Speer arrives for layup last winter

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The Edgar B. Speer was expected last night after discharging a cargo of iron ore pellets in Gary. It will load another cargo of pellets today to take to Gary. This is its 9th trip to the Twin Ports this season. It came in for winter layup on January 16th this year (pictured) and departed with iron ore pellets on April 5th, also for Gary. It was built in 1980 in two sections, one built in Toledo and one in Lorain. When assembled, the Speer measured 1,004 feet long. Photo taken on January 16, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-11-2009

Edgar B. Speer gets a very special Father’s Day greeting

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Sunday was Father’s Day, often not so happy for families where Father is on a boat somewhere on the Great Lakes. But Edgar B. Speer captain Daniel Rentschler and third mate Thomas Lanthier were lucky. Rentschler brought the Speer into the Duluth ship canal early Sunday afternoon and was greeted by a lineup of happy kids holding banners wishing both fathers a happy day. From the left is Sarah Rentschler, the wife and mother, followed by their 2 children Gretchen and Ethan. Gretchen is under the sign with her hands over her ears. She knows what is coming; her father is about to blow the boat’s whistle. Going down the line, Tom and Chandra’s 4 children: Curtis, Paige, Kassidy and Dylan (the last two mostly hidden behind their banners). Chandra is not seen in the picture; she was taking a picture. Sarah and Chandra then took all the children over to the boat where they wished father a Happy Fathers Day with hugs instead of banners. Photo taken on June 21,2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-22-2009

Edgar B. Speer arrives early

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The first and second full-seaway-transit salt-water ships arrived on Sunday morning. The third and fourth will be here today; the Federal Schelde going to Burlington Northern to load iron ore pellets and the Sabrina coming to load grain at CHS. Last night the Edgar B. Speer, originally expected today, arrived in port (above) and crossed paths in the Duluth harbor with the Paul R. Tregurtha on its way out with coal for Marquette. The Speer will be undergoing some repairs before loading iron ore pellets for Gary. As you can see from the schedule, today will be a busy day, probably the busiest day of the young season so far.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-13-2009

Edgar B. Speer starts the new season

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When the Mackinaw departs the port at 8 am this morning, we will have no Coast Guard ice breakers in port. (The Biscayne Bay left on Sunday morning.) One hopes that is a sure sign of spring. The weather forecast suggests we will have warmer temperatures and winds from the west for a few days, both strong indications that we will not need an ice breaker for a while, hopefully a long while. The Edgar B. Speer came in for winter layup on January 16, 2009 at 8:38 in the morning, just 33 minutes before the last boat of the season, the Edwin H. Gott, arrived. After loading iron ore pellets at the CN Dock in West Duluth, the Speer started its new season on Sunday morning (above), departing under the Lift Bridge for Gary.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-06-2009

Edgar B. Speer needed help departing

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It took a community effort on Monday afternoon to get the Edgar B. Speer out of the harbor and into Lake Superior with a cargo of iron ore pellets for Gary (above). Earlier, the Coast Guard cutter Alder established tracks in the shipping channels for the Speer, the Kaye E. Barker and the Roger Blough. The tug Edward H. was also breaking ice for both the Speer and the Bough. The Alder left for Thunder Bay last night to break ice in their harbor but should be back sometime today, where it appears it will be needed. Photo taken on December 22, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-23-2008

Edgar B. Speer departs Duluth canal

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Three boats, the Edward L. Ryerson, the American Spirit and the American Victory are already in port for winter lay up. The Spirit is at the Lakehead Pipeline dock in Superior; the Ryerson and the Victory are at Fraser Shipyards, also in Superior. The Edgar B. Speer is arriving today after discharging a cargo of iron ore pellets in Gary. It will load more iron ore pellets here and then return to Gary for discharge. It is seen above departing Duluth for Gary this past August. Photo taken on August 25, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-20-2008