Trader replaces McCarthy at CN

The Great Lakes Trader arrived Duluth Friday evening at 6:15 with limestone she discharged at the Graymont Superior Lime dock in Superior. She then went to the Duluth harbor anchorage to wait for the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. She arrived Duluth on Friday morning and was loading iron ore pellets for Zug Island, Michigan at the CN dock. This morning (May 14, 2016), … [Read more...]

New Great Lakes Trader page

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Tug/barge/icebreaker

Tug barges are interesting vessel(s). The Great Lakes Trader (barge) and the Joyce L. VanEnkevort (tug) were loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth on Thursday (January 2, 2014). Click the image for a larger version. Ice was an obvious problem but a tug/barge has a unique tool for breaking it up: the tug. Here the tug (right) had unleashed herself from the barge … [Read more...]

Lined up to load pellets

The Hon. James L. Oberstar came in to port early morning on Friday, September 20, 2013 to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. She is seen here, in back, entering the Duluth harbor on her way to the Aerial Lift Bridge and Lake Superior with her cargo of pellets. Meanwhile, the Great Lakes Trader (unseen here) moved in to load iron ore pellets at the CN.  The … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Trader here for iron ore pellets

The Great Lakes Trader came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge early this afternoon, April 23, 2013. She is here to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Trader makes it in while the sun still shines

The Great Lakes Trader made her first trip to the Twin Ports in September, 2000 and has been to the Twin Ports 127 times since. Today (November 29, 2011) is her 12th visit this season. On this trip, she brought in limestone to discharge before leaving to load iron ore pellets in Silver Bay. Often when in the Twin Ports, after the vessel is tied up at a dock, the tug will … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Trader arrives Duluth

The tug/barge Great Lakes Trader arrived Duluth on Sunday, October 30th, 2011. Click below to listen to her whistle as she came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Trader departs with Joyce

Since 2003, there have never been more than 10 arrivals at the Duluth entry in one day. Since then we have had that many arrivals in one day 7 times. We have had 9 ships arrive in one day 9 times since 2003. Today should push that number to 10. During that time, the average number of daily ship arrivals at the Duluth entry is 3.84. Included in the mix today are two tug barges, … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Trader arrives Duluth

The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader arrived in port on Friday afternoon (above). Here on its 10th visit of the year, it is loading taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. It was here a total of 10 times last year. The barge, built in 2000 in Mississippi, is pushed by the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort. It was built in 1998 in Sturgeon Bay. They have been together since 2000. … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Trader exits Duluth

The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader is expected in port today with a cargo of limestone. The barge is pushed by the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort. The barge was built in 2000 in Mississippi and the tug was built in 1998 in Sturgeon Bay. They have been together since 2000. The picture above, taken on December 11, 2005, shows the tug's elevated pilot house that allows the … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Trader arrives Duluth

The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader arrived yesterday afternoon (above) with a load of limestone. The barge is pushed by the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort. The barge was built in 2000 in Mississippi and the tug was built in 1998 in Sturgeon Bay. They have been together since 2000. You can see the tug's elevated pilot house that allows the captain better vision when … [Read more...]