Voyageur Independent at grain dock

The Canadian flagged Voyageur Independent is due here today to load spring wheat at the Cargill elevator in Duluth. This boat came here many times when it was called the Kinsman Independent but trips to the Twin Ports have been rare since it was sold in May, 2005 to a Canadian company, Voyageur Marine Transport. It is now a very bright blue instead of the Kinsman’s understated red. It was built in 1952 propelled by a steam turbine engine. The new company installed a new diesel engine in the boat and added new computer controls, eliminating much of the old engine control room.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-18-2007
Kenneth Newhams :