Kinsman Independent renamed again

The picture above of the crew of the Kinsman Independent was taken aboard the boat on December 12, 2002. This was to be the last trip for the boat, one more trip from Duluth to Buffalo with wheat for General Mills, then the scrap yard, or so we thought. After 3 years of sitting by several docks, some of those years spent simply as a storage bin for grain, it was purchased by a Canadian company. A new diesel engine replaced the old steam turbine, red paint was exchanged for blue, and a Canadian flag was raised above the deck. The new boat, the Voyageur Independent, should have come under the Lift Bridge last night, here to load grain once again.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-04-2006
Kenneth Newhams :