Nice sight passing in Duluth harbor this morning

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At 7:30 this morning (September 13, 2016), the rarest Duluth arriving boat was coming in when the prettiest Duluth departing boat was doing just that. The Stewart J. Cort was on her way to load iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock and the Joseph L. Block was departing after discharging limestone and loading some iron ore fines.

Block departs Duluth

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The Joseph L. Block departed Duluth on Monday afternoon, June 8, 2015 after discharging a limestone cargo at Graymont. She is going to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. This was her 4th trip to Duluth Superior this season; she was here 15 times last year.

First trip for Block to Twin Ports in 2015

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The Joseph L. Block came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Saturday afternoon, April 25, 2015. She is here to discharge a cargo of limestone before leaving for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets.
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Party at the Port Terminal

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After discharging limestone at the Graymont Lime Plant, the Joseph L. Block (left) is making the turn into the Duluth harbor as she departed Duluth for Two Harbors this morning (November 26, 2013). She will load iron ore pellets at the CN dock there.  The Presque Isle is at the Calumet Fuel dock and in front of her, the Cornelia is still discharging clay at the Port Terminal. In the middle, a Great Lakes Towing tug appears to be returning to her dock.

The Block and the Speer go out and in

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With an office right next to the Lift Bridge, I have it pretty easy when it comes to being close by when I want to take a picture of a boat. It became even easier when I moved to an apartment overlooking the harbor. But today, I got up from the breakfast table and turned around to see the Edgar B. Speer pulling away from her temporary berth at the Port Terminal and waiting for me to get my camera before she turned toward the bridge, which would have taken the morning sun shining on the Speer’s east facing side away. With that done, I got in my car and drove to work, just in time to see the Joseph L. Block arriving to discharge limestone.
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Duluth on a Saturday night

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Saturday evening, June 8, 2013, Duluth harbor. The Arthur M. Anderson had arrived in port at 7 am that morning with limestone to discharge at the C. Reiss terminal in West Duluth. Finished with that job, she departed Duluth at 7:38 Saturday evening (below) for the Two Harbors CN dock to load iron ore pellets. Not sure why she is pointing away from the Aerial Bridge above (possibly turning around after fueling). Behind the Anderson, we see the Joseph L. Block, arriving under the Aerial Bridge at 7 pm, on her way to discharge limestone at the CN dock in West Duluth. At the right, we see the Liberian flagged  Yulia still at the Port Terminal where she has been discharging cargo for several days.
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In 2013, the Anderson has worked the limestone trade, loading in Port Dolomite and Calcite in Michigan and discharging that cargo at the Hallett dock and C. Reiss Dock in Duluth, at Buffington and Huron in Ohio and in Detroit. Her trips to Duluth with limestone are followed by loading iron ore pellets at the CN docks in Duluth or Two Harbors which she takes to either Gary or Conneaut. Then after a couple trips loading and discharging limestone in the lower lakes, she brings a load up here to discharge before loading iron ore pellets for her downbound trip.

Joe Block here with limestone

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She brought limestone for the CN dock in West Duluth. When she completes discharging that cargo, she will move to the CN dock in Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets.

Two toots from the Block

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The Joseph L. Block came into port on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 with a cargo of limestone to discharge; she will then load iron ore pellets at the CN Dock and depart. Listen to her whistle, twice , first to the bridge while in the ship canal and then to the passing Vista Queen after turning into the harbor.
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Block and bridge warning

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The Joseph L. Block entered the Duluth ship canal around 6 last night with a cargo of limestone to discharge at the Graymont Dock in Superior. The Wednesday night sailboats had stayed inside because of the lack of wind and the Block realized they were pretty close to where he was going to make his turn into the harbor. Both the Block and the Lift Bridge sounded 5 short blasts on their whistles, a signal of danger. By the time the Block arrived in the harbor, the sailboats had moved to the Park Point side of the harbor (pictured). There are right of way guidelines but physics takes over when a very big, long boat is pointed at smaller boats. The big boat cannot come to a stop quickly and often, as in this case, really has no where else to go but stay in the shipping channel. No contact was made but some feathers were ruffled a bit. Photo taken on July 01, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-02-2009

Block departs with the blues

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The Joseph L. Block went under the Lift Bridge on Friday afternoon, on its way to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. At the same time, Shannon Curfman was in the middle of her set at the Bayfront Blues Festival (above). Both the Blues and the boats continue today, most of the boats will be here for coal; 4 thousand footers, all loading coal, will come under the Lift Bridge to back up the Blues at Bayfront. Photo taken on August 08, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-09-2008

Joseph L. Block seen discharging limestone at Hallett #8

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The Joseph L. Block was due this morning with a cargo of limestone that will be discharged at the CN Dock in West Duluth. Above, the boat is seen discharging limestone in November of 2006 at the Hallett Dock just across the St. Louis River from CN. The 250-foot self unloader that we see sitting on the deck when the Block comes under the Lift Bridge is swung out to the side to discharge the cargo onto the ground. Quite often it is also swung over to the side when the boat is loading cargo, although in that case, it is to keep it out of the way while a loader is pouring cargo into the boat’s holds.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-17-2008

