Two large cargos of coal leaving Duluth

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The Paul R. Trugurtha departed Duluth at 2:40 in the afternoon of November 10, 2017. She will take 38,000 tons of coal to Detroit Edison’s power plant at St. Clair and 30,000 tons to their Monroe plant. A little later, the American Integrity arrived to take her place loading coal at Midwest Energy. She will load 68,000 tons for the St. Clair plant.
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American Integrity arrives for coal

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No roses yet but I like to go over to the Rose Garden once in a while to get another angle on our ship traffic. This was the American Integrity arriving this morning (May 5, 2017) to load 68,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources. This is her 4th trip to Duluth this season; she made 31 trips here last season. She loaded coal on her 1st three trips this year; taking 2 cargos to Presque Isle, Michigan and one to Detroit Edison, as she will do today.

Old year and Happy New year

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I am not a big fan of the ‘Christmas tree’ you see in the middle of the picture above rising up in front of the Frontenac as she came into port on Saturday morning, December 31, 2016. The lights are out at Bentleyville for another year, and soon, I hope, the tree will be gone. By then most of the vessel traffic will be over, but I will patiently wait for the new season, when the leaves will return to the trees, the branches of which are now visible framing my picture. But I am not complaining.  Below, is an unobstructed view of the Frontenac but by then, the sun was not a big help to my picture, but I am not complaining. Most should be so lucky to have Christmas trees, leaves and the sun to worry about.
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The Frontenac was here to load iron ore pellets at the CN in West Duluth. She departed, this morning at 5:00 (above). Below, the Whitefish Bay departed the port this morning, January 1, 2017, after discharging a cargo of salt at the Hallett #8 dock in Superior. I think she left here on her way to load iron ore pellets at the BN.
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With the Western end of Lake Superior available for parking this afternoon, the Paul R. Tregurtha sat just behind the American Integrity above, at the right, and below, a little closer. They were I think both waiting to load iron ore pellets at Two Harbors. But it is dark outside and AIS is still recovering  from New Years Eve, as I guess are all my usual sources. So I will go home and watch the last football game of the regular season.2017-0101-0603

American Integrity replaced by the Herbert C. Jackson.

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Above, the American Integrity departed Duluth today (December 22, 2016) at 1:30 in the afternoon with 68,000 tons of coal loaded at Midwest Energy Resources. She will deliver a split load to Detroit Edison power plants at Monroe and St. Clair. This was her 31st trip to the Twin Ports this season; she made 30 trips last year.
The Herbert C. Jackson came in this morning at 10:56 and is seen below getting fuel at Calumet before taking the American Integrity’s place at Midwest Energy. She will load 16,000 tons of coal to take to Trenton, Michigan for the Trenton Channel Power Plant operated by Detroit Edison. The Jackson had her steam engine replaced with a new, energy-efficient diesel engine at Fraser Shipyards in Superior over the winter and departed the shipyard on September of this year. This is only her 4th trip here this season.
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4 Boats in Duluth harbor

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Three Rivers, the ship sitting in front of the James R. Barker at the Port Terminal Dock above, arrived Duluth on August 24th to load grain at Riverland Ag. After a partial load, she was moved to the Port Authority dock. The Algoma Harvester is expected in port this evening to load grain at Riverland Ag. When she completes loading, it is expected that Three Rivers will return there to complete her load. After loading coal at Midwest Energy, the American Integrity departed this morning at 7:30. She evidently encountered a problem and returned to Duluth at 9:12 this morning. Presumably the problem has been resolved and we see her below, departing again, this time around 2 pm. With better luck this time, she will take 68,000 tons of coal in a split load to the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison and then moving to the Monroe plant of the same company. The Barker is now loading coal at Midwest Energy. She will take 36,000 tons to the St. Clair plant for Detroit Edison and then drop 32,000 at Monroe.
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This trip for the American Integrity was her 22nd of the season; it is the first trip this season for Three Rivers; she was here once last season.  The Lee A. Tregurtha was in town for only her second visit this season. She was here 15 times last season. As she often does, she brought a limestone cargo in and then loaded iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth.
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Kayla’s picture

