Second trip for Ken Booth/Lakes Contender this season

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The tug Ken Boothe, Sr. came into port on Sunday afternoon, June 12, 2016, pushing her barge, Lakes Contender, filled with limestone to discharge at the Graymont Superior plant. This is her second trip to the Twin Ports this season; she was here on May 14th with limestone also. Below, she is in the Duluth ship canal with the salt water vessel Greenwing seen at anchor just below her self unloader arm.
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Greenwing and a kayak

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Unlike grain, coal and taconite can be loaded during any kind of weather. But boats loaded with coal and taconite don’t always depart Duluth in bad weather. Two thousand footers, loaded with coal and waiting for weather, finally departed Duluth late yesterday afternoon while the slightly shorter St. Clair departed around the same time with taconite. Five ships were here loading grain and didn’t do much loading yesterday. Ironically, that is very likely the most grain boats we have had in port on any one day this season. The Greenwing will likely depart today with grain. Above, it sat at anchor Sunday while a local dentist moved his kayak by.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-06-2005