Clay and limestone in; coal and iron ore pellets out

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Above, after arriving Duluth under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 8:45 this morning (June 02, 2016), the Paul R. Tregurtha stopped by the Calumet Fuel dock for fuel before going to Midwest Energy Resources to load 66,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison. In front of her, the Trudy is still discharging a cargo of clay at the Port Terminal. Just below, the Cason J. Callaway arrived Duluth at 11:25 this morning with limestone. Twenty five minutes later, she passes by the two vessels at the Port Terminal on her way to discharge her cargo at the C. Reiss Dock before moving over to the CN dock to load iron ore pellets. Ten minutes later (below), the Tregurtha moves away from the dock to make the short trip up the St. Louis River to the Midwest Energy dock.
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Callaway under the Bridge

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The Cason J. Callaway departed Duluth on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, April 11, 2015, at 2:45 with iron ore pellets loaded at the CN dock in West Duluth.

Third day of spring in Duluth …

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… March 22, 2014. The Cason J. Callaway departs Duluth. Seems like only yesterday.

Convoy here, three at a time

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Above, the Hon James L. Oberstar came in at 12:20, April 30, 2014. Right behind her was the Cason J. Callaway, and then the Thunder Bay
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Join the Callaway as she opens the 2014 season

Callaway, first departure for 2014

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Callaway getting ready to depart

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Water and Ice

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We are still looking for all ice at this end of the Lake. Below, top to bottom, the Cason J. Callaway, the Presque Isle and the St. Clair seem happy enough.
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Take a ride on the Nels J.

Callaway home for the winter

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Two Heritage Marine tugs helped the Cason J. Callaway tie up at the Port Terminal for the winter this morning (January 15, 2014). Here the Helen H. is clearing ice along the dock. I took the picture from the Nels J., also assisting the Callaway. Earlier (below), Heritage Tug owner Mike Ojard (in the boat, works with Bob Hom, on shore, as they were getting the tug off their dock in Superior.
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Below, Captain Mike Ojard runs the Helen H. along the edge of the dock, clearing ice so the Callaway can tie up close to the dock.
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The goal is to get the Callaway as close to the dock as possible. Above, the Helen H. does her part while we (the Nels J.) do the same at the bow of the Callaway.
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Callaways on the Callaway

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The Cason J. Callaway will be arriving tonight (June 18, 2013) on her 10th trip here this season. Cason J. Callaway (left) and his wife Virginia came into Duluth aboard the Callaway on July 14, 1958. With his second son “Bo” and Bo’s wife Elizabeth, just behind Cason and Virginia, they were here to celebrate the naming of the Callaway as the Flagship of the Pittsburgh Steamship Company. And as Captain of the flagship Callaway, Don Manuel, at right, became the Commodore of the fleet. Wes Harkins, then editor of Skillings Mining Review, took the picture at the Mesabi ore docks in West Duluth. He went over to the boat to interview Captain Manuel, and discovered the Callaways on board. He quickly made sure he took a picture of the group, and kept it for us to enjoy 55 years later. Thanks Wes.

Nick gets two, three times, in Two Harbors

Nick Stenstrup took the three pictures below, the first this past December and the two below that last July. He tells us what he saw below.
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On December 22, 2012, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. loaded iron ore pellets at the CN conveyor dock in Two Harbors while the John J. Boland waited on the other side. I took this picture and the two below from the Two Harbors break wall.
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On July 1, 2012, the Capt. Henry Jackman loaded iron ore pellets at the conveyor dock while the Indiana Harbor waited.
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The next day, I caught the Edwin H. Gott loading iron ore pellets at the conveyor dock while the Cason J. Callaway waited to do the same.

The Cason J. Callaway passes by the Mesabi Miner in the Duluth harbor

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At 7:15 this morning (November 25, 2011), the Cason J. Callaway (at left)  came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge with limestone as the Mesabi Miner was departing with coal for Detroit Edison.

