Salt in, salt out

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The Algoma Navigator came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge Wednesday afternoon, October 17, 2012 at 2:37. When I went to bed, she was down at the North American Salt Company (formerly known as Cutler-Magner) dock discharging salt. When I looked out my window this morning, the Navigator was gone but a good looking pile of salt was left behind (above). The pile is however being taken away, if slowly, by a long line of trucks and a front end loader. The Algoma Navigator left under the Lift Bridge at 5:13 this morning to clean out her salty holds and came back in at 11:30 this morning (below) to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth.
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Two Canadian boats arrive in Duluth

Atlantic Erie arrived Duluth to load coal; passes the Canadian Navigator on the way
On Sunday night, June 5th, 2011, the Atlantic Erie (above) came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and made her turn up the Duluth inner harbor to the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior. She is loading 30,000 tons of coal for Belledune, New Brunswick, a port on the Atlantic Ocean. She is about to pass the Algoma Navigator, (below), formerly known as the Canadian Navigator. She actually arrived 11 minutes earlier. The Navigator was on her way to Burlington Northern in Superior to load iron ore pellets.
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Recently, Algoma Central purchased the fleet of the Upper Lakes Group Inc.  Most of those boats have been renamed, as with the Navigator. To my knowledge, this is the first trip to the Twin Ports by one of their new vessels that has the new name on the boat.

Duluth gull greets Canadian Navigator

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Buoy #45004 in Eastern Lake Superior was showing winds of 31 mph with gusts to 38 mph on Thursday evening. Wave height was 11.5 feet. The buoy is located near the shipping lanes in Eastern Lake Superior. That weather will have an effect on today’s traffic in the Twin Ports, since many boats were laying up yesterday and waiting for the weather to clear. It was forecast to get better by late last night. The Canadian Navigator is one boat expected today that may be late. It was built in 1967 in Great Britain for salt water duty. After the boat was lengthened twice and the cargo capacity was increased, it was sold in 1975 to Upper Lakes Group and moved over to Great Lakes service. Several name changes followed; it became the Canadian Navigator in 1980. Above, it is coming into port in 2002. You can check the weather at buoy #45004 here: http://www.wunderground.com/MAR/buoy/45004.html
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-10-2008

Canadian Navigator arrives Twin Ports

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The Canadian Navigator was here 10 times in 1996 and waited until 2000 to come back again. It was not in the Twin Ports last year, but did come 3 times in each of the 2 years before that. It will be here today to load coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Built in 1967 in Great Britain for salt water work, it has been upgraded, sold and renamed several times. Now working in the Great Lakes, it became the Canadian Navigator in 1980. Above, it is coming into port on April 26th for the first of three trips in 2006. Photo taken on April 26, 2006
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-13-2008

Canadian Navigator

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The Canadian Navigator should have arrived last night and will be departing early morning. This is its second visit this year, and as usual, it will go to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was built in 1967 in Great Britain for salt water duty. After the boat was lengthened twice and the cargo capacity was also increased, it was sold in 1975 to Upper Lakes Group and moved over to Great Lakes service. Several name changes followed; it became the Canadian Navigator in 1980.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-09-2006

Canadian Navigator meets seagull

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The Canadian Navigator, not here since July, 2002, will be arriving today to load coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was built in 1967 in Great Britain for salt water duty. After several trips to the ship yard resulted in an increase in length and cargo capacity, it was sold in 1975 to Upper Lakes Group and moved over to Great Lakes service. Several name changes followed; it became the Canadian Navigator in 1980. Photo taken July 9, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-06-2005