Canadian Transfer to bring salt

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The Canadian Transfer was expected in port early this morning to discharge a cargo of salt at the Hallett #8 dock in Superior. The Transfer was here 15 times in 2000, twice in 2001 and once last year. It has a very unusual history. It was created, or assembled, in 1998 by using the bow of one boat and the stern of another boat and connecting them with a new 24-foot section in between. Both boats had many names, owners and configurations before their contribution, dating back to the 2nd World War. The Canadian Explorer contributed its engine room and the Hamilton Transfer the cargo hold and its self unloading system. Above, the Canadian Transfer, still holding its history together, is departing Duluth on June 21st after its only visit last year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-18-2008

Canadian Transfer entering ship canal

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The Canadian Transfer was expected in port early this morning with 10,000 tons of salt, less than half its capacity. It may be departing sometime between 8 and 10 am. This boat is hard to find in Duluth. The last visit was in 2001 on November 29 and again on December 7th, for 7 hours on each of those trips and that includes 1 1/2 to 2 hours just getting to the dock from the Lift Bridge and back again on departure. It was created in 1998 by joining the bow of one boat with the stern of another, connected with a new 24-foot section in between. And that’s the simple part of the story. The Canadian Explorer contributed its engine room and the Hamilton Transfer the cargo hold and its self unloading system. Both boats had many names, owners and configurations before that, dating back to the 2nd World War. Above, it is entering the Duluth ship canal on June 4th, 2000.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-21-2007