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My friend Kayla Currens, from Rockford, Illinois, took this picture of the American Integrity this morning (August 1, 2015) as she came into town to load 66,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison’s power plant in St. Clair. It is the boat’s 15th trip to the Twin Ports this season; she made 22 visits last season.
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Boats in all directions

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Looking out into Lake Superior in an early morning on a soon to be hot July 26th, 2015, visitors are out to catch a glimpse of the American Integrity coming in through the fog to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. Turning around, we see the Algowood just moving away from the dock at North American Salt. She arrived at 10:54 Saturday evening and deposited the 3 large piles of salt you see in the center during the night. To the right of the salt, there is evidence of the new hotel, resort and boat watching paradise, Pier B Resort, as you can read, opening up in less than a year.
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Just across the St. Louis River from Duluth

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The Federal Mayumi came into port Saturday evening, April 24th, 2015 and is now at CHS (above) in Superior loading wheat for Italy. This is her first trip to the Twin Ports. The American Integrity was loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources, just up the river from CHS. She departed late this morning with 66,000 tons of coal for the Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan.

One finally out, four expected Friday

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The Whitefish Bay ice pack, assaulted by many Canadian and US Coast Guard vessels, and undoubtedly helped by warmer temperatures, broke up, and freed the vessels stopped in the ice for many days. Unfortunately, the downbound vessels have a long waiting line to get through the Soo Locks. Meanwhile the American Integrity finally departed Duluth this afternoon (April 9, 2015), the first departure from the Twin Ports in 4 days.

First movement of the season

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Above, the John G. Munson is backing out from Howard’s Pocket and her winter berth, while the Heritage Marine tug Nels J. moves ahead of her. They are both headed for the Calumet Fuel Dock. The Munson to fuel before going to CN Duluth to load iron ore pellets for Gary  and the Nels J. to make sure the ice did not cause any problems (and it did not). Just below, the Munson eases by the winter berth of the American Integrity.
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American Integrity in for winter layup

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The American Integrity was the first of 6 vessels coming here for winter layup. She arrived this morning, January 7, 2015 around 11:30.

Winter layup, Duluth Superior, January, 2015

Location Vessel Arrival Date Carrier
Port Terminal Berth 1 Edwin H. Gott Canceled for Twin Ports GLF/ Key Lakes
Port Terminal Berth 6 American Integrity 1/7/2015 American Steamship
       
Midwest Energy Mesabi Miner 1/19/2015 Interlake Steamship
       
Fraser Shipyards Kaye E. Barker 1/12/2015 Interlake Steamship
Fraser Shipyards John G. Munson due 1/20/2015 GLF/ Key Lakes
       
Enbridge Dock Indiana Harbor 1/17/2015 American Steamship

American Integrity says hello

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Click below to listen to her whistle on August 15, 2014
The American Integrity arrived this morning (August 15, 2014) at 4:09 to load 66,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair and Monroe.  The American Century arrived at 1:50 this afternoon.
She will load the same amount of coal at Midwest Energy and take it to the same destinations as the American Integrity.

American Integrity in Silver Bay

Steve Anderson took this picture of the American Integrity at the dock at Silver Bay on October 27, 2011 from a unique angle at a port we don’t see so often on this page. He was nice enough to share it with me so I now share it with you.
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After making two round trips loading iron ore pellets at Two Harbors and discharging them in Zug Island, Michigan, she arrived in Duluth Superior October 26 to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior.  She left there for Silver Bay where she discharged her cargo of coal (above) on October 27th. From there, she went back to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets for Zug Island.

