Gott getting lined up with bridge

The Edwin H. Gott arrived here on Friday to get fuel and then load taconite for Nanticoke, Ontario. When the Gott was first built in 1978, it had a short shuttle boom that could only reach about 52 feet beyond the side of the boat. When visiting the port in Nanticoke to discharge cargo, it had to first discharge the cargo into a smaller, Canadian vessel which then discharged the cargo into shoreside equipment. In 1995, the Gott received what still is the Great Lakes longest self-unloading boom. It is 280 feet long. Most are only 250 feet long, but both considerably longer than the Gott’s first boom. The Gott spent the winter layup here but this is only its 3rd trip back this season. It was named for the President of the United States Steel Company from 1967 to 1969. Photo taken August 22, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-13-2006

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