Algowood enters Duluth ship canal

algowood240803-3-022
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 for publication on 12-31-2005

Algosteel takes coal to Nanticoke

algosteel240414-1-032
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

cslaurentian220504-208
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

cslniagara220729-206
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

greatlakestrader251211-1-024
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

kayebarker240123-2- 010
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

colstar221226-183
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