Joseph L. Block here with limestone

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Today, the Twin Ports will send a lot of coal to electrical power plants in the lower lakes and we will discharge the first of many ships bringing wind turbine parts to be taken by truck from here to wind farms in the mid west. The Twin Ports does not take a side when it comes to energy. We take what we get and move it on its way. Neither coal nor wind turbine parts are built here or used here. It is the same with taconite and grain. The BBC Zarate is expected around first light with wind turbine parts. There is a line to get coal. Last night, the Algorail was waiting in the lake for two boats to depart before it came in. The American Integrity is after the Algorail and then the Algolake. The Joseph L. Block will bring limestone in before leaving for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. Above, it is coming under the Lift Bridge last August.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-01-2008

Block departing Duluth with taconite

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The Joseph L. Block departed Duluth late Tuesday afternoon (above) after discharging limestone and then loading taconite and some taconite byproduct to take to a steel mill on the lower lakes. The Lake Ontario was expected to depart Duluth today with a cargo of flax, wheat and soy beans but high winds with gusts up to 28 mph delayed the loading at AGP. Assuming better weather, they will continue loading today with a likely departure on Thursday. At noon today, the St. Clair is expected to arrive to load taconite and the James R. Barker should be departing with coal. Photo taken on September 11, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-12-2007

Block arrives to large crowd

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All hands were on deck and waving as the Joseph L. Block came into port around 6:30 on Saturday evening (above). The 728 foot freighter brought limestone to the CN dock in West Duluth. When they complete discharging that cargo, they will move next door to the Hallett Dock to begin loading taconite by-product. Then they will go to the Two Harbors CN dock to complete loading taconite, departing Duluth about the same time they came in last night. Photo taken on August 25, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-26-2007

Joseph L. Block unloading

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The Joseph L. Block should have arrived earlier this morning with a cargo of limestone to discharge at the CN dock and the Hallett dock, both in West Duluth. This is only the second visit to the Twin Ports for the Block this year. It was here 14 times last year. In the picture above, the Block is discharging limestone at the Hallett Dock #8 in Superior. The 250 foot self unloader that we see sitting on the deck when the Block comes under the Lift Bridge is swung out to the side to discharge the cargo onto the ground. Quite often it is also swung over to the side when the boat is loading cargo, although in that case, it is to keep it out of the way while a loader is pouring cargo into the boat’s holds. Photo taken on November 22, 2006.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-03-2007

Block out, Federal Agno in

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Yesterday, as the Joseph L. Block was departing Duluth for Two Harbors with a half load of iron ore, the Federal Agno came in to load chromium ore for Sweden. If you were taking a walk by the ship canal, this was a great opportunity to see two boats. If you were in the long line of cars waiting for the Lift Bridge to come down, you were waiting for the dreaded two-for-one, two boats coming under the bridge during one lift. If you had a camera, it was just a nice picture (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-24-2006

Joseph L. Block turning in the harbor

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The Joseph L. Block is expected in the Twin Ports today to discharge a cargo of slag and then load taconite byproduct before leaving for Two Harbors to complete loading for a lower lakes port. The boat was built for Inland Steel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and is named for a former chairman of the board of Inland Steel. He was born in 1902 and was chairman from 1959 to 1967. This will be the Block’s 14th trip here this season. That is more trips it has made here already this season since it was here 16 times in 1999.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-20-2006

Block enters Duluth ship canal

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The Joseph L. Block will be here today with a load of limestone for the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It will then depart later today for Two Harbors to load taconite for a lower lakes port. The boat was built for Inland Steel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and is named for a former chairman of the board of Inland Steel who was born in 1902. He was chairman from 1959 to 1967.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-18-2005

Block brings rock

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The Joseph L. Block brought in a load of limestone for the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It will depart today for Two Harbors to load taconite for a lower lakes port. The boat was built for Inland Steel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and is named for a former chairman of the board of Inland Steel who was born in 1902. He was chairman from 1959 to 1967.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-28-2005

Block passes North Pier Light

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The Joseph L. Block is expected to arrive in Duluth today with a load of limestone for the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It was built for Inland Steel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1976. The boat is named for a former chairman of the board of Inland Steel who was born in 1902. He was chairman from 1959 to 1967.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-27-2005

Block brings limestone

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The Joseph L. Block is expected to arrive in Duluth today with a load of limestone for the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It was built for Inland Steel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and is named for a former chairman of the board of Inland Steel who was born in 1902. He was chairman from 1959 to 1967.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-01-2004

Joseph L. Block has been around…

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The Joseph L. Block was built for Inland Steel in 1976. It was here 7 times last year, usually discharging limestone and then going to Two Harbors to load taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-02-2004