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NRHS Vista Cruise Lines Harbor Dinner Tour 8/11/2009

by Chris Guenzler

Richard dropped off my luggage and we took it up to my room. We then drove to the Radisson where Joe Harper was waiting and the three of us boarded the school bus for the Vista Cruise Lines Harbor Dinner Tour. Once we got to the boarding location we had to wait until they were ready and then we all boarded. We took a table down stairs and all sat together to have our dinner tonight.

A model of an ore boat.

Joe and Richard at our table. I then headed to the top deck.

To leave a draw bridge had to lift so we could head out into the Duluth-Superior Harbor.

View looking back.

We went by the draw bridge and head out towards the Aerial Lift Bridge.

US Coast Guard Boat 404.

A look back at that draw bridge.

A large ore boat enters Duluth-Superior Harbor under the Aerial Lift Bridge.

Now we will watch the Aerial Lift Bridge close.

The Aerial Lift Bridge is now back open for cars and walkers.

Looking back at Duluth.

The Train Station and Radisson Hotel.

Another grain terminal.

Looking at the Superior Side.

Two views of a grain terminal.

Joe and Richard.

Looking towards Duluth.

My table mates at Dinner.


Another grain terminal.

Another good size vessel.

Scrap Yard at the harbor.

Wind Generating Blades.

Looking up a channel into Wisconsin.

Tug Boat Base.

Arthur M. Clure Public Marine Terminal.

A fleet of Tug Boats.

Dock Cranes.

That boat makes Duluth look rather small.

The Interstate 535 Bridge.

Grain Terminal.

Five miles away are the BNSF Allouez Ore Docks.

View of a switcher on the dock.

The remains of the old Great Northern Railroad Bridge that once crossed the bay.

Another view of that switcher.

Looking at the grain terminal where that switcher is.

The Interstate 535 Bridge.

I could see three switchers on this dock at the Grain Terminal.

Two more grain terminals on the Superior side of the harbor with the gray building the oldest of all of them.

A ship loading at its dock.

Another large ship.

A large grain terminal.

A coal dock that receives Powder River Basin Coal Trains.

The boat heads for the Canadian National Ore Docks.

Dr. Wesley Ross enjoying the cruise and taking a few pictures. I went down and fixed a plate of Prime Rib to eat later after we see the CN Ore Docks.

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