Federal Saguenay gets new paint

Four thousand-footers will arrive in the Twin Ports today. Three will load coal and one iron ore pellets. The Federal Saguenay, flying the flag of the British West Indies, arrived in port on Monday morning to load grain. The picture above shows 2 deck hands doing a little painting while the ship was here in 2005 loading grain. Salt water ships are in almost constant need of painting because of the many narrow locks they have to pass through and the salt water the ship is usually sailing in. The locks scratch off the paint when the ship comes up against the side while going through and the salt water eats away at the metal. The Welland Canal is 80 feet wide; the Federal Saguenay is 77 feet wide. The trip takes about 12 hours, providing lots of time for the ship to bump against the side of the canal.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-07-2008
Kenneth Newhams :