Archives for October 2004


The Algocen will be here today with a load of cement that it will discharge at the St. Lawrence Cement plant in Duluth. Above, it was doing the same when it was here in April, 2003. The Algocen loaded the cement in Mississauga, Ontario, just outside of Toronto. It is usually about a 4 day trip from there to Duluth. Photo taken on April 15, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-31-2004

Middletown subs for trucks

Earlier this week, a saltie became a laker while in the Twin Ports. Today, a laker goes local for a day. The Middletown will come in to the Cutler Stone Dock in Superior to discharge limestone, then go over to Midwest Energy Resources to load 12,000 tons of coal to take back to the Cutler dock. It seems a short distance to take so much coal but it would have taken 480 trucks loading 25 tons each to do the same job.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-30-2004

Edwin H. Gott got taconite

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The Edwin H. Gott has been loading taconite at Two Harbors, Burlington Northern (Superior) and the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth this season. It has taken those cargos to a variety of ports on the southern shores of the Great Lakes where they are used to make steel. Some of the ports are Gary in Indiana and Ashtabula and Conneaut in Ohio. It is here today for the 10th time this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-29-2004

Spruceglen is saltie/laker

The Spruceglen came into port as a saltie, crossing the Atlantic Ocean with steel coils loaded in Antwerp, Belgium and discharged in Cleveland and Duluth. It should leave the port today with grain. The Canadian owned and crewed boat will be a laker over the next two months, with several cargos planned between US and Canadian ports. It may take a load of taconite pellets to China at the end of the season and then go into dry dock in China for a five year checkup. That would give the Canadian crew about a 3-week stay in China.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-28-2004

Pilica is Malta flagged

After discharging cargo in Cleveland, the Polish built, crewed and owned Pilica set out for Duluth. It is expected here this evening to load grain. This will be the 6th trip the ship has made to the Twin Ports since it was launched in 1999. It is very computer controlled, running an unattended engine room, except during the day. Photo taken July 23, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-27-2004

Reserve shuttles cargo all around

The Reserve has been moving coal, taconite and limestone between Marquette, Calcite, St Clair, Muskegon, Detroit, Cedarville and Escanaba in Michigan, Silver Bay, Two Harbors and Duluth/Superior in Minnesota (and Wisconsin), and Lorain, Toledo, Cleveland and Ashtabula in Ohio.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-26-2004

Fodas Pescadores departs Duluth canal

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Before this year, the Fodas Pescadores had never been to Duluth. Today, after discharging cargo in Hamilton, Ontario, it is here for the third time this season. Only one other saltwater ship, the Dutch flagged Vancouverborg, has made that many trips here this year. While flying the flag of Panama, the Fodas Pescadores is owned by a Taiwanese company. On previous visits, it had a Captain and Chief Engineer from Taiwan and a crew from mainland China.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-25-2004

J.A.W. Iglehart

This boat was rebuilt to carry cement in 1965. That would be a long career on the lakes by itself, but the Iglehart was built almost 30 years earlier, in 1936, as an ocean-going tanker called the Pan Amoco. It has brought cement to the Twin Ports 42 times since 1996.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-24-2004

Frontenac coming through ice

The Frontenac was the first boat to arrive in the Twin Ports for the 2003 shipping season from beyond the Soo Locks (above, on April 29, 2003). It is owned and operated by Canada Steamship Lines of Montreal. Built in 1968, it was named for the French governor of the French possessions in North America in the late 17th century. He established a government at Quebec.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-23-2004


On April 5th, 1999, the Algontario, on her way to Duluth, went aground in the St. Marys River. Despite damage to the boat, it was judged safe for it to continue on to Duluth. After discharging cargo here, the boat sailed for Thunder Bay where it stayed, in layup, until last month. Repairs completed, and business in the grain trade going strong, the Algontario is again sailing the Great Lakes and is due here today to load wheat. Photo taken April 11, 1997.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-22-2004

Ostkap at Superior grain dock

After stops in Cleveland and Chicago, the Ostkap made its second appearance in the Twin Ports this season. On the first trip, it had some repairs done and then loaded at two different grain terminals. This trip, it is simply loading grain at CHS 1 in Superior. It should have arrived early this morning and will likely depart sometime this evening.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-21-2004