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

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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