First saltie slated to arrive in Duluth Friday

The saltie Federal Hunter arrives in Duluth Friday.

With temperatures rising — and I mean ever so slightly — we are starting to feel like it really might be spring in northern Minnesota.

The best indicators are found in unusual places. The chicks have arrived at area L & M Supply stores (Every year the marquee reads “Chicks are Coming.”) And, of course, the shipping news is another practical reminder of the season. From the Duluth Seaway Port Authority:

Port of Duluth-Superior prepares for earliest arrival of 1st Saltie of the Season

Duluth, Minn. USA – The Port of Duluth-Superior is preparing to welcome its first oceangoing ship (“saltie”) of the 2013 commercial shipping season. The Hong Kong-flag Federal Hunter is expected to arrive on Friday afternoon, March 29, which will also put it first in Twin Ports’ history books as the earliest arrival for a full transit of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway (GLSLS) system. The previous record was set by the India-flag L/T Argosy on April 1, 1995.

Adding to excitement is the anticipated weekend arrival of a sister ship, the Cyprus-flag Federal Elbe, almost on Hunter’s heels.

Last week, the first ship, the coal and iron ore-bearing Mesabi Miner, left the Duluth harbor through a channel cut by an ice breaking vessel.


  1. Christ is risen Aaron…Happy Easter to you and your family!

  2. Same to you and yours, Bob! Happy Easter and here’s to the joyous notion of hope and love among all mankind.

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