The Algomarine has been to the Twin Ports 65 times since 1996 (when I started counting vessel arrivals here). Half of those trips were made between 1996 and 1998. She made no trips here in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009. Today (December 17, 2013), she arrived for the second time this year, bringing a cargo of salt she discharged at the North American Salt dock in Duluth. Since 2006, she has usually loaded iron ore pellets and a couple loads of coal. She brought salt in on at least 3 of those trips. Today, after discharging salt, she will load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth.
Above, she has just arrived under the Lift Bridge and was moving straight ahead to the North American Salt dock (below). She discharged the salt using her self unloader that was moved over shore to create a large pile of the salt.
It was pretty cold so I decided to visit 2nd cook Julie Fletcher in the galley. Below, she is creating some lemon tarts; they were very good!