by Peter Passing’s, Duluth News Tribune

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Given the widespread corrosion that has been well documented in the Twin Ports, it’s no surprise the hull of the William A. Irvin, Duluth’s museum ship, was found to be pockmarked when it entered drydock at Fraser Shipyards more than a month ago.

But the extent to which many of the rivets on its underside had been damaged stirred greater concern, said Chase Dewhirst, manager of marine civil engineering for AMI Consulting Engineers PA.

“It came as a surprise, but we’re working on a solution, and we’re confident that the Irvin will be back,” said Chelly Townsend

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