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