McCarthy arrives behind Pier B

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The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. arrived this afternoon (October 19, 2017) around 3:00. She then moved over to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal for Detroit Edison. This is her 21st trip to Duluth. On 20 of those visits, she loaded coal as she is today. After discharging part of this load at the St. Clair power plant, she will go to Consumers Energy’s Karn-Weadock Generating Complex on Saginaw Bay near the mouth of the Saginaw River in Hampton Township, Michigan to discharge 30,000 tons of coal. On August 29, 2017, she was here to load iron ore pellets at BNSF.

3 lighthouses, 2 boats, 1 bridge, 1 omelet, 1 waffle and Holly

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Breakfast was great at Pier B this morning (Wednesday, July 13, 2016), but it was hard to concentrate on the waffles and omelet with all the boats going by. I caught the American Century coming in to load 68,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources for the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison. Half an hour earlier, Holly was out taking pictures of the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. leaving with the same amount of coal, also loaded at Midwest Energy. She was headed for Presque Isle, Michigan. I left my omelet sitting quietly beside her waffle and went out to get a picture of her taking a picture of her. (Please note all 3 lighthouses in the picture at the top.)
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Trader replaces McCarthy at CN

The Great Lakes Trader arrived Duluth Friday evening at 6:15 with limestone she discharged at the Graymont Superior Lime dock in Superior. She then went to the Duluth harbor anchorage to wait for the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. She arrived Duluth on Friday morning and was loading iron ore pellets for Zug Island, Michigan at the CN dock.
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This morning (May 14, 2016), around 7 am, we see the McCarthy moving down the Duluth harbor to leave via the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge for Zug Island while the Trader is on her way to take the place of the McCarthy loading iron ore pellets at CN.
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Cold, windy and rainy but still working

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After arriving Duluth on Sunday to load 66,000 tons of coal for the Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan, the Paul R. Tregurtha is seen above making her turn into the Duluth harbor, on her way out, officially going under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 11:45 this morning, April 25, 2016. She is passing by the Vancouverborg and Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. docked at the Port Terminal. The Vancouverborg came into port at 1:22 this morning and is waiting to load grain at CHS in Superior. The McCarthy is behind her fueling at the Calumet Fuel Dock. She will probably depart there for the BN terminal to load iron ore pellets.

McCarthy here for 2nd time this season

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The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. arrived Duluth at 10:30 this morning (April 21, 2016). She is here to load coal for Presque Isle, Michigan. This in her second trip to the Twin Ports this season since she left her winter layup in Toledo. She was also here on April 10 to load coal for Presque Isle.

Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge lifts for 2 boats

On September 27, 2015, the Aerial Lift Bridge made a lift for 2 boats, the Tim S. Dool, arriving here with cement to discharge, and the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr., leaving with coal.

Enterprise and McCarthy pass in the morning

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On Sunday morning, September 15, 2013, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 10:15 and is seen here, on the right, on her way to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load 64,000 tons of coal for the Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan. This is her 18th trip to the Twin Ports this season. The Algoma Enterprise is here for the 3rd time this year. She came in on Saturday night to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. She is seen at the left passing the McCarthy in the Duluth harbor on her way to the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and out into Lake Superior. When the Enterprise was the Canadian Enterprise, she was here, with her sister boat, Canadian Transport, several times a month to pick up coal at Midwest Energy. Both were built to work that route.

Good bye to Walter J. McCarthy, Jr.

