In for grain, out with coal

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The Federal Asahi came in from the anchorage on Tuesday afternoon, September 29, 2015 to load grain at CHS 2 in Superior. This is her 7th visit to Duluth Superior since she was built in 2000 and her second trip this season; she was also here in May. Once in the harbor, she passed the Indiana Harbor, on her way out with 68,000 tons of  coal loaded at Midwest Energy Resources for the Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan.
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Indiana Harbor here for more coal

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The Indiana Harbor comes under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on December 29, 2014. I am waiting for the world’s largest Christmas ‘tree’ to come down but at least the leaves are off the trees that frame this shot in warmer weather. This is her 26th trip to the Twin Ports this season. After fueling at Calumet, she will load 66,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources for the St. Clair electrical generation plant of Detroit Edison.

Making up for lost time

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Above, the Iryda came into port this morning (May 22, 2014) to load grain at CHS.
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Above, the BBC Celina arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on May 21st to load grain at the CHS 1 grain elevator in Superior. The Apollon can be seen at anchor waiting to come in to load at the same terminal. Below, assisted by 2 Great Lakes Towing tugs, the BBC Celina moved up the harbor on her way to CHS 1.
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Below, the Indiana Harbor departed last night with 66,000 tons of coal she loaded at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. She is taking the coal to the Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan. It has been a while, I think, since a boat has departed here with that much coal. Usually, as last year, the largest cargo of coal was 64,000 tons. The additional cargo  no doubt reflects the higher water levels on the Great Lakes, which allow boats to carry more cargo. If some of the higher water is the result of the snow and ice that has been melting on the lakes and/or the decrease in water evaporation caused by the snow and ice, it is ironic that the same snow and ice that delayed the full start of the season by a month or more, is now allowing boats to carry more cargo, and helping make up some of the early season loss.
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It was Wednesday night when the Indiana Harbor departed and it was the first Wednesday of the season for the sailboat races.  With ice still out in the lake, they stayed in the harbor and seemed to spend a lot of time around the Vancouverborg, at anchor in the inner harbor waiting to load grain at the Peavey elevator. She is now at Peavey and the Elbeborg, not seen here, has taken her place at the inner anchorage. She is also waiting to load grain.

Indiana Harbor comes in for fuel

Listen to her whistle as she comes in:
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After spending the winter at Lakehead Pipeline in Superior, the Indiana Harbor departed using the Superior entry and came around to use the Duluth entry to come in for fuel (March 23, 2013, Saturday around 1 pm. She will depart later today for Two Harbors to load her first cargo of the year, iron ore pellets. She is the first big boat to enter the Twin Ports this season, but I don’t think we can call her the first arrival of the season since she spent the winter here. Below, the Mesabi Miner is at anchor waiting on the Roger Blough to finish at the CN dock in Duluth before she comes in to become the first arrival of the season. She also spent the winter here, but she took a cargo of coal to Marquette a couple days ago and is coming back here to load iron ore pellets.
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Nick gets two, three times, in Two Harbors

Nick Stenstrup took the three pictures below, the first this past December and the two below that last July. He tells us what he saw below.
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On December 22, 2012, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. loaded iron ore pellets at the CN conveyor dock in Two Harbors while the John J. Boland waited on the other side. I took this picture and the two below from the Two Harbors break wall.
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On July 1, 2012, the Capt. Henry Jackman loaded iron ore pellets at the conveyor dock while the Indiana Harbor waited.
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The next day, I caught the Edwin H. Gott loading iron ore pellets at the conveyor dock while the Cason J. Callaway waited to do the same.

Indiana Harbor goes out with coal

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The Indiana Harbor departed Duluth in the late afternoon of December 11, 2012 to carry 64,000 tons of coal from Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to their parent company, Detroit Edison.

