DULUTH - A pair of lakers spent much of the day Wednesday grinding their way out of the Twin Ports after they were beset by ice just outside the harbor. The Lee A. Tregurtha was the first one waylaid by ice. The laker, a member of the Interlake Steamship Co. fleet, passed under the Aerial Lift Bridge at 9:18 a.m.
DULUTH - Hobart Finn's dream of turning an 85-foot tugboat into Duluth's first floating bed and breakfast may finally be sunk for good. On Monday afternoon, the 91-year-old Essayons began to take on water. Finn was out of town, but David Nelson, his business partner in a trucking firm, Julie's Big Trucks, received word the boat appeared to be sitting unusually low in the water. When he arrived on the scene, he found water rising inside the vessel's hull. Nelson quickly rounded up a few pumps and rushed to the tugboat's aid along with Brian Rinker, a friend and occasional employee of Finn.