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Oldest ship in U.S. fleet makes final deployment

March 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The USS Enterprise has set sail on its final voyage. Officials say the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which was featured in the film “Top Gun,” left Norfolk, Va., around noon on Sunday. Continue Reading

Crest designs now being accepted for USS North Dakota

February 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A group is asking North Dakota residents to submit design ideas for a crest for the second naval ship to be named for the state. The USS North Dakota Committee has already received about a dozen design ideas so far and will accept ideas through March 15. Continue Reading

UPDATE: Fight over towing of disabled cruise ship near Seychelles

February 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A disabled cruise ship will spend an extra 10 to 12 hours at sea without electricity, air conditioning or toilet facilities because a French fishing vessel that was first to respond to the drifting cruiser refused to give way to faster tug boats, a Seychelles government official said today.
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Steamship group sets sights on saving old ship in Superior

November 25, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

There is nothing unique about the laker J.B. Ford except that it is a survivor.
The nonprofit Great Lakes Steamship Society wants to ensure that the 108-year-old ship laid up in Superior continues to survive. Continue Reading

Ship tests new ballast water treatment system over Lake Superior

September 8, 2011 in Lake County News-Chronicle

Crews pumped a biocide into two of 10 ballast tanks in the Indiana Harbor as it left Gary, Ind., treating 1.8 million gallons of ballast water. The chemical then was neutralized with a second chemical as the boat moved across Lake Superior before releasing ballast in the Duluth-Superior harbor.
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Report: U.S, Canada scrap idea to expand St. Lawrence Seaway

August 16, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A published report says the United States and Canada don’t believe the St. Lawrence Seaway needs to be expanded to allow larger, ocean-bound ships to enter the system. Continue Reading

Israel claims Iran warships to transit Suez Canal

February 16, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Israel’s foreign minister claimed today that Iran is about to send two warships through the Suez Canal for the first time in years, calling it a “provocation,” but he offered no evidence. The Egyptian authority that runs the canal denied it. Continue Reading

Cruise passengers cheer as hobbled ship heads to Calif.

November 11, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

With the pool and casinos closed, rooms pitch black and stuffy, and food cold with long lines to get it, the nearly 4,500 people and crew on board passed the time with live music, scavenger hunts and trivia contests as they are slowly towed to San Diego. Continue Reading

New ship headed for Twin Ports

September 10, 2010 in Duluth News Tribune

Built in the Mingde shipyard in Nantong, China, the Miedwie was launched in March and is the first ship in a series of eight new vessels ordered by Polsteam USA for Great Lakes/Seaway service.
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Duluth’s own tall ship? That idea foundered long ago

August 4, 2010 in Duluth News Tribune

Baltimore, Milwaukee and Erie, Pa., all have one. Why shouldn’t Duluth boast a tall ship of its own, too? Well, it nearly did.
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