The Olympic Mentor sat at anchor off the Duluth piers …

… between the Calliroë Patronicola (left) and the Rebecca (right) as the week before Thanksgiving began in Duluth Minnesota. The Olympic Mentor is waiting to load barley for Tunisia at both the Gavilon (formerly Peavey) and CHS2 (formerly Harvest States) terminals in the harbor. The Calliroe Patronicola is waiting to load durum wheat for Italy at CHS1 and the Rebecca is waiting to load durum wheat for Tunisia at CHS1.  The Federal Elbe is loading grain at Riverland (formerly Cargill) today. Seven more salt water ships are expected here by November 21st.

The Gales of November, inside and out

The LSMMA was holding their annual Gales of November get-together inside the DECC, while a gale of November 13th was blowing just outside the door. Here, with winds as high as 45 mph, the  Calliroë Patronicola, on the left, and her sister ship Olympic Mentor, sit quietly off the Duluth piers waiting to come in and load grain. Inside the DECC, one of the presentations was about another Greek ship, the Socrates, and the trouble she had off the Duluth piers in the middle 80’s. Watch our live web cam, now showing on the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, waiting to see if the waves touch the bottom of the bridge. Sorry for the ugly commercial at the start; i have no control over it.

Calliroë Patronicola

The Greek-flagged Calliroë Patronicola should arrive early this morning. She is named for a lady in her nineties, still alive two years ago when the ship was last here. Ms Patronicola is the sister of Aristotle Onassis, the Greek shipping magnate. He is more famous here for marrying Jackie Kennedy and making her Jackie Kennedy Onassis. The ship is owned by a foundation closely related to the Onassis family. Photo taken August 23, 2000.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-13-2004