and to CHS to load wheat for Buffalo. On some of the trips last season, it arrived here in ballast (empty), other times as today, it brought limestone. The Cornelius loaded wheat for Buffalo on most trips last season although several times, it loaded iron ore pellets. Photo taken on June 15, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-16-2009

Adam E. Cornelius to take wheat to Buffalo

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The Adam E. Cornelius departed its winter layup berth in Toledo on April 15th and loaded a cargo of limestone for the Twin Ports, coming under the Lift Bridge on Sunday afternoon (above). When it completes discharging that cargo, it will load wheat to take to Buffalo. This is the first trip here this season for the Cornelius. It made 16 trips last season and 21 the year before. On some of the trips last season, it arrived here in ballast (empty), other times, it brought limestone. The Cornelius loaded wheat for Buffalo on most trips last season. Several times, it loaded iron ore pellets while here.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-20-2009

Adam E. Cornelius exits icy Duluth harbor

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The Adam E. Cornelius arrived on Thursday morning at 7:10 to load wheat for the Frontier grain elevator in Buffalo. That is work that was handled by the Kinsman Independent for many years and then for a time by the Joseph H. Frantz. The Frantz was scrapped and the Kinsman Independent was headed to the scrap yard but before that could happen, it was purchased by Voyageur Marine Transport and put back into service as the Voyageur Independent. It has been back to Duluth under that name but does not carry wheat to Buffalo anymore. The Cornelius was built as the Roger M. Kyes in 1973 and was chartered to Inland Steel for many years. Since 1998, it has sailed for American Steamship Company in Buffalo and carries a wide variety of cargos. This is the boat’s 15th trip here this season. It is seen above plowing through ice in the Duluth harbor as it was departing on April 11th, 2007. Photo taken on April 11, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-05-2008

Adam E. Cornelius enters Duluth at sunset

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The Adam E. Cornelius is here today with limestone loaded at Port Inland, Michigan. After discharging that cargo at the CLM Lime Plant in Superior, it will move over to the CN Dock in West Duluth to load iron ore pellets. Above, it arrived last night on its 13th trip to the Twin Ports. On 7 of those trips, it loaded wheat for Buffalo; it loaded iron ore pellets on the other trips. About half the time, it brought limestone to discharge before loading those two cargos. Photo taken on October 20, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-21-2008

Adam E. Cornelius enters Duluth ship canal

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For many years, the Kinsman Independent came to the Twin Ports to load wheat at General Mills for the Frontier grain elevator in Buffalo. Then as now, it tends to be a spring and fall trip when wheat is more available. In the summer, the Kinsman just took a rest, but the Adam E. Cornelius moved to other cargos until the wheat harvest picked up in the fall. This is the 12th trip here this year for it, and the 3rd cargo of wheat so far this fall. It was here in July and August 5 times to discharge limestone and load iron ore pellets. Above, the Cornelius arrived for the first cargo of wheat this season on April 20th. The Cornelius was built as the Roger M. Kyes in 1973 and became the Adam E. Cornelius in 1989. It was chartered to Inland Steel for many years, but since 1998, it has sailed for American Steamship Company in Buffalo. Photo taken on April 20, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-08-2008

Adam E. Cornelius leads Tregurtha into Duluth ship canal

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On April 19th, the Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth with a cargo of coal for Detroit Edison in St. Clair, Michigan. Two days later, the Adam E. Cornelius departed Duluth, heading for Buffalo with a cargo of wheat. In the picture above, taken yesterday, the Cornelius just beat the Tregurtha to the Duluth ship canal as both were returning from trips to Buffalo and Detroit. But the race was not so close since the Tregurtha had made another round trip to Detroit while the Cornelius was discharging wheat one Great Lake (Erie) further. The Tregurtha has probably already departed the port for Detroit with another cargo of coal. The Cornelius won’t get away until this evening. Coal is faster than wheat!
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-30-2008

Adam E. Cornelius here for wheat

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The Adam E. Cornelius came into port on Sunday afternoon (above) to load wheat at the General Mills dock in Superior. This is the first trip here for the Cornelius this season. It was here 21 times last year. As on most of the trips it makes here, it is loading wheat at General Mills in Superior to take to the Frontier grain elevator in Buffalo. That is work that was handled by the Kinsman Independent for many years. The Cornelius was built as the Roger M. Kyes in 1973 and became the Adam E. Cornelius in 1989. It was chartered to Inland Steel for many years, but since 1998, it has sailed for American Steamship Company in Buffalo.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-21-2008

Adam E. Cornelius draws a crowd

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There is interesting traffic today. How about a ship named Zeus and one named Redhead? We have that today. The Redhead has been loading grain at the AGP elevator in Duluth. When it finishes perhaps this evening and departs, Zeus will come in to load grain at the same terminal. The Adam E. Cornelius played to a large crowd down at the ship canal when it came in late Wednesday afternoon with limestone (above). Otherwise, one other boat is bringing in limestone, one calcium chloride and two thousand footers will be here to load coal. Probably late last night, the tug Gregory J. Busch departed Duluth with wind turbine base units brought down here from North Dakota by truck. The tug barge is taking them to Buffalo where they will then go by truck to wind farms in Upper New York State. Photo taken on August 15, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-16-2007

