Royal Pescadores for the album

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All eyes and cameras were on the Royal Pescadores when it came into port late Wednesday afternoon. It is returning to Duluth Superior after taking a cargo of peas it loaded here in June to Cuba. On this trip, it is loading wheat for Tema, Ghana, a city built in 1960 as a man-made port to handle ocean cargo. In 1960, Tema was a small fishing village. Today it is Ghana’s leading seaport and a major industrial center. The ship is owned by a company in Taiwan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-17-2006

Royal Pescadores will carry peas to Cuba

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Green and yellow peas came into the port by train from North Dakota recently. That state produces 61% of the dried peas produced in this country. They are being loaded into the Royal Pescadores today. This shipment is a little different from other cargos of peas handled in the port in several ways. Usually, peas loaded here are used as animal feed. These peas are for human consumption, in Cuba. Only the government in Cuba can make such a purchase, although US law requires the Castro government to pay in advance before the cargo is allowed to leave the United States. The money can only be handled through a third party. Presumably our government is afraid his check might bounce. Some of this trade activity can be traced back to a trip to Cuba made by our former governor Ventura in 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-16-2006

Royal Pescadores going away

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The Taiwanese owned and Panamanian flagged Royal Pescadores (seen above departing Duluth in October of 2000) arrived off the Duluth piers on Saturday and dropped anchor waiting to come in on Monday morning. It will load both green and yellow peas. Most peas loaded here are for animal consumption but these peas are for humans. Built in 1997, the Royal Pescadores is 486 feet long.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-11-2006