Beeghly arrives to friendly crowd

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The Charles M. Beeghly arrived last night to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. The boat gave a double salute to acknowledge the large crowd that gathered to welcome it to Duluth (above). It was built in 1959 in Toledo and is 806 feet long, and is nearly identical to the John Sherwin, a boat that spent many years in the Twin Ports sitting idle. This is the 8th trip here this season for the Beeghly, more than the total trips it made in each of the last 5 years. Photo taken on August 30, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-31-2008

Charles M. Beeghly at the Twin Ports

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The Charles M. Beeghly will be here today to load taconite pellets for Indiana Harbor. It is nearly identical to the John Sherwin, a boat that was recently towed to Fraser Shipyards for an evaluation after sitting idle in the harbor since 1981. In that same year, the Beeghly was converted to a self unloader so it is still on the lakes. The Sherwin did not get a self unloader and remains idle to this day. There is no word yet on whether the Sherwin will be upgraded so it can join the Beeghly again.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-13-2006

Charles M. Beeghly

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There is not much traffic left for this shipping season. The Roger Blough and the Edgar B. Speer were expected here late last night. The Charles M. Beeghly and Edwin H. Gott should be the 9th and 10th winter lay-up arrivals today. The James R. Barker left yesterday afternoon with coal for Marquette. It is expected back on Tuesday morning, the 11th and last arrival for winter lay-up and the last traffic of the season. There should be no traffic on Monday. Above, the Charles M. Beeghly departing Duluth last April.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-15-2006

Charles M. Beeghly returns

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The Charles M. Beeghly will be here today for the 6th time this season. It is very similar to the John Sherwin, a boat that was taken out of service in 1981. The Sherwin is still out, sitting at a berth in Superior. In the same year, the Beeghly was converted to a self unloader and remains a working boat on the Great Lakes, although it too was out of service from 1981 until 1984 because of the steep decline in the steel business in the early 80’s.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-13-2005

Charles M. Beeghly

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The Charles M. Beeghly is very similar to the John Sherwin, a boat that was taken out of service in 1981 and has been sitting in water close by the Blatnik Bridge since. The Sherwin was not converted to a self unloader. The Beeghly was converted to a self unloader in the same year, and as a result, is still operated on the Great Lakes. It should be here now discharging limestone and will load taconite before departing Duluth. Photo taken June 12, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-01-2004