The Nogat departed the Duluth harbor late in the afternoon of December 17, 2010. She is escaping for the winter and will spend the next two months in warmer parts of the world. She will likely resume working the Great Lakes sometime after April, 2011. The Nogat passed a pile of salt as she left that should help us get through the winter. She was the 103rd and last salt water ship of the season. Last year, we had only 64 salties here, a significant increase! Some of that better showing resulted from a bumper crop of wheat in the Midwest and the shut down of wheat exports in Russia. The Miedwie (below) left the port about an hour earlier. Both ships are owned and operated by the Polish Steamship Company.