The Indiana Harbor leaves Duluth with …

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… 34,000 tons of coal for St. Clair and 30,000 tons for Essexville. Both deliveries for Detroit Edison. (September 30, 2011). More on the Indiana Harbor

Callaway departed Duluth Sunday night

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Lakers damaged in Duluth-Superior harbor collision

Two lakers were damaged early Saturday morning when one hit the other in the Duluth-Superior Harbor, according to Adele Yorde, public relations manager for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. The Indiana Harbor was docked and loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources Co. and the Cason J. Callaway was loaded with iron ore and leaving the CN dock when they hit around 2 a.m., Yorde said. The Callaway was repaired at the Port Terminal and able to leave on Sunday. The Indiana Harbor is still docked in Superior where it is being repaired.
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The Indiana Harbor is currently undergoing repairs at the Lakehead Pipeline Dock in Superior and is scheduled to move over to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock to load coal on Friday, September 23rd. If that happens, she would be departing Friday evening; in other words; she will continue where she left off when she was hit by the Callaway while at the Midwest Energy dock last weekend.
Cason J. Callaway left Duluth for Gary to discharge iron ore pellets at 2342 Sunday night, September 18. She is expected to then go to Sturgeon Bay for repairs.

Indiana Harbor into port

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The Indiana Harbor came into port this morning (December 22, 2010) to load 64,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. She will  depart here to deliver the coal to Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan before returning around the 27th to do it again.

Duluth Shipping News webcam ….

… caught the Indiana Harbor departing Duluth late in the afternoon of October 23, 2010. Click here to watch the live action on DSNTV, unless of course there is no boat traffic under the Lift Bridge; then you can watch the cars go over the Bridge

Indiana Harbor departing Duluth

… on Sunday, September 5, 2010. She carried 64,000 tons of coal to Detroit Edison. This was her 19th trip out of the Twin Ports this season. This video was from Duluth Shipping News live 24/7 cam at: www.duluthshippingnews.com/dsntv

Indiana Harbor arrives Duluth …

Indiana Harbor arrives to load coal on September 5, 2010; this clip taken from the live video stream that is always available at http://www.duluthshippingnews.com/dsntv/

Indiana Harbor arrives Twin Ports for coal

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The Indiana Harbor arrived under the Lift Bridge on Sunday afternoon at 5:30 (pictured). It went through the Duluth harbor, made a half turn by the Blatnik Bridge and backed up the St. Louis River to a position directly behind the Paul R. Tregurtha. The Tregurtha was almost finished loading coal at Midwest Energy. Minutes after the Tregurtha departed the dock, the Indiana Harbor was in a position to move right in and start loading coal. Photo taken on July 19, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-20-2009

Indiana Harbor back here for coal

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The Indiana Harbor came into port on Sunday afternoon (above) to load coal. It had to wait for the Canadian Transport to finish at the coal dock. That happened around 7 pm last night. The Indiana Harbor moved in and probably left for Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair and Monroe, Michigan early this morning with about 64,000 tons of coal. While coal is still the big cargo moving today, there is cement and limestone to discharge, iron ore pellets to load and two ships loaded with grain to depart this evening. Photo taken on June 14, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-15-2009

Boats waiting at anchor for a spot in line

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The Canadian Transport (above left) and the Indiana Harbor (above right) were at anchor most of Monday waiting to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. The CSL Laurentien was waiting at the Port Terminal for the James R. Barker to finish loading coal, probably late last night. That would put the Laurentien completing around 3 am this morning, leaving the berth open for the Canadian Transport to come in. The Indiana Harbor may get to the berth late this morning after the Transport departs. That would put it leaving in the late afternoon or early evening, thus ending Monday’s lineup of boats. That will give a rather late start to today’s boats arriving to load coal: the Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Atlantic Erie and Canadian Olympic. And yes, there will be 3 more on Wednesday, including the James R. Barker, the boat that was first in line Monday. After a quick trip to Taconite Harbor, it will likely be at the end of today’s line waiting to load coal. Photo taken on June 01, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-02-2009

July is only 28 days away

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Spring is here, at least if you only look at pictures. Pretty yes, and cold, yes too. July is only 28 days away. The Indiana Harbor sits just above the observation deck at the Radisson Hotel. She is waiting to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior.

