Barker goes to Fitgers

Many tourists and visitors saw nothing out of the ordinary in the picture above. Duluthians were wondering why the James R. Barker was headed over to Fitgers on Sunday morning. Happily, it didn’t make it. The 1,000-footer made a turn, circled back and shortly came into port to load coal. Earlier, as it approached the ship canal, the boat called the bridge to tell them they were going to turn away and check some concerns they had about the boat’s rudder. That done, they came in. The picture was taken from the grounds of the Marine Museum in Canal Park.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-26-2008

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