Event Pictorials
Winter Salt Arrives (Updated)
October 22, 2011
The road salt for use on Western Upper Peninsula roads and highways, finally arrived in Hancock on October 22, at least in part.
The Canadian boat ALGOSOO, a 730 foot selfunloader, brought 18,000 tons, shown here after passing through the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Boat personnel have lowered a small boat over the side to ferry tie up cables to dock personnel, as she pulls into the dock area. The salt shipments are about six weeks later than usual, due to tornado and storm damage to dock facilities at Goderich, ONT, in late August. The salt mines are located just outside of Goderich. While the ALGOSOO can carry up to 32,000 tons (32 ft. of draft required), water depths in the Keweenaw Waterway limit loads to about 18,000 tons. A second load at the end of October will bring in another 10,000 tons, to bring this year's total for distribution around the area to 28,000 tons. The boat gets the conveyer arm ready after arriving dockside at the Mattila Rock and Dock Company's facility. Tons of salt begin to pour from the holds. It will take about 3 hours to complete the unloading.
With the unloading nearing completion, trucks will begin the process of transporting the salt to a number of entities in the W.U.P. This view shows the size of the vessel, as unloading continues. She is about 100 feet shorter than the longest vessel to course the Waterway. The ALGOSOO then departs, making her way through the Upper Keweenaw Waterway to Lake Superior. The boat is owned by Algoma Marine. THE FINAL LOAD ARRIVED ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, ON THE STMR. ALGOMA TRANSFER.
Photos: Roland Burgan r-burgan@charter.net
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