Quebecois here with cement

The Quebecois is here discharging cement at the Holcim facility, formerly St. Lawrence Cement. Earlier this year, she, along with the entire Upper Lakes Group fleet, was sold to Algoma Central. Her name has been changed to the Algoma Quebecois although she is still sailing under her previous name.  Click below to listen to her whistle as she came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on November 1, 2011.

Out with the new and in with the old …

As the sun was going down on Wednesday evening, October 5th, the 1,004 foot Mesabi Miner was departing the port with 58,000 tons of coal for Presque Isle, Michigan while the Canadian flagged Quebecois, only 730 feet long, was coming in with a cargo of cement for Holcim (formerly St. Lawrence Cement). While in the picture, the two pilot houses are passing just next to each other, the Miner pilot house is on her stern and the Quebecois pilot house is on her bow. The Quebecois is showing her age. Built in 1963, that’s where they put the pilot house then. A decade or so later, that long standing tradition was turned around and boats were built with the pilot house at the stern of the boat.

Quebecois approaches Aerial Lift Bridge

In fifteen trips here last season, twice the number of trips it usually makes to the Twin Ports, the Quebecois brought cement ten times and loaded iron ore pellets on the five other visits. Today, it makes only its 3rd trip this year, the second time it has discharged cement. There are two cement docks in port. The tug G. L. Ostrander brought the barge Integrity with cement to the Lafarge dock in Superior over the weekend. It left on Sunday morning. The Quebecois will discharge cement at the St. Lawrence Cement plant in Duluth. It usually takes a couple days to discharge the cement at St. Lawrence. Photo taken on September 07, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-29-2009

Quebecois arrives Duluth with cement

The Quebecois came into port on Sunday afternoon (above) with a cargo of cement to discharge at the St. Lawrence Cement plant in Duluth. This is its 59th trip here since 1996, the 11th trip this season. The cement is loaded in Mississauga, Ontario, just outside Toronto. It is quarried and processed there, and shipped to several distribution points, most of which are in Canada. It is a four day trip from Mississauga to Duluth. Photo taken on September 07,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-08-2008

Quebecois departing Duluth harbor

The Quebecois came into port on Monday night with a cargo of cement for St. Lawrence Cement in Duluth. This is the boat’s 5th trip to the Twin Ports this season. On each, it has discharged cement. On the previous trips, it went to the BNSF Dock to load iron ore pellets after discharging cement. Today it will go up to Thunder Bay instead and load grain for a port probably on the St. Lawrence River. Above, it is departing Duluth in June, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-14-2008

Quebecois here with more cement

The Quebecois came into port last night (above) with a cargo of cement for St. Lawrence Cement in Duluth. This is the first cargo St. Lawrence will discharge this year, and it is the first visit here this season for the boat. Last year, the Canadian flagged steamer brought a cargo of cement here about once a month, each time to the St. Lawrence plant. Other traffic today will load both iron ore pellets and coal. Later this week, the Gadwall, the first salt water ship of the season, is expected. It will load grain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-08-2008

Quebecois departs Duluth

The weather has not been too great and won’t be. It has a varied effect on the business of loading and unloading cargo. We have 2 boats discharging cement here this weekend. The Alpena, a regular visitor her, has a completely internal discharging system, much like a tanker. Bad weather doesn’t effect the process much at all. Over at St. Lawrence Cement, they were delayed discharging the Quebecois (seen above on a previous visit) for a while on Friday by rain. It is not too hard to figure why. They can discharge with a light drizzle, but they close the cargo holds and wait out anything heavier. They use an auger system over there that gets the cement from inside the cargo hold where high winds don’t have much effect. Grain loading is stopped for rain and sometimes for high winds. And coal and taconite wait for nothing. Rain, snow and ice doesn’t stop them much, it just gets a little uncomfortable sometimes. Photo taken June 25, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-07-2007