Maritime Trader, first from beyond the Soo

Today, we celebrate the last first of the new season. The Twin Ports path to the Atlantic Ocean and the worlds beyond is the St. Lawrence Seaway System. The Canadian flagged Maritime Trader will be here today after traveling the full length of that system. (Above, it is about to enter the Duluth ship canal last June.) It will be loading grain at the Cargill grain elevator in Duluth. There really still is one more first this season and that should be happening this weekend when the Rebecca arrives. It will be the first salt water ship of the season. Last year, we had 137 such ships and 130 the year before. Yesterday, after many days of strong east winds that compacted a fair amount of the ice at the western end of Lake Superior up against the Duluth shore line, the wind changed direction and blew the entire ice pack away from Duluth, not that it won’t come back yet again this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/3/2007 7:01:43 PM
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