Big news–no fog-see boats

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The Frontenac (center) came under the Lift Bridge at 6:41 this morning (June 23, 2011) and went to the Murphy Fuel Dock to get fuel. The American Integrity (right) came under the Lift Bridge an hour and 6 minutes later. She was waiting for the Frontenac to complete before getting  fuel  herself and then going to the CN dock to load iron ore pellets. The Integrity slowed down, almost to the stop  just after moving around the turning buoy. The Mesabi Miner (left) was approaching the Lift Bridge, noticed the Integrity sitting there and called  up to determine where the two boats should be after the Miner arrived in the harbor. The Integrity gave her a choice, the Miner said, ok, how about you move over behind the Frontenac and I will pass on the left on my way to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal. And that is how the above picture came into be.

Four boats to start, more coming

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The blizzard with no snow was gone, leaving ice along the shore and Lake Superior calm again. The signal for action in the port. Around 9 this morning, 4 boats entered the ring (the Duluth harbor). Actually, one of them was already there and was the only one still there when the other 3 had gone their separate ways. The James R. Barker (at left) was coming back from Taconite Harbor after delivering a cargo of coal; she was here to get more coal, this time for Marquette. Before she came under the Aerial Lift Bridge, the American Integrity came away from her winter dock in Superior and entered the harbor at the  south end, did a 180 and and pulled up to Murphy Fuel for gas (her stern can be seen on the right side of the picture) In front of her and just barely seen was the John G. Munson, still staying at her winter layup position for a few more days. With all this excitement, the Roger Blough decided to leave us too. Her bow is seen in the middle of the picture as she moved out into the harbor. Below, 20 minutes later she made the turn toward the bridge.
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American Integrity departs Duluth with …

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… 64,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair and Monroe, Michigan this morning (November 3, 2010). She (American Integrity) is expected back around November 11 to load more coal. That will be her 27th trip to the Twin Port of Duluth Superior this season.

Three boats for winter

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At the far left, the John G. Munson sits at her winter rest. On the right side, the American Integrity is docked at Berth D and on her right, the American Century sits at Berth C, all at the Port Terminal.

American Integrity gets in line for coal

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This has been and undoubtedly will continue to be a slow season, at least starting out. But that is not obvious in the Twin Ports this weekend. The American Integrity came in on Saturday morning for coal (above) but had to wait on the American Century and the John D. Leitch to complete loading their cargos of coal. The James R. Barker was expected to come in from anchor earlier this morning after the Integrity departed. The Canadian Transport will be here to load coal, as will the largest boat on the Great Lakes, the Paul R. Tregurtha. The CSL Niagara is also out on the lake on the way to Duluth to get coal today. Notably, the Quebecois will be departing after discharging the season’s first cargo of cement. Photo taken on May 02, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-03-2009

Three captains, one boat

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In June, 2006, Oglebay Norton sold six boats to American Steamship. In many cases, the crews moved with their boats, but jobs were lost in the consolidation. The current economic recession has kept many boats across the Great Lakes in winter layup. That keeps many of their crews at home waiting for a call. American Victory captain Mark Adamson (above right) brought his boat, formerly the Middletown when owned by Oglebay Norton, into winter layup at Fraser Shipyards on November 11th. The boat is still there but Adamson is now second mate on the American Integrity. Lance Nelson (left) had been Captain on a number of Oglebay Norton boats, including the Wolverine and the Earl W. Oglebay. He is now second mate on the American Integrity. In the middle is Captain Pat Nelson, living proof that seniority is a good thing. He was captain of the Oglebay Norton when it was owned by the company with the same name. He moved with the boat to American Steamship and became the captain on the newly named American Integrity. He still is. He and his crew of captains came into port on Friday night. I caught up with them on the deck of the boat shortly after they docked at the Murphy Fuel Dock. It is the same boat referred to on Saturday that was perpendicularly placed in the inner anchorage on Friday evening. Boats with three captains can do that. Photo taken on April 24, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-26-2009