Two boats, two whistles: Algolake and Callaway

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Late afternoon on October 21, 2011, the Algolake departed with iron ore pellets and shortly after she went under, the Cason J. Callaway departed on the same lift. Listen to each salute the bridge: first the Algolake and then the Callaway
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Callaway departed Duluth Sunday night

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Lakers damaged in Duluth-Superior harbor collision

Two lakers were damaged early Saturday morning when one hit the other in the Duluth-Superior Harbor, according to Adele Yorde, public relations manager for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. The Indiana Harbor was docked and loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources Co. and the Cason J. Callaway was loaded with iron ore and leaving the CN dock when they hit around 2 a.m., Yorde said. The Callaway was repaired at the Port Terminal and able to leave on Sunday. The Indiana Harbor is still docked in Superior where it is being repaired.
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The Indiana Harbor is currently undergoing repairs at the Lakehead Pipeline Dock in Superior and is scheduled to move over to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock to load coal on Friday, September 23rd. If that happens, she would be departing Friday evening; in other words; she will continue where she left off when she was hit by the Callaway while at the Midwest Energy dock last weekend.
Cason J. Callaway left Duluth for Gary to discharge iron ore pellets at 2342 Sunday night, September 18. She is expected to then go to Sturgeon Bay for repairs.

Cason J. Callaway brings coal

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The Cason J. Callaway came into port late Monday afternoon (pictured) to discharge a cargo of coal at the Graymont Superior dock, formerly known as Cutler-Magner. The coal was loaded in Ashtabula and will be used to heat several of their kilns that are used to create lime from limestone, a cargo that is often discharged at the dock. Some of their kilns run with eastern coal, the coal the Callaway is discharging on this trip, while the rest of their kilns use western coal brought over from Midwest Energy Resources also in Superior. The Callaway will then load taconite at both the Duluth and Two Harbors CN docks, taking that cargo to Conneaut. Photo taken on June 22, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-23-2009

Callaway arrives under Aerial Lift Bridge

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If the traffic today goes as predicted (it seldom does), three boats will arrive in port and as the day goes on, those same 3 boats will depart. The James R. Barker will finish the day by arriving late tonight to load coal. The Cason J. Callaway arrived in port Tuesday morning (above) with limestone. After discharging that cargo, it was expected to depart for Two Harbors late last night. Photo taken on May 12, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-12-2009

Callaway here for only 2nd time this season

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The Cason J. Callaway came into port on Tuesday morning, May 12, 2009, with limestone loaded in Calcite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo, she will depart for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets for Conneaut.

Callaway leaves for Ohio

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The Cason J. Callaway picked up a cargo of limestone in Calcite, Michigan and arrived here with it on Friday evening. It was the 18th trip to the Twin Ports this season. After discharging the limestone at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth, it moved over to the CN Dock to load iron ore pellets for Conneaut, Ohio. The Callaway departed the Twin Ports for Conneaut late Saturday afternoon (above). When not working at Lake Superior ports, it visits many other ports to pick up and discharge a variety of cargos. Among them are Gary, Escanaba, Cedarville, Green Bay, Buffington, South Chicago, Stoneport, Toledo, Sandusky and, of course, Calcite and Conneaut. Photo taken on November 29, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-30-2008

Callaway brings limestone

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The Cason J. Callaway loaded limestone in Calcite, Michigan and arrived here on Wednesday (above) to discharge it at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth. It is loading iron ore pellets today and is expected to depart later in the day for Gary. Four other boats will be here today, all of them, like the Callaway, US flagged. To the end of September, we have had 15 more US flagged vessels here this season than last and 2 fewer Canadian vessels than last year. Every season is different depending upon a large variety of factors. This year, wind turbines are a big deal, grain apparently not. Most of our grain is loaded by foreign flagged vessels and we are down 56 vessel visits this season. The total vessel arrivals to September 30 is 796, last year it was 839. Photo taken on October 08, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-09-2008

Callaway departs with iron ore pellets

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The Cason J. Callaway loaded limestone in Calcite, Michigan and arrived here on Tuesday to discharge it at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth. It then loaded iron ore pellets and departed the port yesterday afternoon (above) for Gary. The Joseph L. Block also came in with limestone on Tuesday and will depart today with iron ore pellets. After discharging wind turbine parts at the start of the week, the Asiaborg will probably depart today with grain. Photo taken on October 01, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-02-2008

The Heron waits for the Callaway

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Monday afternoon, August 18th, 2008; the Cason J. Callaway had just departed Duluth while the research vessel Blue Heron was circling around to come in on the next lift of the Duluth Aerial Bridge.

