John B. Aird enters chilly Duluth ship canal

Today is a great day to watch boats in the Twin Ports. Three salt water ships will be making their first trip here. One will be picking up grain while the 2 others will be discharging heavy equipment at the Port Terminal. The Canadian flagged John B. Aird will be making its 4th trip here this season. It will be loading coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was constructed in 1983 of two sections, a stern section constructed at Collingwood, Ontario and a bow section built in Thunder Bay. The two pieces were joined at the Port Arthur shipyard in Thunder Bay. The Aird is 730 feet long and has 23 hatches that open into five cargo holds. Above, the Aird is arriving in Duluth last January.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-19-2007
Kenneth Newhams :