Indiana Harbor departs winter layup

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This year, the Indiana Harbor came in for winter layup on December 27th. Last year it was in on January 9th. Yesterday, it departed Duluth (above) from its winter layup berth at the Port Terminal. That was later than most of the thousand footers and reflects the slow year that is expected loading both coal and iron ore pellets here. Some late repairs were needed on the boat causing the delay in the last several days. We still have four boats yet to leave for the season; the American Spirit (a thousand footer), St. Clair, Kaye E. Barker and American Victory. In most cases, a thousand footer is more efficient than the smaller boats. Shipping companies do not like to keep those boats in port.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-17-2009

The Alpena hugs the North Shore on her way to Duluth

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The season may actually begin on Monday. The Alpena became a new entry in the ‘race’ for first. She was expected around 8:30 Monday morning but may be delayed since she is taking a longer route along the North Shore. A look at the satellite image here shows why. The open water closer the shore beats the ice in the center of the Lake.
The Lee A. Tregurtha may get away from her moorings at Fraser Shipyards and go up to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets in the middle of the day. The James R. Barker, once thought to be the first boat to move in the harbor, has slipped to third place (not that anyone but me cares), leaving sometime in the afternoon, probably later.

Indiana Harbor at left; Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. right, layup at Port Terminal. March 29, 2009

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Indiana Harbor and McCarthy docked for winter layup

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The days are getting colder and the end of the shipping season is getting closer. Last year, the Mesabi Miner was the last boat to come in under the bridge for winter layup, arriving on January 21st. This year, it looks like next Wednesday will be the last day of the season. The Edgar B. Speer and Edwin H. Gott are expected in for layup on Tuesday, and the CSL Niagara is still set to arrive that day for iron ore pellets. It would likely depart on Wednesday, January 13th, a week and a day sooner than last season. All of this depends upon the weather, and the temperatures will be very cold at the beginning of the week. Above, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. (left) and the Indiana Harbor (right) know enough to come in out of the cold. They are safely encrusted in ice in layup at the Port Terminal. Photo taken on January 10, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-11-2009

Indiana Harbor cook Maccine Moore

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The Indiana Harbor came into port on Wednesday morning at 2:43 to load coal. Maccine Moore was probably still asleep but it wasn’t long before she was up and into the galley of the boat to start the day’s baking. That’s what she does on the boat, and she has been doing it with American Steamship for 5 years. She also put in some time on a tug or two. Born in West Point, Mississippi, she now goes home to Dolton, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. Above, she is preparing the salad bar in the officer’s mess on Wednesday morning. Maccine and the rest of the crew departed Duluth around 3:45 Wednesday afternoon. On the boat it was 4:45; dinner was about done and Maccine was about done with her work for the day. Photo taken on December 03, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-04-2008

Indiana Harbor enters Duluth harbor

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The Indiana Harbor will be here today for the 38th trip of its season. On most of those trips, as today, it has loaded coal at Midwest Energy. Today’s cargo will be split between two Detroit Edison power plants, one at St. Clair and one at Monroe, both cities in Michigan. It was built in Sturgeon Bay in 1979 and is owned by the American Steamship Company of Buffalo. The maiden voyage went to Two Harbors, where it loaded taconite for Indiana Harbor, the home of Inland Steel. Above, it is turning into the Duluth harbor this past June. Photo taken on June 13, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-26-2008

Indiana Harbor departs via Duluth canal

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We will have two boats arriving by way of the Duluth entry today and two boats departing using the Superior entry. The Indiana Harbor is well on its way to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke with a cargo of coal it loaded yesterday. It departed around 3 in the afternoon on Sunday and should be arriving at the Soo Locks sometime this afternoon. It will return here on Sunday to load another 64,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power. Photo taken on October 19,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-20-2008

Indiana Harbor arrives for coal

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The Indiana Harbor, seen above entering the Duluth harbor in June, should be here shortly after the sun rises and it is expected to depart shortly before the sun goes down. In between, it will load coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan. This is the 26th trip the boat has made to the Twin Ports this season. Despite the fact it was named for a city that uses a lot of iron ore pellets shipped from the Twin Ports, the Indiana Harbor has loaded coal on all but one of its trips here this season. Photo taken on June 13, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-07-2008

Indiana Harbor loads coal for Silver Bay

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The Indiana Harbor came into port around 11 pm on Wednesday night and left the port with a load of coal for Silver Bay at 9:15 on Thursday morning (above). It is due back today, this time loading coal for Detroit Edison power plants at St. Clair, Michigan. Another thousand footer, the American Century will follow the Indiana Harbor at Midwest Energy Resources, loading coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan. Later today, the BBC Ontario will bring more wind turbine parts from Denmark.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-13-2008