American Integrity and American Century cross paths

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Perpendicular is not usually associated with two boats close together but on Friday evening, the American Integrity (left) and the American Century (right) both were planning to get fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock in Duluth and load coal at Midwest Energy. The American Century arrived first so it was first to the fuel dock and then first (of these two boats) to load coal. It is along side the fuel dock in the photo; the American Integrity is the perpendicular boat, actually in the inner anchorage waiting for the Century to move to Midwest. That happened around 6 p.m. Friday. The crew on the Integrity may have gone into town Friday night since it will be around 3 a.m. before they will move over to get their coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-25-2009

Why settle for one picture

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Why settle for one picture when two are better. The American Integrity came into port on her first trip of the season on Saturday afternoon, April 25th, 2009. Obviously something on board was important to them as they strained through the rain to spot something, perhaps someone.

See you next week, American Integrity

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American Integrity captain Patrick Nelson was out wishing visitors to the Duluth ship canal a Happy Thanksgiving as he departed the port yesterday with a cargo of coal for Detroit Edison. He will bring the thousand footer back next Tuesday for still another load of coal for Detroit Edison. As of now, there are only four more trips scheduled for the American Integrity before its season ends. Photo taken on November 27, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-28-2008

Oglebay Norton at Midwest Energy

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As you can see by the schedule on this page, we are going to have a big day for ship watching. Of course, we have known for a long time that 3 tall ships will be coming under the Lift Bridge today, but they are only a third, even if they are the prettiest third, of the traffic we will see today. It is a day made for digital cameras that can take lots of pictures at no cost, assuming there are enough batteries in the bag. We will have the heaviest morning traffic in a long time, the heaviest afternoon traffic and the same at night. And as usual, there will be a line to load coal. The American Integrity may go to anchor and wait. It was set to arrive about the same time as the tall ships. The best place for a photo might be from the deck of the Integrity as it sits out in the lake watching the ships come in. The crew of about 18 will not have to fight for a place to stand as you can see in the picture above, taken of the boat in 2004 when it was called the Oglebay Norton.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-31-2008

American Integrity helped by tugs

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That’s the American Integrity moving behind the Great Lakes tug North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon. The Integrity was on its way to load coal at Midwest Energy. On most boats, when major projects are not going on, painting the boat is the next best thing. With a dearth of salt water traffic this year, many of which need assistance from the tugs, the men at the Great Lakes tug shop were out painting and cleaning yesterday and hoping for more salt water traffic. In another season, they hope for ice, which they can break up very well. Now they want lots of wheat, something we don’t have a lot of to sell at the moment in Minnesota. When we get more wheat, more salt water ships will come to the Twin Ports to get it and the tug guys can put their paint brushes away and help them into port.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-29-2008

American Integrity goes to Muskegon

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The American Integrity left Duluth on Monday afternoon (above) to take the first of two cargos of coal to Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan, a port half way to Chicago on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. It will be back on the 17th for the second load. Today, the Canadian flagged John D. Leitch will be making its first trip of the year to the Twin Ports, loading coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. We have not had many salt water ships so far this season but two that brought general cargo in will be leaving today, both taking a cargo with them, always a good sign since an outbound cargo means a less expensive trip to the Twin Ports.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-13-2008

American Integrity

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In June, 2006, the Oglebay Norton and 5 fleet mates from the Oglebay Norton Company in Cleveland were sold to American Steamship in Buffalo. American Steamship boats are painted black and white with red on the stack. Oglebay Norton boats were iron ore red and a cream color. Just after the sale, new names were painted on the hull of all the boats and the Oglebay Norton became the American Integrity. Last year, during the season, the outside of the pilot house on the American Integrity was painted white. This past winter, the rest of the cream color was replaced with white. The entire superstructure at the stern is now white, as is a wide strip that rings the bow. It is hard to tell in the picture above, taken yesterday as it was departing the port, but the effect is striking to anyone who has been watching boats down at the ship canal for a while.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-05-2008

