Odra trading steel & barley for wheat

odra261102-2-011
The salt water ship Odra came into port on Thursday morning after sailing here from Puerto Cabello, Venezuela. Captain Sycz Radostaw had loaded 2 of the ship’s cargo holds with steel products in Gdansk, Poland, 3 holds with barley in Antwerp and delivered both cargos to Venezuela. His crew of 21 Polish sailors are now loading wheat to take to a still to be determined port in Italy. The Odra is named after the river of the same name that flows into Szczecin, Poland, the city where the Captain was born and grew up and the home of the ship’s operator, the Polish Steamship Company. Szczecin is a port city with access to the Baltic Sea and the oceans beyond. I was going to take a picture of three cadets that are on board (and a part of the crew of 21) but they were out shopping in Duluth, so the Captain kindly permitted me to take his picture (above).
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-03-2006