Paul R. Tregurtha departs Twin Ports

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Waves no match for Paul R. Tregurtha

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The Paul R. Tregurtha came into port a little after 3 pm on Wednesday. There was no ice in the ship channel but a 11 mph wind with gusts up to 19 mph created some surf and blowing snow as the boat when under the Lift Bridge (above). The Tregurtha was in a line to load coal at Midwest Energy. It was set to follow the Mesabi Miner which was set to follow the Herbert C. Jackson. It got its place by waiting out Christmas Day at anchor off the Duluth piers. Photo taken on December 26,2007
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Paul R. Tregurtha brings in some ice

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Two thousand footers will go under the Lift Bridge today. The Paul R. Tregurtha will depart this morning and the American Century should arrive this afternoon. This will be the 53rd trip here for the Tregurtha this season. That is a high total, mostly because the boat made many shorter trips to Taconite Harbor and a couple to Marquette, Michigan. It is seen above coming into the Duluth ship canal this past December 7th. This will be the 37th trip to the Twin Ports for the American Century this season. The first of the 13 thousand footers to be built, the Stewart J. Cort, will be in Superior, and another thousand footer, the Edwin H. Gott, will be in Two Harbors. Photo taken on December 07, 2007
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Paul R. makes turn to Aerial Lift Bridge

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Three salt water vessels are expected in port during the first part of the day. Each will start loading grain when they arrive since they are going to 3 different grain terminals. Later in the afternoon, two thousand-footers will be arriving to load coal, although since they are both loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources, one will have to wait about 9 hours to get to the dock. The Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay is still trying to get to Duluth and is still fighting the weather. On Thursday, prevailing winds directed them to Isle Royale where they anchored for the night. With good weather, they hope to arrive in Duluth late today, hugging the North Shore of Lake Superior to avoid higher winds in the middle of the lake. Finally, the Rosaire A. Desgagnés, a new ship built this year by Beluga Shipping, a German company, will be here. It left the shipyard as the Beluga Fortification in June with a Panamanian flag. In August it became the Rosaire A. Desgagnés, flying a flag from Antigua and Barbuda for a month before raising a Canadian flag to its mast. Above, the Paul R. Tregurtha, expected here to load coal, is departing Duluth last September. Photo taken on September 06, 2007
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Paul R. gets a high 5

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A big crowd on a beautiful day greeted the Paul R. Tregurtha as she went under the Lift Bridge on Sunday afternoon. A special greeting with a shoulder assist was given to some lucky passengers riding high on the Tregurtha as it approached the Lift Bridge (above). It is the 32nd trip to the Twin Ports for the largest boat on the Great Lakes. It is loading about 62,000 tons of coal for the Detroit Edison power plant in St. Clair, Michigan. The Alpena came in yesterday to discharge cement. Based upon past visits, it should be departing around noon. Photo taken on September 16, 2007.
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Paul R. makes turn toward bridge

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Above, the Paul R. Tregurtha departed Duluth on Thursday morning after loading coal on her 31st trip to the Twin Ports this season. Today, 2 Canadian lakers, the Algolake and the John B. Aird, will be here to load coal, while one US flagged thousand footer, the American Integrity, will be doing the same. After a really big week for salt water traffic, there is only one salt water ship in port, the Woody. It should leave perhaps this afternoon while one new salt water ship, the Isolda, will be coming in to load grain. Photo taken on September 06, 2007.
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Paul R. and Pochard passing

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Yesterday was a good day for watching boats and early afternoon was a good time of the day to do it. It was almost a traffic jam. You can see some of that in the picture above. Just as the Paul R. Tregurtha cleared the Duluth ship canal, moving to the left, the salt water vessel Pochard, on the right, began to enter the ship canal on its way to the CHS 1 grain elevator in Superior. That was about 1:15. A half hour earlier, the American Mariner departed Duluth, and just before that, the American Valor departed. Just 45 minutes later, the salt water vessel Beluga Constitution came in with wind turbine parts from Spain. Photo taken on July 19, 2007.
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Paul R. Tregurtha here for coal as usual

