As it turns out, my weekend was pretty full with thousand footers. As it turns out, I ended up catching 10 out of 13. I ended up missing the American Century, Presque Isle and James R. Barker.
Next up on my list is the Mesabi Miner. She is named after the Mesabi Iron Range in Minnesota. It is the largest of the iron ranges in Minnesota and was discovered in 1866. The earliest mines were opened in 1902. The ranges have had their ups and downs and currently the lower grade iron is being mined and then refined.
It is probably fitting that this is what the Mesabi Miner is named after since that is probably the bulk of the cargo on the Great Lakes.
A shot of her pilothouse.
And a parting shot as she heads for the Lower Lakes.