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