Two ships: Whistler and Eider, 5 countries: US, Greece, Venezuela, Hong Kong (China), Algeria and 3 states: Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota, at least
In the top picture, the Whistler is leaving Duluth on Thursday evening, June 18, 2015, after loading durum wheat at the CHS terminal in Superior. She arrived on June 13 and dropped her anchor while she waited for the Drawsko to finish loading spring wheat. On Monday evening (June 15, 2015), the Whistler came in as the Drawsko was departing for Venezuela and took her place at CHS. The Whistler began her trip to the Twin Ports after discharging cargo in Houston in early April. She loaded durum wheat here that she is now taking to Algeria. Because of the ice, ocean going ships cannot come to Duluth or enter the St. Lawrence Seaway from mid-December to mid-March. During our winter, many of those ships load the same grain they load here in ports in the Southern United States, brought down the Mississippi River by barge from Midwestern farms. The Whistler is such a ship.
The Whistler is owned by Parakou Shipping in Hong Kong. She is now under charter to Canadian Forest Navigation (Canfornav for short). They send many ships to Duluth Superior to load grain. They name the ships they use after ducks. In her case, it is the Black-bellied Whistling-Duck that also can be found in Texas. As she was departing, she passed another Parakou ship, the Eider, while she was at the Port Terminal discharging 8,000 pieces of pipe she loaded in Greece. (Whistler picture from www.audubon.org)
I was about a mile away when I took this picture and it was only after preparing this web page post that I noticed 2 boats in the background, docked in Superior. Click on the image to enlarge it (you can do the same with the other three pictures). At the left, the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. is at the Lakehead dock. To the right, you can see the stern and the bow of the American Victory; she is the former Middletown. Now owned by American Steamship, she was in long term layup at Fraser Shipyard but was moved while Fraser is doing some new construction work. She has the stack colors of American Steamship but retains her Columbia colors for everything else.