Tug Missouri leaves town with 2 tugs in tow

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The Great Lakes Towing tug Missouri brought the tugs Indiana and Arkansas into port yesterday to replace the tugs North Dakota and Kentucky. Today (October 18, 2014), she departed with the Kentucky and the North Dakota, two tugs that take with them a lot of harbor history guiding salt water ships as well as thousand footers around the port and  breaking ice in the harbor for all who needed a clear path.
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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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Raba arrives with assist from North Dakota

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The Polish owned and Liberian flagged Raba arrived here on Sunday afternoon, October 6, 2013. On this, her first trip to Duluth Superior, she will be loading grain at CHS in Superior.

Three boats in the Duluth harbor

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After a wait at anchor off the Duluth piers, the Federal Ems came into port today (Wednesday, September 24th, 2008) to load grain. The Vista King was right behind her giving tourists a close up view of the action. The tug North Dakota is at right, moving in to help the Federal Ems make her way to the CHS dock in Superior.

North Dakota helps Gadwall

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The Gadwall arrived last night for the second time this year. After coming under the Lift Bridge, the tug North Dakota gave it an assist as it made the turn into the harbor and then to the berth at AGP (above). The Birchglen sailed in shortly after the Gadwall, on its way to load grain at the Cargill elevator in Duluth, just next to AGP. This may be the single most diverse ship we see here. It does a little of everything. Some years ago, it loaded coal here and took it out the Seaway and down the Atlantic Coast to Belledune, a small port in the province of New Brunswick, just north of Maine. Once, it loaded taconite pellets here that it took to China. It was built in Scotland as the Canada Marquis, it has sailed as the Federal Richelieu and has been here many times as the Federal Mackenzie and even just Mackenzie. Both ships are loading grain. The Birchglen may depart this evening. Photo taken on August 09, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-10-2007