Algosoo arrives in the sunshine

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

algoisle20090605_6716The Algoisle comes into port to load iron ore pellets on Friday morning, June 5th while the Algosoo waits at anchor to come in and load coal.

In line at anchor

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

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

…… and the Algosoo is entertaining the multitudes.

Algosoo loads coal

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

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