Sister ships pass in the afternoon

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The Victoriaborg departed Duluth at 2:50 on the afternoon of November 15, 2013 after loading a cargo of grain at Gavilon (formerly Peavey). As she went through the Duluth ship canal, you can see her sister ship, the Virginiaborg, at anchor waiting to come in to load beet pulp pellets at the General Mills dock in Duluth. Both ships are 433 feet long; the Virginiaborg has been here 29 times since she was built in 2000; the Victoriaborg came 23 times since she was built a year later. Between them, they have brought in lumber and steel coils. They mostly loaded beet pulp pellets on their trips here, but they have also loaded bentonite, and other grains. On many trips, they came in empty. In the picture above, especially in the larger version seen by clicking on the picture, you will see the pilot boat Sea Bear just approaching the stern of the Virginiaborg. Foreign flagged vessels in the Great Lakes must have a pilot aboard who knows the many lakes, rivers, docks, bridges etc. that a ship will encounter. In this case, since the Virginiaborg had just arrived at anchor, the pilot boat was out to get the pilot and bring him into port. When the Virginiaborg is ready to come in, the pilot boat will take a pilot, not necessarily the same one, out to the ship for the trip into port.
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Largest port (by tonnage) on the Great Lakes!

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There is a reason why I am so tired at the end of the day. I have to keep getting up from my chair to take pictures of all the ship traffic. There was quite a parade this morning. Above, the Algowood was on her way out with a load of iron ore pellets and passed the CSL Tadoussac coming in to replace her at the CN Dock in West Duluth.
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A couple minutes later, the James R. Barker was departing with a load of coal from Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. She was taking that to Taconite Harbor and passed the Victoriaborg coming in to load bentonite at the Hallett Dock in Duluth. As the Victoriaborg made her turn to the St. Louis River, she passed the Canadian Enterprise, loading fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock before taking a load of salt to the Hallett 8 Dock in Superior. After that, she will go to the BNSF dock in Superior to load taconite pellets and maybe then, I can get some rest.
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Victoriaborg ready to depart

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The last couple days have been quite busy with ships at anchor most of the time, waiting for a berth. It settles down a bit today with one thousand footer moving through the harbor in the morning, one in the afternoon and another in the evening. Sometime in the afternoon, the 433 foot Victoriaborg will sail out with a cargo of bentonite. It came under the Lift Bridge on Saturday morning after discharging cargo at Menominee, Michigan. Wagenborg ships, such as the Victoriaborg, often discharge wood pulp there. Above, it is departing Duluth in May, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-01-2006

Victoriaborg here for beet pellets

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The Dutch flagged and built Victoriaborg will be here for the first time this year. The ship was here 3 times last year. As today, it usually loads beet pulp pellets, a byproduct of sugar beet production in North Dakota that is used for animal feed in Europe. Photo taken May 14, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-21-2005

Victoriaborg another borg

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The Dutch flagged and built Victoriaborg will be here for the second time this year. Built in 2001, it was also here twice in 2003 and in 2002. It usually loads beet pulp pellets, a byproduct of sugar beet production in North Dakota that is used for animal feed in Europe. Photo taken May 14, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-16-2004