CSL Laurentien

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The CSL Laurentien is most of the former Louis R. Desmarais, built in 1977. During the 2000-2001 winter, the forward hull of the Desmarais was cut off and a new hull was joined to the Desmarais stern, including the engine room. Automated self-unloading equipment was added and the name was changed to the CSL Laurentien. (CSL is Canada Steamship Lines, the boat’s owner). Like 2 of the 4 previous trips here this season, it will load taconite. It loaded coal on one trip and grain on the other.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-29-2005

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