The St. Clair is seen here arriving Duluth empty to pick up 40,000 tons of iron ore at CN in West Duluth. Video of her arrival: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3YHfJJOJ4Q
The brand new Trillium Class freighter Thunder Bay made its first trip to Duluth in August. She arrived under the lift bridge around 11:30 on August 16th and departed around noon on August 17th. She loaded coal at MERC. She was built in China in 2013, and is 739’10”.
This was my first time seeing both of these vessels. The CSL Laurentien was built in 1977 and is 739’10′” feet long. She had been going between 3-7 knots over the course of an hour, waiting for the Buffalo to finish up the final touches of her load of pellets. The Buffalo was built in 1978 and is 634’10”. She can carry 24,300 tons of cargo.