Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Duluth+Superior Ship Loading Docks

When I learned that Wyoming Powder Basin coal was shipped to power plants on the St. Clair River via Lakers, I was not sure where the coal dock was in the Duluth+Superior harbor area. This picture and its caption answers my question.

(Update: Superior, WI, had docks for Great Northern, Northern Pacific, and C&NW Railroads.)

David Schauer posted
Nice late afternoon light illuminates the Great Lakes Trader (and Joyce) arriving at CN to load pellets for Cleveland while across the bay the PRT finishes up loading coal for St. Clair. June 11, 2017.

The coal loading dock with the grain elevators in the background.


Sue Bob Kruse posted
Walter J McCarthy Jr at Midwest Energy loading coal.
Dennis DeBruler I wondered what the name of the loading company was. Neither Google nor Bing label it on their maps.,-92.../data=!3m1!1e3

The CN/Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range ore loading dock with ore storage piles. (Update: Dock 5 describes the now abandoned dock that is next to the active Dock 6.)


Grain loading was (is?) done at Rice's Point and several other places in the harbor area.
Howard Pletcher posted
Here's a history of the lake-front elevators in Duluth, MN. Photo is from the 1930s.
[Note that there were some big wood elevators. It looks like some of them have been replaced by concrete silos or the dock has been converted to handle other materials.]
This posting answers the question of the current usage of Rice's Point grain elevators:
Dave Mikelson posted
Elevators on Rice's Point...Duluth Minnesota. Most of the grain products now load in Superior.

Andrew Haenisch posted
Original press photo. The newspaper caption on the back of the photograph says the following. "A French ship took on a load of grain at the port of Duluth - Superior". The photo is dated October 8th, 1978.
Photographer is unknown.
  • Great Lakes Shipping History

David Schauer posted
The new Algoma Strongfield takes on a cargo of UTAC pellets at CN's Dock 6 in West Duluth for Quebec City (for eventual movement to Europe). This is the first trip to the Twin Ports for the Strongfield, which was delivered recently from a shipyard in China as part of Algoma's fleet modernization program. June 18, 2017.
Google Maps
Marty Bernard posted
DM&IR ore docks in Duluth, MN on March 16, 1984. Walt Dunlap photo

Jeff Andersen posted
The Winter 2018 CHS COOP magazine has this centerfold photo of the CHS Port of Superior, WI elevator with text. It is nice to see it still active.
Twin Ports Rail posted
Spring is here and so is the shipping season. The James R Barker backs into the slip at CN Dock 6 in West Duluth while a BNSF coal train unloads across the bay and a roadswitch job with IC 6252 works the dock. This is the first ship of the season for Dock 6, loading UTAC pellets. March 22, 2018.
Jose D Nevarez No chance CN will open the other bridge?Twin Ports Rail Nope - eventually will be scrapped.Gary Luskey Does alot of grain still get loaded on to ships up there yet?Twin Ports Rail Not much relative to 20 years ago. Spring and fall still see some decent activity.
Robby Gragg posted
A former DM&IR tunnel motor rests on the Duluth dock. Duluth, MN

Wayne Ciampaglia posted
Illinois Central SD on the Duluth Ore Dock 5-25-14
Mark Strock Never seen this dock in action, are they going up or coming down? I imagine they are winched up.
DaBob Olson Optical illusion, the tracks are actually level, the picture is taken from above and at an angle. I have been to Duluth, no dock is going up hill like that. But it does make you think.
Picture taken from Skyline Parkway Overlook.!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4...
Edward Duke posted six photos with the comment: "10-7-19 Some elevator shots from Duluth, MN and Superior, WI."



Edward Duke This is the old General Mills elevator in Duluth, MN.

Edward Duke Closer up of the General Mills elevator.

Edward Duke Is this the Cargill elevator?

Is Anand shared a Marco Delgado post
Fred Babin Interesting to see the ship discharging cargo prior to taking on a load of iron ore pellets.
Brandon Lee Many of these lake freighters haul limestone, coal or other commodity up north on the return trips.
Dennis DeBruler And the UP Big Boy is a bonus.

David Schauer posted
Arthur M. Anderson loading on the west side of Dock 6 in Duluth. Minntac pellets for Great Lakes Works. 8/2/19

William Brown shared a David Schauer post
Ultimate rail & sail combination. Timing is everything, and everything came together this evening as three trains converged at Dock 6 in Duluth while the distinctive laker John D. Leitch loaded ore. Great light and color with the shadows holding off long enough to get all three trains unobstructed. Canadian railroads and boat plus all EMD. Credit skillful piloting by Gus with composition/exposure and framing assist from dad. 8/6/19
In 1888, this harbor also had the world's largest grain elevator. It was being disassembled to salvage its old-growth wood when it burned Dec 17, 2018.

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