Sooooooo…… I got really busy with school (AP World History). I finished this December 30th, but for some reason never finished. It is May 25th, 2014, but not too late to post!
This year was a fun one. Met some new nerds who I can speak my language with, learned some new camera tricks, and caught some new ships I had never seen before. Didn’t get to board a ship though like I thought I would, maybe next year’s review will have an on-board shot.
The season started out with a trip up during the final days (and for some, hours) of winter layup. The Mesabi Miner was anchored off the piers waiting to load iron ore, after being the first ship to leave for the 2013 season, with coal for Marquette.
In port, we had the usual layup fleet still tied up. The John J. Boland, John G. Munson, American Victory, and Edward L. Ryerson sat on the sidelines. The American Spirit, American Century, and Indiana Harbor were all still ballasted out. The Indiana Harbor, though, arrived the Duluth entry after leaving the Superior entry.
The Roger Blough was over at CN.
The next time I would come up would be 6 days later. There I would see the Philip R. Clarke, Edgar B. Speer, Algoma Olympic, and Algoma Progress.
The Edgar B. Speer was leaving Two Harbors with her first load of the season. The Philip R. Clarke was arriving for her first load of the 2013 season from Sturgeon Bay.
Sadly, the Algoma Progress will head to the scrap yards this season. This will be the best picture I have of her. Also heading to the scrap yards this year from the much-adored (sarcasm) Algoma Central Corporation will be the Algoma Provider, Algoma Transfer, Algoma Quebecois, and Algoma Montrealais. Rumors of the Algoma Navigator being scrapped after the end of this season are around, but seemed to have died down. With the recent arrival of the Equinox class (well, one of them, anyway), many ships from the former Upper Lakes fleet will be headed to scrap.
I wouldn’t catch a boat until next July (had driver’s ed and no time in June) in the great state of Wisconsin, home to the best football team in the world (GO PACK GO!!!). I caught the famous SS Badger in Manitowoc. This was her 60th year of sailing as a coal-burning car ferry.
Then I would drive up to Green Bay (the Holy Land) to watch the Calumet arrive.
I would go back to Duluth July 31, mostly to spend time in Silver Bay. I would watch the St. Clair leave Two Harbors and the Buffalo leave Silver Bay. The CSL Laurentien would arrive Silver Bay right after the Buffalo would leave. I would then head down to Duluth to watch the James R. Barker leave, and then head home.
I would make it back to Duluth in August to catch the Thunder Bay leave Duluth for the first time in her new career, the St. Clair arrive, and the Kaye E. Barker arrive. The Kaministiqua waited to load coal at Midwest Energy.
This would be the final time I would head to Duluth until school started again. I would catch the St. Clair (this boat gets boring to see after a while), the Saltwater Vessel from POLSTEAM Isadora, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. in Two Harbors, and the Thunder Bay leaving again from CN. I also payed a visit to the Edward L. Ryerson at her new home.
The final time I would get up this year would be for the Gales of November event on November 2nd. Just like last year, no boat passed under the bridge. The only ship to photograph in port was the Vaasaborg loading at General Mills Duluth.
Here’s to a great season! Can’t wait for the next one.