Edward L. Ryerson at last winter’s layup

The Edward L. Ryerson is usually greeted with great joy when it comes to Duluth Superior since many consider it the prettiest boat in the US fleet. It is expected here sometime today, but most are not very happy about it. It had an extended layup between 1998 and 2006 for lack of work and today it is coming in for an early winter layup, the first of the season for the Twin Ports. An early layup is often a sign of a poor economy, and in this case, a sign of trouble in the steel industry since the Ryerson carries iron ore. It was also at Fraser Shipyards for winter layup last year where the picture above was taken. Photo taken on February 22, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-04-2008
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