Indiana Harbor back for more coal

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The Indiana Harbor arrived in port yesterday at 6 pm, just a little later than the snow did (above). On March 22nd, it left the port after a winter layup at the Hallett 5 dock, taking coal to Silver Bay. There it loaded iron ore pellets for Ashtabula. It is back from that trip to load more coal, this time for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It appears that the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin got free of the ice in the St. Mary’s River and was due here earlier this morning to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. It should be gone by noon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-01-2008

Indiana Harbor ready to start her new season

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In yesterday’s Duluth Shipping News, there was a picture of the Aerial Bridge in the up position for the first time in two months but it was only practice; no vessels came through. Last night, the Mesabi Miner filled up the void when it came in at 7:00, the first boat traffic of the season to come under the Lift Bridge. Two more boats, the Indiana Harbor and the Roger Blough, are expected to depart under the bridge today. On Friday, the Alder gave some extra attention to the ice just behind the Blough to make sure the boat would have enough room to back out and then turn toward the Blatnik Bridge and the CN Dock on the Duluth side of the St. Louis River. Photo taken on March 22, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-22-2008

Indiana Harbor arriving for coal

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The Indiana Harbor will be here today to load a cargo of coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan. It should follow the American Integrity at the coal dock this afternoon. It will be back here on Friday to load coal for its usual destination, Detroit Edison power plants at St. Clair, Michigan. Above, the Indiana Harbor is arriving in Duluth in October, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-19-2007

Indiana Harbor arriving Duluth

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Three thousand footers will be here today, all loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. The Canadian Progress, at 730 feet, will sneak into the line for coal also. The Indiana Harbor will be the first of the big boats to line up at Midwest Energy. It, as the other two, will be loading about 62,000 tons of coal for a Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan. This is the Indiana Harbor’s 15th trip here this season; it was here last year 40 times. Above, it is arriving in Duluth in October, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-13-2007

Indiana Harbor here for winter layup

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The boats are coming home in groups now. The Indiana Harbor came in for winter layup yesterday (above). Three more are coming in today for layup and the American Century isn’t done working yet. It will be here to load coal for Nanticoke but will not be returning this season. It will winter in a port below the Soo Locks, which will close at midnight on January 15th.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-10-2007

Indiana Harbor in the Twin Ports harbor

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Two US flagged thousand footers and one Canadian flagged boat will be here today to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. The Canadian Enterprise should be first at the dock followed by the American Century. Later this evening, the Indiana Harbor will arrive. The Canadian Enterprise and the American Century will load for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The Indiana Harbor will load for Detroit Edison at St. Clair, Michigan. On two previous trips this month, the Indiana Harbor took its coal to Ontario Power. Above, it leaves Duluth on December 1st on the first trip to Nanticoke. Detroit Edison owns Midwest Energy Resources and obviously uses some of the coal itself while also selling it to other parties such as Ontario Power Generation.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-22-2006

I saw the Harbor ice

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Above, the Indiana Harbor is seen departing Duluth on the first of this month. It took a cargo of coal to Ontario Power Generation at Nanticoke. Yesterday, it returned to take on another load of coal for Nanticoke. After it departs, three boats are scheduled to follow it at Midwest Energy – the Kaye E. Barker, the Algolake, and then the Paul R. Tregurtha. Two other boats originally scheduled for Sunday have been moved back to early Monday morning, perhaps because of weather out on the lake (high wind).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-10-2006

Indiana Harbor routine

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The crew on the Indiana Harbor will live like normal people today. They should pull into port about the time many of us are going to work, although their commute from Nanticoke is a bit longer than the average Twin Ports commute. After a hard day of loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior, they will depart Duluth around 5 or 6 tonight to return to Nanticoke, about the same time we are heading home. Above, the Indiana Harbor is arriving for work at 6:04 in the evening on October 10th. They left town at 6:04 the next morning. Not so normal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-01-2006

Indiana Harbor arrives to large crowd

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The Indiana Harbor come into port early Saturday evening (above). It will be loading about 62,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The boat will return here next Saturday to load another 62,000 tons for Nanticoke. The American Century and the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. should also be in port today to load coal. Both of them will be loading 62,000 tons for Detroit Edison. The Tatjana has been delayed by weather but should be here in the late morning to discharge steel coils. It will likely depart light later in the day.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-15-2006

