Sarah  Spencer

Spruceglen was built in 1983, is 730 feet long and flies the Canadian flag

Previous names:
Selkirk Settler: 1983-1991
Federal St. Louis: 1991-1991
Federal Fraser (2): 1991-2001
Fraser: 2001-2002
Spruceglen: 2002-

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Above, the Spruceglen enters the Duluth ship canal on March 31, 2012
Spruceglan in dry dock on Greek island of Syros Stopping for repairs is not usually a glamorous experience but when the Spruceglen encountered trouble with their propeller Spruceglen Chief Engineer Christian Pelletie in his officewhile in the Mediterranean, they stopped at the island of Syros and got into dry dock for repairs. This picture was taken by Chief Engineer Christian Pelletier on February 19th, 2007. Click pic for larger version. He gave me the picture when the Spruceglen was in town in July, 2008 to load taconite fines at the Hallett #5 dock in West Duluth, just below.
Spruceglan loading taconite fines at Hallet Dock in Duluth Minnesota
Spruceglan loading taconite fines at Hallet Dock in Duluth MinnesotaThe Spruceglen was built in 1983 in Glasgow, Scotland as the Selkirk Settler. She was built to be able to work the Great Lakes between April and December and instead of going into layup every winter, she could go out and make some money moving cargo between ocean ports.
The Canadian flagged Spruceglen arrived here on Saturday to load taconite fines at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth.
For 6 months in 1991, she was the Federal St. Louis, named for the river that flows between Duluth and Superior.
She was the Federal Fraser between 1991 and 2001 during which time she sailed under a variety of owners, management companies and crews.
She became just the Fraser in 2001 and carved out a piece of local history for herself when she failed to make the turn in the Duluth harbor to the Aerial Bridge in the foggy early evening of August 28, 2002. She went aground in front of Bayfront Park, just behind the Paulucci Pavilion. The next day, tugs pulled her off the bottom and away from shore and she was able to depart the port that evening, but not before she attracted quite a crowd.
The next year, she was sold to Canada Steamship and became the Spruceglen. She has loaded a variety of cargos in the Twin Ports including grain, coal and iron ore pellets.

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