walterjmncarthy250719-2-005Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. died on July 24, after a fall at his home in Carmel, California. He was 88 years old. He and his wife Linda made a trip on ‘his’ boat every summer, often coming to Duluth to join the boat taking coal down to Detroit Edison, the company he retired from in 1990 after 9 years as CEO.I visited with him many times when he was in Duluth; he gave me lots of good advice.
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Inset above, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departs Duluth on Sept 12, 2001.
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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed Duluth at 5:52 pm on August 5, 2013. As she approached the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, she sounded a formal salute to the Bridge in honor of Mr. McCarthy. The Bridge returned the salute to the McCarthy.  Listen here to the salute as she came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. Inset, the McCarthy clears the Duluth Ship Canal after the salute.
He was a humble man and did not like to draw attention to himself. When we went out to view his boat coming in, I pleaded with him to let me share with people that he was Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. watching the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. come in the Duluth ship canal. He said no. He was no different than any other tourist though; he wanted me to take a picture of him watching the boat; he just didn’t want anybody else to know who he was. Hwalterjmccarthy250719-1-005e did suffer some humiliation once when he came into my offices looking for me and ran into my assistant at the time who was, coincidently, printing a picture of his boat. He asked if I was around; when she asked him who he was, and he told her, she did not believe him; she even laughed a little. It was a funny incident but you have no idea how embarrassed my assistant was when she found out who he really was. He laughed louder than either of us; she also gave him the picture she was printing and she felt better. Another time, I was driving him around town and began to be concerned that we might be late for the departure of the boat from Midwest Energy. He coyly said to me that when they name a boat after you, they tend to hang around until you arrive before departing.
He remained an engineer his entire life. Most every year, he and Linda took a trip to an interesting place in the world. There was usually a boat involved at some point in his travels. I enjoyed hearing about the last trip when they came to Duluth. It was usually a little too technical for me since he spent a good bit of time with the men in the engine room, even when they were riding on a river in China, and he was down there; somehow communicating through the significant language barrier. They were not used to visitors coming down to the engine room and knowing as much as they did about how it all worked. I will miss him a lot.
Here is an obituary courtesy of the Detroit Free Press
Walter J. McCarthy Jr.: Ex-CEO of Detroit Edison, who led nuclear energy efforts, dies at 88–7/30/2013 – Walter J. (Mac) McCarthy Jr. was a leader in the field of nuclear energy, taking a career path that led him to the top spot at Detroit Edison. Mr. McCarthy, also known for his philanthropic work, died Wednesday in a hospital following a fall at his home in Carmel, Calif. He was 88.
His namesake, the 1,000-foot vessel Walter J. McCarthy Jr. is a familiar sight on the Great Lakes. Mr. McCarthy was the CEO of Detroit Edison, now DTE Energy, from 1981 until his retirement in 1990. A hallmark of his tenure was overseeing the development and the beginning of commercial operation of the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant near Monroe. He guided Detroit Edison both through growth and difficult financial times, said Caren Byrd, a friend who worked with Mr. McCarthy at the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. “He was one of the most respected CEOs in the industry” and a pioneer in the field of nuclear energy, she said. “He had a national, worldwide reputation, particularly for his strong leadership and integrity.”Mr. McCarthy’s grandson Jordan Haedtler said his grandfather worked hard to ensure that Fermi 2 complied with stringent new standards put in place following the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster. Mr. McCarthy was a lifelong advocate for safe nuclear power. He served as chairman of INPO, a group formed after Three Mile Island to monitor nuclear plants. Byrd said Mr. McCarthy was also instrumental in forming the World Association of Nuclear Operators.
Mr. McCarthy had a special fondness for New York City, where he was born in 1925. “He knew every inch of New York. His father and grandfather owned the ferry that was replaced by the George Washington Bridge,” said his wife, Linda McCarthy. Mr. McCarthy graduated from Cornell University in 1949. He married Alice Ross that same year and moved to Birmingham. Later, in 1988, he wed Linda McCarthy. Haedtler said that in 1952, his grandfather was picked to head the nuclear and analytic division of the Enrico Fermi Breeder Reactor Project, which explored nuclear energy’s potential. Mr. McCarthy was also involved with the development of Fermi 1 nuclear power plant and helped manage a partial core meltdown there. He joined Detroit Edison in 1963. Mr. McCarthy was chair of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 1980 to 1987. In the early 1980s, he was one of the founders of the Distinguished Clown Corps, a group of corporate and community leaders who donate money to march down Woodward Avenue in clown suits during America’s Thanksgiving Parade. Mr. McCarthy moved to Carmel when he retired. He served as president of the Monterey Symphony. Along with his wife, Mr. McCarthy is survived by daughter Sharon; sons Walter, Dave, Jim and Bill; stepdaughters Carrielynn, Laura and Lisa, and 14 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra or Youth Orchestra Salinas. A memorial service is planned for Aug. 10 at the Church in the Forest in Pebble Beach, Calif.
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Nick gets two, three times, in Two Harbors

Nick Stenstrup took the three pictures below, the first this past December and the two below that last July. He tells us what he saw below.
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On December 22, 2012, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. loaded iron ore pellets at the CN conveyor dock in Two Harbors while the John J. Boland waited on the other side. I took this picture and the two below from the Two Harbors break wall.
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On July 1, 2012, the Capt. Henry Jackman loaded iron ore pellets at the conveyor dock while the Indiana Harbor waited.
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The next day, I caught the Edwin H. Gott loading iron ore pellets at the conveyor dock while the Cason J. Callaway waited to do the same.

