Boland back in service today

The John J. Boland departing today (May 17, 2014) is one happy result of the delayed start to the shipping season. The Boland came in for winter layup on January 12th, 2013 and has been sitting at Fraser Shipyards in Superior until today when she was called back into service to help with the backlog of cargo. She left under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this afternoon, on her way to Silver Bay to load iron ore pellets for hungry steel mills on the lower lakes.  She will discharge the pellets at the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. Those pellets will be loaded into smaller, river boats and carried to steel mills up river.
The saltwater vessel Apollon sits at anchor just beyond the Lift Bridge surrounded by the ice that refuses to melt.


  1. Does anyone know if Edward Ryerson will be pushed into service to help with the backlog–or if it will ever see service?

  2. Its good to see the Boland working after a long layup especially as it is one of the bigger capacity short (sub-1000 footers) ships on the lakes.

  3. Ken, do you know if she got a new coat of paint while she was here? I know she was in drydock after Great Republic. Watching her depart and looking at your picture, it seems like it.

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