Callaway leaving Bluesfest behind

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Behind the trees, the cymbals and the Hoopsnakes, the Cason J. Callaway departed under the Lift Bridge on Saturday afternoon. The Blues Festival continues today but we are getting to the end of the long line of boats waiting to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. The Algolake is probably gone by now and the American Century is due out later this afternoon. Photo taken on August 09, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-10-2008

Cason J. Callaway with limestone from Calcite, Michigan

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Two salt water ships are discharging wind turbine parts at the Port Terminal today. The Cason J. Callaway will be bringing in limestone loaded in Calcite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo, it will move to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets for Gary. This is the Callaway’s 5th visit to the Twin Ports this season. It usually makes about 20 trips a year. Above, it is seen departing Duluth in July, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-01-2008

Looking for the next vessel

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Greta Zelenak (above) is looking for the next boat on the horizon as the Cason J. Callaway passed her by going under the Lift Bridge on Sunday afternoon. Her mother Susan (below) brought Greta in from their home in Grand Rapids. There was a lot more activity at the ship canal last night after the Callaway. The Paul R. Tregurtha came in and should be departing today as will the Callaway. The Federal Mattawa was expected to depart last night, making way for the BBC Zarate to move into AGP to load grain. It may leave tonight.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-05-2008

Cason J. Callaway loading sinter

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The Cason J. Callaway is expected in port today with limestone loaded in Calcite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo at the CN dock in West Duluth, it will move over to the Hallett dock to load sinter. Above, Hallett personnel are using two front end loaders to feed two conveyors going directly into 2 Callaway cargo holds last July. At right, one of the loaders is dumping sinter into a hopper at the base of one of the conveyors. The second conveyor can be seen at the left. The bow of the Callaway is in the background. Sinter is low grade iron ore material that is found at the end of a pellet run and is brought down from Iron Range taconite mines by train. Photo taken on July 27, 2006.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-06-2007

Cason J. Callaway at DM&IR

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The American Fortitude, Cason J. Callaway and Arthur M. Anderson will all be here today discharging limestone. Much of the limestone brought into the port is taken by train to pelletizing plants on the iron range and used to make flux pellets, which are then brought back down to a port, often Duluth or Two Harbors, and from there shipped to steel mills on or close by Lake Erie and Lake Michigan. Previously, limestone was added to the process at the steel mill. Flux pellets bring the limestone with them to the steel mill. Above, the Callaway was discharging limestone at the CN Dock (then DM&IR) in April, 2005. Photo taken on April 18, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-16-2007

Cason J. Callaway brings limestone from Calcite

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The Cason J. Callaway came into port on Saturday morning at 12:47 with the first cargo of limestone for the year. Loaded in Calcite, Michigan, it first discharged that cargo and then loaded taconite at the CN Dock in West Duluth. It likely departed Duluth this morning, about the same time it arrived the day before, headed for Conneaut, Ohio, a port on Lake Erie. Above, the Callaway on March 9th of this year, at winter lay up at Fraser Shipyards. Above the boat is the Blatnik Bridge and in front, on the right, is the St. Clair, another laker also at Fraser for the winter.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/15/2007

Callaway in layup at Fraser

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The Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay was back in town after clearing out the ice in the Thunder Bay harbor. The powerful cutter has provided a good assist for several boats at each end of their early season travels. The Algosoo will be here today to load coal. It spent the winter in Thunder Bay and is taking this load to the Ontario Power Generation plant there before coming back to the Twin Ports to load coal for their power plant in Nanticoke. The Halifax will also be coming here from Thunder Bay. Hopefully, the Kaye E. Barker and the Cason J. Callaway (above) will be departing their winter berths at Fraser Shipyards, both for Two Harbors. Photo taken on March 09, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-24-2007

Callaway arriving for winter

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Boats in port for winter layup, all US flagged. Duluth berths At Port Terminal: Stewart J. Cort, Roger Blough, American Spirit and Edwin H. Gott. At Hallett 5: Indiana Harbor. Superior berths At Fraser Shipyards: Kaye E. Barker, St. Clair, Cason J. Callaway and John G. Munson. At Enbridge: Walter J. McCarthy Jr. At Midwest Energy Resources: Mesabi Miner (on Friday, January 19th) Above, the Cason J. Callaway coming into port for layup on January 11 of this year.
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Cason J. Callaway here for winter layup

