Dean Smith (Marine Tech of Duluth)

The crane barge Dean Smith was built in 1985 is 120 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

Previous names:
No. 2: 1985-1994
B. Yetter: 1994-2001
Dean Smith: 2001-

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A harbor like ours absorbs a lot of activity; with ice, high winds, big boats and little boats. For the big boats to successfully move around in the harbor, there has to a depth of at least 29 feet in all the shipping channels. The material on the bottom, mostly sand, is easily moved around and sometimes up, so to speak, and the depth can get too close to that limit. When that happens, boats can go aground, or get stuck on the bottom. Dredging is the solution and in Duluth, that solution is often provided by a Marine Tech rig that is a combination of many things. It is a crane barge, called the Dean R. Smith, with a scoop at the end of the line which is dropped down to scoop up sand from the bottom of the harbor. The crane pulls up the scoop and drops the material into a barge.
Picture was taken on August 27, 2010.