Algocape greeted by sun and visitors

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The Algocape picked a nice sunny day at the end of May to make its first appearance in the Twin Ports this season. She was welcomed by perhaps the largest crowd so far this year at the Marine Museum in Canal Park. This is the Canadian flagged laker’s 69th trip to the Twin Ports since 1996. On many of those visits, it brought cement into the port but on this trip, it came in light and loaded iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. Photo taken on May 30, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-31-2009

Algocape enters Duluth ship canal

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The Algocape arrived on Wednesday afternoon (above) on its first visit of the season. It went over to the CN dock to load taconite, not its usual cargo. In the 5 or so visits the boat makes to the Twin Ports each year, it more often discharges cement or loads grain. Wind turbines are moving again in Duluth, in both directions. The Beluga Expectation arrived on Wednesday afternoon with wind turbine base units, hubs and nacelles. After discharging that, it will load blades for Spain. The tug Gregory J. Busch is still loading base units here for Buffalo. The Chinese operated and crewed Gadwall will be arriving here for its second visit of the year to load spring wheat for Spain. Photo taken on August 08, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-09-2007

Algocape sets up for departure

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The Algocape used to be a steady visitor to the Twin Ports but it was only here twice last year. This is only the third visit this season. Built in 1967 in Quebec, the Algocape is a boat with cabins aft and pilothouse forward. The owner, Algoma Central Railway Company of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, bought it as the Richelieu in 1994 and renamed it to the current name. In past years, it has loaded grain in Thunder Bay or Duluth and taken it to a St. Lawrence River port such as Port Cartier, Quebec where it is off loaded to an ocean going ship. It often loads iron ore there to carry back to Hamilton, Ontario, before coming back to Lake Superior to load grain again. Above, the Algocape departs Duluth on August 12, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-30-2006

Algocape brought 1st cement of season

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The Canadian flagged Algocape arrived Monday evening with a load of cement. It should complete discharging that cargo later today and then depart. This is the first delivery of cement for St. Lawrence Cement this season. They usually discharge about one boat a month throughout the shipping season.The Polish operated Ziemia Cieszynska is in Cleveland now discharging an inbound cargo. It is scheduled to come to Duluth, arriving perhaps by April 3rd. That would be a very early date for the first salt water ship of the year. Photo taken on August 12, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-29-2006

Algocape has routine

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The Algocape works a somewhat steady cycle, often loading grain at either Thunder Bay or Duluth and taking that to a St. Lawrence River port such as Port Cartier, Quebec where it is off-loaded to an ocean going ship. It may then load iron ore there to carry back to Hamilton, Ontario, before coming back to Lake Superior to load grain again.
Photo taken on November 11, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-12-2004

Algocape departs

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The Algocape is in port for the 4th time this season. It has been here 53 times since 1996. It was built in 1967 as the Richelieu. Algoma Central purchased the boat in 1994 and gave it the name Algocape. It should depart today with a load of grain. Photo taken on August 26, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-14-2004

Algocape to bring cement

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The Algocape should be here today to discharge cement at the St. Lawrence Cement Plant in Duluth. The cement was loaded at Clarkson, Ontario. St. Lawrence Cement has been discharging a cement cargo about once a month this year, all from Canadian lakers. Photo taken on August 12, 2002 .
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-19-2004