Paul R. Tregurtha departs Twin Ports

The officers and crew on the Paul R. Tregurtha (pictured departing the port in September, 2007) will be working an almost normal 7 to 4 shift today. They are due here around 7 this morning to load coal and should finish up and depart later in the afternoon for Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan. Not much is normal at the dock at the DECC however. The EPA vessel Lake Guardian is there now and the security fencing is going up as we await the arrival of a tall ship, the Denis Sullivan on Friday and the first visit of the cruise vessel Clelia II on Saturday. That activity will push the Lake Guardian out to the anchorage beyond the piers to wait for the dock to open up again, probably early next week. They are here to host an educational program on July 7th for 4th through 10th grade teachers put on by the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) and Minnesota Sea Grant. Photo taken on September 06, 2007
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Paul R. helps make a wish come true

Four year old Eliot Kramer had a date with the Paul R. Tregurtha on Friday morning. He was in the house on the Lift Bridge, waiting for the Tregurtha to arrive (above). Eliot has leukemia and the Make-A-Wish Foundation had arranged to grant him his wish to blow the Lift Bridge whistle when a ship came in. Head bridge operator Ryan Beamer taught him all he needed to know to sound the bridge’s whistle in response to a greeting from the Tregurtha whistle. Tregurtha captain Tim Dayton had been clued into the Make-A-Wish event. Both Dayton and Eliot pushed their buttons for all they were worth. Eliot was so good at it that he was given an Honorary Bridge Operator certificate signed by Mayor Don Ness. And those around the bridge were treated to several more whistles from the bridge. Eliot knew the button to push and he kept pushing, taking good advantage of his opportunity. Photo taken on June 12, 2009
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Paul R. Tregurtha here for lots of coal

The only traffic under the Lift Bridge on Sunday was the Paul R. Tregurtha coming (above) and going. We have another thousand footer arriving to load coal today, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr., but it will not arrive until this evening. It will be the 6th trip here this season for the McCarthy. It was here 28 times last season. Like the Tregurtha, the McCarthy loads mostly coal, usually taking it to Detroit Edison. The McCarthy is named after the former Chairman of the Board of Detroit Edison. Photo taken on May 10, 2009
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Paul R. departs, meets Pochard arriving

If we are only going to have one boat in the port today, it might as well be the largest boat on the Great Lakes. That boat, the Paul R. Tregurtha, will make 2 appearances under the Lift Bridge today, one coming in just before noon, and again when it departs about nine hours later on the way to deliver 35,000 tons of coal to the Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan and 28,000 tons of coal to their Monroe, Michigan power plant. The Tregurtha is seen above departing the port (left) on July 19, 2007 while the salt water vessel Pochard, just to the right of the Tregurtha, is about to enter the ship canal. Photo taken on July 19, 2007
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Paul R. departs Duluth for last time this season

The Paul R. Tregurtha came into port to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources at 1:51 Friday morning, as was mentioned here yesterday. It finally left the port with coal for Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan at 3 pm on Saturday (above), about 36 hours later. Its average time in port this past year was 13.2 hours, and that includes waiting and taking on fuel. On this trip, delays were caused by very large clumps of frozen coal. When encountered, the ship loader was stopped until the coal was broken up. Captain Tim Dayton was happy to be on his way since this is the last trip of the year. Dayton will guide his boat and crew to the Soo Locks, then down the system of rivers leading to Lake Huron and then into the Detroit River and St. Clair. After the last coal delivery to St. Clair, he will retrace his trip to just below the Soo Locks and then turn into Lake Michigan and on to Sturgeon Bay for winter layup. Next stop for Dayton is his home in Florida. Photo taken on January 03, 2009
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Paul R. Tregurtha here for coal again

