DULUTH, MN – A Duluth icon is set to make its triumphant return home in just weeks.
DECC officials announced Friday the William A. Irvin is expected to return the first or second week of October, an ambitious schedule, officials said.
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Posted by CBS 3 Duluth on Friday, September 27, 2019
Right now workers are putting the finishing touches on the 610-foot retired lake freighter, currently sitting in dry dock in Superior.
Thanks to a half million dollar grant, over the last year crews inspected the Irvin and made repairs to the hull and rivets. They also gave it a paint job under the water line.
DECC officials say don’t be surprised when you get your first look at it.
“I think it’s important for people to realize when it comes back you won’t see that paint job. The upper part is going to be painted in the spring or fall next year, maybe even over the winter,” said Chelly Townsend , the executive director of the DECC.
Because of that, the public won’t have a chance to tour the ship until next summer when a celebration is planned.