Interlake officials here for Sherwin

Interlake officials (above) were at Fraser Shipyards yesterday evaluating the condition of the John Sherwin, towed there on Tuesday after spending the last 25 years out of service in the Duluth Superior harbor. From left to right, Bob Dorn, Senior Vice President, Ian Sharp, Fleet Supervisor and Mark Barker, Director of Engineering were paying close attention while Fraser workers assessed the condition of the boat’s hull. They hope to return the boat to Great Lakes service but that is still a decision for sometime in the future pending a good report here, plus many other considerations down the road.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/13/2006

John Sherwin finally departs Duluth

The John Sherwin is scheduled to be towed this morning to Fraser Shipyards in Superior. Plans call for it to be immediately put in dry dock for an evaluation of its hull. Owned by Interlake Steamship of Cleveland, the Sherwin has remained idle at several Twin Ports docks since 1981. Its sister ship, the Charles M. Beeghly, was outfitted with a self unloader in 1981 and remains in service. A downturn in the steel industry the following year put the same upgrade to the Sherwin on the shelf. Interlake hopes to put the boat back in service, but much work would need to be done before that could happen. Above, Interlake officials raised the company flag on the Sherwin yesterday afternoon, preparing the boat for its short trip around the corner to Fraser Shipyards.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/11/2006