The neighborhood

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. A nice view of the William A. Irvin, the blue bridge and the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and beyond that, the largest lake in the world, Lake Superior. The Blue Bridge (Minnesota Slip Drawbridge) has been up for over a week, since the last tourist left town. And speaking of tourists, a tourist complained to me last summer that our William A. Irvin, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is being used as a billboard. And she was right. She told me she thought Duluth was a maritime city, but now she is not so sure.

We are getting ready for you

The S.S. William A. Irvin was launched in November 21, 1937. She hauled bulk materials from Lake Superior to US Steel’s mills in Gary, Conneaut and Lorain. She went into extended layup in 1978 until she was rescued, 8 years later, to become a major tourist attraction in Duluth. Operated by the DECC (Duluth Entertainment Convention Center), she received a new paint job this spring. I saw John Clark, from the DECC, finishing off the job when he was adding the name of the boat over the new paint job on April 26, 2013.

Foggy April morning in Duluth

The snow is gone, most of the ice has vanished; Duluth is the usual April shade of brown. Happily, this morning (Thursday, April 7, 2011), the fog moved in and prettied the place up a bit. Above, the Vista Star and the William A. Irvin survived the winter in good shape; unfortunately the Blue Bridge is still there, but after a slow journey from the Midwest Energy coal dock in Superior, the Mesabi Miner finally departed the port with 58,000 tons of coal for Presque Isle . It seemed like the Aerial Bridge was the only place the fog lifted even a little bit. I could not see the Miner once she got beyond the bridge, just as I could hardly see her very well as she approached the bridge.