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Michipicoten was built in 1952, is 698 feet long and flies the Canadian flag

Previous names:
Elton Hoyt 2nd: 1952-2003
Michipicoten: 2003-

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Pictured above is the Michipicoten going under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on January 7, 2016; below, she enters the Duluth ship canal on September 4, 2011.
240610-2-122The Canadian flagged Michipicoten is the former US flagged Elton Hoyt 2nd. The Hoyt sat idle at Fraser Shipyard for 3 years after a career on the Great Lakes that started when she was built in 1952.  In April, 2003, she was sold to Lower Lakes Towing, reflagged Canadian and renamed.  Inset taken on June 10, 2004.
Above, she is about to enter the Duluth ship canal on September 4, 2011. This was the 3rd visit to the Twin Ports that season; the boat under both names was here 59 times since 1996. She was originally named for the president of Pickands Mather and Co., who developed the mining town of Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota as a company town, and connected it by railroad to the taconite facility at Taconite Harbor.
Parts of the boat were built in Sparrows Point, Maryland and shipped to Chicago by way of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers for final assembly.
Picture above taken January 12, 2004 while she was loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. Below, she enters the Duluth ship canal on April 7, 2003
Picture above taken Wednesday, March 13, 2002: at Fraser Shipyard, along side the John Sherwin
Picture above taken Friday, September 15, 2000: departing Duluth
Picture above taken Tuesday, August 15, 2000: arriving Duluth


  1. Thomas Moore says:

    The Michipicoten has been a regular to Duluth with very short turn-a-rounds. Where is she taking the ore pellets.

  2. I was once a passenger on the mich it was not very fancy but nice crew

  3. I lived in Duluth in the 50’s and I remember the Hoyt!!!

  4. Generose Scheidt says:

    All beautiful pictures.

  5. Thanks very much for the correction

  6. The Michipicoten was originally named the Elton Hoyt 2nd. Note the letter L following the initial E.

    My dad sailed her in the 1950’s while she flew the PM banner.

    • Hi! That is so cool that your dad sailed her! My father worked for LS&I Railroad for 20 years and for as long as I can remember him and I have gone down to see her when she comes in (he would know when she was due to dock). He called it his “little puddle-jumper” and I fell in love with it because of him. Actually, I have a question for you if you ever see this. Do you have any idea who I would have to contact in order to get a tour of her? I would travel anywhere to meet them and be allowed on board! My father passed away in august of last year and seeing her come in all the time makes me feel like he’s still here. I would love to be able to share the joy we got from it with my kids and grandkids someday. Please send me an email and let me know! It would mean more to me than you know.
      Hopefully, Amber

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