Dredging continues

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The Marine Tech crane barge Dean R. Smith has been dredging in and near the shipping lanes in the harbor since the spring. Lately, it has been stationed close by the Lift Bridge. On Monday afternoon, it was working hard dropping the clam shell down to the bottom (about 29 feet below) and lifting material up and into the scow that was tied to the crane barge (above). They work with 2 scows; filling one with material from the bottom, mostly sand, while the other is taken by the tug Callie M. to Erie Pier on the St. Louis River where it is emptied. They then return to the crane barge and exchange scows. Photo taken on August 19, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-21-2008

Going to Two Harbors on a dredge

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The crane barge Dean R. Smith was pushed out of the Duluth piers by the tug Miss Laura early Monday evening. In the picture above they are just beyond the North Pier Light, making a turn toward Two Harbors. Owned and operated by Marine Tech, a local dredging and construction company, the rig will spend two to three days in Two Harbors doing routine maintenance at the CN taconite dock. The rig carries a crew of 4. They do double duty as the crew for the rig when it is under power on the lake and as the work crew for the project. On some jobs, they would spend the night on the tug, but since Two Harbors is close by, they will return home each evening.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/16/2007