Lee A. Tregurtha draws a crowd & a flag

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The Lee A. Tregurtha arrived Duluth at 1:43 early in the afternoon of January 16, 2017. She was the last of 9 boats that will spend the winter layup in Duluth Superior.
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A large crowd and one flag welcomed them into the Duluth Ship Canal. That is Jason Fyten in the brown/orange coat below the flag taking a picture while his girl friend, Amanda Victorson waves their flag. Jason is a summer tour guide on the William A. Irvin. He purchased the flag at Anchor Bay Outfitters (At Anchor Bay Outfitters we live the Sailor life. We design Boat Watcher gear that is voted on and approved by our customers and friends. #BoatWatchersRock). The flag flew on the Irvin last summer and will probably be there again this coming summer.
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When you look at the flag from the front, as I seemed to have neglected to do, it reads: 
Boat
Watcher
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4 Boats in Duluth harbor

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Three Rivers, the ship sitting in front of the James R. Barker at the Port Terminal Dock above, arrived Duluth on August 24th to load grain at Riverland Ag. After a partial load, she was moved to the Port Authority dock. The Algoma Harvester is expected in port this evening to load grain at Riverland Ag. When she completes loading, it is expected that Three Rivers will return there to complete her load. After loading coal at Midwest Energy, the American Integrity departed this morning at 7:30. She evidently encountered a problem and returned to Duluth at 9:12 this morning. Presumably the problem has been resolved and we see her below, departing again, this time around 2 pm. With better luck this time, she will take 68,000 tons of coal in a split load to the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison and then moving to the Monroe plant of the same company. The Barker is now loading coal at Midwest Energy. She will take 36,000 tons to the St. Clair plant for Detroit Edison and then drop 32,000 at Monroe.
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This trip for the American Integrity was her 22nd of the season; it is the first trip this season for Three Rivers; she was here once last season.  The Lee A. Tregurtha was in town for only her second visit this season. She was here 15 times last season. As she often does, she brought a limestone cargo in and then loaded iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth.
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Tim and Lee brighten up a dull day

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The Lee A. Tregurtha arrived Duluth this afternoon (November 30, 2015) at 2:00 (above). It was her 16th trip here this season; she made 22 trips last year. She loaded iron ore pellets at the CN Dock in West Duluth on most of her trips this season. She loaded pellets at the BN dock once, on May 15. Twice she brought limestone in before going to CN and at least once went to Silver Bay to load pellets. Below, the Tim S. Dool departed a half hour later after discharging cement at the Holcim dock, a task she accomplished on 8 other trips this season. She was here to load iron ore pellets twice this season, once at BN and once at CN in Duluth.
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World War II veteran visits Duluth

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 leeatregarticalfromjuly12015The Lee A. Tregurtha came to Duluth this morning (July 1, 2015) on her 6th visit this season. She was here 22 times last season; she has been here 164 times since 1996, when I first started to keep records for Twin Ports arrivals and departures.
2015-0701-1993She is one of the most interesting  boats we see here; she won battle ribbons in the Second World War (click to enlarge the image to the right) and keeps steaming forward. She caused me a little trouble this morning since she was scheduled to arrive about the time I am distributing my daily copy of the Duluth Shipping News and with this boat, I want to alert visitors to her significance  which  means I had to write and print the newsletter much earlier and faster than usual. Happily, I finished and ran out to hand deliver sheets before filling my distribution boxes and take some pictures. Read more about her by clicking on the piece of this morning’s paper I clipped (above) or go to her web page where you can also find other pages I have created over the years about this beautiful boat.

Celebrate 2015 in Duluth

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Above, the Lee A. Tregurtha started things off in the new year when she departed Duluth at 8:24 in the morning on January 1, 2015. The Paul R. Tregurtha, below, was the first boat to arrive in the Twin Ports this year at 3:17 in the afternoon. In between those two, the Mesabi Miner left at 9:51 in the morning and the Stewart J. Cort departed via the Superior entry at 11:40 am. The Paul R. left the Twin Ports this morning (January 2) at 8:47 with 66,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison. She is expected to make two more trips here this season, loading coal for Detroit Edison on the last trip, now set to arrive on January 11, 2015. The Lee A. loaded iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth.
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Snow, rain, ice and the Lee A. Tregurtha

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… arriving Duluth on December 22, 2014 for fuel and to discharge at Hallett #8

Lee A. Tregurtha arrived Duluth for pellets

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The Lee A. Tregurtha arrived Duluth today (April 4, 2012) for her 2nd visit to the Twin Ports in 2012. She will be loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. Click below to hear her whistle as she came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.

