Duluth comings and goings

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.

Traffic jam on Helberg Drive


The Buffalo, in and out in a day

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.

The Buffalo blows her horn


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.

Buffalo enters Duluth under Lift Bridge

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

Buffalo arrives on a beautiful Duluth day

People in buggies and bikes were down at the ship canal on Friday to watch the boats come under the bridge. Commercial shipping had the bridge back while the 3 tall ships were at the DECC. The Buffalo came in late in the afternoon (above) to pick up a load of coal for Silver Bay. There are 3 salt water ships in port to start the new month off. The Daniella is discharging equipment for oil sands projects in Alberta, the BBC Maine is here waiting to discharge wind turbine pieces and the Marneborg is here, or departed early this morning, with beet pulp pellets. Photo taken on August 01, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-02-2008

Buffalo under the Aerial Lift Bridge

Yesterday, I listed 38 ports the Buffalo has visited this season. I talked to the first mate on the boat to ask why they went to so many different places. He said there was no particular reason. If they are in the neighborhood, and a cargo needs to be picked up, they take it. The Buffalo is known as a river boat; it is small enough to get to docks that are up river from Great Lakes ports, particularly the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. Many of the 38 ports could not handle a Great Lakes 1,000 footer. I asked him what time they would be arriving in Duluth last night, and he told me the Duluth trip was canceled; Silver Bay had a taconite cargo for Cleveland and the Buffalo was in the neighborhood. Photo taken December 21, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-06-2006

Icy Buffalo

The Buffalo will be here today. It is a well traveled boat, stopping at these Great Lakes ports this season before finally getting to Duluth on December 21st: Toledo, Harbor Beacon, Port Gypsum, Lorain, Zug Island, Waukegan, South Chicago, Stoneport, River Rouge, Calcite, Muskegon, Alpena, Green Bay, Sandusky, Ludington, St. Joseph, Fairport, Holland, Milwaukee, Manistee, Port Dolomite, Bay City, Conneaut, Burns Harbor, Ashtabula, Windsor, Erie, Saginaw, Cleveland, Nanticoke, Charlevoix, Marblehead, Escanaba, Harbor Beacon, Ferysburg, Benton Harbor, Silver Bay and finally Duluth. They must like Duluth since they are back today. (If you don’t know what state or province these cities are in, it is probably Michigan.)
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-05-2006