Gott will be first boat to move in season 2016

After spending the winter layup in Duluth, the Edwin H. Gott is expected to open the Great Lakes shipping season for Duluth when she departs the port early on Tuesday morning, March 22, 2016, for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. With no ice to battle this season, she should not need any assistance from an ice breaking tug or the Alder to leave her berth and go to Two Harbors. Not so last season. She was originally scheduled to arrive here last January, 2015 for winter layup but her plans were changed and she spent the winter in Milwaukee. She left Milwaukee last March to load her first cargo of the new season in Two Harbors but became one of many boats to be slowed to a stop by the ice in Whitefish Bay, at the other end of Lake Superior. With help from ice breakers Alder and Mackinaw, she finally arrived at this end of the lake, coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Monday morning, March 30, 2015 for some repairs before leaving here (below) for Two Harbors the next day to load her first iron ore pellets of the year in Two Harbors.
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Gott, Kaye E. Barker arrive for winter layup

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The Kaye E. Barker came in for winter layup at about 12:30 this afternoon (Friday, January 15, 2016). She will spend her winter at Fraser Shipyards. This was her 5th trip here this season; last year she was here 2 times. The Edwin H. Gott came in on January 14th for winter layup at the Port Authority (below). She was here 3 times this season, the same number of trips she made last year.
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Gott and Cort arrive under Lift Bridge

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The Edwin H. Gott arrived Duluth (above) on Friday morning, April 10, 2015 to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. She was originally scheduled to spend winter layup in Duluth but spent layup in Milwaukee instead. Although owned and operated by Great Lakes Fleet, headquartered in Duluth, she was only here 3 times last year. She spends most of her season loading iron ore pellets in Two Harbors and taking them to Gary. Earlier this  week, the Stewart J. Cort came under the Lift Bridge (left) to get fuel at 2015-0403-716the  Calumet fuel dock at the Port Terminal before going to the BNSF Dock in Superior to load iron ore pellets. That has been her destination for many many years, and since the BNSF is just inside the Superior entry, we seldom see her coming under the Lift Bridge.

Gott goes to Two Harbors

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After battling the ice in Whitefish Bay, at the other end of Lake Superior,  and with the considerable help of the Alder and the Mackinaw, the Edwin H. Gott, finally arrived back in the bright blue waters off the port of Duluth, coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Monday morning, March 30, 2015. After getting some maintenance at the listenwhistlebarblue-2Port Terminal, she departed for Two Harbors to pick up a cargo of iron ore pellets on Tuesday afternoon, March 31 (above and below). Listen as she salutes the bridge while going out to the lake.
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Nick gets two, three times, in Two Harbors

Nick Stenstrup took the three pictures below, the first this past December and the two below that last July. He tells us what he saw below.
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On December 22, 2012, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. loaded iron ore pellets at the CN conveyor dock in Two Harbors while the John J. Boland waited on the other side. I took this picture and the two below from the Two Harbors break wall.
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On July 1, 2012, the Capt. Henry Jackman loaded iron ore pellets at the conveyor dock while the Indiana Harbor waited.
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The next day, I caught the Edwin H. Gott loading iron ore pellets at the conveyor dock while the Cason J. Callaway waited to do the same.

Edwin H. Gott at Port Terminal for winter layup

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The Edwin H. Gott was the last freighter to come home for winter layup, coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 7:45 am on January 18, 2012

Edwin H. Gott, last to come in for the winter

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Nice for the boats; winter arrived here within minutes of the Heritage Marine tug Nels J making sure the last boat to come in, the Edwin H. Gott, was secure against the dock at the Port Terminal on Wednesday morning, January 18, 2012. The temperature plunged, down to -31 at my home, and a big snow storm, the largest we have had yet, at least ¾ of an inch, maybe even 1/8 more. The Alder was close by but was not needed, so she went back to her dock, probably not moving from there until March 7th or so.

Mesabi Miner here for the winter

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The Edwin H. Gott will be the last boat to come in for winter layup. This morning (January 17, 2012), the Mesabi Miner (above) arrived here after delivering her last cargo of the season in Taconite Harbor. She will spend the winter at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior. That will make it real convenient to start the 2012 season in only two more months. She will likely load more coal for a port within Lake Superior, before the Soo Locks open (usually around March 25th). The Miner may get two  coal deliveries done by then. See video below.

