Manistee makes rare visit to Duluth

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The American flagged and Canadian owned Manistee was expected in port late last night. It should now be discharging a cargo of salt at the Hallett 8 dock in Superior. When it completes that job, it will move across the St. Louis River to the CN dock in West Duluth to load sinter. The Manistee started life as a US freighter built in 1943 called the Richard J. Reiss. The Reiss was not often in Duluth, not at all between 1996 and 2005. In January, 2004, the Reiss was sold to a Canadian company, Lower Lakes Towing, although it is operated by a US subsidiary. As the Manistee, the boat finally made it to Duluth in September, 2005 (above). It was here 3 times in 2006; this is the first trip this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-24-2007

Manistee going strong

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In 1943, a boat called the Richard J. Reiss was built. It has been a very long time since that boat was in Duluth, but last year, it came in with a load of salt under its new name, Manistee (above). It made a second trip in August and will be back again today. While old, the original steam engine was replaced by a diesel engine in 1976 and it is now a self unloader. It started as a US flagged vessel, but after a variety of US owners through the years, it was sold to Lower Lakes / Grand River Navigation in January, 2004 and is now under Canadian ownership with a new name.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-28-2006