Algosteel brings salt to Duluth

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The Algosteel arrived Duluth this morning at 10 am with salt she is discharging at the North American Salt Dock. I took the picture above and just below from my balcony which provides me with a good view but for some tree issues. In the warm months, I have leaves on the left and right that frame my pictures of the bridge from the balcony. In the winter, the leaves fall away and the “world’s largest Christmas tree” rises,  just about the time the last leaves have left the scene. They take it down January, sometimes in time for me to get at least one picture of a boat arriving before the season closes down. Not that I am complaining!
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Above, I have moved down to my office in Canal Park to get a picture of her as she is slowly moving into the Salt Dock. Above her in the picture, left to right, you see the General Mills A mill, the old Lafarge cement silos, the rapidly rising PierB resort, the Paulucci Pavilion and the Great Lakes Aquarium.
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This is the second trip here for the Algosteel this season; she was here on May 31 loading iron ore pellets at the BN in Superior. Last season, she made 7 trips here, bringing salt twice and loading iron ore pellets at both the CN dock in Duluth and the BN in Superior.

The day after the fireworks in Duluth

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Early in the morning, after the fireworks on the 4th, the harbor was full of activity. Above, the Algosteel came in for iron ore pellets at CN Duluth yesterday afternoon. At 9:20 this morning, she is passing the James R. Barker on her way out of the port. The Barker arrived an hour earlier and was waiting at the Port Terminal to load iron ore pellets at the CN. Below, the Algosteel has arrived at the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on her way out. (Just to the right of the two men watching the boat, you can see one of my plastic (and wind proof and water proof, mostly) dispensers I use to pass out the daily Duluth Shipping News. This one was picked clean by the folks watching the fireworks last night, so I had better quit doing this and get started on today’s edition.
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Sunshine, almost warm and boats, finally

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The Algosteel arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this  morning (May 4, 2014) around 7 am and went straight over to the North American Salt dock to discharge the season’s first salt cargo. The James R. Barker departed Duluth around 10 in the morning with a cargo of coal for Marquette, Michigan.
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The McCarthy follows the Algosteel into port …

algosteelwalterj20091004_3684 … on Sunday, October 4th, 2009. Still, the bridge went down after the Algosteel cleared and then went back up a few minutes later for the McCarthy. This was the first trip here this season for the Algosteel; she was here 4 times last season. It was the 23rd arrival in the Twin Ports for the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. The McCarthy was here to pick up coal, as she usually does. The Algosteel loaded iron ore pellets.

Algosteel arriving Duluth ship canal

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The Algosteel is expected today for the 4th visit the boat has made to the Twin Ports this season, more than it has made at least since 1996. Above, it is arriving in Duluth in March, 2006, the only trip it made to the Twin Ports last season. It usually loads coal when it is up here, as it is today. On one of the trips this year, however, it brought in a cargo of salt and then left with taconite. Other boats are here today for both taconite and coal, but Two Harbors is the place to see boat traffic. They are expecting to load 4 boats with taconite today, although that should roll over into Saturday.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-28-2007

Algosteel at anchor in the Lake

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The first boat to arrive and depart may be a big deal, but a bigger deal for boatwatchers is the first boat to sit at anchor off the Duluth piers. The Algosteel was supposed to come in to load coal early Saturday morning, but first light saw it at anchor (above) where it stayed most of the day, finally coming in Saturday evening as dark was setting in. Engine problems may have caused the delay in coming in. Meanwhile, there was a concern about the Soo Locks opening one minute after midnight, Saturday morning. Prior to midnight, the Soo webcam showed four boats waiting to come in and hours after midnight they hadn’t moved. The Soo locks opened on time and the boats moved through. It was the webcam that wasn’t working.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-26-2006

Algosteel not here often

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The Canadian flagged Algosteel is not a frequent visitor to the Twin Ports. It was last here on December 30th, last year, only its second trip of the year to the Twin Ports last year. It returns today to load coal for Ontario Power, the usual cargo and destination when it is here. With the Soo Locks opening one minute after midnight Saturday morning, it appears the Columbia Star may be the first arrival here from beyond the Soo, early Sunday morning. It will be quickly followed by the Paul R. Tregurtha. Both will be loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-24-2006