William A. Irvin Moved to Dry Dock Spot

The William A. Irvin has been moved into the dry dock area at Fraser Shipyards. The William A. Irvin has been moved into the dry dock area at Fraser Shipyards. |  Photo: WDIO

Created: August 01, 2019 02:15 PM

Another move for the William A. Irvin on Thursday, and it went smoothly. She was tugged into the dry dock spot at Fraser Shipyards in Superior.

"It's exciting to be part of something historic for Duluth," shared project manager Jake Searl. 

She was winched into place, and then the crews started pumping water out of the area. It was only partially done on Thursday. The rest of the water will be pumped out on Friday.

Workers were monitoring valves and keeping her centered. 

Once the water is all gone from the dry dock, she'll be sitting on big blocks. Then crews from Fraser and AMI Consulting Engineers will do a full inspection of her hull, which hasn't been done in decades.

"We'll be looking at structural integrity," added Searl. "Then we'll determine the scope of the work."

The plan is to blast and coat the hull above and below the waterline, and blast and coat the hatch crane, which is on top of the vessel.

The Irvin hauled ore for U.S. Steel for decades, before she was retired and purchased by the DECC. She's named for a former CEO of the steel company.

Fraser estimates the restoration work will take between 4-7 weeks. 

Boats are their business, but they understand that this one has a higher profile. President and Chief Operating Officer James Farkas said, "Many members of the local community are very interested in the Museum Vessel Irvin and the Fraser Team is honored to be part of this community engagement event."

The Irvin is included on the National Registrar of Historic Places. She was moved from the Minnesota Slip so the sediment could be capped in that area, and the seawall could be repaired.

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