McCarthy at Ogdensburg Pier in Superior

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The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. arrived in Duluth on January 12, 2012 for winter layup at the  Ogdensburg Pier of Enbridge Energy in Superior.  It was only her 13th visit to the Twin Ports this season; in past years, she was here 30 to 40 times a year to load coal, usually for Detroit Edison. This past year has seen her loading iron ore pellets in Two Harbors to take to Gary, and in Silver Bay to take to the Cleveland Bulk Terminal. She also made trips to Zug Island, Indiana Harbor and Conneaut.

The McCarthy whistles a happy tune ….

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Listen to it as the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departs Duluth on Sunday afternoon, October 9, 2011 with iron ore pellets.

Your turn

Around 7:30 this morning (December 26, 2010), the James R. Barker (left) departed Duluth with 58,000 tons of coal for Minnesota Power at Taconite Harbor. The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. (right) had spent a good part of Christmas Day waiting at the Murphy Fuel Terminal for the  Barker to finish. With the  Barker on her way out, you see the McCarthy moving away from the dock as she began the short trip to the Midwest Energy Coal Dock in Superior. Below, notice the black dots on the ice beyond the Barker. Those are fishing shacks. I myself do not like to be in a shack on the ice when I can see open water out the door. But then, I wasn’t born in Minnesota.
Mesabi Miner passes the Walter J. McCarthy as she departs Duluth

The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed Duluth …

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… at 10am on Thanksgiving morning with a cargo that will be discharged at Essexville and then St. Clair. See more pictures of the McCarthy here.

The McCarthy follows the Algosteel into port …

algosteelwalterj20091004_3684 … on Sunday, October 4th, 2009. Still, the bridge went down after the Algosteel cleared and then went back up a few minutes later for the McCarthy. This was the first trip here this season for the Algosteel; she was here 4 times last season. It was the 23rd arrival in the Twin Ports for the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. The McCarthy was here to pick up coal, as she usually does. The Algosteel loaded iron ore pellets.

Waiting in the river for a dock

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McCarthy arrives Duluth under Aerial Lift Bridge

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The American Integrity is expected here at first light today to load coal at the Midwest Energy coal dock in Superior. The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. is expected in the early afternoon, also here to load coal. Each boat will take about 64,000 tons of coal to Detroit Edison with the American Integrity going to the power plant at St. Clair. The McCarthy will split its load between St. Clair and the Detroit Edison power plant in Monroe, Michigan. Because the McCarthy will have to wait for the American Integrity to finish, it may drop anchor outside the piers or come in to wait at the Port Authority. It is pictured coming under the Lift Bridge on May 11 this year. Photo taken on May 11, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-17-2009

McCarthy goes unnoticed by many

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The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. came in for some repairs on Thursday before it could move over to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load coal. That done, the thousand footer went under the Lift Bridge about 12:30 on Saturday afternoon (pictured), in time to be ignored by many who, even though they had run 26 miles to get to the Marine Museum in Canal Park, had more important things to do than watch a boat, as in recover, sit, and rest, maybe even eat a snack or better yet, drink something. Photo taken on June 20, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-21-2009

McCarthy finds harbor crowded

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Six boats will be coming into port today to load coal, two of them coming in from the anchorage just beyond the piers. At least one and maybe two will still be here from yesterday’s coal dock lineup. If the Indiana Harbor left Tuesday night, mid morning should see the last of Tuesday’s boats, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr., departing. In the picture, the McCarthy is just arriving on Tuesday (on the right) as the Canadian Transport, seen in the picture moving behind the McCarthy from the left, is departing. The McCarthy, however, was only coming in to wait for the CSL Laurentien to finish. It works that way at the golf course too. One group is on the tee (Midwest Energy), the next group is on deck (at the port terminal) and the group after that is in the hole (at anchor). Photo taken on June 02, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-03-2009

