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