Duluth on a Saturday night

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.
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

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

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.

Block and bridge warning

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

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

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