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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.

Paul R. Tregurtha

Paul R. Tregurtha

Joseph L. Block

Joseph L. Block

 

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.

Baie Comeau

Baie Comeau

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.

Algolake

Algolake

American Mariner

American Mariner

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.

CLS Tadoussac

CLS Tadoussac

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.

Baie Comeau

Baie Comeau

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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.

As the sun started to rise I could see the Alpena steaming toward Duluth with a load of cement.-Alpena-14-8-_1708a

As I watched the Alpena I heard the Lift Bridge going up and the Algolake heading out of the harbor under the Lift Bridge.Algolake-14-8-_1732

The Alpena had to change course and wait for the Algolake to clear the shipping canal before resuming its trip into the harbor.-Alpena-14-8-_1735a

The Alpena and Algolake passed out on the lake.Algolake-and-Alpena-14-8-_1752

I visited Wisconsin Point on many occasions but this trip was the first one where I’ve seen a ship leaving the harbor. I had been at the Point to watch the sunrise. After photographing the sun rise I walked toward the harbor and noticed a ship was loading Taconite at the Burlington Northern Ore Docks. According to the Duluth Shipping News Algolake and it was scheduled to depart but it was still in the docks. I decided to leave and walked back to the car. Just as I was getting in the car I noticed that the Algolake was starting to exit the ore docks. I quickly walked back to the harbor entrance and photographed it as it was leaving the harbor. Algolake-13-7-_0732

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