Orsula here for her 2nd visit this year

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The Orsula arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge yesterday (September 10, 2017) to load grain at the CHS terminal in Superior. This is her second trip here this season; she was here in June, also loading grain at CHS. On an earlier trip, she loaded wheat, flax and soybeans for Ghent, Belgium.

She was built in China in 1996 as the Federal Calumet and became the Orsula in 1998. This is the 19th visit the Orsula has made to the Twin Ports since 1996. She was here once in 2010, once in 2009 and twice in 2008.

20101214_7631She is a Croatian ship with a Croatian crew and until recently flew the Croatian flag. She now flies the flag of the Marshall Islands but that is a technicality; she is a still very much a Croatian ship and is owned by Atlantska Plovidb in Dubrovnik, Croatia although she comes here under a charter to Fed Nav in Montreal. I visited the ship in 2010 and learned a lot about Croatia dubrovnikfrom a crew who were very proud of their city and anxious to share it with me. The owners of the ship are also proud of Dubrovnik; and have a company poster (above left) the crew showed to me with a very beautiful picture of the medieval city of Dubrovnik. Below right is an image I took with Google earth of the entire city.  The yellow arrow points to the same image the poster has; the red arrow points to Park Orsula. Either the ship is named for the park, or both are named for another Orsula. (Click any image to see a larger version.)

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Above, tug Kentucky on her stern and the tug Arkansas on her bow assisted the ship yesterday and they guided her through the Duluth harbor to her dock at CHS.

Ice is nice

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On Monday, the American Century came into Duluth with a boat load of ice. The salt water ship Orsula can be seen at anchor waiting to come in to load wheat for Italy. On Tuesday she was in and loading wheat at CHS1 in Superior (just below). Ice is the news of the day as you can see in both pictures. Where there is ice, you will often find the Nels J. out breaking the ice. I was on the Orsula working with a production company from the twin cities that was up here to find out what happens in the port. We sent some of them out on the Nels J. and below, we came back to pick them up as the big tug was pulling up to her dock in Superior. Yes, it was cold!!
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Orsula at anchor

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The Orsula should be at anchor off the Duluth piers as the sun comes up. It is waiting for the Quebecois to finish loading grain at the CHS terminal in Superior. In the picture above, the Croatian flagged ship is at anchor in September, 2006. This is the 15th trip the ship has made to the Twin Ports since 1996, the year it was built as the Federal Calumet. In 1998, it became the Orsula. Photo taken on September 03, 2006
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-04-2008

Fun in front of Orsula

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The Orsula is a grain boat with a flag and a crew from Croatia, but on Monday afternoon, it provided a fitting background for a last day of summer plunges into Lake Superior. Like the rest of us, the Orsula goes back to work today. It is set to come in early this morning to load flax, wheat and soy beans for the port of Ghent in Belgium. Built in China in 1996 as the Federal Calumet, it was renamed to Orsula in 1998. Photo taken on September 03, 2006.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-05-2006

Orsula departed Duluth

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The Orsula departed the Duluth ship canal as the Vista King came in on August 19, 2001 (above). The Orsula made 3 visits to the Twin Ports that year, but has only been here once since. Built in China in 1996 as the Federal Calumet, it was renamed to Orsula in 1998.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-30-2004