Boats backwards and forward in Duluth today

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It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood; lots of people, sun and even a little excitement. The Vista Queen is not trying to beat the Algolake into the Duluth ship canal. The Algolake had just cleared the canal after departing in reverse. That sometimes happens when a boat is discharging salt at the North American Salt Dock, just behind the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. It is easier to simply back straight out into the lake than it is to clear the dock, make a 180 turn and then go under the bridge normally. Nick Stenstrup was up for the day from St. Paul and will have his video of the unusual departure on YouTube later tonight. I will add the link here when it is there. A little earlier, the Algoma Quebecois was greeted by a large crowd as she came into port with cement
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Vistas all in a row

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Three Vista boats head for home on August 22nd this past summer. From the left, the new Vista Queen, the Vista King and the Vista Star. Two more weeks and they retire for the winter, the last breath of summer. Next April, after a brief winter, they will be the first breath of spring.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-14-2005