Adam E. Cornelius departs Twin Ports

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The big boats will be back today. In fact, this will be the best day for boat watching in a long time. Four thousand-footers are coming here today, three for coal and one for iron ore pellets. Two smaller boats, the Atlantic Huron and the Quebecois are also going to arrive in port. The Atlantic Huron may drop anchor off the Duluth piers while it waits for the James R. Barker to finish at the coal dock at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. The Adam E. Cornelius, pictured here departing the port in May, 2007, was expected to arrive last night to load coal. Photo taken on May 10, 2007
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Cornelius arrives to Canal Park crowd

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The Adam E. Cornelius arrived in town on Monday afternoon (above), welcomed at the ship canal by a lot of people enjoying the ships and the sun together. This is the 4th trip here for the Cornelius this season. On this trip, it brought limestone in and when that is discharged, it will move over to both the General Mills elevator and to CHS to load wheat for Buffalo. On some of the trips last season, it arrived here in ballast (empty), other times as today, it brought limestone. The Cornelius loaded wheat for Buffalo on most trips last season although several times, it loaded iron ore pellets. Photo taken on June 15, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-16-2009

Adam E. Cornelius exits icy Duluth harbor

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The Adam E. Cornelius arrived on Thursday morning at 7:10 to load wheat for the Frontier grain elevator in Buffalo. That is work that was handled by the Kinsman Independent for many years and then for a time by the Joseph H. Frantz. The Frantz was scrapped and the Kinsman Independent was headed to the scrap yard but before that could happen, it was purchased by Voyageur Marine Transport and put back into service as the Voyageur Independent. It has been back to Duluth under that name but does not carry wheat to Buffalo anymore. The Cornelius was built as the Roger M. Kyes in 1973 and was chartered to Inland Steel for many years. Since 1998, it has sailed for American Steamship Company in Buffalo and carries a wide variety of cargos. This is the boat’s 15th trip here this season. It is seen above plowing through ice in the Duluth harbor as it was departing on April 11th, 2007. Photo taken on April 11, 2007
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Adam E. Cornelius enters Duluth ship canal

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For many years, the Kinsman Independent came to the Twin Ports to load wheat at General Mills for the Frontier grain elevator in Buffalo. Then as now, it tends to be a spring and fall trip when wheat is more available. In the summer, the Kinsman just took a rest, but the Adam E. Cornelius moved to other cargos until the wheat harvest picked up in the fall. This is the 12th trip here this year for it, and the 3rd cargo of wheat so far this fall. It was here in July and August 5 times to discharge limestone and load iron ore pellets. Above, the Cornelius arrived for the first cargo of wheat this season on April 20th. The Cornelius was built as the Roger M. Kyes in 1973 and became the Adam E. Cornelius in 1989. It was chartered to Inland Steel for many years, but since 1998, it has sailed for American Steamship Company in Buffalo. Photo taken on April 20, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-08-2008

Adam E. Cornelius draws a crowd

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There is interesting traffic today. How about a ship named Zeus and one named Redhead? We have that today. The Redhead has been loading grain at the AGP elevator in Duluth. When it finishes perhaps this evening and departs, Zeus will come in to load grain at the same terminal. The Adam E. Cornelius played to a large crowd down at the ship canal when it came in late Wednesday afternoon with limestone (above). Otherwise, one other boat is bringing in limestone, one calcium chloride and two thousand footers will be here to load coal. Probably late last night, the tug Gregory J. Busch departed Duluth with wind turbine base units brought down here from North Dakota by truck. The tug barge is taking them to Buffalo where they will then go by truck to wind farms in Upper New York State. Photo taken on August 15, 2007.
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Adam E. Cornelius departs in April ice

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We load a lot of ships here for some exotic ports, such as Algeria, Iceland, the South coast of France and Venezuela to name a few. And with apologies to the following, we also load cargo for less exotic ports on the Great Lakes, such as Lorain, Ohio or Gary, Indiana. But I never thought of Buffalo as a major destination for our cargo ships but today, it is. The Adam E. Cornelius should be departing Duluth later today with wheat for General Mills in Buffalo. That is work that was handled by the Kinsman Independent for many years. The tug Gregory J. Busch arrived here yesterday with a barge ready to be loaded with wind turbine base units. They were built by DMI Industries in West Fargo and sent here by truck. The tug was here late last year to take one load of base units to Buffalo but bad weather kept if from making a second trip. Today, it is here for that second trip and it should be back for more wind turbine base units, all of which will be shipped out of Buffalo to wind turbine farms in upper New York state. Above, the Cornelius departs Duluth with wheat for Buffalo on April 11th this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-01-2007

Cornelius to take wheat to Buffalo

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The American Spirit should have arrived under the Lift Bridge by now. It will be going to the Burlington Northern dock in Superior after taking on fuel at the Murphy Fuel dock in Duluth. At the BN, it will load taconite to take to Zug Island in the city of River Rouge, just south of Detroit. This boat is the former George A. Stinson that used to work on behalf of National Steel. When they went bankrupt, the Stinson came back to Duluth, in June, 2003, and stayed until it took a few trips for Great Lakes Fleet that winter. The next spring, the owner, American Steamship, renamed it the American Spirit. It has been here about 30 times a year since then. This is the 5th visit this year. Above, the Adam E. Cornelius departed Duluth last evening, taking a load of wheat for General Mills in Buffalo. Photo taken on May 10, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-11-2007