Ryerson moves to a new home in Duluth

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The Edward L. Ryerson was moved this morning from her berth at Fraser Shipyards by two Heritage Marine tugs, the Nels J. on her stern and the Helen H. on the bow. Below, they are moving under the Blatnik Bridge and out of Howard’s Pocket. At the far right is the John J. Boland, still residing at the shipyard.
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Above and below, the Helen H. is handling the difficult job of maneuvering the boat between two bridge supports
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They pulled the Ryerson from her slip at Fraser, stern first. Here they are starting to turn her around so they can bring her into her new home bow first.
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From Google Earth, we see the short route taken. The tugs pulled the Ryerson away from her slip at Fraser Shipyards, under the Blatnik Bridge, around CHS and into the CHS slip, at the Barko Hydraulics, just across from CHS. 
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Above, we are looking from behind the CHS elevator. Below, the tugs are bringing her into the slip bow first. The CHS towers are now on the right.
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Above, the Ryerson bow is secure to the dock and the lines from the Helen H.  have been taken up. At the stern of the boat, the Nels J. is still connected and is pulling the stern of the Ryerson toward the Barko Hydraulics dock, her new home.
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Below, the Helen H. is now gently helping to move the whole boat next to the dock while the Nels J. is still pulling the Ryerson toward her new dock.
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The Nels J., no longer connected by rope to the Ryerson, moves to the side to help the Helen H. move the boat closer to her dock, where line handlers on the other side will tie her securely to the dock.
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Almost done! While the Helen H. pulls away and prepares to go home, the Nels J. is still providing a little push to the Ryerson.
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Mission accomplished; time to go home; I am exhausted
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News notes for January, 2011 …

… as of Wednesday, January 17, 2011

Winter layup in Duluth

The Adam E. Cornelius, American Victory and Edward L. Ryerson have been in port for an extended layup. The H. Lee White arrived in port for winter layup on January 4th, 2011. The American Spirit arrived here for layup on January 12, 2011 and the Roger Blough arrived on January 14th.

Both the American Century and the James R. Barker came in on the morning of January 17, 2010; the American Integrity arrived on January 18th.

The John G. Munson arrived on Wednesday morning  January 19, and is the last arrival for layup for the winter. Weather will not allow the American Mariner to be as originally expected. You can check the schedule page at www.duluthboats.com for up-to-date information.

Soo Locks

According to the Cheboygan Daily Tribune, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted a request from the Lake Carriers’ Association to extend the closing date of the Soo Locks for three days. The Poe Lock will officially close for the season on Tuesday, January 18th so that low inventories of iron ore pellets could be replenished to meet the wintertime needs of industry. The locks traditionally close on January 15th each year.

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The Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge will close at 6 am on Friday, January 14 so that the south tower can be painted (the North tower was painted last winter. See picture at left). That means all traffic after the 14th and until the end of the season (defined as the time that the last boat arrives in port) will use the Superior entry to access the port. It is anticipated that the bridge will reopen for traffic at 10am on March 14th.

Watch paint dry!!

You can still watch the paint dry, or at least watch the tent that covers the bridge paint while it dries, at our live 24/7 web cam at www.duluthshippingnews.com/dsntv

I may find something even more interesting that paint drying before the winter is over!

Ryerson arrives Twin Ports for layup

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On Monday, the list of boats in the harbor for layup added one and then lost another. The Edward L. Ryerson came in for layup (above) just before noon on Monday. This reflects the bad economy especially within the steel industry. The Edgar B. Speer came into port on April 27th and has been at the Hallett # 5 dock for temporary layup including bow thruster repairs. It moved over to the BN dock to load iron ore pellets on Monday evening. Photo taken on May 18, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-19-2009

Ryerson arrives for lay up

edwardlryerson20090518_5763 The Edward L. Ryerson arrived in Duluth at 11:30 am on May 18th, 2009 (above). She will be going to Fraser Shipyards later today. They are waiting at the CN dock in West Duluth (1:32 Monday afternoon)  until the St. Clair can be moved at Fraser, allow the Ryerson to make her berth. That is expected to happen later this afternoon.

Ryerson departs with iron ore pellets

Above, the Edward L. Ryerson departed Duluth late morning with iron ore pellets.

Below, earlier in the morning, the James R. Barker eased under the Lift Bridge on her way to Marquette, Michigan with a cargo of coal for WE-Energies. She has about 58,000 tons with her.

