Wonder how they like the canal. OK you HAD to know someone would ask so here goes- why didn't the bridge answer - Cort saluted 2x. Casna
I would like to know that too.
The bridge tender was on the throne
That is a common theory. However I thought maybe since the Cort usually enters Superior way, that maybe the bridge was helping with guidance. None of our business I guess but it did seem odd since Corts appearance on the canal is special.Casna
The question was posed as to why the unusual route to their normal dock of choice, Superior's BNSF iron ore docks. Capt. Sipper indicates that they were a little ahead of schedule and had a couple of guys who needed to catch a Duluth flight. So, as it was a nice day, with good maneuvering conditions, he decided to enter his home port through the Duluth side. They anchored at the inside anchorage for a few hours, then proceeded to BNSF to load taconite pellets for Burns Harbor, Indiana.Just to add some additional interest, the ‘Cort is skippered by Capt. Greg Sipper, of Hermantown and his brother, I believe is an Engineer for Great Lakes Fleet and an accomplished marine photographer.
Very interesting - Thanks Capt Ed!
Oh, and regarding the bridge's normal return signal, they could have been performing maintenance on the air system. In which case, they will sometimes utilize the ship-to-shore marine radio to recognize the ship, or they can use the signal light, as well.
Well I guess our questions weren't so outofline! Thank you both, Capt. and Anon. Hope the guys had a nice flight too. It's always nice to know more about the people and operations of the marine systems. Casna
I'll try to answer a couple of questions, I believe the bridge did salute, it was after the first horn before the video started. The route choice was because the M/V Burns Harbor was still in the dock and scheduled to leave at any moment, we wanted to be ready to slip into the dock behind the Burns Harbor while they exited out of the Superior channel so we could make it to our flight on time (unfortunately we didn't). We actually didn't drop anchor, we took a very slow course even coming to a stop for a bit waiting for the Burns Harbor to depart (about an hour and a half after they were scheduled to).
Thanks for your answer! Sorry about your flight. Hope things worked out. Scheduling must be hard especially when weather and other factors cause problems. It's great to hear from crew! Casna