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