Spar Opal will take grain

The Spar Opal is a Norwegian ship here loading grain. The ship started life in 1984 as the Lake Shidaka. It has also been called the Consensus Atlantic and the Federal Matane. In 1991, it became the Spar Opal. You can still see the imprinting on the hull of the ship’s first name from 1984. Or at least you could when the picture above was taken in 1999 while it was at anchor off the Duluth piers. This is only its 7th visit here since 1996.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-28-2005