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