Julie, ace cook and photographer on the Martin

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My friend Julie Fletcher, the 2nd cook on the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, took pictures of us as they came in through the Duluth ship canal on June 2, 2014. But I got pictures of her taking pictures of us with her odd looking camera. It is hard to take a picture of someone and wave at them at the same time. (I had told a bunch of folks waiting on the pier for the boat that my friend Julie would be waving, and suggested they wave back while yelling out her name. They did, and several minutes later, when she sent me her pictures, she added this line, “The guys were laughing , i told them that’s my fan club yelling my name”
Later in the day, actually, very early the next morning, my friendly associate Holly and I paid a visit to Tim Dayton, captain on the Paul R. Tregurtha. Holly, under the watchful eye of Captain Dayton, is at the wheel here,  but we were tied up at the Port Terminal getting fuel so no one was injured.  Laughing out loud
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What ice

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Ice did not stop the Vista Star from cruising out into Lake Superior. Here they approach the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge just after the Paul R. Tregurtha arrived under it to load coal for Detroit Edison. Happy May 28th!

Two offices, up and down, back and forth

Photo Monday, November 04, 2013 027Every week or so, these two guys work closely together, but until today (November 4, 2013), they had not  met. Dave Campbell (right) is the new chief bridge operator. He works in that little house that hangs in the middle of the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. His job is to make sure the Bridge goes up when a vessel comes under the Bridge. And when the bridge goes up for a vessel, the little house goes up too. His job is horizontally stable however. (picture, above right, taken in the pilot house of the Tregurtha on November 4, 2013. Picture below taken on July 30, 2006)
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Tim Dayton (left) is the Captain on the Paul R. Tregurtha. His office is in the pilot house at the top of the boat. His office does not move vertically very much, but it covers a lot of ground moving horizontally between the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior and the several Detroit Edison power plants where he delivers his cargo of coal. It takes about a week to load in Superior, take a trip down to Detroit to discharge the coal and then come back to the Twin Ports for more coal. So about 4 times a week, Tim’s office at the top of the Tregurtha goes under the Lift Bridge just below Dave’s office in the little house now high up in the air.

Salt in and coal out

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The Radcliffe R. Latimer, formerly the Algobay, loaded salt in Goderich, Ontario and arrived in Duluth this morning (October 25, 2013) at 36 minutes after midnight, moving over to the North American Salt Dock to discharge the cargo. She will next go to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal for Sydney, Nova Scotia. While she discharging salt, the Paul R. Tregutha arrived (background) on her way to Midwest Energy to load coal. This was only the 2nd trip to the Twin Ports this season for the Latimer; she was here once last year. This is the 36th trip here this season for the Tregurtha; she was here 41 times last season. To add to all this excitement, notice the Coast Guard cutter Alder in the upper left, waiting for the ice to arrive.

Tregurtha whistles to the crowd

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Click below to hear her whistle as the Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth today (May 6, 2013). The Captain has a unique way of doing it and the Bridge usually follows the boat’s lead, as it did today.

Tregurtha back for 2nd trip

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She came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge around 12:30 on April 4, 2013. Click here for more on the Paul R. Tregurtha

Paul R stops for fuel before loading coal

The Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth in the early afternoon of December 18, 2012. She is here to load 64,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Before going there, she stopped by the Calumet fuel dock to load fuel.
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Tregurtha gets another cargo of coal

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The Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth at 1:07 in the afternoon of November 20th, 2012 (above). This was her 34th trip to the Twin Ports this season, almost always loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior and taking that cargo to Midwest’s parent company, Detroit Edison, for use in electrical generation power plants. Last year at this time, she had made 40 trips to Duluth. The lower number this year reflects her time in the ship yard in August while she underwent repairs after grounding near the St. Mary’s River just below the Soo Locks. For more pages on the Tregurtha in the Duluth Shipping News, check here.

Visiting the Paul R while she loads fuel

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paulrtregurthaspecial20121003_5906The Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth 5 minutes after noon (above) on October 3rd, 2012, making her 4th trip here since she went aground in August and then to the shipyard at Bay Shipbuilding for repairs. I visited with Captain Tim Dayton while they were fueling at the Calumet Fuel dock at the port terminal. He was not on the boat when the accident happened but he came back early from his vacation to bring her back to life.
I asked him why he arrived half an hour earlier than the previously indicated time.  (Thousand footers do not alter their speed much.) As is obvious from this picture, the Tregurtha hull was cleaned and repainted while at the shipyard. That made her prettier and it turns out pretty means faster. As a season wears on, boats pick up ‘stuff on their hull’, often green stuff, and the stuff increases the friction between the hull and the water which slows the boat down. With an unscheduled maintenance stop in late summer that included a cleaning and new paint job, Captain Dayton came back with an extra mph boost in speed, at least until the green stuff returns.
Meanwhile, videographers from Holly TV were close by getting some pictures and footage. In the collage, that is Holly-TV tech, Holly, waving to Captain Dayton and I. Later, she took some video of the fueling which you can see below. Click for a larger version of the collage.

The Paul R. Tregurtha is back in town

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After repairs were completed at Bay Shipbuilding after she went aground in mid-August and new paint job was applied, the Paul R. Tregurtha arrived back in Duluth at 3:30 on Monday afternoon, September 17th, 2012. As usual, it is nice to say, she will load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior for Detroit Edison power plants in Monroe and St. Clair. And as usual, she will be back in a week to do it again. Welcome back!

Tregurtha aground, now free

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Here is a picture taken yesterday (August 15, 2012) by Gregory Garten of the Paul R. Tregurtha, hard aground Wednesday night, completely blocking the downbound St. Mary’s River channel just above the Rock Cut. The vessel is aground at its bow and stern, and the ship spans the width of the narrow shipping channel. Early this morning, the vessel was freed but until checked by the Corps of Engineers, the channel is still closed to traffic.

The Paul R. Tregurtha makes first trip of the season to Duluth

The Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth on March 25th, 2012 for her first cargo of the season, loading coal as she usually does for Detroit Edison, her usual destination for many years. This video picks her up while she approached the Duluth piers and then moves over to the Calumet fuel dock at the Port Terminal  to watch her tying up to the dock to load fuel before moving to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock just up the St. Louis River on the Superior side.

The Lee A. Tregurtha arrives Duluth to start her season

The Lee A. Tregurtha came to Duluth Superior 16 times last season. You will see her in this video arriving under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on her first trip of the 2012 season when she came in on March 24th, 2012. The other Tregurtha, the Paul R. Tregurtha, arrived 2 hours later. The Paul R is a regular visitor. She was here 49 times last season.

One Tregurtha out, another in

leeatregurtha20111226_0125 The Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth on Monday morning, December 26, 2011 after loading 64,000 tons of coal for her usual destination, the Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair Michigan. A little over an hour later, the Lee A. Tregurtha (right) came in to get fuel and then load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth.  An hour before, the Alder was out in the harbor but there was not much ice to break.

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Paul R, the Bridge and Bentleyville

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At 5:00 Sunday afternoon, December 18, 2011, the lights at Bentleyville were turned on. Half an hour later,  the Paul R. Tregurtha came by to say hello on her way out the door with a Christmas present for Detroit Edison, 64,000 tons of coal. If it is bad to get a lump of coal in your stocking, what happens when you get 64,000 tons of it?