Kent Trader has unusual design

The Kent Trader came under the Lift Bridge on Friday night with its cargo holds filled with 29 nacelles loaded in Spain. All salt water ships that bring wind turbine parts here have until now had all cargo holds in front of a stern mounted superstructure where the pilot house, crew quarters, office and galley are. In fact, all salt water ships that have come here for many, many years were built like that. You will note in the picture above that the superstructure on the Kent Trader is in the middle. Fourteen nacelles were loaded behind the pilot house and the other 15 were loaded in front of it. I am told this ship, built in 1986 at 403 feet long, was built for loading rolled paper but no one on board could remember when it last carried that cargo. Nor have they ever seen another ship like it except for a sister ship to this one. Photo taken on October 04, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-05-2008
Kenneth Newhams :