Looking through the Aerial Bridge at night

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Last night, Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at about 10:15, I saw two ships at anchor as I looked through the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. I think the Atlantic Erie is to the left, and the Pochard to the right. The Atlantic Erie is waiting to load coal at Midwest Energy; the Pochard is waiting to load grain at CHS. The Atlantic Huron is out there now (Thursday morning) as well as the Mandarin. (Let me know if you think these two ships might be other than the above; after all, it was dark out there) You can see the beginning of Bentleyville a the lower right; they have already erected the metal Christmas tree and were testing some lights last night. Remember, it is exactly 2 months before Christmas. Click here to see more pages featuring the Aerial Lift Bridge.

Two Canadian boats arrive in Duluth

Atlantic Erie arrived Duluth to load coal; passes the Canadian Navigator on the way
On Sunday night, June 5th, 2011, the Atlantic Erie (above) came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and made her turn up the Duluth inner harbor to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior. She is loading 30,000 tons of coal for Belledune, New Brunswick, a port on the Atlantic Ocean. She is about to pass the Algoma Navigator, (below), formerly known as the Canadian Navigator. She actually arrived 11 minutes earlier. The Navigator was on her way to Burlington Northern in Superior to load iron ore pellets.
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Recently, Algoma Central purchased the fleet of the Upper Lakes Group Inc.  Most of those boats have been renamed, as with the Navigator. To my knowledge, this is the first trip to the Twin Ports by one of their new vessels that has the new name on the boat.

Atlantic Erie under the Aerial Lift Bridge

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Salt water ships arriving in Duluth by definition came from the other end of the St. Lawrence Seaway system where the St. Lawrence River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Those ships continue across the Atlantic to ports in Europe and Africa. Some go south to Venezuela. Very few US flagged vessels get to the ocean. Several Canadian flagged boats have recently loaded cargo here for ports on the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Erie will be here today to load coal for Nova Scotia Power in Sydney, Nova Scotia, a port on the Atlantic Ocean. The boat is named for both an ocean and a lake, reflecting the vessel’s dual capabilities. It is seen above coming under the Lift Bridge in early April when it also loaded coal for Nova Scotia Power. Photo taken on April 11, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-09-2009

Atlantic Erie to load coal for Nova Scotia

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As of Saturday evening, the race for first ship was down to the Federal Welland and the Medemborg. The Medemborg is a Wagenborg ship, usually smaller (441 feet) and faster than the typical salt water ship. The Federal Welland is 629 feet long. Both are expected sometime around noon, today. Last night, the Atlantic Erie arrived at 6:30 to load coal for Nova Scotia Power in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Sydney sits at the northern end of Nova Scotia, between the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-12-2009

Atlantic Erie departing Twin Ports

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In past years, the Atlantic Erie has come to the Twin Ports around 4 or 5 times a year. It will be here today for only the second time this season, although it will load the same cargo, coal, for the same destination, Nova Scotia Power in Sydney, Nova Scotia, as it did when it was here in June. The name reflects the vessel’s ability to work both in the Great Lakes and on the ocean. Unlike most lakers that come to Duluth, this vessel has been to places such as Spain and Holland, among many other international ports. Above, it is approaching the Lift Bridge from the Duluth harbor in August, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-18-2008

Atlantic Erie goes through ice with grain

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There should be 4 boats arriving today to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Three of the boats are US flagged 1,000-footers taking coal to 3 different ports. When they are through, the Canadian Transport will move in although it may drop anchor off the Duluth piers until the big guys get done. The 3 thousand footers, the James R. Barker, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and the Paul R. Tregurtha will be taking coal to Taconite Harbor, Nanticoke and Detroit respectively. The Canadian Transport will take coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Above, the Atlantic Erie departed Duluth late Thursday afternoon with grain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-20-2007

Atlantic Erie departing Duluth

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The Canadian flagged Atlantic Erie is making its fourth appearance this year, loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. It loaded grain on the first visit, in April, but has switched to loading coal on the last 3 visits. Last year, it was here 5 times, loading taconite on each visit. The name reflects the vessel’s ability to work both in the Great Lakes and on the ocean. Unlike most Lakers that come to Duluth, this vessel has been to places such as Spain, Holland and many other international ports, all accessible only by ocean going vessels.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-27-2005