Indiana Harbor here again, for coal

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The Indiana Harbor will be here today for the 24th time this season. That works out to about 4 or 5 trips a month. She was here 39 times last year. Three of the 24 visits this year found it loading taconite. It loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior during the 21 other visits. Today the Indiana Harbor will be loading coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan. Above, the Indiana Harbor is coming into Duluth last October.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-07-2006

Indiana Harbor departs in ice

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The Indiana Harbor is making its 16th trip here this year. Most of those visits, as today, find it loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior and taking that cargo to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The Indiana Harbor is one of 13 US flagged 1,000 foot long freighters working on the Great Lakes. It was built in 1978. On its maiden voyage, it loaded taconite at Two Harbors, delivering it to its namesake, Indiana Harbor, Indiana about 20 miles southeast of Chicago and the home of Inland Steel. Above, it is departing Duluth on December 12th, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-06-2006

Indiana Harbor enters Duluth harbor

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The picture above shows the Indiana Harbor arriving Duluth on October 10 last year. It will be here today to load taconite for Stelco Inc., a company in Nanticoke that produces a variety of steel products. This is the Indiana Harbor’s 7th trip here since departing from winter layup here on March 24th. Unlike many visits by boats loading coal and taconite, the Indiana Harbor will almost have a normal work day, coming in about 8 am, working until a little later than normal quitting time and then departing around 8 pm tonight.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-16-2006

Old ice

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Today is thousand footer day for Duluth, Superior and Two Harbors. Five of them will be loading coal and taconite. We are, I think, still waiting for our first load of limestone of the season. We should be loading the first grain on Tuesday morning when the first salt water ship of the year, the Ziemia Cieszynska, is here. One load of cement has been discharged so far, but no lumber or steel has arrived. Above, the ship canal was full of ice on this date in 2003. The next day, the Indiana Harbor would try 7 times to depart through the canal, but the ice stopped it every time. No traffic went under the Lift Bridge until the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed on April 21st. Enjoy our weather today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/2/2006

Indiana Harbor has season of coal

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The Indiana Harbor will be here today to load about 62,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison. In past years, the boat has carried both taconite and coal however it has loaded coal on all 33 times it has been to the Twin Ports this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-21-2005

Indiana Harbor under Aerial Lift Bridge

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The Indiana Harbor will be here today to load about 62,000 tons of low sulfur coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. It will then carry that cargo to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Above, the boat is coming under the Lift Bridge earlier this month.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-30-2005

Indiana Harbor carries loads of coal

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The Indiana Harbor was here yesterday loading coal for Silver Bay. It will return later today to load coal again, this time taking it to Detroit Edison power plants at St. Clair, Michigan. It will be loading about 62,000 tons of coal for each trip.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-03-2005

Indiana Harbor

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The Indiana Harbor was built in 1979. On its first trip, it went to Two Harbors to load taconite for Indiana Harbor, Indiana, the home of Inland Steel. It is one of 13 thousand foot boats working the Great Lakes, all flying US flags.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-25-2005

Indiana Harbor salutes the bridge

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Through the day, we expect 4 of the 13 thousand footers on the Great Lakes to arrive in the port. One of them, the Indiana Harbor (above), will load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior for delivery to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-31-2005

Indiana Harbor exits under the Aerial Lift Bridge

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The Indiana Harbor was built in 1979. On its first trip, it went to Two Harbors to load taconite for Indiana Harbor, Indiana, the home of Inland Steel. It is one of 13 thousand foot boats working the Great Lakes, all flying US flags. It will load coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-10-2005

Indiana Harbor captain retires

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After 40 years on the Great Lakes, Captain James Van Dongen will bring his Indiana Harbor under the Lift Bridge this afternoon for the last time. He goes home to Muskegon, Michigan from here, while Captain Billy Yowell, already on board the boat, will take over for him.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-12-2004

Indiana Harbor arrives for coal

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The Indiana Harbor will be here today for the 12th time this year. On seven of the trips, it loaded coal as it will today. The other four trips, it loaded taconite, once at the DM&IR Dock in Duluth and three times at Burlington Northern in Superior.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-12-2004

