Assiniboine makes last trip out for 2017

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After discharging salt, the CSL Assiniboine went over to CN Duluth to load iron ore pellets. She departed on Monday afternoon, January 9, 2017, coming out of the St. Louis River and turning into the Duluth harbor above. She passed two American Steamship boats already in port for winter layup. That’s the American Century in the foreground and the American Spirit behind her. The tug North Carolina is seen just off the bow of the Assiniboine. She had made several passes through the track just ahead of the Assiniboine. She was also back at the CN dock earlier clearing some ice away. Below, she made it through the ice without much trouble and is seen below approaching the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, just behind the Pier B Resort.
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New tugs for old tugs

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We started the day (Friday, October 17, 2014) with 4 Great Lakes Towing tugs, the Minnesota, Kentucky, North Carolina and North Dakota tied up at  their dock in Duluth. By noon, the tugs Indiana and Arkansas  had joined the lineup replacing the Kentucky and North Dakota. Above, the Indiana (2nd from left) and Arkansas (third from left) had joined the lineup.
That’s the Kentucky still tied up on the left; she will be leaving and the North Carolina is at the head of the line here. She will be staying along with the Minnesota. Below, the tug Missouri pulled the Arkansas and Indiana under the Lift Bridge this morning.
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Above, the Missouri (left) is still pulling the Arkansas and the Indiana while the North Dakota and Minnesota are behind them.
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Below, they break up while they get the new tugs tied up at the dock, one at a time. The Minnesota is bringing the Indiana in first.
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North Carolina ice

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It looks like the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. may be the only boat coming under the Lift Bridge today. They should be here in the late afternoon, going over to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load 62,000 tons of low sulfur western coal for Detroit Edison at St. Clair, Michigan. Only three boats are expected on Saturday. They will also be loading coal at Midwest Energy. Ice is becoming a factor in the port. The tug boats have been out breaking up the ice and helping ships get into and out of their berths. The tugs have their own ice problems, accumulating a lot of it as the season wears on. Above, the tug North Carolina is waiting to help a ship get out of the ice on December 18th, 2000.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-08-2006