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Predictions and prizes, Duluth’s ‘First Ship Contest’ begins

Photo Credit - Matt Rohlader
Matt Rohlader

DULUTH, MN-- A decades-long tradition centered around one of the Twin Ports' biggest industries is back for another year.

Visit Duluth and the Duluth Seaway Port Authority announced their "First Ship Contest" opened Thursday.

Those who submit their guess must include the exact date and time of when they think the first ocean-going vessel, or “saltie,” will pass under the Aerial Lift Bridge.

The winner will receive a Duluth getaway, including: lodging accommodations, gift cards for dining and shopping, and passes to attractions.

The two organizations are also putting on the First Ship Trivia Challenge.

Click here to enter the contest and for all the contest details.

According to Visit Duluth, the Maria G was the first “saltie” to reach Duluth in 2019, arriving at 6:48 a.m. April 15. The winner of last year’s contest was off by just 18 minutes.

The contest closes at midnight on March 24.

Molly Wasche

Social Media and Digital Content Manager

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