Indiana Harbor departs Duluth

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The Indiana Harbor was built in 1979. On its first trip, it went to Two Harbors to load taconite for Indiana Harbor, Indiana, the home of Inland Steel. It is one of 13 thousand foot boats working the Great Lakes, all flying US flags.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-29-2004

2003, another spring to remember

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March 20, 2003: the Mackinaw (below) arrives Duluth.
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March 24, 2003: the Edgar B. Speer (below), Edwin H. Gott, and Roger Blough depart Duluth
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March 29, 2003: The Frontenac is our first arrival of the year.
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April 1, 2003: The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. (not pictured) departed Duluth, the last commercial traffic until she did it again on April 21
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April 3, 2003: The Indiana Harbor tried 9 times to get through ship canal (above) but could not. She left her mark on the ice however (below)
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The task for the day was to help the Arthur M. Anderson and the Indiana Harbor depart using either the Duluth or Superior entry. We started the day, on the Sundew, breaking ice around the Arthur M. Anderson (below, center) in the Duluth harbor. 230405-2--004Captain Michael Gapczynski was trying to take his boat through the ice and out the Duluth entry. After making about four ice-breaking circles around the boat, word came to the Sundew from the Canadian ice breaker Samuel Risley that the ice beyond the Duluth piers would not budge. The Anderson returned to her dock.We headed straight for the Superior entry where we would join the Risley, now out beyond the ice jam and heading for the Superior piers. We would use the same plan for the day but at the Superior entry instead.
230405-2--099The Sundew made slow but steady progress through the piers. Just beyond the piers, she was stopped in the ice. I thought we were stuck in the ice, but I quickly found out the word to use was stopped. Of course, it’s a good time to get stuck, I mean stopped, in the ice. A larger ice breaker was waiting to help out just beyond the ice we were stopped in. As a 230405-2--181matter of fact, I suspect that one ice breaker enjoys coming to the aid of another ice breaker stopped in the ice.We were quickly freed and with two ice breakers now in the Superior channel, Sundew Captain Beverly Havlik (center) was happy with the condition of the ice. She decided to offer the captains of the Arthur M. 230405-2--096Anderson and the still waiting to depart Indiana Harbor a chance to take a look for themselves. She called them and they accepted her invitation to board the Sundew and go for a preview ride out to the Superior entry. We turned around and proceeded to the Port Terminal where we picked up our two new passengers.
230405-2--134It was a nice ride out to the Superior entry. Both Captains shared some really good sea stories. Every Captain on the Great Lakes I am sure has many stories to tell of bad times dealing with ice in the Great Lakes.T230405-2--146he story today was about to reach its conclusion. Both Gapczynski and Bill Millar, captain on the Indiana Harbor, decided they should go ahead. We took them back to their boats and returned to the channel to wait for them.
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The Anderson, though smaller, went first since her bow was angled. That gave her a better chance to move through the ice field. And, by now, I suspect the Indiana Harbor was not too interested in blazing new trails.
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Both boats made it out just fine, with the Sundew sitting off to the side, ready to help, but not needed this time. It was early evening, and at least for me, time to go home
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Wednesday evening, April 9, 2003. The Sundew is still breaking ice in front of the Duluth ship canal while the rest of us enjoy spring. Below, you can still see the ridge made by the Indiana Harbor during her futile attempts to escape Duluth last week.The crew of the Sundew parked in the ice and spent Wednesday night on the boat. They were back breaking ice at 6 am Thursday morning. Some of the ice boulders they are breaking off are up to 15 feet high. Like ice bergs, only 1/3 of it is above water. Sometimes a boulder (the size of a small bus) breaks away from a heavier sheet and it pops up quite quickly and dramatically, reaching its own new position of 1/3 above and 2/3rds below water level. The Sundew returned to her dock around 6:30 pm. She will be out again, Friday morning.

A cold good bye

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David Sundling, watchman on the Indiana Harbor, wins this year’s hospitality award. Braving wind, cold and ice, he stood his ground on the bow of the boat and waved to the assembled masses. This as he left Duluth, Saturday afternoon, December 30, 2000. (inset picture was taken a minute later than main picture)