CSL Laurentien in icy Duluth harbor

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The CSL Laurentien was at anchor off the Duluth piers on Saturday, waiting for the CSL Tadoussac to complete loading taconite at the CN dock in West Duluth. That should have happened sometime Saturday evening. The CSL Laurentien is most of the former Louis R. Desmarais, built in 1977. During the 2000-2001 winter, the forward hull of the Desmarais was cut off and a new hull was joined to the Desmarais stern, including the engine room. Automated self-unloading equipment was added and the name was changed to the CSL Laurentien. (CSL is Canada Steamship Lines, the boat’s owner). Above, the boat enters the Duluth harbor in March, 2007. Photo taken on March 23, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-06-2008

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