SS William A. Irvin is a lake freighter named for William A. Irvin that sailed as a bulk freighter on the Great Lakes as part US Steel& 39;s lake fleet. She was flagship of the company fleet from her launch in the depths of the Great Depression in 1938 until 1975 and then was a general workhorse of the fleet until her retirement in 1978.
On November 9 1975 the Edmund Fitzgerald pushed across the waters of Lake Superior with a cargo of iron ore. A storm came up in the afternoon and pounded the ship through the night with winds up to 75 mph blinding snow and waves reaching 25 feet. That evening the ship radioed another vessel Avafors with a warning:
Destination harbors ship sizes and legal restrictions greatly affect the pattern of haulage. Large U.S. ships hauled most of the iron ore on the lakes 79% from U.S. mines to U.S. mills. This reflects the requirement of the Jones Act as well as the industry using large volumes of material while being concentrated in a few large harbor ...
The Kaye E. Barker was the first laker to leave Duluth under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge leaving at 12:12 today March 22 2019 thus opening the 2019-20 shipping season. Below she is seen moving easily through the ice just beyond the Lift Bridge. She was headed to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor.
Duluth Cargo Connect is a full-service partnership between the Duluth Seaway Port Authority which owns and maintains the Clure Public Marine Terminal assets and Lake Superior Warehousing which operates the assets as the Port Authority’s agent. This working partnership connects the region to the world as a multimodal cargo logistics hub.
Walk from Agate Bay near the iron ore docks along a 1-mile paved walkway the Sonju Trail to Burlington Bay. Agate Bay attractions include the Edna G tugboat the Railroad Depot museum the Two Harbors Lighthouse museum and gift shop and working ore docks – watch ships enter the harbor dock and load up with pellets.
Distance from the Atlantic Ocean to Duluth Minnesota on Lake Superior = 2038 nautical miles 2342 statute miles or 3700 kilometres 8.5 sailing days. The waterway includes some 245750 square kilometres 95000 square miles of navigable waters.