After visiting Bayfield, Washburn, Ashland, Grand Marais and Silver Bay starting on June 16th, the research vesselL.L. Smith Jr. will depart Duluth today around noon and go to Two Harbors to host four 3-hour environmental cruises on July 10th, 11th and 12th. The boat is owned by the University of Wisconsin Superior. They, along with Minnesota Sea Grant, sponsor the program. Go to the Sea Grant web site at: http://www.seagrant.umn.edu for more information. The 59-foot Smith was built in Superior in 1950 and is still powered by its original Kahlenberg 5-cylinder direct-drive engine.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-10-2008