The Joe Thompson turns into the CN dock

The tug-barge Joseph H. Thompson came in the Superior entry last night (September 28, 2011) at 10:32. The barge has a long and interesting history but the tug did the good stuff today. After pushing the barge next to the Graymont Dock to discharge limestone, the tug disengaged from the barge and went over to get fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock. That finished, she returned to her … [Read more...]

Joseph H. Thompson kicks up some ice fog

The tug barge Joseph H. Thompson departed Duluth on Sunday morning sending some birds from the thin ice into the air. With a cargo of iron ore pellets in the barge, it was completing its 23rd trip here this season. It was only here 15 times last year and 5 the year before that. When it moved out of the ship canal and into Lake Superior, the crew no doubt saw the Polish owned … [Read more...]

Joseph H. Thompson has lively history

The tug-barge Joseph H. Thompson (seen above entering the Duluth harbor in 2005) is due today with a load of salt. This is the 19th trip here this season but only the 5th one with salt. It usually brings in limestone. As today, it has almost always departed with a cargo of iron ore pellets, sometimes from the CN dock in West Duluth, other times as today from the BNSF dock in … [Read more...]

Joseph H. Thompson has much history

The tug-barge Joseph H. Thompson (seen above arriving in August, 2002) is due today with a load of limestone. This is the 12th trip here this season. It was one of the first boats of the season when it arrived on March 29th. The barge part is still most of the hull of a boat built in 1944 as the Marine Robin. It crossed the Atlantic several times during the war and was one of … [Read more...]

Joseph H. Thompson has long history

The tug-barge Joseph H. Thompson is due today with a load of limestone. After discharging that cargo, it will load taconite at the Burlington Northern before departing the Superior entry. The barge part is still most of the hull of a boat built in 1944 as the Marine Robin. It crossed the Atlantic several times during the war and was one of the many boats used in the Normandy … [Read more...]