Presque Isle, then the HHL Congo

After days of rain and fog, Monday morning dawned with fog but no rain and by late morning, not much fog. Time to reward the visitors to the Duluth ship canal with a 2-fer. The Presque Isle was first, in the center background, followed by the HHL Congo which had arrived over night with wind turbine parts to discharge at the Port Terminal. After a short wait at anchor, she followed the Presque Isle in. Built in 2011, the HHL Congo was here twice in 2012 with no trips last season. This is her first trip this season. The Presque Isle is making her 5th appearance this year; she was here 12 times last season.

A season like no other

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katmaibay20140409-080This is what I think, but don’t bet on it. The Presque Isle left here on March 22th with a partial load of pellets and I think loaded pellets at Two Harbors and then tried to get to the other end of Lake Superior but had ice trouble and came back here for repairs, arriving on March 29th still with her pellets. Some of those pellets were off loaded into the American Spirit, which had not yet left Duluth. She offloaded pellets to make repairs easier. The American Spirit left here on April 7th with pellets loaded from the Presque Isle. She went to Two Harbors to load pellets and then came back this morning (above) with both loads of pellets. To wait, I presume.
Back on March 24th the Mackinaw, Katmai Bay and Morro Bay arrived Duluth and left here on March 26th. Two days later, on March 28th, the Alder arrived Duluth with an ice-wounded Morro Bay lashed to her side with the Katmai Bay leading them under the Lift Bridge.
convoy Several days later, the Katmai Bay departed to return to ice breaking duties while the Morro Bay stayed here for repairs to her rudder. That happened early this week and she left but did not go very far away. The Katmai Bay returned to Duluth this morning, April 9th  (above), and the Morro Bay was back at the DECC with the Katmai Bay by late this afternoon.
Meanwhile at the other end of the Lake, late this afternoon, the Canadian ice breaker Pierre Radisson left the Soo leading a convoy of boats trying to get to Duluth (Click on the the map above). The Mackinaw was going to be with the convoy but as I write this, she was still at the Soo.
t1140981646LakeSuperior143250m-ps So here is my guess. When the convoy arrives here, perhaps on Thursday or Friday, we will have 5 ice breakers here, counting the Alder. All of a sudden, we will/may have a bunch of boats here to load cargo and then go back out to the lake, I would guess with the help of some of our flotilla of ice breakers. And presumably the American Spirit came back and is waiting to be a part of that convey. Or Not!
You can find the satellite images here: Just click on MODIS Imagery; Great Lakes MODIS True Color; and then select the lake you want, such as Superior

Spring has sprung again, maybe


The American Spirit departed Duluth in the early afternoon today (April 7, 2014). She is the former George A. Stinson, originally built for the National Steel Corporation in 1978. When the Presque Isle returned to port on March 29 for repairs to damage from ice on Lake Superior, her cargo was offloaded into the American Spirit the next day. She left port today with that taconite still with her. She will complete a full cargo in Two Harbors.

Another try for the Presque Isle

First, the Heritage Marine tug Helen H. broke up the ice to clear a path for the Presque Isle to make another attempt to start her season, going to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. They then circled around to the stern of the large tug barge to make sure there were no problems. Helen H. then returned to her dock in Superior. The Presque Isle was the first large boat to depart the port since the Mesabi Miner left for Taconite Harbor on March 27th.

Water and Ice

We are still looking for all ice at this end of the Lake. Below, top to bottom, the Cason J. Callaway, the Presque Isle and the St. Clair seem happy enough.

Party at the Port Terminal

After discharging limestone at the Graymont Lime Plant, the Joseph L. Block (left) is making the turn into the Duluth harbor as she departed Duluth for Two Harbors this morning (November 26, 2013). She will load iron ore pellets at the CN dock there.  The Presque Isle is at the Calumet Fuel dock and in front of her, the Cornelia is still discharging clay at the Port Terminal. In the middle, a Great Lakes Towing tug appears to be returning to her dock.

Presque Isle back with more limestone

The Presque Isle came into port on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 11:30 in the morning. She loaded limestone in Cedarville and is here to discharge the cargo at the Hallett #5 dock in West Duluth. She will then leave here for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. This is her 8th trip to the Twin Ports this season. She was here once in June and 3 times in both July and August.

Presque Isle departs Duluth

The Presque Isle departed Duluth with iron ore pellets on August 12, 2013. This was only her 6th trip to the Twin Ports this season; she is usually loading iron ore pellets in Two Harbors for Gary and sometimes Detroit.

