Rebecca here for grain

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Five boats will be arriving in Duluth today. Three of them are expected to depart today also. The Rebecca is expected here to load grain and will be here several days. Last year, it was the first salt water ship of the season, coming into port on April 10th (above) with the help of the tug Minnesota on the stern and the North Dakota on the bow. Today, it is still only the second saltie of the season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-29-2008

Rebecca comes to Duluth

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Spring can’t be too far away if our tugs are bringing salt water ships into port to load grain. The Rebecca was the first saltie of the year, coming in yesterday afternoon. It is now loading grain at the CHS terminal in Superior. Above, the tug Minnesota had the stern of the Rebecca while the North Dakota was at the bow. Salt water ships are built for speed on the oceans and not for navigating inside harbors, so tugs are often called upon to help the ships maneuver around the turns and into the berths where they will be loading. In the picture above, you can see several patches of ice. The inner harbor was about half full of ice last night as the east wind is giving us all the ice that Lake Superior doesn’t want. If the predicted snow arrived last night, a walk down by the harbor today will look like a day in December with nothing but ice and snow.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/11/2007

Rebecca: First saltwater ship of 2007

Arrived: April 10, 2007 at 12:10 pm
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She loaded grain at CHS in Superior
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