Alpena in with cement

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US Steel built the Leon Fraser in 1942 to carry iron ore to its steel mills on the lower lakes. In 1991, Inland Lakes Management bought her, took 120 feet off her at Fraser Shipyard, and launched her as the Alpena,  now a Great Lakes carrier transporting cement. She arrived at 4:10 in the afternoon of July 28, 2016, greeted by a big crowd at the Duluth ship canal. This is only her 3rd trip here this season.

Alpena here for only 2nd time this season

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Normally a frequent visitor, the Alpena arrived Duluth on Sunday, July 10, 2016 on only her 2nd trip here this season. She was here 12 times in both 2013 and 2014; she made 11 trips last year. As always, she brought cement to discharge at the Lafarge North American dock in Superior.

Alpena brings more cement to Duluth

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The Alpena brought cement to Duluth Superior this morning (August 13, 2015) arriving in the Duluth ship canal at 10:30. This is her 7th trip here this season; she brought cement here 12 times last season. She has one of the best, and loudest, whistles on the Great Lakes. Click the Alpena link just above to listen.
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Three boats: two cargos – wheat & cement

On Tuesday, September 4th, at 4 in the afternoon, the Alpena was about to enter the Duluth ship canal on her 7th trip to the Duluth Superior this season, carrying as usual, a cargo of cement.
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Just beyond her, the Federal Power has been at anchor for some days while she is waiting to come in and load wheat for Germany. This is her 6th trip to the Twin Ports since she was built in 2000; she was here twice in 2007, once in 2010 and twice last year. In 2007, she loaded chromium ore on the first trip and grain on the second. In August 2010, she returned to load grain at CHS 2 in Superior. In June 2011, she brought wind turbine parts that were later delivered by truck to wind farms in North Dakota and Iowa.
Just beyond her, the Federal Mackinac has just arrived at anchor. She is also waiting to load wheat; she will take her cargo to Northern Europe. This is her 3rd trip here since she was built in 2004.

We see the Alpena at the Duluth entry!

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The Alpena made her 8th trip of the season to the Twin Ports on November 20, 2011.
Listen to her whistle as she arrived:

Lots of ice, lots of boats

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Thursday April 2: The Walter J. McCarthy Jr., the Edwin H. Gott and the Edward L. Ryerson were set to depart on Wednesday evening. If they did not make it, they will probably try today.  The Lee A. Tregurtha made it to Two Harbors last night, the Gott should be there some time today. Both are there to load iron ore pellets.Very cold temperatures in December suggested we could have a tough spring fighting thick ice to get the season moving. The ice never seemed to be as bad as those cold temperatures suggested. Turns out the other end of the deal, when the ice starts to break up in the spring, might cause more problems. The severe east winds on Tuesday pushed a lot of ice, much of it broken up, right to the Duluth shore line, although not into the ship canal. The Lee A. Tregurtha was the first to find out about the problem, departing Duluth around 9:15 am and getting stopped in the ice not long after that. The Alder went out to help. Around 11 am, the Alpena was approaching the bridge and pulled up, deciding to wait. The picture shows the Alpena waiting in the water. It is not very often one sees a boat at that spot and not moving. The boat should have stayed. It decided to go out around 2:30 in the afternoon and not much beyond the piers; it too was stopped in the ice. Late in the afternoon, a west wind eased the ice jam. The Lee A. Tregurtha did get to Two Harbors, the Alpena was on the way home, and there was open water in front of the Duluth piers at 7 pm last night. The Alder left for Lake Michigan and an expected trip to Duluth by the Mackinaw was canceled. However, the Biscayne Bay left for Duluth last night from Thunder Bay. It will be here later today after a stop in Two Harbors to break a little ice.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-02-2009

Alpena arrives Duluth with cement

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Twelve boats spent the winter layup in the port; two of them plan to depart today; the James R. Barker with coal for Marquette, and the Lee A. Tregurtha light to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. A surprising late addition to the Monday schedule is the Alpena. It usually makes its first appearance here around the middle of April but will be here about noon with a cargo of cement for the Lafarge dock in Superior. The early arrival is a bit surprising since, according to the Alpena News, Lafarge is in the process of laying off 130 employees at their cement plant in Alpena, Michigan, also the home port of the Alpena. It is seen above in the Duluth ship canal in August 2006.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-30-2009

Alpena arrives Duluth with usual cargo

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Within this year of the wind turbine in the Twin Ports, today is the ‘day of the wind turbine.’ We expect one ship, the BBC Plata, to depart the port after discharging wind turbine parts, one, the Flinterland, will arrive to load wind turbine parts, and another one, the SCL Bern, will be here to discharge wind turbine parts, although it will have to wait for the first two to finish. And until wind turbines take over, the folks at Midwest Energy will be loading 4 boats with coal today, all going to electrical power plants on the lower lakes. And the Alpena, seen above coming into port August, 2006, will bring cement as it usually does about once every 3 weeks.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-27-2008

Alpena here on 5th visit of year

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The Alpena is here for the 5th time this season, bringing cement on each occasion, as it was doing above in September, 2002. It was originally the Leon Fraser when it was built in 1942 for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company. It was modified for salt water duty for a time, sat idle during the 80’s and was shortened by 120 feet in the late 80’s and turned into a cement carrier. That happened at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. Inland Lakes bought the Leon Fraser in 1990, renamed it and put it in the cement trade in June, 1991. It is a very pretty boat and it often attracts a crowd.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-28-2008

