Canadian Provider and Isolda meet

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The salt water vessel Isolda came into port on Wednesday evening to load grain at the CHS terminal in Superior. It completed loading on Friday afternoon and began its short journey to the Lift Bridge in Duluth. At the same time, the next customer for CHS, the Canadian Provider, was coming under the Lift Bridge on its way to CHS to load wheat. They passed each other at the Port Terminal (above). The Provider (foreground) is getting an assist from the Great Lakes tug North Dakota while the newer Isolda passes them by (background). Photo taken on August 03, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-04-2007

Many boats coming, going, waiting

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The ice flow just beyond the Duluth piers was a popular place on Wednesday morning.That’s the James R. Barker (center) departing and the Canadian Provider just passing it and headed to the Aerial Bridge to load grain at CHS in Superior. At the upper left, the Algowood was waiting to move into the coal dock at Midwest Energy (it finally came in around 7 last night). Of the two boats in the upper right, the Edgar B. Speer is at the left. It came in for a bit around noon and departed later in the day for Two Harbors. On the right, the Algosoo also is waiting for Midwest Energy. It will follow the Algowood. The Paul R. Tregurtha should have joined the line last night. Making its first trip of the season, it will follow the Algosoo loading coal at Midwest Energy. At first glance the picture above seems like a lot of boats stuck in the ice, but the ice was not a problem. Thirty mph winds from the east were causing problems, along with the waiting line to load coal. Photo taken on March 28, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-29-2007

Canadian Provider in Twin Ports harbor

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After waiting at the anchorage for a few hours to allow high winds to subside a bit, the Canadian Provider came into port on Wednesday evening at 6:30. It went over to the Peavey elevator in Superior to begin loading grain on Thursday morning. It is a steam powered boat built in 1963 as the Murray Bay and is one of the oldest Canadian boats working on the Great Lakes. It has been here 19 times since 1996 including one trip this past July but no trips last year. The Edward L. Ryerson was getting some minor repairs on Thursday and was expected at Burlington Northern last night. Depending upon weather, it may depart that berth sometime today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-13-2006

Canadian Provider is mature

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The Canadian Provider came into port on Monday and got some help from the Great Lakes tug Kentucky. They made their way over to Harvest States where the Canadian Provider is now loading grain. It is a steam powered boat built in 1963, one of the oldest Canadian boats on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-15-2004