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Grounded Laker Refloated in Duluth

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

September 22, 2014

Photo Credit: Dawn M. LaPointe,

Photo Credit: Dawn M. LaPointe,

M/V Paul R. Tregurtha freed by The Great Lakes Towing Company after laker ran aground in Duluth

M/V Paul R. Tregurtha was refloated by The Great Lakes Towing Company Tugs Kentucky and Minnesota under the command of two Duluth veteran Towing Company Captains, Martin Lightner and George LaTour, on Saturday evening, September 20, after the loaded vessel went aground at approximately 3:15 p.m. in Duluth, Minnesota Saturday afternoon.

The Interlake Steamship Company Laker, M/V Paul R. Tregurtha, was built in 1981 and can carry up to 68,000 gross tons of taconite pellets or 71,000 net tons of coal. As the longest vessel currently in operation on the Great Lakes, she is the unofficial “Queen of the Lakes” at 1,013.5 feet.

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