HollyTV, live at the Soo, almost

Note: Holly’s most recent pictures will appear at the top of this post so start at the bottom of this post if you are one of those people who like to see things in order.
I am getting exhausted posting all these pictures here while Holly is at the Soo, probably sitting on a nice chair with her camera on her lap while she waits for boats to pass by her chair. You have to look a little closer to see the Presque Isle moving upbound on her way to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. The Soo Locks allow vessel traffic to overcome the 21 foot difference between water levels on Lake Superior and those on Lakes Huron, Michigan and Erie so upbound, a vessel is starting at the lower level and moving up 21 feet. I presume we are looking at the beginning of her vertical journey through the locks.
Next, she caught the Roger Blough downbound in the Poe Lock for Gary Indiana with iron ore pellets she loaded in Two Harbors.
Then she caught up with the Flevoborg upbound through the MacArthur lock to Duluth to load grain. (September 10, 2012, about 1pm)
After a stop in Marquette, the Holly Great Lakes Express stopped at the Soo in time to catch the Algoma Olympic moving downbound  through the MacArthur lock.

Presque Isle departs Duluth for Two Harbors


After discharging limestone at the CN dock in West Duluth, the Presque Isle departed Duluth and made her turn to Two Harbors where she will load iron ore pellets.  Listen to her whistle and the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge response.

The tug barge combo Presque Isle arrives Duluth with limestone

The Presque Isle opened up the week on Monday morning, November 9, 2009, arriving Duluth with limestone loaded at Calcite.

Presque Isle departing Twin Ports

The Presque Isle will be here today with limestone loaded in Cedarville. While in port the vessel will take on fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock at the Port Terminal before moving up the Superior Channel to the Burlington Northern Dock to load iron ore pellets for Conneaut. The Presque Isle is a combination tug barge but operates and was built to be a ‘normal’ Great Lakes freighter. It has 27 hatches on deck that open into 5 cargo compartments. The barge is fitted with a 250-foot self-unloading boom that allows it to unload its own cargo without using equipment on the shore. This is the vessel’s 6th trip to the Twin Ports this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-09-2009

Presque Isle arrives Twin Ports

The tug/barge combination Presque Isle came into port on Thursday morning around 8:00 (pictured), first stopping for fuel and then going to the CN Dock in West Duluth to load iron ore pellets. Except for some repairs, the Presque Isle has been moving iron ore pellets loaded in Duluth, Superior and Two Harbors and taking that cargo to either Gary or Conneaut. At the end of May, the vessel went to Erie for repairs. It was in Erie in 1973 that the Presque Isle was ‘put together’ from three separate pieces; the bow of the barge built in Bay City, the barge body built in Erie, and the tug built in New Orleans and brought to Erie using the Mississippi River and other inland waterways. The vessel’s 250 foot self unloader was built in the Twin Ports. The Presque Isle was expected to depart last night or early this morning. Photo taken on June 25, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-26-2009

Presque Isle comes in with the sun.

Actually, this is late June and she came in long after the sun arrived, just a little before 8 am on Thursday, June 25, 2009.

Presque Isle 1000 foot tug/barge combo

Three thousand footers are due in port today to load coal. In an unusual event, they are spread out almost proportionately throughout the day. The Paul R. Tregurtha was expected just after midnight. It has been averaging about 10 hours in port on its 25 trips this season, meaning about 8 hours at the dock loading coal. It will leave late this morning, about the same time that the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. will be arriving to load coal. About 10 hours later, the American Century will be here for coal. Last week, there was a lot of waiting in line to load coal. Shipping companies like today’s efficiency much better than when their boats are sitting idle while they wait for a dock. One more thousand footer, the tug barge combination Presque Isle, will be here to load iron ore pellets. Above, it is approaching the Duluth ship canal last July. Photo taken on July 28, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-16-2008

Presque Isle is one of many vessels coming into the port

On this day last year, the 5th salt water ship of the season arrived in the Twin Ports. This year, the 2nd saltie is not expected until next week when three should be arriving. One of them, the BBC Zarate, will be bringing the first of many shipments of wind turbine parts this year, this one from Siemens in Denmark. Today 3 US flagged boats and 2 Canadian flags will be here. Three will load taconite and 2 will be loading iron ore pellets. Two will be taking cargo to Nanticoke, Ontario. The Canadian Olympic will load coal for Nanticoke while the Presque Isle will be taking iron ore pellets there. Above, the Presque Isle is seen coming into port last July 28th.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-26-2008

Presque Isle arriving Twin Ports

Three vessels are expected to arrive in the Twin Ports today, five will depart. One of them, the Presque Isle, will do both. It is here after delivering Two Harbors taconite to Gary, Indiana. On this trip, it will load taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth to take to Nanticoke, Ontario. This is the 17th trip the Presque Isle, a 1,000-foot long tug barge combination, has made to the Twin Ports this season. It was here 16 times last year. Above, it is coming into the Duluth entry last July 28th. Photo taken on July 28, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-24-2007

Presque Isle departs with a wave to CSL Tadoussac

Above, two ships are passing in the night, or rather, early Friday evening, the tug barge Presque Isle, while departing Duluth, passed behind the CSL Tadoussac as it was coming in. The Presque Isle was taking taconite pellets to Nanticoke. The Tadoussac was replacing the Presque Isle at the CN dock in West Duluth and was also loading taconite. Photo taken on September 28, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-29-2007

