Busy morning in Duluth harbor

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The Isolda came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning at 7:10 and with the assistance of the tug Kentucky, went straight into the dock at Riverland Ag, directly across the Duluth harbor from the bridge. Twenty minutes later, the Herbert C. Jackson arrived, passing the Isolda on her way to discharge limestone. This is the first trip back to the Twin Ports since the Jackson left her winter layup at Fraser Shipyards on March 23, this year, on her way to load iron ore pellets at Silver Bay. The Isolda was last here in July, 2015.

American Integrity replaced by the Herbert C. Jackson.

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Above, the American Integrity departed Duluth today (December 22, 2016) at 1:30 in the afternoon with 68,000 tons of coal loaded at Midwest Energy Resources. She will deliver a split load to Detroit Edison power plants at Monroe and St. Clair. This was her 31st trip to the Twin Ports this season; she made 30 trips last year.
The Herbert C. Jackson came in this morning at 10:56 and is seen below getting fuel at Calumet before taking the American Integrity’s place at Midwest Energy. She will load 16,000 tons of coal to take to Trenton, Michigan for the Trenton Channel Power Plant operated by Detroit Edison. The Jackson had her steam engine replaced with a new, energy-efficient diesel engine at Fraser Shipyards in Superior over the winter and departed the shipyard on September of this year. This is only her 4th trip here this season.
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Jackson out and then back in

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The Herbert C. Jackson came into port on December 11, 2015 and went to Fraser Shipyard in Superior where Interlake Steamship’s last steam powered vessel was converted to diesel power (see below). This morning (September 22, 2016), under heavy fog, she departed Duluth at 10:19 (above) for her sea trials, necessary to make sure she is fit and ready to resume her cargo carrying duties. She came in just a couple hours later (below) and is now at the Port Terminal. Not sure why the early return.
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From Interlake Steamship release, December, 2015: The Jackson’s new 6,250-BHP propulsion package includes a pair of MaK 6M 32E engines – the first of their kind to power a vessel on the Great Lakes — which will give the ship enhanced propulsion capabilities and reliability. In addition, the ship will receive a twin-input, single-output Lufkin gear box with twin pto shaft generators, a Schottel controllable-pitch propeller system and Gesab exhaust gas economizers along with an auxiliary boiler. The economizers allow the ship to harness the waste heat and energy from the main engine exhaust and produce “free steam” to heat the accommodations and for heating various auxiliary systems and fuel oil services.
In total, the repowering is estimated to reduce the ship’s emissions of particulate matter by 35%, carbon dioxide by 57% and sulfur oxides (SOx) by 63%. “Not only are these engines extremely efficient, they are dual fuel capable thus could be modified to be fueled by LNG if the supply chain infrastructure for supplying LNG is built out around the Great Lakes,” Barker says. “By choosing these engines, we have the enhanced capability to further lower our environmental footprint in the future.”

Jackson to Riverland for grain

herbertcjackson20130621_9228I woke up this morning (Friday, June 21, 2013) and thought I saw the Herbert C. Jackson backing down the Duluth harbor toward the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. I also noticed that the bridge was not going up. I later found out the Jackson came into port at 5:27 in the morning and went to the Calumet Fuel dock for fuel. Her destination was the Riverland Ag grain terminal (formerly Cargill) which she passed on her way to the fuel dock. What I saw was her backing down the harbor from the fuel dock so she could turn into the Riverland Ag (above) to load grain.
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A while later, I took the  picture above of her at the dock. Later still, I received this picture (below) from John Zywicki who works at Riverland Ag, a view not many of us have seen before.
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The Herbert C. Jackson brings coal to Duluth

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The Herbert C. Jackson arrived in Duluth on May 17, 2013 with eastern coal to discharge at Hallett #5. She will then cross the St. Louis River and load western coal at Midwest Energy Resources to take to Presque Isle, in Marquette, Michigan.
 
The Captain on the Herbert C. Jackson, to the Coast Guard on channel 22A, around 2 am on May 12th 2013

Captain: Herbert C. Jackson on 22A

CG: Herbert C Jackson Coast Guard sector Detroit, go ahead.

Captain: I just want to report  that while trying to transit through Jefferson Street Bridge, the Jefferson Street Bridge closed on me and I hit the bridge.

Listen to the whole Radio transmission between the Jackson and the Coast Guard right after the Jackson collided with the Jefferson Street Bridge in Detroit. It is rare to hear the Captain of a boat minutes after an accident. He will tell you what happened in the early morning of May 12, 2013.

