Algosoo arrives in the sunshine

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The line for coal is still with us this morning. The Algosoo spent most of Thursday waiting at anchor off the Duluth piers. As night fell on Thursday, two thousand footers were at the Port Terminal waiting for the Canadian Progress to complete loading coal. The James R. Barker goes in next followed by the American Century. That should leave the coal dock at Midwest Energy Resources open for the Algosoo to come in sometime Friday afternoon. If this was the Duluth Train News, I would be telling you about all the trains that keep arriving at Midwest on a daily basis with coal from mines in Wyoming and Montana. They drop it in the back door as the ship loader is taking it off the very large pile and dropping about 60,000 tons into each thousand footer that stops by. We wouldn’t have a line for coal if there were not a lot of trains bringing it in from the west.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-05-2009

Canadians coming in and staying out

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In line at anchor

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Thursday morning on June 4, 2009: there are two boats in the harbor waiting to load coal (American Century and the Canadian Progress) and outside the Duluth piers, the Algosoo (left) and the James R. Barker (right) also wait to load coal.

Smile for the camera, Algosoo

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The Algosoo came into port on Saturday morning to load 30,000 tons of low sulfur western coal brought here by train from coal mines in Montana and Wyoming. The Canadian flagged boat departed for Ontario Power Generation on Saturday afternoon (above). The American Spirit is still expecting to load its first cargo of the season and depart sometime today. It will take iron ore pellets from the CN Dock in West Duluth to steel mills in Gary, Indiana. Photo taken on May 23, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-24-2009

Holiday weekend; the people are back, the sun is out

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…… and the Algosoo is entertaining the multitudes.

Algosoo loads coal

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Today is a lot like yesterday which was a lot like the day before. Four boats will be going under the Lift Bridge with coal, and one with iron ore pellets. The Paul R. Tregurtha sat at anchor off the Duluth piers on Sunday, waiting for the Canadian flagged Algorail to finish loading coal. The ‘Rail departed about 5 on Sunday afternoon and the Tregurtha came in. It probably finished up at the coal dock and left the port earlier this morning. It could have seen both the Canadian flagged Algosoo and the US flagged 1,000-footer James R. Barker waiting for it to finish. Both were due in early this morning and may have waited at anchor. But they would be waiting for the American Century to finish since it likely slipped into port late last night, also to load coal, probably just after the Tregurtha. One would have come in and one may still be out there waiting as the sun came up today. Above, the Algosoo is coming into port on a cold day in March, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-28-2008

Algosoo here for coal

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Just when it was starting to look like we might not get so many visits from salt water ships this season, we are now expecting 7 of them in the next week. The Fairlane and the Irma should be arriving a little after the sun rises at 6:05 this morning. Both may make pretty pictures if you can get down to the lake in time. Ships often do not arrive on time, but the salt water ships that are set to arrive around 6 am in the morning often arrive on time since they set that time while out on the lake for convenience. Arriving at 6 am gives them an hour to tie up at the berth, and another hour to process customs and other legal paper work. Then they are ready to greet Duluth’s longshoremen and get on with the work of, in the case of the Fairlane, discharging heavy equipment and in the case of the Irma, loading grain. Above, the Algosoo was expected here just after midnight to load coal. That put her departure not too much after the two salt water ships arrive.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-24-2007

Many boats coming, going, waiting

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The ice flow just beyond the Duluth piers was a popular place on Wednesday morning.That’s the James R. Barker (center) departing and the Canadian Provider just passing it and headed to the Aerial Bridge to load grain at CHS in Superior. At the upper left, the Algowood was waiting to move into the coal dock at Midwest Energy (it finally came in around 7 last night). Of the two boats in the upper right, the Edgar B. Speer is at the left. It came in for a bit around noon and departed later in the day for Two Harbors. On the right, the Algosoo also is waiting for Midwest Energy. It will follow the Algowood. The Paul R. Tregurtha should have joined the line last night. Making its first trip of the season, it will follow the Algosoo loading coal at Midwest Energy. At first glance the picture above seems like a lot of boats stuck in the ice, but the ice was not a problem. Thirty mph winds from the east were causing problems, along with the waiting line to load coal. Photo taken on March 28, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-29-2007

Algosoo enters Duluth shipping canal

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The Algosoo will be here today for the 4th time this season. It is owned by Algoma Central Corporation located at Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, at the other end of Lake Superior. It was built in 1974. You will note in the picture above of the Algosoo coming through the Duluth ship canal in August, 2003 that the pilot house is at the forward end of the boat. The Algosoo was the last boat built for Great Lakes service with that arrangement. After the Algosoo, lakers were built with the pilot house aft or at the back of the boat. At the back, you can see the deck of the boat in front of you and then the water. Living quarters would be below the pilot house. With the pilot house at the fore end of the boat, you had only water in front. The deck and the rest of the boat is behind you, as it is above on the Algosoo. Typically, with an arrangement like the Algosoo, officers quarters were at the front of the boat while the galley and crew quarters were at the back of the boat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-20-2006

Algosoo number 2

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Algoma Central has had two boats called Algosoo, a name derived from the company’s name and their location at the ‘Soo Locks.’ The first Algosoo was built in 1901 as the Saturn and was 346 feet long. The boat was purchased by Algoma in 1913 and named the J. Frater Taylor. It became the Algosoo in 1936 and worked the lakes until 1965. Algosoo number two was built in 1974 and is 730 feet long. It will be here today loading coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-27-2005

Algosoo with salt

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Algoma Central is located at Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. Their boat, the Algosoo, arriving today with salt, was named for the company and its location.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/13/2004