Birchglen and the North Pier Light

The Birchglen was built as the Canada Marquis in Govan, Scotland in 1983. It has been here many times as the Federal Richelieu and then the Federal Mackenzie. It became the Birchglen in 2002 when it was sold to Canada Steamship Lines. It has been at anchor off the Superior entry and should come in today to load coal for Belledune, a small port in the province of New Brunswick, … [Read more...]

Birchglen comes in from anchor

The Birchglen has been at anchor off the Duluth piers since yesterday. It should be coming in this morning to load grain. This Canadian flagged ship visited here many times as the saltie Federal Mackenzie. Last year, it was here loading taconite for China. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-09-2005 … [Read more...]

Birchglen to transit Panama Canal

The Birchglen is loading 25,000 gross tons of UTAC pellets for Laiwu, China. It is the first saltie to load at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth since the mid-eighties. When loading is complete sometime this afternoon, the Ukrainian crewed ship will depart Duluth for China, using the Panama Canal to get to the Pacific Ocean and then on to China. *submitted to the Duluth … [Read more...]

Birchglen sails the world

Prior to December, 2002, the above ship (here arriving Duluth on Saturday afternoon) was called the Federal Mackenzie. It was a salt water ship taking grain from Duluth to many ports in the world. Then Canada Steamship Company purchased it, renamed it the Birchglen and it became a Canadian laker. Still owned by Canada Steamship, it is now back flying a foreign flag and working … [Read more...]

Federal Mackenzie: First saltwater ship of 1999

Arrived: April 10, 1999 at 5:09 pm Is now the Canadian flagged Birchglen Captain I. M. Singh talks with Port Authority Director Davis Helberg on the bridge of the Federal Mackenzie on Sunday morning, April 11, 1999. They were celebrating the ship's arrival as the first saltie of the season. With the official business done, it was time to check out the … [Read more...]