Skipper Lauds Seaway
Captain Joseph Meade is an enthusiastic champion of the St. Lawrence seaway.
Meade, a resident of North Wales, England, believes the new waterwaly will be "the salvation of mankind."
He reasoned that it will provide cheaper transportation for grain to poverty stricken countries.
Meade is master of the Ramon de Larrinaga, the first ship to come to Duluth via the seaway.
"You know," he said, "I didn't know the names of the Great Lakes until a few days ago."
His arrival here was not without mishap.
As the DeLarrinaga pulled along the Peavey elevator, her hull scraped against the dock.
"We were like a sailing ship," he said, "running before the wind. We couldn't stop in time." His ship carried 3 pilots at different times.
Meade, a veteran sailor, praised the American locks at the seaway.
"It was a marvelous way the Americans handled them. They know their job because they're seamen. And I'm not praising them just because I'm in an American port."
It took the DeLarrinaga 14 days to make the trip from Liverpool, her home port, to Montreal. From there to Duluth took 7 days.
While here Meade met and American Indian --- Chief Good Sounding Sky, Sawyer, of the Chippewa tribe.
Doffing his captain's hat, he rubbed his hand over his balding head. "I certainly haven't got enough of a a scalp," he joked.
Meade welcomed a number of city dignitaries in a ship's cabin.
He pointed out that the vessel is a shelter deck type, used exclusively in the grain trades. It flares out at the bow, unlike Great Lakes vessels.
He commented he was pleased at the size of the crowd that greeted the vessel's entry through the ship canal.
Duluthians were allowed to board Meade's ship and inspect it.