Algosoo enters Duluth shipping canal

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The Algosoo will be here today for the 4th time this season. It is owned by Algoma Central Corporation located at Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, at the other end of Lake Superior. It was built in 1974. You will note in the picture above of the Algosoo coming through the Duluth ship canal in August, 2003 that the pilot house is at the forward end of the boat. The Algosoo was the last boat built for Great Lakes service with that arrangement. After the Algosoo, lakers were built with the pilot house aft or at the back of the boat. At the back, you can see the deck of the boat in front of you and then the water. Living quarters would be below the pilot house. With the pilot house at the fore end of the boat, you had only water in front. The deck and the rest of the boat is behind you, as it is above on the Algosoo. Typically, with an arrangement like the Algosoo, officers quarters were at the front of the boat while the galley and crew quarters were at the back of the boat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-20-2006

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