Edward L. Ryerson here for 2nd trip

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The salt water vessel Persenk arrived and dropped anchor off the Duluth piers on Monday. The Maltese flagged ship was expected to come into port last night to load grain at CHS in Superior. This is only the third trip this ship has made to the Twin Ports since 1996. It was here once in 2003 and again in 2006. Earlier in the day, the Edward L. Ryerson came under the Lift Bridge (above) to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. This is the second trip here for the Ryerson, a boat many think is the prettiest boat on the Great Lakes. If not the prettiest, it is certainly unique.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-21-2009

Edward L. Ryerson may leave today

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Sometime this morning, 3 salt water ships will be through the Soo Locks and on their way to the Twin Ports. They will all arrive on Sunday, just about the same time in April that the first saltie has arrived for the last several years. Last year, the Gadwell started us off, arriving on April 10th, but the next, and last one of the month, the Rebecca, didn’t get here until the 29th. In 2007, the Rebecca started off the season, arriving on April 11th. It was followed by 8 more ships in April. So in a predicted slow year for shipping, the salt water traffic is starting fast. Inside tip: the Federal Welland will be first in, coming under the bridge at 9:37, Sunday morning. Today, the very red Atlantic Erie will be here this afternoon to load coal and the Edward L. Ryerson, seen above arriving by way of the Superior entry in August, 2006 and often called the prettiest boat on the Great Lakes, should be departing the Duluth entry with iron ore pellets sometime this evening.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-11-2009

Edward L. Ryerson at last winter’s layup

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The Edward L. Ryerson is usually greeted with great joy when it comes to Duluth Superior since many consider it the prettiest boat in the US fleet. It is expected here sometime today, but most are not very happy about it. It had an extended layup between 1998 and 2006 for lack of work and today it is coming in for an early winter layup, the first of the season for the Twin Ports. An early layup is often a sign of a poor economy, and in this case, a sign of trouble in the steel industry since the Ryerson carries iron ore. It was also at Fraser Shipyards for winter layup last year where the picture above was taken. Photo taken on February 22,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-04-2008

Edward L. Ryerson arrives Superior

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The Edward L. Ryerson was expected in port very early this morning. Many consider her the prettiest boat on the Great Lakes. This will be the 24th visit this season for the Ryerson and on each trip, it has loaded iron ore pellets at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe ore dock just inside the Superior entry. For 19 of the visits here, it has come in the Superior entry, as it is doing in the picture above on August 27th, 2006. On 5 visits, and likely for this one, it came under the Lift Bridge. They use the Duluth entry when they will be getting fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock in Duluth. The boat will also have to wait for the CLS Tadoussac to complete loading at the dock. They may not have needed fuel, but with time to wait before loading cargo, that would be a good use for it.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-17-2008

Ryerson unusually arriving Duluth

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The Edward L. Ryerson will be coming into port by way of the Superior entry to pick up a load of iron ore pellets at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) dock, just inside the entry. This will be the Ryerson’s 16th trip to the Twin Ports this season. Ten times it came in Superior and 5 times, it entered under the Lift Bridge. Above, it is entering the Duluth ship canal in November, 2006. It will come in the Duluth entry either to get fuel at the Murphy Fuel dock or if repairs are needed at Fraser Shipyards. It spent the winter at Fraser. Today, it is just here to pick up cargo, unless they run into a problem requiring work or they decide to get fuel.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-12-2008

Edward L. Ryerson comes in Duluth entry!

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Bad news for the owners of the Edward L. Ryerson can sometimes be good news for boat watchers at the Duluth Ship Canal. The Ryerson made an unexpected stop in the Twin Ports on Saturday afternoon to get some minor repairs at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. It came under the Lift Bridge with one of the loudest whistles I have ever heard down there.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-06-2008

Ryerson even prettier now with new paint

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After wintering at Fraser Shipyards (above), the Edward L. Ryerson was expected to depart the shipyard around 4 am this morning to go down the Superior channel to Burlington Northern to load iron ore pellets. After spending the winter layup in the dry dock at Fraser Shipyards, the Canadian flagged Frontenac is also expected to depart the shipyard and is also going to Burlington Northern. Both boats will bring a new coat of paint with them; the Frontenac was in for a 5-year checkup while the Ryerson only received routine maintenance over the winter layup. Photo taken on February 22,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-26-2008

Ryerson here for winter layup

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The Edward L. Ryerson came under the Lift Bridge late Monday afternoon (above) for winter layup. It is the first of an anticipated 12 boats that will spend the winter in the Twin Ports. It almost became the first boat in December, but at the last moment, more work was found for the boat. It has been a very busy season and still is. Shippers are getting their last trips in and it could be a week before more boats arrive for the winter. Photo taken on January 07,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-08-2008

Ryerson at Superior entry

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Many think the Edward L. Ryerson, seen above after entering the port via the Superior entry in August, 2006, is the prettiest boat on the Great Lakes and this year the Twin Ports are honored to provide it a winter home. The arrival of this boat for winter layup has been predicted before and the prediction did not come to pass. It’s expected arrival is presented here again in the hopes that this time it will be happen. Unofficially, it came through the Soo Locks on Sunday afternoon. That would put it at the Duluth Lift Bridge sometime this afternoon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-07-2008

