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.
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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.
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Boats in all directions

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Looking out into Lake Superior in an early morning on a soon to be hot July 26th, 2015, visitors are out to catch a glimpse of the American Integrity coming in through the fog to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. Turning around, we see the Algowood just moving away from the dock at North American Salt. She arrived at 10:54 Saturday evening and deposited the 3 large piles of salt you see in the center during the night. To the right of the salt, there is evidence of the new hotel, resort and boat watching paradise, Pier B Resort, as you can read, opening up in less than a year.
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Algowood brings wheat to Duluth

algowood20130823_192808The Canadian flagged Algowood arrived in the Twin Ports on August 23rd, 2013 with a cargo of wheat loaded in Hamilton, Ontario. After discharging the wheat at the Riverland Dock in Duluth (previously owned by Cargill), the boat picked up fuel at Calumet fuel dock and  went to the BN dock in Superior to load iron ore pellets.

These photos were taken by John Zywicki  who was working on the boat at Riverland. (Click on each photo for a larger version.)

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The Algowood, just a part of the scene

Algowood seen through the Duluth Lift Bridge while at anchor
The Algowood spent a large part of the day on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at anchor waiting to come in and load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. The Arthur M. Anderson left that dock and went under the Lift Bridge this morning (Thursday, July 7, 2011) at 7:05. The Algowood was already in the harbor, coming in at 6:16 this morning. The Mighty Thomas Carnival is still going strong and being Wednesday night, the sailboats were out racing on the lake.

Largest port (by tonnage) on the Great Lakes!

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There is a reason why I am so tired at the end of the day. I have to keep getting up from my chair to take pictures of all the ship traffic. There was quite a parade this morning. Above, the Algowood was on her way out with a load of iron ore pellets and passed the CSL Tadoussac coming in to replace her at the CN Dock in West Duluth.
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A couple minutes later, the James R. Barker was departing with a load of coal from Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. She was taking that to Taconite Harbor and passed the Victoriaborg coming in to load bentonite at the Hallett Dock in Duluth. As the Victoriaborg made her turn to the St. Louis River, she passed the Canadian Enterprise, loading fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock before taking a load of salt to the Hallett 8 Dock in Superior. After that, she will go to the BNSF dock in Superior to load taconite pellets and maybe then, I can get some rest.
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Algowood brought salt

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We see many thousand-footers in the Twin Ports, at least one most every day. Many of them are here every week. But today is a day for the smaller boats, and many say the prettier boats. Yes, the thousand foot American Integrity will be here this evening but before that, we expect four smaller boats to arrive and one smaller boat, the Algowood, to depart. The Algowood is pictured at the North American Salt Company dock in Duluth discharging a cargo of salt on Tuesday morning. After that, it moved over to the CN dock to load iron ore pellets. It is expected to depart sometime this morning. Photo taken on July 21, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-22-2009

Algowood enters in heavy fog

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The Canadian flagged Algowood loaded salt in Goderich, Ontario and brought it to the Twin Ports on Thursday, coming under the Lift Bridge very slowly because of a thick fog (above). It discharged the salt at the Hallett #8 Dock in Superior and then moved next door to Midwest Energy Resources to load coal for Thunder Bay, likely departing earlier this morning. The Algowood did that same combination on at least one of its 13 trips here last season. Photo taken on April 30, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-01-2009

Algowood departing Twin Ports

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The Mesabi Miner came into port on Sunday morning to load iron ore pellets. It likely departed very early this morning. Today, four other boats are expected to arrive in port to load coal, but they may all arrive sometime this evening. Most of the coal loaded at Midwest Energy goes into the big thousand footers, but the four boats expected today are quite a bit shorter than that. Two of the boats fly the Canadian flag; they are both 730 feet, allowing them to navigate the Welland Canal. Few US boats need to go there and most of them could not because of the 740 foot limit. The Kaye E. Barker is 767 feet wide and the St. Clair is only 3 feet longer. One of the Canadian boats, the Algowood, is seen above departing the port in 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-01-2008

Algowood enters Duluth in icy water

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Four boats are expected to arrive in Duluth today. All four will load coal. Two of them are expected to depart later today. One of them, the Algowood, may be at anchor waiting to come in to load coal. On Sunday, 3 more boats will be coming under the Lift Bridge, all of them also loading coal. On Monday, 4 boats are expected in Duluth, 3 of them to load coal. The 4th, the Mesabi Miner, will take coal from here to Taconite Harbor today and will return on Monday to load iron ore pellets. Above, the Algowood was an early arrival this season, coming under the Lift Bridge on March 23rd. Photo taken on March 23, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-11-2008

