Nice weather…for ducks

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It isn’t even October and the ducks are flying in Duluth, or rather sailing. Earlier this week, we had two ‘duck’ ships here, the Bluewing and the Greenwing. Today, 2 more duck ships will be arriving, the Redhead and the Cinnamon. All these ducks are loading grain for overseas ports. Above, the Cinnamon was here in November, 2004 loading grain. There has been a line waiting to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. The Paul R. Tregurtha moved over there late Thursday afternoon and has probably already departed, allowing the American Integrity to move in. Before it moves out later today, the Mesabi Miner will likely arrive to wait and early this afternoon, the St. Clair will join the line. With all the waiting, it is too bad it isn’t duck hunting season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-28-2007

Cinnamon loading wheat

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Built in 2003, the Cinnamon will be making its 3rd appearance in the Twin Ports today, the first this season. It is one of the ‘duck’ boats operated by Canfornav Limited in Montreal. This one is named after the Cinnamon teal, a duck found mostly in the Western United States. Other ‘duck’ boats visiting Duluth have been the Bluewing and sister-ship Greenwing, and the Mandarin. On her last trip here, the Cinnamon had an all Ukrainian crew; they loaded wheat for Tarragona, Spain. On this trip, they will load spring wheat for Italy. Photo taken November 9, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-12-2005

Cinnamon duck

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The Cinnamon, another ‘duck’ boat, is in Duluth loading wheat for Tarragona, Spain. It is named after the Cinnamon teal, a duck found mostly in the Western United States. The all Ukrainian crew should take the Cinnamon out of Duluth today, beginning their long journey across the Atlantic Ocean.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-10-2004