Duluth gull greets Canadian Navigator

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Buoy #45004 in Eastern Lake Superior was showing winds of 31 mph with gusts to 38 mph on Thursday evening. Wave height was 11.5 feet. The buoy is located near the shipping lanes in Eastern Lake Superior. That weather will have an effect on today’s traffic in the Twin Ports, since many boats were laying up yesterday and waiting for the weather to clear. It was forecast to get better by late last night. The Canadian Navigator is one boat expected today that may be late. It was built in 1967 in Great Britain for salt water duty. After the boat was lengthened twice and the cargo capacity was increased, it was sold in 1975 to Upper Lakes Group and moved over to Great Lakes service. Several name changes followed; it became the Canadian Navigator in 1980. Above, it is coming into port in 2002. You can check the weather at buoy #45004 here: http://www.wunderground.com/MAR/buoy/45004.html
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-10-2008

Canadian Navigator arrives Twin Ports

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The Canadian Navigator was here 10 times in 1996 and waited until 2000 to come back again. It was not in the Twin Ports last year, but did come 3 times in each of the 2 years before that. It will be here today to load coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Built in 1967 in Great Britain for salt water work, it has been upgraded, sold and renamed several times. Now working in the Great Lakes, it became the Canadian Navigator in 1980. Above, it is coming into port on April 26th for the first of three trips in 2006. Photo taken on April 26, 2006
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-13-2008

Canadian Navigator

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The Canadian Navigator should have arrived last night and will be departing early morning. This is its second visit this year, and as usual, it will go to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was built in 1967 in Great Britain for salt water duty. After the boat was lengthened twice and the cargo capacity was also increased, it was sold in 1975 to Upper Lakes Group and moved over to Great Lakes service. Several name changes followed; it became the Canadian Navigator in 1980.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-09-2006

Canadian Navigator meets seagull

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The Canadian Navigator, not here since July, 2002, will be arriving today to load coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It was built in 1967 in Great Britain for salt water duty. After several trips to the ship yard resulted in an increase in length and cargo capacity, it was sold in 1975 to Upper Lakes Group and moved over to Great Lakes service. Several name changes followed; it became the Canadian Navigator in 1980. Photo taken July 9, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-06-2005