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A sure sign of spring: Ship Spotter returns to the home page

Mar 23, 2020 09:18PM ● By Editor
From Boreal Community Media - March 23, 2020

Editors Note:  The Lake Superior shipping season opened quietly this weekend.  So Ship Spotter on has returned.  With Lutsen Mountains closing and winter ski conditions beginning to deteriorate and not to encourage visitors to Cook County during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have discontinued the ski conditions report.  For locals: those conditions can be still found by following this link to the Visit Cook County website:

 The Stewart J. Cort was the first ship to arrive in the Twin Ports in March 2019. It may be the first again this year, with an anticipated Thursday arrival. (File / News Tribune)

From The Duluth News Tribune - March 23, 2020

Amid a pandemic and fears over how a recession could impact Iron Range mining operations, the Twin Ports shipping season quietly got underway over the weekend.

The Burns Harbor departed from the Superior entry at 1:53 a.m. Sunday with a load of iron ore bound for the ship's namesake port in Indiana. The 1,000-foot laker, operated by the American Steamship Company, was also the last into port, arriving on Jan. 16.

Meanwhile, the new season's first traffic should begin arriving later this week. The Stewart J. Cort, H. Lee White and American Mariner all were Twin Ports-bound, with estimated Thursday morning arrivals, according to tracking website Harbor Lookout.

The Soo Locks will open for the season Wednesday, making Lake Superior accessible to the lower Great Lakes and oceangoing vessels. 
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