North Dakota helps Gadwall

The Gadwall arrived last night for the second time this year. After coming under the Lift Bridge, the tug North Dakota gave it an assist as it made the turn into the harbor and then to the berth at AGP (above). The Birchglen sailed in shortly after the Gadwall, on its way to load grain at the Cargill elevator in Duluth, just next to AGP. This may be the single most diverse ship we see here. It does a little of everything. Some years ago, it loaded coal here and took it out the Seaway and down the Atlantic Coast to Belledune, a small port in the province of New Brunswick, just north of Maine. Once, it loaded taconite pellets here that it took to China. It was built in Scotland as the Canada Marquis, it has sailed as the Federal Richelieu and has been here many times as the Federal Mackenzie and even just Mackenzie. Both ships are loading grain. The Birchglen may depart this evening. Photo taken on August 09, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-10-2007
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