UPDATE: Herbert C. Jackson has officially began her 2016 sailing season, this time for sure. The former steamer departed Duluth on Sunday afternoon and arrived Silver Bay at 6:00 pm to load iron ore. This was her third time departing – besides her initial sea trials on Thursday, she again departed Saturday but re-arrived that evening.
ORIGINAL POST: On Thursday, the Herbert C. Jackson departed Duluth for the first time with her new diesel engines to conduct sea trials, but returned an hour later and docked at the Port Terminal. After remaining there for a few days, the ship departed again early Saturday morning for the final time, bound for Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets. The repowering project was originally expected to be completed in June, but complications including an onboard fire caused extensive delays.
This photo, courtesy of Ken Newhams of the Duluth Shipping News, shows the Herbert C. Jackson in the Duluth harbor after re-arriving on Thursday.