Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Whoa! Tight Fit! American Spirit departed Duluth 08/04/15

American Spirit departed Duluth at 15:15 Tuesday. Tight fit in the canal for the tug Kentucky.
A sailboat in the shipping lane may also have caused a quick maneuver for the Spirit a she departed.


9 comments:

  1. Don Detloff - Fair Haven, MIAugust 6, 2015 at 6:00 AM

    The tug gave everyone a show. I figured the canal was one-way only.

    - Don

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  2. Did the Kentucky do anything illegal or foolish? I would think it should wait until the ship passed?

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  3. No, nothing illegal, the Kentucky had plenty of room and enough power to cope with the turbulence.

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  4. I'm guessing there's no speed limit or no wake zone in the ship canal for any boat or ship from small pleasure craft up to the footers? TIA
    Lakewood

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  5. Where's the fire, Skipper? Was there any reason that the tug captain COULDN'T wait for the Spirit to clear the shipping channel first? Or was he trying to "beat the bridge" 'cuz he needed a little extra clearance that what's available when the bridge is in its lowered position?

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  6. I'm more puzzled by the Spirit's abrupt starboard turn as soon as it cleared the canal. Was that the move caused by the sailboat in the shipping lane? I didn't see the sailboat in the video.

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  7. I saw the vista fleet do the same thing when all the sailboats where going out last night.

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  8. I've watched the tugs greet the international ships when they come into port and they get right up next to those ships. Those tug captains know what they're doing. Scary to watch tho. Penny

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  9. I hope sail boaters in Duluth aren't under the mistaken impression that commercial vessels have to give way.

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