As the first ship of the season to depart Duluth Harbour through thick, treacherous ice, the John G. Munson cuts an impressive figure. The MV Freighter departed for the Soo Locks just before 5.30pm on the 25th of March 2015 before hitting the open waters of Lake Superior.
The season opener was captured by Drone US, a video production company, and shared on YouTube for us all to enjoy. Here are ten stunning shots from the reel.
John G. Munson is the first ship of the season to depart Duluth Harbour in Minnesota.
The John G. Munson is an MV Freighter built in 1952. With a gross tonnage of 15,179 and a deadweight capacity of 26,011 tonnes, it is over 234 metres in length and 22 metres in width.
According to Duluth Seaway Port Authority, there was still a significant amount of ice cover on the Eastern edge of Lake Superior - two to three feet thick.
The US Coastguard cutter, Alder will work together with USCGC Mackinaw to lay tracks and provide escorts for vessels as needed.
Nearly a 1,000 ships visit the Port of Duluth - Superior every year. Duluth is also the largest tonnage port on the Great Lakes Seaway, moving roughly 38 million tonnes of cargo every 12 months.
To watch the full video of the John G. Munson's voyage click here.