Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Erie Trader/ Clyde S. VanEnkevort departed Duluth 03/20/18



Erie Trader/ Clyde S. VanEnkevort at noon today bound for Two Harbors. First boat out of Duluth for the 2018 shipping season.

The Trader got stuck in the ice shortly after departure.

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  1. I wonder how long they will be stuck? Until the ice melts? Until the Alder comes to help?

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  2. Why is the Alder in Canada helping them instead of taking care of the US ships? The Alder is needed here now!

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    1. The Alder helps break out Thunder Bay. The Canadian Coast is busy trying to get the St. Mary's River open. Alder isn't needed here. It's needed in Thunder Bay.

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  3. Joint agreements --- the Trader captain had a hunch this might happen. He wasn't real concerned if it did. Better then being stuck in ice in the slip.

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  4. If the wind picks up and maybe comes around to the west, that might help. That ice that's closest to open water is packed in tight from easterly's. He'll like go astern and try to come back through it a few times. if that doesnt work, tugs or the Alder would be the next bet.....

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  5. Can the tug disengage and work its way around the rest of the boat breaking ice? Well, Captain's got bragging rights for first boat out of the harbor this season!!

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  6. Disengaging the tug would be difficult. The wind packed ice ridge is very tough to break through. It's more like a hard packed slushy then brittle ice that can be moved. At least they don't have far to go to open water. Might be a good sunrise shot if they are still there by morning.

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  7. Looks like the tug is off the boat.

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  8. The tug did disconnect and broke a path to open water. It is now pulling the barge. --- cool!

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    1. Just noticed the loose tug! Can just see enough on the canal cam to tell they seperated. Neat!

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  9. I can see it on the Glensheen Cam.

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