Skip navigation

Category Archives: Philip R. Clarke

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

 

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.

american-spirit-philip-r-clarke-and-hellen-h-duluth-harbor-17-1-2462

philip-r-clarke-and-hellen-h-duluth-harbor-1-2483a

philip-r-clarke-and-hellen-h-duluth-harbor17-1-2585

philip-r-clark-duluth-harbor17-1-2540

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.

Philip R. Clarke 16-4-_2602

 

Philip-R.-Clarke-16-4-_1888

Philip R. Clarke 16-4-_1867

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

Edwin H. Gott At Port Terminal

 

Philip R. Clarke At Port Terminal

Philip R. Clarke At Port Terminal

 

Paul-R.-Tregurtha-At-Midwest-Energy

Paul R. Tregurtha At Midwest Energy

 

Indiana-Harbor-At-Embridge Docks

Indiana Harbor At Embridge Docks

 

-Herbert-C-Jackson-At-Fraser-Shipyards

Herbert C Jackson At Fraser Shipyards

 

American-Century-At-Port-Terminal

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 and Crane Barge Howard J. Schwartz

Tug Donald L -Billmaier

Tug Donald L -Billmaier

Tug- Hammond Bay and 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

Tugs-Donald-L. Billmaier and Hammond Bay with Crane Barge Howard J. Schwartz

Spruceglen and Philip R. Clarke

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-

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.

Philip-R.-Clarke-15-10-_3102

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.

Philip-R.-Clarke-15-10-_3114

Philip-R.-Clarke-15-10-_3141

Philip-R.-Clarke-15-10-_3159

I happened to be out on the South Breakwater photographing the sunrise when the Philip R Clarke arrived in Duluth.

Philip-R-Clarke-13-8-_8360

Philip-R-Clarke-13-8-_8372

Philip-R-Clarke-13-8-_8376

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.

Whitefish Bay

Whitefish Bay

Walter J. McCarthy Jr

Walter J. McCarthy Jr

Philip R. Clarke

Philip R. Clarke

Edgar B. Speer

Edgar B. Speer

Algoma Olympic

Algoma Olympic

More photos from Canal Park can be found on my website.