Algowood arrives Duluth from winter layup

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The Soo Locks do not open until March 25th so Twin Ports boat movement is still pointed at ports within Lake Superior. The Edwin H. Gott left the port on Sunday morning to load taconite at Two Harbors. The Lee A. Tregurtha departed Duluth on Sunday afternoon to load taconite for Indiana Harbor at Silver Bay. The Algowood arrived on Sunday (above) from winter layup in Thunder Bay to load coal for Ontario Power Generation in Thunder Bay. Photo taken on March 23, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-24-2008

Algowood makes her way through harbor

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While people in cars in the Twin Ports were slipping and sliding in the ice-drizzle-snow on Saturday morning, the Algowood slipped under the Lift Bridge and is seen above moving easily down the Duluth harbor to take a position behind the American Integrity at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. The boat was more challenged by the ice in the St. Louis River. The Algowood departed the Twin Ports early Saturday evening with coal for Ontario Power Generation and was replaced by the Mesabi Miner at Midwest. The Miner was expected to depart sometime this morning. Photo taken on December 22, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-23-2007

Algowood brings salt, takes coal

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Most of the 1,000-footers on the Great Lakes carry cargo down bound but not usually up bound. For example, the Indiana Harbor, due here this evening to load coal, will arrive with no cargo. It is big enough and can load enough cargo to make it an efficient boat even when it is empty half the time. Still, the ideal is to keep your boat filled with cargo. The smaller Algowood will arrive here with salt loaded at the Ojibway Salt Dock in Windsor, Ontario. It will discharge that cargo at the Hallett #8 dock in Superior, on the St. Louis River just beyond Midwest Energy Resources, the next stop for the Algowood. After discharging the salt, it will move up river a bit to load coal and will depart sometime Tuesday for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-18-2007

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

Algowood departing with coal

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The self-unloading bulk freighter Algowood is here today for the 12th time this season. As in the other trips, it is loading about 30,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was built in 1981 and was named after the company that operates it (Algoma Central) and the city where it was built, Collingwood, Ontario. Above, it is departing Duluth in August, 2002. The Atlantic Huron came in last night at 6:30 to load taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. It should be departing sometime this morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-02-2007

Algowood arriving Duluth

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The self-unloading bulk freighter Algowood is here today for the second time this season. It has been here 55 times since 1996. As it usually does, it is loading about 30,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Built in 1981 in Collingwood, Ontario, it is named in honor of that town and the shipyard there. It will be a busy day in Canal Park. There should be about 12 vessels going under the Lift Bridge, although the Algowood should be on its way to Nanticoke before the sun is up. Above, it is coming into the ship canal in August, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-09-2006

Algowood enters Duluth ship canal

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The self-unloading bulk freighter Algowood will be here today for the 6th time this season, again loading about 30,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Built in 1981 by Collingwood Shipyards at Collingwood, Ontario, it was named in honor of that town, the shipyard there, and the owner of the boat, Algoma Central.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-31-2005

Algowood greets North Pier Light

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The self-unloading bulk freighter Algowood will be here today to load about 30,000 tons of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was built in 1981 by Collingwood Shipyards at Collingwood, Ontario, and named in honor of that town, the shipyard there, and the owner of the boat, Algoma Central.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-07-2005

Algowood backwards exit

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We do not often see a boat about to go under the Lift Bridge while the bridge is still on the way up. Happily, the picture above of the Algowood, taken on January 2, 2002, is not an example of that. The Algowood is departing Duluth going backward. It has just cleared the bridge as it moves out the Duluth ship canal. It turned around just beyond the piers and disappeared over the horizon, facing east.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-04-2004

Algowood bringing salt

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The self-unloading bulk freighter Algowood is here today discharging a cargo of salt. She was built in 1981 by Collingwood Shipyards at Collingwood, Ontario, and named in honor of that town and the shipyard there. She arrived Monday (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-04-2004

Algowood brings salt, takes coal

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The Algowood was here ten times last year. Each time she loaded coal, as she will today. On two of those trips, she discharged salt first. On one, she discharged a cargo of stone before she loaded coal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-31-2004