James R. Barker in for one last load

The James R. Barker returned to the Twin Ports on Sunday afternoon (above) to get one more cargo of coal, this one for We-Energies in Marquette. When it returns, later in the week, it will be for good, or at least for the next two months. The Barker will spend the winter at a familiar spot, the Midwest Energy Resources coal dock in Superior where it has been loading coal for many years. While it is gone, the Canadian Enterprise is expected in to get the last shipment of coal for the year, and it will probably be the last departure of the year when it departs under the Lift Bridge. When the Barker returns, it will probably be the last arrival of the season. Photo taken on January 04, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-05-2009

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