Algowood departing Twin Ports

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The Mesabi Miner came into port on Sunday morning to load iron ore pellets. It likely departed very early this morning. Today, four other boats are expected to arrive in port to load coal, but they may all arrive sometime this evening. Most of the coal loaded at Midwest Energy goes into the big thousand footers, but the four boats expected today are quite a bit shorter than that. Two of the boats fly the Canadian flag; they are both 730 feet, allowing them to navigate the Welland Canal. Few US boats need to go there and most of them could not because of the 740 foot limit. The Kaye E. Barker is 767 feet wide and the St. Clair is only 3 feet longer. One of the Canadian boats, the Algowood, is seen above departing the port in 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-01-2008

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