Ziemia Cieszynska, first saltie of season

The last big first of this shipping season probably happened early this morning when the first salt water ship of the season, the Ziemia Cieszynska, was due to come under the bridge. Built in Turkey in 1992, the ship is operated by the Polish Steamship Company in Szczecin, Poland. The vessel made stops in Cleveland and Burns Harbor before coming up to the Twin Ports. It was also the first salt water ship to arrive in the Burns Harbor port. Above, the ship is getting a tug assist last July as it was moving between two docks. The Courtney Burton should be departing the Twin Ports today with a cargo of wheat for Buffalo, a route it took over when the Kinsman Independent was retired several years ago.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/4/2006

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