American Integrity exits Twin Ports

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It is harvest time and it appears this year that will mean a lot of salt water ships in port this fall. But not today. The American Century was expected in port just after midnight to load coal. That should mean it will be departing around noon, in time to leave the Paul R. Tregurtha an open berth at Midwest Energy Resources when it comes in around 6 pm. The Cason J. Callaway should be departing with sinter sometime. Above, the American Integrity departed Duluth on Saturday afternoon. Photo taken on September 15, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-16-2007

American Integrity departing Duluth

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On September 7th, the American Integrity departed Duluth at 9:03 in the morning to take a load of coal to Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan, located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Milwaukee is just across the lake on the western shore. The boat ran aground just as it entered the harbor, in about the same place that the Indiana Harbor did the same thing a couple weeks ago. The Integrity was able to move enough coal from its holds to those of the Wilfred Sykes to move off the sand bar. It backed away and waited for the Sykes to discharge about 7,000 tons of the Integrity’s coal at the power plant. Then the lighter American Integrity successfully entered the harbor and discharged the remaining coal. It will be back from that adventure today to load coal again, this time for a Detroit Edison power plant. Above, it is departing the Duluth harbor in September last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-14-2007

Vessel has identity crisis: American Integrity / Oglebay Norton

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The American Integrity will be here today for the 21st time this year. On all of the visits, including today, it has loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Most of the time, it takes it to Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan. Detroit Edison also owns Midwest Energy Resources and receives much of the coal loaded there, but significant amounts are shipped to several ports on Lake Superior, and to Nanticoke, Ontario. Alone, the Detroit Edison Company receives about 9 million tons of coal per year through the terminal. As today, the American Integrity usually loads about 62,000 tons of the low sulfur coal brought here by train from mines in Montana and Wyoming. Above, it is arriving in Duluth in July, 2005 when it was called the Oglebay Norton. Since June of last year, it has been the American Integrity.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-03-2007

American Integrity departing Duluth as Oglebay Norton

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Today, most of the traffic has already passed under the Lift Bridge or it will do so much later in the day. The American Integrity is the exception, expected out this morning, assuming it arrived as expected last night. The boat usually loads coal but today is loading taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. The Algowood may have come and gone today by breakfast. It was expected in just after midnight to load coal. A salt water ship named the Gadwall should be arriving this evening and dropping anchor off the Duluth piers. This boat is brand new. It will load beet pulp pellets when it comes in. Above, the American Integrity is leaving Duluth in April 2004 when it was called the Oglebay Norton. The name change happened last June.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-11-2007

American Integrity from high above

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The American Integrity should be here for its 11th trip of the season. As today, it has loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior on each trip, taking it most of the time to Detroit Edison, as it will do again today. The round trip to Detroit usually takes about a week. Above, it is departing under the Lift Bridge last Thursday for Detroit so today, a week later, marks a usual turn around for the boat. It will again load coal today for Detroit Edison. The boat has also made a couple trips to Silver Bay with coal. Photo taken on May 17, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-24-2007

American Integrity here for more coal

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The American Integrity arrived Duluth on Friday, coming under the Lift Bridge around 3 in the afternoon (above). This is the 3rd trip to the Twin Ports for the 1,000 footer that used to come here as the Oglebay Norton. Since last June, when Oglebay Norton sold the boat to American Steamship, it arrives under the current name. As usual, it will be loading coal at Midwest Energy in Superior and taking it to the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison. It should have departed Duluth earlier this morning and is expected in St. Clair on Monday morning. After discharging about 62,000 tons of coal, it will leave there late Monday night to come back and do it again, arriving in the Twin Ports next Thursday morning. As usual, that schedule can be easily delayed by weather.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/14/2007

