James R. Barker ready to rest

The James R. Barker is seen above as it moved through the Duluth harbor yesterday during its 49th and last arrival of the season. After some repairs at the Port Terminal, it will move over to Midwest Energy Resources for the winter. The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was expected in port earlier this morning. It is getting the last coal cargo at Midwest Energy Resources and will leave sometime today for Thunder Bay. At 740 feet, it and its sister boat, CSL Niagara, are the two longest boats ever built for the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Niagara will be here for iron ore pellets early next week and is expected to be the last departure of the season. Photo taken on January 08, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-09-2009

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