Alpena in with cement

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 … [Read more...]

Alpena here for only 2nd time this season

  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. … [Read more...]

Alpena brings more cement to Duluth

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. … [Read more...]

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. 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 … [Read more...]

We see the Alpena at the Duluth entry!

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

Lots of ice, lots of boats

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 … [Read more...]

Alpena arrives Duluth with cement

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 … [Read more...]

Alpena arrives Duluth with usual cargo

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 … [Read more...]

Alpena here on 5th visit of year

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. … [Read more...]

Alpena enters Duluth with cement

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 … [Read more...]

Alpena arrives Duluth with cement

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 … [Read more...]