The Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth 5 minutes after noon (above) on October 3rd, 2012, making her 4th trip here since she went aground in August and then to the shipyard at Bay Shipbuilding for repairs. I visited with Captain Tim Dayton while they were fueling at the Calumet Fuel dock at the port terminal. He was not on the boat when the accident happened but he came back early from his vacation to bring her back to life.
I asked him why he arrived half an hour earlier than the previously indicated time. (Thousand footers do not alter their speed much.) As is obvious from this picture, the Tregurtha hull was cleaned and repainted while at the shipyard. That made her prettier and it turns out pretty means faster. As a season wears on, boats pick up ‘stuff on their hull’, often green stuff, and the stuff increases the friction between the hull and the water which slows the boat down. With an unscheduled maintenance stop in late summer that included a cleaning and new paint job, Captain Dayton came back with an extra mph boost in speed, at least until the green stuff returns.
Meanwhile, videographers from Holly TV were close by getting some pictures and footage. In the collage, that is Holly-TV tech, Holly, waving to Captain Dayton and I. Later, she took some video of the fueling which you can see below. Click for a larger version of the collage.