Diana finally arrives Duluth

Grain pours into Diana's cargo holds while she loaded at CHS 1
At long last, the season’s first salt water ship, Diana, arrived in Duluth. Carole Lent was at the welcome party the Port Authority had aboard the ship and  took these pictures.
CHS loads wheat into Diana, first salt water ship to arrived Duluth in 2014
Diana was the first salt water ship of the season to make a full transit of the 2,342-mile trip to Duluth along the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system. Last year, we had the earliest visit ever of a salt water ship, arriving on March 30th. The Diana was the latest first arrival ever, just beating the May 3rd arrival of the  Ramon de Larrinaga in 1959, the first ever arrival of a salt water ship using the St. Lawrence Seaway system.The Diana began her voyage by discharging cargo in Santos, Brazil, before proceeding to the Twin Ports. The 453-foot ship will load approximately 11,550 metric tons of wheat at the CHS elevator before departing for Algeria.
diana081214carolelent-3The crew of the Diana was happy to answer questions and show the visitors around. This is Romi, the 3rd mate. He just started a 6 month tour on the ship.  He is from Constanta, Romania, a  port on the Black Sea and located in the middle of the Google Earth map below. Click on it, or any picture here, to see a larger version.
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