Visit Duluth:


First Ship Contest

Which saltie will be first in 2021?

Get out your crystal ball and see if you can predict the exact date and time the very first oceangoing vessel (“saltie”) of the 2021 shipping season will sail into the Port of Duluth-Superior beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge.

The Federal Churchill was the first “saltie” to reach Duluth in 2020, arriving at 7:55 pm on April 8. The winner of last year’s contest was off by just over 10 minutes. The earliest arrival of a “saltie” on record was the Federal Hunter on March 30, 2013, and the ice-delayed arrival of the Diana on May 7, 2014, went into the history books as the latest.

The contest closes with the opening of the Soo Locks on March 25th!


The person with the closest guess will win
this fabulous Grand Prize Package:


Click Here to Submit Your First Ship Guess!



The First Ship Contest is presented by: