Lee A. Tregurtha here for coal


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The Lee A. Tregurtha came into port Tuesday afternoon to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources for Taconite Harbor. It likely departed for there very early this morning and is expected to leave there later today to load iron ore pellets at Two Harbors. It was followed at the coal dock by the Paul R. Tregurtha. It is loading coal for a Detroit Edison power plant at St. Clair, Michigan. The boats are named after Paul R. Tregurtha, vice chairman of Interlake Steamship Company and his wife Lee. The Paul R. is the largest boat on the Great Lakes. The Lee A. is one of the oldest and most historic, and to many people, one of the prettiest boats on the Great Lakes. It was built at Sparrows Point, Maryland as the USS Chiwawa and served as a tanker on the Atlantic Ocean during World War 2. The boat was awarded 2 battle stars.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-23-2008

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