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First ship of the season departs Twin Ports

The Roger Blough glows in early sunlight as it prepares to enter the Duluth Ship Canal Wednesday morning. Photo by Bob King

Forum News Service

The Roger Blough was the first freighter of the 2017 commercial shipping season to leave the Twin Ports this morning.

The ship was bound for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority reported.

Other freighters that wintered in Duluth or Superior and are tentatively scheduled to leave today include:

Philip R. Clarke, late afternoon/early evening, bound for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets

Paul R. Tregurtha, late tonight/early Thursday, carrying coal to Silver Bay before returning to Duluth

Lee A. Tregurtha, late today, bound for Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets

Herbert C. Jackson, late today, bound for Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets

Burns Harbor, tonight, departing with iron ore pellets

All times are estimates, and are subject to change. All ships are scheduled to leave via the Duluth entry except for the Burns Harbor, which is set to leave via the Superior entry.

The Soo Locks open for the season at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. The first ships to arrive in the Twin Ports from Sault Ste. Marie are expected Sunday — likely either the Stewart J. Cort, James R. Barker or Cason J. Callaway.

For updated information 24 hours a day, call the Boatwatcher's Hotline at (218) 722-6489.