Presque Isle honors first Captain

The Presque Isle came into port last night. It was greeted by an armada of sailboats (above). That is fitting since the boat gave a Captain’s salute as it came in, 3 long and 2 short whistles. The Lift Bridge answered the same back, in honor of Captain Bill Jeffery who died in Duluth on July 29. He was in New Orleans in 1972 when the tug Presque Isle was built. He sailed the tug out into the Atlantic Ocean, up to the St. Lawrence Seaway and down to Erie, Pennsylvania. There it was joined with the barge named Presque Isle to form the new thousand-foot vessel named the Presque Isle. Then he climbed aboard the new boat and served as her captain until he retired 15 years later. Bill was born in Duluth, got married in Duluth, and with his wife, Kathryn, raised 3 children in Duluth. It was nice to hear the vessel give a final salute to its first captain as it entered the ship canal last night and for Duluth to answer back. Photo taken August 22, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-23-2007

Presque Isle approaches Twin Ports

The Presque Isle came in last night (above) with limestone to discharge and then taconite to load. Departure should be some time on Monday. There are two boats coming in to load coal and later the same two departing with coal. The John B. Aird should be here just after midnight and would then depart around 8 am, about the same time that the Mesabi Miner is due to take the Aird’s place loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. The Aird is taking coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke, the usual destination for almost all Canadian boats that come here to load coal. The Miner will be loading coal for Marquette, Michigan, on the south shore of Lake Superior. That short trip will find it back here on Wednesday to load more coal, this time for Detroit Edison. Photo taken on July 28, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-29-2007

Presque Isle enters with the waves

Saturday was a windy day down at the harbor but it was also one of the busier days we have had in a while. Two arrivals yesterday will both be departing this morning. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. came in Saturday afternoon and after waiting for the Canadian Enterprise to finish up Saturday evening, moved over to load coal for Ontario Power Generation, the same destination as the Canadian Enterprise. The Presque Isle came into port early Saturday afternoon (above). It was returning from a taconite delivery to Gary, Indiana and was again loading taconite, this time for Toledo, Ohio. Photo taken on June 30, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-01-2007

Presque Isle in Twin Ports harbor

Earlier this week, I mentioned some paper work problems regarding the Ypermachos, the ship that has been at anchor for several days. About the time those problems were resolved, early Wednesday morning, the fog came in strong. As of last evening, the ship was still at anchor. If the fog lifted, it may be at the berth at the CHS dock in Superior ready to load wheat for Algeria. After discharging a cargo of taconite at Gary, the Presque Isle should be arriving in the Twin Ports today to load taconite to take to Nanticoke, Ontario. Above, it is turning into the Duluth harbor in April, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-30-2007

Presque Isle, a tug and a barge

After discharging taconite in Conneaut, Ohio, the Presque Isle will be here today to load more taconite. Above, it is departing Duluth on August 2, 2002. This is the 3rd trip here for the Presque Isle this month. It is a unique tug-barge combination that together measures 1,000 feet long. When here, it usually loads taconite. The tug Presque Isle was built in New Orleans. The bow of the barge was built in Michigan and the body of the barge was built in Erie, Pennsylvania. In 1973, all the pieces were joined there and the vessel was launched as the second 1,000 foot vessel on the Great Lakes. The Stewart J. Cort, also in port today, was the first 1,000 footer on the Great Lakes. It was launched in 1972, also at Erie.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-29-2007

Presque Isle

The Presque Isle loaded limestone in Calcite, Michigan and brought it to the Twin Ports, arriving late Friday morning. It is now loading taconite for Nanticoke and should be departing sometime this morning. Above, it is turning into the Duluth harbor in April, 2004. This is the 12th trip here for the Presque Isle this season, a unique tug-barge combination that together measures 1,000 feet long. It always departs with taconite and like today, sometimes brings limestone in. The tug Presque Isle was built in New Orleans. The bow of the barge was built in Michigan. The body of the barge was built in Erie and in 1973, all the pieces were joined there and the vessel was launched.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-21-2006

Presque Isle oft forgotten

After arriving under the Lift Bridge late Thursday morning, and waiting at the Port Terminal, the Presque Isle should have moved over to the CN Dock in West Duluth late last night to load taconite for Nanticoke. Assuming yesterday’s high winds have died down, and it made it over to the dock, it should be completing the load and departing Duluth in the late morning or sometime this afternoon. The Presque Isle is a tug barge combination that together measures 1,000 feet in length. Of the 13 thousand footers on the Great Lakes today, the Presque Isle is usually the last one to be remembered when trying to list them all. The tug Presque Isle was built in New Orleans. The bow of the barge was built in Michigan. The body of the barge was built in Erie and in 1973, all the pieces were joined there. Launched in 1973, the Presque Isle became the second 1,000 foot vessel on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-25-2006