McCarthy sails under Aerial Lift Bridge

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The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. arrived last night (above) on its 7th trip of the season to the Twin Ports. It is here to load coal; on this trip, taking it to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was here 28 times last season. The Cason J. Callaway has been loading limestone in Calcite, Michigan and is due here today with that cargo. It will then go to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets for Conneaut. Photo taken on May 12, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-13-2009

Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departing Duluth

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The tug Sea Robin is expected in port today with a cargo of calcium chloride on a barge named Hugh. This is the first visit to the Twin Ports for the Sea Robin, a tug that is more often found in San Francisco and other west coast ports. It loaded the liquid cargo at a Dow Chemical facility in Ludington, Michigan. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. probably departed the port earlier this morning with a cargo of coal for Nanticoke, Ontario. It is seen above approaching the Lift Bridge in September, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-05-2009

Walter J. McCarthy Jr.

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When the day is done, three boats will be taking a cargo of coal loaded today at Midwest Energy Resources to the cities of Belladune, New Brunswick, Silver Bay and St. Clair Michigan. On April 13th, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. also departed the port with coal (above) for a Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan, very fitting since the boat was named for the former Chairman of the Board of Detroit Edison. It was built in 1977 as the Belle River and became the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. in 1990 when Mr. McCarthy retired from Detroit Edison.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-18-2009

Walter J. McCarthy Jr. here for coal

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived in port on Tuesday morning (above) to pick up its second cargo of the season at Midwest Energy Resources. It had to wait until the Paul R. Tregurtha completed loading its second cargo of coal for the season. Both boats are thousand footers, load coal at Midwest Energy and often take their cargo to Detroit Edison. Both are off to good starts this year. That was not the case last year. The Tregurtha encountered trouble with ice in Sturgeon Bay last March and arrived in Duluth with a punctured hull. The McCarthy came into port for winter layup in January, 2008 and hit the side of the dock at Hallett 8 in Superior, necessitating major repairs that kept it in port until early May. This is a much better start this season. Now if only the economy picked up, we would be back to normal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-08-2009

Walter J. McCarthy Jr. helped by Alder

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Monday was the day the shipping season started; Tuesday was a day when it didn’t move much further along. High winds from the east effected boat traffic as much as it did the rest of us. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was expected to move over to Midwest Energy Resources last night to load coal. That would put it under the Lift Bridge on the way to Detroit sometime this morning. Last season, it didn’t start the season until April 6th, when repairs were completed after it collided with the dock while coming in for winter layup on January 14, 2008. The McCarthy spent the winter layup this year at the Port Terminal. On Monday, the Alder was out breaking ice in the harbor when it passed behind the McCarthy at the Port Terminal (above).
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Alder out breaking ice

I had a chance to take a ride of the Alder this morning, but I had to tell them I was too busy taking pictures of them. Here, she is coming right at me with the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. on her right and the Edwin H. Gott on her left. The McCarthy is due to depart with coal on Tuesday; the Gott may leave with iron ore pellets on Thursday.
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The Alpena hugs the North Shore on her way to Duluth

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The season may actually begin on Monday. The Alpena became a new entry in the ‘race’ for first. She was expected around 8:30 Monday morning but may be delayed since she is taking a longer route along the North Shore. A look at the satellite image here shows why. The open water closer the shore beats the ice in the center of the Lake.
The Lee A. Tregurtha may get away from her moorings at Fraser Shipyards and go up to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets in the middle of the day. The James R. Barker, once thought to be the first boat to move in the harbor, has slipped to third place (not that anyone but me cares), leaving sometime in the afternoon, probably later.

