When the ice-coated barge-tug combo Great Lakes Trader -Joyce L. VanEnkevort passed through the Duluth, Minnesota, ship canal on Lake Superior on Dec. 13, the irony was that the ship’s cargo was ice.
The Duluth News Tribune reports that a combination of subzero temperatures and westerly winds led to freezing spray that coated the huge vessel.
Here’s video of the ship as it passed through Canal Park by Samantha Erkkila of the News Tribune:
Great Lakes Trader was the last major vessel built for Great Lakes service. The 740-foot ship was launched from New Orleans in 2000 and has a capacity of 39,600 tons.
The accompanying tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort was built in 1998 and is 135 feet long.