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More boats were expected in port for winter layup last night and today. But two boats will be here today to load coal. Three more loads of coal are scheduled to leave Midwest Energy Resources in Superior before the Mesabi Miner returns to port to spend the winter lay up there next week. The Cason J. Callaway is due here today for winter layup. Above, it is entering the Duluth ship canal for winter layup on January 24, 2004.
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Callaway gets sinter

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Two conveyors were pumping sinter into the Cason J. Callaway cargo holds at Hallett Dock in West Duluth yesterday (above). The sinter, bound for steel mills in Gary, came to Duluth from the Keewatin Taconite mine by rail. Sinter is iron ore that didn’t quite make it as a pellet. It is the material at the end of a pelletizing run, part fine material, part broken pellets, but the mill at Gary is able to use it to make steel.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-28-2006

Cason J. Callaway departs Twin Ports

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The Cason J. Callaway should be here this evening with a cargo of limestone loaded at Stoneport, Michigan. The boat is named for a man who spent most of his life in Georgia, working in the textile industry. He joined the board of directors of US Steel in 1944 and served until his death in 1961. Cason Jewell Callaway and his wife, Virginia Hand Callaway founded Callaway Gardens in Georgia to provide a wholesome family environment where all may find beauty, relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world. Photo taken September 19, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-26-2006

Cason J. Callaway in the river

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The Cason J. Callaway is expected to arrive today with limestone to discharge at the CN Dock in West Duluth, previously called the DM&IR Dock. When that is complete, it will make the quick trip to Two Harbors to load taconite for a lower lakes port. This is only the 5th trip to the Twin Ports this season for the Callaway. Last year, it was here 19 times. Above, the Callaway moves up the St. Louis River in May of last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-30-2006

Callaway arrives Duluth

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After loading limestone at Calcite, Michigan, the Cason J. Callaway arrived Duluth yesterday afternoon (above) for the 19th time this season. After discharging the limestone, it will load taconite and depart Duluth later today for Detroit, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-07-2005

Callaway takes the river

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The Cason J. Callaway is expected to arrive today with limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. On this the 15th trip to Duluth Superior for the season, the Callaway will then load some taconite product here before going to Two Harbors to complete loading for a lower lakes port. Above, the Callaway moves up the St. Louis River in May of this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-01-2005

Cason J. Callaway

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The Cason J. Callaway will be here today with limestone loaded at Cedarville, Michigan. After discharging that cargo, it will leave here to load taconite at Two Harbors. Above, the boat is departing Duluth in July of this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-20-2005

Callaway sailaway

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The Cason J. Callaway is here with limestone that was loaded in Calcite, Michigan. The Callaway is one of the more popular boats that come to Duluth. It always attracts a crowd, as it did above on August 12th last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-29-2005

Cason J. Callaway expected here with limestone

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The Cason J. Callaway is expected in port today with a cargo of limestone loaded at Stoneport, Michigan. When completed, it will next go to Two Harbors to load taconite for a lower lakes port. The picture above shows it departing on August 28 last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/27/2005

Callaway has Georgia connection

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The Cason J. Callaway has been here once each month of the shipping season this year. Today is the November appearance. Above it is departing Duluth on August 28 after discharging limestone loaded at Port Dolomite, Michigan and then loading taconite here for Gary, Indiana. The boat is named for the founder of Callaway Gardens in Georgia.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-21-2004

Callaway has fans

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The Cason J. Callaway is here with limestone that was loaded in Calcite, Michigan. The Callaway is one of the more popular boats that come to Duluth. It always attracts a crowd, as it did above on August 12th of this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-16-2004

Callaway in the harbor

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The Cason J. Callaway’s 262-foot boom sits on the deck when the boat is not discharging cargo. The boom is part of the self unloading system on the boat that allows the discharge of cargo without using equipment on shore. Photo taken July 10, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-25-2004

Callaway approaching Aerial Lift Bridge

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Above the Cason J. Callaway came into port on January 21st of this year. It was the 20th and last visit of the 2003 season. Today, it will be here for the 13th time this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-06-2004

Callaway departing the harbor

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Earlier this week, the Cason J. Callaway loaded limestone in Stoneport, Michigan. She is here today discharging that cargo. Later today, she should depart for Two Harbors where she will load taconite. Picture taken December 3, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-09-2004

Callaway taking taconite out today

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The Cason J. Callaway (above) arrived in Duluth on January 24th for winter lay-up. She is loading taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth and should depart Duluth late today for Detroit, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-22-2004