Canadian Transport enters the harbor

After spending a day or more waiting out the wind at Thunder Bay, the Canadian Transport decided to come over to Duluth in time for the snow storm. It arrived here on Saturday afternoon (above), coming under the Lift Bridge just as the Mesabi Miner was getting ready to depart the coal dock at Midwest Energy Resources, and the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was moving in. The Canadian Transport asked for a wake up call from the McCarthy about an hour before the McCarthy finishes loading coal. That should be about the time the sun rises, not that they will see it. Coal is loaded in any weather; grain is not. Liquid is not good for grain. Grain loading is always stopped when it rains, and usually when it snows. The Captain of the ship makes that decision since he is the one who will be delivering the cargo to the customer. Both the Federal Asahi and the Federal Hunter will be held over until Monday. With better weather, they might have departed today. Photo taken on December 01,  2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-02-2007
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