Visit Duluth is teaming up with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority to once again bring us the "First Ship Contest." It helps kick off the Duluth shipping season on Lake Superior, and the contest is all about guessing when that saltie sails in.

Starting March 1st, ship enthusiasts can guess the date of the first ship arriving in the port at It's important to note that the first "saltie" (ocean-going vessel) that passes under the Aerial Lift Bridge is the ship you are guessing for.

Last year the Federal Weser was the first ship to arrive on April 12th. The earliest arrival ever was on March 30th, and the latest was May 7th. Knowing most of Lake Superior is frozen over, this could be a later year.  But you never know!

First & second place winners in the contest win a Duluth Getaway, including lodging, gift cards to restaurants, and passes to local attractions.  Besides the first ship contest there will be ongoing First Ship Trivia Challenges on their contest page where you have more chances to win prizes.

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