Alpena arrives Duluth with cement

Twelve boats spent the winter layup in the port; two of them plan to depart today; the James R. Barker with coal for Marquette, and the Lee A. Tregurtha light to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. A surprising late addition to the Monday schedule is the Alpena. It usually makes its first appearance here around the middle of April but will be here about noon with a cargo of cement for the Lafarge dock in Superior. The early arrival is a bit surprising since, according to the Alpena News, Lafarge is in the process of laying off 130 employees at their cement plant in Alpena, Michigan, also the home port of the Alpena. It is seen above in the Duluth ship canal in August 2006.
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Alpena arrives Duluth with usual cargo

Within this year of the wind turbine in the Twin Ports, today is the ‘day of the wind turbine.’ We expect one ship, the BBC Plata, to depart the port after discharging wind turbine parts, one, the Flinterland, will arrive to load wind turbine parts, and another one, the SCL Bern, will be here to discharge wind turbine parts, although it will have to wait for the first two to finish. And until wind turbines take over, the folks at Midwest Energy will be loading 4 boats with coal today, all going to electrical power plants on the lower lakes. And the Alpena, seen above coming into port August, 2006, will bring cement as it usually does about once every 3 weeks.
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Alpena enters Duluth with cement

The Lithuanian flagged Kapitonas Stulpinas was expected to arrive off the Duluth piers late last night, dropping anchor and waiting to come in to load grain. The Alpena came in last night with cement and the Canadian flagged Quebecois should be here this morning with another cargo of cement. The Alpena discharges cement at the LaFarge terminal in Superior; the Quebecois at St Lawrence Cement in Duluth. Above, the Alpena is coming in with cement in August, 2006. The Presque Isle loaded limestone in Port Dolomite, Michigan and arrived early Friday afternoon to discharge that cargo here before moving to Two Harbors to load taconite for Conneaut.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-03-2007

Alpena arrives Duluth with cement

Eleven boats are expected to come under the Lift Bridge today. If the lineup didn’t change, 5 of them have already come or gone. Of the 11, the James R. Barker counts twice since it should be here around 4 am to load coal for Marquette, Michigan and should be departing under the Bridge early evening. In a very strange occurrence, a ship named the BBC Italy will be making its first trip to the Twin Ports to load grain for Italy! The BBC Russia is expected on Monday and will not be taking anything to Russia. Despite the fact that the Alpena always brings in cement, it one of the prettiest and most popular boats that visit Duluth. Above, Alpena fans greet the boat on September 3rd of this year. Photo taken on September 03, 2007.
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Alpena enters Twin Ports harbor

The Alpena made its 10th appearance of the season on Monday morning (above), bringing another load of cement to the Twin Ports. It may leave sometime this afternoon. The American Victory was expected to arrive last night to load taconite for Mittal Steel in Indiana Harbor. When it is finished discharging the taconite in Indiana Harbor, it will come back up to Lake Superior to load taconite in Silver Bay to take back to Ashtabula. Like the last 4 days, today will be a very active day for Twin Ports shipping. Photo taken on September 3, 2007.
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Alpena arrives to warm welcome

The Alpena is here for the 13th time this season, bringing cement in on each occasion. It was originally the Leon Fraser when it was built in 1942 for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company. It was modified for salt water duty for a time, sat idle during the 80’s and was shortened by 120 feet in the late 80’s and turned into a cement carrier. That happened at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. Inland Lakes bought the Leon Fraser in 1990, renamed it and put it in the cement trade in June, 1991. It is a very pretty boat and it often attracts a crowd, as above when it came into port last August 21st.
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Alpena brings the usual

Many boatwatchers around the Great Lakes consider the Alpena to be the prettiest boat sailing today. Built as the Leon Fraser in 1942, it is one of the oldest. It also has one of the best, and loudest, steam whistles on the Great Lakes. It came into port on Monday afternoon with a load of cement, its usual cargo. It should be departing sometime later today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-06-2006