Clay and limestone in; coal and iron ore pellets out

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.

Callaway under the Bridge


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 …

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

Convoy here, three at a time

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

Join the Callaway as she opens the 2014 season

Callaway, first departure for 2014


Callaway getting ready to depart


Water and Ice

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.

Take a ride on the Nels J.

Callaway home for the winter

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.
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.
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.

Callaways on the Callaway

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.
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.
On July 1, 2012, the Capt. Henry Jackman loaded iron ore pellets at the conveyor dock while the Indiana Harbor waited.
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

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

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

Callaway departed Duluth Sunday night

Cason J. Callaway about to leave Duluth Superior

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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