Philip R. Clarke departs after 19th trip here

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The Philip R. Clarke departed Duluth late morning on Saturday, November 19, 2016. While here, she discharged limestone at the Hallett #5 dock and then went next door to load  iron ore pellets at the CN dock. She loaded fuel on her arrival. This was her 19th trip here this season; she made 17 visits last year. During the year, she loads limestone at, among other ports, Calcite and Stoneport, both in Michigan and discharges it at Detroit, Duluth, Gary  and Toledo. She loads iron ore pellets at both the CN docks in Duluth and Two Harbors, delivering that cargo to Gary. She was built by the American Ship Building Company in 1952 at Lorain, one of three built for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company. The others were the Arthur M. Anderson and the Cason J. Callaway, both of which visit Duluth often during the year.

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3 arrivals on November 7, 2014

The Philip R. Clarke, James R. Barker and CSL Niagara came into port under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Friday afternoon, November 7, 2014.

Watch the Clarke leave on October 1, 2014

After discharging a cargo of limestone at the Hallett #5 dock, and fueling at the Calumet Fuel Dock, the Philip R. Clarke departed Duluth for Two Harbors where she will load iron ore pellets.

Clarke leaves Duluth for Two Harbors

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The Philip R Clarke departed Duluth on Friday morning, December 6, 2013 after discharging limestone at the Hallett Dock that she loaded in Calcite, Michigan. She went up to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets for the lower lakes.

Clarke in at sunset, out at noon

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The Philip R. Clarke arrived on Thursday evening, June 13, 2013 at 8:20 in the evening. She brought limestone in (above) and took iron ore pellets out (below). I was on the Vista Star in the picture below when we spotted the Clarke departing under the Blatnik Bridge on Friday around 1 pm.
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Philip R. Clarke arriving Duluth

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Three thousand footers will load about 192,000 tons of western coal for lower lakes electrical power stations today. The Philip R. Clarke, seen above arriving in Duluth last November, will arrive today with a cargo of eastern coal loaded at Ashtabula. It will discharge the coal at the CLM Corporation in Superior. They operate seven lime kilns there and three of them require the eastern coal that the Clarke will be discharging. Periodically, a boat will load western coal at Midwest Energy and move it a mile or so to the CLM plant to fire up the other four kilns. Photo taken on November 22,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-14-2008

Philip R. Clarke to bring limestone

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We are nearing the end of the line of boats arriving to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. The James R. Barker was expected in last night. It will follow the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. which was expected to depart late last night. The American Integrity was expected in early this morning and it will follow the Barker, which is expected to depart this morning. Somewhere in there, the Canadian Olympic will arrive but it has to discharge a cargo of salt before getting to Midwest, so that should make it the end of the current line of boats, although there really isn’t any end of the line at Midwest until next January when the ice arrives. Not mentioned so far is the Philip R. Clarke, seen above on November 22, 2007. It will bring limestone in today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-23-2008

Philip R. Clarke goes to Two Harbors

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The Philip R. Clarke loaded limestone in Cedarville, Michigan and should be here later today to discharge that cargo before going to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. Above, it is seen departing Duluth last week on May 14th also going to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. Last week’s pellets were discharged in Detroit before the boat went over to Cedarville to pick up the limestone it will bring here today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-20-2008

Philip R. Clarke arrives in cold

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The Philip R. Clarke arrived in Duluth just before noon on Monday (above) and was greeted by a small but hearty group of souls who almost looked like they were standing in formation. It came in light (no cargo) to load taconite for Conneaut, Ohio and probably departed the port late Monday night. We expect 6 arrivals today, half loading coal and the other half taconite. Both cargos have been first in tonnage over the last 5 years. Last year, the port saw 19 million tons of coal passing through the port and 17 million tons of taconite. Photo taken on December 31,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-01-2008

Clarke welcomed by large crowd

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Above, the Philip R. Clarke is arriving last July for the 6th trip of the season to the Twin Ports. It will be here today for the 12th time, about the number of trips it has made to the Twin Ports in the last several years. They are bringing limestone loaded in Cedarville, Michigan. When they complete discharging that cargo, they will load taconite at Two Harbors. On trips to Lake Superior, they usually load taconite for Gary, Indiana for the down bound trip. Most of the year, they are moving a variety of cargos between many lower lakes ports, such as Toledo, Gary, South Chicago, Green Bay, Detroit and Ashtabula. Variety is great. Every time I mention how great it is to visit a large variety of ports to someone on the boats, they do not share my enthusiasm. Making short trips to a lot of ports is a lot of work. Many sailors look forward to a trip to Duluth since they have all of Lake Superior without any cargo loading or discharging. Photo taken on July 20,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-22-2007

Clarke arrives with many onlookers

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The Philip R. Clarke stops at a lot of ports on the Great Lakes as it moves taconite, limestone and coal between them. This season, a few of the ports it has visited are Gary and Buffington in Indiana, Stoneport, Cedarville, Alpena, Monroe and Detroit in Michigan, Conneaut and Huron in Ohio and Erie, Pennsylvania. It came into port last night (above) with limestone loaded in Cedarville. It should depart Duluth for Two Harbors today to load taconite for Conneaut. Photo taken on July 20, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-22-2007

