Woody departs Duluth

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The Woody was the last of a set of 7 salt water ships that were in port during the last week. It departed Friday afternoon (above). First light may find the John B. Aird at anchor off the Duluth piers. It will be waiting for the American Integrity to complete loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior, assuming it came in late last night as expected. The Rebecca should be in tonight for grain, and through the day we will see limestone coming in and more coal and a cargo of taconite departing. Photo taken on September 07, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-08-2007

Woody hauls grain from here to there

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The Greek flagged Woody should be here around noon today to load spring wheat for the Dominican Republic. I asked a local official why they were going to the Dominican Republic. Most grain boats go to Europe or North Africa from here. He answered my question directly. Someone in the Dominican Republic must have purchased a lot of spring wheat. Simple questions often get direct answers. When it was here in August, 2004 (above), I asked the same local official how the Woody got its name. He checked for me when he was on the ship. No one knew. Sometimes simple questions have no answers. It was once called the NST Challenge. Under that name it was here once in 2001, three times in 1999 and twice in 1996.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-04-2006