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 … [Read more...]

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, … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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. … [Read more...]

Kaye E. Barker coming to snowy Duluth

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]