James R. Barker greeted by lighthouse and visitors

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The James R. Barker will be here this afternoon to load coal for the We Energies power plant at Presque Isle, Michigan. This is the 30th trip the Barker has made to the Twin Ports this season. It loads iron ore pellets about half the time and coal the other half. About half of the coal trips are to Presque Isle. Above, the Barker is seen entering the Duluth piers in September, 2005. The Barker, built in 1976, was the third thousand footer to sail on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-06-2008

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