Adam E. Cornelius departs in April ice

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We load a lot of ships here for some exotic ports, such as Algeria, Iceland, the South coast of France and Venezuela to name a few. And with apologies to the following, we also load cargo for less exotic ports on the Great Lakes, such as Lorain, Ohio or Gary, Indiana. But I never thought of Buffalo as a major destination for our cargo ships but today, it is. The Adam E. Cornelius should be departing Duluth later today with wheat for General Mills in Buffalo. That is work that was handled by the Kinsman Independent for many years. The tug Gregory J. Busch arrived here yesterday with a barge ready to be loaded with wind turbine base units. They were built by DMI Industries in West Fargo and sent here by truck. The tug was here late last year to take one load of base units to Buffalo but bad weather kept if from making a second trip. Today, it is here for that second trip and it should be back for more wind turbine base units, all of which will be shipped out of Buffalo to wind turbine farms in upper New York state. Above, the Cornelius departs Duluth with wheat for Buffalo on April 11th this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-01-2007

Cornelius to take wheat to Buffalo

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The American Spirit should have arrived under the Lift Bridge by now. It will be going to the Burlington Northern dock in Superior after taking on fuel at the Murphy Fuel dock in Duluth. At the BN, it will load taconite to take to Zug Island in the city of River Rouge, just south of Detroit. This boat is the former George A. Stinson that used to work on behalf of National Steel. When they went bankrupt, the Stinson came back to Duluth, in June, 2003, and stayed until it took a few trips for Great Lakes Fleet that winter. The next spring, the owner, American Steamship, renamed it the American Spirit. It has been here about 30 times a year since then. This is the 5th visit this year. Above, the Adam E. Cornelius departed Duluth last evening, taking a load of wheat for General Mills in Buffalo. Photo taken on May 10, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-11-2007

Adam E. Cornelius departs with wheat

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The Adam E. Cornelius departed Duluth on Wednesday afternoon (above) with a load of wheat for General Mills in Buffalo. It was its 1st trip here this season. It was here 15 times last year. Today, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. will follow the American Century loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. The St. Clair should arrive and begin to load taconite at the CN Dock in West Duluth when the American Spirit departs with taconite for steel mills in Indiana Harbor. The very popular and beautiful Edward L. Ryerson will be making its first trip here, stopping at Burlington Northern to load taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/12/2007

Adam E. Cornelius arrives Duluth

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The shipping season does not close in any organized way. The Soo Locks close down on January 15th, but that still allows boats to work on either side of the locks. For example, we can still send coal to Marquette and Silver Bay after the 15th since they are both on Lake Superior. And with high temperatures predicted to be above 40 today and tomorrow, maybe the season will never end, at least for some boats. But don’t count on that. Crew members need rest and boats need maintenance. Both grow a little weary after 10 months on the Great Lakes, at least for the boats. The crews do get some vacation during that time. And I assume that the power plants in Marquette and Silver Bay have probably bought enough for the year, and perhaps too much now with all the nice weather. But January 15th is still far away and there is still coal to be sent south of the Soo Locks. The Adam E. Cornelius will probably be taking the last load of taconite for the season from the CN dock in West Duluth today. Above, it is entering the Duluth harbor in late November, 2006.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-03-2007

Adam E. Cornelius arriving Duluth

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The Adam E. Cornelius came into port on Monday morning with a cargo of limestone loaded in Calcite, Michigan (above). After discharging that cargo, it moved over to the CN dock in West Duluth to load taconite for Gary. The boat was built as the Roger M. Kyes in 1973 and became the Adam E. Cornelius in 1989. It was chartered to Inland Steel for many years, but since 1998, it has sailed for American Steamship Company in Buffalo.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-21-2006

Adam E. Cornelius in Duluth harbor

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The Adam E. Cornelius will be here today with a load of limestone that it loaded in Port Dolomite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo at the CN Dock in West Duluth, it will load taconite pellets at the same dock for delivery to Zug Island, Michigan. The boat was built as the Roger M. Kyes in 1973. It became the Adam E. Cornelius in 1989. It was chartered to Inland Steel for many years, but since 1998, it has sailed for American Steamship Company in Buffalo, New York. Photo taken on August 31, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-03-2006

Adam E. Cornelius loading taconite

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It will be a busy day in the port today. We have four thousand footers loading coal, four boats loading taconite, and four loading grain. One, the Winona, is in port waiting to load grain after discharging steel coils. The Adam E. Cornelius will be here to load taconite. Built as the Roger M. Kyes, it became the Adam E. Cornelius in 1989 and was chartered to Inland Steel for many years. Since 1998, it has sailed for American Steamship Company in Buffalo, New York.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/20/2006

Sarah Spencer Jane Ann

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The owner of the tug barge combination called the Sarah Spencer (above), has a daughter named Sarah and a son named Spencer. The name of the tug is the Jane Ann, which also happens to be the name of his wife. Photo taken April 16, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-26-2005

Adam E. Cornelius

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The Adam E. Cornelius will be here today for the 3rd time this year, bringing in a load of limestone from Calcite, Michigan. After discharging the limestone, it will load taconite for Indiana Harbor, Indiana and South Chicago. The Cornelius has been here 3 or 4 times a year since 1999. Before that, it often came to the Twin Ports 30 or more times a year. Photo taken on August 31, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-05-2004

Adam E. Cornelius

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The Adam E. Cornelius will be here with a load of sand that it will discharge at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth. Built as the Roger M. Kyes, it became the Adam E. Cornelius in 1989. It was chartered to Inland Steel for many years, but since 1998, it has sailed for American Steamship Company in Buffalo, New York. Photo taken on August 31, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-23-2004

Sarah Spencer is ATB

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The Sarah Spencer, here to load taconite, is a unique combination of nautical parts. The Sarah Spencer barge (formerly the hull of the laker Adam Cornelius) has a notch at one end into which the tug Jane Ann IV fits. The combination is officially designated as an articulated tug barge or ATB, for short.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-09-2004