Algolake drops salt twice

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After discharging salt at the Hallett #8 dock in Superior, the Algolake dropped the second  part of her inbound cargo at North American Salt Dock in Duluth (below). After backing away from the salt dock around noon on Sunday, January 8, 2017, she made a 180 turn just in front of Pier B Resort (see more below) and departed under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.
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On her way out, she provided a pretty good show to those folks watching out their window at the Pier B Resort.
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Below, that’s the retired Coast Guard cutter Sundew providing the entertainment for those folks on the front side of the resort.
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Boats backwards and forward in Duluth today

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It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood; lots of people, sun and even a little excitement. The Vista Queen is not trying to beat the Algolake into the Duluth ship canal. The Algolake had just cleared the canal after departing in reverse. That sometimes happens when a boat is discharging salt at the North American Salt Dock, just behind the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. It is easier to simply back straight out into the lake than it is to clear the dock, make a 180 turn and then go under the bridge normally. Nick Stenstrup was up for the day from St. Paul and will have his video of the unusual departure on YouTube later tonight. I will add the link here when it is there. A little earlier, the Algoma Quebecois was greeted by a large crowd as she came into port with cement
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Two boats, two whistles: Algolake and Callaway

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Late afternoon on October 21, 2011, the Algolake departed with iron ore pellets and shortly after she went under, the Cason J. Callaway departed on the same lift. Listen to each salute the bridge: first the Algolake and then the Callaway
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Please pass the salt …

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The Algolake brought in the salt on Sunday afternoon, October 10th, 2010. Her self unloader is extended over a hopper inside a building at the North American Salt Company in Duluth. Later, the arm will be swung to the right and they will start a big pile of salt outside; it is flat now; by 3 am this morning, when the boat should be gone, the pile will be very high. A good night’s work.

Waiting in the river for a dock

algolake20090731_0068PROD The Algolake (above) came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 6:17 this morning (Friday, July 31, 2009). She then moved up the Duluth harbor and made a turn so she could back into the St. Louis River, going under the Blatnik Bridge first and then finding a  spot to wait just in front of the Bong Bridge, a mile or so up the river. She was waiting for the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. (below) to complete loading coal at the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior.
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Algolake in Duluth harbor

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The Algolake came under the Lift Bridge at 11:30 on Saturday morning. After clearing the bridge, it continued straight ahead until it arrived at the Cutler Salt Dock in Duluth to discharge salt that was loaded in Goderich, Ontario. When completed, it would be going over to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock to load coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke, its usual cargo and destination. About an hour later, the Paul R. Tregurtha came under the bridge, passing behind the Algolake on its way to the coal dock. Later Saturday afternoon, when the Algolake finished discharging salt, the Tregurtha was still at the coal dock so the Algolake backed out of the slip (above) and went back under the bridge to wait in the outer anchorage for the Tregurtha to finish at the coal dock. Photo taken on June 06, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-07-2009

Algolake bringing in iron ore?

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Last night the Algolake came into port (above) with a cargo of iron ore to discharge at the Hallett Dock. The iron ore was loaded at Port Cartier in Quebec and will be taken to the Iron Range to be used in the production of iron ore nuggets at the Mesabi Nugget plant at Hoyt Lakes. This is the first of 6 boatloads that will bring a total of 150,000 tons of granular, almost sand-like, iron ore to Duluth for transshipment to the Hoyt Lakes plant. The Mesabi Nugget plant has not yet received their mining permits, so for now, they are bringing their raw materials in by boat rather than digging it out of the ground. Photo taken on November 12, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-13-2008

Algolake departing Twin Ports harbor

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The Algolake was here 18 times in 2005, the same number of visits in 2006 and 18 trips again in 2007. It should have arrived by now, for the 12th trip this year, putting it about on course for another 18 trip year. On all trips, the Algolake loads coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The Canadian laker usually arrives empty but occasionally brings in salt to discharge before loading coal. Today it comes empty but will have to wait for the Indiana Harbor to finish at the coal dock. It came in last evening and should be finished early this morning. The Algolake would then be departing early this afternoon. Above, it is making the turn toward the Lift Bridge on May 17, 2008.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-21-2008

Algolake departs with coal, again

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This may be a good morning to be down at the Duluth piers. It would appear (but is probably not so) that the Twin Ports shipping business took the holiday weekend off. Now that the crowds have departed, the ships are coming back. The Mesabi Miner was expected in last night to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. It will probably depart sometime this morning and should be followed at the dock by the St. Clair. Then the line for Midwest Energy will begin, with some boats probably waiting at anchor off the Duluth piers. The Algolake, seen above departing the port on May 17th with coal, will probably be ready to load coal after the St. Clair completes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-07-2008

Algolake comes to the Fest

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The Algolake came under the Lift Bridge on Saturday afternoon, in time for the mid afternoon set by Ross William Perry (above, left) at the Bayfront Blues Festival. The Algolake will be loading coal but probably didn’t leave until after the music was over. Longshoremen at the Port Terminal finished discharging wind turbine parts from the Beluga Expectation on Saturday and began to load the wind turbine blades that the ship will be taking back to Europe, possibly leaving this afternoon.The ship will have 5 of the 25 blades it is taking to Spain on the deck for all to see. That should be a nice addition to the Blues Festival. Photo taken on August 11, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-12-2007

