Nice night for a boat ride

Above, the now privately owned and operated Sundew eases past the current US Coast Guard cutter Alder at her dock on Park Point on Monday evening, August 14, 2017.

Below, the tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort was pushing the barge Erie Trader through the Duluth harbor. Formerly the Lakes Contender, they are here to load iron ore pellets at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) dock in Superior.

Below, the Cason J. Callaway arrived last night with limestone to discharge at the C. Reiss Terminal in West Duluth. After that, she stopped for fuel at the Calumet Fuel dock before departing for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets.

Algolake drops salt twice

After discharging salt at the Hallett #8 dock in Superior, the Algolake dropped the second  part of her inbound cargo at North American Salt Dock in Duluth (below). After backing away from the salt dock around noon on Sunday, January 8, 2017, she made a 180 turn just in front of Pier B Resort (see more below) and departed under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.
On her way out, she provided a pretty good show to those folks watching out their window at the Pier B Resort.
Below, that’s the retired Coast Guard cutter Sundew providing the entertainment for those folks on the front side of the resort.

2 Coast Guard cutters, the Cason J. Callaway and Pier B

(The retired Coast Guard cutter Sundew sits at her current dock just to the right of the former cement silos; the Coast Guard cutter Alder is back at her dock after a quick trip out to Lake Superior this morning, top center.)

Ice and cold with new and old

Our current US Coast Guard cutter Alder (above) was out this morning opening up the shipping channels for boats returning to Duluth for the winter.  The Sundew,  our ‘old’, and now retired,  Coast Guard cutter (foreground), was sitting at her dock waiting for summer. And a good thing for those sailors on the Alder. The pilothouse is warm and comforting on the Alder,  while the Sundew had an open pilothouse, not the best place to spend a winter day in the Northland.

Barker out with coal; Sundew in with some friends having a nice time in the sun


Friends, the Sundew and the Rookies play the Icebreaker

sundew20110611_3456In the old days, I took a lot of pictures of the US Coast Guard cutter Sundew. That was back when the ice breaker was breaking ice. Then it became a museum and when that didn’t work out, Jeff Foster bought her and does a lot of different things with the boat. I imagine you could get married on it or perhaps, at the other end, talk Jeff into spreading your ashes on the lake. So I don’t take pictures of her working her old-time job, but I do take pictures of people taking pictures of her. I was talking to my new friends John McLaughlin and Rodeane Widom, from Glendale, Arizona when John spotted the Sundew sundew20110611_3458coming under the Lift Bridge and took his camera out. That’s him taking a picture of the Sundew. Then I saw the Sundew turn left and create a perfect picture with the North Pier light so I took a picture. And then, I noticed some other people in red suits posing for a picture while they were ‘working out’ on the anchor dug deep into the ground in the front yard of the Marine Museum. They are the Rookies from St. Paul. They probably didn’t know the Sundew was behind them; they were too busy getting ready for the fast pitch softball game they have tomorrow with a team from Superior called Icebreaker.
sundew20110611_3463John and Rodeane get in their RV every year on May 1st and don’t return home until at least November. Of course they are wired for the trip; Rodeane let me hold her Ipad, the first one I ever saw, much less held. They are on the way to Halifax and I appointed them official Duluth Shipping News photographers whenever they find an interesting ship, in Halifax or anywhere. They will check in here to keep us updated. You can always find their page by clicking on my new category called Friends. This is not a speed trip for them; they are in Duluth for about 2 weeks; they will leave Tuesday, couple days before Grandma’s Marathon. Rodeane passes time on the road playing Scrabble with a bunch of different people all over the country. She has 8 games going now; dial her up and maybe you can get a scrabble game with her. Yes they are married and plan to see their children when they come back across the country from Halifax. If you look closely, you can see that day’s issue of the Duluth Shipping News tucked under her Ipad. (Click all these pictures for larger versions)

The Sundew, now owned by Jeff Foster, left her moorings at the DECC today to start a new life as …………..


