April 1st, 2009 • Coast Guard, US Boats 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 … [Read more...] about Lee A. Tregurtha stopped in the ice off the Duluth piers; Alder out to help
Lee A. Tregurtha
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 … [Read more...] about Season to begin with the Alder on March 10th and the James R. Barker on the 18th.
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. … [Read more...] about Lee A. Tregurtha joins the layup crowd
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 … [Read more...] about Lee A. Tregurtha passes North Pier Light
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 … [Read more...] about Lee A. Tregurtha welcomed by crowd
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. … [Read more...] about Lee A. Tregurtha turns up the Duluth harbor
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 … [Read more...] about The Tregurthas visit Duluth
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 … [Read more...] about Lee A. Tregurtha here for coal
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 … [Read more...] about Lee A. Tregurtha to load coal for Taconite Harbor
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 … [Read more...] about Lee A. departs, passes Paul R. & James R.
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 … [Read more...] about Lee A. Tregurtha and North Pier Light
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 … [Read more...] about Captain of Lee A. Tregurtha