The Paul R. Tregurtha came into port on Saturday afternoon (above) to load 64,000 tons of western coal for Detroit Edison. This is the 46th trip the boat has made to the Twin Ports this season, loading coal each time and taking most of it to Detroit Edison in St. Clair, Michigan. In the years 2004 through 2007, it made 61, 57, 59 and 58 trips here respectively. With the season ending in mid January, it will not get that many this season. At about a trip a week, it may have only 6 or 7 more left. In part, the lower number was caused by some ice damage to the Tregurtha very early in the season. That was repaired here before picking up the first load of coal. It has, like other boats, probably had to wait for a berth at the coal dock a little more this season than in other years, perhaps because Midwest Energy will load a record number of tons this season. They shipped a monthly record 2,665,538 tons in August. Photo taken on December 06, 2008
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Paul R. takes on fuel, wind turbine parts wait for trucks

No ships are in town discharging wind turbine parts but there are a lot of trucks leaving the port with pieces that have been brought here by ship. They are taking them to several wind farms in the Midwest, one piece for one truck at a time. Above, while the Paul R. Tregurtha was in town on September 8th and was stopped to get fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock, you could see wind turbine parts in what are called lay down areas, waiting for their truck. Even more were just behind the Tregurtha, which will be coming back today to load more coal. Photo taken on September 09,2008
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Paul R. departing, with a nod to downtown

On Saturday, all the attention was on the 3 tall ships. The Paul R. Tregurtha snuck out early in the morning (above) and then we waited until the afternoon for another thousand footer, the Indiana Harbor, to arrive. Today, the Indiana Harbor probably snuck out already, but the American Century has likely come in to take the Indiana Harbor’s place. All three loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources. As the last people take a tour of the tall ships late this afternoon, the Kaye E. Barker should be coming under the Lift Bridge to load iron ore pellets. Photo taken on August 02, 2008
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Paul R. Tregurtha gets repairs

Two thousand-foot long boats will be in the port today loading cargo. The American Integrity was expected last night, loading coal for Detroit Edison. It should depart this morning to be replaced by the American Century doing the same thing. Unfortunately, we already have 3 thousand footers in port in various stages of repair. The James R. Barker and the Paul R. Tregurtha both suffered ice damage to their hull on the way up to the Twin Ports, in each case their first trip of the year. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. has been here since coming in for winter layup in January and hitting a cement block while backing into a slip. That obviously was its last trip of last season. Once we get by the beginning of the season, everything should be fine. Above, the Tregurtha is still at the Port Terminal for repairs. While it is under crane number 2, the crane is not involved in the repair work, much of which is being done inside the boat. The Barker is in the next slip toward downtown. Photo taken on March 28, 2008
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Paul R. crew hosts TV film crew

The Paul R. Tregurtha was the first 1,000 footer to arrive in the Twin Ports this season, coming in late Wednesday evening. It also brought a video crew from the Discovery Channel, Canada along. They were working on a program for the Discovery Channel about the world’s biggest boats. The Tregurtha has that title on the Great Lakes. They boarded the boat in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin where the boat spent the winter. The Tregurtha encountered very difficult ice conditions as they moved up Green Bay on their way to the Twin Ports. Emerging from the ice, they discovered damage to the bow area of the boat, caused by the ice. They were allowed to continue to the Twin Ports where they would undergo repairs. What originally was thought to be a 4 hour repair turned out to be more serious, lasting at least as long as the next 3 or 4 days. That gives the Twin Ports two 1,000 footers in port and unable to carry the coal south (the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. is the other damaged 1,000 footer). Captain Tim Dayton remained the genial host, even though a film crew has been getting the story of his wounded vessel. Last night, he was in the officer’s mess hosting, over dinner, a lively discussion about the boat, the Discovery Channel and politics. A group picture was called for. In the first row, from the left, from the Discovery Channel, Toban Mills, Geoffrey Lackner, Daniel Sekulich and Nick de Pencier. In the second row, from the left, Discovery photographer Chris Gargus, Captain Dayton, and from the Tregurtha, Tom Auer, Rich Laksonen, Loren Warczinsky and Dan Culligan. Photo taken on March 27,2008
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Lone Paul R. Tregurtha watcher

The Paul R. Tregurtha came into port on Sunday morning with only a small number of people greeting the boat (above). It is the 58th and last trip here for the season. It loaded about 62,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior on Sunday for Detroit Edison, its usual destination. It was set to depart sometime last night. That will be the last coal to be shipped out to ports below the Soo Locks. Photo taken on January 13,2008
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