Ryerson enters Duluth ship canal

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Ships coming to the Twin Ports have been loading beet pulp pellets for Spain for many years. Arriving here by train from North Dakota, the pellets are used in Europe for animal feed, This year, several ships have loaded wind turbine blades in Duluth and taken them to Spain. Until today, no ship has loaded both cargos for Spain. Over the weekend, the BBC Ontario loaded beet pulp pellets in the lower cargo areas of the ship. Last night, the ship moved from the General Mills dock in Duluth to the Port Terminal where wind turbine blades for Spain will be loaded above the beet pulp pellets. Many people think the Edward L. Ryerson is one of the prettiest boats on the Great Lakes. This winter, and probably for the first time ever, the boat will spend the winter in the Twin Ports, specifically at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. It is expected to arrive sometime today. Photo taken on November 11, 2006
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-03-2007

Ryerson graces Fourth with Duluth visit

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I certainly wish no evil intent toward the Edward L. Ryerson, a boat that many around the Great Lakes consider the prettiest boat now in operation. It was laid up in 1998 and many thought it would never sail again but increased need for taconite gave new life to the boat. It made its first appearance in the Twin Ports since 1998 last year and it continues to visit us this season. But I watch boats at the Duluth ship canal and the Ryerson loads taconite just inside the Superior entry at the Burlington Northern dock. It came to the Twin Ports yesterday for the 11th time this season. It used the Superior entry on the first 10 trips. The only reason it comes into the Duluth entry is a need for fuel (at the Murphy Fuel Dock) or repairs (at Fraser Shipyards). With no ill will intended, I was happy to hear yesterday that the boat was in need of some repairs and would come in using the Duluth entry, arriving at 1:55 on the afternoon of the 4th of July (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-05-2007

Ryerson in the Superior channel

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The Edward L. Ryerson was waiting at anchor off the Superior entry yesterday for the wind to die down so the Mesabi Miner could get away from the dock at Burlington Northern and depart. Presumably, that has happened and the Ryerson is now loading taconite. But this is not your every day taconite; it is taconite that the boat will take to Quebec City. That means it will be going through the Welland Canal and the St. Lawrence Seaway, almost to salt water. You can count on one hand the number of US flagged vessels that have made that journey in the last 25 years at least. The Canadian operated Welland Canal can only handle vessels less than 740 feet long. That leaves out all 13 US flagged thousand-footers; they will never get beyond Buffalo, at least in one piece. Buffalo is the last stop on Lake Erie going east before a boat takes the Welland to avoid Niagara Falls, always a good idea. Above, the Ryerson is just coming through the Superior entry and is beginning to turn toward the BN dock last August.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-20-2007

Ryerson arriving Duluth ship canal

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The port had an unexpected arrival on Saturday (above), the Edward L. Ryerson, a boat many feel is the prettiest on the Great Lakes. It is here for repairs at Fraser Shipyards. When that is complete, it will move down the Superior channel to the Burlington Northern dock to load taconite. That has been its job here on each of the 13 trips it has made to the Twin Ports this year. Before this season, it had not been here since May of 1998. It was laid up just after that visit until this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-12-2006

Ryerson captain makes popular decision

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Before yesterday, the Edward L. Ryerson had not come through the Duluth piers since May 17th, 1998. It was on its way to the Burlington Northern Taconite Facility in Superior when Captain Eric Treece realized he would have to wait for the CSL Tadoussac to clear the berth. He diverted to the Duluth entry, much to the delight of 100’s of boat watchers at the ship canal. Seven months after that visit to the Twin Ports in 1998, the Ryerson was laid up at what many thought would be its final resting place. It is back on the lakes this year, meaning taconite shipments are up. Many consider the Ryerson to be the prettiest boat on the Great Lakes and the boat has been welcomed in every port it has entered. Yesterday, visitors in Duluth, with the best view of shipping traffic anywhere on the Great Lakes, gave a loud round of applause as the elegant boat passed by.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-04-2006

Edward L. Ryerson

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The Edward L. Ryerson will be here today loading taconite at the Burlington Northern Taconite Facility in Superior. It was last here in May of 1998 and that arrival was a big event since it had not been here for some time. And, until this morning, it had not come back. Seven months after that visit to the Twin Ports in 1998, the Ryerson was laid up at what many thought would be its final resting place. The taconite trade on the Great Lakes is up (including the 3 shipments this year of taconite to Algeria). That created a need for the boat and it was refitted to go back to work. So far, it is scheduled to make at least 3 more trips to the Twin Ports.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-09-2006