Halifax arriving Duluth

The salt water ship Federal Pioneer should have departed Duluth by now after loading bentonite at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth. The Canadian flagged Halifax was set to follow it at Hallett, also loading bentonite, a clay that is used as an adhesive in making ceramic items and an additive mixed with cement. The Halifax was built as the Frankcliffe Hall in 1963 in Quebec. It’s length, 730 feet and two inches, made it the longest boat on the Great Lakes for two years. That distinction gave it the title of Queen of the Lakes. A self unloader was added to the deck in 1980. A sister ship, the Baie St. Paul, without that addition, was scrapped in India in 1996. [Halifax was scrapped in 2011].
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-22-2007
Kenneth Newhams :