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Irvin Return Date Delayed, DECC Board and Fraser Negotiating Work Contract

Taylor Holt
Updated: April 23, 2019 06:23 PM

A popular summertime attraction will be making its way home to the Minnesota Slip later than originally thought. The return of the William A. Irvin was discussed at Tuesday's DECC Board meeting. 

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No decisions were made, but board members said they are still negotiating a contract for work with Fraser Shipyards, where the boat has been since moving there last Fall.

The boat is expected to return home by this August. The original date expected was May but the DECC's Executive Director said they've run into several hold-ups. 

Chelly Townsend said Tuesday, they are over budget for what they planned to spend so they are working to get the price down to the $500,000 mark - which is what their grant was from the Minnesota Historical Society .Townsend also said the Irvin is waiting for its turn to get into the dry dock. Right now, there are three working vessels, that take priority, ahead of the Irvin. That has caused the return date to be pushed back as well.  The boat will be undergoing maintenance work and a new paint job and she says they are hoping to stay on schedule with getting it back by their timeline. 

"The Irvin might get in in July, which would hopefully get it out by August. Then, we would have it back here only in time for the Haunted Ship, but not in time for a season," said Townsend. "We're going to paint the hull of the ship. We haven't decided the extent to which we'll paint it because it's a budget item and we're going to work that out in the next couple of days."

Some suggestions to bring the price down were presented at the meeting, including taking off repairs that are not needed, taking off a performance bond and going without painting the bottom of the boat since it gets no sunlight and that's what causes corrosion.  

They are expecting to meet with Fraser and hope to approve a bid and contract for work before the next board meeting.

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