The Lee A. Tregurtha arrives Duluth to start her season

The Lee A. Tregurtha came to Duluth Superior 16 times last season. You will see her in this video arriving under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on her first trip of the 2012 season when she came in on March 24th, 2012. The other Tregurtha, the Paul R. Tregurtha, arrived 2 hours later. The Paul R is a regular visitor. She was here 49 times last season.

One Tregurtha out, another in

leeatregurtha20111226_0125 The Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth on Monday morning, December 26, 2011 after loading 64,000 tons of coal for her usual destination, the Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair Michigan. A little over an hour later, the Lee A. Tregurtha (right) came in to get fuel and then load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth.  An hour before, the Alder was out in the harbor but there was not much ice to break.

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Lee A. Tregurtha still fighting ice

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Seven boats are expected to arrive in the Twin Ports today. The Lee A. Tregurtha, arriving earlier this morning to load coal, will be the only departure, probably later this morning. The last time the Tregurtha departed Duluth, on April 1st, it got stopped in the ice sheet just off the Duluth piers. The Alder was out to help but a west wind, late in the day, blew the ice away and the boat continued on its way. The Tregurtha was built in 1942 as an ocean tanker and was used in the Atlantic to refuel allied boats in the Second World War. Battle ribbons from the war are displayed on the side of the pilot house.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-27-2009

Lots of ice, lots of boats

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Thursday April 2: The Walter J. McCarthy Jr., the Edwin H. Gott and the Edward L. Ryerson were set to depart on Wednesday evening. If they did not make it, they will probably try today.  The Lee A. Tregurtha made it to Two Harbors last night, the Gott should be there some time today. Both are there to load iron ore pellets.Very cold temperatures in December suggested we could have a tough spring fighting thick ice to get the season moving. The ice never seemed to be as bad as those cold temperatures suggested. Turns out the other end of the deal, when the ice starts to break up in the spring, might cause more problems. The severe east winds on Tuesday pushed a lot of ice, much of it broken up, right to the Duluth shore line, although not into the ship canal. The Lee A. Tregurtha was the first to find out about the problem, departing Duluth around 9:15 am and getting stopped in the ice not long after that. The Alder went out to help. Around 11 am, the Alpena was approaching the bridge and pulled up, deciding to wait. The picture shows the Alpena waiting in the water. It is not very often one sees a boat at that spot and not moving. The boat should have stayed. It decided to go out around 2:30 in the afternoon and not much beyond the piers; it too was stopped in the ice. Late in the afternoon, a west wind eased the ice jam. The Lee A. Tregurtha did get to Two Harbors, the Alpena was on the way home, and there was open water in front of the Duluth piers at 7 pm last night. The Alder left for Lake Michigan and an expected trip to Duluth by the Mackinaw was canceled. However, the Biscayne Bay left for Duluth last night from Thunder Bay. It will be here later today after a stop in Two Harbors to break a little ice.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-02-2009

Lee A. Tregurtha stopped in the ice off the Duluth piers; Alder out to help

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7:05 Thursday morning. The Alder is on her way to Lake Michigan to tend buoys and the Alpena is probably getting close to the Soo. Instead of the Mackinaw making her first visit to Duluth the west wind arrived and moved the ice away. The McCarthy left this morning at 6:06 and as you will note just below, the Biscayne Bay arrived Duluth at 7:05 this morning. We are back in business with our usual number of Coast Guard cutters. But we are watching the flags fly and hoping we will not see a return of a stiff east wind. The winter is not over yet.
7:15 Wednesday evening. The Mackinaw will not be coming to Duluth today and the Alder was planning on leaving later tonight for Lake Michigan to tend buoys. The Biscayne Bay is on her way to Duluth at present but will stop in Two Harbors first for a little ice breaking.
6:45 Wednesday evening. Never mind. It appears that the Lee A. Tregurtha is at Two Harbors, the Alpena is headed home; the Alder is still breaking some ice before turning into the Lake and going down to Lake Michigan for some buoy tending. I assume,
but don’ t know yet, that the Mac and the Biscayne Bay may not be coming. We go from 3 ice breakers here on Thursday to perhaps one. Oh, one more thing; as you will notice in the picture below, taken a few minutes ago, the ice seems to be leaving too. That’s a lot of open water.
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4:15 Wednesday afternoon. The Alder has moved away from the Tregurtha and is operating on the edge of the ice pack, estimated by the Coast Guard to be 6 miles out from Duluth. It appears to me that the Tregurtha has moved closer to the Alpena. The picture below was taken around
4:05 pm. The Alder was visible with the naked eye but not my camera’s eye. The Coast Guard reports the ice is about 26 inches thick. If still coming, the Biscayne Bay will be coming from Thunder Bay, the Mackinaw from the Soo.
2:45 Wednesday afternoon. The Alpena tried to depart, going under the Lift Bridge. It appears to be stopped in the ice just beyond the ship canal. The Coast Guard cutters Mackinaw and Biscayne Bay have been dispatched to Duluth. Biscayne to arrive around first light on Thursday morning; the Mackinaw later, perhaps early afternoon. More pictures coming.
The Alpena joins the party
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The Alpena is still moving here but very slowly and now it appears she is also stopped in the ice
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Above, the Lee A. Tregurtha stopped in the ice off the Duluth piers; at right the Alder is out to help; more info soon
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The Alpena is waiting just behind the Lift Bridge on the harbor side for the ’situation’ just off the piers to resolve.

Season to begin with the Alder on March 10th and the James R. Barker on the 18th.

The Alder announced their initial plans for the new season. See just below, dated March 5, 2009

The U.S. Coast Guard will be commencing icebreaking operations in and around Duluth/Superior Harbor on 10 March 2009. Areas of operation include Superior Entry, Superior Front Channel in vicinity of Barker’s Island, St. Louis Bay between Richard Bong Memorial Bridge and John A. Blatnik Bridge, and approaches to Duluth and Superior Harbor Entries.

The Coast Guard would like to remind all recreational users to plan their activities carefully, use caution on the ice, and stay away from shipping channels. Attempting to approach or cross over areas of ice broken by the Coast Guard could result in dangerous or life-threatening situations. Also, operations outside the port will disrupt the ice offshore in Lake Superior making it more susceptible to drifting.

Commander Kevin Wirth expects to break out from the Alder’s winter moorings at their dock on Park Point at 8:30 on the morning of March 10th.  They will also scout the offshore ice to determine thickness and coverage. They should return the next day, probably using the Superior entry again.
They will likely return to their moorings sometime later on Tuesday, March 10th. The first commercial shipping activity for the Twin Ports is expected to be the departure of the James R. Barker on March 29th.

Lee A. Tregurtha joins the layup crowd

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Yesterday, I corrected the information I wrote here the day before. Today, I will correct yesterday’s information. In my defense, the nature of shipping on Lake Superior in January is not very predictable. Ice conditions and this year’s economic issues are likely impacting shipper decisions. The Canadian Enterprise will not be here for coal. As it stands now the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin will take the last load of coal out of the port on Thursday. The good news for the area is the addition of the Lee A. Tregurtha to the port’s winter layup list. It is expected today. It is seen above in February during last year’s winter layup at Fraser Shipyards. That brings their total to 5 boats for the winter and the port’s total to 12. The addition to the list of winter layups means more revenue for local companies that work on the boats in the winter. More boats mean more work. Photo taken on February 22, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-07-2009

Lee A. Tregurtha passes North Pier Light

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The Paul R. Tregurtha came into port on Friday morning and waited at the Port Terminal for the James R. Barker to complete loading coal at Midwest Energy. The Great Lakes Trader also arrived on Friday and spent a good part of the day waiting in the St. Louis River for the Mesabi Miner to finish loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. Then, last night around 6 pm, the James R. Barker finished at Midwest and departed. Across the river at the CN dock, the Mesabi Miner finished loading iron ore pellets and departed. The Paul R. waited at the Port Terminal while the Barker and the Miner passed him buy on the way out and with a tug assist, went into the St. Louis River to load coal at Midwest Energy. The Great Lakes Trader had already moved into the CN dock to load iron ore pellets. The Lee A. Tregurtha, seen above entering the Duluth ship canal last January, watched all this from its anchorage just beyond the Duluth piers. It will eventually replace the Trader at the CN dock. Photo taken on January 11, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-27-2008

Lee A. Tregurtha welcomed by crowd

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The Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center will be 35 years old tomorrow. A birthday party yesterday was planned for outside but was moved inside because of the problematic weather. Outside might not have been good for birthday parties but it was great for boat watching at least around 6 last night. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed around 5:40. After clearing the piers, it moved over to make way for the Lee A. Tregurtha to come in (above). The North Pier Light was a good place to catch the action coming and going. Photo taken on September 27, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-28-2008

Lee A. Tregurtha turns up the Duluth harbor

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Late September still brings boat watchers to the Duluth ship canal. Many were there to watch the Lee A. Tregurtha come in around 6 pm on Saturday, September 27th, 2008.

