Convoy Departs!

The St Clair departed Duluth around noon on April 15, 2014 (above) to join the convoy forming off the Duluth piers to cross Lake Superior. She arrived in Duluth for winter layup on January 2, 2014. She left port yesterday at 6:15 am and I think went to anchor. She came back in at 5pm.
The American Spirit also arrived for winter layup on January 2, 2014. When the Presque Isle returned to port with hull damage due to ice on April 3rd, at least some of her cargo of iron ore pellets was offloaded into the American Spirit. She left here on May 9th to load iron ore pellets in Two Harbors and then returned here later that day. Above, she is leaving Duluth early afternoon today to join the convoy.

Water and Ice

We are still looking for all ice at this end of the Lake. Below, top to bottom, the Cason J. Callaway, the Presque Isle and the St. Clair seem happy enough.

St. Clair at Fraser for winter layup

This is the first day all season there is no ship traffic in the Twin Ports. The Edwin H. Gott and the Edgar B. Speer were expected but ice has slowed them down. They are through the Soo Locks and should be out on the lake by now. They are expected here very early on Friday morning. The Speer and the Gott will spend the winter at berths at the Port Terminal. Fraser Shipyards has five boats for the winter, one of which is the St. Clair (above). It is out by itself with the rest of Fraser Shipyards behind it and the Blatnik Bridge directly ahead. Photo taken on January 14, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-15-2009

St. Clair coming to Twin Ports for winter

The St. Clair arrived in port on Saturday afternoon (above) for winter layup at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. It joins the Edward L. Ryerson and the American Victory there. The Kaye E. Barker will be the last to arrive at the Shipyard for the winter. The American Spirit is at layup at the Enbridge Dock. Later in the afternoon, the Indiana Harbor arrived in port for winter layup. It is at Port Terminal berth #1. We are still waiting on the John G. Munson, Edwin H. Gott, Edgar B. Speer, Walter J. McCarthy Jr., James R. Barker and Kaye E. Barker. Those in port are earlier than usual and that fact reflects the economy’s difficulties at present. Photo taken on December 27, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-28-2008

St. Clair here, gone, and back again

The St. Clair came into port on Thursday afternoon (above) to load coal for Silver Bay. It was expected to depart earlier this morning. It will return around noon today to load coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The Dutch owned and operated Loireborg was expected to come in from the anchorage last night to load beet pulp pellets. It replaced the Kwintebank at General Mills in Duluth. It also loaded beet pulp pellets. Photo taken on December 11, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-12-2008

St. Clair often here for coal

The 3 tall ships will arrive on Thursday and it appears that a lot of the commercial traffic is waiting for the ships also. The Mesabi Miner came into port last night and should be leaving sometime today with iron ore pellets. The American Mariner will be here with limestone. After that, it might load coal here or go to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. The St. Clair, seen above coming into port two weeks ago, will be here to load coal today and should be leaving late in the day.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-29-2008

St. Clair in for repairs, then loading coal

The St. Clair came into port on Saturday afternoon (above). It was scheduled to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources but had to go to Fraser Shipyards for repairs. One less boat will not make much difference at the coal dock today. The American Century preceded the St. Clair under the Lift Bridge and went over to load coal. The Canadian Transport was due last night and was likely loading coal at first light, after following the American Century. Today, 3 thousand footers will be coming in for more coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-08-2008

St. Clair arrives with ice

Two of the last 3 boats expected here for winter lay up should be here early Thursday morning. That would be the John G. Munson and the Edwin H. Gott. The Mesabi Miner is also expected on Thursday to get one more load of coal. It will take it to Marquette. When it returns here for winter layup, the season will be over. That should be on Sunday. Above, the St. Clair came in for lay up on Tuesday afternoon. Photo taken on January 15, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-16-2008

St. Clair greeted by North Pier Light

After taking a load of taconite down to Zug Harbor, near Detroit, the St. Clair arrived back in Duluth on Thursday afternoon (above) to take on its last load of the season, coal from Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. It will take that cargo to its namesake city, St. Clair, Michigan. The coal will be discharged at the Detroit Edison power plant there. While the St. Clair does take coal to St. Clair during the season, it also carries other cargos such as limestone and taconite to a variety of ports. Of note today, the 2nd and 3rd winter layup arrivals are expected, the American Spirit and the Frontenac. Photo taken on January 10, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-11-2008

St. Clair heading to Murphy

At 11:30 on Saturday morning, the St. Clair came into port using the Duluth entry to get fuel before loading taconite at the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. To avoid the ice filled Superior channel, it went back out to the lake using the Duluth entry after fueling at the Murphy Fuel dock and followed Park Point down to the Superior entry. It was a much easier trip, with very little ice and the BN dock is right inside the Superior entry. Photo taken on December 29,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-30-2007

St. Clair arriving Twin Ports harbor

On Sunday, only 3 boats went under the Lift Bridge, Monday saw another 3 and Tuesday only 1. It is too early to say that the season is winding down but it is definitely slowed up by a combination of high winds, cold temperatures and ice. The Coast Guard announced the beginning of Operation Taconite yesterday, a somewhat early effort to keep shipping channels open on the St. Mary’s River below the Soo Locks and in Duluth. Our Coast Guard cutter Alder is in the St. Mary’s River, below the Soo Locks, removing aids to navigation buoys, a little earlier than usual. Some of the buoys have been damaged by the ice in the river, although no serious damage is reported, meaning they will be put back in the water in the Spring. The cutter Biscayne Bay has been dispatched to Duluth although they will stop in Marquette first, probably sometime later today, arriving here at the end of the week. They were here last winter several times. Even though the Alder is ‘our’ coast guard cutter, it is primarily a buoy tender and the buoys in the St. Mary’s River needed tending. The Biscayne Bay is an ice breaker, coming here to break ice. The only question left is where the ice problems in Duluth are located. They should have sent a snow plow instead. The St. Clair, seen above making the turn into the Duluth harbor in October, should be here now for coal and will likely leave later in the morning. Photo taken on October 25, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-05-2007