The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center will not be opening the William A. Irvin historic museum for the 2018 season, including the Haunted Ship, the DECC said in a Friday announcement. The Irvin must be removed from the slip in order to complete pollution remediation, the final phase of the seawall restoration project underway along Harbor Drive.
Removal of the Irvin will allow the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency full access to conduct its pollution remediation this fall. The MPCA, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office, will use aggregate material and suitable sand to cap contaminated sediment in the slip.
The Irvin will move to Fraser Shipyards later this summer for the restoration of its hull, last completed in 1986.
The SS William A. Irvin once was the flagship of the United States Steel fleet. The DECC plans to refurbish areas of the museum’s historic interior during the close. A grand reopening celebration will take place before the 2019 season.