Archives for December 2005

Algowood enters Duluth ship canal

The self-unloading bulk freighter Algowood will be here today for the 6th time this season, again loading about 30,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Built in 1981 by Collingwood Shipyards at Collingwood, Ontario, it was named in honor of that town, the shipyard there, and the owner of the boat, Algoma Central.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-31-2005

Algosteel takes coal to Nanticoke

The Algosteel was here 5 times in 2000 and only once in 2004. Today, it will be making its 2nd trip this season. In all these visits, the Algosteel has loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources. The coal is brought here by train from coal mines in Wyoming and Montana. The Algosteel takes the coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Photo taken April 14, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-30-2005

CSL Laurentien

The CSL Laurentien is most of the former Louis R. Desmarais, built in 1977. During the 2000-2001 winter, the forward hull of the Desmarais was cut off and a new hull was joined to the Desmarais stern, including the engine room. Automated self-unloading equipment was added and the name was changed to the CSL Laurentien. (CSL is Canada Steamship Lines, the boat’s owner). Like 2 of the 4 previous trips here this season, it will load taconite. It loaded coal on one trip and grain on the other.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-29-2005

CSL Niagara passes North Pier Light

The CSL Niagara is making only its third trip here this season. Last year, it was here 8 times. The vessel was built using the engine room of the former J. W. McGiffin connected to an entirely new hull. It will load about 33,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Photo taken on July 29, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-28-2005

Great Lakes Trader with Joyce

The self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader will be here today to load taconite. The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort, with an elevated pilot house, connects to the barge and provides the power to the vessel. It was here 8 times last year; this is its 4th trip here this season. As usual, it will be loading taconite. The combination is usually referred to as the Great Lakes Trader. Above, it is entering the Duluth ship canal earlier this month.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-27-2005

Kaye E. Barker coming to snowy Duluth

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Every couple months, the Kaye E. Barker arrives in Duluth. It will be here today for the 4th time this year, loading coal as it did on two of the previous trips. Starting life as the Edward B. Greene, sailing for Cleveland Cliffs, it was later operated by Ford as the Benson Ford. In 1989, Ford left the shipping business and sold it to the current owner, Interlake Steamship Company. The boat is named after the wife of James R. Barker, Interlake Chairman of the Board. He also has a boat named after him. Above, the Kaye E. Barker enters the Duluth ship canal on January 23rd, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-26-2005

Merry Christmas Columbia Star

The Columbia Star is doing double duty for Oglebay Norton (the company) when they take coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke, as they will today. There is only room for about half the length of a 1,000-footer at the dock at Nanticoke. The Columbia Star is able to tie up to a dock from its stern and amidships. The Oglebay Norton, the other 1,000 foot boat in the Oglebay Norton fleet, can only tie up to a dock from its bow and stern. Above, the Columbia Star waits in the St. Louis River to load coal on Christmas day, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-25-2005

Burns Harbor loads taconite

Two 1,000-footers (the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and the Indiana Harbor)  will be here today loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources while one (the Burns Harbor) loads taconite at Burlington Northern, and another (American Spirit) loads taconite at Two Harbors. The 730 foot Canadian Progress will also load coal, while the 770 foot St. Clair loads taconite in Superior. The 858 foot Roger Blough visits Two Harbors on Christmas Eve for taconite. Above, the Burns Harbor loading taconite at Burlington Northern in September, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-24-2005

CSL Tadoussac rarely visits bridge

A boat called the Tadoussac made many trips to the Twin Ports since it was built in 1969. During the winter of 2000/2001, it was widened from 75 feet to 78 feet, its cargo self-unloading system was upgraded and it was relaunched as the CSL Tadoussac. CSL stands for Canada Steamship Lines, the boat’s owner in Montreal. It has been to the Twin Ports 23 times this season, although this is only the 4th time it will be coming in the Duluth side. In one trip to Duluth this season, it brought salt. The other 3 trips were probably to load fuel before going to the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. It will load taconite today. Photo taken July 26, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-23-2005

Oglebay Norton ice

The Oglebay Norton was here yesterday for the 46th time this season, loading coal as it has done on most every trip. This is the season when Great Lakes boats begin to look like ice bergs. The Oglebay Norton’s bow is encased in ice, and more ice will follow as the season continues into January. It is a losing battle to try to clear it since the boat spends much of its time in the icy waters of Lake Superior. This is the unavoidable result when the boat is sailing into the wind on Lake Superior. But work goes on. At left, you can see the Midwest Energy Resources ship loader getting ready to pour coal into the boat’s cargo holds. For that reason, the boat’s self unloader, center, has been raised up to make way for the ship loader.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-22-2005

Herbert C. Jackson in Duluth canal

The last grain shipment left Duluth last night on the Algonorth. The other cargos are still moving. Today, we will be getting cement, coal and limestone and and sending coal and taconite out. The seldom seen Buffalo will make an appearance today with limestone, leaving later for Silver Bay. Above, the Herbert C. Jackson arriving earlier this month. Today, it will discharge a cargo of coal before loading another coal shipment for Marquette.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-21-2005

Algonorth kitchen

The Canadian flagged Algonorth should depart the Twin Ports later today, taking the last grain cargo out of the port this season. The cold weather made the galley on the Algonorth a very popular place yesterday. Chief cook David Dunford of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (far right), is in charge, ably assisted by porter Bertha Lushman from Port Aux Bas, Newfoundland (middle) and 2nd cook Penny Kukta from Crystal Beach, Ontario (left).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-20-2005

Sam Laud infrequent visitor

The Sam Laud, expected here today to discharge limestone, has only been here 3 other times since 1996, two of those times, as today, in December. It only made its first trip to Lake Superior for this season earlier this month when it loaded taconite in Silver Bay. Today, it brings limestone from Calcite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo, it will go to Silver Bay for more taconite for Cleveland.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-19-2005

Federal Rhine arriving Duluth harbor

The Federal St. Laurent came into port on Saturday afternoon to load soy beans for Finland. It was the 130th and last salt water ship to come to the Twin Ports this year. That is 19 more than last year. That does not mean it will be the last salt water ship to depart Duluth. The Federal Rhine or the Federal St. Laurent, both in port, may take that honor, probably on Monday. Above, the Federal Rhine arrives Duluth in August, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-18-2005

Federal St. Laurent last saltie in

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The Federal St. Laurent should be here this afternoon to load soy beans for Finland. This will be the 10th trip here since it arrived on June 6, 1996 as a brand new, bright red ship. It is still red but with saltwater, locks and docks working away on it over the last 10 years, the bright is probably gone. It will most likely be the last salt water ship of the season. Photo taken September 2, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-17-2005