Algoma Olympic departs at dusk

HollyTV, live at the Soo, almost

Note: Holly’s most recent pictures will appear at the top of this post so start at the bottom of this post if you are one of those people who like to see things in order.
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I am getting exhausted posting all these pictures here while Holly is at the Soo, probably sitting on a nice chair with her camera on her lap while she waits for boats to pass by her chair. You have to look a little closer to see the Presque Isle moving upbound on her way to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. The Soo Locks allow vessel traffic to overcome the 21 foot difference between water levels on Lake Superior and those on Lakes Huron, Michigan and Erie so upbound, a vessel is starting at the lower level and moving up 21 feet. I presume we are looking at the beginning of her vertical journey through the locks.
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Next, she caught the Roger Blough downbound in the Poe Lock for Gary Indiana with iron ore pellets she loaded in Two Harbors.
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Then she caught up with the Flevoborg upbound through the MacArthur lock to Duluth to load grain. (September 10, 2012, about 1pm)
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After a stop in Marquette, the Holly Great Lakes Express stopped at the Soo in time to catch the Algoma Olympic moving downbound  through the MacArthur lock.

… more waiting

Canadian Transport and Nogat at anchor off the Duluth piers
The Polish owned Nogat (left) was joined by the Canadian Transport last night (May 3, 2011) at anchor off the Duluth piers. The Canadian Transport came in this morning at 2:59 to load iron ore pellets, replacing the Canadian Olympic. She finished at the CN dock and departed under the Aerial Lift Bridge this  morning at 5:24. The CSL Tadoussac has replaced the Transport at anchor. Algoma Central recently purchased both the Transport and the Olympic. They will soon be called the Algoma Transport and the Algoma Olympic.

The Canadian Olympic knows how to make an entrance!

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7:10 am on Friday, April 8, 2011

And the lineup continues

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The Adam E. Cornelius was expected to arrive early this morning to load wheat at Harvest States. All the other traffic today will load coal. Last night two Canadian boats were waiting in the harbor for the Atlantic Erie to complete loading coal. The Canadian Olympic came under the lift bridge (above) at 6 pm to line up just behind the Atlantic Erie while the Canadian Progress was in line at the inner anchorage. The American Integrity was waiting at the outer anchorage and the James R. Barker was headed for the anchorage from Taconite Harbor. The American Century was out in the lake behind the Barker. One other Canadian, the Algosoo, was expected earlier this morning to join the line somewhere. Photo taken on June 03, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-04-2009

Canadian Olympic sneaks in line for coal

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Coal is king again with four thousand footers here to take it away. The American Century came in yesterday to load coal for the Consumers Energy power plant in Essexville, Michigan and probably left early this morning. Shortly after that, the Paul R. Tregurtha was expected in to load coal for We-Energies in Marquette. Before the James R. Barker arrives to load coal for Detroit Edison, the 730-foot Canadian Olympic will slip in and load for Ontario Power Generation in Thunder Bay. Photo taken on October 15, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-16-2009

Canadian Olympic here to load coal

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After a short time waiting at anchor off the Duluth piers, the Canadian Olympic came in to load coal on Thursday afternoon (above). Like the Capt. Henry Jackman and the John B. Aird before it, the Olympic loaded coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. All three boats are Canadian flagged. It will be a good couple days for Midwest Energy. After the Canadian Olympic departed, probably late last night, the Indiana Harbor was set to move in next, and the Canadian Transport, American Integrity and the American Century, the last two thousand footers, should all be loading coal at Midwest Energy. The American Century, at the end of the line, may be at anchor while it waits for the dock to open up.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-24-2009

Canadian Olympic enters Duluth harbor

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Yesterday, 9 boats came under the Lift Bridge. Since 1996, the biggest traffic day was September 19th, 1996 when 11 boats came under the Bridge. Eleven other days during that time, ten boats came under the Bridge. The Canadian Olympic tried to help yesterday by coming under the Lift Bridge twice, first around 1 pm (above) to get fuel. It then went back under the bridge to wait at the anchorage for its turn to load coal at Midwest Energy. It likely came in before midnight to make 10 trips under the bridge by 9 boats yesterday. Wes Harkins brought me a memo he wrote in 1949 when someone asked how many ships went under the Lift Bridge. He reported in the memo that between 9 am on June 4th and 9 am on June 6th in 1949, 55 boats came in under the bridge (47 went out under the bridge during the same time span). That would be 27 coming in each day, a bit more than the nine we had yesterday, or even the 11 on September 19th, 1996. Photo taken on October 15,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-16-2008

Canadian Olympic meets the dredge

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Before moving next door to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load coal yesterday, the Canadian Olympic discharged limestone at the Hallett #8 Dock (above). You can see the Olympic’s self-unloader hanging just above the pile of limestone as its conveyor system moved the limestone from the boat’s cargo holds up and onto the pile. The other thing sticking up in the air, just left of middle, is the crane from the Marine Tech dredge. They were doing maintenance work just beyond Midwest Energy in an area where the high traffic at Midwest kicks up material from the bottom of the river. It can block the channel if not periodically dredged.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-16-2008

Canadian Olympic enters Duluth canal

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Shipping in the port of Duluth Superior did not stop to celebrate the New Year. A procession of boats came across Lake Superior on the way to the Twin Ports. Through the day, the Edwin H. Gott was at anchor off the Duluth piers waiting for Two Harbors as the procession to Duluth continued. Above, you see the Canadian Olympic arriving just after noon on Tuesday with the Gott, visible over the bow of the boat, at anchor watching the parade. Photo taken on January 01, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-02-2008

Canadian Olympic nears Aerial Lift Bridge

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The 730-foot Canadian Olympic should be departing the Twin Ports around 8 am this morning, assuming it came in as expected very early this morning. It will be taking 30,000 tons of coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. This is only the 4th visit the boat has made to the Twin Ports this season. Last year, it made 16 trips. It was built in Port Weller, Ontario in 1976, the year the Olympics were held in Montreal. That was the source of the new boat’s name. Above, it is entering the Duluth ship canal in December, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-09-2007