New owner Jeff Foster, on the left, looks clean and ready to go in a picture taken today. ‘Old’ owner, Bob Hom (actually, his employer, the DECC, was the ‘old’ owner of the Sundew) put in a lot of work yesterday getting the ship ready to go, literally. With the dirty work done yesterday, he was cleaner today.


Joe Walters returns to the Sundew

A few months ago, Kiyi captain Joe Walters took a lunch break at the Deep Water Grill in Ashland. Joe worked on the Sundew from 1994 to 97 as chief warrant officer. He got lots of experience navigating the vessel around the Great Lakes. He left the Coast Guard in 2000 and started work for the Lake Superior Biological Station at Ashland, Wisconsin as the captain of their research vessel Kiyi, a boat that comes to the Twin Ports a couple times a year. He had read in the paper that his old ship had been sold to Jeff Foster Trucking in Superior. When he saw someone at the restaurant wearing a Jeff Foster jacket, he walked over and introduced himself. It was not Jeff, but after their discussion, the message got back to Jeff that Joe was in Ashland.  Jeff needed a licensed captain to take the Sundew out of the slip next to the William A. Irvin, and knew that Joe would be a good person for the job. Partly out of coincidence, the Kiyi was scheduled to be in the Twin Ports this week, the same time that Jeff wanted to move the ship out. If all goes well, Joe will take the wheel of the Sundew for the first time in 13 years on Tuesday or Wednesday morning. That’s Joe on the bridge of the Kiyi on Monday afternoon. In the background, you can make out the Sundew, waiting for his arrival.

April morning in Duluth

It is April 14th, 2010. We are warmer than usual but not green. Grandma’s Marathon is a couple months away and the sidewalks are filled with runners. The Sundew is getting ready to move on to her next life with Jeff Foster, and the William A. Irvin will open as usual in May. The Federal Polaris joined the party mid morning. Currently (noon), she is at the inner anchorage waiting for the Iryda to complete loading grain at CHS1 in Superior.
And that’s not enough, the Wizard of Oz came to town and is setting up shop at the DECC auditorium for a show tonight.

Several months ago, Jeff Foster purchased the Sundew …,


… the former Coast Guard cutter that was built in Duluth in 1943 and served many years here before retiring into the tourist business. Happily, very happily, Jeff plans to maintain the Sundew’s presence in the Twin Ports. Here he is checking out his new purchase on February 15th. He plans to start working on the ship in the beginning of April so he can take her out of her home for the last 5 years and put her back in the Twin Ports waters again. He is not sure yet what is in store for the future, but being seen a lot in the Twin Ports is very much a part of the plan. (Pictures from the Sundew’s past)

Then and now

On Friday, August 28th, Commander Beverly Havlik (second from right) stopped by with her mother (center). Beverly commanded the Coast Guard cutter Sundew from June, 2000 until June, 2003. The Sundew is now a museum, located just in front of the William A. Irvin, and is operated by the DECC. Erik Akervik and Tom Kanzier, from the left, are tour guides on the ship. At right, John Clark works on maintaining the ship. They had a lot of questions for Bev; like where can we find the key to this place, what does that thing do, what is this connected to etc etc. She had a good answer for all questions.

Sundew gets help from friends

The tug North Dakota (left) and the tug Minnesota (right) pushed and pulled the Sundew into its new home beside the William A. Irvin and the tug Lake Superior on Friday morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-19-2004

Sundew to be decommissioned

The Sundew will leave the dock at Coast Guard Station Duluth this morning at 8 for the last time to make the short trip across the harbor to its new home next to the William A. Irvin at the DECC . The official decommissioning ceremony will be held on Thursday morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-26-2004

Oh yes, the old days; remember when we had ice and snow in the winter?

The Canadian icebreaker Samuel Risley had some time off last weekend, according to the Windsor Star. Not enough ice to keep the best ice breaker on the Great Lakes going seven days a week, their usual winter schedule. Not so in the above picture I took aboard the Sundew on April 5, 2003. Since the crew isn’t around here any more and are out of earshot, I  can mention that at the time I took this picture, the Sundew was stopped in the ice, just off the Superior entry. On the other hand, that was the winter that the Duluth ship canal was clogged full of ice, probably because of a stiff east wind blowing Lake Superior’s remaining ice to Duluth. The Risley came down to break that up but took one shot at the ice pack, and bounced off. They called the Sundew reporting no can do. I lied about the Risley being the best Ice Breaker on the Great Lakes. She is second. Spring is in first place and we had to wait until April 19th that year before she could open up the ship canal.

