Thekla has many German sisters

The salt water vessel Thekla came in last night with steel coils to discharge at the Port Terminal this morning. It has been here twice before, once in 2003 and again in 2005 (above). The Rebecca is due here later today with more steel coils. It was just here in early October to load wheat. Both ships are owned by a German company that names a lot of its ships, including these two, after girls names ending in ‘a.’ Why I do not know, but a number of them visit the Twin Ports. Amanda, Anja, Katja, Nina, Tatjana, Winona and Xenia have all been here. The Polish owned Isa should have come in from the anchorage around 6 am this morning to load grain.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-27-2006