Barker 3rd thousand footer

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The James R. Barker will be here today loading coal for the Minnesota Power plant at Taconite Harbor. It will then be back here on Sunday to load taconite. Built in 1976, she was the third thousand footer to sail on the Great Lakes. Photo taken July 27, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-17-2004

Barker entering canal

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The James R. Barker made 39 trips to the Twin Ports last year, splitting about evenly between loading taconite at the DM&IR Dock in Duluth and Burlington Northern Dock in Superior, and loading coal at Midwest Energy. She will be here today for the 8th time this year, loading coal at Midwest Energy for Silver Bay.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-04-2004

Barker departs with coal

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The James R. Barker made 39 trips here last year. She loaded coal most of the time but also picked up some taconite cargos for the lower lakes. Built in 1976, she was the third thousand footer to sail on the Great Lakes.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-27-2004