Archives for November 2004

Algoville in the harbor

The Canadian flagged Algoville came into port at 4:41 Monday morning to load wheat. It should finish today, departing Duluth for a port near the Gulf of St. Lawrence. There the cargo will be discharged to salt water ships that will carry the wheat to world ports on or beyond the Atlantic Ocean. Photo taken December 1, 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-30-2004

Bluewing 3rd visit to Duluth

The Chinese built Bluewing was here in August (above, at anchor and waiting for a dock). It came into port on Saturday afternoon and should be departing sometime this afternoon. It was first launched in February, 2002 and made its first visit to the Twin Ports in November of that same year. This is her third visit.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-29-2004

Oglebay Norton will load coal

The Canadian flagged Algoville should be waiting at anchor to load wheat next week while the Oglebay Norton (above on July 16, 2004) should be arriving this morning to load coal. It will depart the Twin Ports with that cargo on Sunday evening, taking it down to a Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan. Above, the boat’s self-unloader (right) is moved out over the St. Louis River while the ship loader (left) at Midwest Energy Resources is loading coal into the boat’s holds.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-28-2004

Algocen in Twin Ports harbor

Built in 1968, the Algocen has been here 40 times since 1996, and many times before that. However, today will probably be the last day we will see the Algocen here. The boat has been sold to an American company on the East Coast. It may make one more trip this season but it is probably too late for the boat to be back in Duluth. Captain Jens Hougesen has been the skipper since June, 1997 and many of the crew of 21 have served a long time aboard the boat. Photo taken on August 31, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-27-2004

American Spirit familiar with Twin Ports

The American Spirit will be in the Twin Ports today loading taconite for the 24th time this season. Today, it is loading at Burlington Northern in Superior. It has also loaded at the DM&IR Dock in both Duluth and Two Harbors. Silver Bay has seen it a few times. The destinations this season have included Escanaba and Zug Island in Michigan, Gary and Indiana Harbor in Indiana and Ashtabula, Ohio.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-26-2004

Mesabi Miner honors Mesabi miners

The Mesabi Miner will be in town today, celebrating Thanksgiving by loading taconite at the DM&IR Dock in West Duluth. It is the 23rd visit this year for the boat that was named in honor of the men and women who have worked on the Mesabi Iron Range, the source for the taconite they are loading today. Photo taken April 11, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-25-2004

Middletown brings limestone to Twin Ports

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The Middletown has been bringing limestone into the Twin Ports this year, and loading either taconite or coal for the return trip. Today, it will be here for the 15th time this season and loading taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-24-2004

Algocen visits in autumn

The Algocen was built in 1968 and is operated by Algoma Central Railway of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The name comes from the first four letters of Algoma and the first 3 letters of Central. This is the boat’s 5th trip here this year, all of them coming after September 25th. Photo taken on November 20, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-23-2004

John J. Boland

The John J. Boland started life in 1973 as the Charles E. Wilson. When American Steamship Company’s boat called the John J. Boland was sold to Lower Lakes Towing a couple years ago, the Charles E. Wilson became the new John J. Boland (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-22-2004

Callaway has Georgia connection

The Cason J. Callaway has been here once each month of the shipping season this year. Today is the November appearance. Above it is departing Duluth on August 28 after discharging limestone loaded at Port Dolomite, Michigan and then loading taconite here for Gary, Indiana. The boat is named for the founder of Callaway Gardens in Georgia.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-21-2004

Columbia Star in Twin Ports for coal

The Columbia Star will be here for the 40th time this year. As today, most of those trips this year were to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal. Other trips were to the DM&IR dock in West Duluth and the Burlington Northern dock in Superior, both to load taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-20-2004

McCarthy takes coal from Duluth again

The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. will be here today to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. The boat, here about once a week, was loading coal on November 9th (above). The boat’s self-unloader is raised over the deck so the traveling shiploader from the dock can get under it to be moved up or down the deck. It can then load coal through any of the boat’s 37 hatches that feed into 7 cargo holds.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-19-2004

American Mariner brings limestone

On this trip, the American Mariner is bringing in limestone and then loading taconite for Indiana Harbor, a port on Lake Michigan. While not a frequent visitor, that is the boat’s usual pattern when it is here. In late October this year however, it came in to discharge limestone and then load coal for a quick trip to Ashland. It was soon back in Duluth, this time loading taconite for Indiana Harbor. Photo taken June 25, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-18-2004

Federal Schelde will load chromium ore

The Federal Schelde came into port very early on Tuesday morning to discharge steel coils (above). It then moved to the Hallett Dock in West Duluth to load chromium ore brought here by train from a stockpile created in World War II near Columbus, Montana. The ship will carry the cargo to Sweden where it is used in the making of steel. This is the third shipment of chromium ore to come through the Hallett Dock this year. Three more are anticipated next year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-17-2004

Orna appears once a year

The Orna is a Greek owned and flagged ship that comes to Duluth about once a year. Built in 1984, it has been here under a variety of names, including the Moor Laker and the Handy Laker.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-16-2004