American Integrity is A-OK

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It has been a hard couple days for boat, crew and cargo on several boats doing business in the Twin Ports. The Dutch flagged Virginiaborg left Duluth on November 17th. By the time it arrived at the Soo Locks, a fire was discovered in both of the ship’s two cargo holds. It was allowed to pass through the Soo Locks and then the smoking cargo, beet pulp pellets loaded in Duluth, was removed. The Paul R. Tregurtha has been seen around here for the last several visits with a tug close by because of a malfunctioning bow thruster. Yesterday, two new blades were added to the bow thruster and the boat was back in business by 6 pm last night. When it completed, earlier this morning, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. should have followed the Tregurtha at the coal dock. A crew member on the McCarthy had to be taken off the boat by Coast Guard helicopter on Sunday after getting sick. I don’t think anything is wrong with the cargo or crew of the American Integrity also due here today. Above, it is departing Duluth on September 11th.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-22-2006

Captain says hi from American Integrity

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American Integrity Captain Patrick Nelson waves to the crowd as his boat goes under the Lift Bridge last August. At the top of his 1,000 footer, and just under the Lift Bridge, it is just as hard to see him in the picture above as it is when you are at the ship canal waving. Today will be the 35th time his boat has been here this season. On all those trips, the boat loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. It has usually taken a few cargos of taconite down to the lower lakes, but so far not this year. Today, he will take 62,000 tons of coal to Detroit Edison at St. Clair, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-01-2006

American Integrity departs to music

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The Tarbox Ramblers played on at the Bayfront Blues Festival on Friday afternoon as the American Integrity departed Duluth. The 1,000-foot-long laker had 62,000 tons of coal to deliver to Detroit Edison at St. Clair, Michigan. Today, most of the boat traffic should be over before the Festival gets going. The music will of course go on without the boats, unless some of boats are late enough to catch some sounds in the afternoon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-12-2006

American Integrity at Midwest Energy

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Three boats will be here today to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. They have 4 more on Friday, and another 3 on Saturday. So far, Sunday is a day of rest, as was yesterday. That is almost half a million tons of coal that will be shipped out of Superior in the next three days, going to Muskegon, St. Clair and Marquette in Michigan, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Nanticoke, Ontario. Above, you see the American Integrity loading coal at Midwest in September, 2004. The coal pile is obvious. One of the trains that brings coal in daily from Montana and Wyoming is on the track between the boat and the coal pile. The track encircles the coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-22-2006

Oglebay Norton is now American Integrity

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The American Integrity should have arrived in port earlier this morning. Formerly called the Oglebay Norton, it is here to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. They will load about 64,000 tons of coal and take it up to Silver Bay Power where it will be used to generate electric power. When they complete discharging that cargo, sometime later today, they will return to the Twin Ports to take on another load of coal tomorrow, this time for Detroit Edison, their usual destination. Above, the boat departed the Twin Ports in July, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-17-2006

Oglebay Norton loading coal

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It is a slow Monday in the harbor. The Federal Sakura, delayed by rain, is still at CHS 1 in Superior loading grain. The Oglebay Norton came in last night and will likely leave early this morning. The John Sherwin is still resting at a dock at Fraser Shipyards in Superior, waiting for word from the Interlake Steamship Company in Cleveland concerning its future. Above, the Oglebay Norton is loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in July, 2004. The Midwest Energy coal loader is at the left, pouring coal into one of the boat’s cargo holds while the boat’s self unloader, usually sitting on the deck, is swung out over the St. Louis River to be out of the way of the loader.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-15-2006

Merry Christmas Columbia Star

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The Columbia Star is doing double duty for Oglebay Norton (the company) when they take coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke, as they will today. There is only room for about half the length of a 1,000-footer at the dock at Nanticoke. The Columbia Star is able to tie up to a dock from its stern and amidships. The Oglebay Norton, the other 1,000 foot boat in the Oglebay Norton fleet, can only tie up to a dock from its bow and stern. Above, the Columbia Star waits in the St. Louis River to load coal on Christmas day, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-25-2005

