Coal to Nova Scotia

The Atlantic Huron departed Duluth today (May 7, 2016) with 33,000 tons of coal she will deliver to Sydney, Nova Scotia (right center on Google Earth map, below). Click here for her ship page to see another image of her departure and to hear her whistle as she went under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.

Wow, I hope that thing stops…

The Atlantic Huron is pictured making the turn into the Duluth harbor after coming in from the anchorage off the Duluth piers on Saturday afternoon to replace the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. at the Midwest Energy coal dock. People were turning their attention from the boat to the bridge, standing under it and watching it slowly come down on their head. There were a few more people under the bridge on Saturday since it started to rain as the Atlantic Huron arrived. As usual, the bridge stopped before hitting anybody. Early this morning, the ship was expected to depart with its cargo of coal, taking it to Nova Scotia Power in Sydney, Nova Scotia, a port on the Atlantic Ocean. Photo taken on July 25, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-26-2009

Atlantic Huron in January departure

Friday was a very busy day in the port, especially if you include those boats and crews that were waiting in line to load coal. As often happens, the day after a busy day sees more departures than usual as the line got shorter and the boats loaded coal. Today, we have four boats departing, three of them after waiting on Friday to load and the Quebecois that arrived yesterday to load iron ore pellets. There have not been many lines to load iron ore pellets this year although most days this coming week, at least one boat will be here to load iron ore pellets. The Atlantic Huron, pictured here coming through the Duluth ship canal this past January, will be loading coal today to take to Nova Scotia Power in Sydney, Nova Scotia, a port on the Atlantic Ocean. Photo taken on January 01, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-25-2009

Atlantic Huron arrives Duluth passing the Rear Range Light

The Alder left for Thunder Bay around 11:30 Monday morning. Shortly after that, the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin left for Nanticoke, leaving the CN dock free for the Atlantic Huron. It had been waiting at anchor before coming in around 12:30 Monday afternoon (above). The CSL Niagara was set to arrive today for iron ore pellets, but that might be canceled. If so, the two remaining arrivals are the Edwin H. Gott and the Edgar B. Speer. They are both moving very slowly in the vicinity of the Lansing Shoal Light in northern Lake Michigan, just below the Soo. As of Monday evening, the cutter Katmai Bay was on the way to help out. The Gott and Speer were due here Wednesday afternoon and could still make it. Photo taken on January 12, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-13-2009

Atlantic Huron departs Duluth for Thunder Bay

The Atlantic Huron came into port at 4:37 on Thursday morning, the first boat of the new year, but only one of the last boats of the current season. Usually the last boat goes under the Bridge around January 20th. Ice conditions may bring us an earlier close this season. The name Atlantic Huron reflects its dual capabilities of working in the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, although on this trip it only took coal to Thunder Bay, leaving Thursday afternoon at 3:02 (above). Photo taken on January 01, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-02-2009

Atlantic Huron here, then Nova Scotia

The Atlantic Huron came into port on Friday morning (above) to load coal for Nova Scotia. No US flagged vessels that we see here on any regular basis get out to the Atlantic Ocean and obviously, all the salt water ships we see here do. Some Canadian vessels load cargo here on an irregular basis that they take to Atlantic Ocean ports, as the Atlantic Huron is doing. The name of the ship reflects its dual capabilities of working in the Great Lakes and also the Atlantic Ocean. Today, 2 salt water ships, the Beluga Enterprise and the BBC Plata will be here; the Enterprise bringing wind turbine parts and the Plata loading grain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-30-2008

Coal from Duluth to Nova Scotia

The Atlantic Huron arrived this morning around 9:30 to load coal for Nova Scotia, a trip that will take her into the Atlantic. She started life in 1984 as the Prairie Harvest and became the Atlantic Huron in 1989. She lost that name to become the Melvin H. Baker in 1994. In 1998, she again assumed her current name. As her name suggests, she can sail both on the Great Lakes and the oceans. Earlier in her career, she took cargo to oil platforms off the coast of Newfoundland.

Atlantic Huron arrives Duluth harbor

There was not much movement in the harbor yesterday. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. approached the Duluth piers and decided to drop anchor in the outer anchorage and wait for the storm, particularly the wind from the North, to pass. At 8:10 Sunday morning, the Mesabi Miner went out in the Lake after loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior, also the destination of the McCarthy. The Miner decided to drop anchor also. Both were there on Sunday evening. Presumably, the McCarthy came in last night and has been loading coal. It is about a 9 hour process. Two more boats will be here today to load coal; the Canadian flagged Algolake and Canadian Enterprise. The Atlantic Huron is expected here today to load taconite. Above, it is arriving on January 1st, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-24-2007

Atlantic Huron in the Twin Ports harbor

The Atlantic Huron will be here today for the 5th time this season. It usually loads taconite from either the CN Dock in West Duluth, as today, or at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior, although in August, it was here to load coal. In November last year, it loaded grain on one of its 3 trips. When built in 1984, it was called the Prairie Harvest. In 1989, it became the Atlantic Huron. From 1994 until 1998, it sailed as the Melvin H. Baker. It again received it current name in 1998. The name reflects the boat’s ability to venture out into the Atlantic Ocean, a place most lake boats never visit. Above, the Atlantic Huron enters the Duluth ship canal in June of 2003 with a load of limestone. When that cargo was discharged, the boat went over to the Burlington Northern dock to load taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-01-2007

Atlantic Huron travels entire Seaway

The Atlantic Huron was here on March 31st and again 8 days later. It has not been back until today when it will arrive to load 28,000 tons of coal. The Atlantic Huron was built in 1984 with salt water capability as its name reflects. When it departs, either late today or early Wednesday morning, it will carry that cargo of coal the entire length of the St. Lawrence Seaway System (Duluth being the western most extension), out the St. Lawrence River to the ocean port of Belledune in New Brunswick, Canada, just northeast of Maine.When built, it was called the Prairie Harvest. The present name came in 1989. It sailed as the Melvin H. Baker from 1994 until 1998 when it again became the Atlantic Huron.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-29-2006

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin & Atlantic Huron working together

We should have two visitors from Canada Steamship Lines today, which is always interesting. Many of their boats, including the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, are remakes combining sections of old boats with entirely new sections. That also is a chance to repaint the boats, in the case of Canada Steamship Lines, usually bright red. The Atlantic Huron is a lake freighter with the added capability of working in the ocean, in this case, up the Canadian east coast off Newfoundland. At the end of the 2004-05 shipping season, in January, 2005, both boats were here for a very unusual cargo transfer. The Atlantic Huron (above left) was in a hurry to get off Lake Superior, so as soon as it entered the Duluth harbor, it came along side the Martin (above right), at the Port Authority, so the Martin could transfer its just loaded taconite cargo to the Atlantic Huron, allowing it to turn around and head for the Soo Locks. The Martin then went back to fill its cargo holds a second time in the same visit.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/7/2006