Three boats for winter

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At the far left, the John G. Munson sits at her winter rest. On the right side, the American Integrity is docked at Berth D and on her right, the American Century sits at Berth C, all at the Port Terminal.

John G. Munson

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The John G. Munson came into port on Monday afternoon (above) with cargo loaded in Ashtabula. After discharging that, it will move over to the Midwest Energy coal dock to take on a load of coal for Marquette. It was built in 1952 with a self unloader on the deck, unusual for a boat built in the 50’s. It was 666 feet long, making it the largest self unloader on the Great Lakes. Early Monday evening, the Paul R. Tregurtha came into port. At 1,013 feet and 6 inches long, it is now the largest self-unloader on the Great Lakes. The Tregurtha was built in 1981.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-28-2009

Icy Munson passes Duluth North Pier Light

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The Lee A. Tregurtha arrived in port yesterday for winter layup. It is the 8th boat that has arrived for layup so far. Four more are expected; the James R. Barker and the John G. Munson should arrive today. The Munson is seen above coming in for winter layup on January 20th, 2004. The last two, the Edgar B. Speer and the Edwin H. Gott, are now expected next Tuesday. Right now, the CSL Niagara is scheduled for next Tuesday also but it will load iron ore pellets. It is my third guess for the last boat out.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-08-2009

John G. Munson at icy CN dock

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The John G. Munson arrived in Duluth on Tuesday evening to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth (above) for Gary. It didn’t bring much ice on its bow but it was surrounded by ice at the dock. Tugs had broken up the ice, making it easier for the boat to make the dock. You can see the boat’s self unloader turned out over the water to make room for the CN dock’s shuttle shiploader conveyor system to load the Munson cargo holds with iron ore pellets. The cold weather slowed the operations somewhat but by 6 pm last night, the Munson was set to go, earlier than originally thought. Photo taken on December 31, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-01-2009

Munson shrouded in ice and fog

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It is the time of year when any prediction of a boat’s arrival time needs to include the words,’weather permitting.’ On the other hand, weather isn’t always so bad as the picture above demonstrates. That was back on Christmas Eve, 2004 and the John G. Munson was coming in through the Duluth ship canal, decked out in a bright shiny coat of ice with a healthy batch of fog around it. Good coats of ice are often available to a boat when it is moving into a strong, cold wind that splashes the cold water into the air ahead of the boat and then, as the water turns to ice in the cold air, gently drops it onto the bow of the boat. Such was probably the case for the Munson as it pushed through Lake Superior last night, on the way to load iron ore pellets for Gary at the CN dock in West Duluth. It should have arrived earlier this morning, weather permitting.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-31-2008

Munson with nice Duluth sky backdrop

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Lately, we have had a number of boats, particularly the Kaye E. Barker, loading coal here for quick trips to Lake Superior ports such as Taconite Harbor, Silver Bay and Marquette. Today the John G. Munson will be here to first discharge limestone at Graymont’s Superior Plant, previously called CLM (Cutler-Magner), just east of the Blatnik Bridge before going to load coal at Midwest Energy, just west of the Blatnik Bridge. The Munson will then return to the Graymont Plant to discharge the coal there where it will be used in kilns that take limestone and create a variety of lime products. Above, the Munson is seen departing the port last June 28, 2008.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-26-2008