Halifax approaching Aerial Lift Bridge

The Canadian flagged Halifax, seen above arriving on May 27th, 2002, was expected to arrive very early this morning to load bentonite at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth. This is the 9th trip here this season for the Halifax, the second time it has loaded bentonite. It loaded iron ore pellets on the other 7 trips. It was built in 1963 as the Frankcliffe Hall and was 2 inches … [Read more...]

The Halifax here to load iron ore pellets

The Halifax, seen above entering the Duluth ship canal in May, 2002, will be here today to load iron ore pellets. It was built in 1963 in Lauzon, Quebec as the Frankcliffe Hall and was 730 feet and two inches long. The extra two inches made it, until 1965, the longest boat on the Great Lakes, bestowing on it the title of Queen of the Lakes. The Halifax was the last steam … [Read more...]

Halifax makes trail through ice

There is significant boat traffic scheduled for today but the weather may be more significant. High winds could effect all shipping activity in the port. Coal and taconite can be loaded in rain, but sometimes equipment cannot be operated in high winds and they can make it difficult to tie up to a dock. Salt water ships will have trouble loading grain. That doesn't happen in the … [Read more...]

Halifax arriving Duluth

The salt water ship Federal Pioneer should have departed Duluth by now after loading bentonite at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth. The Canadian flagged Halifax was set to follow it at Hallett, also loading bentonite, a clay that is used as an adhesive in making ceramic items and an additive mixed with cement. The Halifax was built as the Frankcliffe Hall in 1963 in Quebec. It's … [Read more...]

Halifax coming through the ice sheet

A week ago, Cary Godwin, Commanding Officer on the Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay, ran his ship straight into ice that was up to 36 inches in depth. Actually he backed and rammed the ice until it broke up. That was in Thunder Bay. They are back in Duluth now, with another, much less taxing, strategy for what is left of this winter's Duluth ice, particularly the ice sheet just … [Read more...]

Halifax approaches Aerial lift Bridge

This is not the best time of the year to be in the business of predicting boat arrivals and departures. Having said that, we expect 4 boats to go under the Lift Bridge today, including the first Canadian flagged vessel, the Halifax. The Halifax spent the winter in Thunder Bay, on Lake Superior, so it was free to travel the Lake loading cargo but will have to wait until March … [Read more...]

Halifax approaches Aerial Lift Bridge

The Canadian flagged Halifax will be here today to load taconite. It was built in 1963 in Lauzon, Quebec as the Frankcliffe Hall and is 730 feet and two inches long. The 'extra' two inches made it the longest boat on the Great Lakes, a distinction that lasted until 1965. It is the last steam powered boat in the Canada Steamship fleet and is named for the capital of Nova Scotia. … [Read more...]

Halifax enters Duluth ship canal

The Canadian flagged Halifax will be here this afternoon to discharge sand. It was built in 1963 in Lauzon, Quebec as the Frankcliffe Hall. It was 730 feet and two inches long. The 'extra' two inches made it the longest boat on the Great Lakes, a distinction that lasted until 1965. It is the last steam powered boat in the Canada Steamship fleet and is named for the capital of … [Read more...]

Halifax the boat named after Halifax the city

The Canadian flagged Halifax will be here to load taconite today. It was here fifteen times last year loading the same cargo. It is named for the capital of Nova Scotia, Canada. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/8/2004 … [Read more...]