Archives for October 16, 2008

Canadian Olympic enters Duluth harbor

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Yesterday, 9 boats came under the Lift Bridge. Since 1996, the biggest traffic day was September 19th, 1996 when 11 boats came under the Bridge. Eleven other days during that time, ten boats came under the Bridge. The Canadian Olympic tried to help yesterday by coming under the Lift Bridge twice, first around 1 pm (above) to get fuel. It then went back under the bridge to wait at the anchorage for its turn to load coal at Midwest Energy. It likely came in before midnight to make 10 trips under the bridge by 9 boats yesterday. Wes Harkins brought me a memo he wrote in 1949 when someone asked how many ships went under the Lift Bridge. He reported in the memo that between 9 am on June 4th and 9 am on June 6th in 1949, 55 boats came in under the bridge (47 went out under the bridge during the same time span). That would be 27 coming in each day, a bit more than the nine we had yesterday, or even the 11 on September 19th, 1996. Photo taken on October 15,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-16-2008