Indiana Harbor at left; Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. right, layup at Port Terminal. March 29, 2009

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Indiana Harbor and McCarthy docked for winter layup

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The days are getting colder and the end of the shipping season is getting closer. Last year, the Mesabi Miner was the last boat to come in under the bridge for winter layup, arriving on January 21st. This year, it looks like next Wednesday will be the last day of the season. The Edgar B. Speer and Edwin H. Gott are expected in for layup on Tuesday, and the CSL Niagara is still set to arrive that day for iron ore pellets. It would likely depart on Wednesday, January 13th, a week and a day sooner than last season. All of this depends upon the weather, and the temperatures will be very cold at the beginning of the week. Above, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. (left) and the Indiana Harbor (right) know enough to come in out of the cold. They are safely encrusted in ice in layup at the Port Terminal. Photo taken on January 10, 2009
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McCarthy Jr. enters harbor under Aerial Lift Bridge

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The season’s last salt water ship, the Beluga Revolution, departed the port on Friday evening. That means no more wind turbines or grain. Coal and iron ore pellets will make up most of the cargo that will be departing the port for the rest of the season, which will probably continue until January 20th or so. The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. will be here today to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. Above, it is seen coming into port in May of this year. Photo taken on May 23, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-22-2008

Walter J. taking away some Twin Ports ice

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The picture above of the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. was taken last December 10th as the big thousand footer was turning toward the Lift Bridge on the way down the lake with another load of coal. You will notice it is taking along some extra weight that we should soon be seeing more of. The McCarthy will be back today for the 25th trip this season, but will load a rare iron ore cargo for a steel mill in Nanticoke that used to be called Stelco Inc. United States Steel Corporation purchased Stelco on August 27th, 2007 and renamed the new division U. S. Steel Canada. Photo taken on December 10, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-25-2008

Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departs Duluth

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed Duluth on Thursday afternoon (above) with 64,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. American Steamship Company in Buffalo owns the McCarthy, and also the American Mariner which will be here late this morning to load coal for Ashland, Winconsin. It will likely cross the lake to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets when the crew completes discharging in Ashland. Photo taken on October 23,  2008
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Walter J. McCarthy Jr. makes the turn.

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On Monday, the Canadian flagged CSL Laurentien and the Antigua flagged Beluga Formation left Duluth before first light. After that and before dark, it was all thousand footers loading coal, 2 coming in and one departing. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. came in around 1:00 (above). Today, we have limestone and more wind turbine parts arriving with coal and iron ore pellets leaving. The Canadian Ranger will be here to load grain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-02-2008

The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. usually loads 64,000 tons of coal while in Duluth

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr., seen above turning into the Duluth harbor in May, is expected to arrive in port early this afternoon to load 64,000 tons of coal to take to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was launched as the Belle River in 1977. Belle River is the name of the Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan. The boat called the St. Clair was in port yesterday and was named for the city where the Belle River power plant is located. Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. was Chairman of the Board of Detroit Edison when he retired in 1990. That’s when the boat received its new name.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-30-2008

McCarthy passes under Aerial Lift Bridge

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The Indiana Harbor is due in port this morning around 6 am. It will be loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources and should be departing under the Lift Bridge in mid afternoon. The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. preceded it at Midwest. It arrived last night around 6 pm (above). This is the 8th trip to the Twin Ports this season for the Indiana Harbor; only the 3rd for the McCarthy.
Photo taken on May 23, 2008.
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Walter J. McCarthy Jr. back after 1st trip

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. returned to the Twin Ports on Thursday afternoon (above) after completing its first round trip of the new season after sustaining significant damage to the hull and engine room in January. It is loading about 62,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior and should be departing sometime this morning for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. That was its destination for the first trip and it will also load coal here for Nanticoke when it returns to the Twin Ports in about a week.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-16-2008

Walter J. McCarthy Jr. has a problem

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On January 14th, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived in port for winter layup but hit a submerged object while backing into the dock at Hallett 8 in Superior. It stayed there until Tuesday morning when three tugs moved it to the Enbridge Dock in Superior for continued repairs (above). The tug North Carolina is tied to the bow of the boat and is pulling, or towing, the McCarthy behind it. For the most part, it was able to pull the boat by itself. The tug Kentucky was tied to the stern of the boat, performing the job of the break pedal if there was a problem and the maneuver had to be stopped. In such a case, it would shift into reverse to slow the forward movement of the boat. Unseen in this picture is the tug Minnesota. It was not tied to the boat, but provided pushing power when needed, usually in making a slight course correction.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-09-2008

McCarthy in the icy river

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. came into port Monday morning for winter lay up. It is seen above at 9:30, slowly moving through the ice on the St. Louis River on the way to its winter berth at the Hallett 8 dock in Superior. It experienced some problems when backing into the dock. The John G. Munson was expected in for winter layup last night and the St. Clair is due today. Photo taken on January 14, 2008
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McCarthy taking ice and coal out

