Convoy Departs!

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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.
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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.
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Water and Ice

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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.
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St. Clair at Fraser for winter layup

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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