The Gales of November, inside and out

The LSMMA was holding their annual Gales of November get-together inside the DECC, while a gale of November 13th was blowing just outside the door. Here, with winds as high as 45 mph, the  Calliroë Patronicola, on the left, and her sister ship Olympic Mentor, sit quietly off the Duluth piers waiting to come in and load grain. Inside the DECC, one of the presentations was about another Greek ship, the Socrates, and the trouble she had off the Duluth piers in the middle 80’s. Watch our live web cam, now showing on the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, waiting to see if the waves touch the bottom of the bridge. Sorry for the ugly commercial at the start; i have no control over it.

Ypermachos crew greets Duluth

The Ypermachos came under the Lift Bridge early Friday evening (above). It is here to load grain at the Cargill elevator in Duluth. The crew was on deck waving to the crowd at the ship canal as they went under bridge. This ship was also in Duluth in early November, 1985 when it was called the Socrates and spent about a week aground just off Park Point. It created quite a sensation. Before becoming the Ypermachos, it also sailed around the world as the Union and the Mecta Sea. But only the name Socrates was imprinted in raised lettering on the hull of the ship; the others, including the Ypermachos, were just painted over the original name. It is hard to see in the picture above, but in real life, you can see the raised lettering of the original name. The E on the current name was painted directly over the S in the original name. Photo taken on August 31, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-01-2007

Ypermachos is her name

If the boats operate as expected today, most of the traffic for the day will come in pairs, early in the day. Between midnight and 2 am, the Algowood will be coming in to replace the Paul R. Tregurtha at Midwest Energy. A couple hours later, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. will be coming in as the Frontenac is leaving. A couple hours later, the Ypermachos will come in from the anchorage to load wheat as the Algowood departs with coal. This afternoon, the McCarthy will depart the Midwest Energy coal dock and will be replaced there by the American Integrity. Above, the Ypermachos sat at anchor for most of the weekend. Photo taken on May 27, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-29-2007

What’s your name?

The Ypermachos should be arriving off the Duluth piers late this afternoon. It will likely come in on Tuesday morning to load grain at the CHS terminal in Superior. This ship has visited here under four other names, one of them quite memorable. It was the Mecta Sea from 1997 until two years ago. Between 1992 and 1997, it was the Union. The name that is very important to Duluthians was the name between its launch in 1984 and 1992, the Socrates. In early November of 1985, this ship, as the Socrates, also dropped anchor off the Duluth piers to wait for a berth. Several days later, high winds, not untypical on Lake Superior in November, blew it off the anchorage, pulling ship and anchor towards the shore. Before getting there, the ship went aground and was stuck there for a week before tugs were able to pull the boat to deeper water. It eventually came into port, loaded grain and finally departed the Twin Ports. Above, the Ypermachos comes into port last November.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-26-2007

Ypermachos passes under Aerial Lift Bridge

The Ypermachos finally came into port last night from the anchorage just off the Duluth piers (above). The ship went over to the Peavey elevator to load spring wheat for Italy. It was better known here in the mid 80’s when it was the Socrates and went aground off Park Point. That name certainly gave the ship a nice tradition, but perhaps a bit too smart. The current name in Greek means Champion, maybe a bit more appropriate for a citizen of the high seas. After using a tug assist for the last couple days, the Paul R. Tregurtha departed last night with a full load of coal and repairs completed on the engine block. The tug G.L. Ostrander brought the barge Integrity here with a load of cement, but both are now over at Fraser Shipyards in Superior getting some repairs. The Canadian flagged Mississagi is also over there for repairs.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-10-2006

Out of fog appears Ypermachos

The Ypermachos (now the Zuni Princess) has been at anchor for the last couple days, often hidden behind the fog. It lifted a bit yesterday allowing the picture above to be taken. This ship is the same ship that ran aground off Park Point in November, 1985. It has also been here as the Mecta Sea and the Union. On those trips, you could still see some of the letters from the ship’s original name, Socrates, imprinted on the side of the ship. It may come in this afternoon to go over to the Peavey Company’s Connor’s Point Elevator in Superior to load spring wheat for Italy.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-09-2006