Voyageur Pioneer leaving the dock

The Voyageur Pioneer should arrive around noon today to load spring wheat. This ship brings a lot of history with it, starting in Glasgow, Scotland where it was launched as the Saskatchewan Pioneer in 1982. It was built for salt water and Great Lakes work, allowing the boat to work the oceans during the two months the Great Lakes are closed. The first ocean trip (after the initial trip from Scotland) left Duluth on November 14, 1983 for France. It visited Duluth many times after that as the Lady Hamilton, but it is coming to Duluth today for the first time as the Voyageur Pioneer, a name it picked up when it was sold in 2006. Above, a tug (not seen) is pulling the Lady Hamilton away from a Port Terminal dock in 2003. Photo taken on June 27, 2003.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-15-2007
Kenneth Newhams :