|The John B. Aird made 9 trips here last year. Today, the Canadian flagged laker will be here for the first time this season. With 5 boats here today to load coal at one dock, the Aird, like some of the others, may have to drop anchor off the Duluth piers and wait its turn. The John B. Aird was constructed in 1983 of two sections, a stern section constructed at Collingwood, Ontario and a bow section built in Thunder Bay. The two pieces were joined at the Port Arthur shipyard in Thunder Bay. The Aird is 730 feet long and has 23 hatches that open into five cargo holds. Above, the Aird made its final visit last season on January 12th this year.