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 walked down to the Duluth Harbor to capture a few photos as the Philip R. Clarke sailed under the Duluth Lift Bridge in the early evening.
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
On a recent trip up the North Shore to Split Rock Lighthouse we stopped in Two Harbors to see if there were any ships in the harbor. As it turned out the Tug Donald L. Billmaier and Crane Barge Howard J. Schwartz were just coming into the harbor. The Billmaier is an Army Corps Of Engineers tug. It along with a smaller tug were bringing the crane barge and several barges loaded with rocks to Two Harbors. It looked like they were going to be repairing the breakwater. We watch for a while then continued on to Split Rock.
Tug Donald L. Billmaier and Crane Barge Howard J. Schwartz
Tug Donald L -Billmaier
Tug Hammond Bay and Tug Donald L. Billmaier
The next day we returned to Two Harbors hoping to see the Howard J. Schwartz in action. Unfortunately the crane and the two tugs were docked in the inner harbor. However, there were two ships loading taconite. We watched for a while before heading to Gooseberry Falls for some hiking.
Tugs-Donald-L. Billmaier and Hammond Bay with Crane Barge Howard J. Schwartz
Spruceglen and Philip R. Clarke
When we returned later in the day we found the Philip R. Clarke just pulling away from the loading docks before heading out on its Journey through the locks and down to Gary, Indiana.
Philip R. Clarke
I happened to be down at Canal Park in Duluth, Minnesota photographing the sunrise when I noticed the Philip R. Clark out in the lake. When I first saw it the ship was just a dot on the horizon. This shot was taken from the Aerial Lift Bridge.
I walked out to the South Breakwater Light to photograph the ship as it neared the harbor and passed the Lighthouse and under the Lift Bridge.
I happened to be out on the South Breakwater photographing the sunrise when the Philip R Clarke arrived in Duluth.
I never pass up an opportunity to watch the ships as they enter and leave Duluth Harbor. This past weekend was no exception. There was quite a bit of ship activity. Pictured below are some of the ships that arrived and departed last weekend.
Walter J. McCarthy Jr
Philip R. Clarke
Edgar B. Speer
More photos from Canal Park can be found on my website.