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Ice is becoming an important factor in the port. Seasoned observers point out that in the last several days, impressive amounts of ice have formed even overnight. Yesterday, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was unable to pull away from the dock at Midwest Energy Resources after loading 62,000 tons of coal. A call to the Great Lakes tug office brought some assistance. Above, they are in the harbor, turning toward the bridge after getting free of the ice. The Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay has been here since Friday. It is now tied up behind the DECC. Generally speaking, ice breaking help requested by ships is first provided by local entities, usually tugs. The Biscayne Bay would only get involved if the ice was too thick for the tugs to handle or if asked by a party to help out. The cutter will also be out opening tracks in the main shipping channels in the harbor. Photo taken on December 10, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-11-2007

Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrives Duluth

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. will be here today to load coal. It is the 19th trip to the Twin Ports for the thousand footer this season. Above, it is entering the Duluth harbor in October, 2006. Five salt water ships will be arriving in the Twin Ports today. Unfortunately for boat watchers who also have regular sleeping patterns, all but one of them are expected in port by 7 am. The exception is the Woody. As the 5th guy arriving, it will have to wait its turn, probably in the outer anchorage just beyond the Duluth piers. The McCarthy should be a little kinder, probably departing the port around noon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-05-2007

McCarthy Jr. arriving Duluth harbor

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The ship traffic in the Twin Ports today is limited to thousand footers. Both the Paul R. Tregurtha and the American Integrity will be loading coal as they usually do and taking it to Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan, as they usually do. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr., which almost always does the same thing, will be loading taconite today at the CN dock in West Duluth. It will then take that cargo to Stelco Steel in Nanticoke, Ontario. Above, the McCarthy arriving in Duluth in August, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-28-2007

Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrives Duluth

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Two thousand footers have decided to spend Memorial Day in Duluth, both coming into port this afternoon to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Sometime this morning, another thousand footer, the Mesabi Miner, will depart the Twin Ports under the Lift Bridge with coal for Marquette, Michigan. That will open the coal dock for the Paul R. Tregurtha to come in this afternoon. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. will probably follow the Tregurtha at the dock. It may wait at anchor or come into the Port Terminal. The Ypermachos is still at the outside anchorage waiting for the holiday to pass. It will come in around 6 am on Tuesday morning. This ship is better known to Duluthians as the Socrates, the ship that went aground off Park Point in 1985 and stayed there for a week. Above, the McCarthy comes into port last October.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-28-2007

Walter J. McCarthy Jr. hosts favorite son

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In 1986, a Polish sailor named Derek Czepczynski walked off the Ziemia Opolska while it was in Duluth loading grain. He sought out immigration officials to seek asylum and was allowed to stay. Two years later he sent for his wife Maria and son Art, making Duluth their new home. After working as a cook on Polish ships for 18 years, in 1990, he moved over to the US flagged Kinsman Independent where his menus changed a little. He has continued to work on US flagged ships and has worked on the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. for the last 4 years. Happily, the McCarthy stops in Duluth about once a week, allowing them to spend some time together. Art just came back from several tours of duty in Iraq and is now attending UMD as a sophomore. On Sunday, he was visiting his father in the galley of the McCarthy (above), and even got to sample some of his father’s food for lunch. Photo taken on May 13, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-14-2007

McCarthy life-boat training

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. came into port on Saturday morning to load coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. While they were here, and docked at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior, they tested their life boat and did some routine training on the proper use of it. In an emergency, there isn’t much time to figure out how it works, but regular training keeps the crew ready in case it is needed. Photo taken on May 05, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-06-2007

Walter J. McCarthy Jr. loaded with ice

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Today is another coal day in the Twin Ports. Four boats should be loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources. Three CSL (Canadian Steamship Lines) boats will be loading taconite at the Burlington Northern and the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. has likely departed by now with taconite for Zug Island, Michigan from the BN Dock. This is the 46th trip to the Twin Ports for the McCarthy this season. Almost all of them have found it loading coal at Midwest Energy. Above, the McCarthy is departing Duluth on December 9th after one of its trips to Midwest Energy. Hard to believe but that is ice on the bow of the boat, back when it was winter, at least for a short time.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-04-2007

