Arthur M. Anderson arriving Duluth

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The Borkum is coming to Duluth today to load spring wheat. The ship was built in 1994 as the Erna Oldendorff but never came to Duluth under that name. The Borkum is 485 feet long. The Rebecca may depart the Twin Ports with spring wheat for Malta. A 3rd salt water ship, the Clipper Falcon, may also depart here after loading grain. The Canadian flagged Algocape will likely continue loading grain here until Tuesday. The Arthur M. Anderson will be here with limestone to discharge before heading over to Two Harbors to load taconite. Above, it is arriving Duluth in October, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-02-2006

And the Anderson also

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The Arthur M. Anderson arrived Duluth on Sunday with a load of limestone and some heavy accompaniment from John Lee Hooker Jr. and his band. Duluth will be much quieter when the Anderson departs today with taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-15-2005

Arthur M. Anderson visits Twin Ports

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This shipping season started slow but by the end of July, we recorded 502 ship arrivals in Duluth Superior for this shipping season. Last year, on July 31, we only had 490 visits to our two ports. The Arthur M. Anderson was visit number 502 on July 31st. It brought limestone from Calcite, Michigan and then loaded taconite for Detroit. Photo taken July 17, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-10-2005

Arthur M. Anderson

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The Arthur M. Anderson is here today discharging limestone. After that, it will depart light for Two Harbors and load taconite for Conneaut, Ohio. The Anderson is best known for trailing the Edmund Fitzgerald when the Fitzgerald went down near Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-13-2005

Anderson here with limestone

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The Arthur M. Anderson will be here today with a cargo of limestone. After it completes discharging that cargo at two different docks, it will depart light for Two Harbors. The Anderson is best known for trailing the Edmund Fitzgerald when the Fitzgerald went down near Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-15-2005

Fresh paint for the Arthur M. Anderson

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The newly painted Arthur M. Anderson departed Duluth with a new coat of paint on March 25th (above). After taking taconite from Two Harbors to Conneaut, Ohio, and making a couple trips to ports in the lower lakes, it will be returning to Duluth today with a load of limestone.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/8/2005

Anderson finally gets new paint

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The best looking boat of the year should be departing Duluth today. The Arthur M. Anderson had 53 years of paint removed this winter and has a brand new paint job. Since it is loading at Two Harbors, it should depart Duluth with nothing but new paint on the hull of the boat. It will never again look this good.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-24-2005

Anderson in the 2003 ice

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Above, the Arthur M. Anderson was caught in a harbor full of ice on April 5th, 2003 as it was trying to depart the Duluth entry. With ice-breaking help from the Sundew, it was able to depart the Superior entry about 8 hours later. The Anderson comes in today for winter layup with better possibilities for movement, despite the very cold weather.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-15-2005

Anderson always welcomed

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Making its 5th trip here this year, the Arthur M. Anderson will discharge limestone at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. When completed, it will go to Two Harbors to load taconite for steel mills on the lower Great Lakes. The Anderson is best known as the ship that trailed the Edmund Fitzgerald when the Fitzgerald went down near Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975. Photo taken July 17, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-06-2004

Anderson enters Duluth canal

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The Arthur M. Anderson was built in 1952 by the American Shipbuilding Company at Lorain, Ohio, lengthened by 120 feet at the Fraser Shipyard in Superior in 1975 and converted to a self-unloader in 1982 when a 250-foot self-unloading boom was added to the deck.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-27-2004

Anderson a favorite sight

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The Arthur M. Anderson was named for a director of U.S. Steel in 1952. It is best known as the boat that trailed the Edmund Fitzgerald when the Fitzgerald went down near Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-20-2004

2003, another spring to remember

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March 20, 2003: the Mackinaw (below) arrives Duluth.
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March 24, 2003: the Edgar B. Speer (below), Edwin H. Gott, and Roger Blough depart Duluth
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March 29, 2003: The Frontenac is our first arrival of the year.
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April 1, 2003: The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. (not pictured) departed Duluth, the last commercial traffic until she did it again on April 21
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April 3, 2003: The Indiana Harbor tried 9 times to get through ship canal (above) but could not. She left her mark on the ice however (below)
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April 5, 2003:
The task for the day was to help the Arthur M. Anderson and the Indiana Harbor depart using either the Duluth or Superior entry. We started the day, on the Sundew, breaking ice around the Arthur M. Anderson (below, center) in the Duluth harbor. 230405-2--004Captain Michael Gapczynski was trying to take his boat through the ice and out the Duluth entry. After making about four ice-breaking circles around the boat, word came to the Sundew from the Canadian ice breaker Samuel Risley that the ice beyond the Duluth piers would not budge. The Anderson returned to her dock.We headed straight for the Superior entry where we would join the Risley, now out beyond the ice jam and heading for the Superior piers. We would use the same plan for the day but at the Superior entry instead.
230405-2--099The Sundew made slow but steady progress through the piers. Just beyond the piers, she was stopped in the ice. I thought we were stuck in the ice, but I quickly found out the word to use was stopped. Of course, it’s a good time to get stuck, I mean stopped, in the ice. A larger ice breaker was waiting to help out just beyond the ice we were stopped in. As a 230405-2--181matter of fact, I suspect that one ice breaker enjoys coming to the aid of another ice breaker stopped in the ice.We were quickly freed and with two ice breakers now in the Superior channel, Sundew Captain Beverly Havlik (center) was happy with the condition of the ice. She decided to offer the captains of the Arthur M. 230405-2--096Anderson and the still waiting to depart Indiana Harbor a chance to take a look for themselves. She called them and they accepted her invitation to board the Sundew and go for a preview ride out to the Superior entry. We turned around and proceeded to the Port Terminal where we picked up our two new passengers.
230405-2--134It was a nice ride out to the Superior entry. Both Captains shared some really good sea stories. Every Captain on the Great Lakes I am sure has many stories to tell of bad times dealing with ice in the Great Lakes.T230405-2--146he story today was about to reach its conclusion. Both Gapczynski and Bill Millar, captain on the Indiana Harbor, decided they should go ahead. We took them back to their boats and returned to the channel to wait for them.
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The Anderson, though smaller, went first since her bow was angled. That gave her a better chance to move through the ice field. And, by now, I suspect the Indiana Harbor was not too interested in blazing new trails.
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Both boats made it out just fine, with the Sundew sitting off to the side, ready to help, but not needed this time. It was early evening, and at least for me, time to go home
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Wednesday evening, April 9, 2003. The Sundew is still breaking ice in front of the Duluth ship canal while the rest of us enjoy spring. Below, you can still see the ridge made by the Indiana Harbor during her futile attempts to escape Duluth last week.The crew of the Sundew parked in the ice and spent Wednesday night on the boat. They were back breaking ice at 6 am Thursday morning. Some of the ice boulders they are breaking off are up to 15 feet high. Like ice bergs, only 1/3 of it is above water. Sometimes a boulder (the size of a small bus) breaks away from a heavier sheet and it pops up quite quickly and dramatically, reaching its own new position of 1/3 above and 2/3rds below water level. The Sundew returned to her dock around 6:30 pm. She will be out again, Friday morning. Below:  The McCarthy finally departed Duluth on April 21st; she was the last traffic to move through the Duluth ship canal since she left on April 1, 20 days earlier, before the East wind attacked us.
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