This past week the longtime owner and tour guide at Dells Mill passed away. Gus Clark could be found at the mill every day from May to October. He would be dressed in his civil War uniform giving tours of the mill and entertaining visitors with song and stories. The status of the Mill is still undecided but it will remain open weekends through October.
I has several days to walk around Canal Park in Duluth so I managed to come up with some different photographs.
On the first morning I had gotten up to photograph the sunrise. Although the view to the east was not that great there were some nice clouds just off of the Park Point Beach that generated some nice colors.
It was one of the few nice days I had on my last trip to Duluth so I stopped in Canal Park to watch the kids chase the birds. This little girl had found a feather and was throwing it up into the air and watching it sail away.
When I’m in Duluth I can’t happen but notice the sport fishing fleet as in heads out of and into the harbor. The fleet gathers on the harbor side of the Aerial Lift Bridge at sunrise. When the Lift Bridge rises they usually head out through the Ship Canal in mass. I usually try to be on the end of one of the breakwaters so I can get a photo of them heading out into the sunrise.
A couple of weeks ago there was an article in the Duluth New Tribune about a new locally owned boat company that is building a hybrid boat. The Hull is aluminum and the rest of the boat is made of wood. Two of their boats can be seen at Canal Park Boat Rental which is located next to the blue bridge in Waterfront Plaza Marina. They are on the pricy side, running 35-40 thousand dollars.
I was watching this sail boat come through the Ship Canal. The sail was up but they weren’t moving very fast. It didn’t sound like their engine was working. All of a sudden I noticed that everyone grabbed a paddle and started frantically paddling.
So far this summer I’ve not had good luck in my ship watching endeavors. I’ve been to Duluth a number of times but either there were not many ships coming in or they came in during the night or I missed them. This past week I had a very successful day watching ships. I don’t know if eight ships is a record or not but it was the most that I can remember.
It all started just before sunrise when the Paul R. Tregurtha came under the Aerial Lift Bridge. A short time later the Joseph L. Block came down the harbor.
After the Block exited through the Duluth Ship Canal I went for a walk down the Park Point Beach. After a couple of miles I noticed a ship was heading for Duluth so I returned to Park Point and watched the Baie Comeau sail under the Lift Bridge.
The Mesabi Miner was scheduled to exit Duluth Harbor within the next hour but I decided to stop at the newly opened Endion Public House in Canal Park for an early lunch. In the middle of a cold one I saw the Miner heading out into Lake Superior.
Late in the afternoon I headed back down to the Waterfront Plaza to watch the fishing boats come in from their afternoon trip. While I was watching them I noticed another ship heading into the Harbor. It was the Algolake. About the same time the American Mariner headed out under the Lift Bridge.
I knew that several more ships were schedule to exit the harbor early in the evening so I walked back home for a quick snack. Sure enough I had just gotten home when I notice another ship had pulled away from the docks. A quick hike down to the Harbor and I setup to watch the CSL Tadoussac head toward the Lift Bridge. I was in such a hurry to get down to watch the ship that I didn’t realize that a big storm was coming over the hills above Duluth. There were a few sprinkles in the harbor but it looked to be raining to the northeast. About the same time I noticed a rainbow forming over the Lift Bridge.
Right behind the Tadoussac was the Baie-Comeau. There was a beautiful rainbow over the Baie Comeau as it exited the harbor. The Baie Comeau had arrived mid morning and made a quick turnaround. It loaded Tackonite and stopped at the fueling station to take on fuel before exiting the harbor less than 12 hours after arriving. The ships seem to be making a quick turnaround this summer in an attempt to make up for the time lost during the terrible spring.
I was up at sunrise to photograph the sunrise from the South Breakwater just outside Duluth Harbor. I usually like to photograph the sunrise from the South Breakwater because if any ships come in or go out I have good backlight to photograph them.