Alpena enters Duluth with cement

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The Lithuanian flagged Kapitonas Stulpinas was expected to arrive off the Duluth piers late last night, dropping anchor and waiting to come in to load grain. The Alpena came in last night with cement and the Canadian flagged Quebecois should be here this morning with another cargo of cement. The Alpena discharges cement at the LaFarge terminal in Superior; the Quebecois at St Lawrence Cement in Duluth. Above, the Alpena is coming in with cement in August, 2006. The Presque Isle loaded limestone in Port Dolomite, Michigan and arrived early Friday afternoon to discharge that cargo here before moving to Two Harbors to load taconite for Conneaut.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-03-2007

Alpena arrives Duluth with cement

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Eleven boats are expected to come under the Lift Bridge today. If the lineup didn’t change, 5 of them have already come or gone. Of the 11, the James R. Barker counts twice since it should be here around 4 am to load coal for Marquette, Michigan and should be departing under the Bridge early evening. In a very strange occurrence, a ship named the BBC Italy will be making its first trip to the Twin Ports to load grain for Italy! The BBC Russia is expected on Monday and will not be taking anything to Russia. Despite the fact that the Alpena always brings in cement, it one of the prettiest and most popular boats that visit Duluth. Above, Alpena fans greet the boat on September 3rd of this year. Photo taken on September 03, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-06-2007

Alpena enters Twin Ports harbor

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The Alpena made its 10th appearance of the season on Monday morning (above), bringing another load of cement to the Twin Ports. It may leave sometime this afternoon. The American Victory was expected to arrive last night to load taconite for Mittal Steel in Indiana Harbor. When it is finished discharging the taconite in Indiana Harbor, it will come back up to Lake Superior to load taconite in Silver Bay to take back to Ashtabula. Like the last 4 days, today will be a very active day for Twin Ports shipping. Photo taken on September 3, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-04-2007

Alpena arrives to warm welcome

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The Alpena is here for the 13th time this season, bringing cement in on each occasion. It was originally the Leon Fraser when it was built in 1942 for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company. It was modified for salt water duty for a time, sat idle during the 80’s and was shortened by 120 feet in the late 80’s and turned into a cement carrier. That happened at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. Inland Lakes bought the Leon Fraser in 1990, renamed it and put it in the cement trade in June, 1991. It is a very pretty boat and it often attracts a crowd, as above when it came into port last August 21st.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-02-2006

Alpena brings the usual

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Many boatwatchers around the Great Lakes consider the Alpena to be the prettiest boat sailing today. Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, it is one of the oldest. It also has one of the best, and loudest, steam whistles on the Great Lakes. It came into port on Monday afternoon with a load of cement, its usual cargo. It should be departing sometime later today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-06-2006

Alpena in Duluth ship canal

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Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, the Alpena will be here today to discharge cement. It is one of the oldest and prettiest boats working the Great Lakes, and it has one of the best, and loudest, steam whistles on the Great Lakes. As usual, it will first discharge cement at the Superior plant for Lafarge North America and then come over to the Duluth plant to complete the discharge.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-27-2006

Alpena returns to Duluth

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After spending about a month undergoing repairs in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, the Alpena is back in the cement delivery business. The last visit here for the Alpena was on October 1st. The JAW Iglehart made several trips here in place of the Alpena. This will be its 16th trip of the season to the Twin Ports. Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, it is one of the oldest and prettiest boats working the Great Lakes, and has one of the best, and loudest, steam whistles on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-07-2005

Alpena has loud whistle

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Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, the Alpena will be here today to discharge cement. She is one of the oldest and prettiest boats working the Great Lakes, and she has one of the best, and loudest, steam whistles on the Great Lakes too.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-08-2005

Alpena bringing cement

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Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, the Alpena will be here today to discharge cement. It is one of the oldest and prettiest boats working the Great Lakes, and has one of the best, and loudest, steam whistles on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-14-2005

Alpena is here today to discharge cement

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Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, the Alpena is here today to discharge cement at the Lafarge Docks in Superior and Duluth. It is one of the oldest and prettiest boats working the Great Lakes, and has one of the best, and loudest, steam whistles on the Great Lakes too.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/12/2005

Alpena makes final visit of season

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The Alpena is a regular visitor to the Twin Ports. Since 1996, it has brought cement here 140 times. It will be here today for the 14th and last time this season. Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, it is one of the oldest and prettiest boats working the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-01-2005

Alpena moves cement

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Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, the Alpena is here today to discharge cement at the Lafarge Docks in Superior and Duluth. It is one of the oldest and prettiest boats working the Great Lakes, and has one of the best, and loudest, steam whistles on the Great Lakes too.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-11-2004

Alpena makes big noise

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Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, the Alpena will be here today to discharge cement. It is one of the oldest and prettiest boats working the Great Lakes, and has a wonderful, and very loud, steam whistle.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-04-2004

Alpena delivers cement again

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The Alpena will be here today to discharge cement. It was here 17 times last year. This is the 5th trip here this year. It has one of the loudest and best steam whistles on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-16-2004

Alpena enters ship canal

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Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, the Alpena will be here today to discharge cement. She is one of the oldest and prettiest boats working the Great Lakes, and she has one of the best, and loudest, steam whistles on the Great Lakes too.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-07-2004