James R. Barker departs under Aerial Lift Bridge

The James R. Barker departed under the Lift Bridge on Friday afternoon with 58,000 tons of coal for the We Energies power plant in Marquette, Michigan. It will return on Monday to load another 58,000 tons for Detroit Edison at St. Clair, Michigan. There has been a long tradition of Polish operated ships coming to Duluth with Polish crews, but not this year. The Irma, owned by the Polish Steamship Company, will be here today for the first time this season. It will drop anchor off the Duluth piers and come in on Monday morning around 6 am to load durum wheat for Algeria. Photo taken on December 05, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-06-2008

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