Pathfinder in Cleveland

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According to AIS, the Pathfinder (see post below) made it to the Cleveland Bulk Terminal last night (February 28, 2017) (top, left). If things go the way I at least think they will, after loading iron ore pellets there, she will move over to the Cuyahoga River and slowly move up to the ArcelorMittal steel mill, lower right. That curly thing between the two is the Cuyahoga River shipping channel, her route to the steel plant, about a 6 mile trip. That shows why the 1,000 footers drop their pellets at the Terminal and let the smaller vessels navigate the river. Click the above for a larger look. Go here for some spectacular pictures of the area.



Great Lakes Shipping, 2017, begins

I pay a lot of attention to the start of our (Duluth) shipping season, but a note from the Lake Carriers’s Association today reminds me that there are in fact, 4 other Great Lakes that have shipping seasons. And those south of us can get a head start since we are often encased in ice until mid-March or later.
20091021_3763PRODThe Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder was set to depart her layup berth in Erie, Pennsylvania today and head over to the Cleveland Bulk Terminal to load iron ore pellets to carry up the Cuyahoga River to the ArcelorMittal steel mill. A lot of those iron ore pellets are brought down from Silver Bay and Duluth Superior.
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Their note indicated that the Paul R. Tregurtha will depart Duluth on March 22, 2017, with coal for Silver Bay.



Mauthe returns as the Pathfinder

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The J. L. Mauthe was built at River Rouge, Michigan in 1953. After a long and steady career, she entered layup at Fraser Shipyards in Superior in 1993. On the last day of 1996, she was towed from Fraser to the Bay Shipbuilding Company to be converted into a barge called the Pathfinder. At about the same time, Interlake Steamship also built the tug Dorothy Ann. They entered Great Lakes Service in 1999 as the barge/tug combination Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder. They arrived in Duluth to load coal last night (October 21, 2009), their first trip here as a tug barge combination. Captain Gary Schmidt and First Mate Jeremy Mock made sure the Pathfinder and Dorothy Ann had a safe passage through the wind, the rain, the snow and the ice last night.
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