Last trip out for the Gott

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The Edwin H. Gott arrived in Port on Wednesday evening, January 11, 2012 at 6:50 to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. She left Duluth around noon today (above) to deliver her cargo to Detroit. She will return in about a week for winter layup in Duluth. Listen as she sounded a particularly strong salute to the bridge.

Schnabel-Gott

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The Edwin H. Gott (background), the most powerful vessel on the Great Lakes, arrived this morning (January 4, 2012) at 7:11. She is here to load fuel and then go over to Burlington Northern to load iron ore pellets. The Schnabel car (foreground) has been in the Twin Ports for several years. She is the largest rail car in the world and will also be leaving Duluth late  this morning, to go over to the BN rail yard where she will be connected to a BN train that will take her to New Castle, Pennsylvania for some minor additions to the car before leaving for some big hauling work in Georgia in the nuclear power industry, the industry she was originally built for in Germany in 1980. More information about the Schnabel car, click here

Gott here for only 2nd time this season

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The Edwin H. Gott was in Duluth today (October 30, 2011) for only the second time this season. She loaded iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth and is seen (and heard) here leaving to take her cargo to Conneaut, Ohio. While she often takes iron ore pellets to Conneaut, this season has seen her going to Gary, Indiana more often. She almost always loads in Two Harbors. Listen to her whistle as she came under the Lift Bridge.

Gott and Spirit working off the Duluth piers

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Took this picture at 4:15 in the afternoon, July 29, 2011. The American Spirit and the Edwin H. Gott are off the Duluth piers, where this shot was taken, The American Spirit is the boat facing left; the Gott faces right. It appears that the American Spirit is discharging cargo into a Gott cargo hold.

Gott goes under the Aerial Lift Bridge

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The Edwin H. Gott came under the Lift Bridge around 5 pm on Wednesday to first get fuel at the Murphy Fuel dock at the Port Terminal and then move down to the BN dock to load iron ore pellets for Gary. The thousand foot long Gott will be joined by 3 more thousand footers today. Actually the Paul R. Tregurtha has been here for repairs but was expected to begin loading coal last night and will likely depart this morning. The Presque Isle is expected here this morning to load iron ore pellets, and later today, the Indiana Harbor will be here to load coal. Photo taken on June 24, 2009
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Edwin H. Gott gets lots of attention

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Five thousand footers will be here today. One of them, the Edwin H. Gott, came in last night around 6 pm (above). The Gott went to get fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock in Duluth before heading over to the Burlington Northern dock in Superior to load iron ore pellets for Conneaut, Ohio. The Gott should be finishing up and departing through the Superior entry around 4 am. Just after that, two more thousand footers, the Paul R. Tregurtha and the tug/barge combination Presque Isle, should be arriving by way of the Duluth ship canal, and the American Century should be finishing up at Midwest Energy Resources loading coal. It will then depart, clearing the dock for the Tregurtha. Photo taken on June 17, 2009
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Alder out breaking ice

I had a chance to take a ride of the Alder this morning, but I had to tell them I was too busy taking pictures of them. Here, she is coming right at me with the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. on her right and the Edwin H. Gott on her left. The McCarthy is due to depart with coal on Tuesday; the Gott may leave with iron ore pellets on Thursday.
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Gott getting turned in Duluth harbor

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I made an assumption yesterday that so far will be wrong. I said that since the James R. Barker will be spending the winter at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock, it would be the last boat to arrive for winter lay up. That is the way it has usually gone. However, the Canadian Enterprise still wants coal and is now scheduled to arrive in port to load that coal on Sunday, while the Barker is due back on Thursday. Selling coal trumps spending the winter resting, so the Barker will likely find a spot to wait at the Port Terminal for the Enterprise to finish before moving over to Midwest. The Enterprise will then pick up the award as both the last arrival and departure of the season. One more assumption based on past experience. The Barker will be the first boat to load coal at Midwest Energy in March when the new season opens. No traffic here today but Two Harbors is hosting Edwin (H. Gott) and Edgar (B. Speer), both loading iron ore pellets. Above the Gott is seen entering the harbor on September 10, 2007.
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Edwin H. Gott arrives Duluth

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The Edwin H. Gott came into port Wednesday morning. The Canadian Transport, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and the Herbert C. Jackson came in or were expected in last night. There are no arrivals set for today but all four of those boats, plus the research vessel Blue Heron, will be departing today. The Gott is loading iron ore pellets, as it usually does and is part of a year-to-date 9.8% increase in Great Lakes iron ore shipments from last year. It is seen above entering the Duluth harbor last September. Photo taken on September 10, 2007
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Gott making the turn in Duluth harbor