Oglebay Norton ice

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The Oglebay Norton was here yesterday for the 46th time this season, loading coal as it has done on most every trip. This is the season when Great Lakes boats begin to look like ice bergs. The Oglebay Norton’s bow is encased in ice, and more ice will follow as the season continues into January. It is a losing battle to try to clear it since the boat spends much of its time in the icy waters of Lake Superior. This is the unavoidable result when the boat is sailing into the wind on Lake Superior. But work goes on. At left, you can see the Midwest Energy Resources ship loader getting ready to pour coal into the boat’s cargo holds. For that reason, the boat’s self unloader, center, has been raised up to make way for the ship loader.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-22-2005

Oglebay Norton takes Santa for a ride

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The Oglebay Norton arrived in port early this morning to load coal. Santa Claus is often on this boat and can usually be seen waving from the pilot house when the boat goes under the Lift Bridge. That should happen this afternoon. Patrick Nelson captains the boat and the last time I saw him, he had a long white beard. We now have a clue where Santa gets his lumps of coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-16-2005

Oglebay Norton to load coal for St Clair

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Last October 10th, the Oglebay Norton came under the Lift Bridge at 3:23 in the afternoon. The boat was greeted by people on the Maritime Museum back porch taking in the always spectacular experience of watching 1,000 feet of Great Lakes freighter slowly glide by. Then, as today, the boat is here to load low sulfur western coal, today, for Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-31-2005

Oglebay Norton visits again

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The Oglebay Norton is back from a quick trip to Silver Bay where it discharged about 62,000 tons of coal. It will load the same amount of coal today, this time for Detroit Edison in St. Clair, Michigan. The Oglebay Norton is one of our most frequent customers. This will be the boat’s 34th visit this season. It will return on the 18th of this month, again to load coal for Detroit Edison. Above, it is greeted by visitors on July 29th this past summer.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-12-2005

Oglebay Norton under the bridge

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The Oglebay Norton will be here today for the 30th time this season. As usual, it will load about 62,000 tons of coal for delivery to Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan. The namesake of the Oglebay Norton Company of Cleveland, Ohio, it is one of the oldest mining companies in the country.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-23-2005

Oglebay Norton with Canal Park visitors

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The Oglebay Norton will be here today to load about 62,000 tons of coal for delivery to Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair and Monroe, Michigan. It is the namesake of the Oglebay Norton Company of Cleveland, Ohio, one of the oldest mining companies in the country. It is one thousand feet long.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-07-2005

Oglebay Norton loads coal

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The Oglebay Norton will be here today to load coal. Last July, it was here loading coal (above) as a saltie was passing in the St. Louis River. The coal loader from Midwest Energy is on the left. The boat has moved its self unloader, usually sitting on the deck, off to the side (upper right) to make room for the coal loader.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-04-2005

Oglebay Norton will load coal

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The Canadian flagged Algoville should be waiting at anchor to load wheat next week while the Oglebay Norton (above on July 16, 2004) should be arriving this morning to load coal. It will depart the Twin Ports with that cargo on Sunday evening, taking it down to a Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan. Above, the boat’s self-unloader (right) is moved out over the St. Louis River while the ship loader (left) at Midwest Energy Resources is loading coal into the boat’s holds.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-28-2004

Oglebay Norton at Midwest Energy

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The Oglebay Norton was here last Wednesday (above) loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources for the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison. It will be back today to load coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-04-2004

Oglebay Norton in the fog

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Earlier this month, at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock, the Oglebay Norton slowly moved through a thick fog to take the place of the equally slow moving, and departing, Indiana Harbor. Photo taken July 10, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-21-2004

Oglebay Norton draws attention

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The Oglebay Norton attracted quite a crowd when it departed Duluth last Saturday evening with coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan. Today, they will load coal for the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-15-2004