Block here for 9th trip this season

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The Joseph L. Block arrived Duluth on Sunday, July 23, 2017 to load iron ore material at the Hallett #5 Dock in West Duluth. This is her 9th trip here this season. She was here 15 times last season. On most of her trips this year, she brought limestone to discharge at the CN Dock and the Hallett #5 dock next door and once to the Graymont Superior plant. She loaded iron ore pellets at the Burlington Northern Santé Fe (BNSF) dock in Superior on a trip here in April.

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