Canadian Enterprise Christmas

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Christmas Day was a time of waiting for shipping traffic in the Twin Ports. But that is not all bad. In fact, it is pretty good since Christmas Day on a laker means a very nice dinner. That is the Canadian Enterprise above, just to the right of the North Pier light, barely visible in the Christmas morning mist. The overcast did not stop the crew on the boat from enjoying a dinner of turkey and prime rib. Further out in the lake, on the Algolake, prime rib with Yorkshire pudding and chicken Cordon Bleu were the main attraction. Abundant appetizers and desserts surrounded the plate on both boats. At 11 last night, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was set to start loading coal at Midwest Energy, there is a waiting line after that. Photo taken on December 25, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-26-2007

Canadian Enterprise, lighthouse, bridge

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Day one of the Aerial Bridge check up has completed. Two boats made it under the bridge before it closed to ship traffic yesterday. The Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 6:20 in the morning and the American Spirit came in at 6:35. The Duluth entry should see only two boats today, both coming after the bridge inspection is completed. The Great Lakes Trader and the Joseph L. Block should both be arriving around dinner time today. Only one normal Duluth customer should be departing Superior: that would be the Canadian Enterprise. It almost always loads coal here but today it will load grain. Above, it is coming in under the Lift Bridge in January, 2003. The Beluga Elegance was here in late August with wind turbine parts but will be back today to also load grain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-12-2007

Canadian Enterprise in the shipping canal

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Above, the Canadian Enterprise is coming under the Lift Bridge in October, 2005. It was also expected to come under the bridge earlier this morning and should be departing this morning. As above, the boat will be loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to take to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Canadian vessels are regular visitors to the busy coal dock. The Enterprise was built in 1979 along with a sister ship, the Canadian Transport. Both boats are often at Midwest to load coal for Nanticoke.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-08-2007

Canadian Enterprise arriving Duluth

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The Gales of November came a little early on Monday. As anyone who was close by Lake Superior yesterday knows, there was a big blow on the lake, as a crew member on the J.A.W. Iglehart described it to me on Sunday evening. Gusts up to 40 mph were reached, all from the east. Today, the winds will be just as fierce but from the west. I am not sure what that might do to ship traffic. The Monday line up at Midwest Energy Resources to load coal has spread out a little. The Indiana Harbor made it in yesterday to get coal and the John B. Aird should have arrived late last night, weather permitting as we must say at all times. The Canadian Enterprise should be here today. Above, it is entering the Duluth ship canal last June.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-31-2006

Canadian Enterprise nears Aerial Lift Bridge and geese

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It is a coal day in Duluth. The James R. Barker, Algolake and Canadian Enterprise will be coming in to load it, the American Mariner, Barker and perhaps the Algolake will be departing Duluth with it later in the day. Meanwhile the BBC India will be slowly making the transition from a heavy cargo ship (wind turbine parts) to a grain ship as it will load grain before departing Duluth. Above, the Canadian Enterprise arrives Duluth last October to load coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-06-2006

Canadian Enterprise comes in for coal

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The Canadian Enterprise is due here today to load low sulfur western coal at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior. The Enterprise was built in 1979, along with a sister ship, the Canadian Transport, to do just that. They still work that trade, taking coal loaded at Midwest Energy to Ontario Power in Nanticoke. The Canadian Transport will be here later this week to take her turn. Above, the Enterprise comes under the Aerial Lift Bridge on January 8, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-29-2006