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Today is another coal day. The Great Lakes largest boat, the Paul R. Tregurtha, should have arrived just after midnight to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. It will load about 62,000 tons and then take it to Minnesota Power at Taconite Harbor. The short trip will find it back here on Monday to load coal for its usual destination, Detroit Edison power plants at St. Clair, Michigan. The Canadian Enterprise will probably move into the coal dock when the Tregurtha departs late morning or early afternoon. It takes about 5 to 6 hours to load and then it will depart, leaving the dock open for another 1,000-footer, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. Both the McCarthy and the Canadian Enterprise will be taking their coal cargos to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Above, the Tregurtha left the Twin Ports in June, 2003.
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Boats in the harbor

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The coal lineup is about straightened out, if in fact, the Indiana Harbor did depart with coal late last night or early this morning, and if the Algolake, who had been waiting at the inside anchorage in the Duluth harbor, went over to Midwest Energy and took Indiana Harbor’s place and completed its load and departed, and if the Paul R. Tregurtha, which entered the harbor around 6 pm last night and waited at the Port Terminal for the Indiana Harbor to finish and the Algolake to finish, perhaps around 3 or 4 in the morning, went over to Midwest to load its share of coal, about 62,000 tons, then the waiting line is empty. That said, and done, the Paul R. Tregurtha should finish around 3 this afternoon and depart under the Lift Bridge a little later. Then, they can rest over at Midwest Energy until around 6 pm on Sunday when the American Integrity is set to come in for coal. Above, last night around 6 pm, the Algolake was at the inside anchorage (left) and the Paul R. Tregurtha had just come under the bridge and was on its way to its waiting station, the Port Terminal. Photo taken on June 07, 2007.
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Paul R. encounters April ice near Duluth

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The Federal Matane is expected in port today to load spring wheat for Spain. It was built in China in 2004 and is German owned but operating now under a charter to Fednav in Montreal. This is the second trip here for the ship. It was here for the first time in 2005 under the flag of Antigua and Barbuda. Such a flag is often called a flag of convenience and only indicates where a ship is registered, and usually has nothing to do with ownership, origin of the crew or ports of call. The largest boat on the Great Lakes, the Paul R. Tregurtha, a frequent visitor to the Twin Ports, is expected here around 8 am and should be leaving around 8 pm tonight. It will be loading coal, as it usually does, at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Above, the Tregurtha approaches the Duluth ship canal on April 15th this year. Photo taken on April 15, 2007.
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Paul R. Tregurtha under Duluth Lift Bridge

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The Paul R. Tregurtha came under the Lift Bridge early Friday afternoon (above) and went to the Port Terminal to wait for the American Integrity to finish loading coal and depart Duluth. That probably happened late last night. The James R. Barker was expected late last night and likely took the place of the Tregurtha at the Port Terminal when it followed the Integrity at the Midwest Energy Coal dock in Superior. Each of these boats is over 1,000 feet long, representing a lot of capacity waiting around. The Canadian Enterprise has been at anchor waiting for the dock and will get the spot sometime. It is usually first come first served. The Canadian Olympic is out in the Lake, probably taking its time since it will have to wait some where to load its coal.
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Paul R. Tregurtha departs Twin Ports

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The cruise ship Columbus starts the day, probably coming in about 5 am. It will get fuel and then move over to the DECC for the day, departing late afternoon. The Paul R. Tregurtha should be arriving shortly after the Columbus. The Tregurtha will be loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior, as it usually does. It will make a quick trip up to Minnesota Power in Taconite Harbor and then return to the Twin Ports to load coal for its usual customer, Detroit Edison. Above, the Tregurtha departs under the Lift Bridge last October.
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Paul R. Tregurtha and Paul R. Tregurtha

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More thousand footers today and Paul R. Tregurtha. And I mean Paul R. Tregurtha, the namesake for the boat by the same name. He was waving to the crowd (above, at the far right, with 2 unidentified passengers on the left) at the ship canal on Tuesday afternoon as his boat came in to load coal. The boat and the man should have left earlier this morning. The three major shipping companies will all have at least one thousand footer here. American Steamship has both of their new ones: the American Century and the American Integrity. As mentioned before, Interlake has their Paul R. Tregurtha here. And the home town shipping company, Great Lakes Fleet (CN) has the Edwin H. Gott here, although it may only be picking up some fuel before loading taconite at Two Harbors.
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Paul R. spends time in Twin Ports

