Salt: in by boat, out by truck

The Algoway has only been here six times since 2003. She came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Saturday afternoon, December 17, 2016 and deposited the large pile of salt you see in the picture just below. Since then, the pile has become a gathering spot for a lot of trucks,  a Black Friday for salt trucks. I took this picture early this morning (Tuesday morning, December 20, 2016). Below that is a picture I took of the Algowood depositing a similar pile at the Duluth Salt Dock, now known as Compass Minerals, on November 18, 2015.
The Duluth plant distributes salt for a variety of uses, including consumer deicing and water conditioning,  bulk deicing for highways and mineral blocks for livestock.

Algoway back for 2nd trip

Most boats that come to the Twin Ports start loading or unloading cargo within minutes of their arrival. They depart minutes after that work is complete. Sailors on those boats usually work 4 hours on and 4 hours off, three shifts a day. They will still stand those shifts whether in port or out in the lake. Still, the American Integrity will seem a little like a normal place of business today, arriving around 8 this morning and leaving about 9 hours later, giving them a good hour for lunch. Normal that is, except for the day of the week. Working on a boat is a 7 day a week job. The Algoway will be back today for the second time this year. It had not been to the Twin Ports for many years before its first trip this season, when it arrived on April 8th (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-20-2008