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Boat Nerds call it a twofer when they are able to photograph two shops on the same visit to the harbor. On this particular day the Mesabi Miner was leaving the harbor and the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was arriving.

While I was waiting for the Miner to reach the harbor entrance I took a few photos of the Tug Donald L. Billmaier. It had just returned to the Core of Engineers Docks with the Crane Barge Howard J. Schwartz and tug Hammond Bay. They had been working over in Superior earlier in the day. The Miner can be seen in the background.

Tug Donald L. Billmaier 16-5-_3486

The Miner was belching a lot of smoke as it made its way out of the harbor.


The Martin was supposed to come in as soon as the Miner exited the harbor but it took a long time for it to arrive. I don’t ever recall a ship moving so slowly. The folks who were “bridged” were probably not happy because the bridge was up for a long time.

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin 16-5-_3637

While I was waiting I took a photo of a Ringed-bill Gull.


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