Middletown loads taconite

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Three more boats will be here today to load coal. The Columbia Star will load coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan, a port half way to Chicago on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. The American Mariner will be taking coal down the other side of Lake Michigan to Milwaukee where it will be used in power plants operated by Wisconsin Electric Power. Both ports do not receive very many cargos of coal from Midwest Energy Resources. But the Canadian Transport will be here, doing what it was built to do and still does on a very regular basis, carry coal from Midwest Energy to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. The Middletown, seen above loading taconite in November, 2004, will also load taconite today.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-01-2006

The historic Middletown arrives

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The historic Middletown arrived in the Twin Ports yesterday to discharge limestone. It was the second trip here this season. The Frontenac is expected to arrive today for its first visit of the season. It will load taconite. Last year, the Canadian flagged Frontenac was here 16 times while the Middletown made 20 trips. The Middletown was built in 1942 as the Neshanic, serving as a tanker in both the Atlantic and Pacific during World War II. It was awarded nine service stars, one for each major battle it was in. It was hit by a Japanese bomb in 1944. Since then, it has been renamed several times, rebuilt and lengthened. It was here 12 times last year, usually, as today, discharging limestone.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/12/2006

Middletown unloads limestone

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The Middletown will be here today to discharge a cargo of limestone as she did last October 30th (above). It will then load taconite for a downbound cargo. Built in 1942, the boat saw duty as a tanker in both the Atlantic and the Pacific during World War II. It was hit by a Japanese bomb in 1944. Since then, it has been renamed several times, rebuilt and lengthened.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-02-2005

Middletown a handsome vessel

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The Middletown will be here for the 84th time since 1996. That’s a pretty good pace for a boat that is 63 years old. It is the ninth trip this season. It saw duty in both the Atlantic and the Pacific during World War II as a tanker. It was hit by a Japanese bomb in 1944. Since then, it has been renamed several times, rebuilt and lengthened.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-27-2005

Middletown here with limestone

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The Middletown will be here this evening with limestone loaded at Port Inland, Michigan. After discharging that cargo, the former World War II tanker will then load taconite for Lorain, Ohio.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-11-2005

Middletown captain

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Middletown captain Ted Olm was checking his charts (above) while the Middletown was discharging a cargo of limestone last October. The Middletown will be here today with another load of limestone. As last October, they will then load taconite for a downbound cargo.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-05-2005