Julie and Paul came back for a visit today

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julieonmartin_20140926_125337My 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.

Julie, ace cook and photographer on the Martin

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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 waving, and suggested they wave back while yelling out her name. They did, and several minutes later, when she sent me her pictures, she added this line, “The guys were laughing , i told them that’s my fan club yelling my name”
Later in the day, actually, very early the next morning, my friendly associate Holly and I paid a visit to Tim Dayton, captain on the Paul R. Tregurtha. Holly, under the watchful eye of Captain Dayton, is at the wheel here,  but we were tied up at the Port Terminal getting fuel so no one was injured.  Laughing out loud
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A view from the other side

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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.
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The morning after (the marathon)

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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.
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Then the fishing boats went out  …
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… the early runners appeared on the scene
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… and finally, the walkers arrived
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Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arriving Duluth

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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 today. Through April, we only had 15 Canadian flagged vessels in port, last year there were 37 Canadian flagged ships here before May 1st. Photo taken on January 11, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-07-2009

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrives Duluth

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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 still expected here to load iron ore pellets before the season ends. Photo taken on January 11, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-12-2009

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

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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 breaker, had been breaking ice at Thunder Bay but was called down to the rivers below the Soo Locks for ice breaking duties. When that happened, the Alder was assigned to Thunder Bay (as well as Duluth/Superior). It left last night and will escort the Martin into the coal dock there and then return to Duluth to break ice for several boats including the Martin which is returning for one more trip to the Twin Ports, this time for iron ore pellets. It is expected here on Sunday. Late Sunday, the Martin will leave for Nanticoke, but that will not relieve the Alder of more work in Thunder Bay. It will return there early next week for more ice breaking for another boat expected there. Photo taken on January 09, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-10-2009

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin taking coal today

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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 Canada’s 21st Prime Minister and the former president of Canada Steamship Lines, the owner of the boat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-04-2008

Visiting in the world of Homeland Security

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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 all the vessels that come into the port. I went over to talk with Julie Fletcher, the second cook on the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin yesterday. She has been on the Martin for over a month. She lives in Thorold, Ontario, right next to the Welland Canal. In the never land between customs and security, there was a brief moment when I was not allowed to come on the boat and she was not allowed to get off the boat; we had our own little version of a US Canadian border conflict. We began to talk, I mean yell, at each other but shortly, perhaps because we were making so much noise, it was finally decided that she could get off the boat to visit with me. I of course was hoping I could get a nice meal on the boat but I didn’t ask her to deliver any take out, or take down, as you can see above. She finally descended the gang way (above), we visited for a while, she went back on board, the boat went over to the CN dock to load iron ore pellets and they probably departed the port early this morning.
submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-02-2008

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

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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 working in the ocean, in this case, up the Canadian east coast off Newfoundland. At the end of the 2004-05 shipping season, in January, 2005, both boats were here for a very unusual cargo transfer. The Atlantic Huron (above left) was in a hurry to get off Lake Superior, so as soon as it entered the Duluth harbor, it came along side the Martin (above right), at the Port Authority, so the Martin could transfer its just loaded taconite cargo to the Atlantic Huron, allowing it to turn around and head for the Soo Locks. The Martin then went back to fill its cargo holds a second time in the same visit.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/7/2006

Paul J. Martin transfers cargo

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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 has more time to get out of Lake Superior.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-08-2005

Martin is semi-new boat

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The H.M. Griffith was built in 1973. In 2000, the engine-room portion of that vessel was combined with a new hull to create a ‘new’ vessel called the Rt. Hon. Paul J Martin. It is named after Canada’s 21st Prime Minister and the former president of Canada Steamship Lines, the owner of the boat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-22-2004

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin

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The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin is expected in Superior today to load taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock. It was created when a new hull was connected to the H.M Griffith engine room in 2000. The H.M. Griffith was built in 1973.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-13-2004

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin welcomed to town

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The H.M. Griffith was built in 1973. In 2000, the engine-room portion of that vessel was combined with a new hull. The ‘new’ vessel became the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, named after Canada’s 21st Prime Minister and the former president of Canada Steamship Lines, the owner of the boat. Picture taken July 5, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-08-2004