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No coal will be loaded into boats in the Twin Ports today nor any grain. No wind turbines will be discharged either. No Canadian boats will be in either Duluth, Superior, Two Harbors or Silver Bay. That leaves US flagged boats loading iron ore pellets. And they will be doing that in each of those ports today. Duluth gets the Edwin H. Gott. It left Two Harbors last Sunday with iron ore pellets for Gary. It will be back for more pellets for Gary today, this time loading from the CN dock in West Duluth. Above, the Edwin H. Gott turns into the Duluth harbor after coming under the Lift Bridge in September, last year. Photo taken on September 10, 2007
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Edwin H. Gott got the blues

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The Edwin H. Gott arrived under the Lift Bridge as Mike Zito was on stage leaning into his guitar at the Bayfront Blues Festival on Sunday afternoon. The Gott came in for some blues and some gas before loading up on iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock in Superior. Those will go to steel mills in Toledo. Photo taken on August 10,2008
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Edwin H. Gott making turn in harbor

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Duluth sent and will receive the last two boats to go through the Soo Locks in each direction this year before they closed for the winter. The Michipicoten departed here with taconite at 1:40 Monday afternoon. It arrived at the Soo Locks and went through at 11:10 Tuesday night. In the other direction, the Edwin H. Gott, seen above entering the Duluth harbor in September last year, cleared the locks Tuesday evening and was expected here very early this morning. Earlier in the week, the John G. Munson loaded iron ore in Marquette for Algoma Steel on this side of the locks. It was expected to depart there for Duluth and winter lay up early Wednesday morning. Photo taken on September 10, 2007
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Gott got into port yesterday

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The American Mariner is expected to be here today to load taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. That cargo will go to the Mittal Steel plant in Indiana Harbor. Yesterday, the salt water ship Utviken was loading taconite at the BN dock in Superior for Mittal Steel in Algeria. Last week, the American Mariner was here to load taconite at the BN dock in Superior for Zug Island, near Detroit. Today will be the 15th trip the American Mariner has made here this year. Last year, it was here 33 times. Above, the Edwin H. Gott came into port on Monday morning. Photo taken on September 10, 2007.
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Edwin H. Gott at last winter’s layup

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After discharging taconite in Gary, the Edwin H. Gott should be here this morning to load taconite for Nanticoke. This is only the Gott’s 7th trip to the Twin Ports this season; last year, it was here 11 times to load cargo. It uses the Two Harbors dock more often when it is on Lake Superior loading taconite for lower lakes ports. However, as this past winter (above), the 1,000-footer often spends the winter layup in Duluth.
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Edwin H. Gott at winter layup

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The Edwin H. Gott is expected here this morning to load taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth for Nanticoke, Ontario. Although it spent the winter in Duluth at the Port Terminal (above), until today the Gott has only been back two other times this season. Most of the time, the Gott has been loading taconite at Two Harbors for Gary, Indiana with some trips, as today, taking taconite to Nanticoke. The Gott is the most powerful boat on the Great Lakes, generating 19,500 hp with two diesel engines. Built in 1979 at Sturgeon Bay, it was named for the president of the United States Steel Company from 1967 to 1969. Photo taken January 14, 2007.
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Edwin H. Gott entering Duluth ship canal

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The Edwin H. Gott is expected here this afternoon to load taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. This is only the 2nd time we have seen it this year in the Twin Ports. Usually it loads taconite at the CN dock in Two Harbors and takes it down to Gary. Above, it is entering the Duluth ship canal in November, last year. The Great Lakes Maritime Academy’s training ship, the State of Michigan, should have arrived earlier this morning. It left it’s home port of Traverse City, Michigan on May 12 for a two week training cruise with stops in Cleveland, Port Huron, and Duluth. While here, it will be docked at the DECC and will be open for public tours this afternoon.
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Gott gets Garfield berth

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The Edwin H. Gott came under the Lift Bridge on Sunday morning at 2:25. Later that morning, crew members had secured the boat at Garfield berth C (above) for winter lay up. The Stewart J. Cort came in at 6:54 Sunday morning and is now secured at Port Terminal berth 7. The next boat to arrive in the Twin Ports will be the Mesabi Miner, coming back on Tuesday from discharging a load of coal at Marquette. The Miner may take one more load before returning to spend the winter at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior.
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