The Tregurthas visit Duluth

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The Lee A. Tregurtha is due in port about 7 am this morning to load iron ore pellets. The Paul R. Tregurtha was here yesterday loading coal. It is named after the Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Interlake Steamship Company, the owner of the boat. His wife Lee gave her name to the Tregurtha that will be in port today. The Paul R. Tregurtha is a very regular visitor, coming about once a week, not so much the Lee A. It was here only twice in 2006 and twice in 2007. This has been a good year for the Lee A., at least as far as the Twin Ports is concerned. It spent the winter at Fraser Shipyards in Superior (above) and this is the 7th visit here this season; yesterday was the 21st of the year for the Paul R. It was here 59 times in 2006 and 58 times in 2007. Following the stereotype, the Paul R. is the largest boat on the Great Lakes; the Lee A. is one of the prettiest despite earning battle stars, and scars, in the Second World War.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-17-2008

Photo taken on February 22, 2008 at Fraser Shipyards

Lee A. Tregurtha here for coal

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The Lee A. Tregurtha came into port Tuesday afternoon to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources for Taconite Harbor. It likely departed for there very early this morning and is expected to leave there later today to load iron ore pellets at Two Harbors. It was followed at the coal dock by the Paul R. Tregurtha. It is loading coal for a Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan. The boats are named after Paul R. Tregurtha, vice chairman of Interlake Steamship Company and his wife Lee. The Paul R. is the largest boat on the Great Lakes. The Lee A. is one of the oldest and most historic, and to many people, one of the prettiest boats on the Great Lakes. It was built at Sparrows Point, Maryland as the USS Chiwawa and served as a tanker on the Atlantic Ocean during World War 2. The boat was awarded 2 battle stars.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-23-2008

Lee A. Tregurtha to load coal for Taconite Harbor

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The shipping season is slowly closing down. There were 3 boats that arrived on Friday for winter layup; the American Spirit, Indiana Harbor and the Canadian flagged Frontenac. A question often asked at the ship canal is: what’s in that boat? Today the answer for the three above was; a lot of tired sailors going home after a long season. The Lee A. Tregurtha also arrived on Friday (above). It went over to load coal for Taconite Harbor. After that short trip, it should be back today for winter layup. It will be joined in closing out the season today by the Roger Blough. It is expected this evening for layup. Photo taken on January 11, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-12-2008

Lee A. departs, passes Paul R. & James R.

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The Lee A. Tregurtha arrived a day earlier than I said here yesterday, and she departed Duluth a day earlier, leaving yesterday afternoon around 1:30 (above) and taking a load of taconite for a lower lakes port with it. It passed the Paul R. Tregurtha and the James R. Barker, two thousand footers, on the way out. All three boats are owned by Interlake Steamship Company in Cleveland. The Kaye E. Barker, another Interlake boat, will be loading taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior today. And yes, Lee A. and Paul R. are related as are James R. and Kaye E. Paul R. and James R., the men, are officers at Interlake and are married to Lee A. and Kaye E. respectively.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-06-2007

Lee A. Tregurtha and North Pier Light

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Until this spring, the Lee A. Tregurtha had been powered by the same steam turbine engine that was installed when it was built in 1942. When the last shipping season ended in January, 2006, it went to Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin to exchange that steam engine with a new diesel engine. A new controllable pitch propeller and pilot house control system now provide the captain with more direct control over his boat. The boat came out of the shipyard on September 29th last year and has been in service since. It was here in late December and it is expected again this evening to load the last taconite from the CN Dock in West Duluth. Above, it is arriving Duluth in March, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-05-2007

Captain of Lee A. Tregurtha

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Captain James Nuzzo (above) has been Captain on the Lee A. Tregurtha since 1992. He has brought his boat here many times, along with his extremely loud, two tone whistle that he thinks is original equipment from 1942 when the boat was built. It is so loud he never uses it between 10 pm and 7 am. He is expected early afternoon, so it should be loud as ever.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-05-2005

Lee A. is first from beyond the Soo

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The Lee A. Tregurtha arrived Saturday afternoon at 4:01. It is the first boat to come to Duluth this season from the other side of the Soo Locks which opened early Friday morning. Although not a frequent visitor, it arrived for its only visit last season on December 31st. It did not waste any time getting here for the first visit this season. Besides being a very pretty boat, it has one of the best, loudest and oldest steam whistles on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-27-2005

Lee A. Tregurtha leads the way

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Ice in the river below the Soo Locks delayed the departure of boats waiting to enter Lake Superior Friday morning. Instead of arriving early this morning, the first boats from beyond the Soo Locks should be arriving here this afternoon. The parade will still be led by the Lee A. Tregurtha (above). All the arrivals today came through the Soo Locks yesterday.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-26-2005