Flinterspirit unloads crane parts

It is good for the port when a boat brings cargo into the port and then loads other cargo before departing. Among other things, it makes it cheaper to do business with Duluth Superior if your ship is never empty. The Flinterspirit came in on Monday evening with a crane in its cargo holds and it should be leaving today with grain in its holds. Above, one of the 69 parts of the crane the Flinterspirit brought to Duluth is being lifted out of a Flinterspirit hold at the Port Terminal on Monday. Today, those holds are filled with wheat.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-10-2006

Flinterspirit brings a crane

The parts of 22 wind turbines came in and were discharged from the BBC India last week. Those pieces are now headed down to Mower County by truck. Last night, the crane that will be used to lift the pieces as they are building the wind turbines came into port aboard the Flinterspirit (above). Sixty-nine pieces will be discharged starting this morning. They will be sent by truck to Mower County. On other trips to the Twin Ports the Flinterspirit loaded Budweiser barley for England. The barley was good midwest barley and allowed Anheuser-Busch to claim that their beer is made from the same ingredients the world over. And it is, I saw it. But now the ship is hauling cranes around the world instead. The American Century can be seen behind the Flinterspirit, waiting at anchor for a dock.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-08-2006