Federal Matane is big and blue

When the Federal Matane, seen above arriving in port earlier this year, departs the port tonight with a cargo of grain, it will leave the port empty of active cargo vessels probably for the first time this year. The American Century should be here now to load coal and will likely be departing before the Federal Matane does. There are people in the shipping business here who do not want the world to know that we close up shop in January for at least 2 months lest they might think twice about sending a ship here. I never like to admit that there will be no boats in port to watch or track. It would be bad for business. But never fear, Thursday will see 6 boats arriving in port to load cargo and 5 more will arrive on Friday. Snow and ice will follow shortly after that. Photo taken on May 12, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-07-2007
Kenneth Newhams :