The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, MN), 4 May, 1959, page 1

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Twin Ports Linked to Atlantic Ocean
2 Seaway Ships Arrive in Harbor
by Jim Myhers

Two foreign ocean-going ships entered the Duluth harbor yesterday to establish the Twin Ports' link with the Atlantic ocean.

Arrival of the Ramon de Larrinaga, a British ship, and the Herald, of Liberian registry, tied Duluth-Superior to the ports of the world.

The 10,000 ton DeLarrinaga ploughed into the harbor at 1:15 p.m. to become the first overseas ship to come here via the St. Lawrence Seaway.

The Herald entered five minutes later and anchored inside the harbor while waiting for a strong wind to abate. She later moved to Superior where a throng of residents greeted her.

A third foreign vessel is due to arrive here this morning. Three more overseas vessels-- and possibly more--will arrive here the early part of this month.

Amidst color and pageantry rarely seen in Duluth, thousands cheered and auto horns blared as the vessel from Liverpool, England came through the Duluth ship canal.

Whitecaps pounded the rock wall onshore, sending up a thin spray as the enthusiastic crowd gathered.

More than 3,500 persons welcomed the ships. A thick line of persons, standing four to five deep, crowded the north side of the canal.

Hoses from fire trucks played streams of water into the bay, simulating the traditional greeting offered by fire boats.


Mayor E. Clifford Mork headed a list of city dignitaries who turned out for the historic greeting of the first two seaway ships into Duluth. "This is a great occasion," he said. "Duluth now has become a part of world commerce."

The DeLarrinaga arrived outside the harbor at 9 a.m. A thick fog obscured her from view from the canal point. She held up hter entry to allow time for the celebration to take place. Rolling waves pounded against two small craft which journeyed along the pier prior to the ship's entry.


More than 350 cars were jammed into parking lots adjacent to the Lake Superior area office of the U.S. Corps of Engineers. A stream of people poured across engineer's park as the DeLarrinaga hove into view. THe car horns and ship signals then echoed throughout the harbor.

An earlier arrival of a U.S. ship, the Buckeye, (I) a crane-equipped ship of the Columbia Transoportation division fleet, entered at 12:15 p.m. At least 20 cars departed with her arrival. A traffic jam resulted as the two overseas ships headed for their berths. Beside parking bumber to bumper in the lot, cars could be seen as far back as First avenue east.

A large crowd also gathered at the Peavey Elevator, 600 Garfield avenue, berthing place for the DeLarrinaga.

The public was allowed aboard after immigration officials visited the ship.

Mayor Mork presented Capt. Joseph Meade of the DeLarrinaga with the keys to the city. Attached to the gift was a photo of the Twin Ports harbor.

Meade also was given a new hat by the Duluth Retail Merchants association. Present plans call for a hat to the first foreign skipper to bring a ship here each year.

Meade also was gaven a ducal degree, naming him "Ambassador Extraordinairy of Duluth" J. Palmer Harbison, duke of the Duluth Duchy, made the presentation.

He envisioned new prosperity pouring into the region from commercial centers of the world.

"This area," he (Capt. Meade) said, "will become important." He added it was a "fine thing" to become a citizen of Duluth.

Also greeting Meade were Stuart McLennan, the ship's agent; L. J. Heroy, office manager of Rogers Terminal Shipping Corp; C. B. Green, vice president and general manager of Globe Elevators division, F. H. Peavey & Co, and Robert B. Morris, executive secretary of the Duluth Chamber of Commerce.

The 457 foot DeLarrinaga will take on 2,000 tons of oats at Peavey, starting today.

The British vessel willlater move over to Cargill elevator in Itaska to take on 4,545 tons of barley. She will go to Montreal to unload and then return here for another cargo.

The Herald, a liberty ship, docked at the Globe elevator in Superior at 5:30 p.m. for her cargo.

Numerous Superiorites were on hand to welcome her. They were allowed to visit the vessel after city officials had given a formal greeting.

The officials were L. F. McPherson, president of the board of harbor commissioners; Mayor Lawrence Hagen; David Ansell, vice president, and Richard Pruden, executive secretary, both of the Superior Association of Commerce, and L. E. Sinclair, port director.

The Aghios Nicolaos, a Greek ship, is due today to take on grain at the Occident elevator. Another vessel from that country, the George S, is due later this month.

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Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, MN), 4 May, 1959, page 1