At 12:12 p.m. Friday, the Kaye E. Barker, operated by the Interlake Steamship Co., became the first laker to pass under the Aerial Lift Bridge and depart the Port of Duluth-Superior during the 2019 shipping season, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority announced.

She was bound for Two Harbors to load iron ore and will next make her way to Indiana Harbor. The Barker was escorted by United States CGC Mackinaw.

Built in 1952, the Barker was also the last traffic into the Port of Duluth-Superior to close the 2018 shipping season, arriving Jan. 15.