Alpena here 4th time this season

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The venerable cement carrier Alpena arrived 11:30 this morning (August 19, 2017), only her 4th trip to the Twin Ports this season. She has been here 286 times since I started doing this in 1996. As the Alpena entered the ship canal, you can see the Taagborg at anchor just beyond, waiting to load wheat at CHS in Superior.

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.