Algolake enters Duluth ship canal

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In the last couple years, we have seen the BBC India, BBC Venezuela, BBC Germany, BBC France, BBC Shanghai, BBC Russia, BBC Singapore, BBC Atlantic and the BBC Mexico in the Twin Ports. Today the BBC Mississippi joins the list. It will be here to load grain. I am often asked what BBC stands for; it does not mean the British Broadcasting Corporation. I sent an email to the company in Leer, Germany. The company is called BBC Chartering & Logistic. They responded to my question with the following: ‘BBC STANDS FOR ‘BREAK BULK CHARTERING.’ Now we know that important piece of information. More information can be seen at their web page: http://www.bbc-online.de/ although I was unable to find what BBC stands for on their site. The ‘de’ in their web address stands for Germany. Above, the Algolake is seen arriving in July, 2002. It is expected to arrive this morning to load coal and to depart with that cargo this afternoon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-06-2007

Algolake delayed by high wind at the Soo

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High winds are keeping a lot of boats away from the Twin Ports. Yesterday’s traffic has merged into today’s, and arrivals today are still not certain. Many boats have been anchored in Whitefish Bay on the other side of the Lake. The Alpena, scheduled to arrive yesterday, is still expected sometime today, as is the Mesabi Miner, making its first return trip since it broke open the ice for two boats stuck in it just off the Duluth piers. The Algolake has been anchored at DeTour, on the lower St. Mary’s River for 4 days. They have seen 20 foot seas. They hope to pull up their anchor this morning and head for the Twin Ports, arriving around 6 on Monday evening if the favorable weather forecast for Sunday and Monday holds. Of course, that may set up a race across the Lake and a lineup for a dock when they all get here.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/8/2007

Anders and Donna from Algolake

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Algolake Captain Anders Rasmussen and his wife Donna say good-bye to Duluth late yesterday afternoon as they head off to Thunder Bay to discharge the 30,000 tons of coal they loaded at Midwest Energy Resources earlier in the day. That will be used by Ontario Power Generation. After discharging that coal, they will take on more coal (a different grade) in Thunder Bay for the Great Lakes Steel dock in Detroit. They then turn around and come back to the Twin Ports for more coal, taking it to Ontario Power Generation, this time in Nanticoke. Officers on Great Lakes boats often have family members on board with them for at least one trip each season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-20-2006

Algolake departs Duluth in sunshine

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The Algolake will be here for the 17th time this year, loading, as usual, low sulfur coal brought here by train from mines in Montana and Wyoming. That’s about 2 trips a month, the rate it has visited over the last 4 or 5 years. Three boats will be coming in the Duluth entry today, all loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. There will be two boats coming to the Burlington Northern facility in Superior to load taconite. The CN dock in Two Harbors, like BN, only loads taconite. One boat will be going there today. Above, the Algolake departs Duluth in June, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-18-2006

Catching up on the Algolake

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At 23 years of age, Algolake 3rd mate Audrey Tremblay is starting her second year on the Great Lakes. She served on both the John B. Aird and the Algocape last year. From her hometown of Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, she went to L’Institut maritime du Québec (IMQ) for her officer training. While the Algolake was in port last Sunday loading coal, she caught up on her online reading in the boat’s pilot house (above), in this case, the Duluth Shipping News. Audrey and the Algolake departed Duluth late Sunday for Nanticoke, discharging coal there at Ontario Power. From there, they sailed for Conneaut, Ohio, loading coal for the Lambton Hydro Generating Station in Courtright, Ontario. They then departed light for Duluth Superior to load another cargo of coal for Nanticoke. They should be arriving here sometime this morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/18/2006

Who wins?

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The Columbia Star came in yesterday afternoon to load coal as soon as the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. completed loading. Not long after that, the Oglebay Norton entered the Duluth harbor and tied up at the Port Terminal to wait for the Columbia Star. Somewhere out in the lake (Saturday), the Algolake was moving along, perhaps not as fast as usual. It would follow the three thousand footers. From the point of view of the crews, the Oglebay Norton wins hands down. The McCarthy crew spent Saturday night pushing a full load of coal across Lake Superior. The crew on the Algolake (above) could kill some time on their Saturday night, but only within the confines of their 730 foot vessel. The crew on the Columbia Star spent Saturday night loading coal. But the Oglebay Norton crew, … you might have found some of them over at the Home Show, or more likely, at the Casino. Their only problem, after a long evening of gambling, or whatever, they came back to work around midnight. Maybe the Algolake crew wins. They could sleep and rest and kill time. Note: there are always crew members on duty on a Great Lakes vessel; not all could engage in the above pursuits.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/9/2006

Algolake here for coal

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The Canadian flagged Algolake will be here today to load about 30,000 tons of low sulfur coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. A 250-foot self-unloading boom sits on the deck of the boat. Along with a system of conveyor belts beneath the cargo holds, the boom allows the boat to unload cargo without using equipment from the shore. Photo taken on June 15, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-17-2005

Algolake here to discharge salt; then load coal

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The Canadian flagged Algolake will be here today to discharge a cargo of salt. After that, it will load about 30,000 tons of low sulfur coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke, Ontario.
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Algolake in Duluth today

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The Canadian flagged Algolake will be here today to load about 30,000 tons of low sulfur coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke, Ontario. It is usually in port for about 8 hours. Photo taken on June 15, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-21-2004

Algolake greets the North Pier Light

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The Algolake was here 15 times last year, all to load coal for Ontario Power Generation at Nanticoke, Ontario. It should be here today for the 8th time this year. On the first 7 trips, the Algolake did just as she did last year. Today, it brings a load of salt.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-20-2004

Algolake arrives to load coal

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The Canadian flagged Algolake will be here today to load about 30,000 tons of low sulfur coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke, Ontario. It will take about 6 hours to complete loading. It will then depart Duluth, probably very early on Friday morning. Photo taken July 26, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-13-2004

Algolake takes coal to Nanticoke, Ontario

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The Algolake was here 14 times last year, always picking up a cargo of coal for Ontario Power Generation at Nanticoke, Ontario. She arrived last night to do the same, although she had to wait for the Paul R. Tregurtha to complete loading and depart. Photo taken on June 15, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-30-2004