Irvin faces a tight squeeze as preliminary plans to move historic ship underway in Duluth

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DULUTH, Minn.—Plans are being laid to move the SS William A. Irvin out of Minnesota Slip for the first time in more than three decades. But the retired laker will...

The S.S. William A. Irvin has sat in Minnesota Slip since 1986. Tentative plans to move the 611-foot-long freighter out of the slip so that contaminated bottom sediments can be leveled and covered with clean material are moving forward. Moving the floating museum would present difficulties, as it is only inches narrower than the open channel when the slip’s pedestrian bridge is in the open position. Steve Kuchera / Forum News Service
In January, the William A. Irvin  was intentionally moved for the first time in 32 years to give workers the room to repair Minnesota Slip’s failing sea wall. Launched in 1937, the Irvin worked until 1978. In 1986, the laker was moved from West Duluth to Minnesota Slip and opened as a floating museum. Steve Kuchera / Forum News Service

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