Jackson takes coal to Marquette

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The Herbert C. Jackson will be here today for the 19th time this season. It will load 16,500 tons of coal for delivery to the city of Marquette, Michigan, on the southern shore of Lake Superior. Above, it was arriving Duluth on January 5 last year to do the same thing.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-03-2005

Frontenac departs with the Blues

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The Frontenac departed Duluth during the Blues Festival last August (above). Most of the people in the picture didn’t know the boat was just behind them. They were listening to Mavis Staples. Today, the Frontenac will be under the Lift Bridge again, here to load taconite. Very few of us will be watching, but for different, and colder, reasons.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-02-2005

Alpena makes final visit of season

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The Alpena is a regular visitor to the Twin Ports. Since 1996, it has brought cement here 140 times. It will be here today for the 14th and last time this season. Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, it is one of the oldest and prettiest boats working the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-01-2005

Lee A. Tregurtha

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The Lee A. Tregurtha should be here today for the first time this season. Built in 1942 as a tanker, it made many refueling runs across the Atlantic during World War ll. It is named for the wife of the vice chairman of Interlake Steamship Company. The Paul R. Tregurtha, the largest boat on the Great Lakes, was named for her husband. The boat’s whistle is a two tone steam whistle, thought to be original equipment. It is one of the loudest on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-31-2004