McCarthy arrives Duluth for coal, again

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. is a frequent visitor to the Twin Ports. Above, it came in on October 28th this year to load the usual cargo of coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior for Detroit Edison in St. Clair, Michigan. This will be the 1,000-footer’s 40th trip here this season. None of this should be surprising since Detroit Edison owns Midwest Energy Resources, and the McCarthy was named for the former president of Detroit Edison. It has averaged a little over 13 hours in port this year. That average does include time spent loading fuel, waiting in line and traveling between the Lift Bridge and Midwest Energy.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-03-2006

McCarthy greeted at Canal Park

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The Canadian Transport brought salt into port on Saturday, and then waited for the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. to complete loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources before moving over there to load coal as its departing cargo also. The McCarthy came into port about 1 pm on Saturday (above). It has averaged about 12 hours in port on each of its 34 visits here this season, so it probably departed around 1 am this morning. It takes about an hour to go between Midwest Energy and the Lift Bridge, leaving about 10 hours for loading coal. The Transport, a smaller boat, only takes about 5 hours to load coal so it will probably depart under the Lift Bridge around 6 or 7 this morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-29-2006

McCarthy nearing South Pier Light

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. is returning today from delivering coal to Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair and Monroe. That is its usual cargo and destination and they will be repeating that on this trip also. It is expected around sunrise and that should allow it to depart under the Lift Bridge sometime in the afternoon. This will be the McCarthy’s 34th trip this season taking cargo out of the port. It will probably continue this pattern until the middle of January when all shipping in the port will shut down for about 2 months. Above, it is coming into port on January 10th this year, ending its last trip of the season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-22-2006

McCarthy exits to large crowd

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. should be arriving here later today. It will follow the Paul R. Tregurtha loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. When the McCarthy departs, probably early Friday morning, it will have the distinction of being the next boat scheduled to load coal at Midwest. It is making the short trip to Silver Bay before turning around and heading back to the Twin Ports to load coal for the usual destination, power plants operated by Detroit Edison. Today will be the 7th trip back this season since departing Duluth after the winter layup on March 25th. The McCarthy is a frequent and popular visitor here, as evidenced by the crowd greeting the boat in July, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-11-2006

Walter J. McCarthy Jr.

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After spending the winter layup at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. left there on its first trip on March 25th. It is expected to return to the Twin Ports this afternoon. As it usually does, it will load coal at the Midwest Energy Coal dock in Superior for the St. Clair power plant of Detroit Edison. After making the 6-day round trip back to Superior, it will load coal for a quick trip to Silver Bay before coming back to resume the normal route to Detroit. Above, the McCarthy is about to enter the Duluth ship canal on January 10th of this year, carrying a little of Lake Superior frozen to her bow.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-30-2006

McCarthy to end winter layup

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The Arthur M. Anderson has been waiting at the Soo Locks for several days, so it was probably the first boat to go through into Lake Superior early this morning. The Anderson is going to Two Harbors, leaving the Paul R. Tregurtha and the Columbia Star to fight it out for first boat through the Soo and into the Twin Ports. They should both follow the Anderson. It appears now that the Tregurtha will arrive here first, very early Sunday morning. Above, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. , at winter layup. It should have departed from there early this morning, going to Two Harbors to load taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-25-2006

McCarthy and Duluth South Pier Light

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Yesterday, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and the Indiana Harbor both came into port for winter layup. Along with the Earl W. Oglebay, that means three of the eleven boats expected to spend the winter here will be in port. The Paul R. Tregurtha, at 1,013.5 foot long, will be here for the 57th and last time this season. As usual, it will load coal for Detroit Edison and then head for Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin to lay up for the winter. Above, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arriving yesterday.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-11-2006

Walter J. McCarthy Jr. meets Walter J. McCarthy, Jr.

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. will be here today to load taconite. It is named after the former Chairman of the Board of Detroit Edison, the usual discharge point for the boat. Last summer, Mr. McCarthy (in foreground) was in town and joined the crowd at the ship canal in welcoming the McCarthy (the boat) to Duluth. Later that day, he and his wife departed Duluth for the trip to Detroit aboard the Walter J. McCarthy Jr.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-04-2006