A page from the past: April 12, 2004

Lithuanian national anthem celebrates 1st ship of the year

A Lithuanian couple from Wisconsin came up to Duluth on April 12, 2004 to visit the first saltie of the year, the Lithuanian flagged Kapitonas Andzejauskas. Mrs. Tribys told us her husband would sing the Lithuanian national anthem for us and he did! Click here for more on the song and here for more information on the ship.

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Party begins with Lithuanian song

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The Lithuanian flagged and owned Kapitonas Andzejauskas was the first ocean ship to arrive last year. A Lithuanian couple, the Tribys, from Wisconsin, heard about it and came up to join the Port Authority’s first ship arrival party. They were born in Klaipeda, which is also the home port of the ship. Mrs Tribys let it be known that her husband could sing the Lithuanian national anthem. He was soon asked and he gladly agreed to open the festivities with a very robust version of the song.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-22-2005

Kapitonas Andzejauskas

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The Lithuanian flagged Kapitonas Andzejauskas may drop the anchor off the Duluth piers when it arrives this evening and wait to load grain. It was the first ocean ship of the season last year. Then, despite the flag, the ship had a crew that all came from Ukraine. Photo taken April 10, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-01-2005

Kapitonas Andzejauskas 1st salt water ship

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The Kapitonas Andzejauskas will be the first ocean ship to come to Duluth this season. Built in 1978 in Ukraine, it was here twice last year. This Lithuanian flagged ship will be loading grain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-10-2004

Kapitonas Andzejauskas: First saltwater ship of 2004

Arrived: April 10, 2004 at 4:40 pm
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Lithuanian ships usually fly Lithuanian flags. Unfortunately for John and Birute Tribys, there were no Lithuanians on board. The home port of the Kapitonas Andzejauskas is Klaipeda, a Lithuanian port on the Baltic Sea. The arrival of this Lithuanian ship attracted the attention of the Tribys. They live in Wisconsin but came up to Superior to check out the ship. When I arrived for the welcome party, they came over to my car and introduced themselves. Birute pointed to the name “Klaipeda” on the stern of the ship and said, “That is where we were born.” She was quite excited. Later, when we found that John was a good singer and sang the Lithuanian national anthem, he was happy to open the party with a robust version of the song, and we all showed him our appreciation.
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The CHS grain facility loaded 10,150 metric tons of wheat destined for Italy.

Click here for more about the Kapitonas Andzejauskas