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

St. Clair in the rain

The St. Clair arrived under the Lift Bridge early Thursday afternoon to load taconite. The storm was only just beginning to ease up but a good group was still out to say hello as it went by. The Federal Weser has been here since Monday afternoon trying to load flax, spring wheat and soy beans for Antwerp, Belgium. The weather has not been kind and today is still not supposed to be good grain loading weather (meaning dry) but they will try to get it down between the rain drops. Photo taken on October 18, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-19-2007

St. Clair ready to depart Duluth

Most of the thousand footers that come to the Twin Ports load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. There have been days recently when one was loading at the dock, another one was in port waiting and a third thousand footer either was in port waiting or not far out in the lake. Today, however, the coal dock has a very busy schedule but it is ‘smaller boat day.’ No thousand footers will be there; 5 ‘less than thousand foot boats’ will be. Four are Canadian lakers; one is the US flagged St. Clair. Being smaller, there will be more traffic since the smaller boats will load faster than the thousand footers. The John B. Aird slipped into port last night, creeping very slowly through the fog. It started the day, probably leaving very early this morning. It was likely replaced by the St. Clair, seen above departing Duluth in May of 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-22-2007

St. Clair aims at the camera

If all went well, and it didn’t yesterday, the two salt water ships we have had in port and at anchor passed each other last night, the Ypermachos coming in to load wheat for Algeria and the Tatjana departing with spring wheat for Malta. The Ypermachos was delayed by some paper work problems, not uncommon when you consider that the buyers of the grain, the sellers of the grain and the owner of the ship, to name just a few interested parties, are literally spread out throughout the world. Hopefully, that has been cleared up and they are ready to go this morning. The US flagged St. Clair was expected in port around 6 am this morning to load taconite. Above, it is departing the port in May, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-30-2007

St. Clair & H. Lee White arrive on one lift

The Aerial Lift Bridge was up for two boats in one lift late yesterday afternoon. First the St. Clair came in and the H. Lee White followed close behind. Both are expected to depart today, with the St. Clair departing Duluth and the H. Lee White departing Superior, both loaded with taconite. The St. Clair will be going to Gary. If the Federal Ems departed last night, as expected, there will be no salt water ships in port today. After a brief spurt of traffic, we are down to one arriving Friday and another on Saturday. Photo taken on May 02, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-03-2007

St. Clair, Bayfield and Lift Bridge

The St. Clair arrived Duluth last night around 6 o’clock to load coal for Detroit Edison’s St. Clair power plant near St. Clair, Michigan. The boat was built in 1976 to deliver coal to the plant, even though the first delivery made was iron ore to Indiana Harbor. The boat was also named after the power plant. It is seen above going under the Lift Bridge last night, passing by the Marine Museum’s tug Bayfield, decorated for the holidays. The 45-foot tug was built in 1953. When the Corps of Engineers took over the tug in 1962, it was renamed in honor of the harbor of the town in Wisconsin by the same name.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-24-2006

St. Clair about to depart Twin Ports

Today is a good day to watch ships depart Duluth. All 4 set to go under the Lift Bridge today will be going out into the Lake. Three salties will be leaving, and one US freighter, the St. Clair. On Thursday, the last three salt water ships of the year, the BBC France, the Federal Margaree and the Goldeneye, should be arriving. They will not have to compete for space since they are all handling very different cargo. The Federal Margaree will be loading grain, the BBC France will discharge steel coils and the Goldeneye will load bentonite. It is unusual for 3 salt water ships to leave one day and three more arrive the next. The St. Clair came in last night around dinner time for coal. Above, it is seen departing Duluth in May of 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-13-2006

St Clair arriving Twin Ports

The St. Clair should be departing Duluth this morning after taking one load of coal from Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to the CLM Corporation lime plant also in Superior and getting a second load for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. should be waiting to follow the St. Clair at Midwest Energy. It will take on a split load, one part to a Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan and the second part to a Consumers Energy’s power plant in Essexville, Michigan. Above, the St. Clair coming into port yesterday afternoon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-05-2006

St Clair departing Twin Ports

The St. Clair is due here today to load coal for a local delivery and then load more coal for delivery to Ontario Hydro at Nanticoke, the port it is coming from. First it will load about 25,000 tons at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to take about 2 miles up the Superior channel to the CLM Company lime plant. It will then return to Midwest Energy to load about 44,000 tons for Nanticoke. This is the St. Clair’s 9th trip here this season. Besides coal, it has brought limestone in and loaded taconite here for the lower lakes. Above, it is departing Duluth in June, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-04-2006

St. Clair headed toward the bridge

Some Great Lakes boats load and discharge the same cargo at the same ports. Then there is the St. Clair. Originally built to carry low sulfur coal from Superior to St. Clair, Michigan, it has branched out to carry many cargos to many ports, and in the case of its visit here today, to many berths within one port. It brings limestone in to deliver to two berths, one at the CLM Dock in Superior and the rest to the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. That finished, it will move across the St. Louis River to load coal for Nanticoke, Ontario. Originally, it was going take a load of coal back to CLM before returning to Midwest Energy Resources for the load of coal for Nanticoke. That short haul within the Twin Ports was apparently canceled. Still, it is more work than most boats do while in port.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-28-2006

The St. Clair takes coal to St. Clair

We have 3 boats loading coal and two discharging limestone today. The St. Clair (above, departing Duluth in July, 2004) will be here to load coal to take to Detroit Edison’s Belle River Power Plant near St. Clair, Michigan. Although the St. Clair moves a variety of cargos to many different Great Lakes ports, it was built in 1976 to do exactly what it is doing today, taking low sulfur western coal to St. Clair, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/10/2006

St. Clair with North Pier Light

There are many ways to describe a Great Lakes Freighter. Here is one: The St. Clair is powered by three 3500 HP General Motors, 20 cylinder, two stroke cycle, single acting diesel engines built in La Grange, Illinois. The boat is driven through a Falk single reduction gear box to a controllable pitch propeller, with a top speed of 14.5 knots or 16.7 mph. For cargo discharge, a twin conveyor system below the cargo holds transports the cargo to an inclined conveyor belt that elevates the cargo to a deck-mounted boom conveyor. For maneuvering in port the vessel is equipped with 1,000 HP bow and stern thrusters.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-13-2005

St. Clair approaches canal

On Sunday evening, the St. Clair was greeted by many, but not all, of the people on the Marine Museum grounds. There was reading and feeding to do. Our ‘friendly’ bird population continues to dine on their summer staple of pop corn, not usually thrown for them so conveniently. None of this stopped the St. Clair from coming in to load coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-19-2005

St. Clair does coal duty

The St. Clair was built in 1976 primarily to deliver coal from Superior to Detroit Edison’s Belle River Power Plant near St. Clair, Michigan. Although the boat carries a variety of cargos to a wide variety of ports, it will be performing its primary task today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-22-2005

St. Clair named for St. Clair

After 24 trips to the Twin Ports this season, loading taconite and coal, the
St. Clair will be here today to spend the winter layup at the Port Terminal.
It was built in 1976 to deliver coal from Superior to Detroit Edison’s Belle River Power Plant near its namesake, St. Clair, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-11-2005