Halifax approaching Aerial Lift Bridge

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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 over 730 feet. The extra two inches made it, until 1965, the longest boat on the Great Lakes, the last steam powered vessel on the Great Lakes to hold the title.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-16-2008

The Halifax here to load iron ore pellets

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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 powered vessel on the Great Lakes to hold the title.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-14-2008

Halifax makes trail through ice

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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 rain. The Whistler got out last night with a cargo of grain, but the Federal Weser, Kamenitza and the BBC Elbe will probably be delayed. The Beluga Efficiency has been discharging wind turbine parts before loading grain. Neither activity goes well in high wind. The Halifax was expected earlier this morning. Above, it is coming into port last March, not at all bothered by the cold weather and ice. Photo taken on March 24, 2007. [Halifax was scrapped in 2011.]
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-18-2007

Halifax arriving Duluth

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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 length, 730 feet and two inches, made it the longest boat on the Great Lakes for two years. That distinction gave it the title of Queen of the Lakes. A self unloader was added to the deck in 1980. A sister ship, the Baie St. Paul, without that addition, was scrapped in India in 1996. [Halifax was scrapped in 2011].
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-22-2007

Halifax coming through the ice sheet

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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 beyond the Duluth piers. It has been there for several weeks. It shouldered hockey players, fishermen, skaters, a diving expedition, walkers and a few runners. It stayed in place during our blizzard with 60 mph winds coming out of the east and it outlasted some fairly warm and sunny days. It is ripe for the Biscayne Bay to do it in. They are waiting at the DECC for a west wind. If you notice such a wind in the next couple days, you might watch them when they go out there. Wave good-bye to the ice as they break it up and the west wind blows it to its eventual death out in Lake Superior. Yesterday, the Halifax came through the track (above) first cut a week ago by the Biscayne Bay. The Halifax started their trip in Thunder Bay, also with the help of the Biscayne Bay. Photo taken on March 24, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-25-2007

Halifax approaches Aerial lift Bridge

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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 25th for the Soo Locks to open to take its cargo to a lower lakes port. It will be the first boat to load taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior and it is also the first boat not named the Mesabi Miner to depart the port. The Halifax is expected early this morning to come under the Lift Bridge and load fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock before proceeding up the Superior channel to the BN. Other boats are experiencing some delays in getting out, which is to be expected since they have been sitting in one place for two months. Loading equipment at the docks has also been idle and some delays are expected as the whole port slowly swings into action for the new season. Above, the Halifax is seen entering the ship canal in May of 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-23-2007

Halifax approaches Aerial Lift Bridge

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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. A self unloader was added to the deck in 1980 that has given it a longer life. A sister ship, the Baie St. Paul, without that addition, was scrapped in India in 1996. Photo taken May 27, 2002. [Halifax was scrapped in June of 2011]
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-04-2006