McCarthy arrives Duluth under Aerial Lift Bridge

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The American Integrity is expected here at first light today to load coal at the Midwest Energy coal dock in Superior. The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. is expected in the early afternoon, also here to load coal. Each boat will take about 64,000 tons of coal to Detroit Edison with the American Integrity going to the power plant at St. Clair. The McCarthy will split its load between St. Clair and the Detroit Edison power plant in Monroe, Michigan. Because the McCarthy will have to wait for the American Integrity to finish, it may drop anchor outside the piers or come in to wait at the Port Authority. It is pictured coming under the Lift Bridge on May 11 this year. Photo taken on May 11, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-17-2009

McCarthy goes unnoticed by many

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The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. came in for some repairs on Thursday before it could move over to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load coal. That done, the thousand footer went under the Lift Bridge about 12:30 on Saturday afternoon (pictured), in time to be ignored by many who, even though they had run 26 miles to get to the Marine Museum in Canal Park, had more important things to do than watch a boat, as in recover, sit, and rest, maybe even eat a snack or better yet, drink something. Photo taken on June 20, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-21-2009

McCarthy sails under Aerial Lift Bridge

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The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. arrived last night (above) on its 7th trip of the season to the Twin Ports. It is here to load coal; on this trip, taking it to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was here 28 times last season. The Cason J. Callaway has been loading limestone in Calcite, Michigan and is due here today with that cargo. It will then go to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets for Conneaut. Photo taken on May 12, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-13-2009

Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departing Duluth

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The tug Sea Robin is expected in port today with a cargo of calcium chloride on a barge named Hugh. This is the first visit to the Twin Ports for the Sea Robin, a tug that is more often found in San Francisco and other west coast ports. It loaded the liquid cargo at a Dow Chemical facility in Ludington, Michigan. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. probably departed the port earlier this morning with a cargo of coal for Nanticoke, Ontario. It is seen above approaching the Lift Bridge in September, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-05-2009

McCarthy Jr. enters harbor under Aerial Lift Bridge

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The season’s last salt water ship, the Beluga Revolution, departed the port on Friday evening. That means no more wind turbines or grain. Coal and iron ore pellets will make up most of the cargo that will be departing the port for the rest of the season, which will probably continue until January 20th or so. The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. will be here today to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. Above, it is seen coming into port in May of this year. Photo taken on May 23, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-22-2008

Walter J. taking away some Twin Ports ice

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The picture above of the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. was taken last December 10th as the big thousand footer was turning toward the Lift Bridge on the way down the lake with another load of coal. You will notice it is taking along some extra weight that we should soon be seeing more of. The McCarthy will be back today for the 25th trip this season, but will load a rare iron ore cargo for a steel mill in Nanticoke that used to be called Stelco Inc. United States Steel Corporation purchased Stelco on August 27th, 2007 and renamed the new division U. S. Steel Canada. Photo taken on December 10, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-25-2008