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