Krissi and Dan and Philip

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Like a lot of other people, Krissi (right) and Dan (left) were out yesterday celebrating the nice weather in Duluth, watching the boats go by, and getting married. They don’t get a lot of ship traffic in Lake City where they live, so they didn’t let a wedding stop them from doing a little boat watching while they were in Duluth. Happily, the Philip R. Clarke joined the party and received a nice greeting from the Lake City couple. They had an impressive guest list. Led by the Clarke, the Indiana Harbor soon passed by while departing the port with coal, and just a little later, the Paul R. Tregurtha came in for coal. Soon the Canadian Enterprise joined the reception line but the bride and groom probably had better things to do by that time. Of course, what comes in must go out and all that activity on Saturday night means that Sunday will be a great day for boat watching. Photo taken on July 07, 2007 .
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-08-2007

Philip R. Clarke arrives Duluth harbor

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The Philip R. Clarke is bringing in a load of limestone from Calcite, Michigan. When they complete discharging the limestone, the boat will depart Duluth to load taconite for Gary at Two Harbors. This will be the 3rd time the Clarke has been to the Twin Ports this season. It also brought limestone on the previous two trips. The Clark loads a lot of taconite at Two Harbors for Gary, Indiana, but spends a good bit of time in the lower lakes moving coal and limestone to a variety of ports including South Chicago, Wyandotte and Stoneport in Michigan, Toledo and Green Bay. Above, the Clarke has just entered the Duluth harbor on October 21st, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-09-2007

Philip R. Clarke brings limestone from Calcite, Michigan

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The Philip R. Clarke loaded limestone in Calcite, Michigan and is expected here today to discharge part of that cargo at the Hallett #8 Dock in Superior before moving across the St. Louis River to discharge the rest of the limestone at the CN Dock in West Duluth. That completed, it will load taconite pellets at the CN Dock and then depart Duluth for Conneaut, Ohio. Above, the Clarke arrives in Duluth last October. The Clarke was the first of 8 boats built in the early 50’s that are called AAA class vessels. The boat has been updated several times over its life, including one change that added 120 feet to the length of the boat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/19/2007

Philip R. Clarke a regular visitor to Twin Ports

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The Philip R. Clarke is expected in port this evening with a cargo of limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. When that discharge is complete, it will go to the Burlington Northern dock in Superior to load taconite for Detroit. The Clarke was the first of 8 boats built in the early 50’s that are called AAA class vessels. The boat has been updated several times over its life, including one change that added 120 feet to the length of the boat. This is the Clarke’s 12 visit here this season. It came here 13 times last year, and 12 the year before that.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-24-2006

Philip R. Clarke

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The Philip R. Clarke is coming to Duluth today to discharge a cargo of limestone. They will likely stop for fuel first. That completed, they will move to Two Harbors to load taconite. Recent ports of call for the Clarke have included Stoneport, Calcite, Cedarville/Port Dolomite and Zug Island in Michigan, Buffington in Indiana, Conneaut in Ohio, Green Bay in Wisconsin, South Chicago in Illinois, Gary in Indiana and Meldrum Bay in Ontario. And of course, Two Harbors and Duluth/Superior. Above, the Clarke spent the winter layup between 2002 and 2003 at the Port Terminal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-02-2006

Philip R. Clarke gets repairs

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The James R. Barker has the center stage for boat traffic here for the next week. It left last night for Taconite Harbor and is due back Friday. The Philip R. Clarke spent the winter in Duluth and is getting ready for the new season. Last week, Jack Gartner, above left, who heads up Gartner Refrigeration in Duluth, was on the Philip R. Clarke working on a problem with the refrigeration unit. He was assisted by Brad Emerson, above right, also from Gartner Refrigeration.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-15-2006

Philip R. Clarke

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The Philip R. Clarke was the first of 8 boats built in the early 50’s that are referred to as the AAA class vessels. Several major structural changes over the years, including one change that added 120 feet to the length of the boat, have kept the Clarke operating on the Great Lakes. The Clarke will be here to discharge limestone it loaded at Calcite, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-03-2005

Clarke brings limestone

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The Philip R. Clarke is bringing limestone in today from Cedarville and Port Dolomite, both in Michigan. That is the boat’s usual incoming cargo. On most trips, it loads taconite to take out, often for Detroit, Michigan. This is her 10th trip here this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-06-2005

Philip R. Clarke

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The Philip R. Clarke was the first of 8 boats built in the early 50’s that are referred to as the AAA class vessels. Several major structural changes over the years, including one change that added 120 feet to the length of the boat, have kept the Clarke operating on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-20-2005

Philip R. Clarke

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The Philip R. Clarke was built in 1952 for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company. Several upgrades have extended the useful life of the Clarke. It was lengthened by 120 feet in 1974 and is now 767 feet long. A 262 foot self unloader was installed in 1982.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-04-2005

Philip R. Clarke is AAA

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The Philip R. Clarke was the first of 8 boats built in the early 50’s that are referred to as the AAA class vessels. Several major structural changes over the years, including one change that added 120 feet to the length, have kept the Clarke and most of the other AAA boats, still operating on the Great Lakes.The Clarke was built for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company in 1952.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-31-2004

Clarke discharges limestone

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The Philip R. Clarke is in the port for the 9th time this year. It usually discharges limestone as it is doing today. It has loaded taconite at Burlington Northern on several trips. On other trips, as today, it goes to Two Harbors to load taconite for lower lakes ports.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-14-2004

Clarke built in 1952

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The Philip R. Clarke was built in 1952 for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company. Several upgrades have allowed the Clarke to keep working the Great Lakes. She was lengthened by 120 feet in 1974 and is now 767 feet long. A bow-thruster was added in 1966 and a stern-thruster was installed in 1988. A 262 foot self unloader was installed in 1982. Photo taken October 21, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-02-2004