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It was mid afternoon when we finished doing some shopping. As we were driving down toward the harbor in Duluth we noticed that a ship had just gone under the Aerial Lift Bridge. It was the Kaye E. Barker which we had seen over in Frasier Shipyards earlier in the day. It was the first ship to leave Duluth for the season. Since it didn’t have any cargo I was wondering where it was going. I checked Marine Tracker and saw that it was headed for Two Harbors to pick up a load of taconite.¬† I also noticed that it was being escorted to Two Harbors by the Mackinaw. It was a beautiful day so we decided to drive up to Two Harbors and catch the action.

On the way up we took photos of the two ships.

The Mackinaw arrived first and promptly sailed into the harbor to start breaking ice.

I’m always amazed at the number of people who come down to the harbor to watch the ships come in.

When the Mackinaw was finished breaking ice it sailed out into Lake Superior to break a trail to the Soo Locks. The next day the ice shifted and a couple of ships were caught in the ice. The Alder had to sail up from Duluth to free them. The Kaye E. Barker had been waiting out in the lake. When the Mackinaw finished it slowly sailed into the harbor and worked its way into the docks. There was a tug in the harbor but it made it without any assistance.

 

 

 

The following day we managed to catch another Duluth Shipping Twofer. The American Integrity was coming into Duluth Harbor and the Paul R. Tregurtha  was on its way out into Lake Superior.

The American Integrity had a good deal of ice on its bow.

The Paul R. Tregurtha was listing to one side as it made its turn to line up with the Ship Canal. Several years ago it lost steering and grounded itself at Bayfront Park.

When someone goes down to Canal Park to watch a ship come in and two ships come in and/or go out it is called a twofer. On this particular day the Michipicoten was coming in.

The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. was on its way out of the harbor.

We walked down to the Duluth Ship Canal to watch the Paul R. Tregurtha sail under the Aerial Lift Bridge. Our first stop was to photograph the South Breakwater Inner Light with the interesting clouds behind it.

We then walked over to the DECC to watch the Tregurtha arrive and sail into the harbor.

My wife and I frequently walk down to Canal Park in Duluth, Minnesota to watch the ships arrive. On this night we were able to catch two ships as they arrived about an hour apart. The first to arrive was the Baie Comeau flying the Canadian Flag.

Between ships we walked out to the North Breakwater Light. There have been a large number of Double-breasted Cormorants hanging around the harbor this year.

There was some nice light and clouds behind the North Breakwater Light.

We watched the Herbert C. Jackson approach the ship canal.

Throughout the evening there were some interesting lake/sky photos.

 

The Indiana Harbor arrived in Duluth while I was photographing the Sunrise.

We were driving back to Duluth from Wisconsin and noticed as we crossed the Blatnick Bridge that the Joyce L. VanEnkevort and Great Lakes Trader was approaching Rice’s Point so we exited the bridge and drove down to Rice’s Point to watch it go under the bridge. You will notice that the Joyce L. VanEnkevort is a tug and Great Lakes Trader is a barge. The back of the former ship has been modified so the tug can insert itself into the barge. Apparently it is far less costly to run a tug/barge combination than it is to run a ship.

A day later I happened to be down in Canal Park when the Joyce L. VanEnkevort and Great Lakes Trader was leaving Duluth Harbor through the Ship Canal.

There are a number of Great Lakes Ships in Superior 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.

Burns Harbor

Burns Harbor At Lakehead Pipeline

Lee A. Tregurtha

Lee A. Tregurtha At Fraser Shipyards

Herbert C Jackson

Herbert C JacksonAt Fraser Shipyards

Paul R Tregurtha

Paul R Tregurtha At Midwest Energy

 

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

Philip R. Clark Port Terminal Berth 1

American Century

American Century Port Terminal Berth 11

American Spirit

American Spirit Port Terminal Berth 8 and 9

Rodger Blough

Rodger Blough Port Terminal Berth 4

 

Author M. Anderson

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

American Spirit- Philip R. Clarke and Helen H

American Spirit- Philip R. Clarke and Helen H

- American Spirit and Helen H

-American Spirit and Helen H

American Spirit and Helen H

American Century – Helen H – American Spirit and Philip R. Clarke