2003, another spring to remember

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March 20, 2003: the Mackinaw (below) arrives Duluth.
March 24, 2003: the Edgar B. Speer (below), Edwin H. Gott, and Roger Blough depart Duluth
March 29, 2003: The Frontenac is our first arrival of the year.
April 1, 2003: The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. (not pictured) departed Duluth, the last commercial traffic until she did it again on April 21
April 3, 2003: The Indiana Harbor tried 9 times to get through ship canal (above) but could not. She left her mark on the ice however (below)
April 5, 2003:
The task for the day was to help the Arthur M. Anderson and the Indiana Harbor depart using either the Duluth or Superior entry. We started the day, on the Sundew, breaking ice around the Arthur M. Anderson (below, center) in the Duluth harbor. 230405-2--004Captain Michael Gapczynski was trying to take his boat through the ice and out the Duluth entry. After making about four ice-breaking circles around the boat, word came to the Sundew from the Canadian ice breaker Samuel Risley that the ice beyond the Duluth piers would not budge. The Anderson returned to her dock.We headed straight for the Superior entry where we would join the Risley, now out beyond the ice jam and heading for the Superior piers. We would use the same plan for the day but at the Superior entry instead.
230405-2--099The Sundew made slow but steady progress through the piers. Just beyond the piers, she was stopped in the ice. I thought we were stuck in the ice, but I quickly found out the word to use was stopped. Of course, it’s a good time to get stuck, I mean stopped, in the ice. A larger ice breaker was waiting to help out just beyond the ice we were stopped in. As a 230405-2--181matter of fact, I suspect that one ice breaker enjoys coming to the aid of another ice breaker stopped in the ice.We were quickly freed and with two ice breakers now in the Superior channel, Sundew Captain Beverly Havlik (center) was happy with the condition of the ice. She decided to offer the captains of the Arthur M. 230405-2--096Anderson and the still waiting to depart Indiana Harbor a chance to take a look for themselves. She called them and they accepted her invitation to board the Sundew and go for a preview ride out to the Superior entry. We turned around and proceeded to the Port Terminal where we picked up our two new passengers.
230405-2--134It was a nice ride out to the Superior entry. Both Captains shared some really good sea stories. Every Captain on the Great Lakes I am sure has many stories to tell of bad times dealing with ice in the Great Lakes.T230405-2--146he story today was about to reach its conclusion. Both Gapczynski and Bill Millar, captain on the Indiana Harbor, decided they should go ahead. We took them back to their boats and returned to the channel to wait for them.
The Anderson, though smaller, went first since her bow was angled. That gave her a better chance to move through the ice field. And, by now, I suspect the Indiana Harbor was not too interested in blazing new trails.
Both boats made it out just fine, with the Sundew sitting off to the side, ready to help, but not needed this time. It was early evening, and at least for me, time to go home
Wednesday evening, April 9, 2003. The Sundew is still breaking ice in front of the Duluth ship canal while the rest of us enjoy spring. Below, you can still see the ridge made by the Indiana Harbor during her futile attempts to escape Duluth last week.The crew of the Sundew parked in the ice and spent Wednesday night on the boat. They were back breaking ice at 6 am Thursday morning. Some of the ice boulders they are breaking off are up to 15 feet high. Like ice bergs, only 1/3 of it is above water. Sometimes a boulder (the size of a small bus) breaks away from a heavier sheet and it pops up quite quickly and dramatically, reaching its own new position of 1/3 above and 2/3rds below water level. The Sundew returned to her dock around 6:30 pm. She will be out again, Friday morning. Below:  The McCarthy finally departed Duluth on April 21st; she was the last traffic to move through the Duluth ship canal since she left on April 1, 20 days earlier, before the East wind attacked us.