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).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-01-2009

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
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-11-2009