Before the Alder and the Mackinaw arrived Duluth last night, they had to go through the Soo Locks. Coast Guard boats receive priority at the Soo since often, without them, other boats could not get to the Soo due to ice. On March 19, 2019, we see the Mackinaw and then the Alder moving through the Soo, on their way to Duluth. (Image courtesy of the US Corps of Engineers} … [Read more...] about Alder Mackinaw go through Soo Locks on way to Duluth
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 … [Read more...] about 4 boats for the Fourth of July
After a couple days relaxing in the warm Duluth weather, Saturday morning, January 9, 2016, woke up cold and getting colder so the Mackinaw went back to work, moving slowly down the Duluth harbor, past the ice fishing shacks and then turning up the Superior channel. … [Read more...] about Mackinaw leaves her mark in Duluth
The very rare-to-see in Duluth ivory gull has been here awhile instead of at her usual home on the ice in the Arctic Ocean. It is snowing and the temperature is about to take a nose dive. All that is left would be for the US Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw to make her arrival and that she did, this morning (Thursday, January 7, 2016) at 8:30. She is now docked behind the DECC. Shortly after … [Read more...] about Mackinaw joins our Arctic gull to celebrate winter
The Mackinaw led a convoy of boats that arrived off the Duluth piers this morning (April 30, 2014). Before they came in, the CSL Assiniboine departed around 8:25 morning and ran into some ice problems. The bad news; there were 7 boats in front of her waiting to come in. The good news: the Mackinaw was right there and after a couple hours of working the ice, the Assiniboine was on her way. The first three were the CSL Assiniboine, Cason J. … [Read more...] about 3 again and still 1 more and then the Mac
The St Clair departed Duluth around noon on April 15, 2014 (above) to join the convoy forming off the Duluth piers to cross Lake Superior. She arrived in Duluth for winter layup on January 2, 2014. She left port yesterday at 6:15 am and I think went to anchor. She came back in at 5pm. The American Spirit also arrived for winter layup on January 2, 2014. When the Presque Isle returned to port with hull damage due … [Read more...] about Convoy Departs!
The convoy of boats led by US and Canadian ice breakers arrived in Duluth early Monday morning, April 14th, 2014. The Stewart J. Cort came under the Lift Bridge at 4:54 and went over to the BN to begin loading iron ore pellets. The St. Clair left port, under the Lift Bridge at 6:15 am, going to the anchorage to wait for the eastbound convoy. At 6:47, the CSL Tadoussac arrived followed by the Mackinaw an hour later. The Sam Laud, here to load iron … [Read more...] about Convoy arrived!
Click on any picture to see a larger version This is what I think, but don’t bet on it. The Presque Isle left here on March 22th with a partial load of pellets and I think loaded pellets at Two Harbors and then tried to get to the other end of Lake Superior but had ice trouble and came back here for repairs, arriving on March 29th still with her pellets. Some of those pellets were off loaded into the … [Read more...] about A season like no other
Three Coast Guard cutters arrive Duluth on March 25, 2014 (from my window) … [Read more...] about Mackinaw and 2 friends
We are expecting 3 Coast Guard cutters to arrive here late this afternoon or early evening. The Mackinaw, the Katmai Bay and the Morro Bay will be here to get fuel and provisions before leading a convoy of 3 boats from Two Harbors to the Soo Locks. (Unless plans change which is always possible when dealing with wind, ice and Lake Superior. (Click to see larger version of AIS taken at 4:40 pm, Monday, March 24, 2014) … [Read more...] about Coast Guard cutters coming to Duluth
The Mackinaw has a unique method to break open large ice fields … [Read more...] about Watch the Mackinaw azipods in action
The US Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw left her moorings at the DECC at 9 am this morning (March 17, 2013) to break ice in the Duluth Superior harbor. She returned to the DECC around 11:30, dropped some folks off, and then went under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on her way to Whitefish Point at the other end of Lake Superior. … [Read more...] about Mackinaw breaks ice in Duluth