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