Julie and Paul came back for a visit today

My friend Julie Fletcher, the 2nd cook on the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, was back in town today (Friday, September 26, 2014) with the Martin and took these pictures as they arrived under the Lift Bridge on their way to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal. … [Read more...]

Julie, ace cook and photographer on the Martin

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 … [Read more...]

A view from the other side

Julie Fletcher is the 2nd cook on the Rt. Hon Paul J. Martin and she took these pictures as they came through the Duluth ship canal on Monday, June 2, 2014 at about 3 pm. … [Read more...]

The morning after (the marathon)

In the beginning, the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin (left) and the Perelik shared the lake with a small boat and the South Pier Light. Then the fishing boats went out  … … the early runners appeared on the scene … and finally, the walkers arrived … [Read more...]

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arriving Duluth

Two Canadian flagged boats will be arriving in port today, both loading coal. The Canadian Olympic will go to Nanticoke in Ontario but the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, seen above arriving in port on January 11th this year, will take its cargo of coal out of the St. Lawrence Seaway system to the ocean port of Belledune, in New Brunswick, Canada, just north of Maine. It is nice to see two Canadian boats … [Read more...]

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrives Duluth

The world here is slowly falling into place. The Alder came back from Thunder Bay. The last cargo of coal has left Midwest Energy Resources so the James R. Barker moved in for winter lay up after coming over from a temporary berth at the Port Terminal. And the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived on Sunday afternoon (above) for its last cargo of iron ore pellets. Two more Canadian flagged lakers are … [Read more...]

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin takes coal to Thunder Bay

The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived in the Twin Ports on Friday morning at 2:55 to pick up Midwest Energy Resources' last load of coal for the season. It left for Thunder Bay on Friday afternoon at 3:15 (above). The Coast Guard cutter Alder was also out in the harbor Friday clearing the shipping lanes to give the Martin some help getting through the ice. The Samuel Risley, Canada's best ice … [Read more...]

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin taking coal today

A couple days ago, the CSL Laurentien loaded coal here for Belledune, New Brunswick, a port on the Atlantic Ocean just north of Maine. The Rt. Hon. Paul J Martin will be here today to load more coal for Belledune. Above, it is departing Duluth with iron ore pellets in April, 2006. This boat was born in 2000 when the engine room of the H.M. Griffith was combined with a new hull. It is named after … [Read more...]

Visiting in the world of Homeland Security

The border between Canada and the United States is getting more restricted every day. Canadian boats such as the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin still come into port, as it did this morning, with the same regularity and US boats still call at Canadian ports. The local customs officials board Canadian boats when they arrive. Add to that the additional security that is in place both around the port and on … [Read more...]

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin & Atlantic Huron working together

We should have two visitors from Canada Steamship Lines today, which is always interesting. Many of their boats, including the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, are remakes combining sections of old boats with entirely new sections. That also is a chance to repaint the boats, in the case of Canada Steamship Lines, usually bright red. The Atlantic Huron is a lake freighter with the added capability of … [Read more...]

Paul J. Martin transfers cargo

The Atlantic Huron (above left) will depart today with a load of taconite transferred to its cargo holds by a sister ship, the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin (above right). The Atlantic Huron is in a hurry to deliver this cargo to Nanticoke, Ontario so it can get back to its winter layup port at Thunder Bay before the Soo Locks close for the winter. The Martin's winter home is beyond the Soo Locks so it … [Read more...]