Faithful fans of Edgar B. Speer

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Three thousand footers will be in port today to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Two smaller boats will also try to get a spot in the lineup. It is likely we will see at least one and maybe more boats at anchor off the Duluth piers. The Edgar B. Speer will be here for the 10th time this season, loading iron ore pellets for Gary, Indiana. Above, the Speer is seen coming into port in January, 2005, cold and icy but still attracting some hearty boatwatchers.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-03-2008

Edgar B. Speer in Duluth harbor

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The Edgar B. Speer, seen above moving down the Duluth harbor in October, 2004, was only here once last season but is expected today for the 7th time this year. Still it has spent most of the season loading iron ore pellets in Two Harbors. Gary will be the destination for today’s pellets, as it has been for most of the Speer’s loads out of the CN dock in Two Harbors.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-24-2008

Edgar B. Speer fights ice to get here

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Two 1,000-footers are expected in port today to load coal for Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan. The American Integrity was expected early this morning and should be loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. It will likely depart this afternoon, leaving the dock open for the arrival of the American Century tonight. The Edgar B. Speer, seen above departing Duluth on April 6th, 2004, is expected here today after battling thick ice on its way to the Soo. Upon arrival, it will load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth for Conneaut.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-04-2008

Many boats coming, going, waiting

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The ice flow just beyond the Duluth piers was a popular place on Wednesday morning.That’s the James R. Barker (center) departing and the Canadian Provider just passing it and headed to the Aerial Bridge to load grain at CHS in Superior. At the upper left, the Algowood was waiting to move into the coal dock at Midwest Energy (it finally came in around 7 last night). Of the two boats in the upper right, the Edgar B. Speer is at the left. It came in for a bit around noon and departed later in the day for Two Harbors. On the right, the Algosoo also is waiting for Midwest Energy. It will follow the Algowood. The Paul R. Tregurtha should have joined the line last night. Making its first trip of the season, it will follow the Algosoo loading coal at Midwest Energy. At first glance the picture above seems like a lot of boats stuck in the ice, but the ice was not a problem. Thirty mph winds from the east were causing problems, along with the waiting line to load coal. Photo taken on March 28, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-29-2007

Edgar B. Speer arrives in icy cold

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After some very busy days loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior, no coal will be loaded until Tuesday. After that, they will average about one boat a day until the Mesabi Miner arrives on January 16th. After discharging a cargo of taconite at Gary, the Edgar B. Speer will arrive in Duluth today to take a partial load of taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. It will then go to Two Harbors to complete the load and depart for Gary. This is only the 3rd trip here for the Speer this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-07-2007

Speer brings ice, gets welcome

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Three boats, the Philip R. Clarke, the Edgar Speer, and the Roger Blough are expected in port today for winter lay-up. All three are owned by our home town shipping company, Great Lakes Fleet. The James R. Barker is due back here today from Taconite Harbor to get one more load of coal at Midwest Energy Resources, this time taking it to Marquette, Michigan. It will then return here to spend the winter. Above, the Speer coming in for lay-up last January.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-14-2006