Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin & Atlantic Huron working together

We should have two visitors from Canada Steamship Lines today, which is always interesting. Many of their boats, including the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, are remakes combining sections of old boats with entirely new sections. That also is a chance to repaint the boats, in the case of Canada Steamship Lines, usually bright red. The Atlantic Huron is a lake freighter with the added capability of working in the ocean, in this case, up the Canadian east coast off Newfoundland. At the end of the 2004-05 shipping season, in January, 2005, both boats were here for a very unusual cargo transfer. The Atlantic Huron (above left) was in a hurry to get off Lake Superior, so as soon as it entered the Duluth harbor, it came along side the Martin (above right), at the Port Authority, so the Martin could transfer its just loaded taconite cargo to the Atlantic Huron, allowing it to turn around and head for the Soo Locks. The Martin then went back to fill its cargo holds a second time in the same visit.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/7/2006
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