Boats backwards and forward in Duluth today

It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood; lots of people, sun and even a little excitement. The Vista Queen is not trying to beat the Algolake into the Duluth ship canal. The Algolake had just cleared the canal after departing in reverse. That sometimes happens when a boat is discharging salt at the North American Salt Dock, just behind the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. It is easier to simply back straight out into the lake than it is to clear the dock, make a 180 turn and then go under the bridge normally. Nick Stenstrup was up for the day from St. Paul and will have his video of the unusual departure on YouTube later tonight. I will add the link here when it is there. A little earlier, the Algoma Quebecois was greeted by a large crowd as she came into port with cement


  1. Lee Downie says:

    Thanks for answering my question abt Algolake’s reverse departure.

    –LSD… Henrico, NC

  2. Jill from Alabama says:

    Great video, Nick!

  3. good job nick! your family picked the right day to be there!

  4. It was a great day for boat traffic yesterday. I photographed 6 boats in total.

  5. Enjoy the updates here, Ken.
    Great to see Quebecois still steaming …. hope she can
    last a few more seasons as the cement trade seems
    to be her niche.

  6. Jill from Alabama says:

    Looking forward to the video, Nick. Thanks for the great picture, Ken!

  7. Looking forward to seeing your video, Nick. Hope you are having a great time in Duluth. We are at our favorite lake in MO. We are enjoying being on the water, finally.

  8. David A Jones says:

    I saw this happen on the LSSM webcam today while I was talking on the phone, and I think my friend thought I was nuts.

    Thanks Ken for answering my email, and thank you for all you do.


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