New tugs, old names

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Two tugs, new to the Twin Ports, arrived this afternoon, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. They were recently purchased by Heritage Marine and will be given the names of two tugs they just sold. Here the tugs are moving down the Duluth harbor on their way to the Heritage Marine dock in Superior. At left, the Fort Point leads the way; she will soon be renamed to Edward H. Just behind her is the new Nels J., formerly the Taurus.

Four tugs in a row on a summer day in Duluth

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In the old days, I took pictures of the front end of boats. But I am slowing down in my old age and are now happy to get the back ends. So here are the back ends of a flotilla of all the tugs from Heritage Marine, out to get their picture taken (from the front, mostly). In the background, at right, notice the very red, or orange, HHL Amur discharging wind turbines pieces at the Port Terminal. Above, left to right, the Nels J., Helen H. Nancy J. and the Edward H.
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Above, left to right, the Helen H., Nels J., Nancy J. and Edward H.  Below, the Nancy J., Nels J. and the Helen H.
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First movement of the season

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Above, the John G. Munson is backing out from Howard’s Pocket and her winter berth, while the Heritage Marine tug Nels J. moves ahead of her. They are both headed for the Calumet Fuel Dock. The Munson to fuel before going to CN Duluth to load iron ore pellets for Gary  and the Nels J. to make sure the ice did not cause any problems (and it did not). Just below, the Munson eases by the winter berth of the American Integrity.
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Munson last boat of the season

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The John G. Munson closed the 2014 shipping season for the port of Duluth Superior when she arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 9:28 on the morning of January 20, 2015. The tug Nels J. made a trip through the Duluth harbor just before she arrived. Below, the Munson is about ready to turn the corner to the Blatnik Bridge and her winter layup home at Fraser Shipyard. The Nels J. was staying close by but the Munson seemed to have an easy time moving through the ice in the harbor.
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Take a ride on the Nels J.

Callaway home for the winter

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Two Heritage Marine tugs helped the Cason J. Callaway tie up at the Port Terminal for the winter this morning (January 15, 2014). Here the Helen H. is clearing ice along the dock. I took the picture from the Nels J., also assisting the Callaway. Earlier (below), Heritage Tug owner Mike Ojard (in the boat, works with Bob Hom, on shore, as they were getting the tug off their dock in Superior.
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Below, Captain Mike Ojard runs the Helen H. along the edge of the dock, clearing ice so the Callaway can tie up close to the dock.
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The goal is to get the Callaway as close to the dock as possible. Above, the Helen H. does her part while we (the Nels J.) do the same at the bow of the Callaway.
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Good-byes all around

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Launched earlier this year, the Canadian flagged Baie Comeau made 7 trips to the Twin Ports this season, discharging grain on one trip and loading coal 3 times. She departed today (January 9,  2014) with her 3rd cargo of iron ore pellets. Two Heritage Marine tugs, the Helen H. above, and the Nels J. below cleared a path through the ice on her departure.
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Icy cold in Duluth

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December 9, 2013: winter in Duluth began early and hard. Ice and cold have brought the tugs out early to keep traffic moving. This morning, the Arthur M. Anderson received help from the Nels J., below, getting close to the Calumet Fuel Dock at the Port Terminal in Duluth.
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The tug Nels J. approaches the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge

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… on Saturday morning, December 7, 2013.

Edwin H. Gott, last to come in for the winter

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Nice for the boats; winter arrived here within minutes of the Heritage Marine tug Nels J making sure the last boat to come in, the Edwin H. Gott, was secure against the dock at the Port Terminal on Wednesday morning, January 18, 2012. The temperature plunged, down to -31 at my home, and a big snow storm, the largest we have had yet, at least ¾ of an inch, maybe even 1/8 more. The Alder was close by but was not needed, so she went back to her dock, probably not moving from there until March 7th or so.

Medemborg arrives for bentonite

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medemborgnelsj20111014_6047The Medemborg arrived Duluth on Friday afternoon, October 14, 2011. This is her 10th visit to the Twin Ports since she was built in 1997, her first visit this season. She was here twice last year. She will be loading bentonite on this trip; in past trips, she has loaded beet pulp pellets and other grains. She was assisted by the Heritage Marine tug Nels J. seen below on her way to the Medemborg just after the ship came under the Lift Bridge; at left, she has moved closer.
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I caught the Medemborg’s whistle as she came in.