What ice

Ice did not stop the Vista Star from cruising out into Lake Superior. Here they approach the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge just after the Paul R. Tregurtha arrived under it to load coal for Detroit Edison. Happy May 28th!

Spring is here: the Vista Star has arrived


The Vista Star spent the winter in dry dock in Washburn, Wisconsin but she arrived in Duluth on April 24th to spend the summer with us. Since we last saw the Star, she has been purchased by Justin & Sarah Steinbach. This was a special trip under the Lift Bridge for them; new owners with a newly painted boat with new propellers and many other enhancements. Cruises start in early May.

Calumet enters harbor-Vista Star watches

Calumet enters Duluth harbor as the Vista Star passes by
The Calumet arrived Duluth on July 31, 2011. It was her first visit this year to the Twin Ports. She was here once last year and once the year before.
Calumet enters the Duluth ship canal on Sunday, July 31, 2011

Foggy April morning in Duluth

The snow is gone, most of the ice has vanished; Duluth is the usual April shade of brown. Happily, this morning (Thursday, April 7, 2011), the fog moved in and prettied the place up a bit. Above, the Vista Star and the William A. Irvin survived the winter in good shape; unfortunately the Blue Bridge is still there, but after a slow journey from the Midwest Energy coal dock in Superior, the Mesabi Miner finally departed the port with 58,000 tons of coal for Presque Isle . It seemed like the Aerial Bridge was the only place the fog lifted even a little bit. I could not see the Miner once she got beyond the bridge, just as I could hardly see her very well as she approached the bridge.

Vista Star, always a sign of spring

The return of the Vista boats to their dock at the DECC is usually a sure sign of spring. The Vista Queen and Vista Star arrived there on Friday, signaling instead a last blast of winter. A new employee training session was planned in the harbor for Saturday but cold weather prevented the Minnesota Slip Bridge from opening, so they had the session on board the boat at the slip while it snowed outside (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-27-2008

Vista King and Vista Star come out for spring

The Duluth inner harbor witnessed two important signs of spring on Friday, despite the continued presence of floating ice. Both the Vista King and the Vista Star made their way from their winter home at Fraser Shipyards in Superior to their summer positions; the King tying up at the the dock in front of the DECC while the Star pulled up just in front of the William A. Irvin, and next to the Sundew. That brings up the second sign. Our infamous Minnesota Slip Bridge went up on the first try, a true harbinger of a great summer to come. With the bridge up, the Star went under (above) and assumed its usual position. Later today, the Kwintebank will be arriving to load beet pulp pellets. We usually have about thirty visits a year from the Wagenborg boats, this being the first of them.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-21-2007

Vistas all in a row

Three Vista boats head for home on August 22nd this past summer. From the left, the new Vista Queen, the Vista King and the Vista Star. Two more weeks and they retire for the winter, the last breath of summer. Next April, after a brief winter, they will be the first breath of spring.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-14-2005