Federal Manitou gets tug escort on entry

The blizzard, and particularly the high winds, has not been kind to the boats that were here for serious work or intending to be here. The line up yesterday for Midwest Energy extended out into Lake Superior. The John B. Aird dropped anchor yesterday close to Two Harbors. The Kaye E. Barker was at the Port Terminal and the American Integrity was farther out in the lake. The Federal Manitou was delayed at Port Huron yesterday but was expected to clear the Soo Locks last night. That should put the ship at the Twin Ports this evening. It will load spring wheat at CHS for a port in Africa. Photo taken August 28, 2005. [In 2011, Federal Manitou was renamed Lake Ontario]
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-15-2008

Lake Ontario arrives with “The Birds”

The wind died down and local longshoremen at AGP should complete loading the Lake Ontario today. The bright red salt water ship should be departing this afternoon, taking wheat, soy beans and flax seed to Ghent, Belgium. Above, the ship got an escort from local gulls as it entered the Duluth ship canal in October, 2002. The Pochard will be here today to load grain. Other vessels will be loading coal and taconite; still others will be here discharging salt and limestone. Photo taken on October 14, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-13-2007