The Joe Thompson turns into the CN dock

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The tug-barge Joseph H. Thompson came in the Superior entry last night (September 28, 2011) at 10:32. The barge has a long and interesting history but the tug did the good stuff today. After pushing the barge next to the Graymont Dock to discharge limestone, the tug disengaged from the barge and went over to get fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock. That finished, she returned to her other half, reconnected and after the discharge was completed, departed Graymont and moved up the St. Louis River early this morning and made her turn into the CN dock to load iron ore pellets.
Across the river, you see the sprinklers at Midwest Energy Corporation keeping the coal dust down. The start of their dock is at the left side of the picture. With gale warnings for Lake Superior, she may be in town a while even after her cargo holds are loaded. (Click pics for larger images and about the vessel.)
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