DULUTH, MN — The William A. Irvin’s voyage back to Duluth from Superior Wednesday was an overall success, Duluth city officials said Thursday.
The return came after the retired ore ship spent a year in lay-up being repaired after sitting idle in the Minnesota Slip for decades.
Wind and waves caused city officials to delay the start of the moving process from 2 p.m to about 5:30 p.m, a city spokesperson said. Once the move began, wind and water were no longer a factor.
The entire process took about six hours. That’s compared to the move out of the Minnesota Slip last September that took nearly 15 hours.
Crews could be seen doing work on the Irvin on Thursday. They were reattaching anchors and getting the Irvin settled.
The ship still needs to be cleaned and repainted, which will take most of the winter and into the spring.
In total, the round trip ticket for the Irvin cost more than $1-million.
That break down looks like this:
$819,000 direct costs for the move.
$97,000 for design, engineering permitting and construction administration.
$110,000 for insurance.
That money comes from the city’s Tourism Tax Fund.