Mayor Larson welcomes Captain Morosanu to Duluth

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Duluth Mayor Emily Larson welcomed Lake Ontario Captain Costelus Morosanu to the city, congratulating him for bringing the first salt water vessel of the season into port on Sunday, April 2, 2017. While visitors were along to welcome the Captain and his crew to Duluth, longshoremen at Riverland Ag were loading 19,000 tons of spring wheat into the ship’s cargo holds (below). With good weather, they hope to complete loading on Tuesday evening, after which they will depart for Italy, where their cargo will be used to create pasta, some of which will likely make its way back to the United States. Prior to Duluth, the ship was working between Liverpool and the Netherlands before loading scrap in Latvia that they took to Laplace, Louisiana, on the Mississippi River just north of New Orleans. From there they left the Gulf of Mexico and sailed north along the East Coast of the United States to Halifax for fuel before entering the St. Lawrence Seaway system and to make their long trip to Duluth
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Lake Ontario first salt water ship 2017

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The Lake Ontario came in from her anchorage off the Duluth piers at 5:39 pm on Sunday, April 2, 2017.
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With an assist from the tug Kentucky, she moved over to Riverland Ag/Duluth Storage on Rice’s Point to load grain. Before entering the St. Lawrence Seaway for Duluth, she discharged cargo at Halifax, Nova Scotia. Beginning Monday morning, she will load approximately 19,000 metric tons of spring wheat at Riverland Ag/Duluth Storage. With good weather, she will depart for Italy late Tuesday.
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Federal Manitou gets tug escort on entry

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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”

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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