May 21-11

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2011: May: May 21-11
Kaye E. Barker    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Rod Burdick
Arriving    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Rod Burdick
Loading ore    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Rod Burdick

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 05:59 am:

What would a week at the Pasty Cam be without at least one glimpse of the Big Lake?

Rod Burdick is at it again, snapping photos of the action around the Marquette Harbor ore docks and he sent in three to share with us today. He supplied some information about each photo for us, too:

1) Kaye E. Barker, loaded with limestone, opening the Lower Harbor for the 2011-2012 shipping season

2) Two 1,000 footers at the Upper Harbor - Mesabi Miner at anchor, loaded with coal for the Presque Isle Power Plant, while Tug/Barge Presque Isle arrives to load ore for a second time

3) 1,000 foot Tug/Barge Presque Isle making an uncommon visit to load ore
Rod also said the vessel traffic at the harbors in Marquette has been busy to start the 2011-2012 shipping season. Demand for ore is strong and also contributes to regular shipments of limestone, which is used in the taconite making process at the ore mines. A sign of ore demand is the 1,000 foot lakers, which carry the largest cargoes on the lakes, loading at the Upper Harbor. Looks like the shipping season is well underway on Lake Superior once again. Let the boat watching begin!
Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 07:29 am:

Love seeing those boats. When we went to Ashland, WI last weekend, the boys were excited when we got to Duluth and saw the boats. It seems everybody loves to see these boats in the water. Definitely a sign of spring!!

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 07:42 am:

The Kaye E. Barker is a nice looking boat.

By Eddyfitz (Eddyfitz) on Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 08:07 am:

Yes spring has sprung as I see the freighters passing here at the lower Detroit River where it dumps into Lake Erie. Their size is not realized until you see one tied up at the dock. Some of these hold 400 train cars full of ore or coal.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 09:02 am:

I am wondering why the majority of freighters are painted rust red. Is there a specific reason or is that just a popular color? Looks good against the blue water perhaps.

By Dennis Kemper (Denkem) on Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 11:06 am:

Does anyone know how to upload pics to your gallery more than one at a time? Would love to know if it is possible. Thanks for any hints.

Mary says: I'm sending you an email, Dennis

By Diana P. (Diana) on Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 12:53 pm:

Great photos! Watching the vessels at the Upper Harbor in Marquette is a rare treat for me. Didn't realize the Lower Harbor was still in use for freighters ... maybe that's why the view of the Lower Harbor in the first photo does not look familiar to me.

By Sldmi (Sldmi) on Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 10:54 pm:

Shout out to Jeff on the Kaye E. Barker.

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