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William A. Irvin Arrives, Slowly Pulls into Minnesota Slip

610-foot laker pulls in with only 7 inches of room on each side.

DULUTH, Minn.- After much anticipation and setback, the William A. Irvin–Duluth’s historic museum ship–headed back home to Canal Park Wednesday night. This after it underwent repairs while the seawalls in the Minnesota Slip were also getting worked on. The “Queen of the Lakes” left Fraser Shipyards around 5:30. Just like last year the move was dicey with only seven inches…

William A. Irvin to be Back in Minnesota Slip in Coming Weeks

The Irvin, however, won't be open to the public until next summer

DULUTH, Minn.- We are learning the William A. Irvin will be back in the Minnesota Slip in the coming weeks. The Irvin has been at a dry dock in Fraser Shipyards getting detailed maintenance done to it. Fraser Shipyards is cleaning the bottom of the boat, while AMI Consulting is inspecting all of the rivets to check which ones need…

William A. Irvin To Begin Restoration Process

Starting Thursday, work will begin on the Irvin ten months after leaving Minnesota Slip

DULUTH, Minn.- Starting Thursday, more than ten months after the William A. Irvin was move from it’s home in the Minnesota Slip during reconstruction there, work to restore the Irvin will begin. Back in September, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center officials said the Irvin would be moving back to the Minnesota Slip this spring in time for tourism season. But, when…

EPA Announces Funding for Howard’s Bay in Superior

The construction won't begin until 2020 but today the EPA announced 14 million for clean-up efforts

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced 14 million dollars in funding to clean up Howard’s Bay in Superior. Contamination has built up in the sediment at the site damaging fish and the wildlife habitat there. Those in the St. Louis River Alliance are pleased this is going to get done making sure they can get off the…

Charter Docks Installed at Newly Constructed Minnesota Slip

Spring is in the air as ten docks were put in the new look Minnesota slip

DULUTH, Minn.- The signs of summer are starting to pop up in Duluth. Today, charter docks were installed in the newly constructed Minnesota Slip. This comes after a cramped season last summer for the charters during the slip’s reconstruction project that pushed the William A. Irvin out from the slips seawall. It’s been a wild scene in the Minnesota slip…

Irvin May Not Return To Slip Until August; Ship’s Maintenance Work In Question

DULUTH, Minn.- The William A. Irvin may not get its paint job and rehab work after all. According to DECC’s Executive Director Chelly Townsend, the bids for the Irvin’s maintenance work at Fraser Shipyards are coming in higher than expected. Townsend said they can’t pay much more than $500,000 worth of grant money available from the Minnesota Historical Society. The…

Fraser Shipyard Improving Safety with Help from Federal Grant

Fraser Shipyard is also spending $168,000 on the project.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A shipping yard cited with several safety violations in recent years is now putting funding toward extra safety, thanks to a grant from the federal government. Fraser Shipyard will be receiving a half million dollar grant from the U.S. Maritime Marine Administration. A Superior Shipping Yard cited with several safety violations in recent years is now putting funding toward extra safety….

Majority of Superior Shipyard Workers Test Positive for Lead

Investigation began last Spring

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Health officials say the majority of more than 200 workers tested for lead exposure at a Superior shipyard had elevated levels of lead in their blood. Wisconsin and Minnesota health departments began a joint investigation last spring after workers at Fraser Shipyards were exposed to lead while retrofitting the Herbert C. Jackson originally built in 1959. Wisconsin…