Herbert C. Jackson arrives with coal …

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The Herbert C. Jackson is here to discharge at Hallett Dock #5. She will then move a slip down the St. Louis River to the CN Dock to load iron ore pellets.
Listen here to her whistle as she arrived today (October 26, 2011)

Herbert C. Jackson arrives for grain

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The Herbert C. Jackson arrived in port on Thursday at 7 pm (pictured). After taking on fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock, it went over to the CHS elevator in Superior to load grain. The Jackson was built in 1959, a reminder of life on the Great Lakes before the thousand footers arrived. It is ‘only’ 690 feet long and was built with the traditional pilot house at the bow of the boat, meaning the captain looked directly into the water in front of the boat. Looking back, he would see the rest of the boat. Thousand footers are the reverse. The captain operates the boat from a pilot house at the stern of the boat. He sees the entire boat in front of him and water behind him. Photo taken on June 18, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-19-2009

Herbert C. Jackson draws a crowd

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All roads lead to Nanticoke, Ontario, at least for three boats we expect to be here today. The Edwin H. Gott will be here to load taconite for Nanticoke, and both the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and the Algolake are expected this morning to load coal for there also. All three should be able to complete loading their cargo and depart later today. When they are done, the Paul R. Tregurtha, the third thousand footer of the day, will load coal for Detroit Edison. It won’t depart until Thursday. Somewhere in this mix, the Herbert C. Jackson will try to load some coal for Marquette.  Photo taken on July 15, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-10-2007

Herbert C. Jackson brings ice

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The Herbert C. Jackson is expected under the Lift Bridge around 6 am. It is bringing a cargo of limestone to the Northland Stone dock and will then move up the St. Louis River to discharge a cargo of sand at the Hallett 8 dock in Superior. Once that is complete, it will move next door to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock to load about 18,500 tons of coal for the Shiras Steam Plant, operated by the Marquette Board of Light and Power in Marquette, Michigan. Above, the Jackson pushes the ice away as it comes through the Duluth ship canal on December 12, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-02-2007

Herbert C. Jackson arrives for coal

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The Herbert C. Jackson arrived in port late Sunday afternoon (above). It is here to load about 18,500 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources to take to the Shiras Steam Plant, operated by the Marquette Board of Light and Power in Marquette, Michigan. This will be the 5th trip the boat has been to the Twin Ports this season. Last year, it was here 13 times. The St. Clair will depart before her with coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The Mesabi Miner will move in after her to load coal for the Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan. Photo taken on July 15, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-16-2007

Herbert C. Jackson at Aerial Lift Bridge

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Today’s shipping looks almost like it was planned. Arrivals and departures are spread out evenly throughout the day, for the most part. The American Mariner and the American Integrity look like they may have to fight for a spot at Midwest Energy Resources in the late afternoon. The first one here gets the berth. Out in the lake, they probably already know who will win that race since these big boats usually run at their most efficient speed and don’t have a lot left over for racing. The Herbert C. Jackson, seen above coming under the Lift Bridge last month, should arrive very early in the morning to load grain and may be able to depart this evening.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-11-2006

Herbert C. Jackson in Twin Ports harbor

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The Herbert C. Jackson (above, departing Duluth in August, 2002) will be here today for the 8th time this season. Last year, the Jackson made 15 trips to the Twin Ports. While here, it will load coal for delivery to Marquette, Michigan, on the southern shore of Lake Superior. It will be back again in a week to load more coal for Marquette. The Polish owned and crewed Iryda should be arriving today to load spring wheat and soy beans for Ghent, Belgium. It was built in Japan in 1999. It makes about one trip a year to the Twin Ports, usually staying about two days.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-17-2006

Herbert C. Jackson in Duluth canal

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The last grain shipment left Duluth last night on the Algonorth. The other cargos are still moving. Today, we will be getting cement, coal and limestone and and sending coal and taconite out. The seldom seen Buffalo will make an appearance today with limestone, leaving later for Silver Bay. Above, the Herbert C. Jackson arriving earlier this month. Today, it will discharge a cargo of coal before loading another coal shipment for Marquette.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-21-2005

Jackson coming in for grain

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A real sign of winter: the Earl W. Oglebay came in yesterday to discharge a load of limestone. It will then move over to the Fraser Shipyard in Superior, becoming the first boat to come in port for the winter layup. Above, the Herbert C. Jackson kicked up a little ice as it came into port this morning to load grain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-13-2005

Herbert C. Jackson will take coal

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The Herbert C. Jackson will be here today for the 6th time this season. Last year, the Jackson made 19 trips to the Twin Ports. While here, it will load 18,500 tons of coal for delivery to Marquette, Michigan, on the southern shore of Lake Superior. Photo taken August 26, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-21-2005

Jackson takes coal to Marquette

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The Herbert C. Jackson will be here today for the 19th time this season. It will load 16,500 tons of coal for delivery to the city of Marquette, Michigan, on the southern shore of Lake Superior. Above, it was arriving Duluth on January 5 last year to do the same thing.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-03-2005

Herbert C. Jackson

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On January 5th this year, the Herbert C. Jackson arrived in Duluth to load coal for Marquette, Michigan, on the south shore of Lake Superior. It brought ice on the bow and picked up winter fog in the Duluth ship canal. Photo taken August 26, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-05-2004

Herbert C. Jackson gets coal for Marquette

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Built in 1959, the Herbert C. Jackson will be here today to load coal for Marquette, Michigan, on the south shore of Lake Superior.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/9/2004