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