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 At Lakehead Pipeline
Lee A. Tregurtha At Fraser Shipyards
Herbert C JacksonAt Fraser Shipyards
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 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.
After a brief stop at Stoney Point we continued our drive up the North Shore for a brief stop in Two Harbors. We always drive out to the Harbor area to check things out. The sea fog was also hanging around Two Harbors.
The Presque Isle was at the docks loading iron ore pellets. This would be one of the last ships in the harbor until the 2017 shipping season starts in March.
Before leaving I took a shot of the lighthouse.
I was up early to watch the American Century leave Duluth.
I was down at the Duluth, Minnesota Harbor to watch the finish of the NorthShore Inline Marathon when I noticed the Mesabi Miner leaving the harbor. I became engrossed in watching the ship and almost missed the elite inline skaters finish the race. This was also the weekend of the Le Festival des Montgolfières which is Duluth’s balloon festival. A couple of years ago during this same weekend the Mesabi Miner had a steering problem and didn’t make the turn. As a result it ran aground at Bayfront Park during the festival.
As I was walking down to Bayfront Park to watch the Le Festival des Montgolfières I noticed a lot of fog. As I neared the harbor I could hear a fog horn but it was not coming from the lighthouse. It turned out to be the Baie St Paul which was sitting out in the harbor blowing its fog horn. Apparently the fog was too thick for it to try and navigate the Ship Canal so it was sitting and waiting for the fog to clear. It was about a half an hour before it was able to navigate the Ship Canal.
I watched the Great Lakes Trader sail into Duluth Harbor. This is an unusual type of ship for Duluth because the Great Lakes Trader is a barge and is pushed by the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort.
The Pilica had been setting outside the Duluth Harbor for a few days waiting to load grain. Apparently if they enter the harbor they have to pay a fee for each day it is in the harbor so ships anchor out in the lake until their dock is open. I hadn’t realized the Pilica was entering the harbor until I saw the pilot boat returning. It had gone out to deliver the pilot to the Pilica.
The Pilica was met by a couple of Great Lakes Tugs that will help it navigate to the docks.