New tug salvages a sunken tug in Houghton

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marinetechfishtugsalvageapril2017Marine Tech, our local dredging company, brought their dredge home today (April 30, 2017) from a salvage operation in Houghton, Michigan. (Click here for 2 more images.) They were called out to bring a fish tug up from the bottom (right). Their own tug, the Jean C., is a new member of their fleet and is seen here pushing the dredge into the Duluth harbor. Earlier this year, they purchased the Edward H. from Heritage Marine and renamed her the Jean C. They will soon paint the tug with the company colors, royal blue, white and black. I have not updated the Edward H. page yet but you can see her in her former life here.jeancapril292017b
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Busy traffic at the Duluth piers today

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20100909_4214I took the picture of the traffic between the Duluth piers this afternoon (September 9, 2010. The Marine Tech dredge has been around the piers for several weeks now, clearing out the channel, particularly at the edges where silt and sand have a tendency to collect. Their tug Callie M., at the far left exchanges 2 different scows; she brings an empty one out and trades for the one just filled and takes it back to Erie Pier. She then repeats the process, again and again. Click here to listen to their whistle as they depart under the Lift Bridge on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. At right, the Canadian flagged Kaministiqua is departing Duluth between the piers with a cargo of grain. In the middle are two salt water ships at anchor waiting to come into port. The Beluga Fairy, built in 2009 and  making her first trip to the Twin Ports, is sitting just behind the Isa, a Polish ship that has been coming to Duluth on a regular basis since she was built in 1999. Unseen in the picture at top but seen at the left and also at anchor, is the Africaborg, built in 2007 and making her first trip here.