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.
The 1981 built American Century is arriving Duluth for CN to load iron ore pellets. She can carry 80,900 gross tons of cargo. She went to the Calumet fuel dock first for fuel, and was assisted there by the tug North Carolina.
The 770 foot long St. Clair was built in 1976. She can load up to 44,800 gross tons of cargo. She is seen here arriving Duluth for coal at MERC.
Lake Michigan’s famous car ferry SS Badger is seen here taking people and cars on board and leaving. She was built in 1953 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and is 410’06”. The capacity of people on this ship is 520 passengers and 180 cars. The SS Badger is the last coal-powered ship on the Great Lakes. This ship and the EPA do not get along well. The Badger dumps ash into the lake while going from Manitowoc, WI to Ludington, MI, causing problems with the EPA. The Badger currently has a permit that allows them to dump ash into Lake Michigan for the next two years. No one is certain of the future for this vessel.