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The Paul R. Tregurtha will be here today for the 26th time this year. On each visit, as today, it loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. It averages 14.2 hours in port each trip, counting from the time it entered under the bridge to the time it departed under the bridge. About 2 of those hours are spent getting from the bridge to Midwest Energy and returning. The quickest trip was 9.2 hours while the longest was 32 hours during its May 5 trip. The differences are caused by a variety of reasons, but waiting its turn at the dock probably takes up the most time and getting fuel the next, although fueling is sometimes done while waiting. In the picture, the Tregurtha is departing Duluth last October 8th at 2:28 in the afternoon, 10.3 hours after it arrived at 4:11 in the morning.
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Paul R. Tregurtha last entry for season

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Two workers from the city’s Engineering office were doing some routine winter maintenance on the Aerial Lift Bridge yesterday when the Paul R. Tregurtha came into port for the 57th and last time this season. They were taking measurements to make sure the counter weights on the bridge were still in good alignment. The Tregurtha was here to load coal for Detroit Edison and then head for Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin to lay up for the winter. The Reserve and the American Mariner will arrive to become the 4th and 5th boats here for the winter, with 6 more expected over the next week.
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Paul R. and the tug Billmaier

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The Paul R. Tregurtha will be here today to load coal. Above, we see her departing with coal on May 4th this year while the Corps of Engineers tug D.L. Billmaier is coming back from a day working on the reinforcement of the breakwater just off the Duluth side of the North pier.
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Paul R. Tregurtha

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The Paul R. Tregurtha is the flagship of the Interlake Steamship Company in Cleveland. Considered by many to be the ‘classiest’ laker sailing today, you will often see ‘important looking’ people on board during the summer months. A trip on the Paul R is an important benefit the company provides to higher-level employees and important customers. It will be here today for the 32nd time this season, with or without important people.
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Paul R. has room for fun

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The Paul R. Tregurtha is big, and steady. Big enough to hold a pool table at the bow of the boat and steady enough to use it, at least when it is in port. Above, Captain Tim Dayton demonstrates. Note the punching bag behind him and the weight machine to his right.
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Paul R. leaves the Aerial Lift Bridge behind

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After a quick trip to the Minnesota Power plant in Taconite Harbor to discharge a load of coal, the Paul R. Tregurtha will be back in port today to take on another load of coal for Detroit Edison. Both times, it loaded about 61,000 tons. At 1,013 feet 6 inches long, the Tregurtha is the largest boat working the Great Lakes.
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Paul R. welcomed even in cold

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The Paul R. Tregurtha will follow the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. in loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Both boats will load 61,000 tons for Detroit Edison. The McCarthy will discharge half its cargo at the St. Clair power plant, and half at the Monroe plant. The Tregurtha will discharge all 61,000 tons of coal at the St. Clair power plant. Detroit should have a warm Christmas, at least inside.
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Paul R. brings coal to the party

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The Paul R. Tregurtha may be the largest boat on the Great Lakes but it seemed to fit snugly on the stage of the Blues Festival last August. As usual, it was taking a load of low sulfur Western coal to lower lakes power plants.
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Paul R. Tregurtha here more often

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The Paul R. Tregurtha has been here 38 times this year, more than any other boat that visits the port. Last year, it made 50 trips to the Twin Ports, the most visits of any boat that year also. At 1,013 feet, 6 inches long, it is the largest boat working the Great Lakes. Photo taken during Bayfront Blues Festival in August, 2004.
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Paul R. will take coal to Marquette

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The Paul R. Tregurtha will be loading about 61,000 tons of coal today for the Presque Isle power plant in Marquette, Michigan. It will then return to Midwest Energy to load coal for Taconite Harbor. It will be back again in a couple days to load coal for its usual destination at St. Clair, Michigan for Detroit Edison. It is unusual for a big 1,000 footer to carry two Lake Superior cargos in a row.
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Paul R.Tregurtha a regular visitor

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The Paul R. Tregurtha, the largest boat working the Great Lakes at 1,013 feet and 6 inches long, departed Duluth last January 18th (above). She returned 3 days later to spend the winter layup in Duluth.
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