Big ship marks big weekend in Duluth

Fans gathered for the conclusion to the Homegrown Music Festival and delegates assembling for today’s DFL Eighth District Convention on Spirit Mountain might soon catch a glimpse of this wild-looking ship, the Clipper Gemini, arriving around midday in the harbor.

It’s not often that Duluth ends up being a port of call on a ship’s maiden voyage from Hong Kong!

The 393-foot Bahamian-flag vessel was loaded in and left Kobe, Japan, on Feb. 23, 2012. En route to Duluth, she wound her way around the globe via Xingang, China; Songkhla, Thailand; Singapore; the Suez Canal; Gibralter; Poole, UK; and Hamburg and Rostok, Germany, before entering the St. Lawrence Seaway on April 28. She made one last stop in Valleyfield (Quebec) before arriving in the Twin Ports.

Over the weekend, crews from Lake Superior Warehousing Co. will discharge its breakbulk cargo of gas and steam turbine/generator components for a large electricity generation project (including six heavy-lift units) at the Clure Public Marine Terminal, the port’s only breakbulk terminal. From Duluth, the cargo will move its final leg via specialized railcar and truck to the ENMAX Shepard Energy Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

I neglected to blog about the Homegrown Music Festival in Duluth this week, a massive local music event involving a Who’s Who of the region’s increasingly exciting original music scene. Trampled by Turtles played the marquee show earlier in the week. The Homegrown Music Festival has apparently been a big hit.

And, of course, I did preview the MN-8 DFL convention yesterday, if you missed it. Have fun in Duluth, folks. I have a prior engagement at the circus.

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