4 boats for the Fourth of July

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In the afternoon on July 4th, 2016,the tug Ken Boothe, Sr. pushed the barge Lakes Contender through the Duluth harbor, on her way to discharge a cargo of limestone at the Graymont dock in Superior. They loaded their cargo in Calcite, Michigan. The tug barge is owned by the American Steamship Company in Buffalo, New York. They also operate the American Mariner; after loading coal at Midwest Energy, she departed at 5:25 this afternoon.
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The US Coast Guard ice breaker Mackinaw arrived in port Sunday morning, hoping to get (I assume) a good spot to watch the fireworks tonight. Notice the sleeping bags and blankets on the ground, left by folks hoping to save their spots for the fireworks 4 hours later. There were also two ladies with blankets and a basket of food sitting on the grass with the Mackinaw directly in front of them. Perhaps they were hoping a crew member would take pity on them and bring them aboard for a better seat.  (click the link just above, to the Mackinaw page and watch her launch on April 2, 2005. And yes, I managed to stay on my feet and to hold my camera, proof of which is the video you see.
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The Sjard arrived  just before 6 pm and with an assist from the tug Kentucky, made her way over to the CHS dock in Superior where she will begin to load grain on Tuesday morning. Earlier in June, she brought a cargo of wind turbine parts that she discharged at the Port Terminal.

Second trip for Ken Booth/Lakes Contender this season

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The tug Ken Boothe, Sr. came into port on Sunday afternoon, June 12, 2016, pushing her barge, Lakes Contender, filled with limestone to discharge at the Graymont Superior plant. This is her second trip to the Twin Ports this season; she was here on May 14th with limestone also. Below, she is in the Duluth ship canal with the salt water vessel Greenwing seen at anchor just below her self unloader arm.
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Good vessel, good camera, love the blue

The tug barge Lakes Contender/Ken Boothe. Sr. arrived in the Duluth entry on Sunday morning, June 16, 2013. Glenn Blaszkiewicz was there too and got the great picture you see below.
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This was her second visit to the Twin Ports this season. She made 7 trips here last year. On this trip, she loaded coal at Midwest Energy for Marquette.