Gott, Kaye E. Barker arrive for winter layup

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The Kaye E. Barker came in for winter layup at about 12:30 this afternoon (Friday, January 15, 2016). She will spend her winter at Fraser Shipyards. This was her 5th trip here this season; last year she was here 2 times. The Edwin H. Gott came in on January 14th for winter layup at the Port Authority (below). She was here 3 times this season, the same number of trips she made last year.
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Kaye E. Barker departs Duluth

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The Kaye E. Barker began her season this morning, April 2, 2015, going under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 9:50 am. Above, she is just made the turn toward the bridge after fueling at the Calumet fuel dock at the Port Terminal. listenwhistlebarblue-2She spent winter layup at Fraser Shipyards.  Listen as she salutes the bridge while going out to the lake.

Kaye E. Barker makes short runs

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The Kaye E. Barker departed Duluth on Friday afternoon (above) with a cargo of coal for Taconite Harbor. It will be back this afternoon to load coal again, this time to take to Marquette, Michigan, on the south shore of Lake Superior. It will be the 16th trip to the Twin Ports the Barker has made this season, more than double the number of the last 10 years. Many of those trips, like today, were ‘local’ runs to Lake Superior ports. Photo taken on December 12, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-13-2008

Kaye E. Barker enters icy Duluth canal

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Winter weather is not kind to ship arrival and departure times. It is a little early for ice problems but two boats expected yesterday should be here today instead (the Kaye E. Barker, seen above entering the Duluth piers last December, and the Canadian Olympic). The St. Clair was expected back from Silver Bay to load another cargo of coal for Silver Bay, but instead it left here yesterday with coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The Canadian Olympic and Kaye E. Barker are still loading coal and they will slow down the two thousand footers that are behind them on Lake Superior. The American Integrity was expected around noon which would put it in line after the two boats above. The Indiana Harbor was behind the Integrity and we may see it at anchor off the Duluth piers waiting for the boats in front to get their coal and depart. The pile up here for coal might be why the St. Clair was rerouted. Shipping companies do not like to have their fleet standing around waiting in line.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-02-2008

Kaye E. Barker always a welcome sight

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The Kaye E. Barker has been to the Twin Ports 5 times this season. It will be arriving today and again on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Add four departures and we will have an opportunity to see the boat 8 times in 4 days coming under the Lift Bridge. It was expected here early this morning and should be leaving with a cargo of coal for Taconite Harbor later today. It will take two more cargos of coal to Taconite Harbor before coming back to load another cargo of coal on Saturday evening, this time for Marquette. The Barker loads and discharges cargo faster than the thousand footers since it is only 767 feet long. Short trips and faster loads account for the many times we will see it this week. Above, it is seen departing the port this past April. Photo taken on April 13,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-05-2008

Kaye E. Barker and bothersome ice

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It has been a slow couple days for shipping activity in the Twin Ports. Most everything stopped when high winds and ice created less than ideal conditions in the harbor. Often the hardest part of the job coming in to load cargo in conditions like that is getting close enough to the dock. As a boat moves close to the dock, any ice between the boat and the dock can get stuck between the two leaving the boat too far away. Above, the Kaye E. Barker got only this close to the Murphy Oil Dock on December 20th. In this case, that was sufficient. High winds can make that job even harder. And, the coal dock in Superior has the Christmas holiday off, their only day of rest since the season opened in March. Wind, ice and Christmas provide two boats to watch at anchor and one waiting inside. They return to work at 11 pm tonight. Photo taken on December 20,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-25-2007

Kaye E. gets visit from Captain’s family

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Captain Greg Sipper brought the Kaye E. Barker under the Lift Bridge on Thursday afternoon at 3:30. One hour later, his wife Emily and son Joel joined him in the pilot house on the boat (above) while the boat was refueled at the Murphy Oil Fuel Dock. Along with daughter Katie who joined them later, the Sipper family resides in Hermantown. Greg was born in Duluth and graduated from Denfield High in 1977. With any luck, the family got him back to Hermantown for at least a couple hours last night before he would have to return to the boat. That probably happened late last night when Captain Sipper was scheduled to take the Barker back under the bridge, this time with a cargo of coal loaded at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior while he was home in Hermantown for a quick visit. He is taking the cargo to Marquette. Photo taken on December 20,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-21-2007