CSL Tadoussac departs with pellets

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Listen to her whistle on August 21, 2014
After a short wait at the anchorage just off the Duluth piers, the CSL Tadoussac came in to port (August 20, 2014) to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. This was her 10th trip here this season, always loading iron ore pellets at either the Burlington Northern dock in Superior or the CN dock in West Duluth. She was only here 5 times last season. Here she is departing on Thursday, August 21st, 2014.

3 again and still 1 more and then the Mac

The Mackinaw led a convoy of boats that arrived off the Duluth piers this morning (April 30, 2014).  Before they came in, the CSL Assiniboine departed around 8:25 morning and ran into some ice problems. The bad news; there were 7 boats in front of her waiting to come in. The good news: the Mackinaw was right there and after a couple hours of working the ice, the Assiniboine was on her way. The first three were the CSL Assiniboine, Cason J. Callaway and the Thunder Bay.
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Half an hour later, the Whitefish Bay came in, followed by the Baie Comeau and then the CSL Tadoussac.
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After the Bridge went down to clear some traffic, the Baie St. Paul came in alone. A little later, the Mackinaw, having watched her charges safely make it into the Duluth harbor, came in herself.
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Convoy arrived!

20140414-102The convoy of boats led by US and Canadian ice breakers arrived in Duluth early Monday morning, April 14th, 2014. The Stewart J. Cort came under the Lift Bridge at 4:54 and went over to the BN to begin loading iron ore pellets. The St. Clair left port, under the Lift Bridge at 6:15 am, going to the anchorage to wait for the eastbound convoy. At 6:47, the CSL Tadoussac arrived followed by the Mackinaw an hour later. The Sam Laud, here to load iron ore pellets at the CN in Duluth, came under the bridge at 7:54.
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At noon on Monday, the St. Clair (above left) was at anchor and next to her, the Algoma Discovery (formerly the Daviken), waited to load iron ore pellets at the BN. And, the Mackinaw, having done her job, was at the DECC, perhaps relaxing for a couple moments.
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Still moving, very slowly

Note: this post is in chronological order, earliest pictures first
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With help from the Great Lakes tug North Carolina, the CSL Tadoussac departed Duluth this morning (April 15, 2013) around 8:25.
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Next, the North Carolina was off to help the Indiana Harbor.
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A little later, the Birchglen arrived and slowly made her way under the Lift Bridge on her way to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior.
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Quiet now, but not in 2001

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The CSL Tadoussac came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning (Thanksgiving, 2012) and is seen above moving up the Duluth harbor on her way to the CN dock in West Duluth to load iron ore pellets.
It is pretty peaceful this morning; we may have some snow this afternoon, but 11 years ago, on November 27th, 2001, it was not very peaceful for the Tadoussac, as she was named then, as she departed the port late in mid afternoon. Click here for more pages featuring the CSL Tadoussac.
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Click here for more pictures of that storm in November, 2001

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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… more waiting

Canadian Transport and Nogat at anchor off the Duluth piers
The Polish owned Nogat (left) was joined by the Canadian Transport last night (May 3, 2011) at anchor off the Duluth piers. The Canadian Transport came in this morning at 2:59 to load iron ore pellets, replacing the Canadian Olympic. She finished at the CN dock and departed under the Aerial Lift Bridge this  morning at 5:24. The CSL Tadoussac has replaced the Transport at anchor. Algoma Central recently purchased both the Transport and the Olympic. They will soon be called the Algoma Transport and the Algoma Olympic.

CSL Tadoussac late-day Duluth departure

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Sunrise would be (or was) a good time to watch some boat activity under the bridge. Two arrivals and a departure were expected. One early arrival, the CSL Tadoussac, seen above departing Duluth in July, 2002, should finish loading iron ore pellets and depart in the afternoon. It was here many times as the Tadoussac but in 2001, it was upgraded by Canada Steamship Lines and the company’s initials were attached to the boat’s name. During the upgrade, it was widened from 75 feet to 78 feet and the cargo self-unloading system was upgraded.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-17-2008

CSL Tadoussac departing Twin Ports

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A boat called the Tadoussac made many trips to the Twin Ports since it was built in 1969. During the winter of 2000/2001, it was widened from 75 feet to 78 feet, its cargo self-unloading system was upgraded and it was re launched as the CSL Tadoussac. CSL stands for Canada Steamship Lines, the boat’s owner in Montreal. It has been sitting at anchor off the Duluth piers since Friday waiting a turn to load taconite at the CN Dock in West Duluth. The boat should come in this afternoon as it is set to move in after the Atlantic Huron completes loading at the dock. It is seen above departing Duluth in late August last year. Photo taken on August 29, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-05-2008

CSL Tadoussac departing Duluth

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Bentonite, beans, coal, taconite, wheat and sand are a sampling of the menu today in the Port of Duluth Superior. We will have to wait for the Beluga Constitution to arrive later this week to add wind mills to the list. Eight vessels will be arriving, 5 under the Lift Bridge and 6 vessels will depart the Twin Ports today, 5 of them under the Lift Bridge. The Federal Mattawa will be making its first trip to the Twin Ports. It was built in China in 2005. The CSL Tadoussac will be here today to load taconite. Above, the freighter is departing Duluth in July, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-29-2007

CSL Tadoussac departing Twin Ports

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A boat called the Tadoussac made many trips to the Twin Ports since it was built in 1969. During the winter of 2000/2001, it was widened from 75 feet to 78 feet, its cargo self-unloading system was upgraded and it was relaunched as the CSL Tadoussac. CSL stands for Canada Steamship Lines, the boat’s owner in Montreal. It has been to the Twin Ports 20 times this season, although this is only the 4th time it will be coming in the Duluth side. In all the other trips, it went to the Burlington Northern dock in Superior. On this trip, it will load taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. Photo taken July 26, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-13-2006