Cleveland port allows looks at visiting freighter

CLEVELAND (AP) — Residents and visitors to Cleveland are being offered an opportunity to view the lead ship in the parade of ships known as the Cleveland-Europe Express.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports (http://bit.ly/1hWQGXP ) the Fortunagracht was to sail into Cleveland on Saturday and be open for viewing until 5 p.m. through the port's West Ninth Street gate. Visitors are being allowed to walk down the ramp for a better view of the ship as it unloads.

The 12,500-ton containerized Dutch freighter led the seasonal opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway that began a little more than two weeks ago. Its arrival in Cleveland was delayed by ice.

Cleveland marks the end of a 4,000-mile sail from Antwerp, Belgium, passing through the Welland Canal from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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