Flinterduin arrives Duluth ship canal

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The Flinterduin should be here today to load durum wheat for Algeria. It was also here in May, 2002 and again in May the next year. On those trips it was loading barley to be used in England to brew Budweiser beer. We haven’t had many visits lately from ‘beer boats.’ Above, it is arriving Duluth on its first trip here in 2002. The Flinterduin has sister ships that have also visited the Twin Ports: the Flintereems, Flintermaas, Flinterdijk and most recently the Flinterspirit was here in August, bringing 69 pieces of a crane that will be used to build wind turbines, first in Mower County and then in North Dakota. That was the Flinterspirit’s first trip here.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-18-2006