John Sherwin finally departs Duluth

The John Sherwin is scheduled to be towed this morning to Fraser Shipyards in Superior. Plans call for it to be immediately put in dry dock for an evaluation of its hull. Owned by Interlake Steamship of Cleveland, the Sherwin has remained idle at several Twin Ports docks since 1981. Its sister ship, the Charles M. Beeghly, was outfitted with a self unloader in 1981 and remains in service. A downturn in the steel industry the following year put the same upgrade to the Sherwin on the shelf. Interlake hopes to put the boat back in service, but much work would need to be done before that could happen. Above, Interlake officials raised the company flag on the Sherwin yesterday afternoon, preparing the boat for its short trip around the corner to Fraser Shipyards.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/11/2006
Kenneth Newhams :