There are a number of Great Lakes Ships in Duluth for winter layup. The shipping season usually ends in mid January and resumes again around the third week in March. As you can see most of the ships are being worked on while they are in port for winter layup.
Philip R. Clark Port Terminal Berth 1
American Century Port Terminal Berth 11
American Spirit Port Terminal Berth 8 and 9
Rodger Blough Port Terminal Berth 4
Author M. Anderson At CNN Docks
The Philip R Clarke arrived in Duluth at six am. I managed to get out of bed at sunrise and saw that it was attempting to dock. I drove down to the harbor to watch as several tug boats attempted to get it into the docks for winter layup. I finally gave up and drove back to the condo for breakfast. Late in the morning we were leaving town so we drove past the docks to see how things were going. The Clarke still wasn’t docked but they were getting close. More photos from Duluth Harbor can be found on my website.
American Spirit- Philip R. Clarke
American Spirit- Philip R. Clarke and Helen H
-American Spirit and Helen H
American Century – Helen H – American Spirit and Philip R. Clarke
It was one of the last days of the 2016 Great Lakes shipping season in Duluth, Minnesota. I was awaken at 6 a.m. when I heard salutes as the Philip R. Clark sailed under the Aerial Lift Bridge. It was still dark out so I didn’t get up to go down to the harbor. At sunrise I checked on the Live Ship Map to see where the Philip R. Clark was in the harbor. Because of the ice in the harbor it was just attempting to dock at berth 1 at the Port Terminal. I grabbed my camera gear and drove down to the harbor to watch the Helen H from Heritage Marine breaking ice and attempting to pull the Clark into is berth. There were quite a few other Boat Nerds watching and photographing the docking. There was some great light as the sun was just coming up.
I was up early to watch the American Century leave Duluth.
I had walked down to the Duluth Ship Canal to photograph the sunrise. Before sunrise the American Century exited through the Duluth Ship Canal. It was a little dark to take photos but I managed a few as it sailed under the Aerial Lift Bridge and out into Lake Superior.
During a week in Duluth there were other ships that came to or left the harbor. Most of the days it was cold and rainy and the winds were blowing in off of Lake Superior. Ships leaving the harbor were running into some large waves.
The American Spirit was putting out a lot of smoke as it headed toward Duluth.
Every winter I try to drive around and photograph the ships that are spending winter layup in Duluth. This year there are seven ships that will be spending the winter in Duluth. They will remain in port until about the third week in March when the tugs will start freeing them from the winter ice. Most of them will undergo some maintenance work. This year the Herbert C. Jackson will spend six months in Fraser Shipyards where it will be repowered with state-of-the-art diesel engines.
Edwin H. Gott At Port Terminal
Philip R. Clarke At Port Terminal
Paul R. Tregurtha At Midwest Energy
Indiana Harbor At Embridge Docks
Herbert C Jackson At Fraser Shipyards
American Century At Port Terminal
I noticed on the Marine Tracker that the American Century was going to be arriving in Duluth late in the day so my wife and I walked down Canal Park to watch it come in.
It was a beautiful evening so we hung around the waterfront. As we were about to leave we heard the alarm sound indicating the bridge was going up. This time the Cason J. Callaway was coming out of the harbor. As we walked over to watch the ship come through the harbor we had a beautiful view of the sun setting over the western Hills.
We were just leaving after watching the Callaway go under the Duluth Lift Bridge when we noticed another ship heading for the Ship Canal. The third ship was the US Coast Guard Cutter Alder which is based in Duluth. It was starting to get dark but I managed a few shots of the Alder as it sailed through the Ship Canal.
On my last visit to Duluth there was quite a bit of ship traffic entering and leaving the port. These are a few of the ships I captured. As is normally the case I managed to visit with a number of “boat nerds” that seem to be present for any ship activity.
John D. Leitch
We were returning from a sunrise shooting at Wisconsin Point when my wife noticed a ship moving under the Blatnick Bridge. A closer look reveled that three ships were on their way out of port.
Tim S. Dool
We quickly drove down to Canal Park to watch the ships steam out into the lake. Since free parking had ended at Canal Park we drove over the Duluth Lift Bridge and parked on the Park Point side.
We didn’t have to wait long and the lift bridge started to rise. It was the start of rush hour and with three ships on their way out at the same time it was going to be a long delay for those commuters trying to get to work. In Duluth the call it “getting bridged”. I assume it is a common excuse when someone is going to be late for work. I think this was the first time I’ve seen three ships go under the bridge during the same lift.
Tug Spartan and Spartan II
The last ship to go under the bridge was the Tug/barge Spartan and Spartan II. This tug visits Duluth several times a year. It is unusual because tug/barge combinations are not frequently seen in Duluth.
Tug Spartan and Spartan II
Tug Spartan and Spartan II