Algolake drops salt twice

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.
On her way out, she provided a pretty good show to those folks watching out their window at the Pier B Resort.
Below, that’s the retired Coast Guard cutter Sundew providing the entertainment for those folks on the front side of the resort.

Boats backwards and forward in Duluth today

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

Two boats, two whistles: Algolake and Callaway

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

Please pass the salt …

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.

Algolake in Duluth harbor

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?

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

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

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

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

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: 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