|The Buffalo arrived Duluth at 11:23 on Tuesday evening, September 8, 2015. Above, she departed under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge the next morning at 11:00. Below, she is turning in the harbor toward the bridge, on her way to Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets. She will take some of the pellets to the Cleveland Bulk Terminal located at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. They will then move up the river to the Mittal steel plant to discharge the remainder.|
|Despite the Maltese flag, the Pilica (above and below) is owned by the Polish Steamship Company. She was built in Poland in 1999 and usually carries a Polish crew. She is loading grain at Riverland Ag (formerly Cargill) on this her 13th visit to the Twin Ports (arriving on September 7th). Time flies when you are getting old; I remember boarding the ship on May 23rd, 2000 when she had just been built and was making her first trip to the St. Lawrence Seaway. Fifteen years ago, it was a thrill to see such a brand new ship. Today, it is fun to welcome her as a seasoned veteran of the Duluth Superior grain trade.|
|Below, the American Century arrived Duluth on Tuesday evening, September 8, 2015 to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Just above, she departed the next morning with 68,000 tons of low sulfur coal she will deliver to the St. Clair electrical generation plant of Detroit Edison.|
|The Buffalo arrived in Duluth this morning (April 30, 2012) with a cargo of limestone she loaded in Calcite, Michigan around April 28th. After discharging that, she departed the Twin Ports light (above) for Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets for the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River.|
Despite her preference for warm weather in the winter and a questionable love of a particular football team, we all love Jill, seen here watching her favorite boat, the Buffalo, go by in August, 2010. The Buffalo passed by my window today (Friday, October 28, 2011) but it was so cold out there that I couldn’t bear to get out of my chair and go outside to take a ‘fresh’ picture. I was able to open my window a crack so I could hear her wonderful whistle. Click here and you can too.
|The Buffalo should be arriving in the Twin Ports around first light this morning. It will be only the 8th visit here since 1996 but the third visit here since August 1 last month. When it comes up to Lake Superior, it almost always loads iron ore pellets at Silver Bay that it takes to Mittal Steel on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. Occasionally, as today and on its last trip earlier this month, it brings limestone here to discharge and then goes to Silver Bay to load taconite. When not on that run, it stops at many other, smaller ports on the lower lakes moving a variety of cargo.|
|*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-20-2008|