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Boat Nerds call it a twofer when they are able to photograph two shops on the same visit to the harbor. On this particular day the Mesabi Miner was leaving the harbor and the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was arriving.

While I was waiting for the Miner to reach the harbor entrance I took a few photos of the Tug Donald L. Billmaier. It had just returned to the Core of Engineers Docks with the Crane Barge Howard J. Schwartz and tug Hammond Bay. They had been working over in Superior earlier in the day. The Miner can be seen in the background.

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The Miner was belching a lot of smoke as it made its way out of the harbor.

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The Martin was supposed to come in as soon as the Miner exited the harbor but it took a long time for it to arrive. I don’t ever recall a ship moving so slowly. The folks who were “bridged” were probably not happy because the bridge was up for a long time.

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While I was waiting I took a photo of a Ringed-bill Gull.

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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