Algowood enters Duluth ship canal

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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.
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Algosteel takes coal to Nanticoke

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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, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-30-2005

CSL Laurentien

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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 of the 4 previous trips here this season, it will load taconite. It loaded coal on one trip and grain on the other.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-29-2005

CSL Niagara passes North Pier Light

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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 12-28-2005

Great Lakes Trader with Joyce

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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. Above, it is entering the Duluth ship canal earlier this month.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-27-2005

Kaye E. Barker coming to snowy Duluth

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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 Company. The boat is named after the wife of James R. Barker, Interlake Chairman of the Board. He also has a boat named after him. Above, the Kaye E. Barker enters the Duluth ship canal on January 23rd, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-26-2005

Merry Christmas Columbia Star

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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 Norton fleet, can only tie up to a dock from its bow and stern. Above, the Columbia Star waits in the St. Louis River to load coal on Christmas day, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-25-2005

Burns Harbor loads taconite

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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 foot Roger Blough visits Two Harbors on Christmas Eve for taconite. Above, the Burns Harbor loading taconite at Burlington Northern in September, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-24-2005

CSL Tadoussac rarely visits bridge

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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 this is only the 4th time it will be coming in the Duluth side. In one trip to Duluth this season, it brought salt. The other 3 trips were probably to load fuel before going to the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. It will load taconite today. Photo taken July 26, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-23-2005

Oglebay Norton ice

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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 the icy waters of Lake Superior. This is the unavoidable result when the boat is sailing into the wind on Lake Superior. But work goes on. At left, you can see the Midwest Energy Resources ship loader getting ready to pour coal into the boat’s cargo holds. For that reason, the boat’s self unloader, center, has been raised up to make way for the ship loader.
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Herbert C. Jackson in Duluth canal

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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 cargo of coal before loading another coal shipment for Marquette.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-21-2005

Algonorth kitchen

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The Canadian flagged Algonorth should depart the Twin Ports later today, taking the last grain cargo out of the port this season. The cold weather made the galley on the Algonorth a very popular place yesterday. Chief cook David Dunford of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (far right), is in charge, ably assisted by porter Bertha Lushman from Port Aux Bas, Newfoundland (middle) and 2nd cook Penny Kukta from Crystal Beach, Ontario (left).
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Sam Laud infrequent visitor

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The Sam Laud, expected here today to discharge limestone, has only been here 3 other times since 1996, two of those times, as today, in December. It only made its first trip to Lake Superior for this season earlier this month when it loaded taconite in Silver Bay. Today, it brings limestone from Calcite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo, it will go to Silver Bay for more taconite for Cleveland.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-19-2005

Federal Rhine arriving Duluth harbor

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The Federal St. Laurent came into port on Saturday afternoon to load soy beans for Finland. It was the 130th and last salt water ship to come to the Twin Ports this year. That is 19 more than last year. That does not mean it will be the last salt water ship to depart Duluth. The Federal Rhine or the Federal St. Laurent, both in port, may take that honor, probably on Monday. Above, the Federal Rhine arrives Duluth in August, 2002.
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Federal St. Laurent last saltie in

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The Federal St. Laurent should be here this afternoon to load soy beans for Finland. This will be the 10th trip here since it arrived on June 6, 1996 as a brand new, bright red ship. It is still red but with saltwater, locks and docks working away on it over the last 10 years, the bright is probably gone. It will most likely be the last salt water ship of the season. Photo taken September 2, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-17-2005

Oglebay Norton takes Santa for a ride

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The Oglebay Norton arrived in port early this morning to load coal. Santa Claus is often on this boat and can usually be seen waving from the pilot house when the boat goes under the Lift Bridge. That should happen this afternoon. Patrick Nelson captains the boat and the last time I saw him, he had a long white beard. We now have a clue where Santa gets his lumps of coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-16-2005

Stewart J. Cort at BN

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The Stewart J. Cort will be here today loading taconite in Superior for the 43rd time this year. Launched in 1972 at Erie, Pennsylvania, the bow and stern were built in Mississippi and welded together. This ‘vessel’ then sailed to Erie where the two pieces were split apart and a midbody was inserted between them. All parts were then welded together, creating the first 1,000 footer on the Great Lakes. The Cort is now owned by a subsidiary of the Interlake Steamship Company, but still continues to load taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior. Photo taken August 21, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-15-2005

Anja discharging cargo

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Built in 2000, the Anja has been here two times since then, both this year. Last June, it was here discharging steel coils. After completing that, it went to Thunder Bay to load grain. This trip, it brought steel coils again (above) but also stayed around to load grain. Later today or tomorrow, it will depart Duluth with spring wheat for Great Britain.
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Jackson coming in for grain

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A real sign of winter: the Earl W. Oglebay came in yesterday to discharge a load of limestone. It will then move over to the Fraser Shipyard in Superior, becoming the first boat to come in port for the winter layup. Above, the Herbert C. Jackson kicked up a little ice as it came into port this morning to load grain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-13-2005

Cinnamon loading wheat

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Built in 2003, the Cinnamon will be making its 3rd appearance in the Twin Ports today, the first this season. It is one of the ‘duck’ boats operated by Canfornav Limited in Montreal. This one is named after the Cinnamon teal, a duck found mostly in the Western United States. Other ‘duck’ boats visiting Duluth have been the Bluewing and sister-ship Greenwing, and the Mandarin. On her last trip here, the Cinnamon had an all Ukrainian crew; they loaded wheat for Tarragona, Spain. On this trip, they will load spring wheat for Italy. Photo taken November 9, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-12-2005

Victoria brings steel coils

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The Victoria will be here for the 3rd time this season, each time discharging steel coils at the Port Terminal. On this trip, before Duluth, it also stopped in Cleveland to discharge cargo. On the first trip, and as today, it loaded wheat for a down bound cargo. That cargo went to Barcelona, Spain. The Victoria is not the Victoriaborg, which brought lumber here on Friday and should have departed with beet pulp pellets last night. Above, a local longshoreman moves a steel coil from the Victoria during its October visit. At left, another coil is discharged from the ship using a Port Terminal crane.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-11-2005

Kapitonas A. Lucka will load wheat

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The Kapitonas A. Lucka usually comes here once or twice a year. It was here in August to load durum wheat for Algeria and will be back today to load spring wheat for Great Britain. At least 6 more salt water ships are still expected this season. December 20th is about the last day most like to depart Duluth to get out of the St. Lawrence Seaway System before the locks close up for the winter.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-10-2005

David Z. Norton

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The David Z. Norton’s main job since it was built in 1973 is to carry taconite up the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland to the J & L Steel plant, now called ISG (International Steel Group Inc.). At only 630 long, it was built for moving cargo on rivers and is not up here at the other end of the Great Lakes very often, making only one trip in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2002. It made three trips here in 2003 and two last year. It will be here today for the second time this season, bringing limestone loaded in Calcite, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-09-2005

Vancouverborg entering Duluth

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The Vancouverborg entered the Duluth harbor yesterday (above), on the way to the General Mills dock in Duluth to load beet pulp pellets. Built in 2001, the hull was built in Romania and then towed through the Black Sea, across the Mediterranean Sea and up the west coast of Europe to Delfzijl, The Netherlands. There the ship, as well as a sister ship, the Virginiaborg, an exact copy, was assembled. This is the ship’s 16th visit to the Twin Ports since 2001; the 3rd this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-08-2005

Callaway arrives Duluth

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After loading limestone at Calcite, Michigan, the Cason J. Callaway arrived Duluth yesterday afternoon (above) for the 19th time this season. After discharging the limestone, it will load taconite and depart Duluth later today for Detroit, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-07-2005